Facts and Events
Silas Hart was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 50.--28th May, 1748. John Smith to Silas Hart, mortgage; corner James Wood patented to John, 25th June, 1747. Teste: Jno. Cunningham.
- Page 89.--15th February, 1748. Robert Rennock to Silas Hart, mason part of 400 acres patented to Robt, 10th June, 1740; Buffilo Lick Branch. Elizabeth, wife of Robert.
- Page 260.--5th June, 1749. John Smith, Gent., to Silas Hart, mason, 400 acres on South Fork of North River of Shannadore. James Wood's line. Patented to John, 25th June, 1747. Margaret, John's wife, releases dower. Teste: John Thompson, John Poage, John Archer.
- Page 360.--28th November, 1749. William Logan, blacksmith, to Silas Hart, mason, John Smith's land. Robert Brackenridge, Elizabeth, wife of William, 400 acres on North River, Shannadore. Corner land formerly John Smith's; now Silas Hart's. Patented to Robert Breckenridge, 1st December, 1740, and conveyed by him to William Logan, 22nd July, 1745. Teste: James Brown, Robert Renick, William Anderson, James Sayers.
- Page 33.--27th November, 1751. John McCluer and Mary, to Silas Hart, 400 acres. South Fork of Shanandore; patented to John, 15th December, 1749. The order book says wife Margaret.
Disposition of Land from Orange County, VA Records:
- Pg. 232-233. Indenture 17 Nov. 1744 between Silas Hart of county of Augusta and Samuel Steel of same... Witnesseth that Silas Hart for divers good causes, him thereunto moveing.. more specifically for £40.. paid by Samuel Steel.. for 400 acres.. bounded.. to George Robinson's line.. lines of Beverley Manor... (signed) Silas Hart (Seal). Witnesses: Jno. Finley, Henry Pickens. Recorded Orange County, 23 November 1744. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 9, Dorman, pg. 25]. (Note: the land sold by Silas Hart was originally the patent of John Hart, Silus Hart's brother, acquired in 1740 from William Beverley).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 278.--22nd August, 1749. Silas Hart, mason, to William Anderson. farmer. Delivered: Benjamin Morgan, August, 1762. 460 acres on North Branch James. Patented to Silas, 12th January, 1746. Teste: Alexander Wright, Andrew Johnston, James Edmiston.
- Page 23.--17th November, 1752. Silas Hart and Jane to Alexander Gibson, 199 acres, part of 400 acres granted Robert Rennock, 10th June, 1740. Buffalo Lick Branch. Teste: Alexander Richey, John Richey.
- Page 341.--1st June, 1756. Silas Hart, gent., and Jane to John Smith, Jr., 230 acres, part of 400 acres patented to Jno. McClure, 15th December, 1749, and conveyed by McClure to Hart, on South Fork of North River of Shannandore. Teste: Jno. Malkem, Alexander Herring, Robert Gragg. Recorded on motion of Daniel Smith on behalf of John. Delivered: Henry Smith, 28th July, 1764.
- Page 343.--1st June, 1756. Silas Hart, gent, and Jane to Henry Smith, £60, 170 acres on South Fork of North River Shanando, part of 400 acres above.
- Page 91.--20th November, 1761. Silas Hart and Jane to John Robertson, £45, 184 acres on North River Shanando, part of 400 acres patented to Robert Breckinridge, 1st December, 1740, and conveyed to Wm. Logan, 22d July, 1745, and to Silas Hart. 28th November, 1749, recorded at Williamsburg, Orange and Augusta. Delivered: Alex. Robertson, 20th January.
- Page 616.--5th June, 1764. Silas Hart and Jane to William Ramsey, £3, 120 acres on North River of Shanando; corner said Hart's and Hugh Diver's patent land, pine on the Oak Draft, near Hugh Diver's corner, part of 280 acres patented to Silas, 7th July, 1763. Delivered: John McCoy, 9th November, 1767.
Will of Silas Hart
- Will of Silas Hart dated 19th December, 1791, of Rockingham. Wife; brother, Oliver Hart; William Hart, son of Nephew John Hart, deceased; nephew, Silas Hough ; nephew, Silas Gilbert; nephew, Silas Hart; nephew, Joseph Hart; nephew, Joseph Gilbert; legatee, Alexander Hart Robertson; legatee, Silas Hart Smith; legatee, Alexander Robertson, son of wife's brother John Robertson, deceased; legatee, James Shanklin; legatee, Baptist Association that for ordinary meets at Philadelphia for education of youths of Baptist denomination who shall appear promising for the ministry, always giving a preference to the descendants of my father's family. Recorded in Rockingham, December, 1795.
