Person:Hugh Kelso (1)

Hugh Kelso
b.Abt. 1730 Scotland
d.bef. 5 April 1813 Rockbridge County, Virginia
m. Bef. 1723
  1. Alexander Kelso, Sr.Abt 1723 - 1761
  2. Joseph KelsoAbt 1727 -
  3. Hugh KelsoAbt 1730 - bef 1813
  • HHugh KelsoAbt 1730 - bef 1813
  • WMary WalkerBet 1738-1740 -
m. bef. 1758
  1. John KelsoEst 1760-1772 -
  2. James Walker Kelso1761 - 1837
  3. Elizabeth 'Betsy' KelsoAbt 1762 -
  4. Margaret KelsoBEF 1764 -
  5. Charles KelsoAbout 1765 - 1832
  6. Hugh KelsoBef 1774 -
  7. Joseph Kelso1774 - 1867
  8. Katherine KelsoABT 1775 - 1838
  9. Walker Kelso1779 - 1845
  10. William KelsoAbt 1780 -
Facts and Events
Name Hugh Kelso
Gender Male
Birth? Abt. 1730 Scotland
Marriage bef. 1758 to Mary Walker
Death? bef. 5 April 1813 Rockbridge County, Virginia

Hugh Kelso was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Hugh Kelso's land (Borden Tract NW, 100 acres, acquired from his father-in-law James Walker in two transactions: 74 acres in 1763 and 26 acres in 1771) 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 Chalkley's:

  • Page 475.--17th November, 1763. James Walker and Mary ( ) to Hugh Kelso, £5, 74 acres, 1 rood, 3 poles, in Borden's tract, patent line. Teste: David Scott, Alex. Walker, Anthony Kelly. (Note: James Walker was the father-in-law of Hugh Kelso).
  • Page 131 - Hugh Kelso, 45 acres, North Mountain. February 7, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 47].
  • Page 157.--19th February, 1771. James Walker and Mary ( ) to Hugh Kelso, £10, 26 acres adjoining land Hugh now lives on, Borden's patent line. Teste: John Hay, Joseph Walker, Michael Coulter, John Walker. Delivered: Hugh Kelso, 30th August, 1785.
  • Page 278.--21st May, 1772. William Dean, of Augusta, one of the children and devisee of the late Rev. William Dean, of Province of Pennsylvania, and lawful attorney for Joseph Dean, merchant of City of Philadelphia; John Dean, sadler of said city; Benjamin Dean, merchant of said city; the Rev. John Slemmon, of Marsh Creek in County of York, Pennsylvania, and Sarah (Slemmons), his wife, to Hugh Kelso. Delivered: Hugh Kelsey, 30th August, 1785. Whereas William Dean, late of Pennsylvania, was seized of 265 acres, and on 7th July, 1748, and devised said land to said Joseph, John (Benjamin?), Sarah, now wife of John Slemmon, and William. Teste.

Will of Hugh Kelso

Hugh Kelso’s will, youngest son of John and Polly Kelso, written in 1809, probated in 1813, will Book No 3, page 539

In The name of God, Amen

I, Hugh Kelso of the County of Rockbridge in the State of Virginia, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the mortality of my body and that is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this as my last will and testament in the manner and form following viz, I will and order that all my debts be paid and all debts due me collected by my Executors (hereafter mentioned) and as touching what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with , I will dispose in the following manner:

Item, I bequeath unto Mary my well beloved wife the plantaion I now live on with my slaves Jim and Fanny, my stock and farming utensilsand kitchen furniture during her natural life and after my said wife is deceased, I bequeath the same unto my son Walker Kelso to him, his heirs and assigns.

Item, I also bequeath unto my said wife my beds with their furniture and the household and cupboard furniture and to be at her disposal.

Item I bequeath unto my son Joseph Kelso the plantation that he now lives on in the calf pasture to him, his heirs and assigns.

Item I bequeath unto my son William Kelso the Negro boy named Lewas and now in his possesion.

Item I bequeath unto my sons James, Charles, Hugh and John the sums of one dollar each and the like sum to each of my daughters, Peggy Walker, Betsy Culton, and Kitty Walker- they having received their part before this date.

Item I bequeath unto my son Walker Kelso two small surveys of Mountain land that I have between the place that I now live on and the North mountain to him, his heirs and assigns, also my still and vessels.

