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Hugh McElroy’s Diary

Hugh McElroy, born September 19, 1795, died February 8, 1877.  Susan Frances, wife of Hugh McElroy, born December 29, 1807, died June 22, 1844.  ‘She had a smile for the joyous, an ear of sympathy for ill, and in act of kindness for all within her reach.’  Cemetery Hill, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

If only all ancestors left diaries with the everyday happenings and the history they remember about their ancestors!

Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor and Others, from newspaper articles

Hugh McElroy’s Diary

January 1, 1870.  This day I have read a long account of my grandfather, Anthony Hundley, and his family in the Christian Observer of December 22, 1869.  They moved from Charlotte County, Virginia, to this country in the year 1793, seventy years ago.  He settled on Pleasant Run near Sandusky’s Station.  The Indians were very troublesome on the road which they traveled.  They traveled with a large number of emigrants, as alone was very dangerous.  There was not a human habitation except a fort at Laurel River beyond the Cumberland Mountains and between Beams station at Crab Orchard in Kentucky.  Indian deprivations along the line were frequent.  On the route they saw the newly made graves of a large number of persons who had been massacred at night while encamped after a day’s journey.  My mother, then a young lady, and seventeen, was one of the company.  About the same time, my grandfather, Hugh McElroy, moved from Pennsylvania to this place and built the first brick house in the county.  Many of the bricks are now in this house I now live in, between the weatherboards and plastering.  My father helped to make them before I was born.  He married my mother in 1794 and I was born in 1795, 74 years ago.

June 30, 1873.  Sixty years the 20th of next November I came to this town (Springfield) to live, as a store boy with Mr. Elias Davison.  I lived with him six years.  I commenced my fourth year with him before I lost my first whole day.  My salary the first year was $50, the last year $100.  This has been a very wet, rainy Sabbath day and the first time I have been detained from Sunday School this year.

Deaths, 1873.  Ben E. Montgomery died last October, age 80 years.  Judge Booker on May 11th, age 87 years.  May York Sandusky on May 21st, age 80 years.  All these were neighbors.  Old Mrs. Briles died on the 9th June, age 97.

November 1, 1874.  Died this day, cousin William McElroy, 99.  July 18th Mr. Charles Powell died, age 83, and Presley Briles, age 74.

This day, September 19, 1873, I am 78 years old, have lived in Springfield 60 years, have been a school teacher over 40 years and superintendent over schools 20 years.  The cholera has been bad in several counties.  Lebanon and Marion County has suffered much, 84 deaths, most in the county.  Our town has escaped and very few cases in the county.  The Yellow Fever is very bad in the towns south, particularly in Memphis and Shreveport.

In October 1871, while at Louisville, I met an old uncle, Joel Hundley, which I had not seen for 20 years, he had come to Louisville to see his sister, Aunt Jane Thomas.  Courier Journal describes the meeting as follows:  A Romantic Meeting.  Mr. Joel Hundley and Mrs. Jane Thomas, as brother and sister, met in this city at the house of John H. Thomas, son of the venerable lady on Saturday last, after an absence of 54 years.  Mrs. Thomas was born in Virginia at the Charlotte Courthouse, in 1793, he was born in 1791, making her 78 years old and him 80.  She arrived here from her residence in Litchfield, Kentucky, and he, being informed of the fact, started from his home in Mt. Washington, after a late breakfast, and walked to Louisville, a distance of 21 miles to see her.  The meeting of so long a separation was a happy one.  His walk is remarkable, considering his advanced age, but it is not the first long tramp he has taken.  In olden times, before steam boats and railroads were known, and when flat boats were the only means of transportation down the river, he often made the trip from New Orleans to Kentucky on foot.  Mrs. Thomas is the mother of O. W. and J. H. Thomas.  Mr. Hundley is the father of Doctor Hundley.

September 19, 1874.  This day is my birthday, 79 years old.  How thankful I ought to be.  I never had better health in my life and have no pains in my limbs, yet I cannot walk without help, owing to my getting crippled ten years since.  I ride to my counting room in town every day and have missed but one or two days from Sunday School this year.

Taxpayers for Lots in the Town of Springfield 1817

I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817.  I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s.  Do you have anyone on this list?

This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor

A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.

Note:  In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.

George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.

To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection.  By Order of the Board of Trustees.  April 11th, 1817.  Attests.  John Hughes, Jr., CBT.

1794 Will of Hugh McElroy – Washington County

Hugh McElroy, and brothers James and Samuel, emigrated from Prince Edward County, Virginia, to Kentucky in 1789.  They were sons of James McElroy and his wife, Sarah, natives of Ireland.

