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Pyle - Edmonson - Ensor Family Research



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Descendants of Edward Montgomery Edmonson and Nannie Pyle of Bracken County, Kentucky



My name is Nikki EDMONSON NICKELL. My great grandfather, Edward Montgomery EDMONSON married Nannie PYLE, daughter of Smith PYLE and Catherine SERROT. Nannie may have been born in Bracken County, but her older siblings were born in Cincinnati, Ohio where Smith was a nailor [blacksmith who specialized in making nails.] Apparently before the outbreak of the Civil War, Smith and family moved to Bracken County, Kentucky to work in the grape fields; his occupation in the 1860 census is vinedresser. He died before 1864 when Catherine married Thomas ENSOR.

Lineage below:
Modified Register for Smith James Pyle

First Generation

1. Smith James Pyle was born about 1816 in Pennsylvania. He died in prob Bracken County, Kentucky. Smith married (1) Hannah Parks on 14 Apr 1836 in , Davidson County, Tennessee. Hannah was born about 1820. She died before Oct 1845 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

They had the following children:
2 F i. M.I. Pyle was born about 1837 in, Tennessee.

Smith married (2) Catherine Serrot on 19 Oct 1845 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Catherine was born on 20 Mar 1827 in French Grant, Scioto County, Ohio. She died after 1880.

They had the following children:

+ 3 F ii. Eunice (Ettinse) Pyle was born about 1847. She died after 1880.
+ 4 M iii. Aquilla Pyle was born on 19 Jan 1848. He died on 7 Jan 1900.
+ 5 F iv. Catherine Pyle was born about 1855.
+ 6 M v. Alfred Deacon Pyle was born on 22 Feb 1857. He died on 20 Aug 1929.
+ 7 F vi. Nancy "Nannie" Pyle was born about May 1862. She died about 1885.
Second Generation

3. Eunice (Ettinse) Pyle (Smith James) was born about 1847 in ,, Ohio. She died after 1880. Eunice married Thomas Jeff Case son of Basil Case and Lucretia "Cressie" Tucker on 26 Apr 1868 in Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky. Thomas was born in 1833/1840 in ,, Kentucky.

They had the following children:
8 M i. John Case Czn was born about 1860 in ,, Kentucky.
9 F ii. Lizzie Case Czn was born about 1862 in ,, Kentucky.
10 F iii.Bridget Case Czn was born about 1864 in ,, Kentucky.
11 F iv. Sallie Case Czn was born about 1867 in ,, Kentucky.
12 M v. Edward Case Czn was born about 1868 in ,, Kentucky.

4. Aquilla Pyle (Smith James) was born on 19 Jan 1848 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He died on 7 Jan 1900 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. He was buried on 21 Jan 1900 in Lexington, Fayette, Ky St Joseph's Hospital.

Aquilla married Rachel Reese daughter of John Reese and Amanda Jacobs on 17 Nov 1875 in , Bracken County, Kentucky. Rachel was born on 22 Jul 1855 in ,, Kentucky. She died on 18 Apr 1910 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She was buried in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio Walnut Hills Cemetery.

They had the following children:
13 F i. Allie Pyle Czn was born on 11 Sep 1876 in , Bracken County, Kentucky. She died on 11 Mar 1930 in , Fayette,Ky. She was buried in Lexington, Fayette, Ky Lexington Cemetery. Allie married James Andrew Ritchey son of Robert Ritchey and Henrietta Tolls on 26 Dec 1896 in Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana. James was born on 30 Jan 1873 in ,, Kentucky. He died on 23 Nov 1957 in Lexington, Fayette, Ky Lexington Hospital. He was buried on 25 Nov 1957 in Lexington, Fayette, Ky Lexington Cemetery. 14 M ii. William S Pyle Czn was born on 28 May 1878 in Georgetown ,, Kentucky. He died on 8 Aug 1948 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was buried on 11 Aug 1948 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio Spring Grove Cemetery.

William married Elizabeth Duggins daughter of James Duggins and Mildred Lunsford on 19 Oct 1905. Elizabeth was born on 24 Dec 1884 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. She died on 11 Jul 1954 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She was buried on 14 Jul 1954 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio Spring Grove Cemetery.

