Harrod, James

1785 legal document signed by the frontiersman who built the first settlement in Kentucky

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(17421793) Penna.-born frontiersman, fought in the French and Indian War, in 1773 made a journey down the Ohio River to Kentucky. He returned in 1774 and began a settlement, the first in the state, which was named Harrodstown (later Harrodsburg) in his honor. Later he opposed the colonization schemes of Richard Henderson and his Transylvania Company. In 1777, 1779, and 1782 he took part in campaigns against native tribes and was a member of the Virginia Assembly (1779). He disappeared mysteriously while trapping with two companions and never returned, most probably murdered. 13 x 7 MsDS signed by Harrod, Samuel McDowell and William Montgomery, Lincoln County (then part of Virginia), February 16, 1785, a bond in the amount of 200 pounds to John Logan, George Adams, Isaac Hite and James Speed, Justices of the County Court. Harrod et al., administrators of the estate of Harman Comley, are to make an inventory of the estate property and administer the estate. Samuel McDowell (1735-1817), Penna.-born, took an active part in the movement that brought about the American Revolution, proved by letters addressed to him by Peyton Randolph, Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, George Washington, and others. He served in Captain Lewis's company at Braddock's defeat, and with his eldest son, also was an officer in the Continental line, witnessed Cornwallis's surrender. Member of the Virginia legislature for many years, which in 1782 appointed him a commissioner to settle Kentucky. Land claims. He settled in Danville in 1783, served in the Kentucky legislature for several years, and was a circuit judge, organizing the first court in Danville, held in a log cabin, the first court formed in the territory. He was President of the first Kentucky State constitutional convention of 1792 and remained on the bench until within a few years of his death. William Montgomery (?), early Kentucky pioneer, built fort-settlement William Montgomery's Station in 1780, near McKinney on the Green River, 12 miles from Logan's Fort. James Speed was the grandfather of Lincoln Attorney General James Speed.

Condition: Very good, light aging, slightly uneven at right edge not affecting content
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