Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Sharp Family from Virginia

John Sharp was probably born before 1718 in Virginia. He was living in Goochland County before the formation of Albemarle County in 1744. and died 1778 in North Carolina. He had multiple land transactions as he moved to North Carolina.
He received a patent in Goochland This patent, issued to him 26 Mar 1739 [Patent Book 18, p. 227] , states... for the consideration as 20 shillings.-----200 acres on the branches of Phills Creek, a branch of Bird Creek; ... ( TL NOTE If required to be minimum 21 yr old then he was born at least by 1718), and sold that land about 5 years later to Philip Hoggarth (in Weisiger, Goochland County, Virginia, Wills, 1742-1749, page 37, giving its date as 21 Aug 1744 and its location at Goochland County Deed Book 4, page 394. ). He then obtained a patent for land in Littleton Parish, Albemarle (the land was located in what later became Buckingham County).
------Albemarle Co., VA, Deed Book 2, p. 187. 19 May 1759. Grantor John Sharp of the Parish of Tillotson in the County of Albemarle & Katharine his wife to Warham Easley of the parish and county aforesaid, for 175 lbs., 400 acres on both sides of a branch of Slate River known by the name of Great Creek in the County of Albemarle formerly Goochland . . .Wits.: Saml. Jordan, Adrian Anglin, John Nicholas.
------Albemarle Co., VA, Deed Book 2, p. 199. No date. Grantor William Baber of the County of Albemarle to Warham Easley of the same county, for Warham Easley's cancelling and delivering Baber's bond of 100 lbs. To John Sharp, which Sharp had assigned to Easley, 200 acres in Albemarle County on both sides of the Great Creek of Slate River, granted to William Phelps by Patent dated 16 August 1746, and by him given by will to the said William Baber, and bounded beginning at John Sharp's corner . . . No wits.

------Bought 300 acres of land on the North side of the Dan River from Anthony Hampton on what is now called Sharps Creek east of the town of Madison in Rockingham County, N.C.. He sold this land in November 1770 to Baker Degraffenidt.
Later John and Catherine moved a few miles west to the Mayo River near what is now the town of Mayodan(?). John and his sons, Samuel and Isham Sharp were given land grants in 1778.-

John Sharp signed with a distinctive mark not the typical X most often seen. It is seen here on his will. John died between March 6, 1778 and May 1778.
Guilford Co., NC will book A, page 332
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Sharp, of Guilford County and Province of North Carolina, being very sick & weak in body, but of sound mind & memory...
--Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Cathren Sharp my plantation where I now live, also one Negro man named Quash, one man ditto named Tom, one Negro boy named Bob, one Negro wench named Hagoe. Also my stock, horses, cattle & hogs, sheep, all & every kind whatsoever, likewise my household furniture to enjoy during her natural life …--. (see the will images for more)
(TL Note ? where is Samuel? in the will)
KATHREN SHARP  Her first name is spelled so many ways. Catherine's maiden name is not known, though many researchers say it was Campbell. (TL NOTE Possible clue a researcher mentioned a man named Watson Gentry as the uncle of Isham's sister, Mary, Watson was a witness to Cathren 's will and found mention of him in Guilford county court records 1781-1790 as well as several notes of a James Gentry.)
As a resident of Guilford Co, NC, Catherine Sharp was paid on 2 Aug 1782 the amount of 42:10:0 which was allowed by Bruce and Hunter of the Upper Salisbury District for the patriotic service she rendered during the American Revolution. She is listed as #1257 in Vol. 1, page100, folio 2 in the Treasurer and Comptroller Records, Revolutionary Army Accounts the NC Archives.

Catherine died after 23 Dec 1800,the date of her will in Rockingham Co, NC Old Wills Book, page 123; The division of John's property among the children was already listed in his will. Catherine only had a few personal possessions to give to her children upon her death.

In the name of God, Amen. I Catharine Sharp of Rockingham County & State of North Carolina being of Sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God, Do this 23rd day of Decr, in the year of Lord 1800 Make and publish this my last will and Testament, in manner following, that is to Say,

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Alisabeth Pegs for her Services my black horse my Cubbard and all my Cotton and one blue Counterpin with an Equal part of my wearing apearel So as to not Deprive her of any Lawfull Claim as a Legatee, and I hereby make and ordain my son Isham Sharp Executor of this my Last will and testament.

In witness whereof, I the said Catharine Sharp have to this my Last will and

testament, Set my hand and Seal the Day and year above written

Catharine (her X mark) Sharp {seal}

Signed Sealed published and Declared,

by the Said Catharine Sharp the testator,

as her Last will and testament, in the presence of us who were present at the time of Signing and Sealing thereof

Watson Gentry x

Mary Mason

Joseph Richardson

Samuel Sharp born abt 1749 in VA, a Revolutionary War soldier with a checkered past.
Found in Guilford Co. Court records 1781-1790 page 39
Bruce, James Hunter and James Martin Esqs. Are appointed to examine Samuel Sharp on oath (who has turned evidence in behalf of the State) against sundry persons with whom he hath committed divers thefts
He married Susanna Nowlin Sept 9, 1789 in Rockinghham Co., NC, and later moved to Breckinridge, KY and died 8 Jun 1838.
August 21, 1833 $36.66 Sharp, sr., Samuel, private, North Carolina militia ; Age 85.

