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Theodore Jennings Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State; Perrin, Battle and Kniffin, 1888

Jefferson County

Theodore Jennings was born in Greencastle, Indiana, June 7, 1850, and is a son of Theodore C. Jennings, a miller, and an early settler of Indiana, who emigrated from Kentucky.  His mother was a daughter of Joel and Mary Yager, natives of Jefferson County, Kentucky.  The subject of this sketch was educated principally in the State University at Bloomington, Indiana.  In 1872 he engaged in a general merchandise business at Utica, Indiana, and in 1876 engaged in the drug business, which he followed until April, 1881, when he sold out and removed to Jeffersonville, and took charge of Lewman and Bros. drug business until 1884, when he came to Louisville, and engaged in the same business with F. Bender, on Shelby and Jefferson streets.  Having read medicine for ten years, he began attending a course of lectures in 1885, at the Louisville Medical College, graduating in 1887, and at once commenced practicing.  His office is at 909 East Jefferson Street, Louisville.  Dr. Jennings was married, in 1872, to Miss Maggie Summers, niece of James and Margaret Hobson, of Utica, Indiana, by whom he has three children: Anna, James and Maggie.  His wife died May 25, 1880.  He was next married, October 11, 1884, to Miss Maud Fogle, a daughter of Ebenezer Fogle, of Marion County.  By this second marriage he has one daughter, Nellie M. Jennings.

Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference

While at the Maryland to Kentucky Conference in Owensboro last month, I met the fine people from the Louisville Free Public Library announcing their two day Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference.  The conference will be held at the main library in Louisville, at 301 York Street, on August 25th and 26th.  And it’s free!

This looks like a wonderful conference – eight conference tracks with such interesting topics as

  • Researching Your Revolutionary War Era Ancestors
  • Using Google Earth to Pinpoint Your Ancestors’ Locations on Current Maps
  • History of Navigation on the Ohio River
  • Genealogical Gems of the SAR Library Collection
  • Digging Up Grandpa Without A Shovel – Parts 1 & 2
  • Walking the Paths of Earth No More:  Finding Your Civil War Ancestor
  • 18th and 19th Century Burial Practices
  • Developing Your Library Collection
  • Comings and Goings:  Migration Routes of Your Ancestors

and many more!  There are seven choices during each of the eight time periods.  A few are repeated.

A plus for any librarian, you earn continuing education units (CEUs) for each session you attend – a total of nine for the two days!

Visit their website for more information and to register online.  See you there!

1782 Will of Zephaniah Blackford of Jefferson County

So many interesting things about this will!  Fort Nelson became Louisville, Kentucky.  In 1781 Colonel George Rogers Clark was stationed there where he led expeditions against the Shawnee Indians.  Zephaniah Blackford evidently knew him well enough to purchase land from him.  

Since no wife is mentioned, Zephaniah Blackford was not married, so he chose the daughters of his brother Reuben to receive his legacies, as well as his brothers and sisters.  The mention of his nursery on Fish Creek, and the number of apple trees he gives make me want to call him an early Johnny Appleseed!  Fish Creek is off Nolan River, now located in Mammoth Cave National Park, in Edmonson County. 

Zephaniah must have been a religious man, setting aside $200 for the use of the Baptist Society to preach the gospel ‘where none but darkness to be found.’

The land purchased of Captain George Rogers Clark on the mouth of the Kanawha is now located in West Virginia.  Fort Jefferson was constructed upon instructions by then Governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, he putting Clark in charge.  After the fort was built a small settlement by the name of Clarkville had some settlers make it their home, but the Indian raids caused the fort and settlement to be a disaster.  It was to have been built at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, today near the town of Wickliffe, Kentucky, in Ballard County.

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Zephaniah Blackford, Conductor of Military Store in the Interior Department, now residing at Fort Nelson, being of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following.  First and principally I resign my soul to God Almighty, and hope for salvation thro the merits of my blessed redeemer Christ.  As to my temporal estate I dispose thereof as follows.  I do name and constitute my brother, Reuben Blackford, to be my sole executor.  I will that all my just debts and funeral charges must first and immediately be paid.

Imprimis.  I give my Birth Right and all my property of whatever kind in East Jersey unto my brother and sisters that may be in that provenance at my decease be equally divided between them in quantity and quality to them.

Item.  I give unto my brother, Reuben Blackford, my wearing apparel and surveying instruments and all my bills and receipts from the state of Virginia and also here my settlement and presumption at Fish Creek and the six hundred acres of land I have up the Kanawha that was bought of John Savage, and two town lots I bought of Captain George R. Clark at the mouth of Big Kanawha and all rights to two town lots and appurtenances that was Jacob Shillings at Clark Ville, Fort Jefferson, to him and his heirs and assigns for him or them to sell or dispose with at phases, my just debts to be paid out of the same and two hundred dollars for burial and likewise for the use of a Baptist Society that may for future years be used in the Illinois Country and in support of the Gospel where none but darkness to be found, if demanded five years from the present date.

Item.  I give unto my niece Hannah Ruth, daughter of brother Reuben Blackford, it is my desire to use her as if she were my own daughter, I give unto her my land that is known by the falls of Blackford Manor on the Wabash River two leagues at Vincennes consisting of fourteen hundred and forty acres and appurtenances and land as entered in that office by the name of Levi Blackford, William Blackford, Oliver Blackford, George Blackford,

Richard Blackford, Moses Blackford, Isaac Blackford and Henry Blackford, to remain her and her heirs of blood forever.  I give unto her five hundred apple trees to plant on the above land out of my nursery at Fish Creek of the second choice, she to take possession of all the lands at eighteen years of age.

Item.  I give unto my niece, Phoeby, the second daughter to my brother Reuben Blackford, as a token of my friendship to her, land opposite to the town of St. Vincennes over the Wabash, containing three hundred and sixty acres of land entered in that office by my name and forty acres of this being what I bought of John Cardinne, to remain her and her heirs of blood forever.  I give unto her five hundred apple trees for the use of the said land out of my nursery aforesaid, the third choice, she may take possession at the age of eighteen years.

Item.  I give unto my niece Elizabeth, the third daughter of my brother, Reuben Blackford, as a token of my friendship to her, my land I bought of Randall White and one lot of my father, John Blackford, entered in that office, the whole containing three hundred and twenty acres of land to her and her heirs of blood forever.  I give her five hundred apple trees, of the fourth choice.  She may take possession of the premises at eighteen years of age.

Item.  I give unto my friend, Yates Conwell, as a token of the friendship I always had for him, seven hundred apple trees of my nursery at Fish Creek, the first and best choice of the said nursery.

I do deny all wills, testaments, legacies, before this time and this only do I maintain to be my sole will and last testament.  Perhaps I may add one or more codicils to this hereafter, but the rest and residue of my real and personal estate whatsoever after payments of my debts, funeral charges and legacies, I give to my brother, Reuben Blackford, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.  In witness where of I hereunto set my hand and seal the 12th day of May in the year of our Lord 1782.  Amen.

Zephaniah Blackford

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Zephaniah Blackford, for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto set our names, as witnesses, in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other.

Buckner Pittman, William Pritchet, George Shepherd


Jefferson County, April Court 1784

The last will and testament of Zephaniah Blackford, deceased, was proven by the oath of William Pritchet, one of the subscribing witnesses and being also proven by the oath of George Walls to be the handwriting of said decedent, was admitted to record.

Teste.  Will Johnston, Clerk Jefferson Court

Jefferson County Will Book 1, Pages 3-4

Old Photo From Louisville Kentucky

Today I share this photo of a very distinguished looking gentleman from Louisville, Kentucky.  Any photo from Kentucky I find I buy.  This gentleman’s hair blends with the background, but you can definitely see his kind eyes and his patrician nose.

I would date this photo to the late 1890’s due to the collar of this gentleman, as well as the embossed name and address at the bottom of the photo.

And the advertisement covering the back of the back of the card was also used during the 1890’s.  E. Klauber, Photographer and Art Dealer, 332 Fourth Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky.

Edward Klauber was a photographer for many years in Louisville.  The first instance I could find was for his shop located on 403 Main in 1864.  In 1868 he moved to 58 W. Market, and remained there through 1870.  1871-1883 his shop was at Third Street at the NE Corner of Jefferson Street.  In 1884 he moved to 332 Fourth Street and remained there through at least 1907.

I read online that Edward Klauber was considered by many to be one of the best photographers of his time.  He came from Bohemia at the age of eighteen.  His ‘large and elegant studio was compared to the studio of Matthew Brady in New York City.  The studio was lavishly furnished.  Stage personalities like Mary Anderson enjoyed having portraits done by Klauber when they were in Louisville performing at the Macauley Theatre.  Klauber’s studio closed in 1913 and he died in 1918.’  (From The Cabinet Card Gallery)  Since his first photography studio opened in 1864, he was at his job for 50+ years!

