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1 Lera Colyer

in the Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960
Name: Lera Colyer
Marriage Date: 28 Dec 1950
Spouse: Frank T. Sokolik
Marriage Location: Cook County, IL
Marriage license: {A63CCD78-731B-4D0D-BA74-FB2DF5660983}
File Number: 2165525
Archive Collection Name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Marriages)
Archive repository location: Chicago, IL
Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk 
Family: F07751
 
2 Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Bk IV, pg 53 Family: F7929
 
3 Virginia Marriage Records; p. 278
 
Family: F505
 
4 15 APR 1877 in Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Bk III, pg. 60
Description: in the home of John Bray. 
Family: F7917
 
5 1880 Wise Co Collier Census



Name Relation Marital Sex Race Age Born Occ. Parents

Status Born

Milton H. COLLIER Self M Male W 35 KY Farmer KY KY

Isabella COLLIER Wife M Female W 32 KY Keeping KY KY

House

Mary J. COLLIER Dau S Female W 14 KY At Home KY KY

William H COLLIER Son S Male W 12 KY Works KY KY

On Farm

Benjamin S. COLLIER Son S Male W 10 KY Works KY KY

On Farm

Milton P. COLLIER Son S Male W 8 MO At Home KY KY

Sarah E. COLLIER Dau S Female W 6 KS At Home KY KY

James P. COLLIER Son S Male W 3 TX At Home KY KY

Peter P. COLLIER Son S Male W 1 TX At Home KY KY

Mary J. COLLIER Mother L W Female W 60 KY Asst In (VA) (VA) Keeping House



 
Family: F483
 
6 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F7995
 
7 Bowman, Fred Q. 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York 1813-1850. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986 Family: F059
 
8 Forrest (as he was known) was a farmer and had 100 plus acres in Pumpkin Hollow, Ky. outside Somerset or Elihu, Ky. He raised most everything they needed, he had milk cows, hogs, chickens, a huge garden, grape arbor, apple trees, several horses. He never owned an automobile, but rode his buckboard wagon to Somerset for supplies several times a year, particularly after his crops or hogs or beef sold to have what his family needed for the winter. He even raised a small patch of tobacco. He dried it and would bring it in in a special apron and shred it by hand to smoke in his pipe. They had no electricity in the house, only a battery powered radio that he turned on several hours each evening for the news.
He also chewed tobacco and when I was small I would have to watch out for the "spitting" when he was on the front porch on his swing and chewing. He didn't look when he spit so you had to be careful. I remember he was a tall man, very gentle and had a smile and laugh that would make you enjoy just being around him. He was kind to the grandchildren who stayed in the summer for Ohio and educated them in the ways of the farm every chance he got.
He farmed behind a horsedrawn plow right up until the hour of his death. He came in to rest and have lunch and as usual Pearl went to get him a dipper of water while he sat in the front yard in a chair in the shade. When she came back with the dipper of cold water, he was gone. 
Family: F008
 
9 He came to America from England. According to his own recording in the family bible, he was a professor for 30 or 40 years. This was recorded when he was 79 years old. We do not know who he married or when he died. A recording in the bible said he left Virginia December 11, 1792. We believe he must have settled somwhere around Williamsburg or Rockhold KY.  Family: F687
 
10 http://genealogytrails.com/ken/lincoln/marriages.html
Lincoln County, KY Marriages

Source: Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death Records ? 1852-1910.
Microfilm rolls #994027-994058

Submitted by K. Torp

Fred P Curtis abt 1852 July E Reynolds abt 1861 19 Dec 1878 
Family: F044
 
11 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77308104

Birth: Dec. 25, 1924
Watson
Atchison County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 2009
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

FORT WORTH -- Alice Louise Hays Collyer Young died on Thursday, July 16, 2009.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Edge Park United Methodist Church. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Alice was born on Dec. 25, 1924, in Watson, Mo., to Arlo and Mary Weston Hays. She was a graduate of Methodist Hospital in St. Joseph, Mo.

Alice worked as an RN for the Fort Worth Public Health Center for 18 years, retiring in 1975. She was a member of Edge Park United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star-Mineral Wells Chapter 44.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Carl O. Collyer.

