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Simon Kenton Collection
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], Simon Kenton Collection, 1780-1865, 98SC48,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
Simon Kenton, a pioneer settler of Kentucky, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, April 3, 1755. In the spring of 1775, Kenton and Thomas Williams explored the area of Mason County, Kentucky, where they set up camp. Kenton moved on to Boonesborough in the fall of that year and became a famous scout and Indian fighter. Shortly after his first wife's death, Kenton married Elizabeth Jarboe in 1798. That same year, Kenton moved to Ohio where he spent the rest of his life mostly in poverty. He managed his finances badly, lost large amounts of land, and was even briefly imprisoned for debt while on a visit to Washington, Kentucky, in 1820. Kenton died near Zanesville, Ohio, April 29, 1836.
This collection consists of a certificate of payment, certificates of purchase, receipts, a land grant, and indentures of Simon Kenton. The certificate of payment, dated Aug. 10, 1787, was signed by Isaac Shelby of the District of Kentucky authorizing Kenton's pay for services as captain in the Shawnee Expedition under Col. Benjamin Logan. The six Register's Office certificates of purchase were for land bought in Kentucky by Kenton in 1804 and 1805. A document signed by Gov. James Garrard of Kentucky May 18, 1800, verifies Simon Kenton's grant of land in Mason County, Oct. 19, 1780. One indenture between Kenton and John Caldwell transferred land in Mercer County, Kentucky, to Caldwell on Dec. 6, 1794. Another indenture, dated Aug. 29, 1818, transferred land in Bath County, Kentucky, from Kenton to Andrew Kinkead. An indenture for land in Mercer County, Kentucky, was made between Simon Kenton and Charlotte and Alexander Walker, Sally and Greenberry McGinnis, and Jenny and John Wright, Apr. 21, 1824. A copy of the Apr. 29, 1802 indenture between John and Elizabeth Kinkead and Simon Kenton for land in Mason County, Kentucky, was made Mar. 29, 1865. Also in this collection are photographs, shot in Maysville, Kentucky, Sept. 1, 1939, of two documents: one receipt of payment by Thomas Marshall, July 1, 1791 for scouting up the Ohio River and the other, a copy of the marriage bond of Kenton and his second wife, Elizabeth Garboe (Jarboe) March 27, 1798.
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