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Marriages – Union County, Kentucky

Marriages – Union County, Kentucky


  • William Albright married Annie Sibley – September 12, 1811
  • James Anderson married Ann Frazier – September 16, 1811
  • William McKenny married Nancy Quigley – October 17, 1811
  • Isaiah Potts married Polly Blue – October 24, 1811
  • James W. Bennett married Elizabeth Lash – October 30, 1811
  • Baker Martin married Lucy Frazier – November 20, 1811
  • Thomas Brown married Peggy Floyd – December 13, 1811


  • James Tucker married Sally Lamasters – June 11, 1812
  • David McClure married Massy Waller – January 8, 1812
  • Aaron Waller married Elizabeth Rives – June 12, 1812
  • Thomas P. Fletcher married Marion B. Davis – August 4, 1812
  • George Hedges married Susan Hood – August 11, 1812
  • Peyton Mitchell married Betsey Briggs – September 8, 1812
  • John Vaughn married Rebecca Dye – November 16, 1812


  • Robert Cypert married Elbinny Hooper – September 11, 1813
  • James Garrison married Kitty Anderson – August 15, 1813
  • Ezekiel Frazier married Sicely Gutry – October 24, 1813
  • David Wech married Betsy Pullam – February 27, 1813
  • Samuel Hooper married Susannah Slocumb – February 23, 1813
  • David Proctor married Jane Matthews – November 22, 1813


  • Andrew Slack married Lydia Waller – December 18, 1814
  • John Bouran married Peggy Floyd – no date given
  • Isaac Clark married Fanny McClure – February 1, 1814
  • Samuel Casey married Eleanor M. Finnie – January 20, 1814
  • Nathaniel I. Floyd married Ann Hewitt – February 15, 1814
  • Lewis Pate married Ann Brehmer – June 9, 1814
  • Thomas M. Dyson married Peggy Green – October 13, 1814


  • Isaac Higgins married Christina Berethel – January 11, 1815
  • Henry Green married Nancy Williams – June 1, 1815
  • John Grimes married Lucy Davis – June 1, 1815
  • James Lyon married Agnes Ramsey – July 11, 1815
  • Moses Blazer married Prudence Webb – July 25, 1815
  • John Slocumb married Ebony Cypert – August 1, 1815
  • John B. Clements married Susan Culver – August 27, 1815
  • Thomas Benthel married Polly Forrester – October 20, 1815
  • I. Y. W. Pierson married Purity Pennington – January 17, 1815
  • Martin B. Griffith married Nancy Greer – January 26, 1815
  • Peter Wilkerson married Rebecca Sibley – August 15, 1815
  • Samuel Skinner married Abigail Canada – July 23, 1815

Will of Robert Wilson

Livingston County, Kentucky

Will Book A, Page 66

Will dated September 21, 1821.  Robert Wilson, of sound mind and memory, asks that his debts be paid.  He gives to wife Priscilla the tract of land on which he now lives, the plantation house and furniture, one horse, saddle and bridle to have during her lifetime.  He gives five dollars each to son William, son John and daughter Hannah.  To son Robert, the tract of land on which he now lives, on 138 acres of land on waters of Camp Creek that was contracted from Joseph Wilson to Robert Wilson.  To daughter Judah, one horse, saddle and bridle, and one cow.  To son James, 400 acres of land he lives on.  To son Micajah, 400 acres of land granted by the Commonwealth unto Robert Wilson, assignee of John Clark.  To sons Jeremiah and David, 400 acres of land that is called my old place and 360 acres of land on the waters of Camp Creek that was assignee of William Wilson to John Wilson, and 150 acres of land that I now live on, at the death of my wife Priscilla Wilson.  Also to Jeremiah and David, my horses, cows, hogs and sheep at her death.  To daughter Polly, one horse, saddle and bridle, cow and one bed and furniture.  To daughter Priscilla, one horse, saddle and bridle, one cow, bed and furniture.  Daughters Judah, Polly and Priscilla to have the tract of land where Hannah lives, on the waters of Tradewater, and the waters of Pinah, to be equally divided.  To three sons Robert, James and Micajah, the upper tract of land on the Tradewater and Pinah, to be equally divided.  Signed:  Robert Wilson

Witnesses:  George Flynn, William Flynn

Produced in county court December term, 1821, and proven by oath of George Flynn and ordered for further proof.  Produced again in court July 8, 1822, and proven by oath of William Flynn.

Versailles Cemetery – Sanders/Haupt/Amsden Families

IMG_1376Versailles Cemetery – Woodford County, Kentucky

In April Ritchey and I visited the Versailles Cemetery in Woodford County, Kentucky.  In a plot surrounded by shrubs are eight beautiful gravestones – all in the shape of a cross.  This intrigued me so I had to get to know this family!  The first person buried in the plot was Lewis Sanders, 1826-1871.  He is at the back of the row of on the left.  Next to him is Margaret Sanders, 1804-1878.  A little old to be his wife, so I did a bit of research on  This Lewis Sanders is a son of Margaret.  Her husband, Lewis Sanders, Sr., died in 1864 in San Francisco, California.  Was his body brought back to Kentucky?  Since there is not an individual stone for him I would guess not.  Also, since the son, Lewis Sanders, was buried first, the plot most likely was not purchased until that time.


Lewis Sanders, born in Franklin County, Kentucky, November 7, 1826, died July 2, 1871

Lewis also died in San Francisco, California.  The 1860 census of Sacramento, California, shows the family living there – parents Lewis and Margaret, children Lewis, Jr., Laura E., Mart and Ezra Emma.  Many of the other children were married at this time.  Lewis Sanders is an attorney, as well as his son, Lewis.  Son Mart is a cadet.  Three of the children were born in Mississippi, evidently the family lived there at an earlier date.  Daughter Edith is living in the household with husband Abner C. Hunter, a broker, and their child, one-year-old Daisy.  A Belle S. Hunter lives in the household – perhaps a sister to Abner?  And six servants round out the total number of sixteen.  Included as one of the servants is Joseph Haggin, an Indian (not native American).  The 1870 census of Woodford County, Kentucky, lists Margaret and her youngest child, daughter Lou, back in Kentucky.  Evidently son Lewis Sanders’ body was brought back to Kentucky for burial.

IMG_1370Margaret H. Sanders, born September 4, 1804, died June 13, 1878

Margaret Hubbel Price, daughter of John Price and Susan Gano, married Lewis H. Sanders February 21, 1821, at the age of 16.  Lewis, born November 21, 1796, to Nathaniel and Sarah Sanders, died July 25, 1864.  According to Ancestry thirteen children were born to Lewis and Margaret:  Eliza Jane, John Price, Lewis, Jr., Edward Johnson, Susan Gano, William Price, Lemuel, Mary Wilson, Evan Price, Edith A., Mart, Laura Eldridge, Emma Ezra and Lou Sanders.

IMG_1368In loving memory of John Sanders, only son of James P. and Laura E. Amsden, born October 13, 1883, died February 21, 1899

John Sanders, grandson of Lewis Sanders, Sr., and Margaret Hubbel Price.  John Sanders’ parents are also buried in this plot, Laura Eldridge Sanders and James P. Amsden, along with two of his sisters, Jean Amsden and Margaret Voorhies, Laura’s daughter from her first husband, George Voorhies.

IMG_1375Laura E. Sanders, wife of James P. Amsden, November 18, 1844 – February 25, 1929

Laura Sanders, daughter of Lewis Sanders, Sr., and Margaret Hubbel Price.

IMG_1374James P. Amsden, January 15, 1847 – October 29, 1906

IMG_1373Jean Amsden, wife of William M. Haupt, February 5, 1880 – September 28, 1966

Jean Amsden, daughter of Laura E. Sanders and James P. Amsden, granddaughter of Lewis Sanders, Sr., and Margaret Hubbel Price.

IMG_1372William M. Haupt, April 1, 1880 – September 26, 1957

IMG_1367 2Margaret Voorhies, wife of James B. Haggin, June 13, 1869 – June 8, 1965

Margaret Voorhies, daughter of Laura Sanders and George Voorhies, granddaughter of Lewis Sanders, Sr., and Margaret Hubbel Price.  An interesting fact about Margaret’s husband, James B. Haggin.  He was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, December 9, 1826, was a well-known doctor, and our hospital in Harrodsburg is named for him!  Amazing the connections you find doing research!  What have you found recently?

Pompadour Port-Jupe – Fashion of the 1860’s

Scan_Pic1271 2Fashion statement of the early 1860’s! 

How extraordinary to find a photo of this unusual fashion of the early 1860’s!  This was included in a group of photos I purchased on Ebay.  Generally for the Civil War period we think of huge hoops, enormous skirts that sweep the floor and large fans for flirting!  But the custom of looping dresses, pulling the outer skirts up – or down – at intervals, kept the bottom of the dress from getting soiled during inclement weather.  How many thought it risque to show even a bit of a boot?  Godey’s Lady’s Book was alternately known as a magazine and a book.  Although begun in the 1840’s, by the 1860’s Godey’s was the magazine that all ladies waited for!  Publication ceased in 1898.

From Dressed for the Photographer by Joan Severa (my go to book for old photos!) – “Another innovation of the early sixties was noted in Godey’s in August 1865:  ‘the custom of looping dresses has now become universal.’  A variety of methods were used to pull up the outer skirts at intervals, mostly involving cords on the inside of the skirt.  In May of 1864, Godey’s carried a description and a drawing of ‘The Pompadour Port-Jupe': an arrangement of eight cords hung from a belt worn over the hoop and petticoats; the cords were attached at the bottom end to points near the inside hem of the dress skirt and by loops spaced up the skirt to the waist.  The free ends, four on either side, were drawn through the eyelets to the outside of the waistband where they were held together by knots.  When the skirt was drawn up, the two clusters of cords were pulled out and tied together in a bow at the waist.  This custom, ostensibly originating in the need to keep walking-dress skirts from touching the street, developed into a fashion fad, with the underskirt keeping pace with design embellishments:  ‘As the dress for the street is generally looped up, it is necessary that the jupon [underskirt] be prettily ornamented.  Buff, nankeen, gray, and violet are some of the favorite colors, and jean and reps favorite materials, both it is said washing well.  With us the black and white striped petticoats, with a brilliant bordering, are very fashionable for traveling and ordinary wear’ (Godey’s September 1863).

The following is a page from Godey’s from the July-December 1862 issue:

image of page 11


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!