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View Tree for John B. WashburnJohn B. Washburn (b. November 29, 1789)

John B. Washburn (son of Benjamin Washburn and Mary Beason) was born November 29, 1789 in Mason Co., VA. He married Frances Jett on 1807 in Bracken Co., KY, daughter of John Jett and Elizabeth Porter.

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Also Known As:<_AKA> P. John Washburn, John B. Washburn
Middle name "B." because parents could not agree. Father wantedBenjamin, but mother wanted Be ason (her maiden name). Source: Audrey Pulliam Most of Kentucky's War of 1812 records were b urned in 1874 by order of the Adjutant General (records prior to 1860 were deemed unneeded) , but there was a indexofKentucky soldiers completed at this time. JOHN B. WASHBURN served a s a privatein Capt James Whittaker's Company, LTC James Simrall's Regiment from 25 August181 3 until 8 November 1813. Thisregiment brigaded with the 19th US Regularstoattack Indian villa ges in Ohio (Kentucky was under constant threat of Indianattackduring this conflict), buttheI ndians all fled to Canada before the troopscouldengage them in battle. These troops burned th e villages and stores left by theIndians before returningto Kentucky. Source: (Brandon K. Slo ne, Command Historian, Slone, Brandon K [CIV] - DMA)

Was his mother's name Beason or Bleason?

By Jessie Davis Russell
The name Washburn was derived by its bearer from his residence in a place called Washbourne in County of Worcester, England. Indications are that this family is of ancient Norman descent. The first of the name of whom there is a definite record was in the 13th century. There were a great many father and sons by the name of John.

John and Joan's second son was named John and he became the ancestor of the American branch of the family. The son married Margary Moors in 1618 and they emigrated to America about 1631. Their son John married Elizabeth Mitchel and they had a son John, Thomas, Joseph, etc. These descendants and later branches have spread to every state of the union. They have been noted for their energy, piety, ambition, and courage.

John Washburn, my great grandfather, was born in Bracken County, Kentucky. in 1789 and married a widow with a child. Her name (this must be the child's name) was Sarah. She (the widow/new wife) was from a well to do family by the name of Jett. The Jett family were pioneers of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky and they had a girl Francis (the widow who married John Washburn eventually) and sons, Porter and William born in Kentucky.

Francis Jett married John Robinson whose parents were Joshua and Sarah Robinson and that family were the first settlers in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. They were people of means and had a good stock of horses.. Francis and John loved horses and racing. When John Robinson died, his widow Francis married John Washburn and he raised the child Sarah Robinson as his own. They lived in Bracken County, Kentucky and raised a family of two sons and three girls.

1. Squire Washburn with some of his children and his wife Mary moved to Ursa, Illinois in 1868. His wife was killed when a team they were driving became frightened at a train at Cedar Creek Crossing in 1870. Francis Washburn was badly hurt at the same time. They buried her in the Church Yard of the Stone Church near Ursa. Squire went to live with his son Harrison and when he died in 1910 in Missouri, the son buried him by his wife, Mary.

Everyone spoke of Squire as a kindly man, anxious to try and cure those who were ill. In those days of few doctors his help was appreciated.

2. Harrison Washburn was born in Kentucky in 1813 and was the son of John Washburn. He was sent by his father when very young to find a farm for the family in Illinois. He located a place near relatives in Adams County, Illinois. In January 1833, the Washburn family with the exception of Squire moved to Illinois.

Harrison married Annie Edwards in 1839. She was born in Pike County, Missouri, February 1823. Her father was Andrew Edwards whose ancestors were the Edward family that settled in New York and was given land by the King of England in 1642. Her mother was Anna Buckalew Bean Edward. Her father was Garrett Buckalew of Kentucky. Annie Washburn was noted for kind deeds. Their home was always open to those seeking shelter and no one was turned away hungry.

Their farm was on Section 36, Ursa Township. This farm had been bought from Harrison's sister, Francis.

Children of Harrison and Annie Washburn

1. Porter Washburn born 1841, married Elizabeth Osgood

Children: Thomas, born 1880, Bell, Herbert, William, Charles, Clarence, Henry, and Carl

2. Sarah, John, William, Katharine, Squire; Peter, Mary, Stephen, Joanna, Harrison, Harmon, Ida, Charles. (all but one of these 13 children lived to marry)

The son Peter Washburn married my mother's sister Susan Crow. Their (Harrison's) daughter Ida, born 1866, married ______ Nunes and had three children: Anna, ________, _________.

I visited Ida when she was 86 and found her a dear little lady with a wonderful memory. She has helped me so much with the Washburn data. She told me of one item I must record. Her grandfather Edwards knew something of medicine and often helped the sick. When the cholera was so bad in that part of Illinois, and the Indians were dying so fast in 1833, the Indians came to him for help. So he got his friends, my great grandfather, to go with him to care for them.

3. Francis Washburn, daughter of John Washburn, married Andrew Edwards, Jr.

Children: John and Louise

Second marriage to Josh Lee, Children: Wallis and a girl, _________.

4. Sophrina Washburn married Joe Trumble and they had a boy and a girl. After Joe Trumble died the farm was sold to the Laughlin family and some of that family still own it.

5. Rebecca Washburn born in Kentucky, 1820, married Andrew S. Davis in 1837. He was the son of Jacob and Jane Davis. They were from North Carolina. Andrew S. Davis was born in Cairo, in 1816. His father bought a farm near Mendon, Illinois in 1833.

Rebecca and Andrew Davis raised their family of 5 boys and 2 girls around Mendon and Basco, Illinois. In 1867 they, with the three youngest children, moved to Adams, Nebraska. Rebecca died there in 1872 and Andrew Davis died in 1899.

Sarah Robinson, the daughter of Sarah Jett Robinson Washburn, married Benjamin Laughlin. He was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky. I was told she had lovely antiques and paper thin dishes her mother had brought up the river by boat when she moved from Kentucky. My father was born on the Laughlin Ranch.

More About John B. Washburn and Frances Jett:
Marriage: 1807, Bracken Co., KY.

Children of John B. Washburn and Frances Jett are:
  1. +Squire Washburn, b. October 11, 1810, Bracken Co., KY, d. June 05, 1910, Cape Girardeau, MO.
  2. +Harrison Washburn, b. September 28, 1813, Kentucky.
  3. +Rebecca Washburn, b. December 08, 1820, Bracken, KY, d. 1872, Nemaha, Nebraska.
  4. Sophrina Washburn, b. 1815.
  5. Francis Washburn, b. 1818.
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