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Hugh McElroy’s Diary

Hugh McElroy, born September 19, 1795, died February 8, 1877.  Susan Frances, wife of Hugh McElroy, born December 29, 1807, died June 22, 1844.  ‘She had a smile for the joyous, an ear of sympathy for ill, and in act of kindness for all within her reach.’  Cemetery Hill, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

If only all ancestors left diaries with the everyday happenings and the history they remember about their ancestors!

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

Hugh McElroy’s Diary

January 1, 1870.  This day I have read a long account of my grandfather, Anthony Hundley, and his family in the Christian Observer of December 22, 1869.  They moved from Charlotte County, Virginia, to this country in the year 1793, seventy years ago.  He settled on Pleasant Run near Sandusky’s Station.  The Indians were very troublesome on the road which they traveled.  They traveled with a large number of emigrants, as alone was very dangerous.  There was not a human habitation except a fort at Laurel River beyond the Cumberland Mountains and between Beams station at Crab Orchard in Kentucky.  Indian deprivations along the line were frequent.  On the route they saw the newly made graves of a large number of persons who had been massacred at night while encamped after a day’s journey.  My mother, then a young lady, and seventeen, was one of the company.  About the same time, my grandfather, Hugh McElroy, moved from Pennsylvania to this place and built the first brick house in the county.  Many of the bricks are now in this house I now live in, between the weatherboards and plastering.  My father helped to make them before I was born.  He married my mother in 1794 and I was born in 1795, 74 years ago.

June 30, 1873.  Sixty years the 20th of next November I came to this town (Springfield) to live, as a store boy with Mr. Elias Davison.  I lived with him six years.  I commenced my fourth year with him before I lost my first whole day.  My salary the first year was $50, the last year $100.  This has been a very wet, rainy Sabbath day and the first time I have been detained from Sunday School this year.

Deaths, 1873.  Ben E. Montgomery died last October, age 80 years.  Judge Booker on May 11th, age 87 years.  May York Sandusky on May 21st, age 80 years.  All these were neighbors.  Old Mrs. Briles died on the 9th June, age 97.

November 1, 1874.  Died this day, cousin William McElroy, 99.  July 18th Mr. Charles Powell died, age 83, and Presley Briles, age 74.

This day, September 19, 1873, I am 78 years old, have lived in Springfield 60 years, have been a school teacher over 40 years and superintendent over schools 20 years.  The cholera has been bad in several counties.  Lebanon and Marion County has suffered much, 84 deaths, most in the county.  Our town has escaped and very few cases in the county.  The Yellow Fever is very bad in the towns south, particularly in Memphis and Shreveport.

In October 1871, while at Louisville, I met an old uncle, Joel Hundley, which I had not seen for 20 years, he had come to Louisville to see his sister, Aunt Jane Thomas.  Courier Journal describes the meeting as follows:  A Romantic Meeting.  Mr. Joel Hundley and Mrs. Jane Thomas, as brother and sister, met in this city at the house of John H. Thomas, son of the venerable lady on Saturday last, after an absence of 54 years.  Mrs. Thomas was born in Virginia at the Charlotte Courthouse, in 1793, he was born in 1791, making her 78 years old and him 80.  She arrived here from her residence in Litchfield, Kentucky, and he, being informed of the fact, started from his home in Mt. Washington, after a late breakfast, and walked to Louisville, a distance of 21 miles to see her.  The meeting of so long a separation was a happy one.  His walk is remarkable, considering his advanced age, but it is not the first long tramp he has taken.  In olden times, before steam boats and railroads were known, and when flat boats were the only means of transportation down the river, he often made the trip from New Orleans to Kentucky on foot.  Mrs. Thomas is the mother of O. W. and J. H. Thomas.  Mr. Hundley is the father of Doctor Hundley.

September 19, 1874.  This day is my birthday, 79 years old.  How thankful I ought to be.  I never had better health in my life and have no pains in my limbs, yet I cannot walk without help, owing to my getting crippled ten years since.  I ride to my counting room in town every day and have missed but one or two days from Sunday School this year.

1794 Will of Hugh McElroy – Washington County

Hugh McElroy, and brothers James and Samuel, emigrated from Prince Edward County, Virginia, to Kentucky in 1789.  They were sons of James McElroy and his wife, Sarah, natives of Ireland.

Hugh McElroy was born in Pennsylvania; married Esther Irvine in Virginia, before coming with his brothers to what is now Washington County, Kentucky.  When the county was formed in 1792, the county Court established the first jail in a cabin belonging to Hugh McElroy.  Several settings of the Court were at his home previous to the building of the Courthouse. 

In 1794 Hugh McElroy fell victim to the epidemic of smallpox that swept the county that year.

