McFatridge and Willham Bible Records

McFatridge and Willham Bible Records

Mercer County, Kentucky


  • William McFatridge was married to Margaret J. McKittrick November 14, 1855
  • W. W. Wilham was married to N. L. McFatridge November 28, 1889.  W. W. and Nancy Lou got their marriage license at Lebanon, Marion County, Kentucky
  • Oliver Willham married Jewell Hiatt October 18, 1921, by Rev. H. O. Nicely
  • William Oliver Willham was married to Gene Gardner June 20, 1948, at the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, 5:30 p.m. by John M. Carter and Evans T. Mosely, ministers.


  • William McFatridge born August 6, 1814
  • Margaret McKittrick born April 20, 1828
  • William A. McFatridge born August 27, 1856
  • Lizzie McFatridge born January 10, 1859
  • Sallie K. McFatridge born November 18, 1860
  • John S. McFatridge born December 16, 1861
  • Nannie L. McFatridge born December 23, 1866
  • Oliver Willham born September 20, 1898
  • Harold Oliver Willham born September 20, 1898
  • William Oliver Willham born July 22, 1928


  • Margaret McFatridge died October 9, 1876
  • Sallie K. McFatridge died September 7, 1876
  • William McFatridge died August 5, 1891
  • Lizzie McFatridge died December 31, 1898
  • William Andrew McFatridge died September 22, 1916
  • John S. McFatridge died March 9, 1933
  • H. Oliver Willham died May 29, 1943
  • Nancy Willham died June 16, 1946
  • Nan Willham (infant) died November 23, 1953
  • William Wall Willham died July 10, 1951
  • Jewell Hiatt Willham, wife of Oliver, died March 27, 1964, Good Friday at 12 noon

From Gethsemani Abbey to the Big City of Louisville


About twelve years ago I researched the family of Richard Linton.  We spent three or four years unraveling his Linton-Welsh family.  Since my own research took his Linton’s back to Captain John Hancock Linton, most of my time was concentrated on the descendants of the captain’s grandson, Moses Filmore Linton, and the Welsh line.  Cousin Dick and I both worked on the final report for his family – I giving the facts and dates and other information, and he giving the personal touch with family stories and photos.

Captain John’s son Moses came to Kentucky several years earlier than his father and settled in Nelson County, then moving to Washington County when his father arrived in the state.  His son Moses Filmore Linton, born in 1819, married Margaret Willett Kennedy, a widow, September 2, 1850, in Nelson County.  Moses and Margaret’s first child, William Franklin Linton, is the grandfather of Richard Linton.  Moses Filmore Linton died April 4, 1876, leaving William Franklin to help his mother with the farm and family.

William F. Linton married Catherine Welsh January 27, 1879, in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Catherine was the daughter of John Welsh and Sarah Hollern, both immigrants from Galway County, Ireland.  The couple came back to the Nelson County farm (about 70 miles on a straight line, west-northwest, from Mt. Vernon) near Gethsemani Abbey and lived for a few years. Kate Linton is listed in the 1880 census living in the household with her mother-in-law, Margaret Linton. That is, William F. and Catherine began their marriage living at the family farm with William F.’s widowed mother, Margaret, and six of William’s siblings still at home, while William F. worked the farm. (Daughter Louisa had married by this time and daughter Regina had died.)

The 1890 census was lost in a fire in Washington, D.C. What valuable information up in cinders! The next available census records, 1900, show William F., wife Catherine and seven children living in Jefferson County at 1322 W. Broadway in Louisville. William is listed as a grocer. Catherine is shown being the mother of eight children, seven of which are living. It is impossible to tell when this child would have been born and died. Since no mention of this child has been handed down through the family it probably died shortly after birth.

