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Private Jacob Holley

c. 1785 - 1813


He wore the blue of the Kentucky Soldier with the bright red belt and fringe. 


Oklahoma Society Organized - March 4, 1914


Chapter President Project

To increase membership and to seek out and mark the graves of 1812 Patriots.




Complied by: Mrs. Leslie N. (Catherine) Shorn


Jacob Holley was born in Bedford County,

 Virginia circa 1785 to John and Judith (Goad) Holley,

who lived on Sycamore Creek in the northern part of the County.


Jacob Holley and John Whittenton made bond in Hustings Court,

Corporation of Lynchburg (Campbell county) Virginia,

19 November 1806 for a license for Jacob to

 marry Charlotte McGeorge, daughter of Lawrence,

whose affidavit gives his consent.  They were married 25 November

1806 by William P. Martin, a Methodist Episcopal Church minister.


After 1810, Jacob and family apparently moved to

 Montgomery County, Kentucky where an older brother,

Benjamin, had lived as early as 1787 when it was Fayette County, Virginia.

 Another brother John either accompanied or proceeded Jacob,

as both Benjamin and John died in Montgomery County, Kentucky.

 No land records have been found in either Bedford

County, Virginia or Montgomery County, Kentucky for Jacob.


Jacob enlisted 3 May 1813 at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky in

 Capt. Henry Daniel's Company, 28th Infantry.

 August 13, 1813 he was attached to Capt. Wagoner's Company.

 The companies were commanded by Col. Thomas Dye.

  Jacob died at Ft. Shelby (near Detroit) 23 December 1813.

 His burial place and circumstances of his death are unknown,

 however the following is quoted from "History of Detroit and Wayne

 County and Early Michigan by Silas Farmer, Pages 282-3".


"Large bodies of militia were gathered in Kentucky and Ohio and under the leadership

 of General Harrison were moving toward Detroit. . .On September 20. . .

transported Harrison's army from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay Island . . .

and on to Malden . . . the American army

proceeded to Malden . . . to Sandwich . . . arrived on the 29th.


Meanwhile the inhabitants at Detroit were all in anxious expectation of the troops

the Kentucky soldiers with their blue hunting shirts, red belts and blue

 pantaloons fringed with red met with a hearty welcome.

 The Fort was newly christened Fort Shelby in honor

 of the brave governor of Kentucky, who when 63 years of age,

 had marched at the head of his troops to the relief of Detroit.

 His state during the War of 1812, up to October 12, 1813

 had sent over 17,375 troops into the field,

 and at one time in October 1813 had over 7,000 soldiers in the army.


On the evening of September 25, 1813 Col. R. M. Johnson, then at Fort Meigs with a regiment

 of Kentucky cavalry, received orders from General Harrison to march immediately

to the River Raisin as it was probable that the army would land the next day. . .

 Johnson's force pressed forward, stopping at Frenchtown long enough to bury

 the remains of the Kentuckians massacred the previous January . . . late in the afternoon

 the columns emerged from the woods at Springwells.  The entire population of the

town gathered along the river road to greet the 1,100 horsemen as they thundered by. . .


Before they had got into their winter quarters the army was attached by an

enemy which decimated their ranks far greater than their losses by battle.  A disease,

similar in action to the cholera, carried them off by hundreds . . . Reliable accounts say

that fully 700 soldiers died as many as six or eight a day . . . The entire army on the

 northern frontier was similarly affected. . . At Detroit so great was the demand for coffins

 that finally no one was able to   procure then; and pits were dug near the

 fort in which many soldiers were buried together as in one grave.


In 1823 the plain where the soldiers were buried was used as the parade

 ground and was covered with the tents of soldiers then in the garrison.


After his death, his widow returned to Bedford County to live with her father,

 bringing with her at least two boys, Smithson G. and William Holley.


In the 1850 Federal census, Charlotte, age 60, was living

with son Smithson G. Holley in Franklin County, Virginia.

 She died 23 November 1856 and is buried in

 the Holley Family Cemetery on Highway 122 near

the Old Hale's Ford on Staunton River,

as is her son Smithson, and Grandsons Samuel, John V.

 And Jacoby Lawrence. 

Grandson Henry Clay Holley is burried in Mendota, Virginia

 and grandson Harrison Wysong Holley is buried in Hugo, Oklahoma.






Mrs. Jay Garland Faulkner (Ruth)




Mrs. Dewey C. Talley (Donna)                   Vice-President

Mrs. William H. Evans (Jean)                              Chaplain

Mrs. Dan DeLoache, (Sharon)           Recording Secretary

Mrs. David Albertson (Kathryn)                        Treasurer

Mrs. John D. Edwards (Beverly)                        Registrar

Ms. Mary Ruth Craig                                           Historian

Mrs. John C. Phelps (Phyllis)                               Librarian



L-R Seated: Mary Duffe, State President and Ruth Faulkner, Chapter President

L-R Standing: Mary Craig, Sue Cook, Pat Schwaninger, Catherine Littell,

Shirle Williams, Past State President, Katherine Albertson, Past State President,

Beverly Edwards, Phyllis Phelps, Janice Dunn, Donna Talley and Sharon DeLoach

August 29, 2006 chapter meeting






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