! Robert Montgomery was born about 1717, probably in Donegal, Ireland, and moved to America about 1733. About 1740, probably in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he married Mary White. In 1746 he moved to Catawba Creek in Augusta (now Botetourt) County, Virginia, where he lived on the 654 acre tract acquired by his father from Benjamin Borden in 1746 and sold to Robert in 1751. On July 11, 1761, he and Patrick Sharkey acquired the site of the Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church by patent. The land, two miles east of Fincastle, was surveyed at 138 acres. On may 13, 1796 his heirs were sued by the church for title to the land. (Lincoln County, Kentucky, Order Bk. 3, p. 307. Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Wills D1, 272. Botetourte County, Virginia Order Book 1793-97, entry for May 13, 1796, Stoner pp. 352, 359.) Montgomery moved to Reed Creek in Botetourt (now Wythe) County, Virginia, and on Sept 25, 1771, he acquired 500 acres on Reed Creek for 5 shillings from his cousin, John Calhoun of Long Cane settlement, Granville County, South Carolina. He sold the tract to his sons James and William Montgomery for 100 pounds on Dec 4, 1771 and the three families continued to live on the land. On May 2, 1781, he sold William Christian the 654 acres on Catawba Creek and in 1782, Robert, William, and James Montgomery gave John Montgomery and Walter Crockett power of attorney to sell the 500 acres on Reed Creek where they lived. (Botetourt County, Va, Deed Bk. 1, pp. 302, 375, Bk 3, p. 28. Montgomery County Virginia Deeds A, p 271.) Robert Montgomery and his sons then moved to Lincoln (now Garrard) County Kentucky. On Feb 25, 1783 he entered a claim to 1,000 acres on Dix River in Lincoln County, and on March 13, 1788, he bought 200 acres on Jessamine Creek in Fayette County Kentucky from Jacob Myers for 40 pounds. He made his will on May 15, 1789, leaving his property to his wife Mary and to his children. The estate was probated on March 16, 1790. (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, The Standard Printing Co. Louisville 1926, p. 52. Kentucky Court of Appeals, Deeds A, 376, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky. Lincoln County, Kentucky Wills A, 183. Botetourt County, Va, Order Bk 1793-1797 entry for May 13, 1796.) from Southwest Virginia Families by David B. Trimble.Change Date: 8 JAN 2009
!May 28, 1751, Robert Montgomery from Benj. Borden, 654 acres on Cataba Creek, Augusta County Virginia Deed Book 3, 267, 271. Kegley's Virginia Frontier, F. B. Kegley, Southwest Virginia Historical Society, Roanoke, Virginia, 1938, pg 74.
!Farther west on the Cowpasture and Bullpasture were settlements well established in 1751 and 1752. James Scott, James Stinson, James Montgomery, John Scott, James France, Hugh McDovel, William Munory, Robert Montgomery, and william Gillespy wanted a road over the mountains from the lower Cowpasture to Borden's Tract. P. 131, Kegley's Virginia Frontier, F. B. Kegley, Southwest Virginia Historical Society, Roanoke, Virginia, 1938, pg 131.
!In 1754 Robert Montgomery and Patrick Sharky entered a suitable tract of land on Sinking Spring Creek for the use of the Congregation, thus showing that the community was interested in its own form of worship and was willing to provide for its religious needs. This was the meeting place for the inhabitants of that whole region and the beginning of the flourishing Presbyterian congregation that succedded the Established Church at the County seat when the town of Fincastle was established. Robert Montgomery succeeded William Scott as Constable on Catawba. In 1756 he and Thomas McFarrin processioned the land in Capt. John McFarrin's Company on Catawba Creek. Kegley's Virginia Frontier, F. B. Kegley, Southwest Virginia Historical Society, Roanoke, Virginia, 1938, pg 167.
!1754: Patrick Sharkey and Robert Montgomery--on Sinking Spring Branch, of Catawba--(for the congregation)--85 acres. Kegley's Virginia Frontier, F. B. Kegley, Southwest Virginia Historical Society, Roanoke, Virginia, 1938, pg 172.
!11 Jul 1761: Robert Montgomery and Patrick Sharkey--Grant, 85 acres, called the Sinking Springs, a branch of Catawba. Patent Book 33, 1045. Kegley's Virginia Frontier, F. B. Kegley, Southwest Virginia Historical Society, Roanoke, Virginia, 1938, pg 353.
!20 Sep 1763. Charles Stuart and Grizel to Robert Montgomery, 32 pounds, 54 acres on head of Moffet's Creek, patented to William Hogshead, deceased, 16th August 1756, and conveyed to Charles by David Hogshead, heir-at-law to the said William Hogshead. Teste: Robert Willey. Delivered: Robert Montgomery, 16th March 1774. Deed Book Number 11, Augusta County, Virginia, page 376. In Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia (Records of Augusta County Virginia 1754-1800) by Lyman Chalkley, Vol III, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1966, pp.402-403.
