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Will of Thomas Woolfolk of Ballard County

Thomas Woolfolk, originally from Virginia, married Nancy Jennings December 24, 1820, in Gallatin County, Kentucky.  He is noted as ‘Col.’; she is listed as the daughter of Jonathan Jennings.  In the 1850 Ballard County census Thomas is listed as 68, a farmer with $3500 worth of real estate, and was born in Virginia.  This census lists the other members of the family by initial only, but since we have Thomas’ will to go by we know their full names.  Wife Nancy is 48.  Children listed are Augustine, 25; John, 16; Frances Mosby, 23, a married daughter living with her parents; Susan Frances Mosby, an infant of nine months, granddaughter mentioned in Thomas’ will.  Daughter Ann Eliza, 26, is married to William Webb, 28, and together they are listed in their own household with their children:  Thomas, 9, who died October 1, 1852, of typhoid fever, according to the death records for that year; Catherine, 7, listed in her grandfather’s will; and Henry, 2.

Ballard County was formed from portions of Hickman and McCracken counties in 1842.  When I first read the following will I was heartily confused with a just quick scan of this will, because it was written in 1858, mentioned slaves in the bequests, but was listed in Will Book A, 1879-1924, pages 3-5.  With a little research I found that the Ballard County Courthouse was destroyed by fire on February 17, 1880, along with most of the early records.  Persons living in the county were most likely asked to bring in copies of records that went up in flames, adding these to the will book as they were brought in.

Will of Thomas Woolfolk

I, Thomas Woolfolk, of the County of Ballard and State of Kentucky, being of sound mind and disposing memory, calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life, I therefore deem it expedient to make some disposition of the goods of this life that it has pleased God to give me, under these considerations, I do make this my last will and testament, revoking all others previously made by me, either verbal or written.

First.  I give my soul to God who gave it and recommend my body to be buried in a decent Christian like manner, nothing doubting upon the part of my executor.

Second.  I wish all of my debts paid.

Third.  I wish my beloved wife Nancy to have my home farm containing 200 acres and my three grown slaves, Cook and Killy and Sophia, to have the use of to use as she may think proper, during her natural life and after her death to return to my estate.  It is further my wish that

that all of my perishable property be appraised, and my wife Nancy shall be entitled to take one third of that at the appraisement.

Fourth.  It is my will that my daughter Ann Eliza Webb have the land which she now lives on, containing 250 acres.  I also give my daughter Ann Eliza Webb my Negro girl Minty.

Fifth.  I give to my granddaughter Catherine Webb 150 acres of land lying on the east side of the tract that I gave to Ann Eliza Webb and joining of Killgore, also one Negro girl named Fanny.

Sixth.  I give to my son Augustine Woolfolk the tract of land on which he lives or as has possession joining the land on the west of the tract that his house is on, containing 160 acres; also, a Negro boy named Charles.

Seventh.  I give to my daughter Frances Violet two promissory notes that I hold against Dr. J. D. Clardy, for eight hundred dollars, each one due the 25th day of December 1858, the other due the 25th day of December 1859; also, one Negro girl named Harih.

Eighth.  I give to my son John Woolfolk 150 acres of land lying west of the tract of land on which I now live one and joining of the land on which P. R. Jennings lives on, also one Negro boy named John William.

Ninth.  I give to my granddaughter Susan Frances Mosby 50 acres of land adjoining the 200 acres that I gave my wife on the west side to be laid off between that and the 190 acres that I gave to my son John.

Tenth.  I appoint my son Augustine Woolfolk my executor to this my last will and testament whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 9th day of October 1858.

Thomas Woolfolk

Attest.  G. W. Martin, John Paine, Glenn Jennings

I, J. Corbett, Clerk of the Ballard County Court, in the State of Kentucky, do certify that the foregoing last will and testament of Thomas Woolfolk, deceased, was presented in open court on the 22nd day of November 1858 and fully proven by the

Oaths of John Paine and Glenn Jennings, subscribing witnesses thereto to be the last will and testament of said testator, that he was of sound mind and memory at the time of signing and thereupon said will was established, filed and ordered to be recorded, whereupon the same, together with this certificate stands truly recorded.  Given under my hand this 25th day of November 1858.

