Facts and Events
John Robinson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- McNitt's Defeat
- Source:Chalkley's Chronicles
- Notes. Entries for Alexander Montgomery in Chalkley's Chronicles
- McNitt's Defeat
Records of John Robinson in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- page 309 Page 95.--21st March, 1753. James Patton to Jacob Brown, 1753. W. Fork Roanoke, 100 A. by patent 3d November, 1750. Teste: John Robinson, Wm. Preston, James Gorrell, George Paris, John Robinson.
- page 317 Page 432.--7th August, 1753. John Robinson and Mary to James Robinson. son and heir of James Robinson, deceased, 150 acres same as above (W. Fork Roanoke). Teste: James Gorrell, Wm. McCrab, Jacob Brown, Elizabeth Robinson. [p.317]
- Page 550.--30th October, 1763. James Gorrell, of Baltimore County, Maryland, to William Robinson, of Augusta, power of attorney to convey to David Robinson, quantity as may be laid off by William and David, part of 620 acres on North Branch Roanoke, joining lands of Jno. Robinson and Tobias Bright, £79.10. Teste: Wm. Davis, Edward Thorp. added
- Page 189.--2d February, 1765. James Gorrell by William Robinson, to David Robinson. James Gorrell, of Baltimore County, Maryland, consitituted William his attorney on 30th October, 1763. £79.10, 215 acres on North Branch Roanoke, part of 620 acres conveyed by Patton to William and James Gorrell, Tobias Bright's line, now in possession of Dr. Thomas Walker, John Robinson's land. Teste. Thomas Bames
- page 109 . - Alexander Montgomery and Elizabeth, his wife, vs. Madison--O. S. 105; N. S. 35--Bill, 2d August, 1805. Elizabeth is only daughter of John Robinson, who owned land on Roanoke and was killed by Indians about 1756, Elizabeth being then only two years old. Thomas Robinson was a brother of John. Alexander and Elizabeth married in 1772. (This suit is a sequel to suits in County Court, wherein it appears that James Robinson sent his son John from Pennsylvania to Virginia, to buy lands. &c., &c. See Co. Ct. notes.) Answers of Garnett and John H. Peyton show that they each married a daughter of Elizabeth and William Madison (who was son of John) Garnett married Agatha S., and John H. married Susanna. (Land is in Montgomery County.) Thomas Robinson lost his life at the big defeated Camps on the other side of Cumberland Mountain. All his family were either killed or taken prisoner. Orators live in Kentucky. Hugh Crockett deposes he came to the Roanoke country in 1749 and the Robinsons were already there. Hugh's sister married John Robinson? The Crocketts and Robinsons had been neighbors in Lancaster, Penn. Thomas, William, and Samuel were sons of James Robinson, who had six sons. Samuel Crockett was brother of Hugh. John Robinson came to Roanoke in 1743 or 1744. James Robinson, grandson of the original James, aged 67 years, deposes that previous to 1757 he lived in Augusta about 107 miles from the land in controversy. He moved to the Roanoke country in 1762 or 1763. John Robinson's wife, mother of oratrix Elizabeth, was Mary. William Davis deposes they were married 1752 or 1753. John was called Long John. William Davis deposes, 5th May, 1808, in Abingdon, that he was born 15th February, 1743, old style. John Draper, Sr., deposes, 5th April, 1806, that Jno. Robinson came to Roanoke in 1745. The sons of James were John, William, Samuel, Thomas, Joseph. John Draper's first wife was a sister of John Robinson's. He was married April, 1754. Col. William Robinson deposes. Fayette County, Kentucky, 27th April, 1806, that John Robinson owned the land, sold it to Kennedy for a negro which he had seen in possession of his sister, mother of Elizabeth. Col. William is brother of Col. David Robinson, lately deceased. James Robinson was dead when deponent first knew the family in 1751. John died in 1756. Mary Montgomery, mother of Elizabeth, deposes same time and place as above. James Montgomery, husband of Mary, deposes as above. Elizabeth and Alexr. were married in 1774. James married Mary in 1760.
- MAY, 1761 (A.) Kennedy vs. Robinson.--Joseph Kennedy and John Madison against Elizabeth Robinson, an infant, as only daughter and heir-at-law of John Robinson, deceased, by Mary Montgomery, her mother and guardian, 1761. John Robinson lived in South Branch of Waters of Roanoke, and was surprised and murdered by the Indians about September, 1755.
- AUGUST, 1762 (A). David Robinson vs. Elizabeth Robinson.--James Robinson, cousin of orator, in 1746, entered 800 acres on South Fork Roanoke, intending it for his oldest son, John, and Thomas, and allotted the same to each. Patent taken in name of John, who was to convey his part to Thomas. John died 1756 intestate, leaving Elizabeth, his only child, about 8 years old. Thomas sold his 100 acres to orator in 1761.
