An American Family History

Eli Oxley

Oxley is also spelled Owsley, Oxleigh and Oxly.
Fleming County, Kentucky was established in 1798 from part of Mason County. Some of Fleming County was taken to form Floyd County in 1800 and Rowan County in 1856.

Eli Oxley was born about 1766 in Loudoun County, Virginia. His parents may have been Henry and Joanna Oxley.

Eli enlisted in Adair's Regiment of the Kentucky militia during the final stages of the Northwest Indian War on September 26, 1793. Lt. Col. John Adair’s Regiment of Cavalry mustered at Fort Washington (near present-day Cincinnati, Ohio). The regiment was under Major Gen. Charles Scott.

Eli married Margaret about 1793. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Eli and Margaret Oxley.

Eli died before 1810.

Children of Margaret and Eli Oxley
  • William Oxley
  • Elizabeth Oxley Ricketts
  • Celia Oxley McDowell
  • Polly Oxley Busby
  • Prior Oxley
  • Samuel Oxley
  • Rachel Oxley
  • Eli Oxley, Jr.
  • Kentucky was originally a Virginia county and included the lands west of the Appalachians. In 1780, it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792.