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1803 Will of Michael Blain – Breckinridge County

The surname was written Blain and Blane within the will.

Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Will Book 1, Pages 2-3

In the name of God, amen.  I, Michael Blain, of the County of Breckinridge and State of Kentucky, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory, for which I thank God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Mary Blain, the plantation I now live on, containing one hundred and fifty acres, be the quantity within the lines laid off for me more or less, that is to say the said Mary is to have the whole use and benefit of the improved lands, house, cabins, barns, etc., during the life of the said Mary and further I desire that the said Mary shall have all my personal estate so long as the said Mary shall live, or until the legatees of the said Michael shall arrive at age or marry.  I give and bequeath to my son, James Blain, ten pounds in property to be paid to him at the time when my son John Blain gets possession of the plantation I now live on.  I give and bequeath to my son Michael Blain one hundred and fifty acres of land, it being the land  where the said Michael now lives and I give and bequeath to  my daughter, Mary Wilson, one cow and calf to the value of five pounds in property.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Blain, an equal division of my personal property which I not willed away, with the two legatees that are younger than her.  I give and bequeath unto my son, John Blain, the plantation whereon I now live at the death of my wife, Mary, or if the said John should want to improve any uncleared lands within the said trace before the death of the said Mary,

he has the privilege of improving it and receiving the benefits thereof, also to receive an equal division of my personal property with my daughters Elizabeth and Deborah.  I desire that my son, John Blain, shall pay the before mentioned ten pounds to the said James Blain at the time mentioned.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Deborah Blain, an equal division of my personal property with my daughter, Elizabeth, and my son, John.  I desire that should there be increase of my stock it shall be equally divided amongst the three last mentioned and lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my loving wife, Mary Blain, Thomas Kincheloe and James Ferry, Executrix and Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this first day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and three.

Michael Blain

Signed, sealed and delivered as and for the last will and testament of the above named Michael Blain in presence of us:  James Ferry, Thomas Kincheloe

At a Court held for Breckinridge County on Monday the nineteenth day of September 1803.  The within writing purporting the last will and testament of Michael Blain, deceased, was proved by the oath of Thomas Kincheloe, a witness thereto and ordered to be certified.  And at a Court held for said county on Monday the seventeenth day of October 1803.  The said will was fully proved by the oath of James Ferry, a witness thereto and sworn to by Mary Blain, the Executrix therein named and ordered to be recorded.

Attest.  J. Allen

1901 Wedding of Hermia Louise Northup and Francis Burchard Harrington

After typing an obituary or a wedding announcement, as in this case, I always try to find more information to add to my article.  What I found was rather sad, and I almost decided not to publish this blog, but since life isn’t always kind, I decided I would.  More information at the bottom.

Hermia Louise Northup was a daughter of Jay Northup and Emma Eliza Wood, both born in New York.  In the 1880 census of Lawrence County, Kentucky, Jay was 37, Emma was 36, Mary was 11, Pheba was 5; Hermia was 3 and Emma was six months.  Twenty years later, in 1900, only the two youngest daughters remain at home.  Jay and Emma have been married 33 years, and of eight children, four are living.

Louisa, Kentucky, is the county seat for Lawrence County.  In 1900 there were a little more than a thousand people living there; one hundred years later the population has doubled – still not a metropolis.  I love small towns – everyone knows everyone, people are close and even small things are exciting – much less a society wedding!

The Big Sandy News, Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky

Friday, October 11, 1901


Of One of Louisa’s Most Charming Young Ladies

A wedding of more than usual interest to Louisa people occurred at Ashland, Wednesday of this week.  At eleven o’clock, a.m., on that day, Miss Hermia Louise Northup, of Louisa, became Mrs. Francis Burchard Harrington, of Albany, New York.  The marriage took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell, the latter being the bride’s sister.  Rev. W. H. Hampton, of the Episcopal Church, spoke the fateful words that bestowed the new name upon one of our most lovable girls.

The spacious parlors were artistically decorated in palms.  To the strains of the Lohengrin Wedding March, by the Leroy Orchestra, the bridal party entered.

Miss Emily Northup, youngest sister of the bride, acted as maid of honor, while Mr. Tensck, of New York, was groomsman.

The bride wore a magnificent gown of white Louisine crepe.

The affair was kept so quiet that only members of the family knew anything of the arrangements.  Friends had expected the event to occur soon, but were taken unawares at last.  The inefficient train service up this way was the principal reason for having the wedding occur in Ashland.

