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Mercer County KY Queries - 1999
(Archived posts from 1997 - June 2001)
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Thomas Kyle, Mercer Co., KY. c 1833
Surnames: KYLE#01601
Scott Kyle <scottk13@hotmail.com> Sun, 29 Aug 1999
My ancestor Thomas Kyle received his ARW pension while living in Mercer County, Kentucky. He fought at Bunker Hill, crossed the Delaware with Washington, fought several other ARW battles and was an indian scout. He ended up a clergyman in Mercer County. I'm trying to find his ancestors which I suspect could be from Pennsylvania, and then from Ireland or Scotland. His papers and money were all lost in a house fire, so I'm having problems finding a link to his past.

I'd be thankful for any leads.

Scott Kyle
Portland, Oregon

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George Smith
Surnames: BREWER, CARSON, ELLIS, FULKERSON, HUNTER, MCEWEN, VANARSDALL, WILMORE#01602
Debbie <smileycake@aol.com> Tue, 31 Aug 1999
Searching for information on George Smith born about 1740 VA. He married Jerusha ?? who died about 1780. They had Rebecca born 1763 who married May 11 1787 Samuel BREWER; Milly who married Isaac CARSON; Catherine who married March 4 1786 Jacob WILMORE; George who married Mary FULKERSON on Feb 18 1794; and Dobitha born Dec. 22 1780 who married Alexander VANARSDALL on Sept 21 1795. George married second to Mary. They had Jerusha who married John HUNTER on Sept 1 1804; Nancy born 1785 who married Daniel BREWER Oct 5 1805; Elizabeth who married David MCEWEN March 31 1817; Levy born 1787; JAmes born Jun 1 1799 who married Elizabeth ELLIS; and Eli born 1805. They resided in Mercer Co from about 1780-1807. George and Mary moved to St. Louis Missouri (territory) where he died about 1810.
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CANNON / CHAMPION
Surnames: CALDWELL, CANNON, CHAMPION, DAVIS, HARDIN#01603
Jan Lund <genhelp@worldnet.att.net> Wed, 01 Sep 1999
Looking for descendants of the CHAMPION / CANNON families that were in Mercer County, KY in the late 1790's. My John CHAMPION married Mary "Polly" CANNON in Mercer 13 November 1794.

I have found John CHAMPION, Sr. in Berkeley County, WV and a Joseph CHAMPION there also.

John CHAMPION died in 1811 and the will was administered by his long-time friend, James DAVIS, son of John DAVIS. It is also signed by Henry HARDIN who married Mary DAVIS, John DAVIS' sister. Don't know who William T Caldwell is who also signed.

After John died, Mary CHAMPION migrated with her family to Crawford County, Indiana, where her daughter, Ruth CHAMPION, married William McMURTRY.

They then migrated to Henderson, Knox County, Illinois where they lived until their deaths. Have pictures of their headstones.

Here is an outline of the family and I hope somebody sees a connection!!! Love to correspond with you...thanks, Jan Lund

Descendants of John Champion

1 John Champion 1765 - 1811 b: Abt. 1765 in Virginia d: Abt. 22 May 1811 in Washington County, KY
.. +Mary Polly Cannon 1773 - 1847 b: 25 March 1773 d: 12 January 1847 in Henderson, Knox Co., Illinois m: 13 November 1794 in Mercer County, Kentucky
........ 2 Thomas Champion
............ +Artimesia Miles m: 1834
........ 2 John Champion, Jr
........ 2 James Champion
............ +Grace Bean m: 27 November 1822
........ 2 Joseph Champion
........ 2 Elizabeth Champion
............ +[2] James Mansfield m: 31 July 1819 in Washington County, Kentucky
........ 2 Rebecca Champion
............ +[3] William Mansfield m: 12 August 1824 in Crawford County, Indiana
........ 2 Mary Champion
........ 2 Robert Champion
........ 2 Ruth Champion 1795 - 1864 b: 03 May 1795 in Mercer County, Kentucky d: 20 February 1864 in Henderson, Knox Co., Illinois
............ +[1] William McMurtry 1801 - 1875 b: 20 February 1801 in Mercer Co., Kentucky d: 10 April 1875 in Knox Co., Ill. m: 23 November 1826 in Crawford County, Indiana

