The following excerpts from an 1882 Newspaper article about Boonesborough and early Madison County, KY history.Does anyone have information about the Thomas Warren listed in these excerpts?I am wondering if he was the father of John Warren, who married Olivia Blackburn in Clark County.(Many of the early Clark and surrounding county families had ties to Boonesborough).Thomas Warren is also listed in the French-Tipton papers, which reside at the Eastern KY University library in Richmond.
Wm. Chenault, The Courier-Journal: Louisville, Sunday, August 27, 1882, page 12.
"At Cumberland Gap THOMAS WARREN, who was on his way to Madison, was met by Estill. On a lame horse WARREN had packed all his property. He and his wife, footsore and weary, were on the verge of starvation. Estill said to him: "I will kill you a buffalo, and place it in the trace near a spring, and lay some cane across the trace at the point where you ought to turn off to go to Boonesborough." When WARREN reached the place named, he found the cane in the path, and the buffalo killed and ready to be eaten. He often stated that he was then so hungry that he did not take time to skin the buffalo, but cut out the tongue and ate it."
(Estill's Station) "Among those known to have been there in 1780 and 1781 were James Estill, Peter Hackett, THOS. WARREN, David Lynch, Nicholas Proctor, John Cattlepool, James Miller, George Robinson, Thos. Miller, Mike Sherley, Green Clay and Adam Caperton. There were in all about eighteen men and twelve women. Most of these persons "moved" from Boonesborough."
"The best hunters and woodsmen of the county were Daniel Boone, Oswald Townsend, William Cradlebaugh, Higgerson Grubbs, TOM WARREN, Peter Hackett, David Lynch, Richard Hinds, Thomas Brooks, Stephen Hancock, Joel Walker, James Estill, Christopher Irvine, Samuel Estill, Yelverton Peyton, Tarleton Embrey and Robert Boggs."
"Those who came in 1780 are Daniel Duree, John Anderson, Peter Duree, Henry Duree, Richard Searcy, Benjamin Quinn, Tarleton Embry, William Harris, Samuel Rice, Green Clay, Thomas Brooks, Charles Ballew, John Sappington, Nathan Lipscomb, Lawrence Thompson, THOMAS WARREN, William Hoy, John Barnett, John Tate, John Mourner, Joseph Ellison, John Martin, Thomas Brooks, Henry Bonta, Joseph Debon and James Scott."
Many of the men who came in with Boone and were with him at Boonesboro, afterwards became prominent leaders in the county. Higgerson Grubbs represented the county six times in the lower house of the Legislature. Thomas Kennedy was a member of the first Constitutional Convention of Kentucky and also of the Legislature. Samuel South represented the county for thirteen years in the Legislature. John Harris became a Judge of a Circuit Court. THOMAS WARREN represented the county in the Legislature.
A later newspaper article by Chenault gave an earlier date for Thomas Warren's arrival at Boonesborough:
"The names of some of those who lived more of less within the fort from its completion in the latter part of July 1776, up to 1783, were Daniel Boone, Richard Calloway,Flanders Calloway, James Estill, Samuel Estill, David Gass, THOMAS WARREN, James Berry, David Lynch, Stephen Hancock, Higgason Grubbs, David Crews, Jesse Hodges, William Hayes, Thomas Brooks, John Holder, William Buchanan, Nathaniel Bullock, Ambrose Coffee, William Calk, Michael Stoner, Thomas South, Samuel South, John South, James French, John Wilkerson, Samuel Porter, Ralph Morgan, James Bridges, James Yates, John Calloway, Caleb Calloway, Joseph Starnes, Valentine Starnes, Nicholas Anderson, John Wilkerson, John Taylor, Gerrett Townsend, Oswald Townsend, William Cradlebaugh, William Hancock, Thomas Dial and David Lynch."