|The Virgin Family in Washington County, Penna.|
This is the story of Jeremiah Virgin and his sons: Reason, Brice, John, Thomas, who lived in what is now South Franklin Township between 1774, when Reason made a settlement and 1788, when Brice was last taxed on Chartiers Creek. The area where they lived was near the point where Monongalia, Ohio and Yohogania Counties, Virginia came together (formed 1776). It was also at the boundary between Amwell and Strabane Townships (formed 1781). This account is written for two purposes: (1) to show what sources give information on this family, (2) to explore the genealogy of the Virgin family. Apparently the family first settled (From Frederick Co,Md?) on the east side of the Monongahela River soon after 1770 in what is now Luzerne Township, Fayette County. Reason Virgin got l land grant opposite the mouth of Ten Mile Creek (and land of George Teagarden), adjoining Jonathan Arnold, his father-in-law. In July 1773 Brice Virgin is listed in Westmoreland court records. Fayette County was formed from 'lestmoreland later in 1783. When Francis Main wrote his will September 30-1774, Jeremiah was a neighbor, living on Chartiers Creek, now South Franklin Township. He and his family had moved from Fayette County. This date is confirmed by Reason Virgin's 1774 date of settlement on his Virginia land certificate. Reason had married about 1771 Jemima, daughter of Jonathan Arnold. Brice was likely still single, as were John, 21, and Thomas, 15. The daughters were Eleanor, Clara and Lucy. The beginning of the Revolution in Massachusetts in April 1775 caused Maryland and Pennsylvania to raise rifle companies. Michael Cresap of Oldtown, Maryland, well-known in southwestern Pennsyl- vania, raised a company in June 1775, which included Brice Virgin as sergeant and John Virgin as private, plus 20 others from west of the Monongahela. They enlisted for one year. The company left Frederick, Maryland July 18-1775 and reached Boston in August - marching the entire distance. Brice and John re- turned home at the end of the year. Soon after (1776) Reason and John went on an exploring trip to Bracken County, Kentucky. In February 1775 Reason had been named constable and in December l776 Brice became constable. At the outbreak of the war in the west in January 1777 Reason became captaing Brice and John were privates. The 1778 tax list for Ohio County, (West) Virginia included Reason, Brice and John. Thomas was under 21. About 1781 Jeremiah moved a few miles to the south to land on Ten Mile Creek, and Reason returned to his Fayette County home. The first tax list (1782) for Washington County shows Brice on Chartiers Creek, and Jeremiah and younger sons, John and Thomas on Ten Mile Creek. Soon after the reopening of the land office in July 1784 each Virgin son obtained a land grant in Washington County: Reason, Brice and John on Chartiers waters, Thomas on Ten Mile. They sold their land in 1785, 86, 87. The 1783 tax lists shows Amwell Township Jeremiah 100 acres, 3 horses, 2 cows, 3 sheep John 200 2 Thomas 100 2 Strabane Township Brice 400 2 4 7 In December 1785 Jeremiah sold the Ten Mile farm and moved back to Chartiers Creek, where in May 1786 his daughter, Eleanor, was married to Van Swearingen. A few months later Jeremiah moved to Ohio County, (West) Virginia, where he was taxed in 1787. Swearin- gen lived nearby, Jeremiah lived near his brother-in-law, John Dickerson in Washington County. In 1777 Brice Virgin witnessed the will of John. On November 13-1794 Jeremiah witnessed the will of Asa, son of John Dickerson. After Van Swearingen's death in 1793, Jeremiah Virgin lived for a while with his daughter Eleanor. His place and date of death are not known. Eleanor with her second husband, John Newhouse moved to "The Barrens" of Kentucky in 1804. Reason went to Ken- tucky about the same time. He died at Oldtown, Greenup County in 1819. Brice was lieutenant and Thomas private under neighbor, Cap- tain William Leet in 1782. Brice left Washington County soon after 1788. In 1792 he was in Cincinnati, in 1810 a few miles to the north in Butler County, Ohio. The last record of John Virgin is as a witness in Ohio Co 179O. There is no record of Thomas Virgin after he sold his land in 1785. It would be interesting to find out what became of them, and to find out where they lived before coming to Pennsylvania. The following data were obtained from records available in Washington, Pennsylvania. 