15 F iii. Amanda Gertrude Pyle Czn was born on 7 Dec 1881 in , Bracken, Ky. She died on 8 May 1918 in Elkchester, Fayette, Ky. She was buried in Lexington, Fayette, Ky Lexington Cemetery. Amanda married William Grant Hamm on 15 Mar 1898 in Clark County, Indiana. William was born about 1875. He died on 20 Jul 1946. He was buried on 22 Jul 1946 in Lexington, Fayette, Ky Lexington Cemetery.

16 M iv. Harry Pyle Czn was born on 24 Dec 1883 in ,, Kentucky. He died on 15 Sep 1959 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was buried on 18 Sep 1959 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio Arlington Memorial Cemetery.

Harry married Pearl Heflin. Pearl was born on 15 Feb 1888. She died in Aug 1968 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

17 F v. Estell Pyle Czn was born on 22 Oct 1884 in ,, Kentucky. She died on 15 Feb 1957. She was buried in Versailles, Woodford, Ky Versailles Cemetery.

Estell married (1) Miles Fred Shore. Miles was born in 1891. He died on 27 Mar 1931 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Estell married (2) James Andrew Ritchey son of Robert Ritchey and Henrietta Tolls on 3 May 1937. James was born on 30 Jan 1873 in ,, Kentucky. He died on 23 Nov 1957 in Lexington, Fayette, Ky Lexington Hospital. He was buried on 25 Nov 1957 in Lexington, Fayette, Ky Lexington Cemetery.

18 F vi. Viola Pyle was born on 26 Dec 1886 in ,, Kentucky. She died on 18 Oct 1960 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Viola married Calvin Bingle. Calvin was born about 1889. He died on 30 Sep 1959 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

19 F vii.Emma Pyle Czn was born in Dec 1889 in ,, Kentucky. She died on 25 Jan 1962 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Emma married (1) Walter Woods.
Emma married (2) Leroy "Roy" McNeal.
20 M viii. George Pyle Czn was born on 6 Jan 1891 in ,, Kentucky. He died on 26 Nov 1946. George married Ruby Hill daughter of Thomas Hill and Elizabeth Barnes. Ruby was born on 28 Sep 1899. She died on 18 Jul 1962 in , Kenton, Ky.

21 M ix. Raymond Pyle Czn was born on 22 Jul 1895 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. He died on 18 Jan 1967 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. He was buried in ,, Kentucky Georgetown Cemetery. Raymond married Edith Sims daughter of George W. Sims and Marion Young. Edith was born in 1899 in , Bourbon County, Kentucky. She died on 11 May 1961 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. She was buried in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky Lexington Cemetery.

22 M x. James Ritchey Pyle Czn was born on 11 Oct 1898 in ,, Kentucky. He died on 12 Jul 1950 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

James married Florence Maples daughter of Mary Lieberman. Florence was born on 15 Oct 1896. She died in Aug 1989.

5. Catherine Pyle (Smith James) was born about 1855 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Catherine married William R. Case son of Basil Case and Lucretia "Cressie" Tucker on 2 Jun 1872 in , Bracken County, Kentucky. William was born about 1852 in ,, Kentucky.

They had the following children:
23 F i. Lutie Case was born about 1874 in ,, Kentucky.
24 M ii. Quill Case was born about 1875 in ,, Kentucky.
25 M iii.William Case was born about 1876 in ,, Kentucky.
[Probably all were born near Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky]

6. Alfred Deacon Pyle (Smith James) was born on 22 Feb 1857 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He died on 20 Aug 1929 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was buried in Walnut Hills Cem, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Alfred married (1) Emma Bixler daughter of Bixler and Barbara on 3 Nov 1879 in , Bracken County, Kentucky. Emma was born in Jul 1857 in ,, Ohio. She died before 1920 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

They had the following children:
26 F i. Adeline Pyle was born in Oct 1880 in ,, Ohio.
27 M ii. Charles L. Pyle was born in Aug 1881 in ,, Kentucky.

