The Colvin Family
Submitted & Compiled by Lonnie Deaton
Sarah Elizabeth Colvin (SEC) is the paternal great, great grandmother of Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas. The direct bloodline is as follows:
Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas
Amber Dawn Deaton Haas
Lonnie Dale Deaton
Bernice "Bernie" Deaton
Sarah Elizabeth Colvin
Most likely the first person with the surname "Colvin" to arrive in America was a certain John Colvin who came to from England to Dartmouth, MA, between 1679 and 1700. He moved to Providence, RI, shortly afterward, probably about the year 1705. In that year he bought three hundred acres of land near Providence, and in the following year he bought more land near Nashantatack, on the north side of the Pawtuxet River. He married "Dorothy" ca 1697 and fathered nine children-Anna, John, Stephen, Abigail, Samuel, Amey, Deborah, James, and Josiah. Stephen and Josiah are believed to have died very young and without offspring. John married a 2nd time ca 1726 to a Mary Keach. She bore him no children. John died in 1729. This first immigrant named John Colvin had a son, John Colvin Jr. John Jr., made his home in Scituate, RI. He was the father of eight children by his first wife "Lydia." These children were Jonathan, Lydia, Charity, Stephen, John Hopkins, Matthew, and Jeremiah. He 2nd married the widow Mary Lapham Dyer in 1734. He 3rd married "Margaret" ca 1757. Samuel, third son of John Colvin the immigrant, also lived in around Providence and Coventry, RI. He seems to have fathered by his wife "Phebe" the following children-Thomas, Daniel, Abigail, Joseph, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, Susannah, Richard, Content, Phebe, Rufus, and Samuel. James, the fourth son of John the Immigrant, was also of resident of Providence and Coventry. He fathered the following children-Benjamin, Caleb, Moses, Josiah, Stephen, John David, Henry, and Anne.
Our line of Colvins finds its roots in Culpeper County, Virginia. As of the year 2000, your author has not been able to specifically identify a connection between the Virginia Colvins and the Colvins of Rhode Island. It is known that many of the Colvins of Virginia served in the Revolutionary War (Henry, George, Mason, James, Jeremish, Elkin, Lowther), including our Benjamin.
THE MEANING OF THE SURNAME "COLVIN":
The name of COLVIN is said by some historians to be of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and derived from one "Colvin" or "Colvinus," who was a "tenant-in-chief," of Devonshire, England, in the early eleventh century. It was first used as a personal or baptismal name by the sons of the before mentioned Colvin or Colvinus. Some insist, however, that the name is Scottish in origin. More recent scholarship[ points to a Norman origin derived from "de Colleville." Guillaume de Colleville and Gilbert de Colleville were both knights who served in William the Conqueror's invasion forces, thought it is not clear that these de Collevilles are related to the Colvins. At any rate, the names are closely associated. An American example may be found at Colvin's Mill in Virginia. The original mill was established by a Coleville in the 1700's, but the name was changed to "Colvin" sometime later. In the ancient British and early American records the name is found in the various forms of Colven, Colvine, Colvyne, Colwyne, Colwin, Colvan, and Colvin. The last mentioned spelling is the most generally used in American today.
In England, the Colvins resided chiefly in Devon (the same area from which the Deatons came), but later settled in London before the beginning of the eighteenth century. Of this line, a certain Jane Colvin was married at St. James, Clerkenwell, in 1733 to Thomas Brewer.
Elsdon C. Smith, author of "New Dictionary of American and Family Names," reports that the name "Colvin is of Scottish and Irish descent and means "bold or great hero... The name also refers to one who came for Collerville in Normandy... a descendent of Ceolevine (ship, friend)."
GENERATION FIVE: SARAH ELIZABETH COLVIN:
Sarah Elizabeth Colvin (SEC) was born 2-3-1882 in Cooke Co., TX, and married “Will” Deaton on 8-6-1898 in Van Zandt Co., TX. SEC was always called
“Sally.” She died 5-6-1970 at 10:45am in Memorial Hospital, Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA. SEC’s father , William Henry Colvin, died 1892/1893 and about this time her mother, Nancy Rebecca Hollis Colvin, moved her family to Van Zandt Co., TX. In 1893, Nancy departed Texas for Oklahoma leaving SEC behind. She was hired out (apprenticed?) to a family in Van Zandt Co., and remained with this family until she married “Will” Deaton. It is not known why Nancy choose to leave Sally behind but took her other children with her to Oklahoma. Sally and “Will” eventually followed and were in Oklahoma by 1901. They were part of the “Okie & Arkie” western migration depicted in John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath.” They first settled in New Mexico and later moved to California (before 1944). In 1970, Sally was residing at Rt. I, Box 600, Sonora, CA. Her SSN was 525-05-6627. She had been a housewife all of her life. She died of uremia and pneumonia and “senility.” She is buried in the Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery in Modesto. Her attending physician was Reldon R. Jones. The undertaker was S.J. Jarock. The informant for the death certificate information was David Deaton. What had brought “Will” Deaton to Van Zandt Co., TX, is unknown but it was there that he met and married Sally. Their marriage was recorded by J. P. DuBose, county clerk. The Deputy clerk was F.B. Fowler.
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CHILDREN OF SARAH ELIZABETH COLVIN DEATON:
I. Enoch Matterson Deaton was born 3-2-1901 in Belton, Bell Co., OK.
II. Leonard Albert Deaton was born 1-17-1903 in Coalgate, Coal Co., OK.
III. William Lonnie Deaton was born 12-28-1905 in Mountainview, OK, and died 7-15-1922.
VII. Bernice (m) Deaton is in the direct bloodline of Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas.
For a detailed account of the children of Sarah Elizabeth Colvin, see THE DEATON FAMILY.
GENERATION SIX: WILLIAM HENRY COLVIN:
William Henry “Bill” Colvin (WHC) was born 12-5-1856 in Boone Co., MO, and died 1892/93 in either Montague Co., TX, or Van Vandt Co., TX. As of 2000, his grave had not been located. Family oral history has him being shot and killed in a dispute with a neighbor. One must wonder if this story is not being confused by the family with the story of his father’s death. William did have a reputation for moving a lot. He was a “teacher” and farm laborer. In the 1860 census of Boone Co., Mo., WHC is recorded as living at home with his parents in HH 286. In 1870, still in Boone Co., MO., he is recorded as living with his uncle, W.H. Dennis, in HH 66. By this time both his parents were deceased. Mr. Dennis was appointed his guardian on 2-3-1871.William left Boone Co., MO, before 1880 (possibly with his uncle, Henry Colvin) and married Nancy Rebecca Arminta “Mittie” Hollis on 12-15-1878 in Cooke Co., TX. Henry Colvin married in TX, and appears in the 1880 census of Wise Co., TX. . Nancy was the daughter of James Madison Hollis and Sarah Satterwhite. “Elder William H. Daniel” performed the wedding ceremony. The court clerk who recorded the marriage was E.F. Bunch. Nancy was born 3-15-1860 in Harrison Co., TX, and died 9-30-1945 in Dill City, OK. According to her death certificate (State File NO. 156, Reg. NO. 24), she died of heart failure. She was also suffering from skin cancer of the nose. The date of her death was 9-30-1945, 6am. The death certificate informant was Mrs. W.D. Heatley. This document has her buried at Pleasant View Cemetery but some family members insist she was buried in the Elm Flat Cemetery in Rocky, Washita Co., OK. The funeral director was G.W. Knight. Attending physician was Paul Jones.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM HENRY COLVIN:
I. Martha Jane Colvin was born 4-11-1879 in Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX, and died 6-19-1962 in Ponca City, Kay Co., OK. She married John Melvin Ely on 12-4-1896 in Canton, Van Zandt Co., TX. They had met one another in Ryan, OK. The marriage ceremony was performed by Daniel Hollis, uncle of Martha Jane. John was the son of David McAnnally Ely and Charity Evaline Sturdevant. John was born 1-30-1868 in Bloomfield, Greene Co., Indiana, and died 10-29-1949 in Ponca City, OK. Both John and Martha are buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Ponca City. According to John, he and family were living in Dublin, TX, in 1900 but soon moved to Ardmore, Ok, where John secured a position as a clerk in a furniture business. By 1920 they were living in Ponca City, OK, and John was a salesman for E.W. Marland Oil Co. He continued to be employed by that company until it was purchased by Conoco Oil Co.
CHILDREN OF MARTHA JANE COLVIN ELY:
A. Robert Lee Ely was born 9-16-1897in Wolf City, TX. He married Lois Wiggins ca 1917. Robert died in Long Beach CA, in 1966 and is buried in San Antonio, TX.
Children of Robert Lee Ely:
1. Robert Lee Ely Jr., was born 3-1918. He died in the Philippines. He had been captured by the Japanese early in WWII and died in a Japanese prison camp. Robert had married Bertha Chester and had Mary Lee Ely.
B. Lena Myrtle Ely was born 12-13-1898 in Wolfe City, Hunt Co., TX. She died 1-31-1978 in Kansas City, MO. Lena married Homer Dodge Caine Sr., on 6-15-1916 in Blackwell, Kay Co., TX. . Homer was the son of William Bristow Caine and Mary Frances Ella Dodge. Homer was born 8-23-1893 in San Angelo, Tom Greene Co., TX. He died 4-1-1966 in Ponca City and was also buried in Ponca City, Kay Co., OK.
Children of Lena Ely Caine:
B. Lena Myrtle Ely was born 12-13-1898 in Wolf City, Hunt Co., TX. and died 1-31-1978 in Kansas City, MO. Lena married Roy Kellenberger on 5-6-1920 in Dublin., Erath Co., TX, and died 10-9-1990 in Ponca City. She is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Ponca City. Roy was born in Cowley Co., KA.
Children of Lena Myrtle Ely Kellenberger:
1. Geraldine Kellenberger was born 2-28-1921 in Ponca City, Ok, and died in 1929.
C. Leta Evalyn (Evelynne?) Ely was born 5-10-1900 in Dublin, TX, and died 10-9-1990 in Ponca City, Kay Co., OK. She is buried in the Resthaven Cemetery in Ponca City.
D. Ruby Geneva Ely was born 9-8-1902 in Ardmore, Carter Co., OK, and died 5-15-1985 in Danville, Yell Co., AR. She is buried in Ladd Cemetery, in Danville, AR. She married Guy Robert Pantier on 5-6-1920 in Winfield, Cowley Co., KA. Guy was the son of Alva Cortiez Pantier and Mary Mabel Kerr. Guy was born 7-14-1896 in Anthony, Haynes Co., KA, died 10-25-1943 in Norman, OK, and is buried in Norman, OK.
Children of Ruby Geneva Ely Pantier:
2. John Edward Pantier was born 11-5-1922 in Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KA. John died 9-15-1983 in Shawnee, Pottowatomie Co., OK. John married Clara Kirtley, daughter of Charles Thomas Kirtley and Jennie Sokal.
E. John Melvin Ely Jr., was born 12-10-1904 was born 12-10-1904 in Ardmore, OK. He died at the age of 92. He was a retired Conoco worker. He married Lucille Pray on 6-1-1930 in Ponca City, OK. Lucille was born 5-26-1908 in Promise City, Wayne Co., Iowa.
Children of John Melvin Ely:
F. Grace Mae Ely was born 5-10-1907 in Ardmore, Carter Co., OK, and married Glen Cecil Covington on 4-8-1926 in Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KA. Glen was born 12-7-1901 in Farmington, St. Francios Co., MO. She died 10-25-1975 in Praire Village Johnson Co., KA. She is buried in Overland Park Cemetery, Johnson Co., KA.
Children of Grace Mae Ely Covington:
1. Doria Ann Covington was born 9-8-1926 in Ponca City and died 9-8-1928 in Ponca City.
2. Martha Covington was born 10-10-1928 in Ponca City and died 10-10-1928 in Ponca City.
II. Minnie M. Colvin was born 2-12-1880 in Audubon, Wise Co., TX, and died 5-21-1938 in Princeton, Collier Co., TX.
III. Sarah Elizabeth Colvin is in the direct bloodline of Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas. See Above.
IV. Ruthie Ophelia Colvin was born 3-28-1884 in Montague Co., TX, and died 1-1977 in Oklahoma City OK. She is buried in the Elm Flat Cemetery in Rocky, Washita Co., Ok. Ophelia married James Owen McElmurray 1-19-1910 in Rocky, Washita Co., OK. “Owen” was born ca 1888 in Izard Co., AR, and died in 1924. He is buried in Elm Flat Cemetery in Rocky, Washita Co., OK. “Owen” was the son of John M. McElmurry (MeElmurray) and “Sarah E.” This family appears in the 1910 census of Washita Co., OK. They are living in HH 176 in Rainey Township. Ophelia and Owen are married but are still living with Owen’s parents. Owen’s parents are also buried in Elm flat Cemetery as well as well as his brother Andrew J. McElmurry and his niece Murrell. John M. McElmurry was born ca 1846 in AR (most likely Izard Co.), and “Sarah E.” was born ca 1847 in KY.
CHILDREN OF RUTHIE OPHELIA COLVIN McELMURRY:
A. Verla Ona McElmurry was born 6-27-1912 in Rocky, OK. She married Stan Keas.
B. John Philmon McElmurry was born 3-23-1916 in Rocky, OK, and died in Korea 4-8-1951.
C. Homer Vestal “Jack” McElmurry was born 1-22-1918 in Rocky, OK.
D. Ona McElmurry.
V. William Lon Colvin was born 8-14-1886 in Montague Co., OK and died 6-23-1942 in Caddo Co., Ok. He is buried in the Mr. Vernon Presbyterian Cemetery, Carnegie, OK. He appears in the 1910 and 1920 census of Washita Co., OK. In 1920, he is living in HH 168. He is a widower and his mother (NRH) is living with him. He is farming. “Lon” 1st married Fannie Whitten on 12-1909. Fannie died 2-22-1918. He 2nd married Maggie Lee Johnson on 5-2-1922.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM LON COLVIN:
A. Otto Colvin who lived in Mountainview, Kiowa Co., OK. He married Donnie Miller.
B. Baughon (Boughman?) Colvin who lived in Oklahoma City, OK.
VI. Liddia Ann Colvin was born 8-14-1886 in Montague Co., TX. She died before 1900, possibly in Montague Co., TX.
VII. Susan Anna Colvin was born 8-17-1887 (or 1889) in Montague Co., TX, and died 3-6-1961 in El Paso, TX. She married William David Heatly on 2-7-1908. William was the son of Hartford Heatley and Roxie Ann Lunsford. William was born 10-25-1881 in Hamilton Co., TX, and died 5-17-1944 in Tahlequah, Cherokee Co., TX. It was Susan who served as the informant when NRH’s death certificate was completed.
