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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?

Oliver Perry Hill Biography

from Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume V

Oliver Perry Hill, M.D., is a lineal descendant, in the fourth generation of Thomas Hill, one of the early settlers at Cartwright’s Creek and an emigrant from Virginia, at a period when but few permanent settlements had been established in the state.  Thomas Hill immigrated to this country from England and first settled in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, where about the year 1754 he married Rebecca Miles, who bore him a family of seven children – three sons and four daughters.  At the beginning of the year 1787 he and his brother-in-law, Philip Miles, arranged to remove their families to Kentucky, and while en route down the Ohio River, in boats, to Louisville in March of that year, the party were fired upon with fatal effect by hostile savages who lined the banks.  A negro slave of Thomas Hill, as well as several horses, were killed, and he himself severely wounded in the thighs.  They reached Louisville in safety, however, and after went to Bardstown, where, owing to the severity of his wounds, Hill remained some time.  In the spring of 1789, he removed to Cartwright’s Creek, where he purchased land and entered upon the life of a farmer.  He was very zealous in the Catholic faith, and one of the chief promoters of the strong Catholic colony which afterward centered in that locality.  His death occurred in 1820, at the ripe age of ninety-seven years, and his descendants are numerously represented in the south and west.  Among the children of Thomas Hill was a son, William, who left the paternal roof at an early age and located in Garrard County.  He was a believer in the Protestant religion, and a teacher by profession, a vocation which he successfully pursued for many years in Kentucky.  Upon the breaking out of the war with England in 1812, he volunteered his services in behalf of the nation and served in the brigade of General Jennings.  He participated on Lake Erie under Commodore Perry, and later was taken ill with dysentery and died, his remains being interred at Put-In-Bay.  His wife was Nancy Mayfield, of Garrard County, Kentucky, and his children, John; George; Isaac, who died young; Martha, who married Archibald Woods; Mary, who married John Sullivan; Elizabeth, who married William Young; Nancy, who became the wife of David Gabbard; and Jane, who was married to Luda Martin.  John Hill, the eldest of this family, located in the northern part of Garrard County, near the Kentucky River, and during his lifetime became a successful and representative farmer.  He married Malinda Pollard, daughter of Absalom Pollard, a Revolutionary soldier and one of the earliest settlers from Virginia to locate in Garrard County.  He was related to the well-known family of that name in Virginia.  But two children were born to that union:  Oliver Perry Hill and his brother William, who was an artisan by vocation, and died in Butler County, Kentucky.  Dr. Oliver Perry Hill was born in Garrard County, March 2, 1814, and was named in honor of the great naval captain, under whom his grandfather had fought on Lake Erie.  His early educational advantages were naturally limited to the common schools of his day, and he assisted his father in working upon the farm until he had reached the age of nearly twenty years.  He then began the study of medicine under Dr. William Pawling, of Lexington, and subsequently attended lectures at Transylvania University, at that place, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of M.D. in March, 1838.  From that time until 1840 he practiced his profession near his birthplace in the north end of the county, but in the latter year located at Lancaster, where he has been in active practice since, a period of about forty-seven years.  During all that time Dr. Hill has been recognized as an intelligent and skillful practitioner, and has been in the enjoyment of a large and lucrative practice, performing in the meanwhile the full duty of a useful and respected citizen.  His first political vote was cast in 1836 for the candidates of the Democratic party, Van Buren and Johnson, and with that party he has always since acted, though never aspiring to political position.  During the late Civil War he was a consistent Union man and gave what support he could to the measures and policy of the National Government.  From 1853 to 1855 Dr. Hill traveled extensively in the western country, crossing the plains on horseback, and extended his observations not only as far as the Pacific Ocean, but through Oregon and California down into Mexico and through several of the Central American states and the West Indies.  He resumed his practice in 1855.  He is of a naturally studious tendency of mind, and being possessed of a remarkably retentive memory, has added greatly to his store of knowledge, being able to repeat almost whole books from memory without special effort.  He is particularly fond of the study of languages, and has mastered, without a teacher, French, German and Spanish, possessing a large library in these languages on general subjects.  In religion he is liberal; he believes in one God from whom all things in the universe have emanated.  He believes in a future state of rewards and punishments.  He believes in the  immortality of the soul.  He believes there is more or less good in all religions, as all are founded on Bibles claiming to be of divine origin, as all religions and all nations seem to be equally favored by God.  He believes, if the Bible be true, that it teaches that all evil as well as all good comes from God, for His greatest prophets so declares, and the Bible so declares in many places.