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James and Letitia Barbour Wills – Boyle County

James Barbour was a native of Orange County, Virginia, and belonged to an old English family.  His father was Ambrose Barbour, a soldier of the Revolution.  James’ wife, Letitia, was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of Willis Green, the first Clerk of the United States Courts for Kentucky, and his wife Sarah Reed.

Boyle County was formed in 1842 from portions of Mercer, Lincoln and Casey counties.  James Barbour evidently wrote his will very shortly before he died.  The will was signed August 10, 1843, and the will was proved in the September 1843 Court.  Letitia Barbour’s will is very similar, written August 31, 1844, and proved in the October Court of that same year. 

From Letitia Barbour’s will we find the name of their children:  Catherine, Martha, Ambrose, Lewis and James.    

Will of James Barbour

Boyle County Will Book 1, Page 12

I, James Barbour, of the Town of Danville in the State of Kentucky, being weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, knowing the great uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make and publish this my last will and testament.  It is my wish first that all my just debts shall be paid.  Secondly, I do give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Letitia Barbour, all my estate, real, personal and mixed, which shall remain after the payment of said liabilities, to have and to hold to her own only proper use and behoof.

Third, I do hereby constitute and appoint Dr. William Craig, John Barkley and my son, James Barbour, my executors.  In testimony whereof, I do hereto set my hand and seal this 10th day of August 1843.

J. Barbour

In the presence of David Bell, William Pawling

Boyle County Court – September term 1843

This writing purporting to be the last will and testament of James Barbour, deceased, was exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of David Bell and William Pawling, subscribing witnesses thereto, whereupon the same is ordered to be recorded.  And thereupon William Craig, John Barkley and James Barbour, executors therein named came into Court and took the oath prescribed by law and entered into bond with Thomas Barbee their security in the penalty of twenty thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs.  Therefore, a certificate of probate thereof is granted them in due form.

Attested.  Duff Green, C.B.C.C.

Will of Letitia Barbour

Boyle County Will Book 1, Page 23

I, Letitia Barbour, of the Town of Danville, Kentucky, being firm in body but of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

I advise and bequeath unto my sons James and Ambrose Barbour, my whole estate, real, personal and mixed to be held or disposed of by them, as my executors, at public or private sale as they or the survivor of them may think best, and when sold to be distributed as follows.

First.  To my daughters, Catherine and Martha, each the sum of three thousand dollars, $3,000.

Second.  To my son Ambrose, the sum of one thousand dollars, $1,000.

Third.  To my son Lewis the sum of two thousand dollars, $2,000.

Fourth.  To my son James the watch which his father, my deceased husband, wore in his lifetime.

Fifth.  The rest of my estate I wish to distribute equally amongst my aforesaid children.  August 31, 1844.

Letitia Barbour

Signed, sealed and published in our presence and attested by us at the request of the division.

Teste.  William Craig, Peachy Johnston, George P. Bergen, William B. Craig.

State of Kentucky, Boyle County

I, Thomas B. Nichols, Clerk of the Boyle County Court, do certify that this instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Letitia Barbour, deceased, was produced in Court at the October term 1844 and proved by the oaths of William Craig and William B. Craig, subscribing witnesses thereto, to have been duly executed by the said Letitia Barbour, and the same thereupon was ordered to be recorded.

Att.  Thomas B. Nichols, Clerk.

1783 Marriage of James Stevens and Susannah Haydon

James Stevens was born in Orange County, Virginia, July 23, 1757, and died September 3, 1832, in Warren County, Kentucky.  He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, enlisted in Orange County, and served in the Second Virginia Regiment.  Susannah Haydon, his wife, was born in Virginia, March 25, 1768, and died January 9, 1839, in Warren County.  They were married in Lincoln County, Kentucky (Virginia at the time), July 9, 1783.

I will mention that it was not Thomas Harrison that was Governor of Virginia at this time, but Benjamin Harrison.  He lived at his plantation home known as Berkeley. 

Ritchey and I visited this home last year while in Virginia – it is quite beautiful and commands a majestic view of the James River.  We had afternoon tea under the huge trees of the yard.

Know all men by these presents that we, James Stevens and Richard Beale, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Thomas Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment whereof to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 9th day of July 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound James Stevens and Susannah Haydon, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said intended marriage then the obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

James Stevens, Richard Beale

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Lincoln County


Please to grant Mr. James Stevens his license to marry my daughter, Susannah Haydon, and oblige, sir, your humble servant.

