The Descendents of James D. Proctor

Proctor Home

Submitted by: Janie Colston


James Proctor arrived in the Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County area ca 1801.

Located near the present home of Mr. and Mrs. Abney is an old log house said to have been built in 1803 by the first Proctor who settled on the land when he arrived in 1801. The house is on the Kentucky Historic Register. The Abney home has one wing that is built of logs. It has been covered with clapboard siding. There is also an old "potato house" of logs with a stone ground-level room built into the side of a hill. There is a spring between the old log house and the present dwelling.

James Proctor was the first jailer of Rockcastle Co, KY. (Source: Rockcastle Historical Society, KY)

James married Mary Magdalena Branaman/Brenneman June 20-1799 in Albemarle Co. VA.

  Marriage presided over by Rev William Irvin (On page 55 of The History of Albemarle County, Virginia, by Rev.
        Edgar Woods, it says: “In Accordance with this provision, William Irvin, Presbyterian, was licensed to celebrate  

        the rite in 1784,... On page 131, it says: “In 1769 Rev. William Irvin, who had been a pupil at Mr. Todd's school

        in Louisa, became pastor of the Cove Church.) Source: Albemarle Co. Historical Soc. Marriage Book.


1.   James D.  Proctor

        Born 5-4-1774 in VA. Died 8-14-1858 in Rockcastle Co., KY.  Source: Cemetery Record


(1)   Mary Magdalena Branaman (Brenneman), b. 8-28-1780 in Lancaster County, PA. d. Jan. 11, 1840 in Rockcastle Co, KY. Daughter of David Brenneman, b. 1754, d. 1820


      (2.) Mary Carson b. 12 Apr. 1804 Pulaski Co. KY, died 19 Jul 1892 Buried Elmwood Cemetery,  

               Rockcastle Co. KY Tombstone reads: Mary Proctor “Aunt Pop” Parents were Joseph Carson, Sr. and Mary

               Polly Evans. Source: Rockcastle County Historical Society


Children of James and Mary Branaman Proctor:

Sources for children info: Family Bible owned by Barbara Hensley Johnston, LDS files, various researchers, family histories, censuses

   1.   Fanny was born on 10 Jun 1800 in VA.  Frankie? Married John Forsythe. Source: James A. Proctor bio
  2.   David B. b. Oct 5,1801 VA. m. Lucy Hiatt abt. 1824.

            Note: son James A. Proctor bio states Lucy’s last name as Quinn.


        (1) John Churchill, b. 6-23-1825, died 1-20-1909 in Nebraska State Hospital in Denver (Adams) Nebraska. Buried

          in McCook (RedWillow) Nebraska. He died of exhaustion due to dementia.

         married Lucy Jane Carter Jun 16,1846 Frankfurt, Franklin Co., KY. Lucy died December 25, 1860 in Marion   

          County, IN

                 Children James R. b. July 26, 1848, IN and Julia. b. 1853.

        2nd wife Mary C. Smith Malson. July 26, 1865 in Clermont Marion County IN

               Children: Lena, Mary and Nannie.

               Moved to Indiana before 1848, then later moved on to Pottawattamie Co. IA by 1871.

                  Source: Nancy

                Son James Robert Proctor listed LDS files as b. 1848 KY, died 1901 Springdale, Spokane Co. Washington, married 

                      Mary Emily Merritt, (1853, 1938) on April 18, 1869 Cresant City, Pottawattamie Co. Iowa

        (2) James Alexander... b. 1829, d. 11-19-1912, Decatur, Wise County, TX m. Mary 'Polly' Hunt, b. Jun 3, 1836,

                Rockcastle, KY. Died 11-3-1907.  (raised by William Perrin, stepfather)

                Children: Lucy Francis, Laura Alice, Mary (Molly) C., William David, James Carl, John R., Willie

                     Artemisia, Elvira (Elly) Mae, Maud

        (3) Melvina (abt. 1832) Married John Palmer. Went to California

        (4) Lucy (abt.1835),

        (5) Mary (abt.1837)

        (6) George William. b. 1841

        (7) William b. 1846

        (8) Frances married Ratcliff Long of Indiana


  3.  George, b. May 13, 1803 VA - m. (1) Elizabeth "Betsey" Fish (dau of Thos & Wineford (Burney) Fish) abt

         1816 or 1817 in Rockcastle County. They had no children and their last known address was Rockcastle Co.

         1860 (2) Nancy Reynolds

  4.   Joel was born on 10 Mar 1805. Died young. Buried in James Proctor Cem., Cove Branch, Rockcastle Co., KY.
5.  Elizabeth (Betsy), b. 1807 VA, d. Sept. 30, 1889 m. 1824 to John B. Cook, then George Myers.

