Please email me privately as I have tons of information that may help you. I have also written to a descendant of Elijah in hopes she has something as I don't seem to have anything particular on Elijah.
From what I can assess so far it appears the most of the Chinn land was in the area of Goose Creek. Do you know about the Chinn and Powell land dispute that went on for about 20 + years? Did you know that Rt. 50 runs through the middle of "Middleburg" and devides Loudoun and Fauqier Co. The land originally left to the by their father Rawleigh states Prince William Co. but later what became Loudoun and Fauquier. I was on the actual property of Charles and have pictures of his home which is currently called Bittersweet and is off of Bellhaven Rd which is Rt. 50. 500 acres is a good piece of land when you think about it. That is almost a town in and of itself, ya know? Down the street from Charles is the Carter House which originally belong to their brother Thomas but he never settled there. His son (also) Thomas and his wife Sarah Brent DID build there but it was mostly a tenant house. Here is a little bit I found on the land so far.
By the early 1750s, four of Rawleigh Chinn's sons -- Thomas and Margaret Downman's three sons Charles, Christopher and Elijah -- had settled in the area known in court depositions as "the back-woods" or "upper County."
The numerous Chinns, their servants and slaves, and the fact that Elijah Chinn first surveyed present Route 50 from Little River to Goose Creek in 1751, prompted people to call the area's main highway "Chinn's Road" in the middle- and late-18th century. Along that road, Charles Chinn owned the second water-powered mill in the area, dating from 1768 and located where Hatcher's Mill now stands.
NOW I did find a mention of "400" acres of land that could very well be the land to which you refer.....of Elijah's...
The Chinn-Powell feud erupted in 1772, when blacksmith Nathan Cochran, a tenant of Powell's, set up shop on land claimed by Charles Chinn to the west of Johnson's land. The Chinns believed that they were the area kingpins as far as wealth and land were concerned, and in 1782, Chinn allowed Cochran to remain on the disputed land.
By January 1793, in addition to the blacksmith shop, there were five tenements (houses) on the disputed acreage. One Chinn had rented the five tenements and 400 acres for 20 years to Timothy Trytitle. Some of the buildings could be seen from Powell's manor house at The Shades, and he decided to press his claim for the land.
After all was said and done and the dispute was settled in the 1800's, the Chinn's ended up with 700 acres that they called Mt. Recovery (which burned during the Civil War)Wolver Hill, a home built in 1922 for C. Oliver Iselin Jr., stands there today. and Powell's 318 acres he called Mt. Recovery which still stands today.
There was another disputed 341 acres not deeded to the Chinn's that was owned by Shiela Johnson remained in the Powell family. Aerial photographs taken in 1943 show the last three homes on the Johnson property. One was Belray, the one-story frame home of sportsman Raymond Belmont, built about 1924. It burned soon after the photograph was taken. The others were frame tenant houses, one quite large, predating 1924.
In 1763 Leven Powell bought 500 acres in the backwoods from Joseph Chinn one of Rawleigh's children (brother to the other boys) Powell named his tract The Shades, and the deed noted that it included the "Plantation settled by Edward Hughes," possibly the Middleburg area's first settler in the mid-1740s.
Today, Sheila Johnson's 341 acres lie largely within the boundaries of
The Shades, with most of Powell's added acreage to the west. Johnson plans to build a luxury inn and spa on 64 acres of the property in Loudoun County and is considering an assisted living facility on the land in the Town of Middleburg.
Erman Downs, whose forebears settled in the area in the mid-1700s, told me many years ago that quarters for Powell's servants and slave quarters were on "the Raymond Belmont place," a prior name for the Johnson tract. But documents filed with the Loudoun County Department of Planning for Johnson's planned Salamander Inn mention none
SOOOOOOO that can get you started till I hopefully hear from Elijah's descendant to see if she has anything. Since Elijah died in 1771 the possible above 400 acres mentioned in 1793 that were rented to Timothy Trytitle for some "20" years..... could have been his land. Rawleigh provided those acres to his sons and heirs during their lifetime and I believe the land upon their death was to go to their brothers or heirs. So with Elijah's death in 1771.... he gave his 400 acres to Rawleigh, his brother? or his son? There is question as to WHICH Rawleigh Chinn was involved in the dispute of the land between the Chinn's and Powells so this could very well be your land you seek. So email me privately as we could talk for hours on the subject. I have NOT seen your Smitherman name that I can recall. I do not descend from Elijah or his brothers by Rawleigh and margaret.
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