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‘Uncle Billy’ Moredock Summoned

One feat accomplished on our western Kentucky trip – we found the Lewis Cemetery in Hancock County!  We tried to find it in June, with no success.  But with the help of Google Earth and a page from Glenn Hodges book, Daybreak On Old Fortification Creek, we pinpointed the location!  This was another cemetery back a gravel road, onto farmland.  It is a small cemetery, just for family, about 35 people are thought to be buried here.

William Moredock married Hannah Amanda House, granddaughter of the John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown that moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to what was then Breckinridge County, Kentucky (later Hancock County).  John Lewis was a brother to William Joseph Lewis, who married Captain John Linton’s sister, Catherine Jennings Lewis.  Joseph and Catherine Linton Lewis’ son, William Linton Lewis, also moved to Hancock County, and is buried in this cemetery.

The Breckinridge News, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Wednesday, May 20, 1908

“Uncle Billy” Moredock Summoned

Genial Man And Aged citizen Dies At Hardinsburg – Respected And Loved By Young And Old

Once Lived In Hancock

Hardinsburg, Ky., May 18 – (Special) –

After an illness of several weeks, William T. Moredock, one of our aged and most highly respected citizens quietly breathed his last at two o’clock Wednesday morning, May 13.

Mr. Moredock was born near Hardinsburg, March 5, 1834.  After learning the trade of cabinet maker with the Hon. G. W. Beard and Judge Eskridge, he moved to Hancock County, where his life was spent, with the exception of the last two years here with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Evans, at the Commercial Hotel.

A part of the time he was a farmer in Hancock County, the other part found him in business at Lewisport.

In 1856 he was married to Miss Hannah A. House, of Hancock County, and for fifty years they lived happily together, a happiness broken only by his death.  Besides his wife he is survived by these children:  James William, of Macon, Georgia; Samuel H., of Tampa, Florida; B. H. Moredock, of Louisville; and Mrs. Evans, of Hardinsburg.

He was noted for his social, genial disposition.  His home was ever open to his friends and crowds of young people loved to visit there and enjoy the hospitality and sunshine within its walls and nothing pleased him more than to know that he was adding to the pleasures of others.

He was a Methodist, a Christian gentleman, a man whose citizenship enriched the neighborhood in which he lived.

The remains were laid to rest at Lewisport on Thursday.

Mrs. Moredock goes to Louisville where she will remain for some time with her son.

William T. Moredock, March 5, 1834 – May 13, 1908.  Hannah A. Moredock, February 24, 1840 – October 21, 1909.  Lewis Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

A Day at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort

Wednesday, I visited the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, with two specific goals in mind.  I have tried to find a copy of the book Daybreak on Old Fortification Creek by Glenn Hodges.  It is a history of the John Lewis family – specifically John Lewis, the son of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown, and grandson of Vincent Lewis and Ann Longworth of Loudoun County, Virginia; and his wife, Hannah Lewis, daughter of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton (my Captain John Linton’s sister), and granddaughter of Vincent Lewis.  Yes, John Lewis, Jr., and wife Hannah Lewis were first cousins.

Kentucky was quite a call for the inhabitants of Loudoun County, Virginia, and especially for the Lewis, Linton, Mason, Hancock and Berkeley families that make up my lines.  John Lewis, Jr., was surveying in Kentucky about 1780, and finally moved his family in 1799.  The Mason family was in Nelson County in the 1790’s.  Captain John Linton and his children and grandchildren moved to Washington County in 1818, although several sons had come to Kentucky earlier.

One of the Lewis family members I am very interested in is William Linton Lewis, son of William Joseph and Catherine Linton Lewis – and nephew of Captain John Linton.  I was introduced to this man through Dorothy Thrawley, a lovely woman and exceptional genealogist, with whom I corresponded in the 1970’s and 80’s.  She told me of the horse hair trunk that William Linton Lewis used to carry important papers, and that it is now in the collection of Duke University.  Ritchey and I visited Duke University, made a few copies of the old letters and other paper in the collection – and the copier stopped working!  We must return.

My second goal was to find more information about Ritchey’s Thomas Jewell who married Grissell Fletcher about 1640.  Thomas Jewell arrived from England in the Planter in April 1635.  He settled in Braintree, Massachusetts.  Lands were assigned him December 24, 1639-40, for three heads – bringing that many settlers to the new world.  He and wife Grissell had the following children:  Joseph, born February 24, 1642; Thomas, December 27, 1643; Hannah, December 27, 1643; Nathaniel, February 15, 1648; Grissell, born January 19, 1651; and Mercy, born February 14, 1653.  Thomas died in 1654, and Grissell, with six very young children, quickly married Humphrey Griggs.  After Griggs death she married John Burney, Henry Kibbe and John Burge.  Interesting that they lived in Braintree – the home of John and Abigail Adams.  Could later descendants possibly have met the famous Adams?

Ritchey and Linton are camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire later this year.  How could they just ‘happen’ to choose a campsite, nine miles from a cemetery in Whitefield, where John Jewell, Ritchey’s fourth great-grandfather is buried?  He wanted to be found!

My goals were accomplished.  But, of course, they just lead to other goals!  Happy researching!

Today In Genealogy History – October 23

Matilda Brown Lewis was born 218 years ago – October 23, 1795 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Matilda was the daughter of Daniel Lewis and Susan Lewis; granddaughter of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown, and William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Linton.  Matilda married John Pleasants Hodges in Nelson County, Kentucky.  I have no information about children.  Matilda’s siblings were Linton, Jonathan Davis, Alfred Linton, Mary Rebecca, Elizabeth Catherine and John Joseph Lewis.

