Kentucky Explorer - February, 1997
Kentucky Genealogy Help Line

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Need info. on some Wayne Co., Ky., families. George Smiley Duncan, who m. Juan Serepta Lee. Does anyone have a record of this marriage, perhaps in an old Bible or the family papers? Believe it was ca. 1875. Juan's father was Thomas Lee, and her mother was a McBeath. Who was Thomas Lee's father. Where did such an unusual and pretty name as Juan Serepta come from? Any help on these families appreciated. Will exchange info. Also seek info. on an O'Bannon/Bannon family of Pulaski Co., Ky.
Irene Estes
622 Apache Trl.
Danville, KY 40422-1711


Seeking info. for Thomas Jefferson Wright, b. 3/7/1807, probably Mercer Co., near Harrodsburg. Father possibly named John. Also his wife, Mary S. Griffin, b. 11/19/1810, m. 3/29/1829, probably Mercer Co. Children: John Griffin, Elizabeth, Martha Ann, Christopher, and Esther. They moved to Edgar Co., Ill., ca. 1831, then to Worth Co., Mo., ca. 1850.
Nadine B. Peterson
13943 E. McKinley
Sanger, CA 93657-9636
e-mail: [email protected]


Seeking info. on my g. grandmother, Amelia Ward. Her father was listed as Russ W. Ward in the 1880 Madison Co., Ky., census. Amelia m. Joseph Kinnard on 1/26/1880, Madison Co. They had 3 children: George, Wardy, and Emma, my grandmother. Amelia d. before 1900. Any info. on Amelia's mother or siblings would be helpful.
Bettye Cooper Lowry
9302 Crosby Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Searching for info. on George Fry, b. ca. 1768, d. 1840, near Winchester, Clark Co., Ky. Need his wife, Juliann's, maiden name, who are their parents and where are they buried? Will share info.
Lois Fry
10814 110th Ave.
Gibson, IA 50104
Seeking info. about John Vincent Turpin, b. 1835, Wayne Co., Ky. He must have relocated to the Breckinridge/Hardin Co. area in 1857 because his marriage record to Charity Jane Hines is listed in Breckinridge Co. in that year. I would like to hear from anyone doing research on Turpin or Hines. Would especially like to identify John Turpin's parents.
Lynda Penton
761 E. Morningside Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Seeking info. on John Dixon and Emmer Langdon. John, b. 12/19/1880, m. Emmer, b. 2/23/1897. John Dixon's father was Alexander Dixon. His mother was Lucille McNight.
Lillian Miller
11816 Mahogany Dr.
Louisville, KY 40272-5024
Searching for copies of photos of g. and g.g. grandparents of Meade Co., including: Thomas Francis (Frank) Craycroft (1846-1923), m. Adelia Cecilia Richardson (1856-1937); and Salmon Saxton Richardson (3/31/1823-7/20/1890) m. Mary Jane Wimp (4/18/1831-5/18/1891). All info. will be greatly appreciated and reimbursement for copies of photos will be sent.
Donna Brock
5803 Hillwood Dr.
Louisville, KY 40219-1403
Seeking info. on Elvira Bowman, b. 1869-70, the dau. of Greenville Bowman. They lived in Lee Co., Ky., in 1880. Looking for marriages, children, and proof of death. As far as I have found she lived and died in Lee Co.
Jack Watkins
851 Rice Branch Rd.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
My g.g. grandfather, Thomas Dorothy, served in the War of 1812 with Robert Burnett's Kentucky Militia. Could anyone tell me about this militia unit? The pension application stated Thomas Dorothy had m. Elizabeth Scissel/Sissell in Aug. 1812, Nelson Co., Ky. I haven't found a record of their marriage. Need help with this.
Loretta B. Fisher
11006 N.W. 29th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98685
Searching for photos of Virginia (Jenny) Newsome Thacker and Bascom Thacker from Lawrence Co., Ky. Seeking any info. on my g. grandfather and g. grandmother, Joseph Thacker and Julian Stewart Thacker. Did they have any siblings?
Virginia Thacker Simmons
RR 6 Box 966
Burnsville, NC 38714
Looking for ancestory of Benjamin Harrod who m. Betsy Blair in Orange Co., Va., in 1796. Shortly thereafter moved into Franklin Co., Ky. I believe his father was Moses Harrod, but have no proof of that. Benjamin and Betsy had children: John, James, Barnett, Eliza, and Jane, all b. in Ky. Benjamin's siblings are probably: James, John, Richard, Moses, William, and Nancy.
Betty L. Myers
24931 Westwood Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
Stamper Family
I am a member of the Knott Co. Historical Society and have been collecting Stamper genealogy for some time. Please send me your Stamper family history and copies of your pictures for a book the society will be publishing. Will exchange my Stamper family history with you.
Geneva Stamper Hamilton
