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A.2.2c. Susannah D. Berry

 

Timeline of Susannah D. Berry and Samuel McChesney

 

22 June 1753545,1179

High on a Windy Hill

Headstone in Green Spring Cemetery, Washington County, Virginia
Birth of Samuel McChesney in Armaugh County, Ireland

2 Oct. 1757545,1178

High on a Windy Hill

Headstone in Green Spring Cemetery, Washington County, Virginia
Birth of Susannah Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

~1777545

High on a Windy Hill
Approximate date of marriage of Susannah Berry and Samuel McChesney

Estimated based on birth date of their son, Thomas McChesney

2 July 1778545,1180

High on a Windy Hill

Headstone in Green Spring Cemetery, Washington County, Virginia
Birth of Thomas McChesney

20 Nov. 177856

Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
At a Court continued and held for Washington County
Martin vs Hadden, James Harris 3 days attendance, James McFerren 4 days attendance, Samuel McChesney 1 days attendance as witnesses.

30 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book, page 219
Colin Crilly, assignee of James Harris, assignee of Samuel McChesney, assignee of William McCutchion...300 ac...on the waters of the Middle & South Forks of Holstein, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1772...

24 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book, page 271
William McFarron...250 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on both sides of Spring Creek, branch of Holston River and on the south side of the Great Knobs...Beginning at the foot of the knobs, corner to Samuel McChesneys land...June 4, 1784 - William McFarron, assignee of Francis Dove...250 ac...on Spring Creek, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1775..

25 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book, page 328
James Hignite - 400 ac - Commissioners Certificate - on the waters of Spring Creek, a branch of Holstein River - corner to the land George Berry lived on - by a path - corner to James Montgomery - by a branch at the foot of the knobs - May 5, 1786...David Carr, assignee of Samuel McChesney, assignee of John Johnson, assignee of Elija Smith, assignee of John Fain - 400 ac -on the waters of Spring Creek, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1776

1782491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Capt. James Montgomery’s Precinct
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (29)
(?) Slave
8 Horses
8 Cattle

19 May 178456

Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
At a Court continued and held for Washington County
This day came the parties by their attornies and thereupon came also a Jury to-wit; Jas. Gilliland, Jas. Berry, Saml. McChesney, George Clark, Richard Moore, Abraham Fulkinson, Jas. Bates, Wm. Barker, Ezekial Kelley, Jacob Anderson, Alex. Breckenridge and David Dryden.

3 June 178469

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book, page 271
Samuel McChesney...245 ac...Preemption Warrant, assigned to him by George Berry...on both sides of Spring Creek, branch of Holston River...Beginning at the foot of the knob and on the south side by the creek, corner to William McFarrans land...by a path...on the side of the knobs...

1783491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Capt. J. Montgomery’s Return
S. McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (30)
7 Horses
9 Cattle

May 178374,524

Washington County, Virginia Judgement Book 1, page 14
John Ried for the Commissioners of the Kings Mountain Plunder Dr.
Writ vs Johnston & Berry
suit against Thomas Berry
suit against John Berry
suit against Samuel McChesney
suit against McCauley
suit against McFerren
suit against Billingsley Gibson
suit against William Willox
suit against James Gilleland

16 Sept. 178356

Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
At a Court continued and held for Washington County
Susannah Machesney appearing to her recognizance and divers Witnesses being sworn and Examined it is the opinion of the Court that she be discharged.

