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Post War Years

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            CHAPTER

                   X

Michael's Post War Years in Virginia

It is reasonable to assume that Michael O'Hair arrived at his home near Fincastle, Virginia, in Botetourt County, shortly after being discharged from the army at Fredericksburg on February 14, 1782.

A professional record tracer, Charles T. Burton, of Trouteville, Virginia was employed many times during the past few years to search records in many counties in quest of information concerning Michael O'Hair. The county records of Botetourt County reveal Michael's presence in that county from April 10, 1782 until August, 1788 when he left Virginia with his family, bound for Kentucky. Michael was taxed on six horses and seven cows on April 10, 1782. The fact that he was taxed on livestock only indicates that he was a tenant farmer.

The following September, Michael was enlisted again in the United States Army for a term of three years, or duration of the war. This enlistment was to fill the state's quota of troops and was principally for the protection of the country against Indian invasion. The war with England had ended, but the peace treaty had not yet been signed.

"The following is an exact copy of original records found in the basement of the courthouse, in Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia. Some names were too faded to be legible, and a part was missing.

'At a meeting of the field officers this thirty-first of August, 1782, for the county of Botetourt, for the purpose of carrying into Exercution this state's quota of Troops to serve the United States Army for

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the Term of three years, or during the War. Present, George Skillern, County Lieut., Hugh Crocket, Colo., Wm. McClenechan, Lieut. Colo., Patr. Lockhart, Majr., James Breckenridge appointed Clerk, who took the Oath by Law required. Adam Peck appointed martial. '" 1

There were a total of fifteen captains listed, whose men numbered a total of 664. All of the names of the men enlisted were printed under the names of each company. The first part of Capt. Looney's list was missing. The next part of his list contained thirteen names, including Michl O'Hair and John Hawkins.

During the Summer of 1960 this writer motored to Virginia for the purpose of finding additional records and the location of the farm where Michael O'Hair resided previous to his departure from Virginia. The county clerk of Craig County, at New Castle, Virginia in 1960, was a descendant of the Captain Joseph Looney who enlisted Michael in the Virginia militia in August, 1782. Much valuable information was obtained concerning the location of Captain Looney's farm. The farm was then in Fincastle County, since formed into Craig County. The farm was in the rich bottomland between Sinking Creek Mountain and Johns Creek Mountain. The house which stood there on a small hill was demolished around 1880. The impressions of three root cellars are still to be seen near the site of the house. The remains of an old stone and log springhouse can still be seen about 200 yards from the house site. Old residents of the community recollect that the spring water was piped through hollowed out log "pipes" to the house. Michael lived just a few miles northeast of the Looney farm on Craig's Creek, about ten miles from Fincastle. Although many photographs were taken of the countryside around the locality where Michael lived, they fail to do justice to its beauty. These photographs are on file at the office of this writer. This country of hills, mountains, valleys and streams is very similar to the country around Newry , County Down, Ireland, where Michael lived as a small boy; and, as it was in Ireland, ideal for livestock. He must have raised tobacco also, because Botetourt County Order Book #5, page 196, indicates that he was ordered to "pay unto Elizabeth and Sarah Burkes one hundred pounds of tobacco for four days attendance as witnesses"

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for him at the suit of William Preston vs Michael O'Hair.

The John Hawkins who was enlisted in Looney's Company with Michael in August, 1782, is believed to have been a brother of Elinor Hawkins to whom Michael was married around June 10, 1783. Virginia law in those days required a marriage bond which served as a license. Michael's marriage bond is recorded at the county courthouse at Fincastle, Virginia.

 MARRIAGE BOND

Know all men by these presents that we, Michl Ohair and Jesse Clark are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Virginia in the sum of fifty pounds current money for the Parish whereof Will and truly be sealed with our seals and dated this 10th day of June 1783.

 The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and Solemnized between the above bound Michl Ohair and Elinor Hawkins of this Parish. If therefore there shall be no lawfull cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void---

                                           His

                                    Michl Ohair

                                           Mark

                                      Jess Clark

Michael signed his marriage bond by his mark which indicates that he could not write at that date.

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Michael's presence in Botetourt County is further revealed by the tax lists.

