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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Captain Rodhom Literal (Luttrell): Cornstalk Militia

Robert Luttrell’s son and great-grandfather of John Daniel Littrell

Rodhom is listed as a Captain in the Kentucky Cornstalk Militia in 1800.
Rodhom Literal would migrate from Fauquier County, Virginia, upon coming of age, to Patrick Co., Virginia and then to south-central Kentucky.

While Rodhom was amongst the earliest settlers to both Tennessee (before 1820) and Kentucky (about 1796) he was preceded into Kentucky by cousins, Thomas and Lt. Col. John Luttrell (of North Carolina), 21 years earlier.

Traveling with a group of cousins and the allied families of Shelton, Rutherfords and Duncans. Rodhom would settle in the Lincoln County, Kentucky area between 1796 to about 1806.

SOMETIME BETWEEN 1806 and 1816 Rodhom would leave a grown son in Kentucky and along with some of the same cousins and allied families would migrate to the Indian Territory of south-central Tennessee, eventually settling in an area that would become Lawrence Co, Tennessee.

Rodham remained in Lawrence County, Tennessee the rest of his life, acquiring and selling land until the mid 1800s.

Often Rodham is confused with 3-4 other Rodhams (various spellings) prior to his settling in Tennessee. While Rodham did serve in the Kentucky Cornstalk Militia in 1800 he never filed any pension or Military Land Grant applications leading us to assume that the Cornstalk Militia saw no formal action.

For this reason we also do not believe that he was the Rodhom Luttrell mentioned in the rolls of Captain Ball’s company of the Fauquier County Virginia Militia during the Revolution (when he would have been from 8 to 14 years old). His travels with his cousins and the allied families that traveled together, the paper trail of land purchases and sales, and the numerous Military Land Grants applications filed by his traveling companions lead us to further conclude that he would have a knowledge of any potential claims he could make if he had qualified via service in the Revolution. Exhaustive document searches has produced no Military Land Grant applications for our Rodhom.

In the mid 1990s a search for the gravesite of Rodhom began was begun by descendants of Rodhom’s grandchildren:

“…At the 1996 Timmons Literal Reunion in Loretto, after the Reunion dinner, my first cousin J. Fred Johnston of Lawrenceburg, my daughter Kelly, and myself loaded up and took to the back-roads of Lawrence County. We bothered people, got bug bites, drove from here to there, sloshed through damp meadows, drove through creeks, over hill and dale. Saw some beautiful country, met some fine people, got lost [I do that at least once every trip, but I'm proud to report I have never been found], and last but not least even found a hidden cemetery in a clump of trees, near a creek, in a field. Unfortunately, it was not the one we were looking for. What we found was the equally old Appleton Cemetery located within about a hundred yards of the immaculately kept Dobbins Cemetery…”

For the next three years the various cousins would work together and locate the Lost Littrell Cemetery Cemetery. A journal of this endeavor can be found in Chapter 2 of the book mentioned below.

excerpted from:

“Military Roll Call: The Littrell Family
of Mississippi County, Missouri”
Chapter 1.
The Revolution. (click here)
Littrell Family Veterans Video


"Walking Among The Stones: The Littrell Family of
Lawrence County, Tennessee & Mississippi County, Missouri

Chapter 2. The Lost Littrell Cemetery.

reposted from 2016:  54 / 111

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