Hugh and Esther McElroy were the parents of ten children – James married Rosa Hardin, then a Mrs. Dorsey, no issue; Margaret married Captain John Muldraugh, a pioneer settler in the Rolling Fork neighborhood (for him the submountainous range of over 100 miles in length and known as ‘Muldrough’s Hill’ was named); Sarah married a Sandusky and left a small family; Mary married first John Simpson and second, John McElroy, her cousin, a son of Samuel McElroy; John married a Miss Hundley; Hugh, Jr., married a Miss Dorsey; Samuel married a Miss Weston and his family moved to Missouri and Texas; Robert Abraham married Dicia Hundley and left a small family; William married a Miss Crawford and left issue; Elizabeth died single.

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

Will Book A, Pages 27-29

(Corners of the pages were difficult to read.)

hm-will-aIn the name of God Amen.  I, Hugh McElroy, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, being sick and weak of body, but of sound memory, do this thirtieth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety four make and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following (to wit).  First my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid.  I then lend to my loving wife Easter McElroy the house and tract of land whereon I now live, three Negroes (to wit) Beck, Tom and Jack, three horses and one mare of her own choice, all the plantation tools, one half of the household furniture and one third part of

hm-will-bthe cattle and sheep during her life.  I give to my son James McElroy a Negro boy by name Len, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son John McElroy a Negro boy by name Sie, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Samuel McElroy a Negro boy by name Dick to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Hugh McElroy a Negro boy by name Ned, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Peggy Mulder a Negro girl by name of Kitty, to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Sally Sodusky a Negro boy by name Stephen, to her and her heirs forever, also twenty pounds to be paid out of my estate at the decease of my wife.  I give to my daughter Mary Simpson a Negro boy by name Fleming, to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth McElroy a Negro girl by name Rose, and the house and lot in town to be sold and the money arising therefrom, also a feather bed, a horse worth fifteen pounds and riding saddle to her and her heirs forever.  At the death of my wife I give to my son William McElroy the tract of land whereon I now live, also the roan mare’s stallion colt to him and his heirs forever.  My will and desire is that the remainder of my lands, stock and household furniture be equally divided between my four sons, ?, Samuel, Hugh and Abraham McElroy.  My will and

hm-will-cdesire is that at the death of my wife my son Abraham McElroy shall have my Negro boy Jack and my son William McElroy to have Tom or any other that my wife may think proper to let him have.  My will and desire is that at the death of my wife all the moveable property lent to her and not otherwise disposed of be equally divided between all my children.  My will and desire is that my son William and daughter Elizabeth McElroy be schooled out of my estate.  My will and desire is that my stills be disposed of as my wife may think proper.  And I hereby appoint my loving Wife, Easter McElroy, Executrix, and my sons James and John McElroy, Executors, to this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Hugh McElroy

In presence of us, John Irvine, Philip King, Thomas King

At a County Court held for Washington County the 5th day of June 1794.  This was proved by the oaths of John Irvine and ? King, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto.  Ordered to be certified.  And at a County Court held for the said County the ? day of July 1794.  The same was fully proven.



Bible Records – Mercer County, Kentucky

Bible Records – Mercer County, Kentucky

Copied from Revolutionary War Pension Application of Thomas and Mary Crawford, Mercer County, Kentucky


  • Thomas Crawford was born April 21, 1754
  • Mary Crawford was born April 11, 1763
  • Margaret Crawford was born November 1783
  • Catherine Crawford was born June 20, 1785
  • Elizabeth Crawford was born September 24, 1786
  • Samuel Crawford was born November 4, 1787
  • Ann Crawford was born August 20, 1789
  • Polly Crawford was born June 1791
  • Thomas Crawford was born January 10, 1793
  • John Crawford was born December 20, 1794
  • Margaret Crawford was born December 30, 1796
  • William Crawford was born September 29, 1798
  • Mary Crawford was born November 29, 1800
  • Cyrus Crawford was born December 3, 1802
  • William B. Crawford was born April 10, 1817


  • Thomas Crawford and Mary Ewing were married February 28, 1783
  • Nathan H. Hall and Ann Crawford were married July 6, 1807
  • James Gilkerson and Eliza Crawford were married March 22, 1808
  • William McElroy and Catherine Crawford were married July 2, 1811
  • Samuel Crawford and Catherine Ewing were married March 11, 1814
  • Thomas I. Crawford and Margaret Crawford were married July 3, 1816
  • Thomas Crawford and Rebecca Ewing were married May 1816
  • John Crawford and Sarah McElroy were married March 13, 1817
  • Thomas Crawford and Sarah Shirel – no date
  • E. Crawford and E. I. McElroy were married November 22, 1825
  • Jacob Crow and Mary Crawford were married March 1, 1830
  • Cyrus Crawford and M. F. Walker were married May 25, 1837