WILLIAM ESTELL[1] & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

OF

FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY

 

In the title of this article I have chosen to spell William’s last name as “Estell” although most records throughout his life will record it as “Estill”. The correct spelling of a name is the way each of us choose to spell it and not how anyone else thinks it should be spelled. William Estell actually signed one of his pension documents as “William Estell”. He signed it using the old style “s”, Eftell. Unfortunately the exact date of that document is not known since at least one or more pages is missing from the file however his age is given as 69 which would place the year as about 1831. Within this article I will use the spelling shown in the various records in which William appears, elsewhere I will use “Estell”.

 

In an article by Alma Lackey Wilson in 1944[2] she states that the most common spellings found in America are; Estelle, Estell, Estele and Estill but regardless of the spelling it was pronounced “Estill”, according to Ms. Wilson. Ms. Wilson’s article is primarily aimed at the descendents of Wallace Estill who was born in New Jersey in 1702 and later lived and died in Virginia.

 

While William Estell of Fleming County is not a descendent of Wallace, Ms. Wilson’s article may hold a valuable clue for future researchers. Wallace is descended from a family who was living in New Jersey as early as 1623. Since William Estell of this article was born and raised in Ulster County, New York there is at least a possibility that he ties in with this same family at an earlier date.

 

William Estell was born in Ulster County, New York on Wednesday, March 11, 1762. He spent his childhood in the same area.[3] Later records show that William was able to read and write however it is not known if he received a formal education or was taught at home.[4]

 

Some time prior to August of 1780 William became a volunteer in a local Militia organization. His pension declaration dated June 1, 1818 shows that he mustered out of the Militia at “West Point Fort” and on Saturday, August 1, 1780 and enlisted at West Point in the IV Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons commanded by Colonel Stephen Moylan.[5]

 

William’s declaration dated June 9, 1820 further states, “by profession himself a Black & Gun Smith.” It is presumed that he received his training in Ulster County, New York from either a family member or during an apprenticeship, however this is not documented.

 

Considering the length of his service William’s pension records provides almost no information about his war record other than, “That he served in many small skirmishes, and was at the taking of Cornwallis in the fall of 1781.” Since William continued in service for two more years it is possible that he participated in the Southern Campaign although it this seems unlikely since he did not mention it. It should be remembered that with the victory over Cornwallis the American forces took custody of several thousand prisoners of war. It is possible that William remained in the area, as part of a guard for the prisoners, however no documentation has been found to verify this conjecture. He was definitely there at the time of his discharge for he states, “until the fall of the year 1783 when he was discharged from the said service in North Hampton County on the Eastern shore of Virginia.

 

While serving in Virginia William became a “messmate” and friend to James Taylor Horsley of Culpeper County, Virginia[6]. It also seems likely that William met a 5 or 6 year old girl named Lucinda Horsley, the daughter of Matthew Horsley and a niece of James Taylor Horsley. A few years later, in the new State of Kentucky, she would become his wife.

 

Upon leaving the service in fall of 1783 information on William Estell’s whereabouts for the next few years is almost nonexistent. It is known from his pension records that he was in Pennsylvania for at least a part, if not most of the time. In his Declaration dated June 1, 1818 he states, “which discharge he left with James Cunningham in the town of Lancaster State of Pennsylvania.[7]

 

Exactly when and how William made the trip to Kentucky is not known. The 1790 reconstructed census does not indicate that he was in Kentucky at that time but he was definitely in Kentucky by June of 1795 as shown in the following record.

 

On Tuesday the 16th of June 1795 the following marriage bond is recorded in Clark County, Kentucky.

William Estell and Lucinda Hosley

Bondsman: Moses Snodeker

Consent of Mathew and Mary Hosley, parents of Lucinda Hosley, attested by James Horseley

 

Thirty-three year old William had now married seventeen year old Lucinda[8], the niece of his old messmate from the Revolutionary War, and his old messmate James Horsley acted as a witness to the marriage. It is probable that Lucinda was born in Culpeper County, Virginia in the latter part of 1777 or the early part of 1778.

 

Six days later another marriage bond is recorded in Clark County, Kentucky and this time William and his old messmate and new relative by marriage act as witnesses.

 

William Hosley and Polley Daugherty

Bondsman: Moses Snodeker

Consent of John and Susanah Daugherty attested by William Estell and James Hosley

 

It is interesting to note that Moses Snodeker was the bondsman to both of these marriages and that both Moses and William Estell would name sons Whitman, and that Moses would also move to Fleming County. Quite often this would indicate a family connection but if there was one I have not made it as of October 9, 2006.

 

Exactly where William and Lucinda resided between the time of their marriage and when they first show up in Fleming County is not documented at this time (October 13, 2006). His pension records received from the National Archives are missing some pages; I have also checked the pension papers I received against a microfilm copy of his pension files and find that they match, page for page.[9] The following email dated 7-12-2004 and found on WorldConnect indicates that the records were apparently intact when Mrs. Carpenter received them because they tell how many years he had been in Kentucky.


In looking over some of the old correspondence that my mother and I received
back in the mid to late 70's, I came across a letter from Mrs. Glenn D.
Carpenter, Box 360, Route 2, Mayslick, KY 41055. I'm not sure she is still
living but I will check on that. Her great grandfather was David Roger
Estill who you have in your database. He was the son of William Estill born
in Ulster Co., NY on March 11, 1762, died 8-10-1838 in Fleming Co., KY and
is buried at Poplar Plains, in the old "Pearce" Cemetery. His wife was
Lucinda. At the time she did not know her last name. His gravestone states
he was a Revolutionary War soldier and she had his papers from the National
Archives. In them he stated he had been a resident of Fleming Co., Ky (in
1822) for 15 or 16 years and before that, Pennsylvania
.

 

At first glance this is somewhat confusing since it seems to indicate that he was in Pennsylvania prior to moving to Fleming County in about 1806 or 1807. We know for sure he was in Kentucky at the time of his marriage in 1795 so it seems likely that there was some confusion between William and the transcriber of the document. It is seems more likely that he meant to convey that prior to being in Kentucky he had been in Pennsylvania and that he had been in Fleming County for about 15 or 16 years (in 1822) or since about 1806 or 1807.

 

If we assume that he arrived in Kentucky shortly before his marriage in 1795 then there is about a 10 or 11 period of time that he resided in Kentucky prior to moving to Fleming County. It is possible that early tax records might provide an answer as to where he and Lucinda were living during that time period.

 

The first known child of William and Lucinda, David Rogers[10] Estell, was born in Kentucky on Tuesday, May 19, 1798, almost three years after their marriage.

 

There is almost a six year gap before their next child William was born and this might indicate that one or more children were lost during that time period.

 

William and Lucinda’s son William was born on Sunday, February 26, 1804 in Kentucky.[11]

 

About 1805 or 1806 William and Lucinda moved to Fleming County, Kentucky and on Saturday, August 6, of 1808 their first known daughter Susan was born there.[12]

 

Shortly before the 1810 census of Fleming County was taken William and Lucinda’s third son, Whiteman (Whitman), was born. His date of birth was Friday, June 1, 1810 in Fleming County.[13]   

 

1810 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Flemingsburg[14]

William Estill

Males

0 to 10             (1800-1810)   2            William (2/26/1804) and Whiteman (6/1/1810)       

10 to 15            (1794-1800)   1            David R. (5/19/1798)

Over 45            (Before 1765)            1            William Estill (3/11/1762)

Females

0 to 10             (1800-1810)   1            Susan (8/6/1808)                   

26 to 44            (1765-1784)   1            Lucinda Horsley Estill (About 1777/1778)

 

A little over two years later another daughter, Terresse, was born on Monday, October 5, 1812 and on Thursday, March 9, 1815 a fourth son, Erasmus, was born to William and Lucinda.[15]

 

The first record of a real estate purchase in Fleming County by William Estell occurred on Monday, March 25, 1816 and is recorded as follows in Deed Book F, Page 495.

 

Joniah Gardiner Jr. and Jane his wife of Fleming County and William Estill of Fleming County.

Sale of Fleming Co. land for $110 , bounded by land owned by Thomas Oliver, A. Saunders, _____ Pearce, _____ Day, W. C. Smith, Zazel & Conrod, _____ Gooding. In town of Poplar Plains. Witnesses: Thomas Oliver, Thomas A. Palmer, Cornelius Mershorn. Clerk: Leaken D. Stockton[16]  

 

Less than a year later, on Saturday, January 4, 1817, William and Lucy sold this property for a $4 profit; Deed Book G, Page 135.

 

William Estill and Lucy his wife of Fleming Co. and Steven Watt of Fleming County.

