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Captain William Bruce

Male 1745 - 1818  (73 years)


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  • Name Captain William Bruce  [1, 2
    Title Captain 
    Born 14 Feb 1745  , Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Move from Monongahela Valley, Virginia to Kentucky in the Fall of 1784  [3
    _UID AE8AA2D2615A4D3DAEE10816EDEDCE0A5063 
    Died 20 Aug 1818  Vincennes, Knox, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried , Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • William commanded a company of soldiers as a Lieutenant in Louisville, Kentucky under General George Rogers Clark during the Revolutionary was as well as being involved in other areas in conflict.


      From Memoirs of the Bruce Family:

      My father, soon after marrying my mother, moved to Monoghahela and settled about fourteen miles above Pittsburgh, between the mouths of Peteso Creek and Newels Store, now Elizabethtown. It was then the haunt of Indians and forts were the only place of safety for the families of those hardy pioneers. I had two sisters older than myself, that were born in the fort, and myself, the third child, soon after they ventured to their farms. I was born the Sixth of August, 1776, one month and two days after Independence was declared. I can, with the Apostle Paul, say that I was free born, while our forefathers had to obtain their freedom by their blood and treasure.

      During the Revolutionary War, my father was frequently called upon to perform military service. The first that I recollect him talking about was being stationed at a place then called Catfish Camp, called after an old Indian chief, near a place now called Washington, and not far from a place on the Monongahela then called Red Stone. My father served then in the capacity of lieutenant. The next service he performed was under General George Rogers Clark. He commanded a company under the veteran soldier to Louisville; was absent from home some five or six months. [4, 5]
    Person ID I1299797  7_families
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2005 

    Father James Bruce,   c. 20 May 1720, Leochel-Cushine, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, , Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Margaret McMahon,   b. Abt 1724, , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1796, , Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1744  Winchester, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    • Marriage also listed as Spotsylvania, Frederick, Virginia
    Family ID F471392  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Polly Lucas,   b. Abt 1745, , Berkeley, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1805, , Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 1771  , Montgomery, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Bruce,   b. 1772, Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851  (Age 79 years)
     2. Margaret Bruce,   b. Abt 1774, Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1851, Terre Haute, Boone, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    +3. Major William Bruce,   b. 6 Aug 1776, Elizabethtown, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1854, Bruceville, Knox, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. James Bruce,   b. Dec 1777, Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1833, Breckinridge, Harrison, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    +5. Mary Bruce,   b. 1780, Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1852, Breckinridge, Harrison, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F471397  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah Harris,   d. 1843, , Union, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 21 May 1807  , Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F471438  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Feb 1745 - , Frederick, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1771 - , Montgomery, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 May 1807 - , Nelson, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Aug 1818 - Vincennes, Knox, Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - , Nelson, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S8231] Bruce family of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984. FHL Film #1412126 Item 7 John Bruce and his wife Sarah emigrated from Scotland to Winchester County, Virginia between 1737 and 1740.), 1 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S8196] Bruce, John of the Shenandoah, Violet Laverne Bruce, (Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen Pub. Co., c1987. Book #929.273 B83br), 929.273 B83br..

    3. [S1144277] Memoirs of the Bruce Family, William Bruce, ( http://www.rootsweb.com/~inknox/brucefam.htm).

    4. [S8196] Bruce, John of the Shenandoah, Violet Laverne Bruce, (Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen Pub. Co., c1987. Book #929.273 B83br), 929.273 B83br., 50 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S8215] Bruce Family Memoirs, Norma S. Ruhl, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972. Film #908027 Item 2), 908027 Item 2..

    6. [S8188] Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va., Olive I. McFarland, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 940943, item 14., 1: James Bruce married Margaret McMahon about 1744 in Winchester, Frederick, Virginia (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S8153] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (, Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004).

    8. [S8190] Bruce Family, Bruce Family Website, (Online).

    9. [S8231] Bruce family of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984. FHL Film #1412126 Item 7 John Bruce and his wife Sarah emigrated from Scotland to Winchester County, Virginia between 1737 and 1740.), 2 (Reliability: 3).