Facts and Events
John Handley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John Handley's land (Borden Tract NE, 257 acres, 1751) 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: J.R. Hildebrand's map shows two adjoining 257-acre tracts, but only one appears to be listed in Chalkley's transcriptions).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 183.--26th November, 1751. Borden, etc., to John Hanley, 257 acres of 92,100. Broad Spring Run, otherwise called Back Creek, joining Joseph Kennedy's 300-acre tract surveyed.
- Page 69.--15th November, 1762. James Simpson and Jane ( ) to John Handey, £150, 300 acres on Cowpasture. Delivered: Jno. Handley, 19th November, 1770.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 623.--21st May, 1764. John Handley and Grizel ( ) to William Reah, £50, 257 acres corner tract of 300 acres surveyed to Joseph Kennedy, on Broad Spring Run, otherwise called Back Creek. Teste: James Wardlaw, Wm. Edmiston. Jas. Pollock, Mathew Morehead.
- John Handley, having a concern over the future of his son's family, decided that on the first of October, 1781 he would transfer the ownership of his 300 acre plantation to his grandson John Handley, son of Alexander Handley, recently deceased. This property was located on the Southeast side of the Cowpasture River. Not far from the junction of the Jackson River and the beginnings of the James River, one of the larger streams in Virginia. Also included in this property transfer would have been John Handley's Mill, which was located along the bank of the Cowpasture River. John Senior and his wife Grizel bought this 300 acres from James Simpson on the 15th of November 1762. Apparently, by the time of this gift of land to his grandson, John Senior's wife Grizel had died, as her name was not listed on any of the paperwork that completed this transfer. (Source: "The Life of Martha Baker Handley", listed below).
Processioning List of 1760
- "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 settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 276.--1760: Processioned in Capt. Moore's Company by John Stephson, Nathaniel Evins: For Nathaniel Evins, for Wm. McCreerey, for Thos. Willson, for John Stevenson, for John McClung, for Wm. McClung, for Alex. Moore, for Adam Reed, for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Paris, for Thomas Bard, for John Cunningham, for Mathew Huston, for John Mountgumery, for Wm. Moore, for Wm. Lockridge, for Thomas Boyd, for John Boyd, for Thomas Hill, for Robert Ware (Wire), for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Beard, for Wm. Wardlaw, for Andrew Steel, for James Steel, for Joseph Kennedy, for John Lowry, for Samuel Huston, for James Eakins, for John Hanly, for John Logan, for Alex. Logan, for Alex. McNutt, for James McNutt, for John Rosman, for Andrew Dunkin, for John Wardlaw, for Wm. McCanless, for James Cowdan, for John Moore.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - 1750. - Petition for road from Joseph Kennedy's Mill to John Huston's, and from John Huston's to the great road from Timber Grove to Woods Gap: James Hill, Joseph Kenedy, John Wilson, James Eakin, John Handly, William Wardlaw, William Lockridge, John Edenston, William McConnell, Walter Eakin, Robert Stewart, Robert Dunlap, Andrew Duncan, John Huston, Samuel Huston, Robert Alexander, Patrick Hays, John Mountgomery, Andrew Steel, John Stewart.
- Page 178.--15th February, 1753. Borden, etc., to John Logan, 262 acres of 92100, 1753. Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek of James; corner Joseph Kennedy and John Hanley; McNut's land, his old survey; Thomas Beard's line.
- Page 335.--21st August, 1754. Joseph Kenedy, Gent., and Elizabeth, to Edward McColgan, cordwinder, £60, 300 acres at Broad Spring in Borden's tract crossing Broad Spring Run with John Handly's line. Signed without mark (see Deed Book No. 6, page 331). Delivered to Samuel Buchanan, 21st June, 1758.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1755 (A). - Ramsey vs. Jamesons and Gay.--John Ramsey, assignee of Charles Donnelly, who was assignee of John Handly, complains of John Jameson and Robert Gay, and Sarah, his wife, late Sarah Jameson. Bond dated 1754. Signed, Sarah Jameson.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1757 (C). - Corry vs. Handly.--Thomas Jordan in 1744 and 1757 lived in New Castle County, Pennsylvania. John Handlin and William Handlin, late of Ireland, and now in Mill Creek Hundred, in New Castle County, upon Delaware, are bound to Samuel Corry of same place. Bond, 18th April, 1740.
