Robert Wilson – Beverly Manor

Here I am up a tree with my cat that would follow me to the park and play chase with dogs. Some black-eye chubby thinks he own dark powers has been testing me. My great grandfather, John Wilson, took on witches that followed him from England, and defeated them, He was born in Windsor Castle.

John Wilson Rosamond

Robert Wilson
Born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotlandmap

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Husband of Jane (Lee) Wilson — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of Janet (Anderson) Wilson — married [date unknown] [location unknown]

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Died in Augusta, Rockbridge, Virginiamap
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Thomas Willson – Elizabeth Dinwiddie Jimmy Rosamond (View posts) Posted: 26 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT Classification: Query Surnames: Willson, Dinwiddie, Roseman, Rosemond, Rosamond, Lee, Davis, Hodges, Weems, Jones, Daugherty, Crouchman, Mitchell, Holmes, Bell First let me say that for everyone’s benefit, I listed all the surnames that occur in the rest of the message below.

Hello Tiss. FYI, I’ve gotten the information on my Thomas Willson and Elizabeth Dinwiddie from five different sources. A Wilson researcher, a Rosamond cousin, an online genealogy, Chalkley’s Chronicles and a book called Rockbridge County Heritage which I recently located in the Staunton Library in Staunton, Augusta County, VA. The book gives the most detail and it lists the genealogy of Robert Willson, the father of my Thomas Willson. Here’s what I have pieced together from the various sources.

Robert Willson, b. prob. Edinburgh Scotland, ca. 1670. d. 1746, Augusta County, VA. married Jane Lee, b. 7 Nov 1672, Direlton, Scotland in abt. 1683/4. She was still alive when Robert died. Jane’s parents are shown as Thomas Lee and Anne Davis. Robert and Jane moved to Londenderry, Ireland where their children were born, and then immigrated to PA, and later to the Augusta County, VA area. They had nine known children.

1. Matthew Willson, b. abt 1694, Londenderry, Ireland, d. ca 1720 along with his wife. Drowned off the coast of France while immigrating to America. Their two sons were saved and the book implies they were probably raised by their grandparents, Robert and Jane Willson.

2. Thomas Willson (our main interest), b. abt 1695, will proved 18 May 1773 in Augusta County, VA. (There is an abstract of Thomas’ will in Chalkley’s Chronicles.) He married Elizabeth Dinwiddie abt. 1718, I believe in Ireland. According to my Rosamond cousin who made the connection between John Roseman/Rosamond and Sarah Willson, who was the daughter of Thomas Willson and Elizabeth Dinwiddie Willson, Thomas came to VA in 1737, while Elizabeth and the children didn’t come until 1740, immigrating through Pennsylvania.

The book shows Elizabeth Dinwiddie as the daughter of either Robert Dinwiddie and Elizabeth Cuming, or Lawrence Dinwiddie and Sarah Gartshore. This would make her birth date either April 1689, or October 1695 In Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. They located finally in Fairfield, Rockbridge County, VA. They had eight children. The dates I’m showing came from the Wilson researcher I was in touch with and I haven’t personally confirmed them. These children are not mentioned in the book, other than a sentence saying Thomas and Elizabeth had eight known children.

a. Matthew Willson (1718 – 1783) b. Samuel Willson (abt 1720 – ?) c. Nathaniel Willson (abt 1724 – ?) d. Rebekah Willson (abt 1728 – ?) e. Martha Willson f. Elizabeth Willson g. Rhoda Willson h. Sarah Willson (b ca 1726, Londonderry, Ireland – bef 1790, Abbeville, SC); married John Roseman, b. UK ca 1710 (could have been England or Ireland); came to Annapolis, Maryland Dec 1725 on the ship Forward from England as an indentured convict. He relocated to Augusta County, VA after 1740 and married Sarah Willson. This is one of our mysteries, when and where they were married. From Chalkley’s Chronicles they owned land, 380 acres, on Moffett’s Creek which they sold in Nov 1765, after which they relocated with their children to the Old 96 District in SC. Their children were Samuel (married Sarah Hodges), James (married 1st ??, 2nd Mary Daugherty, widow of James Daugherty in SC, in the 1790s), Margaret (married Bartholomew Weems), Jean (never married) and Sarah F. (married Richard Hodges, brother of Sarah who married Samuel). The birth dates of their children are unknown, as well as the dates they were married, and our other big mystery is the name of the wife of James Rosamond, but it could have been another Hodges sibling of Richard and Sarah, or Lettice Jones, sister of Adam Crain Jones. I have information on the rest of their spouses as well extensive information on their numerous descendants.