!10 May 1780: William Christian, from Robert Montgomery--654 acres on Catawba Creek. Kegley's Virginia Frontier, F. B. Kegley, Southwest Virginia Historical Society, Roanoke, Virginia, 1938, pg 474.
!25 Feb 1783: Robert Montgomery claimed 1000 acres on Dix river in Lincoln County Kentucky.
!13 Mar 1788: Indenture, Jacob Myers of Lincoln County, to Robert Montgomery, Sr. of the same county, for 40 pounds, 200 acres in Fayette County on the waters of Jessamine Creek. Witnessed John Crow, James Gilmore and William Fields. Kentucky Court of Appeals, Deeds A, p. 376: Recorded March 15, 1788. P 377: Jacob Meyers sold 625 acres to Thomas Montgomery. From John H. Mcdowell, HC 66, Box 4A, Lyman Wy, 8l2937, 307 786 2775, May 1995.
!11 Aug 1795: John Montgomery, an aged witness, deposes in Wythe County. Was brother of Robert Montgomery. Robert bought from Borden, Senior. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol II, pg 273.
!6 Nov 1797: James Montgomery, aged 68, deposes, in Wythe County, 6th November, 1797, that he lived with his father, James, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His father sent deponent's oldest brother, Robert, to Virginia to buy lands, and bought 654 acres on Catawba Creek, but one Clarke had bought part of the tract. Robert contracted as part payment to bring two uncommon large bells from Pennsylvania. Robert left his brother John on the land, returned to Pennsylvania, and then the father and family came. John was then about 21 years old. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol II, page 274.
!16 March 1790: "In the name of God amen. I Robert Montgomery Senior of the County of Lincoln and State of Virginia being through the mercies of God though weak in body yet of sound and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this to be my last Will and Testiment and desire it to be received by all as such. In the first place most humbly bequeath my Soul to God my maker beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it through the all sufficient and glorious meditation and mercies of my most compational Redeemer Jesus Christ who gave Himself to be an attonement for my sins and is able to save to the utermost all that come unto God by him seeing he ever goeth to make intersession for them and who I trust will not reject me a returning penetant sinner when I come to him for mercy: into this hope and confidence I render up my Soul with confort humbly beseeching Bleesed and Glorious Trinety .. one God most Holy most merciful and gracious to prepare me for the time of dissolution and then to take me to hmself into that Peace and rest and uncoparable felicity which he has prepared for those that love and fear his holy name. Amen Blessed be God. Imprimis I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurection from thence at the last day. As for my burial I desire it may be decent without pomp or state at the Dismation of my dear wife and my Executors hereafter named who I dout not will manage it with all requiste prudence. As to my worldy Estate I will and positively order that all my debts be paid. Item as for my cattle and housall furniture will and bequeath to my loving wife Mary. Three milk cows I alow for John Simpson in case he comes to the Country to live against next fall. Twenty pounds in case at my decease to be raised off the whole Estate also the one half of the tract of land lying on Jessamine containing two hundred and fifty acres to be equally devided land and water between my son Joseph and the above mentioned Simpson. Also twenty pound in cash to my son Joseph to be raised as above mentioned. Also one feather bed and furniture. All the rest of my other lands I will and bequeath to my sons James, William, Thomas, Samuel and Robert Montgomery to be equally divided. And all the rest of my personal Estate to be equally divided among the whole of the legatees except to James my beaver hat and house bible. To William my hogs. To Thomas my crosscut saw. Samuel my new saddle. To Robert my rifel gun. And I do hereby autherise and appoint my sons James, William and Samuel Montgomery Executors or any tow of them to see too order and direct after my decease that this my last Will and Testiment may be carried into affact according to the true meaning and intent thereof as witness my hand and sealed with my seal fifteenth day of May and year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine. Signed and Sealed in the presents of Teste John Montgomery, Nathaniel Evins, Samuel Montgomery. At a court held for Lincoln County the 16th day of March 1790 this will was proved by the oath of John Montgomery and Nathaniel Evans two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Book A, Page 183, Lincoln County Kentucky Willbook. Copy from Paul Montgomery in Montgomery file.
!16 Mar 1790: Robert Montgomery, Written: May 15, 1789 Probated: March 16, 1790. Legatees: Wife, Mary Sons: Joseph, James, William, Thomas, Samuel, and Robert Sons, James, William, and Samuel, Exe. Witnesses: John Montgomery, Nathaniel Evins, and Samuel Montgomery. Lincoln County, Kentucky Will and Administration Records Volume I Lincoln County, Kentucky Will Records Book No. 1, pg.183