Person:Walter Trimble (1)

  • HWalter Trimbleest 1718 - abt 1791
  • WRosanna UnknownEst 1715-1725 - 1801
  1. Margaret TrimbleEst 1735-1750 -
  2. William TrimbleEst 1735-1750 -
  3. John TrimbleEst 1735-1750 -
  4. Robert TrimbleEst 1738-1742 -
Facts and Events
Name Walter Trimble
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1718 Armagh, Ulster County, Northern Ireland
Death? abt. 1791 Washington County, Tennessee

Walter Trimble was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Parentage of Walter Trimble

The parentage of Walter Trimble is in question. Some undocumented sources claim him to be the son of a James Trimble and Mary Palmer, other sources claim that he is a son of Robert Trimble. More research (and sources) is needed.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Walter Trimble received a patent of land for 370 acres on "Free Mason's Run, a branch of North River Shanandore", prior to 1765 (from the records below).
  • Page 393.--15th March, 1757. Robert Phillips and Mary ( ) to Walter Trimble. £110. 159 acres. part of 251 conveyed by Beverley to Wm. King. 27th February, 1719 (s/b 1749), and by King to Jno. Trimble, 23d February, 1751, in Beverley Manor; cor. Morris O'Freels; cor. Jno. Trimble. Beverley Manor patent line. Teste: Wm. Read. Samuel Henderson, Walter ( ) Trimble. Delivered: Walter Trimble, 7th December, 1762.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 167.--17th February, 1748-9. Walter Trimble and Rosa, his wife, to David Trimble. Plumb Tree Bottom Branch.
  • Page 423.--20th May, 1765. Walter Trimble and Rosanna ( ) to their son, Robert Trimble, £95, 370 acres on Free Mason's Run, a branch of North River Shanandore. Teste: George Moffet, William Shanan, Robert Gragg.

Will of Walter Trimble

Will of Walter Trimble, written 26 May, 1791, was recorded in Washington County, Tennessee, documented in the Green County, Tennesee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas 1783-1795, G. F. Burger.

Processioning List of 1760

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:

  • Page 293.-(Processioning List of 1760) - For Wm. McFeeters, for Walter Trimble, for George Berry, for John McFeeters, for The Glebe.
  • Page 272.--1760: Processioned by John Malkem and Alex. Blair, viz: For John Young, for Robert Young, for James Anderson, for Alex. Blair, for John Anderson, for John Francey, for Wm. Cunningham, fnr John McKemy. for Walter Trimble, for Hugh Dever, for John Davies, for _____ Doughlas, for Daniel Smith, for Bigham's land formerly known by the name of Gragg's, for Gabriel Pickens, for Robert Poage, for Abraham Smith, for Isaiah Shipman, for David Robiston, for Silas Hart, for John Cunningham, for Henry Smith, for Widow Ramsey, for Thomas Woodal, for Moses Hall, for Andrey McCown, for James Bell, for Edward Erwin, for Alex. Craig, for Wm. Frame, for Thos. Waterson, for Francis Brown, for John King, for John Searight, for John Kear, for Hugh Campbell, for Alex. Kile, for Robert Fowler, for James Gamble, for James Leeper, Sr. and Jr., for James Blair, for Edward Erwin's land formerly known as Brownlee's place, for Adam Stevenson, for Umphrey's place on North River, for Stevenson's place they live on, for Jacob and Christian Roleman, for John Malcom, for William Flimen, for Charles Campbell, for Robert Campbell, for William Brown, for Widow and John and James Alexander, for Michael Dickey, for James Young, for James Patterson, for Andrew Erwin, for John Erwin, for Edward Erwin, for Francis Erwin, for Hugh Campbell, Jr., for James McGill, for Robert Brown, for James Young.

Records of Walter Trimble in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - List of Musters, 1742: Captain John Smith's List: John Smith, Captain; John Moffet, Lieutenant; William Anderson, Ensign; Daniel Daniston, Sergeant; Sam Hogshead, John Hogshead, Will Hogshead, Dan. McAnear, Math. Edmeston, John Finley, Walter Trimble, John Francis, Robert Ralston, John Young, Alex. Blair, Alex. Craig, Thomas Gillespy, And. Erwine, Benj. Erwine, John Erwine, Edw. Erwine, John Trimble, James Trimble, Rob. Moffett, James Wright, Rob. King, Jam. Armstrong, John Pattison, Jas. Lesley, Felix Kanady, Thomas Gordon, And. Mitchell, Jas. Robertson, Gabrl. Pickins, Rob. Leeper, Sam. Moore, John Miller, James Miller, Patr. Quine, Mat. Armstrong, John Ramsey, Dan. Daniston, Sam Northward, Rob. Renick, John Archer, Sampn. Archer, Jam.'s Sayers, Thos. McCulough, George Anderson, John Anderson, Rob. Poage, Rob. Patterson, Jas. Craford, Will Baskins.
  • Vol. 1 - August 20, 1746 - (74) Cap. Daniel McAnaire to be overseer of above road with following tithables: Samuel Wallis, Alexr. Crawford, John Elliott, David Trimble, John Hogshead, Alexr. Gardner, Sampson Archer, Alexr. Gibson, Robt. Davis, Thomas Gardner, Walter Trimble, John Sixby, David Stuart, Ro. Renix, Francis Gardner, John Trimble, Thomas Beard, Ro. Gilkason, John Archer, James Bell, James Mills, James Dyer, Charles Clendening, Wm. Hogshead, Ro. Ralstone, John Moffet, Saml. Lusk, James Phillips, Danl. Brealey, Mathew Edmonston, James Trimble, John Ferguson, Wm. Anderson, John Spears, John McKenney, Wm. Brady, Ro. Armstrong, James Miller.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 4.--3rd September, 1747: Processioners appointed, viz: James Hogshead and John Moffett, from Buffalow Gap to Walter Trimble's, from thence to Alex. Blair's, thence to John Finla's. (excerpt)
  • Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 24, 1763. - (296) John Trimble and two others and 597 acres added to tithables. Walter Trimble and 159 acres added to tithables.
  • Vol. 1 - APRIL 15, 1765. - (337) James Bell, provisions. Wm. Bell, provisions. Wm. McCutcheon, provisions and horse impressed. John Rosemond, provisions. Andrew Cowan, enlisting men to garrison Fort Lewis. Walter Trimble, provisions. Thos. Alexander, provisions. John Francis, provisions. James Kirk, provisions. Rob. Armstrong, provisions. Wm. Christian, self et als., ranging. Loftus Pullen, provisions. Rob. Christian, provisions. Danl. O'Freild, provisions. Thos. Poage, provisions. Charles Kilpatrick, provisions. George Moffett, for Wm. Mann et als. Benj. Estill, horse impressed. Andrew Hamilton, provisions. Wm. McClenachan, provisions. Wm. McKarney, self et als., ranging.
  • Page 127.--19th November, 1766. Robert Trimble and Hannah to Roger Kilpatrick, of Albemarle, planter. By patent. 20th May, 1759, there was granted to Walter Trimble 370 acres on North Branch of Shanandore, which was purchased by Walter's son Robert from Walter, £95. Delivered: Alex. Kilpatrick, 4th November, 1771.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 18, 1767. - (348) Walter Trimble appointed Constable, vice James McCreary.
  • Page 443.--9th September, 1786. David Hogshead and Catharine, of Rowan County, North Carolina, to Nicholas Tropough. Patent to Walter Trimble on North Fork North River Shanandore. Certificate of relinquishment of dower by Catharine in Roan County, North Carolina, 9th November, 1786, before Jas. Nichols, Daniel Caldwell, Justices
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 15, 1768. - (472) Constable: Thomas Brown, vice Walter Trimble.

