Name: Samuel Schooley
ALIA: Samuel /Scooley/
Birth: 16 APR 1743 in Bethlehem Twp, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey
Birth: 26 DEC 1745 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey
Death: APR 1832 in Ocala, Grayson/Carroll Co., Virginia
Death: in Northampton Co., Pennsylvania
_FA2: Quaker Burial Grounds, Grape Hill, Carroll Co., VA
Reference Number: 188
Reference Number: A188
Sources - Hinshaw - EAQG - v1 p791-792 Deep River MM, N.C.
T.H.S. Schooley - Trails of Our Fathers
Armstrong - The Lundy Family
Schooley, M.M. - Scholey-Schooley and Allied Families
served in the Revolution
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 108
Mrs. Albertha Schooley Gage.
DAR ID Number: 107088
Born in Spring Garden, Pa.
Wife of Ellsworth McClellan Gage.
Descendant of Col. Samuel Miles and of Lieut. Samuel Schooley, as
1. Albert Schooley (b. 1848) m. 1874 Isabella Hunter Miles (1855-94).
2. William Schooley, Jr. (1808-80), m. 1835 Isabella Snoddy (1808-94);
Joseph Green Miles (1817-96) m. 1841 Isabella Patterson Hunter
3. William Schooley (1766-1857) m. 1796 Elizabeth Oakes (1776-1831);
John Miles (1779-1829) m. 1801 Mary Ingles (1782-1865).
4. Samuel Schooley m. 1765 Abia Brown; Samuel Miles m. 1761
Catherine Wistar (1742-97).
[p.29] Samuel Miles (1739-1805) in 1776 was appointed colonel of the
Pennsylvania rifle regiment, attached to the regular army under General
Washington. He was born in Whitemarsh; died in Cheltenham, Pa.
Samuel Schooley served as lieutenant in Capt. Andrew Malick's company,
1st regiment, Sussex County, New Jersey militia. He was born, 1742, in
Hunterdon County, N. J.; died in Northampton County, Pa.
A Pioneer Schooley Family
Author: May Schooley Ivey
Call Number: R929.2 qS372
Tracing back to Richard Scholey of Cadwekkm Bedfirdshire, England, this is a record of the
Scholey-Schooley lineage in England and America.
Bibliographic Information: Ivey, May Schooley. A Pioneer Schooley Family. Miami: The Franklin
CAPTAIN SAMUEL SCHOOLEY, JR.
Samuel Schooley was the youngest child of Samuel, and his wife, Avis Holloway. He was born in
Bethlehem township (near Quakertown) in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, on Feb. 16th, 1743. He
died at his "Schooley's Pine Creek Farms" near Ocala, in Grayson, now Carroll County, Virginia,
in the early part of the year of 1832, aged 89 years.
Samuel Schooley, Sr., father of above, died in 1761. At the time of his death, his children, except
James and Samuel, Jr., had married and were in homes of their own. In 1765 James married and set
up his home on his farm near Newtown, where he died in 1767. In that same year, their mother
bought from Jonathan Hampton, a homestead just east of Sussex Court House, now the city of
Newton, where, apparently, she lived during the next twenty years of her life, until her death.
Samuel continued living with his mother at her Newton home until, and after he married.
Samuel Schooley, Jr., first married Margaret Brown Gibbon, widow of Nathan Gibbon, on the 9th
day of Jan., 1766, at Lower Makefield, Bucks County, Pa. Nathan Gibbon died in 1765, leaving two
daughters, Sarah, and Katherine, to her care. To Samuel and Margaret, one child
was born, a son, William, at Newton, on Nov. 8th, 1766. Through tradition came the information
that at the home of Avis, at Newton, lived Samuel and his wife and children, until her death, and
also his second wife, Elizabeth Willson, and children, lived there for about fifteen years.
Samuel Schooley's marriage to Elizabeth Willson took place in 9th. mo. 1770. She was the daughter
of Gabriel and Elizabeth Lundy Willson, of Allamuchy, Warren County, N. J.
Children born to Samuel and Elizabeth in Newton, were:
Leah, b. 8-18-1774. Margaret, b. 11-14-1776. James, b. 1-1-1780.
John, b. 2-13-1782. Samuel, b. 8-25-1784.
