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1814 Will of Thomas Lewis – Nelson County

I think we need a little background on Thomas Lewis.  He was a son of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown, born in Loudoun County, Virginia, about 1772.  His siblings were John Lewis, who moved to Hancock County, Kentucky; Daniel and Vincent Lewis who settled near Bloomfield in Nelson County, as did Thomas; and a sister Rebecca Lewis, not sure where she lived.  Daniel and Vincent Lewis are named as Thomas’ executors, and each receive ¼ of his estate.  Brother John died in 1813, and his children received ¼ part.  Sister Rebecca is given 1/8 of the estate, as is her daughter, Thomas’ niece, Rebecca Machan.  I can find no marriage for Rebecca Lewis, but that must be her married name.

Thomas was considered the chief business advisor for his family.  His death was a tragedy for his family in many ways.  From approximately mid-1819 to the first years of the 1820’s Kentucky was in an economic panic.  The great acres of land that Thomas left his family were possibly a curse rather than a blessing, since during this time the value of land was less to nothing, and yet property taxes still had to be paid.

Thomas Lewis married Ann Langley, the widow of John May.  At her death he received half of her husband’s estate, the other half going to her two children, John Langley and Mary May.  Thomas did not have children.  My Captain John Hancock Linton is an uncle of Thomas Lewis.

Thomas Lewis’ Will

Will Book A, Pages 129-131, Nelson County, Kentucky

I, Thomas Lewis, late of the town of Petersburg and State of Virginia, now in the State of Kentucky, being in good health and sound mind, do make this my last will and testament in manner following.  To wit, I hereby give and devise the whole of my estate (both personal and mixt rights and credits to me in anywise belonging, held either in my name or in the name of others for my use and benefit) unto my brothers Vincent Lewis and Daniel Lewis, their heirs, executors, etc., in trust for the following purposes.  First to pay all my just debts and secondly (after retaining to themselves a reasonable compensation for their trouble in settling my business) to divide the balance into eight equal parts and to retain in their hands two eighth parts for the use and benefit of the said Vincent Lewis and his heirs forever.  Two other eighth parts for the use and benefit of the said Daniel Lewis and his heirs forever, one eighth part for the use and benefit of my niece, Rebecca Machan; one eighth part for the use and benefit of my sister Rebecca Lewis and her heirs forever; and the other two eighth parts for the use and benefit of the children of my brother John, deceased; provided however if my said trustees should think proper they may within three years after they shall have qualified and undertaken said trust, put out one thousand dollars upon good security upon interest for the use and benefit of my said niece, Rebecca Macham or retain the same in their own hands, paying interest thereon each and every year to the said Rebecca or to some other person for her maintenance in place of the said eighth part of my estate, for and during her natural life and then to pay on the said one eighth or one thousand dollars (which ever they shall first elect to pay) to such of the relations of the said Rebecca Machan as they may think proper, provided it be not to them, the said Vincent and Daniel, or either of them or either of their descendants, and provided also that if my father shall by his will, give the plantation upon which he lives to my sister Rebecca, then in lieu of the one eighth of my estate, my trustee shall pay her the sum of five hundred dollars only, with interest.  Thereupon from two years after they shall have qualified to act or if my father should give her any part of said plantation less than the whole, then my said trustees may either pay to her the one eighth part of my estate or one thousand dollars within three years after

They shall qualify to act as aforesaid at their option, and as to the two eighths part devised in the first for the use and benefit of the children of my deceased brother, John, my desire is that the same shall be considered as a part of my said brother’s estate and to go to his children precisely as directed by his last will and testament.  And his executrix and trustee, heirs, etc., to have the same power over it as the other part of the said decedent’s estate.  It is my will and desire that my said trustees do settle the business of my estate as soon as practicable with convenience to themselves and in order to enable them to do so they are hereby authorized to enter into compromises for the adjustment of titles to all my lands and land clams where the same shall in any manner be disputed to enter into arbitration respecting the same and finally to do and act with the said lands as well as with all part or parts of my estate, rights and credits as if the property was their own and they were acting for themselves.  And in order to ascertain the amount of my said estate as soon as possible I would advise them to sell my lands and land claims from time to time, whenever in the opinion they can get what they are or shall be worth and upon such credits as they may think best and most to the advantage of my said estate and from time to time divide the proceeds of the said lands as well as of the slaves and other property, first deducting a reasonable compensation for their trouble, and all expenses attending the business from time to time.  And I hereby further empower my said trustees to make sale of all my slaves in the State of Virginia if they should think proper to do so hereby appointing my said brothers Vincent and Daniel, Executors of this my last will and testament, and hereby declaring all others by me at any time heretofore made wills void.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand seal this twenty-seventh day of April in the year of our Lord Christ, 1814.