  1. Corbett, Clerk

State of Kentucky, Ballard County

I, T. L. Glenn, Clerk of Ballard County Court, do certify that the foregoing copy of the will of Thomas Woolfolk was on the 27th day of May 1886 lodged in my office for record and the same with this certificate and that of J. Corbett, Ex. Clerk, has been duly recorded in my office.

Witness my hand this 27th day of May 1886.  T. L. Glenn, CBCC by Geo. R. Armistead, D. C.

Ballard County Marriages

Ballard County Marriages

  • William B. Fisher, 19, born White County, Tennessee, residence Ballard County, married Sarah McDaniel, born Owen County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – December 2, 1852.
  • Joseph O’Neal, 37, born Nelson County, Kentucky, residence Hickman County, Kentucky, married Mariah H. Henderson, 19, born Ballard County, residence Ballard County – December 7, 1852.
  • Jessie Adams, 27, born Calloway County, Kentucky, residence Graves County, Kentucky, married Elizabeth I. Samples (widow), 24, born Barren County, Kentucky, residence Graves County, Kentucky – December 7, 1853.
  • Edward Ashley, 22, born Batton Rouge, Louisiana, residence Ballard County, married Mary Wiley, 17, born Kentucky, residence Ballard County – March 23, 1853.
  • John W. Bishop, 22, born Nelson County, Kentucky, residence Hickman County, Kentucky, married Julia Pile, 19, born Washington County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – September 20, 1853.
  • William A. Birdwell, 36, born Simpson County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County, married Malinda Bone, 16, born McCracken County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – April 21, 1853.
  • Marcus Lindsey Chenault, 19, born Nelson County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County, married Mary L. Parrott, 17, born Marion County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – October 27, 1853.
  • Thomas S. Corbett, 24, born Hickman County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County, married Rebecca Coil, 16, born Pendleton County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – December 22, 1853.
  • Matthew Cummins, 34, born Nelson County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County, married Attowa Anna Thompson, 18, born Hickman County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – July 12, 1853.
  • M. L. Cummins, 23, born Nelson County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County, married H. A. Pile, 17, born Hickman County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – January 3, 1853.
  • Andrew Davis, 22, born Trigg County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County, married Rebecca Ann Talley, 23, born Trigg County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – March 16, 1853.
  • Isaac Cruise Dotson, 23, born Nelson County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County, married Martha M. Hickerson, 21, born Hickman County, Kentucky, residence Ballard County – September 15, 1853.

Hall Brothers’ Biographies – Ballard County, Kentucky

from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1887

Ballard County

Charles M. Hall, an old settler and a leading farmer and fine stock-breeder, was born March 4, 1822, where Paducah now stands. His father was on his way to the Purchase from the Green River country, when a storm stopped them at Paducah. The father of our subject raised one crop near Paducah and then returned to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where he remained till about 1830; he then returned to the Purchase and settled in Ballard County. The grandfathers of our subject were William Hall and Charles Morgan of English and Irish descent, and were both in the Revolution. The parents of our subject were Adam and Eda A. (Morgan) Hall, with whom he lived till he was twenty-five years old, when he commenced business for himself, running a wood-yard, three miles below Cairo for eighteen months; he afterwards engaged in farming, cutting cord wood and piloting flat boats down the river to New Orleans. He commenced in life without a dollar; about 1850, he purchased his first farm of 145 acres at $3 per acre, which he improved and has added to till he owns 700 acres, but giving to his children has reduced its area. He was the owner of three negroes when the war broke out. The father, Adam Hall, rented lands while in the Purchase, till he moved to Missouri, in 1837, where he purchased 366 acres of land and resided till his death, when Charles M. brought his mother back to Ballard County, where they have since lived, Mr. Hall having had the care of the family after his father’s death. C. M. Hall was married March 4, 1856, to Mrs. Mary Hall, widow of B. Hall; she is the daughter of Jerman J. and Ann T. Beadles, natives of Virginia, and of English descent. They came to Graves County in 1830. By this union Mr. and Mrs. Hall have had born to them eight children: Ann E. (now Elliott), Nettie (now Melton), Jerman A. (deceased), Theophilus A. (deceased), James K., Charles M., William A. and Lewis W. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is a Mason and has been trustee of schools for twenty years. He cast his first presidential vote for James K. Polk, and has voted the Democratic ticket ever since.

David Hall was born December 20, 1832, in Ballard County, Kentucky, and is the son of Adam and Eda A. (Morgan) Hall, natives of Virginia and of English and Irish descent. The father was a keel and flat-boatman on the Mississippi River, trading in pork and salt, but when steamboats came into existence quit his boating. He was born October 27, 1792, and died in Missouri, January, 1849. Subject’s mother was born January 5, 1801, and died February 25, 1874. David Hall enlisted in Company A, Seventh Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), in the spring of 1864, under Joseph Logan as captain. He took part in the battles of Gun Town, Brazos Cross Roads or Oldtown, and returned home about September 1864, and engaged in farming. He lost about $900 worth in stock, tobacco, etc., during the war, but is now the possessor of 254 acres of land in good condition, one-half mile north of Blandville. He started in life for himself when twenty-three years old, but had lived in Missouri four years prior to the death of his father. He was married February 15, 1872, to Martha W. Elsey, of Ballard County, a daughter of John M. and Virinda (McDonald) Elsey. She bore him five children: William W., Robert B. (deceased), Mary V. , Jackson (deceased), and Mattie E., and died November 11, 1882, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Hall next married Mary E. Belt on June 14, 1883. She is the daughter of Osborne and Louisa (Johnson) Belt, natives of Scott County, Kentucky, and of English descent. By this union one child has been born, David A. Mr. Hall and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is a Mason, and was formerly a Granger.

Births – Ballard County, Kentucky

Births – Ballard County, Kentucky

  • William H. Moyres, male, born February 12, 1852, son of John Moyres and Margareth Burrow
  • Barbara A. Willingham, female, born December 15, 1852, daughter of George Willingham and Esther Peck
  • Not named, female, dead, born December 23, 1852, daughter of William V. R. Wilson and Martha A. Samuels
  • Martha E. Clapp, female, July 6, 1852, daughter of D. H. Clapp and Drabenia Robertson
  • Robert Crooks, male, born January 19, 1852, son of R. F. Crooks and Chary D.
  • Josephine, female, mulatto, born January 5, 1852, owner M. Scarboro, mother’s name not given
  • David M. Stall, male, born June 13, 1852, son of William W. Stall and Obedience W.
  • John S. Sowe, male, born October 20, 1852, son of Joel A. Sowe and Frances R.
  • John S. Jackson, male, born June 11, 1852, son of Ephraim Jackson and Elizabeth.
  • Joab Burgess, male, born December 1, 1852, son of Thomas H. Burgess and Elizabeth
  • Virginia Ashbrooks, female, born February 23, 1852, daughter of Daniel Ashbrooks and Sarah A. Green
  • Wilson Henderson, male, born December 5, 1852, son of Robert Henderson and Nancy
  • Mary, mulatto, female, born February 6, 1852, owner Abraham Weldon, mother’s name not given
  • John W. West, male, born January 1852, son of John West and Sarah
  • Susan McDaniel, female, born December 14, 1852, daughter of Aaron McDaniel and Nancy Chenault
  • Eliza A. Watson, female, born June 13, 1852, daughter of Enoch F. Watson and Elizabeth McDaniel
  • Rebecca Wright, female, born January 22, 1852, daughter of David and Mary A. Wright
  • William J. Rose, male, born October 8, 1852, son of James M. Rose and Lucy E. Adams
  • Willis J. Smith, male, born Giles County, Tennessee, son of George W. and Louisa Smith
  • Jane E. Watson, female, born October 6, 1852, daughter of Abraham Watson and Sarah Fulgham
  • John T. Woods, male, born July 1, 1852, son of Simon Woods and Jane E. Sutes

Dr. D. P. Juett Obituary

The Weekly Advance, Ballard County, Kentucky

March 12, 1915

Once Leading Physician of the Purchase Passes Away at Blandville

Dr. D. P. Juett, one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons in West Kentucky, died at his home at Blandville, this county, at 12 Sunday night.  News of his death was received with widespread regret, especially to the medical fraternity and his close friends.  Death resulted from cancer of the stomach.

Dr. Juett was born March 20, 1836, on a farm five miles from Georgetown, Kentucky.  He came to Jackson’s Purchase and located at Lovelaceville, where he set up the practice of medicine, forming a partnership with Dr. George Stovall.  In the spring of 1864 Dr. Juett joined the Confederate army and was surgeon in the Seventh Kentucky Cavalry under General Bedford Forrest.  After the war Dr. Juett located at Blandville, where his geniality, affability and professional ability he gathered around him a large clientele.

