Pioneers; Kentucky Immigrants:
In 1783 or 1784, Jane Allen Trimble, with her husband and family, decided to emigrate to Kentucky. Her husband had served in the American Revolution. Like many solders, he had been awarded a Kentucky land warrant for his military duty. Excited about the prospect of owning land in Kentucky, the Trimble family left their home in Staunton, Virginia one September morning in the company of several other families, some with servants or slaves. Before they crossed Cumberland Gap, more than 500 other pioneers had joined their party. Two months later, they reached Crab Orchard, Kentucky. They had survived the outbreak of measles and a treacherous river crossing. What they greatly feared -- attack by American Indians -- hadn't happened.