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John Howard of Howard's Creek: Biography of a Kentucky Pioneer By Harry G. Enoch
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During his visit to the western country from Virginia in 1775, John Howard staked out land claims on two tributaries of the Kentucky River—one a few miles upstream from Fort Boonesborough, the... More > other just downstream from the fort. These tributaries came to be known as Upper Howard’s Creek and Lower Howard’s Creek. John Howard, the pioneer who gave his name to these Clark County creeks, later settled near Lexington in Fayette County and died there at the age of 103. His home place, the plantation known as “Howard’s Grove,” was located on the now-legendary Gainesway Farm. 74 pp., illus., indexed< Less
Kentucky to New Orleans! John Halley's River Journals, 1789 & 1791 By Harry G. Enoch
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John Halley’s journals provide the earliest first-hand accounts of the voyage down the Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. Not only does he provide insightful accounts of... More > what would become one of Kentucky’s major early industries—shipping goods and produce by flatboat to the port of New Orleans—but he does so almost at the birth of that industry, just two years after Gen. James Wilkinson’s inaugural trip in 1787. Although rivermen often suffered at the hands of Native Americans and Spanish officials, Halley seems to have gotten along well with everyone he met. He describes every encounter and tells of shooting the rapids at the Falls of Ohio (Louisville), getting stuck on a sandbar, breaking his steering oar, almost losing one of the men in a pile of driftwood, and many other adventures. He was a keen observer and comments on hunting and fishing along the way, local flora and fauna, weather and river conditions, settlements, and notable landmarks.< Less
Where In The World? By Harry G. Enoch
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Unusual place names evoke a sense of mystery and wonder. How did a place come to be called “Barefoot” or “Battle Row”? Where in the world were the “Sycamore... More > Forest” and “Blue Ball”? Researching these names often reveals fascinating stories about local history, families, events, and politics. Clark County, Kentucky is blessed with many such interesting places. The articles in this book are collected from a column in the Winchester Sun called “Where in the World?” Each article describes an historic place name in Clark County, some well known, some not so well known. The articles were written for the Bluegrass Heritage Museum in hopes of fostering an interest in local history and the museum. This book is intended to do the same. This work includes one hundred articles that appeared in the newspaper between January 6, 2005 and August 23, 2007. A few of the articles were updated for this publication when additional information became available.< Less
Historical Records of the Enoch Family in Virginia and Pennsylvania By Harry G. Enoch
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Brothers Henry Enoch and Enoch Enoch came to Virginia before 1750, settling on the sparsely populated frontier west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their Virginia years were defined by the French and... More > Indian War (1755-1763) and their close association with young George Washington. By 1757, their children had begun to explore more westerly lands, where they ultimately resettled with their families in what is now Washington County, Pennsylvania. Henry Jr., David, and Enoch Enoch were among the first “over the mountain men,” settling west of the Allegheny Mountains by 1767. Their Pennsylvania years were defined by the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and the Indian Wars (1786-1795). By the turn of the century, the Enochs began looking west again, this time to the more promising lands of Ohio.< Less
Pioneer Voices By Harry G. Enoch
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This work focuses on the first-hand accounts of men and women who came to Clark County, Kentucky during the early settlement period, 1775-1800. The accounts are drawn from the interviews conducted... More > by Rev. John D. Shane with aging pioneers in the 1840s and 50s. To make their stories accessible to modern readers, thirty-two interviews and one memoir were transcribed from microfilm and explanatory material was added. They describe their adventures coming out to this new country, America’s first western frontier, and many recounted their clashes with Indians, often in graphic detail. Shane recorded their stories in plain language that includes a wealth of valuable information about everyday life in the wilderness that was then Kentucky.< Less
Autobiographical Sketches of Barzilla R. Shaw, Coshocton, Ohio By Harry G. Enoch
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Barzilla R. Shaw (1836-1935) was born in a log cabin near Coshocton, Ohio, and died in that city at the age of 99. He lived to see his little town grow from 250 inhabitants to a city of 12,000. ... More > Barzilla was a farmer, merchant, Civil War veteran, local civic leader, and devoted family man. When he died he was the oldest resident of the city and the oldest Civil War veteran in Ohio. Although he quit school to make his own way at age 14, Barzilla left a wealth of written material. He submitted numerous editorial letters and poems to the local newspaper, kept daily journals at various periods, filled notebooks with biographical sketches, poems, lists of local Civil War veterans, family trees and much more. A collection of these writings was assembled for this book, including a “Biographical Sketch of My Life,” a list of Coshocton businesses in the year 1854, a Shaw family tree, an annotated transcription of his Civil War diary, family photographs, and much more. Indexed.< Less