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Pulaski County Marriages – 1804

A list of marriages – John Gibson and Patience Burk, March 27th, 1804.  Zachariah Adams and Jean Claunch, June 5th, 1804.  Robert Barnes and Marion Linsy, August 23rd, 1804.  Martin Trapp and Jerimmiah Dodson, October 11, 1804.  The above list of marriage was confirmed according to the dates above written.

By Elijah Barnes

The foregoing lists of marriages was returned to me as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court at my office by the Reverend Elijah Barnes and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att.  Will Fox

These doth certify to you that on the 4th of November I joined together in the holy state of matrimony Anderson Nunnely and Nancy Richardson, both of this county.  Given under my hand this 8th day of November 1804.

Adam Banks

The foregoing list of marriage was produced to me in my office as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court by the Reverend Adam Banks and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att. Will Fox, C.P.C.

I do hereby certify that on the 12th day of March, I joined together in the holy state of matrimony John Allen and Rachel McDaniel.  Also on the 17th day of July, Abner Dodson and Betsey Wolverton.  Also on the 16th day of November, Joseph Sargant and Betsey Waggoner.  1804.

Thomas Hill

The foregoing lists of marriage was produced to me in my office as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court b the Reverend Thomas Hill and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att. Will Fox, C.P.C.



1800-1801 Marriage Returns By Rev. Thomas Hill – Pulaski County

Friday, since it was so hot and humid, instead of a cemetery Ritchey and I chose to visit two courthouses – Casey County in Liberty, and Pulaski County in Somerset.  Casey County’s courthouse was old and beautifully built in 1888.  Pulaski County boasts a new courthouse built in 1975.

I share a page of marriage returns by Rev.Thomas Hill, dated 1800-1801.  I don’t believe these are original records.  The handwriting throughout is the same and doesn’t look like it was written in 1800.  Perhaps the originals were in such bad shape they decided to write down the information.  I’m just happy we have this.  Many of the early marriage bonds were lost, some pages looked like they were nibbled by mice – and these were dated in the 1880’s.

Later more information on the two courthouses we visited.

Pulaski County

I hereby certify that

  • on the 30th day of December 1800, I joined together Barnard Housman and Elizabeth Couchran
  • on the 19th day of February 1801, Charles Walker and Matilda Stephens, likewise John Taylor and Sally Harmon
  • on the 9th day of April 1801, John Wolverton and Anna Hanks
  • on the 21st day of August 1801, John Blackridge and Minah Newby
  • on the 6th day of October 1801, John Eastham and Polly Dunham
  • on the 7th day of October 1801, John Cooper and Polly McCown and also John Macninth and Patsy Cooper
  • on the 19th day of August 1801, Abner McWhorter and Polly Spencer
  • on the 17th day of December 1801, Amos Spencer and Polly Meek
  • on the 19th day of January 1801, William Allen and Polly Burns
  • on the 23rd day of February 1801, Thomas Jarvis and Nancy Ingram
  • on the 5th day of March 1801, Thomas Scott and Elizabeth Jones

Thomas Hill

The foregoing lists of marriage was returned to my office as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court by the Reverend Thomas Hill and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att. Will Fox, C.P.

Revolutionary War Soldiers of Pulaski County

This beautiful plaque honoring Revolutionary soldiers from Pulaski County sits in front of the courthouse, attached to a mill stone.

In memory of those Revolutionary Soldiers who contributed to the establishment and development of Pulaski County, Kentucky

  • Robert Adams
  • Francis Aldridge
  • Robert Anderson – listed in 1840 census, no age given, head of household, in the 70-80 age range
  • Samuel Allen, Jr.
  • Thomas Asman
  • William Barron
  • John Barker
  • Henry Baugh
  • Michael Beakman
  • Ichabod Blacklege
  • Robert Buchanan
  • Michael Burton
  • Andrew Cowan

  • Elijah Denny
  • John Dick
  • Lovel H. Dogan
  • Josiah Earp
  • John Edwards
  • John Evans
  • Job Gastineau, Sr.
  • James Gilmore
  • Richard Goggins
  • William Hansford
  • James Hamilton
  • James Harrell
  • William Hays
  • William Heath

  • John Hopper
  • Nicholas Jasper
  • Thomas Kelly
  • James Kennedy
  • James Lee
  • Moses Martin
  • John Mayfield
  • Joseph McAllister
  • Barnabus Murray – listed in 1840 census, aged 80, head of household
  • Samuel Newell
  • John Newby
  • William Owens
  • John Perry

  • James Rainey
  • Michael Reagan
  • David Roper
  • Robert Sayers – listed in 1840 census, no age given, head of household, in the 80-90 age range
  • Thomas Seaton
  • Dorson Sewell
  • Richard C. Swearingen
  • William Sweeney
  • Peter Tartar
  • Nathaniel Tomlinson
  • William Trimble
  • Martin Turpin
  • John Wilson – listed in 1840 census, no age given, head of household, in the 70-80 age range
  • Michael Young

Erected by Somerset Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

Pulaski County Courthouse

Peter and Martha Foley Buried at Poplar Grove Baptist Cemetery

IMG_8811Poplar Grove Baptist Church, Russell County, Kentucky

Peter F. Foley was born August 14, 1834, the son of James G. Foley and Tabitha Fox.  March 10, 1856, he married Martha Richardson, born February 2, 1837.

The first time we see Peter in the census records is in 1850, in Russell County, Kentucky, with his parents.  James G. Foley, 42, born in Virginia, is head of household.  His wife, Tabitha, is 36.  The following children are listed:  Peter F., 16; Benjamin G., 13; Moses R., 8; and Nancy I., 6.

mar 1856 foley 1Towards the bottom of this list of marriages for the year 1856 in Russell County, we have Peter Foley, age 22, born in Knox County, marries Martha A. Richardson, 19, born in Pulaski County, on March 10th.  On April 1st of this year Green B. Foley (Benjamin G.), age 19, born Knox County, marries Kesiah Richardson, 18, born in Pulaski County.  Evidently brothers – or possibly cousins – married sisters – and you can see evidence of this from Peter and Martha’s children – one daughter is named Kesiah.

In the 1860 census Peter is listed as 25; Martha, 22; with children George A., 3; and Sarah J., 1.

civil war foley 1During the month of February, 1864, the following members of the Foley family are on the ‘Consolidated list of all person of Class 1, subject to do military duty in the Third Congressional District, consisting of the counties of Warren, Logan, Todd, Allan, Hart, Metcalfe, Russell, Barren, Clinton, Cumberland and Monroe.’  On this particular page under the residence of Russell County are listed James G. Foley, 31, married; Benjamin G. Foley, 26, married; Peter F. Foley, 30, married; Moses R. Foley, 21, unmarried; John Foley, 24, married; Luke Foley, 21, unmarried; Green B. Foley, 24, married; Moses Foley, 23, married; J. E. Foley, 29, married.  All these gentleman were Class I – eligible men between the ages of twenty and thirty-five.  I feel sure they would have taken the unmarried men first.

In the 1870 Census of Russell County Peter Foley is 34, Martha A., 32; George A., 13; Sarah J., 11; Andrew J., 9; Tabitha A, 7; Kesiah E., 5; Susan E., 3; and Irene F., 11/12.

In the 1880 Census son George A. is no longer living with the family.  He would have been 23 and very likely married by this point.  Peter Foley is listed as 45, Martha A., 43; Sarah J., 21; Andrew J., 19; Tabitha A., 17; Kesiah E., 15; Susan E., 13; Irena F., 10; Theodore J., 5; and Logan R., 11/12, born in June.

IMG_8823Andrew J. Foley, born January 1860, died March 1885.

Son Andrew J. Foley died in March of 1885.  I believe it must have been some time before the stone was erected.  The inscription at the bottom of the stone reads, “Long gone but not forgotten.”

By 1900 the children have all left home and Peter, 65, married 45 years; and Martha A., 63, gave birth to 11 children and 8 are living; are the only two in the household.

IMG_8822Martha A., wife of P. F. Foley, born February 2, 1837, died Apr 13, 1903.  ‘Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord.’

Martha Foley died April 13, 1903.  She was buried in the Peter Foley Family Cemetery, which was probably near their home.  I read that she was well known as a mid-wife.

Peter lives on several more years, and is listed in the 1910 Census of Russell County as 75, a widower.  Living with him are Susan E. Rexroat, 38, a widow, gave birth to 6 children and 6 are living, his daughter.  Susan’s children, and Peter’s grandchildren, are Mary M., 21; Logan F., 19; Frances, 15; Hetty, 12; Albert, 11; and Naomi R., 7.  All but Naomi were born in Texas, she was born in Kentucky.  I’m glad Peter had family to share his home!

Foley death cert 1Peter F. Foley died December 30, 1916, of bronchial pneumonia.  The death certificate gives his date of birth as August 14, 1834.  He was 82 years, 4 months and 16 days old.  His occupation was farmer.  It also tells us he was born in Knox County, Kentucky, to James G. Foley and Tabitha Fox.  The most interesting part of the death certificate is the place of burial – P. F. Foley Cemetery – and the undertaker – P. S. Foley.  I did find later that the graves of Peter and Martha were moved from the abandoned family cemetery in September of 1997 and buried at Popular Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  A baby’s grave was left in the old cemetery.

IMG_8821Peter F. Foley, born August 14, 1834, died December 30, 1916.  ‘A friend to his country and a believer in Christ.’

A few other Foley family members are buried in this cemetery, but much later than Peter and Martha.  Perhaps they are grandchildren!

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Births 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics

Births – January 1911 – December 1915

  • A. C. Ulian Zimmerman, Fleming County, March 30, 1915, Vol. 32, #15750, mother, Lou Ettie Vire
  • Beryl Carolyn Zimmerman, Kenton County, November 4, 1915, Vol. 177, #58438, mother, Mabel Zeidler
  • Callie May Zimmerman, Russell County, July 29, 1913, Vol. 80, #39696, mother, Myrtie Allen
  • Infant of Charles Zimmerman, Campbell County, May 17, 1912, Vol. 56, #22323, mother, Lena Pfirman
  • Dorothy A. Zimmerman, Boone County, December 17, 1912, Vol. 152, #60750, mother, Lizzie G. Tanner
  • Edith Viola Zimmerman, Campbell County, August 18, 1912, Vol. 97, #38593, mother, Bridget Gillen
  • Edward Zimmerman, Jefferson County, November 20, 1911, Vol. 138, #55043, mother, Nannie Simms
  • Edwin Otto Zimmerman, Campbell County, November 12, 1911, Vol. 1(12), #222, mother Alice Williams
  • Emma Irine Zimmerman, Carter County, March 21, 1912, Vol. 80, #31824, mother, Libby Clovy
  • Eugene Zimmerman, Jefferson County, May 13, 1915, Vol. 48, #23978, mother, Mary Metz
  • Eula May Zimmerman, Jefferson County, June 18, 1914, Vol. 60, #29578, mother, Hattie E. Davis
  • Eva Zimmerman, Pulaski County, October 7, 1914, Vol. 106, #52524, mother, Ottie Tarter
  • Evelyn Zimmerman, Jefferson County, December 21, 1914, Vol. 127, #63079, mother, Susan Richard
  • Florence B. Zimmerman, Jefferson County, July 25, 1915, Vol. 71, #35395, mother, Esther Segal
  • Frank Zimmerman, Pulaski County, October 27, 1915, Vol. 113, #56080, mother, Viletha Tarter
  • Fred E. Zimmerman, Campbell County, March 29, 1914, Vol. 54, #26719, mother, Mary Westkamp
  • Frederick Charles Zimmerman, Campbell County, August 21, 1915, Vol. 80, #39505, mother, Mary Westkamp
  • Garnet Louise Zimmerman, Campbell County, May 17, 1913, Vol. 50, #24855, mother, Lena Pfirman
  • Geneva Elizabeth Zimmerman, Jefferson County, February 25, 1912, Vol. 20, #7904, mother, Geneva Horan
  • Gertrude Ethel Zimmerman, Kenton County, December 9, 1913, Vol. 130, #64687, mother, Bridget Gillen
  • Gladys Lena Zimmerman, Jefferson County, July 20, 1913, Vol. 73, #36428, mother Mary A. Curley
  • Hannah Zimmerman, Jefferson County, March 25, 1912, Vol. 40, #15985, mother, Esther Segal
  • Hazel Zimmerman, Russell County, May 5, 1915, Vol. 52, #25712, mother, Loretta Anderson
  • Houston Zimmerman, Jefferson County, May 30, 1914, Vol. 50, #24561, mother, F. Hauth
  • Infant of James B. Zimmerman, Boyle County, June 5, 1915, Vol. 56, #27891, mother, Effey Tucker
  • Justine Zimmerman, Carter County, June 11, 1914, Vol. 65, #32083, mother, Senie King
  • Jennil Zimmerman, Hickman County, May 10, 1911, Vol. 118, #47070, mother, Daisy Hill
  • John Leonard Zimmerman, Kenton County, March 25, 1912, Vol. 34, #13368, mother, Maggie Pearl Jacobs
  • Joseph Earl Zimmerman, Boone County, January 17, 1915, Vol. 10, #4918, mother, Glendora Tanner
  • Katherine Zimmerman, Jefferson County, June 10, 1912, Vol. 74, #29389, mother, Irma Zimmerman
  • Leva Capra Zimmerman, Russell County, February 15, 1912, Vol. 24, #9572, mother Loretta Bell Anderson
  • Lillian B. Zimmerman, Laurel County, October 6, 1914, Vol. 103, #51453, mother, Mary Kaenitzer
  • Lillian Christine Zimmerman, Fleming County, July 29, 1913, Vol. 72, #51453, May Rawlings
  • Louise Josephine Zimmerman, Laurel County, September 4, 1914, Vol. 92, #45864, mother, Frances Weekman
  • Mary Catherine Zimmerman, Jefferson County, August 30, 1913, Vol. 84, #41899, mother, Hattie Clear
  • Mary Martha Zimmerman, Russell County, August 27, 1914, Vol. 84, #41676, mother, R. B. Johnson
  • Norma Maree Zimmerman, Letcher County, December 4, 1915, Vol. 133, #66065, mother, Flora Craft
  • Ollie Varian Zimmerman, Carter County, July 18, 1911, Vol. 105, #41760, mother, Cena B. King
  • Ralf Ernest Zimmerman, Kenton County, April 15, 1914, Vol. 40, #19730, mother, Maggie Pearl jacobs
  • Robert Cabell Zimmerman, Campbell County, August 2, 1915, Vol. 80, #39510, mother, Ruth Shelow
  • Rose May Zimmerman, Franklin County, April 30, 1913, Vol. 48, #23761, mother, May Metz
  • Sylvia Ruth Zimmerman, Campbell County, July 17, 1912, Vol. 84, #33283, mother, Ruth Shelow
  • Violet Zimmerman, Jefferson County, March 16, 1914, Vol. 28, #13909, mother, Nannie Simms
  • Virginia M. Zimmerman, Kenton County, April 19, 1914, Vol. 40, #19677, mother, Mayme Alf
  • Walter Zimmerman, Johnson County, September 2, 1914, Vol. 92, #45656, mother, Anna Panlon
  • William Zimmerman, Campbell County, February 19, 1915, Vol. 13, #6499, mother, Bridget Gillen
  • Willie Zimmerman, Pike County, February 27, 1913, Vol. 21, #10133, mother, Nora Collins

