Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Peter Shull Revolutionary War Pension

Peter Shull Revolutionary War Pension

Contributed by Helen McKeown

Declaration of Peter Shull

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.

State of Illinois
County of White
On this fifth day of September, 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the Hon.William Wilson, Judge of White County, a resident of said County of White, aged 71 years. Who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832.


That he entered the service of the United States in the Militia under the following named officers; and served as herein stated; General Potter, Captain Frederick Cutts. That he resided in McAllister, now Hanover, in the County of York and State of Pennsylvania and entered the service as a substitute for someone whose name he has forgotten. The Militia was marched from the town of York to near Philadelphia and remained there until two months, the time for which they were drafted, had expired. That this took place the winter that General Washington was at Valley Forge.

That after the above he went out as a substitute for some person, name forgotten and as Colonel Albright and Captain Gelwin and marched to Fort Robert Doe and remained there at this fort except while scouting in the vicinity until two months had expired the time for which the men had been drafted.

That after the above time he entered the service as a substitute name of person forgotten under Major Bailey and remained in York County guarding prisoners until two months had expired the time for which the men had been drafted.

That he enlisted in the State Service for seven months in the month of September as he now thinks at McAllister town now Hanover, County of York, that he was then sent to Philadelphia and remained there six days and then to New Town Square, New Jersey and then put into Captain Patton's Company of the 10th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line Colonel Hoopely Commander. That soon after the Army marched to Taffari on the Hudson and remained there 6 or 7 weeks and finally returned to Morristown for winter quarters that he remained in the army until the time for which he had enlisted. That he received his Discharge at Pennytown, New Jersey. That he has no documentary evidence and knows of no person whose testimony he can procure to testify to his services.

That he was born in the County of Frederick, State of Maryland on the 11th of January, 1761, no record of his age. That he resided in York County when called into the service and remained there 3 or 4 years after the War. Then removed to Maryland County not recollected 11 miles from Fort Cumberland resided there 2 years and 6 months.

Then removed to Pennsylvania, Fayette County resided there 7 years then removed to Kentucky resided there 35 years then came to this state where he has since resided. That he was a substitute three first times when in service has forgotten for whom he was a substitute. That he received a Discharge the first two times he was out and that they were signed by his Captain and the third time his Discharge was signed by Major Bailey and the fourth time when he enlisted his Discharge was signed by Colonel Hoopely. That Abraham Bought and William E. Files are persons in his present neighborhood and can testify to his character for veracity, and can as to their belief of his services as a Soldier of the Revolution.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a Pension or Annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Rolls of any Agency of State

Peter Shull
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
Ia Ratcliff


Declaration of Anna Dorotha Shull

In order to obtain the benefit of the third Section of the Act of Congress of the 4th July 1836

State of Kentucky
County of Muhlenberg
On the 29th day of April in the year of 1841, personally before the County Court of Muhlenberg County in the State of Kentucky, Anna Dorotha Shull of the County and State aforesaid aged seventy-six years who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 4th, 1836; That she is the widow of Peter Shull who was a private in the Militia in the War of he Revolution. She further declares that she was married to the said Peter Shull on the 5th day of March in the year 1782. That her husband the aforesaid Peter Shull died in the State of Kentucky on the day of November 1834, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.


Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before the Court.


Anna Dorothy Shull (her mark)

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Muhlenberg County

Anna Dorothy Shull came into Court and made Oath that the within statement made by her for the purpose of procuring a pension are true.
In Testimony whereof I have as Clerk to the said County Court hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of he said court this 29th day of April 1841.
W.T. Wing

Be It remembered that Samuel Shull of lawful age and first being duly sworn desposeth and saith that he is the son of Peter Shull, and late of the County and state below said and Anna Dorothy Shull. That Peter Shull, his father, some years since left this State and County and removed to Illinois, where he resided with one of his children, and was placed upon the pension agency of that State and drew his pension for his services as a Revolutionary Soldier for several years at Carmi in White County in the State last aforesaid through his attorney of that place, that the said Peter Shull, this dependent's father, departed this life some time in the month of November 1834, and that the said Anna Dorothy Shull who is now the widow of the said Peter, has remained a widow ever since the death of said Peter and still so remains. And that said Anna Dorothy Shull received after the death of said Peter Shull the remainder of his pension that was due from the Government to the time of his death.

Saml Shull

Kentucky
Muhlenberg County
The foregoing deposition of Samuel Shull, was taken sworn to and subscribed before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid and I further Certify that I am well acquainted with the said Samuel Shull and believe him to be a man of truth whose statements may be relied on when on Oath.
Given under my hand this 17th day of May 1842.
R.S. Russell JP


Commonwealth of Kentucky
Muhlenberg County
I, Charles F. Wing, Clerk of the County Court for the county aforesaid Certify that Robert S Russell whose Certificate appears above was on the day of the date thereof and still is an acting Justice of the Peace for said County regularly commissioned and qualified according to Law and that the foregoing signature purporting to be his is genuine.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said County this 1st day of June 1841 and in the 50th year of the Commonwealth.
Chs. F. Wing


Declaration of Peter Shull, Jr.

