James Harbison

James Harbison

Male 1714 - 1783  (68 years)

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  • Name James Harbison 
    Born 7 Oct 1714 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Feb 1783  Perryville, Mercer County, Kentucky, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://www.downtownperryville.com/history

      "Before Kentucky became a commonwealth in 1792, this area was part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many settlements throughout the wilderness had been established. These stations or forts were home to early pioneers until more permanent homes could be built. One of these early settlements was Harbison?s Station, also known as Harbison?s Fort or Crossroads, located between Springfield and Harrod?s Fort. Settled between 1776 and 1780 by James Harbison, Daniel Ewing, Samuel Potts, Samuel Tucker and Thomas Walker, Jr.., it was later known as Chaplin Hills.

      The early settlers chose a strategic place with a spring providing fresh water for the pioneers and were chosen for the location of their stockade. It was their refuge in case of Indian attacks. The spring?s outlet to the Chaplin River provided a tunnel through which the settlers could escape to safety in case of Indian attack .This land was situated in the traditional hunting grounds of the Indians. This property later became the property of William Huston Parks, and is the location of the historic Karrick-Parks House.

      James Harbison received a land certificate for 1400 acres Chaplin was issued in the court at Boonesborough on December 18, 1779. The court record states that James Harbeson this day claimed a settlement and preemption to a tract of land lying on both sides of the Chaplins Fork by improving the same in the year 1776 and raising a crop of corn in the country in the year 1776, satisfactory proof being made in the court.

      The settlement around the fort continued to grow, interest flourished there and in other settlements for the Kentucky District to petition for statehood. On February 14, 1791, an act to establish Kentucky as a separate state passed both houses of the first Congress and was signed by President George Washington. On June 1, 1792, the Commonwealth of Kentucky became independent of Virginia.

      Encouraged by the likely prosperity of a new state, the population of the area around Harbison?s Station grew considerably. In 1815, two residents, Edward Bullock and William Hall, planned the town of Perryville, named in honor of the naval officer Admiral Oliver Perry. The plat for Perryville showed 32 acres, divided into 64 half-acre lots. The Chaplin River divided the town. The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky was enacted into law on January 17, 1817, and the town of Perryville was officially established."
    Person ID I22979  Complete
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2017 

    Family Rachel Porter,   b. Abt. 1735, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt. 1817, Mercer County, Kentucky, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Children 
     1. Ann Porter Harbison,   b. Abt. 1774, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt. 1829, Harbison Station, Mercer County, Kentucky, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F8738  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart