Collins History of Kentucky states that Bryan, or Bryant, Station "was about five miles northeast of Lexington, on the southern bank of the north fork of Elkhorn; settled by the Bryans in 1779, but a cabin had been built by Joseph Bryan, a son-in-law of Col. Daniel Boone, in 1776." The history of Bryan Station included a number of Indian attacks. In one such attack the women listed below prevented the fiery destruction of the station in 1782 by carrying buckets of water from the spring to the station.
Women's names on a memorial wall at Brian Station Spring are:
Jemima Suggett Johnson
Sara Page Craig
Lucy Hawkins Craig
Polly Hawkins Craig
Sally Craig (should be Sally Craig Singleton)
Elizabeth Johnson Craig
Jane Craig Saunders
Elizabeth Craig Cave
Fanny Saunders Lea
Sara Clement Hammond
Mary Herndon Ficklin
Mildred Davis Suggett
Harriet Morgan Nelson
Sara Boone Brooks.
Betsy Johnson was the daughter of Col. Robert and Jemima Suggett Johnson.
Polly and Frankey Craig were the daughters of Mrs. Sara Page Craig
Sally Craig Singleton was the daughter of Mrs. Polly Hawkins Craig, wife of Toliver Craig, Sr.
Polly and Nancy Craig were the daughters of Toliver Craig, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Johnson Craig.
Polly, Betsy and Lydia Saunders were the daughters of John Saunders and his wife, Jane Craig Saunders.
Hannah and Polly Cave were the daughters of Richard Cave and his wife, Elizabeth Craig Cave.
Fanny Sanders Lea was the wife of Wainright Lea.
Sara Clement Hammond was the wife of John Hammond.
Harriet Morgan Nelson was the wife of Edward Nelson.
Philadelphia Ficklin was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Herndon Ficklin.
Mildred Davis Suggett was the wife of John Suggett.
Men at the Station:
|John Craig||Nathaniel Craig||Dudley Mitchell|
|John H. Craig||Toliver Craig||Thomas Herndon|
|Elijah Craig||Elijah Craig||Samuel Herndon|
|Benjamin Craig||Whitfield Craig||Edward Herndon|
|Lewis Craig||Nathaniel Saunders||Zachariah Herndon|
|Edward Nelson||John Saunders||Robert Adkinson|
|Aaron Reynolds||Richard Cave||James Graham|
|Thomas Bell||Reuben Cave||Daniel Wilcoxen|
|Jacob Stucker||Thomas Ficklin||Martin Hammond|
|Nicholas Tomlinson||Joseph Ficklin||Ezekiel Field|
|Philip Craig||John Suggett||William Field|
|Frank Craig||William Suggett||Elison Williams|
|Jeremiah Craig||Wainright Lea||John Saunders|
|Elijah Craig||John Hammond||Jesse Yocum|
|Hawkins Craig||John Ficklin||William Ledgerwood|
|Toliver Craig, Sr.||Name added in 1933||James Ledgerwood|
|Toliver Craig, Jr.||William Tomlinson||James Mitchum|
|John Craig||Richard Mitchell||John Mitchum|
|William Craig||David Mitchell||James McBride|
|Upon tablets inside and outside of the memorial wall the following names are found:|
|Levi Todd||William Grant||Bernard Rogers|
|Richard Johnson||Mary Boone Bryan||Jemima Suggett Johnson|
|Sarah Bryan Chinn||Aaron Reynolds||Rebecca Grant Lamond|
|William Johnson||Betsey Johnson Payne||William Bryan|
|William Ellis||Joseph Rogers||Joseph Bryan|
|Elizabeth Boone Grant (on same tablet is the name "Aunt Eifine" [?])|
|Many of the above were not present during the Siege - August 15-17, 1782, but were founders or otherwise prominently connected with the history of Bryan Station. Bryan Station Defenders Listed by Joseph Ficklin may be found in the Draper Manuscript 13 C 74. He presumably lists only heads of families, which are:|
|1. John Williams||15. Mr. Arnold||Thomas Ficklin|
|2. Mr. Beasley Sen||16. Mather Gayle, his son||28. John Ficklin|
|3. Charles||17. Isaiah Gayle||29. David Herndon|
|4. John, his 3 sons||18. Jacob Stucker||30. Henry Herndon|
|5. James||19. David Stucker||31. Mr. Gatewood|
|6. Mr. Lay -- sick||20. Michael Stucker||32. Mr. Campbell at
|7. John Craig Sr., his son||21. David Mitchell and his son|
|8. John Craig Jr.||33. William Campbell|
|9. Jeremiah Craig||22. David Mitchell||34. John Guill|
|10. Philip Doak||23. John Adkins||35. Lewis Vanlendingham|
|11. David Williams||24. William Tomlinson||36. Mr. Bradley|
|12. D. Suggett, very old||25. Nicholas, his son||37. Aaron Reynolds|
|13. John Suggett||26. William T., another son||38. William Rogers|
|14. Mr. Childress||39. Thomas Bell|
|Joseph Ficklin stated that there were sixteen mounted men and thirty foot soldiers (militia) went to the aid of Bryan Station on Aug. 16, 1782.|
The Draper Manuscripts contain numerous references to Bryan Station, with Document 1MM146, showing a list of defenders who were there in "the campaign in 1786." The lists, one of which is reproduced below, include many early settlers of Scott County. Check other militia lists that are being transcribed and published.
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