Processioning List of 1760
- "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:
- Page 272.--1760: Processioned by John Malkem and Alex. Blair, viz: For John Young, for Robert Young, for James Anderson, for Alex. Blair, for John Anderson, for John Francey, for Wm. Cunningham, fnr John McKemy. for Walter Trimble, for Hugh Dever, for John Davies, for _____ Doughlas, for Daniel Smith, for Bigham's land formerly known by the name of Gragg's, for Gabriel Pickens, for Robert Poage, for Abraham Smith, for Isaiah Shipman, for David Robiston, for Silas Hart, for John Cunningham, for Henry Smith, for Widow Ramsey, for Thomas Woodal, for Moses Hall, for Andrey McCown, for James Bell, for Edward Erwin, for Alex. Craig, for Wm. Frame, for Thos. Waterson, for Francis Brown, for John King, for John Searight, for John Kear, for Hugh Campbell, for Alex. Kile, for Robert Fowler, for James Gamble, for James Leeper, Sr. and Jr., for James Blair, for Edward Erwin's land formerly known as Brownlee's place, for Adam Stevenson, for Umphrey's place on North River, for Stevenson's place they live on, for Jacob and Christian Roleman, for John Malcom, for William Flimen, for Charles Campbell, for Robert Campbell, for William Brown, for Widow and John and James Alexander, for Michael Dickey, for James Young, for James Patterson, for Andrew Erwin, for John Erwin, for Edward Erwin, for Francis Erwin, for Hugh Campbell, Jr., for James McGill, for Robert Brown, for James Young.
Records of Silas Hart in Orange County, VA
- Pages 280-81. Bond of Silas Hart, Robt. Poage and Jno. Davisson unto Thomas Chew, Gent., justice. For £500. 23 Aug. 1743. Silus Hart is admr. of Jno. Hart. (signed) Silus Hart, Robt. Poage, John Davison. Wit: Jonath. Gibson. 25 Aug. 1743. Acknowledged. [Orange County Virginia Will Book 1, Dorman, pg. 52]. (Note: John Hart was Silus Hart's father).
- Pages 294-96. John Hart. Inventory. Total valuation £34.11.6. Patt. Campbell, Moses Thomson, Robart Coningham. 25 Nov. 1743. Returned by Silus Hart. [Orange County Virginia Will Book 1, Dorman, pg. 55].
- Silas Hart was listed as receiving payment from the Estate Accout of Alexander Breckenridge, 24 May 1750. [Orange County Virginia Will Book 2, Dorman, pg. 32].
Records of Silas Hart in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - February 11, 1745. - (10) Silas Hart spec. bail for Robt. Renix.
- Vol. 1 - APRIL 16, 1746. - (42) Silas Hart, John Mathews, Charles Burk, Benj. Borden, John Ruddle, Joseph Lapsley, Ebenezer Westcoat, and James Montgomerie recomd. Justices.
- Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 18, 1746. - (111) Motion Silas Hart--added to list of tithables.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1747. - (193) Thos. Paxton, James McClung, Isaac Taylor, Gilbert Campbell, Wm. Hall and Andrew McNabb recognized that their wives, as above, appear as witnesses: William Lusk in behalf of Agnis Grey; Saml. Davis in behalf of his mother, Eleanor Davis; Moses McClure in behalf of his mother, Agness McClure; Andrew Hays in behalf of his mother, Rebecca Hays; Silas Hart in behalf of Esther Lyle. Acknowledged themselves as above. Wm. Henry also acknowledged as above.
- Vol. 2 - MARRIAGE LICENSES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY - 1749; September __, Silas Hart and Jane Robertson.
- 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 77.--24th November, 1750. James Trimble and Sarah to Alexander Beggs 250 acres Buffalo Creek of James; corner Silas Hart. Teste: James Campbell, John Alison, Michael ( ?) Johnson.
