Tag Archives: LaRue County Kentucky

James B. Davenport Confederate Soldier – Larue County

James B. Daveport, Pvt., Co K, 8 KY Cav, Confederate States, February 9, 1838 – October 20, 1919.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

James B. Davenport was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.  In the 1860 census, just before the beginning of the war, he lived in the household of Daniel W. Dyer and his family, along with four others.  Mr. Dyer was a dry goods merchant and I believe several of these men worked for him.  James, at the age of 21, was a stove merchant.

James Davenport was 24 years of age when he joined Company K, 4th Regiment Kentucky Cavalry.  He joined October 1, 1862, in Danville, Kentucky, for a three year period, and mustered in at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, November 6, 1862.

He was taken prisoner at Cheshire, Ohio, July 20, 1863, and was not released until towards the end of the war on February 24, 1865.

James took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States on February 24, 1865, at Camp Douglas, Illinois.  He was fair of complexion with dark hair and grey eyes, five feet eight and one-half inches in height.

After the war James Davenport returned to Larue County.  He married Fannie E. Barnes on October 7, 1869.  The records show that the gentleman was of age and the guardian of the lady gave consent in person.

One interesting note is the witnesses for their wedding – Ben Dyer and Nannie Dyer.  I’m sure these were members of the family James lived with before the war.

In the 1870 census for Larue County the newlyweds lived in their own household, James was 31 and Fannie 20.  James was a dry goods merchant with a personal estate of $7,500.

In 1900 the couple are 61 and 50, respectively.  They have been married for 30 years and have had four children, two living.  With them is daughter Florence, 23.  Florence must have married shortly afterwards, since in 1910 the couple are living alone.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 24, 1912.

Fannie Davenport succumbed to tuberculosis on July 22, 1912.  She was survived by her husband and two children, Florence and Ernest.  Daughter Florence died of the same disease two years later.

James lived another seven years.  I could find no obituary for him.

J. B. Davenport, September 9, 1838 – October 20, 1919.  Fannie E., his wife, November 11, 1849 – July 22, 1912.  C. N. McGill, March 3, 1869 – August 2, 1937.  Florence D., his wife, March 28, 1877 – April 19, 1914.

Beside this gravestone are those for Daniel W. Dyer and his wife.

 

 

Will of William L. Martin – Larue County

William L. Martin was featured in an earlier post – so much information was on his gravestone!  William was the son of Hartwell Martin and Sallie Porter.  The family was from Charles City County in Virginia.  William L. was born there May 26, 1782, on the banks of the James River. 

In 1807 William Martin married Sarah Shofner, daughter of Henry Shofner and Cloe Hart.  Henry was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. 

William and Sarah had only one child – Henry Martin – born March 22, 1808.  He married Mary Dearen on December 24, 1828, and had many children, including seven listed in their grandfather’s will – William D., Harriet A., Henry P., James W.,  Paschal W., Sally A. and Corrintha C. Martin.  William D. must have been the oldest.  He lived with his grandparents in 1850, where the census of Larue County lists him as 20, and as a student.

William L.’s wife, Sarah, was the recipient of his entire estate.  She died in 1886 at the age of 94 years.  After her death her son and grandchildren received their inheritance.

Will of William L. Martin

Larue County Will Book 1, Pages 83-84

In the name of God, amen.  I, William L. Martin, being feeble in body but sound in mind and memory feel it to be my duty to dispose of my worldly effects that the good Lord hath seen cause to bless me with, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in the following words and forms.

It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be paid and that my body be decently interred after my death and that the residue of my estate be disposed of in the following manner.

First.  I will and bequeath all that I am possessed of consisting of all my lands, Negroes and perishable property and cash rates of money to my beloved wife Sarah Martin for and during her natural lifetime and in the event she should marry again she is only to have one third of my estate for her natural lifetime and further more she is to have the right to sell any of the property and convey the same at anytime she may think proper.

Second.  It is further my will and desire that my beloved grandson, William D. Martin, have, and I do hereby give to him my farm, the one on which I now live in the County of Larue in the State of Kentucky, he to have possession of the same at the death of my wife, and I also give to him my black woman Malvina, my girl, Martha Jane, the boy John, the boy Tam and the boy Davy, and my said grandson named aforesaid is to have possession of the Negroes named above at the death of my wife.

