1806 Will and Codicil of Robert Hayden


 In the marriage records of Washington County, Kentucky, I find a Robert Hayden who married Eleanor Howard March 20, 1795.  A second marriage for Robert Hayden to Elizabeth Hill, February 21, 1805.  This could very likely be the Robert Hayden below.  He probably came from Maryland, possibly the son of Basil Hayden.  Since his second marriage lasted only 18 months before his death, there were likely no children from this marriage, and why he appointed his brother, Stanislaus Hayden, as guardian to his children.  The name of the middle child is very hard to read, but I believe it is Ansalom.

Will and Codicil of Robert Hayden

November 1806

Washington County, Kentucky

Will Book A, Pages 414-416

In the name of God, amen. I, Robert Hayden, of the County of Washington and state of Kentucky, being sick, but of sound memory and understanding, do constitute and appoint this to be my last will and testament in manner and form as follows. My soul I resign to my creator who gave it me, and as to worldly goods, after all my just debts be paid, it is my will that my estate shall be managed by my brother, Stanislaus Hayden as the law directs, as I leave him sole Executor to my estate and no security to be required of him for his performance. I also leave my said brother, Stanislaw, guardians to my three children, Sarah, Ansalom and Maria, and it is my wish that he shall raise them. My brown or dark bay mare, Bomza, is not to be considered in my estate as I have already disposed of her to Rev. Mr. Edward Samuels for church purposes. And in testimony of this my last will I do hereunto set my hand and fix my seal this 20th day of August 1806.

Robert Hayden

Witnesses present – John Lancaster, Charles Gough and Robert Constable

At a County Court held for Washington County the third day of November 1806.

This will was proved by the oaths of John Lancaster, Charles Gough and Robert Constable, three of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And the motion of the Executor therein named who made oath and executed and acknowledged bond as the law directs, a certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste. John Reed


Whereas to all appearances Divine providence is about to put a period to my existence and being desirous to put my worldly affairs in actuation most agreeable to my kind, and for this purpose a few days ago made my last will and testament and thereby appointed my beloved friend and brother, Stanislaus Hayden my whole and sole Executor, who is also appointed a guardian to my three children by my first wife. It being therefore my further will and desire that my negro boy named Sam be hired out by my said Executor by private bargain or if he should choose to keep him himself on his plantation he shall be at liberty so to do at a reasonable price and he may if he leases have the terms fixed by two disinterested men that being a matter of some concern to me. I therefore wish my Executor not let him to any person who in his opinion will not treat him well, and bring him up in a Christian and proper manner, cloth him well and pay his taxes and the profits arising from his hire to go as the law directs. In testimony whereof I, Robert Hayden, of Washington County do make and ordain this an addition to my last will and testament this 25th day of August 1806.

Robert Hayden

Witnesses present – Joseph Medley, Ignatius Medley

At a county Court held for Washington County the third day of November 1806.

This Codicil was proved by the oaths of Joseph Medley and Ignatius Medley, by two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.



Kentucky Vital Statistics – Births 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics

Births – January 1911 – December 1915

  • A. C. Ulian Zimmerman, Fleming County, March 30, 1915, Vol. 32, #15750, mother, Lou Ettie Vire
  • Beryl Carolyn Zimmerman, Kenton County, November 4, 1915, Vol. 177, #58438, mother, Mabel Zeidler
  • Callie May Zimmerman, Russell County, July 29, 1913, Vol. 80, #39696, mother, Myrtie Allen
  • Infant of Charles Zimmerman, Campbell County, May 17, 1912, Vol. 56, #22323, mother, Lena Pfirman
  • Dorothy A. Zimmerman, Boone County, December 17, 1912, Vol. 152, #60750, mother, Lizzie G. Tanner
  • Edith Viola Zimmerman, Campbell County, August 18, 1912, Vol. 97, #38593, mother, Bridget Gillen
  • Edward Zimmerman, Jefferson County, November 20, 1911, Vol. 138, #55043, mother, Nannie Simms
  • Edwin Otto Zimmerman, Campbell County, November 12, 1911, Vol. 1(12), #222, mother Alice Williams
  • Emma Irine Zimmerman, Carter County, March 21, 1912, Vol. 80, #31824, mother, Libby Clovy
  • Eugene Zimmerman, Jefferson County, May 13, 1915, Vol. 48, #23978, mother, Mary Metz
  • Eula May Zimmerman, Jefferson County, June 18, 1914, Vol. 60, #29578, mother, Hattie E. Davis
  • Eva Zimmerman, Pulaski County, October 7, 1914, Vol. 106, #52524, mother, Ottie Tarter
  • Evelyn Zimmerman, Jefferson County, December 21, 1914, Vol. 127, #63079, mother, Susan Richard
  • Florence B. Zimmerman, Jefferson County, July 25, 1915, Vol. 71, #35395, mother, Esther Segal
  • Frank Zimmerman, Pulaski County, October 27, 1915, Vol. 113, #56080, mother, Viletha Tarter
  • Fred E. Zimmerman, Campbell County, March 29, 1914, Vol. 54, #26719, mother, Mary Westkamp
  • Frederick Charles Zimmerman, Campbell County, August 21, 1915, Vol. 80, #39505, mother, Mary Westkamp
  • Garnet Louise Zimmerman, Campbell County, May 17, 1913, Vol. 50, #24855, mother, Lena Pfirman
  • Geneva Elizabeth Zimmerman, Jefferson County, February 25, 1912, Vol. 20, #7904, mother, Geneva Horan
  • Gertrude Ethel Zimmerman, Kenton County, December 9, 1913, Vol. 130, #64687, mother, Bridget Gillen
  • Gladys Lena Zimmerman, Jefferson County, July 20, 1913, Vol. 73, #36428, mother Mary A. Curley
  • Hannah Zimmerman, Jefferson County, March 25, 1912, Vol. 40, #15985, mother, Esther Segal
  • Hazel Zimmerman, Russell County, May 5, 1915, Vol. 52, #25712, mother, Loretta Anderson
  • Houston Zimmerman, Jefferson County, May 30, 1914, Vol. 50, #24561, mother, F. Hauth
  • Infant of James B. Zimmerman, Boyle County, June 5, 1915, Vol. 56, #27891, mother, Effey Tucker
  • Justine Zimmerman, Carter County, June 11, 1914, Vol. 65, #32083, mother, Senie King
  • Jennil Zimmerman, Hickman County, May 10, 1911, Vol. 118, #47070, mother, Daisy Hill
  • John Leonard Zimmerman, Kenton County, March 25, 1912, Vol. 34, #13368, mother, Maggie Pearl Jacobs
  • Joseph Earl Zimmerman, Boone County, January 17, 1915, Vol. 10, #4918, mother, Glendora Tanner
  • Katherine Zimmerman, Jefferson County, June 10, 1912, Vol. 74, #29389, mother, Irma Zimmerman
  • Leva Capra Zimmerman, Russell County, February 15, 1912, Vol. 24, #9572, mother Loretta Bell Anderson
  • Lillian B. Zimmerman, Laurel County, October 6, 1914, Vol. 103, #51453, mother, Mary Kaenitzer
  • Lillian Christine Zimmerman, Fleming County, July 29, 1913, Vol. 72, #51453, May Rawlings
  • Louise Josephine Zimmerman, Laurel County, September 4, 1914, Vol. 92, #45864, mother, Frances Weekman
  • Mary Catherine Zimmerman, Jefferson County, August 30, 1913, Vol. 84, #41899, mother, Hattie Clear
  • Mary Martha Zimmerman, Russell County, August 27, 1914, Vol. 84, #41676, mother, R. B. Johnson
  • Norma Maree Zimmerman, Letcher County, December 4, 1915, Vol. 133, #66065, mother, Flora Craft
  • Ollie Varian Zimmerman, Carter County, July 18, 1911, Vol. 105, #41760, mother, Cena B. King
  • Ralf Ernest Zimmerman, Kenton County, April 15, 1914, Vol. 40, #19730, mother, Maggie Pearl jacobs
  • Robert Cabell Zimmerman, Campbell County, August 2, 1915, Vol. 80, #39510, mother, Ruth Shelow
  • Rose May Zimmerman, Franklin County, April 30, 1913, Vol. 48, #23761, mother, May Metz
  • Sylvia Ruth Zimmerman, Campbell County, July 17, 1912, Vol. 84, #33283, mother, Ruth Shelow
  • Violet Zimmerman, Jefferson County, March 16, 1914, Vol. 28, #13909, mother, Nannie Simms
  • Virginia M. Zimmerman, Kenton County, April 19, 1914, Vol. 40, #19677, mother, Mayme Alf
  • Walter Zimmerman, Johnson County, September 2, 1914, Vol. 92, #45656, mother, Anna Panlon
  • William Zimmerman, Campbell County, February 19, 1915, Vol. 13, #6499, mother, Bridget Gillen
  • Willie Zimmerman, Pike County, February 27, 1913, Vol. 21, #10133, mother, Nora Collins

John Hancock 1765 Survey


This survey for John Hancock, dated September 30, 1765, is part of a packet I received from the Virginia Historical Society, from their Tayloe Papers.  Evidently Mr. John Tayloe had copies made of a number of wills, deeds and surveys, that pertained to his property or that around it.  Fortunately for us he did, since many of the originals have now been destroyed.

