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Andrew Lovelace of Ballard County

The first white men in Ballard County came in 1780, when General George Rogers Clark came with about 200 soldiers to establish a military outpost at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, laying claim of the United States to the Mississippi River as its western boundary.  Fort Jefferson was established with about 200 soldiers, which was a mile and a half south of what is now the town of Wickliffe.  The Chickasaw Indians considered this their territory and were anything but happy that their land had been invaded by the white man.  A few settlers came down the river to the fort after it was established, but the Indians attacked and killed them mercilessly.  Soon the fort was abandoned and any remaining settlers left also.  Until the purchase of this area of Kentucky in 1819, there were no permanent settlers.

Of the settlers who came in around 1818/1819 were John Humphrey, Solomon Redferrin, Robert Crafton and William Crafton, Daniel Doolin, John Weaver, James Talbott, William Rush, William Holman, Samuel Wilson, Andrew Lovelace, the Ewell family, the Newman family, Benjamin Kimmell, Samuel Saruthers, Penuel Billington, James Ashley, Israel Linn, William Linn, the Stovall family, the Unsell family.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Ballard County, Kentucky

Andrew Lovelace

Upon the crest of a high hill overlooking the village of Lovelace, and commanding a magnificent view of the valley of the Mayfield Creek, rests a substantial brick residence, the home of a bright and sturdy old pioneer, the worthy subject of this sketch.  Andrew Lovelace was born February 12, 1811, in Butler County, Kentucky, and came with his parents, in 1822, to what is now Ballard County, where he has since resided.  His father, Captain Andrew Lovelace, Sr., a native of Rowan County, North Carolina, was born in 1776, removed to Kentucky in an early day, and died here in 1863.  He was the son of Elias, a soldier of the Revolution, who also died at this place about 1833.  He was the son of John, an Englishman.  Subject’s mother, Rebecca, daughter of William Holman, of North Carolina, died in 1834.  To her and husband were born:  Elizabeth (Hall), Nancy (Lynn), Elias, Archibald, subject, Rebecca (Humphrey), Isaac and William.  Subject was married November 5, 1833, to Miss Eleanor, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Shelton) Ashley, of Butler County (born May 15, 1815), and his union has been blessed by the birth of Virgil S., Martha J. (Howard), John H., Freeman B., James M., Mary E. (Elsey), William A., Eliza B. (Trice), and Susan V. (Henderson).  Subject is a farmer, has prospered in his business and now owns 400 acres of well improved and valuable land which is in a fine state of cultivation.  In politics he still clings to the tenets of the old line Whigs.

Andrew and Eleanor Lovelace are buried in the Lovelace Family Cemetery in the town of Lovelace.

1818 Death Notices in The Reporter

Just one note – if you have never been to Locust Grove, in Louisville, home of Major William Croghan, who married George Rogers Clark’s sister, Lucy Rogers, it is definitely worth the trip!  The house is a wonderful example of an early Kentucky home.  The 18th Century Market Fair held at the end of October each year is great fun for young and old – and there are many other adventures throughout the year.  George Rogers Clark spent his last years there after suffering a stroke in 1809.

List taken from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vols. 39-41

  • James Carson, died January 12, 1818.
  • Captain Mann Satterwhite, of Fayette County, died Friday morning, January 16, 1816.
  • Hugh Crawford, drowned while attempting to cross a mill pond, Saturday, January 17, 1818.
  • Thomas Burling, a printer of the Reporter, Lexington, died February 3, 1818, leaving a wife and child. He was a native of New York.

Scan143Died at Locust Grove, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on the 18th instant General George Rogers Clark, a distinguished revolutionary hero, and remarkable for the ability and perseverance he displayed, and the hardships and sufferings he endured, in the early wars of the western country.  in military skill and daring intrepidity, no man ever surpassed:  his zeal and devotion to his county’s interest and welfare were preeminent:  and it were impossible for that country to discharge, by word or action, the debt of gratitude she owes for the invaluable and splendid services he rendered, the immense sacrifices he made, in support of her rights, liberties and independence.  From The Kentucky Gazette, Fayette County, Kentucky, February 21, 1818.

