Adair County Brick Wall Archives



Posted 12/31/09

Burton /McElroy / Irvine/Holt/ Bailey /Blair

I would like to connect with anyone researching the Burton /McElroy / Irvine/Holt/ Bailey /Blair Revolutionary War Soldiers lines connected to Ky .Thanks in advance, ava Powell ,

Posted 10/26/09


Looking for anyone with a connection to a Anna/Ann Bond who married a Sweeton, Sweden, and lived in Adair Co KY abt 1850,1860. Thanks, Roy Chadwick,

Posted 10/23/09


I am trying to find the parents of Nancy Scott she married William Triplett 1834 in Adair Co., Kentucky.  I have their marriage date.  I believe she was born about 1815 in Kentucky.  I realize that this may be original research, so I am open to suggestions as to where to search (court records, land records etc.)., James Triplett

Posted 10/23/09


I am searching for any information on the parentage of Mary K. Williams McAllister born ca 1806 in Ky. and died after 1873 , she and her husband Samuel McAllister lived in Adair Co. Ky. 1840,1850,1860 and she as a widow in 1870. Mary was a school teacher, Samuel was a farmer and Mill owner, mill located  on the Adair/Casey Co. line. Both may have connections to Lincoln Co. Ky. Always willing to share info. Thanks, Marilyn M. Fair , other names researching...Patton, Floyd, Bryant, Lane, Smith, Butler.

Posted 10/23/09


Searching for Carney's of Adair County KY: William Henry Carney, Stanley Carney, Thanks! Tonya Carney Archey Web Site:

Posted 08/06/09


I have been searching for the parents of an Olivia (Viola?) and Rachel Montgomery. They supposedly emigrated from KY to Southern IL in the early 1800's after their father (possibly a John Montgomery) died in KY.
Olivia and Rachel were both supposedly born ca. 1805. Thanks, Vic Artale,

Posted 08/06/09


My g-g-g-g grandfather, Thomas Dunbar was married June 3, 1803 to Nancy Graves Whitesides. Their
son Sidney Smith Dunbar was born March 3, 1808 and he lived in the Columbia area where he raised his family. By the time of the 1810 census he is no longer in the picture and Nancy is shown as Head of Household, and she later remarried to a Richard Perkins. Does any one have any idea what happened to him, and where he might have been from. He is the family brickwall. Any help will be very welcome! Karen Dunbar,


Posted 07/05/09


I am searching for the date and place of death of my great-grandfather, James Henry Stone. He last appeared in the 1880 Adair CO. federal census as living in Cane Valley. Also looking for the same info on his wife, Rebecca Martha Stone, who disappeared from the records at the same time. I hope someone out there can help. Thank you, Patricia Stone Green,

Posted 06/27/09

Wright / Blackerty

Looking for information regarding Joe Wright and Jase Blackerty shootout in Junction City, KY in 1897. Joe Wright was a frequent visitor to Columbia and was well known in that area. Any help appreciated! RL, (A link to more info is here

Posted 06/07/09


My great grand father, Henry Edwards, was born in Adair County in 1809. This means
his father, Henry Edwards, was in Kentucky at that time. He was born aout 1765. We do not know where.
Thank you for any help that you can provide, Kay Keplinger

Posted 06/07/09


I am looking for infromation about Josiah Campbell b. 7/23/1789 in Adair County. Who was his father? Where was he born? He married Elizabeth Edwards on 9/12/1811, she was born about 1790 in VA They had 4 children the last was born in March 1825 his name was Josiah Campbell also. Thanks, Robert Campbell,

Posted 06/07/09

Thomas / Hardwick

I am interested in these two families who lived in the County from about 1799 through 1840.  They came from Buckingham County, Virginia.  

My ancestor, Robert Thomas, a Revolutionary War veteran, died in 1830 and he was appointed Sheriff of the County in 1812.  His father, John Thomas, died in 1807 and his mother, Anne, died in 1812.    Is there a cemetery in Adair County with Thomases?  The Thomas family lived on the north side of the Green River between Neatsville and the Casey County line.  [There is a Thomastown Cemetery in Casey County, but that cemetery contains the family of Hardin Thomas, brother to Robert.]  I had extensive searches done on my families by Ruth Burdette in 1969.  She is now deceased. Also my ancestor, Thomas Hardwick, died in 1807 in the County.  Looking for a Hardwick cemetery in Adair County. Any help would be appreciated. Bob Schamber,

Posted 05/16/09


Looking for any information on the Handy family who came from  Wilkes County, NC. Records show deaths in Adair County  in the late 1700s. Any information would be very appreciated!! Many thanks, Karen Rotterman

Posted 05/16/09


I am looking for a connection to my GGG Grandfather Daniel Cook who was born abt. 1808 in KY.  He bought land in Clifty Creek in 1835 which would have been Adair Co. when he was a child - assuming he stayed in the same area. (Clifty Creek is now located in present day Russell County, close to the towns of Freedom & Sewellton, KY) 

Kentucky Land Grants - Cook, Daniel, Russell Co., 50 Acres, Survey Date: December 23, 1835. Book K-2, Watercourse: Clifty Cr. 

Daniel's ancestors came from Germany and at some point changed their name from Koch to Cook (I know this from DNA).  I'm curious as to what churches the German settlers attended in that area in the early 1800's.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Dave Cook (Decendants of Daniel Cook - 1808 website )

Posted 05/16/09


My father is Berne Bradshaw. He was born and raised in Adair county Ky. I am trying to get more information on the African Americans in Adair County history. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks,  Alicia Stanford,

Posted 04/15/09


I am looking to find the name of the parents to my Great Great Grandmother (2nd Great Grandmother), Letitia Burnett, born 11 Feb 1811 in Adair Kentucky and married to my 2nd Great Grandfather William Bryant.  I would like to know her parent's names and her mother's maiden name if possible.  Any help will be appreciated,  Thank you, Phillip P Bryant

Posted 04/08/09 A Brickwall Found!!!

I found my brickwall! I was looking for James Walker Montgomery born 1824 Adair Co., KY. his parents are Samuel Montgomery and Mary Baily. The parents were born in Rockbridge Co., VA, moved to Adair Co. in 1815 and then to IL in 1830. Samuel and Mary were married in 1814. James W. Montgomery was the sixth child of Samuel and Mary.(first wife), 2nd wife Sarah Haynes 1839. Samuel died 1851, Mary died 1839 in IL. I have a list of the brothers and sisters of James Walker Montgomery, if anyone is interested. Mary L. Montgomery Douglass (polly)

Posted 03/21/09


I am trying to find information on Jesse Burriss, who was born in 1826 in Wayne Co, KY.  Jesse married Elizabeth Dehart (b. 1835, d. 1854) and they had one son, John W. Burress, who passed away in Adair in 1937.  John W. Burress was married to Sarah Perryman. John would be my Great Grandfather.  My grandfather, Logan Neat Burris, was also born in Adair Co. I am hoping to find information on who Jesse's parents were.  I am stuck on Jesse and can find no information beyond what I have listed above.  It definitely doesn't help that every generation decided to spell their last names differently! Any and all help or information is kindly appreciated.  Thank you, Jeffrey Burris,


Posted 03/21/09


Iím the grandson of Moody Hughes and am looking for information on Zachary Hughes. Any help will be appreciated, Lyman Maddox


Posted 03/21/09


I am looking for any information on my great grandmother and great grandfather. James W. Alley born in 1853 in Adair Co. Ky. His father's name was Green L. Alley. James married a woman named Rosa born in 1879 not sure
what her maiden was or where she was born. I would like to know more about my great grandmother. If anyone has any information to share It would mean a lot to me. Jean Harmon Curry,

Posted 03/04/09


I have been looking for Mamie Harriet Harvey's biological mother for some time.  Her father is Samuel Francis Harvey b. 1867.  He eventually married Martha Belle Wheat in 1909.  However, because Martha Belle's birthday is in 1891 and Mamie Harriet's is in 1894, Martha Belle was obviously her STEP mother.  I have Sam Frank in the census of 1870, 1880, 1910, 1920, and 1930..............but NOT 1900.  Do you have any knowledge or information on this problem? Thanks, Chris Pate

Posted 02/21/09

Garnett / Garrett

Looking for info on Elizabeth--possibly Garnett or Garrett from Adair County, married Samuel Kelley b. abt. 1774. They lived in Estill Co. Ky. at death, would like to know if anyone knows them, especially more about Elizabeth. Barbara Thomas,

Posted 02/21/09


I am trying desperately to find Celia Coffey b.abt 1820 She married a John C. Rooks on Aug.16,1848 in Russell Co.As rumor has it,she had children,with different last names,when she married John,& then gave them the Rooks name.My greatgrandfather Decateur Rooks was rumored to have been a Wade.Thanks for ANY info! Kay Pierce,

Posted 02/10/09


I am looking for the Children of Robert and Rachel Greer Judd may have been in Adair co Ky. for a while and settled later in Green co KY.  I need help with this-  Did they have a Bible?  Death notices after 1852 . Thanks for your time... any help wou;d be appreciated. Mary Ann

Posted 02/10/09

Janes / Page

My late son-in-law had relatives in the Columbia area. They were JANES and PAGE families. His PAGE connections were WILLIS PAGE ca 1850-1900. His JANES line included Laura B. JANES woh married SAMUEL PAGE. Laura JANES PAGE moved to Texas after the death of SAMUEL PAGE. Some of her children
remained in ADAIR County, Kentucky. Any leads to the descendents of these persons would be appreciated. Thank you, Sonja Hoffman,

Posted 02/04/09

Bradshaw / Rexroat

I have a J.P. BRADSHAW m. to Sarah Caroline REXROAT.  J.P. Bradsaw's parents are William A Bradshaw & Cytha?  Following the Census records from 1870-1810.  I have William's parents as Seth Bradshaw and Ann.  The census records for Adair, Kentucky show that they had significant farms and large families.  Any other information would be appreciated. 
Thank you, Jennifer White

Posted 02/04/09


Looking for parents and ANY siblings of William Moses Burgess, aka Moses Burgess. Moses was born about 1826 in Tennesee, married Lucinda Grimes, 16 May 1847 in Adair County, KY. They are on the 1850 and 1860 Adair County census. Moses died 1863 of lung fever during the Civil War. Also interested if anyone has access to Adair County tax records or can tell me where I can find them. Interlibrary loan perhaps? I would like to see when Moses moved there and what year Lucinda left. Thanks so much, Linda Burgess,

Posted 01/22/09

Allen / Stepp

James Allen married Sally Stepp d/o Betsey  in Adair Co. June 1, 1808. James and Sally daughter married Geo. Carrico. I need help on Betsey and ??? Stepp/Stapp. SURNAMES  Stepp/Stapp , Allen , Carrico,Scott . Any help will be appreciated, Della Lindley,

Posted 12/18/08


I am trying to determine the parents of my grandfatherís grandfather. His name was Edward Riley Reece, he was born between 1842 and 1842 in Adair county. He was later married to Rachel Elizabeth England in 1865 also in Adair county. He also fought in the civil war. He later moved to Metcalfe county. I have found him in several censuses, one of which he was living with Jacob Cooley Reece. All of the documents that I have state that his parents were unknown. His wife also took him to court after he deserted her in 1908. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much. Corey Reece

Posted 11/23/08


The Parents of Joseph F. Martin B Adair County 1852.  Possible parents William Martin and Surene Breeding
married 1848 Living adjacent to the Alexander Orr Family in 1850 Census Adair County and it shows they had a son than James. Mr. Orr was a master cabinet maker and no boys in his immediate Family. Where Joseph F shows
up in the 1860 Census of Adair County. Thanks, Stephen Martin,

Posted 11/13/08


Samuel Faulkner and Betsy Graham were married in Washington Co. KY in 1808.  They then moved to Adair Co.  Samuel died in 1825 and it is believed that Betsy died just before or after him.  They left minor children.  I am trying to find the court records that will show that Margaret Faulkner who was born in 1819 was their daughter.  Samuel's
father Alexander Faulkner fought in the Rev. War. Any ideas where I should look? Thanks in advance, Martha Nelson, Letscruisetoo@netzero.n


Posted 10/09/08


My Brick wall is the Deaths of my GGGgrandparents they died in Adair County. LAVINIA EMILY SEXTON HARNESS b.1856 dau of Pinkney Jackson Sexton and Lucinda Fenton Sexton. LAVINIA was married to JOHN HARNESS b1853. They had 4 children. the younger 2 were raised by different families. My GGrandma Lavinia, born 1891 in Adair County amd was raised by Mollie S. Young in the Little Renox area. And her brother Charlie, was raised by a Page family. The death of their parents I believe was 1895. I would like to know how they
died.And I don't know what happened to the other 2 children, William P. and Lujenia and if infact they are John and Lavinia Harness' children. Thanks, Deborah Davi,


Posted 09/22/08

Monday (Munday)

Seeking information about my great-great grandparents Charles Monday (Munday?) and Sarah (Sally) Geabhart, who were married in Adair County KY, May 21, 1828.  Charles may have been from Casey County.  Any
information would  be greatly appreciated. Larry D. Smith,


Posted 09/22/08


I too have a 'brickwall' researching my Smith ancestral family of Adair County.  Of all my Adair County ancestral families, this has been my most difficult one to research.  Any help after many years of research will be
extremely appreciated.  I have researched just about every Smith family of Adair County; but, have yet to connect with any of them.  I have surmised that members of my Smith ancestral family left Adair County in
the 19th century and I have never 'heard tell' from any of my Smith cousins!  I hope that will change.
What I know is that my second-great-grandmother, Lucilla Smith Bryant (ca. 1806-after 1882), is the daughter of George (ca. 1775-ca. 1837) and Jane Smith (ca. 1781-after 1849).  Two of George and Jane's daughters
married sons of early Adair County pioneers, John (ca. 1760-ca. 1841) and Elizabeth Bryant (ca. 1766-ca. 1854).  Lucilla was the wife of Daniel Bryant (ca. 1803-ca. 1891).  Elizabeth Jane Smith (ca. 1810-1869),
Lucilla's sister, married Samuel Bryant (1808-1897). I would like to learn more information about the ancestors, famiily, and descendants of George and Jane Smith.  George and Jane probably married
in North Carolina.  The George Smith family was probably among the early pioneers of Adair County history.  The George Smith family probably lived along Powder Mill branch according to early deeds I have seen.  George
died in Adair County and Jane possibly died in Adair County as well. Does anyone know where George and Jane's graves are?  I suspect that their graves may be on their old homeplace farm near Powder Mill branch.
Does anyone know where Powder Mill branch is?
My lineage includes:
I.    George and Jane Smith.
II.   Lucilla Smith Bryant.
III.  Mary Margaret Bryant Grider (1846-1936).
IV.   Daniel Marion Grider (1888-1949).
V.    Katherine Louise Grider Lepiarczyk.
VI.   Erwin Heinrich Lepiarczyk II.
It will be a distinct pleasure to communicate especially with descendants of George and Jane Smith.  May God bless all members of the George Smith family always. E. H. Lepiarczyk,


Posted 09/05/08

A Brick Wall Torn Down!

I've solved the MYSTERY of Catharine SMITH of Adair Co.  This was my brick wall for
20 years.  I've seen others trying to figure these children out and make the wrong conclusions so I wanted to give everyone the benefit of my research.: If you are looking for any of these names listed here, click on the link below:
If you have any questions or anything to add, please let me know, Jo Storie,

Posted 09/05/08


I am looking for a birth certificate or any other information that would place KIRT CALHOUN into the correct family: KIRT CALHOUN b.Feb. 1875-1879, Adair Co. KY, d. Apr 8 1917 Kaufman Co. TX
I THINK: he is a son of JOHN C. CALHOUN & SARA BURBRIDGE These Calhoun's lived near the Adair Co. Russell Co. line. I KNOW FOR SURE: that he is the grandson of GEORGE W. CALHOUN b.1846,
Adair Co, & VENETTA CONOVER b. 1847-1848, KY and the gr grandson of James Calhoun b. abt 1775 in NC, d. Adair Co KY. I know for sure that his uncle was GEORGE MILTON CALHOUN Adair/Russell Co.
I think that "KIRT" is a nick name and this brings me to my brick wall. I have lots of information about this family but am just not able to place KIRT for sure with the correct parents. I have been trying to break this brick wall for 10+ years! I know for sure that the CALHOUN family was close to and married into the WOLFORD, HUDSON, BURBRIDGE families from Adair and Russell Co. "ADITIONAL INFORMATION" if needed Since Kirk Calhoun died young, he didn't leave much of a paper trail, so I decided to follow George Milton Calhoun, his cousin. (Their father's were said to be brothers) George Calhoun and Kirt Calhoun migrated from KY to TX together and lived in the same places. George's father (WILLIAM L (Levi) CALHOUN) died in Russell/Adair when George was 12 (1877) and George went to live with Kirk's family for a while and then his mother married Josiah (Joe) Hudson and lived in Russell Co KY. GEORGE MILTON CALHOUN married MAGGIE WOLFORD (from Adair)who was his
first cousin. George's mother, ELIZA E WOLFORD, was the sister to Maggie's mother. George and Kirt moved to Garland, Dallas Co.TX, (from Russell/Adair Co. KY), They both then moved to Kaufman Co. TX.
Kirt m. HATTIE CAROLINE COOMBS abt 1904 (I think in TX can't find marriage lic) and they lived and had children in Kaufman Co. TX where Kirt died. Kirt is buried in Radar Cemetery. Any help would be greatlly apreiciated. Judy Bresch
In Reply:

I saw your Calhoun brick wall posted on the Adair County site.
The Curt mentioned in this article may be your Kirk.


