In a letter written by John Grant, founder of Grant's Station, dated April 24, 1780, to Col. John Todd, delegate at Harrodsburg, he told of those persons who at that time were living in the fort. A list of the names:
John Tamplin, John Jackson, John VanCleave, George Stucker, Samson Culpeper, Stufel Stucker, Philip Drake, Christopher Harris, Wm. VanCleave, Manoah Singleton, Thos. Gilbart, Wm. Liley, Wm. Loving, Robert Harras, Jas. Rowland, Josiah Underwood, Frederick Hunter, Wm. Morrason, James Gray, Henry Millar, Stephen Murphy, Michael Stucker, Esmond Lilley, George Stucker (son), John VanCleave (sons), Samson Hough, Wm. Ellis.
There were six more at the station that he could not "properly call effective," and about seven he daily expected.
George Summitt later (1784) of Summitt's Station, was living at
Grant's in 1780, visited Sturgus Station on Bear Grass, 1780, and
raised a crop of corn there. (Suit Bourbon County).
Ray Jackson, a descendant of Colonel John Grant, shares some thoughts on Grant's Fort.
Late in September of 1779, a party under the leadership of Colonel John Grant, of North Carolina, established Grant's Station, five miles beyond Bryant's Station, in a direction toward the present town of Paris. The unremitting hostilities, however, of the Indians, rendered life so unendurable that in 1780 the entire party returned to Virginia only to be replaced by new settlers.
The spring of 1780 marked an era in the history of Lexington. The
frequency and severity of the Indian depredations rendered life a
burden. One day in June the woods surrounding the fort were discovered
to be full of Indians. The settlers gathered into the fort with the
expectations of a long and desperate siege, but were greatly surprised
when, after burning out-standing cabins and destroying crops, the
savages disappeared, driving the cattle and horses before them. Their
astonishment was greatly increased as was their relief on hearing the
distant report of artillery. The conduct of the Indians on this
occasion has never been satisfactorily explained. Whether the English
Commander, Colonel Byrd, became disgusted at the ruthless mode of
warfare, or whether he feared the falling of the Licking river would
delay his return is not known.
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