John Haydon, July 9th 1783

Mr. Willis Green

Test. John Conner, Abner Haydon

Captain Darwin Bell Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1884

Christian County

Captain Darwin Bell

Among the many hospitable and genial men of Christian County, there are none to be found more companionable that the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch.  He was born, January 1, 1828, in the first house reared in Christian county, Kentucky, where James Davis made his pioneer settlement.  His father, Dr. John F. Bell, was born in Orange County, Virginia, in 1796; removed to Christian County, Kentucky, in 1810, where he died in 1878; he was a prominent physician of extensive information, and in his life amassed a fine property.  Dr. John F. Bell was the son of Captain John Bell, a Revolutionary soldier of Orange County, Virginia, who died in 1805, at the age of sixty-eight years.  Captain John was the son of William Bell, of Orange County, where he died.  William was the son of John Bell, who emigrated from Ireland in an early day.  Subject’s mother, Catherine B. Bocock, daughter of Douglas and Mildred Bocock, of Albemarle County, Virginia, was born in 1805, and died in Christian County, Kentucky, in 1838.  To her and her husband, Dr. John F. Bell, were born:  Elizabeth M., John H., subject, Evelina M. (Quarles), Fannie S. (Henry), Cincinnatus D., Catherine B. and Mary A. (Henry).  Subject was married, December 28, 1857, to Miss Mary W., daughter of Charles H. Meriwether, of Albemarle County, Virginia, and to them have been born:  Catherine E. (Manson), Gilmer M., Margaret (Williams) and John F.  Captain Bell’s educational advantages were of the best that the county afforded, and he has continued his habits as a student, having a fine and extensive library, until he is regarded by others as one of the best posted men in southern Kentucky.  At the age of eighteen years, in 1847, Mr. Bell enlisted in Company A., Texas Rangers, Chevallier’s Battalion, at San Antonio, and entered General Taylor’s army, and remained in service until July, 1848, when he was mustered out at Camargo, Mexico.  In 1861 he entered, as Lieutenant, Company A., 1st Kentucky Cavalry, and was soon promoted to the rank of Captain, which position he held until the end of the late war.

The Five John Pearce Campbells

Scan_Pic1560 1Five Generations of John P. Campbells

from A History of Christian County Kentucky from Oxcart to Airplane

John Pearce Campbell I, known as “Captain Campbell,” came from Orange County, Virginia.  He was one of the earliest settlers of Christian County.  Born April 23, 1788.  Married Mary Aylette Buckner.  Documents extant show that on October 31, 1816, he was given power of attorney by Thomas Barbour, Governor of Virginia, to represent him throughout the Mississippi Valley in all matters pertaining to lands.  In 1826 he represented Christian County in the legislature.  He was organizer and first president of Branch Bank of Kentucky, the first bank in Hopkinsville, now known as The Bank of Hopkinsville.  He was a benefactor of Bethel College.

His father, William Campbell (December 12, 1755 – October 29, 1825) and mother, Susana Pearce (April 10, 1764 – March 13, 1852), lived at Campbellton, Orange County, Virginia, and were neighbors of President Thomas Jefferson.  William Campbell served in the Revolution and is referred to as “Colonel.”  Several of their children were early settlers in Christian County.  Brothers and sisters of Captain John Campbell were:  Frederick Woodson Campbell, May 14, 1808-.  Elizabeth Watkins Campbell, August 16, 1786 – February 23, 1787.  Mildred Pearce Campbell, February 15, 1792 -.  Aria Campbell (Welch), December 12, 1796 – .  William Campbell, January 29, 1798 – .  America Campbell, December 10, 1800 – .  Eliza Frances Campbell, December 12, 1802 – .  Catherine Hart Campbell (William Dulaney), May 17, 1790 – .  Susana Campbell (Charles Graves), September 1, 1804 – .  Virginia Campbell (Mrs. Leon H. Maury).  Captain John P. Campbell’s paternal grandfather was James Campbell, of Virginia, and his maternal grandmother was Sarah Merriweather Pearce, the daughter of Mary Bushrod Merriweather.  His uncles were named James, Joseph and John; an aunt, Elizabeth (Gibbs).  Colonel William Campbell had half brothers named Hugh and Wiley, and half sisters named Annie, Fannie, Nancy and Lucy.

