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Kenton, Simon

Born: 1755 AD
Died: 1836 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Military Officer, Soldier

1755 – Simon Kenton, born on the 3rd of April in Fauquier County, Virginia.  He grew up helping his father on their family farm and therefore had no opportunity to go to school.

1771 –  At the age of sixteen, he became involved in a fight involving a woman.  Believing he had killed a man, he fled to Ohio where he changed his name to Simon Butler.

1774 – He served as a scout during Lord Dunmore’s War.  

1775 – He had moved to Boonesborough, Kentucky.  For the next few years he was employed as a scout for the settlement, often coming in contact with the local Indians and at one point saving the life of Daniel Boone.

1778 – He joined George Rogers Clark on an expedition down the Ohio River to the Mississippi, harassing British outposts as well as Indian settlements.

1779 – He was once again free and had returned to service under George Rogers Clark.

1782 – He discovered that the man that he thought he had killed had actually lived, and therefore he was able to resume using his own name once again.

1794 – He served in the militia under General Anthony Wayne and fought at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

1798 – After the death of his wife, he remarried and, moved to Ohio.

1805 – He had become a brigadier generalin the Ohio militia.

1812 – He participated in the Battle of the Thames.

1820 – He moved to the Zanesfield, Ohio, area circa.

1836 – Died in Logan County on the 29th of April near Zanesfield and was buried there, his remains were moved to Urbana.