State of Kentucky
Ohio County
On this 29th day of June 1852, before the undersigned John W. Crow, the Judge of the County Court in and for the County and State aforesaid, personally came Peter Shull of said County, who being duly sworn according to Law, on his Oath declares, That he is the son of Peter Shull and Anna Dorothy Shull, both deceased that the said Peter Shull was in his lifetime a pensioner under the Act 7th June 1832 at the rate of $41.67 per annum and died on the ____day of ____(1834) Eighteen hundred and Thirty-four, leaving the said Anna Dorothy Shull his widow, who survived him until the second of January Eighteen hundred and Forty-nine when she died leaving the following children (named surviving) who are her only surviving children to wit; Peter Shull (this declarant) a resident of said Ohio County, Samuel Shull, of the same County, and Mrs. Elizabeth Huntsinger and Mrs. Catherine Bottoms, of White County, Illinois, her children and his only surviving children excepting Mrs. M. Huntsaker who has since died. That the said Anna Dorothy Shull did not again marry after the death of said Peter Shull and continued his widow until her death. That his said father and mother were married in the State of Pennsylvania in the month of March Seventeen hundred and Eighty two, as he has always understood and believes. That he has no evidence of Record or Documentary of said marriage but that his mother in her lifetime filed a claim under the Act 4 July 1835, and to the papers filed by her he refers for evidence of the date of said marriage. And he makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the benefits of the Acts of Congress of 7th July 1838, 3rd March 1843, 17th June 1844, 2nd February 1848 and of the joint resolution of 12th July 1848, and due him as the Administrator of the Estate of the aforesaid Anna Dorothy Shull.


Peter Shull, Adm.

Sworn and subscribed before me this 29th day of June 1852, and I hereby certify that I am well and personally acquainted with Peter Shull the above declarant and believe all his statements above to be true and correct, the words “Excepting Mary M. Huntsaker who has since deceased” were interlined before signing.
J.W. Crow, Presiding Judge of Ohio County.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Ohio County
To wit: I Charles Henderson, Clerk of the County Court of said Ohio County certify that J.W. Crow whose genuine signature appears to the above and foregoing certificate is and was at the time of signing the same presiding Judge of the County Court of Ohio County duly elected commissioned and qualified and that as such full faith and credit are and should be given to all his official acts. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 29th day of June 1852.
Ch. Henderson, CLK
T.J. Henderson D.CLK


Ohio County Court, Kentucky
Monday July 5th, 1852
It is hereby ordered to be certified that satisfactory evidence has been presented to the court now in session that Peter Shull who was in his lifetime a Revolutionary pensioner on the Illinois roll died in the year 1834 leaving Anna Dorothy Shull his widow who did not marry again but remained his widow until the second of January 1849 when she died in this county leaving Peter Shull and Samuel Shull of this county and Mrs. Elizabeth Huntsinger and Mrs. Catherine Bottoms of White County, Illinois and her only surviving children at the time of her death all of whom are still living excepting Mary M. Huntsaker who has since died leaving heirs also, that letters of administration has been granted to Peter Shull on the estate of Anna Dorothy Shull aforesaid which letters has not been revoked but continue in full force and virtue.



State of Kentucky
Ohio County
I, Charles Henderson, Clerk of the Ohio County Court of said County, certify that the above and foregoing order is truly copied from the records in my office. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 6th day of July 1852
Ch. Henderson, CLK
T.J. Henderson D.CLK

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MASSEY THOMAS

Three biographies - 1881, 1888 and 1922:

MASSEY THOMAS
Bio by Alley Bowen, 1881

The subject of this narrative was born in Ohio county, Kentucky, January 27, 1813. At the age of twelve years, he accompanied his parents to Marion county, Missouri; thence they proceeded to Lewis county, in the same State, and there he received his education, as well as being reared a farmer; the last sixteen years of his residence, farming on his own account. In the year 1819, crossed the plains to the Pacific slopes, in a train of forty-two wagons, conducted by Ebenezer Ously, and arrived in California, in September, of the same year. Mr. Thomas, like every one else, first engaged in mining, his initial venture being on Dry creek. Giving up the search for gold in two weeks, however, he turned his attention to teaming until the following Spring, when he opened a grocery, in partnership with John Bane, and conducted it until December, when he sold out, and sailed from San Francisco, December 14, 1850, on a visit to the Eastern States, arriving at his home in Missouri, February 15, 1851.

 On April 18, 1853, we find Mr. Thomas, once more about to undertake the weary journey across the plains, bringing with him a drove of cattle. He came direct to Gilroy township, Santa Clara county, arriving November 1, 18.53. He first resided in a rented house near the old homestead, but, subsequently, having purchased outright a squatter's claim, he located thereon—the farm on which he now lives—comprising four hundred and sixty-five acres in possession, and nine hundred and forty-five acres in an undivided grant. For the first twelve years of his sojourn in the county, Mr. Thomas engaged entirely in stock-raising, but latterly, he has confined himself chiefly to agricultural farming.

In the year 1855, his father, James Thomas, who was born August 27, 1786, made the journey to this State—a rather severe undertaking for a gentleman of seventy years—and joined his son, remaining with him until his death, which occurred in October, 1869. Our subject was married, May 7, 1837, to Phoebe F. Bane, a native of Bracken County, Kentucky. 
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MASSEY THOMAS
1888 BIO


Massey Thomas was born on Green River, in Ohio County, Kentucky, January 27, 1813. His parents were James and Elizabeth (Miller) Thomas, the former being a native of Tennessee. Massey Thomas, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Virginia, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary army. He emigrated to Tennessee when there was nothing but a pack trail there, and removed to Danville, Kentucky, when James was a mere child. The family was contemporaneous with Daniel Boone. He afterward removed to Ohio County, where he died and was buried on his own farm. Massey Thomas, Jr., was reared in Kentucky until he was fourteen years of age, when his parents removed to Marion County, Missouri, and after remaining there three years removed to Lewis County, where he grew to manhood, and bought and improved a farm. In 1849 he crossed the plains in Eb. Ousley's train bound for California, and after a trip of five months reached Sacramento. He then went to the mines at Auburn, but in one month gave up mining and went to teaming, at which he earned from $25 to $30 per day. He followed this business eighteen months, and then returned to Missouri, by way of Panama and New Orleans, and February 15, 1851, reached his old home. He remained there until April, when he again came to California, bringing 300 head of cattle, which comprised his entire capital.

