The Descendants of
of York County Pennsylvania
of York County Pennsylvania
This book identifies many individuals from Ohio County, KY. This book was first written in 1981 by
Michael A Spaulding
Joyce M Tice
Harry D Tinsley
Wanda F Wickliffe
John E Young
And Many Others
The original version of this book was primarily about the Kentucky descendants. John E. Young updated this book in 2008 & the revision was published by Janaway Publishing, Inc. (Second Edition, 2008) and used copies are available for purchase on the internet. This is a scholarly work and those family members that created this book did a wonderful job.
If you want to get a printed version, contact Janaway Genealogy Books. They also have this Rowan book on a CD in PDF format.
Apparently a member of the Rowan family first came to Ohio County in the early 1800's. Harry Rowan, born 1805, was a slave of Dr. Alexander Rowan. Harry married Catherine and they had seven children. Many members of the descendants of this family stayed in Ohio County and some moved away. The family has a Rowan Family Reunion annually that first started in 1896. The reunion for 2017 will be held in Louisville in August and will be the 122nd annual event. This is a wonderful tradition and a truly amazing family.
I do not have the entire book. I "word-searched" what I have by using the search term "Ohio" and found about 89 individuals that were born in (or otherwise had contact with) Ohio County. I will list them in this post. There are many other names in this post, such as spouses, so you might want to "word-search" this post with your family surnames. This is a treasure trove of information for Ohio County genealogists and we owe many thanks to those that worked so hard to find and compile this information. The following is in alphabetical order by surname:
James Hubert Alsip, son of Stella Rowan and Rollie Buck Alsip, was born 22 June 1920 at Centertown, Ohio Co, KY. He married Jessie M. _____ and she died 11 January 1946 at Evansville. She probably did not have children when she died. Jimmy died at San Pedro, CA in an auto accident while he was looking for a job on 23 April 1950.
Clarence Orbin Atherton, son of Georgia Adena Bell and Ollie Atherton, was born 19 November 1918 in Ohio Co, KY. He married Ruby Corene Hibdon on 11 October 1947. She was born 22 November 1929 at Livermore, KY, daughter of James Robert Hibdon and Cordelia Ellen Ridenour. Clarence was a farmer, and was killed on 21 April 1954 when driving his tractor along a country highway; he was hit from behind by another driver. His daughter Martha was with him and she suffered a broken leg. Ruby later married Walter Douglas Fulkerson and they had two children. Clarence is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in McLean Co. He and Ruby had two children-
1. Martha Ann Atherton, b 9 Dec 1949
2. Clarence Randel Atherton, b 3 Jun 1954
William Victor Atherton, son of Eugene Atherton and Lula Thornberry, was born 10 May 1922 at Dodge City, KS. He married Jennie Mae Mercer on 24 December 1947 at Beaver Dam, KY. She was born in Ohio Co on 10 November 1928, daughter of Everett Mercer and Dorothy Williams. Bill is a pharmacist. He and Jennie were living in Louisville in 1980 and had a son-
1. William Victor Atherton, b 17 Jun 1956
Alexander P. Barnard, son of Elizabeth M Bell and Ignatius Pigman Barnard, was born in December 1868 in Ohio Co, KY. He never married, and was the manager of the Beaver Dam Coal Company. Alexander died at McHenry, Ohio Co, and was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
Belle Barnard, daughter of Elizabeth M Bell and Ignatius Pigman Barnard, was born in February 1874 in Ohio Co, KY. She married George G. Neal, probably in Louisville. They had no children.
Ernest Barnard, son of Elizabeth M. Bell and Ignatius Pigman Barnard, was born 2 October 1875 in Ohio Co, KY, and died there on 6 April 1877.
Jimmie A Barnard, son of Elizabeth M. Bell and Ignatius Pigman Barnard, was born 26 October 1872 in Ohio Co, KY, and died there on 29 August 1873.
