Facts and Events
William Kennedy was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 549.--18th March, 1755. Joseph Kennedy to his son Wm. Kennedy, 402 acres purchased by Joseph from James Trimble, farmer, and by James from Borden on Moffett's Creek in Borden's tract; corner John Fulton; corner Alexander Logan; corner Wm. Berry.
- Page 422.--4th July, 1760. Joseph ( ) Kennedey to Wm. Kennedey, £100, 414 acres in Borden's tract; cor. Andrew Steel, crossing the Mill Creek; cor. Andrew Duncan. Delivered: Jno. Handley by your order.
- Page 586.--15th May, 1764. John Park and Rebecka to William Kennedy, £100, 143 acres on Mary's Creek. Teste: William Crow, John Thompson, John Stewart.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 244.--19th May, 1761. William Kennedy and Martha to William Clarke, £120, 402 acres of Borden's large tract, on Moffet's Creek; cor. William Fulton (except two acres sold to William Adams). Teste: Hugh Wardlaw, Ro. Lusk. Delivered: Robert Clarke, March, 1763.
- Page 300.--28th December, 1788. William Kennedy, of Washington County, to Daniel Miller, of Rockbridge (Samuel Miller in body of deed). Delivered to Mary Martin, formerly widow of grantee, 16th October, 1811. (Note: if this record is for this Kennedy, it appears he had migrated to Washington County, VA by 1788).
Processioning List of 1767
- "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 428.--Processioners appointed, viz: Hugh Crockett and Isaac Taylor, from head of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. Edward Carvin and Nathaniel Evans, from Fort Lewis down on Waters of Roanoke. Thomas McFerran, James Moore, Jr., James Alcorn, Wm. Rolands, on waters of Cuttawba and James River on South Side. James Simpson, John Maxwell, John Mitchell, Jonathan Whitley, between Buffelow and James River. Joseph Lapsley, Wm. Hall, Wm. Paxton, Saml. McClure, John Gilmer, Jonathan Cunningham, between Buffelow and North River to the North Mountain. John Lyle, David Gray, Wm. Caruthers, John Paul, from North River to Beveriey's Line on South Side of Burden's land road that leads to John Paxton's. William Kennady, Robt. Steel, Archibald Reach, William Reach, John Thompson (James's son), Henry McClung, from North River to Beverley's Line between the Great Road to the Court House by Cap. McDowell's and to North Mountain. William McFeeters, Jr., George Berry, James Sawyers, Jr., William Bell, Jr., from Burden's line to the Road that goes from Staunton to Jenning's Gap on the North Side of Kennady's Road.
Records of William Kennedy in Augusta County, VA
- Page 331.--21st August, 1754. Joseph Kennedy (his mark), Gent., and Elizabeth, to Samuel Buchanan, James Walker, Robert Reagh, John Logan, Alexander Miller and William Kennedy, trustees appointed and chosen by the Presbyterian Congregation of New Providence in Augusta County for and on behalf of themselves and the rest of the said Congregation and their successors adherents to the Squad of New York of the other part. Consideration: The sincere regard, good will and affectionate love which he beareth unto the said Congregation, and with an eye to encourage the worshipers of the most Blessed and Glorious Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is God over all, and Blessed forever, Amen; and for and in consideration of the sum of six pence sterling; for public use and benefit of the said Congregation for a Presbyterian Meeting House to worship Almighty God in and for a burying place and graveyard to them and such as shall hereafter joyn with them the said Congregation of New Providence a certain moiety piece or parcel of land whereon the said Congregation hath already began to prepare and build a meeting house containing 3 A., 1 R., 27 P., on west side Moffet's Creek in Borden's tract; said Kennedy's and Francis McCown's line being a line of land now in possession of Andrew Duncan. Delivered to Samuel Buchanan, 21st June, 1758.
