Richard Vest, Sr.
born 00/00/1742 in
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Richard Vest, Sr., is a mystery man when he first appears in Buckingham Co. VA, paying taxes at the age of 32. (John Vest, another tithable in the same area, is probably Richard's brother.) Richard enlists for two years in the Continental Army, under the command of Col. Christie, fighting Shawnee Indians and the British in the Battle of Holston from 1775 to 1777. The battle his militia won at Point Pleasant Oct. 10, 1775, made Boone's settlements in Kentucky possible, and allowed all future pioneer movements beyond the Cumberland Gap. Even after the British were defeated, the war went on with the Cherokees until 1794. It is said that "The two decades that the Holston Militia fought for its existence was the bloodiest and longest war with the Indians in the United States."
We next hear of Richard with his son Richard, Jr., and their families in Henry County, KY, in 1810 when he is 68. In 1820 he and his wife are in Scott County, IN, owning land bordering Daniel Kimberlin's. Our last view of him is in 1830 when he is 88 years old. He and his wife are living with their son, Richard Jr. Both he and his son married women of the LeMaster family. As the patriarch of the Vest family, he is the great grandfather of Amanda A. Vest, Sadie Kimberlin's mother. "Vest" is a Swiss German name meaning man of the West.
Spouse ~ Susan LeMaster