Survivors: Husband of nine years, Jerry R. Young; children, Pat Hatchel and her husband, Bill, David Collyer, John Collyer and his wife, Debra, Mary Faherty, Vivian Culp and her husband, Doyle; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Ellen Simpson; nephews; nieces; and her stepchildren, Ronnie Young and his wife, Sheila, Richard Young and his wife, Kelly, Michael Young and John Young.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Date: July 19, 2009

Family links:
Spouse:
Carl Otis Collyer (1923 - 1992)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Laurel Land Memorial Park
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Plot: Garden of Last Supper 26
 
Family: F8022
 
12 Jack and Edith eloped by driving to Huntsville TN and arriving at night, drove to the house of the local Judge, and honked the horn in his driveway until he came out and married them. Jack and Edith drove down from Somerset with another couple one evening. Married by L.M. Jeffers (Rec.Book 18, pg 73) Family: F001
 
13 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F686
 
14 married by the Rev John B Hoyt Family: F059
 
15 Married: 24 APR 1883 in Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Bk III, pg. 6 Family: F211
 
16 Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Bk III, pg. 60 Family: F7925
 
17 Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Bk IV, pg. 52 Family: F7926
 
18 Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Bk IV, pg. 52 Family: F7930
 
19 Washington DC paper report of their weddings states they made their home in North Brookfield Mass. Family: F662
 
20 [Archfam[2].FTW]

1880 Pulaski County Census, District 87, town of Somerset, shows:

L. R. Collier, Head of household, age 35, born KY, both parents born KY
Catherine, Wife, age 21, born KY, both parents born KY
James, Son, age 12, born Ky, both parents born KY
Andrew, Son, age 10, born KY, both parents born KY
Cordelia, Daughter, age 6, born KY, both parents born KY
John, Son, age 5, born KY, both parents born KY
Charlie, Son, age 2, born KY, both parents born KY
M. T. Collier, Uncle, age 50, born KY, both parents born TN

 
Family: F267
 
21 [Archfam[2].FTW]

6 March, 1913 Colyer, Oscar W. 19 1st marriage, res Pulaski County, born Pulaski County, Father & mother born Pulaski County, occupation- farmer. Waddle, Zada M. 21 1st marriage residence Pulaski County, Parents born Pulaski County, Place of marriage F. F. Stigall's with S. B. Lander presiding. Witnesses J. L. Waddle & J. E. Waddle. Surety-J. H. Colyer, Clerk-C. M. Langdon. 
Family: F07783
 
22 [Archfam[2].FTW]

Groom 24 1st b. Pulaski Co, father b. PUL, mother b. PUL
Bride 18 1st B. Pulaski Co, father b. PUL, mother b. PUL
Robert James
Surety: Robert James
Witnesses: C.M. Simpson, John James
Presiding: F.M. Hill 
Family: F07673
 
23 [Archfam[2].FTW]

Pulaski County Kentucky, Marriage Record Book IV shows:
20 July, 1898, Parsons, Ernest, 21, 1st marriage, born Pulaski County, Father born Montgomery County, Mother born Pulaski County, Banker; Trimble, Ida B., 19, 1st marriage, born Pulaski County, Father born Pulaski County, Mother born Pulaski County, at H. G. Trimble house, Surety Sam Boone, Witnesses, L. D. S. Patton and James Harvey, Presiding E. B. Hill, minister Methodist Episcopal Church. 
 
24 [Archfam[2].FTW]

THE COMMONWEALTH, SOMERSET, KY., OCTOBER 24, 1919

Corrine Hudson, Society Editor.

