Col. William Bowyer
Facts and Events
William Bowyer was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 405.--13th May, 1762. John Smith to William Bowyer, £100, two slaves and 600 acres on Craig's Creek, joining Col. James Patton's lands; mortgage for £100. James ( ) Cloyd. Wilton ( ) Walton.
- Page 519.--23d June, 1770. Stephen Loy and Mary ( ) to William Bowyer, £150, 245 acres whereon Stephen now lives, which he purchased of Robert Breckinridge and joining Alexander McClenachan, Andrew Scott. Robert McClenachan, David Stuart and Elisha McClenachan. Teste: G. Jones, Lew Bowyer, Wm. Madison, Michael Bowyer.
- Page 5.--25th August, 1770. John Johns(t)on and Mary to William Bowver, £30, 124 acres, part of 200 acres left by Arthur Johnston, deceased, to his two sons, John and Andrew, bounded as by decree of Augusta County Court; corner Daniel Harrison; also 18-1/2 acres, part of 37 acres, adjoining above tract also left by said Arthur to said two sons by will. Delivered: Wm. Bowyer, 8th April, 1771.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 100.--18th November, 1767. William Bowyer to John Smith, Release and surrender of mortgage dated 13th May, 1763, and recorded.
- Page 99.--21st November, 1772. Wm. Bowyer, merchant in Staunton, to Alex. Sinclair, merchant in Staunton, £700, tenement in Staunton whereon William now lives, which William bought of Israel Christian, and all buildings which William has erected thereon.
Records of William Bowyer in Augusta County, VA
- Page 406.--21st August, 1754. Same (From Borden's Executors) to William Caruthers, £3, 96 acres, part of 92,100; corner Wm. Caruthers and Samuel Gray. Delivered to Wm. Bowyer, May, 1758.
- Page 271.--15th March, 1755. Samuel Huston to John Huston, £30, 283 acres (woodland), part of Borden's tract, cor. Joseph Kennedy, Greenlee's line. Teste: James Wardlaw. Delivered: Wm. Bowyer, May, 1758.
- Page 309.--15th May, 1756. James Young and Sarah, Patrick Young and Isabell to Andrew Hall, £50, 110 acres being the tract where James Young now liveth, including James Young's mill in the Fork of James River, crossing Whistle Creek, cor. Patrick Young. Teste: Jno. Lapesley, Samuel McCluer. Delivered: Wm. Bowyer, August, 1758.
- Page 410.--13th March. 1757. Borden's executors to Jno. Lowrey (delivered Wm. Bowyer, August, 1758), £3, 170 acres, part of 92100, said Lowrey's cor. Steel's old line; Steel's new survey; cor. survey made for Robert Henry; cor. Ro. Lowrey; cor. Wm. McCanless, Ro. Dunlop's line.
- 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.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1764. - (162) Wm. Bowyer added to tithables.
- Page 408.--21st August, 1765. James McDowell's bond (with William Bowyer, Alex. McClenachan) as guardian (chosen) to Jno. Kirkham, orphan of Henry Kirkham.
- Page 526.--24th August, 1767. John Cowardin, sadler, to William Bowyer, merchant, £40, slaves and horses. Teste: Michael Bowyer, Chas. Cameron.
- Page 175.--16th November, 1768. John Bowyer's bond (with Saml. McDowell, James McDowell, William Bowyer, Michael Bowyer) as sheriff.
- Page 492.--10th April, 1769. Alex. Bohannon (Buchanan) and Isabella, of North Carolina, to Michael Bowyer, £200, the tract commonly known by the place whereon Valentine Sevier formerly lived, containing 400 acres, side of Daniel James' Branch, Absalom Hayworth's line. Teste: W. Bowyer, John Stewart, Thos. Brown, Christopher Graham.
- Page 274.--19th December, 1769. William Bowyer's bond (with Robert McClenachan, Alex. McClenachan, Michl. Bowyer, John Bowyer) as sheriff.
- Page 275.--19th December, 1769. William Bowyer's bond (with Robert McClenachan, Alex. McClenachan, Michl. Bowyer, John Bowyer), bond to collect quit rents.
- Page 71.--3d November, 1770. Stephen Loy to Michael and William Bowyer, £250, horses, cows, furniture, one blue rug, one desk and bookcase of walnut, six setting cheers, pewter plates and dishes, four copper sase pans, one coffy and one peper mill, three pus flatirons, three tea kittles, churns, 300 sides leather now in the tan vats, sundry doctor's medisens and other articles conveyed to Stephen by Dr. John Watkins by bill sale recorded. Delivered: Luke Bowyer, 31st August, 1771.
- Page 367.--19th March, 1771. William Bowyer's bond (with Michael Bowyer, Thomas Madison) as administrator of William Christian.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1771. - (295) William and Michael Bowyer, John and Alexr. McClenachan, Daniel Smith, Samuel McDowell, Arcbibald Huston and Alexr. Thomson qualified Vestrymen.
- Page 299.--17th January, 1775. John Christian's bond as sheriff (with William Bowyer, George Moffett, William Christian, Robert Christian).
- Page 392.--16th December, 1783. Wm. Bowyer's bond as sheriff.
- Page 448.--15th March, 1785. William Bowyer's, sheriff, bond to collect taxes.
- Page 403.--9th January, 1790. Organization of Staunton Fire Company. W. Bowyer, Michael Bowyer.
Information on Col. William Bowyer
From Annals of Augusta county, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871, by Joseph Addison Waddell, pg. 180:
- 3. William Bowyer was a merchant in Stauuton from 1766 to 1775, and probably longer. In 1772 he was a member of the vestry of Augusta parish, and a church warden in 1777. As Lieut. Colonel of militia, he commanded a body of men sent to reinforce General McIntosh on the Ohio river, in August, 1776. The Court Martial of the county, on April 15, 1779, fined him £10 for not attending a previous meeting. He was Lient. Colonel of Col. Sampson Mathews' regiment, in the expedition to lower Virginia, in 1781. He was Sheriff of Augusta in 1784. His first wife was a daughter of Israel Christian, by whom he had a daughter who married a Miller, ancestor of the late Fleming Bowyer Miller of Botetourt. His second wife was Margaret Ann, daughter of Thomas Lewis, and widow of John McClanahan, (son of the first Robert McClanahan.) A son of the second wife, William C. Bowyer, was a lawyer, and married a Miss Burwell. Col. William Bowyer lived at the place in Stauntou now known as Kalorama. He died intestate some time before 1808, and his step-son, John McClanahan, administered on his estate.
1. Col. William1 Bowyer was born 1734. Col. died 1805 at 71 years of ag
He married Margaret Ann Lewis. Margaret was born July 5, 1751. Margaret was the daughter of Thomas Lewis and Jane Strother. Margaret died Janurary, 1834 at 82 years of age.
Col. William Bowyer and Margaret Ann Lewis had the following children:
2 i. William C.2 Bowyer. He married Barwell.
3 ii. Strother Bowyer.
4 iii. Peter C. Bowyer.
5 iv. Melinda Bowyer.
6 v. Priscilla Bowyer. She married twice. She married Madison. She married Capt. John Miller. (See Capt. John Miller for the continuation of this line.)
7 vi. Mary Bowyer. She married Leonard Fleming.
+ 8 vii. Luke Henry Bowyer was born 1788.