Person:William Chesnut (5)

William Chesnut, Jr.
b.est. 1745-1748
d.bef. 28 April 1806 Augusta County, Virginia
m. est. 1740
  1. Margaret ChesnutAbt 1740 - 1763
  2. William Chesnut, Jr.est 1745-1748 - bef 1806
  3. Col. John Chesnut1746 - 1805
  4. William ChesnutAbt 1750 -
  • HWilliam Chesnut, Jr.est 1745-1748 - bef 1806
  • WCatherine Callahanest 1744-1750 - Bef 1779
m. Est. 1768-1769
  1. John Chesnutest 1770 -
  2. Jane Chesnutabt 1772 -
  3. Mary Chesnutbef 1775 -
  4. Martha Chesnutbef 1779 -
  5. Ann 'Nancy' Chesnutbef 1781 -
  6. William Chesnutbef 1782 -
  7. Isabella Chesnutbef 1791 -
  • HWilliam Chesnut, Jr.est 1745-1748 - bef 1806
  • W.  Jean (add)
m. bef. 1792
Facts and Events
Name William Chesnut, Jr.
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1745-1748
Marriage Est. 1768-1769 to Catherine Callahan
Marriage bef. 1792 to Jean (add)
Death? bef. 28 April 1806 Augusta County, Virginia

William Chesnut, Jr. 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:

  • 17 Nov 1772. William Chestnut Sr. to William Chestnut Jr. on the War Branch, a branch of Dry River; Daniel Calahan's line; corner Harry Henry; John Chesnut's line. 20 pounds for 58 1/2 acres "On The South Side Of The War Branch, A Branch Of Dry River, Augusta County". Delivered: William Chesnutt Jr., 18 Mar 1773. [Deed Book, Volume 19, pp 8-10].

Will of William Chesnut, Jr.

  • Page 45.--8th June, 1802. William Chesnutt's will--To wife, Jean; daughters, Elly, Isable, Sarah; sons, John and William; to 6 married daughters, Elizabeth Patten, Nancy Harloe (Horloe), Jean Palmer, Martha Hiden, Mary Smith. Executors, wife Jean, Thos. Patten, Andrew Fulton. Teste: James and Wm. Brown, Wm. Spence. Proved, 28th April, 1806. Jane refused; Fulton qualifies.

Records of William Chesnut in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - 1779--April 27th, John Morris, son of James Morris, to be bound. Daniel Helfrey is drafted to go out on the frontier. Henry Lung's will proved. Wm. Chesnutt receives proportional part of estate of Daniel Callahan for his four children in right of their mother Catherine, daughter of said Callahan, and late wife of said Chesnutt. Jno. Huston appointed guardian of Archibald Huston, orphan of Archibald Huston. Richard Reagan recommended First Lieutenant and qualified. Joseph Smith recommended Second Lieutenant and qualified. Saml. Fortchet recommended Ensign. All in Captain Danl. Smith's Company. (Note: this record shows that Catherine Callahan, William's first wife, had died prior to April 1779).
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1792--July 20, Philip Smith and Mary Chesnutt, daughter of Wm. Chesnutt. Consent of William certified by his wife, Jane. Surety, Wm. Bratton. (Note: this record proves that William Chesnut, Jr. and his (then) wife Jane was the father of Mary Chesnut).
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1796--January 26, Joshua Hyden and Robert Bailey, surety. Joshua Hyden and Martha Chesnut (of age), daughter of Wm. Chesnut (consent). Teste: Daniel Good.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1798--July 17, Augustine Harlow and Wm. Chesnut, surety. AugustineHarlow and Agnes Chesnut, of age, daughter of Wm. Chesnut.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1801--March 23, Wm. Chesnut and Vincent Tapp, surety. Wm. Chesnut and Mary Gold, daughter of Robert Gold and Esther Gold, and of age. (Affidavit of Elizabeth Marshal, wife of John Marshal, but signed Elizabeth Caldwell.) Wm. also of age. (Affidavit of Robt. McElhany, who swears he is of same age as Wm.) (Note: this is the marriage record for William Chesnut, this William's son).

Information on William Chesnut, Jr.

William Chesnut Jr. married (1st) Catherine Daughter of Daniel Callahan, who had lived on an adjoining Plantation (Ibid Volume. 3, Page 932) but had either moved or been cut off into Rockingham County (formed 1778 from Augusta). On April 27, 1779 (Ibid Volume. 2, Page 365) the Court of Rockingham County ordered that he receive his proportionate part of the estate of Daniel Callahan for his four children in right of their mother Catherine, daughter of said Callahan, and late wife of said Chesnut. Daniel had died intestate and his son Charles had been appointed administrator (Ibid Volume. 3, Page 364. William Chesnut married 2nd Jean -- who survived him (Ibid Volume 3, Page 228) with a large family.

The marriages of his children were as follows:
Jane Chesnut and William Palmer 1-11-1790
John Chesnut and Ann Palmer 5-22-1790
Mary Chesnut and Phillip Smith 8-21-1792
Martha Chesnut and Joshua Hyden 2-2-1796
Ann (Nancy) and Augustine Harlow 7-17-1798
William Chesnut and Mary Gold 3-26-1802
Isabella Chesnut and Jacob Moore 2-21-1809
(Augusta Records)