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The Explorers of Cumberland Gap

Town of Cumberland GapThe Cumberland Gap was widely traveled by Indians long before the Europeans came to America. General Abraham Wood of Petersburg, Virginia crossed through Cumberland Gap after 1670. And Thomas Walker named the river in 1750 and land was claimed by his party for settlement but were chased out of the area by Native Americans. Joseph Martin had built a fort but did not return until later. Daniel Boone was hired by the Transylvania Company in 1775 to lead a company of men to widen the path through the gap. When he did, he discovered that Martin was already in the Powell Valley where he and his men were clearing land for settlement. The trail which Boone and his men built was widened during the 1790s to accommodate wagon traffic. This trail was called " Wilderness Road."It is estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 migrants passed through the gap en route to Kentucky and the Ohio Valley before 1810.

Shawnees During the Revolutionary War

Shawnee Indians fight Daniel BooneThe battles of the Revolutionary War did not always involve Redcoats. The British engaged many Indian tribes to engage the patriots in battle. For this reason, Lawrence Conner enlisted in the Virginia Company of Captain Arbuckle for two years to go on an expedition against the Shawnee Indians. Before the first enlistment ended, he re-enlisted for three years, serving as a private in the company of Catain Andrew Wallace, 12th Virginia Regiment. He fought in the battles of Germantown, Monmouth, Stony War and Camden. Because of the wounds which he received at Camden and also during the battle of Guilford Court House, in 1789 he was sent home in Botetourt County, Virginia. Later he removed to Cumberland County, Kentucky where he died in 1828.
A depiction of Shawnee Indians attacking Daniel Boone. Colonel Henderson The Battle of Little Mountain The Battle of Fallen Timbers

Map of Cumberland Gap


Burkesville, Kentucky

Cumberland County, Kentucky


Ideas can be Reality

beam"Beam us up, Scottie."

Those famous words (from Star Trek) are dramatic reminders that a tiny device such as our phone can perform many wonderous functions. But we did not acquire this technology until it was the idea of Steve Jobs, and he spent his life making it happen. The familiar "warp drive" has been revamped to mean that space can be bent or shaped. Yet, we are just on the threshhold of discovery. But what a threshhold!

Already the technology exists whereby the Dead Sea Scrolls are being pieced together and interpreted. It is the quest of a lifetime that scientists handling this assignment can also produce wonderous results, comparing that which was accomplished by Mr. Jobs.

Another idea man is Mark Zuckenberg. Anyone who observed his recent questioning by Congress can realize that a door has been opened to the invisible world of data and that this door is ever expanding and revealing more avenues of possibilities. Get out the chalk board, Einstein. "The speed of light within a vacuum is the same no matter the speed at which the observer travels." Does it end?

May I present my idea? That all of the genealogy data ever researched or recorded be swooped out of every crevice and place of storage on the earth and be assembled into one location? With just one click of a device? And that anyone can have access? I am looking forward to the time when items so critical to genealogical research will never to be lost to time and for those items which were trashed or burned in court house fires to reassemble themselves. All the way back to Adam and Eve.

"Beam us up, Scottie. We are on our way!"


Cumberland County Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Burkesville, Kentucky

Cumberland County was created in 1798 from land in Green County and was named after the Cumberland River. The county seat is Burkesville.

Images of Wills, Estates, Appraisements, Inventories, Guardianships 1815-1831

Alexander, John | Akins, Joseph | Appleby, Robert | Armstrong, John | Armstrong, Stephen

Baker, John | Baker, John Jr. | Baker, Martin | Ball, William | Beck, Edward | Bickerstaff, Samuel | Bickerstaff, Samuel Sr. | Bickerstaff, Samuel Jr. | Blakey, William | Bledsoe, John | Blankenship, Abel | Bond, Hopkins | Bowman, Daniel | Bowman, Pleasant | Brummal, Chastian

Campbell, William | Cary, Wilson | Chamberlin, William | Chandler, John | Chandler, Thomas | Clarry, Samuel | Cory, Edward | Conner, Lawrence |Cowen, William | Craig, William | Creech, Jesse | Crouch, Elijah

Daning, James | Daugherty, Charles | Davis, John | de Graffenreid, Francis | de Graffenreid, Tabitha | Dougherty, Joseph

Elliott, Samuel | Elliott, Thomas | Ellison, Amos | Emerson, Francis | English, Benjamin | Evans, Leroy

Ferrill, William | Fletcher, Fanny | Flowers, Edward | Ford, William | Forsnaught, John | Frogg, William

Galbraith, Robert | Gee, James | Gee, Jesse | Goodson, William | Green, George | Groce, Henry | Guthery, Adam

Haggard, Rice | Hall, Joseph | Harvey, John | Haygood, Robert |Hays, William Sr. | Hibbits, William | Hill, Archibald | Hill, Barber |Hillis, John | Hix, Richard | Hopkins, Arthur | Hopkins, William | Howard, James | Howard, Reubin |Howard, Robert S. | Hunter, John

Irwin, John | Jacob, Patrick | Johnston, Joseph | Johnston, Michael | Johnston, Thomas

Keen, Samson | King, John E. | King, Milton | King, William | Lafferty, Alexander | Lafferty, Samuel | Lafferty, Sarah | Lloyd, Willis

Martin, David | Mays, William | Maxwell, N. | McColly, Cornelius | Miller, Richard A. | Millon, Christopher | Murphy, James

Newby, Martin | Noland, James | Norris, Zebulon | Pace, John | Page, John | Philpot, Zachariah | Pickens, Joseph | Pickens, Thomas

Ray, Nathaniel | Reynolds, George | Ritchey, Elizabeth | Robertson, Arhur | Robertson, Walthall | Robinson, George H. | Rowland, Elizabeth | Rowland, George | Rowland, Gilbert | Rowland, John | Rutledge, Joseph

Sackman, Thomas | Sandusky, Jacob | Sevier, Archibald | Simple, John |Simple, John W. | Simpson, Joseph | Simpson, Thomas | Smith, Nathaniel |Smith, William | Spearman, Susannah | Spearman, Thomas | Sprouell, James | Stanfield, John | Stephens, Delilah (now King) | Stephens, Peter | Stockton, Ichabod | Stockton, John | Stockton, Nancy | Stockton, Polly | Stockton, Robert | Strong, John

Talbott, Nicholas | Talley, Sally | Tally, Nathaniel | Taylor, Edmund | Taylor, Edward | Thurman, Nathan | Trice, Tandy H. | Vaner, Henry

Wade, Ballenger | Wash, Thomas | Welch, David | Whitlock, Thomas | Wilbourn, Thomas | Wiles, Susan, orphan | Willian, William | Wisdom, Francis | Wiseman, William | Wooley, Oliver | Young, James

Indexes to Wills, Appraisements, Inventories, Estates, Guardianships

1815 to 1831
1830 to 1841

Images of Wills, Appraisements, Inventories, Estates, Guardianships 1830 to 1841

Aikin, Judith | Akin, James | Alexander, John | Alexander, Philip | Anderson, William

Baker, Elam | Baker, James Sr. | Baker, John | Baker, John W. | Baker, Obediah | Baker, Susan | Baker, Thomas | Baker, William | Bartran, Thomas | Bledsoe, Benjamin J. |Bone, Nathaniel | Bouldin, Thomas | Boynter, James | Bristow, William | Brock, James | Brummall, Robert | Buford, Preston | Burchett, John

Cain, Thomas | Carter, Charles | Carter, Joseph | Carter, Josiah | Carter, Samuel | Carter, William | Cary, Beverly | Cary, Harrison | Cary, William | Caswell, John |Cheatham, Owen | Clark, James | Claywell, John | Claywell, Shadrick Sr. | Cloyd, James | Craven, Robert | Creasey, Dan | Creasey, John | Crockett, Robert

Daniel, Drucilla | Daniel, Martin | Ellington, Albert | Ellington, Hezekiah | Ellington, Jesse | Embry, Elisha

Farish, George | Fearson, William | Ferrel, Harden | Fergress, James | Flowers, Elisha | Flowers, Susanna | Fudge, George | Fudge, John

Garman, George | Garman, Harman | Garnett, Robert | Garnett, William | Gearhart, Peter | Gibson, John | Green, George | Green, Lucy | Grider, Martin

Haggard, Benjamin | Haggard, Elizabeth | Haggard, James | Haggard, Levi | Haggard, Rice | Harrance, James | Harvey, Wilson | Heard, James | Hiard, William R. |Hill, Lucinda | Holt, Doswell | Hopkins, John | Howard, Reubin B. | Hugart, Eli

Jones, Charles | Laferly, Samuel | Lawson, Philip | Logan, James | Long, Solomon | Long, Thomas | Loyd, Willis

McGee, Jacob | McNealy, Esther | Miller, Jubal |Montfort, Peter | Morgan, Morgan | Murphy, Clement | Murphy, Francis

Norris, Nathan | Norris, Waller | Nunn, Elizabeth | Nunn, Thomas | O'Banion, William | Pearson, William | Phares, Charles | Phares, Samuel Jr. | Philpot, John H. | Philpott, Perry

Radford, James | Richardson, George | Ritchey, Samuel | Rowe, Samuel S. | Rowland, Elizabeth | Rowland, George W. | Rowland, Gilbert

Sams, Gentry | Sam, James | Scott, Clement | Scott, Jacob | Semple, Adaline | Sewell, Joseph | Shuman, John R. | Simmerman, Ahart | Simmerman, Henry | Slaton, Joseph | Smiley, Daniel | Smith, Elizabeth | Smith, Jesse | Smith, Moses | Smith, Nathaniel | Smith, William | Spencer, Nancy | Spencer, Thomas | Stockton, Robert | Stockton, William A.

Talbott, M. H. | Taylor, Isaac | Thomas, John | Thurman, John | Thurman, William | Vaughan, Axiom | Vaughn, Harriett | Vincent, Ethan

Wakefield, Thomas | Walthall, William A. | Warinnger, Iverson | Wash, Lucy Vining | Wash, Thomas | Williams, Daniel | Williams, Martha | Williams, Martin