J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

1954

J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

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the eldest son of Davison and Elener (or Eleanor) Filson, East Fallowfield Township, on the west branch of Brandywine Creek, Chester County PA, probably in 1747. One brother, Robert, and two sisters, Ann and Eleanor. His mother died sometime before 1768, and his father remarried to Agnes Boggs in that year, and they had four more children. He attended common schools, then classical and mathematical education at the West Nottingham Academy of Cecil County MD, near the border with PA, a Presbyterian school that is still in existence; under Rev. Samuel Finley. When his father died in 1776, Filson inherited a part of the lands and a share of the cash, the crops, and livestock. Was probably a schoolteacher during the Revolution. J Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954):1-2.

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1954

J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

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Came to KY shortly after the end of the Revolution. Walked to Pittsburg, down the Ohio to Maysville, then overland to Lexington. Possibly there by 1782. Taught school and surveyed. Entered nearly 13,000 acres of virgin land in Fayette and Jefferson counties, paying for them with depreciated VA currency. After conducting his interviews, he settled down in a log cabin in Lexington to prepare his mss. This he took back east to Wilmington DL, where it was printed in 1784 by James Adams. He then took his calcuations for a map to Philadelphia, where Henry D. Pursell engraved it and it was printed by Ternon Rook. J Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954):4-5

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1954

J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

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Since there were no copyright laws in effect, his history and map were pirated and reprinted extensively both here and abroad. 1785 published in Paris by M. Parraud. German editions in 1785, 1789, and 1790. Three reprints in England in 1792, 1793, and 1797, and in Ireland in 1793, these as part of Imlay's book. A small two volume set in NY in 1793, the first Imlay, the second Filson. Alexander Fitzroy, THE DISCOVERY, PURCHASE, AND SETTLEMENT OF THE COUNTRY OF KENTUCKIE, IN NORTH AMERICA (London, 1786) was a plagarization. J Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954):7-8.

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1954

J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

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In 6/1785 he left Louisville and went by canoe down the Ohio to the Wabash, then up to Post St. Vincents or Vincennes. He was back by August, but returned in the fall. He seems to have had the idea of doing for the Illinois country what he had previously done for Kentucky, for he was gathering data, distances, interviewing pioneers, making notes, etc. Returning to Louisville in 6/1786 he and his party were attacked by Indians on the Wabash; Filson was forced to land and flee for his life. Two of his companions were scalped and killed. He made it back to Louisville on foot. He hurried back east, where he made his will. J Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954):11-12.

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1954

J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

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After living at home in PA for several months, Filson returned to KY in the spring of 1787. He was in the process of losing all his lands in a series of law suits. He fell back upon school teaching. This is when he published the announcement of his new seminary in the KENTUCKY GAZETTE (1/19/1788). There was so little enthusiasm, that he soon left Lexington for Louisville. J Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954):12-13.

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1954

J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

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In Louisville, in 8/1788, he entered into a contract with Robert Patterson of Lexington and Matthias Denman of NJ, who had secured from Judge John Cleves Symmes the property rights to about 800 acres of land on the north bank of the Ohio opposite the mouth of the Licking River, considered an ideal site for a river town. Filson, thought of as a skilled surveyor and author, was to assist in laying out the town and publicising it. Filson purchased an undivided one-third interest in the land. This announcement in the KENTUCKY GAZETTE of 8/30/1788 and 9/5/1788, signed by the three: <The subscribers being proprietors of a tract of land opposite the mouth of Licking river, on the N. West side of Ohio; have determined to lay off a town upon that excellent situation. The local and natural advantages speaks its future prosperity; being equal if not superior to any, on the bank of Ohio, between the Miamis. The in-lotts to be each half an acre, the out-lotts four acres, thirty of each to be given to settlers, upon paying one dollar and a half for the survey and deed of each lot. The fifteenth day of September is appointed for a large company to meet in Lexington, and mark a road from there to the mouth of Licking, provided Judge Symmes arrives, being daily expected. When the Town is laid off, lots will be given to such as may become residents before the first of April next.> J Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954):13-14.

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J. Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954)

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It is not known how much of what would become Cincinnati Filson helped to survey. After working there for some time he joined Symmes's surveying and exploring party to the Great Miami, to determine how far east of the river the western line of the town should extend. Filson separated from his party and went up the valley of the lower Miami country alone on foot. He was never heard of again. J Winston Coleman, Jr., JOHN FILSON, ESQ. KENTUCKY'S FIRST HISTORIAN AND CARTOGRAPHER (Lexington: Winburn Press, 1954):15.

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