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Hooper Family Bible

How many of you know the wonderful genealogical research by Faye Sea Sanders.  Ms. Sanders could almost be called ‘Ms. Washington County’!  She was a powerhouse when it came to genealogy, and her books are used by many.  I was fortunate enough to meet her at a Maryland to Kentucky Reunion at St. Catharine College. 

The following Bible record on the Hooper family of Washington County was kept by Elijah Hooper until his death in 1927.  I have a slight connection with the Hooper family – one of my Hill relatives married a Hooper (not in this list).

Elijah Hooper was a private in Company D, 11th Kentucky Cavalry, for the Union during the Civil War.  He was captured on June 9, 1864, at Altoona, Georgia, and held at Andersonville Prison, and was one of the few who survived.  He started receiving his pension October 23, 1880, and Lucy received one from February 11, 1928, after his death.

In the 1850 and 1860 Washington County census Elijah is living with parents John and Mary Hooper.

After the war Elijah married Lucy Ann Comley and raised a large family.  In the 1900 census it says Elijah and Lucy have been married for 34 years, have had twelve children and nine are living.  This corresponds to the family Bible – David, Ellic and John died before 1900.  Daughter Jannie (also listed as Pamelia J. in the 1870 census) is living with her parents, listed as a widow, and her son, Perry W. Burkhead, is one year of age.  Jannie married James W. Burkhead September 26, 1897, who evidently died shortly after the marriage.  Her second marriage was to James Comley on May 15, 1906.

Martha A. Hooper married James Alexander Walls on September 28, 1895.  Richard T. married Grace Olive Smoot, November 7, 1910.  Berry married Ada Louise Dibben, September 19, 1911.  Sallie married James Monroe Lovorn August 4, 1908.  Maggie married Will Lonzo Bunch; and Edward married Nellie Lewis.

Hooper Family Bible

Elijah Hooper and Lucy Ann Hooper [Comley] married August 6, 1869


  • Elijah Hooper – March 7, 1845
  • Lucy Ann Hooper – March 28, 1851
  • Mary L. Hooper – September 2, 1869
  • Martha A. Hooper – December 28, 1871
  • Jannie Hooper – March 4, 1874
  • John W. Hooper – May 6, 1876
  • Richard T. Hooper – September 11, 1878
  • David Hooper – November 14, 1881
  • Berry L. Hooper – January 9, 1883
  • Sallie S. Hooper – March 4, 1885
  • Maggie E. Hooper – January 21, 1887
  • Eddie H. Hooper – December 16, 1889
  • Ellic Hooper – July 30, 1892
  • Nannie May Hooper – October 4, 1894
  • Willie Lewis – November 12, ____
  • Anna Mae Hooper – October 11, 1925
  • Marshall Hooper – August 11, 1929

The last three are grandchildren?


  • David Hooper – March 18, 1888
  • Ellic Hooper – August 6, 1892
  • John W. Hooper – September 18, 1898
  • Elijah Hooper – December 2, 1927

David Hooper and Ellic Hooper were not listed in any census records since they were born and died between.  David was seven and Ellic was an infant when they passed away.  We would never have known of their existence if it weren’t for this Bible.


George W. Colvin – Civil War Letters

I was quite overwhelmed when I read these letters – first knowing that George Colvin never made it home to his wife Lucinda and two young children made them very poignant – and then reading his longing of wanting to be home with them, but still desiring to do his duty as a soldier, was another struggle.  He must have been in debt, asking Lucinda to pay what he owed, but wanting to change his life when he got home, making a fresh start with his wife and children.  There are two more letters from George Colvin in this newspaper article, which I will share with you are at a later date.

from Newspaper Articles by Orval W. Baylor

Has Old Letters of Civil War Days

Letters Father Wrote to Mother Are Cherished by Mr. Enos I. Colvin of Springfield.  Was Soldier in Union Army and Died In Prison

Mr. Enos I. Colvin of Springfield has a number of old letters that were written by his father, George W. Colvin, while he was a soldier in the Union Army.  They were addressed to Lucinda Lea Colvin, wife of the said George W. and mother of Enos I.

George W. Colvin, son of Joseph and Nancy Turner Colvin, was born in the Big North sector of Washington County, February 25, 1835.  His father was a native of Virginia, born there March 18, 1780.  He came to Washington County when a young man and settled near the little settlement of Cornishville.  He was married to Nancy Turner July 26, 1805.  The Turners were early settlers in the Big North.

