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... unknown Norden
... ...Christopher Norton .17148 England
... ... 1st wife Anne unknown
... ... ... John Norton b. 1738 New Kent, VA
... ... .... Mary unknown
... ... ... ... children:
... ... ... ... Sarah Norton b.1758
... ... ... ... John Norton b. 1759
... ... ... ... James Norton b. 1761
... ... ... ... unknown Norton b. abt 1762
... ... ... ... .David Norton b. 1763 Fluvanna, VA
... ... ... ... .Thomas Norton b. 1765
... ... ... ... .Elizabeth Norton b.1769, VA
... ... ... ... .Milly Norton b.1774 Fluvanna, VA

... ...Christopher Norton .17148 England
... ... 2nd wife Mary Emmerson b.1735 VA
... ... ... Thomas Norton b1753 Goochand, VA
... ... ... William Norton b1754 Goochland, VA
... ... ... Martha Norton b1756 Goochland, VA

We have established a DNA signature confirming the relationship of this family

James Norton of Greenup, Kentucky

James' Son - David C. Norton Kay Leiby
James' son - David C. Norton Don O. Norton Sr. PO Box 189 Winona, MO 65588
James daughter - Melinda Norton Claude F. Baber

James Norton
b. June 6, 1761
m. Jean Bybee 22 Oct 1788 in Fluvanna, VA
d. 21 Oct 1857 Clark County, KY. buried on Hiram Nortons farm in Nicholas, KY

Jean Bybee
b. abt 1765

Melinda Norton b. 1795 KY
Sally Norton
b. 1797 KY
James E. Norton
b. 1799 KY
Pleasant Norton
b. 16 Oct 1801 Carter, KY
David C. Norton
b. 1805 KY
boy Norton b. abt 1807 KY
Jane Norton b. 1810 KY

June 6

James Norton born
June 6, 1761 in Fluvanna, VA

This is a good guess. James birth date is all over the place from several records. 1761 places him nicely between his older brother John and his younger brother David of whom we have a better date. I used June 6 as his birth day because thats what he put on his first pension.

1) Pension record of 1835
birth: June 6, 1834 and he was 74 years old living in Greenup Co, KY (b. 1760)

2) 1840 census 73 (b. 1767)

3) Pension record of 1852
birth: 24 September 1852 age as 89. (b. 1763)

Place of birth from Pleasant Norton's 1880 census.



James Norton joins Revolution Fluvanna, VA
17 April, 1779 James Norton began his 1st tour of duty. If he was born in 1762, he would be 17 years old. Link to James Norton Pension applications

James didn't seem to remember the day he was born but he knew the day he joined the Revolution. He also forgets that he was an orderly sargent in Washington's guard. This story is recorded in the Seller's history, the Poston history and James decendants Histories, yet he neglects to mention it in his pension applications.


1780 Ablemarle, VA
James substituted for six months for John Shannon at Albermarle barracks in Albermarle County Virginia under Col. Harrison and Capt. Giles, who he understood lived in Bedford County, Virginia. Shannon furnished him, Norton, with suitable cloths and everything except a gun and when he marched down to Gochland Ct. House, he there drew out a rifle. He substituted March 12th 1780. Giles company was an entire rifle company. The British were then in Virginia in different parts of the state. Link to James Norton Pension applications
1781 Rockingham, VA
James went to the Norton farm in Rockingham after his 3rd tour and remained there until he commenced his 4th tour. There was a call in the spring of 1781 which culminated in the battle of Yorktown in November of 1781.
Link to James Norton Pension applications
1782 Kentucky, The Battle of Blue Licks
The next we know of James, he is in Kentucky at the "Battle of Blue Licks" in August 19, 1782. Kentucky Militiamen and Volunteers under Colonels John Todd , Stephen Trigg and Daniel Boone, and Majors Silas harlan, Edward Bulger, Levi Todd, and Hugh McGary engaged and were defeated by a superior force of Canadian Rangers and Northern Indians. 104 lived and 64 died.