10 Jan 1840 in Breckinridge Co, Ky. (GSA File W-9290) (TL note widows pension application)
Elizabeth Richardson of Breckinridge Co attested to the marriage of Samuel and Susannah Sharp in
Rockingham Co, saying that she was not at the wedding but was at the "infair" the next day. Susannah Noland Sharp was her aunt.

Richard Sharp is listed as #993 in Rev. Army Accounts, Vol. 1,page 52, folio 2 as being paid by
Bruce and Hunter on 30 July 17824:1:0. He has several mentions in the Guilford County Court records 1781-1790 . He purchased some land from his brother, 1796 May 19 Deed Bk (D-297)
Isham Sharp to Richard Sharp, land on S. side Mayo R. Wit: Watson Gentry.
Richard left NC sometime after 1800 and was in Anderson Co., TN in 1802 (deliquent tax list ) and in 1813 he was in Campbell Co., TN shown on the March 2nd jurors list.
March, 1823 Richard made a gift bequest that listed his children sons William, Richard, James,and Isham (this Isham had a- son Joseph, also named in bequest),He named daughters Sarah, Mary, Agnis, Nancy,

The brother James  Sharp appears to have stayed in the Rockingham and Guilford area.
The sisters of Isham are as follows : Mary married Samuel Gann, Elisabeth married Matthew Pegs, Susannah,  Agness, and Sary no other information.

Isham Sharp born 1755 in VA died 2 Nov 1840 in KY most likely Russell county
Revolutionary War Pension SHARP, ISHAM NC, SERIES: M805, ROLL: 728, IMAGE: 328,
FILE: W11442/BLWT36550-160-55

Guilford Co. Court records 1781-1790 page 233 no info on what the case involved
Isaac Whitworth ) vs ) Isham Sharp )
The following Jury to wit
1 Robert Pearce
4 William Brasilton
7 Joseph Hamilton
10 Thomas Be____ ?
2 Isaac Phipps
5 William Armfield
8 David Hamilton
11 Thomas Brown
3 Jacob Jessop
6 William Howlet
9 John McMurry
12 John Dukey
being impaneled and sworn find for the plaintiff one penny and cost.

Isham appears to have been married twice but there is not any evidence of who the first wife was. The 1810 census in Rockingham list the household as one boy and three girls and the parents
* - Males - Under 10: 1 * - Males - 45 and over: 1
* - Females - Under 10: 3 * - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4 Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
The marriage records for Isham to Mary Holt are clearly in 1813.( see images) So Mary Holt is not likely a blood relative at all to me. There is also little known of these children though the name Mark has been suggested for the Boy and most believe Ann Coffey was one of the Girls.
Ann's son, Allen, was a witness for Mary on her widows application and Salathiel Coffey was a witness when Isham applied for benefits.

June 17, 1834 ; $40. Age 79 approved for Sharp, Isham, private, North Carolina militia

Mary “Polly” Holt Coffey
Allen Coffey and Wade? Popplewell witnessed & a John F Popplewell was JP
Said she was 85 in April 1855 said 84 in Dec. 1854 Another name on app looks like a different Coffey

Some of the sources include
"Rockingham County, North Carolina, Deed Abstracts 1785-1800", Madison, NC, 1973 Charles Dyson Rodenbough, editor,
“The Heritage of Rockingham County", Rockingham Historical Society, Wentworth, NC, 1983. and

Monday, February 22, 2016


Vikky Wilburn Anders has a lot of research on Wilburns, this is just one part of it , much more is found on the Rootsweb Wilburn mailing list
Richard Wilburn 1720 to 1820

