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Thomas Madison Lillard and Mary Bright

The Advocate-Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Sunday, April 24, 1983

According to a family history, Thomas Madison Lillard was born December 5, 1815, near the small town of Kirksville on Silver Creek in Madison County.  He was one of five children of Thomas Lillard, a native of Culpeper County, Virginia, and Elizabeth Rider, a native of Madison County, Virginia.  The Lillards moved from Culpeper County to Madison County, Kentucky, in 1808.

When Thomas Madison Lillard was three months old, his father died, then in 1829 his mother died.  He was 14 years old, without patrimony and with no legacy, except a clear head, an honest heart, a good constitution, and well-directed energy and industry.

He as described as six feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds.  He had dark gray eyes, a Roman nose, a good set of teeth and black curly hair.  He was a French Huguenot.  Because he only attended school three months, his reading was poor.

As a young man, Lillard worked as a drover and stock trader, spending winters in Charleston, South Carolina, and summers herding livestock to the markets in New York.

On October 23, 1848, at the age of 33, he married Mary Bright Williams, a young widow of 25 years of age of Stanford.  After spending the winter in Charleston, South Carolina, the couple returned to Kentucky on May 27, 1849.

Eight months later, Lillard purchased 200 acres of land in Boyle County, part of the present homestead.  He later added to the farm to bring it to 500 acres in Boyle and Lincoln counties.  After his marriage he turned to farming.  He raised livestock, hay, and orchard grass seed, his money crop.

The family lived in a log house on the farm un1860 when the new house was ready.

Mary Bright Lillard was born March 16, 1823, on a farm owned by her parents, John Bright and Elizabeth Morrison, in Lincoln County.  Mary Bright Lillard is described as short – about five feet two inches – and stout.  She weighed 120 pounds in her younger days and 20 pounds in her most vigorous days.  Mrs. Lillard had dark brown hair and eyes.  She was one of nine children.

Thomas M. Lillard and his wife, Mary Bright, had 11 children – Elizabeth, Sarah F., John T., Henrietta, Mary T., Pet, Katherine, Thomas, Nannie B., S. J. and William H.

The youngest sons, Thomas and Wiliam acquired Spring Hill farm at their father’s death in 1891 and kept it until 1901.

Thomas Madison Lillard, born in Madison County, Kentucky, December 5, 1815, died in Boyle County, Kentucky, May 7, 1891.  ‘The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age, the friend of youth.  Few hearts like his with virtue warmed, few heads with knowledge so informed.’  His wife, Mary Bright Hillard, March 16, 1823 – April 6, 1907.  Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, May 8, 1891

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Monday, April 8, 1907

Deaths of Mercer County Revolutionary Soldiers

Deaths of Mercer County, Kentucky, Revolutionary Soldiers

from Mercer County Court Order Book P


  • Proof was made by John R. Burton that Thomas Crane, a Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life the 10th day of March 1833.  Polly Crane is his widow.
  • Archibald Robards made oath that George Robards, a Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life the 13th day of July 1833.  Elizabeth Robards, widow.
  • Archibald Robards and Cornelius Deweese made oath that John Thompson, a Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life on the 28th day of June 1833.  No widow.
  • On the oath of Henry Wingate and William A. Taylor, John Wingate, a Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life the 15th day of July 1833.  His widow, Nancy Wingate, is living.
  • Satisfactory proof made to the Court that Matthew Cummins, late a Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life August 8th, 1833.  No widow.
  • Proof by oaths of Joseph Harlan and Benjamin C. Allin that Thomas Allin, a Reolutionary pensioner, departed this life the 26th day of June 1833, and widow Mary Allin has also died.
  • Satisfactory proof made by James P. Mitchell and John Walker that Thomas Crain, Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life the 10th of March 1833.  Polly Crain is his widow.
  • Mary Allin, widow of Thomas, died two days after he did.  They left eight children over 21 – Nancy, William, John J., Thomas, Charles W., Grant, Philip T., Benjamin C.
  • Proof given by John Bright and Lewis Thomas that John Thompson, Revolutionary pensioner, died leaving no widow but six heirs of full age, to wit:  John B., Richard Hart who intermarried with Rebecca Thompson, George B., Thomas Allin who intermarried with Mary Thompson, William, Philip.
  • Satisfactory proof by Jesse Davis and Jacob Lung that William Basey, a Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life 25 July 1834.  Jane Basey, widow.
  • Samuel Crawford and Jacob Crow made oath that Thomas Crawford, a Revolutionary pensioner, departed this life on the 30th June 1833.  His widow, Mary Crawford.

J. Q. Adams Biography

from Hancock County, Kentucky – Biographies

J. Q. Adams was born in Hancock County, May 31, 1845, and is a son of William and Mary Ann (Bright) Adams.  The father was born near Frankfort, Kentucky, July 22, 1799, his people being natives of Pennsylvania.  The grandfather, John Adams, made the journey from Pennsylvania to Frankfort on a raft.  In 1808 he came to Hancock County and settled on a farm of 500 acres, which is now owned by his two sons, David and William Adams.  The grandfather subsequently served as a soldier in the War of 1812, and resided in the county until a good old age.  The father of subject is still living in this county.  The mother was born in Madison, Indiana, and was an own sister of the famous John Bright of early days.  She died in the county in 1850.  Our subject is the fourth of a family of eight children, of whom three are now living:  Georgetta, Jesse and J. Q.  The latter received the rudiments of his education in the county.  He also attended Notre Dame University and Cecilian College.  He began life for himself when twenty-two years old, and first settled on the home place.  He remained there only a short time and then came to his present farm, where he now owns about 375 acres with about 225 in cultivation.  He also pays considerable attention to stock raising, handling about 150 head per year.  Mr. Adams was married in the fall of 1867 to Miss Nancy E. Hawes, a daughter of Benjamin Hawes, of Daviess County, Kentucky.  This lady was also a native of Daviess County, and to her were born two children:  Georgetta, is the only one living.  This lady died in 1872.  Subject was next married, December 16, 1875, to Miss Margaret J. Crockett, a daughter of Anthony and Susan (Robb) Crockett.  This lady was born in Franklin County, June 15, 1850.  One child blesses this union – Jesse Crockett Adams.