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in his country (California) and his life was similar to his grandfather Jacob's, having served through the Mexican War (1846 and 1847) under Colonel Thomas F. Marshall and went to California 1850; he died soon after sending me this link of history and much other valuable data of genealogy of his family. 1893.

"While he (Jacob Hearne) lived in Gallatin Co., Ky., he conceived the idea of erecting a horse-power mill on his farm, near where the town of Harrisburg now stands, and on the farm occupied by Greenup Threlkeld, in the year 1849, could be seen four square oak posts of that old mill still standing. When on a visit to his old home 1843 (at seventy-three years of age), and riding over the lands he once owned, he went up to these posts and examined them carefully and pointed out where the building that contained the grinding portion stood, with its hewn-log floors; also where the house and stables stood, that he built for the accommodation of those who patronized his mill, there being no other at that time within thirty miles of his. He then gave the history of getting the millstones from Woodford Co., to the place he had prepared for them.

He, with one other man, proceeded on foot some forty miles to a place on the Kentucky river, now called Clifton, where they built a raft of logs large enough to transport the material for the mill, which they secured by boring holes in the logs and pinning them down and withing them together with hickory withes, securing the smaller pieces to the platform built upon the raft; grape-vines were used in those days for cables to tie up with. Without accident they landed near what is now called Rowlet's Landing on the river. Here he (Jacob Hearne) left the raft and contents in the care of his companion, and proceeded on foot with his axe and gun, to find a route to get his millstones and other parts of the mill to the place erected for them. He blazed trees as he wandered through a trackless forest, keeping on ridges, which brought him out to the only wagon road in the county, and near where the county seat, Owenton, is situated; he then proceeded to his home, four miles below the above mentioned point, where he collected his horses from the woods, and, with his sons, Harrison and Warren, set out to find his raft and companion, which they did the same day, distance eleven miles. They then unloaded the raft and secured it above the highwater mark and commenced the journey, drawing one of the

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