Kentucky Kinfolks

Genealogy From The Louisville Herald-Post (1930s)

Edited By J. Emerson Miller

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 sixty years ago, we do not have any other facts except those given below. We

hope our readers enjoy the new Kentucky Kinfolks column.


Richard Cave, son of John Cave and his wife, Mildred Bell, of Culpeper County, Virginia; and grandson of Benjamin Cave, Sr.; and Hannah Bledsoe, of Orange County, Virginia, moved with his father, John Cave, to Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1783 or 1784; and on January 17, 1792, married Sally Wood, daughter of Thomas Wood, who gave consent in Woodford County, Kentucky. Susan Cave, one of John Cave's daughters, and a sister of Richard, married a Thomas Wood.


Jane and Nancy Miller, daughters of Thomas Miller, of King and Queen County, deceased, intending to go to Kentucky, gave power of attorney to their brother, Anthony Miller, to sell their share of their father's and mother's estate. Thomas Miller died between April 15, 1796, when for love and affection, he conveyed to his son, John Miller, land in Essex County, on the road from Rappahannock to Dunkirk; and November 10, 1806, Jane and Nancy made the above power of attorney to their brother. Thomas was almost certainly a grandson of the John Miller who died estate in Essex County, 1743. John Miller was son of Capt. Simon Miller. It may be that John, son of the John, who died 1743, was father of Thomas. This John married Susannah and moved into Caroline County, in 1736. The loss of Caroline's will and deed books prevents our having a list of his children, hence Thomas can't be positively identified as his son.

Thomas has no connection with James Miller of Port Royal, whose children can be established from the will in Caroline's loose papers, Archives Division, Virginia State Library, Richmond.


Alexander Doniphan was said to be age 24 in 1674. He married Margaret Mott, a daughter of George Mott, who died in 1675, leaving four daughters: Margaret; Elizabeth Mott, who married John Fossaker; Ann, who married John Glendenning; and Eleanor Mott. George Mott and a brother, John, patented 15,000 acres of land in King George County, Virginia. Alexander Doniphan died September 20, 1716. Alexander and Margaret (Mott) Doniphan had three daughters, no sons; and Alexander, Mott, and Robert Doniphan carried on the name.

Alexander Doniphan married June 17, 1745, Mary Waugh, a daughter of Joseph Waugh and his wife, Mary Crosby-Mountjoy-Mauzy, a daughter of George Crosby. She married firstly, a Mr. Mountjoy, by whom she had William Mountjoy; married secondly, Mr. Mauzy, by whom she had Peter and Elizabeth Mauzy, who married firstly, John Markham and secondly Thomas Conway. Mary Crosby Mountjoy-Mauzy married thirdly Joseph Waugh, and they had a daughter, Mary Waugh; who married Alexander Doniphan of Stafford County. Alexander and Mary Waugh Doniphan had: 1. William Doniphan, born March 20, 1742; 2. Elizabeth Doniphan, who married William Smith, in 1773. She was born April 2, 1744; 3. Ann Doniphan; 4. Alexander Doniphan, born March 12, 1759; 5. Matt Doniphan, born 1752. Of this family was the famous soldier, Col. Alexander W. Doniphan, born in Mason County, Kentucky, July 9, 1803; a son of Joseph and Ann Smith Doniphan. Joseph Doniphan came to Fort Boonesboro, Kentucky from Stafford County, Virginia, and taught 17 pupils during that summer. He died in 1813. Matt Doniphan, a son of Alexander and Margaret Mott Doniphan, married ?, and had Anderson, Alexander, and other children. Anderson Doniphan married Magdalena Monkeith and died 1761 in King George County, Virginia; leaving Mary, Gerrard, Rosanna, Elizabeth, and Lucretia Doniphan.

The Conway family in Virginia was one of many descendants, represented in nearly every county, and now spread in every state of the Union. Dennis and Thomas Conway, brothers, were in Virginia as early as 1665. They had several sons from whom descended the lines represented in large numbers in Northumberland and Fauquier Counties, Virginia. Dennis Conway and his wife, Anne, had issue: John, born 1673, who married Susannah and had, among others, John Conway; who married Francinah Spann, and whose family stayed in Northumberland and were prominent during the Revolution. Thomas Conway, in 1730, settled his father's estate (John C. Conway died in 1727), and left for Fauquier County, where about 1741, he married Elizabeth Mauzy-Markham, widow, and by her had: William, Thomas, Peter, Joseph, Henry, James, George, and Susannah Conway. With the exception of Peter, all of these sons were commissioned officers in the Revolution. Peter Conway was born October 14, 1746 and died January 11, 1833; married Mary James on November 15, 1769, who died July 27, 1822. Mary was the daughter of Thomas and Diana Allen James and born August 1750. Peter Conway was always called "Colonel," but his name is not found in the Revolutionary records. They are John Conway, born October 16, 1770; Diana Conway, born Mary 11, 1773; Andrew Peter; Thomas; Elizabeth; Mary; and Mariam. Diana Conway became the second wife of John Kelly. By his first wife, Jane Payne Kelly, there were the following children: Fanny, John P., George P., Peter Conway, Jane P., Alex D., William T., and Elizabeth. By his second wife, Diana Conway, John Kelly had James W., Susan W., Richard, Thomas C., Spicer W., Mary Ann, and Henry W.

John Kelly lived in Westmoreland County, Virginia, moving to Fauquier County. Diana (Dinah) Conway Kelly died October 31, 1847. The Spicers were closely related to the Kellys in Virginia.

Peter Conway, the son of Col. Peter and Mary James Conway, and brother of Dinah, married Charlotte ? and died before his father, in 1827.


Henry Jasper Greer, born 1828, died about 1900. Hozias Greer lived in Indiana. His father's life, according to tradition, was spared by a British officer named Hozias Greer. He was named for this officer. His father was a flag bearer in Washington's Army.

Henry Jasper Greer was married twice. First to Prudence ____, who is buried in Crabtree Cemetery near Litchfield, Illinois, issue: One daughter, Nancy, who married Henry Payton of Kansas; married secondly, Mary Jane Micenhelmer, issue: six daughters, two of whom, Nettie and Annabel, are living and one son, Charles Jasper, born in Lewisport, Kentucky, January 7, 1877, died February 13, 1922, at Lovington, Illinois. The Greers lived at Owensboro, Kentucky and that William Greer of that place had several children.

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