Facts and Events
Jonas Friend was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 467.--29th May, 1761. Same (Mary Wood, of Frederick, James and Moses Green, of Culpeper),to Jonas Friend, £8.15, at same place (on North Fork of South Branch of Potowmack, part of 660 acres patented to Robert Green, 25th June, 1747), 44 acres, part of 350 acres above. Delivered as above.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 456.--Jonas Friend and Sarah ( ) to Charles Powers, on North Fork of South Branch of Potowmack, part of patent to Robert Green 21st January, 1756. Teste: Robert McClenachan, John Sharp Watkins, Valentine Cloninger, Robert Poage.
Records of Jonas Friend in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 458.--29th May, 1760. Same (Mary Wood, of Frederick, James and Moses Green, of Culpeper) to George Hammer, £19.17, at same place, cor. tract sold to Jonas Friend; cor. tract sold Jacob Harper, 114 acres, part of 350 acres patented to Robert Green, 12th January, 1746. Delivered to same.
- 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 14.--9th September, 1766. Valentine Giles' estate appraised by Jonas Friend, Geo. Dise, Michl. Mallow: Due by Geo. Teter, Francis Jackson, Henry Peskels, Moses Elsworth, Youst Hinkele.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1767. - (339) Jonas Friend appointed Constable, vice Peter Vaneman.
- Page 108.--17th May, 1768. Sale bill and settlement of estate of Andrew Smith, recorded, Henry Penninger, administrator, c. t. a.--Sold to, viz: Mark Swedley, Joseph Skidmore, Jr., Mathias Dice, Ludwick Wagener, Jones Friend, John Dunkle, Jacob Peters, Philip Props, Powel Shanour, Christian Grace (Grad?), Geo. Dunkle, William Waiett, Christian Rolsman, Valentine Gile, Charles Power, Martin Shob, Leners Seaman.
- Page 387.--26th August, 1772. Joseph Skidmore, Sr., and Agness to Samuel Skidmore, their son, £45, patent to said Joseph, 1767, 10th September, on South Branch of Potowmack where said Skidmore formerly lived. Teste: John Skidmore, Jonas Friend, John ( ) Caplinger. Delivered: Felix Gilbert, August Court, 1773.
- Page 409.--__ _____, ____. Jacob Conrad's will--To son, Jacob, testator's dwelling place; to daughter, Barbara, the place she lives on (wife of Charles Hedrick); to daughter, Elizabeth, the place she lives on, bought of Christopher Thompson and James Skidmore, wife of George Fisher: to daughter Mary Conrad's two children, Margaret Barlet, John Clifton, land bought from Saml. Caplinger; to Jonas Friend, a debt to be paid; son to sign his three sisters their deeds by his Earship. Teste: Wolerey Conrad, John Skidmore, George Kile. Proved, 19th March, 1776 (translation by George Carpenter) by the witnesses. Jacob Conrad qualifies administrator.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1777. - (224) Following recommended to be added to Commission of Peace, viz: Joshua Humphries, Joseph Bell, William McDowell, Peter Hanger, Anthony Rider, John Fitzwaters, William Westfall, Benj. Wilson, William Lowther, Isaac Hinkle, Jonas Friend.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 19, 1778. - (300) David Henderson, James Tremble, James Trotter, Jr., Thomas Rankin, Benjamin Wilson and Jonas Friend--recommended on Commission of the Peace.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1778. - (353) Following recommended on Commission of Peace: David Henderson, James Trimble, James Trotter, Jr., Benj. Wilson, Jonas Friend, John Davidson, Smith Tandy, Wm. Lowther and Andrew Davidson. John Christian to be left out as he refuses to serve longer.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1778. - (368) Joseph Bell, Elijah McClenachan and Jonas Friend qualified Justices.
- Page 84.--1st December, 1778. Joel Westfall's estate appraised by Jese Hamilton, Jonas Friend, Aron Richardson (mark).