140 Maple Rd.
Harold, KY 41635
Seeking info. from descendants of James Claybourn Jones (Old Claib Jones), b. 2/14/1826, Floyd Co., Arnold Fork of Right Beaver Creek, d. 11/27/1914, at Warren, Knox Co. I have read his autobiography but need more info. to ascertain kinship. Copy of photo of him would be greatly appreciated. Also need info. on Ann Jones who m. Isom Moore and lived in Floyd and Pike Cos.
Carl David Collins
92 Columbus Br.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Need info. on James Gallaspy who m. Elizabeth Gwinn, 1806, Madison Co., dau. of Matthew and Katherine Gwinn. Marriage bond surety Andrew Kennedy vouched for Elizabeth's age. Their sons, Andrew K. Gallaspy and Garland Burley Miller Gallaspy, suggest connections with Kennedy and Col. John Miller families of Madison Co.
Douglas R. Davis
5925 Mulberry St.
Austell, GA 30001
Seeking proof that Jessie Wells, b. ca. 1791, Va., who m. Nancy Scott, 4/11/1811, Barren Co., Ky., was the son of William Wells, Revolutionary War soldier, b. in Kent Co., Del., 1760, and m. Mary Nancy Curry, 1785, Norfolk, Va. Settled Cumberland Co., Ky., 1799, later Livingston Co., Ky. Also need proof that Jessie Wells was father of James J. Wells, b. 7/28/1820, m. Mildred (Millie) Franklin, 10/21/1844.
M. Elsie Wells Estes
14000 Aiken Rd.
Louisville, KY 40245
I would like to have info. on Harrison Carpenter, b. 1874, in Breathitt Co. Also on Charles Carpenter, b. 1894, in Jackson Co., m. Letha Cole, and Sam Carpenter. Any info. on the following people or their ancestors would be appreciated: Ben, Bert, and Della Carpenter.
Geraldine Allen
P.O. Box 385
Livingston, KY 40445
Would like to correspond with descendants of Zebediah D. Williams, b. 1804, Tenn. (?), d. 1850, Montgomery Co., Ill., m. Rebecca Pitchford, 1826, Allen Co., Ky. Children: Daniel Pitchford Williams m. Mahala Bussell; Sexton William Williams m. Emeline Swafford; Eli Thomas Williams m. Sarah Trauber; John C. Williams m. Elizabeth J. -; Zebedee Williams m. (1)Mary Frances Williams and (2)Sarah Williams Bigenwald. Marriage of Sexton Williams and Emeline Swafford performed by John Richardson Williams in Franklin, Ill. Will answer all letters.
Sylvia Howerton
RR 2 Box 60C
Haskell, OK 74436
Seeking info. on Robert Beverly Hutcherson and his wife, Phoebe Carter. They both were born in Spotsylvania Co., Va., in the 1740's, and then lived for awhile in Caroline Co., Va., until the 1790's when they moved to Clark Co., Ky. They had several known children: Carter m. Betsy Eads; Eaney m. Charles Phillips; Robert Waggoner; and William. Robert Beverly Hutcherson d. before 1814 by drowning. Would greatly appreciate any info. on this family.
Margaret Hutchinson
215 Martin Luther
Duncanville, TX 75116-4028
[email protected]
Need to contact anyone with ancestral lines to Abraham Smith, b. 10/18/1818, Perry Co., m. Sarah Mullins on 9/23/1841, Carter Co. He d. 2/3/1892, in Elliott Co. Can anyone connect him to any Perry Co. Smith line?
Jessie Lewis
HC 75 Box 980
Sandy Hook, Ky 41171
Seeking info. on Mary Moore, m. 3/27/1814, Knox Co., Ky., to Benjamin J. Gilreath. According to census, Mary was b. in Va., father may have been John Moore of Knox Co. Mary and Benjamin are buried in Pleasant Run Cemetery, McCreary Co., Ky. Would appreciate any info. on Moore family.
Frances Cann
6786 Marvin Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45224-1142
Need parents of John Moore (1781-1849), m. Rachel Hufford in 1811. Children: Elizabeth m. William Phillips, Barbara Ann m. William Lilly and moved to Livingston Co., Mo., Daniel Thomas m. Ann Rebecca Talbott, Deborah Jane m. John T. Stone, Rebecca Susan m. John Hufford, and William Joseph. All lived in Bourbon, Harrison, and Scott Cos., Ky.
Marjorie Eckert
2118 County Road N.
Platte City, MO 64079
Looking for info. about Vint Harris and his wife, Virginia (maiden name unknown but requested). They were born in the 1850's or 1860's. Their dau., Cordelia, m. my g. grandfather, Jim Watkins. Appreciate any info. and will share my info.
Jerry A. Back
109 S. Monroe Siding Rd.
Xenia, OH 45385
Need info. on Daniel Groves, b. Muhlenberg Co., Ky., 1815, m. Martha Cobb, b. in NC, 1814, parents-Wm. and Sarah, on 6/3/1836, in Calloway Co., Ky., had 9 known children. Daniel and Martha d. in Kansas. Daniel's father, also named Daniel, b. 1761-70, Va., m. Sally Shuffle in 1814, Muhlenberg Co. They had 6 children, possibly 2 more. Where in Va. was Daniel Sr. b.? Who were Sally's parents? Sarah's maiden name?
Joan E. Southwick
113 W. Walnut St.
Chatham, IL 62629


