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john allen family slate creek kentucky

Nearby Placenames - a work in progress

Morgan's Station

Morgan's Station Massacre - April 1, 1793 Morgan’s Station was located where Harpers Cr. and Spencer Cr. come together just before flowing into Slate Creek. This is about half a mile north of Ky 713 on Harpers Ridge Road and perhaps 6 miles east of Anderson’s Station and the original Lulebgrud church.

A band of Indians raided the station April 1, 1793, capturing 19 women and children. All in all, 12 settlers were massacred. At that point, most local settlers moved back to other settlements for a time. The massacre at Morgan’s Station is sometimes referred to as the last Indian raid in Kentucky.

There is no mention of the Lulbegrud church in Harry Enoch’s book In Search of Morgan’s Station, although Anderson’s Station is briefly mentioned. We don’t really know how this raid and massacre affected those early members of the Lulbegrud church. They must not have met in April or May, as there are no minutes those two months, however, the minutes show they were back and met June 1st.

It is interesting that John Allen and his family had to have been very much aware of all of this. Then just a few years later in 1799, John Allen bought 510 acres on Slate Creek from David Trimble. This would have been even closer to Morgan’s Station.

Bourbon Iron Furnace

The Bourbon Iron Furnace on Slate Creek was built in 1791. This was the 1st iron making operation west of the Allegany Mountains. John had moved to Anderson Station, about 10 miles from the furnace, by 1792. It would have been 5 – 6 miles from where John lived on Slate Creek after 1798.

If, as we suspect, his father was David Allen Sr. of Surry Co., NC, he no doubt had some experience with iron furnaces. After all, David Sr. built 3 of them. Did John move there with the intent of working for the owner Jacob Myers? A fort had also been built at the furnace for protection from hostile Indians.

Perhaps John had experience as a soldier during the Revolutionary War? We do know that David’s sons Adoniram and David Jr. fought in the war. Even David Sr. was credited with service for hauling freight for the patriots, during which he was wounded.

John’s oldest son George married Barbary Myers daughter of Henry Myers. We have not found a connection though between Henry and Jacob Myers.

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