Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Dick Hankins and Bettie Smith

Marriage Bond was issued on 1 March 1905 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. They were married the same day. 

Source: Hopkins County, Kentucky, Marriage Records, Register, 1892-1912: 132, Hankins-Smith, 1905; microfilm 7017379 item 5, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Inventory and Appraisement for Estate of Houston G. Hankins

Inventory of the property belonging to the Estate of H. G. Hankins
dec'd as shown to us by John W. Loran Adm of said Estate

1 Trundle bed and sted $1.50
1 Table 1.00
1 Safe 2.50
1 Bureau 5.00
1 Shot gun 2.00
1 Bed sted 2.00
1 Crops Cut Saw 7.00
1 Clock .50
1 Crusher 25.00
1 Cow 7.00
1 Wheat fan 10.00
1 buggy 25.00
1 Log chain & fif chain 2.50
1 Saddle 1.50
1 Mare 10.00
1 pair girs [gears] 1.00
2 plows 2.00
1 buttin [Cutting] box 1.00
1/2 of a thrasher 35.00
1 Sow & pigs 7.00
1 Crop of Tobacco 200.00
1 ax .75
1 Sheep 1.00

Jno W. Lovan

T. L. OBryan
W. D. McGuyer

Hopkins County

This Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of H G Hankins dec'd
was this day returned to me and together with this certificate duly recorded in my
office Given under my hand the 14 day of July 1862

Orlean Bishop clk

Source: Hopkins County, Kentucky, H. G. Hankins, Will Book 10: 506; "Kentucky Probate Records, 1792-1977," digital images, Family Search ( : accessed 29 October 2012).

Houston G. Hankins, son of Barnabas Hankins and Sarah Fox.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mamaw

Emma Taylor Hopkins was born 112 years ago today.

Emma Jane and Emma Taylor
abt. 1904

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Susie and August Krueger

Published 22 Sep 1911 in the Mt. Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky:

In our last weeks issue we failed to mention the marriage of Miss Gracy Taylor and August Kreuger [sic]. They were married on the 7th ?nst. at the home of the bride with only few friends present. Rev. Geo. S. Watson said the word that made them one: These splendid young people have our best wisbes [wishes]. 

Ooops! The Signal got the bride's name wrong. Susie Taylor, not her sister Gracie, married August Krueger.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Inventory of James Fox Estate

Inventory of James Fox's estate submitted to the Hopkins County Court 12 Feb 1813.

A list of the personal property of James Fox deceased this 12th of February 1813.

One mare and colt 60
One Cow 9
Two feather beds and furniture 24
One chest 3
One Dutch oven 3
One iron pot and hanger 5.50
Two smoothing irons 1
One pewter dish and six plates 4
a half dozen spoons .50
one club axe 1.50
one jointing plain one crose .50
one barel auger .25
one hand saw 1.50
Two weeding hoes one shovel plough 2.00

The above is atrue inventory & appraisement of
the property of the above deceased as shown to us
the appraisers being first sworn as per order
given under our hands the day and date
above written

Travers N Hill
Howard Finley
John Malin?? on clk

Source: Hopkins County, Kentucky, Inventory of James Fox estate, Will Book 1, pg 101; “Kentucky Probate Records, 1792-1977”, digital images, Family Search ( : accessed 1 October 2012).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Will and Verda McCauley

Published on 29 Sep 1904 in The Bee, Earlington, Hopkins County, Kentucky:

Mr. William McCauley of Daniel Boone, and Miss Verdia Hankins, of this city, were united in marriage at the residence of the bride's parents Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock Rev. James Dame, of Manitou, officiating. The groom is an industrious minor and the bride is the daughter of Rev. Lee Hankins, of this city, and an estimable young lady. Their many friends extend congratulations.

Source: The Bee (Earlington, Kentucky), 29 Sep 1904, p. 7, col. 4; digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 5 Oct 2012). 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Will of James Fox

The will of James Fox was proven in December 1812 in Hopkins County, Kentucky.


