Pension Applications – Graves County, Kentucky

Pension Applications – Graves County, Kentucky

Walter Adams

The said applicant had served as a private in the North Carolina militia. He was placed on the pension roll August 17, 1832. He was 79 years old as of March 4, 1831. He was residing in Graves County, Kentucky, when he applied for a pension May 16, 1833, while at the age of 78 years. He stated that he had been born in Fauquier County, Virginia, January 12, 1755. He further added that he had enlisted in Rowan County, North Carolina, in April 1777. He further added that since the end of the Revolutionary War he had lived in Graves County, Kentucky, moving to Kentucky in May 1833, from Rowan County, North Carolina. An affidavit of a fellow soldier, Al Cracken, was also made May 11, 1833, in Kentucky. The said affiant was then at the age of 78 years. He stated that he had been acquainted with the said Walter Adams in Rowan County, North Carolina.

John Brimmage

The said applicant served as a private in the Maryland militia and he was 73 years old as of May 10, 1834. He was residing in Graves County, Kentucky, when he applied for a pension April 15, 1834, at the age of 73 years. He also stated that he had been born in Queen Anne County, Maryland, June 8, 1760. He further added that he had enlisted in Anson County, North Carolina, in July 1781. Prior to the Revolutionary War he had resided in Queen Anne County, Maryland, Anson County, North Carolina, and also Effingham County, Georgia. He further added that since the end of the Revolutionary War, he had resided in Pendleton County, South Carolina. The said soldier also stated that he also resided in Lincoln County, Tennessee, since the war, and had moved to Kentucky from that county in 1795.

David Clark

The above named soldier was residing in Graves County, Kentucky, when he applied for a pension on the United States Roll. He had enlisted in Surry County, North Carolina, in 1776. Prior to the Revolutionary War had resided in Surry County, North Carolina, Pendleton County, South Carolina, and Christian County, Kentucky. After the war he lived in Weakley County, Tennessee, and then Graves County, Kentucky. His children are George, Charles, Mary, William, James, Susan, Silas, Harry, Elizabeth and John Clark. His widow, Charity Clark, filed her claim for a widow’s pension December 3, 1840, while she was a resident of Graves County, Kentucky. She stated that her maiden name was Charity Boon. They were married in Lincoln County, South Carolina, in 1778.

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics

Deaths – January 1911 – December 1915

  • Martha Queen, Boyd County, February 13, 1914, Vol. 7, #3464
  • Ophelia Louisa Queen, Webster County, November 11, 1912, Vol. 73, #29172
  • Rutha A. Queen, Webster County, May 7, 1915, Vol. 28, #13867
  • Susan Queen, Lawrence County, March 20, 1914, Vol. 16, #7887
  • Thomas Edward Queen, Lawrence County, August 23, 1915, Vol. 41, #20119
  • Vista Roland Queen, McCreary County, September 13, 1912, Vol. 61, #24006
  • Will Queener, Bell County, February 27, 1915, Vol. 7, #3167
  • Bridget Queenman, Jefferson County, January 11, 1913, Vol. 4, #1581
  • Martin J. Querk, Jefferson County, February 9, 1914, Vol. 9, #4382
  • Louis E. N. Querlet, McCracken County, November 15, 1915, Vol. 56, #27757
  • Estelle Quertermons, Union County, February 14, 1912, Vol. 14, #5574
  • Jasper N. Quertermons, Livingston County, July 19, 1915, Vol. 36, #17683
  • May Quertermouse, Livingston County, January 18, 1915, Vol. 5, #2043
  • Ella Quesenberry, Jefferson County, June 21, 1912, Vol. 39, #15275
  • L. Quesnell, Daviess County, March 14, 1912, Vol. 17, #6508
  • Margaret Quesnell, Daviess County, May 17, 1913, Vol. 26, #12550
  • Rosy Maud Quess, Shelby County, April 1, 1915, Vol. 23, #11054
  • James William Quessenberry, Barren County, January 7, 1911, Vol. 1, #80
  • Thomas A. Quessenberry, Jefferson County, July 23, 1911, Vol. 47, #18510
  • Mary P. Questa, Kenton County, January 30, 1912, Vol. 5, #1909
  • Richard L. Quettmous, Jefferson County, February 3, 1911, Vol. 10, #3764
  • Willis Quetermous, Jefferson County, September 30, 1912, Vol. 57, #22678
  • Sarah Quice, Franklin County, December 17, 1911, Vol. 78, #31096
  • Bertha May Quick, Barren County, August 29, 1912, Vol. 48, #18869
  • Franklin C. Quick, Barren County, December 6, 1913, Vol. 63, #31242
  • George W. Quick, Jefferson County, February 16, 1913, Vol. 10, #4612
  • C. Quick, Jefferson County, June 12, 1911, Vol. 39, #15273
  • Henry Quick, Jefferson County, March 3, 1915, Vol. 14, #6991
  • John Carr Quick, Christian County, June 21, 1914, Vol. 31, #15052
  • Joseph Quick, Henderson County, May 2, 1914, Vol. 27, #13016
  • Martha E. Quick, Barren County, January 5, 1911, Vol. 7, #2781
  • Mary Ann E. Quick, Boone County, December 19, 1912, Vol. 75, #29701
  • Sallie Quickel, Campbell County, July 28, 1912, Vol. 42, #16634
  • Mary Quicker, Jackson County, October 5, 1913, Vol. 54, #26936
  • John Quicksall, Wolfe County, April 6, 1911, Vol. 29, #11376
  • John Quicksel, Magoffin County, April 6, 1911, Vol. 27, #10479
  • Nancy Quicksel, Magoffin County, July 1, 1911, Vol. 48, #18980
  • Annie Henry Quicksell, Clark County, February 15, 1915, Vol. 8, #3556

