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 February 2002 issue:
(From "Kentucky Genealogy Help Line")
Seek info. on my grandfather, Lewis Davis, b. Ky., d. Ky., had my father, Woodrow Leon Davis, b. 6/12/1920, Portsmouth or Chillicothe, Ohio. Any info. appreciated.
Patricia Davis Cable
Seek info. on Harry Hughes, Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., Ky., ca. 1920s-1930s. Any info. appreciated.
Seek info. on the following: Eliza Hayes; James W. Franklin I; James W. Franklin II, and James W. Franklin III, b. 1820, Ky., m. Eliza Cornett, b. 1820, Ky. dau. of Jesse Cornett and Nancy Smith. Any info. appreciated.
(From "Genealogy From The Long Ago")
Robert Wade lived in Halifax County, Virginia, where his son, Hampton Wade, was born on March 22, 1757. He lived there until his son, David Wade, was born on December 5, 1797, and then moved to Kentucky in 1811. Hampton Wade served in the Revolutionary War, 1776-78, and was at Valley Forge. David Wade was in the War of 1812. It is believed that Stephen Wade was the first Wade born in America at Jamestown, Virginia. He was the father of Tinsley Wade, and he was the father of Robert.
Francis Wright married Fannie Whitus and lived in Princess Anne County, about 25 miles from Norfolk, Virginia. David W. Wright was his oldest child. He came to Kentucky and married Elizabeth Jacob. They lived near Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.
My grandmother, Eva Mae Rains Parks, was born into one of those mountain families with deep roots. Her parents were from strong Kentucky stock, who had lived in Whitley County and the surrounding area for many generations. Each of her parents came from a large family. They each had a large family of ten children. Eva and her husband, Willard Parks, had 11 children. From these 11 children have come 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (and counting!). In our family, it's almost a game to try to name all my mother's siblings in order: Irene, Patsy, Linda, Bessy, Edward, Christine, Geraldine, Lois, Betty Ann, Danny, and Dennis Ray (who died very young). Of the ten living children, six have pulled up their roots and moved from their hometown, but only three live outside of Kentucky.
Eva Rains grew up in the small community of Rockholds, Kentucky, as did her husband, Willard Parks; son of Charlie Tipton Parks (1880-1948) and Ellen Gray (1882-1968). Their courtship was rather short, from my understanding. One day Willard declared, "Eva, why don't you and me go 'n git hitched?" So they climbed into their buggy and started out for the preacher's house. They met him going somewhere else, so they just stopped and got married right there in the middle of the road. That was in 1939, and their marriage continued for better or worse until May 2000, when Willard died.
During that time, it was said that Will and his family lived in just about every house in Rockholds. I've heard that anytime he could make a little profit on a house, he'd make the deal, then go home and announce that they were moving. Though that happened more times than the children could count, Eva remembers the dates and places her family had uprooted and moved to. She remembers all her neighbors and friends, and who was born in which house. My mother was born on Rat Row, which, probably due to its descriptive name, is no longer standing.
Eva was the daughter of Robert Henry Rains (1889-1956) and Mattie Lee McFarland (1889-1955). Eva has her grandfather's (William Mc-Farland) Bible, which provides us genealogists a wealth of knowledge about the family; including names and dates of all his children, his wife, and the names of her parents. The Bible didn't include the names of Williams' parents, but Eva remembered her great-great-grandparents being buried on a hill with some Wideners. When I went to visit recently, we found that cemetery and took pictures of the graves. Joseph McFarland (1768-1852) and his wife, Elizabeth (1803-1853), were born in Tennessee, according to the census, but the McFarlands were originally Scoth-Irish; according to family tradition.
William A McFarland's Bible tells a lot about him personally, too. He wrote about his wife, Mandy Stanfill McFarland, (no words have been changed) "She is gon home to glorie I hope my lose is her eteral gane she has bin gon five months to day I hop it wont be long till I meat her this 18 day of April 1924." However, he had to wait seven years before meeting his beloved again.
William's parents were Benjamin McFarland (born 1820) and Elizabeth Wyatt (born 1834), who was the daughter of John Wyatt. William's wife, Mandy (1859-1923), had deep roots in the area, as well. Her parents were James Riley Stanfill (born 1826) and Fronia (Phronia) Adkins (born 1825). James Riley's relatives came to the area before the year 1800 from Anson County, North Carolina. Before that they had resided in Virginia since the 1600s.
Eva's paternal grandparents were William Cajor Rains (1863-1915) and Erle Florence Cox (1864-1935). Eva remembers her Rains grandmother as having one blue eye and one brown eye. Her parents were Samuel Cox (1829-1901) and Scothia G. Sears (1838-1915). Where did she get the unusual name Scothia? Is it the name of a tributary along the Ohio River? She was nicknamed "Berg" by her parents, George Young Sears (1810-1879) and Jane Sexton (ca. 1808-1910), who were obviously running out of names.
Jane Sexton's grandfather, William Sexton (1747-1830), was a private in the Revolutionary War. His wife, Leah Virginia Free (1766-1839), descended from French-Protestants, who escaped to Pennsylvania around the time of William Penn.
Samuel Cox was the son of John Cox, a traveling preacher from Delaware, and his third wife, Sarah Stanfield, a descendant of Pennsylvania Quakers.
Eva's paternal grandfather, William Cajor Rains, was the son of James S. B. Rains (1833-1883) and Mary Floyd (1843-1883). The Floyds had been in Knox and Whitley counties for several generations. Before that they were in Ashe County, North Carolina. James Rains was the son of James Rains (1804-1844) and Nancy Brad-ford (born ca. 1810), who was the dau-ghter of Samuel Bradford. James, Sr's, parents were John Rains and Elizabeth Jane. They moved to Whitley County from North Carolina.
With such deep roots in Kentucky, I can't help but be proud of my home state, and of my sweet grandmother, who was part of making Kentucky what it is today!
Kentucky In The Civil War
Surf the numerous links to Internet-based data and pages on Kentucky and the Civil War. For example, one link is to the Kentucky Civil War Query Page. This forum is monitored by some very knowledgeable and helpful people. All queries posted must concern both Kentucky and the Civil War or they will be deleted from the forum without notice.
Kentucky Genealogical Society
Information is available here on membership, activities, and projects. The Kentucky Genealogical Society was organized in 1973 as a non-profit, educational organization managed by a board of directors. Its purpose is to foster the science of genealogy through educational and research programs, and promoting projects to preserve, produce, and disseminate knowledge of genealogical or historical value. The Society, through continuous growth, now consists of a substantial membership throughout the United States and foreign countries.
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