1784491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Alexander Montgomery’s Return
Sam.l  McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (31)
1 Slave
6 Horses
7 Cattle
Tax: 1.13.9

18 Aug. 178456

Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
At a court continued and held for Washington County
John Reid for James Dysart and Robert Craig Plaintiff)
against
Samuel Machesney--Defendant)
In Case THIS day came the parties by their Attornies and thereupon came also a Jury To wit Robert Craig, Robert Faires, James Douglas, Archclaus Brumley, David Dryden, David Gatgood, Samuel Magee, Thomas Montgomery, Jacob Anderson, John Beatie, Robert Allison and James Williamson who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their Oaths do say that the defendant is not guilty in manner and form as the Plaintiff against him hath declared. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plaintiff take nothing by his Bill but for his false clamour be in Mercy and that the defendant go hence without day and recover against the Plaintiff his Costs by him in his defence Expended. Costs Four hundred pounds of neat Tobacco and fifteen shillings Attornies fee

1786491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Alexander Montgomery’s Return
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (33)
1 Black < 16
3 Horses
1 Cattle

25 April 1787491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable > 21      Samuel (35)
2 Blacks > 16
5 Horses
16 Cattle

20 Dec. 178769

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book, page 367
Nathaniel Maxwell - 240 ac - on the east side of Spring Creek, a branch of Holstein River - treasury warrant #10947 and dated February 12, 1782 - beginning at the foot of a rocky clift of the Little knobs on the bank of the creek and up the same - corner to Samuel McChesney's land - by a path - corner to James Hignite's land - at the foot of the little knobs - in a gap of the knobs

25 Feb 178869

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book, page 368
Samuel McChesney - 60 ac - treasury warrant #15153 dated March 21, 1783 - on both sides of spring creek, a branch of the Holstein River - corner to the land McChesney lives on - corner to another tract

30 May 1788491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (36)
6 Horses

1 Aug 1788258

Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 1, Part 2, page 88
THIS INDENTURE made the first day of August one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight between William McFarran of the County of Washington of the one part and Samuel Machesney of said County of the other part witnesseth That the said William McFarron for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and ten pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid Doth bargain and sell unto the said Samuel Machesney and his heirs one certain tract or parcel of land in the said of Washington containing two hundred and fifty acres Granted to the said McFarron on both sides of spring Creek a branch of Holsteins river and on the South side of the great Knobs and bounded as follows to wit BEGINNING at a black Oak at the foot of the Knobs corner to Samuel Machesneys land and with his lines South forty eight degrees east thirty poles crossing the Creek to a p--?--k white oak South forty three degrees East one hundred and fifty poles to two white oaks by a large sink hole thence leaving said lines South thirty five degrees west two hundred and thirty eight poles to a stake North eight degree west seventy from poles to two white Oak saplins and a black Oak near the top of a hill, South fifty seven degrees west forty poles to two white Oaks by a sink hole north fifty four degrees west fifty three poles to a large black Oak at the foot of the ----?-- thence along the same North twenty degrees East three hundred and five poles to the

BEGINNING together with all its appurtenances TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Samuel Machesney and his heirs to the sale use and behoof of him the said Samuel Machesney and his heirs that he the said William McFerron and his heirs the said land with all the appurtenances unto the said Samuel Machesney and his heirs against all persons forever behoof of him the said Samuel Machesney and his heirs forever and the said William McFarron for himself and his heirs doth covenant with the said Samuel Machesney and his heirs that he the said William McFerron and his heirs the said land with all the appurtenances unto the said Samuel Machesney and his heirs against all persons whateven will forever warrant and defend. In witness whereof the said William McFerran hath hereunto subscribed his name and affixed his seal this day and year above written.
William McFerron (seal)
At a Court held for Washington County August 19th 1788
This Indenture of bargain and sale from William McFarron to Samuel Machesney exhibited in Court & acknowledged by the said William, Jane his wife being first privately examined and ordered to be recorded.
Test Sandrew Russell CDWC

9 June 1789491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (37)
2 Black > 12
6 Horses

21 Aug 1790491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (38)
2 Black 12 - 16
5 Horses

25 July 1791491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (39)
1 Black > 16
1 Black 12 - 16
5 Horses

10 April 1793491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable      Samuel (41)
2 Blacks > 16
1 Horse

15 May 1795491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
1 White Tithable Samuel (43)
2 Black > 16
6 Horses

1797491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
2 White Tithables      Samuel (44), Thomas (19)
1 Black > 16
1 Black bet 12 – 16
5 Horses

1798491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
2 White Tithables      Samuel (45), Thomas (20)
2 Black > 16
Tax of Horses: .05
Total Amt. of Taxes: .50

21 Aug. 1798167

Washington County, Virginia, Deed Book 2, pages 373, 374
THIS INDENTURE made the twenty first day of august in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight Between Samuel McChesney and Susanna his Wife of the first part and Hugh McChesney of the other part both of the County of Washington State of Virginia.

