Thursday, June 21, 2012

Timeline for Henry Skaggs (Brother of John), from

  • 1700sVA, KY
  • Timeline of Henry Skaggs
    Added by LisaMay70 on 10 Jun 2007

    1748    "History of Shannondoah Valley" by John Wayland, page 538, a story on three Harman brothers being among the first settlers at Drapers Meadow (Blackstone) form this place the Harmans and his associates, Michael Stoner, Casper Mansker, Henry Skaggs, James Skaggs and others operated into Kentucky and Tennessee, especially Kentucky and Harman's station on the Louisa River was established.
    1761    "History of Pittsylvania County" page 89, As soon as the state of affairs with the Cherokees and Catawbas would admit hunting in the wilderness, Elisha Walden and a party of 18 men, made up of friends and neighbors formed themselves into a company for the purpose of taking a long hunt.  Henry Scaggs was listed as being in this group.
    1764    Daniel Boone lived in Yadkin (Note:  this was also the year after George Haworth and _______ Haworth came to Yadkin.  Perhaps they were part of this long-hunting party, hence the old story of their association with Daniel Boone.), came among the hunters that year saying he was hired by Henderson Company  to explore the country, Henry Skaggs (father of Nancy Skaggs who married Peter Despain) was afterwards employed by Henderson for the same purpose.
    1767    Henry Skaggs listed on Augusta County Virginia tithables.
    18 MAR 1767 Augusta County, Henry Skaggs and others to view road from Vance's by Ingles Ferry to Peck Creek on north side of New River.
    1769    Henry Skaggs listed as being on a long hunt into Kentucky (Collins/Leslie).
    25 APR 1769   Henry Skaggs 100 acres from Francis Riley for 100 lbs. on Little River a branch of Woods River, Augusta County, Va. (same to James Skaggs in 1751 by same person).
    1770    Henry Skaggs was located on Clinch River, Plum Creek, in Baptist Valley.
    1771    Henry Skaggs and Knox made a station on a hunt, their camp was plundered by a half-breed Indian named Will Emery.  When they returned to find the result of their winter labor gone, they carved into a tree "1500 skins gone to ruination".
    01 JUL 1773    Henry Skaggs and Jacob Lorton ordered to view nearest and best way from Sinking Springs to Peak Creek, Fincastle County, Va.
    1776    Found in the Reminiscence of History of Virginia.
    1770/1790 by John Redd:        “Henry Skaggs being some 50 years of age (1726), slightly grey, slender frame, dark skin and some three inches taller than Pitman (who was 6 feet tall) I know not where he and Pitman came from originally but both lived on New River and they remained there until their deaths, both had families.”
    1777    enry Skaggs listed on Montgomery County Virginia tithables.
    1779    Henry Skaggs and Charles Skaggs in court 169 lbs.
    NOV 1781      Henry Skaggs and Aaron Skaggs in court, Washington County, Va.
    1782/1787       Henry Skaggs was list on Montgomery County Taxpayer list.
    21 AUG 1784  Henry Skaggs and wife Mary to William Greyson 100 acres for 300 lbs. on Little River a branch of Woods River.
    1784    Henry Skaggs and wife Mary in deed Book, Montgomery County.
    1784    Christainberg Survey for Rachel Skaggs 14 Sept. 1781, written on survey was:  “Platt given up and transferred to Henry Skaggs, May 1784, 150 acres land by virtue on an entry on a certificate from the Commissioner of the District of Washington and Montgomery Counties for 400 acres lying in Montgomery County on Little River a branch of New River.”  (it goes on to explain the land by it's boundaries)
    19 OCT 1789  grantor Skaggs Deed Book 1, page 92, 215 acres Clinch Mountain grantee John and Priscilla Arthur.
    1789    Henry Skaggs was list on Montgomery County Taxpayer list.
    SEP 1790        Book 1 page 113, 215 acres from Henry Skaggs and wife Mary Madian Spring Fork on Clinch River to Simon Jackson.
    Henry Skaggs Rev. War Pen. # S.30701
    Henry Skaggs, son of James Skaggs with grandfather Thomas Skaggs, left children James, Jeremiah, Stephen, Sally, Joseph and Nancy.  (Please note that these are the same names of children of old James Skaggs the Long Hunter), from Olive Bush.
    Draper said of Henry Skaggs - that he and his brothers Charles Skaggs and Richard Skaggs were a family of noted hunters and nothing but hunters who kept pace with the advancing settlements.
    From The SW Virginian, Vol. 1, #3, Wise, VA, page 29, transcribed by Rhonda S. Roberson.

