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Lincoln County Kentucky Wills, Estates, Deeds

Lincoln County, KentuckyLincoln County, KentuckyStanfordLincoln was one of the original three counties formed from a county in Virginia called "Kentucky County". Three counties were separated from Virginia to form the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792; viz: Fayette, Jefferso and Lincoln Counties. The county seat is Stanford, Kentucky.

Indexes to Wills and EstatesImages of Wills, Estates, Deeds, 1781 to 1791

Adams, James | Arnold, Mark | Ball, Edward | Baughman, Henry | Beardale, John | Bell, Samuel | Berry, James | Berry, John | Bowman, John | Bright, George | Bright, John | Brought, Benjamin Rice | Bryston, William | Bulger, Edward

Caperton, Adam | Carpenter, John | Cassy, John | Chapman, Dianah | Chapman, Edward | Chapman, George | Crutchfield, JamesDaniel, Walker | Davis, Elizabeth | Dowdery, Samuel | Duncan, Andrew | English, John | Estill, James

Feland, Thomas | Fisher, James | Floyd, David | French, John | Froman, Paul | Froman, Paul Sr. | Frye, John

Garnett, Anthony | Gibson, John | Gillis, William | Glover, John | Goodnight, Michael | Gordon, James | Gordon, SamuelHanna, Alexander | Harlen, Silas | Hart, Cornelius | Hart, Nathan | Hart, Nathaniel | Hart, Sarah | Hawkins, Daniel | Henry, John | Hicks, William

Jack, Samuel | Jackman, Adam | Jansten, Christian | Johnson, Hugh | Kennedy, John | Kennon, John

Langford, Joseph | Linday, Joseph |Logan, James | Lynn, NathanMcAfee, William | McBride, Francis | McBride, William | McCalliston, George | McCastin, John | McKinley, Andrew | McMurtry, John | Miller, Andrew | Miller, Henry | Miller, Joseph | Mitchell, James | Montgomery, John | Montgomery, Milligan | Montgomery, Robert | Moore, Samuel | Mormer, Absalom | Mount, Mathew

Overton, Clough | Patterson, Benjamin | Potts, John | Radcliff, Charles | Robertson, James | Rose, Lewis | Rutherford, JohnSharpe, John | Shirley, Michael | Shield, Hugh | Smith, Henry | Smith, James | Stade, Stephen | Stewart, William | Swan, John | Tolson, Thomas

Williams, Giles | Willson, John | Withers, William | Wornal, Richard | Wright, James | Yoakam, Mathew

Images of Wills and Estates 1791 to 1804

Adams, John | Allen, James | Anthony, James | Bailey, James | Barbe, Thomas | Barnett, John | Barnsdale, John | Bosly, Gideon | Brasfield, Raymond | Briggs, Samuel | Bright, John | Buckhannon, Andrew | Burch, Benjamin | Burton, James | Butting, Francis | Byars, Jeremiah

Caldwell, John | Campbell, Isaac | Campbell, Jonas | Carpenter, John | Chapman, Edward | Christopher, Morton | Cloyd, James | Connelly, Wilkerson | Corder, Joel | Cox, James | Craig, Samuel

Davis, Samuel | Dodds, Andrew | Dugean, John | Duncan, Andrew | Estell, James | Farris, Isaac | Farris, Nathan | Feagin, John | Ford, William | Frye, John

Galbraith, Hugh | Gibson, John | Givens, John | Gordon, John | Grant, Frederick | Graves, William

Hansborough, John | Hart, Nathaniel | Hart, Sarah | Hindman, James | Huntsman, William

Jackson, Joseph | Jackson, William | Johnson, Charles | Jones, Jacob | Josling, John | Josling, Joseph | Kirkpatrick, Francis

Linn, Nathan | Logan, William | Marshell, Markham | Mayfield, Isaac | McBride, William | McClure, Arthur | McClure, Nathan | Miller, Henry and Sarah | Miller, William | Milner, John | Montgomery, Thomas | Montgomery, William | Moody, William | Moore, Robert | Moore, Edward | Morgan, William Sr. | Moss, Michael | Myers, Jacob | Myres, Mary

Neely, Isaac | Nokes, Benjamin | Perrin, Josephus | Price, Abraham | Ramsey, William | Richardson, Jonathan | Robinson, Hannah | Rope, Henry

Setler, John | Shackelford, George | Shackelford, John | Shoemaker, Solomon | Southerland, William | Sloan, John | Sloan, Margaret | Smith, Henry | Smith, John | Southerland, Uriah | Spratt, William | Stewart, William | Sutton, Christopher Todd, William | Tucker, John | Tucker, John | Vaughan, John

Walker, David and Elizabeth | Walker, David | Waller, Samuel | Willey, John | Williams, Thomas | Wright, James | Williams, Anne | Worthington, Edward | Yantis, Jacob | Yorker, John

Images of Wills and Estates 1804 to 1806

Allen, James | Allstall, Daniel | Baker, William | Blain, Alexander | Blain, Isaac | Briggs, Mary | Buchanan, William