- Vol. 2 - Page 79.--25th July, 1751: Orphan John Patton bound to Silas Hart.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 11, 1751--AUGUST 27, 1751. - Page (176) This book begins August 1749, but there are no orders but those of suits and actions until August 27, 1751, when a new Court was organized under a commission from the Hon. Lewis Burwell, President of Virginia, dated 11th June, 1751, directed to James Patton, Peter Scholl,* Robert Cunningham, Wm. Jameson, David Stuart,* John Lynn,* Erwin Patterson,* Thos. English, Benj. Borden,* Joseph Kenady, John Denton, Wm. Christian, Robert Breckinridge, John Lewis,* Silas Hart, Andw. Lewis,* James Rutledge, Alexr. Wright, Ro. McClenahan,* Robert Campbell, John Wilson, Richd. Burton, Patr. Martin, James Lockhart, John Mills, Ro. Ramsey, Richd. Woods, John Anderson, John Ruddle, Thos. Stuart, John Lyle, John Buchanan, Thomas Lewis, Archd. Alexander, John Mathews, Adam Dickenson, Mathias Seltzer, Wm. Harbeson. (Those marked (*) qualified.)
- Page 382.--28th August, 1751. James Trimble's bond as deputy surveyor, with sureties Silas Hart, Robert Breckinridge.
- Vol. 2 - Page 106.--20th August, 1752: Orphan Jno. Lynn (aged 7 years 14th September last), bound to Silas Hart.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1752. - (312) John Lynn, an orphan boy complains that Ro. Edge had brought him from the lower parts of this Colony and indentured him to John Ramsey, and he to Henry Smith, and he to Silas Hart. Indenture declared void and Wardens ordered to bind him out.
- Page 470.--19th August, 1752. William Lewis, Gent., to Thomas Fleemster (Feemster), wheelwright, 390 acres on Cow Pasture; corner land in possession of John McCreery; Clover Creek. Teste: Andrew Lewis, Silas Heet, Jno. Poage.
- Page 174.--4th September, 1756. Alexander Matheson's will, doctor To William Robertson, his rifle gun and flowered plush jacket; to John Robertson, great coat, saddle and bridle, course stockings and course shirts; to James, son of Mathew Robertson, cutlass; to Mathew Robertson, £6; to Silas Hart, £6; to brother Gilbert Matheson, 5 shillings; to brother Mathew Matheson; to father, John Matheson, 5 shillings and remainder of the estate. Executors, Mathew Robertson and Silas Hart. Teste: James Henderson, James Robertson, Wm. Bell. Proved, 18th November, 1756, by Henderson. Mathew refuses to execute. Silas Hart qualifies with James Allen and Daniel Smith.
- Page 299.--24th September, 1757. William Stephenson's will--Wife, Sarah; ratifies former gifts to children; sons, David and Mathew; daughter, Sarah. (John Davis to advise about division of land.) (Tract of land on the Gum Run Meadow.) To sons, Adam and John, what Arthur Trader owes testator. All children, viz: Adam, John, James, William, David, Elizabeth, Mathew, barah, probably all infants (girls under 18). John Davis to have the care, guardianship and tuition of children. Executors, wife Sarah and son Adam. Teste: Silas Hart, Henry Smith, Jno. McCoy. Proved, Kith May, 1759, by Hart and McCoy. Executors qualify, with Abraham Smith, Mathew Patton.
- Page 60.--4th May, 1761. Robert Harrison's will--Father, Daniel, best hat; brother, Jesse. £10 for Jesse's daughter Ann when she arrives to 18; brother, Daniel; brother-in-law. Daniel Smith, watch and £20 for schooling Smith's son, Robert Smith; brother, Benjamin; sisters, Mary and Abigail. Executors, Daniel Smith and Jesse Harrison. Teste: Silas Hart, Hugh Hamilton, Wm. Minter, Wm. Gragg. Proved, 18th August, 1761, by Hamilton and Minter. Executors qualified, with Wm. Preston and Michael Warren.
- Page 81.--4th July, 1745. John Malckom's will, ( mark)--To son, George; to son, John; to daughter, Eleanor McNelie; to daughter, Margaret Wright; to grandson, Wm. Wright; to wife, Margaret. Teste: Andrew Scott, Thos. Scott, Silas Hart. Proved, 20th August, 1761, by Silas Hart and recorded. Wife Margaret refuses to execute, and administration granted Jno. Malkem, who qualifies with Daniel Smith.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1753 - (1) New Commission of Justices dated 16 June 1753: James Patton,* Peter Scholl,* David Stewart, Richard Woods,* Robert Breckinridge, James Simpson,* John Buchanan,* Silas Hart, James Lockhart,* John Mathews, William Wilson, George Robinson,* Andrew Lewis, Robert McClenachan,* Christopher Guest, William Bethell.* (Those marked (*) qualified.) (2) James Grymes, orphan to be bound to Peter Scholl.
