Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Moses MCILVAIN

He was named for his father.

Residences & events:

PA where he was born.

Abt 1761 Calf Pasture Valley, VA. Following the death of his father, Moses joined brother, John, in the move to VA where he bought land next to father-in-law, Samuel Hodge.

6/21/1763 From VA court records: Page 251 James Lockridge and Isabella ( ) to Moses McElvain, £60, on Great River, Calf Pasture between said Lockridges and Robert Givens' lands, 260 acres. Teste: Samuel Hodge. Delivered: Moses McElvain, April, 1770.

Same date. His land was used as a marker: Page 196.--21st June, 1763. Robert ( ) Given, Jr., and Jean ( ) to his brother Joseph Given, £5, 120 acres, part of 544 acres on Great River
of Calfpasture between Moses McElvain's and John Graham's. Delivered: Robert Carlile, June, 1770.

8/1764 Augusta Co, VA. Moses McElvane brought suit against Mathew Linsey --"Defendent is an old man--horse jockey." Other details unstated.

11/18/1768 Same place. Court records listed him as a road surveyor with Wm Renix as his vice.

6/15/1770 "Moses McElvain and margaret to Thomas Kinkead, 70 pounds, on Great Calfpasture between William Kinkead and Robert Given, 26 acres conveyed to Moses by james Loughridge, 21st June 1763. Teste: John and William Kinkead."

6/15/1770 His land was again identified in a deed transfer: "Joseph Gwin and Mary to his brother, Robert Gwin, 70 pounds, 120 acres, part of 544 acres belonging to Robert Gwin, Sr, by patent on Great Calfpasture between tract where Moses McElvain now dwells and John Graham's land, conveyed by Robert Gwin, Jr to said Joseph Gwin, 21st June, 1763, and now conveyed back to said Robert; corner John Graham. Delivered: Joseph Reaburn, March, 1775.

Pisgah, Woodford Co, KY. When the family moved back north is unknown but it was there that Moses was captured by Indians and taken to Detroit. He managed to escape and returned to KY. At a 1940s celebration of the foundation of Lexington the incident was the subject of a stage play and received considerable notice in Lexington newspapers.

In accordance with old Scottish traditions, his will, filed at Versailles, KY, mentions only the children who had not previously received their share of the inheritance. It mentioned minor children Andrew and Elizabeth, and son William, who lived on the home farm, son-in-law, Robert Armstrong, and mentions "if any of my other sons or daughters may see fit to care for my son Andrew and daughter Elizabeth,"etc.

Son, James, was administrator of his estate.

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