Roger Dyer, of the South Branch, Potomac River
Facts and Events
Roger Dyer was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 396.--5th November, 1747. £8 current money Virginia. Robert Green, of Orange, to Roger Dyer, 190 acres, same as above (on the southermost branch of the south branch of Potomac, part of 2,643 acres patented to Rob. Green, 12th January, 1746); corner to John Patton, Sr. Tested and proved as above (Teste: James Porteus and Gabriel Jones, Wm. Russell. Proved by all, 18th November, 1747).
- Page 412.--5th November, 1747. £25 current money Virginia. Robert Green to Roger Dyer, 620 acres, same as above(on the southermost branch of the south branch of Potomac, part of 2,643 acres patented to Rob. Green, 12th January, 1746). Tested and proved as above (Teste: James Porteus and Gabriel Jones, Wm. Russell. Proved by all, 18th November, 1747).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 155.--27th February, 1750. Roger Dyer to Matthew Patton, 190 acres on South Fork South Branch Potomac. Cor. John Patton. (Note: Matthew Patton married Roger Dyer's daughter Esther 'Hester')
Will and Estate Records of Roger Dyer
- Page 301.--24th February, 1757. Roger Dyer's will--To wife Hanna, one-third of estate in this Colony, or any other; to son James, infant; executrix, wife Hanna; to son William; to three daughters; to daughter Hanna Gester, 427 acres in Hampshire; to grandson Roger Dyer, son of William Dyer; to daughters Hester Patton, Sarah Hays. Teste: Wm. Miller, Adam Hider, William Gibson. Further proved, 16th May, 1759, by Adam Hider, and recorded. Executrix qualifies. Proved, 21st March, 1759, by William Gibson.
- Page 330.--14th August, 1759. Roger Dyer's appraisement, by Daniel Harrison, Mathew Patton--To gold coin, £24, 13, 10; cash, £42, 0, 0; Christian Graft's bond; Michael Graft's bond; Herman Shout's and Nicholas Smith's bond; David Nelson's bond; Peter Horse's note; Pat. Frasure's bond, Frederick Keyster's note; William Semples' bond; Johnston Hill's bond; Michael Dicken and Wm. Correy's bond; John Salsberry's bond; Joseph Kyles' note.
- Page 129.--18th May, 1762. Roger Dyer's sale bill and settlement of estate by Hannah Dyer, administratrix, approved and recorded--To Wm. Samples, Wm. Gregg, Margaret McGlaughlan, David Nelson, Pat Frazier, John Cunningham, Robt. Ralston, Johnston Hill, John Cravens, Jesse Harrison, Bryce Russell, Robt. McGarry, John Dunkle, John Montgomery. Paid John Wright, Ro. Minnis (for whiskey), Sarah Stevenson (for whiskey for vendue); paid Wm. Gibson, Adam Harper, James Dyer.
Roger Dyer Killed by Indians in 1758
Roger Dyer was a likely victim in the "Ft. Seybert Massacre" on 28 April 1758 in Augusta (later Pendleton) County, Virginia (later West Virginia), which is mentioned in the 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.
Records of Roger Dyer in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 393.--5th November, 1747. £8.10.0 current money Virginia. Robert Green, of Orange, to John Patton, Jr., of Augusta, 210 acres on the southermost branch of the south branch of Potomac, part of 2,643 acres patented to Rob. Green, 12th January, 1746; corner to a tract sold to Roger Dyer. Teste: James Porteus and Gabriel Jones, Wm. Russell. Proved by all, 18th November, 1747.
- Page 394.--7th February, 1753. James Wood, of Frederick; Wm. Russell and Wm. Green, of Culpeper, to John Davis, 330 acres on South Forks of South Branch Potomac, patented 1750. Teste: Roger Dyer and Samuel (X) Patton. Delivered to Charles Smith, 1773.
- Page 330.--24th March, 1764. Henry Horse's vendue bill recorded-- To Charles Kilpatrick, Jno. Water, Jno. Malkem, Jas. Reyburn, Danl. Love, Chas. Dever, Edward McGarry, Wm. Dyer, Sarah Nare, Ezrah Shipman, Roger Dyer, Jno. Dunkell, Michael Props, Benj. Scott, Peter Nare, Elizabeth Wilfong, Henry Wagener, Christian Goose, Michael Rhine (Ryan), Adam Roudenboush, Michl. Mallow, James Knox, George Scott, Peter Smith.
- Page 184.--3d May, 1769. Nicholas Sybert (Seybert), eldest son and heir-at-law of Jacob Sybert, deceased, of Frederick County, Maryland, to John Blizard, £200, 210 acres on southermost branch of South Branch of Potowmack, part of 2,643 acres patented to Robert Green, 12th January, 1746, and by him conveyed to John Patton, Jr., 5th November, 1747, and by him conveyed to said Jacob Seybert, 21st May, 1755; corner Rodger Dyer. Teste: Mathew Patton, James Dyer, Adam Lock, Robert Minnis. Delivered: Daniel Smith, September, 1770.
- Cleek, George Washington, and Cathrine Cleek Mann. Early Western Augusta Pioneers: including the families of Cleek, Gwin, Lightner, and Warwick and related families of Bratton, Campbell, Carlile, Craig, Crawford, Dyer, Gay, Givens, Graham, Harper, Henderson, Hull, Keister, Lockridge, McFarland, and Moore. (Staunton, Virginia: G.W. Cleek and C.C. Mann, 1957).
Roger Dyer (1) came to Virginia from Pennsylvania and first located near Moorefield, but finding the damp bottom land to be malarious, moved higher up in the valley in what is not Pendleton County, West Virginia. His wife's name is Hannah Britton (or Bratton). Roger Dyer was middle aged when he settled in Pendleton County and he bought land on November 5, 1747 from Robert Green. Roger Dyer was killed by the Indians in 1758 at the massacre at Fort Seybert on April 28, 1758. His son, William Dyer, was also killed in the same massacre.