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William B. Wallace – Revolutionary War Veteran

William B. Wallace, 1st Lieut, Woodford’s 1 VA Brigade, Revolutionary War, July 8, 1765 – Jun 21, 1833.  Salt River Baptist Cemetery, Anderson County, Kentucky.

William B. Wallace was a First Lieutenant in Woodford’s First Virginia Brigade in the Revolutionary War.  In a letter dated October 28, 1938, to Mrs. L. Prentice Bradley of Morganfield, Kentucky, from A. D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator of the Kentucky Agency, he states that William B. Wallace was a Lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Artillery, also in September 1775, in Colonel William Woodford’s Second Virginia Regiment.  He was allowed two hundred acres of bounty land for his service during the Revolutionary War (Warrant #2441 – 200 acres – issued March 27, 1794), and was also allowed a pension at the rate of $400 per year, under the Act of May 15, 1828 (Certificate #153, issued August 3, 1829), at which time he was a resident of Kentucky.

William Brown Wallace died June 21, 1833, during the cholera epidemic; his wife, Barbara Fox Wallace, followed him within a few or hours or days.

William S. Bond Confederate Soldier

Wm. S. Bond, November 21, 1844 – January 28, 1905.  Ann E. Bond, May 7, 1844 – January 28, 1912.  Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Anderson County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

January 31, 1905

William S. Bond, Company F, 5th Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate States Army, November 21, 1844 – January 28, 1905.

John M. Jordan – At the Battle of New Orleans

Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery is located just over the county line from Mercer to Anderson, on US127.  Ritchey and I visited in May of last year.  One gravestone of interest is that of John M. Jordan.  He has a gravestone put there by his family, and a military one that was added at a later time.  John Jordan was an Ensign in Captain George McAfee’s Company in the War of 1812.  He was in the group of Kentuckians who fought in the Battle of New Orleans.  Gabriel Slaughter, a Mercer Countian, was the Lieutenant-Colonel.  The Quartermaster General did not deliver promised supplies to his regiment, and private funds were used to purchase boats for the trip down the Mississippi River.  Many soldiers had no weapons, and of the few guns in their possession, many of them would not fire.  Despite all obstacles, including being outnumbered, Andrew Jackson’s forces were successful.  Units from Kentucky and Tennessee, including Slaughter’s regiment, bore the brunt of the British attack.  Fortunately, John Jordan was one of those who survived the battle and returned home to his family.

In Mercer County, on March 2, 1820, John Jordan married Marillis Breckinridge, daughter of James Doak Breckinridge and Emily Driskill.  John and Marillis lived in north Mercer County, in the portion that was made into Anderson County in 1827.

From the 1850 Anderson County census we find John Jordan, 60, farmer, $2600, born in Virginia.  Wife Marillis is 47, born in Kentucky.  Children listed are Elizabeth, 24; Emily, 23; James, 21; John, 19; Mary, 16; Philip, 15; William, 13; and Susan, 11.  Two older children were married by 1850 – Garrett and Louisa.

The children’s marriages are as follows:

  • Garrett Jordan married Agnes Weatherford – February 3, 1845. Bond, David Weatherford.
  • James Smithy married Elouisa Jordan – December 8, 1848. Father, John M. Jordan.
  • Jefferson Leathers married Emily Jane Jordan – March 25, 1851. Consent by father, John Jordan.
  • Zachariah Lyen married Elizabeth Jordan – April 22, 1851.
  • John D. Jordan, 22, married Almeda F. Walker, 17 – December 15, 1853.
  • James P. Jordan, 24, married Margaret Beauchamp, 22 – June 14, 1855.
  • William E. Jordan, 21, married Sarah Mothershead, 19 – January 12, 1858.
  • Henry B. Walker, 26, married Susan M. Jordan, 22 – October 1, 1860.
  • Philip H. Jordan married Fannie Carpenter, 24 – June 22, 1867.

Garrett’s marriage bond was from Mercer County, the remaining were from Anderson County.

After his marriage in December of 1853, John D. Jordan lived long enough to have one son.  He died August 11, 1855, in Lawrenceburg – a victim of the cholera epidemic occurring that summer.  From August 7 to the 23rd cholera raged, taking 29 victims.  John Jordan’s wife, Almeda, died on the 20th, nine days after her husband.  Being so young, he left no will.  In order Book F, page 83 of the Anderson County Court records, dated October 8, 1855, I found the following:

‘On the motion of James P. Jordan, letters of administration granted him upon the estate of John D. Jordan, deceased, who took oath and with Armistead Miller and John M. Jordan, his securities, who were approved by the court, executed covenant, according to law, and on his further motion James M. Settles, G. W. Matthews and John F. Mill (any two of whom first sworn may act) he and they are hereby appointed appraisers of said estate, who will report to this court.’

‘Ordered that James P. Jordan be appointed guardian of James A. Jordan, infant child of John D. Jordan, deceased, under 14 years, who took oath and with Armistead Miller and John M. Jordan as his securities, approved by the court, executed covenant according to law.’

John left one son, James A., named for his brother.

In the 1860 census for Anderson County we find James P. Jordan, 31, farmer, with personal estate of $3,635.  His wife, Margaret, is 27.  Their young son, Thomas Jefferson, is 1.  James A., the son of his deceased brother John, is living with them, aged 6, with a personal estate of $4,000 – the inheritance from his father.

Mary A., daughter of John & Marillis Jordan, born February 21, 1833, died December 22, 1856.  Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery, Anderson County, Kentucky.

Daughter Mary died in 1856 at the age of 33, of consumption.  She never married.

Marillis, wife of John Jordan, and daughter of James Breckinridge, born February 7, 1802, died April 10, 1857(?).

Marillis died April 10, 185?.  Since her gravestone broke, and has been repaired, it is difficult to read the year.  I checked all available death records for Anderson County, 1853-59, but did not see her listed.  Perhaps she died while visiting?  It is possible the information did not get added to the death records.

The name Amaryllis is occasionally given to girls – perhaps Marillis was a shortened version?  Two of her children, Garret and Elizabeth named children after their mother.  And perhaps daughter Mary A.’s middle name was Amaryllis.

The Civil War brought the family into its midst.  Son James P. Jordan enlisted with the Confederate Army.  He was Captain of Company F, 5th Kentucky Cavalry.  He died June 7, 1863.  In Order Book F, page 423, father John M. Jordan is ‘appointed guardian of James Jordan, infant, under 14 years of age, of James P. Jordan, deceased.’  It further says that ‘Margaret Jordan, widow of same, appearing in court and waving her right to administer.’

John M. Jordan, born April 1789, died October 29, 1868.

John Jordan lived until 1868 before passing away at the age of 79.  His will, found in Will Book B, pages 18-19, in Anderson County, lists nine of his ten children, or their descendants.  Daughter Mary, is the only one not listed since she left no descendants.

Will Book B, 1868.  Pages 18-19

I, John M. Jordan, of Anderson County, Kentucky, being of sound mind and memory

And being desirous to arrange my worldly matters, do hereby publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others.  It is my wish that after my death, my funeral expenses, together with all my just debts, be first paid.  I wish my land to be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of one and two years, in equal payments, and the proceeds thereof, together with all my means left after the payment of my debts, be equally divided among my children and grand-children in in the following proportions.

To the wife and children of my son Garrett, one-ninth.

To my daughter Louisa Smithy, one-ninth and the note I hold on her husband James Smithy is to constitute a part of her ninth.

To my daughter Elizabeth Lyen, one-ninth.

To my daughter Emily Leathers, one-ninth.

To my daughter Susan Walker, one-ninth.

To my two grandsons, the sons of James P. Jordan, one-ninth.

To my son, Philip H. Jordan, one-ninth.

To my grandson, the son of John Jordan, one-ninth.

To the wife and children of my son William, one-ninth, to be managed by my son William as their trustee.

I hereby appoint my son-in-law, Jefferson Leathers, guardian of my grandsons, the sons of James P. Jordan.  I also appoint my son-in-law, Henry Walker, guardian of my grandson, the son of John Jordan.  I hereby appoint my sons Philip H. and William Jordan my Executors, to execute this will, and empower them to convey my lands by deed with general warranty to the purchasers thereof.  Upon the payment of the purchase money, or if they shall think proper they may convey the same provisions to the payment of the purchase money by reserving a lien upon the same for the purchase money.  In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 8th day of May 1867.

John M. Jordan

Witness, W. E. Bell, Johnathan Loll

State of Kentucky – I, James M. Posey, Clerk of the Anderson County Court, certify that at a Fall Term of said Court, held on Monday, December 7th, 1868, the foregoing writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John M. Jordan, deceased, was produced in Court and proved by the oath of W. E. Bell, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, who also proved the signature and attestation of Jonathan Loll, the other subscribing witness and ordered to be recorded, which is accordingly done.  Given under my hand this 17th day of December 1868.

Margaret Jordan, widow of James P., married W. G. Driskill, January 21, 1869, at W. E. Jordan’s (her brother-in-law).  In the 1870 census they are both listed as 32.  Phillip, age 9, lives with them, under the name Driskill.  Since the couple had been married just over a year, this was the younger son of Margaret’s first husband, James P. – named for his father, James Phillip Jordan.  Elizabeth, 8/12, listed is the daughter of William and Margaret.  James A. Jordan, son of John and Almeda is living with his uncle, Phillip Jordan and wife, Fannie, in 1870, in Mercer County, along with Thomas Jefferson Jordan, oldest son of James P. and Margaret, who was born May 15, 1859.

I found no additional information on deaths of the family in later records.

1881 Marriage Bond for Francis Gillis and Mrs. Mary Spoonamore

This marriage bond looks a little different from the very early ones.  In 1881 it was a ‘fill in the blank’ form compared to the beautiful handwritten bonds from the beginning of the state in 1792.  And the penal sum has doubled from 50 pounds current money to one hundred dollars.

Francis Gillis married Mary Huldah Searcy, July 9, 1850.  Her father was Bartlett Searcy, his father was Hugh Gillis, and the marriage was witnessed by James H. Spoonamore.  The bride must have died very quickly after the marriage, because Francis married Louisa Redman November 5, 1851.  On January 12, 1850, James H. Spoonamore married Mary J. Gillis.  The consent was given by William Gillis, probably her father.  Francis and Mary J. were most likely cousins that married each other later in life.

Francis and Mary are buried at Fairview Christian Cemetery in the little area known as Fairview, at the northernmost point of Washington County, on the Anderson County line.

Marriage Bond

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

Be it known, that we, Francis Gillis as principal, and . W. McKee, as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:

That, whereas Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound Francis Willis and Mrs. Mary Spoonamore.  Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said Marriage, this Bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, this 10th day of September 1881.

Francis Gillis, L. W. McKee

Attest:  F. M. Robinson, Clerk, Anderson County Court


  • Date of Marriage – September 14th 1881
  • Name of Groom – Francis Gillis
  • Residence of Groom – Anderson County
  • Age of Groom – 49 years
  • Number of Marriage of Groom – third
  • Occupation – Farmer
  • Birthplace of Groom – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Groom’s Father – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Groom’s Mother – Anderson County, Kentucky


  • Name of Bride – Mary J. Spoonamore
  • Residence of Bride – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Age of Bride – 45 years
  • Number of Marriage of Bride – second
  • Birthplace of Bride – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Bride’s Father – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Bride’s Mother – Anderson County, Kentucky

To be married at the residence of J. T. Gillis on the 14th day of September 1881.

I Certify that the above is correct, to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Witness my hand this day of 187_

Francis Gillis

Attest:  F. M. Robinson, Clerk Anderson County Court

Marriage Certificate

This is to Certify, that on the 14th day of September 1881, the rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me between Francis Gillis and Mrs. Mary J. Spoonamore, at James T. Gillis’ in the County of Anderson, in the presence of Ed DeWitt and Stephen Houchin.

Signed A. S. Mountjoy, M. G.

Filed and recorded October 10th 1881

Attest F. M. Robinson, Clerk Anderson County Court




Wesley Lefare Routt – Last Confederate Veteran Dies In Anderson County

Wesley L. Routt, 1843-1942.  Rachel E., his wife, 1836-1923.  Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery, Anderson County, Kentucky.

Wesley Lefare Routt was born December 14, 1843, in Anderson County, Kentucky, to Richard Routt and Mary J. Holman.  Wesley was born just in time to be a soldier of the Civil War – and he served in the Confederate Army in Company G, Sixth Regiment.  He fought at Shiloh, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca and Dallas.  He was wounded at Dallas and disabled for any further service during the war.  He is listed in History of the Orphan Brigade by Ed Porter Thompson, 1898.

After the war, Wesley returned to the county of his birth, where he married Rachel White, October 27, 1867.  The couple had three children, Stanley, Jennie and Ira.  Stanley married Virginia A. Bond.  Jennie never married, and Ira lived about a year.

There is not one census in which all family members appear together.  Since baby Ira died in 1876, he did not appear in any census.  The only proof that he lived at all is the tiny stone in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County.  In the 1880 census Wesley is 36, Rachel is 42, Stanley is 10, Jennie is 7, and Jane White is 82 (Jane is Wesley’s mother-in-law).  In 1900 Stanley is not living with the family, but in 1910 he is, with his wife Virginia.  In 1920 Wesley, Rachel and Jennie are living in the same household.  Rachel White Routt died February 17, 1923, of bronchial pneumonia.  On her death certificate, her parents are listed as Thomas White and Jane Doson.  After that date Wesley and Jennie lived together until her death on February 10, 1941.  She was found, presumably by her father, dead in her room, of a hemorrhage of the lungs due to long standing tuberculosis.  Stanley Routt died ten years previous.  Wesley Lefare Routt had outlived all his relations – his parents, his wife, his children, and, to my knowledge, all his brothers and sisters.  Wesley died a year later, May 9, 1942, at the age of 98 – he would have been 99 in December.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

 Friday, May 22, 1942

 Lawrenceburg Loses Last Soldier Of South

 Wesley L. Routt, better known as “Uncle Buck Routt,” 98 years of age, died last Saturday afternoon at his home near the Kentucky river on the Harry Wise extension road, in Anderson County. Funeral services were held at the Hebron Church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. D. Morton, pastor of the Sand Spring Baptist church.

With the passing of Uncle Buck, Anderson county has lost its last confederate soldier, as he was the last of those Anderson countians who fought under the confederate flag.


Hahn Family from Nelson/Anderson/Washington Counties

Bloomfield, Chaplin and Fairfield:  A History and Genealogy of Northeastern Nelson County, Kentucky, Robert P. Moore, 2003

Hahn Family

Peter Hahn, born about 1740, Germany, died 1810, Nelson County, Kentucky, married 23 June 1763, Philadelphia, Marie Margaret Schmidt.  He was a private in the Revolution in Capt. George P. Keeport’s company, Col. Nicholas Husacker’s German battalion composed of Maryland and Pennsylvania troops.  He enlisted on 14 August 1776.  He was apparently also in Maryland at some point in his life.  The Christian Hahn and William Hahn branches are the only ones that left numerous descendants in Nelson County.  Although the descendants of William Hahn are probably the larger of the two branches still in Nelson County today, after the 1850 census, one notes a scattering of this branch out of Nelson County and into the adjoining counties of Washington and Anderson.  As far as can be determined, there are no descendants of Christian in Nelson County today who bear the name of Hahn.  There is a multitude of Hahns in the area around Bloomfield and Chaplin.

William Hahn, born about 1785, died in Anderson County, Kentucky, November 1859, age 74, married 17 July 1814, Bullitt County, Kentucky, Sophia Crow, born about 1782.  They were in Anderson County at the time of the 1850 census.  Her name also appears as Sofira, Safira and Saphhira.  She appears in Washington County, Kentucky, in the 1870 census immediately after the household of Norman Hahn.  With her is Elizabeth Hahn [widow?], born about 1842, with children Florida Hahn, born about 1859; William Hahn, born about 1861; Daniel Hahn, born about 1858.

Children of William Hahn and Sophia Crow:

  • William Hahn, born about 1818, married 7 April 1842, Anderson County, Kentucky, Mary Ann Dismore, born about 1826. There were living near Bloomfield in 1850.  He was a chairmaker.  It is probably with him that the Hahn chairs of Nelson County originated.  In 1870 he is in Washington County.
  • Christopher C. Hahn, married 23 May 1839, Nelson County, Kentucky, Lucy Gatewood.
  • Jeremiah Vardeman Hahn, born about 1818, married 22 October 1840, Nelson County, Kentucky, Louisa Calver, born about 1820, daughter of Richard Calvert.
  • Samuel C. Hahn, born about 1827, married 1 March 1849, Nelson County, Kentucky, Elizabeth M. Calver, born about 1823, daughter of Garrett Calvert and Diana Glass. They were living near Chaplin in 1850.  They are not in the 1860 Nelson County census.  They probably moved to Anderson County, where they appear in the 1870 census.
  • Mary Ann Hahn, married 12 Jan 1850, Anderson County, Kentucky, Robert Loper/Lober/Lowber. The two of them are with William and Sophia in Anderson County in 1850, but his name is given as Henry.

N. S. Hahn, born November 20, 1828, died January 17, 1893.  Fairview Christian Church, Washington County, Kentucky.

Millie A., wife of N. S. Hahn, born December 7, 1833, died January 6, 1898.

  • Norman Shelton Hahn, born 28 November 1828, died 17 January   1893, married 24 June 1851, Washington County, Kentucky, Millie Yocum, born 7 December 1833, died 6 January 1898, daughter of Henry Yocum, Jr., and Malinda King. Both are buried at Fairview Christian Church, Washington County, Kentucky.
  • Haden Edwards Hahn, born June 1832, married 22 September 1853, Anderson County, Kentucky, Catherine Dedman, daughter of Peter Dedman.
  • Dillard Hahn, born about 1834, married Elizabeth ?
  • Dudley Hahn

Houchin Family Buried at Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery in Anderson County

After a week of almost continuous rain, Ritchey and I visited Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery in Anderson County – just over the line from Mercer.  It was a glorious day, complete with blue skies and puffy white clouds – and not too warm.

The first photos I took were of gravestones for the Houchin family, so it seemed natural to use them for this post.

William Houchin, born April 25, 1815, died March 23, 1893.  Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery, Anderson County, Kentucky.

William Houchin seems to be the patriarch of this family.  He and wife Mary Barnes were married September 12, 1844, according to Anderson County marriage records.  In the 1850 Census, after six years of marriage, William is listed as 35, a farmer; Mary is 34; son Allen Newberry is 5; and daughter Louisy Ann is 1.  A John Houchin lives with them, probably a brother to William.  In 1860 William is 45, born in Virginia, with a real estate value of 6,000 and personal estate of 1,000.  Mary is 41, Allen is 14, Louisa is 12, and there is an additional daughter, Missouria Helen Houchin, who is 7.

Missouria H., daughter of W. and Mary Houchen, born August 25, 1853, died April 10, 1882.

Mary, wife of W. Houchin, born October 24, 1815, died February 25, 1879.

Perlia A. Houchin must have been a granddaughter – she is buried between Mary and daughter Missouria.

Perlia A. Houchin, born August 5, 1873, died June 6, 1907.

Again going to the marriage records for Anderson County, I found a Harvey D. Williams, 22, residence Anderson County, parents born in Garrard County, who married Lucy Ann Houchin, 18, born and resides in Anderson County, father born in Virginia, and mother born in Anderson County, February 7, 1867, at William Houchin’s, surety William Houchin.  This is very likely daughter Louisy Ann in the census records with William and Mary Houchin.

A. N. Houchin, July 25, 1845 – April 7, 1918

Allen Newberry Houchin, 25, residence Anderson County, father born Virginia and mother born Kentucky, married Ophelia Price, 18, residence Anderson County, parents born in Garrard County, November 12, 1872, at Samuel Price.  Surety Samuel Price.

When Allen died in 1918 he was listed as a widower.  His death certificate giving his parents names as above and Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery as place of burial.  He was found dead on the floor of his room.

With a bit more searching I found the 1880 Census with Allen listed as 34, Ophelia, 24, Pearl, 7, (the Perlia buried beside her grandmother and aunt), Ernest T, 4, and Ira C., 1.  Unfortunately Ophelia died March 2, 1882, two years after the 1880 census.  In 1900 all three children are living with their widower father.  Ernest has married Laura Coke, but they had no children at that point.

Another family with their lives wrapped into a short post.  Just a synopsis gives the most basic pieces of their lives, I’m sure there were many joys and sorrows we cannot understand with this small amount of information.  But let us glory in what we do know about this Houchin family!