An American Family History

The Range Family of Washington County, Tennessee

  Noah Range was born on October 1, 1713.

He married Elizabeth Coons.

Peter Range (1740, married Elizabeth Hieroymus),
Catherine Range (1741, married Samuel P. Bogart),
Elizabeth Range (1742),
Margaret Range (1742, married Hendrick Bogart),
John Range (1744),
Mary Range (1745, married William Owings),
Lea Range (1746),
James Range (1754),
Hannah Range (1756).

Elizabeth died on December 2, 1771.

About 1765, the Range and the Bogart families moved to York County, Pennsylvania. Then both families moved to Berkeley County, West Virginia.

Noah died in Berkeley County.

York County is in south central Pennsylvania and was created on August 19, 1749 from part of Lancaster County.

Noah Range Family
The Oil City Derrick
August 25, 1956

James Range was born about 1754 in Somerset County, New Jersey.

He was Noah Range's son.

He married Barbara Hammer.

Mary Range (1788, married Thomas Buck),
John Range (1790),
Elizabeth Range (1793),
James Range (1795),
Margaret Range (1798, married Henry Mottern),
Jacob Range (1801), and
Jonathan Range (1803).

James died on July 26, 1825 in Carter County, Tennessee

18th century primer
A grist mill is a building where a miller grinds gain into flour.

Peter Range (1749) was born in Somerset County, New Jersey. He was Noah Range's son. His wife was Elizabeth Ronimus.

Peter and Elizabeth came to Washington County about 1778.

Their children included:

Catherine Louise Range Garner (1773, married Enoch Garner),
Elizabeth Range (1777, married Jacob Miller, son of Peter Miller),
Susannah Range (1779, married Valentine Devault)
Margaret Range (1785, married Frederick Devault)
Jacob Range (1790, married Susannah Hale)
Peter Range (1792, married Matilda Hale)
Isaac Range (1796, married Elizabeth Humphreys, daughter of George Humphreys).

Peter had a mill on Knob Creek.

The Peter Range, Sr. House is located at 2833 East Oakland Avenue, Johnson City (lower Knob Creek). The house is of stone exterior and interior walls with the stone chimney at either end of the house. There are four fireplaces.The full basement shows evidence of having been used as part of the original house. The frame additions, built at a much later date, hide the original character of the house. The Range Cemetery is about 150 feet from the rear of the house. Peter Range, Sr. and other members of the Range family were buried in this cemetery. 

Peter Range, Sr. (1749-1817) of German descent, was born in Somerset County, New Jersey. His wife was Elizabeth Ronimus. Peter and Elizabeth came to Washington County after the birth of their first child, Elizabeth Range, born 1777, who married Jacob Miller.

Peter purchased land from Pharoah Cobb and built their first home, a two-story log structure. He later purchased land from John Engle, Solomon Hendrix (Hendricks), Abraham Cox, John Hammer and Samuel Denton. On the properly purchased from John Hammer in 1804, he built the present stone house and grist mill. The house is one of the few remaining three-floor homes of the early 19th Century.
(from the History of Washington County Tennessee)

In 1808 Peter sold land to the heirs of Barney Ford.

Peter died in 1817.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

Johnson City, Tennessee is in Washington, Carter and Sullivan Counties. It was known as Brush Creek for the Creek than runs through it.





Jacob Range and Sarah Mitchell

James W. Range (1852, married Sarah Margaret Humphreys, daughter of John Humphreys)


George Humphreys Range (1819) married Susannah Klepper (1826). He was the son of Isaac Range and Elizabeth Humphreys.

Elizabeth Catherine Range (1846) married E. Demin Pitts.
Isaac Range (1848),
Sarah J. Range (1850),
John Alfred Range (1851),
Julia Range (1852), and
Mary Jane Range (1853).



Watauga Pioneer Neighbors

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

from Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution

James Range lived in Carter County, Tenn. He was a soldier of the Revolution serving in the 8th Virginia Volunteer Regiment. He enlisted April 1775 and was discharged Jan. 29, 1778. He served under Capt. William Darke and Col. Peter Muhlenburg.

He married Oct. 30, 1787 in Washington County, N. C., now Tennessee. Barbara Hammer. He died in July 26, 1825 in Carter County and the widow, Barbara Hammer Range, died in the same county, April 2, 1843.

Their children were
Mary, born 1788, married Thomas Buck 1786;
John, born 1790, died 1803;
Elizabeth, born 1793 and died 1812;
James, born 1795;
Margaret born 1798;
Jacob born 1801; and
Jonathan, born 1803.

These facts are in the pension application of Jonathan Range, son of James Range and Barbara Hammer Range, July 5, 1843.

