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John Stephenson, of Stover's Mill Creek and Shenandoah River
b.abt. 1700
  • HJohn Stephenson, of Stover's Mill Creek and Shenandoah Riverabt 1700 - Bef 1778
  • WSarah WaiteAbt 1700 - bef 1777
  1. Mary Stephenson1725 - 1792
  • HJohn Stephenson, of Stover's Mill Creek and Shenandoah Riverabt 1700 - Bef 1778
  • WEsther WaiteABT 1735 - 1783
m. aft. May 1773
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Name John Stephenson, of Stover's Mill Creek and Shenandoah River
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1700
Marriage aft. May 1773 Virginiato Esther Waite
Death[1] Bef. 23 Nov. 1778 Rockingham, Virginia, United States
Burial[1] 1778 Cross Keys Cemetery, Rockingham County, Virginia

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

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Importation

"Headrights" were grants of 50 acres of land per "head" - or per white male over the age of 16 who transported himself to the colonies. They appeared in the Court of Common Pleas in Orange County, Virginia. These headrights functioned as the only real immigration record for English, Scot or Irish immigrants during that time period. The headright identifies the country of origin and generally the port of entry in the colonies.


22nd May 1740, John Stephenson came into court and made oath that he imported himself (wife) Sarah and Mary Stephenson from Ireland to Philadelphia, and thence to this colony."

Land

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Patent to John Stephenson, 400 acres on Orange (Augusta) County, on Stover's Mill Creek, of South River, Shenandore, 1st June, 1741. (Source: Chalkley's Vol. 2 - Taylor vs. Huston, listed below).
  • Page 239.--Patented to John Stephenson, 16th August, 1756.
  • Page 260.--Patent to Robert Stevenson, deceased, 16th August, 1756. (Note: Recorded 1780)
  • Page 15.--Patent to John Stephenson, farmer, 16th August, 1756 (wife Ester). Teste: George and John Huston, Jacob Pirkey. (note: "Esther" was John's later wife, perhaps the reference to "wife Ester" was added by Lyman Chalkley and not included in the original record?)
  • Page 27.--17th November, 1767. William Russell, late of Culpeper County, by Francis Kirkley to John Stevenson, yeoman, £32.10, 700 acres on Mill Creek, part of Stover's 5,000 acres, part whereof being lapsed and forfeited was granted to William Russell, Gent., father of said William Russell and contains 250 acres whereon John now lives as by survey made by Thomas Lewis, crossing Hooks' Branch; corner Perkey's land, Weaver's line; another tract of Perkey's; corner Francisco's land. Delivered: John Stevenson, October, 1769.
  • Page 243.--Patented to same, 16th March, 1771. (Note: this followed the 1756 patent listed above).


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 324.--27th November, 1749. John Stephenson to Henry Kirkham Buffalo Creek. Teste: Andrew Cowan, William Hall.
  • Page 296.--21st March, 1753. John Stephenson, farmer, and Sarah to Archibald Houston, fanner, granted to John, 1743, 367 acres. Teste: Robert Cravens. John Pickens, Andrew Baskins. Acknowledged by Sarah, 17th August, 1753. (Note: Archibald Houston was the son-in-law of John Stephenson).
  • Page 237.--17th May, 1773. John ( ) Stephenson, farmer, and Sarah ( ) to Archibald Huston, farmer. Delivered: Jno. Huston, 7th February, 1785. Teste: John McMaster, James and George Huston. Patented to the Stevens, 1st June, 1741. Page 239.--Patented to John Stephenson, 16th August, 1756.

Processioning

"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 177.--1756: Processioned by Robert Hook and Pat. Frazier, viz: For Edward Beard, for Margt. Laburn, for James Craig, for Gasper Vought, for James Craig (same as above), for Henry Pirkey, for Mathew Thompson, for Andrew Leeper, for Henry Leaburn, for John Bell Vought, for John Stevenson, for Wm. Beard, for Archibald Huston.

Will

  • Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol. II Pg 40 - 13th October, 1777 John Stephenson's will, probated in Rockingham 23rd November, 1778; wife. Devisees, Jonathan Taylor and Easter Taylor, two of wife's children (infants). Daughter, Mary Huston, Widow of Archd. Huston. Grandsons Jno. Huston, Stephen Huston, George Huston, and Nathan Huston. Grand children, Ann, Abigail, Sarah, Jane, Elizabeth and Archibald Huston, (infants), daughter Mary Huston.
  • Vol. 2 - pg. 270 - Page 414--Will of John Stephenson dated 13th October, 1777. Wife; wife's children, Jonathan and Easter Taylor; daughter, Mary, widow of Archd. Huston; grandsons, John, Stephen, George and Nathan Huston; grand children, Ann, Abigail, Sarah, Jane, Elizabeth, Archibald Huston. Recorded in Rockingham, 23d November, 1778.