Sale of land in Poplar Plains, Fleming Co, for $114. Bounded by lands of Thomas Olliver, Atchley Saunders, Pearce, Truman Day, Yazle, Conred, Gooding, Being land purchased from Joniah Gardner. Clerk: Leaken D. Stockton[17]

 

About six months after selling their property in Poplar Plains William and Lucinda’s son John was born on Sunday, July 6, 1817; then on Sunday, September 16, 1819 William and Lucinda’s sixth son and last known child Edward Dorsey Estell was born.[18]

 

Although William had sold his lot in Poplar Plains it is likely that he and his family were still living there or certainly very close by because his son David is shown in the 1819 Tax Roll for the first time and is paying tax on property in Poplar Plains.[19]

 

1820 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Elizaville Township

Wm Estelle

Males

0 to 10             (1810-1820)   4            Whitman (1810), Erasmus (1815), John (1817)                                                              and Edward Dorsey (1819)

16 to 18            (1802-1804)   1            William (1804)

16 to 26            (1794-1804)   2            David R. (1798) and William (1804) a second                                                                         time[20]

Over 45             (Before 1775)            1            William Estill (1762)

Females

0 to 10             (1810-1820)   1            Terresse (1812)

10 to 16            (1804-1810)   1            Susan (1808)

26 to 45            (1775-1794)   1            Lucinda Horsley Estill (1777/78)

 

It should be noted that just a few families away is Lawrence Triplett. A Lawrence Triplett gave testimony in the pension application of William Estill. Also nearby are Weaver and Bowen families and William’s son David R. married first a Weaver and then a Bowen.

 

1830 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Eastern Division

Males

10 to 15             (1815-1820)   2            John (1817) and Edward Dorsey (1819)

15 to 20             (1810-1815)   1            Erasmus (1815)

60 to 70             (1760-1770)   1            William Estill (1762)

Females

15 to 20             (1810-1815)   1            Terresse (1812)

50 to 60             (1770-1780)   1            Lucinda Horsley Estill (1777/78)

 

On Friday, August 10, 1838 William Estell died, he was one day shy of 76 years and 5 months of age. He is buried in the Old Pearce Cemetery at Popular Plains.[21]

Lucinda’s death date is not known although she was still living at the time of the 1840 census of Fleming County. It seems likely she is buried next to William in the Old Pearce Cemetery.

 

1840 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Lucinda Estill

Males

20 to 30 (1810-1820)            1            could be any one of several but probably youngest,                                                        Edward (1819)

Females

60 to 70 (1770-1780)            1            Lucinda Horsley Estill (1777/1778)

 

It is interesting to note that a Charles Daugherty family is living directly next to Lucinda.

 

DAVID R. ESTELL

SON OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTILL

 

David R.[22] Estell was born on Tuesday, May 19, 1798 in Kentucky.[23] Nothing is documented of David’s early life. It can be surmised that he trained as a black and gunsmith under his father’s tutorage.[24] The census records also indicate that David could read and write although it is not known if he actually attended school or was taught at home by his father.

 

The first document in which I have found David under his own name is in the 1819 Tax Roll of Fleming County. He is listed directly beneath his father and is shown paying tax on one lot in Poplar Plains valued at $30.

 

In the 1820 census David is still listed in the family of his parents and based on the 1819 Tax Roll it seems likely that he is living in Poplar Plains.[25]

 

On Tuesday, November 14, 1822 a 24 year old David R. Estill married Harriett Weaver in Fleming County, Kentucky; Harriett was just a few days shy of her 20th birthday.[26]

 

1830 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Eastern Division

David Estill

Males

5 to 10 (1820-1825)   1            Otho W. Estill (June 30, 1824)

20 to 30 (1800-1810)            1            David R. Estill (May 19, 1798)

Females

0 to 5   (1825-1830)   2            Amanda N. and Lucinda

15 to 20            (1810-1815)            Unknown but could not be his child due to the age

20 to 30            (1800-1810)            Harriet Alice Weaver Estill

 

In March of 1837 David R. Estell and his children laid his wife and their mother to rest in the Brick Union Cemetery in Poplar Plains. Harriett was just a few months past her 34th birthday.[27]

 

David was now a single parent. He not only had to provide a living for his family he had to tend to the daily needs of five young children. It is likely that 13 year old Otho and his 12 year old sister Amanda took over a large part of the household chores but David still needed a helpmate for himself and his family, and on Sunday, November 18, 1838 he married Mary Bowen in Fleming County. Mary was about 37 or 38 years of age.[28]

 

1840 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Poplar Plains

David R. Estill

Males

15 to 20            (1820-1825)   1            Otho W. Estill (June 30, 1824)

40 to 50            (1800-1810)   1            David R. Estill (May 19, 1798)

Females

5 to 10             (1830-1835)   1            Harriet Estill

10 to 15            (1825-1830)   3            Amanda Nancy Estill, Sophia Estill and Lucinda Estill

40 to 50            (1800-1810)   1            Mary Bowen Estill

 

1850 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

District No. 1, October 1, 1850

1070/1110

David R. Estill    52 (1798)            Gunsmith        $350 RE            Kentucky

Mary                           49 (1801)                                                  Kentucky

Otho                            25 (1825)            Farmer                                   Kentucky

Amanda N.                 24 (1826)                                                  Kentucky

Lucinda                       22 (1828)                                                  Kentucky

Sophia                         20 (1830)                                                  Kentucky

Harriet                        16 (1834)                                                  Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

1860 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

District No. 2, Post Office: Flemingsburg

September 4, 1860

913/991

David R. Estill    62 (1798)            Gunsmith  $1000 RE  $810 PE            Kentucky

Mary                           60 (1800)                                                              Kentucky

 

David R. Estell died on Saturday, July 27, 1867 and was laid to rest next to his first wife Harriett in the Brick Union Cemetery in Popular Plains.[29] He was a little over 69 years and 1 month of age.

 

David R. Estill    born May 19, 1798

                                    died  July  27, 1867

 

Harriett Estill            consort of D. R. Estill

                                    born November 26, 1802

                                    died  March _____, 1837

 

The researcher who provided data on this family to Jeffery W. Hamilton shows two additional sons for David and Harriett:

 

David Rogers Estill born March 15, 1835; died May 15, 1836.

William Philip Estill born November 20, 1836; died August 10, 1837.

 

This same researcher shows a ? Estill born to David and his second wife Mary Bowen on September 18, 1840 that died on the same day.

 

These names and dates would seem to add credibility to the possibility that a Bible or Family record is in existence someplace. 

 

IF ANYBODY KNOWS OF THE EXISTENCE AND LOCATION OF A BIBLE OR FAMILY RECORD FOR WILLIAM OR DAVID ESTILL’S FAMILIES I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COPY IT OR THEY COULD POSSIBLY ARRANGE FOR A SCANNED COPY, INCLUDING THE BIBLE’S COVER PAGE, SHOWING THE DATE OF THE BIBLE TO BE PLACED ON THE FLEMING COUNTY WEBPAGE. 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHO W. ESTELL

SON OF

DAVID R. & HARRIETT WEAVER ESTELL

GRANDSON OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Otho W. Estell was born on Wednesday, June 30, 1824 in Poplar Plains, Fleming County, Kentucky to David R. Estell and Harriett Weaver.[30]

 

Otho is the only son of David R. Estell to survive to maturity. He never married nor had any children.[31]

 

At a little over 37 years of age Otho W. Estill enlisted in the 16th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry at Camp Kenton, Kentucky (near Maysville, Mason County) on November 5, 1861. In his pension application Otho indicates that he enrolled as a private however other records show that he enrolled as a Corporal. On January 1, 1864 he re-enlisted at Camp Moss, Tennessee as Regimental Commissary Sergeant.

Otho was honorably discharged at Company Shops, N. C. on July 15, 1865. At the time of his discharge Otho was just over 41 years of age.

 

At the time of his enlistment he is described as 5’ 11”; fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. His occupation at that time was shown as “farmer”. A medical exam in 1895, when he was 71 years of age gave his weight as 145 pounds.

 

In the 1850 census of Fleming County Otho is 25 years of age and still living at home with his parents. By 1860 Otho is no longer living at home and is actually listed in two separate locations in Fleming County. He is shown living with his sister Harriett and her husband Richard Carpenter and also shown living with the Post Master Andrew Stephens and his family. In both cases his occupation is shown as “laborer”.

 

I have not been able to locate Otho is the 1880 census using various data base searches; it is possible he was simple missed by the census taker however his pension does state that since leaving the service he has only lived in Fleming County.

 

In 1870 Otho is listed in the census as “Othello” and is living with the family of William Jordan. His occupation is shown as “farm laborer”. 

 

By 1887 Otho W. Estell had a small store located on what is now Highway 559 a little west of Wallingford and not far from where Highway 3301 splits off from 559.[32]

 

Otho W. Estell died in Fleming County, Kentucky on February 27, 1909, just a few months shy of his 85th birthday; his place of burial has not been determined as of October 17, 2006.[33] He was the first born and apparently the last to die.

 

 

AMANDA N. ESTELL

DAUGHTER OF

DAVID R. & HARRIETT WEAVER ESTELL

GRAND DAUGHTER OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Amanda N. Estell was born on Sunday, September 11, 1825 in Fleming County, Kentucky, the first known daughter of David and Harriett Weaver Estill.[34]

 

How Amanda came to meet William C. Grier is not known, he was a widower who had previously been living in Greenup County. It is possible that he was acquainted with Matthew Madden of Greenup County who married Amanda’s sister Sophia.

 

Regardless of how they met Amanda and William C. Grier were married on February 13, 1854.[35]

 

The birth of their first child is recorded in the Vital Records of Carter County for the year 1854. Harriet A. Grier was born December 28, 1854 to William C. Grier and Amanda M.[36] Estel. Her place of birth was shown as Fleming Co., NY but should obviously be Fleming Co., Ky.

