Coming soon! We are in the process of establishing GPS latitude-longitude coordinates for scores of cemeteries in Clay County and will publish them on a map of the county. The map will appear on the web site and, later, as a large interpretive sign in the Heritage Pavilion on the Square in Manchester.
Below are some of the Clay County cemeteries with people born in the 1700s buried in them and contains people born between then and 1850. Some historical information is listed for some of the persons. Some historical figures such as Governor Bert Combs, are listed here also. At least 27 cemeteries with persons born in the 1700s have been identified in the county; about half of them are listed on this page. Those born after 1850 are not included in the cemeteries listed here; the complete lists are on hand at the Society library just as are scores of other Clay County cemeteries.
Alford Bowling Cemetery
From Oneida S. on Hwy. 66 past MM 21 and Jack’s Creek Rd., Left on Bowling Cemetery Rd., go to end of Rd.
John Gilbert 4/7/1795 - 8/18/1852
Ace Gilbert 1820 -- 1871
Polly Hutson - 1797 - 1876
Wm. H. Crook 1820 - 1877
Mary McLeod Crook 1824 - 1895
Elawna Finley 1822 - 1882
Newton Finley 1843 - 1872
Mary Ann Hudson or Hutson 1797 - 1876 b. Island City, Owsley Co.
John Jr. Gilbert 1795 - 1852
Children: Blevins Hudson 1803; Sylvania Hudson 1805
Newton (Jasper?) Finley. Wife Elizabeth Hensley?
William H. Crook 1820 - 1877 Born in Clay County. In 1850 his father, Hezekiah b. 1785, was living with him.
Father: Hezzekiah Crook b. 1785
Mother: Mary Burns b. 1785
Wife 1: Eliza,. B. 1820
Children: Joseph 1838; Elizabeth 1843; Orra 1838
Wife 2: Mary McLeod Crook 1824 - 1895
Children: Susan 1854; John 1856; Green 1857; Catherine 1863; Mary 1866.
Andrew Burns Cemetery - From Oneida go E. on Hwy. 1482 (Bullskin) Cemetery is on Left up steep gravel road directly across from Sawmill Café and sawmill.
Andrew Burns 1790 - 1856
Nancy Baker Burns 1802 -- ?? (Wife of Andrew)
Andrew J. Burns 1844 - 1915
Nancy Davidson Burns 1840 -- ?? (Wifeof Andrew J.)
Polly Hacker 1845 - 1918
Andrew Burns 1790 - 1856, b. NC. Son of William Sr. Burns (1756 - 1845)
Nancy Baker 1802 - ? Married 1822
Beech Creek Cemetery
Combs, Bert Thomas Aug 13, 1911 Dec 3, 1991 -- Governor of KY; h/o Mabel Hall; Helen Clark; &
Gambrel, Newton 1837-1929 h/o Ellen Hounchell; s/o Isham; Confederate Civil War Veteran
Goins, Addison h/o Unice Jones; (c1816 - 1894)
Goins, Alex 1846-1926 Co K 26 KY Inf; h/o Ann
Goins, Charley Feb 2, 1882-Jun 30, 1952 h/o Sallie Lyttle; s/o Christina Goins & Thomas Jefferson Jones; Charlie was President of the Oneida Baptist Institute
Goins, Christina 1847-Jan 18, 1923 d/o Addison Goins
Hounchell, Benjamin 1845-May 7, 1907 s/o Henry & Rachel Chapman Hounchell; bornBreathit Co KY
Hounchell, Catherine J.D. 1848-Mar 15, 1931 w of Geo W.
Hounchell, G.W. Jun 25, 1828-Jan 6, 1890
Jones, John no dates (c1787 - after 1870) h/o Unice Smith; s/o Wm. Jones
Malinda Sasser May 5, 1815-1880 w/o Milton B. Jones; d/o John Henry & Nancy Kirby SasserJones, Milton B. (Millington Blalock Jones) h/o Malinda Sasser; s/o John & Unice Smith Jones
Sevier, Senie Cox Nov 2, 1843-Dec 25, 1920 w/o James Sevier
Ben Hacker Cemetery (Russell House road, half mile on left, top of hill
William Peters 1842-1928
Mary J Porter 1811-1872
James H Porter 1808-1889
O.H. P. McWhorter 1824-1888
America McWhorter 1832-1906
Elijah McWhorter 1790-1866
Polly Pigg McWhorter 1796-1872
David Hazelwood 1835-1922
Angeline Hazelwood 1838-1911
James Harvey Porter 1846-1913
Elijah McWhorter 1790 - 1866, b. in Union SC.
