Brave Families Settled in Kentucky After the Revolutionary War

Jeannette Holland Austin
2 min readJun 15, 2024
Oldest House in Lexington, Kentucky

After the Revolutionary War, Indians came to Kentucky with the buds of spring, and it was not long before all of Fayette County and the adjoining region were filled with roaming bands of angry Shawanese, Cherokees, etc.

It was for this reason that the whites abandoned all ideas of attempting to make a new settlement; personal safety was the one thing thought of, and fear and anxiety prevailed, for the savages indicated that they had not abandoned their cherished desire of driving their enemies from the country. Settlers were killed every few days. On July 14th, two of Colonel Calloway’s daughters and one of Daniel Boone’s were captured by rifle shot of Boonesborough, and about the same time, Hinkston’s settlement on Licking Creek was broken up.

Dark days had come, and still darker were ahead, and many, even of the stoutest-hearted settlers, left the country entirely.

This wilderness country, formerly part of Fincastle County, Virginia, was formed into “ Kentucky County” on December 7, 1776, without protection. In 1776, a handful of brave pioneers struggled with their savage foes alone and unaided, and to their sufferings, the horrors of the winter of starvation were added.

The practice of raising corn was certain death, and the game was shot at the peril of the…

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