Mr. Vola Padgett and Miss Lyda Colyer surprised their many friends when they slipped quietly away to Oneida, Tennessee, on last Sunday night, and were married. They were accompanied by Mr. William Tanner and Miss Edna Young, when it was made known that Mr. Tanner and Miss Young have been secretly married since July 5. The two couples have been closely associated for some time. They returned to Somerset on (Southern Railway) No. 6 Tuesday, and will make their home in this city. The Commonwealth extends congratulations. 
Family: F07750
 
25 [Archfam[2].FTW]

Wedding Announcement, Somerset Commonwealth?, October, 1927

Miss Ola Colyer and Mr. Henry Parsons, popular members of Somerset's younger set, were quietly married Saturday morning at 8 o'clock at the parsonage of the First Methodist Church, Reverend W. P. Fryman officiating. The only attendants were Mrs. Fryman and Miss Ruby Berkley. Following the ceremony, they were driven to Danville by Misses Christine Waddle and Helen Higgins where they took the train for Chicago. Upon their return today they will go to housekeeping in an apartment on Central Avenue which has been attractively furnished.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Colyer, Jr., and is one of Somerset's most attractive and popular girls. She graduated from the Somerset High School and later took a business course. For the past two years she has been employed by the W. H. Tibbals Drug Company.
Mr. Parsons is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Parsons, and is employed by the Consolidated Coach Company. He is held in high esteem by the officials of the company and is considered one of its most valuable employees. By his courteous treatment and pleasing manner he has made many friends among the patrons of the company. He is one of Somerset's splendid young men and has a host of friends who are extending congratulations and best wishes. 
Family: F07721
 
26 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Weldon Lee Barker
 
27
The Colyer Family of Pulaski County TN shows this as John Perry Colyer vs. James Perry.
 
James Perry Colyer (J.P.)
 
28 According to recent deed searches by Chris Colyer (Rush branch rd Somerset Ky). James P Colyer owned land adjoining current day Colyer Cemetery on Rush Branch Rd up the hill. James Perry Colyer (J.P.)
 
29 James P Colyer is listed in Confederate military records as having signed up the same day as his brother Charles J. Granade Colyer in 1863. Both their brother, John Wesley Colyer Jr. was 2nd in command of the 6th Ky Calvary as 1st Lt.

Members of 6th Kentucky Confederate Calvary
6th Kentucky Confederate Calvary from http://www.rootsweb.com/~kymil/cw/conf/sixth_kentucky_cavalry.html

M.B. Perkins C Captain Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
J. Wesley Collier C 1st Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Later moved after war to Perry Georgia
Virgil P. Moore C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Supposed to be prisoner
John S. May C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Supposed to be prisoner
Alfred L. Alcorn C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Killed while being transferred from Johnson's Island to Fort Delaware; prisoner of war.
S. J. Brown C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Wounded in Lebanon, Ky. July 5, 1863
Alfred L. Alcorn C 1st Sgt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Promoted to 2nd. Lt.
Stephen J. Brown C 2nd Sgt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Promoted to 2nd. Lt.
Joseph Lane C 3rd Sgt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Gover C 4th Sqt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Lafayette Moore C 1st Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 17, 1862
Milford Lee C 2nd Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Robert Phelps C 3rd Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Daniel Colyer C 4th Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Hardin Alexander C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
John Brown C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 16, 1862
Jonas Brown C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Benjamin Brown C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 15, 1862
James Birch C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William H. Ballew C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 15, 1862
William Ballew C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Iradell Bray C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Milford Bralton C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William Burton C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 14, 1862 d. 1928 bur. Pleasant Point, Lincoln Co., KY
Willis Colyer C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Charles W. Colyer C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James G. Colyer C Private Sept. 17, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Richard Colyer C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
George Callahan C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William C. Curd C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William Colyer C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky. buried Colyer cemetery highway 769 (Rush Branch Rd)
Logan Colyer C Private Nov. 1, 1862 Knoxville, Tn.

James P. Colyer C Private Jan. 24, 1863 Beech Grove, Tn.