The bride is the third daughter of Col. Jay H. Northup, our most prominent businessman.  It is customary to shower words of praise upon brides, oftimes without strict regard for the merit in the case.  But here is an instance in which it is genuine pleasure to write of the graces and good qualities of the bride, for she possesses them in an unusual degree.  To say that she is a general favorite is to give that common term its fullest meaning.  Her amiability and sweet disposition, her kindly interest in all and cheerful greetings for each, have won for her the friendship and admiration of all who know her.  It is safe to predict that in her new home she will win her way to the hearts of all as she has here.  She possesses marked ability as an artist, and it was while pursuing studies in this line in the east that Mr. Harrington met her.

Mr. Harrington is the son of a prominent and wealthy New York railroad man, and he himself is engaged in the same occupation, holding a responsible position on the New York Central system.  He is known as an exemplary young man.

No invitations were issued and only the immediate families and a few friends were present.  The wedding party from New York came in the private car “Idler”.

The young couple left Ashland at 1 o’clock, going to Cincinnati and, after a brief wedding tour, will go to Albany, their future home.

I can’t say exactly what happened between Hermia Louisa Northup and Francis Burchard Harrington, but I cannot find them together at any point after the marriage.  In the 1910 census of Albany, New York, Francis B. is living with his father, Francis A., just the two with a housekeeper and three servants.  I cannot find Hermia in any 1910 census.  In 1920 she is living with an aunt and uncle – T. F. and Pheba E. Wallace, in Lawrence County.  Hermia is listed as ‘widowed’.  In 1930 it is just she and her aunt, and she is listed as divorced.  In 1940 Hermia is still in Lawrence County, her sister Emily, brother-in-law John Turner, and nephew John Turner live with her.

Hermia Louisa Northup died November 24, 1945, in Eastern State Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky.  ‘Hospital records’ is listed as the informant on the death certificate, with unknown for birthplace and parents’ names and birthplaces.  I find this very sad – was no one with her when she died?  Eastern State Hospital has been a psychiatric hospital since 1817.  I presume the 1-16 length of stay on the above record was days – we know it could not be years.

Now, just so we don’t end on a sorrowful note, I did find in The Big Sandy newspaper that Hermia lived a full life.  There were numerous mentions of her in the columns visiting family members, going on trips, having people to visit, etc.  She never remarried and had no children. 

A List of Marriages – Jessamine County – 1799-1800

A List of Marriages

  • March the 6th day 1799 married James Tockett to Polly Howard
  • March 21st day 1799 married William Drake to Agnes Cunningham
  • April the 9th day 1799 married Joseph Kennedy to Eleanor Sellars
  • April the 11th day 1799 married William Moore to Patsy Boles
  • July the 14th day 1799 married Benjamin Williams to Nancy Williams
  • October the 21st day 1799 married Alexander Wilson to Polly Johnson
  • December 31st day 1799 married Charles Kain to Jane Holm
  • January the 9th day 1800 married Joseph Smith to Peggy Johnson
  • February 13th day 1800 married John Kennedy to Sarah McCoun

George Smith, Minister

Jessamine County Clerk’s Office

John and Eliza Murphy Lillard Buried In Cloverport Cemetery

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Silas Lillard.  He is a brother to the above named John Lillard.  The brothers were born in Boyle County, Kentucky, sons of Barnett Lillard and Elizabeth Dicken.  When grown, the men moved to Breckinridge County and lived near the town of Cloverport.  In the 1900 Census of Breckinridge County John was 57, Eliza was 54, daughter Anna was 16, and brother Silas was 67.  At some point the family moved to Cloverport Road in Hancock County (Cloverport is on the border between the two counties.).

John Lillard and Eliza Murphy married in Breckinridge County the 6th of December 1882, at J. V. Murphy’s – most likely the father of the bride.  The witnesses were Charles E. Lightfoot and F. M. Ragsdale.  The groom was 40 and the bride’s age was given as 36, but according to her birth date she would have been 38.  Since it was a later in life marriage the couple had one daughter, Anna, born in 1884.

John and brother Silas were prominent farmers in the area, and were well-liked in their community.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 7, 1906

John Lillard’s stroke was very serious, although he lived another six years.

From his death certificate we learn the name of John Lillard’s parents.

John Lillard, 1842-1912.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 2, 1921

Surprisingly, Eliza Murphy Lillard also suffered a stroke, just like her husband, and she lived another seven years.