                 Children: Rockcastle Co. 1850 Census (Schedule Page 161): MYERS, George 43, Elizabeth 43, William 18, James 17,

                        Alexander 16, Mary F.12, Eliza A. 10, Susan 7, Andrew 7, Benjamin F. 4.

                        Note: William, James, and Alexander are probably from first marriage, but no proof.

       Note: SARAH COOK d/o James Thomas & Elizabeth Myers (Cook) Roberts, 14 Dec 1878. Did Elizabeth marry 3 times?

  6.  William was born on 01 Jan 1809.

 7.  James C., b. March 21, 1811, Rockcastle Co. KY, d. June 1898: m Milly Reynolds, 1834, Lincoln Co. KY.   

           Data on the children given by William Lee Proctor, grandson of James, and other researchers.


        John J., b. Jun 6, 1837, d Dec 20, 1892, m. Harriet Ramsay

           William Fountain, b. Sept. 13, 1835, d Feb 11, 1894, m. Julie Fish 1847/1916 both buried Maret's Cemetary

                   Wildie, Rockcastle Co. KY.

           Nancy Jane, b. Sep 22, 1839, d Apr 12, 1861

           George W., b. March 10, 1841

           David, b. Dec 24, 1843, d. Jun 12, 1923 m. Lucinda Lawrence, b Apr 5, 1857, d June 18, 1914 buried Bethel

              Cemetery near Bee Lick, KY (Children:  Theard, b. Feb. 26, 1874 d June 26, 1931 m Cynthia Wilson, b.

              May 11, 1880, d. Feb. 8, 1941)

           Mary Frances, b. Feb 24, 1844, d. Oct. 7, 1875

           Nelson J., b. June 6, 1845. Disappeared when a young man and never heard from again.

           Zachariah T. b. Jul 27, 1848, d Jan 21, 1923, m. Mary Ellen Hayes, b. 1857, d. 1933 (Children: Laura, Rose,

                      Jones F., James D., George Winford, Annie H., William Convey, Alfred E.)

           Milton Cook b. March 12, 1852, d Aug. 27, 1938, m Mary F. (nee Riddle) b Aug. 14, 1855, d Nov 29, 1940

                  Children: Eliza Angeline, Charles Milton, William Lee, Anna May, Jerry Green.

                       Note: James and Milley moved into a log house located 1 mile southeast of Buckeye Church and School House on Hwy  

                                11 overlooking Renfro Valley. House was still standing Jan. 27, 1977


8. John, born March 1813 Rockcastle KY. Died June 1898 Hancock IL.

Married: (1) Mary Butler born on 05 Feb 1813 in KY. She died on 05 Apr 1849.

         Married: (2) Amelia Hurst, born on 03 Aug 1827 in KY. She died on 14 Mar 1902 in Carthage, Hancock Co.,      

                    IL and is buried on 16 Mar 1902 in Carthage Cem., Carthage, Hancock Co., IL.


         William Franklin, b. 7 Sep 1838, Greenville, Clark Co. IN, d. 13 Dec 1910, Woodward County, OK. Married

               cousin, Julia Ann, daughter of John’s brother Alfred. Children: Minnie Ola, b.1874 IL, John Burtis, b.

               1876, IL, Flora Ann, b. 1879, Lela May, b. 1882 Jolliet, IL,. Margaret Jane, b. 1884, Martha Florence, b. 1886, Samuel 

                   Franklin, b. 1892

          Note: William’s gravestone has: Co. D. INF.

         George Thomas b. 1844, Crab Orchard Cove, Rockcastle Co. KY, died 17 Mar. 1883, Carthage, Hancock, IL

              married  Angeline F. Wylie b. 18 July 1849, Garrard, KY. Son: Thomas F. b. 1872 IL, d. 1944 Walla Walla


         Angiline Minerva b. 1846 KY


  9.  Bradford J.  born on 04 Jul 1815 in Rockcastle Co., KY.


 10. Anderson Granville, b. August 29, 1817, Rockcastle Co. KY. d. March 26, 1911, Rockcastle Co. KY.

m. (1) Jan 22, 1840, Mary ‘Pop’ Parsons b. abt. 1818, d. aft. 1870. (2) Helen Bell Sept. 2 1880 and (3) Martha Ellen Southers Sharp, July 12, 1883. Anderson lived in the Cove Branch of Rockcastle County. He is buried in Doc Langford graveyard near Cove Valley School House. According to Lee Proctor’s memories, it took 2 days to dig the grave because they had to blast rock.


