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John Yates 1816 Will – Washington County

John Yates is my 4th great-grandfather.  I am unsure about his parentage.  He married Henrietta Cambron,, daughter of Henry Cambron and Margaret Harbin, November 6, 1798, in Washington County.  John’s will was written only three weeks before probate; evidently he knew he was on death’s door.

In the name of God, Amen.  I, John Yates, of Washington County and state of Kentucky, being infirm of body, but of perfect and sound memory, thanks be to God for it, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and constitute this my last will and testament in the manner and form following.

First, I recommend my soul into the

hands of God that gave it me, hoping that the merits of my Blessed Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, to receive the same again at the general resurrection, and my body to the earth, to be buried in decent form according to the direction of my Executrix or Executor, hereafter named.

Second.  After my just debts are paid I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Henrietta, all my estate, real and personal, during her natural life on condition hereafter named.  It is my will she should school my children, those that have not any schooling, to have two years, and whenever any of my children arrives at age 21 or marries, to have one of my estate, one horse for use, one cow and bed furniture and after the death of my wife, the residue of my estate, real and personal, to be equally divided amongst all my children.  And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint Henrietta, my wife, and Henry Fenwick, Executrix and Executor to this my last will and testament, revoking all other wills made by me, given under my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

John Yates

Signed and acknowledged in presence of William Wright, Robert E. Yates, James Austin.

At a County Court began and held for Washington County on Monday, the 13th day of May 1816.  This last will and testament of John Yates, deceased, was proven by the oaths of William Wright and James Austin, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Henry Fenwick, the Executor therein named, he having executed and acknowledged bond as the law directs, in the sum of seven thousand dollars and certificate is granted him and a probate thereof in

due form.  Henrietta Yates, the Executrix therein named appearing in court in person and refusing to qualify.

Atteste.  John Hughes

2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond Genealogy Conference

How many of you have ancestors that moved to Kentucky from Maryland during the 1785-1810 immigration of families to the counties of Washington, Marion and Nelson – and, also, Scott County and Breckinridge County, as I have recently discovered?  Are you attending the 2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond, Genealogy Conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, next weekend?  Ritchey and I will be there!  We will be in the vendor section, talking about genealogy and selling my CDs to those who are interested.

Holy Cross Catholic Church

In 1785 sixty families gathered in the Pottinger’s Creek area of Washington County (later to become Marion County).  Basil Hayden, Clement Johnson, Joseph Clark, James Dant, Philip Miles, among others, were those early settlers.  Holy Cross Church is the oldest Catholic church west of the Allegheny Mountains, built in 1792.

St. Charles Catholic Church

Some of these groups of families settled along Hardin’s Creek in 1786, worshiped in the home of Henry Hagan, until the first church was built in 1806 – my home parish of St. Charles Church located in St. Mary’s in Marion County, originally Washington County.  John Lancaster, James Elder, William and Andrew Mudd, Thomas and Ignatius Medley, Bennett Rhodes, and others made this area their home – and many of their descendants still live there today.

St. Francis Catholic Church

Also in 1786, a group of Maryland settlers intended to share the Pottinger’s Creek settlement.  They took flatboats down the Ohio River and landed at Maysville, known as Limestone at that time.  They found such beautiful land east of the river, in what was Woodford Count, later Scott, they decided to travel no further.  The first church was built in 1794, St. Francis.  It is the second oldest parish in the state.  The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600.  Names of those early settlers were Jenkins, Gough, Leak, Combs, Tarleton, Worland, Greenwell, and James.

St. Rose Catholic Church

In 1787 Philip Miles, Thomas Hill, Henry Cambron, Joseph and James Carrico, Thomas Hamilton, Basil Montgomery, many members of the Smith family, and others came to Cartwright’s Creek.  In 1798, they built a church known as St. Ann’s – and this is where many of the older members are buried.  The church was abandoned once St. Rose Church was built in 1806.  There is nothing in the field where St. Ann’s Church and Cemetery used to be.  This is the area most of my ancestors settled in – Montgomery, Carrico, Dillehay, Smith, Cambron and others – lived from those very early days until my grandmother died in 1986.  Such a rich heritage concentrated in one county – since my father’s ancestors also lived in Washington County from 1860.