 

TITHEABLE BOOK, VOL. 1

 

Page 268             April 10, 1782

Michael Ohair                  1 tithe               6 horses           7 cattle

 

TITHEABLE BOOK, VOL. 2

 

Page 5                 May 6, 1783

Michael Ohair                  1 tithe               6 horses           4 cattle

 

Page 59               1784

Michael Ohair                  1 tithe               4 horses           5 cattle

 

Page 151             Feb. 23, 1785

Michael Ohair                  number of souls 3

 

Page 161             April 9, 1785

Michael Hair                    1 tithe               5 horses           6 cattle

 

Page 280             Nov. 11, 1786

Michael Ohare                 1 tithe

 

Two weeks after Michael was married to Elinor Hawkins, he received pay for his service in the Illinois Regiment. A photo copy of the original record of Michael's final pay was provided by the Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia, and is in possession of K. R. O'Hair at Paris, Illinois. Michael O'Hair drew the same amount of pay twice. He received pay on June 27, 1783 and again on July 4, 1783, as did many others. No explanation of this appears on the record. The Virginia Legislature had enacted several laws which provided for extra pay for re-enlistment and for unusual service: therefore, it would be reasonable to assume that Michael received double pay pursuant to such special legislation.

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A list of State Soldiers and Seaman who have received Certificates for the balance of their full pay.  Agreeable to Act of Assembly passed November Session 1781.

NAME                                       DRAWN BY                   TIME                       SUMS

Oliver   John       Sold. Inf.          Mr. Graves             May  20  1783      102  14    2

Owen   Charles      Ditto himself                              . . . .  12   . . . .      102    4    5

Oliver   John           ditto             Maj. Staughter      . . . .  31   . . . .        49  13    4

Olive   David          ditto             Maj. Hunter           June    7   . . . .        41  13    1

Owen   John           ditto             Mr. Smith              . . . .  10   . . . .        59  12    2

Orr   Samuel           ditto             French Strother    . . . .  25   . . . .        54    1  10

Oharro   Michael  Sold. Cav.      himself                   . . . .  27   . . . .        62  10

Orr   James          do   Inf.              ditto                   July    1   . . . .        17    1    4

Oharrow   Michael  do   Cav.     himself                   . . . .    4   . . . .        62  10

Oakly   George Sergt. Inf.    Mr. D. Coleman            . . . .    6   . . . .       76    1

Oneal   William Sold. Cav.   himself                          Sept. 29   . . . .       51          6

Owens   Vincent     ditto             Col. Jennings         Dec.    1   . . . .       62    6 

Oustin   Charles      ditto             Mr. Banks              Feb.  25   . . . .       47  10

Orbin   Phillip         ditto                  ditto                  . . . .  28   . . . .        24

Oliver   Turner       ditto                  ditto                  . . . .  29   . . . .        73  16

Oast   George       ditto             David Anderson       Aprl  28   . . . .        51    5   10

Oliver   William      ditto            Mr. Reddick              May  26   . . . .        59  11     9

Owen   John]         ditto           Mr. Trigg                  June    3   . . . .          1

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The Virginia State Library also furnished another list from Rogers' command indicating that payment had been made, in most cases. This list bears the notation "paid twice" opposite Michael's name.

A List of Men Intitled to pay for Services

Performed under the Command of Capt.

Jno Rogers. of State Cavalry.

 

Wm Meriwether      - paid              Mikl Glass             -    paid

Thomas Key          -   paid              Robert Barnett dead

David Pagan                                  Richard Richards  -     paid

Henry Blankenship                         Charles Martin     -     paid

George Snow         -  paid              Irvin Hammond dead

George Key            -   paid             Saml Watkins       -

Dominick Welch      -  paid              Abn Frazer           -

Jasper Jaler            -  paid

Wm Booton            -   paid

Travis Booton        -   paid

Wm Goodwin         -   paid

Wm Froggit           -   paid

James Spillman     -    paid

Frank Spillman      -   paid

David McDonold    -   paid

John Campbell      -   paid

Wm Leave            -   paid

Nathl Mershon, Dead

Rice Curtis           -   paid

Z....Smith             -   ditto

John Jones          -   paid

Barney Higgins    -   paid

John Murphey      -

Henry Goodloe    -   paid

James Durmitt     -   paid

James Cordin      -   paid

Mikl Oharrow      -   paid twice

Ellich Chambers  -

Wm Kindal.         -   paid

John Wheler       -   paid

Florance Mahoney  paid

Wm Gavin  Dead

Frederick Dohaty  Dead

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The following letter suggests some reason for the fact that Michael O'Hair drew pay twice. The report also suggests there was a valid reason for such payment.