"James Norton is on record as serving also under Boone and Benjamin Logan in brief campaigns between 1786 and 1789, and against the Miami Indians in-1791. But the exciting point in his fighting record is that he was in the Battle of the Blue Licks, when Boone's son Israel was killed (August, 1782). His papers attest this fact, and a family tradition bears it out. James Norton in his old age was very fond of Hiram, John's son. And Hiram Norton passed this story of his "Uncle Jimmy" at the Blue Licks, on down to some of his descendants.

The story runs, that James Norton was fighting by Daniel Boone's side,
when he saw an Indian tomahawking a white youth a little way off. He cried
out to Boone, "My God, Dan'l, it's Israel." We shall never have documents
to prove this; but the Norton traditions are singularly true, end most of
them turn out to be well supported by documents."
Elias B. Poston and his Ancestors

1782 Battle of Blue Licks, KY "Last battle of Revolutionary War". August 19,
1782 Kentucky Militiamen and Volunteers under Colonels John Todd , Stephen Trigg
and Daniel Boone, and Majors Silas harlan, Edward Bulger, Levi Todd, and Hugh
McGary engaged and were defeated by a superior force of Canadian Rangers and
Northern Indians. 104 lived and 64 died. James Norton is listed as a survivor.
Kentucky Historical Society Register, Vol 47, July 1949, #160, p. 247ff

Indian Wars Records show that he was a member of the Kentucky Minumtemen from 1786 to 1791, during which time he was on many excursions fighting with the Indians. During this period he fought under Col. Harrison, Gen. St. Clair, Gen. Harmar, and others. After experiencing the debacles under Gen. St. Clair (known in history as St. Clair's defeat), and under Gen. Harmar, it can readily be understood why he decided to not re-enlist for further tours.


Indian Fighter
"Spring of 1786, I went from Lincoln County, Kentucky as a volunteer against the Cherokee Indians in the state of Tennessee on Tennessee River under Captain Nathan Moses under Colonels Whitly and Logan."

I served several tours as a garrison guard. First fifteen days at General Scott's farm just above where Frankfort now stands. This was in 1786 or 1787. Second, immediately afterwards the next fifteen days at same place as a substitute for Minor Young. Third fifteen days at Ficklin's Fort near where Georgetown now stands in the years of 1786 or 1787. Fourth fifteen days at Thomas Hermous farm near Hermous Fort in what is now called Scott County, Kentucky in the year of 1788. Fifth, I was in several routs and Indian hunts being from the years 1786 to 1789 a Minute Man and frequently had to start out at a few minutes notice.

James Norton Application For Bounty Land State of Kentucky County of Carter 8 June 1855

1787 "We had a skirmish with the Indians on a creek, a tributary of Tennessee River. In 1787 or 1788. I was drafted in Fayette County for a short tour to go to the mouth of Limestone to guard the place during a treaty with the Shawanese (sic) Indians for the exchange of prisoners. My Captain was Thomas West under Colonel Daniel Boon. I was in service over fourteen days in the campaign."
James Norton Application For Bounty Land State of Kentucky County of Carter 8 June 1855
October 22

James Norton married Jean Bybee in Fluvanna, VA

Jean Bybee, “of age,” married James Norton in Fluvanna County on October 22, 1788. George Thompson posted bond.

History of the Bybee family

1789 In the year of 1788 or 89 I volunteered under Captain Simon Kenton as a private to go to the mouth of "Big Paint" on Sciotia River against the Shawanese Indians. We came up with them at the mouth of Paint. We surrounded them in the night, fired on them in the morning, got four scalps and five prisoners. I was in service fourteen days.

James Norton Application For Bounty Land State of Kentucky County of Carter 8 June 1855

1791 In the year of A.D. one thousand seven hundred and ninety one, I was drafted for three months as a private in the Kentucky militia commanded by Captain McMurtry commanded by General St. Clair in the expedition against the Miami Indians in the Ohio Territory and was in the battle known as St. Clair's Defeat and continued in actual service fourteen days and was honorably discharged at _____ on or about the _____ A.D. one thousand seven hundred and ninety one and was honorably discharged in all the above named wars, but is old and cannot now recollect the dates of my discharges and having mislaid them so that I cannot get hold of them.

