|Birth: ||Oct. 14, 1765|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1854|
Inscription: Aged 88y, 8m, 2d
One of Kentucky's greatest Indian fighters.
Captain of Black's Company of Ohio Militia in the War of 1812. Friend and companion of Boone, Kenton, Zane
Source: "William Black and his Descendants"
ALEXANDER BLACK was born in Augusta County, Virginia, October 14, 1765. He joined the Colonial forces in the war of Independence but was not in active service during that period. At the age of twenty he crossed the mountains into Kentucky and lived at Strodes Station where he remained for three years, during which time he became a companion and friend of Daniel Boone. Strodes Station was a fort and trading post located two miles west of the present city of Winchester on the Lexington Pike. It has been recently marked by a monument erected by the DAR of Clark County.
On June 15, 1791 at the rapids of the Ohio (now Louisville) he was mustered in as a private into Capt. James Brown's company of mounted Kentucky volunteers. This company was part of the First US Regiment commanded by Brig General Charles Scott. It was in the service of the US against the Wiau Indians of central Indiana.
On February 20, 1793 he married Jane Crockett of Bourbon County, a distant cousin of "Davey Crockett" the noted humorist and member of Congress from Tennessee. She was born in Augusta County, Virginia, January 3, 1770, daughter of James and Martha Gay Crockett, who were early settlers in the Calfpasture River valley in Augusta County. Her grandfather, Capt Robert Watkins Crockett, Jr, was born in Ireland in 1709 and came to America in 1740. He was in Capt. John Wilson's Muster Roll in 1742, and served under James Patton in the French and Indian war. He died at Beverly Manor, Augusta County in 1746. Her father, James Crockett, came to Bourbon (now Clark) County, Ky in 1786 and lived on a tract of land on Hancock Creek near where the Blacks lived. He was born in 1741 and died in Clark County in 1813.
ALEXANDER BLACK and wife lived on their farm in Clark County about two miles north of Strodes Station. He served in the army of General Wayne when Wayne scored his decisive victory over the Indians and succeeded in driving them from the northwest territory. In this campaign he was wounded in the face by an Indian arrow in the battle of "Fallen Timbers" fought Aug 20, 1794 on the banks of the Maumee River near the present city of Toledo, Ohio.
On March 12, 1806 he was commissioned Ensign in the 36th Regiment of the Militia of the State of Kentucky, by the Governor, Christopher Greenup.
During his stay in Kentucky he had much trouble and law suits over the title to his lands. After several years of litigation over these titles, in which Henry Clay was his attorney, he sold his land in Kentucky. On April 19, 1809 he sold to Thomas Goff 104 acres on Strodes Creek and on March 2, 1813 he sold to Isaac Cunningham 50 acres on Hancock Creek.
In the early spring of 1809 he came up into Ohio where, with his family, he settled on a tract of land in Champaign County, on the waters of Macochee Creek in the Mad River valley.
He entered at the Cincinnati land office, the NW 1/4 section 23, T5, R12 Miami River survey, Champaign County, Ohio, under what is known as the Credit System; and as shown by the tract books, the first payment was made July 24, 1809, the second payment Feb 27, 1811, the third payment June 13, 1812 and the final payment April 29, 1813. He purchased the SW 1/4 section 19, T5, R13 under the same act and the first payment appears to have been made Dec 11, 1811. The entry was completed Feb 13, 1816 and the Patent issued June 11, 1816. He also purchased the SE 1/4 section 25, T5, R13, under the same act, and the first payment made April 15, 1812, and the entry completed Feb 13, 1816 and the Patent issued Aug 14, 1816. (The original patent on the NW 1/4 section 23, T5, R12, dated August 24, 1813 and signed by James Madison, is at this time, 1972, in the possession of Mrs Raymond F Hughes, 27 7 0 Observatory Ave, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. She is a sister of Howard C Black, deceased.)