Section II         (Document No. 43)

(17) A List of Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers of The Virginia State Line, and Non-Commissioned Officers and Seamen and Marines of the State Navy, Whose Names are on the Army Register, and who have not Received Bounty Land for Revolutionary Services, Richmond, 1835. John H. Smith, comr. &c.

To his Excellency L. W. Tazewell)

      Governor of Virginia             )

              Sir,

I have been required by law to examine certain revolutionary documents, and to report to the governor a list of the names of all such persons as may be entitled to claims on Virginia for bounty land on account of services rendered in the war of the revolution - and such other information touching revolutionary services as may be deemed important. . .

The list which I now report contains all the information (except such as has been heretofore reported to the governor) in relation to claims of non-commissioned officers, seamen and marines of the state navy, and non-commissioned officers and conformity with the declared wishes of the general assembly

The same name frequently appears more than once, and sometimes very often, on the army registers. I had supposed that each name was that of a different individual. They whose names are on the army registers, received certificates for the balance of pay due for their services, agreeable to the act of assembly passed November session, 1781. If there was but one balance of pay due the soldier, his name would generally appear once only on the army register, this was not always the case: The

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same individual may have had a balance of pay due him in different characters - For example, for services as a private, as a sergeant or corporal, and as a commissioned officer. Therefore, the name of the same individual may sometimes be found more than once on the army registers. This creates some uncertainty in regard to claims.    

                                              Respectfully submitted.

                                              John H. Smith, Com'r &c.

Richmond, November 25, 1834 2

The list submitted by Mr. Smith to the governor, contained the name of "Oharrow, Michael, Soldier, Cav." as written in Brumbaugh's book on page 209.

A small book published in 1962, confirms the grants of land for services in the Illinois Regiment under the command of General George Rogers Clark. This book made public reports of John H. Smith to the governor of Virginia. Excerpts from this book follow:

Introduction

One year after youthful General George Rogers Clark and his ragtag army secured the Old Northwest to the Union, a grateful Virginia legislature took steps to insure that every man who served in Clark's corps of volunteers should receive for his services certain grants of land.

Fifty-five years later, in the interest of survivors of the campaign and their descendants, John H. Smith, State Commissioner on Revolutionary Claims, was requested by the Chief Executive of Virginia to enquire into the "validity of the Illinois claims, generally, and report at large thereon."

These pages, reproduced from the 1833 Virginia House of Delegates Journal, are eloquent testimony of the thoroughness of Mr. Smith's investigation and report.

The appearance of this slight volume marks the third important reprint to issue from Borderland Books, at Anchorage, Kentucky.

The reissue of this rare and difficult-to-secure

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item is a distinctive contribution to the bibliography of early western literature. Its acquisition will delight and reward historians and collectors everywhere. '

                                                            C. Glenn Clift

Frankfort, Kentucky

December 28, 1962 3

The laws and other legislative proceedings having a bearing on the bounty land question are:

"An act concerning officers, soldiers, sailors and marines,' passed May, 1779, (see Hen. Stat. 10, 23 &c.) which provides, that every able bodied freeman who shall enlist, or who having enlisted to serve a particular period of time unexpired, shall re-enlist, to serve during the continuance of the present war, among the troops of this commonwealth, either at home or in the continental army, as he shall be directed, or as a sailor or marine on board of the armed vessels of this commonwealth, shall at the end of the war be entitled to a grant of one hundred acres of any unappropriated land within this commonwealth; and every of the officers commanding the said soldiers, sailors or marines, shall be entitled to a grant of the like quantity of lands as is allowed to officers of the same rank in the Virginia regiments on continental establishment."

The said act further provides - "That every soldier who enlisted in the corps of volunteers commanded by colonel Geo. Rogers Clarke, and continued therein until the taking of the several British posts in the Illinois country, shall at the end of the war be entitled to a grant of two hundred acres of any unappropriated land within this commonwealth," &c.

"And every able-bodied freeman, who shall enlist, or who having enlisted for a period of time unexpired, shall re-enlist, to serve during the war, among the troops ordered for the protection and defence of the country of Illinois, shall be entitled

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to a grant of one hundred acres of land, on the terms herein before declared. "

an act "for raising a body of troops for the defence of the commonwealth," passed May, 1779, (see Hening's Stat. Vol. 10, 32 &c.) after providing for the raising of four regiments, two for the western and two for the eastern frontiers, enacted - "That all officers and soldiers serving in any of the regiments to be raised by virtue of this act, shall be entitled to the same pay, benefits, privileges and emoluments provided for the officers and soldiers of this state, by the act of this present session of assembly, entitled, 'an act concerning officers, soldiers, sailors and marines.'" Col. Crockett's regiment was the only one raised under this law.