- Page 210.--2d July, 1755. Thomas Beall, of Frederick County, Maryland, planter, to Jonathan Douglass, weaver, 400 acres on a branch of Broad Run on a draft of Brock's Creek. Teste: Silas Hart, Gabriel Pickens, Daniel Smith. Delivered: grantee, 1760.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 21, 1758. - (206) Silas Hart--qualified Justice.
- Page 72.--21st March, 1759. Alexander Gibson, farmer, and Mary ( ) to Thomas Gardner, blacksmith, £100, 199 acres, part of 400 acres patented to Robt. Rennock, 10th June, 1740, and conveyed by Robert to Silas Hart, 15th February, 1748, and by Hart to Gibson, 17th November, 1752, on Buffalo Lick Branch. Teste: James Kirk.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 21, 1761. - (483) Silas Hart--his death abates suit. (??, was there another Silas Hart in Augusta, perhaps an Uncle?)
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 21, 1763. - (108) David McCawrins petitions that Silas Hart detains his daughter Margaret--Silas to be summoned.
- Vol. 1 - (113) New Commission--John Chiswell, John Buchanan, John Wilson, Silas Hart, Andrew Lewis, James Lockhart, Richard Woods, Robert Breckinridge, Patrick Martin, Wm. Preston, Alexr. Sayers, John Bowyer, John Dickenson, John Christian, Francis Tyler, Daniel Smith, John Archer, James Buchanan, Archd. Alexander, Israel Christian, Mathew Patton, John Maxwell, John Poage, James Lockridge, Felix Gilbert, Abraham Smith, James Trimble, Charles Lewis, Samuel McDowell, George Moffett, Benj. Hawkins, Francis Kirtley, Andrew Bird--dated 16 April, 1763.
- Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 21, 1763. - (227) Complaint of John Lynn, that Silas Hart detains him contrary to law,continued.
- Page 375.--25th November, 1763. Silas Hart's bond (with Wm. Thompson, Pat. Campbell) for collection of County proportion.
- Page 813.--27th September, 1764. Henry Smith, farmer, and Amelia, to Adam Stephen, of Frederick County, £136, 170 acres conveyed to Henry by Silas Hart, 1st June, 1756, on South Fork of North River of Shanandoe. Delivered: Robert Stephen, 29th September, 1767. Teste: William Teas and William Stuart.
- Page 370.--21st November, 1764. Silas Hart's (sheriff) bond (with Danl. Harrison, Andw. Erwin, Jno. Hopkins, Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Anderson, Wm. Anderson) to collect officers' fees.
- Page 370.--21st November, 1764. Silas Hart's (sheriff) bond (with Danl. Harrison, Andw. Erwin, Jno. Hopkins, Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Anderson, Wm. Anderson) to collect taxes.
- Page 371.--21st November, 1764. Silas Hart's (sheriff) bond (with Danl. Harrison, Andw. Erwin, Jno. Hopkins, Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Anderson, Wm. Anderson) to collect quit rents.
- Page 441.--22d October, 1765. Silas Hart's bond (with Wm. Preston, Jno. Thomas) as sheriff, to collect County proportion.
- Page 155.--22d January, 1766. John Smith's will--To John Smith, son of brother Daniel Smith, the plantation on North River, Shanedoe, which testator bought of Silas Hart; to brother Daniel; to brother Abraham Smith; to brother Henry Smith. Executor, brother Daniel Smith. Teste: Thomas Sewell, Benj. Kinley (Kinsey), Daniel Smith. Proved, 18th August, 1756, by Benj. Kinsey, and to lie for further proof. Daniel Smith qualifies with Silas Harte and Robert Harrison.
- Page 69.--6th June, 1766. John Dailey to David Stewart and Samuel Cowdon, mortgage, consideration is grantees going bail for grantor in a suit in general court brought by Keppen & Co. for £250; conveys the land Dailey now lives on called Hart's Bottom, 270 acres, part of 400 acres patented to Silas Hart, and by Hart sold to one William Anderson, and by Anderson to Dailey. Teste: Andrew Lewis. Jno. Madison, Jos. Ray.
- Page 265.--__ _____, 1767. Dr. the estate of Col. David Stewart, in account with Andw. Lewis and Geo. Mathews, administrators--Paid Silas Hart on account of Wm. McClenachan's going to Wmsburg to sign the writ of election; to paid the men that brought in the Corps; to expenses to Maryland in 1767 and 1768; to expenses to Carolina. 1767, by cash from Thos. Bowyer for a sword; by rent of a Dutchman (Andw. Cline); by cash from Thos. Sumter.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 22, 1767. - (250) Witnesses: Thomas Kennerley, David Bell, Adam Dean, Robert Allen. Silas Hart, gent., late High Sheriff of Augusta, vs. Randal Lockhart, Sampson Mathews, John Brown, Felix Gilbert, Hugh Young, John Stewart, and Andrew Lewis and George Mathews, admrs. of David Stewart, decd. } Randal delivered up in custody of Sheriff.
- Page 42.--12th November, 1767. William Ramsey and Agness, eldest son and heir of James Ramsey, to Margaret Ramsey, £18, two tracts on North River of Shanando--A containing 120 acres, corner Silas Hart and Hugh Diver, side of a small meadow called the Elk Draft, being tract conveyed to said Ramsey by Silas and Jane Hart, 5th June, 1764; B containing 80 acres conveyed by Daniel and Jane Smith to James Ramsey, father of said William, 18th August, 1756, on North River of Shanando; corner Charles Diver's land. Teste: Daniel Henderson, John Douglass, Nathaniel Douglass. Delivered: Thomas Reed, 21st May, 1770.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1767. - (372) Silas Hart qualified Justice.
- Page 477.--21st January, 1769. Robert Henderson to Andrew Johnston, £30, 240 acres on a branch of Dry River, patented to Robert, 25th September, 1762. Teste: Silas Hart, Daniel ( ) Henderson, John Robertson, John Paton.
- Page 409.--2d June, 1770. Commission to Silas Hart and James Lockhart for privy examination of Barbara, wife of Jacob Trout; deed, 15th March, 1770, to George Shaver. Executed, 15th June, 1770.
- Page 434.--6th August, 1771. John Robertson's will--To wife; to son, Alexander, infant; to children; to six daughters. Executors, wife Mary and nephew Alex. Robertson, son of brother Mathew Robertson. Teste: Silas Hart, Mathew Robertson, Matthew Matthewson. Proved, 21st August. 1771, by the witnesses. (Note: John Robertson was the brother-in-law of Silas Hart).
- Page 282.--16th May, 1772. Daniel Smith to Joseph and Hennery and Lawens. Teste: Silas Hart, Felix Gilbert, Abraham Smith.
- Page 443.--17th June, 1771. Ephraim Love to John Hopkins, on head branches of Muddy Creek, part of tract whereon said Love now lives. Teste: Silas Hart, Daniel Smith, Jno. Grattan, Jno. Steed, Jno. Gorden.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 16, 1773. - (1) New commission--Justices, viz: Silas Hart, John Dickinson, Daniel Smith, John Poage,* Abraham Smith,* George Moffett, Alexr. McClenachan,* Mathew Harrison, George Mathews,* Alexr. Robertson,* John Hays, James Craig,* John Frogg,* William Tees, James Lockhart, John Christian, Archibald Alexander,* Felix Gilbert, Samuel McDowell, Sampson Mathews, William Bowyer,* John McClenachan,* Michael Bowyer,* John Gratton, Thos. Hugart,* Elijah McClenachan,* Josiah Davidson, John Skidmore.--Dated November 6, 1772.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1773. - (22) Silas Hart qualified justice.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1773 (B). - John Anderson vs. S. Mathews, Mathew and James Lockhart.--Chancery writ, 29th June, 1769. James Lockhart was Sampson Mathews's father-in-law, in 1765. Orator became joint security with Mathews on bond of James Lockhart and Randall Lockhart for collection of public levy in 1765; sometime after securities asked G. Jones and P. Hog to liquidate the account of the Lockharts, when a considerable defalcation was found. Patrick Lockhart was son to James. James Allen was son-in-law of John Anderson. Robert Bratton, aged 60 years, 20th May, 1772. Silas Hart, aged 50 years and upwards, 20th May, 1772. Randall Lockhart was son to James. William Crow, aged 30 years and upwards, 22d August, 1772. James Allen's deposition taken in Botetourt, 1771. Hugh Allen was James's brother.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 15, 1774. Page (302) New Commission of Justices, viz: Silas Hart, John Dickison, Danl. Smith, John Poage, Abram Smith, George Moffett,* James Lockhart, John Christian, Archibald Alexander, Felix Gilbert, Samuel McDowel,* Sampn. Mathews, Alexr. McClenachan,* Mathew Harrison, George Mathews. Alexr. Robertson,* John Hays, James Craig, John Frogg,* William Tees, George Croghan, John Connelly,* Thos. Smallman, Wm. Bowyer,* John McClenachan,* Michael Bowyer, John Gratton,* Thos. Huggart, Elijah McClenachan, Josiah Davidson, John Skidmore, John Campbell, Edward Ward, Dawsey Penticost, John Gibson. (Those marked (*) qualified.)
