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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.