Information on Walter Trimble

From post:

From: La Doris Doughty Weber <> Subject: WALTER TRIMBLE, 1730-40 Emigrant [long] Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 16:24:30 -0500

Hi fellow Trimblers,

Is anyone researching the family of Walter TRIMBLE who immigrated from Northern Ireland in the 1730s-40s, with his wife, Rosanna, and others. If so, we are desperately seeking his parents. The information we have pieced together on Walter and Rosanna [ ] TRIMBLE is:

1. Walter TRIMBLE* emigrated from Ireland in the 1730's-40's. My notes indicate he emigrated from "Armagh, Ulster County, Northern Ireland". I wonder now whether this is correct. Is Armagh the county? Is Ulster just another way to indicate northern Ireland? I am confused on this point.

2. He was accompanied by the following (known) TRIMBLES:
a. His wife, Rosanna* [ ] TRIMBLE.
b. His brother, John TRIMBLE. Later became known as "North Mountain John" TRIMBLE.
c. His brother, James TRIMBLE, later known as "Plantationer James" TRIMBLE
d. Five brothers, who were cousins to "No. Mt. John", "Plantationer James" and Walter TRIMBLE.
1. Moses TRIMBLE
2. David TRIMBLE
3. Alexander TRIMBLE
4. James "the Surveyor" TRIMBLE. Not much data to share on this James. Upon organization of Augusta Co. 1745, James TRIMBLE was apptd deputy county surveyor [Annals of Augusta Co., 1726-1871. He married Sarah KERSEY "of the

Cowpasture] and lived near Lexington. He is buried at "Old Monmuth Graveyard", Augusta Co. Va.

Jane + William McClure
Agnes + David Steele of Rockbridge
Sarah + Samuel Steele; moved to Tennessee
Rachel + Joseph Caruthers; left Augusta Co.
John + Mary Alexander
Alexander + Martha Grigsby [it has been said that Martha furnished most of the Trimble history through her letter dated 1845 to John Trimble[James, John, James "the surveyor.]
William was sheriff of Rockbridge and died 1794 Staunton while on his way to Richmond with taxes collected by him.
5. John TRIMBLE. This is the John TRIMBLE who later married Mary* [CHRISTIAN] MOFFETT, widow of John and mother of HANNAH MOFFETT. Hannah* MOFFETT married Robert* TRIMBLE, son of our subject WALTER TRIMBLE, cousin to this John TRIMBLE. This John TRIMBLE settled in Augusta Co. Va on Middle River, about 2-mi from Churchville, 5-mi from Buffalo Gap, 8-mi from Staunton. His widow [Mary] and brother [James, "the surveyor"] qualified abt 20 November 1764, as administrators of his estate.

The [*] marks those from whom I descend.

If you descend from any of the above and can add, subtract or change in any way, the information as noted above, I would be most grateful if you would let me know. Again, we are particularly seeking the documented proof for parents of Walter Trimble. Also would welcome any information on Rosanna, his wife as well as a more accurate date for Walter's arrival in the colonies.

Will share all I have on any of the above; however, the above info is all I have on some of these individuals.

TIA LaDoris

From post:

Re:Walter Trimble Posted by: BRUCE TRIMBLE Date: January 24, 1999 at 08:17:31 In Reply to: Descendent of John of North Mountain, VA by Bill Cooper Trimble of 1833

Bill, I have done a good bit of work on the Trimble family. I believe that I am descended from Walter who may have been a brother to John North Mtn. If you can help me determine that for sure I woukd be most appreciative. WALTER's children were Robert, Margaret, John and William. John's son was Archibald, then Joseph Addison Trimble Sr, then Joseph Jr,William ArchieSR. then JR them me. I am also seeking to know where in Ireland or Scotland the Trimbles came from. Any ideas? Hope to hear from you. Bruce Trimble, Maryville Tn.


Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia Records
"Trimble Family among earliest Settlers", by Arvie E. “Bubba” Burks, Independence Pioneers, Volume II, published 1989. [1]