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A Few Soldiers of the Revolutionary War Who Settled in Nicholas County

William Bartlett, son of Samuel and Mercy (Seeley) Bartlett, was born October 11, 1750 in New Canaan, Connecticut.  He lived for some years in Orange County, New York.  In Volume 1, page 48 of Associators of the 4th Militia Company of Brookham is shown William Bartlett – June 8, 1775 – Data taken from:  Calendar of Historical Manuscripts relating to the Revolutionary War in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany, New York, in two volumes – published in 1868.

He probably first married in Virginia and had the following children: Joseph Bartlett; Polly Bartlett married Ashford Prather; Marcie Bartlett married James Buchanan; Dorcas Bartlett married George Swarts; Samuel Bartlett; Ebenezer Bartlett and William Bartlett.  He came to Kentucky very early and is shown as a tax payer in Nicholas County in 1800.  In 1820 he died in Nicholas County.

Major George Michael Bedinger was born in Shepherdstown, Virginia, December 10, 1756.  He served in the Militia in the siege of Yorktown in 1781.  He was a major at the Battle of Blue Licks.  He lived most of his adult life in Nicholas County near Lower Blue Licks Springs.  He was a Kentucky Legislator 1792-1794 and was a representative in Congress 1803-1807.  The first County Seat of Nicholas County was established at his home (Bedinger’s Mill) on Licking River at Elk Creek in 1800.  He died in 1843 and was buried near his home at Blue Licks Springs.

John Caughey was born in Pennsylvania about 1747.  He enlisted in the Revolutionary War in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1776.  He was under the command of Col. William Irvine in the Sixth Battalion.  They first went to St. John’s, Quebec, to reinforce the tired and ragged troops at St. John’s.  At Crown Point he first heard the Declaration of Independence read to the troops.  They left Crown Point with the American withdrawal to Ft. Ticonderoga.  The Sixth Pennsylvania Battalion spent the winter there, but the lack of food, medicine and bedding tormented the troops, but when the enlistment was up in January, they did not return to their homes but chose to continue to guard the northern gate until replacements came in spring.  He came to Kentucky between 1782 and 1790.  In 1800 he leased 100 acres of land on the Licking River and not only raised food for his family but assisted in surveying and building roads in that section of Nicholas County.  He died in 1826 and lies buried in a grave no longer marked, in that vicinity.

Andrew House was born December 1, 1747/48 in Frederick County, Maryland, but spent his early life in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.  It was here that he married Hannah Snap, daughter of George Snapp, in 1783.  He entered service at Montour’s Bottom on the Ohio River, 11 miles below Pittsburgh about the year 1779, as an Indian Spy under the command of Captain David Ritchie and as private in Captain Nathan Ellis’ company and Colonel Broadhead’s regiment, during which time he marched up the Allegheny River and was in an engagement with the Indians, many of their number being killed.  The summer following, he served one month as a private in Captain David Ritchie’s company between Pittsburgh and Wheeling.

After his marriage, he moved from Pennsylvania to Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and was again drafted to go with George Rogers Clark for three months on the Wabash Campaign, but he hired a substitute to take his place, paying him $20.00, saying that he had to raise a crop to support his family and could not get anyone to do his plowing, but could hire a man to fight without difficulty.  He applied for a pension in Bourbon County but later moved to Nicholas County where he died in August 1843.  In 1855 his wife, at the age of 94, made application and received 160 acres of Bounty Land.

David Kennedy was born in Scotland July 22, 1764 and died in Nicholas County September 8, 1824.  When quite young, he came to Virginia and served in the Revolutionary War for about three years.  About 1790 he migrated to that part of Virginia that later became Nicholas County, and bought a ½ interest in 545 acres of land, which today is located between Headquarters and Mt. Carmel.  He married Hannah Kassaneur of Aberdeen, Ohio.  Their children were James, William Elizabeth Cassandra, Thomas, Sarah, Harriet, Polly and Clairborne.  He and his wife and some of his children are buried on the farm that he owned.

History of Nicholas County, Joan Weissinger Conley, 1976.

Isaac Shelby Irvine Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Madison County, Kentucky

Isaac Shelby Irvine was born June 19, 1827, in Danville, Kentucky, and is the first of two sons and two daughters:  David, Isaac S., Sarah and Elizabeth, born to David and Susan (McDowell) Irvine.  David Irvine was born near Richmond in October, 1796.  He was a prosperous farmer and about 1812 became county and circuit clerk, which office he filled until the change in the constitution in 1852.  He was an officer on General Green Clay’s staff in the War of 1812, and has also represented his county in the popular branch of the Legislature for several terms, also served in the Senate two terms.  He was a strong and conscientious advocate of the Union in the recent great conflict and had considerable estates in Kentucky and Mississippi at his death in 1872.  He was a son of Colonel William Irvine, who was born in Roanoke County, Virginia; came to Madison County, Kentucky, soon after Boone, participated in Estill’s defeat, where he was badly wounded and carried home by Joe Proctor.  William Irvine was one of the members of the State Constitutional Convention in 1799 and was the first county and circuit clerk of Madison, which offices he filled until after his death about the beginning of the War of 1812.  His son, Christopher, was appointed to fill the vacancy.  Christopher shortly after raised a company and entered General Green Clay’s command, and at the Battle of Fort Meigs was killed.  David, the father of I. Shelby Irvine, was then appointed to fill the offices left vacant.  The Irvine family filled the county and circuit clerks’ office from the organization of the county up to the change of the constitution in 1852.  William Irvine married Elizabeth Hockady, of Clark County, a daughter of William Hockady.  To this happy union seven children were born and reared as follows:  Christopher, David, Adam, Edmond, Albert, Patsie and Amelia.  From these spring many of the most prominent and wealthy families of Kentucky.  The Irvines were of Scotch-Irish descent and were all strong Whigs in politics.  Susan (McDowell) Irvine was born in Danville and was a daughter of Dr. Ephraim McDowell, who was one of the most distinguished surgeons of his day.  He had married Sarah Shelby, a daughter of Governor Isaac Shelby.  Isaac Shelby Irvine was reared in Danville, where he received his preliminary education; afterward attended Transylvania University and graduated from Bethany College, Virginia, in 1846, since which he has turned his attention to farming and has made a specialty of fine Jack stock.  He has a beautiful farm three miles north of Richmond; also owns a large cotton plantation in Louisiana.  He now resides in Richmond, where he has erected on of the finest residences in the county.  In April, 1871, he was united in marriage to Betty Hood, a native of Carroll Parish, Louisiana, and daughter of Gooy and Ann (Chandler) Hood, who were natives of Marion County, Kentucky.  There is no issue from this union.  Mrs. Irvine is a member of the Episcopal Church.  Mr. Irvine’s first presidential vote was cast for General Taylor, but since 1860 he has affiliated with the Democratic Party.