Richard was most likely from the Goochland, VA area, He had no schooling and signed legal documents using an X. There was a Richard and Ann Wilburn earlier that may have been his parents but not certain.
He was mentioned in the 1769 court record Amherst Co. VA
1783 October 6 – page 440 – Charles Ellis and Sally his wife to Richard Wilburn of Amherst Co.,
118a on Hersely’s Cr. lines Ed Goodwich, Chas. Davis, Wm Clopton, Ambrose Eubank.
1783 December 5 - page 576 – Richard Wilbourn of Amherst to John Eubanks 118 a on
Horselys Cr. Lines: Ed Goodrich, Chas. Davis, Chas. Ellis
1784 – Book E page 576 - John Eubank from Rich. Wilbourn
and in 1787, Richard signed a marriage bond for his son, William, to marry Eda Guttery.
Richard Wilburn lived in 1790 in Amherst County, Va., and at that time had ten white persons in his family, and no slaves.
McBrides' index to the Records of the Recorder's Office of Highland Co., OH, there are references to two properties purchased by Richard Wilbourn. The first one (p.44), from 1816, one hundred acres. This seems to have been sold shortly after purchase. The second was 1817 from James Hirons (Irons) and Margaret, his wife; James probably being somehow related to Richard's second "wife", Elizabeth Irons for seventy five acres.
Richard died in 1820. In a later court action, his son, Lewis, stated that Richard was around 105 at the time of his death, the 1820 census of Highland Co. Ohio, taken shortly before his death supports this claim. Lewis' suit listed Richard's surviving children as William Wilburn of Giles, VA, Stephen Wilburn of Claiborne TN and Lewis and Robert of Carter, KY....and two of Richard's grandsons, Randolph and Russell Wilburn of Highland County.
This Lewis Wilburn, of Carter Co. Kentucky, claimed that the woman, Elizabeth Irons Wilburn, had never been legally wed to his father. Lewis claimed that she had taken advantage of Richard's feeble mind and influenced him to make her his sole heir in 1819. (The will was not probated until 1830 -McBrides' will book, p.13). He also believed Elizabeth had sold some of the property in an attempt to prevent the rightful heirs from claiming their inheritance.
***75 acres sold -McBrides, pp 227-228-: "Elizabeth Willburn to Jane Hubanks, wife of Anthony Hubanks, 75A., formerly owned by Richard Willburn."
Upon her death, Elizabeth's heirs, Anthony and Jane (Irons) Eubanks, the granddaughter of Elizabeth Irons, inherited her remaining property.
Lewis lost the court suit. Subsequently, for over one hundred and fifty years, this land was known as the Eubanks Farm. Cemetary on the farm has this stone partially intact EUBANKS, Jane, wife of Antony, d. Feb 19 (year missing), age 23 years - 3 months - ? days

Stephen Wilburn
Stephen Wilburn born in abt 1766 Virginia. He is listed in the1808 tax records in Hawkins Co, TN and the 1820 Giles. Va census show him living there with one other male in the household He married the daughter of of John (or Joseph?) Wallen. Her name was Morning and she was 21 years younger than Stephen. (TL NOTE probably a 2nd marriage for him but no records ) However, Stephen appears to have outlived her and in 1850 (census records) show him living with his youngest son, Claiborne Wilburn , in Hancock TN Stephen and wife and children were recorded along with birthdates in a Family Bible now in possession of genealogist William Yates. According to Yates, Bible was carried from Hawkins TN to MO by 1855.

Elizabeth Wilburn (b November 25, 1804 Giles Co., VA – d 1873 Laurel Co., KY)
Elizabeth married Eli T(h)ompkins about 1820. He divorced her in 1840. (see the Hot Grandma story). She married Dudley Faris – M. E. Tompkins married Dudley Faris in Laurel Co. the date is given is February 29(?), 1859, Witnesses were Burnetta Tompkins and Mary Tompkins.
Census July 20, 1860, Laurel county Kentucky, Page 102
Dudley Farris m 60 ky farm laborer
Elizabeth Farris f 55 ky
Viva Farris f 11 ky
Bernetty Farris f 18 ky

I do not know if Mr Faris died or if they also divorced because her will is written as
I, Elizabeth Thompkins (Tompkins) of Laurel County being of feeble health and advanced in years and being of sound mind and disposing memory and
desiring to make such disposition of my estate as seems to me justice do make and constitute this my last will and testament.
1. It is my will and desire that my daughter Nancy Morgan have one bee hive.
2. This my desire that my daughter Malinda Adams have one bee hive.
3. This my desire that my daughter Mary Thompkins have one bee hive.
4. This my desire that my grandson W. S. Turner have my red heifer calf and bed clothing, bedstead. . (TL NOTE this is Wm Sherman he was only about 4 yrs old)
  1. It is my desire that my daughter Burnetta Turner have one bee hive and all the rest of my estate consisting of household and kitchen furniture and one brown milk cow 2 years old heifer, two head of sheep, and five head of hogs.
This is my will and desire that Robert Early be appointed Executor of this my last will and testament. It is my desire that this instrument be placed upon record in the Laurel County Court.
Witness my mark and signature this 25 of Aug, 1873.

Witness: W. E. Smith Elizabeth Thompkins mark
John Sparks State of Kentucky

Laurel County Court, Oct. two 1873, a paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Betty Thompkins was produced to court and by the oath of W.E. Smith subscribing who also attended the signature of John Sparks. Whereupon the same to record this day by: L. Ewell (probably *Logan Ewell) W. E. Smith

Side note of interest Elizabeth's uncle , Lewis Wilburn, was a neighbor to families of Nancy Morgan and Malinda Adams in 1860 Laurel Co., KY.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Wilburn Turner 1845-1916

