Kentucky Kinfolks

Genealogy From The Louisville Herald-Post - 1930's

Edited By J. Emerson Miller

Editor's Note: In the mid-1930's The Louisville Herald-Post newspaper 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 the new Kentucky Kinfolks column.


Mary (Polly) Marshall, born December 2, 1795, married Samuel Moore, December 26, 1815, died March 28, 1843. I have been told her father owned large tracts of land in Kentucky and gave a 99-year lease on 80 acres where Lexington is located. I believe Mary Marshall was born and married in Lexington, afterwards moving to Illinois or Indiana. Believe her father or grandfather served in the Revolutionary War. Heard rumors that they were related to John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States. Samuel Moore was born in or near Lexington on April 25, 1790, died near Hastings, Nebraska, November 22, 1886. He served in the War of 1812 and drew a pension for his services. I am a great great granddaughter of Mary Marshall and Samuel Moore.


Joseph Nelson was married three times, firstly, on December 23, 1771, to Catherine O'Bannon, by whom he had several children, including James Nelson; secondly, on April 15, 1790, to Jane Bradford, by whom he had Ira Thornton Nelson; thirdly, to a Miss Morgan. No children by this last marriage. James Nelson married Elizabeth Boone, and they had 10 children. Elizabeth could not have been a daughter of Major William Boone, for in his will dated December 17, 1836, he mentions "heirs of daughter Elizabeth Grimes, deceased," and Elizabeth Boone Nelson died in Monticello, Missouri, in 1855, at the home of her daughter, Martha Nelson Roberts. Some of the Missouri relatives say she was a daughter of Squire Boone, Jr., but I have never been able to find proof.


Vincent Kirk, born in Kentucky, probably around 1818, married in Madison, Indiana, Susan Ann Wasson, on November 12, 1843. He died in De Land, Florida, September 28, 1885. He had a brother, William Kirk, who married an Owens, and had a daughter, Marian Owens, who married a Shoemaker. Susan Ann Wasson was born at York, Pennsylvania, November 12, 1818, and died October 14, 1894, at Madison, Indiana. Her mother was Margaret Menough, born in York in 1786, and married William Wasson. Mrs. Wasson died, aged 89, on October 10, 1875, in Madison, Indiana. Susan Wasson was confirmed in Hagerstown, Maryland, May 24, 1834, where the family moved from York, Pennsylvania. She had a sister, Sarah Wasson, who married John Greible, October 15, 1834, and had Florence, Susie, Lizzie, Lambert, William, Freeland, and other Greible children. A brother, Nelson P. Wasson, died October 6, 1841. We don't know who William Wasson's parents were or where they lived. The children of Vincent Kirk and Susan (Wasson) Kirk were: Margaret Jane, born February 23, 1846, died February 25, 1846; infant daughter, born August 23, 1844, died August 30, 1844; Charles Edmund, born December 7, 1847, died 1905; Sarah Lizzie, born December 13, 1849, married April 4, 1872, Frank Harrington Jackson, of New Albany, Indiana; John Vincent Kirk, born March 27, 1852, died June 30, 1852; and Susan Ann Kirk, born August 24, 1853, married Ben Colcord.


Mourning Howard, born July 14, 1784, died 1869, in Simpson County, Kentucky, married James West, born August 27, 1772. They both are buried in Sulphur Springs churchyard at Franklin, Kentucky. They had the following children: Preston Milton, born 1808; Tilman Howard, born 1810; Maleta, born 1812; Malinda, born 1813; Silas Mercer, born 1817 (The latter was a Northern sympathizer. He joined the Union army, and all trace of his descendants has been lost.); Elias Putnam, born 1820; William Newton, born 1821; Mary, born 1823; and James Leonard, born 1826. Believe Melvina (Lavina) Howard, who married John West of Logan County, was a sister of Mourning Howard. William Simmons Harrison of North Carolina, don't know birth date or place, had a son, Simmons Harrison, born 1778, who married Holland Speight, died 1836. Don't know who her parents were. Their children were: Nancy Speight Harrison, born 1800, who married Jacob Giles, born 1776, in North Carolina; Mary R. Harrison, born about 1802, died 1837, in Marengo County, Alabama, married 1824, Nathan Bryan Bush in North Carolina, born 1797, son of William Martin Bush and his wife Penelope Lane. These Harrisons are said to have been of the James River Harrisons.


