Facts and Events
Samuel Downey was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Samuel Downey's land (Beverley Manor NW, 80 acres, 1754) 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. The map shown above is one of Mr. Hildebrand's "working map" sections. (Note: land of Alexander McPheeters, possible cousin of Samuel Downey's father-in-law, William McPheeters, is adjoining Samuel Downey's land to the east. The tract shown may also include the 140-acre tract acquired by Samuel Downey from John Trimble, Patrick Martin and William McPheeters in 1761).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 188.--16th March, 1754. Beverley to Samuel Downey, 80 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. Alex. McFeeters, Wm. McNabb's line; cor. said Downey's old survey.
- Page 363.--28th May, 1761. John Trimble, Pat. Martin and Wm. McPeetters, planters, 140 acres to Samuel Downey, planter, in Beverley Manor, Adam Thomson's line; corner Saml. Tempelton. Teste: James Magill, Jno. Brown, John McPeetters.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 126.--14th April, 1791. Martha Downey, wife to Samuel Downey, deceased, Samuel Downey and Rachel to John Shuye of Washington County, Maryland, tract willed by Samuel to his son. Samuel, 2d January, 1773, in Beverley Manor; corner land laid off for William Blair and John Wilson; corner William Downey. Teste: Patrick Buchanan, Robert Donaldson, Godlib Harfman, Augustine Argenbright.
- Page 196.--2d June, 1791. Samuel Downey and Rachel to Wm. Blair, of Augusta, and John Wilson, of Rockbridge. Teste: Wm. Downey, Jno. Atkinson. (Note: this is Samuel Downey, Jr. and his wife Rachel).
- Page 207.--20th September, 1791. Martha Downey, William Downey and Anne Downing, his wife, to John Swartsley, plantation Samuel Downey, deceased, formerly lived on in Beverley Manor on Mill Creek.
Will of Samuel Downey
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 110.--2d January, 1773. Samuel Downey's will--To wife; to daughter, Margaret; to four youngest children, viz: Elizabeth, Rachel, Samuel, William; to daughters, Mary Ann, Rebecca, and Janet. Executors, wife, William McPheeters, and Charles Campbell. Teste: Charles Campbell, Saml. McPheeters. Proved, 17th August, 1773, by the witnesses. Martha Downey and William McPheeters qualify with Robt. Thompson, and Saml. McPheeters.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1773. - (148) Appraisers of estate of Samuel Downey appointed.
- Page 221.--16th September, 1773. Samuel Downey's estate appraised by John Handly, Alex. McPheeters, Peter Hanger, James Callison--James Porterfield's account.
- Page 171.--16th November, 1773. Charles Campbell's bond (with Wm. McPheeters, Saml. McCutcheon) as guardian to Elizabeth and Rachel Downey, orphans of Saml. Downey.
- Page 415.--19th March, 1776. Samuel Downey's estate settled--Paid John Ager.
Processioning List of 1747/8 & 1759
- "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 24.--John Lynn and Robert Young report, viz: 8th March, 1747-8, processioned for John Henderson, Samuel Downey, Wm. Nutt, James McCorkle, Wm. Ledgerwood, Alex. McFeters, James Gilmore's, Robert Davies, Wm. and James Bell, John Lynn.
- Page 260.--1759: Processioned by James Gilmore and Samuel McCutcheon, viz: For David Cunningham, for Mathew Wilson, for John Buchanan, for Charles Berry, for Robert Gaml, for Thos. Berry, for David Hays, for James Bower, for Alex. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Arthur Hamilton, for Samuel Downey, for James Callison, for Alex. McFeeters, for David Campbell, for James McCutcheon, for John McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, for Wm. Sprowl, for Wm. Martin, for James Trotter, for Samuel McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, Jr., for James Hunter, for Robert Campbell, for John Risk, for James Gilmore, for Francis Donalay, for Wm. Ledgerwood, for Capt. James Lockhart, for Wm. Hunter.
Records of Samuel Downey in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 337.--13th August, 1747. William Beverley to Alexander McPheeters, farmer, £10 current money Virginia; 303 acres in Beverley Manor on north branch of Christy's Creek; corner to Samuel Downey and John Turk; McNabb's line. Teste: As above, and Archibald Hamilton. Proved by all as above.
- Page 541.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to William McNabb, 300 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner Samuel Downey, Adam Thompson's line; corner John Campbell; corner James Callison; Alexander McFeeter's line. Teste: John Lin, John Linn, Andrew McClure.
- Page 635.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to Nathaniel Davise, 150 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner Arthur Hamilton; corner Samuel Downey and James Gilmore. Teste: George Pirie, James Henderson.
- Page 677.--2d March, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to Adam Thompson, 287 acres in Beverley Manor. In Beverley Manor, corner Samuel Downey, Wm. McNabb's and John Campbell's line; corner Andrew McClure, Sr. Teste: Chas. Dick, Thos. Wood.
- Vol. 1 - 1751-1752. - Inhabitants near Capt. John Wilson's petition for a road from Capt. John Wilson's and John McClerey's fields, thence to James Wilson's fields, thence to Capt. John Christian's, and there to join with the road from Col. Patton's Mill to Tunkling Spring Meeting House: Robert Campbell, Mathew Wilson, John Wilson, Jr., James McCutchin, John McCutchin, Nathan Patterson, James Clark, John McClerey, Samuel McCutchan, William McCutchan, John Wilson, Thomas Kirkpatrick, James McClerey, John Clark, Samuel Downey.
- Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Pt. 1. - Samuel Downey was a signer of a petition to restrict the sale of liquor being brought into Augusta from outside the county.
- Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Pt. 1. - Petitioners ask that the following be assigned to work the road from James Young's mill to John Buchanan's mill: Samuel Downey (among many others).
- Page 141.--4th August, 1755. John Glass' appraisement by James Caldwell, Andrew Alexander, John Shields. John Glass' estate due to Patrick Kenan, Thomas Shields, Robert Moody, Wm. Long, Jas. Moody, Jno. Bigam. Samuel Downy, Thos. Brown, Jas. McLong, Arthur Hamilton, Wm. Karr.
- Page 125.--16th May, 1759. Robt. Cravens to his son. Joseph Cravens, £5, 59 acres, part of 200 on a branch of Cook's Creek patented to Robert, 10th February, 1748. Signed. Robt. ( ) Cravens. Teste: Samuel Downey. Delivered: Robt. Cravens, 14th August, 1772.
- Page 261. (undated, appears to be abt. 1760) --Nathaniel Davise and Sarah to Francis McDonnall, £34, 150 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Arthur Hamilton; corner Samuel Downey; corner James Gilmer. Teste: Andrew Cowan, Arthur Hamilton.
- Page 143.--15th November, 1761. Francis McDonald's estate, appraised by Saml. Downey, Thos. Teat, Thos. Brown.
- Page 125.--28th March, 1762. John Peery's will--To Thos. Kirkpatrick, £10; to brother, James Peery; to Mary Peery and her children. Remaining time James Gilmer has to serve to be disposed of. Executors, John Kirkpatrick, John Peery. Teste: Saml. Downey, Saml. Kinkead, John Campbell. Proved, 18th May, 1762, by the witnesses. Executors qualify, with Thos. Kirkpatrick, John Jamison.
- Vol. 2 - Processioner's Appointed for 1764; Page 378.--David Cunningham and Samuel Downey, from Burden's line to Jenning's Gap between Keneday's Road and the North Mountain.
- Page 855.--19th March, 1765. John Moore to Charles Campbell, £60, 230 acres in Borden's tract; corner John Houston's land. Teste: Wm. Mann, Archibald Reaugh, Samuel Downey. Delivered to C. Campbell's executors, 23d March, 1827.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1767. (211-212) The following produced certificates for hemp: Alexr. Gibson, Francis Brown, Thos. Paxton, Saml. Newberry, Saml. Henderson, Nichs. Sollace, Edward Sharp, Henry Larkin, Alexr. Walker, John White, John Black, James Trimble, Saml. Downey, Walter Cunningham, Moses Trimble, James McClung, John McClure, Halbert McClure, Joseph Long, David Campbell, James Walker, Joseph Lapsley, Israel Christian, Henry Lung, Jonan. Whitley, John McElwroth.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 18, 1767. - (347) Thos. Tosh, Danl. McNeill and Francis Grymes, to view a road from the Stone House to Evans's Mill. David Campbell and Samuel Downey appointed overseers of road from John McCreery's to James Moffett's, vice James Callison and David Cunningham.
- Page 204.--11th January, 1769. Adam Thompson's will--Wife, Naomie; Son, Andrew; daughters, Margaret and Rebecca. Teste: Samuel Downey, Andrew Scott, Thos. Scott. Executors, Saml. Downey, Andw. Thompson. Proved, 22d March, 1769, by Scott. Executors qualified, with John Thompson, John Handly.
- Page 364.--23d April, 1770. William ( ) McNabb and Martha ( ) to Jacob Gebhard (Gabhard, Gabherd, Gabhert, Gebhort), £10, 150 acres in Beverley Manor on North Branch of Christian's Creek; corner James McNab's, part of same tract; corner Samuel Downey; Adam Thompson's line; corner James McNab's, part of same tract. Delivered: Jacob Gabbert, February, 1779.
- Vol. 2, p 118 - Downey's heirs vs. Blair--O. S. 125; N. S. 43--Orators are Samuel and William Downey of Kentucky, executors of will of Martha Downey, deceased. Samuel Downey, father of orators, died in Augusta in 1773 testate. Daughter Margaret, now wife of James Trotter. Daughter Elizabeth married William Blair. Rachel married John Wilson. Sons orators; Martha, the widow, died testate; James Trotter and wife moved to Kentucky in 1784; Martha Downey's will of Cleark County, Kentucky; sons Samuel and William Downey; children Mariam, Rebeckah, Jenet, Margaret, Elizabeth, Rachel, Saml., William. Dated 20th January, 1801; recorded Clarke County, Ky., January, 1801.
- ↑ 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), Secondary quality.