The Beverely Manor

Now that the very wealthy President of the United States has turned his back on the Voting System of the Poor, that gave millions of Americans a chance to be a Player, we are back in Feudal Times – winner take all! Above is Sir George de Clifford. I am pretty sure he is in the Rosamond Family Tree. He was a Pirate – and Land Grabber! How many Ladies did he grab – against their will?

A Pirate and a Land Grabber! Think! Do you have the funds to buy yourself a pirate ship?

Most American don’t have a clue how the first European ended up with all that free land. Royal folks gave much of it away because they wanted their subjects on it, listening to their religious services verses the slightly altered words that constitute – a heresy! Thank God for the Protestant Heresy because it divided many royal trees, and sent the children of Landed Gentry to the New World to recreate the Family Estate. They did not come to play Davy Crockett and live in a long cabin – for kicks! The eldest son always got it all, so the second son jumped on the offer of Royal Land. The Kings waved their well manicured hand toward the New World, and – the land rush was on! There was not vote amongst God fearing Patriotic Christians. Seventy percent of white folk were sent here as indentured slaves. Europe was over populated. The children of the Land Lords owned everything.

John Presco,_14th_Lord_Fairfax_of_Cameron

Sir Clifford was a man of irregular life, and having run through a great part of his very handsome property, seized on the opportunity offered by the war with Spain to re-establish himself. In 1588, he commanded the galleon Elizabeth Bonaventure in the Anglo-Spanish War,[1][8] during which he had had some success. He led and invested in a number of expeditions, but many were turned back due to storms or lack of prizes. His first success was an expedition to the Azores in 1589, taking a number of Portuguese and Spanish prizes. He helped to prepare an expedition with Walter Raleigh, which led to the Battle of Flores in 1592, and the capture of the richly laden Portuguese ship, Madre de Deus, off Flores Island in the Azores. At the end of 1593, Clifford financed three ships for a further expedition to the Azores, which resulted in the Action of Faial between the English and a joint Iberian/Portuguese fleet.

Sir George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, 13th Baron de Clifford, 13th Lord of Skipton, KG (8 August 1558 – 30 October 1605), was an English peer, naval commander, and courtier of Queen Elizabeth I of England.[1] He was notable at court for his jousting, at the Accession Day Tilts, which were highlights of the year at court. Two famous survivals, his portrait miniature by Nicholas Hilliard (c. 1590, now National Maritime Museum) and a garniture of Greenwich armour (now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), reflect this important part of his life. In contrast, he neglected his estates in the far north of England, and left a long succession dispute between his heirs.

Nicholas John Albert, Lord Fairfax of Cameron, and his consort, Annabel, Lady Fairfax of Cameron, like Fairfax County very much, thank you. However, at tea at Woodlawn Plantation, they would not admit to a plot to reclaim his ancestral 5.3 million acres.

“Not much chance,” he said, recalling that the Pentagon is, for a Fairfax invasion, inconveniently located.

Well, maybe so. However, to celebrate this, its 250th-anniversary year, Virginia might just be considering reestablishing its original ruling house,_1st_Duke_of_Albemarle

Box 1

Folder 6

Proprietors of the Northern Neck to Robert Wilson of Frederick County, 464 acres in an unstated county, dated 2 January 1755

2 p., copy

    • Box 1

Folder 6

  • Proprietors of the Northern Neck to Robert Wilson, Jr., of Frederick County, 400 acres in Frederick County, dated 14 November 17541 p., copy


! Birth: (2,3,7) s/o Robert WILLSON/Jane LEE. (4) s/o Robert WILLSON. (4a) Was Scotch-Irish. (1,7) 1702. (2) Abt. 1701. (3,4) 1701. (4b,5) In his 72nd year at his death in 1773 [b. 1701]. (2,3,4) Londonderry, Ireland. (7) Co. Armagh, Ireland.
Marriage to Mary MARCUS: (7) Bef. 1722. Probably Scotland or Ireland. [NOTE: Source 7 seems to have confused 2 John WILSONs. John WILSON imported his wife Martha in 1740. Both Mary MARCUS and Martha CROUCHMAN had a daughter Sarah, but Martha’s was b. 1726, when John source 7 says he was m. to Mary MARCUS, and m. Patrick CRAWFORD, while Mary’s daughter Agnes Sarah was b. 1738 and m. James HOUSTON. Both had sons William, Mary’s b. 1722, Martha’s b. 1745, while William s/o Mary was still living. The John who m. Martha CROUCHMAN appears to be the man living in the area of North Mountain Church area, while John & Mary MARCUS were supposedly at Doe Hill.]