Thomas Lewis

At a County Court held for Nelson County on the 20th day of December 1819

The above writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Thomas Lewis, deceased, being exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of Vincent Davis, Richard Rudd and

General James Cox, all of this county, to be wholly in the handwriting of the said deceased and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Vincent Lewis and Daniel Lewis, the executors therein named, they having given bond with Vincent Davis, Hezekiah Murphy, Thomas Duncan and James Allan, their securities in the penalty of $10000, conditioned as prescribed by law, and having taken the oath of the law in such case directs, it is ordered that a certificate of probate of said will be granted them.

Test. Ben Grayson, County Clerk

Young Pepper – Confederate Soldier -Takes Oath of Allegiance

Young Pepper, Private, Co A, 30 Tenn Inf., Confederate States Army, 1843-1873.  Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

My interest was piqued the other day looking at the photos of gravestones in Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.  It was not only the name, Young Pepper, but the fact that he was a Confederate soldier from Tennessee, who died in 1873.  With a little research it was easy to find some of his paperwork on the Fold3 website.

This is a record of monthly pay and clothing allowance from 25 November 1861 to the 31 day of October 1862.  $123.20 pay, and $25 for clothing

Young Pepper enlisted with the 49th Tennessee Infantry, Company C, on November 25, 1861, for a one year term beginning December 24, 1861.  In February of 1862 the Tennessee merged with the 30th and 50th Tennessee infantries and was assigned to Fort Donelson, although this fort was taken by the Union army at the end of the month.

After the fall of Fort Donelson, Young Pepper was detailed to carry Richard Pepper home.  Evidently Richard was wounded during the battle.  Richard Pepper was Young Pepper’s uncle – a much younger brother of his father, Wesley William Pepper.  Young Pepper returned to his command November 22, 1862.

In 1863 the 49th fought during the Vicksburg Campaign.  It was during this time that Young Pepper was taken prisoner – July 17, 1863.  He was taken to Fort Delaware prison.  He arrived after the influx of prisoners taken at Gettysburg, which led to horrible conditions.  Water was putrid, and food was scarce.  Scurvy, smallpox and severe malnutrition were prevalent.  Many of the men resorted to eating rats.

Pepper’s prisoner of war papers read as follows:  Young Pepper, private, age 21, height 5’10’, dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, residence – Springfield, Tennessee, occupation – farmer, enlistment – December 1861, where – Springfield, Tennessee, by Benton, one year enlistment, regiment – 49th Tennessee Infantry, Company C, released on oath, November 11, 1864, date of order, November 7, 1864.

The oath of allegiance papers – Desired to take oath of allegiance, captured July 17, 1863, residence Robertson County, Tennessee, bondsman Thomas Pepper, will return to Tennessee and remain a loyal citizen.  Released on oath, November 11, 1864.

But this still didn’t answer the question why he was buried in Kentucky, back to research.  Young Pepper was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, 6 September 1843, to Wesley William Pepper and Perney Young.  Wesley and Perney were married 12 November 1842.  Perney died during childbirth.

In the Robertson County records I found guardian records for Young Pepper, guardian was his father, Wesley W. Pepper.  The one above is from 1855.  I believe this inheritance to be from his maternal grandfather, Abraham Young, who died July 31, 1847.  Young would have received the share of inheritance due his deceased mother.  In the 1860 census Young Pepper is shown with a personal estate listed at $1,600.  W. W. was also guardian for his younger brother, Richard Pepper, who son Young Pepper carried home from the war.

Four years later W. W. married Mary F. Solomon.  The couple had four children together – Bromfield C., Sarah F., Thomas and William Wesley.

W. W. Pepper was a Circuit Court judge of Robertson County. He died February 1, 1861, and three of the children died the same year.

W. W. Pepper did not leave a will. His brother, Thomas Pepper, was executor of his estate. Above is a receipt for $20 given to Young Pepper ‘to defray my expenses to Alabama, May 15, 1861.’  Did this have something to do with the impending war?

The purchases of Young Pepper from R. J. Featherstone & Co. for the year 1861.  Domestic, line, thread and buttons, cotton, muslin.  In November, getting ready to leave for war, he purchases one woolen comfort, serving silk, a silk handkerchief, material, suspenders.

Mary Solomon Pepper married her brother-in-law, Thomas Pepper, before 1870.  In the census for that year are listed Thomas, 37; Mary F., 38; Young, 26; and W. W., 11.

