Person:James Brewster (17)

James Brewster, of Cub Run, Augusta County, VA and Jessamine County, KY
m. 1751
  1. Margaret Brewster1752 - 1808
  2. Eleanor Brewster1754 - 1841
  3. Henry Brewster1756 - 1807
  4. Jane Williamson 'Jennet' Brewster1761 - 1839
  5. Sarah Brewster1761 -
  6. James Brewster1762 - 1847
  7. Agnes Nancy Brewster1763 - 1830
Facts and Events
Name James Brewster, of Cub Run, Augusta County, VA and Jessamine County, KY
Alt Name James Bruster
Alt Name James Bruister
Gender Male
Birth? 1720 Derry, Cavan, Ireland
Marriage 1751 to Eleanor "Polly" Williamson
Death? 15 Aug 1807 Jessamine County, Kentucky

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 87.--21st March, 1759. John Scot and Ann ( ) to James Bruster, £20, 100 acres on a branch of Cub Run, part of 400 acres whereon Scot now lives; line of said Brewster's own land. Delivered: James Bruster, 24th December, 1762.

Processioning List of 1764

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Page 378.-[Processioners appointed as follows, viz (1764): -David Cunningham and Samuel Downey, from Burden's line to Jenning's Gap between Keneday's Road and the North Mountain. James Bell, Samuel Black, James Fulton, and George Robinson, from Burden's line to Spring Hill between the South Mountain and Keneday's Road by Staunton and from thence by the Tinkling Spring Meeting House. John Ramsey, John Stuart, Geo. Crawford, Thos. Turk, from Spring Hill, thence by the Meeting House to Christian's Creek, thence down the Creek to the Mouth and down Middle River to South River, thence to South Mountain. William Hutchison (son of George), David Laird, David Bell, Thomas Patterson, from Ford of Christian's Creek below the Court House, down the same to the mouth, down Middle to South River, down to the Fork and up North River to Fowler's, to Staunton. Michael Dickey, Ben. Harrison, Michael Hogshead, James Gamble, from Court House to Jenning's Gap, then along the Mountain to the Dry River, down the same to the North River, down to Fowler's, thence to Staunton. Alex. Herron, Arthur Trader, Thos. Harrison, John Cunningham, from Fowler's along the road to the County line on the side of North Mountain. Adam Bird and John Thomas, in Brock's Gap to the mountain. Archibald Huston, James Brewster, Thos. Moore, Thos. Lackey, from County Line to Fowler's, then down North River to Mr. Jones's, then along the Picked Mountain to the County line. Henry Long, Daniel Price, Jacob Miller, Jacob Nicholas, from Mr. Jones's to the Picked Mountain, and as low as the County Line on both sides the river to Mouth of South River. Adam Rider and Michael Neese, in the Forests. Andrew Lockridge, Alex. Hamilton, Joseph Waughub, Lanty Graham, on both Rivers of Calfpasture and waters thereof.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. 1753-1754 (Part 1). - Inquisition on body of Nicholas Grout (Trout), 17th July, 1753. Jurors do say that the said Nicholas Trout, in simplicity, without malice, playing with Peter Hull and seizing a gun in said Hull's hands and pulling its muzzle towards him she accidentally went off without any act or knowledge of the said Hull and discharged herself with a ball and two great shots into ye breast of said Trout, of which he died immediately on ye spot, and quit ye gun wherewith ye same was done was entirely in fault for not keeping her bounds, but going off without force or consent. In teste: Peter Scholl, Coroner; John Stevenson, Ledwick Francisco, John Mac Michel, James Bruster, Thomas Wats, Thomas Crawford, Patrick Milican, John Wilson, Jacob Harman, Niclas Noll, Hennery Daly, Jacob Nicholas.
  • Vol. 1 - JUNE 15, 1757. - (367) James Bruister appointed Constable.
  • Page 82.--20th March, 1759. Robert Ralston and Martha (her mark) to Thomas Campbell, £6, 40 acres on a branch of North River called Muddy Creek. Teste: Ephraim Love, James Bruster, Jno. Davison. Delivered: Archibald Hopkins, March. 1763.
  • Page 107.--13th October, 1761. Henry Perkey's (German) will, farmer Wife, Margaret; eldest son, Jacob, tract purchased of Mary Pond, 360 acres on the tract purchased of John Wilson if other is lost; daughters, Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth; daughter, Elizabeth, 135 acres on Lick Run joining Nicholas Null; daughter, Ann, a tract on Shanando joining Elizabeth; sons, John and Henry. Executor, wife Margaret. Dated at end 2d November, 1761. Teste: Robt. Hook, James Bruester, Patrick Wilson. Proved, 17th February. 1761 (should be 1762), by the witnesses. Margaret qualified, with James Waite, James McClure. Margaret's mark ( ).
  • Page 119.--18th May, 1762. Henry Perkey's appraisement, by Robt. Hook, John Stevenson, James Bruester, recorded--3 negroes, Joseph Jenkins' note, 1 wagon.
  • Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. 1763-4, Pt. 1. - Petitioners to open a road that usually led from a ford of the South River above Joseph Hannah's over Cole's ford on the middle and from thence to Mathew Thompson's, which has been lately stopped by Henry Reaburn, notwithstanding it has been a bridle way for nearly twenty years. Robert Scott, Patrick Frazer, James Bruster, Robert Hook, Robert Hook, John Denniston, William Hook, J. Madison, John Stephenson, Archibald Huston, John Craig, John Davison, John Davison, Jr., Patrick Willson, Robert Shanklin.