How and when did the family make such a move from the farm to the city? We turn to the Louisville City Directories for some clues. In 1883 a Wm. F. Linton is listed as a brakeman for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. No residence is given. It is possible William F. (b: 1851) first moved to Louisville on his own – perhaps to find employment and housing for his family. Either the family farm was not producing enough to support all the children of Moses and Margaret Linton, or William F., and later a few of his brothers thought they could receive a better economic return for their labor in the city, or they simply desired to engage in some work other than farming. In the 1885 directory William F. Linton is listed as a driver for Brinkley and Adams, and gives his residence as 1524 Lytle. Catherine and the children must have made the move to Louisville by this time.

By 1888 two brothers (John K. Linton, b: 1858; Joseph Charles Fenton Linton, b: 1859) and a cousin (James Monroe Linton, b: 1857) have joined William in Louisville. The list from the directory is as follows: William F. Linton, packer Brinkley & Grubbs, res. 1818 Lytle; Fenton Linton, driver C.P.R.R. Co., res. 1726 W. Walnut; James M. Linton, driver, res. 2417 W. Broadway; John Linton, driver Brinkley & Grubbs, res. 1818 Lytle. James Monroe Linton is the son (7th and last child) of William Yerby Linton (b: 1818), brother to Moses F. Linton (b: 1819) and William Yerby’s first wife, Mary M. Polly Hagan.

Over the next 6 years, the four changed employers a time or two. Then, in 1894, a significant development — the first mention of the Linton Brothers Grocery. The listing is as follows in the 1894 Carson’s City Directory for Louisville: Linton Bros. (W.F. & J.F. Linton) grocers, 2401 Slevin; James F. (Linton Bros.) res. 226 7th; John, packer Lou. Tin & Stove Co., res. 511 22nd; Monroe, engineer Lou. Tin & Stove Co., res. 226 7th; Wm. F. (Linton Bros.) res. 2401 Slevin. Here again, the James F. should be Joseph F. in reference to (Joseph Charles) Fenton Linton (b: 1859).

For whatever reason, by 1895 the partnership (even if it was just an informal one) had been dissolved. Joseph Fenton Linton found a new partner at the Slevin address and William moved his business to another address. The 1895 directory is as follows: Linton Bros. (W. F. Linton) grocer, 1324 W. Broadway; John, packer, Lou. Tin & Stove Co., res. 2401 Slevin; Joseph F. (J.F. & J.M. Linton), bus. 2401 Slevin; J.F. & J.M. (Joseph F. & J. Monroe Linton) grocers, 2401 Slevin; J. Monroe (J.F. & J.M. Linton) res. 2401 Slevin; Wm. F. (Linton Bros.) res. 1324 W. Broadway. During the next several years, the city directory records some additional job changes by some of the group. During these next years, the city directory continues to show William F. as operating a grocery at 1324 W. Broadway. The latter also seems to have been the residence address for William F.’s family until 1900 when the residence is shown as 1322 W. Broadway where, according to the census for that year, they rented.

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Catherine Welsh Linton holding her youngest of 8 children (7 of whom survived) — son George William Linton. As Uncle George, born July 11, 1899, appears to be about 2 months old here, that would date the picture to September 1899, making Grandmother Catherine, born 7-13-1861, a young and very attractive woman of 38 years. After eight children, her beauty is all the more amazing. (Indeed, I think my male cousins would join me in saying that at 38, Grandmother Catherine was still quite a chick.)

By 1907, with the grocery still at 1324 W. Broadway, the residence has changed to 1320 W. Broadway, with that address also listed as his residence. In 1910, their residence changed to 1224 W. Broadway, and the census for that year states that they owned their home. Catherine worked as a saleslady, Margaret as bookkeeper and Walter, and Annie as clerks at the grocery store that William owned. Sallie had already married.

The 1911 directory reveals another significant development: William F. is listed as operating a saloon at 1332 W. Broadway and a grocery at 1100 S. 9th. Son Walter is listed as a bartender for his father. Son James Willett is listed as a clerk for S. Shapinsky & Co. In 1912 William F. is listed as operating only the saloon.

In 1918 William F. is still operating the saloon at 1332 W. Broadway with son Jas. W. as bartender. Son Walter is now a travel agent; son J. Richard (Richard J.) a clerk for P. Lorillard Co.; and son W. Geo. (George W.) a clerk for Stewart Dry Goods Co.

In the frames below, Richard Linton has provided the pictures (the full and then the cropped ones) of Linton’s Grocery, with William F. Linton standing at the front door. Although the photo shows that the business was selling liquor (the emblem on the right of the door), and apparently beer (sign on the left), presumably that could have been done from a grocery store without converting the store into a saloon. Moreover, William F.’s apron has more the appearance of a butcher’s apron than any appearance it likely would have had (even if he wore an apron) when he was operating a saloon from 1911 to 1920 — the decade of World War I.

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The photo also is consistent with an 1899 time frame based on the fact that the upstairs appears to be a residence. Recall that during the last 5 years of the 19th Century, the family’s residence was the same 1324 W. Broadway address as their grocery business. As the two youngest sons (Richard and George) progressed into their grade school years, they delivered groceries in the store’s goat cart, as described later. That would have been done from the 1324 W. Broadway location during perhaps the 3 or 4 years before the store moved in 1910, and possibly for the next 2 years at the new location of 1100 S. 9th before it appears that William F. discontinued his grocery store in favor of operating his saloon business.

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This close up view (as cropped from the original photo) of granddad Linton shows him to have been husky, with rather muscular arms. He appears to have been perhaps 5’11” or so in height, and, as of this photo, weighing roughly 235 pounds.  His formidable appearance no doubt served him well when he later, during the 1910s, operated a saloon a few doors away at 1332 W. Broadway. On his birthday of July 4 that 1899, Granddad would have turned 48 years of age.


Richard J. “Dick” Linton, Sr., in Go-Cart with Billy Goat.  Brother George standing by.  The boys delivered groceries in Go-Cart for their Daddy.  Linton’s Grocery, Louisville, Kentucky - from  a handwritten note.

Following the close of World War I, a great social, legal, and economic change occurred in the United States — on January 16, 1920, Prohibition became part of the “law of the land” by virtue of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution (and by the Volstead Act that implemented the Amendment). Prohibition would remain the law until it essentially was repealed, by the 21st Amendment, effective December 5, 1933. (The repeal was not total, for it permitted the states to enact their own prohibition laws. Few did. Today, only some counties or communities remain “dry.”)

Under Prohibition, all importing, exporting, transporting, selling and manufacturing of intoxicant liquor was put to an end. And thus ended the saloon days for William F. In the 1920 Louisville Directory he was listed as selling soft drinks at the former address of the saloon. Sons George, James Willett and Richard were clerks, but Walter had become department manager of Embry-Weir Motors. For the next two years William F. was listed as a grocer once again.


On March 24, 1922, William F. Linton passed away. He and Catherine had spent 43 years together. Catherine lived on at the West Broadway address until 1926 when she moved to 1860 Yale Drive. The rest of her days were spent there. On September 27, 1931, Catherine died. She and William are buried in Calvary Cemetery in Louisville.


Todd Family Buried at the Lexington Cemetery


Many members of the Robert Smith Todd family are buried at the Lexington Cemetery. Robert is well known as the father of Mary Todd, who married Abraham Lincoln, and became first lady during one of the most trying times in our country’s history. But even without this illustrious branch of the family tree the Todd family was prominent in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. Robert’s father, Levi Todd, helped found the city of Lexington, and was a prominent land owner in the state. Levi Todd was born October 4, 1756 and died September 6, 1807. He married first Jane Briggs and secondly Jane Holmes, the first being the mother of Robert Todd. Levi was the son of David Todd and Hannah Owen, from Louisa County, Virginia, coming with his family to Kentucky in 1775.