        He reached Gilroy about the middle of October, and located where he now resides. He erected his present residence in 1862. Mr. Thomas was married, May 7, 1837, to Miss Phebe Foster Bain, a native of Bracken County, Kentucky, daughter of Balden and Nancy (Reynolds) Bain. Her parents were natives of Virginia. Her grandfather Reynolds was a soldier in the Revolutionary army. Her grandmother was a sister to Daniel Webster, and Governor Reynolds, of Missouri, was Mrs. Thomas' uncle. Her mother died in Bracken County, Kentucky. When Mrs. Thomas was seventeen years of age (in 1833) she went with her sister to Missouri, and located in Lewis County. Her father afterward removed to Pike County, Missouri, where he died. Mr. Thomas' father came out to California in 1855, in his seventieth year, and resided here until his death, in 1868. He was a great hunter, and while out deer-hunting one evening he was thrown by his horse near a precipice and was not found until the next morning, and soon died. He clung to his hunting proclivities until his death. He was born August 27, 1786. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have reared ten children: James Balden, born June 30, 1838, and died October 29, 1859; Mary Susan, born February 3, 1840, wife of William O. Barker, now residing in Fresno County; Thomas Reynolds, born December 8, 1841, and died in 188–; he was a grain dealer in Gilroy; John and William (twins), born October 28, 1843; the former resides in San Benito County, and the latter died January 4, 1880; Benjamin F., born December 22, 1846, was educated in San Jose and is now practicing law in Santa Barbara; Louisa E., born August 7, 1848, died December 7, 1849; Massey, born December 10, 1851, now residing at San Felipe; Clayton R., born January 25, 1854, residing with his parents; and Charles E., born January 15, 1857, now residing at San Miguel. Mr. Thomas was an old-line Whig in the days of that party, but upon its disintegration became a Democrat. His father was also a Whig, and later a Democrat. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are members of the Christian Church, and he is an Elder. He was one of the founders and principal supporters of the Gilroy congregation, and he and his wife were among the original members.


        Mr. Thomas has a fine ranch of 501 3/4 acres in Gilroy Township, 300 acres being valley land and the balance table-land. It is all susceptible of cultivation. He usually raises about 250 acres of grain annually, 200 acres of wheat, and 50 of barley. His crops have never failed. His wheat usually averages from fifteen to twenty-five centals to the acre, and he has raised seventy-five bushels of oats to the acre. His barley yields about twenty-five centals to the acre. His table-land is used for pasturage mostly. He has about seventy head of cattle and thirty-five horses. His brand is a capital "T," with the lower portion ex­tended through a small "o." He raises choice stock of all kinds. He also has an orchard with most of the varieties of fruits, and has been a successful fruit-raiser.

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888. Pg. 611-612
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MASSEY THOMAS
49er- Pioneer Rancher of Gilroy
Bio by Sawyers, 1922

Much goes to make up the history of any nation or communities-group, but whenever the story of Santa Clara County, lists unrivaled resources and its phenomenal growth shall be written, the historian will be sure to include a record of development such as that of the late Massey Thomas, the well-known '49er, who with much to choose from turned to agricultural pursuits in this highly-favored region, and selected historic Gilroy as his abiding place. Along the banks of Green River, in Ohio County, Ky., on January 27, 1813, he entered the family of James Thomas and his good wife, who had been Miss Elizabeth Miller, before her marriage; and he was christened Massey, after his Grandfather Thomas, who in the stirring days of the American Revolution, made an illustrious name for himself in many battles waged for our independence.

Growing up, the grandfather removed from Virginia to Tennessee, nothing daunted by the fact that he had only rough pack trails instead of even country roads to travel over; and with the responsibility of caring for their infant child James, the intrepid pioneer and his wife settled in Danville, Ky., where they became neighbors albeit at what today would be consider handsomely distant, to the renowned Daniel Boone, the hero of the Battle of Blue Licks, who had doubly earned his title after the clever expedient by which he escaped from four armed Indians through having thrown tobacco into their eyes and blinded the redskins. Developed, like Boone and his doughty sons, to hardihood and extreme self-dependence, Massey Thomas after a while sought better prospects on a farm in Ohio County; and there he at last found a peaceful conclusion to his strenuous earthly progress.

The grandson who had the honor of bearing the brave old Massey's honored name, the subject of this review, continued in Kentucky until the middle of his teens, when he removed to Marion County, Mo., and for three years worked hard to get a foothold. Then he selected Lewis County for a farm investment, and he developed the rough land into something more indicative of civilization. When the news of the discovery of gold in California, however, was received in Missouri and the neighboring region, Massey Thomas, like thousands of others, became restive and eager to dare in the hope of sharing; and he was not long in crossing the plains and going to the mines. He was also not long in discovering that far more certain wealth might be easily acquired by catering to those who were seeking the gold; hence he turned his attention to teaming, and often earned as much as thirty dollars a day.

A year and a half under the trying pioneer conditions of California at this period of over-influx and scanty provision was enough for the common-sense of this practical, progressive man, and Mr. Thomas, in the early spring of 1851, returned East, reaching his old home in Missouri on February 15. In April he again came to the Coast, but this time he brought with him a herd of 300 cattle, which he knew would be worth more, in a way, than the much sought for gold in the mountains. By the middle of October he had located upon the 500 acres which he was to make his celebrated home-place, and there, with three-fifths of his acreage in the fertile valley, he embarked in extensive farming to wheat and barley. He also took up stock -raising and cultivation of fruit, improving his stock to the highest standard, and introducing from abroad, and cultivating originally himself, some of the best and choicest and newest varieties of fruits. In this way, by the most scientific methods then known, he made his farm one of the most valuable ranches in this part of the county.

The marriage of Massey Thomas and Phoebe Bane and was of the pleasant social events of that section and period, the bride having been a daughter of Baldwin and Nancy (Reynolds) Bane, and one of the belles of Bracken County, in Kentucky, where she was born December 12, 1821. She could remember the stories handed down in her family of her grandfather, who shouldered a musket in the Continental Army, and she could also recall many interesting anecdotes about famous folks of by-gone days, for her maternal grandmother was a sister of Daniel Webster, the famous statesman and orator, and she was a niece of  Thomas Reynolds, who was born in Kentucky in 1796, removed to Missouri and died in 1844, in the same year in which he concluded his four-year term as Governor of Missouri, his untimely demise preventing his reelection as a popular official. At the beginning of her teens, Mrs. Thomas was taken to Missouri by an older sister, and they located in Lewis County in the fall of 1833; and later the family removed to Pike County, Mo., where Mr. Bane died.

 The following are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas; James Baldwin Thomas, who attended the San Jose schools and then went to Cambridge, Mass, and lacked but one year of graduating from college when he was stricken with pneumonia and died, in 1859; Mary Susan, Mrs. W.O. Barker, now deceased; Thomas Reynolds, was a grain-dealer in Gilroy several years before his death. John and William, twin-brothers, were born on October 8, 1843; the latter died in 1880, and John lives in Hollister. Benjamin F. Thomas, who was born in 1846, rose to distinction as a legal practitioner at Santa Barbara and he died there in 1922. Louise E. died in early childhood. Massey, born on December 10, 1851, now lives on part of the home ranch, in the old ranch house; and Clayton R. was born on January 25, 1854 and remained with his parents; while Charles E., born three years later, died on the home place. Mrs. Thomas died May 22, 1892.

Originally a stanch Whig, Mr. Thomas later espoused the cause of the democratic party seeking state sovereignty, and with his equally Christian wife, he became an ardent worker in and a real pillar of the Christian Church, helping both to found and to build up the branch in Gilroy. All in all, Massey Thomas, representing, with his accomplished wife, some of the finest blood and traditions of American history, was himself influential and helpful to an exceptional degree in his day in hurrying on the great Pacific commonwealth to her destiny, and he merited and enjoyed the esteem and confidence of his fellowmen to a high degree. He died at his home south of Gilroy in 1900, aged eighty-seven years.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County, California, published by Historic Record Co., 1922, page 432

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JAMES F. AUSTIN


A Sesquicentennial History of the Green River Missionary Baptist Church 1836 - 1986, Written and Compiled by Wendell Holmes Rone, Sr., For the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Church, 1987.  

JAMES F. AUSTIN, the second Pastor of the Church, was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, on May 21, 1820.  He died of Bright's Disease (Nephritis) in his native County on October 4, 1883, in his sixty-third year.  He was the son of Baruch Austin (b.c.1791-d.c.1867) a native of Maryland, and Mary (Polly) Render (b.c.1800-d.c.1855), who was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Miller) Render.  Thus he was their grandson.  His parents had married in Ohio County, Kentucky, on June 13, 1818.

     On November 9, 1843, he was united in marriage to Corrina Thomas (b. August 5, 1825-d. December 4, 1893), a native of Ohio County and daughter of William Thomas, on an Ohio County license.  Both of them are buried in the Shultz Cemetery, near Prentiss, Kentucky. 

     Brother Austin professed faith in Christ at age 18 (1838), and was baptized into the fellowship of Beaver Dam Church by the pastor, Alfred Taylor.  Shortly before his marriage he was licensed to preach the Gospel by his home Church, in 1843.  The next year, in 1844, he served as a Messenger to the Gasper River Association for the first time from Beaver Dam Church, together with Robert Render.  His ordination to the Baptist Ministry took place at the same Church, in Butler County, moved his membership to that Church, and served it in the years 1845-1853 and again in 1864-1867. In the years 1847 and in 1849-1858 he served as a Messenger from the Salem Church to the Gasper River Associational Meetings.  From 1859 through 1870 he held membership in and served as a Messenger to the same Association from West providence Baptist Church, Ohio County, serving as the pastor also in 1853-1861 and 1863-1865.

     In addition to the Salem and West providence pastorates he also served Sandy Creek (1860-1861; 1865-1867) and Rochester (1867-1868), in Butler County; Mt. Carmel (1851-1858), South Carrollton (1855-1856), Greenville (1869-1871) and Paradise (1871-1876 or later), in Muhlenberg County; Pond Run (in 1849-1850; 1857-1862), Cool Spring (1854-1855; 1864; 1874-1876 or later), Mt. Carmel (1864-1868), Walton's Creek (1869-1870), Slaty Creek (1871-1876 or later), Hartford, First (1869-1873), and Beaver Dam (1877-1878) in Ohio County.

     He helped Baptist Ministers Alfred Taylor, Thomas Tichenor and M. H. Utley constitute the West Providence Church, on July 2, 1853, and became its first Pastor. On June 12th, 1869, he joined with Baptist Ministers Dr. J. S. Coleman and Dr. J. M. Peay in organizing the present First Baptist Church, Hartford, Ohio County, and became its first pastor, also.

     In Frank M. Welborn's "Gasper River Associational Record," 1878, Pages 69-70, appears the following interesting account:

     "A magnificent House (of Worship) had been erected about twelve miles south of Hartford, at the option of Elder J. S. Taylor, in which an important revival was conducted by Doctor J. S. Coleman and Elder J. F. Austin, and participated in by members from Green River, Beaver Dam and Cool Spring Churches, the immediate results of which was the constitution of another Church on the spot, of 52 individuals, on December 23, 1870.  The Ministers recognizing this act were Elders A. B. Smith, J. F. Austin, W. C. Taylor and J. S. Coleman, D. D. ...The Church was admitted into the Association (Gasper River), at its next anniversary, reporting Elder J. F. Austin Pastor (who was in the constitution), an Melvin Taylor, Clerk."

