Person:Matthew Edmiston (1)

Matthew Edmiston, of Jenning's Creek, Augusta County, VA
  • HMatthew Edmiston, of Jenning's Creek, Augusta County, VA1715 - 1796
  • WMargaret PattersonAbt 1720 - Abt 1790
m. 1745
  1. James Edmiston, of Droop Mt., [W]VA1746 - 1817
  2. Agnes EdmistonAbt 1748 -
  3. Mary Edmiston1748 -
  4. William Edmiston1750 - 1828
  5. Ann Edmiston1756 - 1813
  6. David Edmiston1758 - 1828
  7. Nancy Jane 'Jean' Edmiston1762 - 1832
Facts and Events
Name Matthew Edmiston, of Jenning's Creek, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1715 Donegal, Ireland
Marriage 1745 Augusta County, Virginiato Margaret Patterson
Death[2] 1796 Jennings Creek, Augusta County, Virginia

Matthew Edmiston was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Matthew Edmiston's land (Borden Tract NE, 238 acres, 1751) 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. Note land of Robert Edmiston is located nearby to the northwest.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Matthew Edmiston was living near Jenning' Creek prior to February, 1746, as listed in records below. The record of his acquisition is most likely in Orange County (the predecessor county of Augusta), Virginia records, where deeds were recorded prior to late-1745. Since Matthew's place of death is listed in Jenning's Creek, his original tract was probably larger than the 76 acres that he sold in 1757 to John Richey.
  • Page 280.--28th May. 1751. Borden, etc., to Mathew Edmiston, 238 acres, tract surveyed for John Allen and for Wm. Smith; corner Wm. Cowdon.
  • Page B-244, Mathew Edmiston, 91 acres, Jennings Branch. Adjoining James Campbell, Hogshead. February 11, 1776. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 86].

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 428.--15th March, 1757. Mathew Edmiston and Margaret to Jno. Richey, £32, 76 acres on a draft of Joining's (s/b Jenning's)branch. Teste: Wm. Wallace, Samuel Colwell. (Note: based upon this record and some of the records listed below, Matthew Edmiston apparently was living on Jenning's Creek prior to 1746).
  • Page 650.--20th June, 1764. Mathew ( ) Edmiston and Margret to Samuel Patterson, £55, 238 acres in Borden's tract, and conveyed to Mathew, 28th May, 1751; corner tract surveyed for William Smith; corner Wm. Cowden's land. Teste: Pat. Martin, James McCleerey, Jno. Mophet.
  • Page 70.--27th September, 1780. Mathew (mark) Edmondson to John Kirk and David McNare, power of attorney to sell land. (Note: it is not indicated in Chalkley's where the land was located that was being sold by Matthew Edmiston).

Will of Matthew Edmiston

  • Page 213 - - 28th June, 1790. Mathew Edmiston's will, farmer - - To son, James; to son, William; to son, David; to grandson, Matthew Kirk; to daughter, Mary Kirk; to granddaughter, Margaret Jones; to grandson, Matha Edmonson, Maagill; to daughter, Ann Jones; to daughter, Jean MaGill. Executors, son James and William Edmiston. Teste: David McNair, John Kirk, Jean Kirk. Proved January Court, 1796, by McNair and Jno. Kirk.

Processioning List of 1755

"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 147.--1755: Samuel Givens processioned as follows, viz: For Patt. Crawford, present; for Jno. Givens; for Samuel Givens; for Wm. Givens; for Jas. Givens; for Thos. Turk; for Jas. Turk; for Wm. Hinds, present David Moneely; for Samuel Hinds; for Christian Clemons, present Geo. Trout, Christian Clemons, Jr.; for George Trout; for Jno. Hinds; for Thos. Story; for Geo. Patterson; for James Carr; for Edward Rutledge; for John Carr; for Andrew Carr. John Finley and Alex. Crawford processioned as follows, viz: For James Sayers, for Alex. Gibson, for Andrew Foster, for Wm. Bell, for Thos. Armstrong, for Mathew Edmison, for Rob. Gilkison, for Thos. Gardner; James Bell's widow cannot show her lines; for John Trimble, for John Finley, for David Trimble, for Daniel McAnare, for Thos. Beard, for Alex. Crawford, for Jno. Allit, for James Kirk, for Robert Armstrong, for Robert McCitrick.

Records in Orange County, VA

  • Pages 241-45. 11-12 April 1743. Bennjamin Borden of Orange County, Gent., to John Steavenson of same, yeoman. Lease and release; for ₤6 current money. 199 acres, part of 92,100 acres by pattent 6 Nov. 1739... on the falling Spring branch... line of Greenlee's line... (signed) Benjamin Borden. Wit: John Buchannan, Mat. Edmuston, Margaret Buchannan. 26 May 1743. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 54].

