Person:Alexander McNutt (7)

Col. Alexander McNutt, British Army
m. bef. 1725
  1. Col. Alexander McNutt, British Army1725 - 1811
  2. John 'Scotch Johnny' McNuttABT 1725 - 1781
  3. James McNuttbef 1733 - 1811
  4. Benjamin McNuttBEF 1735 - 1798
  • HCol. Alexander McNutt, British Army1725 - 1811
  • WSarah McCutcheonAbt 1742 -
Facts and Events
Name Col. Alexander McNutt, British Army
Gender Male
Birth? 1725 Northern Ireland
Death? 1811 Rockbridge County, Virginia
Reference Number? Q4719632?

Alexander McNutt was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Alexander McNutt/Nutt's land (Borden Tract SW, 301 acres, 1753) 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. Note that land of James McNutt (Borden Tract SW, 185 acres, 1753), Alexander's brother, is adjoining this tract of land to the Southeast.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 169.--12th January, 1753. Borden, etc., to Alexander McNutt, eldest son and heir-at-law of Alexander McNutt, deceased; Kennedy's Mill Creek of James River, 301 acres. Teste: Saml. Dunlop, John Brownlee, Ro. Ramsey, Wm. Lusk.
  • Page 405.--15th August, 1753. Same (County Court, by Lewis (and) McClenachan) to to Alexander McNutt. 1753, same as above (By order County Court, 28th November, 1751), lot No. 10 (in Staunton). When prison stands on lot 1. Teste: George Crawford. Livery by a logg of the house.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 64.--11th August, 1765. James Kennedy and Alex. McNutt to Robert McNutt, £37, 158 acres, 2 roods woodland ground (viz., 118 acres. 2 roods, bought of said James Kennedy and 140 acres bought of said Alex. McNutt), in Borden's tract, on Kennedy's Mill Creek; corner Alex. McNutt, James Berry's line; Wm. Berry's line, corner Wm. Clarke, Wm. Fulton's line. Delivered: Robert McNutt, 17th October, 1774.
  • Page 85.—26th February 1771. Alexander McNutt and Sarah to James McNutt. Teste: Arthur Campbell, Robert McNutt.

Processioning List of 1760

"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 276.--1760: Processioned in Capt. Moore's Company by John Stephson, Nathaniel Evins: For Nathaniel Evins, for Wm. McCreerey, for Thos. Willson, for John Stevenson, for John McClung, for Wm. McClung, for Alex. Moore, for Adam Reed, for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Paris, for Thomas Bard, for John Cunningham, for Mathew Huston, for John Mountgumery, for Wm. Moore, for Wm. Lockridge, for Thomas Boyd, for John Boyd, for Thomas Hill, for Robert Ware (Wire), for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Beard, for Wm. Wardlaw, for Andrew Steel, for James Steel, for Joseph Kennedy, for John Lowry, for Samuel Huston, for James Eakins, for John Hanly, for John Logan, for Alex. Logan, for Alex. McNutt, for James McNutt, for John Rosman, for Andrew Dunkin, for John Wardlaw, for Wm. McCanless, for James Cowdan, for John Moore.

Records of Alexander McNutt in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 526.--19th March, 1755. John Logan, farmer, to Alexander Logan, his son paternal love, &c., and £10, 237 acres in Borden's tract on Capt. Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek of James River; corner McNutt s land; Wm. Berry's line; corner Capt. Joseph Kennedy; Thomas Baird's corner. Livery, &c. Delivered: Alexander McNut, September, 1765.
  • Vol. 2 - Fee Books of Augusta Court - 1756 - page 118, John Stevenson, near North River above B. L.; Patrick Downing, sent to Caroline; Alexander McNut, sent to Caroline.
  • Page 242.--21st June, 1763 . Thomas Berry and Esther to James Berry, son of Thomas, £25, 168 acres purchased by Thomas from Arthur Kenedy on Capt. Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek, in Burden's tract; corner Robert Gray; McNutt's new line; corner Francis Beaty. Teste: Alexander McNutt, Jas. McNutt, Thomas Berry, Jr. Delivered: James Berry, April, 1765.
  • Page 320.--19th September, 1769. Patrick Martin's will: To wife, Jane: to sons, George and Andrew; to sons, Joseph and James; to daughter, Miry Patterson. Executors, wife, Jane, and George Martin. Teste: George Jameson, James McNutt, Alex. Montgomery. Proved, 21st August, 1770, by Jameson. George Martin qualifies executor, with Joseph Berry, James Buchanan, Alex. McNutt.

Biography of Alexander McNutt

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Alexander McNutt (b. 1725, near Derry, Ireland - d. 1811, Lexington, Virginia) was a British army officer, colonist and land agent, responsible for seeing an approximate 500 Ulster Scottish emigrants arrive in Nova Scotia during the early 1760s.

