m. 17 AUG 1721
Facts and Events
Robert Cravens was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
Will of Robert Cravens
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, October Ye Second in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty one viz. 1761 and I Robert Cravens of the County of Augusta and Colony of Virginia being sick and weak in body but of:
First, I desire all my lawful Debts to be paid, which I have legally contracted.
Imprimis, I give and bequeath to Mary, my Dearly beloved Wife, one four year old dapple gray horse and side saddle, her own bed and bed clothes and her great and little Wheel, five cows and calves, ten head of sheep, five head of hogs, sixty pounds in cash and all the household three beds and furniture thereunto (The great iron pot only excepted) and the Negro wench called Knelly during her natural life and at my wife’s decease I will the wench shall be sold and if Knelly has any children during my wife’s lifetime I will my wife shall give and bequeath them to any of my children that their Mother please and half of my dwelling house and half of my plantation during her natural life and five acres of the Great Meadow.
Item. I give unto my son John Cravens one Negro Boy named Tom and the smooth bore gun that he has now in possession to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my son William Cravens the tract or parcel of land commonly known by the name of the Great Meadow containing one hundred forty one acres (five acres only excepted for his mother) to him and his heirs forever but in case he has no issue it shall become his Brethren and their heirs forever and sixty pounds in money and forty pounds to be paid by his Brother John for the Negro boy named sip which I will to John but if John refused to pay the forty pounds the Negro Sip shall become William’s, and I allow a receipt for Thirty Seven pounds to be given on that I have of Williams.
Item. I give unto My Daughter Mary the tract or parcel of land she now lives on containing one hundred-twenty-four acres to her and the heirs begotten of her body forever and one great iron pot.
Item. I give unto my two Grand Children Zebulon and Robert Harrison that tract or parcel of land containing two hundred acres lying and being on the East side of Linville Creek to them and their heirs forever and one Negro child called Dina and her increase for them and their heirs forever but I will that my Daughter Margaret Harrison shall have the service of the girl Dina if she desires it during her natural life.
Item. I give unto my Daughter Agnes the tract or parcel of land she new lives on to her and her heirs begotten of her own body forever.
Item. I give unto Maggie my Daughter sixty pounds in money.
Item. I give unto my son Robert Cravens the half of my dwelling house and half of my plantation I now live on during his Mother’s natural life and at her decease the whole to him and his heirs forever but in case he should die without legitimate male issue the land to become his Brethrens and their heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my grandson Robert Cravens that tract or parcel of land containing one hundred sixty acres of land commonly known of waits Cabin lying on the Creek below Joseph cravens to him and his heirs forever but in case he should die without heirs legally begotten of his own body he said land shall become his fathers and his heirs forever.
And to his Brother John Cravens my grandson I give ten pounds in cash to help to school him and ten pounds to Mary black my Granddaughter and the tract of land containing four hundred seventy acres of land I will to be sold where Samuel Mowry now lives on.
Item. And all my debts, legacies, and funeral charges being first paid I will desire the remainder of my estate to be divided among my loving wife and nine children John, Agnes and Maggie to have two shares for each others one share.
This I trust will be done and all truly fulfilled by my loving wife and son John Cravens whom I do appoint whole and sole Exors. Of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, wills, Bequests and Executors by me in any ways before this time willed and bequeathed.
Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year above written.
Signed sealed published pronounced and Declared by the said Robert Cravens as His last will and testament in the presence Of us the subra. viz.
Information on Robert Cravens
108. Robert R. Cravens, born 1696 in Kent Co Delaware; died May 1762 in Augusta, later Rockingham, Virginia. He was the son of 216. Richard Cravens. He married 109. Mary Harrison 17 Aug 1721 in Maidenhead Plantation, Sussex on the Delaware.
109. Mary Harrison56,57, born 25 May 1696 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New Jersey; died 28 May 1781 in Augusta, later Rockingham, Virginia. She was the daughter of 218. Isaiah Harrison and 219. Elizabeth Wright.
Children of Robert Cravens and Mary Harrison are:
i. Joseph Cravens57, born 1723 in Sussex, DE, USA57; died 1763; married (2) Naomi Harrison; born Abt. 1723.
ii. Mary Cravens57, born 1726 in Lewes, Sussex, Delaware; died 1801 in Rockingham, Virginia; married Samuel Hemphill Bef. 1761; born Abt. 1723; died 1809 in Rockingham, Virginia.
iii. Agnes Cravens57, born 1732 in Prince William, VA, USA57; married John McGill Bef. 1761; born Abt. 1732.
iv. Elizabeth Cravens57, born 1737 in Sussex, DE, USA57; married Jacob Miller; born Abt. 1737.
54 v. John Cravens, born 1722 in Sussex, Delaware; died 24 Jul 1778 in Fisher Springs Virginia; married Margaret Hiatt Abt. 1759 in Rockingham, Virginia.
vi. William Cravens57, born 1730 in Sussex, DE, USA57; married Jane Harrison 1744 in Rockingham, Virginia; born 1726.
vii. Margaret Cravens57, born 1724 in Lewes, Sussex, Delaware; died 1753; married (1) Primrose; married (2) Zebulon Harrison 23 Jul 1747 in Morristown, NJ; born Abt. 1721 in Long Island, New York; died 1792 in Lacey Springs, Augusta, later Rockingham, Virginia.
viii. Robert Cravens57, born 1733 in Sussex Co., Delaware57; died Mar 1784 in Rockingham, Virginia; married Hester Harrison; born 1738 in Augusta, later Rockingham, Virginia; died 27 Apr 1781 in Rockingham County, Virginia.
ix. William Cravens, born 1725 in Lewes, Sussex, Delaware; married Jane Unknown 1744; born Abt. 1730.