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26 ii. Margaret Bell (1797-1860)

27 iii. Nancy (1799-1882)

28 iv. Daniel (1801-1860)

29 v. Joseph (1802-1855)

30 vi. William "Billy" McCune (1803-1875)

31 vii. Susan (1806-)

32 viii. John Laughlin (1808-1868)

ix. Robert. Robert was born in Kentucky in 1811.

Research: Died young, unmarried. (R.T. Shawhan)

x. Annie R. Annie R. was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Annie R. died on February 2, 1876.
8. Jane "Jennie" SHAWHAN (Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Jane "Jennie" was born in Youghioghania County, Augusta district of Virginia, in 1775. Jane "Jennie" died in Adams County, Illinois, on April 11, 1863; she was 88. Jane "Jennie" was buried in Hebron Cemetery Near Camp Point, Illinois.
NOTE: Exclude this family line from project.
John Shawhan Marriage Consent for Jenny Shawhan

I do certify that the within named Jenny Shawhan is twenty one years of age. Given under my hand this 29th day of April 1802.


John Shawhan

On May 17, 1802 Jane "Jennie" married William BECKETT, son of John Samuel BECKETT (about 1745-) & Mary, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Married by M. Hitt. William was born in Pennsylvania in 1775. William died in Clark County, Indiana, in July 1844; he was 69. William was buried in Clegg Cemetary, Clark County, Indiana.

from “The Becket-Shawhan Geneology” by The Late Harold L. Becket and his aunt The Late Mary E. Becket

