Facts and Events
William Cunningham was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- William Cunningham received a patent for "90 acres on head of Moffett's Branch" on 12th February 1755, (as listed in the disposition below).
- William Cunningham received a patent for 350 acres "on Thorny Branch of North River of Shanandoah, corner Benj. Copeland's land, John Crosby's land" on 10th August 1759, (as listed in the disposition below).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 207.--19th November, 1755. Wm. Cunningham and Gennet ( ) to Chas. Killpatrick, £14, 90 acres on head of Moffett's Branch, patented to William 12th February, 1755. Teste: John Davis, James Hogshead, John Malkem. Delivered: James Lockhart, 17th May, 1757. (Note: Charles Kilpatrick was the father-in-law of William Cunningham).
- Page 510.--22d August, 1767. William Cunningham and Jane to Ralph Lofftus, £90, 350 acres patented to William, 10th August, 1759, on Thorny Branch of North River of Shanandoah, corner Benj. Copeland's land, John Crosby's land. Teste: Edward Erwin, John Cozbe.
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 William Cunningham in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 602.--17th May, 1764. John Cunningham and Margret to Patrick Cunningham, his son, £20, 230 acres on Thorny Branch; corner William Cunningham's land. Teste: Daniel Kidd, John King, George Anderson. Delivered: Edward Erwin, Jr., May, 1767. (Note: relationship to John and Patrick Cunningham is not stated, needs research).
- Page 603.--17th May, 1764. John Cunningham to son Patrick, bill sale personalty, consideration of a competent and reasonable maintenance for me and my wife Margret during life if we shall have necessity for the same Delivered: Edward Erwin, Jr., May, 1767. Teste: William Cunningham
- Page 498.--19th August, 1766. Patrick Cunningham to Edward Erwin, £80, 230 acres on Thorney Branch; corner William Cunningham's land. Delivered: Edward Erwin, Jr., May, 1767.
- Survey for Alexander Kilpatrick, 120 acres, branch of Middle River, including a tract of 90 acres granted to William Cunningham by patent 1755 and conveyed by Charles Kilpatrick Decd. 7 Jul 1771. (Abstract of Land Grant Surveys 1761-1791, Kaylor)
- Page 379.--19th November, 1776. Alexander Kilpatrick and Mary to Geo. Moffett, 90 acres patented to William Cunningham 12th February, 1755; 30 acres patented 1st August, 1772.
- Page 449.-(abt. March 1777) - 170 acres on Thorny Branch joining the plantation whereon Thomas Waddle now (18th March, 1777) lives, formerly possessed by Banj. Copeland and the Plantation of Ralph Lofftus, formerly possessed by William Cunningham. Teste: James Curry, Jr.
- Page 260.--12th February, 1778. Ralph Lofftus and Sarah to Adam and John Stephenson and Samuel Anderson. Patented to William Cunningham, 10th August, 1759, on Thorny Branch. Delivered: John Bing, August, 1778. Teste: Thomas, Joseph and James Waddle.