Henry B. Rayburn, I (1747 - 1840)

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Nicknames: "Reaburn", "Reyburn"
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Birthplace: Augusta, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Jackson, West Virginia, USA
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About Henry B. Rayburn, I

Revolutionary War soldier

Henry died in Parchment Valley. Parchment Valley is a populated place near Ripley in Jackson County, West Virginia (then Virginia).

Children of Henry and Margaret

  1. Jane Rayburn b. 1768, Augusta County, Virginia
  2. William Rayburn, Sr. (1770-1820) b. Augusta County, Virginia
  3. Sarah B. Rayburn (1771-1838) b. Augusta County, Virginia
  4. John Rayburn (1773-1846) b. Augusta County, Virginia
  5. Mary Rayburn b. 1775, Augusta County, Virginia
  6. Elizabeth Rayburn (1776-1860) b. Greenbrier County, West Virginia
  7. Nancy Rayburn (1778-1853) b. Greenbrier County, West Virginia
  8. Margaret Rayburn, b. 1782, Greenbrier County, West Virginia
  9. James Rayburn, b. 11 Oct 1783, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, d. 8 Aug 1840, Kanauga, Gallia County, Ohio
  10. Henry Rayburn, Jr, b. 1784, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, d. Bef 1850, Mason County, West Virginia (alt. dates: 1789-1837)
  11. Rebecca Rayburn b. 1785, Greenbrier County, West Virginia
  12. Ruth Rayburn (1786-1857) b. Greenbrier County, West Virginia (alt. b. 1789)
  13. Martha Rayburn (1791-1881) b. Greenbrier County, West Virginia

Notes for HENRY RAYBURN

Henry served as Lieutenant of the Militia of Greenbrier County. Although he applied and received a pension for his service during the American Revolution, 1840 Special Census of Revolutionary Soldiers, the DAR has not recognized Henry's service pending further proof of service.

Two soldiers with whom a soldier served had to attest to a pension applicants service and sign the application. Henry's daughters married many young men with whom Henry served. Henry's application may have been signed by Robert Love, Joseph Rader's father, or John Gray.

It is not known where Henry is buried. However, because he lived to be nearly 100 years old, at the end of his life he was living near his daughter Martha Rayburn Rader in Jackson County, (W) Virginia. The portion of Jackson County in which he lived is Roane County today. A close relationship existed between Martha's family and Henry as evidenced by county records. He is most probably buried with his daughter's family in the Good Hope Baptist Church burial grounds in Roane County, (W) Virginia. The Barnett family, a closely allied family, has passed down a family rumor to present Barnett generations. After Henry's wife, Margaret Christal, died and his son, Henry Jr., died, Henry Sr. took Henry Jr.'s second wife, Betsey Barnett, as a "special" companion until he died in 1840. No evidence exists of this relationship except the lingering family rumor.

However, much evidence of Henry's life does exist in the records of various counties. He influenced the towns in which he lived throughout his life. In Greenbrier County, for instance, the Rayburn draught is named for him, and present day resident know of Henry and John bringing one of the first Presbyterian ministers to the area. In Mason County, you will find the Rayburn Settlement, Rayburn Cemetery, and Rayburn Creek as modern day reminders of Rayburn influence on the area.

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Henry B. Rayburn's Timeline

1747
February, 1747
Augusta, Virginia, USA
1767
1767
Age 19
Augusta, Virginia, USA
1768
1768
Age 20
Augusta, Virginia, USA
1770
1770
Age 22
Augusta, Virginia, USA
1771
1771
Age 23
Rockingham, Rockingham, Virginia, USA
1773
1773
Age 25
Augusta, Virginia, USA
1775
1775
Age 27
Augusta, Virginia, USA
1778
February, 1778
Age 31
Augusta, Virginia, USA
1780
1780
Age 32
Augusta, VA, USA
1781
September 16, 1781
Age 34
Virginia, United States