Facts and Events
John Hunter was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 309.--4th October, 1760. Robert Brooke and Mary, of Essex County, to John Hunter, £40, 500 acres conveyed to Robert by Beverley, 26th November, 1741; corner Wm. Campbell; James Miles' line; Wm. Robinson's corner; Robt. Moffet's line. Teste: Robert ( ) Hunter, Wm. Palmer, Samuel Hunter, John ( ) McCallam.
- Page 178.--15th March, 1774. John Jackson and Martha ( ) to John Hunter, on a branch of North River of Shanando, called Vails Spring, joining lands of Borden and Shoemaker, patented to said John Jackson, 16th February, 1771.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 371.--__ day _____, 1760. John Hunter to Robt. Hunter, £__, 255 acres on Christian's Creek; corner Thos. Shields, Sayer's land; corner Robt. Wilson; Alexander's corner. Teste: James Logan. Delivered: Jno. Hunter, November, 1764.
- Page 356.--17th June, 1770. John Hunter and Frances ( ) to Samuel Hunter, 40 pence, 128 acres conveyed to John by Robert Brookes, conveyed by Beverley, 26th November, 1751, in Beverley Manor; John Thompson's line; corner Robert Hunter, now John Thompson; corner Anthony Black, a cabin by the road between John Hunter's and his son, Samuel Hunter's. Teste: W. Christian, David Carson.
- Page 1.--25th August, 1770. William Wilson and Mary ( ), of Albemarle and John Hunter, Sr., and Frances, of Augusta, to Francis Hart, grove of Staunton, £40. In Staunton, part of lot No, 14, 5 poles north and south and 4 poles east and west, only excluding a house on northwest corner wherein Edward Long lived, of 18 by 22 feet in length and breadth. Lot faces James Hustons front on south and James Huse on west, containing 20 square perches, only reserving said house; also 2-1/2 acres wood land on south end of lot of 30 acres between (betwixt) Col. William Preston's land and Joseph Gamble's wood land, about 1/2 mile northwest of Staunton bounded according to courses of Staunton, lot No. 10. Delivered: Francis Harterove, 9th September, 1773.
Will of John Hunter
- Page 237.--10th February, 1774. John Hunter's will--To son, Robert, 6/0; to daughter, Jane Wallace, 5/0; to daughter, Martha Moore, 5/0; to son, Samuel, 5/0, executor; to son, Hugh, 5/0; to son. Henry, the still and vessels; to son, John, all land testator now lives on; to daughter, Frances Lawrence, 5/0; to wife, Frances, executrix. Teste: Joseph Ray, Saml. Blackwood, Thomas Keor. Proved, 17th May, 1774, by the witnesses. Frances qualifies (her mark) with William Black, John Hunter.
Muster List of 1742
Heare followeth a list of all the Muster (?) of Augusta County under their respective officers and Captains:
- Capt. John Willson's Lists: John Wilson, Captain; Sam Calehison, Nathan Lusk, John Shields, John Greer, John Patterson, George Davison. John Hunter, Wm. Hunter, James Hunter, John Rusk, James Clark, Wm. Vance, Rob Croket, John Trumble, Wm. King, Sa. Walace, John Spear, Thomas Peery, Alex. McConnel, Rob. Young, James Young, Jacob Lockard, Patt. Cook, James Lockard, William McCutcheon, James McCutcheon, Rob. McCutcheon, Alex. Crocket, Wm. Camble, Nathl. Davis, James Philip, John Barclay, James Lusk, James Trumble, Benj. Walker, Wm. Leadgerwood, Morris Offral, Rob Davies, John Brown, Wm. McClantok, Wm. Johnson, John Young, Hugh Young, Thos. Kirkpatrick, David Camble, John McCutcheon.
