1797 Ford-Mattingly Marriage Bond and Consent – Washington County

Know all men by these presents that we, John Ford and John Handley, 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, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 24th day of May 1797.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound John Ford and Priscilla Mattingly, 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 Ford, John Handley

Witness, John Reed

I do hereby certify that John Ford hath obtained leave to marry Priscilla Mattingly and you are thereby requested to grant him license.  Therefore as witness my hand and seal this 24 day of May 1797.

Clementhus Mattingly

Witness, William Spoonan

Rev. Thomas Horatio Cleland – Presbyterian Minister

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Saturday, August 26, 1933

Rev. Thomas Cleland

Rev. Thomas Cleland was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, May 22, 1778.  His father, in 1781, moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, where he remained eight years.  His mother was a Miss Richards.  In the fall, September 23,1789, the family moved to Kentucky, and located in Washington County, where his father procured an entry of 500 acres of land.  In April 1792, they moved to this land where a log cabin had been built.

The first school Thomas Cleland attended was Kentucky Academy at Pisgah in Woodford County.  In 1799 he entered the Transylvania University, at Lexington, where he finished his education, after which he came to Danville and studied for the ministry under Dr. David Rice.

On October 22, 1801, he married Miss Margaret Armstrong.  Among their nine children were: Thomas Horace Cleland, born December 19, 1816, who became a Presbyterian minister.  William Cleland, born October 24, 1824, was the youngest son and father of Mrs. Eastland of Danville, and Miss Rose Cleland, of Louisville, Kentucky.  While not a minister he possessed the high ideals and generous impulses of a splendid family.

Dr. Thomas Cleland preached his first sermon in 1802 at the home of Robert Caldwell (The grandfather of the Rev. Robert Caldwell, so long pastor of the Presbyterian Church on Salt River, built in 1788, four miles south-west of Danville.)  In 1813 Rev. Thomas Cleland returned to Mercer County.  March 31, he took charge of the New Providence Church.  He said:

‘As I had accepted a call at $250.00 per year for the Providence and Cane Run Churches, I bought a farm of 168 acres near the Providence.  It was all forest but a few acres.  A few logs were collected to build a home for me.  I entered on my duties the first Sabbath in April 1813.  The old church on Cane Run became so decayed that it could not shelter the congregation with comfort.  It was considered best to move the place of preaching to Harrodsburg as the majority of the congregation lived on the west side of Salt River.  This arrangement was made in 1816.  The town of Harrodsburg was then very small.  The buildings were of frame and inferior except one brick dwelling and the old stone Court House, in which we held worship until a more suitable building could be put up.  Soon it was found out that this building was to small and would not answer the desired purpose.  In a short while the Lord sent a strong Northwester which overturned the whole building.  This occurred on the 8th day of March 1819, the Sabbath day, but providentially, at a time not occupied.  By this event we were compelled to occupy the old stone Court House again.’

‘The New Providence church was erected by subscriptions and by selling pews.  In this church I have labored just 35 years, from April 1, 1813, to April 1, 1848.  I was engaged for a while by a small church in the Dutch settlement, four miles south of Harrodsburg, for which I received $50.00 in semi-annual installments.’

Dr. Cleland’s home became a School of prophets before the establishment of the Theological Seminaries.

During the year of 1819, an application was sent to the legislature of Kentucky at Frankfort for a charter for Centre College at Danville.  There existed the most violent opposition from the adherents of the Transylvania College, another rival institution.  The late Samuel K. Nelson went to Frankfort to use his personal influence for the Charter.  The prospects were so doubtful that Dr. Cleland was also sent to use his personal influence before the Legislature.  Mr. Nelson, meeting Dr. Cleland, told him how the matter stood, and of the bug-bear of sectarianism which was being used to defeat the measure.  In their conversation, Dr. Cleland related an anecdote to Nelson.  He was convulsed with laughter and said to Cleland, “Go to Frankfort and tell that story, and you will get the charter.’  And they did.

Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Cleland and William Ivrine, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 22nd day of October 1801.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Thomas Cleland and Peggy Armstrong, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Thomas Cleland, William Irvine

Margaret, wife of Rev. Thomas Clelland, D. D., born March 29, 1779, died April 24, 1854.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

According to the 1858 Mercer County death records Rev. Thomas Cleland died January 31, 1858, age 79, Preacher of the Gospel, widower, born in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Thomas Cleland, D. D., born May 22, 1778, died January 31, 1858.

Brother and Sister Die of Tuberculosis – Washington County

B. F. Crowe, born August 8, 1842, died November 22, 1908.  Nancy, his wife, born May 16, 1849.  New Hope Baptist Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

Susie B. Crowe was the daughter of Mansfield and Sarah Mattingly Crowe.  Her paternal grandparents were Benjamin F. and Nancy Strange Crow.  She is listed in the 1900 and 1910 censuses of Washington County, living with her parents, and her siblings – Clarence M., Sada R., Lena, Zora E., Iven Leslie, and Mary Ardie Crowe.

Susie B. Crowe, 1894-1911.  Clarence M. Crowe, 1890-1915. 

Brother Clarence Crowe will follow her to the grave in five years.  Their death certificates reveal that both died of tuberculosis.  Both parents are listed on the death certificates, both born in Washington County.

I think it interesting that this family added an ‘E’ to their last name.  My Crow family – no E – is the same line.  This was not unusual that a different spelling would occur somewhere in the line.  Benjamin F. Crowe, Susie’s grandfather, was a brother to my Mansfield Crow, children of Mansfield Crow and Mary Ann Rigdon.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

June 29, 1911

Death of a Young Lady

Susie Crowe was born April 26, 1894 and departed this life June 17, 1911.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield F. Crowe, who, with her five sisters and two brothers and a host of relatives and friends mourn her death.  She professed faith in Christ and joined the New Hope Baptist Church September 1909 and has lived a complete Christian live ever since.  At the time of her going from us, she was the beloved teacher of the primary class in our Sunday School and wrought well in that capacity.  We will miss her in all of our church work as when was present at all ministries, but in the midst of our sorrow, we console ourselves with the fat that our loss is her gain, and bid the family to weep not as those who have no hope for, ‘They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which can not be moved, but abideth forever.’

One who knew her

Christopher and Angeline Peavler Obituaries – Mercer County

Christopher Columber Peavler was the son of Joseph Peavler and Mary Ann Ridge.  Angeline Vandivier Peavler was the daughter of William and Catherine Vandivier.  The couple were married September 1, 1845 in Mercer County.  According to the Mercer County census, 1850-1910, their children were Sarah, Amanda, George G., William, Merrell, Henry, Mary and Georgia.  By 1900 three of these children had died.  Christopher and Angeline Peavler were married 68 years!

Christopher Peavler, 1822-1915.  Angeline Peavler, 1826-1913.  Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 13, 1913

Mrs. Angeline Peavler, aged eighty-eight years, died last Friday.  She was a splendid motherly Christian woman who had been a member of the Methodist Church for 72 years, having her membership at Oakland Church in this county.  Her maiden name was Angeline Vandivier and she had been married sixty-six years, her aged husband, who is ninety-one years old, surviving her, besides five children.  The funeral services were held Saturday at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. F. T. McIntire, assisted by Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was in the cemetery adjacent to the church.


The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 9, 1915

Mr. Christopher Peavler died at his home in the West End last Thursday.  He was probably the oldest man in the county, being 93 years of age.  He was a native of this county and a gentleman who was highly esteemed by all who knew him.  For 62 years he had been a member of Oakland Methodist Church and had lived on the place where he died for 58 years.  He leaves 8 children, 36 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.  His funeral services were held Saturday at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was in the adjacent cemetery.

1797 Will of John Darnall – Montgomery County

Will of John Darnall

Will Book A, Pages 8-10, Montgomery County, Kentucky

In the name of God, amen.  I, John Darnall, of Montgomery County and State of Kentucky, being very sick and weak but in my perfect mind and memory, considering and calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life that I must die and leave this world whenever it should please God to call me, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First, I do commit my soul unto the hand of God who created it, and secondly, my body to be buried at the discretion of my executor, hereinafter mentioned.

Item, after my just and lawful debts are paid I do will and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Maryanne Darnall, my dwelling plantation and wood and rails to support it and likewise she may clear if she should see cause so as to augment the cleared land to the amount of seventy acres and also all my moveable estate during her natural life or widowhood.

Item, I do will and bequeath to my well beloved son, Henry Darnall, fifty acres of land to him and his heirs forever, to begin on the outside line which will be hereafter fixed by the Court so as to include his and my present dwelling, places to be laid off in good form provided he pays or causes

to be paid to the benefit of the remainder of my estate fifteen pounds lawful money of Kentucky.

Item, I do will and bequeath to my well beloved son, Cornelius Darnall, fifty acres of land to him and his heirs forever, to include his dwelling place, thence running up back Hays Run to my outside line and thence with said line for quantity provided he pays or causes to be paid to the receipt of the remainder of my estate fifteen pounds lawful money of Kentucky.

Item, I will that my executors shall lay off and convey to Thomas Anter Saul (?) one hundred and fifty acres of land running so as to include the quantity toward the Grapy Lick meeting house.

Item, I will and bequeath that the remainder of my land to be sold at public venue and the money to be equally divided amongst all my beloved sons.

Item, I will and bequeath all my removeable estate to my beloved daughters after the death or marriage of their mother, to be equally divided amongst them.

I do hereby constitute, make and ordain my beloved sons, Cornelius and Henry Darnall, my executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of December in the

year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven.

John Darnall

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Darnall as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers –

Anthony Furtad, Samuel Arvin, Thomas Darnall

At a Court held for Montgomery County the 6th day of March 1798.

This last will and testament of John Darnall, deceased, was proved by the oaths of Anthony Furtad and Thomas Darnall, witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded.  Cornelius and Henry Darnall, the executors therein named, qualified thereto according to law and who, together with William Higgins and Johnathan Barnard, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two hundred pounds, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste. M. Harrison, C.M.C.

1823 Marriage Returns – Washington County

This doth certify that I did on the

  • 7th of August 1823, join together Edward Graves and Lucinda Schooling.
  • 11th September 1823, join together Prior Patterson and Susannah O’Neal.
  • September 23rd 1823, Michael Young and Ruth Moreland.
  • September 25th 1823, Hugh Jeffries and Fanny Walker.
  • October 2nd 1823, Joel Gregory and Nancy Springer.
  • October 9th 1823, Thomas Swan and Sarah Robertson.
  • October 16th 1823, Allen Elliott and Nancy Lawrence.
  • October 23rd 1823, Lloyd Simpson and Rebecca Milbourn.
  • October 30th 1823, James Bailey and Matilda Graves.
  • November 4th 1823, Samuel Richardson and Susan Creager.

Given under my hand this 18th November 1823, Joel Gorden

I do hereby certify that on the 20th day of March last (1823) I solemnized the rites of marriage between Thomas L. Bennett and Nancy McDonald.  Also, on the 27th day of May, I joined Horatio Mudd and Martha Powell, late widow of Charles Powell, deceased.

The Clerk of Washington County

Barnabas McHenry, E.M.E.C.

Martha Powell was the daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason, and my 4th great-aunt.  Martha had one daughter by Captain Powell, Mary Edwards Powell, born in 1814, a few months before the captain’s death November 22, 1814.  With Horatio Mudd she had five children – Hezekiah, Charles William, Mary Mildred, Nicholas and Thomas Mudd.

Hall Monument In Machpelah Cemetery – Montgomery County

I thought this monument quite interesting since there was so much detail written on the stone.  It gives a good picture of the life of this family.  James Hall was born on the Isle of Wight in England, as was his son, George.  James was a plasterer and George followed in his father’s footsteps.  They eventually moved to Weston, West Virginia, to work on an asylum.

Evidently the wife and mother had passed on before this move to the United States.  In the 1870 census of Montgomery County James is listed as 55, a plasterer, born in England.  His son George was 21, same work and birth place.

In the 1880 census Mrs. James Hall is listed as head of household.  She was 40, born in New York, both parents born in Ireland.  She is listed as an astrologist.  I’ll have to admit I never thought to see that as an occupation during the 19th century in Kentucky!  James is 60, still a plasterer, born in England as was both parents.  George is not listed.  Perhaps he was married, or died young working for the fire company as noted on his gravestone.  James died in 1896, and Frances within two years.

James Hall, born on the Isle of Wight, England.  Was an ornamental plaster, worked on the London Palace and other public buildings.  Came to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum, removed to Mt. Sterling, and from there to Lexington, Kentucky.  Died June 19, 1896.  Machpelah Cemetery, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Frances, wife of James Hall and widow of Charles Jennings of Louisville, Kentucky.  Born in Troy, New York, came to Mt. Sterling 1870, moved to Lexington, Kentucky, 1892.  Died February 11, 1898.

George Hall, born on the Isle of Wight.  Emigrated to Canada with his father, and then went to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum and came to Mt. Sterling with his father where he joined and was buried by the Fire Company.