Facts and Events
William Pickens was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
- Page 223.--Patent (# of acres not listed) to William Pickens (wife Ann), 20th September, 1748. (Note: based upon other records listed below, William Pickens' land was located at Cedar Creek, North Branch of the Shenandoah River, adjoining the land of James Claypool. This record appeared in Augusta County Court records between March-November, 1773, when his wife was Ann Oliver. In 1748, when William Pickens received his patent, he was still married to Elizabeth Kerr).
Processioning List of 1755, 1760 & 1768
- "Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:
- Page 150.--1755: Thos. Moore and David Robson processioned as follows, viz: For Adam Reader, present Arnold Custard, Alex. Painter; for Adam Burd; for Nicholas Cane, present his son, Daniel Cane; for John Miller; for Wm. Pickins; for Jno. Porting; for Wm. Caslberry; for Wm. Hopkins, present Thos. Shanklin; for Francis Green; for Thomas Gordon; for James Beggs, present Uriah Humble; for Jacob Bare; for Jacob Trumbo, present Amrode Lamb; for Rees Thomas, present Jno. Thomas; for John Bare; for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hieghl; for David Robson.
- Page 283.--1760: Processioned by Abraham Bird, David Robinson, viz: For Jacob Trumbow, for John Miller, for Joseph Dicktum, for Uriah Humble, for Jacob Bare, for Conrad Lamb, for Abraham Bird, for Adam Rieder, for Mathias Rieder, for Alex. Painter, for John Bare, for James Baggs, for John Phillips, for Alex. Buchanan, for Daniel Davison, for Jacob Woodley, for Thomas Logan, for Zebulon Harrison, for John Harrison, for John Harrison, Jr., for John Davison, for Michael Weron, for Thomas Moore, for Francis Hughes, for Jonathan Hodges, for Andrew Bird, for Thomas Milsaps, for William McGee, for John Blizard, for Jacob Rambow, for David Robinson, for Martin Shumaker, for Charles Dayley, for Francis McBride, for John McDaniel, for John Bryant, for Macoy _____, for Robert Cravens, for George Spence, for John Miller, for Wm. Pickins, for Isaac Robinson, for John Capter.
- Page 446.--1767-68: Processioned by Cornelius Ruddle, David Robeson: For Thomas Bryan, for John Linkhorn, for Robert Belshee, for Wm. Dunlap, for John Miller, for Wm. Pickens; for Mathias Leer, Jos. Leer present; for Tunish Vanpeter, for Abraham Miller, for George Speare, for Skid Muncy's land, for Cornelius Ruddle, for Thomas Moore, for David Robinson.
Records of William Pickens in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - August 22, 1746. - (88) Ewell vs. Briant--Verdict, "we find for defendant." Atty. filed errors in arrest of judgment--referred to next Court. William Pickins, witness in above suit.
- Vol. 2 - 1749, October 23d--James Claypool, 200, on Cedar Branch, joining Wm. Picken's survey. (Note: provides location of William Pickens' land).
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1753 (B). - Robert Hook and Robert Scot, executors of Samuel Scot, vs. William Picken and Ann, his wife.--Ann, his wife, late Ann Scot. Bond dated 1752. (Note: record proves William Pickens had married Ann, widow of Samuel Scott prior to 1753).
- Page 422.--1st December, 1756. John Scot to Jno. Pickin, mortgage of 400 acres adjoining Cub Run. Col. Woods on one side and James Buseter on the other, £37.15 secured. Teste: Arnold Kuster ( ), Wm. ( ) Pickin, Uriah Humble.
- Page 208.--18th February, 1760. Thomas ( ) Shanklin and Eleanor ( ) to John Shanklin, their son, £10, 220 acres on a branch of Muddy Creek, a branch of North River of Shanandoe, part of 400 acres where Thomas now lives; cor. Green's land. Teste: Robert Shanklin, William ( ) Pickens. Delivered: Thomas Shanklin, 27th August, 1763.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1761. - Scot vs. Scot.--Jane Scot, an infant, by Daniel Smith, her guardian, daughter of Samuel Scot, of Augusta, deceased, in 1749. Jane had a sister and brother. The widow Scot intermarried with William Pickins. Jane's oldest sister was Mary.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 18, 1762. - (214) Saml. Scot, orphan of Saml. Scot--Wm. Pickens, guardian.
- Page 245.--18th May, 1762. William Pickins' ( ) bond (with John Miller, Andrew Bird) as guardian'(appointed) to Samuel Scot, orphan of Samuel Scot.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1765 (B) - PETITION. - To the Worshipful Court of Augusta County:
- We, your humble petitioners, pray that your worships would be pleased to grant a road to be cleared from Adam Reader's Mines to Isaac Robertson's, from thence to Widow Wright's Mill, from thence to Thomas Harrison's, on the great road to the Court House, which will be the covenants' road to travel either north or south, to mill or to market. May ye second day, year 1767. Your favor will oblige your humble petitioners. (Signed) Thos. Pickins, James Van Pelt, Lydia Wright, Jacob Gum, Leonard Herring, Wm. Dunlop, Wm. Blear, Francis Munsey, John Jackson, Adam Kinder, Isaac Robertson, John Chrisman, Wm. Munsey, Jacob Gum, Jr., John Black, Robert Kearr, Scidmore Munsey, Wm. Pickins, David Robertson, Mathias Kinder, James Wright, Timothy Warren, Robert Bellshe, John White, Thomas Harrison, Jacob Miller, Alexander Peanter, James Thomas, Henry Maze.