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Kentucky Explorer Magazine

Kentucky Genealogy Help Line

From The April, 1997 Issue


Need parents, grandparents, and siblings of Jonathan Cody Brinson (my g. grandfather), b. 1820, Pulaski Co., Ky., m. (1) Jane Phelps in 1841, Pulaski Co., m. (2) Martha Jane Meece on 10/26/1872, in Pulaski Co. At that time he was age 52, and Martha (my g. grandmother) was 19. Nine children.

Wilma Phelps

445 White Lily Church Rd.

Somerset, KY 42501


Would like any info. on my grandmother, Lucy Margaret Rainy, b. 1900, London, Ky., dau. of William Palistine and Margaret (Smith) Rainy. Her siblings were Lester and Chester (twins), Cynthia, Myrtle, and Alice. Lucy's sisters were deaf and talked by hand signing. Would appreciate any info. on this family. Lucy m. Benjamin Henry Powers, b. 1890, Frenchburg, Menifee Co., Ky.

Lucille (Back) Robbins

P.O. Box 127

Stonewall, MS 39363


Would like to correspond and exchange info. with anyone researching the families of Martin Wicker, b. 4/14/1821, NC, and Jesse Wicker, b. 1822, Tenn. Believe they were brothers and that the family moved from NC to Ky., spending some time in Tenn. along the way. Jesse arrived in Floyd Co. first, soon followed by Martin and Mark Wicker, and later by Hiram Wicker. Martin stayed in Floyd Co. (where his son was b. in 1854) and then moved to Carter Co., as did Mark. Also interested in the Pitts and Parker families of Floyd and Carter Co.

Sherry Burnett Lowe

810 Webster Ave.

Grayson, KY 41143


Andrew Jackson Kenady/Kenedy, b. 2/18/1867, Ky. (where specifically), m. Isa Dora Osborn(e) and both lived in Dahlgren, Hamilton Co., Ill., and raised 4 sons and 1 dau. who lived in Ill. Parents of A.J. Kenedy: Edmond Kenedy and Julia Ann Dickson who were m. 7/28/1889. Isa Dora's parents were W.T. Osborne and Caroline Futrill (the Osbornes came from Tenn.?) Love to hear from any possible connections.

Sue Kennedy

822 Circle Dr.

Bethalto, IL 62010-1340


Who are the parents of Polly Brock who m. Adam Siler in 1817, in Knox Co.?

Christine Stephens

64 Highview Dr.

Fort Thomas, KY 41075

(606) 781-1458


Looking for ancestors of Elijah and Mary Jane Buffington Spencer from Strong Fork, Breathitt Co., Ky. Elijah was b. in 1851, and came to Breathitt Co. as a blacksmith in his teens. He was the son of Isaac and Mary Spencer. Curious to see if the spelling was changed from Spence or Spense (part of the Scottish Clan system).

Mark S. Ballard

5131 Globe Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45212

(513) 631-7443


Would like to know ancestors of Martha Ann Fisher, b. 3/1824, Ky. or Mo., who m. in Garrard Co., on 3/25/1845, to William Royston Schooler/Schuyler, b. 4/17/1820, Ky. She was my g.g. grandmother.

Betsy B. Bryan

3460 Lannette Ln.

Lexington, KY 40503


Need name of the first wife of James Dorris. He m. (2) Anny Ivey in Robertson Co., Tenn., on 9/28/1842. James was b. ca. 1795. Children of James and first wife: Nancy, Cornelius, Elizabeth, and Susan. Nancy and Cornelius lived in Logan Co., Ky.

Charlotte Austin

9119 E. State Highway DD

Strafford, MO 65757


Seeking info. on the Gross family of Breathitt Co. Simon Gross m. Darcus Becknell in 1816, had 11 children: Jane, Henry, Thomas, Peter, Giles, William, Mary Polly, John, Edward (Ned), Lize, and Susannah. Any info. appreciated.

Patrick Gross

2025 Greenfield Dr. E.

Middletown, OH 45044



Need parents of Cinda Scott, b. 1810, SC, d. after 1870, in Ky., m. Abraham Harmon, b. 1799, SC, son of Itamer Harmon, d. before 1827. Their dau., Mary Harmon, m. John S. Davis, b. 1825, Mo., son of Joseph Davis and Sarah Keen. Any info. appreciated.

