Kentucky Explorer - January, 1997
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In the Macedonia Church of Christ cemetery, Graves Co., Ky., these two people are buried: William C. Henderson, b. 1890, d. 1936; and Linnie E. Henderson, b. 1864, d. 1928. Who are they?
Dorothy Austin
1757 Carter Rd.
Mayfield, KY 42066


William Linville, Sr., b. ca. 1760, lived in Pulaski Co., Ky., in 1810 census. Did he come from N.C. Linvilles? Family intermarried with Daniel Boone's family. Also on Robert D. Duncan, d. Rockcastle Co., Ky., m. Elizabeth, b. 1799, in Maryland. Does anyone have Duncan records?
Mrs. Robert Huff
112 Highland Dr.
Berea, KY 40403


Would like to exchange info. with anyone researching the family of William Morgan, 1756-1826, from Nelson Co., Ky., area, son of Andrew and Sarah (Dawson) Morgan of Richmond Co., Va., area. Believe he m. Nancy Clark. Children: Mary m. John Tapp; William; Peter; John m. Sarah Jane Burris; Nancy; Daniel m. Elizabeth Redmon; Elizabeth m. Thos. Barker; James m. Mary Ann (ward of Walter McHenry); Sarah m. John Redmon, Jr.; Reuben m. Polly Popham; Lausanne m. John J. Woods; George m. Mary Ann Shewmaker; William Calvin m. Dorinda Prather; Catherine m. Richard W. Bond; and Fanny m. Henry Prather.
Patricia Donahue
5802 N. 42nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85019-1820
e-mail: [email protected]


Need info. on Tobias E. Smyth, b. 1874, m. Sarah Belle Rison, b. 1877. He was the son of Tobias E., b. 1831, and Delilah Shoemaker, b. 1835. Sarah was the dau. of James and Rachel Gillespie Smyth. Are Tobias and Matilda Garrett Smyth the parents of Tobias Sr.?
Mary Profitt
2216 E. Oak St.
New Albany, IN 47150


Thomas Daniel Wardell, b. 11/25/1845, Wales, England, m. Elizabeth (Betty) Holsol in Ireland, came to Ky. Children: Walter Lee, b. 10/4/1867, Ky., m. Mary Della Husbands; Karl Thomas, b. 7/1/1877, Ky., m. 12/13/1896, Pulaski, Scott Co., Miss., to Magnolia Bell Tadlock; Billie, never married; Eustace Olney; Emma Tennessee (nickname Tenny), b. ca. 1878, never married.
Andrew (Andy) Miller
2256 Glenwood Cir.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-1553
e-mail: [email protected]


Looking for info. on Monahans. John, b. 1830, Ireland, m. in Washington Co., Ky., on 5/19/1862, to Julia O'Conner, b. 1843, Ireland, d. 7/13/1880. Children: John T., b. 1862, Ky.; James Pius, b. 3/30/1864, Ky.; Mary B., b. 1872. I know they had four other children, but I have no info. on them.
Jennifer Eskridge
RR 2 Box 69
Hardinsburg, KY 40143


Seeking info. on Joseph Blevins, b. 1805, Tenn., m. Mary - in Estill Co., Ky., 1831. Blevins family lived in Knox Co., Ky., and Garrard Co., Ky. Joseph Blevins and family were on 1840 and 1850 Estill Co. census and the 1870 Owsley Co., Ky., census. Seeking info. on Joseph's parents and siblings. Will exchange info.
Kathleen Calder
1014 Old Richmond Rd., Lp. #1
Irvine, KY 40336-9356


Seeking info. on John D. Hedges, b. 1800 (?), Prince William Co., Va., settled in Franklin Co., Ky., 1820, m. Sarah J. Spaulding, b. 1802, d. 1870. Children: Harriett, Robert C., Matilda, Henry (John Henry ?), Owen, Clayborne (my g. grandfather), Jerry (Jeremiah), and Sarah E. Believe John D.'s father is Robert, b. 1760, Va., a sergeant in the Revolutionary War. Appreciate any further info. on family and siblings.
Patricia D. (Hedges) Dyke
521 Jacksonville Rd.
Bagdad, KY 40003


