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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?

Not ‘THE’ Alexander Hamilton!

One of the early citizens of Washington County, Alexander Hamilton was a fascinating man – with four wives and nine children!  Mr. Orval Baylor has given us a marvelous look back into the history of Washington County – so thankful for the articles he wrote in the early 1930’s!  My husband rented property in this very area from the Hamilton family in 1979-1980, before we married.  I’m sure these modern day Hamilton’s are descendants of Alexander!

216Alexander Hamilton, born January 6, 1788, died November 7, 1878.  Harriet Edelen, born 1791, married A. Hamilton February 19, 1811, died March 13, 1823.  Theresa Jarboe, born 1796, married A. Hamilton January 4, 1825, died September 6, 1825.  Elizabeth S. Smith, born 1804, married A. Hamilton November 21, 1826, died March 31, 1834.  Lucinda Hayden, born 1815, married A. Hamilton June 2, 1835, died March 30, 1845.  May they rest in peace.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

from Pioneer History of Washington County, by Orval W. Baylor, September 27, 1934

In browsing through the records of Washington County one frequently comes upon the well-known name, Alexander Hamilton.  Sight of the name causes the observer to think of the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, and the man who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.  What relation, if any, was Washington County’s Alexander Hamilton to the man who handled the financial problems of our country’s first administration?

Washington County’s Alexander Hamilton was born in Maryland, in 1789, and when he was eight years old (1797), he was brought to Washington County, Kentucky.  Alexander’s father was Thomas Hamilton, descendant from a prominent English family.

Thomas Hamilton married, in Maryland, Ann Hoskins, and in the spring of the year 1797, he brought his wife and eight children to Washington County.  The family settled on the waters of Cartwright’s Creek and Parker’s Run, about 6 miles from Springfield, and on the road from Springfield to Bardstown.  The land is now owned by Mr. Ollie Barber, and a large brick dwelling house now stands on a hill overlooking the road and the site where the log cabin, in which Thomas Hamilton and his family lived, was built in 1797, and where it stood until a few years ago.

Thomas and Ann Hoskins Hamilton were the parents of the following children, towit, Richard, Elizabeth, Thomas Hoskins, Alexander, Lloyd, Lucy, Ann, Benjamin, and Edward.  Of these, Richard died unmarried, leaving his property to his mother and brothers and sisters; Elizabeth married Clement Hill, son of Thomas Hill, in 1798.  They lived near Lebanon and were the parents of 17 children.  Webb says, “The descendants of Clement Hill are in excess of those of any other of the early Catholic emigrants to the State.”  Thomas Hoskins Hamilton married Elisur Clements.

Alexander Hamilton, son of Thomas and Ann, married four times.  1st, in 1811, Harriett Edelen; 2nd, in 1824, Theresa Jarboe; 3rd, in 1826, Elizabeth Smith; and 4th, in 1835, Lucinda Hayden.  By his four wives he was the father of four sons, and at least five daughters.  The sons were Richard, Thomas, L. Alexander and Robert.  The daughters were Martha, married Alexius Craycraft; Catherine married Columbus Tong, and probably second, James A. Jarboe; Ellen, married William Smith; Lucinda H. married G. D. Robertson; and another, name unknown, married R. B. Montgomery.

Alexander Hamilton lived and died in the neighborhood where his father settled in 1797.  He was appointed “surveyor of the road from Hills Mills to the Ball Knobs on Cambron’s Road leading to the mouth of Hardin’s Creek” in 1813.  He was for a number of years a Justice of the Peace for Washington County, which office he resigned in February, 1843, to become Sheriff of the county.  He lived to be 90 years of age and died in 1878.  His last days were spent with his son, Lloyd Alexander, on the road from Springfield to Bardstown, a short distance east from Frederickstown.

Watch for more information on Alexander Hamilton at a later date!

Richard Hamilton Biography

Alexander Hamilton and wives: Harriett Edelen, Theresa Jarboe, Elizabeth S. Smith and Lucinda Hayden. Alexander and Harriett are the parents of Richard Hamilton.

from Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume V

Richard Hamilton, son of Alexander and Harriett (Edelen) Hamilton, was born in Washington County, Kentucky, December 29, 1811.  His grandfather, Thomas Hamilton, was a native of Maryland, and one of the earliest pioneers of Washington County.  He settled about five and one-half miles northwest of Springfield and was  resident of his adopted county until his death, which occurred many years ago.  Alexander Hamilton was born in Maryland, but was brought to Kentucky when a small boy, and passed the remainder of his life in Washington County.  He was a successful farmer, accumulated a large estate, and died in 1878 at the advanced age of ninety-one years.  His wife, Harriett Hamilton, was born in Kentucky and died a number of years ago.  She was the mother of six children, only one of whom is now living, Thomas G. Hamilton.  Richard Hamilton was reared a farmer, and received a good education in the country schools and St. Mary’s College.  He began life as a teacher, which profession he followed a short time near Fredericktown, and later was elected magistrate, which position he held for several years.  He was deputy sheriff under his father for some time, and later was elected sheriff.  He acquired the reputation of being one of the most skillful businessmen in the county, and his services were constantly in demand, settling estates, etc.  He engaged in farming in 1869 near Fredericktown village, which vocation he followed until his death, February 20, 1883.  He was married August 1, 1876, to Mrs. Sallie J. Thompson, widow of John C. Thompson, and daughter of Stith and Catherine (McIlvoy) Thompson, by whom he had three children:  A. Richard, Mary S. and S. Thomas.  Mrs. Sallie J. Hamilton was born August 14, 1841, and is the fourth of a family of seven children.  Her father, Stith Thompson, was the son of John Thompson.  He was born November 5, 1805, and is still living in Washington, his native county.  Catherine (McIlvoy) Thompson, daughter of Alexander and Magdalene McIlvoy, was born in Ireland on the 15th of August, 1811.  Her parents came to America in 1818, and settled near the village of Mackville, Washington County, where the father died in 1863, at the age of ninety-three years.  The mother died in 1846.  The children of Stith and Catherine Thompson were the following:  Alexander, William R., John M., Sallie J., Maggie, Rosa and Daniel M. Thompson.  Sallie J. Thompson was married February 10, 1867, to John C. Thompson, by whom she had three children, namely:  Peter J., Simeon A. and John C., all living.  John C. Thompson, Sr., son of Thomas and Susan (Blandford) Thompson, was born in Washington County on the 25th of March, 1825.  He was a farmer by occupation, a successful trader, and resided nearly all his life near the village of Fredericktown.  He was twice married, the first time on the 22nd of October, 1861, to Miss Maggie Thompson, by whom he had two children:  Alexander and Thomas.  Mrs. Maggie Thompson died April 19, 1866, aged twenty-two years.  His second marriage to Sallie J. Thompson, sister of former wife, has already been alluded to.