Excerpts from




By Cecil O’Dell

Marceline, Missouri

Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995



Submitted by Kathy Busby

October 20, 2003

Researched at L. D. S. Library, Salt Lake City, Utah



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WILLIAM LINVELL (son-in-law of Morgan Bryan) was in Orange County before 18 November 1735 when he received 140 pounds of tobacco from the Court for one old wolfshead, certified by the Jost Hite. 181 An Action of Debt was filed against him on 25 March 1742 by Nathaniel Chapman, Administrator of the Estate of Peter Falkner. 182 Falkner, merchant, was deceased by 1739 and had resided on land located about three miles north of present-day Winchester, Virginia on U. S. Highway 11. The Action of Debt was settled by Jury Trial on 24 September 1742 when the Jury ordered LINVELL to pay Chapman the sum of 6 pounds, 5 shillings and 11 pounds for debt with 1 penny for damages and also costs of the plaintiff. At the same Court, it was ordered that Lewis Stephens, James Bond, John Sheldon, Daniel Harrison, Abraham Hollingsworth and Elizabeth Cantrell be fined 350 pounds of tobacco each for failing to appear and give evidence on behalf of WILLIAM LINVELL. 183

The Orange Court paid JOHN LINVELL for a wolf’s head certified by Jost Hite on 27 October 1737 and awarded 870 pounds of tobacco to THOMAS LINVELL on 26 October 1738 for six wolf heads certified by Morgan Morgan and Benjamin Borden. 184

A JOHN LINVELLE was taxed in Chester Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1715 and THOMAS LINVELLE was taxed in Upper Chichester Township from 1715 through 1732. 185 THOMAS LINVILL, husbandman, and his wife Dinah of Chichester Township, Chester (Delaware) County, Pennsylvania sold 86 acres to John Worrall on 23 February 1733/34. 186 The 86 acres was located on Marcus (Hook) Creek adjacent Grubb’s land which was part of two tracts of land aggregating 190 acres; this would be about 10 miles southeast of Morgan Bryan’s area.


181                 Orange County, Virginia Court Book 1, p. 40

182                 Ibid., Book 3, p. 117

183                 Ibid., p. 251

184                 Ibid., pp 230. 398

185                 Chester County, Pennsylvania Tax List

186                 Chester County, Pennsylvania Deed Book #, Vol. 5, p. 253





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Jacob Chrissmann (b. 1705 c.) married Magdalena Hite (baptized 13 September 1713, daughter of Jost Hite) and in March 1737, they were living on the tract which they later bought from her father for seven pounds, 10 shillings, on 14 May 1746. 328 Sheep Run is the north property line and West Run is the south line; both runs are branches of Crooked Run. Both U. S. Highway 11 and Frederick County Highway 735 transverse the tract. Chrissman Spring is located at the southwest corner. (Tract 133D, Map 8) The 750 acre tract, if bought at the prevailing price of three pounds per 100 acres, would have cost 22 pounds, 10 shillings.

Jacob purchased 500 acres on LINVILLE CREEK in present-day Rockingham County, Virginia from THOMAS LINVELL and his wife Hannah for 100 pounds on 14 November 1746. He purchased an additional 500 aces on LINVILLE CREEK from Joseph Bryan and his wife Alice for 150 pounds on 3 June 1755. Both tracts were part of the 1,500-acre tract which WILLIAM LINVELL had purchased from Jost Hite. Jacob and his wife, Magdalena, sold 300 acres of this land to Francis McBride for 150 pounds on 5 April 1761. On 5 May 1761, they sold 376 acres to their son George Chrissman for 100 pounds and 300 acres to their son John Chrissman for 100 pounds. 329


328.               Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 1, p. 436, Book 4, p. 1

329.               Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 1, p. 165; Book 7, p. 219;

Book 9, pp. 369, 373, 376.



