Kentucky Kinfolks

Editor's Note: In the mid-1930s, The Louisville Herald-Post conducted a genealogy column featuring materials sent in by its readers. We thought our readers would find the column interesting. We will reprint parts from this column each month. Because they were printed some 60 years ago, we do not have any other facts, except those given below. We hope our readers enjoy the Kentucky Kinfolks column.

A. B. Gill went from Baltimore to Kentucky where he married Ann Taylor. After their marriage, they settled on a plantation near Alexandria, Louisiana. This was in the early 1800s. Ann Taylor's father died early, as her mother remarried a Mr. McLaren of Mississippi. Mr. McLaren's son owned a wholesale hardware house named McLaren, Williams, and Company. He is a half-brother of Ann Taylor.

Robert Shannon, born 1753, was a Revolutionary soldier who settled in Kentucky. Robert and his wife, Catharine, settled in Henry County, Kentucky. They were from North Carolina. They were married February 24, 1780. Robert died January 22, 1827. Catharine was born 1762 in Pennsylvania. Her maiden name was Catharine Davidson. They removed to South Carolina when she was 10 or 12, and they were married by Wm. Bratton at her father's house. They then removed to Lincoln County, North Carolina, on South Fork of Catawba. They moved to Scott County, Kentucky, 1795, and lived 13 years there, then removed to Fayette County, Kentucky; then to Jessamine County, and then to Henry County, Kentucky, in 1812. They had Samuel Shannon, born 1793, married Martha; Nancy B. Shannon, born 1781; Mary, born 1783; Catharine, born 1785; Joseph, born 1788; Peggy, born 1791; Lillie, born 1797; John, born 1801; and Elias, born 1812. Arthur Shannon, another Revolutionary soldier, settled in Fayette County, Kentucky. He enlisted in Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1776. His wife was living at the time he made his affidavit, but his affidavit names no children. There are many Shannon marriages and intermarriages with others by the same name, showing that there were unrelated families in Kentucky by this name.

The Meriwethers of Virginia and Kentucky are supposed to be descendants of Nicholas Meriwether (the immigrant), born 1647, died 1744, who settled in New Kent County, Virginia; where he was a vestryman in St. Peter's Parish, 1685-98. His wife, Elizabeth, is the daughter of David Crawford of New Kent County (the name Crawford was also spelled Craford and Crafford in early records). Much has been published about the Meriwethers, but not much on the Crawfords. That may be due to the fact that the records of New Kent County were destroyed before people began taking an interest in their ancestry. There is a tradition that the father of Nicholas Meriwether was in Virginia before Nicholas settled in New Kent. The Meriwethers and Crawfords were possibly neighbors in Surry County at an earlier date. A Francis Meriwether's estate was settled in Surry County in 1676, and that of a William Meriwether in 1695. Moreover, there is a Robert Crawford, who left a will in Surry, probated 1717, who might have been the father of Elizabeth. A book entitled Craw-fordiana, with a subtitle of The Descendants of John Crawford of New Kent County, was published in New York in 1833.

Benjamin Warfield of Ann Arundle County, Maryland, married Rachael Ridgeley. They had a son, Elisha, born November 29, 1741, who moved to Kentucky ca. 1790.

John W. Miller (1805-1881), born near Harned, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, married Jane Carr, March 9, 1830, at Rome; then the county seat of Perry County, Indiana. Two sisters of John married men by the name of Dwyer and moved to Iowa. This family of Millers was descended from a member of Cecil Calvert's colony that settled in Maryland. John Miller's mother, Susan Springer, or her parents must have come from southern Pennsylvania or northern Delaware. Since John Miller was Catholic, it is presumed that his ancestors either followed, or were members of one of the settlements from St. Mary's County, Maryland, that settled near Bardstown, Kentucky.

Martha White, married, on October 10, 1821, William Musselman in Daviess County, Kentucky.

Jonathan Bolling was born in Virginia, May 22, 1767. He was married in Albemarle County, Virginia, on November 17, 1790, to Susannah Wood, born November 10, 1766. She was the daughter of John and Eleanor Isreal Wood of Albemarle. Jonathan and Susannah Wood Bolling had issue: John Bolling, born January 30, 1792; Rhoda Bolling, born January 15, 1794; Betsy Bolling, born March 30, 1796; William Bolling, born February 10, 1799; Polly M. Bolling, born March 1, 1803; George W. Bolling, born April 25, 1807; James M. Bolling, born October 12, 1811; and Susannah Bolling, born January 5, 1813. Jonathan Bolling came to Kentucky from Albemarle County, Virginia, and settled in Barren County. Elizabeth Wood, sister of Susannah, married John Clack of Albemarle. Moses Clack, also of Albemarle, married Mary Dedman.

Nicholas Blankenbaker, born in Germany in 1758, died in Shelby County, Kentucky, in 1849. He served in the American Revolution. He was married to Fannie Wilhoyte.