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Casper Barger
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Birth: 1708, Germany
Death: Jul., 1755
Augusta County
Virginia, USA

Casper Barger was born in 1708 in Germany, and died in July, 1755 in Augusta County, Virginia about the age of 47. His wife was Margaret --.

Casper Berger, 30, was one of 139 males "ages from sixteen years and upwards Passengers on bd. ye Winter Gally, Edward Paynter, Commander [Qualified September 5, 1738]." Also on board were 113 women and children, for a total of 152 passengers. (German Pioneers to Pennsylvania, Passenger Ships' Lists Includes People from the Palatine, List 52A, published at

Alvan Lyell Barger, editor of The Barger Journal, A Publication Devoted to the Genealogy and History of the Bargers and Allied Kindred, wrote about Casper:

"Casper Barger was born somewhere in the Palatinate provinces of Germany in the year 1708. He was thirty years of age when he sailed for America from Rotterdam, Holland, in the British ship Winter Galley, Captain Edward Paynter, master, and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he took the English oath of allegiance, on September 5th, 1738. He settled in one of the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, whence he is supposed to have gone to the state of Virginia, to the Shenandoah Valley, and there acquired farm property at the Shenandoah River, near the village of McGaheysville.

"His wife was Margaret ----. Indications are they were married in Germany. The next we hear of him is in the year 1755, when, with Philip Barger and Philip's son Philip, he makes a trip to Montgomery County, southwest Virginia, where, at Tom's Creek and New River, he had bought farm property. The purpose of the visit there was to make some improvements on the place, preparatory to moving his family there. Philip was, on the same occasion, making preparations to move his family to a farm he had purchased in the same community. The location was new and was designated by several names, as, Smithfield, Draper's Meadows, New River, etc.

"Several families had already located in the isolated spot, as the Ingles, Hermans, and others, but the population at the time, all told, was but a few dozens. This settlement was surprised and attacked by Indians on the 30th of July, 1755, and nearly wholly destroyed; and among the slain were Casper Barger and Philip Barger, Sr., the younger Philip having escaped the savages by an adroit manoeuver. . .

"Of the members of Casper's family, Chalkley's Augusta County Records name Jacob and Casper, Jr. Were there other children?" (Edwards Brothers, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1939, pp. 36-37)

Mary B. Kegley and F. B. Kegley, authors of Early Adventurers On The Western Waters, Volume 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days 1745-1800, wrote:

"Casper Barger (Barrier, Barriger, etc.) purchased 507 acres adjoining William Ingles and William Lippard in 1754 (Chalkley, Chronicles, III, 321). This tract was part of the 7,500 acres known as Draper. Barger was one of those killed by the Indians in the same raid that took the life of Colonel James Patton and others in 1755 (Chalkley, Chronicles, II, 510). His widow, Margaret, was made administrator of his estate which was recorded in 1760 (Chalkley, Chronicles, III, 59, 60). She bought lands on a branch of the Shenandoah River in 1765, and the deed was delivered to Casper Barrier, presumably her son, in 1769 (Chalkley, Chronicles, III, 426). There is no evidence that Margaret or Casper, Jr. came to New River.

According to the Virginia Military Records compact disk, Indian Wars in Augusta County, Virginia, p. 29, "The following is a copy of one of the collections of the late Lyman C. Draper, which are preserved by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. As is well known, Dr. Draper was indefatigable in his researches. From 1835 to 1870, he traveled thousands of miles, visiting the residences of descendants of early settlers, and ransacking barrels, boxes, drawers and pigeonholes. He called this paper 'The Preston Register,' possibly because he attributed the authorship to Colonel William Preston. There are, however, some errors in the list, particularly in regard to names, which Colonel Preston would not have committed.

"The Secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society writes that the original paper has the appearance of an ancient manuscript, and as far as he knows has never been printed.

"The number of people killed, wounded or captured by Indians, in Augusta County, from the beginning of the war till May, 1758, was, according to the Register, 307. Many more fell victims to Indian barbarity from May, 1758, to the fall of 1764, when the war ended. It must be remembered that Augusta county covered a much larger territory in 1754-8 than it does now. Monongalia, Holston River, New River and South Branch are remote from the present county limits. The Register fixes the dates and places of various occurrences of more or less historical interest, in regard to which tradition was silent or uncertain. July 8th, 1755, has heretofore been given as the day on which Colonel James Patton was killed and Mrs. Ingles (not English) and others captured; the Register, however, gives the date as July 30th."

According to the same source, pp. 31-32, the following is "A Register of the Persons who have been either Killed, Wounded, or taken Prisoners by the Enemy, in Augusta County, as also such as have Made their Escape. . . 1755, July 30-- Col. James Patton, New River, killed. Caspa Barrier, New River, killed. Mrs. Draper & one child, New River, killed. James Cuyll, New River, wounded. Mrs. English & her two children, New River, prisoners, escaped. Mrs. Draper, jr., New River, prisoner. Henry Leonard, New River, prisoner."

