Francis Regan, Sr. was born in Ireland in 1662, a son of Daniell Regan, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth W. (Wilson) Regan. Francis Regan likely immigrated from Cork, Ireland to Surry County, Virginia with his parents before 23 Apr 1667 when Daniell Regan, Sr. acquired land for the transport of four persons (1254).
On 6 Oct 1687, Francis Regan and his mother Elizabeth appeared in court to swear that the inventory of the estate of Daniell Regan was correct (871, 1302). John Moring, John Watkins, and Samuell Thompson witnessed the statement.
Francis Ragan, Sr. appeared on lists of tithables in Surry County, Virginia for 1686–1688 (1298).
In 1690, Francis Regan and Jane Grosse married in Isle of Wight, Virginia. Jane was a widow of Richard Grosse (1011) and a daughter of Richard and Jane Poole (1012).
On 6 Sep 1692, Francis Regan sold 50 acres of land in Surry County, Virginia to William Gray for 7,000 pounds of tobacco (1301). William Thompson had sold the 50 acre tract to Daniel Regan, who willed it to Francis Regan, his son.
On 4 Jul 1693, John Higgs and his wife Eleanor made a deed to Francis Regan for 50 acres of land in Surry County, Virginia that was part of a tract granted to Joseph Wall (1303).
On 18 Feb 1722, Francis Regan received a patent for 165 acres of land on the north side of Meherrin River adjoining Thomas Smith’s land in Isle of Wight County, Virginia (1248).
On 19 Mar 1725, Francis Regan made a will in Surry County, Virginia (1253). His will names sons Francis, Daniel, Thomas, Joseph, John, and Richason, and daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, and Faith. Francis Regan appointed his wife Jane as sole Executrix.
Francis Regan died before 16 Aug 1727 when his will was proved in court by oaths of Martha Thompson and Elizabeth Regan (1253).
871. Sworn Statement to Inventory of the Estate of Daniell Regan. Surry County, Virginia. 6 Oct 1687. Surry County, Virginia Record Book 3. Surry County Court House, Surry, Virginia. Page 16.
1011. Probate of the Estate of Richard Grosse. Isle of Wight, Virginia, 9 Aug 1675. Isle of Wight County, Virginia Book 2-37. (Database: Ancestry.com.)
1012. Probate of the Estate of Richard Poole. Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 17 Jun 1689. Isle of Wight County, Virginia Book 2-297. (Database: Ancestry.com)
1248. Land Grant to Francis Regan, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 18 Feb 1722, 165 acres. Page 174, Reel 10. Land Office Patents Number 11, 1719–1724. Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. (Images: Library of Virginia. Image on file.)
1252. Will of Daniell Regan, Surry County, Virginia, 2 Nov 1686. Surry County, Virginia Deeds and Wills Book 3, 1684–1687, Page 88. Surry County Court House, Surry County, Virginia. (Transcription on file.)
1253. Will of Francis Regan, Surry County, Virginia, 19 Mar 1725. Surry County, Virginia Will Book 7, Page 1748. (Transcription on file.)
1254. Louise Pledge Heat Foley. Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches. Volume 3. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2003. (Images: Ancestry.com)
1298. MacDonald, Edgar, and Richard Slatten. “Surry County Tithables 1686, 1687, 1688.” Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 23 (1985).
1301. Francis Regan, Sale of 50 Acres of Land to William Gray, Surry County, Virginia, 6 Sep 1692. Surry County, Virginia, Deeds and Wills Book 3, 1684–1687, Page 175.
1302. Francis Regan and Elizabeth Regan, Inventory of the Estate of Daniell Regan, Surry County, Virginia, 6 Oct 1687. Surry County, Virginia Record Book 3, Page 16.
1303. Deed by John Higgs and Wife Eleanor to Francis Regan, 50 acres, Surry County, Virginia, 4 Jul 1693. Surry County, Virginia Deeds and Wills Book 3, 1684–1687, Page 312.
Revised 13 Aug 2020.