Robert McBride’s first wife, Elizabeth, died at the age of 40. He married again after her death.
from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Knifflin, 1883
Daviess County – Knottsville Precinct
Charles H. Higdon, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in this precinct November 11, 1835, and was a son of B. Henson and Henrietta (Milton) Higdon, both natives of Maryland. He was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools of this county. he was married in 1870 to Sarah A., daughter of John R. Duncan. Eight children have been born to them, six now living – Charles I., Mary M., Francis K., Elmer L., Henson and an infant son. Mr. Higdon owns 135 acres of well-improved land. He and family are members of the Catholic Church.
from History of Daviess County, Kentucky, Inter-State Publishing Company, 1883
James C. Miller resides on the same farm in Masonville Precinct where his father settled in 1824, and where he was born August 26, 1830. His father, Fleming Miller, was born in Henrico County, Virginia, November 1, 1791. He followed teaming until the outbreaking of the War of 1812, when he enlisted in Captain De Val’s company. After the war, he returned to Virginia and married Elizabeth Ally, and they came to Shelby County, Kentucky, where they had a family of four children, one living – Pleasant J., a tobacco merchant of Owensboro. The mother died in Shelby County, and Mr. Miller then married Rosa Boswell, and then moved to Daviess County in 1824; soon after his arrival here she died. He then married Sallie Crawford in 1829, a native of Shelby County, Kentucky. He died June 28, 1860, and his wife died December 23, 1844. James C., subject of this sketch, was the oldest of their eight children. He was married to Amy S. Miller, January 23, 1852. She was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of James and A. (Anderson) Miller. After his marriage, he settled on the old homestead with his father one year; then moved on a farm in Ohio County, Kentucky. His wife died July 22, 1854, leaving one daughter – Sallie C., born February 27, 1853, now the wife of Dr. J. C. Sutton, residing in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. After his wife died, he returned to Daviess County with his father. He married Frances Y. Haynes, February 12, 1856. She was native of Ohio County, Kentucky, born December 20, 1832, and was a daughter of Josiah and Frances Y. (Howard) Haynes. After his marriage Mr. Miller settled on his farm in Ohio County and remained until 1870, when he returned to Daviess County and settled on a farm, two miles east of Whitesville, in Boston Precinct, where they remained until December 1878, when he purchased the old farmstead farm in Masonville Precinct, where he and family still reside. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have had seven children, six living – Emma N., born March 14, 1857; Josiah H., born April 12, 1860; Henry C., born June 26, 1862; Fannie R., born July 12, 1866; Mary E., born January 27, 1869, and Amy B., born Jun 11, 1872, all residing with their parents except the eldest son, Josiah H., who is teaching school in Western Kentucky Normal School at South Carrollton. Mr. and Mrs. James C. Miller are members of the Baptist church at Bethabara, as are all their children. Mr. Miller is a member of Hodges Lodge, A. F. & A. M., at Whitesville. He was Justice of the Peace in Ohio County four years; was appointed in Daviess County in 1880, to fill out an unexpired term, and elected in 1882 for whole term. He was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Daviess County in 1875, and held that office three years. He has held various other local offices of trust in his precinct. Mr. Miller owns a fine farm of 165 acres where he resides, 125 under cultivation. In politics, he is a Democrat. He is of Irish and German descent. Mrs. Miller’s family was English and Welsh decent.
Let me introduce you to the most recent Revolutionary War soldiers we have found. We visited St. Michael Catholic Cemetery yesterday, and photographed Francis Coomes’ gravestone. As you can see, the original stone is almost impossible to read, only the cross at the top is visible. Thanks to the DAR and SAR for adding plaques to the veterans’ graves!
Proctor Ballard’s grave is another recent find. He was a native of Virginia and served with the state militia. He came to the Falls of the Ohio River with General George Rogers Clark in 1779. He initially settled on Corn Island at the falls near Louisville, but moved to Bardstown in 1782.
To the memory of William Coomes, Sergeant, 8th Virginia Regiment, 1730-1820. William Coomes, Jr., Virginia Militia, 1769-1834. Walter A. Coomes, Virginia Militia, Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky. Soldiers of the American Revolution. St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Daviess County, Kentucky.
These Coomes veterans could be related to the first Coomes who is buried in Nelson County. William Coomes, Sr., married Jane Greenleaf. She was a pioneer doctor and teacher.
Let us celebrate all those who have fought for our country over the years – from the beginning, the first war, for our independence – to those who continue to fight to keep our country safe. Happy Fourth of July to all of you!
Ritchey and I had a wonderful time at the Maryland to Kentucky genealogy conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, this past weekend. On our drive, we stopped at a couple of cemeteries – even though it was raining! We will have to return to take better photos, but Ritchey volunteered to brave the rain – dear man that he is! – and, of course, he had his geocaches to look for also!
Our goal was to visit the Greathouse and Lewis family cemeteries in Hancock County. We found the Greathouse, where this video was taken, but not the Lewis – I feel it is at the back of a cornfield, near the river, and we couldn’t see it from River Road. We also found the Henderson family cemetery, and visited Lewisport Cemetery.
The conference was great fun – met lots of new people and visited with old friends. Thanks to all of you who stopped by the booth – it was so nice to see you! I made some new discoveries, bought lots of books and maps, and sold some of my CDs. The most fun was talking genealogy for two full days!
