Billie Harris - Sep 30, 2010

Kilgore family information

1764-February 14, Orange Co NC:Robert Thompson to Thomas "Gilgore" 220 acres. Registered this date.
1764-May, Orange Co NC:Andrew Warwick appointed Overseer in the Room of Thomas Kilgore-
1765-May 14, Orange Co NC:Robert Kilgore to Thomas Kilgore 363 acres. Deed registered this date.
1765-May 14, Orange Co NC:Thomas Kilgore to Solomon Deboe 220 acres Deed registered this date.
1766-November 11, Orange Co NC:Deed-Charles Gilgore-Thomas Kilgore 280 acres. Deed recorded this date. (Presumption: this deed was not Charles of Greene Co TN-as this Charles leaves NC for PA and VA and no evidence that Charles of Greene County leaves until at least 1780.) Deed Register Orange Co NC p.45

1769-November 21, Orange Co NC:Jacob Reed of Orange to Thomas Kilgore of same, thirty five pounds, 154 acres, on waters of Kilgore's Br. of North Hico, begin at a white oak, W 28 ch. to a willow oak standing in a pond, S with John Reed's line 55 ch. to a pine, E 28 ch. to a hicory, N 55 ch. to first station, part of 302 acres from Granville to Reed; signed: Jacob (IR) Reed, Sarah (X) Reed; witness: Jas. Roan, Fred. (F) Brock; acknowledged July Term 1771.

1770-February 3, Orange Co NC:Robert Kilgore Junr. of Orange to Thomas Kilgore, for value received (no amount given), 210 acres, on head of Reedy Fork Cr. a fork of North Hico, begin at a hicory, S 40 ch. to a pine, E 25 ch. to a red oak, S 15 ch. to a pine, E 20 ch. to a pine, N 55 ch. to a white oak, W 45 ch. to first station, surveyed 4 February
1762; signed: Robert (R) Kilgore, Winny (L) Kilgore; witness: Jas. Roan (Rowan), Thos. Phelps, Andrew Warrick; acknowlegd- ed July Term 1771.

1770-February 8, Orange Co NC:Thomas Kilgore of Orange to Robert Kilgore Snr. of same, for value received in hand, 280 acres, on North Hico Cr., begin at a post oak, N 70 ch. to a red oak, E 40 ch. to a hicory, S 70 ch. to a spanish oak, W 40 ch. to where it first began; signed: Thomas (X) Kilgore, Lydia (X) Kilgore; witness: Jas. Roberson, Thos. Phelps, Andrew Warrick; proved July Term by Warrick.

1777-October 9, Caswell Co NC:Land sold Kilgore's Br of County Line Cr. Wit: Jno. Black, George Black, Henry Black.

1777-Orange Co NC-Tax list Thomas Kilgore 850 acres-Gloucester District. (Land Grants and Tax Lists, Caswell County, North Carolina North Carolina State Archives by Katherine K. Kendell)

1777-Orange Co NC:Thomas Kilgore road to lay out road to North Hillsboro. (Caswell Co NC Court Minutes Call #CR 20, 301 Archives and History, Raleigh, NC p.51)

1777-Orange Co NC:Thomas Kilgore applied for permission to build a mill on his land on N. Hico. Ordered laid over until next court.

1777-December 11, Orange Co NC:Thomas Kilgore on making his excuse was exempted from a fine of 4% for not appearing as a juror.

1779-March 3, Caswell Co NC:#85 to Thomas Killgore 150 acres on both sides of N. Hico. Chc: Peter Baker, Charles Stephens Jr.

1779-March 3, Caswell Co NC:#26 to Thomas Killgore 300 acres on both sides of Killgore Branch waters of N. Hico. Chc: William Lea, James Serjent.

1779-July 27, Caswell Co NC:Thomas Killgore to William Sergent for L780 154 acres on waters of Killgore's Branch of N. Hico adj. John Reed, part of a 300 acre tract John Reed purchased of Earl Granville. NB: The said Thomas Killgore reserves 1/2 acre for convenience of a place of public worship.

1779-September 24, Caswell Co NC:Thomas Killgore to Mary Gibson for L300 land on both sides of Killgore's Branch a water of North Hico.

1779-December 17, Caswell Co NC:#117 to John Love, younger, 200 A both sides of N. Hico adj. John Love (deeded) old line, Killgore's line.

1779-December 20, Caswell Co NC:#263 to Jane Love 300 A on Kilgore's Br. adj. William Lea on Thomas Evan's line, Thomas Kilgore.

1779-December 20, Caswell Co NC:#351 Land sold both sides of N Hico crossing Kilgore's Br. at Killgore's corner.

1779-December 20, Caswell Co NC:#354 more land sold adj. Thomas Kilgore Kilgore's Br.

1779-December 20, Caswell Co NC:#445 land sold adj. Thomas Kilgore N Hico.

1780-October 7, Caswell Co NC:Power of Attorney-William Lea of CC to Hearndon Harralson to exhibit unto Anderson Ashburn a lawful deed in fee simple for tract of land in CC on N Hico adj. George Huston, Timothy Burgess, Thomas Kilgore, William Sergent, Thomas Langley, James Johnson, John Cooper-agreeable to interest made between Lea & Ashburn. Wit: Adam Fulkerson, Gabriel Lea

1781-April 1, Caswell Co NC:Land sold adj. Thomas Kilgore N Hico #576-7

1782-March, Caswell Co NC:Thomas Kilgore of CC to Thomas Evans of same, for 500 lbs, 50 A both sides N. Hico. Wit: John Douglass, Ad Murphey

1782-March 2, Caswell Co NC:Land adj. Thomas Kilgore sold N. Hico

1782-July 17, Caswell Co NC:Jane Love of CC to Joshua Carney of same for 4000 lbs 300 A of Kilgore's Br. adj. William Lea, Thomas Evans, Thomas Kilgore Wit: Abraham Fulkerson #646.

1782-October 29, Caswell Co NC:#13 Land sold adj. Killgore and William Lea Hico.

1782-October 29, Caswell Co NC:To James Lea Sr. 600 A both sides of East Fork Kilgore's Branch adj. Will Lea's corner, Thomas Kilgore, claim of William McDaniel, William Moore, Thomas Langley. #35.

1783-September 3, Caswell Co NC:#126 N Hico Kilgore's Br land sold.

1784-Tax list-Gloucester Dist. Caswell Co NC:Thomas Kilgore 455-1-0-Gloucester District

1784-May 20-Caswell Co NC: Anderson Ashburn to Thomas Killgore for L30, 92 acres on south and N. Hico adj. Killgore's land. Wit: Thos Killgore, James Yeates, Zebulon Stabarity. Note:Thomas Kilgore M: Phoebe Lea does not appear on 1784 tax list-indicating he was yet minor, therefor this signature does not belong to him. It must be Thomas 2 of Robertson Co or possibly a son of Charles Kilgore of Greene Co TN.

1784-August 26, Caswell Co NC:Mary Cooper sells 10 A southeast side Kilgore's Branch part of purchase from Thomas Kilgore #446.

1784-November 10, Caswell Co NC:land adj. Thomas Kilgore's old line sold N. Hico.

1786-January 14,Caswell Co NC-State Census Lydda Kilgore: 2 WM -20; 1 WF all ages; 1 B -12 or 50+

1775-In the fall of 1775 Bazel Boren, Morgan Bryan III, Gaspar Mansker, Thomas Kilgore, Col. John Montgomery (Patrick Porter's son-in-law) and perhaps others travelled southward from the Elkhorn into what is now Robertson County, Tennessee, and camped at the junction of Sulpher Fork and Red River. (Southwest Virginian #976, Vol. 10 p. 8 by Kerry Ross Boren) Note:It appears they came down from area of Porter's Fort. Indicates a connection between Thomas Kilgore and Charles and Robert Kilgore.

1777-1778-In the Spring, Thomas Kilgore left North Carolina with some ammunition, salt, jerky or dried venison, and a few grains of corn. He traveled on foot where he passed through East Tennessee and plunged into the wilderness beyond. Guided alone by the sun and the North Star, he pushed on, seeing no white people until he reached Bledsoe's Lick, where he found a colony of six or eight families. After resting a few days he went on some 25 miles west when he selected a cave from which issued a bold stream of water running into the middle fork of Red River. By wading the stream he could enter the cave without leaving a trail. He kicked up some of the rich alluvial soil of the cane break and planted a few hills of corn. He watched and tended his little crop, living in the meantime on game he killed. In the fall he gathered two or three ears of corn, returned to North Carolina and had the title to his land confirmed.

1779-Spring:In the Spring of 1779 he, with a few families, returned to the spot where he had passed the previous summer. A stockade fort was immediately erected on a commanding eminence about three-fourths of a mile from Cross Plains and named Kilgore's Station. It was a landmark for years in the overland emigration to Tennessee. Probably the first mill was built on the middle fork of Red River, three-fourths of a mile northwest of Cross Plains, between 1785 and 1790 by Thomas Kilgore. (From History of Tennessee, Goodspeed-1886)

1779-March 3, Caswell Co NC:#76 to Thomas Killgore 150 acres on S. Hico adjoining his own line. Chc: James Johnston, Jno. Johnston.

1779-September 24, Caswell Co NC:Thomas Kilgore to Arthur Loving for L200 150 acres on S. Hico.

1780-September 19, Caswell Co NC:land sold adj. Thomas Kilgore S Hico #398.

1783-October 13, Caswell Co NC:William Lea sells land S. Hico adj. Thomas Kilgore #194.

1783-November 11, Caswell Co NC:William Lea sells land adj. Thomas Kilgore . Hico #116

1786-March 17, Sumner Co TN:Land grant to Revolutionary soldier sold adj. Thomas Kilgore-Red River #256-7

1787-Sumner Co TN:Tax list-1 poll and 2058 acres.

1787-Sumner Co TN:Road jury-from Capt. Keydendall's to the head of Desha's Fork of Bledsoe Creek.

1787-Sumner Co TN:Thomas Kilgore-Jury duty.

1787-Sumner Co TN:Thomas Kilgore appointed overseer of road.

1788-Sumner Co TN:Tax list-Thomas Kilgore 2,130 acres.

1788-January & April, Sumner Co TN:Thomas Kilgore-Jury duty.

1788-November Sumner Co TN:Thomas Kilgore-Jury duty.

