Facts and Events
Samuel Stewart was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Samuel Stuart received a patent for 153 acres "on South Fork of Linvell's Creek" on 5th September 1749 on "Ralston's line; Patterson's line [as of 1766], (as listed in the disposition below):
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 56.--11th August, 1766. Samuel Stuart and Lydia ( ), of North Carolina, yeoman, to Jacob Caplin. £25, 153 acres on South Fork of Linvell's Creek, patented to Samuel, 5th September, 1749; Ralston's line; Patterson's line. Teste: Wm. Cravens, Robert Black, Magey ( ) Black.
Acquisition of Land in North Carolina
- Samuel Stewart received a warrant [in then Rowan County, NC] for 508 acres, dated 30 November 1753. This land was surveyed on 24 May 1754, with the chain carriers being Samuel's third son (our ancestor) John Stewart and John Dawson. The deed from the Rt. Hon. Earl Granville for this land was dated 9 May 1757, and the price was 10 shillings sterling. One of the witnesses was Samuel's oldest son David. .
- Samuel Stewart acquired 332 additional acres for "10 shillings proclamation money." The deed from Earl Granville is dated 10 August 1762. .
Will of Samuel Stewart and wife Lydia
- In the name of God, Amen, I Samuel Stewart, being weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and appoint this my Last Will and Testament.
- First, I commit my soul to almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors.
- Item 1: I give and bequest all my movable estate to my well beloved wife Liddy Stewart, to use and dispose of at her own discretion.
- Item 2: I give and bequest the tenement or tract of land I now live on to my son Joseph Stewart and to my son Benjamin Stewart, to be equally divided in quanity and quality and I do constitute and appoint my son David Stewart and my son Samuel Stewart, my Executors in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of Aug 1768.
- (Signed) Samuel Stewart
- [Note: In the same year that Samuel made the will, he passed away. On 11 January 1771, just three years later, Lydia made a will and as the records show, she undoubtedly died almost immediately after making the will, because the death date and will date are shown on the record as the same day. This probably isn't the case, but certainly she didn't live long after she made the will. Samuel had willed the specific property to his four older sons and so in Lydia's will she willed specifically to the other children, however, she did mention all the different ones in the will which is as follows:
- In the name of God, Amen. I, Lydia Stewart of Rowan County in North Carolina, being weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, do dispose of my worldly estate as follows: I will that out of my estate, a list to be obtained for a certain tract of land on the south side of the Yadkin River, adjoining Benjamin and James Herson's land, and if such title can be obtained, to be sold and the sales thereof to be equally divided unto my beloved sons, David, Samuel, John, Joseph, and Isaiah Stewart.
- Item: I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter, Lydia, the daughter of my son David, my bed and furniture there unto belonging.
- Item: I give unto my son David, my bed and furniture thereunto belonging.
- Item: I give unto my son Benjamin an iron pot now in his possession.
- Item: I give unto my son Joseph's daughter, Lydia, a heifer or a young cow.
- Item: I bequeath unto my beloved sons, David, Samuel, Isaiah and John Stewart, all the rest of my estate to be equally divided amongst them, and their heirs.
- I do nominate and appoint my sons David Stewart and Samuel Stewart executors of this, my last will and testament, Ratifying, allowing, and confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament and do utterly disannul all former wills by me made in testimony whereof I set my hand and seal. January 11, 1771.
- (Signed) Lydia Stewart
Processioning List of 1747/48
- "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 19.-- Daniel Harrison and Morgan Bryant report, viz: (1747-8, 24th February) - Processioned for Samuel Harrison, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Robert Cravens, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present John Rutledge, Richard Wainscot; Daniel Harrison not processioned, there being a dispute; processioned for James Anderson, lines unknown; processioned for Col. James Wood; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Archibald Hopkins; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Jacob Dye, Richard Wincot; processioned for Cornelius Bryan, present Thos. and Benj. Bryan; processioned for Charles Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Townsend Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for John Miller, present Thos. Hughes, Thos. Moore; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for Joseph Hite, present Samuel and David Stuart; processioned for Jacob Chrisman, present David Stuart, Sam'l Harrison; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Wm. Duff's estate, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for James Robeson, present John Miller; processioned for George Bowman, present Richard Winscot; processioned for Joseph Bryan, present Wm. Bryan; processioned for Morgan Bryan, present James Bryan; processioned for Samuel Wilkins, present Wm. and James Bryan and Samuel Wilkins. (Note: record shows Samuel and his son David owned land in the Linville Creek area in 1748/48).
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MAY 12, 1746. - (44) Saml. Stuart--same (appd. Constable) Head Linville's Creek.
- Vol. 1 - MAY AND AUGUST, 1748. - William Mark vs. Abraham Potter.--Account for one saddle. Writ 21st April, 1748. Defendant lived near mouth of Linvill's Creek. Mark's wife was sister of Samuel Stuart (?).
- Page 208.--1st September, 1748. Vendue held at house of Samuel Stewart of goods of Joseph Harrison sold by Jeremiah Harrison. To Timothy Convey, Samuel Harrison, Samuel Monsey, Arthur Johnson, Abraham Smith, Tunis Wood, Samuel Hull, Edward McGinnis, Archibald Buchanan, Aaron Oliver, Ephraim Love, Solomon Turpin, Samuel Wilkey.
- Vol. 1 -AUGUST, 1750 (A). - William Mach vs. Samuel Stuart.--(Did William marry Stuart's sister? See Supra.)
- Page 129.--17th February, 1761. Jeremiah (Jere) Harrison and Catherine to Samuel Semple, £22, 19 acres by patent, 10th April, 1759, at the great Spring on head of South Branch of Linvell's Creek; cor. Samuel Stewart's land. Teste: William Preston, George Skillern, William Anderson.
- Page 158.--17th February, 1761. Jeremiah (Jere) Harrison and Catherine ( ) to Samuel Semple, £22, 270 acres patented, __ _____, 1760, on head waters of Linvel's Creek, whereon Samuel now dwells, joining Jost Hite, Samuel Stewart, Thomas Harrison.
- Samuel Stewart lived next to my ancestors (Robert and Sarah Patterson) in Sussex Co., Delaware (on the Broadkill River) during the 1720s and 30s. Between 1738 and the early 1740s, both the Pattersons and the Stewarts (plus other families such as Harrison, Black, Cravens, Hood, etc.) moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (on headwaters of Linville Creek) near modern day Harrisonburg (Rockingham Co.). In 1748, Samuel’s oldest son David left Va for the Yadkin River valley of North Carolina. Soon thereafter, Samuel, his wife Lydia, and the rest of their family followed David. In the late 1750s, my ancestors (the Pattersons, Blacks, and other families like the Harrisons, Cravens, Ponders, etc.) moved from Va to the border region of North and South Carolina around Kings Mountain, on Clarks Fork of Bullocks Creek (modern day York Co., SC).