Facts and Events
Robert Cravens, Jr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Acquisition of Land in Bullock Creek, York County, SC
- Plat: Jan. 17, 1767, Surveyed for Robert Cravens, 150 A on Clarks fork of Bullocks Creek... adj. Robert Patterson line... Zach Bullock, Sur. James Petterson, Newberry Stockton, CB Iss. 26 Oct 1767. [File #2251; Gr. #438; Bk. 23, p. 163] [Source: http://wespatterson.com/forum/Black/2004001/Black_2004001.pdf]
Records of Robert Cravens in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 759.--22d November, 1764. Abraham Smitli (s/b Smith) and Sarah to Daniel Smith, £243, two tracts adjoining each other, on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek: A, 400 acres patented to Daniel Harrison, 20th August, 1741 and conveyed by him to his son Robert, 16th March, 1748, and purchased by Abraham from executors of Robert, end of the Timber Bottom; B, 260 acres patented to said Robert Harrison, 20th August, 1741, and sold to Abraham by his executors, end of Timber Bottom; corner Daniel Harrison, Robert Cravens's line. Delivered: Daniel, May, 1765.
- Vol. 2 - Cravens vs. Lanahan--O. S. 291; N. S. 103--Bill by William, Joseph, James Cravens, Peggy (Cravens), wife of Joseph Snap, children of John Cravens, who died 25th July, 1778, intestate, leaving widow Margaret and seven children, viz: Mary, Hannah, Robert, William, Joseph, James and Peggy. Administration was granted to widow and Robert Cravens, brother of John. Margaret married Dennis Lanahan. Robert Cravens, Jr., came of age about fall of 1785. He was 14 years old at death of his father, and died 10th December, 1793, intestate, unmarried and without issue. Dennis made his will, giving a legacy to his brother Timothy. Dennis and Margaret were married 20th March, 1782. William Cravens was born 20th April, 1764; Joseph, 20th May, 1769; James, 12th April, 1773; Margaret, 26th August, 1775. Dennis says his nephew came in from Ireland, which caused him to alter his will. Robert Cravens, Sr., was seldom at home during the Revolution. William Cravens was Dennis's apprentice as mason. James was put to brickmaking in Staunton, but was afterwards taken to Kentucky by a relation and never returned. Administration on estate of Robert Cravens granted in Rockingham, 27th April, 1784, to Hester Cravens, the widow, and Benj. Smith, 13th September, 1816. John Ewing, aged 76 or 77 years, deposes, Wm. Herron was school teacher in 1784, 85, 86. 13th September, 1816, Phebe Ewing, aged 68, deposes. 13th September, 1816, Mary Pence, daughter of John and Phebe Ewing, aged 42 years. Her uncle, Davison. 13th September, 1816, George Argabright, aged 60, deposes. 13th September, 1816, John Hemphill, aged 57 years, was raised about 2 miles from Cravens. Robert Cravens went on McIntoshes' campaign. John is cousin of plaintiff. Hannah Cravens was married June, 1779. Mary was married same year. Mathew Boyers was a school teacher. 13th September, 1816, Col. George Huston, aged 59 years, deposes. 13th September, 1816, Samuel McWilliams, aged 50 years, deposes, he taught school in Harrisonburg in 1787. Price was 40 sh. a year. James Cravens was his pupil. Lanahan built the Clerk's office in Pendleton about 1792. 13th September, 1816, Michael Kinser, aged 51, deposes, in 1784, when 19 years old, lived with Lanahan to learn mason's trade. 13th September, 1816, Christian Dedimer, aged 60, deposes, has lived within 2 miles of Craven's plantation for 36 or 37 years. 13th September, 1816, William Blain, aged, 54, deposes. 13th September, 1816, Joseph Birely, aged 51, deposes, his father moved to his present residence in 1784, about 1 mile from Cravens's residence. Peggy Cravens was married 1794 or 1795. 13th September, 1816, John Birely, aged 46 or 47, deposes, brother of Joseph. 13th September, 1816, Michael Dick, aged 58 years, was raised in this country. 13th September, 1816, Samuel Chandler, aged 45, deposeth, "before the arrival of Lanahan's friends (relations) from Ireland." 13th September, 1816, Elliott Rutherford, aged 46, about 28 or 29 years ago he went to school with William Cravens to one _____ Jamison, a teacher in Harrisonburg. Wm. came to school in company with Jeremiah Cravens, Wm. Cravens, son of Robert Cravens, and Dicky Dictum. 13th September, 1816, Henry I. Gambill, aged 39 years, deposes, he came to Harrisonburg in 1793. 13th September, 1816, David Laird, aged 73 years, deposes, he came to this country about 1755 or 1756. He boarded Mr. Hopkin's daughter about 1785-6-7 for nothing because she was a relation. 20th September, 1816, Bethuel Herring, aged 62 or 63 years. (It seems to have been the custom for persons near the school to board children attending school.) 20th September, 1816, Margaret Graham, aged 45 years, deposes, she was married October, 1790, and came to Harrisonburg immediately after. Her husband kept a store. Lanahan's trouble was that he frequented the billiard table too much. 20th September, 1816, Alexander Herring, aged 50 years, he went to school to Michael Mullen, who taught at a place called Fisher's Spring. Joseph and James Cravens went at same time. Joseph Bywaters aged 33 years, deposes, Dennis Lanahan had a nephew, Thomas Lanahan. 21st September, 1816, Thomas Scott, aged 70 years, deposes, Lanahan built Scot's house in 1787. 21st September, 1816, Dr. Peachy Harrison, aged 38 years, deposes, he went to the school at Fisher's Spring with Joseph and James Cravens to Mathew Bowyers. He started to school at age 4. The two Cravens boys went alternately so as to make one scholar between them. 21st September, 1816, James Kile, aged 56, deposes. 18th September, 1816, John Brock, aged 63, deposes.