Hugh McElroy was born in Pennsylvania; married Esther Irvine in Virginia, before coming with his brothers to what is now Washington County, Kentucky.  When the county was formed in 1792, the county Court established the first jail in a cabin belonging to Hugh McElroy.  Several settings of the Court were at his home previous to the building of the Courthouse. 

In 1794 Hugh McElroy fell victim to the epidemic of smallpox that swept the county that year.

Hugh and Esther McElroy were the parents of ten children – James married Rosa Hardin, then a Mrs. Dorsey, no issue; Margaret married Captain John Muldraugh, a pioneer settler in the Rolling Fork neighborhood (for him the submountainous range of over 100 miles in length and known as ‘Muldrough’s Hill’ was named); Sarah married a Sandusky and left a small family; Mary married first John Simpson and second, John McElroy, her cousin, a son of Samuel McElroy; John married a Miss Hundley; Hugh, Jr., married a Miss Dorsey; Samuel married a Miss Weston and his family moved to Missouri and Texas; Robert Abraham married Dicia Hundley and left a small family; William married a Miss Crawford and left issue; Elizabeth died single.

Above information from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky by Orval W. Baylor.

Will Book A, Pages 27-29

(Corners of the pages were difficult to read.)

hm-will-aIn the name of God Amen.  I, Hugh McElroy, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, being sick and weak of body, but of sound memory, do this thirtieth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety four make and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following (to wit).  First my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid.  I then lend to my loving wife Easter McElroy the house and tract of land whereon I now live, three Negroes (to wit) Beck, Tom and Jack, three horses and one mare of her own choice, all the plantation tools, one half of the household furniture and one third part of

hm-will-bthe cattle and sheep during her life.  I give to my son James McElroy a Negro boy by name Len, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son John McElroy a Negro boy by name Sie, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Samuel McElroy a Negro boy by name Dick to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Hugh McElroy a Negro boy by name Ned, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Peggy Mulder a Negro girl by name of Kitty, to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Sally Sodusky a Negro boy by name Stephen, to her and her heirs forever, also twenty pounds to be paid out of my estate at the decease of my wife.  I give to my daughter Mary Simpson a Negro boy by name Fleming, to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth McElroy a Negro girl by name Rose, and the house and lot in town to be sold and the money arising therefrom, also a feather bed, a horse worth fifteen pounds and riding saddle to her and her heirs forever.  At the death of my wife I give to my son William McElroy the tract of land whereon I now live, also the roan mare’s stallion colt to him and his heirs forever.  My will and desire is that the remainder of my lands, stock and household furniture be equally divided between my four sons, ?, Samuel, Hugh and Abraham McElroy.  My will and

hm-will-cdesire is that at the death of my wife my son Abraham McElroy shall have my Negro boy Jack and my son William McElroy to have Tom or any other that my wife may think proper to let him have.  My will and desire is that at the death of my wife all the moveable property lent to her and not otherwise disposed of be equally divided between all my children.  My will and desire is that my son William and daughter Elizabeth McElroy be schooled out of my estate.  My will and desire is that my stills be disposed of as my wife may think proper.  And I hereby appoint my loving Wife, Easter McElroy, Executrix, and my sons James and John McElroy, Executors, to this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Hugh McElroy

In presence of us, John Irvine, Philip King, Thomas King

At a County Court held for Washington County the 5th day of June 1794.  This was proved by the oaths of John Irvine and ? King, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto.  Ordered to be certified.  And at a County Court held for the said County the ? day of July 1794.  The same was fully proven.



Early Union County Marriages

from History of Union County, Kentucky, Perrin, 1886

Isaac Higgins and Christina Berethel, January 11, 1815; Henry Green and Nancy Williams, June 1, 1815; John Grimes and Lucy Davis, June 1, 1815; James Lynn and Agnes Ramsey, July 11, 1815; Moses Blazer and Prudence Webb, July 25, 1815; John Slocumb and Ebony Cypert, August 1, 1815; John B. Clemens and Susan Culver, August 27, 1815; Thomas Benthel and Polly Forrester, October 20, 1815, married by Hugh McElroy, Esq.

I. Y. W. Pierson and Purity Pennington, January 17, 1815; Martin B. Griffith and Nancy Greer, January 26, 1815, were married by Thomas Ezell, Minister of the Gospel.

Peter Wilkerson and Rebecca Sibley, August 15, 1815; Samuel Skinner and Abigail Canada, July 23, 1815, were married by Claiborne Duval, ‘agreeable to the rites of our church’.

