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Mercer County KY Queries - 1997
(Archived posts from 1997 - June 2001)
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BADGER GIBSON
Surnames: BADGER, GIBSON, HALE#00067
Birchell Coslow <cbcoslow@cyberhighway.net> Sat, 13 Dec 1997
I'm attempting to locate parents, siblings, and any other available data pertaining to my gggg-grandparents, Joshua BADGER and Sabra GIBSON. Their daughter, Louisana Gibson (b. ca 1800 Wilkes Co. NC -- d. ca 1848 Mercer Co. KY) married John W. Hale in Mercer Co. KY on Nov 28, 1820 (or Apr 2, 1821 - the marriage was apparently registered twice); bondsman was Joshua Badger. It has been oral family tradition for at least four generations that a female ancestor of the Hale line was "half-Indian and half-Spanish." Through the elimination process, Louisana Badger has been identified as the person in question. My (now) 90 year-old aunt told me years ago that her mother told her during her childhood that this ancestor "came from the Black Dutch," a term she did not understand, but which refers to the mysterious Melungeon folk of southern Appalachia currently in genealogical vogue. My guess is that Joshua Badger was probably Cherokee, and that Sabra Gibson was Melungeon (taken to be Spanish at the time). In any event, I am told that Gibson is a common surname among the Melungeons. I'd appreciate any light anyone can shed for me in this genealogical thicket. Thanks!!
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DUNCAN
Surnames: DUNCAN#00068
Betty Neu <eneu1@aol.com> Sat, 13 Dec 1997
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Does anyone have info on family of Lewis DUNCAN circa 1800?
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Re: POWELL
Surnames: POWELL#00079
Helen Baldwin <lbaldwin.att@worldnet.att.net> Sun, 14 Dec 1997
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Hi Gerald,

If you haven't already discovered all of the resources available at MERCER COUNTY you might want to have a look at the Powell Hart page. http://w3.one.net/~durp/index.htm. This will put you in touch with Fleta Aday, who has researched the Powel, Powell line extensively. The names you are searching do appear in the "New" Bible Records and Vital Statistics," 1997 Compiled by Alma Ray Sanders Ison and James H. Miller. Happy Hunting.
MERCER COUNTY, KENTUCKY LOOKUP VOLUNTEER
Helen Baldwin

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FRENCH, PURSLEY/PURLEY
Surnames: FRENCH, PURLEY, PURSLEY#00080
Karen Venable <kvenable@pe.net> Mon, 15 Dec 1997
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I am looking to correspond with anyone searching for Henry FRENCH, Jr. born about 1795 in Kentucky and who died after 1860. He married Sally PURSLEY or PURLEY in 1817 in Mercer County, KY.
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Re: "Bible Records and Vital Statistics"
Surnames: "BIBLE, RECORDS, STATISTICS", VITAL, AND#00082
Pam <kymercer@roadrunner.com> Mon, 15 Dec 1997
Homepage: Harrodsburg Historical Society page
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The new book "Bible Records and Vital Statistics" can be purchased from the Harrodsburg Historical Society. It's absolutely WONDERFUL!!! It's sooooo loaded with useful information.

Check out their home page (link is below) for a list of available books, plus an order blank.

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Re: FRENCH, PURSLEY/PURLEY
Surnames: FRENCH, PURLEY, PURSLEY#00084
Pam <kymercer@roadrunner.com> Mon, 15 Dec 1997
Homepage: HENRY FRENCH in the 'CAREY' database
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I don't have a Henry Jr. in my database, but I do have a Henry. He's my 5g-grandfather (I'm descended through his dau Elizabeth b. bef 1799, who m. George R. Nield; 1820 Mercer Co.). Perhaps your Henry and my Elizabeth are siblings???

Most of the information that I have on Henry Sr. (if that be the case) came from Deb Skoff. Here's a clip from her message:

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From: DebSkoff@aol.com
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 02:25:16 -0400 (EDT)
To: kymercer@roadrunner.com
Subject: Genealogy--FRENCH surname

According to my sources, Henry FRENCH was born 12 Mar 1755. He was married to Elizabeth ERSOM about 1770. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He and his wife came to America about 1770. He died 11 Aug 1821 in Mercer Co., KY. He had at least 9 children. His son, George FRENCH, was married 14 Jun 1804 in Mercer Co. to Elizabeth STURMAN.
*******************************************************

You may also want to visit Henry in my database, for other descendants. And if it turns out that we're related, I'd love to hear back from you. The link to my database is below. --Pam

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VANDIVER
Surnames: VANDIVER#00086
Steve Vandiver <buxx@buxx.com> Mon, 15 Dec 1997
Homepage: Vandiver Genealogy Page (MO,OK)
Looking for parents of John & Edward Vandiver b. 5 Aug 1819, probably in Mercer Co. Ky. Parents (died ??) and they were taken in by James & Edward Worthington of Mercer Co. and left the state ~1828 moving to ILL. Father was born in NJ and mother was born in DE.

Additional info at http://www.buxx.com/genealogy/helpfind.html

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Re: VANDIVIER, HUFF
Surnames: HUFF, VANDIVIER#00088
Steve Vandiver <buxx@buxx.com> Mon, 15 Dec 1997
Homepage: Vandiver Genealogy Page (Mo,OK)
I have the variations of Vandiver excerpts of the 1850 Mercer Co Census,but it does not mathc the sibling names you gave. You can look at it at http://www.buxx.com/genealogy/records/mc1850.html
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Phillips, Preston
Surnames: PHILLIPS, PRESTON#00090
Ruthann Phillips <tinkerbl@searnet.com> Tue, 16 Dec 1997
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I am looking for the ancestors of JOHN PHILLIPS who was born about 1833 and married NANCY E. PRESTON in Mercer County in March of 1853. They had at least eight children: JAMES born 1856, GEORGE born June 1857, MATILDA, MARTHA, JOHN, JR., FANNIE, NANNIE, AND ANNIE.
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BURCHILL PRESTON
Surnames: BURCHILL, PRESTON#00091
Pat <pthum@aol.com> Tue, 16 Dec 1997
Isaac BURCHILL married Sarah PRESTON 19 Feb 1800 in Mercer Co. I am working on the parents of Isaac, the father believed to be Daniel BURCHILL. Sarah's parents were John and Elizabeth PRESTON. Am trying to identify this John as to where in VA he lived. Any help would be appreciated.

Pat
PThum@aol.com

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Robinson
Surnames: ROBINSON#00092
Carol Kincaid <kincaid@kih.net> Tue, 16 Dec 1997
I'm looking for Jessie (Jesse) William Arnold that rode with Morgan's Raiders and was reportedly the leader at the time of Morgan's death. He had a daughter, Mary Elizabeth who married Jerry Robison. The J. W. Arnold that I'm looking for is buried in the Campbellsburg Cemetary in Campbellsburg, KY. I'm actually trying to trace my Robison roots.
Carol Kincaid
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Re: DUNCAN
Surnames: DUNCAN#00093
Helen Baldwin <lbaldwin.att@wordnet.att.net> Tuesday, 16 December 1997,
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Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1800

Hi,
I found no record of a Lewis Duncan in Mercer County c 1800, but the following census listings indicate a Lewis Duncan was in Lincoln County and another in South Carolina. The Page numbers indicate the page where you will find the census record, do look at a couple of pages before and after as sometimes the microfilm page is different.

, Lewis State : KY

County : Lincoln Co.

Year : 1800

Census type code : Tax List
Duncan, Lewis State : SC

County : Greenville Dist.

