Baptist preacher and Revolutionary War veteran.
Charles was raised on Mount Pony, near the town of Culpeper, Virginia. As a young man of 16, Charles volunteered as a Virginia militiaman in the Revolutionary War. He served three brief tours with Washington's army and was present at Lord Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown.
In 1786, he married his cousin Lucy Finnell. By virtue of the bounty land he received for his war service, he moved west to Kentucky about 1792, where he spent the next 30 years along Paint Lick Creek, Madison (now Garrard) County.
A life-long Baptist, in 1819 he purchased the land for Freedom Baptist Church, which is still active today. His oldest child, Mary (Finnell) Logan, is buried there.
Charles traveled to Missouri around 1822, settling in Silver Creek township in western Randolph County. In 1834, at the age of 72, he was granted a government pension on the basis of his war service. Until his death, he received a $20 pension per year. In his pension application, he stated that he knew both Lafayette and Washington by sight.
He and his wife, Lucy, had 9 children. She apparently died either on the trip from Kentucky or upon arrival in Missouri. In the summer of 1842, Charles died at his son Abner's farm in Chariton County. According to family legend, his body was transported in the cool of the night to the Hurt graveyard near Mt. Airy, Randolph County. This suggests that he died in summer, although the exact date of his death (and birth) are unknown.
His grave, marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1930, sits on the west bank of Route D213, just south of State Highway BB, on land owned by the Mayo family. Charles' daughter Patsy married a Mayo.
Mary Finnell Logan (1787 - 1855)*
John Finnell (1794 - 1856)*
Abner Finnell (1800 - 1864)*
Martha Finnell Mayo (1804 - 1890)*
Plot: 2 miles southeast Mt Airy
Created by: DVF
Record added: Jun 30, 2005
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