Robert Wilson, Sr., of Beverley Manor
Facts and Events
Robert Wilson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Robert Wilson's land (Beverley Manor SW, 130 acres, 1754, near the 185 and 125 acres acquired from his step-father, James Moody in 1748 and 1760) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: land acquired by James Wilson, Robert's probable brother is located just to the north. Also the land of John Wilson, Gent. (relationship unknown) is located to the northwest).
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 1-4. 23-24 June 1742. Joseph Mills of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, to Robt. Willson and John Holmes of same. Lease and release; for ₤64.10 - current money. 660 acres in Beverley Mannor... corner to James Robinsone... corner to John Buckhannon... back line of the pattent of Beverley Manner... 400 (acres) of the land to be laid of[f] next to William Long for Robt. Wilsone and the remainder for John Holmes... (signed) Joseph Mills. Wit: G. Home, Jno. Hart, Jno. Christian. 24 June 1742. Acknowledged by Joseph Mills and Robt. Wilson. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 66].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 349.--18th August, 1747. Francis Beaty to Robert Wilson, £20; 230 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to Joseph Reed; Thomas Brown's line. Teste: John Maxwell, James Hamilton, James Mafet. Acknowledged by Francis, and Martha releases dower, 19th August, 1747.
- Page 485.--8th May, 1748. £20. James Moody and Rebecca, his wife, to Robert Wilson, 185 acres, part of the land James now lives on; corner to James Wilson, a Spanish oak; corner Nicholas Leeper. Teste: Andrew Cowen, James Leeper, Chas. Dalhouse. Acknowledged, and dower released, 18th May, 1748. (Note: James Moody was the step-father of Robert Wilson).
- Page 28.--20th March, 1754. Beverley by Lewis and Madison to Robert Wilson, 130 acres in Beverley Manor. Said Wilson's old survey cor. to Thomas Brown's land near Col. James Patton's alias James Carr's line.
- Page 319.--21st May, 1760. James Moody to Robt. Wilson, £60, 125 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Nicholas Leeper and said Robt. Wilson; corner James Wilson. (Note: James Moody was the step-father of Robert Wilson).
Will of Robert Wilson
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 106.--14th May, 1788. Robert Willson's will--To wife, Rachel; to daughters, Rebecca Sharril, Mary Thompson, Sarah Swink; to daughters, Rachel and Martha Willson; to eldest son, William; to youngest sons, James and John. Executors, wife and sons William and James. Teste: Wm. Wilson, Samuel and Jno. Gibson. Proved, 16th December, 1788, by Wm. Wilson and Samuel Gibson. William and James qualify.
Possible wife of Robert Wilson
There is some circumstantial evidence to suggest that Rachel Carothers may have been the wife of Robert Wilson. More research necessary to prove any relationship.
Processioning List of 1756
- "Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:
- Page 176.--1756: Processioned by John Tate and Samuel Doak, in Cap. James Mitchell's Company, viz: for Widow Mitchell, for Wm. Thompson, for James Robinson, for Charles Campbell, for Saml. Brawford, for John Mitchell, for Saml. Doak, for Widow Fulton, for Robt. Alexander, for Nathl. and Robt. Steele, for David Hays, for Helen Mitchell and Jno. Tate, for David Doak, for James Cowan, for Robert Sayers, for John Campbell, for Pat. Campbell, for John Ward, for Widow McTyre, for John and Alex. Brownlee, for Saml. Steele, for Patrick Hays, for John Fulton, for Thomas Tate, for Robert Willson.
Records of Robert Wilson in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 172.--21st March, 1754. Beverley by Lewis and Madison to Geo. Rodgers, 170 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. Robert Wilson and Robert Sayers; cor. land of David Moore, deceased. (Note: this tract patented to George Rogers is the unidentified triangular-shaped tract just to the southwest of Robert Wilson's tract).
