Person:William Stuart (18)

William Stuart, of the Cowpasture, Augusta County, VA
b.Abt. 1732 Ireland
d.Abt. Feb 1797 Bath County, Virginia
  • HWilliam Stuart, of the Cowpasture, Augusta County, VAAbt 1732 - Abt 1797
  • WLady Margaret Usher1736 - 1800
m. abt. 1756
  1. James Stuart1757 - bef 1841
  2. William Stuart, Jr.BEF 1759 - BET 1816 AND 1817
  3. Edward Stuart1759 - 1844
  4. John Stuart1761 - 1850
  5. Jean 'Jane' StuartBEF 1772 -
  6. Mary StuartBEF 1773 -
  7. Usher Stuart - aft 1836
Facts and Events
Name William Stuart, of the Cowpasture, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? Abt. 1732 Ireland
Immigration? abt. 1755 Came from Ireland to Virginia
Marriage abt. 1756 Poss. Augusta County, Virginiato Lady Margaret Usher
Death? Abt. Feb 1797 Bath County, Virginia

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 138.--16th May, 1759. George Wilson and Elizabeth to Wm. Stewart, £20, 105 acres on Cowpasture River; corner Carlile's land.
  • Page 133.--10th February, 1761. William Sprowl and Jean to William Stewart. £30, 168 acres on Cowpasture River. Teste: William Marten, Hugh ( ) Young. James ( ) Trotter. Delivered, October, 1761.
  • Page 178 - William Stuart, 65 acres, Cowpasture River. Adjoining James Botkins. October 6, 1770. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 64].
  • Page 382.--11th August, 1773. Dawson Wade and Rachel ( ), of Botetourt, to William Stewart, on a branch of Bull Pasture, corner Alex. McCandles. formerly patented to Dawson Wade.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 148.--14th May, 1767. William Stewart and Margaret ( ) to James Bodkin, £27, 105 acres on the Cowpasture; corner land in possession of James Clemons. Teste: John Carlile, Hugh Hicklin, Francis Jackson, William Black. Delivered by James Bodkin, order 7th March, 1793.

Processioning List of 1767/68

"Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:

Page 448.--1767-68: Processioned by Hugh Hicklin, part of Bullpasture and part of Cowpasture: For William Martin, for Thomas Hamilton, for Lofftus Pullins, for James Bodkins, for Robt. Hall, for James Burnsides, for John Hicklin, for James Clemens, for William Stewart, for Robt. Carlile.

Will of William Stuart

Will: William Steuart, 1796, Bath County, Virginia Source: Will Book 1, Page 87 & 88