In the year 1816, Hugh McElroy, Esq., married the following couples:  Philip I. Hailman and Nancy Johnson, February 10; William Dyer and Anna Harris, February 15; Stephen Williams and Lucy Wallace, February 25; Solomon Stone and Jane Gray, June 1; Harrison Wilson and Nancy Waggener; Daviel V. Belman and Ann Clemon Dyson, August 31; Samuel Pool and Nancy White, September 12; James M. Jones and Artemesia t. Wilsom, December 20; David Mayberry and Elizabeth Williams, December 20.

1817 – Thomas James and Judith Finnie, January 2; James Miller and Polly Herod, January 15; Joseph Vaughn and Priscilla Hendrix, January 28; Asa Turner and Nancy, Pool, February 19; Hugh Knox and Lydia Johnson, March 22; William Anderson and Nancy Hammack, July 10; Benjamin Pullum and Sally Blackwell, July 11; Joel Blackwell and Polly Davis, July 23; Benjamin Dye and Annie Hendrix, January 28; George Turner and Sallie Smith, August 3; Thomas Pullum and Priscilla Skinner, September 11; Jesse marks and Jane Dillon, September 15; Samuel Drenan and Cele Given, October 2; Peter W. Floyd and Emily Pool, October 2; Richard Dodge and Sarah Wallace, November 22; Thomas McMurry and Margara Waller, December 12.  All of the above marriages were solemnized by Hugh McElroy, who seems to have possessed a ‘corner’ on the marrying market.  Other marriages in 1817, were Nathan M. Harris and Nancy Davis, December 6, by J. H. Dorris; and John Dale and Nancy Hale, by Thomas Evans.

William Nourse – Elizabeth Jameson Marriage Return

Scan_Pic1681Mercer County Court

These are to license and permit you to join together in the Holy State of matrimony William Nourse and Elizabeth Jameson according to the rites and ceremonies of your Church and for so doing this shall be your sufficient warrant.  Given under my hand this thirtieth day of January one thousand seven hundred & 90.  Hugh McElroy

To any minister of the gospel legally authorized to solemnize the rite of marriage.

(Notice that the name of Thomas Allin, County Clerk for Mercer County, has been scratched through.  He was county clerk until 1833.  Perhaps he was away at this time.)

Scan_Pic1682February 9th, solemnized by me Robert Stubbs.

History of Marion County – McElroy Family

This history of Marion County, Kentucky, I know very well.  In the summer between my senior year of high school and first semester at college I worked at our local public library – in Marion County.  Having spent many, many hours there in the previous several years, going through census records – micro fiche – no books at that time! – and pouring over the county histories and family histories for records of my family – I was very familiar with the library, and excited when I was hired!  One of my tasks, other than shelving books, checking out customers, etc., was to type an extra copy of this history by W. T. Knott!  There are perhaps 100 pages.  We did not have copy machines (1975) so if you wanted an extra copy it was typed!  I was fascinated with the book – so loved every moment of my typing assignment!

The first part I will share with you is about the author – and his genealogy.  This is the third of three parts.

from The History of Marion County by W. T. Knott

The Author

Part 3

Genealogy of the McElroy Family

The genealogy of the McElroy family is meager, but interesting.  The first now known of the name were contemporaneous with John Knox of Scotland, and they were the ancestors of the McElroys of Marion and Washington Counties.  They have kept the tradition that their ancestors were active participants in the establishment of the “Solemn League and Covenant” of 1636.  Being opposed in their desire to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences and being denied all offices of trust and all privileges, they became very bitter in their opposition to the British government.  Consequently, early in the eighteenth century, they sought homes in the American colonies, settling for the most part in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and the Carolinas.

From the best information at hand, it was about 1730 when James McElroy and Sarah McCue (or McHugh), his wife, first located in New Jersey.  They afterward removed to Pennsylvania and finally to Virginia, locating in (now) Campbell County, in 1760.  All of their children were boys:  John, Archy, Hugh, Samuel and James.  The father was a farmer, whose principal crop was tobacco, which, for the want of money, was common currency in Virginia in those days.  The father and his sons were ever ready to respond to frequent calls to arms on account of the French and Indian Wars and the greater war of the Revolution.  They were in many battles in Virginia and campaigns on the Pennsylvania border.  Samuel and several of his brothers were present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.

John and Archy, sons of James McElroy, removed to South Carolina, and were the progenitors of the McElroys in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and some of the southern counties of Kentucky.  Three of the sons of James married three sisters, who were daughters of John Irvine.  Hugh married Esther, Samuel married Mary, and James married Margaret Irvine.  These women were daughters of a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian minister.

