Person:William Robertson (50)

William Robertson, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
m. bef. 1721
  1. William Robertson, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA1718/19 - 1812
  2. Matthew Robertson, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA1720 - AFT 1786
  3. James Robertson, Jr., of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VAabt 1720 - Bef 1754
  4. Elizabeth RobertsonABT 1721 -
  5. Jean RobertsonABT 1731 -
  • HWilliam Robertson, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA1718/19 - 1812
  • WLeticia Kerr1723/24 - 1775
m. 14 JAN 1748/49
  1. Jane Robertson1750 - 1823
  2. Rebecca RobertsonAFT 1751 -
  3. Thomas RobertsonAFT 1751 -
  4. Alexander Robertson, Esq.ABT 1753 - 1801
  5. Isabel RobertsonABT 1754 - 1813
  6. Mary "Polly" RobertsonAFT 1754 -
  7. Ann RobertsonAFT 1754 -
  8. James RobertsonAbt 1759 - about 1836
  9. Sarah Robertson1760 - 1791
  10. Elizabeth R. Robertson1761 -
  11. Margaret Robertson1761 - ABT 1794
  12. Letitia RobertsonBEF 1765 - BEF 1822
  13. Matthew Robertson1768 - 1836
Facts and Events
Name William Robertson, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth[1] 6 FEB 1718/19 Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Alt Birth[3] ABT 1720
Marriage 14 JAN 1748/49 Augusta County, Virginiato Leticia Kerr
Death[2] 1812 Augusta County, Virginia


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

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Wiliam Robertson's land (NE, 473 acres, 1764), acquired from his father-in-law, James Kerr 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. As listed below, Tract "A" from James Kerr was his original tract of 473 acres, shown on the J.R. Hildebrand Map. The reference to the "old line of said Manor" (below) probably indicates that the additional two tracts of land were adjoining to the north, above the original Beverley Patent.

Land Patent Record:

  • Land Patent Book 31: Matthew Robertson & William Robertson, 85 acres, Augusta County on Middle River joining the Patent Line of Beverley Manor; 10 July 1755, pg. 497. 10 Shillings. [Source: Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 2, pg. 160].

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's

William Robertson acquired land in Augusta County, VA from his father-in-law, James Kerr in the following transaction:

  • Page 608.--17th May, 1764. James Carr (Kerr) to William Robertson, £300, three tracts joining each other on Long Meadow of Middle River of Shanandoe. "A" contains 473 acres in Beverley Manor, old line of said Manor. "B," 350 acres adjoining "A." "C" corner aforesaid tract. Teste: Mathew and Robert Kenney. Delivered: Wm. Robinson, May, 1767.
  • Page 255?.—20th December, 1770. Joseph Reaburn and Margaret to William Robertson, £125, 100 acres on Long Meadow, corner land formerly belonging to William Skillern. and now Isaac White's, William Robertson's line. Teste: Samuel McKee. Hugh Donaghe, James Kerr.
  • Page 164.—20th March, 1772. Robert Beverley to Alexander and William Robertson. Delivered: Alexander Robertson, Esq., 29th March, 1788.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 163.—9th January, 1771. William Robertson and Letis to John Stewart, £200, on north side of Middle River of Shanandore, part of two tracts: A, sold to John Moffett by Beverley, 24th May, 1750; B, patented to Mathew and William Robertson, 10th July, 1755, 196 acres; corner Mathew Robertson. Delivered: Jas. Robertson. 5th April, 1797.

Records of William Robertson in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • William Robertson vs. James Anderson (Long Meadow).--Trespass, James killed Robertson's fowls and hogs with ratsbane in 1767. James Meek's deposition, November 1, 1768. He was at James Anderson's house on Long Meadow. James wife was Elizabeth, and they had a daughter Jean. William Robertson's wife was Lettice. Elizabeth was sister of William Skillem and George Skillem(?). Verdict for plaintiff. (Note: "ratsbane" was an early word for "rat poison" or "white arsenic powder").
  • Page .468.—17th May, 1768. Robert Scot to his son Jacob Scot, £50, 175 acres on north side of Shanando, part of 350 acres patented to Robert Scott, 30th July, 1742. Teste: Samuel Henderson, William Robertson. Delivered: Jacob Scott, 15th November, 1771.
  • Page 58.—30th January, 1773. Robert Turk's estate appraised by James Kerr, William Robertson, John Ramsey.
  • Page 234 - James Kerr, 130 acres, Middle River. Adjoining William Robertson, Edward Rutledge, Beverley line near Christian Creek. October 14, 1773. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 82].
  • Page 67.—25th February, 1776. Hugh Allen's estate appraised by Samuel Henderson, William Robertson, James Kerr.

Will of William Robertson

From Chalkley's:

William Robertson appears to have written two wills that appear in Augusta County records:

  • Page 43.-- September, 1802. William Robertson's will (in form of a letter addressed to his son, Mathew)--Mathew is engaged to Miss Satren Kennerley, and father advises him to fulfil the engagement; daughter, Mary; son, James. Proved, 26th August, 1811. (Note: this will appears to have been writted to "urge" his son Matthew, who was then engaged to Catherine Kennerly. The urging must have worked, for on 19 May 1803, Matthew Robertson married Catherine Kennerly in Augusta County. The date "proven" must have been later than 26 August 1811, since William Robertson died in October 1812 according to most sources.).
  • Page 165 - - 29th May, 1809. William Robertson's will - - To son, Mathew; son-in-law, Robt. Givens; to son, James; son-in-law, Thos. Downey; estate to be divided into equal shares, and one share to each, viz: son, James; daughter, Jane, wife to John Givens; daughter, Isabella, wife to George Givens; daughter, Elizabeth, wife to Robt. Douglass; daughter, Lettice, wife to William Rankin; grandson, Edward Downing, son to Thomas; daughter, Rebecca, wife to David White; to Lettice and Ann Robertson, daughters; to son, Alexander; to Dorcas and Phoebe Allison, daughters*. Teste: Wm. Patrick, John Porterfield, Chas. Patrick. Proved, 26th October, 1812. Givens and Robertson qualify. Patrick refuses.
  • - Note: Dorcas and Phoebe Allison named in the will of William Robertson were actually granddaughters of William, the daughters of William's deceased daughter Sarah (1760-1791), who married William Allison (as his first wife).

Information on William Robertson

From Rootsweb:

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ID: I00394 Name: Letticia Kerr Sex: F Birth: 7 JAN 1723/24 in Pennsylvania Death: 15 JUL 1773 in Augusta Co., Staunton, VA

Father: James Kerr b: 1695 in Scotland, Ireland Mother: ??? Kerr b: 1695

Marriage 1 William Robertson b: 6 FEB 1719/20 in Coleraine, N. Ireland Married: 14 JAN 1748/49 in Augusta Co., Staunton, VA Children

Elizabeth R. Robertson b: 6 APR 1761 in Augusta Co., Staunton, VA
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