Person:John Dunlap (13)

John Dunlap, of the Calfpasture, Augusta County, Virginia
b.abt. 1738 Poss. Virginia
m. 1738
  1. John Dunlap, of the Calfpasture, Augusta County, Virginiaabt 1738 - 1804
  2. Lt. Robert Dunlap1740 - 1781
  3. Alexander Dunlap1743 - 1828
  4. Elizabeth Ann Dunlapabt 1744 -
  • HJohn Dunlap, of the Calfpasture, Augusta County, Virginiaabt 1738 - 1804
  • WAnne ClarkBEF 1744 - 1809
m. 1761
  1. Elizabeth Dunlap1762 - 1815
  2. Alexander Dunlap
  3. James Dunlap1765 - 1840
  4. Ann Dunlap1768 - 1850
  5. Mary Dunlapabt 1780 -
Facts and Events
Name John Dunlap, of the Calfpasture, Augusta County, Virginia
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1738 Poss. Virginia
Marriage 1761 Prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Anne Clark
Death? 5 FEB 1804 Rockbridge County, Virginia

John Dunlap was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Not to be confused with John Dunlap (abt. 1728/30 in Scotland, d. aft. 1775 likely in Virginia, who arrived in the Colonies abt. 1775 in Pennsylvania, migrated to Augusta County, Virginia and whose son Robert Dunlap married Margaret Kerr in 1792 in Augusta County, VA.

Early Land Transactions in Augusta County, VA

Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, Virginia records:

  • Page 113-115. Indenture 16 July 1745 between James Patton and John Lewis, Augusta County, and John Dunlap of same.. for five shillings.. sells 622 acres lying on the Great River of the Calf Pasture.. (signed) James Patton (seal), John Lewis (seal). Witnesses: David Kindred (Kincaid), Loftis Pullin. Paid £20.12.2.. acknowledged & recorded 25 July 1745. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 40]. (Note: this land was apparently first settled by John Dunlap's brother, Alexander Dunlap, who died prior to receiving his patent. 295 acres of this land was conveyed to Alexander Dunlap's son Robert Dunlap (John Dunlap's nephew), when he reached adulthood in 1761. This land is referred to by some as "the Preston Plat").

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 126.--14th February, 1761. John Dunlupe (Dunlap, Dunlop, Dunlape) to Robert Dunlape, £100, 295 acres on Calfpasture, part of 625 acres on Mill Creek, the river where the Creek empties. Teste: Arwaker Johnston, James Beard, Jas. Trimble.

Lawsuit in Augusta County, VA records

From Chalkley's: (This lawsuit proves some of the children of John and Ann Dunlap)

Dunlap vs. Dunlap--O. S. 249; N. S. 87--Will of Ann Dunlap of Rockbridge dated 19th May, 1808. Sons, James, Alexander, John; daughters, Ann Bratton, Betsey Gay, Polly Crockett; grandson, Samuel Dunlap Hodge. Recorded in Rockbridge, 3d April, 1809. "15th June, 1809, received of Major John Gay, twenty dollars. A legacy left by John Dunlap in his last will to be applied for the building a gallery in Lebanon Meeting House for the use of the negroes of said Congregation--J. Ramsey, C. L. C. Receipt from Clerk of General Court, 1810, for recording deed from Rea and wife to John Dunlap. Will dated 25th February, 1804, of John Dunlap of Rockbridge. Wife, Ann--Gay's Explanation of New Testament; Isaac Ambrose looking to Jesus. Sons, Alexander, James, John; daughters, Elizabeth Gay, Ann Bratton, Mary Hodge; grandson, Robert Gay. Cold Sulphur Spring left to James. Recorded in Rockbridge, 13th April, 1804.