- Page 371.--17th August. 1774. Abraham Smith to John Smith, son of Daniel Smith. Whereas John Smith, brother of said Abraham Smith, about 1753 did agree with Silas Hart for the purchase of a tract on South Fork of North River of Shanandoah; John died in year 1757, haying will wherein he devised to above John. son of his brother Daniel Smith; Daniel paid the consideration to Hart. 1st June, 1756. and received deed to John, 1st June, 1756. John Smith's will was proved by only one witness and may be called in question by the heirs of said Abraham, who was eldest brother and heir-at-law of John, deceased.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1774. - (11) Silas Hart qualified Justice, &c.
- Vol. 1 - JANUARY 17, 1775. - (30) New Commission from Dunmore, viz: Silas Hart, John Dickinson, James Lockhart, John Christian, Daniel Smith,* John Poage, Abraham Smith,* George Moffett,* Alexr. McClenachan,* Mathew Harrison, Michael Bowyer,* John Gratton, Thomas Hughes, Elijah McClenachan,* Josiah Davidson, John Skidmore, John Campbell, Thos. Smallman, John Gibson, John Stephenson, John Cannon, Silas Hedge, William Gee (McGee?), Archd. Alexander, Felix Gilbert,* Samuel McDowell,* Sampson Mathews,* William Bowyer,* George Mathews,* Alexr. Robertson,* John Hayes,* James Craig, John Frogg, Wm. Teas,* George Croghan, Edward Ward, Dawsey Pentecost, Wm. Crawford. John McCullough, Geo. Vallendegham and David Shepherd. (Those marked (*) qualified.)
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 19, 1776. - (128) New Commission, viz: Silas Hart, John Christian, Archibald Alexander, Felix. Gilbert, Samuel McDowell, Sampson Mathews, Alexr. Robinson, John Hays, James Craig, John Lewis, Charles Campbell,* John Dickinson, Daniel Smith,* John Poage,* Abraham Smith, George Moffat,* Michael Bowyer, John Gratton, Thos. Huggart,* Elijah McClenachan, Alexander St. Clair,* John Kinkead, James Tate.* (Those marked (*) qualified.)
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1777. - (219) Silas Hart and John Dickinson qualified Justices.
- Vol. 2 - ROCKINGHAM COUNTY RECORDS. - 1778--April 27th, First Court met, composed as follows, viz: *Silas Hart, *Danl. Smith, *Abraham Smith, *Jno. Gratton, *Josiah Davison, John Skidmore, *George Boswell (Bowelt), *Thomas Hewitt, *Jno. Thomas, Wm. Nalle, Ro. Davis, *James Dyer, *Henry Ewing, *Wm. McDowell, *Anthony Ryder, *John Fitzwater, *Isaac Hinkle. (Those checked (*) qualified). Silas Hart qualified Sheriff. Gawen Hamilton qualified Under Sheriff. Thomas Lewis qualified Surveyor. Hugh Diver's will probated. Wm. Magill's estate, administrator appointed; Margt., the widow, refused. Peter Hog unanimously chosen Clerk.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 17, 1778. - (261) Ordered to be certified to the Governor that the following Justices are recommended for appointments as Justices will fall in the new Counties, viz: In Rockingham--Silas Hart, Daniel Smith, Felix Gilbert, Abraham Smith, John Gratton, Josiah Davidson, John Skidmore, George Boswell, Thomas Hewett, John Thomas, William Nall, Robert Davis, James Dyer, Henry Ewing, William McDowell, Anthony Rider, John Fitzwater, and Isaac Hinckle. In Rockbridge--Archibald Alexander, Samuel McDowell, John Hays, Charles Campbell, and Samuel Lyle. In Augusta--John Dickenson, John Christian, John Poage, George Moffet, Sampson Mathews, Alexr. McClenachan, William Bowyer, George Mathews, Michael Bowyer, Alexr. Robertson, Thomas Huggart, Elijah McClenachan, John Lewis, Alexr. St. Clair, John Kinkead, James Tate, William McPheeters, James Steel, John McCreery, Joshua Humphreys, Joseph Bell, Peter Hanger, James Craig--the two last to be left out for refusing to take the oath of allegiance.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1801. - Hogshead vs. Hart.--Silas Hart's heirs, viz, Oliver, Silas, Josiah, and Joseph Hart, Edith Hough, John, Betsy and Nelly Thomas and Joseph Gilbert. Spa. 29th December, 1796. All except Gilbert are non-residents.
