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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Last Will and Testament of John Thomas 1807 Adair

Last Will and Testament


John Thomas 1807

Transcribed by

Valerie J. Thompson

Nov 4, 2012


Adair County Will Book A, page 113   

 In the name of god, Amen. I, John Thomas of County of Adair & State of Kentucky do make this my last will and testament, to wit:

Item, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Ann Thomas all my estate and at her death to be equally divided among my children, Harding Thomas, Robert Thomas, John Thomas, Susanney

Page 114

Bondurent, Lucy Sweeney, & Nanncy Hellems &

it is my will that Sarah Winifrey shall have six shillings to be paid by my Executors, &

it is my will that William Cabbel Ballewe shall have six pounds to be paid by my Executors.

There is a certain Bricke debt that, if it comes, it is my will that all my children shall pay an equal part. I, likewise , appoint my three sons, Hardin Thomas, Robert Thomas, & John Thomas, my Executors of this my last will & Testament, as Witness my and seal this the twentieth day of March One thousand Eight hundred and Seven.                                                       
                                                                                               John D. Thomas {Seal}

                                                                                                            x his mark 

Witness by us:

John Miller

Phillip Winfrey

Judith Thomas (her mark)

Adair County

At a County court began and held for Adair County on Monday the 6th of July 1807 this last will and testament of John Thomas dec’d was exhibited in court and proven by the oath of John Miller and Phillip Winfrey, subscribing Witnesses.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Signing of the Cane Treaty 2012

 Signing of the Cane Treaty 2012
    October 12th was the 65th annual signing of the Cane Treaty between the people of Barbourville and the Cherokee people. It was historically significant, as both the Eastern Band and Western Band of Cherokee were represented. Rick Bird and his family from North Carolina and Nammy Award winning flutist, Tommy Wildcat and some members of his family from Oklahoma were present for the signing.  The signing was held at the 65th  Daniel Boone Festival in Barbourville, Kentucky

The Kentuckians wish to make a new treaty with the Cherokees. It shall be known forever as the Cherokee Cane Treaty and shall read:

  We the people of the Cherokee Nation and the people of Kentucky, in friendly council here assembled, do make this solemn compact, to last until such time as the sun shall no longer rise in the East, the birds no longer sing, and green things no longer grow upon the earth.
Article One

    We the people of the Cherokee Nation do agree to send a delegation of one or more, to Barbourville, Kentucky, to visit our Kentucky friends.
Article Two
     We the people of Kentucky do agree to repay the kindess of the Cherokees with gifts of cane. We the people of Kentucy affirm and believe that Kentucky cane, woven with Cherokee skill and artistry, will make baskets strong and filled with friendship.

Rick Bird signs treaty

Cherokee basketweaver signs treaty.

The Cane

Many years ago the Cherokee people made baskets from the cane that grew along the banks of the Cumberland River.  

Tommy Wildcat and Cherokee Dancers
NAMMY winning flutist,
Tommy Wildcat

Cherokee Dancers, National Armory, Barboursville, Kentucky

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dedication to B58 Hustler, "Pink Panther"

  Today, June 23, 2012, I attended the  dedication ceremony for the Historical Marker commemorating the December 12, 1966 crash of the B-58A Hustler 60-1119  76 assigned to 305th BW, known as the “Pink Panther”. Three United States Air Force personnel lost their lives that fateful day, Major Richard F. Blakeslee, pilot; Captain Floyd E. Acker, Nav/Bomardier; and Captain. Clarence D. Lunt.

B-58 Huslter, "Pink Panther"

With an application from Becky Riddle, the Kentucky Historical Marker Program Coordinator, Chris Bennett and Alan Reed were able to push the project forward. It was the dream of Major Richard Blakelee’s son, Rob to have a historical marker placed at the site of the crash.
Rob Blakeslee

Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Society

Darrell Hovius, an English Professor at the University of Cincinnati was a 14 year boy home watching “Big Valley” on the family TV, when simultaneously he heard the crash and the electric power went out. The family thought the Russians had attacked. Remember this was during the Cold War.  

Darrell Hovius

Rev Don Scilly

  Reverend Don Scilly shared a moving remembrance of the crash day. Much more personal information about officers who died, the airplane, and the historical marker project can be found at Honor guard for the dedication was provided by the VFW post 6097.

VFW Post 6097

Historical Marker B58 "Pink Panther"

Crash site 1966
B-58 Hustler, 60-1119 76 crashed about 1.3 miles west of McKinney, Lincoln County, Kentucky.

Alvin Hamm, Valerie Thompson, Don Scheffler

 I am proud to say that two of my own cousins, Alvin Hamm and Don Scheffler are members of the Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders who road today for this dedication.  More about the mission of the riders can be found at

I was pleased to observe the dedication ceremony and applaud all those responsible.
All photographs are my own.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

John Crawford and Sarah Aldridge Marriage Records 1840

John Crawford and Sarah "Sally" Crawford were married 3 December 1840 in Henry County Kentucky by Joseph Sewell.

The Marriage Bond for John Crawford and Sarah Aldridge

  Know all men by these presents that we, John Crawford and Henry Blackaby, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of Fifty pounds to the payment whereof will and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, Ex'er's and Adm'rs jointly and severally, virtually by these presents. 
Signed, sealed this 2 day of Dec 1840. 
  The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is about to be solemnized between the above bound John Crawford & Sarah Aldridge, daughter of John Aldridge of this County. Consent legally certified. 
  Now if it shall always appease that there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void else to remain in full force and virtue. 
                                                                              John (his x mark) Crawford {Seal}
                                                                              Henry (his x mark) Blackaby {Seal}

Consent from John Aldridge, for his daughter Sarah

  Mr. E. J. Thomas Clerk of the Henry County Court you are hereby permitted and requested by me to issue license to John Crawford to marry my daughter,  Sally Aldridge. Given under my hand this 24th Nov 1840. 

Attest. Jas. E. Houghton                                                              John (his mark x) Aldridge 
Henry Blackaby

The Minister's Return

  The minister was required to record a list of the marriages he performed. This is the list for Joseph Sewell. The last couple on the list are John Crawford and Sarah Aldridge.

John Crawford to one Sarah Aldridge the 3 of December 1840.

Note: Henry County Kentucky early original marriage records are held at the Henry County History Center and Museum located in the Caplinger House at 219 S. Main Street, New Castle County Kentucky. This is also the home of the Henry County Kentucky Historical Society. They are not at the local courthouse in New Castle.

Photographs by Valerie J. Thompson, Professional Genealogist

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Alexander Thompson Surveys 1799

175 acres surveyed for Alexander Thompson 1799
  This past week I had the pleasure of assisting an Alabama descendant of Alexander Thompson  in the quest for the ancestral homelands.  Alexander Thompson had two land grants originally issued in Lincoln county Kentucky in 1799.  They are located at  the mouth of Cedar Sinking Creek,  South Fork of the Cumberland River. Lincoln County Survey Book for years 1792-1821, page 120, 122, 123.

200 acres surveyed for Alexander Thompson 1799

Modern mapping of the surveys
With a huge assist from Jeff Renner, author of Three Springs and a Wilderness Station,  the surveys can be seen on a current satellite map. Jeff is a Pulaski County resident, and county coordinator for the Rockcastle County genealogy site

Alexander Thompson was born between 1770-1761 according to the 1830 Census of Pulaski County. He was married to Mary "Polly" Norton, daughter of Messer Norton who is listed as chain carrier on both of Alexander's survey's. He was listed on the 1810 Census of Wayne county Kentucky, and the 1820 Census of Pulaski County Kentucky. His surveys are very close to the Wayne and Pulaski county lines. Alexander is listed on the 1831 tax list for Pulaski County Kentucky. He may have removed to Benton county Alabama shortly before his death, or he may have died in Kentucky and his widow removed to Benton county Alabama to be with an older child there prior to the settlement of his estate.  There are no land records in Alabama for Alexander. Deed records regarding the Power of Attorney given to his son William D. Thompson to sell the property in Pulaski County are recorded in  Deed Book 10, page 61-73, dated 1838. Names of his heirs are listed. Polly Thompson, Alexander's wife, also relinquished her right of dower.  Final settlement was in Alabama in 1841.