Susan Lewis Bible – February 1837 – Price $4.50

This Bible was in the possession of Mrs. Eugene K. Thrawley of Houston, Texas.  Dorothy Thrawley was an enthusiastic genealogist with whom I corresponded for years before she passed away.  We fretted over the Linton’s and Edwards’, tried to solve the riddles of the past together.  How she would have loved the blog and the ease of sending information to each other in the computer age!  We typed letters and charts to send to each other!  And this was the Bible that held the clue to our relationship – well, at least my John Linton and her Catherine Linton – who were brother and sister!

  • Coleman Read, son of Andrew Read and Elizabeth, his wife, was born December 2, 1686
  • Coleman Read and Ruth, his wife, were married 1st of July, 1712.  Before marriage, Ruth Bragg.
  • Elizabeth Read, their daughter, born 17th June 1713, who intermarried with Thomas Brown, and Elizabeth their daughter intermarried with John Lewis, who was the father and mother of Daniel Lewis.
  • William Lewis emigrated from Wales and settled in Northumberland County, Virginia.  His son, William, moved to the south, and his son, Vincent, moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, and intermarried with Ann Longwith, and their oldest son, John Lewis, intermarried with Elizabeth Brown, father and mother to Daniel Lewis.
  • Joseph Lewis, son of Vincent Lewis, intermarried with Catherine Linton and their daughter, Susan, intermarried with Daniel Lewis on the 5th day of April, 1793, whose names and births are on the other side of this leaf.  Catherine Linton’s mother before marriage, Susan Hancock.
  • Daniel Lewis was born the 2nd day of August 1770, died the 13th day of September 1852, married 5th April, 1793.  Susan Lewis, his wife, was born the 10th of March 1773, died 16th of September 1845.
  • Linton Lewis was born 19th of April, 1794, died August, 1796.
  • Matilda Brown Lewis was born 23rd October, 1795, died 18th May, 1855.
  • Jonathan Davis Lewis was born 5th September, 1797
  • Alfred Linton Lewis was born 28th May, 1800
  • Mary Rebecca Lewis was born 19th November 1802, died 5th of April 1848
  • Elizabeth Catherine Lewis was born 31st December, 1805, died 6th of April 1814
  • John Joseph Daniel Lewis was born 28th May 1811, died 21st July 1885, married 6th March, 1838.
  • Emmerine Brewer Lewis, his wife, was born 7th December, 1813, died 10th February, 1871.
  • Susan Frances Lewis was born 30th July, 1841.
  • Jonathan Wood Berkeley was born 5th April 1833, died March 9th, 1887, married February 8th, 1860
  • Susan Frances Lewis, born July 30th, 1841, died September 4th, 1902.
  • Infant son of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley, born November 8th, 1870, died November 8th, 1870
  • Infant son of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley, born February 19th, 1873, died February 19th, 1873
  • Emma Lewis, daughter of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley, born March 22nd, 1878, died November 2nd, 1879.
  • John Minor was born November 16th, 1785
  • Fannie Minor, his wife was born December 7th, 1787
  • Louisa R. Minor was born April 1st, 1811
  • E. Lewis died February 10th, 1871
  • Emmorine Minor was born December 17th, 1813
  • John H. Minor was born December 7th, 1815
  • Elizabeth Minor was born May 24th, 1818
  • William F. Minor was born March 28th, 1823
  • James H. Minor was born July 6th, 1825
  • Fannie E. Minor was born January 20th, 1827
  • Ben F. Minor was born January 28th, 1829

A notarized Lewis Family Paper:

  • William Joseph Lewis was married to his wife Catherine Linton Lewis the 15th day of May, 1766.
  • Joseph Lewis was born February 25th, 1740
  • Catherine Linton Lewis was born September 27th, 1748
  • John Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, was born October 21st, 1767
  • Hannah E. Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine, was born ? 11th, 1769
  • Joseph Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, was born on the ? day of 177?
  • Susanna Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine, was born May 9th, 1773
  • Mary Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine, was born June 15th, 1775
  • William Linton Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, was born December 8th, 1777
  • Note:  Hannah E. Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine Lewis, shown in record above, married John Lewis, her cousin.  This John Lewis, husband of Hannah E. Lewis, was the founder of the town of Lewisport, Kentucky, sometime between 1815 and 1816.
  • Note:  William Linton Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, first came to Nelson County, Kentucky, in the year 1815.  Thence to Hancock County, Kentucky, sometime between 1815 and 1816.
  • (William Linton Lewis was the great-great-grandfather of Mildred Dowell Woznuck and Dorothy Hodges Thrawley.)

Today In Genealogy History – May 9

Susan Lewis was born 240 years ago – May 9, 1773 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Susan was the daughter of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton.  She married her cousin, Daniel Lewis, son of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown.  Susan and Daniel Lewis had 7 children:  Linton, Matilda Brown, Jonathan Davis, Alfred Linton, Mary Rebecca, Elizabeth Catherine and John Joseph Lewis.  The family moved to Nelson County, Kentucky.

Today In Genealogy History – October 23, 2012

Matilda Brown Lewis was born 217 years ago – October 23, 1795 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Matilda was the daughter of Daniel Lewis and Susan Lewis.  She was named for her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Brown.  Matilda married John P. Hodges.  I have no information about children.  Matilda’s siblings were Linton, Jonathan Davis, Alfred Linton, Mary Rebecca, Elizabeth Catherine and John Joseph Lewis.

Today In Genealogy History – September 30, 2012

Hannah Eskridge Lewis and John Lewis were married 222 years ago – September 30, 1790 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Hannah and John were first cousins.  Hannah was the daughter of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton.  John was the son of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown.  John and Hannah had 8 children:  Catherine Linton, Thomas, Elizabeth Brown, Moses Linton, Elizabeth Berkeley, John Joseph, Susanna Rebecca and Hannah Ann Lewis.  The family moved to Hancock County, Kentucky.