1789-Sumner Co TN:Tax list-Thomas Kilgore.

1792-Sumner Co TN:Tax list-Thomas Kilgore

1792-September 13 Caswell Co NC:Thomas Kilgore Sen. of CC to Thos Wiley, for value recd., 210 A on head Reedy Fork Cr. of N Hico surveyed 4 Feb
1762. Wit: Jno. Douglass, Thos Sargent.

1792-September 22 Caswell Co NC:Thomas Yates S Hico sells 150 A adj. Thomas Kilgore.

1792-October 12 Sumner Co TN:Thomas Killgore Senr. to James Yates for L400 363 acres on N. Hico adjoining Yate's line. Wit: Thomas Evans, Jesse Evans, Lewis Evans

1793-Sumner Co TN:Tax list-Thomas Kilgore.

1794-Sumner Co TN:Tax list-Thomas Kilgore.

1794-October 2 Sumner Co TN:Thomas Kilgore, Sr. deeds 800 A to Charles Kilgore on Barton's Creek lying in Sumner County, Tennessee (Deed Bk:1, p.102-103).

1795-Sumner Co TN:Tax list-Thomas Kilgore 2, 508 acres of land.

1795-August 27 Robertson Co TN:Book A, page 14, Thomas Kilgore transfers a part of 640 acres granted to said Kilgore by NC Grant #2511./ Grant #2511 to Thomas Kilgore, dated 8-27-1795. Warrant #978 for 640 A. Recorded Book D-4, p.12. Davidson County on Red River 2 10/10

1796-1812-Robertson Co TN:Tax list-Thomas Kilgore listed.

1796-January 13 Caswell Co NC:Land adj. Thomas Kilgore sold S. Hico Wit: William Lea

1799-October Robertson Co TN:Thomas Kilgore Sr. deeds 240 A of land to Charles Kilgore located north of Johnson Kilgore's line, a part of Thomas Kilgore's preemption grant from the State of North Carolina. Proven by Thomas Strain.

NOTE:Thomas Kilgore assee of Robert Cartwright obtained a preemptionn of 640 acres of land lying on the So. fork of Red River at the first fork above the Kentucky Trace running down the river for quantity, including Mauldin's Station improvement and Spring for quantity. p.24 (249)

NOTE:Thomas Kilgore obtained a pre emp of 640 acres of land lying on the south side of Mansker's lick upon the buffaloe Trace that least to Neely's lick adjoining to Gasper Mansker's Claim & the south line of the lick Tract with a Cabbin at a Spring running towards the dry branch for quantity including the cabbin & Spring. p.40 (443)

Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee p.456-457
A settlement had been begun at Kilgore's Station, on the north side of Cumberland on Red River. At this place Samuel Martin and Isaac Johnston, returning from the Bluff, were fired upon by Indians. They took Martin prisoner and carried him into the Creek Nation. (he was later accused of consorting w/ Indians and helping to plan attack)...Of the other settlers at Kilgore's, were two young men named Mason, Moses Malding, Ambrose Malding, Josiah Hoskins, Jesse Simons, and others...Discouraged by these depredations, the people at Kilgore's Station broke up their establishment and joined those at the Bluff.
The above information presented courtsey of:   Vickie & Virgil Miller

("Believe the family goes back two or three generations to a Lord Douglas Kilgore". from Rootsweb site, Fred Salter)

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Thomas Kilgore, Christening: 13 Aug 1738 Aberdour, Fife, Scotland, Death: 17 Jul 1822 in Robertson County, Tennessee.   He married Lydia YATES b: 1746 in Orange, North Carolina. They were married 1766 in Orange, North Carolina. Thomas Kilgore is a son of Robert Kilgore, b. 1716, Scotland, and Margaret Spencer.

"It appears that five Kilgore brothers came from Ireland about 1763 and settled in Northwestern North Carolina. Some writers on the family history seem to consider that they were related, through the Douglas Family to Queen Victoria, but his has not been substantiated. These five brothers, Charles, Hiram, Robert, William, and James took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

BUT.....We do know that men named Charles and Robert Kilgore are listed on records from Orange County, North Carolina and that these men were later found in what became known as Russell County, Virginia. They were both listed on a roster list at Lt. Moore's Fort, Scott County, Virginia in June 1777. As of yet, no evidence has been found for a William Kilgore in this area during the Revolutionary War period or later. It is known, that the above named Robert Kilgore had a son named William Kilgore B:1769 who lived in Scott County, Virginia and it's probable that Judge Kilgore may have mistaken the son for the so-called brother, William. As of yet, no researchers have been able to verify that a brother, James existed; however, a man named James Kilgore who settled in South Carolina has not been ruled out.

