The Family of Charles I. Medaris
of Adair & Russell counties KY (5 pages)
son of Charles & Barbara (Grider) Medaris, married Millie E. Bradshaw
(also referred to as Milly, Amilla, Emeline, Emily, & Emma), believed to
be the daughter of Isaiah & Sarah "Sally" (Miller) Bradshaw of
Adair County, on 15 November 1848 in Adair County KY. (Minister's return
only.) Colbert died intestate before 8 May 1850; on that date, the following
was recorded in Adair County Minute Book H, page 59.
a County Court continued and held for the County of Adair at the Courthouse
Columbia on Wednesday the 8th day of May 1850.
Eli Wheat, Edmund T. Willis & Hugh G. Atkins, Esqr.
widow of Colbert Medaris having relinquished her right of administration on
estate of her deceased husband as appears from an instrument of writing
produced to the Court and
now ordered to be filed with the administration bind which may be
executed. [Administrator's bond
& the "instrument of writing" referred to above not
the motion of Isaiah Bradshaw the administration of the estate of said
decedent is granted him, he
having taken the oath required by law and executed & acknowledged bond
in the penal
sum of three hundred dollars with William Bradshaw his Security. Continued as
the motion of the Administrator of the estate of Colbert Medaris, deceased,
ordered that William Bradshaw, Cyrus Wheat, Alban Bradshaw, and John
Sullivan be and they are
hereby appointed Commissioners who or any three of them being first
duly sworn do appraise the
slaves if any and personal estate of said decedent and report & c.
& and appraisal was produced in court on 18 May 1850. No slaves were
listed; the personal property was valued at fifty three dollars, sixty-two
& a half cents. The property included a horse & mare valued at ten
dollars each and a man's saddle, a bridle, & a blanket with a lump sum
value of fourteen dollars.
Millie Medaris had one known child, Charles I. (middle name possibly Isaiah,
after his Bradshaw grandfather), born 15 August 1849 or 1850, probably in
Adair Co. KY. Charles I.'s grave marker & death certificate both specify
1849, as does the 1900 Russell County KY census. That year, however, is
questionable. He does not appear on the 1850 Adair Co. census with the persons
I believe to be his mother & Bradshaw grandparents; no mention is made of
him as an infant heir in the above or related documents, nor is mention made of appointment of guardian for him. (No guardian bond
found in the 1849-1853 era in Order Books, etc.) Based on this (lack of)
evidence, I believe Charles I. was born in August, 1850.
County KY census record, District 2, HH 67
KY (believed to be Charles I.'s mother)
Sarah E. Bradshaw
On 5 September
1854, Adair County, Milly E. Bradshaw, age 27, widow, born in and a resident
of Adair County, married John R.
Wheat, age 54, widower, born Adair Co.; Charles appears on the 1860 Russell
Co. census with this family.
County KY census record, HH 63
John R. Wheat
(all born KY)
Bramlet W. "
In Adair Co. Deed
Book S, pp. 73-74 (23 February 1861) "John R. Wheat & Emily E. Wheat
his wife" are mentioned (among others) in a list of the "children
and heirs at law of Isaiah Bradshaw deceased".
On 4 November
1869, Russell County, Charles married Mary Perryman (born 21 or 31 Dec. 1846,
died 16 Feb. 1908), daughter of Washington & Nancy (Murrah/Murray)
Perryman at the "home of the Bride's father". Charles and Mary are
found in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 Russell County census records.
County census record, Rowena, Pct. 3 (HH not noted), 3 August 1870
(all born Kentucky)
Co. census, dwelling # 113, family # 117
John R. Wheat
113, Family # 118
On 22 October
1886, (Russell Co. Deed Book O, pp. 156-158) Charles I.'s mother and
stepfather, A.E. & John R. Wheat, sold to him adjoining tracts of land in
Russell County totaling 111 acres "upon
the following conditions, that is, said Medaris is to board said Wheat and
wife and furnish them fuel and wait on them when necessary during their
natural lives...and if said Medaris should not live to carry out this contract
then Mary his wife is to have a lien on said premises for all the services and
expenses of herself and husband in furnishing and waiting on said Wheat and
wife as above named..."
/s/ John R Wheat
/s/ Emily E. X
Co. census abstract, Jamestown Ky, Precinct # 6, HH # 141, ED 15 (or 19), SD
102, Sheet 7, 12 June 1900.
Aug., 1849 [all born KY]
Dec., 1846 m.
30 yrs; no children, living or dead
" [sic] mother 72
Nov., 1827 widowed;
1 child [sic]; 1 living
single; no children
Aug., 1889 "
George M. Hudson
Mar., 1884 "
here as Mary E., had an unnamed
son who was born born and died 13 October 1856 in Russell Co., KY by her second husband, John R. Wheat.)
As indicated in
the 1900 census, Charles I. and Mary had no children. However, on 14 November
1904, Russell County, Charles "adopted" (i.e., was appointed
guardian to) G.M. (George Marvin) Hudson, "a minor" (Russell Co.
Guardian Bond Book ?3, page 427). George Marvin took the Medaris surname
sometime between then and his marriage two years later. Russell Co. Marriage
Book 14, page 451, shows that George M. Medaris, 23, son of Ellen Hudson,
married Myrtle Ross, 21, daughter of I. and Kate (Hartfield) Ross, first
marriage for both, on 22 December 1906. (More information about George
Marvin's Hudson line may be found in "My Hudson Family", by Hollis
Hudson, undated, Russell County KY Library, family vertical folders.)
George Marvin was
born 18 March 1884 and died 20 February 1959; Myrtle was born 3 Oct 1885 and
died 21 Feb 1985. Both are buried in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery,
Russell County, on Hwy 90, about one-half mile west of the Hwy 379/92
George Marvin and
Myrtle Medaris had two known children:
1) Mary C.
Medaris, born 10 Oct.1909, died 12 August 1987, buried Freedom Cemetery, Adair
Co., married Lucien E. Kimbler in Russell Co. on 23 Dec. 1928 at the residence
of Marvin Medaris (Russell Co. Marriage Book 28, pg. 50). Her obituary lists
as survivors husband Lucien; sons James, Joe, Otha, & Tommy; and daughters
Allene, Betty, and Virginia. The KY birth certificate abstracts show nine
Kimbler children born to Mary Medaris (various spellings), all in Adair Co
(birth order): Allene F., George L., James Elbert, Joe L., Robert G., Betty
J., William, Virginia, & Thomas H. Kimbler. [Thomas "Tommy"
killed in a logging accident in Adair County, 1 June 2000.]
2) Joe Allen
Medaris, born 22 Aug 1918, died 9 May 1996, married when/where? Helen Tarter
(marriage record of Roger Dean Medaris, Russell Co. Marriage Book 54, pg.
187). Their children were Wayne Allen and Roger Dean. (Will of Joe Allen
Medaris, Russell Co. Will Book 14, pp. 289ff.)
On 28 February
1959 (Russell Co. Miscellaneous Records Book 1, pg. 214) Joe Allen Medaris
& Helen Medaris his wife and Mary Kathleen Kimbler & Lucien E. Kimbler
her husband, signed an agreement that "...in consideration of the love
and affection they have for their mother and mother-in-law and also for [her]
better maintenance, support, protection and livlihood...", Myrtle Medaris
was to receive "any and all interest or distributive shares" from
the estate of their father/father-in-law, George M. Medaris.
stepfather, John R. Wheat, died c. 1890 (the appraisal & sale bill
for the estate of John R. Wheat was filed on 28 Oct. 1890 (Russell Co.
Inventories, Appraisments, and Sale Bills Book 1, pp. 353-354); his mother
apparently died between 1900 and 1910 (no will or estate settlement found in
Russell Co.); and his wife Mary died in February 1908. On 9 May 1909, Russell
County, Charles I. Medaris, son of Colbert & Amelia (Bradshaw) Medaris,
age 59, born Adair County and a resident of Esto, Russell County, his second
marriage, married Laura M. Pierce, daughter of D.F. & Lucy C. (Selby)
Pierce, age 27, born Russell County and a resident of Esto, her second
marriage. (Russell County Marriage Book 15, page 469). Russell Co. Marriage
Book 12, pp. 280-281 shows the marriage of Laura M. Pierce, 18, 1st marriage,
to W.T. Hale, 24, 1st marriage, on 27 Nov. 1900 "at residence of bride's
father D.F. Pierce". Although I have no proof, I believe "W.T."
was William Tarlton Hale, the son of Francis M. & Elizabeth (Corbin) Hale.
His grave marker (Hale cem., Russell Co.) shows he was born 1876 & died
Co. KY census, SD 11, ED 221, Dwl # 266, Family # 275, Page 124B, 4 May 1910
married "0" years
(all born KY)
married "0" years
no children, living or dead
26 [failed to copy]
[failed to copy]
Winfield S. Ross
A son, Charles
Colbert Medaris, was born to Charles I. & Laura on 2 February 1912 (KY
birth certificate abstracts. His surname is given as Medoris; mother's name
Laura Pierce.) On 17 January 1932, Russell County, Charles Colbert Medaris,
age 19, son of C.I. & Laura (Pierce) Medaris, married Elva Holt, 15,
daughter of Luther & Pink (Aaron) Holt at D.F. Pierce's (Russell County
Marriage Book 30, page 79). The SSDI shows Elva Medaris 12 May 1916 - 29 June
1993; last residence Muncie, Delaware Co., IN; SS # issued IN, and the KY
on-line birth certificate abstracts shows
Elva Holt was born 12 May 1916 in Russell County; her mother's name is
given as "Pinkey A. Aron".
Hughes Medaris, was born to Charles I. & Laura on 22 August 1916. The KY
birth records abstracts give his mother's name as "unknown Medaris"
but the 1920 census (below) shows him as Charles & Laura's son. Court
records of a lawsuit suit filed in 1937 (Russell Co. Civil Orders Book 28, pg.