C.J. Colyer C Private Jan. 24, 1863 Beech Grove, Tn. (This is Granade Colyer)

Lewis P. Cowan C Private Oct. 14, 1862 Lancaster, Tn. By transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co. in Jan, 1863
Martin T. Colyer C Private Dec. 1, 1862 Mufreesboro, Tn. By transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co. in Jan, 1863
Samuel B. Colyer C Private Jan. 4, 1862 Monticello, Ky. By transfer from Capt. B.E. Roberts' Co. in Jan, 1863
Thomas Dans C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Elijah Denny C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Doctor Denny C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Elijah Dikes C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Deserted Dec. 20, 1862
S. Wesley Earp C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
W. Madison Earp C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
John Eastham C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Eastham C Private Oct. 23, 1862 New Market, Tn.
Perry Elliott C Private Sept. 6, 1862 Danville, Ky. By transfer from Capt. Lemmon's Co., Jan. 7, 1863
E.T. Elliott C Private Feb. 1, 1863 Beech Grove, Tn.
Walter J. Fields C Private Transferred to Capt. Shanks' Co., Sept. 1, 1862
Chrisley Gastinew, Sr. C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Chrisley Gastinew, Jr. C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Martin Gregg C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Gilmore C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Washington Herrin C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Edward Herrin C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Levi Hubble C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. last name spelled Hubbel on Ags report, by transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co., Nov., 17 1862
Joseph A. Hardwick C Private Transferred to Capt. B.E. Roberts' Co., January 1863
Thomas Hargis C Private Died Feb. 10, 1863
Thomas Jasper C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Martin Keeney C Private Nov. 6, 1862 New Market, Tn.
James Luytrell, Sr. C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Luytrell, Jr. C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Wesley Long C Private Deserted Dec. 20, 1862
Archibald Marshall C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Moonyham C Private Somerset, Ky.
Jacob Miller C Private Somerset, Ky.
Moses Murphy C Private Beech Grove, Tn.
William Murphy C Private Lancaster, Ky. By transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co. in Jan, 1863
Simeon E. Owens C Private Somerset, Ky. Died Feb. 3, 1863
George Pence C Private Somerset, Ky.
T.K. Phelps C Private Somerset, Ky.
Henry Powell C Private Beech Grove, Tn.
Jesse L. Reynolds C Private Somerset, Ky.
Moses Reynolds C Private Somerset, Ky.
Robert W. Reynolds C Private Somerset, Ky. Buried in Liberty Baptist Church Cem., Pulaski Co., Ky. Was last surviving Confederate soldier in Lincoln Co., Ky.
Alexander Randall C Private
Josiah Smith C Private Somerset, Ky.
James C. Smith C Private Somerset, Ky.
Willis J. Stogsdell C Private Sept., 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Quarles Simpson C Private Oct. 11, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct.14, 1862
John J. Smiley C Private Oct.8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Cornelius Simpson C Private Nov. 16, 1862 Sweet Water, Tn.
William Thompson, Sr. C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct.14, 1862
William Thompson, Jr. C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct.16, 1862
James R. Turner C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Joseph C. Vanhook C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Andrew Vanhook C Private Died Feb. 13, 1863
George Wheeldon C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 21, 1862
Robert Warren C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 14, 1862
William Woodcock C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
G.A. Warren C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 16, 1862
John W. Williams C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 16, 1862
David Warren C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
W.W. Cleaver D Captain June  
James Perry Colyer (J.P.)
 
30 I suspect that Polly Sinclair, John Colyer's first wife, was possibly the daughter of Alexander Sinclair (St. Clair). That is, I suspect John Colyer first married his cousin. 1860 census of James Alexander Colyer says both parents from TN. We know that is slight error, since it is reported that that John Colyer was born in Virginia on his tombstone, but we do know he was raised near Erwin TN Jonesboro TN area. There is a 1790 census record in Pendleton district of South Carolina that shows a Alexander Sinclair along with two other brothers. Then in 1800, there is an Alexander Sinclair that shows up with daughters in Buncombe county NC. This is very close to Erwin TN. At the time Buncombe County NC went to the Eastern TN state line. An area where we find other Colyer's in NC like Charles Colyer Sr., John Colyer's uncle that is the first Pulaski County Ky Colyer settler.  Polly (Sinclair) St. Clair
 
