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General Samuel South and Kentucky Souths, part 2
Posted by: Patricia South White (ID *****7998) Date: September 16, 2009 at 05:54:57
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General Samuel South and The South Family in Kentucky part 2 (typed narrative from an unknown writer found in materials passed down by my Great Aunt Dr. Lillian H. South Tye of Bowling Green, KY, to my father, The Reverend Robert W. Fant South).
"The second son of General John South was Samuel South, born at the South Manor near Hagerstown, MD, 1769. He was brought to Kentucky by his parents in early childhood. When but twelve years of age, he, with Peter Hackett, performed a heroic feat, glowingly described in Collinsí History of Kentucky. It was at the time of Estillís Defeat when Boonesboro was nearly stripped of its defenders, there being only a few women, old men and children left. When the Indians attacked, it was necessary to get word to the men of the fortís plight. Accordingly, the two boys made their way through the forest and brought back succor. Yet these two lads were hardly old enough to be enrolled in the Boy Scouts of today. This service was a contribution to the American cause in the Revolution. In 1793, Samuel South was commissioned Captain of Kentucky Militia; Major of the Seventh Regiment in 1798; Lieutenant-Colonel of the 35th Regiment in 1799; Colonel in 1800; and Brigadier-General of the 13th Brigade in 1806.
He served in a number of campaigns against the Indians while holding these commissions. In the War of 1812 he commanded the Fifth Kentucky Mounted Volunteers in the Canadian Campaign and was later at the Battle of New Orleans, 1815. From 1800 to 1817 he represented Madison County in the Kentucky Legislature, during which period he was defeated for the speakership by Henry Clay by one vote, the division being on party lines: General South being the Democratic, and Henry Clay, the Whig Candidate.
He was Treasurer of Kentucky from 1818 to 1824. He had just retired from that office at the time of the visit of the Marquis de LaFayette to Frankfort in 1825, and was one of the speakers at the dinner in his honor, held under the trees in the State House yard. His home at the corner of Capitol Square at Broadway and Madison Street is still standing [at the time, unknown, when this narrative was written]. He was living there at the time of the assassination of Attorney General Colonel Solomon P. Sharp by Jereboam O. Beauchamp, one of the most notorious murders of the day. Col. Sharpís residence was the adjourning house, for the State officials usually had their homes on this street, and General Southís testimony was introduced at Beauchampís trial to establish certain circumstances of the killing. General South married Martha Glover, one of the three daughters of John Glover of Fayette County, a soldier of the Revolution, who later served at the Battle of Tippecanoe and was Lieutenant and Quartermaster of Kentucky Troops in the War of 1812. Gen. South was buried in the Glover Graveyard beside his father-in-law. He was an extensive land owner in Madison, Fayette, and other counties, some of the lands being in that part of Madison which is now Breathitt County.
General Samuel South was the father of Dr. John Glover South, who was Deputy Treasurer under his father and died unmarried."


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