More About Ann Poage  

Ann's husband William is believed to be the William Poage who played an important part of early Kentucky history. In company with Daniel Boone, Richard Calloway and John Barney Stagner, William Poage and his family settled at Boonesborough, Kentucky, about September, 1775. In February, 1776, he removed his family to the fort at Harrodsburg, and in the spring of that year cleared ground and planted corn two miles from the fort. He had great mechanical skill, and during more than two years made all the wooden vessels used by the people in the fort. He also made the wood-work of the first plow used in Kentucky and the first loom on which weaving was done in that state.

On September 1, 1778, a company of sixteen men, including Poage, going to Logan's Station, was fired upon by a party of Indians in ambush. He was wounded by three balls but his companions escaped unhurt. The next day two parties were sent in search of the wounded man, who had clung to his horse until he came to a canebrake, where he hid until he heard his friends passing near. They carried him to an abandoned cabin near the site of Danville, and stopped there for the night. The Indians tracked them to the place, surrounded the cabin and waited till morning to make an attack. But the whites discovered them in time, sallied out, and killed four of the savages, one of whom had Poage's gun. Poage was supported on a horse and thus reached home, but died the next day. The recaptured gun was given to Poage's son, then twelve years of age, who afterwards matured to be General Robert Poage of Mason county, Kentucky.

The maiden name of William Poage's wife was Ann Kennedy. She is presumed to have been a native of Augusta. In 1750, Joseph Kenney bought a lot in Staunton and the deed books show that he owned various tracts of land in the county. One of the spurs of the Blue Ridge is still called Kennedy's mountain. In 1784, a citizen of the county, named Matthew Kennedy, died intestate, and he may have been Mrs. Poage's father or brother. A prominent item of the inventory of his estate is '30 pair of spectacles,' which is suggestive of Moses Primrose and his famous speculation; but the deceased was probably a merchant or peddler, as the list embraces also pins, needles, scissors, brass thimbles, razors, inkhorns, snuff-boxes, etc. His library consisted of a Bible, Confession of Faith, Boston's Four-fold State and Hervey's Meditations. The administrator's sale occurred on October 7, 1784, and one of the principal purchasers was a Martha Kennedy, but who she was does not appear.

Mrs. Poage was married four times. Her first husband was a Wilson, and Poage was the second. After the death of the latter, she married Joseph Lindsey, who was killed at the battle of Blue Licks in 1782, and finally she married James McGinty. She was a woman of rare energy and ingenuity. Collin's History of Kentucky says she brought the first spinning wheel to Kentucky, and made the first linen manufactured in that country from the lint of nettles, and the first linsey from the nettle lint and buffalo wool.

Further information about William Poage, written some time after his death. While the basics of his history remain the same, some details obviously contradict those previously cited. This is typical of information now some two centuries old. The following is a narrative by John Poage, a relative, which reads, "Among the first settlers of Harrodsburg was William Poage, an uncle of George Poage. William Poage was with a party of men going to attend a court and when near the town of Danville now stands (Poage is here writing at a time many years after the happening of the event he records) they were fired upon by Indians and Mr. Poage fell from his horse shot in the abdomen. The rest of the party escaped, but returning they found him in the bushes, his horse and rifle gone. They carried him some three or four miles to a deserted cabin when part of the men returned to Harrodsburg for pillows with which to support the wounded man, and the remainder watched over him through the night in the cabin. The men returning with the pillows, Mr. Poage was taken to Harrodsburg, but died in about ten days afterwards."

Sources:
     Augusta County Deed Book, pp. 11, 72.
     LDS, Ancestry File
     "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, With Reminiscences Illustrative of the Vicissitudes of its Pioneer Settlers; Biographical Sketches of Citizens Locally Prominent, and of Those Who Have Founded Families in the Southern and Western States; A Diary of the War, 1861-'5 and a Chapter on Reconstruction" by Joseph Addison Waddell, publisher: Wm. Ellis Jones, Richmond VA 1886, p.444.

 

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