Facts and Events
James McMath was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James McMath's land (Borden Tract SW, 440 acres, acquired in 1769 from John Summers) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 392.--9th June, 1769. John ( ) Summers and Isabella, of the Forks of James River, to James McMath and Susanna, his wife, of said Forks, £60, 440 acres in Forks of James; corner Wm. McKee's on Borden's patent line; corner James Davis; corner Samuel Wilson, Hugh Cunningham's line; corner Samuel McMurtry.( Teste: James Davies, John McMurtrey. John Young.
Processioning List of 1767/68
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 449.--1767-68: Processioned by James Simpson and John Mitchell: For John Mitchel, John Thompson, James Dreaddon, David Dreaddon, John Davis, Arthur McClure, John Walker, Benj. Wattson, James McGavock, Robert Whittla, Alexander Beggs, John Murray, William Mathews, Richd. Mathews, James Willson, John Poage, Charles Allison, James Gilmore, Wm. Crawford, Robt. Miller, Jno. White, John Gillmore, John Paxton, George Salling, John Hickman, Wm. McBride, James Simpson. Processioned by Jon. Lapesly, Robert Moore, all lands in their bounds except, viz: William and James Hall, Daniel Evans, Samuel Todd, James Davis, Jno. McMurtrey, James McMath, John Young. Processioned by James Craig, James Patterson: For Henry Reburn, Wm. Lam, John King, Robt. Craige, James Givens, Saml. Bell, Jno. Givens, Philip Harless, Thos. Storrey, John Stewart, Hugh Allon, Timothy Call, Edward Rutledge, James Care, Wm. Patterson, Saml. Henderson, Wm. Roberson, Wm. Scillarn, James Anderson, Wm. Hindes, Thomas Turke, David Mack, Neiley Christian Clemons, Robert Steon, James Craige, Thomas Raferty.
- MC MATH, JAMES
- Rockbridge Co., Va. Will filed April 1, 1794.
- wife Susannah
- s. William McMath
- d. Sarah McMath
- d. Jenny McMath
- d. Mary McMath
- d. Susannah McMath
- d. Nancy McMath
- James McMath's Will
- IN THE Name of God Amen. I James McMath of Rockbridge County being weak of Body but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my Body and that it is appointed for all men once to Die [do] make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the [hand] of Almighty God who gave it amy my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent Chri[stian] like manner at the discretion of my Executors and as to such worldy things with wh[ich] It hath please God to bless me in this life I Give and bequeath in the following ma[nner], Viz:
- I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Susanna the whole ____ management of my Plantation stock annd Houshold Furniture (under such Except[ions] and limitations as herein after mentioned for the common use and benefit of the Family so long as they remain together or such ____ my son William after to have the one thi__ her Natural life in case she remains a widow but in case it should be her pleasure to intermarry immediately in that event she is to have no further interest in nor management of the Plantation or personal Estate But in that case I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife one Horse and Saddle two cows & calves of her own chosing out of my stock and her wearing apparel one Feather Bed and cloaths one third of all teh Dresses or Kitchen Furniture and twenty pounds in Money I give and Bequeath unto my son William the Plantation on which I now live with its appurtenances to him his Heirs and assigns forever under the afforesaid incumbrences I give and bequeath unto each of my well beloved Daughters Sarah Jenny Mary Susannah and Nancy, an Equal moiety of all my out Standing Debts and money on hand and what Houshold Furniture my beloved wife choses to Give them or either of them I leave it wholy to her discretion
- It is farther my will that [in case] my son William should Die before he arrives to the age [of] twenty one years and without Issue that my plantation be then sold and the price thereof Divided Equally among my surviving children and my beloved wife and it is my will that if either of [my] children die Under age and without Isue that their part shall be divided in the same manner and I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Susanna and my well beloved Friend Hugh Weir whole & sole Executor and Executrix of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly Disallow revoke and renounce all other and formr wills Legacys or bequeathments by me willed and bequeathed allowing this and no other to be my last Testament.
- In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty Eight of February in the year 1792.
- (Signed) James McMath [seal]
- Signed sealed Published pronounced in the presence of us
- Wm. McKee
- John Wyer
- John Killpatrick
- At a Court held for the county of Rockbridge the first day April 1794
- This writing purporting the Last Will & Testament of James McMath deceased was produced in court by Susanna McMath Executrix & Hugh Weir Executor Herein named and proved by William McKee & John Kirkpatrick Subscribing Witnesses and Ordered to be Recorded the said Hugh Weir in Court refused to take upon him the burden thereof and on the motion of Susanna McMath Executrix certificate is granted her for obtaining probat thereof in due form she having with William McKee & Jno Wilson for Securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of £1000 Conditioned according to Law.
- Teste: A. Reid
- [Source: Rockbridge County, Virginia - Will Book 1, pg. 448].
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: (unless listed otherwise)
- Page 395.--10th May, 1769. John Davis to Joseph Davis, £10, 350 acres on head of a branch of Buffelo Creek, oak in Borden's line. Teste: James McMath.
- Page 374.--30th May, 1769. John Davis, of Roan County, North Carolina, to James Davis, of Forks of James, £62, 436 acres in Forks of James; corner William McKee's, formerly William Todd's land; corner Borden's tract, Robert Young's line, branch of Buffalo Creek; Hugh Cunningham's line. formerly Low Todd's; corner Peter Wallace. Teste: Samuel Wilson, James McMath, Archebeld McCurey, Samuel Davis.
- 1771 - Botetourt County Tithables, A list of tithables taken from the north side of Buffalo Creek to the county line and from mountain to mountain for the year 1771 - James Trimble’s List: James McMath - 6. (Note: listed among many others). 
- McMath, William - Will probate October 1782. Names wife, Margaret, a brother James, and James' son, William. [Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 60].
- McMath family Bible record, 1792-1919.
Record is a typed transcript. Bible of John P. McMath. Area covered is Rockbridge County, Virginia. Other surnames mentioned: Booker, Bratton, Dunlap, Ford, McKee, Reploegle, Scott, and Whitemore.