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Re: Edmiston: Orange/Augusta/Waxhaws/Lancaster Dist
Posted by: Bill Willis (ID *****4437) Date: March 03, 2009 at 07:40:18
In Reply to: Edmiston: Orange/Augusta/Waxhaws/Lancaster Dist by Mary Lu Johnson of 643


David Edmiston and wife Isabella settled on Elk Creek, Augusta County, Virginia about 1740. This area was within the boundaries of Beverly's Manor, which was centered at the town of Staunton. Elk Creek lies a few miles west of Staunton, draining the slopes of North Mountain and Buffalo Gap. David attested in 1740 that he had paid for his own immigration to this country, as well as that of his wife and children, who are identified by name. He also paid for the immigration of two other individuals who are probably either direct relations, or possibly servants.

:''July 24-25, 1740. ''David Edmiston came into court and made oath that he imported himself, Isabella, Jesse, John, William, Rachell, David, and Moses Edmiston, and also Jesse Gelesby, and James Daley of Ireland to Philadelphia and from thence into this colony at his own charge and that this is the first time of proving his and their rights [in order to obtain land, which is ordered to be certified]

The best source for this seems to be an issue of the Edmondson Family Association Journal vol. 26-32. This has been partially captured from a [,+Jesse,+John,+William%22+Edmiston&dq=%22Isabella,+Jesse,+John,+William%22+Edmiston&ei=8ACsSfSyA4XAMqDUmZIF&pgis=1 Google Books Snippet] view. That work cannot be examined in its entirety online, and the quote above has been reconstructed from various Google Books searches, combined with an extract from [[Source:Morton, 1920]]:457, plus other online sources. Morton gives the core of the transcription with the difference that "Jesse Gelesby and James Daley" are given as "Jesse and and James Daley". This appears to be a transcription error on Morton's part, as other online sources also give it as "Jesse Galesby and and James Daley". "Galesby" may be "Gelesby". I've not searched extensively for either of the two "others" listed. They are presumably kin of some description, or possibly servants. Daley seems to have lived on Beverly's grant. "Galesby" I've not had much luck in finding, though persons of that surname remained in the area at a later date.

David Edmiston died on Beverley's grant sometime between 1748 and 1751. There are at least two other Edmiston/Edmondson/etc families in the area. One line, which came to the area from Cecil County Maryland, settled further south on Borden's Grant, and eventually moved to SW VA. The other line settled considerably to the north of Elk Creek, in the (historical) community of Red Banks. These members of these three lines are often merged with each other in online genealogies. I've seen no direct evidence to support the idea that they were related, though that remains a possibility.

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