|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1753|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 19, 1782|
A pioneer, was born on March 17, 1753 in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The son of George and Ann (Hurst) Harlan. Silas Harlan came to Kentucky with James Harrod in 1774, he served as scout, hunter, and military leader of the rank of major. Harlan assisted Harrod's party in Harrodsburg to pick up gunpowder to be delivered to the Kentucky settlers to assist them against the British in the Revolutionary War.
About the year 1778, assisted by his brother, James and his uncle Jacob, Silas built a stockade fort on the Salt River, 7 miles upstream above the present town of Harrodsburg which was called "Harlan's Station". Harlan served under General George Rodgers Clark in the Illinois campaign of 1778-79 against the British. General Clark, said: "He was one of bravest soldiers that ever fought by my side." Harlan also commanded a company in John Bowman's raid on Old Chillicothe in 1779, and assisted Clark in establishing Fort Jefferson at the mouth of the Ohio River in 1780.
On August 19, 1782 at the age of 29, Silas Harlan was among the 60 men killed by the Indians at the battle of Blue Licks. He died while leading the advance party into battle and is buried at Blue Licks. At the time of his death Harlan was engaged to Sarah Caldwell, who later married his brother James and became the grandmother of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan. Harlan County, Kentucky was named in his honor.
In stature he was about 6 feet 2 inches, of fine personal appearance.
George Harlan #45 (1719 - 1761)
Ann Hunt Harlan (1720 - 1762)
Jehu Harlan #212 (1746 - 1806)*
Silas Harlan (1753 - 1782)
James Harlan (1755 - 1816)*
"So valiantly did our small party fight, to the memory of those who unfortunately fell in the Battle, enough of Honour cannot be paid."
Monument dedicated August 19, 1928
Blue Licks State Park Cemetery
Created by: Debbie J
Record added: Aug 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75050332
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