David Todd, born April 8, 1723, died February 8, 1785, Grandfather of Robert Smith Todd


Hannah Owen, wife of David Todd, born June 3, 1729, died may 16, 1805, Grandmother of RST


General Levi Todd, born October 4, 1756, died September 6, 1807, father of RST


Jane Briggs, wife of General Levi Todd, born June 3, 1761, died July 22, 1800, mother of RSTIMG_1550_1

Elizabeth L. Todd, died February 16, 1874, 2nd wife of RST

Robert Todd married Eliza Parker in November of 1812. Together they had seven children before Elizabeth’s death in 1825. Robert married again, to Elizabeth “Betsy” Humphreys. His children never warmed to their new step-mother. Robert and his second wife had nine children, so the Todd house was overflowing. In 1832 Robert Todd purchased a home on Main Street in Lexington, now known as the Mary Todd Lincoln House which is open to the public.

Children of Robert Smith Todd and Elizabeth Parker

  • Mary Ann Todd
  • Levi Owen Todd
  • Elizabeth Porter Todd
  • Frances Todd
  • Ann Todd
  • Robert Parker Todd
  • George Rogers Clark Todd

Children of Robert Smith Todd and Elizabeth Humphreys

  • Margaret Todd
  • Samuel B. Todd
  • David H. Todd
  • Martha Todd
  • Emilie Todd
  • Alexander H. Todd
  • Elodie Todd
  • Katherine Todd
  • Robert Smith Todd


In Memory of My Boys – Samuel B. Todd, David H. Todd, Alexander H. Todd, all Confederate Soldiers – sons of RST and Elizabeth Humphreys

It is well known that while Mary Todd Lincoln’s husband was the President and leader of the Union forces during the Civil War, her brothers fought for the South.


Martha, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth L. Todd, of Lexington, Kentucky, and wife of C. B. White, of Selma, Missouri, born June 9, 1833, died July 9, 1868


Emilie, daughter of R. S. and E. L. Todd, and wife of General Ben Hardin Helm, born November 11, 1836, died February 20, 1930


Katherine, daughter of General Ben Hardin Helm and Emilie Todd, Granddaughter of RST, born September 2, 1857, died June 18, 1937


Elodie, daughter of General Ben Hardin Helm and Emilie Todd, wife of Waller H. Lewis, Granddaughter of RST, born March 7, 1859, died June 12, 1953


Ben Hardin Helm, son of General Ben Hardin Helm and Emilie Todd, Grandson of RST, born May 16, 1862, died May 28, 1946

Last year I read Mary Todd Lincoln, A Biography by Jean H. Baker. A fascinating book, it gives greater insight Mary Todd as a privileged daughter of pioneer Kentuckians, and Mary Lincoln on the world stage as wife of the one of the most important men in history.

French Family Bible Records

French Family Bible Records

Mercer County, Kentucky


  • Edward French was born 11th day of March 1821
  • Jane French was born 29th day of October 1821
  • Lillian French was born 26th day of September 1871
  • Fannie Comingo was born 2nd day of November 1871
  • John French was born 15th day of May 1844
  • Harve Walker French was born 20th day of February 1847
  • William Henry Comingo was born 10th day of May 1852
  • James E. Comingo was born 24th day of June 1854
  • Rachel Ann Comingo was born 29th day of September 1857
  • Edward French was born the 5th day of March 1814
  • Oney French was born the 29th day of November 1875
  • Carlile Wade was born the 2nd day of September 1884
  • Veria Wade was born the 6th day of January 1881


  • Edward French and Jane, his wife, were married on the 6th day of October 1842
  • John French and Susan, his wife, were married the 28th day of January 1867
  • Harvey W. French and Larue, his wife, were married the 5th day of January 1871
  • William H. Comingo and Mary, his wife, were married the 16th day of June 1871
  • James E. Comingo and Mattie, his wife, were married the 23rd day of September 1875