State of Kentucky Hopkins County June
the 22 1811 In the name of God amen
I James Fox of the County and State afore
& being faire advanced in years but in
perfect mind and memory thanks be to God
for it and calling to mind that it is appoint
ed for all men onst to dy I do make con
stitute and ordain this my last will and
Testament that is to say first of all I recom
mend my sole to God that Gave it & my
body to be buried in a desent christian manner
at the descretion of my surviving friends mak
ing no doubt but at the general reseurrection I
shall receive the same again
Secondly I give and bequeath to my daughter
Elizabeth Fox all my land and stock of
all and household furniture farming tools
and all property whatever remaining at the
time of my decease and I do hereby renounce
all other wills ??????? or bequeth whatever where
unto I have set my hand & fixed my seal
the day and date above written and I do
heareby constitute my two sons Titus Fox & Allin
Fox my Executors to this my last will & Testa

James Fox senr[his mark]

Test Ebenezer Bourland
James Fox Daniel Fox

Hopkins County December Term 1812
This Instrument of writing was exhibited
into Court and proven to be the last will and
Testament of James Fox senr deceased by the
oath of Ebenezer Bourland James Fox &
Daniel Fox subscribing witness thereto and or
dered to be recorded

A Copy Att Sam Woodson Clk

Source: Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will of James Fox, Will Book 1, pg 96 & 97; “Kentucky Probate Records, 1792-1977”, digital images, Family Search ( : accessed 1 October 2012).

Saturday, October 6, 2012

2012 Georgia Family History Expo - Still Time for the Early Bird Registration

It's almost time for the 2012 Georgia Family History Expo! The dates this year are November 9 and 10. The venue is again the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. If you register by October 9th, the Early Bird price is just $69.00.

The opening session starts at 2:00 PM on the 9th after registration and the vendor exhibits open an hour earlier at 1:00. Robert S. Davis will deliver the keynote "Secrets to Research in Georgia." Mr. Davis is the director of the Genealogy Program of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. I heard him last year at Expo for the first time and I can tell you that he is not only knowledgeable, he's entertaining. And he is on the program with four other presentations during the two days.

Featured speaker Paul A. Adjei from Kumasi, Ghana will make three presentations. Mr. Adjei is currently preserving the history of one of the most powerful tribes in West Africa called the Akan. He manages 20 field staff members performing research on this tribe.

A total of twenty-four speakers are on the program with fifty-eight sessions covering research strategies, online resources, southern records and research, technology, DNA testing, creative ways to share your genealogy and more. Plus you can hang out for two days with people who won't roll their eyes when you talk about genealogy. Check the Family History Expos website to register and for the full schedule, speaker bios and hotel information.

Hope to see you there.

Disclaimer: I received a free registration as an official blogger for this event but I was planning to attend before receiving that designation. See the full Bloggers of Honor list here. As always, opinions given here are my opinions.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Newspapers: Taylor Adoption

Albert Taylor appeared in the 1930 census with App and Susie Taylor in Rockcastle County, Kentucky as a thirteen year old, adopted son. He was not living with them in 1920 when he would have been about three years old so the adoption apparently happened sometime between 1920 and 1930. No one in the family remembers hearing any of the details about Albert's adoption. I did not expect to find more information in the newspaper.

From Mt. Vernon Signal, published 21 May 1920:
Mr. and Mrs. Ap Taylor were in Louisville last week returning home Sunday with an attractive three year old boy, which they have taken from the Orphans home. 

Source: Mt. Vernon (Kentucky) Signal, 21 May 1920, p. 1, col. 2; digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 24 July 2012).  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - John R. Petty and Margaret E. Thomas

Marriage License

State of Georgia Whitfield County
To any ordained Minister of the Gospel
Judge of the Superior court, Justice of the Inferior court,
or Justice of the Peace.
You are hereby authorized to join 
in the holy state of Matrimony, according to the constitution
and Laws of this State, and for so doing this shall be your
sufficient License.
Given under my Hand and Seal, this September 19

W Gordon

I hereby certify that
John R Petty and Margaret E Thomas
were duly joined in Matrimony by me this 20 day of
September 1857

Vredenburg Thompson