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Thomas Tudor – Born in Cape Town, South Africa – Died in Robertson County, Kentucky

Thomas Tudor, 1820-1907.  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Robertson County, Kentucky.

After all these years of genealogy research I’m still amazed at what can be found with just a small bit of information.  I started with a photo of the gravestone of Thomas Tudor, 1820-1907, located in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Robertson County, Kentucky.  My first thought, since Thomas died after 1885, was to check for an obituary.  In the Maysville newspaper of March 6th of that year is the following:

‘Thomas Tudor, aged eighty-seven, died at his home in Mt. Olivet this afternoon.  His father was a shoemaker, and the British Government sent him to Cape Town to make shoes for the soldiers, and while there Thomas was born, and a sister was born while they were on board ship coming back.  He was for years the leading tinware merchant of this city.

‘He was married four times.  His last wife and eight children, Mrs. Nora Hise, William and Thomas Tudor, of Newport; Charles, of Charleston, W. Virginia; Robert, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Edward, of Columbus, Ohio; Bruce, of Portsmouth, Oregon, and a daughter survive him.’

In those two short paragraphs we learn so much about his man.  He was born in Cape Town, South Africa!  What few people in Kentucky – especially at that time – could claim that birth place?  And his sister was born on the voyage home.  And he had four wives.

Next, I checked census, marriage and other records, in addition to more newspapers.

A March 1882 edition of The Evening Bulletin carried an advertisement for his stove and tinware business.

And in November of that year a fire burned part of his business and the bar-room of W. W. Watkins.

Thomas Tudor married Caroline White October 4, 1843, in Mason County.  Her parents, Robert and Roxana White, gave consent for the marriage.  In the 1870 census of Mason County Thomas is 49, a tinner, born in Africa; Caroline is 43; Charles, 25, a shoe maker; America, 19; Robert, 17; Thomas, 15; William, 9; and Edward, 4.  Thomas’ mother, Bridget, 92, is living with the family, along with Ellen, 28, and Thornton, 4, all with the last name Tudor.  Thomas’ father, Charles, was deceased by this date.

Caroline died in the years between 1870 and 1880.  By that time Thomas has married again, his wife is Amanda, she is 40.  They have three children, James, 8; Lizzie, 6; and Bruce, 1.  The younger sons from his first marriage also live in the household, William, 20; and Edward, 13.

October 17, 1889, Thomas Tudor married Mrs. Serena Gardner.  She must have died shortly after their marriage, since on October 3, 1894, he married Mrs. Mariah Kenton Meullikin.

And I did find information on his sister, born during the voyage home from Cape Town – Jane Tudor Blanchard.  In 1916 she celebrated her 90th birthday.

Henry M. and Susan Wise Buried in Ghent Cemetery – Carroll County

Henry M. and Susan Wise.  Ghent Cemetery, Carroll County, Kentucky

Henry Maurice Wise and Susan Roberts were married in Carroll County, September 11, 1851, by the Reverend C. B. Tharp of the Christian Church.  Their marriage bond was procured the day before.  Benjamin Roberts, father of the bride, gave his consent and was also bondsman.  Henry was the son of Henry Wise and Sarah Bargo.

In the 1860 census of Carroll County, Henry, a merchant, and Susan had three children – Emma, 7; Charles A., 3; and Frances H., 7/12.  Frances is not in the 1870 census leading us to believe she died before that date.  Bertie, 10; Willie, 7; Ella, 6, and twins Carrie and Susan, 8/12 are the newest members of the family.  In 1880, Carrie has died, and Joseph is 6.  Henry became a farmer in 1870 and continued through 1880, although in that census he is listed as a cripple – was this because of an accident or illness?

Henry Maurice Wise passes away September 5, 1884, at the age of 59.

Henry M. Wise, born March 12, 1825, died September 5, 1884.

Susan lives another 25 years.

Susan Wise, born December 14, 1835, died July 15, 1909.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, July 16, 1909.

Emma Wise, the oldest child, never married.  She is buried beside her parents.

Emma Wise, born June 5, 1852, died September 6, 1886.

Sue Wise, daughter of Henry and Susan, also remained single.  The papers give snippets of times she entertained, when she visited relatives, or took trips with friends.  In 1905 from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, ‘Miss Susan Wise entertained a hundred ladies Wednesday evening complimentary to Mrs. John Davis, of St. Louis.’  This was in the Carrollton section.