Dr. Juett was one of the most prominent and active members of the Southwestern Kentucky Medical Association for many years.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge and held membership in the First Christian Church of Paducah.

Dr. Juett was twice married, his first marriage being to Miss Addie Cockrill.  This union was blessed by three sons and two daughters.  After the death of his first wife he married Miss Kate Cockrill, a sister of his first wife.  Two sons were born of this union.  Dr. Juett is survived by his second wife and by two daughters and five sons as follows:  Mrs. Ed Ashbrook and Mrs. Katie Clements, both of Los Angeles, California; Messrs. Ed and Albert Juett, of Blandville; John Juett, of Denver, Colorado; and George and Guy Juett of Atlanta, Georgia.

The funeral was held from the residence at 10:30 o’clock Tuesday morning and burial was in the Blandville cemetery.

With just a bit of research I uncovered more information on David Polk Juett.  He was the son of John Juett and Catherine Kendrick.  He first married Victoria Adeline Cockrill October 25, 1859, in McCracken County, Kentucky.  Victoria’s parents were John W. and Clementine C. Cockrill.  After his first wife’s death David married her sister, Johny Kate Cockrill, October 20, 1880.

Leavell Brothers Die Three Months Apart

B. F. Leavell passed away December 25, 1913, and his brother, R. Curt Leavell, who wrote such a lovely and touching remembrance of his brother, himself passed away March 19, 1914.

from The Weekly Advance, LaCenter, Ballard County, Kentucky

January 2, 1914

B. F. Leavell No More

He was stricken speechless late Christmas Eve, and ere 12:55 o’clock his spirit had taken its flight to the God that gave it. His last breathing seemed so peaceful, as if God kissed him and he fell asleep. This was so in accord with his nature – peace with all men. How cruel the Reaper seems and truly thou hast all seasons for thine own, oh, Death! We feel that we could have given him up more freely had he been long sick, but apoplexy seized him and in a few hours he was no more.

He was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on March 26, 1843, was moved in the fall of the same year by his parents, W. A. and Sarah Leavell, to Ballard County, where he spent the most of his life. While he lived out the allotted time of man, he was so vigorous and jolly one would hardly thought he had passed the 70th milestone. His presence was like a ray of sunshine. As I now reflect over the past few months, it seems that his every act was a finishing touch to his life’s work. How agonizing would have been that last “Goodbye” to him just a few days before he was taken had we known that was our parting, here so often when leaving he would say, “Well, Curt, I’ll be back every few days!” Those that knew him best loved him most. He left his wife, Mrs. Liza, and Willie, his son, also two brothers, L. W. and R. C. Leavell, and sisters, Mrs. A. O. Elliott, Mrs. W. A. Christian and Mrs. Jesse Rich, all of whom reside in this county.

It is so sad ere the silver chord is loosed or the golden bowl is broken, but we weep not as those without hope, for as he passed over the mystic river we know he had a pilot there. He served with distinction as a Confederate soldier. He fought in the famous battle of Shiloh, while his brother, John, was mortally wounded, he, himself, passed through with only a slight scar.

Reverend Gregston of the 2nd Baptist Church of Paducah, conducted the funeral services which was ably rendered from 1st Cor. 15th Chapter, and latter clause of the 6th verse. “But some are fallen asleep.” After which his remains were entered in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery by a sorrowing concourse of relatives and friends. Our loss is his gain, since death is the gateway into eternal life. But oh! We will miss him at home, at church and in the neighborhood – so many hearts are saddened; yet, we cannot say Good-bye, for he is ever near.

His spirit has gone to that land of rest, Where loved ones stand in habiliments fair; And where Jesus stands ready, To welcome us there.

Gone forever – how sad now sounds the word,  We see his home, but know he is not there, He’s with our God – he rests beside his Lord; He toiled long, but released from all care.

His work will live, When men forget his name. Why should we sigh and shed a tear?  For we know our loss is his eternal gain.

His wife will miss his smiling face, His son his tender care; Their home is made a lonely place, For there’s no father there.

You have left them precious brother, But there’ll be a glorious dawn, And you’ll meet to live together, On the resurrection morn.

My heart is sad and full of grief, My sorrow I cannot express, But someday I’ll get relief – When I meet him with the blessed.

His cheering words, his loving face, A more pleasant man I never knew, But who will come and fill his place?  Echo answers, “Who?”

