Samuel DOAK

Male 1716 - 1772  (~ 56 years)


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  • Name Samuel DOAK 
    Born ca 1716  Antrim, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 5603681A7F5D454E957AFAEC0A54646869BC 
    Died 19 May 1772  Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Samuel is one of the early settlers of Augusta Co. VA, his family's immigration history is murky.

      Elaine M Doak Special Collections Librarian/Archivist Pickler Memorial Library Truman State University, Kirksville, MO has put a lot of time into research.

      "Here's what we've got on the 1st couple of Doak generations in America. There are basically 2 versions of the "transitional" generations.

      One is that Samuel Doak, who remained in Ireland, had a son James who came to PA w/ wife Elizabeth and several children almost any year between 1720 & 1740 (depending on which source you read). The other version is that Samuel himself was the immigrant, same time span. I have yet to see any PROOF of either version. The truth is that we have no idea who the father of the group I call the "immigrant generation" was.

      My brother & I went to Chester & Lancaster Cos PA summer before last & came up w/ a lot of nothing -- except more questions. Some records cited by earlier researchers do not exist. Those that do exist do not prove that the Doak family in that area during the 1720-40 time period was the same Doak family to later settle in Augusta Co VA. There are some similarities of given names which COULD indicate they are our Virginians, but they could also indicate they are the Doaks who are to be found a few years later further north in PA.

      We did find a James Doke who signed a 1729 petition to create Lancaster Co out of Chester Co. This was the only reference to James we found. It's curious that while Doaks seem to repeat given names over & over, there are no Jameses in the Augusta Co group. That's not proof of anything; it's just an observation.

      Some published sources cite a 1727 Chester Co Orphan's Roll which mentions Elizabeth Doak & son David. The County Archivist tells us that all records where were extant as late as about 1900 are still there but this particular entry could not be found. What was the REAL source of the original citation? Also, if Elizabeth's husband was James why would she & her son appear on an orphan's roll 2 years before he signed the 1729 petition? BTW, an orphan is a child whose father is deceased; the mother could still be living. We found a 1726 tax roll listing John Doak & Mother (again, no father?), but the name Elizabeth does not appear there or on any record we could find in either county.

      The "immigrant generation" of siblings was Samuel, John, David (the youngest, probably born here), Thankful, Mary, Ann, & Robert. I think there may be a couple more names added to various versions; I seem to have forgotten to bring the list w/ me today. Of that group, we found POSSIBLE mention of John & Samuel in PA. We were unable to find Thankful's marr to John Finley which is supposed to be there, but PA didn't require marr licenses or bonds till the 1850s, so if the record is there it's probably in some church's files. It would be impossible to cover all of these lines, so I'm going to stick to ours.

      It is highly unlikely that "Immigrant Sam", as we call him, and Jane Mitchell were married during the voyage from Ireland as is so often reported. If the Doaks in Lancaster Co were ours, they were there as early as 1726 when John & mother appeared on the tax roll. (We're assuming, of course, that this John and our Sam were brothers.) John also appears on 1733 & 1734 grand jury panels. The earliest record we found of Samuel was 1737, when he also was on the grand jury, so it's possible he immigrated as late as 1736 (even tho this was a lot later than mother & brother).
      Sam's wife was Jane (confirmed by his Will), supposedly the daughter of Thomas & Eleanor Mitchell of Lancaster Co (not proved). If Jane was, in fact, Thomas & Eleanor's dau, evidence exists to suggest she was unmarried & living in her father's home in Lancaster at the time of his death--still unmarried AFTER the voyage. Thomas's Will (Lancaster Co Will Book A, Vol 1, pg 17) does not say she is unmarried, but seems to imply such by naming part of the family's livestock as hers, not her husband's. It also does not list her w/ the Doak surname. All this is strictly circumstantial, of course. The Will written 14 May 1734 lists the following family members: "...son John Mitchell & my Wife Elloner Mitchell...Elldest Daughter Martha..Second Daughter Mary ...[to] third Daughter Jean one two year Old mear and one year old Heffer and all the sheep Called her own...Fourth Daughter Jenat...my brother John Mitchell..."
      1736 has been reported as Sam & Jane's marriage date; that seems to be in the ball park (their first child was born ca 1738) but it would have been in PA, not aboard ship. This is likely an unprovable date, as are their dates of birth. The Sam on the grand jury in 1737 had to have been at least 21, therefore born no later than 1716.