     The Statistical Table (of the church) related that J. F. Austin was the first pastor, serving in 1875-1876, or later; and, that he was a member and Messenger to the Association from Slaty Creek Church in 1871-1876.  He probably spent the remaining days of his earthly life in the fellowship of the Church.

     For over thirty-three years he was an active participant in the affairs of Gasper River Association.  He preached the Annual Sermon on 8 different occasions, surpassed only by his father in the Ministry, Alfred Taylor (9 times).  The years and texts used were as follows:  1852 (John 17:22), 1857 (Luke 19:13), 1858 (Isaiah 49:25), 1860 (II Corinthians 4:1), 1868 (John 17:22 - the same as in 1853), 1870 (Revelation 2:29), 1871 (Colossians 7:28) and 1876 (II Timothy 1:12).  He served as the Clerk of the Association in 1856-1861 and again in 1864-1865.  It is evident that the mantle of leadership, worn by Pastor Alfred Taylor, fell on the shoulders of pastor J. F. Austin when he served as the Moderator in the years 1866-1875.

     James F. Austin served the Green River Church as Pastor three times.  He succeeded Alfred Taylor in February, 1852 and served through March, 1854. He succeeded Brother Taylor a second time from February, 1857 through January, 1862.  On the third occasion, he succeeded Brother Judson Slade Taylor, the son of Brother Alfred Taylor, and served from March, 1868, through February, 1870.  His total time of service was for nine years.  The major achievement of his ministry with the Church was the erection of the second House of Worship, in 1858-1859, and its dedication in November, 1859.  A writer said of him:

     "As pulpit orator, financial manager and Pastor, the celebrated Baptist minister ranked second to none."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The African American Borah Family

The African American Borah Family


In 1810, the Borah Family moved from Pennsylvania to Butler County, KY, led by the great-great-grandfather of Idaho Senator William Edgar Borah (1865-1940) and his eight sons. The family slaves, who also carried the last name Borah, were the ancestors of African American musician Harry Edison. Edison's great grandmother, Mariah Borah (born between 1810 and 1812, died 1876), was born in Ohio County, KY. Her mother's last name was Rogers. Mariah may have been the slave of Jacob Borah. She was later owned by George M. Borah in Butler County. Mariah had several children with Jesse Barnes [or Brookins or Brokins], a freeman from Maryland who had settled in Butler County prior to the end of slavery. It is believed that Jesse was at one time enslaved and migrated to Kentucky with the Barnes Family and then later freed. All of Jesse and Mariah's children carried the last name Borah because their mother was enslaved and carried the last name Borah, and the same applied to the children. Two of their daughters were Ellen and Julia Borah, one of whom was the mother of McDonald Porter. Their son, Larkin Borah, was the father of Katherine Meryl Borah Edison, who was the mother of Harry Edison. All information about the African American Borah family was submitted by Denyce Peyton. For more about the Borah family from Pennsylvania, see "Wisconsin at Washington," The Oshkosh Northwestern, 04/04/1936, p. 18: and Borah, by M. C. McKenna. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Shelby D. “Pike” Barnes

During the late 19th century, Shelby “Pike” Barnes was widely recognized by turf experts to be among the elite in his thoroughbred racing profession. 

Born in Ohio County, Kentucky in 1871, Barnes became a rising star as a horse jockey at the age 14. In 1888, Barnes led all North American riders with 206 wins, becoming the first jockey to top 200 wins in a year. Barnes repeated as North America’s leading jockey in 1889 with 170 wins (25.7 percent) from 661 mounts. That year, Barnes won the Travers Stakes aboard Long Dance and the Champagne Stakes with June Day. In 1890, Barnes piloted Burlington to victories in the Belmont Stakes and the Brooklyn Derby. 

Barnes retired as a jockey in 1891. Barnes moved to Columbus, Ohio where he passed away in 1908 at the age of 37.

In 2011 Shelby "Pike" Barnes was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga, New York.

From The Satatogian newspaper:

Shelby "Pike" Barnes to join the racing Hall of Fame on August 12
African-American jockeys dominated racing at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, winning 15 of the first 28 editions of the Kentucky Derby. Jimmy Winkfield won back to back Derbies in 1901 and 1902. Isaac Murphy was the first jockey to win three Kentucky Derbies.

Shelby "Pike" Barnes isn't known quite as well as Murphy or Winkfield, but his short and mercurial career has earned him a spot in racing history. On August 12, he'll join Winkfield and Murphy in the Hall of Fame, elected by the its Historic Review Committee.

Born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky in 1871, Barnes achieved much of his success in New York, riding winners in some of the state's most prestigious races.

In 1888, Barnes rode Proctor Knott to victory in the first running of the Futurity, then the richest race in the United States. His main competitor was future Hall of Famer Salvator, whose loss in this race would be one of only three in a 19-race career.

1888 is considered the pinnacle of Barnes's career; he led all North American riders with 206 wins, the first jockey ever to win more than 200 races in a year. He was leading jockey again the following year, winning at a 25.8% rate and notching 170 wins.

One of those wins in 1889 was in the Travers, when he rode Long Dance to victory against just one other competitor. In 1890, he won the Alabama on Sinaloa for E.J. "Lucky" Baldwin's Santa Anita Stable. He won the Kearny Stakes on the same card for the same connections, leading the New York Times to comment, "Of course Barnes rode both the winners."

Within two years of these victories, Barnes's career was over. Baldwin reportedly suspected Barnes of acting in concert with bookmakers and took him off his horses; a racing accident in 1890 so damaged the jockey psychologically that he never regained his winning form.

