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14. Rebecca FRYE.
Rebecca married Joseph FORMAN.
They had one child:

i. Catherine Eliza.

Catherine Eliza married David R. COX.

Family of Henry FRYE (7) & Fanny LITTLER

15. Benjamin FRYE. Born in 1774. Benjamin died in 1840; he was 66.
Benjamin married Mary FRYE.
They had the following children:

i. Abraham W.

30 ii. Benjamin Powell (1820-1890)

31 iii. Isaac L.

16. Henry FRYE.
Henry married Hannah.
They had one child:

32 i. Henry Westfall

Family of Joseph FRY (8) & Ann FUNK

17. Benjamin FRY.
Benjamin married Mary Magdaline SECRIST.
They had one child:

33 i. Benjamin (1791-1867)

Family of Samuel FRYE (9) & Christina SPEERS

18. Luke FRYE. Born in 1793. Luke died in 1821; he was 28.
Luke married Mary WEST.
They had one child:

34 i. West

19. Elizabeth FRYE.
Elizabeth married Frederick COOPER.
They had one child:

35 i. Rachel

Seventh Generation


Family of Elizabeth FREY/FRYE (10) & Jacob KELLER

20. Abraham KELLER. Born in 1777 in Pennsylvania. Abraham died in 1834; he was 57.
In 1799 when Abraham was 22, he married Margaret ANDERSON, daughter of William ANDERSON (1753-1830) & Elizabeth HINKSON (-ca1790). Born in 1784. Margaret died in 1866; she was 82.
They had the following children:

i. Abraham (1809-1876)

ii. Solomon (1803-)

iii. Nancy (1821-1886)

iv. Jacob (1799-ca1877)

v. Elizabeth

vi. Rebecca

vii. Minerva

viii. Margaret “Peggy”

ix. John

x. Joseph

xi. Isaac (~1824-)

Family of Elizabeth FREY/FRYE (10) & Henry EWALT

21. Sarah "Sallie" EWALT. Born on April 16, 1783 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Sarah "Sallie" died in Bourbon County, Kentucky on September 13, 1837; she was 54.

Nicknamed "Sally." Sarah Ewalt b. 16 APR 1783, Bedford, PA, ref: HJZ5-LD, m. 6 Sep 1803, in Bourbon County, Kentucky,S2T Joseph Shawhan, b. 12 SEP 1781, (son of Daniel Shawhan and Margaret Bell) ref: HJZ2-S1,S1T d. 15 SEP 1871, Bourbon Co. , KY. Sarah died 13 SEP 1837, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

On September 6, 1803 when Sarah "Sallie" was 20, she married Joseph SHAWHAN, son of Daniel SHAWHAN Jr. (1738-1791) & Margaret Fry BELL (1742->1830), in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Born on September 12, 1781 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. in 1812 Colonel Indiana War of 1812. Joseph died in Bourbon County, Kentucky on September 15, 1871; he was 90.
This old stone house on the Edgewater Pike six miles from Cynthiana, was built by Joseph Shawhan. In 1788, at the age of seven, he came to Kentucky from Pennsylvania with his parents. His father, Daniel Shawhan, stopped at the spring back of Mt. Carmel Church, decided it was the best water he ever tasted and that he would build a distillery on the spot, which he did.
Daniel settled near Mt. Carmel, where he lived with his wife and eight children. He died before his children were grown, and Joseph and John came into Harrison County when quite young, both later becoming vast land owners in the county. (John was the great-grandfather of Mr. Jim Shawhan, now one of Cynthiana's most venerable citizens).
Joseph married Sarah Ewalt in 1800, fought in the War of 1812, then built this old house in 1816. His children were: Henry (who later became the first president of The National Bank), John, Daniel, Margaret (Mrs. Pugh Miller), Rebecca (Mrs. Wesley Hoggins) and Sarah (Mrs. John Lail). The old house had three separate doors and three stairways, a convenient arrangement when several of his married children lived with him for a time.

Joseph was quite a boy, according to Collins History which says, "He was the largest landholder of fine and costly lands in cultivation, reckoning by the number of acres, in Kentucky, and probably in America. He used to take flat boats with produce from the mouth of the Beaver on Licking River to the foreign port of New Orleans and travel back on foot through the Indian nation and wilderness with proceeds of the boat and cargo in Spanish doubloons and 'milled dollars' jingling in the pouch slung from a stick on his shoulder."

He was a self-made man with little if any formal education. He said that he began supporting himself when he was nine years old. Like his father, he was one of the first makers of "Bourbon County" whiskey, and during his lifetime operated a large and profitable distilling business in addition to his vast land holdings. He was a small, stockily built man very shrewd, energetic and alert, and not much inclined to take orders. One of his favorite sayings was, "Believe nothing you hear and damn little you see." Once during the Civil War, when he was riding home from Paris, he was stopped near the town by Federal troops stationed there to maintain martial law, and ordered to take off his spurs. He rude on, ignoring the order, but the officer in charge told the men not to shoot "the old fool," and he went on home without further interference.
He was always keenly interested in all the details of his business operations, and his great-grandson said that it was his habit when he was a very old man to climb up on a stack of straw he was buying and tramp it to be sure it was sound.
He represented Harrison County several times in the Legislature.
Besides his business interests, he was a great reader of the newspapers and all the books he could collect. He liked oil lamps with no chimneys which he placed between himself and his paper or book on a small table when he read.
He died in 1871, aged 90 years and 3 days. He was a most inveterate lover of horses and horse racing, having gone to the Lexington races, both spring and fall meetings, whenever held, since 1800. For 71 years, since his 19th year, this passion for racing and witnessing races had grown upon him; and he lost his life from an accident while returning from the great race won by the horse Longfellow. He was driving a young, nervous horse, and when he reached a woods not far from his home a storm came up and his horse became frightened. He unhitched it and mounted it to ride, but the horse was so frightened it threw him, injuring him fatally.

A handsome portrait of the old gentleman hangs in the home of Mrs. Agnes McDowell, his great-great-granddaughter. His only other direct descendants in the county are Elizabeth and Agnes McDowell, Susan Miller, Mrs. Dewey Kuster Jr., Mrs. Anna Sue Waits and Margaret Waits. Mr. Jim Shawhan is a great-nephew and Mrs. C. L. Robinson of Cynthiana and Miami Beach, is a great-great-niece.

After the death of Joseph Shawhan, the old house was owned by the following: John Snell Shawhan, his son, (1871-1882), Mrs. Thomas Worthington (1882-1923), R. D. Worthington (1923-1928), Mrs. Robert Lyne (1928-1935), Charles Bova (1935-1938), John Lang (1938-1942), Noah Florence (1942-1943), Ross Pepper Jr. (1943-1957). Mrs. Worthington, a widow, reared her children, Bessie and Robert D. in the old place.

After the Worthingtons, so far as we know, none of the owners lived in the old house, but lived instead, in the present Ross Pepper Jr. home on the New Lair Pike about half a mile away on the same farm.

Ross Pepper Jr. has recently torn down the log section of the house, the fireplace of which shows in the picture.


He came to Kentucky with his father, Daniel , in 1788; and after his father's death in 1791, made his home with his widowed mother, his brother John and his unmarried sisters. In 1816 he was in Harrison County, first having been in Maysville. {Madsen, p. 26; NDN, p. 64}
"He was a member of the Kentucky Legislature in 1844-7 and 1857-61. The assessment books of Harrison County show that he owned 2500 acres of the blue grass land, 3500 acres in all, in Harrison and Bourbon Counties. He was a great lover of [racing] horses, as were all male members of his family, and attended the Lexington races since 1800; for 71 years this passion for racing had grown, and the last race he attended was in 1871…the race of "Longfellow" (Collins History of Kentucky, Volume II). Returning home, he was thrown from his horse and killed. Collins History of Kentucky Volume I/217 states: 'September 15, 1871, Joseph Shawhan; death by being thrown from his horse while returning from the Lexington races, aged 90 years and 3 days, the oldest turfman in Ky., and a farmer of 3600 acres of bluegrass land in Harrison and Bourbon Counties. He and his father emigrated from western Pennsylvania, and were the first among the makers of whiskey that was given the name "Bourbon" for Bourbon County. He used to take flatboats with produce from the mouth of the Beaver on Licking River to the foreign port of New Orleans and travel back on foot through Indian nations and wilderness with proceeds of the boat and cargo in Spanish doubloons and "milled dollars" jingling in his pockets and from a pouch slung from a stick on his shoulder.'" (See also Armstrong's Biography and Encyclopedia of Kentucky, 1876, p. 278; and Alleghany County, Pa., Volume II/426, Warner). {Madsen, pp. 26-27}
NOTE: The town of "Shawhan" (originally known as "Shawhan's Station" after a railroad shipping point of the Kentucky Central Railroad through land donated by Joseph and his son Daniel) is still occupied and shown on maps as of this writing (1983). When recently visited by the author, it consisted of about 10 homes, a General Store under the proprietor, Lucius Moreland, and the "Shawhan Baptist Church" with a cornerstone dated 1859. The town still lies across a railroad feeder line and can be reached by driving north from Paris, Ky., for a few miles on U.S. Route 27, then taking a road intersecting from the right (east). {R.T. Shawhan, p. 8}
Excerpt from "Kentuckian," a Paris, Kentucky, newspaper: "Jo Shawhan Sr., has laid out a mile track on that portion of his 2,800 acres of land, lies in this county whereupon the Cynthiana News says: "Jo Shawhan has now 2,800 acres in Bourbon. We only claimed a portion, as the reader can see. Uncle Jo is here as we write this and says that he has now 3,370 acres of land; that 2,450 acres lie in Harrison, 500 acres in Bourbon and 360 in Scott. His home place lays on either side of the Bourbon and Harrison line, his residence being in Harrison within a few yards of the line. His lands lands with the exception of 200 or 300 acres below Cynthiana, are among the best in the three counties. He recently exchanged Bourbon land for Scott land in order to get clear of our railroad taxes. April 27 1870."
Article from the "Kentuckian," a Paris, Kentucky newspaper:
About 1796 Daniel Shawhan with a large family traveled from Pennsylvania in a covered wagon bringing his copper still and settled in Shawhan. His harvest was great and he manufactured the "Bourbon" whiskey. He located on the Townsend Valley Road and later his still was near Shawhan, the old railroad from here. He died and two sons Joseph and Daniel carried on the trade. His property value grew to around a quarter of a million dollars. His partner was H.C.Bowen and T.E. Moore who later married his grand daughter.
In Pennsylvania they called whisky "Monougahela," it being called after the county in which it was manufactured. SHAWHAN, following the same example, called the whisky manufactured by him after the county in which his new home was situated, "Bourbon."
It was the first whisky ever manufactured in Kentucky or in the Mississippi Valley.
The third year out the father died, and it then devolved upon his son Joseph to carry on the business. He being industrious, their little farm was soon extended, and assumed respectable size. The excellency of his whiskies soon gave him a wide reputation, and the large emigration kept up a heavier demand than could be supplied. He though, bent his energies to his work, increased his capacity as a distiller, and "Bourbon" soon became a household word.
Joseph Shawhan recently died at the age of 85. He left property valued at upwards of a quarter of a million of dollars.
The emigrant from Pennsylvania was Daniel Shawhan, father of the late Joseph Shawhan, who died at the age of 90 years, from being thrown from a horse. At the time of receiving the injury he was quite vigorous, and in the enjoyment of good health, looking as if he might live many more years. His relatives still produce the same quality of hand-made fire copper and Bourbon as originally.
T.E. Moore who married Joseph Shawhan's granddaughter, in connection with his partner, H.C. Bowen, is largely engaged in the distilling business at Shawhan, Bourbon County, Ky, as is also Mr. J. Snell Shawhan, a grandson of Joseph Shawhan, and many others in Bourbon, which still maintains their reputation for distilling pure Bourbon and Rye whiskies. Editor Kentuckian, November 25 1885.
DANIEL SHAWHAN born 1738 and Died 1791.


The following description of the little town of Shawhan, Ky., was sent to me by Ms. Patty Biddle, from the Duncan Tavern Historical Library, Paris, Ky. Ms. Biddle included the original hand-written document (author ). Reference to "James" Shawhan is obviously Daniel Shawhan (1738-1791).--Bob Francis
James Shawhan, his sons Joseph and Daniel carried on the whiskey trade. His property value grew to a quarter of a million dollars. His partners were H.C. Bowen and T.E. Moore. The George Pugh distillery on the edge of Harrison and Bourbon Counties was down the L & N R.R. Bridge near the Townsend and Licking River.
Shawhan had toll gates at the Larue Road, Ruddles Mills, and Cynthiana and Paris Roads. Other improvements were two railroads, built by L & N. Improvements were a R.R. crossing signal, a wooden bridge overpass, and finally a concrete bridge. Shawhan had three stores (W.O. Crombie, H.H. Kriegel, Ed Ralls, George Tate, Joe and Leila Smith, Lucius Moreland), a barber, garage, depot with services (ticket agents John Kiser, V.E. Price), a post master (EdRalls) and P.M. Mistress (Mrs. Joe Smith), a telegraph operator, 2 coal operators, (Arthur Hendricks, R.R. Lail), section foremen (J.W. Farmer, Harrison Dean, and Bill Owens), telephone exchange (Mrs. McClure and Mrs. Menmae), doctors (J.W. Ferguson, Knox, Smith, G.Rankin and H.B. Anderson), school house, church, and loading chutes for shipping stock, and slaughter pen (at Lail's) and blacksmith shop (Dick Doty).
Shawhan Masonic Lodge and Grangers met upstairs at one store. The community at one time had a small dance pavillion in the woods with gasoline lights and music furnished by banjo and violin. There is an old cemetery. There were three black families, Russell Bland, Frank Lindsay and Mr. Ayres. There are beautiful historical homes. Population now is 200. First church was small wooden structure costing $600 and organized by Bishop Forsythe in 1863 called "The Shawhan Presbyterian Church". Later a stone church donated by Mrs. J.W. Dazelle was built by members in Gothic style with stained windows depicting Bible scenes. These are in memory of Davis heirs, and completed in 1937. Mrs. Woodford Clark, of Shawhan, who sent this information, is a descendant of the Davis family.
First school was started in this precinct in a log cabin on Henry David's place and taught by James Lafferty. Later a school was built near the church. Children walked or drove ponies and - used stalls at the school. There was a 30 day summer school with paying pupils.
There were 2 small pox cases. The church was closed as few attended and they shared ministers with Millersburg Presbyterian Church. The Baptists have reopened it with Bro. McCauley. The school was moved to Ruddles Mills, then divided among the schools at Millersburg, Paris, or Bourbon County. There used to be a Volunteer Fire Department but they now have a fire siren and depend on Paris Fire Department.
For amusement, there used to be camp meetings in tents, circuses from the Chatauqua, ice skating, candy pulling parties, dances, card games, such as Euchre, Rook, and checkers. It is still a nice friendly neighborhood. We have had many people leave as ministers, Doctors, nurses, teachers, mechanics, electricians, construction workers, and bankers. We had no street names, but nick names such as "Tin Can Alley," "Frogtown," and "Cedars".
Shawhan has a Constable, School Board Member and a Magistrate.
Uncle Joe Shawhan told of a Spears Distillery in 1790.
Shawhan was settled about 1796.
Boundary of Shawhan was from near Rudd1es Fort to the Mt. Carmel Road. (This must mean Shawhan precinct). The settlement of Shawhan is near the present day Harrison County line, and many residents are on Harrison County mail routes. An errly church which was the hub of the cammunity has been revitalized and is located along the old Kentucky Central Railroad, later acquired by the L & N R.R.
SHAWHAN was named for the James (Daniel) Shawhan family who traveled fram Pennsylvania in a covered wagon bringing his copper still. The corn harvest was great and he manufactured the "Bourbon" whiskey. He settled on the Townsend Valley Road and later had his still near Shawhan up the old railroad.
They had the following children:

i. Joseph (Illegitimate) (~1798-<1860)

ii. Henry Ewalt (1805-1882)

iii. Sarah Elizabeth "Betsey" (1807-)

iv. John (1811-1862)

v. Margaret (1812->1888)

vi. Rebecca (1817-)

vii. William B. (1821-1859)

viii. Daniel (1823-)
22. Mary S. “Polly” EWALT. Born on August 28, 1785 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Mary S. “Polly” died in 1868; she was 82.
On September 10, 1806 when Mary S. “Polly” was 21, she married Hugh MILLER, son of Hugh MILLER (-1807), in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Born on November 12, 1774 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Hugh died in Killed by a horse. in 1821; he was 46.
They had the following children:

i. Hugh (1808-)

ii. Henry (1809-)

iii. William H. (1812-)

iv. Polly Ann (1814-)

v. James (1817-ca1899)

vi. Elizabeth E. (1819-)

vii. Margaret J. (1822-)

23. Rebecca EWALT. Born on November 28, 1787 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Rebecca died in Pike County, Missouri on October 1, 1861; she was 73.

On September 11, 1808 when Rebecca was 20, she first married John RAVENSCRAFT, son of Thomas RAVENSCRAFT (1750-1827) & Margaret “Peggy” HINKSON (~1770-). Born after 1786. [3] John died in 1813; he was 27.

Researcher John Ravenscraft lists Sally Milton as wife of John Ravenscraft. [4]
They had the following children:

i. Julia Sarah “Sallie” [5] (1808-1879)

ii. Elizabeth “Betsy” (1812-)

iii. Milton

On August 8, 1824 when Rebecca was 36, she second married John McCUNE, son of William McCUNE (1751-1830) & Elizabeth McCLINTOCK (?) (ca1738-ca1795), in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Born on June 15, 1772 in Pennsylvania. [6] John died in Pike County, Missouri on January 31, 1852; he was 79.
They had the following children:

i. Henry Ewalt [7] (1825-1912)

ii. Joseph D. (1828-1888)

iii. Rebecca (1831-)

24. John EWALT. Born in 1789 in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. John died in Bourbon County, Kentucky on August 21, 1857; he was 68. Buried in Ruddle’s Mills Cemetery.
FAMILY HISTORY: The only record of marriage for this John Ewalt and Elizabeth was the following Bond: (Sent by County Clerk) Harrison County Record CYNTHIANA, Harrison Co. , KY.

620, John Ewalt to Elizabeth Ravenscraft, issued July 3, 1809 No return


Know all men by these presents that we John Ewalt and Benjamin Fry are held and firmly bound unto Charles Scott Exqr. Governor of Kentucky in the Just and Full sum of Fifty pounds Current Money of Kentucky & for payment well and truly to be made & done to our sd Governor his successors &c. we bind ourselves and every of our Heirs, Exors & Admrs jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated 3rd day of July 1809.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be Solemnized Between the above bound John Ewalt and Elizabeth Ravenscraft, now should there be no Lawfull cause to obstruct sd marriage then the above obligation to be void Else to remain in force &c.
John Ewalt (seal)
Benjamin Frye

att. Andrew Moore D.C.H.C.

State of Kentucky

County of Harrison

I, Margaret B. Duffy, to hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the marriage bond of John Ewalt and Elizabeth Ravenscraft as fully as the same appears on record in the office of the Clerk of the Harrison County Court.
Given under my hand this the 23rd., day of January, 1956.

(signed) Margaret B. Duffy

Subscribed and sworn to before me by Margaret B. Duffy this the 23 day of January, 1956.
(signed) W.M. King Clerk

(signed) B.C. Penn D.C.

L.B. As there was no return recorded for this bond, I wrote to several other counties and churches the ceremony might have been performed as and never found where this marriage was ever recorded is having taken place. It must have - as we know they lived together and had a family.
L.B. Ruth Thayer Ravenscroft compiled a book on the Ravenscroft Family and I have a copy of this book. Anyone wishing further data on Ravenscrofts, write and I will help as best I can.
On July 3, 1809 when John was 20, he first married Elizabeth “Betsy” RAVENSCRAFT, daughter of Thomas RAVENSCRAFT (1750-1827) & Margaret “Peggy” HINKSON (~1770-), in Harrison County, Kentucky. Born in 1793 in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Elizabeth “Betsy” died before May 15, 1827; she was 34.

Reference to Betsey Ravenscroft, daughter of Thomas Ravenscroft, married to John Ewalt. [8]

They had the following children:

i. Henry (1810-)

ii. Margaret (1813-1873)

iii. Juliana (1815-)

iv. Elizabeth Davis (1818-1897)

v. Rebecca (1820-1878)

vi. Nancy Ann (1822-)

vii. Samuel [9] (1826-1868)

viii. Sallie
On November 6, 1833 when John was 44, he second married Polly HALEY. Polly died in 1841.
They had the following children:

i. John R. (1840-1915)

ii. Sallie
On June 24, 1844 when John was 55, he third married Sarah FLOWERS.
25. Samuel EWALT. [10] Born on August 12, 1792 in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Veteran, War of 1812. Samuel died in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky on August 28, 1878; he was 86.
On December 24, 1817 when Samuel was 25, he first married Cynthia PUGH, daughter of Joseph PUGH (1753-1820) & Elizabeth HUNT (1763-1829), in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Born on March 30, 1795 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Cynthia died in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky on September 28, 1833; she was 38. Buried in Joseph Pugh Graveyard, Paris-Cynthiana Turnpike.

They had the following children:

i. John Hunt (1818-1853)

ii. Ann (1823-1824)

iii. William Pugh (1824-1877)

iv. Elizabeth Ann (1827-1902)

v. Joseph Henry (1828-1877)

vi. Mary Susan (1831-1900)

vii. Sarah “Sallie” Smith (1832-1900)

viii. Elizabeth (1820-1820)

On June 16, 1834 when Samuel was 41, he second married Eliza P. SMITH. Born on August 27, 1799 in Harrison County, Kentucky. Eliza P. died in Bourbon County, Kentucky on February 29, 1852; she was 52. Buried in Samuel Ewalt Graveyard, Paris-Cynthiana Turnpike.
They had the following children:

i. Ann Smith (1838-1864)

ii. Cynthia Pugh “Tinnie” (1842-1870)

iii. Samuel B. (1836-1923)

26. Richard EWALT. Born in 1795 in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Richard died in Bourbon County, Kentucky on October 15, 1833; he was 38. Buried in Samuel Ewalt Graveyard, Paris-Cynthiana Turnpike.
On September 29, 1821 when Richard was 26, he married Mariah STAMPS, daughter of William STAMPS (1765-1855) & Jane SHORE (1765-1838). Born on February 24, 1794 in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Mariah died on December 12, 1871; she was 77. Buried in Paris Cemetery, Paris, Kentucky.

They had the following children:

i. Elizabeth Jane (1824-1895)

ii. Penelope (1829-)

iii. Sallie Ann (1830-1910)

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