The Cashon family of Western Kentucky and how Dukedom, Kentucky got its name

The Cashon family of Western Kentucky and how Dukedom, Kentucky got its name

In the Jackson Purchase, and especially in the Graves County region of the state, there will be seen a large number of people with the name Cashon. This is attributed to the one man and his son that brought this family to the region early in America’s history.

In 1824, David Cashon, my fifth great-grandfather, settled in the region from his migration from Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee with his son, Pleasant Jackson Cashon, my fourth great-grandfather. His story is an interesting one because he received a Revolutionary War land grant to settle into the Jackson Purchase in 1824, and in 1832, he petitioned to receive a pension for his service in the war. When one reviews the genealogy records of the Cashon family in Western Kentucky, they will find that they all have this singular ancestor, and they will discover that all of the Cashon’s are directly related. Here are the contents of this petition:

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To have served under Lafayette

To have served under Lafayette

This is a story about my 5th great grandfather David Cashon and how he served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. David was 18 years old when he enlisted to serve as a minuteman serving out of Chesterfield County, Virginia in 1775, and by the end of the war, he had the fortune of serving under General Marquis de Lafayette and also was at the Siege of Yorktown.

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