 

By 1860 William and Amanda are living in Carter County, Kentucky not very far from her sister Sophia Madden, wife of Matthew Madden. They are also living just a couple of houses from Christopher S. Counts. Christopher Counts daughter Sarah Ann would later be Amanda’s niece, by marriage to David Otho Madden.

 

1860 Federal Census, Carter County, Kentucky

Post Office: Olive Hill

June 22, 1880

250/209

Wm. C. Grear            39 (1821)            Farmer  $1600 RE  $4500 PE            Ohio

Amda N or M             34 (1826)  H. Work  $350 RE      $75 PE            Kentucky

Harriet A.                     4 (1856)                                                              Kentucky

Ida[37]                              2 (1858)                                                              Kentucky

Louwilla                        1 (1859)                                                              Kentucky

 

A couple of empty dwellings away was 86 year old Rachel Griar, born in Pennsylvania and possibly the mother of William.

           

 

In 1861 Amanda’s husband William C. Grier was elected to the State Senate from Carter County and served until 1865.[38] He also served (1863-65) as the Union Provost Marshall for Kentucky’s 9th Congressional District with HQ at Greenup on the Ohio River. He was probably instrumental in his brother-in-law Matthew Madden being appointed a Deputy Marshall of the 9th Congressional District during the same time period. 

 

Morgan’s Confederate Troops burned some 40 homes along the road from Grayson to Olive Hill. Among those who lost their homes was State Sen. William C. Grier who later wrote about this encounter with Morgan and his men. According to Grier, Morgan ordered his home torched, declaring “You find your loyalty to your abolitionist pretty expensive, don’t you.” (October 1861)[39]

 

1870 Federal Census, Barton County, Missouri

Lamar Township, Post Office: Barton

September 5, 1870

228/228

William C. Grier  50 (1820)  Dry Goods Merchant  $1500RE $5000PE  Ohio

Amanda N.            44 (1826)  Keeping house                                      Kentucky

Hattie                     15 (1855)  At home   In School                         Kentucky

Ida                          13 (1857)  At home   In School                         Kentucky

Luwilla                   11 (1859)  At home   In School                         Kentucky

Sophia                      9 (1861)                                   In School                         Kentucky

Ella                           7 (1863)                                   In School                         Kentucky

 

Harriet A. Grier married Leander Z. Burr on March 18, 1871 in Barton County.[40]

Leander was a minister of the Christian Church and they later lived in the Kansas City, Missouri area and then moved to Williams, Colusa County, California (1920 census). I have not found any record of her after 1920.

 

1880 Federal Census, Barton County, Missouri

Lamar Township, Town of Lamar

June 9, 1880

141/147

William C. Grier  60 (1820)            Postmaster    Ohio            Penn.            Penn.  

Amanda            wife            55 (1825)            Keeping H.     Ky.            Ky.            Ky.

Ida                   daug.            22 (1858)  At Home  Ky.            Oh.            Ky.

Luwillie            daug.            20 (1860)  Clerk in PO   Ky.            Oh.            Ky.

Sophia             daug.            18 (1862)  At Home  Ky.            Oh.            Ky.            In Sch.

Oella               daug.            16 (1864)  At Home  Ky.            Oh.            Ky.            In Sch.

William  Adopted S.   7 (1873)                          Mo.   Prussia  Mo.             In Sch.

 

Sophia married a Nathan or Nathaniel Sanford/Sandford. They lived and died in Jasper County, Missouri. Missouri Death Records show that she died in July 1934 in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.

 

Ida married a Thomas H. Corkill who was a minister of the M. E. Church and later lived in Grayson County, Texas (1889, 90, 91 & 92 Marriage records), Dallas, Texas (1900 census) and Oklahoma (1910, 1920 & 1930 census). At the time of the 1930 census of Oklahoma City T. H. Corkill is shown as a retired minister and his wife is shown as Rachael I.

 

1900 Federal Census, Dallas County, Texas

Precinct Number One, Dallas City, Caruth Street

June 1, 1900

House Number 252

Thomas Corkill 49 Oct 1850 Married 16 yrs.             Eng.            Eng.            Eng.

Rachel I.            wife            43 Aug 1856                                        Ky.            Ky.            Ky.

Thomas H.            son            14 July 1885                                        Mo.            Eng.            Ky.

William E.            son        8 May 1892                                        Tex.             Eng.            Ky.

Amanda N. Grier            Mother-in-law  74 Sept. 1825            Ky.            Ky.            Ky.

 

The following email dated 11/20/2006 provides additional data on Thomas and Ida.

 

...this is what I found in the Oklahoman Newspaper archives, in OKC dated::

Rev CORKILL passed away abt 11-03-1933. There was no further info other than to state that he had retired in 1917 from the ME Church in OKC, after 5 years. He entered the pulpit at Osceola, Missouri and had preached for 25 years in Oklahoma.

Mrs Corkill according to her obit passed away in her home in Dalhart, Texas back in October 1930, around the 18th. There were no children listed in the obit. She was buried here in Oklahoma City though, at the Rose Hill Cemetery.

However, I thought you should know that I also located info about the son William E. CORKILL. He was the very 1st Polo Coach at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, according to several articles in the early 1920's.. He was a Colonel in the military as well. It stated he was liberated as a POW 09-24-1945. He was a very popular speaker.

...I searched to see if there were any Corkill’s in OKC area phonebooks but there are none. I wish you luck in your search...


Smiley :-))

OK RAOGK Volunteer
www.raogk.org

 

Other researchers state that Harriet Estell Grier died in Nevada, Missouri on July 12, 1904 however she was living with her daughter Ida and son-in-law in the Dallas, Texas area at the time of the 1900 census, just a few miles from her nephew David Otho Madden, a son of her sister Sophia. Any person doing research on this family should send for the Civil War widows pension records filed by Amanda on August 4, 1890.

 

LUCINDA ESTELL

DAUGHTER OF

DAVID R. & HARRIETT WEAVER ESTELL

GRAND DAUGHTER OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

On September 12, 1852 Lucinda Estil, resident of Fleming County, 20 years of age, single and born in Fleming County married Claibourn Rigdon, a resident of Fleming County, 38 years of age, a widower and born in Fleming County.[41]

 

1860 Federal Census, Lewis County, Kentucky

July 27, 1860

1092/1092

Clayborn Rigdon            40 (1820)            Farmer           $800 RE  $800 PE            Kentucky

Lucinda                       35(1825)                                                                     Kentucky

John L.                        13 (1847)                                                              Kentucky

Henry M.                    11 (1849)                                                              Kentucky

Kentucky                      6 (1854)                                                              Kentucky

Amanda                        1 (1859)                                                              Kentucky

 

1870 Federal Census, Carter County, Kentucky

Precinct No. 5, Post Office: Grayson

70/64

Lucy Rigdon               45 (1825)            Keeping H.                                         Kentucky

Ella                              11 (1859)  At home                                       Kentucky

Lilly                               9 (1861)                                                              Kentucky

David                            5 (1865)                                                              Missouri

 

1880 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Mt. Carmel, Precinct No. 3

June 12, 1880

191/199

Lucinda Rigdon            52 (1828)  Widow            Keeping H.     Ky.            Ky.            Ky.

Lilly A.             Daug.            18 (1862)  Single                         Ky.            Ky.            Ky.

David R.            Son            15 (1865)  Single            Farm Labor  Mo.            Ky.            Ky.

 

The 1880 census is the last record I have of Lucinda Estell Rigdon.

 

 

SOPHIA W. ESTELL

DAUGHER OF

DAVID & HARRIET WEAVER ESTELL

GRAND DAUGHTER OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Matthew[42] D.[43] Madden, the first child of Jonathan Madden and his first wife Elizabeth Horsley was apparently born sometime between June 1, 1826 and May 31, 1827.[44] He was undoubtedly born on Three Prong in southwestern Greenup County.[45] No record of his early life is known to exist other than his place in the 1830 and 1840 census in the family of his father Jonathan. He did attend school at least to the point that he learned to read and write.[46]

 

His first mention by name is in the 1847 Tax Records of Greenup County, Kentucky next to his father Jonathan in the southern district. This is an extremely important document since it is the most convincing proof that he is the son of Jonathan.[47]

 

How Matthew came to meet his wife, and second cousin once removed, Sophia Estell who was born in Fleming County on July 23, 1829[48], is conjecture. The tax records of Greenup County do record Estill’s living in the southern district and possibly in close association with Jonathan Madden’s family. Based on their names it is possible they were Uncles of Sophia. Her family however was from Fleming County and appear to have resided in the Poplar Plains vicinity about 40 miles away although the tax records indicate that Sophia‘s father David R. Estill may have been living on Fox Creek by the time Matthew and Sophia were married. Since Sophia’s grandmother was a daughter of Matthew Horsley there would have been interaction between the family in Fleming and their relatives in Greenup, both Horsley and Madden.

 

Matthew and Sophia were married on September 30, 1849[49] and their first child David Otho was born August 18, 1849 in Carter County, Kentucky[50]. If the date of their marriage and David’s birth are correct then this goes a long way toward explaining why Matthew and Sophia cared for Matthew’s sister Martha Amanda during her pregnancy.

 

Based on the Vital Records of Lewis County, Federal Census records and Death Certificates from Texas and Kentucky it appears that Matthew Madden and Sophia Estell had 10 children; 5 boys and 5 girls. There are a couple of gaps in the births that might indicate children lost at birth or an early age.

 

(1)   David Otho Madden                         August 18, 1849 to August 11, 1932

(2)   John Madden                                              Born circa 1851/52

(3)   Laura A. Madden                                  About 1854

(4)   Theodore Adolphus Madden                      May 25, 1855 to January 16, 1926

(5)   Edna Bell Madden                                  August 15, 1858

(6)   Luella Amanda Madden                      May 14, 1861[51] to February 12, 1937

(7)   Harriet Madden                                              About 1864

(8)   Charles Madden                                  November 29, 1865 to June 12, 1931[52]

(9)   Annie Lucie Madden                                  August 12, 1871 to February 27, 1921

(10) James Franklin Madden                      September 16, 1876 to April 9, 1933

 

By August of 1850 Matthew and his family are living in District 2 of Carter County just a few miles away from his birthplace on Three Prong Creek and the home of Sarah’s Horsley and Madden relatives.

 

1850 Census Carter County, Kentucky

District 2, 24 August 1850

189/189

Matthew Madden             24 (1826)            Farmer                       Ky.            Can Read & Write

Sophia                         21 (1829)  Blank              Ky.            Can Read & Write

David                          10/12 (1849)  Blank              Ky.

 

Interestingly Matthew Madden’s wife Sophia is still listed in the family of her parents. This is not unusual in census records particularly if she was still living with her parents anytime during the latter half of 1849.

 

1850 Census Fleming County, Kentucky

District 1, 1 October 1850

1070/1110

David R. Estill    52 (1798)            Gunsmith        $350 RE       Ky.            Can R & W

Mary                           49 (1801)                                                  Ky.            Can R & W

Otho                            25 (1825)            Farmer                                   Ky.            Can R & W

Amanda M.                24 (1826)                                                  Ky.             Can R & W

Lucinda                       22 (1828)                                                  Ky.             Can R & W

Sophia                         20 (1830)                                                  Ky.            Can R & W

Harriet                        16 (1834)                                                  Ky.             Can R & W

 

By 1855 Matthew and Sophia have moved to Lewis County, Kentucky as evidenced by the following birth entry in the Vital Records of Lewis County for the year 1855.

 

“May 25, 1855 Adolphus Madden, male, born in Lewis Co. to Matthew Madden and Estill (no first name shown), white, resident of parents - Lewis Co.”[53]

 

The reason for their move to Lewis County is unknown but it did place them about an equal distance from her family in Fleming and his family in Greenup County.

 

In 1858 Matthew and Sophia are still living in Lewis County, Kentucky as evidenced by the following birth entry in the Vital Records of Lewis County for the year 1858.

 

“August 15, 1858 Edney Bill Madden, Female, born in Lewis Co., to Mathew D. Madden & Sophia Estill, white, residence of parents - Lewis Co.” [54]

 

In August of 1860 Matthew and his family are enumerated in the Federal Census of Lewis County.

1860 Census Lewis County, Kentucky

Area Not Stated, 11 August  1860

1300/1300

Mathew Madden            31 (1829)  Farmer  $600 Real E.  $500 Per. E.  Ky.  Can Read & Write  

Sophia                         30 (1830)      -                  -                      -             Ky.  Can Read & Write  

David O.                     11 (1849)      -                  -                      -             Ky.   In School

John                            10 (1850)      -                  -                      -             Ky.   In School

Adolphus                     5 (1855)       -                  -                      -             Ky.   Blank

Laura                          6 (1854)       -                  -                      -             Ky.   In School

Edmond[55]                    2 (1858)       -                  -                      -             Ky.   Blank

 

Within a week or so of this census Sophia became pregnant with her sixth child, for the Vital Records of Lewis County for the year 1861 record the following birth.

 

May 14, 1861, Luella A. Madden, Female, born in Lewis Co to Matthew D. Madden, Estill (No first name shown), white, parents residing in Lewis Co.”

 

Sometime during the Civil War Matthew Madden became a Deputy Marshall for the Ninth Congressional District. It seems very likely that his appointment as a Deputy Marshall was the result of influence by his brother-in-law William C. Grier, a State Senator serving Carter County from 1861 to 1865 and as Provost Marshall for the 9th Congressional District.[56] It was also, during this time period, that he contracted or showed the first signs of a medical condition called Scrofula which eventually took his life.

 

On the 18th day of August 1867 Matthew Madden purchased approximately 326 acres in Carter County on which he was already living. Actually the deed says that he swapped land, presumably in Lewis County, for the land in Carter County. The land was on Trough Camp Branch. At the time this paper is being written the exact location is not known however Trough Camp Branch runs roughly parallel to Interstate 64 north of Olive Hill.  Most of his children, with the exception of David Otho and Laura, later lived in Soldier, Kentucky.

 

Deed Book C , Pages 240 & 241

This indenture made and entered into between John N. Ross of the County of Lewis & State of Kentucky of the one part and Mathew Maden [sic] of the County of Carter and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of a tract of land swapped by the aforesaid Mathew Maden [sic] to the said John N. Ross, the aforesaid Ross hath contracted, bargained and sold unto said Mathew Madden , his heirs or assigns a tract of land situated in the County of Carter on the waters of Tygart and being the same land whereon the Madden now lives and bounded as follows; Beginning at four white oaks corner to a survey granted to James Henderson, thence N 17 W 110 poles to two white oaks & black oak N 33 E 78 poles to a black oak  ??? And a hickory (all down) N 86 ½ E 23 poles to two poplars & white oak S 38 E 83 poles to a dogwood N 24 ½ E 38 ½ poles to two small pines & a persimmon N 58 ½ E 28 8/16  poles to a rock or set stone(?) thence with the lines of John Ratcliffs land S 29 ½ E 33 ½ poles to a small poplar by a branch, S 38 ½ E 72 poles to a red oak and black oak on ridge, N 86 E 16 poles to two black oaks and white oak, S 20? E 43 poles to two black oaks S 69 E 61 poles to a black oak and gum, S 71 ¼ W 15 poles to a white oak and maple thence with David Gorman’s lines S 75 W 41 poles to two white oaks S 14 W 68 poles to 3 dead white oaks, thence with a line of two hundred acres survey crossing Trough Camp Branch to two white oaks and an elm corner to William Millers land and with the lines thereof N 76 ½ W 111 ½ poles to two white oaks near the County Road, thence S. W. Scotts lines N 14 ¾ W 139 poles to the beginning, by estimate 326 acres ?? The 241 same ??? Or sess(?) to have and to hold the above described tract of land with all and singular appurtenances their unto belonging unto the said Mathew Madden and his heirs forever, and the aforesaid John N. Ross doth bind himself, his heirs & to warrant and defend the title to the above lands against the claim or claims of all  and every person or persons whatsoever in witness thereof the aforesaid John N. Ross together with Nancy Ross, his wife, who doth hereby relinquishes her right of dower in and to the lands conveyed in this deed, given under our hands and seals this 18 day of August 1867.

                                                                                                            John N. Ross

                                                                                                            Nancy Ross

 

State of Kentucky, Carter County

I, Elias P. Davis, Clerk of the County Court in and for the County and State aforesaid do certify that this deed from John N. Ross & Nancy Ross to Mathew Madden was produced to me in my office on the 18th day of August 1867 and the said John N. Ross acknowledged his signature to be his act and deed hand and seal for the purpose herein mentioned and the said Nancy Ross was examined by me separate from her husband and she on her own free will and consent acknowledged her signature to be her act and deed hand and seal and also relinquished her right of dower to the within conveyed land and premises and said she did not wish to retract the same ???? The said deed together with this certificate are duly recorded and stamped according to law, given under my hand this 18 day of August 1867.

                                                                                                            E. P. Davis, Clk.

                                                                                                            By Oliver Miller, DC

 

Two day before Christmas of 1869 the Madden household celebrated the marriage of their eldest daughter and sister Laura A. to George E. James.[57]

 

1870 Census Carter County, Kentucky

Precinct #5, P.O. Grayson, 26 June 1870

134/124

Mathew Madden            45 (1825)  Farmer $2000 Real E. $600 Per. E.  Ky. Can Read Cannot Write

Sophia                         41 (1829)  K. H.                                  Ky. Can Read & Write

David                          20 (1850)  Farmer                                            Ky. Can Read & Write

John                            17 (1853)  Farmer                                            Ky. Can Read & Write

Theodore                    15 (1855)  Farmer                                            Ky. In School

Edna                            12 (1858)  At Home                                 Ky. In School

Amanda                      9 (1861)   Blank                                 Ky. Blank

Harriet                        6 (1864)   Blank                                 Ky. Blank

Charles                       1 (1869)   Blank                                 Ky. Blank

 

By 1870 Matthew and Sophia Madden’s eldest daughter Laura had married George E. James and was living just 3 families away from her parents. In a letter dated March 10, 1974 Cleff Madden, the son of James Franklin Madden, wrote David K. Tucker (me) the following: “Yes my fathers name was James Franklin Madden & I told you I thought there was another girl and that her name was Laura madden she married a man by the name of James. They lived in Fleming Co. & she was buried there. My Great Gran Father Johnathan Madden lived at Three Prong in Greenup Co.”