Mary “polly” Pigg 1796 - 1872, wife of Elijah
Married June 13, 1811 in Clay County
Elijah’s Parents: John McWhorter 1748 - 1833 VA.; Mary Jasper 1752 - 1781 VA d. Union SC. John was a Revoluntionary War soldier and his wife received a pension for his service.
Mary’s parents: William Pigg 1735 - 1820 VA. and Mary Fields? About 1735 VA.
Children: Nancy 1810; Elizabeth 1818; John 1820; Mary 1820; Polly 1826; Jesse 1813; Thomas J 1812; Sarah 1832; Lucretia 1836; Oliver H 1824
O. H. P. (Perry) McWhorter 1824 - 1888 in 1880 Pigeon Roost census.
America McWhorter 1832 - 1906, wife of Perry. (daughter of John and Polly House)
Children: Cannon 22; Madison 20; Belona 18; Lucy 16; Ellen 14; Christopher 11; Matilda 9; Sallie 7
David Slaughter Hazelwood 1835 - 1922
Parents: Wyatte Hazelwood 1814 - before 1900; Celitha Dees 1812 - before 1870
Wife: Angeline Hazelwood ? 1838 - 1911
William Peters 1842 - 1928
Parents: Mary Peters
Edward 1829; John 1831; James 1836; George 18;;37; Jasper 1843
Elijah McWhorter was born about 1790 in SC. His father and family moved to Lincoln County (now Casey County) Ky. Later, when salt was discovered in Clay County, he moved the family there to try to make his fortune in salt. He was elecxted sheriff of the county. Throught poor business management he went broke and settled on a track of forest land where he lived and died. He married Polly Pigg on June 13, 1811 in Clay County. Her parents had lived in Casey County and had also moved to Clay County about the same time Elijah moved there. It was Polly’s brother, Lewis, who married Elihah’s half sister, Sarah, and it is believed that the wife of James qas also a sister of Polly Pigg. In his will, written in 1820, William Pigg left to Elijah McWhorter “all my right and claim to the mill I built on the Rockcastle River.” So it must have ben from William that Elijah learned to be a millwright. Elihah’s grandson, John J. Crittenden McWhorter, left this description:
“My grandfather McWhorter was an unusually large man. As I remember him, he would have weight mored than three hundred poubnds. He owned and operated a water mill, which he had built himself, and being a millwright, many more in other streams were monuments to his genius along that line.”
Oliver Hazard Perry McWhorter, born in 1824, married America Jane House and they had eleven children. She was the daughter of John House and Polly Lucas House. His son John J. Crittenden McWhorter left this description”
“My father was one of the most industrious men I ever knew and could do mnost anything he turned his hand to. He was a carpenter and stone mason abnd a man of unusual health until he was near sixty when his health was invaded by an ulceration of the gums and the bone structure which supports the teeth. Mother and fatrer were faithful and consistant members of the Baptist church and neither of them was ever out of his native state. He was considred the peacemeaker of his community.”
Brown Mission Christian Church Cemetery
May 30, 2005
Revised November 27, 2005
This cemetery is located between mile markers 10 and 11 on Clay Co Hwy 11, north of Manchester. There are many field stones marking graves and several tombstones that are unreadable.
