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Complicated Kinships

For years I searched to locate parents of an certain ancestor. However, not until I read all of last wills and testaments and estate records did I realize that I had in my hand the will of a man who died before the birth of his son. And that the wife remarried and when she gave birth, gave the child the surname of her first husband as his first name. Harrison Acworth. I was previously perplexed by this name, as it did not fit the other Acworth children. Yet, the generation was correct. So now, instead of Harrison being the father of my ancestor, he was the half-brother! Thus, identifying the mother even though I did not locate the Acworth (second) marriage, clarified the situation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, after the death of a spouse, a remarriage was eminent. In fact, no sooner than a widow buried her husband, than suitors commenced calling. That is because times of the importance of maintaining the family home and raising the children. Many marriages went unrecorded at the court house because it was not required. That is why the details existing in the community must be seriously dwelt upon by the researcher.

Jessamine County Kentucky Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Distributions, Inventories, Orphans

Jessamine County Court HouseJessamine County was established in 1798 from land given by Fayette County. The county seat is Nicholasville. During the late part of the 18th century the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill to establish a commercial vineyard and winery. Thus, Nicholasville was the first known in the United States, called First Vineyard.