- NOVEMBER, 1766. - Crockett vs. Robertson.--Spa, dated 28th May, 1768. Agreement between Samuel Robinson of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Saml. Crockett, of Augusta, dated 24th October, 1767. Robinson sold tract of land to Crockett on South Branch of Roanoke adjoining William Robinson and James Robinson, deceased, on main road to New River, it appearing that the right to the land is in an orphan of John Robinson, deceased. Bill recites: That one James Robinson, deceased, then living in Pennsylvania, with a pretty numerous family, sent his eldest son John Robinson (now deceased) to Roanoke, who bought land on his father's account from George Robinson. James came with his family and divided his land between his children. John had a brother William, also Samuel. The title to the land was taken in John's name, and he never conveyed his dividend to Samuel. John died, leaving his daughter, Elizabeth, his only child. The family was broken up by the Indians and French, and Samuel moved to South side of Blue Ridge and became very poor, and sold his land to Samuel Crockett. Elizabeth was an infant, and prayer for conveyance. Jacob Brown and Ann, his wife, depose, 17th Feb., 1768, to above facts. Ann was daughter of James Robinson.
- MARCH, 1773 (C). John Madison vs. Robinson.--Chancery. Writ dated 26th March, 1767. Defendants are James Montgomery and Mary, his wife, late Mary Robinson,366 widow of John Robinson, deceased. Elizabeth Robinson, an infant and only daughter of said John Robinson, deceased, and Mary Montgomery. James Robinson empowered his son John to buy 800 acres on Roanoke from George Robinson, and patent taken out in John's name, but John to convey a share to each of his brothers, according to James's' appointment. James died and John made a conveyance to his brother, William, but never conveyed to his brother Thomas. John died intestate in 1756, leaving a wife, Mary, and one daughter, Elizabeth, an infant and widow who has married James Montgomery. Thomas sold his right to Samuel Crockett and Crockett to Madison. Answer of Elizabeth, an infant, sworn to 6th August, 1771. James Gamble vs. James Ewing, Sr.--Petition. Writ, 28th May, 1772. Defendant is son-in-law to Colonel Wilson.
Information on John Robinson
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John "Long John" Robinson
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Posted by Mark Sutherlin on June 21, 1998 at 19:00:56:
Looking for anyone with more information about John's family, anscestors or descendants. John's father was James Robinson, married to Ester someone, and died in 1753. I think. And, John was killed at Vause's Fort, in the Virginia Frontier in 1753 by Indians. His wife Mary Robinson was taken prisoner. Her daughter Elizabeth Robinson married Alexander Montgomery, who I know nothing about. One of their children, Robinson Montgomery married someone with a surname of Kenney. Robinson was born in Fayette Co., KY. Their son Nathaniel Miller Montgomery moved to Wayne Co., MO, where their daughter Mary Montgomery married Charles Wesley Sutherlin. Their son Robert Montgomery Sutherln was my grandfather. He moved to California.
Apparently record of the people that died in Vause's fort in Virginia:
The Attack on Vause's Fort"
June 25, 1756
Upper Roanoke Valley, VA
"According to Preston's Register, those killed, wounded or taken prisoners at Vause's Fort were:
Capt. John Smith, prisoner, returned;
Peter Looney, prisoner, escaped;
William Bratton, prisoner, returned;
Joseph Smith, prisoner;
William Pepper, prisoner;
Mrs. Vause, her two daughters, a negro, two young Indians and a man-servant, prisoners;
James Bell, prisoner;
Christopher Hicks, prisoner;
Benjamin Davis, prisoner;
Lieut. John Smith, killed;
John Tracy, killed;
John English, killed;
Mrs. Mary English, prisoner;
WILLIAM ROBINSON, wounded;
THOMAS ROBINSON, wounded;
JOHN ROBINSON, killed;
John Walker, prisoner;
--- Cole, prisoner;
--- Graham, prisoner;
"Thomas Callaway came from Hickey's Fort and found the mangled bodies lying in heaps. All of Vause's family, he thought, killed, except a daughter Levice, and two sons who had gone to mill that day. He followed the Indians over the mountains and down the Leevice Fork of Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River at Leevice Ford near Cincinnati...." pg. 232
- ↑ Chalkley's Chronicles]], Vol 3:109.
- ↑ .
McNitt's Defeat Lists those killed on the Frontier during the opening years of the French and Indian War. It includes an entry for John Robinson killed on the 12, 13, or 14th in the attack on Fort Vause. That this is the John Robinson son of James, is confirmed in an entry in Chalkley's Chronicles which gives detailed information about John's family. See: Notes._Entries_for_Alexander_Montgomery_in_Chalkley's_Chronicles. Other DOD's that have been suggeted (september 1755, 1764, do not seem to be supported.