James Norton Application For Bounty Land State of Kentucky County of Carter 8 June 1855

1791 Bourbon, KY
1792 TAX records for Bourbon John w/ 6 horses 16 cattle, James w/no cattle horses and David w/1 horse 2 cattle. The date of the tax record indicates they are living close together.

1793 Bourbon Tax John w/ 6 horses 12 cattle James w/ 1 horse 3 cattle David w/ ?

boy Norton b. abt 1793


1795 Bourbon Tax John w/ 6 horses 11 cattle 140 acres James w/ 2 horse 2 cattle David w/ 1 horse 11 cattle

Melinda Norton b. 1795 KY

1796 1796 Bourbon Tax John w/ 6 horses 11 cattle 144, acres, 1 black James w/ 1 horse 3 cattle
1797 1797 Bourbon Tax John w/ 4 horses, 172 acres 1 Black, James w/ 1 horse (cattle not counted)

By 1800 James has moved his family to Greenup county which was Mason county till 1805 and is on the census there. He serves on a grand jury in 1804. Greenup county was formed from mason and the family thereafter appears on the Greenup census of 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1840. Six of his eight children are born in Greenup County. James possibly had land or his property was situated very close to Lawrence county because marriages and other events took place there also. His application for a War pension was filed in lawrence county. It was siad that James walked from Kentucky to Virginia to collect his pension till they opened an office in Lawrence county. He would have been 74.

Sally Norton b. 1800 KY

1802 Pleasant Norton b. 16 Oct 1802 Carter, KY
1803 James E. Norton b. 1803 KY
1804 One of 17 men appointed to the 1st grand jury in Mason Co. KY in Spring
1804. Greenup county was created out of Mason.
1805 David C. Norton b. 1805 KY
1807 boy Norton b. abt 1807 KY

Greenup census of 1810
boys 4 1-10-, 1 16-26
girls 1 1-10-, 1 10-16 , 1 26-45
James and his wife are over 45.

Jane Norton b. 1810 KY

1820 1820 US Census James Norton in Greenup Co. KY
1830 1830 US Census James Norton in Greenup Co. KY

1835 Pension records of KY James Norton's
pension started June 6, 1834 and he was 74 years old living in Greenup Co, KY

"James Norton's descendants, the Babers, cherish a story of how he used to walk back to Virginia, once a year, to collect his pension, until a pension office was established in Kentucky." Elias B. Poston and his Ancestors

1835 Pension Records of KY
AGE 74

1839 1839 Kentucky Land Grants:
James Norton recieved 25 acres in Greenup co. KY in 1839 on the Chadwicks Cr. Volume 1 part 2 chapter X p 1564

1840 US Census
James Norton in Greenup Co. KY Age 73 This seems to be a
conflicting age. However there is nothing more than age listed. The pension
application of 1835 is much more complete.

James, wife +female 20-29, +male 10-14

1850 1850 US Census
no record
1857 " He died in 1857 and is buried in Hiram Norton's burying ground, on lower Jackstown Pike, Nicholas County. " Elias B. Poston and his Ancestors

This story was found :
Clark County Message Board

The Bybee Family
Submitted by James G. Faulconer

The Bybees originated in England, and the spelling varies from Biby, Bibby, Bybe, Bibbie to Bybee. Some Bybees made their appearance on this continent in the early 1600s in Virginia. William Bibbie was listed in the muster of 1620 or 1621, an early form of census. He was age 22, and had arrived in the ship, the Swan. By 1623 he was living in Accomack County, the eastern shore of Virginia. In the same county in 1624 a Bibby, no first name shown, being very sick, made his will, “whereupon Bibby told Lewis Bayly that all which he have given to him ???” This was not William. On July 31, 1624, Thomas Parke “made answer that he would make no will for that he had given all he had to his mate William Bybee.” It was ordered that William Bybby shall keep the corn now in his hands and at phetplace close shall send the tobacco to Park’s mother in England.(Minutes of Counsel, Accomack Co.) William Bibby, age 33, had his age proved before the court officials of Accomack-Northampton County in October 1633. (N 1: 7, 28-29) He appeared in court again in February 1635, and his age was proved as 35. (N 1:28, 45; 29, 46)

On June 24, 1636, a land patent for 400 acres on King’s Creek was granted to William Bibby. His wife’s name was given as Mary, and title to this land later passed to their son, Edmund. As was the custom, William and Mary were granted 50 acres each for their journey, and they were granted 50 acres for each passenger they sponsored: John Leech, Christopher Colvert, William Stephen, Archebald Richard, and John Fitz Garrall.

