Facts and Events
John Shields was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John Shields' land (Borden Tract NE, 320 acres, 1742) 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 144-48. 2-3 Aug. 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County to John Shield of same. Lease and release; for ₤9.12.- current money. 320 acres on Morphet's Creek... John Paterson land... side of a bushey hill... part of 92,100 acres patin (patent) 6 Nov. 1739... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: Nathan Loosk, Samll. McCouchen, Georg (X) Davis. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benja. Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 74].
John Shields' land (Beverley Manor SW, 225 acres, 1749) 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. Note: land of Thomas Shields, brother of John Shields is nearby to the south.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 330.--13th October, 1749. William Beverley to John Shields, 225 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner Thomas Brown, John Cowan's line. Corner Robert Christian. Corner Moffett's land. Teste: Thomas Shields, John Cowan, Samuel Brawford.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 339.--17th August, 1756. John Shields and Mary to John Davis, £9, 320 acres, part of Borden's 92100, cor. Jno. Pattison's land, crossing Morphet Creek. Delivered: Jno. Davis, February, 1759.
Will of John Shields
- Page 176--23d January, 1772. John Shield's will, freeholder--To wife Margaret; to son, John; to son, William; to son, Thomas; to son, Robert; to daughter Mary: "I ordain Thomas Shields and my son William Shields and Wm Hays my sole executors." Teste: John Shields, William Shields, Wm Shields, Wm. Hays. 24th January, 1772--Codicil: To son, William, 1/2 of the tract whereon son John lives. Proved, 16th November, 1773, by John and William Shields. William Shields refuses to qualify, 17th November, 1773--Administration granted Margaret and Thomas Shields, who qualify with Mathew Thompson, William Shields.
- Page 199 15th March, 1774.-- Recorded. Appraisement of John Shield's estate by Robert Christian, Robt. Wilson, Mathew Thompson, Thos. Shields.
Processioning List of 1748 & 1755
- "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 settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 16.--12th April, 1748: John Montgomery and Francis McCown: 18th January, processioned for Patrick Hays; 12th January, processioned for Samuel Dunlap, Pat Hays present; 12th January, processioned for Wm. Lockridge, Samuel Dunlap present; 18th January, processioned for James Archer, Richard Cousor present; 18th January, processioned for Wm. Mc Canless, Robt. Dunlapp present; Jno. Lowry, Robt. Dunlapp present; Robt. Dunlapp, Robert Lowry present; 14th January, processioned for Samuel Anderson, Wm. McCanless present; Geo. Henderson, Ro. Lowry present; Wm. Mitchell, Jas. Moore present; 15th January, processioned for Wm. Cowdon, Robert Bags present; Francis McCown, John Downy present; James Moore, Alexander Walker present; James Robinson, Jas. Walker present; 15th January, processioned for Alex. Walker, Jno. Walker present; 27th January, processioned for John Walker, James Walker present; processioned for James Walker, James Robinson present; processioned for Samuel McCutchen; processioned for James Shields; processioned for John Shields; processioned for Nathan Lusk; 28th January, processioned for Thomas Berry; processioned for Wm. Berry; processioned for James Trimble; processioned for James Martin; processioned for Joseph Coulton; processioned for Robert Coulton.
- Page 154.--1755: John Risk and John Shields processioned as follows, viz: For Robert Campbell, for James Hunter, for James Trotter, for John Shields, for James McCutchion, for Widow Campbell, for Widow Campbell, for Wm. Hunter, for Saml. McCutchen, for Thos. Berry, for John McCutchion, for David Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Wm. Ledgerwood. for James Moffet, for Nathl. Davies, for Nichs. Leeper, for Danl. Downey, for George Peny, for Saml. Sprowl, for Thos. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for James Clark, for John Shields, Jr., for David Cunningham, for Chas. Berry, for James Callison, for James Marten, for Josiah Richarts, for David Hays, for Alex. McFeeters, for James Gilmore, for James Lockhart, for Alex. Richey, for Jacob Lockhart, for John Peny, for Mathew Willson, for John Willson, for Widow Patterson, for John McCillery, for James McCillery, for Arter Hamilton, for Wm. Buntin, for Robert Gamel, for Jno. Buchanan, for Patrick Cooks (deceased), for David Richey; Wm. Brown (said he was going to leave his land and didn't care about it).
Records of John Shields in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 698.--2d March, 1749. Same to Robert Robison, 82 acres in Beverley Manor; in Beverley Manor, patent line; corner James Lusk; corner Widow Cook; corner Benj. Borden's great tract. Teste: John Brown, Adam Thompson, John Shields.
- Page 153.--13th May, 1749. Nathan Lusk's inventory and appraisement by John Shields, Saml. McCutchen, Robt. Robinson.
