Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Children of Benjamin Smith and Mahala Sweet- Eldest son, Henderson

I have had so little luck finding Ben Smith records. I have found lots of theories but little supporting evidence.

1860 census Wayne Co., KY
Benjamin SMITH 40 TN /Day Labor / $50 prop value/ $50 estate value
Mahala 33 KY( ? )Housewife
Henderson 18 TN Day Labor ---Elijah 16 KY Day Labor- --Nancy 13 TN----Emerson 11 TN----William 8 TN----Redman 6 TN----John G. 3 KY**--- Hayden 2 KY**---

I have decided to list the information about the children just to see if someone recognizes them and can contact me. 

Born January 16, 1841
Henderson “Hence” was the eldest. He enlisted on enlisted 2/2/1864 at Burnside, Pulaski, Ky., into Company I, 30th Infantry Regiment, Ky.

1870 census shows him in Wayne Co., KY next to Mahala
Henderson Smith 27 --Samantha (Burk) Smith 33 –
Evaline Smith 6 – James Smith 4  --Rachel Burk 48

1880 census finds the family in Jamestown, Russel Co., KY
Henderson Smith 31 Samantha J. Smith 28
Sarah E. Smith 16 James H. Smith 14 Samuel Smith 11 Milly Smith 8 Martha A. Smith 3
Rachal Burk 63 (mind unsound note/mark in insane column)

Henderson married Elizabeth Pittman 8 Aug 1897

1900 census Pulaski KY (TL NOTE this does not make a lot of sense)
Henderein Smith 60 Jan 1840
Elisabeth Smith 47 Mar 1853 mother of zero children
Eveline Foxford 36 daughter mother of one child Sept 1863
Nellie J Foxford 8 daughter May 1892
Effa Foxford 6 Grandaughter Nov 1893
Bessie Foxford 6 Grandaughter May 1893
William Dunsmore 56 Boarder May 1844

1910 census Pulaski Co., KY
Henderson Smith 70
Elisabeth Smith 53
Daughter Evaline 48, Kentucky
Granddaughter Effie 16, Kentucky
Granddaughter Bessie 16, Kentucky
Grandson Henry 21, Kentucky
now Betsy has had 4 children & they have been married 20 years.

1920 census Pulaski Co., KY
Henson Smith 79
Elizebet Smith 69
Eveline Smith 58 daughter
Riley Black 15 grandson
Dewey Turpin 7 Great grandson

The Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1961 list Henderson's death date as 1926 in Science Hill, Pulaski, Ky., and parents are Mother's Name: Mahala Sweet and Father's Name: Ben Smith
source info---GS Film Number:1912903 ,Digital Folder Number:004184187 ,Image Number: 01787


Monday, February 20, 2017

The GREERS Begin

                                                   Part one James 1600's England to Maryland    
(Some spelling variations: Grear,  Grier, Greer, Greyer)
        Legends say James was a son of Grierson of Capenoch.   His birth was about 1627 so his immigration  at the age of 47 would not be unreasonable, though one must question why he would come as an indentured servant.
       However, research by Richard Miller found a James Grierson of Capenoch buried on 23 January 1662 in Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh The Scottish Genealogical Society in Edinburgh  seemingly confirms that the burial was of James Grier(son) of Capenoch who was an MD (Apothecary) and died unmarried in Edinburgh.
 (source )
Also DNA evidence appears to indicate that our American branch of the Greer family does not match with the Greers and Griersons of Scotland.

      James  ancestry will remain a mystery for now.

     We know nothing about James Greer before his first appearance  as an indentured servant transported in the ship Batchelor of Bristol to America by Samuell Gibbons of Bristoll, 1674.

   " Samuel Gibbons, who proved his right unto four thousand-five hundred acres of land due him for transporting ninety persons, herein mentioned into the Province to inhabit. Before me.....Charles Calvert.” 
      Samuel next cashed in over a quarter of his acreage for cash.

"Know all men by these presents that I Robert Ridgely of St. Mary's City for a valuable consideration to me paid by Thomas Selby of Somerset County do Assign, Sell and make over unto the said Thomas all my right, Title and Interest of, in and to Twenty five Rights to Land to me due by assignment from Samuell Gibbons of Bristoll, merchant, due the said Samuell for Transporting Robert Hutchins, Robert Mackahee, Agnes Sincler, John Grey, Thomas Mercer, Anthony Winslow, William Winslow, James Winslow, John Miller, James Grear, John Lynsey, John Keane, John Macknamerry, Jeffery Mackvey, Mathew Shaw, John Bradshaw, John Tarneck, Alexander Wallis, Daniell Henry, John Mackelman, Robert Orr, Hugh Maynard, James Feilding, Andrew Agnew, and Daniell Macknele into this province to Inhabit. To have and to hold the Said five and Twenty Rights to Land to him the Said Thomas Selby, his heirs and Assigns forever, Witness my hand and Seale this Sixth of November 1674  Witnesses: John Blomfeild    Robert Ridgely {Seale} 
Robert Ellis" 
      Presuming he served a seven year indenture contract, James would have been a free man for 6 years before his next appearance.  Oddly no records seem to have been located for those years. James did marry Ann Taylor, daughter of Arthur Taylor and Margaret (Hill) Taylor, date unknown.  On "June 6, 1687. To all Christian people, to whom these presents shall come ... I, Arthur Taylor, of Gunpowder River, in Baltimore County, Maryland, Planter, for and in consideration of natural love and affection which I have and do bear unto James Grear and Ann, his wife, as also for divers and other good reasons and considerations..." 75 acres... part "Arthur's Choice" on Bird Run  (in Maryland) This is NOT Arthur's will, some believe it to be a wedding gift.  This is 13 years after James arrived in British America.
      In 1688 James and Ann had a son named John.  There is no will found on James but his name disappears at about this time.  Often when a person dies without a will it was due to sudden illness or accident. (TL NOTE If he was the Grierson of Capenoch he would have been mid 60's and less likely to have failed to write a will.)

      Ann, James wife, is next found married to Lawrence Richardson.  He was listed as " custodian for ye Orphans of James Grear"  Much discussion about how many children Ann and James had, but it could have been just a misreading of the record.   At the very least, no evidence of any adult children making a claim to the "Arthur's Choice" property, besides John, has been located.
      Ann Taylor Greer Richardson  is believed to have had at least one child with Richardson named Thomas. b. about 1692.

      About Ann's 2nd Husband, Lawrence Richardson
On the 19th of May, 1680, a small party of Indians attacked the house of Thomas Richardson at the head of Gunpowder River, but were put to flight by Richardson [Later Lt. Col .Thomas Richardson, Chief Ranger and Surveyor for County] and his brother Lawrence Richardson. 
In 1693, Lawrence Richardson was named as a vestryman of old St. John's Parish in Baltimore County, Maryland.

      Ann was widowed again.  She married a third time, now to Oliver Harriett.  
                                                                                                                             to be continued

Monday, January 23, 2017

Our Salem Witch Connection- First Accused- Ann Holland

     Ann Holland was born in England about 1603. Researchers have claimed she was the daughter of Richard Holland and Winifred Pearse.  Ann married Roger Bassett at St. Martin's Church on April 27,1623  in Dorking (now in Surrey county) England. They had at least one child, William Bassett baptized at the same church on May 30, 1624.  Roger died when William was young. as we find that Ann has married Hugh Burt sometime between Oct 1628  and June 17, 1635, the date the Burt family registered for passage on the ship"Abigail".  The Shipmaster Robert Blackwell (or Hackwell?), listed Hugh Burt, Mrs. Anne Burt, Edward Burt, and William Bassett on the passenger list  and Hugh Burt Jr. was listed on July 1,1635.

     The Burt family settled at the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Hugh Burt Sr. was granted 60 acres in 1638 and was listed as "husbandman" meaning farmer.

