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Ancestors of Jon Richard Harrison

Generation No. 8

      168. Edward Giles, born Abt. 1735; died Abt. 1808 in Sumner Co., TN. He married 169. Hannah.

      169. Hannah

Notes for Edward Giles:
Genealogical Records: Early Tennessee Settlers, 1700s-1900s
Sumner County Will Abstracts, 1788-1842, Abstracts of Will Book 1, Page 7
Will Abstract

Edward Giles - November 5, 1800 Will - Family Bible to son Nathaniel. Son Eli one cow. Daughter Elizabeth. Son William. Son Josiah. Daughter Rachel. My beloved wife. Daughter Darcus. Wife and son Eli executors. Witnesses: Patrick Gibson and John B Gibson.
Children of Edward Giles and Hannah are:
  84 i.   Captain Josiah Edward Giles, born Abt. 1760 in Chesterfield Co., PA; died 1828 in Williamson Co., TN; married Elizabeth.
  ii.   Nathaniel Giles
  iii.   Eli Giles
  iv.   Elizabeth Giles
  v.   William Giles
  vi.   Rachel Giles
  vii.   Darcus Giles, married Henry Hunt January 31, 1806 in Sumner Co., TN.

      208. Andrew Gimlin, born 1748 in Germany; died 1804 in Cumberland Co., KY. He was the son of 416. Frederick Gimlin. He married 209. Mary Magdalene Heistand December 05, 1773 in Shenandoah Co., VA.

      209. Mary Magdalene Heistand, born 1752 in Shenandoah Co., VA; died 1820 in Monroe Co., KY. She was the daughter of 418. Henry Heistand and 419. unknown.
Child of Andrew Gimlin and Mary Heistand is:
  104 i.   Samuel Gimlin, born November 27, 1786 in Lincoln Co., KY; died August 07, 1860 in Taney Co., MO; married Elizabeth Moore March 09, 1808 in Green Co., KY.

      210. Thomas Guthrie Moore, born January 24, 1760 in Rockingham, VA; died November 02, 1843 in Carlinville, Macoupin Co., IL. He was the son of 420. Robert Moore and 421. Susannah King Guthrie. He married 211. Edith Trent 1783 in Rockingham, VA.

      211. Edith Trent, born 1764 in Cumberland, VA; died 1834 in Carlinville, Macoupin Co., IL. She was the daughter of 422. Henry Trent.
Child of Thomas Moore and Edith Trent is:
  105 i.   Elizabeth Moore, born May 27, 1789 in Rockingham, VA; died 1849 in Taney Co., MO; married Samuel Gimlin March 09, 1808 in Green Co., KY.

      212. James McGuire, born 1749 in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; died August 19, 1782 in Blue Licks Battle Ground, Robertson Co., KY. He was the son of 424. John McGuire and 425. Catherine Mary. He married 213. Elizabeth Black 1767 in Boone's Fort, KY.

      213. Elizabeth Black, born 1752 in Albemarle, VA; died 1805 in Beattyville, Owsley (now Lee) Co., KY. She was the daughter of 426. Samuel Black and 427. Catherine Shaw.

Notes for James McGuire:
I am looking information on Lt. James Felix McGuire who moved ot KY from VA. in the 1770's near Ft. Boonesborough. He became friends with Daniel Boone and occasionally sought shelter in the fort. His son Archibald D. McGuire was born during a siege at the fort. James left his wife, Elizabeth Margaret Black and children at the fort when he went to fight in what was the last battle of the Revoutionary War fought in Kentucky. It was also the day he died along with Daniel Boone's son Israel. August 19,1782 at the Battle of Blue Licks, when last seen, he was waist deep in the James River during the battle. His widow moved to the fort after the war. - Marilyn McGuire

Archibald was the son of James McGuire and Elizabeth Margaret Black. James McGuire received a pension (#S13896) for service in VA troops in the Rev. War under Colonel Morgan and Colonel McClanahan. He died at the Battle of Blue Licks on Aug 19, 1782.

An excellent website with more information on McGuire and related families is maintained by Julie Lund at: - Marcia Keith

More About James MCGUIRE:
Achievement: Bet. 1780 - 1790, Revolutionary War Veteran
Burial: 1782, Robertson Co, KY (mass grave)
More About Elizabeth Margaret BLACK:
Burial: Procter-Arch Farm, Owsley (now Lee), KY

I also had an ancestor who went with Daniel Boone to Kentucky and then lived in and around Ft. Boonesborough. His name was James Felix McGuire. You might try contacting Jerry Raisor, Curator, Ft.
Boonesbourogh State Park, 4375 Boonesboro Rd., Richmond, KY 40475. I spoke with him recently and he was a very nice fellow with a lot of information about the Fort and also who might have been staying there. I don't have an e-mail address for him although I think he has one. Good Luck.

He came to this country and settled in Greenbriar County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Margaret Black and moved to Kentucky, first to Fayette County where he established McGuire Station. In the 1770s, he settled near Ft. Boonesborough where he became friends with Daniel Boone. His son, Archibald D. McGuire, was born during a siege at Ft. Boonesborough. Lt. James McGuire left his wife and children at the fort when he went to fight in what was the last battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Kentucky. It was also the day he died along with Daniel Boone’s son, Israel....August 19, 1782. Battle of Blue Licks When last seen, he was waist deep in James River during a battle. His widow came to Boonesborough after the war and brought her children with her.

James may be related to Edward McGuire of Virginia. There seems to be a thin connection to that family. So far at this time we have been unable to find out more about James' life and family while in Ireland.

He is listed as an early resident of Ft. Boonseborough on the monument in front of the restored fort and on the monument outside Blue Lick State Park as one of those killed.

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Bloody Battle Left 77 Dead

32 Widows in Lexington

by Bettye Lee Mastin

On this date, 198 years ago, was an event of unparalleled horror in Kentucky history.

On August 19, 1782, Lexington and Bryan Station men shouted in despair and women screamed as news was received of the ghastly losses at Blue Licks in Nicholas County.

British and Indians had only seemed to retreat after an unsuccessful siege of Bryan Station. Instead, they ambushed and killed 77 pioneers (they claimed 140) in a gorge on the banks of the Licking River.

The losses were huge at a time when Fayette County, for example, which included all the territory from the Kentucky River north to the Ohio, had only 150 fighting men.

Blue Licks affected almost every household; most had sent every fighting man who could be spared.

Almost half of those who went from Harrodsburg were killed.

"Fifteen went to the Blue Licks Battle from Harrodsburg under Col. Hugh McGary," according to Mrs Ephraim January, daughter of Andrew McConnell. "Eight returned. My father was one killed."

Lexington had 32 women who were widowed, according to Josiah Collins II.

Collins, who was not quite 4 years old at the time, said Benjamin Netherland (a hero in the battle, according to Lexington founder Robert Patterson) was the first to arrive at Lexington Fort.

"I was standing near the gate that leads into the fort; Netherland came riding in and hollered that our men were all killed or wounded."

"The women all ran screaming and crying and clapping their hands. There were 32 widows in the fort that day."

Two days earlier on August 17, Fayette had been jubilant when 300 to 500 British and Indians lifted their siege of Bryan Station, five miles from downtown Lexington.

The enemy surrounded Bryan Station on August 15, according to the official report of Captain William Caldwell, British officer who led the attack. (Others gave the date as August 16.)

Col. Levi Todd, acting in the absence of his brother, Col. John Todd, led about 30 men to the relief of Bryan Station from Lexington and McConnell’s Station, 1 or 1-1/4 miles away on Old Frankfort Pike.

Ten more men joined the force near the station, and "We attempted forcing our way." Levi Todd reported to Virginia Governor Benjamin Harrison.

"Seventeen men on horseback rushed in, the greater part of the rest being on foot were prevented and overpowered, obliged to seek safety by flight."

"The Indians came shooting and hollooing in a frightful manner. I and Ephraim January took off through a canebrake and thus made our escape," according to Josiah Collins, uncle of Josiah Collins II. "That evening we got into the fort at Lexington."

Then Col. Levi Todd sent an express to Col. John Todd, who was at Col. Trigg’s on the south side of the Kentucky River. Cols. Trigg and Todd together with Majs. McGary and Harlan raised a number of men and came on to Lexington the next day in the evening. They proceeded to Bryant’s (one spelling of the station), where they met Col. Boone with a small party from the Cross Plains (Athens). Boonesborough, McGee’s and Strode’s forts and proceeded on to the Lower Blue Licks on Licking River.

On Monday, they arrived at Blue Licks, disregarding Boone’s warning that the Indians were leaving too clear a trail. Sixty privates were killed including Boone’s son and at least one nephew. Other dead included five lieutenants [one being Lt. James McGuire], four captains, Majs. Silas Harlan and Edward Bulger and Cols. John Todd and Stephen Trigg.

On August 19 back at Lexington, Lincoln County Col. Benjamin Logan arrived with 154 men, finding the people there quite unconcerned and at their common diversions," Logan said in a report.

Five miles beyond Bryan Station, Logan and his men met about 25 Lincoln and Fayette men fleeing from Blue Licks. Bleeding, torn, with blackened faces, they told of dead brothers, neighbors and friends.

"Logan returned to Bryant’s station and Lexington forts and gave positive orders for none to leave those places till he could get all the strength from the south side of the Kentucky together to pursue the Indians," Joshiah Collins said.

"It was so long before they could be collected that it was the next Sunday (Aug. 25) before they could get to the battleground. It was then thought too late to pursue. We buried the dead as well as we could and returned home. I was with them to bury the dead," Collins said.

Daniel Boone described why burial was so difficult. "We found their bodies strewed everywhere, cut and mangled in a dreadful manner....some torn and eaten by wild beasts; those in the river eaten by fishes; all in such a putrefied condition, that no one could be distinguished from another."

Col. Levi Todd wrote his brother, Robert. "Our brother (John) was not known. They were all stripped naked, scalped and mangled in such a manner that it was hard to know one from another."

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More About James McGuire:
Military service: 1780, Lt. in Revolutionary War for Colonists

  Notes for Elizabeth Black:
................ +Margaret BLACK b: 1736 d: 1805 in Proctor-Arch farm, Kentucky m: Bef. 1756 in Ireland

Soon after 1782 Ft. Boonesborough was closed because of Indian troubles. Margaret waited at the fort for James to return. We assume she didn’t believe he was dead because his body hadn’t been identified. Their grown children left and moved to different locations. Elizabeth Margaret Black McGuire moved when the fort was closed to Howards Creek Sawmill, then to Fayette County, then to Clark County, Kentucky. She died in 1805 at the Proctor-Arch farm in Kentucky and was buried in her son, Archibald McGuire’s farm graveyard.

Her parents may have been Samuel Black b. 1700 in Scotland d. Aug 9, 1770 and Catherine Shaw there is no actual proof.
Child of James McGuire and Elizabeth Black is:
  106 i.   William McGuire, born 1777 in Greenbrier Co., VA; died 1847 in Jackson Co., MO; married Elizabeth Abbott May 09, 1797 in Madison Co., KY.

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