Person:John White (306)

Lt. John White, of Tygart's Valley
b.abt 1725
  • HLt. John White, of Tygart's ValleyAbt 1725 - 1778
  • WCatherine Evans1722 - 1803
m. 06 November 1750
  1. Jane 'Jinny' White1751 - 1800
  2. Mary Ann 'Polly' White1754 - 1827
  3. John White1756 -
  4. James White1757 -
  5. William White1758 -
  6. Nathaniel White1759 - 1802
  7. Rebecca White1763 - 1822
  8. Margaret White1765 - 1834
  9. Esther White1767 -
Facts and Events
Name Lt. John White, of Tygart's Valley
Gender Male
Birth? abt 1725
Marriage 06 November 1750 to Catherine Evans
Residence[1] 26 Sep 1776 Tygarts Valley, Augusta, Virginia, United Statesnamed on petition requesting Ranger protection for Indian attacks
Death[2][3] Oct 1778 Tygarts Valley, Augusta, Virginia, United Stateskilled and scalped by Indians near Point Pleasant
Burial[2] [location uncertain]


Research Notes

  • cos1776 Note (2015): it is not clear if the text in parentheses for the Chalkley entries that follow is original to Chalkley or if it is user-generated. Verification is needed.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 502.--21st November, 1753. Wm. Coruthers to John White, 187 acres in Borden's tract. Tract of John Gray, deceased, McCreary's line, McSpeden's line, Nathan People's cor.
  • Page 385.--10th May, 1768. John Ramsey and Mary ( ) to John White, £100, 180 acres on James River; corner John Gilmore. (Note: it appears that John and Katherine moved from the Borden Tract to the James River).

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 114.--13th March, 1755. John White, yeoman, to Wm. Caruthers, yeoman, 10 acres adjoining said Wm. Caruthers in Borden's land; corner John White's little survey. Teste: Moses Whiteside, Jacob Gray. Livery by branches of an oak and hiccory.

Accompanying record:

Page 117.--19th March, 1755. Wm. Caruthers, yeoman, to Jno. White, yeoman, 20 shillings, 10 acres in Borden's tract as above. Livery as above.
  • Page 17.--16th May, 1761. Jno. White and Katherine ( ) to Wm. Peoples, £48, 187-1/2 acres; cor. to Corruthers in James Greenlee's line; Nathaniel People's cor.

Processioning Lists of 1760 and 1767/8

"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 286.--1760: Processioned by Samuel Lyle, Wm. Lusk: For Andrew Hall, for David Dryden, for Baptis McNab, for James Thompson, for Nathaniel McClure, for Alex. McClure, for Robert Allison, for Moses McClure, for Wm. Ramsey, for Samuel Lyle, for Reynold's Orphans, for Moses McClure, for John McClure, for Wm. Caruthers, for Thomas Paxton, for Samuel Paxton, for Nathan Peoples, for Robert Allison, for John White, for Archibald Alexander, for Robert Teris (Tevis?), for Thomas McSpadden, for Samuel Gray, for John Maky, for Moses Trimble, for John Maky, for Isaac Taylor, for John Davison, for Moses Whitesides, for Samuel McCroskrey, for Daniel Lyle, for Wm. Lusk, for John Lowrey. (Note this is the land in the Borden Tract).
  • Page 449.--1767-68: Processioned by James Simpson and John Mitchell: For John Mitchel, John Thompson, James Dreaddon, David Dreaddon, John Davis, Arthur McClure, John Walker, Benj. Wattson, James McGavock, Robert Whittla, Alexander Beggs, John Murray, William Mathews, Richd. Mathews, James Willson, John Poage, Charles Allison, James Gilmore, Wm. Crawford, Robt. Miller, Jno. White, John Gillmore, John Paxton, George Salling, John Hickman, Wm. McBride, James Simpson. (Note: this is the land on the James River).