Isaac Railey m. Judith Spencer, 1803, Va. He m. Sally Skeene, 1814, Jessamine Co., Ky. Chas. Spencer, brother-in-law to Isaac, served in War of 1812 and also m. a Skeene. Seek info. on Skeenes or Spencers.
W.J. Payne
1101 Forest Park Rd.
Louisville, KY 40223


Seeking info. on parents and grandparents of Green Monroe, b. 1837, in Cumberland Co., Ky. Green's death certificate gives Henry Monroe as father. Green was the father of James, Harrison, Cynthia Fletcher, Mary Brummitt, John L., Elizabeth Appleby, Susan Bean, Elbert, Samuel, and Leo Monroe. His wife was Mary Anne Oliver.
Viola Wright
48 Charles Wright Rd.
Jenkins, KY 41537


Need any info. on Bookouts. This family came from Tenn. to Ky. in 1860's when Civil War started. John Calvin Bookout and his brother, William, came to Ky. as soldiers and their other brothers stayed in the south, Tenn. James and Sarah Bookout were their parents. Any Bookout info. will be appreciated, and I will share what I have.
Loretta Sullivan
444 Wise Rd.
Campbellsville, KY 42718


Looking for Burton ancestors. My g. grandmother was Elizabeth Burton, b. 1832, probably on War Creek, now Breathitt Co., m. Archibald L. Taulbee, b. 1825, on Frozen Creek, Ky. Her father was James Burton, mother unknown. Where did the Burtons come from? I was told there were 21 children in this family. She had a sister, Hannah Burton, b. ca. 1833, who m. James Taulbee, brother of Archibald, b. 1828. They had brothers, Daniel and James M. Burton. They lived near Burton Bend. Can anyone help me with the mother's name?
Manda J. Tersigni
156 Thornapple Cir.
Leonard, MI 48367


Would like to hear from descendants of James Daniel of Wayne Co., Ky., who conveyed a deed in 1803, in Grainger Co., Tenn. Am hoping to untangle the Daniel families of east Tenn.
Sue Daniel McKinnon
225 S. Huron St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721-1919


John Smith, b. and d. dates unknown, m. C. Redford. Where buried? Children: one known son, William T., b. 1869, Ky., m. in 1892, in Milburn, Ky., to Maria Novell, b. 1864-66. Where is she buried? Also looking for Francis (Frank) J. Coffee, b. ca. 1833, Tenn., m. Mariah. Children: Ella, b. 1857, Ky., m. 1872, to Jason Novell, b. 1840, in Hickman Co., Columbus, Ky.; Gertrude, b. 1857; Maria Bell, b. 1861; and Joe G., b. 1864.
Lillian Tilton Thomas
211 E. Schaumburg Rd.
Streamwood, IL 60107-1460


Looking for info. about Philip Wilson, Sr., b. 1753, NC, m. (1)Rebecca -, (2)Patsy Allen (widow). Also on his son, Jonathan Wilson, and his wife, Sarah Cobb, of Clay Co. An article in the Nov., 1996 issue had a thumbnail sketch of Philip Wilson, Sr., in the "Early Eastern Kentucky Settlers" article.
Virginia Dutze
4330 Randall Dr.
Hamilton, OH 45011


Seek date and place of death of my ancestors, Thomas Drain (Drane), b. 1751, Prince Georges Co., Md., and wife, Martha Wells, b. same county, 1753. Thomas, oldest son of James Sr. and Elizabeth Piles Drane, of Prince Georges Co. Thomas and brother, Walter, joined Maryland militia in American Revolution on 7/15/1780, from Montgomery Co., Md. Thomas and family came into Washington Co., Ky., around 1800. In 1820, 3rd child, Anthony m. Mecie Lawless there. In 1824, Thomas and Martha conveyed land on Beech Fork River. Thomas is listed on tax list of that county in 1830 with 200 acres, Lick Run watercourse. He continues to be listed for several years, perhaps Martha dies? Learned that Washington Co. during the 1830's was divided into perhaps Marion Co. Maybe Thomas didn't move? Where did they die and where are they buried?
Marie Potter Henry
104 Besgrove
Fayette, MO 65248


Seeking info. on parents of William Stevens/Stephens. William lived in Carter Co., Ky., and was b. ca. 1828, Tenn. His wife was Elizabeth Barker, b. ca. 1830. The 1860 Carter Co. census lists their children: John, 11; Phebe, 8; Henry, 7; William, 5; Malinda, 4; and Greenville, 1. Interested in finding Elizabeth Barker's line also. They are my g.g.g. grandparents.
Barbara Conner
45 McDaniel Dr.
Dover, DE 19901


Seeking info. on Mary Begley (1812-1898), wife of Robert (1814-1897) of Perry Co., son of Justice Bowling. Also, info. on family of James Bowling and Sarah Blevins and their son "Bad Eli" (ca. 1785) and wives, Nancy Anderson and Nancy Herd Wilson. Also, info. on America Bowling Couch, listed in 1920 Leslie Co. census with husband, Thomas Couch, and children.
Bill G. Coomer
1800 E. Key Ave.
Madison, IN 47250-8331