Posted 09/05/08

Carter / Day

Thomas & Elizabeth Carter b1760's. Son John married a Day. daughter Nancy md Green Acree
Frances md James Lawless Flemmon Violetta George Washington Carter b 1812. Taught at Danville Academy and
Georgetown University. Not sure whether this was in VA or KY. He Md Mary Ann Polly Rabern/Rayburn. They lived on Burris Road (I have no idea where this is) and supposedly they are buried on their land or a church
cemetery adjacent to their land. Would like to correspond with anyone who might help me solve the
problems. Family story says Thomas was killed in War of 1812. Thanks Sandra Oxner,

Posted 08/20/08


Was the Andrew P. Senter who died 24 Apr 1878 in Adair County, Kentucky married to Mary Ann Turner before he married Mattie Huddleston on 17 May 1868 in Fentress County, Tennessee? I would appreciate any help on this, Loveta M. Schweers,

Posted 08/20/08


I am looking for parents names and children of Robert Holt of Adair Co. Sept. 26, 1866.  Robert Holt was my great grandfather. Any help would be appreciated, Kristine Holt Svare


Posted 07/27/08


 I am searching for info on the surname Coffey (James Newton Coffey; Laura Smith Coffey). Thanks, William Conn

Posted 07/12/08


Did Richard Womack that was listed in the 1810 Adair Co. Ky have a daughter Elizabeth that married a Nathan Byars/Byers.  In 1850, Lawrence Co. AL. it is claimed she was the wife of Nathan Byars b. c1795 NC.  Her
birt year was given as 1800 KY.  Females in his household in 1810 was 2 under 10 and 1 26/45  Males: 2 under 10, 1 26/45.  Any Information greatly appreciated. Clovis Byars Herring

Posted 07/12/08


My Grandmother is from Nell, KY Located in Adair County. She was born in 1921 and is still living. I have looked everywhere for information on this small town and found nothing. I am putting together a family tree and need some research tips. I am also looking for any information on my great-grandmother, Mayne Walker or her parents. Any help would be very appreciated! Auston Sexton

Posted 06/23/08

Maupin / Moppin

Hi, I am looking for information on Annie Eliza Maupin or Moppin (Not sure of spelling) born 27 Apr 1858 and Married John Claiborne Strange born 17 Dec 1853 in Adair County Kentucky.  They migrated to Indian
Territory.  They had two children while living in Kentucky Edward Carl and Charles Vernon.  Charles Vernon is my great grandfather. I'm doing pretty well on the Strange side but am having a hard time on the Maupin
side finding information.  Annie E. Maupin Strange died on 4 May 1926 in Hartshorne, OK per her headstone and per my grandmothers's personal diary. I would be very grateful for any information provided. Thanks,
Lee Ellen Reynolds Pogue,


Posted 05/28/08


I have a typed copy from the Columbia Spectator, Adair Co., July 17. 1888 describing a murder suicide.  It begins:  On Monday of last week, Elias Franklin shot and killed James B. Brent, near Munfordsville.  It
then relates the circumstances and describes him fleeing to  a barn near Sulphur Wells, Metcalfe, Co. where he committed suicide. Ostensibly this was over his sense of an affair between Brent and  his wife, a second wife, named Margaret.    There are supposedly two other newspaper accounts of this in other publications. Was there an
obituary?  I would like to know the name of his second wife, when they married and what happened to the body of Elias Franklin.  His parents and first wife Susan Kemp were buried in the local cemetery.  Was he
also?  I know what became of some of his children by his first wife, Rosetta, Willie, Mary and Emma, but not his second wife or the sons by his second wife, William Jesse and Samuel Edward. Does anyone know about this incident and what happened to members of the family? Thank you, Shirley Maul (wife of a descendent)

Posted 05/11/08


I would like to post a follow-up on a posting that I had submitted last year, re: George Elmore, Adair Co. (born 1750 Richmond Co. VA). I had been trying to find out the  first name of this Georges' wife. Her maiden name was Leech, and I finally found on a person's family tree that her first name was Esther. Yippee!! They resided in Adair Co. until he passed away circa 1820. Thanks, Sharon Gullett,