The sixth son of Thomas H. Turner(1812-aft 1880) and Mary Johnston(1815-1853)
Mary died of fever when Wilburn was just 8 years old. I have read that Thomas
sent the children to live with relatives after her death. Thomas according to
family lore was called "Humpy Tom" because of a humped back and was said to
be a"very contrary" man.
In 1860 Wilburn was living with his father Thomas, sister Mary, and brother Shadrick
in Breathitt County,KY. On Oct 31, 1861, the the age of just 16, he enlisted as a private in Company G. 8th Regiment of KY volunteers, Union Army. Sometime during the Battle of Stone Creek, Wilburn was captured by the Rebels about Jan 2,1863. He was paroled at City-Point, VA January 20,1863 reported at Camp Parole, MD January 21,1863 and was sent to CCO and re- enlisted in either March or May of 1863. On February 1,1864 he was paid $60 bounty and was due $340. On Nov 17, 1864
he is shown as have drawn a clothing allowance of $22.18 a bounty paid of $110 as a
veteran volunteer bounty recruit and $290 due. On November 17,1864 he was shown as discharged by reason of re-enlistment as a veteran.
The 1890 Veteran Census says that he was shot in the left shoulder sometime during his service. I did not see any absent to hospital record so either it was not too serious or it occurred during his capture by the Rebels.
Wilburn was 23 years old when he married 24 years Burnetta Tompkins on 15 Mar 1866 in Laurel county, KY. The marriage bond was signed by Wilburn and his cousin, Robert Johnston,
( a son of Elliott Johnston, the brother of Wilburn's mother) Wilburn apparently never learned to read and write but his wife could. There are Turner researchers that state Burnetta was a teacher,but I have not yet found where they get that information. I have not found the couple in the 1870 census so perhaps that will tell me something.

1850 Breathitt, KY
Thomas Turner 38
Polly Turner 35
Jesse Turner 15
Timothy Turner 13
Elliott Turner 11
Edward Turner 9
John Turner 7
William Turner 5
Mary Turner 4
Paschal Turner 3
Shadrach Turner 1
1860 Breathitt Co. KY
Thomas Turner 50 b.Wilkes NC
Wilbourne Turner 17 b. Breathitt KY
farm laborer
Mary Turner 14 b. Breathitt KY
Shadrick Turner 10 b. Breathitt KY
Turner Wilbourn 37 KY KY KY
Turner Burnetta 30 wife KY VA VA
Turner Wm 12 son KY KY KY
Turner Robert H 5 son KY KY KY
Turner Elizabeth A 3 dau KY KY KY
Turner Millie B 1 dau KY KY KY

Veteran's name    Willburn Turner
Home in 1890   

   Dallas, Pulaski, Kentucky
Year enlisted    1861
Year discharged    1864
Rank    Private
Turner Wilborn head Mar 1843 57 KY NC KY farm
Turner Burnettie wife Feb 1841 59
7 births 6 living KY NC VA
married 35 yrs
Turner Mollie dau Feb 1878 21
KY KY KY servant
Turner John D son Dec 1880 19
Turner Jesse E son Nov 1884 15

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wallen Book coming

I received an email from a man named R.S. Walling.  He has been working on a book  about the Wallen family during the American Revolution.  The title is to be  -
"From Across the Land- Walling/Wallen/Wallin Men In the American Revolution A Historical Survey"  Edited by R.S. Walling. 

 It is set for a July 2014 publication date   

 His email to me states "If you wish to submit material for inclusion or for further questions or comments, please contact the   Editor at  Please share this information with other  Walling Descendants or history enthusiasts."

He has set up a Facebook page at 

 I do not know Mr. Walling nor anything about the quality of his research.  I do know a lot of Wallen researchers pass thru this site  so I thought I would let you know about it for you to investigate on your own.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Who was Ann Smith 1654?

While reading about my Thomas Wallen, I read  a claim he was involved with a pirate's widow. Naturally I had to know more. .
There was a Samuel Comstock , part owner of  a frigate, or barque,  called the Swallow.  This Comstock seems to have been involved in privateering.
"In the fall of September 1654, a Samuel Cromstock and Anna Tchuys were arrested and convicted in New Amsterdam, for adultery." Both were apparently already married.  There has been no marriage record found.  This is where the pirate story comes from though.  Others will need to determine if it is the same couple found at Providence in 1654, though the date overlap makes me believe not.
However, the Ann I am showing here does appear to be the Ann Smith, Thomas Wallen ran away with.

Samuel Comstock was in Providence, married to Ann -_____ *

Samuel Comstock bought house and lot in Providence from John Smith

Samuel Comstock has died. He and Ann have two sons, Samuel (Jr.) and Daniel
Ann married a John Smith. He was the son of John, the mason.* Town records call him Jameco
March 9 -John has died Town council took action about the estates of Samuel Comstock & John Smith, deceased,

April 27 -Ann Smith ,widow, ask the town to secure the inheritance of her son, John Smith.

