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The Early Tribbett Family of Colliers Creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia

©Angela M. Ruley
30 October 1990. All rights Reserved.

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GENERATION ONE

1. John1 Tribbett and Elizabeth Syers (Siders) were married 7 April 1800 in Washington County, Maryland.1 Shortly after their marriage, they migrated to Rockbridge County, Virginia with Elizabeth's family. They settled on Colliers Creek.2

John was too young to have served in the Revolution, and to date no record of service in the War of 1812 has been located.

John was born between 1765 and 1784, and Elizabeth was born c1779. they were the parents of 5 children by 1810, 1 son, and 4 daughters.3

In 1807, John Tribbett purchased 14 1/2 acres commonly known as the "Five Springs", from William Moody and Judith, his wife. This tract adjoined Frederick Syders, Daniel Bradds, and William Moody's residence. John paid $80.00 for this parcel of property.4

On 5 June 1809, John Tribbett purchased 39 acres from William Moody, and Judy, his wife. This tract adjoined James Moore, David Intsminger, and William Moody. John had to pay $117.00 for this tract.5

On 2 October 1809, John Tribbet again added to his acreage, purchasing 76 acres on Colliers Creek from Joseph Gilmore, and Milly his wife. this tract began on Dry Run and was purchased for the price of 100 pounds.6

John Tribbett continued to farm his land, and on 1 February 1813, he felt the need to reduce the size of his holdings. He sold the 14 1/2 acre tract, commonly known as the "Five Springs" tract on Colliers Creek to Michael Ciders for the price of $100.00. Both John and Elizabeth (Siders) Tribbett signed this deed.7

In June 1815, John Tribbett's family had grown considerably, and he deemed it appropriate to add to his farm. He purchased 25 1/2 acres from Henry Nisley, and Anne, his wife. this tract was also located on Colliers Creek.8

As John Tribbett's family grew, and his sons became old enough to help him on the farm, he found it necessary to expand his holdings. On 3 June 1820, he purchased 100 acres from John Moore, and Betsy, his wife. This was part of a 200 acre tract originally belonging to James Moore. John paid $1,785.00 for this farm.9

Elizabeth (Siders) Tribbett's father, Frederick Siders had passed away, and she and her sister Susannah Agner, wife of George Agner decided to sell their interest in Frederick Sider's farm. On 23 March 1823, John Tribut,(sic) and Elizabeth, his wife, and George Egnar (sic), and Susannah, his wife sold their interest to Matthew White for $40.00. this tract was located on the headwaters of Kerrs Creek, and had been sold to Frederick Siders by John Hostetter.10

John Tribbett's farm was proving quite successful. In 1830, he found it necessary to add more land. He purchased 164 acres on Colliers Creek from William Moore and Sally, his wife, for $1,075.00. 11 On 7 September of the same year, John purchased 106 acres from William Moore and Sally, his wife, late Sally Scott; Addison Gilmore and Peggy, his wife, late Peggy Scott; and Jacob Ford, and Ann, his wife, late Ann Scott; heirs of John Scott deceased; and William Tolley, and Sally, his wife.12

On 3 October 1834, John again was yearning to increase his holdings, and purchased 186 acres on Colliers Creek from Thomas Moore. This tract adjoined Samuel Moore, Adam Unroe, William Rolinson, and John Replogle. He acquired this property for $500.00.13

John's farm had expanded to a vast acreage, and he made no further purchases. He remained on the Colliers Creek farm until his death in December 1849,14 he died intestate.

His widow, Elizabeth (Siders) Tribbett remained on the farm after his death. She made her will 15 May 1857. Devising her clock to her grandson, John P. Tribbett, to her daughters, Polly Robinson, and Susan Armstrong, she gave her household furniture. She requested her money be divided between her sons and daughters, Andrew Tribbett, John Tribbett, Elizabeth Unroe, Polly Robinson, Susan Armstrong, Rachel Lowman, and Sallie Burr. Her son Andrew Tribbett was to be the executor of her estate. Her will was probated 2 April 1860. The witnesses to her mark were: William Alphin, J. C. Richardson, Alexander Entsminger, and Addison Vess.15 Elizabeth (Siders) Tribbett died 14 March 1860 of Dropsy of the Chest, aged 81 years.16

With both parents deceased, the children found it necessary to settle John Tribbett's estate, and a chancery suit ensued. The suit continued until 18 July 1862, when it was finally settled. A deed was made which stated that in 1809 John Tribbet became seized and possessed fee simple of 39 acres and sold the same to David Entsminger but without conveying a legal title. David Entsminger sold to Alexander Entsminger and Joseph Tolley each one moiety. Alexr. Entsminger sold his moiety to Jacob Nicely who sold to Wesley Dempsey who is now in possession. A suit was brought against John Tribbett deceased, David Entsminger, Alexander Entsminger, Jacob Nicely, and James Clark on 18 April 1861. The heirs of John Tribbett deceased were ordered to convey by special warranty one moiety of this tract of 39 acres to Lewis Entsminger and the other moiety to the heirs of Joseph Tolley.17

The known children of John and Elizabeth (Siders) Tribbett were:

+ 2 i. Elizabeth2 "Betsy" Tribbett (John1) born c1800,18 married 3 September 1824, George Unroe. Rev. Andrew B. Davidson officiated at the marriage ceremony.19

+ 3 ii. Sarah2 Tribbett (John1) born c1801,20 married 19 August 1824, Frederick Boher (Burr).21 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

+ 4 iii. William2 Tribbett (John1) born c1810,22 married 5 December 1833, Martha Montgomery.23 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

+ 5 iv. Mary2 Tribbett (John1) born c1808,24 married 30 August 1832, Joseph Robinson.25 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

+ 6 v. Ann2 Tribbett (John1) born 7 May 1806,26 married 6 September 1827, William Armstrong.27 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

+ 7 vi. Susan2 Tribbett (John1) born 3 April 1811,28 married 26 August 1835, Campbell W. Armstrong.29 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

+ 8 vii. John2 Tribbett, Jr. (John1) born 29 May 1814,30 married 1 January 1834, Rebecca Y. Clarke.31 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

+ 9 viii. Andrew2 Tribbett (John1) born 2 May 1816,32 married 6 December 1838, Mary A. Fulwiler.33 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

+ 10 ix. Rachel2 Tribbett (John1) born 14 July 1820,34 married 11 May 1837, David Lowman.35 Rev. Andrew B. Davidson performed the marriage ceremony.

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ENDNOTES

  • 1. Washington County, Maryland, typed statement of the marriage.
  • 2. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book D, p. 354. Elizabeth's father, Frederick Sider, and her brother Michael Sider purchased 206 acres on Colliers Creek from Samuel and Hannah Beech, (Samuel was sole heir of Waldron Beach) 7 April 1800, the same day John and Elizabeth (Siders) Tribbett were married.
  • 3. Federal Census, 1810 Rockbridge County, Virginia.
  • 4. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book F, p. 203.
  • 5. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book F, p. 475.
  • 6. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book G, p. 3.
  • 7. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book H, p. 309.
  • 8. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book J, p. 281.
  • 9. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book M, p. 201.
  • 10. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book N, p. 445.
  • 11. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book R, p. 15.
  • 12. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book R, p. 42.
  • 13. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book S, p. 355.
  • 14. Minutes of Session, Collierstown Presbyterian Church, Vol. 1, August 1842- 7 July 1872, p. 6.
  • 15. Rockbridge County, Virginia Will Book 15, p. 424.
  • 16. Rockbridge County, Virginia Death Register, p. 81.
  • 17. Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book II, p. 136.
  • 18. Date determined from her age in various Rockbridge County, Virginia Censuses.
  • 19. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 209.
  • 20. Federal Census, 1850 Pocahontas County, Virginia as abstracted by Albert J. Summerfield and sent to the compiler. Note: Pocahontas is in the part of Virginia which split away in 1862 and formed the state of West Virginia.
  • 21. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 209.
  • 22. Federal Census, 1850 Rockbridge County, Virginia, p. 334B.
  • 23. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 281.
  • 24. Federal Census, 1850 Rockbridge County, Virginia, p. 335 B, dwelling #76, family #76.
  • 25. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 269.
  • 26. Tombstone Inscription, Oxford Presbyterian Church Cemetery, located on State Road 677 (Oxford Lane), off State Road 612 (Bluegrass Trail Road) in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
  • 27. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 235.
  • 28. Rockbridge County News, 24 December 1891, Susan's Obituary.
  • 29. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 296.
  • 30. Tombstone Inscription at Sharon Union Church Cemetery in Alleghany County, Virginia.
  • 31. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 287.
  • 32. Tombstone Inscription at Collierstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, located on State Road 770, Collierstown, in Rockbridge Bridge County, Virginia.
  • 33. Rockbridge County, Virginia Marriage Register 1, p. 317.
  • 34. Tombstone Inscription, Lowman Cemetery, located on the Francis Beard Farm, State Road 627, Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge County, Virginia.
  • 35. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Marriage Register 1, p. 311.