Karen's Family Kaleidoscope

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Benjamin Fugate

Male Between 1750 and 1755 - Between 1837 and 1838  (~ 87 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Fugate 
    Born Between 1750 and 1755  Frederick Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1837 and 1838  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1721  Bach to Back
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2015 

    Father John Zachariah Fugate,   b. 1720 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Sarah Henley,   b. Abt 1720 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F841  Group Sheet

    Family Hanah Devers,   b. 1753, North Carolina or Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1853, Breathitt Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years) 
    Children 
     1. Martin Fugate,   b. Abt 1783, Botecourt Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840  (Age ~ 56 years)
     2. Zachariah Fugate,   b. Abt 1785
     3. Charles D. Fugate,   b. Abt 1787
     4. Frances Fugate,   b. Abt 1789
     5. Catharine Fugate,   b. Abt 1793, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1855, Of fever Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     6. Eli Fugate,   b. Abt 1795, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Henley Fugate,   b. Abt 1798, Russell Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1881, , Breathitt, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • From online RootsWeb tree DDEWODY@hotmail.com
      !AFN: NVXC-WJ ANCESTRAL FILE. Benjamin2 Fugate was probably born in Frederick
      Co. Va about 1755 (aged 70-80 in 1830), and accompanied other family members to
      southwestern Virginia. He was married, probably in Washington Co. Va about
      1778, to HANNAH whose surname has not been recovered.* She was probably born in
      early 1760s (aged 60-70 in the 1830 census, although she said was '100' at the
      time of the 1850 census). The only record naming both as spouses was in the
      death record of their daughter Catherine (see 25). An attempt to identify all
      their children appears below in connection with the KY records.
      Life on Moccasin Creek - Benjamin Fugate stated in 1810 that he came to
      Moccasin Creek in what became Russell Co. Va about thirty one or two years ago,
      that is about 1779, and settled on the plantation of (his older brother)
      Francis Fugate. Both he and Hannah stated that they resided on that land for
      two years and Hannah stated that they were there when Francis was killed in
      1781. Benjamin Fugate remained on Moccasin Creek after the death of his brother
      and appears (with three horses and six cattle) in the 1782 tax list of
      Washington Co next to his sister-in-law Agnes. He had a survey undertaken for
      ninety acres of land in Washinton (later Russell) lying both sides of Grassy
      Creek, a branch of Copper Creek, waters of the Clynch River on 8 May 1782
      (Washington Co Survey Books 1781-1797,p.141). Benjamin & Hannah Fugate
      doubtless resided on this land for the next twenty years and their children
      were born there. Benjamin Fugate appears on the 1783 tax lists with three
      horses, two cattle, 1784 (four each), 1785 (fifteen horses, sixteen cattle).
      1787 (three hosres, six cattle). After the creation of Russell Co Benjamin
      Fugate appeared in the lower District tax lists. His name appears many times in
      the Russell Co. Va, Court Order Books from 1787 to 1789, involved in
      litigation. He received twelve shillings and six pence for killing wolves in
      Dec 1788 and Sep 1789. Benjamin Fugate served on ajury in Russell Co. in Jun
      1798. In preparation for removal to Kentucky Benjamin & Hannah Ruage of Russell
      Co. (signing by mark) sold their land on both sides of Grassy Creek, a branch
      of Copper Creek, to Alexander Whitely in Jan 1802 (Russell Co Deed Book 3).
      Removal to Kentucky - Sometime after Jan 1802, Benjamin and Hannah Fugate and
      their children removed to Troublesome Creek, KY which at the time was in Clay
      Co. Benjamin Fugate was taxed yearly in Clay Co from 1808 to 1820. In the 1810
      federal census of Clay Co Benjamin & his wife, both aged over 45, had residing
      with them a son aged 16-26 (Charles D.), a daughter 10-16 (Catharine), and two
      sons under 10 (Eli and Henley). In the 1820 federal census of Clay Co Benjami
      and his wife, both aged over 45, are listed without children, their five sons
      all having separate households. Perry Co. was created from that portion of Clay
      Co and Benjamin was taxed in thenew county from 1821. His land on Troublesome
      Creek was described in the tax lists as 250 acres in 1821., 100 acres in 1822,
      and 50 acres from 1823. In the 1830 federal census of Perry Co., KY, Benjamin
      was aged 70-80, Hannah 60-70. They had with them a girl aged 10-15 who may be a
      granddaughter. Benjamin Fugate was last of record in the 1836 when he was taxed
      for 50 acres on Troublesome Creek. Benjamin Fugate died sometime before the
      making of the tax list in 1838 when Hannah Fugate was taxed for 60 acres on
      Troublesome Creek. Hannah appears to have resied therafter with he married
      daughter, Catharine (Fugate) McIntosh, in whose household she appears in the
      1850 census of Breathitt Co KY. Hannah Fugate, 'widow', died aged '100' at
      Troublesome Creek on 10 Aug 1853 (Breathitt Co deaths).
      Children - There is no contemporary record of the names of all their children.
      Their younger children, Frances, Catharine, Eli and Henley, are identified as
      children of Benjami Fugate at the time of their marriages in Clay Co KY,
      between 1809 and 1815. It is evident that there were older children, one a son
      aged 16 to 26 residing in their household at the time of the 1820 census (whose
      name was Charles as shown when he had his own household) and had as heighbors
      two other young men, Martin and Zachariah Fuage, who had also come from VA.
      Martin, Zachariah and Charles D. Fuage ar eundoubtedly sons ofBenjamin & Hannah
      athough no contemporary record has been found establishing the fact. All the
      children reported their place of birth as VA in later censuses.
      Confusion with Other Fugate Families - The five known sons and at least
      twenty-seven grandsons of Benjamin and Hannah are the ancestors of most of the
      Fugates of Breathitt Co. and a significant proportion of all the Fugates from
      Russell Co., Va families. Despite this large posterity, Benjamin appears to
      have been forgotten by his descendants living into the twentieth century. The
      family accounts in Breathitt Co. by the 1960s attributed the Fugate ancestry to
      Martin, or to Levi (a nephew of Benjamin who settled in Ky about 1830), and
      most commonly, to Jonathan Fugate (1758-1859)_, son of John Fugate of
      Castlewood, Russell Co, VA, and probably a cousin of Benjamin, who also removed
      from Russell Co to Ky. Jonathan outlived Benjamin by two decades and was the
      subject of many anecdotes that were passed on to later generations. Dr. Wilgus
      Bach in the early part of the twentieth century made an attempt to identify the
      early Fugate families of Breathitt Co. KY., apparently by interviewing
      descendants of Benjamin's sons Henley and Eli, and his reconstruction has been
      widely distributed. His account of the later families appears to be quite
      accurate, but he mistakenly identified the husband of Hannah Fugate of
      Troublesome Creek as Jonathan Fugate of Quicksand.
      *Benjamin and Hannah gave their first two known surviving sons the
      characteristic Fugate names of Martin and Zachariah. That they named a third
      son Charles D. may provide a clue as to the name of Hannah's father. One
      possible namesake was the Charles Devers who was a neighbor of the Fugate
      families on Moccasin Creek form the 1780s.


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