Facts and Events
William Skillern was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
William Skillern's (Beverley Manor NE, 635 acres) 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 266-69 [page 265 blank]. 24-25 Sept. 1741. William Beverley, Esq., of Essex County to William Skillirn of Orange County. Lease and release; for £20 current money. 635 acres on the west side the blue ridge of mountains, part of Beverley Mannor... upper side a drauft of the Long Meadow as makes up to Turks Mideis drauft... lines of the grant of Beverley Mannor... James Car's line... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: Zach. Taylor, John Lewis, John Smith. 25 Sept. 1741. Acknowledged by Wm. Beverley, Esq. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 6, Dorman, pg. 33].
Land Acquisition from Chalkley's:
- Patent by Gooch, 30th August, 1743, to Wm. Skillern, 343 acres on Linvill's Creek on both sides the Irish Road, Daniel Harrison's path. [McWilliams vs. Hollingshead, Chalkley's Vol. 2].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 94.--21st November, 1761. William Skillern to James Anderson, £60, 100 acres on Long Meadow; cor. to Wm. Skillern, Carr's line. Delivered: Benj. Tudor, March, 1768.
- Page 96.--19th November, 1761. James Anderson and Elizabeth ( ) formerly Elizabeth Skilleron, widow of Wm. Skilleron, to George and William Skilleron, sons and devisees of said William Skilleron: 1. A tract on Linvel's Creek, 343 acres; 2. A tract on Long Meadow, 635 acres; £__, 20 shillings; except 100 acres of second tract bounded viz: cor. Wm. Skilleron, Care's line.
- Page 706.--21st June, 1764. George and William Skillem to Walter Crow, £__, 343 acres patented to William Skillem, deceased, 30th August, 1743, and devised by William that his sons, George and William, should dispose of same on head of a draft of Linville's Creek on Daniel Harrison's road. Teste: James Hughes. James Huston, Robt. Russell. Delivered: Walter Crow. October, 1766. Acknowledged by George.
Will of William Skillern
From Orange County Virginia Records:
- Pages 63A-64. Will of William Skillern, dated 16 Jan. 1744 [at beginning]; at and dated 18th 1745, sic].
- To my eldest son George 335 ackers of this tract that I now live on, of the end next to Gabriel Alexander's line.
- To my son William 300 ackers whereon I now live on joyning James Carr.
- 347 ackers lying at linnroells [prob. Linville's] Creek to them both equally divided.
- If my wife intends to have the third of my land after my death, she should have the 347 ackers, and at her death to return to my son George and William.
- My three daughters Isable and Elizabeth [sic] ₤10 apiece. If any dies without heir to fall to them that is alive of the sisters and if they all die without heirs to my son George and William.
- As to cattle, mears and horses, I allow that my wife and children may have of what they now claim and the remainder by equally divided between them. The bigg horse to be sold, two young breeding mears bought for his price, on to George and one to William. All their horses and mears shall be obliged upon all occasion to work the plantation.
- My wife shall have the whole rule and command of all as she formerly had untill she marry and then she is to withdraw and have no further concerns in this estate but if she inclines never to marry, whichever of her sons she inclines to live with is obliged to maintain her as he lives himself, still minding to school and cloath her children while she is over them.
- There is a nigger boy that is to be got from Cornhill (prob. Col). Willm. Randle of Tookaho which I order shall work for the good of the family till my eldest children come of age. At my wife's death to be equally divided betwixt George and William.
- Cornill (s/b. Col) James Patton and Captain Peter Jefferson, Capt. Thomas Minersathers and Thomas Skillern, executors.
- (signed) William Skillirn
- Wit: Robert Black, Robert Black.
- 22 Aug. 1745. Presented by James Patton, Gent. Proved by Robert Black Senr. and Robert Black Junr. Executor granted probate with Samuel Gay his security. Elizabeth the wife of said Skillirn declared that she would not accept any legacy and did renounce all benefit. Ordered that the Sheriff summon George Skillirn the heir at law to shew if he will contest the proof. [Orange County Virginia Will Book 2, Dorman, pg. 11].
- Pages 119-20. Mr. Wm. Skillion [Skillon], Inventory. Total valuation £54.12.4. (signed) James Ker, John Davidson, John Christian. 27 Aug. 1747. Returned [Orange County Virginia Will Book 2, Dorman, pg. 23].
From Chalkley's Augusta County, VA Court Judgements:
- Page 33.--18th February, 1746. Elizabeth Skileren qualifies administratrix of her husband, Wm. Skileren, with sureties Robert Black, Jno. Miller. Recorded, 18th March, 1746.
- Will Book 1, page 34 - - William Skillern made a will dated 6th January 1744-5, wherein he appointed executors, viz: James Patton, Peter Jefferson, Thomas Meriwether, Thomas Skilson. James Patton proved the will, but did not qualify, and now Elizabeth qualifies as above. Teste: Jno. Christian, Ro. Campbell, Geo. Robinson, Jno. Buchanan, Jno. Willson, Jno. Buchanan.
- Vol. 1 - 1748. - Robert Black, Sr., and Robert Black, Jr., bond for affiance of Elizabeth Anderson, formerly the widow Skilran, 27th January, 1747/8.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1749 (A). James Patton, qui tam, vs. Rev. John Hindman.--In 1747 defendant married James Anderson (alias Ute Perkins) and Elizabeth Skeleron, widow and relict of William Skeleron, late of Augusta, without license.
Information on William Skillern
William and Elizabeth Skillern
The family of William and Elizabeth Skillern was complete with two boys and two girls when they came to America. The entire family was registered in the Orange County, Order Book II, p. 209, on 24 July 1740. The children's names are listed as: George, William, Josebell and Sareh.
William, Sr. apparently died as a young man because we see in Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, by Chalkley, these entries on pages 33 and 34:
Curators appointed for estate of Wm. Skillern and for his orphan children. 3/17/1747/48
John Miller and Robt. Black to take the estate of Wm. Skillern, heretofore committed to James Patton, and sell same for the use of Skillern's orphan children. 5/20/1752
Elizabeth Skillern, the widow of William, remarried a man named James Anderson, also known as Ute (and Utis) Perkins. This marriage was not recognized by Virginia's English government as seen in the following entry on page 302 of Chalkley's Chronicles:
James Patton, qui tam vs. Rev. John Hindman
In 1747 defendant married James Anderson (alias Ute Perkins) and Eliz. Skileron, widow and relict of William Skelleron, late of Augusta, without license.
This James Anderson was a blacksmith, and not a man of the same calibre as William Skillern. There are several entries in Chalkley's Chronicles concerning the lawsuit of William Robertson against James Anderson. Robertson claimed that Anderson poisoned his hogs and fowls with ratsbane, and in 1768 James Anderson was indicted for this.