Robert Breckenridge

Robert Breckenridge (abt. 1720 - 1772)

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Col. Robert Breckenridge
Born about in County Londonderry, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Augusta County, Virginiamap
Husband of — married in Augusta Co., , VAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Fincastle. Botetourt, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
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Robert Breckenridge, son of Alexander Breckenridge and Jane (Preston) Breckenridge, was born about 1720 in Ireland. [1] [2]

On 22 May 1740, his father, Alexander Breckenridge made oath that he had imported himself and John, George, Robert, Smith and Letitia Breckenridge from Ireland to Philadelphia, and from thence to VA, at his own charges.

Robert, while living in Augusta County, became prominent in the Indian Wars and was also Sheriff in 1755,

About 1752 or earlier, he married Mary Poage, and had two sons, Alexander and Robert. [1] [2] [3] She died about 1857.

After her early death, he married his 1st cousin Leticia Preston, daugher of John Preston of Staunton, and had fours sons and a daughter, William, John, James, Preston and Jane. [1] [2] [3]Note, Robert's mother, Jane (Preston) Breckenridge, and Letitia's father, John Preston, were siblings

He acquired large acreage on Buffalo (Tinker) Creek and was one of the area's largest hemp producers. He was a very wealthy man and built his home near Daleville, Virginia just to the rear of the present-day Boaz home. It will be remembered that Botetourt County's first Court was held in his home in 1770. He was one of Botetourt County's leading citizens at the time of his death in 1772."[4]

Col Robert Breckenridge died 15 September 1772 in Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia. [5]


He was a captain of rangers under Major Andrew Lewis in 1756, member of the Augusta Council of War and prominent in the Indian Wars; member of the 1st board of trustees of the town of Staunton in1761; a vestryman there but was replace in 1769 by Captain Peter Hogg because he refused to subscribe to the doctrine and discipline of the Church of England. About which time or earlier he moved from the farm near Staunton into the new county of Botetourt and in 1770 was a justice of the first County Court of Botetourt County [6] and Lieut-Colonel of militia. [1]

Marriages - Married Twice

Parents of two sons Alexander Breckenridge and and Robert Breckenridge
Parents of Jane Breckinridge, William Breckinridge, John Breckinridge, James Breckinridge, Elizabeth Breckenridge and Preston Breckinridge

Excerpt from Ohio Illustrated Magazine

"The Poages. Three miles north of the site of Staunton, Va., then called Beverly's Mill Place, lived Robert Poage, his wife and nine children, emigrants, May 22nd, 1740. They located on the pike on 772 acres; his will was proved March 6th, 1774. One daughter married Robert Breckinridge, son of Alexander Breckinridge, and was his first wife; they had two sons - Robert and Alexander, both prominent in Kentucky. His second wife was Letice, daughter of John Preston, emigrant. The two, Robert Breckinridge, and John Preston, were the ancestors of the renowned families of those names in the South and West." [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Woodworth, Robert Bell. "The descendants of Robert and John Poage, Volume I, Published: Staunton, Virginia, Priv. print. by the McClure Print. Co., 1954. Page 695.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Breckenridge Family, Wikipedia Link
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ohio Illustrated Magazine, Volume 4, By Webster Perit Huntington; Link
  4. Photo of single page from unknown book, Section "Breckenridge", pg #118
  5. Colonial Families of the United States, 1607-1775", page 96.
  6. History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786: Washington County, 1777-1870; Published 1903; By Lewis Preston Summers; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack Link
  • Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County. Baltimore: Genealogical P
  • Author: Yates Publishing Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived
  • Author: Title: U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls
  • Author: Mary Selden Kennedy Title: Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families, Volume I; Frank Allagen Genealogical Company, New York 1911 beginning p451

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On 29 May 2018 at 23:05 GMT Donald Brearley wrote:

IMHO, the Seldens of Virginia source provides enough corroboration to warrant the merge. A secondary source at best, but with attribution. Using the publishing date of 1911 it's probably possible to identify the James Breckenridge of St Louis who is the source of the information.

On 29 May 2018 at 16:30 GMT Nancy (Allen) Jones wrote:

Breckenridge-413 and Breckenridge-37 appear to represent the same person because: These are definitely the same people and it's time to merge them. is confusing to have two duplicate profiles.

On 23 Mar 2015 at 13:52 GMT Sean McClanahan wrote:

Breckenridge-37 and Breckinridge-79 are not ready to be merged because: These could represent the same person, but there's a lot of information that doesn't appear to match up well. I am unsure about approving the merge.

On 25 Sep 2014 at 21:08 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Breckinridge-45 and Breckenridge-37 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same parents....

Robert is 22 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 14 degrees from Burl Ives and 10 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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