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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.



Will of Richard Turpin – 1789

This is a most interesting will in many ways.  One of the few wills to label the writer as a soldier, Turpin being of the Illinois Regiment.  Turpin owes land in at least three states – North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia – which he leaves to his three brothers. 

His will was proven by the oath of one of the witnesses, but also of the oath of William Clark, who wrote the will for him.  William Clark – of Lewis and Clark fame – moved to Kentucky, with his parents and siblings in 1785, and four years later William enlisted in the Northwest Indian War.  Evidently Richard Turpin must have been a fellow soldier, and they probably knew each other before the war.

There is no year listed on the will, but the next will lists the year 1789.

Will of Richard Turpin, Jefferson County, Kentucky, Will Book 1, 178?, Pages 11-12

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Richard Turpin, Soldier, in the Illinois Regiment, being sick and weak of body, but of sound and perfect sense and memory, thanks be to God for it, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this earthly life, do make and declare this my last Will and Testament.

First, desiring that all my just debts may be paid, and as to the temporal estate that it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I give and bequeath and dispose of in the following manner.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved brother Henry Turpin all the estate, both real and personal, which I possess appurtenant to me in North Carolina and also in South Carolina, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved brothers Thomas Turpin and Jeremiah Turpin, the residue of my estate whatever in Virginia or elsewhere, except in North Carolina and South Carolina, desiring that it may be sold and the money arising to be equally divided between my two last brothers, to wit, Thomas Turpin and Jeremiah Turpin.

And I do hereby appoint Henry Turpin, Thomas Turpin and Jeremiah Turpin, the three brothers above mentioned, to execute this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand, seal, this fifth day of November, one thousand seven hundred and eighty ____.

Richard Turpin

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of

George Shepherd, Peter Shepherd

At a Court held for Jefferson County, March 3rd,

The within last Will and Testament of Richard Turpin, deceased, was proven by the oath of George Shepherd, one of the subscribing witnesses and being also proved by the oath of William Clark (who wrote the same) was ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  William Johnston, Jr.


Gaines Family Buried At Vanceburg Cemetery

IMG_1251The beautiful Vanceburg Cemetery is located on a hill overlooking the Ohio River, in the city of Vanceburg, in Lewis County.  This county was named for Captain Meriweather Lewis, famous for traveling through the Louisiana Purchase with William Clark.  Up a windy, pot-holed road, you begin to think you will end in a field!  But once around the last bend the cemetery continues in  an incline to the bluff.  What a gorgeous view!

IMG_4081The family of Charles and Clementina Gaines are buried here, their site marked with a fine gravestone.  Of the seven family members buried here, their names all begin with the letter “C”.

IMG_4085Charles Gaines, born February 1, 1799, died January 14, 1868.  Clementina, wife of Charles Gaines, born July 2, 1808, died May 18, 1858.

IMG_4082Caroline Gaines, born September 28, 1829, died September 18, 1847.  Clementina Gaines, born February 27, 1842, died April 7, 1845.

IMG_4083Charles Hammond, born July 7, 1833, died October 31, 1853

Was this a nephew living with the family?

IMG_4084Charles S. Gaines, born December 10, 1839, died August 29, 1865.  Cordelia Gaines, born September 16, 1835, died December 26, 1864.

1789 Marriage Records – Jefferson County, Kentucky

Included in today’s marriage records is the marriage of Major William Croghan and Lucy Clark – Lucy was the sister of George Rogers Clark, and William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame.  The Croghan home is now known as Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky, and is an excellent historical site to visit.  Ritchey and I usually attend their 18th Century Market Fair the last weekend in October.  May is the month for their garden show, and December a candlelight Christmas with the Croghan family.  Please go if you are able.  You might be able to have a conversation with George Rogers Clark himself!

1789 Marriage Records – Jefferson County, Kentucky

  • William Brodie married Sarah Ricker, widow – February 5, 1789
  • James McKinley married Jemima Kendall – February 21, 1789
  • John Applegate married Phoebe Thompson – February 25, 1789
  • Basil Prather married Fanny Meriwether – February 26, 1789
  • Thomas Downs married Priscilla Steward – March 2, 1789
  • Jacob Owen married Nancy Ross – March 13, 1789
  • Samuel Kirby married Ruthy Erickson – March 17, 1789
  • John McDaniel married Margaret Shike – April 4, 1789
  • John Churchill married Matilda Slaughter – April 13, 1789
  • William Rodman married Elizabeth Newland – April 20, 1789
  • Elisha Quertermous married Susanna Warford – June 8, 1789
  • Samuel McKinley married Elizabeth Louden – June 26, 1789
  • Sylvester Stauts married Lorina Letherman, widow – June 29, 1789
  • William Johnston married Susanna dunn – July 7, 1789
  • Major William Croghan married Lucy Clark – July 13, 1789
  • John Rogers married Margaret Dunnee – July 13, 1789
  • James Ferrell married Hannah Kennison – August 3, 1789
  • David Skoonover married Ann Strader – August 15, 1789
  • John Rose married Elizabeth Seaton – August 17, 1789
  • Joseph Cline married Eleanor Sinkler, widow – August 19, 1789
  • Coleman Daniel married Nancy Brackett – September 15, 1789
  • Jacob Smith married Susanna Dement – September 18, 1789
  • James Chambers married Amelia Sebastian – October 30, 1789
  • William Neeld married Jemima Merifield – November 18, 1789
  • James Hunter married Jenny Sebastian – December 5, 1789
  • Benjamin Newkirk married Mary Hawkins – December 18, 1789