Matthew Black, of Linville Creek and Bullock's Creek
Facts and Events
Matthew Black was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Migration of Matthew Black
Matthew Black appears to have arrived in the Linville Creek area of Augusta County before 1756. It is unclear if he owned land there, as no records are listed in Chalkley's transcriptions of his acquisition of land, although he is listed in the "processioning lists" of 1756 and 1760. By 1765, Matthew and his son Robert (and their Linville Creek neighbors the Cravens and Harrisons) had both migrated and acquired land in Bullock's Creek, which at the time was considered part of North Carolina and later became York County, South Carolina. [Source: http://wespatterson.com/patt/bios/robert-r.bio.ch10.asp]
Processioning List of 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 settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- 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.
- 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.
Acquisition of Land on Bullock's Creek, York County, SC
- Plat: Aug 29, 1765, Surveyed for Matthew Black, 100 A on both sides of Clarks fork of Bullocks Creek… W Sims, Sur. Thomas Harrison, Robt. Black, CB Iss. 26 Sept 1766. [File #696 (1434); Gr. #167; Bk. 17, p. 305 (18, 277)]
Records of Matthew Black in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1756. - Robert Harrison vs. Mathew Black.--Plaintiff must have been of age in 1754.
- 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 170.--15th September, 1758. William Dryer's estate sold to viz: Jno. Mooberry, Ephraim Love, Wm. Cunningham, Wm. Craig, Richard Shanklin, David Nelson, Edward McGary, Charles Differ, Jno. Hughbanks, John Cravens, Thos. Fulton, Wm. Ingles (English), Jas. Thomas, Andrew Erwin, Margt. Dyer, Mathew Black, John Herman, Wm. Brown. Sold and appraised, 5th December, 1759, viz: John Farris, Hugh McGary, Robt. Minnis. Cash due by John Cally. Settlement by Margaret Cravens, late Margaret Dyer, administratrix.
- Page 209.--7th January, 1763. John Brooks' estate, appraised by John Cravens, Mathew Black, James Hemphill; due by Henry Caully.
- Page 288.--21st September. 1763. John Cravens' settlement of Robt. Cravens' estate, approved and recorded--Paid Saml. Hemphill, Ro. Cravens, Pat. and Jno. Frazier, Margaret Perkey, Pat. Given, John Stewart, Mathew Black, Wm. Minter, Jno. Brown, Wm. Cravens. Cash paid widow Mary. Cash paid John Cravens. Legacy of negro delivered to Zebulon Harrison for his 2 sons. Legacy to Elizabeth Cravens. Legacy to Robt. Black in part of his wife's legacy. (Note: Robert Black was this Matthew Black's son).
Information on Matthew Black
Mathew and Mary ____ Black were the parents of Robert, Gawin, Janet, and Joseph Black. This writer also believes there were sons John and Thomas, and perhaps others as well. The children of Mathew and Mary Black were all born from ca. 1729 – ca. 1745. Robert Black married Madge Cravens, who was a first cousin to Nathaniel and Thomas Harrison who also moved to CFBC. Janet (Jane) Black married William McElwee. Joseph Black married Sarah Patterson, daughter of Robert and Sarah Patterson of LC. There was a John Black of the right age to be a son of Mathew Black, or at least a nephew. He may have been the same John Black who married Lydia Patterson, another daughter of Robert and Sarah Patterson of LC. [Source:http://wespatterson.com/patt/bios/patt-robt-1775-p11.htm]