Ben Helm (b. Va. 1767-1858) Kentucky Frontiersman
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Ben Helm (b. Va. 1767-1858) Kentucky Frontiersman:
[KENTUCKY PIONEER]BEN HELM(b. Va. 1767-1858) Kentucky Frontiersman. Known as "Kitchen Knife Whetted on a Brick." Son of Capt. Thomas Helm, pioneer settler who came to Ky. in 1779. Thomas & 2 others built forts in 1780, which grew to become Elizaethtown; the area where Abraham Lincoln would be born. Ben Helm became a surveyor; state senator; clerk of Hardin Co. courts. Was a major in War of 1812. He purchased the farm owned by Christopher Bush, father of Mrs. Sallie (Bush) Johnston Lincoln, step-mother of A. Lincoln. These were times of great hardship and many pioneers lost their lives to Indian attacks. Kentucky material from the pioneer era has always been scarce. DOCUMENT SIGNED, 1p, 7-1/2 x 6-1/4 in., Elizabethtown, Hardin Co., KY, 1810. VG. Interesting document as it concerns William Bush as a defendant in a legal matter. William Bush was an uncle of Abraham Lincoln.