A man named Thomas Kilgore who is first found in records in Orange County, North Carolina in 1760s and who can later be found in Robertson County, Tennessee is believed to be some relation to Charles and Robert Kilgore. In Goodwill's History of Arkansas-Columbia County, his grandson Dawson Kilgore is mentioned. This history written in the 1880's states that Dawson Kilgore's grandfather, Thomas Kilgore participated at the Battle of King's Mountain and that "he lost a brother who was fighting alongside him". A Thomas Kilgore was not listed as one of the "five brothers", although he appears to be referring to the Hiram Kilgore who was supposedly killed at the battle. This account, which Judge Kilgore does not seem to have been aware of, does support the claim that a man named Kilgore was killed at the Battle of King's Mountain. It is known that the above named Charles Kilgore participated at the battle and was in fact wounded. He filed a claim with the State of Virginia in which he mentioned wounds received at the Battle of King's Mountain. In his Revolutionary War pension file, he stated in a request for a new certificate that he had served with Col. William Campbell's men under Capt. John Snoddy. Col. William Campbell was the commanding officer of troops at the Battle of King's Mountain.

It's known that a man named Robert Kilgore Sr. was in North Carolina as early as 1750 when he appeared on a tax list in Granville County, North Carolina. This is not the Robert Kilgore believed to be one of the five brothers. He is suspected of being the father of Robert and Charles (though not proven) and therefore, these Kilgores appear to have been in America well before 1763 which is the date that early researchers believed that the Kilgores arrived in America.

It has been claimed that these Kilgore's were the descendants of a Lord Douglas from Scotland and that they took the name Killgore/Kilgore because Lord Douglas used the words "kill" and "gore" as his battle cry. The Scottish Historical Board states that the name Kilgore was first used in connection with a foundling (presumably male) who was left on the doorstep of a church and who was given the name of the church: Kilgore. This supposedly occurred soon after a battle involving the powerful local Douglas clan who had been declared outlaw and driven from the area. Local tradition had it that the child was a junior member of the family left on the doorstep in order to save his life. It's known that early Kilgore researchers wrote to Scotland and obtained this information and it appears that someone took the above information one step further and actually believed the story to be true. Note that Scottish historians don't make the claim themselves-they just mention that "according to local tradition". (Commentary explanation by others: It seems that the Lord Douglas in question -the so-called "Black Douglas" would have been screaming his war cries in Scottish Gaelic and not English. It is doubtful that the words "kill" and "gore" have the same meanings in Gaelic as they do in English. This appears to be some attempt to explain the name Kilgore.)

Apparently, sometime prior to 1911 Judge Kilgore sent his history around to the various branches of the Kilgore family in Virginia, Tennesse and elsewhere. We do know that one branch of the Tennessee family has since mangled this tale and now believe that their ancestors changed their name from Douglas to Kilgore here in America around the time of the American Revolution. They claim that their ancestors used the war cry of "kill" and "gore" in battle against Indians- hence the name Kilgore.

Another error that early researchers made concerning these Kilgores, was the mistaken assumption that the above named Charles Kilgore was the husband of a woman named Winnie Clayton by whom he had these children: Robert, Charles, Hiram, Ralph, William and Mary Kilgore Culbertson. We now know that Winnie Clayton was the wife of a man named Robert Kilgore Jr. who was killed by Indians December 31, 1782 along with a man named James Green. Another man who had accompanied them on this hunting trip was able to make his escape and bring word to local authorities who marched out and found the bodies of Robert Kilgore and James Green whom they hurriedly buried in a hollow log. It was mistakenly believed that it was Charles Kilgore who was killed when in fact it was Robert Kilgore. This is proven by tax records from Russell County, Virginia which in 1783 list Winnie Kilgore as head of household (Charles Kilgore was listed on 1783 tax list Greene County, Tennessee where he'd arrived sometime prior to this date and where he remained until his death in 1823). In 1784, the tax records list "Robert Kilgore's estate"-again giving proof he was deceased. It was also once believed that Winnie Clayton died c1787 and that Charles remarried a woman named Martha. We now know that Winnie Clayton was still living in 1811 when she witnessed a deed in Russell County, Virginia. Of the above named children listed for Charles Kilgore the only one who was in truth his child was Mary Kilgore Culbertson who was named in his will. Charles Kilgore listed his "three sons" in his will: William, John and James. Robert and Winnie's son, William Kilgore born 1769 and who married Virginia Osborne was mistakenly believed to be the William Kilgore listed in Charles' will. It's now known that this was William Kilgore born ca 1771 Orange County, North Carolina who married Jane Henderson in 1796 Greene County, Tennessee.

Judge Kilgore claimed that one of his informants was "Aunt Betsy Walker" daughter of Mary Kilgore and James Culbertson whom he claimed to have been about 5 years old at the time of the Battle of King's Mountain. There is some mistake here. Betsy Culbertson Walker was born in 1792 according to her husband's Bible records-12 years after the Battle of King's Mountain (her parents were married in 1785). It's certainly possible that Betsy's memory had slipped by the time she spoke with Judge Kilgore concerning family history and so he may have been the beneficiary of garbled information. The inaccuracy of Judge G. W. Kilgore's account was discovered by researchers descended from both Charles Kilgore and Robert Kilgore who pooled their knowledge and began to find discrepancies in old accounts about this family and have sought diligently to clear this matter up. In the name of accuracy, it should be pointed out that no actual proof exists for the claim that Charles and Robert were in fact brothers, though descendants generally accept this belief because of the close association of the two men during much of their lives."
From Rootsweb site, contact Errol Bevan

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I had copied this a long time ago and when I try to retrieve the web site, I can't.   Kilgore is mentioned numerous times.


