Person:John Draper (8)

John Draper, of Peck Creek, Botetourt County, VA
b.Est 1725
d.Aft 5 Apr 1806
  1. John Draper, of Peck Creek, Botetourt County, VAEst 1725 - Aft 1806
  2. Mary Draper1730 - 1815
m. Apr 1754
  1. Infant DraperEst 1754 - 1755
  2. John Draper
  3. George Draper
  4. Silas Draper
  5. James Draper
  6. Mary DraperBef 1767 -
  7. Elizabeth Draper
Facts and Events
Name John Draper, of Peck Creek, Botetourt County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? Est 1725
Marriage Apr 1754 to Elizabeth 'Bettie' Robinson
Death? Aft 5 Apr 1806

John Draper 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: [unless otherwise listed]

  • 10: John Draper, VPB 31:234; 24 Oct 1752; 275 acres in Augusta County at a Place called the Hazel Dr... [1]
  • Page 35.--10th February, 1754. Col. James Patton to John Draper, 315 acres, part of Patton's patent on Tom's Creek, a branch of New River. Cor. Wm. Englis' land; Lingell's line.
  • Page 38.--9th February, 1744. (prob. s/b 1754) Same (From Col. James Patton) to John Draper and Wm. Englcs (English), 440 acres, part, &c., as above. Cor. to land on which William Engles lives, estate in the Barrens. Cor. Barrier's land.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 116.--1st day ____, of 17__. John Draper to John Die, 275 acres at a place called the hand (?) Draft on the waters of the New River. Cor. James Patton. Recorded 20th March, 1754.
  • Page 379.--19th May, 1761. John Draper and Elisabeth ( ) to Richard Doggett, of Bedford County, £75, 315 acres on Tom's Creek; cor. William Inglese's land, Lingell's line. Delivered by your order, September, 1763.
  • Page 382.--19th May, 1761. Same to same (John Draper and Elisabeth ( ) to Richard Doggett, of Bedford County), £75, 220 acres, part of 440 acres conveyed to John Draper and William Inglis by Patton, 8th February. 1754 (230 to be laid off next to the land where said John formerly dwelt), cor. land whereon Wm. Inglis lived, stake in the Barrens; cor. Casper Barrier. Delivered.

Possible Acquisition in Wythe County, VA

  • 255: John Draper; CGB 48:591; 9 Apr 1792; 229 acres in Wythe County on the waters of Macks run a branch of.... [2]

Information on John Draper

The marriage of John Draper to Elizabeth Robinson (and her identity) are listed in the following accounts:

Foote's Sketches of Virginia, second series, contain a long account of the circumstances attending the death of Colonel Patton, and of the captivity and escape of Mrs. Mary Ingles. Dr. John P. Hale, of Ka- nawha, a desceudent of Mrs. Ingles, in his work called "Trans- Alleghany Pioneers," gives a still fuller and, doubtless, more accurate account, and we shall mainly follow the latter.

During the same excursion, probably, the Ingleses for the first time encountered the Draper family, who had settled on James River, at Pattonsburg. This family consisted of George Draper, his wife, and his two children, John and Mary. While living at Pattonsburg, George Draper went out hunting, and was never heard of again. About the year 1748 the Ingleses, Drapers, Adam Harman, Henry Leonard and James Burke, removed from James river and settled near the present town of Blacksburg, in Montgomery county, calling the place Draper's Meadow, since known as Smithfield.

In April, 1749, the house of Adam Harman was raided by Indians, but, as far as appears, no murders were perpetrated. This is said to have been the first depredation by Indians on the whites west of the Alleghany. It was reported to a justice of the peace for Augusta county, with a view to the recovery of damages allowed by law.

William Ingles and Mary Draper were married in 1750, and John Draper and Bettie Robertson in 1754. The marriages no doubt took place in Staunton, there being no minister nearer Draper's Meadow authorized to perform the ceremony.

In July, 1755, Colonel Patton went to the upper country on business, and was accompanied, it is said, by his nephew, William Preston. He was resting from the fatigues of his journey, and also seeking recovery from sickness, at the dwelling of William Ingles and the Drapers. It was on Sunday, the 8th of July, says Dr. Hale—but circumstances had led us to fix the date at least a week later*—that an unexpected assault was made on the house by Indians. Preston had gone to Philip Lybrook's to engage his help in harvesting. William Ingles and John Draper were away from the house. Foote says they and others were at work in the harvest field ; but if it was on Sunday the statement is quite certainly incorrect. Mrs. John Draper, being in the yard, was the first to discover the Indians. She hastened into the house to give the alarm, and snatching up her sleeping infant ran out on the opposite side. Some of the Indians fired upon her, breaking her right arm, and causing the child to fall to the ground. Taking up the infant with her left hand she continued her flight, but was overtaken, and the scull of the child was crushed against the end of a log. At the moment of the assault, Colonel Patton was sitting at a table writing, with his broadsword before him. Being a man of great strength, of large frame, and over six feet high, he cut down two Indians, but was shot and killed by others out of his reach. Other persons killed were Mrs. George Draper, the child of John Draper, and a man named Casper Barrier. The Indians plundered the premises, securing all the guns and ammunition, and setting fire to the buildings, immediately started on their retreat, carrying with them as prisoners Henry Leonard, Mrs. John Draper, and Mrs. Ingles and her two children,—Thomas four, and George two years of age. The unarmed men in the field could only provide for their own safety. The country was sparsely settled, and some days elapsed before a rescuing party could be collected.