       Ann Burt was a Quaker and that was not a popular religious choice.   Researchers claim she was both a midwife and a talented healer. This  may have been her first bit of trouble was when she was mentioned in  Dec 1643 when "Auld Churchman of Lynn" was presented ( chastised?) for living without his wife for seven or eight years, and "for having the wife of Hugh Burt locked with him alone in his house". A few months later on 4 Aug 1644, Hugh Burt appraised the estate of this same Hugh Churchman, in whose will Burt's son Edward was bequeathed 10 shillings. (TL NOTE  Could Ann have been there to care for the man while he was ill?)

        Hugh Burt died in 1661.  In November 1669, there was a charge of witchcraft brought against "Goodwife Burt".  Several people testified against her, yet there is no indication that the court made any decision on the matter. This was one of the first if not the first witchcraft charge in in Lynn,Massachusetts records

"Bethiah Carter, aged 23 years, deposed that she heard Sarah Towsan say when she was a maid & lived with Goodwife Burt that the latter told the said Sarah if she could believe in her God she would cure her body and soul, but Goodwife Burt said she could not cure her own husband because he would not believe in her God, but her maid did and was cured. Since then the said Sarah has been sorely afflicted with sad fits 'Crying out and Rayling agaynst me sayin My father carryed me to boston but Carryed her to Lin too an auld wich'. Sarah told her further that she had seen the said Burt appear often at her bed's feet in the day and night."

"Phillip Reade, Physician, aged about 45 years, deposed that he had been sent for several times to see Sara Townsan and her sister Carter, both being very ill. 'Sd Sara townsend being in a more sadder Condiccion he had noe oppertunyty to Examine her Condiccion but did playnly perceive there was no Naturall caus for such unnatural fits but being sent for the 4th time and finding her in a meat Capassity to Give information of her agreunac and Caus of her former fits she tould me the abovesd Burt had afflickted her and if ever she did Relate it to anyone she would afflict her wors one however after had a sadder fit than evar sha had afore: then I askt her who afflict her Now abd what the matter was she Replide with a great scrich she had tould me already and she did Now Suffer for it.' "

"John Knight, aged about 47 years, deposed that he 'was goinge to fetch some things for his wife and he saw old goody burt coming out of the swamp and shee was in her smok sleeves and a blake hancacher and black cap on her head and hee looked upp and suddenly shee was gone out of sight and I looked aboute and could not see her, when I came into the house I found her in the same habit as I saw her and he said unto her did I not see you in the swamp even now and she said noe I was in the house and he tould her she was a light headed woman.' "

"Maddelene Pearson, aged about 50 years, deposed that she heard Sarah Pearson say when her father had her down to Goodwife Burts to be cured of her sore that the first night she was there the said Burt put her to bed..... Burt said 'Sarah will you smokit and giving of the pipe she smokit', and Sarah fell into fits again and said Goodwife Burt brought the devil to torment her."

The full text of the "Records and files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County"  can be found in volume four (starts on page 207)  at this web site

Anne Burt wrote her will on June 8, 1664 and appears to have died about late 1672 to early 1673.   The estate was divided between her son William and her grandchildren.  This is the iventory list of her possessions:
Inventory of the estate of Anne Burt, taken Mar. 18, 1672-3, by William Crofts and Francis Burrill:
one petecot & wastcott, £1 10s.the Remene of her wooling aperill, £5 12s.too fether Beds, too Boulsters, too Pillos, three Blankits, one tapeistre Coverin, £2 18s.more weareing aparill, £1 6s.too cortings, Bibil & one other Booke, 6s.fiue peare of shets & one sheet, £3 11s.a rable Cloth & 8 napkins, £1three pillowbeares & other small things, 7s.three shifts, 8s.small linin, £2 10s. 7d.peuter & tin, 2d.Bras & Iron, £2 18s.too yeards of Peniston, 8s.3 Chists, too boxes, one trunk, £1too wheeles, too cheirs & other lumber, £1one couw, £3ten shep, 5£sillver, £2 10s.due to her £3total £47 2s. 6d.
Attested 26d:4m:1673 by William Bassett.
[Essex County Quarterly Court Files, volume 20, leaves 48, 49Essex Probate, volume 2, pp. 361-362]