- Vol. 2 - EXECUTIONS. - APRIL, 1801. - Estill vs. Ramsey--Deed, 5th June, 1739, Beverley to James McClure, of Orange County, 108 acres in Beverley Manor, George Robinson's line. Test: James Porteus, Thomas Wood, John Latham. Declaration: Samuel Estill and Jane, formerly Jane Teas, daughter of William Teas, vs. John Ramsay. Memorandum of deed from Beverley to John Hart, dated 23d, 24th July, 1740, George Robinson's line, corner Beverley Manor line. Deposition, 13th October, 1792. John Dalhouse. John Finley, aged above 60 years. Deponent went to school in 1747 in the house mentioned by Thomas Turk in his depositions. The house was on James McClure's land. Andrew Steel, aged about 56 years. Silas and John Hart were brothers and first purchasers. Andrew McClure, son of James McClure, under whom Ramsey claims. Andrew said he was present at the first running of the line for Hart. William Finley. Samuel Steel. Andrew Ramsey, aged 47. Deed, 24th February, 1740. Daniel Manahan, of Orange County, to Joseph Teas, 900 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. Joseph Tees and Andrew McClure, Beverley Manor line. John Hart's line, James McClure's line. Test: G. Home, John Pickins, William Williams. Deed, 21st February, 1738. Beverley to Daniel Monahan, of County Augusta. Test: Richard Winslow, John Lewis, John Newport. Depositions 5th March, 1801. Andrew Steel, aged 58, son of Samuel. Andrew Ramsey, aged 50. John Ramsey, father to defendant. James Steel, aged 63, son of Samuel. Original deed, James McClure to John Ramsey. Original deed, Beverley to John Hart, 1740. Deposition Thomas Turk, aged 88 years, taken October 1798. He helped to build a schoolhouse about 50 years ago at the foot of the hill in the tenant's meadow; it was on McClure's land. Original deed, McClure to Ramsey, 1762. Original patent, Dunwiddie to Joseph Teas, August, 1756, 200 acres in Rockfish Gap.
- Vol. 2 - John Smith and wife vs. Silas Hart's executors--O. S. 336; N. S. 121-- Bill, 1808, by John Smith and _____, his wife, of Rockingham. In latter part of 1795 Silas Hart of Rockingham died, testate. Oratrix was wife of testator. Silas left no children, but left a devise to the Baptist Association. Bill alleges there was no such body, but some years ago David Jones, attorney-in-fact for a Baptist Association in Philadelphia, brought suit in Rockingham to recover the devise in which they failed. Orator claims this'devise. Silas Hart's heirs are, viz: Silas, Josiah, Joseph Hart and Edith Hough, children of Joseph Hart, brother of testator; John, Betty, Nelly Thomas, children of a sister of testator; Joseph and Silas Gilbert, children of another sister; heirs of Oliver Hart, another brother. Answer by Silas Hough, one of children, and heirs of Isaac Hough and Edith, who was sister of Silas Hart. Will of Silas Hart dated 19th December, 1791, of Rockingham. Wife; brother, Oliver Hart; William Hart, son of Nephew John Hart, deceased; nephew, Silas Hough ; nephew, Silas Gilbert; nephew, Silas Hart; nephew, Joseph Hart; nephew, Joseph Gilbert; legatee, Alexander Hart Robertson; legatee, Silas Hart Smith; legatee, Alexander Robertson, son of wife's brother John Robertson, deceased; legatee, James Shanklin; legatee, Baptist Association that for ordinary meets at Philadelphia for education of youths of Baptist denomination who shall appear promising for the ministry, always giving a preference to the descendants of my father's family. Recorded in Rockingham, December, 1795. Nathan Beans of Warminister, Bucks County, Penna., yeoman, aged 80, deposes, 8th June, 1820, at house of Thomas Hart in Warminister, knew Silas Hart, who moved to Rockingham and died October, 1795. Silas was born in Bucks County, Penna. He had two brothers, Joseph and Oliver, and two sisters, Lucretia, first married to William Gilbert and afterwards to John Thomas; and Edith, married Isaac Hough. Lucretia and Joseph died before Silas. Joseph had four sons, viz: John, Silas, Josiah, Joseph, of whom John died before his father and left issue, viz: William, John, Elizabeth, Euphemia, of whom William is dead. John lives in Northampton township, Bucks County. Elizabeth married Dr. Silas Hough. Euphemia married Thomas Humphreys and lives in Montgomery County, Penna.Silas lives in Warminister. Josiah