Riding in the Drexel Stakes at Washington Park in Chicago, Barnes was aboard the eventual winner Santiago when in front of him, a horse ridden by a jockey known by the name "Abbas" went down. Abbas was struck by Santiago's hooves, sustaining injuries from which he did not recover. Barnes announced his retirement from racing the following year.
He reportedly went into business with another black jockey, "Tiny" Williams, buying a saloon with him. Seven years later, in 1908, Barnes died in Columbus, Ohio, at age 37.

In reporting Barnes' death, the Daily Racing Form called the jockey "a fearless rider of great skill and good judgment." Various articles bemoaned the passing of the era of the black jockey; contemporary eyes see the racism that made it dangerous for black jockeys to ride with white riders, who would threaten and intimidate them on the track.
Barnes' riding career, and his life, were far too short. He won some of the sport's biggest races, including the Belmont Stakes and the Brooklyn Derby, but his tenacity on the track couldn't vanquish the struggles with weight, the racism, and the psychological torment that ended his career.

Contemporary reports make plain that the racing world mourned the loss of this talented jockey. It now embraces him, bestowing upon him its highest honor.

From Univ of Kentucky Library:

Barnes, Shelby D., "Pike"
Birth Year : 1871
Death Year : 1908
Shelby D. "Pike" Barnes was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 2011. He was born in Beaver Dam, KY, the son of Joseph Barnes and Susan Austin Barnes [source: Ohio County Marriage Record, for Shelby D. Barnes]. Pike Barnes became a jockey when he was 14 years old. Barnes had a number of noted achievements in the racing industry. In 1888, he won the first race of the Futurity aboard Proctor Knott. The win was one of his 206 victories in 1888, a record number of wins by a jockey in the United States for one year. Barnes also had the most wins in 1889 with 170. Barnes would go on to win other big races such as the Belmont Stakes, but he soon gave up racing. In 1891, Barnes owned a farm in Beaver Dam, KY and was contemplating whether he would ride again [source: "Epitome of horsemen," Freeman, 11/14/1891, p. 2]. In 1908, Barnes was part owner of a saloon in Columbus, OH, when he died from consumption (tuberculosis). The Paragraphic News column in theWashington Bee, 01/18/1908, p. 1, noted that "[i]t is reported that Shelby Barnes, better known as "Pike" Barnes, died without any money, not withstanding he won $100,000 as a jockey." He is listed in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census as "Pike Barnes," the husband of Mary Barnes, a cook, who was born in August of 1873 in Kentucky. Her previous name was Mary C. Pennman; she had been married to James Pennman prior to marrying Shelby Barnes [source: Ohio County Marriage Records]. The couple married in 1897 and lived on E. Elm Street in Columbus, OH, according to the 1900 Census. Their marriage certificate is dated June 16, 1906. For more see T. Genaro, "Shelby Pike Barnes to join the racing Hall of Fame on August 12," The Saratogian, 08/05/2011, Sports section; and "Reported death of Pike Barnes," Daily Racing Form, 01/15/1908, p. 1.


 Shelby Barnes aboard "Tenny"

Photo Used at Hall of Fame Induction  

Plaque at Hall of Fame Induction

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Home Coming

The following 1906 newspaper article is a gold mine of information for genealogy researchers. There are about 250 names mentioned in the article (too many to add to my Index of Names).  I suspect that some of the names are misspelled, but I used what was in the newspaper article.  Also, the names are not in alphabetical order, but this is the way they were found in the article.

Hartford Herald
May 30, 1906

HOME COMING
Week for Louisville and Ohio
County - A Great Time
Coming

The plans for Home Coming week in Louisville June 13 - 17 are practically complete and any one familiar with them will agree that they point to the largest gathering in the history of the South. The very lowest estimate based upon acceptance cards and letters on file at the headquarters of the Louisville Commercial Club point to an attendance of over 55,000 ex-Kentuckians. Only a small portion of this number indicated on their acceptance card the county of their birth.

Below will be found a partial list of former residents of this county who have accepted the Home Coming invitation. This list by no means represents the full attendance of those who went from this county. Practically everyone accepting the invitation has stated that he or she will be accompanied by from two to five others.

The Home Coming Association at Louisville informs us that Ohio county will, according to its estimate, be represented by 480 former citizens of this county during the big June week event.

As the railroad have made a rate of one fare for the round trip from Louisville to all points in Kentucky, tickets going on sale June 16, it is expected that all former citizens of our county who visit Louisville will come to their old home as soon as they have partaken fully of Louisville’s hospitality.

For the Ohio County Home Coming the Street Fair, June 22 – 23, is aimed to be a special attraction.

The following is the list referred to above:

