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Revolutionary War Veteran John Alexander – Will 1830

Cumberland County, Kentucky, was formed in 1798 from portions of Green County, and named for the Cumberland River.  It shares the border with Tennessee.  Cumberland County is actually larger than my home county of Mercer, but much smaller in population – about 22 people per square mile.  It is a lovely county, much farmland, and we found the small Alexander/Davis Cemetery just south of Hwy 90 on Hwy 100. 

Buried there is Revolutionary War veteran John Alexander and his family.  John was from Goochland County, Virginia, and was a captain in Lee’s Continental Troops.  John moved his family to Cumberland County about 1805.

John Alexander’s will was written in 1825, and he died five years later.  His wife, Lucy, died in 1815.  Eleven children and two grandsons were named in his will.  Given the amount of slaves he owned he must have been a wealthy man.  He died October 17, 1830.

Cumberland County Will Book B   Page 427-428

I, John Alexander, of the county of Cumberland and state of Kentucky, being weak in body but of a perfect and sound mind, do make this my last will and testament.  After my just debts being paid I do hereby dispose of all my worldly goods in the following manner.  To wit, I give to my son Thomas Alexander, two Negroes named Isaac and Polly.  I give to my son John M. Alexander, two Negroes named Jacob and Lewis.  I give to my daughter Sarah C. Barton, two Negroes named Agnes and Jarret, one feather bed and furniture and bedstead.  I give to my son Ingrum Alexander, one Negro man named Peter.  I give in trust to my son John M. Alexander and Reuben Alexander, for the use and benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Smith, one tract of land whereon she now lives containing one hundred and twenty-five acres, more or less, and two Negroes named Jim and Jack Jr., and one featherbed and furniture and one bedstead, and at the decease of Thomas Smith, and his present wife Elizabeth, the said land to be equally divided between his two sons, John M. Smith and Thomas Smith.  I give to my son Robert Alexander, two Negroes named David and Bayson.  I give to my daughter Obediance Gearheart, one Negro man named Jack, Sr., and thirty-five dollars in lieu of one feather bed and furniture.  I give to my son Reuben Alexander, one Negro man named Patrick, and that part of my tract of land whereon I now live, that lies on the upper or west side of the creek that divides the plantation, and my family Bible, and one fourth part of my stock of cattle and one third part of my stock of sheep and one third part of my stock of hogs, in quality.  I give to my son Joseph Alexander, one Negro man named Adam, one cow and calf now in his possession and two hundred dollars in the hands of J M P V R Alexander.  I give to my son Philip Alexander, one Negro man named Valentine and all that part of my tract of land that lies on the south end side of the creek that runs through the plantation whereon Robert Alexander formerly lived.  I give to my daughter Susanna Hall, one Negro woman named Suda, her two children, with all her future increase during her natural life, and at her death to be equally divided amongst the heirs of her body,

one cow and calf, and two ewes, or the value thereof, and two feather beds and furniture, now in her possession.  It is my will and desire that the Negroes hereafter to be devised should not be sold out of the family, and if there should be any money due from one legatee to another in the divisions, the money so coming from one legatee to another shall have the indulgence of the payment thereof eighteen months, and the balance of my estate that is not given away in this instrument of writing shall be equally divided so as to make all their proportions equal with what they have had, equally amongst the following named persons – Thomas Alexander, J. M. Alexander, Sarah C. Barton, Ingrum Alexander, Obediance Gearheart, Susan W. Hall.  It is my will and desire that all the within named legatees should be in harmony amongst themselves, but if any of them attempts to overset or destroy this my last will and testament, he or she or anyone for them, that legatee so attempting shall forever forfeit his or her legacies given them in the above instrument and the same shall be equally divided amongst those peaceful legatees.  I do hereby appoint John Wash, Sr., and James Baker and John M. Alexander to execute this my last will and testament in every part and particular thereof or any two of them, witness my hand this fifteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five.

John Alexander

Test. Isaac McBee, John Wash, Sr., Longston Pace

Kentucky, Cumberland County

I, Milton King, Clerk of the county court for said county, do certify that the foregoing last will and testament of John Alexander, deceased, was produced in open court at the November term, 1830, proven by the oaths of the two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to record, and the same is truly copied of record in my office in Will Book B, Page 427.  Given under my hand this 6th of January 1831.

Milton King

John Alexander, Kentucky.  Sgt. Lee’s Legion, Continental Troops, Revolutionary War, October 17, 1830.  Alexander/Davis Cemetery, Cumberland County, Kentucky.