John Hancock is most likely a son of Scarlett Hancock who died in Prince William County, Virginia, in 1740.  The land that is surveyed was owned by Martin Scarlett, a rather important man in Prince William County, which at that time was Stafford County, was also a Burgess for the county in the capital at Williamsburg.  Scarlett Hancock was the son of John Hancock and Catherine Green, who was a daughter of Edward Smith and Lettice Green, who was a step-daughter to Martin Scarlett.  Mr. Scarlett had no living heirs at the time of his death and passed his estate to the children of his wife Anne, who first married William Green.

Prince William County

By virtue of a writ of ad quod damnum dated the ninth day of September, 1765. In company with the sheriff and sworn jury, and Mr. John Hancock and Thomas Lawson, Gent., I began this 30th of September, 1765, to survey and lay out a sale of land from Martin Scarlett to Thomas Norman for 300 acres, date the 30th of March 1687. Beginning at A, on the Platt, a marked black walnut on the Bay of Occoquan or River Side, extending through with a line of marked trees north 46, west 203 poles to a large lemon box oak in the line of Bainbridge or Straton patent. Then south 42 then north another line of marked trees 200 poles to a common red oak at D. Thence south 47 ½ entering the low grounds of 200 poles and rejoining the Poquoson Gent., at 244 poles and continuing through the Marsh 334 poles to the river side at G. Then up the river, the several M orders of line to H at the beginning, containing 429 acres of land and marsh.

Then at the further request of Mr. John Hancock, I laid off one hundred acres of land on the upper side of the river on the Platt, beginning at A on the riverside, extending thence North 26, west 125 poles to Thomas Settles, and west 76 poles to F, then south 47 ½, 280 poles to H on the river side, thence up the river to the beginning and contains one hundred acres as aforesaid.

Then at the further request of the said Mr. Hancock I laid down the line F and E, south 42, west 124 poles, leaving one hundred on the upper or back line and two hundred and twenty nine acres for the said Hancock.

Surveyed by Bertrand Ewell, S., Prince William County

Charles Byrns and John Dowell, Chainmen

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Joshua Barbee Pension Application

Joshua Barbee, State of Kentucky, Mercer County

S 12952 Virginia

On August 6, 1832, Joshua Barbee personally appeared in open court, resident of said county, aged 71, stated that “in the later part of the year 1776, or beginning of the year 1777, he enlisted in Culpeper County, Virginia, being then in my 16th year, under Captain John Gillison in the 10th Virginia Regiment commanded by colonel Edward Stephens, for three years.  The regiment had joined Washington’s Army at Middlebrook, New Jersey, in the following spring, I being with it.”  He continued with the army during the three years for which he enlisted, during this service while the army lay at Valley Forge.

He was appointed a Corporal and during the summer following, as well as he now recollects, he was appointed a Sergeant, in which rank he continued to serve until the end of his enlistment aforesaid.  During his services, the said 10th regiment was reduced and was denominated the 6th regiment.  Colonel Stephens having resigned during the first year of my service, Colonel John Green commanded the regiment to the end of my service.  I have heretofore received from the state of Virginia a warrant for 200 acres of land, promised by that state and the same was patented to me by the United States, the land lying north of the Ohio River, upon the tract between Scioto and Little Miami, reserved for the satisfaction of the Virginia Military Land Warrants.

Affidavit of Daniel Barbee of said county, aged 75, states that his brother, Joshua Barbee, did actually serve in the army of the Revolution as stated in said declaration in rank of sergeant.

In 1832 Joshua Barbee made a declaration in Mercer County, Kentucky, that he enlisted in 1778 about the later part of the winter 1777 and 1778 in the month of February or March.  He was appointed sergeant sometime before James Cowherd of Green County, Kentucky, who was a sergeant in the same company with deponent.

Captain Solomon Brandenburg

Captain Solomon Brandenburg

from Who Was Who In Hardin County

Hardin County Historical Society

Captain Solomon Brandenburg was the son of Matthias and Hester Brandenburg, who came to Hardin County, Kentucky, in an early day.  Matthias was killed by one William Hardin.  His wife, Hester Brandenburg, died at Brandenburg, Kentucky, September 12, 1821, aged 77 years.  In 1804 Solomon Brandenburg was inspector of pork and beef for Hardin County.  On May 14, 1807, he was married to Elizabeth (Swan) Kennedy, born 1780, died September 22, 1838, at Brandenburg, Kentucky.  She was the daughter of Captain John Swan, a Revolutionary soldier, who was killed by the Indians soon after the arrival in Kentucky with his wife, Elizabeth VanMeter, daughter of Jacob VanMeter, Sr., and his wife, Elizabeth Stroud.

Captain Brandenburg moved early to Meade County where he was the founder of the town of Brandenburg.  He built a double log house of hewed walnut logs.  This famous building was known as the Old Walnut Log Tavern.  The old tavern was famous for roast pig.  Here stopped General James Wilkinson and Aaron Burr.  In this celebrated hostelry the wanderers of the west found genuine hospitality.  Within these walls the gifted John James Audubon, the great ornithologist, was a visitor.  Solomon Brandenburg cleared East Hill and raised a crop of corn that was talked about for years by the early settlers.  Before his marriage he hunted, fished and ran flat boats down the Ohio River.

His children were:  Hester, Eliza, Swan, Louisiana, Solomon, Jr., Thomas Swan, David and Elizabeth.  Hester Brandenburg, born February 29, 1808, married at Brandenburg, Kentucky, October 8, 1829, to Burr Harrison Crutcher.  They reared their family at Big Springs, Kentucky.  Later the family moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, where he died July 28, 1902, at the age of 98 years.  One of their daughters, Mirabel Pocahontas Crutcher, married Benjamin Helm, son of Henry B. and Mary Jane Logan Helm, of Elizabethtown.  William Ernest Crutcher, born May 8, 1850, the youngest and only surviving child of the twelve children, is now living at Salinda, Colorado.

Eliza Brandenburg married April 4, 1832, Isaac R. Semple and lived in Ballard County, Kentucky.  Swan Brandenburg married January 30, 1844, Sarah W. Wathen, and lived at Brandenburg.

Louisiana Brandenburg married December 29, 1833, Hon. George Calhoun, of Lebanon, Kentucky.  He was a lawyer of note and a man of prominence in Kentucky politics.  In 1837 he moved to Canton, Mississippi, to which place he was followed by his family in September 1838.  Their son, Hon. Solomon Saladin Calhoun, born January 2, 1838, at Brandenburg, was a prominent lawyer of Jackson, Mississippi.  He married Margaret McWillie, daughter of William McWillie, who was Governor of Mississippi 1858-1860.  Another son was John Calhoun, a lawyer of Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Elizabeth Brandenburg married Christopher Dowell, of Breckinridge County, Kentucky, and moved to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in an early day.  David Brandenburg died April 21, 1858, New Orleans.  He married Elizabeth Fairleigh McLure.

Captain Solomon Brandenburg went to Madison County, Mississippi, with the family of his daughter, Louisiana Brandenburg Calhoun, and died there in 1845, and was buried there.

Wednesday’s Genealogy/Geocaching Adventure!


As with many of our days off, Wednesday was a genealogy-geocaching day!  In our quest to take photos of at least one cemetery in each county in Kentucky, we visited four more – bringing our total to 33 out of 120 counties in Kentucky.  Yes, we have a little ways to go!

We started in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the county seat of Paris.  The Paris City Cemetery was our first stop – the photo above was taken there.  It was a glorious day as you can see by the blue sky and wisps of clouds.  Any other year I wouldn’t dream of visiting a cemetery in the middle of August – but this year has been one for the record books.  The high was about 80 degrees!

Paris Cemetery is large, with a mixture of old and new stones.


Reuben Hutchcraft, born January 22, 1794, died July 4, 1865

Fanny, his wife, born October 8, 1805, died April 4, 1867

Silas H. Hutchcraft, born March 15, 1832, died November 7, 1857

Mary E. Ray Hutchcraft, born May 23, 1834, died October 14, 1861


The entrance to the Paris Cemetery is very ornamental.

By this point we were famished.  In the old J. J. Newberry building on Main Street the soda fountain, complete with bar and stools, is in use by Lil’s Coffee Please, the rest of the building an antique store.  What a treat!  It reminded me of Sisk Brothers in Lebanon, with the long soda bar, stools, big fans – and the monthly magazines in a rack at the front of the building!  Homemade pies and quiche were waiting for us!  The strawberry pie was divine!  Since everything was so good we ordered half sandwiches of chicken salad and olive nut to go.  Genealogy can be hard work!


William Brophy, a native of County Queens, Ireland, died 1883, aged 56 years

Before we left Paris we went to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, actually beside the Paris City Cemetery.  I believe it is a Catholic Cemetery.  Many Irish were buried there as is evidenced by the above photo.


