Col. John Grant was the epitome of a frontiersman. He was innovative, brave, and a great leader of men. He was born in the Yadkin Valley to William Grant (son of a Scottish immigrant) and Elizabeth Boone (sister to Daniel Boone). The time of his arrivial were troubled times with the Native Americans and troubled times seemed to follow him most of his life.
Between flipflopping between the Yadkin Valley and the early Washington, D.C. area with his family, little is known of his early years. He served time in a Virginia outfit, amonst other things during the American Revolution and he married Mary Mosby, daughter of Samuel Mosby and Jerusha Bowels of Virginia, who probably followed them into Kentucky.
By 1779, John, his wife, parents, and other Grant family trailed along with Daniel Boone and his family and other settlers into Kentucky and stopped over at Boonesborough.
Later, the Grants moved on to Bryan's Station, which was established by more family relations. John Grant then, in order to relieve the overburden population of Bryans Station, established another station north east of Bryans, now known at Grants Station (see video and more at http://frontierfolk.org/grantsfort.htm).
After a near fatal attack by the American Natives, John and his family moved out of Kentucky, but had returned to Kentucky by 1784. He reestablished Grant's station, but eventually sold out and went into the salt licks south of Cincinnati, where he and others removed the salt (read the following found at http://www.nkyviews.com/campbell/campbell_grants_lick.htm, Mrs. J. B. Smith's History of Grant's Lick and Margaret Strebel Hartman's History of Grant and His Salt Works).
John Grant has the distinction of having also served two terms in early Kentucky legislation. He was also considered to be one of the richest men in Kentucky. He even handled Daniel Boone's financial affairs when Boone had hit hard times.
After the death of his first spouse, Mary Mosby Grant in 1790, John remarried to an Eliza Buckner. With her he had one daughter, Caroline A. Grant (1800-1848).
Sadly, as previously stated, John hit upon hard times himself. As family lore would have it, he tried to make his way into Missouri to be with other Grants and Boones that made it there, but eventually returned to Kentucky where it is said that he died on his property along the Elkhorn River.
Unlike his famous uncle, John Grant's memory is mostly obscure in Kentucky history and very few people know of his contributions to the Kentucky frontier.
Fourth Great Grandson of John Grant
The following are the children of John Grant and Mary Mosby:
Samuel Grant (1776-1835)
Agnes Grant (1777-1840)
Elizabeth Grant (1780-1865)
William Mosby Grant (1782-1852)
Susannah Grant (1784-1804)
Nancy Ann Grant (1786-1873)
Mary Grant (1787-1857)
Kitturah Grant (1788-1849)
John Grant (1790-1849)
Robert M. Grant (1793-1831)
Nancy "Ann" Mosby Grant (1796-1873)
Between John and Eliza Buckner they had the following child:
Caroline A. Grant (1880-1848)
Please note, apparently John had a few side romances and some children were produced during these affairs. These incidents are being discovered via dna and I hope to have them added once this has been established. Rah J.
Actual place of burial is lost. Ray Jackson is a descendant of John Grant via his son, William Mosby Grant.