Joshua J. Barnard, son of Elizabeth M. Bell and Ignatius Pigman Barnard, was born 16 July 1870 in Ohio Co, KY, and died there on 11 January 1872.
Mary “Mamie” Barnard, daughter of Elizabeth M. Bell and Ignatius Pigman Barnard, was born May 1878 in Ohio Co, KY. She first married W. Milton Bardwell on 2 February 1900 at Winona, Montgomery Co, MS. He died at Taylor Mines (near Beaver Dam), Ohio Co, and was buried in MS. Mamie then married Benjamin S. Clarkson at her father's home in Louisville on 6 March 1920. Mamie had no children.
Alexander Thomas Bell, son of Mary Eliza Rowan and Jefferson Bell Sr, was born 29 December 1848 in Ohio Co, KY. He married Sarah Maria Lindley in Ohio Co on 9 February 1880. She was born in Ohio Co on 8 May 1856, daughter of Dr, Horace Sterman Lindley and Cynthia Margaret French. Alex and Sally lived at Buford, and he was a farmer. He died at home in Ohio Co on 17 August 1936 and was buried in Mt, Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery. Sally died at home on 26 December 1940 and was buried with Alexander. They had seven children, all born in Ohio Co-
1. Carrie Catherine Bell, b 8 Dec 1880
2. Horace Jefferson Bell, b 13 Sep 1882
3. Orion Rowan Bell, b 12 Aug 1884
4. Mary Maddox Bell, b 1 Jun 1886
5. Alexander Thomas Bell Jr, b 16 Feb 1888
6. Herbert Georgia Bell, b 27 Apr 1890
7. Virginia Baird Bell, b 12 Dec 1893
Alexander Thomas Bell Jr, son of Alexander Thomas Bell and Sarah Maria Lindley, was born 16 February 1888 at Buford, Ohio Co, KY. He married his cousin Irene Ward on 3 March 1926 at Hartford. He was a farmer. Irene was born at No Creek on 10 November 1892, daughter of Dillis Edgar Ward and Mary Catherine Wallace. Irene was a school teacher, and for one term was the county tax collector. She died at No Creek on 18 September 1974, and Alex died in Ohio Co on 31 October 1977; both are buried in Carson Cemetery at No Creek. They had no children.
America Bell, daughter of Mary Eliza Rowan and Jefferson Bell Sr, was born on 13 November 1851 in the Belltown community of Ohio Co, KY. She married John Crowe Riley at her mother's home in Hartford on 10 October 1872. He was born in Daviess (now McLean) Co on 14 May 1849, son of William Harrison Riley and Eliza Tanner. John was a farmer and a teacher, and in 1894 went into the banking business in Hartford. America died on 23 May 1917 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Hartford. John later married Mrs. Lula Riley of Owensboro. He died in Hartford on 26 July 1935 and was also buried in Oakwood Cemetery. America and John had ten children-
1. girl Riley, born and died on 23 August 1873. She is buried in Mt, Carmel Cemetery in Buford.
2. Edward Riley, b 20 Apr 1875
3. Augustus Baxter Riley, b 30 Aug 1876
4. Bertha America Riley, b 7 Feb 1879
5. Rolly Rowan Riley, b 15 Nov 1881
6. Wallace Hewlette Riley, b 21 Jul 1884
7. Cassandra Mary Riley, b 22 Feb 1887
8. Hettie L. Riley, b 24 Feb 1889
9. Ruth Riley, b 10 May 1891
10. Louis T. Riley, b 28 Nov 1893
Benjamin Franklin Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Dolly D. Richeson, was born 27 May 1908 in Ohio Co, KY. He married twice; the second wife was Novella Loraine Embry, married in Morgantown on 15 June 1968. She was born 10 December 1918 and died at Morgantown, Butler Co on 4 May 2004.