Transaction related to John Stephenson's will:

  • 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.

Family?

There appears to be a possible connection to William Stephenson, a contemporary in Augusta County. John is listed in some records pertaining to this William Stephenson, and could possibly be a brother to William, but this is unproven at this time.

Records

From Chalkley's: (These records are believed to be pertaining to this John Stephenson. There were other John Stephenson's in Augusta County during this time period living in the Borden Tract and Cowpasture.)

  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1746/7. - (168) Road ordered from Top of the Ridge to John Terrald's and James Beard's, with these tithables, John Bomgardner, Jacob Harmon, Robert and Saml. Scot, John Stevenson, Robert Hook, Wm. Burk, Mathew Thompson, Charles Duel, Nicholas Noel, John Lawrence, Jacob Pence, Henry Dickens, Valentine Pence, George Scot, John Viare, Jacob Harmon, Sr., Mathew Sharp, John Harmon, Ro. Frazier, James Beard, Mathew Thompson, John Robton, Stiffell Francisco, Wm. Lamb, Samuel Lockard, Ro. Smith.

[Some of these names match early church members of the Peaked Mountain Presbyterian Church (qv) to which church John belonged, which confirms that this is indeed John (37). Q 20:42, 26 May 2012 (EDT)]

  • Page 308.---4th August, 1747. Adam Caruth to John King, £7.10.0 current money Virginia; 8 acres, 3 R., on a branch of Naked Creek; corner to John Seawright's land. Teste: John Anderson, John Seawright, John Stevenson. Proved by all, 19th August, 1747.
  • Page 53.--20th August, 1747. John Taylor's appraisement: By Robert Hooks, John Stevenson, Robert Scott.
  • Page 101.--15th February, 1748. John Stevenson's bond, £500, as administrator of John Hindman, with sureties Henry Downs, Thos. Stevenson, Samuel Givins.
  • Vol. 2 - 1748, December 30th--Edward McGenis, 200 on a dry meadow, between Widow Taylor's and John Stephenson's; 400 on Chesnut Ridge, joining John Davis. (Note: this lists John Stephenson on Chestnut Ridge).
  • Page 592.--14th February, 1749. Hugh Douglas, laborer, and Margaret, to James Downing and Mary, his wife, relict of Peter Dyer (deceased), spinteres, 130 acres on Stover's Mill Creek. John Stephenson's line. Teste: Archibald Huston, John Stephenson.
  • Vol. 2 - 1750, July 24th--John Lynn offered an entry of 400 acres on a meadow, between Jno. Stephenson and Wm. Williams. (Note: John Lynn also owned land on Stony Lick Branch, North Branch of the Shenandoah River, which may have been near this land).
  • Page 262.--29th August, 1750. Hugh Parker's bond as administrator of James Rutledge, Gent., deceased, with sureties Jno. Stephenson, Hans Baumgartner.
  • Page 839.--29th August, 1750. John Bomgardner (signed Hans Baumgartner) to Patrick Frazier, in Stoney Lick Branch; corner Andrew McConnald, 400 acres, patented 25th September, 1746. John Lynn, Jno. Stevenson, Robt. Hook.
  • Vol. 2 - List of Delinquents - 1750 - Jno. Stevenson, twice charged; James Scot, twice charged. (listed among many others).
  • Page 301.--8th February, 1750-51. Mathias Shaup's appraisement, by John Stevenson, Wm. Williams, Henry Downs.
  • Page 144.--20th February, 1750-51. Sale of personalty of Mathias Shaw, by James Nicholas, executor--Recorded 18th May, 1762, viz: Sold to Jno. Craig, Wm. Frazier, Jas. Downey, Jno. Love, David Nelson, Henry Dooley, William Craig, Bernard Man, Joseph Wait, Saml. Muncy, Joseph Muncy, Casper Faught, Owen Reed, Joseph Wait, Jacob Harmon, Jno. Stevenson, Jacob Nicholas, Peter Herman, James Beard, Cathrine Pence, Michael Cam, William Williams. 5th May, 1755--2d sale, to viz: Jacob Nicholas, Henry Dooley, David Nelson, Peter Miller, Conrad Kimsley, Catrine Shawp (3 books), Michael Cam, Francis Kirtley, Jno. Davison, Margaret Shawp, Jno. Davis, Charles Man, Joseph Cravens, Jno. Couch, Robt. Craig, Jacob Courtsious, Simon Powell, Geo. Cam, Henry Long, Evan Evans, Conrad Backfish, Patrick Wilson, Jno. Hetrick, Nicholas Brock, George, Robert, and widow Scott. By sundries received of the estate of the deceased Jacob Pence.
  • Page 16.--5th October, 1751. John Lynn to Robert Shanklin, 320 acres on No. River Shanandoe, joining Robert Scott, Stony Lick Br. Teste: Thomas Shanklin, Robert Hook, Thos. Shanklin, Jno. Stephenson.