Children of Alexander Thompson and Mary "Polly" Norton are:
1. John A. Thompson was born 25 Feb 1795. Census records read he was born in Tennessee. By 1835 John and his wife, Martha Harper, had removed to St. Clair County Missouri. He died there 8 July 1867 and is buried at the Iconium Cemetery, St. Clair County, Missouri. Photo of his tombstone can be found at
2. William D. Thompson was born about 1797 in Kentucky. His wife's name was Mary. He died in February of 1849 according to the 1850 Mortality Schedule of Benton, now Calhoun County Alabama.
3. Anna "Anny" Thompson was born about 1805. She married Oswell Griffin. This family, too, removed to Benton, now Calhoun County Alabama. She died about 1878. Bible records of Oswell Griffin give some information about this family. See footnotes:
4. Martha "Patsy" Thompson was born about 1806 in Kentucky and died after 1860. She married Eli Phillips. This couple were on the 1860 Census St. Clair County, Alabama. 
5. Mercer Thompson was born 18 May 1807 in Kentucky. He married Matilda Sullins. He married second, Cassandra Elizabeth..... He also migrated to Alabama. He died there 25 Nov 1887 Etowah County, Alabama. He and both wives are buried at the Lebanon Avent Cemetery in Gadsden, Etowah County. Photos of stone at
6. Sampson Thompson was born 1 Aug 1809 in Kentucky. He married 21 Mar 1829 Pulaski County Kentucky Elizabeth Fry, daughter of Valentine Worley (per consent).  Alexander gave written consent for this son, as did Valentine Worley. Mercer Thompson was witness to both consents and Bondsman. He and his wife are buried at Lystra Baptist Church Cemetery in Cullman, Alabama. Eliza Thompson died 1901. Photo of her stone can be found at
7. Hester "Hettie" Thompson was born about 1810 in Kentucky. She married Humphrey Hardwick 5 Dec 1833 in Wayne County Kentucky. She died after 1864, Humphrey Hardwick died 20 Sept 1862 according to the affadavit Hettie filed for his pension. He is buried at Zion Hill Cemetery Calhoun County Alabama.
8. Leonard Thompson was born about 1811 in Kentucky. He married Mary "Polly" Laughlin 14 Feb 1837 in Calhoun County Alabama. He was living in Jackson County Alabama in 1870.
9. James Thompson was born about 1815 in Kentucky married Ann Grimes 28 Mar 1837 Benton/Calhoun County Alabama. He was living in Calhoun County Alabama in 1860. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Richard Brock 1795-1864

Richard Brock was born Aug 27, 1795 and died May 15, 1864 in Lincoln County Kentucky.
He married Hannah Jones April 10, 1819 Casey County Kentucky. Their residence was in Hustonville, Lincoln County Kentucky in 1850 and 1860. The 1860 Census indicates Richard was born in South Carolina, and the value of his personal estate was $4,475.

Photos of their tombstones can be found at

Receipt for headstones was found among the estate papers for Richard Brock

$40 Rec'd June 13th 1871 of D S Jones Administrator
 of R Brock Dec'd the sum of forty dollars in
 full for two sets of grave stones put up at
the graves of Richard & Hannah Brock.
Saml Larimer

The above Estate Settlement was found in Will Book 'Y', page 464 Lincoln County Kentucky.  Richard's Estate papers are numerous and contain several notes and receipts. The Inventory and Appraisement is lengthy, as is the Estate Sale. 
Richard left his estate to the heirs of Chesley Brock, the heirs of Davis Brock, and the heirs of Harvey Brock. For more information on these individuals see previous posts at

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Will of George Woodroof, Spotsylvania County Virginia 1769

Will of George Woodroof, Spotsylvania County Virginia, Will Book D, page 494
Transcribed by Valerie J. Thompson, 17 Mar 2012

In the name of God, Amen. I,  George Woodroof, of Spotsylvania County being of perfect mind and memory, Thanks to God for the same, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following. That is to say, I recommend my soul to God hoping to receive pardon and remission of all my sin thru the merits of Jesus Christ, and my body to the Earth to be interred in a Christian way at the discretion of my Exec’rs herein after named and for what worldly goods God in his Mercy hath been pleased to bestow upon me, I give and bequeath the same as follows, Viz:

…It is my will that all my just debts, and funeral expenses ….be paid.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son, Richard, and his heirs forever the tract of land whereon I now live.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my said son, Richard, one feather bed & furniture, my horse, bridle, and saddle, and all my wearing clothes.

Item: I likewise give unto my said son, Richard, Two cows and calves, also, two Ewes, one dish and two plates and two Chairs.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandson BenOny (son of my daughter, Sarah) Fifty pounds current money.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah, one bed and furniture, her mothers trunk, also her Mother’s mare that she used to ride, and her saddle and bridle.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Jean, ten pounds current money

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary, fifteen pounds current money

Item: It is my will that the balance of my estate shall be equally divided between my son, Richard, and daughter, Sarah.

