Robert Magness

Male 1763 - 1837  (74 years)


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  • Name Robert Magness 
    Born 1763  Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jun 1837  Pulaski County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I4136  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2019 

    Father Peregrine Magness, Jr.,   b. Abt 1722, (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1800, (Warren County, Kentucky) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Mother Mary Naylor,   b. 1725, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800, (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 76 years) 
    Married ~1745  (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Family ID F1556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Wilson  [5
    Last Modified 23 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F10388  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah LNU  [5
    Last Modified 23 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F10389  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1763 - Frederick County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Jun 1837 - Pulaski County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Robert Magness was born about 1763, probably in Frederick County, Virginia, and died June 22, 1837, in Pulaski County, Arkansas. Some think that his first Wife was Mary Wilson and that his second wife was Lydia Gamble. his wife at the time of his death was Sarah.

      During the 1790’s at least four of the Magness sons had difficulties with the legal authorities. Robert Magness at this time was tried for stealing a horse and acquitted, but later convicted of perjury. Not wishing to take the punishment (which could be quite harsh), Robert apparently left the State. His bond was forfeited, leaving his father and his brother Jonathan to pay it. They could not, and their land had to be sold. Some was sold to Peregrine’s sons William and Benjamin, but much of it was sold by the sheriff. In the summer of 1796, then tracts in Rutherford County, North Carolina, belonging to Jonathan magness or to his father Peregrine were sold by the sheriff.

      Probably Robert went to Kentucky and joined his brother Joseph; in 1801 Robert claimed land in Warren County, Kentucky, on Little Beaver Dam Creek.

      (30) By 1805 Robert was in Rutherford County, Tennessee; on June 13 he bought lot no. 2 in the town of Jefferson in the forks of Stones River, not far from his brother Jonathan in Wilson County.

      (31) In 1817 Robert was living in Arkansas (now New Madrid) County, Missouri Territory, and in 1819 he was still in Missouri.

      (32) He later moved to Pulaski County, Arkansas, where he died in 1837, leaving a will which indicates that he then owned 406 acres of land and two slaves. He names in his will ten children: sons Robert, William, John, Samuel, James, and Thomas, and daughters Eddney Ann Magness, Elizabeth harden, Sarah Adams, and Mary Baker. [6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4305] MacKenzie,David:Pedigree;3215 Gold Court,Lafayette,CA 94549;Internet:9 Oct 97.

    2. [S7891] Thomas G. Webb | DeKalb County, TN Historian | 835 South College Street, Smithville, TN 37166 | Abstracted from his, "Ma.

    3. [S4304] "The House of Magness", by John B. Cowden, 1876-1965, published 1956,, p. 7.

    4. [S14481] "Mary Magness (Naylor) (1725-aft 1800)", Profile, no sources, https://www.geni.com/people/Mary-Magness/60000000377456999.

    5. [S36924] genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?independence::magness::61.html.

    6. [S806] Thomas G. Webb | DeKalb County, TN Historian | 835 South College Street, Smithville, TN 37166 | Abstracted from his boo (Reliability: 3).