- Vol. 2 - Kyle vs. Smith--O. S. 283; N. S. 100--Bill, 5th May, 1816, by Jeremiah Kyle of Rockingham. He has lately become the owner of the lands devised by Samuel Hemphill, Sr., to his son, Samuel Hemphill, Jr. (Samuel, Sr had also two other sons, John and Robert). Robert has sold to Henry Smith, who has conveyed to his son, Abraham Smith. Jacob Miller and Agnes, his wife, is one of defendants. (Is Agness daughter of Samuel Hemphill, Sr.?) Deed, 20th June, 1809, by John, Samuel (and Clarinda, his wife) Hemphill, Jacob Miller and Agness, his wife, all of Rockingham, to Robert Hemphill of Rockingham, tracts on East Branch of Cook's Creek Patent to Samuel Hemphill, 20th July, 1768; also 1st September, 1780. Also Patent to Robert Cravens, 10th February, 1748, all devised to grantors. This deed has no certificate of record. Will of Samuel Hemphill of Rockingham. Eldest son, John, lands adjoining Benj. Smith, widow Bibber and Thos. Harrison, deceased, and John Pottorff, one bedroom in the house with privilege at any of the fireplaces in the house; daughter, Agnes Miller, and 3 children, second son, Robert; youngest son, Samuel; grandchildren, Mary, John and Benjamin Miller. Dated 19th March, 1802. Recorded in Rockingham, April, 1809. William Wretchford deposes 13th June, 1817, aged 68. George Argenbright deposes 13th June, 1817, aged 59. George Argenbnght, Jr., deposes 13th June, 1817, aged 38 or 39.
Information on Robert Cravens, Jr.
Robert CRAVENS Jr., Capt.
1733 - Mar 1784
Repository ID Number: I1186
RESIDENCE: Rockingham Co VA
DEATH: Mar 1784
RESOURCES: See: [S67]
Father: Robert CRAVENS Sr.
Mother: Mary HARRISON
Family 1 : Hesther (Esther) HARRISON
- + Jeremiah S. CRAVENS
- Margaret (Nancy) CRAVENS
- Margaret CRAVENS
- William CRAVENS
- Nehemiah CRAVENS
- Robert III CRAVENS
- Eleanor CRAVENS
- Abigail CRAVENS
Robert is a cousin of his wife Hester.
- Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800. (Rosslyn, Virginia: The Commonwealth Printing Company, 1912-1913 in Three Volumes), Vol. 2, Page 456.
CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
AUGUSTA PARISH VESTRY BOOK.
Page 444.--1767-1768: Processioned by Robt. Cravens and Jeremiah Harrison: For Daniel Smith, for Lennard Herren, for Samuel Sample, for Thomas Harrison, for John Harrison, for Wm. Snaddone, for John McClure, for Saml. Briggs, for John McGill, for John Fowler, for Saml. Hemphill, for Jeremiah Harrison, for William Gregg, for Pat. Guin, for Jno. Cravens, for Robt. Cravens, for Daniel Love, for Daniel Harrison, for John Brown, for David Ralston, for John Hinton, for Vaulintine Saveyer, for Francis Hughes, for Alex. Harrison, for James Fowler, for Edward Shanklin, for Jennett McDonald, for Alex. Miller, for Jno. Hardman, for Henry Ewen (Erven), for William Ervin, for Andw. Ervin, for Walter Crow, for Michael Waren, for John Curry.