Young Pepper married Mary D. Henry married shortly after the 1870 census.  Mary was the daughter of J. M. Henry and Harriet Villuies.  Young died January 25, 1873.  During that short time the couple had two sons – John W. Pepper, who died shortly after birth, and Young Pepper, Jr., who was born February 6, 1873.

After his death Mary married F. M. Woodard December 7, 1875.  Their marriage certificate gave the following information – F. M. Woodard, born Robertson County, Tennessee, 45, 2nd marriage, farmer, married Mary D. Pepper, born Simpson County, age 32, 2nd marriage, married John Henry’s.  F. M. died within a few years.  In the 1880 census of Simpson County, Mary and son Young Pepper are living with her parents.  How sad to be widowed twice before the age of 40!

It wasn’t until I found the death certificate for Dr. Young Pepper, Jr., that I realized why his father was buried in Simpson County, Kentucky.  It gives his father’s birthplace as Robertson County, Tennessee, and his mother’s as Simpson County, Kentucky.  Now, even though I know this information for his mother to be false, since she and her parents are listed in the 1850 census of Robertson County, Tennessee, living with grandparents William and Mary Villuies, aged 45 and 43, from North Carolina.  J. M. Henry, son-in-law, 30, clerk; Harriett, 25; and daughter Mary, 6, all born in Tennessee.  This is a good example that it sometimes is best to check several sources.  Especially with census records, it is easy for the head of household to forget the correct birth year, birth place, etc.  In 1860 the Henry family is living in Simpson County, Kentucky, where they remained.  Perhaps Mary Pepper wanted her husband to be buried close to her, since she returned to her family in Kentucky.

Mary, daughter of J. M. and H. Henry,  born 1842, wife of Young Pepper, after his death F. M. Woodard, died January 4, 1899.  Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

Mary Henry Pepper Woodard died January 4, 1899.  She was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery with her husband, Young Pepper, and son, Dr. Young Pepper, Jr.

Dr. Pepper was well-known as a physician, as well as a gardener!

Doctor Young Pepper, 1873-1947.


May 21 – Happy Wedding Day!!!!!