576) mentions that C.C. Medaris by "...agreement with his brother Hughes
Medaris...". Also mentioned in this suit is Dorothy Medaris. She
apparently was the wife of Hughes, but I didn't find the marriage record in
Russell or Adair County. The SSDI (on-line Social Security Death Index)
records show that Hughes Medaris was born 22 August 1916 & died 7 August
1989; last residence Union City, Randolph Co. IN. The SSDI also shows a
Dorothy Medaris born 15 May 1912 & died 5 Sept. 1996; last residence
Indianapolis, Marion Co. IN but this is not Hughes' wife. (The
"last residence" as shown in SSDI is not a reliable indicator
of where the person died. It
might be the actual last address but also can be that of a legal guardian,
attorney, next of kin, etc.)
Co. KY census record, Russell Springs, Pct. 6, SD 11, ED 257, Sh. # 16, Dwl/Fam.
# 302, pg. 46A, 26 & 27 June, 1920.
head of house 70
he/parents born KY
can read/write owned farm
Dwl/fam # 303
George M. Medaris
head of house 35
he/parents born KY
can read/write farm
" / "
she/ " "
son * 1 5/12
& 5/12ths apparently refer to age in months; if so, neither is correct.
According to the
KY birth certificate abstracts, Charles & Laura's daughter Emma C. Medaris
was born on 9 Feb. 1922 in Russell County; Emma's mother's name is given as
Laura Pearce. (These abstracts give only the name of the child &
the mother's maiden name). In the Phelps Cemetery (see below), there is a
grave marker for Emma C. Medaris 9 Feb. 1922 - 10 Feb. 1922.
Medaris died 14 February 1929 and was buried in the Phelps cemetery on 15
February. His death certificate (1929 certificate # 07704) has the following
Medaris; white male; married; born 15 August 1849; lived in French Valley
voter precinct; died in Russell Co. KY at age 79 years, 6 months, 29 days;
father Colbert Medaris born "USA"; mother Emma [sic]
Bradshaw, born "USA"; informant Marvin Medaris, Russell Springs KY;
died at 3 a.m. 14 February 1929 from "heart lesion"; attending
physician Dr. J.B. Tarter.
In 1938, via a
Master Commissioner's sale, Laura Medaris, C.C. Medaris, Elma or Elva Medaris,
Hughes Medaris and Dorothy Medaris, grantors, sold property to C.C. Medaris,
grantee (Russell County Master Commissioner's Deed Book 4, pp. 390-91). This
sale apparently was to settle the estate of Charles I. Medaris pursuant to the
lawsuit mentioned above.
This appears to
be the same property that C.C. Medaris & wife Elva of Famland (Randolph
Co.) IN sold to Homer & Alta Foley on 13 October 1941. (Russell Co. Deed
Book 19, pg. 145.) If so, it's the property that later became Lakewood Country
Club on Hwy 379, about 1/3 mile north of the Hwy 379/92 intersection. Medaris
Marine (now JamesTowner Inc.), founded by Joe Allen Medaris, is almost
directly across the road.
are buried side by side in the Phelps cemetery on Hwy 90 in Russell County,
about one and a quarter miles east of the Hwy 379/92 intersection. These are
(left to right):
C.I. Medaris 15
Aug 1849 - 14 Feb 1929
Mary, wife of
C.I. Medaris 21 or 31 Dec 1846 - 16 Feb 1908 (see note 1 below)
Emma Medaris 9
Feb 1922 - 10 Feb 1922
Medaris 30 June 1938 (only date on marker; see note 2 below)
1) Mary's grave marker is
quite worn; the words "wife of" are nearly illegible, and the day of
her birth is difficult to read; I believe it is 31 December. The only Phelps-Medaris
connection of which I am aware is through Charles' stepfather, John R. Wheat.
John R.'s first wife was Martha Phelps, the daughter of Shadrack Phelps &
Cealah Stapp, the original owners of the property where the Phelps cemetery is
2) KY death cerificate
abstracts indicate Louis D. Madoris, age under one year, died in
Russell Co. on 30 June 1938.
Addendum 12/23/00: The actual death certificate indicates Louis Dale was the
stillborn son of Charles Colbert & Elva (Holt) Medaris.
indicates a Laura Medaris born 4 July 1881, died
__ Dec 1974; last residence Houston, TX. This, however, is not
Laura (Pierce) Medaris, widow of Charles I. Medaris.
enough, Charles I. Medaris and his second wife, Laura M. Pierce, apparently
were double second cousins once removed through the Medaris-Grider lines. The
lines of descent are:
Charles I. Medaris (1849/50-1929), son of
1) Laura M. Pierce (c. 1881-unknown), dau. of
Colbert Medaris & Milly Bradshaw, son of
2) David F. Pierce & Lucy C./K. Selby, son of
Charles Medaris & Barbara Grider, children of
3) John Pierce & Ann Grider, dau. of
Rice Medaris & Rachel McPheeters *
4) James Grider & Sallie Medaris, children of
John Grider & Isabel Blair
John Grider & Isabel Blair
Rice Medaris & Rachel McPheeters
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