52.PatrickO'Sharkey, born in Ireland; died 1786 in Botetourt Co, VA.He married 53. Anne. 53.Anne, died Unknown. Notes for Patrick O'Sharkey: Patrick immigrated from northern Ireland, settling in Botetourt Co., Virginia, along the James River at Locust Bottom about 1740. He purchased 400 acres of land including Locust Bottom 21 May 1746. He apparently also owned a mill on the James River. He was a Presbyterian, and in his military service served as an Ensign inCompany Eight, Augusta Militia, during the Revolutionary War, with George Robinson as Captain. (Source: D.J. Pass on Sharkey Genforum) From: "The Seed Bed of the Republic-Botetourt County, Va." By Stoner - SHARKEY (Sherkey-Sherky-Sharky-Shirky-Shirkey) Page J5 (different spellings) -------- Page 20---------- "In 1746 Patrick Sharkey acquired land on the south side of James River including Locust Bottom. He was paying for purchases from patent grants in Botetourt as early as 1753. He accumulated a large estate on the Upper James River, now known as the Buhrman Bottoms, where he established a milling business. He fortlfied his home from Indian attack by palisades, and the logs of his house-walls were provided with loopholes for the firing of guns from within. The remains of thls home are still remembered by some of the older citizens of the community who recall that the loopholes were plugged, or filled, with wooden plugs to keep out cold. Nicholas Sharkey lived up the river from Patrick, at Locust Bottom. Both Nicholas and James were in Capt. Pryor's Company in 1783." ---------Page 356-------"It has heretofore been shown that the land for the Spreading Spring Church was donated by Robert Harris; and that the land for the Sinking Spring Meeting House, (Presbyterian), came from Robert Montgomery and Patrick Sharkey. The land upon whieh the present Fincastle Church stands was originally in the possession of the Botetourt Parish." "The site for the Sinking Spring Church was first acquired by Robert Montgomery and Patrick Sharkey by patent dated July 11, 1761 and was on Sinking Spring Creek a branch of Catawba about 2 miles east of Fincastle. Estimated to contain 85 acres and was set up as that in records, but a survey was made and found within the natural landmarks actually contained 138 acres. Now owned by Fulton T. Waid, who inherited it through Louis Brugh, who purchased it from John Luster. (Meeting House Tract.)" ----------Page 359-------- The following Court Order perpetuates the names of early Botetourt Presbyterian and is found in the Court Order Book covering the period from January 8, 1793 to April 12, 1797, page 365, and is entered Friday May 13, 1796 as follows: Rev. Edward Crawford, Nicholas Carper, James Snodgrass, Davld Little and Samuel Walker, for and on behalf of the Sinking Spring Congregation of Presbyterians. vs. Nicholas Sharkey, James Sharkey, Patrick Sharkey, John Sharkey, Peter Wiley and Mary, his wife; Adam Wood and Anne, his wife; and Adam Peck and Eliza, his wife, representatives of Patrick Sharkey, deceased; and James Montgomery William Montgomery, Thomas Montgomery, Samuel Montgomery, Joseph Montgomery, Robert Montgomery, John Simpson and Mary, his wife representatives of Robert Montgomery, deceased. This cause was this day heard upon the bill, answers and exhibits, and the argument of counsel on both sides. In consideration whereof, it is decreed and ordered that the defendants convey a title, in fee simple, of the lands in the bill mentioned to complainants, or such person or persons as the Sinking Spring Congregation shall direct, in trust for the said congregation, and that the complainants pay the cost. Will of Patrick Sharkey (Botetourt Co., VA) In the name of God Amen, I Patrick Sharkey of Botetourt County, State of Virginia being of sound Mind and Memory but having the _____ _____ of Life do make Constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made ...... Imprimiss I recommend my Sole to Almighty God who gave it in Hopes of a Resurrection by the Mediation of Jesus Christ my Redeemer Eternal (& life?) my Body I Will to the Grave to be decently ______ at the Discretion of my Executrix Item - I lend to my beloved Wife _______ Sharkey the whole of my Estate both real and Personal except my _______ of Land Containing three Hundred & forty Acres more or less _____ on the Head of Catawba Creek whereon David Smyth now lives during the term of her natural Life Item - I give and