- Page 16.--15th March, 1755. John Wilson, Gent., to James McClery, James Mitchell, James McCutcheon, Robert Wilson, William Thompson, Alexander McPheeters, Saml. McCutchon, trustees chosen by the Presbyterian Congregation of the North Mountain Meeting House. £12, 10, 6; 306-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor being the tract of land whereon the house now stands commonly known by the name of North Mountain Meeting House; Cap. James Lockhart's line; for the use of the members of said congregation adhering and continuing to adhere to the Synod of Philadelphia as it stands now constituted provided that if any member or members of the said Congregation who have paid any of the purchase money of said land shall or do change or turn to any other denomination or Religion, then their part of said money be repaid them and they to have no further demands on the same. Provided that surviving trustees may elect trustees to fill vacancies, and sell the land except 20 acres to be kept for the church and graveyard. (Note: the land listed in this record is the land owned by John Wilson (relationship with Robert undetermined) located to the northwest of Robert Wilson's land (highlighted in blue in the map above)).
- Page 216.—5th September, 1757. John Wilson's will, shoemaker—To wife Agness; to daughter Sarah; to brother Robert Wilson and brother James Wilson's son John; to brother James' son William; to James McKnut, 1/2 of shoemaker's tools. Teste: John Christian, John Brownlee, Alex. Brownlee. Proved, 18th November, 1757, by John Christian and Jno. Brownlee. Agness renounces the provisions, and Agness qualifies, with Robt. McClenachan, Richard Woods. (Note: this is the same John Wilson who's land is nearby to the northwest).
- Page 371.--__ day _____, 1760. John Hunter to Robt. Hunter, £__, 255 acres on Christian's Creek; corner Thos. Shields, Sayer's land; corner Robt. Wilson; Alexander's corner. Teste: James Logan. Delivered: Jno. Hunter, November, 1764.
- Page 181.--16th February, 1762. George Rodgers, Jr., to Nathaniel Lyon, £40 two tracts: 1st, 170 acres in Beverley Manor; cor. Robert Wilson and Joseph Reed's old place; cor. David Moore. 2d, 50 acres in Beverley Manor; cor. Robert Syer's land in Wm. Thomuson's line, Robert Wilson's line. Teste: Samuel and Jos. Moore. Delivered: Thomas Bowyer, April, 1765.
- Page 197.--18th May, 1762. Andrew Alexander and Catherine to Wm. Brown, £50.5, 158 acres in Reverley Manor; cor. Robert Wilson's land; cor. Mathew Thompson's land, Thomas Brown's line. Delivered: Wm. Brown, March 1774.
- Page 727.--19th November, 1764. Robert ( ) Hunter, late of Augusta County, to William Doherty, £87.10, 255 acres on Christian's Creek: corner Thomas Shields' land; line of Sawyers' land: corner Robert William's (s/b Wilson's) land, Alexander's line. Teste: John Hunter. John ( ) Shield, Sr., Jno. Shields. Jr. Delivered: Wm. Dougherty, August, 1766.
- Page 500.--19th August, 1766. William Doherty and Elizabeth ( ) to John Thomson, £110, 255 acres on Christian's Creek; corner Mathew Thomson's land, Sawyer's land; corner Robert Willson; corner William Brown. Teste: Andrew Alexander, James Cotton, William Brown. Delivered: Andrew Alexander, March, 1770 by your order.
- Page 292.--25th May, 1771. Mary ( ) Edmiston, of Philadelphia Penna., widow, one of the devisees named in will of David Moore, of Virginia, deceased, to Samuel Hunter, yeoman, £17, on head waters of Christie's Creek in Beverley Manor adjoining lands of William Thompson, James Cowan, William Hays and Robert Wilson, 94-1/2 acres. Teste: William Hutcheson, John Adudell, James Alexander, Benjamin McMechan, Alexander ( ) Thompson.
- Page 152.--16th November, 1773. Recorded. Wm. Dean's appraisement by Wm. Christian, Robert Christian. Mat. Thompson, Robt. Wilson.
- Page 268.--17th May, 1773. James McCleerey, James Mitchell, Robert Wilson, William Thompson, Alexander McFeeters, Samuel McCutchen, trustees of the North Mountain Meeting House (James McCutchen, another trustee, being dead), to Joseph Blair, surrounding the North Mountain Meeting House, joining Peter Keyl.
- Page 503.--26th May, 1777. Thomas Brown's estate appraised by Thomas Tate, Robert Wilson, Wm. Thompson.
- Page 3.--17th February, 1778 (March?). Recorded. John Hays' appraisement by Robert Wilson, Wm. Thompson, Thomas Shields, James Cowan.
- Page 220.--19th February, 1782. Recorded. Thomas Shield's appraisement by Robt. Christian, Robert Willson, Matthew Thompson.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1786--September 27, Mathias Swink and Sally Wilson, daughter of Robert Wilson. Mathias is son of Lawrence Swink. Surety, Jacob Swallow; witnesses, Wm. Heart, Wm. Christian.
- Vol. 1 - John Frazier, Ann Frazier vs. Rebecca Ledgerwood, Rebecca Berry and Esther Corruthers, infant.--Spa. Chancery, 16th April, 1787. Oratrix and orator are children of Isabella Frazier. Isabella was sister to Robert Moody, now deceased, who took John Frazier and kept him until Robert's death, when John was forty years old. Robert died December, 1776 (1786?). Robert's nuncupative will 15th December, 1786. James and Robert Moody's father died intestate. Isabella Moody was their mother and administered on their father's estate. The Moodys came from Pennsylvania. John Frazier was brother-in-law of Robert Moody and they came to Virginia shortly afterwards. John Frazier died leaving five small children and a widow. Three of the children took all the land and left nothing for John and Anne, whom Robert Moody took care of. James Moody's wife died and his daughters being all married and he being an old man, he took in his son-in-law, William, and Rebecca Ledgerwood, and shortly afterwards James sold his land to his step son, Robert Willson. Then William and Rebecca took James as long as his money lasted, when they sent him back to Robert naked and destitute. Robert prepared to make a will because he found that his brother James' heirs and the Ledgerwood family in particular would come from Kentucky and take everything he had. James Frazier. 19th July, 1790. Anne Frazier's deposition to same effect, 19th July, 1790. Isabella Frazier's deposition to same effect, 19th July, 1790. Elizabeth Hill's deposition to same effect, 19th July, 1790. Samuel Frazier's deposition to same effect, 19th July, 1790. Rebecca Berry's deposition taken in Fayette County, October, 1789. Zachariah Johnston deposes 5th October, 1790: was born within one mile of Robert Moody's; John Frazier was accidentally killed. Rachel Wilson deposes that her husband bought a plantation from James Moody. Mrs. Mary Wilson went to Kentucky. John Brownlee deposes that he knew old Robert Moody, father of James and Robert Moody and continued intimate with the two sons after their father's death. Sarah Brownlee deposes that when she was a girl James Moody was married to her mother, a widow; James's father died and Robert and his mother kept all the estate and James never received any of the estate. John Frazier died when plaintiffs were very young, intestate, and the oldest son, Samuel, took the land. Rebecca was wife of William Ledgerwood. (Note: This identifies James Moody as the step-father of Robert Wilson. Rachel Wilson was Robert Wilson's wife; ties-into land acquisition listed above).
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1789--July 20, John Gardiner and Rachel Wilson, daughter of Rachel Willson (consent); witnesses, Wm. Willson, James Willson; surety, James Gardiner. [Note: as this Robert Wilson had died in the previous year, Robert's wife Rachel gave her consent to the marriage of her daughter].
- Page 35.--16th August, 1791. James Wright and Alexander Wright, sons and devisees of William Wright, deceased, and Elizabeth, wife of James, of Augusta, to Jacob Bear, 260 acres in Beverley Manor, part of tract originally surveyed for Joseph Mills, and sold to Robert Wilson and Jno. Holmes by deed which was conveyed to said William Wright, deceased, by John Holmes, February, 1748.
Wilson DNA Project
- 54449 - Robert Wilson, date of birth unknown, but died in 1768 in Augusta County, Virginia (will dated 9 Sep 1768). Descendants moved from there to Missouri in the 1820's and then to Colorado in the 1880's.
- Source: http://www.m222.net/wilsondna.htm