*2nd Wife of John Champion:
.. +Mary Cannon 1773 - 1847 b: 25 March 1773 d: 12 January 1847 in Knox Co., Ill. m: 13 November 1794 in Mercer Co., Kentucky
........ 2 Ruth Champion 1795 - 1864 b: 03 May 1795 in Mercer Co., Kentucky d: 20 February 1864 in Henderson, Knox Co., Ill.
............ +[1] William McMurtry 1801 - 1875 b: 20 February 1801 in Mercer Co., Kentucky d: 10 April 1875 in Knox Co., Ill. m: 23 November 1826 in Crawford Co., Ind.
........ 2 John Champion 1796 - b: Abt. 1796 in Washington Co. Ky.
........ 2 Elizabeth Champion 1797 - b: Abt. 1797 in Washington Co. Ky.
............ +[2] James Mansfield m: 30 July 1819 in Washington Co., Ky.
........ 2 Robert Champion 1798 - b: Abt. 1798 in Washington Co. Ky.
........ 2 Rebecca Champion 1799 - b: Abt. 1799 in Washington Co. Ky.
............ +[3] William Mansfield m: 12 August 1824 in Crawlford Co., Ind.
........ 2 Thomas Champion 1800 - b: Abt. 1800 in Washington Co. Ky.
........ 2 Mary Champion 1801 - b: Abt. 1801 in Washington Co. Ky.
........ 2 James Champion 1802 - b: Abt. 1802 in Washington Co. Ky.
........ 2 Joseph Champion 1803 - b: Abt. 1803 in Washington Co. Ky.

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Lost CANNON
Surnames: CANNON#01604
Jerry Cannon <j_cannon@bellsouth.net> Thu, 02 Sep 1999
Homepage: Gate City Guard
I am searching Ky for my G-G Grandfather, N.T. Cannon. His civil-war records indicate he went by the name of Thomas. There is a Thomas Cannon in the 1850 census @ 6yrs old. I'm wondering if this could be him. He left Ky to enlist in the Confederate Army at Camp Boone, Tn in July of 1861. He never returned to Ky, because his brothers were pro-union. His unit surrendered in Washington, Ga - Thus here's my family. Can someone help me locate him.

Thanks.

Jerry Cannon

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ARMSTRONG-VA-KY-IN
Surnames: ARMSTRONG, DEER, WILSON#01606
Mary Rynerson Gillot <mgillot@aol.com> Thu, 02 Sep 1999
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Hello John,
I've read your Armstrong queries awhile back and wasn't sure if there could be a connection, but now I think maybe there is. This pertains to the query you made Mon. 17 Jan 1999 which mentioned James ARMSTRONG marrying Nancy Wilson, and not your recent query.
A cousin told me our 2nd ggrandfather Abram ARMSTRONG's mother was a WILSON. In the 1860 census for Union Twp., Johnson Co., IN., there is listed a "Nancy" who is 70 years old, living with Abram and his family. Do you have Nancy's dob or dod?

I have learned a little more about Abram/Abraham since my query in November 1998. Some info is in the LDS website and some I received from my cousin.

Abram Derias? ARMSTRONG was b. 30 May 1813 in Madison Co., VA; m. 7 Aug. 1837 in Stanford, Lincoln Co., KY to Emily "Emma" DEER; d. 7 Jul 1881 in Johnson Co., IN; bur. in DEER Cem., Union Twp., Johnson Co., IN.

Emily "Emma" DEER was b. 22 Mar. 1815 in Madison Co., VA; d. 6 Oct. 1900, Johnson Co., IN; bur. in DEER Cem.

Abram and Emily's first child was born in Mercer Co., KY--John H. ARMSTRONG, b. 13 Nov. 1838; d. 15 Sept. 1841 in Johnson Co., IN; bur. DEER Cem. They settled in Union Twp. bet. 1838 & 1842 because their 2nd child, my gr. grandfather Thomas Wesley ARMSTRONG was born in Johnson County 5 Feb 1842; d. 1 Oct 1918; married my great grandmother Mary Catherine SELCH in Johnson Co., IN on 19 Oct 1868.

Could your James ARMSTRONG (b. 1817) be a brother of Abram; and James ARMSTRONG and Nancy WILSON be their parents???

Waiting to hear from you.

Mary Gillot

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James Robinson and arah Taylor
Surnames: JAMES, ROBINSON, TAYLOR, AND, ARAH#01607
John W. Robertson <rwjohn151@aol.com> Sat, 04 Sep 1999
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James Robinson b.1750 Augusta Co.,Va. d.1799 Ky. married 1771 Sarah Taylor (Father James Taylor)
Children
1.George R.
2.Israel R. m Polly Jones
3.James R.jr M Jane Campbell
4.Samuel R.
5.Elizabeth R. m William Armstrong
6.Mary R. m John Stevinson
7.Anna R. m John Armstrong
8.Sarah R. m Edward Armstrong
This family lived on Gilbert's Creek on the very south end of present Anderson Co.,Kentucky. I have the family of James R.jr. also if you are interested. John w. Robertson
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JORDAN family
Surnames: JORDAN#01608
Cheryl Morris Meushaw <blcbsg@aol.com> Sat, 04 Sep 1999
Need info on JORDAN family. Patrick/Peter JORDAN got land for his sons in Mercer Co. They were among the founding settlers of Harrodsburg, 1775. Collin's History of Kentucky mentions two of his sons, Patrick JORDAN and Garrett JORDAN. Cheryl Morris Meushaw
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James League
Surnames: JAMES, LEAGUE#01609
Anne Braswell <abraswe@bellsouth.net> Sun, 05 Sep 1999
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My James League dates: 1725-1813. Is he the one you're looking for? married Mary Ann Marchbanks.
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john benton HALE
Surnames: HALE#01610
wanda <wandacnj@aol.com> Sun, 05 Sep 1999
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Mercer Co. , KY
Have found John Benton HALE 's parents to be Martha CAHILL and John D. HALE....His parents Tomaas B. HALE and Lydia GABHART.....Thomas' parents Andrew HALE and Eliz HORN
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McDonald/Armstrong line
Surnames: ARMSTRONG, MCDONALD#01611
Ken Armstrong <khafamily@efortress.com> Mon, 06 Sep 1999
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I have info on three brothers Capt. John, William, and Lanty
(sons of William and Susssanna Blyth). All were born in Scotland although I have only been able to locate info on William jr born 27 Aug 1733, Canonbie District, Dumfries Cty, Scotland. William the father was born in 1699. The three brothers emigrated (year unknown) through Philidelphia. They resided a short time in Lancaster, PA then in Virginia and finally were amongst the first settlers in Mercer Cty, KY. I only show John's marriage to Priscilla so I am very interested in any additional info regarding Catherine. Interestingly though, I show William married to a Catherine, surname unknown. I wonder if my records may be incorrect. I will go reread a good family history called Armstrongs of the Catawba located in the LDS Church's Family History Library in Salt Lake. It has a chapter on this family. I appreciate any insights you have. Thanks.
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James Monroe Trower
Surnames: TROWER#01612
Connie Trower Cartwright <cwcartwright@uswest.net> Mon, 06 Sep 1999
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Hi, I'm a direct decendant of James Monroe Trower, I can fill in a gap from him, b14 March 1866 to the present. If your intrested e-mail me and I'll get back to you asap.

Thanks Connie

ps. my father was Royal Dale Trower Sr. b 16 July 1922 d 27 April 1972

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Beaumont College
Surnames: BEAUMONT, COLLEGE#01613
anne <farthing@searnet.com> Mon, 06 Sep 1999
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Have u tried contacting Beaumont Inn which use to be Beaumont College.
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Magoffin/Thompson
Surnames: CAMPBELL, CLAIBORNE, MAGOFFIN, NAPIER, THOMPSON, WEST#01615
Campbell Thompson Sydie <sydie@planet.eon.net> Mon, 06 Sep 1999
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Although not actively researching the Magoffin family at this time I would be interested in exchanging info. relating to same. Thompsons and Magoffins intermarried in Mercer Co. in 1860's and would like to persue relationships. I have info. (Bible records, newspaper clippings) relating to same.)
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FATHER OF LEWIS SMICK
Surnames: ADAMS, FRENCH, SMICK#01616
Cindy Robbins <rrobbuffal@aol.com> Wed, 08 Sep 1999
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I just recently learned that Lewis Smick's parents were Godhart Smick(born June 12,1770 in Pennsylvania,died February 8,1862 in Mercer County,Kentucky. Married January 7,1800 to Mary(Polly) French(daughter of Henry French and Elizabeth. Mary French was born December 1,1776,died November 1858 in Mercer County,Kentucky.Henry French was born March 12,1755,died August 11,1821. Elizabeth,wife of henry, was born November 30,1755,died March 22,1828. Lewis Smick married Martha Bard Adams,daughter of William Adams and Priscilla Armstrong of Mercer County,kentucky. Does anyone have information on any of these lines???? Thanks from Cindy
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Sallee, Peavler, Horn
Surnames: BURNS, HORN, PEAVLER, SALLEE, WHITTINGHILL#01617
Rain Smith <rainbow@clover.net> Thu, 09 Sep 1999
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Website listed has lots of Mercer County KY surnames Sallee, Peavler, Whittinghill data. Check all three, they married each others' siblings a lot.

I have a biography listing Shateen (Chastain) Sallee married to Elizabeth Burns, whose daughter Lucretia Salle (b.1816) married Robertson Whittinghill.

I also have Reynard Chastain Salle married to Mary (Polly) Horn in 1810. Then Reynard Chastain Salle married to Sarah Peavler on 28 Nov 1827 with 5 children.

I dont know if those two men are the same person, or if they are, whether Elizabeth Burns or Mary Horn is Lucretia's mother.

