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Captain David Gass
(Abt 1732-1806)

 

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Captain David Gass 2

  • Born: Abt 1732, Lancaster Co., PA 2
  • Marriage: Sarah Unknown about 1760 in , , Virginia, USA 1
  • Died: 5 May 1806, , Madison, Kentucky, USA about age 74 2
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Kentucky Court and Other Records
Madison County Estates
GASS, DAVID
To wife, Sarah; son, John; son, William; son, James; son David; daughte r, Mary Black; daughter, Margaret Mitchell; son, Thomas; daughter, Susann ah Harris; daughter, Sarah Black;
grandson, James Mitchell; son-in-law, John Mitchell; Children of MARY BLAC K; (Anney Black; Elloues Black; James Black and David Black).
Extrs: Wife; sons; James and John
Written: April 14, 1806
Probated May, 1806

Abstract of Early Kentucky Wills and Inventories
Madison County Book A
GASS, DAVID
April 14, 1806. May 5, 1806
Wife: Sarah
Children: Susannah Harris, John, William, James, Mary Black, Thomas, Marga ret Mitchell, son-in-law, John Mitchell.
Grandson: James Mitchell
EX: Wfe, sons, John and James
WIT: Richard Gentry, John Reed

David Gass Early Settler Here
by Fred Allen Engle
July 22, 1970
(Ref: Madison's Heritage)
David Gass (1732-1806) was an early Madison County settler, Having come wi th Daniel Boone in 1775-77. The Gass family was with the Boone party whi ch started out of North Carolina in 1773 but turned back after a surpri se attack by Indians in which Boone's son was killed.

The Boone family lived with the Gass family for two years after that. Ga ss and his family lived in Fort Boonesborough for three years, being the re during the siege. In 1781 they moved to nearby Estill's Station whe re they stayed for five years.

Jennie Gass, David's small daughter, had a dream in 1782 about God placi ng a ladder so she might climb to Heaven. The next morning she and othe rs were captured outside the fort by Indians and Jennie was scalped and ki lled and got to use God's ladder. This ambush led to the Battle of Litt le Mountain at Mt. Sterling.

In 1786 Gass moved to Milford, the first county seat of Madison. The fir st court met in his house in 1786, where it remained until the courthou se was built.

The famous Patrick Henry, as governor of Virginia, appointed David Gass o ne of the judges of the Court of Quarter Sessions, a position similar to o ur Circuit Judges of today.

Gass died in 1806.

His two living daughters, Mary and Sarah, both married sons of James Blac k, Sr., himself famous as a Revolutionary War soldier.

Thus the life of David Gass, an early Madison Countian who lived at thr ee of the county's early centers of population and typifies the pioneer w ho settled our community.

Gass, James (1775) son of Capt. David Gass
Gass, Jennie (1775) dau. of Capt. David Gass, killed by Indians
Gass, John (1775) son of Capt. David Gass, settled Bourbon Co., Ky.
Gass, John (1775) (sorry repeat) *this is exactly the way it appears.
Gass, Mary daughter of Capt. David Gass; mar. William Black at the fo rt in 1778
Gass, Sarah daughter of Capt. David Gass; mar. John Black
Gass, Sarah (1775) Mrs. David Gass, wife of Capt. Gass
Gass, Capt. David (1775)

NOTES AND BIOGRAPHY FOR DAVID GASS
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David Gass (1732-1806) started to Kentucky with Boone and his party in 17 73 from North Carolina, but after a surprise attack by the Indians in whi ch Boone's son was killed, the party turned back to the home of the Gass f amily at the most western point of civilization. There the Boone family li ved in the cabin with the Gass family for two years, or until Boone and h is thirty axemen left to cut a path through to the mouth of Otter Cre ek on the Kentucky River for Richard Henderson and his party in 1773. Howe ver, Gass had come with Boone and others to Kentucky during the peri od of waiting for more settled conditions. Gass and his family lived in Fo rt Boonesborough three years. There the women molded bullets and carried w ater during the siege, before moving in 1781 to Estill's Station where th ey lived five years.

