Kentucky Kinfolks

Genealogy From The Louisville Herald-Post, 1930s

Edited By J. Emerson Miller


James Cowherd (Coward) was living in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1729. He appears to have removed to Spotsylvania County, for he was in the latter in 1734, when he and his wife, Elizabeth are mentioned in a deed; he is later found in Orange County, where he died intestate in 1756. He was related in some way to the Chew, Burris, and Quisenberry families of Orange County and later of Kentucky.


The Newman and Har-rison families were from Shelby County, Kentucky. There are several deeds in Shelby County dated 1798, and witnessed by two John Harrisons; evidently father and son, although I am in doubt about this. I have also found the following marriages: Simeon Newman to Elizabeth Harrison, daughter of John Harrison, April 2, 1797; and Ezekiel Newman married Betsy Harrison, daughter of John and Elizabeth Harrison, April 20, 1797. From the meager information in the Shelby County abstracts that I have consulted, it seems to me both the Harrisons and Newmans must have removed to some other part of the state.


Peachy Walker, daughter of Dr. Thomas J. Walker, was born February 1767, married Joshua Fry, son of John Fry and grandson of Joshua Fry, Sr. They came to Kentucky in 1788 and settled at Danville. Dr. Fry was a man of classical education and was a noted educator, taking into his family a few young men whom he taught with his own children. Among his scholars were some of the most prominent men of Kentucky. Peachy and Joshua had issue: 1. Sallie Fry, married Hon. John Green. 2. Lucy Glimer, became the second wife of Judge John Speed of Jefferson County, Kentucky and had issue: Thomas, died in infancy; Lucy Fry, married Hon. James D. Breck-inridge of Louisville, member of Congress, no issue; James, a distinguished lawyer of Louisville, and Attorney General in President Lincoln's cabinet, married Jane Cochran and had issue; Peachy Walker, married Austin Peay of Louisville and had issue; Joshua Fry, married Fanny Henning, no issue. He was the bosom friend of Abraham Lincoln; William Pope, married first, Mary Ellen Shallcross and had one son, James B. Speed, a leading businessman of Louisville, married second, Ardell Hutchinson and had issue; Susan Fry, married B. O. Davis and had issue; Philip, married Emma Keats, niece of John Keats, the poet, and had issue; J. Smith, married first, Elizabeth Williamson, no issue and married second, Susan Phillips and had issue; Susan Bell, married Thomas Adams and had issue; and Ann Pope, died in early childhood. 3. Martha, married David Bell, an Irish merchant of Danville, Kentucky, and had Hon. Joshua Fry Bell, a noted orator and member of Congress. 4. Mildred Ann, married Hon. Wm. C. Bullitt, of Jefferson County, Kentucky, and was the mother of: Joshua F. Bullitt, chief justice of Kentucky, 1865; John C. Bullitt, a prominent lawyer of Philadelphia; Helen M., married Dr. Henry Chenoweth of Jefferson County, Kentucky; Thomas Walker Bullitt, a leading member of the Louisville bar; Henry Massie Bullitt, of Jefferson County, Kentucky; Susan, married Hon. Archibald Dixon, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and U. S. Senator; and James, Confederate soldier, killed in the war.


The will of James Waggoner, proved April 18, 1803 (Culpeper Records, Will Book D, page 437), mentions wife Ann, and children: Richard, James, Thomas, John, and Ann Waggoner, showing that Richard was the brother and not the father of Thomas, John, and James. The will of Herbert Waggoner, proved September 20, 1743 (Essex County Record, Will Book 7, page 36), mentions wife Elizabeth, and children: John, Ann Greenhill, Mary Evans, James, Herbert, Elizabeth, Thomas, Sophia, Greensbe, Reuben, and Edmund Waggoner.

The lineage is:

1. John Waggoner, 1643-1716, married Rachael.

2. Herbert Waggoner, died 1743, married Elizabeth.

3. James, born ca. 1725, died 1803, married ca. 1750, Ann Jones, daughter of James and Mary Jones of Spotts-yslvania, formerly of Essex County, Va.

4. James Jones Waggoner, born between 1755-1760, married Elizabeth Garnett, daughter of Robert, son of Anthony Garnett.


There was in Orange County, Virginia, James Coleman, supposed to be a son of Robert Edward and Sally Lightfoot Coleman, who in 1780, married Sarah Taylor, daughter of Richard Taylor and his wife, Miss Chapman. They came to Woodford County, Kentucky in 1795. Their children were: James, Chapman, Edward Spillsbee, Sarah (Thomasson), Lucinda (Bondurant), Ann Mary (Sutton), and Catherine (Woods).

Robert E. Coleman's farm in Orange County, Virginia, adjoined that of President James Madison, but I do not know whether the families were related.


Coleman Daniel was born in Caroline County, Virginia, July 1, 1791, a son of Benjamin Daniel. He removed from Virginia to Mercer County, Kentucky, then on to Louisville in 1811, where he died April 1, 1863. He married Elizabeth Kaye of Louisville, April 13, 1817. His brother, Mercer Daniel, born 1794, settled in Mercer County and died near Pleasant Hill, August 13, 1849.


Betsy Gaines married Rowlett Rice, 1795. She was the sister of Patty Gaines, who married John Barbee, January 21, 1782 (Stanford County Records). William Gaines' will is at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, dated January 3, 1821. It mentions children: Mary, married ?; Dolly or Polly, who married George Tinsley or Finley, January 29, 1785; Lucy married ?; Betsy married Rowlett Rice, 1795; Kitty married ?; Susannah married ?; Sally married John Shanks, December 14, 1806; Patty married John Barbee, 1782; Gabriel married ?; Strother married Ann Fisher, 1810; and Ezekiel F. married Susannah Fisher, 1812; Administrators of the will were Ezekiel F. Gaines and Joseph McDowell.


Sarah Winston was Sarah Poindexter. She was a sister to John Poindexter, who died in 1783 and was married to Christian ?, who died in 1779; Thomas Poindexter, who married Sarah (perhaps Sarah McGehee); Susanna Poindexter Snead; Elizabeth Poindexter Shrewsberry; ___ Wether-ford; and Joan Ireland. In her mother's will the last part of her name is torn away, so that it reads "Sarah Win__," but her full name could be established from deeds; she was living in 1752. John and Christian Poindexter had a son, Thomas, who married Lucy Jones, sister to Gabriel Jones, the "Valley Lawyer," who died at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Jones Poindexter Carmack, in Franklin County, Kentucky, 1796. Thomas and Lucy Jones Poindexter also had a son, Gabriel Poindexter, born 1758, who was a Revolutionary soldier and who moved to Clark County, Indiana. Besides Elizabeth and Gabriel, Thomas and Lucy Jones Poindexter had several sons and daughters whose names I have, but only one of whom I shall mention here; Thomas Poindexter, who married Sally Ragland, and who was also a Revolutionary soldier.

Sarah Poindexter Winston's brother, Thomas Poindexter, who married Sarah (McGehee?) had a son, Bond Veale Poindexter, who married first, Susannah ___, and after Susannah's death he came to Kentucky; married second, ?, and nothing more is known of him. By his wife Susannah he had a son, Thomas Bondeville Poindexter, 1781-1845, who married Margaret McMahon, 1736-1847.