Notes for John Dunlap

John Dunlap, oldest son of Captain Alexander and Ann MacFarlane Dunlop, was an explorer in southern Ohio in 1776. The land he purchased in Ohio included 3000 acres - Old Chillicothe (now Frankfort Ohio), capitol of the Indians of North West Territory. He married Anne Clark, daughter of James Clark, kinswoman of George Rogers Clark "The Hannibal of the West", and his brother William of Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Clarks, an old Scottish family, were frequent visitors of the Dunlap home. Soon after the Revolutionary War, John Dunlap erected a large three story brick house at the present Victoria Furnace, near Goshen Va. He was the largest single land owner in the county. His Virginia land included half interest in the Rockbridge Alum Springs, a famous southern resort. He died in 1804. His Will was recorded in Rockbridge County Virginia and in Ross County Ohio where his children were living. At the time of his death, he also owned over 7000 acres in Kentucky and Ohio.

Hemp Certificates - John Dunlap was one of the persons among the leading hemp growers of Augusta for 17__. He produced 1,300 pounds of dry, winter-rotted hemp, for which a certificate was issued by the county court. (Source: )

Will of John Dunlap

Will of John Dunlap:

In the Name of God Amen this twenty fifth day of February one thousand eight hundred and four I John Dunlap of Rockbridge County and State of Virginia knowing the uncertainty of this life and being of sound mind and memory and being desirous to settle my Estate do make this my last Will and testament in form and manner following and by this my will is expressed _____
First I allow my body to be decently intered the expenses to be paid out of my Estate _____
2nd I allow my debts to be paid out of my Estate
3ly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann Dunlap her body Cloths two beds and beding of Cloths a new saddle and bridle and one mare named Malrae my saddle horse and one Sorrel yearling Colt one bay yearling filly six Cows and Calves and all the sheep; one negro man named Ben and one negor boy named young Phill and one Negro Girl named Fan [sp] and child my Cupboard all the furniture that belongs to it; my house Bible Guy ___plenation of the new testament and Isac Ambrose looking to Jesus; her pocket Bible and two other small Books, likewise my dwelling house and Land that lays on the East side of the big Calfpasture River the river is to be the line and a fourth part of all me Movable Estate after what I mention to my Children this I leave to her her heirs Executors or assigns forever
4ly I give and bequeath to my son Alexander Dunlap my right and title and interest to one half of fourteen hundred and eighty Six Acres of land lying in the State of Kentucky near the big bone lick to be divided equally in quantity and quality, The other half of said land I give my right and title and interest to my daughter Elizabeth Gay and also my Silver knee Buckles I give to my son Alexander Dunlap this I give to them and their heirs forever.
5ly The old Chilicotha town on the west side of the Ohio on Point creek in Ros County containing three thousand acres of land to me I allow to be laid off in four lots to be equal in quantity and quality and to be drawn as a lottery my Daughter Elizabeth Gay to have five hundred Acres and her son Robert Gay to have two hundred and fifty making one lot, my Son James Dunlap one lot, my Daughter Ann Bratton one lot, my daughter Mary Hodge five hundred acres and her Son Samuel (James?) Hodge two hundred and fifty acres making one lot this I leave to them and their heirs forever
6ly I give and bequeath to my Son James Dunlap all my body Cloths one bed and beding of Cloths one Saddle and bridle one Gray horse and one Gray Mare, also one tract of Land containing the Cold Sulpher Spring, also a part of my tract of land lying on the big Calf pasture to be divided by a line to begin at the foot of a hill near to where the road to the cold Spring crosses the Branch the first time thence along the foot of the hill to the fence thence a straight line thence to the mouth of the dry run thence to Wm Dunlaps line; and two hundred dollars this I leave to him and his heirs forever - to be his share of the Estate
7ly I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Bratton two Negro Slaves the one Abby and the other Adam and one part of my land on the big Calf pasture river Joining James Dunlaps to run with his line to the river thence up both sides of Bratton's run up to my Plantation called Peters place except a pice [sic] of land that lays above a Small Branch that empties into Bratton's run near a new clearing on the South East side all the Land laying above that Branch I allow to my daughter Mary Hodge to be added to Peters place this I give to her and her heirs forever and one forth part of my moveable estate
8tly I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Hodge two Negro Slaves the one named Minty the other Polley four Cows and four Calves and two year old Cattle a plantation on Brattons run called Peters place and one small tract of Land containing Sixty six Acres lying on the Meadow run a Branch of Brattons run one Negro boy named George he is to be equally divided between my daughters Ann and Mary and also one fourth part of my moveable estate this I leave to her and her heirs forever
9ly I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Gay one fourth part of my moveable estate to her and here heirs forever
10ly I give and bequeath to my son John Dunlap fifty one pounds for which I have his Bond this I give to him and his heirs forever
11ly & as to the rest of my land here I allow my beloved wife Ann Dunlap to sell it and divide the money arising therefrom between her and the children which ever has the most need give them the largest share one tract Joining the Cold Spring place containing nine hundred and ten acres also one tract on Brattons run of one hundred and Sixty Acres and my half of two thousand Acres including the Iron oar Bank of which Alexander Campbell has the one half my wife to make the title to each tract Sold
12ly I leave twenty Dollars to the trustees of Lebanon Meeting house to be laid out in helping to raise a Gallery in said house for the use of the Negro Slaves
13th I allow eight dolloars to each Slave here mentioned to be laid out in Cloths (to wit) old Phill young Phill Ben Philip Sook fan .............................................................
14th I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Ann Dunlap my executrix of this my last Will and Testament writing my hand and Seal this twenty fifth day of February one thousand eight hundred and four
(Signed) John (his mark) Dunlap
John Gay
William Youel
Jas. Bratton
(probate date 04/03/1804)

