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Kentucky Genealogy by H. W. Mills

Transcribed from “Beattyville Enterprise”, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1951


“Revolutionary Soldiers

(This is the second in a series of articles on Revolutionary War Veterans who settled in Eastern Kentucky Counties.)


“STAPLETON – Thomas Stapleton made application in Clay County, Kentucky for a pension on his service in the Revolutionary War.  He stated his age then 75 years, and that he entered the service of the Revolution while a resident of Rowan County, North Carolina, in June 1780, serving under Captain Thomas Cowin in the Regiment of Colonel Loch.  He further stated that in 1781 or 1782, while living in Russell county, Virginia, he again entered the service, serving under Captain William Martin.  In support of Thomas Stapleton’s application for a pension, depositions were made by Rev. Elisha W. Bowman and Rev. Daniel Duff, as regards to his character, etc.  Depositions were made by Edward Stapleton, son of Thomas Stapleton, in Owsley County, Ky., by Joshua Stapleton, brother of Thomas, in Johnson County, Ky.,; by Robert Baker, age 79, in Owsley County, Ky., by Abel Pennington, of Owsley County, Kentucky, and by John Combs.  Thomas Stapleton died on November 15, 1835.  His widow, Sarah Stapleton, made application for a widow’s pension, in October, 1783 [probably 1838]; that her maiden name was Sarah Johnson; their children’s names Edward Stapleton and William Stapleton.


“BAKER - Bolin (or Bowling) Baker, while a citizen of Clay County, Kentucky, made application on Oct. 22, 1832, for a soldier’s pension on his service in the Revolutionary War; he stated that he was then 69 years of age; that he enlisted under Captain Patrick, while living in Wilkes County, North Carolina; when he enlisted was some months over 16 years of age; that was in June 1780; that, again, in 1783, he entered the service in Washington County, North Carolina.  Supporting application were affidavits of Rev. Elisha Bowman and William Morris.


“MEADOWS – Israel Meadows, while residing in Estill County, Kentucky, made application, Sept. 22, 1818, for a pension on his service in the American Revolution, with the Virginia troops.  He stated that he enlisted at Sweet Springs, Va., in 1776, under Captain Arbuckle in the 12th Virginia Regiment.  Israel Meadows died on Sept. 30, 1827.  Barbara Meadows, widow of Israel, made application on Oct. 5, 1838, for a widow’s pension.  She stated that she and her husband resided in Greenbriar County, Virginia, before coming to Kentucky, settling first in Madison County, removing later to Estill County.  That they were the parents of 10 children.  Affidavit was made by Mrs. Elizabeth Cole, daughter of Israel Meadows; she mentioned two brothers, Jacob Meadows and William Meadows.  Affidavit of Izabella Howard, age 84, resident of Montgomery County, Kentucky, stated that she was acquainted with Israel and Barbara Meadows, while living in Greenbriar County, Virginia.  Affidavit of Gordon Griffin, age 85, resident of Bath County, Ky., stated that Israel and Barbara Meadows were married in Greenbriar County, Virginia.


“STIDHAM – Samuel Stidham, while residing in Perry County, Kentucky, made application on Dec. 10, 1832, for a soldier’s pension, stating his age then as 85; that he entered service under Capt. James Giddens, in Surry County, North Carolina; served a number of terms.  Stephen Cordel made oath that he was present with Samuel Stidham in the same company.  Samuel Stidham was pensioned Jan. 19, 1833, on roll from Mar. 4, 1831.”