Carrie Catherine Bell, daughter of Alexander Thomas Bell and Sarah Maria Lindley, was born 8 December 1880 in Ohio Co, KY. She married William Thomas Riley in Ohio Co on 8 January 1905. He was a farmer and they lived at Hartford in 1910, but in 1918 were at Livia in Davies Co, then at Vanover in Daviess Co in 1920. William T. was born in Ohio Co KY 20 November 1877, son of Seth H. Riley and Mary E. _____. Carrie died on 4 June 1955 in Daviess Co and was buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. William T. died 3 April 1952 in McLean Co. They had a daughter-
a. Martha E. Riley, b 14 Nov 1905
Catherine Elizabeth “Bessie” Bell, daughter of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 16 December 1883 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. She married Herman Richeson at Beda on 18 December 1904. A farmer, he was born in 1883 in Ohio Co, son of Sam Richeson and Betty Newton. Herman died on 2 December 1945. Catherine died on 25 February 1916 with the birth of her only child. She was buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery. Her son was-
a. Herman Richeson, b 25 Feb 1916
Charles Rowan Bell, son of Samuel William Bell and Laura Shown, was born 24 October 1891 at Hartford, Ohio Co, KY. He was a clerk in the US Civil Service Commission in June 1917 at Washington D,C,, and had married Milbrey M, Phelps in 1915. Charles was later a
attorney. Milbrey was born in
Warren Co, KY in May 1893, daughter of a Mr Phelps and Susan L _____, and died
in Warren Co on 2 October 1965 at age 72. Charles died at Rockfield, Warren Co
on 15 August 1976. They had no children by 1930. Bowling Green
Chester Reed Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Dolly D. Richeson, was born 4 September 1910 in Ohio Co, KY. He never married and died in Ohio Co on 7 March 1984.
Edna Bell, daughter of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M Marks, was born 31 December 1890 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. She married Napoleon B. Salmon on 15 October 1915 at No Creek, and in 1917 they lived at Livia, Daviess Co. He was a farmer in Daviess Co, and was born there at Andersonville, on 6 March 1892, son of John P Salmon and Sallie E May. Napoleon died on 11 July 1961 in Daviess Co, and Edna died on 1 October 1975 at Owensboro; both are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Owensboro. They had a son-
a. John Dayton Salmon, b 1 Nov 1918
Elizabeth M. Bell, daughter of Mary Eliza Rowan and Jefferson Bell Sr, was born in July 1850 in Ohio Co, KY. She married Ignatius Pigman Barnard at her parents' home in Ohio Co on 23 January 1868. He was born in Ohio Co on 11 February 1846, son of Joshua C. Barnard and Rhoda Brown. Ignatius was a businessman, farmer, merchant, tobacco dealer, teacher, constable, and a banker. In 1890 he and others founded the Beaver Dam Deposit Bank. At the age of fifteen he enlisted in “C” Company, 9th KY Regiment, of the Confederate Army. He and Elizabeth lived at Beaver Dam in the early 1880s, but moved to Louisville in 1885. Elizabeth died in Louisville on 13 July 1929 at age 78 and was buried in Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery. Elizabeth’s sister America was born 13 November 1851, so Elizabeth must have been born in 1850, not 1851. They had six children, with three alive in 1900-
1. Alexander P. Barnard, b Dec 1868
2. Joshua J. Barnard, b 16 Jul 1870
3. Jimmie A. Barnard, b 26 Oct 1872
4. Belle Barnard, b Feb 1874
5. Ernest Barnard, b 2 Oct 1875
6. Mary Barnard, b May 1878
Ella L. Bell, daughter of Samuel William Bell and Laura Shown, was born in September 1899 in Ohio Co, KY. She married Jesse Stewart after 1919. Ella died 27 February 1983 in Warren Co. They had a daughter-
a. Belle Stewart, b Oct 1941
Forrest Pendleton Bell, son of Samuel William Bell and Laura Shown, was born 17 December 1892 at Buford, Ohio Co, KY. In June 1917 he was a student at
, and in 1920 he was a school teacher at Buford.