Her death certificate says she was an organist.  I believe she must have been quite good to have been listed as her occupation.

Peter Goatley’s 1854 Will Names All Thirteen Children – Washington County

Peter Goatley and Sinai Hickerson had thirteen children who survived their father and were named in his will.  Daughters who were married are listed with their husband’s surname.  The following is a list of their children, spouses and marriage dates if known.

  1. John Goatley – Nancy Anna Reed – April 7, 1834.
  2. Nancy Goatley – Peter Barlow – February 16, 1831.
  3. William Goatley – Matilda Toon – August 1, 1833.
  4. Thomas Goatley – Rebecca Ann Mock – October 9, 1838.
  5. Mason J. Goatley – Harriet Rebecca Dickerson – July 23, 1846.
  6. Louisa Goatley – Richard P. Toon – August 23, 1842.  He died before 1854.
  7. Savilla Ann Goatley – John T. Hardin – December 13, 1866.
  8. Robert P. Goatley
  9. Emily Jane Goatley
  10. Susan Goatley – Nathan H. Janes – January 24, 1861
  11. Julia Ann Goatley
  12. Jane Marie Goatley
  13. Elizabeth Goatley – James Thomas Hayden

Many members of this family are buried in Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery in Washington County.

Will of Peter Goatley

Washington County Will Book K, Pages 186-187

In the name of God, amen.  I, Peter Goatley, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament in words following, to wit –

Item 1st.  I give and bequeath unto my wife, Sinai Goatley, and my daughters, Louisa Toon and her three children and Savilia Ann Goatley and Emily Jane Goatley, Susan Goatley, Jane Maria Goatley and Julia Ann Goatley, and to my son Robert P. Goatley, all the above named heirs are at present living with me, all my land, excepting the land I purchased of John Withrow and wife, also all my slaves and their increase, and all of my personal estate excepting what will pay my just debts.  I wish it distinctly understood that the above named property, both real and personal and mixed is entirely under the control and management of my son, Robert P. Goatley, who is to have the care of the other heirs above named during their single lives and I wish it also understood they are to remain here and have their support while single, all the land, slaves and personal estate above named, after supporting my wife and daughters above named during their single life, it is to be held and owned by my son, Robert P. Goatley, by his giving to each of my daughters now single a horse, saddle and bridle, a cow and bed and six head of sheep, provided they should marry.  I give to my son John Goatley a horse, saddle and bridle, cow and calf, a bed and bedding and sheep, amounting to one hundred and fifty dollars, which property he received when he married.  I give to my son William Goatley one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which he received when he married.  I give to my daughter Nancy Barlow one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which she received when she married.  I give to my son Thomas Goatley one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which he received when he married.  Owing to his affliction I give the interest I hold in the Withrow land to him also.  I give to my daughter Louisa Toon one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which she received when she married.  I give to my son Mason J. Goatley one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which he received when he married.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth Hayden one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which she received when she married.  I also wish it understood that my daughter Louisa Toon above mentioned is only to have a home here and maintenance for her and her children during her single life.  If she should marry, Robert P. Goatley is not to give her anything after her marriage, but if her children should remain with my son Robert P. Goatley until they are of age, then my son Robert is to school them and give them a horse, saddle and bridle.  I also, as a part of my will, appoint my son Robert P. Goatley as

the Executor of my last will and testament, and wish him to act without giving bond and security to the County Court.  I also provide that if my son Robert should die before my daughters that are now single should marry, they are still to remain in possession of the property, and my son Mason J. Goatley is to manage and have the care of them and property while they remain single, provided he is living.  In testimony where of I sign, seal and deliver in the presence of                    September 19th 1854

Peter Goatley

Witnesses Murray Walker, Robert Walker, Thomas Reed

Washington County

At a County Court held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on the 21st day of February 1859, this last will and testament of Peter Goatley, deceased, was produced in court and proven by the oath of Robert Walker, a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded, which is accordingly done in Will Book K, page 186.  Given under my hand this 23rd day of February 1859.

R. S. Peters, Clerk

 

1830 Marriage Returns By Jesse Head – Mercer County

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized on the 8th of April 1830, the rites of Matrimony between William Cochran and Louisa Lamb, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Cochran and Louisa Lamb was issued April 8, 1830, with bondsman J. H. Davis, B. F. Pleasants and William Rice.  The bride’s father was James Lamb, testified by Frederick Ripperdan.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office of Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 14th November 1830, between William Kelly and Mary Villett, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Kelly and Mary Villett was issued November 13, 1830, with bondsman William Kelly, Sr.  The bride’s father was Thomas Villett, testified by Hiram W. Procise.

I do hereby certify by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 24th of March 1830, between Samuel Hogue and Pamelia Trower, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Samuel Hogue and Pamelia Trower was issued March 24, 1830, with bondsman Eyre Askew.  The bride’s mother was Martha Trower, testified by Henry Trower.

1829/1830 Marriage Returns By Jesse Head – Mercer County

The Rev. Jesse Head married Abraham Lincoln’s parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks in Washington County, June 12, 1806.  He later moved to Mercer County.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 31st of December 1829, between John Vandever and Mary Vanfleet, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above shown.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for John Vandever and Mary Vanfleet was issued December 30, 1829, with bondsman William Terhune.  The bride’s mother was Nancy Vanfleet, testified by Joseph Lester.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 7th January 1830, the rite of Matrimony between Wesley Bishop and Lucretia Higgins, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above shown.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Wesley Bishop and Lucretia Higgins was issued January 4, 1830, with bondsman Hiram Higgins, who states that he believes the bride is twenty-one.  The groom’s father was Veachel Bishop.  Consent was written by the bride, testified by Daniel Turner, Isaac bishop and H. N. Horine.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office of Mercer county, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 21st of January 1830, between John Coulter and Lucinda Steel, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for John Coulter and Lucinda Steel was issued January 15, 1830, with bondsman Valentine Steel.

 

1830 Mercer County Marriage Returns by Jesse Head

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 6th of May 1830, between Charles Wright and Catherine Wilham, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office of Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 25th of November 1830, between William Dean and Elizabeth Lawson, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

                     Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Dean and Elizabeth Lawson was issued November 25, 1830, with bondsman Elijah Thompson.  The bride’s mother, Susan Lawson, says that Elizabeth is twenty-one years of age.  Consent was given by Catlett Lawson.

I do hereby certify that in virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office of Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 11th of November 1830, between Thomas Patterson and Dorothy Vanfleet, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

                    Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Thomas Patterson and Dorothy Vanfleet was issued November 8, 1830, with bondsman John Vanfleet.  The bride’s mother was Nancy Vanfleet, testified by Elizabeth Vanfleet.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony the 7th of February 1830, between Daniel Milburn and Charity Vandever, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

                    Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Daniel Milbourn and Charity Vandever was issued January 30, 1830, with bondsman Joseph Milbourn.  Fathers of both Daniel and Charity gave consent in person (not named).

 

Crawford and Ewing Families in Mercer, Washington, Boyle and Marion Counties

Cyrus Crawford, born December 3, 1802, died September 23, 1855.  Mahala F., daughter of Harrison and Ruth Walker, & wife of Cyrus Crawford, born April 1, 1811, died January 22, 1857.  They were married May 25, 1837.  Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.Samuel Crawford, born November 4, 1787, died August 14, 1868.

In the Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, there are graves of two brothers – Samuel and Cyrus Crawford – and their wives.  The brothers were the sons of Thomas Crawford and Mary Ewing, both from Chester County, Pennsylvania.  When they moved to this area Boyle was still part of Mercer County, not becoming a county until 1842.  Both Crawford and Ewing families moved to Kentucky, settling in Mercer and Washington, and after the formation of Boyle and Marion, some families were in the areas that became the two new counties.  The two families intermarried – Samuel Crawford married his first cousin, Catherine Ewing, daughter of Samuel Ewing and Margaret McMichael.  Samuel’s brother Thomas married Catherine’s sister, Rebecca.

Samuel Crawford, born November 14, 1787, died August 14, 1863.

Catherine, wife of Samuel Crawford, born March 21, 1790, died July 10, 1861, aged 71 years, 3 months, 19 days.

Since there are so many intertwined marriages, and these families are so interesting, I checked the Mercer County marriages for any with these two names.

