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"Bloomfield," in Clarke Co., Va., built Ijy Jacob LaRue (I.) in 1775. 
In the gable end is a dressed stone witli Inscription "Jacob and Mary 

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Six Generations of LaRues 
And Allied Families: 

Sketch of Isaac LaRue, Senior, who died in Frederick 
County, Virginia, in 1795, and some account of his Amer- 
ican Ancestors and Three Generations of his Descendants 
and Families who were connected by Intermarriage, 

among others, 


RUST. McDonald, castleman, 


Copies of Six Old Wills and Other Old Documents; Va- 
rious Incidents connected with the Settlement of the 
Nolynn Valley in Kentucky; 

also, a Chapter on the 

LaRue Family and the Child Abraham Lincoln. 


of Hodgenville, LaRue County, Kentucky 

Attorney at Law; LL. M. 'George Washington University, Washington, D. C.i; 

Vice President of Kentucky State Bar Association; 

Member of Filson Club, Louisville. Ky. 


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Press of C. T. Dearing Printing Company, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky. 


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Copyright, 1921 



All rights reserved. 


To the Memory of 

Sarah Jane LaRiie Castleman 

(Born October 9, 1808, died February 22, 
1904j, who for more than twenty years was 
the sole survivor of all the fifty-seven grand- 
children of Isaac LaRue, Senior, and in whose 
retentive mind was preserved for the present 
generation much of the history of the colo- 
nial family whose branches are traced herein, 
this little volume is inscribed by her grandson, 

the Author. 

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This book, ineluding" the introductory chapter as it appears 
herein, was written in the summer of 19*20. It was put aside, 
and until in«iuiries in re^^ard to the LaRue family thereafter 
be^'^an to come to the writer re<iuiring lun«r letters in reply, no 
jjlans for i^rintin;^' or publication were maele. Toward the elose 
of February. IH'JI, circulars settin«^ out the scope of the work 
were sent to LaRue descendants whose addresses were known to 
' the author. Responses have entirely removed doubt as to 
whether the dcmantl would be sufficient to justify publication. 
Another result of scndinir out tlie prospectus has been a delujj:e 
of new materials, from which much has been added. 

The author is under oblij^'atioiis to many persons for friendl\' 
assistance in the preparation of tliis work, lie cannot name all» 
but he is under special obliLMtiiHis to the followin«r: 

Mrs. Kmily ('uniiii;^'> Kills, nf Summit, New .Jersey. 

^fr. M. 11. Dublis, of St. Louis, Mo. 

I'luf. .\. L. Keith, of Xorthticld. Minn. 

:Mr. Will W. Uenton, .»f Canton, M... 

Mr. l*'rani-i.s ("orbin LaRue. of Rippou. West \'irginia. 

Miss Fannie LaRue. of Summit I'oint, West \'iririnia. 

^Irs. Laura Wiechelman, of Lftln«.'ham, 111. 

Mr. .lacoi) LaRue. of Ktna. 111. 

.Mr. Samuel 1). ("aid well, of Cave Citv, Kv. 

Dr. Will S. llodjjren, of Lel»anon, Ky. 

Miss Anna Asper, of Chieaj?o, HI. 

^Ir. Arcli.'e R. Arnctte. of Berry ville, Va. 

^Ir. A. C. llodiren. of Rus.sellville, Kv. 

Mrs. ^Fariraret A. Faris, of Citv, Kan. 

^Irs. .Joscj)hus Hoj)woo(L Milli«ran CoUejiie, Tenn. 

Mrs. Rose Cornforth, Shelby villc, Tenn. 

^Ir. Henry A. LaRue. Columbus, 

]\Irs. Isa Hoduren Watson, of Santa Cruz, California. 

^Irs. Delia Hayden. of IndianajKjlis, Ind. 

^Irs. Letitia Ransdell, of St. Louis, ^lo. 

Miss Gertrude Finley, of Xew Bloonifield, ^lo. 

^Irs. Louise A. Shane. Eldon, Iowa. 

^liss ^fayme LaRue. Franklin. Ky. 

^Irs. Laura Haves. Bardstown, Ky. 

:\Ir. A E. LaRue, Russell. Iowa. 

y^v. H. C. LaRue, Chariton. Iowa. 

Hon. H. Clav Howard, Paris. Kv. 


With the exception of the four first named, all these are 
direct descendants of Isaac LaRne, Sr. 

Others who have 2"iven assistance are mentioned in the sections 


to which they have specially contributed. Needless to say, many 
of the author's more immediate relatives, of the families of Jacob 
LaRue (I.) and John LaRue (II.), have afforded him access to 
family records and have given him much helpful information. 
The writer has also been greatly assisted by use of the valuable 
private library of ]Mr. R. C. Ballard Thruston, of Louisville, and 
the library of the Filson Club, for which he is under obligations 
to Mr. Thruston and to his Secretary, Miss Kinkead. 

But for the aid which has thus been freely given, this work 
could not have been prepared. 

The author claims credit and is ready to take the blame only 
for the plan mid arrangement, not for the substance, of this 
book. ]\[any of his correspondents have had different ideas as 
to what it should be — some desiring that much more space be 
given to the unsupported, if not mythical, tales of the fortunes 
and titles of the LaRues in France, others urging the apparentlv 
impossible task of including all the LaRue families who came to 
America, still others suggesting that the book show all the de- 
scendants of Isaac LaRue. 8r., down to the present day. The 
author, aware of his limitations, has taken a middle ground, and 
has undertaken only to satisf}^ the reasonable expectations of 
the reader oF his title page. His one chief regret is that in the 
limited space allotted he has been unable to give scarcely more 
than a bare recital of dates in connection with the names of 
worthv men and women whose li\'es deserve much more extended 
notice. In a few instances, where materials have been available, 
details of the movement of certain families have been shown. 
These are given as fair illustrations of the general trend of the 
LaRue descendants westward. 

The supplementary list of some of the living descendants 
of the various branches, with their present addresses, was an 
afterthought Many of these addresses were obtained after the 
prospectus was sent out. 

The kev numbers used in the book in connection with the 


descendants of Isaac LaRue, 8r., may be readily understood 
from the explanation given in the introductory chapter and from 
the chart which appears on page TV. Further explanation of 
terms hardlv seems necessarv. Few abbreviations are used. 
*'B," of course, stands for horn, and "D" for died. 

This book is intended primarily for I>aRue descendants, not 
for general circulation. In the ordinary acceptation of the word, 



it is not published. This is a limited edition, printed for the 
author. He is having- twice as many copies printed as have already 
been subscribed for. in order to meet future demand. In all 
probability the edition will be exhausted within a short time. 
While it lasts, copies in cloth binding may be had from the 
author at $3.00 each, postpaid. A few copies have been bound 
in limp leather, for which price will be $5.50 each. 

llie author of this book v.ill endeavor to answer any question 
relating: to this branch of the liaRue family, on receipt of 
inquiry, with self-addressed and stamped return envelope. 

Hoclofenville, Ky. 
April n. 1021. 









\'arious forms of the word LaRue; Abraham LaRue, Immigrant, 
about 1G80; Statement of Isaac LaRue, Senior; Genealogy by 
Davis, author of History of Bucks Co., Pa.; Peter LaRue; 
Traditions of the LaRues in France; 'Aunt Fontaine"; Abra- 
ham and Peter LaRue in New York and New Jersey; Peter 
LaRue's death in Frederick Co., \'a.; the wife of Peter LaRue; 
the cliihlren of Peter LaRue: the children of Peter LaRue's 
sons, Abraham and Jacob 10 





Born in N.u lersey, 1712: his marriage to Phebe Carman; re- 
link al to Frederick Co.. \'a.: his home on Long Marsh; he 
"raises horses''; he votes for George Washington in IToS; he 
acquires lands in various parts of Va.; he purchases 21,000 acres 
on the Kanawha Kiver: he enters land in Kentucky in 1779: 
Squire Boone locates lands for the LaRues; copy of an old 
deed of Isaac Lalvue, Sr. : his deatii in 179,1; death of his wid- 
ow. Phebe Carman: families on Long Marsh in 1782: thv,- ten 
children of Isaac LaRue, Sr 20 


LARUE, SENIOR ( 1743.) 35 


(Note explanation of key numbers, on page 3, and charl on page 
lY, for descendants of Isaac LaRue, Sr., named below.) 


His marriage to Mary Frost: his home in Ya.; he enters 18,000 
acres of land in Jetierson Co., Kentucky; he purchases lands on 
Nolynn: moves to Kentucky in 1798: death of Mary Frost laRue; 
Jacob LaRue's second marriage, to Jane Morgan; his death; his 
thirteen children 37 



T. B— PHEBE LARUE BUZAN : husband. William Bu/an ; their chil- 
dren (and some grandchildren) 46 

I. C— HANNAH LARUE RUST: husband, George Rust; their chil- 
dren (and some grandchildren) 4S 

I. D — ISAAC LARUE: wife. Lienor Brooks: children and errand- 

children 40 




E— MARY LARUE McDOXALD : husband, Jolm McDonald; their 
children 50 

F — \YILLIAM LARUE: first wife. Sarah iiodgcn; second wife., 
Sally Price : his descendants 51;/' 

G — JACOB LARUE: first wife, Phebe IJodgen; second wife, Deborah 

\\'('l-]i : liis descendants 5S 

H— SAMUEL LARUE: wife, Elizab^tli Dodge; their descendants.. 61 

I— JAMES LARUE: wife, Phebe LaUue; second wife, Polly 

Samuels : his descendants 64 

K— DEIDAMIA LARUE HODGEN : liusband, John Hodgen 68 

L — MORGAX J. LARUE: first wife, Maria Castleman; second wife, 
Ellen Eller ; his children 60 

^I— SARAH J AXE LARUE CASTLEMAX: husband, Lewis Castle- 
man : their children 71 

X— JESSE V. LARUE: wife, Leatitia Hardin; their children 7 4 


Early events in Kentucky history; station on Xolynn established ; . 
-Tulm LaRue's first journey to Kentucky: liis first home in Ken- 
tucky — the Shelbv County cabin; 40.000 acres of land in Kentucky 
entered by him; his marriage to Mary Brooks; permanent re- 
raoyal to Kentucky in 1784: the last Indian raid-battle of Brown's 
Run: death of John LaRue. 1702; the old graveyard at Phillips' 
Itirt: Collins' estimate of John LaRue and Robert Hodgen; LaRue 
(ounty established; litigation over estate of John LaRue; James 
IJuelianan. Sr.. a party to this litii;ation: Mary Brooks, the wife 
of Jolm LaRue; lier practice of medicine: lier services at time of 
birth of Abraham Lincoln: her marriage to Isom Enlow; her 
marriage to Thomas W. Rathbone; death of ''Grandma'' Rath- 
bone; the four children of Jolin LaRue (II.) 75 

ILL OF JOHX LARUE (II. ) : His personal estate 86 

. A— REBECCA LARUE HELM: husband. George Helm: their 
children: sketch of their son. Gov. John LaRue Helm 88 

. B— SQUIRE LARUE: wife. :\rary McDougal: tlieir descendants.. 01 

. C— PIIEBE LARUE : husband. James LaRue 93 

. D— MARCARET LARUE WALTERS: husband, Conrad Walters, 
Junior ; their descendants 04 



His home in Yirginia: early immigrant to Kentucky; old roads 
to Xolynn station; Isaac LaRue (HI.) builds first jail in Hardin 
County: children (and some grandchildren) of Isaac LaRue (III.) 
and his wife, Bethiah 100 


Husband. Peter LaRue; their children (and some other de- 
scendants ) 103 



First ljUr?ban<J, Josepli Carman; second husband. John Harris; 
cliildrt-n (and some grandtliildren I of Mary LaRue (V.) and 
Joseph Carman 109 


Husband, Robert Hodjrfn : Robert Hodtren's four children from 
prior marria;.'*' to Miss Adkins: his removal from Pennsylvania 
to ^'i^<.'inia: in- enters lands in Kentucky: rtmoval to Kentucky 
in 17H4: order of XcNon County Court for erection of Hod^'en'3 
mill: oHici's held by R(»birt Ho l^^en : his death, in 1810: town of 
HiMlj/envilh-' •••^tablished. ISIK: th»' twelve children of Sarah LaRue 
(VI. I and Robert Hod^'.-n ... 113 

WILL OF ROl'.FRT H<U)(;EX 116 

\ 1. A— MARiiARKT HO|)(;FX \FKTRKES: liusband. Joseph Ver- 

trees; tiieir childr«n .11^ 

\1. IJ— IMIKIJK lioOCEX LARUE: hu.-ban.l. Jacob LaRur 113 

VI. C— ISAAC HOIXJEN: wife, Phebe Trabue; an old letter (1811); 
children (and some ;.'randchildren ) nf Isaac Hi)d;;en (\'I. C) and 
Phebe Trabue Hod-eii Ill) 

\\ I)_SA1;.\1I llolXJEX LAKL'E: liusband. William LaRue (I. F).. 121 

VI. E — JOHN IloDCEX: wife. Deidamia LalUie; some old letter-, of 

John Hodden ( \T. E) ; his children (and some ^grandchildren ) . . 122 

\I F— KKHECCA lloDCEX KEITH ( LATER TIK >MAS i : tir>t iius- 
liantl. .Iai<»lt Keith; Mnnnd husband. Oen. Jobn Tlioiiia^: bt-r i-liil- 
tlren (ami .s«jmc jfranikhildnn i 12S 

VI. Cw— ELIZABETH IIOOCEX W I NTEPsMlTH : husband, Horatio 

G. Wintersmith; her childri-n 130 

\ I. 11 — MARY (-POLLY') IloDOEN 130 

VI. I— SAMUEL LARUE HoDGEX: wif.-. Ann Elizabeth Montague; 

their children 131 

\ 1. K— JACOH HoDiJEX: wife Frances P. Brown, their cliildren... 132 

VI. L— dAMES IK H)GEX : wife, Deidamia McDonald 132 



1. Robert Hodgen. Jr.; 

2. Susanna Hodgen Thomas: husband Gen. John Thomas: their 
children: important command of Gen. Thomas in ^^'or of 1812; 

3. Josepli Hodgen : 

4. William HodL'en 133 

VII. REBECCA LARUE HELM: husband. Joseph Helm: their only 
child. Mariraret Helm Clav, her husband, Henrv Clav, of Bourbon 
Co.. Kv.. her twelve children 136 

VIII.— SAMUEL LARUE: wife. Sarah S. Stump: their onlv child, 

J. » ■' 

Phebe LaRue X'eill. her husband. Thomas Xeill. and her twelve 
cliildren 133 





His wife, Clarissa Billups; tlieir home in Virginia; their four 
children (and grandchildren) 140 



His wife, Frances (Pierce) Collins; he remains at old home- 
stead in Virginia 147 


Severns A'alley Churcli ; Xolynn Baptist Churcli ; South Fork 
Baptist Church; Big Spring Baptist Churcli; Hodgenville and 
Middle Creek Baptist Churches: Union Christian Church, LaRue 
County; Joshua Carman — "the voice crying in the wilderness"; 
Benjamin Lvnn — the ]iunter. explorer and pioneer preacher; the 
naming of Xolynn and Lynn Camp Creek; Lynn's last days 149 









IXDEX 191 



' 1. ■■JilouintiL'ld."' X'irginia Frontispiece 

2. Lon;.' Marsh, Virginia 27 

3. Fae-Simile of Deed to Isaac LaRiie, Sr., 29 

4. Buck Marsli Meeting House Ciravcyard, Va., 33 

o. Interior view of "Bloonifield" 37 

(3. Hugh :McKlroy T..i I!u.-' 52 

7. TTome of James JSalle LaRue, Franklin. Ky 36 

5. Group at House built by Jacob LaRue, in LaRue County, Kentucky 72 
0. The old Graveyard at Phillips' Fort 82 

10. Tile Home of Aaron LaRue, Benton Co., Iowa 106 

11. Dr. Robert Hodgen 126 

12. -Nilla LaRue," Clarke Co.. Virginia U8 

13. The Lincoln Memorial Building. LaRue Co., Ky., 156 

14. Otis M. Mather 174 




No less than ten thousand souls mav trace their ancestrv to 
the quiet planter Avho died in March of the year 1795, in the 
valle}' of the Shenandoah, in Clarke (then Frederick) County, 
Virginia, three generations of whose descendants are shown in 
this volume. He was one of five children, all of whom married 
and had families. His father had four or five brothers, to say 
nothing of sisters, of whom we know nothing. If these brothers 
and sisters, uncles, and possibly aunts, of Isaac LaRue, Senior, 
have been anything like as prolific as he himself has been, it 
requires no stretch of imagination to reach the conclusion that 
the descendants of his immigrant Huguenot grandfather, who 
landed on the shores of the S"ew World two hundred and forty 
years ago, now number not much less than a ({uarter of a mil- 
lion American citizens. The blood of this Huguenot immigrant 
is now mingled with the blood of every nation of western 
Europe. But, 

''Saxon or Dane or Xonnan we. 
Teuton or Celt, or whatever we be," 

there is onlv one land that we know todav. 

Within the last few years I have been called upon many 
times for information concerning the older generati(ms of the 
LaRue family and their connections. Notes of conversations 
with my grandmother, Sarah LaRue Castleman (1. M), l)orn 
1808, died 1904, dating back thirty years, have enabled me to 
comply to a limited extent with such requests. From her I 
obtained the names of the children of Isaac LaRue, Sr., as they 
appear in this book, and many family traditions. I regret that 
I failed to inquire of her more fully in regard to the history and 
the families of her ten half-brothers and sisters, who were from 
twentv to fortv vears older than herself. As manv of their 
children left Kentucky three-quarters of a century ago, or more, 
and settled beyond the Mississippi, it has not been found pos- 
sible to complete the outline as to some of the children of these 
older sons and daughters of Jacob LaRue (I.). 

From records which are easily accessible I have been able to 
verifv the statements of mv grandmother as to the familv of 
Isaac LaRue. Sr., and in other particulars. In no record which 
has been examined have I found her memorv to have been at 


fault iu any detail. A somewhat careful examination of 
opinions of the Court of Appeals of Kentuck}^ in various eases 
involving- title to lands patented or owned by LaRues, as well as 
reference to records of Jefferson. Xelson, Hardin, Slielbv and 
LaRue Counties, in Kentucky, copies of Virginia records, and 
information furnished by various iiersons, have enabled me to 
add much to my earlier notes. Practically the whole of the chap- 
ter on the "American Ancestors of Isaac LaRue, Sr.,'' is from 
notes kindlv loaned to me bv Mrs. Emilv Cumings Ellis, of Xew 
Jerse}', for which I am under great obligations to her. 

AVhile I fully realize that the story is incomplete and im- 
perfect, it seems to me tliat what has been gathered should be 
made accessible to others who have had less opportunity to 
ascertain the facts here related. A pioneer family has grown to 
have the population of a tribe. In some respects this growth 
parallels the storj' of the Israelites of old — the same names, 
the same exodus, ever the same journeying to a promised ian:i. 

In view of the interest which many have heretofore shown, 
and numerous requests for publication, it is believed that this 
little book will be welcomed by tlie descendants of these hardy 
pioneers whose lives were so engrossed in the conquest of the 
wilderness that they had little time or opportunity to record 
their deeds. 

My aim has been to carry the record down three generations 
after Isaac LaRiie. Sr., which is, generally speaking, to the 
fathers or grandfathers of persons now living. While in some 
instances it has not been possible to obtain the names of persons 
in the third generation from him, in many cases where members 
of the fourth generation of certain branches are all dead, and in 
a few other exceptional eases, the names of groups of the fourth 
generation after Isaac LaRue, Sr., appear, making in such cases 
a total of seven g-enerations. It would be of interest to see the 
record brought down to the present. Such a task, if possible 
at all, is far beyond my aljility or purpose. The children of 
Isaac LaRue. Sr., are now scattered throughout the length and 
breadth of the United States. They are of every profession, 
trade and occupation, and of all political parties and religious 
creeds. Thev have fought in everv war in which our countrv 
has been engaged, from the Revolution down to the present time, 
and not a few of them have died on l)attle fields. 

It would be presumption to call this little book a lii story. It 
is scareelv more than a skeleton, or a framework, on whicli a 
thousand tales and tragedies may liang-. 

I shall be thankfid to anv reader who will call mv attention 


to an}' error or who will furnish information from which omis- 
sions may be supplied. 

Plan axd Key Nu:s[bers of This Book. 

A hrief statement as to the plan and arrangement of the 
book may be proper. 

The key numbers used in connection with the names of the 
descendants of Isaac LaRue, 8r., form a sort of elastic index, 
which may be, and doubtless will be, opened to take in additional 
names. The Roman numerals denote the children of Isaac 
LaRue, Sr. The individuals to whom the respective numerals 
from I. to X. refer are shown at the conclusion of the sketch of 
Isaac LaRue, Sr., and in the chart whieh appears on another 

For succeedintr generations, capitals, small letters and ordinary 
numl)ers are em])loyed, in regular order. Hence, we may readily 
see that I. is a brother of IX., VII. is an aunt of II. A, and VI. 
C e is the fifth child of VI. C. As so many individuals were given 
identictilly the same names — especially in the early days, before 
middle names were used — this, or some other numerical or key 
number designation, is absolutely necessary, in order to avoid 
confusion. Sometimes there were three or more persons with 
precisely tht^ same name living at the same time and in the 
same community, and tbey could not, therefore, be distinguished 
merelv bv the use of the terms "Senior'' and "Junior." On one 
occasion, at a family reunion held at the home of James D. 
LaRue (II. B c), before the Civil War, six James LaRues were 
together. It is not without good reason that the name of Isaac 
LaRue (I. D) appears on some of the old records as "Isaac 
LaRue, of Jacob." 

Except in comparatively few instances, it has not been pos- 
sible to obtain the dates of birth of all members of groups of 
children. For this reason many groups will be found which are 
not arranged in the order of the dates of birth. I am not sure 
that the children of Isaac liaRue, Sr.. are shown in exact order 
in this respect. An effort has been made to give sufficient dates 
to enable the reader to ascertain, by comparison, if not other- 
wise, the approximate time when any individual referred to was 

A nnmber of items of historical interest have been inserted 
in the sketches of the pioneer settlers in the Xohnin Valley, 
Isaac LaRue, John LaRue and Rol^ert Hodgen. Some of these 
have never heretofore been j^ublished.^^he chapter on the Early 


Clinrclies and Pastors of tlie Tapper Nolynn Valle}' is of interest 
in connection Avitli this outline of family history, because fre- 
quent reference is made in the book to these early pastors. The 
minister who officiated at a wedding in the olden days was usual- 
ly not only the pastor but the neighbor of the contracting parties. 
The sketch of one of the early pastors, Benjamin Lynn, goes 
back to the very beginning of the settlement in the Green River 
section of Kentucky. It will be noted that I continue to honor 
his name in my spelling the name of the stream named for him, 
Kolynn. It must be admitted that the shorter spelling, Nolin, 
appears from the very beginning, as is shown where I have 
quoted from the old records, but many, if not most, of us, here 
in LaPiue County, spell the word Nol}jnn, and I shall continue 
to do so until a different spelling is fixed by competent authority. 

The six old wills are reproduced verbatim, as they have been 
found in the records, Avithout correction of manifest errors in 
spelling and grammar. 

In the vear 1809. half of the numerous descendants of Isaac 
LaRue, Sr., were living in the upper Nolynn Valley, within a 
few miles of the birthplace of the child who was destined to be 
the greatest of the nineteenth century. The county named for 
John LaRue and the town named for his brother-in-law, Robert 
Hodgen, have been immortalized by reason of their association 
with the name of Lincoln. Such stories and traditions as have 
been preserved as to the part which persons mentioned in this 
book had in the earliest experiences of Abraham Lincoln are 
given in the chapter entitled ' ' The LaRue Family and the Child 

Finally. It is hoped that this little book will enable the 
present generation to have a clearer view of the paths of our 
forefathers. After all. those paths are but a part of the long 
\vi\\\ ovei- wliich day by day we advance with uncertain step. 

"For we are the same our fathers have been; 
AVe see the same sights our fathers have seen — 
AVe drink the same stream and view the same sun — 
And run the same course our fathers have run." 

Otis M. Mather, 
(Son of I. M h and grandson of II. D e). 
Hodgenville. Ivy. 

September, 1920. 


By :\r. II. Dubbs, of the St. i.uuis Star, St. Louis, Mo. 

(Note. — AfttT the iji-ospeetiis of tliis Ijook was sent out, the 
author had the good fortune to enter into correspondence with 
Mr. M. II. Dubbs, formerly of Wyominof, Ohio, but now connected 
with tlie St. Louis Star, and found that ^Ir. Dubbs had made ex- 
tensive investiiration of the records as to the earliest of the 
LaRues in America. He kindly submitted to the author a type- 
written copy of his al)stracts from records, and the author of 
this book lias submitted to ^Ir. Dubbs the chapter which had 
been prepared on the " American Ancestors of Isaac LaRue, Sr.," 
to which additions have since been made from Mr. Dubbs' ma- 

In view of his (lualification to discuss the subject, Mr. Dubbs 
has been requested to write a brief preliminary chapter for this 
book on the early LaRues in America, and he has complied by fur- 
nishing" the followiufr. for which the author is greatly obliged. 

'Mr. Dubbs himself is a LaRue descendant, his line goiner 
back to one of the younger sons of the immigrant Abraham 


Descendants of Abraham LeRonx (LaRiie), Immigrant, 

Circa— 1680. 

(By M. H. Dubbs.) 

Properly to understand what manner of men were the 
Huguenots who produced Abraliam LeRoux, the immigrant, 
founder of so many American families, it is necessary to under- 
stand how steadfast to their faith they stood, under generations 
01 awful physical and mental persecutions, from the time of 
Francis I to that of Louis XR'. 

It was easy to abjure their faith and escape proscription, but 
those qaalities which preserved their faith in those terrible daj^s 
Vv'ere precisely the ({ualities which in their descendants have 
made them truly representative of all that is best in American 
traditions, history' and citizenshix). 

Ratlier, they preferred to leave their homes — and these Le- 
Rouxs and many of their co-religionists settled in America ; 
wresting their living from a savage wilderness, l)ut secure in 
their liberty of worship. 

The Huguenots began to grow somewhat numerous in the 
reign of Francis I and consequently to arouse the enmity of the 
Catholic Church. Thev were vigorouslv defended bv Margaret 
of Angouleme, the sister of Francis. Yet even she could not 
prevent the persecutions leveled against them, and herself was 
bitterlv attacked. 

Ha])pily those days of religious intolerance, due to ignorance, 
liave passed away, and today men are free to hold any religious 
belief, with the respect of their fellow-men. 

Imbert de Saint-Amand in one of his books — the Valois 
Court — savs : 

i i 

During ^Monday niglit in Whitsun week, June 1, 1528, 
a statue of the "^'iroin which was at the corner formed bv 
the rue des Rosiers and the rue des Juifs, in the Faubourg 
Saint-Antoine, was thrown down and mutilated bv mi- 
known liands. The people uttered a cry of wrath. Pro- 
cessions starting from every parisli went to the scene of 
the sacrilege to recite prayers and utter menaces. The 
entire University, doctors, licentiates, bachelors, masters 
of arts, students, all went tliither under the leadership of 
their rector. Swept along hy pul^lic sentiment, the King 
repaired to the place of the crime, bareheaded and carry- 
ing a candle in his hand. The ]~»arliament, flattering him 



so as to rule him with greater ease, declared itself 'as 
greatly consoled and rejoiced by his presence as the 
apostles were when tliey beheld God after the Resurrec- 
tion/ and, uniting with the Sorbonne and the clergy, it 
persuaded him to become "the peculiar protector and de- 
fender of religion,' and not to suffer in his kingdom any 
errors, heresies, or false doctrines." (A detailed account 
of the persecutions follows which is not copied herein). 

When Henry of Xavarre came to Paris to wed Marguerite of 
Valois, daughter of Catherine de Medici and sister of Charles 
IX, he was accompanied )>y five hundred Huguenot noblemen of 

They were uneasy and feared massacre at the hands of the 

"On Friday, AuLnist 22. 1072. Admiral Coligny, the Huguenot 
Chief, walkinu' slowlv from tlie Louvre, was struck bv a musket 
shot which took off the forefinger of his riglit lumd.'" This at- 
tempt at assassination was undoubtedly phiimed by Catherine. 

The terriljle massacre of St. ]5arthoh)mcw followed imme- 
diately, planned bv Catherine, consented to Ijv her half-mad son, 
Charles tiie IX. * 

The Duke of Saiiil-Smion was one of the Courtiers of Louis 
XI \ ; he was an uiuisually devout Catholic, yet he gives this 
picture of the coiulition of the Huiruenots, in his ^lemoirs of the 
Court of Louis XIV— Page 12, Chap. 1, Vol. Ill— 

"The i)rofound ignorance in which the King had been 
educated and kept all his life, reiu^ered him from the 
first an easy prey to the Jesuits. He became even more 
so with years, when he grew devout, for he was devout 
with the grossest ignorance. Religion became his weak 
point. In this state it was easy to persuade him that a 
decisive and tremendous blow struck against the Protest- 
ants would gis'e his name more s-randeur than anv of his 
ancestors had acquired, besides strengthenintr his power 
and increasing his authority. Madame de Maintenon was 
one of those who did most to make him believe this. 

''The revocation of the edict of X^antes, without the 
slightest pretext or necessity, and the various proscrip- 
tions that followed it, were the fruits of a frightful plot, 
in which the new spouse was one of the chief conspira- 
tors, and which depopulated a rpiarter of the realm, 
ruined its commerce, weakened it in every direction, gave 
it up for a long time to the public and avowed pillage of 
the dragoons, authorized torments and punishments by 


which so many innocent peoj)le of both sexes were killed 
1 J y thousands ; ruined a numerous class ; tore in pieces' a 
world of families ; armed relatives against relatives, so as 
to seize their property- and leave them to die of hunger; 
banished our manufactures to foreign lands, made those 
lands flourish and overflow at the expense of France, 
and enabled them to build new cities; gave to the world 
the spectacle of a prodigious population proscribed, strip- 
ped, fugitive, wandering, without crime, and seeking 
shelter far from its country ; sent to the galleys, nobles, 
rich old men, people much esteemed for their piety, 
learning, and virtue, people well off, weak, delicate, and 
solely on account of religion; in fact, to heap up the 
measure of horror, filled all the realm with perjury and 
sacrilege, in the midst of the echoed cries of these unfor- 
tunate victims of error, while so mam^ others sacrificed 
their conscience to their vrealth and their repose, and 
purchased V)Otli by simulated abjuration, from which with- 
out pause they were dragged to adore what they did not 
believe in, and to receive the divine body of the Saint 
of Saints while remaining persuaded that they were only 
eating bread which they ought to abhor." 

Amongst the Huguenot families who fled to America, there 
were probably many related families, whose members, scattered 
in Germany. Switzerland, Holland, England and the French 
West Indies, were in some cases reunited in America. 

According to tradition, one of these families, of the name 
LeRoux, consisting of husband, wife and three children, sailed 
for America, but the father died on the voyage. The particulars 
aro related elsewhere in this book. 

The date was probably about 16S0. 

Abraham LeRoux, one of the sons, is the one about whom 
most is known, and the earliest record of him yet discovered re- 
lates to his ownership and transfer of land in the settlement of 
Eso]nis. Old Ulster, now called Kingston, N. Y., in 1688 and 1692. 

He was afterward settled in the Hugruenot Colony on Staten 
"-Tsland. N. Y.. where were others of his name, and eventually 
died in Hunterdon County, N. J., in 1712, when his will was 

There was another. Jacques LeRou. called .Jacobus Laroe, 
settled near by. in Hackensack. N. .!.. who had a numerous fam- 
ily, of identical Christian names, and who perhaps was related 
to Abraham. 

Abraham LeRoux, the first of his line and name in America — 



his name was later spelled Aljraham Larew — Abram Laroe, 
LaRue, etc. — himself a brave and hardy pioneer, unquestionably 
possessed sterling qualities ot character, health and strength and 

His descendants are counted today by thousands, if we reckon 
the families allied by marriage. 

From him and his immediate family sprang those splendid 
pioneers among whom have been many noted men and women. 

Peter, son of Abraham by his wife, Magdelaine Gille, 
had three sous, Abraham. l>aac and Jacob, who together went 
into \ irginia, and from them sprang the famous Virginia and 
Kentucky families now called Larew and LaRue. 

Other sons and daughters by his second wife, Olive (or Alche 
or Aeltye) Cresson, widow of Joshua Cresson, settled in New 
Jersey, and from them si)rang the families later settled in Ohio, 
Indiana. ^lichigan. 

Their lands and wills, naming their chiklren, are recorded 
in State archives: many anecdotes are told of their adventures 
and prowess. "^ 

"=^ Always they cleared forests, cultivated lands, established 
communities, and were amongst the foremost of their fellows. 
Always there are the records of their standing in their communi- 
ties, fai'mers. elders, ministers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, magis- 
trates and legislators. 

When the call came thev were found in their countrv's 
armies. They were and are a race of physically Ijig men and 
women. 3.1en and women like these have been the pillars of this 
count rv. 

All that is honest, enterprising, progressive — all- the qualities 
that have given this nation the character it has — all that makes 
for good citizenship, staunch loyalty, these people possessed. 

It is such as they who today still stand for all that is best 
in the country, and to whom we nuist look for steadfastness of 
character, justice and breadth of vision in the problems that our 
country must solve, now and hereafter. 

Thank God ! America is what it is,- because of this and manv 
other great families of descendants of our earliest pioneers. 



In the colonial records there are manv forms of the word 
which is now written LaRue by most of the members of the vari- 
ous LaRue families and by the greater part of the people who 
live in the Kentnckv countv which bears the name. Until about 
a hundred years ago the name was rarely written LaRue, with 
the capital R, though it occasionally so appears in some of the 
New Jersev records nearlv two centuries old. 

The name is by no means uncommon in Paris, France, at the 
present time, where it is written Larue. The Restaurant Larue, 
just across a little square from the Church of the Madeleine, is 
well known as one of the best in the French capital. 

The ancestors of the Kentucky branch of the LaRues w^ote 
the name with a small r before they left Virginia, and most of 
them continued to do so after they removed to this State. The 
father of the Isaac LaRue whose descendants are traced in this 
book signed his name L^arew to his will in the 3'ear 1778, and 
Isaac himself and his son James, who were witnesses to the will, 
appear to have signed in the same way. See copy of the will of 
Peter LaRue, in this volume. Most of the descendants of one 
of the brothers of Isaac LaRue, Sj*., continue to spell the name 
Larew to this dav. 

In the old records of several of the Eastern States, the name 
appears as LeRoux, LaRoux, LaRu, Laro, Laroe, Larew, Larue, 
I'Rue, I'Roe, de la Rue. de la Rew, Lerue, Lerew, and in other 
forms, not infrequently with only one syllable, as, for examples. 
Rue and Roux. Some historians claim that Leroy was the 
original form of the name. The writer can not see why names 
so distinct should be confused. 

Beginning as early as the year 1680, the name appears in so 
many jilaces — in Ne^\' York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vir- 
ginia — tliat the writer is compelled to believe that several La- 
Rues had come to America by the beginning of the eighteenth 
century, probably arriving at different times and at different 

Because of the constant repetition of the same familiar Bible 
names — Abraham. Isaac, Jacob — in generation after generation 
of the earlier LaRues, the tracing of individuals of the family 
by means of ]^ublic records alone is impossible. 

It was not the writer's original purpose to attempt to give 
a detailed account of ancestors of Isaac LaRue, Senior, and he 
has not made original search of records bearing upon this sub- 
ject. Throuorh the kindness of Mrs. Emily Cumings Ellis, of 



Simimit, New Jersey, avIio belongs to another branch of the 
family, he has been furnished Avith a mass of materials relating 
to the earlier history of the LaRues, which she has collected with 
great patience and industry. From her notes this chapter has 
been chiefly compiled. A careful reading of her transcripts 
from records and from other original and apparently authentic 
sources has brought the writer to the conclusion which Mrs. 
p:ilis has reached after several years of study, that the immigrant 
ancestor of Isaac LaRue, Sr., was Abraham, and the time of his 
arrival in America was not far from the year 1680. As sug- 
gested in a later paragraph, tlie father ot Abraham may pos- 
si])l\- have been Francois Laroux. from the French Protestant 
stronghold, Rocheile. 

Among the records of ^Irs. Ellis are two papers, differing 
in some details, both purporting to be copies of a copy of a state- 
ment of Isaac LaRue, Sr., hin'.self, as preserved by one of his 
great-grandsons in Virginia. Neither of these copies shows any 

In substance tliis statement is as follows : ' ' The first LaRue 
fled from France about the time of the reign of Charles IX, be- 
cause of persecution which i)revailed on account of religion. He 
went to Holland, where he married and had two sons and a 
daughter. He i)aid his passage and embarked for America, but 
died (in shi])])oard and was buried at sea. His wife and three 
children landed on Rhode Island. The captain of the ship again 
demanded of her j^ay for their passage, and attempted to sell 
the children. Tiie mother rescued the two boys with a hand- 
spike, but was unable to rescue her daughter. The two boys 
separated, one going to the North, of whom no correct account 
can be given. The other went southwardly, married and had 
one son, whose name was Peter. He afterwards married a 
widow CarnKui, who had an only daughter, named Phebe, by her husband, who later became the wife of Peter. Peter's 
father had three sons, it is believed, by his marriage with the 
widow CatDKin, one of whom was named James. Peter's father 
was born in Holland, his grandfather in France. Peter's sons- 
were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and he had a daughter who 
married a Suhiu, near Philadelphia. After Peter married Phebe 
Carman they went to New Jersey." This statement may contain 
some truth, but it is evidently inaccurate as to dates as well as 
names. The grandfather of Peter LaRue (born 1688) could not 
have been a refugee from France as early as the year 1574, which 
was the year when Charles IX died. Phebe Carman was the 
wife of Isaac LaRue, Sr., not of his father. Mrs. Ellis has a.. 



note — '''The handspike affair attributed to the LaRiie ancestor, 
^\}iose husband died on board ship, is recorded in the Cresson 
family records of Long Island. I doubt if two similar events 
happened in tlit^ two families, and believe that it has been at- 
tributed to the wrong branch of the LaRue family (and) it was 
in the Cresson famih' (of whom) one married the (La) Rue/' 

Mrs. Ellis quotes W. W. H. Davis, the author of the History 
of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for the following genealogy: 

Abraham LaRue — Emigraut, 1680, from ''Mannheim 
in the Palz"* (Palatinate j. Married Magdaline Gille; had 
one son, Peter, l)aptized iii the Dutch Church at Kings- 
ton, New York, in 1688. Second marriage, about 1690, to 
Alche (or Olive j, widow of Joshua Cresson, of Long 
Island. Located on Staten Island, where he was living 
when he made his will in 1702. Removed to Hopewell 
Township, in Burlington (later in Hunterdon, and now 
in Mercer) County, Ne^^' Jersey, prior to 1712. Adminis- 
tration on his estate granted to his widow June 14, 1712, 
Children of second marriage, Abraham, Isaac, David and 
Daniel LaRue. 3.1rs. Ellis shows this Abraham born in 
1693, Isaac died in 1760, David eV.ed in 1732, Daniel born 
in 1697 and died in 1795. 

While the historian of Bucks Count v fails to show a James 
among the sons of Abraham LaRue (avIio died in 1711 or '12), 
it appears from ]\lrs. Ellis" papers that in the year 1722, Peter, 
James and Abraham Law were among the 138 men subject to 
taxation in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, where the Abraham 
above referred to had died ten years before. James Leroii was 
in the poll of the freeholders of HopeAvell township of the 
same county October 9, 173S. Since two of the men who were 
subject to taxation in Hunterdon County in 1722 Avere of the 
same names as sons of the '"Emigrant" Abraham mentioned by 
'Mv. Davis, it is not unreasonable to assume that they and James 
also were his sons. Conceding it to be true that Abraham LaRue 
(Imm'fjront, rather than Emh'jant) had a son James, ther^ -s 
one other material discrepancy between the statement credited 
to Isaac LaRue. Sr., and the line of descent as shown by the 
historian of Bucks County. The statement shows that the second 
wife of Peter's father was a widow Carman. Mr. Davis says 
that the second wife of Abraham LaRue (Immigrant) was the 
widow Cresson. Such discrepancy may be due to an error in 
taking down or copyinp" the statement. Very clearly, the state- 
ment confuses the maiden name of the wife of Isaac LaRue, Sr., 
with that of his mother. 



In any event, Mr. Davis and Mrs. Ellis are agreed that the 
Abraliam LaRae who died in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 
in 1711 or "12. is tlie ancestor of the Isaac LaRue who settled in 
Frederick County, Virginia. 3Ir. Davis claims that the latter 
was a son of Abraham's son Abraham, while Mrs. Ellis says 
that he was a son of Abraham's son Peter. The proof seems to 
be wholh' on the side of Mrs. Ellis. In the first place, she is 
borne out by the statement credited to Isaac LaRue, which has 
been quoted, as well as by another statement of his in a letter 
which Mrs. Ellis says she has seen and which is quoted in the 
sketch of Isaac LaRue, Sr. Further, the will of Peter LaRue 
(Larfw), wliich is <hown elsewhere in this book, and which 
proljably was never seen hy ^Mr. Davis, is conclusive evidence 
that the father of Isaac LaRue was named Peter. 

Tliere may be some question as to whether the father of Isaac 
LaRue, 8r., was the same Peter who was baptized as Peter 
LeRoux, son of Abraham, on the 25th of ^larch, 1688, in the 
Dutch Church at Kingston (then Esopus), New York, 
though it is not only possible but is proba])le tliat this is true. 
But there seems to be no doubt that the father of Isaac LaRue, 
Sr., was Peter LaRue, who died in Frederick County, Virginia, 
in the vear 178o. The ureat weight of evidence is that Peter 
was the son of Abraham LaRue, who resided on Staten Island 
at the time he made his will, in 1702, and who removed to 
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, before his death, which occur- 
red about the first of the year 1712. 

Glancing back one step furtlier, we see but dimly. The 
statement credited to Isaac LaRue (B. 1712, D. 1795) does not 
give the Christian name of either the father or the grandfather 
of Peter LaRue (B. 1688, D. 1783 .. We have supplied the name 
of the father (Abraham) from infonnation given by the author 
of the History of Bucks Coiuity, Pennsylvania. The Isaac La- 
Rue statement, evidently traditional, shows that the grandfather 
of Peter LaRue died on board ship on tlie voyage from Holland, 
where he had taken refuge and had married, after his flight from 
France. Against this, we have the following, from Stapleton's 
"Memorial of the Huguenots in America" (page 123), which, 
though incomplete, may throA\' some additional light upon an 
obscure point : 

" Leroux (Lerew). The name of this familv is met with verv 
early and in many honorable connections. Probably the first 
arrival was Francois Laroux, who fled from La Ixochelle, France, 
(we must believe, through the Palatinate or Holland^ or both), 
to the Huguenot colony on tlie Hudson, where he died. 1689. He 
was probably the ancestor of Abraham Leroux, Sr., who was one 



of the earh' settlers of rJiicks Co., Pa., and perhaps also of Abraham 
J.aroux who died in York Co., Pa., in 17-37, and likewise of the 
pioneers of this name in tlie South." 

The words in the parenthesis are by the writer of this book, 
not by Stapleton. 

