Person:James Eakin (1)

James Eakin
d.Bef. 19 March 1765 Augusta County, Virginia
m. Abt 1699
  1. Agnes Eakin1700 -
  2. Helen Eakin1701 -
  3. James Eakin1702 - Bef 1765
  4. John Eakin1704 -
  5. Walter EakinAbt 1706 - 1768
  6. Margaret Eakin1709 -
m. Prob. Bef. 1745
  1. John EakinBet 1730-1735 - 1818
  2. Mary EakinBet 1730-1735 -
  3. James EakinEst 1735-1737 - Bef 1815
  4. Elizabeth EakinAbt 1742 -
  5. Margaret Eakinest 1747 -
  6. Andrew Eakin1750 - 1808
  7. Samuel EakinAbt 1752 - Aft 1820
Facts and Events
Name James Eakin
Alt Name James Aiken
Alt Name James Eakins
Gender Male
Birth[1] 8 Nov 1702 Drumbo, County Down, Northern Ireland
Marriage Prob. Bef. 1745 to Agness Unknown
Death? Bef. 19 March 1765 Augusta County, Virginia

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


James Eakin's land (Borden Tract SE, 522 acres, 1742) 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: the tract shown may not be entirely to scale).

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 96-100. 26-27 June 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County to James Eakins of same. Lease and release; for ₤1.13.8 current money. 522 acres 3 rood, part of 92,100 acres of land pattin (patented) 6 Nov. 1739... corner to Robt. Dunlap's land... near the head of the spring... side of a narrow dry meadow... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: Samll. Dunlap, Robt. Dunlap, John Moore. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 72].

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 179.--2d November, 1768. John Eakin and Elizabeth, his wife, and James Eakin and Anne Eakin, of Bedford, £120, 261 acres, part of Borden's 92100 acres, corner Andrew and Samuel Eakin. Teste: John, James and Mathew Lyle. (Note: John and James Eakins listed in this record were sons of James Eakins, Sr., who had died a few years prior).

Will of James Eakins

  • Page 381.--7th January, 1765. James Eakin's will--To wife Agness; to daughter Mary; to son John, 30 acres that John's uncle Walter formerly lived on; to daughter Margaret; to son James; to young sons Andrew and Samuel; testator's brother, Walter Eakin, and Jno. Wardlaw. Teste: Jno. Wardlaw, Jno. Montgomery, Jno. Eakin. Executors, Agnes Eakin, Mathew Huston.
  • Page 388.--19th March, 1765. Executors above qualify, and will proved by the witnesses. Sureties, Wm. Lockridge, James Henry. (Note: James Eakin's son John married Elizabeth Lockridge, daughter of William Lockridge, nephew of the William Lockridge that acted as surety in the record above. The Eakin family seemed to have a close relationship with the Lockridge family).

Processioning List of 1760

"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 settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • 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 James Eakins in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:

  • Page 157.--17th March, 1748-9. David Moore's inventory by James Fulton, John Mountgomery and Patrick Hays. Ro Coulton, due for 2 gallons whiskey at 3 shillings; Jno. Shields, due; Jno. Carr, due; Jas. Aikin, due; Benj. Watson, due; Jonathan Brown, due; James Walker, due; John Lowry, due; Jno. Edmiston, due; Wm. McCreerey, due; James Shields, due; Wm. Worthclaw, due.
  • Page 500.--18th May, 1748. £7.10.0. Benj. Borden, &c., to John Huston (sold in testator's lifetime), 228 acres, part of 98,100 acres; corner to James Eikins and Richard Consard; corner to Consard and Samuel Dunlap. Teste: Robt. Davis, Jas. Caldwell, George Gardner. Acknowledged as above.
  • Page 119.--17th January, 1748-9. William Cowden's will--Sons, James and William, plantation when they are sixteen; wife, Jane. Executors, James Eakin, Jno. Moore. Teste: Walter Eakin, Alex. Moore, Saml. Moore. Proved, 16th February, 1748, by Saml. and Alex. Moore.
  • Page 39.--24th April, 1748-9. John Huston's will--Wife (to act with advice of John Moore); sons, Samuel and Mathew (infant); rest of children; Mary Blair to have a share with the rest (of the children). Executors, wife and John Moore. Teste: James Eakin, Joseph Kennedy, Walter Eakin. Proved, 15th May, 1755, by the witnesses; wife Margaret and John Moore qualify, with sureties Mathew Lyle and Wm. Lockridge.
  • Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. - 1750 -Petition for road from Joseph Kennedy's Mill to John Huston's, and from John Huston's to the great road from Timber Grove to Woods Gap: James Hill, Joseph Kenedy, John Wilson, James Eakin, John Handly, William Wardlaw, William Lockridge, John Edenston, William McConnell, Walter Eakin, Robert Stewart, Robert Dunlap, Andrew Duncan, John Huston, Samuel Huston, Robert Alexander, Patrick Hays, John Mountgomery, Andrew Steel, John Stewart.
  • Page 390.--19th August, 1752. Richard Cousart and Martha to Jno. Cunningham and Robert Weir, 333 acres. In Borden's tract; corner James Eckins, Samuel Dunlap's line; corner Wm. McCanless, Robert Dunlap's line. Teste: Samuel Huston, James Eakin, Andrew Lockridge.
  • Page 60.--10th August, 1754. John Huston's appraisement, by Jas. Eakin, Wm. McCaules.
  • Page 120.--Joseph Paxton's will--Brothers, Samuel and William; mother; sister's two children, 1 pistole each to be sent the first opportunity. Executors, brother John and cousin Thomas Paxton. Teste: James Eakin, Jos. Paxton. Proved, 19th November, 1755, by both witnesses. John and Thomas Paxton qualified executors, with sureties Joseph and Thos. Paxton.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1758 (A). - James Eaken vs. Thomas Paxton.--Trespass for taking and conveying away Elizabeth, daughter of James.
  • Page 1.--28th September, 1760. James Rogers' appraisement, by James Eakin, William Moore, David Moore.
  • Page 251.--22d February, 1763. Alexander Andersen's estate appraised, by Jas Eakin, Wm. McCanless, Jno. Montgomery, Mathew Huston.
  • Page 364.--18th June, 1763. John Cunningham and Robert Weir to Hugh Weir, £100, 333 acres in Borden's tract; corner James Eckins, Samuel Dunlap's line; corner William McCanless, Robert Dunlap's land. Teste: John Neill, Robert Reed, Samuel ( ) Loge, John Mountgomerey, Samuel and Mathew Huston.
  • Page 204.--2d November, 1768. Same (From Borden's executors) to James Cooper, 5, 112 acres, part of 92100, corner Cap. Joseph Kenady, Andrew Steel's line; John Lowry's old corner; James Akin's corner; corner John Lusk. Delivered: James Cooper, April, 1773.
  • Vol. 2 - James Young vs. Eakin--O. S. 148; N. S. 51--Bill, 23d February, 1808. Complainant was son-in-law of Andrew Kennedy (of Rockbridge?). James Aiken bought land from Borden, Sr. (died in Orange), devised (will in Augusta) it to son John 30 acres which his uncle Walter formerly lived on, to son James, to sons, Andrew and Samuel. John and James (before Andrew and Samuel came of age)conveyed to a distant relation, Anne Aiken. Ann sold to George Weir, father of Thomas Weir, who conveyed to orator. Andrew Aiken is dead, also James Aiken. Thomas Weir lives in Tennessee. Ann Eakin was widow of Walter. Margaret Pollax deposes: Was daughter of John Aiken. Thomas Beard was father-in-law of George Weir. James Houston deposes: He was born in 1751. William Alexander deposes in 1769 he heard his grandfather Thomas Beard say. George Weir's will of Rockbridge, dated 8th August, 1781. Wife, Jean; sons, Thomas; children. Recorded in Rockbridge, 6th November, 1781.
  1. Drumbo Presybterian Church, Drumbo Parish, Co Down, in Baptismal Record, Primary quality.

    "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 Nov 2014), James Eakin, ; citing PRESBYTERIAN,DRUMBO,DOWN,IRELAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 0823750 IT 1.

  2.   Church Records, in Communicants at Timber Ridge, 1753, Primary quality.

    James and Walter Eakin signed call for Rev John Brown of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church.

  3.   Ages of children are best guess based on birth of James, probable marriage in Drumbo, years spent in Pennsylvania, 1870 Census reports of ggrandchildren who list PA as birth place of James Jr., VA law on minor male children age being under 16, family tradition that Samuel is the name given to last male child.