bequeath to my Son and Heir at Law James Sharky five Pounds Current Mony of Virginia to be paid him by my Executrix after the decease of my Wife Anna Item - my will is that my Executrix lease my Plantation on the Head of Catawba Creek agreeable to Thos. (Rogers? unreadable name) _____ who now Lives on Part of three Hundred and forty Acres that after Lease of Thos. (Rogers?) is out then I give and bequeath the tract of Land to my Son John Sharkey to him and his Heirs and Assigns for ever Item - I likewise give and bequeath to my Son Patrick Sharkey the Plantation I now Live on containing five hundred and fifteen Acres of Patent Land and two Negros and two work Horses and all the Youtentials belonging to the Plantation and three Milk Cows and all my Debts and the remainder of my Stock is to be sold and the Money to be Converted to the Youse of Schooling my Grand Children all to have an equal Part and also an ________ I have Joining Robert Coldwells Land and Thompsons _______ is to be sold and the Money to be Converted to the same Youse as Schooling my Grand Children Lastly I constitute and appoint my Wife Anne Executrix of this my last Will and Testament Signed with my own Hand and Dated the thirtieth day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six ------ Signed, Sealed and Published and declared in the Presents of us Adam Peck Patrick Sharkey Jacob Harst Rachel Gant (probate date of 08/08/1886) Children of Patrick O'Sharkey and Anne are:
James Shirkey, born Abt. 1755 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; died Unknown; married Elizabeth Poage 1774 in Botetourt County, VA.
John Sharkey, died Unknown; married Jane George; died Unknown.
Notes for John Sharkey: Moved to TN and then to MS. His descendants in MS retained the Sharkey spelling.
Patrick Shirkey II, died Unknown; married Mary Rhoades; died Unknown.
Nicholas Shirkey, died Unknown; married Sarah Woods 1777; died Unknown.
Anne Shirkey, died Unknown; married Adam Wood 1772; died Unknown.
Mary Shirkey, died Unknown; married Peter Wiley; died Unknown.
Elizabeth Shirkey, died Unknown; married Adam Peck 1777; died Unknown.
Notes for Elizabeth Shirkey: Moved to TN near Knoxville after marrying.
Notes for Adam Peck: Elizabeth and Adam Peck, Sr., pioneered Knoxville, Tennessee.
54.Col. GeorgePoage, born 1734 in Antrim, Ulster Co. Ireland; died 1787 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co, VA.He was the son of 108. RobertPoage and 109. ElizabethPreston.He married 55. RachelMcClungStevenson July 23, 1754. 55.RachelMcClungStevenson, died Unknown.She was the daughter of 110. ThomasStevenson and 111. MaybeaMcClung. Notes for Col. George Poage: He was the 7th child of his parents, coming to America with his parents about 1737. He moved from Staunton, Augusta County to Botetourt County, where he had large lands on the James River at Locust Bottom (later known as Glen Wilton (atLatitude: N37° 45' 10.39" Longitude: W79° 49' 8.14") in the extreme northern apex of the county, where all of his 7 children appear to have been born. He was captain of the militia 1767 in Augusta County (of which at the time Botetourt was a part); Commandant of Fort Dinwiddie on the Jackson River; Major in the Cherokee Expedition, 1776-1777; Colonel in the Botetourt Militia 1779; Captain in the Second Battalion 1781; and appointed a Justice of the Peace by Thomas Jefferson May 29, 1781, qualified March 19, 1882. During his Revolutionary War service he commanded a regiment at Yorktown oppossing the English forces commanded by General Cornwallis. (Sources: Abstracts from Records of Augusta Co. VA by Lockwood, Volume I & DAR National Number 104253 of Lucy Davies & Family Register of Maj. William Henry Haynes) His will, dated May 20, 1786 and probated in Botetourt County at the December Court, names all seven of his children, but not his wife who had probably predeceased him. At the date of his will his son, John, was but six years old and only Elizabeth was married (to James Shirkey). His son, Major George Poage was the Executor, residual legatee and guardian for John and the unmarried daughters. On page 471 of the first deed book of Botetourt County, a deed is recorded which states that on February l, 1773' William Christian and Ann, his wife, of the County of Fincastle, did grant unto Patrick Henry, Esq., of the County of Hanover, one thousand acres lying and being in the County of Botetourt, on both sides of