 

1870 Census Carter County, Kentucky

Precinct #5, 26 June 1870

130/119

George James 23 (1847)  Farmer $0 Real E. $225 Per. E.     Ky. Can Read                                                                                                                               cannot Write

Laura              21 (1849)  K. H.                                                 Ky. Can Read &                                                                                                                                 Write

 

It is impossible to say if Laura intentionally misrepresented her age or if there is just a mistake, but the 1860 census gives her age as 6 (1854) and the 1880 census gives her age as 28 (1852). It could be either one but the 1852 date seems more reasonable since she probably would have been listed in the Vital Records if born in 1854.

 

Sometime between the 1870 census in June of  1870 and the end of the year the Madden household celebrated the marriage of their son John Madden to Catherine Harris.[58]

 

On September 30, 1871 Matthew and Sophia Madden became grandparents for the first time when Catherine Harris Madden gave birth to a daughter, Cora Lee Madden.

 

On August 12, 1874 Matthew and Sophia Madden became the proud parents of another daughter. They named her Annie Lucie.[59]

 

Just a few months later on the 19th of January 1875 Matthew and Sophia attended the wedding of  their first born, David Otho Madden. He married Saran Ann Counts, daughter of Christopher S. Counts and Mary Ann Bishop.

 

The following year Matthew and Sophia’s last child, James Franklin  Madden was born on September 16, 1876.

 

During the month of May 1880 Matthew D. Madden’s life came to an end. The 1880 Mortality Schedule of Carter County, Kentucky provides the following information regarding his death.

 

            Name:                                     Matthias Madden

            Age:                                        53

            Race:                                      White

            Sex:                                         Male

            Marital:                                  Married

            Born:                                       Kentucky                                           

            Father Born:                           Va.

            Mother Born:                                    Va.

            Occupation:                           Farmer

            Date of Death:                    May

            Primary Cause of Death:            Scrofula[60]

            Immediate Cause of Death:            Exhaustion   

            Years Resident of County:            13 yrs resident of the county

            Physician:                               Wm R. York

 

            Remarks by Dr. York:

Matthias Madden served as deputy marshall in the 9th Congressional District in this state for 18 months. It was during this time that the disease made its appearance which eventually ended his life. This was during the War of the Rebellion.”

 

It is not known if Dr. York simply made a mistake in giving his name as “Matthias” or if Matthew was called Matthias by his family and friends. This is the only time I have seen the name “Matthias” used in any document.

 

The following month, August 1880, Matthew Madden’s family are enumerated in their several households in Carter County Kentucky.

 

1880 Federal Census Carter County, Kentucky

Precinct 3, Olive Hill, 21 June 1880

78/78

Sophia Madden            50  Widowed  Keeping house              Ky.  Ky.  Ky.

Charles                       12  Son      Works on farm             Ky.  Ky.  Ky.  In school

Aurire L.                       8  Daughter                                            Ky.  Ky.  Ky.

James Franklin            6  Son                                      Ky.  Ky.  Ky.

 

One family researcher working on the Estill family of Fleming County, Kentucky reports that Sophia Estill Madden moved back to Fleming County and died there before 1900. This seems very possible since she had sisters and a brother still living there. It is possible she made the move when her daughter Laura Madden James, wife of George E. James, moved with her husband to Muses Mill, Fleming County. It seems likely, although undocumented, that she was dead prior to 1887 when her minor daughter Annie Lucy was married in Rowan County, Kentucky to William Horsley.

The reason for this suspicion is due to the fact that Annie Lucy’s oldest brother, still living in Kentucky, Theodore Adolphus gave his permission for the marriage. It is of course possible that Annie Lucy remained behind and was living with her brother’s family and that Sophia was still alive in Fleming County at the time. She was not enumerated at the time of the 1900 Federal Census of Kentucky and was presumably dead at that time.

 

Ida Lee Madden Tucker mentioned in the introduction to this paper was a daughter of David Otho Madden and a grand daughter of Matthew Madden and Sophia Estell. A more detailed account of her life is shown in a paper on NATHAN MADDEN OF GREENUP COUNTY, KENTUCKY. A copy of this paper is shown on the Carter County Webpage.

 

 

 

 

HARRIET ESTELL

DAUGHER OF

DAVID & HARRIET WEAVER ESTELL

GRAND DAUGHTER OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Harriet A. Estell was born on October 9, 1833 in Fleming County, Kentucky.[61]

 

On March 11, 1852 Harriet Estill, age 19, single and born in Fleming County married R. E. Carpenter, age 23, single and also born in Fleming County.[62]

 

The Vital Records of Fleming record the birth of Edna Carpenter to Richard Carpenter and Harriett Estill on January 17, 1853 and on October16, 1856 they record the birth of David R. Carpenter to Richard Carpenter and Harriet Estill.

 

1860 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

District No. 2, Post Office: Flemingsburg

July 30, 1860

411/476

Richard E. Carpenter            30 (1830)            Farmer  $1500 RE  $1100 PE            Ky.

Harriet                                    27 (1833)                                                              Ky.

Edney A.                                   6 (1854)            In school                                      Ky.

Oha (Otho) S.[63]                    5 (1855)                                                                       Ky.

David R.                                   3 (1857)                                                                       Ky.

William A.                                 1 (1859)                                                                       Ky.

Otho W. Estill             37 (1823)            Laborer $150                                      Ky.

 

1870 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Poplar Plains Precinct, Post Office: Poplar Plains

July 2, 1870

204/200

R. E. Carpenter            40 (1830)            Farmer  $1800 RE  $1200 PE                    Ky.

Harriet                        36 (1834)  K. H.                                                               Ky.

Wm. Allen                   10 (1860)  In School                                                 Ky.

Dudly                            8 (1862)  In School                                                 Ky.

Bruce                            6 (1864)  In School                                                 Ky.

Wallace                         4 (1866)                                                                          Ky.

Rick (?)                         2 (1868)                                                                          Ky.

Ella Fletcher                 9 (1861)                                                                          Ky.

           

1880 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Precinct of Poplar Plains No. 3

June 22, 1880

210/213

Richd. Carpenter                   39 (1841)            Farmer                       Ky.            Ky.            Ky.

Harriet A.            wife                 41 (1839)            Keeping House            Ky.            Va.            Ky.

John                son                  14 (1866)                                      Ky.             Ky.            Ky.

Anna B.            Dau.                    9 (1871)  In School             Ky.             Ky.            Ky.

Robt. Wheatley (black) 16 (1864)            Laborer                       Ky.            Ky.            Ky.

 

1900 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Magisterial District No. 2

June 11, 1900

118/118

Harriet A. Carpenter  61 Mar. 1839  Widow  0 children living Ky.  Ky.  Ky. Farmer

It appears that all of Harriet and Richard’s children died at a relatively young age. It is possible one or more of them lived long enough to marry and have children however I have not documented this one way or the other as of October 22, 2006.

 

One researcher shows that she died on April 4, 1904 however they do not supply documentation.[64]

                                   

WILLIAM ESTELL

SON OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

William Estell the second known son of William and Lucinda was born on February 26, 1804 somewhere in Kentucky.[65]

 

The next record of William is the 1825[66] Tax Records of Fleming County. He is shown as William Estill, Jr.

 

William is still enumerated with his parents at the time of the 1830 census of Fleming County.

 

William married Nancy Newman on September 9, 1830.[67]

 

I have not identified William in the 1840 census records.

 

At the time of the 1850 census William is living in Lewis County and it appears that his first wife, Nancy, has died.

 

1850 Federal Census, Lewis County, Kentucky

District Number 1

August 1, 1850

130/130

William Estill  46 (1804)            Farmer  $200 RE            Kentucky  Cannot R & W[68]

Sally A.           17 (1833)                                             Kentucky

Theresa          16 (1834)                                             Kentucky

Emily               14 (1836)                                             Kentucky

William A.         9 (1841)                                               Kentucky

 

On July 28, 1851 William Estill remarried a Mary Smith in Scioto County, Ohio[69] and they are still living there at the time of the 1860 Federal Census.

 

A Theresa Estel married Benjamin Hammond on August 12, 1854 in Scioto County, Ohio.[70]

 

A Sarah Ann Estill married Thomas Jordon on January 20, 1860 in Scioto County, Ohio.[71]

 

1860 Federal Census, Scioto County, Ohio

Washington Township, Post Office: Portsmouth

July 16, 1860

673/673

Wm Estel            57 (1803)            Farmer  $0 RE  $100 PE            Kentucky

Mary               55 (1805)                                                  Ohio

Henry              15 (1845)            Farmer                                   Ohio

Harriet[72]            23 (1837)                                                  Ohio            Cannot R & W

William            18 (1842)            Farmer                                   Ohio

 

The Henry Estel shown in the 1860 census does not appear to be the son of William. He is not shown in his family in 1850. I suspect that he is the son of Mary by a previous marriage however more research is required to provide a definitive answer.