This account of the Beckett family begins with William A. Beckett, whose marriage to Jane Shawhan is attested by the marriage book in the courthouse of Bourbon County at Paris, Kentucky, dated May 7, 1802. 1 am sorry to say I am not able to say who William's parents were, or where they lived before emigrating to Kentucky. There is reason to believe they lived in Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, in Accomack County. There were also Becketts in Virginia during the Revolution, and many took part in the war, as the National Archives and Virginia Archives show. Some of them were in Pittsburgh during the disagreement between Lord Dunmore and William Penn over the Pennsylvania boundary. The argument might have ended in a fight if the war with England had not become a serious matter. Several Becketts were in Pittsburgh at that time, and some of them entered the Patriot army. When the war was over, settlers poured into Kentucky by the thousands, especially between 1785 and 1790, after Kentucky was permitted to join the family of States.
Among those settlers were John and Robert, whose names are found in the 1790 Taxpayers census, which proves they were there before 1790, and before 1800. Their names are found in the taxpayers census of 1800, with the names of Robert and William Beckett. John and Robert were property owners in Bourbon County before 1790, and also John in Harrison County. The county was divided in 1792, so the division means I think that it lay on both sides of the Licking River. The 1800 census shows Robert and William in Bourbon County and also in Washington County. This may indicate that they were either father and son or brothers.
By this time, several other counties had citizens carrying the name of Beckett. Some of these were Benjamin, Clark County, Humphrey, Fleming County. Joseph was now a taxpayer in Bourbon County. All of these except William are named, at one time or another, as veterans of the Revolution. (Mrs. Ardery, author of several books on Bourbon County and genealogist.)
A family named Shawhan arrived in Bourbon County in 1791. Among the children of this family, there was a daughter named Jane Shawhan, who was born in 1777, and who became the wife of William Beckett. We have some of the history of this family.
In the John Fox Memorial Library (Paris, Kentucky) are copies of papers published in 1944 on "Early Bourbon County Families", compiled by a committee of DAR researchers.
From the March 14, 1844 Kentuckian Citizen: "A Sketch of the Shawhan (Shaughen) Family."
Jane Shawhan, daughter of Daniel and Margaret (Bell) Shawhan, married William Beckett, May 7, 1802. Their children were: Robert A. Beckett, born January 18, 1808. He married Mary Downing. He is the only one we have a record of.
Daniel Shawhan was born December 17, 1738, in Kent County, Maryland, which date is given in Shrewsbury Parish Record Page 240. He died in Bourbon County, Kentucky, May 11, 1791. He served in the Revolutionary War from Maryland. He went with his father and family to Frederick County, Maryland, thence to Hampshire County, Virginia.
He married Margaret Bell about 1762-1763, who was born in Virginia, daughter of Robert Bell of County Tyrone, Ireland, and his wife Agness (Fleming) Bell of Edinburgh, Scotland, who had settled on land four miles from Romney, Virginia, on the South Branch of the Potomac, where he was killed (instantly), "the breaking of the saddle girth when his mount "Drednot" attempted to leap a brook" (See History of Alleghany and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania). The Shawhans migrated to Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, some time after October 23, 1771, when their son John was born in Hampshire County, Virginia.
Daniel took up 640 acres of land six miles out (of Fort Pitt) in the vicinity of old Mt. Lebanon Presbyterian Church, a section now termed Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
The first child of William and Jane was John, born April 12, 1804. During that year they went to live in Indiana, just across the Ohio from Louisville. With them went two Shawhan children, Mary, born 1796, and Luke, born 1799. Mary was married to Josiah Thomas June 14, 1813. Luke married Nancy McComb, Feb. 10, 1819. In his application for a marriage license he gave his name as Lucas Shawhan, formerly known as Lucas Beckett. The minister was James Garner. Luke was called Luke Beckett in all the census reports except the one in 1850, where for some reason he gave his name as John W. Beckett, and his oldest son as John W. Beckett, Jr.
The family lived on a place called Pine Lick, in Monroe Township, Clark County, Indiana. It was north of Jeffersonville, the county seat, several miles. William and nearly all his sons, and Luke, gave their occupations as Cooper. They also farmed. Making barrels was a good business those days. Nearly everything was shipped in them, including whiskey, and they lived close to the whiskey capital of the country.