April 27- Robert Colwell * became guardian of Margaret Smith, daughter of Jameco (John) Smith (and Unknown)

May 4 -Ann Smith sold house & home share of former husband, Samuel Comstock, to Roger Mowry

Dec. the said Tho:Walling being now departed the Towne;” Mary Wallen petitions for relief to take over the care of a young boy named "Ann Comstock's son" Daniel . the Towne shall from this day take care of the said Ladd” he was later apprenticed to William Carpenter
Mary Wallen asking for help again “Towne being doubful of the returne of the said Thomas Walling”

October Thomas Wallen indicted & fined 40 schillings Committing Fornication with Ann Smith, late of Providence ( this may be Boston area)

October Thomas Wallen indicted “that he did Asault beate and Wound Robert Colwell”

May- Mary Walling & children “left destitute by the sayd Thomas Walwin who is supposed to be run away with Robert Colwell's wife.
July- Court granted Robert Colwell's petition for divorce from Margret (White) Colwell
March 17 -John Smith petitions for his inheritance from his father John Smith's, ” sometime knowne by the name of Jameco” estate. John sold the 25 acres to Samuel Comstock

* there was charge of adultery between a Samuel Comstock with Ann Tuchys but not clear if this was the same pair.

*John Smith ,the mason ,father of Jameco, bought land from Thomas Wallen
* Could Robert Colwell be related to the first unknown wife of John "Jameco" Smith?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Martin Coffey 1762-1867

   My Coffey family is very big in Russell County, KY. I have my line up as Bessie, E. Cordelia., Nancy, to Joel.
Joel Coffey was one of at least eight Joel Coffey's living in the Russell County area in the early 1800's.  There is no way that anyone will ever sort it out precisely.
   The Coffey researchers claim that my Joel is most likely the son of Martin Coffey.  There is a lot of information about him . I have combined and edited what I have found and included as much source info as I could relocate to post here I hope this gives you plenty of info to verify and perhaps find even more

  Please be sure to visit Coffey Cousins as well as Rootsweb and Fomily Search for much more.

 Birth      Sept. 15, 1762 - Birthdate of Martin Coffey, according to family records and Bible records   of  Albert Galatin Coffey and William Martin Coffey, two of his grandsons
 Place has been given as Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Kentucky.

Marriage #1
  ca 1782 - Married in N. C to Elizabeth Bronson, he was 20 and she was 17.
(This according to Nina Jean Coffey Deavers, great granddaughter of George A.C. Coffey)
 TL NOTE= other researchers have not found this record.

Marriage #2
  Aug.17, 1798 - Madison County, Ky. marriage records show Martin Coffey married to Nancy Phelps.
  permission letter to marry signed by Mary Phelps and  listed Phillip Phelps and Gary? Phelps
Bond was by  Shad Phelps (Shadrack Phelps, age 60-70 in Russell County, Ky. 1840 census.
 Possibly a brother of Nancy Phelps.)
   MORE About Nancy Phelps

FATHER OF Nancy Phelps
John PHELPS Birth: EST 1732 in Henrico Co., VA Death: 7 Aug 1798 in Madison Co., KY
   Mary Katherine LEGRAND Birth: 1735 in Scottsdale, Albermaire, VA
Father of John Phelps
WILL OF Thomas Phelps
 I, Thomas Phelps of Ablemarle County being weak in body but in sound mind and perfect memory...
bequeath to,,,,,
 I lend my loving wife Elizabeth Phelps During her widowhood all my whole Estate Real and personal
 my loving son Thomas Phelps three hundred acres on both sides of Bridle Creek ...
 my loving son John Phelps the plantation where on I now dwell & and the Island I now tend in
       and three hundred acres of on both sides of hunts Creek
my daughter Mary Patteson one Shilling Sterling.
grand Daughter Joyce Patteson and my grand son Peter Patteson Betwixt them both one childs part
all my Personal estate equally Divided among all my children Except my Daughter Mary Patterson
ordain my son Thomas Phelps and my son in Law Richard Givin to be execut
inventory for the estate of Thomas Phelps, Sr. was returned to the Albemarle County Court November 14th, 1751
         If this is the father of Thomas he did not mention Thomas , but there is a grandson John so this could be right.
Father of Thomas Phelps
John Phelps Birth: EST 1655 in Maryland Death: 1747 in Bedford Co., VA
 Marriage  Margaret TALBOT b: EST 1689
 "Goochland County Deeds and Wills," Virginia Land Records, from The Virginia Magazine of
Hist ory and Biography, the William and May Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly. Genealogical Publish ing Co.,   Inc., Baltimore, 1982, p. 80
   Will of John Phelps (x) sic, son John the use of the land where he son lives,
 and at his death to his heirs; also one negro; to son the use of the land where James Stratford
 lives and at his death to heirs, and also 6 negroes, also 500 acres on Fleamon's Creek, 560 and also l
and testator lives on (after the death of testator's wife), negroes &c; to grandson John Phelps 54 acres  and one negro; to grandaughter Mary Phelps , one negro; grandaughter Sarah Phelps, one negro; 3 negroes for her life and then to son William, the use of plantation where testator lives, &c, &c; the negroes given to grandchildren to be in the care of Wm Phelps. Sons Samuel and William executors.       Dated February 14, 1747.

