John Risk, Sr., of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
Facts and Events
John Risk was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John Risk's land (Beverley Manor NW, 300 acres, 1740) 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.
Survey of Land from Chalkley's:
- 8th May, 1738 - (16) Survey for John Risk and Jno. Wilson, cor. to Robt. Cambell, Cathey's Creek, Gamble's road. [from George Hume's Field Survey Notes, Chalkley's].
Survey of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- John Rush (Risk) had 126 acres "on south side of Black Spring" surveyed on 6 February 1745 by Thomas Lewis, surveyor. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 54]. (Note: record of patent in Chalkley's is listed below. This land is most likely very near the 300-acre tract patented in 1740).
- John Rush (Risk) had 100 acres "(adjoining) John Edmiston and the mountain" surveyed on 7 February 1745 by Thomas Lewis, surveyor. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 54]. (Note: this tract was sold to Samuel Hays in 1753, listed below).
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 114-17. 23-24 July 1740. William Beverley of Essex County, Gent., to John Rish of Orange County. Lease and release; for £9 current money. 300 acres, part of Beverley Mannor... corner to Robert Campbell... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: John Lewis, Gibbons Jennings, John Willson. 24 July 1740. Acknowledgement by Wm. Beverley, Gent. [Relinquishment of dower as above, Beverley to Page]. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 42].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 352.--126 acres patented to John Risk, Sr., deceased, near the Black Spring large tract that John Risk, Sr., lived on and conveyed to his son David Risk. (This name is spelled Rusk). Teste: John Cunningham. Robert McChesney, John Barry.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 426.--17th August, 1753. John Risk to Samuel Hays, 100 acres on James River in Borden's tract, John Edmonson's line.
Will of John Risk
- Page 487.--25th August, 1775. John Risk's will--To wife, Margaret, the clock; to son, Robert; to daughter, Mary Risk, alias Hays; to daughter, Hannah Risk, alias Moore; to daughter, Mathew Risk, alias Eliot; to daughter, Margaret Risk, alias Wahub; to nephew, James Risk; to son, William; to son, David; to son, Samuel, home plantation; the plantation in the Calfpasture to be sold; to son, John; plantation joining the one Benj. Kindley did live on, be sold and money divided between nephews, John Risk, son to Robert Risk; John Risk, son to Wm. Risk; to daughter, Elizabeth Risk. Executor, Robert Risk, son. Teste: John Hays, John Richey, Alexander Lowrey. Proved, 19th November, 1776, by John Hays, and on 18th November, 1777, by the other witnesses. Executor qualifies.
Records of John Risk in Augusta County, VA
From Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 213-17. [212 blank]. 5-6 June 1739. William Beverley Gent., of Essex County, to John Wilsons of Orange County. Lease and release; for £10.8.10 current money. 340 acres... corner to John Riske... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: James Porteus, Thos. Wood, John Latham. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 15].
- Page 7.--7th March, 1745-6. Inventory of Joseph Martin appraised by Wm. McFeeters, John Trimble and Jno. Risk. Cross-cut saw and 2 pocket knives, 1 glass bottle. Recorded, 16th April, 1746.
- Page 84.--14th May, 1746. George Hutchinson, of Augusta, yeoman, to James Clarke, wheelwright, £24.10.0; 380 acres in Beverley Manor, corner to land surveyed for John Brown. Witnesses, John Risk, James Brown, James Trimble. Acknowledged, 13th May, 1746, and Eleanor, his wife, relinquishes dower.
- Page 123.--12th December, 1748. Patrick Cook's will--Wife, Jane; daughter, Mary (infant); son, John (infant). If children die in infancy, care to be taken to find the nearest blood relations, and, in their default, then the estate to be given in care to the Presbytery of New Castle to be laid out in pious uses and to support the gospel here. Executors, James Lockhart and Patrick Martin. Teste: John Risk, Pat Martin. Proved, 17th February, 1748, by both witnesses.
