Person:Robert Breckenridge (3)

Col. Robert Breckenridge
m. ABT 1710
  1. John Breckenridge1712 - bet 1740
  2. Sarah Breckenridge1714 - 1791
  3. Col. Robert Breckenridge1720 - 1772
  4. George Breckenridge1722 - bef 1790
  5. James Breckenridge1724 - 1744
  6. Adam Breckenridge1726 - 1758
  7. Smith Breckenridge1728 - 1744
  8. Letitia Breckenridge1730 - 1749
  • HCol. Robert Breckenridge1720 - 1772
  • WMary Poageabt 1720 - bef 1758
m. abt 1740
  1. Robert Breckenridge1754 - 1833
  2. Alexander BreckenridgeABT 1755 -
m. 10 Jul 1758
  1. William Breckenridge1759 -
  2. John Breckenridge1760 - 1806
  3. Gen. James Breckenridge1763 - 1833
  4. Jane Breckenridgeabt 1765 - abt 1770
  5. Elizabeth Breckinridgeabt 1766 -
  6. Preston Breckenridge1770 - 1819
Facts and Events
Name[1] Col. Robert Breckenridge
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1720 Ayrshire, Scotland
Residence[1] 1740 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence[1] 1740 Ireland
Marriage abt 1740 Staunton, Augusta County, Virginiato Mary Poage
Other[1] 22 May 1740 Orange, Virginia, United Statesnamed in certificate of importation granted to his father which stated that family passed through Ireland and Philadelphia, PA on the way to VA
Other[1] 21 Nov 1753 Augusta, Virginia, United StatesSheriff of Augusta County
Military[1] 1756 Augusta, Virginia, United StatesCapt. of a company of Rangers incorporated with the 1st VA Regiment for an expedition against the Shawnee Indians
Marriage 10 Jul 1758 Augusta County, Virginiato Letitia Preston
Death[1] 1772 Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, United States

Robert Breckenridge was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Robert Breckenridge's land (Beverley Manor SW, 761 acres, 1742, with his brother George Breckenridge) 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: adjoining tract of Robert's brother George Breckenridge (540 acres, 1747) is highlighted in brown).


Robert Breckenridge's land (Beverley Manor SW, 245 acres, conveyed to him by his father, Alexander Breckenridge by his will of 1743) 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.

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 67-70. 25-26 Nov. 1742. William Beverley, Esq. of Essex County to George and Robt. Breckenridge of Orange County. Lease and release; for £25 current money. 761 acres in Beverley Manor... by the South River... George Breckenridge to have 300 acres on the north west and the remainder to Robt. Breckenridge. (signed) Wm. Beverley. Wit: James Patton, John Lewis, Samll. Gray. 27 9ber [Nov]. 1742. Acknowledged by William Beverley, Esq. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 42].

Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pg. 156-156. Indenture 21 July 1745 between Robert Brakenridge of Augusta County and William Logan of same.. for five shillings.. sells 400 acres in that part of Augusta lying on the north side of Shannando Riv. and bounded.. John Smith's line.. (signed) Robt. Brakenridge (seal). Witnesses: John Lewis, Robt. Armstrong, Thos. Lewis. Paid ₤20 and release recorded 25 July 1745. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 43].

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 383.—21st August, 1765. Robert Breckenridge and Lettice to Stephen Loy. £230 (paid by said Martin Loy), 245 acres in Beverley Manor conveyed to Robert, 17th May, 1749.

Information on Robert Breckenridge

Robert Breckinridge ( -1773) came from Pennsylvania to settle in Botetourt County, where he served as Sheriff, Justice and Lieutenant Colonel of the Militia.

According to an old newspaper article: "From Robert descended the branch so illustrious as statesmen, orators and divines."

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Dorman, John Frederick. The Prestons of Smithfield and Greenfield in Virginia: descendants of John and Elizabeth (Patton) Preston through five generatons. (Louisville, Kentucky: Filson Club, c1982).

    3. Letitia PRESTON (John1) was born in 1729 in Ireland. She married Col. Robert Breckinridge on July 10, 1758 in Augusta Co., VA. She died in March, 1797.
    Letitia moved from Botetourt Co., VA to Fayette Co., KY in May 1793 with all the children except James.
    Col. Robert BRECKINRIDGE was born in 1720 in Ayshire, Scotland. He married Mary Poague circa 1740. He died in 1772 in Fincastle, Botetourt County, Va.
    Robert Breckinridge is named in a certificate of importation on May 22, 1740 that was granted to his father by the Orange County Court which also stated that the family came from Ireland to Philadelphia, PA and then to VA. He became Sheriff of Augusta Co., VA on November 21, 1753. Robert began military service in 1756 in Augusta Co., VA and was the captain of a company of Rangers which was incorporated with a detachment of the 1st VA Regiment for an expedition under Col. Andrew Lewis against the Shawnee Indians.
    Children of Letitia Preston and Col. Robert Breckinridge were as follows:
    19. i. William BRECKINRIDGE, born May 2, 1759; married Mary Gilham.
    + 20. ii. John BRECKINRIDGE, born December 2, 1760 in Staunton, VA; married Mary Hopkins Cabell.
    + 21. iii. James BRECKINRIDGE, born March 7, 1763 in Botetourt County, VA; married Ann Selden.
    22. iv. Jane BRECKINRIDGE was born circa 1765. She died young.
    23. v. Elizabeth BRECKINRIDGE, born circa 1766; married Samuel Meredith.
    24. vi. Preston BRECKINRIDGE, born March 17, 1770; married Elizabeth Trigg.