Posted 05/11/08


I am searching for any information about my Great Grandmother Myrtle McGlasson (maiden name England ?). I think I have found her Father, Albert England who was born & raised in Adair County. I have census records for him for the years 1850 & 1870. His Father was Daniel England. My research leads me to think that he had two wives. The first was Luvisa J McKinney who would be my Great-Great-Grandmother. His second wife was Mary Eva (?). I have my Great-Grandmother's Obituary and at the time of her death (1959) she had three surviving relatives. A half sister, Mrs. Roy Branstetter who lived in Madison, Indiana; 2 half brothers Claude and Jessie England who lived in Park, Kentucky. Any information that you would have would be greatly appreciated, Gary Hudson

Posted 05/11/08


Looking for the parents of Joseph F Martin, Born 1852 Adair Co., first shows up in 1860 Fed Census as living with Alexander Orr, a master cabinet maker.  In a previous 1850 Census there is a neighbor of
Alexander Orr, whose name is William Martin and he is married to a Serene Breeding and have a son James. Thanks,
Stephen Martin,

Posted 05/11/08


I'm searching for my Montgomery family and have come upon one grgrandfather,  James Walker Montgomery born in 1824 in Adair Co., KY. This seems to be my brickwall. Could you led me toward a direction that might help me find information on this family member? Thank you so much., Mary L. Montgomery Douglass (Polly),

Posted 05/11/08


Looking for parents of Levi Hendrickson. Born in 1802 in the Green River section of Adair County.  He married Elizabeth in 1823.  They had nine children. Thomas, James, Stephen, Benjiman, John, Sarah, Mary, George(my great grandfather), Josiah Sheldon. He received a land warrant for 100 acres of property. Levi passed away between 1850 and 1860. He was probably buried in the Green River section. Contact Morris Hendrickson at

Posted 04/17/08


My brick wall is Catherine Wheeler. My husband's grandmother was Victoria Yarberry Brummett of Adair Co.,her death cert list parents as Aaron Yarberry and Catherine Wheeler. Aaron Yarberry and Catherine Wheeler were
married 4 Aug.1877 in Adair County at the residence of J.B. Wheeler. On this Adair County web site
Catherine Wheeler married W.R. Bradshaw. Catherine's death information Has her father as Butler Wheeler and
mother as Emeline Wheeler. So are there two Catherine Wheeler's or is she the same Catherine who married both men????? Any help would be appreciated, Debra Sexton,


Posted 04/12/08

Robertson / Rippetoe

My brick wall concerns Nancy Robertson who married Peter Rippetoe in  Adair County in 1812. I can find no proof of her parents. Any help will be appreciated, Judy Reynolds


Posted 04/12/08

Hawkins / Wilson

I am searching for the record of the marriage of William Carroll Hawkins & Jane (Jenny) Wilson in Adair County, KY, 28 Feb 1814.  Please advise if I can obtain this record from the County or must I go to the KY State Archives.  Thank you for any help.   Ruth Muller (I will reimburse anyone who will do a look-up for me)

Posted 04/12/08


Looking for Genealogy information on John McFall.  John married Letty Blankenship Adair County Kentucky April 9, 1807. Blankenships family is in Adair County Kentucky. John and Letty then moved to Russell County Kentucky and raised their family.  Hopefully, information can be provided through the Blankenship family of Adair County or through the marriage of John and Letty in Adair County Kentucky. Thanks,
Randall McFall,

Posted 03/31/08

Kemp / Moss

My GGG-Grandmother, Elizabeth P Moss Kemp was born in Green Co, but lived in Adair. I'd really like to find out which Moss family she belongs to.  She was born in 1827, and she is in the 1850 and 1860 Adair cencus. I don't
know where or when she died.  She was married to John Marshall Kemp b 1821 KY.  I would appreciate any help!!!  Thanks, Jackie Fitch

Posted 03/31/08

Hawkins / Wilson

I am searching for my ancestor William Hawkins, married Jenny Wilson 28 Feb 1814 in Adair County.  There were other Hawkins & Wilsons in Adair County, and I would appreciate any facts concerning these families. However, I need proof of the marriage of Hawkins-Wilson in 1814 if possible.  Thank you, Ruth Muller,

