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Kathy Welder
Arrived from NC in 1844, Woodard P. KING, wife Elizabeth, Children Alva Bird, Offa, RSC Butler, Chockly C, Emily J., Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth, Woodard, Allen Felix. Related names: BLEVINS, HENSLEY, BAILEY, BREWER, HARRIS, FARMER. Seeking more info., have extensive info. to offer. Have a photo to share, taken at Black Mt. Academy 1894. group shot of the following: David PACE, Jeff BURKHART, John FARLY, J.K. BAILY, Benj. GILBERT, Albert HOUSTON, Monroe SETSER, Montes BAILEY, Chockeley KING, Jefferson KING, Clay THOMAS, Irvin DEAN, Simpson TYTT, Calvin PACE. Is your ancestor mentioned?
Lisa Osborne Spinner
I am looking for any information on the OSBORNE, LYTTLE, or SCARBOROUGH families in Harlan and Whitley Counties. Joe and Zetta (LYTTLE) OSBORNE especially. Joe was born 18th of May 1893 in Whitley County.
Mary Kenedy
Looking for when Benjamin POSEY died, and when his family left Kentucky. His wife was Lucy BAILEY, children were Susan, Nancy, Lucy Ann, George, Drucilla, Brittian, Barthena, Leader, and Sarah.1860 was the last date I can find them in Kentucky. In 1880, they were in Texas, but the father Benjamin had died by then. When and where did he die.
Rene Thompson
Researching WILDER, MIRACLE, PITTMAN, GREEN, CHEEK, SAYLOR, SHORT and WILSON families. I would be happy to share information.
Mary M Lee
Researching Hiram LEE who md Catharine JACKSON. All I have on him is the two children born before the 1850 census, Elijah and David. This little Lee family in Arkansas is descended from Hiram Catherine JACKSON LEE. Do you have anything on Elijah and David after the 1850 census? We are having problems finding the family in 1880.
Vincent Potts
Snail Mail: 38786 Huntington Circle, Fremont, CA. 94536-3202
Looking for information on James FULTS/FULKS from Harlan Co., KY. He was born abt 1828 and married Emily WARD (dau. of John Murphy WARD and Nancy WARREN) abt 1847. He died 1884 in Newton Co., AR. He had 5 sisters: Elizabeth (married Hiram HOSKINS), Sally (married Edward NORTH), Theresa (married Thomas DAVIS), Patsy (married Samuel CALLET), and Polly (married George JOHNSON). His parents were Gabriel FULKS (b. abt 1788, d. abt Nov 1844 in Harlan Co.) and Leah (b. abt 1789 in TN, d. 1860-70 in Harlan Co.). He had 8 children (all born in Harlan Co): Gabriel (b. May 08, 1848 married Ann Elizabeth MCPHERSON), Catherine (b. Feb 1850), John M. (b. Nov 15, 1851), Mary Ann (b. Nov 15, 1856), Martha (b. abt 1857), James Franklin (b. abt 1859), William Anderson (b. abt 1862), and Robert (b. abt 1866). Thank you for your help.
Peggy Shepherd Banks
Seeking info on William and Milly BREWSTER. born ca 1800 in Virginia. They appear in the 1850 Harlan census with children Susanna, James, Skillen M., Patience, Mary A., Jane and William Morgan. In 1860, William appears in Owsley County with a wife named Nancy. The next time they show up, is in Jackson Cty, 1870. Any information on this family will be greatly appreciated.
Connie Herring
Seeking any and all information on Williamm L. BULLOCK, b abt 1867, md Martha Susan PARROTT in 1889, dau of P.L. PARROTT of Knox Co. William also md Mary LAWSON in 1918, daughter of William and Elvira LAWSON. William BULLOCK's birthplace is listed as Rockcastle Co. I am also seeking information on his father William BULLOCK and mother MAUD(a) BULLOCK. I believe Mary Lawson may have been from Harlan Co. William BULLOCK had family ties in Laurel Co. I will gladly share information. Thank you.
Searching for info on Warren Alfred ROBERTSON, born 5/13/1891 in Harlan Co. He was the son of John,James ROBERTSON also of Kentucky, born 5/10/1895. He was married to Lucy WHEELER believed to be from Buchannon Co. Va. Any info you may be able to locate on either Warren or John would be greatly appreciated.
Dave Osborne DOsbo66736@AOL.COM
Currently researching ALL Osborn(e) Families for Kentucky. If you have information to share or have an inquiry, please e-mail me. I place all of my research on a web page at
Rita Stanifer Maggard rmaggard@SKN.NET
Eastern Kentucky CORNETT Researchers are invited to explore the CORNETT CORNER (, our 'homeplace' on the WEB. We now have online the "little book" all Cornett researchers talk about..... Genealogy of William Cornett 1761-1836 by J.D. Cornett. We have also started a project of combining databases from several researchers into one online database. View what we have so far...then add your own data!
Looking for any information on Elihu BLAIR, son of John Robinson BLAIR and Elizabeth HARRISON. He was born in Harlan County 4 Apr 1825 and md Celia ADAMS 5 May 1846, dau of Stephen ADAMS and Elizabeth WHITAKER.
John Phipps
Trying to track down a Will Dean of Harlan County - died 1929 in a mining accident. Specifically and birth info around 1903 or 1910. Family believes he was 19 at the time, however, death records indicate 26.
Bruce E. York
YORK -- Am researching all YORKS and YORK descendants in U.S. Am seeking other Yorks to cooperate on research of Yorks in Kentucky. Currently have 30,500 Yorks in PAF data base.
William A. Clark
Snail Mail: 2089 Paradise Rd., Somerset KY 42501
Trying to find ancestors and decendents of Leabrim TIPTON born around 1891, lived on Martins Fork and md Reney Nellie FOWLER. They had a son born 4/10/1910 named Samuel Murphy TIPTON, my grandfather. If anyone can help please contact me. Thank You
Bardene S. Killgore
Looking for information about Jack PENNINGTON (no dates available) and Sarah SIMPSON - Dob 1865 - father: Lenord SIMPSON, mother Margaret CALDWELL
Eugene R. Cloud
Looking for the parents of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" CLOUD [b.1826 in Hawkins County TN] and married Nancy MIDDLETON [b.1830] in 1850 in Claiborne County TN. My ggrandfather, Alex, was the son of Frank and md Nancy BURKHART. Alex and his decendants were longtime residents of Harlan County, living in Verda and Evarts. Some Cloud researchers have said that Frank Cloud's father might have been Greenberry, Jeremiah or William. Any insight into the parents of frank Cloud would be most appreciated,
Brad Shepherd
Looking for information on Elizabeth PACE or Elizabeth STIDHAM, she was married twice and lived in Harlan, Bell, and around that area. Or her second husband John STIDHAM.
Debi Lewis
Snail Mail: RR 4 Box 212, Morgantown, WV 26505
Any information on Mary Jane DIXON (d1960) and Henry RATLIFF of Harlan County, KY. They had several children out of wedlock (Dossie May, French/Sam, and Boyd).
Kay Adams
Looking for information on my GG grandfather Jesse GOFORTH He moved from TN along with this wife Mary Jane VAN BEBBER. I was told by my Grandmother that he was shot and bled to death in the woods in Bell Co at Dorton Branch, about 1901. Jesse and Mary Jane had the following children. James Alvis, md twice first time to Ella HARRISON, md #2 Alta GOODIN; Oscar; John, never md; Sue md Pete FRANCE had a daughter Rose, lived in Harlan Co; Will moved to the mid west OK; Lillie md ? MIRACLE live at Page Cut off Bell CO. Does anyone have any thing on Jesse GOFORTH in their Family History?
Sandra Judkins
Would like information on the MIDDLETON, PACE, BLEVINS, WYNN and MADDEN families of Kentucky. 2nd great grandparents were Acles and Darkis PACE MADDEN, their son Dock md Susie MIDDLEYON in 1905 in Harlan. Dock died in 1927 above Brittian's Creek in Harlan, and his son Lawrence died in 1929. Also searching for information on Maudie Page MADDEN who died in July 1927.
Sharroll Minix
Snail Mail: 3475 Greenlawn Dr., Lexington Ky 40517
Seeking information on ancesters of David & Letitia (Letty) ARNETT. They were in Knox County in 1800 in the part that became Harlan. Three known children were Steven b 1782 VA md Elizabeth HOWARD in 1803 in Knox County;, Reuben and Nancy. Steven and Reuben moved to Floyd County (later became Magoffin) Elizabeth HOWARD b. 1783 is reputed to be the daughter of James HOWARD and Elizabeth GREEN. They moved to Breathitt County Ky and died there in the 1850's. David and Letty ARNETT lived with their daughter, Nancy ARNETT GREEN in Harlan County until their death. David died about 1825. What was Letty's maiden name? Where did they live prior to coming to Kentucky. What are names of their other children? Parentage of James HOWARD and Elizabeth GREEN? Parents of David ARNETT? Any information would be appreciated. I am interested in corresponding with anyone tracing the ARNETT family.
Martha Smart
James HALL b 10 May 1751, Loudon Co, VA d 27 Jul 1837 Harlan Co, KY md (2) Elizabeth SOSBY 1798/1799 in Buncombe Co., NC. They move to Harlan Co, KY where he is a minister (per Rev War Records). James and Elizabeth have the following ch: Hannah b Feb 1800, Anthony b 1802, Elizabeth b ? Allen b 1809, Dorothy b 1812, Sarah b 1814, Esther b 1815, Mary b 1817 and Martha b 1819. After James' death Elizabeth moves to Benton Co, AR. Would like to know parents of James and Elizabeth- who is James first wife (they would be my 4th great grandparents). Have name of one son William by his first marriage. Would like to work with anyone interested in this family.
Kimberly Wirth
Would like to share information with anyone researching Moses SPENCER b 1786 VA and d 1861 KY and his wife Elizabeth DEATON (1793-1874) md abt 1806. Their Children were: Rev. John Daniel 1807-1883 md Phoebe SPARKS; Pherbia Ann b 1809 md James SHOEMAKER; Temperence b 1810 md James SPARKS; Joseph Charles b 1812 md Isabella; William T. b 1813 md Jamima WYATT; Isabella b 1816 md Michael WHISMAN; Deliah b 1818 md John Kelly; Elizabeth b 1820 md John JOHNSON; Moses b 1822 md Lucinda HOBBS; Goolman b 1824 md Phoebia Ann SHOEMAKER; James b and d 1824; Hiram Armstrong "Strong" b 1826 d 1916 md Nancy PROFITT; Jamima b 1827; Brantly b 1829 md Samira ROBERTS; James 1831-1894 md Deborah BOWMAN.
Nellie Dwyer
Looking for ROARK's in Harlan Co Ky. Jane Roark b.1837 Va or any family of hers. Siblings were John b.1835 Va, Matilda b1838, William b1840, Aaron b1845 (md Hetty BROCK) and Elizabeth b1848. Jane had sons (illigetimate) Blevens and Matison. She may have had other children. I'd like to hear from any ROARK descendant.
Cynthia White
Snail Mail: 4243 Brewer Rd., West Branch, MI 48661
I am trying to find out any information on the family name HENSLEY My mother was born in Harlan in 1931.Her mother Naomi HENSLEY died in 1939.Any information would be useful to me since I dont have much to go on. THANK YOU.