Carpenter, Adam | Carpenter, John | Conwell, William | Cook, Susannah | Craig, John | Craig, Samuel | Crow, John

Ford, William | Gaines, Robert | Galbreath, Hugh | Gay, James | Gay, Thomas | Giles, William | Gilmore, James | Givens, James | Glazebrook, James | Good, John | Goodnight, Michael

Hartman, Joseph | Huntsman, Josiah | Huston, Mary | Husten, Nathan

Jackson, James | Jackson, Joseph | Johnson, Noel | Kirkpatrick, James | Lair, J. A. | Lawrence, James | Lawrence, William | Linvill, Joseph | Logan, John | Logan, orphans

Manners, Alexander | Marshall, Markham | Mason, James | Mason, William | McQuarry, John | Miller, William | Montgomery, Jane | Montgomery, William | Moore, Robert

Nicholson, James | Penington, Timothy | Pernal, William | Pinor, John | Pope, Abraham | Pope, Henry | Preston, John | Proctor, Micajah | Reese, John | Right, John | Robertson, Hannah

Shackleford, William | Smith, Henry | Smith, John | Southerland, Uriah | Stephenson, David | Stuart, John | Templin, John | Tibbs, Foushee | Wilson, George | Wyatt, William

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The Invention of a Steamboat by Kentuckian
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Fitch SteamboatA former silversmith and clockmaker with a vigorous intellect and remarkable powers of perseverance, came to Kentucky from Connecticut in 1778. His name was John Fitch. During the Revolutionary War Fitch had served as a lieutenant from New Jersey but was captured by the Indians and held prisoner for one year. Yet, in 1780, as he gazed upon the beautiful Ohio River, he had the first conception of overcoming currents by a new mode of navigation and retired to his surveyor's camp to ponder and recall the work of Watt with steam, concluded that boats could be propelled by the same power. For a long while he was wrought with disappointment. During 1787, 1788 and 1789, Fitch built several boats which traveled from four to seven and one half miles per hour between Philadelphia and Burlington. He petitioned the legislatures of a number of states as well as England, France, and Spain for financing. When he failed to obtain funds, he became discouraged and finally despaired; he died at Bardstown, 1798, where his remains rest. A rather pathetic circumstance connected with his invention is related. He wrote three volumes of manuscript, sealed them, and placed them in the Philadelphia Library to be opened thirty years after his death. When opened, they touchingly related his disappointments, brilliantly foretold the perfection of his plans, and sorrowfully and bitterly said, "The day will come when some more powerful man will get fame and riches from my invention; but nobody will believe that poor John Fitch can do anything worthy of attention." By a coincidence two others, who chose Kentucky as their home, James Rumsey and Edward West, also were pioneers in this work. Both Fitch and Rumsey exhibited their plans in 1784 to General Washington. While Rumsey made his project public first, by means of a model, Fitch successfully plied a boat on the Delaware in 1785 and Rumsey on the Potomac the following year. Fitch claimed that he told Rumsey of his own plans to effect navigation by steam. In 1794, in the presence of hundreds of citizens, a miniature boat invented by Edward West, who had removed from Virginia to Lexington in 1785, proudly moved through the waters of the town branch of the Elkhorn, which had been dammed up near the center of the city. In 1802 Mr. West secured a patent not only for his steamboat invention, but for a gun lock and a nail cutting and heading machine, the first invention of the kind in the world, reputed to cut five thousand three hundred and twenty pounds of nails in twelve hours. The patent of it sold for $10,000 and its operation enabled Lexington to export nails of her own manufacture to Louisville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh.Although Robert Fulton gained honor from his invention in 1807 and brought suit in 1813 to establish his claims as the inventor of steam navigation, he was defeated by a pamphlet of John Fitch, which proved conclusively there were inventions which antedated the Clermont. Source: Stories of Old Kentucky by Martha Grassham Purcell.

How to Create Proving Genealogy Resources

Will of Charles ConwayWhen your genealogical research turns up zero, establishing facts for elusive ancestors is tough. One solution is to research around the facts and thus eliminate persons in that generation. We need to determine who is who and prepare a family group sheet for that family irregardless of whether or not they are directly related. This process documents a family and eliminates them. First, locate your ancestor's surname in nearby counties and states. Then search court house records -- deeds, wills, tax records, estates, etc. and establish the facts for each person. Next, complete a family group sheet on that family, noting the sources you used. Proceed accordingly on all questionable families, thus identifying each person of the era and location. Third, examine each family group sheet. Look for nicknames. For example, Betsy, b. ca 1757 could be your Elizabeth, b. 1759. Fourth, once everyone is identified you probably have a number of loose persons for whom you need to discover more information. Try to trace that person so that he may be either identified or elimated; use marriage records, estates, etc. In the earliest pioneering days the eldest son inherited the farm while others went into other acceptable occupations such as physicians, ministers, etc. This took them away from the home place. In other words, erase confusion by identifying and eliminating all families in prescribed areas having your same.


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