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Walnut Lea

The Morin/Stamps Home

Submitted by Richard Stauff


June 8 1969  by Bettye Lee Mastin
Walnut Lea, home on Georgetown Road in Bourbon County.  At this time these things were in this home of Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie.  There was a  leather bound journal and a fleur-de-lis that was used by John Metcalfe, Yorkshire graduate of Cambridge who came to Virginia in 1715.  Precious in the days when paper was scarce, the ledger later belonged to Metcalfe's grandson who built the McKenzie home.  A quilt in the house was made by Elizabeth Ewalt Hedges made during the War Between the States.  Also in the house is a tiny cradle made in late 1840's or early 1850's by another ancestor Henry Rowe, born in Holland in 1770. 
Walnut Lea was thought to have been named for the avenue of walnuts that once led back from the road and for Walnut Branch Church in Fauquier Co. Va home of the builder's ancestors.
Walnut Lea has been in the McKenzie family since 1787 when it was bought by James Morin first cousin of Gov. Thomas Metcalfe. 
 James' wife Jane may have been a bride in the seige of Bryan Station. They had 5 children.
After his death his widow married William Stamps Jr. They had 10 children.  One of the Stamps boys, William like his father and grandfather married Lucinda Davis, sister of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  Jane Morin Stamps (nee: Shore) died in 1838 five years after the curious death of one of her oldest Stamps children.  Ann Stamps Martin was 41, the wife of a Paris attorney and the mother of seven children.  Her house still stands in downtown Paris not far in 1833 from stagnant ponds that may have contributed to local virulence of that dread year of cholera.  Frightened by the epidemic, Mrs. Martin fled home to her parents' household, only to die that night.  Hastily buried that very night, she lies in a cemetery at the left of the house, the victim of cholera-perhaps-or of a heat attack brought on by fear and the haste of her her flight.  The family was never sure of his cause. 
William Stamps, Jr lived until 1855. A  granddaughter  Elizabeth Ewalt Hedges bought out the other heirs in 1856.

"Walnut Lea", William Stamps home on Georgetown Pike, near Paris, Kentucky.
Built In 1823. Data co-piled by Miss Elizabeth B. Grime., Historian Jenima
Johnson Chapter?, D. A. R.. published in the Friday, September 21, 1954
issue or the Kentuckian-Citizen.

Walnut Lea, the Stamps home, in situated two and one half miles from Paris
on the Georgetown Pike. The earliest records of Bourbon County show that
the land on which this homestead was established belonged to Robert
Whitledge, a revolutionary Soldier. He and him wife, Nancy Whitledge
conveyed it to James Morin on Jan. 9, l787, while Kentucky was still a part
of Virginia. Soon after James Morin and his wife, Jane Shore Morin, settled
here, the Indians killed an entire family on the farm of U. S. Senator John
Edwards Just back of this place and tradition says James Morin and wife
hourly expected the return of the Indians. and were armed for defense.

James Morin was killed in felling a tree. His widow married William Stamps
who built the present house in 1823 An article of agreement between William
Stamps and Enoch Hughes and Henry Leer who were to do the carpenter work on
the house is still in existence. It recites "the, main body of the house to
be two stories high with one room 20 feet by 20 in the clear? and a passage
at one end 10 ft by 20 in the clear with one pair of stairs; a and six
windows with 24 lights each 3 by 10 and six panel doors and four presses and
two chimney pieces, also an ell 56 ft by 5 by 10, three panel doors and two
presses and two chimney pieces and six grates and two cellar doors; also the
said Hughes and Leer to get the shingles and hew the rafters with the
exception of cutting and sawing the blocks for the shingles which the said
Stamps is to do for them, also the said Hughes and Leer to get the timber
for the window frames out of Locust and prepar the finish in a plain, neat
and workmanlike manner, with venetian shutters to every window. The bill
for? plastering the house has also been preserved. A beautiful carved
mantel stands in the main room. The floors are of ash.

Unusual features are the two little rooms of brick built over the entrances
to the cellars and standing under the long side porch. On the death of
William Stamps in l855 his Granddaughter, Elizabeth Ewalt Hedges, aquired
the old home. The next year she added three rooms to the orlinal house. It
is in a good state of preservation and is now occupied by a descendant, Mrs.
L. Clayton (Ann McMil1an Talbott). The name "Walnut Lea" was given to the
place on account of the many walnut trees and the level land.

Gov. Thomas Metcalfe spent many nights here with his first cousin, William
Stamps, while enrout from his home in Nichclas County to the Executive
Mansion in Fankfort, the trip being too long to take by carriage in one day.
Joseph and Jefferson Davis were often guests in the home, their sister
having married the oldest son of William Stamps.

William Stamps was born in 1765 in Fauquire County, Virginia. He married
Jane Morin, nee Shore, on January 26,1792 Bourbon Co., Kentucky. Her first
husband was James Morin who was killed in felling a tree. At the January
term of court in 1801, Bourbon County, Ky., William Stamps was appointed
guardian to Sarah, Joseph, Elizabeth and Margaret Morin, children of his
wife by her first husband, James Morin. William Stamps died at the age of
ninety years on October 22, l855. His death certificate states that his
parents were William and Polly Stamps. Jane Shore Stamps died August 11,
1858. They are buried in the family burial ground near the old homestead.
They lived at "Walnut Lea" which was built by William Stamps in 1823, on the
Georgetown Pike near Paris, Kentucky. Their issue.;

1. Anne Stamps, born Nov. 28,1792, married John Martin

2. Maria Stamps, born Feb. 17, 1794, married Richard Ewalt

3. Jane Stamps, born July 1, 1795, married Wm.Alexander

4. Harriet Stamps, born Oct. 6, 1796, married 1st Hugh Thompaon,
2nd Lochart

5. William Stamps, born Nov. 5, 1797, married Lucinda Davis, sister to
Jefferson Davis. Their home was called Rosemount and was located near
Woodville, Mississippi.

6. Keturah Stamps, born Feb.3, 1799, married Henry Ewa1t

7. John Shore Stamps, born July 25, 1800, died 1823

3. Thomas S. Stamps, born July 9, 1803, married Elizabeth McConnel1

9. America Stamps, born April 17, l8O5, died at age of 9 years

Marriage: November 20, 1820 Bourbon County, Kentucky
Children: Mary ?Polly? Ann (1821-1871)
John (1822-1900)
Henry Dunkley (1824-1864)
William S. (1826-1881)
Elizabeth (1827-1848)
Jane S. (1828-1880)
Margaret Morne (1829-1876)
Thomas (1830-1859)
Samuel Henry (1831-1898)
Noah Spears (1833-1878)
Catherine Lucinda (1834-1875)
Joseph M. (1836-1862)
Richard T. (1838-1921)

1. Conrad Palmisano, ?Palmisano Genealogy,? May 2, 2000,


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