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Taxpayers for Lots in the Town of Springfield 1817

I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817.  I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s.  Do you have anyone on this list?

This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor

A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.

Note:  In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.

George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.

To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection.  By Order of the Board of Trustees.  April 11th, 1817.  Attests.  John Hughes, Jr., CBT.

Berryman and Landress 1820 Washington County Marriage

I know very little about the Berryman and Landress families, but the Booker and Brown families were in Washington County early on in the years of the county, and remained there for many years.  In one place it says the Berryman’s moved to Barren County.


Know all men by these presents that we, William Berryman and William B. Booker, 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 made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this 26th day of April 1820.  The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas, there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound William Berryman and Polly Landress, daughter of John Landress, deceased, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue in law.

William Berryman, William B. Booker

Teste.  Stephen C. Brown

1833 Nuncupative Will of William Montgomery

In 1833 cholera ran rampant in most of Kentucky.  Many, many people died, several in a family, sometimes the entire family.  My gr-gr-gr-grandfather, William Peter Montgomery, was one of those who died of the dread disease in Washington County on June 19, 1833.  Yesterday, while at the courthouse in Springfield, I checked the probate records and found his nuncupative will – meaning an oral will that is written down by others.  Evidently he was too ill to even sign the document.  William’s wife, Polly (Yates), was eight months pregnant with their sixth child, William Peter, my ancestor, was born about six weeks or so after the death of his father.  The older children were Charles W. Montgomery, Martha E. Montgomery, Henry L. Montgomery, Mary Rebecca Montgomery and Frances Edwina Montgomery.

Son William Peter married Martha Ann Carrico December 30, 1862.  The couple had ten children, including my great-grandfather, Robert E. Lee Montgomery.

scan200The Montgomery’s from William Peter and Martha Ann on are buried at St. Dominic Cemetery in Springfield.  That parish began in 1843, after the cholera epidemic.  Springfield City Cemetery, also known as Cemetery Hill, has a monument dedicated to those who lost their lives during the cholera epidemics of 1833 and 1854.  An unnamed black gentleman cared for and buried the victims.  There are approximately 106 victims in unmarked graves.  I assume William Montgomery is buried here, but cannot be sure.

img_0885William Montgomery’s Will or last request.  1st That all his property, real, personal or mixt, be left to his wife Polly during her single life, 2nd if she should marry again she is only to have what she brought with her or had at the time of their marriage, 3rd the Estate to be at her death equally divided between all his children, 4th he appoints William Yates jointly with his wife as executors to manage his affairs to take care of his children and pay his debts, etc.

Samuel Montgomery, William Yates

img_0886At a County Court began and held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on Monday the 22nd day of July, 1833.  This nuncupative will of William Montgomery, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oaths of Samuel Montgomery and William Yates, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the nuncupative will of William Montgomery, deceased, and ordered to be recorded accordingly in will Book E page 147.

William B. Booker

William B. Booker

from History of Washington County by O. W. Baylor

October 10, 1935

William B. Booker, son of Samuel and Rachel Jones Booker, was born in Amelia County, Virginia, in 1791.  He came to Kentucky early in the 19th century and settled in Springfield, Washington County, where he married first, Louisa V. Nance, February 1, 1813.

After studying law, William B. Booker was admitted to practice in Washington County on February 13, 1815.  On May 12, 1817, he was sworn as Justice of the Peace for Washington County.  This office he held until the 11th day of September, 1826, when he resigned.

Elected to the lower house of the Kentucky Legislature in 1818, William B. Booker attained a record for years of service in that body not excelled by any other person elected to represent Washington County.  He was re-elected in 1822, 1824, 1826, 1828, 1831, 1855 and 1857.

After serving as County Attorney pro tem on numerous occasions, Mr. Booker was elected to the office for a period of twelve months on October 21, 1831.  His salary for the year was $75.  In the same year he was chosen a trustee of Washington Academy, Springfield’s flourishing educational institution of that era.

In 1833, when Springfield experienced the first of two severe epidemics of cholera, John Hughes, Jr., who had succeeded John Reed as Clerk of the Washington County Court, was one of the victims of the dread disease.  Hughes died on June 27th, and William B. Booker was chosen Clerk pro tem.  In October, following, he was elected to the office and for 18 years he served the county faithfully and efficiently.  He resigned the office May 19, 1851, and John B. Starr, who had been one of his deputies, was elected to succeed him.

It was while he was clerk of the county court that W. B. Booker’s first wife, Louisa Nance Booker, died.  There is an entry in the County Court Order Book for the year 1839, which reads:

‘Monday, February 25, 1839.  the death of Mrs. Louisa Booker, wife of the Clerk of this Court, being suggested by the members of the Bar, this Court doth order as a testimonial of respect to the deceased and her husband, that they proceed to her burial on this evening.’

Sometime after the death of his first wife, William B. Booker married second Margaret H. Edelen (?).  I put a question mark here because I am not certain that her last name was Edelen.

By his two marriages W. B. Booker had at least ten children.  Of their order and whether by the first or second marriage I do not know.  The issue:

  1. Paul R. Booker
  2. Harriet F., married ______ Green
  3. Samuel E. married Maria F. Lewis, December 3, 1844.  He was prominent in Washington County, being at one time County Coroner.  His home was on the Bardstown Road and is now known as the Ballard place.  He had, among others, two daughters, Sally B. and Mary L.  The latter married Joseph P. Claybrooke.
  4. Hettie M., married first, Dr. James V. Prather, and second, Hamilton Pope.
  5. Louisa J., married _____ Werthon.
  6. Thomas Jones Booker
  7. Eliza L., married Joshua B. Hopkins.
  8. Louisa B., married first _____ Holloway, and second _____ Bucke.
  9. Martha, married W. P. Holloway.
  10. Paul Jones Booker.
  11. William F. Booker.


Today In Genealogy History – January 21

Louisa V. Nantz and William B. Booker were married 202 years ago – January 21, 1812 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  William was the son of Samuel Booker, born in Virginia.  Louisa and William had at least 3 children:  Eliza Letitia, William F. and Hester M. Booker.

History Tid-Bits

History Tid-Bits From The Old Records In The Clerk’s Office

In Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

I, Will B. Booker, one of the Justices assigned to keep the peace for the County aforesaid do certify that Solomon Lawrence came before me and made oath that he brought with him to this State in the month of May last the following Negroes to wit Sarah, Ruth and Mary, for his own private use and not for the purpose of traffick or sale.  Given under my hand this 24th day of June 1818.  William B. Booker, W. C.

Know all men by these presents that I, Thomas Keats, of the County of Washington and State of Kentucky, for and in consideration of my Negro man named Daniel Williams, having heretofore behaved himself as a faithful, honest, obedient and industrious servant.  Now I do hereby emancipate and set at liberty and forever quit claim to said Daniel and permit him to go at large as a free man.  Witness my hand and seal this 8th day of March 1819.  Thomas Keats.  Witness John Hughes, Jr., Ezra Howe.

Know all men by these prsents that I, Martin D. McHenry, of the County of Washington in the State of Kentucky, do hereby emancipate, set free and forever discharge from slavery a small mulatto girl named Maria, about seven years old last fall, being the same that was raised in the family of my deceased father and being the child of a Negro woman, Phoebe, who lived in my father’s family and a reputed child of Harry, a mulatto man who was emancipated by my father.  Given under my hand and seal this 1st day of April, 1835.  M. D. McHenry.  Teste.  John R. Wharton, D. H. Spears.

Know all men by these presents, that I, Ann Spalding, widow of John Baptist Spalding, deceased, possessing an entire estate during widowhood, by virtue of the last will and testament of the aforesaid John B. Spalding, in a mulatto man-slave, named Phillip; and I, Stephen Spalding, the only claimant to the remainder of the said slave, at the marriage or death of the aforesaid Ann Spalding, (the other claims to the remainder of the aforesaid being extinguished by purchase), do solemnly agree to relinquish and abandon, our several and respective rights and titles to the ownership of the aforesaid Phillip.  And the said Phillip is by force of this instrument, freed and emancipated from all service, which we and our heirs, have a legal claim to.  In witness whereunto we hereto set our hands and seals, this 8th day of January, 1804.  Ann Spalding.  Stephen Spalding.  At a County Court held for Washington County, the 2nd day of February, 1807.  This instrument of writing was acknowledged by the within named Ann Spalding and Stephen Spalding to be their act and deed and ordered to be recorded.  Teste.  John Feed.  CWC.