Seeking info. or descendants of Thomas Amis, b. 1835, Clay Co., Ky., d. 1881, Wash., D.C., son of Wiley Amis and Polly Baker, d. 1838, who m. in 1857, to Liddy Baker, dau. of Job (or John Baker). Children of Wiley and Elizabeth Bowling Amis: Anderson (Ance), b. 1846, Perry Co., Ky., m. (1)Easter Callahan, dau. of Wilson and Sarah York; (2)Sally Johnson Combs, dau. of Henry and Sarah Begley, widow of - Combs, one son-Brownlow Combs, b. 1882; William, b. 1841, Perry Co., m. Cynthia -; Alfred, b. 1843, Perry Co., m. Polly Bowling, dau. of William; Nancy, b. 1848, Perry Co., m. Billy Sandlin, son of James. Thomas went to Kansas, 1870. Nancy moved to Kansas, 1870, where she d. Billy then went to Calif. where he died.
Carol Amis-Vreeland
555 N. Broadway #21
Clarkdale, AZ 86324


John M. Branaman, b. ca. 1820, Harlan Co., Ky., m. Rachel Carpenter, b. 1824, Harlan Co., d. Platte Co., Mo. Where and when did John die? Rachel on 1870 Platte Co. census with children: William, James H., Mary E., Robert, Samuel, and Sarah. May be more children.
Debbie Scherer
RR 1 Box 144
Verdon, NE 68457


Seeking info. on great aunt, Angeline Howard, b. 1847, m. on 3/29/1866, to Merrell Hughes, b. 1846, Madison Co., Ky. Soon after marriage moved to Saline Co., Mo. Family stayed in touch until ca. 1885. Did they have children? When did they die, and where are they buried? I have the Howard family history back to 1780 when James Howard m. Hannah Jeffers, Greenbriar Co., Va.
Buford Howard
318 Danville St.
Lancaster, KY 40444


Seeking info. on Mary Polly Lewis, b. 10/23/1809, d. 3/20/1873, m. 1/23/1827, to Roger Cornett, b. 1/6/1802 or 1805, d. 9/27/1885, son of Revolutionary War vet., William Cornett. Who are Mary's parents? Were they m. in Perry Co. or Harlan Co.? Roger and Polly are my g.g.g. grandparents. Their first son was Charles Lewis Cornett.
Jacklyn Flannery
1186 Briarwood Dr.
Hamilton, OH 45013


Searching for grave of grandfather, Ottis Gragg, who d. in motorcycle accident in Louisville, Ky., in 1925, son of Benjamin Gragg who is buried in the same cemetery in Somerset, Ky. Two sisters, last names Smith and Fowel, along with Benjamin, may be buried in the same plot. The sisters d. in the 1950's. Benjamin d. early 1940. There are Graggs in a good sized cemetery in Somerset. I saw this years ago but couldn't find Ottis Gragg's grave. Any help appreciated. Also would like to contact any genelogists in Somerset and Burnside, Ky.
Duane Gragg
8014 Arnoldtown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40214


Looking for info. on Ollie Bratcher, buried in Leech Cemetery near Horse Branch, Ky., near Leitchfield. Two brothers are William Hobart and Brandon Bratcher. Any more siblings? Ethel was his wife. He hung himself in a barn near Horse Branch, ca. 1942-43. Need his birth and death dates and his full name. Is his father Vollie?
Joy L. Curtis
134 Cabin Creek Hts.
Winchester, KY 40391


My g.g. grandfather, Thomas Dorothy, served with Robert Burnett's Ky. militia in War of 1812. On his pension application it said he m. Elizabeth Scissel or Sissell, 8/1812, Nelson Co., Ky. I would like to find Thomas and Elizabeth's marriage record. Also info. on Robert Burnett's Ky. militia.
Loretta B. Fisher
11006 N.W. 29th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98685


