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Notes for John Breeding

JOHN BREEDING, Sr., b. 4 Oct 1730, d. 1802 and WINIFRED ELIZABETH ASHBY had the following family:

BRYANT3. Died during Rev. War
RICHARD Killed by Indians along with 2 sons.
JAMESwas born 16 Nov 1750. JAMES died 3 Sep 1795 at 44 years of age. He married ELIZABETH.
JOHN JR. was born 8 May 1752
WINFRED ELIZABETH was born 27 Aug 1757 married John Grigsby
SPENCER R."CLINCH RIVER" was born 1 May 1759 Married (1) Elizabeth Finney, had 13 children, married (2) Hannah Hicks, had 5 children, total of 18 children by 2 wives.

JOHN2 BREEDING SR (BRYANT1) was born 4 Oct 1730.

Information taken from Breeding / Grigsby Family Bible. JOHN died 1802 in Russell Co, VA, at 71 years of age.
Family Bible record says he died 1 May, does not give a year.
He married WINIFRED ELIZA ASHBY 1 May 1749. Per Bible record.

WINIFRED was born 3 Jan 1731. Per Bible record. Family Bible gives death date as 9 Sept ----. Does not give a year.

The following was provided by Steve Behr, 4501 Clinton Avenue, Loraine, Ohio.
"On 20 Sep 1773, George Cutlip and wife Susannah of Dunmore (later Shenandoah) County, Virginia, conveyed 120 acres of land lying south of the Shenandoah river to John Breeding of Augusta County for 46 pounds."

"1774 Washington County Clerk's office, John Breden proved to the court that they, Samuel Vanhook and John Breden were entitled to 400 acres of land lying on the Clinch River at the south of Weaver's Creek, and on both sides of the river to include their improvements made in the year 1775. In 1781 Samuel Vanhook assigned his part of the 400 acres to John Breden."

"1776 Rockingham County, Chalkey; dry Run of Hawskbill Creek corner of Bryan Breeding."

"1783 Rockingham abstracts by Edward Franklin, assignee of William Vatters, 159 acres, Shenandoah River, adjoining John Breden, Apr 8. It is surveyed on the same day as Joseph Lowdabeck's 168 acres between Peaked Mountain and Shenandoah River adjoining John Fulch."

"20 Aug 1783 - Washington County Court Proceedings Ordered that John Breeding be Constable in Captain Cowans company (Washington County)." Page 1159, "annals of Southwest Virginia" by Lewis Preston Summers and transcribed by Lane Alexander. This could also be his son, John Jr. who fought in the Revolutionary War and later moved his family first to Adair County, KY and then finally to Missouri.

"1784 Rockingham County, Virginia, page 358, Minutes Book, August 23, Deeds of Release from John Breeding, Sr., to John Breeding, Jr., proved by oath of John Grigsby (who later became his son-in-law by marrying his daughter Winnifred)."

In 1785 a petition was drawn up and signed to make Russell County, Virginia from a portion of Washington County, Va. The Breedings are later recorded as living in Russell County, Va.

Per Barbara Breeding: (Mrs. George Breeding, 549 Knaust Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376)
"John was evidently an Indian Spy, which in those days was a member of the Army of Militia who ranged far ahead of the regular forces. He watched for Indians making raids or attacking the settlers. John lived in Rockingham County (formed from Augusta County in 1778) but he scouted out along the frontier. His son, John Breeding, Jr. was also a spy. This is quite likely how they found the land they liked along the Clinch and made improvements in it and filed a claim. John had made a claim which means he made improvements before 1778, the cut off date for Settlement rights. He also received two other land grants adjoining his Settlement right, which he paid for. One grant was for 100 acres and another for 300. A party of Cherokee visited the lower Holston in June, 1788. they wounded one man and carried away about 100 horses. Three of the Breedings from the New Garden Settlement in Russell County were found on Black Mountain, killed and scalped. There were probably a son and grandsons of John."

The following information is extracted from material provided by Mrs. Marie Fetter, 302 E. Charleston Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130, to Mr. Pat Owen Breeding of Louisville, KY. Marie has no computer, nor does Pat. Mr. Pat Owen Breeding, 10504 Autumn Creek Place, Louisville, KY, 40229. (502) 962-8251 (as of Apr 1999).
I. JOHN BREDIN, later known as BREDEN, BREEDEN, and finally JOHN BREEDING, SR., was born about 1725. He was apparently living with his father's family until, after filing for land in Augusta County, he was awarded a grant on Pass Run, a tributary of Hawskbill Creek, on the same day, and in the same area as the one obtained by his father. This was in 1749. He was married and began a family of his own.

John purchased 120 acres lying south of the Shenandoah River, in the present Rockingham County, on September 20, 1773.

He is said to have been an Indian spy for the Army or Militia. In this capacity, he ranged far in advance of the regular forces, watching for Indians who appeared to be preparing raids or attacks on settlers. Although he lived in Rockingham County, he scouted on the frontier, and while so occupied along Clinch River, learned that land there was being opened for settlement.

