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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.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Samuel Humphreys, 1818-1889, his wives, Dorcas Price, abt. 1820-bef. 1841; Mariah Austin, 1817-1879 and Mrs. Sarah A. Martin, 1840-1892

Samuel Humphreys and his second wife, Mariah Austin were my 4th great-grandparents on my Momma’s side of the family.  Samuel was born in Virginia on 16 December 1818, but as of yet I still do not know where in Virginia or who his parents were.  I do believe he had a brother named William Humphreys who was also born in Virginia in about 1808 and died before 1850 in Crittenden County, Kentucky.  I have a picture of Samuel, but I have never seen a picture of any of his wives.  This is a copy from an old tintype photo, but unfortunately, I failed to write down who I had received it from many years ago.

Samuel worked as a farmer his entire life from what I have gleaned from census, land and court records, etc.  I know he was growing tobacco in the 1840’s from land deed records I have found.

Samuel married his first wife, Dorcas Price in Davidson County, Tennessee on 16 April 1836.  She was probably born around 1820 and had died before 1841.  They became the parents of twins, Mary Ann Elizabeth and William Albert Humphreys who were born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee on 9 January 1837.  Mary married James Madison Bennett in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 14 January 1857.  They had six known children: William D., J. A., E. H., F. M., W. M. and J. K. Bennett.  Mary died in Posey County, Indiana on 29 May 1902.  William married Drucilla Champion in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 27 November 1858.  They became the parents of five sons, Jesse Henderson, Charles Grant, Granville Davis, Samuel Carty and Albert Humphreys.  William had apparently died sometime before 1870 as his wife and five sons are living with her parents on the 1870 census in Hurricane, Crittenden County, Kentucky.

Samuel next married my grandmother, Mariah Austin in Livingston County, Kentucky on 14 May 1841.  They were married by Joseph Hughes a Justice of the Peace, bondsman was William Humphreys, groom was of age and bride proven of age by William Humphreys.  I believe this William Humphreys was a brother to Samuel.  Since Mariah was almost 24 years old, I don’t know why her age had to be proven by someone, unless she looked younger than she was.  Mariah was born in Tennessee on 1 September 1817 and died on her 62nd birthday in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 1 September 1879 of heart disease.  The 1880 mortality schedules also state her father was born in England and her mother in Virginia and the doctor attending her was Thomas Dean, when she died.  I have yet to find Mariah’s parents or any known siblings or where in Tennessee she may have been born though. 

Samuel and Mariah became the parents of seven known children, namely: Sarah Jane Frances (my 3rd great-grandmother), Lewtisha Mary Ann, Charles Edward, Henrietta Carlene Necitie Tennessee Virginia Ann, Nancy Mariah, Samuel Jefferson Humphreys and Samuel Jefferson’s twin, a baby girl who was not named and died at birth.  They sure did like to give the girls a ton of names, didn’t they? JJ

Sarah Jane Frances Humphreys, 1842-1911, was married twice, first to my 3rd great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Yates, 1839-1864/65, in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 8 December 1858.  They had three children, John Henry, 1859-1929, Mary Tom, 1862-1938 (my 2nd great-grandmother) and Anna Maria Yates, 1864-1935.  Thomas served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  I have two different dates of death for him.  The first death date 9 November 1864, I was told he was killed in battle on that date.  The other death date 10 August 1865, also said he was killed in battle, but the war was over, so if he died on this date then it may have been from wounds or diseases contracted during the war.  Either way he must have died sometime before 25 December 1866, because that is the date that Sarah married her second husband, Henry Bartlett Yates, 1833-1896, who happened to be Thomas’ older brother.  Sarah and Henry had six children together, Martha Ellen, 1867-1911, Sarah Caldonia, 1870-1954, Emma S., 1874-1876, Benjamin Lewis, 1877-1918, Cora M., 1880-1939 and Nora B. Yates, 1882-1961.  Sarah’s obituary from The Crittenden Press, issue dated March 30, 1911 reads as follows: “Mrs. Yates, mother of Rev. B. L. Yates, died at her home near Levias last week, she had been ill several months.  Her son who has charge of the church at Lafayette, Kentucky was here to see her several times this year.”  I only have one known picture of Sarah and she is with her oldest son, John Henry and his wife, Mary Jennings.  Sarah is in the black cape and I don’t know who the taller man on the left is, possibly a son to John Henry.

