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Crawford and Ewing Families in Mercer, Washington, Boyle and Marion Counties

Cyrus Crawford, born December 3, 1802, died September 23, 1855.  Mahala F., daughter of Harrison and Ruth Walker, & wife of Cyrus Crawford, born April 1, 1811, died January 22, 1857.  They were married May 25, 1837.  Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.Samuel Crawford, born November 4, 1787, died August 14, 1868.

In the Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, there are graves of two brothers – Samuel and Cyrus Crawford – and their wives.  The brothers were the sons of Thomas Crawford and Mary Ewing, both from Chester County, Pennsylvania.  When they moved to this area Boyle was still part of Mercer County, not becoming a county until 1842.  Both Crawford and Ewing families moved to Kentucky, settling in Mercer and Washington, and after the formation of Boyle and Marion, some families were in the areas that became the two new counties.  The two families intermarried – Samuel Crawford married his first cousin, Catherine Ewing, daughter of Samuel Ewing and Margaret McMichael.  Samuel’s brother Thomas married Catherine’s sister, Rebecca.

Samuel Crawford, born November 14, 1787, died August 14, 1863.

Catherine, wife of Samuel Crawford, born March 21, 1790, died July 10, 1861, aged 71 years, 3 months, 19 days.

Since there are so many intertwined marriages, and these families are so interesting, I checked the Mercer County marriages for any with these two names.

  • James Crawford married Catherine Miller, December 7, 1794. Bondsman, William Crawford.  Bride’s parents, John and Sarah Miller.
  • John Crawford married Ethe Jones, December 7, 1796. Bride’s father, Mason Jones.
  • William Crawford married Mary Pryor, May 18, 1798. Bride’s father, John Pryor.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Reilly, November 8, 1798. Bride’s parents, Barnabas and Anne Reilly.
  • Thomas Ewing married Margaret Tilford, June 1, 1790.
  • William Ewing married Margaret Paulson, December 24, 1790. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford, who certifies the bride is 21.
  • Jesse Durham married Elizabeth Ewing, March 5, 1810. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford, March 21, 1808. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • Nathan H. Hall married Ann Crawford, July 14, 1807. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • John McAfee married Margaret Ewing, February 27, 1798. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • George Crawford married Elizabeth Embree, March 15, 1815.
  • James Crawford married Judith wood, February 10, 1812. Bride’s father, James Woods.
  • John Crawford married Abigail McFatrich, April 1, 1824. Bondsman, William E. Crawford.  Daughter of William and Abigail (Steen) McFatrich.
  • Samuel Crawford married Catherine Ewing, November 4, 1814. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • Thomas Crawford married Rebecca Ewing, May 6, 1816. Bondsman, Samuel Crawford.
  • Thomas Crawford, Jr., married Sarah Shearl, July 6, 1824.
  • Thomas J. Crawford married Margaret Crawford, March 4, 1816. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • William Crawford married Jane Vandike, July 24, 1822.
  • Baker F. Ewing married Sarah M. Durham, November 11, 1823. Bondsman, John L. Ewing.
  • John Ewing married Betsy may, October 30, 1817.
  • John Bohon married Mary Crawford, October 7, 1818. Bondsman, William Crawford, makes oath his sister Polly is 21 years old.
  • Jacob Crow married Mary Crawford, February 26, 1820. Bride’s Father, Thomas Crawford.  W. E. Crawford.
  • William McElroy married Catherine Crawford, February 2, 1811. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • George Stevenson married Margaret Crawford, April 16, 1811. Bride’s mother, Eleanor Crawford.  Hugh Crawford.

Washington County Marriages

  • a. Crawford married A. P. Flournoy, January 31, 1884.
  • Leroy Crawford married Josephine Patix, July 3, 1883.
  • John Crawford married Sarah McElroy, March 10, 1817.
  • Thomas Crawford married Laura Durham, October 18,1876.
  • E. Crawford married Mary Gum, June 2, 1887.
  • William Crawford married Susanna Graves, February 8, 1859.
  • William E. Crawford married Esther McElroy, November 23, 1825.
  • Charles Ewing married Henrietta Hayden, February 19, 1805.
  • Henry Ewing married Susan Grundy, September 23, 1824.
  • F. Ewing married Margaret E. Creager, April 18, 1862.
  • James C. Ewing married Mattie E. Short, May 14, 1874.
  • James Ewing married Mary Wicker, October 22, 1833.
  • James Ewing married Sally Clark, March 5, 1823.
  • James T. Ewing married Jennie D. Brown, March 25, 1885.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Kelly, November 1798.
  • John T. Ewing married Amanda Thompson, January 2, 1855.
  • Samuel Ewing married Sarena White, October 12, 11864.
  • Samuel Ewing married Susan Lewis, December 9, 1821.
  • William Y. Ewing married Ann Reid, October 12, 1810.
  • Daniel Edelen married Julia Crawford, December 12, 1876.
  • Edelen married Charlotte Crawford, September 3, 1874.
  • Gabriel E. Nall married Maria T. Crawford, February 10, 1851.
  • John W. Skeins married Lavinia Crawford, March 17, 1863.
  • John O. Ball married Margaret Ewing, May 27, 1844.
  • George W. Bates married Mary E. Ewing, February 6, 1850.
  • Craven Belcher married Margaret Ewing, August 1798.
  • Dabney C. Cosby married Lydia Ewing, April 29, 1813.
  • William Edmondson married Martha Ewing, December 8, 1831.
  • Levi Funk married Sarah Ewing, September 15, 1827.
  • Thomas Head married Anne Ewing, November 29, 1814.
  • John Huff married Mariah Ewing, May 13, 1840.
  • Charles Norris married Nancy Ewing, January 10, 1822.
  • John N. Nourse married Rachel C. Ewing, May 8, 1828.
  • George W. Parrish married Arena F. Ewing, June 14, 1877.
  • John C. Riley married Mary Ewing, December 21, 1820.
  • William E. Riley married Elizabeth Ann Ewing, April 20, 1846.
  • Samuel Rubles married Susanna Ewing, May 19, 1858.
  • Daniel Thompson married Polly Ewing, May 13, 1813.

More information about these families will be forthcoming.

Birthday Celebration of Civil War Veteran

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 20, 1911

Old Soldiers

Civil War Veterans at Perryville Celebrate the Birthday of a Comrade.

Last Friday at Perryville there was a gathering of gray-haired men that should go down in history.  The occasion was the sixty-eighth birthday of Mr. G. M. Hardy, and it was a reunion of the remnant of the Civil War veterans at that place – gallant men who were in their prime when the great battle of Perryville was fought, October 8, 1862.

One by one the warriors who took part in that strife are starting on their last long march, and the world-spent comrades left behind will not be long in joining the ranks.  Powder and gun-shot and battle-cry seemed far removed from the gentle old men who circled the board, but the fire in their breasts only smoldered, for camp tale and war story stirred them like a bugle call, and many reminiscences and personal experiences of those by-gone days made them forget that the snow was on their temples and the spring of youth was gone from their feet.  Of the memories awakened some brought laughter, but many a tale there was that brought tears for a fallen comrade, or one, who later on, dropped out of the ranks and started along, silently, on that long, lonesome march.  The day was one never to be forgotten by the grizzled veterans and their wives, who were once the girlish sweethearts of these ‘soldier boys.’

Not many years from now there will be another reunion, not of the little handful, but of a larger number and it will be in the ‘land that is fairer than day.’

The veterans who enjoyed the elegant dinner and helped Mr. Hardy to celebrate his birthday were Messrs. I. L. DeBaun, aged 81; Captain Whitehouse, 77; E. Harmons, 67; J. H. Minor, 70; L. A. Pipes, 69; J. W. Isom, 68; Napoleon Gabhart, 66; W. R. Myers, 66; Nelson Dunsmore, 73.  Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mayes delighted the guests with old time music and songs.

Hankley – Dunkin 1842 Marriage Bond – Boyle County

Know all men by these presents, that we, Scott Hankley and William Dunkin are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds, to the payment whereof well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents.  Sealed with our seals, and dated this 15th day of April 1842.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Scott Hankley and Lucy Dunkin of this county: Now, shall it always hereafter appear, that if there is no just cause to obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

Scott Hankley, William Dunkin

Test, Duff Green, Clerk

I certify that the certificate of the mother of Lucky Dunkin that she was twenty-three years of age was proven by the oath of William Dunkin before me this 15th day of April 1842.

