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Abraham Kuykendall, Sr
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Source: TImes News, Hendersonville, NC

Family to honor Kuykendall
Hendersonville, North Carolina
October 25, 2000

FLAT ROCK - A patriot of the American Revolution will be honored Saturday in a ceremony at the cemetery of the Mud Creek Baptist Church.

The ceremony will dedicate a new monument for the grave of Abraham Kuykendall, a captain in the N.C. Militia from 1770-83.

"This is an important event in our family's history," said descendant Charles Kuykendall. Abraham was "an important man in Colonial North Carolina and in the early history of Henderson County."

Hendersonville Mayor Fred Niehoff and Flat Rock Mayor Terry Hicks have issued official proclamations declaring Saturday as Abraham Kuykendall Day.

The Abraham Kuykendall Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is working with members of the Kuykendall family to host the event.

The monument, a marble obelisk, is 8 feet tall. Two bronze plaques, one from the Daughters of the Founders and Patriots of America and the other from the Daughters of the American Revolution, will also be dedicated.

Representatives of various historical societies and participation by adults and children in period costumes will also be featured.

The public is invited. Descendants of Kuykendall from across the country are planning to attend.

Kuykendall was appointed captain of a safety committee, which governed Tryon and Rutherford counties during the Revolutionary War years. He was later appointed justice of the peace and justice for the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions by the General Assembly of North Carolina.

Kuykendall was one of the earliest settlers of Henderson County. In 1779, he obtained the first known land grant in the area now known as Flat Rock.

Kuykendall donated the land to the church for its cemetery and its original church buildings. He eventually acquired nearly all of what is today historic Flat Rock.
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