Bourbon Cty., KY John Adkins married Elizabeth Stokewell 21 Mar 1789
Woodford Cty., KY Stephen Weekly married Betsy Arnold 21 Mar 1790
Mercer Cty., KY John S. Taylor married Sarah Gibson 21 Mar 1792
Mercer Cty., KY James Ritchey married Mary Armstrong 21 Mar 1794
Mercer Cty., KY Simon Pancake married Rebecca French 21 Mar 1796
Harrison Cty., KY Isaac Griffith married Polly Easton 21 Mar 1797
Green Cty., KY John Mayes married Elizabeth Griggs 21 Mar 1797
Harrison Cty., KY Joseph Barker married Sally Jordan 21 Mar 1798
Mercer Cty., KY Matthew Dueast married Susanna Newton 21 Mar 1798
Pendleton Cty., KY Dudley Dunaway married Sarah Yelton 21 Mar 1803
Mercer Cty., KY Thomas Carr married Peggy Buchanan 21 Mar 1804
Mercer Cty., KY Thomas Prather married Marian Lawrence 21 Mar 1804
Mercer Cty., KY James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford 21 Mar 1808
Mercer Cty., KY Thomas Chiles married Isabella Clark 21 Mar 1809
Washington Cty., KY Zachariah Constable married Mary Knott 21 Mar 1809
Washington Cty., KY Zachariah Brown married Mary Brown 21 Mar 1811
Washington Cty., KY John Phillips married Anne Dean 21 Mar 1815
Washington Cty., KY Thomas Pearce married Polly Bland 21 Mar 1816
Washington Cty., KY John Brown married Margaret Smothers 21 Mar 1820
Lincoln Cty., KY Jenkins Kirkpatrick married Mariah Hiatt 21 Mar 1820
Washington Cty., KY Stephen Brown married Mary E. Davison 21 Mar 1821
Washington Cty., KY George Gallany married Rebecca Benter 21 Mar 1822
Washington Cty., KY Banister Jones married Malinda Miller 21 Mar 1822
Washington Cty., KY Moses Norris married Keziah Tucker 21 Mar 1826
Washington Cty., KY Benjamin W. Moody married Nancy Moody 21 Mar 1832
Washington Cty., KY Samuel S. Fowler married Mary Kimberlain 21 Mar 1834
Washington Cty., KY Thomas Burns married Presha Ward 21 Mar 1839
Washington Cty., KY Squire Wakefield married Emeline Young 21 Mar 1839
Woodford Cty., KY Charles L. Barnes married Elizabeth Moss 21 Mar 1844
Lincoln Cty., KY Christopher Leavel married Mary Ann Bryant 21 Mar 1849
Washington Cty., KY William Funk married Rachel Pinkston 21 Mar 1857
Washington Cty., KY R. P. Hays married D. C. Burnett 21 Mar 1862
Washington Cty., KY Charles T. Mock married Paralee Brady 21 Mar 1862
Washington Cty., KY James B. Logan married Ruth Jane Coulter 21 Mar 1864
Washington Cty., KY Charles Beavers married Margaret Thompkins 21 Mar 1867
Washington Cty., KY Thomas C. Richardson married Mary A. Scrogham 21 Mar 1869
Washington Cty., KY Robert Sea married Rebecca Jane Sewell 21 Mar 1873
Washington Cty., KY James Simpson married Mickie E. Gritton 21 Mar 1880
Washington Cty., KY Logan Shehan married Mary M. Curtsinger 21 Mar 1883
Washington Cty., KY Jacob Simpson married Mary C. Corn 21 Mar 1886
Marion Cty., KY Foster Ray married Maggied Edmonds 21 Mar 1894
Marion Cty., KY George P. Wade married Jennie V. Mattingly 21 Mar 1894
Marion Cty., KY J. T. Daugherty married Sallie Russell 21 Mar 1901
Marion Cty., KY Clea Allen Courtwright married Mary Emily Coffman 21 Mar 1942
Mercer Cty., KY James McClane married Mary Brenton 21 May 1792
Bourbon William Anderson married Elizabeth Miller 21 May 1793
Mercer Cty., KY Richard Huff married Nancy Davis 21 May 1795
Scott Cty., KY Elijah Barrett married Eliza Perry 21 May 1796
Mercer Cty., KY Levi Hale married Catherine Tucker 21 May 1796
Washington Cty., KY Samuel McElroy married Mary Wilson 21 May 1796
Harrison Cty., KY John Ward married Nancy Level 21 May 1796
Mercer Cty., KY Michael Dolan married Patty Minor 21 May 1798
Garrard Cty., KY Jesse Keeny married Dorcas Moberly 21 May 1798
Washington Cty., KY Evans Watkins married Rachel Rounder 21 May 1798
Washington Cty., KY Christopher Irvine married Mrs. Joan Hardin 21 May 1799
Mercer Cty., KY Charles Humphreys married Sally Cowan 21 May 1800
Mercer Cty., KY William Martin married Elizabeth Whoberry 21 May 1804
Washington Cty., KY Thomas Thompson married Priscilla Ferguson 21 May 1806
Washington Cty., KY Samuel Faulkner married Betsy Graham 21 May 1808
Mercer Cty., KY Jesse Long married Mary Rowland 21 May 1809
Washington Cty., KY William Willis married Patsy Clarke 21 May 1812
Washington Cty., KY John Husband married Elizabeth Stallings 21 May 1817
Washington Cty., KY James Whitecotton married Ann B. Riney 21 May 1817
Washington Cty., KY Reuben B. Miller married Lucinda Bradburn 21 May 1818
Washington Cty., KY Adam F. Schooling married Elizabeth Hurst 21 May 1818
Washington Cty., KY Walter O’Daniel married Nancy Cambron 21 May 1821
Washington Cty., KY William Daugherty married Ruth Graham 21 May 1827
Washington Cty., KY Samuel McLean married Keziah Martin 21 May 1827
Washington Cty., KY John Sanders married Maria Sallee 21 May 1832
Washington Cty., KY William Greenwood married Elizabeth M. McAfee 21 May 1833
Washington Cty., KY Major Sapp married Eleanor Easton 21 May 1833
Washington Cty., KY William H. Reed married Frances A. Tucker 21 May 1838
Washington Cty., KY Martin Curtsinger married Mary Elizabeth Lynch 21 May 1843
Washington Cty., KY Hamilton G. Franklin married Mary E. Brady 21 May 1849
Washington Cty., KY Berry Mays married Margaret Young 21 May 1849
Washington Cty., KY William L. Creel married Mallison Pirtle 21 May 1857
Washington Cty., KY Irvine Southerland married Permelia Jane Hilton 21 May 1857
Washington Cty., KY Miles Saunders married Margaret R. Booker 21 May 1863
Washington Cty., KY James West married Emily Barnes 21 May 1867
Washington Cty., KY Andrew Linder married Martha E. Hayden 21 May 1871
Washington Cty., KY George M. Green married Mary Rich 21 May 1872
Magoffin Cty., KY John W. White Risner married Manda Marchall 21 May 1877

A Visit to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County

Saturday Ritchey and I visited the beautiful St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, as you can see from the photos – deep blue skies, white fluffy clouds and lots of sunshine, but a moderate temperature of about 80 degrees.

