Submitted by Kellie Scott
These were copied
out of an old scrapbook at the Bourbon County Library in Paris, KY by the
Bourbon County Genealogical Society. They are not the complete article but have
September 3, 1952 by Kent Hollingsworth
Xalapa Farm in Bourbon County
Virginian William Thomas Buckner founded the estate between Paris and North
Middletown and the present residence in 1827. A son, Henry inherited the
880 acres upon his return from the Mexican War.
In 1897 Confederate Col. William Erskine Simms purchased the farm and later
bequeathed it to his sons, William E. and Edward Francis Simms. It was
under Ed Simms that the farm became one of the most important thoroughbred
establishments in the country. During the 1920's he and John E. Madden and
Arthur B. Hancock and Colonel Phil T. Chinn were generally regarded as the
most influential commercial breeders in America.
Ed Simms was born in Paris in 1870. Simms was an active man an ran through
his inheritance in a hurry. Around the turn of the century he borrowed
$750 from Thomas P. Hayes and went to Texas with a promise not to return
until he was rich. He arrived in Texas during the Sour Lake boom and emerged
with a fortune. Simms returned to Bourbon County in 1915 and bought out
his brother, who had married Miss Lucy Alexander and resided in Woodford
County. He died in 1938, survived by his wife Miss Lillie Weir granddaughter
of Colonel James Weir; a sister Miss Lucy Simms and his brother William E.
Simms of Woodford County.
September 3, 1952
by Gene Maner
Walter Bucknore was
born March 7, 1791 at Deep Spring Carolina County VA. He married his cousin,
Elizabeth Walker Buckner. He came to KY about 1810. Their one son, William A.
Buckner married Sally Woodford.
February 18, 1962
by Bettye Lee Mastin Herald-Leader Home Page Editor
General Green Clay
was the father of Brutus Clay and Cassius M. Clay.
Ezekial F. Clay was
the third son of Brutus Clay by his first wife Amanda Field. The year after
Amandaís death in 1843, Brutus had married her sister, Ann .
Brutus Clay had
only one daughter named Martha. She had a son named Nassie.
Brutus Clay died in
May 27, 1956 By
Rebecca Miller Herald Leader Correspondent
In Bourbon County,
KY near Shawhan, in a valley in a bend of the Licking River stands an old
field-stone house, built in 1802, which is the ancestral home of one branch of
the David family.
On the same farm
nearby is an old log house, built by William David, a first settler. In a
field adjoining the house is the old family burying ground. A field stone
marker with this inscription rudely done and almost worn away was found with
this inscription: W.D.-B 1700 ĖD 1774 This was the marker for the grave of the
father of the William David who built the stone house, and he was buried there
before the Revolutionary War.
William David II
willed this land in 1819 to his son, Henry David, who in turn willed it to his
son, John David. At John Davidís death, his daughter, Elizabeth David Patton,
inherited a part of this farm, and in later years, Elizabeth and her husband
David Ballengall Patton, aquired the rest of the place.
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 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.
March 22, 1966 Bettye Lee Mastin Herald Leader Lexington, KY
Elizabeth J. Goodloe Miller, widow of John Miller, a general in the National
Guard who was fatally wounded as he tried to rally a disorganized regiment
of the Union Calvary in what was to prove a Confederate victory, the Battle
of Richmond, KY. General Miller lived for a week after a ball entered his
left breast, tore out a lung and passed out his back. The war and his death
brought financial reverses. Mrs. Miller moved to Paris where she and her
daughters opened a girls school.
The son of Virginians who settled in Madison County at the end of the 18th
century, General Miller and his wife lived at "Elmwood" in Richmond where he
was a dress goods merchant prominent in county and state affairs.
May 28, 1939- not sure
what paper found in Bourbon Scrapbooks-
Colonel Patterson came to
KY in 1775 when he was only 21 years old. He was from PA.
Authorities think he
built the first cabin in KY in what is now Fayette County.
In 1780 Robert Patterson
returned to PA to marry his betrothed Elizabeth Lindsay. They had a
daughter named Catherine.