Mary Bryant Park

2204 W. 5th Ave.

Stillwater, OK 70474-2817

e-mail: Compuserve 75304,551


Septimus Wardle/Wardell, b. Manchester, England, 1777, d. in Lexington, Ky., 1/16/1850, m. Elizabeth ---, who d. in 1859, in Lexington.

Andy Miller

2256 Glenwood Cir.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909-1553

e-mail: [email protected]


Need parents of Richard Calloway, b. 1835, who m. Susan Stockdale, on 2/18/1874, in Carroll Co., Ky., at the residence of Jehu Stockdale Sr. (her father?) and the names of their children.

Charles Rudy Heath II

6586 Fields Ertel Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45241-1367


Seeking info. on David McCarty, b. 1/15/1837, and his wife, Mary E. Shouse (?), b. 1843, and their ancestors. David and Mary are buried at Bagdad, Shelby Co., Ky. Their children: Iva D., Lendoff, Margaret, Emma, Sciota, and Johnny B.

Ron Wibbels

5002 Weber Ln.

Floyd's Knob, IN 47119

e-mail: [email protected]


I would like more info. on the Lewis Green Jr. mentioned on page 90 of the January, 1997 issue. My daughter and I are doing genealogy of the Coggin and Adams family. Would like to know if the daughters, Sarah and Mary Ruth, of Lewis Green Jr. were m. to Paynes.

Annie Merle Adams

809 Peachtree St.

Athens, AL 35611-4750

(205) 232-6080


Seeking info. on family of James Logan Ross, b. 11/28/1836, in Madison, Ky. Need his parents' and grandparents' names and dates. Had three sisters and they settled in Lizton, Ind.

Jo Anna Smith

111 E. 12th St.

Georgetown, IL 61846-1114



Need info. on Benjamin Cooper and wife, Sarah Ester Burton, who were on the Loudon Co., Va., tax list in 1783, and who were in Nelson Co., Ky., by 1789. Benjamin d. in 1814. Children: Sally, John, Benjamin Jr., James, and William. These were listed in his will which I have. Was Benjamin Sr. the Revolutionary soldier listed in Vol. II of Ky. Court and Other Records?

Myrtle Gibson

3793 Solar Cir.

Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406-4410


Trying to locate William Frederick Bauer who worked for the L&N Railroad in the early 1900's but moved from Ind. sometime after 1915 when he m. Hilda Anna Weis who lived in Indianapolis. They were not m. when his mother d. on 10/29/1924, and the administratrix, Hilda Bauer, filed her final report, one of the items she listed was railroad fare for William Bauer in the amount of $25.05. Would anyone know if this would be the correct railroad fare from Calif. to Ind. in 1924?

Harold Gaddie

9605 Old Six Mile Ln.

Jeffersontown, KY 40299


My mother, Rosada Gadd Peters m. John S. Peters. Her family was from Rockcastle Co., Clear Creek. All of her family is buried at the Chasteen Cemetery. My mom's mother was a Chasteen, the dau. of James and Mary Coffey Chasteen. She m. James Patterson Gadd. Would like to have some info. on my grandfather, James Patterson Gadd, and his siblings. He had brothers named Will and Armp Gadd and a sister named Hannah.

Patricia L. Peters

3253 Scaffold Cane Rd.

Berea, KY 40403


Would like to know what became of John C.B. Smallwood, b. 10/1849, and Lewis Smallwood, b. 6/17/1852, in Owsley Co., both sons of William J. Smallwood and Margaret Hamilton. Last record of Lewis was on the 1880 Jackson Co. census, listed as single and living with his uncle, John S. Hamilton. Last record of John was on the 1875 list of teachers in Lee Co., Ky. Don't confuse this John C.B. Smallwood with his cousin, "Preacher" John C. Smallwood, b. 4/19/1849, d. 9/17/1940.

Ruth Eager Moran

5001 Brettshire Way

Oklahoma City, OK 73142



Info. on William S. McMahan, b. 2/27/1842, Grayson, Carter Co., Ky., d. 1916, St. Paul, Madison Co., Ark., who m. on 12/24/1868, in Weakley Co., Tenn., to Victoria Nanney, b. 3/23/1842, d. 8/31/1919, in Ark. The 1850 Carter Co., Ky., census lists Alexander McMahan, 49, from Lee Co., Va., and Eve, NC, and their children: Mary, 14, b. Tenn. (believed to have m. John Wallace); George, 4, b. Tenn.; and William, 8, b. Tenn. Alexander, son of James McMahan of Lee Co., Va. Any help appreciated, will pay postage and copies.

Iva Davis

16549 County Road 248

Terrell, TX 75160-0521

(972) 524-1516


Need info. on Elisha Creech, James H.M. Dean, Jonathan Kelly Sr., David Mocabee, James Ed. Plank, John Thomas, Acles Wynn, all from east Ky. in the 1800's.

Lloyd Dean

6770 U.S. Highway 60 E.

Morehead, KY 40351

(606) 784-9145


Seeking info. on Lavinia A. Kenny/Kenney, dau. of Napoleon and Elizabeth Ann Thornberry Kenny/Kenney, of Georgetown, Scott Co., Ky. In the 1850 census, Lavinia A., age 18, along with her mother and grandmother, Ann Thornberry, 79, was listed in the household of her uncle, Thomas Thornberry, Dry Run Township, Scott Co.

Margaret E. Smith

420 Brown Ave.

Osawatomie, KS 66064-1320


Searching for parents and siblings of Andrew Jackson Cary, b. 7/19/1818, in Ky., who m. Rachel Catherine Murray, b. 5/31/1823, in Tenn., on 2/16/1840, in Jefferson Co., Tenn. They lived in Jefferson Co. in 1840; Granger Co., Tenn., in 1850; Roane Co., Tenn., in 1860; Carter Co., Mo., in 1868, and Webster Co., Mo., in 1870, where Andrew died. Rachel's place of death is unknown. Will share or exchange info.

Maynard & Lois Fullington

572 U Rd.

Palmer, NE 68864-1113


Our Combs family story goes: Henry Combs had 3 bros., Jim, John, and Billy. Also several sisters, one named Rose. Henry and Jim rode horseback from their birthplace in Harlan Co., Ky., to Grant Co., Ky., to work for a Chipman man. John and Billy came later. Henry never saw his parents again, but the others traveled back and forth. Does this story match that of anyone else? Henry is on the 1880 Grant Co. census but not in 1870. He m. Harriett Isaacs on 8/27/1868, Grant Co., perhaps on an earlier trip? Henry was b. ca. 1851; Harriett ca. 1851. Henry d. ca. 1896, and he and Harriett are buried in the Grassy Run Cemetery, near Williamstown, Grant Co. Can anyone help with Henry's parents? Henry was my g. grandfather.

Terry Combs-Caldwell

P.O. Box 988

Warsaw, KY 41095


Appreciate info. relating to Calvin Stacy. Son, Shade Stacy, b. 4/15/1867, Combs, Perry Co., Ky. Story is that Shade was raised by Granville Combs. In adult years, Shade visited a bro. (?) in Whitesburg, Ky. Shade m. Polly Fields, b. 12/24/1867.

Pat Scully

411 Townsend Pl.

Riverside, OH 45431-2134


Looking for parents of Wm. Meredith Bell, b. 3/27/1815, Ky. (where?), m. Mary (Polly) Wade Hampton in Butler Co., Ky., on 3/26/1840, came to Wayne Co., Ill., d. there on 11/20/1881. Also want parents of Mary who was a widow before she m. William Bell. She had a son, Wm. Hampton, b. 3/12/1837, also two sisters, Irene Harris, wife of Alec Harris, and Harriet Martin who homesteaded in Texas. Mary was b. 10/10/1820, d. Wayne Co., Ill. William was a gunsmith, reported to be a colonel in war with Mexico. They had John, Zachariah, Joseph, James, Templeton, Solomon, and Mary Rose; all b. in Ky.

