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Just to tell you a little about myself, my name is Vickie and I was born and raised in Kentucky. The majority of my ancestors have been in Kentucky since the 1790’s. I have always loved history, a good mystery and puzzles and that is what Family History Research is all about. As a child we would take day trips on Saturdays and head down some dirt road looking for old cemeteries. A lot of the time we weren't looking for anyone in particular, we just like to read the epitaphs. We would have a picnic lunch packed and have lunch at whatever cemetery we were at. If the weather was bad my Dad and I would go to a courthouse and dig through old records in musty old basements looking for our ancestors. So as you can see I have had an interest in Family History for quite some time.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

My known Revolutionary War Soldiers

(Daddy’s) Moses Woosley my 4th great-grandfather on my Daddy's, Mom's side of the family.  Moses Woosley signed up in Amelia County, Virginia for a term of 3 years at the end of December 1776 or early January 1777, he said he could not remember the exact date. He was born in 1758 and died in 1843 in Halifax County, Virginia.  He states that he joined the 15th Virginia Regiment and marched through Alexandria, Georgetown, Baltimore, Philadelphia and on to White Plains, New York where they joined up with Gen. George Washington and his troops.  He was at the Battles of Germantown and Stoney Point and was at the siege near Camden when Gen. Gates was defeated. He was also at Valley Forge that terrible winter with Gen. Washington. He was present when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to Gen. George Washington.

(Daddy’s) William Elder my 5th great-grandfather on my Daddy’s, Dad’s side of the family.  William Elder was born in 1748 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina and died in 1808 in Livingston County, Kentucky.  His wife was Margaret Storey who he married in about 1771 in South Carolina.  William served in the Revolutionary War, enlisting in Carter's Company on 25 April 1781 and mustered out 1 June 1782.  He also served as a captain in Benjamin Roebuck's Regiment of the South Carolina Militia from 1781 to 1782.  His brother, Robert Elder, served as a private under him during that time.  His brother, James Elder, also served as a captain from 1780 to 1782 in Roebuck's Battalion of Spartan Regiment and their other brothers, Alexander Elder and Thomas Elder served as privates under him.  Family stories state that they were all at King’s Mountain and Guilford Courthouse, but I have not found any pension records for them as of yet, so I don’t know how true these stories might be. 

(Daddy’s) Richard Golden/Golding my 5th great-grandfather on my Daddy’s, Mom’s side of the family.  He served in the Revolutionary War enlisting on 1 September 1777 in the 13th Virginia Regiments as a private for 3 years.  He was in Captain David Steele’s Company of the 13th Regiment, commanded by Colonel William Russell and he was also in the 9th Virginia Regiment as well. He was mustered out at Fort Pitt.  The regiment saw action in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth.  On 24 May 1778 the unit was assigned to the Western Department and on 12 May 1779 it was reorganized and re-designated as the 9th Virginia Regiment.  The regiment was disbanded at Fort Pitt on 1 January 1783.  Richard married Susannah Wilmoth about 1768 in Virginia and they had at least six known children. Richard was a large landowner for that time and after the war engaged in farming.  He was stabbed and killed sometime before 7 Oct 1788 in Abbeville County, South Carolina by one of his German renters.  It was supposed that the tenant thought if he would put Golden out of the way he would save the rent or perhaps would get all the crop. They had not had any trouble before.  Some relatives who lived in or near Charleston, came up and prosecuted the case, and the murderer was promptly hanged.

(Daddy’s) George Storey was my 6th great-grandfather on my Daddy’s Dad’s side of the family.  George built a fort on his land during the war to protect the old people and women and children left behind when the younger men went to war.  This was called Storey's Fort and because of this George has been accepted by the DAR as a Revolutionary Soldier, as was four of his five sons.  George was born in about 1726 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died in January of 1805 in Fairforest, Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  He was buried at the Fairforest Presbyterian Cemetery in Union County, South Carolina. His wife’s name was Nancy Cantor and they were married in about 1744, probably in Augusta County, Virginia.  George's original home was burned down during the Revolutionary War.  His second home was built soon after and a part of this second home is still standing. The following pictures are of the marker that was placed to commemorate this family in 1984, as well as a picture of the cemetery, and the cabin that is still standing there to this day.

(Daddy’s) David Freeman my 6th great-grandfather on my Daddy’s, Dad’s side of the family.  David apparently served in the Revolutionary War as a private, but so far, I have not found any type of record that states what company he served with.  However, in the Roster of North Carolina Soldiers in the American Revolution on page 271, I found a land warrant #1878 to the heirs of David Freeman for 640 acres.  The warrant date was 11 July 1785.  I know David was born in 1742 in North Carolina and died 27 April 1808 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and was buried at the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was married to Mary Frizzell in about 1763 and they became the parents of nine known children.  The following are their grave markers at Steele Creek Cemetery.

(Mom’s) Isham Floyd my 5th great-grandfather on my Mom’s, Mom’s side of the family.  He fought with George Rogers Clark at Kaskaskia when he was young.  He served as a Sargant in Clark's Illinois Regiment of Artillery and in the Virginia State Troops during the Revolutionary War.  He is on the muster rolls during the war from November 26, 1779 to April 8, 1783.  From the Filson Club History Quarterly, Vol 15, No. 1, pp22 - Louisville KY, Jan 1941 we read, "The Indians captured him across the Ohio River, north of the Falls. They scalped him, cut off his ears, fingers and toes, and after torturing him for three days, cut out his heart and threw it to their dogs."  Another story states that Isham was ambushed and burned at the stake along with his brother, John by Indians on 12 April 1783 near present day Louisville, Kentucky.  Still another source says he died in 1782 at "Crawford's Defeat".  And yet another source says he was killed in 1790 in Mercer County, Kentucky.  All I know for certain is that he is last listed on the muster rolls receiving pay on April 8, 1783.  I know he was married to Lydia Hardin on 28 January 1775 in Amherst County, Virginia and they had two known sons, David and Isham, Jr., I come through David.