The Shawhan family, of which our ancestress, Jane Shawhan Beckett was a member, was an old family even in colonial times. Daniel Shawhan is known to have been born in Maryland, in 1738. A family of Shawhans is said to have settled in Maryland, leasing a parcel of land in 1743. Daniel's parents moved with him and possibly other children that we have no record of to Frederick County, Maryland; thence to Frederick County, Virginia, and after that to a place in Augusta County, in the part later called Hampshire County, and in the Civil War became part of West Virginia. The dates of these moves are not known, but they settled about four miles south of Romney, on the south branch of the Potomac River. A neighbor family was that of Robert Bell, whose family was called "the South River Bells", as there were two other Bell families in the neighborhood.
Daniel was married to Margaret Bell, daughter of Robert and Margaret Bell. Robert Bell was born in Northern Ireland, his wife Agness Fleming in Edinbergh, Scotland. There were several Bell children. While the Shawhans lived in Virginia they had two children, Joseph and John. Jane was born to them after they moved to Pittsburgh.
That removal was a result of the death of Robert Bell, who was killed by a fall from his horse, when the saddle girth broken when his horse attempted to jump a ditch. Most of the Bells and the Shawhans moved to a place about six miles from Fort Pitt, someplace between 1771, when John was born, and 1777 when Jane was born.
In the 1780's there was a tremendous land rush in Kentucky, attracting settlers by the thousands, many of them arriving by way of the Ohio River. Daniel Shawhan and his family arrived in Kentucky in 1791, and secured land near the south fork of the Licking River, north of Paris, County Seat of Bourbon County. There is a small community at that location to this day called Shawhan.
Shortly after the arrival of the Shawhans in Kentucky, Daniel died. It is possibly that his illness was the reason for the move from Pittsburgh. The 1790 tax census (the first US census was taken in 1790, but was lost in a fire, when the British took Washington during the War of 1812) did not list any Shawhans, but the 1800 census listed John and Margaret as taxpayers.
Daniel Shawhan was buried in a cemetery at Ruddles Mills, as were all members of the family for many years. They moved to Cynthiana sometime before the Civil War, and the bodies of the family members were disinterred and reburied in a new cemetery established at Cynthiana. A few years ago the old stone vault stood open, monuments stood about, so weathered that the inscriptions were illegible. Perrin's History of Bourbon County says that Daniel was the first buried there.
Daniel's and Margaret's oldest son, Joseph, married the daughter of the Ewalt family, who were people who came to Kentucky with the Shawhans. They had two children, John born Oct. 2, 1811, and Henry, born Nov. 20, 1805. These sons of Joseph and Sallie Ewalt became shrewd businessmen in Bourbon County and Harrison County during the early and middle years of the century. They became very wealthy and powerful, buying and selling land, operating several distilleries, a big store in Cynthiana, a bank, probably the first in Cynthiana, even built a railroad from the coal mines in the mountains to the east to Cynthiana, where the families all lived and operated their businesses.
John, when the Civil War began, recruited a regiment of soldiers with himself as the leader, and was killed at the head of his regiment in 1862. Henry lived into the 1870's. Both men married and had large families.
So we have at least a pretty comprehensive story about the Shawhans in the early days of the Commonwealth. I wish I could say the same about the Beckett family. It is not because the Beckett name was so unusual. Every history book and record of county and state affairs during the early days of the colonies seem to mention people named Beckett. That is just the trouble, they were scattered every place, and we do not find them mentioned in families so they might be more easily traced. They had interesting adventures, and not always of a character that we can add with pride to our family tree. Several were said to have been "transported" to work in the tobacco and cotton fields. You didn't have to be very much of a criminal to get into jail in the old England of the days of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, I have found at least four ministers of the Anglican church in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and maybe other places. They married into good families, as a rule, they just did not go in for publicity that would take the name into the archives.
