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||Fincastle, Virginia, United States
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||Kentucky, Virginia, United StatesKentucky County was formed by the Commonwealth of Virginia by dividing Fincastle County into three new counties: Kentucky, Washington, and Montgomery, effective December 31, 1776. Four years later Kentucky County was abolished on June 30, 1780, when it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties of Virginia. These later petitioned together to secede from Virginia, which was approved by the Virginia House of Burgesses. In 1792 the Commonwealth of Kentucky was admitted to the United States as its 15th state. Wikipedia
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||Jefferson, Kentucky, United StatesJefferson, Kentucky This was a part of Virginia later to become Kentucky after statehood in 01 Jun 1792. It was also known as Jefferson Co., VA; Jefferson Co., KY; Nelson Co., VA, and finally Nelson Co., KY sometime in 1785.
||Nelson, Kentucky, United StatesGoodins' Fort
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||Nelson, Kentucky, United StatesPeter Atherton witnessed the last will and testament of Joseph Hanks, the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln.
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||Hardin, Kentucky, United Statesto Elizabeth 'Betsy' Whitehead
||Nelson, Kentucky, United StatesThomas Lincoln carried whisky barrels from Kentucky to Indiana. Whisky distilled by the Atherton Family.
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||Hardin, Kentucky, United Statesto Elizabeth Mayfield
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||New Haven, Nelson, Kentucky, United States
Peter Atherton Sr., Atherton's Ferry - Distilled Whisky
- The Miami News, 11 Nov 1929
- Audubon's Whisky, (Louisville Courier-Journal)
- Paragraph 2
Peter Atherton Sr.
- Peter Atherton 1771-1844 had a second marriage when he was 70 years old, to a 29 year old Betsy Mayfield. They had two sons before he died at age 73, Peter Mayfield Atherton and John McDougal Atherton. Peter left home to fight with the Confederates while John stayed in college. Peter died in the war while his brother John became a wealthy distiller, sold the distillery and moved to Louisville to be a business leader.
- WILL REST TOGETHER
- Remains of Peter Atherton Sr., the Father, and Peter Atherton Jr., the Son
- The remains of Mr. Peter Atherton, who died November 26, 1844, were disinterred last week and removed to a more desirable location in the Protestant cemetery in New Haven, Ky. He was the father of Mr. J. M. Atherton, of this city. The New Haven Echo contains an account of the removal of the remains of Mr. Atherton has a son, also named Peter Atherton, who was killed in Alabama during the war, to the same cemetery.
- “Mr. Atherton joined the Southern Army in September, 1861. He left here with Capt. Jack Allen and was a member of Morgan’s old squadron. During a skirmish in Northern Alabama in 1862, Mr. Atherton was wounded in the knee. The wound was not considered necessarily a fatal one, and Mr. Atherton pluckily held to his post. He was afterward taken to Huntsville, Ala., where he died. His remains were buried there. Last Sunday Mr. George Radcliff left here to exhume them, and bring them to be buried beside those of his father and mother in the cemetery here.
- A noteworthy incident in connection with his death is the recognition of Mr. Peter Atherton’s horse, a bald-faced roan that he was in the habit of riding here and on which he went forth to battle for Southern chivalry.
- In 1863 when Bragg’s army passed through this place a Southern soldier was astride the little roan. Peter’s horse was recognized by Messrs. J. W. Dawson and J. D. Boles. They told the soldier. He immediately went to Peter’s mother, then Mrs. Capt. Key by a second marriage, whose homestead was then where Mr. Jesse Dawson now resides. She purchased the little roan. Mrs. Key, too, has joined the silent majority and her remains rest in the same cemetery, which will receive those of her valiant son, who will be buried beside those of his mother this week.”
- ( The above clipping from an unidentified newspaper was received from Cornelia Atherton Serpell with the words Peter Atherton written on it in ink in Cornelia Anderson Atherton's handwriting, and the date 1891 or 1897 more recently written on it in ball-point pen. – Information from Allan Atherton, 1997)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Filson Historical Society (Louisville, Kentucky). The Filson. (Louisville, Kentucky: Filson Historical Society, 2000 -), Vol. 27, No. 1, January 1953.
Goodin's Fort (1780) In Nelson County, Kentucky by Evelyn Crady Adams
Page 5 - Atherton's Ford
Page 7 - Aaron Atherton Sr. and family - Peter Atherton
Page 18 - Milton Atherton
Page 19 - B.F. Atherton, Finetta Atherton
Page 26 - 16 Dec 1823, Suit of Purcell vs Atherton, in Hardin County Court
Page 27 - Atherton Family. W.H. Perrin, op.cit., 1887, p. 781. Peter Atherton.
- Find A Grave.
- ↑ Barton, William E. (William Eleazar). The paternity of Abraham Lincoln: was he the son of Thomas Lincoln? : an essay on the chastity of Nancy Hanks. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1995), Pg 402, 403.
Peter Atherton witnessed the last will and testament of Joseph Hanks, the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln.
- ↑ Miami Daily News and Metropolis. Audubon's Whisky (Louisville Courier-Journal), 11 Nov 1929.
The Miami News, 11 Nov 1929
Audubon's Whisky, (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Only a few years later, Thomas Lincoln, Abraham's father, loaded about 400 gallons of the best whisky he could find on his flatboat on Rolling Fork, near the mouth of Knob creek, and he took it to Indiana. Despite the upsetting of his craft at the mouth of Salt river, he recovered most of his cargo. Tom Lincoln was not a distiller, although an uncle of the same name owned a still house in Fayette county. However, the Rolling Fork country was noted for the quality of its whisky, both then and later. Possibly Lincoln bought his liquor of Peter Atherton, then the ferry-keeper of Knob creek. Atherton established nearby what later was to be the largest distillery in the world.
Ever since the revolution, the farmers of the west had made whisky. There were few roads. A pack-horse could carry only four bushels of grain over the mountains, but in the form of whisky the product of 24 bushels could be carried. It was when Alexander Hamilton sought to levy the excise tax on these farmers that the "Whisky Rebellion" broke out.
One of the chief mediums of exchange among the pioneers was "good merchantable whisky." Corn, therefore, was not only the principal food crop, but the main money crop. In liquid form, corn was a safer investment than in the shape of meat, either alive or packed. When Tom Lincoln carried whisky in barrels to Indiana, he was merely carrying the products of his farm, whether he made the liquor himself - which is unlikely - or took it to Peter Atherton or someone else to be distilled. When Audubon and his partner, Rozier, and years later Abraham Lincoln himself, dealt in whisky as merchants, they were selling it as a farm product, like so much tobacco, smoked hams, or meal.
Peter Athertons' father Aaron Atherton was already operating the Knob Creek distillery.
Thomas Lincoln, worked for a short time for Aaron Atherton and Wattie Boone's distillery. Thomas was efficient in wood making and probably made bourban casks for the distillery.