    This is a petition asking the House of Delegates of VA to place a line "fixed along Clinch Mt. and Montgomery line to the Carolina line" to separate them from Washington Co.  These inhabitants include those of Clinch River, Mocason Creek, Powels Valley, north branch of Holstein River, and "others."  Dated Dec. 9, 1785. Washington Co., VA, is in the far southern section of VA, just before the border into TN and not far from NC.
    Alexander SEAL, James SHEWMAKER, John SHOEMAKER, John SHORT, Thoms. SHORT, David SKAGGS, Solomon SKAGGS, John SKAGGS, Henry SKAGGS, Edwd. SMITH, H. SMITH, John SMITH, Enius SMITH, Elijah SMITH, Wm. SMITH, Wm. SMITH, Eli SMITH, Evens SMITH, Jr., Edward SMOTE, Tom STACY, Masheck STACY, Meshack STACY, Sammuel STALLARD, Edward STAPLETON, Edw. STAPLETON, Isaiah STILLS, Yeah STILS?, John TATE, Thomas TATE, Robert TATE, Jr., Rober TATE, Sr., Richd THOMPSON, John THOMPSON, Wm. THOMPSON, John THOMSON, Saml VANCE, John VANDYETHE
    21 July/24 Aug 1784, A 325, Henry Skaggs and Mary Skaggs, to William Grays on, 100 acres, (Monetary terms), Little River, branch of Woods River; witness, James McCorkle, John Kirk, Robert Currin, John Grayson, and William Christian. (Montgomery County, Christianburg Courthouse)
    Henry, the Long Hunter, died 1809-1810, and his will is recorded in Green Co., Book 1, p. 48.
    In W. R. Jillson's Kentucky Land Grants, Henry SKAGGS obtained 400 acres on Pitman Creek, Nelson Co., March 15, 179 1. Pitman Creek begins in present-day Taylor County and runs southwest in to Green County where it empties into the Green River.  He lived in the northeast sector of present day Green Co.
    Taken from an on-line family tree:No. 44.                        Henry SKAGGS died testate in Green Co KY, will dated 5 Apr 1809, probated 4 Dec 1810, naming grandson, John, son of James, sons, David and James, daughter, Sarah; Sylvia ROARK, Stephen SKAGGS; children:  Solomon, Lucy STACY, Rachel RAY, Nancy D. SPANE [sic], and Polly Combs. (Green Co KY Will Book, p. 56). Henry's daughter, Lucy, had m John STACY (see below), but Polly SKAGGS Combs' husband has not yet been identified.  All are found in Russell Co VA prior to Green Co KY.  One Henry SKAGGS is found in Mar 1767 in Augusta Co VA (Chalkley's Chronicles), and one (the same?) is found in Jun 1767 on the same Pittsylvania Co VA Tax List as one Mason Combs (possibly No. 70 below?).  Nancy SKAGGS had m Peter DESPAIN, s/o John DESPAIN & Susan SCOTT.  The DESPAINS were living on Saddle Creek, a tributary of the New River in Montgomery County, VA in 1787 when Peter DESPAIN was fined for not attending muster.  He did not appear on the tax list of that year, and apparently had left the area.  Henry SKAGGS family had migrated to Virginia from Maryland, were originally from Ireland. (History of Madison Co, MO, provided by Researcher Barbara Stacy Mathews).No. 49 John DESPAIN, m Susan SCOTT, and their son, Peter, married in Nelson Co KY in 1791, to Nancy SKAGGS, d/o No. 44, Henry SKAGGS.  Peter DESPAIN was seventeen years old when he enlisted in a Virginia Regiment and is on the official roll of "troops who joined at Chesterfield County Court House lines on 1st Sept, 1780".  He was 5 feet, six inches tall, had brown hair and gray eyes.  He also stated that he had enlisted in Montgomery Co VA

    5 APRIL 1809
    Will Book 1 pp. 56-57
    In the name of God Amen, I HENRY SKAGGS of the County of Green and state of Kentucky do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (To wit) I leave all my Estate both real and personal to my beloved Wife to be enjoyed by her during her life, and after her death, the tract of Land whereon I now live I give to my Grand son JOHN SKAGGS son of JAMES SKAGGS; my Negro man Bob I give to my son DAVID SKAGGS; my negro woman Lucy I give to SYLVIA ROARK; I give to my Daughter SARAH SKAGGS a negro girl Rachel; I give to my son JAMES SKAGGS the rest of my negroes, Jinney, and all her Children except (Rachel) and her further increase should she have any during either my life time or the lifetime of my Wife.  The ballance of my Estate is to be sold, and I give one Dollar to STEPHEN SKAGGS, the Ballance to be equally divided amongst my Children hereafter named, SOLOMON SKAGGS, LUCY STACY, RACHEL RAY, NANCY D SPANE, POLLY COMBS what I have here left to each of my Children is in addition to what I have heretofore given Lastly I do appoint my son JAMES SKAGGS and ELIAS BARBEE Executors to this my last Will Revoking all others heretofore made by me.  In testamony where of I here unto set my hand and seal this fifth day of April in the year of our Lord 1809.
    HENRY SKAGGS (mark) (seal)
    Signed, sealed and puplished in the presence of
    At a County Court held for Green County on the 4th Monday in december 1810 .\
    This will was produced into Court and proven by the oath off LARKIN DURRET, JAMES RAFFIRTY and JOHN BARBEE and ordered to be recorded which is done accordingly by Clerk JOHN BARRET DC
    fiddlestix2007added this on 26 Sep 2007
    A timeline for Henry Skaggs in VA, KY. Metions James Skaggs and John Skaggs among others

    Timeline for Henry Skaggs (Brother of John), from

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  1. Mary Polly Skaggs (Combs) married William Combs in Green Co. ky. See combs co. and families website