Facts and Events
Henry Gragg was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Information on Henry Gragg
- Morton, Oren Frederic. History of Pendleton County, West Virginia (74302)S1
- Thomas Gragg was probably born about 1715, in Northern Ireland. Thomas Gragg came from Ireland with his sons, Henry and William and was of Scotch ancestry.
- Thomas Gragg's will, dated April 1773, Augusta County, Virginia, named his wife, Elizabeth and children: Ann, Mary and Elizabeth - sons Henry and William were not mentioned in the will. Thomas married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Semple. Thomas apparently died soon after the making of his will, as appraisers for the estate were appointed 17 August 1773. Mary, daughter of Thomas, was bound out to her brother, William in 1775. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas, was bound out to her brother William in 1780. The first mention of Thomas in Augusta County, Virginia, court records, was 16 August 1758 - "Thomas Gregg's bond with Samuel Sample as administrator of William Woods estate." On 16 February 1764, Thomas bought 140 acres of land from Samuel Semple, on Dry Branch of Linville Creek. The area, in which the Thomas Gragg family lived, is about three miles north and west of Harrisonburg, Virginia.
- The Gregg Family History Project Website
- Morton, Oren Frederic. A history of Pendleton County, West Virginia. (Franklin, West Virginia: O.F. Morton, c1910), Pages 167, 208.
Page 167, Gragg, Scotch-Irish, before 1792, Reed's Creek.
Page 208, Gragg, Thomas (____ ____)-left a minor daughter, Mary and appears to have had these sons:
2. William (Mary ____)-d. Jan. 24, 1795.
3. Samuel (Ann Black)-m. 1785?
A daughter of William was killed by the Indians in 1781 (see Page 64,65). Elizabeth (Peter Cassell-m. 1794) was a daughter of Henry.
The family seems afterward to have moved to the South Fork above Sugar Grove. J. Robert and Amby Gragg of that district are present representatives of the family...
Page 64, 65 - In 1781 took place what seems the last Indian raid into this county. A party of redskins, led by Tim Dahmer, a white renegade, came by the Seneca trail to the house of William Gragg, who lived on the highland a mile east of Onego. Dahmer had lived with the Graggs, and held a grudge against a daughter of the family. Gragg was away from the house getting a supply of firewood, and seeing Indians at the house he kept out of danger. His mother, a feeble old lady, and with whom Dahmer had been on good terms, was taken out into the yard in her chair. The wife was also unharmed, but the daughter was scalped and the house set on fire, after which the renegade and his helpers made a prudent retreat. The girl was taken up the river, probably to the house of Philip Harper, but died of her injuries.
From "Gregg Family History Project Website":
2. Henry Gragg, Son of Thomas. Augusta County court records - List of Delinquents, 1783, show "Henry Gragg gone to Kentucky." Henry died 1819, in Nickolas County, Kentucky. A document concerning the settlement of his estate names a guardian for Thomas, a son of Henry. As has been mentioned, Thomas Gragg, the father, died in 1773. The settlement of the estate, recorded and approved by the Augusta County Court, 17 July 1798, showed payments of money in the period of years 1790-1795, to James Reece, for legatee and Elizabeth Gregg, a legatee. It may be a reasonable assumption, that James Reece might have been the husband of Mary, daughter of Thomas, who was bound out to her brother, William, in 1775. Elizabeth, the other legatee mentioned was the daughter of Thomas, bound out to her brother, William, in 1780.