Octagonal Confederate Soldier Memorial

IMG_1335_1This beautiful, octagonal stone in the Versailles Cemetery in Woodford County, Kentucky, is dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War, several who died in October, 1862, after the Battle of Perryville, fought in Boyle County, Kentucky, fought October 8, 1862.

IMG_1336_1William A. Arthur, Co. D 2nd Tennessee Regiment, died November 2, 1862.  R. W. Grant, Co. H 36th Georgia Regiment, died October 29, 1862.

IMG_1337_1Jacob Thomas, Co. E 36th Georgia Regiment, died October 26, 1862.  James Holden, Co. J 4th Tennessee Regiment, died October 23, 1862.

IMG_1338_1Abraham Holbert, Co. E 36th Georgia Regiment, died October 11, 1862.  William Carter, Co. %, 30th Alabama Regiment, died October 11, 1862.

IMG_1339_1William Allen, Co. F 36th Georgia Regiment, died October 11, 1862.  Joseph Tapp

IMG_1340_1Joseph Spiva, Jackson County, Arkansas, died October 13, 1862.

IMG_1341_1C. C. Campbell, born May 3, 1816, died October 2, 1877.  He died a gentleman, a soldier and a Christian, having served his country in Mexico as Lieutenant of Co. E 3rd Kentucky Regiment and as Lieutenant Colonel 3rd Kentucky Regiment in Morgan’s Brigade.

IMG_1342_1Isaac Cole, Co. B 5th Kentucky Regiment, died September 20, 1866.

IMG_1343_1William H. Watson, 1st Georgia Cavalry Regiment, died January 3, 1863.  S. B. Rockwell, Co. A 30th Arkansas Regiment, died 1863.


Captain Pink Varble – Riverboat Captain

For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘Falls’, it was a series of rapids on the Ohio River at Clarksburg, Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky, allowing the river to drop 26 feet over a distance of two and a half miles – very dangerous for river boat traffic. Today much of the original falls have been flooded and it is not quite the problem it used to be.

