Facts and Events
Nathaniel Steele was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Nathaniel Steele's land (Beverley Manor SW, 285 acres, 1748 and 180 acres, 1766) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: land of Robert Steele, brother of Nathaniel, and Samuel (relationship undetermined) is located nearby to the south).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 24.--Wm. Beverley to Nathaniel Steel, Beverley Manor; corner John Teat and Geo. Brackenridge, Jno. Lockhart and Ramsey, David Steel, James Fulton, 17th June, 1748. (Note: this is the 285-acre tract adjoining John Tate, George Breckenridge, Sarah Ramsey, David Steele (Nathaniel's brother) and James Fulton, shown in the Hildebrand Map above).
- Page 299.--30th March, 1756. David Hays and Jean to Nathaniel Steel, £77, 202-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor. Jno. Fulton's line. Teste: Samuel and Robert Steel. (Note: this tract was adjoining Nathaniel's 180-acre tract acquired later in 1766, listed below, originally patented to Robert Poage in 1740).
- Page 505.--19th August, 1766. Robert Beverley to Nathaniel Steel, £10, 180 acres; corner John Tate, Thomas Tate's line. Delivered: Nathaniel Steel, April, 1773.
- Page 192.--16th March, 1768. David Steel to Nathaniel Steel, £__, 3-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor. Teste: William McAdow, Robert Doak, Thomas Steel. Delivered: Nathaniel Steel, April, 1773.
- Page 438.--18th November, 1771. John Alexander to Nathaniel Steel, mortgage, £120, tract whereon John now lives, 400 acres conveyed to him by David Doage and whereon he formerly lived. Teste: Francis Patton, David Doage. Delivered: Nathaniel Steel, April, 1773.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 236.--16th March, 1768. Nathaniel ( ) Steel and Rosana to David Steel, £12, 202-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor, part of the tract Nathaniel formerly lived on; corner John Tate's land; corner John Fulton. Delivered: David Steel, 16th November, 1771.
Will of Nathaniel Steele
From Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia Court Records:
- Page 220 - - 13th October, 1795. Nathaniel Steel's will - - To wife, Rosannah; to son, Nathaniel, all lands in Augusta County; to grandson, Moses McClure, son of David; to grandson, Moses McClure, son of Halberd; to gandson, Nathaniel Blackburn; to daughter, Martha Cooper, and her daughter, Elizabeth Cooper; to daughter, Rosannah; to grandson, Nathaniel McClure, son of Samuel. Executors, wife Rosannah, son Nathaniel, and son-in-law Robert Cooper. Teste: John and Samuel Steele, Jno. Funton. Proved, 21st June, 1796, by Fulton and Samuel Steel. Executors qualfied except Rosannah, and leave reserved for her.
- Page 269.--Nathaniel Steel's appraisement taken 30th June, 1796, by Robt. Harris, Robt. Cooper, Samuel Carson--John Alphin's bond; David Isaac's account.
Processioning List of 1756 & 1767
- "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:
- Page 176.--1756: Processioned by John Tate and Samuel Doak, in Cap. James Mitchell's Company, viz: for Widow Mitchell, for Wm. Thompson, for james Robinson, for Charles Campbell, for Saml. Brawford, for John Mitchell, for Saml. Doak, for Widow Fulton, for Robt. Alexander, for Nathl. and Robt. Steele, for David Hays, for Helen Mitchell and Jno. Tate, for David Doak, for James Cowan, for Robert Sayers, for John Campbell, for Pat. Campbell, for John Ward, for Widow McTyre, for John and Alex. Brownlee, for Saml. Steele, for Patrick Hays, for John Fulton, for Thomas Tate, for Robert Willson.