James River, for fhe sum of One Thousand Pounds lawful money of Virginia. The deed was from Colonel Wm. Christian, noted frontier fighter, and his wife, Ann, who was a sister of Patrick Henry. Henry made a deed for the land in 1778, but never got around to acknowledging it until 1784, when it was recorded in Deed Book 3 page 258. At that time he sold it to George Poague, who in 1826 divided the plantation giving George, Jr., the upper portions and retaining the lower. The manor house of good early brick construction is still standing in the neighborhood of Glen Wilton and is owned by a descendant of George Poague. GEORGE POAGE, who took the oath of Colonel in the Militia of Botetourt County on September 8, 1778, was a frontier soldier, having been chosen eleven years prior to this time as a Captain in the Augusta County Militia. We find him purchasing 400 acres in the forks of the James River and Craigs Creek on November 12, 1764. In 1778, he acquired from Patrick Henry the 1000 acre tract in the bend of James River near Locust Bottom. Col. George Poage added to his land holdings here, and, when his will was probated in December, 1786, he owned all of the land in this big bend of the river. He, along with Robert Poage of Roanoke and John Poage of Rockbridge County, contributed much to the organization of Botetourt County. Children of George Poage and Rachel Stevenson are:
Elizabeth Poage, born Abt. 1755 in Ireland or Virginia; died Unknown in Botetourt Co. VA; married James Shirkey 1774 in Botetourt County, VA.
George Poage, Jr, born August 30, 1765 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; died February 23, 1834 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; married Mary Kyle April 12, 1791; died Unknown.
Notes for George Poage, Jr: He was a farmer at Locust Bottom; a member of Captain Pryor of the militia in 1783; recorded as a Major in the Williamson record without indication of time or service; Trustee of the town of Hot Srings, November 6, 1793. He had 6 children only 4 of whom are listed in his will. He also owned lands on Sinking Creek.
Rachel Poage, born January 04, 1768 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; died January 17, 1861; married Capt. William Hill March 26, 1789 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; born October 01, 1762; died Unknown.
Notes for Capt. William Hill: Captain Hill lived in a colonial home made of red brick, located on the north side of the Jackson River across from Lowmoor, VA in what was then Botetourt County (now Alleghany).It was in this house that his duaghter Polly, at age 18, married Maj. W.H. Haynes. The house was subsequently purchased by James M. Montague. Capt. Hill removed to Monroe County and it was there that he died and his will was probated.He and Rachel Poage seem to have lived in Allegheny Co. VA, near Low Moor. Their Marriage Bond is dated 3/20/1789 and ws signed by George Poage, Jr., as guardian. He had 6 children. His will was probated in Monroe County in April 1829.
Margaret Poage, born Abt. 1770 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; died Unknown.
Notes for Margaret Poage: Mentioned in her father's will, but no data further; likely died not married and probably early.
Experience Poage, born 1771 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; died April 23, 1823; married Jacob Hansbarger 1811; born January 26, 1783; died August 04, 1849.
Notes for Jacob Hansbarger: He was the 2nd son of John Hansbarger. He and Experiance appear to have lived the majority of their lives in Alleghany Co., VA near Clifton Forge. They had 3 children.
Mary Poage, born January 11, 1774 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; died January 22, 1863; married Abraham B. Pitzer September 20, 1798; died June 21, 1836 in Alleghany, VA.
Notes for Abraham B. Pitzer: He was a farmer in Alleghany County with lands on the Cowpasture River. He and mary had 7 children, all of whom are mentioned in his will, dated 4/22/1834 and probated in the June 1836 term of the Alleghany County Court.
John Poage, born Abt. 1780 in Locust Bottom, Botetourt Co., VA; died Unknown; married Jane Kyle October 01, 1803; born 1786; died 1858.
Notes for John Poage: He wsa a farmer at Locust Bottom on part of his father's farm. He and Jane had 2 children.
Notes for Jane Kyle: Sister to Mary Kyle; two children; after John's death, she married William Womack of Prince Edward County, Va.