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- Arthur Campbell is born in Augusta Co., Va. (Yellow Creek)

- Charles Kilgore is born in County Fife in Scotland.
- Jonathan Wood I is born.

- William Campbell is born.
- John Sevier is born in the Shenandoah Valley of Va.

- Steven Holston settles at the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Holston R.
- Thomas Inglis and his 3 sons, Mrs. Draper and her son & daughter, Adam
Harman, Henry Leonard, and James Burke settle on and near the New River.
Establish a settlement called " Draper’s Meadows". Other settlers soon follow.
( Crocketts, Sayers, Cloyds, McGavocks, McCalls, etc.)
- Jacob Castle moves to Castlewood and lives with the Indians there.(an outcast
from the New R. Settlement)
- James Davis buys land from Steven Holston and calls it "Davis’ Fancy".
- Capt. James Patton leads Thomas Walker’s 1st Expedition into S.W. Va.
(also John Buchannan, Charles Campbell, James Woods, John Finley,
Charles St. Clair, William Clinch, etc.)(Debatable if he went to Bristol or
Cumberland Gap) (Probably only to Bristol area.)

- First settlement in Lee Co. (Martin’s Station) near Rose Hill by Joseph Martin.
- " D. Boon cilled a bar on this tree in the year 1760" (East Tenn.)
- Col. William Byrd dispatched to assemble a company of riflemen to rescue the
colonists under seize at Ft. Loudon. Delayed most of Summer as volunteers
gradually arrived at Fort Chiswell then Fort Robinson. During the delay, he used his time to widen and improve the Wilderness Rd. to a wagon road from New River to the Long Island on the Holston. Unfortunately, by the time his volunteers arrived (600) , it was too late for those in the fort and they were all taken prisoner or killed subsequent to their negotiating with the Cherokees for their permission to be allowed to vacate the fort and march our of the area.

- Arthur Campbell purchases 740 acres of land at the headwaters of the Holston River on which he built his plantation called, " Royal Oak".
- Robert (Robin) Kilgore is born in N.Carolina.

- Patrick Henry comes to S.W. Va. to acquire land along the Clinch River. He fails to find his 3000 acre survey (mistakenly looked for the Moccasin Cr. entrance to the Clinch, which it doesn’t) Spent some time at Long Island .
- Great Battle between 200 Cherokee and several hundred Shawnees at Rich Mountain. (over hunting rights)
- Col. Arthur Campbell builds "Royal Oak" near Marion, Va., became a major land-mark and way-station along the Wilderness Road.

- 1st Settlers in Scott County (Thomas McCulloch) ( Big Moccasin Valley)
(abandoned in 1771 because of hostile Indian activity)
- David Cox leaves Boone’s hunting party in Elizabethton and journeys through
Moccasin Gap to area around Ft.Blackmore. Captured by Indians (2-4 yrs.)
later escapes and brings glowing reports of the area back to the Yadkin R. Valley of N.Carolina. Influences many others (including John Blackmore) to settle there later.
- Daniel Boone’s first trip to Kentucky via Moccasin Gap & Cumberland Gap. ( led by John Finley, also: James Holden, James Mooney, William Cooley, and John Stewart)
- Joseph Martin builds a fort at Martin’s Station. (enclosing 1/2 acre)
- 1st settlers in Castlewood area (Patrick Porter, Russells, Snoddy’s, etc.)
- William Campbell, his Mother and other family members move to an estate on the Holston River.
- Capt. William Bean settles on Boone’s Creek (his son Russell was the 1st white child born in what is now Tenn.)
- Large rush of settlers into S.W. Va. & East Tenn. areas
- Cherokees invade the land of the Chickasaws and are defeated - losing many
Cherokee Braves. (for several years afterwards they are much less inclinded
toward war.)

- May, "Regulators" from N.Carolina rebelled against Gov. Tryon over his refusal to grant their requests for relief from oppression & taxes. Defeated, many killed, survivors dispersed - many came to Holston & Clinch River Valleys to settle.
- Anthony Bledsoe surveys the Va./N.Carolina boundary far enough W. to
determine that the Watauga settlements were in N.Carolina.
- Alexander Cameron, a British Agent, orders all settlers off the Indian land.
John Sevier & James Robertson immediately set about to devise ways to
avoid the order.

- Fort Blackmore is built by Capt. John Blackmore
- Daniel Boone & Capt. William Russell meet in the Clinch Valley to plan a
settlement in Kentucky.
- (9/25/73) Boone, his family, and 5 other families depart for Ky.
- Jonathan Wood & James Davidson (his brother in law) move to the site
of the 1st settlement in Scott Co. (Big Moccasin Valley)
- Charles Kilgore moves to Scott Co. and joins Patrick Porter at Falls Creek.
- Col. Richard Henderson retires as N.Carolina Judge and steps up his plans
to acquire and speculate on a large tract of Kentucky land
- James Boone & Henry Russell (and party) are ambushed and killed by Indians
atop Powell Mtn. near the Lee Co. line.
- Boone and family return to Moore’s Ft.(Castlewood) to spend the winter.
- Fall - Shawnee grow increasingly more hostile, a general out-break seems

- Capt. William Campbell and Elizabeth Henry are married and move to
Aspen Vale.