Witnesseth that the said Samuel McChesney & Susanna his Wife for and in consideraton of the sum of . . . . pounds current money of Virginia the receipt of is hereby acknowledged the said Samuel McChesney hath Granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell to the said Hugh McChesney and his Heirs one certain Tract or parcel of Land Containing One hundred Acres be the same more or less bounded as followeth to Wit
BEGINNING at an iron thorn by the head of a spring, corner of the said Samuel McChesney and the said Hugh McChesney and with the lines thereof North 7 degrees East twenty three poles to a stake at a double rock on the south side of Spring Creek thence down the same creek thence down the same creek North thirty four East 24 poles to 2 white oaks, saplings thence crossing the creek North fifty one degrees East 8 poles to a white oak on the North side (?) 51 East ?? to a white oak sappling S 77 degrees E ?4 to a stake on Nathaniel Maxwells line and with the same S 38 W 36 poles to a white oak & Buckeye on the bank of the Creek S 2 E 40 poles to the post Oak on the top of a ridge S 68 W 76 poles to a black oak among Rocks N 38 W 37 poles to five white oak Grubs near a stake on the old line N 15 W 112 poles to the BEGINNING
with its appurtanances thereto belonging TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances to the said Hugh McChesney and his Heirs forever and with the said Samuel McChesney and Susanna his Wife for themselves and their heirs will forever Warrant and defend the said Tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances to the said Hugh McChesney and his heirs against the claims of all persons Whosoever In Witness whereof the said Samuel McChesney & Susanna his wife hath subscribed their names and affixed their seals the day and Year above Written
Samuel McChesney L.S.
Susanna McChesney L.S.
At a Court held for Washington County the 17th day of Feb. 1801
This Indenture of bargain and sale was proved acknowledged in court by the above named Samuel McChesney and Ordered to be recorded.
Attest And.w Russell D.C.

31 Aug. 1798406

Washington County, Virginia, Will Book 2, page 200
This Indenture Tripartite made this Thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty eight between Thomas Berry Sr of the one part, Samuel McChesney of the other part, and Esther Berry, wife of said Thomas of the third part. Witnesseth that whoever the said Thomas Berry being late the proprietor of a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the County of Washington and State of Virginia and being arrived at an age when no Burgess capable of superintruding that the management of a plantation has by and with the amount of the said Esther his wife alienated and sold the same unto a certain David McCord for the consideration one thousand three hundred thirty three dollars and thirty three cents for which sum the said David McCord with Thomas Berry his security has entered into two seperate obligations, the one for eight hundred eighty eight dollars and eighty eight cents and payable to David Lowery and Samuel McChesney within six years after the death of said Thomas Berry Sr: to be applied or shall be devised by his last Will and Testament, the other for four hundred and forty four dollars thirtysix cents payable to Samuel McChesney within six years after the death of the said Thomas Berry Sr. for the use, interest and purpose hereinafter excepted. And whosoever the said Thomas Berry in consideration of his love and affection for the said Ester his wife and in consideration of her having relinquished her right Domain in the land herein before mentioned & being desireous of making provision for the said Esther his wife after his death doeth Grant covenant and agree that aforesaid sum of four hundred and fortyfour dollars and thirty six cents part of the consideration of the land be sold to David McCord and for which an obligation bearing date the twentyfourth day of August payable within six years after the death of said Thomas Berry Sr: unto Samuel McChesney shall vest in the said Samuel McChesney and that he shall have right to collect and receive the same. And the said parties agree that from and after six years after the death of the said Thomas Berry the said sum of four hundred and forty four dollars and thirtysix cents shall be the sole property and at the absolute disposal of her the said Esther and that the right to the said sum of money herein vested in Samuel McChesney is understood as a trust for the use behalf and benefit of her the said Ester Berry from and after the period aforesaid and the said Samuel McChesney consents and agrees for himself his heirs executors & administrators that from and after the period aforesaid he will relinquish all right or causes of right which he has or may have Same or equity to that said sum of money. In witness of which the parties have hereunder set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written.
Signed and sealed
in presence of
William McFarren Thomas Berry [seal]
David Lowery Esther Berry [seal]
Abraham McConnell Samuel McChesney Recorded Washington County 16 April 1799