Little Jennie Gass had a strange dream in the early morning of March 20, 1 782. She dreamed that God had placed a ladder on which she might cli mb to heaven. Her dream was so real to her that she ran before breakfa st to the cabins of all within the fort to tell them about it. Later in t he morning she, with Monk, the Estill slave, and another man, went outsi de the fort to start a fire for making maple syrup when suddenly they we re fallen upon by Indians. The one man out ran them and got within the sto ckade, but Monk was captured and Jennie was scalped and killed. The Batt le of Little Mountain followed this act.
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By 1786 David Gass had moved to the first county seat at Milford: the fir st court met in his home in 1786 and continued to meet there until a court house was provided. David Gass was appointed one of the Judges of the Cou rt of Quarter Sessions by Patrick Henry." Gass died in 1806 leaving two d aughters, Mary and Sarah, each of whom married a son of James Black, Sr ., a Revolutionary soldier."

Daughters of the American Revolution Index, pg. # 1132:
Gass, David: b c 1735 PA d 1806 KY m Sarah ----Capt. VA.

"Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds" by Willard Rouse Jillson, Sc.D., publish ed 1987, page 210:
"David Gess......Acres: 1,000.....Book A.....Pg. 247.....Entry Date: 1-07- 1783...., Watercourse.....Green R." *(special note; the name is spelled Ge ss)

"Virginia's Colonial Soldiers" by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, pub. 1988 in Ba ltimore, pages 201 and 202: "Albemarle County:
Allen Howard and William Cabell, Jr. to pay a company of militia of his co unty under the command of Capt. James Nevil according to his muster ro ll to 8 Sept. 1758, 298.17.6; ......., David Gass. (....indicates a li st of abt. 50 or so men)

Wisconsin Historical Society, Kentucky Papers (The Draper Collection), pa ge # 283..., (1843) 11CC11-15: "(Shane, John D.)
Interview with John Gass, near Paris, Ky. Data concerning his father, Dav id Gass; capture of Boone and Callaway girls; siege of Boonesborough in Se ptember, 1778; William Bailey Smith, Edward Braley, John South, Ambrose Co ffee, and William Collins at the siege; Maj. Joseph Kennedy and Maj. Jo hn Edwards mentioned; Estill's defeat. A.N. 5 pp."

Wisconsin Historical Society, Kentucky Papers (The Draper Collection).. ., pgs. 531 and 532, 17CC191-209, n.d.: "(Shane, John D.)
Memorandum of information obtained from Capt. Nathaniel Hart (Jr.) of Wood ford County, Ky., consisting of biographical data on persons mention ed in "Ledger A" of Richard Henderson and Company, namely: Michael Stone r, Samuel Tate, Isaac Thrasher, Page Portwood, William Barton, Col. Thom as Slaughter, Col. James Harrod, Samuel Henderson, William Moore, Pembert on Rollins, Richard Burke, Squire Boone, Col. John Luttrell, Col. Richa rd Henderson, Samuel Coubern (Coburn?), Benjamin and Thomas Pettit,* Dani el Boone, Nathaniel Henderson, Richard Hogan, Maj. Thomas Quirk, Azariah D avis, Jesse Benton, Edward Bradley, Hugh McGary, William Hays, John Floy d, John Mann, William Baird, Julius Saunders, William Dill, Aaron Lewis, C ol. John Williams, Richard Callaway, Elijah Nunn, John Cowan, Anthony Bled soe, John King, John Martin, Peter Renfroe, *David Gass, John Brown, Charl es Robertson, Joshua Barton Sr., Col. Wm. Whitley, Flanders Callaway, Jo hn Kennedy, David McGee, Alexander Neely, William Cooper, John McMillan, R ichard Brashear, Barnett Tatom, Walter Overton, John Gordon, Dominick Flan igan, John Wilson, John Daugherty, Nathaniel Randolph, Maj. William Bail ey Smith, Wm. Crabtree, Jacob Beaufman, Wm. Blevens, Thomas Brooks, Tilm an Craddlebaugh, --------Hynes,---------Hinkston, James Leeper, Francis Mc Connell, William Stagg, Oswald Townsend, John Todd, and Capt. Nathaniel Ha rt. A.N. 19 pp."

Wisconsin Historical Society, Kentucky Papers, (The Draper Collection), p g. # 398, April 25, 1875. "Breckenridge, Preston. Breckenridge, Ill. Lett er to L(yman) C. Draper.
In reply to request for information about Simon Kenton; settlement of h is father's family in Bourbon County, Ky.; death of his father in 1813; h is own birth in 1807; John Gass, James Duncan, John Alexander, and Henry C lay among the first settlers of Bourbon County; "Bryan Station" named f or George Bryan; William T. Jones, a grandson of George Bryan, living in S angamon, Ill.; reference to Col. Wm. Hamilton of Nicholas Co., Ky. A.L. S. 2 pp.

