Hopkins County, Kentucky Pensioners

 

Yesterday's Tuckaways

Vol. 1 Issue 1, 4, 1969

 

Hopkins County, KY

ORDER BOOK AUGUST 1831-DECEMBER 1839

Excerpts copied by Marian G Hammers 

 

Ordered that Joshua Hanks be appointed guardian for William, Elizabeth, Thomas, Stephen, Mary, Ann, David and Samuel Hanks, orphans of Thomas Hanks, dec'd. Amos Lacy and James Stanley were securities. Aug 9, 1831 County Ct. [pg 2]

 

John Ramsey, a soldier of the Revolution, produced into court a declaration of his enlistment services and made oath that he was a resident of said county, aged 73 years that he enlisted for the term of 6 weeks at a time in the militia in the year 1774 in the state of South Carolina under the Company Command of John Barclay in the regiment commanded by Colonel Eli Kershaw and continued to serve in the said Corps until the end of the War when he was discharged from the service in 1781 in S.C. It was proved to the satisfaction of the Court that he did serve in the Revolutionary War. February 13, 1832 County Court. [pg 29]

 

Samuel Whitesides, guardian for Lecryer, Minerva, Harriet, Margared M and James Martin, orphans of James Martin, deceased.  His accounts for guardianship approved by Hopkins County Court April 9, 1832. [pg 39]

 

John Phipps, a soldier of the Revolution and applicant for a pension produced in Court his declaration under an Act of Congress of 7 June 1832 and made oath to the same.  Whereupon the Court does hereby declare their opinion that the said Phipps was a Revolutionary Soldier. August 13, 1832 County Court. [pg 59]

 

Robert Newton, a soldier of the Revolution and applicant for a pension. The Court does hereby agree.  August 13, 1832. [pg 59]

 

James Logan, a soldier of the Revolution and applicant for a pension. The Court does hereby agree.  August 13, 1832. [pg 59]

 

Joseph Wilson, a soldier of the Revolution and applicant for a pension. The Court does hereby agree.  George Timmons, Daniel Ashby, Peter Ashby, Mandley Winstead were also pension applicants.  August 13, 1832. [pg 60-70]

 

John Hill, John Hankins, Samuel Downey, William Hopkins, John Herrin were also applicants for a Revolutionary War pension. August 13, 1832. [pg 62-63]

 

William M Castleberry, William Davis, George Wright, John Carter were Revolutionary War applicants. October 8, 1832. [pg 66-69]

 

David Clarke made application for Revolutionary War pension. November 12, 1832. [pg 72]

 

The Court pays to Isaiah Jackson for care and support of Hulda Jane Scruggs, bare born child of Judy Scruggs. November 12, 1832. [pg 74]

 

Robert Karr, agent for the heirs of James Karr, dec'd, lists for taxation certain properties. December 10, 1832. [pg 82]

 

Richard H Brown, dec'd.  Settlement by Administrators, unnamed. December 10, 1832. [pg 83]

 

Alexander Majors and David Weeks, soldiers of the Revolution makes application for pension. January 14, 1833. [pg 86-87]

 

Samuel Stevenson, orphan of William Stevenson, dec'd, came into Court and made choice of George Herrin as his guardian. February 11, 1833. [pg 89]

 

Ann Coffman, widow of Isaac Coffman, her dower assigned by any three of the following: Beckley Jackson, Jesse Brown, John B Ruby and Nathaniel Harding. February 11, 1833. [pg 89]

 

Henry Howell, exempt from paying County Levy. (Note: by Editor, a man was usually exempt from paying levy or taxes due to old age, during these early years of our country). February 11, 1833. [pg 91]

 

Lewis Frances, orphan of Edmund Frances, deceased, makes his choice of a guardian, who was David H Thomas. February 11, 1833. [pg 91]

 

Ordered that several Christian denominations be permitted to preach in the Courthouse in the future (Samuel Morton and Joseph Crabtree, Esquires, dissenting.) February 11, 1833. [pg 92]

 

George Timmons of this County, came into Court and made oath in due form of law that Peter Ashby, late of this County, deceased, a pensioner of the United States, departed this life on 29th day of January 1833 and that Winny Ashby is the widow of the said decedent. April 8, 1833. [pg 98]

 

Ordered that Joseph Alexander and Edward Baldwin be and they are hereby exempt from paying County levy in the present year and in the future they being old and infirm. April 8, 1833. [pg 101]

 

(The following should help several of our members and is a real "find".)

 

Inventory and Appraisement of estate of Nicholas Harding, dec'd. This day Colonel Daniel Ashby, aged 73 years and Captain George Timmons, aged 72 years, citizens of the County and pensioners of the U.S. and highly credible persons came into Court and being duly sworn sayeth that Lewis Howell of Gallatin County, Illinois is the oldest brother of Vincent Howell who was a Lieutenant in the Virginia Continental line and died in the service during the Revolutionary War and that said Lewis Howell is the eldest son of William Howell who was a wagon maker in the Virginia Continental line and died in the service during the War of the Revolution, that Zachariah Fugate, Martin Fugate, Lewis Fugate, Sally Berry, wife of William Berry, Katherine Slaton, wife of Arthur Slaton, Letty Clifft, wife of William Clifft and Polly Fugate are the children and heirs at-law of Martha Fugate, formerly Martha Howell, daughter of aforesaid decedant  William Howell and sister of the said Lewis Howell.  That Vincent Howell and Mason Howell are the children and heirs at-law of Jilson Howell, dec'd, who was also the son of said decedent, William Howell and brother to the said Lewis Howell all of which is ordered to be recorded.  May 13, 1833. [pg 104] (Copied as it appeared in Order Book.)

 

(If there is doubt as to the relation of Nicholas Harding to the Howells then the following record was found which may explain the connection.

Written February 12, 1833; recorded July 8, 1842.

 

Deed book 12, pg 414.  Nancy Harding, widow of Nicholas Harding, relinquishes her claim to estate of her husband.  One child was Mary Ashby and her husband John Ashby, both deceased and land is to her heirs Enos S Ashby, Stephen Ashby, William J Ashby, Nancy Howell, wife of Vincent Howell; Sally Ashby, wife of Daniel Ashby; Emily Ashby, wife of Enos G Ashby; Betsy Stodgill, wife of John Stodgill; Lucinda Crabtree, wife of John Crabtree and Matilda Robertson, wife of Edwin Robertson.

(Other names are also mentioned.))

 

Yesterdays Tuckaways

Volume II, Issue 1

 

This day purporting to be the last will and testament of Eleazer Givens, dec'd, was produced in Court together with the com ? pend under the order of this Court for the taking of the probate of said will in Pope County in State of Illinois and the certificate of James Rankin, Judge of Probate thereof had been regularly taken as required by said commission whereupon the said instrument is ordered to be recorded in the Clerk's Office of this Court (Hopkins County) as and for the last will and testament of said decedent and on the motion of Eleazer Givens one of the Executors named in said will.  November 11, 1833. [pg 125]

 

William Bishop, his heirs at law proven.  This day it was proven to the satisfaction of the court by the oath of William Gordon of this County that Eli Bishop, Rhoda Caldwell, wife of George Caldwell, William Bishop, Rebecca Miller, wife of Alexander Miller, Martha Fox, wife of Jeremiah Fox, James Bishop and Hannah B Will, wife of Christopher R Will, are the children and heirs at law of William Bishop of this County. December 9, 1833. [pg 133]

 

William Inglish, John T Robertson and Alred King be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to let and supervene the execution on the public square of a sufficient whiping post and pillory to be levied at the next Court of Claims. December 9, 1833. [pg 133]

 

It was proven in Court this day by the oath of Charles M Brown of this County that Charles Brown, late a pensioner of the United States,  departed this life on the 8th day of October 1833 and that the said Charles Brown was the identical person named in an original certificate now here shown to the Court bearing date 5th June 1830 and signed by John H Eaton, Secretary of War, granting to the said Charles Brown a pension of $8.00 per month and numbered 20158.  And it was further proven to the Court that Tabitha Brown is the widow os said Charles Brown, deceased, and that she is now living. January 13, 1834. [pg 136]

