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Crawford and Ewing Families in Mercer, Washington, Boyle and Marion Counties

Cyrus Crawford, born December 3, 1802, died September 23, 1855.  Mahala F., daughter of Harrison and Ruth Walker, & wife of Cyrus Crawford, born April 1, 1811, died January 22, 1857.  They were married May 25, 1837.  Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.Samuel Crawford, born November 4, 1787, died August 14, 1868.

In the Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, there are graves of two brothers – Samuel and Cyrus Crawford – and their wives.  The brothers were the sons of Thomas Crawford and Mary Ewing, both from Chester County, Pennsylvania.  When they moved to this area Boyle was still part of Mercer County, not becoming a county until 1842.  Both Crawford and Ewing families moved to Kentucky, settling in Mercer and Washington, and after the formation of Boyle and Marion, some families were in the areas that became the two new counties.  The two families intermarried – Samuel Crawford married his first cousin, Catherine Ewing, daughter of Samuel Ewing and Margaret McMichael.  Samuel’s brother Thomas married Catherine’s sister, Rebecca.

Samuel Crawford, born November 14, 1787, died August 14, 1863.

Catherine, wife of Samuel Crawford, born March 21, 1790, died July 10, 1861, aged 71 years, 3 months, 19 days.

Since there are so many intertwined marriages, and these families are so interesting, I checked the Mercer County marriages for any with these two names.

  • James Crawford married Catherine Miller, December 7, 1794. Bondsman, William Crawford.  Bride’s parents, John and Sarah Miller.
  • John Crawford married Ethe Jones, December 7, 1796. Bride’s father, Mason Jones.
  • William Crawford married Mary Pryor, May 18, 1798. Bride’s father, John Pryor.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Reilly, November 8, 1798. Bride’s parents, Barnabas and Anne Reilly.
  • Thomas Ewing married Margaret Tilford, June 1, 1790.
  • William Ewing married Margaret Paulson, December 24, 1790. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford, who certifies the bride is 21.
  • Jesse Durham married Elizabeth Ewing, March 5, 1810. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford, March 21, 1808. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • Nathan H. Hall married Ann Crawford, July 14, 1807. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • John McAfee married Margaret Ewing, February 27, 1798. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • George Crawford married Elizabeth Embree, March 15, 1815.
  • James Crawford married Judith wood, February 10, 1812. Bride’s father, James Woods.
  • John Crawford married Abigail McFatrich, April 1, 1824. Bondsman, William E. Crawford.  Daughter of William and Abigail (Steen) McFatrich.
  • Samuel Crawford married Catherine Ewing, November 4, 1814. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • Thomas Crawford married Rebecca Ewing, May 6, 1816. Bondsman, Samuel Crawford.
  • Thomas Crawford, Jr., married Sarah Shearl, July 6, 1824.
  • Thomas J. Crawford married Margaret Crawford, March 4, 1816. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • William Crawford married Jane Vandike, July 24, 1822.
  • Baker F. Ewing married Sarah M. Durham, November 11, 1823. Bondsman, John L. Ewing.
  • John Ewing married Betsy may, October 30, 1817.
  • John Bohon married Mary Crawford, October 7, 1818. Bondsman, William Crawford, makes oath his sister Polly is 21 years old.
  • Jacob Crow married Mary Crawford, February 26, 1820. Bride’s Father, Thomas Crawford.  W. E. Crawford.
  • William McElroy married Catherine Crawford, February 2, 1811. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • George Stevenson married Margaret Crawford, April 16, 1811. Bride’s mother, Eleanor Crawford.  Hugh Crawford.

Washington County Marriages

  • a. Crawford married A. P. Flournoy, January 31, 1884.
  • Leroy Crawford married Josephine Patix, July 3, 1883.
  • John Crawford married Sarah McElroy, March 10, 1817.
  • Thomas Crawford married Laura Durham, October 18,1876.
  • E. Crawford married Mary Gum, June 2, 1887.
  • William Crawford married Susanna Graves, February 8, 1859.
  • William E. Crawford married Esther McElroy, November 23, 1825.
  • Charles Ewing married Henrietta Hayden, February 19, 1805.
  • Henry Ewing married Susan Grundy, September 23, 1824.
  • F. Ewing married Margaret E. Creager, April 18, 1862.
  • James C. Ewing married Mattie E. Short, May 14, 1874.
  • James Ewing married Mary Wicker, October 22, 1833.
  • James Ewing married Sally Clark, March 5, 1823.
  • James T. Ewing married Jennie D. Brown, March 25, 1885.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Kelly, November 1798.
  • John T. Ewing married Amanda Thompson, January 2, 1855.
  • Samuel Ewing married Sarena White, October 12, 11864.
  • Samuel Ewing married Susan Lewis, December 9, 1821.
  • William Y. Ewing married Ann Reid, October 12, 1810.
  • Daniel Edelen married Julia Crawford, December 12, 1876.
  • Edelen married Charlotte Crawford, September 3, 1874.
  • Gabriel E. Nall married Maria T. Crawford, February 10, 1851.
  • John W. Skeins married Lavinia Crawford, March 17, 1863.
  • John O. Ball married Margaret Ewing, May 27, 1844.
  • George W. Bates married Mary E. Ewing, February 6, 1850.
  • Craven Belcher married Margaret Ewing, August 1798.
  • Dabney C. Cosby married Lydia Ewing, April 29, 1813.
  • William Edmondson married Martha Ewing, December 8, 1831.
  • Levi Funk married Sarah Ewing, September 15, 1827.
  • Thomas Head married Anne Ewing, November 29, 1814.
  • John Huff married Mariah Ewing, May 13, 1840.
  • Charles Norris married Nancy Ewing, January 10, 1822.
  • John N. Nourse married Rachel C. Ewing, May 8, 1828.
  • George W. Parrish married Arena F. Ewing, June 14, 1877.
  • John C. Riley married Mary Ewing, December 21, 1820.
  • William E. Riley married Elizabeth Ann Ewing, April 20, 1846.
  • Samuel Rubles married Susanna Ewing, May 19, 1858.
  • Daniel Thompson married Polly Ewing, May 13, 1813.

More information about these families will be forthcoming.

1811-1812 Marriage Returns of Thomas Clelland of Washington County

I do hereby certify that I have joined together in the marriage relations the following persons agreeably to licenses issued from the office of the Clerk of Washington County, viz.

  • George W. Hively and Polly Way – March 11th, 1811
  • John Wade and Esther Muldrough – September 17th, 1811
  • Elijah Wilson and Jemimah Gilkie – October 29th, 1811
  • Jacob Houts and Nancy Barnes – December 24th, 1811
  • John Sandusky and Martha E. Hundly – December 26th, 1811
  • Bennett Marples and Eliza Catlin – December 31st, 1811
  • George Drane and Polly Lawrence – January 9th, 1812
  • James Cochren and Anne Calvert – March 10th, 1812

Given under my hand this 10th of March 1812.

                           Thomas Clelland

Washington County, Kentucky

1810-1813 Marriage Returns of William Sturman of Washington County

I hereby certify that agreeable to license produced to me I have solemnized the rites of matrimony between the following persons:

  • Mark Coulter and Nancy Taylor – December 20th 1810
  • William Shoemaker and Lucinda Shoemaker – February 13th 1811
  • James Shoemaker and Sally Taylor – February 27th 1811
  • James Strange and Betsy Morgan – April 2, 1811
  • William Booth and Susannah Jacobs – April 11th 1811
  • John Riddle and Polly Baker – June 25th 1811
  • William Thompson and Anne Farris – September 17th 1811
  • James Davis and Jane Coburn – September 23rd 1811
  • Major Farris and Sally Graham – 31st day October 1811
  • Dudley Taylor and Nancy Lawson – February 12th 1811 (1812?)
  • Charles Thompson and Patsey Peters – April 23rd 1812

Given under my hand, William Sturman

Washington County, Kentucky

Jesse Head – Cabinet Maker, Justice of the Peace, Methodist Minister Who Performed Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Marriage

Jesse Head was born in Frederick County, Maryland, January 28, 1768, the son of William and Mary Walker Head.  He married Jane Ramsey January 9, 1789.  Jane was the daughter of Robert and Susannah McDonnell Ramsey, born April 10, 1768, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  Jesse and Jane moved their family to Washington County, Kentucky, about 1797.

Jesse Head

We have stated on several occasions, that Jesse Head, the man who married Lincoln’s parents at Francis Berry’s house in Washington County on June 12, 1806, quit Springfield for Harrodsburg in the year 1810.  The following advertisement which appeared in The Argus of Western America, Frankfort, Kentucky, Friday, December 14, 1810, confirms our conclusion as to the removal date.  It reads:  ‘CABINET WORK:  The subscribers are about to settle themselves in the town of Harrodsburg where they intend to carry on the above business in its various branches.  They have imported some elegant mahogany, and intend keeping some plank of the first quality, and hope by their attention to business, to please all those who may favor them with their custom.  They will take any kind of produce.  December 13, 1810.  Jesse Head & Son.’

Jesse Head appears in Washington County records in 1797.  It does not appear from the old tax books that he owned real estate at that time, but he seems to have been a resident of the town of Springfield where he engaged in the business of cabinet making.  On December 5, 1797, David Rodman, a minor, was bound to him ‘to learn the art of cabinet maker.’

On February 6, 1798, Jesse Head’s name comes into the records of the county to remain there until a short time before he quit Springfield to go to Harrodsburg in 1810.  On the aforementioned day in 1798, he was sworn a Justice of the Peace and by virtue of that office was a member of the County Court.  This office he held as late as the year 1808.

At the election of trustees for the town of Springfield in January 1810, Jesse Head was re-elected a member of the board for the ensuing year.  He had served for nearly ten years in the capacity of trustee.  After being re-elected in January he determined to leave Springfield where he had successfully engaged in the business of cabinet making and set up in a similar business in Harrodsburg.  He sold his properties in Springfield and was gone from the town before the close of the year, so that when the inhabitants thereof gathered for the annual election in 1811 his name was not proposed for reelection.

For approximately 12 years Jesse Head was a dominating figure in the religious, political and business life of Washington County.  In the field of religion, he was the leading spirit in the establishing of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington and adjoining counties.  In politics he was the outstanding member of the County Court and of the board of trustees of Springfield during his sojourn here.  This statement is not altered or qualified by the fact that Felix Grundy, later to become one of the foremost lawyers and statesmen of the State of Tennessee, was here at the same time and serving with Head as a member of the board of trustees.  As a cabinet maker he had few equals, and many were the early homes of Washington County that contained ‘better furniture’ made by the hands of Jesse Head and his son in their shop in Springfield.  If unbroken pedigrees were at hand it might be shown that some of the antique pieces that grace the homes of Springfield and Washington County today had their beginnings in Jesse Head’s shop.

Lincoln Marriage Temple, houses the log cabin in which Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks were married June 1806, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, at Fort Harrod.

Historians have tried to assign some good reason for the selection of Jesse Head as the officiating minister at the wedding of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks on June 12, 1806.  Such a task should not be difficult.  To us there is but one explanation.

We have not the least doubt but that Jesse Head and Thomas Lincoln formed an acquaintanceship some years previous to the marriage date.  Both men were cabinet makers – Lincoln more of carpenter than cabinet maker, perhaps, but even so, as good as the average in the work in which Jesse Head excelled.  Undoubtedly Thomas Lincoln was often in the shop of Jesse Head and perhaps the two men worked together on numerous occasions.

Thrown together in their work as carpenters and cabinet makers, Lincoln and Head must have become fast friends.  Jesse Head, many years Thomas Lincoln’s senior, old enough to be the young and struggling carpenter’s father, probably spoke of many things, the more important things of life, when the two worked together or when Thomas sat in Head’s shop passing away the time when he happened to be in Springfield.

The Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky.  Sunday, May 21, 1922.

Jesse Head was a devout man.  He loved his God and his church.  He was a zealous exponent of the faith and Methodism but tolerant of others and their religious beliefs, and men loved him for his works sake.  He was in influence for inestimable good on the lives of all with whom he associated.  In this respect his association with Thomas Lincoln was not an exception.  If there was one person whose association with Thomas Lincoln made that young man the honest, sober and straightforward fellow that he was, that person was Jesse Head.

Viewing the matter in the light of the foregoing explanation, one does not ask why Thomas Lincoln sought Jesse Head in preference to any other, when he came to marry Nancy Hanks on that memorable day in June 1806.

From  Kentucky, Pioneer History of Washington County,compiled from newspaper articles by Orval W. Baylor and others.