31 Is it possible that John Colyer 1781 first wife went by the first name of Polly ? This could be supported IF the John Colyer born 1815 of Bronston was in fact John's 1781 son, since John Colyer born 1815 death record in Pulaski Cty says mother was named "Polly". October 21, 2016 testing results of Y-DNA samples of a descendant of John Colyer 1815 were completed. They show a match on 110 out of 111 Y-DNA markers so within 5 generations ( ie. circa 1800) to a known descendant of John Colyer born 1781. Since the county death record of John Colyer born 1815 shows that his mother's name was Polly, it is concluded based on DNA evidence that the first wife of John Colyer was NOT Martha Minus, but RATHER Polly with unknown last name. The John Colyer 1815 death record does not reveal mother last name. The Somerset Republican newspaper obituary of a son of John Colyer 1781 says his first wife was a Miss Sinclair. Therefore this researcher concludes John Colyer 1781 first wife was named POLLY SINCLAIR. Polly (Sinclair) St. Clair
 
32 Note: one son named James Alexander Colyer has daughter he has named Polly per 1860 census. Polly (Sinclair) St. Clair
 
33 One of the original purchasers of the town of Hadden, CT Nicholas Achley
 
34 He appeared in the census in 1860 in New York. He died before 1870. Charles L. Ackley
 
35 He was living between 1850 and 1870 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. living with parents 1850 On 14 September 1850 he was a Pedlar in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 26 June 1860 Charles was a Justice of the Peace in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 24 August 1870 he was a BookKeeper in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 22 June 1880 he was an a laborer in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. Charles was living between 1880 and 1900 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. He died on 28 April 1905. He appeared in the census 1850, 1860 & 1870 in New York. Charles appeared in the census 1880, 1895 & 1900 in IA.

Town of East McDonough,
WAR OF THE REBELLION--The part taken by this town in aid of the war is one to which its
inhabitants may point with just pride. The town furnished six men in excess of its various quotas. All the special meetings called to consider the question of paying bounties and to devise means for filling the quotas were held in the room of Varanes C. Emerson's store, which is hallowed by many of the gravest associations of that historic period.

At a special meeting held Sept. 20, 1862, it was resolved to pay a bounty of $50 to each volunteer applied on the quota of the town under the call for 600,000 men after July 2, 1862. Eleazer Isbell, Eli L. Corbin, Joseph L. Beebe, Jacob P. Hill and Asa M. Daniels were appointed a committee to raise the money and pay said bounties. Sept. 26, 1862, the committee borrowed $2,000 of the Bank of Norwich and gave their note therefor, payable in eighteen months. They paid to each of 27 individuals $50, and to each of 13 individuals, $48, making a total of $1,974.

At a special meeting held Jan. 16, 1864, a bounty of $323 was voted to each volunteer applied on the quota of the town under the recent call, and Varanes C. Emerson, Stephen Lewis 2d, and Charles T. Ackley were empowered to raise the money, pay the bounties and issue the bonds of the town for the amount necessary, payable Feb. 1, 1875. 
Charles T. Ackley
 
36 She appeared in the census between 1880 and 1895 in IA. She was living in 1895. Emma appeared in the census in 1910 in New York. She was living in 1910 in Pharsalia, Chenango, New York. living with Aunt Ellen Brown 1910 She appeared in the census in 1930 in California. Emma was living in 1930 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles , California. living with sister Julia 1930 Emma Mae Ackley
 
37 He appeared in the census in 1870 in New York. Emmit A. Ackley
 
38 He appeared in the census in 1870 in New York. On 22 June 1880 he was an a laborer in Eureka, Sac , Iowa. George appeared in the census in 1880 in IA. He was living in 1880 in Eureka, Sac , Iowa. living with uncle Asahel Brainerd Holmes George N. Ackley
 
39 appeared in the census in 1880 in IA. Harry Ackley
 
40 On 22 June 1880 she was an a school teacher in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. She was living between 1880 and 1895 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. living with parents 1880
living with father 1895 Julia was living in 1910 in Pharsalia, Chenango, New York. living with Aunt Ellen Brown 1910 She appeared in the census in 1930 in California. She was living in 1930 in Los Angeles, California. Julia appeared in the census 1860, 1870 & 1910 in New York. She appeared in the census 1880, 1895, 1900 & 1910 in IA. also listed as living and teaching school in Burlington, Black Hawk, Iowa in 1880 
Julia A. Ackley
 