is dead and has left issue, viz: Sarah, married Wm. Shelmire living in Philadelphia; Elizabeth, married Arthur Yerkis living in Southampton, Bucks County; Rebecca, married Wm. Miles of same place and is now dead, leaving Amy, married to John Davis in Southampton. Joseph is dead, leaving John, Lewis and Thomas living in Warminister, and two daughters, Eliza Ann, married to David Marple and living in Luzerne County, Penna., and Clarissa Maria living in Warminister. Lucretia, sister of Silas, left 6 children, viz: Seth, Silas and Joseph Gilbert, John, Elizabeth and Eleanor Thomas, of whom Silas Gilbert and Elizabeth Watts (late Thomas) live in Philadelphia County. John Thomas lives in Baltimore. Seth Gilbert removed to South Carolina many years ago. Oliver Hart, brother of Silas, died in New Jersey, but was brought to Southampton and buried. Edith Hough lived and died in Montgomery County aforesaid; was buried at Southampton and devised her share of property of her brother Silas to her son, Dr. Silas Hough, of Montgomery County. Will of Edith Hough of Township of Montgomery, County Montgomery, State of Pennsylvania. Widow; brother, Silas Hart of Virginia; sons, Silas Hough, Thomas; granddaughter, Edith Hough, daughter of son John; granddaughter, Susanna Crispin; granddaughter, Mary Dickinson; daughter-in-law, Hannah Hough; grandchildren, viz: Charlotte Hough, Mira Gilbert, Sara Hough, Nancy Hough; nephew, Joseph Hough. Dated 22d August, 1804. Codicil, 2d February, 1805. Mary Dickenson has lately died, leaving Caroline Dickenson, who is daughter of Eli Dickenson. Recorded, 16th April, 1805, in Montgomery County, Penna. Elizabeth Fobwell (Follwell?) deposes, at same time and place, as Beans supra; aged 81; same questions and answers; has heard that Oliver Hart had 5 children, viz: John, Oliver, William Rogers, Eleanor and Mary Baker. Mary Baker Hart married Benj. Merrill. Eleanor married a Mr. Screever of South Carolina. Joshua Jones deposes, 4th September, 1820, before Vincent I. Tapp, was well acquainted with the Rev. Oliver Hart, brother of Silas. Oliver's daughter, Mary Baker, married Benj. Merrill and has lived for several years near Lexington, Ky. Deponent knew her when she was living with her father near Hopewell, New Jersey. Oliver had 5 children, viz: Jno., Oliver, Ellen (who married Mr. Scriven of South Carolina), Mary Baker (Merrill), William Rodgers Hart. When married, Benj. Merrill lived in New Jersey, thence he moved to South Carolina, thence to Kentucky. 22d April, 1820, Joshua Jones was living in Pennsylvania. He was husband of Eleanor, one of nieces of Silas. David Barton of Fayette County, Ky., deposes, August, 1820 he knew late Rev. Oliver Hart of Hopewell New Jersey. He died December, 1795, leaving children, viz: John, William, Mary Baker (wife of Benj. Merrill). His children, Oliver and Eleanor, died before him. George Hart deposes, same time and place, he was well acquainted with both Oliver and Silas Hart. James Scout, aged 82, deposes, same time and place, as Beans. John Hough, aged 64, deposes, in Philadelphia, 2d June, 1820.
Information on Silas Hart
From "Settlers by the Long Grey Trail: Some Pioneers to old Augusta County", by John Houston Harrison, pg. 147:
- Silas Hart (b. May 5, 1718, d. October 29, 1795), in 1749 owned over 900 acres of land on the "South Fork of North River of Shenandore, James Wood's line. Some 800 acres of this was patented to John Smith, Gent. 25th June 1747, 400 acres of which were sold by him and his wife Margaret to Silas Hart, mason, 5th June 1749. (Deed Book 2, pg. 250, Chalkley, Vol. III, pg. 274). Hart was immediately acquainted with both the Smith and Harrison families and was early associated with them in many ways. He and Daniel Harrison were appointed by Capt. John Smith as the executor of his will, dated May 7, 1753. He was a witness to Robert Harrison's will, before noticed. His wife was Jane Robertson, (probably a widow before her marriage to him) [Note: this is incorrect, other records show that Jane Robertson was a sister to John Robertson that died in Augusta County in 1771]., whom he married in present Rockingham County, September 28, 1749. (See Waddell, pg. 292). His widow married John Smith, a son of Col. Abraham Smith, and grandson of the Captain.