Facts and Events
Robert Shanklin, Sr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 342.--29th September, 1749. James Wood, of Frederick, to Robert Shankland, of Lancaster, Penna. Muddy Creek. Corner Jacob Dye. Patented to James, 12th January, 1746, 300 acres. Teste: William Dobbin, James Carroll, Thomas Wood, Valentine Sevier, Edward Shanklin.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 364.--14th August, 1753. Robert Shankland, Sr., to John Fulton, 1753. Cor. Jacob Dye, North Mountain, patented 1746, 300 acres. Teste: Ro. Ralstone, Ephraim Love, Jno. Thomas (Note: North Mountain is located near Muddy Creek, on the North Branch of the Shenandoah River).
Will of Robert Shanklin
- Page 191.--20th March, 1766. Robert Shanklin's will--To brother Edward's five daughters; to Elizabeth Evans; to brother Thon; to Edward and his son Robert and his youngest sons; to brother John; to Richd. Shanklin; to Jonathan Evans; to Elizabeth Evans; to sister Margaret; to Robert and John Shanklin; to brother John; to Ro. and John Edwards' two sons and his son John. Teste: John Fairbairn, Darkis Snodon. Proved, 22d March, 1769, by the witnesses. Edward Shanklin qualified executor. with Wm. Snodon, Andrew Johnston.
- Page 220.--9th May, 1769. Robert Shanklin's estate appraised, by Daniel Smith, John and Joseph Cravens--Cash of Grany McDonald.
- Page 228.--16th August, 1769. Settlement recorded of Robert Shanklin's estate (Edward Shanklin, executor)--Paid Jane Logan for 12 gallons whiskey; paid Joseph Peace for making a coffin and plank.
Records in Delaware
- Liber 1; f 11 26 July 1729. Simon Kollock, John Jacabs, Samuell Davis, Robert Shankland, Justices. John Fisher came regarding his father’s estate. Thomas Fisher & James Fisher (minors, sons of John Fisher (dec’d)) chose as their guardian, their brother, John Fisher.
- Liber 1; f 13 21 November 1729. Simon Kollock, Enoch Cummings, Robert Shankland, Justices. Jacob Kollock Registrar. Petition of Enuch Cummings, Esq. Who married Hannah Fisher (daughter of John Fisher (dec’d)). Request division of land. Simon Kollock, Anderson Parker, Abraham Potter, William Crage, & Samuel Davis were appointed.
- Liber 1; f 32 22 February 1731. John Rodes, And. Parker, & Robert Shankland Justices. Jacob Kollock Registrar. 5 persons appointed on 21 Nov 1729 per request of Mr. Enoch Cuming & his wife Hannah (daughter of John Fisher (dec’d)) for division of land returned. Date: 21 November 1729. Land on south side of Broad Kill Creek, called “Maidenhead”. Date: 16 December 1729. Land on south side of Broad Kill Creek bought of Josep Piles. Adjoining land of heirs (unnamed) of John Fisher & Abraham Potter.
- Liber 1; f 33. Surveyor: Robert Shankland. Portion to William Fisher. Portion to Mr. Enoch Cummings & his wife Hannah. Portion to James Fisher.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 509.--15th August, 1753. Mathew Thompson's appraisement by Evan Evans, John Davison, Robert Shankland; Dr. Housing; Christopher Finey.
- Harrison, J. Houston (John Houston). Settlers by the Long Grey Trail: Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County, Virginia, and Their Descendants of the Family of Harrison and Allied Lines. (Dayton, Virginia : J.K. Ruebush Co., 1935), pg. 223.
Robert Shanklin, was a witness to the deeds of Thomas, Daniel and Jeremiah Harrison, when their father divided his lands amongst these sons in Delaware. (See Chapter V). For a time this Robert was the County Surveyor of Sussex. Robert, the Clerk of Augusta Parish, settled near Daniel Harrison. He came directly to the Valley from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which borders Delaware on the east; Deed - 29th Sept., 1749, James Wood of Frederick, to Robert Shanklin of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 300 acres of land on Muddy Creek, corner Jacob Dye[r], patented to Wood 12th January 1746. Witness - Wm. Dobbin, James Carroll, Thomas Wood, Valentine Sevier, Edward Shanklin. (Deed Book 2, p. 342).