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church

The Rolling Fork settlement – today in Calvary, Marion County – was established in 1798.  Leonard Hamilton, Robert Abell, Clement and Ignatius Buckman, John Raley and others left their marks here.  Ignatius Buckman was killed by Indians and was the first buried where Holy Name of Mary Cemetery is now.  The older portion of the cemetery is on a small knoll, at the back of the church.  The newer portion is across the small road that leads back to the cemetery, a nice, flat area with many gravestones.

Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral

Captain James Rapier, with his sons Charles and William, settled on southeast of what is now Bardstown, on Beach Fork of Salt River (Poplar Neck).  A few years later Thomas Gwynn, Anthony Sanders and Nehemiah Webb (originally a Quaker) settled close by.  The home of Thomas Gwynn, now the site of the Nazareth Community of the Sisters of Charity, was used for church services until St. Joseph Church was built in 1798 in what is now St. Joseph Cemetery.  The cathedral was built in 1816.  McManus, Reynolds, Howard, Lancaster, members of the Hayden family and William McQuown were early settlers.  Thomas Howard lived in the vicinity where St. Thomas Church is now located.  His home was used for church, and in 1810 he willed the farm to the church.    In 1812 St. Thomas Church was established.  Many old settlers are buried in this cemetery.

St. Thomas Catholic Church

The Cox’s Creek settlement in Nelson County was begun about 1792.  Some of my ancestors came to this area – Gardiner, Elder, Montgomery – along with Thomas Higdon, Richard Jarboe, Valentine Thompson, Hezekiah Luckett and Charles Wathen.  This is the oldest parish in Nelson County, located in Fairfield.  Unfortunately we have not visited this church and cemetery.

The County of Breckinridge was formed in 1799, but eight years previously, when a portion of Hardin County, it was settled by Leonard Wheatley, and soon followed by Richard Mattingly, Elias Rhodes, Barton Mattingly, Ignatius Coomes, William McGary and others.  Richard Mattingly’s house was used as a church until 1811, when St. Anthony was built.  Just found out about the Breckinridge settlement during my research – another to add to our list to visit!

There are many more settlers who came from Maryland to Kentucky in those early years.  It would be impossible to name them all.  This conference first began in 1990 when it was held at Nazareth, Kentucky.  In 1992, it was held in St. Mary’s at St. Charles Church; in 1994 in Cape Girardeau, Perry County, Missouri; and back in 1996 at St. Charles – the first time Ritchey and I attended.  In 1998, Owensboro, Kentucky, was the location, and we attended again.  In 2000 the gathering was held at Leonardtown, in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  2002 found the conference at St. Catharine Motherhouse in Washington County, which we attended; 2004 in Hannibal, Missouri.  2008 at the St. Thomas Farm in Bardstown; back in Leonardtown in 2010.  The last reunion was held at St. Catharine College in Washington County in 2014 – which was my first time to attend as a vendor.  This has been such a wonderful group of people!  I’ve made so many friends and found much information for my families!  If you have any family members that originated from Maryland, especially the counties of Charles, St. Mary and Prince Edward, you may want to come.  Perhaps I will see you there?

Original Marriage Bond – Yates & Cambron

Scan_Pic1308John Yates and Henrietta Cambron Marriage Bond

Washington County, Kentucky

Know all men by these presents that we, John Yates and Henry Cambron, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, and jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 6th day of November 1798.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Yates and Henrietta Cambron, for which a license has issued.  Now, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

John Yates

Henry Cambron

Witness Moses Price

Today In Genealogy History – November 6

Henrietta Cambron and John Yates were married 215 years ago – November 6, 1798 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Henrietta was the daughter of Henry Cambron and Margaret Harbin.  John was the son of John Estes Yates and Elizabeth Gaines.  Henrietta and John had 6 children:  John, Francis, Edward, Mary, Teresa and Henry Yates.

Gethsemani Abbey Cemetery List


Nelson County, Kentucky

Andrew Cahill 15 Feb 1864 s/o Patrick & Mary (Corniel) C., age 65
Alfred B. Cambron 27 Jun 1933 Pt. I.C.L. 60 Inf. 5 Div.
Frances Lima Cambron 12 Aug 1892 27 Aug 1973
Henry Cambron 12 Mar 1921
Regina Cambron 15 Dec 1947
Rose Cambron 01 Jul 1899
Edward Carlos 24 Jul 1896
William Casey 30 Jul 1896
Frank X. Castell, Sr. 03 Jul 1901 25 Apr 1983 h/o Irma A. Castell
Irma A. Castel 05 Nov 1905 03 Jul 1992 w/o Frank X. Castell, Sr.
Mary Ella (Coomes) Cecil 02 Aug 1909 25 Jun 1999
Thomas Jefferson Cecil, Sr. 16 Oct 1968
Alta (Whelan) Clark 26 May 1894 11 Feb 1944 w/o Bud Clark
Crit Clark 1868 1948 h/o Sudie Clark
Galena B. (Willett) Clark 1846 1932 w/o J. R. Clark
George Clark 17 Jul 1877 12 May 1904 s/o J. R. & Galena B. Clark
George Emmanuel Clark 15 Apr 1924 09 May 2005 h/o Nellie Marie Ice Clark
James R. Clark 22 Oct 1973
James R. Clark, Jr. 10 Oct 1886 27 Oct 1957 Pvt Co D 1 Inf Ky NG WWI
James Roland Clark 1846 1830
Joseph A. Clark 16 Mar 1900 14 Apr 1903
Lagora Clark 12 Feb 1894 14 Jul 1900 s/o D. C. & S. A. Clark
Nellie Marie Ice Clark 22 Nov 1928 w/o George Emmanuel Clark
Rebecca Jane (Willett) Clark 02 Feb 1875 11 Feb 1970
Sudie Clark 1873 1956 w/o Crit Clark
Sr. Clementia Cook, SL 27Jul 1822
George M. Coomes 1840 1900 h/o Margaret A. Coomes
John A. Coomes 1880 1949 s/o Margaret A. & George M. Coomes
Margaret A. (Mitchell) Coomes 1846 1927 w/o George M. Coomes
Mary Ella Coomes 1875 1899 d/o Margaret A. & George M. Coomes
Melissa A. Coomes 1866 1898 d/o Margaret A. & George M. Coomes
Rev. Dr. John Charles Cooper 1933 2000 h/o Victoria Ann Davis Quaint Cooper
Victoria Ann Davis Quaint Cooper 1947 w/o Rev. Dr. John Charles Cooper
James Cottle 20 Aug 1890
Thomas Cox 03 Nov 1863 s/o Thomas & Catherine (Farrel) C., Ireland, age 35

Today In Genealogy History – April 28

Henrietta Cambron Yates died 161 years ago – April 28, 1852 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Henrietta was the daughter of Henry Cambron and Margaret Harbin, born in 1783, probably in Maryland.  Henrietta married John Yates November 6, 1798, in Washington County, Kentucky.  They had 6 children:  John, Francis, Edward, Mary, Teresa and Henry Yates.

Today In Genealogy History – February 22

Raphael Cambron was born 215 years ago – February 22, 1798 – probably in Charles County, Maryland.  Raphael was the son of Henry Cambron and Margaret Harbin, who brought their family to Washington County, Kentucky.  Raphael married Mary O’Daniel in 1827.  They had 3 children:  Mary Ellen, James Madison and Caroline Frances Cambron.