41 Julia's uncle, William D. Purple, was a medical doctor who practiced medicine in McDonough NY 1830-1840 per McDonough section of book History of Chenango and Madison County NY Julia Ann Ackley
 
42 Per 1830-1860 NY census: He was living in 1830 in Saithville, Chenango , New York. He was living between 1840 and 1860 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 14 September 1850 Lyman was a Farmer in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 25 June 1860 he was a Retired Farmer in McDonough, Chenango , New York. Lyman Ackley
 
43 On 24 June 1880 she was an a milliner in McDonough, Chenango , New York. She was living in 1880 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. living with Levi Sanford 1880 Mary appeared in the census between 1895 and 1910 in IA. She was living in 1895 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. living with father 1895 She appeared in the census 1860, 1870 & 1880 in New York. Mary J. Ackley
 
44 appeared in the census in 1880 in IA. Susan Ackley
 
45 He appeared in the census in 1850 in New York. He was living in 1850 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. living with parents On 14 September 1850 William was a Lawyer in McDonough, Chenango , New York. He was living between 1860 and 1870 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. On 20 June 1870 he was a Real Estate Dealer in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. On 1 June 1880 William was an a lead miner in Dubuque, Iowa. He was living in 1880 in Dubuque, Iowa. He died about 1900. William appeared in the census 1860, 1870 & 1880 in IA. The town of Ackley, Hardin, Iowa is named after him. Roby was the first postmaster in this part of the country. He lodged the passengers on the stage that made the first trip to Waterloo. He was the owner of the present site of the city of Ackley, and conveyed to the Dubuque and
Sioux City Railroad Company one half of the town site, or every alternate lot. The company conveyed their interest to William J. Ackley of Waterloo, hence the town derived its name. He was, at one time, owner of 2,500 acres of land in the county. He also gave the railroad the right of way through his entire tract of land, and worked earnestly for the establishment of the rail line. He was also liberal in donating to the Iowa Central Railroad Company.

What's strange is that Ackley never resided in Ackley. From what we were told, Ackley also founded the town of Aplington about 15 miles east of Ackley. Ackley had purchased land in the area for the expantion of railroads. 
William J. Ackley
 
46 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. June Avera
 
47 From Ballous in America by Hawley 1937: Merideth Ballou spent his adult life in two several sections of Ashe Co., N. C. He was a man of distinction -- wealthy in lands, mines, negroes and all the concomitants of an old fashioned Southern planter -- an influential magistrate of his County -- and an eminent member of the Regular Baptist denomination. Mrs. Mary, the wife of his youth, a pious Baptist, and the mother of the above named chn., d. June 12, 1831, a. 51 yrs. 1 mo. and 9 ds. At the age of 70, Merideth3 m. his 2d wife, but had no further issue. He d. Mar. 17, 1847, a. 80 yrs. 5 mos. and 18 ds. He left a large estate to his chn. He owned, at one time, 10,000 acres of land, rich in mineral ores. (Owen) Merideth Ballou
 
48 source: http://www.danielprophecy.com/Meredith_Ballou.html
Owen Meredith Ballou
"Pioneer Iron Man"
1766 - 1847

One of the more distinguished ancestors of Grover and Harrison Shepherd was their great grandfather Owen Meredith Ballou. Meredith was an entrepeneur who amassed large land holdings and mineral rights, established the forging of iron in Ashe County, and contributed significantly to the industrialization and development of the County during its earliest formative years.

Meredith was born September 29, 1766 in the James River Valley of Amherst County, Virginia as the third son of Leonard Ballou and Ms. Boliew (first name unknown).

He was the first of the Virginia Ballous to come to Ashe County. At the time Meredith arrived, Ashe County had not yet been formed. Ashe County was established in 1799. Prior to that, it was part of Wilkes County. Most sources list Meredith Ballou as coming to Ashe County in 1800. This is based on the first Ashe County census of 1800. Eleanor Baker Reeves, a Ballou researcher, author and historian, feels there is ?ample evidence that Meredith came some time between 1790 and 1795, the latter date having been the year of his marriage.? [1]

Meredith?s name appears regularly in works concerning early Ashe County history. He served various terms as county surveyor and many times as a member of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.

