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Old 05-28-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Mobile, AL
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I know that my relatives date back to Rebecca Bryan, who was married to Daniel Boone. So that has to go back to at least 1775. My dad has all this stuff traced out, I'd have to check with him to get more details.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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My family originally settled in Virginia once they arrived from Germany. Then they moved to Eastern Kentucky in the late 1800's. Dad's family are as German as it gets.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I have actually found the will of one of my great... grandparents who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s. His estate was sued because he gave all his slaves farm equipment and farm animals and large amounts of land to be owned by them - not any White man, but only theirs. I am very proud that my lineage includes a man of such character

"Further I Bequeath unto the aforesaid Negroes all that Plantation or tract of land I now live upon with all appurtenance thereunto Belonging to be theirs and their Heirs forever
I also give unto the said Negroes One Mare ,a Cow and Calf a Sow and Pigs with all my farming utensils to be theirs forever" - Hugh McDonald July 22, 1813

I also found detailed info about one of my great... grandfathers who was killed in a 'skirmish' during the Civil War in Wise County, VA (Just across from Harlan Co, KY). It turns out he was killed when someone stole his horse and he retaliated.

Hugh McDonald Will*-*Blwkk
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:18 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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How interesting! How hard is it to do? What I have is based on what my great grandma wrote and a few others.
missy, she's been working on her family geneology for over 30 years. You have to look at a lot of census records and birth and death records. She does a lot of research at the Hopkinsville Library. They have a great geneology dept. upstairs. Paducah library is supposed to have a good one too. She gets copies of birth and death certificates, marriage license, etc. Some will cost a few bucks if you have to order them through the state archives.
If you want to know how to get started drop me a direct message. She can give you some pointers. She belongs to an "LBL pals" email list made up of descendants of families who used to live in the land between the lakes
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:39 AM
 
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I have actually found the will of one of my great... grandparents who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s. His estate was sued because he gave all his slaves farm equipment and farm animals and large amounts of land to be owned by them - not any White man, but only theirs. I am very proud that my lineage includes a man of such character

"Further I Bequeath unto the aforesaid Negroes all that Plantation or tract of land I now live upon with all appurtenance thereunto Belonging to be theirs and their Heirs forever
I also give unto the said Negroes One Mare ,a Cow and Calf a Sow and Pigs with all my farming utensils to be theirs forever" - Hugh McDonald July 22, 1813

I also found detailed info about one of my great... grandfathers who was killed in a 'skirmish' during the Civil War in Wise County, VA (Just across from Harlan Co, KY). It turns out he was killed when someone stole his horse and he retaliated.

Hugh McDonald Will - Blwkk
The Search Continues
Hmm, in contrast to this my great-great-uncle John J. "Crittenden" authored kentucky compromise bill to US.Senate to duck entry into Civil War - basically askin we keep our slaves yet not succeed from the Union.

Acting on the Memorial Day thread (and lacking a date for chasing Rough River gators) I went to Frankfort Cemetary on Saturday to visit John J.'s grave. Weird Crittenden political dynasty circa 1800's - straight genealogy search has me bein great great grandchild of New York Crittenton for whose daughter "Florence" Ky is named, also he's uncle/brother(?) to John J. Crittenden through Arkansas Nathaniel Crittentin, chief magistrate to western territories before Arkansas became a state.

Beaucoup changes in name spellings occured back then, could be on account of family riffs or just court clerk follies. Doin my own genealogy research found official court ducuments with spellings crossed out and makin the changes from "Crittentin" to "Crittenden" and "Crittenton."

(edit: Yet for y'all oldest old-timers here, reckon ther was 16 original familes followed Daniel Boone early through Cumberland Gap. Critt's were not amongst em.

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Old 05-29-2008, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I love hearing all about y'all's history! Keep it coming!
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Here is something interesting/ scary: the declining height of my male forebears

On my dad's side:
Great grandfather stood 6'8
Grandfather stood 6'5
My father stood 5'9
I am 5'6

At this rate my grandchildren will be midgets!
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Here is something interesting/ scary: the declining height of my male forebears

On my dad's side:
Great grandfather stood 6'8
Grandfather stood 6'5
My father stood 5'9
I am 5'6

At this rate my grandchildren will be midgets!
lol lol that's funny! My husband is 5'5"
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We came to Kentucky two years ago. We wanted to be sure the problems with the Shawnees, Wyandots and Torys were over with.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Although we arrived in America early in the 1700's from Ireland, our family came to Kentucky in the early 1800's and settled near Harlan. My Dad actually authored 2 geneology books, "Caldwells and their Cousins of S.E. Kentucky" after spedning much of his life doing research. We still have an annual Caldwell family reunion in Corbin every July. It's facinating!
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