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Brown, gray or tan winter frocks were worn by settlers. Indians wore blankets in winter. Kentucky militia wore light weight clothing, NO coats. Very ragged clothing after months of hardship on route. None were in uniforms with very few, perhaps, wearing one ragged piece of militia uniform. Wrapped in tattered blankets, if that.



Short trousers were worn, buttoned and/or buckled below the knee on the side. Winter stockings of woven wool cloth, seamed up the back, were ill fitting. Leggings, or gaiters of heavy wool fabric, knee length or mid-calf, were sometimes worn with long or short trousers.

They were buttoned or laced on the side and dyed red, blue, brown, tan or gray.

Sash and leg garters usually were brightly colored woven lengths.
Sometimes worn on the upper arm to adjust the length of the sleeve.     


 Hats worn by the settlers and Kentucky militia. The wool knit toque was usually blue or red. 
 The black felt hates were sometimes trimmed with ribbon bands or colorful soft narrow
     crushed scarf as band.
  Tri-cornered hats were NOT worn at this time. 
     The fur cap was either from muskrat or beaver, but no tails were attached.




  Various canteens were used ranging from the gourd bound with heavy cord or   leather thong and wood stopper (most likely used by Kentuckian), the tin canteen which hung with a cord through loops on both sides, also with a wood stopper, to a wood canteen with leather straps and a wood stopper.






    Leather shoes worn by Frenchtown settlers had either a square or a  rounded toe.

    The deerskin moccasins were worn by the Indians and many Frenchtown settlers, as well.

     Winter moccasins were fur lined for insulation.