Fort Hartford Chapter

    Hartford, Kentucky


Judith Allen Bartlett Moore, Regent

Holly Reneer, Vice Regent

Dorothy Baggarly, Chaplain

Ann Hill, Recording Secretary

Ann Hill, Corresponding Secretary

Pam Bradley, Registrar

Vickie Rafferty, Historian

Alice Handley, Librarian


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Ohio County, from the Indian word "Beautiful" and from which have been carved the entire counties of Daviess, Hancock and McLean, also parts of Butler and Grayson, lies midway between the Bluegrass and the Purchase. Hartford serves as the county seat of Ohio County. Prior to 1798, Hartford was known as Ft. Hartford. It is here, in this place, that Barnett's Station was established by the Revolutionary soldiers brothers, Col. Joseph and Alexander Barnett and where George Washington also owned 5,000 acres "on Rough Creek, which empties into Green River."Here too, the "honest old (Harrison) Tyler of the Mill," near Winchester, Virginia, came with his seven sons, all Revolutionary soldiers, and their families. It is to this place Captain William Rowan, and his family came, him receiving the appointment of the first clerk of the young county, from the Governor of Kentucky. Here too is the place where Washington Irving wandered and wrote of the times and people in his "Sketches of Ralph Ringwood" and where Revolutionary soldiers Lt. Robert Mosley, Major Joshua Crowe, Capt. Jacob Ambrose, John Maddox, Jesse Ashby, Robert Barnett, Richard Stevens, Jonathan Ward, Philip Hocker, Ignatious Pogman, Lt. William Houston, William Barnard, Washington Duke, Christopher Jackson, William Tong, William Hocker, Richard Cleaver, Peter Branson, William Cooper, William Campbell, John Howell, Moses Johnson, Thomas Pender, Peter Parks, Seley Burton, William Carter, Chesley Calloway, Matthias Shultz, John Sorrells, John Monroe, Benjamin Burch, Zebra Arnold, Capt. Benj. Fields, Capt. Francis Petty, Samuel Brown, James Cox, and others came and settled.


The Fort Hartford chapter was organized under the guiding inspiration of KSDAR State Regent Mrs. William Rhodes, of Lexington. She selected the title "Fort Hartford," to perpetuate the memory of the early patriots and pioneers who established these forts and made the land habitable for their descendants.





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