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13 > Image 13 of Inventory of the county archives of Kentucky. No. 82. Meade County (Brandenburg)

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

( 115) Historical Sketch ".5 ` (First 5nfry P, 115) weight often broke strong branches of trees, and fat wild turkeys, together with innumerable squirrels, provided the early settlers with an abundance . and a variety of food. (4) 1 ,' Among those families who first built their cabins and established gy 17, themselves in this region were the Shackletts, the Richardsons, the Wimps, ;hat the Asherafts, the Fairleighs, the Chishelms, the Hardins, Squire Boone, [ing _ brother of Daniel Boone, and others, many of whom came from Pennsylvania, ;h Of _Mary1and, and Virginia. (5) General Benjamin Shacklett, with his family , the and their few possessions, left Pennsylvania in 1796, and traveled by flat- MO boat down the Ohio River, landing at the head of the Falls. -Two years mtown later he moved on down the river to settle finally in Jackey's Grove, in ;hy what was then Hardin and later becmne Meade County. Here in 1805 was born ( Benjamin Wooley Shacklett, his son, who developed into one of the greatest new fighters of his day. Both the general and his son took a prominent part Ohio in the governmental affairs of the new county when it was created. ?gll About the same time several other fanilies built their cabins in the vicinity of Jackey's Grove. Richard Ashcraft had achieved fame as an Indian fighter in Pennsylvania, and his children, exhibiting the same ` courageous, pioneer qualities that characterized their father, were among the earlier settlers to land at Solomon Brandenburg's Landing and Ferry, With them came John Wimp and his family, and from White Hall, New York, ,G- the Richardson family arrived to establish homes in what later became 1 an Heade County. (6) _ I , >ound- . Lnson No Indians ever inhabited this region for any length of time, although, (ted crossing the Ohio River at the mouth of Salt River, Rock Haven, Flippen's Run, Buck Creek, and near the mouth of Wolf Creek,thgy came often to hunt ,r, game. Many weapons and some perfect specimens of small pottery of exquisite Indian workmanship have been unearthed at numerous places in the county. One of the most.fieree1y contested battles with the early settlers occurred on East Hill at Brandenburg. A party of marauding Indians crossed the river and hid their canoes in Plippen's Run. Big Joe Logsdcn, one of the famous Indian fighters who spent much time in this region, aided by a party of hunters, attacked the band. After a running fight along the buffalo trail, the Indians were beaten back and not long after decided to seek security _O on the northern bank of the Ohio. (7) eek, A herds with First County Court and Officers 4 1; l On Monday, March 22, 1824, in accordance with provisions of the act yild Creating Meade County, Joseph Stith, John H. Trent, William Ditto, William _uCkS Garnett, Robert h..Washington, Joseph_Atwill, and William F. Fbushee met (O 'at John Rushs house in Buck Grove and organized the county court. Each RT 4. eeoaee L. Rnoamoua, gagg; TIMES LE MaAes eeumrv, KENTUCKY, Lou1sv1LL, 1929, PP. 9,10. 5. lag &Q!L!U;E Evannmc Epsl, MARCH 27, 1923. A h 6. RIDENOUQ, eg. SLI., Pe. 273l. . - V 2* 7. RIOEHOUR, qg. QLL., PP. 15,17. AU or r E1l~