Facts and Events
Martin Kauffman was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Discrepancy on Martin's Death
Some sources (including a Familysearch submission) claim that this Martin Kauffman was divorced from Barbara Stover, re-married and died in 1788 in Rockingham County, VA. Records, listed below clearly do not support this, as this Martin Kauffman clearly died in 1749 (will and estate records listing his wife "Barbara" as administrator, listed below). The Martin Kauffman who died in 1788 may be a son of Martin or one of his nephews, more research necessary.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 428-31. 24-23 [sic] Feb. 1736/7. Ludwick Stone at Gerundo, Orange County, to Martin Coffman of the Province of Pennsylvania. Lease and release; for £200 current money of Virginia. Three tracts on Gerundo (Shenandoah) River, one of 217 acres on the north side above Mathias Selser's uppermost tract. Next on the south side the said river, 200 acres. The other on the north side the river at Elk Lick and adjoyneth to Michael Cryter and John Propecker's lower tract, 100 acres, part of 200 acres granted to Stone by Jacob Stover. (signed) Ludwig Stein. Wit: Gid'n Marr, Jno. Newport. 24 Feb. 1736. Acknowledged by Ludwick Stone. William Russell, Gent., opposed its being recorded because Stone was indebeted to him £12-12.-. Stone promised to pay when due. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 30].
Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 149-51. 23-24 May 1739. Martin Coffman of Lancaster Parish [Pennsylvania] to Matthias Selser of Augusta parish and county. Lease and release; for £30 Pennsylvania money. 217 acres on the north side of Sharrando River above Matthias Selser's uper most tract... up the river... (signed) Martin Kaufman. Wit: Christopher Zimmerman, Joseph Bloodwortk, Willi. Reid. 24 May 1739. Acknowledged by Martin Kaufman. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 11].
Will of Martin Kauffman
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 125.--No date. Martin Kaufman's will in German and translated-- 1. She, herself, shall administer; my brother shall be her bondsman; the appraisers shall be out of the brotherhood. 2. She to have the estate until the eldest son comes of age. 3. Sons and all the children. Teste: David Kaufman, Michael Kaufman, Hans Root. Proved, 17th May, 1749, by Michael Kaufman and John Root. Widow Barbara granted administration.
- Page 126.--17th May, 1749. Barbara's bond as administratrix above, with surety David Kaufman. (Note: David Kauffman and Michael Kauffman appear to be brothers of Martin).
Records of Martin Kauffman in Orange County, VA
- Pages 403-06. 26-27 May 1741. Jacob Greuter of Orange County to John Rode of same. Lease and release; for £16 Pennsylvania money. 100 acres on the north side Sherrundo River joining to Martin Kauffman's tract at Elk Lick and Prubecker's (Proopecker, Brubecker) lower tract. (signed) Jacob Greitter. 28 May 1741. Acknowledged by Jacob Greuter to John Rhode. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 62].
Records of Martin Kauffman in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1747. - (197) Martin Coffman, Peter Roughenough and Jacob Burnet, appraisers of Abraham Drake.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 17, 1747. - (216) Lewis Morgan, servant boy of Martin Coffman, to learn blacksmithing.
- G-398: Thomas Conway of Prince William County, 1,007 acres in Augusta County. Surv. Mr. George Hume. On Dry run of Hawk's Bill. Adj. David Coffman (Koffman), James Murray, Widow Coffman, Bryan Breeding, Peter Ruffner, John Houldiman. 2 Aug. 1750. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 43].
- G-407: Lodowick Selser, son to Matthias Selser of Augusta County, 370 acres in said County. Surv. Mr. George Hume. On South Fork of Shannandoah River, adj. Martin Coffman, Rudy Moick, on Massanuttin Run. 8 Aug. 1750. [Index - Seizer.] [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 43].
- H-242: John Wood of Stafford County, 300 acres in Augusta County. Surv. Mr. George Hume. Adj. Ralph Hughs, Widow Koffman. 1 Jan. 1753. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 64].
- H-443: Michael Coffman of Augusta County, 400 acres in said County surveyed for him in behalf of and for orphans of Martin Coffman dec'd. Surv. Mr. John Baylis. On Dry Run. 15 June 1754. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 75].
- H-616: Michael Coffman of Frederick County, 287 acres in said County granted him for & in behalf of the Orphans of Martin Coffman dec'd. Surv. Mr. John Baylis. Beside Shannandoah River, adj. Dividing line between the Kinga and the Right Hon. Thomas Lord Fairfax. 3 Feb. 1755. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 83]
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