PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

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PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR (1775-1783)

PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, A - Z

     Before and during the American Revolutionary War, Kentucky was a territory of the state of Virginia.  On 1 June 1792 Kentucky was admitted to the Union, officially becoming the fifteenth state and a commonwealth.  Twenty-nine years later, Perry County was formed from parts of Clay County and Floyd County in 1821.

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BRASHEAR

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BRASHEAR, SAMUEL (1763-1829), BATTLE OF LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN                                                                          AND BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA CREEK, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND INDIAN HOSTILITIES.
Hometown:  PERRY COUNTY, Kentucky, United States of America.
Other Residence:  North Carolina.  Tennessee.
Date of Birth:  6 August 1763, Colony of North Carolina.
Son of:  Phoebe Nicks and Robert Samuel Brashear.
Spouse:  Margaret Eakin.
Children:  Margaret, Sampson, Robert S., Isaac, James N., Phoebe, John Ezekiel.
Rank:  Captain
Combat Organization:  Served with Captain Thomas Vincents and Colonel Sevier.
Campaigns:  American Revolutionary War and later campaigns.  In 1788, The Battle of Lookout Mountain.  Battle of Chickamauga Creek waters of Tennessee River.  From a Perry County, Kentucky deposition by Samuel’s son, Sampson Brashear, on behalf of his mother:  “...my father had been a soldier...that from the age of sixteen years he had been a standing soldier and officer to guard the frontiers, and so acted until the close of the old war with Great Britain, and until the Indian hostilities had ceased.”  Source:  The Brashear Story A Family History.
Pension:  His widow was granted a military pension.
Date of Death:  25 December 1829.

Place of Death:  Sullivan County, Tennessee.
Source:  The Brashear Story A Family History by Troy L. Back and Leon Brashear.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-great-grandfather, Samuel Brashear on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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COMBS

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COMBS, JOHN “SOLDIER” JR. (1761-1848), BATTLE OF BRANDYWINE CREEK, BATTLE OF GERMANTOWN, VALLEY FORGE, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
Hometown:  PERRY COUNTY, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  7 February 1761 in Shenandoah, Warren County, Virginia.
Son of:  Nancy Harding and John “Father of the Eight Brothers” Combs, Sr., who settled on White Oak on Carr’s Fork in Perry County, Kentucky and may have served in the American Revolutionary War. 
Spouse:  Biddy Nance Combs.  Margaret.
Entered Service From:  Virginia.
Enlistment Date:  1 January 1977 in Virginia.
Battle:  September 1777, Battle of Brandywine Creek.
Battle:  October 1777, Battle of Germantown.
Service:  6 January 1778 – 6 June 1778, Valley Forge, Chester, Pennsylvania, under the command of General George Washington.
Wounded:  In the Neck and Leg.

Rank: Private
Combat Organization:  4th Virginia Regiment (under Captain Michael Bowyer) and 8th Virginia Regiment.  Served in Captain Jonathan Langdon and Benjamin Casey’s Company of Colonel James Wood’s Twelfth Virginia Regiment.  Under General George Washington’s command; Battle of Brandywine Creek in September 1777, Battle of Germantown, winter quarters at Valley Forge in 1777.  When he was inaccurately listed as a deserter, he was in a military hospital close to Valley Forge.  When released, he returned to the Valley Forge Camp on June 1778 and received no punishment.  Honorably Discharged from General Charles Scott’s Army in Brunswick, New Jersey about May 1779.  Source:  The Combses Genealogy.
Pension Number:  S 35 851, Virginia, May 13, 1825 made an application for pension in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Death:  27 April 1848.
Place of Death:  Perry County, Kentucky.
Status:  Survived The War.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  Near Meadow Branch, On the old Matt Crawford place, next to Sam Combs place, Perry County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Combs Cemetery, Airport Gardens, Perry County, Kentucky.
Source:  The Combses Genealogy by Josiah H. Combs.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-great-grandfather, John “Soldier” Combs, Jr. on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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CORNETT

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CORNETT, WILLIAM JESSE ‘BILLY’ (1761-1836), AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR  AND BATTLE OF HORSESHOE BEND, BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE WAR OF 1812.
Hometown:  CORNETTSVILLE, Perry County, Kentucky.
Other Residence:  Virginia.
Date of Birth:  April 1761 in Virginia.
Son of:  Elizabeth Bacon and John Canute Cornett.
Spouse:  (1) Rhoda Gilliam.  (2) Mary Ann Everage.
Entered Service From:  Virginia.
Military Organization:  Virginia Regiment.
1779:  American Revolutionary War Soldier, Served 6 months in Captain Winston’s Company and Colonel Scripps Virginia Regiment.
1780:  Reenlisted in Captain Saunders Company, Colonel Patterson’s Virginia Regiment.
WAR of 1812:  27 March 1814, Battle of Horseshoe Bend.  8 January 1815, Battle of New Orleans.  Source:  John J. Dickey’s 1898 Diary.
Military Pension Application:  12 August 1833.
Date of Death:  26 November 1836.
Place of Death:  Perry County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Cornett Cemetery, Cornettsville, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  On 23 January 1931 J. D. Cornett, great-grandson of William Cornett, signed the application form to receive a military tombstone for William Cornett, American Revolutionary War Soldier, nearly 95 years after William’s death.
Sources:  U. S. Pensioners, 1818-1872, Kentucky Act of June 1832.  U. S. Headstone Application for Military Veterans, 19125-1963.  Dr. John J. Dickey’s Diary.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-great-grandparents, Rhoda Gilliam Cornett and William Jesse “Billy” Cornett on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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KELLEY

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KELLEY, JOHN (1755- ?  ), BATTLE OF STONY POINT, SIEGE OF CHARLESTON, PRISONER OF WAR,               LATER ESCAPED, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
Hometown:  PERRY COUNTY, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  22 August 1755.
Spouse:  Mary “POLLY” ISOM.
Entered Service From:  North Carolina.
Enlistment Date:  July 1777.
Combat Organization:  North Carolina Regiment.
May 1780:  Battle of Stony Point, Siege of Charleston, South Carolina, Taken Prisoner by the British in May 1780, Escaped 5 month later, returned to serve in the Quartermaster Department.
Sources:  The Combses Genealogy.  U. S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900, John Kelley/Kelly, Virginia Service #W 9095.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-great-grandfather, John Kelley I on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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MULLINS

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MULLINS, JOHN “REVOLUTIONARY JOHN” (1758-1838), BATTLE OF STONY POINT, SIEGE OF CHARLESTON, PRISONER OF WAR, TRANSPORTED TO ENGLAND IN 1781, RETURNED TO AMERICA IN 1783, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
Hometown:  PERRY COUNTY, (now Knott County), Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  10 January 1758, North Carolina.
Spouse:  Nancy Gentry.
Entered Service From:  Virginia.
Enlistment Date:  1779.
Rank:  Private.
Combat Organization:  ~1779, Enlisted in the First Virginia Regiment Line.
~1780:  Battle of Stony Point, Siege of Charleston, South Carolina, Taken Prisoner by the British in May 1780.
~1780:  Prisoner of War, Transported to England.
~1783:  Prisoner of War Returned Home to America.
Date of Death:  28 February 1838.
Place of Death:  Perry County, (now Knott) Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Francis Cemetery, Knott County, Kentucky.
Sources:  The Combses Genealogy by Josiah H. Combs. 
U. S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900, John Mullins, Virginia Service, or Nancy Mullins, # W 3032.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-great-grandfather, John “Revolutionary John” Mullins on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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