 

In the 1870 census of Scioto County Mary Estell is shown as 62 years of age and born in Connecticut. No other Estill’s are listed in the county.

 

SUSAN ESTELL

DAUGHTER OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Susan Estell, the first known daughter of William and Lucinda, was born on Saturday, August 6, 1808 in Fleming County, Kentucky.[73]

 

She appears to be enumerated with the family in the 1810 and 1820 censuses of Fleming County. By 1830 she is no longer enumerated with the family; it is not known if she died or married between 1820 and 1830. I have not found a record of her marriage as of October 15, 2006.

 

 

WHITMAN ESTELL

SON OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Whitman Estell was born on Friday, June 1, 1810 in Fleming County, Kentucky.[74]

The name Whitman is somewhat unusual and I am not sure where it comes from however the 1810 and 1820 censuses of Fleming County show a Charlon (?) Whitman living in the same general area as William and Lucinda. It is also interesting to note that Moses Snedigar who put up the bond at the time William and Lucinda were married also named a son Whitman.

 

It appears that Whitman is not enumerated with his family in the 1830 census nor do I find him listed anywhere in the nation. It is likely the twenty year old Whitman is working for and living with another family and therefore would not show up in the census records.

 

Since Whitman was born in June of 1810 he should show up in the 1832 Tax Records of Fleming County. Those records are no longer in existence however he is shown in the 1833 Tax Lists. This would seem to confirm his date of birth.

 

I have never found any record of Whitman in later census or marriage records. It is not known if he died or moved to another area of the United States.

 

 

TERRESSE ESTELL

DAUGHTER OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Terresse Estell was born on Monday, October 5, 1812 in Fleming County, Kentucky.[75]

 

Teresa Estill married William Staggs in Fleming County on December 19, 1833.[76]

 

On October 3, 1837 Lucinda Staggs was born but died just a few months later on February 22, 1838 and was buried in the Staggs Cemetery on Staggs Road.[77]

 

Samuel Marion Staggs was born on April 5, 1839 and died on June 16, 1839.[78]

 

 At the time of the 1840 census William and Teresa are living about 10 families away from her mother Lucinda Estill.

 

1840 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Division 3

William Staggs

Males

5 to 10               (1830-1835)   1            Erasmus E. Staggs[79]

30 to 40             (1800-1810)   1            William Staggs

Females

30 to 40            (1800-1810)   1            Teresa Estill Staggs

 

Sarah A. Staggs was born on August 5, 1840 and died on September 7, 1841.[80]

 

1850 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

District No. 1

October 1, 1850

1068/1108

William Staggs 41 (1809)            Farmer                       $850  RE            Kentucky

Theresa                      38 (1812)                                                  Kentucky

David                            6 (1842)                                                  Kentucky

James                           4 (1846)                                                  Kentucky

Rebecca                        1 (1849)                                                  Kentucky

Philip                           15 (1835)            Farmer                                   Kentucky

Llewellyn (female)            13 (1837)                                                  Kentucky

 

Living just two houses away was Theresa’s brother David R. Estill and his family.

 

1860 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

District No. 2, September 1, 1860

878/956

William Staggs             52 (1808)            Farmer  $3000 RE $850 PE            Kentucky

Terrisa                          47 (1813)                                                  Kentucky

David E.                      16 (1844)            Laborer                                   Kentucky  In school

James                         13 (1847)                                                  Kentucky  In school

Rebecca                      12 (1848)                                                  Kentucky  In school

William                         8 (1852)                                                  Kentucky  In school

Francis M.        4 (1856)                                                                       Kentucky

 

1870 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Poplar Plains Precinct, Post Office: Poplar Plains

July 8 1870

253/247

William Staggs 60 (1810)            Farmer           $6000 RE  $1000 PE            Kentucky

Clarissa                      56 (1814)  K. H.                                                   Kentucky

James                         23 (1847)  Farm Laborer                                   Kentucky

Rebecca                      20 (1850)                                                              Kentucky

William                       18 (1852)                                                              Kentucky

Fannie                         15 (1855)                                                              Kentucky

Thomas Ham            18 (1852)              Farm Laborer                                   Kentucky

Miles Doyle            18 (1852)              Farm Laborer                                   Kentucky

 

The above Thomas Ham is apparently William’s nephew and the son of his sister Massey Staggs Hamm.

 

1880 Federal Census, Fleming County, Kentucky

Precinct of Poplar Plains No. 3

June 21, 1880

200/203

Wm. Staggs            71 (1809)              Farmer    Kentucky  Kentucky  Kentucky

Clarissa            66 (1814) wife                  K. H.        Kentucky  New York  Pennsylvania

James             30 (1850) son                   Laborer   Kentucky  Kentucky  Kentucky

Wm.                27 (1853) son                   Laborer   Kentucky  Kentucky  Kentucky

Rebecca            29 (1849) daughter            At home   Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky

 

For more information on this family I would encourage you to review the information contained in STAGGS FAMILY OF FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY by Jane A. Leavell available on the internet.

 

Her records show that Teresa Estell Staggs died on September 3, 1892 in Fleming County and that Teresa’s husband William died September 17, 1889 in Fleming County. Although Ms. Leavell’s history does not give their place of burial it seems likely that they are buried in the Staggs Cemetery on Staggs Road.

 

 

ERASMUS ESTELL

SON OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

Erasmus Estell was born on Thursday, March 9, 1815 in Fleming County, Kentucky.[81]

 

Erasmus is found in Popular Plains in the 1850 Federal Census of Fleming County and living in the household of James P. Fant (?), who is a “saddler”. Erasmus is single, 38 years of age and his occupation is also shown as “saddler”. Edward Dorsey Estell’s 1850 census record also shows Edward as a “saddler”. Erasmus Estell is probably the same as E. G. Estill who is living with the Fant family at the time of the 1860 census of Fleming County and is again shown as 38 years of age. I do not find any record of him after this census record. Obviously the age is wrong but all of the conditions would seem to leave no doubt that it is the same person. Although no occupation is shown for E. G. Estill the occupation of Wm. J. Fant is shown as “saddler”.

 

I have not found any record of Erasmus past the 1860 census.

 

 

JOHN ESTELL

SON OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

William and Lucinda’s son John was born on Sunday, July 6, 1817 in Fleming County, Kentucky.[82]

 

The 1846, 1847 and 1848 Tax Records of Greenup County, Kentucky show a John Estill living in the same general area as the Horsley’s. I suspect that this is the same John Estell who is the son of William and Lucinda and that he is living close to his Horsley cousins and Great Uncle James Taylor Horsley.

 

The 1850 census of Adams County, Ohio shows a John Estel living in Dist. No. 5 of Green Township. He is shown as single and a laborer. This John is shown as 21 years of age which is way off, but his age may have been supplied by someone else in the household.

 

After this date I do not find any John Estell that appears to fit.

 

 

EDWARD DORSEY ESTELL

SON OF

WILLIAM & LUCINDA HORSLEY ESTELL

 

William Dorsey Estell was born on Thursday, September 16, 1819 in Fleming County, Kentucky.

 

The pension records of William Estell for his Revolutionary War service mentions that he owes money to “Doct. Dorsey for medicine”. Census records do show an Edward Dorsey in Fleming County and other Fleming County records do mention a Doctor Edward Dorsey. It is very likely that Edward Dorsey Estell was named for the doctor that assisted in his delivery.

 

It also appears from the census records that Edward and his brother Erasmus may have done apprenticeship with a “saddler” since both of them show their occupations as “saddler” in the 1850 census records.

 

Why Edward moved to Butler County, Ohio is not known but it was there that he met and married Ruth Reed on December 9, 1842. [83]

 

1850 Federal Census, Butler County, Ohio

1291/1435

Edward D. Estill                36 (1814)            Saddler           $850 RE            Kentucky

Ruth                                        36 (1814)                                                  Ohio

Margaret Jane       8 (1842)                                      Ohio                In school

Lucinda F.                     6 (1844)                                      Ohio                In school

Ruth M.                        4 (1846)                                      Ohio

Wm. C.                          2 (1848)                                      Ohio

Henry Hogland            18 (1832)              Saddler           New Jersey

 

1860 Federal Census, Butler County, Ohio

Lemon Township, Post Office: Middletown

June 7, 1860

93/95

Edward D. Estol    44 (1816)            Farmer  $1500 RE  $400 PE            Kentucky

Ruth                            45 (1817)                                                    Ohio

Lucinda                       16 (1844)                                    $200 PE  Ohio            In school

Ruth M.                      14 (1846)            Farmer                     $150 PE  Ohio            In school

William C.                   12 (1848)                                                    Ohio            In school

David R.                     10 (1850)                                                    Ohio  In school

 

It appears from the census records that Edward may have named a son William and a daughter Lucinda after his parents. His son David R. Estill was undoubtedly named after his eldest brother.

 

Sometime between 1860 and 1870 Edward and his family decided to move west and are found in Kansas on the 1870 census records.

