Person:William Feamster (1)

William Feamster
m. 1740
  1. William Feamster1740 - 1801
  2. John Feamster1742 -
  3. Martha FeamsterBef 1745 - Bef 1815
  4. Susannah Feamster1756 - 1807
  5. Elizabeth FeamsterAbt 1757 - Bef 1830
  6. Sarah FeamsterAbt 1759 - Bef 1784
  7. Mary FeamsterBef 1761 - 1829
  8. Rachel FeamsterBef 1767 -
m. 22 Jun 1763
  1. Jane Phemster1764 - 1826
  2. Thomas Feamster1766 - 1767
  3. Margaret Feamster1767 - Aft 1814
  4. Thomas Feamster1771 - 1830
  5. Martha Ann Feamster1773 - 1849
  6. Rachel Phemster1776 - Aft 1814
m. 1784
  • HWilliam Feamster1740 - 1801
  • WMary FultonBef 1769 -
m. 1 Mar 1787
Facts and Events
Name[1] William Feamster
Gender Male
Birth? 1740 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage License 21 Jun 1763 Augusta County, Virginiato Margaret 'Peggy' Black
Marriage 22 Jun 1763 Augusta County, Virginiato Margaret 'Peggy' Black
Marriage 1784 prob. Augusta County, Virginia - need source
to Susanna Bratton
Marriage 1 Mar 1787 prob. Augusta County, Virginia - need source
to Mary Fulton
Death? 1801 Augusta County, Virginia
Alt Death? 8 Nov 1801 Greenbrier County, Virginia

William Feamster was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Virginia

  • William Feamster bought 1,000 acres of land on Muddy Creek in Greenbrier County. [1].

Estate Records

Pg. 515 - Articles of agreement June 20, 1812 between Thomas Feemster, son and administrator of William Feamster, who was son and administrator of Thomas Feemster, and Mary Feemster, formerly Mary Fulton, administrator of William Feemster, parties of the first part and
Robert Sitlington and Mary, formerly Feemster, Elizabeth Bratton and Rachel Carlisle, formerly Feemster, Mathew Wallace and wife Sarah, formerly Brown and his only daughter [of] Sarah Brown, formerly Feemster, and Joseph Wallace, heir of Susannah Wallace, formerly Feemster, devisees of the estate of Thomas Feemster, parties of the second part
parties of the 1st part relinquish claims to lands of Thomas Feemster and to moneys paid by Thomas and Mary Feemster, adm. of William Feemster, to James Bratton and Mathew Wallace, court appointed parties of the 2nd part quit any claims against the personal estate of Thomas Feemster (cash, bills, bonds and slaves)
Wit: John Brown, Mary Brown, Thomas Feemster, A. Sitlington, Robert Gardner, William and Eliza Bratton.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - MARRIAGES LICENSES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY. - 1763 - June 21, William Fimster. [Note: bride's name not listed on this early record in Augusta County records].
  • Vol. 2 - 1767--Lists of Supernumeraries: James Henry, Mathew Ralston, Jno. Bowin, Robt. Armstrong, James Akin, David Tate, Edw'd McMullen, Thos. Hicklin, Sam'l Hodge, Pat Lowry, Wm. McMurry, Jas. Lauderdale, Jno. Hodge, Jno. Kinkead, James Simpson, James McCoy, Chas. Lewis, James Robinson, Jno. Henderson, Wm. Hugart, Wm. Feemster, Wm. Blanton, Thos. Willson, Jno. Lowry, Sam Campbell, David Smith, Robt. Kilpatrick, Robert Guinn, Wm. Martin, Wm. Lowry, Thomas King, Geo. Jemison, Sam'l Lawrence, Peter Right, Wm. Black, Jos. McDonald, Benj. Watson, Henry Bowin, Mary Glass, Sam'l McCrackin, Andrew Hamilton.
  • Vol. 2 - John Levecy and ____, his wife, only daughter and issue of James Campbell, vs. John Morris--O. S. 24; N. S. 8--Bill filed 7th October, 1800). In February, 1773, James Campbell, father of oratrix, went into the County now of Kenhawa County and made an improvement on the Kenhawa, sowing a large quantity of apple seed. The same year John Morris cleared a tract opposite James on a creek called Napper's Creek, which he sold to a person of the same name. The Indian War of 1774 prevented James from making any further improvements, and in 1775 John claimed James' improvement. James died intestate previous to 1779 and John got a patent from the Commissioners and has sold a part to William Droddy, who has sold to John Reynoids. Peter Shoemaker deposes, 18th January, 1804, in Adams County, Ohio. In February, 1773, he started from Muddy Creek in Greenbrier County for the Kenawha in company with James Campbell, James Pauley, and Walter Kelly, and went as far as Gauley River, where Walter Kelly turned back. The others went on to what is now the mouth of Campbell's Creek, where Campbell made a tomahawk improvement. John and William Morris were brothers. The Indians shot deponent at Powell's Valley. Deposition of John Jones, a settler, as to Walter Kelley, Knapper (Napper), Thomas Alsberry, William Feamster. Thomas Alsberry says he forted (fought?) with John Morris all during the Indian War. They were greatly harassed by the Indians. About Conrad Yoacum. George Lee (See?) deposes in Kenawha, that he came to the country in 1774. John Morris was then with him as a soldier under Mathew Arbuckle. Curtis Alderson testifies in Botetourt, 20th May, 1802. In 1713 John Alderson, Joseph Carroll, William Morris, John Herd and deponent set out from Shenandoah County for New River below the falls, in search of vacant land, and went down as far as James Burnsides's on Greenbrier, when they were joined by Archd. Taylor, Philip Cooper and Walter Kelly, and all together arrived at New River 6th April, and made improvements and set out to return home, and at Gauley they met James Campbell, Peter Shoemaker and James Polly; William Morris and deponent went back with them. James Campbell died in fall of 1777.
  • Vol. 2 - Feemster vs. Feemster--O. S. 64; N. S. 22--From Bath. Bill filed 8th May, 1798, by John and William Feemster against Elizabeth Feemster, relict of Thomas Feemster, deceased; John McCreery and Martha, his wife; Robert Sitlington and Mary, his wife; Adam Bratton and Elizabeth; Rachel Carlisle, alias Feemster, Susannah Feemster; Sarah Brown, daughter of Sarah Feemster, who married Hugh Brown, deceased; which Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, Rachel and Susanna are daughters and heirs of Thomas. Orators are also sons. Thomas made a will, but it was lost.
  • Feemster vs. Feemster--O. S. 371; N. S. 135--Bill, 1808, by James Bratton and Mathew Wallace, administrators de bonis non of Thos. Feemster, who died 1797, intestate, and his son William, administered. Wm. is dead some years and his administrators are son, Thomas, and widow, Polly. Thos. Feemster's distributees are viz: Widow Elizabeth; Jno., son of Thos.; Matty McCreery, daughter of Thos.; Robert Sitlington and Polly, his wife; Rachel Carlile, Elizabeth Bratton, daughters of Thomas; Joseph Wallace, administrator of wife, Susan; Mathew Wallace and Sally, his wife, daughter and sole heiress of Sally Brown (said Susan and Sally being daughters of Thos.).

