RE: John (Jaeger) Hunter:
At Orphans Court, held at Lancaster County Pennsylvania June 6, 1749, John Hochethorne (Heckendorn) was appointed guardian of John Yeager, son of Henry Yeager. Hans (John) Heggendorn (Heckendorn) emigrated from Langenbruck, Basel-Land Switzerland in 1736 and arrived at Philadelphia on the ship PRINCESS AUGUSTA September 16, 1736. He settled in Heidelberg Township. Shortly after his guardianship was settled, Johannes Jager was apprenticed to a blacksmith, probably Christian Schaublin. Johannes Jager remained a blacksmith throughout life.
Johannes Jager married Barbara Bowman. This marriage probably occurred on Plum Rum, a tributary of Conocheague Creek in present day Washington County, Maryland about 1760. Jacob Bowman settled on Plum Rum in 1755. Plum Rum is about five miles WSW from Hagerstown, Maryland.
Johannes and Barbara Jager remained on Plum Rum on land he purchased and additional land, part of her dower from her father, until 1773 when they sold their Maryland property and moved to Augusta County Virginia, settling in that part of Augusta County that was in Rockingham County Virginia after the creation of Rockingham County in 1778. In Augusta (Rockingham) county they purchased land which had been patented to Valentine Sevier, father of John Sevier, first Governor of Tennessee. This property was about 1/2 mile west of the commumity of Broadway, Virginia on the south side of the North Branch of the Shenendoah River. The land had about three quarters of a mile of frontage on the river and included Cedar Creek, a very small tributary of the Shenendoah River.
Johannes Jager and his father-in-law, Jacob Bowman, were naturalized as citizens of England at a court held in Philadelphia August 8, 1767. They were then residents of Frederick County, Maryland (Washington County was not created until 1776). They did not take the oath of allegiance, but were affirmed, signifying they were of a pacifist religious persuasion, probably Church of the Brethren. ("Naturalization of Maryland Settlers in Pennsylvania", Maryland Historical Magazine 5:1 - March 1910, page 72 -Lancour 206)
During the Revolutionary War John Hunter served as a private in the Virginia Militia in the company of Captain Abraham Lincoln. This is Abraham Lincoln, grandfather of the president. His service in the militia indicates that like many of his contemporaries of the pacifist religious persuasion, he decided there "was a time to pray and a time to fight". By serving in the military he was no longer welcome in the pacifist church, so he and Barbara became members of the Baptist church and were among the founding members of the Cherokee Creek Baptist Church in Washington County, Tennessee.
In 1783 he sold his property in Rockingham County, Virginia and moved to Washington County, Tennesseee where he settled on Little Cherokee Creek. By 1787, through purchases and grants, he owned 939 acres centered about the present (1994) Union Church on Little Cherokee Creek and extending for about a mile along the creek and about equal distance on both sides of the creek, and held an additional 300 acres, in trust, for Peter Ruble.
"The reports of the Pennsylvania authorities to the British Board of Trade, copies of which are contained in the Pennsylvania Historical Library, show the following Marylanders went to Pennsylvania for naturalization in the latter days of the Province, most of them being naturalized at York." 1767 - Jacob Werryfield, Jacob Bowman, Christian Whitmore, John Yeager, Henry Inkle, Samuel Wolgamode & Paul Werkslager, all affirmed.
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