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Captain William "Indian Bill" Hardin (1747-1821). Served as a private in the 3rd Virginia Regt of foot, 1778. He served in KY as well as IL. Revolutionary War Veteran, Pioneer, noted Indian fighter and founder of Hardinsburg, KY. According to his military records, he stood 6'4" and weighed 240 pounds.

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SIMON KENTON (scout on the George Rogers Clark expedition to capture Fort Sackville in 1778), fought with "Mad" Anthony Wayne and Daniel Boone in the Indian War. Lived at Boonesboro before moving to Urbana, Ohio where he became a brigadier general in the Ohio militia, and served in the War of 1812 as a scout and as leader of a militia group in the Battle of the Thames when Indian chief Tecumseh was killed)

Scots-Irish Frontiersman: "Swarthy as an Indian and almost as sinewy, with hair falling to his shoulders, a buck-skin hunting shirt tied at his waist...and his feet clad in deer-skin and moccasins." These were the "Overmountain Men" of Virginia and North Carolina which won the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, resulting in the British abandonment of a southern campaign, and for some historians "marked the turning point of the American Revolution and resulted in the victory at Yorktown.

  • Joakeokka

    A fanciful picture but somewhat indicative of the Overmountain Men. These individuals were so named because the lived over the Mountains (Alleghanies) and along with their families were at the leading edge of European encroachment west. Many members of our family including Bond, Head. Brunk, Brown, Bledsoes, Blevins, Skaggs, Swearingens, Gentry to name a few were of this hybrid of Native accoutrements and Scot/Irish German immigrants who forged the west.

  • Joakeokka

    I need to add that Romantic vision aside these individuals were often referred to as "Intruders" to not only the British authorities but to colonial American authorities as well. THey were termed Intruders because every single time a treaty was negotiated these men and their families immediately headed into the treaty territories to take their claim based on their White European hubris. They quickly threw the authorities a screwball generally forcing those authorities to protect their thieving from the "vengeful Natives" in that way every single treaty negotiated was rescinded within a few years. So that truth has to be weighed against the touting of their "brave pioneering spirit".

Great Map show Danish as well as the Norwegian raids and settlement

"Penn's Treaty with the Indians" by Benjamin West, 1771; A red, white, and blue skyline is the setting for the oil on canvas painting of William Penn offering gifts to the Native Americans

Lincoln Cemetery in Rockingham County, Virginia, where the great grandparents of Abraham Lincoln are buried.

  • Joakeokka

    The Lincoln Family lived at the head of Linville Creek the Bryant family whose daughter married Daniel Boone lived across the Creek from the Lincolns. Boones run where the Boones lived was over Massanutten Mtn (really more like a hill) from Linville Creek. The Brunks lived on Joe's Creek which fed into Linville Creek less than a mile from the Bryants.

  • Joakeokka

    Also of note the Davidson's and Murphy's also lived on Linville Creek between the Lincolns and Brunks. The Davidson's and Murphy's would marry into the Brunk/ Whitman family whose ancestors will go on to found Monmouth,Polk County, Oregon in 1843 establishing the first college in Oregon. The Davidson and Murphy families were intertwined with the Brunk's from Virginia to Tennessee and Kentucky and that alliance seems to have been based on a shared religious experience. The Davidson's, Murphy's and Whitman's were the first members of the Seperatist Baptist church and help found the first abolitionist society called the "Friends of Humanity" in 1803, when all the families had moved to Kentucky.

scott county virginia -

  • Joakeokka

    Members of our Head, Carter as well as some Brunks were in Scott county before 1790 based on land transactions and censuses.

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    See story attached to Mocassin Gap to see mentions of Ft Blackmore and the Head family history.

Hodgenville, KY - birthplace of Abraham Lincoln

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    This cabin was located on the piece of property which Thomas Lincoln had not secured clear title to and was forced to relinquish to the subsequent owner, Richard Creal shortly after the birth of Abraham. According to the 1810 census Grandfather John Brunk, son of Christopher occupied the lot next to the property. David Hanks, cousin of Nancy Hanks mother of Abraham, in his biography concerning the Kentucky years mentioned that the Brunks had a school house on their property and it was there that he befriended the children of John Brunk. The Brunk's and Lincolns co-migrated to first Indiana in 1823 where Nancy Hanks Lincoln died of milk fever. The two families then moved to outside Springfield, Illinois where David Hanks is found in the 1840 census to be the neighbor of the widow of Christopher Whitman, son of Thomas Whitman and Christina Brunk, grandfather Abraham Brunk's elder sister.