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Revolutionary War Veteran John Alexander – Will 1830

Cumberland County, Kentucky, was formed in 1798 from portions of Green County, and named for the Cumberland River.  It shares the border with Tennessee.  Cumberland County is actually larger than my home county of Mercer, but much smaller in population – about 22 people per square mile.  It is a lovely county, much farmland, and we found the small Alexander/Davis Cemetery just south of Hwy 90 on Hwy 100. 

Buried there is Revolutionary War veteran John Alexander and his family.  John was from Goochland County, Virginia, and was a captain in Lee’s Continental Troops.  John moved his family to Cumberland County about 1805.

John Alexander’s will was written in 1825, and he died five years later.  His wife, Lucy, died in 1815.  Eleven children and two grandsons were named in his will.  Given the amount of slaves he owned he must have been a wealthy man.  He died October 17, 1830.

Cumberland County Will Book B   Page 427-428

I, John Alexander, of the county of Cumberland and state of Kentucky, being weak in body but of a perfect and sound mind, do make this my last will and testament.  After my just debts being paid I do hereby dispose of all my worldly goods in the following manner.  To wit, I give to my son Thomas Alexander, two Negroes named Isaac and Polly.  I give to my son John M. Alexander, two Negroes named Jacob and Lewis.  I give to my daughter Sarah C. Barton, two Negroes named Agnes and Jarret, one feather bed and furniture and bedstead.  I give to my son Ingrum Alexander, one Negro man named Peter.  I give in trust to my son John M. Alexander and Reuben Alexander, for the use and benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Smith, one tract of land whereon she now lives containing one hundred and twenty-five acres, more or less, and two Negroes named Jim and Jack Jr., and one featherbed and furniture and one bedstead, and at the decease of Thomas Smith, and his present wife Elizabeth, the said land to be equally divided between his two sons, John M. Smith and Thomas Smith.  I give to my son Robert Alexander, two Negroes named David and Bayson.  I give to my daughter Obediance Gearheart, one Negro man named Jack, Sr., and thirty-five dollars in lieu of one feather bed and furniture.  I give to my son Reuben Alexander, one Negro man named Patrick, and that part of my tract of land whereon I now live, that lies on the upper or west side of the creek that divides the plantation, and my family Bible, and one fourth part of my stock of cattle and one third part of my stock of sheep and one third part of my stock of hogs, in quality.  I give to my son Joseph Alexander, one Negro man named Adam, one cow and calf now in his possession and two hundred dollars in the hands of J M P V R Alexander.  I give to my son Philip Alexander, one Negro man named Valentine and all that part of my tract of land that lies on the south end side of the creek that runs through the plantation whereon Robert Alexander formerly lived.  I give to my daughter Susanna Hall, one Negro woman named Suda, her two children, with all her future increase during her natural life, and at her death to be equally divided amongst the heirs of her body,

one cow and calf, and two ewes, or the value thereof, and two feather beds and furniture, now in her possession.  It is my will and desire that the Negroes hereafter to be devised should not be sold out of the family, and if there should be any money due from one legatee to another in the divisions, the money so coming from one legatee to another shall have the indulgence of the payment thereof eighteen months, and the balance of my estate that is not given away in this instrument of writing shall be equally divided so as to make all their proportions equal with what they have had, equally amongst the following named persons – Thomas Alexander, J. M. Alexander, Sarah C. Barton, Ingrum Alexander, Obediance Gearheart, Susan W. Hall.  It is my will and desire that all the within named legatees should be in harmony amongst themselves, but if any of them attempts to overset or destroy this my last will and testament, he or she or anyone for them, that legatee so attempting shall forever forfeit his or her legacies given them in the above instrument and the same shall be equally divided amongst those peaceful legatees.  I do hereby appoint John Wash, Sr., and James Baker and John M. Alexander to execute this my last will and testament in every part and particular thereof or any two of them, witness my hand this fifteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five.