- Page 40.--16th August. 1758. John Fulton, farmer, and Mary, to Wm. Fulton, £40, 200 acres in Borden's tract, Thomas Beard's line, on Moffet's Creek; Wm. Kennedy's corner. Teste: Hugh Fulton.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1759. - (319) Sarah, relict of James Armstrong, summoned to show cause against James's nuncupative will. John Spear and Robert Stuart, added to tithables. David Moore and George Moffett, qualified Captains of Militia. Wm. Canady, qualified Lieut. of Militia. Thomas Gardner and James Cowder, qualified Ensigns of Militia.
- Page 143.--17th November, 1761. Joseph ( ) Kennedy to James Wardlaw, £100, 236 acres in Borden's tract, crossing Andrew Duncan's mill dam. George Henderson's land. Teste. Wm., James, Andrew Kennedy, Hugh Wardlaw. Delivered to Andrew Wardlaw, son of James, 2d February, 1791.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1762 (A). - Wm. Kennedy vs. Joseph Kennedy and Borden's Executors.--In 1741 Ro. Galloway bought land of Borden, but Borden died before making deed--430 acres, Moffett's Creek. Galloway lived upon and improved the land until 12 or 13 years ago, when he sold to orator's father, Joseph Kennedy. Joseph lived on the land until 1760, when Joseph sold to William in consideration that William will pay so much, and also educate and bring up his four infant sisters. William entered, took care of his sisters, repaired the fulling mill, to do which he had to sell his own place. Writ: Feb. 25, 1759 (8?). Bill for deed from Borden.
- Page 206.--26th March, 1763. Alexander Logan and Rachel ( ) to James Kenedy, £35, 237 acres in Borden's tract, Capt. Kenedy's Mill Creek; corner McNuts land; William Berry's line; William Kennedy's corner; John Fulton's line; to Thos. Baird, to Thomas Loggan, John Logan's line. Teste: Wm. Alexander, Hugh Wardlaw, Arthur Graham, William Kenedy. Proved by Archibald Grymes.
- Page 620.--17th November, 1763. William Adims (Adams) to George Jemison, £50, 336 acres in Borden's tract on Moffet's Creek; David Hays' line. James Trimble's'line. Teste: Wm. McCutchan, Wm. Kennedy. Samuel Steel. Jno. Handly, Andrew Kennady, Wm. Edmiston. Delivered: George Jamison, 17th January, 1787.
- Page 318.--21st March, 1764. Thos. James' appraisement (by Jno. Logan, Wm. Kennedy, Saml. Steel). Recorded.
- Page 404.--15th June, 1765. Thomas Jones' estate appraised, by Jno. Logan, Wm. Kennedy, Saml. Steel.
- Page 475.--15th October, 1765. Joseph ( ) Cannady (Kennedy) to James Wardlaw, £100, 231 acres in Borden's tract; corner Hugh Wardlaw. Teste: David Moore, John Parks, William ( ) McCandls, William Kennedy. Delivered: James Wardlaw, November, 1793.
- Page 225.--17th March, 1767. James ( ) Hays and Agness ( ) to John Lusk, £90, 100 acres on the Mary or South River of James River; corner Borden's great tract. Teste: William Scott, William Kennady, Malcom Allen. Delivered: Jno. Lyle, May Court, 1778.
- Page 428.-- (1767) Processioners appointed, viz: Hugh Crockett and Isaac Taylor, from head of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. Edward Carvin and Nathaniel Evans, from Fort Lewis down on Waters of Roanoke. Thomas McFerran, James Moore, Jr., James Alcorn, Wm. Rolands, on waters of Cuttawba and James River on South Side. James Simpson, John Maxwell, John Mitchell,Jonathan Whitley, between Buffelow and James River. Joseph Lapsley, Wm. Hall, Wm. Paxton, Saml. McClure, John Gilmer, Jonathan Cunningham, between Buffelow and North River to the North Mountain. John Lyle, David Gray, Wm. Caruthers, John Paul, from North River to Beveriey's Line on South Side of Burden's land road that leads to John Paxton's. William Kennady, Robt. Steel, Archibald Reach, William Reach, John Thompson (James's son), Henry McClung, from North River to Beverley's Line between the Great Road to the Court House by Cap. McDowell's and to North Mountain. William McFeeters, Jr., George Berry, James Sawyers, Jr., William Bell, Jr., from Burden's line to the Road that goes from Staunton to Jenning's Gap on the North Side of Kennady's Road.