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thomas Wallen the "Bad Boy"

 Thomas Walling - court records  Plymouth colony  1650
"The fourth of Aprell, 1650. Tho Wallen, Richard Carle, Gorg Way, Katheren Warner, and Mary Mills were apprehended at Barnstable,
 in the jurisdiction of New Plym; and on the eight day of Aprell, aforsaid, they being examined before William Bradford, gent, Gouer,
Willam Collyar, and Willam Thomas, gent, Assistants, confessed yt they, the said Tho Wallen, Richard Carle, & Gorge Way did healpe
away Katheren Warner & Mary Mills, who were run away from theire husbands; and for yt purpose yt Richard Carle aforsaid did steale  his fathers boat, which they came away in; it was therefore ordered by the Gouer & Assistants aboue mensioned, that the aforsaid  Gorg Way, Katheren Warner, & Mary Mills should bee sent from constabel to constable to the place from whence they came, wh is a place  called Winter Harbor, near Richmans Iland to the eastward; and yt Tho Wallen & Richard Carle aforsaid bee comitted to ward; all which  accordingly was forthwith pformed."
(TL NOTE apparently Winter Harbor is in present-day Maine I think commited to ward might be a little like colonial house arrest )
Genealogical Dictionary of New Hampshire and Maine reveals a Thomas Warner whose wife Katheren went “with an eloping party from Winter Harbor to Barnstable.”
 The Early Records of the Town of Providence--1662/63
-For asmuch as Thomas Walling, formerly inhabitant of this Towne of providence; hath departed this towne, the Towne being doubtfull of his return to take care for the Releife of the wife and child which he hath left in the Towne: This to signiffie unto all persons, that the town hath seized into their handes and Secured, all the estate of the said Thomas Walling....
 Court Oct. 1664 Providence, Providence, RI:  Indicted by the grand Jury for Committing Fornication with Ann Smith... pay forye shillings or to be whipt. The sayd walwin Doth Choose to pay Fortye shllings

He returned for a while then abandoned his wife and children again in  1667
“in October of 1666 Thomas Walling was found guilty of assault on Robert Colwell and paid a bond of 20 pounds, but he failed to appear in court and forfeited his bond. It turned out that he had run away with Colwell's wife Margaret White, whom Colwell subsequently divorced.”

In a separate incident, William White's daughter, Margaret, already married to Robert Colwell, ran away with her married neighbor, Thomas Walling; both deserted their families. Colwell secured his divorce 2 July 1667; Margaret had returned to Boston and was ordered to be publicly whipped 15 stripes and was fined £5 in October 1666.

 Thomas was also whipped this time twice once in Providence and the other was I believe in Boston

Poor Mary, first Wife of Thomas Wallen
from -- Thomas Wallen/Walling: Pilgrim Rogue?  by Joan Gatturna
"Roger Williams wrote the following to the town of Providence: “I understand that one of the orphans of our dear friend Daniel Abbott is likely(as she herself told me) to be disposed of in marriage.'Tis true she has now come to some years, but who knows not what need the poor maid hath of your fatherly care, counsel and direction. I would not disparage the young man (for I hear he hath been laborious)...”
 Williams went on to urge the town to seek assurance that the young man will “forsake his former courses.”

"The Early Records of the Town of Providence
For asmuch as Thomas Walling, formerly inhabitant of this Towne of providence;
hath departed this towne, the Towne being doubtfull of his return to take care
for the Releife of the wife and child which he hath left in the Towne: This to
signiffie unto all persons, that the town hath seized into their handes and Secured,
 all the estate of the said Thomas Walling......
There are several entries about the absence of Thomas. Mary petitions the town to be
relieved of the care of an apprentice named Daniel Comstock, as she can no longer care
for him. During the same year she also apprentices her own son Gerhom to Nathaniel Mowry.
 The entries about the apprenticeships are dated 1667, the same year as the divorce of
Margaret and Robert Colwell. Mary Abbott Wallen dies in 1669  and Thomas reappears to marry Margaret Colwell. "

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