Person:Morris O'Friel (1)

Morris O'Friel
b.est. 1713-1717 Donegal, Ireland
m. abt. 1738
  1. William O'Frielabt 1738 -
  2. John O'Frielabt 1740 -
  3. Eleanor O'Frielabt 1744 -
  4. Daniel O'Friel1747 - 1797
  5. Mary O'Frielabt 1749 -
  6. Jeremiah O'Frielest 1750-1758 -
Facts and Events
Name Morris O'Friel
Alt Name Morris Offriel
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1713-1717 Donegal, Ireland
Marriage abt. 1738 to Catherine Unknown
Death? 20 Apr 1778 Augusta County, Virginia

Morris O'Friel was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Morris O'Friel's land (Beverley Manor NW, 40 acres, 1749) 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:

  • Page 418.—27th February, 1749. William Beverley to Morris O'Frid, planter, 40 acres on Middle River. William King's line. Corner Samuel Wallace. Teste: William Robison.
  • Page 460.--18th August, 1753. James Patton to Morris O'Freel, 400 acres by patent 3d November, 1750, in Forks of James, Samuel Walker's land. Road.
  • Page 95.--5th July, 1768. William Davis, of Mecklenburg County, N. C , to Morris Ofreil, planter, 5 shillings, 160 acres. Bell's Spring Run, adjoining James Bell, William Bell and Charles Phillips patented to William Davis 16th August, 1756. Teste: John Stuart, Robert Wallace, William Blear.

Will of Morris O'Friel/Offriel

Augusta County, Virginia
Will Book 6, page 18
29 March 1778
Morris O'Friel's will, farmer, deceased;
To wife,Catherine,executrix;
to son, Daniel;
to daughter, Mary;
to son, Jeremiah;
to daughter Eleanor;
to grandson, Joseph 160 acres between William and James Bell
to grandsons, Morris and John Martin, infants, 400 acres,
---tract in Forks of James;
to John O'Friel, survey on McClure's Run.
Proved by Trimble, and 19 May 1778, by the witnesses.
Executrix qualifies.
Walter Trimble
Robert Wallace
Robert Rennick

Possible Sibling in Augusta County, VA

The following Chalkley's record indicates a possible sibling, "William O'Friel (Offal)" that was born before 1726 (to be of age to acquire land) in early Augusta County, VA:

  • 1746, November 14th--Wm. Offal, 400 acres near John Rodgers, on Crooked Run, South River; 400 acres near Chas. Crosson's, on Naked Creek; 400 acres on Naked Creek; 400 acres, Fairfax line. Timber Ridge and Holdman's Creek.

