Murphy-Yarbrough 1796 Marriage

John Murphy and Mary ‘Polly’ Yarbrough are my 3rd great-grandparents.  Their daughter Lucy Murphy married Isaiah Hill, and thence a direct line down the Hill’s to me!  This marriage record is a copy of the original, found in the Lincoln County Courthouse.  Only a few months later  Garrard became a separate county.

scan223-1Know all men by these presents that we, John Murphy and Randolph Yarbrough, are held and firmly bound to James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment whereof to be made to the said governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of July 1796.  the condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Murphy and Polly Yarbrough for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

John Murphy, Randolph Yarbrough

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Lincoln County, Kentucky


Photo From Austin, Minnesota

scan221I have a photo of a lovely young woman from Austin, Minnesota, to share with you today.  She has particularly beautiful eyes and lips!  With the side view it’s easier to see her hair style.  A bead necklace and tiny earrings add to the beauty of her black, lace-trimmed dress.  With just a head and shoulders shot, we don’t see as much of her dress.  But if I had to date this photo I would say 1890’s.

scan222The back of the photo is very interesting!  Instead of an engraving of the photographer’s studio, it is the Mower County Court House!  E. H. Austin is listed as the leading photographer, on the corner of Main and Mill Streets, over Pooler’s Drug Store in Austin, Minnesota.  In the directory of Minnesota photographers Mr. Austin worked in Austin 1894-1895.

Eusebius C. Bainbridge Biography and Obituary

from Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, 1887

Owen County

Eusebius C. Bainbridge, was born in Owen County, Ky., November 14, 1828. He is the son of Erastus B. and Sarah M. (Foster) Bainbridge. Erastus Bainbridge was born in Fayette County, near Lexington, December 1, 1801.  He came to Owen County in 1826, and located on the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives. He was married in 1823, and was the father of three children. Absalom Bainbridge, paternal grandfather of our subject,
was a native of Virginia, and settled in Kentucky at an early day. He was a physician, and a preacher of the Baptist denomination. Isaac Foster, the maternal grandfather of Eusebius C. Bainbridge, was a native of Maryland and a pioneer of Kentucky. He was a farmer by occupation. E. C. Bainbridge was reared in Owen County, where he received his primary education, receiving his literary education at Transylvania University, at Lexington, Ky. In 1846 he began the study of medicine under Drs. Turnbull and Brooks, at Philadelphia, Penn., and attended lectures at Jefferson Medical College, where he graduated in 1850. He then engaged in the practice of his profession in Cincinnati, Ohio, five years, when he married Miss Sarah A. Doxon, of Newport, Ky. He then returned to Owenton and settled on the old homestead farm of 600 acres, where he now lives. He still practices medicine, but devote a part of his time to raising fine stock. He has three children: Hattie, Erastus and Paul.  Politically, Dr. Bainbridge is a Democrat, and represented his county in the State Legislature in the session of 1877-78.
from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County,Kentucky

Friday, July 21, 1905


Had Been Conspicuous Many Years – Father of Mrs. L. O. Cox.

Dr. E. C. Bainbridge, aged seventy-six years, died of a liver complaint yesterday morning at 6:30 o’clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. L. O. Cox, after a long illness. He is survived by two sons and one daughter, Erastus Bainbridge, of Owen County, Paul Bainbridge, of Louisville, and Mrs. L. O. Cox, wife of L. O. Cox, president of the Union National Bank.

Dr. Bainbridge was a graduate of Transylvania University, and also of the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. After having successfully practiced medicine in both Philadelphia and Cincinnati, he came back to his native county pf Owen, where he afterwards became prominent as a farmer. His constituents sent him to the Legislature, where he faithfully represented his district for a number of years.

Dr. Bainbridge’s character in whatever capacity he served was unimpeachable and his loss will be mourned by the host of those who knew him.

The funeral services were held at 5:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. L. O. Cox, the Rev. Dr. J. G. Minnigerode, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, officiating. The body will be taken to Owenton, his former home, for burial. The honorary pallbearers were as follows: Thomas W. Bullitt, William P. Otter, Gilmer Adams, T. R. Gordon, John C. Strother, John L. Helm, Henry Strater, H. C. Rodes and Oscar Fenley.


Happy Wedding Day – September 23rd!!!

Washington Cty., KY Robert Catlin married Sarah Richards 23 Sep 1794
Mercer Cty., KY Simon Vanarsdall married Sally Verbryke 23 Sep 1799
Lincoln Cty., KY Jesse Links married Polly Goode 23 Sep 1805
Washington Cty., KY James Davis married Jane Coburn 23 Sep 1811
Washington Cty., KY William Rutter married Martha Grundy 23 Sep 1813
Washington Cty., KY James Howard married Sarah Mattingly 23 Sep 1815
Washington Cty., KY William Ingram married Nancy Hayden 23 Sep 1817
Washington Cty., KY John Stayton married Arpeatins Watkins 23 Sep 1818
Washington Cty., KY Michael Young married Ruth Moreland 23 Sep 1823
Washington Cty., KY Henry Ewing married Susan Grundy 23 Sep 1824
Washington Cty., KY David Miller, Jr., married Elmira H. Thomas 23 Sep 1824
Washington Cty., KY Henry Brady married Delany Sweeney 23 Sep 1825
Washington Cty., KY Peter M. Miles married Lucinda Howard 23 Sep 1830
Washington Cty., KY Banister Hatchett married Julia Hickerson 23 Sep 1833
Washington Cty., KY William Arvin married Teresa Fields 23 Sep 1834
Washington Cty., KY Felix B. Johnson married Ann Rosetta Medley 23 Sep 1834
Washington Cty., KY Lewis Riley married Sarah Smith 23 Sep 1838
Washington Cty., KY Franklin Bishop maried Cynthia S. Cammack 23 Sep 1839
Washington Cty., KY William Hubbard married Sally Best 23 Sep 1840
Washington Cty., KY Thomas H. Hays married Ellen Logsdon 23 Sep 1843
Washington Cty., KY James M. Milton married Isabella Brown 23 Sep 1844
Washington Cty., KY William P. Curtsinger married Elizabeth Benham 23 Sep 1847
Washington Cty., KY Benedict Joseph Roby married Frances Jones 23 Sep 1848
Washington Cty., KY James C. Wheatley married Harriet C. Robey 23 Sep 1848
Washington Cty., KY James D. Dean married Mary E. Nantz 23 Sep 1856
Washington Cty., KY Jesse C. Fox married Jane McCormick 23 Sep 1856
Washington Cty., KY James Purcell married Catherine Best 23 Sep 1856

Bainbridge Family of Owen County


Beautiful family stone for the Bainbridge family.  Owenton I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Owen County, Kentucky.

Today I would like to share the family story and gravestone photos of the Erastus Bainbridge and Sarah Foster family of Owen County, Kentucky.  Erastus was the son of Absalom Bainbridge and Elizabeth Beatty.  Sarah was the daughter of Isaac Foster and Sarah Hart.  Erastus and Sarah had three sons, Eusebius Clay, Isaac Foster and Leonidas.


Isaac Foster Bainbridge, August 29, 1825 – October 25, 1844

Isaac was the first member of the family to pass away – at the young age of 19.

In the 1850 Census of Owen County Erastus is listed as 48, a farmer; Sarah is also 48; Eusebius, 21, is a physician; and Leonidas is 12.  Son Isaac died in 1844 at the age of 19.  The 1840 Census gives one male under five, one male 5-9, one male 10-14, and one male 30-39, and one female 30-39; 13 slaves served the family.  The 1830 Census gives two males under five, one male 20-29, and one male 20-29; seven slaves served the family.  There is a ten year gap between the births of Eusebius and Leonidas – could there have been other children that didn’t survive infancy?


Erastus Bainbridge, December 1, 1801 – December 12, 1858

Erastus Bainbridge can be found in the vital statistics records for 1858.  At the age of 58 he died on December 12, 1858, of chronic bronchitis.  He was buried in the Owenton I.O.O.F. Cemetery (International Order of Odd Fellows – a community group much like the Rotarians or Jaycees of today).


Leonidas Bainbridge, March 24, 1838 – May 4, 1876

Leonidas Bainbridge died May 4, 1876, at the age of 38.


Sarah M. Bainbridge, August 30, 1802 – February 15, 1879

Sarah Bainbridge lived almost another twenty years after her husband’s death.  She died February 15, 1879.  Sarah was buried beside her husband.

Eusebius Clay Bainbridge married Sarah A. Doxon.  They had three children – Hattie, Erastus and Paul.  Hattie married Luke Oboussier Cox; Erastus married Mary Webster, November 19, 1908.  Erastus and Mary Bainbridge had three children – Mary (married a Green), Louise (married a Lawton) and Sue (married a Cammack).


Eusebuis Clay Bainbridge, November 14, 1828 – July 20, 1905

Eusebius Clay Bainbridge’s will was written April 20, 1905, and he died three months later.

bainbridge-will-1I, E. C. Bainbridge, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others.

First, I direct that all of my just debts shall be paid, together with such expenses as are incidental to the settlement of my will, including a suitable monument to be erected on my lot in the cemetery at Owenton, Kentucky.  After this I will and direct that all of my property, real, personal and mixt, wherever situated or the proceeds thereof shall be divided equally among my three children, Hattie B. Cox, Erastus Bainbridge and Paul Bainbridge, share and share alike.

Second – my farm situated in Owen County, Kentucky, upon which I now reside has been in the family for many years.  It is my desire that it remain so, if deemed advisable by my executor, and to that end I desire that if my son Erastus, who lives with me upon the said farm, shall want to purchase the interest of his brother and sister that they may sell their interest to him at a fair price to be arrived at among themselves.

Third – if any executors deem it wise or expedient to sell any or all of my estate for the

bainbridge-will-2-1purpose of paying my debts or to settle my estate advantageously, I hereby authorize and empower him to see any or all of my estate as he may deem necessary, and hereby empower him to sell and convey by deed any or all of my real estate as he may deem necessary and divide the proceeds of all property sold by him equally among my said three children.

Fourth – I appoint my son Erastus Bainbridge executor of this my will and I direct that no bond be required of him and that no inventory or appraisement be made of my estate.

Given under my hand this April 20, 1905.

E. C. Bainbridge

Dr. E. C. Bainbridge singed this as his will in our presence and we attested the same by his request in his presence and in the presence of each other.

                            Flonian Cox, J. W. Cammack

State of Kentucky, County of Owen

I, R. J. Walker, clerk of the county court for the county and state aforesaid, do certify that an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of E. C. Bainbridge, deceased, was this day presented in open court and filed, read and proven by the oath of J. W. Cammack, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto who also proved the signature of Flonian Cox, the other subscribing witness thereEo, that they signed said instrument in his presence and at his request and that he signed same in their presence and that they all signed in the presence of each other.  Whereupon that same is allowed as and for the last will and testament of said decedent and admitted to record as such.

Given under my hand this September 25, 1905.

R. J. Walker, Clerk, by Walter Wilhoite, D. C.

bainbridge-death-cert-1Erastus Bainbridge, son of Eusebius C. Bainbridge and Sallie Doxon, died June 22, 1916.  His death certificate listed his parents, says that he died of heart block, was married, a farmer, and was 55 years, 10 months and 2 days of age.


Erastus Bainbridge, 1860 – 1916


Mary Webster Bainbridge, 1893-1919

His wife Mary Webster Bainbridge died three years later.

The last three stones I have to share with you are two of the daughters of Erastus and Mary Bainbridge, and Sue Bainbridge’s husband.


Mary Bainbridge Green, February 16, 1910 – November 30, 1928


Sue Bainbridge Cammack, March 15, 1916 – August 27, 1985


William Lorenzo Cammack, Jr., June 2, 1912 – March 8, 1983

Henry Bradley Hill Biography

img_0839H. Bradley Hill, March 23, 1857 – January 18, 1958.  Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky.

How interesting that Mr. Hill was 100 years old when he passed away!  Another tidbit that amazes me is he studied Latin, Greek and higher mathematics in college!  I took Latin classes in school, but always wanted to study Greek!

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Warren County

Henry Bradley Hill was born March 23, 1858, in Warren County, Kentucky.  His early life was passed on the farm where he was born.  He received a good common school education and finished in Warren College, where he studied Latin, Greek and the higher mathematics.  After leaving school he returned home and took charge of his father’s farm, where he has remained up to the present time (1885).  Mr. Hill has managed his farming interests with prudence, and is now the proprietor of 600 acres of good farming land, which is in good condition and produces abundant crops of grain and tobacco, to which branch of agriculture Mr. Hill gives most of his attention, though he has lately engaged somewhat in the breeding of fine stock.  He was married, on the 24th of March, 1885, to Miss Vitulia Milligan.  She was born in 1860, and is a daughter of Lewis Milligan, who is of English extraction and is a resident of Warren County.  Mr. Hill is a member of the Christian Church, while Mrs. Hill holds to the Baptist faith.  Politically Mr. Hill is a Democrat, but aspires to no official distinction.  John Robinson Hill, the father of H. B. Hill, was a native Kentuckian.  He was thrice married – first, to a Miss Bass, of Warren County, Kentucky.  She left one daughter (Ada), who died in infancy.  His second marriage was with a Miss Bradley, of Mount Vernon, Indiana; at her death she left three children:  Henry B., Eva M. and Lydia G.  Mr. Hill’s third marriage, which occurred in 1865, was with a Miss Ada Cooksey, of Warren County; she yet survives.  John Robinson Hill has been by occupation a farmer and stock-trader; his business operations were successfully conducted and he left a competence to his children, at his death, which occurred on the 12th of October, 1878.  He was a son of Thomas Hill, who was of English extraction and a native of Virginia.  He came to Kentucky at an early day and located on Barren River, six miles east of Bowling Green, where he resided during the remainder of his life.

1780 Will of Silas Harlen

During our time at the Lincoln County Courthouse last week, while actually looking for marriage records, I had to copy a few of the oldest wills.  This will of Silas Harlen, written in 1780 and produced in court in 1783, is the first will of the county.  If you will notice Silas evidently is not married and has no children, his bequests are to his brothers.  Another interesting point, in the three years between the time the will is written and then produced in court, two of the three subscribing witnesses have died.  The very early years of Kentucky history were hard times, Indians still roamed the land and were not happy to have the newcomers take over their land. 

At the beginning of the month Ritchey and I attended the monthly lecture series at Locust Grove, in Louisville, Kentucky.  It was a performance by one of the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua performers.  Betsy B. Smith gave a wonderful talk/performance about Jemima Boone, daughter of Daniel Boone.  She WAS Jemima Boone and took us along on the harrowing journey of coming to Kentucky in the mid 1770’s.  Her expressions, her descriptions of life in Fort Boonesborough and of the Indian attacks, the hardships due to little food, etc., let us ride the journey with her through this bit of Kentucky history! 

After reading this will and then the deaths of two of the witnesses, it brought back to life the story of Jemima Boone.

Will Book 1, Lincoln County, Kentucky (Virginia, at the time!)

pp. 2-3

scan211In the name of God amen.  I, Silas Harlen, of the County of Kentucky and Colony of Virginia, being of perfect mind and memory, make this my last will and testament.  My estate I bequeath and dispose of in manner and form following.  First to my brother Jehu Harlen I give and bequeath all that is due to me from Stephen Harlen of my father’s estate.  Also to my brother Elijah Harlen my part of the tract of land that he is now in possession of.  Also to my brother James Harlen all the remainder of my estate, real and personal, who I do hereby constitute and appoint the whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament.  And I do hereby utterly revoke, disavow and disannul all former bequests, wills and legacies by me heretofore in any wise left or made declaring ratifying this and no other to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty.  Signed, sealed, published and declared by the within named Silas Harlen to be his last will and testament in the presence of us – Jeremiah Briscoe, Charles Fergueson, Jacob Harlen

Silas Harlen

scan212At a Court held for Lincoln County the 22nd day of January, 1783, this instrument of writing was submitted in Court as the last will and testament of Silas Harlen, deceased, and proved by the oath of Jeremiah Briscoe, the only surviving witness, and ordered to be recorded.

Test. William May, Clerk