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Friday, July 18, 2014

Daviess Co. KY Genealogy, images of Wills and Estates

Daviess County, Kentucky Court House Records



OwensboroOwensboroOwensboroPictured is Owensboro and the bridge across the Ohio River. Daviess County was formed from part of Ohio County in 1815 and was named for Abraham Owen, a Colonel who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe. The borders of the county were altered in 1829 to form Hancock County in order to absorb a small area surrounding Whitesville, and again in 1854 to cede land to McLean County. Then, in 1860 it annexed forty-four square miles from Henderson County. 

The county seat is Owensboro. 

Apparently there was a loss of records from about 1815 to 1842 when certain last wills and testaments were destroyed. Those listed below were recovered. 

Daviess County Probate Records available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Digital Images of Daviess County Wills and Estates, 1812 to 1872 - Destroyed documents refiled-
Testators: Allen, Robert | Allen, William | Anderson, Dangerfield | Ashby, Houston | Austin, Francis | Baird, William | Banks, C. R. | Barker, Elizabeth | Bassett, Abner | Beauchamp, William | Bell, Harvey | Bell, Richard | Bell, William | Bingham, Thomas | Brand, John | Bristow, Jasper | Brooks, Isham | Bunn, William | Burten, Bassett | Carr, William | Cassaday, Joseph | Chilton, Joseph | Clay, Thomas | Conway, F. F. | Cooms, William | Crabtree, Isaac | Curry, Peter | Curry, William | Dade, Lawson| Daniel, William | Davies, Baster | Davis, Baxter | Davis, Jacob | Davis, James | Decker, Christopher | Dulany, Eliza | Duncan, Benjamin | Duncan, Charles | Easter, Littleton | Faith, William | Fenwick, Ignatius | Flynn, Eugene | Foley, John | Ford, Jesse | Ford, John | Ford, Rachel | Griffith, Joshua | Griffith, Remus | Griffith, W. R. | Hagan, Silvester | Hansford, Stephen | Harris, William | Hawes, Albert | Hawes, Charles | Hawes, Richard | Hayden, Philip | Haynes, William | Head, Henry | Herd, George | Higdon, Thomas Sr. | Hobbs, Horatio | Howard, Groves | Howard, Mark | Howard, William | Huston, James | Huston, Mary | Huston, William | Jackson, George | Johnson, Archer | Johnson, James M. | Johnson, Susan | Jones, Hannah | Kelley, George | Kennady, Samuel Dyson | Kirkhead, Wesley | Knott, James | Knott, Mary | Lanham, William | Lashbrook, John | Lashbrook, Malinda | Law, William | Lee, John | Little, George | Little, Jonas | Lumpkin, Thomas | Lumpkin, William | Masser, Mary | May, John | McCormick, John | McCrury, Elijah | McDaniel, James | McFarlane, Franky | McFarlane, John | McFarlane, Lucy | Millay, James | Millay, Thomas | Miller, Nancy | Miller, William | Mitchell, Gideon | Montgomery, Thomas F. | Mosley, Samuel | Mosley, Thomas | Moyers, Abraham | Newlett, George | Newton, Benjamin Newton, William | Nunn, Richard | Overly, William | Owen, Preston | Payne, Cornelius | Payne, John | Peterson, John | Pitts, Jesse | Priest, Henry | Rafferty, James | Riley, Cynthia | Riley, George | Roberts, William | Scott, George | Sharpe, William | Shaunter, John | Shoemaker, Adam | Shoemaker, Price | Smathers, James | Smith, Peter | Stanley, Henry | Stowers, William | Talbutt, Joshua | Tapscott, William | Thomason, Martha | Thompson, Anthony | Turpin, William | Vanrysselburghe, James | Walker, John | Walston, William | Ware, John | Wedding, Thomas | Wells, Jacob | White, Henry | White, Rebeckah | Williams, Elisha | Williams, Raleigh | Worthington, William | 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Bracken Co. KY Genealogy, Ancestors, images of old WIlls

Bracken County Probate Records



Land in Bracken CountyLand in Bracken CountyLand in Bracken CountyBracken County was organized in 1796 from parts of Mason and Campbell Counties. Originally, the county extended to southern Nicholas County (north of the Ohio River and west of the Licking River). It has two creeks (named for William Bracken), the Big and Little Bracken. William Bracken was a surveyor by trade and visited the area in 1773. He was later killed by Indians during the Northwest Indian War. The first county seat was Augusta, Kentucky but was moved to Woodward Crossing (Brooksville). 



Bracken County Probate Records available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Black, James Sr.
  • Bunts, Michael
  • Hardwitch, James
  • James, Samuel
  • Lowe, Isaac
  • Settles, Elizabeth

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Your Genealogy Research can "Flower"

I recently traced a difficult lineage.  Well, they are all tediously difficult.  To discover the actual relationships, it was necessary to dig into the lives of the grandparents, parents and siblings back to ca 1700. What does this mean?  People led their lives according to personal and economical factors. All of this is discovered in daily routines.  The personal side of it is church membership records, notations of baptisms, births, deaths, visiting the old cemetery, etc.  Economically, people were agriculturists. Owning a farm or plantation was no minor feat.  It involved keeping extensive records at the plantation.  Also, deeding lands to children and other relatives.  The last will and testament included extensive inventories, notes, receipts, and everything essential to the needs of the family.  When my ancestor left no last will and testament, I was unable to discover the parents of a particular ancestor, it became necessary to read the wills of his siblings.  The details discovered were little tidbits of information.  However, when all of it was put together, the puzzle filled out.  Every person mentioned in an estate or will is some sort of relative or friend.  Also, what is not mentioned is important. For example, an ancestor died in 1815 and the filing of this estate was simply mentioned in the county Minute Book.  Okay, so it was noted that his death had occurred by an executor was appointed. I never found the actual will, because the county records were burned.  Next order of business: Learn more about the executor.  It seems that the executor was a revolutionary war soldier from Connecticut, about the same age as my ancestor, and died in the same county.  The deed records of that county should be more telling.