[Person:James Wilson Beverleys Manor (Beverley Patent SW, 101 acres, 1751, near land of Robert Wilson acquired in 1754 (SW, 130 acres))
[[Person:John Wilson Beverleys Manor (Beverley Patent SW, 260 acres, 1738, nearby 348 acres acquired in 1739)
[[Person:John Wilson Beverleys Manor (Beverley Patent SW, 306 1/2 acres, 1749)
[[Person:John Wilson Beverleys Manor (Beverley Patent SW, 340 acres, 1739, nearby 260 acres acquired in 1738)
[[Person:Robert Wilson Beverleys Manor (Beverley Patent SW, 130 acres, 1754, near land of James Wilson acquired in 1751 (SW, 101 acres)


Fairfax Line expedition[edit]

In 1746 Beverley was commissioned by Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, to represent him in an expedition with Peter Jefferson (father of Thomas Jefferson) through western Virginia to mark the Fairfax Line of the Northern Neck Proprietary,[29] supervising the work of Jefferson and the other surveyors.[29] The following year, he and the other participants in the Fairfax Line expedition reconvened at Jefferson’s Tuckahoe plantation to draft a map (which became known as the Fry-Jefferson Map) of the Northern Neck Proprietary.[29]


William Beverley (1696–1756) was an 18th-century legislator, civil servant, planter and landowner in the Colony of Virginia. Born in Virginia, Beverley—the son of planter and historian Robert Beverley, Jr. (c. 1667–1722) and his wife, Ursula Byrd Beverley (1681–1698)—was the scion of two prominent Virginia families. He was the nephew of Peter Beverley (1668–1728), Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and the grandson of wealthy Virginia planter William Byrd I (1652–1704) of Westover Plantation. Beverley’s mother died shortly before her 17th birthday (when he was a toddler), and he was sent to England.

After his education in England he began a career in public service as the Clerk of Court for Essex County (1716–1745) and in the Virginia House of Burgesses, representing Orange (1736–1738) and Essex Counties (1742–1749). Beverley also served on the Virginia Governor’s Council in 1750.

He inherited a large estate after his father’s death in 1722, amassing significant landholdings throughout Virginia from which he received revenue from tobacco production and rent from 119 tenants. His development of the 118,941-acre (481.34 km2) Beverley Manor tract in present-day Augusta County encouraged further settlement west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beverley was commissioned by Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, for an expedition with Peter Jefferson to establish the Fairfax Line of the Northern Neck Proprietary.


Death and legacy[edit]

After Beverley’s death in 1756, his son Robert was his designated heir at law.[21][32] His wife Elizabeth inherited his plantations in Essex County, including the Blandfield estate and his “slaves, cattle, horses, hogs, and sheep” on the plantations.[15] Beverley divided a large part of his fortune among his children and their spouses, bequeathing £500 to his daughter Elizabeth and leaving her husband, James Mills, “Money & slaves” valued at £1,000.[25] Ursula also received £500 and her husband, William Fitzhugh, £1,000.[25] Anna was unmarried at the time of Beverley’s death; his will instructed Robert to maintain his sister until her marriage or her twenty-first birthday, when she would receive her inheritance.[25] Robert inherited the remainder of the plantations and other lands, including the Beverley Manor tract in Augusta County and lots in the town of Staunton.[21][25][32] Beverley Manor, an Augusta County magisterial district south of Staunton, is a namesake of the Beverley Manor patent.[38] After his mother’s death Robert also inherited Beverley’s Essex County properties, including Blandfield (where he built the present Georgian mansion on the site of his father’s residence between 1769 and 1773).[18][25] Blandfield was owned by Beverley’s descendants until its 1983 sale.[18]



The first Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia arrived in the 1720’s primarily from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Eastern Virginia. The greatest number were Scot Irish Presbyterians from the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland, or the Pennsylvania and Maryland-born children of these immigrants. A significant portion of the early settlers were German-born immigrants, or their Pennsylvania-born children, of German-speaking immigrants from the Palatinate and other areas bordering the Rhine River. Most of the German immigrants were Lutheran, Reformed, or members of the Church of the Brethren. Many of the early Scots Irish and German settlers came to Old Augusta from Old Chester County in southeastern Pennsylvania, following the “Great Philadelphia Wagon Road” westward and then south to settle on Beverly Manor and Borden’s Grant.