Jennifer Carroll White
Snail Mail: 7915 Bubbling Brook Circle, Springfield, VA 22153
Would like info on Green B. HOWARD, b 1843 or 1844 in Harlan. I believe him to be the son of Wilkerson Howard (b @1796) and Mary Polly JONES (b 1803, d 20 Jun 1870). Green married Matilda JOHNSON. He may have died in 1902. I also would like any info on Matilda, as I have only the oral tradition that she was the daughter of Amos JOHNSON and Martha PAGE. She may also have had a twin sister named Jane (MUNCEY).
Debi Lewis
Snail Mail: RR 4 Box 212, Morgantown, WV 26505
Dossie May RATLIFF d1986 (Don't think Ratliff was her biological father), daughter of Mary Jane DIXON. Dossie May had at least 4 siblings (half and full - who knows which?): Mally/Marie, Sam/French, Bill, and Boyd. It is suspected that a William Henry CAUDILL sired at least one of these children, perhaps more. We think that Dossie May, Boyd, and Sam/French are full siblings. Dossie May married Frank Columbia LEWIS, Jr. (d1960) and settled in the Huntington, WV area. They had 7 children: Ronald, Harvey, Marilyn, Jerrald (b1939), Melinda, Larry, and Marlana. All but Ronald, who died as an infant, are still living, mostly in the Huntington/Chesapeake area. There is reputedly Native American lineage in Dossie May's ancestry (Blackfoot Dakotas).
Margy Ball Miles
Looking for information on the JOHNSON families of Harlan Co./Knox Co./Whitley Co. area. (Does anyone have inf. on Augustus Johnson whose name was transferred to Harlan Co. from Knox Co. when the county was split?) The present focus of my search is George M. (1834-1916) and Elizabeth W. (???) JOHNSON. Some of their children gave birthplace as TN. They are buried in the Davis Cemetery at Rockholds in Whitley Co., Ky. Their children's names known to me are; Andrew, Matilda Elizabeth, and Nancy. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has knowledge of the Johnsons of the surrounding area.
Linda Flanery Spurling
Looking for info on FLANERY, CREECH and FARMER Family's - Enoch FLANERY md Nancy CREECH d/o John L CREECH and Minerva FARMER; Nancy born 1853/57 ?
Sam D. Lawson
Snail Mail: 1929 Hiker Trace, Columbus, Indiana, 47203-3541
Wish to exchange information with those researching or knowing of the William DAY family of Harlan County, Ky. William DAY was born in Lee County, Va. on 7 Jul 1833. He married to Susannah SKIDMORE in Harlan County, Ky. on 21 Dec 1854. Susannah was the daughter of Ira and Sally (LEDFORD) SKIDMORE. They had children: George, Willie, Harve, Steve, Emmitt, Lilbrems "Lib", Mary, Beckie, Millie, Vernie, and John L. DAY. In later years, William and Susannah (SKIDMORE) DAY moved to Garrard County, Kentucky, near Paint Lick. Susannah died there on 12 Sep 1924. William died 3 Apr 1927. They are both buried in the Manse Cemetery near Paint Lick, Garrard County, Kentucky.

Would like to share information with anyone knowing of Alias "Aley" LEDFORD of Harlan County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Anne FARMER, a daughter of Stephen FARMER. His family is shown on the 1850 Harlan County, Kentucky Census as having these children living in his household: Stephen, Louisa, Cam E., Lloyd, Frances, Beaty, then, William DAY, and Newton DAY. What was the connection with these DAY children? Aley LEDFORD was born about 1787 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He may have married Elizabeth Anne FARMER about 1808 in Lee County, Virginia. Elizabeth Anne Farmer was born about 1791. It is said that Elizabeth died in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1870, and Aley LEDFORD died before 1873. Would like to know more about Aley LEDFORD and any of his children, especially the William and Newton DAY children.

Would like information on the Milburn and Elizabeth "Betsy" (EARNEST) RUSSELL family of Harlan County, Kentucky. Milburn RUSSELL married to Elizabeth EARNEST in Harlan County, Kentucky on 8 June, 1833. They had a daughter, Sarah "Sally" RUSSELL born about 1834 that married to Stephen LEDFORD, the son of Alias "Aley" LEDFORD of Harlan County, Kentucky. Stephen was born 1 October, 1832 in Harlan County, Ky. Stephen and Sally were married in Harlan County, Kentucky on 10 March, 1853. Any information on this RUSSELL family would be greatly appreciated.

Marsil Creech
Snail Mail: 506 S. Mississippi, Roswell, NM 88201
Jonathan CREECH married Jane BLAIR in 1830 Harlan Co Ky. I need to know which Jonathan CREECH this is.
Don Garrison
Seeking information concerning Dr. Nimrod DAWSON. He died in Harlan County on Dec 20,l856. He was born at Cumberland River, an area north east from Harlan City. His father was William DAWSON. Two of his children were William DAWSON, born l8l4 and Margaret, born l822.
Ronald Hurley
Researching the following families: HURLEY-MANIS-PAINTER-MILLER-MESSER from Hancock-Hawkins-Claiborne Co's in Tennessee and Knox, Bell, Harlan in Kentucky.
Wanda Freeman
Looking for any information I can get on my family lines. Elmer BRYANT married Myrtie WEBB b.1883 Ky. Elmer's parents were: Susan LANGLEY and James? BRYANT. Myrtie's parents were: Sarah HOLT b.1854 Ky.?,d.1938 Ar. and Henry or Jim WEBB. Thanks alot!
Chris Howard
Researching the PACE family from Harlan County, KY. I don't know the name of the patriarch of this family, but I do know that his wife's name was Arviny (b. ABT 1834)- the Pace children were: William (b. ABT 1860), Samuel (b. ABT 1861), Robert (b. ABT 1863), Elizabeth (b. ABT 1864), John (b. ABT 1866), Martha (b. ABT 1866), Charley (b. ABT 1869), Leonard (b. ABT 1872), Sarah (b. ABT ABT 1871), and Mary (b. ABT 1875). All I know of the father of these children is that he died prior to the 1880 Census. I would appreciate any help on the ancestors of these people- as well as their descendants. Thank You!
Cinda Deaton
Looking for the parents of Giles COX, born in North Carolina, married Barbara RISNER, the daughter of Michael and Catherine RISNER. I do not have their birthdates or death dates. I know that they had at least one child. A son, by the name of Joshua COX. He was born in 1825, in Harlan Co., KY., married Elizabeth "Betsy" BINGHAM, daughter of Elijah BINGHAM and Esther GREEN. They lived in Bell Co., until their death. They had 9 children: James, born 1848, Robert Cox born 1849, Catherine Cox born 1850. Caroline Green Cox born 1-16-1852. Elijah Cox born 1853. William Addison Cox born 12-12-1855. Samuel Cox born 4-1859. Elizabeth Cox bon 1863. Nancy J. Cox born 2-1865. I would appreciate any information anyone could provide.
Margy Ball Miles
Searching for any information pertaining to the MILES family of Whitley, Knox, Harlan Counties and surrounding area. I believe several of our MILES family lived in the Harlan Co. area. Please email me if you know anything or come across any of them in your research. Thank you very much.
John Shackleford
Seeking marriage of John DEAN and Martha STEWART and of Preston SHACKLEFORD and Fay DEAN and the marriage of Will DEAN to Nellie Louise MOORE.
Louise Gaskill
Seeking information on Hiram BRYANT. He married Sally EVANS on April 12, 1814 in Clay County. Would like any information on his Ancestry or Descendants.
Melissa Barry TBarry4030@AOL.COM
Would like to correspond with anyone working on the DUNN and CHAMBERS names from Harlan, Black Joe Kentucky area...Martha "Mattie" CHAMBERS born in Georgia about 1875 , married twice....first to a Mr. LEADFORD and then to Daniel C. "Budd" DUNN. Budd and Mattie had at least 5 children..Earl, Effie, Lora, Valu, and Joe...Mattie MAY have had Native American ties .....Anyone working on these names???? Would love to hear from you. She had children with Mr. Leadford too. If anyone is working on the Leadford family and has run across my Mattie Chambers I would appreciate hearing from you too.!!!! Budd and Mattie are my Great grand parents . I cannot find anything on Mattie Chambers!!!!! Thanks.
Donald Locke
Looking for anyone with any LOCKE/LOCK in Adair, Bell, Harlan, Hardin, Barren, Garrard, Jefferson, Knox, Laurel, Larue, county mid 1700's to date, I have tons of Locke info for you if you have any connections :)
Wanda Lombardo
Snail mail: 208 Brown Street, Berea, KY 40403
Looking for infformation on PARKER, John Wesley, born 1835, married to Sally CAUDILL, born 1840. Children: Susan, b. 1857; Patience, b. 1864; Louise Eliza, b. October 1865; Green, b. 1867, Sarah, b. 1871, Martha, b. 1874, Rebecca, b. June 1876 and Minty Parker, b. 1879. WITT, John, b. Feb. 1862; married Eliza PARKER, b Oct, 1865, children: Andrew, b. Oct. 1885; John Wesley, b Nov. 1888; Roza B., b. Nov. 1893; Garfield, b. Sept. 1894; Mary, b. March 1899. (Note: John Wesley Witt was my grandfather. He was married to Mary DOSS, daughter of Steve DOSS and America SMITH.
Dennis L. Minter
Looking for information on Obediah POWELL, his son, Samuel J. POWELL Sr.; grand son, Hiram Sargent POWELL; Ambrose POWELL. Samuel J. POWELL married Jane SARGENT, Hiram Sargent POWELL Married Anna DIXON daughter of Rev. John DIXON Jr. and Martha Patsy CREECH. Hiram POWELL was a represenative to the Kentucky State legislature from Harlan Co.
Joni Brockman
Seeking info of my great grandfather Bud EVANS 1863 N.C. died in Harlan County 11 Dec 1936 of heart attack. His wife was Mary BURNETT 1867 in Tenneesse. It is said Mary died being thrown from a horse before 1936. Bud and Mary had at least 10 children named as follows: Lillie Badger, Hugh, Chas.H., Jas.L., McKinnley, Frank (my grandfather), Parson and Mary. Any info on Mary BURNETT and Bud EVANS,last traced in HARLAN CO. KY. would be greatly appreciated.
Donna donnalee@EPIX.NET
Need information on Bill MONHOLLEN and Delia SMITH. I know nothing about them except they possibly lived in Harlan County, KY. They had at least one child by the name of Nellie who was born March 14, 1900 and died Oct. 4, 1974. Nellie was married, I believe, 4 times. Third husband was Stephen BROWN and fourth husband was Charles ENIX. Can ANYONE help?? I would sure appreciate some sort of lead!!!
William PACE was killed in a coal mining accident Feb 18, 1917. I'm wondering if any record exists re this accident. I've written to the Harlan Public Library, but rec'd no response. Apparently no newspapers survived that period according to a message rec'd last year. I would like to prove which mine and city/town this accident accurred, also. Thanks for any help you can obtain. He was mar. to Lucy GREGORY at the time, and they have 6 small children at the time of death. (No record was found at the courthouse in Laurel/Clay County where they resided.)
Effie Taylor
Interested in some information on Casey NEWSOM born in Harlan County; father was George NEWSOM SR. and his mother was Corey RICHEY. I wrote to Frankfort and got a birth cerificate and they sent the wrong one. Casey NEWSOM was borned December 6, 1931. He died Aug 6, 1975 in Kansas.
Lynne Tate Short
Looking for any family or friend information on Howard TATE and wife Thelma GILES Tate. Howard was a coal miner, Thelma was a school teacher. Two children, Ronnie and Joan. From early 1930's to early 1950's.
Nancy Kowalczyk
Looking for any information on the following surnames from Harlan or Bell Counties: POLLY, MIDDLETON, and HOWARD. Especially interested in a person named Nancy POLLY who married John HOWARD. We are trying to find Nancy's father and mother. We are also looking for the mother and father of Elijah MIDDLETON, he was born around 1890.
Geneva Lively Fiore
Looking for information on my grandmother, Vestina Fee (Simpson), my grandfather was Carr Simpson (Helton). My mother is Louise Simpson (Lively). My brothers are Claude Simpson, Jack Simpson, and Sam Lively Jr. I am looking for a marriage certificate for Carr Simpson and Vestina Fee between 1901-1905. I also need birth certificates for Louise Simpson (1905-1908) to the above names. Also, birth certificates for my brothers and myself. Claude Simpson was born in 1942, Jack Simpson (Caldwell) in 1944, Geneva Caldwell on July 31, 1946.
Don M. Randolph
Interested in information on William Lester RANDOLPH b 5 May 1901 and was killed as a police officer in Harlan Co. on July 3, 1932; md Lillian Cordelia Angel b 24 Jun 1906 on 4 Nov 1920.
Phil Roberts
Seeking information on any of the following: John William ROBERTS (abt 1830) md: Sarah BOZIARTH (m2-?: Milton TRIMBLE, Boone Co, Ar). Issue: James Wesley ROBERTS, George, Wayne, John , Dora. James Wesley (1855, ?-1915, Mo) md Docia Missouri ALLEY (1856, ?-1907, Mo). Her sister Lucy ALLEY (1842, Ky-1915, Mo) md1: Samuel BOZARTH (ca 1830), md2: ? CLARKSTON. James Wesley's son - Robert Wesley ROBERTS also married a CLARKSTON from Harlan Co, Ky. Oral history: John William buried in unregistered grave (Douglas Co, Mo) was from Tn or Ky. Last four children stopped off in Boston Mountains, Ar.
Mrs. Eldred W. Melton
Snail Mail: 963 St. Andrew's Way, Frankfort, KY 40601
Searching for information on family of John Jarrett LEWIS, b 15 Dec 1790, VA d 2 Nov 1860 buried in Chad-Nolan Cemetery, near Cumberland, KY. It is believed he was the s/o Wilson LEWIS, who died about 1808 in Knox Co., KY. John Jarrett LEWIS was the first county judge of Harlan Co. He md(1) ca 1814 to Jane SMITH born ca 1790 died ca 1820 d/o Jonathan and Jane SMITH. They were the parents of four children: (1)Jemina b ca 1813 d ca 1861, probably Oregon Co., MO md John JENKINS; (2)Nancy b 5 Feb 1814 md #1 William CORNETT and #2 Isaac HUFF; (3)Jonathan b 14 Jan 1815 md Asaritta R. POLLY; (4)Rebecca b ca 1817 md#1 20 Feb 1834 William Bailey and #2 John Morgan. John Jarrett LEWIS md#@ ca 1820 Elizabeth "Betsy" MORGAN d/o Zachariah and Mary HOLT MORGAN. Betsy is also buried in the Chad-Nolan Cemetery near Cumberland, KY. John and Betsy had 11 children: (1)James Jarrett b 13 Sep 1821 d 2 May 1906 buried in New Lewis Cem., Dione, Harlan Co., KY. He md 7 Sep 1847 Malinda d/o John Samuel CORNETT; (2)Basil; (3)Mary Louisa; (4)Wilson b 10 Feb 1826 d 31 Oct 1900 md 1847 Catherine COLLIER; (5)Jane; (6)Hiram; (7)Hannah b 30 April 1833 d 16 April 1909 md 8 Mar 1855 Wright KELLY; (8)Elizabeth b 1835 md 6 Aug. 1852 Benjamin B. Blankenship; (9)Martha b 1837 md John Carroll; (10)David Collier; (11)Leah.
Michael Belew
Looking for information on the BELEW and NOE Families. My grandfather, Charles BELEW may have been born in Laurel County. He md Stella NOE and lived in Harlan County where my father, Robert BELEW was born in 1928. My great-grandparent's names were Thomas and Amanda NOE
Dan Bryant
My grandfather, Jonathon Squire Bryant was buried in Ages Cemetery in 1939. Does anyone have any info. about Ages Cemetery? Thank you.
Rebecca Lee
David LEE d.abt 1903 m. Nancy TAYLOR resided in MARTINS FORK, Harlan Co, KY. Children: (1)James LEE 1853-1942 m. Jencey SAYLOR; (2)William LEE b.Oct 05, 1855 m. Lovie SAYLOR b.Aug 27, 1858; (3)George LEE m. (MILLER) CRAIG; (4)Steven or Stephen LEE (Son of Sarah) b. Feb 20, 1847 d. Feb 24, 1915 m. Hester Hettie SAYLOR b.Apr 04, 1846 d. Sept 04, 1923 (SCOTT); (5)Eva LEE m. Noah TAYLOR (LAWSON) Spurgeon GIBBONS; (6)Hettie LEE m. Shade MOORE; (7)Joicey LEE m. Noah TAYLOR; (8)Rachel LEE m. Esom BRADFORD; (9)Jane LEE m. Jack TIPTON. David LEE 's 1st wife was Sarah CHANEY and some of these children may be hers. Have names and dates for Steven LEE and Hettie SAYLOR's children. Also have info on William Andrew LEE and Lovie SAYLOR (my line) through their son Robert Edward LEE 1904-1966 and his wife Carrie Blanch SPEAK 1907-1979
Brad Shepherd
Looking for STIDHAMS and SHEPHERDS from Perry/Leslie/Letcher/Harlan/Bell Counties
Joyce Cates
Researching the following families: FARLEY/FARLER, FEE, NOE, SHEPHERD, MELTON, TEMPLETON, and BROCK. Would be willing to share information.
Christy Burden
I would appreciate any information on the Hoskins,Miracle, or Ledford families in Bell and Harlan counties.
Colleen Zuck
Searching for information on ancestors and decendants of John Tandy BAILEY, born in Knox Co. Tenn 1799. Several of his and wife Kesiah's children were born in Harlan Co. KY, including son William Tandy BAILEY who was born there in 1832
Carol Clark
If your family has connections with the CLARK family of Clay, Estill, Madison, Harlan, Owlsey or Knox Co., Ky., I'd like to exchange information.
Glenn & Loretta Sandefur
Interested in finding some information on Stephen RICE b. abt 1795 Straight Creek, Harlan Co., Ky. m. Rebecca WOOLUM, resided Straight Creek. Stephen was a vet of the War of 1812 and Rebecca received a widow's pension from same.
Bill Halcomb
Web Site (Halcomb Family Genealogy):
We are from Tennessee, but in the early to mid 1930's, my grandparents divorced and grandfather William English DAUGHERTY married a Kentucky woman named Della FEE, born 15 May 1901. I don't know if that's her maiden name or a name from a previous marriage. They lived around Graves Knob, Ky. (Editor: this is probably Grays Knob) Grandfather was accidentally shot and killed in Corbin, KY September 1941 by a man (R.O. FORE) who mistook him for a prowler. He and Della had a son born between 1936 to 1939 and our family has never heard anymore about him. We have often wondered what became of him. He has a half brother and three half sisters still living. They think he may have been named William Elmer DAUGHERTY or something like that. Do you have any idea who he could be?
Jeff Weaver - State Guard Militia - "In addition to the line officers and regular State Guard Companies, an inspector for militia was appointed for each county on May 29, 1861. Appointed for Harlan County was Curls Britian of Mt. Pleasant, Harlan County." Would like to know more about this individual.
Mike Orton
Looking for anyone that has any information on William ORTON, wife Anna ORTON, and Harold ORTON that lived in HARLAN County in the 1936 timeframe. William died on June 5th, 1936 and Harold ORTON died on June 8th, 1936.
Cinda Deaton
Looking for decendants of Joshua COX and Betsy BINGHAM COX. They were married on 1-20-1875 in Bell County, KY. I do not know how many children they had but I am a decendant of a son Lige COX and Lula BROCK. I do not know much more but that they had 10 children. And lived in the Harlan, Bell, and Whitley Counties
Patricia D. Simpson
Trying to find information regarding Sarah Elizabeth SIMPSON nee LOWERY and her family. Lived in around Bronston, Burnside (Pulaski County), Stearns Ky. Born 2-17-1873 died about 1928. Can anyone help me. Wife of Azmire Simpson. Children are Gertrude, Solomon, Leo, Lily, William, Mary, Fritz, Christine, Lula, Carl, Tommy Jay. Thanks. Any information will be appreciated.
Brad Shepherd
Looking for RILEY SHEPHERD and his descendents or his parents and their parents or information on any SHEPHERDS From HARLAN, LETCHER, KNOX, LESLIE, PERRY COUNTIES, anyone who could give me any information I would greatly appreciate it.
Barbara Hobbs
Looking for any information on Lawrence SOUTHERN born about 1900, died about 1935 in Harlan County. He was married to Delia ESEP. Looking for what happened to Delia and if they had any children.
Leon Morris LMorris116@AOL.COM
snailmail: 70646 Hilltop Dr., Union, MI 49130 616-641-7071
Elias MORRIS Sr. 1778 Mong. Co., NC-1858 Lee Co., VA md Mary WEST 1775-bef 1858. They moved to Harlan Co., KY in the 1820's and are listed in the 1830 through 1850 Harlan Co. census. I need the parents & siblings of Mary WEST. The maiden name, marriage record, parents & siblings of Rebecca 1806-af 1881 who md Elias MORRIS Jr.. Elias Jr. & Rebecca were in Harlan Co.1830 census; Breathitt Co. 1840, 1850 & 1860. Then Perry Co. in 1870. I will share anything that I have.
Linda Estridge Thompson
My great/great grandmother Elizabeth 'Lucy' Estridge married John Jefferson Howard in 1866. She supposedly died in July, 1885, in Harlan Co. and is buried 'above the Gap Ridge'. Does anyone know where this area is located? Would love to find her grave, or anyone else working on this line.
Linda J. Carroll
According to Census 1920 I have: Walter CARROLL age 26 m. Myrtle BAINS(?) *spelling may vary* age 24 and they had a son, Walter Jr, age 2 years and five months in Evarts, Harlan, Kentucky. Walter CARROLL's birthplace and his parents' birthplaces were in Tennesee. Myrtle's birthplace and her parents' birthplace were in Virginia. They subsequently had a son named James Thomas CARROLL, however I could not succeed in obtaining any kind of information about this family. It seems that one day they appeared and then the next day they disappeared without leaving any trace. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Gerry Grimes
Researching my son-in-law's Lansdowne family. I would like to share info with anyone having Lansdowne (with or without an "e") ancestors. First families in KY may have come from Wales. Found as early as 1830-40 in Harlan Co, Carter Co. Other names: Tyree, St.Clair. Our line migrated to MO and KS.
Sandy Greening
Looking for William J TAYLOR, b 4 Sep 1819 Buncombe Co NC; m ca 1845 Ky; d ca 1896 Laurel Co Ky; m1 Agnas Drucilla SAYLOR, b 27 Oct 1820, Harlan Co Ky; d aft June 1900 Harlan Co Ky, d/o Joseph SAYLOR & Nancy BENJEY. M2 Sarah Jane SAYLOR; m3 Sylvania OSBORN b ca December 1844 Ky, d/o David OSBORN & Sarah "Sally" SIMPSON. William's parents are John & Sena TAYLOR. William & Agnas SAYLOR TAYLOR had dau, Sena, b 17 Dec 1851 Harlan Co Ky; m 12 Mar 1892 John BENNETT. Sena also had children by Hiram Clinton BROCK & Silas Woodson SAYLOR. Sena & Hiram BROCK are my lines.
Glen Haney
These are names which I am searching. Will trade info. HANEYS of Carter and Lawrence Co via Va. STAGGS familys of Carter and Lewis Co. HALL. William Hall B. in N.C. married Polly Landsdowne in Harlan Co. They lived in Smokey Valley area of Carter. Co. SMITH family who lived in Brushy Creek (Carter City)around 1900. Two siblings were Joe and Abigal.
Bruce E Johnson
Seeking info on Elizabeth JOHNSON, b. 1810 in TN, living in Harlan Co. most of eighteen fifties. Her children were: James, Jane, Minerva, Leonard, and Aaron. Also info on Mary (Polly) Ann STUBBLEFIELD , b. 1848 in TN.
Timothy M. Lee
Snailmail to: 28 Holly Hill Road, Little Rock, AR 72204
web page:
JACKSON, James (b. c1756) Looking for all information on James JACKSON. 1840 Census of Harlan Co. indicates that James is 84 and a Revolutionary War pensioner. I am researching Catherine JACKSON (b. c1827) who married Hiram LEE. Suspect Catherine JACKSON is a granddaughter of James JACKSON. Is there any connection between this JACKSON family and president Andrew JACKSON?
Sandy Greening
Snailmail to: 11523 Lillis Ln, Golden Co 80403
Researching BENJEY/ROLLINS. Nancy BENJEY b ca 1792 Va; d before 1860 Harlan Co Ky; m Joseph SAYLOR b ca 1792 Russell Co Va; m 21 Jan 1808 Knox Co Ky; d ca 1875 Harlan Co Ky. Nancy BENJEY d/o Joseph & Elizabeth ROLLINS BENJEY. Joseph BENJEY b ca 1761 Va; m 2 Oct 1786 Montgomery Co Va; d aft 1842 Harlan Co Ky; Elizabeth ROLLINS b Bedford Co Va, s/o Anthony ROLLINS. There are a lot of us working on these lines. Want to hear from anyone working on BENJEYS/ROLLINS or SAYLOR
Terry L. Harper
Snailmail to: 25 N. Fifth St., Albion, IL 62806-1021
I am looking for information on the JACKSON family of Harlan and Knox Counties, KY. Rebecca JACKSON (born ca. 1790), daughter of Micajah JACKSON, married (1) (Thomas?) TACKETT. Thomas TACKETT appears on the 1820-1822 Tax Lists for Harlan County, living on Poor Fork. He appears to have died ca. 1822 and his widow Rebecca removed to Knox Co., KY where she appears on the 1822 Tax List (owning no land), as well as her father and other family members. Rebecca remarried to a STEWART and, by 1830, had removed to Morgan Co., IN. Jeremiah TACKETT's son, Sylvanus Sylvester TACKETT, married (in Morgan Co., IN) Deborah ASHER, daughter of Robert ASHER of Clay Co., KY.
Sandy Greening
Looking for Isaac HAMPTON b 1830; m Juliann WILSON b 1829 NC. Children: Adalade b 1834, William, Martha, Elmore b 1841 Tn (m1 Melvina BALES, m2 Mary BLANTON), Rebecca b 1846 Tn, Zelpha b 1846 Tn (m1 Alex WARD; had child by Ben STACY), Ransom b 1848 Ky (m Felecta WOOLUM), Sylvana b 1852 Ky (m Norton STACY). This family was in and out of Floyd Co Ky several years
Barbara Richardson
Snailmail: 16 Sunset Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32176
We have been trying to find out about a Riley HOWARD, who was on the Knox County Census (1800's). Riley Howard applied for Cherokee Compensation, 1907 -- which would be in the Report of Guion Miller, Special Commissioner to the US Court of Claims, 1906-1910. His was application # 38099. (We have searched high and low and can not find the vol. relating to this applicant number. Can you please give us any information about this -- or about Riley HOWARD or any of the other HOWARDS in Floyd, Clay or Knox Counties in this time frame?
Bob French
I would appreciate any help on Elijah FOLEY, who was listed in the Knox Co., KY 1810 census. Information collected by a cousin, who has since passed away, states that he was possibly located in Fayette Co., KY, 1800. He had a son, Abraham FOLEY who married Margaret Ann POINTER 19 Jan 1858 in Lincoln or Garrard county. Thanks again for your help!
Janice Worley
I am looking for information on Wiley Worley.
Kenneth E. Powers
Snailmail: PO Box 1155, Sophia WV 25921
Looking for any information on the powers name in Knox and whitly counties Other names are Partin, Smith, Warfield, Terrell, Stanfield and others.
Robert L. Brown
Need in formation on George and Elizabeth ENGLE. They had child Frances (Fanny) (ENGLE) CAMPBELL. Frances was born 26 May 1798. She is buried in the Old Campbell Cemetery, Indian Creek, Kentucky.
