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David Benton Pension Application

David Benton Pension Application

Caldwell County, Kentucky

David Benton, age 62, application date, October 26, 1819.  That on the 15th day of June, 1776, in Guilford County, North Carolina, he enlisted in Captain John Nelson’s company in the 4th Regiment of the North Carolina Line of the Continental Army, then commanded by Colonel Thomas Polk.  He served in that regiment until he was transferred to the North Carolina Continental Regiment commanded by Colonel L. Clark, in which regiment he served until the 15th day of June, 1779, five days before the three years for which he enlisted expired, which discharge he has lost.  He was in the Battle of Manmouth while in the Continental Service, and many skirmishes, and while in the militia service he was in the Battle of Eutaw Springs.  He is now in need of the assistance of his country for support.  And he further declares and swears that on the 29th of July, 1818, he made application to John McNary, Esq., judge of the federal court in the western district of Tennessee, to be heard with regard to his claim to a pension under the law of congress.  Terms of service are initially the same.  He has not heard on the original application.  He has no other evidence of his service that he can procure.  Signed David Benton (his mark).  Sworn in open court.  The court certify appears Benton did service in the Revolutionary War, for a term of nine months.  He stands in need of the assistance of his country for support.

Miscellaneous Information From Harrodsburg Newspaper Clippings

Miscellaneous Information From Harrodsburg Newspaper Clippings

Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

  • James Robb of Nicholasville died August 26, 1882.  He married the youngest daughter of Captain T. T. Cogar.
  • Sidney S. McFatridge died August 1882
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Harper Montgomery, age 80, died August 11, 1882, at the home of her son-in-law, Captain Phil B. Thompson.  She was a native of Mississippi and widow of Davis Montgomery.
  • John L. Cassell and Jennie Bowman were married September 14, 1882, at Cane Run Christian Church, near Burgin.  She is a daughter of D. M. Bowman.
  • Mrs. Robert A. Grimes died November 5, 1882.
  • Mrs. Annie Irvine, wife of B B. Irvine, died at the residence of H. C. Willis, November 8, 1882.
  • L. E. Eastland and Lula Finnell were married at the residence of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. William H. Terhune, January 23, 1883.
  • F. E. Cunningham and Miss Sallie Sharp, of Salvisa, were married January 24, 1883.
  • Creed Taylor was born January 1, 1800, in Harrodsburg and celebrated his 83rd birthday at his home in New Gascony, Arkansas, on January 1, 1883.
  • Miss Georgie Harlan, daughter of Wellington M. and Jenkie Taylor Harlan, died at the home of her parents, February 11, 1883.
  • R. L. Munday died January 7, 1883, about 51 years of age.
  • Joseph Wigham, age 87 years, 2 months and 18 days, died at his residence in Boyle County, March 19, 1883.  His father was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came to Virginia where Joseph was born, and three years later moved to Kentucky.
  • Rev. A. T. Spilman died April 20, 1883, at the residence of his father, Dr. C. H. Spilman.
  • Mrs. Nancy Smith, widow of the later A. Smith, died at the residence of her daughter, Joanna P. McCann, on April 23, 1883.
  • Benjamin Smith, age 94, died in Boyle County, April 1, 1883.
  • Abram Sharp, born in Mercer County June 14, 1814, died here June 12, 1883.

Maryland Survey For Peter Carrico


Maryland Survey For Peter Carrico

Peter Carrico is my 5th great-grandfather – my mother, his 4th great-granddaughter in direct line – Catherine Lyons Carrico.  I have read that the name Carrico could be French or Italian.  According to my extremely talkative, full of life, Catholic family I would vote Italy!

Be that as it may, Peter Carrico came to Maryland in the early years of his life, marrying Ann Gates about 1720 in Charles County.  When Ann died about 1735, Peter married  Margaret Gates – probably a cousin to Ann.  Peter died at Bryantown Hundred, Charles County, Maryland, October 18, 1765.

Carrico’s Hope was a piece of property he bought later in life.  Don’t you love that most properties in Maryland were named?  I’ve never noticed that in any other state!  The descriptive paragraph at the bottom gives us a good idea of what was on the property – another bonus!  This property was recorded February 7, 1763.

Members of the Carrico family came to Washington County, Kentucky, about 1795 when the Catholic migration began from Maryland to Kentucky.  A conference was recently held at St. Catharine College in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, reuniting all descendents of these pioneer families.  Ritchey and I were proud to attend!


Charles County

Laid out for Peter Carrico of Charles County, aforesaid, a piece of land lying in the county aforesaid within the presence of his Lordship, Mayor of Calverton, and next adjoining to tracts of land called Maidstone, which is called Carrico’s Hope, and bounded as follows.  Beginning at a bounded locust post standing where a bounded red oak of the said Maidstone formerly stood, running thence south fifty seven degrees, West eighty eight, from then north west and by west forty two, then north sixteen degrees, east twenty two, then north twenty seven degrees, west forty four, then north sixty seven degrees, west sixty eight, then north twenty degrees, east seventy four then south seventy degrees, east sixty one, then south forty eight degrees, east one hundred and forty five, thence with a strait line to the first beginning, containing ninety four acres, as by the plat here unto annex may appear.  Surveyed and laid down by a scale of (?) in an inch this 30th June 1762, by a Mr. Hanson

About twenty acres of the above land are cultivated and has on it a clapboard dwelling house 16 feet square, a 20 feet square tobacco house, 22 old apple trees and about 400 panels of old fence.



The Beautiful Frankfort Cemetery



Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky

The Frankfort Cemetery, in our beautiful state capital city, is a lovely place for a walk, a jog – but especially nice for a little genealogy hunt!  Let’s see who we found!


Lavina Seiler, wife of V. Berberich, born June 21, 1845, died August 28, 1878


Sacred to the memory of

Ellen Feehan, born 1815, died February 13, 1873

Daniel Feehan, born 1814, died June 9,1863


Erected in memory of Hanorah, wife of John Callaghan, born March 12, 1839, died July 9, 1862.  Also their three children – Michael, John and Timothy Callaghan.


My sweet hubby – always up for an adventure!


Thomas H. Berry, born April 20, 1817, died March 21, 1874


Our Confederate Dead


‘They sleep, what need to question now, if they were right or wrong.  They know ere this whose cause was just in God the father’s sight.  They wield no warlike weapons now, return no foeman’s thrust.  Who but a coward would revile an honored soldier’s dust.’

In the above picture you can see individual Confederate soldiers graves, circling the large monument.  More in a later post about these soldiers!


At the war memorial in the center of the cemetery this Union soldier was buried with honors.

C. N. Cardwell, Adjutant 2nd Regt., KY Infantry, died December 27, 1864


Anthony Crockett, 1756-1838, 7th Virginia Continental Regiment

Revolutionary War Soldier


The Frankfort Cemetery is located on a high bluff above the beautiful Kentucky River!  Notice our capital building in the background on the right!  I think you need to visit one day!

The Family of Major Thomas Allin and Mary Jouett Allin, Part 2



The Family of Major Thomas Allin and Mary Jouett Allin

Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thomas Allin, son of William and Frances (Grant) Allin, was born May 14, 1757, in Hanover County, Virginia.  Thomas served in the Revolutionary War and afterwards moved to Mercer County, Kentucky.  On February 16, 1789, Thomas Allin married Mary Jouett, at the home of her brother, Captain John Jouett, Jr.  Mary was born June 14, 1765, in Louisa County, Virginia, the daughter of John Jouett, Sr., and his wife Mourning Harris.  Thomas and Mary raised a large family in Mercer County, Kentucky.  Thomas died June 26, 1833, at his home in Harrodsburg, during the cholera epidemic of that year.  His wife Mary died two days later, June 28, 1833.  They are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.

The children of Major Thomas Allin and Mary Jouett Allin are:

  • Nancy Harris Allin
  • William H. Allin
  • John Jouett Allin
  • Thomas Allin, Jr.
  • Charles W. Allin
  • Mary Jouett Allin
  • Grant Allin
  • Philip Trapnell Allin
  • Samuel Woodson Allin
  • Benjamin Casey Allin

Charles W. Allin was born July 13, 1796, at Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky; died March 4, 1847, in Henderson County, Kentucky.  Charles married first, on June 14, 1819, Patsy Mitchell; married second in 1824, Mrs. Caroline Harrison, at Henderson County, widow of Daniel Harrison, born 1809, died 1873.  Children by first marriage:

  • Richard Mitchell Allin, who later attained the rank of Captain

Children by second marriage:

  • Philip Trapnell Allin, born 1834; became a Major and Chief of Staff to Generals Cheatham and Forrest, Confederate States of America, 26th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry.

Mary Jouett Allin was born March 6, 1798, at Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky; died September 2, 1818; married December 13, 1815, to Dr. Don Carlos Dixon, son of Major Tilghman Dixon and Maria Don Carlos Dixon, and born 1792 at Dixon Springs, Tennessee; died 1841.  Since Mary was deceased at the time her father made his will, May 5, 1830, he left her share of his estate to her son Tilghman Dixon, namely two tracts of land in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, containing about two hundred acres each, to be held for him until he came to the age of 21 years or married, and he was to be educated by the Executors, free of any charge against him until he became 21 years of age or married.  Children:

  • Tilghman Allin Dixon

Grant Allin was born January 20, 1800, at Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky; died Thursday, December 11, 1873, in Randolph County, Missouri.  Buried at College Mound, Missouri.  Grant married first, December 20, 1827, Mary Ware, daughter of Colonel Thompson Ware and Sally (Conn) Ware of Bourbon County, Kentucky; married second, at her father’s home in Bourbon County, October 23, 1830, Catherine Todd Ware, also a daughter of Colonel Thompson Ware and Sally (Conn) Ware, and born December 21, 1799; died June 26, 1863, in Randolph County, Missour, and was buried at Hebron, Missouri, near the Grant Allin farm.  Children by first marriage:

  • Mary Ware Allin
  • Thompson Allin, born November 4, 1828, at Harrodsburg

Children by second marriage:

  • Thomas Allin, born September 24, 1831, at Harodsburg; died June 25, 1865, and buried at Hebron, Missouri; married March 29, 1855, Kate Woods McNamara.  Served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.
  • Amanda Allin, born July 13, 1833, at Harrodsburg
  • Charles Ware Allin, born February 21, 1835, at Harrodsburg
  • Sallie Ware Allin, born January 26, 1837, at Harrodsburg
  • Lucy Bedford Allin, born August 30, 1838, at Harrodsburg
  • Mary Catherine Allin, born February 21, 1842,  near Huntsville, Randolph County, Missouri

Philip Trapnell Allin was born May 5, 1803, at Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky; died November 23, 1849; married first May 6, 1824, Jane Randolph Cabell, daughter of Joseph Cabell and his second wife, Anne Everard Bolling (Duval) Cabell, and born August 29, 1805, died June 28, 1833, at Harrodsburg of cholera.  Married second December 3, 1835, Mary Sophie Elizabeth Hart, daughter of William Hart and Dinah (Bradford) Hart, of Henderson County, Kentucky, and born February 15, 1814; died July 2, 1874.

Philip Trapnell Allin was appointed by his father as one of three Executors of his will, in which Philip was named to inherit “the tract of land containing fifty acres, lying west of the dower land of the widow McClure, now deceased, and all my interest in said dower land: as from his equal share of money to be had from the sale of the estate at the death of his mother, Mary.

In 1786 when Mercer County was organized, Thomas Allin was appointed county and circuit clerk, and served until 1830.  He then resigned and his son Philip Trapnell Allin was appointed as circuit clerk in which capacity he served until his death in 1849.  Children by first marriage:

  • Joseph Cabell Allin, born March 14, 1825, at Harrodsburg; married first Susan A. Smith, daughter of Obediah Smith of Henderson County.  No issue.  Married second, Mrs. Brown, of Louisville, Kentucky.  No issue.
  • Mary Ann Allin, born August 2, 1827, at Harrodsburg; died March 17, 1832
  • Elizabeth Randolph Allin, born December 13, 1832, at Harrodsburg

Children by second marriage:

  • Charles William Allin, born Octoer 13, 1836; died October 6, 1837
  • Robert B. Allin, born June 17, 1837; died October 17, 1839
  • William Hart Allin, born June 23, 1841; died July 20, 1859
  • John Bradford, born April 13, 1844, at Harrodsburg
  • Benjamin Casey Allin, born November 1, 1846, at Harrodsburg
  • Philip Trapnell Allin, born Mary 27, 1849, at Harrodsburg; married Mary Lloyd Ewing Marshall, daughter of Dr. Burwell Keith Marshall, of Louisville, Kentucky, and his wife, Sarah Lloyd Moore (Ewing) Marshall.  No issue.

Samuel Woodson Allin was born April 8, 1805; died January 1, 1807, at Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Benjamin Casey Allin was born May 6, 1808, at Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky; died September 26, 1895, at Harrodsburg; married January 28, 1829, Susan Hart Warren (1811-1897), daughter of John Warren and Judith (Boswell) Warren.  Benjamin was mentioned in his father’s will to inherit the home place consisting of about 200 acres, also another small tract of about 45 acres, as well as two negroes and to be given possession at the death of his mother.  He was appointed one of the Executors and was to inherit his share of the money to be had from the sale of the estate at his mother’s death that had not been otherwise disposed of.

At the time of the death of his brother, Philip Trapnell Allin, in 1849, Benjamin was appointed to fill his office of Circuit Clerk of Mercer County.  He held the office under appointment until 1851, when a new constitution was adopted, making the office elective.  He was then elected to the same office continuously until 1862, when on account of his strong southern sympathy, a Unionist was elected.  In 1886 Benjamin was elected County clerk and was elected to the same office every four years until his death.  Children:

  • Mary Boswell Allin, born November 5, 1829
  • George T. Allin, born June 18, 1831; died April 27, 1834
  • Benjamin Casey Allin, Jr., born August 18, 1834
  • Marie Catherine Allin, born June 26, 1836
  • John W. Allin, born March 12, 1838; died June 28, 1839
  • Philip Trapnell Allin, born December 15, 1839
  • Bushrod Warren Allin, born February 6, 1843
  • William Boswell Allin, born March 17, 1845
  • Susan Jouett Allin, born March 6, 1847, died November 1, 1864
  • Grant T. Allin, born December 12, 1848
  • Mary A.  Allin, born April 17, 1852
  • Thomas Allin, born March 17, 1857; died July 1864



Edward Barber Edwards Survey


This is the original map of a survey of 200 acres of land in Washington County, Kentucky, for Edward Barber Edwards, my 4th gr-grandfather.  Edward was born April 21, 1768, in Maryland,  the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber.  Edward was the eldest son, with seven brothers and sisters:  Virginia, Elizabeth, Mary, Jonathan, Rebecca, Joseph and Sarah.  The family moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, before 1795.

Edward married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  The couple had eight children, six born in Virginia and two born after the move to Kentucky, in 1816.  Susan Clark Edwards, John L., Catherine Kitural, Jonathan Joseph, Benjamin M. and Mary Jane were the older children; Martha L. and Sarah Barber Edwards were born after their move.

Although this document is not dated, it is with another document, another 200 acres for Edward Barber Edwards, surveyed by the same John Pirtle with the date November 20, 1812.  I’m sure this document is very close in date.


Survey’d for Edward B. Edwards 200 acres of land, bounded as followeth (to wit) Beginning at a stone corner to Thomas Hagan’s 30 acre tract, then with his line N26.5, W140 perches to a buckeye, dogwood and hickory. Thence with another line of the same S10, W30 poles to an Ironwood hickory and hornbeam on a small branch. Thence down the same as it meanders 30 perches to a white oak and elm on the east side of the Frankfort Road. Thence N6.5, E108 poles to a white oak, Spanish oak and ironwood. Thence S76, E59 perches to a white oak, walnut and blue ash. Thence N59.5, #25 poles to a hickory and dogwood. Thence N12, E96 poles to a hickory and white oak in the original line of Mercer’s 2,000 acre tract. Then with same S57, #44 poles to a stone corner to William Moran’s. Thence with his line S1.25, W190 poles to an elm and sugar tree on a small branch. Thence S22, E152 poles to a beech white oak and walnut on Moses Linton’s line. Then with his line N68, W to the beginning. J. Pirtle

Washington County, Kentucky

The Moses Linton mentioned in the survey, is brother-in-law to Edward Edwards, brother to his wife, Nancy.  William Moran is also a brother-in-law, married to Susan Linton.  When the survey speaks of the original line of Mercer’s 2,000 acre tract, Charles Fenton Mercer is the man who owned that land, and it was this land that Captain John Hancock Linton purchased June 13, 1818.  Captain John arrived in Washington County, Kentucky, November 4, 1818, to begin a new life with his children and grandchildren – at the age of 68.  I suppose for a Revolutionary War veteran it wasn’t that hard!