Besides farming the homestead of his mother who was now well along in years, he did some
surveying of lands, and teaching of private schools. A memorandum long existed of a survey of
lands he made for his brother Joseph of 8th of Oct., 1769, near Hamberg. It appears that in some
surveys he acted as assistant for Samuel Green, the Surveyor for the West Jersey Proprietors. He
made another survey on a location for Richard Armstrong, the lands lying along the Paulins Kill
River, and Dark Moon Creek. Another of his surveys was of lands for Jesse Lundy, on the south
side of Pine Run, which Jesse had received from his Father, Samuel Lundy.
Samuel Schooley taught a country private school in the winter of 1766-7, at Newton. Inscriptions in
an old spelling book recently in possession of one of his great, grand children, indicate he taught a
school thereabouts during a few subsequent winters. He taught an English Primer, Dilworth's
Spelling Book, and Arithmetic and the New Testament. Samuel's name as "master" was found in an
old Dilworth speller of 1767. An old hour-glass used by him was preserved for many years. As
teacher, surveyor, farmer, and Militiaman, he was a busy man.
The records disclose that after the death of Samuel, Sr., in 1761, Avis and her son Benjamin, in
1763, were living near the place named Stillwater, along the Paulins Kill River, southwest of
Newton. In 1765 she had moved to Newtown. In 1771, she had made her Will at Newtown, and
dated it 20th. of June. Her son James died at Newtown in 1767. His widow Margaret, on the 20th
of April, 1767, "Renounced all right to administer" and her "Renunciation" signature was witnessed
by her brothers-in-law, Benjamin Schooley, and Josiah Dyer, Jr. On that same day, Samuel
Schooley of Newton, or Newtown, was appointed Administrator of James' estate. His bond as
administrator sets forth that "Samuel Schooley, of Newtown, in the County of Sussex and Province
of West Jersey, are bound unto his Excellency, William Franklin, Esq., Governor of New Jersey, in
the sum of One Hundred and seventy-three Pounds, Proclamation Money."
Samuel was to "cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Prerogative Court, in the Secretary's
Office at Burlington" an inventory of all goods and chattels, and Credits" pursuant to the true Intent
and Meaning of the Act of Parliament, made in the 22d. and 23d. years of the Reign of King Charles
11d. Samuel and Josiah signed in the presence of John Pettit and Thomas Anderson. The Appraisers
were: Jacob Lundy, Samuel Lundy, and Benjamin Schooley.
To Thos. Anderson, Surro. was paid 2 lbs. for "Letters Administratory."
David Gould was paid over ten pounds "in full for his attendance
as Doctor of ye Dec'd." Josiah Dyer was paid a claim. Avis Schooley received over 20 pounds.
Some other claimants who were paid were, Nathaniel Pettit, William Schooley, Asa Schooley,
Samuel Lundy, John Pettit, Bostain Chestnutwood, George Rea, Dan'l. Pettit, Caspar Shafer, Eph'm
Darby, Samuel Willson, Justice Ayers, for Ann Quick, Hezz. Dunn, Peter Schmuck.
"Before Thomas Anderson, Surrogate for ye County of Sussex, appeared above, accompanied
Samuel Schooley, and being one of the people called Quakers, upon his solemn affirmation which
he took according to Law, did declare that the foregoing account is true, both as to charge and
discharge, to the best of his knowledge."
"April, ye 12th. 1769. The within acc't." approved. Thomas Anderson, Surro. for ye County of
(Book 1238, Wills, D. of S. of N. J.)
MILITARY RECORD OF CAPTAIN SAMUEL SCHOOLEY
Some Military necessities about the year 1772 arose, which required the attention of Samuel
Schooley, Aaron Hankinson and others. Hankinson, about 1765, came up from Lower Hunterdon
County and became "Captain of Upper Hardwick," with his home at, or near Stillwater. Their
activities were associated with the Block Houses built for defence along "the frontiers in the three
river Townships from Water Gap, to Carpenters Point, for protection against the Indians.
When the War of the Revolution came on, and in New Jersey preparations were being made for
recruiting and equipping armies, the Militia experiences which Samuel had in the organizations
engaged at times along the frontier, brought him offers of place in the new establishments of the
Militia. Though he had the responsibilities of a large family, he enlisted in June, 1776, for five
months, but served six months with the State troops. He was in four important battles in that term.
He was Ensign in Captain Bond's Company, and was promoted to Second Lieutenant in Nov. 28th,
1776. In May, 1777, he was a First Lieutenant in Col. Thompson's First Sussex Regiment, in the
Continental Army. In the "Fall of 1778," Samuel was a Captain in the Sussex County Militia, First
Regiment, under Major Bescherer, and Col. Jacob West. The following is a verbatim copy of a
certificate issued by the Adjutant General, New Jersey:
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL,
Trenton, March 13, 1912.