Barrett, Nancy Apr 31, 1838-Nov 2, 1871 (Apr does not have 31 days)
Barrett, William Jun 11, 1823-Oct 2, 1884
Barrett, James L. Dec 8, 1839-Jan 5, 1925 h of Martha
Barrett, Martha Aug 12, 1836-Feb 8, 1928
Gabbard, Mathias J. 1839-1909 Co D 8 Regt KY Inf
Hornsby, J.L. Nov 25, 1831-an 26, 1914
Hornsby, Sarah Jane Feb 8, 1837-Dec 30, 1913 -Eastern Star
Hornsby, Susan Jun 1819-Jan 8, 1910
Howard, Mary Sep 12, 1843-Jul 29, 1919 w of Adrion
Howard, Adrion Nov 1, 1843-May 12, 1912 Co E 49th KY Inf
Melton, William pr 15, 1843-Mar 24, 1903 h of Elizabeth
Morgan, Joseph G. Mar 23, 1827-Jul 25, 1914
Morgan, Elizabeth Jan 25, 1832-Feb 17, 1895
Robinson, William Sr. 1778-Dec 1, 1874
His son JULIUS b. 1804 is buried in Hounchell Bend Cemetery and son STEPHEN B. 1828 IS BURIED AT MACEDONIA
1st married Catherine
2nd married Elizabeth Price Barrett in 1846
Robinson, Elizabeth Price Barrett 1801 1870
1st married Murrell Barrett on Mar 1, 1817
Robinson, Nancy Ball 1819-Oct 30, 1878
Robinson, William May 1816-after 1900
Sawyer, Thomas Co D 47th KY Inf
On Highway 11 south of the junction with KY 90 at Garrard. Heading south toward Barbourville Engine Cemetery Road turns off 11 to the right, and up the hill.
Reubin Woods (1790 - 1859) married
Sarah "Sally" Dorton <http://www.geocities.com/luvacuzn3/WoodsReubinSarahDorton.html> b: Bet 1787-1790 Washington Co, VA d: 10 Jun 1866 Clay Co, KY
buried: Engine Cemetery, Clay Co, KY
m: REUBIN WOODS (divorced on 01 Apr 1853, in Clay Co) b: 1790 NC d: 21 Feb 1859 Clay Co, KY
Messenger Brumley, b. 1847 in NC; Co. B. 47th Ky. Inf. In Civil War
Alabama Gibson Brumley 1846-1946
Messenger’s father: John “Tiger” Brumley b. 1823 in TN, d. after 1873 -- One of the unmarked stones behind Messenger’s stone according to Laura Brumley
Mother: Nancy Lewis b. 1824 in Clay County
Nancy’s father: David Lewis b. 1794 in VA; mother: Luchana Chaney Cope b. 1800 in Ky
Siblings: Elizabeth 1844; Andrew 1845 (wife Sarah Collett); America 1846; William 1850; Lucinda 1855; Nancy 1856; James 1860; Gustav 1861
Alabama’s parents: Andrew Gibson 1815-1890 in Clay Co.; Abigail Sizemore b. 1825 in Clay County.
Three Brumley babies:
John Brumley 1800-1800
Lula Brumley 1800-1800
Betty Brumley 1800-1800
On Paces Creek Road near junction with Highway 11
(Col.) Daniel Garrard (1780-1866) - was the son of Kentucky’s second governor, James Garrard. He was married to Lucinda Jane Toulmin.
Gabril Winter Price was 59 according to the 1860 Clay County census and was married to Eliza A. Price, 50. Gabril W. Price was the Clay County Clerk in the mid 1850s. In 1856 William Woodcock resigned as circuit court clerk and Gabril Price was appointed to fill that office. In 1858 G. W. was elected circuit court clerk.
Eliza (Garrard) Price (1809 - 1903) was the daughter of Daniel Garrard, sister of T. T.
Sophia Garrard (1830-1865) was the daughter of Daniel Garrard and sister of T.T. She married James Reid on Sept. 10, 1851.
Theophilus Reid (1856-1888) was the son of James W. Reid and Sophia Garrard (T. T.’s sister).
Brig. Gen. Theophilus T. Garrard was 47 in 1860 census and married to Nancy Brawner. Their daughter was Lucinda Toulmin Garrard (1835).
Catherine Garrard (1859-1864 ) is the daughter of T. T. and Lucy B.
Daniel R. Garrard (1864-1890) is the son of T. T. and Lucy B.
Robert Horton (1852-1883) was the son of 12. Catherine Francis Garrard (1825-1894, daughter of Daniel) and Michael George Horton (1819-1850).
Drucilla P. (Brittain) Lyttle (1826 - 18xx) was the wife of David Yancy Lyttle and the mother of Carlo Brittian (C. B.) Lyttle, who married T. T.’s daughter, Belle. You would have expected her to be buried with D. Y., probably at their mansion, Cedar Craig. It’s also peculiar that C. B. and Belle’s graves are not readily apparent at the Garrard cemetery if they are even there.
Hibbard and Sevier Cemetery
Off 421 at Goose Rock. Turn at the corner of Howard’s store, on the same side of the highway as the store. Cross Goose Creek. Cemetery is located on a hill over looking Goose Creek. One-half acre deeded to Susan Sevier by Israel and Sarah Howard on May 28 1890.