William died a short time later. On September 25, 1637, a court record spoke of William Bibby as recently dead. Mary died shortly thereafter. A later court record indicates that she died in November 1637. The following action was taken in the court of February 12, 1638:

Whereas Mary Bibby Widdow lately deceased lefte behind her a small estate in goodes and chattells and whereas her husband a yeare since deceased upon his death bed made Capt. William Roper and George Traveller his overseers, Nowe Foreasmuch as hee Being dead and leavinge her said estate dispersed and undisposed of the said overseers formerly appoynted out of charity to her children tooke upon them to be Guardyans of the said estate and procured the same to bee sould by the advise of some of the most judicially neighbours adjacent and neere inhabitinge for the best behoofe of the said children And the said Overseers performinge the same this Courte douth approve thereof and allsoe conceave them to bee the Fittest administrators of the said estate and the same to be a just and legall proceedinge All which is hereby humbly certified etc.

Whereas there is a just and due debt amountinge to twenty five thousand poundes of tobacco by specifiallty and accompt appearinge to be due from Mr. John Neale unto Richard Buckam Morrice Thompson and Thomas Deacon and the rest of the Companie of Merchantes belonginge to the good Shipp Rebecca. Itt is therefore ordered that the said Neale shall make satisfaction of the said (debt) unto George Barrett lawfull Attorney of the Merchantes afforesaid. (144)

Robert West appeared in court on June 9, 1638, and gave this deposition about the widow Mary:
The deposition of Robert West had and taken in open Courte. This deponent saith that talking with Mary Bibby about her debts and whether she did not owe Mr. Melling a great deale or not she made answer noe, then this deponent asked her whether she did not owe him for Corne or somethinge els, her answer was noe, and that that was paid for long since, and that she oweth him nothing, further this deponent asked her concerning a rich suyte of clothes, she said she wold not have it nor meddle with it, this was aboute three weeks before (she) dyed. And more she saith not. (134)

On August 13, 1638, the Court acted: “It is thought Fitts and soe ordered that Edmond Scarborough shall have one hundred and fifty poundes of tobacco out of the estate of Mary Bibbey deceased for surveying of Foure hundred acres of land, by the administrators of the said Mares estate.” (146)

The Court recorded this note on January 7, 1639: “Memorandum that Capt. William Roper doth promisse in Cort to pay to Mr. Roger Wingate nintye eight pounds of tobacco out of the estate of Marry Bibby before it goes out of his handes.” (166)

We have no proof of the children of William and Mary Bibee, other than Edmund. However, these are probable children:

1. Edmund Bibee was in the Northampton court records of September 1644. “Cattle belonging to Edmond Bibbe five cowes two calves for this years increase one of the last yeares one old cowe dyed in calving last May all which I can make proofe by many oathes. Per William Roper.” On September 20, Peter Walker was ordered to return a “cowe and bull cafe” to William Roper, “Guardian of said Edmund Bibee: Edmund later married Frances Hunt, daughter of Lieut. Thomas and Jane Drake Hunt. Thomas Hunt left 200 acres to his daughter, Frances Bibbe and more to her daughter, Elizabeth Bibby, in 1656. After Edmund’s death, Frances married Nathaniel Wilkins about 1661. She died on March 30, 1692. Another Edmund Bebee sold 100 acres in Accomack County in 1677, and another 300 acres the next year, to John Michael. This was probably a son of Edmund II, and 1688 he was an importer of slaves.

2. Elizabeth Bibee. On September 20, 1644, a deposition was taken from Nicholas Scott in open court. “This deponent saith that hee being servaunt unto George Travellor did carry a calfe belonging unto Elizabeth Bibby to weaning and mark’t the said calfe with a crop on both eares and a slitt in one of the eares. But which eare the slitt was in this deponent knoweth not. And further saith not.” Another deposition was taken from Edward Gill, attesting to the same episode.