Fort Boonesborough Settlers, "Bluegrass Roots," published by the Kentuc ky Genealogical Society, reprinted in an article by H. Thomas Tudor abo ut the "Early Settlers of Fort Boonesborough." The article was publish ed in Volume 5, No. 1, p. 1-14.

Gass, James (1775) son of Capt. David Gass
Gass, Jennie (1775) dau. of Capt. David Gass, killed by Indians
Gass, John (1775) son of Capt. David Gass, settled Bourbon Co., Ky.
Gass, John (1775) (sorry repeat) *this is exactly the way it appears.
Gass, Mary daughter of Capt. David Gass; mar. William Black at the fo rt in 1778
Gass, Sarah daughter of Capt. David Gass; mar. John Black
Gass, Sarah (1775) Mrs. David Gass, wife of Capt. Gass
Gass, Capt. David (1775)

Captain John Holder's Company, June 10, 1779 (in Madison County, at and ne ar Boonesborough): John Holder, Capt., Uriel Ark, Thos. Bailey, Bland Ball ard, John Baughman, G. Michael Bedinger, James Berry, James Bryan, James B unten, John Butler, John Callaway, Elijah Collins, Josiah Collins, Wm. Col lins, John Constant, David Cook, Wm. Coombs, Wm. Cradlebaugh, John Dumpor d, James Estill, Edmund Fear, *David Gass, Stephen Hancock, Wm. Hancock, J ohn Hawiston, Wm. Hays, Jesse Hodges, Jeremiah Horn, Robert Kirkham, Samu el Kirkham, John Lee, Charles Lockhart, John McCollum, Wm. McGee, Ralph Mo rgan, Wm. Morris, James Perry, John Pleck, Samuel Porter, Nicholas Procto r, Reuben Proctor, Pemberton Rollins, Hugh Ross, Bartlett Searcy, Reuben S earcey, John South, Sr., John South, Jr., John South, younger, Thos. Sout h, Barney Stagner, Jacob Stearns, John Stephenson, Benoni Vallandigham, Da niel Wilcoxson, Moses Wilson. *(names are spelled exactly as they appeared )

"Kentucky Retrospect" Page # 165...,

"At the siege of Boonesborough there were, according to William Buchannon 's deposition, 340 Indians and not more than 60 men in the fort, includi ng garrison soldiers and settlers. However, the pioneers in their petiti on of October 14, 1778, state they had withstood constant war for four ye ar from the Indians animated by the rewards of Governor Hamilton (British) .

List of names taken from depositions given in Richmond, Kentucky, 1801, 18 06, 1807, 1808, 1811, 1814 by pioneers at Boonesborough (date opposite nam es indicates time they reached Boonesborough, according to deposition): Ja mes Anderson: Thos. Allen (Surveyor Mercer Co.); Daniel Boone, 1775; Antho ny Bleasco (Surveyor): James Berry (Apr. 1779); Wm. Benton; George Boon e; Wm. Bush (March 1775); Joseph Barnett; James Bridges; James Bryant (Bef ore 1778); Edward Baxter (Col.); John Boyle (1775); Moses Bledsoe; Geor ge Bedinger; Squire Boone; Green Clay (Surveyor, Fall of 1780); Robert Cal dwell; John Callaway; Wm. Cradlebaugh (to Ky., 1768-1775); Wm. Cooper; Jo hn Crooke (Surveyor); David Crews; Elijah Crews; Jacob Coons; Wm. Calk; Th os. Collins; John Colefoot; Lewis Craig; David Cook; John Constant; Samu el Duree; John Durbin; John Doniphan; Samuel Davis; Wm. Dryden; Samuel Est ill (1779); James Estill (Capt. 1775); Talton Embry; Sally Estill (Bo rn at Ft. Boonesborough, Oct. 19, 1782); Boudee Estill; Ben Estill; Richa rd Epperson (1776); Joseph Fowler; Robert Fleming; John Farrar, 1775 (Farr ons); James Finley; (Mr.) Wm. Fall (Surveyor); Higgason Grubbs (Capt.) 177 8; James Gates, 1776;*David Gass (Guess, Gist); Samuel Gilbert; Martin Gen try; Peter Guerrant; Jesse Hodges (Surveyor, Oct. 1777 to 1786); Wm. Irvin e; David C. Irvine; John Kennedy (killed fall of 1780); Wm. Kavanaugh; Cha rles Kavanaugh (son of Wm.); Joseph Kennedy, 1776; Thos. Lanham; David Lyn ch (Surveyor Dec. 24, 1779); Samuel Logan; Abraham Lewis; Lawrence Long; T hos. McQuean; Jesse Morris; (Miss) Jacob Myers; Wm. Miller; Wm. Mays; Tho s. Mosely; Thos. Miller; Ralph Morgan; Wm. Martin; Wm. Morgan; Nicholas Me riwether; Neichael Overstreet; Tyree Oldham; John Peak, 1781; Thos. Phelp s; Josiah Phelps, 1776 (Son of Thos.); John Pitman; Reuben Proctor; Jose ph Proctor (1778); Nicholas Proctor (Capt. 1778); Rachel Proctor (Wid ow of Capt. James Estill. Nicholas Proctor her second husband); James Proc tor; Yelverton Peyton, 1780; James Russel (Before 1778); Robert Rhodes; Ja mes Reed; Joseph Rice; George Robinson; Samuel Rice; Dudley Stone; Richa rd Searcy; John Snoddy (1775); Asa Searcy; (Gen.) John South; Samuel Snodd y; Michael Sherley; Michael Stoner (Surveyor and Hunter, 1775); Thos. Swea ringen; Benoni Swearingen; John Tanner (Turner); Hale Talbott; Peter Taylo r, 1780; Lawrence Thompson (1780); James Thompson; John Taylor (Baptist Pr eacher); Oswald Townsend (Surveyor 1775); (Capt.) Thomas Twitty; Joshua To wnsend; Wm. Turpin; Solomon Turpin; David V. Walker; Joel Walker; Aquil la White (April 1779); (Capt.) John Whitaker; William Williams; Wyate Wilk erson; Richard Wells; Thos. Warren; Archibald Woo--(the last two letters d id not copy); (Capt.) Dec. 1781; Adam Woods (135 names mentioned in deposi tion.)

"Estill's Station: Settled by Captain James and Samuel Estill, three mil es southeast of Richmond, Madison County, in 1781. Captain James Estill a nd his men were defeated and slain by Indians March 22, 1782, on Hinkst on Creek 2 miles from present Mt. Sterling. There were nine families in t he station April, 1801, and in the autumn of that year the men living the re were James and Samuel Estill, Nicholas Proctor, Thomas Warren, David Ly nch, Peter Walker, John Colefoot, James Proctor, George Robinson, Samuel R ice, Thomas Miller, *David Gass, Michael Sherly, James Hamilton and Gre en Clay. Jesse Hodges, Peter Hackett, Micael Bedinger, John Webber, Steph en Hancock, John South, Sr., were also there at different times.
Ref.: Kentucky Historical Register, Fayette and Bourbon County depositions ."

In testimony of the gratitude of posterity for the historic service of cut ting for the Transylvania Company. The Transylvanic Trail, the first gre at pathway to the West, March-April 1775 from the Long Island of Holston R iver Tennessee to Otter Creek Kentucky by that gallant band of Axemen Pion eers and Indian fighters who at the risk and loss of life opened the doo rs of destiny to the white race in Kentucky and the West. 2


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David married Sarah Unknown about 1760 in , , Virginia, USA.2 (Sarah Unknown was born about 1740 in , , Virginia, USA 2.)


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1 "HACKWORTH and TATE Relatives," compiled by Judith H. Martin [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE supplied by Martin, Jan 2009,
Judith's statement about her web data: "The information provided is to be used as a guide. Research is ongoing; therefore, corrections are made frequently. Any assistance is appreciated. I welcome contact with relatives." I will verify her data elements that pertain to my research by adding additional sources to the data elements. Repository: RootsWeb - World Connect. Surety: 0;
gedcom source: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jhm&id=I11264

2 "HACKWORTH and TATE Relatives," compiled by Judith H. Martin [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE supplied by Martin, Jan 2009,
Judith's statement about her web data: "The information provided is to be used as a guide. Research is ongoing; therefore, corrections are made frequently. Any assistance is appreciated. I welcome contact with relatives." I will verify her data elements that pertain to my research by adding additional sources to the data elements. Repository: RootsWeb - World Connect. Surety: 0.


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