Edward Barber Edwards died in 1824.  Nancy lived on until 1861.  Three of the eight children never married, living long lives into their 80’s!  One sister, Mary Jane, married but had no children.  These four helped care for nieces and nephews of various families throughout the years.  Susan Clark Edwards is my 3rd gr-grandmother, living only to the age of 39.  She married John Cotton Taylor and had four children before her death, probably due to illness after childbirth with daughter Margaret Ann, who was only six months old when her mother died.  The old bachelor and spinsters lived on the same land purchased by Edward Barber Edwards in 1812 until the last one died in 1905, the land was then inherited by my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton.  Most of these people were long ago forgotten by most – but not me!  This is why we are genealogists – to search out and remember those who lived before us, and pass their stories down to the next generations, so they will live forever in our memories.

Colonel John Cowley Biography

from Who Was Who in Hardin County

Hardin County Historical Society

Colonel John Cowley

Colonel John Cowley was the son of John Cowley, who came to this county with his family from Montgomery County, Maryland, at an early date.  At the same time came Colbert S. Cowley and his family, also William Owen and family, and two men of the Viers family brought their families.  They must have come at an early date and by flat boat from Fort Pitt to the Falls of the Ohio.  They began to buy up land after crossing the Rolling Fork River at the mouth of Cedar Creek, large tracts of land on Dorrett’s Run, on Mill Creek and on westward where the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike crossed some of their holdings near what is now Rogersville.

Colonel John Cowley was born October, 1802, on the east side of Dorrett’s Run where his father had acquired a large acreage of land.  He took up military tactics and training at an early age and was soon advanced from a private to the rank of a commissioned officer and was commissioned by the state to issue the muster call for all troops in Hardin County, to assemble for training at some place designated in the muster call issued by Colonel John Cowley.

The Colonel owned a farm on Mill Creek of probably a thousand acres, on which he had a grist mill and a distillery at what was then and is now known as the Falling Springs, which furnished the power to run his mill and also water for the distillery.

He issued the muster call and trained the troops on his own farm near the Falling Springs where there was an abundance of water for drinking and cooking.  The Colonel’s dwelling, a large, two-story log house, weather-boarded, with large stone chimneys, stood on the bluff overlooking Mill Creek.  At the rear were a number of buildings used as slave quarters.  On the roof of his dwelling was a bell covered by a belfry, with the lower end of the rope hanging by the side of the Colonel’s bed on the first floor.  Each morning this bell was rung for his head slave to come in and make the fires and get the cook up to begin preparing breakfast, and to get the other slaves out to do their work.

Colonel John Cowley was of Irish extraction, and always looked “dressed up,” wearing blue jeans in winter and grey jeans in summer, military coats and a black silk hat with a crown about six inches high.  He must have had a slave who was an expert weaver of cloth, as each year he carried sufficient cloth of both blue and grey to Louisville on horseback where his tailor cut him a suit of each, basting in the lining and wrapping them in oil cloth to carry back home to be made up.  In 1870 a newcomer in that section asked Colonel Cowley where Abe Lincoln got the brains to be President.  The Colonel told him that he didn’t have to go any further back than his grandmother, Bersheba Lincoln, known as Granny Lincoln, who for many years was known all over north Hardin County.  Colonel Cowley said of her that she was a Jeffersonian character, of fine brains, and full of energy and business.

Colonel Cowley died November, 1884, aged 82 years.  He was respected by his neighbors as a good, substantial citizen and a good neighbor.  He reared a large family of good citizens who all became land owners.  His oldest son, Owen Cowley, was at one time likely the owner of the largest acreage of land owned by one person in Hardin County.

Colonel Cowley was married to Hester Owen, and to this union six children were born.  His second wife was Susan Daugherty, and to them was born one son.