Person:John Chesnut (2)

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Col. John Chesnut
d.5 May 1805 Laurel,Knox Co.,KY
m. est. 1740
  1. Margaret ChesnutAbt 1740 - 1763
  2. William Chesnut, Jr.est 1745-1748 - bef 1806
  3. Col. John Chesnut1746 - 1805
  4. William ChesnutAbt 1750 -
  • HCol. John Chesnut1746 - 1805
  • WPatience Gum1745 - Abt 1825
m. 1765
  1. William Gordon Chesnut1767 - 1802
  2. Anne Chesnut1770 -
  3. John Chesnut1774 -
  4. Jacob Chesnut1776 -
  5. Nancy Chesnut1778 -
  6. Abraham Thomas Chesnut1782 - Aft 1840
  7. Benjamin Chesnut1782 - 1829
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Name Col. John Chesnut
Gender Male
Birth? 1746 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 1765 ,Augusta Co.,VAto Patience Gum
Death? 5 May 1805 Laurel,Knox Co.,KY

John Chesnut was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land in Virginia:


  • Page 33.--232 acres by survey (to John Chesnut), on Bull Pasture Mountain, 15th February, 1768.
  • Page 117 - Land Survey - John Chestnut, 10 acres, War Branch of a Branch of the North River. Adjoining William Chestnut, James Davison. June 4, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 43].
  • Page 11.--18th November, 1772. William Chesnutt to son John Chesnutt, part of 400 acres conveyed to said William by Nicholas Green, on Muddy Creek; Wood's corner. Delivered: Jno. Chesnutt, 5th April, 1779.

Records of John Chesnut in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1789--January 23, Thomas Duffield and Ann Chesnut; surety, John Chesnut. "John Chesnut personally consented."
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1790--January 12, William Palmer, Jr, and Jenny Chesnutt; surety, John Chesnutt.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1790--May 19, John Chesnutt and Anne Palmer, daughter of Wm. Palmer; surety, James Spence. (Note: possibly a son of this John?).
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage in Augusta County - 1790 (shows incorrectly as 1798 in Chalkley's), January 8th--By Rev. Wm. Wilson: May 22d, John Chesnut and Anne Palmer.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1796---December 13, Jacob Sligh and John Chesnut, surety. Jacob Sly and Lucy Vines, daughter of Thomas Vines (consent). Jacob is son of Henry Sligh (consent). Teste: James Kelly.




Information on John Chesnut

BIRTH: HOOSIER COUSINS "First Families of Lawrence" by Ben & Alice Dixon. Page 57.

DEATH: HOOSIER COUSINS "First Families of Lawrence" by Ben & Alice Dixon. Page 57.

The above noted publication states that John was a soldier of the Revolution. He left Augusta Co. VA for KY in about 1790.

Information submitted by Nancie Todd Weber, "William CHESNUT".

The "HISTORY OF LAWRENCE CO., IN (1990)" notes that John was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was in Captain Hopkin's Company from Augusta Co., VA in 1777. A copy of this section of that book is in the writer's files in a loose leaf notebook containing Adamson and Doyle information.

A family group record found on the LDS web site on July 8, 1999, gives the date of death as being the same as his date of marriage :=)

The following information was received in an e-mail letter from Jeanie Wiesler (jeaniewiesler@juno.com):

John Chesnut, born in VA in 1746, died 5 May 1805 in Laurel, Knox Co., KY. He was the son of William Chesnut and Sophia Burk and married Patience Gumm 1765. She was born in Delaware in 1745, the daughter ofJohn Gunn and Alice Fisher.

The following notes were included with the above:

(Notes: Info from Elmer Compton: he was a Revolutionary War hero. Info from Nancy Pruett Parson's Chesnut History: "In 1762 he bought 400 acres in Augusta Co., VA. In 17909 sold 230 acres on Bull Pasture and 200 acres on Muddy Creek, moved to Green Co., TN with Anne & Thomas Duffield, Jacob & Margaret Blake and other members of her familly. John's son was already in KY. John chesnut remained in Green Co. several years before buying 200 acres in 1795, then moved to Laurel, Knox Co., KY. His will was dated 21 Mars 1805 (Will Book A-8, Knox Co., KY) (Most of the info in Sentinel Echo, London KY, 19 Jan 1961 about John Chesnut comes from news column writtne by Col. Go))

Rev. War Veteran, Pvt in Capt. Hopkins Co., Augusta Co., VA 6th VA Infantry Which Was At Germantown And Valley Forge The above noted publication states that John was a soldier of the Revolution. He left Augusta Co. VA for KY in about 1790.

Information submitted by Nancie Todd Weber, "William CHESNUT".

The "HISTORY OF LAWRENCE CO., IN (1990)" notes that John was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was in Captain Hopkin's Company from Augusta Co., VA in 1777. A copy of this section of that book is in the writer's files in a loose leaf notebook containing Adamson and Doyle information.

From info submitted by Nancie T. Weber:

  • 1790 - moved to Greene Co., TN.
  • 1800 moved with children, Abraham, Benjamin, and Nancy to Knox Co., KY. Soon after was joined by sons, William, John, and Jacob.