Duff Green, Boyle County Clerk

General Bragg’s Official Report of The Battle of Perryville

The Battle of Perryville was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, and the largest fought in Kentucky.  There were so many dead that there was not enough wood to make enough coffins, and many bodies were not buried for a number of days.  Wounded were sent to surrounding cities – Harrodsburg, Springfield and Danville.  Many of the wounded died and were buried in these cities.  Confederate casualties were 3,401; Union, 4,276 – killed, wounded, captured or missing.

The Maysville Weekly Bulletin, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 6, 1862

The Battle of Perryville – General Bragg’s Official Report

Headquarters Department No. 2, Bryantsville, Kentucky, October 12, 1862

Sir:  Finding the enemy pressing heavily in his rear, near Perryville, Major General Hardee, of Polk’s command, was obliged to hold and check him at that point.  Having arrived at Harrodsburg from Frankfort, I determined to give him battle there, and accordingly concentrated three divisions of my command – the Army of the Mississippi, now under Major General Polk, Cheatham’s, Buckner’s and Anderson’s – and directed General Polk to take command on the 7th, and attack the enemy next morning.  Wither’s division had gone the day before to support Smith.  Hearing, on the night of the 7th, that the force in front of Smith had rapidly retreated, I moved early next morning, to be present at the operations of Polk’s forces.

The two armies were formed confronting each other on opposite sides of the town of Perryville.  After consulting the General, and reconnoitering the ground and examining his disposition, I declined to assume the command, but suggested some changes and modifications of his arrangements, which he promptly adopted.  The action opened at half-past twelve p.m., between the skirmishers and artillery on both sides.  Finding the enemy indisposed to advance upon us, and knowing he was receiving heavy reinforcements, I deemed it best to assail him vigorously, and so directed.

The engagement became general soon thereafter, and was continued furiously from that time to dark, our troops never faltering and never failing in their efforts.

For the time engaged it was the severest and most desperately contested engagement within my knowledge.  Fearfully outnumbered, our troops did not hesitate to engage at any odds, and, though checked at times, they eventually carried every position, and drove the enemy about two miles.  But for the intervention of night we should have completed the work.  We had captured fifteen pieces of artillery by the most daring charges, killed one and wounded two Brigadier Generals, and a very large number of inferior officers and men estimated at no less than four thousand, and captured four hundred prisoners, including three staff officers with servants, carriage and baggage of Major General McCook.

The ground was literally covered with the dead and wounded.  In such a contest our own loss was necessarily severe – probably not less than 2,500 killed, wounded and missing.  Included in the wounded are Brigadier Generals Wood, Cleburn and Brown – gallant and noble soldiers – whose loss will be severely felt by their commands.  To Major General Polk, commanding the forces; Major General Hardee, commanding the left wing, two divisions, and Major Generals Cheatham, Buckner and Anderson, commanding divisions, of this memorable field.  Nobler troops were never more gallantly led.  The country owes them a debt of gratitude which I am sure will be acknowledged.

Ascertaining that the enemy was heavily reinforced during the night, I withdrew my force early the next morning to Harrodsburg, and thence to this point.  Major General Smith arrived at Harrodsburg with most of his force and Wither’s division the next day, the 10th, and yesterday I withdrew the whole to this point, the enemy following slowly, but not pressing us.

I am sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant.

Braxton Bragg, General Commanding

Thomas Madison Lillard and Mary Bright

The Advocate-Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Sunday, April 24, 1983

According to a family history, Thomas Madison Lillard was born December 5, 1815, near the small town of Kirksville on Silver Creek in Madison County.  He was one of five children of Thomas Lillard, a native of Culpeper County, Virginia, and Elizabeth Rider, a native of Madison County, Virginia.  The Lillards moved from Culpeper County to Madison County, Kentucky, in 1808.

When Thomas Madison Lillard was three months old, his father died, then in 1829 his mother died.  He was 14 years old, without patrimony and with no legacy, except a clear head, an honest heart, a good constitution, and well-directed energy and industry.

He as described as six feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds.  He had dark gray eyes, a Roman nose, a good set of teeth and black curly hair.  He was a French Huguenot.  Because he only attended school three months, his reading was poor.

As a young man, Lillard worked as a drover and stock trader, spending winters in Charleston, South Carolina, and summers herding livestock to the markets in New York.

On October 23, 1848, at the age of 33, he married Mary Bright Williams, a young widow of 25 years of age of Stanford.  After spending the winter in Charleston, South Carolina, the couple returned to Kentucky on May 27, 1849.