Rocheile, the stronghold of the French Protestants, "the 
State within a State,'' fell in the year 1627. This is half a cen- 
tury later than the time of the flight of the first LaRne as given 
in the statement attributed to Isaac LaRue, but 1627 is about 
the time that the grandfather of Peter LaRue (B. 1688) would 
have attained the age of young manliood and it is probably 
much nearer to the time of the flight than is the year 1571:. Is 
it true, then, that the Francois Laroux, who must have been 
scarcely more than a boy at the time of his escape from France, 
some time near the year 1627, when ^Manhattan Island was yet a 
forest, and who waited in the Palatinate or in Holland for a 
call to the New World, and who died on the banks of the Hudson' 
in 1689, Avas the first of the line of adult age to reach the western 
shore — the father of Abraham and grandfather of Peter? It is 
possible, but we do not know 

There are a dozen or more traditions, we might sa}^, legends, 
of the occasion and the manner of the flight of the first of the 
LaRues from France. Some of them even give names and dates, 
and include descriptions of a family coat of arms and accounts 
of abandoned titles and fortunes. But we cannot, with anv 
degree of certainty, trace the ancestry of Isaac LaRue, Sr., back 
to any particular individual or locality in France. All the 
traditions agree in one respect, which is, that the LaRues were 
Huguenots, that some of them, were murdered at or soon after 
tlie Massacre of St. Bartholomew (1572) and some escaped to 
Protestant countries in Europe, and thence made their way 
across the Atlantic. The exodus of French Protestants which 
began with the ^Massacre of St. Bartholomew did not reach its 
climax until the Edict of Nantes was formally revoked by Louis 
XIV (1685). Within a few years immediately following th? 
Revocation half a million Huguenots escaped. 

There were LaRues who came to America with the Dutch as 
early as 1680. A Timothy Bcnix was one of the 170 French 
refugees who came from England to Virginia on the ship "Peter 
and Anthony" in the year 1700. These had fled from France 
after the Revocation, 

The writer is indebted to ^Ir ]\I. H. Dul)bs, of St. Louis, Mo., 
for quotation from Stapleton's Memorials, page 37, showing that 
the name Rene la Foue appears on printed li-t of galley slaves 



released bv order of Louis XIV. on condition that thev leave the 

There is no doubt that several persons of the name which 
we now write liaRue made their escape from their native country, 
France, at ditt'ereiit times, covering a period, possibly, oi nearly 
one hundred vears. Thev mav have been of the same familv. 

t. ft k ft 

There is a tradition which was brought across the Alleghenies 
by Jacob LaRue (B. 1744, D. 1821) of an aged ''Aunt Fontaine," 
who was (Uie of the refugees from France, and whose story of 
the privations she had suffered is said to have been rememljered 
bv this Jacob LaRue. Unless she had lived until about the vear 

ft ft 

1754, that is, until Jacob was ten years old, he could not have 
been impressed by the story. "Aunt Fontaine," therefore, 
could hardly hnw Ijeen one of these who escaped before the Re- 
vocation into Holland or the Palatinate. Her liight from France 
must have been after Louis XW revoked the Edict. She prob 
abl\ came to America several vears after the first members of 

• ft 

her family had arrived. 

Returning from the realm of tradition and legend to estab- 
lished facts — what do we learn of Peter and Abraham, our re- 
mote forefathers ? 

1. The property of Abram Loroe in Ulster Co., X. Y., is 
referred to in a conveyance of date February 13, 16S8. 
(For this information the writer is indebted to Mr. ^I. 
H. Dubbs). 
'1. At Kingston, Ulster Co., Xew York, September 1, 1689, 
Abraham Laretr took the oath of allegiance to the Gov- 
ernor of Xew Yorli. \'(>1. '1. N. \. Colonial Records, 
p. 664. (To the writer this imiiiies a prior allegiance 
to the Dutch, who governed Xew York colonv until 

3. In 1694 Abraham Laniv "elected Constal)le, April 5, 

in the fifth year of the reign of Her Majesty, by the 
Freeholder^ Vstaten Island)." 

4. April 1. 17(X'>, ""Abraham LaRrw was elected Constable 

of the North Division of Staten Island." (Stillwell's 
Miscellany. Vol. I page do). 

5. January S, 1712. Hunterdon Co., X. J. — "An inventory 
oi the personal estate of Abraham LaRue. £380 — 1 S. 

7I/0 d.. inclusive bills and bonds, £138 '2.3. ]\Iade by 
John Parke and Andrew Smith. Sworn to bv the widow 


Olive LaRue." (X. J. Archives, Vol. 23, 1st series, 
page 282). 

6. June 14, 1712 (Xew Jersey Archives) — Abraham LaRue 



— ^"Administration on the estate granted to Ms widow 
Olive LaKue, the will (referred to as will of Abraham 
LaBoe, of Staten Island, yeoman, and dated September 
21, 1702) not having been properly proved, because 
some of the witnesses are dead and others can not be 
reached." Wife, Alche, sole devisee. Children men- 
tioned but not by name. Movable and immovable estate. 

7. 1722 — Peter Laru — Tax list in Hunterdon Co., N. J. — 
Cattle and horses, 10 : sheep, 6 ; acres, 50. 

8. 1729 — Peter Larue gave funds as a member of the old 
First Church of Trenton (formerlv Lawrenceville), 
N. J. 

9. Peter LaRue contributed to a fund to purchase a plan- 
tation as a home for the pastor of Hopewell Presby- 
terian Church, New Jersey (1731). 

10. Peter Lerou — in the poll of freeholders of Hopewell 
Township, Hunterdon C'o., N. J., October 9, 1738. 

11. "Peter Larow, of Hopewell in the western division of 
New Jersey, yeoman, on December 11, 1738, purchased 
of Abel Janney 288 acres in Wakefield, Bucks Co., Pa., 
and settled thereon ; later purchasing 216 acres adjoin- 
ing." (Davis' History of Bucks Co.) 

12. May 16, 1749 — Peter Larow conveyed 288 acres, part 
of both of above tracts, to Nicholas Larzelere. Mr. 
Davis adds, "No further record appears in Bucks Co. 
of Peter LaRue." 

We must conclude that not much later than 1749, Peter 
LaRue, then 61 years of age, followed his sons, who had already 
gone to Virginia. Records of Hampshire Co., Va., show entries 
of land in name of Peter LaRue from 1762 to 1765. Our next rec- 
ord of him is Julv 22, 177.8, when he made his will as Peter Larew, 
of Frederick County, Virginia, in which he named as one of his 
Executors, his grandson Jacob Lare.u\ of Frederick County, the 
oldest son of Isaac LaRue, Sr., who appears in this book as 
Jacob LaRue (I.) This will was probated May 7, 1783. If the 
testator was the Peter LeRoiix who was ba]:»tized in Kingston, 
New York, in 1688, he was 95 years old at the time of his death. 
He is doubtless the Peter LaRue of whom the tradition has been 
preserved, that his voice was so powerful that it could be heard 
a distance of two miles when he was rafting on the river. His 
half-brother, Daniel LaRue, who is buried on the banks of the 
Delaware, in Pennsylvania, died in the year 1795, at the more 
advanced age of 98 years. 

Nothing is said in the will of Peter Larew (LaRue) o^ his 



wife. From this we may infer that she had died prior to the 
year 1778. We cannot positively say who she was. AVe reject 
so much of the statement attributed to Isaac LaRue as shows 
that she was Phebe Carman, because we know that was the name 
of the wife of Isaac LaRue. If we can accept as correct that 
part of the Isaac LaRue statement which shows that Peter 
LaRue married the daughter of his step-mother, then we may 
gather from the genealogy as given by Davis that Peter LaRue 's 
wife was a daughter of Joshua Cresson, of Long Island, of 
whom it is said that "he was the youngest son of Pierre Cresson, 
a native of France, who had come to America from Holland, 
where he married a Dutch woman. Joshua Cresson was bap- 
tized in 1658 and died ])efore 1690, which latter date is approxi- 
matelv that of tlie marriatre of his widow to Abraham LaRue." 

Peter Larew (LaRue) in his will mentions his five children. 
They were A])raluim, Isaac (whose descendants we are tracing), 
Jacob, Elizal)eth Pierceson, and Anna Suber. 

Of the daughter Eliza])etl] Pierceson we know nothing 
further. The daugliter wlio is shown in the will as Anna Suher 
is doubtless the same daugliter of Peter LaRue referred to in 
the Isaac LaRue statement in the words, "one daughter who 
married a Stihiti, near Phila(lel])hia.'' The fact that this daugh- 
ter had married near PhiladeljJiia is additional ])roof that 
Peter LaRue renuiined near that city until his children were 
grown. We have seen that he sold his land in Bucks County, 
Pa., ill 1719. 

AVe have some account of the two brothers of Isaac LaRue, 
Sr., and thrir descendants. According to a letter of Air. John 
James LaRue (IX. B b), of Rij^pon, Jeffer.son County, West 
Virginia, which is in the immediate vicinity of the homestead 
of Isaac LaRue, Sr., Abraham LaRue (son of Peter and brother 
of Isaac, Sr.) settled in Augusta County, Virginia, and had three 
sons ("Aunt" Polly LaRue says four — see next chapter), 
namely, Peter. Reuben and Jacob, and a daughter who married 
a Drake. "Abraham left manv descendants in Augusta County 
and adjoining counties, some near Greenville and Staunton. 
They spell their name Larew." The son Jacob Avas one of the 
Executors of tlie will of his grandfather, Peter LaRue. A letter 
from Major AVilliam LaRue, of Ohio, written in 1870, a copy of 
which is among the papers of Airs. Ellis, shows that this Jacob, 
son of Abraham, went to AA^ashington County, Ohio, before the 
Year 1800. Later some of his descendants located in Alarion 
County in that State, where the name of a considerable town, 
Larue, commemorates their early settlement. (This statement 



of Major LaRue's does not ag-ree with the account of "Aunt 
Polly" LaRue, who shows that another descendant of Jacob 
LaRue moved to Ohio at an early date. See next chapter.) 

From the letter of Mr. John James LaRue we also learn 
that Jacob, tlie other brother of Isaac, Sr., settled in Hampshire 
Co.. Va. (now in AV. Va.), and that his children were three sons. 
Peter, John and Xoah, and three daughters, Abigail, Elizabeth 
and Sarah. "Jacob's descendants drifted along- the Ohio River 
and over into the State of Ohio. ' ' It was this Jacob 's son, Peter, 
who married Elizabeth LaRue, his cousin, a daughter of Isaac 
LaRue, Sr. The daughter. Elizabeth, it is believed, was married 
about the year 1770, to AVilliam Keith and had seven sons — 
Jacob, John, Henry, Isaac, William, Jesse and Daniel — and 
three daualiters — Sarah. Amv and Priscilla. This familv moved 
to Kentuckv. 

The published Abstracts of Records of Augusta County. Vir- 
ginia, show: "April 9, 1784 — Abraham Larew and son Reuben 
taken in Capt. Long's Company — Tithables of Staunton;" also, 
"August 10. 1790 — Abraham Larew 's will; devises or bequests 
to son Jacob, to daughter ^lary, to daughter Anna, to Phillip 
Drake, to son Reuben, to son Peter's three children, to daughter 
Mary's son, John Standlee." 

Peter, John and Xoah LaRue (Larew) all appear in the list 
of heads of families of Hampsliire County. Va., for the year 
1784. Their father. Jacob Larue, appears in a list of heads of 
families of the same county for the year 1782. These State 
records have recenth- been jniblislied by tlie United States Cen- 
sus Bureau in a series intended to show tlie names of all persons 
appearing in tlie first Federal Census (1790). The records of 
the State of Virginia for the Federal Census of that year were 
burned when the city of AVashington was taken by the British 
in the AVar of 1812. and for this reason local tax lists for Vir- 
2*inia for the vears 1782 and 1784 are given in this series of 

< iovrniment ]^iibli cations. 




After sending out prospectus of this book, the writer re- 
ceived from two sources — I\Iiss Fannie LaRue, of Summit Point, 
W. \'a. (a descendant of James LaRue — IX.) and ]\Ir. ]\L H. 
Dubbs, of Wyoming, Ohio, now with tlie St. Louis Star, of St. 
Louis, Mo., who comes from another line of the LaRues — copies 
of a statement of ]\Iiss Marv LaRue (usually known as "Aunt 
Polly*'j, who was a descendant of Alu'aham LaRue, one of the 
two brothers of Isaac LaRue, Sr. This statement is interesting, 
not oidy because it shows the persistence in various branches of 
descendants of the story of the immiirration of LaRue brothers 
at an early day in our liistory, but also as giving a more com- 
plete account of the I'hildren of Al)raham LaRue, of Augusta 
County, Va., than is sliown in the i)receding chapter. "Aunt 
Pollv" died in tlic \<'ar ls68, aged over eight\' ^•ears. She was 
buried at the Tinkling Spring Presl)yterian Church, near 
Staunton, Va. 

The statement is given in lull liclow, including a touch of 
"Aunt Polly's" luunor. The original was in her handwriting, 
with the name sj^ellcd J.arcw. The parenthetical notes are by the 
author of this book. 

"Pedigrek of the LaRie Family. 

Four brothers of the LaRues came from France in the six- 
teenth (of course, the seventeenth) century, and it is supposed 
that all of the LaRues in the United States sprang from them. 
Their names were Abraham, Isaac, Reuben and Jacob. From 
which of the four brothers we are descended I am not able to 
say. ]\Iy grandfather's name was Abrahmu. He had one brother 
Isaac and (another brother) ^JacolT^ see the will of Peter LaRue 
for verification.) Some of Isaac's familv moved to Kentuckv. 
]My grandfather married C'h (elsewhere shown as Sibylj Lairt-- 
bert, who was from Holland. Thev lived in New Jersev, not far 
from Princeton.^ They had four sons and -two daughters — Peter, 
John, Reuben and Jacob, Mary and Anna. Peter married and 
staved in New Jersev. He had one son and two daughters. The 
girls married and settled there, and. one of the sons. Abraham, 
married and moved to Ohio. One of mv father's brothers (evi- 
dentlv John) was killed bv the fall of a tree. He was walking 
out one morning, and a tree fell on him and killed him: and 
Reuben was never married, and Jacob, your grandfather (the 



writer does uot know for whom the statement was prepared) 
married Marv Fortiner (or Fortner.) Her father's name was 
Benjamin Fortiner and her mother's name was Isabella Dong- 
lass. Thev were both from Scotland. 

Mary LaRue, that is, m}' great annt, married a man by the 
name of Stanley- (this name seems to be Standlee in the will of 
Abraham LaRue — Larew — See previons chapter.) They had two 
children, a boy and a girl. The boy died in the arm}', and the 
girl was choked to deathjjy a bean. 

Anna married Phillip Drake, a Baptist preacher : then all 
the family moA'ed to Orange C'onnty, A'irginia. They lived some 
time in Orange, and then moved to Christian Creek, Augaista 
Co.. Va. 

Your grandfather (Jacob, the son of Abraham is here re- 
ferred to — see above) had nine children.' Peter was the oldest. 
He married Anna Shields and moved to Monroe Co., West Va. 
lie had a larse familv of children. "^Betsv married Jonathan 
Brooks. Thev lived in Augusta (countA') until thev had four 
children and then moved to Ohio. He took sick in Ohio, and 
came to Uncle Phillip Drake "s, in Kentucky, and there died ; and 
she married John Allen ; they then movecl back to Montgomery 
County, Ohio. She had eight children to Allen: three of her 
sons to Allen are living and the rest are dead. The last account, 
three of her Brook (or Brooks) children were living, i John mar- 
ried Betsv Doke. and she had one child. Thev moved to Ohio 
and his wife and child both died. After their death he 
settled in Kentucky, and there married Betsy Robinson. She 
had six children — four sons and two^^^iughters. Two of the 
sons are dead : the rest are living. TminjiQi"; and Clifton are the 
living sons. They are married and have families. ^ Benjamin 
married Jane Rhea : lived awhile in Augusta and moved to Rock- 
bridge (county). They had ten children, four of which are 
dead; the rest are living and have families, except the youngest 
son, who is unmarried. Pie (Benjamin) died in this country, 
and his widow and her youngest son moved to Indiana. Avhere 
she lived about a year and died. ^Joseph married Polly Wilson, 
who died leaving one child, who married John Glendy, who 
lived in Pulaski. He then married Betsy Scott. She had nine 
children, the most of whom are dead. He died some years before 
his wife. ^ Sallie married John Best and moved to Kentucky. 
They had four cliildren, all of Avhom are dead. ''Polly (the 
author of the statement) still lives in a state of Single Blessed- 
ness; thinks perhaps she may get a preacher. ^ Jacob married 
Aim?. Scott and had ten children. '^ Ann married Daniel Rhea 



and had nine children when she was 32 years of age. He mar- 
ried again and their daughter is dead. They live in 
Indiana, Fayette County." (End of "Aunt Polly's" account). 
The writer of this book has an additional list of the descend- 
ants of this Abraham EaRue. It is long, and to include it would 
make another story. 



Following' is a copy of the will of Peter LaRne, father of 
Isaac LaRiie, 8r., which was probated in Frederick County, Vir- 
ginia, May 7, 1783, and which is of record in that county in Will 
Book Xo. 4, page 661. This will was proved b}' the oaths of 
Joseph Carman and ]\Iary Carman, two of the subscribing wit- 
nesses. Marv Carman (V.) was a daughter of Isaac LaRue, Sr. 
Joseph Carman was her husband. The other two witnesses wero 
evidently Isaac LaRue, 8r., and his son James LaRue (IX.) It 
will be noted that all the LaRues sign this will Larew. 

"In the name of God, Amen. 

"I, Peter Larew, of Frederick County, in Virginia, 
being in health and perfect mind and memory, thanks be 
given to God, calling unto mind the mortality' of my body 
and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, 
do make and ordain this mv last will and testament. And 
first will that mv bodv be buried in a decent. Christian 
manner, to be paid out of my estate by my executor. And 
as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased 
God to bless me, I give, demise and dispose of the same in 
the following manner and form. That is to say, I give 
to my five children. Abraham Larew, Isaac Lare\v, Jacob 
Larew, Elizabeth Pierceson and Anna Suber, or their 
heirs, the whole of my estate, to be equally divided 
amongst them, except so much as to pay my debts and 
funeral charges. 

"And 1 do constitute, make and ordain my grandsons, 
Jacob Larew, of Frederick County, and Jacob Larew, of 
Oi-ange County, as my executors to execute this, my last 
will and testament. 

"In witness whereof T have hereunto s^t my hand and 
seal, this twentv-second da^' of Julv, 1778." 

Peter Larew (Seal) 

Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the said 
Peter Larew as his last will and testament in the presence 
of us, the subscribers, 

Joseph Carman, 
Isaac Larew, 
Ja:\ies Larew, 
Mary Carman.'' 

On the same day this will was probated, the two grandsons 
named as executors were duly oualified as such. 


THE car:\iax family 

Because of intermarriages, the Carman family was closely 
allied witli the LaRues. 

From a book entitled '"One Hundred and Fifty Years a Bap- 
tist Church," as copied by I\[rs. Emily C. Ellis, the following 
facts in regard to the history of the old church at Cranbury, 
Xew Jersey, appear. First pastor, James Carman, who was born 
at Cape May in 1677, and died October 21, 1756. He was mar- 
ried first to Margaret Duwys, by whom he had seven children, 
namely, Phebe. James, Ruth, Margaret, Elizabeth, Caleb, and 
John. His second marriage wasto Sarah Frazier, by whom he 
had three children, Rachel, Ephraim, and Samuel. These chil- 
dren married into the foUowing families: \\^oods. Bills, LaRue, 
Prince, Simmons, and others. 

There were seventeen constituent members of this church, 
all of whom were dismissed from the ^liddletown (X. J.) church. 
Among these were James Carman aiul ^largaret Carman. James 
Carman was 67 years of age at the time the church was organ- 
ized (May 1, 174').) He was born at Cape ^lay, l)red a Church- 
man, moved to Pliiladeli)hia as a child, went with his family to 
Staten Island, where in his fifteenth year he was baptized b}' 
Rev. Elia< Keech. He first went among the Quakers. X"ot con- 
tent with them, he joined tlie X'ew Light Presbyterians. Two 
of his children were ba])tized by them. Repenting of that faith, 
he joined the Middletown (X'. J.) church, and in time was 
licensed to ])reach au'ong that branch, of the Middletown churcli 
which resided at Cranbury and which is now the church at 
Hightstown, X'ew Jersey. His funeral sermon was preached by 
Al)el ^lorgan. He was buried near the pulpit in which for 
eleven years he had preached. His l)ody now rests in the old 
burial sround at Cranbury, about four miles distant. 

Phebe, one of the daughters of James Carman, became the 
wife of Isaac LaRue, Sr. AVith little doubt it may be said that 
Joseph Carman, the first husband of Mary LaRue (V.), and the 
Kentucky pioneer preacher. Joshua Carman, of whom mention 
is made in the chapter on Early Churches and Pastors of the 
Upper X'^olynn Valley, were also descended from the Rev. James 
Canuan. They were probably his grandsons. 

The first American ancestor of the Rev. James Carman, of 
Cranbury, X'ew Jersey, is believed to have been John Carman, 
wlio arrived on the X'ew Encrland coast within eleven vears 
after the landing of the Mayfiower. and later located on Long 
Island. AVhile the writer is unable to trace the line of descent 



fully, the followiBg facts are of interest, and the similarity of 
Christian names among the New England Carmans and those 
of New Jersey and Kentucky strongly suggest a connection. 

From Bunker's "Long Island Genealogies," beginning on 
page 164, the f oUoAving record of the Carman family is obtained : 
John Carman, of Roxbury, came to Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1631 ; 
settled at Sandwich ; his wife was Florence ; their chil- 
dren : 

1. John Carman, Jr. (II.) — born 1633, married Hannah 

2. Abagail Carman — born 1635 ; married Benjamin Coe. 

3. Caleb Carman — born ; died . 

4. Joshua Carman — born ; was a minor in 1661. 

5. Caleb Carman (presumably the second child of John Car- 
man, Sr., who had this name^ — born 1645. AYas the first 
white child born in Hempstead, Long Island, and was 

In 1641, John Carman was at Stamford, Connecticut. 
"Hempstead (L. I.) was bought of the Natives in 1643 by Rev. 
Robert Fordham and Mr. John Carman. They obtained a patent 
from Governor Kieft in 1644." John Carman, Sr., died about 

John Carman, Jr., (II.) died in 1684. Children of John 
Carman, Jr. (II.) and his wife, Hannah . 

1. Jolm Carman (III.) — born ; married Hannah, 

daugliter of Capt. John Seaman : Avas one of the execu- 
tors of his father's will. 

2. Caleb Carman (III.) — born . No further record 

shown, except that he was one of the executors of will of 
his father. 

3. Benjamin Carman — born : married Deliverance 

. He died in 1694, and his widow married Jona- 
than Lewis, of Smithtown. 

4. Samuel Carman— born . No further record, ex- 
cept mention in his father's will. 

5. Thomas Cannan — i)orn . No further record, ex- 
cept mention in his father's will. 

6. Joshua Carman (II.^i — born . Was a minor in 


7. Joseph Carman — born . Was a minor in 1684. 

8. Abagail Carman — born . AVas a minor in 1684. 

The will of John Carman, Jr. (II.), who died in 1684, re- 
cites that "Brother Joshua's property is to be taken care of for 
him" and he is to live with testator's sons, John and Caleb, if it 


THE car:\iax family 

is his wish. This would imply some infirmity in the testator's 
brother Joshua, possibly the blindness attributed to the other 
brother, Caleb (born 1645.; The probability that the record 
that Caleb (born 1645) was blind is erroneous, is further indi- 
cated by the appearance of a (.'aleb Carman in New Jersey, as 
set out below. 

Stillwell"s ^Miscellany, page 399, shows "Indenture, April 11, 
1694, betv\een Caleb Carman and Elizabeth, his wife, and others, 
to sell land in County of Cape May,'' signed and sealed by Caleb 
Carman and Elizabeth Carman. And prior to this, in 16b6, 
"Caleb Carman, of Cape ^lay County, leased 1,200 acres of 
land in Burlington County" (X. J.) 

Again, as shown in Vol. XXL. X. J. Archives, 1st Series, page 
460, appears entry: "West Jersey records, Liljer B, Part 2: 
1695— Api'il 22— West Jersey Society to John and Caleb Car- 
man, of Cape May, whalers, deed for 255 acres there." This 
Caleb was prol)ably a son of the Caleb previously referred to, 
whose wife was Elizabeth. 

As has been indicated, the writer is unable, from available 
data, to trace the descent of James Carman, father of Phebe, 
who married Isaac EaRue, Sr.. clearly back to John Carman who 
was at Lynn, Massachusetts, in ]6.')1: Init he has little doubt as 
to this being the correct line. 

It is significant that Phebe 's father, the Rev. James Carman, 
was born at Cape May fX'^. J.), and that Caleb Carman, of Cape 
May County, in the year 1688, when James Cannan was just 
eleven vears of aL»-e, ^^■as leasing lands in Burlington Countv, 
near the place where we find the LaRues established a few years 
later. In the X>w Jersey marriage records, from the year 1740 
to 1785, as shown in Vol. XXIT.. X". J. Archives, 1st Series, Car- 
mans are shown with the Christian names Samuel, Benjamin, 
John, Abagail and Hannah. These are the same names borne 
by earlier members of the family in X>w England and on Long 
IslancL The familiar old names Jo.shua and Caleb were carried 
into Kentucky. (See V. A in this book.) 

The traditions and the faith, not only of the Quakers of 
Pennsylvania, but also those of the Puritans of Massachusetts, 

influenced the lives of Phebe Carman LaRue and her children. 

* * # 

The writer is indebted to Miss Fannie LaRue. of Summit 
Point, W. Va., for transcripts of all records pertaining to the 
Carman family referred to in this chapter, except what is taken 
from the historv of the old church at Cranburv, X'. J. 



ISAAC, the father of the branch of the LaRue familv which h 
traced in this book, and who is designated as Isaac LaRue, 
Senior, was born in Hunterdon (now ]\Iercer) County, New 
Jerse}', in the year 1712. As we have seen in a preceding chap- 
ter, he was a son of Peter LaRue (or Lareiv, as he signed his 
name to his will; and of his wife, whose maiden name was pos- 
sibly Cresson. The time of the birth of Isaac LaRue, Sr., is 
fixed by an entry in the old family Bible recording the birth of 
his son, James LaRue (IX.), which, according to Mrs. Emily 
C. Ellis, and confirmed by descendants now in Virginia, states 
that James was "the fifth son and was born in the 50th year of 
his father, the 37th year of his mother, October the 4th, 1762." 
Ao:ain, Mrs. Ellis savs : ''I have seen a letter written bv Isaac 
LaRue, born 1712. the Emigrant from Xcav Jersey to Virginia, 
in which he states to a grandson to whom he is writing that his 
father Peter LaRue, son of Abraham, who married a second 
wife after Peter was born. This letter in 1909 was in the pos- 
session of John J. LaRue. a lineal descendant of the writer, who 
then resided in Rippon, Jefl'ersou Co.; W. Va." 

The childhood, vouth and earlv manhood of Isaac LaRue. 
Sr.. were doubtless spent iu the vicinity of his birthplace, in 
Hopewell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He was 
}iast thirty years of age when he located with his young wife on 
tlie frontier which five years previously, in the year 1738, had 
been organized as Frederick County, Virginia, and where, it ap- 
pears from the contract of which a copy appears next after this 
chapter, he bought land June 3, 17-1-3. Mrs. Ellis says: "I aac 
LaRue, B. 1712, mentions in the letter referred to that before 
he came to Viruiuia in 1743. he married, in New Jersev, Phebe 
Carman." This sentence settles two important facts — the 
identity of his wife and the time when he moved to the Shenan- 
doah Valley. AVe liave already observed that Phebe was a 
daughter of the Rev. James Carman, Baptist minister of Middle- 
town, Cranbur}', and later Hightstown, Xew Jersey, who in early 
life was affiliated with the Quakers. 

The primitive condition of the country which Isaac LaRue, 
Sr.. chose for his home may l)e imagined from reading the pre- 
amble of the Act of the A'irginia legislature of Xovember, 1738, 
the r2th year of the reign of George II., establishing Frederick 
County, which is as follows: 

"Whereas, great numbers of people liave settled themselves of 
late upon the rivers of Sherando, Cohongoruton and Opeekon, and 



the Ijranches thereof, on the northwest side of the Blue Eidge of 
mountains, whereby the strength of this colony, and the security 
upon the frontiers and his Majesty's revenue of quit rents are 
like to be much eulianced and augmented: For giving encourage- 
ment to such as settle there: Be it enacted" — that the counties of 
Frederick and Augusta be established from portions of the ter- 
ritory of Orange County, etc. (Hening's Virginia Statutes, Vol. 5, 
page' 78). 

The town of AViiiehester was not established by legislative 
act until 1752. (Henino', Vol. 6, Chap. 26.) 

By an act of the Virginia legislature of 1756, provision was 
made for the erection of a fort at Winchester for protection of 
the inhabitants against French and Indians. (Hening, Vol. 8, 
page 33.) 

Long Marsh, Clarke County, Virginia, where it is crossed by the public 
road near ViUa LaRue. the house built by Jabez LaRue (X.) near the 
site of the log house erected by Isaac LaRue, Sr.. wnen he moved from 
New Jersey to Virginia, in 1743. Photograph, 1921, 

From these legislative acts, it would appear that the region 
in which Isaac LaRue, Sr., settled in 1743 was not less wild and 
inhospitable than was the valley of the Ohio when most of his 
children migrated there fortv vears later. Fincastle Countv, 
^ irginia, was not organized until 1772. when it was cut off f rom 



Botetourt. In October, 1776, it became extinct, its territory 
being- divided into the Counties of Kentucky, AYashington and 
Montgomery (Hening, Vol. 8, page 600.) 

From a letter of John J. LaRue (IX. B b) to Mrs. Ellis, writ- 
ten in 1906, it appears that Isaac LaRue, Sr., on his arrival in 
Virginia, settled on Long Marsh, a stream about three miles 
from the site of Berry ville (formerly called Battletown), now 
the countv seat of Clarke Conntv, which countv has been organ- 
ized from a portion of the territory of Frederick. "Isaac came 
from New Jersey (Hunterdon County), as shown by an old deed 
dated 1743. =^ * * His first purchase of Lindsey (was) on 
the Marsh, and he afterward took up land lying back from the 
stream. * * * The old house where Isaac lived was of logs, 
one and a half story high, and as his family increased he would 
add another log pen, until he had, as I have been told, five or 
•six. A portion of the old house stood until some thirty years 
ago." Again, Mr. John J. LaRue says: "The latter (referring 
to Jabez LaRue — X.) lived at Villa LaRue, where Isaac (his 
father) settled, but built a new stone house. * * * The old 
prim house of stone is still standing," (1906.) 

With the clearing of his land and the care of a young famih% 
the da^'S and hours of Isaac LaRue, Sr.. for a quarter of a cen- 
tury after his arrival in Virginia, were fully occupied. His first 
child, Jacob, was born May 1. 174-1, the year after Isaac moved 
from New Jersey. The mother, Phebe, was then just nineteen 
vears of age. The second child. John, was born before the ex- 
piration of two years from this date. The young-est child, 
Jabez (X.) was born in 1768. 

The activities of Isaac LaRue, Sr., however, were not limited 
wholly to tlie clearing and cultivation of his land. Mr. John J. 
LaRue says: "'He raised horses and tried to keep a hundred, 
but could not kee]^ this number, so he had 99, or over 100. ' ' 

In the city of Washington is preserved a list of voters for 
members of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, at an election 
held July 24, 1758. in the district which then embraced Freder- 
ick County. This list is said to be in the handwriting of George 
Washington, who was one of the candidates voted for at the 
election. Among* the voters for George Washington, as shown in 
copy of the list as ]iul)lished in the Virginia ]\ragazine of His- 
tory and BiograjJiy for 1898-9, at page 165, is the name of 
Isaac Larru, of Frederick County. This doubtless refers to 
Isaac LaRue, Sr. At that early day. Alexandria, fifty miles 
down the Potomac, was the trading place for the people of Fred- 
erick County. It is by no means improbable that Isaac LaRue, 


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in that town. And they may also have met in Frederick County, 
where AVashington in his young- days was engaged as a surveyor. 
Tlie lands on Long Marsh which Isaac LaRue, Sr., purchased 
from the Lindseys were granted to them by Lord Fairfax, and 
in Lord Fairfax's grant these lands are referred to as having 
been "surveyed by Mr. George AYashington in 1761." 

From all that can now be learned, it is apparent that Isaac 
LaRue, Sr., became a prosperous A^irginia planter, with perhaps 
rather more than the usual zeal of farmers to own more land 
Avith each succeeding year. Although his family increased rapid- 
ly, until the support and education of his children must have 
required his constant attention, he seems to have been able to 
purchase immense tracts of land in various portions of A^irginia. 
The published Abstracts of Records of Augusta County show 
several such purchases by him about the years 1770 and 1771. 
As early as the year 1779 he was entering lands in the western 
count V of Kentuckv. 

Among the depositions taken to perpetuate testimony in 
regard to land titles, preserved in the office of the Clerk of the 
County Court of Hardin County, Kentucky, are six depositions 
of Squire Boone, brother and fellow-adventurer of the more 
celebrated Daniel, all of which relate to lands patented by Isaac 
LaRue, Sr., or by members of his family. (See Appendix A.) 
In one of these depositions (Xo. 3), which was given September 
13, 1797, Squire Boone says that "in the year 1779 he was pass- 
ing through this way" and saw the tract of 6.250 acres of land 
(below the mouth of the Beech Fork of Salt River) and "when 
he had opportunity, ordered it to be entered in the name of 
Isaac LaRue. Senr. " Another tract, of 3,335 acres, Avas entered 
for Isaac LaRue, Sr., by direction of Boone, in the year 1783. 
(See deposition Xo. 4.) 

The fact that members of the family of Isaac LaRue, Sr., 
had some arrangement Avith Boone under which he Avas entering 
lands for them in Kentucky is evident, not only from the depo- 
sitions of Boone, which are shoAvn in Appendix A, but also from 
the letter Avritten by Isaac Hodgen (VI. C) and John Hodgen 
(A^I. E) to the widow and son of their uncle James LaRne (IX.). 
dated April 8, 1811. Avhich is shoAvn in the chapter relating to 
Isaac Hodgen (A"I. C). It is not improbable that the acquaint- 
ance of Isaac LaRue, Sr.. Avith the Boone family dated back to 
the years Avhen Isaac's father and Squire Boone, the father of 
Daniel and of the Scpiire whose depositions are referred to, Avere 
neiorhbors in Bucks Countv. PennsAdvania, Avhere, according to 



the Life of Daniel Boone in Sparks' American Biography, the 
latter was born, in February, 1735. and where he remained until 
he was "a small boy/' when he removed to the neighboring 
County of Berks. As we have seen, in a preceding chapter, 
Peter LaRue bought land in Bucks County, Pa., in December, 
1738, "and settled thereon.'' AVhile it appears that Isaac LaRue, 
Sr., claimed Hunterdon County. Xew Jersey, as his place of 
residence when he bought land in Virginia, in 1713, he would 
naturally have known the neighbors of his father, whose home 
in Bucks County, Pa., was just across the Delaware River from 
the Xew Jersev Countv in which Isaac himself then lived. 

By far the greater part of the Virginia lands Avhich Isaac 
LaRue, Sr., ac({uired were in the territory which is now included 
in the State of West Virginia. As late as the year 1806, the 
Virginia legislature passed an act establishing a ferry across 
the Little Kanawha River from a point in Wood County to "the 
lands claimed by the heirs of Isaac LaRue, on the opposite 
shore." (Sliei)herd's Virginia Statu.tes. Vol. 3, page 216.) This 
point, of course, is now in West Virginia. 

How many thousands of acres of land, in Virginia and Ken- 
tucky, Isaac LaRue, Sr.. entered or purchased and gave to his 
children in his lifetime, it is impossible to say. His will makes 
provision for only three of his ten children — James (IX.), Jabez 
(X.), and the sons and daughters of his daughter Elizabeth 
(IV.) There is no reason to doubt that the other children had 
been equally as well provided for before his death. The land 
at Middle Island referred to in his will consisted of 2,300 acres — 
300 acres on an island in the Ohio River, and 2,000 acres at t]\e 
mouth of ^Middle Island Creek, in Ohio Countv (Abstracts of 
Records of Augusta County, Va.. Vol. 2, page 116.) And it 
appears that he owned land in Cabell County, which was not 
disposed of by his will — 2L000 acres, "granted by Din\Aiddie's 
proclamation to Nathaniel Barrett and others, they being 
soldiers under Capt. John Savage, and sold by them to Isaac 
LaRue." (Id., page 50.) This land was conveyed bv ulQ heirs 
o± Isaac LaRue, Sr., in the years 1809 and 1810 {id.) 

In the Appendix to the ''Journal of Colonel George Wash- 
ington" of his expedition in 1754 to the Ohio River, at page 
211. is copied the following advertisement from the Virginia 
Gazette of February 17. 1775 : 

"It is now become indispensably necessary that the claimants 
in the patent to Mr. John Savage and others vrho were with 
Colonel Washington at the battle of the Meado\^'s, for 28,627 
acres of land on ihe River Ohio and the Sandv Creeks, should 



come to a speedy diviss'oii of the said lands: They and every 
one of them, or their representatives, are therefore desired to 
attend at the continence of the Great Kanliawa on Monday, the 
8th day of May next, in order to proceed to a divission. It will 
also be expected that the costs attending the original snrvey be 
by such claimants then paid." Signed by Van Swearengen, R. 
Rntherford, Isaac Lareir and James McCormick. It appears 
from the transcript shown on page 50 of Records of Angnsta 
County that Isaac LaRne, Sr., finally became the owner of 21,000 
of this 23,627 acres, by purchase from the original grantees. 
George AVa.^hington was grantee of a large tract under the 
same proclamation of Gov, Dinwiddle, and he seems to have had 
a part in making the survey and division of the lands. The 
original ledgers, in ^Vashington 's handwriting, showing receipts 
and disbursements on account of this survey, are in the State 
Department at AVashington, and they are copied in Appendix 
to his "Jotirnar' above referred to. on page 209 of which ap- 
pear the following credits : 

'"1771, December 11. 

By Isaac Lareiv, for Xathan Barrett, £1 — s. 1. 
By George AVashington's quota, £11 — s. 5." 
Among the largest payments shown in the ledgers kept by 
Washington are tliose to Captain Crawford, who seems to have 
been engaged in surveying the lands. There is a family tradi- 
tion of a Colonel Crofford (probably this same Capt. Crawford), 
who was engaged to survey lands for Isaac LaRue, and who, it is 
said, was killed bv the Indians. 

In Appendix (B) is shown a list of Kentucky land grants 
to Isaac LaRue. Sr.. and to his sons. 

As an instance of the liberality of Isaac LaRne, Sr., toward 
his children, a copy of an instrument of writing, which was evi- 
dently intended as a deed of conveyance, and which is of record 
in the office of the Clerk of the County Court of Hardin County, 
Kentuckv, is iriven below : 

"October the twenty-seventh, one thousand seven 
liundred and ninet^■-two. I do herebv give a tract of land 
in Kentuckv conveved hv warrant and location in mv 
name, of some thousand acres, on the waters of Salt River, 
unto mv son Isaac Larue, his heirs and cissigns forever. 
Given under my hand and seal, the twenty-seventh of 
October. 1792. Isaac Larue (Seal) 

^Witnesses present : 

Jabez Larue, Joseph Hamton, 

Benjamin Denny. Phebe Lart^e.'^ 



As to the character of the man Isaac LaRue, Sr. ; if we mav 
judtre from the reading of his will and from the tenacity with 
which he clung to Hebraic names for his children, he must have 
been a devout believer in the Scripture. AVe may infer that, 
following his father, he was a member of the Presbyterian 
Church. We have seen in the sketch of the Carman family, that 
his wife was a daughter of a Ba])tist minister. 

His will, which was written wiiolly by himself — though doubt- 
less the wording of the introductory ])ortion was taken from 
some form in current use, as many of the \'irginia wills of that 
period show the same phrasi'ology — is sufficient evidence that 
he spoke the English language. The French of his great-grand- 
father or the Dutch of his great-grandmother was never spoken 
or heard in Ids home in tlie ^'alley of the Shenandoah. 

As is disclosed in tlie record nf a land suit filed in tlie court 
of Hardin County. Kentucky, in tlie year \>\2, Isaac LaUue, Sr., 
died in the montli of March. 17!M. He was eiLdity-three years 

The g^raveyard of the old Buck Marsh Meeting? House, 
a quarter of a mile from Berryville. Clarke County, 
Virginia, where Isaac LaRue, Sr., his wife. Phebe 
Carman LaKue. and liis fath>-r. Peter Lallue, were 
buried. The stones placed at tlieir g'raves have disap- 
peared. Til'- tall stone at the left is at the g^rave of 
James LaRue (IX.). who died in 1S09. The middle stone 
is that of Jabez LaRue (X.). who died in 1S2.3. Persons 
in picture (left to right >. Francis C. LaFlue (IX. B b 1), 
his sister. Mamif. and Mrs. Archie R. Arnette. (Photo- 
graph. March. 1021). 

of age at the time of his death. His wife, Phebe Carman, born 
in 1725, was then seventy years old. She died about the begin- 
ning of the year 180-1^. Administration on her estate was granted 



in Frederick Count}-, Yiro-inia, in April of that year. Isaac 
LaRne, Sr., and his wife were buried in the graveyard of the old 
Buck Marsh meeting- house, near Berryville, Va. 

The papers in the land suit just referred to, which was 
styled Larue 's Heirs vs. Slack, set out the will of Isaac LaRue, 
Sr., as shown on another page of this book. The record of this 
suit also gives the names of the heirs of Isaac LaRue, Sr., who 
were living in the year 1812. 

Among the several lists of heads of families of Frederick 
Count}', Virginia, for the year 1782, may be seen one which was 
made bv George Noble. Evidentlv his territorv included the 
Long Marsh neighborhood, for on his list we find the names of 
Isaac Larue, with a household consisting of twelve whites and 
six blacks, Robert Hodgen, his son-in-law, with eleven whites 
and two blacks, and Joseph Carman, another son-in-law, with 
nine whites and no blacks. AYe shall see, in the sketch of the 
Rev. Joshua Carman in the chapter on Early Churches and 
Pastors that slavery was not in favor with at least one member 
of the Carman family. On George Noble's list of heads of 
families also appears the name of David Castleman, with a 
household of ten whites and five blacks. Two of the seven sons of 
David Castleman followed the children of Isaac LaRue, Sr., to 
the Nolvnn Vallev, and descendants of these two neighbors on 
the Long Marsh intermarried in Kentucky. (See I. L, I. M 
and I. He.) 

The children of Isaac LaRue, Sr., anrJ Phehe Carman, his 
wife, were ten — 

L Jacob LaRue (1744-1821). 

II. John LaRue (1746-1792). 

III. Isaac LaRue. 

IV. Elizabeth — married Peter LaRue. 

V. Marv LaRue Carman (later Harris). 

VI. Sarah LaRue Hodcen (1755-1825). 

VII. Rebecca LaRue Helm. 

VIII. Samuel LaRue. 

IX. James LaRue (1762-1809). 

X. Jabez LaRue (1768-1823). 

See following pages for sketches of these children and names 
of their descendants. 



ISAAC LARUE (1743). 

A copy of the following interesting document has been re- 
ceived from ^Ir. A. R. Arnette, of Berryville, Virginia, who is a 
descendant of James LaRue (IX.). 

"Ai tides of a<^reeinent made and concluded tliis 3rd day of June 
in the year of our Lord 1743, between Isaac Larue, of Hopewell in 
ye county of Hunterdon and province A of west New Jersey, yeo- 
man, of one part, and Nathaniel Doherty, of the county of Oranofc 
and colony of Virfrinia, of the other part. Witne^seth that ye said 
Xathauiel Dohertv Jmith sold unto ve said Isaac Larue a tract of 
land on the lon^r marsh near Shanayidor in the countv of Orange, 
containinir two hundred & fifty acres, be it more or less, with all 
the improvcincnts on the same, it is also ajrreed that the said 
Xatlianitd I)()h«'rty. Senior, is to have tlie use of tlie improvements 
duiin<r liis lift', also his widow, if she lives over, durin;^ lu-r life. It 
is to be noted tliat the land is to bi' sold from the seller and his 
heirs to the buver and his heirs forever from the heirs, executors, 
adminst. & assi«;ns of the seller to the lieirs, executors, admst. and 
assignrs of the bycr. Isaac Larue is to have a patent from Joiste 
Kite pcrsuont to a bond siffned from the said Nathaniel Doherty to 
said Isaac Larue bearinir date in tlie year 1737. The price of the land 
is one hundred jiouiids. Virfrinia money, sixty pounds to be paid 
about the middle of ()cto])er next ami the otlier 40 pounds in March 

Isaac Larue (Fieal) 
Nathaniel Doherty {Seal) 


Sioiied. sealed & delivered 

in the presence of 
Thomas Lixdsy 
Kdmund Lindsy 
^V^[. Stone." 