Rev. Jesse Head, January 28, 1768 – March 22, 1842.  Preacher – Editor – Patriot.  He married June 12, 1806, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, parents of Abraham Lincoln.  Jane Ramsey Head, April 10, 1768 – August 30, 1851.  Married Jesse Head January 9, 1789, and nobly shared with him the privations and triumphs of the life of a pioneer preacher.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Phillips – Cummins Marriage Bond and Consent – Washington County

Know all men by these presents that we, James Phillips and Samuel Grundy, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves ,our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 12th day of September 1798.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound James Philips and Winny Cummins for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

James Phillips, Samuel Grunday

Sir, it is my opinion upon the statements made to you by James Phillips that you are bound to issue a marriage license for I do not think that a Clerk can legally take notice of any former marriage, the law having requested bond and security to answer that purpose.

F. Grundy

Washington County, Kentucky

White Family Buried at Rockbridge Baptist – Washington County

Elisha White, born March 24, 1828, died September 24, 1906.  Rockbridge Baptist Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Elisha White is the son of Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis.  He married Mary Elizabeth Armstrong March 4, 1847, in Washington County.  Their children included William, Elizabeth Jane R., Sarah M. and Nancy White.

Mary, wife of Lishey White, born October 4, 1828, died October 24, 1888.

Samuel White, September 16, 1837 – November 27, 1914.  His wife, Nancy E., October 25, 1843 – May 8, 1919.

Samuel White is also a son of Samuel and Martha, and a brother to Elisha.  He married Nancy Ellen Dean, a daughter of Henry and Winney Dean, January 12, 1865.

Elisha White, 1866-1946.  Betty J. White, 1871-1956.

Elisha White is a grandson of the first Elisha, and a son of William White and Mary Hill.  Elizabeth J. ‘Betty’ Gordon is a daughter of William Gordon and Mary E. Willis.  Elisha and Betty married October 20, 1887.  They had at least two children, Annie L. and Robert C. White.

Anna Lee White, January 29, 1890 – April 25, 1907, daughter of Elisha and Betty White.

Henry White, 1869-1952.  Rebecca White, 1881-1944.

Henry White is a son of Samuel Riley White and Nancy Ellen Dean.  He married Rebecca Young April 15, 1909.  I have found no children for this couple.  Henry’s first wife was Eliza Dean whom he married March 27, 1892.

John W. White, 1872-1929.

Martha A., wife of J. W. White, born December 17, 1876, died July 29, 1904.

Rockbridge Baptist Church and Cemetery is located on Rockbridge Church Road in rural northern Washington County.  If you take Hwy 555 north from Springfield, in about 13 miles turn right onto Hwy 1796.  In about a mile 1796 joins with Hwy 1754.  In another mile Hwy 1796 turns left.  In less than a mile Rockbridge Church Road is a right turn.  The cemetery is just down the road on the left.

Daniel McIlvoy and Matilda Hardin 1822 Marriage Bond and Consent – Washington County

Daniel McIlvoy was born in Caldrain, Antrim County, Northern Ireland, January 1, 1800.  His parents were Alexander McIlvoy and Mary Magdalene McConley.   He and his sisters – Margaret, Catherine, Magdalene, Alice, Rose and Jane – came to America before this 1822 marriage.  It is possible the parents moved here at the same time.

Matilda Hardin’s parents were Benjamin Hardin and Agnes Elizabeth Clark.  Her father died just a year or two before this marriage.

Daniel and Matilda Hardin McIlvoy’s children were Ben, born October 23, 1823; Sarah Ann, September 2, 1825; Alexander, May 13, 1828; Charles, September 26, 1830; Elizabeth Magdalene, March 27, 1832; Mark Robert, February 20, 1834; Mary Jane, September 3, 1836; James Polin, November 23, 1839; Joseph Thomas, December 7, 1842; and Martha Ellen, November 24, 1846.

Daniel McIlvoy died April 13, 1875.  Matilda lived two years longer, dying March 15, 1877.

Know all men by these presents that we, Daniel McIlvoy and John Hayner, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be paid to the said Commonwealth.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 17th day of April 1822.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a license hath issued from the clerk’s office of the Washington County Court to the above bound Daniel McIlvoy to intermarry with Matilda Hardin, daughter of Benjamin Hardin, deceased.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue in law.

Daniel McIlvoy, John Hayner

Witness, Thomas Hughes

This is to certify that my daughter Matilda is twenty-one years of age, and of course qualified to choose a husband for herself, and as she wishes to marry Mr. Daniel McIlvoy you will be so good as to issue a license for them to marry and you will oblige yours.

Elizabeth Hardin

Mr. John Hughes, April 17th 1822

Teste. Mark Gilliam, John Hayner