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - Muster List (as of the year 1742) - Heare followeth a list of all the Muster (?) of Augusta County under their respective officers and Captains: Captain John Smith's List: John Smith, Captain; John Moffet, Lieutenant; William Anderson, Ensign; Daniel Daniston, Sergeant; Sam Hogshead, John Hogshead, Will Hogshead, Dan. McAnear, Math. Edmeston, John Finley, Walter Trimble, John Francis, Robert Ralston, John Young, Alex. Blair, Alex. Craig, Thomas Gillespy, And. Erwine, Benj. Erwine, John Erwine, Edw. Erwine, John Trimble, James Trimble, Rob. Moffett, James Wright, Rob. King, Jam. Armstrong, John Pattison, Jas. Lesley, Felix Kanady, Thomas Gordon, And. Mitchell, Jas. Robertson, Gabrl. Pickins, Rob. Leeper, Sam. Moore, John Miller, James Miller, Patr. Quine, Mat. Armstrong, John Ramsey, Dan. Daniston, Sam Northward, Rob. Renick, John Archer, Sampn. Archer, Jam.'s Sayers, Thos. McCulough, George Anderson, John Anderson, Rob. Poage, Rob. Patterson, Jas. Craford, Will Baskins. (Note: this list is similar to the processioning list (above), which lists all men in a military unit in specific geographic areas).
  • Vol. 1 - December 10, 1745. - (3) Mathew Edmondson, James Carter and John Finla to open a road from Andrew Hamilton's in calf-pasture thro' Jennings Gap to John Finla's.
  • Page 27.--11th February, 1745-6. Daniel McEnair, Gent., to Thomas Gardiner, "Sawer," £18 current money of Virginia; 165 acres on Jennings Creek, part of 400 acres granted to Caniel by patent. Witnesses, Silas Hart, Matt Edmiston, James Trimble. Acknowledged by Daniel and Hannah, his wife, 11th February, 1745-6.
  • Vol. 1 - August 20, 1746 - (74) Cap. Daniel McAnaire to be overseer of above road with following tithables: Samuel Wallis, Alexr. Crawford, John Elliott, David Trimble, John Hogshead, Alexr. Gardner, Sampson Archer, Alexr. Gibson, Robt. Davis, Thomas Gardner, Walter Trimble, John Sixby, David Stuart, Ro. Renix, Francis Gardner, John Trimble, Thomas Beard, Ro. Gilkason, John Archer, James Bell, James Mills, James Dyer, Charles Clendening, Wm. Hogshead, Ro. Ralstone, John Moffet, Saml. Lusk, James Phillips, Danl. Brealey, Mathew Edmonston, James Trimble, John Ferguson, Wm. Anderson, John Spears, John McKenney, Wm. Brady, Ro. Armstrong, James Miller.
  • Page 535.--21st May, 1748. £30. Alexander Duglas, heir-at-law to Roger Duglas, late of Augusta County, deceased, to Alexander Ritchey, blacksmith, 400 acres on James River above mouth Craig's Creek. Teste: Robt. Renick, Mathew Edmiston, Wm. Syers. Acknowledged, 21st May, 1748.
  • Page 231.--2d March, 1749. Mathew Edmiston, Danl. Harrison, Gabriel Pickens, farmers. Mathew's bond as guardian of Robina, daughter of James Patterson. Robina did not chose guardian.
  • Page 214.--3d April, 1751. Same to John Madison, gent., 330 acres, part of Jacob Stover's 800 acre patent, 13th December, 1738, which Stover failed to improve and Downs got patent for 5th June, 1747; on South and Shanadoe River. Corner Ludwick Francisco, Upper Red Banks; Lower Red Banks. Teste: John Lewis, Mathew Edmiston, Wm. Armstrong, James Porteus.
  • Page 406.--19th November, 1751. Mathew Armstrong's bond as guardian (appointed) to Saml. Patterson, orphan of James Patterson, with surety Mathew Edmondson.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1752. - (313) James Campbell, qualified Captain of Foot; John Maxwell, qualified Captain of Troop of Horse; Robert Renix, qualified Cap. of Troop of Horse; John Poage, qualified Cap. of Troop of Horse; James Edmondson, qualified Cap. of Troop of Horse; John Hogshead, qualified Cap. of Troop of Horse; Mathew Edmondson, qualified Cornet; Adam Harmon, qualified Cap. of a Troop of Horse; George Anderson, qualified Cap. of Troop of Horse; Augustine Price, qualified Lieut. of a Troop of Horse; Jacob Harmon, qualified Cornet. (Note: the James Edmondson listed in this record could possibly a brother of Matthew, more research necessary).
  • MARCH, 1758 (B).April 28, 1756.--This day Mathew Edmoston, Constable, made oath before me, Patrick Martin, &c., &c., that by virtue of an execution, &c., &c., versus the estate of John Young, &c., he seized the goods of said John Young and by violent force they were forceably taken and rescued from him by Robert Young, Sr., and his wife, Agnes. (Signed) Pat. Martin.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1758 (B). - April 28, 1756.--This day Mathew Edmoston, Constable, made oath before me, Patrick Martin, &c., &c., that by virtue of an execution, &c., &c., versus the estate of John Young, &c., he seized the goods of said John Young and by violent force they were forceably taken and rescued from him by Robert Young, Sr., and his wife, Agnes. (Signed) Pat. Martin.
  • Page 264.--March, 1760. Robt. Armstrong to Samuel Wilson, £50, 76 acres deeded to John Ritchie by Mathew Edmiston and by Ritchie to Robert, on a draft of Jennings' Creek.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1779 (B). - Mathew Edminston vs. George Anderson.--Allat., 16th April, 1776. Defendant "some time ago of this County." Levied in hands of Wm. Anderson, son to John.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bonds - 1785--October 5, John McGill and Jane Edmondson, daughter of Mathew Edmondson; surety, Wm. Shires; witnesses, Richard Jones, James McCann.
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