Richard SKAGGS

Male Abt 1744 - Abt 1821  (~ 77 years)

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  • Name Richard SKAGGS 
    Born Abt 1744  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID F8ADE7011064463298E5A4D71E5AEC895ED1 
    Died Abt 1821  Barren Co. KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "The life of Daniel Boone," written by Lyman C Draper, LL.D., Henry, Charles and Richard Skaggs, and three other brothers were grandsons of an Irishman who fled from Ireland (Londonderry) in 1688-89, when so many of the Scotch-Irish race emigrated to the shores of the New World.

      Known marriages for Richard's children:
      1789 March 12, M. Skeggs md. Sarah Gumm, Nelson Co., KY.
      1791 Sept., 27, Shadrack Skaggs md. Lydia Gumm, Nelson Co., KY.

      1792, Green Co., KY, formed from Nelson Co. & Lincoln Co.

      1793 June 14, Sarah Skaggs md. Andrew Clement, Green Co., KY.
      1793 Aug. 1, Abednego Skaggs md. Catherine Hoback, Green Co., KY.
      1797 May 20, Henry Skaggs md. Sally Laisfield, Green Co., KY.

      1798, Barren Co., KY, formed from Green Co. & Warren Co.

      1807 Dec. 7, Rhody Logsdon md. John Q. Phelps, Barren Co., KY.
      1817 May 14, Rebecca Skaggs md. William Warnel, Barren Co., KY. --all from Kentucky Marriages before 1850 (

      1817, Betsy Skaggs md. Andrew B. Kelly, Green Co., KY. --LDS IGI

      Additional Skaggs marriages in Barren Co., KY (
      1812 April 2, Henry Skaggs md. Liddy Skaggs
      1817 May 14, Rebekah Skaggs md. William McVett
      1817 Dec. 5, Charles Skaggs md. Polly Wilcox
      1819 March 9, John Skaggs md. Edney Innis
      1822 April 26, Rachel Skaggs md. Rials Jefreys
      1825 Jan. 6, Sarah Skaggs md. Willis Hind

      Deposition of WILLIAM RATLIFF (27 April 1836 at the home of WILLIAM SKAGGS, Aleck Fork of Pitman Creek). I was acquainted with MOSES SKAGGS of Green County, KY. He had 4 sisters, to wit: SUSANNAH, wife of RICHARD WHIT; LYDIA, wife of MATTHIAS HARMON, ELIZABETH "Betsy," wife of JOHN HANKINS; and NANCY, wife of WILLIAM MERIDY. I was quite intimate with them in Virginia. I knew them before they married. MOSES had a brother named JOHN SKAGGS. MOSES died at his house in Green County about 40 years ago. He never had any children that I knew of. RICHARD WHIT and wife, MATTHIAS HARMON and wife, and JOHN HANKINS and wife all lived in Virginia. . . I knew the brothers of MOSES SKAGGS. They were HENRY, JAMES, CHARLES, JOHN, RICHARD and JACOB SKAGGS. I knew them in Kentucky and they all raised large families. . . I knew HENRY SKAGGS, son of RICHARD.

      Deposition of FRANCES SAMPLES (27 April 1836). I was familiar with MOSES SKAGGS who died in Green County about 40 years ago. He had 4 sisters, to wit: SUSANNAH, wife of RICHARD WHIT; LYDIA, wife of MATTHIAS HARMAN; ELIZABETH, wife of JOHN HANKINS, and NANCY, wife of WILLIAM MERIDY. They lived in Virginia. When I knew them, MOSES had 6 brothers: HENRY, JOHN, JAMES, CHARLES, RICHARD and JACOB.

      Wanda Sparkman to Skaggs-L, April 4, 2000: Per Richard Skaggs will, Dec. 10, 1818, Barren Co., KY, he had the following living children: John, Rhoda Phelps, Abednego, Sarah Clemmens, Henry, Elizabeth Kelly, and Liddy Skaggs. Sons Shadrack and Meshack Skaggs had died by 1818.

      1821, will of Richard Skaggs, Barren Co., KY, Book 2, p.256. --Kentucky Wills, 1700-1851

      Sons of James and Rachel listed in the Pioneer Baptist Church Records of South-Central Kentucky and the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee 1799-1899 by C. P. Cawthorn & N. L. Warnell copyright 1985.

      "When the gospel was first sent to the Green River section of Kentucky, the land was wild and uncultivated. Alas! for the poor Baptists, death at the hands of lawless savage was an ever present chill on the hearts of the living, and who could tell whether it would continue to advance with the quiet of a blight, or vet burst upon them with the fury of a tempest?

      "A great number of these first Baptists were among the "Long Hunters" who came from the "Baptist Valley" area of SouthWest Virginia. These families were the forerunners of the "foot-washing" Baptists which subsequently moved into Kentucky and established many of the Baptist Churches of the frontier land. Among the leaders was the Skaggs family consisting of Rev. James Skaggs and his brothers Henry, Richard, Jacob, Charles, Moses and William. These were the early "Long Hunters" of 1761-1755 of which the Kentucky historians have recorded much about. Henry and Richard were particularly prominent. Henry Skaggs was at the present site of Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1775. A brother Moses was killed by Indians on his second trip into Kentucky.

      Richard Skaggs had 3 sons named Shadrach, Mashack and Abendnego. It was Mashack who was killed by Indians on the creek named after him in present Monroe County, Kentucky.
      The men who lived on the frontier took protracted hunting trips into Kentucky, hence the name "Long Hunters" later when Daniel Boone led a group of Yadkin farmers into Kentucky, they used a wilderness track referred to as the "Skaggs Trace". This track became a part of the Boone Trace and Wilderness Road that led the pioneers into Kentucky from Virginia.

      "The first settlement of the Green River Baptists was in Green County in 1780, and was known as Skaggs station. It was established by Rev. James Skaggs and was the third station in what is now Green county, Kentucky. Glovers station having been established in the Fall of 1779 and Pitman's Station in March of 1780. In March of 1780, James Skaggs Station was broken up and burned by the Indians. Rev. James Skaggs daughter was killed and scalped."

      1757/1759 Richard Skaggs, Isaac Skaggs and James Skaggs are list as being in Capt. Dogworthy's company "O" during the French and Indian War, in History of Fredrick County, By T. C. Williams. They all enlisted the same day and were at Braddock's defeat 1769 June.

      Richard Skaggs list as being on a long hunt in Kentucky_ (Collins/Leslie)1783/1786 Richard Skaggs listed on Greenbrier County Tax payers_Draper said of Henry Skaggs - That he and his brothers Charles Skaggs and Richard Skaggs was a family of noted hunters and nothing but hunters who kept pace with the advanceing settelments. Richard Skaggs with Contintal Line Regiment in Virginia - Richard Skaggs was with William Skaggs, David Skaggs and Joseph Skaggs and received land grants in Barren County, Kentucky south of Green River south of Lick Creek on Lick Branch, a tributary of Blue Spring Creek.
    Person ID I4569  Master File
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2010 

    Father James SKAGGS,   b. 1700, at sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1769-1798, Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Mother Rachel,   b. Abt 1705, Fincastle, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1789, Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married Bef 1723  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3396  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth WELLS,   b. Abt 1730 
     1. Shadrack SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1753
     2. Meshack SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1754
     3. Aaron SKAGGS,   b. 1755, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Rhoda SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1758
     5. Sarah SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1761
     6. John SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1765
     7. Henry SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1767
     8. Abednigo SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1769
     9. Rebecca SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1770
     10. Elizabeth SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1772
     11. Lydia SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1775
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F3406  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart