September 28, 1893




The Names of Those Who Broke the Primeral [Primeval] Forest of Crittenden.

When They Come [Came], Where They Settled.

EDITOR PRESS:--I have read with much interest the sketches you have published from time to time touching the early history of the county.

I have gone to some trouble in preparing a list of the early settlers of this county--the men who broke away from the colonies of the east, and carved for themselves homes in this county, while the forest was yet still unbroken.  Most of this race of hardy pioneers have left their names here, and indeed, these names are perhaps more familiar to the people of to-day than were they when first the names were known here.  I can only give you a partial list this week, and will endeavor to complete same next week.

Samuel Loften came from South Carolina, between 1800 and 1806, and settled the place where Berry Deboe now lives.  He was a Presbyterian.

Gen. Ramsey, who fought valliantly in the revolutionary war, came from South Carolina in 1800, and opened a farm in the southern portion of the county.

Joseph Tyner, also came from the Palmetto State, and in 1803, and began to make himself a home out of the forest.  The result of his labor is a portion of the farm upon which Wm. Lamb now lives.

Wm Young came from South Carolina in 1795, and settled the place where Henry Walker lived.

Isaac Shelby came from the same state in 1803 or 4.  He was a general in the revolutionary war.

Jas Miller from North Carolina came in 1798.

Isaac Chism settled the old John Hogard place in 1804.

In 1796 Stephen Cruce came from South Carolina and settled the place, where Henry Swansey now lives.  He brought slaves with him.

Richard Cruce settled near Crayneville in 1805.

Jacob Gabrel from South Carolina, in 1800, settled on Piney Creek.

Andy[,] Thomas and Aaron Shelby came from South Carolina in 1803, the latter two settled the place where Wm Kemp lives, and Andy Settled on the Flynn Ferry road.

In 1800 John Lamb came from South Carolina and opened up the place where Quincy Wilson lives.

Jas Lamb from South Carolina in 1804.

Ruben Bellow from South Carolina 1800, and settled where Sugar Grove church now stands.

In 1800 John Sellers from South Carolina, settled the Jas Thurman place[.]

Wm Dulaney from South Carolina in 1804, settled near the Alexander Spring.

Jacob, Daniel and Samuel Crider came from Virginia in 1796, Jacob settled the place where Calvin Burris lives; Daniel settled near Piney Fork church; Samuel settled land now owned by W. B. Crider and E H Porter.  The Crider's were the first people to grow tobacco in the county.

John Going came from South Carolina in 1803 or 4 and settled the place where the school house that bears his name now stand.  He owned slaves, and it was said had slave blood in his veins.

Frederick Groves came from Virginia in 1803, and settled on Piney not for [sic] from Boyd's mill.

Samuel Woodsides from South Carolina settled on the Pilot Knob in 1795.

John Woodsides from South Carolina, settled on Pilot Knob in 1810.

Samuel P Hamilton came from South Carolina 1795 and settled on Pilot Knob.

Thos[,] William and Joseph Hughes came from South Carolina in 1803.  Thos settled on Crooked Creek, near where the bridge now is; William settled where Mt Zion church now stands; Joseph settled on the Flynn's Ferry road in 1809.  All brought slaves to this country with them.

In 1805 Moses Walker, from North Carolina settled on Meadow Creek on the farm now owned by Wm Lamb.

---- Frazier opened the ferry at Ford's Ferry in 1807.

Col. Andy Love, from South Carolina, between 1800 and 1804, settled on Deer Creek, and built a horse mill.  Col. Love fought in the old war.  He commanded the battle at Hanging Rock.

Gen Lacy came from South Carolina between 1800 and 1804; he brought slaves and settled on Deer Creek.  He too was a revolutionary soldier.

Peter Sullenger came from Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1804 and settled on Deer Creek.

Amos Watson from Virginia in 1803 made his home on Deer Creek.

Cornelius McGoflin, a Baptist preacher, from Virginia, settled on Deer Creek in between 1801 and 18905.

Wesley and John Harris came from South Carolina in 1805 and settled on Deer Creek.  They brought slaves.

More anon.

An Old Man.


Source:  Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, September 28, 1893, Image 5 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.


[My comments are in brackets.]