Posted 03/18/08


I am looking for parents of Joseph and William Adkins, who lived Adair Co Ky, 1810-1830 Then moved to Carroll Co Mo. in 1833. Joseph married Lucinda Winfrey dau of Henry and Sarah Thomas Winfrey. William was married to Mary ?. Wiliam was still alive 1860 census Carroll Co Mo. Joseph died 1876 Carroll Co Mo. I belive there was a brother John died abt 1822 Adair Co Ky. Thank you, Glen Hill,

Posted 03/18/08

Arnold Cemetery & Heirs of the Hancock Estate in 1962

I talked to the US Corps of Engineers last week and they told me that the members of my dad's family were first buried in Arnold Cemetery before they were moved to Mt. Carmel when the Green River Dam was built.  Does anyone know anything about Arnold Cemetery? Also, in 1962, my dad received a letter from an attorney in Columbia re. his being one of the heir to the Hancock estate.  At that time, I had no idea of trying to trace my family and the letter has been gone a long time.  Can anyone give my any info where I should try to go to get a copy of this?  I sure appreciate all of your help.  Sandra H. LaVigne

Posted 03/08/08


I'm looking for the Obit and burial location for Evaline Hopkins born 1877.She is in the 1900 census living in West Columbia with her husband John Hopkins and their twin sons John (My Dad) and Richard born 1900.She
gave birth to another  child in 1904 and 1905,but in the 1910 census my Great Grand father John Hopkins was still living in West Columbia, but had remarried. That leads me to believe, she died sometime between 1905
and 1910. Thanks for any help, Dave ,

Posted 03/08/08


I am interested in a family named Leach who lived in Adair County until at least 1952. They had a farm out Greensburg road and the men were named Alonzo and Gaither Leach. Their mother was there also and at that time
wheelchair bound. She told me (as a small child) not to go near an old house off a ways in a field, but in site of their farmhouse. She said it use to be the poor house and was haunted. I don't know if this is true or merely an attempt to keep me away from an unsafe place.  My grandfather on my mother's side of the family was a Leach and I now believe these Leaches were related to him since and old picture of my grandfather with these two brothers has surfaced. Anyone know of them? Thanks Robbie  Turner Garrison,

Posted 03/08/08


My brick wall is Pleasant Sinclair b. abt. 1828.  He married Mary Harmon b. abt. 1832 dau. of John Harmon & Mary Pendleton Harmon of Adair Cty. Pleasant & Mary had two sons - James Marshall Sinclair b. abt. 1852 &
John Alexander Sinclair b. abt. 1854.  I cannot find Pleasant in any census of any year.  In the 1860 Adair Cty census  Mary is married to Hezekiah "Kier" Harmon & the boys are listed with the last name St. Clair. Any information about Pleasant Sinclair will be greatly appreciated. Gloria,

Posted 03/08/08


I'm looking for info on my great grandfather, Samuel Lafayette Grissom, born in Adair Co., Ky in 1852. Also, regarding his wife, Fidelia Tennessee Brown (love that name!). Their daughter, Lillian Effie, was my
grandmother and married into the Eakin line. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Lee Eakin,


Posted 03/08/08


My grandfather was John James Humphrey, born 1873, married Mary Rufus Hancock in 1896.  My Dad was Perry Cabble Humphrey, born 6/8/1907.  He left home when he was 16 and never went back so I never knew any of his family.  He was one of 6 children. In a pamphlet I once saw a list of occupations for people in Adair County that were there about the turn of the century. There was things like a doctor, a pharmacist, etc.  There weren't very many things listed but at the end was "John James Humphrey wagon maker".  This would be my grandfather.  John James Humphrey in later years lived in a hotel in Knifley and I believe was killed there. (according to a now deceased 3rd cousin.) I am looking for any information on this family! Thanks, Sandra Humphrey LaVigne


Posted 03/08/08

Bird / Patterson

George Breeding and Rachel Cassidy are my gggg grandparents. Their daughter, Lavinia Breeding married Thomas Bird--Their son, George Bird married Pamelia Patterson.  I need proof  that George is their son. George was born in 1807 died 1878.  He is buried in the town of Breeding, Ky.  He has a large tombstone there. Is help available or where do I search next? I have been to the Library in Columbia several times without locating the above information.  Your time is appreciated, Thanks, Anne G. Guthrie, gengal@bellsouth.nst.

