Lot 355: Rare Kentucky Pioneer Document 1812

East Coast Books

October 29, 2016
Wells, ME, US

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Description: [KENTUCKY] BEN HELM (1767-1858) known as "Kitchen Knife Whetted on a Brick." (See the Manuscript magazine, Winter, 1991, p. 24). He was a surveyor, state senator, clerk of Hardin Co. courts; major in War of 1812; purchased the farm owned by Christopher Bush, father of Mrs. Sallie [Bush] Johnston Lincoln, step-mother of Abraham Lincoln. He was a partner, in the general store business, with Duff Green [later statesman] in the early frontier days of Kentucky. It is likely that young Abe Lincoln visited his store often in his early youth. Document written and signed by Helm, dated 1812, approx. 7-1/2 x 6-1/4 in. Also signed [twice] on the verso by ROBERT BLEAKLEY - about 1801 Bleakley and Wm. Montgomery, two very interesting young Irishmen, came to Elizabethtown and opened a dry goods store with a stock of goods, and soon became very popular. The store was opened in a log house at the corner of the Public Square. Bleakley was engaged in the rebellion in Ireland in 1798. He evaded Government officers by concealing himself in a vessel and thus made his escape to the United States. Bleakley remained some years after Montgomery left town, and acted as sheriff for several years, and then settled on a farm and died about 1850, leaving a large family. There is something romantic and interesting in the history of these two men. Born on the same island, engaged in the same rebellion, both compelled to leave to save their lives; emigrating to the same country, finding employment in the same establishment in Baltimore, partners in merchandising in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, marrying sisters, and then living and dying on adjacent farms. It was in their general store that Tom Lincoln [Abe Lincoln's father] purchased many items when he was courting Nancy Hanks [mother of the future president]. A court summons for Edward Rawlings and Thomas Swan to answer a plea of debt owed to John Geoghegan - son of Amrose, he inherited Hynes Station, one of the original three forts from which Elizabethtown sprang up. EDWARD RAWLINGS (died 1830) Kentucky pioneer, married Sarah "Sallie" Vertrees (1776-) in Hardin County Kentucky. He was born in Berkeley County Virginia and died in Washington County Indiana. He was a Deputy Sheriff in Hardin County Kentucky in 1794-1795 and Hugh Sheriff in 1798. He served as a Captain in the War of 1812. His company was connected to the regiments commanded by Lieutenant Col Benjamin Wright and Lieutenant Col Nicholas Miller, Kentucky Militia. It consisted of men from the Hardin County Kentucky area. The company was sent out for a six month term in March of 1813. Edward originally owned land that today contains the Old Rawlings Cemetery, also known as The Walton Cemetery in Posey Township {Indiana}. VG.
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