m. Bef. 1741
m. 4 Feb 1765
Facts and Events
Phillip Barger was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Parentage of Phillip Barger
According to the Barger Family History Society website (http://suzid.tripod.com/philip.html) this Phillip Barger was the son of Phillip Barger that was killed on 8 July, 1755 in the Massacre at Draper's Meadow. Other sources claim that Phillip was the son of Casper Barger, who was the brother of Phillip. According to the familysearch.org site, Casper Berger's son Phillip, born abt. 1747, also perished in the Draper's Meadow Massacre. More research may be necessary to determine his correct parentage.
Records of Phillip Barger in Augusta County, VA
Information on Phillip Barger
Children of Philip Barger and Eve Clements are:
1. Casper3 Joseph Barger was born on May 19, 1766 and died on April 28, 1848. He married Elizabeth Rollings Brown on January 12, 1789.
2. Jacob Henry Barger was born March 13, 1769 and died September 7, 1822. He married his cousin Susannah Barger on December 15, 1795.
3. John Barger was born August 12, 1771 and died March 23, 1821. He married Christina Jane Towney.
4. Philip Barger was born December 24, 1773 and died August 9, 1776.
5. Christian Jacob Barger was born August 8, 1776 and died December 24, 1844. He married Martha (Patsy) Price on January 18, 1802.
6. Eve Barger was born January 13, 1779 and married Dangerfield Dobbins on November 3, 1795.
7. Philip Barger was born 1781 and died on January 8, 1825. He married Magdalena Shrader Shroyer on April 17, 1804.
8. Catherine Barger was born May 26, 1782 and died June 20, 1858. She married John Daniel Helm, Jr. on October 11, 1798.
9. Adam Barger, born April 08, 1784 in Botetourt County, Virginia; died August 11, 1864 in Loami, Sangamon County, Illinois. He married (1) Deborah Phelps Colburn. He married (2) Lucinda Nolan August 12, 1810 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Children of Philip Barger and Barbara May are:
10. Mary3 Barger was born in 1792 and married John Ballinger.
11. George Barger was born on July 24, 1793 and died the same year.
12. Frederick Barger was born November 16, 1794 and married Sarah (Sallie) Keister on December 2, 1815.
13. Larene Barger was born January 29, 1798.
14. Jane Barger married Martin Shatter.
15. Freeman Barger was born August 23, 1799.
A Quick History of the Times
In the early 1700's the frontier of our new nation began to expand westward in the Shenandoah Valley in what is now the State of West Virginia. This area was originally explored in 1671 and, after surpressing the Indians then in control, was settled. These Indians, the Shawnee and Cherokee, had controlled the present Pennsylvania State Line to Florida and west into the unknown, to the white man, interior, their traditional hunting grounds. The suprression of these Indians followed a series of attacks that left some 300 settlers of the Shenandoah Valley dead in the mid 1700's. As more and more settlers continued to arrive in this country, the great migration grew, as we all know.
1755 was the time of the French and Indian War. On July 9th, 1755 General Braddock was defeated and killed. Colonel George Washington was retreating with the remnant of Braddock's Army and the Indians were out of hand everywhere. On July 30, 1755, Indians struck the new settlement at Draper's Meadow and the entire settlement was wiped out. Casper, sometimes spelt Gasper, and Philip Barger were both killed.
Philip and Casper Barger
There are several versions of who and how our original ancestor came to land on this continent, however, this version is the one that is the most strongly believed and which has the most proof. The others just dirty the waters and probably have nothing to do with our family. This is a short compilation of several researchers searches.
Philip Barger comes into notice, in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in 1755. Casper Barger, a brother, perhaps, was then living in Rockingham County, at the Shenandoah River, a short distance from the present village of McGaheysville. Philip may have been at the same location. We do not know. It seems that while land had been bought in Rockingham County, more desirable farm lands had been located in southwest Virginia, at New River and Toms Creek, and the Bargers were preparing to move there. Their work was suddenly interrupted by a planned attack by Indians on the little settlement at New River, or Draper's Meadows, in which both men were slain, together with other settlers there.
Philip Barger, the son.
Philip Barger, our Philip, was a boy of fourteen at the time and was one of the very few persons to survive the "Draper's Meadows Massacre" of July 30, 1755. Eluding the Indians, he finally made his way back to his old home in the Shenandoah Valley and there he grew to manhood. He became a freighter, at which he prospered, and married Eve Clements.
