Facts and Events
William Warden was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants:
- G-534: William Warden of Augusta County, 400 acres in said County. Surv. Mr. George Washington. On Lost River of Caecapehon; across Brown Loaf Mt. 4 June 1750. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 50]. (Note: the "Lost River of Cacapon" is a tributary of the Potomac River).
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 26.—14th December, 1750. William McBride's will, laborer—Wife, Sarah; son, Francis. Executors, son Francis and Joseph How. Grandchildren, Margaret and Sarah McBride, 1 plantation between Francis McBride and the Bigg Cow Run on Capecappen in Augusta County. Teste: William Warden, Mary McBride, Ann Dunbarr. Proved, 21st March, 1754, by Mary and Ann. Joseph How refuses to execute and Francis McBride qualifies, with sureties Jacob Gum and James Thomas. Francis' mark.
Information on William Warden
From "Biennial Report of the Department of Archives and History of the State of West Virginia", 1906:
(22) Fort Warden. - A small stockade fort in the vicinity of the present town of Wardensville, in Capon District, Hardy County. Here on the 11th of November, 1749, George Washington surveyed for William Warden, the builder of the fort, "a certain tract of waste and ungranted land." Here too, in 1758, William Warden and a Mr. Taff were killed by Indians, who burned the fort. [Sources.—Toner's Edition of "Washington's Journal of My Journey over the Mountains, 1747-8," p. 87; Kercheval's "History of the Valley," p. 115; DeHass' "History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia," p. 204].
From "Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and their Descendants", Cartmell, pg. 75:
There were two forts on Lost River, one on the land afterwards owned by Jeremiah Inskeep called "Riddles Fort" where a man name Chester was killed; the other was Warden's Fort, where William Warden and a Mr. Taft were killed and the fort burned. So it appears the little forts were not always an assurance of safety. In 1756 the Indians made a brutal attack upon a party of harvesters near Petersburg, West Virginia, when Jonathan Welton, and a man named Delay were killed after a desperate encounter. Jobe Welton received a fearful wound from a tomahawk, severing several ribs. He was left as dead, but later reached the little fort. Three of the whites were butchered; a Mr. Kuykendall escaped by remaining in the camp. In 1758, a band of Indians surprised Fort Seybert, located near the site of Franklin in Pendleton County. The bloodthirsty Killbuck was the Chief; he demanded surrender. Seybert, after a parley with the savage, agreed to surrender on terms that all would be spared. The savages violated every promise, and murdered all except a young man named James Dyer, who made a miraculous escape, and returned to live on South Fork, where the writer saw some of his descendants several years since.