Kentucky Kinfolks

Editor's Note: In the mid-1930's, 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 this column.


John Watts, who served in the seventh Virginia regiment, Revolutionary War, was born in Orange County, Virginia, about 1730, died in Madison County, Kentucky, 1796; married in Orange County, Virginia, prior to 1759, Sarah, daughter of John Barnett. John Watts, in his will, names wife, Sarah, and the following children: Esther, who married Richard Sebree; Francis, who married Josiah Quinn; Sarah, who married a Mr. Richardson; Mildred, who married (1) Mr. Tomlinson and (2) Mr. Leathers; Betty, who married Joseph Vawter; Anne, who married (1) Mr. Mervey and (2) Mr. Milton; Agatha, who married (1) Mr. Turner and (2) Mr. Brashear; Mary, who married Mr. Biggerstaff; and Thomas, Julius, and Barnett Watts. Esther Watts and her husband, Richard Sebree, removed to Kentucky, where Richard died (Scott County) in 1835. He was born in Orange County, Virginia, March 29, 1752.


Bartlett Search of Fayette County, Kentucky, was a son of John Searcy, Jr., of Granville, Rutherford, and Johnson Counties, North Carolina. I do not have the proof of his wife's maiden name, but I believe she was Ann Morgan. This Bartlett Searcy is perhaps the most romantic character in this interesting family. He may have gone to Kentucky with Daniel Boone when he was commissioned by the wealthy Richard Henderson to establish the settlement of his "Transylvania," as the territory purchased by Henderson from the Indians was then called. At least Bartlett is found in Boonesborough as early as 1776 when he was one of a party of eight men who rescued Daniel Boone's and Col. Calloway's daughters from the Indians who had stolen them as they played on the banks of the river at that place. (Collins' History Of Kentucky.) Bartlett was a comparatively young man when he was killed by Indians in Woodford County. (Draper MMS.) Bartlett's name is on the monument at Boonesborough.

Bartlett Searcy, who died in Granville County, North Carolina, in 1784, was an uncle of the younger Bartlett above. His wife was Lucy Anderson. At least three of his sons came to Kentucky and settled in Madison County: Samuel, Richard, and Charles. The Reuben Searcy, who was joint executor of this Bartlett's will, was his brother. He was quite prominent in his county, serving as sheriff and county clerk from 1771 to 1783, which entitles his descendants to membership in Revolutionary societies and the Colonial Dames. (But he is not the Reuben who served in Captain Holder's company of Kentucky forces who were at the Battle of Blue Licks.) He married Susan Henderson, daughter of Richard Henderson, who bought and financed the settlement of Kentucky. Reuben Searcy was twice married and altogether had 18 children, among them were Thomas, Leonard, and Reuben (which tells you who the witnesses to Bartlett's Searcy's, Sr., will were). The other witness, Elizabeth Searcy, was no doubt the spinster sister of Bartlett. John Williams, recorded as one of the executors of the will, was no doubt a member of that Williams family into which the Searcys and Hendersons had married several times. William Searcy, elder brother to Reuben, Bartlett, John Jr., Richard, and Elizabeth, married a Miss Williams. This list of six Searcy children represents the second generation of the family in America. Their parents were John Searcy, Sr., and his wife, Phoebe Hargrave, who came from Nottingham, England, to North Carolina about 1728. The Searcys were originally French Huguenots, and have an attractive coat of arms.


There was a settlement of Virginians and Kentuckians in Putnam County, Indiana, many of them by way of Shelby County, Kentucky, and originally from Albemarle and Nelson Counties, Virginia. Lyons, Barnettes, Harrisons, Garners, and others associated with them are found among the pioneers of Putnam County, Indiana. Daniel Morgan is listed as one of the earliest settlers in this county.


Moses Peden was born November 20, 1835, in Barren County, Kentucky, and died April 1, 1901, in Louisville. He married Mary Catherine Frances, daughter of Joel M. Frances, on November 17, 1858. Joel Frances was born April 27, 1816. Moses T. Peden's brothers and sisters were Benjamin, Lavina M. Scott, Jenimie, John, Harlan, Alonza, Malinda M. Estes, and George. His father was Elarzer Peden. He was born December 13, 1796, and married Sarah W. Harrison, January 20, 1820. She was born March 15, 1801, and died October 7, 1854. His brothers and sisters were Tomps, John, Benjamin, and Ann who married Mr. Wilkinson. Elarzer's father was Moses Peden.


During the Revolutionary War the British tried to capture William Baird, as he was too young to fight but was young and active, to tend their stock. Jane Hunt hid him in her home. Later they were married, and she wove his wedding suit. William came from North Carolina. He and Jane had six children: Obediah; Andrew; Sally, died unmarried; Gershon; Betty, who married Mr. Clark; and Polly, who married Mr. Hunt.

Obediah was born 1805 and died 1891. His wife, Mary Ann Herndon, was born 1810, died 1875, daughter of John and Polly (Causby) Herndon. Her siblings were Matilda Herndon, who married a Hudson, and secondly a Wheeler; Jemima, who married a Buh; William; Betty, who married a Chattman; and John Herndon. The Herndon family came to Kentucky from Albemarle County, Virginia.

Obediah and Mary Ann had: Lavina, who married a Nuckols; Henry Stokes (1846-1847); William; Beverly (1844-1850); Jack; Ermine, who married a Redford; J.G.; Obediah Jr. (1849-1863); and Melvina (1831-1831).


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