Coburn Family Buried at Maysville Cemetery

When Ritchey and I visited the Maysville Cemetery this past fall I was super excited to find these older stones!  Very similar to my Captain John Linton’s stone, it didn’t surprise me to find they died around the same year.  Notice the leaning stones in the following photo – I was on the ground trying to get a good shot!  Anything for genealogy!  Even on scene they were difficult to read – especially due to the position of the sun – so I took a video to record the information.  But, as you can see, the photos turned out nicely!


Final resting place of John Coburn family, Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

John Coburn, son of James Coburn, was born in Philadelphia in 1762.  He became a lawyer, and moved to Fayette County, Kentucky, in 1784.  Two years later John married Mary Moss, August 26, 1786.  Mary was the daughter of Hugh Moss, a Revolutionary War soldier from Goochland County, Virginia, who died in 1780 from wounds suffered during the war.

Scan043 1According to this list of family members, said to be written by Judge John Coburn, there were ten children born to John and Mary.  There is an additional child listed, probably a first grandchild.  The following is taken from this list:

  • John Coburn, son of James, was born August 28, 1762.
  • Mary Coburn, wife of John, was born October 22, 1770.
  • They were married August 26, 1786.
  • Molly Coburn, daughter of John and Mary, was born June 6, 1787.  she died July 7, 1788.
  • John Coburn, son, was born the 10th of March 1791; he died the 11th of August 1804.
  • James Coburn, son, was born 22nd of January 1789.
  • Wilson Coburn (rest of line is blurred and torn.
  • America Coburn was born 25th May 1796.
  • Anna Wilson Coburn was born 26th February 1798.
  • Virginia Coburn was born 12th May 1800.
  • Mary Forde Coburn was born 20th March 1802.
  • John Coburn was born November 18th, 1804.
  • Henry William D. Lansiure Coburn was born the 20th January 1807.
  • G. W. Coburn was born March 18, 1821.


Sacred to the memory of John Coburn who was born August 28, 1762, and departed this life February 10, 1823, in the 61st year of his age.


In memory of Mary, Consort of John Coburn, died September 27, 1835, in the 66th year of her age.


In memory of Ann Adams who departed this life May 16, 1831, aged 33 years.

This is Anna Wilson Coburn, daughter of John and Mary, who married Gilbert Adams.


John Coburn, Junr., died 11th of August 1804, aged 13 years.


In memory of John Coburn who departed this life May ?, 1832, aged 27 years, 5 months and 13 days.

Two sons named after their father.  The first, a child of thirteen, died August 11, 1804.  Mary Coburn was expecting at this time, so when the infant boy was born November 18th of the same year, he was named for the son who was taken by death.


In memory of John James Coburn, infant son of John and Ann Coburn, who departed this life September 28, 1825(?), aged six months and two days.

Grandson of John and Mary.


In memory of Francis T. Coburn who was born January 8, 1810, and died May 5th, 1840, aged 40 years, three months and 28 days.

There is something unusual about the positioning of these stones – far too close together for normal burial.  Do you think these graves were moved from another location, possibly the family farm, to Maysville Cemetery?  Anyone have any information?

Robert Russell and Malinda Parrish

IMG_8691Robert Russel, born in Petersburg, Virginia, August 6, 1792, died June 20, 1873.  Malinda Russel, born in Goochland County, Virginia, May 14, 1795, died March 15, 1877, Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Robert Russel was the son of Robert Russel, Sr., and Janet Robinson, both born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The parents married and came to America shortly thereafter, their first child being born at sea during the journey.  Robert was born in Petersburg, Virginia, August 6, 1792, and came to Kentucky at the age of eight years.

Robert, Jr., married Malinda Parrish April 28, 1817, in Mercer County, Kentucky.  Malinda was the daughter of Nicholas Parrish, a soldier of the War of 1812, born May 14, 1795, in Goochland County, Virginia.

Robert was a brickmaker and mason.  He built Centre College Home in 1820 and nearly all the first brick buildings in Danville.  Boyle County was formed from Lincoln and Mercer counties in 1842, with Danville as the county seat.

In the 1850 census of Boyle County Robert is listed as 58, a brick maker, Malinda, 51, Edward, 30 and Josephine, 22.  In 1860 Robert is 67, Malinda, 62, and son Robert, 37.  In 1870 Robert, 77, and Malinda, 72, are living alone.  One additional daughter, Isabelle, is not listed in any census record.  She married John Andrew Lyle September 27, 1852.