3. Robert Willson, b. abt 1700, will proved 16 Dec 1788, Augusta County, VA.His wife was named Rachel and they married in Londonderry. I haven’t seen his will but supposedly Robert and Rachael had seven children. I don’t have their names.

4. John Willson, b. abt 1701 in Ireland. He married Martha Crouchman in 1723. He was a member of the VA House of Burgess from 1745 to 1773. He was an elder in the North Mountain Presbytarian church. John and Marth are buried at Glebve Cemetery in Augusta County, VA. The book contains the wording of their gravestone.

5. Elizabeth Willson, b. abt 1704 in Londonderry, Ireland. m. John Mitchell in Lancaster County, PA abt. 1730. They later moved to Augusta County, VA. John’s will was proved 20 Aug 1771. They had at least seven children. Again, I don’t have the names of the children.

6. Janet Willson, b. abt 1706, m. Gabriel Holmes abt 1730. They almost moved to Augusta County, VA.

7. Catrin Willson b. abt 1708, m. James Bell, also moved to Augusta County, VA.

8. Jane Willson, b. in the 1710s, mentioned in her father’s will.

9. Frances Willson, b. in the 1710s, mentioned in her father’s will.

I have just started to reseaarch the Dinwiddie line of my 5th Great-Grandmother Elizabeth Dinwiddie, so any information you can provide will be appreciated.

Thanks, Jimmy Rosamond

Farmers from Ulster Become Frontiersmen

Ireland Map

The Scots-Irish were Scots who settled in Northern Ireland – Ulster – after 1600. Most of them were Presbyterian farmers who had lived under oppressive English rule. They started migrating to Virginia in 1715.

During the 1740 famine in Ulster, many Scots-Irish sailed to the port of Philadelphia, traveled down the Great Wagon Road, and settled in the mid-to-southern counties of the Shenandoah Valley – basically leap-frogging established German settlers in the northern counties.

The Scots-Irish soon became the dominant culture of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia, not only because of their numbers, but because of their independent spirits, adventurous personalities and restless nature. They became the frontiersmen and cowboys of the Big Valley and the Wild West! And later, many Scots-Irish worked in the coal mines and on the railroads, producing the energy and mode of transportation that made this nation great.

Frontier Culture in the Shenandoah Valley, 1715-1740

In the 1730s, Virginia’s Governor William Gooch granted William Beverly more than 118,000 acres in Augusta and Rockingham Counties known as the Beverley Manor or Irish Track. Beverly sold this land to Scots-Irish immigrating from Pennsylvania for half a shilling per acre, primarily because the land would have reverted back to the English Crown if not cultivated within a certain period of time. Also, Gooch needed the Scots-Irish as a “valuable buffer between the Native American tribes and the English planters.”

This open range land was home to large herds of bison as well as deer, elk, bear and wild turkeys, making it advantageous for many settlers to earn their living as pack men – hunting and then selling animal pelts to settlers – and becoming ranchers and farmers.

Westward Migration to the Blue Ridge and Heart of Appalachia Regions

In 1745, Colonel James Patten from Donegal, Ireland, obtained 100,000 acres on the New, Holston and Clinch Rivers, further southwest into today’s Blue Ridge Highlands and Heart of Appalachia regions. He sold parcels of land to other Scots-Irish settlers.

In 1769, Daniel Boone, a woodsman from Pennsylvania whose parents were actually English Quakers, traveled along wilderness trails and through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky with five other explorers.

Boone’s explorations drew even more Scots-Irish to settle in the southern Appalachian valleys.

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.


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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Over a year ago I was contacted by someone who saw my connection to John Wilson and wanted me to join a genealogy discussion – which I did not. I suspected he was up to no good, and sure enough he got someone to alter this…He has the father of Robert Wilson be a JANET. This is cyber-usurpation.
    Robert Willson
    1674 (73-74)
    Immediate Family:
    Son of Janet Wilson
    Husband of Isobel Willson
    Father of James Willson

    Managed by:
    Joseph Ray Mitchem, Jr
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    Robert Wilson (dramatist) – Wikipedia

    Geni – Robert Wilson, of London (1532-1581)

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