Facts and Events
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 1, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Croghan, William - Bounty Land Warrant issued 3/4/1799. R695.
- ↑ Filson Historical Society (Louisville, Kentucky). The Filson Club history quarterly. (Louisville, Kentucky: The Club, 1930-2000), Vol. 43, Pages 30 thru 61, January 1969.
- Historic Locust Grove, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
- Filson Historical Society (Louisville, Kentucky). The Filson Club history quarterly. (Louisville, Kentucky: The Club, 1930-2000), Vol. 3, No. 1, October, 1928.
How The Parents Of George Rogers Clark
Came To Kentucky In 1784-1785
By Ludie J. Kinkead
Page 1 - Dr. John Croghan, the son of Major William Croghan and his wife Lucy Clark (sister of General George Rogers Clark
), about 1837 wrote his recollections as related to him by the older members of his family and other pioneers, and these are referred to as his “diary” by Dr. Lyman C. Draper. On a visit to Louisville in 1846, when collecting material for his intended life of George Rogers Clark, Dr. Draper copied from this “diary” portions relating to General Clark and others. The portion given below describes the journey of John Clark, the father of General Clark, and members of his family when emigrating from Caroline County, Virginia, to the “Falls of the Ohio” in 1784-1785.
Page 2 – Several years previous to the removal of my grandfather [John Clark] from Caroline County, Virginia…
Page 2 – My grandfather with a numerous family of children and servants, left his seat in Virginia in Oct. 1784, and owing to the badness of the roads, the inclemency of the weather, & the obstruction of the Mononogahela with ice, (having embarked in boats at “Red Stone Old Fort”, or, as it is now called, Brownesville) did not arrive at the mouth of Kentucky until the 3rd of March, 1785…
Dr. Croghan 's Diary – January 1837.
- ↑ William Croghan, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1754.
William migrated to the U.S. and entered the army in 1776 as Captain of Infantry, Virginia Line. He took part in the battles of the Brandywine, Monmouth and Germantown; and he was with the army that bitter winter at Valley Forge.
In 1780 his regiment was ordered south and he was made a prisoner at the surrender of Charleston. He was present at Yorktown, when the last great battle of the war was fought, though he could not share in the fighting, as he was on parole.
He served time on the staff of Baron Steuben, and he was one of the officers present at the Verplanck Mansion on the Hudson in May of 1783, when the Society of the Cincinnati was instituted.
Shortly after the war Croghan joined the increasing drift of Virginians across the mountains into the new land of Kentucky and found a home near the Falls of Ohio.
William Croghan later married Lucy Clark and moved into their place, Locust Grove, Upper River Road, Louisville. The house where George Croghan grew up and where his uncle George Rodgers Clark died, still stands today