Friday, June 4, 2010

Gabriel Arthur

Gabriel Arthur and James Needham were sent by Abraham Wood in 1673 on an expedition through the Piedmont Mountains. James Needham was killed. Gabriel Arthur is often cited as the "first white man" to set foot in what is now Kentucky. Gabriel Arthur, or a male descendent also named Gabriel Arthur, married a Cherokee woman named Nikitie "Hannah". I descend from their daughter Martha Arthur, who married Alexander Lester, their daughter Martha married John Drake, and they are my gggg-grandparents. Although Gabriel is famous in Colonial history, we know very little about him. I am trying to "dig him up" from wherever he is buried. (see link above painting)