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THE COUR1EU-JOURNAL: ... t MADISON COUNTY. latemtinp Sketch of Pioneer Days la the Cradle of the Com- monwealth. Haw the rather Enraged Wars, Lawsuit, C-nrtsvqiwiTels. -1 JataWDo. Hapt EatflTi Bloody Battle and ths Boble Daring and .Lnariranca or Joseph Proctor. Lists of all tha Prominent Men Sol diers, Politicians, Hunt ers, ate. GLIMPSES OFDAN'L BOONE. VTo th Editor of th Omrttr-JowmalA In 1871, while tbe writer was a resident of Madison county, at tba request of ohm of its ciUaana, he prepared a lustorical (ketch of aoma of tba ' laridanta 001 nerted with tha early settlement of that por tion of Kentucky. Tba county ta perhaps mora cloaely connactad with tba early tut ry of Kentucky than any other la tba Btata, and it ia believed that ersa an Imperfect account of ita settlement will ba of mora than local intareat. Tbara ara hnndrada of dti-araa aeattarad throughout this State and Mia-anuri wboaa anneatnrs cam front that county and, wboaa childraa and grandchildrca nat-u rally faal 6ep interest in tba aarly strug- glaa of tha old pionaara of Madison, Whila Mart toon waa not organised aa a separate county quiU so aarly as oitbar Lincoln, Fayatta or Jefferson, ita history for a tinta waa that of Kantocky, and tba triala and straggles of ita first aattlara oonatituta anoh aa important part of tha aarly pistory of tha Common waalth that it ia propoaed to maka a brief record of aotnaof than through tba columns of the Cocbieb-Jourxal, aaa ing. We are informed fcy Collins that the county ruurf naaianrELT settle ia 1775, but that it wa visited by Daniel Moon and Jobn Stewart, in 17B, and by the McAfee brothers and Samuel Adams in 1773. The local records of thai county snow that Cut. John Bnoddy and William Ward visited the county la 1778, and that Michael Btonar waa at Mulberry Lick in 1774. - Although Daniel Boone waa occupied a portion of the year 1775 in building a fort at Boonesborough and bringing his family and goods from North Carolina, still be must have traveled over the county considerably in 1775. From records in the County Clerk's office it appears that he waa oa Mnddv creek durins- that year, and there "made aa improvement for bis irtend Jamas Wharton." It appears from the same testimony that he waa also at the Wallace Estill spring in company with John Boyle, and that Boyle there "made aa improvement - and aha (planted a few peach seeds." In June, 1775. immediately after the puiiomg oi tne jxionesoprouga iort, equine Uonne built a cabin ia the county at Je- rusha's drove, ouSUvrrr creek, and com menced building a mat at "iioooe's Jia Mill" site. He waa preparing to move hie family to that place in. October, 1775, when be sold the cabin to Joseph Benny, land adjoining to George Smith. Ia August or September of the same year John Kennedy built a cabin oa the waters ot Silver creek, where John Cansnbell formerly lived. In June. 1775. Joel Walker built a cabia oa Muddy creek, which waa host a place of re sort for hunters and trappers in that part of the country. In the same month aad year Richard Hinds built a cabin near Clay 'a ferry, on the Kentucky jriver. Ia the spring of 1776, James late built a cabia on Muddy creek, and. aa this -structure waa doubtless a correct rspeeseptstioo of all that were built ia those early days, the following quaint DByrairTfos of it by Stephen Hanaock, aa eye-witness wno saw it in 17 s, maty not be uninteresting: "It waa a small I cabin covered with boards, having a mortar in the yard to pound corn, with two acres of ground cleared and planted near the cabin, with a brush fence 'around it, 'with a little spring cleaned out near It, with toe corn badly worked." It will be i observed that the cabins of Hquire Boone, Hinds, Kennedy and Walker were built i prior to the capture oc tne oaugiiters oc uaone and Uaiiowsy. which did not occur until the 1 4th of July. 1770. Prominent amour the early settlers waa Nathan Hart, who built another station called "White OakaM about one mile abitve Boonesborough in the year 1779. In the same year be cultivated a crop of corn on Hart's fork of Hilver, creek. He then hid his hoe and plow in the-mnebraka and went to North Carolina, wbetioe he brought his Estill lost not a moment in collecting a force to go in search of the Indians, not doubting from his knowledge of their character that they designed aa immediate blow at his or some ot the neighboring stations. From his owa and the nearest stations be- raised twenty-five men. Joseph .Proctor waa of the number. Whilst Estill aad his men were oa this expedition the Indiana suddenly sp- pearea around bis station at tne dawaot uay. on tbe 2Uta ot march, killed and acaipad Miss Oaas. and took Mnnk. h slave of Cant. Estill, captive. The Indians immediately and hastily retreated ia conse quence' or a highly exaggerated account which Munk gave them of the strength of the station aad tbe number of fighting men in it. No sooner had the Indians commenced their retreat than tbe women ia the fort (the men being all absent except one oa the sick-listl dispatobad two boys the late Gen. Hamuel Bouta and fetor Uackett te take the trad of Estill and bis men and, overtaking them, give information of what had transpired in the fort. Tba boys succeeded In coming up with him early oa the rooming of the filst, between the mouths of Downing creek and Red river. After a short search. Estill struck tha trail of the retreating Indians. It waa resolved at once to make pursuit, and no time waa lost in doing so. On tbe ever-memorable day of March 22. 1783. ia the bow county of Montgocaery. ta the vicinity of ate oserung, cape. Esturs party came up with tbe Indiana. They proved to be Wyandot, and twenty-five in number, exactly thatof Capt. Estm's band. The ground waa highly favorable to the Indian mode of warfare, but Estill and his men, without a moment's hesitation, boldly and foarlewily commenced aa attack upon them, and tbe latter aa boldly and fearlessly (for they were picked warriors) engaged in the bloody combat- It is, however, painful to record that in the very onset Lieut. Miller, ot Estill's party, with six men under his command inglorious-Iv fled from the field, thereby causing the death of many brave soldiers. Hence Es till's party numbered, eighteen, and tbe Wyandot twenty-five, between these partita, at the distance ot fifty yards, the battle raged for the space of two hours. Deeds of drape rate darinar were common. On eithnr side wounds and death were Inflicted, neither party aavancuig or retreating, 'fcrery man to his man, and every man to his tree.' Capt. Estill waa now covered with blood from a wound received early in the action; nme oc nis brave companion lay dead unon the fluid, and four others were ao disabled by their wounds aa to t unable to continue the Dgbt. Estill s fighting men were now reduced to four. Among this number was Jojajph 1'roctor. Tha brave lead er of this Hpartau band now brought Into personal conflict with a powerful and active Wyandot war rior. 'the couilict waa for a' time herce and

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 27 Aug 1882, Sun,
  3. Page 7

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