Schooling Family of Washington County

IMG_6278Erected 1864 to my husband, James Schooling, born November 8, 1798, died April 2, 1863.  Eliza Schooling, born November 26, 1809, died September 20, 1885.

Schooling Family of Washington County, Kentucky

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by O. W. Baylor

If the reader will take time out to go up on Cemetery Hill, Springfield, he will find there a tall marble shaft upon which is inscribed the name “Schooling.”  The Schoolings, or at least James Schooling, Sr., the first of the family to appear in Washington County, hailed from Virginia.  James, Sr., was born in Berkeley County in 1757.  He tells the story of his military service in the following manner:

“In the month of May I entered the company of Captain Little as a substitute for one Benjamin Hesint, for a 3 months tour and joined the regiment commanded by one Major Morgan; then there were about 500 of us and all commanded by General Dark.  We marched to near Fort Pitt where we lay for some time and from thence we descended the Ohio River to a Fort called Holaday’s Cove where we remained until discharged in August of the same year.  In the winter of the same year I entered the company commanded by one William Lucas for another tour of 3 months as a substitute for one Moses Malton and we marched from Berkeley County to Fredericksburg and on to the Rappahannock River and were there honorably discharged by the said Lucas.  Having served this tour I returned home again in 1781 and was drafted to serve in the company of Captain Jarrett for a tour of 3 months.  I joined the regiment at Fredericksburg and marched from thence to join the main army at Williamsburg.  There I remained until honorably discharged.  I distinctly recollect General Washington and General LaFayette.”

James Schooling, Sr., married December 17, 1784, Mary, and shortly thereafter moved to Kentucky.  He was a resident of Washington County from the day the county was formed in 1792 until he died March 4, 1840.  Issue:  Elizabeth, born July 30, 1785; Robert, born January 16, 1787; Liety, born September 8, 1788; Mary, born September 28, 1791; John, born March 2, 1793, married Jane McKittrick; Sarah, born May 2, 1795; Jane, born February 25, 1797, married William R. Watts of Washington County; James, born November 8, 1798, married Polly McKittrick.

The gravestone above is for James Schooling, Jr., and his second wife, Eliza Platt.

Adam F. Schooling married Elizabeth Hurst 21 May 1818
Gordon H. Schooling married Nannie C. May 10 Feb 1869
Gordon Schooling married Mary Jane Mitchell 24 Feb 1857
James A. Schooling married Nancy Sweeney 24 May 1825
James Schooling married Eliza Platt 20 Jun 1832
James Schooling married Polly McKittrick 08 Dec 1825
Jeremiah Schooling married Cynthia Young 29 Nov 1821
Jerry Schooling married Lizzie Spalding 26 Nov 1876
John Schooling married Jane McCallister 22 Nov 1819
Robert Schooling married Eliza Schooling 03 Oct 1810
John W. Coleman married Mary Jane Schooling 01 Oct 1849
John M. Garshwiles married Louisa Schooling 27 Oct 1825
Edward Graves married Lucinda Schooling 07 Aug 1823
Robert Schooling married Eliza Schooling 03 Oct 1810
Levi Sherrell married Sarah Schooling 10 Sep 1814
William W. Walker married Susanna H. Schooling 16 Oct 1821
John Watts married Polly Schooling 03 Aug 1814
William R. Watts married Jane Schooling 15 Apr 1815


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  1. Thank you so much for the photo and the information. James Schooling and his wife Elizabeth Harding are my 3xgreatgrandparents. Their daughter Jane married William Russell Watts Sr. and another Schooling daughter Mary (Polly) married John Stubblefield Watts the brother of W. R. Watts. Both brothers are the sons of Richard and Sarah Stubblefield Watts of Washington County. I am also descended from Moses and Elizabeth Sweeney of Lincoln County KY who may be related to the Sweeney who married the Schooling in this family.William and Jane Schooling Watts are buried in the Gillespie Cemetery in Washington County. Again thank you so much for the photo. I had seen the memorial tombstone many years ago but on my last trip to Kentucky could not find it.

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