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Revolutionary War Pensions – James Sleet

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky

James Sleet and Rachel Sleet, R9658

State of Kentucky, Mercer County, 1833, age 81.  States that he entered the service in 1777 under Captain Thomas Barber of Orange County, Virginia, and marched to Bottom’s Bridge and served a tour of three months, again enlisted 1779 or 1780 and acted as a wagon master, served nine months under Captain Charles Bruce in 1780 or 1781, he was drafted again and marched towards Richmond.

In 1781 he was drafted for a tour of six months in Orange County, Virginia, and joined the army in Captain George Waugh’s company under General Washington.  Jesse Head, clergyman in Washington County, Kentucky, age 70 (1833) and Thomas McIntire, age 58, and near neighbors to the soldier, state that they are well acquainted with him.

Owen County, Kentucky.  Deposition of Sally Thornton, taken at the home of Luke Thornton, November 13, 1838, states that she is the daughter of James Sleet, that she is age 58, and well remembers when her father got married to her stepmother, Rachel Sleet, and knows that the marriage took place in 1789.

Certified copy of the marriage records of the following.

Culpeper County Court Clerk’s Office, Virginia, November 26, 1839.  James Sleet to Rachel White, December 6, 1791, by William Mason, a minister.  James Sleet died December 25, 1838.

It is shown by affidavits made in Washington County, Kentucky, October 2, 1848, by Reuben Coyle and Joel J. Nickles, that Rachel Sleet, widow of James who died December 25, 1838, lived in the county of Washington, state of Kentucky, near the dividing line between Washington and Mercer County, Kentucky, and nearer the seat of Justice of Mercer than of Washington County.  It is proven by the court that they had only one child now living, to wit, Patsy Coyle, wife of James Coyle.

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  1. My husband descends from James and Martha “Patsy” Sleet Coyle through their son Benjamin b. 1807 Va who married (1)Elizabeth Wayne, daughter of John Wayne, in Washington County and (2) Telitha Hicks, daughter of John and Martha Hicks, in Taylor County KY. Benjamin and Elizabeth had 12 children, nine of whom lived to adulthood. Elizabeth died in January of 1849 apparently from childbirth complications and was buried in the Palestine Baptist Church Cemetery just off Hwy. 68 near Pitman’s Creek area. Later that same year, Benjamin married Telitha Hicks, and they had six more children together. By 1860, they are living in the New Market area of Marion County KY. Benjamin dies in 1872. While no record of his burial or a stone can be found, it is presumed that both he and Telitha are buried in one of the two cemeteries in New Market where at least two of his children and their families are buried.

    • do you know anything about the SLEET family (Marshall, Mary, Ira and others from Gallitin County, KY and in Warshaw and Florence, KY? I recently visited the Sleet Family Cemetary in Warsaw, where there are 4-5 gravestones (on Sayers Rd). There is a Sleet House named a KY preservation house where Marshall and a daughter of his lived (in Warsaw). Marshall’s Mother, Mary Sleet, lived in a house across the street and down the way.

  2. Would love to have any information about the SLEET family…seems most lived in Warsaw, KY. My father was Marshall C Sleet, his father was Ira Sleet, his father was Marshall Sleet (Marshall’s mother was Mary Sleet I think), both Marshall and Mary lived in Warsaw, KY in Gallitin County. I visited there recently 2017 to see the Sleet Cemetary on Sayers Rd in Warsaw near Florence, KY. (David A. Sleet, Atlanta, Georgia)

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