John Wright, of Smith's Creek
Facts and Events
John Wright was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 144.--20th August, 1748. Samuel Harrison to Mary, his wife, to Jno. Wright. Cooks Creek. Teste: Daniel Harrison, Samuel Newman.
- Page 93.--21st February, 1751. Robert Cravens and Mary to John Wright, Irish Road, 400 acres as appears by the patent.
- Page 516.--2d May, 1752. Joseph Powel to John Wright, 400 acres on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek on Irish Road. Teste: Thomas Harrison and Daniel Harrison.
- Page 381.--1st February, 1757. John (Jacob) Gardner to Jno. Craven and Jno. Wright, £100, 310 acres on East Fork of Cook's Creek and a draft of Smith's Creek, Daniel Harrison's land, granted to Jacob. 16th August, 1756. Teste: Ro. Craven ( ), Samuel Hemphill, Matt. and Robert Black. Delivered: Jno. Wright, August, 1758.
- Page 108.--31st December, 1760. Alex. Hite and Rebecca, of Hampshire, to John Wright, £150, 550 acres on Linvel's Creek, part of 1200 acres patented to McCoy, Hite & Co. and by them conveyed to Abraham by deed recorded in Orange; cor. to portion of said tract belonging to Jeremiah Harrison. Delivered: John Johnston by order of Cap. Daniel Smith, August, 1766.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 97.--21st February 1750-51. John Wright and Lydia to John Cravens, farmer, 200 acres on Cooks Creek, bought from Samuel Herrison and Mary, his wife, recorded in Augusta.
- Page 17.--9th November, 1760. John Wright and Lydde and John Cravens and Margaret ( ) to Daniel Pouder, £40, 510 acres on head of east fork of Cook's Creek and a draft of Smith's Creek; Daniel Harrison's land, patented to Jacob Gardner, 16th August, 1756. Teste: Daniel Harrison, Jonathan Douglass.
- Page 156.--3d February, 1772. Abraham Wright and Susannah ( ) to Daniel Smith, gent., £200, 400 acres, 300 thereof devised to Abraham by his father, John Wright, the remaining 100 descended to Abraham by death of his sister, infant of very tender years, unborn at time of his father's death, as heir-at-law of his father, conveyed to John by Joseph Powell, to whom it was patented. 3d July, 1753, on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek, west side of the Irish Road. Delivered: Smith Lofland, who intermarried with a daughter of said Smith, 20th July, 1791.
- Page 271.--9th July, 1772. Joshua Wright and Charity to Handel Vence (Vance), late of Lancaster County, Penna., but now of Augusta. Delivered: William Vance, June, 1776, part of patent of 1,200 acres to McCay Hite, &c., and conveyed to John Wright, deceased, who devised it to Joshua, his son.
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 193.--27th September, 1762. John Wright's will--To wife, Lidy; to eldest son, Abraham, 300 acres called Ball Hill; to second son, James, 175 acres patented in name of testator's father, James Wright, and 30 acres adjoining the Bald Hill part of the Bear Wallow; to child wife is big with, remainder of Bear Wallow tract; to daughters, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Janet, Easter and Lydia Wright, tract called Perish Lines; to third son, Joshua, 170 acres; to farther son, John, infant. Executors, wife Lydia and Daniel Smith. Teste: Michael Warren, Jno. Hughes, Egniar Virden. Proved, 18th November, 1762, by Micliael Warren and Egniar Virden. Executors qualified, with Jno. Bowyer.
- Page 208.--5th January, 1763. John Wright's estate; appraised by John Cravens, Thomas Harrison, John Shalpman: Daniel Young's note; David Smith's ditto; Soloman Turpin's ditto; Peter Watkins' note; John Stewart's ditto; Thomas Bryant's ditto; Skidmore Muncy's note; William Shull's ditto; Charles Differ's ditto; Robert William's ditto.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 18, 1762. - (363) Egnier Verden, witness to will of John Wright.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 22, 1764. - (410) Commission for examination of Amey, wife of Henry Smith. John Bigham, security for Isabella Hall, admx. of her late husband, Robert Ramsey, prays counter security from Isabella and her husband, Robert Hall. James Wright, orphan of John Wright, decd., to be bound to John Fitzwaters.
- In the name of God Amen the twenty seventh day of September in the Year of our Lord 1762, I John Wright of the County of Augusta & Colony of Virny being very sick and weak in body of parfect mind and Memory thanks be given to god for it Calling to mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for all men once to die make and Ordain this my Last will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and Recommend my soul into the hand of God that gave it and for my Body I Recomend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like Manner at the discretion of my Executor Nothing Doubting but at the great Resurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such Worldly Goods which it hath pleased Got to bless me with in this life I do give Devise and Depose of the same in the following Maner and form first of all I give and Bequeath to my welbeloved Wife Lidy Wright the Use of my Mill place and the third part of the Rents of the other plantation which is five pounds a year During the time of her Widowhood and after named go to fees.