1774 Reason made settlement Chartiers Creek Va Genealogist 7, 162 Sep 30 Jeremiah neighbor of Francis Main on Chartiers Washington co Will Bk 1, 37 1775 Feb 23 Reason constable in West Augusta District Crumrines Hist Wash Co 206 May 17 Reason on road survey Crumrine 207 Jul 18 Brice and John join Capt Michael Cresap and leave Frederick, Md for Boston, Mass - 1 year enlistment Leckey: Ten Mi Country 15 Sep 20 Reason on road survey Crumrine 209 1776 Jan 17 Reason replaced as constable Crumrine 210 June Brice and John return Reason and John to Bracken Co, Ky Leckey 16, 17 Nov 3 Three Virginia counties formed - Monogalia, Ohio, Yohogania Dec 23 Brice constable Yohogania Co Crumrine 213 1777 Jan 7 Reason captain, John private in Ohio Co militia Crumrines Va Court Records 365 Jan 28 Reason at Council of War, Washington, Pa Crumrines Hist 185 Reason mentioned several times Va Court Rec 377-389 Jun 8 Reason at Fort Henry (Wheeling) Crumrine: Hist 85 Aug 4 Reason's house meeting place to set Ohio-Monongalia boundary Crumrine 214 Aug 27 Brice sued by Richard Yeates, Yohogania co Crumrine 215 Sep 4 Reason took Oath of Allegiance, Ohio Co Wingertner: Hist of Wheeling i 63 Oct 8 John took Oath of Allegiance, Ohio Co Wingertner i 69 Nov 15 Brice witness to John Dickerson will Wash Co W B 1, 45 1778 Nov 3 Reason, Brice, John taxed Ohio Co (Thos not 21) WPGSQ 12, 25 1779 Jan 9 Reason sold land to Daniel Leet - Brice witness Ohio Co Deed Book 1, 24 Nov 8 Brice on eligibility list - in service WPGSQ 12, 25 Dec 12 Reason applied for Va land certificate WVU Liby, Ohio Co Entry Bk 1780 Jun 22 Reason's certificate entered Crumrine 797 1781 Mar 28 Washington County, Pennsylvania formed 1782 Jeremiah, Brice, Thomas taxed Washington Co Tax Lists Citizens Library Jan Brice and Reason on Wash Co jury, Reason removed Crumrine 239 Jul 4 Brice and Thomas in Wash Co militia Crumrine 130 1783 Jeremiah, Brice, John, Thomas on tax list Rigby land adjoins Jeremiah Veurs land adjoins Thomas W & J Liby Histl Coll warrants 1784 Jeremiah, John, Thomas on tax list Jul 1 Land Office reopens Jul 7 Brice lt in Wash co militia - Crumrine 137 Aug 3 Brice sold land to James Wilson Wash Co Deed Bk A 303 1785 Brice on tax list Mar 4 Thomas and John warrant land Horn Papers iii map 65 Jun l0 Leet adjoins Reason Crumrine 797 Jul 12 Brice sold land to Reason Deed Bk B 167 Oct 9 Thomas sold land to John Dodd Deed Bk B 272 Nov 13, 14 Reason and John land surveyed Horn iii 65 Nov 19 Brownlee land adjoins John - Crumrine 801 Dec 31 Jeremiah sold land to Cahhill Dennis Horn iii 65 1786 Thomas and John on tax list Feb 21 Reason warrant to accept - Horn iii 65 Mar 2 Reason land patented Horn iii 65 Apr 18 Thomas land surveyed Horn iii 65 May Eleanor marries Van Swearingen Rev Pension W5415 Jun 20 Reason sold land to David Adams of Franklin Co, Pa Deed Bk C 90 Reason bought 2 slaves from David Adams Deed Bk C 97 Aug 21 John sold land to Van Swearinaren Deed Bk C 134 1787 Brice on tax list Jun 25 Reason sold land to James Ross Deed Bk I 160 Aug 9 Brice land warranted Horn iii 65 1788 Brice on tax list May 11 Brice land surveyed in name of Reason Horn iii 65 Persons interested in the Virgin family Helen E. Vogt, 121 Blaine Ave., Brownsville PA 15417 Dolores C. Rutherford, 1758 Carmelo Dr., Carmichael CA 95608 John E. Davis, l000 San Pedro Ave., Coral Gables FL 33156 Jeremiah Virgin m Lucy Dickerson 1. Reason Virgin b: c1744 d 1819 Oldtown, Ky m c1771 Jemima Arnold, daughter of Jonathan (d 1799 Luzerne Twp) and Sarah Arnold a. Kinsey b c1772 d c1815 Oldtown m c1794 Rachel (daughter of George)Teagarden b Mar 13-1774 d 1828 Porter Twp, Scioto co, O Children: (to Mason co, Ill) Mary (Auxier), Jemima (Sikes), Rachel (Sikes), George Teagarden, Abraham 1800-1878, Reason 1803-1872, Charity (Clark), Kinzey 1807-1852, Ephriam b. Eli b c1774 d 1819 Fayette Co, Pa m c1797 Nancy Hyatt- she m2 Henry Heaton Children: John Hyatt 1798-1858 Menard Co IL, Belinda (Railey), Reason, Eli 1803-1826, Katherine (Doty), Nancy (Hill), Ruth (Church), Noah Hyatt 1812-1892 Plattsville WI, William, Jesse c. Reason - Ky d. Rachel m David Enslow, Scioto Co, Ohio e. Delilah f. Hannah g. Eleanor h. Rebecca i. Cassandra j. Elizabeth 2. Brice Virgin b c1746 d 1821 Butler co, Ohio; to Ky 1790, Ohio 1792 Children: Thomas P. William Greenlee, Jeremiah (Ind), Hiram, Matthew, John, Cassandra, Mary, Reason 1779-1873 Fairbury IL 3. John Virgin b c1753, single 1786 - Ed 1790 Hamilton Co, Ohio 4. Thomas Virgin b c1759, single 1784 - ?d 1830 Hamilton Co At Hull surrender 1812 Detroit Children: Jeremiah, Joseph, Hall (Ia), Thomas (Cal), Allen, and daughter 5. Eleanor b 1763 living Columbus, Ohio 1850 ml May 1786 Van Swearingen 1743-1793 Ohio co, W Va: m2 John Newhouse d 1830 Children (Swearingen): Van 1787-1822 Clermont Co, Ohio, Lucy (Stephenson), Thomas - also Newhouse children 6. Clara b c1766 m Stuart 7. Lucy b 1769 d 1847 Oldtown, Ky m 1800 (Cincinnati) J Downs Children: Sarah (Virgin), Emzy (male), Jeremiah, Eleanor Lucy said that George Washington was at her father's house in 1773. Raymond M. Bell
This article was transcribed by Bobbi Jo Harville of Middleburg, FL in April 1998.
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