Facts and Events
Moses Cunningham was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Moses Cunningham received much of his father, James Cunningham's original 400-acre patent, after his father's death in 1763, since both of his brothers, Jacob and Isaac had died prior to his father's will being accepted into probate in 1765. This is confirmed on the "Processioning List" of 1765, listing Moses owning land:
Processioning List of 1765
- "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:
- Page 385.--1765: Processioned by Collier and McCampbell, viz: For William McCamey, for Jno. Beatty (Samuel Norrad present), for Solomon Whitley, for Wm. Gilmore, for Robt. Erwin, for Jno. McKee, for Andw. McCampbell, for Henry Kirkham, for Edward Fairies, for James Campbell, for Alex. Deal, for John Gilmore, for Moses Cunningham for Robt. Hamilton, for James McCalster, for Hugh Cunningham, for George McConne; for Wm. Moore, Michael Kirkham present; for James Young, for Robert McKelhenny, for Margery Crawford, for Saml. Todd, for Rob. Young, for James Hutton, for James Todd, for George Gibson for Alex. Collier, for Jno. Hanna, for Robt. Talford, for Robt. McHenry, for David Talford, for William Hall, for John McMurtrey, for James Davies, for Robt. McKee, for Jno. Somers, for Jno. Huston, for Jno. Wylie, for Jno. McConne, for Archd. Buchanan, for Wm. Porter, for Jno. Wieley.
Records of Moses Cunningham in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 19, 1765. - (233) James Cunningham's will proved--Moses Cunningham is the surviving executor.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 15, 1768. - (492) Hemp certificates: Moses Cunningham, David Robinson, William Robinson.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 28, 1770. - (100) Andrew Hays vs. Moses Cunningham.--Abates by death of deft. (Note: this appears to be a transcription error, as Moses lived past this date).
- Vol. 1 - JANUARY 2, 1772. - (324) A certificate of Saml. McDowell to Wm. Gilmer for provisions for the Militia of Augusta and Botetourt ordered certified.--Same to John Thompson and Moses Cunningham.
- ↑ Newman, Betty Cunningham. Adam and 500 more Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800. (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, c2000).
Moses Cunningham of Kerr's Creek, son of James and Margaret Cunningham
Moses was the youngest son of James and Margaret Cunningham who lived on Kerr's Creek in Augusta County, Virginia. When James made his will in 1760, Moses was still under the age of 21. James had already deeded over half of his original grant of 400 acres to two of his sons, Isaac and Jacob. Both Isaac and Jacob predeceased James and Margaret, and James left bequests to a son of each of them in his will. Hugh, who appears to have been the eldest son of James and Margaret, already possessed lands in his own right and was well established, leaving Moses as the only one of their sons who had not previously provided for. Moses was therefore left the bulk of James' estate. (Augusta County Will Book 3, p. 382).
James Cunningham named as his executors his wife and his son Moses. Margaret was killed by Indians in the same raid in which James was slain, leaving Moses as the sole executor. By the time James' will was admitted to probate in 1765, Moses had attained the age of 21 and was thus able to act as executor.