Hugh McElroy and John Irvine, his brother-in-law, with their families, removed from Campbell County, Virginia, to Kentucky in 1787.  McElroy settled in Nelson (now Washington) County, and Irvine in Lincoln (now Boyle) County, near Danville.  In 1789, September 4, Samuel and James, with their wives, followed Hugh to the “wilderness of Kentucky,” and settled in Nelson (now Marion) County, near Lebanon.

Of these Samuel (the great-grandfather of William T. Knott) and his wife, Mary Irvine, had issue as follows:  Sarah, born 1767, married Alexander Handley; John, born 1769, married (first) Miss Copeland, (second) Mrs. Simpson; James, born 1770, died young; Hugh, born 1772, married Miss Gilkie: Margaret, born 1773, married James Wilson; Abram, born 1774, died young; William, born 1776, married (first) Keturah Cleland, (second) Mary Kirk; Samuel, born 1777, married (first) Mary Briggs, (second) Jane B. Grundy; Mary, born 1778, married William McColgan; James, born 1780, married Esther Simpson; Abram, born 1780, married Miss Redford (James and Abram were twins); Elizabeth, born 178-, married George Wilson; and Nancy, born 178-.

The children of William McElroy (1776) and Keturah Cleland, his wife, were:  Maria Irvine McElroy, born 1805, who married Joseph P. Knott, October 10, 1822 (parents of William T. Knott); Eliza, born 1807, married (first) Isaac Everhart, (second) T. P. Gibbs, (third) Isaac Withrow; Philip E., born 1809, married Lydia Gibbs; Harriet Paulina, born 1811, married A. S. Mays; Margaret, born 1814, married Samuel T. Ray.  The children of William McElroy and his second wife, Mary Kirk, were:  Paul Irvine, married Sue McElroy; Robert Lapsley, married Lizzie Hughes; Cecil Scott, married Fannie Brown; Lucy Ann, married Samuel T. Ray (after the death of his first wife, who was her half sister); William T., married Eliza Cassidy; James Franklin, married Mary Chapman; Samuel Rice, married Belle Reed; Keturah, married Dr. George Hubbard, and Sarah, who died young.

James Proctor Knott, son of Joseph Percy and Maria (Irvine) Knott, and brother of William T. Knott – the principal subject of the foregoing sketch – was born in Marion County, Kentucky, August 28, 1830.  After receiving a common school education, he was professor of natural science in the Lebanon Seminary; practiced law in Lebanon; removed to Missouri, where he practiced law; was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1860; was elected to the Missouri Legislature; was attorney-general of that state during the Civil War; returned to Lebanon and was a member of Congress from that district for twelve years, 1867-71 and 1875-83; was governor of Kentucky, 1883-1887; and is now dean of the faculty of the law department of Centre College at Danville, Kentucky.

Stith Thompson Noe Biography

Stith Thompson Noe, born August 3, 1834, died November 7, 1886 – Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

               from Kentucky Genealogy and Biography Volume V

Stith Thompson Noe is the fifth of a family of twelve children born to Alexander K. and Jane B. (Thompson) Noe.  Alexander Noe was a native of Lincoln County, Kentucky, born in 1800.  He moved to Washington County when about sixteen or seventeen years of age, and was a resident of the same until his death in 1864.  He was a farmer and resided in what is known as the Pleasant Grove neighborhood, six miles north of Springfield.  Jane E. (Thompson) Noe was born in 1807 and died in 1880.  the following are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Noe:  Isaac, James, John, Martha, Stith, Robert A., George A., Thomas W., Sallie Catherine, Mordecai H. and Edward H.  Stith T. Noe was born in Washington County August 3, 1834.  He was reared to agricultural pursuits and received a fair English education in the country schools, which he attended at intervals until his eighteenth year.  He commenced life for himself at the age of twenty-one as overseer, for Hugh McElroy, with whom he remained for five years.  He then effected a partnership with S. L. Sharp, they carrying on farming quite extensively for seven years.  He afterward purchased a farm near Springfield, upon which he resided for one year and then purchased a second place on the Bloomfield Pike, northeast of the county seat, where he resided about one year.  He bought a third farm near Springfield about 1879, and one year later purchased his present beautiful home place of 470 acres in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood, where he has since resided.  Mr. Noe is one of Washington County’s most successful farmers and stock raisers.  He is emphatically a self-made man, having begun life with no capital, and by untiring industry and skillful management accumulated a handsome competency.  He was married, May 28, 1861, to Miss Mary E. Graham, daughter of John Graham of Boyle County.  Five children have been born to this marriage:  Hugh M., Lizzie L., Sarah A., Arvin G. and Mary W.  Mr. Noe is a member of the Baptist Church, with which he has been identified since 1856.  He is a Democrat in politics, but never aspired to official position.  Mrs. Noe is a member of the Methodist Church.