Pictured is the oldest court house in Kentucky in Greensburg. Green County was formed in 1792 from portions of Lincoln and Nelson counties and was named after General Nathaniel Greene, the famous hero of the southern campaigns during the Revolutionary War. Three courthouses have served Green County. In 1804, a brick building replaced an earlier structure, and while no longer operational, it stands in the Greensburg Historic District (downtown) and is the oldest court house building in Kentucky. The county seat is Greensburg, Kentucky.
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Remember the River Raisin and Revenge"
By Jeannette Holland Austin
When American commerce was almost destroyed and American sailors were taken and forced to serve in the British navy, war was declared against Great Britain on June 18, 1812. When the call came for volunteers came to aid the regular army, the quota for Kentucky was 5,500 men, yet 7,000 strong turned out from the mountains and glens, field and farm, from every walk of life, to answer the cause of their country. When 1,500 men were required to join General Hull in his expedition against the savages in the Northwest, 2,000 answered the call, only to learn, after crossing the Ohio, that Hull had cowardly surrendered his army and the whole of Michigan territory to the British, despite the fact that his army numbered nearly double the enemy. For several months, at various times and places, the Kentucky troops did special and efficient service. In January of the succeeding year, Colonel Lewis with from 700 to 1,000 Kentuckians, marched against a combined force of British and Indians at Frenchtown on the river Raisin, and drove them from the village. Three days later, General Winchester was told that a large force of the enemy was en route to attack the victors. During a bitter cold night when the precaution of stationing pickets was neglected, early the next morning, 2,000 British and Indians under General Proctor suddenly attacked the camp. The Kentucky riflemen fought stubbornly for hours. Their ammunition ran low, but still they fought. Even when summoned to surrender they refused to lay down their guns until promised that their wounded would be safely guarded and humanely treated. History records how this promise on the part of Proctor was not kept, how the drunken Indians burned and tomahawked the helpless men and officers, until long afterward the rallying cry of the Kentuckians was, "Remember the river Raisin; Raisin and Revenge." At Fort Stephenson, 160 men under Colonel Croghan of Kentucky repulsed Proctor with nearly 4000. When General Isaac Shelby went at the head of the Kentuckians, all felt that he would lead them to victory. It is said that when Commodore Perry wrote, "We have met the enemy and they are ours," after his memorable victory on Lake Erie, that one hundred sharpshooters from Kentucky had aided in the capture. At the battle of the Thames nearly all the American troops were Kentuckians, and that gallant soldier, Colonel Richard M. Johnson, did noble service in the killing of the noted Tecumseh. When Jackson, barricaded behind cotton bales at New Orleans, defeated Pakenham with his veteran forces, more than one fifth of the American soldiers were Kentucky riflemen.
Comparing Genealogy Records
By Jeannette Holland Austin (profile)
Comparing genealogical records to determine how they fit into your ancestor's timeline can be tedious. For example, the mere mention of your ancestor as a witness to a deed may seem trivial. However, it does established his residence in that county for that date. Another vague source is tax digests which are not alphabetical (listed by districts) and difficult to read. But the devil is in the detail. The tax records lists specific lands. Example 202-1/2 acres. That denomination came from a land lottery. So the next step is to search the land lotteries from 1805 to 1832 in Georgia. Almost everybody drew in a land lottery at one time or the other. Old roads. It was free land, so why not? Whether or not they ever took it up is another question. That is where the deed records come in and such new information should send you forthwith to a search of that county's deeds. Also on the Tax Digests are other tracts of lands, names of waterways, names of adjoining neighbors, and (always) the county where the land was located. But wait, we are not finished. At the end of each district is a list of "defaulters". These are persons who did not pay their tax for that year. That could mean that the person died or left the county. Only the deed records in all of the counties where he owned land will provide further data. Remember, during the Indian removals, people were moving on.
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