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Thursday, March 12, 2015


Early Lexington, Kentucky resident
Valerie J. Thompson

Receipt for coffin for Charnock Self

    Charnock Self was the son of Thomas Self and Elizabeth Jenkins of Loudoun County, Virginia. He was born 4 June 1755, according to the Self Family Bible. This Bible was published in The Family of Josiah Franklin Self and Frances Augusta (Wright) Self, published 1952, by Victor H. Self.  First edition of this book was published in 1939.   He was named in his father’s will in 1781 and subsequent probate records until 1812. (Loudoun County, Virginia Will Book B, pages 366,367 (1772-1782) He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Brent, daughter of William Brent and Elinor Stott.

He removed to Fayette County, Kentucky by 1785 when he is witness to the Bond of Alexander Mawell and Robert McKinney. Later the same year James Graham assigned the bond to Charnock Self for Lot 61 of the Town of Lexington. (Fayette County, Kentucky Burnt Records) He is listed on the 1787 -1806 Tax Lists for Fayette County, Kentucky.

C. Self is listed in The Index to Military Certificates, 1787, Etc. by Jouett Taylor Cannon, page 17, Register of Kentucky State Historical Society,Vol. 22, No. 64 (January, 1924), pp. 2-20, Published by The Kentucky Historical Society.

Charnock Self and Elizabeth Self, his wife of Fayette County, to George Young of the same county, for 65 pounds, one moiety of in-lot No. 61 in the town of Lexington on Water, Upper and High Streets. Thomas Bodley, witness. Elizabeth Self relinquished rights of dower. Recorded 12 October 1796. See Map of Town Lots of Lexington, Kentucky 1791

Charnock had deeds in Fayette, Scott and Gallatin Counties, Kentucky. For more about Charnock Self and his family read Virginia Early DeMarce's Now Living in Boone County, Missouri." Volume II: The Family and Connections of Martha Catherine Cheavens (1990). Much information is also given at the Worldconnect Project: Boone County, Missouri at Rootsweb.

In 1830 Charnock is listed on the Fayette County, Kentucky Census. By 1833 he is listed in Gallatin County, Kentucky on the Tax List. He dies in December of 1834 in Gallatin County, Kentucky,and does not leave a will. There is an inventory and lengthy settlement of his estate. He was a wealthy man by all respects for the time period. His estate included the sale of slaves, Mary, Ephraim, Joan and Rolla.  The final settlement took several years and changed administrators several times. John Ford, husband of Charnock's daughter, Nancy was the first administrator.

 Gallatin Co., Ky. Will Book D, p. 274-277. Charnock Self Estate Inventory
Settlement of Charnock Self's Estate Gallatin County, Will Book E, pages 185-201. Pages 190 and 191 are void.
The above image for receipt of payment for Charnock Self's coffin is on page 187 Gallatin County, Kentucky Will Book E.

[Item] No. 5 Dec. 19, 1834 The Estate of Charnock Self, Dec'd
                                                                                                        To Douglas Fenton, 
To: Coffin lined and covered                                                                    $40.00
       Conveyance with Hearst                                                                    $ 5.00
Rec. payment in full of the within account Feb 3, 1836.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Marriage Bond and Consent for James Self to Matilda Scroggin

Presently working to get that corrected. 

Marriage Bond of James Self to Matilda Scroggins Franklin County, Kentucky 1800
Copy courtsey of the LDS Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  FHL Microfilm 266,194
and Dale Tarkington. Transcribed by Valerie J. Thompson, February 23, 2015

     We, James Self and John Campbell are held and firmly bound unto James Garrard, Governor of the State of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money to be paid to the said Governor, or his successors to the true performance of above, We bind ourselves, our heirs, & Ex'c firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 23 day of July 1800.
     The Condition of the above obligation is such that there is a marriage shortly intended  to be had and solemnized between the above bound James Self and Matilda Scroggin of this county. Now if there is no obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.
                                                                                    James Self {Seal}
Test:                                                                            John Campbell {Seal}
Daniel Weisiger

Consent for Matilda Scroggin:
This is to sertify that I am willing that James Self shall have my daughter, Mattilday Scroging for his wife. Witness this 23rd day of July 1800.
                                                                              Polley Scroging
John Campbell
Jesse Brown                                      Proved by John Campbell
                                                                                D. Weisiger

Friday, January 16, 2015


Bath County Kentucky

     Mathew Pettit a Citizen of Kentucky states that he was a private soldier in the Continental Army and served for three years and at the end of that period was honorably discharged which discharge was burnt in his house at a time when his house was burnt.
    That he was enlisted for three years at Jacob Creek near to Col. Mounts. Mill in the County of [blank] State of Pennsylvania by Capt. James Pickett [Piggott] of the 8th Pennsylvania Reg’t. Commanded by Col. Willson and Col. McCoy – and afterwards by Col. Broadhead who gave him his discharge at Fort Pitt at the end of the time afore’sd. His enlistment was in 1777 to the best of his recollection – and of course his discharge was in 1780, but the time may be corrected by the period when Col. Broadhead was stationed at Fort Pitt.
     That he is now in indigent circumstances and has not property of the value of thirty dollars real and personal and is unable to work by reason of a wound in his arm or rather in his shoulder near the back bone which disables his left arm especially now in his advanced years he being about 58 years old this fall – He is also injured by a wound in the left leg both of which wounds he got in the Battle of Brandywine – He asks for the pension allowed by law to him as a revolutionary soldier in consequence of his total inability to support himself and says further that his family is large having four children the oldest of which is only eight years of age, and further that he has never had a pension allowed him for his wounds.
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And that he has no other evidence of his services save that which is sent herewith or what may be found in the war office.
     Mrs. Rebecca Mitchell states that she is the sister of said Matthew Pettit and lived at her father’s when her brother enlisted in the Continental Army.
     That he was absent from home more than three years and she has always been informed and believed that he served out his time and was honorably discharged –
     That she knows of her own knowledge that said Pettit is in very indigent circumstances with a young family of four children and unable to support them by work.

State of Kentucky
Bath Circuit
Ordered that it be certified to the Secretary of War that the proceeding examination of Mathew Pettit and Rebecca Mitchell was taken on oath in open court and that it does appear to the substantiation of the court by said examination that the said applicant, Mathew Pettit was during the Revolution was an enlisted soldier and that he served as such as in said examination as stated and that he, said Mathew Pettet is in such meager and august circumstances as to require the aid of his country provided by the Act of Congress in such cases provided the foregoing statements sworn to in open court in due form of law, In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of my office this 17th day of June 1818 and in the 27th year of the Commonwealth.
                                                                                            Att: Thomas Triplett, Clerk

     On 14th of August 1820 Mathew Pettit also gave a statement, giving further information about his family. "I am by occupation a farmer and I am unable to provide a living by my labors owing to age and infirmity and wounds received in the Revolutionary service. I have a wife, aged forty two years and children Druscilla aged 14 years, Nancy aged 12 years, Samuel aged 10 years, Ann aged 8 years, Polly aged 6 years and David aged one month." When his son, Samuel married Nancy Sharp on the 29th of December 1828 in Bath County, Kentucky, Matthew and his wife, Molly gave consent for the marriage.

Matthew Pettit is listed on the Kentucky 1835 Pensioners List for Bath County, Kentucky.

He  died in 1836. Andrew Pettit, orphan of Matthew Pettit deceased, age 16 was apprenticed to learn the trade of farming on 9th May 1836. (Bath County, Kentucky Deed Book J, pages 525, 526) This child Andrew being the same age as David above is noted as Andrew David Pettit. Captain Andrew Pettit served in the 40th Kentucky Infantry, Union Army in the Civil War. He died 10 February 1897 in Bath County, Kentucky. (Owingsville Outlook, 18 Feb 1897)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Will of Jane Samuel

Jane Samuel's Will
Transcribed by

  Professional Genealogist

Valerie J. Thompson

October 24, 2014


Rockcastle County, Kentucky Will Book D, page 336, 337

Jane Samuel’s Will

In the name of God, Amen, I Jane Samuels being weak in body, but sound in mind make this my last will and testament (viz)

I will to my son, Z. T. Samuels 1 bed stead and furniture, To my daughter Betsy H. Potts 1 frame, and part of my bed clothes, and to her daughter, Gertrude T. Potts my side saddle. I will to my son, John C. Samuels my feather bed and some bed clothes. I will to my daughter, Martha Thompson’s children, $5.00 or the worth of it in something else. All the remainder of everything else that I have I will to my daughter, Rebecca J. McClary. To my son, David A. Samuels, I will $1.00.