This document bears indorsement, "Isaac Larue lodged in 
Court, August, 1750." 

AYe have seen in the preceding chapter that Frederick Countj^ 
was formed in the year 1738, from a portion of Orange County. 
The fact that Doherty refers to Long Marsh in Orange Countij, 
and recites that he also was of Orange County, would indicate 
that the above contract was made with reference to a descrip- 
tion which was applicable in 1737, before the Long Marsh ter- 
ritorv was cut off from Orange Countv. 



Foliov-mg is a copy of the will of Isaac LaRue, which is of 
record in the office of the Auditor, City of Winchester. Virginia, 
and which was admitted to probate September 3, 1795, in the 
Superior Court held at Winchester for the District composed 
of the Counties of Berkeley. Frederick. Hampshire. Hardy and 
Shenandoah, upon proof by the oaths of Ephraim Garrison, John 
Gold and James Feely that the instrument of writing offered was 
whollv in the handwritinsr of the testator : 

"In the name of God. Amen. The iir^t dav of Aucrust one thou- 
sand seven hundred and ninety-four (179-1). I, Isaac Larue, of 
Frederick Countv in the State of Virginia, being in perfect mind 
and memory, thanks be given to God therefore, calling unto mind 
the mortality of my Body and knowing that it appointed for all 
men once to die. do make and ordain this mv last will and Testa- 
ment, that is to say. principally and first of all I give and recom- 
mend my soul in the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my 
body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner 
at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the gen- 
eral resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power 
of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath 
pleased God to bless me in this life I give, demise and dispose of 
tlte same in the following manner and form. 

"Imprirnufi. I give and bequeath to Phebe. my beloved wife, one 
full third part of my movable state and one third part of my home 
plantation during her life time and two negroes. Lucy and ^lakiah 
during her life time, also and three negro men, Xed, Elick and Lot, 
also during life time of said Phebe Larue. 

Item. I give unto my beloved sons James and Jabez / give my 
home plantation, to be divided three parts of five to James and two 
parts to Ja]>ez. and their mother's third to be in proportion, three 
parts of it of five on that of James and two on that of Jabez. or as 
they shall agree to settle it. And to my l»eloved daughter Elizabeth's 
son Abraham I give my tract of land below the fork of Cope<apon, 
an<l my tract of land between High Top and Little Mountain to her 
sons Isaac. Jacob and l>oniberd to have equal shares, and her four 

sons likewise I give on the Ohio at middle Island all mv risrht to 

be equally shared or disposed equally to each of the four, and all my 
riglit tc» land on the little K'tnofa;/ (Kanawha I I give unto her 
daughters all »w.v ripht to it. equally to be divided to all her aaugh- 
terri. And to my beloved son Jal>ez I give that tract of land deeded 
to William Ganoe. in Fnulerick County, and to my l»eloved son 
JaniP'i I frh.^ all my rijrbt to ]Ar.<] in Pm rkeley County. 

"Isaac L.a^ue.*' 

James and Iai»iz LaKue were grante<l letters of administration, 
with the will annexed, and executed bond in the sum of five tliousand 
pounds- with Jacob I-aRue (I.) and Isaac Littler as securities. 



Jacob ' I. . the oldest of the ten children of Isaac- LaRue, Sr., 
and his wife, Phehe r'amian. wa-< bom on Lons Marsh, in that 
part of Frederick County which is now Clarke County. Virtrinia, 
on the fir>t day of May, 1744. He was jriven a fair E _ i 
education in the - Is of the community in v his lather 

lived. At the . r twenty-one. in the year ITb-j. he was mar- 

ried to Mary tri^t. of Enderick County. They had a larsre 
family of children before the first permanent sett' r was 

made in K«iitucky. Ar-cordi ^ h LaRue v 

(I. M), their home in Viririiua v,a> ii^i lar from that oi i»aae 
LaRue, 8r. — in "White ^)ak Bottom " ' '*e Ja«M»b erected a 
stone residence, bani and milk jir. John J. I.^Rue 

I: •  _ 


(IX. Bb. said, in a letter written April 14, 1906: -Jacob (I'. 
son of Isaac (Sr.h built a large stone house, where I was born. 
It has his wife's name on the gable and dated 1775. It Is called 
'Bloomtield. ' See Frontispiece. Further referen<?e is made 

to the property of Jacob LaRue (I.) in Virginia in the sketch 


of Ms brother, James LaRue (IX.), to whom it was sold when 
Jacob was preparing to move to Kentucky, in the 3'ear 1798. 
A copy of the deed to James LaRue (IX.) is inserted at the end 
of this section, not only beeanse it is of some interest in con- 
nection with the parties to the deed, but because of its great 
technicality, which is now rarely seen in deeds of conversance. 
Jacob LaRue (I.) probably made a number of journey's to 
Kentuck}' before he finally decided to make his permanent home 
in the new State. As early as February 3, 1783, two tracts of 
land, containing a total of 18,000 acres, within the present bound- 
ary of Jefferson Countv. were entered in his name, for which he 
obtained a patent ten years later. See case of Guthrie vs. Lewis, 
1 T. B. Monroe's Kentucky Reports, page 142. In a deed for a 
portion of this land, dated April 3, K/DS (Deed Book 4, page 
577, Jefferson County), the portion conveyed is described as 
]ving on Flovd's Fork, near MundalFs Mill. A deed for another 
portion, 423 acres, of this land, dated December 20, 1799 (Deed 
Book 5, page 193. Jefferson County), shows this part as hung 
on Fern Creek. Doubtless the grant of a large portion of the 
18,000 acres was invalid because of prior conflicting entries. On 
Ma}' 9, 1795. Jacob LaRue (l.) entered into an agreement with 
Alexander Breckeiiridge and Robert Breckenridge under which 
the two Breckenridges obligated themselves to survey the entire 
18,000 acres, for Avhich service they were to receive one-fourth 
of the land saved. In settlement for services rendered under 
this agreement, Jacob LaRue (I.), on December 9, 1803, con- 
veved to Alexander and Robert Breckenridge 935 acres of the 
land (Deed Book 8, page 63, Jeft'erson Co.) Other deeds of 
record in Jefferson County show conveyance or release of the 
remainder of the 18,000 acres. 

Between the year 1793 and 1798 Jacob LaRue (I.) purchased 
various tracts of land on Nolynn, deeds for which are recorded 
in Hardin Countv. 

There is record of evidence that Jacob LaRue (I.) moved to 
Kentucky in the year 1798. The deed to James LaRue (IX.) 
was made in anticipation of early removal from Virginia. Just 
one month after the date of this deed, his brothers James (IX.) 
and Jabez (X.) executed a power of attorney, dated April 13, 
1798, giving to Jacob (I.) full control of their lands in Ken- 
tucky, reciting that he (Jacob) ''is now moving to the State of 
Kentucky." This writing is of record in the office of the Clerk 
of the Hardin County Court. A similar instrument of writing 
dated a few days later, recorded in the same office, was executed 
by Peter LaRue. giving to his "brother Jacob Larue" control of 



Peter's western lands. Peter, however, was not a brother by 
blood, but was a brother-in-law of Jacob, having married his 
sister, Elizabeth LaRue (IV.j 

On his arrival in Kentucky, with his family, Jacob LaRue 
(I.) settled on a tract of 1,300 acres of land which he had already 
acquired, and which is located near the head waters oi the north 
fork of Nolynn. The understanding of the writer long has been 
tliat the first log house on this place, which stood nearer the 
sirring than the present house, was built several years prior to 
tlie erection oi the residence which is now standing, and which 
js said to have been built in the year 1800. The probability is 
that aftei he had marie ])rr'pa ration for his family by erecting 
i). log house Jacob LaRue (1.; returned to Virginia to bring his 
wife and children to the new country. It is said that his removal 
from Virginia was because of a breakdown in the health of his 
wife, due to grief over the death of her son John (L A). She 
lived onlv six vears after arriving in Kentucky, h?r death occur- 
rin<- in the vear 1804. She was probablv the first to be buried 
in the family burying ground, which was located on an eleva- 
tion not more tlian three luiudred yards from the home. 

We have no reason to believe tliat any improvement other 
tlian the log house was on the plantation when the family of 
Jacob LaRue reached the new home. The head of the family 
was alread\' fiftv-four vears of age. He had v.ith him three or 
four grown sons, and probably half a dozen slaves. A large 
])art of the farm was soon cleared of young timber and put 
under cultivation. An orchard was set out, perhaps fifty or 
sixtv acres in extent. Some of the old tre^s are vet standing. 
A brick kiln was burned in the low land near the home, from 
which it was intended to obtain brick for the erection of a more 
substantial residence. The contf^mplated l)rick residence was 
never built. The only brick from the old kiln which were used 
on the ])lace were put in the large chimney on the north end 
of the weather-boarded log house which was erected in the 3'ear 
1800, and which yet stands, though now in a dilapidated condi- 
tion. An asparagus bed which was made by Jacob LaRue (I.) 
in his vegetable garden was useful to his descendants for seven- 
t^"-five vears after his death. 

On the 23rd day of September, 1805, Jacob LaRue married 
his second wife, Jane Morgan, in Nelson County. She was a 
daughter of John Morgan, who was killed by Indians, on Bear- 
grass, a quarter of a century before her marriage. At the time 
of her marriage she lived on Rolling Fork, near where Howard's 



Mill is now. She was bom February 18, 1777, and died July 
1, 1852. 

P'rom the time of his arrival in Kentucky to the day of his 
death, Jacob LaRue (I.) liyed the life of a quiet and respected 
planter. His older children having- married and settled within 
a few miles of their father, the home of the latter became a 
center for public as well as private meetings. So far as known 
to the writer, the only public office ever held by Jacob LaRue (I.) 
was that of Justice of the Peace for Hardin County, which he 
held for a number of years. There are many depositions in the 
courts of Hardin Countv which are certified bv him. 

The appraisement of the personal estate of Jacob LaRue 
(I.), which was filed by his Executors December 10, 1821, shows, 
amonor other items, thirteen slaves and a distillery. The orchard 
had doubtless supplied the distillery Avith fruit for its principal 
product, brand3\ 

Ip to the last Jacob LaRue (l.) appeared to enjoy good 
health. He spent the evening of September 14, 1821, teaching 
his young daughter, Sarah (I. M) how to mold pewter spoons. 
Before davv'n of the following day, September 15, 1821, he passed 
awav from an attack of acute indiu'estion. His bodv rests in the 
family burving ground, much neglected in late years, five miles 
north of the town of Hodgenville. Few grave stones in LaRue 
Countv bear witness to the date of a birth earlier than that 
shown by the marble slab at the grave of Jacob LaRue, on which 
the further affectionate tribute is inscribed : 

"Mark, the Perfect Max & Behold the Upright: 
For the End of That ]\Iax Is Peace. ^^ 

Jacob LaRue had thirteen children — ten of the first marriage, 
to Mary Frost, and three of the second marriage, to Jane 
Mortal;. Thev are as folU)ws: 

First i\lARRiAGE. 

I. A. — lohn LaRue — died in A'irginia, unmarried. 

I. B.— Phebe LaRue Buzan. 

I. C— Hannah LaRue Rust. 

I. D. — Isaac LaRue. 

I. E.— Mary LaRue :\IcDonald. 

I. F.— William LaRue (1779-1825). 

L G. — Jacob LaRue. 

I. H. — Samuel LaRue. 

I. I.— James LaRue (1782-1859). 

I. K.^ — Deidamia LaRue Hodgen ^1785-1859). 



Secoxd Marriage. 

I. L.— Morgan J. LaRue (1806-1883). 

I. M.— Sarah Jane LaRue Castleman (1808-1901). 

I. N.— Jesse V. LaRne (1811-1883). 

Fnrther record of these children (except I. A^ and their de- 
scendants is <<hown in paires fol]o^\•ing. 



Just before Jacob LaRne (I.j moved from A'^irginia to Ken- 
tucky he sold his Virginia farm to his brother, James LaRue 
fix.). FoUowino- is a copy of the deed, as made by ]\Irs. 
Emily C. Ellis, from original in possession of John James LaRue 
(IX. B b), of Rippon. W. A^a., a grandson of James LaRue (IX.). 

■"This liHlentiire. made this tliirteenth day of Marcli in the vear of 
Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eighty between 
Jacob Larue cS: Marv. his wife, of the County of Frederick and State 
of Virginia, of the one part, and James Larue, of the County and 
State aforesaid, of the other part, Witnesseth, that for and in con- 
sideration of the sum of one thousand six hundred and eighty pounds 
Virginia money. Current Money of Virginia, to the said Jacob 
Larue in hand paid by the said James Larue at or before the Sealing 
and Delivery of these Presents, the Receipt whereof he doth hereby 
acknowledge, and thereof doth release, acquit and discharge the said 
James Larue, his Heirs, Executors, Administrators, by these Pres- 
ents, They, the said Jacob Larue and Mary, his wife, have granted, 
bargained and sold, and by these Presents do grant, bargain and 
sell unto the said James Larue and to his heirs and assigns, a cer- 
tain tract or parcel of land, it being part of a larger tract of three 
hundred & twrnty-six acres & 100 poles conveyed to the said Jacob 
Larue bv Isaac Larue & Phebe, his wife, by Indention bearing 
date the seyenth day of October seventeen hundred and ninety-three 
& Recorded in tlie county Court of Frederick, recourse thereto 
will more fully appear. & Ixmnded as follows. Beginning at a stake 
& heap of stones. (Uiard Alexander's (and so on. irith a long 

houndary, not copied, adjoining Whiting, W. Washington 

and Guard Alexander) to the beginning, containing One Hundred 
Sixty-eiglit acres & 71 poles: 

and all Houses. Buildings. ()rcliar(l>. Ways. Waters. Water Courses, 
Profits, Commodities, Hereditaments and Appurtenances whatso- 
ever, to the said premises hereby granted, or any part thereof belong- 
ing or in any way apj)urtaining: and the Reversion and Reversions, 
Remainder and Remainders. Rents, issues, and profits thereof, and 
also tlie Kstatf. right. Title, interest. Use, Trust. Property. Claim, 
and Demand, wliatsoever, of him. the said Jacob Larue of. in and to 
the said Premises, and all Deeds. Evidences and Writings touching 
or in any wise conccining the same: 

To Have and To Hold the lands liere1)y conveyed, and all and 
singular otlier the Premises hereby granted and every Part and 
Parcel thereof, with their and ev^'iy of their Appurtenances, unto 
the said James Larue, heirs and Assigns forever, to the only proper 
L'se and Belioof of him, the said James Larue, liis Heirs and 
Assigns, forever. And tlie said Jacob Larue, for liimself and for 
his Heirs, Executors and Administrators, doth covenant, promise 
and grant to and witli tlie said James Larue, his JTeirs and As- 
signs. l»y these Presents, tliat tlie said Jacob Larue now. at the time 
of sealing and d«divering of these Presents, is seized of a good, sure, 
perfect and indefeasilile Estate of inheritance, in Fee Simple, of 
and in the Premises hereby granted, and that he hath good Power 



and lawful and al>solute Authority to grant and convey the same 
to the said James Larue in Manner and Form aforesaid, and that 
the said Premises now are and forever hereafter shall remain and. 
be free and clear of and from all former and other Gifts, Grants, 
Bargains, Sales, Dower, Right and Title of Dower, Judgments, 
Executions, Titles. Troubles. Charges, and Encumbrances whatso- 
ever (the Land Tax imposed by law only excepted and foreprized). 

And Lastly: that the said Jacob Larue, for himself and his 
Heirs, all and singular tlie Premises hereby granted and released, 
with tile Appurtenances, unto tiie said James Larue & to his Heirs 
and Assiijns. against liim, the said Jacob Larue and his Heirs and 
all and every other person and Persons whatsoever, shall warrant 
and forever defend bv these Presents. 

In witness whereof, tlie said Jacob Larue & Mary, his wife, 
Have Hereunto set their Hands and Seals, tlie Day and Year above 

Jacob Larue (Seal) 
Mary Larue (Seal) 

Sitrned. Sealed and Delivered in tlie Presence of 

David Read 
Samuel Porter 
Samuel Purchell 
^VII.LIA^r Cotteral 
.John Moffitt 
William Dane Stroeby."" 

Recorded ami Examined 

Lib. 3— folio 42U— 7. X. 1708. 



Followino" is a copy of the will of Jacob LaRue, which wa.s 
probated in Hardin County, Kentucky, on Monday, October 8, 
1821, and which is of record in the office of the Clerk of the 
County Court of that County in Deed Book D, page I : 

"In the name of God. Amen. I, Jacob Larue, senr., of the 
Countv of Hardin and State of Kentiiekv, feelino- the infirmities 
of approacliing old age and considering the uncertainty of life, yet 
still enjoying the perfect exercise of my reason and memory, for 
which blessings I do desire to praise God. being desirous to make 
some arrangements as to the disposal of my estate before I am 
called to leave this world, I do therefore make and ordain this 
Instrument of writing to be my last will and testament. 

''To wit. I do give, devise and .beaueaXh unto mv son-in-laAv 
William Buzan and liis wife', i'Uiy daughter "Phebe, the sum of one 
dollar each, also I do lend unto my daughter, the said Phebe 
Buzan. the use of all that tract of parcel of land lying on Middle 
Creek whereon mv said son-in-law ^^'illiam Buzan now lives durino- 
the term of her natural lifetime & at her decease I do give the 
same to her children, to be equally divided amongst them, except 
their son Jesse, whom I exclude from a share in this legacv. 

'"Also I do give, devise and bequeath unto my son-in-law George 
Rust and his wife, mv daughter Hannah, the sum of one dollar 

"Also, I do give and bequeath unto my son Isaac the sum of 
one dollar, to 1)e paid unto liim at the time that he pays off a note 
that I hold of liis. for five hundred dollars. 

"Also. I do give, devise and bequeath unto my son-in-law John 
^McDonald and his wife, my daughter ^Mary. the sum of one dollar 
each. Also, I do lend unto them, the said Jolin McDonald and his 
wife, my dangliter Mary, during the tei-m of their natural life time, 
the use of all tliat tract or parcel of land wliereon they now live, 
including also an entry for about tliree hundred acres adjoining 
the same, and at tlieir decease to be equallv divided among the 
children of my said daugliter ^lary. 

"Also I do give, de\ise and bequeath unto my sons \\ illiam. 
Jacob, Samuel and James tlie sum of five luindred dollars each of 
them, to be ma(h' from the sale of one lialf of my negroes, such of 
them as my ])resent Iteloved wife Jane had ratlier sliould be dis- 
posed with, aiid otlier ])roj)erty if tliat sliould bi- found insufficient 
to raise tliat sum. 

**Also. I do give, devise and bequeath unto my son-in-law John 
Ilodgen and his wife, my daughter Deidamia, the sum of one dollar 
each of them. 

"And the whole of the residue of my estate of whatever kind of 
property it may be. including the tract of land whereon I now live, 
containing by estimation thirteen hundred acres, also that tract of 
lan<l on the waters of Xolin Creek whereon the widow ^Morrison 
formerly lived, containing bv estimation one thousand and ninety- 
six acres. I do lend unto mv l)elove(l wife dane one third jjart durinir 
tli(» term of her natural lifetime and the remaining two thirds I do 



give, devise and bequeath unto my three younger children whom I 
have had by my present wife, namely. Morgan, a son, Sarah, a 
daughter, and Jesse, a son, to be equally divided between them as 
thev come of acre or marrv. and after the decease of mv beloved 
wife Jane that part of my estate wliich I now lend her during the 
term of her natural lifetime shall also be equally divided between 
the before-named cliildren. Morgan, Sarah and Jesse, whom I had 
by my present wife. And it is my will and desire that proper at- 
tention be paid to the education of my three before named chililren, 
so as to obtain what may (he) called a good English education, to 
be paid for from their shar^^s of tlieir estate. 

"And I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my beloved 
wife Jane to l)e mv Executrix and mv two sons Samuel and James 
to be my Executors. 

"In witness of this being my last will and testament. I have 
hereunto set my hand and teal, tliis Kjth day of November in tlie 
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. 

Jacob Lakue. 

Witnesses — 

William ISkown 

THOS. W. KATHr.oNK."' 

The widow. Jane, declined to act as Executrix, and James 
LaRne and Samuel LaRne (inalitied as Execntors of this will, 
under bond in the penal sum of ten thcnisand dollars, with Jacob 
W. LaRue (I. D b) and Robert AlcClnre as snreties. 



Daughter of Jacob LaRne (I.) and Mary Frost LaRue. Mar- 
ried AVilliam Buzan, probably in Virginia. After removal to 
Kentucky lived on farm on the west side of Middle Creek, two 
miles above the month of the creek. Died about 1822. 

Descendants of Phebe LaRue (I. B) and AVilliam Buzan 

(Eight Children). 

1. B a — Hannah Buzan: Married, in January 1805, to John 

Jenkins (who died in 1836). Numerous descendants. 
I. B b — William Buzan: Married to Polly Price, August 15, 

1822, by John Hodgen (VI. E). 
I. B c — Mary Buzan: Married to John Martin, September 26, 

1825, by Thomas J. Chilton. Left one daughter, 

I. B c 1 — Mrs. Rosa Doran, who was long a resident of Hodgen- 
1. B d— Phebe Buzan: B. June 27, 1797. D. September 20, 

1869. ]\Iarried to Thomas Kennedy in June, 1815. Lived on 

Middle Creek. Children: 

I. B d 1— Sarah (Sallie) R. Kennedy (1816-1895) : Married, 
June 20. 1839, to William B. Read (1817-1880), of Hoclgen- 
ville, who was a prominent la^^'i^er and who represented his 
District in Congress from 1870 to 1874. Left no children. 

I. B d 2 — Susan S. Kennedy: Married George H. Churchill. 

I. B d 3— Elizabeth Kennedy (1818-1887) : Married, July 14, 
1842, to Dr. Anthony V. Enlow. Numerous descendants, in 
Kentuckv and in other States. 

I. B d 4 — Katharine Kennedy : Died young. 

I. B d 5 — Clarissa Kennedy: Died young. 

I. B d 6— Daniel B. Kennedy: Married in 1846, to Mary 
Enlow, daughter of Abraham and -lane Vernon Enlow. 

I. B d 7 — William B. Kennedy : Married Mary Lucas. 

I. B d 8 — Mary Kennedy : Married James Rogers, long a mer- 
chant of Hodgenviile. Six children. Numerous living de- 

I. B d 9— Phebe L. Kennedy: :\rarried, first (in 1842), to 
Nathaniel H. Read. After his death she married James 
Parkinson, and lived in Virden, Illinois. 

I. B d 10 — Samuel Kennedy: Died single (186 — ). 

I. B d 11 — Thomas Kennedy: Died unmarried (1864). 
I. B e — Katharine Buzan : Married to William P. Bell. June 23, 

1824, by Thomas J. Chilton. Died at Macomb, Illinois, leaving 

descendants there. 



I. B f — Jacob Buzan : Married to Xancy McDonald (I. E b), 
Jan. 17, 1826, hy John Hodg-en (VT. Ei. Died in Illinois, 
leaving descendants. 

1. B "■ — Jesse Buzan : Xo history obtained. 

I. B h — Thomas Buzan : X^o history obtained. 

^: * * 

For much of the information as to the descendants of Phebe 
LaRue Buzan (I. B ), the writer is indebted to Mrs. Lou T\yyman, 
of Hod2:enville. who is a dauirhter of Elizabeth Kennedy Enlow 
(I. B d 3). 



Dang'hter of Jacob LaRue (I.) and Mary Frost LaRue. Was 
married to George Rust in Frederick County, Virginia, March 
9, 1788, by the Rev. James Ireland. Probably came to Kentucky 
Avith her father, in 1798. After moving to Kentucky lived for 
several years on ^Middle Creek. 

Children of Hannah LaRue (I. C) and George Rust 
(Four Na.mes — List Probably Incomplete). 

I. C a — Jacob Rust : ^Married, in December, 1813, Frances Mc- 
Donald (I. E h). 

I. C b — George Rust, Jr. 

I. C c — Vincent Rust. 

I Cd— John Rust (Died about 1833) : Married, in Jan., 1815, 
Grace Walters (born March 18. 1794^, a daughter of Conrad 
Walters, 8r. (B. 1755. D. 1831), who served with Penn. 
troops in the Revolutionary Army. She was a sister of Con- 
rad Walters, Jr., the husband of Margaret LaRue Walters 
(II. D). After the death of her first husband she was married 
(in 1834) to Moses Thomas, who lived on Rolling Fork, and 
after his death she was again married (in 1845) to Henr}' W. 
Thomas, who lived near Hodgenville. 

Children of John Rust (I. C d^ and Grace Walters Rust. 

I. C d 1 — Amanda Rust : Married Richard Crady, August 17, 
1837. Numerous descendants. Three of her sons, who were 
Union soldiers, were killed in battle in 1862. 

I. C d 2— Grace Rust : Married Reason R. Thomas, May, 1838. 

I. C d 3— ]\Iarv C. Rust : :\Iarried William J. Thomas, Oct. 
15, 1846. 

I. Cd4 — James W. Rust: Married ^Matilda Cessna, Feb. 6, 
1842. Descendants. 

I. C d 5 — Benjamin Franklin Rust : Married Susan Edlin, 
June, 1851. Descendants in LaRue and Hardin Counties. 



Was the oldest son of Jacob LaRiie (I.) aud Mary Frost 
LaRue. ^ilarried Elenor Brooks — probably of the same family 
as Mary Brooks, wife of John LaRue (II.). k5he died about 
1798. He died in early manhood, leaving: two children, who 
were brought up by their grandfather, Jacob LaRue (I.) 

Childrex of Isaac LaRue (I. D) axd Elenor Brooks LaRue 


I. D a— AVilliaui Brooks LaRue: Married, in March, 1822, 
Mary McDonald (I. E e). He died in 1824, leaving no chil- 

I. D b — Jacob Warren LaRue. B. December 27, 1797. D. Janu- 
ary 10, 1866. Married, December 14, 1820, to Eliza C. Helm 
(II. A b), by Rev. David Thurman. Lived at Elizabethtown, 
Kv. In the vear 182:], he built the residence in Elizabeth- 
town where his granddaughter. ^Irs. Horace Hays, now lives. 

Children of Jacob AVarren (I. D b) and Eliza Helm LaRue 

(IT. Ab). 

i. D b 1 — Warren LaRue: Died unmarried. 

I. D b 2 — Edwin J. LaRue: Alarried Margaret Golden, June 
9, 1844. Left three chikUvn. 

I. 1) b -^ — James Brooks (commonly known as "Jim Hooker") 
LaRue : Married Lucinda Tarpley, daughter of Joseph 
and Elizabeth A. LaRue Tarple}' (III. Be). No descend- 

I. Db4 — John Helm LaRue: B. Julv 13, 1826. Married 
Annie Donnelly. D. in Chicago, 111., Sept. 15, 1902, leaving 
three children. 

I. D b 5— Virginia LaRue (1833-1910): Married, October 7, 
1863, to George AI. Cresap, of Elizabethtown. Seven chil- 
dren. Numerous descendants. 

I. D b 6 — Amanda LaRue : Married Joseph Thomas, of Dan- 
ville, Ky. Left seven children, one of whom Avas AVarren 
LaRue Thomas, now dead, who was prominent in the 
Masonic fraternity. One daughter married A. Campbell 
Hodgen (VI. I g). 



Daughter of Jacob LaPiiie (I.) and Mary Frost LaRue. Was 
the wife of John McDonald. This name was often called 
McDaniel. Marv LaRue ^McDonald and her husband lived on 
a farm on the north fork of Xolynn, two miles north of Hodgen- 
ville, on the place now known as tlie Goodin farm. He died 
about the year 1820. 

Children of Mary LaRue (I. E) axd John McDonald 
(List Probably Incomplete). 

I. E a — James McDonald: Married, in 1810, Theoclosia Dodge, 

daughter of the pioneer Baptist minister, Josiah Dodge. 
I. E b — Xancv McDonald : ]\[arried, in 1826, to Jacob Buzan 

(I. B f). 
T. E c — John ]\IcDonald. Jr. : ^larried Maria Waicle, in 1823. - 
I.Ed — Deidamia McDonald: Married, in 1824, to James 

Hodgen (VI. L). 
I.Ee— Mary McDonald: Married, March 7, 1822, to William 

Brooks LaRue — I. D a (who died in 1824). Second marriage. 

Mar 29, 1827, to John Shehi. 
I. E f — Jacob McDonald. 
I. E g — Louisa McDonald. 
I. E h — Frances McDonald : Married, in December, 1813, to 

Jacob Rust a. C a). 
I. E i— Hugh McDonald. 

Most of the children of Mary LaRue CI. E) and John Mc- 
Donald moved to the West at an earlv da v. Their son James 
McDonald (I. E a) remained on the home farm in LaRue County 
until his death, about the year 1850. He left a large family of 
children, most of whom were married in Kentucky, and later 
went to the West. It is believed that many of this family 
located in Iowa. 



Son of Jacob LaRiie (I.) and Mary Frost LaRue. Was born 
in Frederick Connty, Virginia, Angust 15, 1779. Died near 
Hodgenville, Kentucky, September 20, 1825. Is buried in 
Nolynn Churchyard, LaRue County, Kentucky. He was mar- 
ried first to Sarah Hodgen— VI. D (1781-1811), January 3, 
1799, bv the Rev. Josiah Dodge. Second marriage to Sally 
Price (B. August 18, 1788. D. July 17, 1823), in August, 1813, 
bv Warren Cash. 


He owned and lived on a large fann on Nolynn, a mile below 
Hodgenville, known at the present time as the Vannort place, 
which was purchased by Cadwallader Churchill from the heirs 
of William LaRue (J. F) in 1829. The William LaRue home 
was in the low land, between the site of the large brick residence 
later built by Churchill and the creek, where the old well may 
vet be seen. At his death, William LaRue left a considerable 
estate, of which his son Jacob H. LaRue (I. F a) was Adminis- 
trator. William LaRue had thirteen children — seven from his 
first marriage and six from thi^ second. 

Descexdaxts of Wiij.ia.m LaRie (I.F and Sarah Hodgex 

LaRik VI. D . 

I. F a — Jacob Hodgen LaRue : Born December 3, 1799. Married 
first, :\Iarch 1, 1827. Sarah C. Park (D. Jan. 29, 1834), widoAV 
of James Park, and daughter of Hugh McElroy and Deborah, 
his wife, whose third husband was Jacob LaRue (I. G) ; sec- 
ond marriage, in October, 1835, to Elizabeth_T]iurman (B. Oct. 
13, 1801. D. :\Iay 17. 1868). He located in the State of 
Missouri prior to 1840. Died at the home of his son, Hugh 
M. LaRue (I. F a 2), at Sacramento, California, while on a 
visit, Juh- 4. 1884. 

Childrex of Jacob H. LaRue (I. F a) From First Marriage 


^ I. F a 1 — William LaRue: Born December 27. 1827. Died 

I. F a 2— Hugh McElrov LaRue : Born August 12. 1830. Died 
December 6, 1906. Married, in 1858, Miss E. M. Lizenbv 
(B. July 4. 1836. D. Jan. 6, 1919). Hugh M. LaRue moved 
with his father to Lewis Coiuity. Missouri, in 1839. In 1849 
he joined the Sublette-Conduit expedition across the plains 



to California ; located first in Amador Count}' in the last 
named State ; within a few years he became extensively 
engaged in agriculture and horticulture in the Sacramento 
Valley. He had a prominent part in the development of 
California; was Sheriff of his county in 1873-4; member of 
the second Constitutional Convention of California, in 1879 ; 
in 1883 and 1884 was member of the California Assembly, 
and was Speaker of the House; was Railroad Commissioner 

The late Hugh McElrov LaRue (I. F a 2). of Sacramento, Cali- 
fornia (Photograph, 1899). 

from 1891 to 1895, and on various occasions was promin- 
entlv mentioned as candidate for Governor on the Demo- 
cratic ticket. When he died a Sacramento paper said of 
him: "Hugh M. LaRue was one of the last of the old 



magiiificent race of the kings of men who builded this West." 
His body rests in the ^lasonic plot at the ISaeramento City 
Cemetery. He had five children, four sons and one daugh- 
ter. Two sons are now living (1921J. 
I. F a 3 — Jabez Hodgen LaRue : Born February 16, 1833. 
Died September, 1917, at Fresno, California. Married, first, 
January 1, 1851, in Lewis Countv, Missouri, Margaret 
Havcraft (B. in Hardin Co., Kv., :\far. 8, 1828. D. Nov. 

20, 1887). After her death he married . Four children 

from first marriage. Man}- descendants in vicinity of 
Fresno, California. 

Children of JACOii H. LaRue (I. Faj From Second Mar- 
riage (Three). 

I. F a 4— William Thomas LaKue: Born May 31, 1839, in 
Lewis Countv, ^Missouri. Died October 1, 1916, at Red- 
/lands, California. ^larried, first, November 1, 1866, in 
Lewis County, Missouri, ^largaret Catharine Stevens (B. 
Dec. 19, 1842. D. Dec. 14, 1893, at Lewistown, Mo.). Sec- 
ond marriage, November, 1899, to Virginia Brent. Five 
children from first marriage. Descendants in California 
and Colorailo. William Thomas LaRue (I.Fa4) was a 
. Confederate soldier. 
I. F a 5 — Sarah :\rartha LaRue: Born December 7, 1840. Died 
January 19, 1900, in Lewis County, Missouri. Is buried at 
Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton, Missouri. She was mar- 
ried, November 14, 1860, to Jonathan Durrett (B. Apr. 13, 
1835. D. Jan. 23, 1899). Four children. 
I. F a 6— :\rary Elizabeth LaRue : Born December 9, 1843. 
Married, January 26, 1865, to Oscar Hines Durrett (B. Jan. 
27, 1839. D. June 14, 1900). She is now (1921) living in 
Lewis County, Missouri ; postoffice address, R. F. D. No. 3, 
Canton, Mo. Three children. 
I. F b — Mary LaRue : Born February 17, 1801. She was a 
cripple. Was a teacher in Hardin County, Kentucky, many 
years. In 1846 she was married, in LaRue County, to James 
J. B. Cahill. He died in 1852, after which time she moved to 

Missouri, and there married Ford. She died in 

Lewis County, Missouri, January 15, 1889. No issue. 
I. F c— Elizabeth LaRue : Born Februarv 24. 1803. Died Mav 
7, 1873. Married, first, in 1821, to Isaac LaRue (LGb); 
second marriage, March 29, 1827, to Samuel Allen (B. June 
15, 1806. D. Dec. 31, 1876). 



Childrex of Elizabeth LaRt^e (I. F c) and Samuel Allen. 

I. F c 1— Mary Allen : Born :\Iarcli 25, 1829. Died April 11, 
1912. Married Martin Thomas, August 23, 1860, in LaRue 
Countv, Kentucky. Numerous descendants in LaRue 
County and in the West. 

I. Fc 2— John J. Allen: Born 1830. Died 1912. Married 
Catherine Pemberton (B. 1833. D. 1901). Numerous de- 
scendants, in LaRue County, Ky., and in the AVest. 

I. F c 3— Martha Allen : Born August 13, 1832. Died March 
3, 1884. Was the second Avife of Isaac T. LaRue (III. B b). 
Two daughters. 

I. F c -1 — Horace Allen : Born . Died , at 

Washington, C. H., Ohio. Married Alelissa Coleman. He 
was a Union soldier, and later while a member of a Home 
Guard Co. is said to have ended the career of the guerilla 
raider Quantrell in May. 1865. Left children. 
I. F c 5— Eliza Allen : Born June 28, 1840. Died Dec. 1, 1905. 

Was blind. Was never married. 
I. F c 6— Gillie Allen : Born March 28, 1846. Died Feb. 24, 
1834. Married William A Churchill. Descendants. 
I. F d — Phebe LaRue : Born April 28, 1805. Died November 2, 
1854. Married, in Hardin County, Ky., by John Hodgen 
(Yl. E), August 12, 1824, to Capt! Samuel Weller, who was 
born in Frederick County, Alaryland, January 9, 1787. and 
came with his father. Daniel Weller, to Nelson County, Ken- 
tuck3% in 1796. Capt. Samuel Weller was an officer in the 
War of 1812, under Gen. William Henry Harrison. In the 
year 1813, he married Martha Shields, and by her had five 
children, viz.. (1) Daniel Weller (B. 1814, and was lost at age 
of 14 or 15 years, and never heard of afterwards), (2) Mar- 
garet Bard Weller (B. 1816, married James H. Ashbaugh, 
and had several children, who settled in Kansas and Ne- 
braska), (3) Mary Martha Weller (B. 1818), (4) James 
Elisha Weller (B. 1820, married and had children, who lo- 
cated in Nebraska), (5) Ann Isabel Weller (B. 1823). In 
June, 1823, Capt. Weller purchased from Jacob LaRue (I. 
G) the farm on Nolynn now known as the W. T. Patterson 
place, later purchasing other adjoining lands. From 1823 
until his death, which occurred October 17, 1854, his home 
was on Nolynn. The epidemic of typhoid fever in the Fall 
of 1854, was especially fatal in the AVeller family. Most of 
the members of the family are buried at Nolynn Church, in 
LaRue County. 



Children of Phebe LaRue (I. Fdj and Samuel Weller (Nine) 
I. F d 1— AVilliam L. AVeller : Born 1825. Died in Louisville. 
^ Kv., 190U. His widow, Sarah B. Weller. also died in 1900. 

They left seven children. William L. Weller was a soldier 

in the Mexican War. 
I. Fd2 — Sarah H. Weller : Born 1827. Died November 15, 

1854. Married Alexander Thomas in 1845. Had chilcb-en. 
I. F cl :3— Samuel R. Weller : Born 1828. Died December 24, 

1850. Was a California '^Forty-Xiner. *' Buried in Cali- 
fornia (at Pihjt Hill). 
I.Fd4 — Jacob F. WeUer : (Late of Louisville, Ky.") Born 

1830. Died in Louisville, Ky., 190:>. His wife, Nannie M. 

Weller, died in 1898. They left two children. 
I Y d 5 — Oeor^'e W. Weller : Born 1882. Died November 29, 

I Y d 6— Charles D. AVeller : Born May 1, 1835. Died July 1, 

1862. He was robbed and murdered while travelling- on 

horseback collectin<r bills. 
I. p^ d 7 Elizabeth .]. W<'ller: I^>()]-ii ls:57. Di.-d October 16, 


I. Fd 8— Phebe Matilda Weller: B(.ni December 14. 1^39. 
Died in Chicatro, III., Januarv 17, 1889. Married March 13, 
1860, to Dr. William Russell'Van Hook ( B. Sept. 29, 1837). 
Left six childreiL She is buried at her old home, Illiopolis, 
111. Descendants in various States. Dr. W. R. Van Hook 
was a suro:eon in the T'nion Army during the Civil War. 

I. Fd9— Capt. John H. AVcUer: Born April 11, 1842. Died 
October, 1912. Married, January 16, 1867, Jennie Good- 
rich, of Oldham County, Ky. Capt. Weller lived in Louis- 
ville, but was a frequent visitor in LaRue County. During 
the Civil AVar he was an officer in the ''Orphan Brigade" 
of the Confederate Army. From 1880 to 1892 he was Clerk 
of the Louisville Chancery Court. 

I. F e — Robert Hodgen LaRue : Born January 23, 1807. Died 
Januar\' 14, 1888. Buried at Nolvnn Church, in LaRue 
Countv. Kv. ]\[arried, first, :\rav 21, 1836, Lvdia A. Miller 
(B. 1815. D. 1855) ; second marriage to Malinda Thurman 
(1810-1896), June 20 1858. 
Children of Robert Hodgex LaRue (I. F e) and Lydl\ A. 

1. F e 1— William P. LaRue : Born 1837. Died September 23, 

I. F e 2 — Sarah LaRue: Married Dr. Rolla Monin, of Nolin, 

Kv. Both dead. No children. 



I. F e 3 — Mary La Rue ; Married William Truelock. Both 
dead. Descendants in Hart County, Ky. 

I. F e 4 — Robert Hodgen LaRne : Married Turnham. 

He was living, in 1917, at Terrill, Texas. 

I. F e 5 — Lydia LaRue : Married Turnham. She was 

living, in 1917, with a son, at Rocky Hill Station, K^-. Had 
several children. 

I. F e 6 — Amanda LaRue : Married David Bratcher. Descend- 
ants in Hart Countv, Kv. 

I. F f— "William F. LaRue: Born March 19, 1809. Married, in 

1847, Mary McDowell. He died in Edmonson County, Ky., 
about 1908. No living descendants. One child died in infancy. 

I. F g— Sarah H. LaRue : Born June 30, 1810. Died at Carroll- 
ton, 111., April 28, 1871. Married, first, to Toliver Castleman, 
in 1833 ; second marriage, in October, 1842, to John J. Mon- 
tague. Three sons. 

Descendants of William LaRue (L F) and Sally Price 

LaRue, His Second Wife. 

I. F h— James E. LaRue : Born Mav 11, 1814. Died August 28, 

LFi— Martha J. LaRue: Born August 13, 1815. Married 
George W. Walker, September 26, 1844. They were living in 
Hardin County. Ky., in 1848. She died in Texas in 1894. 

I. Fk— John R. LaRue: Born December 13, 1816. Married 

Burke. Was a physician at Woodbury, Ky., where 

he died, leaving one son — 
I. F k 1— Richard LaRue. 

I. F 1— Samuel W. LaRue : Born Februarv 23, 1818. Died Sep- 
tember 1, 1837. 

I. F m — Thomas Rathbone LaRue : Born November 28, 1819. 
Died Januarv 25, 1896. ^Moved to Marion Countv, Mo., before 

1848. Later moved to Perry, Pike Count}^ 111., where he died. 
Married, January 24, 1841, in Lewis County, Mo., Margaret 
Ann Williams, who was born in Hardin Countv, Kv., Febru- 
ary 20, 1822. and died at Perry, 111., March 7, 1896. Children— 
I. F m 1— Thomas W. LaRue : Born November 3, 1841. Died 

March 23, 1859. 
I. Fm 2— Gillie LaRue: Born February 24, 1844. Died 
March 14, 1905. at Perrv, 111. Married, April 1, 1874, Caleb 
T. Browning (B. June 23, 1827. D. Aug. 5, 1910). Six 



I F 111 3 — Henrietta LaRue : Born Januarv 4, 1847. Died 

(191 — ) at Perry, 111., unmarried. 
I. Fm 4— Sarah Elizabeth LaKue : Born September 23, 1849. 
Died April 8, 1913, at Perry. 111. Married, November 13, 
1870, to Thomas L. Dorsey, of Perry, 111. (B. June 25, 1850.) 
Six children. 
I. F m 5 — John Samuel I^aRue : Born May 6, 1854. Married, 
first, November 27. 1882, Angie A. Sc^ott (B. October 14, 
1862. D. September 13, 1898) ; second marriage to Mrs. 
Josephine (Small) Lyons. One son, from first marriage, 
died at age of nineteen years. John Samuel LaRue now re- 
sides at Placerville, California. 
I. F m 6 — :\lary Amanda LaRue : Born August 19, 1861. Died 
October 27, 1897, at Palmyra, 111. Married, April 25, 1883, 
George E. Goodhead. Three children. 
I. F n — George Washington LaRue: Born August 10, 1821. 
Moved first to ]\Ieade County, Ky., then to Missouri. ^Married 
Polly Ashcraft. Died in Lewis Count}', Mo. Had eight chil- 

* * * 

For information as to the descendants of William LaRue 
(I. F), the writer is indebted to ^Irs. Lydia Turnham (I. F e 5) 
and to W. 0. Thomas, of Hodgenville, Ky., a son of Mary Allen 
Thomas (I. F e 1 ) and to Mv. Will W. Henton, of Canton, Mo. 



Son of Jacob LaRiie (I.) and Mary Frost LaRne. Married, 
Erst, in 1796, Phebe Hodgen — VI. B ( 1777-1825 j. Second mar- 
riag-e, March 26, 1826. to Deborah AVelsh, a widow, whose maiden 
name was Dorsey, first hnsband, Ungli McElroy (see I. F a), 
second Imsband John AVelsh. Lived on farm near Xolynn 
Church, more recently known as the A. D. Hunt Place, now 
owned by George Allen (son of I. F c 2). In 1823 sold to 
Samuel Weller (see I. F d) a tract of nearly 100 acres on Xolynn, 
now known as the AV. T. Patterson place. Jacob LaRue (I. G) 
moved to Illinois in the vear 1828, and located in Coles County. 
Died in 1851. aged "at least 82 years." Is believed to have been 
buried in Owings graveyard, Cumberland County, 111. 

Descexdaxts of Jacob LaRue (I. G) axd Phebe Hodgex 
LaRue (VI. B) — XixE Childrex. 

I. Ga— Mar\' for Mollie) LaRue: Born 1796. Died 1831. Mar- 
ried, July 25, 1816, to John Morris (1789-1865). Children— 

I. G a 1— Mariraret McXeilla Morris (B. 1817). Married 

Thomas Lewis (1839). 
I. G a 2— Phebe Hodgen Morris: Born 1819. Died 1852. 

Married Haden E. Enurlish, February 1, 1842. See also 

VI. G d. 
I. Ga 3 — Rev. William LaRue Morris: Born January 10, 1821. 

Died June 13, 1867. Married, May, 1845, Grace Brown, of 

Hodgenville, daughter of Thomas and Lydia Walters Brown. 

Five sons and three daughters. Xumerous descendants in 

Kentucky and in the West. 

LGa4— Thomas Morris: Born ]n22. Died 1891. Was a 
Mexican War soldier. ^larried Fannie Brown, daughter of 
Lewis and I\Iatilda Castleman Brown. Left two children, 
who moved to Chicago, 111. 

I. G a 5— Mary Elizabeth Morris (1824-1832). 

I. G a 6— Clarissa LaRue Morris : Born 1827. Died 1891. Mar- 
ried, January 22, 1852. Dudley Marvin Stevens (1829-1865). 
Left four children. Descendants at Effingham, 111. 

I. G a 7— Maria Morris (1829-1831). 

I. G a 8— Amanda Malvina Morris (1832-1851). 

I. G b — Isaac LaRue: ^larried, April 5, 1821. Elizabeth LaRue 
(I. F c). Died "at age of 18 years.'' 



I. G c — Sarah LaRue : Married Hardin Thomas, June 3, 1821. 
I. G d — John I^aRue : Born Ang-nst 25, 1804. Died September 

3, 1858. Married, February 14, 1832, Elizabeth Owings, ^yho 

was born August 19, 1-805. 

Children of John LaRue (I. G d) axd Elizabeth Owixgs 


I. G d 1— James M. LaRue: Born December 5, 1832. Died 
June 12, 1899 Married Charitv Jones. Served four vears 
in L^nion Army, in Civil War. No children. 

I. G d 2— Thomas D. LaRue : Born February 24, 1836. Died 
in 1913. Married Susan J. Jones. Had eleven children. 
Moved to Arkansas about 1879. Descendants in Johnson 
County, Ark. 

L G d 3— Parmelia Elizabeth LaRue: Born February 23, 1839. 

Died in 1863. ]\Iari'ied Walter Williams. No children. 
I. G d 4 — Ruth Ann LaRue: Born February 18, 1841. Died 

in 1871. ^Fai'ried .John Jones. Four children. 
I, G d 5 — Phebe Hodgen LaRue : Born November 7, 1843. 

Living (in 1921) at Gays. HI. Married James Sanders. 

Two children. 
I. Gd 6— Mary Frost LaRue: Born LS4— . Living (in 1921) 

at Comstock, Nebraska. ^larried William Mattox. Seven 

I G d 7— Jacob LaRue : Born June 16, 1849. Living (in 1921) 

at Etna, Illinois. ^larried Arloa N. Smith. Four children. 

I. G e — James LaRue : Married, and had children — three of them 
at least were sons, of whom two were lost while in the Union 
Army in the Civil War. and one other son, 
I. G e 1' — Samuel LaRue : Born AugiLst 1839. Married 

Served in Union Army in Civil War. Wife died in 1912. 

He died at Shaw, Neosha County, Kansas. Five children, 

two of whom are now (1921) living at Shaw, Kansas, others 

also in Kansas. 

I. G f — Adkins LaRue : Was a mute. Died at the home of his 
nephew, James LaRue, near Mattoon, 111., about 1880. 

I. G g — Phebe TiaRue : ^larried Nat Owings. Five children. 

I. G h — ^Margaret LaRue : Married Wash Easton. Nine children. 

Descendants in Illinois and California. 
I. G i — Elizabeth LaRue : Married Henry Thomas (his second 
wife). No children. 

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For information as to descendants of Jacob LaRne (I. G), 
the writer is indebted to Mr. Jacob LaKne (I. G d 7), and to 
Mrs. Lucretia Oakley, of Toledo, Til. (gTanddaughter of I. G h). 
For information as to Deborah Welsh (b. Dorse}^), who was the 
second wife of Jacob LaRne (I. G), he is indebted to Hon. J. 
Fletcher Combs, of Shepherdsville, Ky., who is a grandson of 
Deborah Dorsey from her second marriage. 



Sou of Jacob LaRue (I.) and Mary Frost LaRiie. 
Married Elizabeth Dodge, daughter of Rev. Josiah Dodge, a 
Revolutionary soldier and later pastor of the Severns Valley 
Baptist Church. (See chapter on Early Churches and Pastors). 
Settled on farm on Middle Creek, in Hardin County, about one 
mile west from the home of his father. On October 9, 1812, he 
was appointed by the Hardin County Court ''surveyor (over- 
seer) of that part of tlie road leading from Hodgen's Mill to 
Rolling Fork River which lies between Middle Creek and the 
Sidphur Spring" (this, of course, is the spring now known as 
"Pearl Spring," on Younger 's Creek). 

Samuel LaRue (I. H) was a Major in the Kentucky State 
Militia and was a successful farmer. He died in the year 182i6, 
leaving a considerable estate. Jac^ob Warren LaRue (I. D b) 
was Administrator of his estate, and John Morris, husband of 
Mar^' LaRue ^Eorris (T. G a) was iruardian of the two infant 
daughters, Mary and Lydia. Samuel LaRue (I. H) was buried 
in the familv burving ground on the farm of his father. His 
grave is unmarked. The Samuel LaRue place was sold by the 
heirs to Otho Farmer, as shown by several deeds made about the 
3'ear 1835. The place is now owned by Robert S. Hubbard. 

Descendants of Samuel (l. Hi and Elizabeth Dodge LaRue 

(Six Children.) 

I.Ha— Lucinda LaRue: Born October 28, 1802, in Hardin 
County, Ky. Died December 20, 1886, in Clarion County, 
Iowa. ]\Lirried, August 24, 1826, to Robert Anderson. (Born 

 November 4, 1796, in Xelson County, Ky. Died January 21, 
1864, in Marion County, Iowa). 

Children of Lucinda LaRue (I. H a) and Robert Anderson. 
I. H a 1 — Elizabeth Anderson : Born November 27, 1827, in 

Xelson Countv, Kv. Died Mav 19, 1908. at Carthage, Mo. 

Married, September 23, 1853, to Thomas B. Tarter (D. 

I.Ha 2 — Samuel LaRue Anderson : Born Januarv 31, 1830, 

in Xelson Countv, Kv. Died ?.Iav 25, 1915, at LaCrosse, 

Kansas. ]\Iarried. Julv 13, 1854, to Xancv Burnett, who 

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died at Tekamah. X'ebraska, August 30. 1890. He was for 
some time Judge of one of the courts of Xebraska. 
I. H a 3 — John Poindexter Anderson : Born January 5, 1833, 
in Wavne Countv. Ill Died Februarv 14, 1860, in Marion 
County, Iowa ( unmarried V 



I. H a 4 — Mary Anderson : Born January 20, 1835, in Fulton 
Count}', 111. Died March 4, 1900, in Marion County, Iowa. 
Married April 2, 1854, to Thompson Bridges (a farmer). 
I. H a 5 — Thomas J. Anderson : Born March 4, 1837, in Ful- 
ton Count\', 111. Died April, 1910. Married, February 26, 
1862, Mary A. Rousseau (B. 1843. D. 1882). He was a 
lawyer, and was a special IT. S. Judge at Salt Lake City at 
the time of hearing the Mormon Test Oath cases. He served 
as Captain in the 40th Regiment of Iowa Infantry during 
the Civil AVar. He is buried in the National Cemetery at 
Los Angeles, California. 
I. H a 6 — Robert Anderson : Born August 24, 1839, in Fulton 
Count3^ 111. Died at Gunnison, Col., October, 1917. Mar- 
ried iirst to Eva Deitz (D. in Iowa) ; second marriage to 
Mary Henderson (living, in 1920, at Denver, Colorado). 
I. H a 7 — Lucinda Anderson : Born March 9, 1842, in Fulton 
Countv, 111. Living, in 1920, at Webb City, Mo. Married 
Dr. J. J. Wolfe (B. June 11, 1823. D. April 13, 1899). 
I. H a 8 — Louise Anderson: Born April 28, 1846, in Fulton 
Countv, III. Living, in 1921, at Eldon, Iowa. Married Rev. 
B. F. Shane (M. E. Church), who died Februar^^ 25, 1906, 
at Selma, Iowa. Two sons. 
I. H b — Louisa LaRue : Married Joseph W. Finley, in Hardin 
County, Ky., November 24, 1825. ]\Ioved to Callaway County, 
]\[o., where they were living in July, 1861. Both died in the 
year 1867, near Cote San Dessein (now Wainwright), in Cal- 
laway County, Mo., near which place they are buried. 

Children of Louisa LaRue (I. H b) and Joseph W. Finley. 

I. II b 1 — Samuel Finlev : Went to California in 1850, and was 
livinii* there in 1861. Married Eliza Robison. He died at 
Sawyer's Bar, California, and was buried there. Had 
thirteen children. 

I. H b 2 — Marv Finlev : ]\Iarried James Devlin. Living in 

Marion Countv Mo., in 1861. Died . Buried at 

Raleigh, Phelps County, Mo. Had one daughter, Mary, who 
married Moses Mansbridge. 

J. H b 3 — Narcissa Finlev ; Married Thomas Pettv. Living in 
Moniteau County. ^lo., in 1861. She died in Texas, and is 
buried at Whitesboro in that State. Had six children. De- 
scendants in various parts of the West. The husband, 
Thomas Petty, is now (1921) living at Bonita, California. 

I.Hbl — Amanda Finlej^: Married Hamilton Smith, who was 
killed in action at Young's Point, ^liss.. while a soldier in 



Civil War. She died iu Mo., and is buried at Bonnet's 
Mill, Osage County. Three children. 
I. Hb5 — David D. Finlev: Married Ellen Johnson, who died 
August 16, 1,^93. He 'died July 19, 1820. Ten children, 
^lany descendants now living in and near New Bloomfield, 
Callaway Count}', Mo., and some in Texas and in Oklahoma. 
I. H b 6 — Sarah Finlev : ^.larried Isaac Miller. Living in lUi- 
nois in 1861. Both died. They are buried at Indianapolis, 
Ind. Five children. One son was killed in battle at Frank- 
lin, Tenn. 
I. H b 7 — Docia Finley: ^Married Daniel Greene, a native of 
Vermont. Had one child, who died in infancy. 
I. H c — Josiah LaRue (commonlv known as "Si" LaRue") : Mar- 
ried Mary Castleman, a half sister of Lewis Castleman, who 
married Sarah J. LaRue (L ^I) They lived near Elizabeth- 
town, and had several chiklreu. who later went to the West. 
Following are believed to be some of tlie 

Children of Josiah (J. H c) and ^[ary Castleman LaRue: 
1. H c 1 — Samuel LaRue: -Married Mary Burding, September 

1, 1851, in Hardin County, Ky. 
1. H c 2 — James LaRue: Married to Sarah Bercline, August 

19, 1852, bv Rm'. James Daughertv. 
I. H c 3 — John LaRue: Married Louisa Quiggins, February 

24, 1863. Left one daughter, Malvina, who is the wife of 

Jesse McCandless, of Louisville, Kv. 
I. H c 4 — Lydia LaRue : Married John Bodine, May 15, 1866, 

in Hardin Countv, Kv. 
I. H f 5 — Elvira LaRue : ^larried John Runyan, December IT, 

1867, "at the home of Samuel LaRue," in Hardin Countv, 

I. II d — Lvdia LaRue : ^^.larried Morris G. Henchev (or Henslev), 
in Hardin Countv, Kv.. November 27, 1828. Probablv moved 
to the West. 
I H e — Mary LaRue : ^Farried to Samuel M. Trunibo, November 
29, 1829, bv Rev. James Daughertv, in Hardin Countv, Kv. 
Probabh' moved to Illinois. 


I. H f — James LaRue : Was never married. 

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For information concerning the descendants of Lucinda 
LaRue Anderson (I. H a), the writer is indebted to Mrs. Louise 
A. Shane (I. H a 8), and for information as to the descendants 
of Louisa LaRue Finley (1. H h). to Miss Gertrude Finley, of 
New Bloomfield. Mo., wlio is a daughter of Julius C. Finley, one 
of the ten children of David D. Finley (I. H b 5). 



Son of Jacob LaRue (I.) and Marv Frost LaRne. Born 
September 29, 1782. Married Phebe LaRne (II. C) in March, 
1802. Second marriage to a widow, "Polly" Samnels, of Bul- 
litt County, Ky., who died about 1891. In early life he owned 
and lived on a large farm a mile north of the site of Hodgenville, 
on which he erected a commodious dwelling. This house was 
located on the liill overlooking the old fort, where the descendants 
of James Doane LaRue (11. B c) have lived for vears. Manv old 
bullets have been picked up on this hill, which were doubtless 
shot from the guns of the inhabitants of the fort at Indians who 
came to the hill to observe the movements about the fort. About 
a quarter of a mile east of the residence of James LaRue stood 
the school house — the first erected within the present boundary 
of LaRue County — where Thomas W. Rathbone and others 
taught before Hodgenville existed and where the children of the 
original settlers attended. The home of James LaRue (LI) was 
open to such of these scholars as lived too far from the school 
house to come everv dav from their homes. Among those who 
boarded at his home while attending this school was Sarah LaRue 
Castleman (I. M), his half-sister, who was twenty-six years 
3"0unger than himself. 

In connection with other business, James LaRue (I. I) had 
on his farm a distillerv, the remains of which have hardlv dis- 
appeared to this day. Among the well-to-do planters of Ken- 
tuckv in the earlv davs, distilleries were bv no means uncommon. 

Financial reverses bronglit about the sale of the plantation 
of James LaRne (I. I), and lie then became a resident of the 
town, of Hodgenville. where he was a respected merchatit for 
manv vears. He died June 20. 1859. His bodv rests in Red 
Hill Cemetery at Hodgenville. The house on Water Street in 
Hodgenville which was built by James LaRue (LI) and which 
was his home for nearly twenty years, is yet in good repair. 



Descendants of James LaRue (I. I) and Phebe LaRue 

(TI. O— Four Children. 

1. 1 a — Di'. John Jay LaRue: Born April 23, 1811. Was edu- 
cated at Philadelphia. Pa. Located at Franklin. Ky., in 1841, 
where he was a successful j)ractitioner of medicine until his 
death, Au«.nist 11, 1863. In 1839 he married Lucy Ellen Nalle 
(B. Sept. 22, 18PI. ]). April 16, 1898.) She was a daughter 
of James Xalle, of Nelson County. Ky.. and his second wife, 
Lucv Ellen Chenault. Thev had nine children, as shown below: 
I, la 1— William Helm LaRue: B(»ni February 14, 1840. 
Died in 1862. at Grenada. Miss., of tyi)lioid fever, while in 
the service as a soldier in < "onfederate Army, in Co. G, 1st 
K\". Cavalry. 
T. I a 2— James Xalic LaRue: Lorn .July 26, 1842. Di.-d April 
1, 1916. He WHS a h'adinjr citizen of Franklin, Ky., serving 
several terms as Mayor of tlie city; was also Cashier, and 
later President, of the McElwain ^Meguiar Bank, of that 
place. In -lauuarw l>^7n. he mai-ried Mary Clay Finn (B. 
Nov. 28, lh4r). I)." Feb. 13, 19l6j, a dauirliter of John Abel 
Finn and Marie jirooke f DuvaD Finn, of Franklin. Ky. 
Six chiUlren. 
LIa3— :\rai'v Lli/a L^iRue: Born 1 ).r,'nib.M- 2.'3, 1844. Died 

I. I a 4 — John -Jay LaRne, -Ir. : Born -January 2, 1847. Died 
November .">. L^!)6, unmarried. Was a successful merchant 
at Frankli)!. Ky. 
LIa5— Sallie Lewis LaRue: Born 1851. Died 1861. 
I. I a 6 — Infant daughter, unnamed : Born and died 1853. 
I. I a 7 — Infant daughter, uniuimed : Born and died 1854. 
I. I a 8— Lillie Belle LaRue : Born at Franklin, Ky. Was mar- 
ried, in Ls7!>, to Espen D. Williams (B. Oct. 16, 1851), a 
prominent business nuiii of Franklin, and now (1921) Presi- 
dent of the :\IcElwain Meguiar Bank & Trust Co. Mrs. 
Williams lives at the LaRue home, where she was born, 
though in a new house, which has replaced the old one. She 
has had two children, one of whom has died. 
L I a 9— Felix Fros;t LaRue: Born 1858. Died 1861. 
I. Ib_:\Iary J. LaRue: Born September 22. 1814. Died June, 
1866, at the home of Sarah LaRue Castleman (I. M). Mar- 
ried Joshua H. Jewett (B. Sept. 30, 1815. D. July 14, 1861), 
a prominent lawyer of Eli^abethtown, Ky., who represented 
his District in Cono-ress two terms ^34th and 35th Congresses). 
Thev had three children — 









1. 1 b 1 — Fox Jewett : Died when a young man. Xo descend- 
1. I b 2 — James Jewett : Died vonno-. Xo descendants. 
1. 1 b 3 — Florence Jewett : Died at Hodgenville, Ky., in 1885, 
I. I c — James AV. LaRue ''commonly known as "Black Jim" 
LaRue) : Born December 18, 1816. Died January 18, 1892. 
Served as Sherilf and held other offices in LaRue County. He 
is buried at Middle Creek Church burying ground, in LaRue 
County. He was married three times — first, to Xancy Dyer, 
in March, 1848 : second to Isabella Spragens, in Xovember, 
1851; third, to Lydia Ash, December 18, 1862. By his first 
wife he had one son, 

1. 1 c 1— L L. LaRue : Born Xovember 15, 1819. Died Febru- 
ary 14, 1892. ^tarried Emiliue Hayes. He was a prominent 
and popular business man at Hodgenville. He left two 
sons, who are now living. James W. LaRue (I. I e) left 
one son by second wife, namely, 
I.Ic2 — John T. LaRue, now '1921) living near Hodgenville. 
Bv third wife, James AV. LaRue (Lie) had several chil- 
dren, who live in Hardin Countv, Kv. 
I. Id— Dr. Thomas Brooks LaRue: Born April 12, 1821. Died 
in 1904, at Smith's Grove. Ky. Received medical education 
at Xasliville and Louisville. Located at Franklin, Ky., in 
1842. Aloved to Smith's Grove. Ky., in 1855, where he was a 
successful ])hysician. In 1844 he married Alary Elizabeth 
Finn, daugliter of John and Frances AValker (Bigger) Finn, 
who was born in 1827. and died in 1850. In 1853 he was mar- 
ried to his second wife. Sarah A. Shobe, of Warren County, 
Ky., wlio died in 1914. Xo children from the second marriage. 
The children from the first marriage were two. 
1. 1 d 1 — Rebecca Gertrude LaRue : Born 1847. Died in in- 
I. Id2--AIary Elizabeth LaRue: Born January, 1850. Died 
Xovember, 1920. She was married, in 1868, to Eugene A. 
Shobe. who is a prominent business man of Oakland, Ky. 
Tliev had five children, of whom two are now living:. 

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For information as to the families of Dr. John Jay LaRue 
(I. I a) and Dr. Thomas B. LaRue f I. I d), the writer is indebted 
to Miss Alavme LaRue, of Franklin, Kv., a daughter of James 
Nalle LaRue (I. I a 2\ 




Daughter of Jacob LaRue (I.) and Mary Frost LaRiie. Born 
April 24, 1785. Died, 1859. Her husband was John Hodgen 
(VI. E). Family moved to Illinois, and later to Iowa. See list 
of children under John Hods^en (Yl. E). 



Son of Jacob LaRiie (I.) and Jane Morgan LaRue. Was 
born Xovember 26, 1806, on the farm of his father in Hardin 
(later LaRue j County, Kentucky. Died at his home on Xolynn, 
below Glendale, Hardin County, December 26, 1883, of an illness 
contracted from exposure while attending the funeral of his 
brother, Jesse V. LaRue (I. X, who died just ten days previ- 

Morgan J. LaRue d. L i married first, Sept. 9, 1824, [Maria 
Castleman ( 1806-1867 j, a daughter of James Castleman (1775- 
1840), who came from Frederick Co, Va., about the year 1800. 
She was a sister of Lewis Castleman. who married Sarah LaRue 
(I. Mj and a half-sister of Mary Castleman, who married Josiah 
LaRue (I. H c). Second marriage, X'^ovember 8, 1868, to Ellen 
H. Eller, of Missouri, who died December 15, 1906. 

The greater part of the life of ]\[organ J. LaRue, after his 
marriage, was spent on a farm below the village of Glendale, 
but for a few years just after his second marriage he lived in 
Missouri, near Mexico. He was a pioneer preacher of the Chris- 
tian Church (Disciples), usually ministering to four churches 
at one time, preaching one Sunday a month for each church. 
Among the early converts under his ministry was J. B. Briney, 
who has long been one of the leading preachers of the Christian 
Church in Kentucky. 

The body of ^Morfran J. LaRue (1. L rests in the burying 
ground at the old "Stone Church," in Hardin County. 

Children of Morgan J. i L L i and Maria Castleman LaRue 


I. La— Xancy LaRue (1826-1908) : Married John F. Cox, Feb- 
ruary 12, 1856. Lived in Hardin County, Ky. Five children. 
X'umerous descendants. 

I. Lb— Jacob Castleman LaRue: Born 1828. Died about 1890. 
[Married Rhoda Perrv. Left several children (in Missouri). 

I. Lc— Sarah Elizabeth LaRue: Born 1830. Died -. 

Married AVillard P. Greer, August 30, 1848. Left several 
children (in Missouri). 

I. L d — James M. LaRue : Born 1832. Was killed in the early 
davs of the Civil War, while in the service as a soldier in the 
Confederate Army. [Married Xannie Brown, July 15, 1858. 
Left two daughters 

I.Le— John S.LaRue: Born 1833. Died March, 1912. Mar- 



riecl Maggie Williams in September, 1869. Lived near Hen- 
derson, Ky. Left six children. 

I. Lf— Thomas C. LaRne : Born September 26, 1834. Died 
March 17, 1921, at his home in Henderson, Ky. Married three 
times — first to Harriett E. ]\Iiller, November 11, 1862 (six 
children) ; second to Miss White (no children) ; third to Fan- 
nie L. Black, Jnne 12, 1895 (four living children). 

I. L g — Delia LaRue : Born Angust 24, 1836. Living, in 1921, in 
Indianapolis, Indiana. ^Married three times — first to Dr. John 
M. Goodwin, October 5, 1858 (two sons); second to James 
Havden (two sons) ; third to Rev. W. L. Hayden (now dead). 

I. L h— Ann B. LaRne : Born September 26, 1838. Died , 

in Missouri. Married Thomas B. Walker, December 11, 1855. 
Left several children. 

I.Li — Missouri A. LaRne: Born January 4, 1841. Living, in 
1921. near Elizabethtown. Ky. Married Charles L. Miller, 
Mav 11. 1863. Has several children. 

I. L k— Martha Ellen LaRue : Born 1842. Living, in 1920, near 
Paris, Tennessee. Married Milburn Shobe, of Warren Count}^, 
Ky. March 15, 1866. (Iiildren. 

I. L 1 — Frances C. LaRue : Born 1844. Died , in Flori- 
da. Married John H. Havs, of Warren Countv, Kv., October 
31, 1867. Had four children. 

I. L m — Jesse William LaRue: Born November 4, 1847. Living 
(1921). Married Luta Higginson. Two children living (1921). 

Children of Morgan J. (L L) and Ellen H. Eller LaRue 


I. L n — Minnie LaRue : Born September 4, 1869. Living, in 
1921, in Audrian County. Missouri — post-office, Auxvasse, Mo. 
:\Iarried Thomas A. Boyd. Has four children. 

I i^ — Morgan E. LaRue: Born August 31, 1871. Died in Mis- 
souri, August, 1900. 

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For information as to the children of Morgan J. LaRue 
(I. L), the writer is indebted largely to Mrs. Delia LaRue 
Hayden (I. L g). 



Sarah Jane, dang-hter of Jacob LaKiie ;I.) and Jane Morgan 
LaRue, was born October 9, 1808. on her father's farm, five 
miles north of the present site of Ilodgenville, and died at the 
same place, February 22, 1904. She was married September 4, 
1823, by John Hod^ren (VI. E) to Lewis Castleman (B. 1800, D. 
1842). Lived nearly all her life on the farm on which she was 
born. In early life lived a few years in the lower part of Hardin 
County on the farm in which she was p:iven a one-third interest 
by her father's will, where two or three of her older children 
were born. 

Sarah LaRue Castleman (I. ^L was friven a fair education 
in the schools of the communit\ in which she lived and continued 


to be a student and trreat reader throuirhout her long- life. All 
her sons were preachers, as well as farmers. She was buried in 
the famih' bur\'ino: gfround on the farm on which she died. Her 
husband died of \'ellow fever at Xatchitoches, Louisiana. 

Children of Sarah LaRik I. Mi and Lewis Castleman 

( PLIGHT ) . 

i. M a — Jane Castleman: Pxu-n November 7, 1^24. Died August 
12, 1888. Married John Petty, 1872. Xo children. 

I. ]\I b — James Castleman: Born October 2."). 1S26. Died ^lay 
20, 1890. Lived in Wise County, Texas. Married. Twelve 
childreiL X'nmerous descendants in the W<'st. 

I.Mc — Sarah Castleman: Born Sej^tember 17, 1828. Died 
January 28, 1916. Married William H. Nicholas, Aug-ust 30, 
1849. Six children. Numerous deseendants. 

I.Md — Nancy Castleman: Born Julv :U, 1830. Died Februarv 
22, 1865. Married, first, Ceorge R. West (1830-1855), Decem- 
ber 21, 1852 (one ^on and one daug:hter of this marriag:e) ; 
second marriag-e, September 18. 1859, to Joseph Walters (two 
daughters of this marriag'eV Numerous descendants. 

LMe — Jesse L. Castleman: Born September 11, 1834. Died 
February 8, 1916. ]\rarried three times — first to Frances 
Nicholas, December 22. 1857 (three children) ; second mar- 
riag-e to Elizabeth Peak (two daus-hters ) ; third marriag-e to 
Marg-aret Peak (no children'. Numerous descendants. 

I. :\I f — Stephen :\[org-an Castleman : Born Julv 24, 1836. Died 
July 23, 1900. Married. October 5. 1881, Mary LaRue, 
dang-hter of James Doane LaRue (II. B cj. She is living 
(1921) at Hodgenville. One daughter. 

























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I M J.'— Belle Ca.stleman : Born .Mav 19, 1838. Died April 17, 
VJ12 Jvlarried William H. Hamilton (1821-1896), January, 
1877. Two sons. 

I M h — Melissa Castleman : Born July 25, 1^42. Died November 
1, 1&97. Married, Ai)ril 2, 1867, to Squire Walters Mather, 
son of Lucretia Walters blather (IT. D e). He was born April 
1, 1842, and is living (1921) at Denison, Texas. He served 
in the 4th Kegt. Indiana Cavalry in Civil War. Seven chil- 
dren living. 



Son of Jacob LaRue (I.) and Jane Morgan LaRue. He was 
born in that part of Hardin County which is now LaRue, ^lay 
16, 1811, and died in the kjwer part of Hardin County, Decem- 
ber 16, 1883. He was married, ]\Iay 12, 1836, by Rev. James 
Daugherty, to Leatitia Hardin (B. 1809. D. 1903), a daughter 
of Martin Hardin, of Hardin County. Lived the greater part 
of his life on farm near Stepliensburg, Hardin County, Ky., 
though for several years prior to and during the Civil War 
lived near ^Mexico, Missouri. 

Children of Jesse X. (I. N) and Leatitia Hardin LaRue 


I. X a— Martin AY. LaRue: Born 1837. Died, 1911. Married 
Marv Ellen Hawkins, November 5, 1857. Four children liv- 
ing a920). 

I. Nb— Robert Jacob LaRue: Born 1838. Died 1913. Married 
Mattie Crutcher in 1862. One daughter living (1920). 

I. X c — Rose Jane LaRue: Born 184L Living in 1921, at 
Shelbyville. Tennessee. Married Charles AY. Cornforth (D. 
18—)*. Two children living a921). 

I. X d — Stephen LaRue : Born 1843. Died in infancy. 

I. X e— Lafayette Morgan LaRue : Born 1844. Died^l903. Mar- 
ried Mary'E. Kirtley in 1870. Two children living (1920). 

I Xf— Sarah Eleanor LaRue: Born 1846. Living, in 1920, at 
Milligan College, Tennessee. Afarried Josephus Hopwood, 
August 19, 1874. Xo children. 

1. X"" g — James LaRue: Born 1849. Dit.-d in infancy. 

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For information as to the descendants of Jesse Y. LaRue, 
the writer is indebted to Mrs. Rose J. Cornforth (I. X" c) and Mrs. 
Sarah Hopwood (I. X f). 


The Rev. J. H. Spencer, in his exhaustive "History of Ken- 
tucky Baptists,"' which was published in the year 1886, says: 

"Few families in Kentucky have produced more valuable 
men than that of John LaRue. Among his descendants may be 
named Hon. George H. Yeaman, now of New York (and late 
Minister to Denmark), Rev. John H. Yeaman, deceased. Rev. 
W. Pope Yeaman, D. D., of St. Louis. Rev. AVilliam L. Morris, 
deceased, the late Rev. Robert Enlow. Iv v. S. L. Helm, D. D., 
Judge Sfpiire LaRue. and the Rev. A. \V. LaRue. and the dis- 
tinguished Governor John L. Helm, of Kentucky. P^xcept Gov. 
Helm, who was not a member f>f any ehni'ch. they were all worthy 

Mr. Spencer iiieliides in this list twi) who slioukl be omitted, 
as the\' were not descendants of John LaRue. Rev. AVilliam L. 
Morris (I. G a '^) was a descendant of Jacob LaRue (L), older 
brother of John LaRue (ID. and tlie Rev. Robert Enlow was 
a descendant of Mary Brooks Lalvue from her second marriage, 
to Isom Enlow, as siiown elsewhere in this outline. The names 
remaining, however, are sufticieiit to increase tlie interest of the 
reader in the sul)ject of the present sketch. 

John, the second child of Isnac LaRiie, Sr.. and Phebe Car- 
man La Hue. was born in Fi'ctleriek County, Virginia. January 
24, 1746, and died about the 4th day of January, 17!I2. on his 
plantation on Xolynn Creek just above the site of the town of 
Hodgenville. Kentuckv. In the davs of his childhood and vouth, 
on his father's frontier farm, lie had limited opportunities for 
education in books and abundant oj)|)ortunity for physical labor. 

^Ir. A. C. Quisenberry, of the \Var Dej^artment. at Washing- 
ton, 1). C., the author of various works relating to Kentucky 
historv and srenealogv, is authoritv for the statement that John 
LaRue (ID served as an officer in the Revolutionary Army. 
The incomplete records of the Revolution in the office of the 
Adjutant General fail to show such .service, and the writer is 
inclined to believe that whatever service may have been rendered 
by John LaRue was in the Virginia ]\Iilitia. though the nearest 
approach to authority for this statement is McAllister's "Vir- 
ginia Militia in the Revolutionary War," sec. 263, where it ap- 
pears that Capt. John Larrlch, together with Capt. William 
Frost and Lieutenants John Catlett and Henry Catlett and 
others whose names were associated with LaRues, all of Freder- 
ick County, resigned August 4. 1779. 

On the 28th of December. 1770, before he was twentv-five 

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years of age, John LaRiie (II.) purchased from William Ghol- 
sou, for 150 pounds, a tract of 563 acres of land in St. George's 
Parish, Spottsylvania County, Virginia. The deed was to John 
Larew, of Frederick County (Abstracts of Records of Spottsyl- 
vania County, Va., page 280V This land he owned for nearly 
fourteen years thereafter. On the 7th of October, 1784, John 
Larue and Mary, his wife, of Frederick Parish, Frederick 
County, conveyed this 563 acres of land to David Blair, of 
Spottsylvania County, for the consideration of 300 pounds. 
Jabez LaRue (X.) was one of the witnesses to the signatures 
on the deed. {Id., p. 389). The fact that John LaRue is shown 
as a resident of Frederick Countv at the time he sold this land, 
as well as at the time he purchased it, would indicate that the 
I)urchase was for purpose of investment. So far as we know he 
never lived in Spottsylvania County. Ijong before he sold the 
land in this county his eye was turned toward the West. 

A passing notice of the dates of some of the events in the 
early history of Kentucky is necessary to a proper understand- 
ing of the conditions under which John LaRue and the thou- 
sands who went before, as well as the many thousands who came 
after, him. established themselves in the Valley of the Ohio. 

Harrodsburg, the oldest town in Kentucky, was settled June 
16, 1774, but on account of tlireatened Indian attacks the set- 
tlement was abandoned the next month and was not again occu- 
pied until the following March. The next five or six years, 
covering the period of most active warfare during the Revolu- 
tion, were not favorable for making new settlements. Com- 
paratively few permanent settlements had been made in Ken- 
tucky down to the year 1780. As has been stated in a previous 
chapter, Kentucky County was organized in October, 1776, from 
a portion of the territory of Fincastle, which then became ex- 
tinct. The first stockade at the Falls of the Ohio was built in 
the Fall of 1778 or early in 1779. In May. 1780, Kentucky 
Countv became the District of Kentuckv, and was divided into 
the Counties of Fayette. Lincoln and Jefferson. This was the 
year when the great miirration to Kentucky began. In 1784 
Jefferson County was divided, and all the territory between Salt 
River and Green River, as far East as the eastern line of tht? 
present County of Washington, became Nelson County. Baird's 
town (BardstownV the county seat of Nelson County, was estab- 
lished by act of the Virginia Legislature, December 2, 1788. In 
the year 1790, Lexington, with a population of 834, was the 
metropolis of the District of Kentucky. Bardstown, with a 
population of 216. was the third town in the District, Louisville 


being the fourth, with only 200 inhcibitants. The station on 
Nolvnn was established within two vears after the building of 

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the first stockade at the Falls of the Ohio — that is, about the first 
of the year 1781. The fort on Xolvnn was built on a tract of 
land o\\^led by Phillip Phillips, a surveyor, who came from 
Pennsylvania, and from him it received the name Phillips' fort. 
John LaRue's first iournev to Kentuckv was certainlv not 

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later than the end of the year 17bO. The records of IShelby 
County (Deed Book B, page 453) show that on August 5, 1784, 
Isaac LaRue entered one thousand acres of land, on Guise's 
Creek, "on a branch of Brashear's Creek, including a cabin 
built by John LaRue ( IL ) and Samuel LaRue (VIII.) about 
five or six miles south from Boone's Station." In all probability 
this cabin was temporarily occupied by John LaRue and his 
brother Samuel as early as the close of the year 1779. The 
writer Ijelieves it was John LaRue's first home in the new terri- 


Contemporary records siiow tliat "early in 17^1, Benn Linn. 
John Garrard and .John Larue went out from Beargrass. or the 
Falls (now Louisville) to make a settlement." (Draper, in the 
George Rogers Clark MSS., Vol. XXXVL. as quoted by Prof. 
A. L. Keith in article in William and Mary Quarterly for 
October, I'JIl. ) We are unable to say whether this "settlement"' 
of LaRue's was on Xolvnn or in the cabin within the limits of 
the present County of Shelby, referred to above, but from the 
fact that there is no mention of Samuel LaRue in this old record 
(and he was possibly tlead at this time — .see VIIL ) it would ap- 
pear more probable that the Shelby cabin had been previously 
occupied by the two brothers. Further, the two men who went 
out with John LaRue from were undoubtedly on 
Xolvnn about 1781. Tlie "Benn Linn" referred to must have 


been Beniamin Lvnn. for whom X'olvnn River was named, who 

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was later a Baptist preacher, while the John Garrard who was 
LaRue's other companion must have been the same John Garrard 
who became the first pastor of the Severns Valley Church. See 
the chapter on "Early Churches and Pastors" for further ac- 
count of both Lvnn and Garrard The wife of the latter was 


Susan Vanmeter. daughter of Jacob Vanmeter. one of the 
earliest settlers in the Severns Valley. This couple has many 
descendants noAv living in Kentucky and in the West. 

The earliest location of land by or for John LaRue in the new 
territorv. of which we find a record, was in the vear 1779. This 

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was for one thousand acres, ''at a large spring running into 
Xolin,'' and it was evidently made by Squire Boone. See Boone's 



deposition No. 2, in Appendix (A;. On the 7th of October, 1780, 
a tract of 1,000 acres of land on Nolynn, "about eight or nine 
miles below Severns Vallev Creek," was entered bv John LaRue. 
See Fiiiley vs. Granger, 2 A. K. MarshalEs Ky. Reports, page 
176. In the first list of surveys recorded in Jeiferson County, 
which shows "surveys made prior to September 8, 1781," it is 
shown that a survey of 1.000 acres was made for John LaRue on 
March 8, 1781. This is the earliest date of any survey shown 
on this list. Others for whom surveys were made as of the same 
date, March 8, 1781, were Nicholas Merriwether, James Coburn, 
Squire Boone, Marias Hansbrough, Robert Taylor, John East- 
wood and Meredith Helm. The tract referred to in the Boone 
deposition, the tract entered on October 7, 1780, and that sur- 
veyed on March 8, 178], may be one and the same. Other and 
larger tracts were soon afterward located and entered for John 
LaRue. A tract of 6,000 acres, on the Ohio River, at the moutli 
of Doe Run, was entered for him by direction of Squire Boone 
on January 3, 1783. See deposition of Boone, No. 6, Appendix 
(A). Another 6,000-acre tract on Nolynn, below the mouth of 
Vallev Creek and adjoining the 1,000-acre tract, was entered by 
John LaRue, February 3, 1783. 2 A. K. Marshall's Ky. Reports, 
page 176. On the same date. February 3, 1783, he entered 
21,000 acres, W'hich was described (in 1817) as Iving within the 
counties of Bullitt and Jefferson, "on the north side of the Knobs 
and between Fh)yd"s Fork and the trace which leads from 
Bullitt's Lick to Louisville." This land was surveyed for his 
heirs August 3, 1792. and patented in their name May 16. 1793 
(See deed from John LaRue 's Heirs to William Pope, Robert 
Breckenridge and AVorden Pope, dated September 13, 1817, 
recorded in Deed Book N. ]iage 311, Jefferson County). 

Not less than 13,000 acres of land ^vithin the territorv which 
is now Shelby County. Kentucky, was patented by John LaRue 
(11.) The seventl) deposition of S([nire Boone shown in Appen- 
dix (A) indicates that John LaRue had an entry of 5,000 acres 
below the mouth of Drennon's Creek in that County. On Feb- 
ruary 3, 1783 (which day seems to liave been especially import- 
ant as to land entries) he entered 6,000 acres in Shelby County, 
"adjoining his 2.000 acres that lies between Floyd's Fork and 
BuUskin." The latter stream was named for a stream in Fred- 
erick County. Va. John LaRue "s ownership of lands in Shelby 
was very ]^rc>babl>' due in some manner to his acquaintance with 
Squire Boone, who was a resident of that Countv from 1779 to 

There are no existing records of the station f»ii Nolvnn, and 



it is not possible to say who was in the old fort at any particular 
time. It is not probable that any women or children were at 
the "station" till after the fort had been completed. Until 
.some months after the disastrous battle of Blue Licks, which 
occurred in the month of Aug-ust. 17S2, no spot in Kentucky was 
a safe place of residence for whites 

In a deposition oriven on June 15, 1614, by John Handley, a 
survevor, who was emplo\»Ml in the Xolvnn Vallcv from about 
the year 1780, the follo\vin«r (piery and answers appear: "State 
as neai'ly as you can the number of inhabitants of Severns Val- 
ley (tile Elizal)etlito\vii station > antl Xolin (Phillips' fort) in 
the vcar 17s:{, prior to the KJth of December in that vear. " 
Answer — "1 cannot sa\' with dnv prol)a})le certaintv tlie number 
of inhal)itants in Severns N'alley and Xolin on the above date, 
but 1 l)elieve there wert a nrrtty «roo(] comi^any of Military at 
each of those places about that tinit*. .\;zain he says — "1 do 
not sup])ose I could in the conrse of three days recollect two- 
thirds of tlieii" names that ! luid an acquaintanee with (at 
Severns Valley and Xolin Stations . 1 liave no doubt but there 
were some whose name^ 1 never knew, on Xolin.* Tliese answers 
would indicate that nj) to the hitter i)art of the year 17S:^ the 
poinilation of the Xolynn Station consisted princi})ally, if not 
wholly, of ai'iiied iihmi. Whether Jolin LaKne was one of 
cannot with certainty l)e said. For tlie tirst two years of its 
existence the fort on Xolynn was a place of refu*re, rather than 
a ])lace of residence, and its populatirni was doiil)tless more or shiftintr. We ma\' reasonably suppose that John LaRue 
found refu«re from time ti» time, not only in Philli|)s' fort, but 
in other forts in the new territory, as well as in his cabin in 
Shelbv Coiintv. before he finallv settled at X'olvnn. The owner. 

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or, at least, claimant, of 4(),()(M) acres of land in Kentucky, 
doubtless had occasion to be in di^'ereiit parts of the new country 
before the expiration of four years from the date of the first 
location of land made for him. 

The date or place of the marriag:e of John LaRue (II.) and 
^lary Brooks has not been ascertained. It is more than probable 
that it occurred in Frederick County in the Sprin"- or Summer 
of 1783. Down to about that time marriao:es in Virtrinia were 
under control of the Established Church, the records of which 
are said to have *' disappeared." The first marriage book of 
Jetferson Uoimty beeins February 16. 1784. Rebecca, the oldest 
child of John and ]^Iary Brooks LaRue. was born in Frederick 
County on the iirst day of ^lay. 1784. The mother at that time 
was onlv eighteen vears old. ha vine- been born Mav .3. 1766. ac- 



cording to existing family records. As we have seen, John 
LaRue and Mary, his wife, are shown as residents of Frederick 
County in the deed of conveyance which they made October 7, 
1784, for the tract of land in Spottsylvania County. This cleed^ 
in all probability, \s'as made on the eve of their departure for 

From the time of the establishment of the station at the Falls 
of the Ohio (in 1778 or 1779), the usual course and mode of 
travel from northern Virginia to Kentucky was by flat boat 
down the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. AVe may well imagine that 
some time early in the month (after seeing the sketch of Rebecca 
Keith — YI. F — Ave mav sav the middle of the month) of Novem- 
ber, 1784, John LaRue, with his young wife and infant daughter^ 
Robert Hodgen, with his large family, and perhaps many others^ 
arrived in their flat boats at the Ohio Falls, whence they soon 
made their way, in part over the road for which Isaac LaRue 
(III.), John's brother and Hodgen 's brother-in-law, had just 
been appointed overseer, to the station on Nolynn, fifty miles 
from the Falls. It is not improbable that they were met at the 
latter place by Isaac LaRue (ITI.), alreach' a resident of Nolynn, 
who was one of the viewers of the road from "Nolin Station to 
the mouth o£ Beech Fork," whose report was filed at Louisville 
on November 8, 1784. See the sketch of Isaac LaRue (III.). 

