One of the popular features found in The Kentucky Explorer each month is genealogy, often published in the form of letters, queries, photographs, and stories. Several serial features, such as Kentucky Genealogy Websites, Kentucky Genealogy Help Line, Genealogy From The Long Ago, and Strictly Kentucky Genealogy, are dedicated solely to this purpose and continue from month to month.

Here are some genealogy entries from our May 2001 issue:

From "Kentucky Genealogy Websites"

Kentucky Historical Society:

The Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky, has been gathering the state's history for almost 175 years. Its museum, library, and other sources are a state treasure. Visit its website at once!

Whitley County Historical Society:

This website is the home of the Whitley County Historical and Genealogy Society.

From "Kentucky Genealogy Help Line"


Seek info. on Henry J. Hignite, b. 5/1850, Ky., d. 3/3/1932, Perry or Clay Co., Ky., m. 1st, 5/22/1880, Martha J. Cole, children: Mandy, b. 3/1885; and Rachel, b. 7/18/1887, d. 3/15/1953; m. 2nd, 1/5/1888, Drucilla Stidham, dau. of J. C. and Miley Stidham, children: Sopha, b. 8/1889; Millie, b. 4/1891; Thomas, b. 8/12/1892, d. 11/1971, Fla.; James, b. 7/1/1895, d. 2/1985, Ohio; William b. 8/4/1898, d. 3/1963; and my grandfather, Sidney M., b. 10/30/1900, d. 12/10/1949, London, Ky., m. Mary Virgie Martin, b. 11/2/1908, d. 4/19/1987, dau. of Pharis and Martha Burns Martin, children: Ruby; Doris Jean; Dorothy Lee, my mother; Harold Dean; and Emma Sue Hignite.

Any info. appreciated.

Kathy Johnson Harville
923 W. Pine Hill Road
London, KY 40744


Seek info. on the following families: Zeb Holbrook, Charles Alsept, and Joe Alsept. Any info. appreciated.

L. and L. Farm
4848 New State Road
Willard, OH 44890

From "Genealogy From The Long Ago"


Gen. Samuel Caldwell of Logan County, in the year 1794, married Anne Balch, the daughter of Hez. Balch; a minister of the Presbyterian Church. Their children were: Mary Logan Caldwell, born January 1, 1795; Robert Phillips Balch Caldwell, born November 17, 1796; Hezekiah James Caldwell; Geo. J. B. Caldwell and Martha McCandless Caldwell, twins, born February 22, 1798; William Philpot Curran Caldwell; Julia Ann Caldwell; and John James Madison Caldwell.

The father of Anne Caldwell, nee Balch, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence at Charlotte, North Carolina, and promulgated before that presented by Mr. Jefferson in 1776. An active part was taken by the Presbyterian Church in that declaration.

Robert Caldwell of Charlotte County, Virginia, married Mary Logan, and the children born to them were: John Caldwell, who died Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (Caldwell County was named for him); David Caldwell, who lived in Caldwell County (formed from Livingston and adjoining counties), and one of the assistant judges of Livingston, and died during his term of service; William Caldwell, who married one of the sisters of Robert Wickliffe, and lived and died in Washington County, Kentucky, near Springfield; Phillips Caldwell died an old bachelor (a parish in Louisiana was named for him); Samuel (General) settled in Logan County, Kentucky, and was its first clerk; served a campaign under Gen. Wilkerson in the Indian wars north of the Ohio in what is now Illinois and Indiana in 1812; in 1823 was appointed brigadier general by Gov. Shelby of Kentucky, who commanded 3,000 mounted men in an expedition over Lake Erie and up the Thames River, and Gov. Shelby made a flattering notice of his services; and James Caldwell, the youngest son, was an anti-war man in 1812.

Robert Caldwell had four daughters. The eldest married Capt. Cook, an officer in the Revolutionary Army; Mary Caldwell married Maj. Henry Palmer, an officer of the USA in 1812; another daughter married a Pottinger of Washington County, Kentucky; and Elizabeth married Samuel Grundy of Washington County, Kentucky, and died at the birth of her first son.

Hez. Balch and all his brothers were educated for the ministry. One of them, Rev. Stephen Bloomer Balch, lived and died in Georgetown, D. C. This information was found among the papers of Robert Phillips Balch Caldwell.

From "Strictly Kentucky Genealogy"

An Old Obituary of Capt. Simms, The Lawyer, Statesman, And Soldier:

Capt. William E. Simms died at his residence at Mt. Airy at 1:30 this morning (June 25, 1898). He had been ill for about three years, and one week ago had an operation performed, since which time he gradually sank. He was one of the wealthiest men in Bourbon County. The funeral services will be held at the residence Sunday afternoon at 4:00. The services will be conducted by Elder J. S. Sweeney and Rev. Dr. Rutherford.

Capt. Simms was born in Harrison County. His father was a native of Henry County, Virginia, came to Kentucky in 1809, first settled in Harrison County, and removed to Bourbon County in 1828. He was a soldier of the War of 1812.

The mother of Col. Simms, Julia Shropshire Simms, was a native of Harrison County and a daughter of James Shropshire, a pioneer farmer. She died in her 21st year leaving two sons, Edward and William. In 1840 the eldest son died. After the father's death in 1844, William commenced reading law with Judge Aaron K. Woolley of Lexington; entered Transylvania University in 1845, in the law department; and graduated with distinguished honors in 1846.

In 1847 he raised a company of the Third Kentucky Regiment of Infantry to serve for and during the war with Mexico; was elected captain; and served with his command under Gen. Winfield Scott. Returning home he brought with him, at his own expense, the remains of those of his company who had died while in the service.

In 1849 he was elected to the Legislature and served one term. In 1850 he resumed the practice of law and was one of the most distinguished of the Paris bar. In 1857 he edited the Kentucky State Flag, a Democratic newspaper, and advocated the election of Hon. James B. Clay to Congress, with J. G. Craddock as assistant editor.

In 1859 he was the Democratic nominee to succeed Mr. Clay. In this race he was elected over his opponent, Hon. John M. Harlan, now United States Supreme Judge, by 60 votes. In 1861 he was defeated by Hon. John J. Crittenden on the Union issue.

The Civil War being on, he entered the Confederate Army as a colonel and served under Gen. Humphrey Marshall until February 1862. In the latter part of 1861 he was chosen senator to the Confederate Congress. In 1865 he resided for a few months near Charlotte-ville, Virginia. He then moved to Canada, and in 1866 he returned to Paris, where he has since resided.

He was married September 27, 1866, to Miss Lucy Blythe, daughter of James Blythe of Madison County and sister of Mrs. Dovie Anderson of Lexington; and she survives with three children: William, Edward, and Miss Lucy. He was a member of the Christian Church and was born in 1822.

He carried life insurance amounting to about $60,000, $20,000 of which was in the Northwest Life Insurance Company.

About three years ago, Congressman Owens introduced and had passed in Congress a bill removing the political disabilities of Col. Simms, which event was the more notable, because he was the last member of the Confederate Congress to be restored to political rights.

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