Lewtisha Mary Humphreys was born in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 31 August 1844, but had died sometime before the 1860 census was taken.

Charles Edward Humphreys, 1848-1916, was married three times, first to Mary Jane Harmon, 1852-1871, in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 22 December 1866.  Second to Sarah Catherine Elsie Bonham, 1853-1890, in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 5 December 1871 and last to Drue Nettie Barnett, 1866-1965, in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Illinois on 25 July 1893.  Charles his first two wives and some other family members are all buried at the Deer Creek Cemetery in Sheridan, Crittenden County, Kentucky.  Charles was the father of 19 known children.  Charles and Mary’s children were: James Henry, Alzara Josephine and a baby boy that died a few days after birth along with Mary and was never named.  Charles and Sarah’s children were: George Samuel, Lucy Ann, Chester Cartwright, Charles G., Jesse McCoy, John Jefferson, Calvin Edward, Harvey Lee, Essie Jane Dean, Clarence Lester, Emory Thomas, Herman Elza and a baby boy that was not named apparently and died a couple of months after his birth along with his mother, Sarah.  Charles and his last wife Drue had the following children: Peter Barnett, Josie Annie and Freeman Austin Humphreys.  Family stories say that Drue was blind, but took care of her children and step-children and their home without any problem.  I don’t have a picture of Charles or his wives, but I have a picture taken in 1924 of eight of his 19 children, but I do not know the names of these children in the picture.  If anyone that reads this happens to know any of their names, I would love to hear about it.

Henrietta Carlene Necitie Tennessee Virginia Ann Humphreys, 1850-1917, was married to John Alexander W. Bebout in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 25 December 1866.  The census records state she was the mother of eight children but I only now the names of four of her children. They were: H. E., Rufus A., Enoch Fatus and Thomas N. Bebout the others must have died young or possibly married young and were just missed in the census records.

Nancy Mariah Humphreys, 1852-1909, married James E. Hall in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 6 September 1871.  They were the parents of five known children, namely: Mary M., John M., Thomas J., Alfred R. and William R. Hall.

Samuel Jefferson Humphreys, 1854-1918, he had a twin sister who did not live but a few days.  Samuel married Nancy Jane Hoover, 1853-1916, in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 12 February 1874.  They became the parents of six children, namely: Rosa Bell, Panola Ester, William D., Luther Lee, Leslie Sherman and Oliver Humphreys.  I have only one picture of Samuel, his wife, Nancy and their son, William D. with his wife and two children.  After Nancy died Samuel remarried to Mrs. Nute Whitesides at Hurricane Church in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 2 September 1917, he only lived a little over a year after this marriage.  I am not sure what exactly Mrs. Nute’s first name was or her maiden name or anything about her at all.

Samuel’s last wife was a widow woman named Mrs. Sarah A. Martin.  They were married in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 3 March 1880 and they never had any children that I am aware of.  Sarah was born in Kentucky on 24 March 1840 and died in Crittenden County, Kentucky on 4 January 1892.  She was almost 22 years younger than Samuel.

Samuel left a will written 24 Aug 1889 in Crittenden County naming his last wife, Sarah, two sons, Charles and Samuel and four daughters which he did not name.  His son, William had died before 1870, and his daughter, Lewtisha had died before 1860.  That means the four girls were Mary, Sarah, Henrietta & Nancy.  The witnesses were: A. J. Bebout, W. R. Lynn and T. J. Hamilton. The will was brought to court and probated on 15 October 1889.

Samuel, his wives, Mariah and Sarah as well as his daughter, Henrietta and son, Samuel and some of their families are all buried at the Love Graveyard in Crittenden County, Kentucky.  I visited this cemetery again in June of 2022.

If anyone knows of any stories or more information about any of these people I would love to hear from you about them. 