Soon after their marriage, Philip and Eve Barger moved to Draper's Meadows to reclaim the land that had cost the life of Philip's father and uncle. It was good land and the Bargers made a fine farm of it and there they spent the rest of the lives. Their children were all born there and Philip and Eve were buried on the farm.
Philip served as a soldier from Fincastle in 1774 during Dunmore's War, serving under James Bryn for three days and receiving pay amounting to 4/6. Later, during the Revolutionary War, her served as a member of Captain Byrn's and Captain James' militia, receiving 4.8 shillings, 3 days' pay, plus being paid for 24 diets (sundries per audit) and 460 days use of a horse. He is credited by the Daughters of the American Revolution for service as a soldier, militia, Montgomery County, Virginia.
The present day town of Blacksburg is on one-time Barger land. Philip apparently also had a part in building the Barger Indian Fort, a stockade-type building, for a marker has been erected to note the location near Blacksburg, Virginia.
A surviving letter written by Philip Barger in 1795 shows him to have been a cultured gentleman of refined sentiments and possessed of an enviable command of the English language.
Philip Barger died at his home, at Blacksburg, August 3rd, 1803, and was buried in the family cemetery there. He was, in a very real sense, a pioneer. 'It was men of this courage, perseverance and industry, that buildt up this fair country and left it as a rich, noble heritage to posterity. It will always be difficult to properly and fully estimate their work and sterling character.'
According to the Barger Journal, Alvan Lyell Barger, Edwards Brothers, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI, 1939, p. 17.
"Adam Barger, son of Philip Barger and Eve, nee Clements, of Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia, was born April 8th, 1784, a grandson of Philip Barger and wife, of Augusta County, Virginia: Philip Barger having gone to Montgomery County in 1755 and was there slain by Indians during the summer of that year. Adam Barger, leaving Montgomery County homstead, located first in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Married, August 12th, 1810, Lucinda Nolan. About the year 1826 the family went by boat to Shawneetown, Illinois. From there, in a wagon drawn by two yoke of oxen, accompanied by two other vehicles loaded with household goods, he started for central Illinois. The destination was Laomi, Sangamon County, at that time called 'Yankee Settlement.' Three children were born at this location, the home being a farm estate. There were twelve children in the family -- Albartes; Julia A.; Theresa; Zebulon M. P.; Sophia; John; Olivia; Mary A.; Harriet; James M.; Lethe; William F.; Lucinda, the mother, born July 7th, 1795, died August 11th, 1853, at Laomi. Married a second time, Adam's last wife was Deborah Colburn, nee Phelps. He died at Laomi, August 11th, 1864.Moved from Montgomery County, Virginia to Kanawha, West Virginia to Shawneetown, Illinois to Loami "Yankeetown", Sangamon County, Illinois. His farm in Sangamon County was worth more than $2,000 in 1850. ID: I529602423 Name: Phillip BARGER Given Name: Phillip Surname: Barger Sex: M Birth: 1 Sep 1741 in Augusta, Virginia Death: 3 Aug 1803 in Blacksburg, Greenbrier, Virginia Burial: Aug 1803 Barger Family Cemetery, Blacksburg, Montgomery, Virginia LDS Baptism: Submitted Endowment: Submitted Sealing Child: Submitted Change Date: 3 Oct 2002
Father: Casper or Gasper BARGERb: 1690 or 1708 in Palitine Provinces, Germany Mother: Mrs. Margaret BARGERb: Abt 1721 in Germany
Marriage 1 Eve CLEMENTS b: 1 May 1749 in Koiners Store, Augusta, Virginia Married: 1 Feb 1765 in Augusta, Virginia Sealing Spouse: Submitted Children Casperor Gasper Joseph BARGER b: 19 May 1766 in Blacksburg, Montgomery, Vir-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ID: I1422 Name: Eve Barger Sex: F Birth: 13 JAN 1779 Death: AFT 1850 1 RFN:1433 Change Date: 27 DEC 2003
Father: Phillip Barger b: 1 SEP 1741 Mother: Eve Clements b: 1 MAY 1749
Marriage 1 Dangerfield Dobbins b: 30 NOV 1765in Richmond County, Virginia Married: 3 NOV 1795 Children Kennerly Dobbinsb: 1821 in Montgomery County, Virginia Mahala Dobbins Thomas Dobbins b: MAR 1807 John B. Dobbins b: ABT 1819 William Dobbins
Sources: Type: Web Site Title: DESCENDANTS OF DANGERFIELD DOBYNS (1765-1846) URL: http://www.myoutbox.net/ddcv-n01.htm Date: December 27, 2003