The Hazel family – father and two sons – have quite an interesting story. From the Virginia county of Fairfax, to Nelson County, Kentucky, and on to Daviess County, they are just one family of westward pioneers in the early years of our country. I especially love the part about the bottle of molasses – stories like this are treasures for families!
from History of Daviess County, Kentucky, 1883
Richard Henry Hazel, shoemaker, of Knottsville, was born near Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, September 7, 1818, and was a son of Edward Hazel, or, as commonly called, Uncle Ned, who brought his family to Nelson County, Kentucky, in the fall of 1827, and to this county the following spring, settling in the forests of Knottsville Precinct. He was married in 1840, to Eliza Henning, daughter of Ezekiel Henning, and has two sons – Thomas E. and William S. Mrs. Hazel died in 1881. She was a member of the Catholic Church. Mr. hazel is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Thomas E. Hazel, son of R. H. Hazel, of Knottsville, was born in this precinct, January 22, 1841. On the day of his birth some parties dug a grave in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery. They had a large bottle of whisky with them, which they left by the grave, and a few days after, Mr. Hazel was out hunting and passed by the cemetery and found this bottle and took it home. It was a half-gallon bottle, and of the old-fashioned kind. For several years this bottle was used to churn the butter in for the family, and when Tom was large enough to send to the store he carried molasses in it. On one occasion he came swinging it along, when all at once it flew from his hand and broke, and away went bottle, molasses and all. He was married, January 10, 1860, to Matilda Wathen, by whom he had nine children, four living – Mary E., Elnora, Eliza and Rosaline. Mrs. Hazel died August 19, 1874. Mr. Hazel married in January, 1876, Emma May, by whom he had one child (deceased). Mr. Hazel early learned the shoemaker’s trade with his father, and followed it several years. He also worked in tobacco factories several years, and for some time in saw and grist mills.
William S. Hazel, son of R. H. Hazel, was born in Knottsville, February 20, 1853. He was educated in Cecilian College, of Hardin County, this state. In 1872 and 1873 he clerked on the wharf-boat of Triplett, Bacon & Co., of Owensboro; came to Knottsville in 1874, and clerked for Dr. Drury, and was at the same time engaged in the insurance agency. In 1875 he worked on a farm, and in 1876 he engaged in the mercantile business with C. O. Clements, in Knottsville. In 1878 Clements sold to J. W. McJohnston, of Owensboro, who continued with Mr. Hazel as a partner until August, 1880, when he sold his interest to the latter. Mr. Hazel continued the business until October 8, 1882, when he sold it to Ignatius A. Aull, he still owning the undertaker’s department. Mr. Hazel erected a small grist-mill at Knottsville in 1881, but sold it and built a larger one in 1882, which we describe elsewhere in this work. He married Agnes L. Clements, daughter of C. O. Clements, of Knottsville, They have two children – Chloe and Joseph B. Mr. Hazel is Deputy County Clerk, and a Catholic Knight; also member of the N. M. B. A.
Daviess County, Kentucky
- Ann Caroline Payne, daughter of Dennis and Mary Payne, born December 15, 1827, baptized February 7, 1828. Godmother Maria Drury.
- George Howard, son of William and Ann Howard, born August 28, 1827, baptized April 25, 1828. Godmother, Mary Ann Mason.
- Alexander Melton, son of Joseph and Caroline Melton, born February 30, 1828, baptized April 25, 1828. Godmother Delia Higdon.
- Rosella Payne, daughter of William and Margaret Payne, born May 8, 1828, baptized May 18, 1828. Godmother Catherine S. Jarboe.
- Ann Croley was baptized May 18, 1828, about 21 years old. Godmother Maria Drury.
- James Thomas, son of James and Delila Higdon, baptized January 1, 1829.
- Margaret Montgomery, daughter of Thomas and Clotilda Montgomery, born June 15, 1829, baptized July 1829.
- Lewis Payne, son of William and Margaret Payne, baptized March 15, 1830. Godmother Dorothy Payne.
- Harriet, daughter of Hannah, servant of William Payne, born 1830, baptized March 15, 1830. Godmother Ann, servant of Leonard Knott.
- Sarah Ann Higdon, daughter of John and Melinda Higdon, baptized April 18, 1830. Godmother Alice McDaniel.
- Harriet Elizabeth Henning, daughter of Stephen and Maria Henning, born April 5, 1830, baptized May 23, 1830. Godmother Elizabeth Hagan.
- Basil Hardesty, son of Richard and Margaret Hardesty, born May 1830, baptized June 19, 1830. Godmother Catherine S. Jarboe.
- William Lindsey, son of Jesse Lindsey and Sarah Riggs, born January 31, 1830, baptized June 20, 1830. Godmother Elizabeth McDaniel.
- Washington Clark, son of Alban and Elizabeth Clark, born May 17, 1830, baptized August 1, 1830. Godmother Ann Croley.
- John Henson Melton, son of Joseph and Caroline Melton, baptized August 1, 1830.
- Ary Ann, daughter of Maria, servant of John Payne, baptized August 1, 1830.
- William James Clark, son of Alban and Elizabeth Clark, born February 12, 1826, baptized September 12, 1830. Godmother Nancy Croley.
- George Clark, son of Alban and Elizabeth Clark, about 3 years old, baptized October 14, 1830. Godmother Nancy Croley.
- Felix Lanham, son of William and Elizabeth Lanham, baptized October 14, 1830. Godmother Tabitha Clark.
- John Alfred Payne, son of Ignatius and Christina Payne, baptized November 7, 1830. Godmother Elizabeth Hagan.
- Mary Eleanor Blandford, daughter of Francis and Catherine Blandford, baptized November 7, 1830. Godmother Christina Payne.