In the name of God Amean -- I William Steuart of Bath County & State of Virginia weack in healt and low in body though perfect in memory & sence at present calling unto mind do this twentyth seventh day of December in the year of our Lord 1796 six mak and ordain my last will and testament in the manner and form hereafter mentioned: first to my well beloved son James Steuart I leave him all my right title and claim of all the lands that I hold or claim in the Cowpasture to him the sd James Steurt and heirs for ever except my one hundred & twenty three acres of land lying on the Bullpasture Mountain which I herafter mention to another of my heirs I next to my dear & well beloved wife Margret Steuart I leave her all my right title and claim of the tract of land I now I posess personall and real during her time of life in Bullpasture and at her death I order that sd estate before mentioned to my wife Margret to desend to my fourth son William Steuart Junior on provise that he the said William Steuart do maintain and clouth sufficiently his younger brother Usher Steuart noncorposmentus the time of sd Ushers life if sd William Steuart after the estate coming into his hand does or will not maintain and clouth his before mentioned brother then he is to pay anuly the sum of twelve pounds Virginia curency during life of sd Usher who is to be suported by William or his heirs of the benefits of that real estate Liquse for further provisions for sd Usher I do leave that certain track of land on the Bullpasture Mountain containing one hundred twenty three acres before mentioned to be valued by the three brothers Edward, John & William Steuart at the expiration or term of two years after this present date after the valuation of the sd three there the before metioned James Steuart to enjoy inherit and posess him and his heirs for ever by paying the sum of ten dollars annuly until the valuation or sum is fully payd unto Usher Steurt his Gaurdean or Executor lawfully chosen and said Gaurdean is to covert that sum of ten dollars anuly to usuary otherwise to necessary call and if Usher is called away before the time of payment expiring then the remaining sum or sums to fall into the hands of my wife Margret to do and make use of as she thinks fitten to conduct at pleasure and if neither my wife Margret or yet my son Usher surviving until those payments being fullfilled by my son James then my son Edward to enjoy and call on sutch sum or sums then remaining or payable of that estate to him or his heirs duyly and payable as before mentioned Liquise on further concideration I do leave to my afore mentioned wife Margret the Sorel mear and that Sorel mears colt to do and conduct with as she my wife thinks fitting and at pleasure Liquise I do leave a certain greay mear two years old past this date to my deaughter Meary Calaghan wife to Charls Calaghan and further to my daughter Jean Hicklin wife of Jams Hicklin I leave the sum of five pounds Virginia curency to be paid in the term of three after my decease or this present date Liquis to my beloved son Edward Steuart I leave the sum of ten pounds Virg. Curency or a horse to that amount or value by any chosen agreeable to the dtr and creditor at the expiration of three years after my decease Liquis and further to my beloved son John Steuart I do leave twenty shillings as before mentioned three years after my decease
This being my last will and testamony In the name of God Amean
William W. Steuart
Teste Executors
Jno G. _____Jas Stuart
Alex WilyWm Stuart

Bath County February Court 1797
This last will and testament of William Stuart dec'd was proved in Court by the witnesses
thereto and ordered to be recorded
Teste Charles Cameron Clk

Account of William Stuart's Journey to America

From History of Highland County, Virginia by Oren F. Morton:

William Steuart, a young Scotchman, had a thrilling experience in reaching these mountains. Being well educated, he expected to follow a profession. The ship on which he took passage was captured by Spanish pirates, and the crew killed. He was the only passenger and was put on the South Atlantic shore with no clothing save a piece of canvas and without his chest- ful of books. Thence he drifted northward to the Augusta colony, doing at first manual labor. His soft hands and intellectual air brought him a welcome invitation to teach school, and he followed this calling the rest of his life. But downcast at the loss of his beloved library, he was content to spend his days in the frontier wilderness. Steuart settled just below the mouth of Shaw's Fork. In marrying Margaret Usher he became brother-in-law to Loftus Pullin.