John Alexander

Test. Isaac McBee, John Wash, Sr., Longston Pace

Kentucky, Cumberland County

I, Milton King, Clerk of the county court for said county, do certify that the foregoing last will and testament of John Alexander, deceased, was produced in open court at the November term, 1830, proven by the oaths of the two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to record, and the same is truly copied of record in my office in Will Book B, Page 427.  Given under my hand this 6th of January 1831.

Milton King

John Alexander, Kentucky.  Sgt. Lee’s Legion, Continental Troops, Revolutionary War, October 17, 1830.  Alexander/Davis Cemetery, Cumberland County, Kentucky.

Happy Fourth of July – Let Us Always Remember

Francis Coomes, Private, Virginia Militia, Revolutionary War, 1726-1822.  St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Nelson County, Kentucky

Let me introduce you to the most recent Revolutionary War soldiers we have found.  We visited St. Michael Catholic Cemetery yesterday, and photographed Francis Coomes’ gravestone.  As you can see, the original stone is almost impossible to read, only the cross at the top is visible.  Thanks to the DAR and SAR for adding plaques to the veterans’ graves!

Proctor Ballard, Kentucky, Sergeant, Clark’s Illinois Regiment, Revolutionary War, 1760-1820.  Pioneer Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky.

Proctor Ballard’s grave is another recent find.  He was a native of Virginia and served with the state militia.  He came to the Falls of the Ohio River with General George Rogers Clark in 1779.  He initially settled on Corn Island at the falls near Louisville, but moved to Bardstown in 1782.

To the memory of William Coomes, Sergeant, 8th Virginia Regiment, 1730-1820.  William Coomes, Jr., Virginia Militia, 1769-1834.  Walter A. Coomes, Virginia Militia, Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky.  Soldiers of the American Revolution.  St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Daviess County, Kentucky.

These Coomes veterans could be related to the first Coomes who is buried in Nelson County.  William Coomes, Sr., married Jane Greenleaf.  She was a pioneer doctor and teacher.

Let us celebrate all those who have fought for our country over the years – from the beginning, the first war, for our independence – to those who continue to fight to keep our country safe.  Happy Fourth of July to all of you!

The Wallace Family Buried in Maple Grove Cemetery

The Wallace family is represented in Maple Grove Cemetery, on Main Street in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, with several gravestones.  The two oldest are for Joseph and Sarah Wallace.  You can see them beside/slightly behind the large Wallace stone.

Joseph Wallace was born March 9, 1779, and died February 19, 1855.  Joseph’s parents were John Wallace and Jane Finley.  John Wallace was an ensign in 1776, in Captain James Moore’s company, 5th Pennsylvania regiment, Col. Anthony Wayne’s command.  He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died in Fayette County, Kentucky.

In Joseph Wallace’s will, dated April 21, 1853, he gives his daughter, Mary J. Brown, ‘undivided interest in and to three slaves, namely Sam, Eliza and Solomon, purchased of Briers Heirs and now in the hands of Mary J. Brown, administrator of Thomas J. Brown, deceased, my interest in said slaves being one fifth part of the same, also her note executed by her as administrator for one hundred and fifty dollars, together with whatever interest may be due thereon, at the time of my death.  Also, one thousand dollars in cash.’

Son James Wallace received his father’s tract of land in Jessamine County, where the father resided, about four hundred and sixty acres, also four Negroes, his selection, out of all the slaves.

Two Negroes are given in trust to his executor, for the use and benefit of my daughter, Margaret Harris, Emily and Nancy, 13 and 7 years old, respectively, who are now with the said Margaret in Boyle County, also one half of a tract of land in Boyle County, containing about one hundred and eighty one acres, upon which Nathaniel Harris now lives, land and Negroes to remain in the hands of my executor for the use and benefit of daughter Margaret – perhaps he didn’t trust his son-in-law.

All slaves, land, chattel, etc., are to be sold and the money divided between my daughter, Mary J. Brown, and the share to my executor, in trust for my daughter Margaret Harris.  Thomas E. West was named executor.

Sarah Barr, wife of Joseph Wallace, was born February 1, 1780, and died September 16, 1852.  She and Joseph married June 23, 1809, in Fayette County, Kentucky.

James Wallace, son of Joseph and Sarah, left a very impressive monument in the cemetery – or it could have been his children since there is ‘Our Father’ and ‘Our Mother’ above their names on the stone.  James married Margaret Mays, May 2, 1850.  Due to the date of marriage, tiny Anna Wallace must have been their first child.

James Wallace was a rather wealthy man.  In the 1860 Census of Jessamine County he is listed as a farmer, with real estate valued at $27,000, and personal estate at $15,000.  In the census James is 48, Margaret is 36, Joseph is 7, Sarah is 4, and Virginia is 8/12.  Mother-in-law Anna Mays, 67, is living with the family.  She was born in North Carolina.

In the 1870 census James is 58.  His property is valued at $34,000, with personal estate of $10,000.  Margaret is 44, Joseph is 17, Sidia (Sarah) is 15, and Virginia is 12.

James died in 1875 and, Margaret, less than a year later.

James Wallace, born February 8, 1812, died June 25, 1875. Margaret Mays Wallace, born September 29, 1826, died April 10, 1876. Maple Grove Cemetery, Jessamine County, Kentucky.

 

Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., Obituary

Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., 1856-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Mr. Buckner Allin, Sr., was a descendant of Thomas Allin, the first county clerk for Mercer County, and his wife, Mary Jouett.  Thomas Allin was born in Virginia, served in the Revolutionary War, and afterwards came to Mercer County – Virginia at that time! – where he married Mary Jouett in 1789.  The couple had ten children.  Thomas and Mary died two days apart in June of 1833 during the cholera epidemic.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, January 25, 1924

Mr. Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., aged 67 years, died Tuesday night after a gradual decline of health for several years caused by a partial stroke of paralysis. Mr. Allin was a native of Mercer County, a son of the late George Allin and Susan Miller Allin, and is a descendant of a line of pioneers promi­nent in the development of Mercer County from its first settlement. Mr. Allin was personally popular with all who knew him. He was a man of upright principles and a warm heart, and was always on the side that favored the ad­vancement of community interests. For many years he was a prominent merchant here, being engaged in the grocery business, later he was in the internal revenue service for a long time, and after that was City School Tax Collector and Vital Statistician up to the time his failing health forced him from active business.

He was twice married, first to Miss Mattie Hudson and second to Miss Annie May Nooe, who survives him, together with three children, Mrs. Eben Hardin and Miss Mattie Miller Allin, by the first union, and Mr. B. M. Allin, Jr., by the second marriage. His funeral was held Thurs­day morning at 10:30 at his home on Chestnut Street, conducted by his pastor, Rev. S. S. Daughtry, of the Presby­terian Church, and Rev. L. E. Sellers, of the Christian Church. The interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Revolutionary War Pensioner Barnabas Allen and Wife Mary

In his History of Maysville and Mason County, 1936, G Glenn Clift gives a lovely introduction to the pension papers of Mason County soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War, Indian Wars and War of 1812.  I would like to share that with you before continuing with one of the pension abstracts.  We must be thankful that not only did our ancestors receive a pension, but the records, with much information about their lives, is left as record for us!

Kentuckians have long been aware of their debt to those fought our first war for independence.  Many and impressive are the monuments that have been raised to the Revolutionary soldiers who knew Kentucky’s sod.  Eloquent have been the pleas for recognition of their heroic struggles.  ‘Under a long sunshine of peace, we had forgotten much of war,’ said governor Isaac Shelby in his message to the Legislature on December 5, 1816.  ‘Most of those, who in the former war, had stood the battle’s brunt, and led us to victory, were in the silent tomb.  Of those who remained, age had generally unnerved the vigor of early life . . . Whilst we are reaping the fruits of an honorable peace, we should bear in mind, those brave men, who fell in the war, and whose valor, together with that of their compeers in arms, secured to us that peace.  Many of them left wives and children who are dependent upon the bounty of their friends.  I therefore recommend that provision be made by law for the support of the widows, and for the education of the children of the militia of this state, who were killed or died in public service during the late war.’

Governor Shelby, together with his associates and subjects, always maintained a close interest in these old soldiers and their dependents by seeing that all who were deserving should receive pensions.

Sill later a remarkable interest in the living Revolutionary soldiers was evinced in 1842, when the Legislature suggested that the names and residences of all the survivors be secured and some way provided ‘in which a grateful people may do honor to the memory and character of the immortal heroes, and patriots, collectively, by whose toil and valor the boon of freedom is inherited.’

The first few years of 1800 witnessed much activity on the part of the old soldiers and their families:  the pensions were being paid.  There were papers on top of papers to be filled, there were questions to be answered, memories to be revived, battles and campaigns to be described, relived.

Before the Mason County Court, in Washington, began to appear the old soldiers.  Each in his faltering voice related his story.  As campaign after campaign rolled on, aged eyes brightened and white heads wagged in mute agreement.  It was a long and tedious task this identification.  Witnesses were called to swear that a certain old man had married a certain equally aged woman.  But, finally, was coming the long hoped for pension:  a lot could be endured for such compensation.

Barnabas and Mary Allen

Navy and Pennsylvania, No. W8315

The pensioner served in the marines under the command of Captain Porter on the frigate Delaware which had forty guns.  He thus entered the service in 1776, in Philadelphia, by voluntary enlistment for a tour of one year to serve under the command of Lieutenant Henderson and he then served until he was honorably discharged, at which time he joined the land forces by voluntary enlistment in the Seventh Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line in 1780, to serve under the command of Colonel Harmer in the company under the command of Lieutenant McMahen.  These facts were given in August, 1818, in Mason County, Kentucky, in the pensioner’s petition to the Secretary of War of the United States.

On November 28, 1839, in Pendleton County, Kentucky, Mary Allen, widow of the pensioner, at the age of 76, appeared in open court and stated that they had been married in the summer of 1791 in Beaver County, Virginia, and that her husband, Barnabas Allen, died September 2, 1821.

The affidavit of Birkett Colvin was given at the same time.  The deponent stated that he was an acting Justice of the Peace and stated that he was well acquainted with the widow, Mary Allen.  He concluded his statements by saying that she was a woman of veracity.

Affidavits of John Forsythe, William Stites and Samuel Holmes also were taken at the same time and place.  The deponents stated they were acquainted with the widow and that the pensioner had died at the time and place stated by his widow, and that Mary Allen still remained the widow and relict of the pensioner.

The following dates are from the family Bible:  John Allen born July 16, 1802; Henry Allen, born May 12, 1804; Anthony Allen, born November 25, 1806; Eleanor Allen, born February 25, 1797.

On April 27, 1840, in Pendleton County, Kentucky, Eleanor Gifford made affidavit.  The deponent stated that she was the daughter of the pensioner and his widow, and she further swore that her parents were at the age that they had stated, and that the Bible records were to the best of her knowledge the truth.  She also stated that she had been told by her parents that there had been two children born before her, that one had been burned to death and that the other had died from croup.  The deponent further stated that her parents were married as they had stated and that her father died at the time stated by his widow and she concluded her affidavit saying that her mother, Mary Allen, still remained the widow and relict of the said pensioner, Barnabas Allen.

To the above affidavit was also appended the declaration of Joshua Gifford, who swore that the above declaration of his wife was true and he himself had been both well and favorably acquainted with the pensioner in 1791.

Mary Allen, widow of the pensioner, Barnabas Allen, was on the Kentucky roll of pensions at the rate of $40 per annum and her certificate of pension for that amount was issued August 19, 1843, and was sent to William S. Allison.

The pensioner himself, Barnabas Allen, was on the Kentucky Roll of Pensions at the rate of $8 per month, to commence May 11, 1818, and his certificate of pension for that amount was issued March 18, 1818, and was sent to Major Davidson at Washington in the District of Columbia.

