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The Book has been a great success. We have decided to order extras to
have on hand and make them available at the Reunion. We had some feetdraggers
so we are running a little late, The mailing list will go to the printer by
Monday and from there it is dependent on the printer.
Peggy and Lois have been working very hard on this project. The next
challenge by the girls will be a "Reunion 2000 cook book." They want
everyone to submit their favorite receipts for the book. We will but this in
the table for discussion. What do you think? Your comments will be greatly
Thanks for your patience.
Michele on one of the list sent this about the index. Thought you'd want to
The last few pages of each volume are an index for that volume. Page to the
end; it's painfully slow but the info is there.
Thought maybe some of you could use the following info I received from
Cornell University has put the ENTIRE "War of the Rebellion" on the
Over 60 volumes!!!
It includes scanned images of reports, correspondence, seizures of Southern
property, etc. sent to the War Dept. during the Civil War. It includes both
Union and Confederate accounts. It is in chronological order but there is
no online index. Many libraries have the index. Find the volume and page
number for your subject in the index at the library.
Go to this website http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/MOA-JOURNALS2/WARO.html
and you're in business.
Here's the deposition of John Loveless regarding the pension of his brother
George. George's deposition has already been sent to the list before. Other
papers in the file say the George was born September 5, 1760, place not
stated. George died February 26, 1833, leaving three heirs whose names were
National Archives Revolutionary War Pension of George Loveless, S4575
Deposition of John Loveless to be sent to the War Department with the
declaration of George Loveless made in order to obtain the benefit of the act
of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
The State of Ohio
Trumbull County, Township of Newland of s'd County
On this 17th day of Aug. 1832 personally appeared before me Alexander
Sutherland a justice of the peace of the County of Trumbull aforesaid John
Loveless of Milton in the aforesaid County who being duly sworn according to
law doth on his oath depose and say that his father John Loveless formerly
lived at Holstain in the State of Virginia (as supposed it be) and that his
brother George Loveless now an applicant for a pension under the act of
Congress passed June 7, 1832 went as well remembered to Kentucky and that he
was there one or two years and that on his return we the family went to
Kentucky and entered Riddles Station at which instant some of the soldiers
was in the act of carrying in a person the Indians had just killed we
remained in that station and during the winter erected Martin's Fort and when
finished we with others moved into it. About the last of March was attacked
by a large body of Indians. After severe fighting they were repulsed and
retired. I was then too young to carry arms but well remember that my father
and brother George the said applicant fought the Indians and the effective
force in the fort I think my father told me amounted twenty or thereabouts at
which time in this engagement my father was dangerously wounded and my step
mothers, mother killed and scalped. In about 3 months afterward The British
under Col. Bird, Canadians and Indians again besieged us and took us
prisoners of war and marched us to Detroit where we was detained Prisoners of
War until in 1784 when we was released and sent to Pittsburgh escorted by two
Indian guides and interpretor. My father said there were 70 prisoners in
number, and were marched to Pittsburg on the old Indian trail and found
provisions by the British until we got to Pittsburg. But my said brother
George Loveless remained sometime after our departure before he was sent to
Pittsburgh having been rather more than four years a prisoner of war besides
his service as soldier before taken prisoner but how long I am unable to
state precisely being young and uninformed as to public measures and was only
at the time of being made a prisoner about 9 or 10 years of age and this
deponent further saith that he does not remember anything further about said
Sworn and subscribed the
Day and year first aforesaid
Justice of the Peace
Here's the first installment of the John L. Martin letter about Captain John
"Big Yankee" Martin. The letter has a lot of missing words. The letter
appears to be a draft letter with many changes and annotations. Very
difficult to read. I'll post the rest as I get time to finish transcribing
it. This is about 1/2 of the letter. Actually I think there are two letters
here, which covers some of the same material. The Martin papers at the Filson
Club in Louisville may have additional info on the family. I also have
Captain Martin's version of the trip to Kentucky which I'll post to the list
The Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky
457. Martin, John L., 1786- . Papers, 1815-1853. A\M381. .33 cu. ft.
Resident of Paris, Ky. Papers include correspondence, 1828-1853, regarding a
land suit of the heirs of pioneer John Martin; politics of the Mexican War
era; and events of Kentucky's pioneer history, particularly concerning Capt.
John Martin, his settling at Boonesborough, building his own fort, and the
British and Indian attack on Martin's and Ruddle's stations. Also included
are legal papers, 1815-1851; a Mexican license, 1826, to carry arms; and a
Mexican passport, 1826.
Letter of John L. Martin to ?
Stanford, July 28th, 1852
Your letter of the 8th of Feby last came to my hands on the 24th of the same
month & I have delayed the reply thereto to get if practicable information of
intrust to yourself, friends and country and so far have not obtained any
reliable beneficial aids of Historical intrust but my failure is ascribable
to the want of intercourse with the old men of the country & their
descendants having been confined by a [illegible] indisposition that appeals
the [illegible sentence] from the reception of your letter to present time. I
therefore deem it proper to give you a reply at this time presuming that
notwithstand I [illegible] and hold the memory of my ancestor and his
compatriots won unadourned and undisiplinned by culture and education and
humble as they were to the man of this day and time and say comparatively
speaking both morally, physically and intelectually the were elevated even to
idealysation to the present Humanaty. By which we [illegible] [illegible] for
I have no recollection of the [illegible] from infancy up to manhood but even
on until there desalution that they would not have sacrafised the life of his
only son that bore his bloddand name if he through a [illegible] Mersonary
motive make a false impression by lying and [illegible] thereby make
reputation and [illegible]ing dishonorable thereby [illegible] within he
forfitted wright to and the justice of heaven was fulfilled by his
[illegible] [illegible] death. Dis[illegible] from exalled and high
shivallarish sense, honor and justice of my parent and his compatriots avowed
and practiced throughout knowledge of them felt in writing my last note to
you, that the invidious [illegible] of myself and ancestor maid so by
sacrafised by intrust wold say that I was falsicating facts in relation to my
parent in order to reflect upon myself or assume [several illegible sentences]
I did not state the facts that my father told Boone that he was without his
hat and that he was one of 8 men who recaptured the girls same evening after
twilight or the beginning of the night. And [illegible] of the horse
[illegible sentence] near Mike Stoner's corn wright settlement some four or
five miles from [illegible] where my ancestors corn wright settlement was
founded two miles below Paris on Stoners Fork of Licking on the south side
thereof, and where after an increase of immigration in the fall of seventy
nine and the spring of 80 there was fortress and station erected having the
name of my ancestor which was captured by a British Officer whose name Col.
Bird and his Indian allies. The fall of 80 or spring of 1781 my ancestor was
in Boonesborough when his station was invested and captured and the next day
thereafter Isaac Ruddles Station was taken Col. Bird who had one or two
pieces of cannon with his battalion, and small arms and munishions of war and
those forts were surrendered with little or no resistance. Mrst McMahan and
others of the captives of my ancestors station told me that there was at
Martins Station when it surrendered one hundred and fifty and two hundred
men, women and children, that became captives and that in Ruddles there was
still more numerous and unfortunate prissinors taken by the Indians.
Captain John Martin was at Boonesborough on the sight of bottom land upon
which it was founded when the first tree was cut down within one hundred
yards of the deepand buffalo lick for its erection in the spring of 1775 when
he formed an acquaintance with Capt. Nathaniel Hart and his companions
Amongst whom there were Col. Richard Calloway and Flanders his brother and
Col. John Bowman, Col. Richard Henderson, Col. John Holder and the South
family, Gists, Nelsons and others. And that Martin continued his residence in
the county on up to his death on the 28th of Apl 1821 and that he came to
Western Country of Ky in the winter of seventy four with Col. John Hinkston
and companions (ie) about fifty men, women and children, of the latter very
few. Those men were all from Pennsylvania and Virginia except John Martin who
was a native of N. York in the County of Orange near the city of Goshen. And
this company of pioneer immigrants embodied and commenced there march from
Pennsylvania in the fall of seventy four aforesaid and they were stopped in
there progress for one or two months by viewing information at one of the
exterior forts of said state that a large party of Indian warriors were then
in march and in arms against the western Virginia settlements and the
Hinkston party recommenced their march immediately after they received
reliable information of the termination of the Battle of the Point at the
mouth of Canaway River. [He's referring to the Battle of Point Pleasant in
Lord Dunmore's War - 1774] Where they commenced or at what point they
imbarked in there pirogues and canoes by which they descended the Ohio River
I never knew or if I did I have forgotton and have no recollection of ever
herd from there fathers, whether the water crafts was built upon the
Alligania, Monongahala, or Youhagana Rivers or at Fort Dusquenes but have
always thought they commenced imbarkation at the latter point in there
descent they experienced no imbarsment or difficulties either from Indians or
want of sustenance. Animals native (abounded to replision) on the clifts and
bottoms possessing no previous knowledge of christianized man, was esaly made
subservant to his wants, both the four [illegible] and [illegible] in great
abundance the great incentive of those pioneer fathers in entering danger and
captivity or death was to get a portion of those fine precious beautiful
lands described by Finly, Boon, and the long hunters from seventy two up to
81 for there was an inrundue against starvation for all mankind who were not
physically defective, with his gun in hand and the munition thereto
appurtainous and finally the Hinkston fleete reached the mouth of licking
river opposite cinncinati and ascended that stream to the junction of the
North Fork opposite to which point stands on the south side this town of
Falmouth the seat of justice of Pendleton County and they ascended the south
fork of licking river being the largest stream until they arrive at the point
where Hinkston Station was founded on the north side of the river two miles
below the mouth of Townsends creek [illegible] themselves in the south fork
within 4 miles of Ruddles Station and the station of Hinkstons and the middle
fork and within three miles of Stoners fork of South Licking and within eight
miles of Martins Station. This settlement and location was made by Col. John
Hinkston who was accompanied by Michael Stoner, Samuel McMillian, Silas
Train, Oswald Townsend, John Woods, and Mr. Michael Hogg, David Wilson, John
Haggin and John Martin, Cooper and Huston, and others not recollected.
Amounting to sixty souls….. to be continued.
I have part of a couple of letters written by John Martin's son, John L.
Martin (b. 1786) It gives a little information about his father. The letters
are hard to read, but I'll try to decypher them. John L. Martin wrote his
father was born near Goshen, Orange County, New York. No year specified. He
came to Pennsylvania and served in Lord Dunmore's war. According to other
information he was in Lt. John Hinkson's company. He came to Kentucky in 1775
with Hinkson and others. He was elected captain in 1778 and was in the seige
of Boonesborough in that year. He was at Boonesborough when Martin's Station
was captured in 1780. John Martin died on April 21, 1821. He referred to his
father as "Big Yankee."
I'll try to decypher the rest of the letter and send it to the list.
I've checked the various web sites but can find no family info on John
Martin who was supposedly the one Martin's Station was named for. Does
anyone on the list know a sketch of his ancestry? I think he belongs to my
Martins out of NJ and VA to KY and OH and would like some confirmation that
I'm not barking up the wrong tree.
Cheryl Wixon Gocken
Rob.....I would be very interested in information on Simon Kenton's wife
Elizabeth Jarboe and on William Kenton (I believe his
----- Original Message -----
From: Rob Jones <rebob(a)apex.net>
Sent: Saturday, October 02, 1999 10:21 PM
Subject: Old Records
> Hi All,
> I purchased an interesting book at an estate sale today. It is titled
"Kentucky Pioneers and their Descendants" Compiled by Ira Earle Fowler for
the Kentucky Society, Daughters of Colonial Wars. The book contains info on
many Kentons, including Simon. The Kenton info is mostly from court records
and deed abstracts.
> The book has a section called family records and lists the following
> If anyone wants I will do lookups on family names.
> Rob Jones
> ==== RUDDLESFORT Mailing List ====
> Our group "Ruddell's & Martin's Stations Historical Association" has a lot
of information that has not been published. We have lists of the prisoners
and their families. Our Secretary is Peggy Warth at RUDDELLS(a)aol.com.
Here is some information on John Mahan that was captured at Martins Station
KY in 1780.
John Mahan b c 1753 VA d c 1798 Bourbon Co KY m 21 June 1778 Botetourt Cc VA
Agnes LaForce b c 1761. Agnes Laforce m (2) 24 Jul 1799 bourbon Co KY John
Bourbon Co KY Order Books abs.
Oct Court 1798 - Rainey Mahan (Rene LaForce Mahan) and Elizabeth Mahan inft
orphans of Jno Mahan decd, chose Jno Clarkson gdn and Ct appointed Jno
Clarkson gdn of Wm, Jno, and Agnes Mahan, Anselm Clarkson security, (Note
children above the age of 14 were allowed to chose thier own gaurdian while
the court appointed a gdn for anyone younger than 14).
On motion of Jno Clarkson, ordered Charles Smith, Jno Smith and David
Clarkson or any two, assign Agnes, now wife of said John Clarkson (late Agnes
Mahan, widow of Jno Mahan decd) her dower in lands.
November Court 1802 John Mahan's Hrs. Division of estate, Rainey Mahan, Chas
Mahan ( Note I think this should be Chas Clarkson who married Elizabeth Mahan
not Chas Mahan), Wm Mahan, Agnes Mahan, Jno Mahan.
November Court 1804 Agnes Mahan, infant orphan of John Mahan decd, chose Chas
Smith gdn. Nathan Smith surety, Johh Mahan, infant orphan of same chose Chas
Smith gdn, Surety Soloman Haggins.
Will Book page 254
John Clarkson- "Aged 42 years" - Agreenment with Rene Mahan, in hands of Robt
McDaniel, land sold Wm Cummins: land bought of William Mahan; to Agnes Mahan;
to John Mahan when of age; children Samuel, Elizabeth and Caty; wife Agness
care of children until age 18 or married. Executors; wife and Roger Williams.
Written August 13, 1804. Proved December, 1804. Witnesses - Charles Clarkson,
William Mahan, Jno Wells.
Would like to hear from anyone working on these families.
I purchased an interesting book at an estate sale today. It is titled "Kentucky Pioneers and their Descendants" Compiled by Ira Earle Fowler for the Kentucky Society, Daughters of Colonial Wars. The book contains info on many Kentons, including Simon. The Kenton info is mostly from court records and deed abstracts.
The book has a section called family records and lists the following names.
If anyone wants I will do lookups on family names.