Rowdy and Old Mike

Mary Alice and Old Mike


Rowdy and Old Mike

Some of the favorite memories of my 80-year-old mother, Catherine Lyons Carrico Hill McIlvoy, are of the farm where she grew up – the first twenty-one years of her life!  She and my aunt, Mary Alice, her baby sister, roamed their fifty-one acres and experienced it all.  It was nothing for them to climb to the top of tall sycamore trees, and stand on the topmost limb, just to enjoy the view.  From this advantage they were privy to more than one conversation that was not meant for their ears!

The two would swing on grapevines over deep ravines.  Although this seemed like great fun for them at the time, Mom now admits it could have been very dangerous.  Her favorite line when telling one of her stories usually begins with, “If mother only knew what we did back then!”  My very proper grandmother, Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico, worked hard to bring up the perfect little ladies, but at the ages of 16 and 14 respectively, Mom and Mary Alice were nothing but tomboys!

Catherine and Rowdy

The greatest adventures for these two were racing the two old mules they are pictured with.  Mom and Mary Alice would start off, piles of brush along the way they had to jump over, each determined to finish the course first!  And this is despite the stern warning from their father never to race the mules – much less make them jump!  Even though Mom’s mount had the feisty name of ‘Rowdy’, he would be much more suited to something like, well, Old Mike!  Evidently Mike was the spirited one!  Mom admits that Mary Alice could get Old Mike to do anything – she had a way with him!  Perhaps she was just the better horsewoman!  Mulewoman?

Aunt Mary Alice died last October.  We took Mom to the nursing home to see her once more just before she died.  It was a treat just to sit and watch and listen!  They were no longer the two old ladies of today, but young girls who were back on the farm talking about their adventures, claiming their version of the story was the correct one – giggling, conspiring again.

Mom clasped Mary Alice’s hand tightly during the entire visit and would bend close to pat her cheek – all the while saying, “Now you know that’s not the way it really happened – let me tell you the real story!”  Mary Alice’s, “Now, Catherine!” in a very exasperated tone of voice, and an exaggerated roll of her eyes towards me said it all!  What a pair!

The Bruce Family of Lewis County, Kentucky

From History of Lewis County, Kentucky

The following sketches represent a few of Lewis County’s citizens:

John Bruce, whose wife was Elizabeth Clay, came from Virginia and settled in Garrard County, Kentucky, late in the eighteenth century.  From this marriage the following sons were born: General George W. Bruce, H. C. Bruce, Alexander Bruce, Constantine Bruce, Horatio Bruce, John Bruce, and Richard P. Bruce.

General Geo. W. Bruce, came to Lewis County in 1804 or 1805. He married a widow Garland in Virginia, in 1815. His son was Thomas H. Clay, who married Susan Crawford.  Their children were Perry G., who married Isabel Bruce, and Horatio, who died unmarried.  Colonel Geo. W., married Delia Stratton, daughter of Thompson N. Stratton, and resided on Kinniconnick, near the mouth of Spy Run.

 John Bruce, the son of John Bruce, of Garrard County, Ky., came to Lewis County in 1804 and engaged for a short time in the manufacture of salt on Dry Run, near Vanceburg.  The following are his children: Thomas Bruce, Mahala, who married a Mr. Jamison and went to Missouri; Therese, who married Mr. Gaw, and died without issue; Aristides, who was drowned; Patrick H. Clay, who is still living in Clay County, Kan.; Aaron B., Margaret, Andrew J., Alexander, who was the late Captain Alexander Bruce, of Forman’s Bottom, in Lewis County; and Robert, who died without issue.

John Bruce, was a representative of Lewis County in the General Assembly of Kentucky in 1823.

Henry Clay Bruce, came to Lewis County about the time of the arrival of his brother John, and, in partnership with Horatio Bruce and Joseph Morgan, operated the Ohio Salt Works, in 1809. On April 8, 1813, he was commissioned
as one of the justices of the county.  He married a Miss Mary Price, of Bourbon
County, and died in 1815 without heirs. It was the estate of H. C. and Horatio Bruce which was given in the Lewis County Court at $77,600, as shown in another chapter in this volume.

Horatio Bruce, also came with his brother from Garrard County, and continued for some time in the manufacture of salt after the death of his brother, Henry Clay Bruce. He married Eliza Beasley, of Mason County. There was born to them the following children: Elizabeth, who married a Mr. Weathers, but soon  afterwards died; Horatio, who went to Johnson County, Texas; Henry, who was a “’49er,” and died in California; Richard, who was an attorney-at-law in Mason County for a while, but finally went to Garrard County, where he died.

Constantine Bruce, the twin brother of Alexander, was the “Daniel Boone” of the family. He cared only for the dog and gun, and loved the chase more than the business pursuits of men.

Richard P. Bruce, married in Garrard County, and then moved to Indiana. His wife and children all died of fever and ague, and in 1830 he returned to Yanceburg, Ky. He married Sallie Cofrin, by whom he had two children:  Horatio, who is dead, and Robert, who lived in Forman’s Bottom. Richard Bruce had a small farm on Cabin Creek, where he died.

Alexander Bruce, the father of Hon. H. C. Bruce, of Vanceburg, came to Lewis County with his other brothers and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in Lewis County Court in February, 1818.

Washington Bruce, engaged in the sawmill and lumber business on Kinny. He was at one time justice of the peace in Lewis County, also sheriff, and was twice elected to represent the county in the Legislature in the sessions of 1821 and 1825. In canvassing the county in 1850, as a candidate for county judge, he contracted pleurisy, of which he died before the election was held.