Seeking info. on Lum Gilbert, b. 1880, m. Mollie Rush, b. 1885, possibly m. in Laurel Co. Levy Spurlock, b. ca. 1875, son of Elkanah and Betsy Elizabeth Spurlock, m. Phoeba McFadden, dau. of Nancy McFadden. They supposedly lived in Clay Co., Ky.
Michelle Gilbert
P.O. Box 142
Corbin, KY 40702


Looking for info. on g. grandfather, William Vincent (Boker) Davidson, m. Sarah Matilda Hicks. Children: Crawford, Lee O., Jimmy, Ellan, Cindy, Robert, John, Martha, Belle, George, Cordie m. a Morgan and moved to Oregon, and Hershel who worked on the Illinois RR. Crawford and Martha lived in Glasgow, Ky. Davidsons were said to have traveled from Byrdstown, Tenn., in a covered wagon in the late 1800's. William d. en route to Ky.
Ludema Bowles
1570 Centerton Rd.
Martinsville, IN 46151-8879


Interested in Cathers family and also the Ponders from around Jellico, Tenn. My husband's grandfather Cathers grew up around London, Ky.
Doris Jenkins
7100 New Hope Rd.
Hackett, AR 72937


While researching Barnes family, came across book with picture and article about William Barnes, b. ca. 1803, and wife Fetanna Walker, also a picture of William by himself in a hat. Didn't know at the time, but William and Fetanna are my g.g. grandparents. The book was in the Kenton Co., Ky., library. Didn't get the name of the book. It was about the Cumberland Gap area, believe it was written by Charles Bakker. Any help in finding this book would be appreciated. Will share info. on the family.
Betty R. Smith
1465 Larry Joe Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45230


Seek parents or any info. on William Guthrie or Nancy Bradbury. Marriage bond dated 4/24/1804, Smithland, Livingston, Ky. Dau. Charlotte, b. Ky., Susan, b. Tenn. Family in Newton Co., Texas, by 1834.
Edna Baldwin
65 Hiwon Dr.
Conroe, TX 77304


Seeking info. on ancestry of Greenberry Elliott, m. Mary (Polly) Watson, Nelson Co., 8/1816. His son (my g.g. grandfather), John M. Elliott, apparently moved with his family to Hickman Co., Ky., prior to 1838. My research shows that John's oldest sister, Harriet, m. a William Butler, 9/23/1838, Hickman Co., and John m. Audalin Tarpley, 9/12/1843, Hickman Co.
Danny Elliott
429 Westwood Trl. #8
Frankfort, KY 40601


Info. needed on Sarah Burns, b. 1806, Ky., m. on 8/19/1827, to David Lee Robbins from New Hampshire, b. 2/1/1796. They moved from Ky., to La. Children: Amanda, b. 1829; David Lee III, b. 1831; Lucretia, b. 1834; John, b. 1838; Sarah Jane, b. 1840; Mary Elizabeth, b. 1840; Leona Augusta, b. 1847.
Stanton H. Nash
7112 Stonehaven Ct.
Fort Worth, TX 76179


Seek info. on Frederick Williams and wife, Nancy (Hanford) Williams. Believe they lived around or in Pulaski Co., Ky., in 1817, when their son, Liberty Williams, was born. Also seek info. on Henry White and wife, Elizabeth (Hocker) White. Their dau., Luvicia Jane, was b. somewhere in Ky., in 1828. Any info. on Henry and Elizabeth appreciated.
Marianne Froeschner
RR 3 Box 174
Middletown, MO 63359


Some of this name came from England (1650, 1669), some from Germany. English Gotts came from Md. to Va. and NC. 1800 tax list, Shelby Co., Ky., lists 3 Gott families: (1)Richard, (2)Richard Jr., and (3)Robert. Robert was Revolutionary War soldier, m. twice. He went to Montgomery Co., Ind., ca. 1828. Have info. on many Gott families just need to place in proper order. Would like Gott obituary notices to ID families. If I can place, I can send FGS. I send compiled FGS to Salt Lake City, Utah, and historical societies for particular county.
Mary Pierson
1216 Hickory Hill Dr.
Gautier, MS 39553-2324


