Prior Kile, Early Giles County Settler

The first record of Prior Kile is a marriage bond in Maury Co., TN, dated 14 July 1809 where he married Jinnie Cooper. Marriage performed by David Campbell. (This maybe David Campbell that was Judge of the United States south of the Ohio River and Chief Judge for the State of Franklin). In the book 'Early History of Giles County' Section Five - Moriah Church, Weakley's Creek.

Levi Cooper and David Cambell settled near Agnew's Creek. Levi Cooper died before 4 Dec. 1814 in Giles Co., TN. when his widow Lavinah Cooper was appointed administratrix. (Gil Tn, Co Ct Min. no#/582)

1810 Elk River Intruders Petition. Giles Co., Tn.

Prier Kile - pg.112
Thomas Kile - pg. 113
William Kile - pg 109 also on 1809 Elk River Intruders, Giles Co., Tn. Had a large and valuable farm on the south side of Elk River. Luck Kile also listed.

'Early History of Giles County' by James McCallum pub. 1876.

These settlers with a few others in the neighborhood raised corn in 1807. James Ford with a number of others, including James Williams, Parish Simms, Thos. Dodd, Simon Foy and Thos. Kyle, with their families started from Hawkins County in East Tennessee in the Spring of 1807 with four boats, when the boats had ascended Elk about opposite Simms' settlement three of the boats with the Simmeses,Kyle and others went out to view the country, and concluded to stop there and settle what was long known as Simm's settlement, in Limestone County, Ala.

War of 1812

Prior Kile served as a Private in Capt. John Cunningham's Company of Infantry, 1 Regiment Tennessee Militia. Present at Company Muster Roll 13 May 1815 at Nashville for period from 13 Nov 1814 to 13 May 1815. Company Pay Roll not dated, for service from 13 Nov 1814 to 13 May 1815. Served 6 Months at $8.00 a month paid $48.00 Prior Kile, pvt. 1st Regiment West Tenn. Militia. Col. William Metcalf, Captains Alexander Hill and John Cunningham.

'Regimental Histories of Tennessee Units During the War of 1812'

Colonel William Metcalf * Designation: 1st Regiment West Tennessee Militia * Dates: November 1814 - May 1815 * Men mostly from: Davidson, Bedford, Franklin, Lincoln, Maury, Warren, and Giles Counties * Captains: John Barnhart, Daniel M. Bradford, Barbe Collins, John Cunningham, Lewis Dillahunty, Alexander! Hill, Bird S. Hurt, John Jackson, Thomas Marks, William Mullen, Andrew Patterson, William Sitton, Obidiah Waller Brief History: Part of the division under Major General William Carroll's at New Orleans, this regiment comprised the right section of Carroll's line at the breastworks at Chalmette. Muster rolls show casualties in the engagements of December 1814 and January 1815. Lieutenant Colonel James Henderson was killed in the skirmish of 28 December 1814. Captain Daniel Bradford led the elite corps known as "Carrol's Life Guard." The division reached New Orleans in mid-December 1814 after an excursion down the Mississippi River.

25 Sept 1878, Sebree, Webster Co., Ky.
Claim of Widow for Pension-War of 1812.

Mary Kile gives her age as 71 and maiden name Hooker. States that her husband Prior Kile went as a substitue for a man named Edwards as a pvt. Served from 1814 to 1815 and received an honorable discharge at New Orleans. She states that he was 18 years old at time of enlistment and that he was a farmer from DeKalb Co., Tn. Gives his discription as 6 feet tall, black hair, black eyes and dark complexioned. She states that they were married in 1829 in New America, Alexander Co., Ill. by George Cloud. Gives date of Death of Prior Kile as 16 Feb 1838 in Henderson Co., Ky.

Submitted by: Timothy Freeman