Person:Robert Abercromby (1)

Maj. Robert Abercromby
b.est. 1715
  • HMaj. Robert Abercrombyest 1715 - bef 1779
  • WJane Greshamabt 1720/22 -
m. abt. 1740
  1. Maj. Charles Abercromby1742 - 1821
  2. Jane Abercrombie1746 - bef 1802
  3. Robert Abercromby1748 - 1812
Facts and Events
Name Maj. Robert Abercromby
Alt Name Robert Abercrombie
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1715
Marriage abt. 1740 to Jane Gresham
Death? bef. August 1779 Orange County, North Carolina

Robert Abercromby 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:

  • Robert Abercromby received a patent of 664 acres "on Back Creek on the West Fork of Jackson's River" on 10 August 1759, (as listed in the dispositions below):

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 65.--22d October, 1760. Robert Abercromby, of North Carolina, to Revert Gay, £__, 5 sh., 664 (646 ?) acres on West Fork of Jackson's River, parented to Robert Abercromby, 10th August, 1759. Delivered Benj. Estill. November, 1768.
  • Page 27.--3d September, 1761. Robert Abercromby, of Orange County, South Carolina, to John Stewart, £150, 320 acres on east side of Jackson's River and mouth of Falling Spring.

Will of Robert Abercromby

In the name of God Amen, I Robert Abercromby of the County of Orange and State of North Carolina being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men and to die and do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally & just of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter named, and as touching sent worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless one in this Life.
I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner & form.
First I give to my loving son Charles Abercromby two Negroes, one named Billo, the other named Arshell to him and his heirs forever. I also give, bequeath, & demise all that Tract or parcel of Land on Ellebass Creek where I now dwell to my son Charles Abercromby his heirs and assigns forever.
Also I give, bequeath & devise to my loving son Robert Abercromby three negroes named Radgin, Buck and Peter and my copper still & Capp to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Jenny Miban five pounds current money of North Carolina State & no more. And the residue of my Estate both real & personal after payment of all my just Debts Viz Money, Horses, Hor-Cattle, Hoggs, Household Goods with all the Movables whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my loving sons Charles Abercromby and Robert Abercromby (to be equally divided between them) to them and each of them and their heirs forever.
Lastly I nominate, constitute & appoint my sons Charles Abercromby & Robert Abercromby Executors of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking and disannulling all other will or wills by me made either in word or writing.
In witness whereof I said Robert Abercromby have to this my last will and testament set my hand & affixed my seal this thirty first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy nine.
Signed, sealed and delivered by the said Robert Abercromby the Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of William Saxon, James X Dinin, Enoch Lewis.
(signed) Robert Abercromby.
Orange County, August Court 1779. The Execution of the above will was duly proved in open Court by the oaths of Wm Saxon & James Dinin two of the subscribing Witnesses thereto sed Judgment for Nine.
[Source: 1779 WILL: North Carolina, Orange County, FHL #0306091, Book A, p. 209].

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 119.--19th November, 1766. Robert Gay and Sarah ( ) to John Vance, £50, 133 acres, part of 664 acres conveyed to Robert by Robert. Abercrombie, 23d October, 1760, on Back Creek, a branch of Jackson's River; corner Samuel Vance's part. Delivered: Samuel Vance, devisee, 7th November, 1797.

Records in North Carolina

  • 22 May 1757 - Robert Abercromby was listed at the Council of New Bern as a Justice of the Peace for Orange County (served 1757 - 1778).
  • 28 February 1759 - Granville Proprietary Deeds and Surveys #284 Robert Abercromby planter, ten shillings on Elleber's Cr. Surveyed 7 Dec 1757 by Wm. Morgan and Robert Abercrombie, SCC (SSLG 83-A) NC Patent Book 14:331
  • 1776 - Robert Abercromby held rank of in 1776 Major in the American Army (Roster of Rev. Soldiers in GA Vol. III p. 1).


Robert Abercromby (1715?-1779) was in Orange County, North Carolina by 1755 when he appears on a tax list there.
In June 1757 he was commissioned justice of the peace in Orange County. He appears in many records of Orange County until his death in 1779.
In 1757 he had land surveyed in the parish of St. Matthew on both sides of Ellerbees Creek in Orange County, North Carolina which land was granted in 1759.
On 10 August 1759 he had 664 [646?] acres of land patented to him in Augusta [Bath] County, Virginia on the west fork of Jackson River, which he conveyed to Robert Gay on 22 October 1760. On 3 September 1761 he conveyed 320 acres on east side of Jackson’s River and mouth of Falling Spring in Augusta County, Virginia to John Stewart.
Robert Abercromby’s will, dated 31 May 1779, proved August 1779 at Orange County, North Carolina, named sons, Charles and Robert and daughter, Jenny Meban[e]. These sons fought on the patriot side during the Revolution and moved to Hancock County, Georgia in the 1780s.
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    Wheeler's History of NC Vol 1 p 81