Facts and Events
John Mills was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land in Virginia:
- Page 72 - John Mills, 345 acres, Branch of the James River. Adjoining Col. P. Smith, William Borland, James Borland. February 10, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 27].
- Page 72 - John Mills, 254 acres, Looney Creek. Adjoining John Looney. February 12, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 27].
- Page 135 - John Mills, 230 acres, James River. March 3, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 48].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 66.--6th July, 1768. John Mills and Mary to James Alcorn, £60, 143 acres patented to John Mills. 4th June, 1764, on waters of James River, a branch of Looney's Creek; corner land in possession of Adam Looney.
Processioning List of 1765
- "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:
- Vol. 2 - Page 408.- (1765: Processioners on Waters of James and Catawbo, on South side, report, viz:)For Thomas McFerrin, on Persimmon Run; for Michael Cloyd, for Wm. Herbison, adjoining Andw. Monelly; for Robt. Rowland, for Jas. Rowland; for J_____ Looney, on Sinking Spring; for Andw. Monelly; for Jno. Mills, on Looney's Mill Creek; for Jas. Moore, on Looney's Mill Creek; for Margt. Rentfro, on Beaver Dam Run and Looney's Mill Creek; for Wm. Rowland, for Geo. Poage, for Jno. Mills, where he now lives; for Margt. Clark, where she now lives; for Margt. Clark, on Back Creek; for George Burdwell, for James Lauderdale. Page 409. - For John Smith, for Jno. McFerrin, for Jno. McClellan; for Jno. Allcorn, where he now lives; for David Mitchell; for Wm. Rowland, on Patrick's Run; for Alex. Evans; for John Crawford, where he now lives; for John Adams.
Estate Records of John Mills
- Mills, John, dec. Apr. estate Feb., 1782. [Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 60].
Records in Augusta County, VA
- Page 136 - Robert Brackinridge, 300 acres, Looney's Creek a Branch of the James River and Tinkers Creek, a Branch of Roanoke River. Adjoining Edwrd Sharp, John Mills. February 20, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 49].
- Page 137 - John Looney, 196 acres, Looneys Creek. Adjoining John Mills, Mary Looney and his own patent. March 4, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 49].
Information on John Mills
From Rootsweb.com Message Board:
From the names used by my John and Mary Mills, I believe Mary to have been Mary Christian a daughter of one of the Christians in what was then Augusta County, I suspect a William Christian, but could be alternatively Gilbert or Israel. My Mary was the second wife of John Mills who was from Augusta County and lived for a time in Lunenburg County and eventually returned to Augusta--what became Botetourt--County. His first wife was named Ann by whom he had at least two children: John Jr. and Ann. As per land records, his first wife died between 1755 and 1760. In 1760 or 1761 he married "Mary"___ who based on the marriage laws of the colony at that time would have been at least 21 when she was married and thus born in about 1740. Soon afterward, John Mills conducted a land transaction between his uncle William Mills and Israel Christian. In fact, the Augusta County records showed several transactions involving members of the Mills and Christian families together. With his second wife, Mary, John Mills had the following known children: William born in 1764, Rosanna b. 1775/6, Priscilla and Mary called "Molly." In May, 1780, Capt. John Mills was wounded in South Carolina and returned home to Botetourt County where he died in the autumn of that year. In 1782, his widow, Mary ___Mills married John McIntyre/McEntyre, a constable of Botetourt County. It was not a happy marriage and even less happy for the children of John Mills who ended up suing their stepfather for withholding their inheritances.
I noticed that Israel Christian was said to have daughters named Rosannah (this was a definite one--a land record in 1767 states that at that time Israel sold his daughter Rosannah 108 acres for 200 pounds, which by the way says she was born a lot earlier than the DAR has her--she had to be 21 to buy and sell property in her own name--at least 8 years older than the DAR has her), Priscilla and Mary, who is alleged to have married a Trigg.
So, is there any documentation that the daughter, Mary, of Israel is the Mary Christian who married a Trigg, or is she perhaps actually my Mary Mills who gave all of her children names that were in the Israel Christian family? Were these names also in other Christian families, such as that of William?
Any documented help on this is greatly appreciated.