I remebered that you wrote " I started a thread a couple of years ago looking for corn that my ancestors grew. I just tried to go too far back in time. I was curious about the years around the Revolution, and we didn't have much to go on."
The people that I'm interested in came from Western PA,and directly from Ireland before that.
They settled in PA in the 1750's and then went down the Ohio River with Gen George Rogers Clark,settled Corn Island at what is now Louisville,KY in 1778.
They floated up the Monongahela River from Red Stone,which is now Brownsville,to Fort Pitt,where they took on supplies.
The original farm was in Somerset Co.The son left with his family and headed west.There were 16 families who traveled with Gen Clark and his regiment.They first put in at Corn Island,cut all the trees and planted gardens.
Corn Island has now washed away because it had no trees,but the name still stands...and it is pretty obvious as to what they considered an important,as they named the island after it.
Any information would be great,as I don't have much more to go on than this. It's just a true story and I'd love to find a connection.
Darn, I can't seem to push this back any farther than the mid 1800s when the predominant corns being grown would have been Virginia Gourdseeds and Northeastern Flints. The dents hadn't come along until...
About the only link I can find that may be of some help is a site for Locust Grove where "George Rogers Clark spent the last nine years of his life... from 1809 until his death in 1818." It's now an historic site dedicated "to preserve and interpret the 55-acre site, with its circa 1790 house and outbuildings, the collection and the gardens, as an example of early nineteenth-century frontier America and to share the stories of the many people who contributed to the history of Locust Grove, emphasizing the life of General George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War hero and founder of Louisville." Maybe they can find you some history on what was grown there. http://www.locustgrove.org/