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My DAR Patriot by Peggy Ayers Drake

Benjamin Sublett entered the Continental Army on 6 Dec 1776 in Sussex Co. VA.  He is listed as a Private in June 1777, in Captain James Gray’s 15th VA Regiment of Foot, commanded by Lt. Col. James Innes. By July 1777 he was a Corporal. In September 1777 he was listed as sick in the hospital and then sick and absent from Oct-Dec. In March- June 1778 muster rolls list him in Valley Forge; transferred in May 1779 to Major Stephenson Company, 5th and 11th Regiment consolidated. His name is on the muster roll for November 1779, dated Dec 9, 1779, at Morristown, VA. Virginia records at the War Dept. have his name on the Muster Roll at Camp Morristown, VA.

After his service in the American Revolution, on June 20, 1783, Benjamin was given land grants of approximately 200 acres (Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office) and moved with some of his familyto near the Gasper River in Warren County, Kentucky. Upon his death his body was buried near the river about 15 miles out from Bowling Green, KY where in later years the local DAR chapter erected a monument. After years of overgrowth the monument was moved by Sublett family members to the Highland Baptist Church Cemetery about 14 miles NW of Bowling Green off Hwy 231.

 Benjamin Sublett, (1733-1816) my 4th great grandfather, was born the son of Pierre Louis Soblet I and Marte Martain in King William Parrish, Goochland, Virginia, a British Colony in 1733. The Soblet name was changed to the Americanized Sublett after arriving in the colonies. He married Mary Elizabeth Jordan in 1762 in St James Northam Parrish, Goochland, Virginia, and they had at least 12 children, 5 daughters and 7 sons including Samuel Pierre Sublett, (1776-1860) my 3rd great grandfather. Samuel then married Mary Polly Sumter (1792-1860) and in 1834 in Warren County, Kentucky they had Benjamin Franklin Sublett, (1824-1916) my 2nd great grandfather. He married Louisa M. Wiley (1832-1860) in 1850 in Warren County and they had Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sublett,(1851-1914) my great grandmother in 1851. Lizzie married Samuel Pleasant Ayers (1834-1910) in 1871 in Warren County, Kentucky and in 1872 they had John William Ayers, (1871-1950) my grandfather. John married Maggie Martin (1876-1954) in 1897 and they had Thomas Owen Ayers, (1911-1969) my father, while living in Butler County. Owen married Myrl Maxine Doolin (1917-1983) in October 1933 in Simpson County. Kentucky. Owen and Maxine had two children, a daughter, and a son. They owned and operated Ayers Seed and Fertilizer in Morgantown, Kentucky until his death.


As part of America 250, the Butler County Chapter NSDAR members will be continuing our series of articles about our Patriots of the American Revolution. If you have a Revolutionary Patriot in your family line and are interested in possibly joining our chapter please contact the Regent, Lynda O’Driscoll at 270.734.5137 or any chapter member.


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