Eight months later, Lillard purchased 200 acres of land in Boyle County, part of the present homestead.  He later added to the farm to bring it to 500 acres in Boyle and Lincoln counties.  After his marriage he turned to farming.  He raised livestock, hay, and orchard grass seed, his money crop.

The family lived in a log house on the farm un1860 when the new house was ready.

Mary Bright Lillard was born March 16, 1823, on a farm owned by her parents, John Bright and Elizabeth Morrison, in Lincoln County.  Mary Bright Lillard is described as short – about five feet two inches – and stout.  She weighed 120 pounds in her younger days and 20 pounds in her most vigorous days.  Mrs. Lillard had dark brown hair and eyes.  She was one of nine children.

Thomas M. Lillard and his wife, Mary Bright, had 11 children – Elizabeth, Sarah F., John T., Henrietta, Mary T., Pet, Katherine, Thomas, Nannie B., S. J. and William H.

The youngest sons, Thomas and Wiliam acquired Spring Hill farm at their father’s death in 1891 and kept it until 1901.

Thomas Madison Lillard, born in Madison County, Kentucky, December 5, 1815, died in Boyle County, Kentucky, May 7, 1891.  ‘The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age, the friend of youth.  Few hearts like his with virtue warmed, few heads with knowledge so informed.’  His wife, Mary Bright Hillard, March 16, 1823 – April 6, 1907.  Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, May 8, 1891

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Monday, April 8, 1907

Husband and Wife? Brother and Sister?

Samuel N. Caldwell, December 15, 1857 – February 9, 1922.  Bettie A. Caldwell, September 2, 1849 – November 22, 1918.  Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.

At first glance this gravestone looks like any other.  A couple with their births and dates; most would think it husband and wife.  I did – until I searched for obituaries for them.  Now we would all be forgiven for thinking that, but Samuel and Bettie are actually brother and sister – children of James Barnes and Sarah J. (Crawford) Caldwell – old bachelor and maid that lived their lives together – with two other siblings.  The single life just seems to run in some families – such as my Linton and Montgomery lines.  The point I would like to make today, check original sources.  So important.  But a little more about Samuel and Bettie.

James B. Caldwell, September 16, 1822 – February 12, 1911.  Sarah J. Caldwell, December 26, 1823 – June 9, 1903.

Bettie was the first born of her parents.  She is listed in the Marion County births, born June 17, 1853, in that county near Cartrites Church (probably Cartright).  I’ve not heard of this church, although there were early settlements on Cartwright’s Creek.  There could have been a church there at one time.  Samuel was the fifth child, born December 15, 1857.

Sarah J. Crawford was born in Marion County, her husband in Green County.  Before the 1870 census the couple and their family of seven moved to Boyle County, where they spent the remainder of their days.  A daughter, Maggie, is listed in the 1870 and 1880 census, but I could find no further information.  Daughter Kate married Wood Walker.  Daughter Harriet (Haggie in the census) lived at home.  Daughter Susan married a Newbolt.

After the deaths of their parents John Crawford, Samuel Nelson, Harriet and Bettie A., lived together, until their end days.  John Crawford Caldwell was the last to pass away, in 1938.

Harriet E. Caldwell, December 12, 1860 – May 27, 1912.

The Advocate Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Tuesday, May 28, 1912

Miss Harriet Caldwell died at the home of her brother, John C. Caldwell, on the Alum Springs Road, yesterday.  She was in the fifty-third year of her age.  The funeral will be at the residence at 4 o’clock this afternoon, followed by interment in Bellevue Cemetery.  Deceased was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and the funeral will be conducted by the pastor.  She is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Miss Bettie Caldwell, Mrs. G. P. Newbolt, Mrs. W. B. Walker, Mr. John C. Caldwell and Mr. S. N. Caldwell.

