Person:William Napier (6)

William Napier, Sr.
b.abt. 1740
m. abt. 1762
  1. Elizabeth NapierABT 1764 -
  2. Anna Napier1765 -
  3. William Napier, Jr.abt 1766 - abt 1813
  4. Richard NapierABT 1768 - 1821
  5. Nancy NapierAFT 1771 - 1820
  6. Margaret Napier1780 -
Facts and Events
Name William Napier, Sr.
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt. 1740
Alt Birth? ABT 1740 Poss. Virginia
Marriage abt. 1762 Virginiato Eleanor 'Nellie' Wells
Death[1] 1814 Nelson County, Kentucky

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


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Advisory on William Napier

William Napier MAY be related (possible son?) to Patrick Napier, but there are no records to prove this relationship. More research is necessary.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Early Land Survey in Augusta County:

  • Page 45 - William Napier, 40 acres, House Mountain in the Fork of James River, December 11, 1764. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 18].
  • 5 August 1779 - William Napier received a grant of 50 acres in Rockbridge County for service during the French and Indian War. [Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, pg. 263].

Petition in Nelson County, KY

  • Petition of inhabitants of Nelson County, KY
24 Oct 1789 - Petition of inhabitants of Nelson County that they are very inconvenient to an inspection and from the badness of the roads labor under many inconveniences in carrying their produce to market. They ask an Act to establish a warehouse and inspection on the Beech fork at the mouth of Cartwright's Creek on the land of Richard Parker. Signed: William Nappier Senr., William Nappier Juner., Richard Nappier, Moses Gill and others.
  • Land Acquisitions in Nelson County, KY
02 Feb 1793 William Napier, Sr. bought 150 acres on Cox's Creek, Nelson County, Kentucky from Samuel and Nancy Osburn. Witnesses: James Cox, James Holsclau, Moses Gill.

Land Acquisitions in Nelson County, KY

  • 2 Feb 1793 - William Napier, Sr. bought 150 acres on Cox's Creek, Nelson County from Samuel and Nancy Osburn. Witnesses: James Cox, James Holsclau, Moses Gill.
  • 7 Aug 1794 - William Napier, Sr. bought 100 acres on a branch of Wilson's Creek in Nelson County from Samuel and Mary Pearman.

Will of William Napier

I William Napier of Nelson County in the State of Kentucky being very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament as it pleases God to bless me with a little substance of the things of this world. I give and bequeath in the following manner:
First, I require my body to be buried in a decent Christian like manne
I desire that all my debts be lawfully paid.
2d I give and bequeath to my son Richard ten dollars
3d I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret. Anderson Ten dollars
4th Nancy Churchell my daughter I also give and bequeath Ten dollars
5th I give and bequeath to my son William Ten dollars --
6th I give and bequeath to my wife Neley all my estate real and personal the above legatees excepted.
I give and bequeath to my grand son William Naper thirty dollars son of R. Napier
It is my will that my son William if he returns from the army to have all my estate real and personal at the decease of his mother, the above legatees excepted. If he never returns it is my Will that all my estate real and personal be divided equal among the above named legatees at the decease of my wife Neley.
I do appoint Joshua Brown executor of my last will and testament and do revoke all other wills by me heretofore made in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of October 1813.
(signed) William Napier
Present (witnesses)" Joshua Brown, Marshall Brown
At a County Court held for Nelson County on Monday the 18th day of April 1814 the last will and testament of William Napier deceased was proved by the oaths of Joshua Brown and Marshall Brown, the subscribing witnesses there to and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of William Chinnowith administrator with the will annexed of the estate of William Napier deceased is guaranteed him whereup the said William with John Goodlet his security entered into bond in the penalty of $500 conditioned according to Law and the oath of administrator being duly administered to him the said William."

Records of William Napier in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1764 (B). Vail vs. Ligate.--We, Alexander Liggetes and Samuel Steel, of Augusta County, etc., do promise to pay James Gilmore, etc., 4th June, 1760. Alexander Liget, Samuel Steel. Test. William Napier, Alexander Milben (Millen).
  • Page 435.--21st October, 1765. Sale bill recorded of William Culberts, by Wm. Gilmore, administrator, to, viz: Mary Brown, Margaret McCown, Patrick Denny, Andw. Fitzpatrick, Mary Boyls, Mary Ann Crawford, Jas. Logan, Wm. McCanless, David Guin, Jane Scot, Wm. Ooley, Jno. Selone, Jas. McCampbell, Richard McGee, Jean Muldrach, Alex. Dale, Chas. Boyles. Paid William Naper, Jannet Gilmore, Samuel Norwood, Blakeley Brush, Isabell Summers, Elizabeth Woods, Mary McCown, Sarah Davis, John Hays, Cryer of Vendue; James McNabb.
  • Vol. 2 - Delinquents LIst of 1767--Mr. Skillern's list: James Capper, Ezekiel Kenedy, Sam'l Lindsey, Jr.; Wm. Napper, John Gilliland, runaway; Robert Linn, Jno. Moffett, Jno. Smith.
  • Page 496.--17th March, 1767. Vendue recorded of Francis McCown's estate to, viz: Wm. Naper, David Dredan (vid Dryden), James Bets, Richd. Bush, Pat. McCampbell, Wm. Taylor, David Gum, Wm. Napen (Naper?), David Quin, William Wooley, Wm. Culbert. Settlement of above estate-- Paid Jno. McNabb, Francis Randalls, Robt. McKeney, Saml. Gest, James Telford.
  • Page 152.--7th April, 1768. James Robinson's will, weaver--To son, James Robinson, Jr.; to sons, John and David, 200 acres on North River; to son, Samuel, 60 acres on North River; to daughters, Rachel, Hanna and Jane. "I give to my dearly beloved wife Hanna, Isabella. Margaret, each 1/3 of the remainder of my estate after the above is paid off." Executors, wife Hanna and James Edmiston Miller. Teste: Saml. Moore, Jas. Welsh, Wm. Napier. Proved, 15th November. 1768, by Moore and Welsh. Edmiston qualifies, with James Trimble and Robt. Thompson.
  • Page 244.-(undated, abt. 1788/89)-List of book debts due Thomas Stuart--By John Allison (Middle River); Wm. Napper (listed among many others).

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