Records of John White in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 244.--26th February, 1749. Andrew Boyd's will, farmer--Wife, Rebecca; two sons, Thomas and John; cousin, Jno. White, 1 cow, if he come to live here. He is to live 3 or 4 years at a Spring between (betwixt) Andrew's dwelling house and the Half Way Creek. Executors, wife and James Fulton. Teste: Wm. Hay, Jennat Boggs, Robert Alexander. Proved, 22d May, 1750, by Hay and Boggs, and both executors give bond, with sureties Patrick Hays. Rebecca's mark--
  • Page 280.--13th March, 1756. William Coruthers and Margaret ( ) to John Macky, £115, 361 acres, part of Borden's 92.100 and conveyed to William by John Mathews, gent., 18th June, 1748. Cor. John White in James Greenlee's line; cor. Samuel Gray's new survey; said Coruthers' old survey. (Note: this is an important record that links John White as receiving land in the Borden Tract. His neighbor James Greenlee's son David married John White's daughter Mary).
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1758. (184) John White, with his son, and negro, added to tithables.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 16, 1759. - (292) John White, with three others, added to tithables.
  • Vol. 1 - VARIOUS OLD PAPERS--1760--1770. - Petition for road from Adam Reader's Mines to Isaac Robertson's, from thence to Widow Wright's Mill; thence to Thomas Harrison's in the Great Road to the Court House, 2d January, 1761. Thomas Pickins, Isaac Robertson, James Wright, Tunes Van Pelt, John Chrisman, Lydia Wright, William Munsey, Robert Bellshe, Jacob Gum, Jacob Gum, Jr., John White, Leonard Herring, John Black, Thomas Harrison, William Dunlop, Robert Kearr, Alexander Painter, Jacob Miller, Scidmore Munsey, William Pickins, John Jackson, David Robertson, Henry Mase, James Thomas.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1761. - (104) Commission for privy examination of Catherine, wife of John White--deed to William Peoples.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1767. - (211-212) The following produced certificates for hemp: Alexr. Gibson, Francis Brown, Thos. Paxton, Saml. Newberry, Saml. Henderson, Nichs. Sollace, Edward Sharp, Henry Larkin, Alexr. Walker, John White, John Black, James Trimble, Saml. Downey, Walter Cunningham, Moses Trimble, James McClung, John McClure, Halbert McClure, Joseph Long, David Campbell, James Walker, Joseph Lapsley, Israel Christian, Henry Lung, Jonan. Whitley, John McElwroth.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1767. - (219) Deed from Richard Stanton and Cloraty, his wife, to Wm. Herbert, partly proved. John White (Borden's Land) exempted from levy--great age and infirmity (Note: same John White?).
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1767. - (341) Grand jurors: Nathanl. Evans, Joseph Raburn, Saml. McPheeters, Francis Erwin, Robt. Thompson, Henry Stone, James McCain, John Ramsey, Archibald Fisher, John White, Henry Campbell, Saml. Briggs, Richd. Renalds, Hugh Hays, Joseph Malcolm, David Laird, John Francis, John Black, James Leatherdale, John McClure, Hugh Donaho.
  • Page 67.--8th December, 1792. John Boyd's will--To Thomas Boyd, 10 shillings; to the lawful begotten heir of John White, deceased, 10 shillings: to wife, Elizabeth, lands for life and then to _____ _____; to John Varnum; to Hannah Varnum, to be paid by John Varnum at his mother's decease; to Rebecca Varnum; to Julian Varnum. Executors, Elizabeth Boyd and John Varnum. Teste: David Steele, Samuel Forsythe, John Purris. Proved, September Court, 1793, by Forsythe and Purris. Executors qualify.
  • Vol. 1 - CHANCERY CASES REMOVED TO SUPERIOR COURT. INQUESTS. - Thomas Boyd (son of Andrew Boyd) died intestate, 10th March, 1800, without issue, and his heirs were the heirs of John White, nephew of Andrew Boyd.
  • Vol. 1 - White vs. Moore--O. S. 168; N. S. 59--Bill, June, 1808. Complainants are, viz: John, Nathaniel, James, William White, Margaret (White), wife of James McFarland, Rebecca (White), wife of William McFarland, Mary (White), wife of Robert Snodgrass, David Greenlee and his children (infants), heir of their mother Jane, who was Jane White, all being heirs and legal representatives of John White, who was only heir-at-law and legal representative of Thomas Boyd, who was son of Andrew Boyd, who died many years ago, leaving a tract in Augusta County, 240 acres. Andrew died testate in Augusta, devising to his wife and sons, Thomas and John. Andrew's widow died intestate and her part descended to Thomas, the eldest son. After Andrew's death, a patent issued in Andrew's name for an entry of his for 115 acres, but some one struck out Andrew and inserted John. John died testate, without issue, devising his lands to his wife, Elizabeth, for her life, with reversion to her son, John Varnum. Then Thomas Boyd died intestate, leaving complainants his heirs. But Elizabeth Boyd and William Moore, who bought claim of Varnum, set up an adverse claim. Answer says Andrew Boyd died 1750. A patent for the 115 acres issued in 1759 in name of John, when he was not more than 12 or 15 years old. Andrew Boyd's will dated 26th February, 1749, proved in Augusta 22d May, 1750, to cousin, John White, if he came here to live. Wife, Rebecca. {Note: John White's children are listed in the beginning of this suit in Augusta County, although it is clear that in 1750 that he was not living there, but a few year later received land in the Borden Tract, adjoining James Greenlee, whose son David married White's daughter Jane).
  1. Recorded, in Inhabitants of Tyger's (Tygart's) Valley: Petition, Augusta County, Virginia, 1776/10/15, Legislative Petitions Digital Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. Record number 000047806 - Link.

    [Note: Whites named are William White (?brother/son?) and John White. For other names, see WeRelate Transcript:Petition - Virginia, Augusta - 1776 0926 Tygart's Valley request for protection ]
    [Note: in Potter's American Monthly Vol. 2 page 265: There is a mention of a "Capt. Wilson who commanded the volunteers raised to pursue the Indians who murdered and scalped Lieutenant John White in 'Tygarts Valley' " in 1778. Capt. Benjamin Wilson is the first name listed on this petition.]

  2. 2.0 2.1 Grave Recorded, in Find A Grave.

    [No photo as of Nov 2015.
    States "His Grave is marked by a large stone" - BOOK-GSLDS 975.5916 F2c v2 "Chronicles of Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia", (Augusta Co. 1745-1800) p 137."]

  3. Lewis, Virgil A.; Henry; Howe; and Morris Purdy Shawkley. History of West Virginia: Mason & Putnam County. (Tucson, Arizona, USA: A Plus Printing Company, 2002).

    Lieutenant John White, of Tygart's Valley, was killed by the Indians in 1778. A party of them lying in ambush fired at him as he was riding by, wounding his horse so that he threw his rider, whom they then tomahawked and scalped. Captain Wilson, with his usual promptitude, again went in pursuit of the Indians. But the wily savages returning by another way than the one he took, escaped him.

  4.   .

    Fort Warwick was a small fort situated in what is now Huttonsville District, Randolph County. It was erected by James Warwick and was among the early places of defense in Tygart's Valley. Near it resided John White, who was killed at Point Pleasant, and his brother William, whose death is connected with one of the tragedies enacted near Fort Buckhannon. [Source: MYERS' HISTORY OF WEST VIRGINIA, Volume 1, Chapter XII, pages 159-181. Compiled by S. Myers, 1915].