The Little Trader from Hickman Creek
ON AN early autumn day in 1801 Samuel Offutt of Frederick County, Maryland, drove his yoke of oxen, hitched to a sturdy wagon with solid wooden wheels, over the Wilderness Road into the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. With him were his wife Elizabeth, his sons, Tilghman, Otho, Resin, Samuel, and Denton, and his two daughters, Eleanor and Arah. Two more sons, Azra and Zedekiah, and a daughter, Sarah, would be born in the Western Country.1
The Offutts of Frederick and Prince George counties, Maryland, had been people of means and prominence since early colonial days. Samuel's great-great-grandfather, William Offutt, had owned large plantations in Prince George County, including "Clewerwell," "Neighborhood," "Gleaning," and "Calverton Ridge." Before leaving Maryland, Samuel had disposed of a considerable estate willed him by his father, William Offutt the Third.
Shortly after his arrival in Kentucky, Samuel acquired a large tract of rolling, fertile land eight miles southeast of Lexington on the waters of Hickman Creek. Here he erected a comfortable two-story residence of hewn logs with an elaborate