Records of John Dunlap in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 418.--18tb November, 1760. Jacob Cunningham's appraisement, by Jno. McCown, Jno. Willey, Andrew Hays--The following notes against Daniel and Samuel Lyle, Edward Fearis, Wm. Davis, Jno. Delap, James Brains, Francis McCown, Robert Moore, Francis Randall, Neaiell McClister, Robert McKeney, David Tallford, James and John Gilmer, Jno. Dunlap, French McKown, Wm. Olley, Richd. Brush, Samuel Horad, Alex. Dell, Edward Bovill, 1 neager fellow.
  • Page 252.--19th April, 1763. John Dunlap's bond (with Jno. Clark, Robt. Clark) as guardian (chosen) to Alex. Dunlap, orphan of Alex. Dunlap.
  • Page 351.--2d September, 1773. James Gay and Jane to John Gay, on Cromby's Run, a branch of the Cowpasture. Teste: John Dunlap, Robert Dunlap, James Elliott.
  • Page 434.--23d September, 1776. James Gay's will--To wife, Jean; to son, John, 5 shillings; to son, James, land adjoining John in the Cowpasture; to son, Robert, land testator lives on; to son, Samuel, tract on Mill Creek in Cowpasture; to daughter, Agness; to daughter, Jean; to daughter, Mary; to daughter, Marthew. Executors, wife Jean Gay and Robert Dunlap. Teste: James Elliot, John Dunlap. 19th November, 1776, proved by the witnesses. Executors qualify.
  • Page 470.--11th March, 1777. James Gay's estate appraised by Alexander Hamilton, John Dunlap, James Crockett.
  • Page 492.--10th May, 1783, Robert (mark) Bratton's will--To wife, Anne Bratton; to son, James, the land James lives on; to son, George, tract on Jackson River, 240 acres; to son, John, tract on branches of the Little River, 700 acres; to son-in-law, Wm. Givens, and Agnes, his wife; to son, John, in trust, £200 for support of unfortunate daughter Mary; to 4 children, Adam, George, John, and Agnes (Givens); to son, Adam, home plantation, executor. Thomas Adams to be overseer. Teste: Joseph Fauntleroy, Will. R. Fleming, Jno. Dunlap, William Given, Jno. Poage, Wm. Given. Proved, 18th October, 1785, by Poage and Dunlap. Executor
  • Page 330.--7th April, 1800. John Bratton to John Dunlap, John Gay. John McCutcheon, James Berry, James Bratton, trustees of the Little River Congregation in the Calfpasture, 2 acres on Meeting House Branch.