- Spring, G. Rogers Clark sends Lord Henry Hamilton ("Hair Buyer") via
Wilderness Rd. to Eastern Va. (encounter sleet & hail between Lee Co.and Moccasin Gap. Some
men nearly drown crossing the Clinch River. Hamilton crosses in a small canoe, on to Williamsburg)
- Arthur Campbell commissioned as Sheriff of Washington Co. (2/16/79)
- The "Tavern" is built in Abingdon
- Capt. William Campbell leads a militia group that defeats Tories trying to take
over the lead mines in Montgomery County.
- Jesse Evans’ family is attacked near the headwaters of the Clinch and 4 of his
children are killed and scalped while he is at work in the fields. Ms. Evans
heroism saves herself and her baby.
- Col. William Fleming, an enfeebled old veteran from Christiansburg, is
recruited to head a Commission in Kentucky to administer land transactions
and claims. Travels the Wilderness Road.
- Oct., the Va. General Assembly pass an Act to improve the Wilderness Rd.
(lobying by Calloway and Harrod)
- " A Very Bitterly Cold Winter " - leaves down by Aug., streams frozen, etc.
- John Blackmore leaves Ft. Blackmore and travels down the Clinch by flat boat
to Nashboro.
- Isaac Shelby and David Campbell are elected to the Va. Gen. Assembly to
to serve the people of Washington Co.
- Dr. Thomas Walker and Daniel Smith, for Va. & Richard Henderson and
William B. Smith, for N. Carolina, are appointed to survey the line between the two states. The line drawn drastically reduced the territory that had been considered part of Washington Co., Va.

- Feb.- Sullivan Co., N.Carolina is formed at the home of Moses Loony (later Tennessee) from the disputed territory surveyed in 1779.
- William Dorton is killed by Indians
- Sept. - Col. Arthur Campbell leads a force of 200 men from Abingdon to Sycamore Shoals to join Col. William Campbell’ troops who are mustering for the Battle of King’s Mtn.
- (Oct. 7) "The Battle of King’s Mountain" (Charles Kilgore, Jonathan Wood, Isaac Shelby,
John Sevier, Col. William Campbell, etc.)
- Patrick Porter placed in charge of Forts in Clinch Valley during the battle.
- Col. Arthur Campbell is left at Abingdon with some militiamen to defend
that part of the frontier during the battle.
- Logan killed by kinsmen
- (Nov. & Dec.) John Kinkead (a Scotsman from Clinch Valley) headed a crew
of woodsmen to widen & improve the Wilderness Rd..
- Col. Arthur Campbell leads an attack against Tories in N.Carolina and the
Cherokee Towns. (destroyed 14 Towns and much corn)1781
- James Green and Jane Porter are married.
- Spring - Col. Arthur Campbell marches with 150 volunteers against the
Cherokee- destroys 3 Towns, killed 20 Indians, rescued 15 captives.(mostly children)
- Capt. Joseph Martin, at Long Island, takes 65 men on a 19 day expedition
against the Cherokee settlements below Cumberland Gap to the mouth of Powell
River. to disperse a body of Indians who were molesting travelers along the Rd.
- (Oct. 17) Rev. Lewis Craig leads a large group (500) of his congregation from
Upper Spotsylvania Bapt. Church to Ft.Chiswell.. Must sell their wagons there
and continue along Wilderness Rd. to Kentucky - to minister to settlers there.1783
- James Green and Robert Kilgore are killed by Indians at Indian Creek near
Pound, Va. (his widow, Jane Porter Green later married Rev.Robin Kilgore)
- Gen. George Rogers Clark again travels the Wilderness Road, penniless, to plead
his cause before the Governor of Virginia in Richmond. He had borrowed and
spent his own money to fund the war, only to be left in debt to hundreds of
creditors afterwards. (Received little more that their official thanks and was
relieved of his command.)1784
- Reverend Francis Asbury, the Great Methodist Preacher, is elected the first Methodist Bishop in America (toured the frontier from Atlantic to Miss. R.
for over 40 years, ordained over 3000 Preachers, delivered over 17000 sermons.
- (10/84) Col. James Knox led a large party from Staunton to Long Island. Joined
by others, the number swelled to over 300. They traveled from Long Island to
Bean Station, where 200 more settlers joined them to form a narrow band which
stretched nearly 2 miles along the trail. Despite Indian attacks and measles, they
