Hans Michael Gutknecht (c.1718 - 1781)

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Birthplace: Alsace-Loraine, Germany
Death: Died in Near Harland's Station, Mercer, Kentucky
Managed by: Dianne Lee Stark
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About Hans Michael Gutknecht

Served in the Revolutionary War.

Children (mother unkn) include: Catherine "Katy" Goodnight b. 1744 who married Henry Landers; Daughter Goodnight b. 1745; Mary "Polly" Goodnight b. 1746 in Germany; Christian Goodnight b. 1747 who married Caterinah Cook; Unkn Goodnight b. 1754; Enoch Goodnight b. 1755; George Goodnight b. 1737; Henry Sr. Goodnight b. 1758 who married Elizabeth Chisholm; Samuel Goodnight b. 1760; and Christopher Goodnight b. 1761 in Rockbridge, Augusta Co., VA.

Children by Mary Landis (Landers): Margaret Goodnight b. 1763 who married Henry Pope I; Elizabeth Goodnight b. 1764 married Patrick Doran; John S. Goodnight b. 1765 who married Ruth Davis; Jacob Goodnight b. 1767 married Elizabeth Hoover; Henry Goodnight b. 1769 who married Elizabeth Unkn; Rachel Goodnight b. 1771 married Jacob Young (Pres. Harry Truman's line); Abraham Goodnight b. 1772 who married Mary Hannah; Sarah "Sally" Goodnight b. 1773 m. Peter Boucher Jr.; Daughter Goodnight b. abt 1777; Michael Goodnight b. 1780; and Isaac Goodnight b. 1782.

-------------------- A little HISTORY lesson first!!

    In 1776 all of what is now the State of KY, WAS KENTUCKY COUNTY, VIRGINIA!!!!!
    IN 1780 KENTUCKY Co, Virginia WAS divided into 3 Co, Fayette, Jefferson  and
          LINCOLN
    In 1790 there were 9 counties, including  LINCOLN  and  MERCER
    In  1792  KENTUCKY  became a State in its own right.

-------------------- From http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lised&id=I224 :

Another source says he was born in 1725. His first wife married him in Germany and died about 1760 in Virginia. He was a constable in Mecklenburg Co., NC in 1775. He was a tax assessor in Mecklenburg Co. in 1777 and 1778. The DAR lists him among those who rendered patriotic service during the Revolutionary War.

He died when he was scalped by Indians. -------------------- Flannagan is her surname in 1788 when she signed the final Estate Papers for the

Estate of Hans Michael Goodnight.

The Goodnight family immigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany. Hans Michel Gutknecht (born 1721) sailed to America in 1752, and his name was changed to Hans Michael Goodnight. He married Mary Landers in Kentucky in 1762. His first wife, from Germany, Mary Barbara Fiscus died in 1761. Hans and his brother George were supposedly the first settlers of Kentucky when it was called "The Dark and Bloody Ground". He was killed by Indians in 1781, at Harlan's Station, KY. The story can be found in KY Biographies. They were buried in a mass grave. When the Lair brothers obtained the land, they moved the remains or bones to the Lair vault overlooking the Licking River.

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Hans Gutknecht's Timeline

1718
1718
Alsace-Loraine, Germany
1744
1744
Age 26
Germany
1745
1745
Age 27
Germany
1746
1746
Age 28
Germany
1747
May 16, 1747
Age 29
Palatine, Germany
1748
1748
Age 30
Germany
1751
1751
Age 33
Germany
1752
October 4, 1752
Age 34
Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1753
1753
Age 35
1754
1754
Age 36
Bedford, VA, USA