Facts and Events
Phillip Watkins was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land in Virginia:
- Page 35 - Phillip Watkins, 26 acres, Catawba Creek, Branch of the James River. Adjoining William Richees. March 2, 1764. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 14].
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - 1762-- November 16, Joseph Montgomery, Philip Watkins. (Note: bride's names not listed)
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - Following paper in package marked 1755-56-57--it is apparently a fragment
--on the back is written:
- "A Copy. JOHN RANDOLPH, C. H. B."
- Paid in Northampton:
- To the County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7070
- Paid in Hampshire, in part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597
- Paid in Lunenburg, in part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 770
- To Robt. Brackenridge, Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 680
- To David Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
- To John Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
- To Geo. Robinson, Geo. Rowland, Geo. Horbinson, James Humphries, Matthew Sheddon, Mr. Moore, Jeremiah Green, Philip Watkins, John McAfee, Andrew Gaughagan, Peter Farr and George Duck,
- each 140 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1680
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1766 (D). - David Cloyd vs. James Montgomery.--Account as follows: 1764--Mr. James Montgomery, debtor, March 24--to cash of mine retaken from the Indians and delivered to you by Lieut. (Francis) Smith, £137, 18, 0. Credit, 1764--April 21. By cash received from John Neilly, Michael Cloyd, Andrew Neely and Francis Smith, £19, 0, 0; B. G. Samuel McFerrin, Philip Watkins, Benj. Hawkins, James Montgomery, Jr., Wm. Montgomery, Jr., John Crockett, John McRoberts, Wm. McMullin, Wm. Robinson, John Fowler, Samuel Robinson, Joshua McCormack, John Clark, John Artus, Saml. McNabb, Saml. Gatliff, Jeremiah Puckett and Lanty Armstrong, each £4, 18, 6. Balance due, £31, 18, 0. Sworn to by David Cloyd, 24th April, 1765. Case agreed by attorneys as follows: "We agree that a party of Indians made an eruption into the Colony, attacked the plaintiff's house, rifled it and bore off upwards of £200 in gold and silver, several household goods and negroes. We agree that a party of the Militia pursued the enemy and overtook them on John's Creek, a branch of James River, at the distance of 30 or 35 miles, and attacked and killed one of the number. We agree that upon searching the Indians's budget a quantity of gold, some dollars and pieces of small silver, were found, which, upon being weighed, amounted to the sum of £137, 18, 0. We agree that the money found in the budget of the Indians consisted of the same coin which the plaintiff was known to have in his house when plundered by the Indians. We agree that after the money was recoverd from the Indians a dispute arose among the Militia to whom of right the money belonged whether it should be delivered to the plaintiff, who was deemed to have been the owner of it before it fell into the hands of the Indians, or whether the Militia were entitled to it in having recovered it from them, upon which dispute that sum of money was lodged in the hands of the defendant, to be by him kept till that point should be settled. We agree that the plaintiff made an offer of 30 shillings to each of the men who has assisted in the pursuit of the enemy. We agree that a part of the Company of Militia made an offer to the plaintiff of delivering up his negroes and household goods if he would allow them the money. We agree that the defendant paid the sum of money out of his hands to the Militia, and that several of them returned their dividends to the plaintiff amounting to £106, 17, 2. We agree that the plaintiff paid to several of the captors who returned him their dividends the sum of 30/, the premium by him before offered for their service. We agree that if the law, &c. (Signed) Gabrill Jones, for plaintiff; Peter Hog, for defendant." Hung jury and case agreed. Submitted August, 1766. (Note: Samuel McFerrin was the brother-in-law of Phillip Watkins).
Account of Philip Watkin's Death
- Pension Application of Peter Brickey: R1192
- At a court held at the Court house for the county of Botetourt on Monday the 10th day of December 1832
- On this 10th day of December in the year 1832 personally appeared in open court the same being a court of record for Botetourt county Peter Brickey now a resident of said County aged about 71 years who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision of the act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832 that about the last of September 1780 he was drafted in the County of Botetourt and sent to guard the lead mines on New River [sic: probably at Fort Chiswell in present Wythe County VA] from which the armies[?] of this country derived their principle supply in lead, to prevent the Tories from taking possession of them where he was then placed under the command of a Captain Saunders who was the Commanding officer of the place and immediately on his return from this expedition he was again drafted into the service under Captain William McClanahan [also spelled McClenahan] of Botetourt County with whom he marched to the State of North Carolina and joined the army of General Green [sic: Nathanael Greene] during the celebrated retreat before the army of Lord Cornwallis through the State of North Carolina a short time after the Battle of the Cowpens [on 17 Jan 1781] and remained in the army of General Green untill near the last of March after the Battle of Guilford [Battle of Guilford Court House on 15 March 1781] during the whole of this campaign he served under Captain William McClanahan was engaged in several skirmishes one of which was called the battle of Alamants [sic: at Clapp’s Mill on the Alamance River in early March 1781] where Major [Thomas] Rowland of Botetourt County was wounded and when a certain Philip Watkins[?] and Archy Hill two of Captain David Mays Company from Botetourt County were killed and the other was the battle of the Reedy fork of Haw River [on 6 March 1781] where Colo. Clayed[?] and Major Rowland commanded he was in the hard fought battle of Guilford and [one or two words illegible] in the field of Battle during the whole day he further states that he was in the service of his Country in the Revolutionary Army in these two expeditions about six months altogether that he is entirely illiterate and does not recollect the different places to which he was marched or much about the Geography of the Country. he states that he has no record of his age and was born the 10th day of April 1761 he received a written discharge both from Capt Saunders and Captain McClanahan but he has lost them both not supposing that they would ever be of any use to him he took no care of them he has no documentary evidence of his service but can prove by William Brickey who is now in Court that he was a soldier in the Army of the Revolutionary army [sic] and that Henry Buchhanan James Style[?] Esq’r. and the Rev’d. Jonathan Lee will testify to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution he hereby relinquishes all claims whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State Sworn to and subscribed in open court.
- (signed) Peter his X mark Brickey
From Ancestry Message Board:
Philip Watkins - Botetourt County, VA, 1700's
mtnaspens (View posts) Posted: 8 Jul 2006 3:36AM GMT
Surnames: Watkins, Montgomery, Christian, Cloyd
PHILIP WATKINS, first noted in Botetourt County as having been a member of Capt. Montgomery's Volunteers, at Sandy Creek in 1756, for which service against the Cherokees he was allowed fifty acres of land in 1780. He served as a sergeant in Capt. William Christian's Company in 1764; and was a member of the posse who pursued and caught the Indian murders of Mrs. Cloyd and her son, and recovered from them part of the silver, etc., stolen from the Cloyd home. He owned lands on Craigs Creek and in 1764 acquired a small acreage on Catawba.