  • James Crawford married Catherine Miller, December 7, 1794. Bondsman, William Crawford.  Bride’s parents, John and Sarah Miller.
  • John Crawford married Ethe Jones, December 7, 1796. Bride’s father, Mason Jones.
  • William Crawford married Mary Pryor, May 18, 1798. Bride’s father, John Pryor.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Reilly, November 8, 1798. Bride’s parents, Barnabas and Anne Reilly.
  • Thomas Ewing married Margaret Tilford, June 1, 1790.
  • William Ewing married Margaret Paulson, December 24, 1790. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford, who certifies the bride is 21.
  • Jesse Durham married Elizabeth Ewing, March 5, 1810. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford, March 21, 1808. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • Nathan H. Hall married Ann Crawford, July 14, 1807. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • John McAfee married Margaret Ewing, February 27, 1798. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • George Crawford married Elizabeth Embree, March 15, 1815.
  • James Crawford married Judith wood, February 10, 1812. Bride’s father, James Woods.
  • John Crawford married Abigail McFatrich, April 1, 1824. Bondsman, William E. Crawford.  Daughter of William and Abigail (Steen) McFatrich.
  • Samuel Crawford married Catherine Ewing, November 4, 1814. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • Thomas Crawford married Rebecca Ewing, May 6, 1816. Bondsman, Samuel Crawford.
  • Thomas Crawford, Jr., married Sarah Shearl, July 6, 1824.
  • Thomas J. Crawford married Margaret Crawford, March 4, 1816. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • William Crawford married Jane Vandike, July 24, 1822.
  • Baker F. Ewing married Sarah M. Durham, November 11, 1823. Bondsman, John L. Ewing.
  • John Ewing married Betsy may, October 30, 1817.
  • John Bohon married Mary Crawford, October 7, 1818. Bondsman, William Crawford, makes oath his sister Polly is 21 years old.
  • Jacob Crow married Mary Crawford, February 26, 1820. Bride’s Father, Thomas Crawford.  W. E. Crawford.
  • William McElroy married Catherine Crawford, February 2, 1811. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • George Stevenson married Margaret Crawford, April 16, 1811. Bride’s mother, Eleanor Crawford.  Hugh Crawford.

Washington County Marriages

  • a. Crawford married A. P. Flournoy, January 31, 1884.
  • Leroy Crawford married Josephine Patix, July 3, 1883.
  • John Crawford married Sarah McElroy, March 10, 1817.
  • Thomas Crawford married Laura Durham, October 18,1876.
  • E. Crawford married Mary Gum, June 2, 1887.
  • William Crawford married Susanna Graves, February 8, 1859.
  • William E. Crawford married Esther McElroy, November 23, 1825.
  • Charles Ewing married Henrietta Hayden, February 19, 1805.
  • Henry Ewing married Susan Grundy, September 23, 1824.
  • F. Ewing married Margaret E. Creager, April 18, 1862.
  • James C. Ewing married Mattie E. Short, May 14, 1874.
  • James Ewing married Mary Wicker, October 22, 1833.
  • James Ewing married Sally Clark, March 5, 1823.
  • James T. Ewing married Jennie D. Brown, March 25, 1885.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Kelly, November 1798.
  • John T. Ewing married Amanda Thompson, January 2, 1855.
  • Samuel Ewing married Sarena White, October 12, 11864.
  • Samuel Ewing married Susan Lewis, December 9, 1821.
  • William Y. Ewing married Ann Reid, October 12, 1810.
  • Daniel Edelen married Julia Crawford, December 12, 1876.
  • Edelen married Charlotte Crawford, September 3, 1874.
  • Gabriel E. Nall married Maria T. Crawford, February 10, 1851.
  • John W. Skeins married Lavinia Crawford, March 17, 1863.
  • John O. Ball married Margaret Ewing, May 27, 1844.
  • George W. Bates married Mary E. Ewing, February 6, 1850.
  • Craven Belcher married Margaret Ewing, August 1798.
  • Dabney C. Cosby married Lydia Ewing, April 29, 1813.
  • William Edmondson married Martha Ewing, December 8, 1831.
  • Levi Funk married Sarah Ewing, September 15, 1827.
  • Thomas Head married Anne Ewing, November 29, 1814.
  • John Huff married Mariah Ewing, May 13, 1840.
  • Charles Norris married Nancy Ewing, January 10, 1822.
  • John N. Nourse married Rachel C. Ewing, May 8, 1828.
  • George W. Parrish married Arena F. Ewing, June 14, 1877.
  • John C. Riley married Mary Ewing, December 21, 1820.
  • William E. Riley married Elizabeth Ann Ewing, April 20, 1846.
  • Samuel Rubles married Susanna Ewing, May 19, 1858.
  • Daniel Thompson married Polly Ewing, May 13, 1813.

More information about these families will be forthcoming.