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Nicholas County Deaths – 1855 – Part 1

Listed below are deaths in Nicholas County from 1855.  Birth and deaths were located in the county unless otherwise stated.

  • James Crow, age 3 months, son of William and Nancy Crow, died December 55, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Nancy Ann Wilson, age 2 years, daughter of Harry and Hester Wilson, died July 15, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Tolney Foster, age 34, farmer, born in Fayette County, son of Henry and Esther Foster, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • Esther Foster, age 59, born in Ohio, daughter of John and Sarah Whittington, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • John W. Bishop, age 5, son of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died November 12, 185, of whooping cough.
  • Charlotte E. Bishop, age 1, daughter of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died October 4, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Patrick Brady, age 82, born in Stafford County, Virginia, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Brady, died September 30, 1855, of cancer.
  • Sarah O. Redman, age 1, daughter of Washington and Rachel Redman, died September 23, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Alexander Dampier, age 22, son of Henry and Martha Dampier, died October 6, 1855, by arson.
  • Thomas J. McCormick, age 12, slave of Thomas J. McCormick, died February 15, 1855, of consumption.
  • John H. McCormick, age 26, born in Bourbon County, son of Thomas J. and Sarah McCormick, died September 24, 1855, of diarrhea.
  • James Fulton, age 1, son of John L. and Elizabeth J. Fulton, died August 21, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Hetty F. Brewer, age 2, daughter of John and Levinia Brewer, died November 20, 1855, of whopping cough.
  • Joseph Evans, age 48, son of John and Margaret Evans, died October 13, 1855, of cholera.
  • William H. Canon, age 2, son of Thomas and F. Canon, died April 13, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Jane Marion, age 31, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Hord, died April 22, 1855, ?
  • Christopher Kimes, age 12, son of Stephen and Mary Kimes, died November 5, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Columbus W. Congleton, age 5, son of Columbus and Walker Congleton, died August 15, cause unknown.
  • Agnes Haus, age 46, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Johnson, died October 3, 1855, of consumption.
  • Harrison Dale, age 35, born in Virginia, son of Solomon and Mary Dale, died August 10, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Joseph B. Bramble, age 3, son of John Mason and Mary Jane Bramble, died December 22, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Collier, age 65, born in Montgomery County, daughter of Eliza Wells, died August 17, 1855, of congestive fever.
  • William Thomas, age 15, son of James and Nancy Thomas, died July 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Elizabeth Wilson, age 10 months, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wilson, died April 8, 1855, of pneumonia.
  • Preston Talbott, age 15, slave of Preston Talbott, died February 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Mary Ann Wilson, age 29, daughter of John and Rachel Rogers, died September 16, 1855, of disease of the lungs.
  • Wilson Branch, age 22, son of Abner and Ellen Branch, died August 6, 1855, of typhoid fever.

McFerran’s Buried In Bellevue Cemetery

Earlier in the week I published a post on James B. McFerran and his family – originally immigrants from Ireland before the beginning of the American revolution.  To read more about this family click here.

Yesterday Ritchey and I visited Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, Boyle County, where many of the family are buried.  The larger stone is for the parents of James B. – James M. and Ruth Brown McFerran.

Mrs. Ruth B. McFerran, born October 31, 1811, died September 26, 1885.  ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.’  Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.

J. M. McFerran, born November 26, 1809, died September 17, 1884.  ‘Ask his neighbors.’

I’ve never seen such a simple line on a gravestone, but it speaks volumes.

James B. McFerran

Mattie Davis McFerran, James’ wife.

Leila McFerran Farris, James and Mattie’s daughter.

Lucy M. Welch, 1846-1927.  James B.’s sister.

Elizabeth McFerran, wife of William Crow, 1837-1919.  James B.’s sister.

William Crow, 1831-1900.  James B.’s brother-in-law.

A few others are buried in this lot, probably grandchildren to James M. and Ruth Brown McFerran.

Abraham James 1791 Will

Mercer County Courthouse, Will Book 1, Pages 53-55

Another of the early Mercer County wills while still part of the state of Virginia.

james-will-1In the name of God, Amen.  The thirtieth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, I, Abraham James, of the County of Mercer and District of Kentucky, being sick and weak of body, but of sound mind and memory, thanks to God for it, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

james-will-2Principally, and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God who gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner at the direction of my executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in manner and form following.

