Person:Valentine Cloninger (1)

Valentine Cloninger
d.Bef. 19 May 1784 Augusta County, Virginia
m. Bef. 1752
  1. Margaret Cloninger1752 - 1848
Facts and Events
Name Valentine Cloninger
Alt Name Johan Valentin Kloninger
Gender Male
Birth? 1725
Marriage Bef. 1752 to Catherine Argenbright
Death? Bef. 19 May 1784 Augusta County, Virginia

Valentine Cloninger 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:

  • Page 333.--24th May, 1773. Colonel George Wilson, of Hampshire. to Valentine Cloninger, lot 3 in Staunton. Page 335.--Privy examination of Elizabeth, wife of Col. George Wilson, to above deed. Certified by Joseph Neavill and Abraham Hite.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 431.-(undated, appears to be abt. 1783-1785) -Tract willed by Valentine Cloninger to Nicholas Spring; corner Philip Rogal.

Will of Valentine Cloninger

  • Page 412.--18th September, 1783. Valentine Cloninger's will--To Nicholas Spring, tract purchased of Robt. Beverley; to Catherine Spring, daughter of Nicholas, tract adjoining above tract John Fudge's and Samuel Leeven's in Beverley Manor; to wife, Catherine, remainder of estate; to nephew. Philip Cloninger. Executors, wife, Thos. Bell, Peter Hanger. Teste: R. Madison, John Bosang, Jos. Buchanan. Proved, 19th May. 1784, by Madison and Bosang. Bell and Hanger refused to qualify. Catherine qualifies.
  • Page 413.--__ ______, ____. Valentine Cloninger's appraisement bill recorded.
  • 20th May, 1784--Catherine Cloninger, administrator, c. t. a., of Val. Cloninger.

Records of Valentine Cloninger in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 237.--26th May, 1771. Jacob Argabright ( ) and Susanna Marrett ( ) to Conrat Smither, £35 acres, remainder of 250 acres patented to Jacob, 20th August, 1760, the other half of which Jacob sold to Election George Fridley, between Peaked Mountain and Shanandoh River. Teste: Archibald Huston, Valentine Cloninger.
  • Page 169.--16th March, 1772. Jacob ( ) Argen(Archen)bright and Susannah ( ) to Henry Sturtsnocker, £33.10, 126 acres between Cub Run and the Peaked Mountain patented to Philip Haws 14th February, 1761, and by him conveyed to Jacob Parsenger 17th June, 1762, and by him to grantor here 20th November, 1764; corner Nicholas Trout; corner Jacob Pence. Teste: Samuel and James Craig, Jacob Nicolas, Valentine Lioninger (s/b Cloninger). Not delivered.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 22, 1772. - (376) Following to be paid as patrollers, viz: Valentine Cloninger, John Redpath, James Culbertson, Thos. Smith, John Cawley, Thos. Rhoads, John Andrew, Alexr. St. Clair, Christopher Graham.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 22, 1773. - (49) Valentine Cloninger qualified Constable.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 604.--1773: Parish to Val. Cloninger: To burying Robert, the Barber. Parish to Robert Hill: To Cloathing and burying Thomas Wallace. To expences in ye house ye time ye Corps lay and bringing ye Coroner.
  • Page 251.--14th May, 1774. Mathias Rodes' will--To son, Mathias; to wife, Barbara; to children. (Copy from the original--a very bad translation of German.) Teste: Jacob Mayer, Nicholas Kern. Valentine Cloninger testifies to correctness of translation. 16th August, 1774, proved by witnesses.
  • Page 351.--5th June, 1774. Elizabeth Armentrout's will, widow--To son, Philip; to children living, being six in number; to grandsons, Henry Armentrout and John Armentrout, sons of her son John, deceased. Executors, son Phillip and friend, Charles Rush. Son Henry Armentrout and Frederick Harris are indebted to her. Teste: Gabriel Jones, John Rush, and (a German). Proved, 20th June, 1775, by Jones and Rush. Charles Rush refuses to execute. Philip qualifies (bond signed Elizabeth Arnentrout) with Valentine Cloninger, Frederick Armentrout.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 602.--16th November, 1774: Vestry met. Alex. SinClair and John Hays chosen Vestrymen, vice John McClenachan and Archibald Huston, deceased. Parish Levy laid. To Rev. John Jones. To Rev. Alex. Balmaine, Curate. To Valentine Cloninger as Sexton. To Elijah McClenachan, Clerk of Vestry. To Col. Abraham Smith, his balance for building a Chapel at Cook's Creek. 2,845 tithables at 2/ 9d. John Lyle and John Gratton chosen Wardens.
  • Page 393.--13th December, 1774. Thomas Dunbarr's estate appraised by James Hill, Valentine Cloninger, John Abney.
  • Page 543.--5th February, 1775. David Bosang's will, of Staunton--To wife, Barbara; to son-in-law, Philip Gruber, Jr.; to my three _____, namely, Margaret Gruber, Henry Lees, John Bosang. Executors, Peter Hanger, Casper Scheyder. Teste: Daniel Kidd, John David Gremer, Valentine Cloninger. Proved, 18th November, 1777, by Kidd and Gremer. Casper Scheyder refuses to execute, and it is proved that Peter Hanger will not serve. Administration granted the widow.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 25, 1775. - (63) Thomas Smith, vice Valentine Cloneger--constable.
  • Page 456.-(undated, appears to be abt. 1776-7)- Jonas Friend and Sarah ( ) to Charles Powers, on North Fork of South Branch of Potowmack, part of patent to Robert Green 21st January, 1756. Teste: Robert McClenachan, John Sharp Watkins, Valentine Cloninger, Robert Poage.
  • Page 531.--March, 1777. Thomas Andrew's will--To friend and nephew, Peter Hall, son of Henry Hall, carpenter, of Augusta County. "Nephew John Hall, son of said Henry Hall, all pay money, smart money, one smooth bore gun and every thing else that may become due to me while in the cause of my Country in case I should die in the service." To Henry Hall, son of said Henry, 100 acres lying between Warm Springs Valley and a Certain Bullitt. Teste: John Watkins, Valentine Cloninger. Proved, August 20, 1777, by the witnesses. Administration granted Henry Hall.
  • Page 89.--18th August, 1779. Christopher Sumwalt and Marilus to Hugh Bodkin, on Black Thorn, a branch of South Branch of Potomac. Teste: James Culbertson, Valentine Cloninger, Francis Kirtley.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 16, 1779 - (143) Grand Jury presentments for retailing liquors without license, viz: Col. Sampson Mathews, Daniel Kidd, Wm. Thomas, David Griner, Patrick McDavid, George Smith, Valentine Cloninger, Thomas Colony, Edward Brookbank, Thomas Price, John Alexander, John Anderson, John Blair, William Burk, John Burk, James Hill, Robert Reed, Alex. Kilpatrick, Euphemia Hughes, Anthony Mustae, Jacob Grass, Elizabeth Hartgrove, Arthur Conoly, William Blair, John Hind, William Kyle, Abel Griffith, Enos Jones, Valentine Shirley, Peter Caphart, Andrew Scott, James Langsby, Robert Gregg, Thomas Poage, Jane Wallis, John McClenachan, John Black, Mary Tees, Thomas Smith, David Bell, Henry Swink, John Ramsey and William Foster.
  • Vol. 2 - List of Tithables for the Town of Staunton to be collected at $4 each to be applied to the Repair of Streets, 1779-1780. Samuel Armstrong: Thos. Hughes, Wm. Bowyer, Michael Bowyer, John Abney, Jno. Bowers, Dennis Calahan, Jno. McDonagh, Robt. Eastrip, Sam Bell, Val. White, Owen Owens, Geo. Wyford, Val. Clonegar, John Blair, Peter Grass, John Buzange, Jno Price, Archibald McClaughlin, Hu McDowell, Robert Reed, Geo. Potts, Daniel Kidd, Wm. Smith, Doctor Cluny, Robert. Cochran, John Griffin, Henry Anderson, Jacob Peck, Josiah Humphreys, Wm. Gilham, Wm. Fleming, James Bohanon, Anthony Mustoe, David Gryner, Geo. Gray, Henry Hall, Alex. Kilpatrick, Wm. Blair, Jacob Grass, Henry Cearse, Thos. Roads, Pady McDavid, Alexander Sinclair, Doctor Ham, Jos. Perry, Peter Funk, Jno. Collins, Henry Howard, Henry Hughes.
  • Page 282.--19th May, 1780. Martha ( ) Cowdon, late Martha Wilson, widow and executrix of Samuel Wilson. deceased, of Staunton, to Patrick McDavid, grants a lease of which Samuel was seised by deed, 3d November, 1752, lot No. 4, by the end of the bridge. Teste: Alex. Sinclair, Jacob ( ) Grass, Valentine Cloninger.
  • Page 53.--23d September, 1782. Samuel Bell's will, intending to journey shortly to the Kentucky settlement--To brothers, John, Thomas, Joseph; to sister, Sarah. Executors, brothers John and Thomas. Teste: Wm. Steel, Valentine Cloninger. Proved, 15th April, 1788, by Cloninger and hologroph, and 16th April, 1788, executor qualifies.
  • Vol. 1 - APRIL 15, 1783. - (44) Admn. of estate of Jonathan Dunbarr granted Valentine Cloninger.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1785. - (102) Valentine Cloninger's death abates suit.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1786 (A to B). - Robert Beverley vs. Samuel Merritt and Catherine, his wife, late Catherine Clononger, administratrix of Valentine Clononger, deceased.--Writ, 4th November, 1785. (Note: this record shows that Catherine, Valentine Cloninger's wife married Samuel Merritt after Valentine's death).
  • Page 182.--24th July, 1799. Catherine (X) Merritt's will--To good friend and relation, Augustine Argenbright, executor, part of estate left her by her late husband, Valentine Cloninger. Teste: Jacob Swoope, Alex. St. Clair, Jenny Stuart. Proved, 23d September, 1799, presented and proved, but record objected to by Samuel Merritt, and continued, and at 28th April, 1800, record refused and appeal, and 29th September, 1801, recorded. (Note: Catherine was the wife of Valentine Cloninger who married 2nd, Samuel Merritt).
  • Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1801 (A to H). - Augustine Argenbright vs. Samuel Merritt--Contest over probate of will of Catherine Merritt, with copy of will dated 24th July, 1799. "To friend Augustine Argenbright, all real and personal estate left by her former husband, Valentine Cloninger."

