Jenny Reed

b. April 1780, d. before March 1829
FatherJohn Reed1 d. 1790
MotherMargaret Orr1 d. Apr 1793
BirthApr 1780 Jenny Reed was born in Apr 1780.2 
Marriage16 Aug 1808 She married John Ryburn, son of William Ryburn and Mary (?), on 16 Aug 1808 in Washington County, Virginia.3,4 
Court Record16 Aug 1808 The day of their wedding John and Jane executed a power of attorney to Jane's brothers, Arthur and John Reid [Reed], to represent them in the sale of land Jane and her brothers inherited from their father, John Reid [Reed], in York [now Adams] County, Pennsylvania. 
Cens-18101810  Two years later John was listed as the head of his own household on the 1810 Washington County census. He was indicated as a 26-44 year old male. Also indicated was a female under 10 and a female 26-44 who would no doubt have been Jenny.5 
Migrationbetween 1810 and 1811 Jenny and John appear to have migrated to Franklin County, Indiana, shortly after this census was recorded. 
Deathbefore Mar 1829 Jenny probably died before Mar 1829 at which time John married for a second time. 

Research Comment:

The "Franklin County John Ryburn" data (including children) is based on the working theory that the John Ryburn who appeared in Franklin County records for the first time in early 1811 is the same person as the John Ryburn Jr. who disappeared from the Washington County, Virginia records after the 1810 census enumeration. Although records for a John Ryburn continue to appear for some time after 1810 in Washington County they can all be traced to an older John (uncle of the younger John).

Additional indirect evidence includes: Mary (Ryburn) Wright of Franklin County, who appears to be John's eldest daughter, was born in Virginia in 1808-1809. Margaret (Ryburn) Nelson, who appears to be John's next eldest daughter was born in Indiana about 1811. And Ann (Ryburn) Nelson, who appears to be another of the daughters indicated in John's 1820 household, survived to 1880 and stated on that year's census that her father was born in Virginia. In addition, John of Franklin County, in writing his will in 1835, included reference to his father's estate. There would be no need to do so if the father's estate was settled. But William Ryburn of Washington County, who died in 1812, stipulated that the legacies in his will (including $100 to son John) were not to be paid until the death of William's wife Mary. Mary did not die until 1848. Also unlike John's brothers, John did not receive a share of his father's farm, but instead was left cash. This adds to the suggestion that John was no longer living in Washington County in 1812.

It should also be mentioned that Jenny Reed/Reid, John Ryburn's first wife, who would have accompanied him to Indiana, had several brothers, among them John and Hugh. Two men of that name appeared in Franklin County, Indiana about the same time John Ryburn appeared.


John Ryburn b. bet 1782 - 1784, d. bef 30 Apr 1838
Last Edited12 Nov 2011


  1. [S66] Bob and Donna Ford, "Orr list with Ryburn, Reed, Beatty," e-mail to Diana Powell, 18 Jan 2001.
  2. [S66] Bob and Donna Ford, "Orr Questions," e-mail to Diana Powell, 23 Apr 2001. Authors cite York Co., PA Orphans Court Bk G, p. 132, dated 27 Mar 1794.
  3. [S4] D.E. Brown, Marriages of Washington Co., VA 1781-1853, p. 50. 16 Aug 1808, John Ryburn and Jenny Reed; 2 June 1808 John Ryburne and Jinny Reed.
  4. [S66] Bob and Donna Ford, "WCV marriage register," e-mail to Diana Powell, 3 May 2001. Fords cite Washington Co. VA marriage register on LDS film #0034389, p. 384 which lists the date of marriage as 16 Aug. 1808.
  5. [S1004] John Ryburn Jr household, 1810 U.S. cens., Washington Co., Virginia, p. 5 (script); 696 (additional script), viewed online at