Random Notes re: Early Settlers

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From The Journal of the Greenbrier Historical Society, vol. 1, no, 1.

May 12, 1759, Hy. Boughman, a tract of 780 acres on the south side of Greenbrier opposite the mouth of Muddy Creek. (Ref. - Book 34, page 335, Orange Co., in the Virginia Land Office, Richmond.)

Aug. 12, 1755, Henry Baughman, killed; John Cousi and his father-in-law killed; Walter Fishpough, killed; George White, killed; Old Christopher, killed; Mrs. Cousler, killed; and an old man and his wife, and a school master, killed.

Sept. 1755, John Thomas, killed; Mrs. Fishpough and five children, prisoners; Cousler's daughter, prisoner; Mrs. Inery, taken prisoner or killed; Corporal Bennett, killed. (Ref. - Preston's Register of Indian Depradations on the Greenbrier, Va. Mag. of History, Vol. II, p. 400; and Chalkley's Abstracts, II-510.)

Comment: Henry Baughman is said to have built himself a "fort" or strong house near the mouth of Wolf Creek, and this was the scene of the massacre of Aug. 12th. The Indian raid in the following September completed the devastation of this settlement. The meaning of the record of May 12, 1758, is not clear.

In a suit, bill filed 20 April 1802, Thomas Kincade vs Cunningham, Thomas on 10 Jan. 1771, purchased of Jacob Persinger a tract in Greenbrier called the spring Lick Tract, which Persinger had bought iof Christian (Christopher?) Landers, who had made a settlement thereon. It was surveyed for the Greenbrier Company in 1751, 6th October. The bond was assigned to Walter Cunningham. Andrew Donnelly sued Thomas on the endorsement, charging fraud and obtaining judgment. Margaret Reid was aunt or near relative of Walter and lived in Augusta. Walter now lives in Kentucky, Jessamine Co. John and Robert Fulton in 1753 raised four acres of corn on the place now owned and lived on by Wm. Renick, and John Burnsides was living with them for the purpose of digging Ginsang (sic). Boughmna's fort was broken up by the Indians in 1754. Thomas Kincade had a son, William, who deposes. Col. Samuel Vance deposes, 10th Feb., 1803, that in 1765, he, with Jackson Early, was in Greenbrier hunting bears. Wm. McClenachan made an improvement there in 1763. Jacob Persinger was a son of Jacob Persinger, Sr., deceased 1803. Eve Johnston testifies she lived within a mile of Christian (Christopher) Lander in 1753-54 in Greenbrier. (Ref. - Chalkley, II-66-67.)

In a suit, William Douglass vs. Davis - In 1759, a patent issued to Archibald and John Clendenin, 340 acres in Bath County on Cowpasture. Archibald and John were father and son. Archibald had another son, Archibald, living at his father's death . . . Archibald, Jr., was soon after the acknowledged grant (dated 17th Feb. 1761) killed by the Indians. He left one daughter, Jane, who maried John Davis and is now a widow and lives in Greenbrier. Jane had a brother; is believed to have been killed by the Indians. James Byrnside . . . deposes 10th April 1816: Has been acquainted with Archibald Clendenin from time James was 3 years old . . . Ballard Smith, attorney-at-law, is son-in-law of Mrs. Davis, the defendant. (Ref. - Chalkley, II, 182-183.)

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