Person:William Palmer (129)

William Palmer
b.abt. 1718
d.21 March 1796 Augusta County, Virginia
  • HWilliam Palmerabt 1718 - 1796
  • WMary Unknownest 1738 - bef 1790
m. bef. 1763
  1. Robert Palmerbef 1763 -
  2. William Palmer, Jr.est 1768 - 1832
  3. Anne Palmerabt 1769 -
  4. Jane Palmerest 1771 - bef 1790
  5. Mary Palmerabt 1775 -
  6. Martha Palmerabt 1776 -
Facts and Events
Name William Palmer
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt. 1718
Marriage bef. 1763 to Mary Unknown
Death[1] 21 March 1796 Augusta County, Virginia

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


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William Palmer's land (Beverley Manor SM, 388 acres, 1740) 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 208-211. 24-25 July 1740. William Beverley, Esq., of Essex County to William Palmer of Orange County. Lease and release; for £20 current money. 388 acres...
(signed) W. Beverley. Wit: G.Home, James Alexander, William (O) Hutchisone.
24 July 1740. Acknowledged by Wm. Beverley, Gent.
25 July 1740. Commission to Robt. Brooks, James Garnett and Benjamin Winslow, Gent., to take the acknowledgement of Elizabeth Beverley, wife of William.
18 May 1741. Elizabeth Beverley relinquished her right of dower before Jas. Garnett and Benja. Winslow.
28 May 1741. Privy examination returned.
[Source: Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 48].

Will of William Palmer

Will Extract:

  • Page 278.--26th March, 1790. William Palmer's will--To sons, Robert, William, executors; to daughters, Mary, executrix, Ann, Martha; to son-in-law, James Spence. Teste: Samuel Henry, Wm. Spence, Mary (mark)Dunlap. Proved, 18th July, 1797, by Henry and Spence.

Will Transcript:

Will of William Palmer, Augusta County, Virginia
In the name of God, Amen. I William Palmer of Augusta County and state of Virginia now being in perfect mind and memory do constitute my last will and testament in four following improvis. I humbly bequeath my body to the dust from whence it was taken my soul to God that gave it in hopes of his most gracious acceptance thereof in through the merits of my compassionate redeemer amen blessed be God as for my worldly estate I order I bequeath in manner following.
Viz: I order all my lawful debts in the first place to be puntuncally and honorably paid.
Item I leave to my dear and well beloved son Robert Palmer all my wearing apparel. I bequeath my son William Palmer my plantation where on I now live and one bay horse and one ? cow. I bequeath to my dear Marey Palmer one bay mare and one black horse and two cows one named Steally and the other Brekey.
I bequeath to my daughter Ann Palmer one bay mare with white stripe in her face one black cow with a white face and one heifer called her own.
I bequeath to my daughter Martha Palmer one bay mare called Polly one bindled heifer and two yearlings one steer, ? heifer and one cow.
I bequeath all my household furniture to be divided betwix William, Marey, Ann and Robert each one to hold an equal share and I bequeath that while any of or all of my above named daughters remains single and sees means to live with my son William on the plantation where I now live if they help him as they have done in ... themselves and... to have a substinance on the place I bequeath to my son-in-law James Spence the just and full sum of five shillings.
I so constitute my son William and my daughter Marey executor of my last will and testament in confirmation where I leave hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this 26th day of March in the year of 1790.
(signed) William Palmer
Samuel Henry
William Spence
Mary Dunlap
[Source: Augusta County Will Book 8, page 278]

Records in Orange County, VA

  • Pages 141-144. 23-24 July 1740. William Beverley, Esqr., of Essex County to Moses Thompson of Orange County. Lease and release; for ₤12.6 current money. 410 acres... corner to Wm. Palmer... on Christie's Creek... George Robinson's corner... land surveyed for Mr. William Russell... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: John Lewis, Gibbons Jennings, G. Home. 24 July 1740. Acknowledged by Wm. Beverley, Gent. [Relinquishment of dower as above, Beverley to Page] [Orange County Deed Book 3, pg. 43].
  • Pages 92-97. 24 March 1741 [1742]-25 March 1742. William Beverley of St. Ann's Parish, Essex County, Gent., to Samuell Hughes of Augusta Parish, Orange County. Lease and release; for ₤13 current money. 440 acres in Beverley Manor... side of a hill corner to the survey made for Pearson and Anderson and also corner to another survey made for Mr. Wm. Russell... William Palmer's corner on a hill... John Hutchinson's in the poison field... Anderson's survey. Wit: James Cathey, Robt. Ramsey [Rampsay], Charles Campbell. 25 March 1742. Acknowledged by William Beverley, Esq. [Orange County Deed Book 5, pg. 6]

Processioning List of 1755

"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:

  • Vol. 2 - Page 152.--1755: Jno. Finley, Wm. Thompson processioned in Cap. Thompson's Company as follows, viz: For Samuel McCune, for Wm. Logan, for Wm. Johnston, for Widow Thompson, for Thos. Thompson; Widow Frazer, present Robert Modey; for Rob. Moody; for Andw. McClure, present Jno. Hutchison; for Jno. Hutchison; for Hugh McClure, for Richard Pilson, for Zechoriah Smith, for Widow Sayre, for Andw. McClure, for John Campbell, for John Black, for Archd. Stewart, for Rob. Finley, for Alex. Henderson, for Wm. Patterson, for Jno. McClure, for George Caldwell, for John Thompson, for Wm. Palmer, for James Gillespey, for James Hamilton, for Saml. Steele, for James McClure, for Widow Campbell, for Robert Patrick, for John Ramsey, for Wm. Finley, for John Finley, for David Henderson, for Isaac White, for Adam Morow, for Alex. Thompson, for Wm. Thompson, for Wm. Caldwell.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 665.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to James Henderson, 157 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner Mathew Robertson; on Cathey's River; corner Robert Kenny. Teste: William Palmer, Robert Cunningham.
  • Page 602.--1st March, 1749. Samuel Hughes to William Caldwell, 440 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner to survey made for Pearson and Anderson and another survey for William Russell. Corner William Palmer; corner John Hutchison; the poison (Prison) field. Teste: Robert Cunningham, W. Christian, Israel Christian.
  • Page 13.--13th September, 1750. James Patton, Gent., to James Coyl, 410 acres sold to Patton by Moses Thompson, 25th July, 1744, on Christian's Creek where Coyl now lives; Moses Thompson; corner Wm. Palmer; corner George Robinson (now Wm. Henderson's land), Wm. Russell's survey. Teste: Mathew Campbell, Edward Hall. Teste: Pat. McCullom, Christopher Phinney.
  • Page 16.--11th October, 1750.-- James Coyl to Patrick McCollom, 205 acres (see p. 13, supra) on Christian's Creek where Pat now lives. James Patton, Wm. Palmer, Alexander Thompson's and Jno. Thompson's lands. Teste: Mathew Campbell, Edward Hall.
  • Page 371.--29th May, 1751. William Thompson, Gent., and Jane, to Alexander Thompson, 337 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 947 acres from Wm. Beverley, 22d November, 1744; corner Wm. Palmer, John Thompson and Patrick McCollum, James Coyle's line; William Henderson's line; corner George Caldwell. Teste: John Smith.
  • Page 376.--29th May, 1751. Same (William Thompson, Gent., and Jane) to John Thompson, 300 acres, part of 947 above, same; Robert Moody's line; corner Wm. Palmer; corner Alexander Thompson. Delivered: Wm. Thompson, ye father, June, 1756.
  • Page 312.--17th June, 1752. David Henderson and Mary to Alexander Henderson, 326 acres on South River; corner David Henderson; Great Spring; corner John McConnolly; corner another tract belonging to Alexander Henderson. Delivered: Samuel Henderson, 29th November, 1754. Teste: Will Henderson, William Palmer.
  • Page 459.--18th June, 1757. William Caldwell and Anne ( ) to Jno. Caldwell, £18, 440 acres in Beverley Manor on survey for Pearson Anderson and another survey for Wm. Russell; cor. Wm. Palmer; cor. Jno. Hutchison in the Poison Field.
  • Page 53.--29th October. 1758. James ( ) Coyle to John and Robt. Thompson. £49.5 0, tract on Christian's Creek where Coyle now lives bought, by Coyle from James Patton. 12th September, 1750. 310 acres; corner Wm. Palmer; corner Geo. Robinson (now Wm. Henderson's land; corner tract survevd for Wm. Russell (now Alexander Thompson's land). Teste: Alexander Thompson. Wm. Tohmpson, Jno. Henderson. Delivered: Rob. Thompson, August. 1762.
  • Page 286.--19th March, 1760. John Caldwell to Samuel Frazier, £5, current money of Augusta, 440 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to a survey made for Mr. Andrews, a minister, and corner to survey for Wm. Russell; corner Wm. Palmer's; line of Jno. Hutchison in the Poison Field.
  • Page 366.--22d March, 1760. Robert Gibson's wil;, yeoman--Wife, Isabella Gibson, executrix; son, Robert Gibson, executor; son, George Gibson, 190 acres between here and Spring Hill; son, James Gibson; son, John Gibson (if he be alive or comes to demand it). Teste: A. Thompson, Wm. Johnston, Zechariah Smith. Proved, 20th May. 1760, by the witnesses. Executors qualified (Isabella's mark "E"), with John Gray, Zechariah Smith, Wm. Palmer.