Indications are that the Hutchisons arrived in Philadelphia and settled in the Lancaster PA area for a short time before moving on the Virginia around 1738, where they established themselves. They appeared in the Orange County Court to prove Importation and take possession to their land legally. They did not live in Orange County, but settled in the Tinkling Spring area, near present day Fishersville, just east of Staunton VA. The Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, founded by Hutchison ancestors is at the Tinkling Spring Rd exit immediately off I-64. At the time, there were no roads. They came on horseback or on foot, carrying only what they could.



Beverley Manor

Many early settlers took up land on the 118,491-acre tract that the colonial government granted to William Beverly, Sir John Randolph, John Robinson and Richard Randolph, later referred to as “Beverley Manor”. John Randolph, John Robinson and Richard Randolph relinquished their interests in the large tract to Beverley, as listed in one of the first patents, to John Moffett:

Pages 425-27. 29 Feb. 1739 [1740]. William Beverley of Essex County, Gent., to John Moffet of Orange County. For £9.18.- current money. 396 acres, part of 118,491 acres… on a branch of Shanando River called Carthico (Cathey’s) River in Manner Beverley… By patent 6 Sept. 1736 there was granted unto William Beverley, Sir John Randolph of the City of Williamsburgh, Knight, John Robinson of King & Queen County, and Richard Randolph of Henrico County, Gent., 118,491 acre called the Manner of Beverley. Sir John Randolph, John Robinson and Richard Randolph by their deed poll 17 Sept. 1736 relinquished unto William Beverley all their interest. (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: Geo. Robinson, Robt. Christian, James Cathey. 28 Feb. 1739 {1740]. Acknowledged by William Beverley, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 28].

Overall view. Hutchison property was in upper right.

Overall view. Hutchison property was in upper right.

The Borden Grant

Borden Patent

In 1739, Benjamin Borden, a New Jersey Quaker, received a grant beginning at the southern boundary of Beverley Manor. Borden was promised 1,000 acres for every settler he located, amounting in all to 92,100 acres. John McDowell, a surveyor, helped Borden locate his tract and was rewarded with a large acreage. The “Borden Tract” later became Rockbridge County, VA. In addition to the Scots-Irish, English and African-Americans were also among the early settlers in the area. Many settlers were of English descent, coming into the area from eastern Virginia. African Americans were also among the early settlers, some free-born, but most enslaved. Although initially small in number, by the Civil War they represented 20% of the population. (Source: Augusta County Historical Society)

Augusta County was created from Orange County in 1738. For seven years, until the population grew large enough, Augusta’s records were kept in Orange. In 1745, Augusta elected a sheriff, a vestry, a county court, a minister, and a clerk of court. A courthouse was built on the same site in Staunton (originally called Beverley’s Mill Place) as the current courthouse. The county’s records have been kept continuously at the courthouse since 1745. In that year, the county included all of present southwestern Virginia, most of present West Virginia and even stretched to the Mississippi River. As people began to settle in those western areas, new counties were formed from parts of Augusta, beginning in 1769 with Botetourt County, then Rockingham and Rockbridge in 1778.

Sources: Augusta County Historical Society Website; “Ulster-Scots in Virginia, from Pennsylvania to Shenandoah”, by Richard McMaster; “Kegley’s Virginia Frontier: The Beginning of the Southwest”, by E.F. Kegley; Wikipedia; Rootsweb.


Beverlay Manor Detail Hutchison Lands

Beverly Manor Detail, showing Hutcheson Lands

Detail showing the area around Tinkling Spring Church. Hutchesons settled just to the north (misnamed "Hutchinson"). Present-day I-64 passes just to the south of the church, at the Tinkling Spring Rd (Rt 608) exit. Location is just east of Staunton, near Fishersville VA.

Detail showing the area around Tinkling Spring Church. Hutchesons settled just to the north (misnamed “Hutchinson”). Present-day I-64 passes just to the south of the church, at the Tinkling Spring Rd (Rt 608) exit. Location is just east of Staunton, near Fishersville VA.

Headrights of Orange Co., Virginia

Headrights were grants of 50 acres of land per “head” – or per white male over the age of 16 who transported himself to the colonies.  They appear in the Court of Common Pleas in the county in which the land was granted.  The attached file includes the headrights copied from the Orange Co., Va Court of Common Pleas in the 18th Century. These headrights function as the only real immigration record for English, Scot or Irish immigrants in that time period.  The headright identifies the country of origin and generally the port of entry in the colonies.

”July 1740: Wm Hutcheson: John Hutcheson Sr, Margrot Hutcheson; John Hutcheson Jr. & Mary Hutcheson (from Ireland).” Source USGENWEB

Tinkling Spring: Headwater of Freedom

Howard McKnight Wilson in his book, “Tinkling Spring — Headwaters of Freedom” shares the following information about the tinkling spring:   “A cool spring of water – issuing from beneath a rock, gathering into a pool from which man lives, overflowing into a stream by which the plains were made alive – is a delightful work of nature. The earliest pioneers in the Valley of Virginia found a bold spring whose emerging waters made a musical sound upon the cavernous rocks, and they called it the tinkling spring.”

It is believed the two major trails used by Native Americans and pioneers alike may have crossed at this spring and it became an oasis where weary travelers were able to refresh themselves. The spring became the site where the first meeting house of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church was located and it remains active.  However, the musical sounds emanating from the spring have somewhat dimmed over the passages of many years.

The Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church

The first settlers from the north were Scots-Irish Presbyterians who lost no time in forming the Triple Forks of the Shenandoah Congregation and in petitioning the Donegal Presbytery for the services of a minister. Two centers of worship developed – Tinkling Spring and Augusta Stone Meeting Houses, which were served by the same minister. Tinkling Spring Church was officially founded in 1740 and is the first Presbyterian Church in the Shenandoah Valley.  The first meeting house was a log cabin measuring twenty-four by fifty feet. Settlers were assessed 12 shillings each in 1744 to construct this first meeting house. The church is on the US Register of Historic Places.

Log Cabin first Church Tinkling Sprong 1740

This monument, which stands outside the Fellowship Hall, reads, “Sacred to the Memory of the Immigrants to this valley who turned the wilderness into habitations.” It lists the names of the original members who were assessed twelve shillings each to build the first meeting house. Administratively, the membership was divided into three Quarters headed by John Christian, William Wright, and John Finley. Christian’s quarter included families named Black, Cowin, Wilson, Long, Bell, Alexander, Stewart, Patton, Hall, Robison, Cristian, Davison, McCollock, Caldwell, Armstrong, Rutledge, Henderson, Conegham, Thomson, Scott, Gamel, Ramsey, Preston, Maxwell, McDonal, Russell, Lewis, Hutcheson, McClanahan, Brackenridge, and McCollock. Wright’s quarter included families named Smith, Hutcheson, Palmer, Thomson, Moday, Frazer, Johnston, Logan, Henderson, Scileran, Black, Cear, McCune, Fergeson, and Wright. Finley’s quarter included families named McClure, Turk, Gay, Finley, McCollock, Gelaspey, Edmiston, Campbell, Stewart, Peterson, Cear, Tays, Steel, and White. (Photo by Bill Hutchison

John, William and George Hutchison are shown on this monument.

John, William and George Hutchison are shown on this monument.

John Hutchison Sr. was known as “the Scotchman” and was the Minister of Down Patrick. He and his family arrived in America in 1740. He settled in Orange County, Virginia. (Orange County

IMPORTATION was a process by which immigrants who paid their passage could receive land grants. The English Crown was eager to bring in new settlers as a buffer against native incursions across the frontier. Scrappy Scots-Irish jumped at the chance.

John Hutcheson and family "Imported" himself to America by showing they paid for their passage. This also entitled them to land in Virginia.

John Hutcheson and family “Imported” himself to America by showing they paid for their passage. This also entitled them to land in Virginia.

On 24 July 1740, William Hutcheson came into court and made oath he imported himself, John Hutcheson Sr., Margaret Hutchison (wife), John Hutcheson Jr., and Mary Hutcheson (wife).

