Thank you again, Shirley - I'm still staring at this stuff...
"James Houston, b. 18 Apr 1715, at ............ N. Ireland, m. 17 Jun 1749 at Staunton, Augusta Co. Va to Agnes Wilson who d. 1765 at Staunton. His name appears in Augusta Co court records 9 Dec 1745 - 1778. c.1765 he was granted land on Back Creek of Roanoke at "Turkey Bottom", and in "forks of James River"." ... "John Wilson m. Anne Adair and then Anne was step-mother of Mrs. Agnes Houston ?"
There are a whole tribe of John Wilsons in Chalkley - one a weaver, one a farmer, one a cordwainer, one a shoemaker.One is prominent and served in the House of Burgesses many years. I think you're right that the John Wilson that died in 1754 must have married Ann Adair, daughter of William, based on the many people who appear in both wills.But I don't think this is the same one whose daughter Agnes married James Houston in 1749.
claims that Agnes Wilson Houston was the daughter of the John Wilson who was in the House of Burgesses (who died in 1773), and that George Wilson (Captain of the company Robert Adair was in in 1756) was her brother, as was the Samuel Wilson who also appears in that company.
"There was a James Addair b. Bucks Co, PA who also had land in the "forks of the James River"."
Is any more known about him?I think "forks of the James" is in Rockbridge Co. - certainly plenty of Adairs there...is this the James Adair who shows up on early tax list and censuses in Rockbridge Co?Or an earlier one?
"AUGUSTA CO. VA., WILLS Page 62. 4th May, 1754. JOHN WILSON, farmer To infant son James Wilson, 400 acres adjoining Duncan's line, and field commonly called Patterson's (was Paterson the sheriff in Staunton before or after Robert Adair in 1761 ?)"
I haven't seen the sheriff -do you think this Patterson would be related? Chalkley, Vol. 3 p 24 Page 418.—9th April, 1752. Nathan Patterson's will, freeholder—Wife, Isabell; sons, John, Mathew, Robert (John is oldest), Mathew 2d; daughter, Isabell; daughter, Sarah; daughter, Martha. Executors, wife, John Wilson, Robert Campbell. Teste: Robert Campbell, Mathew Wilson, Wm. Wilson. Proved, 21st May, 1752, by Robt. Campbell and Wm. Wilson, and to lie for further proof, and executors qualify, with surety Alexander Richey.