Historic Hampshire County, WV
West Virginia's Oldest County


George Washington's Surveys in Hampshire County

A list of some surveys in Hampshire County done by George Washington; on the North River and the Cacapon River and their branches; letter and number in brackets following some entries are Northern Neck Land Grant numbers. Please be aware that George Washington did not do surveys on the South Branch River. When he first came to Hampshire County in 1748 at age 16 and mentioned in his journal that he surveyed along the South Branch River, he was working as something of an apprentice to James Genn, a licensed surveyor. Washington was not licensed as a surveyor until 1749 so he could not sign the surveys. Therefore you will not find the surveys he assisted with listed on this or any other list of George Washington surveys.

Compiled from several sources including (see link at bottom for more surveys):

The Papers of George Washington: Colonial Series, Volumn I, 1748 - August 1755, edited by W.W. Abbot; Charlottesville, University Press of Virginia

Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, compiled by Gertrude E. Gray; Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1987.

The index notes of Mr. Galtjo Geertsema

Note: sometimes surveys made in 1748 are listed as George Washington surveys. These lists are made from Washington's journal of 1748 when he came to what is now Mineral and Hampshire Counties, West Virginia with his friend George William Fairfax. Washington was not a licensed surveyor.  He was gaining experience by working with James Genn and could not sign the surveys; technically they were surveys by Genn. On July 20, 1749 George Washington was certified as the Surveyor of Culpeper County as was authorized to survey in Virginia. From that point on he signed the surveys.

In November of 1749 Mr. Washington surveyed on Lost River; he returned in April 1750 to begin the season on Lost River. We list only surveys in current Hampshire County.

11 April, 1750 For Joseph Edwards, 400 acres on the Cacapon River; granted to Robert Pugh, 23 July, 1760  [K-190]

12 April, 1750 For James Caudy, 98 acres on Cacapon River; granted to same, 28 May, 1751 [G-512]

12 April, 1750 For Thomas Parker, Sr., 237 acres "where he lives" on the North River; granted to same, 14 April, 1753 [H-288] .

13 April, 1750 For Evan Pugh, Jr., 160 acres on a small branch of the Cacapon River; granted to same, 13 April, 1752  [H-169]

13 April, 1750 For Benjamin Phipps, 400 acres on North River; granted to same, 29 May, 1751 [G-513]

14 April, 1750 For George Nixon, 400 acres on North River; granted to James Craik and Philip Bush, 4 March, 1771  [P-15]

14 April, 1750 For Josiah Arnold, 400 acres on North River; granted to same, 14 April, 1752  [H-171]

14 April, 1750 For James Smith, 400 acres on North River; granted to same, 24 September, 1756  [H-686]

16 April, 1750 For John Stackhouse, 400 acres on North River; granted to John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, 21 February, 1774  [P-248]

20 April, 1750 For James Dilouza, 400 acres on a small branch of North River; granted to Jacob Chrisman (Crisman), 6 September, 1753  [H-405]

20 April, 1750 For David Wood, 400 acres on North River; granted to Andrew Arnold, 1 February, 1764  [M-243]

20 April, 1750 For Jonathan Arnold, 400 acres on North River; granted to same, 19 July, 1762  [K-484]

21 April, 1750 For Robert Lindsay, 400 acres on North River; granted to David Dederick (Deadrick, Dietrick), 21 April, 1753  [H-316]

23 April, 1750 For Henry Enoch, 388 acres at the forks of Cacapon and North Rivers; granted to same, 22 April, 1753  [H-298]

23 April, 1750 For John Newton, 315 acres on North River about a mile above the fork; granted to same, 1 January, 1754  [H-589]

*25 April, 1750 For Friend Cocks (Cox), 240 acres on Potomac and Little Cacapehon Rivers  [K-376]

26 April, 1750 For John Parker, 200 acres on little cacapon about a half mile above Buffalo Lick; granted 6 Sept. 1757  [K-8]

27 April, 1750 For Sylvanus Smith, 248 acres on Cacapon River; granted to John Chenoweth 3 Mrch, 1753  [H-248]

27 April, 1750 For Darby McKeever, Jr., 315 acres on Cacapon River; granted 13 Nov., 1752. Resurvey of 10 April, 1750.  [H-204]

28 April, 1750 For James McCoy, 400 acres on "the Great Waggon Road that Leads to the So. Branch" of Potomac; granted Thomas Rees, Sr., 4 Sept. 1766  [N-178]

1751

12 April, 1751 For William Mullin, 247 acres on Mill Branch of Cacapon River; granted Thomas Hollowell, 16 Jan. 1764  [M-242]

12 April, 1751 For William Naylor, 269 acres on Cacapon River; granted John Arnold, 20 May, 1760  [K-136]

12 April, 1751 For Roger Parke, 351 acres on Cacapon River; granted 5 May, 1760  [K-122]

13 April, 1751 For William Hillborn, 394 acres on Cacapon River; granted Stephen Hotzenbella (Hazenbeler), 20 Sept. 1756  [H-682]

