Genealogy From The Long Ago

(From Old Clippings 100 Years Ago)

(This Column Appears Monthly In The Kentucky Explorer)


Robert Ewing, with his brother Charles, came from Ireland to Prince Edward County, Virginia, about the year 1740. Robert married Mary Baker, a daughter of a Presbyterian minister. Robert died in Bedford County, Virginia in June 1787. He left children: Robert Ewing, who married Jane McLean; Baker Ewing; Reuben Ewing; Chatham Ewing, who married Elizabeth Campbell; Young Ewing; Urbin; John; Finis; Polly, who married John Ewing; Patsey, who married a man by the name of Mills; and Sidney Ann, who married a man by the name of Linn. About 1796, all of these children settled in Logan County, Kentucky.


My grandfather, Francis Wright, married Fannie Whitus, and lived in Princess Anne County, about 25 miles from Norfolk, Virginia. My father, David W. Wright, was his oldest child. He came to Kentucky, and married Elizabeth Jacob; and lived near Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. My father died in 1849, and since then we have lost all trace of the family.


My great-grandfather, Matthew Compton, came from Virginia to Breckinridge County, Kentucky, and settled on a farm. Of his children, William was a Baptist preacher, a farmer, and ran a sawmill; married Polly Pate. Their children were: first, Jeremiah Dabney, farmer and school teacher, married Nancy Withers Ball, whose children were: 1. John W., physician, Evansville, Indiana, married Sallie Morton, children; 2. George Lewis, physician, Henderson, Kentucky, married ? Talbott; 3. Charles Albert, farmer, married ? Smith, Anthraston, Kentucky; 4. Josephus, married Talbott Painter, Fort Worth, Texas; and 5. Annie, married first, Charles G. Burnett; second, J. W. Brisbine, Pierre, South Dakota. John W.'s children: 1. Morton J., physician, Evansville, Indiana; 2. Fred D., druggist, Evansville, Indiana; 3. John W., Jr., store keeper, E. and T. H. Railroad; 4. Marguerette, married Ira D. McCoy, had one son, Ira D., Jr. William's second son was Henry, a farmer, married Marlow, had one son, a farmer on the old farm in Breckinridge County, Kentucky; third, George J., married Stith ?, had one son, H. H., a physician in Allen, Texas; fourth, Theodocia, married John D. Bates; fifth, Betsy, married Samuel Patterson; sixth, Polly, married ____; and seventh, Judith, married first, ? Taul, and second, Ralph Walker, Medicine Lodge, Kansas.


There were three brothers of the Brandenburg family, perhaps others, who emigrated from Germany about 1750; two of them, William and John, settled near Baltimore, Maryland, and afterward moved to Jackson Center, Oregon; and the other, Matthias, first settled at Romney, Hampshire County, West Virginia, and afterward removed to Crab Orchard, Kentucky; where he was thrown from a horse November 20, 1807, and killed. I know very little of the families of William and John. Tradition says all three of the brothers were Revolutionary soldiers; the records ought to show. Matthias Brandenburg married Hester Vulgermore either in Germany or the United States. They had 12 children: 1. Solomon, who settled in Brandenburg, Meade County, Kentucky, after whom the town was named. I know but little of his descendants, except Mrs. Ada Moss, a granddaughter, of Clinton, Kentucky; 2. Jonathan B., was born in Virginia, and moved to Harrison County, Indiana, 1824, and died there in 1854; 3. David B., born in Virginia, moved to Clark County, Kentucky, and died there in 1832; 4. Absalom B., familiarly known as "Choctaw," born in Virginia, moved to Kentucky, then to Harrison County, Indiana, and died down south; 5. Joseph B., born in Virginia, settled in Lee County, Kentucky; 6. Henry, born in Virginia, moved to Grahampton, Kentucky; 7. John, never learned anything about him; 8. Samuel, lived in Lee County, Kentucky; 9. Sallie, married Isaac Vantreece and lived at Otter Creek, Kentucky; 10. Catharine, married ? Green, and lived in Meade County, Kentucky; 11. Hester, married David Laforce, and lived in Meade County, Kentucky; and 12. Ruth, who never married. Hester, the mother of the above children, moved from Crab Orchard, Kentucky to Brandenburg, Kentucky, after the death of her husband, and lived there with her son, Solomon, until her death, September 19, 1821, and she is buried there.


Williston Talbot, of Campbell County, Virginia, had 16 children; one named Sallie. His first wife was Elizabeth Polk, married 1769; and second, Nancy Keeser or Keesee. His father was Charles, son of Matthew Talbot, born 1699. In 1778, Williston Talbot qualified as first lieutenant, according to law. He was in the Revolutionary War in 1780.


My great-grandfather, Ralph Compton, brother to Levi, came from Virginia or North Carolina, and settled in Christian County, Kentucky in 1804. He lived there until 1846, then moved to Nodford County, Illinois. He had four sons: Wynne, Willis, William, and Jasper; and one daughter, Irene Harry, of Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois.


Gerritt Van Swearinger, in his account of the settlement of the Knickerbockers on the Delaware, says that Andrew Hood and his two sons built a fort in 1650; Andrew, Jr., being a surveyor and secretary, and his brother John, the chief man. Andrew Hood had a grant of land which may be seen on record in New York, November 30, 1656. Andrew Hood, Jr., traveled southward and at Red Stone Old Fort, took passage in a flatboat with four other families, and settled in Maryland. My grandfather was Dr. Andrew Hood, of Winchester, Kentucky; he was the son of Lucas Hood, who was the son of Andrew Hood and Mary Sudduth. This Andrew Hood died while making a survey of the Little Sandy, and is buried in Greenup County. A Major Andrew Hood organized Greenup County. The names of Andrew, John, and Lucas are found in every generation as far back as I know.


My family hails originally from Virginia. My grandfather, John Reid, served in the Revolutionary War; was under Gen. Nathaniel Green at the Battle of Guilford courthouse. He married the widow Buchanan, whose maiden name was Simpson. Grandmother had no children by Mr. Buchanan, who was killed by the Indians while with Daniel Boone in Kentucky. Grandfather had five sons and one daughter. They are related to the Harts of Kentucky, and the Penns of Danville, Virginia. Grandfather's brother, Nathan, lived near Lynchburg, Virginia. My father's brother, W. B. Reid, reared a family at Macon, Fayette County, Tennessee. A daughter, Clara, married Maurice Smith, of North Carolina, moved to Tennessee, then to Arkansas; where their descendants now live. My grandfather, James Reid, and grandmother, whose maiden name was Delila Clutter, came from Virginia to Ohio County the beginning of this century. Grandmother's father served in the Revolutionary War. It was an old rule to claim kinship with only those who spelled the Reid name with an "i."


Jacob Shobe moved from Virginia previous to 1803. His son, Absolem Shobe was born in Kentucky, and in 1817, when 14 years of age, rode horseback to Virginia in company with his uncle, Martin Shobe, to receive their part of his grandfather's estate. At this time the step-grandmother relinquished her dowery in the property. We think the grandfather was named John, and he was probably a brother of Welty Shobe, the Indian scout and fighter. Absolem often spoke of his Uncle Welty. Jacob Shobe died aged 40 years, and left a wife with children named Absolem, Abraham, John, Moses, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, and Cyrus. The mother was a great Bible reader, and left a family of God-fearing children.