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john allen family slate creek kentucky

Slate Creek

By 1792 John Allen, like many of his neighbors, had moved about 16 miles east into the newly formed Clark Co., near the headwaters of Lulbegrud and Hinkston Creeks, about 3 miles southwest of today's Mt. Sterling. This location was known as Anderson's Station.

Some of those who owned land there were Nicholas Anderson, Edward Williams, John Harper, Peter Dewitt, John Summars Sr. and John Summars Jr. We can tell from early Clark Co. tax lists, John Allen lived near these same families, as he had in Fayette Co.

In 1799 John purchased 510 acres on Slate Creek where he died in 1804. This suggests he was still young enough to take on what was surely a large amount of work establishing a new homestead. The land was just east of Jeffersonville.

Slate Creek is about 75 miles long from its headwaters in Menifee Co. to its mouth at Wyoming in Bath Co. where it empties into the Licking River. Along its way it travels along the 510 acres in Montgomery Co. owned by John and Ann Allen from 1799 to 1826. More than 50 smaller creeks empty into Slate Creek along its journey.

The legal description of the property was obtained from an 1826 court record deeding the property to John Allen's heirs. The land was about a mile east of Jeffersonville on today's US 460 at Slate Creek. It was adjacent to Isaac Lykins and John Craig's land and was originally entered in the name of James French. The 510 acres was bounded on the east side by Slate Creek.

Bill Allen (no relation) of Warsaw, Indiana was kind enough to plat John & Ann's land for me.


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John and Ann were probably members of the Sycamore Baptist church, which was about a mile west of them. This church was founded by Elder Daniel Williams in the late 1790s. He was another of my 5th great-grandfathers. Before moving to this land, John Allen himself had been an Elder in the Lulbegrud Baptist Church.

From John's 1804 estate appraisal, we can see he raised a variety of livestock, including cattle, hogs, sheep, geese and ducks. A loom and other articles necessary for cloth making were also listed. After John died, it is likely his widow Ann supported herself and children by weaving for neighbors.

Today's US 460 follows an old pre-1818 state road down to Salyersville. That is no doubt how many settlers migrated from Montgomery to Floyd County in the very early 1800s, when that area became attractive for settlement.


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         Slate Creek near Owingsville, KY

  
Slate Creek's tributaries are listed below beginning at its mouth at the Licking River, at Wyoming, Bath Co. and ending at its headwaters in Menifee Co. Waterways are an important part of locating early properties, because nearly everyone found it essential to live along a creek.

White Oak Cr, Flat Bottom, Elm, Cow Cr, Tower, Naylor Cr, Skillet Br, Prickly Ash Cr, Washington Br, Burbridge Br, Lee Br, Polk Br, Mill Cr, Blue Bank Cr, Washers Br, Little Mill Cr, Gooden Br, Elys Br, Jones Br, Salt Well Cr, Butlers Br, Stepstone Cr, Little Slate Cr, Foster Br, Salt Well Br, Town Br, Spencer Cr, Harpers Cr, Greenbrier Cr, Brush Cr, Bowles Br, Bowling Fk, Sycamore Cr, Martin Fk, Long Br, Camp Br, Spruce Cr, Lower Spruce Cr, Cave Br, Little Spruce Cr, Upper Spruce Cr, South Fork, Clay Lick Br, Cooks Br, Bird Br, Hawkins Br, E Fk Slate Cr, W Fk Slate Cr, Jim Br, Peter Tr, Bull Fk, Dog Trot Fk.