James Sevier 1777 - 1869? - Large above ground crypt. - Father - War of 1812 -- Son of Valentine Sevier, Col in Revolutionary War. James was an aide de camp to Gen. An drew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans (Sevier Family History, p 386).
James Sevier was born at Watauga settlement, Washington Co. Tenn. Married in 1798 to Susannah Warren. The marriage bond was signed by James’ brother, John, and made out to Gov. John Sevier, James’ uncle.
James was the nephew of the famous Gen. John Sevier, governor of Tennessee
John Rector Sevier 1818 - 1865 - Obelisk - SON - (Biography of John Rector Sevier on page 391 of Sevier Family History. He was a salt maker and slave owner. Good story about recovering cattle stolen by Union soldiers and taken to Tennessee.)
Nancy Ewing Sevier 1819 - 1904 - Daughter-in-law (Wife of John)
Douglas Sevier 1843 - 1910 (Son of Nancy & John)
Douglas Sevier 29 AUG 1843-MAR 1910
John Rector Sevier <http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sharonsmith&id=I47639> b: 15 MAR 1818 in Knox Co., Ky
Nancy Ewing <http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sharonsmith&id=I47640> b: 1819 in Abingdon, Va
John HIBBARD 7 JAN 1775-13 MAR 1858 in Goose Rock, Clay County, Kentucky
JOHN HIBBARD was elected Constable of Grainger County, Tennessee, in 1796. In Knox and Clay Counties was a Surveyor and Keeper of a Tavern on the turn Pike, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, Commissioner, State of Clay and Knox Counties for several years, and a Preacher, who built a church on his own property. He is in the "Gen. & Field Officers of Kentucky Militia, 1802-1816.": "John Hibbard, Q.M., Feb 4 1815, Knox and Clay Counties." Kentucky Militia, War of 1812
John Hibbard, along with Isaac Jones, William Jones, Ezekiale Smith, Moses Smith and Thomas Smith-III,are said to be "The First Families of Goose Creek." When these Hibbard-Jones-Smith settlers purchased their lands there (in the late-1700's), Goose Creek was a part of Knox County, KY, but in 1807, that section became a part of Clay County, KY.
Hugh and Catherine White Cemetery
Off Highway 11 south of junction with KY 80, on hill behind B&G Coal company across bridge
Clay County’s powerful White family traces their beginnings locally to Hugh White, who came to Clay County shortly after his brother, Colonel James, bought the Collins/Outlaw salt works in 1804.
Hugh White, 1776 -1856, had been in involved in the manufacture of salt near Abingdon, Virginia where the Whites had settled after leaving Pennsylvania. Hugh White was a major player in local politics from the start. When the first court of the new county met on April 13, 1807, he was seated as an assistant circuit judge. By that time he had already become a major player in salt manufacturing from his works at the mouth of what became known Whites Branch on Collins Fork. That same year he moved from the remote location to the Tan Yard, the little gathering of cabins that served as a county seat until a town could be established. This was the location of the county’s first commercial salt works, the old Langford lick works, which had been making salt for over a decade.
Hugh and salt man John Amis and two other men donated 10 acres of land near the Tan Yard to establish a county seat which they named Greenville. The site, on present day Court House Hill, would in December that year be renamed Manchester.
In 1810 Hugh was appointed a brigadier general of the Kentucky Militia, and from that date on he was known as General White. That year he built a two story house on Goose Creek, the main fork known as East Fork, or Kincaid Fork. His granddaughter, Bessie White Hager, reported that he moved there in about 1816, and from there oversaw his growing salt empire that grew until the Civil War when much of the county’s wells were destroyed by the Union Army to keep salt out the hands of the rebels.
Hugh White was said to have controlled thousands of acres of land in Clay County though, ironically, he didn’t own the land on which one of his biggest producers was located, near the forks on Collins Fork. Nevertheless Hugh and his family were involved with most of the salt works in the county other than the Garrards and Bates and Francis Clark operations.
In addition to the first works at Whites Branch, Hugh and his White relatives, including sons John and Daughtery, operated salt works at the famous Goose Salt Works, near the forks of Goose Creek, at the mouth of Furnace Branch, on part of the old 5G Grandfather Thomas Smith III survey, at Lockards Creek and at and near Tan Yard, on Goose Creek.