  • General George Rogers Clark, of Locust Grove, died Friday, February 13, 1818, aged 66 years.
  • John Williams, of Woodford County, was killed by his son, Milton Williams, March 13, 1818. He was almost 60 years of age.
  • George G. Ross, of Lexington, died Wednesday, April 15, 1818, aged 31 years.
  • Christopher Greenup, of Frankfort, died Monday, April 20, 1818, aged 69 years.
  • Eliza Pope, consort of John Pope, of Frankfort, Secretary of State, died April 24, 1818.
  • General Thomas Posey died at Shawneetown, March 20, 1818.
  • Captain Robert Megowan, of the late firm Buck, Bradford and Megowan, Lexington, died Wednesday, May 13, 1818.
  • Lydia Allen, wife of John Allen, of Fayette County, died in May, 1818.
  • William Carson, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Julian Misner, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Jane Shields, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Louisa Bain, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Charles McIntire, of Russellville, Kentucky, died in New Orleans, May 24, 1818.
  • Elisha Warfield, of Fayette County, died Thursday morning, July 16, 1818, aged 78 years. He was a native of Maryland.
  • James Ragland, Sr., of Clark County, died July 18, 1818, aged 75 years. He had been a resident of Clark since 1788.
  • Ann Hart, relict of the Captain J. G. S. Hart, of Lexington, died in Philadelphia, July 10, 1818.
  • Fanny D. Berry, daughter of Major Herman Bowman, of Woodford County, and consort of Dr. R. B. Berry, died at her Fayette County residence Saturday, August 1, 1818, aged 17 years.
  • Henry P. Smith, attorney-at-law, Harrodsburg, and son of Jesse Smith of Mercer County, died August 8, 1818.
  • Richard Davenport, of Danville, died in August, 1818.
  • James Hughes, of Frankfort, died at Blue Licks, in August, 1818.
  • William Neely, of Jefferson County, Mississippi, died in Winchester, Kentucky, August 27, 1818. He married Mrs. Irvine, widow of Dr. Irvine, who was killed at the River Raisin.
  • William Wallace, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Paris, died Thursday, September 10, 1818, aged 33 years.
  • Francis Drake, of Lexington, died Friday, September 11, 1818, aged 50 years.
  • John Prentiss, Sr., died Saturday, September 12, 1818, aged 75 years.
  • Louisa C. Keets died in Washington County, near Springfield, in October, 1818.
  • Mary Thompson, consort of Major George C. Thompson, of Mercer County, died November 10, 1818.
  • William Flower, son of Richard Flower, of Lexington, died in November, 1818, aged 21 years. He was an English emigrant.
  • Robert Rodes, of Madison County, died November 20, 1818, aged 59 years.

Pension Papers – Lewis County, Kentucky

Pension Papers – Lewis County, Kentucky

Richard Bane/Bean

The above named soldier was living in the county of Lewis, state of Kentucky, when applied for pension on the date of September 25, 1832, aged 80 years. He stated that he was born in the county of Northumberland, state of Virginia, in the fall of 1752. He enlisted in Bedford County, at Northern Hook, Virginia, in the fall of 1776. During the war he lived in Bedford and Amherst counties, Virginia. His mother appears to have lived in Northumberland County, Virginia. He left Amherst County about the close of the war and settled in Kentucky, living in Madison and Lewis counties.

The affidavit of a fellow soldier who served with him, by the name of Jacob Dooley, was made in Madison County, Kentucky, on February 3, 1834, at the age of 77 years. Both enlisted in 1776, and belonged to the same regiment.

William Mitchell, aged 66 years, made affidavit in Lewis County, in 1834, that in 1776, Richard Bean/Bane enlisted in company with two of his uncles, Robert and Stephen Mitchell, from Bedford County, Virginia.

John Campbell

The above named soldier was living in the county of Lewis, state of Kentucky, when he applied for pension on the date of October 19, 1816, aged 64 years. He enlisted in Monongahela County, Virginia, in January 1776, or May 9, 1777, at a place called Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh). In 1820 the only person in his family was his wife, aged 75 years. He had 8 children, but they were all married and living apart from him.

Samuel Crewell

The above named soldier was living in the count of Mason, state of Kentucky, when he applied for pension on the date of April 16, 1818. He enlisted in Virginia, date of April 6, 1778, or in May 1778, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (he stated the latter date in 1820). In 1820 he lived in Lewis County, where his family consisted of his wife, aged 42 years, and 7 children, the eldest a girl about 18 years old, next a son about 15 years old.

The affidavit of a fellow soldier who served with him, by the name of John Campbell, was in Mason or Lewis County, Kentucky, date of August 3, 1818.

