Person:Robert Rowland (2)

Robert Rowland
  • HRobert RowlandEst 1712 - 1782
  • WMartha LooneyAbt 1717/18 - Bet 1763 & 1769
m. Bet 1735 and 1739
  1. William RowlandBet 1735 & 1741 - 1776
  2. James RowlandEst 1737 - Bef 1805
  3. George Rowland1738 - Bef 1792
  4. Lt. Col. Thomas Rowland1741 - Bef 1814
Facts and Events
Name Robert Rowland
Gender Male
Birth[1] Est 1712 England or Pennsylvania
Marriage Bet 1735 and 1739 to Martha Looney
Death[1] 19 Jan 1782 Botetourt County, Virginia

Robert Rowland 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:

  • 25 July 1746 - Robert Rowline(sic)- 369 acres Augusta County, Luney's Mill Cr. waters of the James River, [Source: Land Office Patents No. 24, 1745 - 1746].
  • 10 September 1755. - Robert Rowland - rec'd (1) - 244 acres in Augusta County, on the waters of James River on the west side of said river and (2) - 113 acres on the waters of James River. Patents 31, 32, [Source: Virginia State Land Office. 1-42, 1751-1756]

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 270.-- day , 1763. Robert Rowland and Martha to William Rowland, £50, 113 acres by patent, 10th September, 1755, on waters of James River. Delivered: Pat. Lockhart, September, 1772.
  • Page 274.--21st June, 1763. Robert Rowland and Martha to George Rowland, £50, 244 acres by patent, 10th September, 1755, on west side James River.
  • Page 266.--25th January, 1769. Robert Rowland to Thomas Rowland, £100. 369 acres patented to Robert, 25th July, 1746, on head branch of Looney's Creek. Teste: Benj. Hawkins, Michael Woods, Jr., Thomas Arnott. Andrew Woods. Delivered: Pat. Lockhart by your order, March, 177?.

Will of Robert Rowland

In the name of God Amen....this Sixteenth of January 1777, I Robert Rowland of Botetourt County & Parish of Botetourt, being at this time in perfect memory. Thanks be to Almighty God for all his Mercies; and calling to Remembrance the uncertain Estate of this transitory life; that all flesh must yield to Death when it shall please the Almighty God to call; I therefore do make, confess and ask, and declare this my last Will and Testament, in Manner and form following:
Revoking and annihilating by these presents all and every Testament & Testaments, Will or Wills heretofore by me made or declared either by word or writing; and this is to be taken for my Last Will and Testament and no other:
And first calling to theremembrance the Mortality of my Body, I being heartily sorry for my many sins past, I most humbly implore the Almighty God for forgiveness of the same, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and I do recommend my body to be decently buried in sure and certain hope of a general Resurrection at the end of the World....
And Secondly, and in order to settle my temporal Estate, which it hath pleased God to endow me with, I do order give and dispose the same in manner and form following: That is to say first, I will that all my Just Debts be Lawfully paid. Secondly, I will that my two sons James Rowland and Thomas Rowland be my Executors of my whole Estate.
Thirdly, I will my whole Estate all bills and bonds and booked Debts and all and every part of Movable part of my Estate be fairly and impartially collected by the above Executors, and fairly and equitably divided between my three sons, James Rowland, George Rowland and Thomas Rowland, and
Fourthly, I will that all costs of Suits and all funeral expenses be reduced out of my whole Estate and equally divided between James & George & Thomas Rowland;
Fifthly, that one fourth part of my whole Estate with expenses reduced out, be equally divided between William Rowland, deceased's children, his oldest son Robert excepted, upon condition that he make an equal division of his Father's land to his Brothers, then the above condition to be void if not, to remain in full witness. Given under my hand this day as above written.
(signed) Robert Rowland [Seal]
Witness's Present:
James Hutchison
James Mull
Robert Burdwell
John Jackson
February Botetourt Court 1782
This Instrument of Writing was presented in Court & proved by the Oath of Jas. Mull,one of the witnesses and at another Court held for the said County of Botetourt, 8th day of August, 1782. The same was proved by the oath of James Hutchison another witness & ordered to be recorded, and on the Motion of James & Thomas Rowland, the Executors herein named, who made oath according to Law, Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, whereupon they entered into & acknowledged Bond in One Hundred Pounds with Security according to Law
Teste: D. May, C.B.C.
Examined (Clerk Botetourt Court)
[Source: Botetourt County Circuit Court: Will Book A, Pages 159, 160].

Will Abstract

Rowland, Robert. Will probate Feb. 1782.
Names children James, Thomas, George, Heirs of dec. son William. Only one name given, Robert.
[Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 62].

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 91.-(10th August, 1748, Daniel Monahan's Estate) -Cash for John Jennet. Cash for thrashing grain. Cash paid Jno. Boyd. Cash for Jno. Finley. Edmond Smith's account. Cash paid Robert Looney, Robert Rowland, Jno. Bramham. Cash paid Andrew Clemons. 18th June, 1747--Daniel Monahan to Simon Akers, 1 year's keeping his child, £4, 7, 6. Paid John Bird. (Here James Porteus begins to be scribe, vid., page 282.)
  • Page 135.--17th March, 1756. Margaret Looney's bond as administratrix of Robert Looney, Jr., with sureties Rob. Rowland, John Looney. (Note: Robert Rowland's wife Martha was a possible sister of Robert Looney, Jr.)
  • Vol. 1 - JUNE 22, 1763. - (120) Robt. Rowland, security for Margaret Rentfro, late Margaret Looney, admx. of her deceased husband, asks counter security.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 21, 1764. - (399) Margaret Rentfro, late Margaret Looney, required to give counter security to Robt. Rowland or deliver up the estate to him.
  • Page 145.--15th May, 1766 (s/b 1756). Robert Looney, Jr's., appraisement by William Harbison, John Bowen, Robert Rowland, Hugh Caruthers.
  • Page 56.--18th August, 1761. Peter Absheir's (Appinger) appraisement, by Robt. Mountgomery, Robt. Rowland, David Luney.
  • Vol. 1 AUGUST, 1764 (A). - COUNTY COURT PAPERS. - Samuel Gray vs. Thomas Rowland, administrator of Robert Rowland.-- Superior Court of Law at Staunton. James Breckenridge deposes, 7th September, 1811, in Botetourt County, before Mathew Harvey, William Anderson: That shortly after the death of Robert, Thomas informed deponent that he had lost a considerable quantity of gunpowder, perhaps about five hundred weight, which he said belonged to Robert's estate, and had in his lifetime been made and packed perhaps for the plaintiff, to discharge a debt due to him which was payable in that article; that he apprehended it had been stolen by negroes in the neighborhood and desired this deponent to collect at the Court House such as he suspected for the purpose of examining them, which was done immediately. This happened shortly after the insurrection among the negroes in the neighborhood of Richmond was discovered. Deponent had no reason to believe that any quantity of gunpowder was stolen. Botetourt County records prove that defendant was convicted of slandering Paxton. John Smelzer was convicted in Sweet Springs District Court of slandering Joseph Ghent. Joseph Ghent is known to deponent since Joseph's infancy and is entitled to credit. On defendant's complaint many negroes were brought to the Court House and regularly examined, but nothing transpired to excite in deponent's understanding the least suspicion of their guilt.
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