Given under my hand this 11th March 1862,

                                                                         Jane Samuels


A McClary

Susan Mclary

I Wm. Fish, Clerk of the Rockcastle County Court certify that the foregoing will of Jane Samuels was … 22nd day of June 1862, filed and ordered to record as appears from endorsement on said will. In these words, filed and ordered to record June 22nd 1862 in the handwriting of D.C. Colyer my predecessor in office, and same is truly recorded my office the 28th day of July 1866

Wm. Fish, Clerk

By A. Smith, D.C.
  Jane Roper was married to Harndon Samuell on 14 November 1815 in Caswell County, North Carolina. She was born 24 February 1793 according to the McClary family Bible. She died in 1862 and is buried at the Potts Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Herndon Samuel was born 5 Aug 1788 and died 4 November 1872 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. He was a soldier of the War of 1812 having served in the Virginia Company as a private under Captain's Walls and Wilson. He is buried at the Horton Cemetery in Lincoln County, Kentucky. His service is noted in brief record in Lincoln County, Kentucky Will Book X, page 143, and Will Book Z, page 136.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jesse Brock 1751-1843

SAR Marker for Jesse Brock, dedicated August 30, 2014
Photo taken by Valerie J. Thompson
        In the pension papers of Jesse Brock, there are three references to his birth date. He appeared before the court of Harlan County, Kentucky on the 16th of October 1833, "aged 82 years the 8th day of December next".  During the interrogations for his application, Jesse was asked, "Where and in what year were you born?" He answered, "I was born in Cumberland County in the State of Virginia on the 8th day of December 1751, as my father has told me." When asked, "Do you have any record of your age?" He replied, "I don't know that there is any record of my age, my father always told me that I was four years old the year of Braddock's Defeat." General Braddock's Defeat was the 9th of July 1755.
    While there is a date of 1836 on Jesse Brock's tombstone, he died several years later. The 1836 date was likely taken from the following notarized transcript of a Bible record. This typed copy found in Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives Brock file is clearly not accurate. The name and birth, death and marriage date for Jesse Brock's assumed wife is also questionable.

     Jesse Brock personally appeared in Harlan county court in October of 1836 and signed his name to the following declaration, which is also found in his pension papers.
     State of Kentucky
     Harlan County
On the 14th day of October 1836  before me the subscribed, a Justice of the Peace for said county of Harlan, personally appeared Jesse Brock who on his oath declares that he is the same person who formerly belonged to the Company commanded by William Underwood in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Thompson as well as he now recollects in the service of the United States, that his name was placed on the pension roll of the State of Kentucky, that he received a certificate of that fact under the signature and seal of the Secretary of War, which certificate on or about the first day of last December 1835 at or near the house of Armstead Miller in the County of Lincoln and State of Kentucky was lost. He further states that about the 14th day of last October he made a power of Attorney to Charleston Hunt of the City of Lexington and states aforesaid to draw said pension and placed the same in the hands of James S. Henderson who delivered the aforesaid power of Attorney with the original certificate to Major Charles Colyer of Rockcastle County and State aforesaid who presented it to the said Hunt and Hunt drew the money for him and delivered it with the certificate to the said Colyer at the place before mentioned, but his pocket book and the original certificate with a considerable quantity of money as he is informed was lost or stolen.
He here refers to the affidavit of the said Charles Colyer.
                            Signed, Jesse Brock
    James S. Henderson and Col. Charles Colyer also gave supporting statements. On November 17th 1836 the War Department wrote "Let a new certificate be issued." The War Department also noted that Jesse had previously signed with his mark.

1840 Census of Harlan County, Kentucky
Jesse Brock
1 male 80-89, 1 female 80-89

He was paid until 4th March 1842, and the agency was notified 27 September 1844, but the date of his death does not appear in the papers. No wife or children are mentioned in the pension papers.

    Harlan County, Kentucky Court Order January Term 1856, page 358 Microfilm #834234 Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives:

January Term 1856
Ordered by the court that satisfactory proof has been made that Jesse Brock died on the 13th day of Oct'r 1843 and left no widow, but he left has 6 heirs living, Aaron Brock, Amon Brock, Sally Coldiron, Polly Helton, Susannah Blanton & Theny Slone.

The other source used for the children of Jesse Brock is the Annie Walker Burns interview with Elijah Brock.

     Jesse Brock's complete pension application papers S30887 can be viewed at U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files 1800-1900, courtesy of the National Archives.
    A comprehensive and thorough study of Jesse Brock and his family is located at, as well as, DNA results. Male descendants of Jesse Brock are haplogroup J1, not Native American.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014


     WILLIAM PROCTOR 1796-1841
Valerie J. Thompson
     William Proctor died in Gallatin County, Illinois in 1841. Two sources provide his death date, his Probate papers and a newspaper article. From Shirley Cummins Shewmake's book, Gallatin County, Illinois Newspapers, Vol. 1 (1841-1843)  "Saturday, December 11, 1841, Died this place on the 8th inst. William Proctor, aged about 45 years." [The Illinois Republican] The news post also provides a birth year. From Probate Box/Drawer 76 Gallatin County Circuit Court is the following bill for the coffin and grave garments for William Proctor.

Wm Proctor death 8 December 1841
     There was no will amidst the Probate Box Papers. This conflicts with the findings in the Proctor Connection, 1978 and the DAR application papers of Mrs. June Head, 1995.   Surely there is a will, I insisted, speaking with the clerks at Gallatin County Circuit Court. I have two sources, one a book and the other a DAR member, whose gedcom reads "Niece and nephews inherited because William had no children of his own. The Sarah Proctor would have been a daughter of John, so all of William's brothers and all children of John Proctor were the heirs. Will mentions L. M., Nicholas, John, Ephraim, Silas Cloud Proctor and Sarah Proctor Cloud."
Again, I was told there was no will.

Reading over the Probate Box Papers, I find another statement from the Administrator of William Proctor's Estate, Samuel L. M. Proctor, which reads:
Shawnee[town], Sep 3rd 1847

W. Davenport, P. Justice, Sir

I know of no objection or defense against the notes given by my INTESTATE Wm. Proctor, Dec'd
to William Cockrell Oct 16, 1829 being 10 percent interest & having a credit on it of Fifty dollars paid June 13, 1836. Note being on its face for one hundred dollars.
[Signed] S. L. M. Proctor

Wm. Proctor intestate


         Apparently, there were proceedings regarding the estate of William Proctor from the time of his death in December 1841 until 1856. His personal property was inventoried 14 December 1841, and sold at public auction on 22 January 1842. Samuel L. M. Proctor was Administrator.   Various notes and receipts dated from 1838 to 1856 are also contained in the Probate Papers of Box 76.
     From Gallatin County Deed records filed 17th February 1852 a deed is conveyed from the Commissioner John Hall to Samuel L. M. Proctor, Administrator of William Proctor, deceased, for $15.00, the upper and north half of Lot No. 1129 & 1130 in Shawneetown.
"Whereas at the September term of the Circuit Court of Gallatin County, Illinois in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one on a bill for title filed in said court by William Proctor in his lifetime against James M. Jones and John Docker who have also since deceased the following order was made, Samuel L. M. Proctor Adm'r of William Proctor, deceased vs John W. Norton, Attawa Norton, Elenor Jones, Harrison Jones, Alexander W. Jones, Merrit Scott Jones, Heirs at law of James M. Jones deceased."
 Obviously, there should be more papers in the Gallatin County, Circuit court records. Hopefully, they will explain more about what happened with William Proctor's estate.
From Newspapers of Gallatin County, Vol III, page 154 by Shirley Cummins Shewmake:
PETITION TO SELL LAND - State of Illinois, Gallatin County, court, June Term 1856. Samuel L. M. Proctor, Adm'r vs. Nicholas Proctor, Samuel L. M. Proctor, John Proctor, Ephriam Proctor, Silas Cloud and Sarah Cloud, heirs at law of William PROCTOR,  dec'd. April 9, 1856. [Southern Illinoisan]
The above named persons are assumed to be the children of John Proctor and Mary "Polly" Moore according to the Proctor Connection by Shirley Ross and the DAR application papers of Mrs. June Head.
Here is where a lot of questions arise. How were the children of John Proctor proved? Are all of these persons named in the Petition to Sell Land children of John? Could any of them be children of William? Some report William never married. Who is the woman and child with William on the 1830 Census of Gallatin County, Illinois. Some report that he married Louisa Wilson 1827 in Gallatin. If so, what happened to her? Why are John Proctor's children the heirs of William Proctor when John survived his brother by more than a decade? John and Mary Proctor  made a statement in 1854 when   Catherine Proctor, widow of Nicholas Proctor, applied for his pension.  
A death record for John J. Proctor is included in the DAR application papers of Mrs. June Head, a descendant of John J. Proctor, believed to be the son of John Proctor, who was the son and heir of Revolutionary War soldier, Nicholas Proctor. The death record does not state the names of John J. Proctor's  parents. A tombstone photo is included giving the birth and death dates for John J. Proctor. This does not provide information about his parents. A marriage record is included in the DAR papers, but again there is no parental information on the marriage record. So how was it proved that John J. Proctor was the son of John Proctor? None of the Circuit Court records, or the newspaper post, Petition to Sell land, were included in the DAR papers.  There was included a page from Shirley Bodersen Ross's book, The Proctor Connection. No will of William Proctor was provided, nor any of his probate papers.
Hopefully, there will be some answers to these questions in the Circuit Court papers. If so, this will be continued.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Valerie J. Thompson
     In his pension papers Nicholas Proctor states that he removed to Butler County, Kentucky and then to Hamilton County, Illinois. Butler County adjoins Logan County.
In 1820 Logan County, Kentucky Nicholas Proctor, who would have been about age 69, married Catherine Leonard, age about 35. They were married about 15 years. Logan County, Kentucky Book 1 1818-1840, page 17 

     Nicholas first attempted to apply for pension in 1828 or 1829 under the "Act for certain surviving soldiers and officers, approved May 28, 1828. Letter from Treasury Department dated 21 April 1829 Hamilton County, Illinois informs that there were insufficient evidence for the service of Nicholas Proctor of Hamilton County, Illinois.

1830 Census of Hamilton County, Illinois

Nicholas Proctor

1 male 10-14, 1 male 20-29, 1 male 70-79; 1 female 5-9 and 1 female 40-49

On 19th day of March 1834, Nicholas Proctor, a resident of Hamilton County, Illinois gave declaration for the purpose of receiving benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

Nicholas Proctor wrote his will the 16th day of July 1835, which was witnessed by his brother, Little Page Proctor, William Bryant, and Lewis Lane. In the will he named his wife, Catherine and his sons, John, Isaac, and William. By statement of his wife, Catherine and John Proctor, Jr., and Mary Proctor, Nicholas Proctor died 26th of July 1835. The will was proved in court on the 4th day of August 1835 by the oath of Little P. Proctor and William Bryant. The original will can be viewed at, Illinois Probate Records 1818-1970 - Hamilton - Will Book Vol. A, page12,13 image 30. It is the only Proctor Will listed in that book.

Little Page Proctor’s pension declaration affirms the relationship of Little Page Proctor to Nicholas Proctor. " He respectfully refers the Honorable Secretary of War to those affidavits as confirmatory of his statement made herein. And, also to the positive oath of his brother Nicholas Proctor who served with him throughout the same service & under same officers – excepting that he was in one campaign across the Ohio more than this affiant was then."

Times Leader, McLeansboro, Illinois newspaper November 12, 1936, interview with Ralph Proctor grandson of Little Page Proctor "According to information received by the Times-Leader, two Revolutionary War Veterans are buried in the Concord Cemetery, Crook township. They are Littlepage and Nicholas Proctor."

After Nicholas died, Catherine, age 69 applied for a widow's pension on April 19, 1854.


On April 22, 1854 in Hamilton County, Illinois John Proctor, Jr., and Mary Proctor gave testimony that Catherine and Nicholas lived together as man and wife, and that they were present at their wedding. (The pension application papers of the widow, Catherine Proctor)

October 28, 1868, Catherine, age 83 filed for an increase in her pension. William Brinkley mentions both Sarah Proctor and Catherine Proctor among the pension papers of both, Nicholas and Little Page Proctor.

One Catherine Proctor, age 93, is listed on the 1870 Census of Hamilton County, Illinois in the household of Sarah Ban.

Note: Shirley Bodersen Ross and therefore, Mrs. June Head (DAR application papers) state that the above  John Proctor, Jr., was the son of Nicholas Proctor and that this John Proctor died 1840-1850. (ISGS Quarterly XIV:1, Spring 1982) (DAR application papers of Member 6445025, for Patriot Proctor A201131)

Ross and Head further assume the children of this John Proctor were Samuel L. M., John J., Nicholas, Ephraim, and Sarah. This was based upon an assumed will of William Proctor, who died in 1841 in Gallatin County, Illinois.

(continued next blog)