- Page 505.--27th February, 1749. Deed for the Glebe. Robert Campbell, Gent., to James Lockhart and John Madison, Church Wardens, and the other vestrymen, viz: James Patton, John Buchanan, Patrick Hays, John Christian, John Buchanan, Robert Alexander, Thomas Gordon, John Archer, John Mathews, John Smith, 200 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner James Clarke. 350 acres conveyed to Robert by Beverley, 24th July, 1740. Teste: Patrick Cook, John Risk, Matthew Wilson, Nathan Patterson, Samuel Walker.
- Page 573.--27th February, 1749. Same to Robert Campbell, 53 acres to Beverley Manor; corner to Manor and patent line; John Rusk's line; delivered: Joseph Tees, November, 1754.
- Page 251.--16th May, 1753. James Miles, farmer, to William Morrow (Murray), 201 acres on Buffalo Branch, sold by Robert Rennick to James Miles, 1747. Teste: John Risk, Andrew Hays, Joseph Love.
- Page 248.--18th May, 1758. Felix Gilbert's bond (with Jno. Risk, Adam Dickinson) as administrator of Jno. Hutcheson.
- Page 435.--16th May, 1760. Thomas Cadden's appraisement, by Robt. Campbell, Jno. Risk, Jno. Cark (Clark?).
- Page 292.--26th September, 1763. Naphtalim Gregory's appraisement and settlement of estate recorded--Debts due the estate, by James Rusk, Jno. Rusk, Jno. Martin's estate. Account of sales on 13th September, 1763--To Jas. Williams, Michael Weaver. Wm. Fitzjarrell, Thos. Kirkpatrick, Richd. Morrison. Jno. Jordan, Joshua Ewing. Articles kept in hands of widow Mary--Some hooks. Paid Jno. Humphries.
- Land Grant Survey: Page 109 - John Rusk, 310 acres, Calfpasture River. Adjoining John Rusk, Senior, Archibald Armstrong. April 5, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 40].
- Page 22.--19th November, 1771. William Reah (Reaoh) and Elizabeth ( ) to Mathew Moorehead, £85, 257 acres in Borden's land conveyed to William by John Handly and Grizel, 22d May, 1764, corner 300 acres surveyed for Joseph Kennedy on Broad Spring Run, otherwise called Back Creek. Delivered, September, 1778. Teste: John Rusk, Daniel Kidd, Archibald Reaugh.
- Page 462.--11th August, 1775. Sale at vendue of Elizabeth Harmantrout's estate at the house of Philip Harmantrout--sold to, viz: Peater Armantrout, Henry Kiser, Edward Mold, David Harned, Charles Dever, Henry Coler, Jacob Grub, David Jarvin (Garvin?), John Rush, Robt. Sanpils, little Geo. Armantrout. Martin Grider, John Padon (Patton), Geo. Hinton, Chas. Shuls, Peter Nicolas, Thomas Alderson.
- Page 511.--6th March, 1775. John Stephenson and Stephen(son) Huston, agreement--John gives Stephen (son) Huston charge oversight of all his concerns and the management of his whole plantation from 26th August last past and allow him 4 grown slaves, &c., &c. In consideration of Huston's faithful oversight of John's affairs until his death, John gives grants and bequeaths to Huston 250 acres where his dwelling house is. Delivered: Jno. Stephenson by order of Stephenson Huston in presence of James Codington (Ronoak), 12th February, 1776. Page 521.--Teste: William Brown, William Wilson, Matthew Thompson. Page 523.--Part of tract that Samuel Steel now lives on on South River of Shanando. Delivered: John Ramsey, Jr., December, 1777. Page 526.--Tract John Risk now lives on. Page 530.--Delivered: Terrance Falls, 17th February, 1789.
- Page 430.--20th March, 1781. Robert Risk, son and heir of John Risk, deceased, and Margaret Risk ( ), widow and executrix of John, deceased, to Robert Shields. Patented to John Risk, 1st March, 1773, on Smith's Creek, a branch of Little River of Calf pasture.