On 25 July 1740. George Hutchison came into court and made oath he imported himself, Eleanor his wife, Frances, John, William and Jennett Hutchison and Jacob Carr from Ireland to Philadelphia PA from thence to this colony at his own expense.



The creation of Old Augusta County in the Western portion of Virginia is officially listed as 1746 in most sources. Other sources list the creation during the period 1738-1745. While on the surface this appears to be a historical conflict when in fact, it is not. Let me explain.

The western most settlements in VA prior 1736 did not extend beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains. The land west of that region during the early 1700’s was essentially a wilderness area with only adventurers, trappers, and explorers venturing there. This was due to both Indian problems and for economic reasons the British would not allow settlement beyond a River which emptied into the Atlantic. Consequently, the western most County of Virginia was Orange. With the continuing tide of immigrants from the European Countries rapidly increasing and the desire for more tillable land there was increasing pressure in the Colonies of Pennsylvania and Virginia to open the Western Frontier areas. Most of the quality land in the then area of Pennsylvania and Eastern Virginia was already taken by the many earlier German and Dutch immigrants. With the increasing number of Scottish farmers from the Ulster region of Northern Ireland and their demands for good land the frontiers expanded. The Quakers in PA disagreed with the Scotch-Irish attitude toward the Indians (ie. The Quakers did not want to disturb the Indians, whereas the Scotch-Irish wanted to fight them for the land). In addition, the Scots-Irish were not able to compete in Pennsylvania with their more frugal German brethren for the little available land remaining. Another conflict was that the Ulster Scots liked to drink and fight whereas the Quakers were pacifists. It was within this setting that the Western area of Virginia opened to settlement.

On August 12, 1736 Lieutenant Governor William Gooch initiated a Land Patent to William Beverly of Essex County, Sir John Randolph of Williamsburg, Knight Richard Randolph of Henrico County, and Gentleman John Robinson of King & Queen County for land lying in Orange County beyond the Great Mountains on the River Shenando. On 6 Sept 1736 Lt. Gov. Gooch signed documents under the authority of King George II of England granting 118,491 acres of land to the above noted individuals. Beverly acquired the rights of the other patentees on 17 Sept 1736. It appears that John Lewis was the first settler on this Land Patent which was called Beverly Manor. After killing his landlord Lewis had to flee from his Eastern residence to escape punishment for that crime. Beverly began selling the land, officially in 1738 mostly to Scots-Irish immigrants who had first settled in Pennsylvania or their relatives who were just arriving in the Colonies. It was during this year that one of our possible ancestors, George Hutcheson, a farmer, acquired three different parcels of land on Beverly Manor. Those parcels were of 667 acres, 530 acres, and 380 acres. He obviously chose what he thought were the best parcels as he was one of the first settlers after the aforementioned John Lewis. Before we go too much further into the land acquisitions let us examine the area’s geographic and political boundaries.

As Beverly Manor was being settled and Augusta County was forming we need some idea of the County’s scope. In an E-W direction Augusta County included all of the land area in the Western portion of Virginia from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the extend of the then British claimed land area (which was essentially to the Mississippi River). This would include the present States of West Virginia and Kentucky. To the north it included what is today the western portion of Pennsylvania and the present day States of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. Of course, that area was not yet settled but, none the less it was Augusta Co., Virginia. To the South it included the known land to the North Carolina boundary of the present day State of Tennessee. It was a huge area of land but was very sparsely settled. In fact, Beverly Manor was the first official settlement. Shortly after this period there were additional settlements south of Beverly Manor in the present Rockbridge Co. called the Borden Patent. Further south there were the James River Settlements in the area of present day Botetourt Co. and still further South in the area of present day Roanoke Co. there were the Roanoke Settlements. These more Southerly settlements did not grow as rapidly as Beverly Manor but, were settled over a slightly longer and later period of time.

There was no Court in Augusta until about 1746 so any legal transaction before then had to be conducted in the Orange County Court. It was under this setting that our possible Hutcheson ancestors along with many of the other early settlers proved their legal immigration into the Colonies in the Orange County Court in order to hold title to land. Their proven importation also entitled them to receive 50 acres of land for themselves and each person they imported. Any additional land acquired had to be purchased. Our possible ancestors performed that Court action in 1740 even though George had actually acquired land on Beverly Manor earlier.