"An act for more effectually securing to the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line the lands reserved for them, and for other purposes," passed October, 1779, (see Hen. Stat. vol. 10, 158 &c.) fixed the proportions of land to be allowed to officers of the state line, and of the state line on continental establishment; and to non-commissioned officers, soldiers and sailors upon each of the said establishments, for three years service, and for service during the war; and increased the bounty to soldiers, for the war, to two hundred acres of land.

In October, 1780, a law passed, entitled, "an act for recruiting this state's quota of troops, to serve in the continental army," (see Hen. Stat. vol. 10, 326, &c.) which increased the bounty to soldiers for the war, who had enlisted, or should enlist before April, 1781, to three hundred acres of land, and a healthy, sound negro, between the ages of ten and thirty years, or 60 pounds in gold or silver, in lieu of all such bounties given by any former laws.

The volunteers under colonel Clarke, and the Illinois regiment, were distinct, in view of the leg-

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islature. This law was worded, as to draw the line of distinction between them. The first consisted of the brave men who volunteered to make a first impression in the north-western territory - to encounter all the horrors of combined British and Indian warfare - and to carry into execution col. Clarke's bold plan of taking the British posts. The last consisted of the regular corps who enlisted for the protection and defence of the western frontiers. The first were bound to continue in service for no certain time, but were to serve until the British posts were reduced. The last enlisted for three years or for the war. The first were troops raised for a special purpose, who were to continue in service, probably, only a short time, and were not of the state line. The last were troops raised for the general purpose of the western defence, were bound for three years or for the war, and were of the state line.

Many of the volunteers who first went out with colonel Clarke, afterwards enlisted in the Illinois regiment; but the two corps were still in law, and in fact, distinct.

The provisions of the act respecting them are as follows: "Every soldier who enlisted in the corps of volunteers commanded by col. Geo. R. Clarke, and continued therein until the taking of the several posts in the Illinois country, shall be entitled to a grant of 200 acres of land," &c. This clause of the act relates exclusively to those who first marched out with col. Clarke, &c.

The provision immediately following this, in the act, relates to the Illinois regiment - "Every able bodied freeman who shall enlist, or who having enlisted for a period of time unexpired, shall re-enlist to serve during the war, among the troops ordered for the protection and defence of the country of Illinois, shall, at the end of the war, be entitled to a grant of 100 acres of land, on the terms herein before declared."

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A LIST OF

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS

of the

ILLINOIS REGIMENT, AND THE WESTERN ARMY,

Under the command of General G. R. Clarke,

who are entitled to Bounty in Land.

No.      Names                         Rank                Remarks

1           Allery  Joseph               Private              Entitled to land

                                                                              for the war.

100      Cogar  Peter                     do                 Entitled to land

                                                                              for 3 years.

127      Campbell  John                 do                Entitled to land

                                                                              for the war.

224      Glass  Michael                  do                do                 do

382      Merriwether  Wm             do                do                 do

422      Oharro  Michael               do                do                 do

533      Spillman  James               do                do                 do  4

 

The following excerpts from John Gwathmey's book, "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution," give additional information on the variations of spelling of the same name.

Careful search has been made to obtain all the essential data available for each man, which makes this book far more than just a list of names. In the case of the officers the material is remarkably complete. With the privates it occurs all too frequently that the man is named only on a muster roll, an orderly book, a receipt for pay, or other such miscellaneous documents, with no other references given. In many cases, however, the men are found to have been receiving pensions long after the war, and their post-war residences are thus established. It is amazing how widely the Virginia soldiers scattered after the war, for it is noted that up to fifty years following the conclusion of hostilities they were receiving pensions in every State in the Union which had been admitted up to that time. West Virginia was still a part of Virginia, and this fact should be borne in mind in connection with the pen-

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sioners in the various counties. There was an enormous exodus of Virginians, shortly after the Revolution, to Kentucky and to the Northwest Territory particularly. Many of the families were prompted to make this move in order that they might occupy lands awarded for military service.

Page V, Preface:

Of transcendent importance to historians, genealogists and the patriotic organizations of the West is the fact that all of the men who served under General George Rogers Clark in the conquest and subjucation of the Northwest Territory were Virginia State troops and their service records can be found only among the Virginia papers.

