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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?

Spalding-Hamilton 1801 Marriage

This marriage bond is from Washington County, Kentucky.  The Spalding’s and Hamilton’s came from Maryland in the 1790’s.  I have in my line a Richard Spalding who married Tabitha Edwards in 1805.  They had at least one child, Mary Magdalene Spalding, who was born in June of 1814.  Does anyone have more information on this family?


Know all men by these presents that we, Richard Spalding and John Jordan Smith, are held and firmly bound unto his excellency, James Garrard, Esquire, Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 25th day of July, 1801. 

The conditions of this obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above abound Richard Spalding and Henrietta Hamilton, both above the age of twenty-one years, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

                                          Richard Spalding, John Jordan Smith

William Caldwell

Scan088Sir, Mr. Richard Spalding will apply to you for license to marry my daughter, Henrietta Hamilton, and this is to certify to you that I have no objections.  I am with esteem yours, Leonard Hamilton, July 24, 1801

William Caldwell

Marriages From Washington County, Kentucky

Marriages From Washington County, Kentucky

Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth S. Smith 18 Oct 1826
Alexander Hamilton married Harriet Edelen 18 Feb 1811
Alexander Hamilton married Sarah Anderson 03 May 1864
Alexander Hamilton married Teresa Jarboe 05 Jan 1825
Alfred Hamilton married Alice Osbourn 18 Feb 1890
Allen Hamilton married Jenny Hamilton 21 Apr 1807
Allen Hamilton married Shelby Salley 15 May 1801
Benedict P. Hamilton married Teresa Jarboe 22 Sep 1807
Charles Hamilton married Bettie Goatley 16 Nov 1875
Clement A. Hamilton married Mary Jane Brown 20 Oct 1846
E. J. Hamilton married Nettie McLain 06 Apr 1880
Edward Hamilton married Alethea Edelen 08 Sep 1817
George L. Hamilton married Mary Florence Kelly 10 Nov 1891
Hance Hamilton married Mary Elliston 12 Jan 1818
James Hamilton married Patsy Garrett 04 Jan 1819
Joe Hamlton married Martha Brooks 28 Dec 1886
John Thomas Hamilton married Ann S. Medley 06 Jan 1837
Leonard Hamilton married Anna Beaven 22 Nov 1814
Leonard Hamilton, Jr., married Margaret Carrico 25 Oct 1830
Martin J. Hamilton married Elizabeth V. Osbourn 11 Sep 1860
Patrick Hamilton married Camilla E. Medley 11 Feb 1879
Pius Hamilton married Annie Vancleave 01 Mar 1889
Richard Hamilton married Mrs. Sallie Thompson 01 Aug 1876
Samuel Hamilton married Belle Spalding 09 Nov 1875
Samuel Hamilton married Elizabeth D. Thomas 11 Oct 1819
Thomas G. Hamlton married Eliza Ann Edelen 22 Apr 1845
Thomas H. Hamilton married Elizabeth Clements 18 Dec 1811
Thomas Hamilton married Letitia Smith 26 Jan 1847
Thomas J. Hamilton married Annie L. Mudd 23 Nov 1886
Walter Hamilton married Ann Dorothy Smith 01 May 1809
William Hamilton married Margaret Tucker 20 Jan 1857
William T. Hamilton married Lucy Edelen 26 Aug 1826

Today In Genealogy History – June 6, 2012

Regina Cecilia O’Bryan was born 118 years ago – June 6, 1894 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Regina was the daughter of Thomas Parker O’Bryan and Margaret Mason Clarkson.  She married Charles W. Hamilton, the son of Leonard Hamilton and Mary Catherine Hagan.  Charles and Regina had 3 children:  Lawrence Joseph, Catherine Cecilia and Regina Cordelia.