- Page 303.--29th December, 1757. Andrew Muldrough's will - Executors, James Simpson and Wm. McMory; wife, Jane; two sons, Hugh and John, infants. Teste: Hugh Martian, John Dickinson, Wm. Davis. Proved, 21st March, 1759, by William Davis. Proved, 16th May, 1759, by Hugh Martin. Executors, Simpson and McMurry, qualified, with Geo. Wilson and Jno. Handly.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1758. - Thomas Thompson vs. John and William Handly.--John Handly and William Handly of West Nantmill Township, and County of Chester, weavers. Bond to Charles Tennent as above. Minister of the gospel, dated March 14, 1746-7, assigned by Tennent in January, 1748-9 to Robert Boggs of same County. Assigned by Boggs to Thomas Armor, August 28, 1749. By Armor, October 14, 1749, to Thomas Thompson of Augusta. William Handly, returned not in County, 1754.
- Page 422.--4th July, 1760. Joseph ( ) Kennedey to Wm. Kennedey, £100, 414 acres in Borden's tract; cor. Andrew Steel, crossing the Mill Creek; cor. Andrew Duncan. Delivered: Jno. Handley by your order.
- Page 321.--Patent to James Burnside, 26th September, 1760. Teste: John Handley, John Handley, Jr., Thomas Scott.
- Page 245.--18th May, 1762. John Moore's bond (with John Handley) as guardian (appointed) to John Duncan, orphan of Andrew Duncan.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1762. - (359) Michael Williams, aged 17, and George Williams, aged 15 years, to be bound to Augustine Price. Thomas Peerie's will produced and order to summon witnesses. Commission for private examination of James Simpson's wife, Jane, in deed to John Handley.
- Page 253.--21st June, 1763. Thomas Weems and Elinor to William Givens, £217, 552 acres on Great Calve Pasture; corner Henry Gay; corner John Harvey. Teste: James Lockridge, John Stewart, John Handley.
- Page 620.--17th November, 1763. William Adims (Adams) to George Jemison, £50, 336 acres in Borden's tract on Moffet's Creek; David Hays' line. James Trimble's'line. Teste: Wm. McCutchan, Wm. Kennedy. Samuel Steel. Jno. Handly, Andrew Kennady, Wm. Edmiston. Delivered: George Jamison, 17th January, 1787.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 19, 1764. - (499) Commission for examination of Grissell, wife of John Handley.
- Page 351.--22d June, 1764. Jane Thompson and Edward Thompson's bond (with Jno. Cartmill, Jno. Handley), as administrators of Thomas Thompson.
- Vol. 2 - Page 405.--12th October, 1765: As it has pleased your Worships to send an order to nominate four Persons in the Cow Pasture to mark the lines of the Several plantations there, we the subscribers, hereof, have gone from the Forks at James River upwards to Joseph Mays (Maes) and Thomas Feemster and William Black, from there to the head of the waters. There is many places that there is no livers in and others that doth not know their lines. The names of such as we found their lines are as follows: James Scott, William Gillespy, John Handly, Wm. McMurry, James Beard, Cap. Jno. Dickinson, James Hamilton, Ralf Laferty, John Cartmill, James Hugart, Robert Stewart, James McCay, Charles Donelly, Thomas Gillespy. James McCay, James Scott. N. B.--The above is as exact as we could make it to ye Worshipful Court. May, 1765, Parish debtor to James Hill. To summoning an inquest on Geo. Henderson, deceased. To burying said Henderson.