  • Vol. 2 - 1766--Supernumeraries: Thos. Shanklin, 1; John Deniston, 2; James Bruister, 1; Perunia Regen, 1; John Taylor, 1; Chas. Powers, 1; Aaron Hughs, 1; Martin Shoemaker, 1; Thomas Gordon, 2; John Barley, 1; Philip Crites, 1; Geo. Conrod, 1; John Shanklin, 1; Adam Raeburn, 1; James Crawford, 1; Mich'l Shorley, 1; John Black, 1; Joel Robinson, 1; Thos. Frames, 1; Mich'l Mildeberger, 1; Thos. Hutcheson, 1; Ephraim Love, 3; Mark Rigs, 1; Charles Parsons, 1; Andrew Bushong, 1; David Keal, 1; Francis Hughes, 1; Henry Shoemaker, 1; John Stalp, 1; Sam Nicholas, 1; Wm. Lewis, 1; Jno. Slavin, 1; Boslin Nosier, 1; John Hopkins, 2; James Bell, 2; Geo. Shoemaker, 1; Geo. Jordan, 1; Adam Kelvie, 1; Edw'd Beard, 2; John Stephenson, 5; Petter Assomsis, 1.
  • Vol. 1 - COUNTY COURT JUDGMENTS. AUGUST, 1767 (C). - George Carpenter vs. William Crow.--Simon Robinson deposes, 21st May, 1767, before John Poage: That he was employed by Capt. Crow to help him to take a drove of cattle towards Pennsylvania, and on their way said deponent saith several strange cattle came into the drove, and particularly below Frazier's some came in, as likewise at Davies Mill, all which he believes was turned out, and had particular orders from Mr. Crow to take care of the drove, and likewise to be careful to turn out all stray cattle, and likewise said Crow did assist himself to turn out cattle at different times and order people where they lodged to detain stray cattle from their drove till they could get clear of. William (mark) English deposes: That passing by Shurley's he saw in his pasture Capt. Crow's drove of cattle, and with them he saw several of Mr. Carpenter's cattle. Next morning, after they were started off out of the field and met several of Mr. Carpenter's cattle on road coming back. Randal Lockhart deposes, 21st May, 1767: That about four years agone he met with Mr. Crow at Pat. Frazier's with his drove and was desired by said Crow to count his cattle, which he did, and counted 131. He assisted Mr. Crow down the road as far as where John Waddell lived, and helped to turn out some cattle out of the drove, and was desired by said Crow so to do. Some time after Mr. Crow came home. Deponent heard Mr. Carpenter and said Crow discoursing about cattle that Carpenter lost. Crow affirmed that he discovered one stray cow, and no more, in his drove at Robert Wilson's. Some time afterwards Crow went down to speak with Carpenter about cattle that he had lost, who affirmed he had lost two. Crow asked him what price he valued his cattle to. He said £6. Crow said he would set the price on an average, or leave it to two men, if he could prove his cattle were in his drove. They nominated Robert Shanklin and William Beard. The appointment was set, and the time came, but Carpenter did not appear. James Bruster deposes: In October, 1763, deponent went to house of George Carpenter in search of lost cattle, which he suspected Mr. Crow had taken off in his drove, and they went in search of Crow's drove. On their way they came to Michael Shirley's. Mrs. Shirley said Crow had asked her to count the drove, which she did, and found them 141. They proceeded to Alex. Buchanan. Mrs. Buchanan told them that Crow's drove increased damnably. Thence they went to one Heard's. Mr. Heard said Crow offered to sell one heifer. They came to Mr. Crow's house in Staunton. Mr. Crow says: Mr. Bruster, I understand you are like to make me out a cow thief? I never called you a thief, but you acknowledged a stray cow which I dare ventur to say is mine, and I have come to see what you have done with her.
  • Page 29.--9th October, 1772. John Taylor's estate appraised by John Stephenson, James Bruster, John Young.
  • Page 144.--19th August, 1773. Recorded, viz: 1770--Thomas Rutherford's estate, to Evan Price and Elizabeth, his wife. 9th May--To Reuben Rutherford, William West, Dochther Knave, James Bruster. 9th May-- By vendue to, viz: Rebecca Paretree, John Dobbins, Evan Philips, Francis Dove, Martin Grider.
  • Page 164.--2d August, 1773. Rev. Thomas Jackson's estate appraised by James Bruster, David Laird, Archibald Huston.
  • Page 259.--28th March, 1774. Archibald Huston's will--To wife, Mary; to son, John, 200 acres, part of Pond Spring tract; to son, Stephen; to James, 250 acres of tract whereon David Gravin now lives; to son, Archibald, infant; to son, George, 360 acres whereon testator lives; to son, Nathan, 100 acres, part of Pond Spring tract; to six daughters, residuary legatees. Executors, sons James and George, and Cap David Leard. Teste: James Bruster, John (his __ mark) Stephenson, Jennet (mark) Frazer, Isbell (mark) Campbell. Proved, 16th August, 1774, by Bruster and Stephenson. Mary appears and refuses to execute and renounces the will. David Laird and Geo. Huston qualify with James Bruster and John (mark) Stephenson.
  • NOVEMBER 16, 1774. - (24) Mathew Todd, runaway servant of James Bruster.
  • Vol. 2 - ROCKINGHAM COUNTY RECORDS. 1779--March 22d, Anne, orphan of Archd. Huston, chose Thomas Hewit Guardian. Abigail, ditto, chose James Brewster, ditto.
  • Vol. 2 - ROCKINGHAM COUNTY RECORDS. 1781--March 26th, Henry Brewster's estate committed to James Brewster.
  • Vol. 2 - 1785---Page 1, orphans bound by order: page 53, James Bruister. [relationship to this James Bruister is undetermined, perhaps a son of Henry Brewster that died in Rockingham County in 1781?, needs research, some researchers believe it may have been James Brewster's father].