Looking for all Witt info. Have lineage of Samuel H. Witt, once of Casey Co., Ky., back to England, ca. 1770. Also need parents of Matthew Thompson, d. before 12/1808, who m. Nancy Ann Sphar, lived in Fayette Co., Ky. Other lines needed are Frostin Snow, ca. 1735, m. Ruth -, and Joseph Fletcher, b. 1779, m. Lydia Snow.
Larry Witt
3271 Highway 39
Somerset, KY 42503


Want info. on John Fox, b. NC, ca. 1885-90. Moved to Tenn., had a large family. Later came to Ky., m. Hannah Riley, dau. of John Riley. Have a list of all his children I could find and most of who his first family married. I am descended through him and Hannah. Would like to know who their children married.Their son, Harmon Fox, m. Sarah Jane Smith. He's my g. grandfather. Believe Sarah Smith was dau. of Preston Smith or his brother Sylvester, both sons of Jeremiah Smith. Would like info. on any of these people.
Ruby Prescott
2205 Riverway Dr.
Dallas, TX 75227


Need help finding: James E. Combs, b. ca. 1831, Bath Co., Ky., m. 9/1/1855, Powell Co., Ky., to Margaret A. -, b. ca. 1835, in Penn. They were on Powell Co., censuses, 1860-1870. Had at least 3 children: William, b. 1854-55, Powell Co., m. Phoebe A. Belcher, date ?; Mary, b. 1858 (?), m. Jefferson (Jepha) Davis Sparks, son of Ephriam Sparks, Jr., and Sarah -, had at least 6 children. Need ancestors of James E. Also Margaret's last name and parents' names, and Sarah's last name and parents' names. Would like info. on any of above.
Mattie G. Nunan
411 Boone Ave.
Winchester, KY 40391


Does anyone know anything about the parents or children of Ephraim Pierce who m. Nancy Blankenship on 1/1/1809, Cumberland Co. I believe Ephraim was b. 1766-75, and d. 1825-26, in Adair or Russell Co., Ky. They may have had 8 children including: William, b. 1818; David, b. 1820; Joel, b. 1825, m. Nancy Trent; and John, b. 1826.
Mary Frances Pierce
704 W. Jackson
Muncie, IN 47305


Seeking ancestors of: (1)James Cooper, b. ca. 1835, m. Martha Ann Utley, Henderson Co., Ky., 1/1/1857; (2)William M. Fritts, b. ca. 1828, m. Martha Ann McCormick, Roane Co., Tenn., 3/29/1847, moved to Crittenden Co., Ky., then to Hardin Co., Ill., William was son of Peter and Permelia Fritts; (3)Charles K. Wathen, b. ca. 1826, m. Elizabeth Purdy, Hardin Co., Ky., 3/28/1844. Charles used initial K. in the 1850 census only. He said in his marriage papers that his father was Thomas. I can't find a Thomas with a son, Charles, b. in 1826.
Patricia Reeser
6205 Woodlore Dr.
Acworth, GA 30101


Seeking parents of g. grandmother, Manerva Sexton, b. ca. 1843, believe Lee Co., Va., and brother, Campbell, b. ca. 1832. Came to Ky., ca. 1870, with two twin boys, b. 1865 or 1867. Need the father's name. Boys' names were David Spencer and John Mortin.
Herschel E. Sexton
510 Fall Lick Rd.
Lancaster, KY 40444


Looking for info. on Reese Duff, also on Fannie Duff who m. a Mays, also on James Nesbitt, and Carrie Fay, all from the Bath Co., Ky., area, during the 1890's. Father of these Duffs was Joseph Duff, their mother and Joseph's wife was a Sioux Indian.
Alice Young
P.O. Box 174
Lost Creek, KY 41348


Seeking info. on the Nashold family of Louisville, Jefferson Co., Ky. Grandfather, Wilfred Charles Nashold, b. 3/25/1888, d. 12/30/1924, m. Anna Doyle, one child-Alberta. Anna and Wilfred divorced. I have no info. on Anna or her dau. Would like to correspond with anyone who knows any Nashold family genealogy or Anna and Alberta Doyle.
Jeanne A. Nashold Maxey
2737-C Chestnut Ln.
New Richmond, OH 45157-9546


