OLD MONMOUTH. (old extract) "Next on both sides of the creek came the McElhanys, a very old family. Their home place was where M. Lindsay and Sandy Paxton now own.
The old house is where Paxton lives and was built prior to the Revolutionary war, and a later building, the ruins of the chimney of which yet remain, was built during the war.
Major John McElhany, a member of the family, the winter of the Valley Forge fame, quartered in the unfinished building a number of recruits which had enlisted for Washington’s army. He owned the place of the heirs of John K. McCown, and built their house, which has been since remodeled. He married a sister of General Lewis. Mrs. Gibbs of Lexington, and Mrs. Mary Lewis Lackey of Fancy Hill, are of this family and direct descendants of John Lewis, the pioneer settler of this portion of the state.
Next above comes the Big Spring place owned by Thompson and Chaplin, on each side of the creek. This was owned by Walkup, noticed in the Seceder article.
This brings us to the Big Spring. North of the creek up to this point, except in the Lindsay’s mill region, which has been mentioned, there were McCampbells on part of the lands of the McCowns and J. P. S. Teaford. John Adair, grandfather of J. McD. Adair, lived on the old place now owned by Samuel Adair. This family has been identified with Monmouth for a long series of years but was not one of the oldest families of the region.
At the time of the war of independence the whole region now known as the “Barrens,” from KERR’s creek to the Baths neighborhood of the McCowns, Sniders and Mohlers, was unsettled except by one squatter named Jimmy Dillon.
From the Big Spring to Lowman’s mill the McKees owned.
The portion next to spring, known as the Samuel W. McKee place, belonged first to Cunningham, whose house was burnt in the second Indian incursion. "