Charles married Dora. Dora was born about 1885 in ,, Ohio.
28 M iii. Claude F. Pyle was born in Mar 1885 in ,, Kentucky.

Claude married Gertrude Prophater daughter of Mason Prophater before 1903 in ,, Ohio. Gertrude was born about 1883 in ,, Ohio.
29 F iv. Bonnie Pyle was born in Feb 1887 in ,, Ohio.
30 F v. Esther Ann Pyle was born in Apr 1889 in ,, Ohio.
31 M vi. Arthur Pyle was born in 1891 in ,, Ohio.
32 M vii.Donald A Pyle was born on 3 Sep 1900 in ,, Ohio. He died in Feb 1976 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Alfred married (2) Ella Redmond. Ella was born about 1876 in Ohio.

7. Nancy "Nannie" Pyle (Smith James) was born about May 1862 in , Bracken County, Kentucky. She died about 1885 in Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky.

Nancy married Edward Montgomery Edmonson son of Samuel Q. Edmonson 12th Ovi Co H and Susan Lunbeck on 11 Apr 1881 in Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky. Edward was born on 5 Jul 1861 in Ripley, Brown County, Ohio. He died after 1884 in (?), (?), (?).

They had the following children:
33 M i. Thomas Edmonson was born on 24 Jun 1882 in Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky. He died on 2 Mar 1968 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was buried in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio Spring Grove Cemetery.

Thomas married (1) Helen Emilia Richwine daughter of Francis Ellsworth Richwine and Clara Frances Babcock on 24 Nov 1909 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Helen was born on 1 Jul 1889 in Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas. She died on 2 Jun 1974 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She was buried in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio Spring Grove Cemetery.

Thomas married (2) Margaret Mae Green daughter of George Green and Laura on 30 Mar 1904 in Somerset, Pulaski, Ky. Margaret was born on 2 May 1882 in Junction City, Boyle, Ky. She died on 27 Jan 1905 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She was buried in Junction City Ceme, Boyle, Ky.



Bracken County Maps

1871 Map Showing Landowner Names
1884 Atlas map showing location of Felix Chapel Baptist Church


These are scaled down from a huge map that we bought copies of from the Bracken County Historical Society in 1997 or 98 when we were staying at the Lamplighter Inn for three or four days doing on site research.

We went specifically hoping to find my greatgreat grandmother's grave...and decided it was lost forever in what was purported to be an old Negro grave behind Felix Chapel Baptist Church [gtgrmthr was not Negro, but perhaps went to the church closest to her home? Her name was Nancy PYLE EDMONSON. If she was buried in the Augusta Cemetery, it must have been one of those hillside graves which have washed away.

What is attached is just a portion of the large map. I'm not sure how to work with it. At least this gives some names and locations.

What may be of value to people is to see their ancestor's name...and where they lived approximately [which quadrant] of Bracken County. I believe it was the historical society that was selling the maps. My uncle and I bought several of them when we were in Bracken County in 1998 [and I was there for several years in a row while we were back every spring caring for my husband's mother in Clermont County, Ohio.

The map sections were for my own use trying to chase several families; PYLE, CASE, ENSOR, CROSBY or CROSLY...and others...so basically what one needs to do is fold the map in half and then in thirds. The top halves I called 1[or A] 2 [or B] 3 [or C] and the bottom half left to right 4 [or D] 5 [or E] and 6 [or F].

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1871 Map; View 1871 Map-Full Size


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1884 Map; View 1884 Map-Full Size


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Catherine Serrot Pyle and Thomas Ensor
Gleanings from Census and Land Records


My ancestors lived on Big Bracken Creek...and probably walked up the hill toward the east of them to go to FELIX CHURCH or CHAPEL as it was shown on the map. Here's a discussion from my notes [incorporating my Uncle Dick's [RWE] research notes. Together we walked these hills and photographed where my greatgreatgrandmother, Catherine SERROT PYLE lived with her second husband, Thomas ENSOR.

Census, 1870, KY, Bracken Co, Augusta Precinct, Dwg/Fam 312, Thomas ENZER family: (Note: Enez, Quilla, Alferd, Catherine and Nancy are step-children of Thomas ENSER (ENSOR); their surname is actually PYLE, not ENSER.)

ENSER, Thomas, age 38 (born 1832), Male, White, occupation Farmer, born Tenn. ENSER, Catherine, age 44 (born 1826) Female, White, occupation Keeps House, born Tenn (OH?). (PYLE) Enez (Etienne?), age 25 (born 1845), Female, White, born Ohio. (child 1 of 6.) (PYLE), Quilla (Aquilla), age 21 (born 1849), Male, White, born Ohio. (child 2 of 6.) (PYLE), Alferd (Alfred), age 19 (born 1851), Male, White, born Ohio. (child 3 of 6.) (PYLE), Catherine, age 11 (born 1859), Female, White, born Ohio (KY?). (child 4 of 6.) (PYLE), Nancy, age 9 (born 1861), Female, White, born Ohio (KY?). (child 5 of 6.) ENSER, Melvina, age 2 (born 1868), Female, White, born Ohio (KY?). (child 6 of 6.)

[RWE: Smith and Catherine (SERROT) PYLE moved from Cincinnati, OH, to Augusta, KY, abt 1855; Catherine and Nancy "Nannie" PYLE were probably born in KY.]

Census, 1880, KY, Bracken Co, Augusta Precinct, p. 33, Dwg/Fam 404, Thomas ENSOR family:

ENZER, Thomas, age 46 (born 1834), Male, Head, occupation Farmer, born TN, father born TN, mother born TN.
ENZER, Catherine, age 53 (born 1827), Female, Wife, occupation Keeping House, born PA, father born France, mother born France.
ENZER, Melvina, age 10 (born 1870), Female, Dau. (child 1 of 2.)
ENZER, Martha J. age 8 (born 1872), Female, Dau. (child 2 of 2.)

(RWE: Catherine died after the 1880 census of Bracken Co, KY, when she was 53; no record of her death or burial has been located.)

Real Estate: A triangular piece of land, about 1/4 acre, on the north side of Big Bracken Creek with the north side bounded by the Turnpike Road, the east side adjoining Frederick APPLEMAN's land, and the south side adjoining the lands of George HECK later sold to Thomas MAHAN. 13 Nov 1869 Bracken Co, KY, Deed: "Abraham BAKER and June BAKER of the city of Augusta....for $75.00 paid by Fredrick APPLEMAN....do convey unto Catherine ENSOR of the same County and State...a Small tract of land....on the waters of Big Bracken Creek....(south side at the corner of Cornelious MAHAN along George HICKS' line)....where the said ENSOR now lives...at the direction of Said Appleman."

On 23 Nov 1872, the land was sold to William R CASE and Catharine CASE, his wife. Catharine PYLE CASE was the daughter of Smith and Catherine (SERROT) PYLE. On 01 Nov 1873, Thomas and Catharine (PYLE) CASE sold the land to Thomas ENSOR for $75. Thomas ENSOR was Catharine's step-father. (Deed Book 11, pp. 275 & 276) On 29 Nov 1873 Thomas and Catherine ENSOR sold the property to Henrietta MAHAN, wife of Thomas MAHAN, Jr. (Deed Book 11, p. 285).

(RWE: In 1998, accompanied by my wife, my niece Nikki Nickell, my niece Jean Carroll and her husband Alan, we located this property along Big Bracken Creek a few miles southeast of Augusta on Route KY-435. Only a few ruins of a frame structure remain in the area indicated on a 19th Century Atlas as the Ensor residence. From this location the road climbs up from the valley where the creek runs to flat country where the Felix Baptist Church stood until it was destroyed by a tornado several decades ago. My grandparents, Edward M. Edmonson and Nancy "Nannie" Pyle, were married at Catherine's home by Rev. Felix.)



Bracken County Tornadoes

I do not recall the exact date but I think it was in 1968 that a tornado completely destroyed the Felix Baptist Church. According to a gentleman who lived up on that hill, the church and a small cemetery were on his family's farm.

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dateevent #timedeadinjF ScaleCounty #s
APR 23, 1968002130018F4023
APR 23, 1968003130000F2023 161


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