John McCreary, of Muddy Creek and the Bullpasture, Augusta County, VA
Facts and Events
John McCreary was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- 1751, April 14th--John McGreery, 300 (acres), on Muddy Creek, joining Robt. Caldwell and Aaron Oliver (c. g. e. p.).
- John McCreary received a patent for 200 acres "on Newfound (also referred to as "Newfoundland") Creek", on 10 August 1759, as listed in the dispositions below:
Acquisition/Disposition of Land from Annals of Bath County, Virginia:
- McCreery, John— 520 (acres) Wallace for 500p—260 A plus later P of 16 A (acres) sold, 1787, by John McCreery Jr (son) to John Bourland for 500p.
- McCreery, John—280 (acres) — BP (Bull Pasture) below Carlile's 204 (acres) A—P, 1760, 1773, sold, 1763, to Richard Bodkin for 45p—sold (with mill) by Bodkin to Joseph Malcom for 50p.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 234.--20th May, 1752. John McCreery and Agness to John Justice, 224 acres on Newfoundland Creek; land in possession of Samuel Delamontane. Corner land in possession of Carlile. Delivered: Jno. Archer, November, 1753. Teste: Robert Cravens, Andrew Hamilton.
- Page 439.--20th August, 1760. John McCreery and Agness to Jno. Bodkin, £15, 200 acres on Newfound Creek, patented to grantor 10th August, 1759; cor. Archibald Elliot.
- Page 84.—20th August, 1765. John McCreery, Sr., to John McCreery, Jr., £120, 260 acres on Cowpasture, part of tract whereon John, Sr., now lives, great spring, corner George Lewis. Teste: Thomas Feemster, Robert Knox. Wm. Black. Delivered: John McCreery, 2d December, 1786.
- Page 400.—20th February, 1787. John McCreery and Martha to John Boreland. Delivered to Wm. Robertson (Captain), 2d February, 1795 Patented to John McCreary (Sr. or Jr.), 12th July, 1770.
Processioning Lists of 1756, 1765 & 1767/68
- "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 settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 172.--1756: Processioned by Lofty Pullan and Richard Botkin, on Cowpasture and Bullpasture, viz: For Thomas Feemster, present Alex Black; for John Jackson; for Alex. Black, present James Knox; for Wallis Estill; for George Lewis; for Richard Boatkin, present Adam Jurden; for John McCreery.
- Page 407.--1765: Thomas Feemster and Wm. Black procession as follows: For Joseph Hays, for Jno. McCreary, for Wm. Black, for James Knox for James Shaw, for Geo. Lewis, for James Clemens, for Hugh Hicklin, for Chas. Lewis, for Thos. Feemster, for Jno. Kinkead, for Robt. Hall, for Benj. Estill, for Wm. Jeeson, for James Botkin. Samuel Willson and Hugh Hicklin procession as follows, on Bull Pasture: For Wm. Willson, for Ro. Scott, for Jno. Carlile, for Saml. Givens, for Bowd Estill, for Thos. Hicklin, for Ro. Duffield, for Hugh Martin, for Ro. Grames, deceased; for Saml. Willson, for Robt. Carlile, for Hance Harper, for Lofftus Polan, for Ro. and Jno. Carlile, for Jno. Hicklin, for Richd. Botkin, for Wallace Estill, for Hugh Hicklin.
- Page 445.--1767-68: Processioned by John McCreery, Jno. Montgomery, viz: From Widow Thompson's to John Kinkead's on Cowpasture, and from Wallace Estill's to mouth of Bullpasture, viz: For Joseph Maze, for Henry Guy, for Charles Lewis, for Benj. Lewis, for Thos. Feemster, for Jno. Montgomery, for Wm. Black, for Francis Jackson, for John Kinkead, for Widow Thompson, for Andrew Donnelly, for John Lewis, for John McCreerey, for Robert McCreerey, for William Jackson, for James Knox, for Thomas Niell. On Bullpasture, viz: For Wallace Estill, for Robert Carlile, for Bond Estill, for John Carlile, for Robt. Graham, for James Bratchey, for Thomas Hicklin, for Saml. Givens.
Records of John McCreary in Augusta County, VA
- From "History of Highland County, Virginia":
- p 67 In the early days of April, 1746, when all Augusta had not 6,000 white people, and when the county seat had no other name than "Beverly's Mill Place," the county surveyor laid off several tracts within the Highland area. He came again at the close of July and still again in September. Although he laid off 21 tracts on the Bullpasture and Cowpasture, but most wholly the former..... the settlers now here were Alexander Black, John and Robert Carlile, Wallace Ashton, Loftus Pullin, Richard Bodkin, James Miller, Matthew Harper, William Warwick, James Largent, William Holman, John McCreary, Samuel Delamontony, Archibald Elliott, and Robert Armstrong. Black was just above the mouth of the Bullpasture, where Major J. H. Byrd now lives. All the others, with perhaps one exception, were on the Bull Pasture itself, and nearly or quite in the order they are named as one ascends the river.
- Page 470.--19th August, 1752. William Lewis, Gent., to Thomas Fleemster (Feemster), wheelwright, 390 acres on Cow Pasture; corner land in possession of John McCreery; Clover Creek. Teste: Andrew Lewis, Silas Heet, Jno. Poage. (Note: proves John McCreary was living on the Cowpasture prior to 1752).
- Page 216.--11th October, 1756. Same (From George Lewis) to Benj. Lewis, £90, 215 acres on Cowpasture. Cor. John Lewis; cor. John McCreery's line.
- p. 48: Will Book No. 2 - (238) 17th November, 1758. John Trimble's bond (with John Anderson, John McCreary) as guardian (appointed) to Hannah Moffett, orphan of John Moffett.
- Vol. 2 - Page 242.--16th May, 1759: Mary Pofferbarry, orphan, bound to John McCreery.
- Page 429.--17th August, 1762. John Botkin and Mary to Robert Duffield, £21.10, 200 acres on the New Found Creek, patented to John McCreery and assigned to said John Botkin, dated 10th August, 1759; cor. to tract surveyed for Archibald Elliot. Teste: Mathew Harper. Acknowledged and privy examination.
- Vol. 2 - Augusta County Court Records Order Book XIII - 25 Mar 1769 Charles Donnerly and John McCreery appointed Surveyors of roads.
- AUGUST 21, 1779. - (134) Joseph Bell and John McCreery appointed Coroners.
- Order Book XVII, p. 346, 17 May 1781 Tithables to be taken in Companies, as follows, viz: Daniel Henderson, in Tate's, Long's and Finley's; Alexander St. Clair, in Buchanan's, Smith's and Johnston's; Wm. McPheeters, in McCutchon's, Cunningham's and Bell's; Alexander Robertson, in Rankin's, Bell's and Givens's; James Trimble, in Patterson's, Dickey's and Trimble's: Thomas Hughart, in Kinkead's; John McCreery, in McCoy's, Hicklin's and McCreery's: Samuel Vance, in Oliver's.
- Page 446.--25th October, 1781. Thomas Wright and Jane to John Botkin. Teste: John Jordan, Thos. Dueglass, George Bentson, David Frame, John McCreery. Proved, 19th March, 1788.
- Page 176.--30th December, 1790. Andrew Hamilton and Isabel, of Woodford County, to Thomas Hughart, 185 acres on Calfpasture devised to Andrew by his father, Andrew. Teste: John McCreery, Andrew Hodge, Wm. Hogsett, Wm. Mathews, J. Hog, John Peebles, Alexander Black, Geo. Carlyle.