Facts and Events
Michael Kauffman was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 425-28. 23 Feb. 1736/7. Ludowick Stone of Orange County to Michael Coffman. Lease and release; for £24 current money. 217 acres on Gerundo (Shenandoah) River... on the north side... part of a tract formerly granted unto Jacob Stover. (signed) Ludwig Stein. Wit: Gideon Marr, Jno. Newport. 24 Feb. 1736 . Acknowledged by Ludwick Stone.
- William Russell, Gent., opposed its being recorded because Stone was indebted to him £12.12.- unless Stone gave security. Stone promised to pay him when due. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 29].
- Michael Coffman in behalf & for the orphans of Martin Coffman, dec'd; no warrant, date of survey - 15 Aug. 1749 - 18 Oct. 1749; 400 acres on a branch of Hawks Bill or Dry Run. Chain Carriers - Peter Ruffner & John Holdman. Surv. John Baylis.[Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Orange & Augusta Counties, with Tithables, Delinquents, Petitioners, 1730-1754, Volume One, Peggy Smomo Joyner, pg. 22].
Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants:
- 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]. [Note: Martin Coffman dec'd referred to in this record was the brother of Michael, appears to be the same land surveyed in 1749 listed above]
- 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]
Michael Kauffman's account of the Indian Massacres of 1758:
- A letter, dated 7 September 1758, and signed by Michael Kauffman, Jacob Boner, Samuel Bohm, and Daniel Stauffer, says, "We were thirty-nine Mennonite families living together in Virginia. One family was murdered and the rest of us and many other families were obliged to flee for our lives, leaving all and going empty-handed." The letter goes on to say that in addition to "our brother and companion in the faith Johannes Schneyder, who is contemplating a journey to the friends and brethren in Holland, . . . our minister and elder, Martin Funck," would go along to Holland to assist in presenting the request for help. Funck was "still a single man, and by occupation a miller. He, too, was compelled to flee and leave all behind." Apparently Martin Funck was the bishop of the Page County congregation, which numbered 39 families or about 100 members in 1758.