Person:John McMahon (11)

John McMahon
b.1734 ?
m. ABT 1727
  1. Samuel McMahon1727-1731 - BEF 1754
  2. John McMahon1734 - 1784
  3. Abraham McMahon1736-1742 -
  4. Agnes McMahon1739 - 1814
  5. Julian McMahonBEF 1741 -
  6. Jean McMahonAbt 1742 -
  7. Thomas McMahonAbt 1745 - Aft 1800
m. bef. 1755
  1. John McMahon Jr.1755 - 1837
  2. Robert McMahon1760 - 1823
  3. Mary 'Polly' McMahonABT 1762 -
  4. Elizabeth McMahonABT 1764 -
  5. James McMahonABT 1766 -
  6. William McMahon1780 - 1846
Facts and Events
Name John McMahon
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 1734 ?
Marriage bef. 1755 Augusta County, Virginiato Deborah Stockton
Death[3] 21 May 1784 Augusta County, Virginia

John McMahon 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 402.--18th May, 1761. Robert McMahon and , his wife, to John McMahon, his son, £10, 140 acres on a branch of North River of Shanandoe. part of 300 acres patented to Robert, 12th May, 1759; cor. Conolley's land.
  • Page 500.--22d August, 1770. John and James Hooks to John McMahon, £16, 100 acres on a draft of North River of Shanando patented to said Robert McMahon, 12th May, 1759. Teste: Robert Hook, John Gabriel Jones. Delivered: John McMahon, January, 1773.

Will of John McMahon

Will Abstract:

  • Page 424.--23d January, 1784. John McMahon's will--To wife, Deborah; to daughter, Nancy; to son, William, home plantation, 330 acres. infant; to son, John; to son, Robert; to daughter, Mary; daughter, Elizabeth; to 3 youngest daughters. Executors, wife and son Robert. Teste: William Wilson, John Campbell. Proved, 19th October, 1784 (formerly proved by Rev. M. Wilson), by John Campbell.
  • Page 435.--16th November, 1784. Recorded. John McMahon's appraisement by William Johnston, Arthur Connly, Jno. Campbell, Hugh Donaghe.

Will Transcript:

Will of John McMahan of Augusta, VA Reel 44 Augusta County Will Books 1778-1787 Book 6, pp 424, 425 Transcribed May 26, 2012 by JK Standish

In the Name of God, Amen this twenty-third Day of January one thousand Seven Hundred And Eighty four I John McMahon of Augusta County And State of Virginia Being Very sick & Weak in Body But of A Perfect mind and memory thanks Be Given to God for it Therefore Calling to Mind the Mortality of My Body And knowing that it is appointed for All men once to Die – Do Make And ordain this my Last Will And Testament that is to Say principally and first of all I Give and recomend My Soul to the hands of God who gave it And for My Body I recomend it to the Earth to Be buryed in a Christian Like and Decent Manner at the discretion of My Executors Nothing doubting But At the General resurrection I Shall receive the Same again By the Mighty power of God, And as touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life with, I Give Devise and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form Viz
Imprimis I allow all my Just and Lawful Debts to Be Paid and Discharged of my whole Estate
Item I give and Bequeath to my Dear and well beloved wife Deborah the one third part of the Land I now hold During her life Likewise the Bay Mare and Saddle Item to my Daughter Nancy I Give and Bequeath twelve Pounds annually to Be raised of the Land during her Life Item To my Son William I give and Bequeath the part of Land upon Which I now Live Containing three hundred and thirty acres to him and his Heirs forever
Item to my Son Fifty Pounds Current Money of Virginia
Item the Same I Bequeath to my Son Robert both to Be paid by My Son William when he comes to age
Item to my Daughter Mary I give and Bequeath twelve Pounds
Item to my Daughter Elizabeth I bequeath twenty Pounds
Item I give and Bequeath to my Wife Deborah And My three youngest Daughters and Son William whatever may remain of My Moveable Property to Each an Equal part
Finaly if any one of the Legatees Should Die under age his or her part of the Moveable property Shall Be Equally Divided Among my Surviving Children And if my Son William Should die under age the Lands Shall Be Equally Divided Between My Sons John and Robert
I Constitute My Wife Deborah and Son Robert Executors of My Estate and ordain this my Last will and Testament Given under my hand and Seal
(Signed) John McMahon (Seal)
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the Presence of us
William Wilson
John Campbell
At A Court held for Augusta County October 19th 1784 - This Last Will and Testament of John McMahon Deceased Being formerly Proved By the oath of the Rev’d Mr Wilson Was further proved By the oath of John Campbell And ordered to Be recorded -

Records of John McMahon in Augusta County, VA

From Augusta County Court Records, taken from Library of Virginia, Reel 62

May 1751, John McMahon by Next Friend Robt McMahon Plt. agst William Thompson Defendant. Neither party appearing this Suit is dismissed.