Ed Elkin
Searching for parents of my 2nd g grfather, James LEE. He was born 1821 in KY near the TN border per history of Henry Co, IA. His parents were Mark Lee and Lucy___? Siblings were Peter 1812, John 1814, Martin 1817, and Isaac 1818. Any help appreciated.
Peggy Harman harmann@InfoAve.Net
Snailmail: 365 Burgess Mill Rd; Cookeville, TN 38506
Researching family (descendants and ancestors) of Champion MADDEN who appeared in 1850 Harlan, KY census from TN married to Achelles WYNN's daughter, Sarah. Champ and Sarah had children Achelles, Jacob, Lawner, Elkannah, Mary, Wright, Elizabeth, and Isaac. Interested in communicating with anyone who has info or interest. Will share info and photos.
Mike Taylor
Please help! I am trying to obtain any information (an obit. would be perfect) on T.K. Watson of Harlan Co., Ky. He was born May 11, 1880 & died June 21, 1950 in Harlan Co., I understand he still has descendants there but have had no luck contacting anyone. Also, he had some type of business in Harlan at the time of his death (poss. a grocery and/or department store).
Lori A
Researching these names: Reynolds, Vickers, Jackson, Artist, Elliott. In Harlan, Clay, Bell, Whitley, Knox Counties. If anyone is out there also involved with these names, I'd love to hear from you!
Jesse Hembree
snailmail: 3717 Chime, Irving, TX 75062
Seeking information on Mary JACKSON aka Polly HELTON, b.7 Sept. 1846 in Harlan Co. Her parents were not married but I believe her father was a JACKSON and her mother was a HELTON. In the 1860 census she was living in Harlan Co. with a Shadrack (age 76) and Mary (age 67) HELTON. I believe they were her maternal Grandparents. Mary married Carlo B. STEP 30 July 1862 in Harlan Co. Carlo died 15 March 1864 at Camp Burnside, KY. Mary later moved to Clay Co. and married my GGrandfather William C. GILBERT under the name Polly HELTON. Mary is one of the more colorful characters in my family and I would very much like to learn more about her and her family.
Brenda Hatcher Hatcherb@Ten-Nash.Ten.k12.TN.US
snailmail: 1404 Little Mountain Lane, Lenoir City, Tennessee 37771
Working on a puzzle that has people stumped in 7 states. Maybe I can find some help through you. Here goes... I am working on the descendants of John GAMBILL, GAMBREL who was born abt 1781 in Wilkes Co NC. He made his way into Clay Co KY in the early 1800's. He had at least nine sons and 4 daughters with at least two wives, one of which was Elizabeth MILLER (m in 1840's in Knox Co KY). The mystery I spoke of is trying to locate the parents of John. We feel strongly that John is the son of Thomas GAMBILL and Suckey BREWER who were married in Wilkes Co NC in 1780. Does Anyone have anything they can offer as an answer to this puzzle. We have followed a Thomas into Grainger Co TN and find a Thomas in Clay Co KY who fits. We do not find Suckey with him and therefore cannot be certain it is the Thomas we need. HELP! also, if there are any other Gambrel researchers out there, I would love to compare research. Most all of the SE KY Gambrel people (all variant spellings) can be traced back to John Gambill, Gambrel who was born abt 1781 in Wilkes Co NC. Help me solve this puzzle, please.
Mark Chamberlain chamberm@TEN-NASH.TEN.K12.TN.US
Interested in information regarding the HOSKINS family in Harlan, now Bell County. I am following the line starting with George HOSKINS(1825)and his wife Polly or Mary, Stephen HOSKINS (1849) his wife Elizbeth WILSON, James K Polk HOSKINS(1882) and his wife Debbie MIRACLE. I am especially interested to find out why Stephen moved the family to MO and moved back to KY a few years later.

Also searching for information on the family of Richard WILSON and Ruth GREEN. Two of their children feed into my line. William Bill WILSON (b.ABT 1820) married Sallie BULL/BUELL. I think her father was Jesse BULL. The other child, Cynthia WILSON (B. 1808) married Joseph PITMAN. Joseph came from NC and settled Pitman's Creek. Please contact me if you have any input on any of these families.

It's me again. Do you know any MIRACLES from Harlan now Bell county. I am following a line from Fredrick MIRACLE (I think Jr.)(b.1813 VA) and his wife Mary Ann EVANS. Lazurs "Dempse" MIRACLE (B.1850) is next with his wife Roslin PITMAN.

Danna Kelley
Looking for SERGENTS/SARGENTS from Harlan County. Anyone doing similar research please e-mail me.
Bryan Taylor
1658 W. Peralta Avenue, Mesa AZ 85202
Looking for anyone doing research on the TAYLOR family of Harlan County. Jesse TAYLOR and his wife Nancy (GREEN) TAYLOR moved their about the 1830's with their kids. Jesse TAYLOR died March of 1862.
Richard Flanary
Looking for information of any kind on any FLANARY families (or variant spellings such as FLANNERY, FLANERY)
Everett R. Anderson,Jr.
I am looking for any and all Andersons that may live in Harlan Co., see if anyone remembers my great-grandfather, Sol Anderson, as I am trying to tie up some genealogical work.
Keith Callahan
Looking for Alec DAY m. Mary Ann BAKER. Children were Redmon b. 1915, Sallie, Harry and others. I'm looking for his parents and any information about him. He is my GGgrandfather, and I have hit the wall. The story has it he changed his name from DAY to PENNINGTON or YOUNG or vice versa, I'm not sure. I have looked for him for the past four years and have found nothing. Any help from anyone is appreciated.

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