Near Laura in Martin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Erected 1966 by Kentucky Historical Society / Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 822.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 44.371′ N, 82° 26.51′ W. Marker is near Laura, Kentucky, in Martin County. Marker is on Pigeon Roost Road (Kentucky Route 1714) 1.4 miles north of Caney Fork Road (County Route 1114), on the left when traveling north. It is 1.2 miles north of Laura Kentucky. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pilgrim KY 41250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, Lewis' Expedition (approx. 6.9 miles away in West Virginia); Huntleyville (approx. 6.9 miles away); Warfield / A Warfield Skirmish (approx. 7.4 miles away); West Virginia (Mingo County) / Kentucky (approx. 10 miles away in West Virginia); Leslie / Lesley Settlement (approx. 10.1 miles away); William McCoy, Sr. / Lewis Dempsey (approx. 10.3 miles away); County Named, 1870 / Henry L. Clay, D.D. (approx. 10.3 miles away); Pioneer Ward / Educator Ward (approx. 10.3 miles away).
1. The Stepp Family Chronicles: A History of the Ancestors and Descendants of John Stepp
Moses Stepp, Orange County Virginia native, and resident of Pike County, Kentucky when he died was soldier, Indian fighter, hunter explorer and backwoods settler of five states. he became a legend long before he succumbed to great age, so old his descendants said that when he died he attained the age of 120 years. If his headstone dates are true on his grave beside the road on the Pigeon Roost Fork of Wolf Creek in the present Martin County, Kentucky, he was the oldest man to ever live in Kentucky.
He joined the revolutionary forces when he was a mere youth, fought Indians and Tories, helping to hang many of the latter. He was a hunter of renown
He left Virginia because settlers built cabins within a few miles of him and wandered into the headwaters of the Licking River in Kentucky. For a few years he thought that he would settle down on the Meadows of Licking but here too settlers came and soon the game was gone. Like Boone who left the more settled communities of Central Kentucky and sought refuge in the Kanawha Valley, Stepp turned east in his search for room and game. He found what he wanted in Wolf Creek Valley, a tributary of the Tug River that now separates Kentucky and West Virginia. In his old age he continued to hunt and many a lonely safari took him deep into the mountains of Southern West Virginia, then Virginia.
He was blonde, read headed and tall. His physique
It was his torn disfigured ears that lent fierceness to his physiognomy. The Cherokee had captured him while he was on a lonely hunt in Northwestern South Carolina, tied him to a tree by inserting deer thongs through his ears and prepared to torture him. Before the ordeal began, he suddenly wrenched loose and escaped. For the remainder of his life those torn appendages made him a marked man for legends and folk stories. When they buried him on the Pigeon Roost Fork of Wolf Creek, mothers held their children up so they could gaze and were enjoined at the time to remember the man in the coffin. They remembered, many of them for four score years.
He lived to be old, so old that no one could correctly calculate his age for there were no written records. The folk will have
He became a legendary figure long before he died, and he remains a legend today, 116 years after his demise. Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia Stepps, all his descendants, talk of him as if he lived but yesterday.
— Submitted March 3, 2020.
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