Saturday, May 23, 2020

Robert Haworth Leach

Robert Haworth Leach, son of Cecile Wayne Leach and Hannah A. Hayworth, was born in Ohio County 4 Aug 1928 and died 25 Sep 1996 at age 68.  He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery with his wife, Carol Crume Leach (1933-2016).  Robert and Carol had three children, all daughters: Paula, Roberta, and Lori.

Robert was one of eight children: Anna Lois (1918-2004); Wendell Porter (1919-2008); Ruby Corine (1921-2008); Glenn W. (1923-2005); Betty Jean (1925-2016); Eula Ray (1927-2012); Robert; and Agnes Patricia (1930-2019).

Robert served with the Army Air Corps during WWII and was a Mason.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

James Pendleton Vandiver

          James Pendleton Vandiver (1869–1932) was a Kentucky fiddler, born in Ohio County shortly after the American Civil War. He was uncle to bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, who immortalized him in a song, "Uncle Pen".

          Monroe used to hear his uncle playing fiddle on the hilltop where he lived, while Monroe put away his mules at night. He later said that Vandiver was "the fellow that I learned how to play from." Vandiver played fiddle at local square dances and social events, and his nephew backed him up, playing mandolin. Monroe's parents had both died by the time he was 16, and he lived part of the time with his Uncle Pen, in his two-room hilltop house in Rosine, Kentucky. Vandiver had been crippled earlier, and he made some money with his music. Bill Monroe's biographer, Richard D. Smith writes, "Pen gave Bill more: a repertoire of tunes that sank into Bill's aurally trained memory and a sense of rhythm that seeped into his bones. Sometimes Bill played guitar behind his uncle, sometimes the mandolin."

          On September 13, 1973, a monument in honor of Uncle Pen was unveiled 

by Monroe at the Rosine Cemetery. Another way he honored Penn's memory was to play the part of "Uncle Pen" in Ricky Skaggs' Country Boy music video.

         The photo above shows Vandiver with what is presumed to be wife, Anne Belle Johnson Vandiver, and their daughter, Lena Narne Vandiver, taken during the 1920s.  Source:  John Lawless,

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Jacob Weaver Malin

          Jacob Weaver Malin, son of Isaac Malin (1794-1860) and Drusilla Davis (1810-1874); born 16 Feb 1850, Mclean County, died at age 76 on 9 May 1926, Ohio County.  On 11 January 1873 married Martha Lucinda Leach and they had four children: Altha June Malin (1875-1943); Drusella A. Malin (1876- ?); John Fielden Malin (1877-1951); and Joseph N. Malin (1880-1952).  Martha died in 1893 and Jacob married Zelma P. Austin (1856-1914) and they had two children: Virgil Clay Malin (1894-1978; and Wavy Bee Malin (1896-1918).  Jacob lived his entire life in the Cromwell area of Ohio County.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Annie (Addie) Brooks Leach

          Annie (Addie) Brooks Leach was the daughter of Henry Allen Brooks 1847-1916 and Mary A. (Moseley) Brooks 1848-1925.  Addie was born in Ohio County 6 Oct 1879 and on 27 Dec 1903 she married Edgar Johnson Leach 1874-1914, son of Stephen L. Leach and Rebecca M. Park.  Addie and Edgar had two daughters and three sons:  Irene (Salmon), Hubert Clarence (spouse Gwendolyn), Ernest Miller (unmarried), Helen Rhea (Hoover), and Henry Gordon (1st wife Willie R. Moore, 2nd wife Louise Jackson).  Addie and Edgar are buried in the Patterson Cemetery, Hartford.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Orphan Brigade - Civil War - CSA

The Orphan Brigade

            The Orphan Brigade was the nickname of the First Kentucky Brigade, a group of military units recruited from Kentucky to fight for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. The brigade was the largest Confederate unit to be recruited from Kentucky during the war. Its original commander was John C. Breckinridge, former United States Vice President and candidate for president, who was enormously popular with Kentuckians.

            The regiments that were part of the Orphan Brigade were the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiments. Units of the Orphan Brigade were involved in many military engagements in the American South during the war, including the Battle of Shiloh. In 1862, Breckinridge was promoted to division command and was succeeded in the brigade by Brig. Gen. Roger W. Hanson. At the Battle of Stones River, the brigade suffered heavy casualties in an assault on January 2, 1863, including General Hanson. Breckinridge—who vehemently disputed the order to charge with the army's commander, General Braxton Bragg—rode among the survivors, crying out repeatedly, "My poor Orphans! My poor Orphans," noted brigade historian Ed Porter Thompson, who used the term in his 1868 history of the unit. The name came from how the Confederacy viewed its soldiers from Kentucky (which remained in the Union, but was represented by a star in both countries' flags). The term was not in widespread use during the war, but it became popular afterwards among the veterans.

            The Orphan Brigade lost another commander at the Battle of Chickamauga, when Brig. Gen. Benjamin H. Helm, Abraham Lincoln's brother-in-law, was mortally wounded on September 20, 1863, and died the following day. Major Rice E. Graves, the artillery commander, was also mortally wounded.

            The Orphan Brigade served throughout the Atlanta Campaign of 1864, then were converted to mounted infantry and opposed Sherman's March to the Sea. They ended the war fighting in South Carolina in late April 1865, and surrendered at Washington, Georgia, on May 6–7, 1865.

          The "Ohio County" unit was Company C, of the 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 1st Kentucky Brigade.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Samuel Ewing Hill

          SAMUEL EWING HILL was born January 30, 1844, MorgantownKy., a son of Daniel S. and Malinda (Ewing) Hill, of Butler CountyKy.  After service in the Civil War he became an attorney and had his office in Hartford.  He married Naomi Baird (1850-1912) in 1869 and they had three children: Effie, Mary Lawrence, and Elizabeth.  Mr. Hill died 30 May 1904.

     I was unable to find Mr. Hill's obituary but I found the obituary for his wife:

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Ignatius Pigman Taylor

          Ignatius Pigman Taylor, son of John Pigman Taylor (Virginia) and Elizabeth Taylor (Virginia), was born 29 Jan 1802 in Ohio County and died 12 Jan 1863 in Ohio County.  He is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Cromwell, Ohio County. His nickname was Nacy.  He married Nancy Leach 13 Oct 1825 and they had 11 children:

Margaret Ann, born 22 Jul 1826
Mary, born 1827 (died as an infant)
Elizabeth Caroline, born 25 Mar 1829
Hannah B., born 8 Jul 1830
Henry Leach, born 30 Oct 1831
Nancy Ann, born 15 Aug 1833
Martha Elizabeth, born 29 Jan 1835
Lorenzo Dow, born 19 Sep 1837
Sarah Angeline, born 24 Nov 1841
Paulina C., born 1844
Philema, born 1846

          Nacy and his family lived in Cromwell and farmed. Their nearest neighbors were Richard Sandefur & family; and their son, Henry L. Taylor & family.