Person:Robert Foyle (1)

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Name Dr. Robert Foyle
Alt Name Robert Foile
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt. 1702 Henrico County, Virginia
Death[2] bef. 20 March 1754 Killed by Indians at Monongalia, Augusta County, Virginia

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


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Parentage of Robert Foyle

Some sources claim that Robert Foyle was a son of John Faile (1656-1712) of Henrico County, Virginia, but that appears to be unfounded.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - 1745, August 12th--Robert Foyle, North River of Shenando, between McGill's and Wilkins'.

Estate Records of Robert Foyle

  • Page 17.--20th March, 1754. John Erwin's bond as administrator of Robert Foil, with surety Robert Brown.
  • Page 48.--11th April, 1754. Robert Foil's appraisement and sale bill, by Chas. and Robt. Campbell, Wm. Magill. 19th April, 1754. Vendue of above. By Jno. Erwin. Robert Foil's estate in account with Jno. Erwin.

Robert Foyle and Family Killed by Indians

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • 1754--Robert Foyles, his wife and 5 children, at Monongalia, killed.

Additional information in the following article: Indian Attacks of 1755-1758 in Augusta County, VA

Records of Robert Foyle in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 177.--18th February, 1746. John Buchanan, yeoman, to James Cowan, £18.10.0 current money Virginia; 374 acres in B. M. in Patrick Campbell's line; Reed and Moor's land; Col. Patton's land. Witnesses, Andrew Cowen, Robert Foyle, James Trimble. Acknowledged, 18th February, 1746.
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1749-50: page 120, Doctor Robert Foile.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1750 (A). - Robert Foyle vs. John Erwin.--Slander. Charged that plaintiff had spoken treasonable words. Robert and Elizabeth, his wife, had resided in New Castle County, Pennsylvania, 8 years before 27th May, 1745. One of the Justices certifies that they were good citizens. Many of the citizens certify that they were a common disturber of the peace, both amongst Clergy and Commonwealth. Verdict for plaintiff. 1 penny.

Information on Robert Foyle

From "The History of West Virginia, Settlements before 1754:"

In 1753 David Tygart and Robert Foyle settled on what is since known as Tygart's Valley River, now in Randolph county. The next year Thomas Eckarly and two brothers reared a cabin on Dunkard's Bottom on Cheat River, now in Preston county, and three years later Thomas Decker and others began a settlement at the mouth of what has since been known as Decker's Creek, on the Monongahela River, where Morgantown, in Monongalia county, now stands. [Source:]
  1. FamilySearch: Unidentified database - please replace source when identified.
  2. 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).