3. John Bibee. In 1678 in Accomack County there is a reference to “Edward Bibbee, who left his son, John, who left to Elizabeth Benhall...” We wonder if this was Edmund I, who left land to his son, John. John was in James City County on June 7, 1650. He was in Lancaster County in 1652. On February 10, 1695, John Bibbey attested to the will of John Cox in Essex County.
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Thomas Bybee was possibly the son of John Bibee, mentioned above. He named his first son, so it appears, John. Thomas was born on November 17, 1689, in York County, Virginia. He settled in Goochland County and married Elizabeth ? . Little is known of Thomas. He received a court order in 1728 exempting him from paying levys. Thomas wrote his will on November 4, 1729. It is faded now, and here is what is legible: (Will Book 1, p. 161)

In the Name of God Amen. This fourth day of November Anno Domn. 1729 I Thomas Bybe of St. James Parish in Goochland County being sick in Body of good & perfect memory thanks be to the almighty God, and calling to Remembrance the uncertain Estate of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, first being penitent & sorry for all my sins most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same commend my Soul to almighty God my Savior and Redeemer in whom and by whose merits I trust and be served and to whom...and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit the...and body reunite to the earth to be decently buried & the direction of my executors hereafter named and for temporal estate and...goods...and... God to bestow upon me...I order give and dispose the same in manner and form following. Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my son John Bybe one shilling sterling...I give unto my son Thos. Bybe... and a young...and all my...I give unto my daughter Eliza. Bybe one young heifer two...dishes & two...plates all the rest and residue of my...(...and personal estate whatsoever) give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizth. Bybe whom I make one of my...make and appoint my loving sons...of my...of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking disannulling and making void all previous Wills and Bequests...declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament...hereof I have...above written.
Signed Seal’d and Delivered
in the presence of Thomas Bybe
Edwd. White
? (X) ?

At a Court held for Goochland County ffebry the 17th day 1729. This will was proved by the oaths of the witnesses hereto and was thereupon admitted to the record. Henry Wood Cl.C.

Thomas died at age 40, and the children were not yet adults at the time of his death. Also, since the will was written in November of 1729, it must have been proved in the court of February 17, 1730, instead of 1729. Here, then, are the known children of Thomas and Elizabeth Bybee:

1. John Bybee, Sr., was born about 1712 in Goochland Cunty. More in the next section.

2. Thomas Bibe, Jr. was born about 1714. In a Goochland County Deed, dated June 16, 1750, he and his wife, Darkus, sold 100 acres of land to John Asken. There were other land transactions, but this one established his wife’s name. We wonder if they settled with their children in what became Amherst County. The names of their children are unknown, but several names appear. We wonder if the Thomas Bybee, Revolutionary War Soldier from Amherst County, who settled in Cocke County, Tennessee was a son. He was born in 1734. Samuel Bybee was possibly another. In 1781 he was a soldier at Albemarle House age 17, a planter by trade, residence Amherst, born in Amherst. He married Ann Cartwright on November 2, 1789. Edward Bibey was in the militia from Amherst County, and on June 15, 1778, was listed as “dissarted.” Peter Bybee was listed in the Amherst County census of 1790.

3. Elizabeth Bybe was born about 1716.

4. Judith Bybe was born about 1718. She married John Webb.

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John Bybee, Sr., was born about 1712. By May 17, 1743, Jean Giles was his wife, as her first name appears on a deed of that date. We know John and Jean had a son, Thomas, in 1760. (Douglas Register) More about this later.

On April 19, 1736, John Bibey bought 400 acres in St. James Parish, of Goochland County, from William and Susannah Arrington. He paid 22 pounds. (Deed Book 19, p. 206) On March 20, 1738, John Bibee was appointed surveyor of the road between the two roads to the courthouse, and Robert Roger’s titheables was added to his crew.