The Advocate Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, November 22, 1918

Miss Bettie A. Caldwell died in a Lexington Hospital this morning.  The body will be brought to Danville and funeral services will be held at the grave in Bellevue Cemetery tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, February 10, 1922

The Advocate deeply regrets to chronicle the death of Mr. Samuel Nelson Caldwell, which occurred last night at 6 o’clock at the home of his brother, Mr. John C. Caldwell, on the Alum Springs Pike, where he had made his home for the past several years.  For a number of years the deceased was in the grocery business in Danville, where by his universal courteous treatment and square dealing he won for himself a host of staunch friends, all of whom will read of his demise with the deepest regret.  The funeral will be held at the home tomorrow morning on the Alum Springs Pike at eleven o’clock and will be conducted by the Rev. Frank J. Cheek, of this city, who has been a friend of the family since boyhood.  The deceased was a member of long standing of Old Caldwell Church and always lived up to the Presbyterian faith.  He was in his sixty-fourth year and had lived all of his splendid life in this county, where he was born.  He is survived by one brother, Mr. John C. Caldwell, and two sisters, Mrs. G. P. Newbolt and Mrs. W. D. Walker, both of whom live in this county.  After the funeral ceremony the burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery.

Sue C. Newbolt, June 17, 1863 – July 1, 1933.

The Advocate Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Monday, July 3, 1933

Mrs. Newbolt Is Taken By Death

Mrs. Sue C. Newbolt, 80 years old, died at the home of her brother, John C. Caldwell, on the Alum Springs Road, at 8 o’clock Saturday night after an illness of some duration, brought on by advanced years.

Funeral services were held at 10 o’clock this morning by Dr. George E. Sweazey, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, followed by interment in Bellevue Cemetery here.  Casketbearers were:  Sam C. Walker, George l. Mahan, Ben Clark, Will Caldwell, S. H. Nichols, Ned Wiseman.

Mrs. Newbolt, who was a member of an old and distinguished Boyle County family, is survived by one brother, Mr. Caldwell, and one sister, Mrs. W. D. Walker, of Perryville.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, December 16, 1938

John C. Caldwell Is Buried Today

Funeral services for John Crawford Caldwell, 87 years old, former Danville merchant and Boyle County farmer, who died at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Danville and Boyle County hospital, were conducted at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon in the chapel of Stith Funeral home on West Main Street by Dr. William E. Phifer, Jr., pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, followed by interment in Bellevue Cemetery.

The deceased was in the dry goods and notion business in Danville under the firm name of Roberts and Caldwell.  both gentlemen were held in highest esteem in this city by all who did business with their house, which was that now occupied by Dr. M. D. Spoonamore, local druggist.

Bearers were:  Ben Clark, William Caldwell, J. B. Nichols, Sr., Nicholas McDowell, Joseph Irvine and Charles Caldwell.

Mr. Caldwell was born November 27, 1851, in Boyle County, the son of the late James Barnes Caldwell and Sarah Jane Crawford Caldwell of Marion County.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Danville.

Surviving are two nieces and two nephews, Miss Maude W. Adams, Amityville, R.I., Mrs. J. W. Craft, Hazard, Kentucky, James B. Walker, Flint, Michigan, and J. C. Brown, Atlanta, Georgia, and one great-nephew, Marshall Mahan of Wheelwright, Kentucky.



1863 Reno-Taylor Marriage – Marion County

Marriage Bond

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

Be it known, that we, J. W. Reno as principal, and J. M. Halen, 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 J. W. Reno and Lizzie Taylor.  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 Lebanon, Marion County, this 12th day of September 1863.

J. W. Reno and J. M. Halen

Attest:  J. M. Hidler, Clerk, Marion County Court


  • Date of marriage – Tuesday, 15th day of September 1863
  • Name of groom – James W. Reno
  • Residence of groom – Haysville, Kentucky
  • Age of groom – 24 years
  • No. of marriage of groom – first
  • Occupation – physician
  • Birth-place of groom – Hardin County, Kentucky
  • Birth-place of groom’s father – Bourbon County, Kentucky
  • Birth-place of groom’s mother – Virginia


  • Name of bride – Lizzie Taylor
  • Residence of bride – Marion County, Kentucky
  • Age of bride – 22 years
  • No. of marriage of bride – first
  • Birth-place of bride – Marion County, Kentucky
  • Birth-place of bride’s father – Boyle County, Kentucky
  • Birth-place of bride’s mother – Boyle County, Kentucky
  • Remarks – Bride’s consent given in writing attested by oath of J. M. Hourigan

To be married at Bannister Taylor’s on 15th day of September 1863.

I certify that the above is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.  Witness my hand, this 12 day of September 1863

J. W. Reno

Attest:  J. M. Hidler

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Wednesday, June 5, 1918