William Beverly donated a portion of his land, called the “Mill Place”, for the building of an Augusta County Courthouse which was completed in about 1746. It was this location around “Mill Place” and the Augusta County Courthouse which grew into the city of Staunton, Virginia. Consequently, the location of Beverly Manor was in and around the present day city of Staunton.

There were no additional settlements in Augusta County until later when the three additional Land Patents were awarded to Benjamin Borden. Some of the people who settled on Beverly Manor began moving south into these new settlements for better land. Because of the continued growth of tobacco on the best land and the lack of knowledge of “crop rotation”, land was being quickly “worn out”. Consequently, the easiest solution was to move to different land. Not only did the people move South into the new Borden Patents but a little later (1760-1770) they also moved into the Carolinas. And a little later as the Southwestern portion of Virginia opened up after the Revolution War they moved there. As we know many of them continued this migration southward into the East Tennessee Valley. Before we go too much further, let’s take a look at some of the politician boundary changes that occurred in the County.

There were no changes in the political boundaries of Augusta County from its formation until about 1770. It was obviously a long way from the James River and Roanoke Settlements to the Staunton Courthouse(anywhere from 100-150 miles). In about 1770 Botetourt Parish was created in the southern portion of Augusta County, but with several subdivisions. Those subdivisions were known by the names of eventual Counties such as Botetourt, Fincastle, Greenbrier, Montgomery, and Washington. After the start of the Revolution in about 1778 the County of Botetourt along with the several others mentioned were created. Fincastle County was very short lived and was eventually absorbed by others in the area. There were numerous minor adjustments to the boundaries of all of the named Counties during the Revolutionary period.

It is for this reason that most of the compiled records of the area have titles such as “Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia” by Lyman Chalkley or “Virginia Frontier” by Kegley as opposed to any specific County affiliation.


Any genealogical research in this area is complicated by the previously discussed large land area involved and the numerous political boundary changes which occurred. Consequently, as the Borden Patent, the James River, and Roanoke Settlements began, that area was still referred to in historical documents as Augusta County. This is compounded by the fact that some of the families on Beverly Manor began to move south and new immigrants continued to flow into the area, as well. Unless a specific geographic or political reference is noted in the historic record it is virtually impossible to determine if the Court action was on Beverly Manor or one of the southern settlements. Sometimes if another person is referred to in the action the location can be determined by where that second person or family lived if there were no others by that name in more than one settlement.

It becomes easier to distinguish the locations after the Revolution as most of the political boundaries were then fixed and the specific location is easier to determine by the County in which it is recorded.

Our possible Hutcheson ancestors were at one time located in virtually all of these areas mentioned. One went to the James River Settlement, one and then later another went to the western portion of what became Botetourt and then was Greenbrier eventually to become Monroe County. One also went to Rockbridge. Another, perhaps more, went to the Carolinas. Some of them remained on Beverly Manor and others later returned to their roots, as well. Also, because of the multiple use of the names of George, William, and John, distinguishing them is further compounded. While they can not be identified during their movements they can be identified when they settled because they were all property owners and contact was maintained among the extended family until well into the 1800’s. It even appears that there was contact between the one or more who eventually went to Mecklenburg Co., NC and the groups who remained in Virginia. After William of Botetourt died in 1778 some of his children joined their uncles and cousins in Greenbrier for a period of time. There were obviously visits among the extended family from the time the first one left Beverly Manor until well into the 1800’s.

The relationship of the original Hutcheson settlers on Beverly was not clearly defined by the historical records, as a result there are many interpretations by researchers. Each researcher tends to see a different relationship among them but, the fact remains that very little can be proven. Of the original proven three adult males on Beverly Manor, George and William were farmers and John Sr. was a miller. Only George and John Sr. were known to be married when they arrived on Beverly Manor with William probably marrying sometime shortly after they arrived. They could have been brothers, or one could have been the father of the others but, the fact remains, that there is NO “Smoking Gun Proof” of any specific relationship. There is also some evidence that they may have left a brother or other close relative, James, in Pennsylvania. However, the records do tell us that two of the females, Jennet and Francis were George’s sisters. Other than the three adult males, George’s two sisters, and the two wives the remainder may have been children. In fact, Mary was probably an infant as she was baptized when a Church was first available. The second Jennet or Janet mentioned in George’s group may have been a mistake either in the original Orange County Court Record or in the compiled sources. This name may have been James. Several events which occurred later point to that probability.

