Durrett Covey


Personal and Family Information

Durrett was born before 1771, the son of unknown parents. The place is not known.

He has died but the date and place are unknown.

His wife was Mary Miller. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. They had no known children.


BirthBEF 1771


Note 1

In 1838, he with other relatives went to Indiana. After living a few months in the eastern part of the state, he moved to Clay County, Indiana with his entire family, some of whom had married while in Virginia. He died from exposure and cold contracted while in service of his country on April 28, 1848. He was laid to rest in the Zenor Cemetery about 7 miles south of Brazil, Indiana.

The West Virgina Advocate, February 15th, 1990 by Wilmer L. Kerns, Ph D.

War & Heartbreak In The North River & Ca capon Valleys

Sagas of Pioneer Families of the North River Settlement History and Tragedy of the Gibbons Family. (pages 2,3,18,19,20,21 & 22) ALLOT OF HISTORY REPORTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

High light foot notes of the following pages...............................Page 18 James Gibbons settled

several miles below Jonathon Pugh, just beyond North River Mills. Page 20. Gibbons family history.

Research on the roots of the Gibbons family reveals much lost and forgotten history of the area. The first settlers by this name was James Gibbons, (ca. 1720-1760) He and his wife Mary, settled on Fairfax lands along North river, near the mouth of a stream later named Gibbons Run. Gibbons' Run, in Hampshire County was named after pioneer James Gibbons. A Fairfax survey, dated Dec. 9-1754, reveals that James Gibbons worked as a chairman for Surveyor John Mauzy. In addition to other families, Indians also assaulted and pillage James Gibbons family and property during the 1756 raid at North River Mills. His daughter, Sarah Gibbons was taken prisoner and held for eight or nine years before being released presumably, Sarah was returned to Old Frederick County in 1764-1765, age 21 or 22. Sarah Gibbons, was 13 years old at the time of capture. What happened to James Gibbons during the Indian attack is not known. Possibly he was killed or died shortly there after of a disease, or natural cause. His name did not appear in subsequent records. James Gibbons did not live to receive an official Fairfax grant for the 131 acre farm, which he lived. Mary Gibbons, widow of James, remarried to Durrett Covey, prior to 1771. Covey was one of the Soldiers in Captain Joshua Lewis' militia who came to the aid of the Gibbons family during the Indian attach in the spring of 1756. Possibly Covey was involved in securing Sarah Gibbons' release by the Indians. Gibbons' 131 acre farm, along the North River, was inherited by Jacob Gibbons' Sr., the eldest son and "heir-at-law" of James Gibbons. Jacob Gibbons' Sr. was born sometime during the French and Indian War, his family resettled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he died ca. 1831