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John I Sturgeon

Birthdate: (110)
Birthplace: Ulster, Ireland
Death: 1832 (109)
Green River, Hart Co., KY. Rev. War.
Place of Burial: Hart, KY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel I Propositus Sturgeon and Margaret
Husband of Elenor Indian Nelly Terry or Ferrys
Father of Jeremiah I Sturgeon; James Raleigh Sturgeon; Robert Sturgeon; Martha Sturgeon; John Sturgeon, II and 5 others
Brother of Henry Sturgeon; Samuel II Sturgeon; Jeremiah Sturgeon; Thomas Sturgeon; Peter Sturgeon and 3 others

Managed by: Bjørn Erik Erik Berentsen
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About John I Sturgeon

Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A131876


Birth: (CIRCA) 1729 IRELAND


Service Description: 1) CAPT P.MATHEW,3RD DIV,5TH CLASS,7TH BATT, 2) COL J.PURDY


From "Genealogical History of the Sturgeons of North America" by Claudius T. McCoy (1926) comes this account: "I received a letter from one Louden F. Sturgeon of Lincoln, Nebraska…. Correspondence developed the intelligence that according to their family tradition, his ancestor John Sturgeon was the youngest of eight brothers who had been born in Ireland and had come with their father to Pennsylvania and had settled near Harrisburg, and that John had, prior to 1790, moved to Kentucky…."

"John probably went from the paternal roof-tree with his brother Robert to Cumberland County, PA about 1755 and some time later went to Kentucky…. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War."

The Descendants of John Sturgeon website says he served in the Revolutionary Army from 1778-1781.

John bought land in Cumberland County in 1767 and sold it in 1783, and Elenor signed the deed with him. He sold more land there in 1784 and Elenor did not sign, indicating she had died by them. This is the last record found of him in Pennsylvania, and he was in Kentucky by 1784.

In 1782-84 he had moved his family to Bourbon County, Kentucky, where he either came with Daniel Boone or shortly after. He was on the 1790 tax list for Shelby County, Kentucky. In 1792 he lived in Nelson County, Kentucky.

From the McCoy book, written in 1926: "The descendants of John are very numerous; they were long lived and had large families. John and his son James, and perhaps others of his sons settled in the wilds of Kentucky, while other sons went to Virginia or elsewhere and were of the early pioneers. They got away from the culture of their fathers and of the eastern settlements, and it is manifest today in their descendants, many of whom have very little education or culture and can scarcely write. They also have lived to themselves and have little knowledge of each other. So that it was and is difficult to obtain information as to other members of the family….. The Sturgeons as a clan are unsentimental, indifferent and poor correspondents and the information necessary for a creditable history was extracted from them with much difficulty, and the John Sturgeon progeny are the worst of the tribe."

By 1810 John Sturgeon and his son James were settled in Hart County, Kentucky (in south central Kentucky). He was living with James in the 1820 Hart County census, and John is listed as over 100 in the 1830 Hart County census, living in James Sturgeon's household.

John Sturgeon died about 1832 at the age of 110 in Hart County, Kentucky, and is buried on the banks of the Green River, Hart Co., KY.

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John I Sturgeon's Timeline

December 22, 1722
Ulster, Ireland
Age 34
Age 35
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
December 25, 1766
Age 44
Age 52
Age 53
Kentucky, United States
Age 109
Green River, Hart Co., KY. Rev. War.