16 Dec. 1798120,406

Washington County Will Book 2, pages 209-210
In the name of god amen, the sixteenth of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight. I, Thomas Berry, of the County of Washington and State of Virginia, being weak in body but sound in mind and knowing that all flesh must yield to death when it shall please god to call, I do hereby make constitute and ordain and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following revolking and anuling by these present all and every testement or testaments will or wills heretofore by me made and declare either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other and now for the settling my temperate estate and such goods and chattals and debts as it pleased god for above my deserts to bestow on me. I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and form following, And first I do will that all my just debts be paid within convenient time after my decease by my executors hereafter named and seconded, I do give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Esther the third part of all the moveable Estate except the negros as I have left her the third part of the price of my land already. I do leave to my son George a negro named Adam and all my wearing apparel and George is to give to my daughter Rebeckah fifty dollars. I do also leave to my daughter Esther a negro girl named Phili to her and her heirs and if the girl has any children they are to go to Esther and her heirs, also my negro woman named Tawney I do allow her to be free and I leave her a milch cow. I also leave to my son John, four dollars. I also leave the rest of my estate to my children hereafter named, son James, son Thomas, my daughter in law Mary Berry, wife to son William deceased, my daughter Mary, my daughter Barbara, daughter Rebeckah, my daughter Elizabeth, my daughter Susannah, my son Francis to be equally divided among them. I also leave to my grandson Thomas Dryden my best saddle. I also will that David Dryden and Samuel McChesney and David Lowry shall be my Executors given under my hand and seal this sixteenth of December 1798.
Witnesses present
Jonathan Dryden Thomas Berry LS
William Palmer

29 Jan. 179969

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book, page  385
John Campbell, assignee of Samuel McChesney, assignee of David Robinson - 94 ac - treasury warrant #15153 - on the waters of Spring Creek, a branch of Holstein River - near a path - at the foot of the knobs - corner to Campbell's old tract - by a road

1799491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
2 White Tithables      Samuel (46), Thomas (21)
3 Black > 16
4 Horses
Total Amt. of Taxes: 1.00

20 Aug. 1799120,406

Washington County Will Book 2, pages 239 – 240
At a court held for Washington County by the 20th day of August 1799. The last will and Testament of Thomas Berry deceased was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of Jonathan Dryden and William Palmer the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of David Dryden, David Lowry and Samuel McChesney the Executors thereon named who took the oath of Executors presented by law and together with David Craig, David McCord and James Maxwell their securities entered into and acknowledged their bonds in the sum of four thousand dollars with conditions as the law directs. A certificate for the probate of the said will is therefore granted them in due form excud.
Teste Andrew Russell

