Submitted by Carolyn Grover

My Rev soldier was Daniel Matheny. He lived in Va. He produced a commission from Thomas Jefferson, Esq. Governor of this state to the Clerk of this Country which was openly read and thereupon took the oath of Ensign of the Militia of this County. He took oath May 31, 1781, at Shenandoah. He didn't take any land from the War.

Daniel was born September 7.1737 and his parents are William Matheny and Elizabeth Banbury. His birth is recorded in the St. John's Parish registry in Baltimore County, Maryland. At the time of his birth the Parish was located in Joppatown, Maryland.

Daniel came to Bourbon County early. We know he was there in 1790. He gave land for the first Methodist Church in the County. It was known as Matheny's Meeting House, then later  Mt Gilead. (See Mt. Gilead Cemetery ) The church was destroyed by fire and the records are lost. There is a cemetery also there. Some are now buried in Paris Cemetery. I think but can't prove Daniel and his wife Judith and his son Moses and his wife are buried there since that was their land at one time.

Daniel died in 1803 in Bourbon County. His son Moses was executor of his will. Moses is my ancestor. Moses died in 1836.


Submitted by Glenn Humerickhouse

Elijah Mitchell was a Revolutionary War veteran who lived briefly in Bourbon County in the early 1800s.  Elijah was born in Ireland on March 6, 1761, but immigrated to the United States and settled in Iredell County, North Carolina with several other Irish immigrant families.  He married Sarah Ireland, the daughter of John and Sarah Purviance Ireland, in 1785.  The Mitchell, Ireland, Wasson, and Purviance families all immigrated to Bourbon County around 1800.  Many of the families later moved to Preble County, Ohio, around 1810-20 where Sarah Mitchell is buried.  Elijah later moved with his children to Warren in Huntington County, Indiana, where he died August 1, 1847.  He was originally buried in the Mitchell Cemetery in Warren but was reinterred across town in the Good (aka Woodlawn) Cemetery in the Circle of Honor section for veterans.  His descendants continue to live in the area.  Elijah is my great x 6 grandfather.  See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwhp/william_mcgahee_grave.htm

JEREMIAH NESBIT (1738-40 - 1796)

Submitted by David Anderson

Jeremiah NESBIT was born circa 1738-1740 in Cumberland Co., PA.   At this time, little is known of him in his childhood, but we do know that he was of hearty stock, spending his life living in the frontier and overcoming the hardships that came with living in the American frontier of those times.  The first evidence we find of him is his involvement in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Pennsylvania Rangers of the Frontier, fighting with members of his community in Westmoreland Co., PA, and with his brother William Nesbit.  It was the responsibility of the Rangers to protect families living in the frontier from Native Americans who allied themselves with the British.  He appears in the tax list for Westmoreland Co. in 1783 owning 30 acres.  His brother William NESBIT was also living in Westmoreland County, PA owning 100 acres at that time and he is also found acquiring 1000 acres in Bourbon County, according to Virginia land surveys in 1776) .   William would be with John HUSTON and others in being the first arrivals in Bourbon County, coming in 1775 to begin establishing a homestead.  The move to Kentucky would be put on hold for both Jeremiah NESBIT and William NESBIT until the end of the Revolutionary War due to their involvement in protecting pioneer families in the Pennsylvania frontier.  On  the 8th of December 1785, according to Certificate Number 7642 at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Jeremiah would receive 1 pound 1 shilling and 4 pence compensation for depreciation pay.  Jeremiah first appears on the Bourbon County tax list from 1788-1795.  His land was situated in the Indian Creek area, which was known as Scott?s Station (changed to Shady Nook).  Along with Jeremiah, his brothers, Thomas, Samuel, William, John, Jr., Robert and Nathan would settle in what is today, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties.  Jeremiah was a farmer while living in Bourbon (now Harrison) County Kentucky.

Jeremiah married a Sarah whose last name is unknown at this time.  He and Sarah had the following children;  Rachel NESBIT who married Andrew ANDERSON and removed to Schuyler County, IL;  Sarah Nesbit who would marry Moses McILVAIN (son of John McILVAIN and Elizabeth HODGE); Margaret NESBET who would marry Francis ANDERSON; Mary NESBIT who remain single; Elizabeth NESBIT who would marry Samuel McILVAIN (brother to Moses McILVAIN);  Robert NESBIT who married first Sarah NOLAN and then a Mary unknown and remove to New Market, Highland Co., Ohio; Jeremiah Nesbit, Jr. who would marry Isabella STEWART;  Samuel NESBIT who would marry Elspy WATT; Jane NESBIT who would marry William ROBISON/ROBINSON and remove to Highland Co., Ohio; and William NESBIT who would marry an Isabella.

His will was written 23 Mar 1796 and probated in May 1796 leaving his assets to his wife and children. 

Bourbon County has memorialized his involvement, as well as his brother William, in the Revolutionary War by placing his and his brother?s names on a bronze plaque at the Bourbon County Courthouse in Paris, Kentucky. 

Jeremiah did not have a pension application, as he died in 1796 without filing for a pension.   This image of his Depreciation Pay Voucher, which is on file at the Pennsylvania Archives.  Reference #s are on the card.

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Written by Kenney Shropshire Roseberry
Contact:  barder@bellsouth.net or through the John Fox Library-859-987-1786
(She is the fifth generation  from Abner Shropshire)

Submitted by and photographs by Mary Hatton

Abner Shropshire was born May 3, 1761 in Orange County, Va., one of 13 chrildren of John Shropshire and Mary Potter Shropshire. In 1779 he volunteered in Virginia Militia under Capt. James Hawkins. He served four months guarding prisoners at Albemarle Barracks. Later served six months in 1781 under Chapt. George Waugh and Col. Thomas Matthews. In 1789 Abner moved to Kentucky, married Susannah Foster Oct. 13, 1791 and had 12 children, all of whom married, settled in Bourbon, Scott, and Harrison Counties, and had large families. They attended the Leesburg Christian Church and the Silas Baptist Church. Tradition says that when Gen Lafayette visited Kentucky, all the men who served under him marched before him, wearing the number '76 on their hats. The General recognized Abner; he broke into the ranks and kissed him. Abner was 6 feet 4 inches tall!

Abner & Susannah Foster Shropshire were buried on their family farm on the Leesburg and Newtown Road. In 1917 Walter Shropshire (Kenney Shropshire Roseberry's father) and his brother Harvey Shropshire moved the remains of Abner & Susannah Foster Shropshire from the family farm burying ground to the Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Scott Co., Kentucky.

[There is a pension on Heritage Quest for Abner's widow.  SUSAN ELIZABETH SHROPSHIRE, born October 21, 1816, Bourbon Co., Kentucky; died March 25, 1912. She was the 12th child of Abner and Susannah Foster.]

The grave marking was done by the Jemima Johnson Chapter of the DAR.

Family at the Jacksonville Cemetery in Bourbon Co. for the grave marking of Sarah Elizabeth Shropshire Switzer, by the Jemima Johnson Chapter of the DAR as a Real Daughter. 
Real Daughter Marker

Above - 6th, 7th and 8th generations at Valley Forge the family farm of another Shropshire

Right - Kenney Shropshire Roseberry, 5th generation

**The pictures below are of the Real Daughter grave marking at the Jacksonville Cemetery in Bourbon Co.
(newspaper photo from the Cynthiana