The following biography of Meredith Ballou appears in An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America by Adin Ballou:

?Merideth Ballou spent his adult life in two several sections of Ashe Co., N.C. He was a man of distinction-wealthy in lands, mines, negroes and all the concomitants of an old fashioned Southern planter-an influential magistrate of his County-and an eminent member of the Regular Baptist denomination. Mrs. Mary, the wife of his youth, a pious Baptist, and the mother of the above named chn., d. June 12, 1831, a. 51 yrs. 1 mo. And 9ds. At the age of 70, Merideth m. his 2d wife, but had no further issue. He d. Mar. 17, 1847, a. 80 yrs. 5 mos. And 18ds. He left a large estate to his chn. He owned, at one time, 10,000 acres of land, rich in mineral ores.? (sic) [2]

Arthur Fletcher in his Ashe County: A History, provides a list of men who were developing all parts of Ashe County in the early days. He pays tribute particularly to Henry Poe, Martin Gambill, Thomas Sutherland, Timothy Perkins, John Cox, Henry Hardin, Canada Richardson, James Douglas, Daniel Dickerson, Elijah Calloway, Meredith Ballou, and Thomas Harbard. [3]

Married Mary (Polly )Baker

Meredith Ballou married Mary (Polly) Baker, a local resident of Wilkes County (later Ashe). She was the daughter of Morris Baker, one of the leading men responsible for the formation of the County of Ashe, and the granddaughter of James Baker, the first man to hold title to land in this area.

In regards to early setters of Ashe County, Fletcher said,

?The question, ?Who came first?? to Ashe County will probably never be answered to the satisfaction of anybody. Bill Sharpe in his Geography of Ashe notes that Bishop Spangenberg and his explorers were there in 1752, but he also states that history records that Peter Jefferson and his surveying party, engaged in establishing the line between North Carolina and Virginia, were on Pond Mountain in 1749. Sharpe says that so far as his research goes, the first white man to acquire title to land in Ashe County was James Baker, in 1773.? [4]

This makes James Baker a great, great, great grandfather of Grover and Harrison Shepherd. A quick view of this line follows. The direct descendent of the previous generation is in bold:

James Baker
Morris Baker
Mary (Polly) Baker married Meredith Ballou
John Rice Ballou married Sarah Porter
Sarah Ballou married John Calvin Shepherd
Sons: Grover and Harrison Shepherd


Acquired Much Land

Meredith Ballou came from a mining family and embarked on Ashe County in search of iron ore. He found outcroppings of iron ore in the areas of the North Fork New River and Big Helton Creek. Meredith built a spacious home on the banks of the North Fork about 1/4 mile north of the current Crumpler Post Office and set about building his fortune. Through state land grants and purchases from individuals, Meredith eventually acquired about 10,000 acres of land in Ashe County. Fletcher includes Meredith Ballou in a list of about 30 men who could be considered ?big real estate men? in Ashe County between 1799 and 1820. [5]

Mining and Iron Forging

Aside from his other accomplishments, Meredith?s legacy is in iron. His acquistion of mineral rights, mining, and subsequent forging of iron earned him the designation of ?pioneer iron man.?

For about 80 years, the manufacture of iron was an important industry in Ashe, and was one of the cornerstones of the Industrial Revolution. As the county developed, there was great need for iron products such as plows, hoes, wagon wheels, axes, mattocks, scythe-blades, shovels, and other tools and equipment.

With Helton Creek as its iron-making center, Ashe County?s six or seven forges turned out sufficient iron for local needs and provided a surplus to ship by wagon to Fayetteville and other points in eastern North Carolina, and to Charleston, South Carolina.

To encourage ironmaking in North Carolina, a legislative act of 1788 offered to everyone who erected a set of ironworks and produced 5,000 pounds of iron, a bounty grant of 3,000 acres of vacant land certified by the county court as unfit for cultivation.

