Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division , Washington , D.C.  
 1864 Map of Amherst County, Virginia

John Eubank and Margaret Newman
Amherst County, Virginia
. . . toward the end of the 18th Century . . . beginning of the 19th

by Iris Teta Eubank Wagner

John Eubank and Margaret Newman move to Amherst County  - John and Margaret and George and Delilah sold their land in Caroline County in 1780 and moved to Amherst County.  They bought land along Wilderness Creek at the James River in south Amherst.  In the map above,Wilderness Creek is shown just above the last "R" in the word "River ."

John is a member of the Amherst Militia in 1781  -  John's name is included on Alexander Brown's Early-Settlers List as being a  member of the Amherst Militia in 1781.  His DAR registration  is through Betti Boatwright McFaul and Margaret Jacqueline Moore, included on DAR Roster Vol. II, No. 560469.

John and George buy land together on Wilderness Creek at the James River in Amherst.
Just as John and George had sold their land together in Caroline, it appears from the early deeds that they must have bought a tract of land together in Amherst.  Ambrose, who may be older than John and George, evidently, from the land records, preceded his brothers to Amherst. 

Late 18th century deed, tax, and census records of Eubank in Amherst County:
1779  November 1
  -   To Ambrose Eubank - 104 acres on Horsleys Creek from Roderick  McCulloch and wife Elizabeth. [ Horsleys Creek runs into Pedlar River at Pedlar Mills.]
1782  September 2  -   To John Eubank  - 370 acres both sides Wilderness Creek , and
98 acres on Davis Spring Branch, from Philip and Judith Thurmond. [S. Amherst County, Wilderness Creek empties into the James River one and  a half miles west of the mouth of Pedlar River.]
1782  Land Tax List   -    Amherst County, Lexington Parish  
John Eubank
472 acres [The families of both John and George must have lived on this land.]
Ambrose Eubank 104 acres.          
1783 Census - Heads of Household  -  Amherst County
John Eubank -
6 white, 3 black   George Eubank - 8 white, 2 black [George is two non-alpha
 entries away from John. ] 
Ambrose Eubank  - 6 white, 0 black [In 1783 Ambrose is living on Horsleys Creek, a few miles north of John and George.]
1784 ? date  -   To George Eubank - 187 acres transferred from John W. Eubank -Wilderness Crk.
1784 ? date -   To David Jarrell (?sp.) - 286 acres from  John W. Eubank - Wilderness Creek [The two tracts equal 473 acres, the amount for which John was taxed in 1782. John may have had a middle name and uses the initial here.  The only instance found where he uses it.]
December 5, 1784  -   To John Eubank - 118 acres on Horsleys Creek from Richard Wilbourn, on line of Ambrose Eubank.  [ Horsleys Creek empties into the Pedlar River at the village of Pedlar Mills, a few miles upstream from  the James River. John evidently moved closer to Ambrose on Horsleys Creek.]
1785 Census  -   John Eubank - 8 white / George Eubank - 7 white / Ambrose Eubank -7 white
June 20, 1785  -   To John Eubank, from Zachariah Taylor of Lincoln County, Kentucky  - 121 acres on Maple Creek in Amherst. Witnesses:  Richard Ballenger, Henry Shoemaker, John Shoemaker. [ Maple Creek is a branch of the Pedlar River about two miles upstream from the James River. It is in an area where the Ellis family was settled.]
-  Amherst County
Personal Property Tax List  
John Eubank -
No white males between 16 and 21; 3 blacks over16; no blacks under 16; 3 horses; 10 cattle
George Eubank
- No white males between 16 and 21; 1 black over 16; 2 blacks under 16; 2 horses; 6 cattle.
Ambrose Eubank - No white males between 16 and 21; 1 black over 16; no blacks under 16; 2 horses; 6 cattle.
 1789 Real Estate Tax List  
John Eubank -
two tracts, 118 acres and 121 acres
George Eubank -
187 acres
Ambrose Eubank - 104 acres
September 6, 1790  -    John Eubank and wife Peggy [Margaret] Amherst County, to  Ashcraft Roach, AC, 173 acres  -  survey and division for Eubank by Joseph Barnett; other part in possession of David Jarrell on Wilderness Creek and branches of Laurence Creek. Lines: McCulloch.  Tract of 13 acres by patent of 16 June 1789, on ridge between Wilderness and Laurence Creek, and joins No.l. Lines:  Roderick McCulloch, Ashcraft Roach, Nicholas Davies.
October 15, 1792  -   To John Eubank from Charles Davis and wife Rosanna, 121 acres on Horsleys Creek where said John Eubank now lives. Rosanna, the daughter of Charles Ellis, Sr., deceased. 
September 17, 1797  -  Ambrose Eubank and wife Frankey, of Amherst County, 104 acres to John Richerson. Recorded February 17, 1806.[Ambrose and Frankey bought land in Bedford County from Henry Landon Davis and wife Lucy Whiting on October 14,1797.]
September 16, 1799  -    To Peter Sulman from John Eubank and wife Peggy, 300 acres on both sides Wilderness and Lawrence Creeks.
1800 Census Lexington Parish   -  
John Eubank  - 
2 white males age 21 plus [himself and son Thomas Newman Eubank], 6 horses, 4 black 16  plus,  0 12 to 16, one stud horse.
George Eubank  - 3 white males age 21 plus, 6 horses, 2 black 16 plus, 1 black12 to 16.
September 19, 1802  - Caleb Ralls and wife Sukey, Amherst County, John Eubank to Hardin Haynes surveyed March 8,1798, branches Horsley.  Lines: grantor and grantee, Job Carter, Charles Crawford, Philip Thurmond.  Wit: Thomas N. Eubank, Wm. Burks, A.B. Warwick.

