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Col David Waller Chenault

Col David Waller Chenault

Birth
Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Death 4 Jul 1863 (aged 37)
Taylor County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 10189053 · View Source
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Son of Anderson Chenault & Emily Cameron and a descendent of Estienne Cheneau (Stephen Chenault I), a native of Languedoc, France, who settled in Virginia bef. 1700. In company with many other Huguenots, Estienne was obliged to leave France after the revolution of the edict of Nantes. Col. Chenault's grandfather, William Chenault, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, was among the first settlers of KY. He lived and died on a farm near Richmond that he bought in 1787, from George Boone, brother of Daniel Boone.
~~Through his mother, Col. Chenault was descended from Robert Cameron of Inverness, Scotland, who fought under his chieftain, Cameron of Lochiel, at the battle of Culloden, in 1745, after which he made his way to Connecticut, whence his descendants, much later, made their way in Kentucky, stopping for a generation or so..."
~~Col Chenault served in the Mexican war as a subaltern in Capt.J.C. Stone's company of Col. Humphrey Marshall's First Kentucky Cavalry. He married Tabitha Phelps, of Madison County. No children were born to this union.
~~Col. David Chenault was killed at the Battle of Green River Bridge, and was first buried on the battlefield. Within a few days his remains were taken up by his brother, Dr. R. C. Chenault, and carried to Madison Co. where he was re-interred in the old family burying-ground.
~~In 1901, 39 years later, his remains were again exhumed, and re-interred in the Richmond cemetery. On this occasion the undertaker opened the coffin and found that owing to some peculiarity of the soil in which it had been buried for nearly forty years, the body was still perfectly preserved, as though death had ensued only the day before, and the features of the face were still as perfect as in life and plain recognizable. [Source; Anderson Chenault Quisenberry, The Lexington Herald, April 21, 1907]


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  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 29 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10189053
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col David Waller Chenault (5 Feb 1826–4 Jul 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10189053, citing Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .