Name: William Linn
Birth: ABT 1734 in Warren County, New Jersey
Fact 1 Col
Death: 05 MAR 1781 in near Louisville, Ky. of shot by Indians
Name: Col. William Lynn
Birth: ABT 1734 in Warren Co., N.J. , Jerseys on a stream called Pohatcong creek
Death: 1781 in KY, killed by Indians
Death: MAR 1781 in Louisville, KY
Death: 05 MAR 1781 in Louisville, Ky. 1
Kentucky Land Grants Record
about Linn, Wm
Grantee: Linn, Wm
Survey Date: 8-29-1785
WaterCourse: Main Licking
Reference: THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
CHAPTER II VIRGINIA GRANTS (1782-1792)
THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY
More Info: Grantee: Linn, Wm
Date Survey: 8-29-1785
Watercourse: Main Licking
Kentucky Land Grants Record
about Linn, Wm
Grantee: Linn, Wm
Acres: 333 1/2
Survey Date: 8- 2-1789
WaterCourse: Mill Cr
Reference: THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
CHAPTER III OLD KENTUCKY GRANTS (1793-1856)
THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY
More Info: Grantee: Linn, Wm
Acres: 333 1/2
Date Survey: 8- 2-1789
Watercourse: Mill Cr
Married 2 times. First wife died and then he moved abt. 1769 to plantation near where Cookstown, Kentucky is now. He was killed by Indians.
Will also lists two children "born after he left" but does not state whether or not they are his children. John and Josey each received a measly amount. Were they his kids?
The following is his will recorded in Jefferson County, Kentucky, Book B. pages 74.75; Book 1, page 74. Source the Draper Manuscript Vol. 37, Series J, Page 240 Microfilm No. 30 transcribed by Phyllis J. Bauer, Editor pages 35 and 36 of her transcription.
The Will of (Colonel) William Linn:
In the name of god amen I William Linn of Kentucky County of Virginia being in perfect health, praised be god do make this my last will and testament as followeth imprimis: I give to my youngest Daughter Ann Linn the dwelling plantation I now live on and a negro wench Old Margaret and the profits arising from it to her mother Littia to the support of her as long as she lives singel as I leave her the moveables about the house.
I give and bequeath to my eldest son William Linn one thousand acres land lieing below the mouth of the Miami to have his choise of my land lying there about, to whom I leave a negro man Tom and a molatto boy Jack and Tom to be free after fourteen years from my death.
I give and bequeath to my son Asael Linn three hundred and thirty acres of land and the third part of the Blew Lick to him and his heirs for ever and a negro boy Moses and to my son Benjamin Linn one thousand acres of land adjoining his brother Wm. and a molatto boy Battress to him and his heirs forever and to my two Daughters Theadotia Linn and Luramia [blob of ink over her name] Linn one thousand acres of land joining my two sons if they return from the Indians, and if they don't return for the Said land to be equally devide betweenh my three sons, William, Asael and Benjamin and to my Daughter Rachael Linn two hundred acres of land lying on Harrod Creek adjoining Taylors survey to her and her heirs forever and a negro wench caid fillis--[called Phyllis?]
I give to my two children John and Josey Linn that has been born since I left home five shillings a peace-- Item, I give to my four friends, to wit Turner Kirby, James Eareekson, Samuel Kirby and Benjamin Eareekson for twelve hundred and fifty acres of land lying below the Miami near my sons Wm. and Benjamin to be diviede between them provided they pay the Surveying of my legelized lands of my sons and daughters and the other publick expenses that is to be paid and my just debts and unto my tow friends James Kirby and James Eareekson for Whom I make sole Executor of this my last will and Testament and the care of my two sons Wm. and Asael for trustees and care of there education in witness hereby I have hereunto set my hand and Sealed the eighteen day of july in the year of our Lord 1780.
[sig] William Linn (seal) [his mark]
The Court held for Jefferson County, April 3d 1781 This last will and Testament of William Linn decd was proved by the Oath of Thomas McC & ordered to be certified and at August 2d 1790 being proved fully by the Oath of Charles Polke was rodered to be Recorded
Teste Stepn Ormsby Clk
Eldest daughters -- one married a Ruddell and both were taken captive by Indians at Ruddell's Station.(Col.) William Linn, b. cat 1734, d. near Louisville, Ky., in March 1781 (will dated 18 July 1780, probated 3 Apr. 1781); m. (no record found). Little is known of his antecedents, but he was from Virginia, probably Hampshire County, now in West Virginia. He was early engaged in the In-dian Wars and was a friend and companion of Daniel Boone in Kentucky exploration. He was wounded in the McDonald Expedition of 1774. In 1775 he enlisted in the Rifle Company of George Gibson. With Gibson he made a trip in 1776 from Pittsburgh (then Fort Pitts) to New Orleans and returned in the spring of 1777 with 136 kegs of gunpowder for the defense of the western frontier. This trip, fraught with danger, is the first on rec-ord of a cargo brought up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers from New Or-leans to Pittsburgh. It was made in war time through a hostile country, and the kegs had to be portaged by hand when the Falls of the Ohio (now at Louisville) were reached. [Collins, History of Kentucky.] In 1778 he was with George Rogers Clarke in the successful campaign which captured Kaskaskia. In July 1780, Gen. George Rogers Clarke and two regiments of men under Cols. Benjamin Logan and William Linn built a blockhouse near where Cincinnati now stands. The expedition was very successful in surprising and destroying the Indian villages in that region.
The first settlement at the Falls of the Ohio had been made in 1778 on Corn Island (the family of Joseph Hunter was among the first five), and about this time Colonel Linn established his "station" on Bear-grass Creek, a few miles above where it empties into the Ohio at Louisville. Not far off was the famous Bryant's station and also one of the Boone homes. He re-ceived a grant of 1,000 acres in this region from Virginia, and in his will gave his son Asahel 330 acres and a third of the Blue Lick tract. Many times the Indians made raids across the Ohio River, surprised lonely cabins and small stations, killed and scalped the settlers and their families, and escaped across the River. In March 1781, after such a raid in the vicinity of Linn's station, Col. William Linn and 60 men followed them up, to avenge the massacre of their neighbors. Unfortunately, the raiding party of Indians numbered about 3oo, and turned and attacked furiously. They tried to take Colonel Linn, their lifelong foe, alive and fired many volleys at his feet; he fell, and the braves rushed in, but getting on his knees he slew seven before he was killed.abt 1753, when 17,when a young man went to the western part of Maryland (Washington Co., MD), said to have acted as a apy on Braddock's campaoign and reconnoitered Fort Duquesne prior to the defeat of the Bristish Army.
1757 Then acted as a spy in Capt. alexander Beall's Company. See Lynn/Linn's in the Draper Manuscrips., Private with Capt. Alexr. Beall's Co.
1758: still with above company
1769 Linn with others removed to the Red Stone Country and served on McKonald's Wappatonian expecition, badly wounded in the contest that occurred. Moved to the Monongahela. William settled on a plantation where Cookstown now is and merchandised there.
1773 commanded a company of scouts in the Wheeling refion and distinguished himself by saving the men of Capt Foreman's so from annihilation at the Grave Creek Narrows. ( letter in Draper Manuscripes from Andrew Linn states that he did not command the company at Battle of Grave Creek, that he was not there)
1775 Wm Linn chosen the Lieutenant and figured in the fight at the Long Bridge, near Norfolk, al well as in the affair at Hampto1778 migrated with his family (according to nephew had 6 living children) accompanying Col. G. R. Clark's expediton to Corn Island, at the Falls of the OH and farmed, ended up acting Jahor to Clark in expediton to Ill. Lynn's heirs recovered a Major's quota of land of the Ill. TGrant for his service.
1779: returned to Maryland, remarried without issue. Then went to KY with his family and settled Linn's station on Beargrass.
1780 two oldest daughters captured at Ruddells Station. Will written by William in the Draper Man.
