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Pension Applications – Jefferson County, Kentucky

Pension Applications – Jefferson County, Kentucky

Henry Hawkins

Henry Hawkins, who was a Private in Captain Frederick Geiger’s Company of Volunteers in the Battle of Tippecanoe, was inscribed on the pension list of the Kentucky agency to commence on December 15, 1814.  Certificate of the pension was issued on January 2, 1816, and sent to Robert Crockett, Esquire, and agent for paying invalid pensioners, Lexington, Kentucky, on December 20, 1820.

Henry Hawkins and Frederick Geiger made affidavit for a pension in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on December 10, 1814, before James Ferguson, Justice of the Peace.  They stated that in the year 1811 a company was raised and started to Vincennes, Indiana.  That said Geiger was chosen by their company as their captain to command them and was received as such by William Henry Harrison, then Governor of said state.  That Hawkins was one of Geiger’s volunteers.  They were marched under the commands and orders of said Harrison to Tippecanoe on the Wabash.  That Hawkins was in action on November 7, 1811, in the battle at Tippecanoe between the Indians and the force under the command of said Harrison.  That said Hawkins was badly wounded in the left leg above the ankle and was so disabled he could not march and was conveyed in a wagon to Vincennes and helped in and out of the wagon and was obliged to return to his home on horseback from Vincennes.  That said Hawkins promptly performed his duty.

The above affidavit was made before James Ferguson, Justice of the Peace.

Dr. John L. Murray made affidavit of having examined the wound of Henry Hawkins and that he had been wounded by a ball passing from out the side of his left leg.  This affidavit was made on December 14, 1814, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

In Jefferson County, Kentucky, on December 14, 1814, Warden Pope made affidavit of being well acquainted with the applicant, Henry Hawkins, and to his belief in his statements.  That they became acquainted in 1783.  That said Hawkins is in moderate circumstances, and has a wife and children and depends on labor for existence.

This affidavit was certified by James Ferguson, Justice of the Peace, and Warden Pope, Clerk.

Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky, made certification that James Ferguson, Esquire, was an active Justice of the Peace in said county and state.  Governor Isaac Shelby made this affidavit in Frankfort, Kentucky, on December 20, 1814.

William B. Cocke Biography

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

William B. Cocke, Trenton, is a native of Hanover County, Virginia, where he was born August 29, 1824, and resided until 1867, when he removed to Todd County, Kentucky, his present place of residence. His father, William N. Cocke, was born in Hanover County, Virginia, where he died in 1826, at the age of twenty-four years. He was the son of Benjamin, also a native of Hanover County, where he died in 1822, having been a soldier in the War of 1812. Subject’s mother, Eliza S., daughter of Reuben and Mary (Duke) Nuckals, of Louisa County, Virginia, was born in 1802, and died in 1882. To her and William N. were born William B., as above, and Mary E. Mr. Cocke received a good education and is a man of extensive reading and more than ordinary intelligence. He was married October 10, 1844, to Miss Catherine M., daughter of Thomas and Ann O. (Holladay) Duke, of Louisa County, Virginia, and this union has been blessed with William H. (who died in the army), Ann E. (White), Herbert H., Edgar L. and Ida O. (widow of S. T. Moore). Mr. Cocke is engaged in farming, owning seventy acres of first-class land, in a fine state of cultivation, and in good condition. He is a Baptist and is identified with the Democratic Party. Samuel T. Moore, son of John Moore, of Todd County, Kentucky, was born May 4, 1844, and died June 21, 1880. On November 16, 1876, he was married to Miss Ida O., daughter of W. B. Cocke of Todd County. He died possessed of 244 acres of very valuable farming land. Their children are Katie A. and Mattie H.

Bryan-Cartmell Family – Lexington Cemetery

IMG_1435The Lexington Cemetery has so much history buried in its grounds!  Today I will introduce you to the Bryan-Cartmell family.  After looking through the photos of the large stone, and smaller, individual stones surrounding it, I realized that Joseph Bryan, Sr., must have erected the large stone towards the end of his life.  For one thing, there is no death date for him on the large stone – as there is on his small stone in front.  Joseph was almost 90 years of age when he died in August of 1887.  He had lived through so much history, and his family had been a big part of it!  He was related to Daniel Boone!  And his grandfather was the first to settle in the area known as Bryan Station in Fayette County.  I believe he used this stone to bring all that rich history together.  Two sides of the large stone are dedicated to the past – his parents, and his twin brother and sister who died young; the present being the panel represented by himself and his wife, Margaret; and the future – his list of children and their spouses.

IMG_1437Joseph Bryan, Sr., and Margaret Cartmell are buried in front of the large stone, as you can see from the first photo.  Joseph was born October 30, 1797, in Rowan County, Kentucky.  He married Margaret February 11, 1823, in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.  She was born in Jessamine County, February 9, 1804, the daughter of Elijah and Mary Cartwell

IMG_1446Joseph Bryan, Sr., October 30, 1797 – August 6, 1887

IMG_1447Margaret C., wife of Joseph Bryan, Sr., February 9, 1804 – September 29, 1874

In the first photo, at the back of the larger stone, you can see the grave site of Joseph’s father, Daniel Boone Bryan, Sr., and mother, Elizabeth Turner.

IMG_1439Daniel Bryan, Sr., nephew of Colonel Daniel Boone, son of the first settler of Bryan Station, born February 10, 1758, died February 28, 1845.  Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Bryan, Sr., born November 13, 1761, died January 29, 1833. 

The father of Daniel Boone Bryan, Sr., first settler of Bryan Station, was Captain William Bryan, grandfather to Joseph.

IMG_1440Daniel Bryan, Jr., born June 15, 1791, died July 12, 1822

Elizabeth Vardeman, twin sister of Daniel Bryan, Jr., died September 27, 1822

Joseph Bryan, Sr., had a twin brother and sister who died young – each only 18 years of age, within a couple of months of each other.  What could have caused their deaths?  The cholera epidemic wasn’t until 1833.  But any number of illnesses could have taken them.  This side of the large memorial is dedicated to them.

IMG_1457Elijah Cartmell, born February 25, 1763, died August 26, 1831

Mary, wife of Elijah Cartmell, died August 8, 1832, aged 57 years

Elijah and Mary Cartmell were the parents of Margaret Cartmell who married Joseph Bryan, Sr.  Margaret’s sister, Mary Cartmell, married her husband’s brother, Lewis Bryan.

IMG_1438The children of Joseph Bryan, Sr., and Margaret Cartmell, were Elijah Cartmell Bryan and his wife Lucy J.; Daniel Boone Bryan, Jr., and wife Sarah; Mary C. Bryan and husband Dr. H. B. Blackburn, Theodore W. Bryan who died at the age of 5; and Joseph Henry Bryan and wife Mary G.  Some of their gravestones are pictured below:

IMG_1443Lucy Kay Bryan, wife of Elijah Cartmell Bryan, born November 7, 1830, died April 14, 1881.  A good woman.

IMG_1444Elijah C. Bryan, born December 5, 1823, died June 30, 1890.  A good man.

IMG_1448Mary C., wife of Dr. H. C. Blackburn, born March 14, 1828, died August 15, 1871.  “Our babe was laid in earth fourteen years before I did; And now slumbers sweetly by my side.”

Mary, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Bryan, is buried at the side of her mother.

IMG_1450Henry B. Blackburn, born March 26, 1825, entered into rest, September 12, 1884

 So are the remains of a pioneering family.  We all have our place in history – let’s just live it to the fullest!

1788 Marriages – Jefferson County, Kentucky

1788 Marriages – Jefferson County, Kentucky

  • Martin Daniel married Patsy Meriwether – March 3, 1788
  • Samuel Apelgate married Ann Goodin – March 5, 1788
  • George McManis married Mary Steward – March 23, 1788
  • Evan Moore married Margaret Boyce – March 26, 1788
  • William Meriwether married Salley Oldham – May 22, 1788
  • Daniel Ferry married Sarah Finley – June 2, 1788
  • James Bartlett married Charlotte Ashby – June 23, 1788
  • James LeMaster married Mary Irwin – August 18, 1788
  • Gabriel Johnston married Enfield Fowke – August 25, 1788
  • Thomas Amos married Catherine Devore – August 30, 1788
  • Lewis Field married Ann Tuell – September 13, 1788
  • Hugh Conway married Rachel Vancleave – September 16, 1788
  • William Agun married Elizabeth Kellar, widow of Isaac Keller – September 28, 1788
  • James Cox married Elizabeth Glen, widow – October 16, 1788
  • James Ballard married Amey Leman, widow of Samuel Leman – December 25, 1788
  • Edward Tyler, Jr., married Ann Hughes – December 29, 1788