Records in Greenbrier County, VA:

  • 1782 - William Feamster appointed to oversee road construction from Alderson’s to Stuart’s.
  • 1784 - William Feamster appointed to survey a wagon road from Keeny’s Mill to John Stuarts.
  • 9 September 1786 - William Feamster obtained the deed for his land and all improvements
  • By 1799, William had acquired 11,730 acres in Greenbrier Co. [William’s father had been one of the richest men in the area.]
  • 24 August 1799 in Greenbrier Co., VA; William Feaster surveyed the land of his widowed daughter Jane’s husband, Thomas Bradshaw.
  • 29 January 1800, “William Feemster Gent. was duly qualified to his office of a magistrate and took the usual oath according to law.”
Will of Sister Martha:
  • McCRARY, MARTHA – Will – Page 507 – Signed Apr. 23, 1814. Names, Hiram, Wm. Thomas and Margaret Phemster, children of brother John Phemster. Jane Bradshaw, Margaret Chambers, Martha Newton, and Rachel Morgan, children of brother, William Phemster. Andrew Littleton, son of Robert Littleton. Elizabeth Bratton. Samuel and John Carlisle, sons of sister, Rachel Carlisle. Polly Kenny and Robert McCreary, son of Wm. McCreary of Clark Co. Exec.’s. Mathew Kenny and William Prewitt. Witnesses, Wharton Schooler, Wm. M. Kenny and Robert P. Kenny. Probated Oct. Court 1815. Thomas, Phemster
  1. Raymond Finley Hughes and Howard Clift Black. William Black and his Descendents A Genealogy of the Descendents of William Black of Augusta County, VA and la. (Unpublished. Copyrighted 1973 by Hughes).