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Boyle Co. KY Genealogy, images of old Wills


Boyle County Wills and Probate Records



Boyle CountyBoyle County was formed on February 15, 1842 from sections of Lincoln and Mercer Counties and was named after John Boyle, Congressman, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals and U. S. District Judge. The courthouse fire in 1860 resulted in the loss of some county records and the earliest surviving records began in 1842. The county seat is Danville, Kentucky.

Some early settlers were: Baker Ewing, Gabriel Lackey, Evan Rogers, Thomas Collins, James Crawford, Dennis Hedgeman, Nathan Douglas, Henry Harlan, Frederick Pipperdan, William McGrath and Henry Harlan.

Kentucky Wills and Estates Available to Members of Kentucky Pioneers

Digital Images of Boyle County Wills 1842 to 1864 
Alexander, Cloe | Anderson, John | Ball, Caroline | Ball, Daniel | Ball, Martha | Ball, Mary | Ball, Thomas | Ballerton, William | Barbour, James | Barbour, Letitia | Bellis, Peter | Bellis, Sarah | Beswick, Elizabeth | Bilbo, John | Bilbo, Mary | Bolling, Dread | Bolling, Richard | Bottom, John | Bottom, William | Braxdale, John Sr. Brown, Elizabeth | Brown, George | Bruce, Charles | Burch, Mary | Burnett, James | Caldwell, Charles | Caldwell, James | Caldwell, Samuel | Carter, Charles | Chatham, Benjamin | Chiles, Elizabeth | Clark, Francis Sr. | Clarkstone, Drury | Clemons, Osburn | Collins, Harriet | Collins, Thomas | Coulter, Thomas | Cowan, Elizabeth | Cowan, Henry | Cowan, Thomas | Craig, Rachel | Crane, Nelson | Crawford, James | Crawford, William | Cudlip, George | Donighy, George | Douglas, Nathan | Downey, James | Downton, Thomas | Dunn, Jane | Durham, Benjamin | Durham, John | Erwin, John | Ewing, Baker | Fields, Henry | Fields, James Jr. | Fields, Susan | Fisher, Elias | Fisher, Jesh | Fisher, Stephen | Fitton, Benjamin | Fountaine, Mathew | French, Edward | Funk, Fanny | Gains, Elmira | Gill, Nancy | Graham, Theresa | Games, Ezekiel | Grant, John | Graves, James | Gray, James | Gray, Jane | Gray, Robert | Hailey, Enoch |Hall, John | Hammer, Sarah | Harlan, Davis | Harlan, Elijah | Harlan, Henry | Harlan, John | Harlan, Mary | Harman, William | Harrison, Thomas | Harrod, Ann | Hawkins, Ann | Heaten, Winiford | Hedgeman, Dennis | Henderson, Charles | Henderson, Elizabeth | Heron, Samuel | Hocker, Samuel | Hopes, Michael | Humble, Mary | Hurly, Leah | Hutton, Sarrah | Irvin, James | Irvine, Abram | Irvin, John | Jackson, Aaron | Johnson, Anthony | Kerr, Patrick | Kerr, Priscilla | King, John | Knox, Isabella | Knox, Robert | Lackey, Gabriel | Laurence, Mary | Lay, Martin | Laws, Jeremiah | Lind, Margaret St. Clair | Lind, Mary St. Clair | Long, Jacob | Luvmery, William | Marrs, James | Martin, Jane | Mays, James | McCall, William | McClanahan, Thomas | McClane, Elizabeth | McDowell, Joseph | McDowell, Sarah | McGinnis, Jesse | McGinnis, Mary | McGinnis, Samuel | McGrath, William | McKay, John | Means, John | Meaux, Walter |Mock, John | Montgomery, Jane | Moore, Lawson | Moore, Margaret | Moore, Samuel | Moorhead, John | Morrow, Margaret | Neff, Francis | Nield, George | Owens, Mason | Owsley, William | Pipes, Nathaniel | Pipes, William | Potts, Samuel | Prewitt, Elizabeth | Prewitt, Martha | Prewitt, Thomas | Proctor, Benjamin | Rains, James | Ramsey, Jane | Read, Ann | Read, Francis | Reed, Isabella |Reed, Thomas |Ripperdan, Daniel |Robards, Robert | Robertson, Duncan F. | Robison, Thomas Sr. | Rochester, Sarah | Rout, Malenda | Russel, D. A. | Sevier, Isaac | Smith, Ephraim | Smith, George | Smith, Henry | Smith, Jesse | Smith, John | South, John | Sparrow, Dennis | Spears, George | Spears, John | Stewart, William | Street, Nathaniel | Sweeny, William | Tadock, Carter | Tarkington, Thomas | Taylor, William | Tompkins, John |Tucker, James | Vanarsdale, Isaac O. | Wade, Jeremiah |Wade, William |Walker, Elizabeth | Walker, Mary | Walker, Robert | Wallace, Caleb | Wilhite, Nicholas | Wilhite, Rody | Williams, Fanny | Williams, Susan | Wingate, Esther | Witherspoon, Sarah | Yager, Joseph | Yankee, Jacob | Yeager, Frederick | Young, John | Zimmerman, James | Zimmerman, James F. | 
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