Here we go with my next installment, week #46 and another ancestor from my Daddy’s side of the family through his mother, Jessie Doss. My 3rd great-grandfather, Charles Hurt, was born September 15, 1778 in Bedford County, Virginia the son of Nathan Hurt, 1750-1812, and Frances Allen, 1755-after 1827, who were both from Bedford County, Virginia as well.
Charles was the second of the twelve known children born to this couple. Charles’ siblings were the following: Nathan Hurt Jr., 1776-before 1840; William Hurt, 1780-????; Berry Jubal Hurt, 1782-????; Nancy Hurt, 1784-????; Frances Hurt, 1786-????; Allen Hurt, 1788-after 1850, married Martha Montgomery; Payton Leftridge Hurt, 1790-1874, married Jemima Winn; Sarah Hurt, 1792-????, married William Vaughan; Mildred Hurt, 1794-1837, married William Winn; Dicey Hurt, 1796-????, married Robert Callison and Ruth Hurt, 1798-1822, married Uriah Rogers.
Charles probably came with his parents from Virginia to Kentucky before 1800 and was apparently married for the first time, between 1799 and 1803 when his first child a daughter named Asentha ‘Seney’ Hurt was born in Adair County, Kentucky. I have yet to find a marriage in Virginia or Kentucky for Charles to Asentha’s mother and so for that reason I do not know what her name was. Asentha married Daniel Lewis and lived her entire life in Adair County, Kentucky and was still living in 1885, but I have not found her death date yet.
Asentha’s mother apparently had died before 1807, because Charles next married my 3rd great-grandmother, Sarah ‘Sally’ Wheeler, 1786-1856, on March 17, 1807 in Adair County, Kentucky. Sarah was the daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Wheeler who were from Buckingham County, Virginia and who came to Kentucky in about 1787, when Sarah was just a baby. In 1810 Charles Hurt was serving as a constable in Adair County, Kentucky.
I wish I had pictures of these people, but thankfully the only one I do have a picture of, is of my 2nd great-grandmother Mildred Hurt Doss. I do have pictures of her sister, Nancy Hurt Doss and brother, Thomas Minor Hurt’s tombstones, but Mildred and Joel do not have tombstones or if they ever did they are no longer there. Also a picture of her brother-in-law, Joel Hurt’s tombstone as well and they all follow.
Sometime after 1830 and before 1846 Charles and his family left Adair County and moved west over to Logan County, Kentucky. Charles and Sarah’s sons, Nathan, Thomas and Charles, Jr. all moved to Illinois where all three were living after 1850 and son Benjamin moved to Tennessee, but all the girls apparently stayed in Kentucky. I know that Charles and Sarah both died after 1840 but I have yet to find them on a census record anywhere in Kentucky. It could be that they were just left off the census, missed or refuse to answer questions of the census taker that day, I am sure we will never know why.
Sometime after their move to Logan County, Kentucky Charles Hurt died. I always knew it was probably before 1850, since Sarah is living with some of her children on the 1850 census and Charles is not listed. When I start to write these stories I always do a little more digging in case there are new records out there that could tell me more about that particular ancestor, I did the same this time. Low and behold when I checked on Charles a www.findagrave.com listing came up, along with a picture of his tombstone. He is the only Charles Hurt I know of, that went and lived in Logan County, Kentucky in the time frame I know mine did and the birth year was spot on to what I had figured was his year of birth. The dates on the tombstone are born September 15, 1778 and died December 25, 1846 and he is buried at the King-Hurt Cemetery in Corinth, Logan County, Kentucky. I believe Mildred may have been buried there too, but possibly her stone did not survive the passage of time or maybe she never had one, but thankfully Charles Hurt’s stone did survive. There are only about 8 or 9 stones with writing still standing in this cemetery and at least 15 to 20 field stones marking possibly graves. It is a heavily wooded area though, so there could be stones that have fallen down over the years and now lay under the forest floor.
Mildred lived for a few more years after Charles’ death and different people say that she died May 9, 1856 but I can’t find any actual proof of that date and since I don’t have a tombstone for her I can’t say for certain that is the correct date, but I know she was still living in 1850 and I can’t find her in 1860, so it is a possibility.
Thanks goes to those who wander old cemeteries and find these long forgotten monuments. I never knew Charles Hurt’s full birth or death dates until I saw his tombstone picture on www.findagrave.com which follows.
Another ancestor from Kentucky that I am proud to say belongs to me and his family was there from a very early date. I love my ancestors and I love Kentucky, it has been the land of most of my ancestors on my Daddy and my Momma’s sides of the family for over 220 years. Kentucky will always be home no matter how long I have been away from it, I love Kentucky, what can I say, it is my home sweet home. I saw the following collage done in the outline of the state of Kentucky at http://www.kygenweb.net/ and wanted to share this with all y’all, enjoy.