Item: It is my will that my Exr’s shall put the fifty pounds given to my grandson, Benony to interest and they shall apply the interest of the said money towards his schooling and maintenance.

Item: It is my will that if my said grandson should die, he comes to age, or marries, That the fifty pounds given to him shall go to my daughter, Sarah.

Item: It is my will that there shall be no appraisement of my estate only an inventory returned to court.

Item: I appoint and constitute my son, Richard, and my friends, Joel Parish, and Thomas
Minor, Executors of this my Last will and Testament, and lastly, I do revoke and make void all former wills heretofore made by me, and do declare this to be my Last will and Testament.

In Witness whereof,  I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Fifth day of October 1769.

                                                                                              Geo. Woodroof {Seal}
Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged by
Geo. Woodroof, the testator to be his Last will and Testament
In presence of us

Page 495
George Carpenter
William Clift
Nathaniel Parrish
Sarah Parrish

Know all men by these presents that we Richard Woodroof, Joel Parish and Thomas Minor are held and firmly bound unto Fielding Lewis, Charles Dick, John Carter, & Charles Washington, Gentlemen Justices of the County Court of Spotsylvania now selling in the sum of five hundred pounds current money to the payment Whereof well and truly to be made to the said Justices and their successors, we bind ourselves and each of us our and Each of our heirs, Executors and Adm’rs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents sealed with our seals this 19th day of September 1771. The Condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Rich’d Woodroof, Joel Parish, & Ths. Minor, Executors of the Last will and Testament of George Woodroof Dec’d do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular, the goods and chattels and credits of the said Dec’d, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of them the sd Ex’rs as into the hands, or possession of any other person or persons for them and the same so made, do Exhibit, or cause to be Exhibited into the County Court of Spotsylvania at such time as he shall be there unto required by the said Court and the same good, chattels and credits of ….at the time of his death, which if at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Ex’ers, or into the hands or possession of any other person, or persons for him do well and truly Administer according to law and further do make

Page 496
A Just and true account of their actings and doings therein, when thereto required by the said court and also do well and truly pay and deliver all the legacies contained & specified in the said Testament as far as the said goods, chattels and credits will make unto Extant according to the virtue, thereof, and as the law shall charge, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
                                                                                         Rich’d Woodroof {Seal}
Sealed and Delivered                                                        Joel Parrish {Seal}
In Presence of }                                                                Thomas Minor {Seal}
                                                                                         J. Lewis {Seal}

Monday, February 13, 2012


Dickerson Parrish, a man whose last wishes speak volumes about the man. He was born in Virginia about 1785 and died in Clark County Kentucky in 1852.  He was the son of Timothy and Mary Parrish. 

Will of Dickerson Parrish, Clark County Kentucky Book 13, page 232-234
Transcribed by Valerie J. Thompson Jan 28, 2012

I, Dickerson Parrish of the County of Clark and State of Kentucky being of sound and disposing mind and memory hereby make ordain and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others, by me at anytime heretofore made.

Item 1st, I direct the payment of all my debts of which the amount will be found small.

Item 2nd, I bequeath to my brother William D. Parrish the two debts he owes me and evidenced by his two several notes, which notes, I direct to be delivered up to him.
 And, to my brother, Dabney W. Parrish, and his heirs the sum of two thousand dollars in money to be considered due the one half at the end of thirty days after the probate of my will and the other half at the end of twelve months, thereafter interest, however, that the said Dabney W. Parrish and his heirs shall pay over to the said William D. Parrish the interest on said money yearly for his support and maintenance and at the death of said William D Parrish the amount remaining unpaid of said sum of two thousand dollars to revert to my estate.

Item 3, I bequeath to my niece, Mary E. Carty, Fifteen hundred dollars To my niece, Sarah Ann P Stephens, Fifteen hundred dollars. To my niece Catherine R. Ellis, Two thousand dollars to be due and paid to them respectively the one half in thirty days after the probate of my will and the other half at the end of twelve months, thereafter, and to be held by them respectively for their separate use and benefit free from the control of such husbands, as they may at any time have, during their respective lives and upon the death of either of them her legacy to be distributed among such issue as she may have living at the time of her death and in default of such issue then among her sisters, and if any of her sisters should at that time be dead leaving issue then living such issue to stand in the place of the parent.