Pages 74-77




On 24 December 1734, Robert Brooke surveyed a tract of land containing 450 acres for Bryan; the tract was located on the west side of Opequon Creek at the mouth of Tuscarora Creek on the south, to Julep Bend on the north. 140 (Tract 46, Map 2) He received a patent from the Colony for this tract on 12 November 1735 141 He then sold 250 acres (Tract 46A) to his son Samuel Bryan on 11 November 1747 for 100 pounds; John Ellis, Evan Ellis and Samuel Strode served as witnesses. 142 Samuel Bryan of August County sold the 250 acres to Henry and Abraham Vanmeter for 120 pounds 29 March 1753. 143 On 6 September 1748, Morgan sold 100 acres to Samuel Strode for 20 pounds. 144 (Tract 46B) He then sold the remaining 100 acres to Simon Linder for 28 pounds on February 1749/50. 145

Morgan Bryan was taxed in Birmingham Township in 1719 and in Marlborough Township from 1720 to 1726 146 on the drains of Brandywine Creek, south of present-day Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He probably moved to the Potomac River area of the Blue Ridge in 1726 or 1727 where he assigned (sold) 1,303 acres to John Mills by 5 March 1729/30 when Mills had a “Warrant” issued for the 1,303 acres by the “Proprietor’s Office.” This tract of land is located in present-day Milltown Creek; a branch of Catoctin Creek and the Mountains on Milltown Creek; a branch of Catoctin Creek and the head of Dutchman’s Creek at the Short Hills, half-way from the Potomac River and Virginia Highway 9 and west of Virginia Highway 287. John Mills assigned (sold) the tract to Catesby Cocke after it was surveyed on 19 November 1730. Mills and Bryan were both listed as being of Prince George County, Maryland. Morgan also had 1,015 acres on the Blue Ridge surveyed on 30 March 1732; 147 this tract on North Catoctin Creek was located near present-day Virginia Highway 9 and Vestal’s Gap. (Grant, if issued, not recorded) Morgan, his wife Martha and his daughter “Elinor” Bryan attended the marriage of Thomas Mills and Elizabeth Harrold at Josiah Ballenger’s at “Manaquicy” in present-day Frederick County, Maryland on 18 June 1730. 148

Morgan probably was living on his 1,250-acre patent on the Opequon Creek by or before 1730, based on the fact that he had a mill in operation in 1734. Since a mill would require a millwright to build the facility, grinding stones, gears, a dam across the stream and mill races with labor-intensive manual labor, it is a safe assumption that Morgan would have started construction on the mill at least two years before and after he settled in with house and crops. Moreover, there had to be many other farmers in the area by that time in order to make the venture a good investment; before he even started construction, since establishing a mill required a sizable monetary investment and many customers within a three-mile radius. And since there was also a mill at Josiah Jones on Rockymarsh Run about six miles east and Thomas Anderson’s mill about four miles southwest, it is likely that there were sufficient farmers in the vicinity for Morgan to anticipate a profit on his enterprise.

Morgan was in Orange (Augusta) County after 9 March 1744 and before 16 August 1744 149 where he received a Virginia Land Patent for 400 acres on LINWELL’S (LINVILLE) CREEK on 20 September 1745. 150 This land is located south of Broadway, Virginia in Rockingham County. Son-in-law WILLIAM LINWELL (LINVELL) and wife Elenor (daughter of Morgan and Martha) sold to “George Bowman 500 acres on LINWELL’S CREEK in the line of Joseph Bryan (in his possession)” on 15 August 1746. 151 Joseph was still living in Frederick County. The LINVELLS were on LINVELLE CREEK before 25 December 1739 when James Wood made a survey for William Spillaim. 152 On 3 June 1755, Joseph Bryan and Alice sold 500 acres to Jacob Chrissman and adjacent to the above tract which he had purchased from his brother-in-law WILLIAM LINVELL on LINVILLE CREEK. THOMAS LINVELL, brother of WILLIAM, was an adjacent landowner. 153 Samuel Bryan, Morgan Bryan Jr. and John Ellis (a neighbor in Frederick County) were witnesses to a land sale “on a branch of North River of Shanando called Wallings Creek” on 11 December 1746. 154 On 26 February 1746/47, Morgan Sr. purchased three cows and a set of smith tools from THOMAS LINVILL. 155

Morgan and his wife Martha were in Anson (Rowan) County, North Carolina after 29 November 1749 and by 13 February 1749/50. 156 On 7 March 1749/50, he gave power of attorney to John Madison to collect debts in Augusta and Frederick counties, Virginia. 157 The August County Court issued a “Commission 27 September 1753 to Edward Hughes, Squire Boone and James Carter of Roan (Rowan) County, North Carolina to take acknowledgement” of Martha Bryan as to the deed of land sale to David Johnston, dated 29 November 1749. This action was executed and returned to the Augusta County Court on 20 May 1754. 158

Samuel Bryant (Bryan), John McDowell, Morgan Bryan, William Sherrill and WILLIAM LINVIL were among the Grand and Petit Juries of the first Court of Rowan County, North Carolina. 159 John Ellis, the neighbor in Frederick and Augusta Counties, also moved to Rowan County with them, 160 as did Morgan and Martha Bryan’s granddaughter Mary Curtis Forbes (wife of Robert Forbes and daughter of Mary and Thomas Curtis). 161 Morgan’s son William Bryan was still in Augusta County, Virginia on 11 October 1765 when he sold “133 acres on Roanoke River to William Bryan, Jr., the son of William Sr. 162

Hopewell Friends History states that Morgan’s “granddaughter Rebecca, daughter of son Joseph, married Daniel Boone. Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan, father and mother of Daniel Boone, were married at Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (of Quakers) in 1725.”(Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania) Morgan was possibly a former Quaker of Scotch ancestry, as many were who left the Society and later reverted to their original religion. He was probably attending Presbyterian meetings in 1737 when he signed a petition to the Orange Court along with 29 others that “meeting places might be erected, and recorded in your Court, one at the land of Reverend Mr. William Williams (a Presbyterian minister) and another at Mr. Morgan Bryan near his house.” 163

Morgan Bryan’s will was written 28 March 1763 in Rowan County, North Carolina listing his daughter “ELINOR LINVILE, granddaughter Mary (Curtis) Forbes, sons Joseph, Samuel, Morgan, John, William, James and Thomas. Sons John Bryan and William Bryan are named as executors with Morgan Bryan listed as witness. 164

William Bryan’s (of the County of Kentucky) will was written on 23 May 1780 and entered in Rowan County, North Carolina leaving his wife Mary 1,000 acres purchased of Sarah Bryan lying between Cain Run and the north fork of Elkhorn Creek in “Caintuky County due unto the said Sarah for rasing a crop of corn in the year 1776.” (Located near Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky) His children listed in the will were sons; Daniel, Samuel and daughters; Phebe, Hannah, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary. Sons Samuel and Daniel were appointed executors and Joseph Bryan, William Grant, and Samuel Boone were witnesses. 165


140                 Brooke, Robert, Book of Surveys, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond,


141                 Virginia Land Patent Book 16, p. 156

142                 Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 1, p. 339

143                 Ibid., Book 3, p. 34

144                 Ibid., Book 1, p. 423

145                 Ibid., Book 2, p. 82

146                 Hopewell Friends History,” pp. 16-18

147                 Joyner, North Neck Warrants and Surveys, Vol. III, pp. 95, 99 (Prince William


148                 New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania, p. 73

149                 Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 1, pp. 37, 124

150                 Virginia Land Patent Book 24, p. 8

151                 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 1, p. 143

152                 James Wood Survey Book of Frederick County (located at Clerk’s Office,

Winchester, Virginia)

153                 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, p. 219

154                 Ibid., Book 1, p. 193

155                 Ibid., p. 188

156                 Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 2, p. 81

157                 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 2, p. 731

158                 Ibid., Book 7, p. 267

159                 Rumple, A History of Rowan County, North Carolina, p. 57

160                 Joyner, Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys, Vol. II, p. 159

161                 Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 7, p. 332

162                 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 12, p. 313

163                 Orange County, Virginia Court Book 1, p. 213; Dorman, Orange County,

Virginia Deed Book 3 & 4, 1736 Judgments, p. 101

164                 Rowan County, North Carolina Will Book A, p. 13

165                 Ibid., Book B, p. 36



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George Bowman (b. 1705 c.) purchased 1,000 acres from Jost Hite (part of the Vanmeter patent land) and received a patent from the Colony of Virginia on 3 October 1734. 1 (Tract 138, Map 10) This tract is located on Cedar Creek about mile northeast of Strasburg, Virginia. Approximately 300 acres on the east side of Cedar Creek are located in present-day Warren County and roughly 700 acres are in Shenandoah County. County Highway 611 and 635 cut across the southeast section while U. S. Highway 11 and Interstate Highway 81 cross the center section. George sold 280 acres of the 1,000-acre tract to John Stickley for six pounds on 25 November 1741. 2 (Tract 138A, Map 10)

George was deceased by 2 March 1768 when his will (dated 3 November 1764) was proved in Frederick County Court. 3 He bequeathed one-third of the moveable estate and negroes to his wife Mary. He willed 100 pounds each to daughters Elizabeth Ruddle, Sarah Wright, Regina Dyeller and Rebecca Bowman. He also willed 100 pounds to his daughter Mary Stephens and in a codicil dated 28 August 1766, he instructed that Mary’s legacy was to be divided among her children; 20 pounds each to William, Jacob, Isaac, Joseph and Adam to be disbursed as each came of age (21).