Bernice Atteberry Ehlers

443 E. Oak St.

Watseka, IL 60970

(815) 432-3605


Need info. on John D. Clay, who m. Joanna Hunt, dau. of Abel Hunt, on 1/15/1838, in Barren Co., Ky. John was b. 12/15/1803, Va., d. 10/7/1882, Cedar Co., Mo. He was on Simpson Co., Ky., tax rolls, 1848-50; 1850 Simpson Co. census. Need birthplace, parents' names, dates, etc.

Harold D. Atkinson

6400 18th Ave. N.W.

Rochester, MN 55901


Need info. on Jonathan Davidson, b. 1805, Va., m. Mahala Laswell, 1826, Rockcastle Co., Ky., d. 1842, Rockcastle Co. Children: dau., b. 1827; James, b. 1829; Andrew Jackson, b. 8/26/1830, m. Frances Catherine Henderson; Mary Ann (Polly) m. Granville Sowder; William, b. 1834; and unknown dau.

Glenna Williams

P.O. Box 393

Shelton, WA 98584


Seeking info. on John Holland (Hollin), b. 1798, and Margaret Bowling, b. 1816, who had a son, Anderson Holland who m. Rhoda Gilbert. Their son, Gilbert Holland, was b. in Plank, Ky., and m. Clarisa Chappell, dau. of Ruben Chappell and Sarah Shell.

Mattie L. Hermanson

4560 N.W. 82nd St.

Silverdale, WA 98383

(360) 692-1331


Looking for parents/ancestors of Bird Franklin, b. 1806, NC, d. 1890, Letcher Co., Ky., and his bro., Shadrick Franklin, b. 1810-12, NC, d. 1880-90, Letcher Co., who lived in Scott Co., Va., from 1820's-1850's before moving to Letcher Co. Bird m. Agnes Stallard, 1827, Scott Co. They may also have been bros. of Abel Franklin, b. 1797, an early settler of Floyd (later Johnson) Co., Ky., who also had a son named Bird, b. 1831. Their parents may have been Abe/Abraham Franklin and Sally Spears.

Dan Mohn

4101 Ciremos Ter.

Louisville, KY 40241

(502) 425-7093


Seeking parents of following Tarter children: Powers, b. 1823, d. 2/24/1888, m. Jane Warp; Elizabeth, b. 1825, d. 1865, m. Thomas J.; Alvadus, b. 1827, m. Emily J.; William T., b. 4/18/1828, d. 11/17/1910, m. Sarah J. Walling; Ebenezer, b. 11/1829, m. Amanda Yates; Achilles, b. 1830; Barbary, b. 4/18/1831, d. 3/18/1912; Shelby, b. 3/22/1833, d. 1/1/1905, m. Mary L. Retherford; and George Washington, b. 1840, d. 3/5/1900.

Margie Coffey

P.O. Box 112

Columbia, KY 42728


Seeking info. about my g. grandparents, Mack and Elizabeth Green Miracle. Elizabeth was b. in Harlan Co., Ky., in 1865, d. at Wasioto, Ky., on 8/29/1944. Her parents were Stephen and Pheba Bull Green.

H.D. Miracle

2117 Memorial Pkwy.

Ft. Thomas, KY 41075


Looking for John and Mary Saylor Hopkins who lived in Richmond, Ky., in the 1930's, where John d. in 1939. Their children were John, Mary, and Harrison, my grandfather, who d. in 1930, at Flat Lick, Ky. John's parents were George and Elizabeth Sailor Hopkins from Harlan Co. and Tenn.

C. Johnson

472 Pollys Bend

Lancaster, KY 40444


Seek info. on the following. William Eledge, b. 10/21/1859, Sevier Co., Tenn., m. Martha Thurman, b. 10/30/1859, Sevier Co. William's parents were James Henry Eledge, b. 1841, NC, and Sarah E. McCarther, b. 1840, NC. James Eledge, b. 1810, NC, m. Jane Baldwin, b. 1820, NC. Also on Elizabeth Eldredge/Eledge of NC who m. in 1859, to John H. Bradshaw of Oklahoma.