The Indians, on their hasty retreat, stopped at the house of Philip Barger, an old man, cut off his head and carried it in a bag to Ly- brook's. Preston and Lybrook had gone back to Draper's Meadows by a different route from that taken by the Indians, and thus they escaped.

In letters written by Governor Dinwiddie on the nth of August (nine letters were written by him the same day) he referred to Patton's death. To Colonel David Stewart, of Augusta, he wrote .that Patton " was wrong to go so far back without a proper guard." He hoped the wagons with ammunition did not fall into the hands of the Indians ; but he could not conceive what Patton was to do with ammunition "so far from the inhabited part of the country." Writing to Colonel Buchanan at the same date, he expressed regret that the men sent by Buchanan "after the murderers, did not come up with them." This is the only information we have of any pursuit.

A letter written by John Madison, Clerk of the County Court of Augusta, to his cousin, Col. James Madison of Orange, father of President Madison, dated August 19, 1755 (erroneously printed 1753), shows the spirit of the times. We find it in Rieves's Life of Madison. The writer says : "Four families on their flight from a branch of New River this minute passed my house, who say that five men were murdered at the house of Ephraim Voss, on Roanoke, since the death of Col. Patton. 'Tis shocking to think of the calamity of the poor wretches who live on the Holston and New rivers, who for upwards of a hundred miles have left their habitations, lost their crops and vast numbers of their stock. Could you see, dear friend, the women who escaped, crying after their murdered husbands, with their helpless children hanging on them, it could but wound your very soul." He alludes to the appointment of Andrew Lewis as Lieutenant of the county, and expects to see his instructions on next court day. He is extremely obliged to "good friends for the guns sent," and will return them as soon as otherwise provided. He is also much obliged to Col. Madison for an invitation to take refuge with him, but his "train" is too large; and moreover, if he loses his all with his life, his children may as well go too. In a postscript he says: "I verily believe they are determined on our destruction. However, as they come in small parties, if they will be so kind as to stay till I have finished my fort, may Heaven send me a few of them."

From Chalkley's:

  • Alexander Montgomery and Elizabeth, his wife, vs. Madison--O. S. 105; N. S. 35--Bill, 2d August, 1805. Elizabeth is only daughter of John Robinson, who owned land on Roanoke and was killed by Indians about 1756, Elizabeth being then only two years old. Thomas Robinson was a brother of John. Alexander and Elizabeth married in 1772. (This suit is a sequel to suits in County Court, wherein it appears that James Robinson sent his son John from Pennsylvania to Virginia, to buy lands. &c., &c. See Co. Ct. notes.) Answers of Garnett and John H. Peyton show that they each married a daughter of Elizabeth and William Madison (who was son of John) Garnett married Agatha S., and John H. married Susanna. (Land is in Montgomery County.) Thomas Robinson lost his life at the big defeated Camps on the other side of Cumberland Mountain. All his family were either killed or taken prisoner. Orators live in Kentucky. Hugh Crockett deposes he came to the Roanoke country in 1749 and the Robinsons were already there. Hugh's sister married John Robinson? The Crocketts and Robinsons had been neighbors in Lancaster, Penn. Thomas, William, and Samuel were sons of James Robinson, who had six sons. Samuel Crockett was brother of Hugh. John Robinson came to Roanoke in 1743 or 1744. James Robinson, grandson of the original James, aged 67 years, deposes that previous to 1757 he lived in Augusta about 107 miles from the land in controversy. He moved to the Roanoke country in 1762 or 1763. John Robinson's wife, mother of oratrix Elizabeth, was Mary. William Davis deposes they were married 1752 or 1753. John was called Long John. William Davis deposes, 5th May, 1808, in Abingdon, that he was born 15th February, 1733, old style. John Draper, Sr., deposes, 5th April, 1806, that Jno. Robinson came to Roanoke in 1745. The sons of James were John, William, Samuel, Thomas, Joseph. John Draper's first wife was a sister of John Robinson's. He was married April, 1754. Col. William Robinson deposes, Fayette County, Kentucky, 27th April, 1806, that John Robinson owned the land, sold it to Kennedy for a negro which he had seen in possession of his sister, mother of Elizabeth. Col. William is brother of Col. David Robinson, lately deceased. James Robinson was dead when deponent first knew the family in 1751. John died in 1756. Mary Montgomery, mother of Elizabeth, deposes same time and place as above. James Montgomery, husband of Mary, deposes as above. Elizabeth and Alexr. were married in 1774. James married Mary in 1760.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • MAY 21, 1761. - (17) Commission ordered for privy examination of Elizabeth, wife of John Drapier. (Note: it appears that John Draper's wife Elizabeth may have died about this date, since we know from other records that Elizabeth was referred to as John's "first wife")
  • MARCH, 1765 (A). - Buchanan vs. Draper.--I, John Draper, of Augusta County, do promise to pay, etc., unto Abraham Hains, etc., 31st day of May, 1754. John Draper. Test. Theodosia Vanso. Assigned (in German) to William Lepport (Wilhelm Lippert). Abraham Haines. Test. Johannes Dey.
  • MARCH 18, 1767. - (477) On petition of Frederick Stern, Isaac Job, Thomas Grayson, John Bell, Henry Skaggs, Joseph Hix, John Draper, George Baker, Joseph Hord, Levy Smith, Erasmus Noble, Saml. Peffer, James Coudon, Edmund Vansell, Humphrey Baker, Anthony Bledsoe, James Newell and Alexr. Page, viewers appointed for a road from Vanse's, by Ingles's Ferry, to Peak Creek, on north side New River, viz: James Neeley, Philip Love, Wm. Christian, Wm. Bryans.
  • MARCH, 1767. - Brown vs. Thomas Dun.--Defendant living at John Draper's, on headwaters of Peck Creek.
  • MARCH, 1767. - Thomas Dun, debtor to John Brown.--Living at John Draper's on headwaters of Peek Creek.
  • Page 237.-- 17th August, 1769 (From The estate of Col. James Patton, Dr.) - By cash from, viz (apparently in payment of piece of land belonging to Col. Patton's estate): Robt. Armstrong, Wm. Foster. Michl. Dougherty, Danl. Droudy, James Wiley (by James Davies), James Campbell. Wm. Preston (in part for Dayley's and Wat. Welshe's bond whose lands he purchased), David Robinson (part of William and James Gorrel's debt), Wm. Ingles (on Jno. Medley's bond), Alex. Dall, John Thompson, John Robinson, Hugh Mills, John Stephenson, Wm. Patterson, Wm. Buchanan, Augustine Price, Jacob Shull, Philip Harless, Michl. Price, James Kerr, Jno. Craig, Edd. Hall, James Coyle, Wm. Sawyers, James Davies (on Wm. Hall's bond), Pat. Sharkey, James Moore, James Armstrong, James Neeley (on Moore's bond), James Hollis, Danl. Brown, Adam Wall, Wm. Sawyers (account of Saml. Crockett's heirs), Thos. Henry (rent of land in Louisa), Pat McCollom, Casper Barrier, Henry Brown, John Sprout, Michl. Finney. Wm. Ingles, Robt. Galloway, Isaac Taylor, Neil McNeil, Wm. Carven, Wm. Ralston, Dr. Walker (for Tobias Bright), Jno. Collier, Jno. Smiley, Jno. McClure, Wm. Fleming, David Kinkead, Wm. Graham, James Scraggs, Jno. Armstrong (for Geo. Reed's bond), Jacob Brown, John Draper (for land sold since death of Col. Patton). Robert Armstrong for a tract called McCord Mill sold since Col. Patton's death.

Records in Botetourt County, VA

  • At a Court held for Botetourt County, the aforesaid, 13 March 1770: Ordered that William Thompson, Joseph How, John Draper, Joseph Montgomery & Samuel Scott or any three of them to view the ground from Michael Price's by Taylors and the Buffaloe Pound ford by the head waters of Peck Creek to Buchanan's plow on Reed Creek and make report of the conveniences and inconveniences attending the same, especially of the fords to the next court. And the former order relating to the same set aside. Botetourt County Court Minutes
  • 14 March 1770, BCOB 1, p. 25 - Ordered that William Thompson, Joseph How, John Draper, Joseph Montgomery & Samuel Scott or any three of them to view the Ground from Michael Price’s by Taylors and the Buffalo Pound ford by the Head Waters of Peek Creek to Buchanon’s Place on Reed Creek and make report of the Conveniences and Inconveniences attending the same Especially to the Fords to the next Court. And the former Order relating to the same be set aside. Botetourt County, Virginia Road Orders