McNutt emigrated to America some time before 1753 by which time he had settled in Staunton, Virginia. In 1756 he was an officer in the Virginia militia on Major Andrew Lewis's expedition against the Shawnees on the Ohio River. By September 1758 McNutt had relocated to Londonderry, New Hampshire, a town settled by Ulster Scots.

Between April and November 1760, McNutt served as a Massachusetts province captain at Fort Cumberland in near the present-day border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, five years after the Expulsion of the Acadians. It was during this time that he became involved in the colonization of Nova Scotia.

Through McNutt's efforts, a group of fifty families from New Hampshire arrived in the spring of 1761 in the Cobequid (Truro) area of Nova Scotia. He had several proposals for settlement of some 7,000 to 8,000 Protestant Irish in Nova Scotia accepted by the Board of Trade in London, but he was not successful in getting the support of the Privy Council who feared such an out-migration would harm British interests in Ireland. He nevertheless went to the Ulster with just the Board of Trade's approval to seek out semigrants. In the spring of 1761 he advertised throughout Ulster with an offer to "industrious farmers and useful mechanics" of 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land to the head of a family and 50 to each member. His effort resulted in 300 colonists arriving in Halifax in October on the ships Hopewell and Nancy.

The next autumn, 170 more settlers arrived out of Londonderry on the same two ships and settled the New Dublin area in present-day Lunenburg County and elsewhere in the province. McNutt also worked to settle a group of disbanded New England soldiers, which included Israel Perley, along the Saint John River.

Plans for huge settlements on some 2,300,000 acres (9,300 km2) of land fell through as the land boom in Nova Scotia petered out by the mid 1760s. McNutt spent time in the later part of the decade living with his brother on McNutt Island in Rosebay Harbour (near present-day Shelburne) as well as in the Cobequid region where he appeared in the 1771 census. He seems to have supported himself at this time cutting timber. He was ordered to pay several debts and forced to sell his land at Port Roseway. Other land he held in Pictou, the Minas Basin, and Beaver Harbour were escheated. He left the colony around 1780, returned around 1786, and left for good in 1794 and finally settled in Rockbridge County, Virginia in 1796.

McNutt rose to the army rank of colonel.

About Alexander McNutt

MCNUTT-- Alexander McNutt was granted lands in Nova Scotia after the expulsion of the Arcadians, visited England on a colonization errand, and returned with over 200 settlers and some supplies. He was complained of for parceling out land without due authority. On the advent of the Revolution he joined the American "rebels" and although the lands appear to have been confiscated, he attempted to convey 1000,000 acres to Liberty Hall Academy. In his later years he became a religious enthusiast. He died in 1811, and was buried at Falling Springs. His gold-mounted sword was long preserved in the family. While a lieutenant in the French and Indian war, he kept a diary, but unfortunately for the interests of Rockbridge he gave it to Governor Fauquier.

John, a brother to Alexander, married Catherine Anderson. A daughter married John McCorkle, who lost his life at Cowpens. A son, Alexander, was the father of Alexander G. McNutt and grandfather to two generals of the Confederate army' Albert G. Jenkins and Frank paxton.

Alexander G. McNutt, son of Alexander and Rachael (Grigsby) McNutt, was born on North River one mile below Buena Vista. He was educated at Washington College, and at the age of twenty-one was settled as a lawyer at Jackson, Mississippi. Isaac McNutt, his uncle, had already migrated in this direction. The young man was well read and an easy writer. He was a fine stump speaker, but was pitted against Sergeant S. Prentiss, whose oratory was on a par with that of Patrick Henry or Daniel Webster. After 1838 McNutt declined to meet his antagonist on the platform. McNutt's intemperance and slovenly attire were made a target by Prentiss, but the future governor had the moral courage and strength of character to reform and his law practice became very renumerative. In 1829 he was Speaker of the House of Representatives for Mississippi, and as a Democrat was elected governor, his term covering the period 1838-42. McNutt died in 1848, in the midst of a presidential campaign. He was unmarried, and the four brothers who followed him to the Gulf country also died without issue.

A pioneer McNutt was Robert, who died on a voyage to Ireland, and his wife, whose maiden name was Rosanna Dunn, married Patrick McFarland. Still another was George, who came here with his brother William as advance agents for some kinspeople. Tradition has it that both brothers were in the battle of King's Mountain. William went to the Northwest, and George, who was three times married and had a numerous family, settled near Knoxville, Tennessee.

Source: A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia by Oren F. Morton, published in 1920.

Transcribed and submitted by: "Marilyn B. Headley" <>, 1997

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Alexander McNutt (colonisation).

  1.   Alexander McNutt (colonisation), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.