Rev. W. B. Barnett, Philo, O. (Note: Probably Ohio); F. V. Barnett, Eureka, Cal.; E. L. Myers, Spiro, I. T. (Note: I. T. is short for Indian Territory, which existed until November, 1907, when Oklahoma was admitted as a state); J. E. Wallace, Black Rock, Ark.; Mr. W. A. Whayne, Pueblo, Colo.; Dr. J. R. Williams and  wife, Shawneetown, Ill.; J. Nolan O’Flaterty, Kankakee, Ill.; Lodford Truman, Canon City, Colo.; A. B. O’Flaterty, Kankakee, Ill.; Salty Nelson, Morehouse, Mo.; R. B. Stevens, El Paso, Tex.; J. H. Weller and wife, Lamar, Colo.; W. C. Barnett, Valley Mills, Tex.; E. D. Bender, Fort Worth, Tex.; Ben L. Field, Portland, Ore.; J. R. Collins,  Memphis, Tenn.; C. E. Loyd, Pittsburg, Pa.; C. P. Westerfield and wife, Tyrone, Ok.; L. A. French, Okaona, Miss.; Ettie W. Van Horn, Sugar Hill, Pa.; Amanda M. Hicks, Berkley, Cal.; J. C. Ferguson, White Water, Kan.; Mrs. Mary M. Sewell, Bolton, Kan.; W. M. Downs, Paden, I. T.; M. F. Wedding, Rome, Ind.; J. L. Ross and J. A. Bozarth, Owensvllle, Ind.; R. J. Barnett, Union City, Tenn.; George B. Thomson, Crowley, La,; N. L. Phillips, Hattisburg, Miss.; S. Patterson, Franks, Mo.; W. E. Townsend and wife,  Cobden, Ill.; J. W. Lawton, Bicknell, Ind.; John W. Corbett, Mountainair, N. Mex.; F. J. Davenport, Waxahachie, Tex.; Joseph Brooks, Hancock, Ark.; C. L. Hardwlck, Memphis, Tenn.; Miss Pearl Hurt, Taylorsville, Ill.; Mrs. E. C. Jackson, Lake Arthur, N. Mex.; N. G. Wise, Waxahachie, Tex.; B. H. Duke, Kansas City, Mo.; Thos. H. Brown. Granite. Ok.; John Hunter, Llnton, Ind.; Wm. Foster, Princeton, N. J.; W. B. Morgan, Trinidad, Colo.; W. O. King; Chicago; Ill.; R. T. Whittinghill, Tupelo, Miss.; Mrs. W. B. Fowlkes,  Hansboro, Miss.; N. C. Jackson, Lake Arthur, N. Mex.; S. P. Render and wife, Norman,  Ok.; C. R. Martin, Haskell, I. T.; C. C  Barnett, Clarksville, Ark.; Rev. L. B. Barnett and wife, and John L. Barnett and wife, Foreman, Ark.; C. C.  Wedding, Indianapolis, Ind.; Guy Williams, Philadelphia, Penn.; W. H. Williams, Joplin, Mo.; John May, Port Arthur, Texas; Mrs. W. D. Landers, Harrisburg, Ark.; Chas. E. Curran, New York City, N. Y.; W. W. Wedding, Armour, S. D.; Clint G. Ford, New York City, N. Y.; G. G. Wedding, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. J. C. Swindlehurst, Livingston, Mont.; E. D. Guffy and family, and Dr. A. B. Baird and wife, Oklahoma City, Ok.; J. C.  Woodward, W. T. Woodward, Paul Woodward and wife, and H. C. Sanderfur, San  Angelo, Tex.; B. L. Kelly, Morehouse, Mo.; Dr. J. R. Barnes, Jet, Ok.; Marvin Miller,  Kirbyville, Tex.; Nola Hendricks, Oolitic, Ind.; E. G. Burton, Staunton Ill.; Maggie McAdams, Nashville, Tenn.; Rev. E. D. Maddox, Monet, Mo.; W. M. Johnson, Middleton, Conn.; Robt. Anthis, Hazletown, Ind.; D. P. Moseley, Wellington, Kan.; John Howley, Colfax, Ill.; C. W. Patterson, Dallas, Tex.; Joe Tichenor, Ketchum, I. T.; W. H.  Iler and wife, Champaign Ill.; U. L. Paxton, Thatcher, Ariz.; L. A. Pate, Herrin, Ill.; H. A. Reynolds, Vine, Tenn.; J. H. Barnes, Boswell, Ind.; Clarence Bosket, Fort Cannon, N. C.; Alvin Burton, Houston, Tex.; J. M. Taylor, Halls, Tenn.; S. J. Bryant, Cairo, Ill.; J. P. Barnard, Jeffersonville, Ill.; Mrs. Lenora Laws, Jonesboro, Ill.; H. N. McCormick, Artesia, N. M.; D. P. Dean, Harrisburg, Ill.; R. M. Miller, Atlas, Ok.; Prof. J. B. Taylor,  Oklahoma City, Ok.; Carson Kendall, Evangeline, La.; R. C. Rains, Manila, P. I.; Leslie  Pattie, Lake, Ind.; A. V. Rowan, Wray, Colo.; W. T. Blain, Walnut, Kan.; Robt. Percell, Clifton City, Mo.; Prof. O. M. Shultz, Toledo, O.; L. T. Cannon, Newburg, Ind.; J. W.  Vincent, Forest City, Ark.; J. S. Brown, San Francisco, Cal.; J. W. Bishop, Austin, Tex.; O. M. Hoover, Lizton, Ind.; Mrs. R. E. Childs, Dexter, Mo.; R. Bell, Newport, Ark.; Mrs.  J. W. Camden, Spartansburg, S. C.; M. H. Collins, Memphis, Tenn.; John R. Riley,  Austin, Texas; W. J. Jenkins, Spalding, La.; M. D. Arbuckle, Gas, Kas.; W. P. Morrison and wife, Maplehurst, Wis.; J. E. Pendleton, Talala, I. T.; J. S. Maddox, Waco, Tex.; Geo. W. Hunter, Midland, Ind.; Mrs. C. M. Harrington, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Bell Tabor, Webster, Fla.; N. Y. Geary, Ponder, Mo.; R. D. Daniel, Portland Me.; Clarence Hurt,  Sedgwlck, Ark.; J. M. Bryant, Howell, Ind.; Malinda Gray, Ingersoll, Ok.; A. A. Mlllard,  St. Louis, Mo.; A. W. Bennett, New Orleans, La.; Ziba Manzy, Port Arthur, Tex.; Mrs. Sarah A. Martin, Plainfield, N. J.; Mrs. E. Morrison, Baden, W. Va.; R. P. Nall, Hartsburg, Ill.; Frank Peyton and wife and V. W. Peyton, Denver, Colo.; G. L. Klein,  Quincy,  Ill.; G. W. Sallee, Rison, Ark.; Clarence Field, New Orleans, La.; Geo. Klein, Bicknell, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Turns, Equality, Ill.; Rev. Jo. B. Rogers and wife, Springfield,  Ill.; Luther Ward, Fairbury, Ill.; Ed P. Berryman, Omaha, Neb.; J. B. Hill, Edgewater, Colo.; R. B. Pattie, Rockport, Ind.; Rev. A. W. Dodson, Bellplane, Kan.; Etta Balmaln,  Linton, Ind.; Mrs. Nellie Miller, Bicknell, Ind.; Howard Ellis and wife, Golden, Colo.;  J. T. Oldham, Middleton, Ill.; C. M. Hocker, Bloomington, Ind.; T. S. Woodward, Princeton,  N. J.; Mrs. Jennie B. Bennett, Sikeston, Mo.; Austin Oldham, Elkhart, Ill.; Dr.  