1781 William was ambushed by Indians and killed when he was on his way to the first court held in KY at the Falls of OH.
Described as : heavily formed, dark comlexion, black hair and dark eyes, handsome, round faced, good looking man of social habits.
Col. William Lynn
The history of Hurstbourne is a history of Kentucky and a young nation's growth. The development of "stations? or stockades along Beargrass Creek, in the late 18th Century, signaled the arrival of white man's civilization and the beginning of the nation's westward expansion.
Probably the first of these stations was the one established by William Lynn in 1779. He settled on a tract he may have selected in 1776 when he was a leader of an expedition down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The location he chose is well known today - it is the scenic site of Hurstbourne Country Club.
The natural beauty of the site, however, was the least of Lynn's criteria. He was interested in the fertility of the land and the large spring which poured its waters into Beargrass Creek. The spring still flows and the ancient stone spring house stands today beside the tenth tee of Hurstbourne?s Championship Golf Course. Two old stone dwellings east of Hurstbourne's Club House date from the later days of the 1780's.
Lynn was one of the 39 signers of the 1779 petition to the Virginia Legislature to establish the Town of Louisville, to be named for King Louis XVI. The charter was granted in 1780. Lynn received a Virginia land grant for 400 acres early in 1780 - - ?to include the place where the s?d Lynn now lives."
A law adopted by the Virginia Legislature in 1779 provided for the sale of land in Kentucky at only $9 for 400 acres and the rush of settlers began. The proprietors of stations were the first to benefit from the rush, the stations serving as the motels and supermarkets of the day, as well as providing defense against marauding Indians.
Prospective settlers rented cabins in the stations while they sought land of their own and purchased powder. shot and other supplies from the merchant-proprietors. The stations also provided a reservoir of men and supplies for expeditions against the Indians. Lynn himself joined George Rogers Clark on an expedition from the Falls into Ohio in 1780 to pursue Indians who had been harassing settlements in the Bluegrass area.
Lynn looked forward to years of increasing prosperity in this new western country but his hopes were brought to a sudden and violent end. On March 5, 1781, he set out for Louisville the town he had helped found, to attend the first meeting of the new Jefferson County Court.
Bland Ballard, living at Lynn's Station recovering from a wound received during Clark's 1780 Ohio Campaign, later recalled the tragedy: "Lynn left the station a little ahead of the others of the party who were going to the court. Shortly after, a report of several guns were heard. A party from the fort immediately went to the place and found his horse killed by a shot, but could not find nothing of Lynn. The next day the search was renewed, and his body was found about a mile from the station and near the present place of residence of Colonel Anderson."
The grave site of William Lynn is unmarked and unknown. But his name has not entirely vanished. Area historians agree that nearby Lyndon probably derives its name from Major Lynn and his pioneer station.
After Lynn?s death, his heirs discovered his title to the land was faulty. Though Lynn had received a Virginia grant, a prior grant had been given for the same land to a veteran of the French and Indian Wars.
William Linn and Fort Henry
On May 2, 1777, there arrived at Wheeling a party commanded by Lieutenant William Linn, who delivered to Colonel Shepherd about ten thousand pounds of powder for the use of the state of Virginia. This powder had been brought up the Mississippi and Ohio from New Orleans, and the undertaking was one of the most daring and difficult exploits in the annals of the period. The chief need of the colonies in their war with England was gunpowder. Captain George Gibson conceived the bold plan of obtaining a supply at the Spanish port of New Orleans and bringing it up the rivers to Fort Pitt. He and Linn journeyed to the mouth of the Mississippi in the guise of traders, and after many difficulties Linn started up the river with several boats, a crew of forty men, and the cargo of ninety-eight barrels of gunpowder. The dangers and difficulties encountered on this remarkable voyage cannot be related here, but the fact that the cargo was delivered to Colonel Shepherd at Wheeling and kept for some time in Fort Henry is one of the interesting details that connect this city with the larger phases of the Revolution.
