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OWEN, Abraham, soldier, born in Prince Edward county, Virginia, in 1769 ; died in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, 7 November, 1811. He emigrated to Kentucky in 1785, served in the Indian campaigns under General James Wilkinson and General Arthur St. Clair in 1791, and was with Colonel John Hardin on the expedition to White river. He was surveyor of Shelby county in 1796, subsequently a magistrate, and colonel of the first militia regiment raised in Kentucky. He was in the legislature in 1798, a member of the State constitutional convention the next year, and state senator in 1810. He was the first to join General William H. Harrison at Vincennes to resist the Indians under Tecumseh, was aide-de-camp to that officer, and was killed at Tippecanoe. A county in Kentucky is named in his honor.
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