 

1870 Federal Census, Shawnee County, Kansas

Topeka Township, Post Office: Topeka

July 26, 1870

159/162

Edward D. Estelle 55 (1815)            Farmer           $1000 PE            Kentucky

Ruth                            59 (1811)  K. H.                           Ohio

Lucinda                       24 (1846)                                      Ohio

Ruth                            22 (1848)                                      Ohio

David                          19 (1851)                                      Ohio

Thomas French?            18 (1852)  Farm Labor              Illinois

Elias Black                 28 (1842)            Laborer                       Ohio

 

William is missing at the time of the 1870 census and his location is unknown although he may be the 23 year old William Estelle that is shown as a coal miner in Carbon County, Wyoming.

 

By 1880 Edward and Ruth are living in Delano, Sedgwick County, Kansas. So is his son David R. Estill who married Anna R. Miner on December 9, 1875 in Sedgwick County, Kansas.[84]  William has also returned to live with his parents.

 

 

1880 Federal Census, Sedgwick County, Kansas

Delano Township, June 17, 1880

6/6

Edward Estill            67 (1813)            Farmer            Michigan            Michigan            Michigan

Ruth    (wife)            63 (1817)                          Michigan            Michigan            Michigan

William (son)            32 (1848)            Farmer            Michigan            Michigan            Michigan

Thomas McDonnell 13 (1867)Laborer            Michigan            Michigan            Michigan

 

Several people listed in the 1880 census prior to Edward and his family were born in Michigan and it appears the census taker just kept writing Michigan when he came to them. Edwards’s son David is also living in the area and shows that his father was born in Kentucky and his mother in Ohio.

 

After the 1880 census I have not found this family in any other records.                                

 

 

 



[1] Not to be confused with the William Estill/Estell who was born in 1764 in NEW JERSEY, married Martha Jennings, and also lived in Fleming County, Kentucky.

[2] GENEALOGIES OF KENTUCKY FAMILIES, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc, Baltimore, 1981.

“ESTILL FAMILY COMPILED BY ALMA LACKEY WILSON, 1944”, pages 121-151.

[3] In a Declaration dated June 1, 1818 William states, “That he was born & raised in Ulster County State of New York.” In a Declaration dated June 9, 1820 William states, “aged 58 years on the 11th day of March last.” This calculates to a birth date of March 11, 1762. Both of these Declarations were made in his pension application for his Revolutionary War service. The day of the week was established using a perpetual calendar.

[4] The assertion that William could read and write is based on a couple of pieces of evidence from his pension files. His Declaration already mentioned, which occurred in about the year 1831, shows that he could at least write his own name. His Declaration of June 9, 1820 gives a schedule of his assets and includes, “1 Bible, 2 Hymn books, & some old indifferent torn books.”

[5] Actually his Declaration states that he was a “private in the Second Troop commanded by Capt. John Craig which was attached to the fourth Regiment of Pennsylvania Light Draggoons [sic] commanded by Col. Stephen Moylan.”

[6] In his Declaration for a pension dated December 20, 1842 James Horsley states, “my messmates during the greater part of my regular service were Joseph Grace, William Sulivan and William Estil I have a very distinct recollection of these men messing with me.

[7] It is possible this James Cunningham was related to the Robert Cunningham who was also a member of the IV Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons. The 1790 census of Pennsylvania does show both a James and a Robert Cunningham residing in the Lancaster area.

[8] On the ninth day of June 1820 William Estill made a declaration regarding his service in the Revolutionary War. The following sentence is contained in that declaration, “His wife about 42 years of age”. If William is correct then she was born sometime between June 9, 1777 and June 9, 1778. A comparison with the census records would seem to confirm that she could have been born during this time period.  This would place her birth in Virginia which is confirmed in the 1880 census record of her daughter Terresse Estill Staggs. It is probable, but not proven, that her place of birth was Culpeper County, Virginia. Her father Matthew was certainly living there by the early 1780’s.

[9] If the National Archives make their copies from the microfilm records then there is a possibility that some pages were missed during the microfilming process and that they might still be found in the original file. This is certainly something that should be checked at some point in time.

[10] At this date (October 14, 2006) I have not found a document which shows his middle name “Rogers”. It is given by other researchers of this family but no source is shown. If it was 1805 or 1806 when William and Lucinda moved to Fleming County then David was born somewhere else in Kentucky.

[11] William’s date of birth comes from the elder William’s pension records. His place of birth from the census records of 1850 and 1860. If it was 1805 or 1806 when William and Lucinda moved to Fleming County then William was born somewhere else in Kentucky.

[12] Susan’s date of birth comes from the elder William’s pension records. She would have been born in Fleming County.

[13] Whitman’s date of birth comes from the elder William’s pension records. He would have been born in Fleming County.

[14] This does not mean he was living in Flemingsburg; everybody in the county is listed as Flemingsburg.

[15] Terresse and Erasmus’ date’s of birth comes from the elder William’s pension records. They would have been born in Fleming County.

[16] FLEMING COUNTY KENTUCKY DEED BOOKS A-G, ABSTRACTS 1797-1798, VOLUME I

Compiled by Florence Nelson Young and Virgil D. Young

[17] FLEMING COUNTY KENTUCKY DEED BOOKS A-G, ABSTRACTS 1797-1798, VOLUME I

Compiled by Florence Nelson Young and Virgil D. Young 

[18] John and Edward Dorsey’s date’s of birth comes from the elder William’s pension records. They would have been born in Fleming County.

[20] Although there is the possibility that another male was living in the household at this time it seems more likely that William was listed twice due to the confusion caused that year by the 16 to 18 and the 16 to 26 columns.

[21] The record of his death and burial place comes from the following email found on WorldConnect. Title: Sharon Kilburn

Page: e-mail 7-12-2004

Text: In looking over some of the old correspondence that my mother and I received back in the mid to late 70's, I came across a letter from Mrs. Glenn D.
Carpenter, Box 360, Route 2, Mayslick, KY 41055. I'm not sure she is still living but I will check on that. Her great grandfather was David Roger
Estill who you have in your database. He was the son of William Estill born in Ulster Co., NY on March 11, 1762, died 8-10-1838 in Fleming Co., KY and
is buried at Poplar Plains, in the old "Pearce" Cemetery. His gravestone states
he was a Revolutionary War soldier.

[22] Other researchers show David’s middle name as “Rodgers”. While I do not question that this is correct I have not at this date (October 10, 2006) seen his name spelled out in any record and will just use his initial “R” pending further documentation.

[23] David’s date of birth is taken from his tombstone in the Brick Union Cemetery in Popular Plains and is shown on page 60 of TALLEY’S KENTUCKY PAPERS by William M. Talley, copyrighted in 1966. The day of the week was established using a perpetual calendar. Although the census records provide the state in which he was born I have not established the county as of October 10, 2006; it is unlikely that he was born in Fleming County if William and Lucinda were not living there until about 1805 or 1806.

[24] Later census records show David as a Gunsmith. Note that in his pension records William states that his profession is a Black & Gunsmith.

[25] Virginia Pope Livingston a Past President of the American Genealogy Society and a Fellow of the American Genealogy Society is the often quoted source of the following information which appears on Page 253 of  BUILDING AN AMERICAN PEDIGREE by Norman E. Wright. “In Kentucky tax records it is often possible to determine a young man’s age and his father’s name from the lists. Kentucky lists included free white male person’s twenty-one years of age and upward, and when the person turned twenty-one he was usually listed immediately under his father’s entry.” David’s listing in 1819 confirms his birth year as 1798.

[26] The date of their marriage is recorded in FLEMING CO. MARRIAGES 1798-1851. Their ages are simply calculated from their dates of birth.

[27] TALLEY’S KENTUCKY PAPERS does not show an exact date for her death; presumably the day was not readable at the time her tombstone was recorded.

[28] FLEMING COUNTY MARRIAGES 1798-1851. Mary’s age is taken from the 1850 and 1860 census records.

[29] David’s date of death is taken from his tombstone in the Brick Union Cemetery in Popular Plains and is shown on page 60 of TALLEY’S KENTUCKY PAPERS by William M. Talley, copyrighted in 1966. The day of the week was established using a perpetual calendar. I have not found the location of his death but it seems likely he died in the vicinity of Poplar Plains. Burying a husband or wife next to their first spouse was common practice.

[30] Other researchers show Otho’s middle name as “Weaver”, presumably from his mother Harriett Weaver. This certainly sounds reasonable however I have not found it documented in any records as of October 16, 2006. His date and place of birth are shown in his application for a pension for his civil war service. The day of the week on which he was born is taken from a perpetual calendar. His pension record states, “that he was born June 30, 1824 at Poplar Plains, Fleming County, Kentucky.

[31] His pension application for his Civil War service states clearly that he never married.

[32] He mentions his “small store” in his Civil War Pension records. Its location can be found on the 1887 Map of Fleming County, Poplar Plains located on the Fleming County GenWeb page. On the map 559 is shown as the Flemingsburg/Fox Springs Turnpike.

[33] His pension record states, “dropped because of death Feb. 27, 1909”.

[34] This information on her date and place of birth come from a posting by Jeffery Hamilton on WorldConnect. No documentation is supplied showing a source. This record also shows her middle name as “Nancy”.

[35] Marriage Record Index for Lewis County, Kentucky.

[36] This is a transcribed record and it is possible the transcriber misread an “N” as an “M”. This would also seem to indicate that the Grier’s moved to Carter County late in the year 1858.