13 April, 1751 Samuel Farrington - William Warden disputed tract, 400 acres on Cacapon River; granted Mary Nisewanger, 21 Nov., 1757  [K-46]

15 April, 1751 For John Waite, 225 acres on Lick Run, a branch of the Cacapon River; granted, 27 September, 1766  [N-241]

15 April, 1751 For Solomon Carpenter, 260 acres on the Cacapon River; granted John Young, 8 September, 1777  [Q-194]

15 April, 1751 For Henry Oldakers (Ouldakers), 347 acres between the meanders that divide the Lost River from the Cacapon River; granted 4 Sept., 1753  [H-403]

16 April, 1751 For Joseph How and Andrew Viney, 416.5 acres on Lost River; granted to Stephen Ruddle, 25 March, 1754  [H-600]

16 April, 1751 For John Elswick, 437 acres on Lost River; granted to Thomas Walter, 18 March, 1755  [H-630]

17 April, 1751 For Thomas, Lord Fairfax, 672 acres on North River; apparently no grant made.

17 April, 1751 For James Steward (Stuart), 250 acres on the North River; granted to David Dederick, 4 April, 1761 [K-268]

17 April, 1751 For John Ashbrook, 400 acres on the North River; granted to Aaron Ashbrook, 7 April, 1777  [Q-106]

17 April, 1751 For Joseph Britain (Briton), 200 acres on the North River; granted to same, 11 March, 1752  [H-127]

18 April, 1751 For George Horner, 400 acres on North River; granted to same, 9 March, 1752  [H-122]

18 April, 1751 For Joseph Edwards, 375 acres on North River; granted to same, 11 April, 1752  [H-166] adjacent: George Horner

18 April, 1751 For William Horner, 292 acres on North River; granted to Stephen Horner, 26 September, 1766  [N-240]

18 April, 1751 For John Thomas, 400 acres on North River; granted to same, 5 April, 1753  [H-280] adjacent: William Horner

20 April, 1751 For Samuel Kinman, 413 acres on Dillons Run of the Cacapon; granted Isaac Foster, 9 July, 1760  [K-178]

20 April, 1751 For Mathias Elmore, 400 acres on Dillons Run of Cacapon; granted 8 Sept., 1766  [N-196]

23 April, 1751 For Robert Crupper, 225 acre on Little Cacapon River; ranted James French, 13 May, 1767  [O-42]

23 April, 1751 For Isaiah Phipps 247.5 acres on Little Cacapon; granted to Brian Bruin 13 July, 1762  [K-479]  (survey at Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA; call number: Manuscripts Mss11:3 P5572:1)

25 April, 1751 For Thomas Wiggins, 185 acres on Potomac River; granted 7 Nov., 1754  [H-547]

*27 April, 1751 For George Potts, 421 acres on Mill Branch of the Cacapon River; granted William Gaddis, 10 Dec., 1762  [M-87]

1752  

19 March, 1752 For James Caudy 100 acres on the South Fork of Dillon's Run of the Cacapon. No grant found.

19 March, 1752 For George Fout, 800 acres on Dillons Run of Cacapon River; granted Casper Rinker, 2 June, 1762  [K-443]

23 March, 1752 For William Warden, 380 acres on North River; granted to Isaac Hite, 6 November, 1770  [O-331]


 

George Washington is listed on the following land grants as surveyor for the following tracts, but date of survey has not been ascertained; date given is date of grant:

William Demoss, 320 acres on the Cacapon River; 5 September, 1761 [K-331]

James Caudy, 358 acres adjacent Joseph Edwards, Cacepheon Cr., Wagon Road, Dillon's Run, 27 May, 1748 

David Edwards, 412 acres on Great Cacapon adjoining Joseph Edwards, granted to David Edwards 13 April, 1752  [H-167]

David Edwards, 200 acres on Cacapon River; granted to same, adjacent Thomas Edwards, granted 22 July, 1760  [K-189]

Henry Enoch, 271.5 acres on Little Cacapon River; granted to Henry Enoch, 20 Feb., 1761 [K-228]

Hugh Hughes, 170 acres on Hughs Run, granted 7 Nov., 1766  [N-310]

Robert Morris,  63 acres on Cacapon River; granted 6 March, 1752  [H-118] probably Frederick Co.

Henry Oldakers, 260 acres on Hughs Run of Cacapon River; granted 19 Jan., 1761 [K-217]

Daniel Osborne (Frederick Co.)

John Park, 135 acres on Mill Run of Cacapon River; granted 29 Dec., 1769  [O-252]

*note: copies of surveys marked with an asterisk are available in the Hampshire County Library, Local History and Genealogy Room.

A more complete listing of George Washington surveys in and beyond Hampshire County may be found on our associated site: www.fortedwards.org/cwffa/gwfha/GWsurveys.htm


    

2007 Charles C. Hall.
updated: 6/18/09
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