Marriage #3 Nancy HERIFORD (Hansford) b: 1793 in Jamestown, Russell Co., KY
Married: 1 Dec 1817 in Wayne County, KY  Justice of the Peace. Bond dated December 1, 1817. ( Research by David Coffey)        Surety by Thomas Back. Marriage by W. Barnes,
 * Wayne County marriages by Bork lists the bride's name as Nancy Hansford but the name could be Heriford.  A  Andrew Herriford was shown on a delinquent tax record.

  These are most likely a younger Martin but are listed on some researcher trees
Possible 4th wife:
Nancy Cundiff, 07 DEC 1825 , Wayne, KY (LDS - individual records)
Possible 5th wife:
Mary McGuire, 05 OCT 1830 , Russell, KY (LDS - individual records)

These are supposed to be Martin's Children
  With Elizabeth Bronson
    Mary Polly COFFEY b: AFT 1782 in North Carolina
    Lewis COFFEY b: AFT 1782 in North Carolina
    Elizabeth H COFFEY b: AFT 1782 in North Carolina
    Joel COFFEY b: AFT 1782 in North Carolina ** My line'***

  With Nancy Phelps
     Mary Ann (Polly) COFFEY b: 26 Sep 1799 in KY
     Martin COFFEY Jr. b: ABT 1800
     Elizabeth A COFFEY b: 11 Mar 1805
     (Infant Daughter) COFFEY
     Nancy Ellen COFFEY  b: 1813 in Wayne County, KY  **adopted**
     Artemasiah Coonis COFFEY  b: 1817 in Wayne County, KY *adopted*
     Joel Anderson COFFEY b: ABT 1818 in Russell County, KY
           ** TL NOTE this note about "Adopted" had no explanation
              and other researchers did not mention

  With Nancy Heriford
 Nancy Ellen COFFEY b: 1813 in Wayne County, KY  ** Cannnot be right ??
 Artemasiah Coonis COFFEY b: 1817 in Wayne County, KY
 James COFFEY b: 7 Sep 1818 in Jamestown, Russell Co., KY
 Francis COFFEY b: 1819
 Golson Wilson COFFEY b: 1822 in Wayne County, KY
 Andrew COFFEY b: 1824 in Russell County, KY
 (Infant Son) COFFEY b: 1825
 John C COFFEY b: 1828 in Jamestown, Russell Co., KY
1799 thru 1800 Green County, Ky. - Tax list
1802 thru 1807 Adair County Tax List  may not have moved because part of Green became Adair

February 26, 1809 - Wayne County, Ky., - William Ward and Polly Coffey married. Surety by Martin Coffey.   Parents consent by oath of Martin Coffey.
1812 - Wayne County, Ky. Court records - Martin Coffey fined $1.00 for rioting against
      John Waid and James Dean who were fined $2.00 each.

Notes contained in the records read as follows;
March 21, 1818, given under my hand, sir, I am consent to the marriage between Henry Meadow and Mary Coffey,     by Martin Coffey, witness Elisha Ballew.
       March 24, 1818 - Wayne County, KY, Polly Coffey married Henry Meadows.
               Marriage performed by William Scott. Surety by John Meadows.

Wayne County census - 1820
Martin Coffey - Head of household
2 Male children under 10 (James was 2)
2 Male children 16 - 26
1 Male 26 - 45
3 females under 10
2 Females 10 - 16
1 Female 16 - 26

June 28, 1821 - Wayne County Deed Book C, Pages 254 - 255:
          Indenture: James Jones to Martin Coffey....$80 for 40 acres granted to David Sheeks
       (Research by David Coffey)

March 11, 1822 - Wayne County Deed Book C, Pages 313 - 314: Indenture: Martin Coffey and Nancy, His wife,        to James McNeely...$200 for 50 acres being land granted to David Sheeks
       .Witness Rodes Garth, Ulyses Mills. (Research by David Coffey)

December 23, 1822 - Wayne County Court records show Martin Coffey & William Scott bound unto George Mundy         for a judgement against Martin Coffey for $25. James Dean, John Meadows and Gholston Wilson were         summoned to speak on behalf of Coffey in a matter of controversy. Martin Coffey did not appear for  trial and he was ordered to pay said Mundy $25 plus interest from January 9, 1822 and the cost of    the trial of 64 1/2 cents.

December 7, 1825 - Wayne County, KY - Martin Coffey married to Nancy Cundiff. Surety was Benjamin Stokes.   Witnessed by Martin Coffey and Benjamine Stokes. believed to be a Martin Jr.

