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Jeremiah Roach

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Orange County, Virginia, United States
Death: September 9, 1839 (72)
Jackson County, Ohio, United States (Died from injuries caused by run away horse)
Immediate Family:

Son of Reuben Roach, Sr. and Esther Roach
Husband of Elizabeth "Betsy" Roach and Polly
Father of Elizabeth Null Herron; Margaret A Silvey and John Roach
Brother of Absalom Roach; David Roach; Reuben Roach, Jr.; Jonathon Roach; Samuel Roach and 3 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Kathleen Vivian Baird
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About Jeremiah Roach

Found Jeremaih had been born the only Child of Littleberry and Margaret because he was killed the year after their marriage at The Muddy Creek Massacre in Green brier Va. now W.Va. in 1763. more info at his name in the tree.

Another possible place of Marriage is Green briar Co. WVa., in 1762 would have been Va. not WVa. Another possible birth place is Orange county Va. Granted a pension after serving in the Revolutionary War.


JEREMIAH was born in 1767 at Orange Co., VA. He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Null, daughter of George Null and Barbara Bossert, on 9 Aug 1790 at Greenbrier Co., VA. He died on 9 Sep 1839 at Jackson Co., OH. His estate was probated on 7 Dec 1839 at Jackson Co., OH.

By the tax lists of 1787, Jeremiah was old enough pay taxes, but not yet 

twenty one. (Netti Schreiner Yantis and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia. Springfield, Virginia. Genealogical Books. Vol. 2. p. 618). In 1787 Jeremiah was in Rockingham County; on the 1788 tax list he was shown in Greenbrier County. ("Some Delinquent Taxpayers, 1787-1790." The Virginia Genealogist. Vol. 20. p. 127.) In April of 1790 Jeremiah had 125 acres of land surveyed for him in Greenbrier County. (Land Surveys. Greenbrier Co., Virginia. Vol. 2. p. 149. Copy.)

In 1810 Elizabeth and Jeremiah were shown in Monroe County; their 

section of Greenbrier became Monroe in 1799. Jeremiah possessed a good deal of land in both Greenbrier and Monroe counties. Even after the family moved to Ohio, Jeremiah continued to rent out this property and returned to collect rents. To do so, he rode horseback and took his two hunting dogs, called bear dogs. One time on his way back home, he was almost robbed and was chased to the water's edge. He escaped, by swimming his horse across the river, but he never returned to collect rents again. (Letter from Erma Hagan. January 27, 1994.)

A true pioneer in Ohio, Jeremiah arrived in what was then Gallia 

County in 1811. He was listed on the 1812 tax list in Gallia as Jeremiah Rotch. Jeremiah was the second settler in the area, which was to become Jackson County in 1816, and he voted in the first election in Madison Township, in which only twenty-one participated. (D. W. Williams. A History of Jackson County, Ohio. p. 102.) As one of the earliest residents, Jeremiah served frequently on grand juries from 1819 to 1825. (Frances and Mary J. Hixon. Annals of Jackson County, Ohio. Vol. 1. pp. 60, 62, 65, 79, 95, 108.)

Jeremiah bought land in Jackson County in 1814. His property had one 

of the finest orchards of its time, and a beautiful weeping willow tree stood near the southeast corner of his home (Jackson Standard-Journal. March 25, 1903). In Jackson County he speculated in land, buying and selling large segments. One of the first schools in Jackson County was held in a log house on Jeremiah's land. (Jackson Standard-Journal. November 9, 1892. p. 2.) The deed books for the county list over a dozen land transactions in Jeremiah's name. Since there were many court cases upon Jeremiah's death, the records give evidence that as each daughter married she and her husband would settle on and farm some of Jeremiah's land. It seems to have been a large, closely connected, and volatile family. When John Roach was married in 1827, Elizabeth took William Silvey, another son-in-law John Kelly, and her daughter Rulana to Scioto County to witness the ceremony. She even claimed her husband was dead at the time. (Ohio Records and Pioneer Families. Vol. 23. p. 115). It is highly possible that Jeremiah wasn't in favor of the marriage.

The Roaches were a litigious group. In 1833 and 1834 Jeremiah took 

James Reed to court; Jeremiah was held by the court to have obtained material from Reed by fraud. The jury ruled against Jeremiah, and he was forced to pay the court costs of Reed. John Farney, by the way, served on this unfavorable jury. (Clerk of Courts. Jackson Co., Ohio. Vol. C. pp. 299-302. Copy.)

After Jeremiah's will was probated, his children began taking 

Elizabeth to court over land. In all these cases, they gave the same testimony: Jeremiah had promised them land but left no clear title. They appeared in court for each other, and each was awarded the land in question - for Samuel, the executor of the estate, and Elizabeth did not dispute these claims. (Clerk of Courts. Jackson Co., Ohio. Vol. D. pp. 208, 389, 392.) Samuel Roach stayed in Jackson County and continued to live on Jeremiah's property.

According to a March 23, 1892, Jackson Standard-Journal article, 

Jeremiah was killed by injuries caused by a run-away horse. He was a Farmer.

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Jeremiah Roach's Timeline

Orange County, Virginia, United States
Age 18
New Kent, Virginia, United States

New Kent Co. Virginia

Age 27
Greenbrier, Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Age 59
September 9, 1839
Age 72
Jackson County, Ohio, United States