A Century of Wayne County Kentucky, 1800-1900
by Augusta Phillips Johnson, 1939
Transcribed by Janice Rice
BIOGRAPHICAL, GENEALOGICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
[Family notes on BARTLESON-MILLER, BATES BIBLE RECORDS, BERRY-EWING-CARTER, BUSTER-WOODS, BUSTER BIBLE RECORDS, CHRISMAN-McDOWELL, COOPER BIBLE RECORDS, EADS BIBLE RECORDS, FRANCIS BIBLE, FRENCH, GHOLSON, HARDIN-WORSHAM, HEDRICK-TATE, INGRAM, JONES, KENDRICK-SAUNDERS FAMILY, KENNEDY, LANIER, OATTS, PHILLIPS, RAMSEY, TODHUNTER, WARDEN-DUNCAN-McBEATH, WEST, SALLEE, SHEARER, SIMPSON BIBLE RECORDS, WM. TARLETON TAYLOR BIBLE RECORD]
THE FIRST MARRIAGE BOOK OF WAYNE COUNTY
THE JOSHUA JONES FAMILY
The family of Joshua Jones emigrated from Wales at an early date. They took part in
the Welsh settlement of Pennsylvania. Edward Jones and Katherine, his wife, bought 3121/2 acres of land from William
Perm in 1683. Their son, Edward, had a son Richard who married Jane Evans. Their son, Evan, was Joshua's father.
His mother was cousin to Evan and his grand- mother an Evans. Joshua Jones was born in the Quaker settlement of
Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He early evinced the adventurous spirit that had led his forebears across the stormy
Atlantic. With his brother, Jonathan, he went into Virginia as a surveyor and in 1763 they surveyed lands for the
state. Joshua made the first survey of the lands on the Holston and Clinch rivers. He surveyed and entered 273
acres on One Mile Creek. Then he returned home and married Hannah Todhunter. With her family, she had left the
Quaker meeting in Pennsylvania and come to Loudoun County, Virginia, and there in July, 1767, they were married
at Fairfax Monthly Meeting of Friends, to the despair of "Friends" at her "outgoing" in marriage.
Though Joshua had come of good Quaker stock, the rigors of his life had been such that he had been forced to abandon his Quaker belief in non-combativeness to protect himself from savages in the wilderness. Hannah Todhunter's family and "Friends" wrestled with her "to no avail." Her grandfather, John Todhunter, the English Quaker, had left England in 1687. He had become a Quaker, refusing to pay tithes and taxes to the Church of England and had been excommunicated for "con- science's sake." He married Margaret Hoopes (widow of Abram Beakes), daughter of Joshua and Isabella Hoopes, from Yorkshire, England. The son of John Todhunter and Margaret Hoopes, John Todhunter II, married Margaret Evans, daughter of Thomas Evans, who was son of Evan Evans from Merionethshire, Wales. In 1776, Joshua Jones enlisted in the militia of Virginia battling "British, Tories and Savages."
After the Revolution, Isaac Shelby was sent by the governor of North Carolina to assist soldiers in locating bounty lands. Joshua Jones came with him as surveyor. He surveyed and entered 400 acres on Elk Creek in what later became Wayne County and began operation of an iron furnace at what is still known as Furnace Mountain. This was referred to by the Legislature of Kentucky, in 1800, as being in "great forwardness." He returned to Virginia in 1794, sold his interest in the ironworks there and returned bringing his wife.
Hannah Todhunter's brother, Jacob, who had been a Revolutionary soldier, had come to Lexington, Kentucky, and established himself as an attorney and married Elizabeth Parker.
Here Hannah Todhunter Jones had sent her son, James, to become associated with him. Jacob attempted to arrange a marriage for James, but his thoughts went back to his Virginia sweet- heart and accordingly, in October, 1798, he went back and married Mary Buster and brought her to Lexington. She was the daughter of John Buster and Jane Woods. The Busters had come from Ireland to Virginia and Jane Woods was daughter of Michael Woods, Jr., son of Michael Woods, Sr., from Ireland, and Mary Campbell of the Scotch Clan of Argyllshire.
James Jones and Mary Buster were married October 10, 1798, at Wytheville, Virginia, and came to Fayette County, Kentucky, where James' uncle, Jacob Todhunter, lived. They remained there until the following autumn. After the birth of their first Child (a daughter named Susan, who grew up and married Alvin Cullom) they went to Wayne. They were the first of the Joshua Jones family to go there but all of the family came in a short time. Joshua's wife, Hannah, had stopped with her brother, Jacob Todhunter, near Lexington, until a home was ready for her. In the summer of 1825 James Jones and Mary Buster Jones visited the old home in Virginia that they had left so long before for the Kentucky frontier. They lived northeast of Monticello where they are both buried. They had been separated only once, while James was absent in the campaign of 1812-13.
Joshua and Hannah Jones's children were: Sarah, James, John, Joshua, Margaret, Martha, Jane, Hiram, Alben, Evan, Mary, and William.
Sarah married, first, Charles Buster; her son, Joshua Buster, was a prominent citizen of Wayne, and her daughter, Mary, married George W. Berry. Her other children were William, Elizabeth, James, and John Buster. Charles Buster died in 1802, and his widow in 1804 married John Sanders. To this union were born Minerva, Julia, and Hiram B. Sanders.
James Jones's and Mary Buster's children were: (1) Susan, married Alvin Cullom and went to Tennessee, where he was later elected to Congress. (2) Hannah married Dr. Jonathan Frisbie. Their children were Susan, who married Joseph Russell; Eliza, who married Sanders; Marietta, who married first L. P. Baker.second Cosby Oatts; Irene, who married Cosby Oatts; J. Smith
Frisbie, who married Artema Bartleson.
(3) Jane married first, Hannibal Clemens, uncle of Mark
Twain (Dr. John M. Clemens was their son), second, John L.
Sallee, and their children were Caroline who married William
Francis; Mary who married P. W. Hardin; Joseph who married
Lina Owens; Dr. Walter Sallee.
(4) Frances married Milton Mills. Their daughter, Mary,
married Dr. John Hall.
(5) Mary married Benoni Mills.
(6) Margaret married William Richardson. Their son, James
Jones Richardson, was father of Vernon Richardson of Danville.
(7) Sarah married John McBeath. Their son, Andrew, who
married Susan Gholson, had a daughter, Susan, who married John
(8) Eliza married Micajah Phillips. Their children were
James, Juan (Elliott), Mary (Duncan), Henry, Hiram, Hannah, Ephrairn, Lula.
(9) Juan, youngest child of James Jones, married Hiram Hall.
Their children were Zachary T., William, Marshall, Dr. John,
Hiram, Susan (Stone), Mary (Stone).
Of the sons of James Jones, Ledford died young, J. Shrewsbury married Jane Pierce, and Logan left the county.
John, third child of Joshua and Hannah, married Margaret Best. Their son, Jefferson Jones, married Emily Coffey.
Joshua Jones, Jr., married Elizabeth Dean and went to Pulaski County. A mortgage bond from him to Cyrenius Wait, on a slave, is recorded in the courthouse at Somerset.
Margaret Jones, daughter of Joshua Jones, Sr., married James Stone. They are buried in the old cemetery at Monticello.
Martha Jones married Thomas Jackson. They went to Indiana. Dr. Evan Jones Jackson, her son, was grandfather of Mr. Guy H. Humphreys, an attorney of Bloomfield, Indiana.
Jane Jones married William Hudson. They are buried in the old cemetery, also. Their daughter, Amanda, first married a Stone; second, Coleman Coffey.
Hiram Jones married Ann Shrewsbury. They had a daughter, Jane, who married a Hudson.
Alben Jones. No further record of him has been found.
Evan Jones married and moved to Barbourville where his daughter, Amanda, married Dr. J. H. S. Morrison. Their daughter married a Richmond. These last were the parents of Dr. James H. Richmond, former Superintendent of Public Education and State Commissioner of Education.
Mary Jones married Roger Oatts and one of their sons, Joshua Oatts, married Polly Coffey. Their children: Cleveland, James, Cosby, William, John, Lewis, Russell, Thomas J., Emily, and Sophronia.
William Jones, son of Joshua, married Sarah Shipp, in Virginia. Their son, James Jones, born January 28, 1800, died June 30, 1877, married Frances West, born 1802, died 1896. They were married by Raccoon John Smith, Sept. 14, 1826. Frances West was daughter of Isaac West and Margaret Russell. The children of James Jones and Frances West as recorded in an old Bible, were:
Russell Jones, born July 10, 1827, died April 29, 1906.
G. Milton Jones, born Sept. 13, 1828, died March 7, 1908.
Isaac Jones, born Dec. 14, 1829.
Ann Jones, born March 9, 1831, died April 18, 1904.
Mary Belle Jones, born August 28, 1832, died June 19, 1925-
John Jones, born Nov. 23, 1834, died Dec. 18, 1858.
Nancy Emily Jones, born May 6, 1836, died June 20, 1908.
Eliza Jones, born Sept. 8, 1838, died June 29, 1921.
James Jones, born March 8, 1840, died Nov. 14, 1840.
Sarah Frances Jones, born Nov. 1, 1842, died 1926.
William P. Jones, born Feb. 6, 1844, died April 2, 1891.
Elijah Marshall Jones, born Jan. 21, 1846, died June 26, 1901.
Russell Jones married Martha Burkhart. Their children were: John, James, Mary, Will, Elizabeth, Charlie.
Milton Jones married Matilda Kennedy. They had one son,William Kendrick Jones.
Isaac Jones married Margaret Cowan. Their sons were:Robert, John, Joshua, and Edgar.
Ann Jones married Tunstall Hatchett. Their children were:Molly, Oscar, Maggie, and Sallie.
Mary Belle Jones married J. H. Bartleson first. Their children were John and Anna. Second, she married Robert McBeath. Their children were Robert and Jessie.
Nancy E. Jones married E. E. Wright. Their children were:Joseph, Maude, Mabel, James, and Ethel.
Eliza Jones married Joseph Wright. Their children were:Fanny, Kate, Effie, Mamie, Robert, and Alma.
Sarah Frances Jones married Captain L. J. Stephenson.
William P. Jones married Sue Bohon. They had one son, James Jones.
Elijah Marshall Jones married Mary Elizabeth Sallee. Theyhad two children, Charles Edwin and Cora Amanda.
Extract from Sketch of Joshua Jones, from E. Polk Johnson's History of Kentucky (Vol. Ill):
"Joshua Jones came as a very early pioneer to Kentucky, being a member of that plucky little band which first subdued the virgin acres of the new state, and paved the way for present day advancement. He laid out the town of Monticello, in 1801, and made the first surveys of Wayne County. He was a prominent man in his day and generation, an influence for good in the many sided life of his time. At one time, not long ago, count was made of the living descendants of this good pioneer, and it was found there were two thousand scattered over the United States—evidence he did his share to make the name of Jones a familiar one. His wife was Hannah Todhunter whose family had the distinction of importing the first race horse, Tranby, to America. Joshua Jones brought his surveyor's instruments across the mountains from Virginia and they are now in the possession of one of his descend- ants, Mrs. Mary Cecil Cantrill of Georgetown, Kentucky. The bones of this pioneer lie in Wayne County." Joshua Jones left an honored name, one his numerous descendants are proud to claim. He was of unmixed Welsh stock, his family being easily traced to about 1100. His remarkable physical endurance, his sturdy honesty and tenacity of purpose, and a canny thrift enabled him to wrest from the wilderness a sizable fortune for his day. His descendants will be found in every state in the Union today. Herewith follows copy of the last Will and Testament of Joshua Jones, taken from the records of the Wayne County Court, recorded on page 3 of Will Book A.
Will of Joshua Jones
I, Joshua Jones, calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life, have a mind to dispose of my property in the following manner:
I bequeath to my beloved son Alben Jones the land I now live on and I do request him to take care of my beloved wife during her life, and
I do bequeath to my beloved daughter Jane Hudson five hundred dollars out of a judgment that I hold on McDermod, and
I do bequeath to my beloved daughter Martha five hundred dollars of the said judgment on McDermod, and
I do bequeath to my beloved son Evan Jones five hundred dollars of the judgment I hold on McDermod, and
I do bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Jones the benefit of the money that Lawyer Sheffey has in his hands to collect for me during her life, and at her death, I bequeath it to my beloved son Evan Jones; and if the money is not got from McDermod my daughter Martha is to have one-half of the money that Lawyer Sheffey has to collect for me in Virginia. I do bequeath unto my beloved daughter Martha Jones one bed and furniture and one cow and calf, and I bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Jones the household furniture to dispose of as she thinks proper and also two cows and calves, and the balance of the judgment that I hold on McDermod is to be equally divided among all my children. And I bequeath unto my beloved son Joshua Jones my surveying instruments; and I do appoint my son James Jones and my son Alben Jones Executors to administer on my estate and to settle with Crockett about the Furnace land and to give the legatees an equal part of the balance of the Furnace land. This is my last Will and Testament made in my right mind but frail in body. Whereunto I set my hand this 18th day of October 1816.
Joshua Buster Joshua Jones.
Recorded in the Clerk's Office of Pulaski County: This Indenture of Bargain and Sale made and Entered into this first day of January 1831 between Joshua Jones of the one part & Cyrenius Wait of the other part and both of County of Pulaski and the State of Kentucky. Witnesseth that I, Joshua Jones hath this day sold unto Cyrenius Wait and do by these Presents sell and deliver a certain Negro Girl, named Suzan, about nineteen years of age, for the sum of Two Hundred & Sixty Two Dollars and Eighty two Cents the Receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge upon the Terms & Conditions following to wit that whereas I, Joshua Jones, am justly indebted in the Sum aforesaid in two Notes to wit: one note for One Hundred & Thirty dollars & Eighteen cents dated the 25th of December 1830 and another Note for One Hundred & Thirty Two Dollars & Sixty four Cents dated this day & date above written—And being willing to secure the payment thereof with Lawful Interest unto the said Cyrenius Wait. The Conditions of the above Obligation is such that if the aforesaid Joshua Jones shall well & duly pay unto the said Cyrenius Wait the sums aforesaid with Lawful Interest thereon within Twelve Months from the Day & Date above written. Then and in that case this agreement to be void & of no effect. But if the said Joshua Jones Shall Fail, Refuse or Neglect to pay the sums aforesaid with Lawful Interest at the time afore- said then this agreement to be in full Force and Virtue in the Law.
Given under My Hand & Seal This Day and Date above written in Presents of
Gideon P. Hail
Edward Stanton (Signed) Joshua Jones.
This Joshua was a son of Joshua Jones and Hannah Todhunter.
THE TODHUNTER FAMILY
AS TOLD BY RYLAND TODHUNTER
May 9, 1910.
My dear Wm. H. Todhunter, Esq.:
As near as I can learn there is but one family of the name Todhunter in America, all descendants of that "John Todhunter of England who was excommunicated (?) from the Church of England in 1687 for becoming a Quaker and refusing to pay tithes, taxes, etc." The similarity of given names in the list you sent confirms my impression that you are of the line of one of the brothers of my grandfather, Jacob Todhunter, who settled near Nicholasville, Ky. in 1789. He married Elizabeth Parker (d. of Mary Todd and James Parker). They had one son, my father, Parker Evans Todhunter, who was born, reared, and died in the old brick mansion erected upon part of the large estate which he owned in Jessamine Co., Ky., just ten miles from Lexington, Ky.
I am the youngest of five sons and the only one living. My eldest brother, Jacob T, died one year ago aged 89 years. My father was three times a cousin of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln by the numerous Todd-Parker marriage connection of the line. My father during the war was arrested and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, a prisoner, but was pardoned and granted every privilege by a written communication from the President him- self, which was so generous in its terms that we did not allow my father to understand the full extent of his liberty, lest he fall into trouble thereby. I am hoping to elicit your interest in order that together, we may be able to clear up the line of descent, and complete a record of the family in a genealogical order, that may prove a source of pride and satisfaction to future generations of the name. At least I am determined to do all I can to afford my children intelligent history and family record. I should like to obtain the Todhunter coat of arms also. You know the name means Foxhunter. The crest is a fox. The great mathematician or writer of textbooks on the subject, I am satisfied, is one of the family, as all the old wills lay stress upon education. I have a photograph of a will of John Todhunter, the progenitor, dated 1714, before the birth of his son John, which mentions his daughter, Sarah. Later, the will of his widow sets aside a sum for the education of their son John, born after the date of his father's will. Sarah died young, but John grew up and after being "brought up in a manner becoming a gentleman," and the sum set aside for his education was expended thereon, he was left "a gold watch, a fine two-year-old mare and a plantation and a Bible." His half-brother, Stephen Beakes, was executor of his mother's estate and proved most worthy of the trust. One item I'll add of childish recollections of mine and then give in outline some of the family records so far received. When a child I remember that some relatives whom my parents called "cousin John Todhunter" visited our home in Kentucky and I was impressed that they were people of prominence. I think there was some connection with the Andes Insurance Company of Ohio. That was before the Civil War.
Some years ago I met at the St. Louis Fair, a Mrs. Bennett who was a descendant of a Todhunter, who was a Revolutionary soldier of Penn., a relative of my grandfather, but I forgot the name. Her maiden name was Annie Todhunter. Her husband was Wm. Bennett, at that time Insurance Commissioner of the States of Missouri and Kentucky and was living in St. Louis. Later he removed to Indianapolis, Ind., and I have not been able to locate them. She was a woman of large frame, and had the full large gray eye of the Todhunters. They are all large men of health and great strength, with a Scotch featuring. The name is to be found still in Cumberland County, England. Tradition has it that the family was originally Todd. That those Scotch-Irish Todds were once visiting one of the ancestral homes of their relatives, descendants of Lord John Todd, or Tod, and the visiting Todds, or Tods, became so fascinated with the sport of foxhunting that the new name was given them and has stood. Certain it is that both names have the fox for a crest. The Todhunters are Quakers. From the Quaker records of Westchester, Perm., I find that John Todhunter married in Bucks Co., Penn., after 1703, Margaret Hoopes, widow of Stephen Beakes. The Hoopes were from Wales.
The parents of Margaret were Joshua and Isabella. John and Margaret T. had Sarah and John. Sarah died young. John married in the same community Margaret Evans (d. of Evan Evans). They had Children, Sarah, Abraham, John, Margaret, Hannah, Jacob, Isaac, Joseph, Mary, Evan, and Martha. All members of the Quaker Church of Westchester, Penn. Sarah married Judge Beale and remained in Penn. Abraham married in Pennsylvania, and was in the militia, 1777-82, from Cumber- land County.
In 1767 John Todhunter and wife, Margaret, and nine children obtained certificates to Fairfax Monthly Meeting in Fairfax Co., Va. Hannah married Joshua Jones and removed to Wythe Co., Va., and then to Wayne Co., Ky. Margaret married a Mr. Burgoyne. Martha married George Gregg, 1780. John was disowned. Jacob refused to heed advice of friends and removed himself from among them. Jacob later returned to Pennsylvania, and I have his record of service in the Continental army from 1777-82. He then removed to Logan's Ft., and became associated with Col. Robert Todd, Gen. Levi Todd and others noted in the vicinity in pioneer days. Joseph, one of the brothers of this family, I think, remained in Fairfax Co. and later his descendants are to be found in Baltimore. Evans was disowned by Fairfax Meeting. This ends the Friend's records obtained at some expense, much time and effort spent, and a patient perseverance. But I count nothing lost if I succeed even no further. I lately obtained a post card view of the old Fairfax Meeting House which is now in Loudoun Co., Va. The county has divided since 1775. The graves of John and Margaret are in the cemetery which is in the churchyard.
Ryland Todhunter's Account of First Race Horse in Kentucky, Written February, 1916. Imp. Tranby was brought to America prior to or about 1840. Purchased in England by Hon. John M. Botes of near Richmond, Va., and P. E. Todhunter of Lexington, Ky. Tranby remained a short time in Virginia and was brought to Parker E. Todhunter farm, "Oakland," near Lexington, Ky., where he remained several years doing a prosperous business at highest price for services of any stallion in America up to that time. Tranby spent one year near Columbia, Mo., and was returned to Mr. Todhunter's farm in Kentucky, where he died a few years later. P. E. Todhunter owned many line thoroughbred race horses, but Tranby being probably the best. His skull was tacked up on his stable and remained until near the beginning of the War of States in 1861 to '65.
Tranby was purchased in England at $12,000. Afterward P. E. Todhunter sent to England and purchased, as he thought, the next best horse in England, Imp. Zingaree, who lived but a few years in Kentucky, leaving some splendid colts, but in playing in the paddock at "Oakland" he broke his front leg and got so vicious when put in a sling that Mr. Todhunter got his friend, Dr. A. K. Marshall (brother to the great orator, Thomas Mar- shall), to destroy Zingaree. John Todhunter (and his wife Polly) lived and died in Jessamine Co., Kentucky, near Nicholasville. John Todhunter was a first cousin to Parker E. Todhunter. Parker E. Todhunter was a son of Jacob Todhunter and his only child. Jacob Todhunter son of John G., brother of Hannah (wife of Joshua Jones) was born in Pennsylvania, 1760, served in the Revolution, married and died on his fine estate, "Oakland," near Lexington, Ky. Jacob Todhunter owned many slaves and conducted a tannery at "Oakland." My father, Parker E. Todhunter, lived and died at the same estate where I also was born and reared. These are the only Todhunters who lived in Kentucky, but my father, P. E. Todhunter, knew and visited his Jones kin in Southern Kentucky.
Taken from the Records of Fairfax Monthly Meeting of Friends in Loudoun County, Virginia, established 1745. Book A. Page 261: "At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax, held 25th. of 4th. Month 1767. "
John Todhunter produced a Certificate from Uwchland Monthly Meeting, dated 9th. of 4th. Month 1767, Recomending himself, Margaret his wife, and their children, Viz. Hannah, Mary, Margaret, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, & Evan, as members of our society, which was read and accepted."
Page 262: "At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax, held 25th. of 4th. Month 1767. "
Our women friends request our assistance in drawing a Testimony against Hannah Todhunter, for out going in marriage; Mahlon Janney is, accordingly, appointed for the service."
Page 262: "At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax, held 4th. of 6th. Mo. 1767.
Mahlon Janney is appointed to assist our women friends in shewing a Testimony to Hannah Jones, formerly Todhunter,if she declines an appeal, to read it at the close of some public meeting, at Fairfax, and return the paper to be recorded."
Page 268: "At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax, held 25th. of 7th. Month 1767. "
The friends appointed to assist our women friends in reading a Testimony against Hannah Jones have performed the service, and returned the paper, which is as follows." (Note: this paper was not recorded, a space is left for the recording). "
At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax held 26th. of 11th. Month 1772. "Margaret Todhunter requests a Certificate for herself and youngest child, a minor, to Uwchland Monthly Meeting. The son's name was Evan. Francis Hogue and Joseph Hough are appointed to assist the women friends to make enquiry concerning her conduct and conversation."
Page 404: "At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax held 27th. of 2nd. Month 1773. "
One of the friends appointed respecting Margaret Todhunter, Certificate, reports her business is not settled." Page 434: "At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax held 28th. of 5th. Month 1774. "
Margaret Todhunter, a widow, lying under some difficulty in settleing the business relating to her deceased husband's estate, made application to friends for further assistance therein, Therefore this meeting appoints Mahlon Janney, Israel Thompson, Joseph Janney, John Hough, and Abel Janney, for that service.
Page 448: "At our Monthly Meeting of Fairfax, held 31st. of 12th. Month 1774.
"The friends in the case of Margaret Todhunter, report she and her son have chosen men, entered into bonds to abide their award, therefore we think the present care of this meeting may be discontinued."
Colonial Service of Joshua Hoopes
Colonial Records—Minutes of Provincial Council of Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, page 601:
"Act a council in the Assembly Held at Philadelphia die Veneris 10th May 1700 The Sheriff of Bucks Countie his return of Representatives for Assembly was produced, whereby it appeared yt ther wer elected Jno. Swift, Phineas Pemberton, Joshua Hoopes, Wm. Paxton, Jeremiah Langhorne, Sam'll Darck.'
This Joshua Hoopes was great-grandfather of Hannah Todhunter. Joshua Hoopes and Isabella his wife came from Wales in 1683. Their daughter Margaret married John Todhunter I. Their son, John Todhunter II, married Margaret Evans, and Hannah Todhunter, their daughter, married Joshua Jones.
THE BUSTER-WOODS FAMILY
Macon, Mo., July 11, 1906.
Mrs. Ryland Todhunter,
In reply to your letter of April 25th, but recently received, will say I was very much pleased to hear from you. I, like you, am very much interested in my family history. I have never yet found a person by the name of "Buster" who was not related to me. I have never been able to trace our family further back than Virginia and about the year 1790. As I have it, four Busters came from Virginia to Wayne County, Kentucky, many years ago and settled just northeast of Monticello. I have been on the ground and made inquiry concerning the family. There were four boys; Mike, who came to this State and died; John, a Hard- shell Baptist preacher and my grandfather, who came to this county and died leaving quite a family; "Jockey" Bill, who went to Texas and succeeded, he and his son, in making quite a for- tune. One of his boys, John W., now lives in Texas. A few years ago I helped buy him a train load of thoroughbred cattle to stock his ranch. The other son lived and died in Wayne County, Kentucky, and I now have an aunt living in Clinton County, Kentucky. I was in Kentucky in 1893 and went out to the old neighborhood in which my family lived. I found my family had been quite prominent in the early history of Wayne County, having held quite a few of the offices in that county. My grandfather married into the family of Tuttles and later into the Baker family, both Kentucky families. My great-grand- father's name was Charles Buster. You will see how we have kept the name down to the present, and they came from Virginia to Kentucky. My grandfather certainly had Irish blood in him as his language indicated it. He used to tell me when I was a very small boy that his grandfather, if I am not mistaken, anyway some one of his relatives was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. My grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812. I have heard your name spoken of by my grandfather, but I was such a small boy when he died that I don't remember much about it.
C. G. Buster.
Macon, Mo., July 18, 1911.
Mrs. Jas. E. Cantrill,
My Dear Madam:
In reply to your very welcome letter will say it gives me pleasure to give you all the information in my power concerning our family tree, and while my knowledge is very limited, I know that we are related; and as you are going to Monticello will say I was there in 1893, and, in conversation with the older inhabitants, I found that my grandfather, John Buster, came from Virginia when a small boy with his family and that he afterwards moved to Missouri, and preached the Gospel as a "hardshell," for his entire life, dying at the age of eighty-five years; that he was a pensioner of the War of 1812 and I have his picture with a like company of soldiers taken in 1874. My grand-father had a cousin that came to Missouri about the time that he did by the name of Mike Buster, and also a cousin moved to Texas by the name of J. W. Buster, who grew wealthy in the cattle business. I do not know my grandfather's family except that I was informed that he was one of a large family and was one of the youngest children, in fact, was born as a diminutive child of three pounds; that he has four brothers that I have heard him speak of and one in particular by the name of Charley. In fact, my father's name is Charley and my name is Charley and we have two or three other Charleys—hence, you see, the name is a favorite name. Again referring to my trip to Monticello, will say I examined the old records and found that several of our relatives were office holders in the county of "Wayne; that the family lived just northeast of town on what is now known as "Sinking Creek." Of course, I will be glad to hear from you as to what you find out and I will ask you to write me.
Now, coming to the more modern family history, will say, I have never met a Buster that did not trace his ancestry back to my relations. My grandfather was a man of large influence in the pioneer days of Missouri and 1 yet hear of the old people recalling some of his characteristics. He boasted of his Scotch blood and was known as a wise and witty preacher. He preached during the Civil War and notwithstanding our border warfare he was never disturbed—a very remarkable thing.
C. G. Buster.
Wm. H. Miller, in his Histories and Genealogies, published in Richmond, Kentucky, 1907, in chapter on Soldiers in Indian Colonial and Frontier Wars, on page 12, says: "John Buster, Virginia Frontier, died 1820, Kentucky. P. 208 (Buster) Chapter 13, Art. I."
"Michael Woods, Jr., son of Michael Woods, Sr., of Blair Park, emigrant from Ireland (and Mary Campbell of the Scotch Clan Campbell, of Argyleshire, Scotland, his wife), was born in Ireland, 1708, and came to America with his parents and went with them from Pennsylvania to Virginia and settled in Albemarle County and lived southwest of Ivey's Depot 'til 1773— moved to Botetourt County and lived on a plantation on the south side of James River a few miles below Buchanan where he died 1777. He had married Ann Garth. Their children were Jane Woods, married John Buster, and they removed to Ken- tucky. Their daughter, Mary Buster, married James Jones." McAlister's data gives copy of Pension granted Claudius Buster, son of John Buster, grant obtained in Kentucky for service in Virginia. Archibald Woods, Jr., son of Archibald Woods, Sr., was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1771. He was grandson of Michael Woods, Jr. At an early date, Archibald Woods, Jr., came to Wayne County where he settled on Meadow Creek. He married Mary McBeath. His son, Thomas J. LeGrande Woods, married Charity Elizabeth Henninger. They were the parents of Robert E. Woods, former postmaster of Louisville. Charity Henninger's father, Henry, was son of Conrad Henninger, revolutionary soldier, who received a pension in Wayne County.
THE PHILLIPS FAMILY
At Maidenhead, New Jersey, Philip Phillips, son of Theophilus, died in 1740, leaving
children Philip, Abner, Samuel, John, and Ruth. To Abner, he left a legacy of land. Abner married his cousin, Elizabeth
Phillips. (New Jersey Archives, First Series, Vol. XXX—Abstracts of Wills, Vol. II, page 378.) Abner moved to Virginia,
near Alexandria, and from there to Surry County, North Carolina, in 1780. He bought 103 acres on the Yadkin River.
He had children: Philip, Richard, Micajah, Cornelius, George, Ephrairn. Cornelius married Rhoda Shores, in 1791,
and removed to Wayne in 1799 and settled on the land where some of the Kendricks later lived. He and Rhoda Shores
Phillips and his son James and wife Jane and their son Charles, and Cornelius's grandson, Jack, and others are
buried there. Richard, son of Abner, emigrated to Tennessee. Micajah went first to Ohio, then to New York and became
wealthy. Cornelius's son, Micajah, married Eliza Jones, granddaughter of Joshua Jones. Cornelius had other children:
John, Ephrairn, George, Alfred, Pleasant, Hiram, Abner, James, Nancy, Lucinda, Mary. Lucinda married Henry Gatewood.
Mary married Micajah Van Winkle. Alfred married Susannah Cullom and moved to Illinois and became wealthy. John
married Elizabeth Berry. Hiram married Susan Berry and went to Cedartown, Georgia, where he owned a large plantation,
which he sold when he moved to Texas. George Phillips remained in Wayne where he married a Weaver of the Meadow
From Phillips and Thruston Families, by Gates Phillips Thruston:
"Theophilus Phillips, who died in New Jersey in 1758, was son of Samuel, a minister of Newton, Massachusetts. He was son of Samuel, of Rowley, Massachusetts, who was son of George, a Puritan preacher who came to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1630, with Governor Winthrop. He was a Cambridge graduate. He was son of Christopher Phillips, of Boxted, Rainham, England. The family was of Welsh origin."
Birmingham, Ky., April 27, 1882.
Dear Isaac [Newton Phillips]:
Can I make an apology for my great negligence in not replying to your very kind and interesting letter of last November the 28th, which was received early in December? About the time I received it the rain began to fall in torrents, continued, until the water courses overspread the country so much it was with difficulty to get in or out of our town which is situated on the bank of the Tennessee River. The river was so high by the first day of January, steamboat navigation was suspended; many of the railroad bridges were washed away and the mails stopped for over a month. After I received your letter which gave me so much pleasure, I calculated to answer it in a week or two, but the excitement of the rainfall, and continued increase of the waters, caused me to put off writing until the mails stopped. True I would now and then get your letter, read it, think I would answer in a few days; a promised duty or a pleasure, once procrastinated, is the foreboding of a failure. I hope you will accept this as an apology. I will notice the request in your letter. In relation to the paternal side of our ancestors: at an early date a large family of our name emigrated from Wales to America, and settled on the Potomac River, in Virginia, near Georgetown or Alexandria. The most of the family drifted into Pennsylvania, settled in and about Philadelphia, engaged in commerce and trade, amassed large fortunes. My great-grandfather remained on the Potomac. My grandfather moved to North Carolina where he raised his family. His sons' names were Cornelius (my father and your grandfather), Richard, and Micajah. Richard moved to Tennessee where he raised a large family, who were honest and industrious, but without much culture of mind. Micajah came to this state several years after my father and remained some time, thence to Springfield, Ohio, where he married and raised a son and daughter—his son, James Abner, visited us in Wayne County some thirty years ago. He was a fine looking man and well accomplished. He returned to Ohio, thence to New York City, where he engaged in the commercial business. We received letters from him for two or three years when the correspondence ceased. I never learned whether the old stock took any part in the Revolutionary War, but presume from their location they were supporters of the independence of the colonies.
On the maternal side, the maiden name of my mother was Rhoda Shores. Her parents were raised in New Jersey. Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was an English lady. Some of her brothers moved to Tennessee and were extensive farmers.
Father's family have drifted over the western and southern states. Brother Alfred was the oldest and I the youngest sons. Out of eight sons, all are dead but Brother Micajah and myself; he is nearly eighty-six years old and I am in my seventy-second year. My wife is about six years younger; her maiden name was Elizabeth F. Berry. It may be that your Aunt Pamela has seen her when a child. Our children are ail in Missouri but one, who is in Wayne County. We have only ourselves in family. Today we will start to Maiden, Missouri, to see our children. Will be gone five or six weeks. We have three sons, one of them married. My oldest son, Harrison B., at the age of about six- teen years, joined the Third Kentucky Regiment of Infantry under Colonel Bramlette. He had been in the war for nearly three years, and in making a charge on the Rebels at Kennesaw Mountain was wounded with a minnie ball in the left side of his breast on the 27th day of June, 1864, and died on the first of September. I brought him home, but the wound overcame him in about two months. My sons' names are James H., Samuel L., and Charles P., all in Missouri. All my family are doing very well.
I am truly sorry to hear of the great affliction of your Aunt Pamela Brown. I sympathize very much in her sufferings. Give her my high regard and my prayers that she may be restored to good health with ability to walk; and visit her friends and enjoy life for years. When a little boy I went to see your father; he was living on the Cumberland River. He was planting corn. She was a few years the oldest; she flattered me very much; I thought she was the best and prettiest person in the world. I highly appreciate your photo. It very much resembles my son Samuel's. I have placed it in the next leaf to his in my family album where they can both be seen at one view. It would give me much pleasure to see you and all of Brother Alfred's family. The oldest in a few years will be placed on the old list. How short is life. One generation passes away, the other follows at its heels. I am now old; out of a hundred, one does not live to my age. Take off the first twenty-five years of my age, then my life appears but a span. Perhaps God in his wisdom has allotted to man only time in this life to qualify him to enjoy an eternal life with so much pleasure; he may, if he could reflect back on the time spent on the earth, feel the loss of the joys he had missed during his stay in this life. My time to start is nearly here. Write to me when I come home and I will be more prompt. My wife joins in with our love to you and all the relations.
John H. Phillips.
Will of Abner Phillips
In the name of God Amen. This tenth day of November in the year of our Lord 1812. I, Abner Phillips, of Surry County, and State of North Carolina, being sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God for the same, calling unto mind the mortality of my order this my last Will and Testament (that is to say) first of all, I give and recom- mend my soul unto the hand of the Almighty God, that at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might)' power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to help me in this life. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Elizabeth, all my real and personal estate for her natural life and at her death I give and bequeath all my land and property that my wife at death holds, to my son, Philip, and he shall give to each and every one of my children thirty dollars in trade, except my son, Cornelius; he shall give him one dollar, all to be paid in one year after my wife's death. And I do appoint my beloved wife executrix and Philip, my son, executor to pay and collect all my just debts. In Witness Whereof, I have set my hand and seal the day above wrote in presents of.
Abner Phillips (Seal)
I, John G. Llewellyn, Deputy Clerk Superior Court of Surry County, North Carolina, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and perfect copy of Will of Abner Phillips, same bearing date of November 10, 1812, as same is taken from and compared with the original record of this office.—John G. Llewellyn, Deputy Clerk, November 11, 1928.
THE KENNEDY FAMILY
No family has given more distinguished service to Wayne County, in later years, than
the Kennedy family, having furnished two sons who have served the people loyally and honorably for many years.
The name is found in the records of the old church at Powersburg and in the county records, showing that each generation
of the family was active in the life of his day. The Kennedy's are of Scotch ancestry. They came from Scotland
to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They moved to Virginia and in 1820 Samuel Kennedy came from Lee County, Virginia,
to Duncan's Valley, in Wayne. He later removed to Otter Creek. At the time of his removal to Kentucky, his son,
Levi, was six years of age, having been born in Lee County, Virginia, in 1814. His son, William Kennedy, had seven
daughters and two sons, H. C. Kennedy, of Somerset, and John Kennedy, of Monticello. H. C. Kennedy was elected
County Clerk, of Wayne County, in 1894; County Judge in 1905. In 1921 he was elected Circuit Judge of the 28th
Judicial District. John Kennedy was postmaster at Monticello for eight years, County Attorney of Wayne County for
ten years, and at present has been Commonwealth's Attorney of the 28th Judicial District for five years. An entry
in Micajah Phillips' Minute Book of organization of the county into common school districts gives the limits of
District 29 thus: Beginning at Samuel Canady's (Kennedy) on the road leading from Monticello to Jamestown, Tennessee,
thence up Otter Creek to the mouth of Carpenter's Fork, thence up said Fork including all persons living on both
sides of Carpenter's Fork and its waters to the county line and bounded by said line on the south side and west
by the line of Districts Nos. 13 and 14 and east by the line of Districts Nos. 27 and 28.
THE CHRISMAN-McDOWELL FAMILY
The first Chrisman came from Swabia. He was a Gerr and he married in 1730 Magdalena Hite. On their bridal they went into Virginia and settled on a large tract at a spring, that is known as Chrisman Springs, and is now one of landmarks of the country. A large body of land was surveyed for this homestead and boundaries fixed, report made to Governor and Council at Williamsburg, and a grant ordered be issued. Reference in old deeds describe this land as "grass land prairie." Chrisman purchased it from George Bowman.Children of Jacob Chrisman and Magdalena Hite
Abraham—born October 15, 1733-
Sara—born September 23, 1734.
Anna Marie—born November 9, 1735.
Isaac—born November 9, 1736.
Johannes—born March 9, 1739-
Jacob, George, Henry, and Rebecca.
Consulting war records of old Vincennes expeditions, the name of Henry Chrisman appears as a private in Captain Joseph Bowman's Company. The family record shows that a Chrisman married a daughter of Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows, Frederick County, Virginia. She had a brother, General Charles McDowell, who married Lizzie Greenlee, widow of Captain John Bowman. It is believed this was the Henry mentioned above (other records say George). Two sons of this marriage, Hugh and Joseph, lived and died in Kentucky. The two sons seemed to be attached to the McDowell family, for it is shown that Hugh's daughter, Betsy Chrisman, married Samuel McDowell, son of Major John McDowell, and Joseph Chrisman married a daughter of Caleb W. McDowell, of North Carolina. One daughter of Joseph married a son of Joseph McDowell Lewis. Another daughter married Hon. Marcus Cruikshank, of Talladega, Alabama.
Major John McDowell's second wife, Lucy LeGrand, was descended from a French Huguenot, who after leaving Bohair,of which he was a native, was naturalized in England, whence he emigrated to New York. From there his descendants went to Virginia, where one of them, the Rev. Nash LeGrand, became a Presbyterian minister.
Betsy, daughter of Major John and Lucy LeGrand, married Henderson Bell. Their daughter, Lucy Nelson Bell, married James S. Chrisman. Lucy, the youngest daughter of Major John and Lucy LeGrand, married David Meade Woodson.
The McDowells came to this country and settled in Virginia about the same time that the Chrismans did. They were in the same county. Hannah, who married George Chrisman, was the daughter of Joseph McDowell and Margaret O'Neil. The Chrismans and McDowells intermarried in every generation, cousins married each other several times.
About 1708 Johannes Joost Heydt married in Holland, Anna Maria Dubois. They came to America and settled in Virginia. Magdalena Hite (Heydt), their daughter, married Jacob Chrisman. Their son, George Chrisman, married Hannah McDowell. Their son, John Chrisman, married Sallie Stone, in Wayne County, Kentucky, and their son, James S. Chrisman, married Lucy Nelson Bell. Their daughter, Alice, married Henry L. Phillips, son of Micajah Phillips.
THE GHOLSON FAMILY
Anthony Gholson, born -, was perhaps the first of the name who settled in Virginia.
In June, 1763, he was living in St. Thomas Parish, in the County of Orange, but as he was then the owner of considerable
estate, consisting of lands in that county, and Negroes, it is probable that he had been a resident there for some
time. Orange was formed from Spottsylvania in 1734, and it is possible that the records of the latter county would
give much earlier information regarding him. Nothing is known as to the date and locality of his marriage. His
son, John Gholson, was married prior to 1741, as is evidenced by the deed to him and his wife, Esther, from the
latter's father, Thomas Cook. Granting that John was the eldest son, which is by no means certain, this would put
the date of the first Anthony's birth at least prior to 1700, and it was, doubtless, much earlier, as in 1763 we
find him dividing his entire estate amongst his children and grandchildren, and it is reasonable to conclude from
this that he felt himself unable, either by reason of age or infirmity, to retain the management of his affairs.
He died some time prior to December 3, 1764; his widow, Jane, in a deed of that date referring to his recent death.
How long she survived him does not appear, this deed being the last reference to her upon the Orange County records.
The children of Anthony and Jane (-) Gholson as mentioned in the several deeds of gift referred to above were:
William Gholson, Elizabeth Gholson, Lucy Gholson, John Gholson, Anthony Gholson, Jr. (from whom probably descended the Gholsons of Kentucky).
Monticello, Ky.,September 30, 1898.
Dear Cousin Mary (Cecil Cantrill):
It gave us pleasure to get your letter and to know that Mr. Norman enjoyed his trip to this hill country of Gholson memories. You said, in your letter sent by him, you wanted us to investigate the dates and records bearing on the Gholson history. Did you mean for us to get them from the county records? Mr. Norman didn't give me time to make many investigations, he was here such a short time and we were just delighted with him. He is indeed a gentleman, and Ma says reminded her so much of her grandfather, John Gholson. He was a very dignified, handsome gentleman and had that same culture that Norman had. Anthony Gholson came to this country from Virginia, settled at Steubenville, and gave the Baptists a church there and a burying ground. His bones rest there and Norman and I called up his spirit to tell us all these things you wanted to know, but he slept on and the grass waved gently over his grave, "which is not marked." Isn't that too shabby of his descendants? We met a gentleman who had helped to tear down the old Gholson Church. He said it was built with pegs—no nails in it.
Anthony Gholson had a great many Negroes and seemed to be rich, though Norman says that he was disinherited. His children were Kitty, Dolly, Mollie, and Sallie (who died in Virginia), and James, John, Benjamin, and Sam. John was Ma's grand- father, his daughter, Anna Gholson, being Ma's mother. She married Mr. Hussey, from Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Indiana, and Ma was raised there. Kitty Gholson married Bartholomew Hayden and his daughter, Julia Hayden Buster, was your grandmother. Mother of Sarah Buster Cecil and first cousin to Ma's mother, Anna Gholson, making you and Ma third cousins. Susan Gholson McBeath was sister to Ma's mother and cousin, of course, to your grandmother. Her children are Linna Berry, living in Sacramento, California; Sue Masden, in Louisville, down in Portland—don't know her address; Lizzie Stoddard, of Nappa, California; and Loretta Huffaker, who married a cousin of my father's, and lives in Wheatland, California. The sons are Lem, who is in Texas, but is coming back here soon, and Anthony, of Bell County, Texas. Sam Gholson was very wild and did a great many naughty things and Ma says every time she asks the early settlers here about them, they tell her about Sam. They seem to remember him better than the rest. Ma says if she could see you she could trace out a little of all of Anthony's children, but can't write it this time. She says you are very much like Peggie Gholson, her Aunt, who married Moose, and lived in Indiana. Micah Taul married Ma's Aunt, Dorothy Gholson, and was the first clerk this county ever had. He wrote a very fine hand.
John Gholson, Ma's grandfather, was out hunting in the woods of Virginia, met a party of girls that had gotten lost in the woods. He took them home and one of them was his wife, a case of love at first sight. She says they were very elegant people and wouldn't work, but loved to hunt. I am disgusted with them for not marking Anthony's grave. Julia Hayden Buster's mother died and left two children and Anthony Gholson (her father) took them to his house and kept them till they were grown. That was Julia Hayden and Anthony Hayden. Jim Buster's son from South Carolina called here yesterday. He was summoned here to see his mother, who is very ill. Ma says he looks quite a good deal like his father.
I am very much interested in the Gholson family. The more I know of them, the more I want to know. I want you or Mr. Edwin Gholson one to write me all you know about them. I am fond of tracing families. One of my cousins and I sent to Dublin and had my grandfather Hussey's family traced out. We are coming to Paris, Kentucky, in the spring to look after my sister Emerine's grave. Will call on you then. Ma loved your mother so much. She is very anxious to see more of you. We will go south this winter and move to our city home in the spring. I suppose you know that Anthony Gholson was the first trustee this town ever had. Will see Mollie Perry and find the address of Hannah Buster if she knows it. Ada H.
THE HARDIN-WORSHAM FAMILY
The Hardins were of Huguenot origin. Martin, the first, had a son Captain John, who married Lydia Waters. His son, Martin, married Elizabeth Strawbridge. Their son, Benjamin, married Sarah Hardin, and Martin, a son, married Judith Calhoun. They had a son, James, who married Mary, daughter of Timothy Burgess. They lived in Lincoln County, Kentucky. They had sons, James, William, Samuel, Mark, Martin D., Timothy, and one daughter, Sarah. Martin D. Hardin was born in 1810 and came to Wayne County as a very young man. He married first, in 1834, Mary McKinney, mother of Mary Hardin, second wife of Joshua Berry, and lived where the Moses Simpson family lived later. She died and he married in 1840, her sister, Martha Ann, who lived only a short time. He married Emily Worsham in 1846. Their children were: Martha (Phillips), Helen, Emily (Oatts), Sallie (Ramsey), Amelia (Back), Sam C, James, Mark, William, Ben, and Joseph. The Worshams were one of the earliest families in the settlement of Virginia. William and George Worsham, brothers, had a grant of 400 acres at Old Town on Appomattox. George was Justice of the Peace in Henrico County in 1648. He had a son, Captain George, who was Justice of the Peace in 1707. He died in 1735. He had married Mary Pigott. They had sons, Joseph, Richard, and Charles. This Charles had a son Charles who enlisted in the militia of Virginia, in Henrico County, and, after the Revolution, came to Wayne County. His son Cannon, who married Margaret, daughter of William and Margaret Mullins, was father of Emily Worsham, who married Martin Hardin. The immigrant ancestor was known as William Pride.
THE LANIER FAMILY
The Lanier family was of French origin. Sidney Lanier, the poet, who belonged to the
same family as the Wayne Laniers, found that a single family of that name lived in France. They first went to England
where they were musicians and artists.
Jerome Lanier, son of Nicholas, was a celebrated musician. They were friends of Van Dyck, Pepys, Ben Jonson, and others of that day. Sir John Lanier was knighted. The branch that came to America were members of the Huguenot settlement in Virginia, Manakan Town. They became prosperous planters. One branch joined the pioneers who went up through Tennessee into Kentucky and on to Indiana. J. F. D. Lanier, who built the beautiful Lanier House at Madison, Indiana, was of the same branch. Sidney's family went to Rockingham, North Carolina. His grand- father, Sterling Lanier, was descended from Thomas, who settled in Virginia early in 1700. The Wayne County branch came up the Cumberland River from Tennessee and settled at Mill Springs in the first half of the 19th century. From them have come some of the finest citizens of Wayne, Boyle, and other localities. From Robert Lanier's account of his family, the following is taken:
"Lloyd Addison Lanier, the first of the name in Wayne County, was born near Nashville, Tennessee, on what is still known as 'Granny White's Pike.' At the age of fourteen he got a job on a river packet. He got a pilot's license when he was older and ran on a palatial Mississippi River packet. He became an expert and finally received a Master's license, thus realizing his boyish ambition. "He loved the upper Cumberland, and saving his wages he rented a small store room at Roberts Port, a landing about three miles down river from Mill Springs, Kentucky, and put in a stock of merchandise and was successful in building up a nice country trade and at the same time met, loved, and married Amanda Brown of Wayne County, who with five other young ladies ferried the river at Roberts Port each Monday morning, and Friday evening, going to and returning from the home of Uncle Johny Rousseau who for years taught a class of young ladies each winter. "Thompson Brown, the brother of L. A. Lanier's wife, owned a farm of twelve hundred acres at Mill Springs, and Mr. Lanier told his brother-in-law, Mr. Brown, if ever he wanted to sell the place, write to him, as he and wife were moving to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1869. Mr. Lanier bought this farm, and he with his family of four sons and three daughters and wife moved up the Cumberland from Nashville and took possession of this wonderful farm. The farm residence was a large and beautiful two-story frame building having nine rooms and kitchen, with long double porches, fronting south and west. These porches had red cedar floors, and while not matched, were hand planed and accurately jointed, and only a few years ago, his son, T. S. Lanier, who then owned his part of this farm, remodeled the old home and in taking up the old cedar porch flooring, found the boards as sound as when lain in the early sixties, and being reworked these same cedar boards were used in the remodeling. "When the Battle of Mill Springs was fought, Zollicoffer used this old home as his headquarters before the battle was fought and after the fight the Confederates retreated, going south. "A few days later the Union forces brought down from the battlefield their artillery and stationed a field piece high up on the north side of the Cumberland, almost a couple of miles off and centering their effort toward the headquarter's building, put two shells through that lovely old building; one made a clean passage through the parlor and hall and fell as a spent shell in a meadow. In passing through what was then known as the parlor room, it smashed an ink well resting on an old marble-top table, and ink was smeared and splotched on the ceiling, and L. A. Lanier would never in his lifetime allow it to be calcimined over. After demolishing the ink well the shell went through a hall door that stood half ajar. The door was preserved until 1932, when a son, R. L. Lanier, went into business in Monticello, Kentucky, and placed it in his show window that tourists might see it and read its inscription. A fire in 1932 wiped out a block on Main Street and R. L. Lanier's place of business went up in smoke, as did that much loved relic. "When L. A. Lanier took over the Mill Springs farm, there was a store, a mill, and several tenant houses thereon, and a post office was in the old store, and the old water mill was operating, however, it did not belong to the farm; also a carding factory and a cotton gin, both belonging to a neighbor, Mr. I. P. Lynch. A short while after Mr. Lanier came into possession of the farm, he bought the old mill and the two factories. The old mill was operated just as it was in 1869 until '11when it and the two factories were razed and on the factory site Mr. Lanier erected a forty by forty three-story, twenty-foot basement modern building in which went the machinery to equip a first-class flouring mill. The framing timber for this job was cut and hewn several miles above Burnside on the Cumberland and was of white oak and yellow poplar and all hewn to sixteen inches square. It was rafted and floated to Mill Springs and went into this building in 1877. The grinding was done on two sets of burrs dressed for wheat, and one set for corn. The water wheel was twenty-eight feet in diameter with three feet breast. Before the death of L. A. Lanier in February, 1879, he sold it to a son, I. T. Lanier, and a son-in-law, J. M. Sallee. In 1884, a son, R. L. Lanier, and a son-in-law, Dr. J. A. Jones, bought the plant, operating it as it was until '85. Dr. Jones sold an interest to I. D. Ruffner, who had been head miller for several years, and the new firm of J. A. Jones & Company remodeled the plant to the roller system. The property was sold a few years later to Bolan E. Roberts & Sons. They made a lot of improvements, adding a 'sifter' which took the place of the long bolting reels, and made the 'purifier' useless. They took out the old twenty- eight-foot wooden water wheel installing a forty-foot steel wheel which was a great gain in power, and this wheel is said to be the next largest water wheel in America."
Lanier Family Record
L. H. Lanier, son of B. H. Lanier and Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born May 27, 1812.
Isaac E. Lanier, son of B. H. Lanier and Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born November 17, 1817.
Lloyd Addison Lanier, son of B. H. Lanier and Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born June 17, 1820.
William H. Lanier, son of B. H. Lanier and Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born February 21, 1822.
Mary Ann Lanier, daughter of B. H. Lanier and Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born February 16, 1824.
Martha P. Lanier, daughter of B. H. Lanier and Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born June 9, 1826.
Leamiza Elizabeth Lanier, daughter of B. H. Lanier and
Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born October 20, 1827.
B. H. Lanier, son of B. H. Lanier and Nancy Lanier, his wife, was born March 4, 1829.
Mrs. Buchanan Earthman Lanier, daughter or Isaac and Mary Holt Earthman, was mother of L. H., Lloyd Addison, William, Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, and Buchanan, Jr., Lanier. Her name was Nancy Earthman. The great-grandparents, Isaac and Mary Earthman, were married in Pennsylvania. After their marriage, they moved to North Carolina, then to Tennessee just after the state was admitted to the Union. The Holts now living in Williamson County are distant relatives. The Lanier branch of the family settled on the Dickerson Road and the Earthmans on the White Creek Pike in Davidson County, Tennessee, near Nashville. Some of the property is still in the Earthman family. This is a true statement.—Martha Lamer Wilson. Buchanan H. Lanier, son of William and Penny Lanier, his wife, departed this life April 20, 1830, about nine o'clock in the morning. "His spirit has reached the undiscovered land from whose border no traveller returns, till Christ shall come to arouse the slumbering dead. Farewell, pale lifeless clay, a long fare-well. Sweet be thy sleep beneath the green trees' shade, where I have laid thee in thy lonely cell." Nancy McLane, formerly the wife of B. H. Lanier, daughter of Isaac and Mary Earthman, died January 31, 1856.
Lloyd Addison Lanier married Amanda Brown.
Elizabeth married Sam Cowan.
Buchanan married Mary West.
Isaac married Amanda Sallee.
Mollie married Joe Allen Jones.
Thomas S. married Peggy Sallee.
Margaret married Jeff Sallee.
Robert married Mattie West.
John Jones, born October, 1742, died May, 1824, near Hustonville, Kentucky; married Elizabeth Elrod. Robert Jones, born June, 1775, died June, 1843; married Nancy Talbott. Green Jones, born August, 1812, died December, 1883; married Nancy Caldwell. Josiah Allen Jones, born July, 1839, died February, 1925; married Mollie Lanier.
THE WARDEN-DUNCAN-McBEATH FAMILIES
In 1623 the ship Anne, with Captain Eppes, brought a company of thirty, who had obtained a patent to an extensive tract in Virginia. Among them was Thomas Warden, the first of the name in America. He had a son, Thomas, whose son, John, married Elisabeth Shearwood, in Princess Anne County. Their son, John, became an attorney and is frequently mentioned in the records of that county. He enlisted in the militia of Virginia during the Revolution, and when the war was over, returned to the practice of his profession. His son, John, came to Wayne County, Kentucky, with his family, about 1810.
The Duncans are of Scotch ancestry. The first of the name in Wayne County was George, who came from North Carolina, in 1801, and settled on Beaver Creek. He had two sons, George and William. George married Rhoda, daughter of William and Nancy Miller Bartleson. Their children were Samuel, John, Granville, Charles, William, and Harvey, and two daughters. Samuel married Mary Phillips. John married Martha Stone. Granville married a Miss Menifee, of Lincoln County. Charles married Nettie Warden. Harvey married Mary Tuggle.
The McBeaths came from Scotland also. They first settled in Southwest Virginia, at an early date, coming to Wayne with the family of Archibald Woods, who married Mary McBeath. John McBeath married Mary Jones, daughter of James and Mary Buster Jones. Their son, Andrew, married Susan Gholson, and their daughter, Susan, married John Warden. There were other members of these families of whom information is not at hand.
THE WEST FAMILY
In 1622, John West, Captain Francis West, and Nathaniel West, with others, acquired a tract of land in Virginia, which included the plantation of Westover, one of the celebrated colonial homes still standing. This historic shrine was bought by William Byrd in 1678. The West family is of distinguished English origin. Benjamin West, the famous artist, was of the same stock. Isaac West came into Wayne before 1800 and settled in the upper part of the county. It was at his home that Micah Taul met Dorothy Gholson in 1801, at the wedding of Abel Shrewsbury and Tebitha Van Hoogan. The name is frequently found in the early annals of the county. They intermarried with the Lanier family, many of whose descendants are found in Boyle County and Wayne today, whence they have scattered over the United States. Isaac West married Margaret Russell. Their son, Russell West, built the first brick house in Wayne County.
THE SALLEE FAMILY
The Sallees were Huguenots who came very early in the 17th Century to Virginia. They
were members of the group at "Manakan Town," near Richmond, who were given a grant there. A branch came
down into North Carolina and thence to Kentucky. The first of the name to come to Wayne was Peter Sallee, who married
Charity Van Winkle in North Carolina. They were the parents of John L. Sallee who married Jane Jones (Clemens),
granddaughter of Joshua Jones. John and Jane (Jones) Sallee's children were: Caroline (Francis) and Mary (Hardin),
Joseph, who married Pauline Owens, and Walter. John L. Sallee was born in Wayne County in 1813 and died there in
1886. He filled with credit many places of trust. He was county judge, circuit clerk, county clerk, and representative
in the State Legislature.
Martin Phillips Sallee was born March 16, 1828, in Wayne County, Kentucky, where he lived until 1883, when he removed to Boyle County, and located two miles east of Danville. His father, Captain Moses Sallee, of Wayne County, was long a magistrate and member of the Court of Claims, and a representative of the Legislature. He was a Whig, a farmer and slave owner, and died in 1840 at the age of fifty-five years. He was the son of Peter Sallee, whose offspring were John, Joseph, Moses, Charity (Van Winkle), and Susan (Bruton). Moses married Mary Deering of Wayne County (died in 1858, aged about sixty years), and their union was favored by the birth of Harrison M., Lucinda (Redman), Melinda (Redman), Martha (Huff), Anna (Hurt), Martin P., and Cyrina (Parmley). Martin Phillips Sallee had been twice married; first, on August 21, 1849, to Margaret A., daughter of Jefferson and Rachael (Coffey) Jones, of Wayne County (born in 1830, died January 11, 1862); and from their union sprang Elizabeth (Jones), Jefferson, Amanda (Lanier), and Margaret (Lanier). On May 18, 1864, he was united in marriage with Miss Susan, daughter of Harrison and Elizabeth (Carter) Berry, of Wayne County (born July 18, 1842).
THE HEDRICK-TATE FAMILIES
Back in the "horse and buggy" days, a young man went to Monticello from
the upper part of the county, and set himself up in business in a small way. This young man was George Hedrick.
His only capital was an unlimited capacity for hard work, a determination to succeed, and sound business judgment.
Coupled with these qualities was an unswerving honesty and sense of fair dealing. Step by step he came up, gradually
expanding his plant until, by the beginning of the present century, he was operating an extensive hardware business.
From the horse-drawn vehicle, he went into the sale of automobiles and amassed a fortune. Liberal in his business
policies, and always ready to lend a helping hand to struggling young men, it may well be said that no man in the
county has contributed more to the civic and commercial development of this section than he. Mr. Hedrick married
Miss Ellen Tate, daughter of Judge Stephen H. Tate, who was an active force in the business and political life
of his day. Of the Tate family, it is noted that each member has taken a prominent part in the life of the community
in which he lived.
THE BERRY-EWING-CARTER FAMILIES
George Berry, of Culpepper Court House, Virginia, married Mary Buster, daughter of
Charles Buster, of Monticello. They had the following children:
William Harrison Berry married Elizabeth Carter.
Charles Berry married a Louisville woman and went to Paris,Texas.
James Berry married Jennie Jones.
George Berry married a widow in Arkansas.
Joshua Berry married (1) Emerine Huffaker, (2) Mary Hardin, Monticello.
Vienna Berry married Hiram Phillips.
Elizabeth Berry married John Phillips
Margaret Berry married Samuel Long, Albany, Kentucky; moved to Texas.
Mary Berry died.
William Harrison Berry, born in Monticello, April 18, 1813, died in Monticello, September, 1864; married Elizabeth Ewing Carter, born in Monticello, December 13, 1817, died in Danville, 1911, age 94; children:
Mary Carter Berry married Chesley Toler.
George Ewing Berry died during Civil War.
Susan Elizabeth Berry married Martin Phillips Sallee.
Vienna Phillips Berry married Robert Baylor Metcalf.
Unity Catherine Berry died unmarried.
Emily Jane Berry married N. Dienecis Ingram.
Laura Ewing Berry died unmarried.
John Carter Berry died unmarried.
James Berry married Emma Crawford.
Braxton Carter Berry unmarried, living in Danville.
Vienna Berry Toler married John Gheens Cramer.
Minnie Laura Toler unmarried.
Chesley Toler went away and not heard from for years.
Vienna Berry Toler had two children, Minnie Toler Cramer
and Vie Toler Cramer married Maury Crutcher.
William Carter, of Wythe County, Virginia, married Unity
Bates. They moved to Kentucky and settled on the Cumberland
River on a big farm. They had the following children:
Elizabeth Carter married twice (1) Crockett, (2) R. Montgomery.
Susan Carter married John Moore of Monticello.
Mildred Carter married Anthony Dibrell, of Sparta, Tennessee.
Jackson Carter moved to Tennessee, married a Carter cousin.
Braxton Carter married three times: Mary Ewing, Mrs.Burnetta Taylor, Mrs. Ellen Worsham Chaplin.
Children of Braxton Carter and Mary Ewing:
Elizabeth Ewing Carter married William Harrison Berry.
William Wallace Carter married Mary Metcalf, Mill Springs,Kentucky.
George Ewing Carter married Theresa Van Winkle, Wayne County, Kentucky.
Unity Bates Carter married James Meadows, Wayne County, Kentucky.
Susan Moore Carter, unmarried.
Mary Catherine Carter married William Meadows, Wayne County, Kentucky.
John Anthony Carter married Margaret Bobbitt, Wayne County, Kentucky.
George Ewing, of Virginia, married Elizabeth Wallace and they came to Kentucky and settled on the Cumberland near William Carter, when their children were about grown. They had two children: Mary Ewing married Braxton Carter. Katherine Ewing married Leo Hayden, of Stanford, Kentucky. Elizabeth Wallace's father was Andrew Wallace.
The Ewings came from Scotland to North Ireland and then to America. Two brothers came over. Their names were Finis and Baker Ewing. Baker Ewing was my great-great-great-great- great-grandfather.—Minnie Toler.
THE SHEARER FAMILY
When Cromwell disbanded his famous Ironsides, he settled them on the confiscated estates
in Northern Ireland. Among them were Shearers, whom we are unable to trace by name throughout the first two generations.
They were English Puritans and Presbyterians. They preserve their identity and traditions to this day, with but
little admixture of Scotch-Irish blood on the one hand or Celtic blood on the other. All were at first Presbyterians
and Old Line Whigs in this country, and all seemed to need or to care for a stimulant.
Some time before the Revolutionary War, about 1740, four brothers of this Puritan stock came to America with their families from the County of Armagh and Province of Ulster, Ireland. Their names were George, John, William I, and James. One settled in New York, two in Pennsylvania, and one in South Carolina. The South Carolina branch of the family are traceable throughout North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska, and the other branches and their families are found in almost every state in the Union. Wherever found they preserve their traditions—personal, social, and religious, and their physical characteristics and conformation, gait and features are easily recognized. These Shearers are not to be confounded with the German Lutherans of about the same name —Scherer, Schearer, and Sherer, of whom there are a great number in this country.
One of these brothers was the father of William Shearer II who married in South Carolina, and was the father of William Shearer III. This was the William Christian Shearer, our ancestor, born about 1760, North Carolina, died about 1830, in Wayne County, Kentucky, buried at Bethesda Churchyard.
William Christian Shearer was married twice in North Carolina. First wife, Hannah Hoover, buried in Ashe County, North Carolina. Her children were Daniel, Jacob, Henry, Sallie, Mary, David. The second wife (from whom J. B. Shearer, of Emerson, Nebraska, descended) was a German Hessian, named Sallie Walters. Her children were Susan, Jane, Hannah, Solomon, Walter, Margaret, Catherine, William, Hester, Elizabeth, and Nancy. This William Christian Shearer was one of the early settlers of Wayne County; came about 1812. John Shearer's family in Monticello are descended from Jacob of the first family. The others from Daniel, whose wife was Margaret Vickery, their children being: Violet Roten, Polly Huffaker, Adam N., Margaret Huffaker, Rebecca Hicks, Caroline Rankin, Sallie Hicks- Marshall, Louisa Simpson, J. Jenkins, Frank, Broyles.
J. Jenkins Shearer married Zerelda Ingram, daughter of Samuel Ingram and Elizabeth Parmley. Their children were: Lousetta married Shelby Ragan, Emma C. married Thomas J. Rankin, Samuel married Mollie Huffaker, Menifee married Mary Wray, James. Samuel was son of James Ingram.
THE OATTS FAMILY
Roger Oatts, the first of the name in Wayne County, was there before 1800. Thereafter
he was prominently identified with the life of the county. He had the first tavern in Monticello. He served several
years as Justice. He came from Southwest Virginia. Rogers Oatts is noted as a juror in Fincastle County, Virginia,
in 1793- He was son of William Oatts, a Revolutionary soldier. He married Mary Jones, daughter of Joshua Jones,
in 1790. His oldest son, Joshua, married Polly Coffey. Their children were: Cleveland; James, married Harriet Worsham;
Cosby, married (1) Irene Frisbie, (2) Marietta Frisbie; William; John R.; Lewis; Russell, married Emily Hardin;
Emily, married Eben Jones; T. J., married Nancy Ingram; Sophronia. Roger Oatts' descendants have been noted for
their high qualities of citizenship and business acumen.
From the Oatts Bible
Roger Oatts, born 1760, died 1837.
Mary Jones, born 1772, died 1840.
They were married in 1790.
Joshua Oatts, born 1791, died 1856.
Polly Coffey, born 1800, died 1855.
They were married in 1821.
T. J. Oatts, born 1837, died 1913
Nancy Ingram, born 1860. They were married in 1888.
THE INGRAM FAMILY
The Ingram family is of Scotch ancestry by way of England. The name was originally Ingraham and some of them still retain this spelling in England and Scotland. The armorial bearings are similar. The family is of aristocratic ancestry wherever found. James Ingram, founder of the family in Wayne, was born in England, June 26, 1761, and died in Wayne, August 1, 1854. He came to America with his parents when he was four years old. He married in Virginia, Rhoda Menifee. Their children were: Samuel, Nimrod, James, William, and Rhoda. The Ingram records, following, are from Bibles of different Ingram families, descendants of the first James.
From the Old Ingram Bible
Jas. Ingram, born 1796, April 18; died 1880, September 25.
Jemima M. Ingram, born January 10, 1797; died August 7,1876.
Geo. W. Ingram, born November 22, 1823; died April 24,1889
Jas. R. Ingram, born July 21, 1824; died April 18, 1891.
Marietta Ingram, born April 23, 1827; died December 29,1839.
Nimrod Ingram and Nancy Cecil were married February 8,1825.
Charles Buster and Mary E. Ingram were married November 9, 1841.
James M. Ingram, born October 6, 1820.
Louisa Ingram, born July 12, 1822.
Emerine Ingram, born December 12, 1823.
Granville C. Ingram, born June 5, 1826.
John Borlen Ingram, born February 17, 1829.
Nimrod D. Ingram, born January 16, 1832.
William Perry Ingram, born January 16, 1834.
Louisa Ingram, died December 1, 1823.
Nimrod Ingram departed this life on 4th day of October, about 2:00 o'clock, in the year 1828.
James M. Ingram departed this life on 19th of April, in the year 1843, age 23 years, 5 months, and 12 days.
Nancy Ingram, consort of Nimrod Ingram, departed this life the 13th of June, about five o'clock, 1864.
Granville C. Ingram died February 7, 1880.
W. P. Ingram died February 8, 1885.
J. B. Ingram died March 14, 1887.
Mary Emerine Ingram Buster died May 25, 1891.
Nimrod Dyancus Ingram.
From the Bates Bible
Thomas Shelby Bates and Evaline Matilda Simpson were married the 29th day of September,
and the said T. S. Bates was born 7th day of October, 1818.
Reuben Thomas Bates, son of T. S. Bates and E. M. Bates, his wife, was born 1845.
Mary Jane Bates was born 22nd day of May, 1848.
James J. Bates was born 16th June, 1850.
Moses Simpson Bates born 1853.
William Bates born 1854.
Elisha Lankford Bates born 1856.
From William Simpson's Bible
William Simpson, son of Reuben Simpson, Jr., born 15th July, 1806.
Isaac Simpson born 1807.
Rebecca Simpson born 1809
Sally Simpson born 1811.
Thomas Simpson born 1813.
Mary Simpson born 1814.
Elisha Simpson born 1816.
Samuel Simpson born 1818.
Moses Simpson born 1825.
Ruth Simpson born 1822.
Reuben Simpson born 1820.
Evaline Simpson born 1827.
Wm. Simpson, son of Reuben and Martha, born July 15, 1806; died 1869
Sarah Chrisman, 1st consort of Wm. Simpson.
John C. Simpson, November 22, 1834.
Sallie Fleming, 2nd consort of Wm. Simpson.
From the Buster Bible
Bartholomew Hayden married Julia Gholson. Their children were: Augustus Hayden, married
Miss Dibrell; Kitty Hayden, married General Joshua Buster. Their children were: Charles Buster, married Mary Emerine
Ingram; William Buster; James Buster, married Eliza West; Milton Buster, married Louisa Parker; Kitty Buster, married
William Kendrick; Sarah Buster, married Granville Cecil.
Zachariah Cecil married Julia Howe, in Montgomery County, Virginia. Their children were: Nancy Cecil, married Nimrod Ingram; Russell Cecil, married Lucy, daughter of Micajah Phillips; Granville Cecil, married Sarah Buster, daughter of Joshua Buster; Minerva Cecil, married James Ingram.
Nimrod and Nancy C. Ingram's children were: Mary Emerine, married Charles Buster; Granville; John B.; William, married Betty Allen; Dyancus, married Emma Berry.
James and Minerva C. Ingram's children were: George Ingram, Rufus Ingram, Virginia Ingram, Perry Ingram. William and Betty Allen Cecil's children were: Nancy, Ethel, John L., Bessie.
Dyancus Ingram and Emma Berry's children were: Dyancus, Minnie, John.
George Ingram's children were: Marietta, Emerine, and James.
From an old Bible presented in 1870 to Mrs. Mary Cecil Cantrill, by William Buster, son of Joshua Buster
and Julia Gholson Hayden; Edinburgh, 1775. (Evidently written with quill pen, ink much faded, almost
Charles Buster and Sarah Jones married March 13 1788.
Mary Buster was born June ye 12th 1789.
William Buster was born June ye 5th 1791.
Joshua Buster was born April ye 8th 1793-
Elizabeth Buster was born Dec. ye 25th 1795.
James Buster was born June ye 26th 1798.
John Buster was born June ye 24 1800.
Charles Buster departed this life Nov. ye 12th 1802.
John Sanders and Sarah Buster were married June 10th
Minerva Sanders was born April 30th 1805.
Julia Sanders was born Feb. 7th 1808.
Hiram Bewley Sanders, born Sept. 22nd 1810.
Sarah Sanders departed this life Jan. 24th 1832.
THE BARTLESON-MILLER FAMILIES
"Pearson Miller and Nancy Huff married in Virginia and started on journey to
Kentucky with one horse, feather bed, and rifle, Pearson Miller walked before the horse carrying rifle, and his
wife rode upon the horse on top of the feather bed. They settled in Duvall Valley, in Clinton County, Kentucky,
and after their first son, Absalom, was born they moved to Tennessee, three miles above Three Forks of Wolf Creek
near Jamestown and resided there the balance of their lives. Unto them were born eleven children. Pearson Miller
was a fleshy man. His wife was tall and was not fleshy."—Miss Fayette Millet. "My grandfather, William
Bartleson, came to Virginia from Ireland, then to Illinois, and later to Tennessee. He married a Miss Grier and
raised eight children. "My father married Nancy Miller at her father's home, Three Forks of Wolf Creek. "My
mother was as fine looking a woman as anybody knew. She was 5 feet 10 inches tall; very fair, smooth skin; wore
2 ½ size shoes, weighed in prime of life 170 pounds; had auburn hair that lay on floor when she sat down;
had a common school education; was born in England. There was always love in our home/ —Lola B. Ralston.
From the Bartleson Bible
William Bartleson (first) married Miss Grier. Children:
William Bartleson married Nancy Miller.
Harvey Bartleson married Belle Jones.
Nellie Bartleson married Van Winkle—went to Illinois.
Peggy Bartleson married Ingram—went to Missouri.
Rhoda Bartleson married George Duncan.
Betsy Bartleson married William Duncan.
Hannah Bartleson married Absalom Miller.
William Bartleson, born October 2, 1808; died January 13,1873.
Nancy Miller, born September 20, 1818; died October 27,1875. Married September 14, 1837. Children:
Emerine Bartleson, born December 4, 1838; married Perry Taylor.
James Bartleson, born September 10, 1840.
Artema Bartleson, born May 29, 1842; married Jonathan S. Frisbie.
Amanda Bartleson, born May 5, 1844; married Joseph Denham.
John Bartleson, born August 25, 1846; married May Sloan.
Hannah Bartleson, born October 6, 1848; married Wesley Duncan.
Pearson M. Bartleson, born January 19, 1851; married Hannah C. Oatts.
Telitha Bartleson, born May 27, 1853
Wm. H. Bartleson, born October 12, 1855; married Alice Chrisman.
Rufus Ingram Bartleson, born July 9, 1858; married Fannie Tuttle.
Nancy Bartleson, born June 10, 1861.
Jonathan Smith Frisbie married Artema Bartleson, August 20, 1868.
Pearson Miller Bartleson married Hannah Clementine Oatts, November 15, 1882.
Dr. Jonathan Smith Frisbie married Hannah Jones. Children:
Jonathan Smith Frisbie, Jr., married Artema Bartleson.
Susan Frisbie married Joseph Russell.
Eliza Frisbie married (1) Sanders, (2) Oldacre.
Etta Frisbie married (l) Baker, (2) Oatts.
Julia Frisbie married William Burton.
Dr. J. B. S. Frisbie married Harriet Phillips.
Irene Frisbie married Cosby Oatts.
From the Cooper Bible
Frederick Cooper and Dorothy Brown were married 1783.
Katy Cooper, born 1784.
Anne Cooper, born February, 1786.
Henry Cooper, born 1790.
John Cooper, born June 9, 1793.
William Cooper, born November 25, 1795.
Abraham Cooper, born November 9, 1798.
Isaac Cooper, born December 20, 1805.
Jacob Cooper, born April, 1808.
Bible Record of William Tarleton Taylor
William Tarleton Taylor and Elizabeth Hampton, daughter
of Jeremiah Hampton, Loudoun County, Virginia.
William T. Taylor, born August 24, 1759.
Elizabeth H. Taylor, born March 25, 1762.
William and Elizabeth Taylor were married August 4, 1778.
John Taylor and Amy Weeks were married January 8, 1807.
Burgess French and Sally Taylor were married April 13, 1807.
Reuben Smart and Nancy Taylor were married November 16, 1809.
Levi T. Taylor, born Loudoun County, Virginia, April 26, 1779.
Levi T. Taylor and Nancy Downing were married January 6, 1799.
Nancy Taylor, born October 6, 1792.
Ignatius Taylor, born August 25, 1795
Eliza Taylor, born February 28, 1798.
Alfred Taylor, born October 11, 1799-
Elizabeth Taylor, born March 25, 1800.
Jenefer Taylor, born March 23, 1801.
Ellender Taylor, born December 13, 1802.
William T. Taylor, born August 26, 1804.
Joseph Taylor, born March 15, 1805.
Levi T. Taylor, Jr., born July 20, 1806.
Abednego Taylor, born October 7, 1808.
John H. Taylor's Children:
Levi T. Taylor, born April 26, 1779.
John Taylor, born January 27, 1782.
Tarlton Taylor, born December 11, 1784.
Sally Taylor, born June 9, 1787.
Hampton Taylor, born December 4, 1789.
William T. Taylor, born July 26, 1808.
Elizabeth Taylor, born March 15, 1810.
Joseph Hampton Taylor, born May 3, 1810.
Sarah Ann Taylor, born January 15, 1812.
John T. Taylor, born January 21, 1812.
Burgess French's Children
Louisa French, born October 16, 1808.
Marian French, born July 28, 1810.
Anna French, born October 5, 1813-
Mahala French, born July 9, 1819-
John W. French, born June 2, 1822.
Sarah Ellender French, born September 25, 1823-
Charles Eads and Sarah Piborn were married in 1785.
Gabriel Eads, born February 10, 1787.
Nancy Eads, born February 9, 1789
Polly Eads, born February 4, 1790.
Rachael Eads, born August 31, 1792.
Jacob Eads, born October 30, 1796.
Ruth Eads, born March 11, 1799.
John Francis Bible
John Francis and Nancy, his wife, married May 15, 1784.
Leah Francis, born October 5, 1785.
Mary Francis, born July 10, 1787.
Henry Francis, born May 16, 1789.
Tabetha Francis, born March 22, 1791.
Nancy Francis, born November 6, 1795.
John Francis, born September 24, 1797.
Elisha Francis, born July 5, 1799.
Peggy Francis, born November 11, 1802.
George Francis, born May 21, 1805.
Elisha Francis and Sally Blevins.
Henry Francis and Peggy Conwell were married September20, 1805.
Mahala Francis and Robert Travis were married October 2, 1828.
George Saunders and Lockie Arthur were married January 12, 1805, Bedford County, Virginia.
Creed Saunders, born 1810, died 1843. George Woodward Saunders born 18l4, married Jane Kinkead Long November 7,
1839. John Kendrick, born 1750 (Washington County, Virginia), died 1812. Served in American Revolutionary War,
was in Battle of King's Mountain, lived on the Holston River. He married in 1805, Elizabeth Summers, born-, died
1857. William Kendrick, born 1804, died 1889. Married October 13, 1824, Catherine Buster (daughter of Joshua Buster),
born July 25, 1818, died February 6, 1849. Joshua Buster Kendrick, born March 5, 1846, married Mary E. Saunders,
September 20, 1842.
William J. Kendrick, Sen.
June 13, 1889.
Born in Washington County, Virginia, October 13, 1804, died in Wayne County, Kentucky, June 10, 1889. Such is the record upon the tablets of "Old Mortality," of the beginning and end of the earthly career of one of the most remarkable men who ever figured in the annals of our county.
About the year 1822, when about eighteen years of age, with but a limited education, no capital but his native talents and strong right arm, and no guaranty of success but his indomitable will, energy, and habits of industry, he came to this, then, newly settled part of Kentucky to seek his fortune.
The first business in which he was engaged was as a clerk in the store of Ambrose Bramlette in Clinton County, where he remained about two years, when he was recalled to Virginia by the death of his stepfather. He remained in Virginia for three years, taking care of his mother and other members of the family, and managing the farm. He came to Wayne County about the year 1828, and resided near Monticello from that time until his death, a period of more than threescore years. The first business in which he engaged, after returning to Kentucky, was making rails on the present John R. Oatts and Brothers farm at 25 cents per hundred, and working on the farm eight months for $40, after which he carried on a blacksmith shop, in which he for some time labored at the bellows and wielded the sledge. He was afterwards engaged as clerk in the store of his uncles William and Samuel Summers, in Monticello, Kentucky. He was twice married, first about 1836 to Miss Catherine Buster, daughter of General Joshua Buster, and second, about 1851, to Mrs. Abbie Rachael Coffey, widow of Cullom Coffey. He had six children by his first wife and five by his last. Somewhere in the thirties, in partnership with Granville Cecil, he embarked in merchandising. The firm of Cecil & Kendrick did a large and prosperous business in merchandise and extended its operations to trading largely in cattle and other farm stock, which they marketed in Virginia and the cotton states at a large profit, up to the dissolution of the firm in 1847, when Cecil removed to Boyle County. In the meantime Mr. Kendrick had bought the Albert Epperson and Charles Mills farms which he united into one and farmed and raised stock on a large scale on his own account.
After the dissolution of the firm of Cecil & Kendrick he continued merchandising on his own account until the outbreak of the war. On the organization of the branch of the Commercial Bank of Kentucky at Monticello, he took stock in it to a considerable amount and was its president during its continuance in business. During the fifties and after the war in the sixties, and for some time in the seventies, he turned his attention to the investment of his means into land. He also made considerable investments in Government and County and City bonds. On the organization of the National Bank of Monticello in 1872, he took a large amount of stock in it and was its president from its organization to 1877 when it went into liquidation. During part of 1877 and 1878 he carried on a private bank, under the style of Kendrick, Sallee & Company. He was the founder of the Kendrick Institution and its largest stockholder, and president from its institution in 1866 to the time it was unfortunately burned in 1872. He was the largest stockholder and for many years the president of the Monticello and Burnside Turnpike Company, and subsequently its treasurer to the time of his death. Besides an active participation in all these things, though far advanced in years, he personally superintended extensive farming operations on several large farms, even down to the smallest details.
Possessed of a powerful frame and vigorous constitution, unimpaired almost to the last, he seemed to go everywhere and to attend to everything on his extensive possessions that required attention. His capacity for business during at least fifty years of his life among us was truly wonderful. During that time he transacted more business, it is safe to say, than any other ten men that ever lived in the county during the same time. His sound judgement and sagacity in business was proverbial, and while connected with a vast amount of business affairs of his own, he was consulted by nearly all the citizens of the county on embarking in, or conducting enterprises of their own.
He was a man of the strictest integrity in all his dealings with his fellow men, and his long and honorable career found its just reward, not only in the accumulation of a considerable fortune, but in securing for him the most implicit and abiding confidence and esteem of all who knew him.
No man who ever lived in the county dispensed charity more liberally or with less ostentation. Besides that he was ever the helper of poor young men struggling for a start in life. In addition to lending a helping hand to hundreds who needed help in business; he furnished money to more than a score of young men to aid them in qualifying themselves for professions, never asking security and trusting to their honor and his judgment of their merits and prospects of successful repayment. He has often remarked with gratification that he was never deceived in any of them, or never lost anything in helping them, except perhaps a very trivial balance that one or two of them failed to pay, owing to misfortune, and for which he attached no blame.
Some years ago he attached himself to the Christian Church, since which he has lived and died an exemplary and consistent member of that fold. His many good traits and deeds would fill a volume, but circumstances prevent a more extended notice at this time. "Taken all in all, we shall never see his like again."-Monticello Signal.
This is an exact copy of a letter found by Samuel Duncan of Nicholasville, now owned by Miss Amelia Saunders, Somerset, Kentucky:
Knoxville, Tennessee, September 9, 1821.
Tunstall Quarles, Somerset,
I want you to see Mr. Dollarhide and tell him he can have that sorrel horse which I promised to him by paying 50 dollars. I could get more money for such a horse if I had him here in Knoxville, but as Mr. Dollarhide is an old friend he may have the horse for the sum mentioned above. Tell George Saunders I was in Bedford County, Virginia, two weeks ago and attended the burial of Julius, his father. He was buried in honors of war as he was in the capture of that old Skoundrell Cornwallis at Little Fork, sixty-one years ago. Julius was a good soldier. I was in the funeral escort. More than a thousand people were at his burial. Rev. James Shelburne, a Baptist preacher, delivered a sermon at the grave. He was four years younger than myself. I was born in 1754; he was born in New Kent, 1758. I will be in Somerset in October or 1st of November.
THE RAMSEY FAMILY
The Ramsey family is of Scotch ancestry. They came to Wayne after 1816. The first
of whom we have a record was John Ramsey whose son, Richard, was father of R. S. Ramsey. Another son, I. C. Ramsey,
was prominent in the life of the county. He taught in the county as a young man and became superintendent of schools.
For a time he was in the mercantile business.
G. T. Ramsey, his brother, was sheriff of Wayne County, a fearless and popular official. Logan, another brother, became wealthy, owning extensive fertile lands in the rich Cumberland River bottoms. Preston moved to Missouri when he was very young.
R. S. Ramsey served with the Union Army in the Civil War. Alert and active at the age of ninety-four, he attended the reunion at Gettysburg. His prowess on horseback excited the admiration of his friends. A recent picture shows him taking a jump few younger men would attempt.
Many of the family served in the Revolution. It is thought that Thomas Ramsey, of Southwest Virginia, was the progenitor of the Wayne family.
Thomas Ramsey, Revolutionary soldier, emigrated to Lincoln County after the war. He received a pension in Garrard which had been created from Lincoln.
He was born in Botetourt County, Virginia in 1732, son of Thomas Ramsey. He was surveyor of that county in 1770, juror in 1773.
John Ramsey, his son, was deputy sheriff in Fincastle County in 1788.
"THE OLD FRENCH FEWSTON.
J. T. Alexander Tavern is one of the older buildings of the town, the oldest building in town being a part of the John Marcum property on Short Street, which was the original post office of the town, built in about 1800. The courthouse was then located on the lot where T. M. Ragan's oil house stands, afterwards known as the old Stone stable."-Wayne County Outlook, August, 1938.
In this house on Short Street, William Hardin lived with his family. His brother, Martin D. Hardin, born in Lincoln County in 1810, came as a very young man to Wayne and lived there with him. He remembered living there "when the stars fell in '33." His sister, Sarah, was visiting here at the time.
THE METCALFE HOME
"One of the most historic and interesting places in Wayne is the Metcalfe homestead on State Route 90, the old Monticello and Burnside toll pike, just south of Mill Springs post office. This house, built originally of brick, now has added a frame addition, which was built in the year 1800 when it was then in Pulaski County. The farm is the same as that patented by a governor of Kentucky to a lineal ancestor of the present owners and occupants and has been continuously owned and occupied by descendants of this pioneer whose name was West, of the fifth generation from him.
"The present owners, the Metcalfe family, have many antique pieces of furniture and bric-a-brac that have come down to them, that are of much interest especially to admirers of antiques, two especially prized pieces being a pair of old walnut tables. It was one of these tables that was used as a writing table by General Felix K. Zollicoffer who made his headquarters several months at this home, just prior to his tragic death in the Civil War Battle of Mill Springs, about six or seven miles north near the present national cemetery in 1863. A huge shaft of native limestone marks the spot where he is said to have been killed by opposing Union forces. The battle, by the way, is known as the
Battle of Fishing Creek, by Southern sympathizers in that conflict between the states.
"The Metcalfe home with its old historic association lies in a beautiful valley surrounded by high knobs, is a splendid example of a remnant of the beginning of civilization in Kentucky. It is on a splendid highway and easily accessible-but antique buyers had better save time for there is nothing for sale."- Somerset Commonwealth, May, 1934.
BIRTHPLACE OF SHELBY CULLOM
"One hundred years ago, when the surging, restless sea of humanity in the tier of states along the Atlantic burst its banks and came sweeping westward, inundating the Western plains, a diverging stream, diverted by a narrow channel, turned south and sought its level in what is now Wayne County, Kentucky. Strong rugged, fearless Anglo-Saxons were the men who sought homes on the frontier, ready to do battle with the red man for supremacy, to establish themselves there by untiring labor, and maintain their families by the sweat of the brow.
"Four miles from Monticello, on the Elk Spring Valley road, stands the oldest house in that section. Placed hospitably near the roadside, as was the custom in building in those days, when men were more considerate of each other's convenience, it remains a monument to the industry of a past generation, and a type of architecture now fast disappearing. Built of logs, then weather-boarded, making it a little more pretentious than the ordinary log house of the settler, with a queer low-ceiled porch running the full length of the house, it has successfully defied the ravages of time for a century. For a long time it has been unoccupied save by bats, until recently, a Negress, with a half dozen pickaninnies, has made one wing habitable. This house was built in 1798 by Lewis Coffey, a native Virginian, who came to Kentucky the same year with his wife.
"This old house was the birthplace of Shelby M. Cullom, the war Governor of Illinois and afterward United States Senator.
"Not half a mile away from the old house referred to a circular drive leads to the new home of T. J. Oatts. Built of brick and complete in every detail of modern convenience and artistic beauty, it is one of the most attractive country places in South Central Kentucky.
"And these two houses stand-the one a monument to the indomitable will and courage of a past generation, the other an indication of the thrift and industry of the present-the first house built in the county and the last."-Augusta LeGrande Phillips, Courier-Journal, October 23, 1897.
EARLY HOME OF JOHN CATRON
"In a sequestered corner of Wayne County, Kentucky, stands an old house of particular interest to Tennesseans, as it was the home of one of her most eminent jurists, John Catron. Tottering as it is under the withering touch of time, whose impartial, irresistible march devastates alike the home of the we'll known and the obscure, this house is a type of the homes of the earliest settlers and one of the landmarks, fast disappearing, of the frontier days of Kentucky and Tennessee.
"At that time each log cabin contained the seeds of an embryo empire, that, under the touch of tyranny, merged in the common cause of liberty, have developed into a mighty republic. Yet, cosmopolitan as the society necessarily was, the lines of national demarcation were clearly drawn. And among the few local survivors of a time fraught with such history-building material. John Catron is still referred to as a 'Dutchman' He was of German parentage on both sides. Realizing his inability to succeed in his chosen profession, the law, in Monticello, then a village of not more than 100 inhabitants, he removed in 1825 to Nashville, where he became a member of the bar. He served the people of Tennessee in different official capacities for a number of years. It was while he was judge of the court of appeals of the district in which he lived that he was enabled to befriend John Smith, the noted opposer of Calvinism in Kentucky. It was in 1832. The court was in session at Sparta, with some brilliant legal lights in evidence.
"As was customary, Smith had sent word to have the an-nouncement made that he would preach in Sparta at a certain time. But the people, in the violent opposition to what was termed Smith's heresy, refused to make the announcement and the church doors were closed against him.
"Catron learned of this and remembering Smith as a friend of his boyhood in Kentucky, made the announcement, opened the courthouse to him, and with his colleagues turned out to hear him preach. Catron early evinced an inclination to the study of law, in which he was encouraged by both parents, who having had no opportunities themselves for education, realized the necessity of such equipment for the battle of life, and directed their son's study to the classics, deeming a wide range of information a requisite for legal success-thus proving themselves prudent judges. In Andrew Jackson's last administration Catron received the appointment of associate justice of the supreme court of the United States-the highest tribunal in the land-in which judicial capacity he served till his death.
"The ruling passion of the Kentuckian was strong in John Catron's make-up, for the first thing he did upon attaining his majority was to purchase a Kentucky thoroughbred, naming him Agricola, in honor of that grand old Roman who fought the ancient Britons so bravely.
"There lives at Monticello today the tailor-a man of four-score and eight years-who made the suit of broadcloth in which the old man Catron went to Washington to see John in all the dignity and majesty of his new position. What a privilege allowed to man, thus to span the centuries and note the mighty changes as the decades pass in rapid succession! But the path of glory-as all other paths-leads but to the grave, and John Catron lives but in the memory of the few of his surviving contemporaries."-Augusta LeGrande Phillips, Chattanooga Times.
(The above article was published in 1897.)
John Catron was born in Grayson County, Virginia, son of Peter Catron who was son of Christopher Catron of Holland.
Peter Catron received pension for his services in the American Revolution.
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