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1839 Will of Isaac W. Walker of Livingston County

Isaac W. Walker, born October 31, 1780, died August 10, 1839.  Deborah O. Walker, born October 24, 1779, died November 2, 1839.  Erected by G. S. Walker.  ‘Our father and mother are gone, they may become the sod.  Death awaits, tho we miss you, we know you rest with God.’  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

Isaac William Walker and Deborah Oliver Walker are Ritchey’s fourth great-grandparents – twice!  He is descended from two daughters, Sarah H. Walker who married Andrew Ross, and Rachel Margaret Walker who married Thomas Jones. 

August the 8th 1839

I, Isaac W. Walker, of sound mind, do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and same following, that is to say,

1st After the payment of my debts and funeral expenses I give my wife, Deborah O. Walker, all of my estate, both real and personal for and during the time of her natural life and after her death give the same to my children hereafter mentioned.  To wit, Sarah H. Ross, Rachel Jones, George S. Walker, Martha A. Walker, Mary E. Walker and Jefferson Walker, equally, to be divided among them and to be enjoyed by them forever, with the exception of Martha A. Walker, who is to have one hundred dollars to be in a horse and other personal property, more than the rest of the children.

2nd I wish for George S. Walker to have the place he lives on at this time, the price of it is five hundred dollars, to be out of his part of the estate.  And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend, Henry S. Harman, and my son-in-law, Thomas Jones, my executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and date above written.

Isaac Walker

Signed, sealed, published and declared as the last will and testament of the above named Isaac W. Walker in the presence of us.

Attest – Jesse Jones, W. W. Jones

Kentucky 0 Livingston County

I, James S. Dallam, clerk of the Court for the county and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that the within and foregoing last will and testament of

Isaac W. Walker, deceased, was on this day produced in Open Court and proven by the oath of W. W. Jones, subscribing witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded.  Whereupon I have truly recorded the same and this certificate in my said office.

Given under my hand this 7th day of October 1839.

James S. Dallam

Will Book B, Pages 69-70

Ritchey’s Elusive Jolly Family

James Jolly, 1828-1905, 77 years, 8 days.  Martha J. Jolly, 1831-1890, 48 years, 11 months, 25 days.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

James Jolly, the oldest of the Jolly line we have yet found, was born in 1828 in Montgomery County, Tennessee.  From The Paducah Sun Democrat of Wednesday, December 13, 1905, we know that James Jolly’s funeral was held on that day.  Martha Jane Ross, the daughter of Andrew Ross and Sarah Higgins Walker, was born in Caldwell County, Kentucky, in 1831.  James and Martha married April 22, 1855, in Livingston County, Kentucky.  They had six children – George William, Thomas Andrew, Mary Penola, William Elvis, Charles Homer and C. E. (who died at 18 months).

George W. Jolly, husband of S. A. Jolly, February 26, 1856 – January 24, 1930.  Dixon Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

George William Jolly, son of James and Martha Jolly, married Serena Annora Jones, daughter of William Owen Jones and Rebecca Jane Bennett, on March 4, 1877, in Livingston County.  Serena was born October 1, 1858 and died May 2, 1941, in Santa Clara County, California (after George’s death she moved to California to be near several of her children).  They had nine children:  Elvis Edgar, Gilbert Chaldron, Armitta Jane, Maude Penola, Lula Owen, James Edwin, Alfred Bennett, Londa E., and Georgie Esther Jolly.

James Edwin Jolly

James Edwin Jolly, born May 28, 1893, son of George William and Serena Annora Jolly, married Esther Myra Hertz, September 28, 1921, in Kansas City, Kansas.  The couple lived in Kansas City, Missouri, until James returned to California.  They had one child, Rex Edwin Jolly, who after his mother’s death in 1924, was adopted by Edwin and Ora Brown.  We do not know the death date of James Edwin Jolly.

We were fortunate to visit Livingston County and photograph gravestones in three cemeteries.  This is just the Jolly line, others will follow shortly.


18 Counties/36 Cemeteries/3,000 Plus Gravestone Photos

Melissa Williams, born October 25, 1851, died February 17, 1923.  ‘Gone to a brighter home where grief can not come.’  Stoney Point Cemetery, Allen County, Kentucky

The past eleven days have been more epic than I ever thought possible.  Ritchey and I traveled to western Kentucky for genealogy research.  We visited 18 counties, 36 cemeteries and took more than 3,000 gravestone photos.

James Jolly, 1828-1905, 77 years, 8 days.  Martha J. Jolly, 1831-1890, 58 years, 11 months, 25 days.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

Number one on our list was a visit to Livingston County to find out more about his Jolly family, and to photograph gravestones of all family members.  That was accomplished!

Drury Boyd, born May 6, 1827, died January 13, 1891.  Martha Boyd Cemetery, Christian County, Kentucky.

Number two was to visit cemeteries in as many of the surrounding counties as possible.  In addition to Livingston we visited 17 others – Allen, Butler, Caldwell, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Hancock, Logan, Lyon, McCreary, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Warren and Wayne!

Father, Abner R. Terry, February 10, 1807 – November 29, 1847.  Mother, Eleanor Dyer, February 6, 1805 – December 9, 1892.  Daughter, Susan Emaline, wife of Judge John R. Crace, May 5, 1835 – January 20, 1860.  Infant daughter, Mary.  Terry-Pioneer Cemetery, Trigg County, Kentucky.

When we left Harrodsburg on Saturday morning, the 21st of October, we enjoyed breakfast at the Bluebird Cafe in Standford.  Then headed south to cover the southern counties that share a border with Tennessee – McCreary, Wayne, Clinton and Cumberland.

Joshua F. Bell, Pvt. Co. D., 30 Regt.  Ky Vol. Inf.  1844-1930.  Alexander Cemetery, Wayne County, Kentucky.

Our home base was Logan County, staying in Garwood Linton’s beautiful cottage farm house – large old trees surrounded the house, leaves of gold, green and red, many fluttering down with the breeze.  The old, old cedars that his gr-gr-grandfather, John Wesley Linton, planted after the Civil War, in memory of his company that didn’t make it home.  The farm house is so comfortably decorated, but with great style and pizazz!  Across the road is Corinth Country Market, with homemade bread, pies and cakes, sandwiches, canned goods, and many other yummy things (we stopped by quite often).

Aquilla M. Starks, December 28, 1799 – September 13, 1855.  Antioch Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.

From Logan County we fanned out to the other counties, generally visiting three counties per day.  One day was spent at the Logan County Historical Society.  Most of the towns we visited were small, with restaurants that concentrated on good food, and people that were so very friendly.  It was a wonderful trip – and now I have so much to share with you!

T. W. Lowery Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Livingston County

T. W. Lowery was born September 15, 1837, in Caldwell County, Kentucky. He is the seventh of a family of eleven children born to John and Grace (Ordway) Lowery, natives of Virginia and New Hampshire, respectively. James Lowery, subject’s grandfather, moved from Virginia to Kentucky in an early day, and settled in Caldwell County, where he lived a number of years.  He afterward moved to Hopkins County, and died in 1854, at the age of eighty-three years.  John Lowery came to Kentucky when a small boy, and lived in Caldwell County until his death, which occurred about 1874.  He was a farmer and during his life accumulated a large estate and became quite wealthy.  Subject’s mother, Grace Lowery, is a daughter of Daniel Ordway.  She was born in New Hampshire, and is still living, making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Miles, in Caldwell County.  T. W. Lowery was reared on a farm and spent the first twenty-three years of his life in his native county, and after attaining his majority chose farming as his life’s work.  He was married October 23, 1862, to Sallie Butler, a daughter of D. A. and Matilda A. (Green) Butler, of Crittenden County.  One year after his marriage, Mr. Lowery moved to Livingston County, and located in Salem Precinct, where he purchased a farm of 160 acres.  He has been a very successful farmer and now owns a farm of 600 acres, the greater part of which is in cultivation.  His first wife died in March, 1879, aged thirty-four years.  She was the mother of six children:  Alice, wife of D. R Stewart; Willie, deceased; Emma L., John H., Mary D. and Leonard.  September 14, 1882, Mr. Lowery married Mrs. Sallie Madlock, daughter of James and Ellen Isbell, of Warren County, Kentucky.  One child has been born to this union – Ollie.  Mr. Lowery gives his attention to his business affairs and is considered one of the best farmers in the precinct.  He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, belonging to the New Salem congregation.  Mrs. Lowery is an active member of the Christian Church.

J. H. Rutter Biography

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

Livingston County

J. H. Rutter was born in Dyer’s Hill Precinct, Livingston County, March 10, 1852, and is a son of James L. and Julia A. (Hodges) Rutter. The father was probably born near Salem, Livingston County, in the winter of 1813. His parents came to Livingston County from North Carolina.  He was a farmer by occupation, and was also engaged at one time in merchandising and tobacco speculating at Marion, Kentucky.  His death occurred in this county in 1855.  He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The mother was born in this county in 1812, and is still living at Evansville, Indiana.  Our subject is the younger of two children: Susan, wife of R. C. Robenson, and J. H.  The latter, at the age of sixteen, turned his attention to farming, and followed it for about seven years.  In 1876 he went to Marion, Kentucky, where he embarked in the grocery business, which vocation he followed for about fifteen months.  He then turned his attention to farming in Livingston County, and followed it for about four years.  In the fall of 1881 he came to Hampton, and embarked in the general mercantile business.  He now carries a stock of about $2,500, and also speculates some in tobacco.  Mr. Rutter was married in Livingston County, February 12, 1871, to Miss Belle Olive, a daughter of Jesse and Barbara Ann (Gray) Olive who were probably both born in Livingston County; their parents were emigrants from North Carolina.  The father died in 1864.  The mother is still living, with subject.  Mrs. Rutter was born February 14, 1853, and is the mother of six children, of whom five are living: Harry D., Jesse O., Fannie N., Louis V. and James R.  Mr. Rutter has been acting as postmaster at Hampton for over three years; he has also served as school trustee, being chairman of the board.  Mrs. Rutter is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Rosa Leuenberger and George Edwin Hertz

Scan_Pic1703 1May I present Rosa Leuenberger and George Edwin Hertz, my husband’s great-grandparents!  Rosa’s parents were Jacob Leuenberger and Margarite Streich, both born in Switzerland.  George’s parents were Henry Hertz and Amelia Florentine Probst, both born in Germany.  Rosa was born March 31, 1876, and George, November 21, 1867, both in Solon, Johnson County, Iowa.  They married September 28, 1898.

Scan_Pic1702 1The proud parents were soon blessed with two lovely children – Harold, born October 1, 1889, and Esther Myra, born October 22, 1901.  Yes, Harold is the one with the beautiful hair, holding tight to his sweet sister, Ritchey’s grandmother!

Rosa soon became ill with tuberculosis and the family was devastated.  They eventually moved to Grainfield, Kansas, hopeful that the climate change would improve her health.  It did not, and she died there March 1, 1907.  Her body was brought back on the train to be buried in their hometown of Solon, Iowa.

After the death of his beloved Rosa, George and his children lived with his mother until he remarried in 1916 and moved to Missouri.  The children remained with their grandmother until her death in 1920, when they moved to Kansas City, Missouri.  There Esther met and married James Edwin Jolly, from Livingston County, Kentucky, September 28th, 1921.  The next year, September 19, 1922, their son, Rex Edwin Jolly, was born.  James Jolly left his little family shortly afterwards, never to return.  Esther continued her work as a stenographer until the tuberculosis she contracted forced her to move to her father’s home, where she died May 25, 1924, in Butler, Missouri.  Her body was returned to Solon, Iowa, where she was buried beside her mother.

Scan_Pic0623Ritchey beside the gravestone of his grandmother, Esther Jolly, daughter of G. & R. Hertz, 1901-1924.  Oakland Cemetery, Solon, Iowa.

For many years we did not know where Esther was buried.  Thankfully she is among those who loved her – her parents, both sets of grandparents – Hertz and Leuenberger, and many aunts and uncles.  This was a very emotional trip – for Ritchey, and for me.


David Adams Biography

Scan_Pic1613from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1885

Livingston County, Kentucky

The gentleman whose name introduces this sketch and whose portrait appears in this work, was born January 19, 1834, in Livingston County, Kentucky.  Of his parents, but little can now be learned, as they died when he was a mere child.  Their names were George and Jennie Adams, and they were probably natives of the state of Virginia.  They settled in Livingston County, Kentucky, soon after their marriage, and at the time of their death had four children, viz.:  Ellen, wife of R. R. Hastings, of Livingston County; David; Jackson, since deceased, and William H. Adams, now of Florida.  After the death of his parents the subject of these lines found a home and kind friends in the family of John and Mary A. Neely, then living in southern Illinois.  He continued as a member of this family until he had attained to the age of sixteen years, at which time he returned to his native county and engaged as a farm hand with Joseph Watts, who then owned the land now comprising a part of the farm of Mr. Adams.  This esteemed gentleman, whose memory is tenderly cherished by our subject, soon discovered the merits of his young employee, as was evidenced by the fact of his retaining him from year to year with increased wages.  His wife also, whose name is Lucinda D. Watts, and who is still living, proved herself a devoted wife and mother, whose many deeds of kindness are as a bright page in the book of memory.  When about twenty-four years old, Mr. Adams purchased the first tract of land he ever owned; it consisted of 200 acres and was bought wholly upon credit.  With this land, a yoke of oxen and a cart, and 50 cents in money, he began the battle of life on his own merit.  Having early in life acquired habits of industry and honesty, which have ever been his chief characteristics, he found the road to success open before him, and these virtues have combined to elevate him to the distinction of “king of farmers” in his county.  As an evidence of his appreciation of and attachment to Mr. Adams, Mr. Watts, in his will, made him an equal heir to his homestead farm.  He now owns 1,400 acres of land and is devoting special care to the breeding of “short-horn” cattle.  On March 4, 1868, Mr. Adams married Miss Georgia, daughter of Lewis and Cynthia Hunter; the father now of Texas, the mother long since deceased.  Mrs. Adams died January 26, 1883, the mother of the following named children:  Susie, wife of Henry H. Hibbs; Lizzie (deceased), Lula, Cora, Lewis Hunter, Nettie and David L. Adams.