Lewis County Kentucky

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Doyle, John A., was born in Maryland November 16, 1762. He came to Kentucky about 1790 as one of Simon Kenton's spies. (Sec Collins' History, page 553.) He was married to Christen Davis, daughter of Nicholas N. Davis, who lived on the farm now owned by William Kissick, March 18, 1796. To this union were born nine children, four sons and five daughters, viz: Edward, John, David, and Nichelson; Rebecca, Nancy, Elizabeth, Susan, and Ann. In the year 1798 he went to the Indian War and served four years. He also served in the War of 1812, and died December 8. 1845.
Source: History of Lewis County, Kentucky (1912)
[Submitted by Chris, A Friend of Genealogy; April 2011]

JOHN DOYLE OR DOYAL, first justice of the peace in Lewis Co., Ky

The name "John Doyle" is found on the roll of persons who served under George Rogers Clark, but not on the roll of persons allotted lands for service in the Illinois campaign. There were probably two persons of the same name who served under him. Reynolds's Pioneer History of Illinois says:

"John Doyle was a soldier in the expedition under Colonel Clark in the year 1778, and soon after the campaign settled in Illinois. Doyle had a family and resided in or near Kaskaskia. He was something of a scholar, and taught school. He spoke French and Indian, and was frequently employed as an interpreter of those languages into the English. He was unambitious and lived and died without much wealth. He was considered an honest man, and was always respected while alive, as he is now when dead, as one of the brave men who assisted Colonel Clark in the conquest of Illinois."*

But it is asserted that another John Doyle served under Clark and lived and died in Kentucky. The name of the last mentioned appears to be now spelled Doyal, by his descendants, and the following account of him is from a letter written by his grandson, Judge Samuel H. Doyal, of Frankfort, Indiana, as follows:

"Your kind letter requesting a brief sketch of my grandfather, John Doyle, who served with Clark in the Illinois campaign, received, and in reply will say, that my grandfather joined Clark's command when a very young man. He was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, September 20, 1760, and, after serving to the close of Clark's famous campaign in the west, he returned to his home near Charlottesville, Virginia, re-entered the service as a private and served until the close of the Revolutionary War.

"In the spring of 1782 he enlisted as a private in that ill-fated expedition against the Sandusky Indians that was commanded by Colonel William Crawford. He shared the hardships of this campaign and was one of the fortunate ones that returned home. In 1786 he emigrated to Kentucky and located near Limestone, now Maysville, and soon became the friend and associate of Simon Kenton, whom he afterwards joined in some raids against the Indians. Later, and before the power of the hostile Indians was broken by General Wayne, he was employed three years as captain of the scouts or spies, as they were called, to patrol the Ohio river on the Kentucky side from Maysville to the mouth of the Sciota river. This work was perilous and he had many thrilling adventures.

"In 1790 he raised a company, was chosen captain, and joined, with many other Kentucky troops, General Harmer in his campaign against the Indians. In 1794 he again entered the service as captain under the leadership of General Charles Scott, of Kentucky, who joined General Wayne in his campaign against the Indians, and took part August 20, 1794, in the battle of Fallen Timbers. At the close of this service he adopted the life of a farmer and settled in what became Lewis county, Kentucky, a county taken off of Mason on the east. Upon the formation of this county he was appointed the first justice of the peace, and for more than twenty years he held that office, and presided over the council of magistrates, that met at the county seat at stated times and transacted the county business. In 1813 he became so incensed at General Hull's surrender that he again enlisted as a soldier under General Isaac Shelby, who joined General Harrison's army, and, as a private, was present and took part October 5, 1813, in the battle of the Thames. This ended his services as a soldier. He often said to his children that he was at the beginning and ending of the Indian wars of the northwest.

He was a strong, vigorous man, seldom ever sick, and in all his soldier life was never wounded. He died near Vanceburg, Kentucky, in May, 1847, lacking but a few months of eighty-seven years of age. He often said that General George Rogers Clark was the ablest general that ever appeared in the west, and that he accomplished more with a small body of men than any other officer of his time. I heard the story of the Illinois campaign from his own lips two years before his death. His admiration for Clark was unbounded."

Source: Conquest of the country northwest of the river Ohio 1778-1783, Volume 2 By William Hayden English
[Submitted by Chris, A Friend of Genealogy; April 2011]



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