On May 16, 1741, John Biby bought 300 acres, with all houses, from William Walker. It was land bounded by John Curd, Nicholas Parkins, William Harris and Meadow Creek. (Deed Book 3, p. 69) On May 17, 1743, John and Jane Biby sold 400 acres on the west side of “Rackoon Cr.” to George Hilton. This was land surveyed and granted by patent to John Biby on March 12, 1739. In September 1743, John Bibby bought another 200 acres from William Walker of Northhampton Province of North Carolina. This was land on the North Side of the James River. In 1744 Albemarle County was form from a part of Goochland County, and this is where John Bibee owned land. In 1746 a court record gave John Bybee permission to open a road to Bybee’s Mill. On March 25, 1749, James Manley issued a bond to John Curd and John Bibe that they would pay if the suit against them lost. On November 13, John Martin sold John Bybee 100 acres on Ballengers Creek for L13. On May 11, 1751, John Bybee and his wife, Jane, sold 407 acres on Ballinger Creek to Daniel King of Hanover County. On September 13, 1754, John Bibee signed a promissary note to Joseph Cable for 3 pounds, 2 shillings. On March 3, 1758, John Bybee, Sr., sold to George Robinson, merchant, 900 acres on both sides of Ballinger Creek “where John Bibee lives.” Also named were the slaves, stock, furniture, and about 50 pounds worth of pewter. John owned about 1500 acres in 1758. This record is found in a Deed of Trust in book 2, page 46, in Albemarle County. On March 24, 1760, a son, Thomas, was born to John Bybie and Jean Giles in Goochland County. He was baptized on Septmember 8, 1761. (Douglas Regisiter) In 1761 Amherst County was formed from a part of Albemarle County. On September 10, 1763, Edward Johnson got an Albemarle court judgement against Edward Burgess, John Bybee, John Barnett, Daniel King, Charles McRae and John Clark. It was for five pounds. On March 7, 1764, John Bybie and his wife, Jean, sold 353 acres on both sides of Ballingers Creek, in Albemarle County, to Christopher McRae, for one hundred pounds. On February 10, 1770, the Albemarle court ordered the arrest of John Bibee regarding a lawsuit of James George for debt. 

Fluvanna County was formed in 1777 from the part of Albemarle nearest Goochland County. Near Ballengers Creek in Fluvanna County is a highway known as Bybee Road. On the highway is a post office known as Bybee, Virginia. About one half mile east on this highway is the Bybee Road Baptist Church; and nearby is a cemetery with only one readable stone, that of Pleasant Bybee, who died in 1835.

John Bybee died about 1782.

The children of John Bybee, Sr., are not known for sure. Different researchers arrive at different names. And, if John was married more than once, he could have had children over a long period of time. Also, how do we separate out the children of John and his brother, Thomas? Our assumption here is that those that stayed around the Ballenger Creek area are a part of John’s family. Those who eventually moved on to Amherst County are a part of Thomas’s family. Here, then, is our best guess:

1. David Bybee was born about 1736, we believe. More later.

2. John Bybee, Jr., was born about 1839. In 1763 he married Elizabeth McCann, daughter of Neely McCann, who later migrated to Fayette County, Kentucky. John entered the Revolutionary War on June 1, 1777, and can be found on the muster and payrolls of Camp Morristown. He served in the 15th Virginia Regiment under Captain William Grimes. He last appeared on the payroll in December 1779, so was probably discharged at that time. On September 1, 1780, John Bybee, Jr., received a land grant signed by Thomas Jefferson. It conveyed 82 acres of land on Daniels Mill Creek of Blackwater River in Henry County, later to become Franklin County. John died in 1821.

3. William Bybee owned land on Ballenger Creek next to David.

4. Pleasant Bybee was born in 1758. He wrote his will, and died in 1835. It was proved in Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia. He named his children: Elizabeth Bybee, John Bybee, William Bybee, Sarah Bybee and Sherrod Bybee. While there is no proof that Pleasant was the son of John and Sarah Jean Giles Bybee, the names of these children are similar, and lend support to this hypothesis. Pleasant married Mildred Priddy on September 3, 1789, in Fluvanna County. William and Jane Priddy posted the security bond. Pleasant had served in the Revolutionary War, and on May 27, 1818, applied for his pension. (W 28687). After his death, his widow married Neally (Cornelius) Bybee in Monroe County, Missouri. 

5. Joseph Bybee and his wife, Susannah, received a share of the estate of William Banks in Fluvanna County in 1779. (Will book 1, p. 15) Susanna was probably nee Susannah Banks. Joseph served in the Revolutionary War as a Lieutenant. He was mentioned in the pension application of Ambrose Thacker of Albemarle County. Joseph was listed in the 1787 Fluvanna County tax list, and in the 1800 census for Campbell County. On February 20, 1804, his daughter, Milly, married Thomas Priddy in Fluvanna county. Ralph Banks posted the surety, and Joseph Bibee, father, consented.

6. Thomas Bybee was born on March 24, 1760, to John and Jean Giles Bybee. Thomas was baptized on September 8, 1761. (Douglas Register)

7. Jean Bybee, “of age,” married James Norton in Fluvanna County on October 22, 1788. George Thompson posted bond.
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David Bybee was born about 1736. While we do not have proof of his parentage, the circumstantial evidence links him with John and Jean Giles Bybee. David lived on Ballengers Creek, as did his parents and siblings. Gary Lloyd, who wrote the book on the Bybees concurs in his letter of December 3, 1992.

Our earliest reference to David thus far is on December 15, 1759, in Albemarle County, where he witnessed the sale of some slaves and stock for L147.5 from Joseph Thompson to George Robinson. (B 2, p. 251). On September 1, 1782, Governor Benjamin Harrison granted David Bibee 218 acres in Albemarle County, on the north side of the Rivanna River and on each side of Ballengers Creek. The landed was bounded by that of William Bibee. (Va. Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 128) David was also granted on the same date another 400 acres on the north side of the Rivanna River and on the branch of Ballenger’s Creek in Fluvanna County. (Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 128) Fluvanna had split off Albemarle Cunty in 1777, and apparently David was acquiring land near the boundary. David was listed in the 1787 tax list of Fluvanna County. On October 4 of that year David Bybee and his wife Ann sold 518 acres of land to George Thompson. The price was seventy pounds “cash in hand paid.” The land where “David Bybee now lives” was bounded on the one side by land owned by William Bybee, and on the other side James Bybee.

David Bybee of Fluvanna County was listed twice in the 1790 census, p. 19: 11 white, no blacks; and 5 white and no blacks.

Family records suggest that David came to Kentucky from Culpeper County, but thus far no verification of that has been found in the court records there. On September 5, 1792, David, his son, James, and his son-in-law, Josiah Allen, signed an indenture for 150 acres of land on Four Mile Creek, in that part of Fayette County which would soon become Clark County, Kentucky. Nathaniel Majors was the seller. Kentucky County, Virginia, became a state in 1792.

Family records, found in the family file in the Clark County Library, note that David’s wife was Nancy, rather than Ann. It was not uncommon to shorten Nancy to Nan to Ann, and probably this was the case here.

David Bybee died in 1816. The children of David and Ann Bybee are identified in a law suit filed on March 20, 1830, in Clark County: “Bybee &c. vs. David Bybee’s Heirs.” (File box 466) Here, then, is what we know of the children:

1. Cornelius “Neily” Bybee was born in 1763. He served in the Revolutionary War, and was at the surrender of Cornwallis. He also received a medal of bravery. He married Mary Lee Norman of Culpeper County, Virginia, and came to Kentucky at or about the time his father also moved. He and David and James are named on the tax lists of Clark County beginning in 1793. Mary Lee, Neily’s wife, died in Clark County before 1833, at which time Neily migrated to Monroe County, Missouri, with some of his children. There he married Mildred Bybee, widow of Pleasant Bybee, on August 21, 1837. He applied for a Revolutionary War Pension, a copy of which is in the National Archives. He died in 1841.

2. James Bybee. More later.

3. Nancy Bybee married Josiah Allen. She had died by 1830 when the law suit was filed. Their known children are Polly, Lydia, Josiah and Robert.

4. Lucy Bybee married William Lilly on October 2, 1786, in Fluvanna County. Neily Bybee posted the security. Consenting witnesses were Arminger Lilly, father, and David Bybee, father, and Cornellus Bybee.

5. Elizabeth Bybee married John Crow. She had died by 1830 when the law suit was filed. She left these children: Ann, Jesse, Job and John.

6. Sally Bybee married William Humphreys, and he became the complainant in the suit of 1830. Sally had died by this time. No children are named.

7. Judith Bybee married Jeremiah Webb on July 23, 1796, in Clark County.

8. Patsy Bybee, “daughter of David Bybee,” married John Crow on February 22, 1796, in Clark County. Gyney (Jane) Bybee was witness, and David Hagan posted the surety bond.

9. Jane Bybee married David Hagan on May 22, 1798, in Clark County. Jesey Wilcockson was witness, and Greenberry Kelly posted the surety. David died on August 1, 1854, according to the Death Records. He was 89 years old, born in North Carolina.

10. Susan “Suky” Bybee married Joseph Thomas on March 25, 1800. David Bybee posted the surety. Susan had died by 1830 at the time the suit was filed, and left an only daughter, Nancy.

11. Milly Bybee married (1) Levi Dunaway on January 23, 1800. David Bybee, father, signed the surety. On November 5, 1807, Milly married (2) William Lenland.

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James Bybee, son of David and Nancy Ann Bybee, was born about 1766 in Fluvanna County, Virginia. Family records mention that he married Margery Emerson, but we doubt this. The marriage records of Amherst County, Virginia, indicate that James Bybee, bachelor, married Margery Baber, spinster, on September 30, 1786. Richard Burnett provided the surety, and David Witt stated that Margery Baber was his wife’s sister. James Bybee was listed in the 1787 tax list for Fluvanna County. He indicated that he was of the age 16-21. He and Margaret moved to Kentucky in 1792, when the rest of the family moved, and continued to live and farm there until their deaths. On November 9, 1831, he bought a tract of land from Alexander McKinney for $77.50. On September 27, 1832, James bought more land from Travis Adams. James died on December 28, 1837. Here are the children:

1. Henrietta Bybee, “daughter of James Bybee,” married John Brown on November 17, 1803, in Clark County. Joseph Thomas signed the surety. According to the law suit, she died before her father and left two children: David and Sally Brown.

2. Elizabeth Bybee, “daughter of James Bybee,” married John Witt on March 24, 1806. John Brown posted the surety. Pat Sengstock, a descendant, believes that Elizabeth had two daughters: Polly, “granddaughter of James Bybee” married David Hagan on September 30, 1822. Nancy married Sidney Adams on June 14, 1826. Elizabeth probably died between the 1810 census and February 1813. The two daughters had died before their grandfather, James Bybee, died in 1837. John married Lucinda Muir on February 8, 1813, in Clark County. They moved to Franklin County by 1820, and presumably live and died there. They had one daughter, Lucretia.

3. Nancy A. Bybee was born in 1792. “Daughter of James Bybee,” she married John Ballard on August 21, 1810. Elisha Witt was witness, and John Witt posted the surety. Nancy died on February 20, 1858, according to the death records, aged 66. The record notes that she was born in Clark County, and her parents were James and Margert Bybee.

4. Thomas T. Bybee married Rachel Hagan on April 2, 1818. David Hagan posted the surety. They moved to Fulton County, Illinois, in the winter of 1830-1831. According to the history there, “Thomas was described as a ‘wild lad.’ On the occasion of his marriage to Rachel Hagan he found himself short of the necessary means to get the license. His father refused to loan him the five dollars saying he had little confidence in his son. But upon his death on April 8, 1872, Thomas left property estimated at $300,000.”

5. John Sag (or South) Bybee was born in 1796. He married Polly Adams on June 10, 1817. John Adams posted the surety. By this marriage they had six children. John married five more times, finally settling in Howard County, Missouri. John Bybee died in 1859.

6. James Bybee, Jr., was born on June 7, 1801. He married (1) Jane “Jinny” Adams, daughter of John Adams, Sr. The marriage bond was signed on December 29, 1821. She was born on November3, 1806, and died on January 10, 1876. Later James married (2) Sally Haggard on June 16, 1878. The marriage record notes that he was 77 years old, and this was his second marriage. Sally was 58, and this was her third marriage. James died on July 10, 1884, and is buried in the Bybee cemetery on Bybee Road, along with his first wife.