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Rev. Philip W. Taylor Dies At The Age Of 93 – Shelby County

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 6, 1856

A correspondent of the Frankfort Commonwealth furnishes that paper the following:

Rev. Philip W. Taylor, a native of Caroline County, Virginia, a soldier of the Revolution, and one of the early pioneers of Kentucky, died on the 24th, in Shelby County, Kentucky.  He was present at the surrender of Cornwallis, a soldier in Col. Mathews’ regiment.  In 1781 he came to Kentucky.  On his way down the river his boat was attacked by the Indians twenty miles above Louisville, and several of his companions killed and wounded, himself among the latter.  he knew, personally, Boone, Kenton, Todd, Harlan, and indeed all the pioneer heroes who settled the state.  He was for many years a justice of the peace in the county of Shelby, for two years its high sheriff, and for sixty years a minister of the gospel.  He was, perhaps, the last of the pioneer fathers, and in him was severed the last link that bound the busy, bustling generation of today to that stern old warrior race who conquered and settled our beautiful state.

Mr. Taylor’s death was listed in the deaths of 1856 for Shelby County.  Philip W. Taylor, 93, January 24th.  Cause of death – fell off porch?  The last word is very hard to read.

Thank goodness for old newspapers who have been saved – they give us glimpses of life from long ago.

George Rogers Clark and Locust Grove – Jefferson County

Locust Grove decorated for Christmas in the traditional manor of the 1810’s.

Information on the family of George Rogers Clark is taken from articles written for The Filson Club History Quarterly 1935-1940, by Rogers Clark Ballard Thurston.  In his latter years, General Clark lived with his sister, Lucy, who married William Croghan.  Their home was Locust Grove, located on Blankenbaker Road near the Ohio River.  Ritchey and I love to visit Locust Grove – in addition to being open all year, special events are held – a spring garden show in May, a Jane Austen festival in July, an 18th Century Market Fair the last week in October and Christmas at Locust Grove in December.  I will share some photos we’ve taken.

Tea during the Christmas festivities.

George Rogers Clark was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1752.  Within a few years his family moved to Caroline County, Virginia.  Parents John Clark and Ann Rogers had ten children, all born in Virginia:  Jonathan; George Rogers; Ann; John, Jr.; Richard; Edmund; Lucy; Elizabeth; William and Frances Eleanor.  Some of the general’s family moved to the Louisville area of Kentucky – including his parents.  His parents home, Mulberry Hill, was on the eastern outskirts of Louisville, on Beargrass Creek.  Of the six sons of John and Ann Clark, five served as commissioned officers and the youngest, William, was one-half of the Lewis and Clark duo whose famous expedition to the northwest was made 1804-1806.

Cooking Carolina rice and his Lordship’s beef – delicious together in a bowl – at the 18th Century Market Fair!

With bread and cheese we had quite a sumptuous meal!

George Rogers Clark was a surveyor and as early as 1772 made a trip down the Ohio River.  By 1776 he stayed in Kentucky and became the one to whom others in the state looked to for advice and leadership.  For a short time Clark was at Ford Harrod in Mercer County.

Ritchey talking about cannon and shot.

The general and I discussing his last visit to Washington City.

And jugglers!

In 1809 General Clark stumbled and fell at the fireplace and one of his legs was burned.  Erysipelas set in and his leg was amputated above the knee.  It was at this time that he came to live with his sister and brother-in-law at Locust Grove.  He lived an additional nine years, dying February 13, 1818.  Immediate survivors were his brother William, in St. Louis, and three sisters, Ann Gwathmey, Lucy Croghan and Fanny Fitzhugh.  He was buried in the Croghan family cemetery at Locust Grove.

General George Rogers Clark, November 9, 1752, died February 13, 1818.  Croghan Family Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

In 1869, from a bequest from Isaac Clark, son of Jonathan, lots were procured in Cave Hill Cemetery, and many of the graves were moved to that location, including General Clark’s.

General George Rogers Clark’s burial spot at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.



Joseph Timberlake – Member of Washington’s Guard

IMG_5277Flag and Gravestone for Joseph Timberlake – Hammonsville Cemetery, Hart County, Kentucky

IMG_5276Joseph Timberlake, born in Virginia in 1752, of English parents.  Died in Hart County, Kentucky, in 1841.  Married Annie Douglas December 11, 1784.

IMG_5275Joseph Timberlake, Virginia, Sergeant, Seventh Virginia Regiment, Revolutionary War.  1752-1841.

IMG_5267On Washington Guard, Sergeant Joseph Timberlake, born in Virginia, 1752; buried here, 1841.  Revolutionary soldier.  One of the members of General Washington’s body guard.  All were chosen as being sober, young, active and well built, men of good character that possess pride of appearing soldier like, those having family connections in this country, and men of some property.

Joseph Timberlake enlisted in 1776 from Louisa County, Virginia, and in 1777 was transferred to the Commander-in-Chief’s guard under Captain Caleb Gibbs.  He served as sergeant at the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Connecticut Farms and Yorktown, and served to the close of the war, when he held the rank of sergeant.  He was born in Caroline County, Virginia, and died in Hart County, Kentucky.

Today In Genealogy History – October 27

Frances Fielding Lewis was born 282 years ago – October 27, 1731 – in Gloucester County, Virginia.  Frances was the daughter of John Lewis III and Frances Fielding.  Unfortunately her mother died the same day, giving birth to her daughter.  Frances married George Yates IV, of Caroline County, Virginia.  They had 9 children:  John Estes, Charles Lewis, Richard, Frances G., James, William, Warner, Mollie and George Yates.

Today In Genealogy History – July 2, 2012

John Estes Yates was born 260 years ago – July 2, 1752 – in Caroline County, Virginia.  John was the son of George Yates, IV, and Frances Fielding Lewis.  John married Elizabeth Gaines in Culpeper County, Virginia, in 1772.  John and Elizabeth had at least one child – John Yates.  After fighting in the Revolutionary War, John moved to Adair County, Kentucky.

Today In Genealogy History – May 3, 2012

James Yates was born 249 years ago – May 3, 1763 – in Caroline County, Virginia.  James was the son of George Yates, IV, and Frances Fielding Lewis, the grandson of George Yates, III, and John Lewis, III, and Frances Fielding.  I have no information about marriage.  James siblings were John Estes, Charles Lewis, Richard, Frances G., William, Warner, Mollie and George Yates.