Kentucky Kinfolks

The Louisville Herald-Post, 1930s

Peter Cartwright, famous Methodist preacher of early days, was born in Amelia County, Virginia, in 1785. He settled in Lincoln County, Kentucky, and he later removed to Logan County. He was married in Barren County in 1808 to Frances Caines.

The will of Thomas Stone was proved in Charles County, Maryland, in 1774. Named in the will were his wife, Margery, and his children; including daughter, Verlinda Smith, and the latter's daughter, Margery Smith, under 16. Thomas Stone was the eldest son of William Stone of Charles County and his wife, Theodosia (whose will names daughter, Verlinda Harrison), son of Thomas Stone, son of William, Governor of Maryland, and his wife, Verlinda Sprigg Cotton, widow of Rev. Wm. Cotton.

Members of this Stone family lived in Charles County, Maryland; and in Accomack, Stafford, Westmoreland, King George, and Prince William Counties, Virginia.

Capt. John Hathaway and his wife, Sarah Timberlake, had a daughter, Dorothy Hathaway, who married Aaron Owens. Their son, John Newton Owens, married Ann Elizabeth Elder.

It is believed that John Penn, the signer, was the only son of Moses Penn and Catherine Taylor. Clemens in his Penns of Virginia says that, and still others say, Abram, Gabriel, and John (the signer) were all sons of Moses Penn and Catherine Taylor.

Joseph Penn, brother of Moses Penn, Sr., married 1735, as his first wife, Mary Taylor, born 1718, died 1757. Their children were: George; Joseph; Catherine, married Larkin Gatewood; Phillip; Moses; Elizabeth; James; and Thomas. William; Mary; John; and Frances, born 1756, must have been children of Catherine. Frances was only 15 when she married in Granville County, North Carolina. She had to come to live with her grandfather, John Taylor, who gave his permission for her to marry. The permission is at the clerk's office and is as follows:

"Whereas, John Hunt and Frances Penn have agreed to be married, I as her guardian, do agree and devise that the license may be granted accordingly. Witness my hand and seal, this 28th day of July 1771." Signed, John Taylor.

Test: George Long, Wm. Taylor, and Edmond Pendleton. In the wills of John Taylor, Sr. and his son, John Taylor, Frances Hunt is mentioned as Fanny Hunt, niece, daughter of Mary Penn.

Wyatt Powell, living somewhere in Virginia, married in 1768, Sallie Floyd, eldest child of William Floyd and Abediah Davis. She was born in Amherst County, Virginia, October 15, 1747. Wyatt and Sallie Floyd Powell had a daughter, Nancy F. Powell, born 1771, married March 1, 1792, Dr. Robert Walker; and their children were: Thomas Walker and Sallie Walker. The other children of Wyatt and Sallie Floyd Powell were: Cornelius, Richard, Rhoda, Mona Elizabeth, Addison Burton, Dr. James, and Sarah Wyatt Powell. Sallie Wyatt, born 1781, the youngest child, married March 30, 1830, Capt. John Coleman, of Caroline County, Virginia.

There was a Wyatt family living in King and Queen County, and probably later in Caroline. The fact that Sallie Wyatt Powell married a Coleman from Caroline County might mean that the Powells may also have lived in Caroline. Because of the marriage of Nancy F. Powell to Dr. Robert Walker, it is believed that Wyatt Powell was a relative of Ambrose Powell, who accompanied Dr. Thomas Walker to Kentucky in 1754.

There are separate deeds of land in King George County from Joseph Berry, Jr., to Benjamin Berry, to Charles Carter, under the date of 1758. These tracts adjoin that of each other and land of Enoch Berry. They lie on the north side of the Rappahannock River. These deeds show that this land was inherited from their father, Joseph Berry, Sr., by will, 1749, who inherited it from his father, William Berry, and wife, Margaret Doughty; who inherited it from Margaret's father Enoch Doughty, who inherited it from his father, Rev. Francis Doughty.

In 1758, a Joseph Berry and a Benjamin Berry arrived in the Shenandoah and established Berry's Ferry. This later became Berryville. They are believed to be the same Joseph and Benjamin Berry. Capt. Thomas Berry's descendants (he lived in the Shenandoah) state that he was their youngest brother, and that their family seat had been "Berry Plain," King George County, Virginia. There is no definite record of the last names of the wives of Capt. Joseph Berry, Sr.; Joseph Berry, Jr.; or Benjamin Berry.

Thomas Berry (not Capt. Thomas Berry), of "Berry Plain," King George County, Virginia, married Elizabeth Washington, November 19, 1758, and resided at "Berry Plain," King George County, Virginia; and whose will is recorded in King George County, naming sons: Washington, John, and Lawrence Berry; and a grandson, John Thornton Augustine Washington. Lawrence Berry was a clerk of King George County for many years, and through him the family estate of "Berry Plain" remained in the family for several generations later.

The will of Enoch Berry is recorded in King George County, 1763, in which he names son and heir, Thomas Berry, to inherit his homeplace. It also mentions his deceased daughter, Winifred Berry, and his son-in-law, Benjamin Berry. It is not believed that this is the same Enoch Berry who married Druscilla Bunberry in September 1726. The first Enoch Berry is believed to be a brother of Capt. Joseph Berry, Sr., and that these two brothers owned land adjoining each other, inherited from their father, William Berry (will recorded in King George County, 1721), and wife, Margaret Doughty, daughter of Enoch Doughty.

John Hammond, born in Virginia about 1759, fought in the Revolutionary War. He married a Miss Heflin. They came to Kentucky after the war. John and his wife had four sons: John, William, Peter, and Cabel Hammond.