m. BEF 1715
m. FEB 1748/49
Facts and Events
John McGill/Magill was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land in Augusta County, VA:
Will of John McGill/Magill
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records (inless listed otherwise):
Warning, some sources claim that this John McGill married 1) Mary Cravens and 2) Agnes Cravens, both daughters of Robert Cravens as his wives, but it appears more likely that his first wife was Mary Patterson, daughter of James Patterson and Ann Corry. According to other sources, Mary Cravens married Samuel Hemphill and lived a long life, passing away in 1809 in Rockingham County, Virginia.
The following account is included for reference purposes only, although as stated above, John McGill's first wife was more likely Mary Patterson, not Mary Cravens:
11. John3 Magill Sr. (William2, Robert1) was born in 1725 at Co. Down, Ireland; according to an 1838 letter from John Magill who said, "My grandfather emigrated from Ireland in 1727 with three sons James, William, and John, and daughters . . " He married Mary Cravens (S/B MARY PATTERSON), daughter of Robert Cravens, in Feb 1749 at Augusta Co., VA; he secured a license but the bride's name was not given. He married Agnes Cravens after 1763? at Augusta Co., VA. He died in 1816 at Lincoln Co., KY. He inherited a yearling mare and his father's brown coat in 1749 at Augusta Co., VA. He was appointed guardian of James Patterson in 1751 at Augusta Co., VA. He qualified as guardian of John Berry, orphan of James Berry, by giving bond in the penalty of 50 pounds, with Daniel Smith as surety. When Rockingham Co. was severed from Augusta Co. in Oct 1777, the first court of the new county was held at Daniel Smith's home on 27 Apr 1778 on 9 Nov 1752 at Augusta Co., VA. He was on the tax list in 1755 at Augusta Co., VA. He "was listed as one of the Colonial soldiers and pensioners of Old Frederick county, which adjoined Augusta County on the northeast in the Valley of Virginia" in 1758 at Frederick Co., VA. He patented 380 acres on the North side of North River of Shenandoah opposite James Magill on 12 May 1759 at Augusta Co., VA. He paid "Christ Tithe" church tithe, collected by Processioners John Hopkins and David Ralston, in Capt. Ephraim Love's Co in 1760 at Augusta Co., VA. John and Mary Magill sold Samuel Briggs 120 acres for 24 pounds, part of 300 patented to John 12 May 1759 on North River of Sanadoe in 1761 at Augusta Co., VA. Church tithe for John was collected by Processioners Robert Cravens and Jeremiah Harrison between 1767 and 1768 at Augusta Co., VA. He was qualified as attorney at law, he was a man of some property and parts on 21 Mar 1769 at Augusta Co., KY. He served as an Executor for the estate of Hugh Campbell, husband of John's sister Esther in 1775 at Augusta Co., VA. He was one of those petitioning for abolition of taxes to support the church in 1776 at Augusta Co., VA. He was appointed guardian for Jane Huston in 1779 at Augusta Co., VA. He received payment for keeping Ruth McDonald in 1780 at Augusta Co., VA. He served as Executor for the estate of Mary Cravens, widow of Samuel Hemphill, thought to be his mother-in-law in 1781. He emigrated in 1785 from Lincoln Co., KY; with Henry Baughman and his family. He deeded as John Magill of Lincoln Co., VA to William Magill of same, for one pound current money of Virginia, 86 acres beginning at two dogwoods near William Dougherty's fence on John Magill's line, etc. A gift deed? It is uncertain which John Magill and William Magill these were on 15 Feb 1791 at Lincoln Co., KY. He left a will on 22 May 1813 at Lincoln Co., KY
In the name of God above, I John Magill of the County of Lincoln and State of Kentucky, being weak of body but of a sound mind, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. To wit:
I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to be buried in a decent Christian manner, at the discretion of my Executor, and as touching my worldly affairs I give, devise and dispose of them in the following manner: In the first place I give and devise to my beloved sons William, James, John, and David, and to my daughters Elizabeth Frame and Anne Daugherty to each one dollar, also to the widow and heirs of my son Hugh Magill, deceased, for the support and education of said heirs. I give and bequeath the use of the land on which I now live with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, together with all and every species or property, real or personal, of which I am possessed or have any claim to until the youngest of said heirs is of age, and then to be sold and equally divided between the aforesaid widow and heirs of Hugh Magill deceased, for the sole use of their heirs and assigns forever. I likewise constitute and appoint John Magill, son to William Magill, and John Walkup sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament. I do hereby revoke and disannul every other Will or Testament before made or named. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen. Signed & sealed in presence: Samuel Findly, Hugh Logan, and William C. Findly. Signed: John Magill