Information on Valentine Cloninger

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Another Kloninger arrived in Philadelphia on the ship "Loyal Judith" and qualified in Philadelphia on the third of September 1742. He was Seventeen years old and signed his name Johan Valentin Kloninger. Further research shows us that this young man was the brother of our Philip Kloninger who settled in Lebanon. No others of the Gloninger surname or its various spellings appear on the shipping lists of Philadelphia prior to 1755.

On the 28th of October 1752 Valentine Kloninger, brother of Philip of Lebanon, received a patent for 150 acres of land in Derry Township, Lancaster County. On the seventh of November 1752 he sold this property on the Swatara Creek to Charles Willing of Philadelphia for 300 pounds. We next find Valentine "Cloninger" (it is always spelled this way in the Augusta County records) in Augusta County, Virginia as a witness to a deed, 26 May 1771 (Deed Book XVII, page 237). He was a constable there in 1773 and 1775. On the fifteenth of April 1783 he was appointed administrator of the estate of Jonathon Dunbarr. Valentine Cloninger wrote his will 18 September 1783 and it was proved 19 May 1784. He names in his will: Nicholas Spring; Catharine Spring, daughter of Nicholas; ,,my nephew, Philip Cloninger;" and ,,my wife, Catharine Cloninger. On the 24th of July 1799 his wife, Catharine, now the wife of Samuel Merritt wrote her will. She left ,,to her good friend and relation, Augustine Argenbright, executor," part of the estate left her by her late husband, Valentine Cloninger. One of the witnesses was Jacob Swoope. (This Jacob Swoope was the first mayor of Staunton, Augusta County, VA and the son of Col. Michael Swope of York County, Pa. and Alexandria, Va. See page 1351).

In Augusta County Deed Book 49, page 437, Catharine Cloninger, widow of Philip Cloninger of Lancaster, Pa., granted to Jonathan Helfenstein of Frederick County, Maryland, her son-in-law, the land left by Valentine Cloninger of Augusta County to Philip Cloninger. (FGS p. 1367) Isar)