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Descendants of David Cloyd,Immigrant No. 3
David Cloyd, supposed to have been the son of James, 1, of Chester County, Pa.,m. Margaret Campbell. The first legal record of his residence in America is found in the purchase of a tract of land in New Castle County, Pa., now a part of Delaware, from Letitia Aubrey, a daughter of Wm. Penn, which he and his wife Margaret sold in 1733. It is not known where he lived for the next twelve years, but one report has it that he moved to Ver mont where he lived for some time. This same tradition also states that there were 3 immigrant brothers who landed in New England. That he had brothers in America who did not live in Virgina is shown by the fact that one of his sons at a later date visited his cousins in the north. It is probable that he remained in Delaware in accordance with a more authentic tradition as he sold his New Castle County home in 1749.
In 1745 he bought 400 acres from John Buchannan in Orange County, Va.in what was afterwards set off to form Augusta County, and later in 1770 to form Montgomery and in 1776 to form Rockbridge County.
It is not known when he came to America, nor when he married. One report states that he married in New Jersey and another that his oldest son, James, was born in Ireland.
The following facts gleaned from “Green’s Historic Families of Kentucky” bear closely on the time of his coming and the ancestry of his wife :
The Journal of Charles Clinton, the founder of the historic family of that name in New York gives an account of some of the families that sailed from Ireland on the “George and Ann” and the “John of Dublin” on May 9th,1729, and landed in Pennsylvania, Sept. 4th, 1729.In the company were McDowells, Campbells and many other families which settled first in Pennsylvania and later in Virginia.
Of this number,Ephraim McDowell and his sons, John and James, arranged in the Spring of 1737 to settle on the famous “Beverly Manor” tract in Augusta County, Va. when they met with Benjamin Borden, the holder of the famous “Borden Grant”.
Borden was required by the conditions of his grant to locate not less than 100 families on his land and he made the McDowells a tempting offer which they accepted. Complying with their agreement with Borden, they immediately entered into communication with their kindred, friends and co:religionists in Pennsylvania, Ireland and Scotland, soon drawing around them other Seotch and Scotch-Irish families among whom were the Cloyds and Campbells.
John McDowell married Magdelena Wood,whose mother was a Campbell, and, as tradition has it, of the noble family of Argyle. Mary, daughter of Ephraim married James Greenlee and James McDowell married Mary Greenlee, said to have been remotely descended from the Argyle Campbells.
James McDowell left no male issue, John McDowell has two sons, Samuel and James, and the latter married. Elizabeth Cloyd, daughter of David Cloyd of “Beverly Manor”, whose wife was Margaret Campbell.
In 1764 a party of Indians raided the house of David Cloyd near Amsterdam in Botetourt County, killing his wife, Margaret Cloyd, and son, John. An account of this massacre is given in Waddel’s “Annals of Augusta County,” written in 1843 by Mrs DOUGLAS CAMPBELL, of Cherry Valley, N. Y., born Cooperstown, N. Y. July 13th, 1840, married Harriet Bowers Paige,Dee. 5th, 1865, had children; William Auchinbreeht, Harriet Mumford, Maria Starkweather and Douglas. He was a distinguished lawyer and served as a Major in the Union Army.
Son of William Campbell of New York City and Cherry Valley, born in Cherry Valley, June lOth, 1806, died Sept. 7th, 1881. He was a distinguished lawyer and author, member of Congress and Judge of the Supreme Court. Married Maria Starkweather Aug. 13th, 1833.
Son of JAMES S. CAMPBELL of Cherry Valley, who was born in Cherry Valley, Nov. 9th, 1172, and died there March 23rd, 1870. When six years old he was taken and kept a prisoner by the Indians for two years. He was a farmer and County Judge. Married Sally Elderkin, Dec 1st, 1800, and had seven sons.
Son of SAMUEL CAMPBELL of Cherry Valley, who was born in Londonderry, N. H.Apr. 25th, 1738, and died in Cherry Valley, Sept.12th, 1824. He served with some distinction in the Revolutionary War, married Jane Cannon, a native of Ireland in 1768.
Son of JAMES CAMPBELL of Londonderry, Ireland, and Londonderry, N. H. and Cherry Valley, N. Y., who was born in Londonderry, Ireland, 1690, died in Cherry Valley, N. Y., came to America in 1728, landing in Boston where he remained until 1735, when he removed to Letitia Floyd, wife of Gov. Floyd and daughter of CoL Wm. Preston.
“One day in March 1764 when CoL Wm. Preston had gone to Staunton,Mrs. Preston early in the morning heard two gun shots in quick suecession in the direction of DaYid Cloyd’s house half a mile distant. Presently Joseph Cloyd rode up on a plow horse and related that the Indians had killed his brother .John, had shot at him (the powder burning his shirt) and having gone to the house had probably killed his mother. Mrs. Preston immediately sent a young man to notify the garrison of a small fort on Craig’s Creek and then dispatched a white man and two negroes to Mr. Cloyd’s. They found Mrs. Cloyd tomahawked in three places but still alive, and conscious. She told of the assault by the Indians, of their getting drunk, ripping up the feather beds and carrying off the money. One of the Indians wiped the blood from her temples with a corn cob saying ‘Poor old woman, She died the next. morning.”
The papers in a suit in Augmsta County in 1766 some light on the Indian invasion and the robbery of David Clyod’s house. The Indians carried away over 200 pounds English Money. They were pursued by a party of militia, one of them killed on John ‘s Creek, 30 miles or more from the scene of the massacre and robbery. One hundred and thirty seven pounds. Londonderry, N. H., and afterwards to Cherry Valley, N. Y. 1741 married Sarah Simpson.
Son of WILLIAM of Cambelltown, Argylshire and Londonderry, Ireland, where he lived and died. He was a Colonel in the siege of Londonderry and was descended from the Campbells of the House of
Auchinbrecht (Hugheg’s American Ancestry, VoL 8, pp. 156-7.)
The Campbells were among the early settlers of Rockbridge County,Va.
Martha Orchard Malatt, Bloomington, III, gives in Walker’s Genealogy an account of nine children of John and Elizabeth Campbell, three of whom came to America, settled in Pennsylvania and later, about 1744, near Staunton, Virginia.
There was a Margaret Campbell who was a resident of Middletown, Monmouth Co., New Jersey in 1716. She owed a Merchant ,John Browne an account at his death.
Col. William Campbel1 the hero of the battle of Kings Mountain Oct. 7th 1780, was a native of Augusta County, and moved at an early day to Washington County, Va. The sword used by him at the battle of Kings Mountain is now (1860) in the possession of his grandson, Wm. Campbell Preston of South Carolina. It is now more than two centuries old and was wielded by the ancestors of Col. Campbell in Scotland in the wars of the Pretenders.
were found on the body of the dead Indian. A dispute arose among the militia as to whether the money belonged to them or to Cloyd. The money was finally distributed among them, all of whom except one James Montgomery returned their share to David Cloyd who thereupon paid each of the men five pounds, the reward he had offered, and sued Montgomery for the balance, thirty one pounds and ten pence. The suit was decided in Cloyd’s favor but Montgomery took an the General Court and the final result is not known.
A negro woman named “Dolly” survived the Massaere at Amsterdam and lived to an old age. Many have been the stories handed down about this old negro, her scalped head and indented skull. The “History of Southwest Virginian hy Thomas Bruce, published in 1891 gives an incorrect account of the massacre, Stating that the woman killed was a widow. John who was killed then was married and reference is probably made to his widow.
WILL OF DAVID CLOYD
“In the Name of God Amen, I, David Cloyd of the Parish and County of Rockbridge and State of Virginia. Being in perfect health and of sound mind and memory Blessed be God for the same, but calling to mind the morality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die do make and publish this my last will and Testament, First I recommend my Soul to god who gave it in all humble hopes of mercy and eternal happiness through the merits and mediations of my Blessed Redeemer and my body I resign to the earth to be Buried in a Cristian like and Decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executors not Doubting but I shall receive the same again at the general Resurrection by the mighty power of god And as touching such woxdly Estate Which it has pleased god to bless me with in this life I desire am1 dispose of the same in the following manner and form First is my will that all my just Debts and funeral Charges be paid I give and bequath to each of my children the sum of two pounds to be levied out of my Estate I also Give to my Oldest Son James Cloyds Oldest Son David Cloyd the sum of sixty pounds lawful money of Virginia to be levied out of my Estate to be put to Interest till he comes of age and likewise I give to Each of his other Children now born the sum of Twelve pounds like money Except Sally and to be under the same Retructions and if any of them Should die before the come of age their part to be equally divided Between the Survivors. I also give to my Second Son David Cloyds oldest son David Cloyd the sum of Thirty pounds lawful money of Virginia to be levied out of my Estate to be put to interest till he comes of age and likewise I give to Each of his other Three Sons the sum of Twenty pounds Each lawful Money and to each of his five Daughter’s twelve pounds and if any of them should die before the come of age their part to be equally Divided between the Survivors and to be under the same restructions as before mentioned I also give to my third Son Michal Cloyds Eight Sons Twenty pounds to Each of them like money and if any of them should Die before the come of age his part to go to the Survivors and to be under the same restrictions before mentioned And likewise to his Daughter Betsey the sum of twelve pounds like lawful Money I also give to my Oldest Daughter Elizabeth McDowells Son James the sum of Twenty pounds like lawful money I also give to my second Daughter Margaret Templetons Two Sons David and James Templeton the sum of ‘Twenty pounds Each like lawful money and if any of them should die before the come of age his part to go to the Survivors and to be under the same Restructions before mentioned I also give what household furniture and my Cloths that I have after my Burial to my three Executors Michal Cloyd and David Cloyd and David Templeton and as my Estate at my Death will Chiefly consist in out Standing Debts I desire my Executors to get Sufficient security for any debt which my appear in the least Doubtful and if the whole amount of my personal Estate will not be sufficient to pay all my above named Legices I desire that each legatee may lose a like and if there be any overplush after paying all my said Legacies I desire that each legatee may share alike & that such shares shall be under the same circumstances and restructions as the Legatees & whereas there may be debts due from some of my Legatees to my Estate at my Death I do declare that by giving a Legacy I do not mean to Disolve such from any debt due to me. I Do appoint my son Michal Cloyd and David Cloyd Deceast his oldest Son David Cloyd and David Templeton Executors of this my last will and Testament and do request that the would take upon them the Burthen of the Execution there of and I do thereby Revoke and disanul all other and former Wills and declare this my only true last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Twenty First day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety.”
Signed, David Cloyd
A leather pocket book owned by David Cloyd and brought by him from Ireland was in the possession of the family of Mrs. Sophia Cloyd Swihart of Pueblo County, Ohio, in 1898.
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