  • Page 440.--2d July, 1752. Same (Christophel Francisco by Stophel Francisco, his son and attorney) to Morrice Pound, 360 acres. As above (Part of Jacob Stover's 5000 acres, on Shanandore; corner Nicholas Trout's line, on Cub Run; Morris Pound's line; corner Patrick Wilson; Val. Pence's line; the 3,100-acre lines. These Francisco conveyances are part of Stover's 5,000-acre tract). John Stevenson's line; corner Ludwick Francisco.
  • Page 527.--15th November, 1752. James Downing and Mary to James Wait, 120 acres patented to Hugh Douglas, 25th June, 1747, and conveyed by him to Downing; John Stevenson's line. Teste: Edward Shanklin, Thomas Harrison, Daniel Harrison.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1753. - (15) Sarah, wife of John Stevenson, relinquished dower in deed, John S.--to Archibald Husten.
  • Vol. 1 - 1753-1754 (Part 1). - Inquisition on body of Nicholas Grout (Trout), 17th July, 1753. Jurors do say that the said Nicholas Trout, in simplicity, without malice, playing with Peter Hull and seizing a gun in said Hull's hands and pulling its muzzle towards him she accidentally went off without any act or knowledge of the said Hull and discharged herself with a ball and two great shots into ye breast of said Trout, of which he died immediately on ye spot, and quit ye gun wherewith ye same was done was entirely in fault for not keeping her bounds, but going off without force or consent. In teste: Peter Scholl, Coroner; John Stevenson, Ledwick Francisco, John Mac Michel, James Bruster, Thomas Wats, Thomas Crawford, Patrick Milican, John Wilson, Jacob Harman, Niclas Noll, Hennery Daly, Jacob Nicholas.
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1756 - page 38, John Stephenson, Peaked Mountain, page 118, John Stevenson, near North River above B. L..
  • Page 429.--200 acres on the Bare Spring, a branch of the Dry River, at a place called the Maple Swamp, patented to William Stephenson, deceased, 16th June, 1756, 10th November, 1757, and devised to son Mathew. Teste: Robert Davis and John Stephenson. (Note: was William Stephenson a possible sibling of John Stephenson?)
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1758 - page 18, John Stevenson, Peaked Mountain.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1758 (A). - Stevenson vs. Shirkey.--On 25th February, 1743-4, John Stevenson and Patrick Shirkey became surety on a bond for James Rutledge. Rutledge died insolvent, and Stevenson sues Shirkey for one-half what he had to pay.
  • Vol. 2 - Processioner's Appointed for 1759 - Page 270.--James Allen, Sr., and Pat. Crawford, in Capt. James Alexander's Company. Robert Hooks and John Stevenson, in Capt. Shanklin's Company. John Hopkins and David Walston, in Capt. Ephraim Love's Company. Abram Bird and David Robinson, in Capt. Michael Warren's Company.
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1759 - page 71, John Stevenson, Peaked Mountain.
  • Page 347.--23d November, 1759. Jno. Smith's bond (with William Preston, Jno. Stevenson) as administrator of Benj. Davis.
  • Page 9.--16th October, 1760. Same (From Maurice Poutz (signed Pound), of Fairfax) to Henry Pirgy, £154, 360 acres, part of Jacob Steven's great tract, formerly conveyed to Christopher Francisco, the elder, and by Stophel Francisco, his attorney in fact, to Maurice Pound, 2d July, 1752, on north side Shenandore; John Stevenson's meadow; cor. Ludwick Francisco. Delivered: Jacob Pirkey, February, 1767.
  • Page 119.--18th May, 1762. Henry Perkey's appraisement, by Robt. Hook, John Stevenson, James Bruester, recorded--3 negroes, Joseph Jenkins' note, 1 wagon.
  • Vol. 1 - 1763-4, Pt. 1. - Petitioners to open a road that usually led from a ford of the South River above Joseph Hannah's over Cole's ford on the middle and from thence to Mathew Thompson's, which has been lately stopped by Henry Reaburn, notwithstanding it has been a bridle way for nearly twenty years. Robert Scott, Patrick Frazer, James Bruster, Robert Hook, Robert Hook, John Denniston, William Hook, J. Madison, John Stephenson, Archibald Huston, John Craig, John Davison, John Davison, Jr., Patrick Willson, Robert Shanklin.
