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Indenture from James and Ann Davis to Alexander Lewis

This is an addition to an Indenture, made in Mercer County, Kentucky, January 11, 1797, to an original indenture from April 27, 1790, between James and Ann Davis and Alexander Lewis.  Dick’s River as they mention in the indenture is known as Dix River today.

This Indenture made this 11th day of January 1797 between James Davis and Ann, his wife, of Clark County, of the one part, and Alexander Lewis, of the other part.  Witnesseth that whereas by a certain indenture of bargain and sale by the said James and Ann to the said Alexander Lewis made and executed on the 26th day of April 1790, and acknowledged before the Court of Mercer County, and ordered to be recorded on the 27th day of April 1790, it was the intent and meaning of the said James and Ann that the tract of land therein mentioned to contain one hundred and eighty acres, should adjoin to and bend on Dicks River as it meanders from the lower to the upper corners thereof and we, the said James and Ann, still being desirous that those our intentions should be fully understood and made manifest have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals the day and date first above written and desire that the same shell be recorded and considered as a part of the Indenture herein referred to.

James Davis, Ann Davis

Executed in the presence of Joseph Davis, Ambrose Gordon, Jeremiah Brown, Thomas Wood

Mercer County            August County Court 1797

This Indenture was proved to be the act and deed of James Davis, a party thereto by the oaths of Joseph Davis, Jeremiah Brown and Ambrose Gordon, three subscribing witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.                   Thomas Allin, County Clerk

Deed Book 3, Page 322

1824 Receipt of John L. Edwards

‘Received of John L. Edwards the amount of my account against Edward Edwards except nine dollars 25 cents for which he has given me his note March 27, 1824.  C Rice’

This is another of the precious little pieces of paper saved by my great-grandmother Frances Barber Linton Montgomery.  Edward Barber Edwards, mentioned in the above note, was Frances’ great-grandfather, my 4th.  Edward Barber Edwards was born in Maryland, April 21, 1768, the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber.  He married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason.

Edward, Nancy and family arrived in Washington County, Kentucky, from Loudoun County, Virginia, in November 1816, two years before the Captain and other members of the family made the move.  We know this because November 27, 1816, Edward B. Edwards made oath ‘he removed to Kentucky with intention to become a citizen, that he brought with four slaves named Stephen, Hannah, Poland and Charles, and not with intention to sell, testified by S. D. Roman, Washington County Justice of the Peace.’  Every man who brought slaves into Washington County had to make this statement.  Captain John Linton made the same statement two years later.

Edward and Nancy had six children when they made the trek from Virginia, all born in Loudoun County, Virginia – Susan Clark, John Linton, Catherine Kitural, Jonathan Joseph, Benjamin Mason and Mary Jane Edwards.  Two daughters were born in Kentucky – Martha Linton in 1817 and Sarah Barber in 1822.  This was a family that used family surnames when naming their children!

Edward Barber Edwards died two years after his youngest child was born.  His will was written January 16, 1824, and proved in court March 8, 1824.  I do not know the cause of his death.  He was 55 years.  In his will Edward gives Nancy the land that he lives on, with all the stock and Negroes, and household and kitchen furniture, except for 100 acres of land he gives to his eldest son, John Linton Edwards, at the expiration of seven years from the date of the will.  At Nancy’s death the rest of the land is to go to son Benjamin, the rest of the estate to be equally divided between his daughters and son Jonathan.  Wife Nancy, and son, John, were named executrix and executor.  The will was witnessed by William Caldwell, John Linton and John Linton.  One of the John Linton’s was Captain John, the other his son.

This note of 1824 is only one piece of the settlement of the estate of Edward Barber Edwards.  I can only be thankful that these small pieces of paper from so long ago were treasured through the years and kept as part of our family heritage.  What do you have that is a family treasure?



No Will, But Other Papers for Isaac Newton Greathouse, Deceased

Isaac Newton Greathouse was the son of Harmon Greathouse III.  His grandfather was also thus named, and his great-grandfather, Herman Groethaus, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1676.  When this gentleman came to America, in 1710, he settled in Philadelphia, and changed his name to Harmon Greathouse.  Isaac Newton Greathouse married Elizabeth Berkeley Lewis, daughter of John Lewis and Hannah Eskridge Lewis – two early settlers who moved their family of three small children from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Louisville, Kentucky, baby Elizabeth being born there July 14, 1799.  In the fall of 1799, moving to what was then called Old Fortification Creek, then Hardin County, soon to be Breckinridge, the young family consisted of baby Elizabeth, Catherine aged seven, Eliza aged 4, and Moses Linton aged 2.

Isaac and Elizabeth were married in 1818, and in their fourteen years of married life had seven children – John L., Harmon B., Hannah Amanda, Susannah, Joseph L., John Fletcher and William Linton Greathouse.

Today I would to share with you an inventory, accounts due and bill of sale for Isaac Newton Greathouse, who died in Hancock County October 21, 1832.  At the age of 40, born in Nelson County in 1792, perhaps he thought death would be much later.  At any event, he did not leave a will.  In a case such as this, even though there is no will, there is much information to be found in the paperwork found in will books – inventories, accounts due, sale bills, dowers, guardian reports, etc.

On page 31 in Will Book 1 for Hancock County is the inventory, produced by Isaac’s brother, Rudolphus B. Greathouse. There are three pages of items, including a heifer valued at $80, a lot of corn for $100, and two slaves – Margaret and George, valued at $275 each.  Isaac Newton Greathouse was a doctor and his medical books, $22.50, and two lots of medicines valued at $34.43 ¾.  Also included are guns, horses, tools, hogs, crops, bed and bedding, etc.  The total amount of the inventory was $1,675.68 ¾.

A list of notes due Isaac Greathouse was next in the will book, page 32.  Again, his brother Rudolphus, entered the account information on January 28, 1833.  The most largest note owed was from Joseph Evans at $325.  William Linton Lewis, an uncle of Isaac Greathouse’s wife, Elizabeth Lewis, owed $239.95.  The smallest amount owed was $1.25, for a total of about $996.

The sale bill begins on page 33 of will book one.  Many of the items were purchased by the widow, Elizabeth Greathouse – gun, horse, bookcase, books, desk.  She purchased a cradle for $1.00.  Elizabeth purchased a sugar chest for $5.00 – was it like the one I have?  One yoke of oxen, fields of rye and wheat, stacks of hay, cows and calves, hogs, sheep.  Others who purchased items were neighbors, as you would expect – Samuel and Edmond Hawes, Benoni House, Henry Newman, Leonard Jones, Timothy Holmes, Holbert Henderson, James Haywood, Joseph Crisler and brother, Rudolphus Greathouse.

After Isaac’s death, Elizabeth Greathouse raised her children, and lived to just three months shy of her eightieth birthday.  Like her parents, she was made of pioneer stock and helped settle the new lands of Kentucky in the early years of the state.  She outlived her husband and all but three of her children – Harmon B. Greathouse who died in 1889, Joseph L. Greathouse who died in 1891, and William Linton Greathouse who died in 1901.

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.