General White was credited with building the early roads that connected his salt works to both the Wilderness Road and to Manchester. We won’t quibble with that other than to note it was probably his slaves, not the general, who built the roads in addition to their salt-making duties. Small point . . . unless you were a slave. But then such was the case with the Bates and the Garrards and, especially, Francis Clark, the biggest slave owner of all. If we purge the slave owners from the roll of Clay County’s historic figures, we will have a mighty small roll left. The White legacy, largely that of old General Hugh himself, is writ large in Clay County history, and their political power was second to none, including the Garrards. Some of the power was famously ill used, as has been reported in this book and others, but on the whole it was used for the common good. There is no doubt that the Whites are considered the First Family of Clay County.
Margaret White (1801 - 1834) was the second child of Gen. Hugh and Catherine Cain-White. She was born in Tennessee. She married Lyne Kinningham of Barbourville in 1817.
James White (1806 - 1867) was the fifth child of Gen. Hugh and Catherine Cain-White, born at White’s Branch, the site of his father’s first salt works, the old Collins works that Hugh White’s brother, Col. James White, bought in 1804. James was married to Sallie Ann Taylor (1809 - 1839) in 1826. His second wife was Mary Jane Garrard, daughter of Col. Daniel Garrard, whom he married in 1842. James operated a salt works on Goose Creek and served in the Kentucky legislature.
Sally White (1814 - 1899) was the 10th born to Gen. White. She was married to Richard Russell in 1832.
Benjamin Franklin White (1817 - 1855) was the 12th born child of Gen. White was born in Clay County in his father’s house. He married Alabama Taylor (1821 - 1885) in 1836. He was a salt maker, served as the sheriff of Clay County from 1841 to 1846. He built the house at the mouth of Lockard’s Creek that is still standing today. He died in 1855 while taking a load of salt down the river.
Julia Ann Johnson (1819 - 1890) was a daughter of Hugh White’s sister, Isabella.
Thomas G. Woods (1821 - 1856) was the husband of Elizabeth P. White, daughter of Alexander and Amelia F. Langley White.
Susan G. Redd (1828 - 1847), daughter of James and S. A. White. This is the Susan who was married to Dr. Abner Baker in 1844 and who was the cause of Baker killing Daniel Bates which started the infamous Baker/Howard or White/Garrard feud, sometimes known as the Hundred Year War. After Baker was hanged she married Charles A. Redd in 1847.
Issac S. Manning (1846 - 1918)
John W. Keningham (1824 - 1863)
Ellen Adams White (1833 - 1900) wife of Alexander T. White.
Alexander T. White (1830 - 1870)
Cotton Cemetery (Cotton Bend or Island Creek)
Jesse Cotton 1788-1862
Jane Cotton 1800-1873
James Collins 1812-1898
Nicholas Cotton 1815-1893
Nellie Cotton 1836-1916
On hill on right at Sibert, on Horse Creek. This is thought to be the burial place of Daniel Sibert, who served in two campaigns during the War of 1812, but the grave has not been found. The cemetery contains several old graves including:
John A Webb 14 Feb 1801-9 Oct 1866 in Clay C0. KY.
Joanna Gregory <http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ranjac&id=I3952> 1813-10 Nov 1869 in Clay C0. KY.
Burning Springs on Foggertown, on hill across road from Macedonia Church
Juda (Judah) McDaniel 1792 - 1880, b. in VA, married to Archibald Cornett (1791 - 1873) (son of William Cornett and Rhoda Gilliam. Archibald and Judah had following children: William, b. 1817 in Perry Counrty; Clark, b. 1823 in Perry County
Thomas McDaniel 1818 was the son of Juda and John McDaniel. He married Nancy (Robinson) McDaniel 1817 in 1841. Nancy was bornb in NC. Thomas and Nancy had a son, Theophilus J McDaniel. Two of Thomas and Nancy’s girls married Rawlings boys. Their daughter Martha, married Marshall Webb, both buried at Macedonia. Marshall was the son of John A. Webb, owner of the Webb Hotel.
James Clark 1810 - 1884 was in the 1880 census for Bull Skin. Married to Margaret, agee 63, with following children: James 23; Martha 19; Lilley 3; and Mary Ponder 190 and Olla Ponder 3 in the household.
