( Clyde's G-G-G-G-G-G-Grandfather )
Born: Abt.1692 Ballagilley Farm, Maughold Parish, Isle of Mann, Ireland/England
Died: Bef Nov 1770 Looney's Mill Creek, Botetourt County, VA
Born: Abt. 1696 Sheading, Kirk Lonan, Isle of Mann, Ireland
Died: 1770 Reed Creek area, Botetourt County, Virginia
About 1731, Robert and Elizabeth came to America from the Isle of Mann, Great Britain, with their family, settling first in Philadelphia, PA and later in colonial Maryland. In 1739 - 40, they moved west to the new frontier and settled in Augusta County, VA on the James River. There on Looney Creek, Robert and Elizabeth raised their family, established the first ferry crossing of the James River, built a mill, grew crops and raised livestock.
Due to the constant conflict between France and England, as well as the threat of Indian attacks, a fort was ordered built in 1755 around the Looney home site. This fort was named Fort Looney and was at the junction of Looney Creek and the James River. This fort was part of a series of forts ordered built along the frontier to protect settlers and to keep the French from claiming the territory. Fort Looney was visited in 1756 by Col. George Washington, future first president of the United States.
Robert and Elizabeth had the following children:
- Thomas Looney, b. 1718-1746; d. between 1755-60, married Jane Harmon. Had one child only so far as known.
- Lovice Looney m. John Brigham.
- Robert Jr. Looney, b. 1721-1756; m. ca 1742/43 Margaret Rhea, who later as Robert's widow married Stephen Renfro.
- Daniel Looney, 1723-1760, married Jane Evans.
- Adam Looney, 1725-1770, m. Hannah Wright, of N. Carolina.
- Samuel Looney, 1727-175- said to have been killed by Indians in 1760. His widow was Ann ---- who adm. estate and married Elijah Cross.
- Louisa Looney, 1728- married Capt. John Shelby, Abt. 1750-51 in North Carolina.
- Absalom Looney, 1729-1796; was three years old when the family moved to America. Married Margaret (Peggy), who was not living at the time he made his will 1791, probated 1796.
- Lucy Jane Looney, b. 1730- married in 1753 Stephen Holston.
- John Looney, 1732-1817, m ca 1759 Esther Renfro.
- Peter Looney, b. 1734-1760; (in Philadelphia) m Margaret.
- David Looney, b. 1735-1810, married ca 1755 Mary McClelland.
- Joseph Looney, b. in Botetourt County VA. 1740-1817, married Jean (Jane) Bowen 25 June 1764 in Augusta County VA.
The Looney sons were frontiersmen and pioneers. Some fought and died with the British against the French and Indians. Some were killed by Indians during frequent frontier raids on settlers while others helped to explore and expand the frontier boundaries first into southwestern Virginia and eventually into Tennessee Indian Territory. The Looney sons and grandsons fought against the British in the War of Independence.
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