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Maidstone Survey for Peter Carrico

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Peter Carrico is my 5th great-grandfather – my mother is his 4th great-granddaughter in direct line, Catherine Lyons Carrico.  Previously I mentioned that I thought the name Carrico could be French or Italian, but after my DNA testing and more research, I believe it to be Portuguese.  Be that as it may, Peter Carrico came to Maryland in the early years of his life, marrying Ann Gates after 1721 in Charles County.  Notice in the body of this resurvey that the land was resurveyed for Ann Gates in 1721 – obviously before her marriage to Peter Carrico.  When Ann died about 1735, Peter married  Margaret Gates – probably a cousin to Ann.  Peter died at Bryantown Hundred, Charles County, Maryland, October 18, 1765.

The Carrico’s were part of the migration of Catholic families from Maryland to Kentucky in the last years of the 18th century, who settled in Washington, Nelson and Marion counties.

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Maidstone Survey for Peter Carrico

Maryland                                                                               March 4th, 1734

By virtue of a special warrant out of his Lordship’s Land Office bearing date the tenth day of September, last granted unto Peter Carrico of Charles County to resurvey a tract or parcel of land lying in Charles County aforesaid, originally on the seventeenth day of June 1675 granted unto a certain John Hunt for the quantity of one hundred acres, and resurveyed again on the ninth of November 1721 for a certain Ann Gates for the quantity of two hundred and fifteen acres, with liberty to include its surplusage and add what vacant land may be found contiguous thereto. This is therefore to certify that I have resurveyed and laid out for and the name of him, the said Peter Carrico, the aforesaid tract of land according to its ancient metes and bounds, including eighty nine acres of surplusage bounded as follows. Beginning at a bounded white oak sapling standing at the edge of an old field at the place where the original first bound tree of the said tract stood, running thence north twenty perches to a bounded tree of a tract of land called Canterbury, and with the said land north and west one hundred and ninety two perches, then south west one hundred perches, then south eighty eight degrees west one hundred and twenty perches to a bounded white oak, a bound tree aforesaid, tract then southeast one hundred and thirty perches, then south thirteen degrees west sixty five perches to a bounded beech the last bound tree of said tract, thence with a straight line to the first beginning, containing one hundred and eighty nine acres and have added thereto one hundred and twenty three acres of vacancy and reduced all into one entire tract called Maidstone, bounded as follows, beginning at the aforesaid bound white oak sapling at the place where the original first bound tree of the said tract stood, running thence north forty perches, then north eighty one degrees, west forty eight perches to the bound tree of Canterbury aforesaid, then north and by west one hundred and ninety two perches, then west thirty six perches, then south sixty four degrees, west one hundred and sixteen perches then north fifty three degrees, west eighty three perches, then north sixty degrees, west one hundred and forty perches, then north and by east fifty six perches, then south east one hundred and ninety two perches, then south nine degrees, east ninety six perches to a bounded beech, then with a straight line to the first beginning. Containing and now resurveyed and laid out for three hundred and twelve acres to be held of Calvert Manor.                     William Hanson


Pilkington/Sutton Double Funeral

IMG_0230The Pleasant Hill Community of Shakers was a thriving community for many years in Mercer County, Kentucky.  The Shakers were friendly, hospitable and gave much to the community.  During the Civil War, after the Battle of Perryville in nearby Boyle County, many of the wounded were brought to the Shakers.  In this article from 1913 there were only seven members left, and they died within a few years.  The beautiful buildings and the land of the Shakers were left many years to deteriorate.  I believe it was in the 1960’s that a grant was received to restore Pleasant Hill to its former glory.  Now the buildings and grounds have many visitors each year, learning the lives of the Shakers and enjoying memories of a time past.  There are riverboat rides on the Kentucky River, tours of the village and grounds.  Every spring a group from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center gives a weekend of concerts in the barn – and they play to a full house!  It is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been – about ten minutes from our home.  Ritchey and I go out there often to walk, take photos and partake of the wonderful food based on original Shaker recipes – including their famous lemon pie!  I am very honored every time I set foot on the property.

Pilkington/Sutton Double Funeral

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, January 3, 1913

John Pilkington and Mary Jane Sutton Buried Same Day at Shakertown – Service by Dr. Yeaman

The old Shaker Community in this county, will, in a short time, be reduced to its last member.  On last Sunday, and again on Monday, the brooding quiet of the little village was broken by the death angel and two souls answered the call and passed into ‘that bourne from which no traveler returns.”  Sister Mary Jane Sutton, extended sketch of whose life appeared in the Herald two weeks ago, and Brother John Pilkington, also mentioned in the sketch, died within a few hours of each other, and on Tuesday a sad little cortege wended its way from the village to the burying ground on the hill where the winter sunshine was slanting across two open graves.

IMG_6165There was one funeral service of both old people and an impressive scene it was – two caskets side by side in the hall of the Central House, while other members of the faith, neighbors and friends, gathered to pay the last tribute of respect.  It was pitiful to see the two with quiet, folded hands, but far more pitiful was the little group of mourners – the old ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ of the broken colony.

IMG_5392The service was conducted by Rev. M. V. P. Yeaman, of the Assembly Presbyterian Church of Harrodsburg, who not only read appropriate selections from the Scriptures and offered prayer, but also made extended and touching remarks concerning the blameless and peaceful lives of the deceased Jane Sutton, one of the oldest and most beloved members of the colony, was in her eighty-first year, and had been a member of the Shaker community since her infancy.  She was born in Lexington, her parents being Isaac and Polly Sutton.  Her mother was a Runyan, a daughter of Joseph and Jane Runyan, and well connected.  J. W. Pilkington was in his 80th year.  He was born in Bullitt County in 1833, but lived in Louisville for a number of years, where he was connected with the old Louisville Courier, and also the Journal, before the consolidation of the two.  He was an intimate friend of, and was highly esteemed by, George D. Prentice.  The parents of the deceased were Abraham Pilkington and Indiana Skinner.

IMG_9477But seven of the Shakers now remain.  The colony has gradually dwindled till the halls of the great houses have become almost silent, and the hum of industry is no longer heard.  At one time, in 1864, there were as many as 146, and thousands have come and gone, many out into the world again, and others into the great beyond.

IMG_0218The burying ground of the Pleasant Hill Community contains about four hundred graves.  Two of the remaining seven are old ladies, both over ninety years of age, sisters Sarah Nagle and Susan Murray.  It was a pathetic sight to see the two looking with tearful eyes upon the caskets containing the bodies of their life-long friends, and many and tender must have been the memories it stirred within them.  The passing of Shakertown seems a great pity, and is regretted by many, as it makes on more of the several institutions to go that gave Harrodsburg a fame that is now so largely in the half-forgotten past.

News From ‘The Hustler’ – Hopkins Conty, Kentucky

The Hustler, Madisonville, Kentucky

January 19, 1894

Mrs. Eliza Bailey, of the Pond River country, died last week at the good old age of seventy-nine years.

January 26, 1894

Mr. John J. Stevens, one of the old, well-known and much respected citizens of Hopkins County, died at his home in Madisonville last Saturday morning after an illness of only a few hours.  On Thursday afternoon he wa stricken with paralysis, became speechless and helpless at once and never afterwards rallied.  He lived until about one o’clock Saturday morning, when surrounded by friends, he quietly passed away into the great beyond.

Mr. Stevens was about 65 years old, was born in Virginia, but had lived in Kentucky most of his life.  He was a farmer in good circumstances and lived about two miles north of town until a few days before his death.  He had recently bought a lot in this city, had built a nice residence thereon and only just the week before had moved to town with the intention of becoming a citizen of the place.  He had been a widower for several years and had a family of grown sons and daughters.  The writer had known Mr. Stevens intimately for a number of years, and had always had for the deceased the very greatest respect.  We admired him for his many noble and manly qualities and because we knew him to be an honorable, upright, intelligent and industrious citizen; we admired him because we believed him to be a good man, an honest man and because we never knew him to tell a lie.  We loved him because he was our friend at all times and under all circumstances.

The world needs more John Stevens.  The body was taken on Sunday to the family burying ground near Browder’s church and there placed by the side of loved ones who had gone before.

February 2, 1894

On the 14th day of January, 1894, at the residence of her son, Henry P. Vannoy, Mrs. Hannah Vannoy, aged about 90 years, passed away, her husband Jesse Vannoy having passed away about 28 years before.

The name of Aunt Hannah Vannoy is familiar to all the early settlers in the Pond River country and her name will long be remembered by all who knew her.  Her very name is a synonym of gentleness and kindness, always cheerful and a kind word for everybody, and with it all she was a Christian, having been a member of the Methodist church nearly all her life.  Although she lived in humble circumstances yet she never lacked for food and raiment, but was always in possession of that richer gift, contentment, and was blessed with health and strength and length of days, a result that the most affluent seldom reach.  May we imitate her virtues and may our days be as long in the end.

