KY Pioneers Who Signed the Low Dutch Petition in 1783

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john-pryor-bearcreekI looked at the KY pioneers who were signers of the Low Dutch petition for land in 1783 (see post), hoping to see if there were clues to where these men were living when they signed the document. One signer was John Galloway. I have a man by that name in my Pryor database, but is it the same man?

1780 Court Record – On 9 Mar 1780, “This court doth recommend John Robinson as Captain, John Galloway Lieut, and Thomas Carper for Ensign to a Company of Militia in this County. Also Joseph PRYOR Capt., John Crawford Lieut, and Hugh Allen Ensign to Militia Company in this County (Note: George Skillern was present, serving as a justice). — A Botetourt County, VA court record from ANNALS OF SOUTH WEST VIRGINIA

There were 2 John Galloways– each one served on the Virginia frontier.

#1 is the Lieut. John Galloway who is the man mentioned in the 1780 Botetourt County court record. He states in his Revolutionary War pension application that he joined Capt. Matthew Arbuckle’s company in 1776 and served at Point Pleasant or Fort Randolph. When his term of service was up he received a commission (the Botetourt court record) in the Milita that took him to the Battle of Guilford Court House, NC (March 1781) and later that year the capture of Cornwallis’ arm at Yorktown. There’s  no mention in his application of when and how he arrived in KY. He was living in Garrard County, KY in 1818.

My gut tells me that #2 John Galloway is the one who signed the petition of the Low Dutch Inhabitants in 1783.

  • He went to KY in 1781.
  • In 1782 he served under General George Rogers Clark in battling Indians into Ohio.
  • “1783 under Col Isaac Cox to he marched to Floyd fork & crossed it, ascended to Bullskin and marched to the Burnt station…, which had been Burnt by the indians two days previous who killy [killed] Neel Davis.” [John Galloway #R3877, transcribed by C. Leon Harris on revwarapps.org]. I did some Googling and found that Floyd fork was near Louisville and Bullskin may be Bullskin creek in southwest OH, today in Clermont County.

While it’s not 100% proof, it’s sounding like Galloway #2 and perhaps John Prior were both in Jefferson County in 1783. So I looked at other names. Amos Goodwin is a signer on the same page. He filed for a Revolutionary War pension (Pension Application #W2096) in 1832 in Jefferson County, KY.  He recounts joining  his unit at “the Falls of the Ohio” in 1780. Amos was 83 years old on the 1850 Census and was counted in Jefferson County.