Farewell dear brother, fare thee well, Your work on earth is complete, And your spirit’s gone with Christ to dwell, There to walk the golden street.

By one who loved him.


March 27, 1914

Curt Leavell Dead

Curt Leavell, one of the county’s oldest and best citizens, died at his home, 5 miles north of town, Thursday morning, of last week, of Bright’s disease. Mr. Leavell was a native Ballard Countian, being born and living all his life on the farm where he died. He was born in June, 1854, and had he lived till next June, would have been 60 years old. Mr. Leavell professed faith in Christ and united with Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in 1891, and ever there after lived the life of a consistent Christian, ever ready to aid those in distress and always a friend to the poor.

He was married in 1894 to Miss Glennie Elliott of Virginia, and to this union was born three children, two boys and one girl, all of whom survive him. Mr. Leavell also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Jess Rich of Wickliffe, and Mrs. W. A. Christian, of Bandana, and one brother, Luther Leavell, to whom the Advance extends condolence. The remains were interred Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity of which he was a prominent member.

In Memory of R. C. Leavell

Was born in Ballard County, Kentucky, June 17, 1854, died March 19, 1914, aged 59 years, 9 months and 2 days. Son of W. A. and Sarah M. Leavell. There were 10 children in the family, four brothers and six sisters, six of whom have preceded him to that glory land. Just four remain, L. W. Leavell, of La Center, Kentucky, Mrs. W. A. Christian, of Bandana, Kentucky, Mrs. A. O. Elliott and Mrs. Jesse Rich, of Wickliffe, Kentucky, also his wife, two sons, Elliott L., aged 17, and R. C., Jr., aged 14, and daughter, Winnie J. Leavell, aged 10, to mourn his death. He had been a consistent member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church for more than 20 years, and had lived a devoted Christian life. Was a Baptist from not a selfish point of view, but because the Bible taught him to be a Baptist. He was a member of North Ballard Masonic Lodge No. 537, Bandana, Kentucky, under whose auspices he was peacefully interred amidst a large concourse of friends and relatives in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, March 20, 1914. His pallbearers were A. T. Dulworth, W. C. Rudolph, F. M. Tucker, J. L. Mitchell, T. L. Younger, Will Dulworth and Hugh Stovall, all brothers of his fraternity. The funeral was preached by his pastor, Brother J. M. Burgess, in a very able and consoling manner, taken from Heb., 2nd chapter and 9th verse: “We see Jesus”. “Home of the Soul”, “Over the River”, “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Asleep In Jesus” were sung by the Bandana choir. His family loses a kind and loving companion and devoted father. One so patient, it can be truthfully said he lived a life devoted to God and his family. No worldly pleasure ever came between him and his duty. No sacrifice was ever too great for him to make, if he thought it for the good of his family or any example to the world, though like many fathers, he stayed very close at home, yet like the vine that clusters so closely around our door, ever shedding its welcome shad and its sweet perfume, he so sheltered and enriched that home, that it was not only a never ending blessing to the family, but also a pleasure to even the passerby, a living example of goodness, humbleness, modesty and virtue to the community.

Isaac T. Dean Biography

Perrin’s Kentucky – A History of the State, 1885

Ballard County Biographical Sketches

Isaac T. Dean was born April 23, 1835, in Jessamine County, Kentucky, and in 1836 was brought by his parents to Ballard County, where he now resides. His father, Jefferson H. Dean, was also a native of Jessamine County, born in 1810, and died in 1860. Jefferson H. married Catherine, daughter of Peter Nave, of Jessamine County (born in 1814, and died in 1848), and from this union sprang Marietta (Shelbourne), Martha J. (Goad), subject, William D., Sarah K. (Coon), George A. (Kelley), Eliza A. (Gill), and Mahala N. (Womble). By the second marriage were born John J., James H., George F. and Ida M. On May 11, 1859, subject was married to Miss Eudora T. A., daughter of Lee and Sally (Brumfield) Trice, of Ballard County, (born August 9, 1840), and to them have been born Lee Bell, William D. (deceased), and Jeff T. After arriving at man’s estate, our subject followed for ten years the vocation of carpenter and builder, in which he was successful. He is now engaged in farming, having 160 acres of good land in fine state of cultivation. He is a member in good standing of the I. O. O. F., and also of the K. of H. In politics he is a Democrat.