- Item I give and Bequeath to my Eldest son Abraham Wright 300 acres of Land Call'd the Ball Hill togather with the Improvements
- Item I Give and bequeath to my second son James Wright One Hundred & Seventy five acres of Land formerly patined in the name of my father James Wright and forty acres of Land Joing this Land of the bald hill part of the Bear Walow,
- Item I give and Bequeath to the Child that my wife is now Big with the Remainder part of Bear Walow tract together with One hundred Acres the Bald Hill from the head of the tract Including a smal spring Item I order that three Hundred acres of the uplands of the Tract that I now live on to be sold from ________ across ________ and Land and Money arising from the said Land to be Equally Divided among and between my Daughter Elizabeth Wright & Mary Wright & Sarah Wright & Janet Wright & Esther Wright & Lydia Wright and the Money to be divided among my Six Daughters and one tract of Land Called the Derest Lines to be sold & Devided in Like Manor to the said Garels
- Item I give and bequeath to my third son Joshua Wright One hundred and Seventy acres of Land Joyning to that part that is to be sold not Discomoding the Mill,
- Item I give and bequeath to my farther son John Wright One hundred & Thirty Acres of Land where I now live togeather with the Mill and the Mill to be Tryed in good order for the uses and benifit of the Children till he shall come to the Age of twenty one years of age of the Hole of my Estate and as for the Remainder of my Estate good & Chattels after paying all my Just Debts and funeral Charges and the remainder of my Estate be Equaly Divided Among my wife and Childern
- I do hereby Constitute make and Ordain the aquit & Constitute and Meshon my wife Lydia Wright & Daniel Smith Exetor of this my Last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the Day and Year above Writen
- (Signed) John Wright
- in the Presence of
- Michael Warren
- John Hughes
- Egniar Vinden
- At a Court held for Augusta Count Novr 18 1762
- This last Will and Testament of John Wright decd was proved by the oath of Michl Warran & Egniar Virden two of the Witness's and ordered to be recorded and on the Motion of Daniel Smith & Lydia Wright the Executors therein named who made Oath according to Law Certificate is granted them for Obtaining a probat thereof in due form they having with Security Entered into Bond acc. to Law.
- Know all men by these presents that we Lydia Wright, Daniel Smith, John Bowyer and Michel Warren are held and firmly bound unto John Dickenson James Lockridge John Maxwell & John Archer Justices ________ of the peace for Augusta County for and in behalf of the Justices of the said County in the sum of One Thousand pounds to be paid to the said Justices and their Successors to which Payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and each of us our & every of our Heirs Exors & admtors jointly and Severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals & dated this 18 day of Novr 1762
- The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above bound Lydia Wright & Daniel Smith Executors of the Last Will and Testament of John Wright deceased do make or Cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods Chattels & Credits of the said Deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of the said Extors or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for them and the same so made do Exhibit or Cause to be Exhibited into the County Court of Augusta at such time as they shall be thereunto required by the said Court and the same Goods Chattels and Credits and all other the Goods Chattels and Credits of the sd Deceased at any time after shall come to the hands possession of Knowledge of the sd Extors or into the Hands & possession of any other person or persons for them do well and truly Administer according to Law and further do make a just and true account of their Actings and Doings therein when thereto required by the said Court and also shall well & truly pay & deliver all legacies contained and specified in the sd Testament as far as the sd gods Chattels & Credits will Extend & the Law shall Charge then this obligation to be Void and of none Efect or Else to remain in full force
- Sealed and Delivered Lydia Wright
- in the presence of
- Daniel Smith
- John Bowyer
- Michl Warren
- At a Court Contd & held for Augusta County Novr 18 1762
- Lydia Wright & Daniel Smith with John Bowyer Michl Warren their Securities Acknowledged this their Bond which is ordered to be Record
- [Source: Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 3, pg. 195].