Wintersmith Family Buried In Elizabethtown City Cemetery

img_5598This is the family plot of the Wintersmith family in Elizabethtown City Cemetery in Hardin County, Kentucky.  Many of the stones are difficult to read, but I checked dates from the cemetery on Find a Grave – very helpful in situations like this!

I’ve added a portion of the story of Horatio Gates Wintersmith, his three wives and children from the following history by Samuel Haycraft.

img_5616Horatio Gates Wintersmith, born May 15, 1785, died January 21, 1835.  Elizabethtown City Cemetery, Hardin County, Kentucky.

from History of Elizabethtown Kentucky, Samuel Haycraft, 1869

Horatio Gates Wintersmith was born at Martinsburg, Virginia, in the year 1786, and was the son of Doctor Charles Godfrey Ulias Wintersmith, who was a surgeon for the British army and was taken prisoner by General Gates at the defeat of General Burgoyne.  As he was a German and spoke the Hessian language he was put with that corps as a surgeon.

After his capture he joined the American army, and became a part of General Gate’s family, and went with him to Philadelphia, where he met and married a widow by the name of Spangler, whose maiden name was Lighter, being the maiden name of his own mother.  After which the Doctor settled in Martinsburg, where the subject of this notice was born, and having become much attached to General Gates, his captor, called his son Horatio Gates, which name continued to be used in the family.

Major James Crutcher, who was in Kentucky at an early date, met Horatio Gates Wintersmith at Martinsburg while on a trip to Baltimore to purchase stock goods, and encouraged him to come to Kentucky, which Horatio did in 1806.  He entered as a clerk in Major Crutcher’s store, and shortly after was taken in as a partner.

img_5618Elizabeth Hodgen, wife of H. G. Wintersmith, born January 26, 1787, died May 4, 1819.

 

The partnership continued some years when Wintersmith separated from the original firm, and brought in many of his relations into business, having married Miss Elizabeth Hodgen, daughter of Robert Hodgen, Esq.

img_5614Matilda A. Morehead, wife of H. G. Wintersmith, born January 31, 1793, died February 25, 1826.

Wintersmith was an energetic business man and of great public spirit, and built largely, and also opened a hotel on an extensive and elegant scale.  He was emphatically the life and soul of the town, and was widely known and respected.  He was also the cashier of the Union Bank of Elizabethtown which was the only bank of that batch of forty odd independent banks that wound up safe and sound.  but in the full tide of life and at the zenith of his prosperity he died January 21st, 1835, in the 49th year of his age.  He was married three times, his second wife was Miss Matilda Morehead, the third, Miss Jane C. Stovall.

img_5599Jane C. Stovall, wife of H. G. Wintersmith, born July 10, 1799, died April 27, 1877.

Children from the first marriage with Elizabeth Hodgen:

  • Charles G. Wintersmith (1812-1881) married Malvina Underwood Gorin
  • Robert Lawrence Wintersmith (1816-1890) married Euphemia Swan

img_5620Mary Caroline, wife of A. H. Cunningham, daughter of H. G. and E. H. Wintersmith, born March 29, 1816, died December 19, 1842.

  • Mary Caroline Wintersmith (1816-1842) married Anthony Hundley Cunningham

img_5622Sarah Elizabeth, wife of H. E. English, daughter of H. G. & E. H. Wintersmith, born March 27, 1818, died January 25, 1841.

  • Sarah Elizabeth Wintersmith (1818-1841) married Hayden Edward English

Children from the second marriage with Matilda A. Morehead:

  • Margaret Frances Wintersmith (1821-1898) married her cousin Charles Horace Wintersmith

img_5637Eliza Curd, daughter of H. G. and M. M. Wintersmith, born January 25, 1825, died July 11, 1830.

  • Eliza Curd Wintersmith (1825-1830) died young

Child from the third marriage with Jane C. Stovall:

  • Horatio Gates Valance Wintersmith (1828-1883) married Elmira Bland

img_5626Martha Jane, daughter of H. G. and J. S. Wintersmith, born April 15, 1833, died April 13, 1838.