Records in Rockingham County, VA

  • James Bruster, for 9 days public service with his team, at 10s. a day; for feeding 1 public horse 3 days, at 1s. 3d. a day; for 1 horse in public service 38 days, at 1 s. 6d. a day; for 4 flour casks, at 2 s. each; account dated Dec. 22, 1780. [Source: "A History of Rockingham County, Virginia", pg. 90].
  • 28 November 1780: Administration of the estate of Henry Brewster is granted to James Brewster who with security entered into bond and made oath according to law. Ordered that William Young, Jno. Huston, Jacob Perkey and Felix Gilbert or any three being first sworn do appraise the said estate. [Source: "Rockingham County, Virginia Minute Book 1778-1792, Part I 1778-1786", by Constance A. Levinson and Louise C. Levinson, pg. 79]
  • Janet Bruster and Samuel Erwin, 1787; by Thomas Scott. Consent: James Bruster and Polly Bruster. [Source: "Virginia County Records, Rockingham County Marriages 1778-1850", by John Vogt and T. William Kethley, Jr., pg. 260]
  • Nancy Bruster2 and William Alexander, 1785; by John Graham (of Augusta County). Consent: James Bruster. Witness: Nelly and Tamey Bruster and John Graham. [Source: "Virginia County Records, Rockingham County Marriages 1778-1850", by John Vogt and T. William Kethley, Jr., pg. 260]
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    The fact that Rev. Benjamin and Samuel were brothers has been borne out by facts that cannot be disputed. In the will of James Brewster, of Rockingham County, Virginia, and who died in Jessamine County, Kentucky, in 1807, made bequest to Sarah, wife of Benjamin Irvine; Jane, wife of Samuel Irvin, both of Madison County, Kentucky.