Friday, January 2, 2015

Kentucky 1774

"My Old Kentucky Home" it is for me and my family.  It became a state in 1792, but it was a county of Virginia starting 1772 as Fincastle County.  The first JONES to have a land grant in what was to become Kentucky was Gabriel Jones.  His original survey number was 8104 and the documentation can be found on page 107 of the "Master Index Virginia Surveys and Grants 1774-1791" published by the Kentucky Historical Society in 1976.  This was a "Military Warrant" issued for service in the French and Indian War.  He served in Virginia Colonial Militia from August County, September 1758.  This documentation can be found on page 65 of "Virginia Colonial Militia 1651 - 1776", edited by Crozier and published in 1954.  The 2000 acres was surveyed by Hancock Taylor on an "Unknown fk. Elkhorn Cr.".  It was at the corner of land which Hancock Taylor had surveyed for himself.  The documentation can be found on page 148 in "Kentucky Land Warrants, for the French, Indian, & Revolutionary Wars" complied by Samuel M. Wilson 1913.  The name "Gabriel Jones" becomes very confusing during this early period since there were several by this name.  Anyone out there connected?

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