  • Page 309.--4th October, 1760. Robert Brooke and Mary, of Essex County, to John Hunter, £40, 500 acres conveyed to Robert by Beverley, 26th November, 1741; corner Wm. Campbell; James Miles' line; Wm. Robinson's corner; Robt. Moffet's line. Teste: Robert ( ) Hunter, Wm. Palmer, Samuel Hunter, John ( ) McCallam.
  • Page 419.--18th November, 1760. Mark Tallard's inventory, by Wm. Henderson, Wm. Palmer, Patrick McCollom.
  • Page 162.--29th November, 1760. Robert Gibson to William Caldwell, £30, 186 acres on a branch of Christian's Creek; cor. George Caldwell; cor. land belonging to the heir of Robert Gibson, deceased. Teste: Wm. Armstrong, Wm. Palmer, George Caldwell, George Caldwell. Delivered: Philip Dold by written order from David Caldwell, 20th May, 1803.
  • Page 483.--17th August, 1702 (s/b 1762). Patrick ( ) McCallam to Alex. Gibson, £70, 205 acres in Beverley Manor conveyed by James Coyle to Patrick, 11th October, 1750, on hristian's Creek, cor. William Palmer, Alex. Thompson and Jno. Thompson. Cor. James Coyle. Acknowledged. Delivered: Samuel Frazier by your order, 5th September, 1765.
  • Page 2.--18th August, 1762. Hugh Martin to William Martin, £100, 310 acres on Christian's Creek; cor. Wm. Palmer; George Robinson's cor., now Wm. Henderson's land; cor. Alex. Thompson. Signed by John and Robert Thompson and acknowledged by them, 19th August, 1762.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 429.-1767, Processioners appointed, viz: -James Meteire, Thomas Shields, Saml. Blackwood, James Henderson, William Palmer, Robt. Thompson, from Burden's line to William Tease's between South Mountain and Kennady's Road by Staunton and thence by the Tinkling Spring Meeting House. Andrew McClure, John Galespie, James Craige, Jr., and James Patterson, from Tease's by the Tinkling Spring to Christian's Creek, down the Creek to the mouth, down Middle River to South River, to South Mountain. Joseph Bell, Robert Russell, Robert Rodgers, James Lessley, Jr., Alex. Walker, Hugh Donahoe, beginning at Foard of Christian's Creek below the Court House, down the same to the Mouth, down Middle to South River, down to the Forke up North River to Fowler's, to Staunton.
  • Page 503.--18th May, 1772. William Johnston's estate appraised by George Caldwell, Wm. Palmer, John Caldwell.
  • Page 221.--20th July, 1781. Margret (mark) Spouel's will (of Tinkling Spring)--To be buried at discretion of Alexander Thompson, Sr.; to granddaughters, Agnes, Martha, Margret, Sarah Thompson; to son-in-law, Alexander Thompson, executor. Teste: James Spence, Mary Palmer, Robert Thompson. Proved, 19th February, 1782, by Spence and Thompson. (Note; In this record, James Spence, who married Jane Palmer (daughter of William) witnessed this will of Margaret Sproul with Mary Palmer, likely the wife of William Palmer).
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1790--January 12, William Palmer, Jr, and Jenny Chesnutt; surety, John Chesnutt.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Record - 1798 (s/b 1790), By Rev. Wm. Wilson: January 12th, William Palmer and Jenny Chestnut.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1790--May 19, John Chesnutt and Anne Palmer, daughter of Wm. Palmer; surety, James Spence.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Record - 1798 (s/b 1790), By Rev. Wm. Wilson: May 22d, John Chesnut and Anne Palmer.
  • Vol. 2 - JUDGMENTS APRIL, 1791 (I to Z). - Hugh Nelson vs. William Palmer--Debt. Augusta, 22d March, 1790.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1793--February 25, Wm. Moore and John Hamilton Hodge, John McDowell, sureties. Wm. Moore and Mary Palmer, daughter of Wm. Palmer.
  • Vol. 2 - JUDGMENTS. SEPTEMBER, 1793 (G to Z). - Hugh Nelson vs. William Palmer, Sr.--Case. Augusta, 5th April, 1792.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1796---June 17, Abner Tuttle and Patterson Thompson, surety. Abner Tuttle and Martha Palmer, of age, daughter of Wm. Palmer, deceased.

  1. 1.0 1.1 International Genealogical Index. (LDS Church, 1999-2005).

    Note: some IGI submissions have William Palmer's birthdate as "1749", but since he was "of age" in 1740, when he received a patent from William Beverley for 388 acres in Beverley Manor (Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 4), he was likely born by 1718 or perhaps a few years earlier.

  2.   Palmer, Arthur Wheatley. The first William Palmer of Augusta County, Virginia, and his descendants: a genealogical account. (Washington [District of Columbia]: Arthur Wheatley Palmer, 1964).