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Peter Reed, of South Branch, Potomac River
b.bef. 1725
  • HPeter Reed, of South Branch, Potomac Riverbef 1725 - 1762
  • WCatherinebef 1735 -
m. bef. 1753
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Name Peter Reed, of South Branch, Potomac River
Gender Male
Birth? bef. 1725
Marriage bef. 1753 to Catherine
Death? 1762 Hampshire County, Virginia

Peter Reed was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants:


  • G-312: Peter Reed of Augusta County, 680 acres. Surv. Mr. James Genn. Tract No. 1 on South Fork of Wappacomo or Treat South Branch of Potomack River. 7 Sept. 1749. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 38].


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 135.--22d February, 1753. Peter Reed and Cathern of So. Fork of So. Br. of Potomac to Peter Hoos, of same. Trace No. 1 on So. Fork of the Wappacomo or Gr. So. Br. of Potomac, 680 acres. Teste: Hendrick Cortreght, Peter Thorn, Tobias Decker.


Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 28, 1750. - (423) Abraham Vanderpool, Mathew Uter, Abell Westfall, Anthony Bogard, George Osburn, Jeremiah Osburn, Jeremiah Osburn, Jr., John Osburn, James Simson, Jacob Westfall, Leonard Neiff, John Westfall, Hermanus Skout, Anthony Reger, Anthony Reger, Jr., Michael Rhyne, Peter Reed, George West, Thomas Iax, Robert Graham, added to list of tithables.
  • Vol. 1 - 1751-1752. - Petition for road from Widow Cobern's Mill, on the South Branch, to John Paton's Mill, on the South Fork, at least 30 miles nearer than the road we formerly traveled. A bridle road asked for: William Stephenson, Mathew Patton, Jeremiah Calkin, George West, Peter Reed, Jr., Samuel Patton, Benjamin Patton, Leonard Reed, John Reed, John Knowles, Alexander Crockett, John Patton, Luke Collins, Jacob Reed, Daniel Richardson.
  • Vol. 2 - NOVEMBER 15, 1752. - (361) James Simpson and Michael Stump, overseers, with Jeremiah Osburn, Geo. Osburn, Mones Alkier, Heorndkis Corlock, John, Jacob and Wm. Westfall, Michael Stumph, Henry Harris, Henry Shipler, and Philip Moore--view and mark and keep in repair, on petition of inhabitants of the South Branch, a road from their wagon road up the So. Fork to Peter Reed's Mill.
  • Page 388.--21st May, 1760. Daniel Richardson's estate settlement, by Thomas Parsons, administrator--Paid Philip Halbert; Jno. Vanvill (for a negro), sheriff for 2 levies for 1753; Conrad Huffman, Adam West, Benj. Scott, Peter Reed, Joel Hornback, Henry Shippley, Geo. Bush, Jonathan Coburn, the widow, Leonard Reed, Joseph Skidmore, Austin Scoolcraft, Mr. Churchill, fee in Leonard Reed's suit; Dennis Sullivan's bond (insolvent); Mathias Yeoman (Yeokum?).


Information on Peter Reed

From "The History of Pendleton County, Virginia", by Oren F. Morton, pg. 36:


In what year the tract (Upper Tract) received its first inhabitants is therefore a matter of some doubt. It is not probable that they came earlier than the people in the Dyer settlement, neither could they have been much behind them. The actual time was anywhere from 1748 to 1751, probably nearer the first date than the spcond. Somewhere within this short period one Peter Reed built a mill here and gave his name to the small stream that winds lazily through the bottom. By petition of the settlers around him, an order of court was issued November 15, 1752 for the building of a road to Reed's mill. Whether this road was to the Dyer settlement or directly down the South Branch is not stated.


From "The Brake Family of West Virginia", Part of a speech given by David Armstrong at the Brake Family reunion, Clarksburg, West Virginia, August 7th, 1993:


Moses Striker, who witnessed the will off Johann Jacob Brake also came to West Virginia about this time, as we find him as a party to the estate settlement of Peter Reed in Hampshire County records in 1762. This Peter Reed had been the original purchaser of South Fork Lot number 1 in the early 1750's and he had built and operated a sizable water powered mill thereon. The location of this property is at what later became Brake Post Office, about 15 miles south of Moorefield on the South Fork. It is interesting to note Moses Striker involved with Peter Reed as in 1763 Jacob Brake, son of Johann Jacob, bought the Peter Reed mill property from Peter Hass, and this would become the Brake home for the rest of Jacob's life, and beyond, he operating the mill at that location.... Hampshire County Court Records envelope 5, settlement of Peter Reed estate, paid to Moses Striker 1762. (Striker was witness to will of John Jacob Brake in Frederick County). [Source: http://www.swcp.com/~dhickman/articles/brake.html]