Note:-James Range was one of the early Adventurers on the Big Harpeth River in Tennessee in 1779. His name is not signed to the Cumberland Compact as it is found in the Tennessee histories, but his petition to the General Assembly of Tennessee, Aug. 30, 1813, states that in the year 1779 he made a small improvement on the Waters of Big Harpeth consistent with the laws of North Carolina and petitions for grant to said land. It was granted.

Two brothers of James Range also served in the Revolution. John Range was a Lieutenant in York County, Penn. and Peter Range is thought to have belonged also to the 8th Virginia Regiment. The roll of this regiment, frequently called the German Regiment, has never been found. It was recruited by Col. Peter Muhlenburg in the Northern Neck of Virginia, the southern or southeastern counties of Pennsylvania and the western counties of Maryland. Peter Range owned and operated a Mill and as a miller his services might have been valuable to the cause of Liberty but all family records state that he served in the Revolution. He died in Washington County, Tenn. About 1817. His will is on record in Jonesboro, the county seat.


Washington County Marriage Records

Range, James - Hammer, Barbara – 30 Oct 1787
Range, Margarette - Frederick DeWalt, 23 Aug 1803 by Nicholas Keephave
Range, Jacob - Hail, Susanna on 27-FEB-1817
Range, Isaac - Humphreys, Elizabeth on 17 August 1817
Range, Barbara - Wright, John on -DEC-1817
Range, Sarah - Worley, John on 03-Nov-1819
Range, Jonothan - Kelley, Fatha on 05 January 1824
Range, Jacob - Hammer, Anne on 07 June 1824
Range, Susan - Butler, Zachanah W on 06-DEC-1832
Range, Montgomery - Broyles, Malinda on 08-DEC-1838
Range, Elizabeth - Longmire, John on 15 January 1829
Range, Sarah - Proffitt, Daniel B on 09-FEB-1836
Range, Allen - Crouch A on 30 January 1840
Range, E - Hammer, S B on 06-APR-1840
Range, Charles - Klipper, E on 03-SEP-1840
Range, E A - Miller, S W on 05-NOV-1840


Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Seals were used to authenticate documents and men were expected to have a personal die. Records in deed books are copies and signatures are usually in the clerk’s handwriting. The clerk drew a circle around the word “seal” to indicate that the original document was sealed.

In the name of God Amen, I Peter Range of the State of Tennessee and County of Washington . . .

First I give and bequeath to my beloved son Jacob My plantation with all other apertaninces belonging theare to and he the said Jacob is to keep my wel Beloved Wife with him and to youse her as a tender Son would thear Mother also it is my will and Desire that he Jacob shall keep my three Daughters Barbary, Sarah and Rachel as Long as the keeps single and yosue them as a tender Brother ought to youse his sisters, it is also my Desire tat Jacob pay my Son Peter one thousand Dollars in the term of five years and he Jacob is to let Peter injoy that part of the plantation wheare he now lives until he pays him the Money.

Further more I give and bequeath all Moneys that is in my posestion or Due to Me To my son Jacob to be his, it is also my desire that Jacob pay my son Isaac nine hundred Dollars and one horse, saddle and bridle to the worth of one hundred Dollars to be paid to him in two years from the time of the sale of property.

Further more I give and bequeath to my three Daughters Barbary, Sarah and Rachel Each of them a good Bed; and all the Rest of my household furniture and stocks I want sold and one third of the money arising from the sale I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, the other two thirds of the money to go to my Daughters allowing them all an Eaqul part but my three Daughters that now lives with me Barbary, Sarah and Racahel to have on hundred dollars more then the Rest to make them Equal with the others, it is also my Request that Jacob pay my son John one Dollar as he has already got his part that I alow him.

Lastly I make Constitute and ordain my Sons John and Jacob to be my Executers of this my Last Will and Testament and I do heareby utterly Disalow Revoke and disannul all and Every other former Testament, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament in witness wheare of I have heare unto set my hand and seal this Six of august in the [year] of our Lord one thousand Eight and Seventeen.


John Mallone
Jonathan Hammer [x] his mark
Peter X Range {Seal}
Mark Mears [x] his mark

This is to Certify that wee are all Agreed to this Will given under our hands this second day of December 1817.

Elisabeth Range
Elisabeth Miller
John Range
Susanna Davalt
Jacob Range
Barbara Range
Peter Range
Sary Range
Isaac Range
Rachel Range
Margaret Davault

Know all men by these present that we Jacob Range and John Range, James Meloon, Jonathan Coreathers are held and firmly bound unto Joseph Mixniman, Gouvenor as his security in the just & full sum of four thousand dollars to be held [?] on condition that John Range and Jacob Ranage shall will and truly execute all the duty of executors of the last will and testament of Peter Range deceased according to law and settle with those who are entitled to receive by virtue of said will witness our hands & seals this 19th day of January 1818.


Jas Sevier
John Range {Seal}
Jacob Range {Seal}
James Meloon {Seal}
Jonatha Crethers {Seal}

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
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