John Looney, Sr.

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About John Looney, Sr.

Insert 1: JOHN LOONEY , SR. (ROBERT, JOHN) was born 1732. He married ESTER "HETTIE" RENFRO, daughter of JOHN RENFRO.

Children of JOHN LOONEY and ESTER RENFRO are:

  1. ROBERT LOONEY, b. Abt. 1755.
  2. JOHN LOONEY , JR., b. Abt. 1756.


Insert 2: On 27 September 1767 John Looney purchased of his older brother Adam Looney, the 271 acres known as the Meadow Run or Bryan’s Creek tract which Adam had bought from Colonel James Patton in 1752. On 4 March 1768, John Looney had 250 acres surveyed on Looney’s Mill Creek along his own patent line; also 196 acres adjoining John Mill’s land. (Rockingham Co. Surveys 1, 137.) The 250 acres were purchased from his nephew Peter (3) Looney, but the deed was not made or recorded until 12 January 1796. (Botetourt Deeds 5, 347.)

When Joseph Looney proved the will of Robert Looney in Botetourt County on 13 November 1770, John Looney was security with Abraham McClellan. On that day both John and Joseph were on the Grand Jury in Botetourt County, and John was named as “one of the most capable freeholders of this County.” On 14 May 1771 John Looney succeeded John Mills as overseer of roads, and was again on the Grand Jury.

At the 1810 census of Botetourt County VA, John Looney appears, over 45, with female over 45, living with Robert Looney, 16 to 26, female 16 to 26. On 23 March 1816 John Looney and Esther his wife deeded 315 acres to Robert Looney for 800 pounds. (Botetourt Co. Deeds 12, 98.) On 13 April 1817 a tract of John Looney’s in Botetourt County was divided between his sons David Looney (85 acres) and Joseph Looney (82 acres). (Survey Book 3, 407.) John’s son Robert sold his land and removed from Botetourt at about this time. John may have died in 1817. He is not found in the 1820 census of Botetourt County VA. (

Additional Notes for John Sr. Looney: March 17, 1756:John, along with Robt. Rowland was security when his sister-in-law Margaret (Rhea) Looney, administered the estate of her deceased husband, Robert Looney Jr. On October 11, 1759 by the terms of an agreement recorded in May 1765 between Robert and some of his sons, John was to received the horses, except 2, and 1/3 of the cows, except 3.

September 27, 1767 John purchased from his brother Adam, the 271 acres known as the Meadow Run or Bryan's Creek Tract which Adam had bought from Col. James Patton in 1752

More About John Sr. Looney: Burial: 1809, Justice of the Peace in Smith County, TN Fact 3: 1810, Listed in census of Botetourt Co., VA as over 45 with female over 45. Located: 1749, Name on the tax roll in August Co., VA

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John Looney, Sr.'s Timeline

Philadelphia, PA
Age 23
Botetourt County, Virginia, USA
Age 26
Age 77