He married, and died at Hartford on 24 February 1967. Bowling
Frances Mildred Bell, daughter of Jefferson Bell Jr and Dolly D Richeson, was born 28 February 1915 in Ohio Co, KY. She never married and lived at Hartford when she died in Daviess Co on 28 December 1996 at the age of 81.
Georgia Adena Bell, daughter of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 24 December 1893 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. She married Ollie Atherton at No Creek on 13 June 1915. He was a hired farm hand for Rowan P Cox in 1910 at Hartford. Ollie was born in Henderson Co on 14 October 1888, son of William Thomas Atherton and Angeline Humphrey, and died in Daviess Co on 23 March 1961. He lived in McLean Co when he died. Ollie is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Owensboro, as is Adena. She died in Daviess Co on 16 March 1985 and also lived McLean Co then. They had seven children-
a. Anna Belle Atherton, b 12 Sep 1916
b. Clarence Orbin Atherton, b 19 Nov 1918
c. Horace William Atherton, b 9 Feb 1921
d. Hilton Reed Atherton, b 25 Mar 1926
e. James Marks Atherton, b 12 Dec 1928
f. Guy Randall Atherton, b 15 Jul 1932
g. Gertrude Atherton, b 4 Aug 1936
Gladys Dolly Bell, daughter of Jefferson Bell Jr and Dolly D Richeson, was born 17 November 1906 in Ohio Co, KY. She died on 13 November 1918 and was buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery.
Gladys R. Bell, daughter of Reginald Barnard Bell and Heabron Gildersleeve, was born 7 April 1924 in Ohio Co, KY.
Herbert Georgia Bell, son of Alexander Thomas Bell and Sarah Maria Lindley, was born 27 April 1890 in Ohio Co, KY. He married Jane Lockett Howard on 17 May 1917 in Owensboro. She was born on 15 April 1894 (Easter day) in Daviess Co, daughter of Bartlett Ramsey Howard and Mary Isabell Lockett. Herbert died on 18 August 1971 at Waco, TX and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Owensboro. Jane died in Waco on 24 April 1988, and was also buried in Rose Hill. They had a daughter-
Lydia Ernestine Bell, b 24 Feb 1918
Horace Jefferson Bell, son of Alexander Thomas Bell and Sarah Maria Lindley, was born 13 September 1882 in Ohio Co, KY. He married Olivia M Sourman on 18 December 1913 in Louisville, her home town. She was born there on 23 December 1883, and died at Louisville on 28 October 1974. Horace and Olivia had divorced. He was a dentist, and died on 17 September 1948 in Louisville, but lived in Ohio Co when he died. He was buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery in Ohio Co. They had two children, both born in Louisville-
a. Horace Lindley Bell, b 12 Feb 1915
b. Edna May Bell, b 27 Jan 1917
James Samuel Bell [R2b1b2f12], son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M Marks, was born 3 May 1900 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. In 1920 he lived with his brother Rollie and sister Lettye at Beda. He married Mabel Lula Ward at Hartford on 20 July 1921. She was born in Ohio Co on 4 May 1902, daughter of Pendleton W Ward (he a son of Ezra Ward and Tabitha Matilda Bennett) and Katherine Ann Kirkendoll. Mabel died at home at No Creek on 4 November 1967, and James died on 22 March 1977 in Ohio Co. James and Mabel had no children by 1930.