  • Martha Jane Wintersmith (1833-1838) died young

Horatio and his three wives are celebrated on the large monument, one on each side.  Additionally they have individual stones.  Each of the smaller stones are the same size and they have Wintersmith written on the top – even if it was not the last name of the individual.

img_5624Elizabeth Howard, wife of Thomas Stovall, born June 6, 1760, died May 10, 1835.  Mother-in-law of H. G. Wintersmith.

In addition to the above mentioned, Henry Wathen, a child of seven years, is buried in the Wintersmith plot, as well as Horace W. Cunningham, son of A. H. & M. C. Cunningham, and grandson of H. G. and E. H. Wintersmith, aged two years.  A very old stone which has no first name, but is the son of Vincent and Mary Smallwood is also in the plot.  If you look at the photo of the plot at the top of this blog, you can see the large monument and eleven smaller stones, including the very old one on the left back of the plot.  There is not a small stone for Jane C. Stovall Wintersmith, but she is listed on the large monument.  Being the last to pass away, perhaps no one thought to purchase a small stone.  Each of the small stones have a matching foot stone.

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Franklin Gorin Obituary

img_6009Franklin Gorin, May 3, 1798 – December 8, 1877.  Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky.

from The Glasgow Kentucky Weekly Times, Barren County

13 December 1877

Hon. Franklin Gorin

With the death of the venerable gentleman whose name heads this article almost the last of the first inhabitants of the county have passed away. Franklin Gorin was the son of Gen. John Gorin, one of the first settlers of this part of Kentucky, and was born in this place on the 3rd of May, 1798. Around him clustered many memories of the past, as he was the first white child born in Glasgow, if not in the county, and the best part of his long and eventful life was spent among the scenes of his boyhood and friends of his youth. When he reached the years of maturity and assumed the responsibilities of life he chose the profession of law, and soon by his diligence, backed by his native brightness of intellect, won for himself an enviable name and fame in those days when no man of mere ordinary ability could hope to make much mark in the State, and when Kentucky was in her palmy days of great lawyers and intellectual men. He for a while lived in Nashville, and while there entered into a partnership with Judge Bell, who afterwards ran for the presidency of the United States on the celebrated Bell-Everett ticket, and was by many thought to be even the sounder and abler lawyer of the two. In the course of his long career at the bar he measured swords in forensic debate with some of the ablest of Kentucky’s lawyers and never with discredit to himself, and formerly was the peer of any lawyer in the State. He represented this county in the Legislative halls more than once and could have done so oftener had he wished, as he was at one time the most popular man in the district and as well-known as any in Kentucky, and always until his retirement from active life took a leading position in the political struggles of the day. While he was a man of great and varied knowledge of all branches of his profession, he was also a lover of society, and wealth had no higher purpose with him than to minister to the wants of his family and many friends. His tastes were emphatically of the cultivated and social order, and no one can say aught against his charity, while many will remember with pleasure his plain and lavish hospitality. He was once the owner of the world renowned curiosity, the Mammoth Cave, and of much years ago was numbered among the wealthy as well as brilliant men in the district. A man of bright intellect, cultivated and polished by continual association with the highest classes of society he adorned the circle of his friends and associates and was looked up to and respected by all. Many will hear of his death with regret and drop a tear of sympathy and remembrance of the times of long ago when he was in the zenith of power, and many who have long since been laid to rest were playing their part on life’s checkered board. He was buried at the old family burying ground in this place, verging at the time of his death upon the close of his four-score years. Few men have been more prominently before the people and sustained a more unblemished character for a longer period than Franklin Gorin.

img_6010Deborah P. Gorin, wife of Franklin Gorin, born in Cherry Valley, New York, 1820 – 1900.

img_1288John Gorin, Sargent Continental Line, Revolutionary War, War of 1812.  May 15, 1763 – August 5, 1837.  Father of Franklin Gorin.

Since it mentions that Franklin Gorin was buried at the old family burying place in the obituary, I believe the graves were moved the municipal cemetery at some point, or the family cemetery became the city municipal cemetery.