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William Youell
b.Abt. 1734 Scotland
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Name William Youell
Alt Name William Youel
Gender Male
Birth? Abt. 1734 Scotland
Marriage Abt. 1773 Augusta County, Virginiato Elizabeth Nelson
Death? 1834 Prob. Rockbridge County, Virginia

William Youell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

From Annals of Bath County, Virginia, by Oren F. Morton:


  • William Youell settled on the Calfpasture about 1771. [Annals of Bath County, Virginia by Oren F. Morton].


Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 227.--20th February, 1786. John Wright and Margaret to William Yool, of Rockbridge. Teste: Robert Campbell, Thos. Hughart, Alex. Wright.

Records of William Youell in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Page 209.--Patent to James Campbell, 16th March, 1771. Teste: Thomas Hughart, William Yooll, Thomas Kinkead.
  • Page 164.- (undated, appears to be abt. 1779)- Teste: William Youl, Thomas ( ) Hinds.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1787--January 3, John Bell and William Yoall, surety. John Bell and Rebecca Graham, daughter of Elizabeth Graham (consent). Teste: Wm. Yoall, Robert McDowell. (Date of bond January 3, 1786; date of certificate, January 3, 1787.)
  • Page 181.--12th March, 1793. William Lockridge's will--To wife, Agness; to son-in-law, John Eakin; to daughter, Elizabeth Eakin; to sons, William, John; to daughter, Eleanor Cunningham; to William Lockridge, son of John Lockridge; to son, Samuel, home plantation. Teste: John Montgomery, Wm. Youel, James Guy, Samuel Neil. Proved, September Court, 1795, by the affirmation of John Montgomery and William Youell. Samuel Lockridge qualifies.
  • Vol. 2 - 1797---March 20, Andrew Lockridge and Wm. Youel surety. Andrew Lockridge and Christena Yeoal, daughter of Wm. Yeoal above.
  • Page 289.--15th June, 1797. John Hodge's will--To wife, Jane, and children; to sons, James and William; to daughter, Sarah Hodge; to daughter, Margaret; to son, Andrew; son, John H. Hodge; to each of daughters, Martha, and Elizabeth Mucklewains; to daughter, Jane Hodge| Executors, wife Jane, brother James Hodge, William Youll. Teste: Thomas Hughart, Samuel Lockridge, Jno. Montgomery. Proved, 19th September, 1797, by Hughart and Lockridge. Jane and James qualified.
  • Vol. 2 - SEPTEMBER, 1802 (H to Z). - Hughart vs. Adams--Road appeal from Augusta. On 20th February, 1798, following inhabitants of ye Great Calf Pasture, petitioned to change the river road: Thomas Hughart, John Montgomery, Archibald Kinkead, James Gwinn, Jacob Peck, Thomas Kinkead, William Kinkead, Joseph Gwinn, Thomas Gwinn, James Fulton, William Moore, Samuel Black, Peter Simpson, William Yeuel, Samuel Neil, William Steele, Thomas Philips, Adam Hickle.

Information on William Youell

From Genforum.com post:


William Youell was born in Scotland in 1734. He came to Virginia in 1771, or a few years earlier. When the cause of independence was being threatened by British advances through Carolina, the Gilmore Rifles, a Virginia militia company, was rushed to Cowpens, now South Carolina, and played a part in the American victory there. William Youel was slightly wounded.

After his military service, he expanded his land holdings in Rockbrige County. In 1784, he was one of the founders of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church, which is still in existence near Craigsville (VA). He participated in the movement opposing an established church in Virginia, efforts which resulted in the adoption of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom as drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

William Youel died in 1834 at the age of 100 and was buried in the family cemetary which is near the house he built in 1819 and in which he lived furing the last years of his life.

Ownership of the large property owned by William Youel, stretching across the valley of the Little Cowpasture, from mountain ridge to mountain ridge, was left to his son, James George Wilson Youel. Other sons, John and William Nelson Youel moved west about 1830. Some of the daughters remained in Virginia, others joined those who crossed the mountains for the fertile and undeveloped lands of Ohio and Indiana.


Other Youell Records in Augusta County

  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1768 (B). - Yuille vs. Parrish (George Parish).--1759, March 3. Cumberland S__. Sworn to by Thomas Yuille, 22d February, 1762. (Signed) Wade Nethenland. (See if he can be got at Bedford.)