CHILDREN OF SUSAN ANNA COLVIN HEATLEY:
D.. Rosemary Heatley was born 6-4-1922 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK. She married Jim Close and died 4-1992.. She suffered with multiple sclerosis. Her funeral was held at the Salvation Army Chapel, 10-2 N. Denver Ave., Tulsa. OK. Rosemary was a graduate of CHS in Tulsa, OK, having graduated in 1941. She was a member of St. James Presbyterian Church in Jenks. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she met Jim Close. They were married in 1941. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973. She was able to attend her high school’s 50th reunion. Jim Close owned “Close Welding.” The couple pledged $1,000,000 to the University of Oklahoma Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department. They also donated $600,00 to built a new gymnasium for the Salvation Army in Tulsa.
Children of Rosemary Heatley Close:
GENERATION SEVEN: DOYLE COLVIN:
Doyle Colvin was born 9-28-1823 in Boone Co., MO, and died intestate 10-4-1863 in Boone Co., MO. He married Martha Ann Dennis on 11-9-1854 in Boone Co. Martha was the daughter of John B. Dennis and Anna C. Burkwood (Brushwood?). John Dennis’ LWT is dated 1852 and mentions Martha Ann. Martha was born ca 1835 in MO, and died before 1863. Doyle and family appear in the 1860 census of Boone Co., MO. They were living in HH 286. Doyle is recorded as owning real estate valued at $900 and personal property valued at $1400. Living with Doyle and Martha at this time were Henry and Mary Colvin, Doyle’s brother and sister. Martha was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Missouri Conference. According to the Missouri Statesman newspaper, dated 10-9-1863, “Doyle Colvin was shot on Saturday by Richard D. Wilkerson, during an argument. Both were drinking.” This unfortunate incident occurred in Providence, MO. On 2-16-1864, Wilkerson was found guilty and sentenced to prison for fifty years.
CHILDREN OF DOYLE COLVIN:
I. William Henry Colvin who is in the direct bloodline of
Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas. See above.
II. George Colvin who was born ca 1859 in MO, and died before 10-22-1863.
III. Mary Ellen Colvin was born ca 1864 in Boone Co., MO. Henry Colvin was appointed her guardian 2-3-1871. In 1875, Lafayette Hume was appointed her guardian.
GENERATION EIGHT: JOHN COLVIN:
John Colvin was born ca 1790 in Culpepper Co., Va, and died 7-16-1857 in Cedar Township, Boone Co., MO. The Missouri Statesman newspaper takes note of the LWT of John Colvin probated 6-29-1860. The LWT mentions his children...namely, Doyle, William, Henry, Elizabeth Thomas, Sarah Bruner, Mary Smith, and Eliza Jane Interestingly, it does not mention Benjamin or James. It does mention his wife Keziah. It was recorded 7-16-1857. He married Keziah Elkins, daughter of Abel Elkins , on 12-27-1814 in Madison Co., KY. Keziah was born ca 1798 in Madison Co., KY. She died after 1860. Keziah, now a widow, appears in the 1860 census of Boone Co. She is living in HH 285, next door to her son Doyle. She is recorded as owning real estate valued at $1700 and personal property valued at $2250. John appears in the 1830 census of Boone Co., Mo, page 124, living next door to his father. He and Keziah also appear in the 1850 census of Boone Co. (p. 396). His son, Doyle, is in the home. John is recorded as a farmer owning real estate valued at $88. On page 398 of that same census is recorded John B. Dennis and family including “Martha A.,” who will marry Doyle Colvin. John Dennis is a farmer recorded as owning property valued at $1200.
CHILDREN OF JOHN COLVIN:
I. Sarah Colvin was born ca 1816 in Lincoln Co., KY. She 1st married Jacob Plunkett Bruner Sr., 11-18-1834 in Boone Co., MO. Jacob was born 5-4-1798 in Winchester, Clark Co., KY, and died 4-27-1850 in Brunswick, Chariton Co., MO. He was the son of John S. Bruner and Rebecca Crosthwaite. Sarah 2nd married Henry Fleetwood 12-1850 in Chariton Co., MO. Sarah, now widowed, appears in the 1850 census of Chariton Co., Mo, p. 218b. She is recorded as owning real estate valued at $1200. Sarah and family were living in Keytesville Township.
CHILDREN OF SARAH COLVIN BRUNER FLEETWOOD:
A. Joseph Bruner was born ca 1833 in Mo.
B. Sarah Bruner was born ca 1838 in MO.,
C. John Bruner was born ca 1839 in Boone Co., MO.
D. Lycurgus “Kirk” S. Bruner was born 2-16-1840 in Chariton Co., MO, and married Gertrude McAllister.
E. Eliza Bruner.
F. Mildred Bruner was born ca 1844 in Chariton Co., MO, and married Charles Fleetwood.
G. Jacob Plunkett Bruner Jr., was born 9-215-1846 in Chariton Co., MO, and died 10-21-1916 in Brunswick, Chariton Co., MO. He married Mary Elizabeth Britt. This family appears in the 1880 census of Chariton Co., MO.
Children of Jacob Plunkett Bruner Jr.:
1. Frank Bruner born ca 1875 in MO.
2. Lucy Bruner born ca 1878 in MO.
3. Thomas S.J. Bruner born ca 1879 in MO.
4. Jacob Plunkett Bruner III., born ca 1888 in MO.
H. Calhoun Bruner was born 10-8-1848 in Chariton Co., MO, and married Elizabeth Richardson.
II. Benjamin W. Colvin was born ca 1818 in KY, and died 4-16-1842 in Boone Co., MO. He married Nancy Smith on 1-15-1842 in Boone Co., MO. They had Francis Marion Colvin who is listed in the LWT of his grandfather, John Colvin. Benjamin died before 4-16-1845 in Boone Co., MO. He died intestate. Evidently Benjamin and Nancy had only one son, namely, Francis Marion Colvin, born ca 1844. Francis is listed in the LWT of his grandfather, John Colvin. Francis, known as “F.M.,” was a farmer and stock raiser. He married Susan J. Hayes on 3-15-1868. He served in Company B, Elliott’s Battalion during the Civil War.
CHILDREN OF FRANCIS MARION COLVIN:
A. Ludie Colvin.
B. Edgar Colvin.
C. Rebecca Colvin.
III. Elizabeth Colvin was born ca 1822 in Boone Co., MO. She married Barnett Thomas on 2-7-1839 in Boone Co., MO. This family appears in the 1850 census of Platte Co., MO. They are living in HH 137. Barnett was born ca 1820 in KY. Living with the family in 1850 is James Colvin, age 22, Elizabeth’s brother.
CHILDREN OF ELIZABETH COLVIN THOMAS:
A. Sidney Thomas(m) was born ca 1841 in MO.
B. Eliza Thomas was born ca 1843 in MO.
C. Joseph Thomas was born ca 1847 in MO.
D. Benjamin Thomas was born ca 1848 in MO.
IV. Mary Colvin was born ca 1822 in MO, and married Sanford Smith on 1-2-1838 in Cole Co., MO. Sanford was born ca 1812 in KY. In 1850 this family can be found in Boone Co., MO., living in HH 1377. Sanford is farming and owns property valued at $300. Living with the family was Henry Smith, age 64 and born in VA. He was a farmer also. This evidently is Sanford’s father. In 1860, Mary was living with her brother Doyle. She was unmarried at the time. Evidently Sanford had died?
