Facts and Events
James Vance was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James Vance's land (Beverley Manor NW, 305 acres, 1749) 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. (Note: land acquired by William Vance (400 acres acquired in 1740), brother of James, is located just to the west of this tract).
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 254-57. 26-25 June 1742. Jost Hite of Orange County to James Vance of same. Lease and release; for ₤8 current money. 250 acres on both sides of small meadow, part of a pattent granted Jost Hite Oct. 1734... David Logan's line... (signed) Jost Hite. Wit: Robt. Allen, John Harrow, Jos. Vance. 24 June 1742. Acknowledged by Jost Hite. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 5, Dorman, pg. 14].
- Pages 46-49. 26-20 Nov. 1742. Jost Hite of Orange County to James Vance of same. Lease and release; for ₤5.2. - current money. 108 acres on the north side of Opeckon granted unto Jost Hite. (signed) Jost Hite. Wit: David Vance, John Hite. 26 9ber [Nov.] 1742. Acknowledged by Jost Hite. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 41].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 443.--27th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) of Parrish of St. Anne, Essex Co., to James Vance, 305 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner Martin's land. Teste: Daniel Kidney, William King.
Records of James Vance in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 = NOVEMBER 21, 1752. - (410) Maurice O'Frield, John Trimble, Wm. McFeeters, Wm. Martain, James Young, Jacob Lockart, James Vance, Patrick Martin, Wm. McClintock, Rob. Young, Thos. Piery, John Campbell, James Peary, Robert Davis, James Philips, John Spear, John McMurry, Alexr. McMurry, David Stuard, Hugh Young, John Jameson, Rob. McClellon and John Brown--to work the road under Saml. Wallace from top of North Mountain to this Co. Ho.
Will of James Vance
From "Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia", by Cecil O'Dell, pg. 298-299:
- James Vance's will was dated 26 February 1750 and was proved in Frederick County Court. He directed that his children be schooled. He bequeathed land to his eldest son Samuel and young son William and one-half of his personal property to oldest daughter Mary Vance and the other half to young daughter Sarah. James appointed his wife Elizabeth and his brothers William Vance and Robert Glass to serve as his executors. David Vance and William Stevenson were named guardians of his children. [Frederick County Virginia Will Book 1, pg. 495
- Elizabeth Vance, widow, received a Fairfax grant for 338 acres southeast of the 108-acre tract on 7 August 1752. [Gray, Northern Neck Grants, H-100, H-191]. James (or David Vance as occasionally recorded) had purchased this tract previously from Jost Hite in 1742.
- Elizabeth (Vance) was deceased by 4 October 1785 when her will (dated 12 November 1781) was proved in Frederick County Court. She listed her married daughters, Sarah Gilkison and Mary Willson. She bequeathed the plantation to her son William Vance ("where he now lives") and personal property to son James Vance. To son James David Vance (who had not been mentioned in her husband's will of 1750), she willed a "negroe man". Elizabeth listed her grandchildren James Willson and Sarah Gilkison. Samuel Vance, John Gilkison and William Vance were appointed to serve as executors. Witnesses were: William, Sarah, Elizabeth (Vance) and Sarah Bell Chipley. [Frederick County Virginia Will Book 5, pg. 110]. The Chipley's were landowners living north on Opequon Creek and Hoge Run.
- Will of James Vance (died 1751)
- Will Book 1, page 495 Frederick Co., VA
- In the Name of God Amen the twenty sixth day of February in the year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty; I James Vance of Opikan in the County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia having on of my members to be cut off in a short time but now being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefore and Calling to mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to die, I do make and Ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and Recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection to Receive the same again by the mighty power of God: And as touching such Worly Estate where with it hath pleased god to bless me in this Life, I give bequeath of and dispose of the same in following manner & form. Imprimis after all my just debts and funeral charges and my Lands Cleared out of the Office is paid out of my Estate:
- Item: I allow and appoint my Children to be schooled as my Executors shall think proper and sufficient out of My Estate.
- Item I allow my beloved wife and children to live together and have their maintenance out of my estate until my children come of age or their mother marries. Item: I leave my beloved wife after the above on half of my moveable estate. Item: and my oldest daughter Mary Vance and young daughter Sarah to have the other half of my moveable estate divided into two equal parts to each one a part.
- Item: I appoint my land where I live with the Survey on the other side of the Creek that Mr. Byrns run out to be one plantation and the Land I bough of Mr. Hite that is to run out to be anouther plantation of which two plantations. I allow my oldest son Samual Vance to have his choice when come of age and the other plantation to my young son William.
- Item: I allow my two sons after come of age to give their Mother my beloved wife Elizabeth a sufficient Maintainance whilest she liveth continuing a widow. Item: If one of my sons dies before of age the other to enjoy all my lands, but if one of my Daughters dies befor of age their part to be divided Equally amoung the living.
- I Constitute make and Ordain my beloved wife and my brother William Vance and brother Robert Glass Excutors and David Vance and William Stevenson Guardians of this my last will and Testaments.
- Before this ratafying This and this only to be my last will and Testament in witness whereofI do Here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
- The within will signed, sealed and published and declared by James Vance the Testator as and for his Las will and Testament in the present of us the Subscribers. Viz: John Willson, John Beckett, Isacc Glass.
- At a Court held for Frederick County on Tuesday the 12 day of November 1751.
- This last will and Testament of James Vance decesed was proved in Open Court by the Oaths of John Becdett and Isaac Glass the witnesses therto and Elsizabeth Vance Robert Glass and William Vance the Executors therein named having oath to the sam according to law it was admitted to Record.
- Teste: J. Wood CF
- 12 November 1751, Frederick Co., Virginia Will Book 1, Page 497. - Elizabeth Vance, Robert Glass, William Vance, Joseph Hite and Robert Allan post a bond of 200 pounds, with Morgan Morgan and Lewis Stephens in the administration of the estate of James Vance. Signed the mark of Elizabeth Vance, Robert Glass, William Vance and Joseph Hite.
- 9 May 1752, Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Volume II, Page 158. - Elizabeth Vance, (widow of James Vance, deceased), no warrant, 338 acres on drains of Opequon; adjacent David Vance, Thomas Meachan, Robert Ashby, and George Wright. Chain carriers William Runnalds & James King. Surveyed by William Baylis.