Transcribed from “Beattyville Enterprise”, Thursday, May 3, 1951
“Revolutionary Soldiers (No. 1)
In this series will be presented some information regarding revolutionary war soldiers who settled in the area now comprising the counties of Clay, Owsley, Lee, Breathitt, Wolfe, Powell, Menifee, and other nearby counties of Kentucky.
“STUFFLEBEAN – John Stufflebean (Stufflebein) was born 1752 near Albany, N. Y.; in 1775 or 1776 he enlisted for service in the American Revolution under Capt. James Dewitt. After the Revolutionary War, John Stufflebean removed to Kentucky, and married in Bourbon County, 1792, Mrs. Elsie (Larrison) Ketchum, widow of Joseph Ketchum. John Stufflebein, with his brother Michael, and removed to what is now Lee County, Ky., being one of the first settlers of that locality. John Stufflebean applied for a soldier’s pension on Aug. 20, 1832, stating his age as 89 years, and his service as above. He died in Randolph County, Illinois on June 16, 1844, near the town of Kaskaskia. Names of his children are not presently known; however, the names of Andrew, Hiram and Richard Stufflebean are found listed nearby in the census records, and are believe to be either sons or nephews of his.
“HORN – Mathias Horn enlisted for service in the Revolutionary War, in 1776, while living on the Holston River in Virginia; He went to Fort Boonesbrough, in April 1778; served under command of Capt. Benjamin Logan continued as a soldier until the close of the war. (according to his statement made in applying for a pension while residing in Estill County, Ky., July 17, 1832) Rev. Samuel Kelley and Joseph Proctor of Estill County made depositions in support of Horn’s application for a pension. (W10-110, Virginia) Mathias Horn died Jan. 30 1834. His widow, Susanna, made application for a widow’s pension June 4, 1839; stating she married Mathias Horn in Fayette County, Ky., summer of 1782. Supporting deposition of Joseph Proctor, age 84, that he was acquainted with Horn in 1776 to the time of his death; that he married Mathias’ sister in 1777; in 1782, was living near Boone’s station; that he lived with Horn’s father and enlisted with him. Deposition of Polly Proctor, of Estill County, stated that she was brother-in-law to Horn, who married Susan Hall in 1782. Susanna Horn was pensioned March 4, 1836.
SNOWDEN – David Snowden, born in New Jersey, 1759; when about 3 years old, his parents moved from New Jersey to the western part of Pennsylvania which in 1781 became Washington County. In 1775, he enlisted for service in the American Revolution, and served as private under Capt. Swearingen in the Regiment of Colonel Crawford , in Pennsylvania Line, for three years. After the Revolutionary War, David Snowden moved with his family to Kentucky, settled first on Boone Creek in Fayette County, later locating in Estill County. In 1832, David Snowden made application for a pension, and was inscribed in the pension roll. He died June 2, 1839. (The family probably lived in that part of Estill which in 1843 became a part of Owsley and in 1870 of Lee County.) [closed paren added] On June 13, 1844, Nancy Snowden, widow of David Snowden, appeared before a Justice of the Peace in Owsley County, Ky., and made deposition for widow’s pension. Stated she was married to David Snowden, on April 1782, Washington County, Pa. Her maiden name was Nancy Hazelrigg, daughter of James Hazelrigg, who came with his family from Pennsylvania to Fayette County, Ky., in 1784. Children on David and Nancy (Hazelrigg) Snowden; Charles, born Dec. 28, 1782; Joshua, born June 26, 1785; David, born Dec. 6, 1786; Elizabeth, born Oct. 26, 1788; Joseph, born June 9, 1791; Saray, born Nov. 19, 1793; John, born Jan. 3, 1796; James, born 4-30-1798; William, born Aug, 27, 1800; Nancy, born Aug. 15, 1802.”