from Perrin’s Kentucky, A History of the State, 1888

Jefferson County, Kentucky

Captain Pink Varble is one of the best known river men in Louisville, and one of the safest and best Falls pilot ever on the Falls, having piloted more boats over the Falls than any one man in the business. He was born near Salisbury, North Carolina, September 5, 1828. He is the son of Henry and Alia (Catha) Varble, both of North Carolina. His parents moved to Kentucky in 1831 in wagons, and located in Oldham County, near Westport, Kentucky. Subject remained on the farm until 1842, then moved to Louisville and engaged in driving a wood wagon for J. M. Collins; remained with him for three months, after which he engaged himself to the old Falls pilot, Eli Vansickle, which was the foundation of his present occupation. He worked for Mr. Vansickle for six months, then made a contract with him to work four years for his board, clothing and three month’s schooling each winter and the learning of the Falls. The second year he was with him he took charge of the business, which was buying and selling flat-boats and lumber. Before his time was out Captain Vansickle established a ferry line between Portland, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana, young Varble taking charge and running the boats for two years, then selling out and retaining one boat. His time being out with Mr. Vansickle he was re-engaged, at $400 per year, to run his boat up Salt River to bring out pig iron. Having found a purchaser for the boat he sold out and went to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the fall of 1851, and opened a coal yard for J. H. Mulford, of New Orleans, Louisiana, and stayed there until April, 1852, but came back to Kentucky. On April 28, of the same year, he was married to Frances Littrell, of Ghent, Kentucky; eight children were the result, four of whom are now living: the eldest, Mary, the wife of John A. Stratton; second, Nelson L. Varble, the junior member of real estate firm of John A. Stratton & Co.; third, Pink Varble, Jr., the junior member of real estate firm of S. J. Hobbs & Co.; the youngest, Melvin Varble, is engaged with a collecting agency. Captain Varble was elected by the city council of Louisville to the office of Falls pilot in September, 1853, and has held that office ever since. In 1859 he built the tow-boat Pink Varble, and in 1860 bought the tow-boat Charles Miller; since that time he has built and owned fifty-seven steamboats. In 1861 he transported fifty street cars to New Orleans (first used in that city) on barges, having to get permit from the Secretary of War to go through the lines, also to get proper papers to come back from the Confederate authority. These papers read in this way: “By authority of President of Confederate States of America, the steamer Charles Miller is permitted to pass into United States without molestation. Signed, Governor Moore, State of Louisiana.”

DNA Testing Continues . . .


DNA Testing Continues . . .

This past November I received the results of my DNA test with At the time I was excited and enthralled, but realized there was still much more to the story. If you remember, Ancestry DNA gave results of 48% Western Europe, 24% Great Britain, 20% Ireland, 4% Iberian Peninsula and 4% Scandinavia. All very tidy and nice – 100% European. I felt there had to be more to the answer of my DNA inheritance. Someone suggested I go to (Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research) and upload my DNA file from Ancestry. It was easy to download the file from the Ancestry website to my computer, then upload to You can also upload your gedcom files to share research with others.

The ‘Analyze Your Data’ box is wonderful. It gives many ways to compare your file to others and get matches of people who share some of your DNA and who are probably on your family tree. My favorite is Admixture Proportions, which will show you percentages on each of your 22 chromosomes of the populations in each test. One that I have used is the Eurogenes K36 Admixture Proportion. Your DNA is matched with 36 areas of the world and given percentages for each chromosome. Of the 36 possible areas, I was given information on 28. Since you have 22 chromosomes, and each is 100%, you have to divide your total population by 22 to get a correct percentage for each area. For example, the North Sea area was my highest total percentage, 419.40%. Divided by 22, 19% of my total DNA makeup, according to this proportion, is North Sea. Each chromosome and percentage of North Sea DNA is listed below:

  • 1 – 27.3%
  • 2 – 22.2%
  • 3 – 15.4%
  • 4 – 5.4%
  • 5 – 22%
  • 6 – 0%
  • 7 – 22%
  • 8 – 37.5%
  • 9 – 17.4%
  • 10 – 16%
  • 11 – 21.9%
  • 12 – 11.5%
  • 13 – 30.1%
  • 14 – 42.7%
  • 15 – 2%
  • 16 – 28.1%
  • 17 – 5.1%
  • 18 – 27.2%
  • 19 – 11.4%
  • 20 – 5.2%
  • 21 – 22.2%
  • 22 – 26.8%

One of my questions is why is there 42.7% North Sea in chromosome 14 and 0% is chromosome 6? What is different between these two chromosomes? Is it the luck of the draw, or does chromosome 6 take DNA from only a particular part of a single heritage?

The list of K36 proportions from my DNA  – (I copied the information to an excel spreadsheet and sorted it by largest percentage. In the original report it is alphabetical by area.):

  • North Sea – 19%
  • North Atlantic – 16.4%
  • Iberian – 10%
  • French – 9.4%
  • Italian – 8%
  • Eastern Europe – 7%
  • Fennoscandian – 7%
  • Central Europe – 6.6%
  • Basque – 3%
  • East Central Europe – 3%
  • East Balkan – 2%
  • Armenian – 2%
  • North Caucasian – 1%
  • West Caucasian – 1%
  • West Mediterranean – 1%
  • Volga-Ural – 0.59%
  • Arabian – 0.5%
  • Amerindian – 0.5%
  • Near Eastern – 0.23%
  • South Central Asian – 0.2%
  • East Mediterranean – 0.2%
  • Oceanian – 0.2%
  • South Asian – 0.15%
  • Malayan – 0.1%
  • North African – 0.095%
  • Pygmy – 0.045%
  • Omotic – 0.04%
  • Siberian – 0.03%
  • Central African – 0%
  • East African – 0%
  • East Asian – 0%
  • East Central Asian – 0%
  • Indo-Chinese – 0%
  • Northeast Africa – 0%
  • South Chinese – 0%
  • West Africa – 0%

Being the visual person that I am, I brought out my world map and plotted the above areas according to colored pins associated with a higher or lower percentage. I can now easily see the areas of the world from which my ancestors came to make the unique individual that is myself!