I. L. Bennett, Marsailles, Ill.; R. A. Patton, Macon, Ga.; J. I. Brown, Ennis, Tex.; Otho Leach, Headrick, Ok.; Dr. D. W. King, Nashville, Tenn.; E. R. Cobb, A. D. Buskill and wife, Shelby Taylor and wife, Mrs. Carrie WIlllams and O. G. Williams, Crowley, La.; Joe B. Leach, Plainview, Tex.; H. J. Coleman, Corinth, Tex.; B. N. Maddox, Palo Pinto,  Tex.; S. D. Tinsley, Wade, I. T.;  J. B. Barnett, Los Angeles, Cal.; Dr. H. L. King, Ray, Texas; H. D. Bennett and wife, Gatesvllle, Tex.; J. C. Stewart, Weir City, Kan.; W. B.  Fulkerson, Britton, Tex.; G. P. Brown, Jamesport, Mo.; T. J. Bozarth, West End, Ill.; R.  H. Jones, Mountain Park, Ok.; Mrs. Flora Raley, Salem, Ok.; Arthur Wallace, Proctor, Tex.; Mrs. C. M. Ferguson, Obion Station, Tenn.; I. H. Chapman, Springfield, Tenn.; H. R. Crawford, Columbus, Kan.; Mrs. J. W. Turley, Denison, Tex.; S. T. Landrum, Fort Lawton, Wash.; J. J. Carter, Richland Springs, Tex.; Dr. J. H. White and family,  Charleston, Mo.; W. G. Denton, Cincinnati, O.; Mrs. Tula Pendleton Cummings,  Lynchburg, Va.; Jo. A. Barnett and wife, Edgewater, Colo.; C. P. Nowlin, Sharon, Tenn.; John Thomason, Dexter, Mo.; John E. Miller, East St, Louis, Ill.; Ethel Westerfield, Lynn, Ark.; Henry Hardwick, Memphis, Tenn.; J. M. Logsdon, Morehouse, Mo.; Mattie D. Wilson, Agusta, Ark.; J. C. Barnard, Capiz, Panay, P. I.; P. H. Howley, Springfield, Ill.; J. R. Miller, Headrlck, Ok.; Coleman Wolf, Fort Wm. H. Seward, Alaska; Jo. Cargal,  Herrin, Ill.; Alfonzo Barnard, Quay, N. M.; A. P. Minton, Wallace, Kan.; Nathan Bennett, Tolona, Ill.; Dr. E. G. Rhoads, Sheffield, Ala.; M. G. Wilson, Maxwell, Tenn.; A. G.  Duke, St. Louis, Mo.; W. E. Angel, Mrs. Meda Wise, F. M. Payne, and O. F. Angel, Black Rock, Ark.; U. M. Everly, Herrin, Ill.; E. E. Thomason, Thebes, Ill.; Mrs. T. A. Fowler, Gulfport, Miss.; Mrs. Ada Barnard, Joplin, Mo.; J. B. Robertson, Lottie, La.;  Dr. N. J. Rains, Knobknoster, Mo.; A. B. Morton, La Cross, Ind.; J. F. Wilson, Hennessy,  Ok.; W. C. Boskit, East St. Louis, Ill.; W. H. Young, Corsicana, Tex.; G. C. Butler, Weir City, Kan.; Geo. B. Sullenger, Erin, Tenn.; W. A. Edwards, Luxora, Ark.; E. C. Jackson,  Lake Arthur, N. M.;  C. C. Shultz, Portland, Tenn.;  J. M. Ferguson, Conroy, Ok.; Mrs.  Rude Stallings, Moody, Tex.; D. D. Austin, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Searcy Taylor, Portia, Ark.; Herbert Patton, Philo, Ill.; P. H. Ross, Ishpensing, Mich.; S. R. Neighbors, Harper, Kan.; John Chapman, Glendora, Miss.; J. W. Henry, Gazelle, Cal.; Fred Robertson, Fort Brady, Mich.; E. M. Ross, Valpariaso, Ind.; A. L. Filix, South Memphis, Tenn.; C. E. Ingram, Springfield, Ill.; R. W. Overlin, Portland, Ore.; M. A. Hudson, Cooksvllle, O.; Clem Maple, Wray, Colo.; John Brown, Duncanvllle, Tex.; Dr. R. P. Nall, Armoral, Ark.;  Lucien Smith, Chandlerville, Ill.; H. Percy Hunt and H. C. Shreve, Cincinnati, O.; Prof. W. C. Gaynor, Washington, D.C.; P. B. Coppage, Humbolt, Tenn.; Arbin Petty, Hyman,  Mo.; Mrs. Birdie Nall Britton, Salinas, Cal.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Index of Names

Index of Names:   I have compiled an index of names used in my postings since this blog began.  It includes all names except for those found in minor newspaper articles; members of the State legislature; members of The Kentucky National Guard that served on the Mexican border in 1916-17; the listing for the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, Korean War, Vietnam War, and WWII  members; and those names mentioned in the tornado articles.

I have set this up so that I can add names to the index as I add new articles, so the index should always be up-to-date.

I am adding a link on the right side of the home page (under the “Links” heading)
so that you can simply click on the link to check or review the index.  I will also provide the link here: