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Nicholas County Marriages

Nicholas County Marriages


  • Robert Stephenson married Martha McAnully, by John P. Campbell, on April 6, 1802.
  • John McNide married Susannah Barnett, by John Barnett, December 15, 1803.
  • John Swinny married Priscilla Potts, by Bartholomew W. Stone, November 24, 1803.
  • Sampson Archer married Polly Kineart, by Bartholomew W. Stone, December 22, 1803.
  • James Collins married Mary McDowell, by John Barnett, September 29, 1803
  • John Benson married Sally Musich, by John Barnett, November 3, 1803.
  • Peter Ireland married Ann Allen, by Bartholomew W. Stone, September 28, 1804
  • Robert McCune married Phoebe Ray, by Bartholomew W. Stone, December 27, 1804
  • Gaven Mathers married Peggy McCune, by Bartholomew W. Stone, February 21, 1805.
  • John Scott  married Elizabeth Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone, July 4, 1805.
  • Aaron Wiggins married Elizaeth Inard, by Caleb J. Taylor, September 23, 1804.
  • Alexander Allerson married Elizabeth Taylor, by Caleb J. Taylor, June 2, 1805.
  • John Ellis married Lucrece Wells, by Caleb J. Taylor, June 20, 1805.
  • Thomas Harney married Mary Grosvenor, by John Barnett, December 19, 1804.
  • Andrew Burns married Hannah Adams, by John Persons, September 20, 1804.
  • James Ishmael married Mary McFerrin, by John Person, June 21, 1804
  • Parker Brown married Sarah Bell, by John Barnett, January 17, 1805.
  • William Landers married Rebecca Plugh, by John Persons, January 5, 1804
  • George Eidson married Mary Lilly, by John Barnett, October 11, 1804.
  • Abraham Dorlan married Sally Brown, by John Barnett, November 29, 1804.
  • Thomas Davis married Elizabeth Grosvenor, by John Barnett, July 5, 1804.
  • Samuel Long married Susannah Barlow, by John Barnett, March 15, 1804.
  • Jacob Fight married Peggy Cotrill, by John Barnett, June 6, 1805.

Marriages From Nicholas County

Parties Names – By Whom Married – Dates
  • John Wiley to Hannah Rouse, by John P. Campbell – 13th July 1800
  • John Saunderson to Ibby Galbreath, by Augustine Easton – 24th December 1800
  • Peter Mann to Barberry Jones, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • John Fearman to Jane McClelland, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • Thomas Jones to Jane Easley, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • George Frayman to Margaret Snap, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • John Evans to Margaret Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 1st January 1801
  • David Caldwell to Eleanor McClanahan, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 25th February 1801
  • Daniel Newcome to Christian Davidson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 26th March 1801
  • John Johnston to Sarah Craig, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 28th May 1801
  • Edward P. Criswell to Mary Stephenson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 6th August 1801
  • Andrew Bunton to Elizabeth Lockridge, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 26th November 1801
  • Benjamin Burdin to Elizabeth Tully, by M. Hill – 6th November 1801
  • Samuel Marshall to Susannah Waggoner, by John Whitaker – 30th July 1802
  • John Williamson to Sarah Grosviner, by John Whitaker – 30th July 1802
  • Thomas Reveal to Elizabeth McFerrin, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 21st January 1802
  • Dennis Conners to Polly Burke, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 9th February 1802
  • William McLees to Elizabeth Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 25th February 1802
  • Robert Hall to Mary Thomson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 22nd April 1802
  • Robert Pendergrass to Ester Kilgore, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 23rd September 1802
  • William Wishart to Betsy Rodes, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 7th October 1802
  • James Piper to Frances Ray, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 30th November 1802
  • John Moore to Easter Archer, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 7th December 1802
  • Isaac Darland to Jenny Wilson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 9th December 1802
  • John Myers to Ruth Smart, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 6th January 1803
  • Thomas Caldwell to Polly Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 2nd June 1803
  • Samuel Haslett to Mary Stephenson, by John P. Campbell – 25th March 1802