 

John Littlepage, deceased, heirs at law proven in Court by the oath of William Davis of this County that Epps Littlepage, Richard Littlepage, John Littlepage, Ellis Littlepage, James Littlepage, Elizabeth Hawlett, wife of Alfred Hewlett and Polly Sisk, wife of Andrew Sisk. January 13, 1834. [pg 136]

 

Satisfactory proof was this day made in open Court by the oath of Mrs Nancy Ashby of this county that Henrietta Jamerson of this County is the widow of Isaac Browning, deceased, late of Logan County, Ky. January 13, 1834. [pg 138]

 

Stephen Ashby, his heirs at law proven in Court by oath of John Combs of this County athat Daniel Ashby, Letty Neal, widow of Thomas Neal, deceased, Absolom Ashby, John Ashby, Stephen Ashby, Enos Ashby, Rose Timmons, wife of George Timmons, and Anne Prather, wife of Thomas Prather. That they were the children and heirs at law of Capt. Stephen Ashby who departed this life in May 1797 in what was then Christian County, Ky.  It was further proven to the satisfaction of the Court that the said decedent at the time of his death was a citizen and resident of Mercer County, Ky. January 13, 1834. [pg 137]

 

Enos Ashby, his heirs at law proven by the oath of John Combs of this County that Daniel Ashby, Willis Ashby and Presley Ashby are the children and heirs at law of Enos Ashby, deceased, who was the son and one of the heirs at law of Capt. Stephen Ashby, deceased, who departed this life in May 1797 in then which was Christian County, Ky. January 13, 1834. [pg 137]

 

Timmons heirs proven.  Satisfactory proof was this day made in open Court by the oath of Hannah Branson of this County that Sally Branson, wife of Liner Branson, Fielding Timmons, Hannah Timmons, Patsy Pidcock, wife of Amos B Pidcock, Betsey Timmons, Mace Timmons and Anne Branson, wife of Bayles Branson are the children and heirs at law of Rosey Timmons, deceased, former wife of George Timmons and that the said Rosey Timmons, deceased, was the daughter of Stephen Ashby, deceased, a Captain in the War of the Revolution.  It was further proven to the satisfaction of thie Court by the oath of Hannah Branson that James Prather, Stephen Prather, John Prather, Philip Prather, Washington Prather, Rebecca Ashby, wife of Nathaniel Ashby, Elena Crabtree, wife of Joseph Crabtree, Letty Murphey, wife of Charles Murphey and Rosey Crabtree, wife of William Crabtree are the children and heirs at law of Anne Prather, deceased, and that the said Ann Prather, deceased, was another daughter of the said decedent Stephen Ashby. February 10, 1834. [pg 139]

 

Peter H Matthews, a Soldier of the Revolution, applies for a pension with War Department.  February 10, 1834. [pg 140]

 

Administration of the Estate of Dicy White, deceased, late wife of James S White, granted to the said James S White. April 14, 1834. [pg 142]

 

More heirs of Capt. Stephen Ashby were besides ones named on pages 137 and 139 are as follows:  Iley Prather, Thomas T Prather, Fielding T Prather, Sally Ann Prather, James Ashby, Lewis Ashby, Wilson Ashby, Sally Prather, wife of Philip Prather, Anne Barr, wife of Alfred Barr and Gemima Pritchett, wife of Robert Pritchett. Excluded as heirs were the children of Letty Neal. April 14, 1834. [pg 145]

 

Ordered that Mary E Givens be hereby appointed Guardian for Hannah Ann, Harriet N Dixon, Frances, Eveline, Joseph and Helen Givens, orphans of Eleazer Givens, deceased. Whereupon said Mary E Givens with Samuel Montgomery, Payne Dixon and George G Cash, the last two her securities of bond of $1000. May 12, 1834. [pg 154]