Jefferson Bell Jr, son of Mary Eliza Rowan and Jefferson Bell Sr, was born 24 October 1858 in Ohio Co, KY. He was a farmer and a dry goods merchant, and married Anna M Marks at Robert Bell's home in Ohio Co on 4 January 1882. Anna was born at Cleopatra, McLean Co, on 30 July 1858, daughter of Olvin Marks and Jerusha Garvin. After a dozen children, Anna died on 5 December 1901 in Belltown and was buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery. On 7 February 1907 at James Chinn's home in Ohio Co, Jeff married Dolly D Richeson, widow of Jessie R Pate. Dolly was born at Buford on 24 March 1881, daughter of Sam Richeson and Bettie Newton. Jeff died on 26 April 1936 in Belltown, and Dolly on 2 November 1963 in Daviess Co. Both are buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery. Jeff had 21 children in all-
1. Laurence Bell, b 30 Oct 1882
2. Catherine Elizabeth Bell, b 16 Dec 1883
3. Stella F. Bell, b 3 May 1885
4. Mary America Bell, b 26 Dec 1887
5. Marks Jefferson Bell, b 20 Mar 1889
6. Edna Bell, b 31 Dec 1890
7. Ollie Crittenden Bell, b 2 Sep 1892
8. Georgia Adena Bell, b 24 Dec 1893
9. Lettye Thomas Bell, b 27 Jul 1895
10. Reginald Barnard Bell, b 20 May 1897
11. Rollie Riley Bell, b 12 Jun 1898
12. James Samuel Bell, b 3 May 1900
13. Gladys Dolly Bell, b 17 Nov 1906
14. Benjamin Franklin Bell, b 27 May 1908
15. Chester Reed Bell, b 4 Sep 1910
16. William R. Bell, b 24 Dec 1912
17. Frances Mildred Bell, b 28 Feb 1915
18. John Critton Bell, b 28 Sep 1916
19. Ray Austin Bell, b 14 Sep 1918
20. Virgie Lee Bell, b 21 Jun 1920
21. Dorothy Bell, b 16 Jul 1922
John Critton Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Dolly D Richeson, was born 28 September 1916 in Ohio Co, KY. He married Ann _____ (Blanks?).
Laurence Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 30 October 1882 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. He died on 25 August 1885 and was buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery in Ohio Co.
Lettye Thomas Bell, daughter of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 27 July 1895 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. She married Hubert Ray Sanderfur at Hartford on 10 July 1921. He was born in Ohio Co on 17 June 1901, son of Virgil W Sanderfur and Leola B Ward. Hubert was a farmer, and died in Owensboro on 16 April 1975. Lettye died on 31 October 1978 in Owensboro (or Beaver Dam?). They spent most of their lives in Detroit, Michigan and had no children.
Marks Jefferson Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 20 March 1889 in the Belltown community near Buford,Ohio Co, KY. He never married and died on 24 November 1955 in Ohio Co. Marks is buried in M.t Carmel Cemetery in Ohio Co. He was the eldest child at home in 1930, and was about 8 years younger than his step-mother.
Mary America Bell, daughter of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 26 December 1887 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. She married Henry Everett Milligan at Rockport, Spencer Co, IN on 5 October 1912. He was born near Panther Creek in Ohio Co on 16 February 1885, son of Burgess Milligan and Josephine Snyder. Mary was a school teacher. In 1946 they moved to Hartford, and she died there on 16 October 1966; Everett died in Ohio Co on 6 May 1957. Mary is buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery in Ohio Co. They had two children-
a. Henry Estill Milligan, b 28 Jun 1913
b. Anna Katherine Milligan, b 19 Aug 1917
Mary Emily Bell, daughter of Samuel William Bell and Laura Shown, was born in 1903 in Ohio Co, KY and grew up there.
Ollie Crittenden Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 2 September 1892 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. He lived at Owensboro at the end of 1919 and was a night clerk at a hotel. He married Ollie D. Winfield about 1926 and in 1930 they continued to live at Owensboro. Ollie was then a city fireman. His wife was born on 13 August 1885 and died on 13 July 1965. Ollie Crittenden died in Davies Co on 9 January 1949, but at the time lived in McLean Co. They had a son-
a. Charles T. Bell, b 27 Feb 1929
Orion Rowan Bell, son of Alexander Thomas Bell and Sarah Maria Lindley, was born 12 August 1884 in Ohio Co, KY. He married Laura Anne Dyer on 22 February 1913 at Kansas City, MO, and in 1917 they lived at Independence, Jackson Co. She was born in Clinton Co, MO on 2 February 1890, daughter of James C. Dyer and Ada B. Holtzclaw. Orion was a farmer for years, but as he got older, he was a carpenter and roofer. He and Laura both died at Independence, MO, Orion on 23 February 1970 and Laura on 2 May 1961. They are both buried there in Woodlawn Cemetery. They had three children-
a. Ada Lee Bell, b 24 Aug 1914
b. Virginia Allean Bell, b 27 Dec 1922
c. Orion Rowan
Bell Jr, b 1 Mar 1926
Ray Austin Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Dolly D. Richeson, was born 14 September 1918 in Ohio Co, KY. He was on leave from the U.S. Navy and was killed in a car crash on 23 March 1942 in Daviess Co.
