Name: (Colonel) Elias POSTON
Birth: 14 NOV 1747 in Trinity Parish, Charles Co., MD
Death: 4 JUL 1802 in Romney, Hampshire Co., (W)VA
Burial: Oakhill Cem., Romney, (W.)VA
Notes from David L. Langenberg:
Colonel, Hampshire Co. Militia, 1781. "Elias Poston bought 200 acres on North River from Levi and Mary Ashbrook in ... 1777, and by the time of the 1782 census Elias and Rebecca Cheshire Poston had 3 children. He also owned 3 slaves. By the time of the 1784 census they had 2 more children. In February 1787 Elias Poston bought from Samuel and Catherine Edwards 200 acres on Great Cacapon, and in October of that year another small plot from Samuel and Catherine Edwards containing one acre and two poles. ... Elias Poston ... wrote his will on June 20, 1802, added a codicil July 4, 1802, and it was offered for probate September 20, 1802. Rebecca Cheshire Poston,
his wife, was executrix along with James McBride. ... Following the custom of that era, Col. Elias and Rebecca Cheshire Poston had named their eldest son Samuel for Samuel Cheshire, the father of Rebecca, and then named their second son William Poston after the father of Elias himself." (Grace Kelso Garner, comp., Earliest Settlers, Western Frederick-Eastern Hampshire Counties in Virginia: Their Descendants , pp.219 ff.) He was patented 105 acres in Hampshire Co. on 21 August 1799, "near the lands of Doctor James Craig on the waters of North River adjoining the land of Joseph Watson" (Northern Neck Grants U, pp. 2330234), 71 acres in Hampshire Co. on 31 August 1789, "near his own land on a drain of Cacapehon which empties into the North River" (Northern Neck Grants U, pp.243-244), 460 acres in Hampshire Co. on 18 October 1796, "adjoining his own and James Craigs land on the west side of North River" (Northern Neck Grants X, p. 430), 125 acres in Hampshire Co. on 18 October 1796, "on the east side of the North River and adjoining James Craigs land" (Northern Neck Grants X, pp. 434-435), and 127 acres in Hampshire Co. on 11 October 1800, "on Dillans Mountain adjoining George Nixon, a survey made for Thomas Williams, the land of John Kail and others" (Northern Neck Grants Y, pp 606-607). There are references to "Col. Poston's plantation of North River" and "the road leading from Col. Poston's to Romney" (15 April 1790 and 14 April 1791, see Vicki Bidinger Horton, comp., Hampshire County Minute Abstracts, 1788-1802 [Romney, W. Va., 1993], pp. 38, 51.) Elias Poston received a
commission from the governor to be sheriff of Hampshire County, 14 February 1788. (ibid., p 8) "Elias Poston, Gent., being formerly recommended as a fit and proper person to the profession of William and Mary College to be a surveyor of this county having this day relinquished the said recommendation,"
14 March 1788. (ibid., p. 10) "Elias Poston hath resigned [as a lieutenant of the county], 15 March 1788. (ibid., p 11)
Information from Linda Hurlbert Shogren, "Descendants of
John Poston" draft version, 1995, pg. 6 regarding his burial site.
John Vogt and T. William Dethley, Jr., "Historic Marriage Register" Iberia
Press, Athens, GA 1984. Rebecca Cheshire and Elias Poston 1770
More About ELIAS POSTON:
Christening: Oakhill Cem., Romney, West Virginia
Source: "West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia," Jim Comstock, 1976,
Richwood, WV, p. 3851
POSTON, Elias, Hampshire County, Revolutionary War non-military patriot, listed by Anne Waller Reddy. (See sup. vol. 17, p. 162):
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TOWNS
In the same year and month [October 1787], the town of Watson, (commonly called Capon Spring,) in the county of Hampshire, was established--twenty acres of land to be laid off in lots and streets.
Elias Poston, Henry Fry, Isaac Hawk, Jacob Hoover, John Winterton, Valentine Swisher, Rudolph Bumgarner, Paul M'Ivor, John Sherman Woodcock, and Isaac Zane, gentlemen, trustees.
POSTON, Elias, member of the Virginia Legislature from Hampshire County before Statehood.
Father: William POSTON b: ABT. 1721 in Charles Co., MD
Mother: Priscilla Cheshire NOE b: 1725
Rebecca Deaver CHESHIRE b: 1747 in Burlington Co., NJ
in Romney, Hampshire Co., (W)VA
- Catherine POSTON b: 14 JAN 1776 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- Samuel POSTON b: 5 JUN 1776 in Belleville, Wood Co., VA
- Delilah POSTON b: 1782 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- Alexander POSTON b: 14 NOV 1785 in Hampshire Co., (W)VA
- William POSTON b: 1784 in Hampshire Co., VA
- Mary "Polly" POSTON b: ABT. 1785 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- Nancy POSTON b: 1786 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- Elias POSTON , Jr. b: 7 MAY 1787 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- Richard POSTON b: ABT. 1790 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- Rebecca POSTON b: 10 JUL 1793 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- John POSTON b: ABT. 1801 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA
- Ashford POSTON b: ABT. 1802 in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA