Facts and Events
Samuel Gray was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Samuel Gray's land (Borden Tract SW, 175 acres, 1747 & an adjoining 66 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. (Note: other Gray's tracts in the vicinity are highlighted in blue).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 436.--18th November, 1747. £5. Benj. Borden to Samuel Gray (sold in testator's lifetime), 175 acres, part of 92,100; corner to Jno. Mathews on the timber ridge; corner to Moses Trimble; John Huston's line. Teste and acknowledged as above.
- Page 394.--21st August, 1754. Borden's executors to Samuel Gray, 40 shillings, 66 acres, part of 92,100; William Caruther's and Samuel Gray's old corner; Moses Trimble's line; corner William Caruther's new survey.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 877.--17th May, 1765. Samuel Gray and Agnes to Joseph Reed £70, 241 acres in Borden's tract; Moses Trimble's line, corner Wm. Caruthers. (Note: this sale comprised both of Samuel Gray's tracts to Joseph Reed).
Will of Samuel Gray
Samuel Gray made his will in Tryon County 22 Apr. 1775 proven “the next morning after 4th Tuesday of July 1775” (Tryon/Lincoln County Court Records, 1769-1782, pages unnumbered.) The will named his wife Agnes Gray and children: (1) John Gray; (2) William Gray, moved to Jefferson Co., Tn; (3) James Gray (1755-1836), later known as Major James Gray, Revolutionary officer (captain and major), serving from 1775 to the end of the war, married Jane McClure of Rutherford Co.; (4) David Gray; (5) Ann Gray; (6) “all the children” including son Joseph Gray, who was not named in the will because it appears certain that he was born after his father’s death. The executor was his son James Gray.
Records of Samuel Gray in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 461.--22d January, 1747. £11. Benj. Borden, &c., to Rev. William Dean, of Brandywine Manor and Chester County in Pennsylvania (sold in testator's lifetime), 265 acres, part of 92,100; corner to Robert Huston and John Gray, on Mill Creek. Teste: John Lyle, Samuel Gray, Samuel Lyle. Acknowledged, 18th February, 1747.
- Page 396.--23d April, 1751. John Gray's will, yeoman--Wife, Agness; son, Jacob; son, William; son, David; son, Joseph; son, Benj.; daughter, Ann Gray; son, Saml.; son, John; daughter, Elizabeth. Executors, son Samuel and John Lyle. Teste: Archd. Alexander, James McClung, Daniel Lyle. 27th November, 1751, proved by all witnesses, and both executors qualify, with sureties Archd. Alexander and James McClung.
- Page 412.--17th December, 1751. Alexander McCleary's will, yeoman-- Wife, Margaret; daughter, Rachel, infant. Executors, Archd. Alexander and Robt. Huston. Teste: Samuel Gray, Moses Whitesides, Thos. McSpeaden. Proved, 20th May, 1752, by all witnesses, and executors qualify.
- Page 289.--20th May, 1752. Benj. Capland and Ann to Joseph Wright, 400 acres on Buffilo Spring of North Fork Shanando. Teste: Charles Baley, Samuel Gray. Delivered: Thomas Waddell, 29th June, 1755.
- Page 354.--4th June, 1752. Isaac Gray and Mary to Jacob Gray, 270 acres, part of Benjamin Borden's large tract conveyed to Isaac by Benjamin. On Mill Creek; corner James McClung; McDean's line; Robert Houston's line; corner Wm. Lusk; Mill Creek by Acres Falls. Teste: B. Borden, Hugh Lusk, Andrew Stephenson, Samuel Gray.
- Page 406.--21st August, 1754. Same (Borden's executors) to William Caruthers, £3, 96 acres, part of 92,100; corner Wm. Caruthers and Samuel Gray. Delivered to Wm. Bowyer, May, 1758.
- Page 280.--13th March, 1756. William Coruthers and Margaret ( ) to John Macky, £115, 361 acres, part of Borden's 92.100 and conveyed to William by John Mathews, gent., 18th June, 1748. Cor. John White in James Greenlee's line; cor. Samuel Gray's new survey; said Coruthers' old survey.
- Page 434.--8th March, 1757. Jno. Lyle and Samuel Gray, executors of John Gray, late of Augusta, yeoman, deceased, to James Greenlee, yeoman, 203 acres devised to be divided be bis executors between his wife and children, but not being susceptible of division, they, with consent of wife and as many children as are of age, decide to sell the land and divide the money. The 203 acres is part of Borden's 92100 and conveyed by Borden to Jno. Gray, 27th July, 1742. £94, on northwest side Timber Ridge. Delivered: Samuel Greenlee, 17th June, 1779.
- Page 334.--21st November, 1759. Saml. Gray's bond (with Patt. Hays, Jno. Allison) as guardian (?) to Joseph Gray, orphan of John Gray.
Information on Samuel Gray
Samuel Gray lived in Augusta County, VA until 1765 when sold their lands in the Borden Tract and moved southward. They were in Tryon County, N.C by 1769, when Samuel Gray entered his land grant for 300 acres on Broad River. (Tryon County was cut off from Mecklenburg County in 1762 and in 1779 was divided into present Lincoln and Rutherford Counties, the old Tryon records being placed at the courthouse in Lincolnton, N.C. The Gray lands thus fell into present Rutherford County in 1779.)
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