Person:James Bell (101)

James Bell, Sr., of South River, Augusta County, VA
  • HJames Bell, Sr., of South River, Augusta County, VAabt 1712/15 - bef 1792
  • WSarah Grace Loveabt 1713 - bef 1787
  1. Agnes Bellabt 1731 - bef 1781
  2. Sarah Bellabt 1739 -
  3. Dorcas Bell1740 - 1774
  4. William Bellabt 1741 - abt 1829
  5. James Bell1743 -
  6. Thomas Bell1745 -
  7. Joseph Bell1746 - 1833
  8. John Bell, of South River, Augusta County, VA1747 - bef 1797
  9. Samuel Bell1752 - 1788
Facts and Events
Name James Bell, Sr., of South River, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1712/15 Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death[1] bef. October 1792 Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia

James Bell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Not to be confused with:

James Bell "of Cathey's River" (1710-1751)
James Bell "of Middle River" (est. 1730-1795)
James Bell "of Long Glade" (abt. 1733-1783)
James Bell (abt. 1732-bef. 1801), m. Mary Kent

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


James Bell's land (Beverley Manor SW, 600 acres, 1749) 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 as listed in Chalkley's:

  • Page 486.—27th February, 1749. Same (from William Beverley) to James Bell, 600 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner James Alexander, patent line. Corner William Long, crossing South River. Teste: William Gay.
  • Page 150 - James Bell, 320 acres. Adjoining Beverley [Manor Line] and his own land. November 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 54]. (Note: this land, as well as the survey listed below, appear to be just to the south of James Bell's 1749 patent in Beverley Manor).
  • Page - James Bell, 220 acres, South River. Adjoining Alexander Long, and his own land. May 5, 1770. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 62].

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 126.--16th November, 1779. James ( ) Bell to John Bell, in Beverley Manor, on South River of Shanando, part of plantation that he now lives on. (Note: James Bell's wife may have died prior to conveying this land to his son John),

Will Abstract

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 29.--5th April, 1787. James Bell's will, Sr., of South River--To son, Joseph, home tract, 300 acres, bounded by James Long, Jno. Bell, also an adjoining tract called Trimble's survey; to daughter, Sarah Bell, to be paid by his sons, John and Joseph; to son, John; to daughter, Agness Gamble; son, James Bell; son, Wm. Bell; son, Thomas Bell; son, Samuel Bell, and grandson, Robert Love; to sons, John and Joseph, and daughter. Sarah. Executors, sons John, Thomas, Joseph Bell, Walter Davis. Teste: David and Samuel Long, Gabriel Alexander. Proved, October Court, 1792, by all witnesses. John Bell refuses to qualify or to join in the probate. Other executors qualify.
  • Page 36.--4th December, 1792. James Bell's estate appraised by Wm. Blake, David Long, James Beard, Jr.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: (likely this James Bell)

  • Page 331.--17th June, 1752. Beverley by &c. to Robert Moffet, planter, 490 acres. In Beverley Manor; corner James Patton's Mill place; William Long's line; James Bell's line; Wm. Christian's line; John Christian's line.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 21, 1752. - (328) Thomas Stewart, Isaac White, John McClure, Edward Hall, James Patton, John Black, James and Gabriel Alexander, and James Bell--clear and keep a road from Edward Hall's to Wm. Long's Mill. (Note: all lived in the vicinity of James Bell).
  • Page 503.--15th August, 1753. Michael Rady's appraisement by James Bell, William Long, Thomas Stewart, and vendue, to William Bishop, Ezekiel Eurman, Wm. Carr, Jacob Gray, Wm. and James Robinson, John Cunningham, James Gilespy, due by John Black. Received from Edward Hall. (Note: likely this James Bell as many of the persons mentioned lived in the immediate vicinity).
  • Page 197.--21st March, 1754. Robert Moffet, planter, to Jacob van Lear, farmer, 490 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. to James Patton, Co. Lieut. his mill tract on Christian's Creek; Wm. Long's line; James Bell's line; Wm. Christian's line; John Christian's line. Teste: James Price.
  • Page 99.--28th October, 1766. John and Wm. Long, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, to William Long, Sr., of Augusta County, £10, 400 acres, part of 800 acres in Beverley Manor on Long Meadow, a branch of Middle River; corner tract now Andrew McClure's; corner James Alexander's part of this said tract. Teste: James and Wm. Bell, John and Wm. Long. Delivered: Samuel Long, 29th May, 1783.
  • Page 132 - Robert Jameson, 400 acres, Beverley Manor. Adjoining James Bell, Alexander Long. April 4, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 47].
  • Page 158 - Alexander Long, 400 acres, Adjoining James Bell, William Long, Beverley [Manor Line]. November __, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 57.
  • Page 443.--21st August, 1771. Samuel Craig's bond (with William and James Bell) as guardian to John Black, orphan of Anthony Black.
  • Page 461.--17th December. 1777 (1776?). Recorded. George Robinson's estate appraised by Robert Christian, Alex. Long, James Bell.
  • Page 54.--25th August, 1778. Gabriel Alexander's will (of South River of Shanandore)--To wife, Dorcus; to son, James, 5 shillings; to son, Francis, 5 shillings; to daughter, Dorcus Lackey, 5 shillings; to daughter, Margaret; to son, John, 60 acres on South River, part of home plantation joining John's other land and William Long; to son, Gabriel, tract owned by locator and James Bell. Executors, sons Gabriel and James. Teste: Samuel and David Long, John Bell. Proved, 16th March, 1779, by John Bell and Samuel Long. Executors qualify. (Note: Gabriel Alexander lived adjacent to James Bell).
  • Page 187.--29th January, 1781. William Long's will (of South River, Shanadore)--To wife; to son, Alexander Long, the money that son William had in possession at his decease; to son, William's son, infant; to son, Francis, 100 acres adjoining Jacob Gabhart; to sons, David and Joseph, 400 acres that David lives on; to son, John, if ever he returns home again; to son, James, part of testator's home tract adjoining James Bell; to son, Samuel, other part of tract lying between Francis and James; to daughters, Elizabeth Henderson and Dorcas Barnet, 150 acres on Long Meadow; to grandson, William Long, son of son William, 250 acres on Long Meadow adjoining Andrew McClure and James Alexander. Executors, sons Alexander, Samuel, James. Teste: John Bell, Gabriel Alexander, Joseph Bell. Proved, 18th September, 1781, by John Bell and Alexander.
  • Page 112.--9th February, 1788. James ( ) Bell, Sr., releases all his claim to the estate of Samuel Bell, his son, who died devising all his estate to be equally divided between James' other children, John, Thomas, Joseph and Sarah Bell. Teste: Robert and Esther Gamble, Samuel Long.
  1. Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable source).

    Note: this Ancestry submission has birthdate as 1718, but based on children's birthdates, must have been earlier, prob. abt. 1715.