Source: FORT HENRY, from History of Greater Wheeling and Vicinity by Charles A. Wingerter. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. 1912, p. 78-100
William Linn/Lynn Short Bio from Lord Dunmores Little War of 1774
"Captain Lynn was born in Warren County, New Jersey about 1734, a son of Andrew and Deborah (Crow) Lynn from County Antrim, Ireland. He went about 1753 to Washington County, Maryland, and is said to have been a scout with General Edward Braddock's in the French and Indian War. He was a spy in Captain Alexander Beall's company in 1757. In 1769 he went to what is now Fayette County, pennsylvania, where he later established a trading post at Cookstown on the Monongahela River. He was badly wounded on 2 August 1774 in Major Angus McDonald's expedition to Wakatomica towns near Dresden in what is now Muskingum County, Ohio, in a skirmish with the Indians... He went out as a Major with General George Rogers Clark to Illinois, but went home to Maryland where he remarried. He took his family of six children (by his first wife according to a letter from his nephew Andrew lynn written in 1845) and his new wife Letitia to Kentucky where he settled at ynn's Station on Beargrass Creek southeast of Louisville. His two eldest daughters Theodotia and Luoruania were captured on 24 June 1780 at Ruddle's Station (near Parish in Bourbon County) when it capitulated to Colonel Henry Bird from Canada at the head of a party of Indians. Lynn was killed by Indians on his way to the Jefferson County, Kentucky, court on 5 March 1781. His will (dated 18 July 1780) was proved there on 3 April 1781. It set aside 1000 acres for his two dadughters if tey "return from the Indians to have this land, if they do not return, land to be divided among my sons."
Source: Lord Dunmores Little War of 1774 by Warren Skidmore, Heritage Books, Donna Kaminsky. See books.google.com
Lynns in Redstone, Fayette, Pennsylvania
"One hundred and fifty or more years ago, Fayette County, Pa., was little more than a vast forest. The Indians were numberous and quite troublesome. Wild beasts inhabited the forests.
Among the early pioneers that came to Fayette County, known then as Cumberland county, was Andrew Lynn, Jr., later known in Fayette County as Colonel Andrew Lynn, Jr. and his brother William Lynn. They emigrated from Town Creek, Allegheny County, Maryland, to Redstone Creek, two and one-half miles east of Redstone Old Fort or Fort Burd, now Brownsville, Pa. The exact date that Col. Andrew Lynn, Jr. (great-grandfather of the writer) made his first settlement on Redstone Creek is not known, but from history and other reliable sources that can be obtained, it was shortly after the year, 1761. He had a claim to a large tract of land on both sides of the Redstone Creek, known now as Redstone and Jefferson townships. This tract of land was later known as Crabtree Bottom. In the New Purchase, the number of this tract is 2851, granted 1769.
He was driven away by the Indians a number of times. In the spring, he cleared some ground, prepared the soil and planted corn, also, built himself a log cabin on the Jefferson township side of Redstone Creek. Soon he perceived that the Indians were becoming numerous, so he fled back across the mountains to his former home in Maryland. In the fall, rightly thinking, he returned to his claim with his wife and small family. With much relief of mind and great rejoicing of heart, they found their possessions unmolested and the corn ready to be gathered."
History of Fayette County, Pa, by Ellis, page 614, books.google.com
Father: Andrew Linn b: ABT 1700 in Carncastle Parish, Antrim County, Northern Ireland, UK
Mother: Rachel Crowe b: ABT 1704
in Western Maryland
- Ann Linn
- Benjamin Linn
- Luoruania Linn
- Rachel Linn
- Theodotia Dorcas Linn b: 13 JUN 1757 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
- William Linn b: 12 OCT 1763 in Town Creek, Allegany, Maryland, United States
- Asahel Linn b: ABT 1772 in Jefferson, Kentucky, USA
- John Linn b: ABT 1775 in Redstone Twp., Fayette, Pennsylvania
- Josie Linn b: ABT 1775 in Redstone Twp., Fayette, Pennsylvania
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