Thomas J. M. Bruce, one of the sons of Alexander Bruce, lived in Stout’s Bottom until his death, March 18, 1896.

John L. Bruce, brother of Thos. J., also owns an adjoining farm in Stout’s Bottom, where he resided until the death of his wife, a few years ago. He now lives with his daughter, in Vanceburg. His children are: Alice, who married
John Brooks and moved to Kansas, where she still resides; and Minnie, who is the wife of John Cox, one of the leading merchants in Vanceburg.

Henry C. Bruce, the second son of Alexander Bruce, is in business in Vanceburg, having been continuously so since 1869. Before that time he was connected with steamboating, having gone on board Captain Thos. Redden’s boat, “Hunter,” as clerk, in 1836. He was on the river about thirty-three years before he settled in Vanceburg and became one of its merchants.

Samuel E. Bruce, who is now the trusted cashier of the Deposit Bank, whose photograph is found elsewhere in this volume. He was united in marriage to Josephine Smith, of Bourbon County, Ky.

Doctor Wm. E. Bruce, who married Pauline Jones, of Vanceburg, and is now practicing his profession in Silver Cliff, Nevada.

John L. Bruce, married Martha W. Smith, of Bourbon County, and is a prosperous attorney in one of the best legal firms in St. Louis, Mo.

Eliza Bruce Kline, is the wife of John Kline, of Garrison, Ky.

Thomas H. Clay Bruce, son of General Geo. W. Bruce, married Susan Crawford, and to them was born the following children: Thos. H. C. Bruce, who married Nancy J. Alley; Perry G., whose wife was Mary Logan; Nancy, the wife of Elias Sellards; Virginia, wife of Frank Staggs; Brunette, the wife of Professor John Keyser; and Susan, wife of Ralph Stone.

Captain Alexander Bruce, son of John Bruce, was born in Lewis County, Ky. He was a farmer and lived in Forman’s Bottom, above Quincy, until his death.  During the war of 1861-65 he was captain in a company of a regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and did good service for his country. After the war, 1869, he was elected representative of Lewis County, and served until 1871.

Today In Genealogy History – September 23, 2011

Arena Kidd and Tillotson Ross were married 187 years ago – September 23, 1824 – in Madison County, Kentucky.  Tillotson was the son of George and Lydia Ross.  Tillotson and Arena had 11 children:  James, Lydia, Jane, William, Elizabeth, Fatima J., Frances m., Nancy, Joseph Mitchell, Richard Thomas and Mary Ann.

The Kyle Family

From Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky

The Kyle Family

The early records of Washington County are pregnant with entries relating to this family.  They concern chiefly the Rev. Thomas Kyle.

The Rev. Thomas Kyle, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in 1757.  He was a soldier in the Revolution and it is said that he once sat with George Washington in the Masonic lodge.  As a soldier he was wounded by a sabre in the hands of a British officer and he carried the scar on his head as a token of the war in which he had participated.

After studying medicine with Dr. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia, Thomas Kyle emigrated to Kentucky and settled in Washington County in 1790, and here he co-mingled the practice of medicine with preaching, for he was a minister of the Methodist Church as well as a physician.

We surmise that in Pennsylvania the Rev. Kyle and the Rev. Jesse Head were associated.  Kyle came to Washington County in 1790, and it may have been through his acquaintanceship with Head in their native state that the man who was later to marry Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks was influenced by his friend, already in Washington County, Kentucky, to come on about the year 1795.  Both men were Methodists and both were active as pioneer preachers of that faith in Kentucky.

After a sojourn of 8 years in Washington County, Thomas Kyle moved to Mercer County where he died June 26, 1846.  His children were John, Andrew G., Matthew, Jane and Rebecca.  Andrew G., was born in Washington County in 1796 and at the age of 6two years removed with his parents to the County of Mercer.  He married Jane, daughter of John Glover, of Mercer County, and had two sons, Thomas A. and John G.  The latter became a prominent lawyer and was an ardent supporter of General Grant in the presidential races of 1868 and 1872.

Today In Genealogy History – September 22, 2011

Eliza Jane Herbert married Columbus Carrico 165 years ago – September 22, 1846 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Columbus is the son of Joseph Carrico and Elizabeth Cambron.  Columbus and Eliza Jane had two daughters – Rosa E. and Mary E.

Condition – Folio and Burton

Stafford County, Virginia, 1690

This condition made ye second year of their majesties reign, King William and Queen Mary, between Martha Folio, widow and administratrix of her husband, Thomas Folio, of ye one party and William Burton of ye other party, both of Stafford County, witnesseth that the said William Burton doth grant and promise with ye said Martha, before matrimony, to pay her children as they come of age as followeth.  To my son Brian Folio, one gun sent to his father out of England, one young mare, one cow and calf or with calf between three years old and six, and to be delivered him at sixteen years of age, that is to say if he lives with us till he is one and twenty to run on from sixteen to one and twenty.  To my son John, one gun, one mare, one cow and calf in ye like manner as his brother Brian.  To my son Thomas one mare, one cow and calf, to my son  Richard, one mare, one cow and calf, and these, my sons, to have their portions like in my son Brian at sixteen if they live with us if not till the year one and twenty.  To my daughter Anne, one mare, one cow and calf to be delivered at ye years of sixteen or married.  And I, ye said William Burton, do bind my self, my heirs to ye performance of all ye promises abovesaid as witness of our hands and seals ye fifth day of November 1690.                       William Burton, Martha Folio

In presence of us Richard Brian, Anne Brian.

Recorded in ye County Court Records of Stafford, November 8th, 1690.