Seeking info. on Andy Sexton, b. ca. 1860, d. in Letcher Co., 7/12/1917, and his 2nd wife, Nancy A. Noble, b. ca. 1878, Perry Co., d. 1941 (?). Her parents: James Noble and Mary Niece (?). Children by 1st wife (unknown): Lizzy and Hasadone. By 2nd wife (Nancy): Dulcena, Cindy, Daisy, Eliza, Jerry, Mary, Cora, and Alexander.
M.B. Singleton
677 W. Broadway, Apt. O
Granville, OH 43023


Seeking info. on Bundy family of Clay Co., Ky. My grandfather was Bob Bundy, b. 1895. His father's name was George. His mother may have been Lina. She d. when he was very young. He was raised by a lady with the last name of Rogers. He had brothers: Price, Thee, Green, and there were more. I don't know their names or if he had sisters. Also do not know what his mother's maiden name was or where his parents are buried. Appreciate any info.
Junetta Bundy Collins
P.O. Box 566
McKee, KY 40447

Chief Redbird

I am a descendant of Chief Redbird of Clay Co. I would like to find some info. on him: stories, genealogy, etc.
Georgia Begley
325 Plum St.
Hazard, KY 41701


My g. grandmother was Mary E. Wages. On 1/1/1876 she m. Solomon (Solly) Collins. She was b. in Clay Co., in 1860. Other surnames of interest from Clay Co. are Parker, Mays, and Napier.
William A. Jackson
509 S.W. Riverdale St.
Stuart, FL 34994-2863


Seek info. on ancestors and descendants of George W. Lancaster, b. 1846, in Mo. or Ky., m. Abigail Jennie Wright, b. 1849, Saratoga Springs, NY. Her father was Charles Wright m. Abigail Dickenson. Both b. Vt., then moved to NY. Children: John A. Wright, b. 1847; Abigail J., b. 1849; Thomas; and Iva. Will exchange info.
Helen Lucero
952 S. Holland Ct.
Lakewood, CO 80226


James Albert Tadlock, b. 1804, SC, m. Melinda Boyles, b. 1820, Tenn., dau. of James Anderson Boyles, Sr., and Cynthia Webster. James and Melinda's children: Bud, killed in Civil War; James (Jim), m. Nannie -, had 4 sons, moved to Texas; Cynthia, b. Ala., m. Jim Atherton; Adeline S., b. 8/13/1833, Ala., m. Henry Herron; Flanelia (Flan), b. 1839, Ala., m. a Mr. (T.G. or William C.) Lancaster, d. in Texas ?; Malcolm Dennis Cannon (Kan), b. 5/6/1843, Ala., m. Selena (Lena) Gray (Kan served in Civil War, Company K, 11th Alabama Infantry.); John Webster (Webb), b. 1844, Ala., m. Margaret A. McGraw (Maggie), (Webb was a minister who served with Company K, 11th Alabama Infantry.); Martha (Mattie Jo), b. 1/3/1848, m. a Mr. Chestnut; Elisha Turner (Turn), b. 7/21/1850, m. William (Bill) Walker Moore, 12/24/1871, Scott Co., Miss.; Robert Koger (Bob), b. 7/7/1858, m. (1)Emma E. Weaver, b. 12/26/1859, and (2)Mattie Carolyn Craig.
Andrew (Andy) Miller
2256 Glenwood Cir.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-1553


Seek marriage record of John Hook and Hannah Morris of Greene Co., Pa., and later, Bracken Co., Ky., parents of Rebecca Hook who m. John Marsh, 10/15/1810, in Bracken Co. Rebecca and John Marsh are buried in Laurel Cemetery, Monroe Twp., Clermont Co., Ohio.
Charles Rudy Heath II
6586 Fields Ertel Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241-1367


Seeking descendants of Col. William White, b. 1800, Orange Co., Va., and d. 1854, Montgomery Co., Ky. I'm descended from his sister, Ann White Graves. Their parents were Martha Key and John White of Va. Last summer, I "rediscovered" the White Family Cemetery located near the Montgomery/Bath Co. line.
John M. Graves
23405 Woodway Rd.
Bristol, VA 24202
e-mail: [email protected]


Help needed on continued search. Richard, b. 1734, Md., d. 1803-04, Shelby Co., Ky. Wife is Margaret, can't find marriage info. 9 children, all b. Orange Co., NC: Martha, b. 1763, m. Gregory Doyle; Sutton, b. 1764, m. (1)Amelia Cotton-one son, John, (2)Mary Farmer (our ancestor); John D., b. 1770, m. Grace Stubbins. John d. Warren Co., Ky., and Grace and family moved to Mo.; Hannah, b. 1772, m. Abraham Reece; Richard Jr., b. 1775, need help, m. (1)Mary Hines (?), (2)Catey Gill, Richard Jr. returned to NC; Mary, b. 1777, m. John Squires; Jonathan S., b. 1780, m. Mary Ann Brackett. Did Jonathan marry twice-(1)Mary Ann, (2)Margaret -? Or was Margaret his dau?; Elizabeth, b. 1782, m. Jacob Reese; and Peter, b. 1786, m. Margaret Clements.
Mary Pierson
1216 Hickory Hill Dr.
Gautier, MS 39553-2324