      Sam & Jane moved to VA ca 1739; he sold his property in Lancaster no later than May of that year and began to appear in August Co records as early as 1740. His August Co property in Beverley Manor borders the west side of the present-day village of Greenville. Sam died there between 5 Nov 1771 and 19 May 1772, the dates his Will were written & proved in Court (Augusta Co Will Book 4, pg 497). The Will lists the following family members: "Jane my Dearly beloved Wife...Daughters viz Elinor, Mary & Isabel...son John...oldest son David...son Robert...daughters Jane and Elizabeth...son in law William Brown...brother in law John Finley..."You may read in the course of your research about a controversy over the wording of Sam's Will as copied to the Will Book, which reads "brothers in law John Finley and John Tate". While the word brother is plural, the "s" is in a different handwriting & different ink. Some say the plural proves the marriage of Sam's sister Mary to John Tate. When or why the "s" was added I don't know, but added it was. Since the original Will no longer exists, we don't know if the addition was an honest attempt to correct to record book to the actual wording of the Will or if it was added at a later date to prove the Doak-Tate marriage (as some suggest). Lyman Chalkley did not pick it up in his 1911 abstracts which gives one the idea it may have been added during the 20th Century."


      LAND RECORDS

      23-24 Sept. 1741. William Beverley, Esq., of Essex County to Samuel Doeg (Doak) of Orange County. Lease and release; for ?20 current money. 647 acres in Beverley Mannor... corner to John Mitchell... Alexr. Brackenridge's line... Pat. Campbell's line... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: Francis Beatty, Patrick Hays, John Dobbins. 25 Sept. 1741. Acknowledged by Wm. Beverley, Esq. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 6, p. 32]

      Chalkely, Lyman. Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800

      Vol. 1
      Page 314 13th August, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Samuel Brawford farmer, 6 current money Virginia; 200 acres in Beverley Manor; corner John Buchanan; corner John Mitchell and Samuel Doage. [Doak] Witnessed and proved as above.

      Page 317 13th August, 1747. Wm. Beverley to John Mitchell, 20; 609 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to Samuel Brafford; John Buchanan's land; Patrick Campbell's land; crossing South River; Samuel Doak's land. Witnessed and proved as above.

      Page 757 22d May, 1750. James Lynn to Andrew Lynn, 269 acres in Beverley Manor, Saml. Doak's line. Burner Hill; corner Jno. Teat [Tate] and Saml. Wilson. Teste: Andrew Cowan, Elijah McClenachan, John Ramsey.

      Page 275 15th September, 1750. John Greer's nuncupative will--Debts to be paid to William Long, William Nul, John Kennedy, Nathaniel Patterson; son Alexander to be bound to a trade; one child to be bound to John Mitchell; one child to be bound to S D; oldest girl to go to some descent woman to learn housewifery. Executors, John Mitchell and Samuel Doak. Teste: James Cowin, Jno. Mitchell, Saml. Doak, Francis Beatey. Proved, 28th November, 1750, by Cowin and Beatey.

      Page 505 19th August, 1751. James Lynn, architectus, to Samuel Braford, 269 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Andrew Lynn; corner Brownlee; corner George Breckinridge (Sarah, wife of James). Teste: Jno. Mitchell, Saml. Doack [Doak], Andrew Lynn.

      Page 447 24th August, 1752. John Mitchell and Samuel Doage's [Doak] bond as guardians (appointed) of Rebecca, Alexander, Martha, Mary Greer, orphans of John Greer, deceased, with sureties Francis Beatey.

      Page 272.--(undated, appears to be in May 1753) - Samuel Braford and Ann to Elizabeth Mateer (McAttore), alias Wright, widow. Sold by Beverley to Samuel Brawford in Beverley Manor, Cor. Samuel's tract purchased of John Buchanon; lines of John Mitchell and Samuel Doack. [Doak] Delivered to James Mateer, 1774. Teste: Wm. Finley, Wm. Wright.