CHILDREN OF MARY COLVIN SMITH:
A. William W. Smith born ca 1838 in MO.
B. Jeremiah Smith born ca 1840 in MO.
C. Thomas Smith born ca 1842 in Mo.
D. Sidney (m) Smith born ca 1845 MO.
E. Julia A. Smith born ca 1847 MO.
V. Dolye Colvin who is in the direct bloodline of Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas. See above.
VI. James Colvin was born ca 1828 in Boone Co., MO. In the 1850 census of Platte Co., MO, James is recorded as living with his sister, Elizabeth Thomas (wife of Barnett Thomas). James married Harriet Adams 12-21-1851 in Platte Co., MO.
VII. William Colvin was born ca 1829 in Mo. He married “Eliza” ca 1869 in Coos Co., OR. “Eliza” was born ca 1852 in OR. William appears in the 1870 & 1880 census of Coos Co., OR. He was living in Coquille City. He also appears in the 1900 census of Coos Co.
VIII. Eliza Jane Colvin who married Lewis Hume on 7-11-1850 in Boone Co., MO.
IX. John Henry Colvin was born 10-6-1836 in Boone Co., MO. He 1st married Mary F. Dennis on 2-8-1857 in Boone Co. Mary was born ca 1839 in Boone Co., and died before 1870. She is buried in the Brushwood Lake Cemetery in Boone Co. She was the daughter of John B. Dennis and Ann C. Brushwood. Henry 2nd married Joanna K. Houston before 1880. Joanna was the daughter of Jonathan Houston. Joanna was born 1-9-1845 and died 8-7-1911 in Princeton, Collin Co., TX. In 1860, Henry was living with his brother Doyle. Evidently Mary F., had died and Henry had not yet remarried. Henry and Mary had one daughter, Ella Colvin born 8-17-1864 in Columbia, Boone Co., MO. Henry is listed in the 1870 census of Boone Co. He was working in a saloon. Joanna was born 10-6-1836.
GENERATION NINE: BENJAMIN COLVIN:
Benjamin Colvin was born 1-7-1759 and died 12-1837 in Boone Co., MO. He 2nd married Nancy Coleman on 12-11-1793 in Culpeper Co., VA. Nancy was born 1770-1780 and died after 1841. She was likely the daughter of Ambrose Coleman and she is listed as one of the contributors to the establishment of the University of Missouri in 1839. Benjamin served in the Revolutionary War (enlisted on 4-7-1778) as a private in the companies of Capt. Elijah Kirtley and Capt. Samuel Ferguson. He served under a Colonel John Willis’ Virginia regiment. Total length of service was nine months and ten days. He was in the battles of “Hotwater” and Jamestown. During the Battle of Jamestown, 26 Americans lost their lives, 99 were wounded, and 12 were missing in action. The British, under General Cornwallis, lost five and 70 were wounded. Benjamin enlisted 4-1778 while a resident of Culpeper Co., VA. He applied for his revolutionary war pension in 6-1832 while a resident of Boone Co., MO. His pension was granted on 9-28-1833 in the amount of $33.11 annually. His application is recorded in Book 3, Vo. 8, p. 80, by William R. Palmer, clerk. Benjamin was able to read and write and his application does bear his signature. Said application may be found in the appendix of this document. Benjamin is listed as paying taxes in Virginia between 1782 & 1787. Benjamin and family appear in the 1810 census of Culpeper Co., Va. A certain Henry Stringfellow mentions Benjamin in his LWT (dated 9-21-1814 and proved 2-20-1815). Mr. Stringfellow bequeathed “to Benjamin Colvin the house he now lives in for as long as he wished to live in it; one negro woman named Doll and all her increase, one 80 gallon still with cap and worm.” Mr. Stringfellow also mentions Benjamin’s sister, Nancy Camp, in his LWT. He directed that Benjamin should pay her “five pounds a year for four years to clothe her and her children.” He further left to Lucinda Colvin, daughter of Benjamin Colvin, “one dozen silver spoons and one trunk.” Executors of this LWT were Benjamin Colvin and James Tutt. It was witnessed by Richard Ellzey Tutt, John Horner Jr., Nelson Whitehead, and Willis Camp. Benjamin Colvin appears in the 1830 census of Boone Co., page 124, living in the township of “Cedar.” His LWT is dated 7-21-1835 in Boone Co., MO. In his LWT, Benjamin mentions his children....namely, Jeremiah, John, Henry, Katherine, Anne, Elizabeth, Ambrose, Madison, Garland, Benjamin, and Lucinda. He also mentions his wife Nancy. This LWT is probated 1-3-1838.
CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN COLVIN:
I. Jeremiah Colvin was born 1780-1790 in VA, and died after 1844. He married Sally Smith on 12-25-1806 in Culpeper Co., VA. Sally was born in VA. Jeremiah appears on the 1821 Boone Co., MO, tax list. In 1822 he was recommended for the position of Justice of the Peace but never assumed that position.
II. John Colvin is in the direct bloodline of Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas. See above.
III. Henry Colvin was born ca 1785 in VA, and died 2-25-1853 in Boone Co., MO. He is listed on the 1821 Tax list of Boone Co. In the 1850 census of Boone Co., he is listed as living with Sanford and Mary Smith (his niece). His obituary appears in the Missouri Statesman on 3-25-1853. Henry did leave a last will and testament, dated 2-18-1853, in which he bequeathed to his niece, Mary Smith, daughter of John Colvin, the land he lived on which was fifty acres. Jeremiah Smith was appointed administrator of Henry’s estate.
III. Ambrose Colvin (m) was born ca 1794 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died 10-3-1875 in Carroll Co., MO. He married Louisa Plemmons on 4-26-1840 in Cole Co., MO. Ambrose and family appear in the 1860 census of Carroll Co., MO. Louisa was born 5–5-1817 in NC. In 1860, Ambrose is living in HH 357, is farming, owns real estate valued at $1100, and personal property valued at $905. Also living with the family in 1860 is a Nancy A. Walden, age 18, born in MO., and Sarah S. Walden, age ten months, born in MO. Ambrose was one of the 839 persons who contributed money to the founding of the University of Missouri.
CHILDREN OF AMBROSE COLVIN:
A. Thomas P. Colvin was born ca 1843 in MO.
B. James M. Colvin was born ca 1844 in MO.
C. David C. Colvin was born ca 1846 in MO.
D. G.T. Colvin (m) was born ca 1848 in MO.
E. William F. Colvin was born ca 1851 in MO.
F. Andrew J. Colvin was born ca 1854 in MO.
G. Cynthia C. Colvin was born ca 1856 in MO.
H. Susan H. Colvin was born ca 1859 in MO.
IV. Lucinda Colvin was born ca 1797 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died ca 1843. She married James Tutt on 1-23-1816 in Culpeper Co., VA.
V. Madison Colvin was born 4-15-1799 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died in 1846 in Howard Co., MO. He married Mary “Polly” Crigler on 11-23-1820 in Howard Co., MO. Madison and family appear in the 1840 census of Howard Co., MO. Mary died 8-27-1847 in Howard Co., MO.
CHILDREN OF MADISON COLVIN:
A. James Colvin.
B. Christopher Colvin.
C. Elizabeth Colvin.
D. George C. Colvin who was born 6-2-1824 and died 1-24-1880 in Boone Co., MO. He married Serena Roberts on 1-1847 in Boone Co., MO. Serana was born ca 1822 in MO. George and family appear in the 1860 census of Boone Co., MO. They are living in HH 312. George is farming and owns real estate valued at $4000 and personal property valued at $1050.
Children of George C. Colvin:
1. Mary A. Colvin born ca 1849 in MO.
2. Sarah E. Colvin born ca 1852 in MO.
E. Lucinda Catherine Colvin.
F. Sallie Ann Colvin who married a Mr. Bradley.
G. John G. Colvin was born 5-12-1835 in Fayette, Howard Co., MO, and died 3-24-1885 in Linn Co., MO. He married Jane Brawner 8-8-1860.