  • Edward French died on the 26th day of December 1849

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

Name of Person – County – Date of Death – Volume – Certificate #

  • Minnie Ramin, Jefferson County, February 24, 1914, Vol. 10, #4570
  • Elizabeth Ramler, Kenton County, March 30, 1915, Vol. 16, #7534
  • Joseph Ramler, Kenton County, February 24, 1914, Vol. 10, #4802
  • Lauretta Ramler, Kenton County, November 25, 1914, Vol. 59, #29211
  • Longina Ramler, Kentcon County, March 20, 1914, Vol. 16, #7809
  • Nicholas Rammacker, Jefferson County, February 18, 1913, Vol. 10, #4635
  • Bertha ioma Rammage, McCracken County, March 21, 1912, Vol. 20, #7953
  • Constantine Rammeses, Campbell County, March 9, 1915, Vol. 13, #6160
  • Lucy Jane Ramon, Barren County, February 27, 1914, Vol. 7, #3364
  • Clara Golde Ramp, Mrs., Jefferson County, March 11, 1911, Vol. 18, #6832
  • Robben Rams, Whitley County, January 1, 1913, Vol. 12, #5988
  • Albert Everet Ramsay, Breckinridge County, January 17, 1912, Vol. 2, #433
  • William Ramsay, Jefferson County, March 30, 1911, Vol. 18, #7061
  • Elmore Ramser, Jefferson County, October 25, 1911, Vol. 66, #26186
  • Floyd Ramseur, Bell County, August 3, 1915, Vol. 38, #18799
  • Aden Gainey Ramsey, Rockcastle County, January 17, 1913, Vol. 6, #2770
  • Alex Ramsey, Pike County, April 26, 1914, Vol. 23, #11414
  • Anna Ramsey, Mrs., Campbell County, March 11, 1911, Vol. 15, #5774
  • Arthur Ramsey, McCreary County, Januyar 7, 1915, Vol. 5, #2109
  • Beece Ramsey, Madison County, February 7, 1914, Vol. 11, #5051
  • Ben A. Ramsey, Christian County, January 6, 1912, Vol. 2, #646
  • Bertha Ramsey, Crittenden County, December 2, 1915, Vol. 60, #29671
  • Carline Harden Ramsey, Logan County, March 7, 1915, Vol. 16, #7676
  • Carrie B. Ramsey, Clark County, June 11, 1913, Vol. 31, #15249
  • Casper Ramsey, Rockcastle County, January 29, 1913, Vol. 6, #2773
  • Charles Ramsey, Crittenden County, June 8, 1912, Vol. 37, #14565
  • Charles E. Ramsey, Whitley County, December 18, 1914, Vol. 67, #33149
  • Charles J. Ramsey, Crittenden County, March 16, 1914, Vol. 14, #6571
  • Charlie Ramsey, Christian County, August 21, 1911, vol. 51, #20308
  • Charlie Ramsey, Pike County, July 14, 1911, Vol. 49, #19348
  • Christina Ramsey, Grayson County, June 14, 1913, Vol. 32, #15582
  • Clifford Ramsey, Jackson County, February 27, 1915, Vol. 9, #4131
  • Della Ramsey, Boyle County, April 20, 1915, Vol. 19, #9016
  • Eleanor Gilmore Ramsey, Henry County, July 28, 1913, Vol. 42, #20679