William Smith (date and place of birth unknown) settled in Montgomery County, Kentucky, 1790, married firstly, Joice Humphrey (date and place of birth unknown) and by her had five children: (1)George, (2)Daniel, (3)William, (4)Henry who settled in Warren County, Missouri, in 1821, married Nancy Davis and had 10 children: a. George, distinguished lawyer who died in Kentucky; b. Mary, married Anthony Wyatt of Warren County; c. Sally, married Ira Nash; d. Nancy, married James McClure (the McClures were from near Natural Bridge, Virginia); e. Elizabeth, married James J. Smith; f. Owen, married Eliza Post of Calloway County, Missouri; g. Maria, married Hon. Henry Abington (they lived in St. Charles County, Missouri, in 1876); h. John D., married Susan Gizer; i. Rebecca, married firstly, Grenade Harrison, and secondly, Thomas Travis; j. William, married Elizabeth Wright. (5)Enoch Smith (believe his was the Enoch Smith, born June 7, 1772, in Shenandoah County, Virginia, and died August 24, 1824, aged 52, in Clark County, Kentucky. William Smith married secondly Mary E. Holly, of Virginia, and by her had seven children: (6)John Smith, married Elizabeth Lyle and settled in St. Charles County, Missouri, in 1819; (7)Robert T. Smith; (8)Elkenah, married firstly Fanny Botts of Kentucky, and secondly Sarah Green of Missouri (Note: Marriage of one Elkenah Smith to Frances Botts in Montgomery County, Kentucky, on December 24, 1819, is in McAdams' Kentucky Records, page 158.); (9)Sarah, married 1796, Richard Crump, born 1772, and had James, John, Robert, William, Elizabeth, Isabella, Dorothea, Nancy, Polly, Jane, Martha, Margaret, and Ann. This family settled in Calloway County, Missouri, in 1820, and at Fulton, in 1826; (10)Elizabeth, married Micajah McClenny (The McClennys came from the vicinity of Natural Bridge in Virginia, and settled early in St. Charles County, Missouri.); (11)Mary; (12)Lydia. (Note: See McAdams' Kentucky Records, page 263, for record of marriage of Lydia Smith and William Higgins, January 7, 1808, from the Higgins Bible, in the hands of Mary Elizabeth Coons, of Fayette County, Kentucky, in 1829, when the book was published.)


The Carter family is said to have come originally from Virginia. Parmelia Carter, born January 3, 1808, died February 9, 1854, married James Porter Crow, January 1, 1826, (Lincoln County, Kentucky, Marriage Records). Parmelia Carter had a brother, Dr. O.H.P. Carter, who died September 12, 1849, age 33. He graduated from Transylvania College in 1840. Parmelia's mother, Elizabeth T. Carter, died October 2, 1857, age 75, hence born about 1782. Children and mother were buried in the family graveyard about three miles from Danville, Kentucky, on the Stanford Pike, on the farm of James P. Crow. The Carters were related in some way to the Moore family.


John Sadler, born 1784, in Virginia, married Frances Chisholm, January 16, 1805, in Green County, Kentucky. Don't know what county in Virginia John Sadler was born in or anything about his family. Richard Chisholm (spelled also Chism, Chisham, Chizm) and wife, Ann, left Culpeper County, Virginia, between 1780 and 1790, when he bought land in that part of Nelson County, Kentucky, later known as Green County. They had children: James, Benjamin, John, Gabriel, Elizabeth who married Reuben Finley, Polly who married John Cavin, Francis who married John Sadler, and Nancy who married Richard Hord. Don't know where Richard Chisholm was born or the names of his parents. John Motley, born in Virginia, died June 13, 1811, in Warren County, Kentucky. Had wife, Elizabeth, and children: Matthew, Henry James, Edwin, Sally Smith, Katy Johnson, Polly Johnson, Denny Lynn, and Nancy Witherspoon. Don't know the parents of John or Elizabeth or where they were born.


Peter Smith (1776-1805) lived near the Bullitt County line on Cedar Creek. Married firstly Martha Waters (1776-1805) and had John, Adam, William, Catherine, Denton, and Peter Smith; married secondly Katherine Bruner Miller, and had Sallie, Lavinia, Mary Elizabeth, Joseph Davis, Benjamin Franklin, Frances Ann, and Martha Waters Smith.


Rev. Peter Cartwright's father, a Revolutionary soldier, moved to Logan County, Kentucky, in 1793, and settled on a grant of land on the south fork of Red River one mile from the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. Adairville was built on a part of the Cartwright grant. Rev. Peter Cartwright's father sold part of his land, amounting to 200 acres, in 1805, and removed to Livingston County, where he died a few years later. The record of the transfer of the land, on file in the county clerk's office in Russellville, shows that his name was Peter and his wife's name was Christiana. Rev. Peter Cartwright, in his autobiography, mentions himself as being his father's only son. He speaks of having a half brother, so his mother must have been a widow when she married his father. No other children are mentioned. After his father's death, he sold the remainder of the land at Adairville. The Rev. Peter Cartwright's name is the only one except his wife's that appears in the deed. This is conclusive proof that he was his father's only child. After the marriage of Rev. Peter Cartwright and Frances Gaines they lived in Christian County, three miles from Hopkinsville, until they moved to Pleasant Plains, Illinois, in 1824. They are buried in the Pleasant Plains Cemetery.


John Harrison emigrated from Scotland in the year 1756, being a very rich man at that time, and bought from the government 1,000 acres of land in the wilderness of Kentucky, located two miles east of Mt. Eden. He built the first brick house in Shelby County, 153 years ago (approximately 1783). This house burned down 13 years ago (approximately 1923), but the walls are still standing.
John Harrison married Elizabeth Greer, and there was born to this union the following children: James Harrison, born 1808 (twin); William Harrison, born 1808 (twin); "Bud" Harrison, born 1806; Samuel Harrison, born 1804; Elizabeth Harrison; Rebecca, Letty, Minerva, Elizabeth, and Betsy Harrison. Samuel Harrison settled in Daviess County, near Owensboro and had one son, John Peyton (?) Harrison; all dead. "Bud" Harrison moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, about 1840, and had two sons; all are dead. William Harrison had two sons and one daughter, John and William Harrison, both dead 30 years ago; one daughter married Enoch Brown and had one son and one daughter; all are dead. James Harrison had four sons and four daughters. Of the above, William Harrison was a captain in the War Between the States; Samuel Harrison was killed in the Battle of Perryville; Thomas Harrison, fourth son, had four children, all dead but one; John Harrison, the youngest son, married a Miss Morton and had three daughters; he has been dead several years.
The daughters of John Harrison who emigrated in 1756 were: (1)Pattie Harrison, the eldest, married Ezekiel Newman, no children; (2)Elizabeth Harrison, married Norman Newman, had seven children; (3)Polly Harrison, married Jack Morgan, had two daughters, Eliza and Susie, both died in Wabash, Indiana; (4)Becky (Rebecca) Harrison, married James Cook, moved to Daviess County and had two sons, all are dead; (5)Lettie Harrison, married Berry Lyon, had one son, Harrison Lyon, who moved to Daviess County, all dead but one son, Walter Lyon, who was governor of Oregon 35 years ago (approximately 1901); (6)Minerva Harrison, married Daniel Lyon, 1823, died March 22, 1872, had two children, Nancy A. Lyon Cheak, and W.A. Lyon, both are dead.


John Suggett, a Revolutionary soldier, who came to Kentucky about 1780, was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, June 20, 1751. He was married on July 15, 1772, to Mildred Davis, who was born 1758 and died at Great Crossings, Scott County, Kentucky, July 11, 1834. They had nine children, names unknown.


Dr. Moses Steele (1778-1817) married Susan Clayton (Slaughter) Bell, widow, in Logan County, Kentucky, October 26, 1801. He lived and died in Hopkinsville. Don't know his parents' names. James Steele, who was receiver-general of Pennsylvania under Penn, made his will in New Castle, Delaware, 1751, and mentions sons John, Moses, James, Alexander, William, Isaac, and others. Doctor Moses Steele of Hopkinsville had sons, William H., John Alexander, Moses, Rezin Davidge, and James Slaughter. Similarity of names makes it appear that James Steel of Pennsylvania and Delaware might have been Moses Steele's grandfather. Unsure which of James' sons was Moses' father. One John Alexander Steele owned land in Cumberland County, Virginia, 1767. One John A. Steele (see Jillson Land Grants) owned land in Christian County, Kentucky, 1807. There must have been some relationship to Dr. Moses Steele.

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