Walter Smiley, Sr.
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||Walter Smiley, Sr.
Walter Smiley, Sr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Probable general location of Walter Smiley's 200-acre tract acquired in 1761 from Samuel McDowell and Mary "on the Mary, a branch of the James River" (shown in red), just outside the Borden Tract on its southeast border, 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: land of John Paul and John Lyle, both listed on the 1767/68 Processioning List (listed below) is highlighted in blue, nearby].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 347.--5th May, 1761. Samuel McDowell and Mary to Walter Smiley. £5, 200 acres by patent 6th July, 1741. on the Mary, a branch of James River. Teste: John, Michael and William Bowyer. Delivered: W. Smiley, 10th February, 1786.
- Page 302.--16th february, 1762. James Mitchel and Elizabeth to Walter Smiley, £60, 263 acres on Catapo Creek at the end of the Cross Mountain, at a place called the Fork Bottom. Teste: Hugh Allen, Robert Shields. Delivered: W. Smiley, 10th February, 1786.
- Page 129.--21st November, 1772. John Keys and Agness ( ) to Walter Smelly (Smiley), on west side of the South River, alias the River Mary, a branch of James River, corner tract belonging to the heirs of the late John McDowell, low ground of the Rev. Alex. McDowell. Teste: Archibald Alexander, Andrew Bird, William Alexander, Robert Fearis, Joseph Alexander. Delivered to Mr. Smiley, 10th February, 1786.
Processioning List of 1767/8
- "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 settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 450.--1767-68: Processioned by John Pall, John Lyle: For John Keys, John Parks, Robert Caruthers, Roger Keys, Jno. Paul, John Hays, Thomas Willson, David Williamson, Jno. Boid, Thomas Boid, Walter Smiley, Jno. Clemans, James McClung, Wm. Alexander, John Lusk, James Ritchey, Jno. Sloan, Joseph Alexander.
Records of Walter Smiley in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT, 1747-8: - page 72, Walter Smiley, (August), Petition for administration of your brother's estate. (Note: this petition is likely referring to the estate of Alexander Smiley, who had died in 1748. Links Walter as a brother of Alexander).
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1752. - (316) Patrick Martin and Alexr. Richey to be overseers of road from Young's Mill to Alexr. Richey's smith shop, thence to Buchanan's mills, with these hands: Adam Thompson, Geo. Peary, Ro. Young, James Peary, John Campbell, John Buchanan, James Moody, Andrew Cowan, James Callison, John Jameson, Walter Smiley, James McCorkle, Ro. McCorkle, Nathan Gilliland, Wm. McNabb.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1756. - (126) Walter Smiley, bound to peace.
- Page 334.--25th June, 1757. James Moffett's will, farmer--Sons, John and James Moffett, the plantation to be divided between them by a line beginning at middle of Wm. Ledgerwood's pasture, cross the Hasle Bottom, thence to James Carr's land; to daughter, Elizabeth; daughter, Mary; son-in-law, John Berryhill, and his wife, Rachel Berryhill; son James is infant; daughters, Martha and Elizabeth; daughter, Jane; to son-in-law Wm. Campbell and his wife Margrett; to Ann Miller, 1 dollar. Executors, Wm. Ledgerwood and James Mitchell. To son-in-law James Berryhill. Teste: Wm. Edmiston, Arthur Hamilton, Robt. Alexander. Proved, 26th March, 1764, by Edmiston and Hamilton. Executors refuse to execute and James Moffett is granted administration, who qualifies with Arthur Hamilton and Walter Smiley.
- Page 410.--21st August, 1760. Ann (Ane) Roger's bond (with Wm. McCanless, Walter Smiley) as administratrix of James Rogers.
- Page 351.--5th May, 1761. Samuel McDowell and Mary to James Welsh, £10, 200 acres by patent 6th July, 1741, on the Mary, a branch of James; cor. Walter Smiley. Delivered: James Welsh, 20th July, 1765.
- Page 73.--5th August, 1765. James Welsh and Agness ( ) to James Richey, £100, 200 acres on a branch of James River, formerly called Mary, now known by the name South River; corner Walter Smiley.
- Page 43.--5th June, 1766. Andrew Stevenson and Sarah and John Paul and Mary to Robert Carruthers, £57, 200 acres formerly belonging to Andrew Baxter and bequeathed by him to Andrew Stevenson, his grandson, after the death of Margaret, his wife, by will dated 15th September, 1748, recorded in Augusta, but John Paul and Mary were the true proper heirs of said Andrew Baxter; corner Borden's tract. Teste: Walter Smiley, Joseph Ward.
- Page 253.--15th March, 1769. Ezekiel Morrise, only acting executor of Daniel Morrise, late of County of Bedford, deceased, to Samuel Lindsay. £16, 33 acres by patent, 3d May, 1763, on James River below mouth of Catapa Creek. Teste: Malcom Allen, William Porter. Delivered: Walter Smiley. 20th February, 1786. (Note: this record may be referring to this Walter Smiley's son, Walter).
- Page 448.-(undated, appears to be abt. 1772) -Teste: Archibald and William Alexander, Walter Smiley.
- Page 135.--17th March, 1772. Same (From David Moore and Mary) to Thomas Steaton, Sr., £30, on Mary's Creek, a branch of James River, patented to David, 16th July, 1768, corner James Richey, John Slown, Walter Smiley's line. Teste: Walter Power, William and Samuel Moore.