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 items from our October 2001 issue:

Lawson (From "Kentucky Genealogy Help Line")

Seek info. on William Lawson, the Scottish Rebel. Any info. appreciated.

Charlene Lawson
HC 74 Box 1218
Honaker, KY 41603


Seek info. on Jesse Crum, b. 1832, Turkey Creek, Martin Co., Inez, Ky., d. 4/5/1893, Martin Co., Ky., m. 1st, 9/16/1857, Floyd Co., Ky., Martha J. Wells, children: William R., b. 1858; Jefferson, b. 1859; John, b. 3/29/1860, Martin Co., Ky., d. 1912, Martin Co.; and Susan, b. 1863; m. 2nd, 1866, Martin Co., Ky., Matilda Mosley, children: Harrison, b. 3/11/1867, Martin Co., Ky., d. 1947; George W., b. 1870, Martin Co.; Martha J., b. 1873, Martin Co.; and Nichati, b. 1876, Martin Co.; and m. 3rd, 1883, Polly Perry, dau. of George Perry and Becky Vinters, children: Nannie, b. 1884; Benjamin, b. 1886; and Tivis, b. 1889.

Any info. appreciated.

Thomas Lee Crum #122830
Union Correctional Institution
P. O. Box 221
Raiford, FL 32083

Foreman (From "Genealogy From The Long Ago")

Joseph Foreman of Pennsylvania or Maryland was born in 1763. He died June 3, 1838. He was married to Rebecca Fry of Virginia. She was born in 1767 and died in 1848. They settled in that part of Jefferson County which is now Nelson, on a farm to which belongs "The Foreman burying ground." The children of Joseph and Rebecca were: Thomas Foreman, married Patsy Ewell; William, married Ruth Chenowith; Joseph, Jr., married Elizabeth Glasscock; Rebecca, married Thomas Shadburn; Kitty, married Dr. David Cox; Christine, married Robert McGhee; Elizabeth, married Abraham Birkhead; and Nancy, married Martin Yewell.

Graham (From "Strictly Kentucky Genealogy")

The following was submitted by Katherine Woodward, 590 Ray Walker Road, Russellville, KY 42276, a descendant of Thomas Graham.

Thomas Graham, born May 24, 1747, died September 24, 1811, in Logan County, Kentucky, was married to Cassandra (?), born October 22, 1745, died April 28, 1831, in Logan County, Kentucky.

Thomas and Cassandra Graham's children were:

Elizabeth Graham, born July 3, 1771, died September 13, 1826, was married to Phillip Jones, born July 12, 1762, Amelia County, Virginia, died October 1, 1843, Johnson County, Arkansas, and buried in the Pittsburg Cemetery. They had five children:

The oldest, Cassandra, married Frederick Pennington Stuart. They had five children.

Their fourth child, William Jones, born December 26, 1818, Logan County, Kentucky, died January 20, 1906, Logan County, Kentucky, married Mary G. Dunn. They had ten children.

Their seventh child, Mary Susan Stuart, married Christopher Gray Williams. These were my great-grandparents. They had eight children; seven sons and one daughter.

My grandfather, Robert Clarence Williams, born August 28, 1886, died April 16, 1960, was their sixth son. He married Mattie Brookshire Edwards, born December 19, 1889, died June 26, 1960. They had 11 children.

My mother, Sallie Evelyn, born July 30, 1920, was their seventh child and fourth daughter. She married Ottis C. Walker from Illinois. They settled in Logan County, Kentucky. Ottis was born March 4, 1916, and died July 23, 1990.

Mary Graham, born April 7, 1773/74, died September 3, 1883, buried in the old Baptist Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky, married James McKoin. They had nine children.

Levi Graham, born May 14, 1774, Stokes County, North Carolina, died September 21, 1842, married Martha Fortner, in Logan County, Kentucky, in December 1811. They had eight children.

Their second, Eli, married Priscilla Jane Fortner. They had seven children.

Their second son, Thomas Levi Graham, married Sarah Francis Majors. They had six children.

Their fifth child, Oscar Eli Graham, married Verla Ree Pillow. They had seven children; six sons and one daughter.

Their son, John Allen Graham, married Charline Ford. They have a son and a daughter. John Graham and my father worked together for several years, building church pews for churches in Kentucky and surrounding states, never knowing he was distantly related to my mother. John died in May 1994. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Warren County, Kentucky. He was born on November 13, 1913.

Eli Graham, born August 7, 1775, died December 26, 1853, buried Center Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky, married Rebecca Tatum in Stokes County, North Carolina, on January 6, 1795. They had seven children.

Dorcas Graham, born November 7, 1776, North Carolina, died October 1861, married Lewis Dunn. They had nine children.

Hannah Graham, born April 4, 1778, died Illinois, married Henry Day in Stokes County, North Carolina, on February 6, 1800. They had seven children. Their second child, Richard Day, had 16 children.

Cassandra Graham, born ca. June 1, 1779 orJune 7, 1781, in North Carolina, died Green County, Missouri, married Littleberry Robinson in 1835 in Logan County, Kentucky. They had ten children.

Thomas Graham, Jr., was born January 17, 1783, and died November 5, ????, in Travis County, Texas.

Richard Graham, born June 13, 1785, married Sarah Hudging on December 7, 1803, in Stokes County, North Carolina.

I have a book, The Descendants of Thomas Graham, by A. B. Willhite, that lists some of this information. The Grahams all had large families and still have a lot of descendants in and around Logan County, Kentucky. The book lists 1,298 for 11 generations.

Kentucky Department For Libraries & Archives

(From "Kentucky Genealogy Websites")

The library of the Kentucky Genealogical Society used to be housed just off the Archives Research Room. However, the KGS Library was donated and moved to the Kentucky History Center in May 1999.

The KGS left over 100 reference books on county records in the Archives Research Room for patron use. These are mainly extracts and indexes to county records to help patrons locate original records on microfilm and elsewhere.

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