      Page 516.--15th August, 1753. John Brownlee's bond as guardian (appointed) to Alexander McNutt, orphan of James McNutt, with sureties Samuel Doake and Arthur Hamilton.

      NOVEMBER 22, 1754 (331) Saml. Doak and John Mitchell, guardians of the orphans of John Greer--settled accounts.

      Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1806 (A to B). - Peter R. Beverley vs. John Doake--Deposition of Thomas Mitchell. 14th October, 1805, aged 73, says: Samuel Doak lived on the land in dispute upwards of sixty years ago and John has lived on it ever since Sam's death. Deposition of Hugh Fulton, 14th October, 1805, aged 77, says: He was acquainted with Samuel, father of John. [This suit is referencing the land in Beverley Manor of Samuel Doak and his son, John Doak]

      Chalkley, Vol I

      WILL ABSTRACT

      Page 497 - - 5th November, 1771. Saml Doak's will, farmer - - To wife, Jane; to daughter, Elinor, unmarried; to wife, to have disposal of all household furniture at her Pleasure to her 3 daughters, Elinor, Mary, Isbel; to son, John; to oldest son, David, plantation David now lives on as Robert Doak laid it off; to son, Samuel, plantation at head waters of Rockfish in Amherst; to son, John, plantation testator lives on; to son, Robert, tract testator formerly lived on in Rockfish, joining Capt. Crawford; daughters, Jane and Elizabeth. Executors, wife, Jane, son David, son-in-law Wm. Brown. Brother-in-law John Finley and John Tate to advise executors. Teste: John and James Mitchell, William Tate, Jr. Proved, 19th May 1772. by James Mitchel and the Tates. David Doack qualifies with John Tate. Nathaniel Steel.

      COMPLETE WILL

      Augusta County, Virginia - Will Book 4, Pgs 497-500

      In the name of God Amen the fifth day of November 1771 I Samuel Doack of the Colony of Virginia and County of Augusta farmer being very frail and Weak in body but of Perfect mind and memory thanks be Given unto God therefore Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body & knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to die do make & Ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say Principally & first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the earth to buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors & as touching such Worldly estate wherewith it Pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following Manner & form

      First I allow all my lawful debts to be Paid off the whole of my Personal Estate also I give and Bequeath to Jane my Dearly beloved wife (during her life time) the half of the land I now live on together with the half of all the Convenences thereunto belonging if she remains unmarried (except the Grass of one Acre & half in the upper Meadow which I bequeath to my Daughter Elinor while single).

      My Wife is likewise to have the disposal of all the household furniture at her Pleasure to her three Daughters Viz Elinor, Mary & Isabel. She is also to have the Care of the Children except she Marry and then my son John is to have the Care of them, and Likewise her half of the land and Conveneances to become his Property.

      Also I give & bequeath to my oldest son David the Plantation he now lives on as Robert Doack laid it off except a Part I have marked by a Straight line from a black oak and a hiccory at the east road to a hiccory & black oak at the Falling hill also the Creatures he now Possesses That I first Gave him are to be his Property.

      Also I give and bequeath to my son Samuel my Upper Plantation at the head Waters of Rock fish in Amherst County Joining lines with the land formerly Colo Henrys also a horse Colt come of a Mare Called Bess.

      Also I give and bequeath to my son John the Plantation I now live on I also allow my Negro Man Mick to be Continued on old Place between my Wife and my son John.

      Also I give and Bequeath the Plantation I did live on in Rockfish Joining the land formerly Capt Crawfords to my son Robert also I allow him the Still in case he die without a lawfull Issue the said Still is to be between my son David & John to stand where she does now.

      I also allow my son David & John to furnish my son Robert with Plow Irons & tackling for the same when he Pleases to Call for them.

      Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elinor the Mare Called Banistre likewise a black Cow & Calf Marked with a crop off the left ear and a slit in the right also one ewe and a lamb with a Yearling sheep Marked as above & the remaining part of my Personal estate is to be equally divided Amongst my Wife and sons John and Robert and Daughters Elinor Mary and Isabell at their several Partings.

      I also allow if John or Robert die without a lawfull Issue that the surviver may take his choise of the too Plantations the other Plantation to be sold and equally divided Amongst my daughters whether Married or unmarried.

      Also I bequeath to my daughters Jane and Elizabeth Six Shillings apiece.

