Romney Lots Spoken for in 1763


Romney was the first town approved by the Virginia Legislature in the area that was to become West Virginia. The exact details of the establishment of Romney are somewhat sketchy. An article on the Founding of Romney can be found here. According to Mr. Rice whose work is mentioned in footnote #1 of the referenced article, Lord Fairfax was a powerful man who sometimes did not need to adhere exactly to the rules. The names shown on this chart of the original 100 lots of Romney were the men who "spoke for" the lots - not necessarily having paid for them and gotten a grant. When Lord Fairfax died in 1781 it was discovered that the records of ownership were in disarray, so the Trustees of the Town quickly issued deeds for lots which seemed to have no owner of record.
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Romney Lots and the Men of Spoke for Them in 1763

Per Colonial Records of the Upper Potomac, Volume Four, Surveys and Land Claims Before 1757
by William H. Rice; McClain Printing Co., Parsons, W. Va., 2014. p. 120

10 Vacant
 
11 Vacant
 
9 Vacant
 
12 Vacant
 
21 Vacant
 
31 Vacant
 
22 Vacant
 
32 Vacant
 
41 Vacant
 
51 Vacant
 
42 Vacant
 
52 Cornwell, Jeremiah
61 Pearsall, Job
71 Wells, Doctor
62 Recter, John
72 Daugherdy, John
81 Vacant
 
91 Vacant
 
82 Collins, John
92 Linn, Matthew
8 Pearis, Robert
13 Vacant
 
7 Vacant
 
14 Vacant
 
23 Speer, Capt. J. Smith
33 Colville, Sam
24 Speer, Capt. J. Smith
34 Ashby, Nimrod
43 Scott, John
53 Linch, Charles
44 Barton, David
54 Craik, Dr. James
63 Hart, George
73 Conner, Cornelius
64 Bruin, Brian
74 Hite, Colonel
83 Swearingen, Van
93 McGuire, Thomas
84 Hardin, John
94 Welder, Samuel
6 Barclay, Thomas
15 Whichelor, George
5 Wharton, Joseph
16 Buffington, William
25 Stalker, Peter
35 Steenbergen, Peter
26 Messrs. Ramsay & Carlyle
36 Hogg, Peter
45 Adam, Robert
55 Keith, James
46 Jones, Gabriel
56 Greenfield, John
65 Court House
 
75 Court House
 
66 Court House
 
76 Court House
 
85 Watson, Joseph
95 Bush, Philip
86 Martin, Colonel
96 Stephens, Colonel
4 Wharton, Thomas
17 Hite, Abraham
3 Vacant
18 Vacant
27 Prince, John
37 Messrs. Ramsay & Carlyle
28 Gregg, Robert
38 Heth, Henry
47 Collins, Luke
57 McGuire, Edward
48 Murphy, Hugh
58 Otto, Tobias
67 Lord Fairfax
77 Lord Fairfax
68 Lord Fairfax
78 Lord Fairfax
87 Colonel Mercer
97 Colonel Stephens
88 Pearis, Robert
98 Brinker, Henry
2 Vacant
19 Vacant
1 Watson, Joseph
20 Watson, Joseph
29 Vacant
39 Kuykendall, Benjamin
30 Ruth, Davis
40 Keating, John
49 Miller, Abraham
59 Conrad, Frederick
50 Vacant
60 Doctor Johnson
69 Rutherford, Robert
79 Bailey, Abraham
70 Parker, Mary
80 Bull, Thomas
89 Pearis, Richard
99 ???, Benjamin
90 Meavill, John
100 Townshend, Jacob
Timeline:
  • 1730s Settlers arrive in the Romney area; exact date unknown.
  • Nov. 18, 1762, Bill For establishing the Town of Romney, in the County of Hampshire presented to Burgesses.
  • Dec. 23, 1762, Governor approves the establishment of Romney.
  • by 1834 the Northwestern Pike reaches Romney.
  • April 12, 1861 Battle of Fort Sumter
  • April 1861 Committee of Safety meets in Romney and prepares for the coming war.
  • June 13, 1861 Col. Lew Wallace Indiana Zouaves capture the Bridge at Romney and occupy the town
  • April 9, 1865 Surrender at Appomattox ends Civil War