Daniel Ketcham

Daniel Ketcham was born in Washington County, Maryland on 17 Feb 1753.  He was the son of Joseph and Gertrude Johnson.  He was one of nine children:  Daniel #1 died young, Martha, Abigail died young, Joseph, Daniel, Abigail, Elizabeth, Mary, Deborah.

Daniel married Keziah Pigman Lewis in 1776.  Keziah was born 30 Dec 1755 in Prince George, County, Maryland, daughter of John and Sarah Scearce Lewis.

Daniel signed the Patriot's Oath of Allegiance in Washington County, Maryland in 1778 (page 14, # 72 Brumbaugh's Revolutionary Records of Maryland).  This gives his descendents the privilege of affiliation with the D. A. R. or the S. O. R.  

He was granted 1400 acres of land in Kentucky in 1786.  In 1784 with his wife, two children, his parents and other relatives, he came down the Ohio River on a flatboat.  They landed at Louisville, which at the time consisted of a block house.  He settled about 45 miles east, in what is now Shelby County, and about six miles away from Boone's Station.  In 1792, he was captured by a band of Tawa Indians.  He was taken to their village outside of Detroit.  He managed to escape and return to his family, who never doubted his return.

Daniel and Keziah had nine children:  Rebecca who married Thomas Mitchell, Mary, John who married Elizabeth Pearcy, Joseph who married Ann Pearcy (sisters), Daniel who married Louisa Davis, Lewis, Sarah who married James Weaver, Benjamin, Absolom who married Sarah Martin.  John moved to Indiana.  Most of his siblings followed.  Daniel and his parents stayed in Shelby County.  Joseph died 14 Jun 1809.  Daniel passed away 17 Mar 1828. 

Sources:  Reminiscences of Col. John Ketcham & Ketcham, Pearcy, Lewis Genealogy by Laura Emory and Carolyn Ketcham Boyles.


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