[37] The 1930 census of Oklahoma City identifies her full name as Rachael I., presumably her middle name is the “Ida” that is shown in earlier census records.

[38] THE HISTORY OF KENTUCKY (1874) by Richard H. Collins.

[39] October 16, 2006 edition of THE WINCHESTER SUN.

[40] Barton County, Missouri Genweb page.

[41] FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS compiled by Frances Terry Ingmire, Copyright 1983, Francis Terry Ingmire. Note that her age is off by a number of years, I am not sure is this is what the original shows or if it was a transcription error.    

[42] No documentation exists to explain why the name Matthew was chosen for their first son. It is possible he was named after his mother Elizabeth’s probable uncle Matthew Horsley who would be his grand uncle.

[43] As of this date (July 25, 2005) I have not determined what the middle initial “D” stands for although one researcher states that it is “David”. I am not sure if this is based on family tradition, documentation, or the fact that Matthew named his first son David.

[44]The primary basis for his birth date comes from the census record and the 1880 Mortality Schedule which states that he died in May of 1880 at the age of 53. The 1880 Mortality Schedule is for persons who died during the year ending May 31, 1880.  This indicates that he turned 53 sometime between June 1, 1879 and May 31, 1880. Since he is listed next to his father in the 1847 Tax Records of Greenup County, indicating he had turned 21 it seems likely that he was born during the latter half of the year 1826.

[45]Although there is no direct source recording his birth at this location all evidence that does exist indicates it. His grandfather Nathan was located here at the time of the 1820 Federal Census and his father Jonathan married Elizabeth Horsley, daughter of James Taylor Horsley, in 1824 and is enumerated here during the 1830 Federal Census.

[46] In the 1850 census of Carter County he is shown as able to read and write. In the 1860 census of Lewis County he is also shown as able to read and write. The 1870 census of Carter County does however leave some question regarding his abilities in this area since it says he can read but cannot write. It does appear that his wife Sophia came from a family that could read and write and she may have provided some or all of his training in this area.

[47]The book Building An American Pedigree by Norman Edgar Wright states the following on page 253m “In Kentucky tax records it is often possible to determine a young man’s age and his father’s name from the lists. Kentucky lists included free white male persons twenty-one years of age and upward, and when the person first turned twenty-one he was usually listed immediately under his father’s entry.” There was only one Madden residing in Greenup at the time and that Jonathan Madden.

[48] The date of her birth comes from THE FAMILY OF JEFFREY W. HAMILTON found on RootWeb’s WorldConnect Project. I have never found the documentation of this date.

[49] The date of their marriage comes from THE FAMILY OF JEFFREY W. HAMILTON found on RootWeb’s WorldConnect Project. In an email conversation with Mr. Hamilton he stated that all of the information on the William Estill family of Fleming County came from another party. I have never been able to make contact with that party. In looking at the data they supplied it APPEARS that there may be a family record or Bible for this Estill family. Every person in the William Estill family has an exact birth date and death date. David R. Estill’s family all have exact birth and death dates and Sophia is provided with an exact date of marriage to Matthew although I have never found an official document recording their marriage.

[50] Texas State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate # 33882. G. W. Madden, son of David Otho was the informant and states that his father was born on “Aug. 18, 1849”, the 1849 is then marked out and changed to read “1852”.  He was right the first time because the family record says 1849 and in the 1850 census David Otho is enumerated as 10/12 of age. His death certificate also gives his place of birth as Carter Co., Kentucky. It also states that his father is Mathew Madden and his mother Sophia Estill. As will be shown later under Matthew Madden it is also possible that David Otho was born in Fleming County, Kentucky and not Carter. However, all official documents show Carter and that will be considered the correct location for his birth.

[51] Her death certificate gives her date of birth as March 4, 1861 however I have used the birth as given in the Vital Records of Lewis County since it is recorded closer to the actual event and therefore SHOULD be more accurate.

[52] This date of birth for Charles is used since it is shown on his Kentucky Death Certificate; however it appears that he was born in 1869. At the time of the 1870 Census of Carter County, Kentucky he is shown as 1 year of age. In the 1900 Federal Census of Carter County his birth month is shown as March and his birth year as 1870.

[53] Later records indicate that his name was Theodore Adolphus Madden and he was commonly known as Adolph or just simply Dolph. 

[54] Although her middle name is shown as “Bill” it seems more likely that it should read “Bell”.

[55] It is obvious based on birth records and later census records that the enumerator made a mistake and recorded Edna as Edmond.  Matthew’s age is also wrong by about 4 to 5 years.

[56] The Marriage Record Index for Lewis County, Kentucky shows that Amanda N. Estill (sister of Matthew Madden’s wife Sophia) married William C. Grier on February 13, 1854. The History of Kentucky by Richard H. Collins (1874) states that William C. Grier was a Senate Member serving Carter County from 1861 to 1865.

[57] Book 1838, Page 260 records the marriage of George W. James to Laura A. Madden on 23 Dec 1869. This is a transcription of the original and the “W” in George W. James is probably a transcription error as the census records leave no doubt that his middle initial is “E”. This is also the only record I have found that indicates a middle name for Laura. Data from internet http://users.adelphia.net/~cbarker/carmar03.htm#LETTER-J 

[58] For documentation regarding the union of John Madden and Catherine Harris you are referred to the information under the heading for JOHN MADDEN, son of Matthew Madden.

[59] Her date of birth comes from her Kentucky Dead Certificate transcribed later in this document.

[60] AllRefer.com  gives an alternate name of Tuberculosis Adenitis. It is a painless swelling of the lymph nodes of the neck. Ulceration today is rare but would have been common in the 1880’s. There may also be swelling of other lymph nodes. Fever, chills, sweats and weight loss may occur. Weight loss appears to have been one of Matthew’s problems since the term “exhaustion” used by Dr. York was used in 1880 to mean “wasting away”.

[61] This information comes from the Jeffery W. Hamilton site on WorldConnect. Mr. Hamilton’s information comes from another source I have not been able to contact. This same source shows her middle initial as “M” however several of the census records show her middle initial as “A”.

[62] FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY MARRIAGE RECORDS compiled by Frances Terry Ingmire. Copyright 1983 by Frances Terry Ingmire.

[63] Undoubtedly “Otho” and named for her brother. He was probably born in 1854, the year Vital Records are not available.

[64] This information comes from the Jeffery W. Hamilton site on WorldConnect. Mr. Hamilton’s information comes from another source I have not been able to contact.

[65] William’s date of birth is taken from his father’s pension records for Revolutionary War Service. His place of birth is shown as Kentucky in both the 1850 and 1860 census records. The day of his birth was determined using a perpetual calendar.

[66] This is exactly the year in which you would expect him to first show up in the tax records; the year in which he turned twenty-one.

[67] A number of researchers show the year of marriage as 1819 and some show it as 1830. This needs to be verified but it is doubtful he married at 15 years of age; the 1830 date would seem to fit but needs to be verified from the actual marriage records. Published transcriptions show the marriage as 1819 but I suspect that it is actually 1829.

[68] There is some confusion about his ability to read & write. The 1850 census says he cannot and the 1860 census says he can.

[69] Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900 on Ancestry.com

[70] Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900 on Ancestry.com

[71] Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900 on Ancestry.com

[72] Harriet appears to be the same person shown as Emily in the 1850 census records.

[73] Susan’s date of birth is taken from the Revolutionary War Pension records of her father. The day of her birth from a perpetual calendar.

[74] Whitman’s date of birth is taken from the Revolutionary War Pension records of his father. The day of birth from a perpetual calendar. His name in the pension records is spelled “Whiteman”. I have seen at least one researcher who shows him as the son of the other William Estill and his wife Martha Jennings but this is not correct as the pension records show him to definitely be the son of William and Lucinda.

[75] Terresse’s (probably Teresa) date of birth comes from her father William’s Revolutionary War Pension Record. The day of the week is from a perpetual calendar. 

[76] I have not found this marriage in the various published abstracts. The date shown here is taken from STAGGS FAMILY OF FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY by Jane A. Leavell available on the internet. It appears that much of the data on this family may come from a Bible Record or some type of family record however I have not confirmed this at this time.

[77] The data shown here is taken from STAGGS FAMILY OF FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY by Jane A. Leavell available on the internet.

[78] The data shown here is taken from STAGGS FAMILY OF FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY by Jane A. Leavell available on the internet.

 

[79] Born November 9, 1834 and died October 30, 1840 and buried in the Staggs Cemetery on Staggs Road according to the STAGGS FAMILY OF FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY by Jane A. Leavell available on the internet.

[80] The data shown here is taken from STAGGS FAMILY OF FLEMING COUNTY, KENTUCKY by Jane A. Leavell available on the internet.

[81] His date of birth is from his father William’s Revolutionary War Pension Records. The day of the week is from a perpetual calendar.

[82] His date of birth is from his father William’s Revolutionary War Pension Record. The day of his birth from a perpetual calendar.

[83] FAMILY SEARCH INTERNET GENEALOGY SERVICE. This “Ruth” might also explain why some researchers indicate that William and Lucinda had a daughter named Ruth when his pension record clearly indicates that they did not.

 

[84] Sedgwick County Marriage Records, Book A, Page 180.