Wardlaw - Scotland and America
On Ancestry.com see my tree 'America Wardlaws' ~ There are over 27,200 names all connected to Wardlaws. See if you find your line there!!
Brownsburg, Virginia - Seedbed of the early Wardlaws
The Wardlaws first came to America around 1720 and settled and acquired land in Borden's Grant in Brownsburg, Virginia. The town was founded on land purchased from the immigrant Robert Wardlaw. Shown here on this map of Borden's Grant is the land of James Wardlaw, William Wardlaw and James Coulter.
This photo was taken Aug. 2010 and shows the lower point of James Wardlaw's land shown on map below, of 697 acres. To my left is the bridge into the town of Brownsburg.
I have been to these places and taken lots of pictures. The 343 acres of William Wardlaw, located on the right side of this map, is where Wade's Mill is.
This is Wade's Mill, Aug. 2010.
Borden's Grant is an area that was settled early in 1700's, situated between Lexington, Virginia and Staunton, Virginia and west of I-81. Brownsburg is a little town in Borden's Grant. Raphine is close by it toward I-81. Just to the left of James Wardlaw 697 acres you will see a little Z mark on the creek. That is where Brownsburg is located. Robert the immigrant's land is not shown on this map, but his land is what Brownsburg was built on.
This is a map showing part of Borden's Grant and lands that William (B1) and his sons owned. Also a piece of land owned by James Coulter (Coalter), a relative of the Wardlaws. This is where Robert Wardlaw and his son William first came to America and settled in the 1720's. New Providence Church, where the Wardlaws went is located on the large James Wardlaw land (697 acres), on the far right corner. This is a sample of what is in my book "Wardlaw Chronicle" and what is going to be in the next edition, "Wardlaw Chronicle II".
BROWNSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION - www.brownsburgva.org
You can go to this website and see the link 'Brownsburg Museum Project' where we are mentioned, also click on the 'Newsletter' to see the June/July 2008 one where we are mentioned, the 'Brief History of Brownsburg' link where Robert Wardlaw is mentioned, and 'The Brownsburg Community Association' link where you can join. I just received their new Sep./Oct. 2008 newsletter so that should also be on there soon. This is where our roots began, so we should definitely get involved and see that our Wardlaw history there is perpetuated.
Brownsburg Community Association's new Brownsburg Museum
This is a picture of Moffett's Creek right down the road from the Wardlaw land. See map above. I went to Virginia in Sept. 1995, and 1996 and found all these Wardlaw places. I found New Providence Church where the Wardlaws and other local families attended. (After being there again I am going to redo a map showing their lands, the church, the mills in the area, etc.)
William Wardlaw's 343 acres shown in the above map, on the right side. It is up on the hill to the north of and behind Wade's Mill. We drove up there with the owner of the mill and took these pictures.
Left, on top of hill looking east, with Scotland's flower, the thistle, in the foreground.
We found several houses that Robert the immigrant, and his sons built and lived in.
This one (left) was bought by Michael Wardlaw. He is D15, son of William C3, son of William B1, son of Robert A1. Michael married Ann Kennedy 1802. He bought the house in 1823 at age 37. There is another house that we think was built for him probably before he had this house, just to the south off the main road in Brownsburg.
This house is just south of New Providence Church, next road to the left, over the little bridge, look up hill before you, see the house.
Right. This is the Trotter House. The first owner of record was Robert Wardlaw, who built the house in 1760. This was Robert (A1) Wardlaw's land. He bought some of the first land in Borden's Grant. His land is what Brownsburg was built on. It is located just north of the Old South Antique Store which is on the main road. Turn north at that corner you will run right up into this driveway if you go straight.
Left. This is the New Providence Pres. Church in Brownsburg, Virginia.
Below Left. The two stones in the cemetery there of William Wardlaw and his wife Mary, who gave the land to the church.
Below Right. Closeup of William Wardlaw's stone.
There are pictures of the original William Wardlaw's (B1) house where they first lived (one picture seen here below), pictures of some of the other early Wardlaw houses, maps, documentation, etc. This and much more in my book "Wardlaw Chronicle" about our Wardlaw history in America. It goes back to the immigrant Robert Wardlaw, and traces his descendants down to present day. This book is $75 USD which includes mailing. Email me for availability. 783 pages. Includes the book "Genealogy of the Wardlaw Family" in it, in reduced form, and included in the complete index.
Right - The walkout basement part that was William Wardlaw's house he built where they first lived on coming to Brownsburg.
I'm working on the second volume of this book right now and invite your information on your Wardlaw lines to be put into this book. Please email me for more info.
Abbeville, South Carolina
Fireplace Circa 1785 in the original log cabin part of the inside of the Quay-Wardlaw House. This was originally a tavern and store.
The Quay-Wardlaw House in Abbeville. David Lewis Wardlaw and his brother Francis Hugh Wardlaw were born here.
Greenville, South Carolina
Grave of Hugh Wardlaw (C4) Revolutionary War Captain. My ancestor.
Son of William (B1), son of Robert (A1)
Buried in Greenville Presbyterian Church, just northeast of Abbeville. Lots of other Wardlaws buried here, too. There is a book available from the church with a list of who is buried there.
See 'Wardlaw Books' page for my other Wardlaw books. . .
Oh Robert! You left the bonny land of kings
to do a different freedom thing.
No thought then of us today,
but we think of you and search night and day!
You never were to know or imagine
the sea of descendants you bore,
the throng of us who are all your offspring,
who carry your name and so much more!
We took this great land you settled and tamed,
land you first came to and got for us,
moved mountains, made freeways,
you'd never know it thus!
Your children now number up in the thousands,
we've scattered over this whole entire nation!
But we found you and we're finding each other,
bound by a noble name from across the water.
We've found your houses, the places you built
with your own hands and muscle and sweat.
We know where you went and what you did,
the trails you forged, the lands you plowed,
the people you knew then, where you milled your flour.
The land is the same now, your houses still there,
remembrances of you still hang in the air.
We wish you were here now to see what you've done,
the Wardlaw name you gave us, so loved and well-known.
about our Scottish immigrant.
by Diane Wardlaw