Joseph and Nancy turner Colvin were the parents of 13 children and George W., was the youngest.

As a young man, George W. Colvin traveled about from place to place.  A brief memorandum in his handwriting and now preserved by his son, tells of his travels.  It reads:

“Copied the 8th of October 1857.  This is to remember the time when I first left Kentucky on the 9th day of April, 1855, and went to the county of Lee State of Iowa and I resided there until fall and then I returned back to Kentucky and remained there six or seven weeks and then made my return to Lee County Iowa.  Resided there twelve months and then I went to the State of Missouri.  Remained there one week and then returned to Kentucky.  I landed there 23 November.  Remained there until spring and then I went back to Lee County, Iowa, and from there to the State of Missouri, Noetowa County.”

After approximately three years of going and coming, George W. Colvin decided to stay in Kentucky.  On June 29, 1858, he was married to Miss Lucinda Lea, and from then until he entered the Union Army he resided in Washington County.  Three children were born to George W. and Lucinda Lea Colvin, viz., Amos Colvin, April 10, 1859, Enos I. Colvin; December 4, 1860; Martha Ann Colvin, February 6, 1863.

Entering the Union Army at the beginning of the War Between the States, George W. Colvin continued in the service until near the close of the conflict when he was captured and taken to the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.  There, after he had suffered all the horrors for which that prison is known, he died.  He had been home to see his family a short time before he was captured and on the occasion of that visit he went to Louisville where he had his picture taken astride his favorite horse.  This picture is now preserved and cherished by his son.  It shows him in uniform with his sword at his side.  When he started south to rejoin his regiment he left his uniform and the sword with his family, fearing that he would be apprehended by the enemy.  The uniform was kept by the family for many years, but it later became lost.  The sword is yet preserved by Mr. Enos I. Colvin.

Enos I. Colvin is the sole survivor of the family of George W. and Lucinda Lea Colvin, and he has for many years resided here in Springfield.  He was married to Jane Kays, March 15, 1891.  About the year 1900 they moved from the northern part of Washington to Beechland and occupied the place where tradition says Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln commenced housekeeping in 1806.  The old cabin in which the Lincoln’s lived was still standing when the Colvin’s moved to the place and they tore it down.  The logs were piled up to remain there until about 1911, when they were seen by a person from Harrodsburg, secured by him and taken to that place where they are now enshrined and exhibited as “The Lincoln Marriage Cabin.”

The first letter of George W. Colvin to his wife and family – May the 31st, 1863.

Russell County, State of Kentucky, Jamestown, the County Seat.

Dear Wife, with pleasure I will inform you that I am well at present and I hope when these few lines comes to hand that may find you all well.  I would like very much to see you all, but Lucy, I don’t know as I shall come home any more until peace is made.  I have come to the conclusion that peace will be made against next Christmas.  We understand that the Union men has taken Vicksburg and the whole forces that were there and seventy pieces of canon, and we are looking every day for a fight to come off here.  The Rebels has a very strong force on the other side of the Cumberland River, and Jamestown is four miles from the river.

‘My regiment is at Green River, but there were thirty-three sent out of our Company to Columbia on detached duty and out of the 33, ten of us was sent from Columbia with the two regiments of infantry for their advance guards were at this time very comfortable.  Situated where we are in a first straight dwelling house in Jamestown.  Lucy, I don’t know when I will get back to my regiment, but I am as well satisfied here as I am anywhere in the army.  Lucy, I will tell you what we have been living upon.  We have had nothing but coffee and hard bread for better than a week.  But we will get some meat this evening.  Lucy I have not heard from you since Samuel Lambert brought a letter for me.  You said you had payed Jack Sims and also Graves with the exception of seven dollars, which I am glad to think that is so paid.  When I left the regiment they were talking of drawing two months wages which will help us a little towards paying my debts and I hope will get through after a while.  Lucy I have not heard if Molly has got well of the fistula or not, but is she has got well I want to sell her, as I told you in the other letter that I wrote to you.  I want all my little accouterments together if I ever get out of this war, I am going to a new country and take a new start for a living and lead a different life.  Lucy, you and my sweet little children is the last thing that I think of when I lay down upon the hard earth to rest with all the tormented insects to encounter with and you are the first thing I think of when I get up of a morning.  Lucy, I wish that I could send you and my sweet children some more apples, but it is so that I can’t send you anything this time.  Lucy, I want you to write to me as soon as you get this letter and you will please write often.  I will write to you again, soon as I receive a letter from you.  I will now come to a close for the present.  So fare well for this time.