(Mom’s) Levi Bridgewater my 6th great-grandfather on my Mom's, Dad's side of the family.  Levi Bridgewater was born in 1761 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania and died in Washington County, Indiana. He was married to Patience Stillwell on 1 June 1785 in Fayette County, PA.  Levi enlisted for 3 years on 20 Jan 1776 in Fayette County, PA under Capt. James Neal in the 13th Virginia Regiment under Col. William Russell. He eventually was transferred to the 9th Virginia Regiment before the war was out. They marched to Philadelphia and in the spring, they joined Gen. George Washington at the Cross Roads in Pennsylvania.  He served as the company drummer boy being only 16 years old when he first enlisted. He was at Valley Forge that terrible winter with Gen. Washington and was discharged after serving 3 years and 3 months at Pittsburgh.

(Mom’s) Peter Fisher my 6th great-grandfather on my Mom’s Dad’s side of the family.  Peter served in the Revolutionary War, as a drummer in the New Jersey Continental Troops, and as a private and ranger in a Company of Light Horse under Captain Peter Rush and received a pension #3612.  Peter was born in about 1761 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and died in April of 1842 in Fairmount, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  He was married to Deborah Warford about 1787 in Pennsylvania.

(Mom’s) Jesse H. Henson my 6th great-grandmother on my Mom's, Mom's side of the family. Jesse was born in 1759 in Surry County, North Carolina and died 10 May 1843 in Marshall County, Kentucky. His wife was Mary Goodbread and they were married 16 Oct 1782 in Rutherford County, North Carolina.  Jesse H. Henson served as a Private in the Virginia Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. While at King's Mountain he sprained his foot and ankle so badly while jumping over a fence that he was not in the actual battle. He served several 3-month enlistments throughout the war and would be discharged, then go home and get a few things done and then enlist again. He also fought in several Indian conflicts against the Cherokee and he also served as a spy in two different enlistments. He first applied for a pension in November of 1832, stating he was 72 or 73 years old, and he could not remember exactly when he was born. His widow applied for a widow’s pension after his death and gave their marriage date and Jesse's death date at that time. For over a year she is getting affidavits from people stating she was the wife of Jesse Henson, but I never found where she actually got a pension. The last papers I find for her were dated 2 Feb 1847 in Marshall County, Kentucky.

(Mom’s) Lt. Col. James Thomas Graham my 7th great-grandfather on my Mom’s Dad’s side of the family.  James was born in about 1730, possibly in New Jersey.  He was married to Elizabeth Stillwell in about 1754 in New Jersey, probably in Monmouth County. He served in Captain Hendershot's Company of the First Battalion Bedford County, Pennsylvania Militia as a Lieutenant Colonel from 9 January 1776 to 10 March 1777.  He also had served as a volunteer in the 1st Battalion of the Bedford County Militia during the French and Indian Wars. He died of smallpox during the war on 12 June 1779.  Elizabeth who was born in 1732, lived on until 1804 when she passed away, she had never remarried.  They are both buried at the Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery which is in Warfordsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania.  I have visited this cemetery but did find markers for them.

I am very proud of these men, my grandfathers and their brothers, and the sacrifices that they made to defend our country and overcome tyranny.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Descendants of Enoch Renshaw, 1811-1900

I decided to see what all I could find on Enoch Renshaw and his descendants since I have been contacted by a few different people over the past year, asking about what I know about him.

I have been contacted by one descendant of Enoch Renshaw's through his wife, Melinda McCord and by three descendants of his slave woman, Nancy Ann Renshaw, commonly called, Nance.  Our DNA shows we are all related.

I figured the easiest way right now to get all the info I have to all of them is by doing a blog post of all the deceased descendants of Enoch, Melinda and Nancy.

Enoch was my 3rd great-granduncle and I come through his oldest brother, Reed Renshaw who married Lucetta Clark.  These families were all in Christian County, Kentucky and some still live there to this day.  I have wandered all over this county digging up records on my ancestors, as did my Daddy when he was still living.  Hopefully there is information here that will help all of Enoch's descendants find out more about him.

My hope is that this was consensual between Nancy and Enoch and hopefully Melinda did not make things worse for Nancy, since they were having their children around the same time.

Melinda and Enoch were married for 18 years before they had their first child, or at least the first one I have a record of.  Why were there no children in those 18 years?  Did they die young, stillborn, etc?

Enoch had bought Nancy from the estate sale of David Johnson in 1848 and they had their first child together in 1852.  Enoch and Melinda's first known child was born in 1853.  Enoch had 5 known children with Melinda and 5 known children with Nancy.

The following is the obituary of Enoch Renshaw in 1900, just click on the following link:

If anyone has any stories or pictures about any of these people they are willing to share it would be greatly appreciated.  I will update this info here as I find more.  I decided to do a different way to show the descendancy of Enoch then I did when I first uploaded this blog page.  I find it will be easier to update then the way I had it before.  If anyone has new information they would like for me to add, or corrections to what I do have please let me know.  Just click on the following link:

Descendants of Enoch Renshaw

The following documents show the estate records of David Johnson and Enoch Renshaw buying Nance from this estate in 1848.  I have a red star by these parts on pages one and three.

Bill of sale to Enoch Renshaw for slave girl, Nance in 1848, just click on the link:

The Freedman Bureau Records from 1866 between Enoch Renshaw and Nancy Renshaw and her three children, Caroline, Adaline and Jack.

Obituary for Mary Josephine Renshaw Holt in 1913.

The shooting of John M. Renshaw, son of Enoch and Melinda in 1914.