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1902 Washington County School Census Report

During my visit to the Washington County Clerk’s office on the 14th, I happened to notice grey boxes of school census reports on one of the top shelves.  Since I had not looked at these before I chose 1902 – hoping to find my grandparents listed.  Amazingly I did!  My paternal grandfather, Jessie Hill, is listed below.  This report is for District 39 – I found all but one grandparent in the other reports.

This is a great source for birthdates – given by the parents – since there are no birth records at this date.  In addition, ages of children are also stated.  Two sets of twins are listed on this page!

Washington County School Census Report 1902

District 39


Ben Hagen

  1. Joseph Hagen, February 20, 1883 age 19
  2. Jesse Hagen, August 18, 1889, age 13

James Daniel and Mary Boone

  1. Will Boone, September 29, 1884, age 17
  2. Mary Boone, September 29, 1886, age 15
  3. Sallie Boone, September 29, 1886, age 15
  4. Lettie Boone, January 17, 1891, age 11
  5. Robert Boone, August 21, 1893, age 9

Ludd F. and Mary Yankey

  1. Sady Yankey, February 3, 1883, age 19
  2. Fred Yankey, February 3, 1883, age 19
  3. Eliza Yankey, July 6, 1885, age 17
  4. Maggie Yankey, May 14, 1887, age 15
  5. Lillie Belle Yankey, November 29, 1889, age 13
  6. Becky Lee Yankey, May 31, 1892, age 10
  7. James Anderson Yankey, August 27, 1895, age 7

Frank and Mollie Yankey

  1. Mattie Yankey, February 26, 1888, age 14
  2. Robert Yankey, September 18, 1889, age 12
  3. Mary Yankey, April 16, 1892, age 10
  4. Lettie Yankey, September 16, 1895, age 7

John Buckman

  1. Mattie Buckman, September 27, 1883, age 19
  2. Mary Lill Buckman, March 10, 1886, age 16

Calebel R. and Eliza Bennington

  1. Clotill Bennington, December 25, 1885, age 17
  2. Tansia Bennington, March 11, 1888, age 14 – Female
  3. William Bennington, January 23, 1890, age 12
  4. Ezra Bennington, May 29, 1892, age 10
  5. Bessie Bennington, January 5, 1895, age 7

James M. and Fannie Chandler

  1. Richard Chandler, January 4, 1888, age 14
  2. Ivia Chandler, February 25, 1891, age 11 – Female
  3. James Chandler, June 15, 1894, age 8

John H. and Martha Thompson

  1. Florence Thompson, September 26, 1883, age 19

Isaiah and Lydia Ann Hill

  1. Isaiah Hill, January 16, 1885, age 17
  2. Lydia Hill, March 7, 1887, age 15
  3. Alfa Hill, November 2, 1890, age 12
  4. Jessie Hill, August 8, 1894, age 8

Hays and Hattie May Hill

  1. Jesse Eddy Hill, October 2, 1895, age 7 – Female

Ran and Catherine Bell Hill

  1. Thomas Hill, October 17, 1891, age 10

Bill and Elizabeth Hill

  1. Effie Ann Hill, October 23, 1891, age 10
  2. Mary Lee Hill, February 12, 1896, age 6

Frank and Bertha Montgomery

  1. Lizzie Montgomery, November 1, 1892, age 10
  2. Leo Montgomery, March 17, 1895, age 7

Marshall and Katey Smith

  1. Burnett Smith, April 1, 1884, age 18
  2. Annie Bell Smith, April 14, 1886, age 16

Jeff and Sally Carrico

  1. Claud Carrico, December 12, 1881, age 19
  2. Maggie Carrico, December 5, 1883, age 17
  3. Agnes Carrico, October 23, 1885, age 15
  4. Lee Carrico, July 23, 1888, age 13
  5. Jennie Carrico, December 24, 1890, age 11
  6. Sam B. Carrico, October 4, 1892, age 9

John and Sue Knott

  1. Mamie Knott, March 13, 1890, age 12
  2. John F. Knott, October 19, 1892, age 10
  3. Ernestine Knott, August 22, 1894, age 8

James and Clara Butler

  1. Sophia Butler, February 25, 1891, age 11
  2. Thomas Butler, November 17, 1893, age 9
  3. Durwood Butler, April 24, 1894, age 8

Robert Parrott, Guardian

  1. Robert Ross, June 1, 1887, age 15

Catherine McMurtry Receives Portion of Bequest from Father’s Will

Captain Lewis Rose, born October 11, 1749, and died February 20, 1829, left a will naming several children.  He married first Barbara Thair, and, secondly, Mary Todd Hutton McMurtry, her first husband being Captain John McMurtry.

At the Historical Society in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, there are filing cabinets full of pieces of paper the county clerk was going to get rid of.  Thank goodness the society realized the importance these papers would be to genealogists!

I used this particular one today since it concerned his daughter, Catherine Rose, who married her step-brother, Joseph McMurtry.  Many of the Rose family members are buried in a family cemetery in the little town of Burgin, also in Mercer County.  Catherine is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

Catharine, wife of John McMurtry and daughter of Captain Lewis Rose, born November 21, 1780, died September 1, 1867.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Little scraps of paper can be very important and give little clues about our families.  My great-grandmother was diligent about saving old tax receipts and other pieces of family information!

Received of Robert B. McAfee, Executor of Lewis Rose, deceased, five hundred dollars in part of my share of the price of his land sold by said Executor according to the directions of his will.  Witness my hand this 14th day of May 1842.

                                                          Catherine McMurty

Test.  A. H. Alexander

NB $200 of the above said money from the land.

Edward Barber Edwards Account With Elias Davison

Such a simple piece of browned paper, but one so very important to me.  This is a receipt given to my fourth great-grandfather, Edward Barber Edwards, by Elias Davison, after paying the amount due on his account.

Elias Davison was on the list of Springfield town lot owners in 1817, in the post that was published yesterday.  He owned one lot at a valuation of $6,000.  In the diary of Hugh McElroy he states that he engaged to keep store for Mr. Elias Davison, beginning in 1814.  An old plat of Springfield was found and mentions the lot owned by Mr. Davison, and that it was known by the appellation ‘Davison’s brick corner.’  At least this gives us an idea of why it was valued at $6,000.  I so wish we had just a little more information about what Edward Edwards was paying for!

Edward Barber Edwards was born in Maryland April 21, 1768, the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber.   Edward moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, before 1795, when he sold land to George Smith.  Perhaps this was about the time he married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.   Edward and Nancy’s first child, my ancestor, Susan Clark Edwards was born in 1797.  All but one of their children was born in Loudoun County – John L., Catherine Kitural, Jonathan Joseph, Benjamin M., and Mary Jane.  The family moved to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1816, and daughter Sarah was born in 1822.

Edward died in 1824, in Washington County.  Nancy lived another 37 years.

Received this 5th day April 1821 of Mr Edward B. Edwards sixteen dollars fifty cents, it being the full amount of his account up to this date.

                                for Elias Davison, Sr., by Elias Davison, Jr.



Never Give Up – I Found It!!!

linton-notesIn going through my great-grandmother’s notes this morning I found this sheet, in her handwriting, a list of primarily Edwards family members, with a marriage to a Taylor, a Linton and a Montgomery.  This was one of those days when I truly ‘read’ what was in front of me – instead of scanning and going to the next.  What popped out this morning was the middle name of Susan Clark Edwards’ husband, and my third great-grandfather, John C. Taylor.  I always thought the ‘C’ stood for Cotton.

linton-notes-1But if you look carefully you will see John’s middle name is ‘Compton’.  I’ve tried looking for years and years to find a connection with the Cotton family, and all those years I was barking up the wrong family tree!  But this finally means that the mother and father of John Compton Taylor are John Taylor, the youngest son of Henry Taylor and his second wife, Susannah Compton [note the last name!], and Mary Ann Hawkins.  So John Compton Taylor’s middle name comes from his grandmother’s maiden name.  It all makes sense now.  Henry Taylor’s will, in the Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book A, Pages 318-319, written on March 29, 1770, and probated August 12, 1771, gives to his ‘well-beloved wife Susanna Taylor the lot of land I now live on and the half of my removable estate (except what I bequeath to my former wife’s children)’.  Henry then makes bequests to his children, and a son-in-law, William Cotton – that name again!  And his last bequest ‘I give and devise to my youngest son, John Taylor, all the rest and residue of my movable estate to be immediately possessed with it after my death.  I further devise to my said son, John Taylor, the plantation (or lot of land) I now live on and all the movable estate I bequeathed to my wife Susanna to be immediately in his possession after the death of his mother.’  This very important sentence tells us John is the son of Susanna Compton.  It is so gratifying to search for one piece of information for so long and finally find it!  Never give up!

Now, back to the notes.  The beginning is a list of birth and death dates for Edward Barbour Edwards and Nancy Linton’s children.  Edward Barbour Edwards was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barbour.  Nancy Linton is the daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.

Edward Barbour Edwards born April 21, 1768, died September 1824, married Nancy Linton about 1796.  Names of children:

  • Susan Clark Edwards born 1797 died December 24, 1836
  • John L. Edwards born 1800, died July 23, 1883
  • Catherine Keturah Edwards born 1803, died 1873
  • Johnathan Edwards born 1806 died about 1890
  • Benjamin Mason Edwards born 1808, died 1850
  • Ann B. Edwards born 1812, died 1830
  • Mary Edwards born 1814, died 1904
  • Martha Edwards born 1817, died December 10, 1880

Susan Clark Edwards married John Compton Taylor in 1827.  Their eldest daughter, Catherine, was born 1828 and their youngest son, Benjamin Springer Taylor, was born November 29, 1833.

Catherine Taylor married Edward Linton in or about 1851.  They have two children, Alice Clark Linton and Frances Linton Montgomery. 

Written between those last two lines is Edgar Linton, Annie Linton, Mary Linton, also children of Catherine and Edward Linton.

Mercer County Clerk

IMG_0272I want to share with you today one of my favorite places – the Mercer County Clerk’s Office in Harrodsburg (about ten minutes away from my home – a little more if you are caught by the train)!  I could spend hours and hours in here – there is just that much history!  The picture above shows the older records in one section of the very large room.

A few years ago our old courthouse was torn down to build a new one – and most of the offices (circuit clerk, sheriff, judicial, etc.) were transferred to what used to be the old Gateway building, a former grocery store.   The County Clerk was housed in what was known as the Court House Annex, across the street from the original court house.  Once the new building was completed the Judicial Courts and the Circuit Clerk moved into the new court house, and the County Clerk was moved to the Gateway building.

IMG_0273This room is filled with old records!

IMG_0274Marriage bonds, court orders, wills, deeds, guardianship bonds, minutes – numerous records from about the 1780’s!

IMG_0276This drawer holds the oldest marriage bonds and parental consents.

IMG_0277Inside it looks like a jumble of old papers – but what information those papers hold.  I would like to organize this one day – perhaps the clerk will allow me!  These precious pieces of paper must be handled very carefully!

IMG_0278This is the marriage license for Don C. Dixon and Mary J. Allin – Mary Jouett Allin, who is the daughter of the man issuing the license – Thomas Allin, County Clerk – first clerk of Mercer County – and who continued until June of 1833 due to his death during the cholera epidemic.

IMG_0285This is a marriage return by Jesse Head, minister.  Some were excellent about turning in their marriages, some not so good!

IMG_0287This is a little later marriage license and certificate – 1866.  It was printed on very thin paper, almost like tissue paper.

IMG_0289One of my goals for this day was to copy of the will of Lewis Rose.  If you remember he was included in a blog I wrote about Memorial Acre at Fort Harrod.

IMG_0290As you can imagine this will be a future blog!

Always remember that the county clerk’s office is a valuable source for genealogy research.  In almost every county the clerk has been very helpful to me – and will be to you!  They realize that some of us have been at this a long time – and some are brand new to genealogy research!  Which County Clerk’s offices have you visited?



Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

Remember to check for various spellings of names!