eventually arrived safely at Crab Orchard in Ky.
- (10/84) Col. William Whitley, (who built and lived at "Sportsman’s Hill", a red
brick mansion near Skagg’s Creek in Ky.) a famous Irish defender of the Ky.
frontier, responded to an Indian raid near the headwater’s of the creek where
several travelers were killed and taken prisoner. His group overtook the Indians
freed the captives, and killed 2 of the raiders.("Sportsman’s Hill" was the first
brick house in Ky.)(His steadfast defence of the area helped make travel safer
for the thousands of settlers coming through the territory.)
- John Sevier reports encountering the Melungeons.
- Col. Arthur Campbell and John Sevier lead a secession movement of S.W.Va. and E. Tenn. to form the State of Franklin. Gov. Patrick Henry makes several
concessions to the movement just in time to stop it.1785
- Benge massacres Archibald Scott’s family and carries Mrs. Fannie Scott away.
She later escapes and returns home.
- Robert (Robin) Kilgore and Jane Porter Green are married.1786
- The Kilgore Fort House is built about 3 miles W. of Nickelsville, by Robin
- Russell County is formed.
- "The Last Great Battle" between the Cherokee and Shawnee is fought at
the headwaters of the Clinch River.
- (10/86) 21 people are massacred (from the McNitt, Ford, and Barnes families)
at a spring in present day Levi Jackson State Park near London, Ky.
- (12/86) John Stuart, British Indian Agent, and the Cherokees enter into a treaty
which established the Northern Boundary of the Cherokee Land as a line
extending from a pt. 6 miles above Long Island (on the Holston R.) straight to
the confluence of the Ohio & Kanawha Rivers. - thus opening S.W. Va. to legal
- Col. Arthur Campbell is chosen as a Representative to the Constitutional
Convention in Richmond, to consider the new U.S. Constitution for ratification.
(Constitution was ratified by a vote of 89 to 79, with Patrick Henry, James
Monroe, and George Mason opposing it.)1789
- (10/1/89) Jenny Wiley is kidnapped from the upper Clinch R. Valley .1790
- Benjamin Bolling (from Wilkes Co., N.C.) settles on Guest River not far from
present day Esserville. He built a cabin and claimed a vast amount of land.
- Dorton Fort is built 1 mile East of the Kilgore Fort House. (S. of Nickelsville)
- Richard Wells settles in upper Powell Valley.
- Shawnees from Ohio attack David Musick’s family on the Clinch R., capture his
wife and 5 children and flee toward the Breaks Gorge where the Pound R. joins
the Russell Fork. There a Pioneer rescue party overtakes them, attacks them (at
dawn) and frees the captives. (1 Indian killed, 1 wounded, others flee)
- The First Mail Route is established between the Holston Settlements and Danville, Kentucky.1793
- Lee County is formed.
- (3/21/93) Thomas Ross, the first mail carrier along the newly established mail
route, accompanied by Joseph Brown and Col. Jacob Friley, are ambushed by
Indians at Little Laurel. Ross is killed.
- Bishop Francis Asbury’s first trip over Wilderness Rd. to Ky. where he organized
the Kentucky Conference. 1794
- (4/6/94) Benge attacks the Peter Livingston home (15 miles W. of Abingdon,
between Mendota and Hiltons) in an attempt to steal slaves to sell to the British.
He also kidnaps Mrs. Livingston.
- (4/15/94) Benge is overtaken and ambushed by the Militia from Lee Co., led by
Lt. Vincent Hobbs, (and a party of 13), near Big Stone Gap. Benge is killed and
be-headed, and all the captives freed.1795
- Rev. Samuel Hilton moves from N.Carolina and builds a cabin on the banks of the
N. Fork of the Holston River at present day Hiltons, Va..
- E. Tennessee Census lists 300 "free persons" of color.(Melungeons)1796
- Gov. Shelby, of Kentucky, considers who to hire to widen and improve the
Wilderness Road to a wagon road from Gap to Crab Orchard. Although D.Boone applies, Col. James Knox and Joseph Crockett (of Holston R. area) are chosen to
supervise the project. (completed 10/15)
- Moses Austin (who owned a lead mine on New R. above Inglis Ferry) and his son Stephen (who was later a founding father of Texas) travel over Wilderness Rd.
from New R. to Gov. Shelby’s home (Traveler’s Rest) and reported that "a traveler could spend each night of his travels underneath a roof"


