Person:George Black (13)

George Black
d.24 Sep 1859
m. 12 Jan 1763
  1. Margaret Black1763 - 1844
  2. Capt. Alexander Black1765 - 1854
  3. George Black1767 - 1859
  4. Jane Black1772 - 1814
  5. William Black1780 - Bet 1811 & 1827
  6. Rachel Black1782 - Aft 1821
  7. Robert Black1786 - 1828
  8. Nancy Black1789 - 1858
m. 22 Nov 1796
  1. Miller Black1800 - 1874
  2. Albert Black1801 - Bef 1885
  3. Capt. Alexander Black1803 - 1882
  4. Daughter BlackBef 1807 - Bef 1885
  5. Daughter BlackBef 1807 - Bef 1885
  6. Andrew Black1807 - 1885
  7. Mary Black1808 - 1867
Facts and Events
Name George Black
Alt Name[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] Maj. George Black
Gender Male
Birth? 8 Jul 1767 Cowpasture, Augusta County, Virginia
Other? 8 Jul 1775 According to Raymond Finley HughesAlt. Birth Date
Other? Abt 1784 to Clark County, Kentucky with his parentsMigrated 2
Marriage 22 Nov 1796 Bath County, Virginiato Elizabeth Miller
Other? 1804 Subscribers of Mount Sterling church, Rev. Jos. P. HoweChurch
Other? Bef 1812 Virginia to Mt. Sterling, KY (Montgomery Co.)Migrated 2
Military? 1812 War of 1812
Mission? Microfilm # 1760747
Other? 1813 Awarded the silver breast-plate and knee buckles, from the fallen Chief Tecumseh, for bravery in the Battle of the Thames (Moraviantown)- October 6thDistinction
Religion? 1825 Presbyterian
Other? 1857 Putnam County, INMigrated 2
Death? 24 Sep 1859
Alt Death? 24 Sep 1859 At the home of his son, Andrew in Putnam County, IN
Burial[6] Forest Hill Cemetery, Putnam Co., IN
Other? Scots-IrishDescent


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Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - JUDGMENTS. - SEPTEMBER, 1793 (G to Z). - William McCreery vs. Thomas Feemster--Trespass. Bath, 18th August, 1792. John Montgomery about to remove out of the State, 5th September, 1792. Sarah Black, George Black and Jenney Peoples are about to remove from Bath County to Kentucky.


Montgomery County, Kentucky was created in 1797 from Clark County, Kentucky!

George & his wife, Elizabeth were 1st cousins

Source: "William Black and his Descendants" (Incorrected birthdate) 11.GEORGE BLACK was born in Augusta County, Virginia, July 8, 1775. He spent his boyhood in the Cowpasture River settlement in what is now Bath County and was a lad of seventeen when his parents moved to Clark County, Kentucky. He returned to Bath County a few years later where in 1796 he married Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Patrick Miller. He and his wife must have gone to Kentucky soon after the marriage for a few years later he was living in Montgomery County, Kentucky where he spent the greater part of his life in and around Mt. Sterling. During the war of 1812, when the news of Hull's surrender reached Kentucky, Governor Shelby raised an army of five thousand volunteers, most of them mounted, and with them moved across the Ohio for the Canadian frontier. George Black was in this group of Kentucky horsemen and served as a private in the company of Captain James Mason of the Second Regiment, commanded by Colonel John Donaldson of Clark County. He took an active part in the battle of the "Thames" fought October 5, 1813 in which General Harrison defeated the British and Indians near the Thames river in Canada. It was this group of daring Kentucky horsemen that played such an important part in the battle, and succeeded in killing the Indian Chief, Tecumseh. According to tradition George Black was awarded the silver breast plate and knee buckles, from the fallen Chief Tecumseh, for bravery in this battle. George Black became the owner of considerable land in Montgomery County. He was an ardent and devoted church worker, and was a man of considerable importance around Mt. Sterling. He was an ardent patriot and was always ready to fight for the freedom and defense of his country. In the latter part of his life he always went by the title of "Major."

His wife, Elizabeth, who was born May 4, 1774, died February 14, 1831, and was probably buried at or near Mt. Sterling. In 1857 Major George left Kentucky and went to Putnam County, Indiana where he spent the remainder of his years with his sons who lived there. He died Sept. 24, 1859 and was buried in the Greencastle Cemetery, Putnam County, Indiana. George and Elizabeth had the following children.

41 Millerborn November 9, 1800 42 Alexander born February 11,1803 43 Andrew born July 1, 1807 44 Albert 45 a daughter married William H. Young 46 a daughter 47 a daughter

Source: War of 1812: Putnam Co., Indiana Survivors' meeting in 1858 Putnam Republican Banner 14 April 1858 pg. 2 & 3.

"At a meeting of the surviving soldiers of the war of 1812 living in Putnam Co. was held on the 27th of March, 1858 at Greencastle. Col Alexander S. Farrow was called to the chair and Judge Joseph Farley appointed sec. Those present were: Joseph Denny, William Cooper, Elisha W. Fulton, Eli Brackney, Peter W. Applegate, Jesse Jones, John W. Jones, William Torr, Daniel Welker, GEORGE BLACK, Daniel Harrah, David Eller, Joseph Collier, Joseph F. Farley, Samuel Taylor, John Standiford, Alexander S. FARROW, Hugh Reat, Isaac Mahan and William Atherton.

The object of the meeting being to ascertain the names of all surviving soldiers of the war of 1812 residing in Putnam Co., IN In addition to those above the following names are believed to include the entire number. Isaac Peck, Elijah Wilkinson, Elza Hill, Thomas Boswell, George Priest, John C. Wingate, John Allen, Eli Tarbutton, Charles Hunter, James Swinford, Lazarus Tilley, John C. Seller, Thomas Gilmore, Lenox M. Knight, Noah Harris, Thomas Lemon, John Cotton, Richard Bowen, James Shields, John F. Seller, Simpson Harris, Joseph Albin, John Reel, Henry Waln, Alexander Wilson, Jacob Mcvey, John F. Gilkey, William Stokes, William McElroy, Archibold Cooper, Robert Palmer, Henry Mills, George Justice, Alexander Greenlee, Jacob Pickett, Michael Moser, Thomas Tiffin, ROBERT MILLER, James Torr, Scady Chandler, Daniel Chadd, Joseph Dunkin, William King, Joseph Lasley, James Gordon, Lewis Shell, John Boswell, Samuel Emerson and William Aldridge."

Source: Draper Papers - Wisconsin Historical Society Library at Madison, Wisconsin. Interview with Major George Black by John D. Shane

Maj. Black uses a reed or rather a piece of cane, rather more than a yard long, the peth at the joints burnt through, to blow coffee pot coals, or his fire with. He also has chairs, made for him 1795 by one Correlle which have been in constant use, and the joints are now as firm as ever. Butter is seen in the milk pail, of a very cold morning, as the milking is doing.

Major says: Downey (Maj. Samuel Downey) was out with me hunting that cold Thursday or Friday, in 1806 2. I got my toe frosted, and he prescribed burnt coals, mashed up. Spohrs cr. was where old man Spohr used to have a hunters camp, on Red river. Took its name from that. Opossum cr. took its name from the cir. or his having killed a big fat opossum on it, and figured it out on a tree, on that cr. Horn snakes in the 1st settlements of Va. were said to be as long as a rail. I have seen them 5 feet long. (Saw where one had struck a tree its horn stuck fast and by night the tree was killed. (Mr. McClure)

It was about the 1st May, we went out to get wolf scalps, Geo. Allen (that lived on Beaver) and myself (He since moved to Ind.) Had our corn planted, and it was sort of leisure time. Cared more for the young ones, got a slut of 9 another of 7. This some time after I came up. We got a good deal in for them besides, they used to be very much after our sheep. I killed a wolf that was after my hogs, in my 1st place of living up there.

My father Wm Black lived in Clark, by where the Cunninghams now live between the creeks. He never came up here. Uncle Alex, down by Pisgah, and he were all of the family, in this western country. My grand father was born on the sea, coming over to America. We came west, fall of 1792. It was in the spring 1793, Morgans Station was attacked. We came the fall before that. Launched at Red Stone, (old fort) I think the name, above the mount in Decker's creek, and came on down the Ohio. I was with the horses which were brot as far as Wheeling by land, and then put on the boats. As we came down, we stopped ashore out of a storm. We had a fire 12 or 15 steps back, up on the bank. The wild turkeys had happened to be about there, and the men had been shooting them, as they flow up, towards night, right near us in the trees, all around to roost.

Another man and myself had been after a deer, he had shot, as I was about to, and missed it. Coons also shot at it. In the night we heard owls all around and Cassadys, who were in the other boat, (They had been spies up towards Pittsburg) (old man Cassady and his sons moved into Bath) said it was indians. The 2 boats were fastened togather. They just let the log chains go, (drop into the water so as not to make a noise) shoved off, and then to cover their retreat cried out, the boats were loose, all hands, help to put them in. They left a johnny cake by the fire, and afterwards, missed an axe they left by 3, on the bank. As we came down, the indians had put fresh meat on the shore as we saw. (The Cassadys said it had been done by them to coy the boats to shore.)

Thos. Femster (had a son named John) had a fort, just below my grand father in Va. down on the Cowpasture. Some of the picketing stood there yet, when I left that country, which was when I was about 16. One morning, I've heard my father say, he went out to get his horses, and fell in with some Indians. It was peace with the whites. They were going in his direction and he kept along with them. As they went, some wild turkeys called "tucks" he said the indians were all down in the grass in an instant, as if shot. He told them it was nothing but turkeys, and started his dog in and chased them up.

When he had done so, they got up, and went along. There was a high knob on the Cowpasture river, from which you could see up and down, a long ways. Had a crab orchard in it. (My father said when he first saw that mound, it ran up to a point, so small, it was just big enough for a he bear to lie down on.) Here a party of indians, stay 2 or 3, days, watching. At length they saw the smoke of some indians fires in a bottom some distance off and told them a man lived in a cabin on a rise near by, if he wanted to see them surprise the others, he might get up a little before day, and just as day was breaking, watch, but not to come too near. At about day break one indian was rising, and one shot and killed him, and as the rest sprang up, they all fired, and nearly all were killed. (The indians had come to the man and ask him if there was not a camp there. He said there was. He then told him if he would get up he would see some fun; but not to come too high.) This knob was not far from Windy Cove Mt. H. below Shaws on the right going down, on the left coming up to my fathers. Francisco's and McRoberts and Shaw lived higher up the Cowpasture, above the Windy Cove Mt.H, still above Francisco's. John Montgomery, Thos. Femster, that had the station, and then came the McRays, John and Robt. There was a Mtg. H. on John's land, about 22 miles down the Cowpasture, that we used to go to. (Jas. a son of Robt's and Wm; Robr't oldest son, lived up here in Montgomery Wm. sometime. They both moved away, and their wives with them.) This same John McR. where the Mts. H. was, had his house plundered and burnt by the indians. My father was in that country then, and nearly lost the 1st that came there, Ewings, Grans, Hodges, Britins and Mateers, lived on the Calfpasture on towards the Blue Ridges. A still higher Mt. on the opposite side separated the Cowpasture from the Bullpasture. In that direction the Mts. grew higher.

Maj. Black was born July 8, 1775 was 16 when he left Va. (near 17 then) (to make it 92, and 17 to make it fall 92). About 2 years before this, my uncle moved his cattle out, and my father came with him, to help him, and brought out some of his own. I think uncle Evans was one that was along at that time. As they lay camped on the wilderness road, a party of indians fell on them, killed a man that was sitting with another on a pack saddle, and wounded another so that he died in 2 or 3 days. After firing they run up to take and scalp these 2 men. My uncle started up, in his tent, and shot the indians as he came up to do it. The wounded man had fallen into the fire and was burning. My uncle as soon as he had loaded again, now ran and got him out. A woman started from her tent, just as she had risen, and had gotten nearly to my father and uncles tent, where she was going, when she recollected she had no clothes on and went back to the tent to get them. As she reached in her hand to get her clothes hanging up in the tent, she kept her eyes on the indian, after the ones at the pack saddle, and saw the blood gush out of the bosom of the one my uncle had shot. Indian picked him up and made off. (The indian did) The indians were repelled. A woman gave birth to a daughter, I think, and perhaps a black woman or two, were also killed. Our party at that time divided. Some had staid back to catch some horses that had been lost. The rest of the night, till morning, was rainy. END

  1. Family Bible - Moore.
  2. Compiled by John Gresham. Historical and Biographical Sketches of Douglas County Illinois. (June 1900)

    Included in bio of Robert M. Black

  3. Obituary
    Photocopy of his son's (Andrew, Sr.) obituary 1885.

    Obituary, Andrew Black (1807-1885), photocopy in possession of Janie Black Schuetz (2001)

  4. Raymond Finley Hughes and Howard Clift Black. William Black and his Descendents A Genealogy of the Descendents of William Black of Augusta County, VA and la. (Unpublished. Copyrighted 1973 by Hughes).
  5. Rev. Joseph P. Howe. Howe, Rev. Joseph P. Howe Records in KY. (Montgomery Co., KY).
  6. 6.0 6.1 War of 1812 Putnam County Residents. (April 14, 1858 edition of the Putnam County Republican Banner).
  7. 1880 US Census.
  8. Gary Welker. Maybury Family 16th century England to the present. (2001).
  9. Greencastle, Putnam, IN. Forest Hill Cemetery.