Year : 1800

Page # : 246

Age ranges in household : 30001-0001000

Happy Hunting and Merry Christmas

Helen

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Re: MINOR
Surnames: MINOR#00094
Helen <lbaldwin.att@worldnet.att.net> Tuesday, 16 December 1997,
Hi,
I am just beginning to search some of my Minor family
that connect to the Harbisons. I would like to know about
your Minor people.
The Court Record you seek will be located at Mercer
County Clerk's office, i.e. Larry Short. P.O. Box 426.
Harrodsburg, Ky. 40330-0426. /Tel" (606) 734-6310
I do not know the cost of a photocopy of this record.
Also, you could contact the researchers at Harrodsburg
Historical Society, P.O. Box 316, Harrodsburg, Ky. 40330
and ask them to obtain the copy for you. They charge $10.00
per research hour.
I am a Lookup Volunteer for Mercer County. I do not
provide documentation. I will look in all of my compiled
books for the names you gave in your query.
Merry Christmas
Helen Baldwin
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Re: GEE, ODIEN, NOBLE, JENNINGS, COULTER, KINNEY, GLAZEBROOK, TAYLOR
Surnames: COULTER, GEE, GLAZEBROOK, JENNINGS, KINNEY, NOBLE, ODIEN, TAYLOR#00095
Jeff Bailey <jbailey@abeinc.net> Friday, 19 December 1997,
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I am desended from Thomas Jennings born Dec 19, 1785 and died in Mercer County, Kentucky on Oct 5, 1844. He was married to Lucinda Tate Phillips (she was married to a Baskett before). Lucinda gave birth to a girl in November she name the child Thomas Alison Jennings. This girl is my 3 great grandmother. Family tradition has her to be a cousin to William Jennings Bryan. I am betting that Thomas and your Nancy are brother and sister. Let me know if this helps. Jeff

this helps. Jeff

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Re: GEE, JENNINGS
Surnames: GEE, JENNINGS#00096
Bobby J. Wadsworth <bobbyjay@flash.net> Friday, 19 December 1997,
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I do not have much on Nancy JENNINGS. She reportedly was b. c1784, so it is very possible that she and Thomas were related. Nancy's father (according to another researcher) was William JENNINGS. On 09 May 1803 in Mercer County, she md/1 Mark GEE, who died in 1811. Nancy later moved with her children (John, Martha, Rhoda and Josiah GEE) to Washington Co., IN, where she md/2 David RUTHERFORD, 22 Feb 1818. She disappears from the records after the 1820 US census. Bobby
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Re: Phillips, Preston
Surnames: PHILLIPS, PRESTON#00098
lbaldwin.att@worldnet.att.net Friday, 19 December 1997,
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Ruthann,

Scroll down to Jeffery Bailey, I sent him Phillips material this morning. Happy Hunting Helen

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JOHNSON, IMES
Surnames: IMES, JOHNSON#00103
Carol Black <cblack7830@aol.com> Monday, 22 December 1997,
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I am researching my African-American ancestors who were married in Harrodsburg, Kentucky about 1875 or 1876. Caroline Imes, born about 1847 in Washington County, PA, graduated from Oberlin Preparatory School in 1874 and married Rev. Peter Johnson thereafter. They apparently moved to Topeka, Kansas, had 5 unknown children. Caroline died about 1806. Would love for someone to look for a marriage record or to hear from anyone with information about this couple. Many thanks.
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JOHNSON
Surnames: JOHNSON#00104
Anne Baker Tuesday, 23 December 1997,
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Town of Harrodsburg 1880 Census of Mercer Co., Ky.

household 143

Peter Johnson 46 MUMM Minister Ky Ky Ky
Cara 33 MUFM Housekeeper Ky Ky Ky - wife
Rosson B. 4 MUM At home Ky Ky Ky - son
Peter, Jr. 2 MUM At home Ky Ky Ky - son
Cara P. 4/12 MUF At home Ky Ky Ky - dau
Merry Christmas,
Anne

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LIGHTFOOT/WEBSTER
Surnames: LIGHTFOOT, WEBSTER#00106
Cynthia Orth <corth@memphisonline.com> Wednesday, 24 December 1997,
I am looking for the parents of Henry Taylor Lightfoot who married Nancy Webster in Mercer Co KY in Nov 1804.
This family moved to MO then AR where Henry and his son Elijah Holloday Lightfoot signed Territorial Papers in 1833. Some of this family went to TX. Any information on Henry and Nancy will be appreciated.

Thanks very much.

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Re: CLAUNCH, SEMONES, UTLEY
Surnames: CLAUNCH, SEMONES, UTLEY#00109
Helen Baldwin Friday, 26 December 1997,
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Sue,

I found some information on the material you listed.Some of it may conflict If you have questions or I can assist you please don't hesitate to contact me.

"Marriage Bonds and Consents
1831-1850
Mercer County, Kentucky
Also a few heretofore unpublished ones for years 1794-1830"
Compiled by the Genealogical Committee of Harrodsburg Historical Society
Page 86
Lists the marriage Bonds of;
John Semones and Nancy Cummins on July 26, 1841; Bondsman: Alexander Cummins
William Semones and Averill Bull on January 3, 1831 Bondsman: William Bull who certifies his sister is 21.

There is material in the new 1997 Bible Book, Pages 12 and 13, on the Semones and Seminis families. We are not permitted to give lookups on this book at this time, but we can confirm names. The Location of The Brown Bible, from which the Semones material is listed was given. This book is on sale at the Harrodsburg Historial Society and is $28.00 Postage Paid.

"Bible Records and Family Information
of Residents
(Past and Present)
of Mercer County, Kentucky"
Compiled by Alma Ray Sanders Ison
for the
Harrodsburg Historical Society
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
1986
Page 58
In the Wickersham Bible lists the birth of Eliza Frances Semones on August 23, 1866 a notation in the bible stated that this little girl and another named Mary Mercer were reared in the home of Jesse and Jane Wickersham.
"Marriage Bonds and Consents
1811-1830
Mercer County, Kentucky"
Compiled and Published By
Alma Ray Sanders Ison
Rebecca Wilson Conover
Page 122
The marriage bond of John Semonis and Martha Clauch was made on February 24, 1821
Bondsman: Joseph Vermilion
Consent: May Semonus and Matthew Clauch
Teste: Nicodemus Vermilion and William Blacketter
Page 142
The marriage bond of Nicodemus Vermilion and Sally Semonis on September 15, 1817
Bondsman: Josiah Vermilion
Brideís Father: John Semonis
Teste: John B. Howard

Southern Marriage Index: 1728-1850
Mercer County, Kentucky
Semones, John Spouse : Cummins, Nancy - Marriage date : Jul 26, 1841
Semones, William Spouse : Bull, Averill - Marriage date : Jan 3, 1831
IN MERCER COUNTY, KENTUCKY
Semonis, John Spouse : Claunch, Martha- Marriage date : Feb 27, 1821

Franklin County, Virginia
Semones, John Spouse : Hutcherson, Patsy- Marriage date : Jan 5, 1824
Semones, Thomas Spouse : Brown, Betsy- Marriage date : May 7, 1839
Semones, William Jr.Spouse : Matthews, Elizabeth Ann - Marriage date : Jul 5, 1824
Semonis, Abraham Spouse : Hickman, Polly - Marriage date : Nov 16, 1803

Happy New Year and Good Hunting.

Helen Baldwin
Mercer County Lookupsunty Lookups

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MOORE, OWEN/OWINGS
Surnames: MOORE, OWEN, OWINGS#00110
Audrey LUNCEFORD ULM <alusuwa@az.com> Friday, 26 December 1997,
Would appreciate help in locating the parents of Ann MOORE, born 27 Dec.
1794 Mercer Co. KY. She married William M. OWEN/OWINGS 28 Dec. 1813
Mercer Co. KY. She and William may have been in Clark Co. IN before moving
to Hancock Co. IL in the 1830s. Ann died 19 Aug 1869 in Carthage IL.
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LEAGUE
Surnames: LEAGUE#00112
Joyce Buis <mctrks@aol.com> Friday, 26 December 1997,
I am trying to trace the family of George LEAGUE who married Elizabeth LYONS. They were listed on the Mercer Co. census in 1850 in the Nevada area.