Mrs. Hillis B. Bettes

702 W. Reservoir Rd.

Maryville, TN 37804


I have over 15,000 surnames of my Leadingham and allied families computerized and will share info. with people researching the Leadingham, Leadenham, Wells, Adkins, Williams, Parsons, Hamilton, Robinson, Roberts, Pennington, and other allied families of Eastern Ky.

Meredith Leadingham

201 E. 8th St.

Frederick, MD 21701

(301) 663-4409


My grandfather, John "Jack" Royall, Casey Co., joined Union Army, 6th Volunteer Cavalry Co. G, in Louisville, in 1862, killed 4/6/1865, Lipsey Creek, Ala. Would like further info. on Co. G. Also want info. on g.g. grandfather, George Baker, of Nelson Co., Ky., son of John and Mary Baker of Accomac Co., Va., killed, leaving a widow and orphans. His orphans, John, Martha, and Nancy Baker, were appointed a guardian in the August Court in 1790 at Bardstown. When and where was George killed and in which unit of service.

Delfa Ellis

1616 Cedar St.

Lawrenceville, IL 62439


Van Meter
Seek info. on Isaac Van Meter, b. ca. 1820, Ohio, was a Henry Co., Ky., farmer. Listed in 1870 Henry Co. census. Wife listed as Rebecca. Children: Sylvester, David E., James S., Mina E., and Daniel. James was b. 1/21/1858, Ohio, d. 1898, Little Mount, Spencer Co., Ky. He m. Lillian Maude Sloan on 1/4/1882 in Spencer Co.

Chris Herndon

P.O. Box 250220

New York, NY 10025


Need info. on W. Fred Hune, attorney, Providence, Ky., 1941; Frances (Makemson) Hune; John William Hune; and William Hune, living in Pendleton Co., 1868. Children of John William were Thomas, Frank, J.C., and Martha Hune Newman, wife of John Wesley Newman, parents of Hendrix Hune Newman of Morgan, Ky., 1877-1960.

Billy H. Newman

RR 3 Box 399 (Oak St.)

Butler, KY 41006

(606) 472-2151


Looking for more info. on the family of Angelina New, b. 1846, who m. Barney Clark, b. 12/6/1867, Wayne Co., Ky. Also Ruth New, b. 1846, m. on 1/25/1858, Wayne Co., to Drury Godsey, b. 1832. Need to find out who her parents were. Also the parents of James W. New, b. 1843, who m. Juda Correll, b. 1845, and Nancy New, b. 1829, who m. George Jacob Troxtell.

Lee V. Hodge

P.O. Box 236

Dexter, NM 88230


Seeking info. on Thomas Warren, b. 1770, Va., d. 1874 (age 104), Kans. Three of his children (J.R., Lydia, and Eliza) were b. in Ky. when he was nearly 60 yrs. old. There must have been older children. I have a photo of him on his 100th birthday to share, along with other family info.

Sharon Weems George

3728 Chester Pl.

N. Las Vegas, NV 89030


Would like to correspond with descendants of Mary, Eli, Susan, Zachariah, John W., William Jr., and Robert Dowis Mitchell; Melina Barton; and America Gaines/Goins, all children of William W. and Jane Mitchell of Knox Co., Ky., early 1800's. Plan to publish a book.

Noble K. Littell

1219 Kat-Ca-Lani Ave.

Sebring, FL 33870-2451

e-mail: [email protected]

Looking for any Smiddy connections in Bell, Whitley, Menifee Cos., Ky., and Campbell, Scott, and Anderson Cos., Tenn.

Betty Ann Smiddy

8857 Revere Run

West Chester, OH 45069


Seeking help in family genealogy. Father-Arthur C. Kidwell; grandfather believed to be Bruce Kidwell, Madison Co. Grandmother remarried who and lived in Corbin, Ky. Mother-Ada Beatrice Isaacs Kidwell. We lived in Lebanon Junction, Ky. She came from Lebanon, Marion Co. Her father was Henley Isaacs. All are deceased. Uncle in Corbin named Walter Eads. Children Mary, Helen, and Judy Eads, whereabouts unknown.