Reginald Barnard Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 20 May 1897 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. He married Heabron Gildersleeve (at
Bowling Green?) in
1922, and they lived in Daviess Co. Reginald died on 20 February 1957 at
Philpot, Daviess Co. Heabron was born at Green Castle, Warren Co, KY on 28 July
1904, daughter of Phineas A. Gildersleeve and Lizzie Cherry, and died at in February
1982. Both are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Owensboro. They had two girls- Owensboro
a. Gladys R. Bell, b 7 Apr 1924b. Doris J. Bell, b 26 May 1927
Rollie Riley Bell, son of Jefferson Bell Jr and Anna M. Marks, was born 12 June 1898 in the Belltown community near Buford, Ohio Co, KY. He never married and died in Owensboro on 28 May 1976. In 1920 he lived with his sister Lettye and brother James at Beda. 1930 he lived with his brother Reginald in Daviess Co. Rollie is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Owensboro.
Rush R. Bell, son of Samuel William Bell and Ella Hall, was born 23 March 1887 in Ohio Co, KY, and died on 14 August 1887.
Samuel William Bell, son of Mary Eliza Rowan and Jefferson Bell Sr, was born 19 May 1855 in Ohio Co, KY. He was a farmer and married Ella Hall. She was born on 2 April 1857, and died on 23 July 1887 in Ohio Co. On 23 October 1890 Sam married Laura Shown at her father's home in Ohio Co. Laura was born at Buford on 1 June 1859, daughter of John Shown and Emily Spurrier (from Grayson Co). Sam died at Beda, Ohio Co on 1 July 1928, and Laura died on 4 May 1943. He is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Burford, and Laura is buried in Beulah Cemetery. Sam had seven children-
1. Rush R. Bell, b 23 Mar 1887
2. Charles Rowan Bell, b 24 Oct 1891
3. Forrest Pendleton Bell, b 17 Dec 1892
4. William Arthur Bell, 25 Sep 1894
5. Stella M. Bell, b Oct 1897
6. Ella L. Bell, b Sep 1899
7. Mary Emily Bell, b 1903
If Ellen Hall was Frances Ellen Hall, she was a daughter of John B Hall and Agnes Jane Williams, and married first to Lewis Allen on 24 May 1874. Lewis was born on 22 March 1854 and died on 13 September 1888; he was buried in Bethel Cemetery near Beaver Dam. Sam’s mother lived with him in 1910.
Sarah Frances Bell, daughter of Mary Eliza Rowan and Jefferson Bell Sr, was born 22 September 1853 in Ohio Co, KY. She married Remus Crittendon Hudson on 19 December 1872 at her mother's home in Hartford. He lived next door to Sally when they were teenagers. Remus was born in Ohio Co on 12 April 1851, son of Barnett Hudson and Cassandra Hale. He was a farmer, and died on 15 June 1921 in Ohio Co. Sally died on 5 May 1932, also in Ohio Co. Both are buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery. They had five children with three still alive in 1910-
1. Mary C. Hudson, b 7 Sep 1873
2. Georgia Elizabeth Hudson, b 12 Feb 1875
3. John Douglas Hudson, b 5 Feb 1877
4. Noble Crittenden Hudson, b 22 Aug 18785. Herman H.
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