Person:Robert Files (1)

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Dr. Robert Files
b.abt. 1715 Virginia
d.bef. 20 March 1754 Augusta County, Virginia
  1. Dr. Robert Filesabt 1715 - bef 1754
  1. Capt. John Adams Files1738 - 1781
Facts and Events
Name Dr. Robert Files
Alt Name Robert Foyles
Alt Name Robert Foils
Alt Name Dr. Robert Foyle
Alt Name Robert Foile
Gender Male
Birth[2] abt. 1715 Virginia[estimates vary bet. 1702-1715]]
Death? bef. 20 March 1754 Augusta County, Virginia[Robert, his wife and 5 children killed by Indians]

Robert Files was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Parentage of Robert Foyle

Some sources claim that Robert Foyle was a son of John Faile (1656-1712) of Henrico County, Virginia, but that appears to be unfounded.

Land Acquisition

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - LAND ENTRY BOOK NO. 1, AUGUSTA COUNTY. 1745, August 12th--Robert Foyle, North River of Shenando, between McGill's and Wilkins'.

Estate Records

  • Page 17.--20th March, 1754. John Erwin's bond as administrator of Robert Foil, with surety Robert Brown.
  • Page 48.--11th April, 1754. Robert Foil's appraisement and sale bill, by Chas. and Robt. Campbell, Wm. Magill. 19th April, 1754. Vendue of above. By Jno. Erwin. Robert Foil's estate in account with Jno. Erwin.

Robert Foyle and Family Killed by Indians

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • 1754--Robert Foyles, his wife and 5 children, at Monongalia, killed.

Additional information in the following article: Indian Attacks of 1755-1758 in Augusta County, VA

Records of Robert Foyle in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 177.--18th February, 1746. John Buchanan, yeoman, to James Cowan, £18.10.0 current money Virginia; 374 acres in B. M. in Patrick Campbell's line; Reed and Moor's land; Col. Patton's land. Witnesses, Andrew Cowen, Robert Foyle, James Trimble. Acknowledged, 18th February, 1746.
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1749-50: page 120, Doctor Robert Foile.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1750 (A). - Robert Foyle vs. John Erwin.--Slander. Charged that plaintiff had spoken treasonable words. Robert and Elizabeth, his wife, had resided in New Castle County, Pennsylvania, 8 years before 27th May, 1745. One of the Justices certifies that they were good citizens. Many of the citizens certify that they were a common disturber of the peace, both amongst Clergy and Commonwealth. Verdict for plaintiff. 1 penny.
  • Vol. 2 - A Register of the persons who have been either killed, wounded or taken prisoner by the enemy in Augusta County, as also of such as have made their escape. 1754--Robert Foyles, his wife and 5 children, at Monongalia, killed.

Information on Robert Foyle

From "The History of West Virginia, Settlements before 1754:"

In 1753 David Tygart and Robert Foyle settled on what is since known as Tygart's Valley River, now in Randolph county. The next year Thomas Eckarly and two brothers reared a cabin on Dunkard's Bottom on Cheat River, now in Preston county, and three years later Thomas Decker and others began a settlement at the mouth of what has since been known as Decker's Creek, on the Monongahela River, where Morgantown, in Monongalia county, now stands. [Source:]
  1. Public Member Trees. (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.), 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files were combined to create this source citation.

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  2. FamilySearch: Unidentified database - please replace source when identified.
  3.   Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800. (Rosslyn, Virginia: The Commonwealth Printing Company, 1912-1913 in Three Volumes).
  4.   .

    Robert Files (1715-1753); who, along with his brother-in-law David Tygart, moved beyond the legal limit of the Virginia colony into modern day West Virginia– which was reserved by treaty for the native population. Robert, his wife Elizabeth (Tygart) and their clan settled in a small valley at the junction of what is now known as the Tygart River and Files Creek (Map of Robert’s Settlement), where they held a small farm. In the winter of 1753, the farm came under the attack of a local native tribe; and Robert, Elizabeth, and five of their six children were all caught and killed. Only their son John Adam Files escaped; and fled to David Tygart’s cabin to warn his uncle and his family. With the Tygarts, John fled the frontier, back to Virginia-proper.