Harman Station Chapter

PAINTSVILLE

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ORIGIN OF THE CHAPTER'S NAME

The Harman Station Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, located at Paintsville, Kentucky, takes its name from the first settlement in Eastern Kentucky established by Captain Matthias Harman's hunting party in 1787. This was thirteen years after the establishment of the first permanent white settlement of Kentucky at Harrodsburg.

Harman was born near Strasburg, Virginia, about 1732. His father, Heinrich Herrman, came from Prussia to Pennsylvania and finally to Strasburg, Virginia. While growing up in Virginia, Matthias Harman became a hunter and ranged the woods with expertise. His experience with Indians caused him to develop an extreme hatred for the Indian and a belief in their extermination.

He was infatuated with the land around the Louisa, or Levisa River, (today known as the Big Sandy River.) His infatuation, based on the fact that game was so plentiful, caused him to make his way yearly to the area to take advantage of the deer, elk, buffalo, bear, beaver, small game, and birds. Eventually, he built a great blockhouse and made the area his home. Several of his brothers joined the settlement as well as well-known longhunters.

On October 1, 1789, when Jenny Wiley was taken captive by the Cherokee and Shawnee Indians she learned that the savages thought they were in the home of Matthias Harman whom they called 'Skygusty' and feared because of his exploits. Harman's cabin was about one-half mile from the Wiley cabin. The families had come from Strasburg together to settle on the Virginia frontier of Kentucky.

When Wiley was finally able to escape, some months later, from the Indians it was in a company of men, lead by Matthias "Skygusty ' Harman. These men escorted her back to her husband and her old home.

 

Office Title
Officer Name
 
Regent Barbara Ann Castle Pugh
Vice Regent Barbara Auxier
Chaplain Victoria Williams Pack
Recording Secretary Sharon Craft
Corresponding Secretary Jewelette Sloe
Treasurer Leisha Slone
Registrar Barbara Ann Castle Pugh
Librarian Ywan Skaggs
Honorary Regent Leisha Slone Mosely
 
CHAPTER PATRIOTS
 
PVT. SAMUEL AUXIER of Virginia PVT. JOHN MAY of Virginia
THOMAS CHANDLER ROBERT MEADE of Virginia
CPT. HENRY CONLEY JOHN NEUMAN
DAVID C. COX SAMUEL NEWBERRY
WILLIAM CRISTEN JERIMIAH PATRICK of Virginia
WILLIAM DORTON, JR. PVT. BENJAMIN PENDLETON of Virginia
WILLIAM DORTON, SR. ARCHILABILD PRATER
PVT. ABUILD FAIRCHILD PVT. NATHAN PRESTON of Virginia
PVT. WILLIAM FERGUSON of Pennsylvania PVT. MOSES PRESTON of Virginia
JOHN GRAHAM PVT. THOMAS PRICE of Virginia
DAVID GURTHIE PVT. MOSES STEP of South Carolina
BENJAMIN HAMILTON of Virginia MAJ. JOHN TATE of Virginia
DAVID HARMAN, SR. NIMROD TAYLOR
JOHN HEREFORD MILES TERRY, SR.
HENRY JAYNE of New York EDWARD TIMSLEY of Virginia
CPL. AMRROSE JONES of Virginia JOHN VAN HOOSE
PVT. THOMAS KIRK of Virginia PVT. JAMES WHEELER of Virginia
 

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