It is certified that the records of this office show that,
SAMUEL SCHOOLEY, was in commission as Ensign, Sussex County, New Jersey, Militia;
Residence, Greenwich, Sussex Co., N. J. Commissioned Ensign, Captain William Bond's Company,
Col Ephriam Martin's Battalion, Brigadier General Nathaniel Heard's Brigade, New Jersey State
Troups, June 24th, 1776, five months service; Assigned to Major General Nathaniel Green's
Division, Continental Army, on Long Island, New York, Aug. 27, 1776; At battles of Long Island,
New York, Aug. 27, 1776; and White Plains, New York, Oct. 28, 1776; Appointed Second
Lieutenant, Fourth Battalion, New Jersey Continental Line, Col. Ephriam Martin, and received
warrant for recruiting, November 16, 1776; Commission declined; Second Lieutenant, First
Regiment, Sussex County, New Jersey Militia, date unknown. First Lieutenant, Captain Andrew
Malick's (First) Company, First Regiment, Sussex County, New Jersey Militia, Colonel Mark
Thompson Commanding, May 24, 1776. Final Record unknown during the Revolutionary Wark.
(Seal) W. F. SADLER, JR.
THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
Captain Samuel Schooley was mentioned as such by a soldier of that war, Cornelius VanFleet, in
Oct. 1832, when he was a resident of Washington Township, Lycoming County, Pennsa., whence he
came from New Jersey, in his application to the United States for a soldier's pension. He stated his
services in that war were under Captain Samuel Schooley, Captain John Tenbrook, and others
during the years 1776-1778. Van Fleet (Van Fliet) and Tenbrook and many others from New Jersey
were, in a few years after the close of that war, residents of White Deer Valley, in Washington
township, Lycoming County, Pa.
After his mother's death at Newtown in 1785, Samuel, by the terms of her Will which was made
fourteen years previous, inherited most of her property, and was nominated therein to be the sole
It appears by the records of Newtown, Deed Book A2, p. 206, that among the properties he
received by his mother's bequest, was the old Homestead at Newtown. By an "Indenture made the
16th day of the 9th. mo. 1785, between Samuel Schooley of Hardwick, Sussex Co., and Samuel
Lundy of Newtown County aforesaid" the title was conveyed to "a lot of Upland and Meadow in
Newton, being part of a tract of land surveyed for Gov. Penn." Signed Samuel Schooley (seal),
witnessed by Samuel Willson, Sr., Samuel Willson, Jr.
This Deed was acknowledged before George Allen, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, of
Sussex County by "Samuel Willson who saw Samuel Schooley sign and seal." The Deed was not
recorded until March 14th, 1814.
Soon after his Mother's demise and his settlement of her estate, Samuel in the year 1785, had issued
to him a certificate of Removal from Kingwood (Friends) Meeting, as shown by its records, for
himself and sons, his wife and daughters, and joined a colony of Friends with Lundys and others, at
Deep River, Surry County, N. C. The Certificates were dated the 13th of 10th month, 1785, and
entered on Deep River M. records, 6th. of 2d. mo. 1786. (p-110 Vol. 1). On page 24 is the
Children of Samuel and Elizabeth Schooley.
Leah, b. 8-18-1774 at Newtown Twp., Sussex, E. Div. of N. J.
Margaret, b. 11-14-1776, Newton Twp., E. Div. of N. J.
James, b. 1-13-1780, Hardwick Twp., W. Div. of N. J.
John, b. 2-13-1782, Hardwick Twp., W. Div. of N. J.
Samuel, b. 8-25-1784, Hardwick Twp., W. Div. of New Jersey.
Gabriel, b. 9-4-1786, Surry Co., N. C.
Benjamin, b. 4-2-1788, Surry Co., N. C.
Nathan, b. 1-9-1792, Stokes Co., N. C.
Elizabeth, b. 1-7-1797, Stokes Co., N. C.
At the time of the first Census of the United States, 1790, they were located in Stokes County, N. C.
In 1795-1-5, Samuel and family request advice as to moving to Chestnut Creek M. but was advised
not to remove. In 1802-7-5, Samuel and family are given certificates of removal to Mt. Pleasant,
Chestnut Creek, near Galax., Va., in Grayson County, with many of their old neighbors and friends.