The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600.  Doesn’t that sound amazing in today’s world?  This is the oldest parish in the Covington Diocese, and was a pioneer mission for East Kentucky.  The parish, second oldest in the state, was formed by Maryland settlers who arrived in 1786; the first church was built about 1794.

The cemetery is across the road from the church – small, but very beautiful.  Trees and several benches give visitors the chance to sit and enjoy the cool breeze while contemplating all those who have gone before.

I was amazed at how old the stones are – there are several Revolutionary War soldiers buried here.  I share with you today seven gravestones representing some of the oldest people buried in this cemetery.

Sacred to the memory of Bennett Greenwell, born December 7, 1761, died July 12, 1838, aged 77 years.  Revolutionary War soldier.

Sacred to the memory of Allouisa Gough Greenwell, consort of Bennett Greenwell, born November 28, 1784, died May 8, 1842, aged 58 years.

In memory of Mrs. Matilda Combs, consort of James Combs, born 28th January 1788, and departed this life 8th February 1839, aged 51 years and 11 days.

James Combs, born August 7, 1772, died April 13, 1852.

Sacred to the memory of John B. Gough, who was born February 29th, 1767, and departed this life February 19th, 1839, aged 72 years.

Sacred in memory of James Twyman, born June 17, 1761, died February 22, 1834, aged 73 years.  Revolutionary War soldier, orderly, sergeant, guard and Indian spy, Virginia.

Elizabeth Jenkins, born June 25, 1785, died November 9, 1862, aged 77 years.

Appleman and Adkins Obituaries

Obituaries – Bracken County, Kentucky

Nicholas J. Appleman

October 1, 1943

Nicholas J. Appleman, 73, well-known farmer, living on the Augusta-Minerva Pike, about three miles from Augusta, was found dead in his bed early Friday morning, October 1, 1943. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

News of the passing of this good citizen came as a shock, not only to the immediate family, but to residents of Augusta and the surrounding territory as well. A familiar figure on our streets, Mr. Appleman, on Tuesday evening preceding his passing, had attended a card party sponsored by the Mary Martha Society of St. Augustine Church at the Parkview Hotel, and seemed to be in the best of health and spirits.

Well known throughout Bracken and Mason counties, Mr. Appleman was a substantial and dependable citizen, and was liked by all. He was a man of worthy character, a devout member of St. Augustine Church, and a man who will be greatly missed in the community.

Mr. Appleman was born in Bracken County on February 12, 1870, a son of the late Fred and Katherine Staunton Appleman, and had spent his entire lifetime in the county.

Surviving are four sons and four daughters, all of whom reside in the vicinity of Augusta. They are Edward, Bernard, Thomas Frederick and Charles Appleman, Mrs. Fred Welte, Mrs. Joseph Ulrich, Mrs. James Weldon and Mrs. Carl Goecke. Also, he leaves a brother, Fred Appleman, and a sister, Mrs. Thomas Coughlin, both of near Augusta. Mrs. Appleman, to whom he had been married forty-four years, preceded him in death in 1940.

Requiem High Mass was intoned Monday morning at nine o’clock at St. Augustine Church by the pastor, the Rev. M. E. Tierney.

Interment, under the direction of the H. B. McClellan Funeral Home, followed in the Catholic Cemetery on the Hill.


William O. Adkins

May 1936

The following taken from the Kentucky section of the Cincinnati Enquirer of Monday, May 25, tells of the death of W. O. Adkins, who married Miss Louise Fagan of Chatham, who is known to many of this county.

William O. Adkins, retired Covington postal official, died yesterday at his home, 105 Dixie Place, Fort Thomas, after a month’s illness. He was 75 years old.

Mr. Adkins, who had served under four Covington Postmasters, entered the government service March 3, 1899, in Cincinnati. He was transferred to the Covington Post Office July 1, 1900. He was promoted to the office of cashier June 1, 1906.

On February 1, 1914, he became Superintendent of the Latonia Station. After serving six years in that position he was returned to the main Post Office as clerk in charge of distribution of mails. He retired in 1926 after 27 years in the mail service.

Mr. Adkins was a member of Latonia Lodge, Knight of Pythias.

His widow, Mrs. Louise Fagan Adkins; one son, Audrey F. Adkins, Elwood, Indiana; one daughter, Miss Antha Adkins; one sister, Mrs. C. B. Necamp, Long Island, New York and two brothers, J. E. Adkins and E. E. Adkins, Houston, Texas, survive him.

Services are to be held tomorrow with burial in Highland Cemetery. T. M. Swindler, Latonia, is in charge of funeral arrangements.