 

Thomas Dossett, a Soldier of the Revolution applies for a pension this day, produced in Court his declaration under the Act of Congress passed 7th June 1832, under oaths of Abner Cates and John Donoho. May 12, 1834. [pg 156]

 

Upon the oath of Alexander Cates of this County, that Sally Phipps was proven to be the widow of John Phipps, deceased, late a pensioner of the United States departed this life the 26th day of July 1834 and he was the identical person named in an original certificate No. 7644 dated 95h day of May 1833, granting $120 per annum. October 13, 1834. [pg 178]

 

The will of Joshua Wiatt, deceased, was produced in Court and proven to be the last will and testament of the deceased by James Edminston and Charles Wiatt, two of the subscribing witnesses.  And on the motion of George Wiatt, the Executor named in said will (who made oath as the law directs) cut? is granted him for obtaining papers of administration. November 10, 1834. [pg 182]

 

Patsey McGary is appointed Guardian for Henry Harrison McGary, Garrett W McGary, Sarah J McGary, Samuel D T McGary and Elizabeth J C McGary, orphans of James McGary, deceased.  November 14, 1834. [pg 183]

 

Vol II, Issue 2

 

Daniel Mencer, Jr is appointed Guardian for Henry Mencer, Drucilla Mencer, Jona Mencer, David Mencer and Elizabeth Mencer, orphans of Jonas Mencer, deceased, he giving security whereupon the said Daniel Mencer with Sarah Mencer and Thomas Gilliland his securities, executed bond of $300. November 10, 1834. [pg 185]

 

William Bishop, his heirs, exhibit their declaration in order to obtain pension. Rhoda Caldwell, Eli Bishop, William Bishop, Alexander Miller, Martha Fox, James Bishop and Hannah B Will, children and heirs at law of William Bishop, a lunatic.  Applicants for a pension produced in Court their declaration under the Act of Congress passed 7th June 1832. December 8, 1834. [pg 193]

 

Ordered that David Chandler be and he is hereby appointed Guardian for Mary Jane, Richard James and Jefferson Key, orphans of Jefferson Key, deceased.  Securities were Lawson Robertson and Joseph Fuquay on a bond of $3000. February 9, 1835. [pg 203]

 

William Lynn appointed Guardian for Nancy, James and Eliza Gish Lynn, orphans of James Lynn, deceased.  Securities were James Prather, Daniel Ashby, Jr., and John Blew for bond of $1000. February 9, 1835. [pg 203]

 

Ordered that Martha Bailey be and she hereby appointed Guardian for Lewis W., Ann, Emily, Matilda, William D., Sally C and John Bailey, orphans of John Bailey, deceased.  Barnaba S Bailey, with Martha Bailey, gave security of bond of $250.  April 13, 1835. [pg 206]

 

"Matthew Ledbetter, produced to the Court, credentials of his ordination and of his being in regular communion with the Christian Society, called the Christian Church and took the oath of fidelity to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and with Peyton Cox and Charles T Winstead, his securities, executed bond in the penalty and conditioned as the law directs whereupon a testimonial is granted him to celebrate the rites of matrimony between persons legally applying to him in this state."  April 13, 1835. [pg 207]

 

Satisfactory proof was this day made to the Court by the oath of John Bleu of the County that James Logan, late a pensioner of the United States departed this life in this County on the 28th day of February 1835 and that the said James Logan was an unmarried man and was the identical person named in a original certificate now here shown to the Court bearing date at the War Office on the 16th day of November 1832 signed by John Robb Acting Scretary of War granting to the said decedent a pension of $110 per annum during his natural life, commencing on the 11th day of March 1831 and further that Thomas Logan, Polly Logan, Nancy Logan, Ann Ashby (late Logan) wife of William Ashby and Louisa R Lynn wife of William Lynn are children and grandchildren and only heirs at law of said decedant James Logan.  April 13, 1835. [pg 208]

 

A report of a settlement of the affairs of Nancy Ashby, guardian for Benjamin S Ashby, Dorothy B Ashby, America H Ashby and Susan C Ashby, was returned to Court.  May 11, 1835.  [pg 216]

 

This day the Clerk reported to this Court that the official records and papers of Wright W Willis, Esquire, late a Justice of the Peace of this County had been returned and deposited in the Clerk's office. July 13, 1835. [pg 220]

 

William P Hamton of this County made oath that Daniel Ashby, Senr., late a pensioner of the United States departed this life on the 13th day of September 1834 and who received his pension from the U.S. War Department on 16th day of November 1832 of $110, certificate No 2062 and that the said Daniel Ashby, Senr., was at the time of his death an unmarried man and that Absalom Ashby, John Ashby, Jr., (Ed: that is what it says), Daniel Ashby, Jr., and Sally Boyce wife of Nicholas Boyce are the only living children of the said decedent Daniel Ashby, Sr. July 13, 1835. [pg 222]

 

"It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the Courthouse of this county is unsafe and that it will in all probability shortly fall, and that the same is not susceptable of being repaired. Whereupon it is ordered that Lawson Robertson, Samuel Morton, James Armstrong, Benjamin L Todd, John M Whobry, Burwell R Bacon and Sam Woodson be and they are hereby appointed commissioners who a majority of them to draft a plan for a new brick Courthouse for this county to be erected on the site now occupied by the present Courthouse report to this Court at the next term. July 13, 1835.  [pg 225]

 

Ordered that the Clerk of the Court bind to John L Woolfolk, blacksmith, John Ezzell, orphan of Berryman Izzell, deceased.  August 10, 1835. [pg 229]

 

William Davis, Sr., is exempt from paying of county levy in future, he being aged and infirm. [pg 229].  Jesse Gatlin, Sr., is also exempted from paying county levy because of being aged and infirm.  August 10, 1835. [pg 230]

 

Satisfactory proof was this day made in open Court by the oath of John McMullen that Robert Newton, late a pensioner of the United States departed this life the 7th day of September 1835.  Who had received pension No. 19284 by Secretary of War Lew Cass and that Elizabeth Newton, the widow is now living.  October 12, 1835. [pg 231]

 

The planned building of the new Courthouse was to be erected by "the lowest bidder at public auction after having advertized the time and place of letting the same for one month in the Journal and the Advertizer printed in the city of Louisville and on the door of the old Courthouse of this county and such other places as the commissionars may think proper". And Courthouse was to be completed on or before the lst day of June 1837. October 12, 1835.  [pg 232]

 

Inventory and appraisment of estates of Isaac Metcalf, deceased, and John Clark, deceased, were recorded at this time. October 12, 1835. [pg 232]

 

Administration of estate of Ann Harvey, deceased, granted to Lemuel Hewlett and Augustine Hewlett.  Securities were Joel D Browning and John Hardison of $500 bond.  October 12, 1835. [pg 232]

 

William Metcalf, orphan of Isaac Metcalf, deceased, came into Court and made choice of John Malin as his Guardian. October 12, 1835. [pg 234]

 

John Clark, deceased, his heirs named were: Elizabeth Clark, guardian for Lafayette Washington Clark, Martha __aline Clark, Gilbert Newton Clark, John Thomas Clark and Benjamin Clark, orphans of John Clark, deceased.  Elizabeth Clark executed bond of $1000 with George Clark her surety.  October 12, 1835. [pg 234]

 

Administration of estate of Alexander Major, deceased, granted to Thomas Miller with Presley Ashby and Ambrose G Gordon, his securities.  November 9, 1835.  [pg 241]

 

This day Samuel Alexander Steele orphan of Polly Steele, formerly Polly Downey, deceased, came into Court and made choice of John Downey as his guardian who was also appointed guardian to Rachel Ann Elizabeth another orphan of said decedent.  The Sureties were Samuel and Robert Downey, another orphan of Polly Steele, deceased, was James J V Steele named in next record on page. November 9, 1835. [pg 241]

 

This day Absalom Ashby, John Ashby, Jr., and Daniel Ashby, Jr., children of Daniel Ashby, Sr., deceased, stated in Court that Sally Boyce, wife of Nicholas Boyce and daughter of said decedent is a citizen of the state of Missouri.  December 14, 1835. [pg 251]

 

Alexander Majors children proven by oath of Mortimer Craig of this county that Alexander Major, late a pensioner of the U.S. departed this life on 27th day of August 1835.  Certificate No. 13509 pension of $23.33 per annum. That William Major, James Major, Alexander Major, Jr., Robert Major, Polly Craig, wife of Samuel Craig, Martha Houghland wife of James Houghland, Catherine Miller wife of Thomas Miller and Sally Major are the only children of said decedent.  On page 253 it states that Robert Major and Alexander Major, Jr., were citizens of state of Illinois. December 14, 1835.  [pg 252]

 

County court ordered that John Threlkel be appointed guardian for Mary Elizabeth, Huldah, Rice M and Hester Ann Ashby orphans of Willis Ashby, deceased.  Securities were: Thomas Orton, William Orton, John Blue, Marcus Slaton and Threlkel. January 11, 1836. [pg 256]

 

Walles S Britt, administrator of the estate of Joseph Savage, deceased, late a surgeions mate in the Army of the Revolution in the Virginia Continental line, is granted (the said Britt) administration of the estate.  Securities were Orlean Bishop, Eli Bishop, Richard B Savage, Hugh W McNary and Sam Woodson. February 8, 1836. [pg 260]

 

Administration of the estate of Richard Baker, deceased, granted to Larkin Martin and Lucinda Baker, widow of descedant. Securities were Frederick D Word and Ambrose G Gordon. February 8, 1836. [pg 263]

 

This day John Robertson of this county, aged 71 years, came into court and being sworn deposeth and saith that he was born and raised in Powhatan County in the state of Virginia, four miles from residence of Capt. Hughes Woodson, deceased, that his acquaintance with said decedent commenced with the earliest recollection of the Deponent, that he is well satisfied that the said decedent was a Captain in the Virginia Continental line in the War of the Revolution as he could be not having been himself in the Service with said decedent that said decedent was reported to be a Captain in said line and was absent from home the greater part of the time the Revolution and that to the best of his recollection said decedent departed this life in the County of Powhatan in the state of Virginia aforesaid in or about the year 1803 or 1804.  He, said Robertson further states that Jesse Woodson and Hughes Owens and Sally, his wife, formerly Sally Woodson of the said County of Powhatan in the state of Virginia.  Hughes Woodson, Samuel Woodson, Thomas J Woodson, Quinton Kelly and Lucy Ann his wife formerly Lucy Ann Woodson of this County, George Berry and Elizabeth his wife, formerly Elizabeth Woodson and Jesse Woodson of __blank__ County in the state of Missouri are the only heirs at law of said decedent Hughes Woodson.  The Court ordered the same to be certified accordingly. February 8, 1836. [pg 263]

 

Administration of the estate of Samuel H Graham, deceased, granted to David H Thomason. April 11, 1836. [pg 267] 

 

Administration of estate of John Price, deceased granted to Miles Baker.  April 11, 1836. [pg 269]

 

Satisfactory proof was this day made in open Court by the oath of John Malin of this county that George Wright late a pensioner of the United States departed this life on the 26th day of February 1836 and that the said George Wright was the identical person named in the original certificate now being shown to the Court bearing date 6th day of February 1833 and signed by Lew Cass, Secretary of War granting the said Wright a pension of $47.97 per annum during his natural life commencing the 4th day of March 1831, number 5270 and it was further proved to the Court  that Sarah Wright is the widow of said George Wright and that she is still living. April 11, 1836. [pg 270-271]

 

On the application of Nathan Hibbs, it is ordered that John Dorris be appointed guardian for James R Hibbs orphan of John S Hibbs, deceased. April 11, 1836. [pg 273]

 

Settlement of the accounts of John Matthews, guardian for William Alexander was approved by this court. May 9, 1836. [pg 278.]

 
 

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