One person to receive such a grant was Daniel Dougherty, who later sold 2,725 of his 3,000-acre grant to Meredith in 1814. Others to receive these grants were Thomas Calloway, a close business associate of Meredith Ballou, and Jesse Ray. Fletcher says,

?That there were similar grants to Meredith Ballou, William Harbard, and others is certain, but the only grant appearing in the County Court records was to Jesse Ray?? [6]

Ballou?s Iron Forges

The first iron forge to operate in Ashe County was the Harbard Bloomery Forge, built about mile up from the mouth of Big Helton Creek in 1807 by William Harbard. The Harbard Bloomery Forge was sold to Meredith Ballou in 1813. It washed away in 1817.

Meredith Ballou set up his second forge in 1817. It was called ?Ballou?s Bloomery Forge?, and was situated 12 miles northeast of Jefferson at the falls of North Fork of the New River. It was washed away by an ice feshet in 1832.

After Meredith?s death in 1847, his son John Rice Ballou (grandfather of brothers Grover and Harrison Shepherd) set up a forge near the mouth of Big Helton Creek in 1848. This forge was reported to have been rebuilt in 1871 by Jefferson Pasley, and later abandoned. The reason this forge had to be rebuilt is not known. It could have also suffered from flood waters, or it could have possibly been destroyed by Union Raiders during the Civil War. The site of this forge would later be the site of Ballou?s Grist Mill.

Ore Knob Copper Mine

Among the many land purchases of Meredith Ballou was about 300 acres that later came to be known as Ore Knob. Meredith was in search of iron, but found that this site ?was so badly adulterated with copper that it was useless.?

Meredith and his sons neglected this tract of land and never paid the taxes due. Eventually, the sheriff sold the tract for taxes in 1848. It brought enough to pay the taxes and cost of sale, leaving a balance of $11, which was divided among Meredith's heirs. Later, the Ore Knob Copper Mine was opened and became successful.

Interesting Notes

In James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, Reeves records some interesting diary entries about Meredith Ballou by Rev. Elisha Mitchell, D.D. bearing the date of July 1828. Dr. Mitchell, for whom Mount Mitchell, the highest point East of the Mississippi is named, spent some time with Meredith Ballou and recorded the following:

?Mounted my horse and rode to the North of Helton ten miles and fording the stream thirty-two times in the distance and then down North Fork to Col. Meredith Ballou?s.?

?Col. Meredith Ballou, at whose house I put up on Thursday, is of French extraction, a native of Amherst County, Virginia. He owns a forge, is a busy active little man still, though sixty-one years of age and the father of eleven sons and two daughters, but a wife thirteen years younger than himself and looks as if she might bear a number of children more. Between the ages of his oldest and youngest daughters there is a difference of thirty years.?

?He tells me that the first forge in this county was built on Helton Creek a little above where he lives, about twenty years ago by one Harbert. Shortly after another was built a little higher up the same creek, fourteen years ago; that on Little River, four or six years ago.?

?----- After dinner Ballou rode with us two or three miles to see his ore banks, which are numerous and rich. Indeed, I judge the range of greios heretofore spoken of to be full of ore.? [7]

NOTES

1. Eleanor Baker Reeves, James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, 1969, page 81. Return
2. Adin Ballou, An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America, (Proprietary Publishers, 1888), page 1225. Return
3. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 116. Return
4. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 39. Return
5. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 48. Return
6. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 86. Return
7. Eleanor Baker Reeves, James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, 1969, pages 87, 88 Return
8. Lists comprising the children of Merdith and Mary Ballou list the aforementioned 11 children. Other sources report 13 children, but names of the other two children are not given. Return
9. Eleanor Baker Reeves, James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, 1969, page 84. Return  
(Owen) Merideth Ballou
 
49 Note that it appears that Levi Ballou and his brother Allen Ballou married sisters, Mary Polly Ann Lewis and Martha Nancy Lewis Allen Ballou
 
50 A twin of Nannie Emerine Ballou
 

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