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 November 2001 issue:
(From "Kentucky Genealogy Help Line")


Seek info. on my great-great-grandparents, John Cantrell, b. ca. 1832, m. 5/9/1854, Fleming Co., Ky., Nancy Freeman, b. ca. 1832, dau. of David Freeman, had my g. grandfather, James D. Cantrell, had Sarah, b. 1859, m. 2/28/1884, Bourbon Co., Ky., my g. grandmother, Melissa Frances Blythe.

Any information appreciated.

Wesley W. Mitchell, Jr.
420 Bell Street
Paris, KY 40361

(From "Genealogy From The Long Ago")


Sallie Taliaferro married Gen. John McKinney. She had a sister, Lucy Taliaferro, who married William Willis of Orange County, Virginia. Their parents were Hay Taliaferro and Mildred Taylor, daughter of Hon. Robert Taylor, member of the United States Congress. Hay and Mildred had the following children: Jaqueline; Dr. Edmund; Mrs. Beverly Stanard; Sallie, married John McKinney, had Sallie Bankhead, married Francis Taliaferro Helm; Lucy, married a Willis; and Jane, married Frank Taliaferro.


Richard Neale married Sallie Smith of Loudon County. He and his children, who were Thomas, George, James, Richard, William, and Judith, lived in Fauquier and Loudon counties; and moved to what is now West Virginia, the latter part of last or first of this century. In Old Maryland Homes and Ways mention is made of Gov. Lloyd's wife, Henrietta Marsa, daughter of James Neale, who came to this country in 1666.

(From "Strictly Kentucky Genealogy")


Note: The following was sent to us by Carol Kidwell Gay, 6396 Jamesfield Court, Fairfield, OH 45014; 851/829-2372; [email protected]

Leonard Kidwell, born 1787 in North Carolina, came to Madison County, Kentucky, in 1807. Here he married Lydia Wood on December 12, 1811. In 1826 they had migrated to Owen County, Kentucky, where their son, Jeptha D., was born. They appeared in the Grant County, Kentucky, tax lists in 1827, with 140 acres in the Eagle Creek watershed on the west side of the county. In 1829 he was taxed on 50 acres on Crooked Creek near the Pendleton County line. Like many others, he bought, sold, and traded various tracts of land over a period of time. In 1836 he had 100 acres on Eagle Creek. In 1850 and 1860 Leonard lived near Cor-dova. His wife, Lydia, age 60 in 1850; Jane E. Kidwell, age 57; and Sarah A. J. Jones, age eight, were residing in the same household. Neither Lydia or Jane E. is listed in the 1860 census. The children of Leo-nard and Lydia Kidwell are:

1. Jeptha D. Kidwell, born 1826 in Owen County. He married, on January 29, 1846, Saphronia Dunn, born 1830. They were living, in 1850, near Cordova with a daughter, Martha L., born 1847. Saphronia and Martha L. might have died in an epidemic in 1857, as there is no record of them thereafter. The Civil War period was a time of trial and tribulation for Jeptha D. Kidwell, as it was for so many others. Jeptha D. enlisted as a private in Company B, Sixth Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, USA, mustered in on December 24, 1861, for three years.

A record of the Adjutant General of Kentucky reported Jeptha D. as enlisting as a private on September 16, 1862, in Williamstown under Captain Roberts in Company A, Fifth Regiment Kentucky Infantry, CSA. He was carried on the company rolls as a deserter on and after October 11, 1862... (see complete report in the paper copy).

(From "Kentucky Genealogy Websites")

Knox County Genealogy Links

Knox County was formed in 1800 and is named for Henry Knox. The county seat is Barbourville, established in 1800 on land given by James Barbour for the purpose. The area had been explored in 1750 by Dr. Thomas Walker, and Richard Ballinger opened a tavern nearby on the Wilderness Road about 1795. The Barbourville post office opened in 1804.

In addition to history and genealogy links, this website also includes links to: maps and photos of Knox County and Barbourville; Henry Knox; the Mountain Advocate; public library; Stinking Creek; Jackson and Partin marriages (male and female); Knox County schools; descendants of John Hodgkinson; The Battle of Barbourville; Dr. Thomas Walker journal and State Historic Site; Cumberland Gap National Historical Park; the Civil War in the Cumberland Gap area; and much more.

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