Early Jefferson County Marriages

Marriages – Jefferson County, Kentucky


  • Jesse Davis married Elizabeth Keisser – January 4, 1786
  • Henry Ditto married Nancy Bartlett – January 5, 1786
  • James Kerlin married Margaret Smith – January 10, 1786
  • Buckner Pittman married Ann Smith – January 14, 1786
  • Andrew Calhoun married Margaret Gregory – January 14, 1786
  • Conrad Coleman married Barsheba Hughes, widow – January 25, 1786
  • Alexander Scott Bullitt married Priscilla Christian – January 31, 1786
  • Philip Dailey married Mary Wise – February 2, 1786
  • John Voreess married Rachel Monfort – February 4, 1786
  • William Payton married Mary Ross – February 22, 1786
  • William Lucas married Catherine Darling, widow – March 27, 1786
  • Joseph Wade married Elizabeth Ash, widow – April 4, 1786
  • Thomas Sturgeon married Sally Humes – April 11, 1786
  • Michael Sinclare married Eleanor Houghland – May 20, 1786
  • Francis Sternater married Sarah Pyburn – May 20, 1786
  • Moses Lunsford married Lovely Wheat – May 20, 1786
  • Elias Nald married Rebecca Houghland – May 27, 1786
  • William Cooper married Mary Fullen Lutes, widow – June 6, 1786
  • William Taylor married Lucy Hord – June 6, 1786
  • Nathan Garrett married Esther London – July 6, 1786
  • George Leviston married Christian Edgcomb, widow – July 25, 1786
  • William Chapman married Jean Hambleton, widow – August 1, 1786
  • Nicholas Meriwether married Elizabeth Daniel – October 12, 1786
  • Thomas Minter married Mary Kinder, widow – October 23, 1786
  • Garrard Dement married Patty Nuttle – October 28, 1786
  • James Guthrie married Eunice Paul, widow – November 23, 1786
  • John Davis married Hannah Ingram – December 3, 1786
  • Moses Boone married Hannah Boone – December 9, 1786
  • Richard Carson married Elizabeth Patterson, widow – December 19, 1786
  • William Linn married Catherine Leatherman – December 25, 1786
  • Martin Rose married Rebecca Thickstun – December 27, 1786

Elder David J. K. Maddox

from Biographical Sketches of Kentucky – Ohio County

Elder David J. K. Maddox, Ohio County, was born May 10, 1836, on the place where he now resides near Rockport.  His father, John Maddox, Jr., was born December 23, 1796, in Woodford County, Kentucky.  He was a licentiated and great revivalist in the Baptist Church, extensively known, and died at this place June 10, 1876; he lost six slaves by the emancipation; he was the son of John Maddox, Sr., of Culpeper County, Virginia, who removed to Kentucky when a young man; he was a soldier in the Revolution.  He married Eleanor Aston; was an active Baptist, and died in Hamilton, Kentucky, in 1845, aged about eighty years.  John Maddox, Jr., married Amelia B., daughter of Robert and Charlotte (Barnes) Render, of Ohio County; she died in 1875, at the age of seventy-five years.  Their union was blessed by the birth of Mary B. (Rowe), Eleanor A. (Taylor), Azariah P., Elizabeth R. (Casebier), Susanna H. (Stroud), Paulina F. (Baker), Joseph L. R., David J. K., Charlotte J. (Tichenor), and Sarah C. (Brown).  All were married and all were Baptists.  In youth, Elder Maddox had only such educational advantages as the schools of the county afforded, but by close application, laboring in the daytime, studying at night, preaching on Sabbath, he had acquired a large fund of information on ecclesiastical and literary subjects.  March 9, 1856, he married Sallie A., daughter of Collier and Ann Tichenor, of Ohio County, born November 3, 1834.  To their union have been born James E., John B., Anna B., Collier T., David L., Edgar D., Jared M., William N., Albert L., Caperton C., Susan A. C., and Martha E.  At the age of ten years, Elder Maddox joined the Missionary Baptist Church; was licensed to preach in 1859; ordained to the full work of the ministry in 1860, and  has served as pastor of Rochester, West Providence (sixteen years), Pond Run, Paradise, Mt. Carmel, Beaver Dam, Central City, Woodward’s Valley and West Point.  He was moderator of the Gasper River Association for seven years, and during the time of his ministry has baptized about 800 and married about 300 couples.  Elder Maddox owns and cultivates the old family manor consisting of about 300 acres of productive and well-improved land.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the G. T.; was chaplain of the State Grange, and politically a Democrat.