January 31, 1826 - Wayne County, KY - Elizabeth A. Coffey married Elisha Mitchell.
         Consent by Martin & Nancy Coffey. Bond & Minister missing from records.
        - January 31, 1826, Wain County. This is to sartify that my daughter is not of age and
         I am willing for her to have Elijah Mitchell. Given under my hand by Martin Coffey and Nancy Coffey,     witness Joel Coffey. TL NOTE Might be my Joel

August 29, 1828 - Will Book 1, Russell County - Martin bought at the estate sale of edward Long,
       one pair of hames (wooden pieces to a harness) .121 1/2 cents and three pewter dishes for $3.00.
      (*Research by David Coffey)

September 10, 1835 - Wayne County, KY - William Kelsey & Artemasiah Coonis Coffey married.
                     Surety, Martin Coffey

October 22, 1840 - Russell County, Deed Book C, Page 451 - Martin borrowed $187.50 from
          James Coffey using pigs, cows, furniture, etc. as collateral. (Research by David Coffey)

October 24, 1840 - Russell County, Will Book 1 - Estate sale of Jane Kean, Martin bought
            1 bed quilt for $2.121. (Research by David Coffey)

August 26, 1843/44 Russell County, KY, George M. Brown married Francis Coffey.
               Ceremony performed by Will Bernard.

January 2, 1847 Russell County, KY, Martin & Nancy Coffey sold land to Andrew Meadows for $200.

April 9, 1850 - Russell County,Deed Book E, Pages 215-216 - Martin bought land from Silas
                 Sutherland for $80. (Research byDavid Coffey)

 1830 Census - Russell Co., Ky
                  Martin Coffey *2 Males under 5 * 2 Males 5 - 10 * 1 Male 10 - 15
                                *2 Females 10 - 15*  1 Female 30 - 40
 1840 Census - Russell Co., KY
         Martin Coffey* 1 Male 10 - 15 * 2 Males 15 - 20* 1  Male 60 - 70
                      * 1 female 15 - 20  1 Female 40 - 50  -

CENSUS: 1850 Census - Russell County, KY
            #408 Coffey, Andrew 26 M Farmer Born Ky.
               , Sarah A. 23 F , John W. 5 M , James W. 9/12 M ,
                 Martin 82 M Farmer Born N.C. , Nancy 53 F Born Ky. ,
CENSUS: 1860 census #711 - Russell County, KY -
             Coffey, Martin 94 M Farmer Born Va. , Nancy 65 F Born Ky.
               TL NOTE if Martin died in November 27,1867 he could have been 101 yrs old
                        This date is said to be recorded  the bibles of grandson's
                        Albert Gallatin Coffey and William Martin Coffey

CENSUS: 1870 census - Russell County, KY -
          Brown, John S. 25 , Mary S. 22 ,
         Sarah 5 , Sheldon D. 3 , Edward S. 1 Coffey,
         Nancy 76      *John Brown is probably a grandson of Martin
            This is the last record we have found of Nancy.

on ROOTSWEB March 22,2013
  Author Patty Bates
 Author email -
tree --Family Pieces - Bates/ Hoffman/ Ellsworth/Clapperton; Hafenfeld/Wiedman/Crosier/Brodrick
SOURCE ROOTSWEB  March 22,2013
   Family Tree OverfeltOaks
     Author no name
      Author email loverfelt@sprynet
FAMILY TREE  Small - Turner - Parry - Murray - Way Connections
    Author Lindaway45
     Author Email  or  last update 2008

       Compiled by Ethelyn E. Coffey
       107 Northridge Dr., Mt. Sterling, Ky.
  AND  one researcher gives these as some of her sources
        SOURCES: Title: Coffey Family Bibles Repository:
        Call Number: Media: Book
        Text:  Birth and Death dates from the Bible of Martin's grandson, Albert Galatin Coffey.
        * Title: Nina Jean Coffey Deavers Repository:
          Call Number: Media: Book
         Text: Information on Martin's 1st marriage to Elizabeth Bronson
        *Title: Census records, Family records & marriage records
        Repository: Call Number: Media: Book
         Text: The children's names and births were obtained from these
        sources Note: Census records, Family records & Marriage records.
       * Title: IGI Record - Film #1985568 Repository: Call Number: Media: Book
       * From the book "A Century of Wayne County, KY", Page 8:
United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch
( : accessed 21 Mar 2013),
 Martin Coffey, , Russell, Kentucky; citing p. 102, family 711;
NARA microfilm publication M653, FHL microfilm 803394.
FOLLOWING IS the "Martin" section of an abstract index
             created by Kevin Coffey and Fred Coffey 
             found at Coffey Cousin web site

     LFC:     Russell&Neighbors-CoffeyCousins.xls     
"Martin" Coffey  
 1802 1802 Adair Tax List 659
 4 Mar 1805 Adair Court Orders 1802-1808 659
1828 Russell Tax Books
 1829 Russell Tax Books
 1831 Russell Tax Books
 1833 Russell Tax Books
 1837 Russell Tax Books
 1838 Russell Tax Books
 1838 Russell Tax Books
 1838 Russell Tax Books
 29 Aug 1828 Russell Will Book 1826-1854
 30 Jul 1836 Russell Will Book 1826-1854
 24 Oct 1848 Russell Will Book 1826-1854
 16 May 1850 Russell Will Book 1826-1854
 16 May 1850 Russell Will Book 1826-1854
 14 May 1832 Russell Deeds 1828-1835
 11 Mar 1822 Wayne County KY Deed Books
 1 Dec 1817 Wayne County Marriages
 7 Dec 1825 Wayne County Marriages
   Martin (Black) 673 8 Jul 1837 Russell Will Book 1826-1854
   Martin B 577 1837 Russell Tax Books
   Martin Black 558 1836 Russell Tax Books
 444 1827 Russell Tax Books 746
 517 1833 Russell Tax Books 746
 536 1835 Russell Tax Books 746
 447 1827 Russell Tax Books 659
 466 1828 Russell Tax Books 659
534 1835 Russell Tax Books 659
 587 1837 Russell Tax Books 659

