Person:Joseph Mays (5)

Joseph Mays, Sr.
m. Bef. 1712
  1. Jane Mays1715 - 1756
  2. Sarah Maysest 1720/24 -
  3. Esther MaysABT 1721 - 1756
  4. Joseph Mays, Sr.1722 - 1787
  5. William Mays1723 -
  6. James Mays1724 -
  7. Richard Mays1726 -
  8. Robert MaysAbt 1731 - 1808
  9. John MaysEst 1733-1740 - 1802
m. 2 June 1750
  1. Rebecca Mays1751-1764 -
  2. Esther Mays1751-1764 -
  3. Nancy Mays1751-1764 -
  4. James Mays1751-1764 -
  5. Joseph Mays1750/51 - 1840
  6. Isaac MaysBef 1757 -
Facts and Events
Name Joseph Mays, Sr.
Alt Name Joseph Mayse
Gender Male
Birth? 1722
Marriage 2 June 1750 Augusta County, Virginiato Rebecca Lewis
Death? 1 April 1787 Augusta County, Virginia

Joseph Mays was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Joseph May's land (Beverley Manor SW, 205 acres, 1766) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Joseph Mays acquired 500 acres from John Lewis in the Cowpasture on Jackson's River, as listed in the following record:
Vol. 1 - MAY, 1753. - Joseph Mays vs. John Lewis.--In 1746, Mays bought 500 acres of Lewis in Cowpasture, and on Jackson's River, latter adjoining William Wilson, surveyor, was James Trimble, alias Turnbull.
  • Page 10.--19th August, 1766. Robert Beverley to Joseph Mays, £10, 205 acres in Beverley Manor. Alexander Campbell's line, Samuel Braford's line; corner James Mitchell, to the beginning by Francis Beatey. Delivered: Jos. Mays, May, 1767.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 423.--17th March, 1757. Joseph ( ) Mays and Rebeckah ( ) to Jno. Stewart £59, lot 3 in Staunton, woodland lot 8. Livery by a latch of door of house on the premises. Teste: Wm. Lusk, Jno. Cochran. Delivered: Jno. Stewart, June, 1759.
  • Page 402.--20th June, 1770. Joseph Mays and Rebecca to Robert Jamison, £45, 205 acres in Beverley Manor on head branches of Christian's Creek; Alexander Campbell's line; Samuel Brafford's line; corner James Mitchel.
  • Joseph Mays sold 234 acres of his land on Jackson's River to Stephen Wilson in 1760. [Annals of Bath County, Virginia, pg. 31].

Will of Joseph Mays

  • Page 336.---25th July, 1786. Joseph Mays, Sr.'s, will-To wife, Rebekah, son, James; daughter, Ester, deceased, and daughter, Rebekah, are provided for, to son, Joseph; son, Isaac (cabin where Michael Francisco formerly lived); daughter, Nancy; sister, Sarah; to Archibald. Executors, Col. John Dickinson, Richard Mays. 4th April, 1787, receipt by the legatees, viz: Rebecca Maze, Joseph Maze, Nancy Shad (Shields?), Isaac Maze. Teste: Jno. Dickinson, Richard Maise, Samuel Shrewsberry (bury). Proved, 21st June, 1791, by Ro. Hall, 26th August, 1812, commission to Woodford County, Ky., to take deposition of witness Samuel Shannon. Executed, 5th April, 1813. Fully proved and recorded 28th March, 1814.

Records of Joseph Mays in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1753. - Joseph Mays vs. John Lewis.--In 1746, Mays bought 500 acres of Lewis in Cowpasture, and on Jackson's River, latter adjoining William Wilson, surveyor, was James Trimble, alias Turnbull.
  • Page 82.--21st November, 1754. Archibald Boreland's accounts as administrator, vs. estate of Wm. Jackson--Paid Andrew Dunlap, John Harden, Robt. Duffels, Archd. Elliot, Wm. Davis, Alex. Wright, Alex. McAllroy, Michl. Harper, Jno. Carolile, Samuel McAlvery, Jno. Graham, Joseph Mays, Samuel Ferguson, Wm. Elliott, Stephen Wilson, Alex. Gillespy, Naphtalin Gregory, Jno. Warwick, John Crockett, Charles Dunlap, Geo. Lewis, Thos. Bryan, Nathan Patterson, James Boreland, Wm. Hamilton, James Brown, James Lockridge, John Williamson, David Stanley; cash paid James Armstrong; 7 gallons whiskey for 2d vendue; to Jinney Boreland's account proved.
  • Page 13.--20th March, 1755. John Madison, John Brown and John Lewis to Joseph Mays. Conveyances above. (Note: this is referencing the following record):
Page 11.--9th October, 1754. James Brown and Agnes, of Staunton, to John Madison, John Brown and John Lewis, £60, Lot No. 3 and Lot 8 of woodland. Ann (her mark) Brown. William Lusk, Newman McGouneig. Livery by a latchet of the door of the house.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 20, 1755. - (383) Denis McAnenis, servant of Joseph Mays.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1760. - (392) Joseph Mays vs. John Ramsey } Dedimus issue to Cumberland County, Pa., to take deposition of John Gregg.
  • Page 270.--23d June, 1763. Robt. Bratton's settlement of estate of James Dunlap, approved and recorded--Paid Hugh Wardlaw, Ro. Lusk, Lettice Breckinridge, Joseph Wahob (Wauchut), Jas. Simpson, Thos. Gillespy, Jos. Mays, Henry Cartmill, James Means, David Dryden, Jas. Burnsides, Thos. Vance, Archd. Clendenning, Lawrence Huntsman, Thos. Thompson, John Low. Received from Capt. Christian, being arrears due Capt. Dunlap. Received from Capt. Hog, due for pay. Received from George Jameson. Received from Capt. Hog, account of James Ramsey.
  • Page 51.--17th March, 1764. Hugh Edward's appraisement, by Joseph Mays, George Lewis, Ralph Laverty.
  • Page 505.--22d August, 1767. Israel Christian and Elisabeth to William Bowyer, £150, one-half of lot No. 3, in Staunton, whereon William now lives and keeps store, purchased by Israel from John Stewart, he from Joseph Mais, and he from John Madison, Jno. Brown and Jno. Lewis, and they from James Brown, who purchased from Beverley; also one-half undivided moiety of 50 acres adjoining said town, now held by Israel Christian, Andrew Lewis, Wm. Preston and Thomas Lewis.
  • Page 268.--3d March, 1783. Inquisition at same place before John McCreerey, Coroner, on view of body of John Mitchell--Witnesses Leonard Bell, Van Swearingen et als., believed to have died a natural death at Frame's Still House on 2d March. Leonard Bell, Van Sweoringen, Joseph Mays, Geo. Francisco, John McRoberts, Wm. Young, James Kenny, Robt. McCreery, Jno. Montgomery, Geo. Benston, Jas. Montgomery, Jeremiah Frame.
  • Vol. 1 - APRIL 20, 1790. - (242) Robert Hall and Samuel Shannon, witnesses to the will of Joseph Maze, are residents of Kentucky, and their depositions to be taken.