  • Page 237.-(17th August, 1769. The estate of Col. James Patton)-By cash from, viz (apparently in payment of piece of land belonging to Col. Patton's estate): John Stephenson. (listed among many others).
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1770 - John Stevenson, Peak Mountain.
  • Page 281.--20th March, 1770. John Stephenson's bond (with Alex. Hamilton, Robert Clark) as guardian to James Rusk, orphan of James Rusk.
  • Page 580.--6th May, 1772. John Taylor's will--To wife, Esther, executrix; to eleven children; to son, John, £5 more than the others. Teste: Archibald Huston, James Waite, John Stephenson. Proved, 18th August, 1772, by Waite and Huston. Esther qualifies (her mark) with James Waite, Archd. Huston.
  • Page 29.--9th October, 1772. John Taylor's estate appraised by John Stephenson, James Bruster, John Young.
  • Page 259.--28th March, 1774. Archibald Huston's will--To wife, Mary; to son, John, 200 acres, part of Pond Spring tract; to son, Stephen; to James, 250 acres of tract whereon David Gravin now lives; to son, Archibald, infant; to son, George, 360 acres whereon testator lives; to son, Nathan, 100 acres, part of Pond Spring tract; to six daughters, residuary legatees. Executors, sons James and George, and Cap David Leard. Teste: James Bruster, John (his __ mark) Stephenson, Jennet (mark) Frazer, Isbell (mark) Campbell. Proved, 16th August, 1774, by Bruster and Stephenson. Mary appears and refuses to execute and renounces the will. David Laird and Geo. Huston qualify with James Bruster and John (mark) Stephenson.
  • 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.
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1776 - page 62, John Stevenson, Peaked Mountain.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1779. - (613) John Stevenson's death abates suit.
  • Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1803 (N to Z). - John Taylor, Archd. Taylor, James Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Jonathan Taylor, Wm. Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Francis Carter and Margaret, late Margt. Taylor, Saml. Twitchet and Catherine, late Catherine Taylor, Sylvenus Gibson and Elenor, late Elenor Taylor and Easter Taylor, devisees of James Waits, deceased, vs. John Huston--Writ of right, Rockingham. Two tracts, 150 acres in Rockingham; Jno. Stephenson's line, 20 acres, Stover's Mill Creek; James Downing's survey. Copy patent to John Stephenson, 400 acres on Orange (Augusta) County, on Stover's Mill Creek, of South River, Shenandore, 1st June, 1741. John Stephenson to Archd Huston, 18th May, 1773, recorded. John Stephenson's will, dated 13th October, 1777, probated in Rockingham 23d November, 1778; wife. Devisees, Jonathan Taylor and Easter Taylor, two of wife's children (infants). Daughter, Mary Huston, widow of Archd. Huston. Grandsons, Jno. Huston, Stephen Huston, George Huston and Nathan Huston. Grandchildren, Ann, Abigail, Sarah, Jane, Elizabeth and Archibald Huston (infants), daughter Mary Huston. Executors, Daniel Smith, Sr., and Felix Gilbert. Patent to James Waits, 1st September, 1782; 20 acres by survey, 18th December, 1751, on Stover's Mill Creek. James Waits' will, dated 9th October, 1771. Probated in Rockingham, 24th September, 1781. James Waits' will: Wife Catrine. John Taylor's children, they being the lawful issue of his wife Esther--Sarah and Catherine--to have more than others.

Information on John Stephenson

From "Settlers by the Long Grey Trail: Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County", pg. 209:


The Stephensons were early in Old Augusta - "22nd. May 1740, John Stephenson came into court and made oath that he imported himself Sarah and Mary Stephenson from Ireland to Philadelphia, and thence to this Colony." On the same date Thomas Stephenson and Rachel proved their importation by the same route. (Orange County Court Order Book, 1739-1741; pg. 159, and 157.)
References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Find A Grave.

    John Stephenson
    Birth: 1710
    Death: Nov. 23, 1778
    Rockingham County
    Virginia, USA

    John, with wife Sarah and daughter Mary signed the Orange Co. Importation books in 1740.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61043197