Person:William McCandless (3)

William McCandless
  • HWilliam McCandlessabt 1713 -
  • W.  Elizabeth (add)
m. est. 1740
  1. John McCandlessabt 1743 -
  2. Ann McCandless1745 - 1823
  3. Alexander McCandlessbef 1753 -
  4. William McCandlessest 1755 - Bet 1799
Facts and Events
Name William McCandless
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1713 prob. Scotland or Ireland
Marriage est. 1740 to Elizabeth (add)

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


William McCandless's land (Borden NE, 296 acres, 1742) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 159-63. 16-17 Aug. 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County to William McCanlass of same. Lease and release; for £8.17.6 current money. 296 acres part of 92,100 acres patin 6 Nov. 1739... corner to John More's land... to Robt. Dunlap's line... to Richard Cousort's land... corner to Samuel Dunlap's and William Lockridge land... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: John Moore, John Lowrey, Samll. Dunlap. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 74].

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 146.—13th March, 1753. Borden, etc., to Wm. McCandless, 37 acres of 92100. Robert Dunlap's line; said McCandless's old corner. Teste: Archibald Reoack, Wm. Reoarck, Robert Henry, Ro. Lowry.
  • Page 528.--23d August, 1770. James Burnsides to William McCanlos, £42, 224 acres conveyed to James by Robert Scot on the Newfoundland Creek; corner John Botkin; corner land in possession of Carlile. Teste: Jno. Gabriel Jones, John Hays, John Botkin

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 362.—16th May, 1758. William ( ) McCandless to Andrew Moore. £(iO, 150 acres; corner Hugh Weir and Alexander Greer; corner William McCandless and Alexander Greer; William Alexander's line; corner Hugh Beard and John Weir. Teste: Thomas Wilson, Samuel Wilson. William Moore.
  • Page 367.—14th May, 1770. William ( ) McCandless to George Campbell, £119, 183 acres of Borden's 92,100; corner William Alexander; corner Alexander Greer. Teste: Wm. Alexander, Andrew Moore, Alexander Greer, Thomas Wilson.
  • Page 182.—16th November, 1775. William McCandless ( ) of Green Brier and Botetourt to Jacob Hestent, of Dunmore County, known by name of Burdy House on Bullpasture.

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 settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Page 276.--1760: Processioned in Capt. Moore's Company by John Stephson, Nathaniel Evins: For Nathaniel Evins, for Wm. McCreerey, for Thos. Willson, for John Stevenson, for John McClung, for Wm. McClung, for Alex. Moore, for Adam Reed, for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Paris, for Thomas Bard, for John Cunningham, for Mathew Huston, for John Mountgumery, for Wm. Moore, for Wm. Lockridge, for Thomas Boyd, for John Boyd, for Thomas Hill, for Robert Ware (Wire), for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Beard, for Wm. Wardlaw, for Andrew Steel, for James Steel, for Joseph Kennedy, for John Lowry, for Samuel Huston, for James Eakins, for John Hanly, for John Logan, for Alex. Logan, for Alex. McNutt, for James McNutt, for John Rosman, for Andrew Dunkin, for John Wardlaw, for Wm. McCanless, for James Cowdan, for John Moore.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - List of deeds recorded in Orange County executed by Benjamin Borden, 1734-1745: William McCanless, 16th August, 1742.
  • Pages 379-82. 14-15 March 1742/3. Benja. Borden of Orange County to Richard Cousart of same. Lease and release; for £10 current money. 333 acres, part of 92,100 acres of Benja. Borden's pattin land, 6 Nov. the side of a small dry meadow corner to James Eakins land... in Samuel Dunlap's line... corner to William McCanlasses land... line of Robt. Dunlap's land... nere the head of a spring... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: John Stinson, Wm. Evins, Nathaniel Evins. 28 July 1743. Acknowledged by Benja. Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 62].
  • Pages 118-22. 25-26 June 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County, Gent., to Robt. Dunlap of same, yeoman. Lease and release; for ₤5.13.3 current money. 188 acres 3 rood 16 pole, part of 92,100 acrs by pattin (patent) 6 Nov. 1739... corner to Wm. McCandless.. John Lowrey's land... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: Samll. Dunlap, James Eakin, Wm. Lockridge. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 73].
  • Vol I, 11 FEb. 1745 - Page (14) Wm. McCandless security for Ro. Galloway.
  • Vol. 1 - Criminal Court - William McCanless, aged about thirty-six years, being sworn, says he never saw Francis McCown steal, pick or rob John Lockhart's pocketbook, 11th April, 1749. William Henry, the same.
  • Vol. 1 - Nov 1751 - COUNTY COURT JUDGEMENTS Bell vs. Borden's executor.--James Bell (one entry for himself and one for John Mulholland, his servant) prior to 1738, and on February 21, 1738, Alex. Breckinridge, George, James, Robert and Adam Breckenridge, John Moore, Quantin Moore, George Henderson, Thomas Armstrong, John Bell, John Walters, William McCanless, Robert Poage, Seth Poage, Daniel McAnaire and John Grove entered each 100 acres with Benjamin Borden, but got no deed. Suit by James Bell to get deed. Benjamin Borden, Jr., charges in answer that James Bell caused a servant wench of his to be dressed in man's clothes and made an entry in her name as a man, and also caused another woman, the wife of William McKenless, to appear in her proper person on a different part of land as the wife of another settler and thereby obtained another entry.
  • Page 148.—12th March, 1753. Borden, etc., to James Glasgow of Cecil County, Maryland; corner Alexander Miller, 427 acres of 92100. Teste: David Moore, Wm. McCandless, Wm. Purris, Samuel Anderson.
  • Vol. 1 - May 1753 - Bell's executor vs. Benjamin Borden.--Copy of bond of Benjamin Borden to Alexander Breckinridge, George, James, Robert and Adam Breckinridge, John Moore, Quantin Moore, George Henderson, James Bell, Thomas Armstrong, John Mulholan, John Bell, John Walters, William McCanless, Robert Poage, Seth Poage, Daniel McAneer, John Gwinn. Condition, that if Benjamin Borden will give each 100 acres where they have already chosen and entered with John McDowell, and shall build and improve on said 100 acres by 1st April next. Witnessed by John McDowell. Dated 21st February, 1738-9.
  • Page 15(5.—17th August. 1765. Same (from Benj. Borden) to John Weir, £35, 201 acres, part of 92100; Wm. McCandles's corner. Delivered: Jno. Weir, February, 1783.
  • Page 18.—2d August, 1766. John Wardlaw and Margret to Alex. Crier (Greer), £137, 188 acres, 3 roods, 16 perches; corner William McCandless; corner John Lowry. Delivered: Alex. Greer, 13th March, 1772.
  • Vol. 1 - Page (215) - Ro. Allen appointed surveyor of highway, vice Isaac White. Ro. Gragg appointed surveyor of highway from Duck Ponds to Middle River. Wm. Patton appointed Constable, vice Wm. McCandless. (18 Aug 1767)
  • Pago 389.—4th May, 1768. William Robinson and Martha to James Crawford, £68. 198 acres; corner Robert Kirkpatrick; corner Charles Campbell. Teste: James McDowell, Wm. McCandless, Charles Campbell.
  • Page 39.—1st December, 1777. Edward Hynds' will (of the Bull Pasture)—To wife, Anne, with child; to oldest daughter, Elizabeth, home plantation and all entered land this side of Crab Run; to daughter, Jenny, upper plantation and land on other side of Crab Run. Executors, wife and John Peebles; to servant. Wm. Smith, £10. Teste: Wm. Stewart, John Hicklin, Wm. (mark) McCandless. Proved. Kith June, 1778, by Stuart and Hicklin.