Records of William Stuart in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 47.--Commission for privy examination of Jane, wife of William Sproul, deed to William Stewart dated 9th/10th February, 1761, executed, 3d November, 1761.
  • Page 314.--17th-May, 1762. Richard ( ) Botkin and Elizabeth ( ) to Samuel Given. £158, 339 acres on Clover Creek now called the Bull Pasture River, a branch of Cow Pasture; cor. to land in possession of Loftus Pullen. Teste: Wm. Stewart. Tames Boadkin. George Woolridge. Delivered: Samuel Givens, August, 1768.
  • Page 454.--7th September, 1771. Thomas (mark) Hicklin. Sr.'s will, of the Bull Pasture--To son, Hugh; to son, John, Thomas; to daughters, Rosannah Johnston, Jane Laverty; to daughters, Dinah Botkin, Sarah Black. Executor, eldest son Hugh. Teste: James Bradshaw, Agness Bradshaw, Wm. Steward. Proved, 2Uth November, 1771, by the witnesses. Executor qualifies with Charles Lewis, John Wilson.
  • Page 197.---17th September, 1773. David ( ) Guin to Mary Greenlee, 210 acres in Borden's tract on North Branch of James at mouth of Back Creek. Teste: Samuel McDowell. John Letcher, Margaret Greenlee, William Stewart, Grace and David Greenlee.
  • 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, 16th June, 1778, by Stuart and Hicklin.
  • 1787--April 16, John Deverix and Thomas Deverix, surety. John Deverix and Mary Peebles, daughter of John Peebles. Teste: John Graham, Wm. Stuart.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1788 (D to Z). William Stuart and Margaret, his wife, vs. Joseph Beath.--Slander. Writ, 30th May, 1788.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1788 (D to Z). William Stuart, infant, by father, William Stuart vs. Joseph Beath.-- Slander. Writ, 30th May, 1788.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 22, 1788. - (658) William Stuart and Margaret, his wife, and their sons, Edward Stuart and William Stuart, Jr., infant--3 suits vs. Beith for slander.
  • Page 237.--12th June, 1789. Thomas Stuart's estate appraised by Walter Davis, Samuel Long, Joseph Colter. Page 244.--List of book debts due Thomas Stuart--By John Allison (Middle River); James Stuart (Providence); Samuel Steel (Providence); Charles Stuart (millwright); widow Stuart (Burden's Land); John Stuart (taylor); John Sinters (Suinters) (Patrick Martin's son); Robert Stuart (Pastures); John Shields (son to John); William Stuart (schoolmaster); (many others listed).
  • 1790-- November 30, James Hicklin and Jane Stuart, daughter of Wm. Stuart (consent); surety, John Stuart.

Information on William Stuart

From "History of Pendleton County, West Virginia", by Oren F. Morton, pp.239-241:

1755 - William STEUART (1732c.-1797) married, before 1757, to Margaret USHER, daughter of Edward USHER. They had children: James STEUART; Edward STEUART married Mary CALLAHAN; John STEUART married Hannah HICKLIN; William STEUART married Virginia GWIN; Usher STEUART; Mary STEUART married Charles CALLAHAN; and Jane STEUART married James HICKLIN.
Morton credits William STEUART (1732c.-1797) as being the earliest teacher in what is now Highland County, Virginia, "having taught quite regularly from the time of his arrival about 1755. He appears to have been well educated, especially in the mathematics.

From Biography of James Hughart Nixon Cobb (1858-1928) in Chronicles of Oklahoma (

Born December 14, 1858, in Highland County, Virginia, near McDowell; died at his home 211 South Water Street, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, July 31, 1928; and son of John Anderson Cobb and Elizabeth Ann (Pullin) Cobb. Every line of the family from which he is descended were in Virginia before the Revolutionary War, his paternal ancestor Joseph Cobb settling in Isle of Wight County in 1613, coming on the ship Treasurer. His maternal ancestor, Loftus Pullin, settling in Augusta County, Virginia, in 1743 and marrying Ann Jane Usher in 1750, was one of the first land owners in that part of Augusta County that was incorporated into Highland County, securing patent to land as early as August 17, 1745. The name of his wife, Ann Jane Usher, uncovers a romance. One Edward Usher eloped with a daughter of an English nobleman named Perry, coming to America. Their four children were girls, one dying in infancy. Their father died while they were yet small, the widow with her three children returning to England. A reconciliation with her father being denied she returned to the Augusta Colony at Fort Dickerson, Virginia. James Knox (father of the founder of Knoxville, Tennessee) became guardian of Ann Jane Usher. With a portion of her inheritance he purchased for her a negro girl, Daphne, the first slave in Highland County, Virginia. This slave was set free by the will of Mrs. Pullin (Ann Jane Usher) in 1805. Margaret Usher, one of her daughters, married William Stewart, another Highland County pioneer; her other daughter, Martha, married a son of Capt. Adam Dickerson. Later Lord Perry relented, providing for his daughter by will, but the search Instituted failed to discover her and no knowledge of the provision in the will came to her descendants for many years. Judge J. H. N. Cobb, minister and lawyer, was active in politics and public affairs in Sapulpa and Creek County.