Mill Springs National Cemetery


Mill Springs National Cemetery

Pulaski County, Kentucky

Quite by accident Ritchey and I found Mill Springs National Cemetery in Pulaski County.  We were following Highway 80 from Casey County, going towards US27 to take us to Lincoln County.  Our book of Kentucky county maps shows all cemeteries listed along the roads – whether they be dirt roads or highways – but doesn’t designate how large or small the cemeteries may be.


Alfurd Williams, Kentucky, Sergeant, Co. A, 7th Infantry, 3rd Division, World War I, October 18, 1895 – October 29, 1964.  Purple Heart.  Most gravestones are of this similar size and shape.


Leotis G. Weddle, Corporal, Company G, 2nd Regiment Infantry, Spanish American War, October 7, 1879 – November 1, 1955.


Michael Zachery, Private, Civil War, Kentucky Cavalry, January 22, 1862.  The Battle of Mill Springs, in which General Felix Zollicoffer was killed, was fought January 19, 1862.  Private Zachery must have been wounded during the battle and died two days later.


Ira B. Moore, Sergeant, US Army, World War II, November 8, 1916 – September 24, 1990.  North Africa, Sicily, Italy campaigns.  Reading this stone made me tear up – my uncle, Joseph Robert Montgomery, was killed in Sicily during WWII, and is buried there.


Dermont G. Webb, Cook Ho. Co., 107th F. A., December 17, 1894 – January 24, 1923.  A few gravestones had pictures of the fallen loved ones.


John W. Gover, Private, Co. L., 163rd Infantry, born December 28, 1894, died October 9, 1918.


And this gentleman in his uniform:


Fayette Mingey, Corporal, Company A, 136th Infantry, born February 1, 1897, died October 12, 1918.


There are a few larger stones in the cemetery.  2nd Lieutenant Achilles G. Weddle, 164th D. B., 1892-1926.

If you’ve never been to a national cemetery you should take time to go.  You stand and look at rows and rows of small white stones.  And each one of those stones represent a life that was given to protect our country.  Not all died in battle, many made it home to their loved ones, but all were willing to give their life to fight for our freedom, and that makes all the difference