One page ALS from Captain Edward Worthington of Lincoln County, Kentucky concerning a path to the Court House that is also signed by William Crow, George Adams and the famous Kentucky frontiersman General Benjamin Logan.
Worthington's career as an explorer and military officer was outstanding (please see brief biography below), and Benjamin Logan is one of Kentucky's most famous founders.
After earning the rank of General during the Revolutionary War, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates, leading Kentucky's campaign for statehood. After achieving statehood, he served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and later ran unsuccessfully for Governor. Logan Co., KY and Logan Co., OH are named in his honor.
Please visit the link to his biography below.
Letter is in very good condition with wear as shown. I am still researching the other two signers.
$975.00 plus shipping
CAPTAIN EDWARD WORTHINGTON
Captain Edward Worthington was the son of Thomas and Ann (unknown) Worthington. He was born in Cork County, Ireland, between 1750 and 1754. Thomas and Ann left Ireland to come to America sometime around 1768. They lived in Baltimore, MD before moving on to the area of Ohio County, Virginia, now Wheeling, WVA. They were established in Ohio County by 1773.
In 1774 Edward and his father joined the army in Lord Dunmore's War. The Draper papers list Edward Worthington as a "Long Hunter." He had already explored the Kentucky territory several times before traveling down the Ohio River with George Rogers Clark in 1775.
Edward was wounded at McClelland's station in Kentucky in December of 1775. He, and everyone in the station, moved on to Harrodsburg for better protection from the Indians.
Edward Worthington quickly became Captain in George Rogers Clark's Illinois Regiment. He was known as "Clark's Irish Captain." He fought several major battles under Clark, including Vincennes and Kaskaskia. He remained in Clark's company until the end of the war and received an Honorable Discharge in 1783.
In 1781 he received a letter from Thomas Jefferson appointing him to enlist men. He was brought up on court-martial charges for drinking by another Captain. Edward won the case when he explained that the only way he could enlist some of these men was to drink with them.
Captain Edward and his family were on Corn Island, an island in the Ohio River at Louisville. George Rogers Clark built a fort on Corn Island and maintained it during the Revolutionary War with a few families and soldiers. Corn Island was an important strategic position for the Illinois Campaign.
Captain Edward Worthington was one of the loyal men who marched with Clark on Vincennes and Kaskaskia. Both victories were major wins for the Revolutionary War. Edward established Worthington Station about 4.5 miles from Danville in Lincoln County, Kentucky. The site of the station is now in Boyle County.*
Edward was given a land grant in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on the basis that he raised a crop of corn in Kentucky in 1775. His future wife Elizabeth also received a land grant, the first woman in Kentucky to do so in her own right, for raising a crop of corn in Kentucky in 1775. Edward also received several land grants in Lincoln, Mercer, Jefferson, and surrounding counties.
Edward Worthington died in 1804 in Louisiana. He was swindled on a land deal in Kentucky and he and his son followed the culprit to New Orleans where he took him to court. Edward was infected with Yellow Fever and died there before the court tried the case. His heirs won the case, but never received the settlement.
Edward Worthington (1750-1754–1804) was an 18th-early 19th century American frontiersman, longhunter, surveyor, soldier, pioneer, and state militia officer who explored and later helped settle the Kentucky frontier. A veteran of the American Revolution and the Indian Wars, he also served as a paymaster under George Rogers Clark during the Illinois campaign. His grandson, William H. Worthington, was an officer with the 5th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War.
Historian and author, Kathleen L. Lodwick is a direct descendant of Edward Worthington. Noted attorney, Greg A. Jennings of Owensboro, Kentucky is also, a direct descendant of Edward Worthington. Edward Worthington was, one of the defenders, at McClelland's Station, in Kentucky territory and was wounded, in the attack, by the Mingo chieftain, Pluggy, on December 29, 1776. Worthington traveled to Harrod's Town, with George Rogers Clark, the following month.
In early 1778, Edward Worthington left his wife, at Harrod's Town, and joined the Kentucky Militia, as a captain, under Colonel George Rogers Clark. With Clark and his Illinois Regiment, Virginia State Forces, Captain Worthington, went down the Ohio River, accompanied by thirteen, pioneer families, and arrived at Corn Island, now present-day Louisville, Kentucky. At Corn Island, Colonel George Rogers Clark set up his military camp, where he recruited and trained his troops, for the secret campaign, to capture the Illinois Country, from the British.
In 1779, Edward Worthington, still serving under Clark, participated in the siege of Vincennes, in which they soundly defeated the British forces. Edward Worthington was granted 3,234 acres (13.09 km2) land, for his military service, as a paymaster, during the Illinois Campaign. That same year, Edward Worthington established Worthington's Fort, four miles (6 km) southeast of Danville, Kentucky. In 1780, Worthington was ordered to occupy Chickasaw Bluff, just south of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and construct Fort Jefferson, to protect American interests in Illinois County, Virginia, from enemy incursions, coming up river, from the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Jefferson would be garrisoned by Virginia soldiers from Worthington's company, of the Illinois Regiment. In 1781, Captain Worthington was ordered by General Clark, to withdraw his company of soldiers, and abandon Fort Jefferson, because of its remote and indefendible location, from continuous, Chickasaw attacks.