Marriage Records – Nicholas County, Kentucky

Marriage Records – Nicholas County, Kentucky

  • Elijah Dasey married Milley M. Baskett – December 20, 1804
  • Samuel Easlick married Delilah Burden – September 12, 1805
  • Solomon Ritchey married Rachel Davis – September 8, 1805
  • Archibald McNinch married Elizabeth Arnold – August 1, 1805
  • George Harrison married Prudence Gamble – November 25, 1805
  • Frederick Potts married Elizabeth Oliver – September 26, 1805
  • William Hamilton married Mary McIntire – March 6, 1806
  • James Ellis married Fanny Doughty – March 20, 1806
  • David Bagby married Lucy Collier – August 30, 1806
  • David Myers married Frances Foster – June 19, 1806
  • Robert Ewing married Nancy Metcalfe – May 1, 1806
  • Overton Cosby married Susannah Hiper – June 17, 1806
  • Henry Howard married Jane Saunderson – January 12, 1806
  • Thomas Guffin married Arcady Thomson – July 24, 1806
  • William Wheeler married Margaret Rolston – July 29, 1806
  • Hugh Smith married Mary Wilson – September 4, 1806
  • William Fuller married Mary Wilson – September 4, 1806
  • Henry Hastings married Ann Patchel – August 4, 1806
  • Robert Kennedy married Rebecca Carnahan – September 15, 1806
  • Robert H. Kimbrough married Sally Baskett – April 14, 1807
  • George W. Murphy married Sally Dean – April 2, 1807
  • Stephen Peyton married Nancy Doughty – April 16, 1807
  • Aaron Carnehan married Elvira Mitchell – December 18, 1806
  • James Carson married Isabella Mathers – January 22, 1807
  • Tolliver Hughes married Susannah Gamble – May 17, 1807
  • David Gamble married Polly Stoop – January 1, 1807
  • John Irvin married Sarah Ishmael – May 10, 1807
  • Matthew Scott married Jane Philips – January 3, 1807
  • William Crawford married Elsey Doughty – June 2, 1807
  • Joseph Easlick married Patsey Griffith – November 17, 1807

Old Millersburg Cemetery – Martin Family

IMG_2889The Old Millersburg Cemetery is located on US68 just over the line from Bourbon to Nicholas County.  I’ve written about this cemetery several times because it is so unusual, and one of my favorites!  As you can see from the above photo the original cemetery was surrounded by a rock wall, with the entrance from the road, as seen below.  At some point this part of the rock wall was opened to allow more burials.  From the above photo you can see the Martin family buried in the first row, with the rounded stone to the left belonging to Hiram Martin

IMG_2916Front entrance to cemetery


Edmund Martin departed this life November 28, 1811.  Aged 65 years.

Edmund Martin was a Revolutionary War soldier.  He served as a private in the Sussex County, New Jersey, militia receiving certificate #577, dated May 1, 1784.  In yesterday’s post of his will, we learned at his death he had four sons, Edmund, Micajah, Jeremiah and Elijah, and four daughters Nancy Aultic, Rachel Rees, Milly Bland and Hannah Porter.  One daughter was deceased at that time since he left land to his son-in-law Eli Huron.


Susan, wife of Edmund Martin, Senior, departed this life July 18, 1821.  Aged 62 years.

Edmund Martin, son of Edmund Martin, Senior, is buried at the side of his father.


Edmund Martin, born April 29, 1789, died May 27, 1863


Rebecca, wife of Edmund Martin, born December 27, 1791, died November 23, 1865

Three children of the younger Edmund Martin and wife Rebecca are also buried in Old Millersburg Cemetery.