In a few years Samuel Schooley had become the owner by purchase of several tracts of land. The
aggregate of these tracts exceeded one-thousand acres. His lands were situated along both sides of
Pine Creek, about one and one half miles east of its confluence with Big Reed Island Creek. His
residence and springs were about three miles northwest
from Dugspur, which is on the Floyd Pike Highway, and about two miles southeast from the Post
town of Ocala, all in the Pine Creek Magisterial District of Carroll County, which in the year of
1843 was set off from Grayson County. Hillsville is the County Seat of Carroll County. It is located
on the Floyd Pike. Dugspur is a Post Office and village, situated six miles northeast of Hillsville.
Among the families in the Pine Creek District as neighbors of Samuel Schooley were the Wrights,
Hiatts, Ballards, Lindseys, Marshalls, Bournes, Hyltons and Montgomerys. The descendants of
some of these families are among the honored residents if this district.
These lands were known as Schooley lands as late as 1930, or later.
Samuel's pioneer log houses were then in use over one hundred and twenty-five years. His sons and
youngest daughter Elizabeth, were married from this home. The U. S. Census for Grayson County,
year 1820, give data of the two families of the name Samuel Schooley. The elder Samuel and his
wife were then living. In the reports of 1830 his wife was not reported, thus it appears that she had
died since the 1820 report. His age given as between 80 and 90, as averages were then used.
In the Census of 1820, it was reported that Samuel, the younger son of Captain Samuel, had four
sons and three daughters. The Census of that year enrolled both father and son, Samuel, Sr., and
Samuel, Jr., as the owners of several slaves. In the 1830 Census, no slaves were reported in their
The tract of land which was the "Schooley Homestead" consisted of 260 acres, described in his
deed as "A certain parcel or tract of land lying on both sides of the Pine Creek, a branch of Big
Reed Island Creek in the said county of Grayson, he bought from Zachariah Stanley of Montgomery
County, Va., in March, 1802." The survey of the tract is described in part with the words "Begining
at a chestnut tree on the ridge near Chiswell's Road." This Grantor signed "This Indenture" in the
presence of Robert Commons, Amos Hiatt, James Schooley, as subscribing witnesses. (Deed Book
2-p. 83, Grayson Records). Two years later Captain Schooley bought from said Stanley, 80 acres
more on said Creek. The witnesses to Stanley's signing were John, Samuel, and Benjamin Schooley,
sons of Capt. Schooley.
In the year 1813, Samuel purchased from Thomas Johnson, or Johnston, 449 acres, which adjoined
the aforesaid Schooley Homestead; The deed declares they are situated, lying, and being on both
sides of Pine Creek, the Branch of Big Reed Island Creek." The signatures of witnesses affixed in
this deed were: Samuel Schooley, Jr., Isaac Johnson, Nathan Schooley, Zachariah Wright.
A further purchase of lands was made by the Captain, described as follows: "This Indenture, made
this 25th. day of the 3d. mo. (March) 1822, from Isaac Wright, 'both of Grayson County, state of
Virginia.' This tract of 175 acres has its beginning at a chestnut tree on the ridge near Chiswell's
Road, being Samuel Schooley's corner" and lying on both sides of Pine Creek, a branch of Big
Reed Island Creek. The witnesses hereon were, Samuel Schooley, Jr., Abraham Wright, and
Stephen Lindsey. In the year 1822, Samuel conveyed title to his son Samuel, to a large tract of these
lands, and the witnesses to his signature were, Alexander Smith, Charles Smith, Benjamin
Schooley. In the same year a further conveyance of a large tract of above lands was made to his
son Samuel. The witnesses were: William Ballard, Sr., Abraham Wright and Stephen Lindsey.
The son Samuel continued living on with his father until after 1832 when his father died.
Captain Samuel Schooley left his Will dated "This twentyeth day of the third month in the year
1825. It announces that "Samuel Schooley of Grayson County in the state of Virginia." "I give to my
daughter Margaret a tract of land near Muddy Creek in Stokes Co., North Carolina. "My son John,"
"My son Benjamin," "My son Nathan," "My daughter Elizabeth," "My son Samuel, one tract of land
lying on both sides of Pine Creek in Grayson Co., state of Va." The witnesses to his will were:
Thomas Marshall, John Lindsey, Henry Bourne.
He also bequeathed to Samuel all the money and credit that were due to him. Also his livestock and
all the implements of husbandry and household goods. A Hackle, used in preparing flax for
weaving, made in his workshops, is now in the possession of one of his descendants, Victor
Samuel, Jr., with William Montgomery were designated in the Will, to act as executors thereof.
This will was recorded in Will Book, 1. p. 397.
The inventory and appraisal of the estate, were made 19th. July, 1832, by Stephen Lindsey, Peter
Huff and Samuel Hylton, recorded in the county records at Independence, Virginia.
The mortal remains of Captain Samuel Schooley were laid in eternal rest in the small Quaker burial
ground on Grape Hill, a few miles south of Dugspur, in Carroll County, Va.
The old Fort Chiswell road, mentioned in all of the Schooley Deeds, was established in
pre-Revolutionary war times. It was built in the year 1758, under direction of Col. William Byrd,
and named for Col. Chiswell owner of the New River Lead mines. This road ran from Dugspur, or
from its location, a post town on the main highway east and west through Carroll County about six
miles east of Hillsville, northerly across Pine Creek valley to Fort Chiswell in Wythe County.
THE WILLSON FAMILY
ROBERT AND ANN HOAG WILLSON, were English Quakers from Scarborough, Yorkshire,
England, and came to Philadelphia in 1682.
SAMUEL WILLSON, son of Robert and Ann, married Hester Overton, of Quakertown, Hunterdon
County, N. J.
GABRIEL WILLSON, son of Samuel and Hester Overton Willson, married Elizabeth Lundy,
daughter of ..... Lundy, in 1749. Gabriel was born 23-7-1725, and died in 1805.
The family lived on Great Meadows, near Allamuchy, Warren Co., N. J.
Children of Gabriel and Elizabeth Lundy Willson were:
I: Charity. II: Elizabeth, b. 7-8-1751. Robert died in Ky.
Records from Hardwick Society of Friends,
Warren County, N. J.
ELIZABETH WILLSON, daughter of Gabriel and wife, Elizabeth Lundy Willson, married Samuel
Schooley (son of Samuel Schooley), having declared their intentions of marriage on the 13th. day,
9th. mo. 1770, before the Kingwood (now Quakertown) Monthly Meeting of Hunterdon County, N.
1790 census Stokes Co., North Carolina M637_7 image 0314
Samuel Scooley 1 5 3 0 0
Thomas Johnson 2 1 3 0 0
1800 census Stokes Co., North Carolina M32_32 p618 image 585
Samuel Schoolley 1 2 3 0 1 - 1 1 0 0 1
Thomas Johnson p616
only Samuel Schooley in 1810 soundex is:
State: Ohio Year: 1810
County: Greene Roll:
Township: Sugar Creek Page: 13
no film available
1820 United States Federal Census
Name: Saml Schooley
Township: Not Stated
0 0 0 0 0 1 -- 0 0 0 0 1
same page as son, Samuel
1830 United States Federal Census
Name: Schooley, Saml
Township: Not Stated
0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 -- 1 0 1 1 0 1
apparently living with his son, Samuel
Albertha Schooley Gage found in:
The Compendium of American Genealogy, 1600s-1800s
Listed in: Volume V
Page number: 208
Samuel Schooley c1742-c1807 Lt. in Capt. Andrew Malik's co. American Revolution m. Abia Brown
Father: Samuel Schooley b: 25 FEB 1697/98 in Chesterfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey
Mother: Avis Holloway b: 2 NOV 1706 in Chesterfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey
Margaret Brown b: 1744
9 JAN 1766
in Lower Makefield, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
- William Schooley b: 8 NOV 1766 in Newton, Sussex Co., New Jersey
Elizabeth Willson b: 7 AUG 1751 in Sussex Co., New Jersey
3 SEP 1770
in Kingwood MM, New Jersey
- Leah Schooley b: 18 AUG 1774 in Newton, Sussex Co., New Jersey
- Margaret Schooley b: 14 NOV 1776 in Newton, Sussex Co., New Jersey
- James Schooley b: 13 JAN 1780 in Hardwick TWP, New Jersey
- John Schooley b: 13 FEB 1782 in Hardwick Twp, W Div., New Jersey
- Samuel Schooley b: 25 AUG 1784 in Hardwick Twp., New Jersey
- Gabriel Schooley b: 4 SEP 1786 in Surry Co., North Carolina
- Benjamin Schooley b: 1 APR 1788 in Surrey Co., North Carolina
- Nathan Schooley b: 9 JAN 1792 in Stokes Co., North Carolina
- Elizabeth Schooley b: 1 JUL 1797 in Stokes Co., North Carolina
- Omri Schooley
- Thomas Schooley