- Vol. 1 - JANUARY 19, 1779. - (393) Wm. Cleaver, Daniel Westfall, Francis Wire and John Warrick--to locate a road from Jonas Friend's to Darby Connolly's (deceased) plantation, in Tyger's Valley.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 19, 1779. - (174) John Christian being dead; Jonas Friend, as being incapable of his duty and not attending, and John Davidson, Smith Tandy, Wm. Lowther and Andrew Davidson, because of non-residence in the County, recommended to be left out of Commission.
- Vol. 1 - DECEMBER 19, 1781. - (359) John Dickinson, who refuses to act; John Christian, deceased; Michael Bowyer, Attorney at Law; James Tate, deceased; Joshua Humphrey's, removed out of the County; Peter Hanger, who refuses to act; Benj. Wilson, Jonas Friend, Wm. Lowther, John Davidson and Andrew Davidson, out of the County--recommended to be left out of the Commission of the peace.
Information on Jonas Friend
- •Name: Jonas Friend
- •Sex: M
- •Birth: Abt 1730
- •Death: 15 Nov 1807 in Friend's Fort, Randolph County, (West) Virginia
From "JONAS FRIEND AND FRIEND'S FORT", by Warren Skidmore
Jonas Friend, one of the earliest settlers in both Pendleton and Randolph Counties, was of Swedish descent. His grandfather, Anders Nilsson Frande, was born about 1659 at Upland, Delaware (then Chester) County, Pennsylvania, and died about 1740 near Harper's Ferry. (l) His father Israel Friend, who was born at Upland by 1693, started to mine iron ore in 1734 on a tract of land on the Potomac River about two miles north of Harper's Ferry in what is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. He may have had a furnace in Virginia for smelting the ore, or taken it across the Potomac to his mill on Antietam Creek in Maryland where there was a furnace later. (2) He is spoken of as a Friend (Quaker) in this period. (3) Benjamin Winslow's "Plan of the Upper Part of Patomack River called Cohongorooto, surveyed in the year 1736" shows the Friends living in that year west of the Potomac four miles south of the mouth of Undietum Creek. (4) If the mill was not Jonas Friend's place of birth it may be taken as certain that he spent his childhood there.
His father-in-law Joseph Skidmore, who had come to western Maryland by 1742 from Murderkill Hundred in Kent County, Delaware, lived no great distance away. He had formally acquired title to a plantation called Monican from Cornelius O'Neale on 11 June 1748 for £50 preparatory to moving to Virginia, but had probably lived there much earlier. Moni can is described as being at the head of the Little Antieta m. (5)
Jonas Friend went with the Skidmores to what is now Pendleton County perhaps at the time of his father-in-law's second trip south through the gap at Harper's Ferry. (6) He and Sarah Skidmore had married before 9 September 1754 when they returned a deed to Winchester selling 66 1/2 acres to Simeon Rice for £100. This was his share of the 300 acres that he and his two brothers had inherited from their father Israel Friend near Shepherdstown in Jefferson County. (7) In this deed Jonas and Sarah Friend are called "late of Frederick County in the colony of Virginia but now of August a County." Their eldest child, a son Joseph, was born probably in 1755 or soon after and named for his grandfather Skidmore. (8)
- Father: Israel Friend b: Abt 1693 in Upland, Ridley Twp., Delaware County, Pennsylvania
- Mother: Sarah Bokavar b: Abt 1711 in Shawnee Nation
- Marriage 1 Sarah Skidmore b: Abt 1732 in Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Delaware
- •Married: 9 Sep 1754
- •Change Date: 25 Sep 2005
- 1. Joseph Friend b: Abt 1755
- 2. Andrew Friend b: Abt 1756 in West Augusta County, (West) Virginia
- 3. Sarah Friend b: Abt 1759 in Frederick County, Virginia
- 4. Nancy Friend b: 5 Jun 1759 in Frederick County, Virginia
- 5. Mary Friend b: Bef 1772