Written by Vickie Beard Thompson, the 4th great-granddaughter of Samuel and Mariah in July 2022

Monday, July 18, 2022


John Washington Fryar, Sr. 1847-1928

& his wife,

Mary Ellen Fisher, 1843-1928


My 3rd great-grandparents on my Momma’s side of the family were John Washington Fryar, the only known child of Washington F. Fryar and Sarah Dixon.  Washington and Sarah were married in Posey County, Indiana on 13 August 1845.  John was born in July 1847 in Marrs Township, Posey County, Indiana and his mother, Sarah either died giving birth to him or shortly thereafter.  John’s father, Washington Fryar remarried in Union County, Kentucky on 9 August 1850 to Evaline Cowan.  Washington and Evaline had three daughters, Elizabeth, Mary Jane and William Alice Fryar, this was a pretty small family for this time period.

Mary Ellen was born in Fairmont, Jefferson County, Kentucky on 3 January 1843 and was the daughter of John Fisher and Eliza Ann Graham, John and Eliza were first cousins.  All of Mary Ellen’s siblings were also born in Fairmount, except for the youngest who was born in Union County, Kentucky.  Sometime between 1857 and 1860, Mary Ellen, her parents and siblings left Jefferson County, Kentucky and moved west to Union County, Kentucky.  Mary Ellen’s siblings were, James Washington, Isaac Levi, Emmanuel Bridgewater, Buford Henry, Sarah Jane, Deborah and Elizabeth Ann Fisher.

John and Mary Ellen both attended school, but for how long is not known.  John served in the Union Army, Company B, North Cumberland Battalion of the Kentucky State Guards, during the Civil War.  According to family tradition John was a prisoner of war, but so far, I have not found any record of that fact.  He served in the same company as his future father-in-law, John Fisher and brother-in-law, Isaac Fisher as well as his wife’s first husband, Thomas Hanley, who had enlisted as a sergeant.  Thomas Hanley had enlisted in Caseyville, Kentucky and was mustered out in Henderson, Kentucky so he didn’t die during the war.  However, I am not sure what happen to him or when he did die.

John married Mary Ellen Fisher in about 1868 probably in Kentucky, but I have yet to find a marriage record for them.  Mary Ellen had previously been married to Thomas Hanley in Union County, Kentucky on 1 September 1864. 

My Papaw, Ermon Fraley’s uncle, George Clement Fryar remembered both his grandparents very well.  He told me many times about how his grandmother, Mary Ellen would get mad at him because he was into or up to something.  She would say, “Little Georgie Chicken Shit, pick up this mess or do this or do that.”  Uncle George would just laugh, and he’d say for the longest time he thought his full name was Georgie Chicken Shit Fryar.  By the way my Uncle, George Fryar was two years younger than my Papaw Fraley.  Me and Papaw would go down to Marion, along with my Mamaw and some of my aunts usually and have lunch with Uncle George at the Marion CafĂ©.  I loved to listen to Uncle George’s stories, he had a lot, but this story about his grandma always made me laugh.  He said he just loved his grandma and loved being with her anytime he could.  He said his grandpa, was always out working in the fields and was never inside unless it was meal time or bedtime.  John worked as a farmer his entire life.

John and Mary Ellen had seven children: John Washington Jr. 1869-1963, Mary Liddie 1872-1950, William Lonzo ‘Lonnie’ 1874-1960 (my 2nd great-grandfather), Daisy Jane 1878-1961, Addie B. 1882-bef 1900, James Oda 1883-1905 and Thomas Harrison Fryar 1888-1974.  I have pictures of all, but Addie and Thomas.  The first picture is a family picture of John and Mary Ellen with three of their children: James Oda, Daisy and Mary Liddie.  The next picture is of John Washington Fryar Jr.; then my 2nd great-grandparents, William Lonzo ‘Lonnie’ and Ida Ann Hart Fryar; then Mary Liddie Fryar; Daisy Fryar and James Oda Fryar which I cropped from the family picture.  


Johnny Fryar their oldest son married Susan A. Curry in Webster County on 28 June 1899.  They became the parents of ten children, namely: Claud Marion, Vada Ellen, Charles Omer, Lena, Clara Mable, Thomas, Gladys Irene, Eloise Agnes, Elva Mae and Lillian Dollie Fryar.

Mary Liddie Fryar married Luther James Randolph in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Illinois on 3 May 1888.  They became the parents of six children, namely: Daisy Florence, James E., Guy, Clifton R., Robert V. and William V. Randolph.  Sometime before 1930 Mary and Luther were divorced and then sometime after 1930 Mary was married to J. W. Herron.