John is a Vestryman of Lexington Parish, Amherst County   Bishop Wiliam Meade listed John Eubank among the vestrymen of Lexington Parish in Amherst County.  John and Margaret's children were likely christened in the chapel at Pedlar Mills.  Several of the children are named for Margaret's family.  It could be that their oldest child, THOMAS NEWMAN EUBANK was named for Margaret's father and John's grandfather.  In addition to John and Margaret's child named Thomas, George and Ambrose Eubank also named an older child Thomas Eubank. 

Margaret died c1809 and John died in 1820     Margaret and John's last child, WILLIAM E. J. "JETT" EUBANK, was born about 1804/05.   A few years after Margaret's death about 1809, John married Edith Haynes, a widow, in 1812, whose surname was Ellis, of the Ellis family who settled early  in the area.   John died in 1820.  THOMAS NEWMAN EUBANK, the eldest child, was administrator of the estate.  John died without a will.  Two years after John's death, the siblings sued to receive their share of the estate.  

John Eubank, b c 1750  -  brothers and sisters 
GEORGE EUBANK  - George married DELILAH WILLIAMS of Caroline in the mid-1770's, sold land jointly with brother John and his wife Margaret, [ See order book reference of  Feb. 10, 1780 ] then moved to Amherst County in 1780 with John and Margaret.  

The names of George's children are important to consider in the research of  this lineage.  George's great grandson, William LaFiew Eubank, in 1940, gave to his daughter, Sallie Eubank, wife of  ? Eubank of Amherst, the names of George and Delilah's children, oldest first:. They were Thomas  A. Eubank, James Eubank, William Eubank, George W. Eubank, John Eubank, Ambrose Bullard Eubank, Elizabeth Eubank, and Richard Bullard Eubank. A letter written by  Ambrose B. Eubank from Nacogdoches County, Texas in 1859, reveals also daughters Ann Eubank and Lucy Eubank (Lucy later married the widower of Nancy Pendleton Ware, Capt. James Ware). Also, the letter from Ambrose B. Eubank is written to yet a third sister, probably Delilah Eubank.

NANCY EUBANK  -  The Claiborne/Eubank/Hudson account is that Nancy married a MR. GATEWOOD (no first name given), and  "this [Nancy's] family never moved from the lower county, most probably King & Queen." 

MARY "MOLLIE" EUBANK  According to Claiborne, Mollie Eubank married GEORGE SAUNDERSON of Caroline and moved to Kentucky.  No date for their move to Kentucky was given in the record, but they may have lived in Amherst a short time then moved on into Kentucky, as the area began to be safe for settlers.  There is an Edward Saunderson living in Caroline in 1782, and a neighbor to John Eubank in Amherst from the late 1780's to 1800. On the 1800 Lexington, Amherst County tax list, among other items, Edward Saunderson was taxed for one stud horse. Edward is likely a relative of George Saunderson.  The Saundersons may also been employed at the Baylor estate in Caroline. The records indicate two children of Mollie and George: John Saunderson and George Saunderson. "John Saunderson married and had (1) a son John, who married a Miss Logwood, (2) a daughter, who married a Leftwich, and this family lived in Botetourt County, Virginia, " according to the Claiborne account. 

