It appears that five Kilgore brothers came from
He is found in Orange Co., NC in 1760’s. He is later found in Robertson Co., TN.
Thomas Kilgore had seven (7) children:
, b. ca. 1720
1.2. Elizabeth Kilgore , b. ca. 1728
1.3. Robert Kilgore O, b. ca. 1735,
1.4. Hiram Kilgore O, b. ca. 1742,
1.5. William Kilgore O, b. ca. 1746,
1.6. James Kilgore O, b. ca. 1748,
1.7. Charles Kilgore O, b.
Five of the sons of Thomas Kilgore
participated in the
, son of Thomas Kilgore
, b. ca. 1735, Kilgory, County of
Clare, Ireland; d. 31 Dec 1782, near Indian Creek, NC, massacred by the Mingo
bur 2 Jan 1873, in the hollow of a chestnut tree near the mouth of Indian Creek,
Indian Creek, NC; m. 1763, Orange Co., NC to Winney Clayton
, daughter of Stephen Clayton
ca. 1705, Ireland; d. ca. 1784], b. Ireland.
on the 1750 Tax List in Granville Co., NC.
July 1754 - Ordered that the following grand Jurors be fined 5/ each
unless they shew reasonable excuse for not appearing towit:
March 1755 – Grand Jury appointed to attend the Superior Court on the
fourth Tuesday in May Next towit:
On Roster List at Lt. Moore’s
Scott Co., VA in Jun 1777
By Judy Cardwell
, husband of Winney Clayton
, was killed in what is now
On December 21, 1782, James Green
and Robert Kilgore
left their hunting camp at the mouth
of Indian Creek and
By first light of the following day, the
militia was on its way far up
1783 – Winney
listed as head of household
1871 – Winney Kilgore
By Luther F. Addington
NOTE: Since this article was written it has been established that Winney Clayton Kilgore was NOT married to Charles Kilgore , but was the wife of his brother, Robert Kilgore , killed by the Indians in 1782.
Rev. Robert Kilgore , affectionately known as Robin , married Mrs. Jane Porter Green in 1785. She was the daughter of Patrick Porter who lived on Fall Creek (near present Dungannon) and built a fort and a gristmill there. She was the widow of James Green who was killed by Indians December 31, 1782[vi].
traditional story has come down to us concerning this Indian killing, but now we
know it is partially untrue. Here is the story as related in the History of
Scott County: "In March 1783 Charles Kilgore
, James Green
, and a man by the name of McKinney left Fort Blackmore and went to the Pound
River (in present Wise County) to hunt, and while there they were surprised by
Indians, and Charles Kilgore, and James Green were killed.
Further proof of James Green 's death at the time cited above is an entry in the court records of Washington County, Virginia, July 15, 1783: "On motion of Patrick Porter (James' father-in-law) administration is granted him on the estate of James Green deceased who made oath thereto and entered into and acknowledged his bond with Samuel Ritchie and John Martin his securities in the sum of one hundred pounds for the faithful administration of the said decedent's estate.[viii]"
nowhere in these records do we have notice of
"January 30, 1929
Mr. Hugh M. Addington
you the Revolutionary War record of this bureau shows that
1820 he was living in
Winfield Scott , Commissioner[ix]."
The fact that Charles Kilgore 's name was not on the 1783 Washington County taxable list but his wife's name Winnie was (error: Winnie was married to Robert Kilgore , brother of Charles), can easily lead one to believe that Charles was actually killed by Indians immediately prior to this date: however, one must take into consideration that Charles could have been away from home and the matter of making a tax report fell to his wife. Jane Porter Green 's name also appears on this list but this is understandable since we know her husband James had been killed by Indians.
By why was not Charles at his home on Fall Creek (near present Dungannon) to take care of the tax report of that year?
guess is that he was in
the 1820 pension payment was the last one made it seems safe to assume that
Charles died about that time. Some genealogists place his death in the year 1823
because in the archives of the Green County Court is a will made in the year
1822 by one Charles Kilgore
. This will (examined by this writer) leaves legacies to sons John M
examination of the book "Virginia Soldiers of the Revolution",
by Burgess shows clearly that the will was made by a different Charles Kilgore
. Even his name had a middle initial J. Therefore, this eliminates
what happened to his real family? We know that Charles, Jr
. the eldest son, moved from the Fall Creek area of
what happened to Winnie and the 400 acre farm Charles owned on Fall Creek? Hugh
in his book, "Charles Kilgore
of King's Mountain" says Winnie
died in 1784. He does not document the statement. Where did she die? In the
bounds of present
seems that all of
Robert Kilgore married Jane Porter Green in 1785[x] and began to look for a place to call home for her and her son James Green Jr , born February 12, 1783[xi].
As a girl Jane had lived in her father's forthouse called Porter's Fort, situated about a mile up from the mouth of Fall Creek, on the western side.
Therefore it is likely that Jane, having lived during her girlhood in the Porter forthouse and since her husband James Green had been killed by Indians, insisted that her new home be a forthouse.
that is what Robert Kilgore
did, build a forthouse. He built it
near Copper Creek one and a half miles southwest of a cluster of houses, which
later, with coming of James Nickels
This house was built in the year 1786[xiii] of hewn logs and the cracks between them chinked with limestone. In case of Indian attack the inmates could go upstairs, and let down a trap door over the stairway. Three port holes, one in the west end and one in each side, made it possible to shoot out at Indians should any ever appear.
said that the house was never attacked, however a band of
the years the house deteriorated. So long as a roof was kept on it the interior
remained in fairly good condition, but of recent years the roof was neglected
and the whole structure rapidly went to ruin. The big chimney began to slump and
shatter. Then fortunately the
Now we come to Rev. Robert Kilgore , the builder of the forthouse. There is a mystery about his ancestry, which came to light only recently.
book, "Charles Kilgore
of King's Mountain",
Hugh M. Addington
placed Robert in Charles, Sr.'s list
of children as number two. But
, age 88, died May 29, 1854. Residence: Copper Creek, Place of Birth: unknown;
Parents: Robert and Milly Kilgore. Reported by his son
This leads us to believe that Rev. Robert was not the son of Charles, Sr., as has been assumed, but instead the son of Robert, who was a brother of Charles.
This we know about the elder Robert; he acquired 41 acres of land near Clinch River in 1772 and settled on it.[xiv] (9) It was probably in the Fall Creek area where a year later his brother Charles settled.
It seems quite logical for us to believe that Robert, Jr., or may we say Robert III who made the death entry would surely have known his grandfather's and grandmother's names. Had they been Charles and Winnie he would have said so.
The last time we find Robert the settler's name in print is on the Virginia tax report 1782. But after that he vanishes. Could it be possible that he went with his brother Charles into North Carolina (now Tennessee)?
Rev. Robert Kilgore of the forthouse was known far beyond his residence as a minister in the Regular Baptist church. He began his ministry at the Regular Primitive Baptist Church on Copper Creek two miles east of Nickelsville where he was one of the original members[xv]. At that time the meetings were held in dwelling houses and sometimes in the Good Intent schoolhouse. It was here that Rev. Robin was ordained to preach April 16, 1808[xvi]. Later he often held services at the forthouse. It was here between the dates of 1815 and 1853 that he performed wedding ceremonies for 285 couples[xvii].
And here at his beloved forthouse he died May 29, 1854. His wife Jane Porter Green had preceded him in death by 12 years[xviii]. (14) They were buried in the Nickelsville Cemetery. An emblem on Rev. Robin's stone shows he was a mason. In all probability he first joined the masons at a lodge held in the loft of the old gristmill on Fall Creek, for as a young man he lived in that vicinity.
Winney (Clayton) Kilgore
seven (7) children:
, b. bet.
1760-1770, Orange Co., NC; d. bet. 1841-1845, TN; m. Rebecca Salyer
, b. bet
1770-1780; d. bet. 1846-1850, TN
1.2. Charles Kilgore Jr . O, b. 4 Jan 1764, Orange Co., NC; d. 28 Nov 1844, Daviess Co., NC; bur. Kilgore Cemetery, SW of Raglesville, Indiana; m. ca. 1795-1828 to Avarilla Simpson , b. 28 Feb 1766, Orange Co., NC; d. 1 Jun 1857, Daviess Co., NC; bur. Kilgore Cemetery, SW of Raglesville, Indiana. Charles Kilgore, Jr. served during the Revolutionary War as a private in Capt. Cowan’s VA Troops.
1.3. Rev. Robert ‘Robin’ Kilgore Jr , b. ca. 1765, Orange Co., NC; d. 29 May[xix]1864, Indiana[xx]; m. Jane Porter-Green .
