Facts and Events
John Archer was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 13.--15th August, 1786. John Archer's executors to Richard Mathews. 75 acres patented to Sampson Archer and sold to his brother, John Archer, deceased, but no title ever made. Teste: James Cunningham, James McKibbin, Joseph Trotter, Daniel Friel, David Greiner, Hugh McDowell, Alex. Nelson, Jr., Stephen Smith.
Will of John Archer
- Page 164.--20th May, 1780. John Archer's will--To wife, Rebecca; to brother, Sampson Archer; to sister, Elizabeth Stuart; to William Blair's daughter, Rebecca; to John Blayr, son of my friend William Blair; to Mary Ross, wife of Robert Ross; to the poor, whether friends or strangers, remainder of estate. Executors. John' Poage, Robert Armstrong. Teste: William Clunie, William Blear, James Anderson, John Richey.
- Page 461.—18th August, 1786. Robert Armstrong, executor of John Archer, executes the power in the will by giving one-half of the residuum of the estate to John Archer, nephew of John Archer, deceased, and the other half to be divided between Sampson Archer, Sr., and Sampson Archer, Jr., children—induced to do this because they are relatives and are objects of charity. Teste: Andrew Downey, J. Mathews.
Records of John Archer in Augusta County, VA
- Vol. 2 - Muster List of 1742: No. 1 - Captain John Smith's List: John Smith, Captain; John Moffet, Lieutenant; William Anderson, Ensign; Daniel Daniston, Sergeant; Sam Hogshead, John Hogshead, Will Hogshead, Dan. McAnear, Math. Edmeston, John Finley, Walter Trimble, John Francis, Robert Ralston, John Young, Alex. Blair, Alex. Craig, Thomas Gillespy, And. Erwine, Benj. Erwine, John Erwine, Edw. Erwine, John Trimble, James Trimble, Rob. Moffett, James Wright, Rob. King, Jam. Armstrong, John Pattison, Jas. Lesley, Felix Kanady, Thomas Gordon, And. Mitchell, Jas. Robertson, Gabrl. Pickins, Rob. Leeper, Sam. Moore, John Miller, James Miller, Patr. Quine, Mat. Armstrong, John Ramsey, Dan. Daniston, Sam Northward, Rob. Renick, John Archer, Sampn. Archer, Jam.'s Sayers, Thos. McCulough, George Anderson, John Anderson, Rob. Poage, Rob. Patterson, Jas. Craford, Will Baskins.
- Vol. 1 - Page 324.--27th February, 1748-9. James Bell's will--Wife, Rachel; son, William (infant); son, James, under 23, 400 acres on Jenning's Branch, and one plantation on a branch of Cathey's River near testator's home place, where he lives; cousin, Andrew Foster, testator has sold him a tract on a spring branch of Cathey's River, called McClure's Run; daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Jean Bell; nephews, William and James Bell, tract on which they dwell known by name of Smith's Spring. Executors, wife Rachel and nephew James. Teste: Alexander Crawford, Robert Renick, Saml. Bell. Proved, 28th May, 1751, by all witnesses, and executors qualified, with sureties John Archer and Thos. Armstrong.
- Vol. 1 - Page 367.--27th August, 1751. James Bell's appraisement, by John Archer, Wm. McPheeters, Samuel Wallace.
- Page 414.--20th May, 1752. Improvements on John Hogshead's plantation. £40, by Simpson (s/b Sampson) and John Archer. 21st May, 1752, John Gray's appraisement by Danl. Lyle, William Caruthers, Archd. Alexander.
- Page 181.--23d February, 1757. John Hogshead's appraisement, by John Archer, Sampson Archer, Thomas Armstrong.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1772 (B). Rebeccah Archer vs. John Archer.--Chancery. Writ 23d November, 1772. Plaintiff and defendant have been married upwards of 30 years, and has suffered most cruel usage from her husband. Prayer for separate maintenance. Answer admits all drunkenness. "Whereas John Archer has abused Rebekah, his wife, and denies his marriage to her, we, the under named persons, do certify that we were eye and ear witnesses to ye above persons being lawfully married in ye County Tiroon. Given under our hands, this 16th day of November, 1771. (Signed) James Sayers, Rebekah Sayers, Hannah Sayers, Sarah Renick, Sampson Archer, Elizabeth (her x mark) Stuart." Decree for separate maintenance, according to contract between the parties, dated 7th March, 1772.
- Vol. 1, page 402 March, 1794 Archer's Administrator vs. Archer's Executor--David Sawyers, administrator of Rebecca died May 1789; John Archer her husband died, died May, 1771 . Bill to make John Archer's Executor pay Rebecca's Administrator the alimony that was decreed to her. (Note: should John Archer's date of death be May 1781?, more research necessary).