Mary B. Kegley and F. B. Kegley, in their Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Volume, I, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days 1745-1800, state: "But Phillip (also Philip) Barger, the son of Margaret and Casper Sr. appeared to reclaim his father's lands about 1771. . ." (Green Publishers, Inc., Orange, Virginia, p. 190)

On Nov 24, 1760, the inventory of the estate of Casper Barger was filed in Augusta County Will Book 2, pages 436-437. The index for Will Book 2 lists him as Casper Berriero's, page 436:

"We the subscribers being first sworn before Tras. Tyler on of his Majesty Justices of the Pees have appraised the estate of Casper Barger decd as follows [shown in , S, and d]

To 1 Red white faced Cow 1 15 -
To 1 Red Cow 32/6 To 1 Black Spoted Cow 27/ 2 19 -
To 1 Black Cow with the 1.10 to 1 brindled Cow 1/10 3 - -
To 1 Red haffer 1.5 To 1 Red - 1 Black hiffer 1.15 3 - -
To 1 with hiffer 16/6 to two brinbled steers 1.15 2 21 6
To 1 black hiffer10/ To 1 wieth steer 25/ To 1 brindled Cool 20/ 3 3 -
To four spring calf 1.10 To 1 Wagon ghind Geers & brest chain 12 10 -
To 1 even small schenes 10/ To 1 Lock Schenes 10/ 1 - -
To two Doung fork one hook and pitchfork - 8 -
To the frissens of One Dobletree 3/ To one pair of Shllands 10/ - 13 -
To 1 Tar and two small tae 6 - 6 6
To 6 Gimlet tree file two Compreses and one lamp - 3 6
To three Mattocks 12/ to five Oggers 7/6 - 19 6
To three faling Ax 13/ - 13 -
To 1 broad ax one hand ax one froshing ax one tomhawk and one froe 15 - -
To two fraing knife one foulaz and one hovel and one - 9 -
To tree viding how one spiad and 1 shofal and 1 smal hose 10 - -
To five Gressle 1 in shase & 1 nose - 4 6
To 1 Box Iron of ledel 1 pech fork 1 Settle pan - 4 6
To 2 platters & Basan 2 pounges 2 plads and one fonel 1 7 10
To 2 probs with their Cover 8/ to 1 Drace Cattle 3/ - 11 -
To 1 smoth bore gun 15/ to 2 Bells with the Coler 7/6 1 2 6
To 1 pane 1 blacking polane Southern & 1 Cane - 9 6
To one gridel 1 hakel & 1 pair of wool Cards - 12 6
To 1 gat 1 pair of Courds & 1 waggon cloath - 12 6
To two Couting nife & 1 Coury Comma - 3 6
To 2 sets of Plow iron two Clenishes and one Sing 2 2 6
To 1 tramble 5/ to 1 Bible & 1 Sarman Book 1 1 5 -
To 1 Chisl 5 to 1 pair of Moll Rings & two Vigges - 13 -
To 1 Table 10/ To 1 Courting knife with the Heel & Boult 8/ - 10 -
To five Bridles - 5 -
To two pair of hames with Iron tresses 1 Coller & 2 bridles 1 - -
To 1 black horse banded CB 4 To 1 black Rone Maer 6 10 - -
To 1 Red Rone horse 5 10 -
To one feather Bed two palow two sheets 1 10 -
To 1 feather Bed One palow one sheet 1 - -
To 1 Crad Cot & 1 per of Briches - 19 -
To one table Cloth and two hand towel - 5 -
In Cash 5 - -
71 13 10

George Trout
William Kerr
Geo Peterson

At a Court held for Augusta County November 24, 1760 This Inventory or appraisment of the Estate of Casper Barger decd being returned into Court is ordered to be Recorded. Teste --"

There is additional support for the theory that Philip (below, b. 1741) was the grandson of Philip who died in 1755. The German pattern of naming the first son after the paternal grandfather would have Casper's firstborn named Philip. The second son (Casper) was named after the maternal grandfather (Margaret's father).

Supposing the elder Philip Barger was Casper's father, Casper Barger and Margaret -- may have had the following children:

*i Philip, b. Sep 1, 1741, m. 1st, Eve Clements on Feb 4, 1765; 2nd, Barbara May on Mar 2, 1792, d. Aug 3, 1803
ii Casper, Jr., b. 1743
iii Jacob O., b. Oct 26, 1745, m. Elizabeth Hedrick, d. Aug 24, 1794
iv John B., b. Nov 11, 1746, m. Mary (Molly) -- in 1776, d. 1831
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  Philip Barger (1741 - 1803)*
  Jacob Berrier Barger (1745 - 1794)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Larry Cornwell
Record added: Jan 27, 2009
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Casper Barger
Added by: Larry Cornwell
Casper Barger
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Casper Barger
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My 6th great grandfather and the farthest I've gone back in my tree. Hopefully, he's a friendly ghost.
- Robyn Rhudy
 Added: Apr. 7, 2014
Casper Barger my GGGGGG Grandfather.Thru John Barger line. Sally( Sally) Barger Asbury my Great Grandmother.
- Ronald Asbury
 Added: Jan. 5, 2013
my 6 great grandfather.
- Laurel Shimpfky Marcucci
 Added: Dec. 16, 2012
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