Funeral Notices From Mercer County, Kentucky

Funeral Notices From Mercer County, Kentucky

  • A. S. Adams funeral at First Presbyterian Church, April 28, 1909, Spring Hill Cemetery
  • Sue Arnold funeral at Presbyterian Church, October 11, 1864 – Spring Hill Cemetery
  • Jouett Allin, second daughter of B. C. and S. H. Allin, at family residence, November 2, 1864
  • Mrs. S. M. C. Chinn from residence of her husband, Judge Christopher Chinn, at 10 a.m. on the 11th instant
  • J. C. Cozatt at Christian Church in Parksville – Interment Parksville Cemetery, Boyle County, October 27, 1886
  • Mrs. Mary Locke Abell from residence of Dr. C. S. Abell to the Presbyterian Church and thence to Harrodsburg Cemetery, August 13, 1857
  • Miss Caro E. Daivs at Daughters College this morning at 9 o’clock
  • Mattie G. Ellis, infant daughter of S. and K. Ellis at family residence and thence to Spring Hill Cemetery, October 25, 1864
  • Mrs. Sarah B. Graham at family residence.  Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, April 12, 1865
  • Mrs. Jane Kyle at Christian Church, interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, July 1, 1882
  • Col. J. F. McKee, son of Hugh and Mariael at Eagle Hotel in Harrodsburg, 22nd April, interment in Spring Hill Cemetery
  • Mrs. Sarah E. Moore, wife of B. Frank, at family residence.  Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, December 18, 1894
  • Eliza Jane Robards at residence of her husband, Jeff Robards.  Interment at Danville Cemetery, June 23, 1878
  • Dr. William Robertson frm the residence of C. C. Moore to Presbyterian Church, Harrodsburg, thence to Harrodsburg Cemetery, May 15, 1858
  • Mrs. Sarah Taylor Robinson, wife of William H., from her country residence to Christian Church, Harrodsburg.  Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, October 12, 1883
  • James B. Rue at Assembly Presbyterian Church, interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, October 4, 1887
  • Emma L. Rue, wife of William M., January 30, 1874, at Southern Presbyterian Church
  • Mrs. Zilpha Thompson, wife of William, at Presbyterian Church, Harrodsburg, June 8, 1858
  • Mrs. R. A. Trapnall, wife of George, from Eagle Hotel to family burial ground on farm of Charles Thompson, June 13, 1856
  • Mrs. Nancy Trapnall at residence of Dr. Philip Trapnall, July 24, 1851
  • Ida Van Anglen, wife of John, at residence of W. H. Riker, Harrodsburg, August 27, 1875
  • B. F. Vanarsdall from residence of his father, Isaac C., June 23, 1864.  Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery
  • N. H. Vanarsdall at the residence of his father, Isaac C., July 20, 1864.  Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery
  • Mrs. Susan M. Woods from residence of her father, Joseph Woods, thence to Providence Meeting House, November 14, 1859
  • Miss May Ann Yantis at residence of her father, June 21, 1850
  • Mrs. Sarah B. Young at First Presbyterian Church, Harrodsburg.  Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, September 8, 1884

Esther Myra Hertz – Butler High School

Scan_Pic1265Esther Myra Hertz, Ritchey’s grandmother, led a tragic, short life.  She was the daughter of George Edwin Hertz and Rosa Leuenberger of Solon, Johnson County, Iowa.  Her paternal grandparents were Henry Hertz and Amelia Florentina Probst; and maternal grandparents were Jacob Leuenberger and Margarite Streich.

George Hertz and Rosa Leuenberger were married September 28, 1898, in Iowa.  A son, Harold, was born a year later – October 1, 1899.  Daughter Esther was born October 22, 1901.  It was a very happy family until Rosa became quite ill with consumption.  The family moved to Grainfield, Kansas, thinking the climate would help Rosa.  Unfortunately it did not; she died March 1, 1907.  Her body was brought back to Solon, Iowa for burial in Oakland Cemetery.  Esther was five years old.  She and Harold lived with her grandmother Florentina until their father settled in Butler, Bates County, Missouri.

From the above photo you can see that Esther attended Butler High School – she is the third from the right in the second row.  The photo was taken in 1917.  I just happened upon this photo on – was thrilled to find one of a young Esther!  Unfortunately George Hertz married again in November 1916.  Harold and Esther were told in no uncertain terms they were unwelcome in the home of their stepmother.  Harold moved to Kansas City, Missouri; Esther moved back to Solon, Iowa, with her grandmother.  She lived there until 1920 when Florentina died.  Since Harold was her only strong tie she moved to Kansas City to be near him.


In 1921 Esther met and fell in love with James Jolly.  They married September 28th of that year – in Kansas City, Kansas, but continued to live in Kansas City, Missouri.  For an unknown reason James left Esther and his son, Rex.  I’m not sure if he left before or after the baby was born.  Esther contracted tuberculosis and the last few days of her life were spent at her father’s home in Butler.  She died May 25, 1924, leaving her 20 month-old son.  Esther’s body was brought back to Solon and buried in the cemetery with her grandmother and other Hertz family members.  Rex was adopted and given a good home by the Brown’s, but grew up with no memory of either parent.  I think it is such a sad story.  But I am thrilled to have found a small memory of Esther to preserve in our family history!

Mrs. Lucy A. Fox Biography

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

Mrs. Lucy A. Fox was born in Christian County, Kentucky, April 11, 1824, and removed to Todd County in 1838, where she still retains her residence. She is the honored daughter of James Clark, who was born in 1791, reared at Frankfort, Kentucky, and served his country as a gallant soldier in the War of 1812, and died in 1877. He was the son of Matthew Clark, a native of Virginia, who died in Kentucky about 1830. Subject’s mother, Susan S., daughter of Col. Beverly Stubblefield (of Revolutionary fame) and his wife Mary (Shelton), was born in Virginia, 1797, and died in Kentucky in 1854. Their children are: Mary E. (Cabaniss), Susan J., Matthew B., James M., Lucy A., Eliza S. (Gary), Emma V., William, Joseph A., Frances M. (Garnett), Alexander C., Richard S., Martha L. (Gary) and Susan J. (Shanklin). Subject was married July 19, 1852, to Dr. Newton Fox, of Todd County, Kentucky. He was a native of Danville, in this state, and died in Todd County in 1855, at the age of fifty-two years. As a result of this union two daughters were born, viz.: Susan S. (Byars) and Lucy N. (Byars). Mrs. Fox is the owner of 150 acres of very productive land. She is a Baptist, and is remarkable for her extensive knowledge of standard works and current literature.