Ed Kidwell

HC 72 Box 15

Sample, KY 40163

(502) 756-6773


Still looking for parents of William Falkner/Faulkner, b. 1845. Had a sister named America Grace and a brother named Benjamin Franklin Falkner, all b. in Grant Co., Ky. Need names of other children. Need to exchange info. with anyone researching this family.

Wilma Jarrells

64A Mack Rd.

Lucasville, OH 45648


My g. grandfather was John Riley Upton, b. Va., 7/16/1831, m. Mary Rogers in Tazwell Town or at least in Claiborn Co. on 7/9/1851. His mother was a Daniels, an uncle was Dr. - Daniels. John also practiced medicine and was a Missionary Baptist. He had two brothers: Edward and Gaine (think that was a nickname, could have been James). He d. 11/30/1869, Bell Co., buried in Kirby Cemetery, Hwy. 119, Pine Mt., about 13 miles from Pineville. Family was described in Fuson's History of Bell Co. Hope to learn more about his ancestors.

Elizabeth F. Sergent

4525 Mandeville Way

Lexington, KY 40515-4738


Rufus K. Williams, b. 12/1816, m. Mahala Scruggs, b. 1816, Ky., d. 1895, Mayfield, Ky., in 1834. Several children: at least two sons-one, Rufus H.; a dau. m. John Austin. Rufus K. and wife divorced when? He m. Eliza C. Drane on 12/7/1876, McCracken Co. Death dates and places? Children's stats? Mother's name? Father, Rev. Morgan Williams, 1765-1857, who m. 3 times (2 died, third was Rufus' mother). Happy to swap info.

Pat Crawford

503 S. 16th St.

Murray, KY 42071


Seeking info. on Lafayette Butler Roberts, b. 5/9/1937, and his wife, Anna Elizabeth Shawfield/Shelfield. They are my g. grandparents. I was told Lafayette was full-blooded Navajo. Need their parents' names and birth dates. Also would like pictures, if any available. Any info. appreciated.

Drina Duke Runyon

RR 3 Box 212A

Brooksville, KY 41004


In Sept., '96 issue there was an article about the murder of my g. grandfather, Thomas Sizemore. Would like any info. about this story anyone might have. Would also like to hear from relatives of his children: Russell, Mark, Polly (m. a Stidham), Wayne, Margaret, Mima (m. a Cole), Mary, Armine, Susan (m. a Dees), Sally (m. a Hundlay), Martha (m. a Hays), and Elizabeth. My grandfather was Jerry Sizemore. Two of these were deceased at time of his death.

Carolyn Lewis

P.O. Box 172

London, KY 40743


Seeking info. on ancestors/descendants of Philip Howard, b. ca. 1825, and wife, Huldah Adkins, b. ca. 1830, d. ca. 1900, who lived in Elliott Co., Ky. Parents of Montgomery "Gum" Howard, Asberry, Pleasant, Jane (m. Edmund Wilson), Sarah, and Belle (m. James Thornsberry).

Jackie Kinder

6460 Flemingsburg Rd.

Morehead, KY 40351


Searching for parents of Greenberry Chaney, b. ca. 1770, Russell Co. Va., m. Charlotta Connaway, b. 1773, Russell Co. Greenberry was in Floyd Co., Ky., as early as 1819, in that part which later became Pike Co. His son, Thomas G. Chaney, was b. 1814, Va., and m. 1834, Pike Co., to Sophia Campbell. I have read that it is possible that Hezekiah Chaney is Greenberry's father. If anyone has info. on this, would like to hear from them. Also, looking for any pictures of Greenberry or his wife and children.

Barbara Conner

45 McDaniel

Dover, DE 19901


Looking for info. on John A. Williams, b. ?, d. 10/9/1937, m. Stella Montgomery, b. 6/26/1898, d. 12/5/1926. They had 8 children: Ethel, James, Edna, John Charles (J.C.), Rose, William Edward (Bill), Walter, and Orvil Dempsey. He bought land in Bullitt Co., at Seatonville in 1917.

Sally Banta

263 Elm St.

Eminence, KY 40019


Need info. on Ruth White, b. 1927, could be from Abingdon, Va., was in Pike Co., Ky., in 1952. Also, any Stiltners out there? Ed Billings, from Mo., could have worked in Borax Mines in Death Valley in 1920's.