Recorded 8 Jul 1816. The estate was finally settled on 7 Feb 1837 and consisted primarily of land, 142 acres which when sold at $13.50 per acre realized the sum of $1,917. Children of John3 Magill Sr. and Mary Cravens (s/b Mary Patterson) were as follows: + 37 i. William4 Magill III, born circa 1750? + 38 ii. James Magill, born 12 Apr 1753 at Augusta Co., VA; married Sarah Frame. + 39 iii. Elizabeth Martha Magill, born 20 Mar 1755 at Augusta Co., VA; married Jeremiah Frame. 40 iv. Anne Magill; born 1757 at Augusta Co., VA; married William Daugherty, son of James Daugherty and Rebecca Cunningham, 9 May 1794 at Lincoln Co., KY. She was also known as Mary Ann Magill sister Mary Daugherty mentioned in will of bro. John Magill. 41 v. Hugh Magill; born 1759 at Augusta Co., VA; married Margaret "Peggy" Daugherty, daughter of James Daugherty and Rebecca Cunningham, 1 Jan 1795 at Mercer Co., KY; known to have four sons and three daughters; died before 22 May 1813; was deceased when his father John wrote his will, mentioning Hugh's widow and heirs. He and John Magill author the brothers were cited as chargeable with tax by William Reed, Lincoln Co. tax commissioner on 3 Aug 1789 at Lincoln Co., KY. + 42 vi. John Magill author, born 10 Oct 1759 at Augusta Co., VA; married Jane Edmonson. + 43 vii. David Magill, born 1761 at Augusta Co., VA; married Sarah Epperson. 44 viii. Samuel Magill; born circa 1762 at Augusta Co., VA; died 1813. There were no children of John3 Magill Sr. and Agnes Cravens. http://www.phillipsplace.net/genealogy/surnames/magill.html
Spouses 1 Mary PATTERSON Death bef 181324 Father James PATTERSON (-~1741) Mother Ann ——
Marriage Feb 1749, Augusta County, Virginia26
Children William (1750-1813)
James (1753-1825) Elizabeth (1755-1843) Samuel (-<1813) John (1759-1842) David (ca1750-) Ann Hugh (-<1813)
Notes for John MAGILL
J. Houston Harrison in his Settlers By the Long Grey Trail27 (Dayton, Virginia, J. K. Ruebush, 1935) postulates on p. 267-268 that John Magill was married to Agnes Cravens, the daughter of Robert and Mary Cravens, based on John Magill's service as an executor for the estate of Mary Cravens upon her death in 1781. There is no proof of any relationship between John Magill and Agnes Cravens beyond this supposition by Harrison.
1749 Marriage:28,26 "John Magill, Sr., secured a marriage license in Augusta County, Virginia. The name of the wife, who ten years later was to become the mother of John Magill, the Kentucky author and historian, is not recorded."
1755 Tax List, Augusta County, Virginia:29 John McGill is listed as delinquent on the Augusta County tax list of Robert Breckenridge, Sheriff.
1758 Military Service:28 "John Magill, Sr., was listed as one of the Colonial soldiers and pensioners of Old Frederick county, which adjoined Augusta County on the northeast in the Valley of Virginia."
1759 Land Patent:30 Patent to John Magill, 12 May 1759.
1760 Church Tithe:31 Church tithe for John McGill collected by Processioners John Hopkins and David Ralston, in Capt. Ephraim Love's company.
1761 Land Sale:32 John and Mary Magill sell 120 acres of land for £24, part of 300 acres patented to John on 12 May 1759 on North River of Sanandoe. John McClure's land is opposite James Magill's land.
1767/68 Church Tithe:33 Tithe for John McGill collected by Processioners Robert Cravens and Jeremiah Harrison.
1769 Attorney:25 On 21 March 1769, John Magill qualified as attorney at law.
1775 Estate Executor:34 John Magill served as an Executor for the estate of Hugh Campbell, husband of John's sister Esther.
1781 Estate Executor:27 John Magill served as an Executor for the estate of Mary Cravens, widow of Robert Cravens. Samuel Hemphill, married to the couple's daughter Mary, also was an Executor for the estate, giving rise to some speculation that John Magill may have been married to another Cravens daughter.