1.4. Esther Kilgore , b. c. 1763; d. ca. 1833; m. c. 1783 to Lewis Green Jr . b. 5 May 1751, Virginia; d. 1835.
1.5. William Kilgore, b. ca. 1769, Orange Co., NC; d. ca. 1857; m. Virginia Jane Osborne , b. ca. 1776; d. ca. 1851.
1.6. Hiram Kilgore , b. ca. 1771, Orange Co., NC; d. 1 Apr 1851, Scott Co., VA[xxi]; m. Rebecca Renfro .
1.7. Ralph Kilgore Sr . , b. ca. 1773, Orange Co., NC; d. 1849[xxii]; m. Nancy Gray .
4. Hiram Kilgore, son of Thomas Kilgore, m. to Miss Unknown.
Hiram & Miss (Unknown) Kilgore had:
4.1. Matilda Kilgore, m. to Gottlieb Byrer
William Kilgore, son of Thomas Kilgore
, b. ca. 1746, Ireland; d. 1790, Greene
Co., GA; m. to Sarah Unknown
In Jun 1753, William Kilgore is a member of the Jury in the matter of the King vs. Robert Patterson & wife:
The King against Robert Patterson
his wife: Issue of Traverse.
And the said Robert Patterson by his Attorney Comes & Defends the
fource & Injury when & where &c. & saith he is not guilty of the
trespass laid against him in the Inditment (sic) & of this he puts himself
upon the Country wherefore let a Jury come to recognize & c.
The same day came the parties by their Attorneys whereupon came also thea
Jury towit: Giles Tillet
, John Grice
, Johnn West
, Alexander West
, Thomas Saxton
, Daniel Stilwell
, Joseph Boring
, Henry Reynolds
, William Wilson
, Joseph Person
, Bosswell Brashear
being Elected tried & sworn the truth to say, on the Issue fo Traverse
between our Sovereign Lord the King, and Robert Patterson and his wife upon
their Oath do say that the defendants are not Guilty in Manner & form
Charged against them in the bill of Inditement and on motion of the Attorney for
the defendants to said Verdit (sic)is ordered to be Recorded.[xxiii]
Jun 1753 – The following Jurors being impaneled and sworn towit: 1.
, 2. David Steel
, 3. John West, 4. Alexander West
, 5. Thomas Saxton
, 6. Daniel Stilwell
, 7. Joseph Boring
, 8. Robert Tate
, 9. William Wilson
, 10. Joseph Person
, 11. Braswell Brashear, 12. William
, To try the Issue Joined between
and Thomas Mathews
withdrew and in a short time returned there Verdict in these words we find for
the Plaintiff £2:17:4 with Costs and on motion of the Plaintiffs Attorney the
Verdict Ordered to be Recorded. Motion
in arrest of Judgment made by Mr. Underhill
Fought under Colonel Elijah Clark
Battle of Kings Mountain on 7 Oct 1780
This theory [no proof just
theory] is my own based on the following information gleaned from the Internet.
It plausible that William Kilgore
have gone onto Georgia together with his nephew Ralph Kilgore. - JPS
In 1755, William Killgore Sr , petitioned for and received 200 acres of land at the mouth of Fishing Creek, about 60 miles north of Augusta, Georgia. Where he came from, we don't know. We believe he may have come from North Carolina. Another Killgore, Ralph , arrived about the same time. We believe he and William may have been brothers. William and his wife, Sarah , eventually had seven children: Elizabeth , Hannah , Robert , John , William Jr. , Sarah , and Mary Ann . William Killgore Sr. fought in the Revolutionary War under Colonel Elijah Clark , and died in 1790 in Greene County, Georgia.
William & Sarah (Unknown) Killgore Sr had seven (7) children:
William Killgore Jr
b. ca. 1759; d. 1812, Putnam Co., GA; m. 1791, Greene Co., GA to Anne
Higginbotham; m 2nd Putnam Co., GA to Celia M. Roney
5.2. Elizabeth Killgore[xxvii]
5.3. Hannah Killgore [xxviii]
5.4. Robert Greer Killgore [xxix], b. ca. 1794; d. 1879, Haralson Co., GA; bur. In the “family burying ground”, Haralson Co., GA; m 1st Mary “Polly” Maroney ; m 2nd 1849, Haralson Co., GA to Elizabeth Tally . He served in the Georgia Militia in the War of 1812. He then migrated to Haralson Co., GA. Robert Greer Killgore fathered 21 children by his two wives.
5.5. John Killgore [xxx]
5.6. Sarah Killgore [xxxi]
5.7. Mary Ann Killgore [xxxii]
Charles Kilgore, son of Thomas Kilgore, b. Ireland; m. to Martha McEllhaney
Green Co., TN proved 1 Jul 1823
To wife Martha
, a Negro girl Phyllis
Two Negroes unreasonably held by Joseph Walker ... (names not mentioned)
To Mary Culbertson one Negro girl Delila
To Rebecca Sherrill (Adam) two Negro girls Hester and Sibelia
To Martha Walker (Daniel) two Negro girls Peg and Kate
To William Kilgore Negro woman Nance
To John Kilgore my Negro boy Elisha
To Sarah Smith Henderson (Samuel) Negro boy Allen
To son-in-law Joseph Walker Negro boy George
To James Kilgore Negro boy Jerry .
Pvt. In Capt. Cowan’s
Battle of Kings Mountain on 7 Oct 1780
On the roster list at Lt. Moore’s
In pension list of
Greene Co., TN in 1820, Charles is listed as an invalid with an allowance of $48
Martha (Unknown) Kilgore
six (6) children:
, m. to Mr. Culbertson
7.2. Rebecca Kilgore , m. to Adam Sherrill
7.3. Martha Kilgore , m. to Joseph Walker
7.4. William Kilgore , b. ca. 1771, Orange Co., NC; m. 1796, Greene Co., TN to Jane Henderson .
7.5. John Kilgore
7.6. Sarah Smith Kilgore, m. to Samuel Henderson
7.7. James Kilgore
3.3. Rev. Robert
‘Robin’ Kilgore Jr
son of Robert & Winney (Clayton) Kilgore
, b. ca. 1765, Orange Co., NC; d. 29
m. Jane Porter-Green
Rev. Robert “Robin” & Jane (Porter-Green) Kilgore had eight (8) children[xxxvii]:
, m. to Polly Grey
3.3.2. Susan Kilgore , m. to Peter Bays
3.3.3. Robert Kilgore , m. to Elizabeth Grey
3.3.4. Jane Kilgore , m. to William Bays
3.3.5. Winnie Kilgore , m. to John Broadwater
3.3.6. Nancy Kilgore , m 1st to Mr. Unknown ; m 2nd to Mr. Unknown.
3.3.7. Anna Kilgore , m. to Trig Penfelton
3.3.8. Mary Kilgore , m. William Moore
Ester/Easter Kilgore, daughter of Robert & Winney
, b. c. 1763; d. ca. 1833; m. c. 1783
to Lewis Green, Jr.
, son of Lewis Green, Sr.
, b. 5 May 1751, Virginia; d. 1835.
They lived in
Scott Co., VA
Ester (Kilgore) Green
ten (10) children:
3.4.2. Elijah Green
3.4.3. Mary Ruth Green , m. 15 Dec 1806, to Richard Wilson .
3.4.4. William Green . Served in the War of 1812
3.4.5. Elisha Green , m. Jun 1813 to Nancy Bingham
3.4.6. Sarah/Sally Green , m 1st 21 Nov 1815 to William Bingham ; m 2nd to Mr. Hendricks .
3.4.7. Elizabeth Green .
3.4.8. Ester Green .
3.4.9. Lewis Green Jr. , m. to Letty Arnett .
3.4.10. Robert Green , b. 1808, Harlan County, KY; m. to Ely Ann Drake .
William Kilgore, son of Robert & Winney (Clayton) Kilgore, b. ca.
1769, Orange Co., NC; d. ca. 1857; m. Virginia Jane Osborne
, b. ca. 1776; d. ca. 1851.
Virginia Jane (Osborne) Kilgore
ten (10) children [xxxviii]:
3.5.2. Jimimi Kilgore
3.5.3. Jane Kilgore
3.5.4. Sarah Kilgore
3.5.5. William Kilgore
3.5.6. Clayton Kilgore
3.5.7. Elizabeth Kilgore
3.5.8. Comfort Kilgore
3.5.9. Robert Kilgore
3.5.10. Malinda Kilgore
Hiram Kilgore, son of Robert & Winney (Clayton) Kilgore
, b. ca. 1771, Orange Co., NC; d. 1 Apr
1851, Scott Co., VA[xxxix];
m. Rebecca Renfro
Rebecca (Renfro) Kilgore
eleven (11) children[xl]:
3.1.2. Martha Kilgore
3.1.3. Sallie Kilgore
3.1.4. James Kilgore
3.1.5. Polly Kilgore
3.1.6. Rebecca Kilgore
3.1.7. John Kilgore
3.1.8. Stephen Kilgore
3.1.9. Alice Kilgore
3.1.10. Rhoda Kilgore
3.1.11. Winnie Kilgore
Ralph Kilgore Sr, son of Robert & Winney (Clayton)
Kilgore, b. ca. 1773, Orange Co., NC; d. 1849[xli];
m. Nancy Gray
Ralph Kilgore Sr. may have gone to Georgia[xlii].
Ralph & Nancy (Gray) Kilgore Sr. had eight (8) children[xliii]:
3.7.2. William Kilgore
3.7.3. Ralph Kilgore
3.7.4. Winnie Kilgore
3.7.5. Burdine Kilgore
3.7.6. Robert Kilgore
3.7.7. Martha Kilgore
3.7.8. Kilgore Elizabeth
5.1. William Killgore Jr . [xliv], son of William & Sarah (Unknown) Killgore Sr, b. ca. 1759; d. 1812, Putnam Co., GA; m. 1791, Greene Co., GA to Anne Higginbotham; m 2nd Putnam Co., GA to Celia M. Roney .
William & his wives Kilgore had six (6) children:
5.1.2. Joseph Kilgore
5.1.3. William Kilgore
5.1.4. Samuel Kilgore
5.1.5. Thursey Kilgore
5.1.6. Simeon Killgore
The Name and Family of Kilgore, by Media Research Bureau and
Earl Henderson Kilgore, found on line at http://www.jkilgo.com/NameAnd.asp
 The Kilgore Family In Georgia compiled by Allen D. Atkinson , found on the web at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~allenatk/kilgen.htm (2/04)
[iii] From Kris Riffey – email@example.com - e-mail dated 12 Jul 2000
[iv] “Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes 1752-1761”, © 1991, Weynette Parks Haun, p. 24 (p. 75 in Court Records).
[v] “Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes 1752-1761”, © 1991, Weynette Parks Haun, p. 33 (p. 104 in Court Records).
[vi] In the Russell County, Virginia courthouse, order book No. 3, page 266. Entered 1803. Ordered to be certified to the registrar of the land office that it is proved by this court that James Green who is the son and heir at law of James Green who was killed by the savages December 31, 1782 and that said James Green the younger was born February 12, 1783.
[vii] Addington, R. M., History of Scott County, Virginia, p. 303.
[viii] Summers, Lew, Annals of
[ix] Charles Kilgore pension statement, number S699
[x] Addington, H. M., Charles Kilgore of King's Mountain, p. 141.
[xi] Russell County, Virginia, Order Book No. 3, p. 266.
[xii - xiii] Addington, H. M. op. Cit., p. 141
[xiv] Summers, Louis, op. Cit., p. 1225
[xv - xvi] Copy of original Copper Creek Primitive Baptist minute book, p. 1, Date 1807.
[xvii] Addington, H. M., op. Cit., p. 142
[xviii] Robert Kilgore , Jr.'s statement in death register at Gate City; Addington, H. M., op. Cit., p. 18
[xix - xxii] “Wheatly and other related families of Southwestern “Old”
[xxiii] “Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes 1752-1761”, © 1991, Weynette Parks Haun, p. 7 (p. 18 in Court Records).
[xxiv - xxxii] The Kilgore Family In Georgia compiled by Allen D. Atkinson , found on the web at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~allenatk/kilgen.htm (2/04)
[xxxiii] The Nickels Family History” compiled by Charles F. Nickels on the web at http://www.clinchmountainhome.com/Nickels/kilgore.html (2/04)
[xxxiv] The Name and Family of Kilgore, by Media Research Bureau and Earl Henderson Kilgore, found on line at http://www.jkilgo.com/NameAnd.asp (2/04)
[xxxv - xxxvi] “Wheatly and other related families of Southwestern “Old” Virginia’ compiled by Roger Wheatly on the web at http://wepages.charter.net/pcxprt (2/04)
[xxxvii - xxxviii] The Name and Family of Kilgore, by Media Research Bureau and Earl Henderson Kilgore, found on line at http://www.jkilgo.com/NameAnd.asp (2/04)
[xxxix] “Wheatly and other related families of Southwestern “Old” Virginia’ compiled by Roger Wheatly on the web at http://wepages.charter.net/pcxprt (2/04)
[xl] The Name and Family of Kilgore, by Media Research Bureau and Earl Henderson Kilgore, found on line at http://www.jkilgo.com/NameAnd.asp (2/04)
[xli] “Wheatly and other related families of Southwestern “Old” Virginia’ compiled by Roger Wheatly on the web at http://wepages.charter.net/pcxprt (2/04)
[xlii] The Kilgore Family In Georgia compiled by Allen D. Atkinson , found on the web at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~allenatk/kilgen.htm (2/04)
[xliii] The Name and Family of Kilgore, by Media Research Bureau and Earl Henderson Kilgore, found on line at http://www.jkilgo.com/NameAnd.asp (2/04)
[xliv] The Kilgore Family In Georgia compiled by Allen D. Atkinson , found on the web at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~allenatk/kilgen.htm (2/04)