- Page 441.- (1767)- Processioners' returns, by Thos. Shields and Jas. Meteire, viz: For Patt. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Robt. Willson, for Thos. Brown, for Wm. Thompson, for Pat. Hays, for John Ward, for Wm. Purrens (Purvens), for James Henry, for Nathl. Steele, for Geo. Bright, for Roben Mitchel, for Robt. Alexander, for Wm. Walker, for Roben Willson, for John Mitchell, for James Mitchell, for John Buchanan, for David Cunningham, for Wm. Campbell, for Thomas Mitchell, for James Meteire, for Hugh Hays, for Reuben Steele, for Thomas Steele, for Thomas Shields, for David Doake, for John Teate, for Samuel Doake, for Samuel Brawford, for James Cowan, for Saml. McCutchen, for Alex. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Wm. Cunningham, for David Doake, for Hugh Fulton and James Fulton, for Saml. Steele, for Alex. Brownlee, for John Brownlee.
Records of Nathaniel Steele in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 64.--14th September, 1747. David Steele's will--Farmer, son Robert, plantation; wife; son, Nathaniel; daughters, Martha Teas, Isabella McCluer, 5 shillings; daughters, Rebecka, Jannet. Executors, Samuel Doak and Robert Ramsey; refused to execute. Teste: Wm. Steel, Geo. Brakenridge, Robert Alexander. Proved, 18th November, 1747, by Brakenridge and Alexander.
- Vol. 1 - APRIL 20, 1748. - (3) Rebecca Steel chose Nathaniel Steel her guardian. (Note: Rebecca Steele was the younger sister of Nathaniel).
- Page 568.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to Robert Steel, 309 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Robert Alexander and Robert Ramsey; corner Nathaniel Steel; James Fulton's line; corner Samuel Steel. Teste: Samuel Steel, John McClure. (Note: this deed is from William Beverley to Robert Steele, Nathaniel's brother).
- Vol. 1 - 1753-1754 (Part 1). - Inhabitants of head of South River petition that they have to keep their roads only 1/2 mile apart for space of four miles and ask that the three be reduced to one. William Smith, Samuel Steel, Robert Alexander, Robert Steel, Nathaniel Steel, George Breckenridge, Chas. Campbell, Patrick Campbell, John Broundlee, Alexander Broundlee, Hugh Fulton, Patrick Campbell, Jr., John Fulton, John Ward, Samuel Doack, John Campbell, Seth Wilson.
- Page 284.--16th March, 1756. William Loughridge to Thos. Hill, 5 sh. 1/2 d., 6 acres in Borden's 92100, opposite said Hill's old survey, on Halfway Creek, Robert Weir's line. Teste: Robert Wiear, Wm. Buchanan, Nathaniel Steel. Livery.
- Page 353.--5th April, 1764. Archd. Clendenning's appraisement (Ann Clendenning, administratrix), by Jno. Fulton, Samuel Steel, Nathaniel Steel, Robert Alexander, 1 tomhawk, pipe, and pistole. Walker & Cabell's receipt for provisions; 1 cow wounded with an arrow. Carrington & Walker's receipt for provisions.
- Page 497.--5th November, 1771. Saml Doak's will, farmer--To wife, Jane; to daughter, Elinor, unmarried; to wife, to have disposal of all household furniture at her Pleasure to her 3 daughters, Elinor, Mary, Isbel; to son, John; to oldest son, David, plantation David now lives on as Robert Doak laid it off; to son, Samuel, plantation at head waters of Rockfish in Amherst; to son, John, plantation testator lives on; to son, Robert, tract testator formerly lived on in Rockfish, joining Capt. Crawford; daughters, Jane and Elizabeth. Executors, wife Jane, son David, son-in-law Wm. Brown. Brother-in-law John Finley and John Tate to advise executors. Teste: John and James Mitchel, William Tate, John Tate, Jr. Proved, 19th May, 1772. by James Mitchel and the Tates. David Doack qualifies with John Tate. Nathaniel Steel.
- Page 201.--24th July, 1785. Cutlip Black's (Gotelieb Schwartz) will-- To wife, Margaret; to son, John, home place, under 24; to daughter, Shusy. Executors, John Tate and Nathaniel Steel, Sr. Teste: Hugh Fulton, John Bright. Produced in Court 16th February, 1790, by Jacob Clyne and proved by Jno. Bright and Philip Battrorff.
- ↑ Chalkley, - Augusta County, Virginia Court Abstracts.