Seeking any info. on the ancestry of Silas and Sarah Clark, both of whom lived and died in Hickman Co., Ky. (my maternal g.g.g. grandparents. Research shows that their son (my g.g. grandfather), William Riley Clark, was born at Bayou de Chien in Hickman Co., in Sept., 1854. Many Clarks still live in this area.
Danny Elliott
429 Westwood Trl., Apt. 8
Frankfort, KY 40601


Looking for info. on Henry Wagner who m. Katherine Blair. Their children: Lillian; Sidney Albert, b. 3/20/1899, d. 6/19/1967, m. Viola Barton, b. 2/20/1905, d. 6/1991; and Walter, who was raised in the Oddfellows Orphanage in Louisville, Ky.
Michelle Gilbert
P.O. Box 142
Corbin, KY 40702


James Huff, b. 1762-68, buried Harlan Co., Ky., wife, Obedience Koger, b. Va. or Tenn. Need proof of parents for both. Need Koger records, have some Huff records. Also, Isaac Huff, b. 1802, m. Rebecca Hughes, lived in Harlan Co. Does anyone have a record of Rebecca's parents maybe from Va.? Also, John Charles Blair, b. 1764, d. 1840, Harlan Co., m. Easter Robinson, b. 1770, Tenn. Need parents of both. Have some Blair records. Also, Elkannah Wynn, b. 1767, m. Mary Muncy. Need any Muncy family records, and have Wynn records to exchange.
Mrs. Robert L. Huff
112 Highland Dr.
Berea, KY 40403


G.W. Holifield, b. 1/29/1817, d. 6/28/1904, m. (3)Cornelia Rodgers, b. 3/1837. When did she die? Where is she buried? They were m. in 1872, and had one dau., Lillie Dale, b. 12/1873, who m. William Harrison. They had 3 children: Nolen, Marie, and Joe, listed on 1900 Graves Co., Ky., census. Don't find them on 1910 census. Where did they go? Would like to exchange info. on these people.
Dorothy Austin
1757 Carter Rd.
Mayfield, KY 42066


Seeking info. on g.g. grandfather, James Daniel Pennington, b. 1797, NC, d. after 1880, m. Catherine McIntosh, b. 8/9/1839, d. 1906, Ky. Who were James' parents and siblings? Also searching for g. grandfather's, John Westley Pennington, Civil War rank. All they had in the cemetery record was John Pennington, Co. A, 47th Battalion. No other info. he was b. 2/12/1843, Breathitt Co., Ky., d. 1904, m. Amanda Bullock, b. 9/8/1839, d. 2/26/1906. All are buried at Climax, Rockcastle Co., Ky. Will share my info.
Catherine Peoples
505 Wilcoxen St.
Uhrichsville, OH 44683


Need info. on the William and Annie Davis family. Both were b. in NC, William in 7/1816, and Annie in 1818. They were in Pike Co., Ky., in 1860. Left for Nebr. and flat boat broke up on the Big Sandy where it meets the Ohio River. They were in South Point, Ohio. William and 3 sons were in the Civil War, fought for the Union. Need help to verify.
Elsie A. Hudson
P.O. Box 144
Ashcamp, KY 41512


My g.g. grandmother, Melinda Francis, m. Archibald "Arch" Brown, near Lowmansville, Lawrence Co., Ky. Who were her parents and siblings? She was b. ca. 1817, Johnson Co., Ky., m. on 9/14/1849. She was the mother of my grandmother, Nora Hayes Chandler. My grandmother Hayes, Alafair Brown Hayes, was the wife of Wesley Thompson Hayes. Are there any Francis families in this area who could give me her parents or siblings?
Thelma Chandler Walter
6711 55th St.
Catlettsburg, KY 41129


My grandfather, Nathanial L. Wright, was b. in Rockcastle Co., Ky., on 10/4/1857, and d. in Lincoln Co., Ky., on 4/5/1922. I would like info. on his father, who served with the Union army in the Civil War. Nathanial had a brother, Perry, and a sister, Bett or Betsy.
Dudley L. Wright
513 Honeysuckle Rd.
Shelbyville, KY 40065


In the June, 1996 issue, page 103, there is an entry containing the name Richard H. Menifee. I would like additional info. on him. Also I am searching for info. on Thomas C. Jones who m. Mary Scott and Absolom Loveall who m. Dicie Mills.
Cookie Carlson
2778 Hyson Ln.
Falls Church, VA 22043


Seeking info. on my maternal g.g. grandfather, Joe Sparks, b. 7/1828, m. 3/12/1846, to Melinda Barnes, b. 3/1825. Uncertain of places, but they lived and owned property in Estill Co., Ky. Joe is my g.g. grandfather on both sides of my mother's family. Anything on the Sparks, Isaacs, Barnes, Dameral, and Mayes families (on any and all of the various spellings--Mays) greatly appreciated.
Terry Combs-Caldwell
P.O. Box 988
Warsaw, KY 41095


