Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fayette County KY Sons of the Military #genealogy #kentuckypioneers

Fayette County Sons of the Military

Map of Indian TribesWilliam Russell, born in 1758, the son of General William and Tabitha Russell of Culpeper County, Virginia. In 1774 he joined one of the expeditions of Daniel Boone into Powell Valley against the Shawnee Indians. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, he served as an aide to Colonel William Campbell and fought at Kings Mountain, Whitsell Mills and Guilford Court House. After the war, he removed to Fayette County, Kentucky and settled on land which his father had received for military service. He participated in several expeditions under Generals James Wilkinson, Charles Scott and Anthony Wayne during 1791 and 1794 along the Wabash and Maumee Rivers in the Northwest Territory. Russell served in the Virginia Legislature and House until about 1823. In 1808, President James Madison appointed Russell as Colonel of the 7th Infantry Regiment in the regular army and fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe against the Shawnee. In 1812 he was appointed to the supreme command of the Army of the Northw3est, commanding the frontiers of Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Afterwards, retired to his farm in Fayette County. Source: Kentucky Encyclopedia by John E. Kleber. 

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