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The First Gunsmith of Kentucky

American Long RifeThe first gunsmith in Kentucky was probably Squire Boone, a brother of Daniel, who learned the craft from his cousin Samuel Booneat a gunshop in Maryland dating somewhere between 1759 to 1764. The Boone families were very large, some having as many as ten or fifteen children and hailed from Pennsylvania before going West. The popular first names were repeated, such asGeorge and Squire. There were several Squire Boones, for example, during the same period. One of them went into the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and settled in Orange (later Botetourt) County where he fought with themilitia against the Shawnee Indians at the famous war of Lord Dunsmore in 1774 when the governor sent themilitia into Ohio to rid the colony of Indians. The product of the gunsmith was vital to life on the frontier, for both food and self-defense against the Indians who regularly scalped white men and took their women as slaves. The better-known gunsmiths were of Pennsylvania or Swiss extraction. Source: Kentucky Encyclopedia by John E. Kleber.

The New Technology is Really for Genealogy

microfilmDid you know that it is far easier to read images of all documents on your computer sceen than from microfilm? This is because the microfilm reader is using its limited technological capacity. Many of these old readers have seen their day! However, when a record is digitized for the computer, all of the latest imaging software is operative. For example, Adobe has improved over the years. The reader may now zoom in or out by using the plus or minor signs at the bottom of the screen. So much better than the old days of using a magnifying glass. Even faded and aged images are better interpreted on the computer. The Georgia State Archives where you can read old county documents yet remains open to the public only two days per week. A very stressed situation, I must say. But good news! Georgia Pioneers has digitized hundreds of thousands of the old wills and they are available on the website.

Map of Campbell County




Campbell County Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Newport, KentuckyCampbell County was formed on December 17, 1794 two years after the creation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It was taken from sections of Scott, Harrison, and Mason Counties and was named for Colonel John Campbell (1735 to 1799), a Revolutionary War soldier and Kentucky Legislator. The original county included all of present Boone, Kenton, Pendleton, and most of Bracken and Grant counties. The county seat of Wilmington survived from 1794 to 1797 and its court house was built of logs, later replaced in 1815 by a brick structure. Newport was the county seat until 1823 when it was removed to Visalia. This site was unpopular and the county seat was returned to Newport in 1824, lasting until 1840. In 1840, Kenton County was created, primarily out of a significant portion of Campbell. The Kentucky General Assembly then forced the county to move its seat to Alexandria, closer to the center of the new, smaller Campbell County. In 1883, after years of lobbying, the General Assembly established a special provision to allow Newport to designate a Court House District separate from the offices in Alexandria.

Campbell County Probate Records available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Tax Records
  • Names of Insolvents for 1804, 1811, 1818, 1821
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills, Estates, Inventories 1794 to 1820
Images of Wills, Estates, Inventories 1894 to 1820Testators:Allen (infant) | Allen, David | Ally, Samuel, Captain | Anderson, Jacob | Anderson, John |Armstrong, John | Arnold, Elisha | Bagby, Robert | Baker, John |Beall, Benjamin | Beall, Jeanette | Beaver, John |Benham, Peter | Berry, Washington | Blanchard, Abiel | Bobet, Randolph | Buckner, George | Cahill, James | Campbell, Colen | Campbell, John |Cleveland, Levi |Cloud, William |Colvin, Lewis |Cooper, Benjamin |Cooper, Christopher |Cormely, Michael |Coursey, William |Curry, William |Davis, Joseph |Dickens, Charles |Dickerson, William |Dickinson, Arche |Dixon, Henry |Duckworth, Robert |Eckert, Leonard |Edmonds, John |Fleming, James |Flournoy, Lucy |Foster, George |Fowler, Richard |Frier, Humphrey |Gano, John Stiles |Green, Betsy | Griffin, Thomas | Griffing, Ebenezer | Hamilton, Jesse | Harnett, Zachariah | Harper, Richard | Hume, Joel | Hume, John |Jenkins, Elizabeth |Jones, Margaret |Kennedy, Mary |Kennedy, Thomas |Kennedy, William |Kenney, Robert |Kent, Susanna |Kinkaid, Andrew |Klette, Frederick | Knight, Jacob |Leathers, John |Leathers, John Sr. |Leathers, Joshua |Leathers,Thomas |Leitch, David |Lindsey, Thomas |Lucas, Lewis M. |Lynn, Nathan |Mardes, Wilson |Martin, John |McCollum, John |McDonald, George |McKay, Jacob |Merman, John |Miller, Jacob |Miller, John |Miller, Philip Jacob |Morton, David |Moseley, John C. |Moseley, Thomas |Nelson, Anne Nelson, John |Nelson, Meredith |Nunamaker, Lewis |Osborn, James |Paul, John |Pearcefield, Vallentine |Peek, George |Perry, Samuel |Ponder, John |Powell, Micajah |Revelle, Randle |Reynolds, Jonah |Rice, Lewis |Richardson, John |Rosell, John |Rust, Enos |Sandford, Thomas |Stephens, William Sr. |Shepherd, Joseph |Smith, James |Spilman, James |Stewart, Hugh |Stubbs, Robert |Swan, Hugh |Swing, Samuel |Talbert, Abner |Talbot, John |Taylor, Caleb |Taylor, Edmund |Taylor, G. E. |Taylor, James |Terry, David |Thatcher, Daniel |Trail, Osburn |Turner, Alexander |Turner, Rowlen |Vadin, Hennery |Vickelthymn, Levi |Vice, Nathaniel |Vickers, Moses |York, John |Wagoner, Catharine |Wagoner, Phillip |White, Robert |White, Thomas |Willison, Richard |Wilson, Samuel