Facts and Events
Robert McKay was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Acquisition of Land:
- Robert McKay, Jr. received a patent/grant for 828 acres "on the west side Shanandoe River on both side Crooked Run" on 3 October 1734 in Orange County, Virginia, as listed in the disposition below:
Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 191-93. 23-24 July 1740. Robert Mackay of Orange County to William Rentfroe of same. Lease and release; for £17 current money. 828 acres on the west side Shanandoe River on both side Crooked Run, granted Robert Mackay 3 Oct. 1734... on the top of Guard Hill... (signed) Robert Mackay Junr. 24 July 1740. Acknowledged by Robert Mackay Junr. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 46].
- "Guard Hill" is prominent local landmark near Front Royal, VA.
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 435.--7th October, 1746. Robert McKay, Sr.'s, Will--Daughter, Margaret; wife of Joshua Job, tract called Joshua's Bottom; sons, Robert, James, Zachary, Moses. (Tract given to Margaret is part of Order Council for 100,000 to testator and Jost Hite, first, and afterwards renewed by testator, Hite, Green, and Duff). Daughter, Hannah, wife of George Hollingsworth; daughter, Leah, wife of Wm. Taylor. Daughter, Mary, wife of George Robinson, of Penna. Daughter, Elizabeth. Son, Zachary plantation known as Nathan Calbreath's Bottom. Executors, Robert, James, and Moses. Teste: Gabriel Jones, David Vance, Abraham Hite, 7th October 1746.--Codicil, wife. Proved 19th August, 1752, by Jones and Vancc. Zacharay McCoy refuses to execute, and other executors qualify (Jones makes oath, but Moses and Robert are Quakers) with sureties, Moses McCoy, David Vance, Chas. Burk.
Robert McKay, Jr. married, first, Patience Job, the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Job, on January 27, 1736, and, second, Mercy Borden.
(Webmaster's note: My notes have their marriage date as February 27, 1735. MLM)
His children by his first wife, Patience Job, were:
- A. Andrew McKay (1736-1804) married Jane Ridgeway, daughter of John and Jane Ridgeway, November 27, 1760.
- B. Jacob McKay (1738) married, first, Rachel Ridgeway, daughter of Hannah Brown and John Ridgeway on August 15, 1765, second wife Rebecca (Janney) Gregg, widow.
- C. Margaret McKay (1740), married Richard, son of Hannah Brown and John Ridgeway on December 22, 1762, at Crooked Run.
- D. Robert McKay (1744-1800), probably son, married Mary __________
- E. Job McKay, probably a son.
- F. John McKay, probably a son.
- There may have been other children
Robert McKay, Jr., was the oldest son of Robert McKay, Sr., as shown by the Court Records June 7, 1797. He resided on a tract of 828 acres, lying on both sides of Crooked Run, which was granted to him by the Crown on October 3, 1734. The home of Robert McKay, Jr., is still standing today in the hamlet of Cedarville, Warren County, Virginia, about three miles north of Front Royal on the Winchester Pike, and is marked with a Virginia Road Marker and is said tobe the oldest house still standing west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the oldest portion being of walnut logs and the new part of native limestone.