Margaret F., wife of Rev. C. King and daughter of Edmund and Rebecca Martin, born February 17, 1833, died March 22, 1854

Daughter Margaret was so young when she died, 21 years of age.  Perhaps she died during childbirth.


Hiram Martin, born October 10, 1816, died June 30, 1838

Hiram was the eldest son of Edmund and Rebecca.  He, too, died at a very young age, 21.  Notice his footstone leaning on his grave marker.


J. J. Martin, born January 26, 1823 – March 30, 1881

Jeremiah John Martin, son of Edmund and Rebecca, was named for his uncle.


Nancy J. Martin, October 23, 1823 – November 21, 1893

Nancy was the wife of Jeremiah John Martin.

Thus is the story of a family by the name of Martin, who fought in the Revolutionary War, and eventually moved their family from Sussex County, New Jersey to Nicholas County, Kentucky.  A similar story that was played out by many families during the early years of our country!  Does anyone have more information on this family?

Will of Edmund Martin – Mason County, Kentucky

Edmund Martin was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  He served as a private in the Sussex County, New Jersey militia, receiving certificate #577, dated May 1, 1784.  He is buried in the Old Millersburg Cemetery in Nicholas County, at the county line with Bourbon County.  This will is from Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky.  Nicholas County was formed in 1799 from portions of Bourbon and Mason Counties.  Tomorrow my blog will be about the Martin family buried in Old Millersburg Cemetery.  It is interesting to note that Edmund Martin died the day his will was signed.

Will of Edmund Martin

Mason County, Kentucky

In the name of God Amen. I Edmund Martin of Maysville, County of Mason and State of Kentucky considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed by Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First of all my just debts to be paid. I then bequeath to my beloved wife Susanna the house and shore houses thereon, during her life. I also bequeath to her three feather beds and furniture, one bureau and three tables with the desk and bookcases. I also give and bequeath unto my son Edmund Martin (after his mother’s death) the aforesaid house and lots with the improvements thereon; which I now live in and my said son Edmund is to pay out of said house and lot the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars to his brother Micajah Martin one year after his mother’s death being one of four yearly payments of the same amount to be paid to his said brother Micajah until the sum of one thousand dollars has been paid in full to his said brother Micajah. I also give and bequeath unto my son Jerry Martin the one hundred acres of land on which he now lives. I also bequeath to my son-in-law Eli Huron fifty acres of land on which he lives. I also give and bequeath to each of my daughters herein mentioned that is to Nancy Aultic, Rachel Rees, Milly Bland and Hannah Porter four hundred dollars if so much remains of my estate after paying my just debts. I request that these people who have my obligations for deed to lots – Swells Boaz Brooks and Levi Boone and any others that the same deeds may be made when they pay the respective balances due me. I request also the tan yard lot to be sold for the payment of my debts. The residue of my estate when all my just debts are paid to be equally divided between my children, Elijah Martin excepted as he has got his proportion before. I hereby appoint my son Elijah Martin and my worthy friend Moses Daulton to be my Executers of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former will by me made.

In witness whereof I have set my hand seal this 28th day of November 1811.

Edmund Martin

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Edmund Martin to be his last will and testament in our presence – Charles Gallagher, Adam McFerrin, Sanford Carroll


Cemetery Symbology

773Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Every time we visit a cemetery and search for our ancestor’s gravestones, we notice the beautiful array of figures – angels, men, women, children – who adorn some of the markers – as well as what is on the stones themselves – urns, anchors, flowers, trees, hands, doves, etc.  I decided it was time to do a bit of research on the subject.  And what I found will make me never look at a gravestone the same again – look for the symbols next time you visit and it will be a new and interesting way to look at the final resting place of those you love and honor.

IMG_8313Bellevue Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky

Angels grace the tops of many stones – above is the Michael the Archangel – he is always seen with his sword.


Battle Grove Cemetery, Harrison County, Kentucky

This is the Angel Gabriel – he is always represented holding a horn.

IMG_6208Indianapolis Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana

An angel, with cross behind, holding what appears to be leaves – there is also a lily of the valley at her feet.

IMG_0354Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

The draped urn is a 19th century symbol of the veil between heaven and earth.  Cremation was not practiced at this time, it was simply a decorative touch.

200St. Rose Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

This stone shows the hand of God coming down from the clouds, holding a broken chain.  This could be a symbol of the chain of sin, or the opening of the gates of heaven after Jesus’s death on the cross.

IMG_6144Indianapolis Cemetery

The anchor has always been a symbol of hope.  But many times the anchor is also shown as a cross, as in this example.  The anchor also holds particular significance since this gentleman was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy.


Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas County, Kentucky

This is one of my favorite gravestones!  ‘Do not weep.  She is not dead, only sleeping.’  Many memorials have the figures of men, women and children – a lovely memory of those gone before.

IMG_8334Bellevue Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky

From about 1880 to 1920 this gravestone in the form of a tree trunk was very popular, especially with a group called Woodman of the World.  This group was much like the Odd Fellows, or Masons, or our Rotary or Lions groups of today.  The tree stump is broken, symbolizing the end of life.  For some time this group provided every member with a gravestone – they felt everyone deserved to be remembered!  This particular example is very striking due to the palm fronds at the base, and the ivy growing up the tree.

IMG_8440Frankfort Cemetery, Franklin County, Kentucky

This is a beautiful example of a Celtic Cross – always represented with a circle.  As in this example they are usually very decorative, with many carved symbols.  This cross can be used for anyone, but especially by those of Irish and Scottish ancestry.

IMG_8945Hillsborough Baptist Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

A hand with a finger pointing up means the soul has risen to heaven.  This example even has the words ‘Gone Home’ added to the symbol.

IMG_2004Battle Grove Cemetery, Harrison County, Kentucky

Hands together are a symbol of matrimony.  If you look closely you will see a man and woman’s hand, represented by cuff of a suit and shirt, and a bit of frilly cuff representing the woman’s dress.  There is also the addition of the unbroken chain representing the love that still exists.

IMG_2028Old Cynthiana Cemetery, Harrison County, Kentucky

This gravestone is rife with symbolism!  At the very top is the open hand holding a heart, the symbol of love.  Beneath that is the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for God.  And below that is a tent – the portable structure that housed the Ark of the Covenant while the Israelites traveled through the desert.  Today it symbolizes a place to summon the powers of God.  There are many Masonic symbols on this stone; surely this gentleman was a member.

IMG_3097Battle Grove Cemetery, Harrison County, Kentucky

And finally we have a young child, a life ended far too soon.  The lad is dressed, ready for school, resting his arm on his books.  His cap rests beside him.

These I pulled from photos taken at various cemeteries throughout the state, and a few from Indianapolis.  I can’t wait to visit a cemetery with the primary goal of looking for particular symbols.  I believe we’ll have another blog then!  Happy researching!



1863 Union Draft Records

1863 Union Draft Records

I ran across something very interesting when doing research on a Bowman family of Mercer County, Kentucky – the Civil War draft registration records for the Union Army, 1863-1865.  By 1863 it was necessary for the federal government to enroll and draft men.  The Conscription Act declared that men between the ages of 20 and 45 were eligible for duty.  Those exempt from the draft were men who were mentally or physically impaired, the only son of a widow, the son of infirm parents or a widower with dependent children.  A few man paid a substitute to go to war for them.  Prices began about $300, but some went as high as $1,100 or more.

Class I comprised all persons subject to do military duty between the ages of twenty and thirty-five years, and all unmarried persons to do military duty above the age of thirty-five years and under the age of forty-five years.  Class II comprised all other persons subject to do military duty, married men aged 36 to 44.  Class III comprised volunteers.


