Born in Scotland. Arrived in Virginia before about 1670 and
Mary Wife of John Redd ( – )
Possibly born in Virginia, Scotland or England.
Only minimal information is available on John Redd and his descendants before they merge with the line of Richard Major (1601-1676). The information I have, mostly limited to names and dates, is presented below as it appears in published genealogies.
John Redd was born on 27 Nov 1642 in Bendochy, Scotland. His wife’s name was Mary [surname unknown]. We do not know the timing or circumstances of John’s migration to Virginia or whether he brought Mary, or perhaps they met in Virginia after he arrived. The couple had one child that we know of: Thomas Redd, who was born between 1670-80 in Drysdale Parrish, King and Queen County, Virginia and died about Jan 1755 in the same place.
In about 1700 in Essex County, Virginia, Thomas Redd married Sarah Farguson, the daughter of John Farguson and Ann Stubbleston. She was born about 1684 in Essex County, Virginia and died about 1740 in the same place. Thomas and Sarah had seven children:
- Thomas Redd (Jr.), see below.
- John, born about 1700 in King and Queen County, Virginia. He married Mary Rogers. They were married before 1734 in Orange County, Virginia. He died in 1767 in Caroline County.
- James, born about 1703 in King and Queen County. Prior to 1735 he married Elizabeth Turner in King and Queen County. He died on 10 Oct 1784 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Records indicate he owned 18 slaves.
- Joseph, born 1710 in Spotsylvania County. He married Elizabeth [surname unknown] in about 1740 and died after 1752 in St. George Parish, Orange County. He was a carpenter.
- Sarah, born about 1716.
- Samual, born 1729 in King and Queen County. He married Lucy Rogers in 1750 and died in 1783 in Caroline County, Virginia. He was a Captain in the Revolutionary War.
- Ann, born in King and Queen County.
Thomas Redd (Jr.), born about 1700-08 in King and Queen County, Virginia and died in 1745 in Caroline County, Virginia. He was a carpenter. In 1730 he married Elizabeth Barbee in Essex County, Virginia. Elizabeth Barbee is the daughter of John Barbee and Ann Miller. She was born in 1715 in Essex County and died in 1762 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. After the death of Thomas Redd (Jr.), she married (2nd) Thomas Collins in about 1745 and (3rd) Samuel Hildrup in about 1751.
The children of Thomas Redd (Jr.) and Elizabeth Barbee are listed as follows (all botrn in King and Queen County, Virginia):
- Ann, born about 1730. She married Thomas Broaddus in about 1749 in King and Queen County and died about 1826 in Caroline County, Virginia.
- John, born about 1733 and died about 1789 in King William County, Virginia.
- Mordecai, born about 1735. In about 1761 he married Agatha Minor in Spotsylvania, Virginia, and he died about 1807 in Woodford, Kentucky.
- Elizabeth Redd, born 18 Aug 1736 (see below).
- Thomas (III), born about 1740 and died about 1783 in King William County.
- Sarah, born about 1742. In about 1760 she married William Hutcherson, and she died 1815 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
- Mary, born about 1744. She died before 1805 in Essex County, Virginia.
In Virginia in 1763, Elizabeth Redd married John Major. Documentation provided in several “Sons of the American Revolution” applications show that John Major was a private in Gen. George Washington’s continental army at Valley Forge, after which he received a treasury warrant to 470 of 1,000 acres in Franklin County, Kentucky, which was issued to John Major by Gov. Patrick Henry in Richmond, Virginia in 1779 and signed by Gov. Patrick Henry in 1786. In 1783, John and Elizabeth left Virginia and moved to Kentucky, settling on a plantation of 1,000 acres east of Frankfort. The plantation he founded became known as “Ingleside”. They had a large family together, some of whom settled upon portions of his estate, while others settled nearer Versailles, Kentucky, where they were residents for many years.
The lineage of Elizabeth Redd and John Major is continued under the heading of Richard Major (1601-1676).
 Kentucky was part of Virginia prior to being admitted as the 15th state on 1 Jun 1792.