Micajah Frost, another patriot with many local descendants, is one of Anderson County’s earliest pioneers.
Micajah Frost was born in Bedford County, three miles from Lynchburg, Va., on June 11, 1762.
He was the son of Thomas Frost, who was one of the first permanent settlers in Anderson County, and his first wife, Sarah. Including Micajah, Thomas and Sarah Frost had seven children.
In 1776, he volunteered for the service of the United States during the Revolutionary War against the Cherokee Nation under Captain William Elliott.
He mustered in at the Holston River and marched to several Cherokee villages.
His unit joined with John Sevier and they occasionally engaged the Cherokee.
Captain Elliot was killed in a skirmish with the Indians on the Hiwassee River.
Micajah received a wound during the battle from an arrow. Afterward they marched back to the Holston and discharged, having been in actual service, as he believes, about three months.
He volunteered again in the year 1780 against the British and Tories under Captain Finley and marched to the lead mines on the New River.
He was stationed there as a guard. An abrupt order caused them to march to King’s Mountain to join Colonel William Campbell. He recalled during the battle, his sergeant was shot, and the night after carried water to him in his shoe, tending him until he died.
He was discharged upon his return.
In 1782, he was drafted and served under Captain Trimble. He was sent to the frontier at Castle’s Woods on the Clinch River and was stationed there as a guard for two months during which he served as a spy.
He again volunteered in the same year under Captain Dorton and marched to the same place and served as a spy for an additional two months.
He was nearly caught several times by the Indians.
By the end of his military career, Micajah had received four discharges.
Micajah Frost married Nancy Robbins on September 18, 1786 in Washington County, Va. Nancy was born about 1768 in Virginia.
In 1795 he moved to present day Anderson County, with his father and several brothers and sisters.
He and his brother Elijah bought 1,000 acres of land from Stockley Donelson in a valley which was later named “Frost Bottom” north of Walden’s Ridge.
Unfortunately, Indian title to land in that area had not been extinguished in 1795. In the 1802 Anderson County Tax List, Micajah is shown as owning 225 acres in Raccoon Valley near his father, brothers, and his uncle (Rev. John Frost).
Micajah Frost moved to Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1828.
He applied for his pension on Nov. 26, 1832. His pension (Certificate No. 19139) was issued on Aug. 6, 1833, for $33.33 per year.
Sometime between 1832 and 1838, Nancy Robbins Frost died.
Micajah then married Nancy Williams on Jan. 19, 1839, in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
In the 1840 census, he was listed as a Revolutionary War pensioner in Lincoln County, Kentucky, at the age of 79 years.
Micajah Frost died Feb. 4, 1843 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
He and his first wife, Nancy Robbins Frost raised five children: Nancy, Isabell (m. Samuel Seiber), Mary (m. Moses Duncan), Thomas, and Elijah (m. Amelia Patterson). Micajah outlived all but one of his children.
If you are a descendant of Micajah Frost and would be interested in joining the Clinch Bend Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, please visit our website at: tndar.org/~clinchbend/.