20 Aug 1799407

Washington County, Virginia Unfiled Court Papers, Volume 9, part 1, page 13
Know all men by these payments that we David Dryden, Saml. McChesney, David Lowery, David Craig, David McCord & James Maxwell --- Enoch McCarty, Alexander Doran, James W. Craig and John Houston, Gent. justices of this court of Washington county now sitting and their successors the sums of four Thousand Dollars To which payment will and truly to be made to the said justices and their successors we bind ourselves our heirs executors and administrators jointly & severally firmly by these presents Witness our hands and Seals this 20th day of August 1799.
The Condition of the above obligation is that if we the said David Dryden, David Lowrey & Saml. McChesney executors of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Berry deceased, do make a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased, which has or shall come to the hands possessions or knowledge of them the said Dryden Lowrey, & McChesney or with the Lands or possessions of any other person or persons for them, and the same is made do exhibit unto the Clerk of Washington County at such times, as they shall be therefore required by the said Court, and the same goods chattels and credits, do well and truly administer according to Law, and making just and true account of their askings and doings therein when thereunto required by the said court; and futher do well and truly pay and deliver all of the Legacies contained and specified in the said Will, as far as the said goods chattels and credits wills extend, according to the value thereof and as the Law shall charge them; then this obligation to be void Otherwise to remain in full force.
David Dryden (seal)
Saml. McChesney (seal)
David Lowrey (seal)
Dav.d Craig (seal)
James Maxwell (seal)
David McCoard (seal)

22 Nov. 1800726

The Library of Virginia Land Office Grants
Margin Notation: Samuel McChesney 150 Acres Washington Examined
James Monroe Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all to whom these presents shall come greeting Know ye that by virtue of two Land Office Treasury Warrants to wit One hundred acres by Number two thousand two hundred and forty three, and fifty Acres by number ten thousand nine hundred and forty three is granted by the said Commonwealth, unto Samuel McChesney a certain tract or parcel of land, containing one hundred and fifty Acres by Survey bearing date August one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight lying and being in the County of Washington on a branch of Holstein river and bounded as followeth to wit. Beginning at a large black oak at the fork of the knobs, corner to his former Survey and with a line of the same North twenty degrees East three hundred and five poles, to a black oak, North forty five-degrees East One hundred and twenty five poles to two white oaks, thence North forty two degrees West twenty poles to three white oaks on the side of the knobs South Seventy degrees West fifty two poles to three poplar sapling South six degrees East twenty poles to three hickory sapling South fifty four degrees West twenty four poles to a chesnut oak, South sixty four degrees West twenty one poles to a hickory and poplar in the knob road south forty degrees East forty six poles to a black oak and white oak South forty six degrees West twenty six poles to a large white oak South thirty four degrees West forty eight poles to a white oak saplin South forty nine degrees West one hundred and ninety seven poles to a Stake and thence South forty degrees East one hundred and forty three poles to the beginning, with its appurtenances, to have and to hole, the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Samuel McChesney and his heirs forever. In Witness whereof, the said James Monroe, Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and of the Commonwealth the twenty fifth. James Monroe

1801491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Samuel McChesney
2 White Tithables      Samuel (48), Thomas (23)
2 Blacks
2 Horses
Tax: 1.02

6 Mar. 1802532

Washington County, Virginia, Deed Book 3, pages 58, 59
Articles of agreement made and entered into this sixth day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and two between David Shaver of the County of Washington & State of Virginia of the one part and William King & Samuel McChesney of the County & State aforesaid of the other part
WITNESSETH that David Shaver doth bargain and sell unto the said William King and Samuel McChesney one certain parcel or quantity of land lying and being on the waters of fifteen mile Creek now owned and occupied by said Sheaver bounded in part as follows
BEGINNING at a white oak tree corner to David Drydens and Ale.x Doran Land and with the lines of said Doran across the aforenamed Creek to a corner of said line and along the lines of Adam Hope and Sheaver for quantity sufficient to make up the sum of one hundred and three pounds seven shillings and one penny now due from the said David Sheaver to the aforesaid King and McChesney. But if said Shaver shall well and truly pay the above sum of 103.71 unto the W. King and McChesney on or before the first day of May next after the date hereof then and in that case this sale to be be void. But if said Sheaver should fail to pay the above mentioned sum against the first day of May next the said Sheaver is to pay lawful interest on the above sum and until paid and if the above sum of 103 pounds seven shillings and one penny is not paid before the first day of May eighteen hundred and three then and in that case the land afore described on a sufficience thereof to be exposed to public Sale by the afore mentioned William King and Samuel McChesney to discharge the above sum with interest and cost if any should arise thereon and the said Sheaver doth hereby bond himself his heirs executors and administrators to make unto the purchase a good sufficient title in fee simple for whatever quantity may be found necessary to discharge the above sum with interest and cost as above. But if said Sheaver should not return before the first day of May one thousand eight hundred and three from a journey now contemplated by the said Sheaver to the Natches In that case the said Sheaver heirs executors or administrators is to have to the first day of May one thousand eight hundred and four to pay the above sum or convey the Land as before. But said Shaever doth hereby secure all his houses and mills anything to the contrary notwithstanding. In witness whereof we hereby bind ourselves our heirs executors & administrators for the true performance of the above obligation in the sum of four hundred pounds each to the other. Given under our hands and seals the day and date above mentioned.
David Shaver S.S.
Wm. King S.S.
Sam.l McChesney S.S.
Test
Rob.t Craing jun.
M. Shugart
At a Court held for Washington County the 22d day of June 1803
This Instrument of writing was proven in Court by the oaths of Robert Craig jun and Michael Shugart the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Attest D. Campbell D.C.