Consolidated list of all person of Class II, subject to do military duty in the Seventh Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of Lincoln, Fayette, Jessamine, Boyle, Mercer, Bourbon, Nicholas, Franklin, Woodford and Clark, and State of Kentucky, enumerated during the month of June and July, 1863, under direction of Thomas H. Moore, Captain.

The following is just a small sample of the names included.  What I love about these records is the information given – great for genealogists – and another tool to use between the census years!

Jessamine Allen, Achilles 42 Farmer Kentucky
Jessamine Allen, William C. 36 Blacksmith Tennessee
Jessamine Arnett, Samuel 41 Farmer Kentucky
Jessamine Austin, Robert 36 Carpenter Kentucky
Jessamine Axline, D. W. 37 Preacher Kentucky
Mercer Birdwhite, William N. 36 C. Clerk Kentucky
Mercer Bixter, David M 44 Farmer Kentucky
Jessamine Brown, George W. 39 Carpenter Kentucky
Jessamine Brown, George W. 36 Wagon Maker Kentucky
Mercer Brown, Thomas B. 41 Boot Maker New Hampshire
Mercer Bryant, Isaiah 40 Tailor Ohio
Jessamine Burdine, James 36 Butcher Kentucky
Mercer Burks, Richard 42 Toll Gate Keeper Kentucky
Scott Cannan, John H. 42 Farmer Kentucky
Scott Carrick, John 39 Farmer Kentucky
Scott Carter, John 36 Farmer Kentucky
Mercer Chambers, William 39 Carpenter Kentucky
Scott Chowning, Preston 43 Farmer Kentucky
Scott Clackner G. F. 37 Cabinet Maker Maryland
Scott Clark, Henry 37 Coach Maker New Jersey
Mercer Cochran, Alonzo F. 37 Coach Maker Maryland
Mercer Coghill, Littleton 37 Farmer Kentucky
Scott Cole, Loyd 44 Farmer Kentucky
Mercer Conn, W. O. 35 Farmer Kentucky
Scott Conner, John 35 Farmer Kentucky
Scott Conner, Mike 36 Laborer Ireland
Scott Covington, Thomas 43 Farmer Kentucky
Scott Curry, Charles 38 Miller Ireland
Scott Cutenhuma, John 39 Farmer Kentucky
Lincoln Dallins, Reuben 37 Farmer Kentucky
Lincoln Edmenton, John 37 Merchant Virginia
Lincoln Estis, John W. 43 Farmer Kentucky
Lincoln Estis, William M. 44 Farmer Kentucky
Lincoln Eubank, Ben 37 Farmer Kentucky
Lincoln Floyd, Harry 37 Farmer Kentucky
Nicholas Ham, S. W. 43 Farmer Kentucky
Nicholas Hamilton, James G. 35 Constable Kentucky
Nicholas Holladay, James H. 42 Lawyer Kentucky
Nicholas Howe, Ezra 42 Merchant Kentucky
Fayette Landsburg, William 43 Merchant Germany
Fayette Laudaman, James 42 Grocer Kentucky
Fayette Lillard, John L. 42 Harness Maker Kentucky
Fayette Lindsay, W. A. 42 Hotel Keeper Kentucky
Fayette Linn, Patrick 39 Laborer Ireland
Boyle Manmaning, H. 36 Carriage Maker New York
Boyle McGorty, A. L. 43 Merchant Ireland
Boyle McGraw, Jack 37 Farmer Kentucky
Boyle Moore, William J. 43 Tailor Kentucky
Boyle Newlin, George P. 36 Dentist Pennsylvania
Boyle Nichols, John R. 40 Undertaker Kentucky
Boyle Pittman, C. J. 38 Farmer Kentucky
Bourbon Redman, Washington 37 Farmer Kentucky
Bourbon Richardson, Thomas 35 Wagon Maker Kentucky
Bourbon Rogers, I. I. 44 Minister Kentucky
Bourbon Rowe, Jacob 37 Mechanic Kentucky