Will of Richard Turpin – 1789

This is a most interesting will in many ways.  One of the few wills to label the writer as a soldier, Turpin being of the Illinois Regiment.  Turpin owes land in at least three states – North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia – which he leaves to his three brothers. 

His will was proven by the oath of one of the witnesses, but also of the oath of William Clark, who wrote the will for him.  William Clark – of Lewis and Clark fame – moved to Kentucky, with his parents and siblings in 1785, and four years later William enlisted in the Northwest Indian War.  Evidently Richard Turpin must have been a fellow soldier, and they probably knew each other before the war.

There is no year listed on the will, but the next will lists the year 1789.

Will of Richard Turpin, Jefferson County, Kentucky, Will Book 1, 178?, Pages 11-12

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Richard Turpin, Soldier, in the Illinois Regiment, being sick and weak of body, but of sound and perfect sense and memory, thanks be to God for it, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this earthly life, do make and declare this my last Will and Testament.

First, desiring that all my just debts may be paid, and as to the temporal estate that it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I give and bequeath and dispose of in the following manner.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved brother Henry Turpin all the estate, both real and personal, which I possess appurtenant to me in North Carolina and also in South Carolina, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved brothers Thomas Turpin and Jeremiah Turpin, the residue of my estate whatever in Virginia or elsewhere, except in North Carolina and South Carolina, desiring that it may be sold and the money arising to be equally divided between my two last brothers, to wit, Thomas Turpin and Jeremiah Turpin.

And I do hereby appoint Henry Turpin, Thomas Turpin and Jeremiah Turpin, the three brothers above mentioned, to execute this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand, seal, this fifth day of November, one thousand seven hundred and eighty ____.

Richard Turpin

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of

George Shepherd, Peter Shepherd

At a Court held for Jefferson County, March 3rd,

The within last Will and Testament of Richard Turpin, deceased, was proven by the oath of George Shepherd, one of the subscribing witnesses and being also proved by the oath of William Clark (who wrote the same) was ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  William Johnston, Jr.


How Can City Directories Help Genealogy Research?

William Franklin Linton standing in front of his grocery store about 1899.


City directories are a marvelous source of genealogy information.  Not only do they list who lives in a particular city, and their residential address, but it lists their place of work and that address as well!  I have used city directories in several instances, not only to prove where people lived, but to prove they weren’t living in a particular city.

The following examples are from Louisville, Kentucky.  This was research complied for my dear friend Richard Linton about ten years ago.

The Linton’s listed below are the grandsons of Moses Linton and Nancy Pead.  Moses was the son of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason, and came to Kentucky a few years before his father made the move from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, in 1818.  Moses moved to neighboring Nelson County, but later in life moved back to Washington County, although his children remained in Nelson and raised their families.  In the book I’m reading on Frankfort, Kentucky, they spoke about how the Depression of 1893 hit the state hard.  Perhaps these men who had worked as farmers for years, with their fathers, felt a new location and a different job would help them support their families.

The cast of characters:  William Yerby Linton, Moses Fillmore Linton and Benjamin Clark Linton – all sons of Moses Linton and Nancy Pead.  Those who moved to Louisville, Kentucky:

  • James Monreo Linton – son of William Yerby Linton
  • William Franklin Linton, John Kennedy Linton, Joseph F. Linton – sons of Moses Fillmore Linton.
  • James Fenton Linton – son of Benjamin Clark Linton

Now let’s see how jobs and home addresses change throughout this six year period.

1894 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • Linton Brothers (William F. and James Fenton Linton), grocers, 2401 Slevin
  • James Fenton Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 226 7th
  • James Kennedy Linton, packer Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 511 22nd
  • James Monroe Linton, engineer Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 226 7th
  • William F. Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 2401 Slevin

1895 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • Linton Brothers (William F. Linton) grocers, 1324 W. Broadway
  • John Kennedy Linton, packer Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 2401 Slevin
  • Joseph Fenton Linton (J. F. and J. M. Linton), grocers, 2401 Slevin
  • Joseph Fenton and James Monroe Linton (J.F. & J. M. Linton) grocers, 2401 Slevin
  • James Monroe Linton (J. F. and J. M. Linton) business 2401 Slevin
  • William F. Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 1324 W. Broadway

