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Willis Calvert

  • Birth 5 Apr 1794 Virginia, USA
  • Death 15 Jun 1849 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Burlington, Boone County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 43678114

My 4th great-Uncle.

Willis Calvert's father was an early settler in Fayette Co., KY. I have seen his parents listed as Christopher Calvert (ca 1765 VA - May 2, 1818 Boone Co., KY and Elizabeth Cox (ca 1770 VA - April 27, 1826 Boone Co., KY) who were married January 3, 1791 in Virginia. I have not confirmed the above.

"Kentucky: A History of the State, Boone County", (Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed., 1887, "...Willis Calvert, who was twice married -- first to Elizabeth Ewing of Fayette County, and second to Rebecca A. Ragsdale of Boone Co., Ky. The former died in 1827, and the latter in 1861. Willis Calvert was born April 5, 1794, in Virginia; was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was wounded at the battle of Raisin.

"He kept a hotel from 1832 to 1847. In the latter year he moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he died with cholera in 1849. He was justice of the peace for many years, and was sheriff of the county. After his death the family removed to Kentucky."

The Battle of Raisin River took place on January 21, 1813. The Americans, commanded by General Winchester, surrenders to the British Colonel, Henry Proctor. Loses: 100 dead and 500 captured.

HistoryCenter.com:
"General William Henry Harrison's Northwest Army divided to march by three routes to attack British forces stationed in Detroit. One of the divisions, made up of 700 Kentuckians, ignored orders and decided to pursue food and shelter from the frigid weather. The division, under Brigadier General James Winchester, captured an enemy store in Frenchtown on the River Raisin and set up camp. In a poor defensive position, the division was massacred by a surprise attack of 1,200 Britons and 1,400 Indians under British General Henry Proctor. The Kentuckians were attacked by British artillery, and then attempted to flee but were hunted through the woods by the Indians. Over 400 Kentuckians died; 80 wounded were left behind to face the tomahawks of the Indians. Only 15 to 20 wounded Kentuckians managed to escape and survived."

Married 1) Elizabeth Ewing, about 1816. One known child:
James W. Calvert

Married 2) Rebecca Allen Ragsdale, February 14, 1828 in Burlington, Boone Co., KY.
Seven known children:
Adelia born 1836
Augustus born 1838
Arabella born 1841
Louisa born 1842
Cyrus Haydon born 1843
LC born 1846
Julia born 1849

55 years, 2 months, 10 days, died of Cholera.


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  • Added: 29 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43678114
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willis Calvert (5 Apr 1794–15 Jun 1849), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43678114, citing Old Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, Boone County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Arleta (contributor 46898856) .