Facts and Events
John Reager was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
John Reager Killed by Indians in 1758
John Reager is included in the list from Chalkley's of Indian Attacks of 1755-1758 in Augusta County of settlers killed by "the enemy" (most likely Shawnee Indians being spurred on by the French) in Augusta County.
Record of Estate Administration of John Reager
- Page 251.--19th May, 1758. Mathew Ration's bond (with Abraham Smith, Sampson Archer) as administrator of Jno. Reager.
- Page 294.--16th November, 1758. Hance Reager's appraisement, by Abraham Smith, William Stephenson, Robt. Harrison. (Note: this is likely the appraisement of John Reager, since there are no records of a "Hance Reager" (perhaps a nickname for John), and there is no other record of John's appraisment, which would have been done around this same time. Also, Abraham Smith is listed on both the John Reager's administration and this appraisment).
- Page 417.--23d August, 1765. Sale bill of John Reager's estate, recorded--To Edward McGary, Jno. Hardman, David Barry, Samuel Patterson, James Magill, Geo. Scott, Hugh Maglaken, Daniel Henderson, David Nelson, Peter Steenberger. Settlement of said estate by Mathew Patton. Paid Jno. Wright for vendue cryer. Paid Jacob Everman, Jno. Dunkle, Hans Colley. Retained in my hands as guardian of _____ Haws.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 95.--5th March, 1755. Daniel Richardson's appraisement, by John Willson, John Cunningham, Conrad Harness. John Ryan's note, Solomon Hedges, John Scoot, John Reager, George Youckam.
- Page 86.--21st November, 1772. Mathew Patton to John Likens. Whereas John Reager in his lifetime had purchased of James Wood and Robert Green a tract of land on North Mill Creek, a branch of South Branch of Potowmack, 407 acres, but before conveyance was made, John was murdered by the enemy, Indians, and his son and two daughters carried into captivity; said Mathew administered on the personal estate and obtained a title from Green in his own name. 24th May, 1763. but on condition if the heirs of John should return from captivity Mathew should reconvey the land as by a bond in the hands of James Wood, of Frederick; Dorothy Reager and Barbara Reager, daughters of said John, did some years ago return from captivity, but John Reager, son and heir of John, deceased, has never returned nor has been heard of since he was taken and it is doubtful if he is alive. Dorothy has, since her return, intermarried with said John Likens. Delivered: Jacob Coil per order filed 15th March, 1798.
- Page 88.--Similar deed to above. Same to John Caplenger, Jr. Barbara has, since her return, intermarried with John Caplenger, Jr. Both deeds contain condition to reconvey to John Reager, Jr., if he should return.
- Page 90.--21st November, 1772. Bond by John ( ) Likens and Jacob Harper, John Caplinger, Jr., and Henry Stone to Mathew Patton, to reconvey above if John Reager, Jr., should return.
- Page 92.--21st November, 1772. John Caplenger, Jr., and Henry Stone to Mathew Patton, to reconvey above if John Reager, Jr., should return.
Information on John Reager
From Rootsweb query:
CAPLINGER, COX, CROSSMUCK, HOOVER, LIKENS, REAGER posted by Sue Harris on Friday, May 16, 1997
Dorothy REAGER, d/o John REAGER, who was killed at Fort Seybert massacre 1758, Augusta, m1 Samuel CAPLINGER, who d 1769 Augusta Co. & m2 John LIKENS c 1772 Augusta Co. When Hardy Co. formed, they lived there on land inherited from her father. Had daus Margaret, Rebecca, Rosanna CROSSMUCK, Barbara, Sarah (m John HOOVER 1810), Dorothea (m Martin COX 1809). Was John LIKENS from PA? Would like more on ch, dd of Dorothy. I'm desc from her sister Barbara who m John CAPLINGER. Many thanks; glad to share.