Processioning Lists of 1747/8, 1756 & 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 settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 19.--Robert Christian and James Caldwell report, viz: 1747-8, 24th February, processioned for Arthur Hamilton; processioned for James Moody, present Robert Wilson; processioned for James Wilson; 26th February, processioned for Andrew Cowan, present Robert Wilson; processioned for James Caldwell, present John and William Caldwell; 27th February, processioned for James Armstrong, present John and William Caldwell; 28th February, processioned for James Armstrong, present Wm. Armstrong and John Davison; 1st March, processioned for Isaac McCully; processioned for Wm. Long, present John Long; 2d March, processioned for James Bell, present Gabriel Alexander; 3d March, processioned for James Alexander; processioned for Thomas Black, present Wm. Johnson; 4th March, processioned for Robert Cunningham; processioned for Wm. Henderson, present, Thomas Black; processioned for Geo. Rutlidge, present Wm. Henderson; 6th March, processioned for Geo. Caldwell, present Wm. Caldwell and Wm. Henderson; processioned for John, Robert, William Christian; 10th March, processioned for Thos. Stewart, present James and John Black. 8th March, 1747-8, Edward Hall's land not processioned, there being a dispute between the said Hall and Col. Patton, not at home. Daniel Harrison and Morgan Bryant report, viz: Processioned for Samuel Harrison, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Robert Cravens, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present John Rutledge, Richard Wainscot; Daniel Harrison not processioned, there being a dispute; processioned for James Anderson, lines unknown; processioned for Col. James Wood; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Archibald Hopkins; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Jacob Dye, Richard Wincot; processioned for Cornelius Bryan, present Thos. and Benj. Bryan; processioned for Charles Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Townsend Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for John Miller, present Thos. Hughes, Thos. Moore; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for Joseph Hite, present Samuel and David Stuart; processioned for Jacob Chrisman, present David Stuart, Sam'l Harrison; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Wm. Duff's estate, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for James Robeson, present John Miller; processioned for George Bowman, present Richard Winscot; processioned for Joseph Bryan, present Wm. Bryan; processioned for Morgan Bryan, present James Bryan; processioned for Samuel Wilkins, present Wm. and James Bryan and Samuel Wilkins.
- Vol. 2 - Page 174.--1756: Processioned from Fairfax's line to North River, by John Harrison and Danl. Smith, viz: For John McClure, for Richd. Dear, for Pat. Quen (Owen), for Danl. Love, for Mathew Black, for Arter Johnson, for Thomas Harrison, for John Wright, for David Walston, for William Logan, for John Davis, for Thomas Lokey, for Jacob Wooly, for Valentine Sevier, for John Phillips, for Andw. Bird, for Thos. Millsaps, for John Obryan, for Michael Wearen, for John Fawler, for David Logan, for Randolph McDonald, for John Cravens, for Joseph Cravens, for Robert Cravens, for John Shelpman, for Alex. Herring, for Jeremiah Harrison, for Reuben Harrison, for John Harrison, Sr., for John Harrison, Jr., for Zebulon Harrison, for Thomas Moore, for Moses Bird, for Wm. McGee, for Col. Wood's Plains, for Robert Harrison. Naiad Creek Patten part not processioned because Cap. Daniel Harrison and John Edwrds objected because there was no patent nor courses to know the lines. Niles Run tract not processioned by reason none to show the lines. Capn. Harrison's not processioned, none to show the lines.
- Vol. 2 - Page 295.--1760: Processioned by John Hopkins, David Ralston, in Capt. Ephraim Love's Company: For Thomas Gordon, for Francis Green, for Jeremiah Harrison, for Daniel Love, for Daniel Callkin, for Robert Cravens, for Thos. Harrison, for Ephraim Love, for Widow Johnston, for Alex. Herring, for Edward Shankling, for Widow Logan, for William Logan, for John Cravens, for Widow McDonel, for Joseph Cravens, for Wm. Hopkins, for John Hopkins, for Thomas Shankling, for Alex. Miller, for Mathew Black, for Thos. Campbell, for Daniel Harrison, for Daniel Harrison, Jr., for Samuel Harrison, for Robert Harrison, for Pat. Guin, for Wm. Snoding, for John Fowler, for David Nelson, for Samuel Briges, for John McGill, for Christopher Thompson, for John Wright, for Archibald Hopkins.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 203.--16th November, 1757. Jannet McDonald's bond (with John Wright, Danl. Smith) as administrator of Randall McDonald.
- Page 28.--28th June, 1758. Peter Moser's estate settlement, by Michael Mallow, allowed 19th May, 1761--To Cathron Moser, Jno. Hopkins, Danl. Love, James McDole, Jno. Wright, Fardrick Kestor, Jacob Harper, Andrew Arewen, Powl Shaver, Eaform Love, Nickles Hofman, Edward McGary. (2nd vendue held 8th November, 1758?) To Alex. Miller, James McGill, Jno. McCoy. (3d vendue held 3d October, 1760.) Credit by Patterkole money received on Peter Moser's account. From Jno. Madison, from George Caplinger, from Henry Carr, from Captain Cartley (Keartley), Capt. Abraham Smith (patterole money), from Captain Smith, for provender; from Captain Smith, on account of Wm. Wood; from Jno. Hogleer; from Capt. Ephraim Love, for provender and paterrole (patrol) money; from Capt. Smith, patterole money. Paid Jacob Rolman, paid Daniel Smith for clorking, paid Fredk. Opp for schooling, paid Fredk. Easter for salt and store goods, paid Johnson Hill for weaving, paid John Hughes, paid Stephen Conrad, the blacksmith.
