Facts and Events
John Fowler was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Vol. 2 - 1745, June 14th--John Fowler, 400 acres on head of Criste's (Custis) Run, on N. E. side Duglas line.
- John Fowler received a patent for 200 acres "on Naked Creek Hite's, &c., line", prior to 27 May 1751, (as listed in the dispostion below):
- Page 412.--14th August, 1753. Thomas Waterson and Mary to John Fowler, 120 acres patented to Thomas 12th January, 1746, on North River Shannando, crossing Cook's Creek. Teste: Robert Wilson, Samuel McKune.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 315.--27th May, 1751. John Fowler and Margaret, to John Hope, (200 acres) on Naked Creek, Hite's, etc., line. Teste: Joseph Bryan, James Bell.
Processioning List of 1760 & 1767/8
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 295.--1760: Processioned by John Hopkins, David Ralston, in Capt. Ephraim Love's Company: For Thomas Gordon, for Francis Green, for Jeremiah Harrison, for Daniel Love, for Daniel Callkin, for Robert Cravens, for Thos. Harrison, for Ephraim Love, for Widow Johnston, for Alex. Herring, for Edward Shankling, for Widow Logan, for William Logan, for John Cravens, for Widow McDonel, for Joseph Cravens, for Wm. Hopkins, for John Hopkins, for Thomas Shankling, for Alex. Miller, for Mathew Black, for Thos. Campbell, for Daniel Harrison, for Daniel Harrison, Jr., for Samuel Harrison, for Robert Harrison, for Pat. Guin (s/b Quinn), for Wm. Snoding, for John Fowler, for David Nelson, for Samuel Briges, for John McGill, for Christopher Thompson, for John Wright, for Archibald Hopkins.
- Vol. 2 - Page 444.--1767-1768: Processioned by Robt. Cravens and Jeremiah Harrison: For Daniel Smith, for Lennard Herren, for Samuel Sample, for Thomas Harrison, for John Harrison, for Wm. Snaddone, for John McClure, for Saml. Briggs, for John McGill, for John Fowler, for Saml. Hemphill, for Jeremiah Harrison, for William Gregg, for Pat. Guin (s/b Quinn), for Jno. Cravens, for Robt. Cravens, for Daniel Love, for Daniel Harrison, for John Brown, for David Ralston, for John Hinton, for Vaulintine Saveyer, for Francis Hughes, for Alex. Harrison, for James Fowler, for Edward Shanklin, for Jennett McDonaId, for Alex. Miller, for Jno. Hardman, for Henry Ewen (Erven), for William Ervin, for Andw. Ervin, for Walter Crow, for Michael Waren, for John Curry. (Note: Jennet McDonald was the mother-in-law of John Fowler. Patrick Quinn also married a daughter of Jennet McDonald. James Fowler is a possible relative (brother?), more research needed).
Records of John Fowler in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 195.--23d September, 1755. John Hopes and Mary ( ), of Frederick County, to Ann and Richard Vare, £45, 200 acres on Naked Creek Patented to John Fowler and conveyed by Fowler to Hopes 27th May, 1751. Hite's, &c., line. Teste: Charles Lewis, Jno. Archer, Robert Reed, Jno. Craven. Delivered: Jno. Davis, January, 1761.
- Page 311.--17th May. 1759. Samuel Scott's estate settlement, by Robert Scott and Robert Hooks, executors. Paid Thos. Stevenson, Christopher Zimmerman, Robt. McFarson, David Nelson, Henry Downs, Saml. Wilkins, Wm. Craig, Wm. Snodon, Margaret Fowler, William Jordan, Jno. Vought, Patrick Cain, Doctor Harrison, Hugh Thompson, Jonathan Gibson, Jas. Beard; 1 coffin for Samuel Scott; 1 coffin for George Scott; keeping 3 negroes one year, nine months, bv R. Scott. Vendue to, viz: David Crighton, Jno. Paul Fought, David Logan, Jas. Underwood, James Berkley, widow McDonald, Patrick Quin. Joseph Kinkade, John Love, Bernard Man, Jacob Pence, John Wilkins, Ann Scott. (Note: Margaret Fowler was John's wife, "Widow McDonald" was John's mother-in-law).
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 21, 1761. - (480) John, James and John Fowler--jurymen. (?)
- Page 40.--22d May, 1761. Naomi Hill's bond (with Felix Gilbert and Jno. Fowler) as administratrix of Johnston Hill.
- Page 229.--22d June, 1763. Ann Vare ( ) to Richard Shankling, £45, 200 acres on Naked Creek, patented to John Fowler and conveyed by John to John Hope, and by John Hope to Ann and Richard Vare, and by said Ann Vare, 22d June, 1763.
- Vol. 1 - OCTOBER, 1765 (C). - Fowler et als. vs. John Stewart.--John Fowler and Margaret, his wife; William Patterson and Mary, his wife; Patrick Quin and Jane, his wife; James Skidmore and Sarah, his wife, sue John Stewart for a slave which Stewart bought of Jennet McDonald (McDonell), administratrix of Randolph McDonell. (Are these women daughters of Randolph?). (Note: the Randolph McDonald referenced in this record was the brother-in-law of John Fowler, who had died in abt. 1757. The suit "Fowler vs. Skidmore" in 1769 appears to be a continuation of this suit).
- Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 16, 1766. - (331) John Fowler's still house, about a mile from Edward Shanklin's--David Nelson's--Jacob Nicholas's--road located.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1769 (A). - Fowler vs. Skidmore.--Bill in Chancery, filed 1764-5. John Fowler and Margaret, his wife, William Patterson and Mary, his wife, Patrick Quinn and Jane, his wife, which said Margaret, Mary and Jane, together with Sarah, since intermarried with James Skidmore, were sisters and co-heirs of Randolph McDonald of Augusta County, deceased, against James Skidmore and Sarah, his wife. Randolph died intestate unmarried and without children. Randolph's mother was Janet McDonald. Randolph was 26 years old when he died.