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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!


1838 Deed of Trust – Linton to Linton

William Linton is my 3rd great-grandfather.  He was the youngest son of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  He must have been something of a rounder since he quite often seems to be in trouble – especially concerning money!  He and his wife, Eliza Moran, daughter of William Moran, Jr., and Mary Barber, are buried in the Linton Cemetery.  The Moses L. Linton is William Linton’s brother.

Scan006Washington County, Kentucky

Where William Moran has departed this life leaving a considerable estate, both real and personal and mixed, and whereas I intermarried with one of his daughters, Eliza, by whom I would inherit her equal part of his estate, now, this indenture witness that for and in consideration of one dollar to me in hand paid by Moses L. Linton, of the County of Washington, I do by these presents bargain, sell, transfer and deliver to the said Moses L. Linton, all the right, title and interest which I may have as the estate of the said William Moran, deceased, which may have devised to me by his death either in present remainder or reversion, whether the same be real, personal or mixed, the said Moses paying to Booker Plate and Co. what I now owe them them and to John C. Moffett, what I am owing him out of the estate aforesaid, the right and title in and to the balance of the estate that may be coming to me in my own right or in the right of my wife.  I bind myself, my heirs to warrant and defend unto the said Moses L. and his heirs, forever from and against the claim or claims of all and every person or persons whatever, but it is understood that the said Moses L. is to hold, use and enjoy it only as trustee for my said wife Eliza and her said children now living and such as she may, be living at my death, he having the right to sell align and transfer the same to receive and give acquittances to the administrator or administrators or administratrix for the same in any manner he may think best for their use and benefit, that is for the use and benefit of my said wife and children, clear and free of any claim I may or can have in any manner or way whatsoever and I further covenant and agree that I am not to have any control, right or title to said property so descended as aforesaid, but the said Moses L. is to use, enjoy and control the same for the use and benefit of my said wife and children in any manner he may think best and most useful to them.  In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this 16th day of January 1838.

William Linton

Moses L. Linton

Signed, sealed and delivered in present of James R. Hughes, Anthony McElroy

Bible of Joel Reid Lyle of Fayette County, Kentucky

The Bible of Joel Reid Lyle of Fayette and Bourbon Counties, in Kentucky, was last known to be owned by Charles Nourse Lyle of Lexington, Kentucky.  He was a grandson of Joel Reid Lyle and Agnes M. Kenney.  Charles married late in life and had no children.


  • Joel Reid Lyle and Agnes M. Kenney were married September 1, 1807.
  • William C. Lyle and Margaret Ann Caldwell were married on Tuesday, the 25th of October, 1831, by Rev. E. Smith.
  • William C. Lyle and Sarah Ellen Bell were married 11th of October, 1842, by the Rev. John D. Matthews.
  • John A. Lyle and Laura Chambers were married 22nd of November, 1848, by Rev. James S. Kemper.
  • Joel K. Lyle and Maria Catherine Nourse were married Wednesday, December 22, 1852, by Rev. R. J. Breckinridge, D.D.
  • John A. Lyle and Bettie Garrard were married June 7, 1855.
  • Charles Nourse Lyle and Bettie Breckinridge Richardson were married Wednesday, June 27, 1917, by Rev. Edwin Muller, D.D., at First Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Kentucky.  (The above Charles Nourse Lyle was named for his mother’s father, Charles Nourse.)


  • John Lyle, ruling elder in Timberridge Church, Rockbridge County, Virginia (who was the son of John Lyle, Esquire, from Ireland, and also a ruling elder in said church), was born in Timberridge, then Augusta County, July 10, 1746.
  • Flora (Reid) Lyle, consort of said John Lyle, was born February 1743.
  • Andrew Lyle, their eldest son, was born March, 1758.
  • Rev. John Lyle was born October 20, 1769.
  • Martha Lyle (McCutchen) was born November, 1770.
  • Joel Reid Lyle was born December 19, 1774.
  • William Reid Lyle was born September 19, 1779
  • Jane (Finley) Lyle was born May 28, 1782.
  • (The Joel Reid Lyle in this record was the grandfather of Lizzie A., Helen and Charles Nourse Lyle.  Joel R. Lyle came to Kentucky in 1801, being in the 27th year of his age.)

Children of Matthew and Elizabeth Kenney:

  • Rebecca Kenney (Givens) born September 17, 1771
  • James Kenney born January 5, 1774
  • Matthew Kenney born January 22, 1776
  • Agnes Kenney born March 12, 1778
  • Elizabeth Kenney (Montgomery) born November 12, 1780
  • Agnes McCreary Kenney (Lyle) born January 22, 1783
  • Sarah Kenney born January 22, 1785
  • Robert P. Kenney born January 22, 1787
  • Alexander Robertson Kenney born January 1, 1790, died December 12, 1844, at Millersburg, Kentucky
  • Mary Huston Kenney born September 8, 1792
  • William McCreary Kenney born August 8, 1794
  • (Agnes McCreary Kenney Lyle, in this record, is the grandmother of Lizzie A., Helen and Charles Nourse Lyle)


  • William Cowler Lyle was born August 16, 1808
  • Sarah Lapsley Lyle was born December 28, 1811
  • Margaret Reid Lyle was born February 15, 1815
  • John Andrew Alexander Lyle was born March 5, 1817
  • Joel Kenney Lyle was born July 17, 1824
  • Maria Catherine (Nourse), now wife of Joel K. Lyle, was born August 9, 1833

Children of J. K. and Maria C. Lyle:

  • Lizzie Agnes Lyle born October 10, 1853, Nicholasville, Kentucky
  • Flora Reid Lyle born June 10, 1857, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Helen Lyle born November 19, 1858, Laird Parsonage, Newton Pike, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Emma Lyle born May 13, 1862, Laird Parsonage, Newton Pike, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Charles Nourse Lyle born December 22, 1865, Lexington, Kentucky


  • John Lyle, father of Joel Reid Lyle, died at his residence in Virginia, September, 1815, aged 69 years, 2 months and 15 days.
  • Flora Lyle, his consort, died January 1815, aged 71 years and about 11 months.
  • Andrew Lyle died in Liberty, Virginia, in 1790 (or January, 1791)
  • Sally Lyle died in early infancy.
  • Rev. John Lyle died at his residence in Paris, Kentucky, July 22, 1825.
  • Joel R. Lyle died at his residence near Paris, Kentucky, January 18, 1849.
  • Agnes M. Lyle, his consort died at the residence of her son, William Lyle, September 19, 1849.
  • Martha Lyle (McCutchen) died in Virginia, July 16, 1851, near Middlebrook.
  • William R. Lyle died at Topton, Iowa, 1852.
  • Sarah Lapsley Lyle, eldest daughter of Joel R. and Agnes M. Lyle, died August 22, 1813.
  • Margaret Reid Lyle, 2nd daughter of Joel R. and Agnes M. Lyle, died August 9, 1815.
  • Rev. Joel Kenney Lyle died in Lexington, Kentucky, April 19, 1872.
  • Maria Catherine Nourse Lyle, widow of Joel Kenney Lyle, died in Lexington, Kentucky, August 2, 1904.
  • Lizzie Agnes Lyle, daughter of J. K. and M. C. N. Lyle, died in Lexington, Kentucky, January 23, 1916.