Records of Morris O'Friel in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • 18 June 1746. p. 19: (49) Morrice Offield, John Trimble and Wm. King to make remainder of the road from top of North Mountain to said King's and thence to Co. Ho.
  • Augusta Parish Vestry Book. p. 435 (22) William McFeters and Patrick Martin report, viz: Processioned for James Bell, Maurice Ofrail; Wm King, Samuel Wallace, Hugh Young, John Trimble, Wm. McFeters, Jacob Lockhart, Thosl Kirkpatric,, James Clerk, John McCery, Nathan Patterson, Capt. John Wilson, Robert Campbell, Andrew Pickens and Wm. Martin, Robert Campbell, David Campbell, James Lockhart, David Cunningham, Alex. Campbell, Patrick Cook, Patrick Martin. These not processioned, viz: Jas. Bell, John Risk, Capt. John Wilson, John McCutcheon. (not dated but lying between 24 February 1747-48 and 7 March 1747-48)
  • p. 278. Deed Book No. 2. (429) William Beverley to William King, farmer, 251 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner John Trimble. Corner Morrice O'Friel. Teste: David Cunningham, James Alexander, Arthur Hamilton.
  • p. 302. Deed Book No. 4. (244) 27th December, 1751. John Cathey and Jaen, lately come from Ireland, now in the County of Augusta, intending to travel and settle in Carolina, to Samuel Wallace, 300 acres. In Beverley Manor, on Cathey's Creek, a middle branch of Shanando, part of 466 acres sold by Beverley to Wm. Cathey, 28th September, 1738, and by death of William (died intestate) descended to John, his oldest brother; corner John Trimble (formerly Wm. King); Hugh Young's and John Jamison's lines; Beverley Manor line; corner Morris O'Friel. Teste: Alexander Blear, Patrick Martin, Wm. McPhetters, James Scott, Morris O'Friel, James Berry.
  • 21 November 1752. p. 56: (410) Maurice O"Frield, John Trimble, Wm. McFeeters, Wm. Martain, James Young, Jacob Lockart, James Vance, Patrick Martin, Wm. Mc Clintock, Rob. Young, Thos. Piery, John Campbell, James Peary, Robert Davis, James Philips, John Spear, John McMurry, Alexr. McMurry , David Stuard, Hugh Young, John Jameson, Rob. McClellon and John Brown - to work the road under Saml. Wallace from top of North Mountain to the Co. Ho.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 19, 1753. - (457) Thomas Kilpatrick and son, Maurice Offriel, et als., to keep road from Brown's Bridge to Glebe Land.
  • p. 60: Will Book No. 2. (430)25th July, 1760. James Young's appraisement, by John Trimble, James Pol (Paul?), Morris O'Freal.
  • Pg. 14 - Alexander and John Walker, 210 acres, Forks of James River. Mentioned Buffilo and Broad Creeks. Adjoining Moris Ofrails. March 15, 1762. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 6].
  • p. 93. Will Book No. 3. (446) 7th November, 1765. The widdow [sic] Wallace's (Saml. Wallace) estate appraised, by Jno. Trimble, Maurice O'Freel, Jas. Sawyers.
  • Pg. 130 - James Gilmore, 35 acres, Forks of the James River. Adjoining Moris Ofreals, Mary Ducharts. Dec. 13, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 130].
  • Pg. 176 - Henry Waterson, 100 acres, Middle River. Adjoining Morris Ofreal. March 15, 1770. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 63].
  • p. 142. Will Book No. 5. (406) 29th February, 1776. John Jameson's will - To wife, Jane; to grandson, John Perry; to granddaughter, Sarah McNabb; to nine children. Executors, Robert Armstrong, Daniel O'Friel. Teste: John Trimble, John Young, Robt. Wallace. Proved, 19th March, 1776, by Trimble and Wallace. Executors qualify.
  • Crawford vs. Kenney--O. S. 115; N. S. 39--Bill, 27th December, 1805. Orator, John Crawford. In 1751 Morris Offriel entered 200 acres in Augusta adjoining William Davis's survey. Morris did not complete his title and another survey was made by Daniel Offriel, son and heir-at-law of Morris, on 100 acres of the tract, on which in 1785 James Bell also made an entry. Chesley and Jacob Kenney, brothers, are in possession. James Bell died and devised the land to his sons, John and Samuel Bell, who conveyed to C. Kinney, who conveyed to Jacob. William Bell, aged 68 years, deposes 16th July, 1808, he has lived 60 years and upwards adjoining the land, being two years old when his father settled where deponent lives. John Elliott, aged 60 years upwards, the lower road on the plat was built 20 or 25 years after the affiant knew the upper road laid down by said defendants, to have been in use. The last was the old road and had been long used before the other was cut or opened. Maj. Samuel Bell, aged 48 or 49, deposes 2d April, 1808; has lived all his life in the neighborhood of the land in controversy on the near Buffalo Gap; there was a beautiful piece of pine timber on it. Samuel's father has been dead six or seven years and was about 70 years old. Samuel's grandfather and defendant's (Bell's) grandfather were brothers. Francis Gardner, aged 46 years, deposes, 1808; he was born and lived (except 2 or 3 years of childhood) in the neighborhood; his father was Thomas Gardner, who owned lands adjoining. Thomas was killed by Indians when Francis was very young. Francis Bell, aged 38, deposes, 23d January, 1808, that he has lived all his life near the land in controversy; son of James Bell, who has been dead more than 5 years. Robert Wallace deposes that he was well acquainted with Morris Offriel and Daniel Offriel. Daniel was cousin of deponent. Agnes Offriel deposes, 14th November, 1808, that she is widow of Daniel. They lived within two miles of the land from the time they were married upwards of thirty years ago, till the death of her husband ten years ago. William Bell, Jr., deposes 12th March, 1808; son of James and brother to John and Samuel. William is now in 40th year.