Hugh McElroy, and brothers James and Samuel, emigrated from Prince Edward County, Virginia, to Kentucky in 1789. They were sons of James McElroy and his wife, Sarah, natives of Ireland.
Hugh McElroy was born in Pennsylvania; married Esther Irvine in Virginia, before coming with his brothers to what is now Washington County, Kentucky. When the county was formed in 1792, the county Court established the first jail in a cabin belonging to Hugh McElroy. Several settings of the Court were at his home previous to the building of the Courthouse.
In 1794 Hugh McElroy fell victim to the epidemic of smallpox that swept the county that year.
Hugh and Esther McElroy were the parents of ten children – James married Rosa Hardin, then a Mrs. Dorsey, no issue; Margaret married Captain John Muldraugh, a pioneer settler in the Rolling Fork neighborhood (for him the submountainous range of over 100 miles in length and known as ‘Muldrough’s Hill’ was named); Sarah married a Sandusky and left a small family; Mary married first John Simpson and second, John McElroy, her cousin, a son of Samuel McElroy; John married a Miss Hundley; Hugh, Jr., married a Miss Dorsey; Samuel married a Miss Weston and his family moved to Missouri and Texas; Robert Abraham married Dicia Hundley and left a small family; William married a Miss Crawford and left issue; Elizabeth died single.
Above information from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky by Orval W. Baylor.
Will Book A, Pages 27-29
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In the name of God Amen. I, Hugh McElroy, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, being sick and weak of body, but of sound memory, do this thirtieth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety four make and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following (to wit). First my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid. I then lend to my loving wife Easter McElroy the house and tract of land whereon I now live, three Negroes (to wit) Beck, Tom and Jack, three horses and one mare of her own choice, all the plantation tools, one half of the household furniture and one third part of
the cattle and sheep during her life. I give to my son James McElroy a Negro boy by name Len, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son John McElroy a Negro boy by name Sie, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Samuel McElroy a Negro boy by name Dick to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Hugh McElroy a Negro boy by name Ned, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my daughter Peggy Mulder a Negro girl by name of Kitty, to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Sally Sodusky a Negro boy by name Stephen, to her and her heirs forever, also twenty pounds to be paid out of my estate at the decease of my wife. I give to my daughter Mary Simpson a Negro boy by name Fleming, to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Elizabeth McElroy a Negro girl by name Rose, and the house and lot in town to be sold and the money arising therefrom, also a feather bed, a horse worth fifteen pounds and riding saddle to her and her heirs forever. At the death of my wife I give to my son William McElroy the tract of land whereon I now live, also the roan mare’s stallion colt to him and his heirs forever. My will and desire is that the remainder of my lands, stock and household furniture be equally divided between my four sons, ?, Samuel, Hugh and Abraham McElroy. My will and
desire is that at the death of my wife my son Abraham McElroy shall have my Negro boy Jack and my son William McElroy to have Tom or any other that my wife may think proper to let him have. My will and desire is that at the death of my wife all the moveable property lent to her and not otherwise disposed of be equally divided between all my children. My will and desire is that my son William and daughter Elizabeth McElroy be schooled out of my estate. My will and desire is that my stills be disposed of as my wife may think proper. And I hereby appoint my loving Wife, Easter McElroy, Executrix, and my sons James and John McElroy, Executors, to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
In presence of us, John Irvine, Philip King, Thomas King
At a County Court held for Washington County the 5th day of June 1794. This was proved by the oaths of John Irvine and ? King, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto. Ordered to be certified. And at a County Court held for the said County the ? day of July 1794. The same was fully proven.