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Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, 1887 Robertson County

ELDRIDGE KENTON was born near Blue Lick, Nicholas County, Ky., February 14, 1833, and is a son of William and Mary (Burden) Kenton, natives of Virginia. He was reared to farming and was educated at the common schools. He settled in Robertson County about twenty years ago, but had served in the Third Kentucky Mexican Volunteers. He was sheriff of Bracken County four years and for four years sheriff of Robertson County. September 14, 1854, he married Hannah T. Wiglesworth, of Harrison County, born in 1835, but now deceased. His second marriage was to Miss Nancy E. Henson, of Bracken County, and to this union has been born one child, William T. Kenton. Mr. Kenton has represented Robertson and Nicholas Counties in the Lower House of the Kentucky Legislature, and in politics is a Democrat. He owns 800 acres of fine land in Robertson County, 250 acres of Nicholas County land (the Governor Metcalfe farm), and is an extensive dealer in tobacco. He is also a Knight Templar and a member of the Baptist Church. Kenton Burden Wiglesworth Henson = Nicholas-KY VA Bracken-KY Harrison-KY

BIOGRAPHY: The Kenton - Owens - Shipley - Lincoln Connection

By: Christine Moore Smith

I am related to Simon Kenton through his nephew, Jeremiah Owens, Jr., the son of Jane Kenton (Simon's sister) and Jeremiah Owens, Sr.

Jeremiah Owens, Jr., born July 15, 1769, Fauquier County, Virginia. Married 1. Sally (Sarah?) Moss, December 20, 1796 2. Margaret Pitman. born May 31, 1796 died July 17, 1753 Both Jeremiah and Margaret are buried in the Caldwell/Irvine Cemetery, located in Boyle County, Kentucky

I do not know of any children of the union of Jeremiah, Jr., and Sally Moss. Jeremiah and Margaret had the following children I know of:

Nancy Jane Owens, born May 2, 1818, married Nov. 6, 1834, William St. Clair Moore; died, Boyle County, KY, Jan. 14, 1892. This couple were my great-great grandparents on my father's side.

Joshua P. Owens (I think the P. stood for Pauling/Pawling) born June 27, 1828 Never married, died March 22, 1862.

Margaret F. Owens born August 3, 1829, never married, died April 28, 1878.

Both Margaret and Joshua are buried with their parents in the Caldwell Irvine Cemetery.

Margaret Pittman, second wife of Jeremiah Owens, Jr., was the daughter of Thomas Pittman and Rachel Berry. Rachel was a first cousin to Nancy Hanks. Rachel's mother was Rachel Shipley Berry, wife of Richard Berry, and Nancy's mother was Lucy Shipley Hanks Sparrow. Lucy and Rachel's other sister, Mary Shipley, was married to Abraham Lincoln, Sr., but there is some contention as to her being the mother of Thomas Lincoln. The Shipley line connects to the Shipley/Dorsey lines of Maryland, and to England from there.

My information has come from many years of study of this whole family and the area of western Boyle County, which was first Lincoln County, then Mercer County. Recent information concerning the Owens connection has come from several sources. I make no claims that everything here is correct. I do know that the basics are quite correct.