Eliza Murphy Lillard, 1844-1928.

Anna Lillard married Frank C. English.


Beautiful Woman from Arbroath Scotland

This beautiful woman is from Arbroath, Scotland.  The huge sleeves are from the late 1890’s.  The high neckline and rosettes are also from this time period.  She has just a sense of sadness on her face, but that is not unusual.

The photo was taken by Geddes and Son Photographers in Arbroath.  Arbroath was a Pict village from the Iron Age.  William the Lion built an Abbey there in 1178.  The village was very small for many years, The Declaration of Arbroath was signed in the Abbey in 1380, after the Battle of Bannockburn, by 38 Scottish Lords who agreed to the independence of Scotland.  The Abbey, although a ruin today, is a popular tourist attraction.

Abel Hunt Sarah McRay 1836 Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents that we, Abel Hunt and Pennington Ladd, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current month, the payment of which well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly, severally and firmly by these presents.  Sealed and dated this 27th day of January 1836.

The condition of this obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound Abel Hunt and Sarah McRay.  Now should there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

Abel Hunt, Pennington Ladd

Witness, James H. Letcher, Clerk

1811 Will of George Gray Tyler – Prince William County Virginia

George Gray Tyler, son of William Tyler, of Prince William County, Virginia, was a brother to the Sarah Tyler that married John Augustine Linton in the same county.  John Augustine Linton was a cousin to my Captain John Hancock Linton.  Captain John was a grandson of John Linton and Anne Barton; John Augustine was a great-grandson. 

Occoquan Bay Area

Since they lived in the same area, the upper portion of Occoquan Bay, which is now the area known as the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, it seems only natural that John Augustine would be an executor and manager of George G. Tyler’s estate after his decease.  This land was originally owned by Martin Scarlett, and was devised to his wife, Ann Green Scarlett, at his death, ‘To wife, Ann, land of Occoquan and Marumsco Creek.’  Land on the southmost branch of Marumsco Creek to Edward Barton.  Edward Barton’s daughter married John Linton and thus the land passed to them and their descendants. Martin Scarlett’s gravestone is on this property – he died in 1696.

John Augustine Linton Family Cemetery

George Tyler died in 1811; John Augustine Linton died eleven years later.  There are documents signed after that date by Sarah Tyler Linton concerning the estate.

This will was written September 29, 1811, and proved in court November 4, 1811.  George Tyler must have been very ill and knew he was going to die.  The will mentions children, but only one son, William Tyler, is named. 

I, George Gray Tyler, of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia, do make the following my last will and testament.

It is my wish and desire after my just debts are paid that the whole of my estate, both real and personal, should be kept together and managed as it has been heretofore by myself, and my children be educated and supported out of the profit, thereof, and as they arrive at age or get married or at any other period my Executor hereinafter named shall think proper to allot off such part of my real or personal Estate as they or a majority of them or their survivors in their discretion may judge advisable so that in a final division of my property my children shall all have an equal share.  It is my wish and desire that whenever my son William has his part given up to himself that his part of the land should be laid off so as to take in my dwelling house and other out houses belonging thereto, the new part of the dwelling house I wish to be underpinned and the chimney finished and such other parts finished as my Executor may think proper.  It is my desire that if any estate should yield more profit than will maintain and educate my children that my Executor should lay out such profit or overplus in any kind of property they may think proper for the benefit of my children.

And lastly, I constitute and appoint my brothers, Charles Tyler and William Tyler, my friend John Linton, and my son William Tyler, Executors to this my last will and testament, hereby vesting them or their survivors with the Executorship of my said Estate and further it is my wish that my friend John Linton should be the superintender and manager of my said estate until it is given up to my children.  In witness whereof I have hereunto fixed my seal and subscribed my name this 29th day of September 1811.

George G. Tyler

Acknowledged to be the last will and testament of the subscriber, George Gray Tyler, in the presence of us, G Stith, John E. Cooke, Solomon Ewelt, Jr.

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County, November 4, 1811.

This last will and testament of George G. Tyler, deceased, was presented to the Court and being proved by the oath of G. Stith, is ordered to be certified.  And at a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for said County, March 2, 1812.  This said will was fully proved by the oath of Solomon Ewelt, Jr., and ordered to be recorded.

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions continued and held for Prince William County June 6, 1815

John Linton, one of the Executors named in the last will and testament of George G. Tyler, Deceased, came into Court and made oath to the same according to law and having performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.