John Pearce Campbell II was born December 8, 1820, in Christian County.  Educated Hopkinsville, studied law in the office of Joseph B. Crockett.  Entered practice at Lexington, Missouri.  Elected to Missouri Legislature; re-elected 1850.  Returned to Hopkinsville and elected to United States House of Representatives in 1855.  He was president of Henderson and Nashville Railroad.  He was married in 1856 to May Boyd Faulkner, of Virginia, daughter of Charles James Faulkner.  Ambassador to France and later General Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff.  Major John Pearce Campbell died in Hopkinsville October 29, 1888.

John Pearce Campbell III was born September 15, 1867, at “Boydville,” Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Educated at Hopkinsville.  Many years associated with Bank of Hopkinsville.  Married Bertie Fowler, of Paducah, Kentucky, who died in 1907.  Only child a son, John.  Later moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he was prominent in social and business circles.  In 1908 married Mary Bowie Johnson, granddaughter of United States Senator Reverdy Johnson, of Maryland.  Died at Annapolis, Maryland, July 5, 1915.

John Pearce Campbell IV was born July 24, 1892, at the old Campbell home on Main Street in Hopkinsville.  Married Sara Smith, of Paducah, in 1914.  Their two children are Laura Fowler and John.  Enlisted in the army in1918.  Lives near Chicago.

John Pearce Campbell V was born December 8, 1917, at Paducah, Kentucky.  Is now a manly boy of twelve years.  Attends Junior High School at Evanston, Illinois.  A good student, active in athletics, he has evidenced traits of industry and determination that bid fair to equip him to make a success of that profession or vocation which he will later choose.

Captain Zachariah Henry – War of 1812 Veteran


In Honor of Service – Captain Zachariah Henry – War of 1812

On a visit to the Versailles Cemetery in Woodford County, Kentucky, we happened upon the gravestones of  Captain Zachariah Henry and his wife, Lucy Ann Kirtley Henry.  With a little research I found a bit more about this couple.


Zachariah Henry, born in Orange County, Virginia, September 9, 1780, died September 30, 1828

Zachariah Henry was born September 9, 1780, in Orange County, Virginia.  There he married Lucy Ann Kirtley November 17, 1801.  The couple moved to Kentucky at some point after that.  The 1810 Census of Woodford County shows Zachariah Henry with two males under the age of 10, one male 26-44 (Zachariah would have been 30 in 1810), one female under 10, one female 16-25, one female 26-44 (Lucy would have been 31) and one female 45+.  Zachariah owned 11 slaves.  Others listed on the same page are Thomas Coleman, Elizabeth McClary, Presley Terrell, James Lanford, William Culley and Joel Ashley.


Dorothy, wife of Thomas Kirtley, born in Culpeper County, Virginia, December 29, 1744, died May 13, 1830

In the line with the War of 1812 marker and Zachariah and Lucy’s stones is this one – Dorothy, wife of Thomas Kirtley, born in Culpeper County, Virginia, December 29, 1744, died May 13, 1830.  Evidently this is Lucy’s mother – and the 45+ female living with them in 1810.

In the 1820 Woodford County Census, Zachariah is listed with two males 10-15, one male 26-44, two females under 10, one female 10-15, two females 26-44 and one female 45+, and 18 slaves.  Since Dorothy Kirtley lived until May of 1830, she is certainly this last female.  In both the 1810 and 1820 censuses there is one female close to Lucy’s age – perhaps her sister?


Lucy, wife of Zachariah Henry, born in Culpeper County, Virginia, August 26, 1779, died February 12, 1862

Lucy, wife of Zachariah Henry, was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, August 26, 1779, like her mother.  Just looking at the 1810 and 1820 census records it looks as if Lucy and Zachariah possibly had 5 children.  I do not have information on names – one of the problems with the early census records – as all of you know!

Zachariah Henry died September 30, 1828, and Dorothy Kirtley,  May 13, 1830.  Lucy continued raising her children and living in Woodford County until her death on February 12, 1862.  She lived through the Revolutionary War (albeit as an infant), the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the beginning of the Civil War.  What history she lived through!

Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky

Today In Genealogy History – December 17

Ann Nancy Pead and Moses Linton were married 213 years ago – December 17, 1800 – in Orange County, Virginia.  Moses was the son of John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  Ann and Moses had 5 children:  Benjamin Clark, Nancy Millie, William Yerby, Moses Filmore and Frances Ann Linton.

Today In Genealogy History – December 17, 2012

Ann Nancy Pead and Moses Linton were married 212 years ago – December 17, 1800 – in Orange County, Virginia.  Moses was the son of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  Moses and Ann  moved to Nelson County, Kentucky, where they raised a family of 5 children:  Benjamin Clark, Nancy Millie, William Yerby, Moses Filmore and Frances Ann Linton.