Person:John Salling (1)

m. BEF 1700
  1. John Peter Salling1700 - 1755
m. 9 NOV 1728
  1. Anna Katherina Salling1729 - AFT 1790
  2. Margaretha Magdalena Salling1731 - 1731
  3. Maria Elisabeth Salling1733 -
  4. George Adam Salling1735/36 - bef 1788
  5. John Salling1738 -
Facts and Events
Name John Peter Salling
Alt Name John Peter Sailing
Alt Name John Peter Salley
Unknown John Peter Sallee
Gender Male
Birth? 1700 Reipertsweiler [near Struth], Alsace-Lorraine
Marriage 9 NOV 1728 Teiffenbach, Alsace-Lorraineto Anna Maria Vollmer
Death? 1755 Augusta County, Virginia

John Peter Salling was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 521.—21st December, 1754. John Peter Sailing to Joseph Benton and Mary Elizabeth, his wife, of Albemarle County, £100, 200 acres on North Branch of James; Henry Fooler's corner. Teste: Wm. Burt, Wm. Green ( ), Joseph ( ) Ryan, Sarah C. Ryan.

Will of John Peter Salling

  • Page 92----25th December, 1754. John Peter Salling's will, farmer--To daughter, Catherine Fooler, 1 shilling; to daughter, Mary Elizabeth Burton, 1 shilling; to John Salling, son of daughter Catherine that she had soon after she married Henry Fooler, 100 acres known as the Meadow entry; to sons, George Adam and John Salling; to son, John, tract testator lives on, and also tract Peter Crotingal lives on, and horse bought from Joseph Burton, and a horse running at Hart's Bottom. John is infant. Executors, George Adam Salling. Teste: Jos. Bryan (Ryan), James Randal, Richard Borland (is this Borland? Burton? Boston?). Proved, 19th March, 1766, by Ryan and Randal.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 439.--16th August, 1753. John Maxwell and Mary to John Mathews, Jr., 381 acres on a branch of Mill Creek; Ann Salling's hill. Sold to John by Ewin Patterson, 1750. Delivered: James Lockhart, June, 1757.

Information on John Peter Salling

From "A History of Rockingham County, Virginia", by John Walter Wayland, pg.34:

In 1722 Michael Wohlfarth, a German sectarian, is reported to have passed down through the Valley of Virginia going from Pennsylvania to North Carolina; Dr. J. A. Waddell, after investigating various sources of information, is satisfied that in or about the year 1726 John Salling and John Mackey explored the Valley, both settling therein later; and it is likely that other white men, Germans, Scotch-Irish, and English, at other times before as well as after, walked in this great highway of nature from north to south.

From "Kegley's Virginia Frontier", pg. 154:

In 1742 a party of northern Indians on their way south failed to procure a pass from the authorities of Virginia. They came into Borden's Settlement where they were entertained for a day by Capt John McDowell. They were given whiskey. Moving down South Branch of North River they disturbed the whites by foraging, shotting horses, etc. On complaint of the people Capt McDowell was directed to call out his company and conduct the Indians beyond the settlements. They were taken to John Peter Sailing's, then the most southern habitation. Some of the whites were on horse and all passed a lame Indian behind except one, who shot at him. This brought a fight in which Capt McDowell and seven of his men were killed. The Indians lost seventeen.
The men who claimed losses by the Indians were Richard Woods, John Mathews, Henry Kirkham, William Henderson, David Edmondson, Benj. Borden and Magdalen, admx. of John McDowell, Francis McCown, John Buchanan and others patrolling, Joseph Lapsley, Mary Doughert, Andrew Myrtin, Isaac Anderson, Joseph Coulton, John Walker, Dominick Berrall, John Wilson and others patrolling, James Walker, Thomas Black and others patrolling, all pressed into service by David Edmondson.

From post:

Johann Peter Salling was born in 1700 in Reipertsweiler [near Struth], Alsace-Lorraine. He was the son of Franz Salling of Struth. He married Anna Maria Vollmer on November 9, 1728 in Teiffenbach, Alsace-Lorraine [now part of France]. She was the daughter of Georg Michael Vollmer and his wife Anna Sabina Barbara. Johann Peter Salling died in 1755 in Augusta Co.,VA.

Johann Peter Salling and Anna Maria Vollmer had the following children:
1.Anna Katherina, b.Aug.29,1729 Struth,GER, m.Apr.15,1751 Henry Fuller, d. aft 1790 Caswell,Co.,NC
2.Margaretha Magdalena, b.Oct.21,1731 Struth, d.Nov.3,1731 Struth
3.Maria Elisabeth, b.1733 Struth,GER, m. Richard Burton
4.George Adam, b.Feb.9,1736 Lancaster Co.,PA, m. Hannah, d.1788 Rockbridge, VA
5.John, b.1738 Lancaster Co.,PA

Johann Peter Salling, his wife and daughters, Catherine and Elisabeth came to America on board the "Pennsylvania Merchant", landing in Philadelphia, PA on Sept.18,1733. Also on board was a Adam Vollmer, who was probably the brother of Johann Peter Salling's wife.

I have a transcribed copy of Johann Peter Salling's famous journal - which I can send to you if you email me your address. The above information was found in the book, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol I. by R.B. Strassburger. The information on J.P. Salling was very detailed and had come from church registers in Germany.


From "History of Boone County, West Virginia:
John Peter Salley was the first Englishman to explore what is now called Boone County. He passed through the area in 1742. He is credited for the discovery of coal in the state, along the Coal River. Richard Hewett was exploring in the county when he was killed by Indians at the mouth of Hewett Creek in 1782.
  1.   Waddell, Joseph A. (Joseph Addison). Annals of Augusta County, Virginia: with reminiscences illustrative of the vicissitudes of its pioneer settlers biographical sketches of citizens locally prominent, and of those who have founded families in the southern and western states : a diary of the war, 1861-'5, and a chapter on reconstruction by Joseph Addison Waddell. (Staunton, Virginia: C.R. Caldwell, 1902), pg. 23.

    John Marlin, peddler, who shortly after the first settlement of Winchester in 1738, set off with John Salling, a weaver, two adventurous spirits, that set out from that place (Winchester) "to explore the 'upper country', then almost unknown". They came up to the valley of the Shenandoah, called Sherando, crossed James River, and reached the Roanoke river, where a party of Cherokee Indians surprised and captured Salling, Marlin escaped. Salling was detained by the Indians for about six years, and on being liberated returned to Williamsburg.