Thirdly, it is my will and desire that my beloved son, Henry Martin, have and I do hereby give and bequeath to him the farm and tract of land on which he now lives, situated on the Little South Fork of Nolin, Larue County, Kentucky, and also four hundred dollars in money to have the possession of property and money at the death of my wife.

Fourth.  It is my will and desire that my three granddaughters, Harriett A., Sarah A, and Corrintha C. Martin, have at the death of my wife and I hereby give to each of them one hundred dollars.

Fifthly.  It is further my will and desire that at the death of my wife that all of the residue of my property not disposed of above be sold and the proceeds after same and the residue of my money

or evidence of the same not disposed of above be equally divided between and I hereby give the same to my three grandsons, Henry P, James W. and Paschal W. Martin.

Sixth.  Lastly, I hereby appoint my beloved grandson, William D. Martin, and my beloved wife, Sarah Martin, my Executrix and Executor to carry this, my last will and testament into effect, and if the court will permit them it is my desire that they qualify as such without giving security.

Given under my hand this the 30th day of August 1855.

William L. Martin

Signed in the presence of W. B. Reade, J. H. Rodman, E. R. Burba

At a County Court began and held at the courthouse in Hodgensville, on the 26th day of October 1857, the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William L. Martin, deceased, was produced in Court by William D. Martin, one of the executors therein named and offered for probate, the same was duly provided by the oaths of W. B. Reade and E. R. Burba, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, whereupon the same was established and ordered to be recorded and I have on this 2nd day of December 1857 thus accorded the same.

E. R. Burba, Clerk

Martin Family Buried In Red Hill Cemetery – Larue County

One more post on the Martin family of Larue County, who first lived in Green County when they came to Kentucky in 1805.  Red Hill Cemetery is located in the county seat of Hodgensville.

William L. Martin, born May 26, 1782, in the State of Virginia, in Charles City County, on the waters of the James River and came to Green County, Kentucky in 1805, was married there October 17, 1807, and departed this life November 10, 1857, in the 76th year of his age.

Williams’ wife, Sarah Shofner.

Sally, wife of William L. Martin, born June (?) 25, 1792, died September 30, 1886, aged 94 years.

Mary E. Dearen, wife of Henry Martin, son of William L. and Sarah Martin.

Mary E., wife of Henry Martin, born August 14, 1812, died January 17, 1863.

Eliza Dearen, second wife of Henry Martin and sister to his first wife.

Eliza, second wife of Henry Martin, born August 27, 1813, died January 7, 1886.

Sally, daughter of H. & M.E. Martin, born January 1, 1851, died January 1, 1875.

Harriet, another daughter of Henry and Mary Martin.

Harriet A. Martin, born June 27, 1833, and departed this life April 15, 1858, in the 19th year of her age.

William L. Martin Buried in Red Hill Cemetery – Larue County

This is the way all of our ancestors should have engraved their tombstones!  William L. Martin gives not only the dates of his birth and death, but his marriage.  He is very specific about where he was born and where he died.  It would have made life so much easier for genealogists!  On his stone it lists Green County as place of death, but he is buried in Larue County.

William L. Martin, born May 26, 1782, in the State of Virginia in Charles City County, on the waters of the James River, and came to Green County, Kentucky, in 1805, was married there October 17, 1807, and departed this life November 10, 1857, in the 76th year of his age.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

We will learn more about William L. Martin later in the week.

James R. Hayes Biography

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J. R. Hayes, October 7, 1833 – March 1, 1888.  Susan A., wife of J. R. Hayes, November 17, 1836 – Mary 4, 1912.  Sarah Friend, August 28, 1849 – November 26, 1892.  Red Hill Cemetery, Hodgenville, Larue County, Kentucky.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Larue County, Kentucky

James R. Hayes was born October 7, 1833, in Washington County, Kentucky, and is a son of Greenberry B. and Julia A. (Ashcraft) Hayes, to whom nine children were born:  John W., James R., Edward R., Jefferson, Henry A., Jedediah,

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Jedediah Hayes, 1843-1905.  Mary K., his wife, 1848-1915 (brother to James R. Hayes)

B. F., Emeline and Martha J.  Greenberry B. Hayes was born and reared in Washington County, Kentucky, and was a farmer and slave holder.  In 1847 he moved to Larue County, where he remained until his death in October 1884, aged seventy-two years.

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Greenberry B. Hayes, Red Hill Cemetery, Hodgenville, Larue County, Kentucky

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Greenberry B. Hayes, born April 21, 1812, died October 17, 1884

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Julia A., wife of G. B. Hayes, born May 25, 1814, died March 14, 1877

He was a son of John W. Hayes who married Margaret Evins; both were born in Virginia; they were of Irish origin and immigrated to Washington County about 1800.  Mrs. Julia A. Hayes was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of John W. and Nancy (Wallace) Ashcraft.  John W. Ashcraft was one of the pioneers of Larue County; he was a farmer and tanner.  His wife was born on the ocean while her parents were on their way from Scotland to America.  John W. Ashcraft was a son of Jedediah Ashcraft, who was one of the first settlers of Grayson County.  J. R. Hayes was reared on a farm and at the age of twenty commenced life as a shoe-maker, which he followed for three years, when he commenced stage driving.  In 1862 he was appointed deputy provost marshal, which position he filled until the close of the war.  In July, 1867, he was appointed United States gauger and store keeper, in which capacity he served ten years, after which he engaged in the hotel business at Hodgenville.  He was married, December 18, 1855, to Susan A. Walters, of Larue County, daughter of Jedediah and Sarah (Middleton) Walters.  Jedediah Walters was born in Larue county, was a farmer and large slave holder, and was a son of John Walters, who married an Ashcraft.  He was a soldier of 1812, and had seven wounds which he received in Indian fights.  He was a leading and representative farmer of Larue County.  Mr. and Mrs. Hayes are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he is an active member of the Masonic fraternity.  He owns the building where he is keeping hotel, and also considerable other property.  In politics he is a Republican, but cast his first vote for Fillmore.

Austin Gollaher – Boyhood Friend of Abraham Lincoln

IMG_5262Lincoln’s Playmate – To the west, in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, is the grave of Austin Gollaher, 1806-98.  Lincoln, while president, once said, “I would rather see (him) than any man living.”  They were schoolmates and playmates when the Lincoln family lived in this area, 1813 to 1816.  Gollaher is credited with rescuing Lincoln from flooded waters of Knob Creek.

Abraham Lincoln lived in the area of Knob Creek, just a few miles north of Hodgenville, Kentucky, while he was aged four to seven.  Austin Gollaher and his family lived close by – close enough that he and the future president went to school together and played together.  There is the claim by Austin Gollaher that he saved his friend from the swollen waters of Knob Creek when they were boys, he being three years older than Abraham Lincoln.  Whether this is true or not, the friendship remained in Lincoln’s memory and he even expressed his desire to see Gollaher, offering to pay for his friend to come to Washington, D.C.  Gollaher declined because of his fear of trains.  How much did Lincoln’s assassination affect his boyhood friend?  Evidently the memory of young playmates lasted a long time for them both.

Benjamin Austin Gollaher was born in 1806 in Georgia.  His parents were Thomas Gollaher and Judith Hines.  May 19, 1828, in Larue County, Kentucky, he married Mary Price, daughter of Thomas Price and Lydia Pearcey.

In the 1850 Census of Larue County Austin and Mary are both listed as 45, with the following children:  John Thomas, 21; E., 18F; M., 16F; C. E., 15F; James, 12; G. B., 7M; and M. S., 1F.  [I’ve only noticed this a couple of times, but why couldn’t they write out the full name!]

In 1860 only three children were living with the couple:  James, 21; G. B., 16M; and Mary, 11.

In 1870 Austin is 65, born in Georgia, his father in Pennsylvania, and his mother in Georgia.  Mary is 65, born in Kentucky, both her parents born in North Carolina.  Daughter Mary M., 24, and her husband Lawson Barnett, 35, are living with her parents – and the following Barnett children:  Mary E., 7; George, 3; James, 2; and Oscar, 1/12.