VI. Garland Colvin was born 3-10-1802 in Culpeper Co., VA. He arrived in Boone Co., in 1819. He married Sarah Phillips on 2-20-1823 in Boone Co. Sarah was born 5-1-1804 Adair Co., KY. She was the daughter of John Phillips, also born in KY. Sarah died 2-1-188 in Boone Co., and is buried in the Nashville Baptist Cemetery in Boone Co. Garland appears in the 1830 and 1840 census of Boone Co., MO (p. 124 & 094 respectively). Garland and family appear in the 1850 census of Boone Co., HH 1504. Garland is farming and owns property valued at $300. Garland and family also appear in the 1860 census of Boone Co., MO. They are living in HH 918 and Garland is recorded as a farmer owning real estate valued at $1000 and personal property valued at $800. Garland and family also appear in the 1870 census of Boone Co. They are living in HH 141. Garland is still farming. It is alleged that Garland Colvin was involved in the founding of the University of Missouri in 1839.
CHILDREN OF GARLAND COLVIN:
A. Richard Colvin was born 1-1-1824 in MO. Richard 2nd married “Millard”(?) who was born ca 1840 in MO. This family appears in the 1870 census of Boone Co., in HH 142, living next door to Garland Colvin. Richard is farming and owns personal property valued at $300.
Children of Richard Colvin:
1. Thomas Colvin born ca 1849 in MO.
2. Sally Colvin born ca 1856 in MO.
3. John Colvin born ca 1859 in MO.
4. Mary Colvin born ca 1861 in MO.
5. Lucinda Colvin born ca 1863 in MO.
6. Savanah Colvin born ca 1865 in MO.
7. Jadene(f)(?) Colvin born ca 1867 in MO.
8. Richard Colvin born 4-1870 in MO.
B. Lucinda Colvin was born 9-24-1825 in MO. In 1870, Lucinda is still living at home.
C. Jeremiah Colvin was born 10-13-1827 in MO.
D. Sarah Colvin was born ca 1832 in MO.
E. Sidney Colvin was born 3-12-1832 in MO.
F.. John P. Colvin was born ca 1833 in MO.
G. Ambrose Colvin was born 3-2-1836 in MO.
H. Elizabeth Colvin was born 3-27-1838 in MO.
F. Garland Thompson Colvin was born 10-25-1842 in Boone Co., MO, and died 10-30-1919 in Liberal, KA. Garland had a son, Ralph Edward Colvin.
G. James T. Colvin was born 11-22-1849 in MO.
H. Katherine Colvin was born ca 1856 in MO.
VII. Benjamin Colvin was born ca 1805 in Culpeper Co., VA. He married Sophia McBain on 4-25-1824 in Boone Co., MO. Benjamin and family appear in the 1850 census of Platte Co., MO. He is living in HH 36. He is farming. Sophia was born ca 1806 in Maryland. She died 7-4-1895 in Boone Co., MO.
CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN COLVIN:
A. Ambrose Colvin was born ca 1825 in MO, and married “Delila” who was born ca 1831 in MO. This family appears in the 1850 census of Platte Co., HH 38, living two doors from Benjamin Colvin. Ambrose is a farmer and has, in 1850, an eight month old daughter named “Missouri.”
B. Ignatius Colvin was born ca 1830 in MO.
C. Henrietta Colvin was born ca 1835 in MO.
D. Jeremiah Colvin was born ca 1837 in MO.
E. Julia A. Colvin was born ca 1839 in MO.
F. Amanda Colvin was born ca 1840 in MO.
VIII. Elizabeth Colvin was born ca 1812 in Culpeper Co., VA. She married Drury Sanders on 5-6-1834 in Boone Co., MO. Elizabeth and family appear in the 1850 census of Boone Co., MO. They are in HH 1499. Drury is farming and owns property valued at $300. Elizabeth, Drury, and family also appear in the 1860 census of Boone Co., MO. They are living in HH 937. Drury was born ca 1812 in SC. He was a farmer and in 1860 owned real estate valued at $1300 and personal property valued at $700. The 1860 census has Elizabeth being born in KY(?).
CHILDREN OF ELIZABETH COLVIN SANDERS:
A. Mary A. Sanders was born ca 1833 in KY
B. Jane Sanders was born ca 1834 in KY.
C. Abigail Sanders was born ca 1835 in KY.
D. Cynthia E. Sanders was born ca 1836 in KY.
E. Joseph Sanders was born ca 1838 in KY.
F. Nancy J. Sanders was born ca 1842 in KY.
G. Catherine “Kitty” Sanders was born ca 1847 in MO.
H. Elizabeth Sanders was born ca 1849 in MO.
IX. Katherine Colvin was born ca 1814 in Culpeper Co., VA. She married George W. Osbourn on 8-25-1835 in Boone Co., MO.
X. Anna Colvin was born 4-23-1816 in Culpeper Co., VA. She married Stanton Smith ca 1838 in VA.
GENERATION TEN: JOHN COLVIN:
John Colvin married Margaret Day. John’s LWT is dated 1794 and mentions Benjamin Colvin.
CHILDREN OF JOHN COLVIN:
I. Benjamin Colvin (BC) is the direct line of Alexander Deaton Haas & Zachary Deaton Haas. See above.
II. John Colvin was born ca 1762 in Fauquier Co., VA, and died ca 1816 in Campbell Co., KY. He married Elizabeth C. Colvin.
III. Charles Colvin who married Hannah Routt ca 1790. Hannah, the daughter of John Routt, was born ca 1770 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died before 1817.
CHILDREN OF CHARLES COLVIN:
A. Bennet Colvin born 11-9-1791.
B. Boswell Colvin born 4-18-1793 in VA, and died ca 1878 in Indiana. He married Lydia Hatfield on 10-15-1817 in Washington Township, Montgomery Co., OH.
C. Nimrod Colvin was born ca 1796. Nimrod married “Malinda.” Malinda was born ca 1799 in Ky. Nimrod and family appear in the 1860 census of Pendleton Co., KY. They are in HH 81. Nimrod is farming and owns real estate valued at $6000 and personal property valued at $2500. This census record had him born in KY.
Children of Nimrod Colvin:
1. William J. Colvin born ca 1831 in KY. He married “Mary” who was born ca 1838 in Ky. This family appears in the 1860 census of Pendleton Co., KY. They are living in HH 82 (next to William’s father). William is farming and owns real estate valued at $980 and personal property valued at $250. William is recorded in the 1870 census of Pendlelton Co. He is living in HH 124, post office Falmouth. He is farming and is recorded as owning real estate valued at $1476 and personal property valued at $500. He has one daughter, Louisa, age 8.
2. Augustine R. Colvin born ca 1833 in Ky. In 1860 Augustine was living with his brother William in HH 82. He was farming and owned real estate valued at $980 and personal property valued at $180. “Gus” married “Sidney” and appears in the 1870 census of Pendleton Co., HH 46, post office Falmouth. He is living next door to a certain Levi Colvin, age 43. “Gus” is farming and owns real estate valued at $3000 and personal property valued at $400. Sidney was born ca 1837 in KY.
Children of Augustine Colvin.
a. Augustine D. Colvin born ca 1862 in KY.
b. Linda M. Colvin born ca 1865 in KY.
c. Sallie T. Colvin born ca 1866 in KY.
d. Nannie (Nancy?) Colvin born ca 1868 in KY.
e. Mary Colvin born 10-1869 in KY.