During the War of 1812 ALEXANDER BLACK was given a Captains Commission and organized a company of mounted militia known as minute men, who defended the frontier settlers against the attacks of the Indians. On August 18, 1812 he went with his company to the relief of Fort Findlay, in Hancock County, Ohio, which was then being besieged and succeeded in driving off the Indians. For his service in this war he was granted a warrant for one hundred and sixty acres of land. In the Champaign Logan County history of 1872 (Antrim's) is an article by Mrs. Sallie Moore in which she describes the uniform of this Militia Company and also other interesting facts of these fighting forefathers of ours, as follows: "About the time of the War of 1812 a company of young men was organized in Champaign and Logan Counties by Alexander Black. It was an independent company of home guards or minute men and was called a rifle company, each man being armed with a good trusty rifle gun, shot pouch, Powder horn, bullet molds, gunflints, etc. Each furnished his own amunition and was expected to hold himself in readiness at a minute's warning for any emergence, we at that time being the frontier settlement on the north, and exposed to danger from the Indians who might be prowling about in the neighborhood. The uniform of this company consisted of a black hunting shirt, trimmed with white all around the body, made as a loose coat or wrapper, reaching a little above the knees, and open in the front and fringed; then a large circular cape with collar fastening all together at the neck. The fringe was usually made of home made linen about one and one half inches wide, and sewing it on the garment and then raveling it out about half the width. Then a stout leather belt with large buckle in front, or some having a white belt, white pants and stockings. The hat was like one in fashion in the seventies, high crown with narrow rim. Each man had a white plume fastened to the left side of his hat. The feather was made by skillfully adjusting 'the white feathers of a goose around a ratan or stick long enough to reach to the top of the hat, carefully and firmly wrapping their with thread, and on top a tuft of red feathers, a bit of scarlet cloth or the scalp of a red headed woodpecker. The company was called together three or four times a year for muster or company drill, and you may be assured their mothers and sisters, their wives and sweethearts were proud of them when they saw them dressed up in their uniforms and marching under their gallant captain."
In the year 1818 Alexander built a seven room brick. house on his farm two miles south of West Liberty, along the road traversed by General Hull's army on its famous march to Detroit during the War of 1812. This was the second brick house built in Salem Township. The brick for it were made on his farm and a man by the name of Whitus was the mason. Captain Black having learned the carpenter trade when a lad, did all the carpenter work himself. Considerable time and labor were required in the finishing of this house as all windows, doors and interior trimming had to be made by hand. All woodwork and moulding had to be planed out of native wood and special built planes for each particular kind of moulding. The roof was made of eighteen inch shaved red oak shingles. This original roof remained on the house for over fifty years. Before he had completed his new home, his log house which stood just south of the present brick house, burned down and destroyed all his personal belongings including his planes and carpenter tools. He had then to make all new tools before he could complete his new home. This house is now occupied by the writer at this present date, 1935.
Captain Black was a warm personal friend of General Simon Kenton, of pioneer fame in Ohio, they having lived neighbors for years. Like all the old Indian fighters he had no love for an Indian, as he had spent all his younger days on the frontier fighting them.
He died at his home in Champaign County on June 16, 1854, at the advanced age of eighty nine. His wife, Jane, died of cholera on July 21, 1849. They were both charter members of the Muddy Run Christian Church (or Bethel Christian Church) located about one mile west of West Liberty. This church was formed in the year 1814 by a group of citizens who had come from Kentucky. These people were former members of the Presbyterian Church who had rebelled against a growing ecclesiasticism in the Presbyterian Church and had formed this "New Light" or Christian Church. This church was finally disbanded about 1840.
Jane Crocket Black (1770 - 1849)*
Martha Black Turner (1794 - 1869)*
James Black (1798 - 1882)*
Alexander Black (1800 - 1866)*
Sarah Black McIlvain (1803 - 1853)*
John R Black (1805 - 1847)*
Samuel Crockett Black (1809 - 1872)*
Kings Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
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