Person:John Ryan (56)

John Ryan
b.abt. 1735 Poss. Virginia
  • HJohn Ryanabt 1735 - 1798
  • WSarah Crouchest 1740 - aft 1802
m. bef. 1757
  1. Sarah Rion1757 - 1840
  2. Elizabeth Ryanbef 1767 - aft 1820
  3. Solomon Ryanabt 1770 - aft 1830
  4. John Ryan, Jr.est 1772 - abt 1824
  5. Ellenor Ryan1776 - 1867
  6. Mary Ryanabt 1778 - 1820
  7. Catherine Ryanabt 1781 -
  8. Thomas Ryanabt 1785 - aft 1810
  9. David Ryan1788 - 1855
Facts and Events
Name John Ryan
Alt Name John Rion, of Potomac River, VA
Alt Name John Rhyne
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1735 Poss. Virginia
Marriage bef. 1757 to Sarah Crouch
Death? April 1798 Mercer County, Kentucky

John Rion (Ryan) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land in Virginia:

  • Page 124 - John Rion, 23 acres, Branch of the Potomac. Oct. 31, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 45].

Will of John Rion (Ryan)

Will of John Ryan, Dated: April 2, 1798: Probated May 1798
In the Name of God Amen
I, John Ryan of the county of Mercer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky being sickly and weak of body but of strong mind and perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same and calling to mind that it [is] appointed for all men to die, I do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner & form following viz:
I commit my soul unto the Hands of Almighty God that gave it & my body to the dirt to be buried in a Christian and decent like manner at the direction of my executors hereafter named and as for the Wordly estate that hath pleased God to bless me with I give and devise and bequeath in the followin manner Viz:
ITEM: I give & devise to my loving wife Sarah Ryan one third of my estate during her life.
ITEM: I give and devise to my loving sons John, Solomon, Thomas, and David all my lands Viz: the plantation whereon I now live, the plantation on Salt River which I bought from Peter Casey and that plantation on Chaplins Fork containing the Grape Vine Bottom to be equally divided betweem them & their heirs and assigns forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my loving daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Eleanor, Mary & Catherine the sum of sixty pounds to each of them allowing a deduction from each one of them for what they have actually received from me when they set up for themselves to be paid in four yers after my decease.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son Thomas a year old sorrel colt and to my son David his choice of the cross eard Maris colt or a colt that the bay mare may bring forth this spring.
ITEM: and all the rest remainder and revision of my estate whether real personal or mixt I give and devise and bequeath to my sons Thomas and David part of which my will is to be applied to their learning and education and the remaining ballance to be paid in their hands or delivered to them when they shall arrive to the age of twenty one years having equall dividends thereof and I do hereby constitute and appoint my loving wife Sarah, my son John and my son-in-law Robert Johnston my executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disannulling all wills and testaments heretofore by me made and done pronouncing this and declaring this and no other to be my last will and testemant.
In witness whereof I have set my hand by subscribing my name and affixing my seal this second day of April anno domino one thousand seven hundred ninety eight.
(Signed) John Ryan {seal}
Signed sealed and delivered to be his last will and testament in the presence of us:
David Williams
John Jones
John Thomas.
Mercer County Set. May Court 1798. The last will and testament of John Ryan deceased was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of David Williams & John Thomas two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Teste Thos Allin. CC

Estate Records

In obedience to an order from the worshipful Circuit Court of Mercer County to us directed to divide the lands of John Ryan dec'd Between the Legatees as followeth: To John Ryan the plantation on Salt River his paying his mother seventy four pounds & four shillings for her rite of dowery; To Solomon Ryan the plantation on Chaplins Fork his paying his mother fourteen pounds four shillings for her rite of dower; To Thomas & David Ryan (minors) where they now live on Mrs. Ryan to her thirds of said plantation during her natural life then to return to the said Thomas & David Ryan. Given under our hands this 30th day of Jany 1799.
Peter Casey
James Ray
David Williams.
Mercer Court Set. March Court 1802. The division of land between the legatees of John Ryan dec'd was returned into court and ordered to be recorded. Thos Allin C.C.
[Source: Mercer County, Kentucky Book 2, pg 295-296]

Information on John Rion

John Rion is possibly related (possible son?) to Michael Rhyne (Rhine), who lived on the South Branch of the Potomac River and died intestate in 1762. More research necessary.