Facts and Events
William Cowden was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
William Cowden's land (Borden Tract NE, 100 acres, 1742) 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.
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 123-26. 10-11 July 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County to William Cowdon of same. Lease and release ; for £6.0.2 current money. 200 acres 28 pole.. part of 92,100 acres by pattin (patent) 6 Nov. 1739... corner to Wm. Smith land... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: James Eakins, Samll. Dunlap, Robt. Dunlap. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 8].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 51.--15th March, 1775. James and William Cowdon, of Pittsylvania County, Va., to Thomas Steel, conveyed bv Borden to William Cowdon 11th July, 1742, and devised by William's will to James and William. Teste: Ch. Simins. Patrick Lockhart, John Todd, Jr., Geo. Rutledge.
Will of William Cowden
Will Extract from Chalkley's:
- Page 119.--17th January, 1748-9. William Cowden's will--Sons, James and William, plantation when they are sixteen; wife, Jane. Executors, James Eakin, Jno. Moore. Teste: Walter Eakin, Alex. Moore, Saml. Moore. Proved, 16th February, 1748, by Saml. and Alex. Moore.
- Page 177.--22d August, 1749. Wm. Cowden's appraisement by John Huston, Robert Dunlapp, Joseph Kennedy.
- In the name of God, Amen
- January the 17th of the Y 1748/9
- I William Cowden in the County of Augusta being sick and Weak in body but in perfect Mind and Memory thanks begiven to God therefore calling to Mind the Mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all Men once to die Do Make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul unto the hands of God that Gave it and as for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian Manner at discretion of Executors nothing doubting but at the General resurrection to receive it again by the Mighty power of God that gave it and as for such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give and dispose in the following manner
- First I order my Just and Lawful debts to be paid
- Imprimis I give to my Dearly beloved sons James and William the plantation which I possess at 16 years of age to be equally divided only I order my wife Jane her Maintenance out of it as long as she contains single or unmarried
- I order that the Moveables to be divided equally in three shares first to my beloved Wife Jean and likewise to my sons James & William and the Division to be made at the discretion of my Exs
- I order my Exs to see my Children schooled and I do hereby disannul and disallow and revoke all and every other former will and testament and Legacy and Executors by me in any ways before time named and confirm this and no other to be my last will and Testament As witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed & Sealed by the said William Cowden as his last Will and testament in the Presents of us:
- Walter Eakin
- Alexr Moore
- Saml Moore, James Eakin, John Moore, Executors
- (s) William Cowden
- At a Court continued and held for August County the 16th day of February 1748
- The Last will and Testament of Wm Cowden deced was presented into Court by James Aikins & John Moore the Exs therein named who made oath thereto according to Law and being proved by the oaths of Samuel and Alexander Moore two of the witnesses thereto who also made oath that they saw Walter Aikins sign the same as an Evidence the said will is admitted to record and on the Motion of the said Exs and their performing what is ___ in such Cases Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in Due form
Processioning List of 1748
- "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 16.--12th April, 1748: John Montgomery and Francis McCown: 18th January, processioned for Patrick Hays; 12th January, processioned for Samuel Dunlap, Pat Hays present; 12th January, processioned for Wm. Lockridge, Samuel Dunlap present; 18th January, processioned for James Archer, Richard Cousor present; 18th January, processioned for Wm. Mc Canless, Robt. Dunlapp present; Jno. Lowry, Robt. Dunlapp present; Robt. Dunlapp, Robert Lowry present; 14th January, processioned for Samuel Anderson, Wm. McCanless present; Geo. Henderson, Ro. Lowry present; Wm. Mitchell, Jas. Moore present; 15th January, processioned for Wm. Cowdon, Robert Bags present; Francis McCown, John Downy present; James Moore, Alexander Walker present; James Robinson, Jas. Walker present; 15th January, processioned for Alex. Walker, Jno. Walker present; 27th January, processioned for John Walker, James Walker present; processioned for James Walker, James Robinson present; processioned for Samuel McCutchen; processioned for James Shields; processioned for John Shields; processioned for Nathan Lusk; 28th January, processioned for Thomas Berry; processioned for Wm. Berry; processioned for James Trimble; processioned for James Martin; processioned for Joseph Coulton; processioned for Robert Coulton.
Records of William Cowden in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 27, 1750. - (531) David Evans summoned for not providing for his children in a decent and Christianlike manner. (531) Jennet Cowdon--same. (Note: Jennet Cowden is most likely the wife of William Cowden, who had died in 1748).
- Page 280.--28th May. 1751. Borden, etc., to Mathew Edmiston, 238 acres, tract surveyed for John Allen and for Wm. Smith; corner Wm. Cowdon.
- Page 650.--20th June, 1764. Mathew ( ) Edmiston and Margret to Samuel Patterson, £55, 238 acres in Borden's tract, and conveyed to Mathew, 28th May, 1751; corner tract surveyed for William Smith; corner Wm. Cowden's land. Teste: Pat. Martin, James McCleerey, Jno. Mophet.