William Dorch

The above named soldier was living in the county of Lewis, state of Kentucky, when he applied for pension on the date of August 31, 1818, aged 58 years. He enlisted in Mecklenburg County, on the Roanoke River, in the state of Virginia, in the line of the state of Maryland, date of June 25, 1780. In the early 1800’s he was living in Greenup County, Kentucky, and in 1833 in Bourbon County, having moved there the spring of 1833 from Greenup County, his wife having died shortly before. In 1820 his family consisted of his wife and a son, aged 15 years. He had 10 children, but all the rest of his children had left him.

John Dyal/Doyle

The above named soldier was living in the county of Lewis, state of Kentucky, when he applied for pension on the date of September 27, 1832, aged 70 years. He stated that he was born in Virginia, near Winchester, on November 27, 1762. He enlisted in Fayette County, on the Youghiogheny River in the state of Pennsylvania, in the fall of 1778, as a substitute for his father, Edward Dyal/Doyle. He also served in the War of 1812. In 1832 he stated that he had lived in Lewis County for 36 years. It was a part of Mason County when he first settled in it. He died December 8, 1845.

David Vance, aged 67 years on October 15, 1831, made affidavit in Lewis County, September 27, 1832, that he was living in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, when General George Rogers Clark was raising men to come to Kentucky to fight the Indians, and that he knew John Doyle having been among those who enlisted. John Doyle had a brother, Alexander Doyle, who was a resident of Lewis County. His widow, Christina Doyle, whose maiden name was Christina Davis, applied for pension in the county of Lewis, state of Kentucky, date of December 24, 1849, aged 71 years. They were married in the state of Kentucky, county of Mason, date of April 6, 1797.

Bible Records: John Dyal and Christina were married April 6, 1797. Rebecca Dyal was born March 17, 1798. David Dyal was born December 23, 1799. John W. Dyal was born January 17, 1802. Elizabeth Dyal was born July 27, 1805. Susanna Dyal was born November 9, 1807. Ann Dyal was born March 13, 1811. Edward Dyal was born December 20, 1813. June Dyal was born March 22, 1818. John Dyal, Sr., was born November 27, 1762. Christina Dyal was born March 12, 1778. Nancy Ales died August 11, 1840. Auvine Alea was 8 years old the 16th day of October, after her mother died.

General Robert B. McAfee Biography

from Mercer County, Kentucky – Biographies

General Robert B. McAfee was born in the district of Kentucky, at his present residence on Salt River, in February 1784.  His ancestors came to Kentucky, and settled at this place, in the fall of 1779.  Robert McAfee, the father of General McAfee, had to cultivate his farm gun in hand, for four or five years after he settled in Kentucky; and the subject of this sketch was born and reared amid the confusion and perils of continued Indian alarms.  He was placed at school while yet very young, and continued at various institutions of instruction until he had obtained a good education.  He lost his father when he was eleven years of age; and being thus left an orphan, (his mother having died the year previous), he was placed under the charge of the Hon. John Breckinridge and James McCoun, who had been appointed his guardians.  In the year 1796, he entered Transylvania Seminary, then under the control of the Rev. James Moore, a gentleman of learning and estimable character.  He also attended, for a brief period, a private school, in Mercer County.  When he had completed his classical education, he commenced the study of the law under the Hon. John Breckinridge, in whose office he continued three years.  When he had completed his studies, he returned to Mercer County and commenced the practice of law.  In October, 1807, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Cardwell, a niece of Col. Anthony Crockett, a revolutionary officer, who was with General George Rogers Clark in the expedition against Kaskaskia and Vincennes.  In the year 1800 he was elected to represent Mercer County in the legislature; and, with the exception of two or three years, has been in public life ever since.  Upon the breaking out of the late war, he volunteered as a private in the company of mounted riflemen, and was among the first Kentuckians who joined the north-western army.  In this company he was appointed sergeant and was, subsequently, elected ensign, and afterwards, second lieutenant.  He was also made quarter-master of Col. R. M. Johnson’s regiment.  This regiment aided in relieving Fort Wayne, at a very critical period, when surrounded by hostile Indians.  A detachment having been sent, under Col. Wells, against the Indian town of Five Medals, sixty miles north-west of Fort Wayne, McAfee accompanied the expedition.  In 1813, he received from Governor Shelby a captain’s commission in Col. Johnson’s regiment of mounted riflemen, having, previously, raised a company of eighty men, by whom he had been elected captain.  Col. Johnson’s regiment marched on the 25th of May, 1813, and was employed in active service on the frontiers.  Captain McAfee’s company, having been increased to one hundred and fifty men, were in the battle of the Thames, on the 5th of October, 1813, and did good service.  At the close of the war, Captain McAfee returned to his farm, in Mercer County, and spent two or three years in private life.  In 1819, he was elected to the legislature; and, in 1821, was chosen a member of the State senate.  In 1824, he resigned his seat in the senate, and was elected lieutenant governor, in which capacity he served four years.  He presided over the deliberations of the senate during those bitter and exciting contests, which are known in history as the new and old court questions.  In 1829, he became a candidate for Congress, but declined before the election came on.  In 1830, he was again elected to the legislature; and again in 1831-2.  He was a member of the convention which assembled at Baltimore in 1832, and nominated General Jackson as candidate for president, and Martin Van Buren for vice-president.  In 1833, he was appointed charge d’affaires to the republic of Colombia, in South America, and proceeded to the city of Bogotá, where he remained, engaged in the discharge of his duties, until 1837, when he returned to the United States.  In this mission he was accompanied by this son James, as private secretary.  In 1841, he was again elected to the senate of Kentucky; and, in 1842, was appointed one of the visitors to West Point, and elected president of the board.  In 1845, he retired from public life, and thereafter resided on his farm, in Mercer County.  He died in the sixty-sixth year of his age.  It should not be omitted, that General McAfee was a member of the royal Antiquarian Society of Denmark, and an honorary member of the Kentucky Historical Society. 

