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The Ryburns in Pittsylvania County
Posted by: Roderick Ryburn (ID *****2530) Date: November 07, 2009 at 13:42:35
  of 1882

Over the last year or two I have been building a Web site on "The History of the Ryburns" (see: http://www.netspeed.com.au/rryburn/default.htm ), and have manged to glean a little about the Ryburns that settled in Pittsylvania County in the 18th century. The following extract from my Web site pretty well sums up my knowledge to date (which is not necessarily correct) of these Ryburns. If anyone can elaborate on this I would be very happy indeed. Refer to my Web site for online inkages.

Poet Donald Ryburn, of Lakeland, Florida, says his earliest certain ancestor was another William Ryburn, born ~1748 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. This William was a 'Long Hunter' who married Mary ('Polly') Terry in 1773, and with Daniel Boone, blazed the 'Wilderness Road' in 1775. He was gifted 500 acres in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties in 1775. In 1777 he took the the Oath of Allegiance in Pittsylvania Co. He fought alongside Daniel Boone at Blue Licks, Kentucky, in 1778, and was back in Pittsylvania Co. for the 1782 census. He moved to Montgomery Co., Tennessee, with his family in about 1799.

William's father is said to have been a James Ryburn, perhaps the one named in 1767 as the father-in-law of a William Fleming in a court case, Augusta County, Virginia. James' wife was probably Elizabeth, and the daughter who married William Fleming a Margaret, born before 1755. Another probable sister of William's was Obedience ('Biddy') Ryburn, who was born ~1757, married Moses Parsley in 1775 and died in 1850 in Logan Co., West Virginia. A likely son was James Ryburn of Pittsylvania Co., who in 1804 was contracted by Berryman Green (George Washingtons Quartermaster at Valley Forge) to build "Greens Folly" in adjacent Halifax Co. In 1810 James was sued by Green and and jailed in Halifax Co. In 1814 he married Nancy Echols in Pittsylvania Co. and he died there between 1817 and 1821.


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