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths


  • Letha May Joice, Webster County, March 26, 1914, Vol. 19, #9214
  • Robert Joice, Sr., Carroll County, April 4, 1913, Vol. 20, #9652
  • William M. Joice, Webster County, August 12, 1912, Vol. 53, #21086
  • Aline Joiner, Graves County, November 12, 1912, Vol. 70, #27613
  • Clarence Graves, Butler County, December 31, 1915, Vol. 59, #29386
  • Dorris Rainey Joiner, Trigg County, October 11, 1915, Vol. 52, #25689
  • Infant of Ely Whitney Joiner, Trigg County, January 22, 1913, Vol. 6, #2896
  • Flossie Joiner, Trigg County, September 18, 1915, Vol. 47, #23172
  • Guy Joiner, Graves County, February 23, 1911, Vol. 9, #3507
  • Joe Joiner, Butler County, October 31, 1912, Vol. 61, #24250
  • Joseph W. Joiner, McCracken County, January 20, 1911, Vol. 5, #1962
  • Mary Joiner, Butler County, June 4, 1911, Vol. 36, #14305
  • Mary E. Joiner, Christian County, November 29, 1912, Vol. 69, #27255
  • Rebeckah Joiner, Trigg County, October 19, 1911, Vol. 76, #30118
  • Thomas V. Joiner, Ohio County, January 22, 1913, Vol. 6, #2601
  • Willie Joines, Muhlenburg County, January 2, 1915, Vol. 5, #2358
  • Luetta Joins, Christian County, October 5, 1915, Vol. 49, #24021
  • Miss Mary Pauline Jolesaint, Jefferson County, February 16, 1912, Vol. 11, #4398
  • Joseph A. Jolessault, Jefferson County, August 12, 1911, Vol. 53, #21051
  • Lawrence Jollay, McLean County, September 23, 1913, Vol. 50, #24996
  • Louis B. Jolley, Metcalfe County, June 16, 1911, Vol. 41, #16046
  • R. J. Jolley, Fleming County, September 29, 1914, Vol. 47, #23302
  • Sam Jolley, Jefferson  County, April 13, 1913, Vol. 21, #10410
  • W. J. Jolley, Todd County, September 7, 1914, Vol. 50, #24594
  • Zeno Jolley, Hancock County, April 11, 1912, Vol. 30, #11617
  • Ella A. Jolly, Fleming County, December 23, 1914, Vol. 63, #31293
  • Emma Jolly, Kenton County, October 15, 1912, Vol. 64, #25434
  • George W. Jolly, Metcalfe, February 14, 1911, Vol. 12, #4586
  • Glen Gardner Jolly, Breckinridge County, February 2, 1915, Vol. 7, #3317
  • H. C. Jolly, McCracken County, October 20, 1914, Vol. 54, #26584
  • Henry Clay Jolly, Sr., Breckinridge County, March 3, 1914, Vol. 13, #6229
  • Howard Clay Jolly, Fleming County, June 3, 1915, Vol. 29, #14399

Edward B. Edwards 1816 Tax Receipt

Scan044This tax receipt for Edward Barbour Edwards, my 4th great-grandfather, was saved by my great-grandmother, Frances Barbour Linton, and several others in the family, for 200 years!  Grandmother Linton finished her life during the depression, a time in our country’s history when everything was saved to be used at some point.  She was also a genealogist, who used scraps of farm notebook paper on which to write her genealogy charts and family information.  I am so very thrilled that she, and those who came before her, saved these special pieces of information that are so vitally important to me – and other Edwards/Linton descendants!

How I would love to have met this woman!  She was so strong, so kind and passionate, and loving to all who knew her.  I have my mother’s stories that I go back and read over and over – although it is hardly necessary since they are written on my heart!

As you can see, this tax receipt is from Loudoun County, Virginia.  In the next few years Edward Edwards and his family will pull up stakes and move to Washington County, Kentucky, with his father-in-law, Captain John Hancock Linton, and the other children of the captain.  What a trip that must have been!  The wagons, the horses, the adults and children!  Edward’s wife, Nancy, was riding a horse during their trek across the Cumberland Gap – side-saddle, I am sure, as any lady at that time period would!  The horse was spooked by a wildcat and Nancy was thrown, breaking her leg.  A litter was made for her, and she made her way into Kentucky in this way – never walking again.  They reached Washington County in early November, 1818.

Edward and Nancy Edwards had eight children; the eldest child, Susan Clark Edwards, was my 3rd great-grandmother.  Two sons, John L. and Jonathan Joseph married, as well as another daughter, Martha, and all had families.  Mary Jane married, but did not have children, and the last three remained single – Catherine, Ben and Sarah.  But the aunts and uncles with no children loved their nieces and nephews and helped raise them!

Back to the tax receipt.  It reads, “Received this 23 day of March, 1816, from Edward B. Edwards, the sum of three dollars and eight cents for the District Tax of 1815 upon the property of said Edwards in the county of Loudoun in the Twenty-second Collection District in the state of Virginia.  Signed, John Littlejohn, Collector for the 22nd Collection District, in the state of Virginia.”

Being a tax collector for a school district for twenty-five years (part of my job as Finance Officer), I wonder percentage that would be?  Of course, land was not the price it is today, but we would all love a property tax of $3.08!