Person:James Dyer (26)

James Dyer
b.bef. 1712
Facts and Events
Name James Dyer
Gender Male
Birth? bef. 1712

James Dyer was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Virginia

Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants:

  • K-215: Col. Thomas Chew of Orange County possessed 750 acres in two tracts, 150 acres granted James Dyer 12 April 1734 & 600 acres granted Henry Downs 10 Sept. 1735. Resurv. by Richard Young shows 511 acres surplus. Deed for 1,261 acres to Chew in Culpeper County adj. James Dyer, Tho's Rucker, Rappadan River, Jos. Emmons, Robert Shearman, Rich'd Quinn, Downs, Charles Walker, Jam's Finney, Tho's Zachary, Nicholas Ware, Seth Huston, Henry Rice. 14 Jan. 1761. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 145].

Processioning List of 1767/68

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:

  • Vol. 2 - Page 443.---1767-1768: Processioned by William Davis, Jno. Roraback, viz: For Henry Caffman, for John Roadaback, for John Woods, for Wm. Shuck, for Jno. Davis, for John Bennet, for Adam Rodeback, for Jeremiah Ozburn, for Charles Willson, for James Dyer.

Records in Orange County, VA

  • James Dyer vs. George Home (Hume). - Account, 1732, to Mr. George Home. to rights of 400 acres of land and the taking of a patent, £2.10.0 sterling. "August the 19th 1735. Sir. Please to isue out a Supr. and petitiona agt. Geo. Home for the above act. and sumons for John Rucker and Wm. Phillips evidences and in so doing you will oblige Sr. your Humb. Servt. To Coll. Hen. Willis. (signed) James Dyer. Summons to George Home, 18 Nov. [1735], returned by Wm. Henderson 18 Nov. 1735. Summons to John Rucker and Wm. Phillips, 18 Nov. [1735], returned by Wm. Henderson, 25 Nov. 1735 for John Rucker, and 5 Dec. 1735 for Wm. Phillips. Judgement. [Orange County Judgements, 1736, Dorman, pg. 70].
  • Dyer vs. Home. - James Dyer petitons that George Home (Hume) on 10 July 1735 was indebted to him £2.10.-. Summons to John Rucker and William Philips, 8 NOv. [1735]. dismissed. [Orange County Judgements, 1735, Dorman, pg. 69].
  • 1735 - James Dyer is on a list of Importations to Orange County, Virginia from Great Britain and Ireland in February, 1735. [Brockman, William Everet, Orange County, Virginia 1736].
  • Pages 47-49. Bond of William Jackson, Wm. Offill and James Dyer unto Goodrich Lightfoot, Gent., justice. For £100. 25 May 1738. William Jackson is admr. of John Beeswell. (signed) William Jackson, Wm. Offill, James Dyer. 25 May 1738. Ack. and admitted to record. [Orange County, Virginia Will Book 1, 1738-1743, Dorman, pg. 9].

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • 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.
  • Page 193 - Jacob Moats, 53 acres, South Fork Potomac. Adjoining James Dyer. December 27, 1771. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 70].

Information on James Dyer

  • 1735 - James DYER is on a list of Importations to Orange County, Virginia from Great Britain and Ireland in February, 1735. Brockman, William Everet ORANGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1736 - On 6 September 1736, Governor GOOCH issued a patent for the "Manor of Beverly," to William BEVERLEY, John and Richard RANDOLPH, and John OBINSON. The patent comprised 118,491 acres of land, lying "in the county of Orange (later Augusta County), between the great mountains, on the river Sherando (Shenandoah)." The town of Staunton lies southwest of the center of the grant.
  • 1737 - James DYER, Samuel BIRD, Nicholas YEAGER, and Adam YEAGER are included on a list of Tithables in the Precinct of David PHILLIPS, Constable of Orange Co., Virginia in 1737. Brockman, William Everet ORANGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA FAMILIES , v.II, pp.139-140. Note: Johannes JEAGER (1721-1796) is purported to have been the progenitor of the YEAGER family in Rockingham County, Virginia and Highland County. The YEAGER family was associated by marriage to the HULLs and BIRDs. On 10 Apr 1763 Johanne Simon JEAGER and his wife Anna Margaret baptized daughter, Eva born 25 Jan 1763 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Lancaster, Penna. According to one source, the YEAGER and DEVER (Van der Veer) families may have come from the area of Easton, Penna.
  • 1741 - "26th Feb. 1741 - On the petition of Alexander THOMPSON and others for a road or bridleway the convenientest Way from Jackson's Mill over the ridge by the way of Swift run gap Yts ordered that Jacob DYER, James BARTON, Jacob CASSELL and James DYER or any two or more of them mark view and lay off a road and make return of their proceedings to ye next court." Orange County Order Book, 1741-43, p.109; J. Houston Harrison, SETTLERS BY THE LONG GREY TRAIL (1935), p.140.
  • 1749 - Thomas HARRISON, Robert CRAVENS, and Jeremiah HARRISON were appointed to appraise the estate of Peter DYER deceased. Their appraisal was recorded in Augusta County, 15 May 1749 (Will Book 1, p.174). "Jacob and James DYER are mentioned on the Orange County records as early as 1741. Peter was probably a brother." J. Houston Harrison, SETTLERS BY THE LONG GREY TRAIL (1935), pp.221-222