This is another web site that's no longer up and there are mentions of Kilgore:

Book, Yates Genealogy,

[NOTE: broken link]

Descendants of John Attayate (1340-?)

(Coats of Arms)

Descendants of John Attayate (1340-?)

(Coats of Arms)

1 Mr. John ATTAYATE b: Abt. 1340 Berkshire, England Property: Circourt Manor (Courcourt Manor), Denchworth, Berkshire, England
continues......(total 241 pages, smallest print).

Portion of Yates Book showing:
Yates/Kilgore/Randolph genealogy connections....

11 Mr. John YATES I b: Abt. 1678 South River Hundred, Anne Arundel Co., MD Occupation: planter Will: (intestate) d: Bef. March 19, 1721/22 in Baltimore Co., MD Inventory 1: June 22, 1722 Baltimore Co., MD Inventory 2: August 15, 1722 Baltimore Co., MD (£576.14.8) Estate 1: March 19, 1721/22 Baltimore Co., MD (widow/admin. executed £150 bond w/Benjamin Hood & William Tucker as sureties) Estate 2: September 1724 Prerogative Court, Baltimore Co., MD (admin. Elizabeth Yate rendered account to Deputy Commissary) Estate 3: July 1725 Prerogative Court, Baltimore Co., MD (admin. Elizabeth Yate rendered account to Deputy Commissary) Property 1: November 11, 1691 600 acres, 'Padworth Farm', Pringe Georges Co., MD (inherited from father) Property 2: November 11, 1691 770 acres, 'Yate's His Forbearance', on Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., MD (inherited from father jointly w/brother George) Property 3: February 28, 1706/07 87 acres, 'Yate's Addition', N. side of Patapso River, Baltimore Co., MD Property 4: July 01, 1710 ? acres, 'Adventure' (part of 'Yate's Forebearance'), N. side of Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., MD (conveyed to Joshua Sewell) Property 5: July 01, 1714 100 acres, 'Yate's Inheritance', S. side of Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., MD (surveyed by patents) Property 6: October 10, 1714 100 acres, 'Yate's Inheritance', on S. side of Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., MD (surveyed by patents) Property 7: November 29, 1715 182 acres, part of 'Yate's His Forbearance', Baltimore Co., MD (conveyed to John Israel, Planter, of Baltimore Co., MD) Property 8: November 29, 1715 87 acres, 'Yate's Addition', N. side of Patapso River, Baltimore Co., MD (conveyed to John Israel, Planter, of Baltimore Co., MD) Property 9: March 05, 1715/16 ? acres, part of 'Yate's His Forbearance', Baltimore Co., MD (conveyed by John and wife Elizabeth to Robert Chapman of Baltimore Co., MD, Planter) Property 10: January 23, 1719/20 100 acres, 'Yate's Delight', Baltimore Co., MD (surveyed) Residence 1: Abt. 1678 Anne Arundel Co., MD Residence 2: Baltimore Co., MD Residence 3: Prince George Co., MD AFN: 7TVF-NV
.................... +Ms. Elizabeth TUCKER b 1: Abt. 1673 Anne Arundel Co., MD? b 2: Abt. 1682 Anne Arundel Co., MD? Married: Bet. 1698 - 1715 Anne Arundel Co., MD AFN 1: F6Q4-4C AFN 2: Z53P-2V Father: Mr. William TUCKER

................ 12 Mr. John YATES II slave owner Military service: Rev. War Soldier from Hillsborough Dist. b: Bet. 1698 - 1713 Anne Arundel Co., MD (prob.) Will: May 01, 1779 Caswell Co., NC d: Bet. May 01 - June 22, 1779 in Caswell Co., NC Probate: June 22, 1779 Caswell Co., NC Property 1: Abt. June 22, 1722 100 acres, 'Yate's Inheritance', on S. side of Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., MD (inherited from father) Property 2: March 12, 1733/34 50 acres, half of 'Yate's Inheritance', on S. side of Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., MD (deed of gift to brother George) Property 3: January 10, 1735/36 100 acres, 'Yate's Inheritance', on S. side of Patapsco River, Baltimore Co., MD (deed of sale from John, George & Mary Yates to John Hussey for £15) Property 4: May 01, 1779 plantation, Caswell, NC (willed to son William) Residence 1: MD (birth-After 1736) Residence 2: Bet. 1771 - 1777 Orange (later Caswell) Co., NC Census 1: 1771 Halifax (later Pittsylvania) Co., VA (tax list) Census 2: 1777 Richmond Dist., Caswell Co., NC (tax list) AFN 1: N99T-SS AFN 2: V0K9-M5

...................... +Ms. Elizabeth KILGORE b 1: 1715 Bedford Co., VA b 2: Bef. 1722 VA? b 3: Abt. 1730 VA Married: Bet. 1736 - 1749 VA d 1: August 1795 in Pittsylvania Co., VA d 2: Abt. 1785 in Halifax Co., VA Burial: Edmondson Square Cem., Halifax Co., VA (prob., no marker) AFN 1: N99T-H8 AFN 2: 1FMW-FV7 Father: Mr. Robert KILLGORE I

.................. 13 Mr. William YATES, Sr. Military service: Rev. War Soldier from NC (3 tours) b 1: 1749 Bedford Co., VA b 2: 1735 Bedford Co., VA Occupation: Inspector of tobacco and flour at Milton d 1: July 11, 1845 in Cross Plains, Robertson Co., TN d 2: 1844 in Robertson Co., TN Burial: Carr Cem., Cross Plains, Robertson Co., TN Property: plantation, Caswell, NC (inherited from father) Residence 1: Bef. 1771 Halifax Co., VA Residence 2: Bet. 1771 - 1777 Caswell Co., NC Residence 3: Bet. 1777 - 1790 Stokes Co., NC Residence 4: Abt. 1795 White Co., TN (?) Residence 5: 1810 Robertson Co., TN Census 1: 1771 Halifax Co., VA (tax list) Census 2: 1777 Richmond Dist., Caswell Co., NC (tax list) Census 3: 1790 Salisbury Dist., Stokes Co., NC (as William Yeats, 1-1-2-0-0) Census 4: 1820 Robertson Co., TN (000001-02111-7) AFN: N9C3-N9

........................ +Ms. Agnes PRICE b: Abt. 1748 VA? Married: March 14, 1779 VA d: Bef. 1810 AFN: 1FMV-HWM Father: Mr. John PRICE Mother: Ms. Sara(h)

................... 14 Mr. John Price YATES b 1: 1780 Caswell Co., NC b 2: Abt. 1794 Sumner Co., TN? d: April 1850 in Cross Plains, Robertson Co., TN Census: 1820 Robertson Co., TN (100010-00100-2) AFN 1: N9C3-QM AFN 2: N9C5-QW

......................... +Ms. Jane YATES b: 1795 Sumner Co., TN Married: July 20, 1819 AFN: N9C3-RS Father: Mr. James YATES, Sr. Mother: Ms. Lydia Ann KILGORE