Facts and Events
Robert Wiley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
About Robert Wiley
Based upon records in Augusta and Bath County, Virginia, Robert Wiley appears to possibly have been married twice. He appears to be the father of Rebecca Wiley, born 24 May 1749 in Ireland, who married Ephraim Bates, as he named his daughter "Rebecca Bates" in his will, listed below. Since there appears to be a significant gap between the birth of Rebecca and Robert's other children, a prior marriage is likely, but not proven. Robert Wiley's birthdate is also likely to be earlier than other estimates, and was likely born about 1725 or so, as he was added to the tithables (only adults are added) in Augusta County in 1750. Since information is lacking on some of Robert's children's marriages, the placement of some children is uncertain until additional information is forthcoming.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 319.--Patent to Robert Wiley, 29th May, 1760. (Note: the acreage or location of this land are not listed in Chalkley's, the actual record needs to be checked).
- Page 220 - Robert Wiley, 78 acres, branch of Jackson River. May 6, 1773. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 79].
Will of Robert Wiley
- Pg. 499, Will of Robert Wiley - dated Dec. 24, 1811.
- Wit: Thomas Kinkead, John Carpenter and William Wilson.
- Probated February 1812 Court.
- Exec: son Robert
- to son Alexander $1.
- to son Robert all money now in possession, all bonds due and all property including waggon, farm implements including ploughs, hoes, all horses, cattle sheep and hogs, household and kitchen furniture consisting of beds, bed covers, bedsteads, cupboards, tables and chairs, pots, ovens and kettles.
- to sons James, Thomas and William, $1 each.
- to daughters Betsy Gilliam, Rebecca Bates, Martha Carpenter, Ann McGlaughlen and Jane McGlaughlen, $1 each.
- to heirs of daughters Mary and Nancy Kirkpatrick, $1 each.
[Source: Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 61].
Processioning List of 1760
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 285.--1760: Processioned by David Trimble and John Poage (in Capt. Israel Christian's Company), viz: For Col. Preston, for John Stuart in Staunton, for Robert Reed, for Capt. Wm. Lewis, for Maj. Andrew Lewis, for Daniel (David?) Dinyson, for Rev. John Craig, for David Bell, for Wm. and James Wallace, for John Anderson, for Robert Palley, for Wm. Anderson, for James Hughes (in Staunton), for Joseph Gamble, for Widow Willson, for Widow Long, for John Cunningham, for James Bell, for John Hutchison, for Wm. Wallace, for Mathew Armstrong, for John King, for Robert Poage, for John Finley, for John Patterson, for Anthony Black, for Patrick Neillson (?), for Robert Willey, for Mr. Archer.
Records of Robert Wiley in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 30, 1750. - (438) Robert Wiley, added to list of tithables.
- 1750, October 4th--David Stuart, 400, on New River Creek, transferred Robert Willey.
- Page 376.--20th September, 1763. Charles ( ) Stuart and Grizel ( ) to Robert Mountgomery. £32, 54 acres on head of Moffet's Creek, patented to William Hogshead, deceased, 16th August, 1756, and conveyed to Charles by David Hogshead, heir-at-law to the said William Hogshead. Teste: Robert Willey. Delivered: Robert Montgomery, 16th March, 1774.
- Page 477.--11th January, 1772. Be it known to all persons to whom it may Concern, that whereas Simon Casedy hath taken a Liberty to spread some Slanderous Reports upon John Hall's Daughter concerning her Chasity and on Robert Wiley Concerning Stealing or taking of Bells Clendestantly, and, on being Convicted thereof, he doth hereby freely Acknowledge his fault that what he said was Positively false, malicious and without foundation, and that he is Heartily sorry for the same to which he hath subscribed this 11th of January, 1772.--Simon Casidy. Teste: John Poage, Moses Wall, Chas. Harris, and several others.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 16, 1773. - (10) Highway surveyor: John Hall, vice Robert Wiley.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 17, 1780. - (230) George Bratton appointed road surveyor from Robert Wiley's to Jonathan Humphrey's, with tithables from James Kilpatrick's to John Alfall's. Wm. Anderson, vice John Findley, appointed road surveyor.
- Vol. 2 - 1790--October 27, John McGlaughlin and Ann Wiley, daughter of Robert Wiley (consent); witnesses, Thomas Stinson, John McIntire; surety, Robert Wiley.
- Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia Records
- Bath County, Virginia Records