Benjamin Taylor (b. March 31, 1756, d. April 23, 1842)
Benjamin Taylor (son of Henry Taylor) was born March 31, 1756 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died April 23, 1842 in Ohio County, Kentucky. He married Catherine Lee on March 1774.
Notes for Benjamin Taylor: According to his Revolutionary War records, Benjamin was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and married Catherine Lee in March of 1774. Her name came from an archive record in the Mormon Genealogical Records submitted gy Ruben L. Allphin of Lovell, Wyoming.
The following is from A. C. Quisenberry's 1896 "REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS IN KENTUCKY": Benjamin Taylor, PVT, Daviess County, Kentucky. 11 Jan 1834 (Placed on pension roll); $54.66; age 78. Pennsylvania Line. According to his pension application, Benjamin enlisted for one year in the Revolutionary War on June 7, 1777 in Springfield Township in Bucks Co., Penn. It is not known if Springfield Township was his home town or not. Three days later, he joined the Pennsylvania Regulars near Philadelphia who were under the command of General George Washington. They met the British at Chestertown, Penn. Benjamin was stationed at the Red Bank Fort which he help build, located near the Delaware River on the New Jersey side. In November, the fort was surrendered after having been shattered by cannon balls shot from the British ships. Benjamin and his unit moved from place to place, keeping on the Jersey side, until they took up winter quarters in Elizabethtown. In July 1778, he was honorably discharged after serving his one year enlistment term. Benjamin served an additional three months tour between Sept 1, 1778 and Dec 13, 1778. On Sept 15 he marched from Ptttsburg under General McIntosh and was in a campaign against the Indians on the Tuscarawa River. Benjamin was discharged from Fort McIntosh.
A statement in Benjamin's pension application says that in May of 1779 he descended the Ohio River to the Falls (now Louisville, Kentucky) He lived at Bear Grass Creek for five year. While there, he was engaged in a number of Indian encounters. In the autumn of 1782, Benjamin, as a scout, went with General George Rogers Clark on an Indian campaign in the Northwest Territory. This tour lasted six weeks. At the Cincinnati, Ohio conflict, his Captain McCracken was killed. (This is the same campaign that David Lee, son of William Henry Lee, fought in and where a soldier named Morgan was also killed according to David Lee's application for pension. His father married the widow of a John Morgan who was killed by Indians during an Indian campaign in 1782. I believe this to be that Morgan. David Lee also talks about a Captain McCracken who had been wounded and later died at the fort they had built at Cincinnati)
This would indicate that Benjamin, Catherine and their daughter probably used the water route from Pennsylvania to what later became Kentucky. They later moved to what became Ohio County. Tradition has it that Benjamin Taylor and his two brothers (Philip and Arnold) were among the first to leave Fort Hartford (Near present day Hartford, Ky.) and settle outside the Fort. There are some papers which state it was Fort Barnett. Benjamin received 600 acres from the Govenor of Virginia, Patrick Henry, for the price of 25 cents an acre. It was located six miles norethwest of the Forde at Rough River or just west of where Pleasant Hope General Baptist Church, Buel, McLean County, Ky. is now located. The three brothers built near each other for protection against the Pickaway Indians, part of the Cherokee Tribe.
More About Benjamin Taylor and Catherine Lee: Marriage: March 1774
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