Joseph Riggan was born before Jul 1703, likely in Surry County, Virginia. He was likely a son of Francis Regan and his wife Jane Gross (1253). Francis Regan was born in Cork County, Ireland in 1662 and immigrated with his parents to Surry County, Virginia before 6 Oct 1687 (1254).

Joseph Riggan and Mary Pegram married in Surry County, Virginia (595). Mary was a daughter of Daniel and Frances Pegram.

On 9 Jul 1724, a patent was issued to Joseph Regan for a 100 acre land grant in Isle of Wight County, Virginia on “the south side of the main Blackwater swamp. Beginning at a corner twixt Mr. William Edwards and Richard Atkinson” (1074). Before 8 Oct 1747, Joseph Riggin sold this 100 acre tract to Benjamin Barrum (1296).

In Surry County, Virginia, on 24 Oct 1748, John Riggan, Sr., William George, John Riggan, Jr., and Joseph Riggan witnessed a deed by Samuel Thompson and Sarah his wife to John Thompson, both of Surry County, Virginia, for 25 acres, part of 150 acres which Samuel Thompson purchased from Joseph King and Katherine, his wife, on east side of Cypress Swamp (1295, Deed Book 5, Page 317).

Presumably, Jospeh Riggan owned land in Bute County, North Carolina before 13 Feb 1768 when the Bute County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions “ordered that the hands of Joseph Riggan, Thomas Reed, Jesse Riggan, William Durham be added to the road under Joseph Shearing, overseer” (1209, Page 14).

In early 1769, Joseph Riggan began to convey land in Bute County, North Carolina. On 25 Feb 1769, Joseph Riggan and and his wife, Mary Riggan, of Bute County, North Carolina made a deed to William Riggan of Surry County, Virginia for 100 acres of land in Bute County on Little Creek (1208). William Riggan paid £10 Virginia money. William Durham, John Riggan, and Samuel Durham witnessed the deed. John Riggan proved the deed in Bute County, North Carolina Court in Nov 1769, and the deed was registered on 25 Jan 1770. Joseph Riggan was more than 64 years old when he conveyed land to William Riggan of Surry County, Virginia.

On 24 Mar 1769, Joseph Riggan, John Osborn, and John Hudson witnessed a deed by Chamberlain Hudson to Thomas House for 800 acres of land in Bute County, North Carolina on head of Meltons Creek beginning at a branch of Gunters Creek (1081).  The deed was recorded in Bute County Court in Nov 1769.

On 12 Aug 1769, a deed by Joseph Riggan and his wife to William Durham was proved by the oath of John Riggan, a witness and on motion the same was ordered registered (1209, Page 59). Also on 12 Aug 1769, a deed by Joseph Riggin to William Riggin was proved on oath of John Riggin a witness and ordered registered (1209, Page 59).

On 29 Sep 1769, Joseph Riggan and Mary, his wife made a deed for 100 acres of land in Parish of Saint Johns of Bute County, North Carolina to William Durham, Sr. for £30 Virginia money (1076).  Joseph Raggan and William Durham, Sr. were of Saint Johns Parish of Bute County, North Carolina. The land was on the east side of Little Hobb Quarter adjacent to parcels held by William Walker, William Durham, and William Raggan. John Raggan, Samuel Durham, and Relah Mangram witnessed the deed. The deed was registered in Bute County Court in Nov 1769. 

Presumably, Joseph Riggan died in Bute County, North Carolina not long after 29 Sep 1769.

Notes and Comments

Assuming that Joseph Riggan was at least 21 years old on 9 Jul 1724 when he acquired 100 acres of land in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, then he was born before 10 Jul 1703 (1074).

In his will made in Surry County, Virginia on 19 Mar 1725, Francis Regan names a son Joseph to inherit his plantation (1253). Presumably, all 10 children of Francis and Jane Regan were born in Surry County, Virginia. By 6 Oct 1687, Francis Regan resided in Surry County, Virginia, and he died in Surry County after making a will on 19 Mar 1725 (1253). There is no evidence that he lived elsewhere.

A deed by Joseph Raggan and Mary, his wife, on 29 Sep 1769 documents the given name of Joseph Riggan’s wife (1076).