Nancy Coulter

1924 Old Ferrells Creek Rd.

Belcher, KY 41513


Seeking info. on family of Offa "Cat" King and wife, Betsy Blevins. He wore his hair in long braids, part Cherokee. Children: Emily m. John Chouse/Shouse; Charles m. Mary Short, 1883; Francis; Felix b. 1866; and Andrew b. 1882. Offie and Elizabeth (Betsy) last known to be living with grandson, Andy Chouse, and family in Jackson, 1910. Would love to find a photo of them or any info.

Kathy Welder

421 Madrone Ct.

Lodi, CA 95242

e-mail: [email protected]


Looking for info. about the Blount family. My g. grandmother was Mildred Blount Maloney. Her parents were Charles and Sarah Blount who lived in Lee Co. (Beattyville), Ky. Thanks for any info. you have.

Charlotte Hogan

P.O. Box 84

Beattyville, KY 41311


My maternal grandfather was a descendant of Moses Botts, b. 1750, Va., d. 1850, Ky. I am trying to find his descendants. My maternal grand-mother's family was the Jenkinses in Barren Co., Ky., and I have been researching them. If anyone has any info. on them, please contact me.

Olive M. Smith

8603 27th Ave. S.E.

Olympia, WA 98513


Twin girls, Kathleen and Katherine Kelly, b. 11/30/1945, to Ruth A. Kelly, adopted by Sherman and Leverne Adams, Garrard Co., Ky. Supposed to have been b. in Jefferson Co., Ky. Need info. on Ruth A. Kelly.

Kenneth Harp

2694 Philpot Rd.

London, KY 40741


I'm related to several of the first families in Morgan Co.: Williams, Lykins, Walters, Lewis, Hoskins, Hopkins, Cosby, Hall, Nickell, Perkins, Quisenberry, Sparks, Davis, Crouch, Fowler, and Hinkle. My maiden name was Walters, m. first into McElhaney family of Lewis and Greenup Cos., prominent family of those two counties and Scioto Co., Ohio. Husband is from Burdine, Letcher Co., Ky., his father and grandparents from Scott Co., Va. Have some info. on each of my families dating back to 1700's to share. Also recently a Historical Research Center was started in West Liberty in the east side of the old jail, back of the courthouse.

Phyllis Baldwin

RR 1 Box 237A

Hazel Green, KY 41332


Hope some of the readers can help us locate Dr. H.W. Gingles, the company doctor at Hardburly for many years. Believe he retired in the late forties or early fifties. Know he was from West Ky. My dau. discovered he delivered several family members including her in 1947.
Imogene Hilton Sizemore

Glen Acres

6540 Manila Rd.

Goshen, OH 45122


My father, Elias Collins McClenahan, was b. in Fairview, Ky., on 2/16/1887. It has already cost me quite a bit to find out it is not the one on the Todd and Christian Co. line. Where is Fairview?

Helen Channell

P.O. Box 184

Poyen, AR 72128


I have recently found another grandmother through John J. Dickey's diary, Nancy Asbury Cawood. I will be most pleased to hear from members of my new Asbury family.

Mrs. R.H. Huff

112 Highland Dr.

Berea, KY 40403


Seeking any info. on John Cook, b. 2/3/1813, m. Joicie C. --- (surname unknown), who was b. 12/15/1814, Ky. Children: James W., Joseph, Nancy, Mary C., John H., George W., Robert, Sarah, and Martha A. Several were b. in Ky., rest in Mo. John d. 1888, Tex. Joicie d. 1898, Tex.

Carolyn Lee

860 Highway 62 E. #8-215

Mountain Home, AR 72653


Looking for info. on my uncle, Jim Fields, who is now deceased. He was the son of Alamander Fields and Margaret "Maggie" Fields. He was b. in Letcher Co., Ky., d. in the late 1930's as a young man. Jim had 3 children: at least one dau., believe the other two were both boys. Jim was the bro. or half-bro. of Robert B. Wells (my father), Leroy Wells, Oma Wells Fields, Arthur Wells, Margie Whitaker Sizemore, Polly Fields Partin, and Thema Fields Martinez (all deceased). Would like to contact the children and grandchildren of Jim Fields. Would appreciate any help readers could give me.

Margaret Wells Atwood

2572 County Road 202

Oxford, FL 34484


Seeking ancestors/relatives of Mortimore Elliston, b. 1830-31, Ky., probably in Lincoln Co. Believed to have been related to Amos Elliston and his son, John Wesley Elliston, relationship unknown. Mortimore and John Wesley moved to Tex. ca. 1848, on a wagon train which formed at Hall's Gap, Lincoln Co.

Pat Elliston

122 Douglas St.

Bisbee, AZ 85603

[email protected]


Need parents' names of the following: (1) James French, b. 1650, Galway, Ireland, d. 1734, Md., m. Elizabeth Meekin. (2) Also need family name of wife of their son, Martin. (3) Edmund Squire Bailey, b. 1786, now Franklin Co., Ky., d. 1886, m. Mary/Sarah O'Nan, dau. of Dennis and Lydia Brewer O'Nan. (4) Mary Foster, m. 1st Dennis Franklin Bailey, m. 2nd Jodey Bohanley/Bohannon ?. (5) Nathaniel Hardin and wife Lucy Dowthard. (6) Millie (Mildred-?) Holmes Poole, b. 1873, dau. of Thomas Jefferson Poole and --- Holmes. (7) Thomas Jefferson Poole, b. 1844, d. 1926. Also, were Henry McAtee and Elizabeth Neale the parents of William McAtee who m. Charity Hogan? Was William O'Nan the father of Dennis O'Nan? Was Job Carter, b. before 1697, d. 1782, the son of Edward Carter?

Jean Bailey

1809 Blanca Ct.

Louisville, KY 40223-1186

(502) 423-1838


Searching for my two cousins who were Kentucky state troopers in the 1940's and 1950's. They were brothers from the Clarkson-Leitchfield area. They moved into the Paducah area later. Their names were Edgar and Kendall Decker. Their mother was named Gertie, and their father was named Charles.

Joseph Decker Jr.

6649 Ashbrooke Dr.

Pewee Valley, KY 40056

(502) 241-5162


Need any info. on Preston Wells, b. ca. 1815 (?), m. 5/23/1840, to Sarah Brooks in Daviess Co., Ky. Children: Wm. T., Samuel, Louisa, Elizabeth. Sarah m. (2) Presley G. Moseley. Will share info. on Wells family.

Roger L. Berry

7185 Highway 81

Owensboro, KY 42301


I'm stuck in Madison Co., 1787, and can't seem to find my way out. Most of my ancestors were gone from Ky. by 1840, headed to Mo. Mainly interested in the Madison and Estill Co. areas. Would like to hear from other readers who have info. on this family.

Peggy Hendricks Mackey

242 S. 72nd Cir.

Mesa, AZ 85208-1101

(602) 981-2243


Looking for relatives of the following Sizemores: Letcher, b. ca. 1873; Martha B., b. ca. 1875; Mary B., b. ca. 2/1878; and Franklin D., b. ca. 1879. These were the children of Jefferson Taylor Sizemore, b. 8/1847, the son of Willis (Combs) Sizemore, b. in the early 1800's. If anyone knows any of these people, please contact the person below.

Joe Sizemore

13833 Buckingham Ct.

Plymouth, MI 48170

e-mail: [email protected]


Looking for ancestors, decendants, and relatives of Lorenzo Dow Branham and Dollie Stewart of McRoberts, Ky. Lorenzo Dow, b. 1895, d. 1978, son of Joe and Hannah Branham of Pike Co. Dollie was b. 1906, d. 1985, dau. of Arvid Stewart and Darkie Lambert of Eddy, Ky. For family tree.

Bruce E. DeBruhl

418 Filbert St.

Westland, MI 48186


My g. grandfather, Philip Franklin Sams, b. 2/12/1860, Ballard Co., Ky. His mother was Amanda Bridgman, b. 1839. He had one sister, Elizabeth A. Sams. I would like any info. about his father or his sister.

Thomas A. Sams

1112 Washington St.

Valparaiso, IN 46383

(219) 464-1648


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