Henry Skaggs, "Long Hunter"
b.08 Jan 1723/24
Facts and Events
||Henry Skaggs, "Long Hunter"
||08 Jan 1723/24
||to Mary Thompson
||Tennessee, USAClinch River
||Taylor, Kentucky, USAPittman's Creek
||Washington, Virginia, United Statesfurther west into the region of the Holston and Clinch River Valleys of Washington county (later Russell County), Virginia.
||5 APRIL 1809
||Green County, Kentucky, USA
||04 Dec 1810
||Green County, Kentucky
||Hiseville Park, Hiseville, Barren County, Kentucky, USA
Henry Skaggs was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
About Henry Skaggs
Henry Skaggs (Scaggs) was a Long Hunter.
Henry Scaggs (January 8, 1724 — 1810?) was an American hunter, explorer and pioneer, active primarily on the frontiers of Tennessee and Kentucky during the latter half of the 18th century. His career as an explorer began as early as 1761 as one of the so-called long hunters— men who undertook lengthy hunting expeditions into the Trans-Allegheny wilderness. In subsequent years, working as a land agent with Richard Henderson and Daniel Boone, he explored large parts of Middle Tennessee and Central Kentucky. Scaggs is credited with the rescue of noted kidnap victim Jenny Wiley in 1790, and led a failed attempt to apprehend the Harpe Brothers in 1799.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 51.--25th April, 1769. Same (James ( ) Scaggs (Skeggs), Sr., and Rachel ( )) to Henry Scaggs, £100, 100 acres by deeds from Francis Rieley to James, 29th May, 1751, on Little River, a branch of Woods' River.
Records of Henry Skaggs in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County, VA Records:
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1767. - (477) On petition of Frederick Stern, Isaac Job, Thomas Grayson, John Bell, Henry Skaggs, Joseph Hix, John Draper, George Baker, Joseph Hord, Levy Smith, Erasmus Noble, Saml. Peffer, James Coudon, Edmund Vansell, Humphrey Baker, Anthony Bledsoe, James Newell and Alexr. Page, viewers appointed for a road from Vanse's, by Ingles's Ferry, to Peak Creek, on north side New River, viz: James Neeley, Philip Love, Wm. Christian, Wm. Bryans.
Will Extract of Henry Skaggs
- Book 1 Page 56 will of Henry Skaggs
- Written 5 April 1809
- I leave all my estate real and personal to my beloved Wife.
- My grandson, John, son of James Skaggs
- My sons: David and James
- My daughter, Sarah
- To Sylvia Roark and Stephen Skaggs
- My children: Solomon, Lucy Stacy, and Rachel Ray, Nancy DSpane, and Polly Combs.
- Executors James, my son and Eliaz Barbee.
- Witnesses: Elias Barbee, John Barbee, Larkin Durettes, James Rafity, and William Barbee.
- Probated: 4 December 1810
- [Source: Will Record of Green County Ky 1796-1824, published by Elizabeth Prather Ellesberry].
Notes on Henry Skaggs
His brother, Moses, died intestate and without any heirs. His estate was settled in 1837 and in the documents there are several testimonies that name his brothers and sisters and their spouses. A digital copy is online. ESTATES: MOSES SKAGGS HEIRS, ESTATE CASE # 3871, GREEN CO., KY, 1836
Historical Marker - Skaggs Trace
Part of the Wilderness Road, crossing Rockcastle County, Kentucky from Hazel Patch to Crab Orchard, was known as "Skaggs Trace," named after Henry Scaggs.
Historical Marker reads: "This trace was named for Henry Skaggs, a Long Hunter. Many famous pioneers, including John Floyd, Benjamin Logan and William Whitley, traveled over it. On Oct. 21, 1861, the first Kentucky Civil War battle occurred near here at Camp Wildcat. This first Union victory took place in the Rockcastle Hills."
Historical Marker - First Long Hunters 1765
N 36° 19.343 W 086° 41.411 16S E 527809 N 4019750 Marker Number: 3A 140 Tennessee, USA
"Henry Skaggs, his brothers, Charles and Richard, and Joseph Drake and a group of other long hunters were the first Anglo-Saxons to explore this area. They made their campsite at Mansker's Lick, opening the doorway for the future settlement of Goodlettsville and Middle Tennessee."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Long Hunter by Emory L. Hamilton, in The Mountain empire genealogical quarterly: Eastern Kentucky, Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southern West Virginia. (Pound, Virginia: MEGQ, 1982]-), 29, Spring l984.
He was six feet tall, dark skinned, bony, bold, enterprising and fearless. He and his brother (perhaps Charles) were noted hunters, and nothing but hunters.” Lived on the New River in 1776, living on the Clinch in 1779, moved to Pittman’s Creek in Taylor Co KY, dying about 1808/09 at age 80
- ↑ #47179528, in Find A Grave.
HENRY SKAGGS' BURIAL SITE located on the property of former Kentucky Governor Louie Nunn, at Hiseville-Park, Ky.
- ↑ Henry Skaggs. Skaggs, Henry Will dated 1809. (GREEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY Will Book 1 pp. 56-57), 5 APRIL 1809.
- ↑ Kegley, Mary B, and F. B. (Frederick Bittle) Kegley. Early adventurers on the western waters. (Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, c1995, 1998 (Marceline, Missouri : Walsworth Pub. Co.)).
- The Archibald Thompson Diary.
May the first day 1799
By mare folded a mare
Colt got By the young
stag belonging to Mr
henery skaggs on Pitman
Creek (symbol) Archd Thompson
*This diary also lists the births of several of Henry's children.
- Henderson, Archibald. Isaac Shelby: Revolutionary Patriot and Border Hero: Isaac Shelby and the Genet mission. (Various publishers, 1915), 125.
For years, in fact since 1764, Daniel Boone had been exploring expeditions to the westward in the interest of the land company known as Richard Henderson and Company. Another explorer for Richard Henderson, who later made hunting tours and explorations in Kentucky, was Henry Skaggs, who as early as 1765 examined the lower Cumberland region as the representative of Richard Henderson and Company and established his station near the present site of Goodlettsville, in Davidson County, Tennessee.