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 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 March 2013 issue.
(From "Kentucky Genealogy From The Long Ago")
Charles Searcy came from Granville or Stokes County, North Carolina, and claimed to be of Swedish descent. He, with his brothers, William, Anderson, Richard, and Samuel; besides many other families (Christopher, Jett, and Dooley) came to Kentucky in 1789 and settled near Boone's Fort. Charles married Mary Moss in North Carolina. Anderson Searcy moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Others of the family went to Anderson County, Kentucky. Bartlett Searcy was a cousin of Charles Searcy. Richard or Dick Searcy was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was held a prisoner for several years. Charles and Samuel reared families in Madison County. Charles reared 13 children, whose names were Lemuel, Howell, John, Wiley, Anderson, Charles, Bryan, Lucy, Sally, Betsey, Polly, Peggy, and Laments. Nearly all of the families moved to Missouri and Iowa at an early day.
Solomon Hogue came from the old Opequon Church in Virginia to Kentucky. He and his brother-in-law, Capt. McMurtry, were Revolutionary soldiers, present at the surrender of Cornwallis. His son, Samuel Hogue, was a soldier of 1812. Rev. A. A. Hogue was Samuel's son. Another branch of the Hogues came from Virginia to Tennessee, to Kentucky, and back to South Carolina. Mrs. Judge Noble of Crescent Hill is a daughter of Samuel Hogue.
Dr. William Gay married Elizabeth Bolling, who was the daughter of Col. John Bolling. Nelson Gay, Sr., born in 1813 and lived in Perry County, Kentucky, was a son of Henry Gay, Sr., and a grandson of Dr. William Gay. He has a son, William Gay, whom he named for his grandfather, Dr. William.
Henry Gay, Sr., was twice married, his second wife being a Miss Margaret Russell of Hawkins County, Tennessee. He died in Perry County, Kentucky, in 1830, and was a first cousin to the Rev. Jesse Bolling, who was at the time one of the most prominent Baptist ministers in Eastern Kentucky. There are a large generation of Bollings, Gays, Johnsons, Borgers, Begleys, etc., living in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Jackson, Laurel, Leslie, Owsley, and Perry.
Maj. John Bolling, son of Col. John Bolling, left 19 sons, of whom it is natural to presume the Rev. Jesse Bolling was one. Maj. John had another son, William Bolling, who married Martha Jefferson, a sister of President Jefferson.
William Gay was a son of Thomas Gay, who with John Gay and another brother, came from England and landed at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1630. The said John Gay settled at Dedham, Massachusetts, and Thomas Gay came to Virginia.
(From "Strictly Kentucky Genealogy")
Prater Genealogy, Part One (Various Materials To Aid In Family History Research).