Many of the Gollaher and related families are buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, from Hodgenville drive north on US31E, then turn on Hwy 84 towards Howardstown.  The cemetery is on 84 on the right.

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Austin Gollaher, 1806-1898.  Mary, his wife, 1804-1873.  (Mary Price)

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John T. Gollaher, born March 8, 1821, died February 19, 1900.  (Son of Austin and Mary Price Gollaher.)

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Mary J., wife of J. T. Gollaher, June 11, 1839 – April 14, 1904.  (Mary Jane Barnett).

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Laura Gollaher, born October 26, 1865, married to Jesse Lafollette, March 4, 1888, died July 26, 1910.  (Daughter of John Thomas Gollaher and Mary Jane Barnett; granddaughter of Austin Gollaher and Mary Price.)

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Jesse Lafollette, June 16, 1861 – March 24, 1956.

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Lawson A. Barnett, January 10, 1835 – October 22, 1907.  Mary M., his wife, December 22, 1840 – July 15, 1907.  (Mary is the daughter of Austin and Mary Gollaher.  Lawson could be a brother to Mary Jane Barnett that married Mary’s brother, John Thomas Gollaher.)

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Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

Henry P. Martin Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Larue County, Kentucky

Henry P. Martin was born March 7, 1845, in Green County, Kentucky, and is the fourth of thirteen children born to Henry and Mary (Dearing) Martin.  Henry Martin was born in Green (now Taylor) County, March 22, 1808.  In the spring of 1835 he came to Larue County, and in 1858 located on 120 acres three miles northwest of Hodgenville.  He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty years, and was for several years a local preacher.

IMG_5151Mary E., wife of H. Martin, born April 14, 1812, died January 17, 1863.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

His wife died in January, 1863, after which he married Eliza Sutton, who died in January, 1881;

IMG_5147Eliza, second wife of Henry Martin, born August 27, 1813, died January 7, 1881.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

his third wife was America Cagle.  Henry Martin was the only child of William L. and Sallie (Shofner) Martin, natives, respectively, of Charles City County, Virginia, and Mercer County, Kentucky.  William L. Martin was born May 26, 1782, on the waters of the James River, and came to Green County, Kentucky, in 1805, and in 1835 moved to Larue County.

IMG_5153William L. Martin, born May 26, 1782, in the state of Virginia, in Charles City County, on the waters of the James River, and came to Green County, Kentucky, in 1805, was married there October 17, 1807, and departed this life November 10, 1857, in the 76 year of his age.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

He was a farmer and slave holder, and died in July, 1857.  He was a son of Hartwell Martin, who married Sallie Porter,

IMG_5155Sallie, wife of W. L. Martin, born 1792 and died September 30, 1886, aged 94 years.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

both of Virginia.  Henry P. Martin’s paternal grandmother was a daughter of Henry Shofner, who was a soldier of the Revolution, and served four years with General Marion; was one of the early pioneers of Mercer County, and later moved to Green County.  He was of Dutch descent, and a native of New Jersey.  H. P. Martin was reared on a farm, and came with his parents to Larue County.  At twenty went to Hodgenville and drove stage; then went to New Haven for three years, after which he engaged in the livery business.  In 1874 he was elected jailer, but had acted in the same capacity four years previous, and had also engaged in the grocery business for five years.  In 1878 he moved on a farm; in January, 1879, he located on forty-six acres, which he has raised to sixty-five, one and one half miles northwest of Hodgenville.  He was married, in August, 1866, to Sarah Redman, a daughter of James and Nancy (Walters) Redman,

IMG_5143Nancy, wife of James Redman, born September 29, 1808, died March 15, 1875.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

the former of whom had been jailer of Larue County for many years.  The issue of this union was one child, Emma D.  Mrs. Martin died in 1867, a member of the Christian Church, when Mr. Martin married his second wife, Mary Redman, sister of his first wife, in January, 1879.  There have been born to this marriage eight children, seven living:  Mollie, Lizzie, Hattie, Thomas H., Richard R., Charles and Willie A.  Mrs. Martin is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and I.O.O.F.  In politics he is a Democrat, and in the fall of 1885 was appointed store-keeper and gauger.