Person:David Dryden (4)

David Dryden
m. Est. abt. 1739
  1. Ellinor DrydenEst 1740 - 1773
  2. Thomas Drydenest 1741 - bef 1777
  3. Mary Dryden1742 -
  4. David Dryden1743 - 1818
  5. James DrydenBef 1745 - 1810
  6. Nathaniel Dryden1746 - 1780
  7. Jane Dryden1747 - 1811
  8. William DrydenAbt 1747 - 1805
  9. Joel Dryden1749 -
  10. Elizabeth Dryden1750 - 1811
m. 1763
  1. David Dryden1764 - 1852
  2. Rebecca Dryden1773 - 1832
  3. Mary Dryden1775 - 1847
  4. Elizabeth Dryden1776 - 1834
  5. Nathaniel Dryden1781 - 1858
  6. William Dryden1784 - 1858
  7. Thomas Dryden1786 - 1860
Facts and Events
Name David Dryden
Alt Name[1] David Dryden, Jr.
Gender Male
Birth? 1743 Pennsylvania
Marriage 1763 Augusta, Virginia, United Statesto Barbara Berry
Death? 1818 Washington, Virginia, USA

David Dryden, Jr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Will Transcript

I, David Dryden Senr. of Washington County in the State of Virginia being sick and weak in body but of a sound mind and disposing memory for which I thank God & calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, I give & bequeath the same in the manner following to wit, I desire that my Executor sell so much of my perishable property as will be sufficient to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses.
I give and bequeath to my children David Dryden, Rebecca Duff, Mary Duff, Elizabeth Palmer and William Dryden, each the sum of five dollars.
I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan Dryden my young gray horse and also five dollars.
I give to my children Rebecca Duff, Mary Duff, Elizabeth Palmer, and Nathaniel Dryden all my bed clothing to be equally divided among them.
I give to Barbara Dryden five dollars.
I give to Polly Palmer five dollars and my Bureau.
I give and bequeath to my sons Nathaniel Dryden and Thomas Dryden all the balance of my estate, both real and personal the perishable property to be equally divided between them. The lands to be divided according to an agreement between myself and each of them—
I do hereby constitute and appoint Thomas McChesney, Nathaniel Dryden and Thomas Dryden Executors of my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all of other or former wills & Testaments.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this 2nd day of March, 1818.
(Signed) DAVID DRYDEN, L. S.
At a Court held for Washington County the 19th day of May, 1818…… proved by the oath of Mosby Davison and John H. Henderson…… Securities, Andrew Russell & Edward Campbell.
[Source: Washington County, Virginia Records. Will Book No. 4, page 247].


Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 351.--15th October, 1765. James Dryden to David Dryden, Jr., 150, 144 acres in Forks of James below fork of Buffelo Creek. Delivered: D. Dryden, Jr., October, 1775.


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Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Dispersion and Notes


From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - Simon Ely vs. James Thompson--O. S. 36; N. S. 12--(See Eli vs. Davis, supra; same case.) Robert Davis deposes, 1802, that in 1779, he and Alex. Wiley drove cattle to Turkey Cove in Powell's Valley where they found Peter Cloud living, tending stock for James Thompson. He and Alex continued on to the Cumberland country and then returned. William Collier deposes. David Dryden deposes that in 1771 he removed to the country now called Washington, and came to the house of Thomas Berry. William Blanton deposes, September, 1803, that he has been acquainted with Powell's Valley since 1770 and was on a hunting party there in 1771-1772. He has now been living in the Valley 11-12 years. Vincent Hobbs deposes 1803, he first became acquainted with the land in 1773 and settled there in 1780. Nathan Richardson deposes, 1804, that he became acquainted with the land in 1770 or 1771 on a hunting trip and met there Thomas Berry and McGehee. Philip Catrine deposes, 1804, that he had been acquainted with the Valley 25 years. Arbuckle was living there then. Vincent Hobbs deposes, 1804, that he first became acquainted in 1770-1771; has lived on the land 17 years. Collier was always called Lying Bill Collier. Robert Preston deposes (brother to Walter Preston). Thomas Berry deposes, September, 1803, that in 1770, or 1771, he went to Powell's Valley with William McGahee, who was then a stranger in the county and went with Thos. on a hunting party. Thomas went up the country after some Buffaloes and when he returned he saw some trees deadened which McGahee claimed as his improvement. McGahee when they went on the hunting party owned a place on Holston bought from one Walling, where he lived about 70 miles from Powell's Valley. Thomas Soward deposes, 1802, is about (56) fifty-six years old; in Russell County; in 1776 he and Jephta Massey, his brother-in-law, settled at Turkey Cove, planted corn, cabbage, peach stone, apple seed and remained on the land until obliged to remove on account of the Indian War. John Hoover deposes, 1804. James Fugate deposes, 1804. Henry Hoover deposes, 1804, that in 1782 he drove Gen. Shelby's stock to range in Turkey Cove. Nathan Richardson aged about sixty-five (65) years, deposes, 1802, that in 1771 he was on a hunting expedition in Powell's Valley and met Thomas Berry, David Carson and William McGahee. Answer states. Jephta Massey made the first settlement, who invited Thomas Sowers to come there who made a settlement. Massey sold to Rachel Arbuckle, who allthough a married woman, being separated from her husband by mutual consent, lived and transacted business as a single woman. Jephtha Massey deposes in Monroe County, 5th November, 1802, in April, 1775 or 1776, he made an improvement on Turkey Cove and remained there until June, when everybody was driven away by the Indians, but returned in the fall.
  • Vol. 2 - Sheffet's administrator vs. Rankin's administrator--O. S. 357; N. S. 129-- William Johnston by his will in Augusta, dated 1808, bequeathed to his half-sister Jane Shields, wife to Patrick Shields, living near mouth of Missouri, £100. Patrick died 1809; Jane in 1811, in Illinois, leaving son Nathaniel, who had many relations in Washington County, Va. Letter, 15th May, 1811, by David Dryden, Sr., to Mrs. Jane Shields: Dear Sister--Has heard her husband is dead; her son-in-law Monson is dead. The last he heard from son Wm. he was well; had a wife and three or four children; he lives at New Dublin. Her brother, James Dryden, is dead and her brother, William Johnson, is also dead. David's children have left, except Nathaniel. Jonathan has moved to Duck River. Wm. and Thos. live close by him. David, Jr., is married again and has a daughter. Wm. has three sons; Thos. has 2 daughters. She is in her 69th year.


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