Seeking info. on the Maxey-Bond family. Was told there was Cherokee Indian blood in the family but have not found it yet. Grandfather was Charley Maxey, b. 3/22/1894, d. 8/3/1977, m. Minnie Bell Bond Maxey, b. 11/11/1894, d. 4/26/1933. Lived for a time in McCreary Co., Ky.
David C. Maxey
2737-C Chestnut Ln.
New Richmond, KY 45157-9546


Seeking any info. on ancestors/descendents of Willis Oneal, b. 12/1785, Ky., m. 6/1811, Shelby Co., to (1)Sally Figley/Phegley. Children all b. in Ky., birth dates approx.: Simon, 1812; Owen, 1814; Pierson, 1816; Minerva, 1818; Amanda, 1818; Amelia, 1820; Mary/Polly Agnes, 1822; Eliza, 1826; Willis Jr., 1829. Family lived in Ohio Co., Ky., in 1820, moved to Ill., 1824. Willis m. (2)Hannah White Hunt, Ill.; they had 8 children.
Terri Oneal Mitchell
2695 Dellinger Dr.
Marietta, GA 30062


Looking for info. on William Vaughn, b. 10/22/1829, d. 11/4/1908, m. Susan Daughtery, b. 5/5/1833. Their children were Dulcia, Sarah, Nancy, William Andy (my g. grandfather), and James. I need to know where William and Susan are buried. They came to Casey Co., in 1858-59.
Dorothy Craig
6294 Roudebush Rd.
Goshen, OH 45122


Interested in the Cornett family of Perry Co., Ky. The Cornett name was mentioned on pg. 92, Oct. '96 issue. My grandmother, Delora Cornett Feltner, was the dau. of Granville and Virginia Cornett. Granville was the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Cornett. I'm wondering if William Cornett mentioned on pg. 92 is any relation. Like to contact others doing research on this family and also on the Caylor and Estep families.
Rhonda Radcliff
6414 Stanbrough Ln.
Dallas, GA 30132


Would like info. on relatives of my grandmother, Mary Adams Stamper, of Letcher Co. area. She was the dau. of Ben Dock and Judia Jinkens Adams. She d. in Cincinnati in 1926, buried in Webb Cemetery at Mayking. Her stepfather was Shade Combs. Any info. greatly appreciated.
Mose Stamper
214 Morehead Plaza
Morehead, KY 40351


Interested in Hitt family info. for any location and time period. Also interested in Allison, Doyle, Frederick, Jefferson, Manley, Robb, and Ross family info. in Mason or surrounding counties of Ky. Will reimburse for copies and postage.
Mary Doyle Johnson
1995 Clays Mill Rd.
Lexington, KY 40503-1239


Seek lineage of Merriam Walker of Barbourville to Dr. Thomas Walker. He m. Lucretia Baker. Their dau., Daisy, b. 1875, m. William Stott of England. They lived in Corbin. Need maiden names of the two wives of Dr. Thomas Walker.
Katherine Kelm
216 Timberland Cir.
Kingsport, TN 37664


John Perry Lakes, b. 1841, son of William Lakes and Lucinda McNally who are buried in Carpenter Cemetery, Horselick, Ky. Where is John Perry buried? John Perry m. Martha Ann Baker/Johnson. Children: Alice m. John Reynolds; James Edward m. Bettie Woodall; Mary L. m. Cleveland Morris; Thomas George; Nathan Miller m. Ida Elizabeth Lowery; Fountain J. m. Lydia Drew; and Elzie m. a Lauria. I found John Perry on Madison Co. poll tax of 1884. Martha Ann m. George Washington Lowery in Jan. 1886, so John Perry died within that time period.
Marion E. Scofield
2540 Ridgmar Blvd., #39
Fort Worth, TX 76116


Need info. on Nathaniel Canada, b. 3/2/1840, Ky., d. 4/13/1916, m. Mary Elizabeth Gulley. Would like to know the names of parents, brothers or any other info.
Ruth Skinner
2805 W. Randolph
Enid, OK 73703