Page VI, Preface:

Especial effort was made to segregate the Virginians who fought with Morgan's Riflemen. This celebrated Regiment, under the command of Colonel Daniel Morgan, was made up of picked men from the army at large in 1777. Most of them were Virginians, but not all. Also this book names all of those who were captured with Morgan, then a Captain, in the siege of Quebec, December 31, 1775.

Page VII, Preface:

In some of the County Clerks' offices there are unrecorded and unindexed papers pertaining to Militia pensions. There was an unavailable muster roll of Fincastle soldiers in the Virginia Historical Society which appeared in the "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography," July, 1938. Additional records might be added from the Draper papers in Wisconsin, and there are doubtless a few Revolutionary papers in private hands. Also there were a few Virginians who served with troops of other States, and it is certain that in course of time references to still others will be found among the masses of unindexed material in the State Archives. With these exceptions, this register should be virtually complete.

In the matter of variations in the spelling of names, so puzzling in all works of this kind, has been met in this case in a very simple way. No

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guessing has been done, and a separate entry has been made for each name. Parenthetical inserts following many of the names have a definite meaning. For instance, if the muster rolls for several months carried the name of John Smith, then for a period the name John Smith dropped out and John Smythe appeared, it is logical to conclude that this was only a variation in spelling and that they were not two different men.

Page 593 - 594 VIRGINIANS IN THE REVOLUTION

[variations of the spelling of the O'Hairs, or O'Haras, or O'harros who served]

Ohanow, Michael, Pvt., WD.

Ohara, Daniel (Oharro) 6 CL.

O'Hara, Daniel, 10 CL.

O'Hara, James, Captain of an independent company stationed at Fort Pitt from Sept. 16, 1777, to May 20, 1778; July 25, 1778, Captain O'Hara was in command of an expedition down the Mississippi to the Arkansas; April 3, 1779, it is stated that Captain O'Hara had resigned, his company joined that of Captain Heth for the garrisoning of Fort Randolph, on the Great Kanawha.

O'Hara, John (O'Harra) 8 CL. 12 CL. as Crp.

Ohara, Michael 9 CL.

O'hara, Michael, Morgan's Riflemen.

O'Hara, Patrick, Drummer, 2 CL.

O'Harah, Daniel (OHarro) 6 CL.

O'Harra, John, Corp., 8 CL.

O'Harra, Patrick (O'Hara) Drummer, 2 CL.

Oharrah, John, Corp., 4, 8 and 12 CL. 8 CL.

Oharral,        , of Botetourt, E.

O'Harraw, John (O'Harra, O'Haro) Corp. 8 CL.

Oharro, Daniel 6 CL. E.

Oharro, Michael (O'hara) Drummer, 2 CL.

Oharro, John (O'Harra) Corp., 8 CL.

Oharro, Michael, Clark's Ill. Reg.

Oharron, Michael, IP

Oharrow, Michael, Cav., Clark's Ill. Reg. T-FV2P727.

STAFF OFFICERS OF ORGANIZATIONS

Morgan's Riflemen--Col. Daniel Morgan. This Regiment, organized about June, 1777, was composed of men picked from the army at large, a majority be-

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ing from Virginia. Most of the names are found also under other commands. Captains were:

Hawkins Boone,                     Samuel Jordan Cabel,

 (of Pennsylvania)                  James Knox,

William Henderson,                Gabriel Long,

James Parr,                            Michael Simpson,

Thomas Posey,                       Benjamin Taliaferro,

Van Swearingen. 5

On historical and other records, Michael O'Hair's name was spelled in many different ways, such as may be found in the preceding list. The O'Hara and the O'Hare families in Ireland were separate and distinct families and were not related, but the spelling became mixed in America. Michael's name was incorrectly spelled O'Hara on a few records.

On January 2, 1781, the Virginia Assembly had made effective a pledge of 150,000 acres on the northwest side of the Ohio River at any point the officers of the regiment might choose. The land was to be divided between the officers and men of General Clark's Illinois Regiment. The officers decided to locate their 150,000 acres across the Ohio River from Louisville, in what is now the State of Indiana. Clark and his officers organized their land interest in February, 1783, and named a land agent. General Clark was one of five deputies acting for the officers and men of the regiment. Many of the details concerning the distribution of the land are to be found in the Clark Papers.

Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the land grants were as follows:

"At a meeting of a Board of Commrs for apportioning the Lands granted to the Illinois Regiment etc. at Louisville, July 6, 1785. Present, John Edwards John Campbell, Abraham Chapline; John Bailey Robert Todd and William Clark Commrs.

"Captain Rogers produced a list of his Company, which had before been allowed their Claims by a Board that sat in August last but their names had been lost or misslaid; which said Claims are Confirmed by the present Board; to wit, William Meriwether Sergt Thos Key Sergt., George Key, George Snow, David Pagan, Henry Blankenship, Dominique

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Welch, Gasper Gayler, Robert Barnet, Frank Spelman, James Spelman, Travis Booton, William Booton, William Leare,

William Kendall, William Froggett, William Givin, William Goodwin, John Campbell, Charles Martin, Barney Higgans, Frederick Doherty, Nathaniel Mershon, David McDonald, James Hammitt, John Jones, John Murphy Michael Glass, Michael Oharrow, Rice Curtis & George Smith, Soldiers.

"On a motion made in behalf of Thomas Hays, the Board think him intitled to a Soldiers part of land in the Illinois Grant, also Francis Hardin; also Patrick Marr; also Charles Morgan as a Serjeant; also John Setzer and Michael Setzer as Soldiers

Adjd till tomorrow morning. -

                                  (signed) John Edwards Chn." 6

Michael O'Hair was allotted 108 acres of land. All privates were granted the same amount of acreage. The grant of land was sometimes called the Illinois Grant. Michael's land was in what is now the eastern part of Floyd County, Indiana, near the City of Louisville. Part of his land was section number 149, called the Muddy Fork of Silver Creek. The other part was in Section number 211, on a small branch of the Fourteen Mile Creek.

"Roll of Officers and Soldiers who were allotted land in Clark's Grant [Indiana] for serving under Geo. Rogers Clark 'in the reduction of the British Posts in the Illinois.'

Privates...

O'Harrow, Michael---                   8 acres in section #148

                                                  and 100 acres in subdi-

                                                  vision B, Section 211." 7

Michael O'Hair sold his land bounty to Captain John Rogers, as evidenced by the following minutes of another meeting:

"At a Meeting of the following Members of the Board of Commisrs at Louisville the 31st of Augt 1789. Vizt. Geo: R. Clark, Alexr Breckenridge

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Robt Breckenridge. Richd Terrell. William Croghan, William Clark & John Campbell.

"Deeds signed in favr Tardiview Brothers assnee...To John Rogers assee...and 100 acres the right of Michl Oharrow in No 211." 8

                                ******

Tax assessment records for 1787 were not found, although Michael was still in Botetourt County as evidenced by the various court records. He brought suit in November, 1787, against the executors of Adam Smyth for a debt. Judgement on that suit was obtained on December 13, 1787.

Beginning in May, 1783 there were a series of court records entered in the Order Books of Botetourt County involving Michael O'Hair. He sued various persons for debts due him, and was once sued for the debt of another man for whom he was surety. The last of the court entries was dated December 13, 1787.

Several suits were brought against debtors by assignees of Michael O'Hair in 1789. These suits indicate Michael had sold his property August 1, 1788. He probably left shortly thereafter for Kentucky, allowing several weeks for the long journey. The suits by Michael's assignees reveal he had received notes at his sale, and in turn sold the notes to assignees who had to bring suit against the debtors to collect. Such suits were filed in August, November and December of 1789. A judgement was rendered July 10, 1792.

"BOTETOURT ORDER BOOK 1788 - 1792

July 10, 1792

Page 519

Upon the petition of Archebald Murray assignee of Michael Ohair against William Milldubarriger for debt by note, this day came the parties by their attorneys and on hearing their arguments it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant one pound seven shillings with legal interest thereon from the first day of August 1788 until paid and his costs by him in this behalf expended."

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The Order Books were searched for the years of 1792 and 1793 without finding any further mention of Michael. Since the preceding judgement provided for interest to be paid from August 1, 1788, it is reasonable to assume that was the date of his sale. No further record of his presence in Virginia appears after that date. This is also the opinion of the record searcher who wrote as follows

                                                        Trouteville, Va.

                                                        22 Sept. 1960

Dear Mr. O'Hair:

The court orders for a year in the 1790's require more time to read than the earlier ones because the dockets were heavier.

From these notes, I believe we can say Michael probably left this country in August, 1788: he no longer appeared in person at court. My guess is that he had a sale before he left. Alexander Smyth, William Milldubarriger and John Lackland paid for their purchases with notes which Michael discounted to John Withers and Archebald Murray.

I found no other O'Hairs mentioned in these books.

                                                 Yours,

                                                 (signed) Charles T. Burton