- Page 241.--15th October, 1765. Edward McColgen and Marion (Mary Ann) to Hugh McFadden, £68, 300 acres in Borden's tract, on Broad Spring Run, Jno. Hanley's line. Delivered: Robert Henderson. Delivered: 1769.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1767. - (233) Wm. Christian, John Handley, James McKain, John Archer, Zachh. Johnston and John Hunter--certificates of hemp.
- Page 180.-- 2d March, 1768. Same to Robert Lusk, £10, 241 acres, part of 92,100; corner John Lusk, Walter Eakins' line; corner John Handly; corner Hugh McFaden.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1768 (D). - Mr. Wm. McCutchan, Dr., to John Handley. 1760. To 1 elk skin, 10/.
- Page 183.--21st May, 1768. James ( ) Peerie and Katharine to Thomas Scot, £5, 220 acres, corner former survey of Thomas Peerie, John Campbell's line, William McNabb's line, corner John Lynn. Teste: John Handly, Patrick Buchanan, William Bell. Delivered: Thomas Scott, 30th December, 1773.
- Page 204.--11th January, 1769. Adam Thompson's will--Wife, Naomie; Son, Andrew; daughters, Margaret and Rebecca. Teste: Samuel Downey, Andrew Scott, Thos. Scott. Executors, Saml. Downey, Andw. Thompson. Proved, 22d March, 1769, by Scott. Executors qualified, with John Thompson, John Handly.
- Page 299.--28th April, 1769. Adam Thompson's estate appraised, by John Buchanan, James Callison, John Handly.
- Page 388.--20th June, 1769. William Ward, of South Carolina, to John McClung. £52.10, 279 acres, part of Borden's 92100, and 30 acres, being part of an entry of King's land adjoining the same; corner Thomas Wilson. Teste: John Handley, Edward ( ) Thompson, Thomas ( ) McClung. Delivered: Daniel Kidd, January, 1779.
- Page 250.--17th October, 1769. John Young's bond (with John Handley, William and James Bell) as guardian (appointed) to James Young, orphan of James Young.
- Page 329.--19th June, 1770. Same (From Hugh ( ) McFadden and Elisabeth ( ), of Botetourt) to Robert Wason, £60, 150 acres in Borden's 92,100; corner Robert Cooper, John Handley's line. Delivered: Grantee, 29th September, 1801.
- Page 22.--19th November, 1771. William Reah (Reaoh) and Elizabeth ( ) to Mathew Moorehead, £85, 257 acres in Borden's land conveyed to William by John Handly and Grizel, 22d May, 1764, corner 300 acres surveyed for Joseph Kennedy on Broad Spring Run, otherwise called Back Creek. Delivered, September, 1778. Teste: John Rusk, Daniel Kidd, Archibald Reaugh.
- Page 221.--16th September, 1773. Samuel Downey's estate appraised by John Handly, Alex. McPheeters, Peter Hanger, James Callison--James Porterfield's account.
Information on John Handley, Sr.
From "The Life of Martha Baker Handley":
In the mean time her father-in-law John Handley, having a concern over the future of his son's family, decided that on the first of October, 1781 he would transfer the ownership of his 300 acre plantation to his grandson John Handley, son of Alexander Handley, recently deceased. This property was located on the Southeast side of the Cowpasture River. Not far from the junction of the Jackson River and the beginnings of the James River, one of the larger streams in Virginia. Also included in this property transfer would have been John Handley's Mill, which was located along the bank of the Cowpasture River. John Senior and his wife Grizel bought this 300 acres from James Simpson on the 15th of November 1762. Apparently, by the time of this gift of land to his grandson, John Senior's wife Grizel had died, as her name was not listed on any of the paperwork that completed this transfer. [Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vlwest/handley/handley/martha.html]
- "The Handley Family History" by Mary Mortimeyer and Richard Hopkins