1782 Relocation to Lincoln County, Kentucky:35 "The elder John Magill, father of John Magill, the pioneer and Revolutionary Soldier, came from Augusta County, to Lincoln County, Virginia (now Kentucky), and settled near Stanford, Kentucky. He was a lawyer, a man of some property and parts. He died in Lincoln County in 1816. His children were: William, James, John, the author, David, Hugh, Elizabeth France [sic], and Anne Daugherty. His will was written May 2, 1813, and was probated in the Lincoln County Court, July 8, 1816. His executors were: John Magill, the son of his brother William, and John Walkup. He left no property to his son John Magill of Franklin County, Kentucky. His estate was finally settled on February 7, 1837. It consisted principally of land, 142 acres, which when sold at $13.50 per acres realized the sum of $1,917.00."
1783 Land Grant:36 On 21 April 1783 John McGill received two land grants in Lincoln County, Kentucky: 2,000 acres on Buck Creek (subsequently withdrawn) and 416 acres on Paint Lick Creek.
1787 Tax List, Lincoln County, Kentucky:37 John McGill listed as taxpayer in Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1787.
1790 Land Grant:36 On 8 March 1790 John Magill received two land grants in Lincoln County, Kentucky: 2,000 acres on Buck Creek and 250 acres on the Green River.
1790 Tax List, Lincoln County, Kentucky:38 John McGill listed in Lincoln County, Kentucky, Tax List on 15 April 1790.
1790 Land Grant:36 On 27 August 1790 John Magill received a land grant in Lincoln County, Kentucky: 250 acres on the Green River.
1813 Will:24 In his will written 22 May 1813, John Magill mentions his "beloved sons William, James, John, and David, and to my daughters Elizabeth Frame and Anne Daugherty to each one dollar, also to the widow and heirs of my son Hugh Magill, deceased, for the support and education of said heirs I give and bequeath the use of the land on which I now live with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging . . . I likewise constitute and appoint John Magill, son to William Magill, and John Walkup sole Executors . . . "
1816 Will Probated:24 Will of John Magill probated in Lincoln County, Kentucky on 8 July 1816. John Magill, son of William Magill, was designated as Executor, with John Walkup as alternate.
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Augusta County, Virginia - A member of one of the area's Scotch-Irish families, the first record of William Magill in Augusta County, Virginia, lists him as a church processioner in September 1747. His will was written in 1749 and his estate settled in 1858. John Magill, one of three sons and five daughters, was born around 1725 and he later joined with his children in a Westward migration after the Revolution. He died in Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1816.
Fayette and Bourbon Counties, Kentucky - Daughter Elizabeth Magill married Patriot Jeremiah Frame and raised a family in Bourbon and Fayette counties in Kentucky. Elizabeth Magill and Jeremiah Frame relocated to Preble County, Ohio about 1816, after a dispute over land in Fayette County.
Son John Magill authored The Pioneer to the Kentucky Emigrant, published in Frankfort, Kentucky in 1832. His 1838 letter to nephew Caleb Magill has helped researchers better understand this family. John Magill was associated with John Bradford, publisher of The Kentucke Gazette.
Preble County, Ohio - Jeremiah Frame died in Preble County, Ohio in 1828, with Elizabeth surviving him until 1843. Both are buried in the Frame Cemetery in Jackson Township. Of Jeremiah and Elizabeth's nine children who reached adulthood, six remained in the Preble County area for the remainder of their lives:
Samuel Frame and first wife Elizabeth Martin and second wife Mary Hornbaker, widow of brother John Frame.. John Frame died in 1828 and his widow Mary Hornbaker second married brother Samuel Frame. Mary Frame and husband Joseph Snodgrass. Rachel Frame and husband Thomas Tomlinson. Susannah Frame and husband Peter Fall. Silas Frame and first wife Polly Strader and second wife Wealthy Ammerman. However, three of Jeremiah and Elizabeth's children struck out to pioneer other areas:
William Frame and his wife Margaret "Peggy" Jarrett settled in Porter County, Indiana about 1834. James Frame and wife Susannah Bradshaw lived for a time in Vermilion County, Illinois, but finally settled in Lafayette County, Wisconsin. Elizabeth Frame married Jacob Counts and relocated to Miami County, Ohi The Frame family describes further generations of the families of William Frame and James Frame, including a trek on the Oregon Trail and pioneers in Nebraska Territory.