Posted 02/19/08


John McAllister, Sr. lived in Adair County during 1810-1827. His two sons, John, Jr. and Samuel also lived there, married, and raised families. Iím looking for any information regarding John Sr. origins. Thanks, Ron McCallister, Johnís great-great-great-great-grandson

Posted 02/01/08


I need any information on the following: John Wheat, b 1775, d abt 1846 in Russell/Adair His Wife: Martha Unknown, b 1782 d Aft 1860, Russell/Adair Children of John and Martha: Samuel Baker Wheat, b 1801 d. 1883 Adair  Anna Rippetoe, b 1806 d 1898 Adair, married 25 April 1825. Samuel and Anna are my gg grandparents. Parthenia Wheat, b 1806 d 1878 Russell, Ky m. Allen Bybee John R Wheat, b 1810 d.1890, m. Martha Phelps, 1832 Blatchly Calvin Wheat b. 1830, d 1870, m Talitha Couch, 1848. All the above lived in Russell/ Adair County along with other brother and sisters who moved away over the years. I need burial locations, photos, documents and any any other info that
anyone would care to share. All my data is available to anyone who might need it. Thank all of you in advance for the help Walter E Wheat, Abilene, Texas


Posted 01/23/08


I'm looking for any information for Archer and Caroline Collins. They had 13 children. The youngest child was Lloyd Collins Born 08/07/1901, he was my father. He was born and raised in and around Columbia all within Adair County. I have six siblings (I'm the youngest) all born and raised in the same area. We moved to Ann Arbor Mi around
1948 when I was 3 years old. I would appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks, Linda Collins Williams

Posted 01/23/08


My great-grandmother Evelyn Turner married George W. Gray in Troy, Texas, about 1887. She was from Kentucky. Her father was Thomas Turner, her brother J. A. Turner of Montpelier, KY. Her grandfather was William
Elliott. I know almost nothing else about her early life. My grandfather once said she married at the age of 16, however! Thanks, Mary-Helen Sullivan

Posted 01/23/08

Old Records

I would like to know how to find Adair County death records between 1830 and 1840.  Are there any records dating that far back?  I also want to know if there are individuals or organizations that have records of burials in
Adair County cemeteries (I'm interested in the Naylor cemetery).  Lastly, what newspapers existed in that time frame?  Are there archives in existence?  And who maintains them? Any and all help will be appreciated.
Bruce Naylor

Posted 01/16/08


I  am trying to trace the Tilford family, They moved from Adair co. around 1800 to Illinois and to Iowa in 1836.
They were the first settlers of the county. My mom is the last trail with the family name. Any info would be helpful. They came to Adair from Rockbridge Co., VA, if that is helpful. Thanks in advance  David Heston,


Posted 01/16/08


I'm researching my Bottom ancestors.  My grandfather was Oscar Bottom (born in Adair Co., but lived most of his life in Louisville) always said he was from Absher. Any information on my line would be appreciated. Thanks, Kate Zaharchuk,

Posted 01/06/08


In search of Family Bible of Juliza T. Workman Bardin.  In possesion of Alberta Bardin Kinnard until her death and in possesion of Alberta's daughter Lanye Kinnard Wiggington until her death.  I do have copies of pages of information from the bible.  Would just like to make sure the Bible is still in Bardin family. Thank you, Janice Newton Reed,

Posted 01/06/08


My ancestor is ELI KING born 14 April 1792 North Carolina (according to 1850 census), died 15 Oct 1857 Hendricks Co., IN; buried Danville East Cemetery, Danville, Illinois.  1850 U S Census for Washington Twp., Hendricks County, Indiana lists:     KING, Eli, age 58, farmer born NC;  Julia Ann, age 28 born KY; Nancy, age 20 born KY; Wesley, age 17 born KY; Sally, age 25 born OH; David, age 1 born IN and  Eli F., age 3 1/2 born IN
I also have death cemetery record showing burial.  However, have never been able to trace this Eli King in Kentucky; have no records of his parents, siblings, spouse, etc. Of those listed in this 1850 census, I feel that Julia Ann, Nancy, and Wesley are his children.  Have found Wesley in another state with wife and family.  Sally was his daughter-in-law, David and Eli F. her children.  Her husband, Eli King #2, was the father of the two boys and died
prior to this census report.  In fact he died the day before son Eli F. was born.  Since there are three "ELI's" I have always assumed that was the first name, however, since I am always hitting the brick wall, I now wonder if perhaps Eli born 1792 might have been an Elijah, Elihu, etc. Can you help with Kentucky records.  I did find one Eli King who married a Nancy Crawford Nov 14, 1813 in Adair County, KY, but have found no other records to substantiate who this Eli King is.  Thank you so much for your assistance. Janette King Reynolds,