      I also allow my sons David and John to Give my son Robert one half Year Schooling and if my Daughter Elinor die unmarried or Makeing a Will I allow her affects to be equally divided Amongst her four Sisters.

      I Constitute make and Ordain my Well beloved Wife Jane & my son David and Son in law William Brown my sole Executrix and Executors and my very good Brother in law[s] John Finley and John Tate to give their Advice if need be. I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disanul all & every other former Testaments Wills legacies bequethments and Executors named by me in any ways beforenamed Willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this & no other to be my last Will and Testament.

      In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and Year first above Mentioned

      Signed Sealed Published Pronounced his
      & Delivered by the said Samuel Doack Samuel Sm Doack /SS/
      as his last Will and Testament in the mark
      Presence of us the Subscribers
      John Mitchel, Jas Mitchel, John Tate Jr, William Tate


      At a Court held for Augusta County May the 19th 1772 This last Will and Testament of Samuel Doak dec'ed was Proved by the Oaths of James Mitchell John Tate Junior & William Tate three of the Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of David Doack one of the Executors therein named who made oath According to law Certificate is Granted him for Obtaining a Probate thereof in due form he haveing with Securitys entered into and Acknowledged their Bond According to Law
      Test

      Know all men by the Presents that we David Doack John Tate and Nathaniel Steel are held and firmly bound unto James Lockart John Poage Abraham Smith Samuel McDowell Justices in the Commission of the Peace for Augusta County for and in behalf of the Justices of the said County and their Successors in the sum of five Hundred Pounds to be Paid to the said Justices and their Successors which Payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and each of us our and every of our heirs Executors and Administrators Jointly & Severally firmly by these Presents Sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of May 1772

      The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bound David Doack Executor of the last Will & Testament of Samuel Doack dec'ed do make or cause to be made a true & Perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods Chattles & Credits of the said dec'ed which have or shall come to the hands Possession or Knowledge of him the said David Doack or into the hands or Possession of any other Person or Personages him and the same so made do exhibit or Cause to be exhibited into the County Court of Augusta at such time as he shall be thereunto required by the said Court & the same Goods Chattles and Credits and all other the Goods Chattles & Credits of the sd dec'ed which at any time after shall come to the hands or Possession of the said Samuel Doack or into the hands or Possession of any other Person or Persons for her [sic] do well & truly Administer According to law and further do make a Just and true Account of her [sic] Actings and doings therein when thereto required by the said Court and also do well & truly Pay & deliver all legacies Contained & Specified in the said Testament as far as the said Goods Chattls & Credits will thereunto extend According to the Value thereof as the law shall Charge then this Obligation to be Void otherwise to remain in full force & Virtue

      Sealed & Delivered David Doack /SS/
      in the Presence of John Tate /SS/
      Nathaniel Steel /SS/

      At a Court held for Augusta County May the 19th 1772 David Doack with John Tate & Nathaniel Steel his Securitys Acknowledged this their Bond & Ordered to be recorded
    Person ID I5729  Master File
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2014 

    Father James DOAK,   b. 1670, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1727, Chester Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 57 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth,   b. 1674, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1741, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Abt 1692 
    Notes 
    • Location for where they lived was Ballymena or Ballynure, which are villages located in Antrim County.
    Family ID F4337  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Mitchell,   b. ca 1711, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1772, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married ca 1737  Chester Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Children 
     1. Eleanor DOAK,   b. ca 1738,   d. 06 Jul 1834, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 96 years)
     2. David DOAK,   b. 1740, Tinkling Spring, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1803, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     3. Jane DOAK,   b. Abt 1745, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elizabeth Thankful DOAK,   b. 14 Jan 1746, Fishersville, Tinkling Spring, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1848, Johnson City, Washington Co. TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
     5. Rev. Samuel DOAK,   b. 1 Aug 1749, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1830, Bethel, Green Co. TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Col. Robert DOAK,   b. ca 1750, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. John DOAK,   b. Between 1751-1760, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef. 23 June 1806, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     8. Mary DOAK,   b. ca 1755, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 12 Jan 1836, Rutherford Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     9. Isabella DOAK,   b. 1766, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1803, Lincoln Co. TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F4336  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart