Facts and Events
John Lowry, Jr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on John Lowry
NOTE: There has been confusion regarding at least three different John Lowey's in early Augusta. Additional research needed on these families.
Additional information (including sources) would be appreciated on this family with any updates.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John Lowry's land (Borden Tract, 170 acres, 1757) 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 land to north adjoining this land is assumed to be land acquired by John Lowry, Sr. in 1742, and land to the south adjoining this land is assumed to be land acquired by Robert Lowry, John Lowry's brother, in 1753.
Acquisition of Land in Augusta County, VA:
- John Lowry acquired 170 acres from Benjamin Borden in the "Borden Tract" in 1757, as shown on the J.R. Hildebrand Map. This land was willed to John Lowry's son, William, who sold the land in the transaction listed below in "Dispositions":
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 497.--20th November, 1771. William Lowrie and Isabel and Robert Lowrey, Sr., to James Henry, 170 acres of Borden's 92100, 160 acres of which was devised to Wm. Lowrie by his father John Lowrie, by will in Augusta, the remaining 10 acres sold by said Robert Lowry, John Weir's line, Edmiston's corner. Teste: Samuel Huston, William Walker, Robert Lowrey, Samuel Henry. Delivered: James Henry, 26th July, 1774.
Will of John Lowry
Will Abstract from Chalkley's:
- Page 137.--26th November, 1761. John Lowry's will--Executors, wife, Elizabeth, and John Moore; to wife, Elizabeth; to son, William, 160 acres joining Robt. Lowry; to daughter, Rebeckah Lowry; to sons, John and Robert Lowry, £6 sent with William Parris to Ireland with the benefit of the return and £16 Lake (?) money, to be taught trades; to daughters, Jennet and Elizabeth Lowry, to be paid when of age by their young brothers, David and James Lowry; to sons, David and James, infants, plantation testator lives on. Teste: John Wardlaw, Jas. Kennedy, Hugh Wardlaw, James Wardlaw. Proved, 18th May, 1762, by John, James and Hugh Wardlaw. John Moore refuses to execute. Elizabeth qualifies, with John Moore, Robt. Lowry.
- WILL OF JOHN LOWRY, JR.
- IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the twenty sixt day of November 1761, I, John Lowry of Augusta County and Colony of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, that is to pay principaly this to be my last will and testament, that is to pay principally and first of all I give and recomend my soul unto the hand of God that gave it and my body I recomend unto the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Manor at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the Resurrection I shall receive the same again, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I leave in care of my wife Elizabeth Lowry and John Moore my Executors to be demised and disposed of in the following manner and form. I give and bequeth to Elizabeth Lowry my beloved wife for term of life or while she remains unmarried this house wherein she now lives with maintenance off said plantation together with one third of all my moveable estate I give and bequeth to William Lowry my son One hundred and sixty acres of land adjoinging Robert Lowry and one young roany horse. I give and bequeth unto Rebecca Lowry, my daughter, one young roant mare and saddle, one bed and lining of close. I give and bequeth unto John Lowry and Robert Lowry my sons six pounds sent with William Burris (Parris, Purris?) to Ireland with the benefit of the return and sixteen pounds lawful money and one young mare and them both to be laurent trade and all to their own benefit. I give and bequeth unto my two daughters Jennet and Elizabeth Lowry forty pounds, twenty to each to be paid to them when the come of age, by their young brothers David and James Lowry out of there plantations. I give and bequeth to my two sons David and James Lowry the plantation I now live on with all premisces thereunto belonging, and if both or wither of them dye before they come of age there part of estate in land to be equally devided to John and Robert above writen, and of (if?) any of the rest decese before they come of age there part is to be equally devided amongst all. Also I slow that two parts of my moveables be equally devided betwixt my two sons John and robert and my three daughters, and I do hereby afterly disanul and revole all and every other former testament, with legacies and bequests and Executors by me any ways before named, willed and bequethed, ratifying and conforming this my last will and testament.
- IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
- (signed) John Lowry (Seal)
- Signed, sealed and published, pronounced and declared by me John Lowry as my last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers.
- John Wardlaw
- James Kenny
- Hugh Wardlaw
- James Wardlaw
- At a court held for Augusta County, May 18, 1762. This last Will and Testament of John Lowry, dec'd , was proved by the oaths of John Wardlaw, James Wardlaw & Hugh Wardlaw, three of the witnesses, and ordered to be record --- and John Moore one of the Executors having refused to take on hum the burther of the Ececution therein named, who made oath according to law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due furm, she having with security entered info bond.
- Page 176.--17th June, 1762. John Lowney's (Lowry's) estate appraised by Wm. Moore, Wm. McCanless, Walter Eakin: 1 Bible and other sermon books, 6 chairs, 1 table linings.