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 December/January 2002 issue:
(From "Kentucky Genealogy Help Line")


Seek info. on my g. g. grandparents, Cordy and Manervy Thompson Pendergrass, had my g. grandmother, Sarah Pendergrass, b. 1864, m. John Bowman, lived at Ida Mae, south of Beattyville, Ky., had my grandmother, Bertie Bowman, b. 1888, m. Harry Hill. Any info. appreciated.

Joan Hill Cornell
5521 State Route 132
Batavia, OH 45103


Seek info. on the following: John Lambdin, father of Wm. Lambdin, b. 1789, S. C., d. 1854, Whitley Co., Ky., m. 1821, Whitley Co., Ky., Mary Siler, b. 1797, N. C., d. 1880, Whitley Co., Ky., had my grandfather, Andrew, b. 1836, d. 1923, Whitley Co., m. 3rd, my grandmother, Mary J. McGhee, b. 1861, Tenn.; and others; and Wm. Harvey Dorsey, b. 1806, Ky., d. Ky., m. Jane Nevens, b. 1812, Mo., d. Ky., had Greenberry Hamilton, b. 1836 Calloway Co., Mo., d. 1931, Ky., served with Co. A, 53rd Ky. Regiment Infantry, Civil War, m. Mary Elizabeth Arnold, b. 1852, d. 1931, Covington, Kenton Co., Ky. Is this Dorsey family related to Dorsey family of Md., 1600s? Any info. appreciated.

Mary Dorsey
716 Jamestown Boulevard #1270
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

(From "Genealogy From The Long Ago")


Henry Hopson lived in Fairfax or Halifax County, Virginia, before the Revolutionary War, and married Martha Neville. He had four sons and two daughters: Col. Joseph Hopson, an officer in the Revolution under Morgan, married Sallie Boyd; Morgan Hopson; Henry Hopson, married Nancy Ragland; Neville Hopson, married Susan Ragland; Lucy Hopson, married John Lumpkin of Georgia; and Martha Hopson, married Joseph Gill. Martha Neville Hopson is said to be a descendant of the Earl of Warwick.


Richard Buckner, "son of John Buckner," as the patent states, had a grant of land on the south side of the Rappahannock River in old Rappa-hannock County, Virginia in 1684. He was an ancestor of the Buckners of Caroline and Fauquier counties, Virginia, and of most of those in the West. The land granted included "The Neck," in the present Caroline County, an estate in possession of the family until after the late war.

Thomas, a grandson of John Buckner, married Elizabeth Hawes on May 25, 1780. Their children were: Benjamin, married and moved to Kentucky, and afterward, about 1840, to Missouri, living in 1852; Samuel, married and moved to Kentucky, and about 1841 he moved to Missouri, living in 1852; William, moved to Kentucky, married, and died in August 1850, leaving four children: Wm. T., Elizabeth, Henry, and Benjamin; Nancy, married and living in Kentucky in 1852; Ellen, married and died in Kentucky before 1852; Walker, born in 1781, moved to Cove-ridge, Bourbon County, Kentucky, married Elizabeth Walker, and had one child, William Aylett; who married Sallie Taliaferro, daughter of William Woodford, and six children; and Mary Aylett, married October 1807, Thomas Caterby Woodford, born June 23, 1784, died January 11, 1852, had no issue.

(From "Strictly Kentucky Genealogy")

Hammack Ancestors

The Hammack name is spelled either Hammack or Hammock, some members of the family preferring one spelling and other members prefer the other. In some old documents, the clerk doing the writing spelled it both ways in the same documents. As far as is known, all the Hammacks/Hammocks are related. Brooks Hammack Carney's first known Hammack ancestor arrived in Virginia about 1656 and settled in the Farnham Parish area of old Rappahannock County, now Richmond County. The names of many of the early ancestors are found in the Farnham Parish register preserved at the Virginia State Library and Archives. The Farnham Church, founded in 1737, is still standing near the small town of Farnham. As land got scarce in Rappahannock County, the family moved to Amelia County, Virginia, and about 1765, to Anson County, North Carolina. The Revolutionary War started in 1775, but the actual fighting did not reach western North Carolina until 1780, when Cornwallis marched into South Carolina and North Carolina. William Hammack, Jr., the great-grandfather of Brooks, volunteered to serve in the North Carolina Militia and was a part of the Battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, in August of 1781. On his way back to North Carolina after the battle he was captured and then paroled. He kept his word and did not fight the British again, but he did join in the effort to capture the outlaw, Fanning, who was raiding the countryside.
Shortly after the war was over, William Hammack, Sr., and William Hammack, Jr., along with other members of their family, moved to Wilkes County, Georgia. There William, Jr., married Nancy Brown about 1790. At this time, nothing is known about her family.

By 1797 William, Nancy, and their two children were on the move again. This time they traveled to Kentucky and bought land in Christian County (in what became part of Caldwell County, when that county was formed in 1809.) Seven more children were born to the family before the end of 1811, including Brooks' grandfather, Morgan Brown Hammack.

The violent earthquake of December 16, 1811, with aftershocks that lasted for several months, convinced William to move once again. By 1818 he had bought land in Union County, Kentucky. In 1833, crippled from a fall sometime earlier, he applied for a pension based on his war service. He died January 3, 1849; at the age of 88 years, 6 months, and 18 days. Nancy died August 16, 1843. Both are buried on a hilltop about halfway between Sturgis and Morganfield, overlooking the highway. Their gravestones have both fallen over, but are still readable.

Morgan Brown Hammack, the grandfather of Brooks, was the sixth child of William and Nancy and was born in Christian County in 1804. He married Margaret Bishop, when he was 19, and she was only 16. Margaret was born in 1807 in Maryland and was the daughter of Benjamin, and Sarah (Hill) Bishop. They had nine children, of which, William, the father of Brooks, was the sixth. William was born in 1836, married Mary I. (Molly) Pride in 1863, and died in 1921. Molly was born in 1847 and died in 1928. An interesting note: Mildred Carney's brother-in-law was a witness at the marriage of William and Molly. Brooks was the fourth of nine children.

(From "Kentucky Genealogy Websites")

The Boone Family

This board is the result of numerous requests for a KyGenWeb page on the legendary Daniel Boone. If you know of any Boone pages or have a Boone connection yourself, feel free to send the information.

Here are some Boone Associations currently listed on the board, courtesy of Fred Kindel:

1. The Boone Family Association of California, Mary K. Boone (treasurer and editor of publication "Boone's Sierra Echoes"), 19248 Rockridge Way, Sonora, CA 95370. In 1990 dues were $10.00. For $20.00 members can buy a 28-page booklet, My Boone Family, covering Boone origins and descendants from Sveide, the Norse Viking king, in the year 740 A.D., to the Pennsylvania Boone family in 1717.

2. Boone Family Research Association, c/o Mary Ann Shicker, Oak Hill Publications, P. O. Box 887, Glen Carbon, IL 62034-0887. $10.00 in 1997. They also have a number of Boone publications for sale.

3.The Boone Society, P. O. Box 500642, Atlanta, GA 31150-0642. $12.00 in 1997. The Society maintains a database, adds new members and their Boone ancestors, publishes a newsletter, and hosts an annual reunion. For more information and to obtain a copy of the brochure, visit Pete Holste's Boone Web Page URLs.

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