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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.



Mark McGohon Re-Interred In Memorial Acre In Harrodsburg

In 1930 the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution laid off an acre of land next to the pioneer burying ground at Fort Harrod, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.  This plot of land was to be used to inter Revolutionary War soldiers whose graves were in neglected family graveyards.  Mark McGohon, his wife and daughter, were the first to be buried there, on June 15, 1930.  The next day, Memorial Acre was dedicated by the D. A. R.

Mark McGohon, Jr.

Revolutionary Soldier, Kentucky Pioneer, Christian Patriot

Born in Ireland, 1750.  Died in Kentucky, 1848.

First to be buried in Memorial Acre

When a lad he migrated to America and fought in the battles of Paoli, Bound Brook, Brandywine and Germantown.  Served under General George Rogers Clark and General Josiah Harmer, also in other campaigns against the Indians.

A defender of Fort Harrod in the westward sweep of civilization.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, June 13, 1930

Dust of Fort Harrod Hero To Be Laid In Memorial Park

Mark McGohon’s Exploits During Revolution Are Recalled; Descendants to See Military Rites.

Harrodsburg, Ky., June 12. – The dust that once was Mark McGohon, immigrant from Scotland, and Revolutionary War soldier, who dwelt in Old Fort Harrod, has been removed from what once was the garden of his son-in-law, James McKittrick, at Mackville, on the line of Mercer and Washington Counties, to be buried again with military honors in the Pioneer Memorial State Park here.

The remains of Mark McGohon and his daughter, Nancy, who was born in the old fort, will be interred by the McGohon Clan with services at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the “Revolutionary Memorial Acre,” provided by the Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, in the Pioneer Memorial State Park.

Dr. W. H. Wisehard, Indianapolis, great-grandson of Mark McGohon and chieftain of the McGohon clan, will preside at the services.  Mark McGohon will be the first Revolutionary War soldier to be buried in the Memorial Acre, set apart for that purpose, which will be dedicated Monday afternoon.  Part of the ceremonies will be the firing of military salutes by the Frankfort and Springfield Nation Guard companies under direction of Adjt. Gen. W. H. Jones.

Mark McGohon slept for eighty-two years in his son-in-law’s garden.  As a boy he came to America with his mother and two sisters to join his father, the elder Mark McGohon, at New York.  During the voyage the mother and one of the girls died and were buried at sea, and the ship docked at Philadelphia instead of at New York.

The boy, Mark, and his little sister, penniless waifs in a strange land, were befriended by a man who saw the little girl crying as she and her brother wandered the streets of Philadelphia.

During the Revolutionary War, Mark, still a small boy, followed some troops as they marched to camp and joined them.  One day he heard his name called at muster and the man who answered it proved to be his father.  While encamped in Western Pennsylvania, Mark was assigned to carry milk to the camp from a farm house.  The daughter of the family served him the milk from a farm house.

When the troops moved on Mark promised to return to the girl, Betsy Dunn, when the war ended.  Carrying his honorable discharge, which still is in the possession of his descendants, Mark went back after the war and married Betsy Dunn.  They came to Kentucky and took shelter in Old Fort Harrod.

While living in the fort, there was a period when the settlers had no bread.  Grain crops had been destroyed by the Indians, and the occupants of the fort used the cooked white meat of wild turkeys and dried buffalo meat for bread.

Hearing of these conditions at the fort, Betsy’s father sent a bag of flour by some settlers who came down the Ohio River to the Falls, now Louisville, and Mark rode horseback to that site, where he obtained the flour and carried it back to the fort.  He told his wife to cook enough of the flour so that every person in the fort could have a piece of bread.  The skillet oven in which the bread was baked is among the relics now in the McGohon cabin in the fort Harrod replica.

When the horses were grazing outside the fort, Indians stole all but three.  One was a white mare, ‘Nell,” which Betsy’s father had given to her as a wedding gift.  Mark and other settlers trailed the Indians and saw them in camp at what is now New Albany, Indiana.  Mark climbed high into a tree, calling to the mare, which swam the river, followed by the other horses.

Mark McGohon built his log cabin two miles northeast of Harrodsburg.  Here he lived to extreme old age, finally going with his spinster daughter to Mackville, where a married daughter lived.  There he died at the home of his son-in-law and was buried in a two-ply walnut coffin under six feet of earth.

Mark McGohon’s great-grandson, Joe Thompson, Mackville, supervised the removal of the remains to the Memorial Acre.

Elizabeth Dunn McCohon, Sacred to the Memory of the wife of Mark McGohon, Jr. 

Born in Pennsylvania, emigrated to Kentucky with her husband following the Revolutionary War.  Pioneer woman who heroically met the toil and danger of the frontier and nobly did her part in maintaining domestic life within Fort Harrod, when surrounded by peril and attack from the Indians.

Her efforts aided in establishing the Presbyterian Church at Harrodsburg.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, June 16, 1930

Body of Revolutionary Hero Is Reburied In D.A.R. Cemetery

Mark McGohon Is First Soldier to Be Interred In Harrodsburg Memorial Acre

Harrodsburg, Ky., June 15 – The remains of Mark McGohon, Revolutionary soldier, were interred with a simple ceremony this afternoon in the Revolutionary Memorial Acre in the Pioneer Memorial State Park.  He is the first of the soldiers in that 1776 struggle to be taken from a neglected grave and placed in the keeping of the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution, who will make their ‘acre’ one of the beauty spots of the Pioneer memorial State Park.  The flag-draped casket was carried by Legionnaires.

Beside the grave of Mark and his daughter, Nancy, born in old Fort Harrod, gathered members of the McGohon clan from Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and several other states.  The Rev. J. W. Carpenter of the Presbyterian Church offered prayer.  ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ was sung by Garnett Dean, McKee Reed, B. G. Alderson and William Reed.  Dr. W. H. Wishard, Indianapolis,

Chieftan of the McGohon clan, reviewed the short and simple annals of Mark McGohon, heroic chiefly in that he fought honorably in every battle of life.  He paid tribute to the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution for preparing a beautiful spot where those warriors for American Independence may be moved from oblivion.  ‘America the Beautiful,” by the quartet, and the benediction closed the service.

A military salute will be given Mark McGohon Monday afternoon when the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution dedicate their Memorial Acre.  Troops A and I, State militia, under Adjt. Gen. W. H. Jones, will fire the volley.  This salute will be part of the ceremonies of the celebration of the 156th anniversary of the founding of Harrodsburg.

Mark McGohon, when a mere lad joined a Pennsylvania company during the Revolution.  After his honorable discharge, which is still in the possession of his descendants, he came with his bride, Betsy Dunn, to Fort Harrod.  He died October 8, 1848, and since that date has slept in a grave in the Homestead garden of his son-in-law, James McKittrick, at Mackville, on the Mercer-Washington County line.

The Revolutionary Memorial Acre adjoins the Pioneer Cemetery in the Pioneer Memorial State Park, the oldest cemetery in Kentucky where sleep the brave dwellers in old Fort Harrod, who founded the first permanent settlement in Kentucky.  The Kentucky State Park Commission has placed this section of the Pioneer Park in the keeping of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Kentucky.  Any Revolutionary soldier may be reburied there by his family.

Other Revolutionary soldiers whose graves have been located in Mercer County by the Jane McAfee Chapter D. A. R. of Harrodsburg are Maj. Thomas Allin Captain John Armstrong, Captain William Armstrong, John Bohon, Captain Abram Chapline, Henry Comingore, Sr., John Comingore, Thomas Graham, Dominie Rev. Thomas Kyle, John Lillard, Col. William Logan, Lieutenant James McAfee, George McAfee, Col. Thomas P. Moore, Gen. James Ray, Capt. Lewis Rose, Abraham Sharp, John Sharp, John Smock, Sr., Captain James Stagg, Cornelius Vannice, Gen. John P. Van Nuyce, Cornelius A. Vanarsdale, Cornelius O. VanArsdale, Edward Houchins, Tobias Wilhoite.  There are a number of other Revolutionary soldiers known to be buried in Mercer County, but their graves have not been located.

Hundreds of persons from throughout Kentucky and from other states are expected to visit Harrodsburg Monday for the annual Pioneer Memorial Day exercises at the park.

The programme will begin at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon with the dedication and the principal address will be made by Mrs. Lowell Fletcher Hobart, president of the General National Division of the D. A. R., of Washington.  Mrs. James Darnell, director of State Parks, also will speak.

Nancy McGohon, daughter of Mark M. McGohon, Jr., and Elizabeth Dunn McGohon.

Born in Fort Harrod, buried in Memorial acre, 1930.

McGohon Family buried at Memorial Acre

Some Members of the Todd Family Interred in the Lexington Cemetery

Today I would like to share with you a few photos taken at the Lexington Cemetery in Fayette County, Kentucky.  These are members of the Todd family, beginning with David Todd and wife, Hannah Owen.

David Todd, born April 8, 1723, died February 3, 1785.

David Todd was born in Ireland in 1723.  He served as a private in the Pennsylvania State troops, 6th and 9th battalions, 4th and 5th Lancaster County PA militia, 1775-1780.  He died in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Hannah Owen, wife of David Todd, born June 3, 1729, died May 16, 1805.

David Todd married Hannah Owen in 1749.  She was born in 1729 and died in Lexington in 1805.

General Levi Todd, born October 4, 1756, died September 6, 1807.  ‘A youthful adventurer to Kentucky, and active in its defense in the most perilous times.’

General Levi Todd was the son of David Todd and Hannah Owen.  He first married Jane Briggs, in 1779.  After her death, in 1800, he married Jane Holmes.

Levi Todd was a defender of the fort at Harrodsburg; was in the battle of Blue Licks and aide to General George Rogers Clark.  He was born in Montgomery County, PA; died in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jane Briggs, wife of General Levi Todd, born June 3, 1761, died July 22, 1800.

Jane Holmes, wife of General Levi Todd, born August 7, 1770, died March 19, 1856.

James Clarke Todd, born August 9, 1802, died June 15, 1849.

James Clarke Todd was the son of Levi Todd and Jane Holmes.  He married Maria Blair August 6, 1829.  Before her death in 1834 they had two sons – Lyman Beecher Todd and Levi Holmes Todd (1834-1834).

Maria Blair, wife of James C. Todd, died March 8, 1834, aged 30 years; also, Levi Holmes, her infant son.

Lyman Beecher Todd, M.D.  April 1832 – May 1902.  In loving memory of a life that was a constant inspiration to truth and honor.

Lyman Beecher Todd was evidently a beloved human being.  When he died in 1902, The Kentucky Advocate, from Danville, Boyle County, gave the following information:

Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, aged 70, senior physician of Lexington, died Tuesday night.  He was a first cousin of President Lincoln’s wife and was present both when Lincoln was short and at his deathbed.  He was a member of the Filson Club, of Louisville, and had in articles made valuable contributions to Kentucky history.  He was the former postmaster of this city.

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.