Facts and Events
John Gum was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - Sites vs. Rader--O. S. 193; N. S. 68--Bill, 1811. Orator Christian Sites in 1803 bought from John Gum a tract in Rockingham. There is an interlock of 23-1/2 acres claimed by Michael Lincoln under Jost Hite and 53 acres formerly owned by Philip Rymel, who held under Hite. Gum claimed under a patent to Timothy Coe in 1756, who sold to John's father Jacob Gum. Timothy died and his interest was supposed to be vested in his son and heir-at-law Timothy Coe. John Gum had a brother Jacob. Timothy was not Timothy's eldest son and heir, but the eldest son and heir was John Coe, who long since removed out of Virginia. The patent to Timothy Coe was founded on a survey in 1794 for William Mark (?) for 190 acres. John Gum has moved to Kentucky, where he died intestate, and his administrator, Sheppard Gum, assigned the bonds to John Rader. Tuliver Whitehurst (Whitehouse) deposes in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. Comfort Whitehurst, sister of Gum, deposes as above. Jacob Whitehurst, nephew of Gum, deposes as above. John Vance deposes as above; formerly owned land in Rockingham; (Sites?) had a son-in-law Henry Mays. Oden Whitehouse deposes in Rockingham; nephew of Gum. George Sites, son of Christian, deposes in Rockingham, 1812. Peter Sites deposes he and Jacob Showalter were brothers-in-law. Peter and Christian were brothers. Deed dated 18th July, 1797, by Philip Ryemil and Catheren, his wife, of Rockingham to Christian Sites. Lot No. 8 of Hites' grant. Record in Rockingham, July, 1797. Copy of survey, 1749, for Wm. Marks, 190 acres on Linvell's Creek. Copy of the grant courses now in dispute. Agreement 18th March, 1803, between John Gum and Christian Seyth, 100 acres in Rockingham.
- Vol. 2 - Revolutionary War Service Declaration - Adam Arbogast's Declaration, November 6th, 1832: Age 72; served in 1776 or 1777 as Indian spy under Capt. John McCoy and Joseph Gwinn, and marched to West's Fort on the West Fork of Monongahela, thence down the river to Louther's Fort, thence down the river to Nutter's Fort, thence to Coonty's Fort; he volunteered, in 1778, under Capt. John McCoy, Ensign Thomas Wright, as Indian spy; marched to Warm Springs, and, with George Hull, Conrad Flesher, John Gum, was ordered back by Col. Hugart and Col. McCreary to guard his own section.
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