Facts and Events
John Pickens was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John Pickens' land (Beverley Manor NE, 764 acres and 300 acres), 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.
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 329-33. 26-27 Feb. 1740 . William Beverley Gent. of Essex County to John Pickens (Pikens) of Orange County. Lease and relese; for £24 current money. 764 acres in Beverley Manner... at Robt. Poge's red oak under the hill on the south side Lewis Creek... Robert King's line... Robt. McDowell's... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: Jno. Lewis, Thos. Chew, Richd. Winslow. 27 Feb. 1740 . Acknowledged by Wm. Beverley, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 57].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- 1748, June 23d--John Pickins, 400 acres, south side South River, near land he bought from Samuel Davison, and 400 acres near the land he bought from Dotley (?) on South River.
- 1749, August 16th--John Pickins, 400, between Kerr's land and Hamilton's old place, and 400 acres between John Keer's land and John Carr.
- Page 422.--1st December, 1756. John Scot to Jno. Pickin, mortgage of 400 acres adjoining Cub Run. Col. Woods on one side and James Buseter on the other, £37.15 secured. Teste: Arnold Kuster ( ), Wm. ( ) Pickin, Uriah Humble.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 199.--John Pickens and Ellinor, to Anthony Strother, of King George, from Beverley, 27th February, 1740; Robert Poag's, now Gordon's; corner on Lewis Creek; corner land sold by Jno. Pickens to Wm. Baskins, 552 acres, part of 764 acres, conveyed by Beverley to John, 27th February, 1740. Teste: Danl. Richeson, Thos. and Andrew Lewis, Robert Bratton.
From Chalkley's: (record of purchase and subsequent sale of 300 acres)
- Page 690.--28th February, 1749. (from William Beverley) Same to John Pickins, Gent., 300 acres in Beverley Manor. Christie's Creek, Corner to Kerr; Fork of Long Meadow Run and Christies Creek supposed to be a corner in the patent line; corner Geo. Rodgers; widow Baskins line. Teste: Jno. McClure, Chas. Campbell.
- October 9, 1754, JOHN PICKENS and ELINOR, his wife, convey 300 A. on Christian's Creek, bought by JOHN PICKENS of Beverly at the fork of a Long Meadow Run, and Christian's Creek to Wm. Bell.
- Page 31.--10th October, 1754. John Pickens and Ellioner, to Wm. Williams, £20, lot 12 in Staunton fronting the New Court House Street on South. Teste: Wm. Bell, Wm. (his mark) Baskins, Saml. Bell, William Bell.
Records of John Pickens in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - December 9, 1745. - (1) County Court formed--First Justices: James Patton, John Buchanan, Peter Scholl, Robert Campbell, Robert Poage, Thomas Lewis, Robert Cunningham, Richard Woods, Robert Craven, Adam Dickinson, John Anderson, John Lewis, George Robinson, James Bell, John Brown, John Pickens, Hugh Thomson, John Finla, John Christian, James Kerr, Andrew Pickens.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 10, 1745/6. - (20) James Patton, John Lewis, John Pickens, Recd. Sheriff.
- Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER, 1746. - Edward Herndon vs. John Pickens.--"Major" John Pickens's note. Dated 27th July, 1744. George Taylor, witness.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 19, 1747. - (239) Robert Patterson and James Alien to view a road from John Picken's Mill to Lower Meeting House, and Andrew Lewis and Ro. Poage view a road from said mill to the Co. Ho.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1747 (B). - John Pickens vs. John Graham.--In June, 1747, and several years before, John Pickens was a trader and cattle dealer. Slander. Defendant said plaintiff ran away from Paxton Township, Pennsylvania (where plaintiff formerly lived), for debt.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1747. - (248) John Pickens and Wm. Bell to be overseers of the road (see p. 239 above) from Co. Ho. to Picken's Mill, with these tithables: Wm. Lewis, James Robertson, Thomas Gordon, Wm. Baskins, James Lasley, James Wallis, Danl. Deniston, Daniel Deniston, Jr., William Bell, Jr., John Poge, Geo. Crawford.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 17, 1747/8. - (360) John Pickens appointed road overseer, vice Danl. Deniston.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1750 (B). - Loden vs. John Pickens.--May Court, 1750. Sheriff having returned, John not found.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 27, 1751. - (207) Elizabeth and Catherine King chose John Archer and John Pickens their guardian.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE, 1752. - Fulton vs. Pickens.--John Pickens, of Augusta County, obligor to James Fulton. Dated 1746.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1753. - (454) John Pickens vs. James Price } Dedimus to Anson Co. No. Co. to take deposition of Henry Jones.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1754 (A). - John Smith vs. John Pickens.--Motion, To judgment obtained in Orange County, 1743
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1755 (C). - Andrew Lewis vs. John Pickens.--John Pickens had removed himself out of the County, 1754, 21st November.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1758. - Breckinridge vs. John Pickins.--John Pickens was gone January, 1758.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1761. - (21) John McDonald bound to the peace towards John Pickens.