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, Strictly Kentucky Genealogy, and Kentucky Kinfolk are dedicated solely to this purpose and continue from month to month.

Here are some genealogy items from our September 2014 issue.
(From "Genealogy From The Long Ago")


About 1800, ____ Witherspoon, a native of Scotland, said to be a brother of John, the signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived near Raleigh, North Carolina. He was quite old when he married a young woman. In 1809 his two sons, John and Hardy, and his daughter, Betsy, moved to Allen County, Kentucky. There may have been other children, probably a daughter, Fannie.

John Thompson and his wife, Mary, lived in Pittsylvania County, North Carolina. They had Annie, born 1734; Archibald, 1736; Mary, August 1739; Lucy, February 1741; Betty, January 1744; Rebekah, February 1745; George, March 1747; Rodden, November 1748. Archibald was discharged from the Second Virginia Regiment December 1759. He married Mary Elzwick September 1760. Mary Thompson married Henry Skaggs and Lucy married Charles Skaggs.

Alexander Miller and wife, Frances Waggoner, were from Adair County, Kentucky. Their children married Griders and Cravens. One son, Upton, married Elizabeth Eleanor Clark, of Hinde County, Mississippi, daughter of Gen. William Clark, from North Carolina, somewhere around 1835. His first wife was Jane Poe Fuller. His second wife, Edith Pearce Lanier. Edy Lanier's father, Robert, was born 1763 (son of William and Martha), and her mother, Edy Pearce, daughter of Lazarus and Elizabeth Pearce, was born 1772. General Clark was born 1790 and was the son of William Clark and grandson of Maj. ____ Clark. His mother's name was Mary Ann Woodard, born 1768. His father was born 1758.

Joshua Embree emigrated from Lincoln County, Kentucky, to Gibson County, Indiana, about 1811. His son, Elisha Embree, represented the First Indiana district in Congress in 1848. There was an Elihu Embree who died at Jonesboro, Tennessee, in 1820. At the time of his death he was publishing the Emancipator, probably the first emancipation journal published in America. One Elias Embree was founder of Embreeville, Washington County, Tennessee. There are Embrees at Winchester, Tennessee, who, however, spell the name Embry. One of the Embrees long ago married an Edmondson, a niece of General Edward Stevens, of Virginia.

The Kentucky Explorer also features "Kentucky Genealogy Help Line"

(Various Materials To Aid In Family History Research).

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