Person:Edward Usher (1)

Edward Usher
b.abt. 1696
d.abt. 1744
  1. Edward Usherabt 1696 - abt 1744
  • HEdward Usherabt 1696 - abt 1744
  • WJane Perryabt 1707 - aft 1772
m. abt. 1732
  1. Ann 'Ginny' Usher1733 - 1804
  2. Lady Margaret Usher1736 - 1800
  3. Martha Usherest 1740 - 1798
  4. Robert Usher1744 - 1836
Facts and Events
Name Edward Usher
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1696
Marriage abt. 1732 to Jane Perry
Death? abt. 1744 [bef. 11 Feb. 1745/46]

Edward Usher was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Records in Augusta County, Virginia

From Chalkley's:

  • February 11, 1745. - (7) Ann Jenney Usher chose James Knox guardian. (Note: Ann Jenny Usher was the daughter of Edward Usher, who had died prior to this date).
  • FEBRUARY 27, 1749 - (313) John Brown, security for James Knox, guardian for Anne Genny Usher, prays counter security.

Information on Edward Usher

From Biography of James Hughart Nixon Cobb (1858-1928) in Chronicles of Oklahoma (

Born December 14, 1858, in Highland County, Virginia, near McDowell; died at his home 211 South Water Street, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, July 31, 1928; and son of John Anderson Cobb and Elizabeth Ann (Pullin) Cobb. Every line of the family from which he is descended were in Virginia before the Revolutionary War, his paternal ancestor Joseph Cobb settling in Isle of Wight County in 1613, coming on the ship Treasurer. His maternal ancestor, Loftus Pullin, settling in Augusta County, Virginia, in 1743 and marrying Ann Jane Usher in 1750, was one of the first land owners in that part of Augusta County that was incorporated into Highland County, securing patent to land as early as August 17, 1745. The name of his wife, Ann Jane Usher, uncovers a romance. One Edward Usher eloped with a daughter of an English nobleman named Perry, coming to America. Their four children were girls, one dying in infancy. Their father died while they were yet small, the widow with her three children returning to England. A reconciliation with her father being denied she returned to the Augusta Colony at Fort Dickerson, Virginia. James Knox (father of the founder of Knoxville, Tennessee) became guardian of Ann Jane Usher. With a portion of her inheritance he purchased for her a negro girl, Daphne, the first slave in Highland County, Virginia. This slave was set free by the will of Mrs. Pullin (Ann Jane Usher) in 1805. Margaret Usher, one of her daughters, married William Stewart, another Highland County pioneer; her other daughter, Martha, married a son of Capt. Adam Dickerson. Later Lord Perry relented, providing for his daughter by will, but the search Instituted failed to discover her and no knowledge of the provision in the will came to her descendants for many years. Judge J. H. N. Cobb, minister and lawyer, was active in politics and public affairs in Sapulpa and Creek County.


Edward Usher may have been the son of Edward Usher and Margaret Parkinson. According to the Registry of Deeds, Edward was a linen draper or diaper weaver from Magheralin Parish, County Down (Draper-makes the cloth; Diaper-a form of fine linen that is woven with a small diamond pattern). There were two Edward Ushers in the area at the time and confusion can occur between the two. The elder Edward had a son baptized in 1696. So it seems that the Edward who married Jane Perry was the son of Edward the linen draper. Another Edward was the son of John Usher and listed in his will in 1757. Some researchers confuse him with Edward married to Jane Perry.

Edward's father Edward was an associate of Jane's father James Perry. They were listed together on several documents between 1708 and 1725. It is not known if all of those documents were the elder Edward or a mixture of both Edward's, father and son.

Edward, the husband of Jane Perry may have died in 1733 as an Edward is listed in Magheralin Parish records that year. If it wasn't his father, then Edward may never have lived in America or Jane brought him back to Ireland for burial. If the latter is true, then the story by Oren Morton may be correct. What is known is Edward had died sometime before February 1746 because his daughter Ann Jane Usher received James Knox as her guardian.

  1.   Morton, Oren Frederic. Annals of Bath County, Virginia. (Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1917, c1918).

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