Benjamin Gaar (1748-1821) and Margaret Crigler (1759-1806) Married in Madison County, Virginia
Benjamin Gaar was born in Madison County, Virginia, the son of John Adam Gaar and Elizabeth Kaifer, and died in Mercer County, Kentucky. Margaret Crigler was born in Madison County, Virginia, the daughter of Nicholas Crigler and Margaret Kaifer, and died in Madison County, Virginia. Elizabeth and Margaret Kaifer were sisters; therefore, Benjamin Gaar and Margaret Crigler were first cousins. Children of Benjamin Gaar and Margaret Crigler:
• 1820, Mercer County, Kentucky. Benjamin and two others in the household, plus nine slaves.
In 1810 or 1811, Benjamin and his family migrated more than 500 miles from Madison County, Virginia to Mercer County, Kentucky. He married his second wife, Lydia Fowler, in 1815 in Mercer County. His will was recorded in Mercer County in 1821.
Migration from (A) Madison County, Virginia, through the (B) Cumberland Gap, to (C) Mercer County, Kentucky
Thomas Row (1754-1840) and Rachel Keeling (1754-1829)
Married 1774 in Virginia
Thomas and Rachel were born in Gloucester County, Virginia and died in Orange County, Virginia.
Children of Thomas Row and Rachel Keeling:
• William Rowe (1775-1851) married Elizabeth Gaar (1781-1812), Agnes Alcorn • Edmund Row (1777-1797) • Mildred "Milly" Row (1779-1848) married Thomas Gaines (1771-?) • Thomas Keeling Row (1781-1855) married Sarah Overton (1789-1863) • Rachel Row (1783-1855) married William Stribling Berry (1774-1861) • Keeling Row (1785-1869) married Rebecca Dillard, Fanny Brumley, Fannie Bates • Jincy Row (1786-1843) married William Roach • Elizabeth Row (1789-1855) married David Williams • Carlton Row (1790-1820) married Lucy Hardia • Hetty Row (1792-1833) married John "Jehu" Williams (1788-1859) • John Row (1794-1795) • Absalom Row (1796-1855) married Nancy Estes (1799-1873) • Elhanon Row (1798-1874) married Mary "Polly" Dawson Sanders (1798-?)
U.S. Census Records:
• 1820, Orange County, Virginia. Thomas and five others in the household, plus 20 slaves.
• 1830, Orange County, Virginia. Thomas and four others in the household, plus 22 slaves.
On February 23, 1776, Thomas enlisted in the 4th Company of the 5th Virginia Regiment, led by Captain Thomas Gaskins. This regiment served in Virginia until autumn of 1776 when it was transferred to George Washington's Continental Army. Gaskins' Company saw action in 1777 at the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown. Thomas Row is listed as "Private Thomas Wroe" in military records. He mustered out on March 5, 1778.
Thomas acquired 260 acres in Orange County, Virginia in 1779 and lived there the rest of his life. He was a farmer and grist mill operator, and he served the local community as a magistrate, justice of the peace, and sheriff. He was appointed High Sheriff of the region by the governor of Virginia.
The Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia Library has Rachel's Book of Common Prayer including several pages of handwritten notes, which list the names and birthdates of her 13 children, and also give the names and birthdates of 39 slaves born between 1793 and 1839. Click here to see images of this historic document. The Book of Common Prayer is used in Anglican churches and suggests that Thomas and Rachel were of English descent.
After Rachel died, Thomas married Sarah Shadrack, the widow of Thomas Shadrack, in 1829. Thomas Row's 1839 will divided his sizable estate, including his slaves, among his children. His property is near present-day Rows Mill Road, two miles west of Locust Grove, Virginia.
Location of Rows Mill Road near Locust Grove, Virginia
William Springate (1752-1802) and Catherine McCibbon (1755-1810)
William Springate was born in England or Wales and emigrated to America. He lived in Mercer County, Kentucky.
Children of William Springate and Catherine McCibbon:
• Sarah "Sally" Springate married James Egbert (1774-1812) • John Springate married Sarah Egbert • Ann Springate (1780-1855) married Elijah Driskell (1778-1830) • Mary Springate • Lydia Springate married Jacob Bright • Margaret Springate (1783-1860) married James Lyons, John Burks (1780-1856) • William Perry Springate (1791-1865) married Dorcas Gritton (1787-1818), Elizabeth Mann (1794-?)
The 1800 Kentucky census lists William Springate in Mercer County.