m. MAR 1721/22
Facts and Events
William Poage was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
William Poage's land (Beverley Manor NE, 205 acres sold to William by his father, Robert Poage) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Information on William Poage
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William Poage, son of Robert, the pioneer, married Ann Kennedy. In company with Daniel Boone and others, he and his family settled in Ky., about September, 1775. In February, 1776, he removed his family to the fort at Harrodsburg, and in the spring of that year cleared ground and planted corn two miles from the fort. He had great mechanical skill, and during more than two years made all the wooden vessels used by the people in the fort. He also made the woodwork of the first plow used in Kentucky and the first loom on which weaving was done in that state. On September 1, 1778, in a fight with the Indians, he was wounded by three balls, but his companions escaped unhurt. The next day they found him and carried him to a hiding-place. The Indians discovered them and laid for them, but were found out and attacked. Four of them were killed, one of whom had Poage's gun, which was recovered and became the property of his son, Robert Poage of Mason County, Ky. William Poage was carried home, but died the next day. Ann Kennedy was four times married, first to Mr. Wilson, second to William Poage, third to Joseph Lindsay, who was killed at the battle of Blue Licks in 1782, and fourth to James McGinty. She is said to have been a woman of rare energy and ingenuity. Collins says she brought the first spinning-wheel to Kentucky and made the first linen manufactured in that country from the lint of nettles, and the first linsey made from nettle-lint and buffalo wool. William Poage and Ann Kennedy were the father and mother of Robert Poage, who married Jane Hopkins, daughter of John Hopkins the pioneer. Draper Papers 4/cc 85 Statements of Mrs. Elizabeth (Poague) Thomas, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co., Ky I was born in Virginia on the 4th day of September 1764 in Rockbridge County near the Natural Bridge. My father moved on the North Fork of Holston within 4 or 5 miles from Abingdon & remained there two or three years and in March 1775 we moved down the Holston near the Big Island where we remained until Sept. 1775 when Col Calloway and his company came along going to Kentucky, when my father William Poague packed up and came with him with our family, Col Boone and with his wife and family and Col. Hugh McGary, Thomas Denton and Richard Hogan were on the road before us and when we arrived at Boonesborough the latter part of September there was only five or six cabins built along the bank of the Kentucky river but not picketed & being open on two sides, Nat Hart had a cabin above a small branch which headed up near the river hill in a Buffalo lick, some two or three hundred yards distanct, and this was its condition when we arrived we found Boone & Henderson there when we arrived and a number of others to whom Henderson was selling land claims, we remained at Boonesborough that winter in a cabbin built by John Kennedy a brother of Gen'l Thomas Kennedy and in the winter the Kentucky river rose from heavy rains and ran around the cabins next the river hill & we were afraid it would have entered our cabin but it did not & in February 1776 my father & family moved to Harrodsburg into the Fort built by McGary. The cabbins built by Col. Harrod in 1774 were then standing and some of them occupied one by ---- Hugh Wilson whose wife had a son a month or two old which she called Harrod Wilson which was the first child born in this place.
I knew Capt. Edward Worthington, he was an Irishman and had a wife or rather a woman by the name of Betsy with whom he lived as such and when he marched with Genl Clarke against Vincennes in the fall of 1778 he left her in Harrodsburg and an amusing anecdote took place between her and Evan Shelby who had a sham marriage with her which she insisted was good and it cost him some trouble and money to get clear of her. She afterwards met Capt. Worthington at the falls of Ohio and they returned to Harrodsburg in 1781 or 2 and lived there for several years and he then moved up onto Lincoln County near Danville in Clarkes run and some years after he went to N. Orleans and died there, he came to Harrodsburg with his wife in the year 1776 he was a good soldier & hunter about 5 ft. 10 inches high and heavy square built frame always ready for an enterprize.