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John Smiley
b.est. 1715-1725
  • F.  Smiley (add)
  1. Alexander Smileyest 1700-1710 - bef 1748
  2. William Smileyest 1700-1715 -
  3. Walter Smiley, Sr.est 1712-1722 -
  4. John Smileyest 1715-1725 - aft 1778
  5. Margaret Smileyest 1715-1720 - bef 1801
  • HJohn Smileyest 1715-1725 - aft 1778
m. est. 1740-1750
  1. John Smiley, Jr.est 1740-1750 -
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Name John Smiley
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1715-1725
Marriage est. 1740-1750 to
Death? aft. 1778 prob. Rockbridge County, Virginia

John Smiley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

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John Smiley's land (Borden Tract SW, 44/144 acres, 1763) 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: the Hildebrand Map shows this tract as "144 acres", while Chalkley's transcription shows it as "44 acres", need to check original records to determine which is correct. Note land of Nathaniel McClure, whose daughter married John Smiley's son John, is located nearby to the northwest).


Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 278.--10th June, 1763. Borden's executors to John Smyley, £5, 44 acres, part of 92,100 on North Branch of James, the patent line; corner Alexander McCorkle's survey. Delivered: John Smyley, June, 1770.
  • 1763 - John Smiley acquired 440 acres on "west bank of North River". [History of Rockbridge County, Virginia, Morton, pg. 349].

Processioning List of 1760

"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 279.--1760: Processioned by James Trimble, John Maxwell, viz: For Joseph Lapsley (bad state health), for John Moore, for Robert Alexander, for John Wiley, for James Campbell, for Patt Young, for Robert Moore, for Joseph Walker, for John Smiley, for Abraham Brown, for Peter Wallace, for Francis McCoun, for David Tilford, for Robert McKlehaney, for William Hall, for George Campbell, for John Paxton, for Wm. Paxton, for Alex. McKorkle, for James Campbell.


Records of John Smiley in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • August 1753 - Congregations of New Providence and Timber Ridge Presbyterian Churches Petition Signers for Reverend John Brown: John Smiley. (among many others).
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 23, 1753. - (75) John Mathews to be overseer of road from North Fork of James River, near John Mathew's, to Renix's Road, with these workers: Henry Brown, John Smiley, James Trimble, John Berriford, James Edmondson, Wm. Edmondson, Michael Finney, Wm. Holdman, Stephen Arnold, Hugh Means, John Harger, Wm. Scot, Edward Bishop, Alexr. McCorkall, Pat. McCorkall, Henry Fuller, Joseph Pain, Edwd. Baley, James Baley, John Peter Salling, Jas. Simpson, James Wolson, Alexr. Beggs, John Mathews, Joshua Mathews, John Maxwell, Jas. Frazier, John Hutcheson, Senr., John Hutcheson, Jr., George Sailing, Richd. Beton, Wm. Boil, John Sprowl, John Smith, Saml. McClure, John Smiley, John McCuley, Richd. Mathews, Sampson Mathews, Daniel Sancion, Saml. Paxton, Wm. Paxton, John Oleston, Samuel Oleston, Saml. Walker.
  • 23 March 1754 N. S., p. 126 - It is Ordered that a Road be Cleared from the North river to Campbells School House and that John Mathews jr. be Overseer and with Alexander McCorkle, John Smiley, James Bealey, Samuel Paxton, James Trimble, James Edmondson, John Berriford, Edmond Crump, William Holdman, John Harges, William Scot, Edward Bishop, Michael Finney, Hugh Manes, Patrick McCorkle, Alexander Smiley, Michael Johnston, John Noble, John Stevenson, William Paxton, Alexander Baggs, Joshua Mathews James Simpson and James Wilson[?] he Clear and keep the Same in repair According to Law. [Augusta County Road Orders].
  • Vol. 2 - List of Delinquents - 1755: Jno. Smiley.
  • Page 205.-- (17th February, 1758. Colonel James Patton's estate; appraised by Thomas Stewart, John Ramsey, Edward Hall. List of bonds, bills, &c., due the estate:) - John Smiley, __ _____, ____. (undated, appears to be between 1753-1756).
  • Page 140.--17th March, 1756. Joseph Paxton's appraisement by John Smiley, Moses McCluer, John McClure. 18th March, 1756. John Bowyer'sbond as guardian (chosen) to James McDowell, orphan of John McDowell, with sureties Joseph Lapesly, Richard Woods.
  • Page 376.--8th January, 1765. Samuel Hunter's estate appraised, by James Davis, Peter Wallace, Pat. McCollomDebts due to estate, viz: Paul Whitey, Joseph Robinson, Margaret Clark, Geo. Clark, Thomas Foster, Jno. Smiley, Jno. McCollom, Andrew Smithers, Mathew Galbreath. Debts due by estate--To Mary Clark, Saml. Newberry, Richd. Woods.
  • Page 45.--23d September, 1767. Mary McClure's settlement of estate of N, McClure--Cash paid for funeral expenses for my child; cash paid for schooling the children; cash paid Halbert McClure, one of the heirs; cash paid Joseph Reed, one of the heirs; cash paid James McClure, his part; cash paid Nathl. McClure, his part; cash paid Jno. Smiley, his part; cash paid Thos. McClure, his part; cash paid Margt. McClure, her part; cash paid Moses McClure, his part. Recorded on motion of Baptist McNabb.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1768 (C). - Smiley vs. Thompson.--John Smiley, Chapman, 1767.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 28, 1771. - (323) Andrew Buntin and John Smiley--no inhabitants.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1771 (B). - Henry King and Susanna, his wife, late Susanna Cochran, administratrix of John Cochran, deceased, vs. John Smiley.--Defendant, in 1771, lives in Botetourt.
  • 1778 - John Smiley, Sr. and John Smiley, Jr. listed on Tithables List in Rockbridge County, Virginia. [Source: "A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia", by Oren F. Morton].