Seeking info. on 2 cousins. Lucinda Bustle, b. ca. 1900, dau. of Harrison and Rosa Brunner Bustle. Also on Rosa Bustle, b. ca. 1910, dau. of John Alvie Bustle and Laura -. All the Bustle families are from London, Laurel Co., Ky. Will pay for copies, postage, etc., and will exchange info.
Elsie Lewis
14356 N. County Road 3400 E.
Mason City, IL 62664


Looking for parents and siblings of Richard Harrington Jones, b. 3/12/1830, Knox Co., Ky., m. (1)America Wilson, 1852, Washington Co., Ky. America and son, Tomas, d. Washington Co. Richard m. (2)Nancy M. Thompson, 1855, Parke Co., Ind. Richard and Nancy had: Nancy, b. 1856, m. George Payne; Naughtilla, b. 1860, m. C.O. Wilson; Sherman and Grant, b. 1867; and Ella May, b. 1870, m. Eli Gharst. Richard m. (3) Lucinda Husan Lancaster, Putnam Co., Ind. Richard d. 1908, Hindsboro, Douglas Co., Ill.
Mary Ellen Grossman
P.O. Box 924
Columbus, IN 47202-0924


Need info. on Fannie Estep, wife of Jesse Turner. She was b. 1839, d. 1922, and is buried in the Bob Turner Cemetery in Breathitt Co.
Ernest E. Turner
P.O. Box 61
Lerose, KY 41344


Searching for Chead Justice/Combs/Burns, b. ca. 1926, near Blair, WV, son of Rhoda Caudill Combs and Chead Justice. Rhoda m. Raymon Burns in 1934, in Mallory, WV. Chead is my half brother.
Lydia Justice
428 E. Highland View Dr.
Boise, ID 83702


Would like to have info. on Catherine Haney, also called Katie, who was a full blood Cherokee Indian, b. in 1818. She m. Shadrack Vick on 12/15/1839. Catherine and Shadrack were my husband's g.g.g.g. grandparents. See also Nov., 1996 issue, page 86, "Haney-Carroll" entry.
Faye Maxfield
1298 Maxfield Rd.
Smithland, KY 42081


Seeking any info. on Ariel Short of Menifee Co. m. Ina Bailey of Bath Co. Children: Estill, Brooker, Eula, Oakie, Edgar (my grandfather), and Ottie. Had a dau. who d. young. Don't know her name. Like to find out about his parents and siblings. Ariel and Ina are buried at Bashford Cemetery, Menifee Co.
Millard Short
P.O. Box 324
Owingsville, KY 40360


Searching for descendants of James and Lucretia Norris Montgomery. James was b. 1815, and migrated from Washington Co., Va., to Greenup Co., Ky., in 1873. Known children were: Thomas King Montgomery, b. 1836, and Louisa, b. 1839. Tradition says he had a brother who may have settled in Magoffin Co., Ky.
Sue McNaught
RR 5 Box 1165
Olive Hill, KY 41164


Seeking info. on ancestors of Lewis Noble of Breathitt Co., m. Lizzie -. My g. grandfather, Floyd Noble, b. 1901, was eldest child. Lived around Longs Creek/Morris Fork area. Would appreciate any info.
Michelle Turner
291 Bowlings Creek Rd.
Altro, KY 41306


Looking for info. on Squire Ben Ingram, b. 1871. Last I know of Ben was on 8/7/1905. He was working in tobacco when my grandfather, J.W. Ingram, was killed by Klosse on Iron Works Pike, Georgetown, Ky. Where and when did Ben die?
Mrs. Warren Jackson
P.O. Box 332
Minneola, FL 34755-0332


Would like to contact and correspond with anyone having info. on the Washington and Millie "Polly" Noble Watts family and also the Gwinn family of Breathitt Co.
Bill Manning
7180 Iron Works Rd.
Winchester, KY 40391


Would like to find where to purchase books about the Maloney family of the Breathitt or Estill Co. area.
Marilyn Wills
11087 State Route 122
Camden, OH 45311


Looking for parents of Melinda Jane Troutman, b. ca. 1822, Ky., d. 2/29/1958, Graves Co., Ky., m. William M. C. Rust, ca. 1837. Where? Was she the sister of J. David Troutman, b. 6/27/1828, Ky., d. 3/26/1888, Graves Co.? Melinda's father is thought to be Leonard Troutman.
Geneva Cooper
RR 2 Box 61
Ellsinore, MO 63937


My mother, Mazie Alma Shell, was b. in Harlan Co., Ky. I am also related to the Stratton and Lee families. Polly Ann Lee was my g. grandmother. However, my aunt, Lula Bundy, says that Polly Ann Lee's father was Carl Lee, and Carl Lee was supposed to be a relation of Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee. I have not been able to confirm this. Would like to find proof.
Sharon Mitchell
2451 S. 19th St.
Omaha, NE 68108


My g.g. grandfather, Benjamin Dunn Wilson, was shot by a soldier after the Civil War. The soldier's wife had run up quite a bill during the war. When the husband came into the store, Benjamin asked if anything could be paid. The soldier was drunk, pulled out a pistol and shot him. Benjamin was m. to (1)Jane Ray (1822-1850). Their children: Thomas James; Pronella Bascomb; and Nancy E. Pronella m. a John Stofir/Stofer/Stafer. She d. soon after their only child, Thomas Wilson Stofer, was b. 1849, who at age 10 was living with Benjamin and 2nd wife, Dicie E. Vaughn Wilson. Also listed as living with Benjamin on the 1860 census were a Mary Ray, age 21, and an Isabelle Edmondson, age 16. With Dicie, whom he m. 5/21/1852, he had children: John Franklin; Susan Texas; James "Jim" McDonald (my grandfather); and Benjamin Dunn, Jr. Want info. on the shooting, on Nancy E. Wilson, on John or Thomas Wilson Stofer, on Jane Ray, and on Isabella Edmondson. Will share info. I have on Wilsons.
Mary Clyde Wilson Bettge
8807 Lake Hill Dr.
Lorton, VA 22079-3210


My g. grandfather, Benjamin Irvin, b. Va., Jan., 1848 or 1856, to Thomas Irvin and Elizabeth Slate. Can't find on Ky. or Va. census. Can't find where parents died and buried. Who were Benjamin's siblings, if any? Does anyone know this family? Believe they lived in eastern Ky. area.
Louise C. Jones
410 N. West St.
Tipton, IN 46072


Would like to know the parents of Samuel Wright (ca. 1823-1876). Samuel m. Martha (Patsy) Atkins in 1848, in Scott Co., Ky.
Frieda Curtis-Wheatley
6517 Downs Branch Rd.
Louisville, KY 40228


According to my grandfather, Garnett Hendon Rains (b. 5/31/1916, Middlesboro, Ky.) a gentleman from Ohio (possible a family member) came to Middlesboro in the 1950's to visit Nick Rains. During the visit Nick was shown a book which contained a complete Rains family history from the time our family arrived in the New World. If anyone is aware of the location of this book and how I might be able to review, I would greatly appreciate either a letter or phone call.
Bobby J. Rains, Jr.
11 Royallridge Ct.
O'Fallon, MO 63366


Would like to have info. on the Jack and Lettie (Shannon) Hopkins family of McDowell, Floyd Co., Ky. Their children's names were Blanch, Nora, Gladys, Helen, Etta Rose, and Jack Jr.
A.J. (Jack) Hensley
636 Scott Pike
Waddy, KY 40076


Seek parents of John E. Scott and Mary Polly Blythe, both b. in Ky., ca. 1825-30. They m. ca. 1850. Their dau., Nancy Elizabeth Scott, b. 1853, possibly Cumberland Co., Ky., m. William Edward Davis in 1870. His parents were John S. Davis and Mary Harmon.
Mary Bryant Park
2204 W. 5th St.
Stillwater, OK 70474-2817
e-mail: Compuserve 75304,551


Seek info. on Andrew Mitchell, b. 9/1/1856, Pike Co., Ky., d. 3/7/1934 (Craynor) Floyd Co., Ky., m. in 1881, Floyd Co., to Martha Akers, b. 5/19/1863, Floyd Co., d. 2/2/1906 (Craynor) Floyd Co. Their children were: Mary, William, Polly, Anna, John D., Robert, Ollie, Sally (my grandmother), and Verdie. Who were Andrew's and Martha's parents? grandparents? I would also like to purchase copies of photos of this family.
Richard Akers
322 Donna Dr.
Hendersonville, TN 37075-4112


Searching for info. on genealogy of the Stamper family of Lee Co. and NC (Joel Stamper). Also on the Curtis family. Harrison Curtis m. Malinda Everman, April, 1844. Would also like info. on Lowry families.
Tom Fraley
370 Miller Rd.
Clay City, KY 40312


Seek info. that would be found in local county histories of Ky., usually entitled "The History of ..." Especially interested in articles about my McCreery family (spelled McCrary/McCreery/ McCreary) in Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, McCracken, McCreary, Ohio, and Union Cos., Ky. Articles about Gov./Sen. James Bennett McCreary are also appreciated. I would like to hear from any descendents of his, if there are any living. One day I would like to compile a book concerning Gov. McCreary when he served as an officer in the 7th Ky. Cavalry (Chenault's) and 11th Ky. Cavalry, C.S.A. Please send references, if they are known.
Scott K. Williams
514 Chapel Cross Dr.
Florissant, MO 63031-1673


Still need help finding the parents of Grave Bolen Cannaday and also the kin of Amos W. Hall and Mary.
Virginia Threet
1875 S. Custer Ln.
Fayetteville, OR 72701


Seeking info. and contacts on the history and ancestors of my grandmother's, Celeste Elizabeth Ealey, family. William "Henry" Ealey, b. 3/18/??, d. 12/31/1919, m. Sarah Caroline Caudill, b. 10/12/1862, d. 3/2/1924, twin to Rebecca Catherine Caudill who m. J.L. "Luke" Blevins. Would like to know names of William Henry's wife and their children who lived in Va. Within 10 months during 1918, Caroline divorced Henry and lost 2 sons to death. Caroline then came to a Lexington hospital where she died of cholera. Henry and Caroline's children: Samuel Powell m. Arminta "Minnie" Hitchcock; Jenny m. Earnest Butler; Celeste Elizabeth, b. John Calahan Roberts; David J. "DJ" m. Ethel Bryant; and Mathew J. (killed in train collision) m. Martha Jane Bayes. Children of Mathew and Martha: Jackson J. and James A. Ealey.
Betty Jo Roberts Ayers
539 Springhill Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503-1235


Looking for info on the ancestors of Ralph Elmer Smith, b. 1885, near Skidmore, Mo., son of Charles Fremont Smith, b. ca. 1861, in Mo., son of Emery Smith, possibly b. ca. 1830, in Ky.
Leah Tourond
RR 2
Burns Lake
B.C., Canada VOJ 1EO


Searching for parents of Thomas Bolin, b. 1/12/1766, Orange Co., NC. Believe he had family in Clay, Washington, and Hardin Cos., Ky. In 1815, he, William, and Elliot Bolin left Ky. Believe Thomas' wife was Nancy (also a Bolin-?). Thomas d. 1851, Perry Co., Ind. The Bolin name was spelled many ways: Bowlen, Bolling, Boling, Bowling, Bowland, Bolen, and Bolin. Bowling was the way Mourning spelled her name. She m. William Sizemore. Would like to know more about her. Was she part Indian to be named Mourning?
Elsie B. Bolin
2760 W. County Road 300 N.
North Vernon, IN 47265


Need parents, siblings, children of David Duncan, b. ca. 1790, m. Luvicia Halsell in Clark Co., Ky., 9/1812. Luvicia Halsell Duncan was living in Fayette Co., Ky., in 1850.
Karen King Scales
1410 Galbraith Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
e-mail: [email protected]


Shively, Ky., was named for my g.g.g.g. grandfather, Christian Shively, who owned a grist mill and tavern in Jefferson Co. On 5/22/1780, he bought 1,000 acres in Jefferson Co. on Manslick Rd., Bullitt Creek. His will was probated 2/6/1826. At the Shively Cemetery on Dixie Highway 4105, there is a large monument inscribed: "To the memory of Christian Shively, soldier of the American Revolution, born in Pennsylvania, settled on 1,000 acres in this section in 1780. He, his wife, Mary Bashore, and five generations of his family are buried in this cemetery."
Nicholas Hospital was built on the Shively land. His dau., Margaret (Peggy) Shively French, was my g.g.g. grandmother. The 10/3/1866 edition of the Owensboro Monitor carried a story about her being 113 years old. This story referred to her father as Col. Shively of Jefferson Co. The Filson Club has very little info. on the Shively family. I can't find a military record for Christian. Can anyone help me find any proof that he was in the Revolutionary War?
Myrtle Gibson
3793 Solar Cir.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406-4410


Seeking info. on family of father, William H. Chapman, b. Breathitt Co., 1890. Father, George. Mother, Elizabeth Chapman (maiden name Chapman). A brother, Leonard
Doris Gabbard
P.O. Box 85
London, KY 40743

Helphinstine Families

Would like more info. on the following families in and around east Ky., Ohio, and Ind.: Caudill, Conrad, Day, Doyle, Egan, Emmions, Fannin, Foudray, Glover, Goddard, Hall, Helphinstine, Humphries, Hurst, Lemaster, Littleton, Lykes, McIntosh, McRoberts, McTier, Morrison, Reeves, Royse, and Wolf. Would be pleased to share info. I have on these families.
Greg Helphinstine
5422 Rockhurst Dr.
Columbus, GA 31907


Who were the parents of Nathan Lawson who d. 1820, Whitley Co., Ky.? Will exchange info.
Christine Stephens
64 Highview Dr.
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
e-mail: [email protected]


Looking for info. on Wm. H. Hayes, b. 11/9/1849, d. 11/27/1923. Both events in Taylor Co., Ky. Father listed as John Hayes, mother unknown. Info. on death certificate given by T.S. Jarboe of Campbellsville, Ky. Also for info. on Sam Trusty, d. 3/27/1926, age 76, b. Breathitt Co., Ky. Parents listed as Henry Trusty, b. Magoffin Co., and Emma Slusher, b. Morgan Co. Informant on death certificate, Opal Trusty, Gauge, Ky.
Velma Atkinson
HC 30 Box 87
Chemult, OR 97731


Would like to contact anyone working on the Duncan or Whitley/Wheatley lines in Ky., or Farquier, Va. Will share info.
Lisa Spencer
421 Dickerson Ln.
Falmouth, KY 41040


Interested in exchanging info. with anyone doing the Railsback, Poer, and Crutchfield families, specifically from the Clark and Estill Co. areas.
Marianne Elliston
990 Saucelito Creek Rd.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420-4951

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