- Page 219.---28th February, 1749. Jane Shield's bond as administratrix of James Shields, with sureties Robt. Campbell, John Shields.
- Page 441.--16th August. Thomas Paxton to Francis Beaty, 1750. In Staunton, lot 11 conveyed to Thomas by Andrew Lewis and Robert McClenachan on behalf of County Court, 37th June, 1752. Teste: John Archer, W. Christian, Thomas Boyd, John Shield.
- Page 492.--20th August, 1752. Borden, &c., to John Shields, eldest son and heir of James Shields, deceased. Consideration paid by John Shields, Sr., guardian of John, Jr. 193 acres Moffett's Creek; corner John Shields, Sr.; Samuel McCutchan's corner; Robert Robinson's line; James Loosk's corner. (Note: the John Shields that received this patent was the nephew of this John Shields, son of James Shields (brother of this John), who had died in 1749. The use of the term "John Jr." was used in cases such as this to indicate that one is younger than the other, and not necessarily to indicate a parental relationship).
- Page 522.--__ ____, 1753. John Shield, an orphan child under 21, son and heir of James Shield, deceased, by his guardian and uncle, John Shield, to Robert Robinson. Borden's tract sold by James to Robert Snodon; Beverley Manor line. Robert sold to Robinson. James Shield died April, 1749. Delivered by decree of County Court. James Losk's line, cor. Samuel McCutchan.
- Page 1.--15th March, 1754. Robert Robinson and Isabella, his wife, of Augusta, to Thomas Berry, of Augusta, two tracts adjoining and joining Beverley Manor and Borden's tract. 1st.--82 acres in Beverley Manor, conveyed by Beverley to Ro. Robinson. Beverley Manor line, cor. James Lusk (Loosk); cor. Patrick Cook, deceased; cor. Burden's tract and Beverley Manor. 2d.--In Borden's land, 218 acres conveyed by Borden to James Shields, cordwainer, and conveyed (vid chancery cause, County Court) by James Shields, guardian of John Shields, son and heir-at-law and orphan child of said James Shields to Ro. Robinson; James Loosk's line; Beverley Manor line, cor. Samuel McCutcheon. Robert Robinson. Isabella (her mark) Robinson. Teste: John Shields, James Welch, Thos Branan. (Note: this John Shields was acting as guardian for his nephew John Shields (son of John Shields' brother, James Shields), who was only about 14 years old at this time).
- Page 141.--4th August, 1755. John Glass' appraisement by James Caldwell, Andrew Alexander, John Shields. John Glass' estate due to Patrick Kenan, Thomas Shields, Robert Moody, Wm. Long, Jas. Moody, Jno. Bigam. Samuel Downy, Thos. Brown, Jas. McLong, Arthur Hamilton, Wm. Karr.
- Page 90.--12th February, 1759. Stephen ( ) Rentfro to Wm. Preston, £100, 191 acres; corner Jno. Buchanan, conveyed to Stephen by Geo. Robinson, Gent., 25th May, 1748. Teste: Jno. Dickinson, Wm. Ward, Wm. Davis, Edward McMullin, Jno. Shields, Henry Earnest. Delivered: Mr. Gilbert by your order, 3d October, 1759.
- Page 438.--12th August, 1762. James Boreland's estate appraised, by Jno. Shields, Saml. Steel, Wm. Teas.
- Page 727.--19th November, 1764. Robert ( ) Hunter, late of Augusta County, to William Doherty, £87.10, 255 acres on Christian's Creek: corner Thomas Shields' land; line of Sawyers' land: corner Robert William's land, Alexander's line. Teste: John Hunter. John ( ) Shield, Sr., Jno. Shields. Jr. Delivered: Wm. Dougherty, August, 1766.
- Page 195.--17th July, 1765. William ( ) Dean and Sarah ( ) to John Dean, £100, 327 acres, part of 820 acres patented to Adam Dickenson, 1st June, 1761, on Jackson's River; corner James Borelan, white oaks on Indian Camp Branch. Teste: John Shields, Thos. ( ) Brown, Mathew Thomson. Delivered: Jno. Dean, 16th March, 1772.
- Page 328.--2d August, 1771. Same to Patrick Campbel. £40, 234 acres in Beverley Manor, on south side of Timber Ridge, James Leeper's line. John Shield's line; corner Robert Christian and John Shields; corner James Hamilton, James Wilson's line. Delivered: Patrick Campbell, 11th March, 1772.
- Page 244.-(undated, appears to be abt. 1788)- ist of book debts due Thomas Stuart - John Shields (son to John). (Note: this is likely referring to the son of this John Shields).