Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Simon Kenton Signed Deposition Interesting content involving a colorful Revolutionary War figure, 2 pages, 7.75" x 12.75", Washington, Mason County, Kentucky, August 29, 1823. Virginia native Simon Kenton (1755-1836) was a frontiersman and good friend of the legendary Daniel Boone. In 1771, at age 16, he nearly beat a man to death for the hand of a local lass. Thinking he had killed him, Kenton, using the alias "Simon Butler," fled into the Kentucky wilderness, eventually serving as a scout and soldier in the Revolutionary War, the Ohio Indian Wars (1793-94), under the command of "Mad" Anthony Wayne, and the War of 1812. Since Kenton was illiterate, this 1823 deposition was taken from him at a tavern in Washington, Kentucky, to be used as evidence in a suit over a land contract signed in 1780. The second page includes the scrawled but legible signature "Simon Kenton" (the "t" in Kenton has been added in another hand). His signature is followed by an addition written by the witness, James Arthur, owner of the tavern. The document is now in two pieces of equal size, cleanly torn in half along the original center horizontal fold. The two-page text (front and verso) is half of a larger sheet that was folded over to provide an envelope, which includes the address "Clerk of Mason County Court". Aside from the tear, the document is in fair-good condition with some staining and a small hole left from the original wax seal.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 844

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 19 days left to consign to the 2020 March 29 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424