I do hereby constitute and appoint John Walker and Hugh Stuart sole executors of this my last will and testament and do revoke and disannul all other wills and testaments by me hereto made declaring and establishing this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred nine.

Hugh Kelso (Seal)

Signed and sealed in prescence of

John Weir

Andrew Finley

At Rockbridge County Court April 5th, 1813.

The last will and testament of Hugh Kelso was produced in court by the Exors therein named and proved by Andrew Finley and continued for furthur proof

A Copy Attest

Aw. Reid Cw. C.R.C

And at Rockbridge County Court, June 1, 1813

The last will and Testament of Hugh Kelso deceased was this day farther proved in court by Hugh Weir a second witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.


Records of Hugh Kelso in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 203.--18th August, 1767. James Robinson and Hanah ( ) (also written Esebello) to James Wallace (Wallis), £137, 216 acres on Hayes' Creek, part of Borden's tract; corner Walker's land; corner Joseph Culton's land. Teste: John Hays, Jr.; James Moore, Jr.; Andrew Hays, Jr.; James Culton, Jr, Arthur Graham. Delivered: H. (Hugh) Kelso (Kelsey, 30th August, 1758.
  • Page 82.--16th March, 1768. Saml. Paxton's estate in account with Thos. Paxton and James Trimble, executors. John Paxton's proven account. Prudence Campbell's proven account. Received from Hugh Kelsey.
  • Page 169.-- 5th September, 1771. Recorded. Settlement of estate of Alex. Crawford, by John McPhecters--1st November 1764, vendue, sold to, viz: John Windor, Alex. Kelly, Alex. Leget, Nancy Berry, Hugh Kellsey, Adam Morrow. Paid John Elliott for Isabella.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1773. - (231) Hugh Kelso, vice Michael Coulter--Constable.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 16, 1774. - (317) Wm. Thompson, vice Hugh Kelso--Constable.
  • Page 247.--20th May, 1774. Recorded. Archibald Reach's appraisement by Joseph Moore, Hugh Kelso, Alex. McPheeters.
  • Vol. 2 - Fee Books of Augusta Court - 1785, page 133, Hugh Kelso, Rockbridge.
  • Page 8.--James Moore's will, dated 31st March, 1785, of Rockbridge Wife, Jinet; sons, John and James; son, Joseph; daughters, Mary, Rachel, and Jean; son, John and Hugh Kelso, executors. Probated, 1st September, 1791.
  • Vol. 2 - SEPTEMBER, 1798 (A to G). - John Dunlap vs. Hugh Kelso & John Dunlap. Trespass--Rockbridge. Robt. and John Fletcher are about (9 Aug., 1797) to remove to Kentucky.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County, 1789--August 24, James Kelso and Betsy Sitlington, daughter of John Sitlington (consent); witnesses, Alexander Crawford, Andrew Sitlington. James is son of Hugh Kelso (consent). Witnesses, John Walker, John Moore, John Stewart; surety, Alexander McPheeters.
  • Vol. 2 - Rockbridge Marriages, 1794-- April 22d, Hugh Kelso and Jenny Moore

Information on Hugh Kelso Perhaps a descendant of Hugh Kelso:

HUGH KELSO-born in Rockbridge county, August 5, 1805, has passed the years of his life in the county of his birth, and resides with his brother, Ewing Kelso, who is a farmer of Walkers Creek district, where he has 150 acres under cultivation. Hugh Kelso was a son of Joseph and Martha (Allen) Kelso, now many years dead, and he married Mary Margaret, daughter of William and Sarah Ann (Larew) Glendy. She was born in Augusta county, became his wife in Rockbridge county on Christmas Day, 1860, and died April 10?, 1871, leaving him with three of the five children of their union, two having preceded her to the land of rest. These children were: William L, born November 12, 1861, died May 7, 1863; Ellie W., born November 3, 1868; John R., January 29, 1865; Joseph S., June 18, 1866; Bethe Belle, born December 7, 1869, died March 31,1871. Hugh Kelso's postoffice address is Goshen Rockbridge county, Virginia.

Source: Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia (NY, Richmond, and Toledo: H. H. Hardesty and Company Publishers, 1884).

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