- Page 104.--22d December, 1760. Charles Dick and Fielding Lewis, of Fredericksburg, to Abraham Hite, of Hampshire, release of deed, 1st February, 1755, by grantee here to grantor; Hite's Mill tract. Teste: David Ralstone, Jere Herresop, John and Abraham Wright.
- Page 115.--31st Decemebr, 1760. Same (Alex. Hite and Rebecca, of Hampshire) to Jeremiah Harrison, £150, 400 acres on Linvel's Creek, part of 1200 above, adjoining Wright and Ralstone above. Delivered: Jeremiah Harrison, 14th October, 1765.
- Page 147.--5th April, 1751 [sic, s/b 1781]. Sale held of the estate of Jacob Pence, and settlement of estate by Peter Miller, executor of Val. Pence, who was executor of Jacob Pence, recorded 18th May, 1762. Sold to Henry Dooley, James Bartley, Wm. Craig, Jno. Fudge, James Downey, Joseph Wait, Repentance Townsend, Jacob Harman, Saml. Muncy, Robt. Hook, Danl. Love, David Loran, Wm. Beard, Johnston Hill, David Crighton; to cash. Paid Jno. Wright, Henry Perkey, Jno. Maggart, Andw. Faught, Jacob Pence. Nicholas Trout, Thos. Crawford, Archd. Huston.
- Page 75.--19th August. 1761. Daniel Smith's settlement of estate of Jacob Sivers approved--Paid Woolrick Conrod, Gabriel Kyle; paid 1 clerk's note for swearing into your commission; paid Jno. Wright for crying the vendue; paid Henry Pircy for liquor; paid David Rule; paid Christian Lower (Sower?); paid Paul Shaver; paid Horrical Hufman; paid Henry Baninger; paid Sarah Harrison for liquor for vendue; paid Margaret Johnson for appraising the estate. Sale bill, viz: To John McCoy, Valentine Butcher, Henry Smith, Wm. Snodon, Saml. Briggs, Robt. Gragg, Jno. Dunkle, Ludwick Waggoner, Jno. Skidmore, Jonas Friend, Nicholas Havener. Received of Benj. Hagler, Robt. Minnis, Henry Penigar.
- Page 79.--19th August, 1761. Mary Jackson's (late Mary Claypole) settlement of estate of William Claypole recorded--To Jno. Wright, Francis McBride, Jno. Dunbar, Jno. and Jos. Claypole, Mr. Johns, Evan Thomas. Sale bill, viz: To Robert Williams, Jersmons Peir, Arthur Trader, Moses Samples, John Douglass, Jno. Arshers, James Cohoon, Dennis Henry, Wm. Cimsey, Andw. Sedusky, Rees Thomas, Henry Harvey.
- Page 104.--Ditto of ditto (Report of commission of privy examination of Rebecca, wife of Abraham Hite, of Hampshire County), deed to John Wright. .Executed, 10th December, 1761.
- Page 129.--18th May, 1762. Roger Dyer's sale bill and settlement of estate by Hannah Dyer, administratrix, approved and recorded--To Wm. Samples, Wm. Gregg, Margaret McGlaughlan, David Nelson, Pat Frazier, John Cunningham, Robt. Ralston, Johnston Hill, John Cravens, Jesse Harrison, Bryce Russell, Robt. McGarry, John Dunkle, John Montgomery. Paid John Wright, Ro. Minnis (for whiskey), Sarah Stevenson (for whiskey for vendue); paid Wm. Gibson, Adam Harper, James Dyer.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 16, 1762. - (358) James Gatlive, decd., Robt. Montgomerie qualified administrator. Rebecca, wife of Abraham Hite, release dower in deed to John Wright. John Inzer, reason age and infirmity, exempted from County levy.
- Page 382.--10th September, 1763. Daniel Pouder and Jemiah ( ) to Joseph Rutherford, £150, 310 acres on head of East Fork of Cook's Creek, and a draft of Smith's Creek, black oak near Daniel Harrison's land, patented to Jacob Garner, 16th August, 1756, conveyed by Garner to John Cravens and John Wright, and by Cravens and Wright to Daniel. Teste: Daniel Smith, Felix Shellman, Patrick ( ) Fraysher, John Scott. Delivered: Reuben Rutherford, May, 1768.
- ↑ Ancestry.com/Ancestry Family Trees: Public Members Trees.