March 20, 1960 by Bettye Lee
Mastin -Herald Leader
William Rogers father of
William Rogers first clerk
under Barton Stone at Cane Ridge Meeting House.
Daughter Annie married July
27, 1853. Groom James Thomas
Uncle Ike-probably a slave by
the way the article reads.
William had a daughter in
law - Mary E.
August 28, 1966 clipping from Herald Leader ( Lexington Ky Paper) by
Bettye Lee Mastin
This article is mainly discussing a house in Paris on 504 Vine St. I
have picked the genealogy out of it.
Thomas Talbott a Maryland native who settled in Hampshire County VA
before coming to Bourbon County. He was one of five pioneer families,
none of them related, with the same last name. His son Aquila built the
famed spire of the Bourbon County courthouse.
The Talbots sold this home about 1840 to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keiningham.
Mrs. Keiningham was Louisa Thomas, a member of a prominent Frankfort
family. Her husband and his brother Benjamin were English merchants who
opened a grocery and early business in Paris.
After Richard Keiningham's death, his widow and her widowed sister, Mrs.
Emily Tubman used the home as a summer residence. Twice each year they
went by carriage to ? from August GA, a journey made more difficult by
the ladies opinion of correct deportment. Throughout the long trip
neither lady would allow her spine to come in contact with the back of
the carriage seat. The driver of the carriage was one of Mrs. Tubman's
slaves. Freed and sent to Liberia during the colonization of that
country, he became the ancestor of it's present of its present chief
official Pres. William V. S. Tubman.
The house was not left empty during the winter. A neighbor boy, James
McClure lived in it and kept an eye on the widows famed flower gardens.
After Mrs. Keiningham's death in 1873 the property was bought by
McClure, an official of the city's First National Bank. Later the house
passed to the McClures daughter, Mrs. C Oakford Hinton, wife of a public
spirtited citizen who was a son of the famed Paris jeweler.
October 4, 1964 by
Bettye Lee Mastin
Settled in 1785,
the Bourbon County farm of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Thomason has been owned by two
families during itís 175 year old history. The farm was bough in 1893 by W.A.
Thomason and his wife, the former Ella Boone Burris. Now called Glen Echo, it
was earlier known as the old James Scott home.
The farm was first
settled by James Scottís grandfather, William Scott. Scott and his family came
down the Ohio River in 1778. Indians attacked the flat boats, and goods and the
family Bible were washed away before the group landed at Corn Island near
Louisville. Indians drove the Scotts inland where they stayed awhile at Fort
Harrod. Scott first located on 1,000 acres along Flat Creek in what is now Bath
County, then settled on the Bourbon County farm where he died about 1804. He
had a son named Robert.
Robertís son, James
was born on the farm in 1802 and was still living in 1883. James married
Emeline P. Offutt in 1853 and they had 3 children.
Monday October 8, 1956 ( not sure what paper - this was cut out )
Mary Todd, wife of Rev. Todd. She was born in Paris, Jan 13, 1800 and was a
daughter of the Rev. John Todd of Providence Church VA. The Rev Andrew Todd
was a pastor of Hopewell Presbyterian Church from 1824.
Kentuckian-Citizen - August 2, 1945
Years Ago Today July 8, 1885
Giltner is living in this county near
Hutchinson, on the place that was settled by hers deceased
descendants great grandfather over 100 years
three years ago the 4th of July at Green River Bridge, Ky.,
Major Thomas Y. Brent and Those. Jeff Current of Bourbon, were killed,
as was Col. Chenault
and other Confederates. The next day at Lebanon, Col C.S. Hanson
Vimont, though now the oldest male citizen
of Millersburg is superintending the building of his new brick house,
and is as active and lively as he was in his younger days.
in which the baby of Walter McCann is being rocked has been used by 22
babies. It was made 52 years for Charles McCann by
his father, the late James McCann, who was a cabinet maker at
Field and Mrs. Rita T. Burke were married at the residence of the bride
in Versailles Wed night. Mrs. Burke is the sister of Mrs. R. T. Hart
and Shelby Tevis, and grand-daughter of Gov.