3. Nimrod R. Colvin born ca 1837 in KY. He was still living at home in 1860. Nimrod married “Sarah.” and was recorded in the 1870 census of Pendleton Co., living in HH 7, post office Falmouth. . Sarah was born ca 1847 in KY. Nimrod is recorded as owning real estate valued at $1000 and personal property valued at $300. Living with the couple in 1870 is Sarah Wright, age 5.
4. Minor Colvin born ca 1843 in KY.
D. Charles Colvin II, was born 10-6-1802.
E. Levi Colvin was born ca 1803.
D. William Colvin was born 2-19-1805.
E. Daniel Threlkeld Colvin was born 4-3-1908.
F. Priscilla Colvin was born ca 1809.
IV. Margaret Colvin was born 11-2-1775 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died 5-21-1845. She married Benjamin Gasney.
V. Leanna Colvin (according to the Lightfoot Family History) married William L. Lightfoot on 2-27-1798 in Campbell Co., KY. William was born 3-25-1774 in Broomfield Parish, Culpeper Co., VA. He died 12-15-1864 in Lancaster Township, Wells Co., IN. William is listed in the 1860 census of Well Co., IN, living with his son Presley and Presley’s wife Rebecca. William had migrated to Kentucky in 1893 and then to Rush Co., IN, in 1842. Leanna had migrated to Mason Co., KY in 1793 and then moved to Pendleton Co., KY, in 1804.
Children of Leanna Colvin Lightfoot:
A. John Colvin Lightfoot was born 1-11-1799 in Mason Co., KY, and died 9-2-1829.
B. William Bennett Lightfoot was born 3-29-1800 in Mason Co., KY, and died 1-10-1831 in Rush Co., IN.
C. Armistead C. Lightfoot was born 1-4-1802 in Mason Co., KY.
D. George Colvin Lightfoot was born 1-15-1804 in Pendleton Co., KY.
E. Margaret Lightfoot was born 5-18-1906 in Pendleton Co., KY.
F. Emily Lightfoot was born 32-15-1808 in Pendleton Co., KY.
G. Francis Day Lightfoot was born 9-14-1810 in Pendleton Co., KY. He married Louisa Duncan on 3-13-1834 in Pendleton Co., KY. Francis is the only child of Leanna’s that remained in Pendleton Co., KY.
H. Elkin Lightfoot was born 6-7-1812 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died in 1899 in TX.
I. Presley G. Lightfoot was born 11-17-1814 in Pendleton Co., KY. He died 9-9-1903 in Bates Co., MO.
J. Nimrod C. Lightfoot was born 1-7-1817 in Pendleton Co., KY. He died ca 1875 in Grant Co., IN. He had married “Janet.” Nimrod’s LWT was filed in Grant Co., IN, in 1875.
K. Mary Lightfoot was born 3-10-1819 in Pendleton Co., KY.
L. Malinda Lightfoot was born 3-7-1821 in Pendleton Co., KY. She married John Campbell on 3-21-1841 in Fleming Co., KY.
M. Wilford Ungles Lightfoot was born 7-28-1823 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died in Fort Worth, TX.
V. Catherine Colvin was born ca 1782 and married Goodrich Lightfoot on 2-9-1801 in Falmouth, Pendleton Co., KY. Goodrich was born ca 1778 in Culpeper Co., Va, and died after 1860 in Adams Co., IL. He was the son of John Barrow Lightfoot and Lavinia Duncan. Goodrich appears in the 1850 census of Adams Co., IL, living with his apparently widowed daughter, Nancy M.(Lightfoot) Samples and her son John. Next door are son-in-law John Delameter and his wife Susan (Lightfoot) Delameter. Two doors down is daughter Elizabeth (Lightfoot) Wilson and her husband William E. Wilson. Both John Delameter and William Wilson are listed as “brick masons.” Goodrich also appears in the 1860 census of Adams Co., IL. He is living with John and Susan (Lightfoot) Delameter.
John Barrow Lightfoot was ca 1750 and died ca 1825. He was the oldest son of Major William Lightfoot and “Elizabeth.” He was born and raised in Culpeper Co., VA. Aside from his marriage to Lavenia Duncan in 1770 little is recorded about his early life. His father (Major William) served in the French and Indian Wars and “saw service and furnished supplies in the Revolutionary War.” It is likely that John served during the Revolutionary Was but there is no documentation of his service. There is no record of him purchasing property until 1786 when he bought 167 acres in Brumfield Parish in the fork of the Rappahanock River on the branches of the Butler Swamp from a certain Charles Halloway. He sold this land to a John Mason in 1794, perhaps in anticipation of his migration to Kentucky. He likely played a major part in organizing the family expedition to Kentucky. The move, according to oral family history, was the result of the family’s involvement in the Methodist Revival Movement and their efforts to establish a community that was supportive of their religious beliefs. The party consisting of almost the entire William Lightfoot family including wives and children, and grandchildren would have numbered about 60 persons. Their family bible undoubtedly accompanied them and has never been recovered or registered with the Lightfoot Association or any recognized genealogical agency. The only subsequent records relating to John Barrow Lightfoot are based on correspondence between his sister Frances in KY, writing to her brother Phillips in VA. It is recorded that John B. Lightfoot started and taught the first school in Pendleton Co., KY.
Lavinia Duncan was the daughter of Robert Duncan and Ann Gallop of Culpeper Co., VA. She was born ca 1755 in Stafford, VA, and died in Pendleton Co., KY.
CHILDREN OF CATHERINE COLVIN LIGHTFOOT:
A. Armistead C. Lightfoot was born ca 1808 in KY, and died after 1850.
B. Frances Duncan Lightfoot was born ca 1810.
C. George Washington Lightfoot was born 9-8-1812 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died 3-12-1895 in Fremont Co., IO.
D. Elizabeth Lightfoot was born ca 1813 in KY, and married William E. Wilson on 6-1-1843 in Adams Co., IL.
E. Nancy M. Lightfoot was born ca 1815.
F. John S. Lightfoot was born ca 1820 in KY.
G. Levina Lightfoot was born 3-14-1821 in KY, and died 3-11-1858 in Adair Co., MO. She married Benjamin Armistead Dunham.
H. Susan Lightfoot was born ca 1827 in KY. She married John Delameter.
VI. Lewis Colvin was born ca 1785 and died ca 1809.
II. Jeremiah Colvin was born1780-1790 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died after 1844. He married Sally Smith on 12-25-1806 in Culpeper Co., VA. Heappears in the 1830 (p. 124) and 1840 (p. 092) census of Boone Co., MO. A Jeremiah Colvin from Virginia served in the RevolutionaryWar.
VIII. Henry Colvin was born1-20-1789 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died after 10-18-1871 in Pendleton Co., KY. Henry appears in the 1810,1820, & 1830 census of Pendleton Co., Ky, p. 364. Henryand family also appear in the 1850 census of Pendleton Co., KY. He is living in HH 203. Henrymarried Margaret Sharp on 3-28-1811. Margaret was born ca 1796 in PA. Henryis farming and owns property valued at $3000. A Henry Colvin from Virginia served in the Revolutionary War. Henryappears in the 1860 & 1870 census of Pendleton Co.,Ky. In 1870 he is in HH30 and living next door to his son, Josiah. Living with him is his son Henry W. Colvin. In 1860 he is in HH 92. He is farming and owns real estate valued at $3500 and personal propertyvalued at $500. Henry W. Colvin,age 44, is living with him. Henrylived in “Falmouth.”
CHILDREN OFHENRY COLVIN:
A.Robert Forsythe Colvin was born 12-24- 1811 in Ky. He died 9-19-1876. He marriedSarah Wright on 11-6-1834. She wasborn ca 1822 in KY and was the daughter of Lewis Wright. Robert appears in the 1850census of Pendleton Co., KY., HH 197. Hewas farming and owned property valued at $800. Robert and family appear in the 1860 census of Pendleton Co., KY. They are in HH 151, post office Falmouth. Robert is farming and owns realestate valued at $1200 and personal property valued at $790.
Children of Robert Forsythe Colvin:
1. Nancy Colvin was born ca 1837 in KY.
2.Helenia Frances Colvin was born 2-3-1838 in KY. She died 11-6-1910.
3. Lewis Wright Colvin was born ca 1840 in KY.
4.Benjamin Franklin Colvin was born ca 1843 in KY. He died 3-25-1921
5. Sarah E. Colvin was born ca 1849 in KY.
6. Robert Henry Colvin born 12-13-1850 in KY. He died 8-24-1920.
B.Henry W. Colvin was born ca 1814 in KY and was still living with his parents in1850 in Pendleton Co., KY., HH 203. Heappears in the 1860 & 1870 census of PendletonCo., KY, living with his father. He was a farmer. In 1860 he owns real estate valued at $1500 and personal property valuedat $1550. In 1870 he owns real estatevalued at $1900 and personal property valued at $700.
C.Josiah Colvin was born 4-7-1816 in KY. Hemarried Mary Jane Wright on 11-2-1838. Mary Jane was born ca 1820 in KY. Josiahand family appear in the 1850 census of PendletonCo., KY. He is living in HH 204. Josiah was a farmer. The family also appears in the 1860 & 1870census of Pendleton Co., KY. In 1860 they are living in HH 98, Josiah is farming and ownsreal estate valued at $470 and personal property valued at $810. In 1870 they are in HH 29. Josiahis still farming and owns real estate valued at $1800 and personal propertyvalued at $1200. Elvira, now 28, isstill at home. In 1870 living withthe family is Louisa Colvin, age 18. Josiah died 5-4-1888.
Children of Josiah Colvin:
1. Eliza(Elvira?) Colvin was born ca 1841 in Ky.
2. Mary Jane Colvin born ca 1844 in KY.
3.Baxter Colvin born ca 1850 in KY.
4. Arthur Colvin born ca 1854 in KY.
5. Permilia Colvin born ca 1856 in KY.
6. Luther Colvin born ca 1858 in KY.
7. Margaret Colvin born ca 1860 in KY.
D.Lorenzo D. Colvin was born ca 1821 in KY. Hemarried “Elizabeth” who was born ca 1824 in Ohio. This family appears in the 1850 census of Pendleton Co., KY.,HH 215. Lorenzo is farming and owns property valued at $350. Lorenzo also appearsin the 1860 census of Pendleton Co., KY. Heis in HH 1715, post office Fulmouth. Heis farming and owns real estate valued at $800 and personal property valued at$540.
Children of Lorenzo Colvin:
1. Rozanna Colvin was born ca 1846 in KY.
2. Margaret Colvin was born ca 1848 in KY.
3. Mary Colvin (t) was born ca 1850 in KY.
4. Martha Colvin (t) was born ca 1850 in KY.
5. James H. Colvin born ca 1854 in Ky.
6. William C. Colvin born ca 1858 in KY.
IX. Berkett (Birkett?)Colvin was born ca 1793 in Va. Hemarried Nancy Minor on 2-3-1818 in Pendleton Co., KY. Nancy was born ca 1798 inKY. She was the daughter of WilliamMinor and Mary Elizabeth “Polly” Colvin. Berkett appears in the 1850 censusof Pendleton Co., KY, HH 191. Hewas farming and owned property valued at $1200. Berkett appears in the 1860 census of Pendleton Co., KY. He is living in HH 89 (two doors from Henry Colvin, age 71). He is farming and owns real estate valued at $3000 and personal propertyvalued at $460. In 1860, MasonColvin was living with Berkett.
CHILDREN OFBERKITT COLVIN:
A.Gideon Minor Colvin was born 11-15-1818 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died 2-21-1884in MO. He married Ann McReynoldsBrannick.
B.Mary Ann Katherine Colvin was born 9-30-1820 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died2-22-1881. She married James ThomasApplegate.
C.Prometheus Williams Colvin was born 11-19-1822 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died9-26-1914. He married ElizabethWyatt Ginn. In 1860 he was stillliving at home with his father but has personal property valued at $1750. In 1870, “P.W.” andfamily are recorded living in HH 118 in Falmouth. Prometheus is farming and owns real estate valued at $5500 and personalproperty valued at $1000.
Children of Prometheus Williams Colvin:
1. Ida F. Colvin born ca 1964 in KY.
2. Benjamin B. Colvin born ca 1868 in KY.
D.Malinda Waller Colvin was born 4-2-1825 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died 2-24-1887in IL. She 1st married James Duvall and 2nd married Robert
E.Berkett Londren Colvin was born12-14-1827 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died 2-17-1905. He married Sallie Beckett.In 1860 he is still living at home with his father. He has personal propertyvalued at $1750. In 1870 “B.L.”is living in HH 53 in Falmouth. Heis farming and owns real estate valued at $6000. His personal property is valued at $1000. Living with Berkett in 1870 is his father and mother, SallieA. Colvin age 30 (Sallie America?), and Mason Colvin age 72.
Children of Berkett Londren Colvin:
1. Nannie (Nancy?) Colvin born ca 1863 in KY.
2. John B. Colvin born ca 1865 in KY.
3. B. M. Colvin born ca 1867 in KY.
4. Susan F. Colvin born 2-1868 in KY.
F.Richard Beverly Colvin was born 6-9-1830 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died10-6-1839.
G.Nancy Elizabeth Colvin was born 9-21-1833 in Pendleton Co., Ky, and died5-5-1909. She married James LeanderCathcart Sherwin. James was born9-10-1825, Point Pleasant, Clermont Co., OH. He died 12-3-1918 in Bishop, Inyo Co., CA. His parents were William Bacon Sherwin and Martha Malloy.
Children of Nancy Elizabeth Colvin Sherwin:
1.Nannie (Nancy?) Minor Sherwin was born 12-25-1869 in Round Valley, Inyo Co., CA. She married Isaac Foster Smith. Isaac was born 10-25-1857 in Crapard,Queens Co., Prince Edward Island, Canada and died 5-27-1941 in Long Beach, CA.
2. Grace Elizabeth Sherwin who married Robert Frederick Brooks.
3.Lily May Sherwin was born 5-17-1863 in Ophir, Washoe Co., NV, and died 11-6-1926.
4. Martha Katherine Sherwin.
5.Berkett Elnathan Sherwin who married Christine Gregory. Christine was born in NV, and died in Los Angeles, CA.
Children of Berkett Elnathan Sherwin:
a.Marvin Sherwin was born 8-28-1901 in Bodie, Mono Co., CA, and died 2-14-1968 inVisalia, CA. He married Georgia Laury. Georgia was born 12-10-1901 and died4-4-1971 in Oakland, CA. They hadMarilyn Sherwin.
b.Vernon Gregory Sherwin was born 9-2-1905 in CA, and died 5-1980 in CA.
c. Bernice Sherwin.
d. Stanley Nathan Sherwin who married “Louise.”
6.James William Sherwin was born 9-24-1875 in Round Valley, CA. He married Idella Gregory. Idellawas born 9-30-1877 in Carson City, NV, and died 90-29-1965 in Bishop, Inyo Co.,CA.
