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Samuel Stalnaker was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Samuel Stalnaker's Capture and his Wife and at least one Son Killed by French/Indians in Early Augusta County, VA
An account of the Samuel Stalnaker's capture and his wife and at least one (and probably two) son's killing at the hands of the French/Indians is in the following article: Indian Attacks of 1755-1758 in Augusta County, VA
Records of Samuel Stalnaker in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - (130) Road ordered from Reed Creek to Eagle Bottom and thence to top of Ridge that parts waters of New River and those of So. Fork of Roanoke, and these are to work it: George, Ezekiel, William and Patrick Colhoon, Bryant White, Wm. Handlow, Peter Rentfro and his two sons, George the Tinker, Jacob Woolman and two sons, John Black, Simon Hart, Michael Claine, John Stroud, Saml. Starknecker and all the Dunkers that are able to work on the same and all other persons in that precinct. James Colhoon and Charles Hart to be overseers.
- Vol. 2 - Delinquents List - 1750 - Sam'l Stalnaker, lives at Holston River.
- Page 131.--1st September, 1750. James Patton's will--Daughter, Mary, wife to William Thompson, 1 negro woman; tract called Spring Hill; 3,000 acres on which Saml. Stalnaker and others is living, known by name of Indian Fields, on waters of Houlston's river, a branch of the Missisipio. Grandson, James Thompson, infant, remainder in above in fee tail. Daughter, Margaret, now wife of Col. John Buchanan. To son-in-law, William Thompson, the tract called Springfield, joining where widow Gouldman now lives and on which Henry Patton lives. William is to keep the estate intact for his son, James, until 1772. To Margaret, tract called Cherry tree bottom, near Robert Looney's tract at mouth of Purgatory, tract on which there is a small stone house. Margaret's daughter, Mary; sister, Preston, and her son, William Preston, £10 to be paid to Rev. John Craig, pastor at Tinkling Spring, to pay his stipends from 1740 to 1750, to be paid by the congregation out of the money advanced by him to help build the meeting house. £10 of same to be laid out for a pulpit and pulpit cloth. John Preston's bond to be given up to his son. Wm. Preston. All debts due by George Wilson, who is married to testator's wife's niece, Rebecca Vicers (Viers?), to be given up. Granddaughter, Mary Buchanan. Executors, John Buchanan, Wm. Thompson, nephew, Wm. Preston, Silas Harte. All disputes between executors to be left to arbitration of the minister and elders of Tinkling Spring church. Testator was agent for John Smith, Zachery Lewis, Wm. Waller, Wm. Green, Wm. Parks for the Roanoke and James River grants. As to the Great Grant on the waters of Misicipia, James Gordon, James Johnston, John Grimes, John _____, Richard Barns, Robert Gilchrist, James Bowre, Robert Jackson, have assigned their parts to testator. Richard Winston's part is assigned to little John Buchanan. To Mary Preston, horses. Teste: Thomas Stewart, Edward Hall, John Williams. Proved, 26th November, 1755, bv Stewart and Hall. Wm. Preston refuses to execute, also Silas Harte. Buchanan and Thompson qualify, with sureties David Stewart, Joseph Culton, Wm. Preston, Edward Hall, Thomas Stewart. 16th August, 1769, Wm. Preston qualifies executor.
- Page 519.--16th August, 1753. John Smith's bond as guardian (appointed) to Catherine King, orphan of Robt, King, with surety Samuel Stalnaher.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 24, 1753. - (76) Road ordered from Saml. Stalnaker's, on Holston River, to James Davis's -- Saml. Stalnaker to be overseer, with these workers: James Davis and his sons, Frederick Corlock, David, George and Conrad Corlock, Frederick Starn, Jacob and Adam Stalnaker, Jacob and Henry Goldman, Isaiah Hamilton, Hamilton Shoemaker, Timothy Coe, Humphry Baker and son, George Stalnaker, Adam Andrews, Mathias Sarch, Michael Hook, Martin Counce, Jacob Mires.
- Page 114.--20th August, 1755. John Buchanan's bond as administrator of Saml. Stalnaker, with sureties Israel Christian, Pat. Martin. (Note: this appears to possibly be a son of Samuel, Sr.).
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1766. - (209) Audley Paul vs. Saml. Stalnaker } Judgment on a judgment obtained in Hampshire County. (Note: proves that Samuel Stalnaker was not the same Samuel that died in 1755, listed above).
Information on Samuel Stalnaker
Information on Capt. Samuel Stalnaker is contained in "The Stalnaker Family", written by Knight Wees, published in the Randolph Enterprise, Thursday, August 25th, 1932. From this the following account:
- Samuel Stalnaker was an explorer, trapper, and guide, the first white man to discover Cumberland Gap, and who hunted and explored in Kentucky many years before Daniel Boone ever entered it.
- Captain Stalnaker’s death is wrapped in as much mystery as his birth and marriage. We know he had three sons, perhaps more and that his wife and son, Adam, were killed in 1755. Another son, George, was appointed Constable on waters of Holston and New Rivers in 1755.
- Jacob, another son, came to Tygarts Valley with his sons in 1772. They prempted land in the pioneer way of "tomahawk right." Later these lands were surveyed and grants were signed by Benjamin Harrison, Governor of Virginia.
- An interesting fact is that Captain Samuel Stalnaker’s house was chosen as the meeting place for treating with the Indians by his Majesties’ Commissioners, at request of Chief of Cherokees held at Catawba Town and Broad River in March, 1756.
- ↑ FamilySearch: Unidentified database - please replace source when identified.