From Augusta Court Record Book 14, 1769-1773, p. 451 Nov. 21, 1772; Library of Virginia Reel 66

  • 21 Nov 1772 Margaret McMahon v. John McMahon; in ____ of Dower. Agreed.

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 20, 1761. - (133) John McMahon and Richd. Stockdon, bail for Rob. McMahon.
  • Page 219.--28th May, 1769. John McMahan and Samuel Erwin appraise the improvements of John King on a tract bought by him of William Watterson, 30 cattle valued at sixty pounds.
  • Page 418.--20th June, 1769. Henry Picket and Jean to Hugh Donaghoe, £10, 174 acres on a draft of North River of Shanandoe, corner Robert McMahon. Teste: John McMahon, James Coulter, Samuel Erwin. Delivered: Hugh Donaho, 8th March, 1775.
  • Page 357.--21st November, 1770. Alexander Robertson's appraisement (by John McMahon, Robt. Stevenson, James Allen, Arthur Conoley).
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1784 - (242) Robt. and John McMahon's death abates suits--see page 248, infra. (Note: this record establishes that John McMahon had died prior to this date).
  • Vol. 1 - MAY AND JUNE, 1784. - John McMahon vs. Wm. Blair.--March 1784. Abates by plaintiff's death.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1791--March 7, Hugh Donaghe and Eliza. McMahon, daughter of Debora McMahon (consent); witness, Wm. Richardson; surety, James McGongal. (Note: John McMahon had died seven years prior).
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1792--September 3, Peter Blake and Mary McMahon, daughter of Deborah McMahon (consent); witnesses, George Farrel, John Baxter; surety, John Donaghe. (Note: John McMahon had died eight years prior).

Information on John McMahon

Name: John MCMAHON Sex: M Birth: ABT 1713 in Chester County, PA

Marriage 1 Deborah STOCKTON b: ABT 1717 in Chester County, PA Married: Children

Agnes MCMAHON b: 1739 in Chester County, PA
  1. Library of Virgina Augusta County Court Records, in Augusta County Court Records, Reel 62, p.143, May 1751, Primary quality.

    John McMahon by Robt McMahon Next Friend plt. agst. William Thompson Defendant. Neither party appearing this Suit is dismissed.

    Two points argue for John's birth year to have been later than 1728; probably 1734:

    First, in the courts of the time, a minor was unable to file suit on his own behalf (as were women). So the court required that a "Next Friend" represent the minor/woman in legal actions.

    Robert McMahon, as John's Next Friend, filed a suit on John's behalf in May 1751. This means that John could not yet have been 21 in May of 1751. Had he been born in 1728 (as originally shown on this page), he would have been twenty-three in that year, and would have filed his case without a "Next Friend".

    Therefore, John's birth year had to be later than 1728 but, probably before 1737.

    The latter year is established by a court record of 17 Aug 1758 in which it is noted that Joshua Canterall, {is a}servant of John McMahon. In order to have an indentured man, John must, by 1758, have been at least 21. A birth year range of 1734-1737 seems reasonable.

    Secondly, the Daughters (and Sons) of the American Revolution have documented John's birth year as 1734. While they are not infallible, all their records I have personally verified with primary resources have proven correct.

  2. Chronicles of the Scotch Irish in Virginia, Vol.I, p. 119, 17 Aug 1758, Secondary quality.

    Joshua Canterall, servant of John McMahon.

  3. Will and Probate, in Augusta County Court Order Book (, Reel 66, 23 Jan 1784.

    Libary of Virginia, Reel 66, Augusta County Order Book (#?), p. 424, 19 Oct 1784
    John's will recorded 23 Jan 1784; probated 19 Oct 1784. Both entries on the same page of the order book.

  4.   John Claude Morris III, #97222, in U. S. Sons of the American Revolution, 15 Aug 1969.

    John McMahon
    Born: Abt. 1734, Augusta County, VA
    Died: Aft. Jan 23, 1784, date of will.