Children of James William Sherwin:
a.Guinevere Sherwin was born 9-11-1901 and married Thurmond Thompson.
b.Raymond James Sherwin was born 6-16-1915 in Bishop, CA, and died 9-4-1981 in SanFrancisco, CA. He married Janet Reid.
Children of Raymond James Sherwin:
H.Sallie(Sarah?) America Colvin was born 9-15-1838 in Pendleton Co., Ky, and died10-18-1889. She married JosephHitch.
X. Mason Colvin was born ca1796 in KY(?) In 1850 he was livingwith his brother Berkett in Pendleton Co., KY. A Mason Colvin from Virginia served in the Revolutionary War. In 1860 Mason isstill living with Berkett Colvin. Heis helping on the farm and has personal property valued at $700. In 1870 Mason is living with Berkett Lindren Colvin, his nephew.
XI. Mary Elizabeth“Polly” Colvin who married Waller Minor. Waller was born ca 1770 in Culpeper Co., Va, and died 12-4-1842 inPendleton Co., KY.
CHILDREN OF MARY ELIZABETH COLVIN MINOR:
A. Sarah W.Minor was born ca 1796 in Campbell Co., KY
B.Nancy Minor was born 4-8-1797 in Culpeper Co., VA, and died 8-15-1813 inPendleton Co., KY. She married Berkett Colvin.
C.Malinda Minor was born ca 1799 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died 11-20-1827 inPendleton Co., KY. She married Nimrod Colvin who was born ca 1797 in KY. Nimrod was the son of Charles Colvin and Hannah Routt ands was born ca1796. They had Carolyn Rule Colvin.
D.Beverly Lewis Minor was born ca 1801 in Pendleton Co., Ky, and died 9-13-1882 inKnox Co., MO. He married SallieRoutt.
E.Richard M. Johnson Minor was born ca 1803 in Pendleton Co., KY, and died6-6-1879. He married Hairiest Frazier.
F.Susan Minor was born ca 1805 in Pendleton Co., Ky, and died before 11-1827. She married John H. Benson.
G.Margaret D. Minor was born ca 1806 in Pendleton Co., KY, and married JosephMorris.
H. Mary EllenMinor was born after 1810 and married Robert T. Shawhan.
I. Alice AnnMinor was born ca 1810.
J. Pauline A.Minor who married Edward Hobday.
The Colvins are a colorful,fascinating, if not somewhat mysterious family. If you, dearreader, are a member of the Colvin clan then one of your ancestors, BenjaminColvin, fought in the American Revolution. Benjamin, like Ezekiel Billington, believed in the American dream andfought to establish “a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to theproposition that all men are created equal.” Both men eventually were awarded with Revolutionary War pensions for their service.
The Colvins of Virginiaeventually migrated to Kentucky and Missouri, and then on the Texas and Oklahoma. The reasons for their migration are unclear. What drewBenjamin Colvin’s branch of thefamily to Boone Co., MO, is alsounknown. Why his greatgrandson, William Henry Colvin, migrated toTexas is likewise unknown. It is known that a great deal of tragedy followed this family. Doyle Colvin was killed in a drunken brawl in Boone Co, Mo. Oral family history also has his son, William Henry Colvin (1sthusband of Nancy Rebecca Hollis)being killed in a fight with a neighbor. William Colvin did die as a young man, probably in Montague Co., TX., but the cause of his death and the place of his burial has never beendocumented. Eventually William’swidow, Nancy Rebecca, and her children ended up in Washita and Kiowa Cos., OK. There, Nancy gave birth to Luther Thompson. Oral history has it that Luther was never accepted by the Colvins and hedid report to his children that he felt rejected and mistreated by the them. Your author truly hopes that was not the case. It is known that the Colvins held positive feelings for theDeatons (Sarah Elizabeth Colvin married
“Will” Deaton). Your author’s father, Bernie Deaton, often visited with “Lon” andOtto Colvin. On one occasion“Lon” Colvin loaned Bernie Deaton money. Although it is not confirmed, LDD believes this was occasioned by Bernie and Amanda Griffitts Deaton’sneed for money to participate in the great “Grapes of Wrath” western migration. Your author never had the opportunity tobecome acquainted with any of the Colvins. That is most regrettable. It,no doubt, would have been most informative and rewarding to be able to ask them(the Colvins) how William HenryColvin died, about James Franklin“Frank” Thompson, and about their relationship with Luther Thompson. At any rate, theColvins made a substantial contribution to the ancestral heritage of “Alex”& “Zack” Haas. SarahElizabeth Colvin bore nine children and her grandson eventually wrote the family history you are now reading. Threecheers for the Colvins!!.
a1,2. The Colvin Coat ofArms.
a3,4. Letter of Philip Spence re: BenjaminColvin’s Revolutionary War Pension.
a5-12. Revolutionary WarPension Application of Benjamin Colvin.
a13-16. The Name & Family of Colvin.
a17-19. Family Names & What They Mean.
a20. Boone County, MO.
a21. Letter from Steve Slade, 11-25-1980.
a22. Letter from Steve Slade, 12-3-1980.
a23-51. John Colvin of England, 1650-1900.
a52. 1850 census of BooneCo., MO, Drury Sanders.
a53. “ ” “ ” “ ” GarlandColvin.
a54. “ ” “ ” “ ” SanfordSmith.
a55. “ ” “ ” “ ” BarnettThomas.
a56. “ ” “Platte Co., Mo, Benjamin Colvin.
a57. 1860 “ Boone Co., Mo, Drury Sanders.
a58. “ ” “ ” “ Garland Colvin.
a59. “ ” “ ” “ Keziah Colvin, Doyle Colvin.
a60. “ ” “ ” “ George Colvin.
a61. : “ ” “ ” Ann Dennis, William Dennis.
a62. 1870 “ Boone Co., Mo, GarlandColvin, Richard Colvin.
a63. “ ” “ ” “ Henry Colvin.
a64. “ ” “ ” “ Sally Colvin.
a65. “ ” “ ” “ William Dennis, William Colvin.
a66. “ ” “ ” “ Elijah Colvin.
a67. “ ” “ ” “ Henry Colvin.
a68. “ ” “ ” “ William Colvin.
a69. “ ” “ ” “ John Colvin.
a70. “ ” “ ” “ Joseph Colvin.
a71. “ ” “ ” “ Peter Colvin.
a72. 1860 “ Carroll Co., MO, AmbroseColvin.
a74. 1850 Census ofPendleton Co., KY, Josiah,Henry, & Helena Colvin.
a75. “ ” “ ” “ ” Lorenzo Colvin.
a76. “ ” “ ” “ ” BerkettColvin, Robert Colvin.
a78. 1860 “ ” “ ” “ NimrodColvin, James Applegate.
a79. “ ” “ ” “ ” LorenzoColvin.
a80. “ ” “ ” “ ” JosiahR. Colvin.
a81. “ ” “ ” “ ” RobertColvin.
a82. “ ” “ ” “ ” BerkettColvin.
a83. 1870 “ ” “ ” “ P.W.Colvin.
a84. “ ” “ ” “ ” B.S.Colvin.
a85. “ ” “ ” “ ” Mary E., Colvin, Henry Colvin.
a86. “ ” “ ” “ ” JosiahColvin.
a87. “ ” “ ” “ ” NimrodColvin.
a88. “ ” “ ” “ ” Gus Colvin, Levi Colvin.
a89. 1870 census ofPendleton Co., KY, WilliamColvin.