At the present time there is one key historical event which further causes interpretation problems. This was the death of one of the John’s who was killed on South Branch in 1758 during the French and Indian Wars. We are unable to currently determine exactly who that was or even if it was one of this family. We know that he was NOT the Son of George, so it had to be either John Sr. or John Jr. of the second group of immigrants or perhaps even another immigrant. However, later evidence points to it being John Jr., but since there appears to be a strong tie with the Mecklenburg Co., NC, John, we can not be certain. However, his Will was administered by the Augusta County Court indicating that he was an adult but, we still can not be sure. John Jr. was probably very young, likely not over the age of 23-25 and it would have been unusual for him to have a Will. Also there was a later land transaction by John and his wife Margaret which seems to fit with John Sr. and his wife Margaret, however, that could also be John Jr. who had married a Margaret. If it was John Jr. that would not explain the John in Mecklenburg Co., NC living close to George and William on Sugar Creek just to the North of Charlotte. We’re just going to have to put this item on hold until there is more evidence in order to determine beyond a reasonable doubt exactly who it was.

Most of the compiled Genealogies I’ve obtained are from George’s lines. He was the most socially and politically prominent among the original three adult men therefore of the most interest to both Historians and descendants. Most of his known lines extend for several generations well up into the 1800’s. We know all of William’s children from his Will. Most of John Sr.’s children were baptized at Tinkling Springs and that list is available. Nothing further is known about him or his descendants at this time (note: research is ongoing – editor). John Jr. was either killed or that is him along with George and William in Mecklenburg Co., NC. From the best evidence available the Capt. William of Mecklenburg Co., NC was the son of William of Botetourt Co., VA.


Re: What was “Beverly Manor”, 1733, Augusta County, Virginia ?

By Walter Clayton July 24, 2009 at 08:07:58

The 2005 reply by Claudette Wilcher is correct.However for anyone who had ancestors living in the Beverly Manor, some more detail and reference to other work will provide wonderful detail.William Beverly of Essex County was granted a patent of 118,491 acres of land on August 12, 1736 that became the Beverly Manor.The Suburbs of Staunton are certainly included, but the area is considerably larger.A map and history of this early area is given in The Tinkling Spring, Headwater of Freedom…, Howard McKnight Wilson, 1954.I was able to borrow the book by Inter Library Loan and you probably can also.If you had an ancestor there in the 1700’s, do whatever you can to borrow the book to read about the history, hardships, culture, religion, and background on the residents, most of whom were Presbyterian.Figure 5, P66A gives a map of the overall Beverly Patent and its neighbor, the Borden Grant.The Back Cover attached Map shows the original Patentees (lots, # acres and year) drawn by J R Hildebrand in 1954.Robert, William & John Christian patented 1614 acres in 1739 on what came to be called Christian Creek.(Note:There were a few hardy souls that had settled as squattersin this then primarily Indian County prior to Beverly’s Grant in 1736.In general, Borden settled with the early residents for about 1 English pound per 40 Acres.)
The Tinkling Spring was the first Presbyterian Church built and is located (still) at Exit 91 off I-64 at Fishersville, VA.You can use the back cover Patent Map and the Tinkling Springs Church today and an appropriate map of the area to locate your Ancestor’s property to probably ± 200 yards on a map.My ancestor Samuel Braford lived 11.8 miles SW of the Church and just west of Greenville and I-64/I-81 on Springleigh Dr & McClures Mill Rd today.
Another very interesting history is published in pages 89 – 90 and 151 of Papers Read before the Lancaster County Historical Society, Friday June 3, 1921, Vol XXV. No. 6, Historical Notes from the Records of Augusta County, Virginia, by Charles E Kemper, Minutes of the June Meeting.This reference contains much info about the background of people migrating from the Lancaster PA area up the Shenandoah Valley to Augusta Co (ie, the way most people got there) and to points further south such as Rowan Co NC and even down to GA.This Route was shown on a 1751 map of Virginia and Maryland made in 1751 by Col Joshua Fry, of William and Mary College and Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson, President.The Road has various names in differentreferences like The great road from Yadkin River in NC to Philadelphia, the Virginia Road, the Indian Road of the six nations of Indians in NY, etc.

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