Facts and Events
John Burnside was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on John Burnside
Note: there is another contemporary John Burnside, who appears to be the uncle of this John Burnside and can be easily confused with this John Burnside. Some records below may be of this other John Burnside whose wife was named Martha had one daughter, Frances, and died abt. 1793 at Ft. Defiance. More research may be necessary.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 681.--21st August, 1764. David Stevenson and Annos ( ) to Jno. Burnside, £170, 400 acres on Cathey's River and on North Branch of the Great Meadow, east side Walker's Run; corner Thomas Stevenson, patented to said David, 16th June, 1744. Teste: James Bell, Hugh Hamilton, John King.
Will of John Burnside
- Pg. 419, Will of John Burnsides of Bath and "Colony of Virginia", March 13, 1809.
- Beq: to well beloved wife Mearry all lands within my survey on this side of river where I now live, and old sugar camp on the other side up to the first run: Negro Milley, wench Bet and boy Jed and all movable property for life, as a widow.
- if she marries she is to receive a horse, saddle and bridle, bed and bed clothes, bodily appearel and a wheel.
- all movable property to be for wife and children and these children "to be schooled, cloathed and maintained on this plantation until they are provided for", and to receive a share as they go off.
- each of five daughters, Elizabeth Hannah, Isabella Smith, Mearry, Margret and Martha Burnsides each to receive a negro child, the issue, along with child Pee, of the two women. None of the slaves to be sold except within the family; children may go to new owners at 2-3 years.
- if there are more than five children, a child to John Burnside, son of Alexander.
- to son John 1 house, "the money he got" and one Negro child
- to daughter Sarah Beatly $20 in property "which suits her better than a Negro in her way of living".
- at his wife's death son William ahd Robert receive the plantation and three Negroes, and to have a right to clear land now but not to sell or rent (if one dies, the other inherits).
- to son Alexander part of the plantation where he now lives.
- to daughters Mearry, Margret and Martha each a horse, saddle "and as much other property as the rest got".
- to sons William and Robert and equal amount of the movable property remaining.
- his executors and wife are to decide when to sell, rent or otherwise dispose of the plantation and to purchase other land with children having the same rights as willed.
- Exec: son Alexander and son-in-law Robert Smith.
- Wit: John Irvin and John Gilson
- Probated April 1809 Court.
[Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 54].
- Pg. 460, Inventory - John Burnside, Alexander Burnside, adm.
- Submitted July 5, 1810 by David Hannah, John Gibson and William Poage.
- Negro woman Emilla, girl Bet, boy Jesse, girl Mariah, boy Willis; household furniture, horses 6, hoge 25, cattle 18, sheep 15, bonds of Valentine Cackley, Abraham McNeel, Alexander Burnside and R. Smith.
[Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 58].
- Pg. 175 - Settlement of estate of John Burnside, Alexander Burnside, exec., Dec. 16, 1825, William Poage, John S. Ewing, Robert Rhea, comm. Debits and credits: John Burnside.
[Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 128].
Records of John Burnside in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 223.--21st November, 1759. Thomas ( ) Armstrong to son Wm. Armstrong, £5, 200 acres on Jennings' Branch, part of 400 surveyed for Thomas. Teste: John Finley, Jno. Burnside. Delivered: Wm. Armstrong, January, 1769.
- Page 222.--15th October, 1765. Robert Young and Jean ( ) to Isaac Carson, £90, 265 acres on a branch of Middle River of Shanandoe conveyed by John Young to Robert, 16th May, 1759. Teste: James Henderson, John Burnsides, John Young, Jr. Delivered: John Francis, March, 1768.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1766. - (171) Andrew Erwin vs. John Burnsides.--Abates by death of plaintiff.
- Page 489.--17th January, 1767. John King and Mary ( ) to David Bell, £5, 10 acres between his and John Patterson's land, William Wallace's corner. Teste: John Burnsides. Delivered: David Bell, heir of the grantee, 20th February, 1806.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1767. - (220) Hugh Allen appointed surveyor of highway from James Given's Mill, by his house, to Stone Meeting House, and the following to work the road: Saml. Hinds, Robt. Stevenson, Wm. Kerr, John Stewart, John Campbell, James Allen, John Anderson, Hugh Allen, William McClure, James Allen, Saml. Bell, Andrew Lockhart, John Burnside, Saml. McKee, James Searight, Thos. Storey.
- Page 547.--3d February, 1778. Andrew Walker's will--To wife, Margaret, if she has a child to him; to mother-in-law; to brother and sisters. Executors, Thomas Connely and John Burnsides. Teste: John Campbell, Robt. McCormick, Mary Sevenson. Proved, 17th February, 1778, by Campbell, and recorded. Executors qualify.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1779. - (6) John Burnsides, no inhabitant.
- Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1780 - page 63, John Burnsides, Jr., Greenbrier.