The South Family in Kentucky, Part 1
This history is part of a three page (first page missing) typed anonymous narrative passed down from my Great-Aunt Dr. Lillian H. South Tye to my father The Reverend Robert William Fant South. If anyone recognizes the text as part of a written source, please inform me.
“No biography of a distinguished Kentuckian is complete without a statement of the history of this family. The first of the South family in Kentucky was John South, born in Maryland in 1716, died in what is now Bath County in 1802. He was the grandson of George South, an early Maryland colonist and officer under the Crown. John South was in Kentucky before 1770, for in 1771 he commanded the packhorsemen in the Cherokee Indian Expedition. He served in the Kentucky Militia in the Revolution and took a leading part in the Indian campaigns which formed the rear guard in our struggle for independence. He was in command of the fort at Boonesboro in 1778. In 1779 he was the co-author and signer of the Petition of the Inhabitants of Kentucky to the Virginia Legislature. In 1781 he was surveyor for Lincoln County. He was granted more than one hundred thousand acres of land for his Revolutionary services. Following the Revolution he was commissioned Major in the Eighth Regiment of Kentucky Militia, was Colonel in 1799 and Brigadier-General the same year.
He married Margaret Weldon Drake, Daughter of John Drake of Fayette County, great-great-great-grandnephew of Admiral Sir Francis Drake.
General John South’s eldest son, Lieutenant John South, Jr. was killed at Estill’s Defeat, 1782, unmarried. His name is to be seen on the State Monument in the Cemetery at Frankfort.”
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