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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?

Will of Edward Hagan

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Edward Hagan was the father of Mary Polly and Nancy Hagan who married Moses and William Linton – two brothers from Nelson County, Kentucky.  In reading the will I believe son Henry to be from a previous marriage – he is not listed as the son of Mary Hagan.  What do you think?

Will of Edward Hagan – Nelson County, Kentucky

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Edward Hagan, of Nelson County and State of Kentucky, being in a weak and low state of health, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.

First, as to my Earthly remains to be decently interred at the Holy Cross Church and my soul to my creator from who I received my being and temporal goods and as to my worldly possessions it is my will and decision that all my just debts be paid out of the money due me by note.  I then will and bequeath to my three
children, namely, my son James, my daughter Polly and my daughter Nancy a good bed and furniture then to such as I now have to each child, and further more to my son James my little grey mare.

Secondly, to my loving wife Mary Hagan I will and bequeath all the balance of my Estate – both real and personal for her use and benefit during her single life or widowhood, reserving a home and maintenance for my three above mentioned children with my loving wife, their mother, it being my will and desire that they remain and labor under the control of their mother during their single or unmarried state of life.  It is further my will that my two daughters should receive a moderate and suitable education, not charged to them as a portion of their estate.  But in case my loving wife Mary Hagan should hereafter marry, it is then my will that she have the third part of my Estate as tho I had died intestate, and furthermore thereto my Negro girl Lucinda during her life, and then at her death my Estate thus willed to her to return to my heirs and be divided as hereafter expressed.  And whereas I have heretofore given to my son
Henry Hagan three hundred dollars, it is my will that each one of my other three
children namely James, Polly and Nancy, receive the same amount of money out of my Estate, and then the residue thereof to be equally divided among my four children, Henry, James, Polly and Nancy.  And lastly I constitute my loving wife Mary Hagan and my son Henry Hagan joint executors of this my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in the presence of the subscribing witnesses this 14th day of November 1830.

Edward Hagan

Attest.  William Hayden, Mary Hayden

At a County Court began and held for Nelson County at the Courthouse in Bardstown on the 9th day of May 1831, this last Will and Testament of Edward Hagan, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oath of William Hayden a subscribing witness thereto and also that Mary Hayden, the other subscribing witness thereto subscribed her name in his presence and at the request of the Testator, whereupon the said will is ordered to be recorded.

Attest. Nathaniel Wickliffe, Clerk