Our William Beckett may have come to Bourbon County from Pittsburg with the Shawhans. In the 1790 census of Berks County, Pennsylvania, we find the names of several Becketts who were heads of families, and right in the middle of them is the name a family of Ewalts, three females, no males. This occurence suggests that the Becketts and some, at least, of the Ewalt family lived near each other, and. some of the Beckett family accompanied the Ewalt and Shawhan families to Kentucky. Perhaps further research will tie these little events together. The History of Pittsburgh mentions Joseph Beckett, and four or five are named in Augusta County Militia rosters, all from Augusta County.
No, we cannot say with assurance where the Beckett settlers of Bourbon came from. The census says over. and over that he came from Pennsylvania, and that he was born in 1775. It seems likely some of that family of Becketts enlisted with Daniel Morgan, who was kept busy raising troops for General Washington during the Revolution. Morgan enlisted most of his riflemen from the neighborhood of Winchester, Romney, Pittsburgh, and all the towns of the northern end of the Appalachians. One Humphrey Beckett was one of his men, and with him, he declares in his petition for pension, at Monmouth, and each of the series of battles, Washington's troops fought around Philadelphia during the early part of the War. Humphrey declared he was with Morgan's Rifles, 11th Infantry, for three years. He was one of the several Becketts in the military from Frederick and Augusta Counties. Unfortunately he did not leave us any information about the other members of his family.
Our William would have been a baby when the Revolution began, and it was fought for six years, at least.
John and Robert Beckett were the only Becketts listed on the 1790 taxpayers census of Bourbon County. A Kentucky researcher, Mrs. Ardery, writes that John and Robert, with some some others named, were all veterans, and died in Bourbon, or at least in Kentucky, leaving estates. I would like to believe that one of those two was father to our William.
At the time William and Jane were being married, Gen. George Rogers Clark and his brother William, and their brother-in-law, named Anderson, were engaged in a difficult and thankless job of portioning out the bounty land by which Rogers' soldiers were paid their wages. Among those veterans of the Indian and British battles and scuffles was one named Cornelius Ruddle. He was a member of a family of Ruddles that came from a few miles below the old Potomac home of the Shawhan family in Hampshire County and took up large holdings in Kentucky. This man and some of his family, when William and Jane were moving into Clark County, Indiana, across the river from Louisville, established his own home in the same area, and perhaps was instrumental in their move to that place. Rogers and the others worked hard for years distributing the money or land to the ex-soldiers. There must have been the basis for good feeling between Ruddle and the Becketts, but what that basis was is still a mystery. We are reminded of it, however, when we notice how often the name Cornelius is given the descendants of William and his children and children's children.
William Beckett died in 1844, and was buried in the old Clegg cemetery. The Indiana Geological Society has lists of pioneers buried in the Clark County cemeteries. I understand that there is a stone in the Hebron Cemetery near Camp Point, Illinois, inscribed with his name and date of his death, and also with that of Jane, although she died in Illinois in 1867, having outlived William twenty-three years. And Jane died a horrible death. I am informed by a member of the family that Jane fell into a fireplace and was burned to death. She had never remarried, but her youngest son James remained single and took care of her until she died. John and his wife, Martha remained in Clark County until 1856, and they, with James and Jane and a number of other neighbors and relatives removed to Illinois, to be with the other members of their family.
William's name is on the tombstone with that of Jane. It would seem that his remains may have been moved from the Clegg Cemetery to the one in Adams County, and a suitable monument set up.
Luke and his family remained in Indiana. It is said that he left three sons and their families in Indiana when he went to live with Joseph Beckett in Adams County, Illinois. He had been there only a short time when he was killed by a train as he walked on the track. His death occurred July 9, 1877. He was buried in the cemetery near Camp Point.
They had the following children:

33 i. Mary “Polly” (ca1796-)

34 ii. Luke (Shawhan) (1799-1877)

35 iii. John (1804-1879)

36 iv. Joseph Shawhan (1809-1878)

37 v. Elizabeth Nancy (1811-1871)

vi. Nancy. Nancy was born in 1811. Nancy died in 1871; she was 60.

38 vii. James A. (1815-1881)

39 viii. Jane (1817-1866)

40 ix. Robert Alexander (1818-1892)

x. Polly.
9. Elizabeth SHAWHAN (Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Elizabeth was born in Youghioghania County, Augusta district of Virginia, on June 13, 1779. Elizabeth died in Clark County, Indiana, on May 20, 1853; she was 73. Elizabeth was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana.
NOTE: Exclude this family line from project.


Birth location: Pennsylvania. {ES}
See file 733, Bourbon County Court Records, Ky., for marriage and family and migration to Indiana. {Madsen, p. 12}
Elizabeth and Eli migrated to Charlseton Twp., Clark Co., Indiana, settling on an adjoining farm to Jane (Roberston) and William Beckett. {R.T. Shawhan, p. 8}
Moved to Clark Co., Indiana in 1802. {ES, p. 8}
On July 13, 1797 Elizabeth married Eli ROBERTSON, son of Nathan ROBERTSON (1751-) & Elizabeth SPEAKS, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Eli was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on January 5, 1776. Eli died in Charlestown Twp., Clark County, Indiana, on February 10, 1844; he was 68. Eli was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana.
Birth location: Maryland. {ES}
Ky. Marriage Records and Suit in File 733 Bourbon Circuit Ct., give the name in error as Robinson.


Moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky near Paris about 1787 remaining until about 1801.
Appears on Census of Indiana Territory for 1807 [6P30]
Ell Robertson enlisted in Captain Charles Mathew's Company 2 d Regiment, Indiana Militia. Enlisted 8 May 1813. Discharged 15 May 1813. [7P9]

Eli Robinson (Robertson) appears on 1820 Federal Census for Indiana Page 23 for Clark County, Indiana. [8P348]

Eli Robinson (Robertson) appears on 1830 Federal Population Census for Indiana as a resident of Clark County, Indiana. Page 42 [13P186]


Birth location: Maryland. {ES}
Ky. Marriage Records and Suit in File 733 Bourbon Circuit Ct., give the name in error as Robinson.
They had the following children:

41 i. Daniel (1798-1874)

42 ii. Nathan (1800-1868)

43 iii. Hezekiah (1805-1890)

44 iv. John (1807-1863)

45 v. Eli Doc (1810-1882)

46 vi. Charlotte (1814-1886)

47 vii. Elizabeth M. (1815-~1863)

48 viii. Jane (1818-1889)

ix. Mary Ann. Mary Ann was born in Clark County, Indiana, on February 28, 1820.