Known children, Charles, Alexander, William, Jane (who married Henry Sanders an lived in the Atoka area)and my great grandfather John Thomas League. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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YOCUM
Surnames: YOCUM#00113
Joyce Buis <mctrks@aol.com> Friday, 26 December 1997,
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Seeking info on Sarah Margaret YOCUM born about 1832 who was the daughter of Charles YOCUM and Lucinda BLAINE. Both Charles and Lucinda were listed as born in Mercer Co.. He about 1803 and she about 1810. Married May 5,1831 in Mercer County. Sarah Margaret Yocum married Gabriel Walls in Lincoln Co. Sept.25,1838
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: JAMES, WEST, WHOBERRY, BOWEN, CLAUNCH, GRAY, SANDERS, HARISON, KENLEY
Surnames: BOWEN, CLAUNCH, GRAY, HARISON, JAMES, KENLEY, SANDERS, WEST, WHOBERRY#00116
Helen Baldwin <lbaldwin.att@worldnet.att.net> Saturday, 27 December 1997,
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Steven James,

If the following three marriage listings are your George W. James, the answer to when she died in Kentucky is, she probably didnít.

Bedford County, Virginia
James, George W. Spouse : West, Elizabeth
Marriage date : Dec 20, 1833

Mecklenberg County, Virginia
James, George W. Spouse : Chandler, Nancy L.
Marriage date : Dec 23, 1845

Halifax County, Virginia
James, George W. Spouse : Williams, Cassandria
Marriage date : Nov 28, 1848

Mercer County, Kentucky
Whoberry, Jacob Spouse : Harbeson, Mary
Marriage date : Mar 5, 1805

Mercer County, Kentucky
Whooberry, Jacob Spouse : Claunch, Mary

Marriage date : Jun 20, 1825

JAMES1 HARBISON was born c1707 perhaps in Ireland; he was killed by Indians in a raid on Harbisonís Station. (The present site of Perryville, Ky.) on February 28, 1783. He married RACHEL PORTER in Perhaps County Antrim, Ireland.
Father of
THOMAS2 HARBISON (JAMES1) was born Abt. 1761 perhaps in Pennsylvania and died 1798 in Mercer County, Kentucky Will Probated in Aug. Court 1799 Will Bk 2, Page 83. He married NANCY AGNES WALKER April 19, 1783 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.

Notes for THOMAS HARBISON:
"Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records"
Compiled by
Mrs. Harry Kennett McAdams on Page72
Lists Wife: Nancy
Son: James
Daughters: Ruth, Mary, and Rachel
Witnesses: William Thompson and William McBrayer
Will Probated in Aug. Court 1799

Children of THOMAS HARBISON and NANCY WALKER are:

i. MARY3 HARBESON, b. Mercer Co.,Ky; d. Bef. 1819, Mercer Co.,Ky.

MARY3 HARBESON (THOMAS2 HARBISON, JAMES1) was born in Mercer Co.,Ky, and died Bef. 1819 in Mercer Co.,Ky. She married JACOB WHOBERRY March 05, 1805 in Mercer Co.,Ky Mar. Bk. 1 - Page 114.

Notes for MARY HARBESON:
"Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records"
Compiled by
Mrs. Harry Kennett McAdams on Page127
Marriage Register 1 - 1800 to 1870 on Page 176 - Copied By. Miss Marie Menaugh, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Jacob Whoberry and Mary Harbeson March 5, 1805

Child of MARY HARBESON and JACOB WHOBERRY is:

i. ELIZABETH4 WHOBERRY.

Thomas, the father of Mary was my 5th great grandmother Eleanor "Nellie" Harbison Tolly's elder brother.
I do lookups for Mercer County along with other volunteers. I'd be interested in comparing notes on our common families.
Helen

>Helen

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Re: YOCUM
Surnames: YOCUM#00117
Pam <kymercer@roadrunner.com> Saturday, 27 December 1997,
Homepage: Yocum Researchers Page
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Hi Joyce (and any other Yocum researchers!),

Greg Brown has a wonderful page up dedicated to Yoakam / Yokum / Yocum research. You'll find it at the URL below.

Also, there is a Yocum Surname Mailing List. You can sub by sending a message to . 'subscribe' should be the only thing in the body (without the quotes, of course), and be sure to turn off your signature file, if you have one.

Hopefully, you'll get your answer here, but if not, I'd be sure to check out the two items above.

Best of Luck to you! --Pam

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