To his son John Bowman, he bequeathed 500 acres on Linville Creek in Augusta County which George had purchased from Jost Hite on 4 October 1749. John sold the tract (now 545 acres) to Abraham Miller for 180 pounds on 1 July 1768.

To his eldest son Jacob (b. 1735 c.) he willed 500 acres on Linville Creek which George had purchased from William Linvell and his wife Elenor for 100 pounds on 15 August 1746. After moving to South Carolina, Jacob sold the 500-acre tract to Josiah Davidson for 180 pounds on 15 November 1768. 4

To his son George Bowman Jr., he willed the upper (north) one-fourth section of the 720-acre balance of the 1,000-acre patent land “where he lives” which included the saw mill and grist mill. To his son Isaac, he willed the adjacent south one-fourth section with the house. He bequeathed to his son Abraham the one-fourth section south of Isaac’s place and to son Joseph the lower (south) one-fourth section including the Big Island in Cedar Creek.

George Sr. appointed his sons Jacob and George Jr. and his son-in-law Isaac Ruddle to serve as executors of his estate with instructions to sell his other land holdings.



1                Virginia Land Patent Book 15, p. 338

2                Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 6, p. 291

3                Frederick County, Virginia Will Book 3, p. 431

4                Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 1, pp. 143, 369; Book 15, pp. 151, 161



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Reiley Moore had settled in Orange County, Virginia (Shenandoah Valley) by 26 January 1735/36 when Morgan Morgan and Peter Woolf listed the settlements within the McKay, Hite, and Duff and Green 1000,00-acre Colony of Virginia grant land. 144 Before 24 September 1742, he had attended the Orange County Court for eight days, testifying for William Linvell against Nathaniel Chapman. 145

Stephen Ruddle sold 175 acres on the west side of the North River Shenandoah to Reiley Moore for which Moore received a Fairfax grant on 15 August 1749. 146 This tract was located between Benjamin Allen’s 400-acre tract and William White’s 400-acre 29 June 1739 patent land. (between Tract 157 and Tract 158, Map 15) U. S. Highway 11 crosses the west section of the tract at South Jackson.

Reiley Moore was deceased by 1 July 1760 when his will (dated 15 February 1760) was proved in Frederick County Court. He willed one-half of his plantation and the moveable estate to his wife Sarah. After Sarah’s death, her half of the 175 acres would devolve to their son James Moore. He bequeathed the other half of the 175 acres to son Reuben Moore. He mentioned “other children” but did not name them. Witnesses to the will were Evan Jones,
Amos Lewis and Susan Lewis. 147

Reiley Moore’s father was William Moore (b. 1676 c.), a carpenter by trade and a member of the Established (Episcopal) Church. He married about 1699 Rachel --, Prince George’s County, Md. William and Rachel Moore had seven children: (1) Ann Moore b. 12 July 1700; (2) Riley Moore b. 8 February 1702, and twin of (3) John Moore; (4) Samuel Moore b. 15 February 1704; (5) William Moore, Jr. b. 10 April 1707; (6) Rachel Moore b. 18 May 1710; and (7) George Moore b. 16 September 1712. These dates of birth are from St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne’s Parish, Prince George’s Co, Md. 1689-1777, Births and Christenings.

Riley Moore, the twin, b. 8 Feb. 1702, Prince George’s Co., Md. m. Sarah Holland 16 Aug. 1726 at St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne’s Parish (Marriage Records 1711-1711). Riley and Sarah (Holland) Moore had seven known children.


144           Hite/Fairfax Lawsuit, British Copy, p. 262

145           Orange County, Virginia Court Book 3, p. 240

146           Gray, Northern Neck Grants, G-272

147           Frederick County, Virginia Will Book 2, p. 405



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