Records in Greenbrier County, VA

From Greenbrier County West Virginia Early Records:

Early court Minutes:

  • Page 95 25 Nov 1780: Wm McCandless et. al. exempted from paying tax, John McCandless et. al. placed on Grand Jury.
  • Page 100 - Wm McCanlis vs Jas Edwards trespass: dismissed.
  • Page 105 - Sml Price vs John McCandkless: dismissed.
  • Page 113 - John McCandless on Jury 21 Aug 1782
  • Page 128 - Wilson vs John McCandless: dismissed 22 Aug 1784
  • Page 135 Wm and John McCandless - sat on Jury 24 Mar 1784
  • Page 162 - John McCandless sat on Jury 24 Mar 1786
  • Page 170 - Wm McCandless et. al. view roadway.
  • Page 178 John McCandlep swore that he served 3 years in the brigade of Col. Benj, Templeton and never received any pay. for his service. 25 Jun 1787

"Greenbrier County, WV court orders" US/CAN 975.488:

  • Page 61 John McCandless defendant against Wm and George Clendinen pltf, in debt. Wm McCandless is special bail for John McCandless and brought him to court. (good reading, this ties the two people together very closely, sonand father?)
  • The last court order with Wm McCandless in Greenbrier County is 27 Jun 1798. (William would have been 85 years old).

Information on William McCandless

From "History of Highland County, VA" by Oren Frederic Morton:

In 1754 we see the name of William McCandless and in 1761 that of William Johnson. In 1762, Robert Duffield, already here, purchased the McCreary homestead and lived on it more than thirty years, the family removing to Kanawha County. The Malcomb name does not appear on the records till 1773, when Joseph bought of Richard Bodkin, Jr., a farm and mill near the Dunkard Church above McDowell. But the Malcombs are known to have been in the vicinity of the Clover Creek Mill during the Indian War.

McCandless, Alexander: 144 (acres) - 1754 - br. of BP (Bull Pasture)
McCandless: William of James Burnside - 224 (acres)- $140 - BP (Bull Pasture) - 1770.
McCandless, William: 73 (acres) - 1782 - BP (Bull Pasture), opposite John Bodkin - assigned (1) to John Painter, (2) to Tully Davitt in 1785.
Settlers in 1761: McCandless, William. (among others)