Item 4, I bequeath to my brother Dabney W. Parrish the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, the one half to be considered due in thirty days after the probate of my will and other half at the end of twelve months thereafter. In trust after reserving a proper commission or compensation for his service as trustee to pay over the interest and such portion of the principal as he may think proper to my niece, Martha L. Fishback for her separate use free from control of her husband during her life and upon her death the amount so paid to her of the principal and the balance of the principal and interest remaining unpaid to be distributed among the issue of said Martha L. Fishback to be paid over to such issue of said Martha L. Fishback to be paid over to such issue as they respectively arrive at the age of twenty-one years or may and in case of death of any of such issue before arriving at age of twenty-one years or marrying then the portion of such issue to go to the survivors, and in case of death of the said Martha L. Fishback without leaving issue at the time of her death then the legacy hereby be bequeathed to her to be distributed among her sisters and in case any of them should at that time be dead leaving issue at the time of the death of said Martha L. Fishback such issue to stand in place of parents.

Item 5, I bequeath to my nephew, Peter D. Dudley the debt he owes me and direct his note be give up to him.

Item 6, I hereby emancipate my old slave, James and bequeath to him my old broad axe and a good common chopping axe and also the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid in installments from the time of the probate of my will

Item 7, I bequeath to the American Bible Society located in Cincinnati, Ohio five hundred dollars, to the American Christian Missionary Society organized in Cincinnati, Ohio in the year 1849, Five hundred dollars and to the Female Orphan School located near Midway, Kentucky the sum of Five hundred dollars, in which last, however must be my note or subscription of Fifty Dollars to the Institution of which subscription I have already paid ten dollars. The legacies in this seventh Item mentioned are to be paid in five equal and annual installments commencing one year after the probate of my will.

Item 8, I desire and bequeath to my brother, Dabney W. Parrish, all the rest and residue of my estate, land, slaves, money, bonds, notes, crop, stock, and property of every kind and description whatsoever to him and his heirs forever. I hereby appoint my said brother, Dabney W. Parrish, my Executor and request and direct that no security be required of him for the execution of the trust, hereby confided to his care. This done and published this the 20th day of January one thousand and eight hundred and fifty.
                                                                                         Dickerson Parrish {Seal}

In presence of us as witnesses who sign the same in presence of the said Dickerson Parrish at this request and in presence of each other, August 19, 1852
John Spencer
John M Fishback

Clark County September Court 1852
This last will and testament of Dickerson Parrish deceased was produced in open court and proved according to law by the oaths of John Spencer and John M Fishback.
Witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded.
                                                                                        Att. Cad Jones, Clerk

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Oscar H. Murrell

   Master Sargent Oscar H. Murrell, WW II Purple Heart recipient, was born December 10, 1914 in Lincoln County Kentucky to Granville L. Murrell and Sally Thompson. He enlisted September 5, 1941 in the United States Air Force at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. He was killed and listed as missing at Bari Harbor, Italy 2 Dec 1943, eight days short of his 29th birthday. He was a member of the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, a World War II Honor Roll member. He was awarded the Purple Heart. His name is engraved on the Tablet of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. There is also a memorial "erected in Memory of Oscar H. Murrell"   in Ladoga Cemetery, Ladoga Indiana where his parents are buried.

Note: Photo that was previously posted to this blog was misidentified. All information about Oscar H. Murrell is, however, correct.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


William D. Parrish
Professional Genealogist
Valerie J. Thompson
January 26, 2012

William D. Parrish

  William D. Parrish was born 15 Dec 1782 according to the biography of his son Benjamin Bomar Parrish ( Fannin Folk and Facts) His son’s biography states he was born in Cumberland County Kentucky, but the 1850 Census notes his birthplace as Virginia. He was the son of Timothy and Mary Parrish of Clark County Kentucky. He served in the War of 1812 and was a Representative from Adair County Kentucky to the Kentucky Legislature 1827 and 1835. He married three times, first on 6 March 1803 in Cumberland County Kentucky to Elizabeth “Betsey” Chilton, daughter of Rev. Thomas John Chilton and Margaret “Peggy” Bledsoe. After the death of his wife Betsey and his service in the War of 1812 he married secondly, Nancy Bomar, daughter of  Benjamin Bowmar and Mary Burbridge on 25 May 1815 Adair County Kentucky.  While a resident of Adair County he was appointed as Tax Commissioner for the County and served as Justice of the Peace. When the town of Millersburg was formed by act of the General Assembly, he was appointed trustee. He was a member of the Zion Baptist Church. (Adair Court records) (History of Adair County)

 Thirdly, he married Minerva Fergus, on 24 Aug 1841 (Marriage affidavait, pension papers) in Creelsboro, Russell County Kentucky.  Minerva was the widow of James Fergus, Jr., and daughter of Elisha and Nancy Embree.  William D. Parrish died in Cumberland County Kentucky 24 Jan 1865 (Pension papers).

