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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.

Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference

This was a great weekend!  Ritchey and I attended the Louisville Free Public Library’s Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference on Friday and Saturday.  This was a FREE conference.  There were seven choices of lectures for each time slot – four each day.

I started with Using Google Earth to Pinpoint Your Ancestors’ Locations on Current Maps by Chris Hettinger.  Are you familiar with Google Earth?  It is a program you download to your computer.  You can enter any address or country or state and it will take you to that place – you can look at street views and other things.  But you can do so much more with it – and that’s what Chris Hettinger taught.  You can take an old map and overlay it on to google earth to find where your ancestors lived – and the same area in today’s world.

Phil DiBlasi, the Staff Archaeologist at the University of Louisville, gave a talk on 19th and 20th Century Burial Practices.  He gave information on the funeral and burial practices of these time periods, but also gave information on finding more information about unmarked graves – in which I was extremely interested.  Ground penetrating radar will show disturbed ground structure and excavation features, movement or voids caused by collapse of the coffin or casket, and sometimes the coffin or casket itself.  I want to do this at the Linton family cemetery in Washington County.  There are seven gravestones in the cemetery that is 52’ x 67’.  And through letters and other information I know there are more people buried there.  I’ve already started saving!

After a lovely lunch at The Brown Hotel we attended Digging Up Grandpa Without a Shovel by Sharon Withers.  As you may guess from the title, it is a revival of our ancestors through DNA testing, but Sharon also gave interesting information on the way bits and pieces from our ancestors come down to us.  How many of you have tested your DNA?  Ritchey and I both did an autosomal testing, and I have tested for my mitochondrial ancestry.

The final session we attended Friday was Walking the Paths of Earth No More: Finding Your Civil War Ancestor by Nancy Ritchey.  This was chocked full of information on sources and sites for records of Union and Confederate soldiers.  The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database is supposed to be exceptional – https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm.

After a good dinner at Pestos Italian and Persian Restaurant – with a friend we saw at the conference – it was an early night for me!

Saturday began with the keynote address by Dr. John Kleber, who talked about his Dutch ancestry and early migration to Kentucky.

Our first session was Researching Your Revolutionary War-Era Ancestors by Denise Hall.  Her program and handout was full of information and sources to prove your lineage from a Revolutionary War veteran.  One source that I had not considered as proof of lineage were deeds and land records.  Anyone can visit the DAR website – https://www.dar.org/.  Click on GRS at the top of the page to begin your search.

After a quick lunch at a sandwich shop we were back for Mastering Census Records by Jana Meyer.  I think the full amount of information located in census records is overlooked.  You do not only find names and ages of your family members, but occupations, where they and their parents were born, if they fought in a war, the address where they lived, how many years a couple has been married, how many children a wife has had and how many are still living, etc.  Not all information is found in each census, but if you search for the same ancestors in all available census records you can get a very good idea about the life of the family.

The last session we attended was Tackling Tough Cases with DNA – From Clues to Conclusions by Debra Smith Renard.  We were particularly interested in this one since Ritchey’s father was adopted and we wanted to know if he could still become a member of SAR using DNA tests to prove his lineage.  And you can!  At least with SAR, DAR is a little more particular.

Everyone I spoke with enjoyed the conference and found all sessions very valuable to their search for their ancestors.  Hopefully this will become an annual event!  I would highly recommend attending a genealogy conference – and there are many.  It will only give better insight into genealogy research.