Facts and Events
Rev. John Hindman was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
The following account shows that Rev. John Hindman was granted a tract of 460 acres on the "Little Calfpasture" by William Beverley on 9-10 April, 1745 (this transaction may be listed in Orange County, VA records, not located in Chalkley's):
- Page 123.--11th February, 1763. Robert ( ) Fletcher and Christian ( ) to James Stevenson, £50, 200 acres on Little Calf pasture, part of 460 acres conveyed by Beverley to John Hindman, 9th-10th April, 1745, and recorded in General Court (Orange County?), which descended to Robert and Christian as nephew and heir-at-law of Hindman; cor. James Stevenson. Teste: James Lockridge, Samuel Crockett, Edward Thompson. Delivered: Mr. Stevenson, 31st August, 1787.
Records of John Hindman in Augusta County, VA
- August 21, 1747. (257) John Graham ordered under arrest for abusing and threatening the life of Rev. John Hindman.
- Page 101.--15th February, 1748. John Stevenson's bond, £500, as administrator of John Hindman, with sureties Henry Downs, Thos. Stevenson, Samuel Givins.
- August, 1749 (A). James Patton, qui tarn. vs. Rev. John Hindman.—In 1747 defendant married James Anderson (alias Ute Perkins) and Elizabeth Skeleron, widow and relict of William Skeleron, late of Augusta, without license.
- Page 198.--29th November, 1749. Rev. Jno. Hindman's inventory, by Ro. Hook, Ro. Cravens, Wm. Williams.
- 1749. Deposition Edward Partridge, aged fifty-nine, taken before justices in Chester, Pennsylvania, says: On 1st January, 1739, one, John Hindman, came to house of John Fletcher, in township of Boringham, in said County. Hindman said to Fletcher, your wife (Elinor) is my sister. Taken 25th May, 1749. Deposition of Providence Scott, aged sixty years last October, taken 25th May, 1749, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. John Hindman, born in the County of Londonderry, Ireland, was, in 1739, at deponent's house in township of Burmingham, inquiring for Elinor Hindman, by direction of his father, and found her the wife of John Fletcher, and acknowledged her as his sister.
- November, 1758 (B). Fletcher vs. Stevenson.—John Fletcher and Eleanor, his wife, who was sister of John Hyndman, clerk and only sister and heir of her brother, complain of John Stevenson, administrator of Hyndman, for an account. Account filed of effects and general charges of Rev. John Hindman.
- Page 123.--11th February, 1763. Robert ( ) Fletcher and Christian ( ) to James Stevenson, £50, 200 acres on Little Calf pasture, part of 460 acres conveyed by Beverley to John Hindman, 9th-10th April, 1745, and recorded in General Court, which descended to Robert and Christian as nephew and heir-at-law of Hindman; cor. James Stevenson. Teste: James Lockridge, Samuel Crockett, Edward Thompson. Delivered: Mr. Stevenson, 31st August, 1787.
- SEPTEMBER, 1796 (A to G). Fletcher vs. Kelso--Eleanor Fletcher, heiress of Rev. John Hindman, conveyed Hindman's land to Fletcher. Deed was executed long potesior to death of her husband, John Fletcher, when she was femme sole. She was sister of whole blood of John Hindman. Original deeds from Beverley to Hindman recorded in General Court, 17th April, 1745. Depositions by Margaret McCutchen, Jean Martin and Agness Harvey as to relationship between John Hindman and Eleanor Fletcher. Original deed Elcanor Fletcher to son, Job Fletcher, 1790, recorded Rockbridge. James Elliott says his father, William Elliott, is 93 years old, 12th July, 1792.
Other Accounts of John Hindman
- The deposition of Edward (Partridge) filed in Court Papers No. 1, Augusta County, Virginia, shows that John Hindman was in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on January 5, 1739-40. He had a license to preach by Donegal Presbytery in March. 1742, and was immediately sent to the Shenandoah Valley as a missionary. In that year, he preached among other places in Virginia, "at the Head of Shenandoah." This place Is the present village of Cross Keys, Uocking>hum County, Virginia. He there preached the first sermon ever delivered In the county, of which there is known record. In 1745 or 1746, he organized the Old Peaked Mountain Presbyterian Church, now called the Massanutten, of Cross Keys, the oldest of all the churches in Kocking- ham County. Mr. Hindman was a native of Londonderry, Chester County, Pa., and died In October, 1748. He is buried In the cemetery at Cross Keys. In the year 1747, he changed his churoh affiliations and was appointed the first Rector of Augusta Parish.
(Source: "The Lancaster County Colonization Society" By William Frederic Worner, Henry Frank Eshleman, pg. 88)
From "Ulster-Scots in Virginia":
A Second Missionary to the Back Parts of Virginia
Donegal Presbytery sent Rev. John Hindman as a missionary to "the back parts of Virginia" in June 1742. He worked with Rev. John Craig to organize the Cooks Creek and Peaked Mountain congregations in Rockingham County. Hindman left Virginia in 1746 to take Anglican orders and returned a year later as rector of the Augusta Parish Church in Staunton. (http://www.ulstervirginia.com/ulsterscotsvirginia.asp )