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  • ID: I007110
  • Name: Abraham Kuykendall 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1719 in Minisink Twp., Orange Co., New York
  • Death: 1 APR 1812 in Buncombe Co, North Carolina
  • Burial: Mud Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Flat Rock(Now Henderson Co.), North Carolina
  • Christening: 18 OCT 1719 Deek Park Church, Kingston, Ulster, New York
  • Note:
    FLAT ROCK - A patriot of the American Revolution will be honored Saturday in a ceremony at the cemetery of the Mud Creek Baptist Church.

    The ceremony will dedicate a new monument for the grave of Abraham Kuykendall, a captain in the N.C. Militia from 1770-83.

    "This is an important event in our family's history," said descendant Charles Kuykendall. Abraham was "an important man in Colonial North Carolina and in the early history of Henderson County."

    Hendersonville Mayor Fred Niehoff and Flat Rock Mayor Terry Hicks have issued official proclamations declaring Saturday as Abraham Kuykendall Day.

    The Abraham Kuykendall Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is working with members of the Kuykendall family to host the event.

    The monument, a marble obelisk, is 8 feet tall. Two bronze plaques, one from the Daughters of the Founders and Patriots of America and the other from the Daughters of the American Revolution, will also be dedicated.

    Representatives of various historical societies and participation by adults and children in period costumes will also be featured.

    The public is invited. Descendants of Kuykendall from across the country are planning to attend.

    Kuykendall was appointed captain of a safety committee, which governed Tryon and Rutherford counties during the Revolutionary War years. He was later appointed justice of the peace and justice for the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions by the General Assembly of North Carolina.

    Kuykendall was one of the earliest settlers of Henderson County. In 1779, he obtained the first known land grant in the area now known as Flat Rock.

    Kuykendall donated the land to the church for its cemetery and its original church buildings. He eventually acquired nearly all of what is today historic Flat Rock.

    There are records of many land transactions. Among them are tracts of land in Mecklenburg Co. in 1764 and 1765 where he and Elizabeth solc, and in 1805 where he and Bathsheba sold some in Henderson Co. The last one I have recorded is his selling his homesite and grist mill on Mud Creek in Henderson Co. to a daughter and her husband, Edmund McGuffie, registered in 1816.
    When Rutherford Co. was formed Abraham was selected as one of the Commissioners to select the site and supervise the erection of the courthouse. He was also appointed a Justice of the Peace. He was the original landowner of Flat Rock, a 640-acre land grant given for Rev. War service. He gave the property for Mud Creek Baptist Church and is buried there. I read on this Revolutionary War gravemarker that he was a Corp. in Corbin's N.C. Troops. His name is also listed on the Rev. Soldiers monument on the Henderson County Court House lawn.
    In articles written about him in several publications, he is referred to as an important man and a man of wealth for those times. As an area became more populated he seemed to develop a pattern of moving westward into pioneer areas. At one them he owned more than 2,000 acres.
    Abraham Kuykendall lived in the upper Potomac Valley and lower Shenandoah before settling in the vicinity of Dutchman's Creek near the present site of Mont Holly, NC. That area, in the early 1750's was in Anson County. It became part of Mecklenburg County in 1762 and Tryon Co. in 1796. Tryon Co. was abolished in 1779 and recreated as Lincoln Co. and Rutherford Co.
    Abraham was a Corporal in Captains Cobron's Company of Anson Militia in 1750's. He was commissioned to establish the Tryon Co. boundary line. He was Captain of a militia company, 1770, and on duty as a Captain during and after 1776. He was commissioned to build the courthouse in 1774 and was authorized to levy taxes. He was a Justice of the Peace. Abraham was elected Captain of a company of the Public Safety committtee in 1775. When the colonial Assembly approved the abolition of Tryon Co. in 1778, he was appointed to survey the site for the county courthouse, jail and stocks for the new county.
    He received state grants for land in Buncombe Co. in 1792. In the January 1794 session of court he was selected on a road commission to survey a road from the Cane Creek ford to Flat Rock on the blue Ridge along the ridge above Mill Creek.
    Christian names of Kuykendall wives appeared on deeds. In 1754, Abrahma and his wife Elizabeth sold land in Anson Co. to William Adear. It is said that late in life Abraham married a young woman. On the 1800 census only an elderly female and male about age twenty lived with Abraham. By 1810, a younger female and male under age ten, resided in his household. In 1805, Wilson McKinney purchased land from Abraham and his wife Bathseba.
    The exact time of Abraham's death is unknown. His last deed was dated July 25, 1816. He sold land on Mud Creek, including his grist mill, to Edmund McGuffie.

    Abraham Kuykendall was baptized inthe Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam in 1719, and moved south with his family into Northampton County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) Maritje Westfael and they had a large family of children. He was listed as a Corporal in Captain Samuel Cobrin's list of men during the Spanish Alarm of 1747/8 at which time he would have been about 29 years of age. Since men under his leadership were in the early 20's of their ages, it stands to reason that it had to been in charge, and not another Abraham who was about 18 years old at the time, (son of Matthew). Abraham served the Revolutionary cause not only "civil service" providing goods and services for patriot cause, but attained the rank of Captian in Tryon during the Revolution, although his NSDAR marker indicated "Corporal". Abraham moved south into North Carolina, first into Anson, Mecklenburg, Tryon, then York District, South Carolina, then (now) Rutherford and then to Washington County, (now ) Tennessee, but following his brother Peter's death, he returned with Peter's sons, to Rutherford where the marriages of Peter's son are records in (Now) Lincoln County. Abraham Kuykendall and John Thomas returned to Buncombe County where they had land in the area of Mud Creek where Samuel Byers, a brother of William Byers, had settled, together with his sons, William, Francis, Joseph and James. Here Abraham settle in and around Flat Creek.
    He is known to have married a younger woman between 1903 and 1805 who apparently was a widow with four children. This wife's first name is known to be Bathsheba (--), a first name that appears in the Thomas family, but there is no documentation as yet to prove that she was actually of that family.
    Abraham died in 1812, verified by the dates os his estate settlement at which time he would have been 93/4 and not 104 as given by tradition. . .

    Father: Cornelius VAN KUYKENDALL b: 1686 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
    Mother: Maritje WESTVAAL\WESTFALL b: ABT 1686 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Burleson b: 16 JAN 1727/28 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
    • Married: 1743 in Henderson Co., North Carolina
    1. Has No Children Isaac Kuykendall b: 1746 in North Carolina
    2. Has No Children Solomon Kuykendall b: 1748 in North Carolina
    3. Has Children Jane Kuykendall b: 1751 in North Carolina
    4. Has No Children John Kuykendall b: 1754 in North Carolina
    5. Has Children James Kuykendall b: 1756 in Spartanburg, (now Spartanburg Co.), South Carolina
    6. Has Children Easter Kuykendall b: 1758 in North Carolina
    7. Has Children Matthew Kuykendall b: 9 FEB 1758 in Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina
    8. Has Children Simon Kuykendall b: 1766 in Washington Co., North Carolina(Now Tennessee)
    9. Has No Children Peter Kuykendall b: 1767 in Bubcombe(Now Henderson Co.), North Carolina
    10. Has Children Abraham Kuykendall , Jr. b: ABT 1772 in Buncombe(Now Henderson Co.), North Carolina
    11. Has No Children Rebecca Elizabeth Kuykendall b: ABT 1772
    12. Has Children Jacob Matthew Kuykendall b: 1774 in Buncombe Co., North Carolina

    1. Kuykendall Genealogy Website
    2. Tami Ramsey Genealogy
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