Birth: 27 Apr 1755
Death: 10 Jul 1832
Shelby County, Kentucky
Burial: 10 Jul 1832
Indian Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Shelby County, Kentucky
Spouse: Helen Cook Marriage: 7 Jan 1774
Essex County, Virginia
JOHN2 BOHANNON, SR. (WILLIAM1) was born April 27, 1755 in Virginia, and died July 10, 1832 in Shelby Co., Kentucky. He married HELEN COOK January 7, 1774 in Pittsylvania Co., Virginia11, daughter of WILLIAM COOK and MARGARET JONES. She was born 1756 in Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, and died June 28, 1837 in Shelby Co., Kentucky.
In October 1779, a few months after selling their land in Virginia, John and Helen Cook Bohannon moved to Kentucky, where they settled at Wilson's Station. Wilson's Station was established early in 1779 on a high ridge on the east bank of the Salt River, just below the mouth of Dry Branch, two and a half miles southwest of Harrodsburg in what is now Mercer County. A strong station, it was built by Henry Wilson whose brother John had been a member of the original Harrod Company of 1774.
Dry Branch runs northward from Boyle County into Mercer County, parallel to Route 1915. It empties into Salt River just north of the intersection of Route 1915 and Route 598, not far from the historic Mud Meetinghouse, which was built about 1780 by a group of Huguenot settlers who came to Kentucky from Conemago Colony in York County, Pennsylvania.
John Bohannon and Alex Bohannon were listed as soldiers in Captain Benjamin Logan's Company in Lincoln County at or near Logan's Station on a roster probably made in 1779. However, Kentucky County was not divided by Virginia into Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln counties until 1780.
John and Helen Bohannon lived at Wilson's Station from 1779 until 1781, where John served as a private soldier in the little garrison at the fort built at the station to protect the settlers. During the period, 1779-1783, John went on many scouting parties and tours of duty against the Indians. His military service included one six-week tour in Captain Ellison's Company under Colonel George Rogers Clark on the punitive expedition against Piqua (Pickaway) in the summer of 1780. Piqua was a principal town of the Shawnee Indians on Mad River, a branch of Big Miami River, in Ohio. Mad River rises near Bellefontaine and courses south past Springfield to join the Big Miami at Dayton.
Colonel Clark organized two regiments under Colonel Benjamin Logan and Colonel William Linn, which contained about 1000 men. Participants from the area which became Louisville gathered at the Falls of the Ohio, while others collected at interior points. On 01 August they made a rendezvous at the confluence of the Licking and Ohio rivers, where Covington, Kentucky, now stands, across from Cincinnati, Ohio. Most of the contingent from the Falls of the Ohio, which brought artillery up the river, marched up the Kentucky side, but the company of Captain Hugh McGary moved up the Indiana shore for a while, where they were attacked by Indians and suffered some casualties. The army built a blockhouse to store supplies and house the wounded men, which was the first structure erected where Cincinnati is now located. With Simon Kenton leading the way as scout, the army moved north slowly, having to clear a roadway for their cannon. On 06 August they reached some deserted Indian villages which they burned, destroying the cabins, crops and orchards. They advanced up the Big Miami to
Piqua, where the Indians, led by Simon Girty, were positioned to engage the Kentuckians. However, the defenders broke quickly in the face of artillery fire and fled. Clark's soldiers again laid waste to the Indian dwellings and crops.
John Bohannon spent a month away from home once, when he went to Leestown (Lee's Town) to make canoes for use in public service. Situated one-half mile north of the site of Frankfort, Kentucky, Leestown is where the buffalo trace crossed the Kentucky River, between the grazing lands in central Kentucky, where Lexington eventually was built, to the salt lick known as Drennan's Lick in what became Henry County. However, since John did not serve for six consecutive months in a recognized military unit, his widow's application for a Revolutionary War widows' pension was denied.
Helen Bohannon was 77 years old when she applied for a pension on 16 September 1833 in Shelby County. Her brother, Abraham Cook, the Baptist preacher, attested to her affidavit before her son, Justice of the Peace Henry Bohannon. She stated that John Bohannon died in Shelby County, Kentucky, on 10 July 1832, at the age of 77 which verifies his birth year as 1755.
attended The Forks of the Elkhorn Baptist Church-migrated from Virginia to Kentucky in 1779-
More About JOHN BOHANNON, SR.:
Burial: July 1832
Emigration: 1779, Virginia to Mercer Co., Kentucky
More About HELEN COOK:
Burial: June 1837
More About JOHN BOHANNON and HELEN COOK:
Marriage: January 7, 1774, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia11
Children of JOHN BOHANNON and HELEN COOK are:
i. JOANNA "ANNA"3 BOHANNON, b. August 24, 1777; d. 1847.
ii. ABRAHAM BOHANNON, b. ABT 1779, Virginia; d. January 22, 1813, River Raisan, Michigan.
Notes for ABRAHAM BOHANNON:
died at Indian massacre during War of 1812-
More About ABRAHAM BOHANNON:
Burial: 1813, Unknown
Military: killed in action
Military service: War of 1812 veteran
iii. RACHEL BOHANNON, b. ABT 1780; d. Bef. 1819.
iv. MARGARET BOHANNON, b. 1784; m. ROBERT MARTYN, April 12, 1798, Woodford Co., Kentucky.
More About ROBERT MARTYN and MARGARET BOHANNON:
Marriage: April 12, 1798, Woodford Co., Kentucky
v. JOHN BOHANNON, JR., b. 1785, Kentucky; d. Aft. June 21, 1860, Kentucky.
vi. WILLIAM BOHANNON, b. April 19, 1786, Kentucky; d. October 3, 1865, Shelby Co., Kentucky.
vii. FRANCES BOHANNON, b. ABT 1788.
viii. ELIZABETH "BETTY" BOHANNON, b. April 7, 1797, ? Woodford Co., Kentucky; d. August 31, 1846, Kentucky.
ix. HENRY S. BOHANNON, b. June 17, 1800, Woodford Co., Kentucky; d. April 24, 1877, Shelby Co., Kentucky.
John Bohannon is not listed as being buried in Indian Fork Cemetery. Of course these listings are strictly on what tombstones are found. He could be buried there but no longer has a stone.
Family of William BOHANNON & Ruth Bohannon
6. John BOHANNON. Born on April 27, 1755 in Virginia. John died in Shelby County, Kentucky on July 10, 1832; he was 77.
On January 7, 1774 when John was 18, he married Helen COOK, daughter of William COOK Jr. (circa 1730-before May 22, 1790) & Margaret JONES (circa 1734-1797), in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Born in 1756 in Virginia. Helen died in Shelby County, Kentucky in 1837; she was 81.
They had the following children:
12 i. Joanna "Anna" (1777-)
iii. Rachel. Born circa 1780. Rachel died in Probably Gallatin County, Kentucky before 1819; she was 39.
On April 22, 1798 when Rachel was 18, she married Robert MONTGOMERY, in Woodford County, Kentucky.
13 v. John (ca1790->1860)
14 vi. William (1786-1865)
viii. Abraham. Born before 1795. Abraham died in River Raisin, Michigan on January 22, 1813; he was 18.
15 ix. Elizabeth "Betty" (ca1794-<1847)
16 x. Henry T. (1800-1877)
Ruth Roach Bohannon (1730 - 1772)
Abraham Bohannon (1779 - 1813)*
Indian Fork Baptist Church Cemetery
Plot: no legible stone
Created by: Logan
Record added: Jan 21, 2008
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