1898 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • Linton Brothers (William F. Linton) grocers, 1324 W. Broadway
  • James Monroe Linton, packer, Louisville Tin and Stove, residence 1816 Todd
  • John Kennedy Linton, porter, Robinson-Pettet Company, residence 511 22nd
  • Joseph Fenton Linton, driver, Bridge-McDowell Company, residence 2828 Cleveland Avenue
  • William F. Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 1324 W. Broadway

1899 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • James M. Linton, packer, Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 2136 Duncan
  • John Kennedy Linton, porter, Robinson-Pettet Company, residence 511 22nd
  • Joseph Fenton Linton, grocer, 1628 W. Madison
  • William F. Linton, grocer, 1324 W. Broadway

1900 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • James M. Linton, packer, Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 2136 Duncan
  • John Kennedy Linton, packer, Carter Dry Goods Company, residence 511 22nd
  • Joseph Fenton Linton, clerk, W. F. Linton, residence 1851 Lytle
  • William F. Linton, grocer, residence 1322 W. Broadway

Philipp Ziegler – More Than A Biography and An Obituary

I began this post with the biography of Philipp Ziegler, but with just a little research found so much more!  He and his wife Sara Mehohoff were married November 9, 1880, in Jefferson County.  In May of 1885 their daughter, Alice, was born; in October of 1888 a son, Philipp, Jr., was born. 

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888

Jefferson County

Philipp Ziegler is one of the self-made German citizens of Louisville.  He came here a poor boy, and by dint of his own energy, honesty and industry has secured an independent fortune.  He was born in the province of Baden, in 1854, and at the age of eighteen years came to the United States, and to Louisville.  He soon obtained a position as clerk, first for John Hehl, contractor and builder, and afterward with H. Wedenkind & Co., wholesale grocers.  In the fall of 1878 he went into the grocery business for himself, at his present stand, corner of First and Gray Streets – at first with Charles Klein as partner; but he soon after bought him out, and has since carried on the business alone.  In 1881 he was married to Miss Sarah Mehohoff, a daughter of Henry C. and Mary Mehohoff, of Louisville.  Henry Mehohoff is the largest dairyman in the state, keeping always on hand from 250 to 300 cows.  His dairy is located on Preston Street road, and comprises 173 acres of choice land just back of the House of Refuge.  Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler have but on child – a girl, three years of age – named Alice.  Mr. Ziegler visited the ‘Faderland’ last summer with his family, and spent several months traveling over the southern and northern parts of Europe.

In 1887 Philipp Ziegler obtained a passport for the purpose of traveling to Europe.  It says he will be accompanied by his wife, Sarah, and infant child, one year and nine months.

The most interesting part is the description given – age 32 years, 5′ 7″, medium forehead, blue eyes, straight nose, round chin, dark hair and fair complexion.

The letter accompanying his application for passport was written on his store letterhead!  ‘Gray Street Market, office of Philipp Ziegler, dealer in staple and fancy groceries, game, fish, oysters and fresh meats.  Cash paid for all country produce.’

In the 1900 census the family is living on First Street, in Louisville.  Philipp is 46, Sarah is 37, Alice is 15 and little Philipp is 11.  Evidently there was another child, since Sarah is listed as having three children, with two living (I have seen that this child’s name was Carl).  Brother Fred Ziegler, 24, is living with the family.

from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Tuesday, July 9, 1907

Philip Ziegler, aged fifty-three years, of 2324 Floyd Street, died at 5 o’clock yesterday morning at his home after an illness of two months. Mr. Ziegler, who is a native of Germany, conducted a grocery at First and Gray streets for thirty years, and was well known in the East End.
He was born in the province of Boden, Germany. For a time he was in business in Frieburg, Germany, but came to this country in 1871. He leaves, besides a wife, one son, Philip. Jr., and a daughter, Alice Ziegler. He also leaves three brothers living in Louisville, Jacob, George, and Fred, and a fourth brother, the Rev. William Ziegler, who, with his father and mother, still live in Nonnenweier, Germany.
The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at 8:30 o’clock at the residence, the Rev. Theodore F. Johns, of St. John’s Evangelical church, assisted by the Willis Stuart Lodge of Masons, of which Mr. Ziegler was a prominent member, having charge of the services. After the Masonic rites the burial will be in Cave Hill cemetery.