         Sarah Ann F. b. Nov. 1842, d. 1925 m. John Underwood, then Jasper W. Rickels abt. 1865 in Rockcastle Co

         William Henry Harrison 1845-1943 married Nancy Helen Haley (1851-1902)

                       Allie, 1872, Jacob Hackney, 1879, Sarah (Sallie) E., 1878-1900 and William Reid, born 27 Mar 1886

                        in Rockcastle Co., KY; died 25 May 1960 in Richmond, Madison Co., KY.


         James Monroe, b. 1848,

         John Anderson

         Allen Green,

         George Arthur



 11. Elisha, b. Dec. 1819, Rockcastle Co. Twin. m. Seana A. Lawrence, b. 1820,


          Daniel, b. 1841,    

       James, b. 1845, m. Nancy E. children: Cyrenius 1874 and Ann, 1879



12.  Sidney, b. Dec. 8, 1819 Rockcastle Co. KY. Twin d. Died 18 Oct 1902 in South Mound, Neosho Co., KS. Buried in

           South Mound, Neosho Co., KS. Co. F, 7th MO Cav  

          m. Philadelphia Wilson b. May 11, 1823, died 5 April 1897 buried alongside Sidney.


          James Madison. b. 1843

          George W. b. 1845

          Mary E. b. 1848

          William, b. IL 1852

          Charles and Clara, b. 1859


13.   Susannah, b.25 Jun 1822 in Rockcastle Co., KY.    Married Sebe Searcy. Source see James A. Proctor bio


14.   Willis Henry ‘Green’ was born Jun 1826 and died on 20 Mar 1907 m. Mary Carson Lawrence about 1845 in Rockcastle Co. Both buried Providence Church Cemetery, Quail, Rockcastle Co. ‘Green’ was the postmaster of Quail for years. Father of Mary was Tartellus and Ruthy Carson Lawrence of VA.


        George S. b. 28 Sept. 1845, died 1925 married Pulaski Co. KY Oct 20, 1866 Eliza Catherine Woods 1847/1921

        Joseph, b. ca 1847, died July 1853 Rockcastle

        Mary Elizabeth, 20 July 1849, married 4 April 1866 William A Herrin b 28 Jun 1846

        Ruth, b 20 March, 1851, died 22 Jun 1921, married Mason Brown

        Susan, born and died 1853

        Sarah F, b. 8 July 1854, died 4 Oct 1925 married Elijah A Herrin buried Provident Cem. Quail, KY

        James William b. 12 January 1856, d. 17 July 1926. Buried in Provident Cemetery (old part) at Quail. Married

               Mary A.  Herrin, daughter of Shadrick Herrin and Hannah Colyer. Both buried Provident Cem. Quail, KY.

               Children: Thula Ann, Stephen, Ethel, Mary F.

        Tartelles, b. 12 Sept 1858, Married Jane C. Elder. Both buried Provident Cem. (new part) Quail, KY

               Children: Ruth, b. ca 1875, Mary Agnes, Susan F., James, Ollie G.

        Cynthia A., b. ca 1860 married 14 April 1880, Levi Hubble

        John Alfred, b.11 Jan. 1865, d. 8 Jan 1939 Married Mary Emily Elder, both buried Provident Cem. Quail, KY

               Children: Charles G., Eugene, Maurice, Gracie M.

        Alice Green, b. 25 Dec. 1868, Married 16 May 1883 Henry Brown. Provident Cemetery

                Children: Maude C. (m. John A Brown)

        David Emmett b. 12 May 1870, died 1914 married Oma Lewis. David was a Doctor in Stanford, KY.

                Children:  Identical Twins Edwin and Austin


15.   Alfred, b. 1828, Rockcastle Co. m. Christina A. Carroll Feb. 19, 1850 in Pulaski Co. KY.

        Daughter Elizabeth, b. Nov. 28, 1856


Note: Obit for William Green, Mt. Vernon News:

DEATH: 1907 W. G. Proctor died at his home at Quail post office, this county, Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock. Mr. Proctor aged four score and one year. For more than two years he had been the sufferer of a complication of diseases and the end has long been expected. Mr. Proctor was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable ways of the pioneer. The stranger, even though a beggar, never failed to find food and shelter if he sought it at his hands, and he was at home by the bedside of the sick and delighted in all kinds of neighborly offices. He had borne adversity bravely and enjoyed prosperity quietly. He had filled the various relations of life, as son, husband, father, brother, friend, and filled them well. Who can do more? But he is gone! Another name is stricken from the ever-lessening roll of our settlers and the once happy home is left to attest how sadly they will miss him. It must be so; these tender human ties cannot be severed without a pang. Yet in such a death there is really no cause for grief. His life work was done, and well done. He had passed his golden wedding day and wearied with life's duties and cares. Weary of suffering and waiting, he lay down to rest. He was a man who united sound sense with strong convictions, and candid outspoken temper, eminently fitted to mold the rude elements of pioneer society into form and consistency, and in raising a high standard of citizenship in our young and growing state. How much his community owes him and such as he, is impossible to estimate. It would be a grateful task to trace his influence through some of the direct channels, to hold him up in these degenerate days, in his various characters of husband and father, of neighbor and friend, to speak of his sons and daughters he has reared to perpetuate his name and emulate his virtues. But it comes not within the scope of this brief article to do so. Suffice it is to say; he lived nobly and died peacefully at the advance age of 81 years. The stern Reaper found him, "as a shock of corn, fully ripe for the harvest". Not for him be our tears! Rather let us crown his grave with garlands. Few of us will live as long or as well and fewer yet will the Angel of death greet with such a loving touch. He leaves 10 children, five boys and five girls, Messrs. George, J. W., Tartlis, J. A., and Dr. D. E. Proctor; Mesdames Andrew Herrin, E. A. Herrin, Mace Brown, Henry Brown and Mrs. Hubble, to mourn the loss of a kind and dutiful father. The remains were laid to rest yesterday morning at 10 o'clock in the Providence cemetery beside his beloved companion who preceded him to the grave by only a few months.



Final Notes:


George Proctor, b. 1742, Caroline Co., VA circumstantial records suggest he is the father of James Proctor, but it is unconfirmed

A genealogical chart made by Mrs. Arthur Rowbotham, Altavista, Virginia Oct. 15, 1934 and provided by Kate Holmes Lang states:

William Proctor [d. 1753, VA] and Ann Bryant had issue: George, b. 1742, Charles, Elizabeth, and Mary.

Note: These Bryants are listed in Stafford Co. which touches Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties.

This William Proctor married Ann Bryant, b. 1687 to Richard Bryant and Ann Redman. Richard was half Indian, Powhatan, probably. Ann Bryant’s siblings were: Elizabeth (b. 1677), Nathaniel, Sylent (b. 1680), Richard (b. 1687), and Susannah (b. 1689).

The genealogical chart also says:
“George Proctor, b. 1742, in Caroline Co., VA in Rev. War from Albemarle Co. VA. Pension Claim S30666. Went to Kentucky- Rockcastle Co., where he had lived about 20 years.”

Albemarle 1800 Tax List:

George Proctor, son William, and 1 horse. Source: Albemarle Co. Historical Society

1815 Rockcastle Co. KY Tax List              Source: Lookup volunteer Rockcastle Co. KY

George Proctor - no acres

William Proctor - no acres

1820 Rockcastle Co. KY census

George Proctor     000011       00001         (George and William or George and James?)


KY Pension List 1835                                                                 Source: KY GenWeb Archives files

GEORGE PROCTOR                  

                    ROCK CASTLE COUNTY


                    VIRGINIA MILITIA

                    $20.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE

                    $60.00 AMOUNT RECEIVED

                    OCTOBER 31, 1833 PENSION STARTED

                    AGE 92

Pension File No.  S. 30666   VIRGINIA                          Source: copy of document from Rockcastle Historical Society


The above named soldier was living in the county of Rockcastle, state of Kentucky, when he applied for pension on the date of July 1833, aged 91 years, born 1742.

He stated that he was born in the county of Caroline, state of Virginia, in Oct. of 1742.

He enlisted in the county of Albemarle, state of Virginia, in 1779.

Prior to the Revolutionary War he lived in the counties of Albemarle, Louisa or Nelson in the state of Virginia. After the war, he lived in Nelson County, Virginia until about 1813 when he moved to KY.

The affidavit of a fellow soldier, who served with him, by the name of George Harlow, was made in the county of Rockcastle, state of Kentucky, date of July 1833, aged 77 years.


Excerpt from bio of James A. Proctor, grandson of James D. Proctor. Source: History of North and West Texas, page 571

“Mr. Proctor was an emigrant to Texas from Rockcastle Co. KY where his birth occurred July 3, 1829. He is descended from Revolutionary Stock, his gr-grandfather having served in the war for American Independence. The latter died in Rockcastle Co. KY when our subject was a child…”


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