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lily McIlhaney Bowen 1709- 1780

Lily McIlhaney
   Ah the Irish woman I hoped to claim.  She was the mother of a Rebecca Bowen.
I have not pursued this too much since I doubt she is my relative.  But I just hate throwing out any research  so perhaps someone else will find this useful.
Lily McIlhaney was said to be born about 1709 in Ireland to Henry MCILHANEY (b: 1673 Ireland and  Jane MCGEEHAN (b: 1673 Ireland)
I have no info about her trip here but it appears she met John Bowen in PA possibly Chester or Delaware Co.
 She married  John BOWEN (b 1696 in Gwynnedd township, Chester Co. PA)
 I read a lovely story about John Bowen being awestruck by the lovely Irish lass but who knows the truth of their meeting.
 I found this quote about John though " the Quaker who was remarkable for his personal prowess, and an active,       energetic farmer of considerable wealth for that day"  I read they owned slaves and are said to be mentioned in    "Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia -
   Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County 1745-1800."
  It does seem they were married and living in VA by 1730.

John died  by 1761  Wife, Lillis ( Lillie), named sole executor and guardian  of the youngest girl, Mary.
 At that point it appears in various online biographies  about her , Lily was a very good business woman herself, increasing the family wealth after John's death.  This may explain why she was executor not one of the adult sons.

In 1779, she purchased 800 acres on Holston River Valley in VA. This was after John's death

This is a list of children I found
Nancy BOWEN b: BET 1729 AND 1732 in Orange Co., (then Spotsylvania Co.) VA
Agnes BOWEN b: BET 1735 AND 1740 in Orange Co., VA
John BOWEN b: 21 MAY 1735 in VA
Reece BOWEN b: 1737 in Rockingham Co., (then Augusta Co.) VA
Henry BOWE N b: 1738 in Augusta, Augusta Co., VA
Jane BOWEN b: 1739 in Augusta Co., VA
Robert BOWEN b: 1740 in Augusta Co., VA
Rebecca BOWEN b: 1740 in VA
William BOWEN b: 1742 in Fincastle Co., VA?
Arthur BOWEN b: 17 JAN 1743/44 in Augusta Co., VA
Mary BOWEN b: 1748 in Augusta Co., VA
Charles BOWEN b: SEP 1749 in Augusta Co., VA
Moses BOWEN b: 1754 in VA

Alternate list of children
Nancy Anne  b: 1729- 1732 in Orange or Spotsylvania , VA
Agnes b: 1735-1740 in Orange Co., VA
John b: 21 May 1735 in Augusta Co., VA
Jane  b: 1736 in Augusta, VA
Rees  b: 1737 in Tazewell  or Rockingham or Augusta Co., Va
Henry b: 1738 in Augusta Co., VA
Jean Jane  b: 1739 in Augusta, VA
Moses  b: 1739 in Augusta, VA
Rebecca  b: 1740 in Augusta Co., VA
Robert P. b: 174 0 in Augusta Co., VA
Arthur M.  b: 17 Jan 1742/43 in Augusta Co., VA
William R. b: 1744 in Augusta or Fincastle, Virginia
Mary  b: 8 Apr 1748 in Augusta, VA
Charles  b: Sep 1749 in Augusta Co., VA

 Lily signed a will April 4, 1780 and I believe it was taken to probate in June 1780 Washington Co., VA,   she left her estate to Reece, William, Robert, Henry, Charles, Agnes, and Jean.
(TL NOTE No Rebecca but also no Jane, John, Arthur, or Mary  I know there was a Mary from John's will did she (Mary) die?)

It appears Lily may be in the DAR register--- I found this note about her --"She became a patriot in the American Revolution by furnishing supplies and feeding and clothing colonial troops in the continental army." I read all of the sons were in the Revolutionary War and all of the daughters
married men who were in the war also.

If my family is thru the George Schmidt Smith line, then this is reportedly a grandmother.
 I have many doubts about this  line including the  distrubing  statement that the Rebecca Bowen  married John Whitley, died,   Neither John or Lily named her in their wills .  John Whitley was still nearby as he signed as a witness for Lily.

If  Rebecca was still living,  if she had run away from John as some have claimed, why would Lily still associate with John? 

I have seen some strange family relationships  in my own experience, so I cannot rule the possibilty .