Peter B. F. Adams, Pension Application

Peter B. F. Adams, Pension Application

Pension number S30.814 Virginia

Made application for pension on December 7, 1835, in Fayette County, Kentucky, age 75, states that he was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, March 11, 1759, but was a resident of Washington County, Kentucky, at time of application, and his age is according to a record which was last in the possession of his brother John Adams, a resident of North Carolina.  He remained at the place of his birth until 1779 when he came to Kentucky with his uncle, Jacob Hunter, and remained at Boone’s Station until he settled in what is now known as Washington County, Kentucky, where he has resided ever since.  He resided at Boone’s Station when he entered the service as a volunteer under Captain Hays, who was a son-in-law of Col. Daniel Boone in Col. Logan’s regiment and in that regiment he marched to the mouth of the Licking where it was joined with other troops under the command of General George Rogers Clark who ascended the Ohio in boats from Louisville, Kentucky, to the place of rendezvous.  Col. McGary was with the troops but whether he commanded the other regiment, which was in the expedition, he does not remember.  The army under the command of General Clark crossed the Ohio at that point and marched to the Old Chillocothe Town on Mad River where a severe battle was fought in which this affiant shared.  He was not wounded there or since.  The expedition did not leave the Indian country until the towns were all destroyed and their corn cut down when the troops returned to the mouth of Licking, at that point the regiments separated – General Clark descending the river to Louisville and Col. Logan’s regiment to returning to Boone’s Station and other stations from whence it had been collected.  On that expedition he served to the best of his recollection and believes at least four months.  The troops marched about the first of June 1780 on the above expedition.

As your affiant was first enrolled in Captain Hays Company, he was always reliable and liable to be called to duty.  He was frequently called out during the remainder of the year 1780.  Served five months tour 1780.  He was ordered to Bryants Station 1782 where he remained until the seige of that station by the Indians in August of that year.  He remembers all the circumstances of the seige which continued until the third day when the enemy retreated, but he refers from their detail as being unnecessary here.  During the seige a reinforcement of about 40 men came to the station from Lexington, who remained in it until it was raised.  Cap. Craig commanded in the station by the request of Garrison, although he had no commission as an officer.

About 180 men under Cols. Logan, Todd, Trigg, Boone, McGary and other officers, came up and immediately pursued the enemy to the Blue Licks, where the unfortunate battle took its name from that spot was fought.  This affiant was not in that battle because he did not have a horse.  In a few days 400 men were gathered to bury the dead.

This affiant served at least 17 1/2 months.  He has one living witness, John Hunter, who is his cousin and whose deposition is given herewith and who lives in Jessamine County, Kentucky, and who came with him to Lexington to help him prepare his claim.

It is shown in the record that this John Hunter lived in the home of the said soldier Peter B. F. Adams family until after the Revolutionary War and having served with him in almost every instance referred to.  He was a private in the same company in his tour to the Indian towns.  This witness is also a pensioner.