Facts and Events
John Handley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of John Handley in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1767 - page 102, John Campbell, Borden's Land; John Handley, son of William.
Will of John Handley
- Will of John Handley Sr., of Monroe County, WV
- In the name of God, Amen, Dec. 27th, in the year of our Lord, 1810, I, John Handley, of Monroe County, State of Virginia, being weak in body but of perfect memory and calling to mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following, this is to say,
- I recommend my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner. As for the worldly goods and estate which God far above my deserving has bestowed upon me, I dispose of as followeth, (summary follows):
- 1. I allow all my lawful debts to be paid.
- 2. I allow my son William one dollar
- 3. I allow my son John one dollar.
- 4. To my daughters Margaret Clark and Sarah Keys, the price of a negro woman, Feeb, and child - the woman to choose her own master.
- 5. To daughter Nancy Aken, a negro girl, Libby.
- 6. To son James, a negro boy, Peter.
- 7. To son Alexander, a negro boy, Jake.
- 8. To daughter Betsey Walker, a negro girl, Eamy.
- 9. To son Archibald, 100 A. of land between Patterson's and me.
- 10. To son Samuel, a piece of land where Isaac now lives between me and my son John and adjacent Samuel Clark and Ewing's lands and $100 to be paid by my son Isaac when he comes in possession of the homeplace.
- 11. To son Isaac, balance of home plantation, bounded by the lines of Archibald & Samuel's lands, except his mother to have living out of place her life time.
- 12. To gr.son John Mastin, when of age, 1 horse, saddle & fifty dollars.
- 13. To my well-beloved wife, Mary, homeplace her life time, a negro girl, Tilde, choice of mares, work-horses, a year old filly, also 3 cows and calves and one steer, with her saddle and bridle, all farming tools, household and kitchen furniture, personal belongings, all the sheep, hogs, poultry and grain with all other provisions laid up for consumption. If any of aforesd. remains at her death, except the negro girl, to be sold and divided amongst my legatees.
- 14. I allow my son John and my son-in-law Samuel Clark the Peters Mountain place, joining surveys made for Beckly, George Hutchison and Wm. Brown, jointly with my sons, William, Archibald & Isaac- to be equally divided between them.
- 15. I allow my executors to sell a negro man, Dave; and all the horses, cattle and every other article or piece of property not otherwise disposed of in this my will, and if there should be any money left after paying my debts and legal expenses of executing this will they are to pay my widow 10 pounds and divide remainder amongst my legatees. I appoint my wife and sons John and Archibald the executors of this my last will and testament, given under my hand and seal the day next preceeding after the first day and date above written.
- (signed) John Handley (seal)
- Witnesses: Handley, James Christy, Joseph Ewing, Jr.
- [Source: County Clerk's office, Union, Monroe County, VA (Now WV) W. Bk. I, pp. 183/189 (Bk. for 1799-1817)].
Information on John Handley
From Rootsweb.com post:
JOHN HANDLEY (1746- 1811)
John Handley was born in 1746 in Augusta County, Virginia. He was the son of William and Margaret Handley. His father was part of the Scotch-Irish emigration to America in about 1740 to Pennsylvania, then to Augusta County, Virginia, and settled in Botetourt County, Virginia , in 1746.
He married Mary Harrison in 1768, and they had the following children: William (m. Margaret Henderson), Margaret (m. Samuel Clark), Samuel (m. Sarah Ann Walker Harmon), John (m. Prossie Elder), Archibald (m. Susan Kincaid), James (m. Polly/Mary Burke), Sarah (m. Humphrey Keyes), Nancy (m. Thomas Akins), Alexander (unknown), Elizabeth (m. Andrew Walker) and Isaac (m. Kate Wylie). John purchased land on Indian Creek in Monroe County, Virginia, with his brother Archibald in 1774. His home in Monroe County was Handley's Fort. This was not a government fort, but a fortified house, where his family lived and the neighbors gathered for a place of safety during Indian alarms.
John is listed as a private in the 1774 list of Captain John Lewis's Company of Volunteers in the Botetourt County, Virginia, Regiment in Lord Dunmore's War, which was engaged in the Battle of Point Pleasant, the most desperate struggle ever waged between white men and the Indians in America. John enlisted in the Revolutionary War in Greenbrier County, Virginia. He served as a lieutenant in the company of Captain John Vartress, Jefferson County, Virginia, under the command of General George Rogers Clark in the Illinois Campaign.
He was also a juror and overseer of roads. John died January 3, 1811, and is buried in the Green Hill Cemetery at Union, Monroe County, West Virginia. His wife Mary was killed on December 4, 1829, by a team of runaway oxen that she tried to stop and drive into the barnyard gate. She is buried in the Guyandotte Cemetery in Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia.
Submitted by Sandra Ball Comer, Eldon Chapter NSDAR
- The Handley Family History by Mary Mortimeyer and Richard Hopkins