Person:Jonathan Whitley (5)

Jonathan Whitley
b.est. 1730 Prob. Ireland
d.bef. 2 April 1801 York County, South Carolina
m. est. 1725
  1. Solomon Whitleyabt 1725 - abt 1782
  2. Ann Whitleyest 1728-1737 -
  3. Jonathan Whitleyest 1730 - bef 1801
  4. Paul Whitley, Jr.ABT 1730 - bef 1772
  • HJonathan Whitleyest 1730 - bef 1801
  • WRebecca Bowen1740 - 1826
m. abt. 1756
  1. Lilly Whitleyest 1757 - 1823
  2. Moses Whitleyest 1758 -
  3. Nancy Agnes Whitley1759 - 1865
  4. Rebecca Whitley1761 - bef 1827
m. 1764
m. 11 August 1773
Facts and Events
Name Jonathan Whitley
Gender Male
Birth[1] est. 1730 Prob. Ireland
Marriage abt. 1756 Virginiato Rebecca Bowen
Divorce bef. 1764 Virginia[likely divorced prior to his marriage with Catherine Brush]
from Rebecca Bowen
Marriage 1764 Virginiato Catherine Brush
Divorce Filing May 1767 Augusta County, Virginiafrom Catherine Brush
Divorce 1 November 1767 Augusta County, Virginiafrom Catherine Brush
Marriage 11 August 1773 Botetourt County, Virginiato Sarah Cunningham
Alt Death[2] March 1795 York County, South Carolina
Death[1] bef. 2 April 1801 York County, South Carolina
Probate? 2 April 1801 Washington County, Virginia[Will Proven]

Jonathan Whitley 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 817.--21st August, 1750. Paul Whitley and Sarah to Jonathan Whitley, 200 acres on Buffalo Creek where Paul now lives. Teste: James Hemphill, Jno. Gallbrath, Pat. McKendrick.
  • Page 510.--17th November, 1757. Joseph Lapsley, as guardian of Hannah, Jean and Elizabeth Kirkham, to Jonathan Whitley. Robert Kirkham, formerly of Augusta, had bargained to Wm. Cleghorn, and Cleghorn to Jonathan, but Robert died without making deed and Jonathan has brought suit. Conveys 30 acres on James River. Teste: Jno Semple, Jno. Gilmer. Delivered: Samuel Hunter, 1763.

Early Land Survey in Augusta County, VA :

  • Page 65 - Johnathan Whittey, 48 acres, James River, February, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 25].

Records of in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 21, 1756. - (219) Jonathan Whitley vs. Hanah Kirkham, widow of Robert Kirkham. Martha, Jane and Elizabeth Kirkham, infant daughters of Robert.
  • Page 24.--13th March, 1760.-- John Bowen's will--Wife, Lillis (Lillie), sole executor and guardian; daughter, Mary, 1 malato slave; son, Charles. Teste: Jno. Smith, Margaret Smith, Peter Luney, Walter Crockett, Jonathan Smith, Jno. Buchanan. Proved, May 19th, 1761. by Jno. and Jonathan Smith and Jno. Buchanan. Lillie qualifies (her mark), with Jonathan Whitley, Wm. Buchanan.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1767 (C). - Catherine Whitley, by Blakeley Brush, her next friend, vs. Jonathan Whitley, her next friend.--Bill for divorce for cruelty. Writ, 28th August, 1767.
  • Page 367.--14th May, 1767. Robert Shannon, weaver, to Jonathan Whitlow (Whitley), weaver, £16, horses, &c. Teste: Solomon Whitley, Archibald Graham. (Note: Solomon Whitley appears to be a possible (but not proven) sibling. More research necessary).
  • 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 - NOVEMBER, 1767 (C). - Catherine Whitly vs. Jonathan Whitly.--Divorce.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1768. - (319) Jonathan Whitley appointed guardian ad litem to Lilley Whitley. Margaret Clark appointed guardian ad litem to James Clark.


Will of Jonathan Whitley. 1793 as recorded in Will Bk. Wash. Co. Va. p. 304-306 October 20, 1801
In the Name of God Amen, I Jonathan Whitley of the County of Yourk and State of South Carolina being in good and sound mind and memory but in low state of health but thanks be to the Almighty God and calling unto 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 principaley and of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that give it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial 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 wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of same in the following manner and form
First I give and bequeath to Sarah Whitley my dearly beloved wife one negro fellow named Will and a negro woman named Fanny during her said Sarah’s natrel life and at her decease the negro Fellow Will
I bequeath to my Grandson Jonathan Whitley and Fanlny to be free and I further bequeath to my grandson Jonathan Whitley one negro Fellow named George and a bond due from Joseph French to me.
I give and bequeath to my son in law John Mitchell all the remainder of my moveable property one small bay horse to be given to my son in law James Davis and also the Track of land or plantation whereon I now live I give to said John Mitchell and his wife my daughter there natural life and at their death bequeath said Land to my Grandson Jonathan Mitchel.
I give and bequeath to my beloved Grandson Jonathan Davis a track of land that belongs to me lying on the waters of Holsteins river and my Grandson Jonathan Mitchel when he possess the land where I now live he is to pay to his Sister Lily Mitchel thirty pounds Sterling Cash or forty pounds in Trade.
I likewise constitute and confirm and make and ordain as my executors Henry Plaxco, John Mitchel and James Davis of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke and disanul all and every other former Testaments Wills legacies bequeaths and Executors by me in any wise before mentioned, Willed or bequeathed Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand fixed my seal this Twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred ninety three.
Signed Sealed and published pronounced and declared by the said Jonathan Whitley as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunto subscribed our names.
(Signed) Jonathen Whitley.
Witnesses Jane (his mark) Plaxco, James Plaxco, Robt. Lusk, South Carolina York District.
I hereby certify the above a true copy of the original given under my hand and seal this 2nd day of April 1801.
Alexr. Moore.
At a Court held for the WASHINGTON county 20th day of October 1801. This above certified copy of the last Will and Testament of Jonathan Whitley deceased was exhibied into court and ordered to be recorded. Attest. Andw. Russell.
[Note: it appears that the Will of Jonathan Whitley was originally filed in York County, South Carolina, and likely also filed in Washington County, Virginia to settle land acquired by him in that County.]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable source).
  2. Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable source).