About 1774, he went to that area, which in 1776 became Washington County, now Russell. The Washington County land-grant book states that in 1775, John Breden and Sauer Vanhook proved to the Court that they were entitled to a 400 acre Settlement Tract on both sides of Clinch River at the mouth of Weavers Creek. In order to make that claim, "improvements" had to be made, which almost certainly would have meant the clearing of some ground. In 1781, Samuel Vanhook assigned his part of the claim to John Breden, who not only received the 400 acres, but also grants of 300 and 100 acres, adjoining, and also on both sides of the Clinch.

A part of John's family joined him in Washington County by 1782. In that year he and his son Spencer paid a personal tax. The family was busy building shelter, starting with a huge kitchen, in which they all lived for at least two years while their house was under construction.

Wishing to settle land on his children, he proposed to divide his 400 acre Settlement Tract be-tween his son Spencer and his grandson John, son of Bryant, who had died - or was killed - during the Revolution. In 1792 the property was assigned to Spencer, on the condition that he give John his half when the young man was of age. Then a few days later, John, Sr. assigned his 100 acre Settlement Tract to John, Jr.

When, however, John the son of Bryant became 21, Spencer refused to share the property. John Breeding, Sr., and his grandson then sued Spencer for it. This was in 1799 or 1800. The court awarded for the plaintiffs.

John, Sr., who had built a house and was living on the north side of Clinch River on the land meant for young John, then deeded it to him, but continued to live there until his death, about 1801. Nothing is known of his wife or wives, except that he was survived by a widow, possibly Nancy.

John Breeding, Sr. had made numerous land investments during the previous 20 years, and at his death (1801/1802) owned a considerable acreage including a number of tracts occupied by his descendants. Also there was a group of at least seven parcels totaling 630 acres, eventually sold by the county in 1815 and 1816 for unpaid taxes.

JOHN BREEDING Sr and WINIFRED ELIZA ASHBY had the following family:

BRYANT II3 was born circa 1750
JOHN JR was born 8 May 1752
JAMES (#5718) was born 16 Nov 1754.

The following information is extracted from material provided by Mrs. Marie Fetter, 302 E. Charleston Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130, to Mr. Pat Owen Breeding of Louisville, KY. Marie's e-mail: Mr. Pat Owen Breeding, 10504 Autumn Creek Place, Louisville, KY, 40229. (502) 962-8251 (as of Apr 1999). Pat's e-mail:

JAMES BREEDING. He moved to the present Russell County, Virginia with his father's family in 1782. He appeared as a Russell County taxpayer for the year 1787 only. At that time he returned to Rockingham County and joined the family of his sister, Winifred Grigsby. He went with them to Hawkins County, Tennessee in 1789 and by 1809 had become the owner of a 1000 acre plantation known as the Brown Tower, also one slave.

There is no record that James was ever married. He died in Hawkins County, TN. His will, dated September 6, 1815, left his property to his sister Winifred's descendants. One third was to go to the children of John and Betsy Grigsby Rutherford; another third to the children of Samuel and Judy Grigsby Smith, and the remainder to the children of James and Polly Grigsby Smith.

WINIFRED ELIZABETH was born 27 Aug 1757
SPENCER R. SR was born 1 May 1759
RICHARD (#5720) was born circa 1761.

This information was provided by Marie Fetter from an article she received from a Library in Virginia. There is no proof that this Richard is or isn't the son of John Breeding, Sr.


JOHN BREEDING Jr and ELIZABETH NAPPER had the following family:

REBECCA4 (#11606). Information provided by Steve Gehr. "1. Rebecca."
PRUDENCE (#11612). Information provided by Steve Behr. "6. Prudence m William Jarvis 13 Dec 1804 Pulaski Ky."
WILLIAM (#11608) was born in Russell Co, VA 1787. Information provided by Steve Behr. "2. Wm 1787 Russell Va m Eliz Pery Tenn 1824."
MARY (#11613) was born in KY 1790.

Information provided by Steve Behr. "7. Mary Breeding 1805 m Stephen Crismon c 1825 Osage MO "dau Mary stated she was born in Ky in 1790."
NANCY (#11614) was born in KY 1795. Information provided by Steve Behr. "8. Nancy Breeding 1795 Ky m Wm Roark Tenn c. 1820."
ELIJAH (#11609) was born 1799. Information provided by Steve Behr. "3. Elijah 1799 Green Kent, d. 1874 Vienna Maries Co Mo m Hannah Hensley (this line is in file).other file says m Martha b 1803 see file for his desc." (Steve Behr, 4501 Clinton Avenue, Loraine, OH 44055.
BENJAMIN (#11610) was born 1799. Information provided by Steve Behr. "4. Benjamin 1799 m Elender."
JOHN JR (#11611) was born 1800.

Information provided by Steve Gehr. "5. John Jr 1800 d 1843 Berger, Franklin Mo m Elender Greenstreet 31 May 1836 Franklin Mo." Per Jim Breeding,, "never married. May have been handicapped; estate bought by William and Nancy Roark."

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