February 9, 1894

Ruby Sutton, the 16 year old son of Dr. Sutton, living near Ashbysburg, accidentally shot himself Tuesday morning from which he died in a few hours.  While out in the yard cutting wood, a pistol dropped from his pocket, discharging its contents in his ribs.  Dr. Henry was summoned, but could render no assistance as the wound was too serious for medical aid.

Mr. Charles L. Jackson, one of the oldest men in Webster County, who lived just across the Hopkins County line, died last Monday.  He came to this country in 1820 and had been a respected citizen.  He was 88 years and 14 days old at the time of his death.

1852 Birth Records – Letcher County, Kentucky

1852 Birth Records – Letcher County, Kentucky

  • William R. Sexton born December 16, 1852 – parents Robert Sexton and Nancy Wheeling
  • Susanna Holbrook born July 6, 1852 – mother Henrietta Holbrook
  • Joseph N. Webb born October 4, 1852 – parents Enoch A. Webb and Susannah Polly
  • Eliza Craft born October 9, 1852 – parents Joseph Craft and Martha Bates
  • Elizabeth Bates born October 20, 1852 – parents Jesse Bates and Elizabeth Asbury
  • Henrietta Adams born December 4, 1852 – parents Jesse Adams and Margaret Jenkins
  • Unnamed female born May 6, 1852 – parents Anderson Cook and Seler Huffman
  • Sarah Hall born October 22, 1852 – parents James Hall and Sally Johnson
  • Sarah Cordelle born March 5, 1852 – parents Benjamin Cordelle and Mary Bowling
  • Isaac Gibson born April 6, 1852 – mother Mahaly Gibson
  • James Banks born April 23, 1852 – parents Joel Banks and Sarah Stufflebeen
  • Sarah Back born July 5, 1852 – parents Henry Back and Frances Blair
  • Unnamed female born May 6, 1852 – parnets Henry Cordelle and Polly Camel
  • Sampson Branson born May 4, 1852 – parents Leonard Branson and Elizabeth Brashear
  • Isaac Whitaker born April 19, 1852 – parents Stephen Whitaker and Levina Frazure
  • Isaac Mitchell born October 1, 1852 – parents George Mitchell and Elizabeth Ison
  • Susanna Banks born October 10, 1852 – parents Samuel Banks and Mary Frazure
  • Mary Cordelle born January 15, 1852 – parents Wilburn Cordelle and Nancy Cordelle
  • Elizabeth Combs born December 5, 1852 – parents Shadrack Combs and Sarah Adams
  • Robert Collins born September 30, 1852 – parents Eli Collins and Polly Barnett
  • Sally Christian born November 7, 1852 – parents Barnabas Christian and Jane Fields
  • John Fields born June 6, 1852 – parents Williams Fields and Lydia Rice
  • John M. Cordelle born June 25, 1852 – parents Jesse Cordelle and Mary Back
  • Levina Banks born  February 25, 1852 – parents William Banks and Nancy Haney
  • Benjamin Craft born February 12, 1852 – parents Achilles Craft and Letty Webb
  • Manerva Day born January 20, 1852 – parents Jacob Day and Sarah Fields
  • Manerva Musick born July 29, 1852 – parents Elijah Musick and Elizabeth Pigman
  • William B. Hall born June 3, 1852 – parents Reuben Hall and Mahala Bentley

Original Marriage Bond – Yates & Cambron

Scan_Pic1308John Yates and Henrietta Cambron Marriage Bond

Washington County, Kentucky

Know all men by these presents that we, John Yates and Henry Cambron, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, and jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 6th day of November 1798.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Yates and Henrietta Cambron, for which a license has issued.  Now, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

John Yates

Henry Cambron

Witness Moses Price

George K. Campbell, Pension Application

There is always good information to be found in pension applications. This particular one gives the name of the daughters of George Campbell, his wife, their marriage date and where they lived. Notice in the third paragraph the information was given at Washington City on December 21, 1818 – what we now know as Washington, D.C. Interesting to see the use of its name at that time!

George K. Campbell

Sergeant U.S. Infantry

January term 1829 on motion of John North, satisfactory proof having been made to the court, it is ordered to be certified that Amelia Ann Campbell and Louisa Strother Campbell are heirs and legal representatives of George K. Campbell.

March term – 1817. On the motion of Nancy Campbell, it is ordered that John North be appointed guardian for Amelia Campbell and Louisa Campbell, infants and heirs of Nancy Campbell and George K. Campbell, and that the said North enters into bond in the penalty of $200 with Robert Coleman, his security entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of $200 conditioned according to same.

Washington City, December 21, 1818. Having been for many years intimately acquainted with George K. and Nancy Campbell, who reside in my neighborhood, I do certify that the two children, Amelia Campbell and Louisa Campbell, mentioned in the within certificate are the only heirs left by the said George K. and Nancy Campbell, deceased, and Nancy Campbell still remains his widow, this 1818. Signed, Anthony New. Nancy Campbell applied for pension May 12, 1853, in Christian County, Kentucky, at the age of 63, resident of the aforesaid county and state, states she is the widow of George K. Campbell, deceased, who was a sergeant in the war declared by the United States against Great Britain in 1812, that her said husband enlisted under Lieutenant Riley at Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, in the summer or fall of the year 1814, and died while on his way to New Orleans, near Natchez, from sickness incurred while in the service of the United States and in the line of his duty, states that she received five years half pay under the Act of 1816, which was drawn by John North, the guardian of her children and appropriated to their use, that is the original certificate of pension or draft in her possession and she does not know where it is to be found, states she was married to the said Campbell, in Christian County, Kentucky, on the eleventh day of December 1806, personally appeared before me, A. G. Slaughter on the 12th day of May, 1853, personally by Finnias Ewing, a Presbyterian Minister, that her name before marriage to the said Campbell was Nancy Strother , on the 12th day of May, 1853, personally appeared before me, A. G. Slaughter, a resident of Christian County, Kentucky, states that he has been acquainted with Mrs. Nancy Campbell for 26 years and that she has always been reputed and believed to be the widow of George K. Campbell, who was a soldier in the War of 1812 and who died while in the services on his way to New Orleans from sickness incurred while in the service and in the line of duty and I hereby certify that A. G. Slaughter is a reliable witness. Signed, James Richardson, Justice of the Peace.

Affidavit of Richard D. Bradley said that George K. Campbell enlisted in the army at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, about 1814.

A certified copy of the marriage record is filed with the papers showing that they were married December 8, 1806, George Campbell to Ann Strother. It shows that the consent of the guardian was given, but did not give the name of guardian; the person officiating was Finnias Ewing.

George K. Campbell belonged to the 7th regiment of the U. S. Infantry and died near Natchez, Mississippi, on his way to New Orleans, while in the military service of the United States, on December 3, 1814.

W. T. and Amelia A. Rawlins were neighbors of the widow Nancy Campbell, 1870.

Professor W. B. Wylie Biography

from Perrin’s County of Warren, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical, 1884

Professor W. B. Wylie, superintendent of the Bowling Green public schools and one of the most distinguished educators and graded school disciplinarians of Kentucky, is a native of Brown County, Ohio, and was born May 14, 1853. He is a son of Dr. T. B. and Sarah (Cook) Wylie, and is of Scotch extraction. The father was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1811, and his mother, a representative of one of the early families of Kentucky, was born at Frankfort in 1819. The Cook family came originally from Virginia to this state. The maternal grandfather of Professor Wylie was Hosea Cook, a Virginian, and was killed by the Indians in 1792. His wife escaped after having a severe battle with the Indians, one of whom she killed with the rifle of her dead husband. Professor Wylie was educated in the public graded schools of Ripley, Ohio, and also the high school of that city, being a regular pupil of these schools for eleven years. He subsequently took a course at Nelson’s Commercial and Business institute at Cincinnati. Professor Wylie belongs to a family of physicians, and it was his intention in early life to master the study of medicine and read under his brother, Dr. J. L. Wylie, at Ripley, Ohio. In the fall of 1872 he organized a graded school at Levanna, Ohio, and there remained four years. After teaching in the Ripley graded schools some time he received a call to Ashland, Kentucky, where he organized the present graded schools of that city, and remained the superintendent of them for six years. In January, 1882, he came to Bowling Green, Kentucky, and organized the Bowling Green graded schools, in the establishment and organization of which there were many and what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles; and had it not been for the untiring energy of a few men, the schools never would have been established. Under the supervision of Professor Wylie success has been attained, and now the schools are the pride of the city and county, and the system is unexcelled by that of any in the state.