Item – I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary one third part of my stock of horses and cattle, sheep and hogs, together with one third part of my household and kitchen furniture, together with all my plantation tools, also the benefits arising from the plantation whereon I now live, to be freely enjoyed and possessed by her forever, except the land, which I give to my son George, when he comes of age, allowing her, her thirds during her natural life.

Item.  It is my desire the remaining part of my stock of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, also the remainder of my household and kitchen furniture to be sold at public venue and the moneys arising therefrom to be put to interest and equally divided among all my children whenever they come of age.

It is also my desire that two hundred acres of land which I possess in the barrons should be sold when my children come of age and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided among all my children.  It is also my desire that the plantation whereon Francis Monfort now lives, together with two hundred acres adjoining it shall be rented out and the profits arising from such rent to be put to interest and equally divided among all my children as they come of age and when my two daughters, Sarah and Leah shall either marry of come of age this land shall be equally divided between them two and freely enjoyed and possessed by them and their heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son George three hundred acres of land, it being the tract of land whereon I now live

james-will-3to be freely enjoyed and possessed by him and his heirs forever, allowing my wife her thirds during her natural life.

Item.  I nominate and appoint William Crow and Robert Mosby, executors, and my wife Mary, executrix, of this my last will and testament, utterly revoking, disannulling and making void all other wills, legacys and bequeaths by me before now named or mentioned, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Abraham James

Signed, sealed and pronounced in presence of William Rice, Philip Fulkerson, Francis Monfort

Item.  It is my desire that my wife Mary should have one feather bed and furniture and one horse and saddle more than I have mentioned in her legacy.  Witnessed by us – William Rice, Philip Fulkerson, Francis Monfort

Abraham James

At a court held for Mercer County at the Courthouse on Tuesday, the 24th day of May 1791

This last will and testament of Abraham James, deceased, was exhibited into court and proved by Philip Fulkerson and Francis Monfort, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

1790 – First Will of A Woman In Mercer County

Rachel Canaday was the first woman whose will was recorded in Mercer County, Kentucky – in 1790!  Her will was written in 1789, and proved in court in April of the next year.  Since there are Canada’s still living in Mercer County they must be direct descendants of Rachel!  Jeremiah Laws, Rachel’s son, is listed first in her will, leaving us to believe he is the oldest child.  A daughter, Rachel Underwood, is also listed.  I believe her last name was Laws, since there was  Rachel Lewis (Laws) who married Joseph Underwood March 29, 1787, in the early Mercer County marriages – and would thus be listed with her married name in her mother’s will.  At some point the mother – Rachel Laws – married a Mr. Canaday, but that was probably before immigration to Kentucky since there are no marriage records listed in Mercer County.  Note the daughter was listed as Rachel Lewis in the marriage records – names were often misspelled, and the handwriting is always difficult to decipher!

Note that this will is on page 34 of the first will book for Mercer County, Kentucky – and our old friend, Thomas Allin is the County Clerk.

Scan110In the name of God, Amen.  I, Rachel Canaday, of Mercer County, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and in my proper senses, do hereby make this my last will and testament as followeth.

To wit.  My will and desire is that after all my lawful debts is paid and my funeral charges satisfied that my son Jeremiah Laws should have all my iron utensils for farming except one hat which I give to my son Samuel, and also I give to my son Jeremiah Laws what carpenters tools I have and my iron wedge.  And I also desire that my daughter Rachel Underwood shall have my side saddle.

And all the rest of my estate, within doors and without, I desire it shall be equally divided between my son Samuel Canaday and my daughter Elizabeth Canaday

Scan111This I desire to be my last will and testament, given under my hand and seal this 18th day of November 1789.

Rachel Canaday

I appoint my trusty friends Morias Hansbraugh and William Crow to execute this my last will and testament.

Teste, John Underwood, George Hansbrough, Moriah Hansbrough

At a court held for Mercer County at Harrodsburg, the 27th day of April, 1790

This last will and testament of Rachel Canaday, deceased, was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of John Underwood and George Hansbrough, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste, Thomas Allin, C. C.