25 March 1803684

Washington County, Virginia Will Book 3, pages 403-405
In the name of God amen, I Samuel McChesney of the State of Virginia and County of Washington being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with;
first, I recommend my soul to Almighty God and my body to be decently buried as my executors hereafter named shall think proper.
Secondly, after paying my just debts and funeral expenses, I give and bequeath to my loving wife Susanna McChesney the plantation I now live on known by the name of McFerrons (excepting fifty acres to be laid of along Wm. Maxwells line from Hugh McChesney’s land to the glade) with all appurtenances to be disposed of by her as she shall think proper.
Thirdly, I give to my son, Thomas McChesney my other tract of land purchesed of George Berry with all appurtances to be at his disposal.
Fourthly I give to my brother Hugh McChesney the fifty acres of land excepted to in the second article to be laid of as there directed to be his in fee simple.
Fifthly, I give to my loving wife Susanna McChesney a negro woman named Fan and three children, Adam, Lucy and Nancy, the three last to be disposed of as she shall think proper (Fan to be free at her mistresses death and to receive twenty pound paid out her Mistresses part) also I give to her one horse named fox and one other horse trained to work as to my cattle after selecting what came into my stock with my daughter in law Sarah and all their increase. I give to my loving wife one half of the same to be at her disposal and one half of my stock of sheep and one third of my hogs.
Sixthly to my Son Thomas McChesney the remainder of my personal estate consisting of one negro man named Harry, horses, cattle sheep hogs farming utensils & on condition that he pay all my lawful debts out of his part herein bequeathed him as also debts by note on otherwise to me due are at his disposal.
Seventhly, I give to my brother Hugh McChesney one deep blue cloth coat also black velvet jacket and breeches.
Eighthly to my nephew Samuel McChesney son of Hugh McChesney out of estate a full suit of broad clothe.
Ninethly to said Hugh McChesney’s son, John McChesney, I give a bared cotton coat. Tenthly, I constitute my brother, Hugh McChesney and my son Thomas McChesney executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former Wills or Testaments. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 25th day of March in the yar one thousand eight hundred and three.
Samuel McChesney L.S
Acknowledged in presence of M. Willoughby .

4 April 1803545

High on a Windy Hill
Death of Samuel McChesney in Washington County, Virginia. Burial in Green Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Tombstone Inscription: “ Samuel McChesney 22 June 1753 - 4 April 1803, age 50 y, 10m. An emigrant from Ireland”

19 July 1803684

Washington County, Virginia Will Book 3, pages 403-405
At a court held for Washington County
The last Will and Testament of Samuel McChesney dec.d was produced in court and prove in court by the oath of Matthew Willoughby the only subscribing witness thereto and it being considered by the court that the same is sufficient to pass personal estate altho not sufficient to pass real estate, not have been written by the said decedent it is ordered that the same be recorded. Hugh McChesney one of the executors named in the said Will appeared in court and refused taking on him the executorship. And on the motion of Thomas McChesney another executor mentioned in t e said Will who took the oath of an executor prescribed by land and entered into and acknowledged a bond with John Shapr and David King his securities in the penalty of four thousand dollars conditioned at the law directs a certificate is therefore granted him for the probat of the said will in due form. Attest. D. Campbell D.C.

