Genealogy From The Long Ago

(Old Scrapbook - 1890's)

Editor's Note: We have come across an interesting collection of old clippings dealing with Kentucky family history. Since these clippings are about 100 years old, your editor feels they will be of interest to many of our readers. We will continue this column each month until the supply is gone.


As far as investigation has shown, Thomas Lewis was not related to any of the numerous Lewis families of Virginia or Kentucky. He was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, May 8, 1749, and married Elizabeth Payne on October 27, 1773. Their children were: Nancy, born 1774, married James Garrard, son of Governor Garrard, of Kentucky, and died in 1835; Sally, born 1776, married first General Green Clay, second Colonel Jeptha Dudley, and died in 1867; Hector P. Lewis, born 1778, died 1857; Asa R., born 1781, died 1850; Betsey, born 1782, married Colonel Jeptha Dudley, and died 1807, leaving an infant son, Edward Ambrose Dudley (Colonel Jeptha Dudley married secondly his sister-in-law, the widow of General Green Clay); Edward Lewis, born 1785, died 1808; Hetty, born 1787, married Henry Conyers Payne, died 1829; Stephen O., born 1789, died 1870; Polly, born 1792, died 1792; Thornton, born 1794, died 1872; Sophia, born 1796, married Reverend John T. Johnson, died 1849; Alpheus, born 1799, died 1865; Douglas Payne, born 1804, died 1867. Thomas Lewis died in September, 1809, and his widow, Elizabeth Lewis, died March 24, 1827.


John Williams, born January 26, 1679, was an early Welch emigrant to Hanover County, Virginia. His wife was Mary -. They had eight children: John, Mary, Ann, Daniel, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Joseph Williams. These married and emigrated to other counties in Virginia, and to Granville and other counties in North Carolina. Their descendants number thousands, have been distinguished in every walk of life, and reside in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and many other of the southern states.

The early inter-marriages were with the Hendersons, Graves, Daniels, Coffees, Harts, Christmans, Goodmans, Womacks, Clarkes, Farrars, Searceys, Barnetts, Harrisons, Dukes, Dudleys, Mitchells, Laniers, Williamsons, Keelings, Beechams, Paynes, Winstons, Calloways, Burtons, Harrises, Simpsons, Hardins, Sneeds, Bullocks, Hokes, Scales, and Owens. The later names of inter-marriages are too numerous to mention.


In the year 1694 the name of Drake was on record in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. In the years 1710-13-14-23, the names John Drake, William, Thomas, and Richard Drake, all living near the Blackwarrior River, owned lands near the Isle of Wight. These lands were granted. From where these families came is an unsettled point. Some say from Pennsylvania; others claim they came direct from England. The families were left in Southampton when it was cut from Isle of Wight. These men had families; sons and daughters who married and emigrated to other counties and states. Seven of Richard Drake's sons moved into Nash County, North Carolina, and their descendants married into the families of Arrington, Birdsong, Griffin, Collins, Parker, Sumner, Philips, Floyd, Kirby, Bridges, Boddie, Mann, and Williams, of those earlier times. Don't know where Richard Drake came from or when he settled in the Isle of Wight, Pensylvania, or England (from England, probably via Pennsylvania, as many emigrants did). Don't know what his wife's maiden name was, where, or when they were married. This Richard Drake had a son, Francis Drake, who lived in Nash County, North Carolina, an old man, seventy-five years ago. Don't know his wife's maiden name. Among the many families who are or have been connected with the Drakes, either by marriage or blood, surely there are old data in the way of family papers, Bible records, old deeds, wills, etc., somewhere that might furnish desirable history. There are many with connections to the family, either through blood or marriage, in the southern, southwestern, and western states.


In a deed of partition of the lands of Thomas Gist, entered upon a military warrant (survey of two thousand acres) in Bourbon County, Kentucky, lying between the Middletown and Caneridge Turnpikes, as recorded in deed book L, page 477, the heirs are shown to be: Jesse Bledsoe and wife, Sarah, nee Gist; Francis P. Blair and wife, Eliza V., nee Gist; Annie E. Hart, widow, nee Gist; Maria C. Gist; Henry C. Gist; and Thomas Gist, heirs of Colonel Nathaniel Gist. Thomas Gist's heirs were Elizabeth Johnson, Nancy Gist, and Nathaniel Gist. Nancy conveyed her part to Nathaniel, and Elizabeth Johnson conveyed hers to James Rogers.


Thomas and Robert Bell came from Ireland at an early day. Thomas married Elizabeth Weir and had nine children: John, Thomas, James, Samuel, Robert, William, Molly, Elizabeth, and Anne. (1)John, married Elizabeth Morrow. Their children: Esther married Matthew Small; Patsy married Robert Art; Morgan married David Jamison; Jane married Thomas Talbot; Mary Ann married Joseph Mitchell, of Paris; Thomas married - Carter.