IMG_2391Europe, Scandinavia, West Asia, North Africa

IMG_2389Malayan and Oceanian

IMG_2383Color-coded Legend

You can also do chromosome painting with any of the proportions – which gives a colorful rendition of the mixture of DNA within each chromosome.  This is my chromosome 1 from the K13 proportion.  The colors are a bit muted from the printing and scanning – it’s a beautiful presentation on your computer.

Scan_Pic1358Another interesting admixture is the MDLP K23b proportions. This is a pie chart showing heritage divided into zones, with some labeled as early farmers and hunters/gatherers. I’m not sure what part of the DNA gives this information, but it is another part of our makeup.


You can compare one kit to another – this is the term used for your uploaded DNA file – or one kit to many. There is an Admixture/Oracle with Population Search, a 3D Chromosome Browser, Phasing – which compares DNA from mother, father and children.

Scan_Pic1356Another very interesting comparison is the Archaic DNA matches – that matches your DNA with ancient DNA segments that have been pulled from people who lived many years ago. For example, one of the samples was from a female from Stuttgart, Germany, who lived about 7,500 years ago. I am a strong match with this person. Does it mean I really descended from her? Possibly, but it means I have many of the same DNA characteristics. Another is a male from Ust-Ishim, Siberia, who lived about 45,000 years ago.  I have plotted these matches with a black pin on my world map.

IMG_2385Montana, male who lived 12,500 years ago.  Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, male who lived 4,000 years ago.

I have not begun to look at all the charts and proportions available on this website. But the little I have has made me an avid DNA enthusiast who wants to learn more about this fascinating subject!

Versailles Cemetery – Woodford County, Kentucky

IMG_1317_1Versailles Cemetery – Woodford County, Kentucky

IMG_1304_1Keturah Gruelle Milward, 1817-1895

IMG_1305_1Rev. P. W. Gruelle, died June 25, 1855, aged 41 years

IMG_1308_1Pearl Hawkins, wife of W. P. Hall, Alice daughter of W. P. & P. H. Hall, aged 2 years, Louis W., son of J. W. & J. Hawkins

IMG_1311_1Jane Dedman Nuckols, wife of Charles M. Harris, 1875-1903

IMG_1321_1S. A. Ireland, died September 1858

IMG_1328_1Matilda, wife of Hezekiah Winn, died November 6, 1863, aged 36 years

IMG_1329_1Hezekiah Winn, born November 27, 1813, died July 16, 1893

IMG_1334_1Thomas J. White, January 25, 1827 – August 8, 1911.  Mary E. White, April 20, 1845 – February 2, 1912


History of the Black Wedding Dress

Scan_Pic1351 2I was enthralled when this photo was received – the happy bride and groom on their wedding day.  But I must admit my surprise at the black wedding dress and white veil.  I decided to research wedding dresses and trace the history through the last 200 years.

In the very early 1800’s brides chose any color for their wedding gown.  Several reason were given for this decision.  The gown could be worn for more than the one occasion – and a darker color would not get dirty as easily as a white or light-colored gown.

Many thought wearing a black wedding dress bad luck.  I remember reading the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder when young.  As Laura and Almanzo prepared for their wedding day and decided to marry earlier than planned – Almanzo’s sister was coming and they were afraid she would insist on a much larger wedding than they wanted – the wedding gown wasn’t even started!  The only dress finished at that time was a black dress – but Laura insisted that it wouldn’t be any more bad luck than another color dress!  And that was what she wore!

Black was also sometimes worn when marrying a widower.  I suppose this was a form of mourning for the first wife.

When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha February 10, 1840, she wore a white dress covered in Honiton lace.  Descriptions of the gown and engravings of the couple encouraged many brides to follow suit.  By the 1870’s most brides wore white, but some still wore black into the 1880’s.

This wedding photo was taken by Julius Reichling in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, probably 1870-1885.