of Harrison County
Revolutionary War veterans were among the
settlers to live in the area which became Harrison County, many
land grants in Kentucky for their services. According to Collin's
History of Kentucky, there were 11 surviving veterans and 2 widows of veterans
on pensions as late as 1840, in Harrison County. William H.
Perrin, editor of History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and
Nicholas Counties, Kentucky referred to the Collins' history
when he wrote:
MANY of the early settlers of Harrison County had
been soldiers in the Revolutionary army, and at its close had
received tracts of land in the “County of Kentucky” for their
services in the war for independence. According to Collin’s
Kentucky, there were, in 1840, living in Harrison County, the
following Revolutionary soldiers who were receiving pensions:
James Bean, aged seventy-seven years; Samuel Caswell,
seventy-seven; Leonard Eddleman, seventy-nine; Benoni Jameson,
seventy-six; William H. Layton, eighty-three; Thomas McCalla,
eighty-seven; Jacob Miller, seventy-five; Philip Roberts,
seventy-seven; William Sutton, seventy-eight; Louis Wolf, Sr.,
eighty-nine, and John Wood, ninety years. Also two widows, Mrs.
Mears and Ann Whittaker, receiving pensions for their husbands.
With this number living in the county in 1840, it is probable
there were included in the early settlers several hundred
A List of
Revolutionary War Soldiers & Patriots
Associated with Harrison
In 1961, the
Cynthiana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed
a plaque in the Harrison County Court House honoring the soldiers
and patriots of this area who served in the Revolutionary War.
James Amos Farra
John B. Hamilton
William H. Layton
Joseph L. Stephens
John Wall, Sr.
Links to Help You Research a Revolutionary War Veteran or Patriot
Finding Your Patriot: Basic Sources for Starting Revolutionary War Research,"
by Curt Witcher, FUGA (Ancestry Magazine, May/June 1996, Vol. 14, No. 3)
Organizations, and Web Sites