Facts and Events
Thomas Stephenson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 89.--11th March, 1785. John Taite, Sr., to Thomas Stevenson Delivered to Jacob Swallow 1st June, 1787, 400 acres patented to said John Taite on Pine Run, a branch of South River near South Mountain. Teste: Samuel McConkey, Anthony Mustoe. (Note: Jacob Swallow married Thomas Stephenson's daughter Mary).
Estate Records of Thomas Stephenson
- Page 300.--6th November, 1790. Inquisition at Hugh Talbert's before John Tate, upon body of Thomas Stephenson. Verdict: That on the 3d inst. he accidently fell from his feet against the rute of a saplin and into the water at the same time and so was suffocated and died by the visitation of God. (Note: it appears that this record refers to the drowning death of this Thomas Stephenson. The last record for Thomas Stephenson (when he was alive) was on 22 March 1790 (Thomas Stephenson vs. Jacob Swallow, et. al). and by 19 April (when Jacob Swallow was granted the administration of the estate), he had died. The inclusion of John Tate (who sold Thomas Stephenson his land in 1785) in this record certainly appears to link this record to this Thomas Stephenson.
- Vol. 1 - APRIL 19, 1791. - (436-437) Admn. of estate of Thos. Stephenson granted Jacob Swallow.
- __ _____, ____-(undated, abt. 1798-1799)-John Cook, administrator of Thomas Stevenson.
Records of Thomas Stephenson in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1788 (H to Z). - Jacob Swallow and Mary, his wife, vs. Thomas Stevenson.--4th September, 1786.
- Vol. 2 - Thomas Stephenson vs. Jacob Swallow, Leonard Shown, William Wilson--Debt. Augusta, 23d March, 1790.
- Vol. 2 - SEPTEMBER, 1798 (H to Z). - John Cook and Susanna, his wife, heirs-at-law of Thos. Stephenson vs. John Cooper--Ejectment. 200 acres in Augusta. Copy grant by Harrison, 1784, to Jno. Tate for 400 acres by survey, 1782, near South Mountain on Pine Run, a branch of So. River. James Brownlee's line.
- Vol. 2 - John Hughes vs. Jacob Swallow's representatives--O. S. 306; N. S. 109-- Bill, December, 1819. In 1803 orator purchased tract in Augusta on Piney Run from Jacob Swallow. It was conveyed 11th March, 1785, by John Tate to Thomas Stephenson, who died, intestate, and the land descended to his three daughters, viz: Susannah, wife of John Cook; Mary, wife of Jacob Swallow; wife of William Hughes, mother of orator, who died, intestate, when orator was infant only 3 days old and he inherited 1/3 of her interest. Mrs. Swallow died without children. Jacob moved about the State, then went West and there died, testate. Will in Augusta dated 27th October, 1817. Paul Koontz lived in Maryland and is now dead. William Koontz lives in Maryland. Polly Smith, wife of Jacob Smith, lives in Indiana. William Koontz (executor of Jacob Swallow) and Sarah Keller and her husband, Ludwick Keller, live in Rockingham. Samuel Gibson deposes, 14th April, 1821, at house of Thomas Brown in Augusta, he was born and raised in Pennsylvania and resided near neighbors to Thomas Stevenson or Stinson and went to school there with his children; also knew him in Virginia after he moved. John Huse was recognized as Thomas' grandson by his daughter Jane (?), who married William Huse. They were married in Pennsylvania. John is not the son of _____ Cooper, who married Rachel Stinson. The Coopers removed from this country 20-30 years ago. David Brand deposes, as above, John was son of Mrs. Mary Huse. Maj. William Wilson ditto, was well acquainted with William Hughes, who said John was his son. Deed, 25th March, 1805, by Jacob Swallow and John Cook and Susannah, heirs of Thomas Stephenson, deceased, to John Hughes, their interest in tract on Pine Run, 200 acres.