- Page 257.--15th May, 1769. Thomas Beard's will--To wife, all cleared land where house stands to clear land for turnips where they last grew; to daughter Fane; to daughter Jane; to wife, his elbow chair, negroe boy; to son Hugh, cleared land; to grandson Thomas, son of Hugh, 170 acres lying next John Montgomery's Thomas Hill; to grandchildren, viz: Thomas Alexander, Thomas (page 259) Beard (William's son), Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Dunlap, £10 each; to Robert Ramsey's children (testator's grandchildren), £12.10.0.; to son William; to daughters Ester Alexander, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mary Dunlap; to grandchildren Ann Alexander, Martha Mitchell. (Frequent provision for such issue in case daughter Jane have issue.) Executors, James Mitchell, Thos. Hill. Teste: John, James, Andrew Eakin. Proved, 18th October, 1769, by John and James Eakin. Executors qualify, with William Alexander, Wm. Kennedy, Hugh Beard.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 28, 1771. (208) William Kennedy, returned no inhabitant.
- Page 481.--4th June, 1775. Robert Campbell's will, farmer--To wife, Sarah, executrix, 390 acres home plantation; Hugh Fulton, son-in-law, executor; to daughter, Mary Richey, daughter Martha Kennedy; to daughter, Sarah Fulton; to Rebecca Crawford, daughter of James Crawford and Isabella Crawford, daughter of testator; to Isabella Crawford, daughter to George and Isabella above; to James Crawford's second wife, 5 shillings to be paid each by Isabella and Rebecca when they come of age; to daughter, Mary Richey, Wm. Kennady, and Hugh Fulton. (Date at end is 4th July, 1775.) Teste: Pat. Buchanan, James Ewing, James Burnsides, Mathew Wilson. Proved, 18th March, 1777, by Buchanan and Wilson. Executors qualified. (Note: this record proves William Kennedy's wife as Martha Campbell, Robert Campbell's daughter).
- Page 238.--15th October, 1790. Edward Hall's will--To wife, Eleanor; to son, Alexander; to son, Benjamin; to children, viz: Isaac Hall, Sarah Fulton, Thomas Hall, Elizabeth Fulton, already provided for; to son, John. Executors, friends Benj. Stuart, Andrew Fulton, Archibald Stuart. Teste: Archibald Stuart, Wm Kenedy, Alex. Stewart, Eleanor Stuart, Elizabeth Stuart. Proved, 20th September, 1796, by Alex. Stuart and Wm. Kennedy.
- Vol. 2 - Page ___--William Kennedy deposes, ditto (18th April, in Washington County, 1806). He first became acquainted with the land about 40 years ago, hunting deer over it; resided in Borden's grant 30 years; he was 72 or 73 on 15th of last March. Samuel Edmonston deposes, ditto. He lived on the land from time he was a very small boy until he was 25 years old. He came on the land with his father's family and his brother William. Edmiston says they were living on the land 1740-1745. Deponent will be 68 years old 3d of next May. (Note: this record establishes William Kennedy's birthdate as either 15 March, 1733 or 1734)
- Vol. 2 - Page ___--- William Kennedy deposes, 18th October, 1806, in Washington County, he knew the land when Patterson lived on it, during Borden's, senior, lifetime. Deponent was acquainted with the land when a small boy. He is 73 years old last March. (Note: this record clearly establishes William Kennedy's birthdate as in March, 1733)
- Page 230.--1st January, 1817. James Moffett's will--To sister Astin's two children, Evalina and John (Askin), both infants; to wife, Rachel; to Alexander McCrea, son of my wife's sister, Mary McCrea. Executors, William Kenneday, of Rockbridge, Jno. Astin, of Greenville. Teste: James and David Hamilton, Walter Herron. Proved, 27th January, 1817. Executors qualify.