Edmund Martin departed this life November 28, 1811, aged 65 years

We followed US Hwy 68 from Paris to the Nicholas County line.  Just over the line is a small cemetery on the left side of the road.  It is an old, old cemetery called Millersburg – named for the town of the same name just on the Bourbon County side of the county line.  Even though fairly large you could tell this cemetery had not be used for burial in many years.  All the stones were old.  One section was a rock walled area that contained even older graves – you can see part of the rock wall in the photo below – right side.  And there is an old vault in the cemetery, made of large block stones, that is so old the sides are bulging!  There will be more about this cemetery in a later blog, but I did want to share the gravestone photos of Edmund and Susan Martin.  Edmund was born 1746.


Susan, wife of Edmund Martin, Senior, departed this life July 18, 1821, aged 62 years

Susan Martin was born in 1759.  This was a fascinating find!  On to the Carlisle Cemetery – a newer cemetery, although one with some older graves. – and also in Nicholas County.


Sallie Thomas Hall 1837 – 1920

This gravestone caught my eye immediately!  Lost in peaceful slumber!

We backtracked to Bourbon County, and while in the northern section visited Colville Covered Bridge – I believe there are four covered bridges in Kentucky.  This one was built in 1877.  Of course, our main objective was a geocache hidden under the bridge!

On to Harrison County where our first stop was the old Endicott Meeting House.  This was another cemetery Ritchey found through geocaching!  There are at least four Revolutionary War soldiers buried here.  It’s a small cemetery, but oh so valuable in genealogy worth!


Moses Endicott, born, New Jersey, October 31, 1759, died, Kentucky, May 8, 1834.  Private, North Carolina Militia, 1777-1781.  Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781, Revolutionary War


Sallie E., wife of Oscar Kennard,, died April 19, 1869, aged 27 years, 5 months and 22 days.  Also, Walter, son of O. and Sallie E. Kennard, died July 19, 1869, aged 4 months and 4 days.

Our next stop was Battle Grove Cemetery, in Cynthiana, Harrison County, where we found the above gravestone.  It is another cemetery with a mix of the new and the old.  At this point hunger was overtaking us – even though we ate our sandwiches while stopped at the covered bridge!  In Cynthiana we found Biancke’s – a small, family restaurant.  I had the “Green” Burger – a freshly made hamburger, with bacon, topped with fried green tomatoes and a side of dressing made from horseradish.  If you are not from the south you may wonder what a fried green tomato might be – a wonderful culinary delight to tempt the taste buds!  Mom always dredged hers in cornmeal and fried until golden brown on both sides – with just a sprinkle of brown sugar!  Oh, my!  It was the very best burger I’ve ever had!  If you find yourself in Cynthiana, do stop by!

Driving on we found a very old cemetery in town.  The lot was large, but there was much room between the stones – making me think there were many more at one time.  Most were difficult to read, but the following was a great find.

IMG_2031Hon. John Trimble, born December 4, 1783, died Jun 17, 1852

Eliza D., wife of Hon. John Trimble, born July 2, 1804, died March 16, 1843

As you can tell, the shadows are hinting at evening.  But we had one more stop – the Georgetown Cemetery in Scott County.  Such a huge and beautiful cemetery.  I wish we had more time, but with light fading and an hour and half drive home, we took still took 135 photos before leaving.


Thomas Smarr died November 28, 1868, aged 73 years, 11 months and 10 days

Eliza Ann, wife of Thomas Smarr, died June 20, 1853, aged 42 years and 20 days

John Tee Smarr, born January 14, 1837, died November 28, 1893

Thank you for going along on our adventure!  I’ll post more about each individual cemetery, but wanted you to have a peek at all of them.  We visited eight cemeteries and found eight geocaches!  A good day’s work!  Now I’ve added four more pins to my Kentucky map!  87 more counties to go!


Tintype from Cape May, New Jersey

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One of my finds at a Paris antique store – Loch Lea.  A tintype taken at the Pier Avenue Photo Gallery, adjoining the Iron Pier, at Cape May, New Jersey.  Although tintypes had their beginnings around 1860, they became popular again around 1900 – especially at open air booths in carnivals and at the seaside!

This is a very handsome couple!  Perhaps they are on their honeymoon?  Their wedding rings are prominently displayed – and appear new!  The lady is dressed in my favorite white, with flowers pinned to her bodice.  Her hat is nicely perched to show off to advantage.  And the gentleman is very dapper in his stiff collar and printed necktie.