John Sandlin 1824 - 1904, born and died in Clay County, son of Lewis Sandlin (1776 - 1853) b. York SC, d. Clay County, and Sarah Blankenship (1777 - 1854) b. NC, d. Clay County.
John was married to Martha Ponder b. 1822 (dau of Joseph Ponder)
Thomas Lincoln Rawlings 1844 - 1916, b. in VA, Married Minerva McDaniel (1840 - 1920), son of James Aaron Rawlins (1802 - 1869) and Christina Fleenor (1810 - 1881). Had following siblings: Sampson Rawlings, James F. Rawlings, and Ransom Hopkins Rawlings.
Minerva Rawlings 1839 - 1920, wife of Thomas Lincoln Rawlins
J. A. Rawlins 1802 - 1869, b. Petersburg, VA; married to Christina Fleenor; father of Thomas Lincoln Rawlings and Ransom Hopkins Rawlings
P. R. (Patrick) Napier 1816-1899, b. in NC married to:
Elizabeth Pace Napier 1824 - ?, born in VA.
Henry Stafford Ponder 1829 - 1909 (see photo) was born in Yancy County NC. His father was Joseph Ponder (1796-1876) who was also born in Yancy County and buried in Clay County. Mother was Catherine Holcomb.
Dorcas Sams Sept. 2, 1825 - Oct. 9, 1863. Born in NC, she was sister of Henry Stafford Ponder, above. Married to John Blackwell Sams, b. 1820 and d. 1877 in Clay County.
Stephen Robinson b. 1828. Civil War stone Co. B KY. INF. His wife Sarah Milton b. 1831 also buried there. His father William M. Robinson, Sr. 1778 - 1874 is buried in Brown’s Mission Cemetery. And his brother Julius born in 1804 was married to Elizabeth McDaniel, daughter of Juda McDaniel buried here.
King David Benge Cemetery (Old Martin Cemetery)
Off Dripping Springs Road (turn off 638 “Loop” road at Foggertown)
David (Smiling Dave) Benge (1825 - 1903) was born in Clay County and was married to Nancy (Lincks) Benge (1830 - 1890). David Benge was the son of John David “Jackie” Benge and the grandson of King David Benge and the sister to Evelyn. Note that FamilySearch.org says this David was born in 1816 but his tombstone says 1825; and that Nancy was born in 1821 while her tombstone says 1830.
Eliza Benge (1813 - 1851) daughter of (King) David Benge and his second wife, Nancy Benge, whom he married about 1810. Tombstone says “In memory of Eliza, daughter of David and Nancy Benge, born Jan 5, 1813, died Nov, 1851.” Note this Nancy is not the Nancy Benge above, who was the wife of King David’s grandson, David Benge.
William Martin (1831 - 1896) was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee. He was married to Evelyn (Benge) Martin (1831-1918). They were married in 1849. Evelyn was the daughter of John David “Jackie” Benge (1797 - ca.1877) and Philadelphia Harrison (b. 1795), and was the granddaughter of “King” David Benge (1760-1854).
King David Benge (1760 - 1854), making him one of the oldest Clay Countains. There are three stories about the legendary pioneer that stand out for me beside his fighting in the Revolutionary War: When his son, John, wanted to join up with the troops during the war of 1812, old King David went in his place; He had expressed “repugnance” at applying for a military pension saying, “I thought that the enjoyment of it a sufficient compensation for the service rendered.”; He was said by Kenneth B. Tankersley, a Cherokee scholar, to have had a red-headed first cousin, a half-Cherokee whose mistaken identity may have been the cause of the murder of Chief Red Bird.
Despite his reluctance to ask for a pension, King David applied for one at the April 1834 term of the Clay County Court. He was almost 80 years old and he had no papers to prove his service in the Revolution. But his sterling character was attested to by several prominent people on hand including no lesser light than Colonel Daniel Garrard. In his application he recounted a convoluted record of service in several battles under several colonels, imprisonment and escape, hunting for Indians, and said he fought in the Battle of King’s Mountain in North Carolina. If he knew 5G Grandfather Adoniram “Capt. Teges” Allen, who fought in that famous battle, King David didn’t say.
In the War of 1812 he was a member of Thomas McJilton’s Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia, and served about three months, including in the Thames Campaign where the Indian chief Tecumseh was killed. A number of other Clay County soldiers served in this campaign. King David got his pension and got a military headstone as well at his grave on Baker’s Creek.