William Lonzo ‘Lonnie’ Fryar, 1874-1960, married Ida Ann Hart, 1878-1961, in Webster County, Kentucky on 11 January 1893, they were my 2nd great-grandparents.  They became the parents of ten children, namely: Mary Belle, 1894-1918, (She was my great-grandmother and died of the flu during the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1917/1918), Leva Elmer, Johnny Virgil, Opal Vernon, Carrie Elizabeth (I knew her and visited her in her home), Lettie Washington, Vera Clama, Rose Ellen, George Clement (I knew him and visited with him many times over the years) and Ivy Larnie Fryar. I remember meeting these 2nd great-grandparents, even though I was only 2 and 3 years old when they passed, but I remember them.  Grandpa Lonnie had a long white mustache that he would twirl between the ends of his fingers and Grandma Ida always had an apron on and was baking something.

Daisy Jane Vaughan married James S. Vaughn Sr. in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana in February 1894.  They became the parents of seven children, namely: Lillian, Clyde, Verna, Ernest, Inise, Irene, James and Lena Vaughn.

Addie B. Fryar was born in Webster County, Kentucky on 24 March 1882 and died before 1900.  Aunt Carrie had her birth date, but did not have a death date.

James Oda Fryar was married to Anna Bell Curry who was a sister to his brother, Johnny’s wife, Susan.  They were married in about 1901 probably in Kentucky.  They had two children, but only one lived to adulthood, her name was Pearl Mae Fryar, it is not known if the other was a boy or a girl.  In March 1905  in Anniston, Mississippi County, Missouri James was killed in an apparent crooked card game.  The family stories say that his father-in-law did not like him or Uncle Johnny and so they set them up to get shot and killed.  Uncle Johnny was left crippled from the gunshots and Uncle Oda was killed. His wife Anna almost died coming back to Kentucky and I am assuming with the baby that supposedly died along the way.  However, the newspaper article I found states the following: The Crittenden Record-Press, issue dated Friday, 24 Mar 1905 reads as follows: "Ode Fryer killed in Anniston, Missouri.  While he and a friend named Daughtney, were drunk they were charged with disorderly conduct and while resisting arrest, Ode was shot by the marshal and was killed and his companion is seriously wounded and not expected to live. His wife and child were brought back to Kentucky by a family friend."  Was this unnamed friend really Ode's brother, Johnny who was supposed to have been shot and crippled when his brother, Ode was killed?  Pearl’s son John Rainey Ward, who I met a few times, was always told that it was a crooked card game and that Uncle Johnny was shot to, but lived and was crippled.  Granted Pearl was not quite two years old when her father died, but John said his mother told him the story before she died when he was about 7 or 8 years old and over the years, he was told a similar story by other family members.

Thomas Harrison Fryar was married to Kate Harvey in about 1909 probably in Kentucky.  They became the parents of six children, namely: Elmer B., Thelma Harrison, Kernie B., John Harvey, Mary Louise and Wilburn William Fryar.  Uncle Tom didn’t die until 1974, but I don’t know hardly anything about him or his family.  He apparently never remarried after his wife died in 1926 and he died at the home of his niece, Carrie Fryar McKeel.

On the census records for the following years, John and Mary Ellen lived in these counties in Western Kentucky.  In 1870 they lived in Lindle, Union County; in 1880 they lived in Clay, Webster County; In 1900, 1910 and 1920 they lived in Salem, Livingston County and family stories have always said they were living with their daughter, Daisy in Blackford, Webster County when they died in 1928.

John died in January 1928 and Mary Ellen died in December 1928, both supposedly in Webster County, Kentucky.  I know they were supposed to have lived with their daughter, Daisy in Blackford when they were older, so I have always assumed they died there as well, but so far, no luck in locating a death certificate for either of them.  I have looked in every county they ever lived in as well as surrounding counties. If they really died in Kentucky and both in 1928, then they both should have had a death certificate issued.

I know a lot of names and dates about this family, but I don’t have a lot of stories.  If anyone reading this has any stories to share about any of these people, I would love to hear them.

Written by Vickie Beard Thompson, John & Mary Ellen’s 3rd great-granddaughter in July 2022