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Mar 09 2021


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Early Kentucky Women

Tuesday, March 9 – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Presented by Tom Stephens
“Early Kentucky Women,” explores the pioneer period, and how women coped with the hardships involved in carving homes out of the wilderness, from traveling to Kentucky, to survival methods, to persevering through hardship. Stories include: 1. the celebrated “Women of Bryan Station” of 1782, who gathered water outside the stockade near the newly established Lexington despite their knowledge of an imminent attack; 2. Mrs. John Merrill of Nelson County, who successfully defended her home against a Shawnee hunting party in 1787, earning the name “Long Knife Squaw” in the process; and 3. Margaret “Peggy” Chenoweth, who, despite being tomahawked and scalped in Middletown in 1789, not only lived 36 more years, but bore two children after the attack. Also included are some genealogical insights into frontier-era genealogy, and the difficulty with surnames.
Thomas E. Stephens has been a researcher and published writer for more than three decades, most often on Kentucky subjects. He served as editor of Kentucky Ancestors, genealogical quarterly of the Kentucky Historical Society, from 1995 to 2007. He is the author of three books: First Cats: Amazing Origins of the UK Sports Tradition (which won the Historical Confederation of Kentucky’s 2005 History Award); True Bluegrass Stories: History from the Heart of Kentucky; and Civil War Game-Changers: Kentucky and Kentuckians in America’s Bloodiest Conflict. He has also served as an editor and columnist for The New Voice and Elizabethtown News-Enterprise newspapers and Kentucky Monthly magazine.
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Early Kentucky Women

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