AMBROSE EUBANK  -  From the evidence found so far of Ambrose Eubank, he is either brother or first cousin to John.  I suspect he is a brother, as George named a son Ambrose. And Ambrose Bullard of Caroline is likely a brother to Mary.  Ambrose Eubank served in the Revolutionary War from Caroline, and may be older than John.
Amherst County
1779   By deed of November 1, Ambrose bought 104 acres on Horsleys Creek from Roderick McCulloch and wife Elizabeth, located on Horsleys Creek in Amherst County, a few miles from the James River.  His farm bordered one of John Eubank's tracts, as proved in a deed of 1784, in which John buys 118 acres on Horsley's Creek on line of Ambrose Eubank     John, George, and Ambrose Eubank were neighbors on the 1785 Amherst County tax lists. They are on Amherst Co. Tax Returns in Commissioner William Ware's District in 1787 and 1789.
1792 October 2  CATHARINE EUBANK m Lain Jones - Consent of her father  Ambrose Eubank, John Ware, surety.                                
1793  Tax Entry  - THOMAS EUBANK  (Noted on Tax List as son of Ambrose.)
1797  Ambrose and wife Frankey sold their 104 acres to John Richerson of Amherst, and bought land in Bedford County. 
Bedford County
1798  September 1  JENNY EUBANK  m John King - Lain Jones, surety.
1800  July 17 -  SALLY EUBANK  m William Hensley  -  John King, surety, married by Jeremiah Hatcher.
1808 March 2  -  POLLY EUBANK  m  Charles Wright
1810 Census -  Ambrose Eubank  1 male 16-25, 1 male 45+   1 female 16-25, 1 female 45+
1822 January 4  -  NANCY EUBANK  m Joseph Crews 

Ambrose may have had a son John Eubank, who married in Bedford County Sarah Palmore ( dau of Benjamin; Jesse Lockett, surety, married by Isham Fuqua, Dec 26, 1797), and William Eubank, who married Nancy Hill in Bedford ( dau of Elizabeth, William Hensley, surety, married by George Rucker August 18, 1805.)          

Are John, George, and Ambrose Eubank first cousins of Achilles Eubank, whose father was Richard Eubank, known as "Uncle Dickie Eubank," who rode horseback from Virginia to Clark County, Kentucky, in his later years? 

The Richard Eubank named in the following Caroline County Order Book reference is likely a grandson of Thomas Bullard, and son of John Eubank, Sr. who married Mary Bullard.  John and Mary Bullard Eubank were co-executors of the estate of Thomas Bullard :

Caroline County Court, 11th of July, 1782, page 68 -
RICHARD EUBANK and MARY his Wife, Complainants
against John Eubank, Executor of THOMAS BULLARD,
Defendant.  In Chancery.  Dismissed for want of prosecution.

I think the Richard Eubank in this order had lived out of the county for some time, and was not aware that John Eubank, the executor of Thomas Bullard's estate, had died in 1778, four years before the above court entry.   The Richard Eubank whose name disappears from the order books in 1755 may be the Richard who moved to Goochland, then to Bedford, was father of Stephen and Achilles.  Both George Eubank of Amherst and Achilles Eubank of Bedford, Virginia, and Clark County, Kentucky, named a son Ambrose. George's son's name is AMBROSE BULLARD. Achilles' son Ambrose has the middle name, BULLOCK which is similar to BULLARD. The name through the years may have gotten wrongly transcribed, unless, of course, there is proof in the family for the Bullock nameIn his later years, Achilles moved from Clark County, Kentucky to Cooper County, Missouri, with a second wife and family.  There is good evidence that  NANCY WARE, his young, second wife is the daughter of LUCY EUBANK and JOHN WARE.  Lucy was the daughter of  John Eubank and Margaret Newman.  Lucy and John Ware were married in Amherst County in 1796 and later moved to Clark County, Kentucky, and lived near Achilles and Mary Bush Eubank at Four-Mile Creek.  

FRANCES EUBANK -  Frances, who married James Overstreet may have been a sister.  This reference is from the records of Albemarle County published in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol.31, No. 1p. 58:

         "p. 249.  22 Nov. 1805.  Charles Overstreet & wife, Elizabeth of Albemarle,
            to David Wood of same, 105a in Amherst on Puppies Creek, purchased
            by Overstreet from THOMAS N. EUBANK adj. Henry Harkless & John Taliafero.
            Wit: T. Wood, David J. Lewis, James Starke.

Charles Overstreet may have been a cousin to Thomas N. Eubank  Moving to new territory for a fresh start must have been exciting initially, but as the day-to-day settled in, emigrants might have begun to miss family and friends back home.   The reading of old family letters reveal this feeling.

 Original Narrative Copyright 2004 - 2009  Iris Teta Eubank Wagner

1.    Nannie Claiborne Hudson, genealogical knowledge of Amherst families,George Mason Claiborne
          and Nannie Eubank Claiborne of Amherst County, Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1980.
  2.    Amherst County Will Book 6 , Amherst County Deed Books E,F,G,H,I, T
  3.    Caroline County Order Books, the transcribed abstracts of  John Frederick Dorman and Ruth and Sam
  4.    T.E. Campbell, Colonial Caroline.            
  5.    Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607 - 1800
  6.    Warner L. Forsyth, Mosely, Mosly Families, Appendix to Book 1, 2000
  7.    William F. Boogher, Gleanings of Virginia History, " Newman Family of Virginia," pp237-282.
  8.    Mai Eubank Boatwright (descendant of Elias M. Eubank and Elizabeth W. Thompson, who lived in Texas),
         and Curtis Humphris ( descendant of John Eubank and Catharine Rose of Amherst, Virginia)  
9.    Amherst County Court Records, Amherst County, Virginia
10.   Family record of Sallie Eubank (Mrs. Tucker Eubank) of Amherst County.
11.   Bailey Fulton Davis, The Wills of Amherst County, 1761 - 1865.
12.   Thomas H. Ellis,  A Memorandum of the Ellis Family, Richmond. Virginia, August 14, 1849.
13.   William Hopkins, Caroline County, Virginia, Court Records - Chancery Suits.
14.   Alexander Brown's Early-Settlers List, Alexander Brown Papers, Special Collection Department,
        Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
15.   1783 Tax List, Amherst County, Virginia,
16.   1785 Tax List, Amherst County, Virginia,
17.   1789 Amherst County Land Tax Return of William Ware, Commissioner.
18.   Amherst County Deed Books, E - I,  Amherst County, Virginia.
19.   Bishop William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia., 1857
20.   1800 Tax List for Lexington Parish, Amherst County, Virginia, Peter P. Thornton, Commissioner.
21.   U.S. Census records, 1810 - 1900, online by and
22.   Margaret Jacqueline Moore, A History of Eubank-Ware, Hunter, Allen Families, Jackson, Mississippi, 1979
23.   The Diary of the Rev. Robert Rose, Essex County, Virginia.
24.   David J. Mays, Edmund Pendleton 1721-1803: A Biography, Vols. I and 2.
25.   Beverly Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. 7  King William, Vol. 14  King and Queen
26.   Stratton Nottingham, Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia 1663-1800
27.   Marshall Wingfield, A History of Caroline County, Virginia
28.   Louis des Cognets, English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records
29.   Ralph T. Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore
30.   The Library of Congress, American Memory Collection, Early Virginia Religious Petitions
31.   T. L. C. Genealogy, 1760 Reconstructed Census of Virginia
32.   Bailey Fulton Davis, Deeds of Amherst County, Virginia, 1761 -1807, Albemarle Co., Virginia 1748 - 1763
33.   Clark County Historical Society, Clark County Chronicles, Winchester 1924
         Winchester Public Library, Dr. G. F. Doyle.
34.   Hardesty's Historical Encyclopedia
35.   Lenora Higginbotham Sweeney, Marriage Bonds and Other Records of Amherst County, Virginia, 1763 - 1800
36.   Caroline County, Virginia, Court Records, Probate and other Records from the Court Order
         and Minute Books, 1781 - 1799.
37.   The Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Manuscript Division, Baylor papers file #2257
38.   Daughters of the American Revolution, Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors, Vol. II,

        Betti Boatwright McFaul, No. 560469 .
39   Virginia Historical Magazine," The Will of John Baylor of New Market,"  Vol. 24, p.367.
40.  Letter from Ambrose Bullard Eubank, 1859, Melrose, Nacogdoches County, Texas, to his sister in Amherst County, Virginia.