About 1840 Mary Ann married Isaac WILLIAMS, son of Isaac WILLIAMS (-1853) & Agnes (Nancy) SHAWHAN (6) (1767-), in Clark County, Indiana. Isaac was born about 1816.

x. Joseph.

Research: Died unmarried.
xi. Nancy. Nancy died in died young.
10. Joseph SHAWHAN (Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Joseph was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania., on September 12, 1781. Joseph served in Colonel Indiana War of 1812, in 1812; he was 30. Joseph died in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on September 15, 1871; he was 90. Occupation: Whiskey distiller and horse owner.
This old stone house on the Edgewater Pike six miles from Cynthiana, was built by Joseph Shawhan. In 1788, at the age of seven, he came to Kentucky from Pennsylvania with his parents. His father, Daniel Shawhan, stopped at the spring back of Mt. Carmel Church, decided it was the best water he ever tasted and that he would build a distillery on the spot, which he did.
Daniel settled near Mt. Carmel, where he lived with his wife and eight children. He died before his children were grown, and Joseph and John came into Harrison County when quite young, both later becoming vast land owners in the county. (John was the great-grandfather of Mr. Jim Shawhan, now one of Cynthiana's most venerable citizens).
Joseph married Sarah Ewalt in 1800, fought in the War of 1812, then built this old house in 1816. His children were: Henry (who later became the first president of The National Bank), John, Daniel, Margaret (Mrs. Pugh Miller), Rebecca (Mrs. Wesley Hoggins) and Sarah (Mrs. John Lail). The old house had three separate doors and three stairways, a convenient arrangement when several of his married children lived with him for a time.

Joseph was quite a boy, according to Collins History which says, "He was the largest landholder of fine and costly lands in cultivation, reckoning by the number of acres, in Kentucky, and probably in America. He used to take flat boats with produce from the mouth of the Beaver on Licking River to the foreign port of New Orleans and travel back on foot through the Indian nation and wilderness with proceeds of the boat and cargo in Spanish doubloons and 'milled dollars' jingling in the pouch slung from a stick on his shoulder."

He was a self-made man with little if any formal education. He said that he began supporting himself when he was nine years old. Like his father, he was one of the first makers of "Bourbon County" whiskey, and during his lifetime operated a large and profitable distilling business in addition to his vast land holdings. He was a small, stockily built man very shrewd, energetic and alert, and not much inclined to take orders. One of his favorite sayings was, "Believe nothing you hear and damn little you see." Once during the Civil War, when he was riding home from Paris, he was stopped near the town by Federal troops stationed there to maintain martial law, and ordered to take off his spurs. He rude on, ignoring the order, but the officer in charge told the men not to shoot "the old fool," and he went on home without further interference.
He was always keenly interested in all the details of his business operations, and his great-grandson said that it was his habit when he was a very old man to climb up on a stack of straw he was buying and tramp it to be sure it was sound.
He represented Harrison County several times in the Legislature.
Besides his business interests, he was a great reader of the newspapers and all the books he could collect. He liked oil lamps with no chimneys which he placed between himself and his paper or book on a small table when he read.
He died in 1871, aged 90 years and 3 days. He was a most inveterate lover of horses and horse racing, having gone to the Lexington races, both spring and fall meetings, whenever held, since 1800. For 71 years, since his 19th year, this passion for racing and witnessing races had grown upon him; and he lost his life from an accident while returning from the great race won by the horse Longfellow. He was driving a young, nervous horse, and when he reached a woods not far from his home a storm came up and his horse became frightened. He unhitched it and mounted it to ride, but the horse was so frightened it threw him, injuring him fatally.

A handsome portrait of the old gentleman hangs in the home of Mrs. Agnes McDowell, his great-great-granddaughter. His only other direct descendants in the county are Elizabeth and Agnes McDowell, Susan Miller, Mrs. Dewey Kuster Jr., Mrs. Anna Sue Waits and Margaret Waits. Mr. Jim Shawhan is a great-nephew and Mrs. C. L. Robinson of Cynthiana and Miami Beach, is a great-great-niece.

After the death of Joseph Shawhan, the old house was owned by the following: John Snell Shawhan, his son, (1871-1882), Mrs. Thomas Worthington (1882-1923), R. D. Worthington (1923-1928), Mrs. Robert Lyne (1928-1935), Charles Bova (1935-1938), John Lang (1938-1942), Noah Florence (1942-1943), Ross Pepper Jr. (1943-1957). Mrs. Worthington, a widow, reared her children, Bessie and Robert D. in the old place.

After the Worthingtons, so far as we know, none of the owners lived in the old house, but lived instead, in the present Ross Pepper Jr. home on the New Lair Pike about half a mile away on the same farm.

Ross Pepper Jr. has recently torn down the log section of the house, the fireplace of which shows in the picture.


He came to Kentucky with his father, Daniel , in 1788; and after his father's death in 1791, made his home with his widowed mother, his brother John and his unmarried sisters. In 1816 he was in Harrison County, first having been in Maysville. {Madsen, p. 26; NDN, p. 64}
"He was a member of the Kentucky Legislature in 1844-7 and 1857-61. The assessment books of Harrison County show that he owned 2500 acres of the blue grass land, 3500 acres in all, in Harrison and Bourbon Counties. He was a great lover of [racing] horses, as were all male members of his family, and attended the Lexington races since 1800; for 71 years this passion for racing had grown, and the last race he attended was in 1871…the race of "Longfellow" (Collins History of Kentucky, Volume II). Returning home, he was thrown from his horse and killed. Collins History of Kentucky Volume I/217 states: 'September 15, 1871, Joseph Shawhan; death by being thrown from his horse while returning from the Lexington races, aged 90 years and 3 days, the oldest turfman in Ky., and a farmer of 3600 acres of bluegrass land in Harrison and Bourbon Counties. He and his father emigrated from western Pennsylvania, and were the first among the makers of whiskey that was given the name "Bourbon" for Bourbon County. He used to take flatboats with produce from the mouth of the Beaver on Licking River to the foreign port of New Orleans and travel back on foot through Indian nations and wilderness with proceeds of the boat and cargo in Spanish doubloons and "milled dollars" jingling in his pockets and from a pouch slung from a stick on his shoulder.'" (See also Armstrong's Biography and Encyclopedia of Kentucky, 1876, p. 278; and Alleghany County, Pa., Volume II/426, Warner). {Madsen, pp. 26-27}
NOTE: The town of "Shawhan" (originally known as "Shawhan's Station" after a railroad shipping point of the Kentucky Central Railroad through land donated by Joseph and his son Daniel) is still occupied and shown on maps as of this writing (1983). When recently visited by the author, it consisted of about 10 homes, a General Store under the proprietor, Lucius Moreland, and the "Shawhan Baptist Church" with a cornerstone dated 1859. The town still lies across a railroad feeder line and can be reached by driving north from Paris, Ky., for a few miles on U.S. Route 27, then taking a road intersecting from the right (east). {R.T. Shawhan, p. 8}
Excerpt from "Kentuckian," a Paris, Kentucky, newspaper: "Jo Shawhan Sr., has laid out a mile track on that portion of his 2,800 acres of land, lies in this county whereupon the Cynthiana News says: "Jo Shawhan has now 2,800 acres in Bourbon. We only claimed a portion, as the reader can see. Uncle Jo is here as we write this and says that he has now 3,370 acres of land; that 2,450 acres lie in Harrison, 500 acres in Bourbon and 360 in Scott. His home place lays on either side of the Bourbon and Harrison line, his residence being in Harrison within a few yards of the line. His lands lands with the exception of 200 or 300 acres below Cynthiana, are among the best in the three counties. He recently exchanged Bourbon land for Scott land in order to get clear of our railroad taxes. April 27 1870."
Article from the "Kentuckian," a Paris, Kentucky newspaper:
About 1796 Daniel Shawhan with a large family traveled from Pennsylvania in a covered wagon bringing his copper still and settled in Shawhan. His harvest was great and he manufactured the "Bourbon" whiskey. He located on the Townsend Valley Road and later his still was near Shawhan, the old railroad from here. He died and two sons Joseph and Daniel carried on the trade. His property value grew to around a quarter of a million dollars. His partner was H.C.Bowen and T.E. Moore who later married his grand daughter.
In Pennsylvania they called whisky "Monougahela," it being called after the county in which it was manufactured. SHAWHAN, following the same example, called the whisky manufactured by him after the county in which his new home was situated, "Bourbon."
It was the first whisky ever manufactured in Kentucky or in the Mississippi Valley.
The third year out the father died, and it then devolved upon his son Joseph to carry on the business. He being industrious, their little farm was soon extended, and assumed respectable size. The excellency of his whiskies soon gave him a wide reputation, and the large emigration kept up a heavier demand than could be supplied. He though, bent his energies to his work, increased his capacity as a distiller, and "Bourbon" soon became a household word.
Joseph Shawhan recently died at the age of 85. He left property valued at upwards of a quarter of a million of dollars.
The emigrant from Pennsylvania was Daniel Shawhan, father of the late Joseph Shawhan, who died at the age of 90 years, from being thrown from a horse. At the time of receiving the injury he was quite vigorous, and in the enjoyment of good health, looking as if he might live many more years. His relatives still produce the same quality of hand-made fire copper and Bourbon as originally.
T.E. Moore who married Joseph Shawhan's granddaughter, in connection with his partner, H.C. Bowen, is largely engaged in the distilling business at Shawhan, Bourbon County, Ky, as is also Mr. J. Snell Shawhan, a grandson of Joseph Shawhan, and many others in Bourbon, which still maintains their reputation for distilling pure Bourbon and Rye whiskies. Editor Kentuckian, November 25 1885.
DANIEL SHAWHAN born 1738 and Died 1791.


The following description of the little town of Shawhan, Ky., was sent to me by Ms. Patty Biddle, from the Duncan Tavern Historical Library, Paris, Ky. Ms. Biddle included the original hand-written document (author ). Reference to "James" Shawhan is obviously Daniel Shawhan (1738-1791).--Bob Francis
James Shawhan, his sons Joseph and Daniel carried on the whiskey trade. His property value grew to a quarter of a million dollars. His partners were H.C. Bowen and T.E. Moore. The George Pugh distillery on the edge of Harrison and Bourbon Counties was down the L & N R.R. Bridge near the Townsend and Licking River.
Shawhan had toll gates at the Larue Road, Ruddles Mills, and Cynthiana and Paris Roads. Other improvements were two railroads, built by L & N. Improvements were a R.R. crossing signal, a wooden bridge overpass, and finally a concrete bridge. Shawhan had three stores (W.O. Crombie, H.H. Kriegel, Ed Ralls, George Tate, Joe and Leila Smith, Lucius Moreland), a barber, garage, depot with services (ticket agents John Kiser, V.E. Price), a post master (EdRalls) and P.M. Mistress (Mrs. Joe Smith), a telegraph operator, 2 coal operators, (Arthur Hendricks, R.R. Lail), section foremen (J.W. Farmer, Harrison Dean, and Bill Owens), telephone exchange (Mrs. McClure and Mrs. Menmae), doctors (J.W. Ferguson, Knox, Smith, G.Rankin and H.B. Anderson), school house, church, and loading chutes for shipping stock, and slaughter pen (at Lail's) and blacksmith shop (Dick Doty).
Shawhan Masonic Lodge and Grangers met upstairs at one store. The community at one time had a small dance pavillion in the woods with gasoline lights and music furnished by banjo and violin. There is an old cemetery. There were three black families, Russell Bland, Frank Lindsay and Mr. Ayres. There are beautiful historical homes. Population now is 200. First church was small wooden structure costing $600 and organized by Bishop Forsythe in 1863 called "The Shawhan Presbyterian Church". Later a stone church donated by Mrs. J.W. Dazelle was built by members in Gothic style with stained windows depicting Bible scenes. These are in memory of Davis heirs, and completed in 1937. Mrs. Woodford Clark, of Shawhan, who sent this information, is a descendant of the Davis family.
First school was started in this precinct in a log cabin on Henry David's place and taught by James Lafferty. Later a school was built near the church. Children walked or drove ponies and - used stalls at the school. There was a 30 day summer school with paying pupils.
There were 2 small pox cases. The church was closed as few attended and they shared ministers with Millersburg Presbyterian Church. The Baptists have reopened it with Bro. McCauley. The school was moved to Ruddles Mills, then divided among the schools at Millersburg, Paris, or Bourbon County. There used to be a Volunteer Fire Department but they now have a fire siren and depend on Paris Fire Department.
For amusement, there used to be camp meetings in tents, circuses from the Chatauqua, ice skating, candy pulling parties, dances, card games, such as Euchre, Rook, and checkers. It is still a nice friendly neighborhood. We have had many people leave as ministers, Doctors, nurses, teachers, mechanics, electricians, construction workers, and bankers. We had no street names, but nick names such as "Tin Can Alley," "Frogtown," and "Cedars".
Shawhan has a Constable, School Board Member and a Magistrate.
Uncle Joe Shawhan told of a Spears Distillery in 1790.
Shawhan was settled about 1796.
Boundary of Shawhan was from near Rudd1es Fort to the Mt. Carmel Road. (This must mean Shawhan precinct). The settlement of Shawhan is near the present day Harrison County line, and many residents are on Harrison County mail routes. An errly church which was the hub of the cammunity has been revitalized and is located along the old Kentucky Central Railroad, later acquired by the L & N R.R.
SHAWHAN was named for the James (Daniel) Shawhan family who traveled fram Pennsylvania in a covered wagon bringing his copper still. The corn harvest was great and he manufactured the "Bourbon" whiskey. He settled on the Townsend Valley Road and later had his still near Shawhan up the old railroad.
On September 6, 1803 Joseph married Sarah "Sallie" EWALT, daughter of Henry EWALT (January 27, 1754-September 1829) & Elizabeth FREY/FRYE (1757-1837), in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Married by Martin Hitt. Sarah "Sallie" was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1783. Sarah "Sallie" died in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on September 13, 1837; she was 54.

Nicknamed "Sally." Sarah Ewalt b. 16 APR 1783, Bedford, PA, ref: HJZ5-LD, m. 6 Sep 1803, in Bourbon County, Kentucky,S2T Joseph Shawhan, b. 12 SEP 1781, (son of Daniel Shawhan and Margaret Bell) ref: HJZ2-S1,S1T d. 15 SEP 1871, Bourbon Co. , KY. Sarah died 13 SEP 1837, Bourbon County, Kentucky.
They had the following children:

49 i. Joseph (~1798-<1860)

50 ii. Henry Ewalt (1805-1882)

51 iii. Sarah Elizabeth "Betsey" (1807-)

52 iv. John (1811-1862)

53 v. Margaret (1812->1888)

54 vi. Rebecca (1817-)

55 vii. William B. (1821-1859)

56 viii. Daniel (1823-)

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