m. ABT 1758
Facts and Events
John McPheeters was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 3, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
From Clan McPheeters website:
But to get back to the Revolutionary soldier John, the father of James and Alexander that caused this lengthy digression, John was born in 1758 in Augusta County, Virginia. His marriage to Margaret Anderson in 1787 is recorded in the First Marriage Record of Augusta County. Some time later they moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky, then in 1809 to the territory of Indiana where he settled on the east fork of Blue River near the present town of Fredericksburg. In 1813 he built a large frame grist and sawmill, four stories high which was operated for more than 80 years after his death. The first school taught in Washington County was in a deserted cabin near Blue Spring, on John's farm, in 1809. Horner's Chapel where John is buried stands at one corner of the farm on ground given by Jacob Horner, father of Elizabeth who married John’s son Robert.
John McPheeters #9 bequeathed the bulk of his estate including the mill and farm to his son Robert who also was to inherit items left to John's widow upon her death. He was to care for his unmarried sister Rebecca and "if at any time she should go elsewhere, to provide her with horse and saddle". John’s estate was of considerable extent for those days and Robert, besides being favored, was named executor. Widow Margaret and some of the children became very bitter and took the matter to court having him removed as executor, and when she died some five years later the estate was still in litigation. This estrangement explains why Margaret is buried at Palmyra and left only 2 cents to Robert in her will. However, the dispute over his father’s will was finally settled and Robert came into his inheritance.