Facts and Events
John Black was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
John Black's land (Beverley Manor SE, 738 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: this tract was originally surveyed for John Preston in 1738, and was patented to John Black by William Beverley in 1749).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 275.—31st May, 1749. William Beverley to John Black, of Beverley Manor. 738 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner William Long. Beverley Manor line. Teste: James Alexander, William Long, James Bell.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 72.—19th November 1760 . John Black to Samuel Black, his son, £5, 369 acres on South River of Shanandore in Beverley Manor, part of 738 acres on which said Jno. and Samuel now live; cor. Thos. Stewart. Delivered: Samuel Black, 3d August, 1772.
- Page 225.—9th December, 1760 . John Black to his son William Black, £10, 360 acres on South River of Shanandoe, part of 738 acres whereon John now lives; cor. William Long, Samuel Black's part of said tract. Teste: Thomas Stewart, James and Gabriel Alexander, Samuel Black. Delivered: William Black, 19th July, 1787.
- - since John Black had died in 1758, this date in 1760 is problematic, needs additional research.
- Page 138.--18th March, 1772. Samuel Black, son and heir-at-law of John Black, deceased, and Rebecca ( ) to John Black, 180 acres in Beverley Manor on a branch of Lewis' Creek, corner David Black's land. Delivered: Patrick Buchanan, 30th June, 1774.
- Page 230.--15th February, 1758. John Black's will, yeoman--Wife, Isabell; sons, David and John, executors; son, Samuel; son, William Brown Teste: Adam Thompson, Moses Thompson, Andrew Cowan. Produced 16th March, 1758, and not being signed, Samuel Black, the heir-at-law, gave his consent. It was then proved by Adam Thompson and Cowan. David Black qualified. [Note: William Brown listed in John Black's will was actually his son-in-law]
- MARCH 16, 1758. - (89) Probate of will of John Black, decd. Saml. Black, heir-at-law, consents.
- Page 273.--15th November, 1758. John Black's appraisement
From Chalkley's Augusta County, VA records:
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 27, 1751. - Page (178) John Black and his son, Saml. Black, added to the list of tithables.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 21, 1752. - (328) Thomas Stewart, Isaac White, John McClure, Edward Hall, James Patton, John Black, James and Gabriel Alexander, and James Bell--clear and keep a road from Edward Hall's to Wm. Long's Mill.
- Vol. 1 - File No. 927.--Stuart vs. Black. Robert Stuart complains that Samuel and James Black claim his land. Robert is son of Thomas Stuart, who received conveyance from Beverley, 1st March, 1749. Beverley conveyed to John Black, ancestor of defendants, 30th May, 1749.
- William Black deposes, 16th November, 1801, at house of John Black, in Montgomery County: Remembers the line (?) trees, when he was a small boy, 20 years ago. Deponent is son to Samuel Black.
- John Black, aged 45 years, deposes, 16th November, 1801, at house of John Black in Montgomery County: Is son to Samuel Black. Deponent and Robert Stuart attended I. Cunningham's school.
- Receipt, viz: "July ye 15th, 1742. Received of John Black, ye quit rent of 738 acres of land in Manner Beverley, due for four years last past, viz: A.D., 1738; A.D., 1739; A.D., 1740; A.D., 1741., per JOHN HART, D. S. O. C."
- Samuel McCutchen identifies Hart's handwriting above.
- Samuel and James Black (son of Samuel Black) answer: Their land is part of 738 acres surveyed for John Preston, 19th and 23d April, 1738, and sold to Samuel and James's grandfather, John Black, by Beverley, 31st May, 1749.
- Cornelius Adair deposes on the premises, 19th December, 1801: About 30 years ago he was shown the stumps, &c., by father of the complainant, Robert, who told him they were the corner of Patton's land (now Swisher's).
- Joseph Coalter deposes, same time and place: Some time ago he was informed by a certain Mary Donnally, then an old woman, now deceased, who had lived in Patton's family, that said Patton had at first made a large survey, perhaps about 1,700 acres.
- William Black deposes, same time and place: That a considerable time ago his brother, Samuel Black, showed him the corner. Deponent is now about 62 years old, and has known the corner since he can remember, and it was a corner on the Manor line and his father's tract. Mr. Stuart died, 1788.
- John Black deposes, on premises, 19th December, 1801: That in 1755 he helped repair the fence of his uncle, John Black, grandfather to defendant. Two years after Braddock's defeat he was taken on the muster roll, at the age of 16.