(2)Thomas married Judy Thompson, and had Thompson who married - Hewlett; John; Sam married Hewlett; Thomas married Hewlett; Robert married Mary Monroe; Jefferson married - Payne. (3)James Bell married Frances Burch, and had Elizabeth, who married Thomas Sallinger, of Missouri; Polly married Sam Kyle, of Ohio; Nancy to G. Murry, of Missouri; Sallie to Allan Logan, of Missouri. Thomas Burch was killed at River Raisin. (4)Samuel Bell married Lucetta Pope, and had John P., killed at Raisin; Lucy married Rice Maxey; Susan married Gilmore Walker; William; and Charlotte.

(5)Robert Bell married Jane Richardson. Their children were: Anne, married - Mitchell, near Bowling Green; Elizabeth married Elijah Twyman; Thomas died in Shelby's campaign; William in Illinois, near Elizabethtown. (6)William Bell married - Bullock, and had Louis W., who married - Crockett; Robert, - Murry; James; Betsy married Andrew Monroe; Sally; and another daughter. (7)Mollie Bell married Samuel Kyle, issue: Jane; Betsy married - Orr; Ann married Ezekiel Kirtly-issue: Thomas, to Barbee; Samuel married Bell; all near Troy, Ohio. (8)Elizabeth Bell married Thomas Montgomery, issue: Judge Thomas Montgomery. (9)Anne Bell married Andrew Monroe, issue: Judge Benjamin Monroe, of Kentucky, married Cynthia Montgomery; Judge Thomas B., married Eliza Adair, daughter of Governor John Adair; James married Tabitha Collins; Mary K. married Joseph M. Hardin; Elizabeth W. married Alexander Adair; Rachel. Lucy Maxey, issue: William Henry, died in New Orleans; Samuel Bell, United States Senator from Texas; Susan married Gatewood; Lucetta Ann.

Robert Bell, brother of the first name Thomas Bell, had five children (wife's name unknown): Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary, and two others. Samuel Bell married - Barrett, and had one daughter, Rachel, who married Bennett Shackleford; Elizabeth Bell married Simpson Patton, of Green County, or his father, issue: James Patton, married - Carpenter; William Patton married - Givins; Robert; Polly married Masterton; Lucy; Tom Patton married - Lewis, sister to Lewis of Lewis and Clarke's expedition; Lucy; Jane. If this is not correct, the Patton family of Green County can tell the story.


Josiah Graves, born 1778, presumable in Virginia, married Sarah Lynn at Lexington, Kentucky, in 1801, died at Lexington, 1829. His brother, John, lived at Lexington. His sister, Caroline, married Rush, of Ohio. His wife, Sarah Graves, born Lynn, in Fauquier County, Virginia, in 1786. Came to Kentucky in 1790, married 1801, at Lexington, moved to Illinois, 1852. Had a sister, Polly, who died unmarried at Lexington about the time of the Civil War.


My great grandfather, Henry Gay, Sr., was born in Augusta County, Virginia, and died in Perry County, Kentucky, in 1830. His grandfather and two brothers came from England and landed at Boston in 1630. Henry Gay, Sr., was a soldier of the Revolution, present at Yorktown in 1781. His second wife was Margaret Russell, of Hawkins County, Tennessee. She was a member of the Grant family, from which General U.S. Grant descended. Henry Gay, Sr., was a son of Dr. William Gay who married Elizabeth Bolling, a daughter of Colonel John Bolling, of Cobbs, who was fourth in descent from Pocahontas. Her sister, Jane Bolling, married C. Richard Randolph, and from that branch have descended John Randolph, of Roanoke; Benjamin Harrison, the signer; General William Henry Harrison, ex-President Harrison; Hon. John C. Breckinridge; and Mrs. John Young Brown.


In relation to the Fuqua family, I beg to state that we are of Huguenot descent. This colony, numbering 800, were given a grant of land twenty miles above Richmond at Manikintown, Powhattan County, Virginia, in 1699. Among them were skilled artisans, carpenters, weavers, workers in mines and mineral ores. They were refined, educated, and cultivated people in the main. Some were men of distinction, who had won it on French battlefields. They were the first to discover and work the coalfields of Chesterfield County, Virginia. A few had considerable wealth and others claimed distinction by birth. They were always patrons of education, and rapidly dispersed over the counties of Chesterfield, Ameilia, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Charlott, and Campbell. Their descendants are in these today. Among them are the Venables, Michans, Foreys, Bernards, Soubletts, Martins, Chastains, Dupuys, Victors, and Mortons. Captains Joseph and Moses Fuqua obtained a large grant of land on Staunton River. They both served in the Revolution and especially distinguished themselves at the battle of Cowpens. Samuel Fuqua, son of Moses, was my grandfather. Captain Joseph Fuqua married Catherine, daughter of Ruphus Palmer, of Charlotte County. Samuel Fuqua married Sallie Armistead in 1797 in Campbell County. Their issue was four sons and three daughters. Dr. William Armistice Fuqua was the first born in 1798. He married Mary Jane Barksdale, near Cole's Ferry, Charlotte County, near Rought Creek Presbyterian Church, of which he was an elder. Was a distinguished physician and a man of learning and wealth. the Fuquas are to be found in Christian, Trigg, and Barren Counties, Kentucky. Their progenitors emigrated as early as 1779 to these states.


A family of Tinsleys lived near Port Royal, Caroline County, Virginia. Their names were John, David, Jacob, and Washington. They had two sisters, Betsy and Nancy. The two girls and john came to Kentucky and settled in Shelby County. John married a Miss Gant near Port Royal in the year 1801. John Tinsley was born in 1778. Can't give the name of the originial immigrant named Tinsley.


My grandfather, Roland Thornton Turner, married Elizabeth Edge, of Virginia. His father married Nancy, daughter of Nathaniel and Martha Smith Raglan. Martha's grandfather was a Wheeler of Virginia. The Raglands were of Welsh descent. The Turners were probably English. There are many of both names in virginia. My father was a soldier in the War of 1812, under Captain Hawkins of Virginia. Came to Kentucky in 1818. Was born about 1793.


William Ewing, the first of this branch of the Ewings in America, came to this country early in the eighteenth century. He is supposed to have been the son of William and Eliza (Milford) Ewing, first of Glasgow, Scotland, and later of Londonderry, Ireland. He settled at Plainstead Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and either there or before his arrival there married Susannah (or Ann) Shannon, by whom he had Henry (born ?), Andrew (born March 15, 1740), John (born 1741-42), Elisabeth (born ?), and Mary (born ?). He removed to the Valley of Virginia about 1761 (this being the date of first deed to his property there), and settled near the present town of Harrisonburg.
His eldest son, Henry, married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Miss Jane Rodgers, by whom he had three sons and one daughter. He went to Virginia with his father and was the first justice of the peace of Rockingham County, and was clerk of the court of said county from 1782 to 1792. In July, 1792, he moved to Hardin County, Kentucky, where he died a few years later. Andrew, second son of William, married Susanna Shannon, daughter of Thomas Shannon, December 11, 1760, by whom he had six children, three sons and three daughters. He went to Virginia with his father, and in 1780 went to Tennessee, settling at the present site of Nashville. He was one of the commissioners for laying out the town, and was county court clerk from 1783 until his death, April 30, 1813. John, third son of William, married Phoebe Davidson, by whom he had eight children. He lived with his father in Virginia, and at the latter's death inherited the homestead, which is still owned by his descendants, having been in, the Ewing name for over 150 years. Of the daughters, Elizabeth married Hugh Deveir, and Nancy, a Hogsett. Their descendants still live in Rockingham County.


I state that John Ewing, my great, great grandfather, came from Scotland in 1729. His sons were William and Samuel. Samuel's family moved to kentucky. He had nine children, viz: Samuel, Daniel, Thomas, John, William, Anna, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Mary. William had eight children, viz: John, William, Robert, Elizabeth, Mary, Samuel, Jane, and Thomas. Robert, son of William, was my grandfather, and Margaret, daughter of Samuel, was my grandmother, they being first cousins.


From a letter of Cave Johnson (several times misprinted Case), written to his sons, dated Clarkesville, Tennessee, June 10, 1862: "Henry Johnson, my grandfather, removed from Pennsylvania to North Carolina during the Revolutionary War, in which he served as a private (under what command or in which of the campaigns, I know not). He settled near the forks of the Yadkin, a few miles from Salisbury, where he resided until the year 1796, when he moved to Robertson County, Tennessee, and settled at a place belonging to Ben Porter, decased, two and a half miles east of Springfield. His wife was Rachel Holmen. Of her family I know nothing. She died about the time her husband did, leaving the following eight children: William, Thomas (born July 4, 1766), Henry, Isaac, Joseph, Jacob, Rebecca, and Mary." Thomas Johnson, second son, my father, settled in Robertson County, Tennessee, in 1789. Went to Kentucky the next year and married Mary Noel, at Craig's Station, near Versailles, Woodford County, and brought her to Robertson County in 1790. He was actively engaged as captain of a company in suppressing Indian hostilities. He went with his company to Nick-a-Jack, and was in that battle. He was afterward elected colonel and was in the convention that framed the constitution in 1797. After the organization of the state was elected county court clerk and in 1809 was brigadier general. At the establishmen of the circuit court system in 1809 he was elected clerk of that court. He lost his wife in 1816. In 1823 he married Mrs. Roberts, widow of General Roberts and sister of the distinguished agriculturist, Mark Cockerell.


Robert Allen died in Augusta County, Virginia, and his will was probated in that county on the 5th of February, 1789. He was a Revolutionary soldier, went through the war from beginning to end. His son Robert was a small boy at that time. He (the son) came with his mother to Cumberland County, Kentucky, and died there about 1860 at the age of ninety-seven. My father, William Allen, was son of Robert Allen, Sr., and was born in Augusta County, Virginia, on the 16th of October, 1781, the day Cornwallis surrendered. He died in Cumberland County in 1857, aged seventy-three years. My grandmother, Jean, with her ten children, seven sons and three daughters, viz: Robert, Simpson, Elizabeth, Hannah, John, George, Jean, William, Nathan, and David, moved to Kentucky and settled in Cumberland County about the year 1799. All of the children married and raised families. Their children and descendants are settled all over Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, and Tennessee. My grandmother was ninety-seven years and fifteen days old when she died.

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