Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836

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Kentucky and Ohio frontiersman, pioneer, and settler.

From the description of Simon Kenton : miscellaneous papers, 1798-1818. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49244572

Simon Kenton, a pioneer settler of Kentucky, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, April 3, 1755. In the spring of 1775, Kenton and Thomas Williams explored the area of Mason County, Kentucky, where they set up camp. Kenton moved on to Boonesborough in the fall of that year and became a famous scout and Indian fighter. Shortly after his first wife's death, Kenton married Elizabeth Jarboe in 1798. That same year, Kenton moved to Ohio where he spent the rest of his life, mostly in poverty. He managed his finances badly, lost large amounts of land, and was even briefly imprisoned for debt while on a visit to Washington, Kentucky, in 1820. Kenton died near Zanesville, Ohio, April 29, 1836.

From the description of Simon Kenton collection, 1780-1865. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 38849974

From the description of Simon Kenton deposition, 1811 Aug. 17. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 48093524

American explorer, land owner, and general in the Ohio Militia.

From the description of Contracts, 1780-1805. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86171724

From the description of Deposition, 1814. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122462107

From the guide to the Simon Kenton contracts, 1780-1805, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Indian fighter, scout, and army officer.

From the description of Papers of Simon Kenton, 1787. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79423785

Frontiersman, scout.

Kenton, a native of Virginia, lived in Kentucky for more than twenty years. He worked with Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark and fought in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

From the description of Kenton vs. McConnell and Keene depositions, 1789-1795, 1789-1790 (bulk dates). (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13531744

Frontiersman, Indian fighter, and early settler (1802) with friend and business partner William Ward on Miami or Symmes Purchase lands in the Mad River Township (9th range of townships) of Greene County (now Champaign County), Ohio.

Kenton and Ward purchased their land from Cincinnati land speculator John Cleves Symmes, who in 1788 obtained the Miami Purchase lands from the federal government.

From the description of Know all men by these presents that we Simon Kenton and William Ward both of the eleventh range of the Miami purchase in the county of Green & state of Ohio are held and firmly bound unto John Cleves Symmes of Cincinnati in the county of Hamilton & said state of Ohio in the full and just sum of four thousand dollars ... : bond, 1804 Apr. 20. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 38562000

Simon Kenton was born in Fauquier County, Virginia in 1755. At the age of sixteen, he migrated west and spent two years hunting along the Ohio River. After serving in Dunmore's War in 1774, Kenton moved to Boonesborough, Kentucky where Daniel Boone hired him as a scout. During the Revolutionary War, Kenton scouted for George Rogers Clark and others.

After receiving large tracts of land (which he later lost), Kenton moved to Ohio in 1798 and served as a brigadier general in the Ohio Militia. He also fought in the War of 1812. Kenton died in 1836, impoverished except for his twenty dollar monthly pension. Kenton County, Kentucky is named for him.

From the description of Papers, 1782-1814. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 191917720

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referencedIn Blue Jacket Outdoor Drama, 1974-2010 Wright State University, Special Collections and Archives
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Surveyor's notebook, 1785-1789. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Promissory note, 1797. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Alfred Pirtle Papers, 1847-1924. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: George Rogers Clark papers, 1756-1891. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Autograph File, C, 1554-2002. Houghton Library
referencedIn Irvine, William, 1741-1804. Draper manuscripts: William Irvine papers, 1776-1834. Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Papers of Simon Kenton, 1787. Library of Congress
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891. Collection of Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts, 1735-1890. Library of Congress
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836,. Kenton vs. McConnell and Keene depositions, 1789-1795, 1789-1790 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Mason, Kathryn Harrod. Research Collection, 1926-1934, 1945-1951. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Irvine, William, 1741-1804. Draper manuscripts: William Irvine papers, 1776-1834. Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Papers, 1782-1814. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Ellis, James. Deposition. 21 May 1817-4 April 1818. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1758-1836. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Article. October, 1836. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Daviess, Joseph Hamilton, 1774-1811. Joseph Hamilton Daviess : papers, 1780-1856. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Sullivant, Lucas, 1765-1823. Collection. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Deposition, 1814. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Simon Kenton contracts, 1780-1805 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891. Draper manuscripts: Draper's notes, 1841-1868. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Marshall, Thomas, 1730-1802. Account book, 1780-1783. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Simon Kenton : miscellaneous papers, 1798-1818. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Henry family. Henry family papers, 1773-1864. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library). This is to inform you that the misfortune that has happened to the two American men on the main road from Kentucky ... : Big Rock, [Ohio], to Colonel W[illia]m Ward and Major Simon Kantun [i.e. Kenton] : letter, 1799 Aug. 25. Newberry Library
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Simon Kenton collection, 1780-1865. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820. Draper manuscripts: Daniel Boone papers, 1760-1911. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: Newspaper extracts, 1748-1840. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876 (bulk:1700-1800) New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Hinde, Thomas S. (Thomas Spottswood), 1785-1846. Draper manuscripts: Thomas Spottswood Hinde papers, 1807-1845. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Adair, John, 1757-1840. John Adair papers, 1803-1804. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Simon Kenton deposition, 1811 Aug. 17. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Slager, Albert L., 1852-1933. Papers 1852-1929. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: Kentucky papers, 1768-1892. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn U.S. History mss., 1612-1977 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Contracts, 1780-1805. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836. Know all men by these presents that we Simon Kenton and William Ward both of the eleventh range of the Miami purchase in the county of Green & state of Ohio are held and firmly bound unto John Cleves Symmes of Cincinnati in the county of Hamilton & said state of Ohio in the full and just sum of four thousand dollars ... : bond, 1804 Apr. 20. Newberry Library
referencedIn Behringer-Crawford Museum. Repository description, 1782-1980. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: Simon Kenton papers, 1755-1836. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Kenton, Simon, 1758-1836. Papers 1808-1867. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Filson Club. Filson Club lectures, 1887-1992. The Filson Historical Society
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associatedWith Adair, John, 1757-1840. person
associatedWith Behringer-Crawford Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820. person
associatedWith Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818. person
associatedWith Coleman, James, fl. 1814. person
associatedWith Daviess, Joseph Hamilton, 1774-1811. person
associatedWith Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891. person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Ellis, James. person
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
associatedWith Filson Club. corporateBody
associatedWith First Frontier, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Garrard, James, 1749-1822. person
associatedWith Henderson, Richard, fl. 1814. person
associatedWith Henry family. family
associatedWith Hinde, Thomas S. (Thomas Spottswood), 1785-1846. person
associatedWith Irvine, William, 1741-1804. person
associatedWith James, John Hough, 1800-1881. person
associatedWith Keene, Francis, person
associatedWith Kinkead, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Kinkead, John, fl. 1802. person
associatedWith Marshall, John, 1755-1835. person
associatedWith Marshall, Thomas, 1730-1802. person
associatedWith Mason, Kathryn Harrod person
associatedWith McConnell, Alexander, person
associatedWith McConnell, Francis. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Pirtle, Alfred, b. 1837. person
associatedWith Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826. person
associatedWith Slager, Albert L., 1852-1933. person
associatedWith Sullivant, Lucas, 1765-1823. person
associatedWith Symmes, John Cleves, 1742-1814. person
associatedWith Todd, Levi. person
associatedWith Ward, William, 1752-1822. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Champaign County (Ohio)
Kentucky--Mason County
Kentucky
Ohio--Champaign County
Kentucky
Ohio
Kentucky
Kentucky
Ohio--Adams County
Kentucky
Kentucky--Mason County
Kentucky--Mason County
United States
Kentucky
Kentucky--Fayette County
Kentucky--Bath County
Ruddells Station (Ky.)
Mason County (Ky.)
Champaign County (Ohio)
Kentucky
Kentucky
Kentucky
Kentucky--Mercer County
Subject
Fortification--History--Sources
Roads--History--Sources
Explorers--History--Sources
Land tenure
Manuscripts, American
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pre-emption--History--19th century--Sources
Real property--History--19th century--Sources
Indians of North America--Wars
Miami Purchase--History--19th century--Sources
Claims against decedent's estates
Depositions--19th century
Rivers--History--Sources
Actions and defenses--19th century
Pioneers
Indians of North America
Land grants--18th century
Estates (law)
Deeds--19th century
Frontier and pioneer life
Agriculture
Flour mills
Flour mills--Kentucky
Land titles
Blue Licks, Battle of the, Ky., 1782
Deeds--18th century
Land tenure--History--19th century--Sources
Occupation
Army officers
Scouts
Indian fighters
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Birth 1755-04-03

Death 1836-04-29

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