Processioning List of 1755
"Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:
- Page 139.--By order of Vestry, dated 27th November, 1755, subscribers have processioned all the patroned land within bounds of Cap. Wm. Christian's Company, by Wm. Henderson, Thomas Stuart, viz: For William Scott, present Robert Cunningham, Waltee Davis; for Walter Davis, present Wm. Scott, Robert Cunningham; for Rob. Cunningham; for Thos. Black, present Thos. Rutlidge, Jas. Armstrong; for Wm. Henderson, present Ro. Cunningham, Geo. Caldwell; for Geo. Rutlidge; for John McNutt, present Wm. Marshall; for Wm. Marshall, present Saml. Caldwell; for James Caldwell; for John Coalter; for Wm. Ledgerwood; for Andrew Cowan, present Wm. Carry; for Wm. Carry; for James Moody; for James Wilson; for Robert Wilson; for John Shields; for Thos. Brown; for Rob. Wilson; for Andrew Alexander; for Samuel Blackwood, present Thos. Blackwood; for Thos. Blackwood; for Wm. Karr; for Robert Christian, present; for John Christian; for Wm. Christian; for Jas. Armstrong; for Wm. Armstrong; for James Frame; for Thomas Shields; for Jacob Van Lear; for James Bell; for Gabriel Alexander; for John Black; for Anthony Black; for Wm. Wright; for Jos. Tees (deceased), no one to show lines; for Wm. Long, present Alex. and John Long; for Wm. Long; for John Glass (deceased), no one to show lines; for Samuel Lusk, has no deed; for Samuel McCoule, has no deed; for John Hunter, has no deed; for James Patton (deceased), no one to show lines; for Thomas Stuart; for Edward Hall; for Alex. Thomson.
Records of John Hunter in Augusta County, VA
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 20, 1746/7. - (167) John Hunter relinquished his right to qualify on estate of his mother, Elizabeth Hunter, in Lunenburg Co., who died lately intestate in said Co., to Wm. Hunter, his younger brother.
- Vol. 1 - OCTOBER 25, 1755. - (490) Propositions and grievances: John Hunter for services, wagoning.
- Page 178.--3d September, 1756. Robert Sayers' nuncupative will--To second son Robert (infant), all real estate bought from his brother David Sayers; father was testator's security in above purchase; to son Robert, a saddle which Wm. Scott is making; son, David (infant), which is a fool. Proved, 20th November, 1756, by Jno. Christian, John Hunter, Chas. Campbell. Was objected to by David Sayers, to whom administration was granted, because the will was not signed, but as Campbell and Hunter testified that the testator acknowledged it as his will, it is recorded and administration is rescinded; then administration is granted David as next of kin (Hannah, the widow, refusing to qualify), who qualifies with Jno. Ramsey and John Hunter.
- Page 168.--17th November, 1756. David Sayer's bond (with David Hays, Jno. Hunter) as administrator of Robert Sayers.
- Page 30.--17th November, 1761. Thomas Shields and Alice to Mathew Thomson, 131, 202 acres in Beverley Manor; cor. Thos. Blackwood and Robert Armstong; cor. said Blackwood and Jno. Hunter; cor. Andrew Alexander's land; cor. Wm. Dean; Dean's cor. in Robert Armstong's line. Delivered: Mathew Thomson, November, 1766.
- Page 172.--25th January, 1762. William Buchanan's will - Planter. To wife, Rebecka; to son, James; to daughters, Merian, Ruth, Rebeckah, Hannah. Executors, son, James and Andrew Hays. Teste: Alex. Miller, James McCampbell, Jno. McCoskey. Proved, 18th August, 1762, by McCampbell and McCoskey. James Buchanan refuses to execute. Andrew Hays qualifies, with Nathaniel Evans, John Hunter.
- Vol. 2 - 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. John Hunter, with two others, added to tithables.
- Page 383.--10th May, 1763. Samuel Moore, tavernkeeper, to John Hunter, Sr., yeoman, £62, personal property, one hair trunk. Teste: Wm. Rodgers and Samuel Hunter. Delivered: Jno. Hunter, 1765.
- Page 367.--20th September, 1763. Daniel Kidd and Anne ( ) to George Rodgers, £90, 135 acres in Beverley Manor on Christian's Creek, George Hutcheson's line. Teste: Samuel Moore, Jno. Hunter.
- Page 727.--19th November, 1764. Robert ( ) Hunter, late of Augusta County, to William Doherty, £87.10, 255 acres on Christian's Creek: corner Thomas Shields' land; line of Sawyers' land: corner Robert William's land, Alexander's line. Teste: John Hunter. John ( ) Shield, Sr., Jno. Shields. Jr. Delivered: Wm. Dougherty, August, 1766.
- Page 230.--16th October, 1765. John Hutcheson and Isabella ( ) to Samuel McCune, £20, 277 acres on Christian's Creek, part of a tract surveyed for George Hutcheson. Teste: John Hunter, George Rodgers, William Wallas.
- Page 176.--15th January, 1767. Samuel Moor to John Hunter, £62, beds, tables, trunks, and other personalty. Teste: Wat. Cunningham, Robert Brown. Jno. Patterson.
- Vol. 2 - MARCH 22, 1774. - (437) John Hunter's death abates suit. (Note: this establishes that John Hunter died before this date).