19 Oct. 1807532

Washington County, Virginia, Deed Book 3, pages 616, 617
This INDENTURE made the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven between Hugh McChesney and Sarah his wife of the one part and Thomas McChesney of the other part, both of the County of Washington and state of Virginia

WITNESSETH That the said Hugh McChesney and Sarah his wife for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred pounds current money of Virginia in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto Thomas McChesney and to his heirs a certain tract or parcel of land lying in Washington County and state of Virginia, containing one hundred acres more or less and bounded as followeth. Viz,
BEGINNING at a Iron thorn at the head of a Spring Thence 7 E 23 poles to Two White oak saplings Thence crossing the Creek N 51 E 8 poles to a White oak on the north side S 51 E 60 poles to a White oak S 77 E 84 poles to a white oak and Buckeye on the north bank of the creek Tense crossing the creek S 2 E 40 poles to a post oak on the top of a ridge S 68 W 76 poles to a black oak among rocks N 38 W 37 poles to five White oak grubs near a stake on the old line N 15 W 112 poles to the BEGINNING,
Together with another certain Tract or parcel of land containing Eighty Two acres more or less by a survey dated the 26th of September Eighteen hundred lying in Washington County and bounded as followeth. Viz:

BEGINNING at a White Oak on the side of the great Knobbs S 55 E 60 poles passing by a corner of the land owned by Samuel McChesney in his lifetime to a White oak by a sink hole N 57 E 8 poles to a large White oak Nathaniel Maxwells Cornery S 47 E 80 poles to a red Oak White Oak and Spanish Oak David Kings Corner and with his line S 55 W 112 poles to 2 Hickeries and a post Oak on Sharp & Kings line and on the same N 53 West 98 poles to a Hickery on the side of the Knobb N 35 E 100 poles to the BEGINNING
With their and each of their appurtenances to have and to hold the said Tracts or parcels of land with their appurtenances to the said Thomas McChesney and to his heirs forever, and the S.d Hugh McChesney and Sarah his wife for themselves and their heirs will forever Warrant and defend the above described tracts of land With their appurtenancies to Thomas McChesney and to his heirs forever both from persons claiming under or by them and from all other claims or persons whatever IN WITNESS whereof the said Hugh McChesney and Sarah his wife have subscribed their names and affixed their Seals the day and date above written.
Hugh McChesney (seal)
Sarah McChesney (seal)
At a Court held for Washington County the 20th day of October 1807
This Indenture of bargain and Sale between Hugh McChesney and Sarah his wife of the one part and Thomas McChesney of the other part was acknowledged in Court by the said Hugh and wife (she having been first privily examined as the law directs) and ordered to be recorded.
Attest D. Campbell D. C.

1820653

Federal Census, Washington County, Virginia, page 224
Thomas McChesney

2 males < 10  
1 male 10 - 16  
2 males 16 - 26  
1 male 26 - 45 Thomas (42)
3 females < 10  
2 females 10 - 16  
1 female 16 - 26  
1 female 26 - 45  
1 female > 45 Susannah (63)

2 Oct. 1822545

High on a Windy Hill
Death of Susannah (Berry) McChesney in Washington County, Virginia. Burial in Green Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Tombstone Inscription: “Susan D. McChesney 2 Oct 1757-2 Oct 1822, age 65y”

 

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     Susannah Berry was born in the early fall of 1757 in Augusta County, Virginia, most likely in her parents’ farm in the upper reaches of Hays Creek, a tributary of the North River (north fork of the James River) in the northern part of the Borden Grant. Her mother, Esther (Ward) Berry was her father’s second wife according to a family record that appears to ultimately derive from her youngest sister, Esther (Berry) McCord. Susannah was the third child of that union.12

 

 

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