On 8 Oct 1747, Benjamin Barrum made a deed in Isle of Wight County, Virginia to Benjamin Clifton for land described in part as “one moiety of the said land being granted to Joseph Regan by Patent bearing date the Ninth of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty four. The said Jos Regan conveyed his title to William Jones by Deeds Acknowledged in the County Court & the said Wm Jones conveyed the whole in the same manner unto the said Benj Barrum…” (1296). According to this deed, Joseph Riggan sold the 100 acre tract before 8 Oct 1747.

The 15 Nov 1776 Will of Daniel Pegram names his daughter Mary Riggin as well as Francis Riggin and Joseph Riggin in regard to land parcels adjacent to that held by Daniel Pegram (1082). Mary Pegram was likely the wife of Joseph Riggin, and Francis Riggin was likely Joseph’s brother.

The 1790 federal census of Warren County, North Carolina enumerates: William Riggan, Jacob Riggan, Joel Riggan, John Riggan, William Riggan, Francis Riggan, Charles Riggan, and Mary Riggan.

County Boundary History

Between 1734 and 1749, Isle of Wight County, Virginia was within the Nottoway Parish of Virginia.

Granville County, North Carolina was created on 28 Jun 1746 from parts of Edgecombe County.

Bute County, North Carolina was created on 10 Jun 1764 from parts of Granville County. Bute County was eliminated on 12 Feb 1779 at the creation of Franklin and Warren Counties.

Warren County, North Carolina was created on 12 Feb 1779 from Bute County. On 1 Jan 1787, Warren County gained land from Granville County. The boundaries of Warren County then remained unchanged until 4 May 1881. The northern boundary of Warren County, North Carolina was on the state boundary with Virginia.

Sources

595. Abstract of the Will of Daniel Pegram. Bute County, North Carolina. 15 Nov 1776. Bute County, North Carolina Record Book 2, Page 170(A). Kerr, Mary Hinton Duke. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Volume II. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database and abstract: Bute County, North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779)
URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1074. Patent Issued to Joseph Regan, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 9 Jul 1724, 100 acres. Colonial Land Office Patents, 1623–1774. Archives, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Land Office Patents No. 12, 1724–1726, Reel 11, Page 85. (Images: Library of Virginia. Image on file.)

1076. Deed by Joseph Raggan (Riggan) and Mary, his wife, to William Durham, Sr., 29 Sep 1769, 100 acres. Bute County, North Carolina Deed Book II, Page 306. Mary Hinton Duke Kerr. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database: Bute County, North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779.)
URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1081. Deed by Chamberlain Hudson to Thomas House, Bute County, North Carolina, 24 Mar 1769, 800 acres. Bute County, North Carolina Deed Book 2, Page 293. Kerr, Mary Hinton Duke. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Volume II. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database: Bute County, North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779)
URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1082. Will of Daniel Pegram, Bute County, North Carolina, 15 Nov 1776. Bute County, North Carolina Record Book 2, Page 170(A). Kerr, Mary Hinton Duke. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Volume II. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database and abstract: Bute County, North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779)
URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1208. Deed by Joseph Riggan and Mary Riggan to William Riggan, Bute County, North Carolina, 25 Feb 1769, 100 acres. Bute County, North Carolina Deed Book II, Page 308. Mary Hinton Duke Kerr. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database: Bute County, North Carolina, USGenWeb 1764–1779.)
URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1209. Holcomb, Brent Howard. Bute County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1767–1779. Columbia, South Carolina: Brent H. Holcomb, 1988. (Images: Ancestry.com.)

1253. Will of Francis Regan, Surry County, Virginia, 19 Mar 1725. Surry County, Virginia Will Book 7, Page 1748. (Transcription on file.)

1254. Louise Pledge Heat Foley. Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches. Volume 3. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2003.

1295. Deed by Samuel Thompson and wife Sarah to John Thompson. Surry County, Virginia. 24 Oct 1748. Boddie, John Bennett. Historical Southern Families. Vol. III. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1967. Page 226. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1296. Deed by Benjamin Barrum to Benjamin Clifton, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 8 Oct 1747. Deed Records 1747, Isle of Wight County Courthouse, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. (Images: FamilySearch. Image on file.)


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