Thank you, Mr. Freeman, for your response.For some reason I was NOT notified that you had responded to my post, and am just now finding it.
I have been to Kentucky and Tennessee this spring (3rd trip) and feel confident I have located the "along Kentucke River" referred to in the 1816 deposition that placed the William COMPTON I have been researching there +/- 1806.
The premise of this research is that this COMPTON family stopped to visit the Zachariah COMPTON family who lived on Rocky Branch of Dix River (Mercer County at the time) which is nearly at the fork of Dix River with the Kentucky River. This Zachariah COMPTON, married to Catherine Unknown, died in 1804, and for years had operated a mill at that location...just east off the Wilderness Road into Harrodsburg. His name first appears on the 1788 tax list, he having purchased in 1787 land from one Richard Peter(s).
Young Elizabeth "Betsy" HORN (born April 21, 1786 in Maryland per her own statements) was traveling with this William COMPTON family.The relationship between this William COMPTON family and young "Betsy" HORN is unclear at this time.
After extensive research of the earliest Kentucky HORNS, we cannot tie her to any of them.Aaron HORN I (died 1778 at Boonsboro) came from Maryland, and it appears all of HIS children were born in Kent County (Betterton) Maryland before they all left for Kentucky. The children were born mid 1750's thru the mid 1760's, with HIS Jeremiah HORN born +/- 1765.
We have researched the premise that Elizabeth "Betsy" was, perhaps, a daughter of this William COMPTON, and had been married to an unknown HORN and early widowed...she does deliver a baby girl in March of 1807 whom she named Finnetta.
I have exchanged information with Susan Perong on this forum in hopes this William Compton could be part of the group of Comptons she has investigated in far east Tennessee. I feel strongly that the William Compton whose name appears on the Petition of Settlers South of French Broad River in 1789 is my subject, and that he and other relatives, including the Brickeys, traveled north to Kentucky when they were unsuccessful in getting protection and recognition.
I see that Susan also posted in July, and I hope she will contact me...her email address has changed since we last exchanged information.
Any help or suggestions you, or any COMPTON or HORN researcher might make will be greatly appreciated.
Maggie Robinson William & Elizabeth Robinson Family Assn. Houston, Texas