Would like any info. on William G. Durham, b. 1782, Va., m. Mary Judith (Polly) Shreve on 6/11/1810, in Green Co., Ky. Polly d. 1856. William living with dau., Eliza Jane, and husband, Nathan Casteel, in 1870, Pulaski Co., Ky. He was 88 yrs. old. He d. 1870-80. Who were his parents and siblings? Other children? Eliza and Nathan were my g.g. grandparents.
Wanda Bullock
3749 Dahl Rd.
Somerset, KY 42503-5351


Seeking info. on my g. grandparents, James and Rebecca Bynum, both from Va., who m. in Hickman Co., Tenn., ca. 1835. Who were James' parents and siblings? What was Rebecca's maiden name? They had 3 sons: Calvin Newton, b. 1838, d. ca. 1850; Buck; and Polk. They moved to Ark. in 1848. Rebecca d. short time later, and James d. a year later, ca. 1850.
Mildred Bynum Tune
1309 N. Leverett
Faretteville, AR 72703-1631


Looking for a descendant of John B. Roese and Edith McDaniels who wants their marriage certificate. I bought their certificate (framed) at a flea market. It says they were m. 2/15/1908, S. Bloomfield, Ohio. Witnesses were Miss Calder and Mrs. Anna Huston. Also looking for info. on John Vawtrin/Vantrin, b. 9/9/1809, at Friar, France, d. 1/5/1872, buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Fleming Co., Ky. Could he be related to the Clarys?
Linda L. Tackett
234 Shady Ln.
Lexington, KY 40503


Seek parents and birthplace (in Ky.-?) of James Tinley (or Finley) Jefferson Johnson, b. 9/10/1810, d. 11/27/1877, m. on 6/16/1832, in Clermont Co., Ohio, to Elizabeth Marsh, dau. of John Marsh and Rebecca Hook.
Charles Rudy Heath II
6586 Fields Ertel Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241-1367


Need info. on Collins family who lived in Bath Co., Ky. Was Josiah Collins, b. 5/2/1757, Halifax Co., Va., the father of Joseph Collins who m. by 1813 to possibly Julia ---. They had a son, Moses Parker Collins, b. 9/22/1813. Montgomery and Clark Cos. may hold a clue as Josiah lived there.
Patricia Collins Ware
12021 S.E. 44th St.
Choctaw, OK 73020


Seeking info. on g. grandparents who both lived in Morgan Co. Both b. in 1828. Isaac William and Amilia Silva D. Stacy. They had 7 children. My grand-father, Isaac Franklin Ferguson, was 2 yrs. old when his dad d. from an illness, shortly after returning from Civil War (1865). His parents were Isaac Franklin Ferguson and Gillie Ann Chambers. Her parents were Meshack Stacy and Violet.
Shirley Luning
209 W. Main St.
Trappe, PA 19426


Seeking info. on ancestors/descendents of James Madison Lancaster, b. ca. 1805, Ky., m. Nancy Mattingly, b. ca. 1810, Ky. He was a descendent of John Lancaster, b. 1766, Ky. pioneer who was captured by Indians. Children: George, b. 1846; James, b. 1838; William, b. 1836, m. Catherine Lanson; John, b. 1840, m. Marinda Scott; Susan m. Berry Lingenfelter; Richard B.; Louvinia, b. 1832, m. Wesley Collins; Sarah m. Jeff McAtee; Taylor, b. 1847; Sally, b. 1832. Will exchange info.
Helen Lucero
952 S. Holland Ct.
Lakewood, CO 80226


Seeking parents and info. on Jacob and Elizabeth Jones, Mercer Co., Ky., came by Donaldson flotilla from Fort Patrick Henry in 11/1779, with brothers', James and Thomas, families. Will lists children: Elizabeth, Sarah, Moses, and wife. Mentions older children left behind: Abraham, Thomas, and Mary Knotts, when they moved from (?). Moses Jones m. Mary Henderson (need info. on her). Home, "Warrick," in Mercer Co.
Cora F. Potter
506 N. Hubbards Ln.
Louisville, KY 40207

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