I hope to be able to get to some census' older than 1850 to check. Let me know if this is any help, or you need to know more.

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Henry Taylor / Sarah Powell mar. 1822
Surnames: POWELL, TAYLOR#01618
Fleta Powell Aday <powell@cswnet.com> Thu, 09 Sep 1999
Homepage: Powell Family History
I am seeking information about Henry Taylor and Sarah (Sally) Powell who married April 10 1822 in Mercer Co. KY. They are on the 1830 census but I do not know any more after that. I think they had a son named Green Taylor. I would really like to know names of their children and if they remained in Mercer Co. or left the county after 1830. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.
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Hugh Mcgary
Surnames: MCGARY, STEENBERGEN#01619
Karen Smith <ken_karen@prodigy.net> Fri, 10 Sep 1999
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I have an article written about Hugh McGary that I would be glad to mail you. I am looking for a source that shows Hugh McGary and Mary Buntin as the parents of Mary Ann McGary who married Robert P. Steenbergen do you know of any? Do you know anything about his court martial?
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Sallee/Yeast
Surnames: HORN, LAFOLLETTE, SALLEE, YEAST#01620
Sally Music <smusic@home.com> Fri, 10 Sep 1999
Seeking info on Phillip Horn who mg. Catherine Yeast in Mercer Co. 18 June 1843. Will share Salle/Yeast data.
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James Franklin Jr.
Surnames: FRANCKLYN, FRANKLIN, RHODES#01621
Donna Blansett <msgtwife25@aol.com> Sat, 11 Sep 1999
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Hi I have information on James Franklin Jr....Died in Mercer Co. Ky was married to Nancy Whitton B Dec 1 1784 in Amherst Co. Va and died 1861 in Indian Would love to share information...Donna
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Thomas Rice
Surnames: RICE#01622
Sylvia Spencer <lp0257101@email.msn.com> Sun, 12 Sep 1999
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Looking for any info on a Thomas Rice, wife name unknown, per his daughter's Margaret A. Rice death certificate Thomas was born in Mercer County before 1827.
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Margaret Key
Surnames: BEST, CLAUNCH, KEY#01625
Albert J Wheat <ajwheat@aol.com> Sun, 12 Sep 1999
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Linda,

I just came across your query referencing Margaret Key while searching Mercer County in Rootsweb.

I am wondering whether Margaret Key is not Margaret Claunch who married my g-grandgfather David P. Key after his first wife died in 1899.

He already had grown children and was about 45 when his first wife died. We know he then married a margaret Claunch, but know nothing more about her. Possibly she had been married to a Claunch and had children by this name.

Very little is known of the Keys except that they lived in the area of Deep Creek in Mercer County and near Bruners Chapel. The last of the Key line I know married a Best and had a son who still lives near Deep Creek.

Do you see possible connection with your Margaret Key and my Margaret Claunch Key? Do you know anything at all about the Keys of the Mercer/Washington Co. Area?

Jack

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MARGARET KEY
Surnames: CLAUNCH, KEY, RANDOLPH, SEMONIS#01627
Linda <wilson1600@aol.com> Sun, 12 Sep 1999
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Margaret Jane Key,was married to a Claunch.She lived in Mercer Co. Ky where she raised her children
Margaret's maid name was SEMONIS....Linda
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Margaret's parents and first husband
Surnames: CLAUNCH, CUMMINS, KEY, SEMONIS#01628
Pam Sun, 12 Sep 1999
Homepage: Margaret [Semonis][Claunch] Key in the CAREY database
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Margaret was the d/o John and Nancy Cummins Semonis, and the wife of William Claunch (her first husband).

I have a lot of information on these lines in the online CAREY database (I'm a Semonis descendant ... my 2g-grandmother Rachel was Margaret's sister). Follow the link below.

Best of luck!

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SALLEE
Surnames: SALLEE#01629
Jan Lund <genhelp@worldnet.att.net> Mon, 13 Sep 1999
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The SALLEE family were French Huguenots who came to Mannakintown, Virginia in the early 1700's. Check out the Goochland U.S. Genweb page and see if you don't get a response to your query. Jan Lund
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Joseph Lyon
Surnames: BUNNELL, HILL, LYON, SATERFIELD#01630
Renee Carver <drcarv@itechnet.net> Mon, 13 Sep 1999
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I am researching the Ezekial Lyon family, also a son of Steven Lyon of Mercer Co., KY. Trying to sort all this family out. In the land records for this county, the four sons of Steven relinquish their rights to their deceased father's property. Nancy Lyon, probable wife of Stephen has a probate in 1805. I believe I am descended from Ezekial's son, David Lyon. Would like to exchange info.
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