Children of William D. Parrish and Betsey Chilton:
*Jefferson Chilton Parrish born 31 Mar 1804 married Amanda Lee 15 Sep 1828 Barren County Kentucky. Elizabeth Lee gave consent for her daughter’s marriage. Jefferson C. Parrish married secondly, Elizabeth Ketchings 21 April 1841 in Fannin County Texas.  Biographical Souvenir of State of Texas, page 367 biography of John E. Harnest, states J. C Parrish died Aug 1860 in Fannin County Texas. He is listed on the 1860 Census of Fannin County which was enumerated 10 Aug 1860.  John E. Harnest was married to Mary Parrish, daughter of Charles Penn Parrish, son of Jefferson C. Parrish.

*Sallie D. Parrish was born about 1806. She married Sinclair Stapp 1 Nov 1826 Adair County Kentucky. “By an Act of the General Assembly of the state of Kentucky the couple divorced 7 Feb 1845” (Acts of the General Assembly of state of Kentucky 1845, page 165) but remarried a few months later in Pike County Missouri on 10 June 1845.

She married secondly, George N. Denton in Fannin County Texas 5 Mar 1873. She was affectionately known as Aunt Sallie Denton.  She and George are listed on the 1880 Census Fannin County Texas.

Children of William D. Parrish and Nancy Bomar:

*Elizabeth Parrish was born 3 May 1816 Kentucky.  She married James G. Gilmer 21 Sept 1837 Adair County Kentucky. He died a few months after their arrival in Fannin County Texas. Secondly, she married Benjamin Stuart Walcott on 25 May 1848 in Fannin County Texas.  She died 26 Mar 1865 Fannin County Texas.  She and both husbands are buried at Oakwood Cemetery. See Historical Markers for James Gilmer and Benjamin S. Walcott Honey Grove, Fannin County Texas.  Honey Grove was built upon the land left to Elizabeth Parrish, when James Gilmer died. Oakwood cemetery was also set aside from this same land.

*Martha Jane Parrish born 12 Sep 1823 Kentucky. She married Paschal Willis on 9 September 1841 in Adair County Kentucky. William D. Parrish gave consent for his daughter. She died 15 Apr 1851 Adair County Kentucky. (Family Group Sheet, Mary Allis Garnett Cundiff, of Columbia, Adair Co. KY). Martha seems to be the only child of William and Nancy that remained in Adair County Kentucky, while her siblings removed to Fannin County Texas. Paschal Willis married secondly, Susan McCain 13 Nov 1851 Adair County KY.

*Cynthia Maria Parrish was born Feb 1824. She married John Turk Allen 19 Dec 1844 Russell County Kentucky. She died 22 Dec 1905 Fannin County Texas. She is buried at Oakwood Cemetery as Mrs. C. M. Allen.

*Benjamin Bowmar Parrish was born 8 Aug 1829 Adair County Kentucky. He married first Tabitha Cheatham, daughter of Josiah Cheatham of Cumberland County Kentucky 8 Jan 1852 Lamar County Texas.  Secondly, he married Sally S. Rogers 24 Oct 1869 Fannin County Texas. His biography, written by Lieutenant Colonel James Parrish is in Fannin Folk and Facts, page 282, which is online at  He died 31 May 1895 Fannin County Texas. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas. Photo of the double stone of he and Sally is located at

*Theresa Catherine Parrish was born 16 Nov 1831 Kentucky. She married Andrew Jackson Nicholson 20 Dec 1848 (Biography of Andrew, Handbook of Texas).  She died 16 Dec 1915 Fannin County Texas. Captain Andrew Jackson Nicholson was a Confederate officer and later Texas State Representative of District 11. Both are buried at Oakwood Cemetery Fannin County Texas.

*Timothy Parrish – “died young” (Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, F.A. Battey & Co., Chicago, 1889.

 *Dickerson Parrish – “died young” (Biographical Souvenir of State of Texas, F. A. Battey & Co., Chicago, 1889)

*Elmira/Almyra Parrish was born 12 May 1835 in Kentucky. She married James M. Taylor 12 Dec 1856 Fannin County Texas. (Texas Marriages 1814-1909) She was widowed by 1889, when biography of Benjamin Bowmar Parrish was written, (Biographical Souvenir of State of Texas). She died 7 Oct 1898 Montague County Texas.
She and James are buried at McDonald Cemetery, Montague County Texas. James M. Taylor was born 12 Dec 1835 Georgia and died 10 Oct 1886 Montague County Texas.

Minerva Fergus, widow of James Fergus, Jr. became the third wife of William D. Parrish on 24 March 1841 at the “residence of Benjamin Walter Graves in Russell County Kentucky” (Marriage affidavit, Pension papers).  She was the daughter of Elisha Embree and Nancy Wilhoit. She was born 5 Apr 1802 and died 11 May 1890 in Irish Bottom, Cumberland County Kentucky. (Fergus Family Bible)   
Minerva filed a pension application for husband, William D. Parrish for service in the War of 1812. Minerva provided a wealth of information about William D. Parrish amid the affidavits, including the marriages of his first two wives.  Nancy Radford wife of John Page in affidavits in pension application for her husbands Civil War service states she gave birth with the help of midwife, Minerva Parrish. Minerva Parrish signed affidavit to the same 12 Oct 1877.  (Dumroese, 2012)
William D. Parrish, himself applied for Bounty Land for his service in the War of 1812. He stated in affidavit that he was a private in the Company commanded by Captain John Butler in the Regiment of Colonel Young Ewing commanded by Major General Samuel Hopkins. The burial location of the soldier and United States Representative William D. Parrish is not known. His residence was Cumberland County, Post Office Amandaville in the 1860 Census.  Minerva states “at the time of his death the soldier lived in Cumberland County Kentucky” (Widow’s Brief)

Pension File of Widow, Minerva Parrish
Biography of Benjamin Bowmar Parrish, Fannin Folks & Facts
Court Records Adair County Kentucky
Court Records Cumberland County Kentucky
Court Records Russell County Kentucky
Court Records Clark County Kentucky
History of Kentucky by Collins
Fannin County Texas,
Biographical Souvenir of State of Texas
Handbook of Texas online
Pension application of Nancy Radford, widow of John Page
History of Adair County Kentucky
History of Cumberland County Kentucky (Jan 2012) Permission for use of Portrait of William D. Parrish which was first downloaded to by Linda Knowles.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thompson Cemetery

Thompson Cemetery Pulaski County Kentucky is located in the Bee Lick Community. Today, 1 Jan 2012,  I completed the photographs and entered them into The sign is not visible from the road as the cemetery is about 750 feet from Highway 328.

  The Cemetery is fenced, but there is no gate for easy access.  There are many field stones. It appears that the oldest readable stones are Betsy Wilson (1794-1849) and Joshua Wilson (1793-1835)
  There are only 21 readable stones in the cemetery.
J.L. Thompson 1853-1899
Sarah E. Thompson 1859-1937
Infant Dau of J & S Thompson 1882
Morris W. Thompson, son of V. W. & S.E Thompson 1883-1884
R. M. Towery 1857-1913
Walter M. Thompson 1881-1895
Double stone: V. W. Thompson 1849-1922
                       Mary E. Thompson 1855-1922
Betsy Wilson 1794-1849
Joshua Wilson 1793-1835
Catherine Wilson 1804-1875
Betsy Wilson 1813-1864
W. B. Harness 1845-1907
Louisa Wilson Harness 1847-1889
Surrilda Wilson 1820-1854
Joshua Wilson 1816-1891
Elizabeth Wilson 1845-1846
Gemima Thompson died 1867, 76 years
Mary G. Thompson 1867-1869
Wm. Stanley Co. G. 32nd Ky Inf
J. L. Cummins 1855-1942

  Although the cemetery lies within Pulaski County, the cemetery was inventoried for the Rockcastle Cemetery Book published by Bonham and Hyatt, Highgrass Publications, 1986, page 626.  My Aunt and Uncle, Ruby Thompson Adams and William Adams recorded this cemetery. The Beelick Community lies at the intersection of the three counties Lincoln, Rockcastle and Pulaski.