‘George W. Colvin to Lucinda Colvin, Jamestown, Kentucky, May 31, 1863.  Excuse my bad writing and awkward spelling for the drums and fifes bother me.  We have a good force here and can soon have more.’

White-Whitten 1853 Marriage

John L. White, son of Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis, married Margaret Whitten August 15, 1853, in Washington County, Kentucky.  The couple had six children by 1860.  John entered the Civil War on the Union side, but was unfortunately taken prisoner and housed at Andersonville Prison, Sumter, Georgia, where he died April 30, 1864, according to Civil War Prison Records.

One other thing to mention is the three documents you see below.  Marriage in early Kentucky was composed of three steps.  First, the groom and another gentleman, usually a relative or friend of the groom or the bride, applied for a marriage bond, agreeing to pay fifty pounds current money IF the marriage was not solemnized.  Then a marriage license was procured; if the bride and/or groom were under age permission was given by a parent or guardian – many of these early permissions are still in the clerk’s office!  And finally, after the marriage was solemnized, the officiating official filled out a marriage certificate.  Today the marriage bond is no longer required.


That we, John L. White and David C. Breckinridge, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly severally and firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 15th day of August, 1853.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John L. White and Margaret Whitten.  now, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

                                                         John L. White

                                                         D. C. Breckinridge

Witness: John B. Starr

Scan_Pic0178Marriage License

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

To an Minister of the gospel, or other Person, legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony.

You are permitted to solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between John L. White and Margaret Whitten, the requirements of the law having been complied with.

Witness my signature, as Clerk of the Washington County Court, this 15th day of August, 1853.

                                            John B. Starr, Clerk

Certificate of Marriage

This is to certify, that on the 15th day of August 1853, the Rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me, between John L. White and Margaret Whitten, at Meredith Lynch’s in the County of Washington, in the presence of Richard Jude and William Lynch, by Benjamin Keeling.

Marriage Bond and Consent

Marriage Bond and Consent

Washington County, Kentucky

Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis

March 22, 1827


That we, Samuel R. White and John Lewis, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds; which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly, severally and firmly by these presents, signed with our hands, and sealed with our seals, and dated this 22nd day of March 1827.

Whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Samuel White and Miss Martha Lewis for which a license has this day issued, now, the condition of the above obligation is such, that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue in law.

Witness, John Hughes, Jr.,                                 Samuel R. White, John Lewis

March 22, 1827

Sir, this is to let you know that I am willing for a marriage to take place between my son Samuel R. White and Martha Lewis, given under my hand and seal this day and date above written.                       Mary White

Attest – William Hungate, John ?

                                Sworn to by William Hungate – March 22, 1827, John Hughes, Jr.

Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They were born in Kentucky, probably Washington County, on August 6, 1809 and June 25, 1808, respectively.  Samuel and Martha had 12 children:  Elisha, Emeline, John L., William, Elizabeth, Samuel Riley, Henry, Matthew, Nancy, Rebecca J., James and Nathaniel.  Many of their children lived out their lives in Washington County, but after the Civil War, Samuel and Martha moved to Parke County, Indiana.  Matthew and Nathaniel moved north with their parents.

The Civil War claimed several lives in the White family.  John L. White was a soldier for the north.  He died in Andersonville Prison, list 21, grave no. 1125.  William Coulter, husband of Emeline White, was a private in E Company of the 19th Kentucky Infantry.  He died before September 9, 1865.  On this date Emeline applied for his pension as widow.  Probably William was wounded during the war and died shortly after returning home – or perhaps he never saw home again.

Many members of this family are buried in Rockbridge Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery or Fairview Christian Church Cemetery in Washington County.  My book The Samuel Riley White Family, which was written several years ago, contains outlined information on the family along with census records, copies of original marriage certificates, bonds and consents; copies of obituaries from the local newspapers, death certificates and gravestone photos from the above-named cemeteries.  I am in the process of transferring this to a CD as a Word document.  It should be ready by the end of the week.  If anyone is interested in purchasing this CD just send me an email.

Today In Genealogy History – July 18, 2011

William White, son of Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis, and Elizabeth Doke, daughter of William Doke and Martha A. Hoskins, were married 153 years ago – July 18, 1858, in Washington County, Kentucky.  William and Elizabeth White had two daughters, Sarah J. and Drusilla.  I believe William died at Andersonville Prison during the Civil War.