The family tradition is that the fort was the place of birth 
of Squire LaRue (IT. B). John's second child and his only son^ 
who was born March 28, 1785 He was given his name as a 
recognition of the friendship of the father for Squire Boone. 
In the later historv of the LaRue familv no names are of more 

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frequent occurrence than Squire for the boys and Phebe for the 
girls. The former comes from Boone, the latter from Phebe 
Carman, the wife of Isaac LaRue, Sr. 

Indian raids became rare by the close of the year 1785, and 
the inhabitants of Phillips' fort about this time began to move 
out on their farms. John LaRue 's plantation, on which he 
erected a log house, was not more than half a mile from the fort, 
just across the north fork of Nolynn. It is now one of the best 
farms in LaRue County, and is owned by one of his descendants. 

The last fight with the Indians in this ])art of Kentucky, 
known as the "Battle of Brown's Run,'' occurred in August, 
1792, near Rolling Fork River, at a point now in Bullitt County. 
In this battle, or skirmisli, in which the Indians were completely 
vanquished, the whites, who were principally from the Severns 
Vallev and Nolvnn Stations, were led bv Colonel Patrick Brown, 
one of the settlers on Nolynn. whose home, as well as that of his 



brother AVilliam, was three miles up the creek from Phillips' 
fort. He represented Hardin County in the Constitutional Con- 
vention of 1799. but refused to sign the Constitution promulgated 
because it failed to provide for the emancipation of slaves. Col. 
Brown later moved to the State of Indiana, and died near ^ladi- 
son in the year 18:i5. His brother William is buried on the old 
home farm three miles north of Hodgenville. 

The lot of all the early settlers was hard. Instead of being 
an exception, John LaRue's life was possibly even more rigorous 
than were the lives of most of his neighbors. With the clearing 
of his land of wild cane brakes which abounded, and then its 
cultivation, and with the care of a young family, and doubtless 
occasional long journeys to his lands on lower Xolynn and on 
the Ohio and in other parts of the new territory, he had no idle 
time. Tradition says that he was a man of great physical 
strength. But after a residence of than eight years in the 
wiklerness he fell sick, and in the early days of the month of 
January, 1792, he died in the humble home which he had built 
on the Knoll Farm. His body was laid in the graveyard adjoin- 
ing the fortification whieh for several months had been the home 
of himself and his family. The marker and inclosure for the 
grave, whieh were erected by his widow and maintained by his 
children, and wIul-Ii stood until within the memory of men now 
living, have disa])peare(l. Today the location of his grave is 
known only bv the stones of other members of the familv who 
died later. Even the old graveyard itself, in which possibly 
more than a hundred of the early settlers are buried, the 
of whom was the vietim (tf an Indian's tomahawk, has almost 
been forgotten by the present generation. It is on a hillside on 
the farm now owned by A. B. Twyman, a fourth of a mile east 
of the road leading north from Hodgenville. For twentv vears 
it was the only burying place on upper Xolynn, and it continued 
to be generally used for a quarter of a century after Hodgen- 
ville was establi-shed. 

The sole expression from the mind and heart of this good 
man which has come down to us is found in his last will, Avhich 
appears on another page. As in the case of the Avill of his father, 
it seems that the introductory portion of the will of John LaRue 
(II.) was taken from some old form, which was probably in 
general use. 

Collins, in his History of Kentucky, speaking of John LaRue 
and his brother-in-law Robert Hodgen, says: "They were both 
noted for uprightness and sterling moral worth, both members 
of the Baptist Church, and beloved for their unobtrusive and 



devoted piety." It is said that in Yiro-inia, John LaRne (II.) 
was a member of the Presb^^terian Church. Soon after his 
arrival in Kentucky he became affiliated with the Severns Valley 
(Elizabethtown) Baptist Church, which at that early day was 
the only organized congregation in this portion of Kentucky, 
and the greater part of which was originally made up of mem- 


mile n 
stone s 
La Rue 
stone i 

old graveyard at Phillips' Fort, in LalUie County, Kentucky, a 
orth of Hodgenville. In this burying- ground, near the tallest 
hown. are the unmarked graves of John LaRue (II.), Mary Brooks 

("Grandma Rathbone"). and Thomas "W. Rathbone. The two 
limestone markers in tlie foreground are at the grave of Isom 

(died in 1S16). tlie second husband of Mary Brooks. The tall 
s that of their daughter, Mary R. Singleton. (Photograph, June, 


11. — .JU±1A LAKLlL 

bers from Xolyim. From the 5th day of December, 1788, until 
his death, John LaRue (II.) was ruling elder of the Severns 
Valley Church. 

Fifty-one years after the death of John LaRue (II.), niuner- 
ous citizens of the southeastern part of the large County of 
Hardin petitioned the Legislature of Kentucky for the establish- 
ment of a new comity, which they asked should be called Lynn, 
with Hodgenville as its county seat. The Act creating the county 
was approved March 4. 184)^, but at the suggestion of John 
LaRue Helm (II. A a), who was at that time influential in the 
politics of the State, he having previously served several years 
as Speaker of the Honse of Rei)resentatives, the name Lynn was 
rejected, and the new county was called LaRue. This name may 
have been given partly in recognition of the numerous LaRues 
who were livintr or who liad lived within the territorv cut off 
from Hardin County. l)Ut it was more {)artieularly for Gov. 
Helm's grandfather, John Laliue (II. j. 

A large part of the landed estate h'ft i)\- John LaRue (II.) 
was disposed of during the minority of his ehildren. A suit was 
filed in Hardin ('ountv in the \'ear !>())] for the recoverv of the 
land sold, which was on the docket of the Court for numy years, 
and was twice carried to the Court of Appeals of Kentucky, as 
reported in Volume '2 of Littell's Reports, page "236 (1822), and 
3 J. J. MarslialCs R('|)orts. page InH (18:i()^. It is of some in- 
terest to note that .lames Luchanan, tlie father of the future 
President of the same name, was a party to this litigation, as tlie 
purchaser of a portion of the land in controversy. The son 
James Buchanan probably had some part as a lawyer in this 
action. He came from his Penn.sylvania home to Elizabethtown 
to share with his father in the western investment, and resided 
in that town for a short time in the year 181.'i, when he was just 
twentv-two vears of age. Fifteen vears later he told Ben Hardin 
in Washington that his return to Pennsylvania was due to his 
discoverv tiiat everv lawver he met at the Elizabethtown bar 
was his eiiual and more than half of them were his superiors. 

Mary Brooks, the wife of John LaRue (II.), was of the 
family for which Brooks Station, Bullitt County, Kentucky, was 
named. She is said to have been a woman of great beauty, as 
well as of unusual intellectual accomplishments. She made a 
study of medicine, and is said to have had a large practice in 
the neighborhood in which she lived. Her second husband, Isom 
Enlow, objected to her activities in this regard and in a measure 
induced her to confine herself to what he considered woman's 
''proper sphere.'' According to tradition, however, he was not 



successful to the extent of preventing her from responding to a 
call from Thomas Lincoln on the twelfth of February, 1809. See 
the chapter on the LaRue Family and the Child Abraham Lin- 
coln. On the day before, February 11, 1809, she had no doubt 
been similarly engaged at the home of her son, Squire LaRue 
(II. B), at the time of the birth of James Doane LaRue (II. B c). 
There was a storv which was current among the old members of 
the bar of this vicinity of a heated jury trial in a case in Eliza- 
bethtown about seventy-five years ago, in which the opposing 
lawvers were two of the descendants of Isaac LaRue, Sr., Charles 
G. Wintersmith (VI. G a) and John L. Helm (II. A a). Mr. 
Wintersmith appealed to the jury by referring to the hardships 
of his ancestors, who had come to Kentucky and had driven out 
the Indians. Mr. Helm, to meet this argument, whatever may 
have been its effect, said that he admitted all that "Cousin 
Charles"' had said of his forefathers, that he himself (Helm) 
belonged "to the same honored family," and that, besides, he 
(Helm) had a grandmother Avho was the best "granny" in Ken- 
tucky in her day. The word '"granny"' has long been used in 
this vicinity as a somewhat inelegant synonym for midwife. 
Gov. Helm referred to his grandmother Mary Brooks LaRue. 

Not long after the death of John LaRue (IL), the 3^oung 
widow was married to Isom Enlow, by whom she had a large 
familv of children. An old sketch of her says that she was the 
mother of thirteen. We have the names of only eleven — four 
from her first marriage and seven of the second marriage. Isom 
Enlow was a man of local prominence. For many years he was 
a Justice of the Peace of Hardin County. In the year 1810, he 
was Sheriff' of that County. He died in the year 1816. A list 
of the children and grandchildren of ^Mary Brooks and Isom 
Enlow is shown in this outline following the descendants of the 
youngest child of John LaRue. 

In the year 1819, :\Iary Brooks Enlow (formerly LaRue) 
was married a third time, to Thomas W. Rathbone, who had been 
in the neighborhood several years as a teacher. His death oc- 
curred in 1826. For the remainder of her life the widow was 
known as "Grandma Rathbone." Her descendants have placed 
in Xolynn Church a memorial window in her honor. Another 
memorial window in that church honors her first husband. It 
is the only public memorial to him in LaRue County. 

"Grandma*' Rathbone (formerly Mary Brooks) died at the 
home of her son, Abraham Enlow. in LaRue County, in April, 
1843, just one month after the organization of the County which 
received its name from her first husband. Pier will was one of 



two which were probated on May 1, 1843, the earliest date of 
probate of any will in LaRue Count}'. 

The children of John LaRue (II.) and Mary Brooks LaRue 
were four. Thev were as follows : 

11. A— Rebecca LaRue Helm (1784-186—). 

11. B— Squire LaRue (1785-1859). 

II. C — Phebe (married James LaRue). 

11. D— Margaret (" Peggy "j Walters (1789-1864). 

Further account of these children and of their descendants 
is given in pages following. 



The will of John LaRiie is as follows: 

'•In the name of God, Amen. I, John Lerue, of Xelson County 
and District of Kentucky, being very sick and weak in body, but 
of perfect Mind and Memory, tlianks be to God for the same, but 
calling to mind the mortality of my body & that it is apointed 
for all men once to dye, do make & ordain this my last will and 
testament. And first of all I Eecommend my Soul to the hands 
of Almighty God that gave it, and my body to the Earth, to be 
buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discression of 
my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I 
shall receive the same again bv the Mightv Power of God. And as 
touching such worldly elfects wherewith it pleased God to bless me 
icith in this life, I give, devise and dispose of tlie same in the fol- 
lowing manner. 

"Imprimus. I give, devise & dispose to my well beloved wife, 
Mary Lerue, all and singular my personal estate, by her and her 
heirs or assigns freely to be enjoyed, also my negro Wensh Nancy 
(or her use) during my icife life time. Also the sole benefit of my 
Plantation whereon I now live, together Avith the use of my other 
Xegros until my children come to be (of) age for the use there 
ruaintainance and schooling, and then the land and sd. Xegroes to 
be equally divided between my children in the manner following, 
viz.. one fourth of the two thirds of sd. land and one fourth of the 
then valine of sd. Xegros to each one at the time of his or her 
being of age. But if any of the children should dye before they 
come of age then a proportion to be given to the survivors accord- 
ing to there numbers then living. But should any of sd. Xegros 
prove disobedient to there Mistress in such case she and my Ex- 
ecutors shall be at liberty to sell them or any one of them and 
huye others in there stead with his or there prices. And after my 
wife dyes Xancy & her increase shall be equally divided (or there 
valluation) between my cliildren. And be it understood that should 
the education of my children be neglected or that they should not 
be taken care of in a Christian like manner, that then and in tliat 
ease (when made apear) it shall be in the power of my Executors 
to have guardians appointed, and the use (of) tliat part of my 
estate 1)efore mentioned for that purpose shall be put in there care 
and appropriated as before directed. 

"Item. I allow so much of my other land to be sold by my 
Executors as shall discliarge all my lairfull debts. But tlie ex- 
pense of administration. &c., is to be levied out of my personal 

"Item. I give and dispose of all and singular my other eslate 
in lands. &c.. to be equally divided according to its Rail valine be- 
tween niy children, to be by them freely to be enjoyed hy thein^ 
there heirs & assigns forever, together with the remaining of the 
land on which I now live after my wife's diseas. 

"And I do liereby appoint my trusty friends Robt. Hodgen, 
Isaac Lerue, junr., and Philip Philips the sole Executors of this my 
last will & testament, and I do hereby disanul all otlier wills or 



legafii/es heretofore granted or bequeathed by me, ratifying and 
confirming tliis and no otlier to be my last will and testament &, 
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 3rd day 
of January, 1792, 

John LaRue, (Seal.) 

"Signrf, sealf/, publishcZ & pronounce/, by the John Lerue as 

his last will &. testament in the presence of us. 

isom exlows, 
Makgaket Hodgex, 


This will was admitted to probate in Xelsou County, Ken- 
tnckv, on the 8th dav of ^Ia\', 1792, and it is of record in the 
office of the Clerk of the County Court of that County in Will 
Book "A." pao-e 88. As John LaKue was on his death bed at 
the time the will was written, it is eyident that the spelling of 
his name as it apj^ears in the body of the will was an error on the 
part of the draftsman. 

The testator's signature shows the name precisely as we write 
it today, LaKue. 

The apjiraisement of the personal property of John LaKue 
was nuide by Patrick IJrowii. Joseph Kirkpatrick and Conrad 
AValters. It shows a total personal estate of £855 and 2 shillings. 
Among the principal items on this ap])raisement are three slayes 
(two men and one woman), nineteen horses and colts, twenty 
head of cattle, nineteen sheep, fifty hogs, "two stills and ten 
tubs and fiye tight casks with all necessary l)elongings, £110, '* 
''desk, books, etc., £7," "compass and chain, £6." The appraisers 
reported his plantation to haye a rental yalue of £40 annually. 



Daughter of John LaRue [li.) and Mary Brooks LaRue. 
AVas born May 1, 1784, in Frederick County, Virginia. Was 
brought to Kentucky when only a few months old and for about 
a year lived in Phillips" fort on Xolynn. Her father died before 
she had reached the age of eight years. Her mother was mar- 
ried a second time, to Isom EnloW; who ({ualified in July, 1796, 
as guardian for Rebecca and her brother and two sisters, all 
younger than herself, and served as such until Rebecca was mar- 
ried, when her husband, George Helm, became guardian. The 
only educational opportunities which these children had, outside 
of their home, was in the primitive school which was taught in 
the one-room log house which was built at a very early day on 
the north fork of Nolynn, a short distance above the old fort. 

On May 14, 1801, Rebecca LaRue (II. A) was married to 
George Helm^ son of Thomas Helm, who was one of the original 
settlers in the Severns Valley (Elizabethtown) Station, and from 
that time until her death, sixty years later, she made her home 
near Elizabethtown. George Helm held various offices in Hardin 
County. In 1810 he was a deputy Sheriff under Isom Enlow. 
In the years 1813, ]814, and 1816, he represented Hardin County 
in the lower House of the Kentucky Legislature, resigning this 
office temporarily in the latter part of the year 1814, to become 
a member of the staff of General John Thomas, a son-in-law of 
Robert Hodgen (see VI.), under whom the Kentucky troops were 
enlisted for the campaign which terminated with the battle of 
New Orleans. George Helm died in the year 1822, while on a 
business trip to Texas, leaving his widow with eight children. 
One of the daughters had previously married. 

Rebecca LaRue Helm (II. A) and several of lier children are 
buried at "Helm Place," a mile west of Elizabethtown. 

Children of Rebecca LaRue (II. A) and George Helm. 

11. A a— John LaRue Helm : Born July 4, 1802. Died September 
8, 1867. He was married, in 1880, to Lucinda B. Hardin 
(1809-1885), a daughter of Hon. Ben Hardin, of Bardstown. 
John L. Helm (II. A a) served many years as Representative 
of Hardin County in the lower House of the General Assembly 
of Kentucky ; was Speaker of the House six times ; was elected 
State Senator in 1844 ; in 1848 was elected Lieutenant-Gover- 
nor on the ticket with J. J. Crittenden, succeeding the latter 
as Governor in 1850. on the acceptance by Governor Critten- 



den of the office of Attorney General of the United States. 
In 1854 John L. Helm became President of the Lonisville & 
Xashville Railroad Company, and in the face of great difficul- 
ties completed the construction of the main line of the road. 
The railroad was built and opened for traffic by sections. 
When the line had been constructed as far as the village of 
Bonnieville, in Hart County, and trains began to run from 
Louisville to this point, the first engine that came into Bonnie- 
ville was the "John L. Helm." Gov. Helm held the office of 
President of the L. & X. Railroad until 1860, when he resigned. 
In 1865 he was again elected to the 8tate Senate. In 1867 he 
was elected Governor of Kentucky, and was inaugurated Sep- 
tember 3, 1867, while on his death bed at ''Helm Place," near 
Elizaljethtown. Gov. Helm had twelve children. ^Vmong them 
was the Confederate (ieneral, Ben Hardin Helm, who was 
killed September 20, 1863, in the battle of Chic^nuiuga. ]\Iany 
of the descendants of Gov. Helm have become eminent at the 
l)ar and in the business world. 

11. A b— Eliza C. Helm: Born Februarv 4, 18U4. Died Julv 23, 
1891. Married Jacol) AVarren LaRue (I. D b). See under 

I. D h for her children. 

II. A c — Dr. William 1). Helm (late of Bowling Green, Ky.) : 
^Married Phebe Caldwell. Two children. 

II. A d— Lucretia Helm : Born lii()9. Died 1886. Married, April 
17, 1827, to Stephen Minor Yeaman (B. 1799. D. 1854). 
Lived in Hardin County, Ky. Many of their descendants have 
attained eminence in the pulpit and at tlie bar, in Kentucky, 
and in other States. They had a family of nine children, eight 
of whom were .sons. The names of six of these sons follow : 

II. Ad 1 — John H. Yeaman. who was an able Baptist minister. 
II. A d 2 — George Helm Yeaman : Born November 1, 1829. 

Died in Xew York in 1908. He practiced law at Owen.sboro, 
Ky., and was elected Judire of the Daviess County Court 
(1854). In 1861, was elected to the Kentucky Legislature, 
and in 1802 was engaged in raising a Regiment for the 
Union service, when he was elected as Representative in 
Congress ; served in Congress three years. From 1865 to 
1870 was United States Minister to Denmark. After this 
service he practiced law in Xew Y'ork. Was the author of 
several books and pamphlets on legal subjects. 

II. A d 3 — Harry Yeaman was a lawyer. Died in Colorado. 

II. A d 4— W. Pope Yeaman : Born May 28, 1832. Was a most 
able and eloquent Baptist minister, and was for twenty 
years Moderator of the Missouri Baptist Association. Was 



the organizer of the Delmar Avenue Baptist Church, in St. 
Louis. At one time he was defeated in his ambition to be 
Governor of Missouri only by prejudice against a minister's 
taking part in politics. He died on his farm, near Columbia, 
Mo., at the age of 14: yeavs. Left five children. 
II. A d 5— Malcolm Yeainan : Born March 9, 1841. Now (1921) 
living at Henderson, Ky., where for many years he has been 
a prominent lawyer. Has children. 
II. A d 6 — Caldwell Yeaman studied law with his brother Mal- 
colm. Located at Denver, Col. For seven years served as 
Circuit Judge in Colorado. 
II. A e — Mary Jane Helm: Married Patrick AY. Tompkins, in 

II. A f — Malvina Helm: Never married. Is buried at "Helm 

Plax^e," near Elizabethtown. 
II. A g — Rev. Squire LaRue Helm : Born 1816. Was a well- 
known and successful Baptist minister,. In his latter days he 
lived in Breckenriclge County, Ky. Descendants. 
11. A h — Thomas Helm. 

II. A i — Louisa Helm : Married Isaiah Miller, Januarv 13, 1831. 
Died in 1834, leaving two children. Numerous descendants. 



Was the only son of John LaRne (II.) and M-ary Brooks 
LaRue. Was born in the fort at Xolynn Station, near the 
site of Hodgenville, March 23, 1785. Was named for Squire 
Boone. Was mari'ied in August, 1804, to Mary McDougal (B. 
Feb. 23, 1781. D. June 24, 1861), daughter of the Rev. Alexan- 
der McDougal (see "Early Churches and Pastors"). 

Squire LaRue (ILB) spent most of his life on his farm, near 
the place of his birth, but was for several years a resident of 
Elizabethtown, for the purpose of affording educational advant- 
ages to his children, and while there he kept a hotel. He repre- 
sented Hardin County in the Kentucky Legislature in the year 
1822 ; was Justice of the Peace and Presiding Justice of the 
Hardin County Court ; and after LaRue County was organized 
he became Justice of the Peace for that county, holding this 
office almost to the time of his death. He was usually called 
"Judge LaRue." He died August 30, 1859. 

Children of Squire LaRue (11. B) and Mary McDougal 

LaRue (Nine). 

II.Ba— Malvina LaRue: Born Julv 13, 1805. Died Julv 6, 

II. Bb— John McDougal LaRue: Born July 23, 1807. Died 
November 15, 1852. ]\Iarried, August 13, 1827, Brunetta 
Dorsey (who died in 1857). She was a daughter of Richard 
Dorse V. This familv lived on a farm on Barren Run, in LaRue 
County, until after the death of the father, then moved to 
, Lincoln County, Mo. €hiklren f eleven) — 
II. Bbl — Charles R. LaRue: Married Catharine Segress. 

Both dead. Five chiklren now living in Missouri. 
II. B b 2— S(iuire A. LaRue : Born 1841. Married Martha A. 

Segress (now dead). Children. He is now living at Troy, 
" . Missouri. 
II. Bb 3— John Haden LaRue: Born 1848. Married Lydia 

Cannon, daughter of Ephraim Cannon, of Lincoln County, 

Missouri. Seven sons. He noAV (1921) lives at Clarksville, 

Missouri, and with two of his sons is extensivelv enora^ed 

in farming and livestock trading, 
II. B b 4 — Sarah LaRue : ''Died in Kentucky, at age of 15." 
II. B b 5 — Mary Elizabeth LaRue (now dead). Married 

William Clark, February 13, 1850, in LaRue County, Ky. 

Had four sons and three daughters — three of these children 

now living (1921). 



II. B b 6 — Narcissa F. LaEiie : ^Married Charles W. Yager, in 
Hardin County, Ky., January 3, 1861. She died childless, 
in 1862. Charles W. Yager now (1921) living at Elizabeth- 
town, K}'. (aged 83 years). 

il. B b 7 — Isabel Lewis LaRue : (Died ). Married John 

R. Ransdell. Three children. 

II. B b 8 — Malvina LaRue : Died at age of 16 years. 

II. B b 9 — Letitia A. LaRue : Married James H. Ransdell. 
Seven children. She is now living in St. Louis, Missouri, 
aged 77 years. 

II. B b 10— Martha LaRue: Married John Tucker, April 23, 
1853, in LaRue County, Ky. Second marriage (in Missouri) 
to John Meadows. 

II. B b 11 — Phebe E. LaRue : Married Teague. Seven 

children. She is living (1921) at Whiteside, Missouri 
(age 75). 

II. B C-— James Doane LaRue: Born February 11, 1809. Died 
May 3, 1868. .Alarried Mary Elizabeth Quin, October 29, 
1840. Spent most of his life on farm adjoining the tract on 
which Phillips' fort was built, which farm was formerly 
owned by James LaRue (I. I). Left nine children, of whom 
only two ever married. Three of the children, Elizabeth, 
Katherine and William Quin. are dead. The other six live at 
or near Hodgenville, Ky. (1921). 

II. Bd— Eliza Ann LaRiie : Born March 3, 1811. Married 
Horace Allen, July 24. 1827. Left two children — 
II. Bdl— Mary Letitia Alien: Born September 29, 1829. 
Died February 1, 1919. Married AVilliam Piatt. Nine chil- 
dren, eight of whom are living (1921 ). 
II. B d 2 — Jo David Allen : ^Married Parmelia Dickson. Two 

II. B e— Isabella LaRue: Born Februarv 23. 1813. Died August 
o, 1823. 

II. B f — IMary B. LaRue: Born -Jaiuiary 7, 1815. Died July 15, 
1834. Married, December 22. 1830, to Patrick H. Brown, son 
of William Brown (see sketch of John LaRue — 11.) . Left 
one daughter — 

II. B f 1 — Hannah Brown : Born January 8, 1833, and now 
(1921) living with her half-brother, Alfred Enlow Brown, 
in Lincoln, Illinois. 

II. B g— :\rartha LaRue: Born :\rarch 19, 1817. Died May 15, 
1838. Married, in 1835, to Hayden E. Bridwell. Lived at 
New Haven. Kv. Left no children. 

II. B h— Alexand'er W. LaRue: Born January 23, 1819. Died 



September 11, 1&6-1. ]\Iarried Malvina Craig, of Minerva, 
Mason County, Ky., oranddaiighter of the Rev. Lewis Craig, 
"the father of the Bracken Association." Alexander W. La- 
Rue was a prominent Baptist minister. Shortly after his death 
his biography was written by A. C. Graves, and published 
under the title, "LaRue's ^linistry of Faith." Two living 
children — • 

II. B h 1— J. K. LaRue. Oklahoma City, Okla. 
II. Bh 2— Mrs. F. G. (Bettie) Voigt, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

* * * 

For information as to the children of .John McDougal LaRue 
(II. B b). the writer i< inde])tcd to :\Ir<. Letitia A. Ransdell 
(II. B b 9). 


Daugliter of Jolin LaRue 'll.i and Mary Brooks LaRue. 
Was born F«*bruary IS, 1788. Married in .Man-h. 1802, to James 
LaRue (I. I . 

See under Jjimes LaRue ^L Ii for lier deseendants. 


Margaret (commonly known as ''Peggy") was the youngest 
child 01 John LaRne (II.) and Mary Brooks LaRne. She was 
born December 11, 1789 ; married September 11, 1804, to Conrad 
Walters, Jr. (1781-1853), who was a son of a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, Conrad Walters, Sr. (see under I. C d). They settled on 
a farm on South Fork Creek, a mile south of the birthplace of 
Abraham Lincoln. See chapter on the LaRues and the Child 

Conrad Walters, Jr., owned a large farm, but gave his per- 
sona] attention principally to a tannery, which he owned and 
operated, on South Fork Creek near his residence. 

Margaret LaRue Walters (II. D) died October 26, 1864, and 
was buried in the graveyard at the old South Fork Baptist 
Church, half a mile south of the residence in which her entire 
married life Avas spent. 

Descendants of Margaret LaRue (II. D) and Conrad Walters 

(Thirteen Children). 

II. D a — James L. Walters : Married Marv Wilson, September 
23, 1830. 

Children of James L. (II. D a) and Mary Wilson Walters. 

II. D a ] — Samuel W. Walters: Married Mattie Paynter, 
November 7, 1869. One daughter, Mrs. Ida Monin, of War- 
ren County, Ky. 

11. D a 2 — Isham Walters : Union soldier in Civil War. Died 
187 — , unmarried. 

II. D a 3 — Elizabeth AValters : ^Married Green Thomas. Lived 
in Hart Count v, Ky. 

II. Da 4— Mary J. Walters: Married John Duncan (1867). 
Died 187—. No children. 

II. Da5 — Joseph 0. Walters: Married Annie Foster (1874). 
Numerous descendants. 

II. D a 6 — Margaret Ann Walters : First marriage, in 1849, to 
Charles T. ]\liller (three children) ; second marriage, in 
1861. to Isaac Catlett f after the death of his first wife 
— II. 1) b). One son, Samuel Wilson Catlett, from second 

II. D a 7— Hannah Walters: ^Married Frank Middleton (late 
Judge of Hart County Court, who died 191 — ). She is now 
(1921) living at Cave City. Ky. Has three living children. 


11. D a 8 — Malvina AValters : Married Erastus H. Burba, in 
LaRue Coiintv, Kv.. in 1864. Both dead. Descendants. 

II. D a 9 — Rlioda AYalters: ^Married Henn- IvI. Mather, in 
1875. Both dead. Three sons now (1921) living in LaRue 
Count V, Kv. 

II. Db— Mary ("Polly") Walters: Married Isaac Catlett, in 
Hardin County, Ky., March 17, 1825. Moved to Sidney, Iowa, 
185 — . After her death he returned to Kentucky and in 1861 
married II. D a 6. His children located in the West. 

Children of Mary Walters (II. D b) and Isaac Catlett 


II. D b 1— Mary Margaret Catlett : Married, August 8, 1845, 
Lewis N. Thomas. Both dead. Descendants in LaRue 
Count V, Kv. 

II. D b 2— James William Catlett : Born May 10, 1827. Died 
September 4, 1920, at Moberly, Missouri. First marriage, 
in 1853, to Winnie C. Thomas (five children) ; second mar- 
riage to Elizabeth Thomas (two sons died young) ; third 
marriage to Mary E. Webb, who is now (1921) living at 
Moberly ^lissouri. One daughter from third marriage. 

II. Db 3— Eliza Jane Catlett: Married Stephen D. Ray. 
Located in Illinois. 

II. D b 4 — John Ilenrv Catlett: Married Sarah Chane^'. 

II.DbS— Phebe Elizabeth Catlett: Married John P.' Sutton, 
in LaRue County, Ky., October 10, 1850. Moved to Iowa. 

II. D b 6 — Lucretia Catlett : Married James Flannery. 

II. I) b 7 — Louisa Ann Catlett: Married Levi C. Brown. 

II. D b 8 — Francis Catlett : Never married. 

II. D b 9 — ^lalvina Catlett : Never Married. 

II. D b 10— Lydia Thomas Catlett : :\Iarried Andrew Burt. 

II. D b 11 — Laura Amanda Catlett : ^larried William Means 

II. D b 12— Isaac Conrad Catlett: Married Clara Ann Shinn. 
He is now (1921) living at Sawtelle, California, aged about 
eightv vears. 

II. D b 13 — Juda Hazeltine Catlett : Married Thomas Dimmitt. 

II. D b 14 — Robert Clinton Catlett : Married Jennie Irons. 

II. D b 15— Alta A. Catlett : Married William M. Hindman. 
Located at Danburv, Nebraska. 

II. D b 16 — Joseph Oscar Catlett : Married Catherine Hannon. 
Located at Kendricks, Idaho. 

(The above list of the children of Mary Walters — II. D b — 
and Isaac Catlett was kindly furnished by Mr. Joseph Walters 



Catlett, of Brookings, South Dakota, and it is taken from the 

family record of his father, James William Catlett — II. D b 2.) 

II. D c — John Walters: Died voung. 

II. D d— Squire LaRue Walters : Born 1813. Died 1833. Buried 
at South Fork Church, in LaRue County, K}^ 

II. D e — Lucretia AYalters : Born February 2, 1811. First mar- 
riage, February 2, 1830, to Henry Mather (1807-1846) ; sec- 
ond marriage, July S, 1847, to John Winchester. Soon after 
second marriage moved to Indiana. Died at her home near 
Dupont. Jefferson County. Indiana. October 27, 1874. Numer- 
ous descendants. 

II. D f— Joseph W. AValters : Born May 25, 1815. Died Septem- 
ber 24, 1895. ^Married Susan Cessna, October 17, 1837. 
Numerous descendants. 

II. D g — Rebecca J. Walters : ^Married James L. Morris, October 
18, 1836. Died at Wellington, Kansas, 189—. Had twelve 
children. Numerous descendants in Kentuckv, and in the 

II. D h — Lvclia E. Walters: ]\Iarried Clavborne E. Brown, De- 
cember 20, 1838. Numerous descendants, in Kentuck}^ 

II. D i — ]\Ialvina Walters: ^Married Isham Enlow, November 30, 
1842. Numerous descendants, in Kentucky. 

II. D k — Thomas C. Walters: Married Sarah Redman, December 
23, 1847. Numerous descendants in Hart County, Kentucky, 
and in Indiajia. 

II. D 1— Robert W. Walters: Born March 5, 1828. Died June 2, 
1903. First marriage, July 3. 1850, to Agnes Nankla (B. 
1830. D. .July 5. 1880) : second marriage to Maria Brashear. 
Numerous descendants from first marriage. 

II. D m — Phebe AValters : Married Royal Hankla, October 9, 
1851. Descendants in the West. 

II. D n — Grace Walters — First marriage. October 27, 1853, to 
Rossamer Thomas <^who was killed by guerillas in 1865) : sec- 
ond marriage to Alfred ^Murray. Descendants in the West. 

* * * 

For information as to the children of ]\Iargaret LaRue (II. D) 
and Conrad Walters, the writer has chiefly depended upon a 
family record kept by their son, James L. Walters (II. D a). 



1. Abraham Enlow : Born January 26, 1793. Died December 
14. LS61. Married Jane Yernon, in Hardin County, in 
December, 1812. Is buried in Red Hill Cemetery at Hodgen- 
ville. Children — 

{a) Dr. Anthony Y. Enlow: Married, July U, 1842, Eliza- 
beth Kennedy (J. B d 3). 

(h) Malvina Enlow: Married, in 1854, to William Wallace. 

(cj Isham Enlow Born 1820. :\Iarried Malvina Walters 
(II. D i). Second marriatre, J\dy 12, 1855, to Frances Thur- 
man. Descendants from both marriages. 
(dj Louisa ImiIow : Was .second Avife of Patrick H. Brown, 
son of William Brown, who is referred to in sketch of John 
LaRue (IL). They were married in January, 1836. De- 
scendants in Illinois. 

(e) .\Iarv Eidow: Y^arried, in 1846, to Daniel B. Kennedy 
(L B d 6J. 

(f) Abraham Enlow. Jr. 

(?) Rev. Robert M. Enlow : Born :\rarc'h 10, 1827. Died 
July 2, 18«;!I. Married .Alary E. Kirkpatrick in 1849. De- 
scendants in LaRue County. 

(h) Frances Enlow: Married Antliony W. Holderman, 
September 13. 1838. Died about 1839. 

2. Thomas Brooks Enlow: Married Ann McLure (orMcCTure), 
in Hardin County, September 10, ls22. Died young, leav- 
ing two sons. 

3. Alarv R. Enlow: Married Allen Sintrleton, Mav 30, 1821. 
"Died October 1, 1821, at age of 23 years'' — as shown on 
stone at her grave in the old burying ground near Phillips' 

4. Lydia Enlow: Born January 15, 1800. Died May 14, 1858, 
at X^ew Orleans, La. Buried at Brandenburg, Ky. Is said 
to have been known as the most beautiful woman in Hardin 
Countv. Married in June. 1816, to Robert H. McLure (or 
McClure), who died in 1830. Second marriage, September 
13, 1831, to George A. Read (B. Dec. 25, 1795. D. Julv 15, 


Children of Lydia Exlow axd Robert H. AIcLure. 
(a) Ann McLure: Born February 22, 1817. D. 

^Married Patrick T. Young, in February, 1836. Lived at 



Hodgenville until about 1846, then moved to Bullitt County, 
Ky. Had several children. Patrick T. Young died in April, 
1869, in St. Louis, Missouri. 

(b) Mary Jane McLure : Born Januarv 10, 1820. Died 
March 25,' 1885. Married, first. July 7, 1840, to Charles S. 
Clary, and had two sons. Charles S. Clary, Jr., and Robert 
Clar^'. Lived in LaRue Count v until about 18-16, then 
moved to Meade Countv. Charles S. Clarv, Jr., was an officer 
in the Union Army during the Civil War, in the 12th Ky, 
Cavalry. Charles S, Clary (Sr.) died about 1849, and 
thereafter his widow, Mary Jane, married Franklin Ditto, 
of Meade Countv, bv whom she had six children. 

(c) Elizabeth McLure: Married October 7, 1843, to David 
Brandenburgh. ]\Ioved to Xew Orleans, La., where he died, 
April 21, 1858. They had three children. After his death 
she was married a second time. Xo children of second mar- 

(d) Isham McLure: Born September 14, 1818. Died at 
Bowling Green, Ky., August 27, 1857. 

(e) James McLure: Born August 15, 1825. Married and 
had at least three children. Died at Bowling Green, Ky., 
about 1875. 

(f) Robert McLure: Born Februarv 14, 1828. Died in 
Arkansas, May 26, 1869. 

(g) Martha McLure : Born ]\rarch 16, 1830. 

Child of Lydia Exlow axd George A. Read. 

(h) AVilliam AV. Read: Born June 25, 1832. Died Decem- 
ber 24, 1833. 

5. Malvina Enlow : ^Married Rawleigh Mclntire, in Hardin 
County, June 24, 1824. Xnmerous descendants. 

6. Elizabeth (Bettie) Enlow: ^larried William Fairleigh, in 
Hardin County, Xovember 4, 1819. Located in Meade 
County. Had eight children, as follows — 

(a) James LaRue Fairleigh: Married, first, Mary E. Mur- 
ray, February 28, 1843. One daughter. Second marriage, 
January 15, 1850, to Jane ^Murray. Two sons and one 

(b) Mary Fairleigh: ^Married Judge James Stewart, of 
Brandenburg, Ky. Five children. 

(c) Henry Fairleigh : ^Married . Died in Meade 

County, Ky. Xo living descendants. 

(d) Charles Clinton Fairleigh: Married Fannie Elliott. 
Died at Brandenburg. Ky., in 1921. Xumerous descendants. 



(e) Letitia Fairleigh: Married William S. Wilson, of Bran- 
denburg, l^y. Both dead. Two sons, one of whom is now 
living (1921). 

(f) Thomas Brooks Fairleigh : Born January 27, 1837. 
Died November 2, 1890. ^Married Alice Graham. He was 
Colonel of the 26th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment 
in the Union Army during the Civil War. One daughter. 

(g) Dr. Robert McLure Fairleigh: Married Anna 
Slaughter. Had five children. Numerous descendants 
at Hopkinsville, Ky., and some in Oklahoma. 

(h) John Swan Fairleigh : Left no descendants. 
7. Lorena Enlow : Died vounof. 

(It is believed that ]Mary Enlow — formerly LaRue — had one 
or two other children who died in infancy, whose names have 

not been obtained). 

* * * 

For information as to the descendants of Elizabeth Enlow 
Fairleigh (6) and Mary Jane McLure Ditto (4-b), the writer is 
indebted to Hon. David "W. Fairleigh, of Louisville, who is a son 
of James LaRue Fairleigh (6-a). 



Son of Isaac LaRiie, Sr. and Pliebe Carman LaRne. AVas 
born about 1750. He was married in A^irginia and was a house- 
keeper there before he came to Kentucky. In the letter to Mrs. 
Ellis, dated April 14. 1906, which has been referred to several 
times, Mr. John J. LaRue (IX. B b) says: ''Isaac, Jr. (III.) 
built a stone house at the head of the Marsh (Long Marsh, in 
Frederick Countv, Ya.) which bears his name and the vear when 
built. It is called 'Clearmont.' " 

It is believed that Isaac LaRue (III.) was the first of the 
LaRues to become a permanent resident of the station on Xolynn. 
He must have located there some time before the month of July, 
1784, for in that month he was appointed by the County Court 
of Jefferson County, at Louisville (then our County seat), as one 
of the viewers of a proposed road from Xolynn station. The 
orders with reference to this appointment are of interest as a 
part of the early history of the station, and thsy are therefore 
set out in full. 

On July 6, 1784, the County Court of Jefferson County en- 
tered the following order : 

''Ordered that Jacob Ashcraft, Phillip Phillips, Isaac Larew 
and Joseph Kilpatrick (now written Kirkpairick), or any three 
of them, do view the nearest and most convenient wav from 
Xolin to the mouth of Beech Fork & Report, &c." 

The following order was made Xovember 3, 1784 : 

"The viewers of the Road from Xolin Station to the Mouth 
of Beech Fork having made report, the same is accordingly 

And on the same date (Xovember 3, 1784), the Court further 
"Ordered, That Isaac Larue be appointed Surveyor of the road 
from the Mouth of the Beech Fork to Nolinn & that Capt. 
Phillips' Co., on the so. side of the Rolling Fork attend said Sur- 
veyor in his sd. office." 

This road, leading toward Louisville, wais the first public road 
from Xolynn Station, unless, possibly, there was another earlier 
road leading toward the old settlement on Pottinger's Creek, 
which is now in Xelson County. As we shall see in the sketch of 
Sarali LaRue Ilodgen, the road toward Elizabethtown wa,s not 
established until 1790, though there was doubtless a trail from 
the Severns A^allev Station to the station on Xolvnn as earlv as 
1781. Liitil this part of the country was settled, and the people 
began to inclose their lands, public roads were not absolutely 
necessary. All this region was in the "Barrens."' The timber 



bad been burned bv the Indians in order that thev might find 
game. There is an old tradition that one could ride from the 
station on Xolvnn to the Severns Vallev Station without being 
able to find a '• riding switch." 

Some mention of the early occurrences in the Xolynn Station 
has been made in connection with the sketch of John LaRue (11.)? 
which will not be repeated. Isaac LaRue (III.) built the first 
jail in Hardin County, for which service he was allowed twelve 
pounds and sixteen shillings by order of the County Court on 
October 8, 1794. 

After the fort was abandoned, Isaac LaRue (III.) continued 
to reside in Hardin County — most of the time on the east fork 
.of Xolvnn, above the Hodgen mill — until about the vear 1807. 
During the years from ISOO to 1804, he sold the lands on Salt 
River which had been conveyed to him by his father (see sketch 
of Isaac LaRue. Sr.) In June, LsOG, he sold the tract where he 
lived, above Hodgen's mill, to John Ashcraft. Soon afterward 
he moved to southern Kentucky or Tennes.see, where he died 
about the year 1^2(l. The Christian name of his wife was 

Descendants of Isaac LaRi:e {llLj and Bethiah LaRue, 

His Wife (Six Children). 

ITT. A — John LaRue: Xo history ol)tained. 

III. B— Joseph LaRue: Born Fcbruarv 4. 17!tO. Died Julv 21, 
1844. Married Lucinda Thompson (1795-1861). They lived 
on a farm on X'olynn, two miles below Hodgenville, known in 
recent years as the Eliza Gaddie place. Both are buried at 
Xolvnn Church. 

Children of Joseph (III. B) and Lucinda Thompson LaRue. 

III. B a — Squire J. LaRue: Married Susan Owsley. He was 
a merchant in Hodgenville for many years. Descendants 
in Kentucky and in Missouri. 

III. B b— Isaac Thompson LaRue: (B. Oct. 15, 1823. D. Julv 
18, 1863). Married, first (March 24, 1847), Amanda Kirk- 
patrick (B. 1827). Second marriage to Martha Allen 

(I. F c 3), December 22, 1859. Xumerous descendants. 

III. B c — Joseph B. LaRue : Died 1866. X>j descendants. 

III. B d — Margaret B. LaRue : Married, first, Amasa M. Tarp- 
ley. May 23. 1839. Second marriage to Wesley Tarpley. 
Descendants in Hardin Countv, Kv. 

III. B e— Elizabeth A. LaRue: Born'l826. Died 1888. Mar- 



ried Joseph Tarpley, February 1, 1842. Numerous de- 
III. B t— Isabella LaPaie : Born 1829. Died 1868. Married 

William H. Tarpley, June 26, 1817. Four children. 
III. B g — Phebe LaRue : Married Hillary S. Johnson, in 1845. 

Two children. 
III. B h — Mary LaRue : Married AVilliam Despain in 1847. 

Had children. 
III. B i— Gillie LaRue: Born 1836. Died January 9, 1858. 
Married David H. Gallion, June 13, 1856. 
III. C — Phebe LaRue : ^Married Andrew xVlexander, in Hardin 
County, in March. 1807. The Alexander family lived on 
Nolynn and belonged to the Severns Valley Church as early as 
1792, but apparently moved away the first year of the 19th 
century. No further record found of this Phebe LaRue or her 
/ husband, Andrew Alexander. 
III. D — Jabez LaRue : "Was possibly the oldest son of Isaac 
LaRue (111.). As shown in notes from Mrs. Emilv C. Ellis, 
he married Phebe LaRue (of whom we know nothing). In 
the year 1810, he purchased several shares in a large tract of 
^ land on Rolling Fork, in Hardin County, on which he lived 
for some time, but he appears to have been unsuccessful in 
operating this land and moved away. This is the same land 
which was later owned by Thomas Neill (see VIII. A). No 
further history of Jabez LaRue (III. D) obtained. 
III. E — Squire LaRue : No history obtained. 
III. F — Elizabeth LaRue : No historv obtained. 

^ # ^ 

The foregoing is a complete list of the children of Isaac 
LaRue (III.), as shown in the papers of a suit to settle the 
estate of Jabez LaRue (X.), which was filed in Frederick County, 
Va., in 1824. See Appendix (C). 

For information concerning the descendants of Joseph LaRue 
(III. B), the writer is indebted to Mrs. Laura Johnson Hayes, 
of Bardstown, Kv., who is a daughter of Phebe LaRue Johnson 
(in. B g). ' 



Daughter of Isaac LaRue, Sr., aud Phebe Carman LaRiie. 
Married Peter LaRue, her cousin, a son of Jacob LaRue, one of 
the two brothers of Isaac LaRue, Sr. The name of Peter LaRue 
is on the records as a soldier in the Virginia troops in the Revo- 
lutionary Armv (this, however, mav be Peter LaRue, son of 
Abraham LaRue, the other brother of Isaac, Sr.) 

From the fact that the devise in the will of Isaac LaRue, Sr., 
is to the children of his daughter Elizabeth, and not to the 
daughter herself, it might naturally be inferred that Elizabeth 
was dead at the time her father made his will (in 1794). We 
find, however, in the declaration filed in Hardin County, Ken- 
tucky, on the 21st day of February, 1812, in an ejectment suit, 
wJiich was prepared by AVorden Pope, who was recognized as one 
of the most accurate and careful of the "land'' lawvers of the 
early days, that Elizabeth, together with her husband, Peter La- 
Rue, appears among other children of Isaac LaRue, Sr., who were 
plaintiffs in the action. She died some time before 1824. This 
we know from the list of the heirs of her brother Jabez LaRue 
(X.), as shown in the papers in the suit filed for the settlement 
cf his estate, in which his sister Elizabeth is referred to as "de- 
ceased," and her heirs are named. (See Appendix C). As her 
husband's name is not shown in the record of the latter suit, it 
may be said that he also died some time between 1812 and 1824. 
The language of the will of Isaac LaRue, Sr., implies that at the 
time the will was written his daughter Elizabeth had more than 
two daughters. Evidently some of them died l)efore 1824, leav- 
ing no descendants. 

Writing in the year 1906. Mr. John James LaRue (IX. B b) 
.speaks of the sons of Peter LaRue (and they were the sons of 
Elizabeth LaRue — IV.) ''drifting along the Ohio River and over 
into the State of Ohio.'' 

Except as to the family of her son Isaac (IV. A), little has 
been ascertained as to the descendants of Elizabeth LaRue (IV.). 
In a suit pending in Mrginia in 1800 (Abstract of Records of 
Augusta County, Vol. 2. page 116), involving the lands on the 
Ohio River left by the will of Isaac LaRue, Sr., to the sons of 
his daughter Elizabeth, it is shown that two of these sons, Abra- 
ham (IV. B) and Lambert (IV. C) were at that time residents 
of Hampshire County. Virginia, which is the county in which 
their parents lived, while the other two, Isaac (IV. A) and 
Jacob (IV. D\ were residents of Ohio County, Virginia, which 
* See note on page 108. 



is on the Ohio River. Both these counties are now in West Vir- 


Descendants of Elizabeth LaRue (IV.) and Peter LaRue 

(Six Children). 
IV. A — Isaac LaRue : He was probably the oldest child of Eliza- 
beth LaRue (IV.) "Born about 1766."* He is said to have 
married a Pennsylvania girl, Elizabeth Hughes, and then 
"moved west of the mountains, and settled near Wheeling, 
West Virginia." Elizabeth, his wife, died July 20, 1837. 
After her death he married a second wife, who survived him, 
and who died near St. Mary's, W, Va., October 18, 1866. 
He died about the year 1850, "at the age of 84 years."* 
Isaac LaRue (IV. A) and his wife Elizabeth had eight chil- 
- dren, named below: 

IV. A a^^Hannah LaRue: Married Emlin (or 

Amlin), and was living in 1859, in Darke County, Ohio. 
She had at least three children — 
IV. A a 1 — Amy Emlin. 
IV. A a 2— Elizabeth Emlin. 

IV. A a 3 — Alfred p]mlin, who was killed in the battle of 
Missionary Ridge (1863), while a soldier in the Union 
IV. A b — Union LaRue : Married Polly Hearn. Moved to the 
State of Illinois. Had two sons killed in tlie Civil War. 
He had several children, but the writer has obtained name 
of only one, 
IV. A b 1 — Isaiah LaRue : Lived in ]\Iacoupiii County, 111., 

in 1875.t 
I^^ A c — Aaron LaRue : Born Xovember 24, 1800. Died Decem- 
ber 30, 1884. Married, Januarv 16, 183L in Knox County, 
Ohio, Asenath Harris (B. .7inip'20, 1813. 1). Xov. 17, 1890). 
Lived in ^lorrow County. Ohio, until about 1856, then moved 
to Benton County; Iowa. Had eleven children — 
IV. Ac 1— Sarah E. LaRue: Born January 14, 1832. Mar- 
ried Samuel Beaty. Five children. She is living (in 1921) 
at Blairstown, Iowa. 
IV. A c 2— Harriet LaRue: Born :\rareh 30, 1834. Married 

James Me'Clure. Children. 
IV. A c 3 — Chambers C. LaRue : Born Xovember 18, 1835. 

Died October 6, 1900. :\Iarried Shutt. Children 

* 8eo note on page 108. correcting quotations above. 
fA letter from William "SV. LaKue (.son of Isaiah LaRue), of Kewa- 
nee. 111., dated June 6, 19 21, gives names of Union LaRue 's other 
children as follows: Daniel H., Sampson C, Simon B., Hiram H., Maria 
(married Drury), Henry H., and Isaac. 



IV. A c 4 — William LaRue : Born November 29, 1837. Mar- 
ried Louisa Hollar. Children. 

IV. A c 5 — Isaac LaRue : Born :\ray 25, 1840. Died May 1, 
1898. Was blind. Married . Xo children. 

IV. A c 6— Thomas P. LaRue : Born September 16, 1812. Died 
February 5, 1921, at Columbus, Kansas. ^larried Elizabeth 
Hutton. He served in the 2nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry in 
the Civil War. Had six children, one of whom (Henry A. 
LaRue) recenth' succeeded his father as President of the 
First National Bank, of Columbus, Kansas. 

IV. A c 7 — Marv LaRue: Born December 24. 1S44. Married 


Frank Hollar, ("liildren. 
IV. Ac 8— Dr. Je^se L. LaKue: Born .July 28, 1847. Died 

February lU, 1915, at Belva, Ark. :\Iarried Hattie Blood- 
good. Four children. 
IV. xVc9— Louis N. P>. LaRue: l^orn May 6, 1850. Married 

Deem. Has children. He is living (in 1921), at 

Greenville, Iowa. 
IV. Ac 10 — lolui .1. LaRue: I'.orn November 19, 1852. Died 

September 30, 1S92. He was never married. 
IV. A c 11 — All)ert Edgar LaRue: Born November 24, 1855. 

Married Alice Soi)hia Tyrn*l, November 17, 1898, in Monroe 

County, Iowa. Five children. He is living (in 1921), at 

Russell Iowa. 
IV. A d — Diana LaRue: Died when a child. 

IV. A e— William LaRue: :Married . In 1837 he was 

living in Tyler County, Va. fuow \V. Va.) Later he moved 
to Missouri. Had one son living, in 1875 (with two children), 
in ^Missouri, on Grand River 
IV. A f — Sarah LaRue: Married Daniel Reynolds. Lived in 
Pleasants County, W. Va., on the Ohio River. Died about 
1895, at a very advanced age. This couple had a large family. 
In a letter written July 25, 1875, Daniel Reynolds said: ''Our 
children are scattered from home to Penn.sylvania. * "* *We 
number in all 54." Some of the children were: 
IV. A f 1 — Rodney Reynolds, who died subsequent to 1915, 

near St. Clary's, W. Va. 

IV. A f 2— Drusy Reynolds : Married . 

IV. A f 3— Lucy Reynolds : Married . 

IV. A f 4 — ^ledora Reynolds : [Married . 

IV. A f 5 — Robert Reynolds. 
IV. A f 6— Joseph Reynolds. 
IV. A f 7 — Amanda Reynolds : Married William Shannon. 

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IV. Af 8 — Isaac Reynolds: AVas living at St. Mary's, AV. Va., 
in 1866. 
IV. A g — Anna LaRue : Died young (in May, 1837). 
IV. A h — Rosanna LaRue : Married Robinson (believed 

to have been Thomas Rol)inson, who died near St. Mary's, 

AV. Va., July 5, 1851). She died April 4, 1868. She was liv- 
ing in Benton County, Mo., in 1858 and 1860. Later she moved 

to Grundy County, III. She had eight children : 

IV. A h 1— -Mary Jane Robinson: Died young. 

IV. A h '2 — Elizabeth Robinson: Died young. 

IV. A h 3 — James Stevenson Robinson. 

IV. A h4 — Elizabetli Emiline Rn])inson. 

IV. A h 5 — Mary I\()biiis(»ii : Died young. 

IV. A h 6 — John Robinson: Lived at Duroc, Benton County, 
Mo., in 1904. 

jy. All? — Aim Drusilla Robinson: Married White. 

IV Ah 8 — Alice Robinsfni : Was living, in February, 1869, at 
Brac»'well, Grundy Co.. ill , witliin about eight miles from 
the hom<' of one of her brothers and a widowed sister: mar- 
ried Cole; later moved to Oklahoma. 

IV. B — Al)raliam LaRue: Xo record subseijuent to 1800, at which 

time he lived in Hampshire Co., Va. (now W. Va.) 
'IV C — Laml)ert (also written Loinhard) LaRue: Was a resident 

of Ilamnshire Co., Va. (now W \'a. . in 1>(M). According to 

:\rrs. Sarah E. Beaty ( I\' A c !■, Lambert LaRue (IV. C) 

located near Mansfield, Ohio, and "raised a big family." 
IV I) — lacol) LaKue: Married . Died ])efore 1824, 

leaving children — 

IV. 1) a — Mary Ann LaRue: Married Chambers. 

IV. 1) b — Xanev LaRue. 

IV. Dc— ElizaLaRue. 

IV. I) d — Susan LaRue. 

IV. D e— John LaRue. 

IV. D f— Lambert LaRue. 

IV. D g — George Washington LaRue. 
IV. E — Phebe LaRue : ^larried AVilliam Medley. Died before 

1824, leavino: children — 

IV. E a— Abi<jail :Medley. 

IV. E b— Elizabeth :Medley. 

IV. E c— Jabez :Medley. 

(X'oTE. — A William ^ledley married Drusy , and 

lived near St. Mary's. W. Va. They were intimately associated 
with the family of Sarah ('TV. A f) and Daniel Reynolds, but 



the Avriter has been unable to learn what relationship existed 
between these two families). 

IV. F — Sarah LaRue : Married James McMahon. Had a family. 
One son, 
IV. F a — Asa McMahon : Located in Knox County, Ohio. 

^ ^ ^ 

For information as to the family of Elizabeth LaRue (IV.), 
the writer is chiefly indebted to the late Thomas P. LaRue and 
his son, Mr. Henry A. LaRue, of Columbus, Kansas, and to Mr. 
A. E. LaRue, of Russell, Iowa, and Mr. H. C. LaRue, of Chari- 
ton, Iowa. For further verification, see Appendix (C). 

(XoTE. IVIay 2, 1921. — After the forms for this book had been com- 
pletely made up, the writer received from Mr. H. C. LaRue, of Chariton, 
Iowa, a copy of a letter recently received by him from Thomas J. LaRue, 
of Racket, Benton County, Missouri, who is a son of William LaRue 
(IV. A e), with which letter were inclosed copies of entries in an old family 
Bible in possession of Mr. Thomas J. LaRue, These entries and the ac- 
companying letter give a number of interesting details as to the family 
of Elizabeth LaRue (IV^. ) and her husband, Peter LaRue, which are not 
shown in the text. The key numbers below and other parenthetical ex- 
planations are by the author of this book. The Bible entries sIioav — 

"Elizabeth LaRue, daughter of Isaac and Phehe LaRue, was born 
June 23, 1748," and "Peter LaRue's wife, Elizabeth, died June 25, 1815;" 
"Peter LaRue was born April 21, 1745," and "Peter LaRue, husband to 
Elizabeth, died April 16, 1816," (these entries, clearly, refer to Elizabeth 
LaRue, IV,, and her husband, Peter LaRue) ; "Abraham LaRue (IV, B), 
son of Peter LaRue and Elizabeth, his "vvife, born Aug-ust 7, 1769;" "Abra- 
ham LaRue and Sarah LaRue, daughter of Xoah LaRue (see page 18) 
married April 23, 1816;" "Abraham LaRue's wife, Sarah, died January 
13, 1819;" "Isaac LaRue (IV, A), was born May 17. 1773" (note error 
in text) ; "Phebe LaRue (IV. E) was born March 23. 1775;" "Jacob LaRue 
(IV, D), was born December 8, 1776:" ''Del)orah LaRue was born ^May 29, 
1779" (this is apparently one of the daugliters of Elizabeth LaRue, who 
died before 1824, see page 103); "Sarah LaRue (IV, F) was born De- 
cember 6, 1780;" "William LaRue (IV, A e) was born March 11, 1812," 
died April 10, 1854; he married Emily Reynolds, of ^Marietta. Ohio; 
moved from Tyler Co., Va., to Benton Co., Mo., with Union LaRue (IV. 

A b) who later went to Illinois — and Robinson, the husljand of 

(IV, A h), who located at Duroc, Benton Co.. Mo. These three families 
went from St, ^Mary's, Va.. to Boonville. Mo,, in a boat. William LaRue 
(IV, A e) had three children — 

IV. A e 1 — Thomas J. LaRue — born Oct. 24, 1844. married Xancy Ann 
Foster in 1870 (now living at Racket, Mo,, and has had eight chil- 
dren) :IV, A e 2— Amv Ellen LaRue— born Oct, 12. 1838, died Dee. 4, 
1902; IV. A e 3— El'izabeth Ann LaRue— born Mar. 21, 1841, died 

Aug. 16, 1854). 



Daughter of Isaac LaRue, Sr., and Pliebe Carman LaRue. 
Was married first (before July. 1778), to Joseph Carman — 
probably her cousin (see the chapter on the Carman Family). 
She and Joseph Carman, her husband, were two of the witnesses 
to the will of Peter LaRue, which bears date July 22. 1778, and 
which was probably written at the home of Isaac LaRue, Sr. 
Her second marriage was to John Harris. She died at the home 
of her granddaughter, Anna Carman Duncan (V. A c), on South 
Fork, in LaRue (then Hardin) County. Kentucky, at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-six years. The exact dates of birth and 
death of Mary LaRue Carman (later Harris) or of either of her 
husbands have not been obtained, nor has the writer been able 
to learn the history of any of her children except that of her 
son Caleb Cai'man. and he is not positive that the following list 
of children of ^lary LaRue and Joseph Carman is complete. It 
is believed that most, if not all, of the children of Mary LaRue 
Carman (V. ), except lier son Caleb, moved away from Kentucky 
at an early date — probably going to Ohio. The Biblical associa- 
tion of the names Joshua and Caleb, and the fact that one of the 
sons of Marv LaRue Carman (V.^ was named Joshua and an- 
other of her sons was Caleb, are indicative of a close relationship 
l)etween her family and the noted pioneer preacher and emanci- 
pation advocate, Joshua Carman, of whom a brief sketch appears 
in the chapter on Early Churches and Pastors. It is believed 
that the emancipationist, Joshua Carman, was either brother or 
cousin to Joseph, the first hnsband of ^Mary LaRue (V.), and 
nephew of Phebe Carman, the wife of Isaac LaRue, Sr. As to 
this suggestion, see further the chapter on the Carman Family. 

Joseph Carman, the first husband of Mary LaRue (V.j, was 
patentee of a tract of 1,000 acres of land on Xolynn, in Hardin 
County, Kentucky, at an early date, but probably died before 
his children moved to Kentucky. Mary LaRue Carman (V.) 
moved to Shelby County, Kentucky, before the year 1808. She 
and her second husband, John Harris, were plaintiffs in the 
ejectment action of LaRue 's Heirs against Slack, filed in Hardin 
County in 1S12. Since John Harris was not joined as plaintiff 
with her in the suit filed in Virginia in January, 1824, to settle 
the estate of her brother Jabez LaRue (X.), it is evident that 
John Harris had died before this latter suit was filed. (See Ap- 
pendix C). She had no children by her second husband. 



Children of Mary LaRue (V.) and Joseph Carman (Six 
Xames — But the List is Probably Incomplete). 

V. A — Caleb Carman: Married, XoYember 26, 1798, Amy, 
daughter of AVilliam and Elizabeth LaRue Keith (the latter 
probably a daughter of Jacob LaRue, brother of Isaac, Sr.) 
TheY liYed for some time in ShelbY CountY, KentuckY, then 
came to Hardin County and liYcd for many years on South 
Fork Creek, on hinds which Caleb Carman (V. A) conveyed 
in the year 1835 to his sons-in-law John Duncan and Swepson 
McDowell. The part couYcyed to Duncan has been known in 
recent years as the J. AV. Brown place. This is the farm on 
which are found the ancient mound and Indian relics mentioned 
in the chapter on LaRue County in Collins' History of Ken- 
tucky. Caleb Carman (V. A) died on this farm not long after 
the year ]835. ]\Irs. Margaret AValters ("Peggy") Keith, 
Avho now (1921). Uycs near Magnolia, in LaRue County, Ky., 
informed the writer that the first corpse she ever saw was that 
of Caleb Carman (Y. A). She was born June 9, 1828. The 
widow, Am}' Keith Carman, went to Clark County, Mo., where 
her son Joseph had preYiously moYcd. and died there. 

The children of Caleb Carman (V. A) and Amy Keith Car- 
man were three : 

V. A a — Joseph Carman : Born September 6, 1800. Died Sep- 
tember, 1877, in Clark County, Mo. ^Married, first, February 
12, 1823, in Hardin County, Ky., Martha Duncan (B. Jan. 12, 
1806. D. XoY. 1857, in Schuyler Co., Mo.) She was a daughter 
of Shadrach Duncan bY his first marriage. TheY had elcYcn 
children.. Josepli Carman (V. A a) married, second, in Mis- 
souri, ]\rrs. Wiunie Ann (Adams) Wells, and had three chil- 
dren bY her. 

Children of Joseph Carman (V. A a) hy First Marriage — 

V. A a 1 — XancY Carman : Married James Loomis. Two chil- 

V. A a 2— Elizabeth Priscilla Carman: (B. July 27, 1821. D. 
May 17. 1913, at St. Johns, Kansas). Married, first, Harri- 
son Butts (two daughters) ; second marriage to Alexander 
Leslie (four sons and four daughters). 

V. A a 3 — Amv Ann Carman: Married GreenburY StorY. 
Seven children. Descendants in Missouri and in Xebraska. 

V. A a 4 — Charles AVilliam Carmaji: Married Xellie Xorthup. 
Went to California. Had one daughter, Edith. 

V. A a 5— John Caleb Carman : ^B. Feb. 9, 1830. D. June 13, 



1910) . Married, April 22, 1852, in Lewis County, Mo., Eliza- 
beth Deborah Henton (B. Dec. 28, 1831. D. Sept. 9, 1867). 
Five children. 

V. A a 6 — Samuel Carman : Married Cynthia West. Six chil- 

V. A a 7 — David Thurmond Carman: Married, first, Harriet 
Boyce ; second marriage to Mollie Hill. Five children. 

V. A a 8 — Christie Gentry Carman : Died young. 

V. A a 9 — Abraham Wayland Carman : ]\Iarried Harriet Hill. 
Five children. Lived at Joplin, Mo. 

V. A a 10 — Joseph Franklin Carman: Died at age of 10 years. 

V. A a 11 — Emeline Carman : Died young. 

Children of Joseph Carman {V. A a) hy Second Marriage — 

V. A a 12 — Sarah Etta Carman : Married Herman Hume. 

Living at Neeper, ]Mo. (1921). Eleven children. 
V. A a 13 — Bailev Carman : .Married Jennie Smullens. Living 

at Wyaconda, Mo. (1921). 
V. A a il — Josei)hine Carman: .Married Henry Tucker. Now 
living at Kahoka, ^lo. (1921). Six children. 
V. Ab — Elizabeth Carman: Born 1802. Died December, 1856. 
Buried at South Fork Church, in LaRue County, Ky. AVas 
married to Swepson AlcDowell, in Hardin County, Ky., Jan- 
uarv 10, 1822, bv Rev. David Thurman. Tliree children — 
V. Ab 1— Peter':\IcDowell: Married first, Martha McDowell. 
Two children. Descendants in LaRue County, Ky. Second 
marriage to Tal)itlia ^McDowell (no children). 
V. Ab2 — Susan .McDowell (now dead): ^Married Micajah 
AVatkins. Ten children. Descendants in Hardin and La- 
Rue Counties, Ky., and in the AVest. 
V. A b 3 — Pleasant McDowell (now dead): ^Married Lydia 
Ann Redman, who is now (1921) living with her son, Robert 
E. McDowell, in Dawson, Georgia. Other descendants in 
LaRue Countv. Kv. 

V. A c — Anna Carman : Born November 20, 1804. Died October 

13, 1866, in LaRue County, Ky. Buried at South Fork Church. 

Married, in Hardin County, Ky., October 30, 1823, to Rev. 

John Duncan ( B. July 5, 1804. D. in Marion Co., Ky., May 1, 

1876). Three daughter.s — 

V. A c 1 — Martha Duncan : Married Dr. Benjamin Browning. 
Moved to Leavenworth County, Kansas. Two living chil- 
dren (1921). 

V. A c 2 — ]\Iary Duncan : Died unmarried. 

V. A c 3 — Elizabeth Duncan : Married Thomas B. Mills. Had 

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''eleven cliildren who grew to manhood and womanhood.'^ 
Numerons living- descendants, in Kentncky and in the West. 

V. B — Isaac Camian : Wife, Mary. He was living in Hardin 
Count V, Kv., and a member of the Severns Vallev Church from, 
1793 to 1795. In 1815 and in 1829 he was living in Shelby 
County, Ky. In the year 1826, he and his brother Caleb (V. A) 
purchased from the two daughters of James LaRue (IX.) 
about 800 acres of land on Nolynn, just below Hodgenville, 
which thev divided, and later sold to Cadwallader Churchill. 
Isaac sold his share of this land in 1829. Caleb sold two vears 

T. C — Joshua Carman : Was living in Shelbv Count}^ Kv., in 

V. D — James Carman : Was a resident of the State of Ohio in 
1817, when he conveyed to John Rust (I. C d) his interest in 
the 1,000-acre tract of land patented by his father, Joseph 

V.E— Nancy Carman. (?) 

Y. F — Peagw Carman ( V, : ^Married Thomas Civ. 

(The names of Nancv Carman and Pefrs-v Civ and Thomas Civ, 
her husband, appeared among the heirs of Isaac LaRue, Sr., at 
the taking of a deposition in Hardin County, Ky., in 1814. From 
this fact only it is assumed that Nancy and Peggy were children 
of Mary LaRue Carman (V.) and they are inserted above. No 
further record of either found "). 


For information as to the descendants of Joseph Carman 
(V. A a), the writer is indebted to ^Ir. Will W. Henton, of Can- 
ton, Mo., and for information as to the descendants of Anna Car- 
man Duncan (V. A c) to her granddaughter, Mrs. Margaret A. 
Faris, of Kansas City. 



Daiio-hter of Isaac LaRue, Sr., and Phebe Cannan LaRiie. 
According to the inscription on monnment in the Xolynn church- 
yard, in LaRue County, which was erected in the year 1871, by 
her grandson, Robert L. Wintersmith (VI. G c), she was 
born in August, 1757, and died June 27, 1825. As shown by 
sketch in William & IMary Quarterly for October, 1911, quoted 
below, the date of her birth was September 6, 1755. She was 
married in 1775 to Robert Hodgen, who was born in 1742, and 
who, according to the inscription on the monument, was "a 
native of England.'' However, the manuscript of Elizabeth H. 
Caldwell (VI. C d), which is referred to under VI. C, states that 
''Robert Hodgen Hier grandfather) was born in Pennsylvania, 
18 miles from Philadelphia, thence moved to Virginia in 1775, 
and lived on Long Marsh, in Frederick County." 

An article by Prof. A. L. Keith, of Xorthfield, Minn., in 
"William & ^lary Quarterly for October, 1911, shows the follow- 

"Robert Hodgen, born August 7, 1742, is said to have been 
the son of an Englishman who married a Dutch woman, and he 
was a sea Captain. He settled first in Pennsylvania, and married 
a Miss Adkins, by whom he had four children : 

1. Robert Hodgen, Jr. : Born xVpril 23, 1765. 

2. Susannah Hodgen : Born October 3, 1767. 

3. Joseph Hodgeii : Born January 8, 1770. 

4. AViUiam Hodgen : Born May U, 1772. 

Robert Hodgen married, second, Sarah LaRue — born Sep- 
tember 6, 1755. She was a sister of John LaRue, who died in 

Further reference to the children of Robert Hodgen from his 
first marriage appears after the paragraph relating to Jabez 
Hodgen (VI. M). Robert Hodgen had entered large bodies of 
land in Kentucky before his removal to this State. On February 
3, 1783, he entered, under Treasury AVarrant Xo. 14790, "10,000 
acres on north side of Green River, about 35 miles above Nolo 

In the year 1784, Robert Hodgen with his family came to 
Kentucky and located in Phillips' fort, "near the knoll frc^m 
which Xolin took the name, and in 1785 moved on a farm on 
Xolin Creek, where Hodgen ville now stands, it being laid off 
on the old Hodgen farm.'' (Manuscript of Elizabeth H. Cald- 



The Hodgen residence was erected on the hill overlooking 
the ' ' Gum Spring, ' ' which is in the edge of the creek. 

On the 9th of December, 1788, the Nelson County Court made 
the following order : 

''On Petition of sundr.v inhabitants of Nolin, it is ordered 
that Robert Hodgen have leave to erect a mill on Nolin, agree- 
able to the said Petition." 

The mill was probably built early in the year 1789. A mill 
has occupied the same site continuously since that time. 

On March 13, 1790, the County Court of Nelson County made 
an order appointing Phillip Phillips, Jacob Vanmeter, Patrick 
Brown (Col. Patrick Brown) and Robert Hodgen as viewers, "to 
view and report to this Court on oath the nearest and best w^ay 
for opening a road to lead from Phillip Phillips' lane, near 
Hodgen 's mill, to Capt. Jacob Vanmeter "s mill on Valley Creek" 
(now Elizabethtown"). As stated in the sketch of Isaac LaRue 
(IlLj, this was the first public road opened from the Nolynn 
station to the Severns Valley station. The road to the mouth 
of Beech Fork was opened in 1781-. (See sketch of Isaac LaRue 

Hardin County was organized from a part of the territory of 
Nelson by an act of the Kentucky Ijegislature at its first session, 
in December, 1792. Robert Hodgen was one of the first Justices 
of the Peace for the new county, and he met with the County 
Court at its organization, at Elizabethtown, in July, 1793. In 
1795, he was the Representative of Hardin County in the Lower 
House of the General Assembly of Kentucky. On the 26th of 
August, 1800. ]ie gave up his office of Presiding Justice of the 
Hardin Court to become Sheriff of the county, executing two 
bonds to the Governor, James Garrard, in the penal sum of ten 
thon^aiid dollars each, with Jacob LaRue (I.), Phillip Read, 
Isom Enlow and Joseph Kirkpatrick as his sureties, and another 
bond to the Justices of the Hardin County Court, in the penal 
sum of £349, 9 shillings and six pence, with Christopher Bush 
and Conrad Walters as sureties. 

Robert Hodgen was chosen deacon of the Severns Valley 
Baptist Church in Deceml)er, 1788. and served as such for many 

Robert Hodgen died February 5, 1810. On February 12, 
1809, almost a year to the day before his death, Abraham Lin- 
coln was born in the log cabin, three miles south of Hodgen 's 
mill. In later years ]\Ir. I^incoln referred to this mill to identify 
the exact place of his birth. See further the chapter on "The 
LaRue Family and the Child Lincoln." 



On the 7th day of February, 1818, John Hodgeu (VI. E), owe 
of the Executors of Robert Hodgen, and Sarah Hodgen (VL), 
the widow, petitioned the Justices of the Hardin County Court, 
at Elizabethtown, "that it having- been heretofore repeatedly 
suggested to them by the good people of the vicinity that it would 
inure to their benefit * * *to procure the establishment of a 
town on said plantation (of Robert Hodgen, deceased) they 
* * * have caused, agreeable to law, notification to be made 
in the Bardstown Repository of an intention * * * to make 
application to your honorable body for that purpose during the 
present February term * * * the town above mentioned to 
be within tlie following limits * *= * containing 
twenty-seven and one-half acres, as in the plan of said contem- 
plated town, hereto annexed, will more fully appear." 

Two days later, on February 9, 1818, the Court made the 
order establishing the proposed town, "to be called and known 
by the name of Hodgenville. "Whereupon * * * the said 
John Hodgei), for himself, and as agent for Isaac Hodgen, the 
other Executor of said Robert Hodgen, deeea.sed, and also agent 
for Sarah Hodgen, entered into and acknowledged their bond in 
the penalty of one thousand dollars, conditioned as the law di- 
rects, with Horatio G. Wintersmith (see VI. G) and Joseph 
Vertrees (see VI. A) their securities;" and Trusteees were 
named for the new town. Thus Hodgen 's mill became Hodgen- 
ville. Twentv-five vears later it was made the countv seat of 
the County of LaRue. 

At the present time, not one of the numeroas descendants of 
Sarah LaRue Hodgen (VI.) lives in the town which was named 
for her family. 

The children of Sarah LaRue and Robert Hodgen were 
twelve, as follows : 

VI. A — Margaret Hodgen Vertrees (1776-1852). 

VI. B— Phebe Hodgen LaRue (1777-1825). 

VI. C— Isaac Hodgen (1779-1826). 

VI. D— Sarah Hodgen LaRue (1781-1811). 

VI. E — John Hodgen (1788-1850). 

VI. F— Rebecca Hodgen Keith (B. 1784). 

VI. G— Elizabeth Hodgen Wintersmith (1787-1819) 

VI. H— Marv ("PoUv") Hodden (1788-1820). 

VI. I— Samuel LaRue Hodgen a791-1864). 

VI. K— Jacob Hodgen (1793-1858). 

VT. L — James Hodgen (B. 1795). 

VI. M— Jabez Hodgen (1800-1821). 

Separate notices of these children appear in page? foUov/ing. 



Recorded in Will Book B, pas'es 14-18, Hardin Conntv Court 
Clerk's Office. 

"In the name of God, Amen. I, Robert Hodgen, of Hardin 
County and State of Kentucky, being weak in body but of sound 
and perfect memory, blessed be God for the same, do hereby make 
and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form 
following, to-wit — 

1 — It is my will and desire that all my lawful debts be fully 
paid out of my personal estate — 

2 — I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Hodgen the 
plantation where I now live together wdth the grist mill and half 
of the saw mill with stock of every kind, farming utensils, house- 
hold and kitchen furniture and such other tools as belong to me 
to her own proper use and benefit and for the raising and schooling 

in a Christianlike manner, with some exceptions hereinafter 

mentioned in disposing of some of the personal estate — 

3 — My will and desire that my daughter Susanna Thomas have 
the sum of fifteen pounds in property — 

4 — Also that the heirs of Eobert Hodgen, Jun., have the sum 
of ten pounds to be equally divided between the three — 

5 — Also that my daughter Margaret Vertrees have the sum 
of sixty pounds in property — 

6 — Also my daughter Phoebe LaEue I have given the half of 
the new mill and place whereon she now lives to be her share of my 
estate — the aforesaid land and mill to her and her heirs forever — 

7 — Also to my son Isaac Hodgen I have given him his full 
(share) before in the half of tlie new mill and land belonging to 

8 — I have also given to mv daughter Sallie LaRue fiftv acres of 
land adjoining the place whereon she now lives the upper side 
and adjoining Isaac Hodgen on the lower side to extend the whole 
lengths of their lines each side of the creek — 

9 — I give to my son John Hodgen the land whereon he now 
lives — Beginning at Isaac Hodgen 's southeast corner near the 
buffalo wollow, thence with the original line North so far as to 
make it 92 poles wide at riglit angles with said I. Hodgen 's upper 
line, thence parallel with said line to the creek, thence down the 
same with the meanders to said Isaac Hodgen line South fifty 
east to white oak corner in said Hodgen 's line — S. 38 E. to the 
beginning. Also one-half of my saw mill to him and his heirs and 
assigns forever. 

10 — I give to my daughter Rebecca Keith fifty acres of land 
out of the tract she now lives on and the balance of the tract 
Jacob Keith and Rebecca to have by paying 81 pounds, allowing 
tliem credit for a still that held fifty-seven gallons at seven 
shillings and six pence per gallon, with some other things. The 
deed to be made by Isaac Hodgen and Jacob LaRue, Jun., when 
the balance is paid. 

11 — I give to my d" Elizabetli Hodgen the sum of sixty pounds 
together with the house I have given her. 



12 — I ifive to mv dauorhter Pollv Hodwen the sum of sixtv 
pounds, also a horse to be worth 30 pounds. 

13 — I give to my son Samuel Hodgen a negro boy named 
Mingo, to receive him when he arrives at the age of 21 years if 
required, also twenty pounds a year for five years from the time 
he is of age above stated to be raised out of the profits of the 
plantation and mills 1 now live on. 

14 — I give to my son James Hodgen a tract of land in Bullitt 
Co. on rolling fork containing two hundred acres more or less, 
the tract that I purchased of Isaac LaRue to him and his heirs 

I give to my sons Jacob and Jabez Hodgen two hundred 
pounds apiece to be raised out of the plantation and mills where 
I now live — at the death of my wife — at which time the land 
and mills are to be sold and the balance after taking out the 
above sums to be equally divided amongst my children that I had 
by my wife Sarah Hodgen. 

16 — I give to my beloved wife Sarah Hodgen all my negroes 
during her natural life or widowhood and then to be equally 
divided amongst my children before mentioned except Mingo, 
which is to be given up to Samuel at the age of twenty-one as 
above stated, and if the negroes prove disobedient to their mis- 
tress then my desire is that my Executors do sell them and pur- 
chase others. 

17 — Mv will and desire is that mv Executors do sell a tract of 
land containing one thousand acres lying in Henry County, Ken- 
tucky, for the purpose of paying off the legatees and the balance 
if any to be divided amongst my children born of Sarah Hodgen, 
the land to be sold to the best advantage the Executors can, 
making such deed as they may think safest. Also a tract lying 
on Xolin adjoining Jacob LaRue, Jun., in the barrens, and the 
money to be appropriated in the same way. 

Last — I do hereby appoint Isaac Hodgen and John Hodgen to 
be mv executors of this mv last will and testament, herebv re- 
voking all former wills by me made. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
this first day of Feb., (1810) eighteen hundred and ten. 

Robert Hodgen. 
Signed, sealed and delivered 
in the presence of 

Jxo. Ckutcher, 
Richard Winchester, 
UzEL Lafollette." 

Probated May 14, 1810, according to law. 



Margaret Hodgen, daiigliter of Sarah LaRiie (YI.) and 
Robert Hodgen, was born in Frederick Comity, Yirginia, in 
1776. Died in Hardin Comity, Kentucky, 1852. Was married 
in 1804 to Joseph Yertrees, a son of John Yertrees, one of the 
earlv settlers of Hardin Comitv, who died in 1803, Soon after 
their marriage Joseph and Margaret Yertrees settled in the 
western end of Hardin Comity, where Yertrees village and post 
office honor the name. An inscription on the stone chimney of 
the old homestead — "Joseph Yertrees, 1810" — doubtless made 
by the builder, has been carefully preserved by the descendants 
of Margaret Hodgen (YI. A) and Joseph Yertrees. The latter 
died in the year 1823. Numerous descendants are in Hardin 
County and in the "West. According to family tradition, this 
Joseph Yertrees at the age of ten years was captured by Indians, 
and held until he was in his twenty-second year, and then rescued 
by trappers. 

Children of ]\rARGARET Hodgen (YI. A) and Joseph Yertrees 

(Seven Sons), 

VI. A a — Isaac Yertrees. 

VI. A b — Lewis Yertrees : ^Married in Januarv, 1831. 

VI. A c — Robert Hodgen Yertrees. 

VI. A d — Josiah Yertrees : Had moved from Kentucky — prob- 
ablv to Illinois — prior to October 13, 1838. 

VI. A e— William A. Yertrees : Died 1868. Married Evaline Ded- 
man. Had ten children. Descendants in Missouri, 

VI, A f — Joseph Yertrees, Jr.: Married. Died in 1838 (prob- 
ably in Illinois). 

VI. A g — John Yertrees: ^larried November 5. 1823, Margaret 
Geoghegan, a daughter of Denton Geoghegan. John Yertrees 
died about the year 1834, leaving one child, 
YI. A g 1 — John Yertrees, Jr. 
For information as to above, the writer is indebted to Mr. 

George Holbert, of Elizabethtown, whose wife is a descendant of 

YI. A g 1, also to Miss Anna L. Asper, of Chicago, for loan of 

letter written October 13, 1838, by Samuel L. Hodgen (YI. I). 

* * * 


Daughter of Sarah LaRue (YI.) and Robert Hodgen. Born 
October 10, 1777. Died :\rarch 9, 1825. Married Jacob LaRue 
(I. G), See under I. G for descendants. 



Son of Sarah LaRne (VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Was born 
in Frederick Conntv, Virginia, August 8. 1779. Died March 
22, 1826. Married, December 27. 1804, Phebe Trabne (B. Feb. 
21, 1785. D. xVpril 17, 1851), a daughter of William Trabue 
and Elizabeth Haskins Trabue, and granddaughter of Robert 
Haskins and Elizal)eth Hill. 

In a sketch of his life in Spencer's "History of Kentucky 
Baptists," it is stated that during the great revival of 1800-3 
Isaac Hodgen (VI. C) joined the Severns Valley Church, and 
that he became a member of the Xolynn Baptist Church at its 
organization, in 1803. In 1804 he was licensed to preach by the 
Nolynn Church. In March, 1805, moved to Green County, Ken- 
tucky, and preached for various churches. "But his great life 
work was that of travelling evangelist. * * ^ jje travelled 
many thousand miles as an itinerant preacher." In 1817, in com- 
pany with William Warder, another noted evangelist, went as 
far as Philadelphia, returning through Virginia. It is said tha. 
six hundred persons were baptized as a result of their preaching 
while on this journey. 

A writer in Allen's Baptist Register for 1833 said: "Isaac 
Hodgen was in some respects the most brilliant and successful 
minister of the gospel that ever lived and died in Kentucky. 
* * * Few ministers in the West have met with equal suc- 
cess, and none have been more laborious." 

The following letter from Isaac Hodgen (VI. C) and his 
brother, John Ho«lgen (VI. E). to the widow and son of their 
uncle James LaRue (IX.) is of interest. The paragraphs under 
which persons referred to in the letter may be found are shown 
by the key numbers in parentheses. 

"Xolin, Hardin County, April the 8th, 1811. 
"Dear Aunt & Cousin Sam'l, 

"With pleasure I take my pen to let you know that we are in 
reasonable health at present, through the mercy of a good & in- 
dulgent parent of all our mercies. We received your letter by Mr. 
Wintersmith (VI. G) and was glad to hear of your welfare, & as 
to your remarks about the money that we thought was due unto us 
from Uncle James LaRue (IX.) I shall send in a letter by Mr. 
Wintersmith that your Father (IX.) wrote not long before his 
death, for your satisfaction. Respecting the money, if you think 
proper to pay it, you may send by Wintersmith (VI. G) if it is 

"I also wish you and Uncle Jabez Larue (X.) to look over 
Grandfather's (Isaac LaRue. Sr.) Papers to see if you can find out 



what was done with some certificates that Father (Robert Hodgen — 
VI.) obtained for services done the time of the British War and 
left with Grandfather when he left that County. If you can find 
them I wish you to take special care of them and write me a letter 
concerning them. I don't recollect of any more at present to write 
about concerning business of the Estate. 

■"I wish that you would look oyer Grandfather's receipts to see 
if he eyer paid Squire Boon for Locating of his land in this State, 
as there is people here that pretends to hold one-half of the land for 
locating, affirming that they Bought it of Squire Boon. Perhaps 
he did not take Receipts and that Uncle Jabez (X.) knows of his 
own knowledge how the business stands between them. 

■'Mother (VI.) and family wishes to be remembered to vou and 
all of friends in that County. 

'"May the Lord Bless you with grace and fortitude to bear up 
under all your difficulties in this life. No more at present, but 
; ''Remain yours affectionately, 

f "Isaac Hodgex, 

"Jxo. Hodgex, 


This letter is copied from original ^vhicll in 1907 was in pos- 
session of John J. LaRue <'IX. B b), a grandson of James LaRiie 
(IX.). Copy made by ]\Irs. Emily C. Ellis. The letter was prob- 
ably written by John Hodgen ('VI. E), as his brother Isaac 
Hodgen (VI. C\i had moved to Green County before 1811, and 
it appears from other records that John Hodgen was the active 
Executor of the decedent Robert Hodgen. 

At the time of his death Isaac Hodgen Avas pastor of the 
churches at Mt. Gilead, Greensburg, Friendship and Union in 
Green County. By his own direction his grave stone, at Mt. 
Gilead. was inscribed : ' ' Prepare to meet thy God. ' ' 

Children of Isaac (VI. C) and Phebe Trabue Hodgen (Nine). 

VI. C a — Isaac Xewton Hodgen : Born ]\Iarch 2, 1814. Died in 
Woodland. California. Xovember 29, 1895. Married Caroline 
Ritter, September 24, 1840. Eleven children. Numerous 
descendants in California. 

VI. C b — Harriett Hodgen : ]\Iarried Sylvanus "Wooten. Lived 
at Franklin. Ky. Died at Smith's Grove, Ky., at the home of 
her son, Dr. Junius Wooten (who died in 1920). Five chil- 

VI. Cc— William T. Hodgen: Born June 29, 1810. Died May 
1, 1885. at Horse Cave, Ky. ]\[arried three times. Five chil- 
dren from first marriage, four of whom are dead; three chil- 
dren from the second marriage, one of whom died. 

VT. Cd— Elizabeth T. Hodgen : Born 1809. Married Robert H. 
Caldwell, January 17, 1828. By him she had six children, all 



of whom died in infancy, except the two named below. Sec- 
ond marriage to John Scott, of Greensbnrg, Ky. 

Children of Elizabeth T. TIodgen (VI. C d) and R. H. 


VI. C d 1— Charles Imther Caldwell : Born November 5, 1837. 
Married Marv Elizabeth Davis, in ]\[av, 1867. Seven chil- 
dren. He was a Snrs'eon in the Confederate Armv. 
VI. Cd 2— Isaac Hodgen Caldwell: Born October' 28, 1839. 
Died 19 — . Married Qnin Bryant. Three children. He 
was a Captain in the 13th Ky. Infantry in the Union Army. 
VI. C e — Sarah LaRne Hodgen. Died in Green Comity, Ivy., 
June 4, 1886. Married G. W. Cole. One daughter. 
VI. C e 1— Isa Hodgen Cole : :\Iarried V. B. Watson. She is 
living (1921), at Santa Cruz, California. 
VI. C f — Marv E. Hodiren : Married Rilev H. Wilson. Lived in 

Louisville, Kv. Seven children. 
VI. C g— Waller Hodgen. 
VI. C h — Xancy J. Hodgen : Died young. 
VI. C i — Rol)ert Hodgen : Died young. 

* * * 

For information as to the descendants of Isaac Hodgen 
(VI. C) the writer is indebted to Mr. Samuel D. Caldwell, of 
Cave Citv, Kv., a son of Charles Luther Caldwell (VI. C d 1), 
and to Mrs. Isa H. Watson (VI. C e 1). Mr. Caldwell has sub- 
mitted to the writer an interesting manuscript of his grand- 
mother, Elizabeth T. Caldwell, in which many facts are shown 
which are of interest in connection with the early history of this 
section of Kentuckv. 


Daughter of Sarah LaRue (VI ) and Robert Hodgen. Born 
April 7, 1781. Died November 23, 1811. Married William 
LaRue (I. F). See under I. F for descendants. 



Son of Sarah LaRiie (VI. ") and Robert Hodgen. Born in 
Virginia, April 27. 1783. Died Jnne 4, 1850. Married, Decem- 
ber 30, 1802, Diedamia LaRue (T. K), who was born April 24, 
1785, and died about 1859. 

Spencer, in his ''History of Kentucky Baptists," gives the 
following sketch: "He (John Hodgen) was baptized into the 
fellowship of Severns Valley Church in 1802, and was in the 
constitution of Xolynn Church, in LaRue County, the following- 
year. Here, after several years, he was licensed to exercise his 
gift of speaking. He exhibited some sprightliness in exhortation, 
and in 1820, on the resignation of Jonathan Paddox, was invited 
to preach once a month at South Fork Church. To this church 
he moved his membership. When his ordination was called for, 
Xolvnn Church refused her concurrence on account of his Ar- 
minian sentiments. He was, however, ordained in March, 1822, 
by John Chandler, Horatio Chandler, Johnson Graham and 
Isaac Hodgen. and became pastor of South Fork Church. Nolynn 
Church was expressly opposed to his ordination, and the affair 
caused an interruption between the two neighboring churches. 
Nolvnn refused to commune with South Fork. This state of 
affairs continued till 1829, when W. M. Brown succeeded Mr. 
Hodgen in the pastorate and harmony was restored. Mean- 
while Mr. Hodgen moved to Illinois and joined the Campbellites. 
After a few years he moved from there to Iowa, where he finished 
his course on earth." 

Dr. Will S. Hodgen, of Lebanon, Ky., has submitted to the 
writer four old letters written by John Hodgen (VI. E), which 
are of interest not only because they reveal the writer as a man 
of intense religious zeal, but also because they present to the 
mind sketches of conditions on different frontiers as the writer 
followed the westward course of empire. Born in the old Dom- 
inion State in the closing days of the war for Independence, John 
Hodgen was brought by his parents in infancy to the rapidly 
growing District of Kentucky, where he was educated and mar- 
ried, and where all of his large family of children were born. 
Here he was chieflv instrumental in laving out the town which 
he caused to be named for his family. He was already past the 
prime of life when, in the Fall of the year 1828, he followed the 
tide of immigration to the valley of the Sangamon in the new 
State of Illinois. There he remained some seven or eight years, 
and then again moved westward to the fertile plains of the Iowa 
Territory, where his closing days were spent. All the letters re- 



f erred to were addressed to the writer's oldest son, Robert 
Hodgen (VI. E a), avIio appears to have been the only child who 
remained in Kentucky Avhen the father went west. The first is 
dated January 23. 1826, at Clear Run, postmarked Elizabeth- 
town, Ky., February 2, and addressed to Robert Hodgen, Lex- 
ington, Ky. The latter at this time was attending a medical 
school at Lexington, and the letter is principally confined to 
advice that the son should not neglect his religious duties. The 
father says : "It would be truly pleasing to me that at least 
a portion of 3'our leisure hours be devoted to the great Author of 
your existence, to whom you are amenable.'' 

Then follows a letter written l)y the son, Robert Hodgen, to 
his father, dated Campbellsville, Ky., November 23, 1827, and 
addressed to *'Mr. John Hodgen, near Elizabethtown, Ky. " 

On March 27, 1831. Jolm Hodgen wrote from Sangamon City, 
Illinois, to "Dr. Robert Hodgen. Campbellsville, Green County, 
Kentucky.'' The writer begins by saying that a letter from the 
latter, dated September 25, had been received some time in 
November last, and continues: "I have delayed writing to you 
much longer than 1 intended when I received it. One reason was 
that the information you wished me to give you on my views of 
the operation of the Spirit of God in producing regeneration, I 
wanted to examine the Scriptures and cite you to them where 
ihe particular instances of conversion took place are mentioned 
in them and by wliat means : but having much on my hands until 
Jate in December, 1 had not time to read, when there fell a very 
deep snow, and several, one after another, so that the snow has 
been upwards of 2 feet deei) through the winter, which has 
caused the mail to ccmie on very irregular. I am at this time 
just arising from a confinement of influenza of near six weeks 
past, in which time my suffering has been great. I am not able 
at this time to write the things in detail that I intended and 
would even wish, my complaint being mostly in my head, which 
even at this time pains me so that I can scarcely see how to 
write." Then follows a discussion of the writer's religious 
views, ending with the admonition: "My .son, read the Scrip- 
tures for yourself: take no man or set of men's views as para- 
mount to the living word of God." 

The next letter is dated October 11, 1831, at Richland Creek, 
Sangamon C 'ty. Illinois. This is of particular interest on account 
of its mention of the Hern don family, one member of which 
afterward became so intimately associated with Abraham Lin- 
coln. William H. Herndon. the future law partner and biog- 
rapher of Lincoln, was born at Greensburg, Ky.. ten miles from 



Campbellsville, on the 28th of December, 1818. In the letter of 
date October 11, 1831. John Hodden savs to his son: "I have 
been at Springfield since I received yonr letter (of August 21) to 
make inquiry about the letter that you sent me in which you 
enclosed the note on Herndon, but cannot get any information 
about such a letter having arrived there. * *- * x would 
advise you to delay pressing on Hernclon for the money for 
several months longer, my reason is that William Herndon is 
owing oj me and your uncle Samuel by note and I ha^/e beeii 
trying to get something from him ever since I have been in this 
country and have not got anything from him but fair promises. 
He told me some rime ago that I might depend on his paying a 
part if not all of it about December next, and should 3'ou i^ush 
his son he probably would make it a pretext not to pay me, as he 
has promised, which would tlirow me further in the back-ground, 
as his note amounts to more than one hundred dollars. The old 
man pretends to own nothing and all the trading and business 
he does is for his son and brother and I presume there will be 
no difficulty in your getting the amount of his note to you." 
(A letter of Dr. Robt. Hodgen, dated May 2, 1831, shows that 
this note was against F. G. Herndon). He goes on to say: ''I 
am at this time only paying twenty-five per cent on about $75.00. 
My crop of wheat will be about 400 bushels * * =* j have 
paid nearly all my contracts for work off. Should I keep my 
health I hope it v ill not be long before I shall be able to square 
with the people in this section of the country. * =^ * ggif 
sits in the chair of almost all the families in my acquaintance. 
As the preacher, so the people. The Methodist conscience is up 
to about thirtv. the Presbvterian from thirtv to a hundred, the 
Baptist about twenty-five, the world as much as they can con- 
tract for, and the poor Reformers are not able to help one an- 
other out of their difficulties * * * and woe to the poor, for 
they can't get land nor much money. * * ^ We love our 
little self the best and had rather let the speculator have money 
at 50 per cent than a poor neighbor, lest iliey should lose all. 
* * # This section of country has been uncommonly sickly 
and a good manv deaths.'* 

The last letter is dated August 7, 1839, at Desmoin City, 
Iowa Territory. It speaks of the great number of cases of fever 
in that section. "Times are poor with us this season about sell- 
ing anything for cash. Corn is plenty, but no sale, oats are fine 
this season and will be very low, wheat — is thought can be got 
at 5 bits a bushel this fall. "We will have a very great pressure 
this fall about money, as all this district is ordered at Washing- 



ton into market, the sales to commence on the 21st of October 
next." He advises that some person at the home of Robert 
Hodg-en who is expected soon in Iowa provide himself with money 
in Kentncky with which to secnre lands in that Territory, as the 
chance of procnring money in Iowa will be poor. 

Descendants of John Hodgen (VI. E) and Deidamia LaRue 
HoDGEN (I. K), (Twelve Children). 

VI. E a— Dr. Robert Hodgen : Borii March 12. ISOl. Died 
October 2, 1858. Was a scholarly man and was a successful 
phvsician at Campbellsville, Kv. Married November 5, 1829, 
Xancy Catherine Miller (B. *March 10, 1810. D. Feb. 2, 
1875). daughter of John and Mary Miller. Their children — 

VI. E a 1— Sarah Elizabeth Hodgen: Born Mardi 17. 1831. 

Died February- 9, 1915. Married George W. Asper. Nine 

VI. E a 2 — ]\Iary Deidamia Hodgen : Born December 31, 1833. 

Died Octol)er 20, 1902. :\Iarried William Irvine. Four 

VI. E a 3 — Catherine Hollinger Hodgen : Born January 1, 

1836. Died April 29. 1899. Married Dr. A. H. Shirley. 

Four children. 

VI. E a 4 — Robert Thomas Hodgen : Born January 1, 1838. 
Died Januarv 2, 1915. ^Married, Februarv 28, 1861, Marv A. 
John.ston (B. Jan. 13, 1843). Five children. 

VI. E a 5 — Amanda Adelia Hodgen : Born December 25, 1839. 
Died September 9, 1840. 

VI. E a 6— Eliza Ermine Hodgen: Bom Julv 25, 1841. Died 
October 7. 1841. 

VI. E a 7— John Miller Hodgen: Born Februarv 12, 1843. 
Died April 6, 1843. 

VI. E a 8 — Xancv Parmelia Hodgen : Born April 6, 1844. 

Died June 29,^1844. 
VI. E a 9 — Adeline Hodgen: Born June 17. 1845. Died June 

15, 1871. 
VI. E a 10 — Annie 3Iaria Hodgen: Born September 3, 1847. 

Died X\)vember 7. 1911. ^Married Charles AV. AVright. 
VI. E a 11 — Margaret .Annita Hodgen: Born August 15, 1849. 

Died April 12. 1915. Married John Lewis Bragg. Two 

VI. E a 12— AVilliam Horace Hodgen: Born October 26, 1851. 

Died June 13, 1853. 


Doctor Robert Hodgen (VI. E a). 
Campbellsville, Ky., 1858. 

Born 1804. Died at 



VI. E a 13 — James Alfred Hodgen : Born February 15, 1851. 
Died April 7, 1854. 

VI. E b— Polly Hodgen : Born October 11, 1805. 

VI. E c — Parmelia Hodgen : Born December 10, 1806. Married 
Dr. Elliot. Died at Caledonia, Alexander County, Illinois, 
August 29, 1838. Left infant daughter. 

VI. E d — Adkin Hodgen : Born November 15, 1808. 

VI. E e— Elizabeth Hodgen: Born April 1, 1811. 

VI. Ef— Isaac Horatio Hodgen: Born April 25, 1813. Was 
blind. ^Married and had three daughters. Invented a steam 
plow, which made him wealthy. 

VI. E g — John J. Hodgen: Born March 25, 1815. ^larried 
Sarah Leonard. Located in early life in Jefferson County, 
Iowa. Moved to Scandia, Kansas, in 1889. Died at Cla^'ton, 
Kansas, May 10. 1901. Four ehiklren living (in 1921). ' One 
daughter, Lucinda Hodgen Stanley ( B. 1843. D. 1915), has 
descendants in Minnesota. In a letter written l)y J(^hn J. 
Hodgen. December 17, 1858, at Brighton. Iowa, he stated he 
had seven children — five girls and two boys. 

VI. E h — Jacob Samuel Hodgen: Born June 10, 1817. 

VI. E i — Jal)t'Z AVashington Hodgen: Born April 1, 1819. Died 
young (about 1830). 

Vi.Ek— Sarah Adeline Hodgen: Born October 17, 1621. Mar- 
ried, first, ^liller ^one son") ; second marriage to 

Kilev. Died in Oregon, aL'"ed about 75. 

VI. E 1 — William Anderson Hodifcn : Born August 2, 1824. Mar- 
ried and had several children. ]\Ioved to Oregon. Family all 
killed and scalped by Indians. 

VI. E m — Amanda Adelia Hodgen: Born January 25, 1827. 

* * * 

For information as to the names and dates of birth of the 
cliildren of John Hodgen (\l. E), the writer is indebted to Dr. 
AVill S. Hodgen, of Lebanon, Ky., and ]\Iiss Anna Asper, of 
Chicago, Illinois, who have furnished copies of family records. 
For information as to the family ot John Hodgen (VI. E g), the 
writer is indebted to ^Ir. and Mrs. C. E. Stanley, of Graceville, 



Daughter of Sarah LaRue (VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Ac- 
cording to statement of her son, Charles W. Keith (VI. F 1), she 
''was born on a flat boat while her parents were moving from 
Virginia, on November 4, 1784." She was married, September 
6, 1803, to Jacob Keith (B. Sept. 13, 1776), son of William and 
Elizabeth LaRne Keith. They located on South Fork Creek, 
about three-quarters of a mile from the place now known as 
Lincoln Farm, but prior to 1828 moved to Harrison County, 
Indiana. Jacob Keith died about 1830. In the vear 1831, Re- 
becca Hodgen Keith became the second wife of Gen. John 
Thomas, v/hose former Avife was Susannah Hodg:en, a half-sister 
of Rebecca. See sketch of Gen. Thomas, in connection with notice 
of Susannah Hodgen Thomas. Mr. Charles W. Keith, in his 
booklet "The Keith Family," says: "About the first that I 
remember was when I saw my mother and her second husband, 
Gen. John Thomas, coming home on horseback after their mar- 
riage. AVe lived in Floyd County, Indiana, near a creek called 
Indian Creek, five miles west of New Albany. Some time after 
their marriage, my step-father moved the family to Washing- 
ton County', Indiana, and after living there a couple of years 
he moved to Vigo Countj^, Indiana, within nine miles of Terre 
Haute, and settled on the farm of his son, Owen Thomas, and 
lived on this farm until his death, which was caused by a rose 
cancer, which destroyed one whole side of his face." After the 
death of Gen. Thomas, his widow returned to FIojtI County, 
Indiana (in the year 1845), where, it is presumed, she died. 

Descendants of Rebecca Hodgen (VI. F) and Jacob Keith 

(Eleven Children). 

VI. F a— Harriet Keith: Born Julv 7, 1804. Died August 18, 

VI. F b — Sallv Keith : Born November 4, 1805. Died November 
1, 1806. 

VI. F c— Nehemiah Keith : Born Februarv 14, 1807. Died March 

28,1881. Married Mary Hardesty (B. '1806. D. 1892). Their 

children — 

VI. F c 1 — Susan Keith : Died vounsr. 

VI. F c 2 — Jacob Charles Keith : Married ]\Iartha Ann Cash. 
Died in Grayson County, Ky., in 1900. Had nine children, 
one of whom was Elder John N. Keith (B. 1860). 

VI. F c 3 — Phebe Caroline Keith : Married Benjamin F. Peter. 



"Moved to Polk Countv. Iowa, at an earlv dav. Thev had 
quite a family of children." (Charles AY. Keith). 

YI. F c 4 — Enos B. Keith : Alarried ]\Iary Forman. Living, 
in 1921, at Edwardsville, Indiana. 

YI. F c 5 — AYilliam Dale Keith : Y'as a Union soldier in the 
Civil Y^ar. Married Theodosia Burns. Living, in 1921, at 
Buffalo, Kentucky. Has several children. 
YI. Fd— Mary Elizabeth Keith: Born June 10, 1809. Died 

August 1816. 
YI. Fe— Phebe Keith: Born June 11, 1810. Died August 13, 

YI. F f— Priscilla Keith : Born March 10, 1812. Died November 

29, 1856. Married John F. T. McKee. Two children— both 

dead (1908). 
YL F g— AVilliam Robert Keith : Born November 18, 1815. Died 

June 1821. 
YL F h— John Keith: Born October 14, 1818. Died young. 
YI. F i— Caroline Keith: Born October 2, 1820. Married 

Moore. Had one daughter. Numerous descendants. 

YL F k — Isaac Hodgen Keith : Born January 1, 1824. Died 

August 27, 1891. Alarried AVilhelmina Hankins, in 1847. 

Located at Ripley, Illinois, in 1849. Had five children, all of 

whom died young. 
VI. Fl— diaries AVintersmith Keith: Born August 18, 1828. 

Died June. 1910. Married Amanda Hankins, April 8, 1847. 

Lived at Ripley, Illinois. Ten children. Numerous living 

descendants. He wrote the booklet, ''The Keith Familv," in 


^ # ^ 

For information as to the family of Rebecca Hodgen Keith, 
the writer is indebted to Mr. W. D. Keith (YL F c 5) and to 
Mr. C. AY. Keith's pamphlet, kindly loaned by Prof. A. L. Keith, 
of Northfield. Minn. 



Daughter of Sarah LaRiie (VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Was 
born January 26, 1787. Died May 4, 1819. Was the first wife 
of Horatio G. Wintersmith (1785-1835), of Elizabethtown, Ky., 
to whom she was married in August, 1811. She and her husband 
are buried in the cemetery at Elizabethtown. They had four 

Children of Elizabeth Hodgen (VI. G) and Horatio 

G. Wintersmith (Four). 

VI. G a — Charles G. Wintersmith, late of Elizabethtown, Ky. 
Married a Miss Gorin, of Glasgow, Ky. 

VI. Gb— Mary Caroline Wintersmith: Died December 19, 1842 
Married A. H. Cunningham, in 1832. 

VI. Gc— Robert L. Wintersmith: Born 1816. Died 1890. Mar^ 
ried Euphremia Swan. Lived at Elizabethtown. Descendants. 

VI. G cl— Sarah Elizabeth Wintersmith : Born March 27, 1818. 
Died January 25, 1841. Married Haden E. English. Descend- 
ants. (See also I. G a 2). 


Daughter of Sarah LaRue (VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Born 
October 23, 1788. Died August 12, 1820. Is buried at Nolvnn 
ohurchvard, in LaRue Countv. 



Son of Sarah LaRiie (VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Born April 
30, 1791. Died Angnst 15, 1861. Married, first, Lucy F. Mon- 
tague, in 1832. Second marriage, November 30, 1831, to Ann 
Elizabeth ^Montague. He was the owner of a number of the 
town lots in Hodgenville when the town was laid out, in 1818. 
In the year 1831 he was one of the Trustees of Hodgen^ille. 
Later he lived in Elizabethtown, where he was a merchant for 
manv vears. He is buried in the cemetery at that place. 

Children of Samuel LaRue Hodgex (YI. I) and Ann E. 

Hodgen (Eight). 

VI. I a — Elizabeth Hodgen : Died young. 

VI. I b — Robert S. Hodgen : Died at Charleston, Illinois, in 

August, 1918, leaving a widow. 
VI. I c— Virginia Hodgen : Born 1810. Died 1817. 
VI. I d — Tames Hodden : Died at Everett, AVashington, in 1916, 

leaving a widow and three children. 
VI. I e — Mary Hodgen : Died at the age of 31 years, unmarried. 
VI. I f — Lucv Hodgen : Died voung. 
VI. I g — A. Campl)ell Hodsren : ^larried Marv Thomas, daughter 

of (I. D b 6^. Living, in 1921, at Russellville, Ky. 
VI. Ih — Martlia Hodgen: ^Married to Charles B. Hatch. Living, 

in 1921, at Champaign, Illinois. 

* ^ ^ 

For information as to the descendants of Samuel LaRue 
Hodgen (VL I), the Avriter is indebted to Mr, A. Campbell 
Hodgen (VI. I g). 



Son of Sarah LaRue (VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Was born 
in 1793. Died April 10, 1858, in Pike County, Illinois. Married, 
in October, 1818, Frances P. Brown, a daughter of William 
Brown, who lived on the north fork of Xolynn, three miles north 
of Hodgenville, and who was a pioneer of this part of Kentucky, 
and was a brotlier of Col. Patrick Brown, who led the whites in 
the battle with the Indians at Brown's Run, in Bullitt County, 
August, 1792. 

Children of Jacob Hodgex (VI. K) axd Frances P. B. Hodgen, 
Four Names (List Prorably Incomplete) — 

VI. Iv a — Sarah Elizabeth Hodgen : Married Mudd. 

VI. Kb — Dr. John T. Hodgen (oi St. Louis, Mo.) He was one 
of the most famous surgeons of the West and is said to be the 
^'father of skin grafting." He was also the inventor of the 
well-known surgical appliance, Hodgen 's Splint. 

VI. K c — ^A daughter) : Married Seely. 

VI. K d — Park Hodgen (of Lincoln, Illinois). 


Son of Sarah LaRue (VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Born in 
1795. Married. January 15, 1824. Deidamia McDonald (I. E d). 
He moved to Warren County, Illinois, near Monmouth, and was 
living there with his ''family" in 1838. According to Mr. C. W. 

Keith (VI. F 1), James Hodgen later emigrated to Oregon. 


Was the voungest of the twelve children of Sarah LaRue 
(VI.) and Robert Hodgen. Born 1800. Died 1821. 

J 32 


1. Robert Hodgex, Jr. : Boru April 23, 1765. He died prior 
to the year 1793. His "three heirs" are referred to in the will of 
Robert Hodgen, Sr. On the 23d of July, 1793, John Thomas 
(see below) was appointed by the Hardin County Court g'liard- 
ian of James Hodgen, ''infant orphan of Robert Hodgen, dee'd." 
This was probably the "Jim Tom Hodgen" who lost his life in 
effort to save liis crippled child from drowning. 

2. Susannah Hodgen: Born in Pennsylvania, October 3, 
1767. Moved to Virginia about 1775. Married John Thomas, 
who served in the Revolutionary Army as a Captain and who 
became a Major General of the Kentucky Militia in the War of 
1812. John Thomas patented the lands on Green River, in Ken- 
tuckv, as earlv as the vear 1786, and was a resident of this State 
from that time till his second marriage, 1831, when he moved to 
Indiana, where he remained until his death, which occurred 
about 1835. On the fifth day of April, 1831, he conveyed to 
Charles ^liddleton the tract of land on which he had lived for 
many years. This land is described in the deed to ]\Iiddleton 
(recorded in Deed Book R, page 349, Hardin County) as being 
at "the forks of X'olynn." South Fork Creek is also shown as 
part of the boundary of the laud. IIeiu*e, it is evident that 
General Thomas' home was at the mouth of tlie latter stream, 
near X'^olynn Church. The writer had been informed that it was 
the farm now knowu a< the Wiglit place. After the deatli of 
Susannah Hodgen Thomas, Geii. Tliomas married her widowed 
half-sister, Rebecca Hodgen Keith (VI. F). 

Xo adequate biograj^hy of General John Thomas has been 
published. He was one of the four Major Generals of the Ken- 
tucky Militia in the second AVar with Great Britain, the other 
three being Gen. AVilliam Henrv Harrison, Gen. Joseph Desha, 
and Gen. William Henry. ("Kentucky in the War of 1812," 
by A. C. Quisenberry, at page 177 j. The same author says (at 
page 134) : "On October 20, 1814, Governor Shelby issued' a call 
for men for the Xew Orleans campaign, and under that call 
three Regiments of Kentucky Detached ^Militia were brought into 
the field and organized for that campaign. * * * These 
troops were commanded by ^lajor General John Thomas, with 
Brigadier General John Adair as his Adjutant General." A 
similar statement is made by ^IcElroy in "Kentucky in the 
X'ation's Historv. " 

The Filson Club (Louisville) publication entitled: "The 



Battle of New Orleans," by Z. F. Smith, states that by reason 
of General Thomas being jDrostrated with illness the command 
fell ni^on General Adair before the battle. 

The controversy between General Adair and Andrew Jack- 
son, the commander-in-chief of the American troops at the battle 
of New Orleans, arising from the latter \s charge of cowardice 
against the Kentucky soldiers in that battle, which charge was 
denied by General Adair, and which later was somewhat reluct- 
antly withdrawn by General Jackson, made General Adair the 
idol of his troops, and probably led to his election as Governor 
of Kentuckv in 1820, and to his election as United States Senator 
five vears later. General Thomas, on his retirement from the 
army at the close of the war, returned to private life and lived 
as a quiet farmer until his death, in Vigo County, Indiana, 
twenty years afterward. Three of his sons were engaged in the 
historic battle in which but for his untimely illness he would 
have had a conspicuous part. See the sketch of Rebecca Hodgen 
Keith (VI. F) for some account of Gen. Thomas after his mar- 
riage to her in 1831. 

Children op Susanxa Thomas and John Thomas — List 

Possibly Incomplete — 

(a) Isaac Thomas: Married Polly Watts, in 1809. 

(b) Robert Hodgen Thomas: Born September 25, 1789. Died 
September 10, 1878. Married Letitia Miller (B. Sep. 11, 
1793. D. April 9, 1865 ) . Lived on South Fork of Noiynn. 
Buried on the home farm. Numerous descendants, in 
Kentucky, and in the AVest. 

(c) Henry Thomas: Married Sallie Thomas, in 1816. ^'He 
and three or four brothers moved to Illinois," not far 
from Terre Haute, Indiana, manv vears ago. 

(d) Hardin Thomas: Married Sarah LaRue (I. G c), June 
3, 1821. 

(e) Owen Thomas: Located in Vigo County, Indiana, at an 
early day. 

(f ) Joseph Thomas: Probably went to Illinois. 

(g) Hezekiah Thomas: ^Married Lucretia Thomas, in 1826. 

3. Joseph Hodgen, the third child of Robert Hodgen and 

Adkins Hodgen, was born January 8, 1770. No further 


4. William Hodgen, the fourth and youngest child of Robert 

Hodgen and Adkins Hodgen, was born May 14, 1772. 

No further record. 



For information as to the descendants of Susanna Hodgen 
Thomas and General John Thomas, the writer is indebted to Mr. 
J. R. Thomas, of Highland, Kansas, a grandson of Robert 
Hodgen Thomas (2-b). 



Daughter of Isaac LaRue. Sr., and Phebe Carman LaRue. 
She died in Virginia, before the death of her father (1795). She 
was the first wife of Joseph Helm, who patented lands in various 
])arts of Kentucky at early dates. As appears from one of the 
depositions shown in Appendix A (No. 5), Squire Boone made 
an entry of 1,000 acres for Joseph Helm on the waters of Doe 
Run. in the year 17S0. This boundary adjoined a tract patented 
by James LaRue (IX.). 

After The death of Rebecca LaRue Helm (VII.), Joseph Helm 
was again married, and he came to Kentucky, and died in this 
State in the year 1S34. Descendants from his second marriage 
aie in Lincoln and Henrv Counties. 

The Only Child of Rebecca LaRue (VII.) axd Joseph 

Helm Was — 


She was commonlv known as ''Pes'gv. " She was married, 
in Lincoln County, Kentucky, to Henry Clay, son of Doctor 
Henry Clay, who moved from Virginia in 1787, when the son 
Henrv was eight vears old, and settled in Bourbon Countv, 
southeast of Paris. 

Henry Clay, the husband of ^largaret Helm Clay (VII. A), 
was born September 14, 1779, and died in Bourbon County in 
1863. He was a Lieutenant of the 4th Company, 3rd Regiment 
of Kentuckv Riflemen, under Gen. William Henrv Harrison, in 
the early part of the War of 1812, and later was Colonel in the 
State Militia He was called ''Colonel Henry Clay of Bourbon," 
to distinguish him from Henry Clay, of Ashland, in Fayette 
County, to whom he was a second cousin, as he also was to Cas- 
sius M. Clay and Brutus Clay. In the years 1820-21, Colonel 
Henry Clay of Bourbon represented his district in the State 
Senate. In 1848, he was elected President of the Emancipation 
Convention held at Frankfort, which was attended by men who 
became prominent, including B. Gratz Brown, candidate for 
Vice-President in 1872. on the ticket with Horace Greeley. 

The descendants of Colonel Henrv Clav of Bourbon and his 


wife. ]\Iargaret Helm Clay, have been and are large land owners 
in the vicinity of Paris, in Bourbon County. Few of them have 
held or sought public office. 



Children of Margaret Helm (YII. A) axd Hexry Clay 


YII. Aa— Henrv Clav : Born June 4, 1798. D. June 20, 1890. 

Was married three times. Numerous desceudants. 
YII. A b — John Clav: Born Februarv. 1800. Died December 5, 

1876. Married Nancv Blanton. Seven children. 
YII. Ac— Sally Clay: Born 1801. Married ^Yilliam T. Buck- 

ner. Three children. 
YII. A d— Joseph Helm Clay: Born October 22. 1803. Died 

Januarv 27, 1847. ^Married Amanda Scott. Nine children. 
YII. A e — Letitia Clay : ^Married Daniel Bedinger. Descendants. 
YII. A f — Henrietta Clay : Married three times — fii'st, to Frank 

P. Bedford; second, to Robert Scott; third, to E. S. Dudley. 

One son. 
YII. A g— Elizabeth Clay : Born July 8, 1812. Married Douglas 

Pavne Lewis Ten children. 
YII. "a h— Samuel Clay (known as "C4ray Beard Sam Clay'' 

and said to have been the wealthiest man in Bourbon County). 

Born April 8, 1815. Died February 14, 1888. Married Xancy 

T. AYornall. Descendants in and near Paris, Ky. 
YII. A i — Mary Ann Clay: Married E. S. Dudley. One son. 

After her death E. S. Dudley married YII. A f. 
YII. A k — Francis Povall Clay: ^larried Susan YTornall. 
YII. A 1 — Matthew Martin Clay : ^Married, in 1843, Mary, daugh- 
ter of Judge Asa K. Lewis. Was a Captain in the 21st Regiment 

of Kentucky Infantry during the Civil War, in the Union 

Arm v. Xo issue. 
YII. Am — One child of Margaret Helm i YII. A) and Henry 

Clav died in infancv. 

* * « 

For information concerning the descendants of ^larsraret 
Helm Clav (YII. A), the writer is indebted to Hon. H. Clav 
Howard, of Paris, Kentucky, late United States Minister to 
Peru, who is a grandson of Elizabeth Clay Lewis (YII. A g), 
and to a History of the Clay Family, by Mrs. Mary Rogers Clay, 
issued in 1899, as a part of Filson Club Publication, Xo. 14. in 
which further and more detailed account of the descendants of 
Maroaret Helm Clav {\Y[. A) mav be found. 



Son of Isaac LaRne, Sr.. and Phebe Carman LaRne. Accord- 
ing to notes of Mrs. Emily C. Ellis, the year of his birth was 
1761. The writer believes that he was born at least two or three 
years earlier. As shown in the sketch of John LaRne (II.)- 
Samuel LaRne appears to have been with his brother John in 
a cabin in Shelby Connty, at an early date. He died in Virginia, 
probably about the year 1781. ]\Irs. Ellis shows that he was mar- 
ried to Sarah S. Stimip. 

The Only Child of Samuel LaRue (VIII.) Was— 

She Avas born about the year 1778, and was married to 
Thomas Xeill. in Frederick County, Virginia, August 20, 1795, 
b}' the Rev. William Hill. In the year 1806, a patent was issued 
to Phebe Xeill (VIII. A) for a tract of land in Kentuckv which 
had been entered — doubtless by her father — June 14, 1780. See 
Vol. 5, page 212, T. B. Monroe's Kentucky Reports. 

Phebe LaRue Neill (VIII. A) and her husband, Thomas 
Neill, remained in Virginia until about the first of the year 
1811, when, according to the allegations in a land suit which was 
filed in Hardin Countv. thev moved to Hardiu Countv, Ken- 
tucky. They settled on a tract of land containing 6,250 acres, 
on Cedar Creek and Rolliug Fork, which was patented by Isaac 
LaRue, Sr., in 1795. Most of this tract was purchased by Thomas 
Neill. He died in the year 1836. leaving his widow and twelve 
children surviving him. Phebe LaRue Xeill (VIII. A) died 
about the begiuniuo- of the vear 1855. For the last six vears of 
her life she made her home with her son-in-law, William H. 
Hays, on a tract of 550 acres of land on Rolling Fork which had 
been allotted to her for her dower, and which was later pur- 
chased by William H. Hays. 

Children of Phebe LaRue fVIII. A) and Thomas Neill 


VIII. A a— Samuel Neill: Boru 1798. Married Shep- 
herd, granddaughter of Adam Shepherd, for whom Shepherds- 
ville was named. 

Vin. A b— William Neill: Born 1800. Died about 1837. 

VIII. A c— Matilda Neill. 

VIII. A d — Lewis Neill: Born 1803. Married Letitia Torrance, 
in Februarv, 1841. 

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VIII. A e — Elizabeth Aim Xeill : Married Dr. AYilliam Hurley, 

in 1832. She died prior to 1860, leaving three children^ 

namelv — • 

VIII. A e 1— Mary C. Hurley. 

VIII. A e 2— Thomas Hurley. 

VIII. A e 3 — James Hurley. 
VIII. A f— Nancy Xeill: :\Iarried AVilliam H. Hays, in 1835. 

Numerous descendants. 
VIII. A g-— Thomas Neill. 

VIII. A h— Bailess Neill : Died, childless, about 1839. 
VIII. A i — Arabella Neill : ^Married Samuel Grant, in February, 

VIII. A k — Cornelia Neill : ^larried James Farnsley, in October, 

VIII. A 1 — James B. Neill : Died in 1849, leaving three children,. 

namelv — • 

VIII. A 11— Elizabeth G. Neill. 

VIII. A 1 2— William R. Neill. 

VIII. A 1 3— James B Neill, Jr. 
VIII. A m— Letitia Neill. 

Two of the sons of Nancy Neill Hays (VIII. A f ) were in 
the Confederate Army during the Civil War, one of whom was. 
the late Major Thomas H. Hays. 



^Vas the fifth son of Isaac LaRue, Sr., and Phebe Carman 
LaRue, his wife. AVas born "in the 50th year of his father, the 
37th 3'ear of his mother, October the 4th, 1762" — as shown by the 
entrv in the familv Bible, to which reference has been made in 
the sketch of Isaac LaRue, Sr. He married Clarissa Billnps 
(B. 1766. D. 1845). who was from Caroline County, Virginia. 
Although he entered large bodies of land in Kentucky, he never 
moved to this State. Two of the depositions of Squire Boone 
"\^hich are in the office of the Clerk of the County Court of 
Hardin County, Kentucky (Xos. 1 and 5, Appendix A), relate 
to lands patented by James LaRue (IX.). In addition to the 
tracts referred to in these depositions, he made an entr^^ of 5,000 
acres in Shelbv Countv, Februarv 3, 1783. As late as the vear 
1826, his two daughters (IX. C and IX. D) conveyed to Caleb 
Carman (V. A) and Isaac Carman (V. B), their one-half, 
amounting to more than 800 acres, of a tract of land on Xolj'nn, 
then adjoining the lands of AVilliam LaRue (I. F). 

^ On April 13, 1798, James LaRue (IX.), then of Frederick 
County, Virginia, which continued to be his home until his 
death, gave to his brother, Jacob LaRue (I.) a general power 
of attorney to manage or dispose of the lands of the former in 
Kentucky. This paper is recorded in the Hardin County Court 
Clerk's office. Just one month before this power of attorney 
was given, Jacob LaRue' (I.) conveyed to James LaRue (IX.) 
the home farm of the former in Frederick Count}^, Virginia. A 
copy of the deed made by Jacob LaRue (I.) on March 13, 1798, 
is shown in connection with the sketch of his life. Referring to 
"this farm. 'Mr. John J. LaRue (IX. B b) savs, in the letter dated 
April 14, 1906, which is quoted in the sketch of Jacob LaRue 
(I.) — "Jacob, son of Isaac, built a large stone house, where I was 
born (in 1835). It has his wife's name on the gable and dated 
1775. It is called ' Bloomfield. ' ]\Iy grandfather bought it when 
Jacob went to Kentucky.'' As the deed from Jacob to James 
shows that the land (^onveyed was a part of a larger tract which 
had been conveved to Jacob bv Isaac LaRue (Sr.) bv deed dated 
October 7. 1793. and as the inscription on the house built by 
Jacob shows the date 1775, it would appear that Jacob erected 
his residence before he had a formal deed of convevance from 


his father. This farm was probably Jacob's share in his father's 

James LaRue (IX.) was given three-fifths of the home plan- 
tation of Isaac LaRue, Sr.. under the will of the latter. How- 



ever, it seems that Jabez LaRne fX.), wlio got the other two- 
fifths, finally obtained the old family home. 

James LaRue (IX.) died in Frederick County, Virginia, 
October 6, 1809, leaving four children. The stone at his grave 
may be seen in the graveyard of Buck Marsh meeting house, 
near Berrvville. A copy of his will appears on another page of 
this book. Some reference to the settlement of his estate, as 
well as other items of interest, are shown in the letter written 
to his widow and oldest son on A])ril 8, 1811, by Isaac Hodgen 
(VI. C) and John Hodgen (VT. E ), which is given in the sketch 
of Isaac Hodgen. At the death of Jabez LaRue (X.), the only 
representatives of the family of Isaac LaRue, Sr., left in Freder- 
ick County were th^ descendants of his son James LaRue (IX.). 
The children of James and Clarissa Billups LaRue were four — 
Samuel, John Billups, Phebe and Clarissa. See below for their 

Descendants of James (IX.) and Clarissa Billups LaRue 

(Four Children). 

IX. A— Samuel LaRue: Born 1788. Died May 10. 1850. Mar- 
ried, first, in 1811. Margaret Castleman, of Castleman's Ferry, 
Virginia. Second marriage to Julia Carter Collins (B. June 
10, 1783. D. Dec. 10, 1874). 

Children of Samuel (IX. A) and Margaret Castleman 

LaRue (Se\t:n). 

IX. A a — James AVilliam LaRue: Born March 11, I8l2. Died 
October 26. 1801. :\rarried Matilda Bell, daughter of Col. 
James Bel], of White Post, A'irginia. They left only one child, 
IX. Aal— Marv LaRue: (B. Mav 24, 1844), who was mar- 

ried m 1864 to Capt. John T. Arnette. of Baltimore, Md. 

She is now living (1921). Had two children. 

IX. A b — Alfred Lawrence Pike LaRue : Born July 17, 1813. 

Died September 23, 1877. Married, in 1861, S. V. Dixon, of 

Calvert Countv Md. Xo descendants. 
IX. A c — Robert Andrew Jackson LaRue : Died 1863. Married 

Harriett M. Beebe, who was living in Clarke County, Va., in 

1907, and had two children — 

IX. A c 1 — Gilbert B. LaRue : AVho was a Confederate soldier 
during the Civil AVar. 

IX. A c 2 — Fannv LaRue : Married James P. Dorsev. Two 

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IX. A d — John David LaKue : Married Maria Osborne, who, 
after his death, was married to his half-brother, Christopher 
Collins LaRue (IX. Ah). 

Children of John David (IX. A d) and Maria Osborne LaRue. 

IX. A d 1 — Annie LaRue : Married Carmiehael. 

IX. A d 2 — Samuel LaRue : Died unmarried. 
IX. A d 3 — Oscar LaRue : Died unmarried. 

IX. A e — Frances LaRue : Born 1821. Married Richard Timber- 
lake. Lived at Charlestov/n, AV. Va. Children (five) — 
IX. A e 1 — Marv Timberlake. 

IX. A e 2 — Margaret Timberlake. Living, in 1921, at Charles- 
town, W. Ya., age 80. 
IX. A e 3 — James Timberlake. 
IX. A e 4 — Fanny Timberlake : Married John LaRue Luke. 

Four children. 
IX. A e 5 — Ben Timberlake. 

IX. A f^Phebe LaRue : Married John AV. Grantham. Four 
children — 
IX. A f 1 — Edith Grantham : ]\Iarried Anion Shirley. Living at 

Charlestown, AT. Va., 1921. Two children. 
IX. A f 2 — Joseph Grantham : Alarried. Now dead. Left five 

IX. A f 3 — Lilly Grantham : Alarried Wm. Gilbert. Living at 

Ivearneysville, W. Va., 1921. Children. 
IX. A f 4— Rose Grantham. 

IX. A g— Massey LaRue : Born 1814. Died 1823. 

Child of Samuel LaRue (IX. A) and Julia C. C. LaRue, His 

Second Wife — 

IX. A h — Christopher Collins LaRue : Was a Confederate 
soldi'^^r in the Civil War. Died about 1900. Married Maria 
Osborne LaRue, widow of his halfJ^rother John David 
LaRue fIX. A d). No record of any descendants. 

IX. B— Col. John Billups LaRue: Born September 12, 1792. 
Died May 9, 1875. IMarried, first, June 5, 1828, Frances Haney 
IMajor, of Culpeper County, Va. (who died August 21, 1836). 
Second marriage, January 31. 1843, to Catharine E. Buck, 
of Front Royal. Va. No children of second marriage. John 
Billups LaRue (IX. B) was a soldier iu tlie War with Great 
Britain, in 1812. 



Descendants of John Billups (IX. B) and Frances H. M. 

LaRue (Three Children). 

IX. B a— William A. M. LaRue : Born February 2, 1831. Died 
1895. Married, in April 1863, Cornelia Grantham — IX. C e 
(who died December 15, 1905). He was a soldier in the ''Clarke 
Cavalry," in the Confederate Army. (Children — 
IX. B a 1 — Eliza Frances (Fannie) LaRue: Living at Summit 

Point, W. \^a. (1921). 
IX. Ba2 — Fidelia IMav LaRue: Livino- at Summit Point, W. 

Va. (1921). 
IX. B a 3 — Caroline Au^rusta I^aRue ; Living at Summit Point, 

W. Va. (1921). 
"^ IX. B a 4 — -William Warren LaRue : Married Rosalie Meade. 

Living at Summit Point, W. Va. (1921). 
IX. B b — John James LaRue: Born August 26, 1835. Died 
August 8, 1914. Lived at Rippon, Jett'erson County, W. Va., 
near the line of Clarke County. Va. He served in the Con- 
federate Army during the Civil War. Frequent reference 
has been made in this book to letters written bv him in 1906 
and 1907. He was married, December 20, 1863, to Catharine 
Grantham (IX. C f) and had four children — 
IX. B b 1 — Francis Corbin liaRue: Living, in 1921, at Rippon, 

W. Va. 
IX. B b 2— Irene LaPvue : Living, in 1921, at Rippon, W. Va. 
IX. B b 3 — ]\Iary Bowen ("^lamie") LaRue: Living, in 1921, 

at Rippon, W. \'a. 
IX. B b 4 — James Edirar LaRue : Living, in 1921, at Rippon, 

W. Va. 
IX. Bc-^liza Columbia LaRue: Born 1833. Died 1862, un- 
IX. C — Phebe LaRue : Died February 2, 1867. Married James 
Grantham. In the year 1826 they were living in Jefferson 
County, Va. (now W. Va.). Children (six) — 
IX. C a — John J. Grantham : ^Tarried Mary Eliza Bowen. 

Seven children. 
IX. C b^Ann Louisa Grantham : ^Married John AV. Luke. 

Eight children. 
IX. C c-^Caroline Grantham : Married George W. Shirlev. 

Six children. 
IX. C d — Samuel LaRue Grantham. 
IX C e — Cornelia Grantham : Married William A. M. LaRue 

(IX. B a). 
IX. C f — Catharine Grantham : Married John James LaRue 

(IX. B b). 



IX. D — Clarissa LaRue : Married Jacob Vanmetre. Left one 
IX. D a — James LaRue Irvin Vanmetre: ''He died on the 

old LaRue estate on Lono: Marsh, Angnst, 1920, in his 89tli 

year," leaving no children. 

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For information as to the descendants of James LaRne (IX.),. 
the writer is indebted to Mrs. Emily C. Ellis, of Summit, New 
Jersey, and to Mr. Francis Corbin LaRue (IX. B b 1), of Rip- 
pon, West Virginia, who has also furnished the author sev^er^^ 
photographs from which cuts have been made for this book. 



In the name of God. Amen. I. James LaRiie, of Frederick 
County, State of Virginia, Do make and ordain this my last will & 
testament, knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die & 
after death the judgment. I liave thought proper to leave what 
property the Lord has blessed me with as follows, after leaving my 
body to be buried at the discretion of my family & my soul to God 
who gave it. First, I give to my wife Clary the use of all my 
movable estate (except the negroes) to sell or make use of as she 
may see fit for her use & the use of the family & to discharge my 
first debts if there may be any at my death and the use of the 
neoroes till sucli time as I shall hereafter mention and the use of all 
mv land till the children severallv come of age, all which, in case 
she continues a widow, but in case of her marriage, after that, 
it is my will that she should have sixty acres of cleared land in 
the field between my house and Capt. Griffin and a piece of woods 
inclosed in said field, her life time, and the house and the use of 
four acres of orchard. The use of one third of all my movable prop- 
erty that may be in her hands at that time, her life time, except 
the negroes which I sliall hereafter mention, and if I should owe 
any debt that could not be conveniently paid the crops and stock 
&c. (without distressing the family), and the land where John Locke 
lives may be sold to help discliarge such debts. To my son, Sam- 
uel, I give one hundred and fifty acres of the plantation where 
father died. Line which is to include one half of my part of the 
meadow and my part of the mill, which he is to have possession of 
at the death of his mother or at her marriage if she should marry 
and the balance of that meadow and place, I give to my son John 
and the Plantation that I bought of Jacob LaRue where I now live 
to come into his possession at his mother's death or marriage 
except such part of it as I willed to his mother and the place where 
profator lives joining John Hager's land. I leave between my two 
daughters Phoebe and Clarissa all my otlier lands in the part of 
the country that is my right, to be equally divided between them, 
also what land I sold at Xolin that was bouglit of Edmund Taylor 
I give to be equally divided between them. And what other lands 
I have in Kentucky I leave to be an equal division between all my 
children and my movables also (except the negroes) at the death of 
their mother or the balance after her part is taken out if she should 
marrv. And if mv wife should be with child at mv death or have 
a child before my death and I should neglect to alter my will then 
in that case the boys each of them is to pay unto such child what 
will be thought sufficient to maintain it and school it between them 
both till it comes of age and at that time each of them is to pay 
it five hundred pounds except some one of the others should die 
before that time leaving no children. In that case the child last 
born is to come in for the part left herein to the deceased and to 
receive from my sons nothing more than its maintenance and school- 
ing if their mother should not — It is mv will also that if there 
should be a child born hereafter as within mentioned, that it comes 
in for a full share of my Kentucky lands except what was bought 
of Edmund Taylor besides what legacies is mentioned to be paid it. 
It is also my will that no sale of the land left to my children shall 



stand good tliat is before they arrive at the age of thirty years, so 
as to debar tlieir children from recovering it if they chose or their 
brothers and sisters recovering it. in case of tliem not liaving any 
children it is also my will that if any one or more of my children 
should be in debt and sell their and that of their children or broth- 
ers or sisters (in case of their not having children) can prove that 
: if any part of money received for such land should be applied to 

the payment of anv debt thev had contracted before thev arrived 
at the age of thirty years that their heirs (i. e. ) children or broth- 
ers and sisters shall have a right to such land notwithstanding their 
father or mother or brothers and sisters liave sold it. It is my will 
tliat no sale of land 1 have left to my sons shall stand good till 
all the legacies they are to pay are paid off, whether sold sooner 
or later. It is my will if there should be any dispute about the 
meaning of this, my will, that the parties disputing shall each one 
choose some uninterested person to settle such disputes and if they 
can not agree the two chosen shall choose a third and their agree- 
ment shall be final and if either party shall attempt to sue that the 
one sueing shall pay all the costs and the matter stand as it is set- 
tled by the arbitrators. It is my will that my negroes shall be 
free at the age of thirty, unless they be guilty of stealing or trading 
off property from their masters or mistresses or any other person. 
In that case they shall serve five years longer and if any of them 
shall be found guilty of such practice more than once the one so 
found sliall serve for life, but if a woman their children shall be 
entitled to their freedom at the age of thirty years, on similar con- 
ditions to the others: or if the blacks should attempt to raise to 
force their freedom and any of mine should be found active in the 
business they shall be slaves for life, but not their seed longer than 
thirty or as mentioned of the old ones, and if any of them should 
prove disol)edient, in that case they may be sold for the time they 
have to serve by my wife, but tlie children may not sell them before 
they (tlie children) arrive at the age of thirty years, and if any of 
theln should be sold for debt, it is my will that the brothers or 
sisters of such one as shall have the property taken from them shall 
be the proper owners of the negroes thus sold to be equally divided 
among them. 

In testimony of this being my last will I have hereunto set my 
hand and seal "this 7th day of July in the year of our Lord. One 
Thousand Eight Hundred and Four. Jas. LaKue, 


X. B. 

Jan. 23rd. 1800. As to this, my last will so far as it relates to 
the freedom of my negroes I make sure and leave them to my wife 
during her widowhood, and in case of her death or marriage, then 
I leave them for the benefit of mv children and their families, but 
not subject to sale for debt or deed of trust. 

Ja^fes LaKue (Seal), 

Proved Dec. .3th, 1809, and Clary LaRue appointed Administra- 

For <'Opy of this will the writer is indebted to ]\Ir. Archie 

R. Arnette. of Berryville. Va.. who is a son of ^Mary LaRue 

Arnette (IX. A a 1), 



Was son of Isaac LaRiie. Sr., and Phebe Carman LaRue, and 
was probably their vonngest child. He was born November 1, 
1768. He married a widow, Frances (Pierce) Collins, from 
"lower Virg-inia." He became the owner of lands in Kentucky, 
but did not move to this State. One tract patented by him con- 
sisted of 1,050 acres, located on Xolynn, about 250 poles below 
the mouth of Valley Creek, adjoinintr a l.OOO-acre survey of 
John LaRue (ILj. This tract was entered under Treasury War- 
rants numbered 4162 and 11795. He also patented a tract of 
2,000 acres on Xolynn, Avhich was sold by him at an early date. 

Under the will of his father, Jabez LaRue (X.) was given 
two-fifths of the liome plantation in Frederick County. As we 
have seen, in the sketch of Isaac LaRue, 8r., Jabez finally ob- 
tained possession of the homestead and in the place of the old 
log house in which his father had lived, built a stone house, which 
he called 'A'illa LaRue," and which is yet standing. 

Jabez LaRue (X.) died in September, 1823. at the age of 55 
years, leaving no children. He was buried in the graveyard of 
the Buck Marsh meeting house, near Berryville, Ya. His widow 
was a party to the action which was pending in the courts of 
Frederick County in the year 1824, to settle a considerable 
estate of the deceased husband, who died intestate. The writer 
has obtained from copies of the papers in this suit the names of 
manv of the grandchildren of Isaac I^aRue, Sr. See Appendix 

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The social, as well as the religious, life of the earlv settlers 
was largely influenced by the churches and ministers in their 
midst. A brief account of the churches and pastors of the Upper 
Nolynn Valley is therefore of interest in connection with the 
persons mentioned in this volume. 

The membership of the greater part of the earlier genera- 
tions of the LaRues and their connections who were located in 
the Green River section of KentucW was limited to four Baptist 
churches, all of which are yet in existence. These were — (1) 
Severns Valley (Elizabethtown), (2) Xolynn, located four miles 
west of Hodgenville, (3) South Fork, five miles south of Hodg- 
enville. and (4) Big Spring, six miles northwest of Hodgenville. 

(1) SEYERXS VALLEY CHURCH was organized June 
17, 1781, with 18 members. Its first pastor was John Garrard 
(shown in Collins' History as Gerrard), who was captured by 
the Indians in March, 1782, and was never heard of afterwards. 
(Collins' History of Kentucky. Vol. 2, page 309). This John 
Garrard was one of the men sent out from Beargrass early in 
1781. See the sketch of John LaRue (II.) •• -^t the first meeting 
of the Salem Association, held at Cox's Creek, in Xelson County, 
October 29, 17fc5, Severns A'alley Church reported a member- 
ship of 37, with no pastor. Joshua Carman became pastor of 
Severns Vallcv Church in 1787, and had a brief term of service 
with this congregation. He was succeeded (in 1791), by Josiah 
Dodge, who eo?itinued to serve as pastor until his death, in the 
year 1800. Under the leadership of these two men, who were 
ardent emancipationists, Severns Valley Church withdrew from 
the Salem Association, which refused to denounce slavery, and 
from 1801 to 1803, this church belonged to the Green River Asso- 
ciation. At least two of the descendants of Josiah Dodge inter- 
married with members of the LaRue family. Other ministers 
who served as pastor of Severns Valley Church or preached to 
the church from time to time in the early days were Warren 
Cash, James Rogers, George L. Rogers, Jacob Rogers and Col- 
more Lovelace. From AVarren Cash the name "Warren is said 
to have been introduced as a Christian name in the LaRue 
family. The principal part of the original membership of 
Severns Valley Church was from the Xolynn neighborhood, and 
the early pastors held services alternateh' at Elizabethtown and 
on Nolynn. 

(2) XOLYX^^ CHURCH was organized in the year 1803, 



its membership coming cliieily from the Sever ns Valley Church. 
I^'or nearly twent}' years its pastor was Alexander McDougal, a 
Scotclnnan who moved from Xorth Carolina to Kentuck^^ about 
the beginning of the twentieth century, after a service in the 
Revolutionary Army. He was succeeded in the pastorate by 
David Thurman, who had come from Washington County, Ken- 
tucky, and who served as pastor of the church until his death, 
in the year 183-i. Alexander McDougal survived David Thur- 
man several years, and at the time of his death, in March 1841, 
was almost one hundred and three vears old. Both of these men 
were highlv regarded in the communitv in which thev lived. 
McDougal 's home Avas about four miles southeast of Hodgenville, 
Thurman's was west of Hodgenville, not more than a mile from 
the church for which he ministered. Descendants of both Mc- 
Dougal and Thurman have intermarried with descendants of 
Isaac LaRue, Sr. 

(3) SOUTH FORK CHURCH was possibly the first church 
organized within the boundary- of the territorv which is now 
LaRue County. Spencer, in his ' ' History of Kentucky Baptists, ' ' 
Volume 1, page 194, says : "It was originally a Separate Bap- 
tist Church, and, according to tradition, was gathered by Benja- 
min Lynn and James Skaggs in the summer of 1782." If any 
organization was in existence on Xolvnn at that earlv date, it 
could have been nowhere except in Phillips' fort. At the meet- 
ins: of Salem Association held at Cedar Creek in Xelson Countv, 
September 30, 1786, it was "Resolved, that the yearly meeting- 
be held at Xolin, and that all the preachers in the Association 
attend." Prior to 1803 the United Baptists at Xolynn Sta- 
tion composed a part of the Severns Valley (Elizabethtown) 
Church, and evidently the Xolynn members were more numerous 
than those at Elizabethtown, for Avhen Josiah Dodge was called 
as pastor of the Severns Valley T'hurch he was required to preach 
"one-third time at the Valley (Elizabethtown) and two-thirds 
on Xolynn." Possibly at the same time the Separate Baptists 
had the nucleus of a congregation on Xolynn, Avhich went into 
the South Fork congregation about the time the L^nited Baptists 
organized Xolynn Church (1803). In September, 1804, South 
Fork Church Avas represented at the first meeting of the Rus- 
sell's Creek Association, held at Pitman's Creek Meeting House, 
noAV in Taylor County. (Spencer. Vol. 2, page 192). It AA^as 
about this time that the first church building, which Avas of logs, 
AA'as erected at South Fork. This building A\'as near the creek 
AAiiere the graA'CA-ard is noAv. It stood for more than thirtA^ vears. 
For several years after the church AA-as regularly organized 



Jonathan Paddox was its pastor. He was succeeded in 1820 by 
John Hodgen (VI. E ), and he, in the rear 1829, bv W. M. Brown. 

(4) BIG SPRING CHURCH.^ The organization now 
known as Big Spring Church was originally called Middle Creek, 
and it was a Separate Baptist Church. It was constituted in the 
vear 1816. From that time until the vear 1836, Thomas J. 
Chilton was its pastor. He was a man of ability. While he held 
the pastorate of this church, one of his sons, Thomas Chilton, 
served several years in Congress. Sixty years later, a grandson, 
Horace Chilton, was Ignited States Senator from the State of 
Texas. The name of the Middle Oeek Church was changed at 
an earh' date to "Republican Meeting House." About 1818, the 
name was changed again, to Big Spring. After the death of 
Thomas J. Chilton, which occurred in 1839, the church declined 
in membership. In the early '50 's William L. Morris (I. G a 3) 
became its pastor, and lie served as such for about fifteen years. 
Under his leadership the organization became affiliated with the 
United Baptist Church and was greatly strengthened. 

The Hodgenville Baptist Church and the organization now 
known as the ^liddle Creek Baptist Church were constituted 
about the same time, in the veav 1838. Thev were both received 
into the Salem Association in that year. (Spencer, Vol. 2, page 
54). ^liddle Creek Church was organized in the home of Sarah 
LaRue Castleman (I. ^I), who at tlie time was a member of the 
Baptist Church. Later, on the organization of the Union Chris- 
tian Church (Disciples), located seven miles north of Hodgen- 
ville, she and her entire family became members of that congre- 
gation. Jami's Daugherty was pastor of the Union Christian 
Church for many years. 

Before leaving this subject, special mention must be made 
of two of the early ministers of the Nolynn region, each of whom 
is worthy of a place in history. These were Joshua Carman and 
Benjamin Lynn. 

JOSHUA CAR]\L\N has already been mentioned in this book 
several times, first in the chapter relating to "the Carman 
Family,'' again in connection with Caleb Carman, the husband 
of ]\Iary LaRue Carman (V.), and last in this chapter as one of 
the first pastors of Severns Valley Baptist Church. Of him it 
may well be said, that his "was the voice of one crying in the 
wilderness." He was strangely out of harmony with the times 
and with the people among whom he lived in Kentucky. 

Joshua Carman is mentioned by Col. R. T. Durrett in the 
sketch of ' ' Ancient Louisville, ' ' which was first published in the 
Louisville Courier- Journal on the opening of the Southern Ex- 



position, in 1883, as one of the early preachers at the Falls of 
the Ohio. In the year 1787. Mr. Cannan became pastor of the 
Severns ^'alley (Elizabethtown) Baptist Church, to which he 
preached for only a short time. Concerning his work after that 
pastorate, the following is quoted from Spencer's "History of 
Kentucky Baptists" — ''Rolling Fork Church was located in the 
southern part of Nelson County. It was constituted in 1788, 
and united with the Salem Association the same year. * * * 
It was probably gathered by Joshua Carman, an enthusiastic 
Emancipationist. This church sent with its letter to the Asso- 
ciation (in October, 1789), the year after it obtained admission 
into that body, the following query : ' Is it lawful in the sight of 
God for a member of Christ's Church to keep his fellow-crea- 
tures in perpetual slavery?' (Answer) 'The Association judge 
it improper to enter into so important and critical a matter at 
present.' This answer was unsatisfactory. The church con- 
tinued to agitate the subject of slavery, till, in 1796, it withdrcAV 
from the Association." 

Again, Mr. Spencer says of Joshua Carman : ' ' He was among 
the early settlers of Nelson Countv, Kentuckv. For a number 
of vears he was an active minister in the bounds of Salem As- 
sociation and was several times appointed to preach the intro- 
ductory sermon before that body. He was regarded as a man 
of good ability, and was much beloved by the brethren. But, be- 
coming fanatical on the subject of slavery, he induced Rolling 
Fork Church to withdraw from the Association, in 1796, and 
declare non-fellowship with all slave-holders.'' In connection 
with Josiah Dodge he organized an Emancipation Church, about 
six miles northwest of Bardstown, supposed to have been the 
first organization of this kind in Kentucky. "Mr. Carman, 
finding himself unable to bring any considerable number of 
Baptists to his views, moved to Eastern Ohio, where, it is said, 
he raised up a respectable church and preached to it till the Lord 
took him away." — (Spencer). 

Mr. Spencer suggests that Joshua Carman probably came to 
Kentucky from Pennsylvania. The writer believes that he was 
a grandson of the Reverend James Carman, of the Baptist 
Church at Cranbury (later Hightstown). New Jersey. As to this 
suggestion and as to the very pro])able close relationship of 
Joshua Carman to the LaRues, see the chaj^ter, "The Carman 

BENJA]\IIN LYNN was noted as an explorer, as a hunter, 
and as a preacher. NotAvithstanding the fact that his name is 
perhaps more securely perpetuated than that of any other per- 



son identified with the settlement of the Green River section of 
Kentucky, little seems to have been written of his personal history. 
His traditional disappearance from the camp on the "Knoll"' 
near wiiere Phillips' fort was later built accounts for the some- 
what mythical story of the naming of Xolynn River. Another 
considerable branch of Green River (Lynn Camp Creek) is said 
to have been so named because the searching party from the 
Knoll found Lynn encamped on the latter stream. 

From existing records we may learn something of the time, 
and may have some idea of the occasion, for the first use of the 
names Xolyun and L^-nn Camp. There can be no doubt that 
Benjamin Lynn was exploring and hunting in the Green River 
Valley before much of the land in that section had been entered. 
His companion was his brother-in-law, John Severns, who seems 
to have had some knowledge of surveying, and whose name was 
honored in the naming of Severns Valley Creek (now shortened, 
however, to Vallev Creek). Both Lvnn and Severns Avere at the 
Harrodsburg station as earlv as the vear 1776. Some of the old 
records indicate tliat the Xolynn Valley was explored about this 
time, and that the stream, or its valley, was first called ' ' Elk 
Garden."' It was probably early in the year 1779 that Benjamin 
Lynn and his party had their camp on the Knoll, near where 
Hodgenville now stands. The real incident leading to the nam- 
ing of Lynn Camp Creek is doubtless set out in a deposition of 
John Severns, given in the year 1804, and now preserved in the 
Hardin Countv Court Clerk's office in the "Boone Book." This 
de])osition shows that in the month of Xovember, 1779, Severns 
and Lynn were together some days at a camp which they called 
' ' Camp Destruction, " on a tributary of Green River which then 
had no name, but which was later called Lynn Camp Creek. 
Nothing is said in this deposition to indicate that either Lynn 
or Severns was lost at the time they were at "Camp Destruc- 
tion" or that any searching party came for either of them. 

It is not improbable that the use of the name X^olynn began 
about the time that Lynn and Severns were at "Camp Destruc- 
tion." The name was not of sufficient notoriety in June. 1780, 
for the identification of land entries simply by describing the 
lands as "on Xolvnn Creek." (See Harrison vs. Deremiah, 2 
Bibb"s Ky. Reports, page 349). At that time the name Xolynn 
seems to have been applied only to the upper course of the 
stream, down to the mouth of South Fork. South Fork and the 
stream below its mouth constituted "Buffalo Creek," of which 
Nohim was a branch. In a deposition of an early surveyor, 
given in the year 1814. he states that he "came to the Valley" 



in 1780, and that as soon after as he had opportunity to become 
acquainted he found that the streams Nol^^nn, Middle Creek and 
Valley or Severns Valley were called b}' these names, respect- 

JSome of the old deeds show the name which we now know as 
Nolynn (or Nolin) with the spelling "Nole lin." 

Middle Creek was probably so called because it was half way 
between Lvnn's Knoll and Severns Vallev Creek. 

Nolynn, Lynn Camp, ^Middle Creek and Severns Valley Creek 
all received their names about the beginning of the year 1780, 
before Phillips' fort or Severns Valley Station had been estab- 
lished. Benjamin Lynn seems to have become an inhabitant of 
Phillips' fort. Possibly he was among the first who were there. 
As we have seen in the sketch of John LaRue (II.) ? he and John 
Garrard and LaRue went out from the Falls earlv in 1781 to 
make a settlement After leaving the fort, in which, it is said, 
"he raised up the church now called South Fork" (Spencer), 
he served for about fifteen years as pastor of several Separate 
Baptist churches on or near the Rolling Fork River. Later he 
moved to the southern border of the State, where his brother, 
AVilliam. had located. "Here he fell in with the 'Newlights,' 
under the leadership of Barton AV. Stone, and finally united 
with them. Some time after this he visited his old neighborhood, 
and went among the churches he had planted in Nelson and 
LaRue Counties, bv the members of which he had been o^reatlv 
beloved. But now that he had united with another sect, thev re- 
ceived him coldly. The old father was much mortified, and soon 
returned home. Not long after this, he went to give an account 
of his stewardship to the blaster in whose service he had spent 
many years of toil and danger." (Spencer, Vol. 1, page 17.) 

As late as July 31, 1802, at the third annual meeting of the 
Green River Association, held at ]\Iill Creek (now in Monroe 
County), "the famous Benjamin Lynn, the Daniel Boone of the 
Kentucky Baptists, was present * *= * an(j -^y^s invited to a 
seat in the body." (Spencer, Vol. 2, page 106). 



This little book has not been written as an addition to the 
hundreds of volumes which have already appeared bearing upon 
the life of the man who is now recognized as the outstanding 
figure of the nineteenth century, who was born and who spent 
more than seven vears in the immediate vicinitv of the homes. 

ft. « 

of the greater part of the numerous descendants of Isaac LaRue, 
Sr., who were alive one hundred years ago. 

The birth of a boy in a crude log cabin, that type of human 
habitation which, though now rare, was not uncommon in the 
Nolvnn Vallev in 1809, was not such an event as would occasion 
special note or comment. No star stood over the roof of the 
humble home of Thomas Lincoln on the bleak night of the twelfth 
of Februar}' in the year of Our I^ord, one thousand eight hun- 
dred and nine to point out, even to the wisest of men, that there, 
on a couch as uneasy as a Judean manager, lay a l)abe who was- 
te become the liberator of a race and the saviour of a Nation. 
The light of no star was needed to show to kindly neighbor 
women the path of duty which ended in ministering for the 
mother, whose suffering they themselves had known. 

Thomas Lincoln had been livinir on South Fork onlv a short 
time when his son Abraham was born. The father of Thomas, 
for whom the future President was named, was an early settler 
in that part of Nelson County which in the year 1792 became 
Washington Countv, where he was killed bv Indians at the time 
that the children of Isaac LaRue, Sr., were sheltered in Phillips^ 
fort on Nolynn. He left a considerable estate, for that time, the 
record of settlement of which is in the court house at Bardstown, 
the county seat of Nelson County. Nearly twenty A^ears after 
the death of his father, or, to be specific, on September 2, 1803, 
Thomas Lincoln purchased from Dr. John T. Slater, of Green 
County, Kentucky, a tract of 238 acres of land on Mill Creek, in 
Hardin Countv, which latter countv was also organized in the- 
year 1792 from a portion of the territory of Nelson. Whether 
Thomas Lincoln ever lived on this ^lill Creek farm, which was 
some eight or ten miles northwardly from Elizabethtown, the 
county seat of Hardin County, has not been definitely estab- 
lished. Not long after his marriage, in 1806, in Washington 
Countv, he moved to the vicinitv of Elizabethtown. where he 
remained until his removal to the log cabin on South Fork, which 
is about fourteen miles eastwardly from Elizabethtown. It is in 
that part of Hardin Count}' which in the year 1843 was organ- 
ized as the Countv of LaRue and so named in honor of the family 


The Lincoln Memorial Building- near Hodgenville, 
Kv. From "Souvenir of the Lincoln Farm," published 
and sold by Rev. L. A. Warren, of Elizabethtown, Ky. 




to whicli this book relates. From the South Fork home to Spring- 
field, the county seat of AVashino-ton County, near the site of 
which town Thomas Lincoln's father had settled, the distance 
is about forty miles. 

Why Thomas Lincoln was living in 1809 on a tract of land to 
which it does not appear he ever had any title, when at the same 
time he owned a considerable tract about twenty miles distant, 
for which he had paid a substantial sum six years before, and 
which was probably as g-ood as the farm on which he lived, has 
not been explained. There can be no reasonable doubt that on 
February 12, 1809, his home was on South Fork Creek, in the 
midst of scores of descendants of Isaac LaRue, Sr., who are 
mentioned in this book. 

Some reference to the established facts and the traditions as 
to the associations of the various members of the LaRue family 
and their connections witli the cliild Lincoln cannot fail to be 
of interest. 

^ At the time Abraliam Lincoln was born, a suit was pending 
in the courts of Hardin County, in which the plaintiff was 
Denton Geoghegan and the defendant was Thomas Lincoln, 
xVbraham's father. The controversy arose over a contract alleged 
by the plaintiff to have been made between Lincoln and Geoghe- 
gan, under which the fornif^r liad agreed to hew some logs for 
tlie latter. Geoghegan, claimiug that this work liad been im- 
properly done, sued Lincoln for damages. The case Avas com- 
promised and never ;ieard i]i court, and was dismissed at Geoghe- 
ean's costs, on .March 17, 1809, when Abraham Lincoln was .iust 
live weeks old. AVliih' Geoghegan himself was not related to the 
LaRues, his daughter, ]\Iargaret, was married, in 1823, to John 
Vertrees, a great-grandson of Isaac LaRue, Sr. (See YI. A g). 

Perhaps the association of the Lincoln name with that of 
-Abraham Enlow is more familiar than any other Lincoln story 
' connected with persons mentioned in this book. It has often 
been said, and may yet be believed by some persons, that Abra- 
ham Lincoln was named for Abraham Enlow. It Avould certainly 
be somewhat extraordinarv for a bov onlv sixteen vears of age 
to be considered worthy of such honor in preference to the de- 
ceased grandfather of the infant. Abraham Enlow was born 
January 26, 1793, and died December 14, 1861, as shown by the 
inscription on his graATstone in Red Hill Cemetery at Hodgen- 
ville. His name and those of the other children of Isom Enlow 
and Mary, his Avife (formerly LaRue) appear in this book fol- 
loAA^ing the list of the children of John LaRue (II.), the first 
husband of this MarA'. 



The most credible and probably the true story of the con- 
nection of Abraham Enlow's name with that of Abraham Lincoln 
concerns his mother, r\Iary Enlow, as well as himself. This storj^ 
has long been current in the region Avhere Lincoln was born. 
The writer has recentl}' heard it in full from the lips of Mr. 
Robert Enlow, late Representative _of LaRue County in the Ken- 
tucky General Assembly, who has resided in this county all his 
life and whose ancestors were among the old settlers in the com- 
jnunity. He is a son of the late Rev. Robert Enlow, who was a 
son of Abraham Enlow. The story as repeated by Robert Enlow 
came to him through his mother and his grandmother. It is as 
follows: On the morning of the 12th of February, 1809, 
Abraham Enlow was sent from his father's home, which was 
located a mile east of the site of the present town of Hodgenville, 
to the Kirkpatrick mill, located three miles southwest of the 
same place. As the road then ran it passed near the Lincoln 
home. On the way, the l)oy, on horseback, Avith a bag of grain, 
met Thomas Lincoln walking. He was informed by Lincoln 
that he (Lincoln) was starting to get Mrs. Enlow, Abraham's 
mother, to come to his house to be with his wife, who was sick. 
The skill of Marv Enlow on such an occasion as was at hand was 
well known to the people of the neighborhood. In all probability 
there Avas no regular doctor of medicine nearer than Elizabeth- 
town. The, Abraham, seeing the urgency of the case, 
suggested to Mr. Lincoln that he return home, then, taking the 
bag off the horse, he went back, and brought his mother to the 
Lincoln cabin, arriving in ample time for her to render material 
assistance. When the newlv born bov was given the name Abra- 
ham the neighbors thought and said that it was in recognition 
of this act of kindness of Abraham Enlow to the father. None 
of these neighbors knew that Abraham was an old name in the 
Lincoln familv. 

Two of tlie nearest neighbors of Thomas Lincoln in the year 
1809 were Conrad Walters, Jr., and Jacob Keith. Conrad Wal- 
ters' wife was Margaret LaRue (II. D), a daughter of Mary 
Enlow (formerly LaRue"). who, as has been indicated, was the 
chief attendant on Nancy Hanks Lincoln at the time of the birth 
of her son Al)ra]iam. Jacob Keith's wife Avas Rebecca Hodgen 
(VI. F), a daughter of Robert and Sarah Hodgen, consequently 
a cousin of ^Margaret Walters. Thev Avere both A'oung Avomen 
in 1809, but l)oth had children at that time. According to re- 
ports, much stroncrer than tradition, both these younger AA^omen, 
Margaret Walters and Rebecca Keith, AA'ere in the Lincoln home 
on the day Avhen Abraham Avas born. At present it may seem 



strange that so many visitors should be present at such a time. 
Conditions, as well as customs, have changed. Services required 
in times of illness which are now performed by trained nurses 
and "hired help'' a hundred years ago were regarded by our 
Kentucky forefathers as the duties of neighbors, neglect of 
which was just cause for reproach. 

Evidence, in the form of affidavits, as to the presence of both 
Rebecca Keith and Margaret Walters in the home of Thomas 
Lincoln on February 12, 1809, was gathered several years ago, 
at the time when citizens of Washington County were claiming 
that Abraham Lincoln was born in that county and not in the 
countv of LaRiie. In addition to these affidavits, the writer has 
had verbal statements to the same effect from credible persons. 
As to Rebecca Keith, her grandson, Mr. William Dale Keith, 
(VI. F c 5), of Buffalo, Kentucky, who is one of the best citizens 
of LaRue County, and who was old enougli to perform his full 
dutv as a soldier for the Union in the Civil War, recentlv m- 
formed the writer that his father ( who was born in 1807 and 
died in 1881) told him that his (the father's) mother, this 
Rebecca, had often said that she was at the home of her neighbor, 
Nancv Hanks Lincoln, on the dav of the birth of her son, Abra- 
ham. The Keith home was only three-quarters of a mile from 
the Lincoln cabin. 

As may be seen in the sketch of Margaret Walters (II. D), 
she was tlie youngest child of Jolm LaRue (II.) and Mary, his 
wife, who was afterward ]\Iarv Enlow. ^lariraret was born in 
1789, married Conrad Walter.s. Jr., September 11, 1804, and 
settled on South Fork Creek, about a mile south of the Lincoln 
P'arm, where she continued to live until her death, which occur- 
red October 26, 1864. When Lincoln was elected President, and 
for more than a quarter of a century afterward, the place now 
known as the Lincoln Farm, on which Abraham Lincoln was 
born, was owned and occupied by Richard Creal and his family. 
His son. Hon. R. W. Creal. the present Judge of the LaRue 
Countv Court, now (in 1921) cnnsiderablv more than seventv 
years of age, informs the writer that some time about the begin- 
ning of the Civil War, Margaret ^\'alters, then an old woman 
and using a crutch as she walked, spent a day with his mother's 
familv in the Creal house, which vet stands near the entrance 
of the Lincoln Farm While there that day. Margaret Walters, 
with the informant, R. W. Creal, who was then a boy. went back 
to the Lincoln spring, and she pointed out to him the exact site 
of the Lincoln cabin (which had been previously removed to 
another farm near by), and told him that she was in the cabin 



on the day that Abraham Lincoln was born. No one who knew 
Margaret wonld question her veracity. 

It will be noted that neither of these women seems to say. 
what was the occasion of her presence at the Lincoln home on 
February 12, 1809, or whether they were there before or after 
the birth of the child. AYe may assume that at least one of them 
staved with Mrs. Lincoln while Thomas Lincoln was absent to 
secure the services of Mary Enlow. 

These are the principal stories or traditions that have come 
doAvn with reference to the connection of any members of the 
LaRue family with the Lincolns while the latter lived on South 

When Abraham Lincoln was four or five j^ears old, his father 
removed to a place on Knob Creek which by a direct course is 
something like five miles oastwardly from Hodgenville. Two 
hundred acres of the Mill Creek farm were sold by Thomas 
Lincoln to Charles Milton, about the time of this removal. The 
deed showing the transfer of this land is recorded in the office 
of the Clerk of the Hardin County Court. The signature of 
Nancy Hanks Lincoln on this deed is by mark. No record of 
conveyance of the remaining thirty-eight acres of the Mill Creek 
land has been found. The deed which Dr. Slater made to Thomas 
Lincoln in 1803 was not taken out of the office of the Hardin 
County Court Clerk until 1814. On the margin of the record of 
this deed, in Deed Book B, pasre 258, is the following entry: 
'^814, April 23rd. Delivered to Thos. Lincoln." 

There is no record that Thomas Lincoln ever purchased the 
land on Knob Creek, to which he removed. He might have held 
it under a ''title bond," that is, an obligation on the part of the 
holder of the legal title to convey upon demand or upon certain 
conditions, a common form of evidence of sale of real estate in 
Kentuckv in the earlv davs. He listed this land for taxation 
while he lived upon it. and therefore must have had some claim 
to it. It was while he lived on the Knob Creek place that 
Thomas Lincoln was appointed ''surveyor" (or, as we usuall}^ 
say, overseer) of the road that passed near his residence. The 
order appointing him is of record in the office of the Clerk of 
the Hardin Count}' Court in iMinute Book C, page 311. It is as 
follows : 

'■Monday, ^lav 13, 1816. Ordered that Thomas Lincoln be and he 
is hereby ajopointed surveyor of the part of the road leading from 
Xolin to Bardstown Ayhich lies between the Big Hill and the Rolling 
Fork, in place of George Redman, and that all the hands tliat as- 
sisted the said Redman do assist the said Lincoln in keeping the 
said road in repair.*' 



The "Big Hill" referred to in this order is the range of 
small mountains ^vhich we know as Muldraugh Hills. Thomas 
Lincoln's section of the road was not more than four miles long. 

When the Lincolns Jived on the Knob Creek place they were 
out of the immediate neigliborhood in which were the homes of 
the LaRues and their connections. However, as Abraham Lin- 
coln rapidly grew he began to make trips from his father's home 
to Hodgen's grist mill. Austin Gollaher, who has been referred 
to in many books and magazine articles relating to the early 
life of Lincoln, and who was a near neighbor to the Lincoln 
family while t]ie latter lived on Knob Creek, and who was the 
last survivor of the Kentucky schoolmates of the War President, 
stated to many persons and on various occasions, prior to his 
death, about twenty-five years ago, that Mrs. Hodgen took great 
interest in "little Abe" and in different ways encouraged and 
assisted him in his first efforts to get an education. While due 
allowance must always be made for stories of Lincoln's child 
life, as well as for many connected with his later days, it is by no 
means improbable that there is some truth in this repeated state- 
ment of Gollaher. Mrs. Sarah Hodgen (VL), formerly Sarah 
LaRue. came into possession of the Hodgen mill under the pro- 
visions of the will of her husband, Robert Hodgen, who died in 
February, 1810, and continued to be its proprietor until her 
death, fifteen years later. It is not unreasonable to suppose, as 
is said bv tradition, that the bov Abraham Lincoln was often 
sent from his Knob Creek home to Hodgen's mill with corn w^hich 
was to be ground into meal at this mill. While necessarily 
awaiting his "turn," nothing would have been more natural 
than for him to be in the home of the owner of the mill, which 
stood near at hand. Once in that home, he could scarcely have 
failed to attract the kindly attention of the mistress of the house, 
who had several sons of her own and the youngest of whom was 
already almost a young man. 

From the best available evidence, Thomas Lincoln appears 
to have left LaRue (then Hardin) Countv for the State of 
Indiana near the end of the vear 1816. His son Abraham was 
then almost eight years old. Never afterward did he see the 
place of his birth. 

When Lincoln had been nominated for the Presidency, Samuel 
Haycraft. a prominent citizen of Hardin County, who had 
served for years as Clerk of the courts of that county, recalling 
the residence of Thomas Lincoln in Elizabethtown, wrote a letter 
to Abraham Lincoln in which it seems he suggested that he be- 
lieved the latter was born in that town. On May 28, I860, Mr. 



Lincoln replied to this letter. He said to Mr. Haycraft: "I 
know very well who you are — so well that I recognized your 
handwriting, on opening your letter, before I saw your signa- 
ture/' Answering the query as to the place of his birth, Mr. 
Lincoln wrote, as shown by f ac-simile of this letter : ' ' I was born 
Februar}' 12. 1809, near where Hogginsville now is, then in 
Hardin Count}'." The spelling of the name of the town near 
which he was born, as shown in this letter of Lincoln's, is 
phonetic, by giving the soft sound to the two g's. The first 
syllable of the word Hodgen, as the word is spoken in Kentucky, 
rhymes with dodge. Therefore Mr. Lincoln's spelling of the 
name of the town in this letter is the exact equivalent in sound 
with Hodge nsville, as the word used to be written by some and 
as it was spoken by even more. Lincoln wrote just as he remem- 
bered the sound of a name from his childhood. 

In another letter to Mr. Haycraft, dated June 4, 1860, Mr. 
Lincoln said: "The place on Knob Creek, mentioned by Mr. 
Read, I remember very well; but I was not born there. As my 
parents have told me, I was born on Nolin, very much nearer 
Hodgen "s Mill than the Knob Creek place is. My earliest recol- 
lection, however, is of the Knob Creek place. ' ' 

Dr. Jesse Rodman, of Hodgenville, went to Washington near 
the close of the Civil War to see the President in regard to the 
quota of LaRue County under a draft which had been made. 
President Lincoln received him and conversed with him freely. 
He said to Dr. Rodman that the two objects in LaRue County 
which were most impressed upon his memory were a big tree 
that was somewhere on South Fork and the "Stone House." 
The quaint dwelling, situated two miles east of Hodgenville, 
which was erected about the year 1800, with limestone walls so 
thick as to be suggestive of a fortification, is yet well known to 
the people of the locality by the same name which had lingered in 
the mind of President Lincoln. He probably saw it often in his 
childhood as he travelled between the Knob Creek home and 

Hodgen 's mill. 

In the election of 1860, less than half a dozen votes were cast 
in LaRue County for the electors of the candidate who was born 
within her borders. But when the war came on, by far the 
greater number of the young men from that county who became 
soldiers were enlisted on the side of the Union. While of the de- 
scendants of Isaac LaRue. Sr., many were brave officers and 
soldiers in the armv of the Confederacv, the maioritv of his sons 
who went out from LaRue County fought under the Stars and 



The division of the stalwart sons of Isaac LaRue, Senior, 
into hostile camps, when our AVar of Secession came on, was a 
tragedy over wliich men and angels may weep. Occupying the 
border land between the North and the South, some of these sons 
espou>sed the cause of the Confederacy, while many others en- 
tered the ranks of the armv for the Union. As shown in this 
outline, in some instances brother fought against brother. 

On the Confederate side, one of the LaRue descendants rose 
to the rank of Brigadier General and fell on the field of battle. 
Another was a Confederate ]\Iajor, and many more held inferior 
commissions or served in the ranks of the Southern armv. On 
the side of the Union, a LaRue descendant was about to be made 
a Colonel when he was elected to the Federal Congress, and there 
were Captains and Lieutenants from Isaac LaRue 's descendants 
in sufficient numbers to officer a regiment, and probably enlisted 
men enough to form two full companies. This unhappy disrup- 
tion resulted in estrangements which a full quarter of a centur}^ 
scarcely served to obliterate. But in the "War with Spain and in 
the World AVar, the sons of those who were in opposing armies 
in the War of the Confederacy fought side by side under the 
flag of a united countrv. 

The "bovs'' of 1861 are no more. Manv of the descendants 
of Isaac LaRu^ who responded bravely to the call to arms did 
not come home when the Southern sword was surrendered at 
Appomattox. Of those who returned, the great majority have 
since responded to the roll call of the common Army of the Dead. 
"By the flow of the inland river, 

Whence the fleets of iron have fled, 
Where the blades of grave grass quiver, 

Asleep are the ranks of the dead. 
Under the sod and the dew, 

Waiting the Judgment Day, — 
Under the one, the Blue, 
Under the other, the Gray. 


No more shall the war-crv sever, 

Nor the winding river be red; 
They banish our anger forever 

When they laurel the graves of our dead. 
Under the sod and the dew. 

Waiting the Judgment Day. — 
Love and tears for the Blue. 

Tears and love for the Grav. " 

(End of ''Six Generations.") 



The first six of the following seven depositions of Squire 
Boone are recorded in the office of the Clerk of Hardin County 
Court in a book marked ' ' The Boone Book ; ' ' the last is from a 
copy made by Mrs. Emily C. Ellis from original in the hands of 
John James LaRue, of Rippon, West Virginia. 


"Be it remembered that we. Charles Helm and Samuel Hay- 
craft, Commissioners, being- appointed by the County Court of 
Hardin for the Express purpose of perpetuating testimony which 
may tend to establish & identify the special calls in an Entry of 
land for 8000 acres made in the name of James Larue on a small 
branch of Xolin k'non- bv the Xame of Sandv, in the County afore- 
said, have met on the sixth day of September, 1797, agreeable to 

an order, on the premises, to business, between the hours of 

twelve and six. and proceed to business, and for good cause ad- 
journed till the next day, whereon the said Isaac Larue, attorney 
in fact for James Larue, comes to us and sheweth to us and de- 
scribes the specialty of his call, and further being required of us, 
his witnesses, he bringeth Squire Boon, who, being ready to testify 
on oath that he made or caused to be made the Entry aforesaid 

in the year . Then we the Commissioners calling aloud 

requiring any person or persons having any claim or question to 
ask to come forward, no person appearing, have proceeded to 
Qualify the aforesaid ^^"itness, and on his Deposition sayeth that 
he hath neither Claim nor Interest in Establishing the aforesaid 
Entry and it will be neither loss o)' gain whether the said Entry 
of Land is lost or gained, and sayeth in the year 1778 he was passing 
through the Country from Cumberland to Kentucky, passed through 
this Identical Land on wliich he said is made, and when opportu- 
nity admitted I made said Entry. And furtlier saveth not. 

Given under my liand tliis first day above written. 

Squire Boon. 

C. Helm. 

S. Haycraft." 


''Be it remembered that we. the aforesaid Commissioners, agree- 
able to an order of the aforesaid Court of the aforesaid County, 
attemh'd on the seventli of Septemljer. 1707, on tlie premises called 
' for in an Entry of Land made in the name of John Larue, contain- 

ing one thousand acres, at a large spring running into Xolin in 
sd. County aforesaid, then and there proceeded to business (to wit) 
Isaac Larue, agent for John Larue, deceased, cometli and sheweth 
unto us and describes the specialty of liis call and bringeth forward 
Squire Boone as a witness to testify the same, and being ready to 

make oath that in the year 1780 and in tlie montli of he 

made tlie aforesaid Entry, then and there we called for any person 



or persons having any claim or claims on said land to come forward 
ancl make such enquiry as thought necessary in such cases, no per- 
son coming forward, have proceeded to tender the oath as the law 
directs to aforesaid witness, which is as followeth. the deponent first 
declaretli that he hath neither claim or interest in the above men- 
tioned Entrv and it would neither add nor diminish aavthingr to 

him whether the proprietor has his lost the same or not. 

He also sayeth that in the year 1779 he passed through the said 
Land on which the said Entry is made and being in company with 
Daniel Whitaker and Joseph Anderson. I then saw the spring on 
which the specialty of the Entry is established. And further sayeth 

Given under my liand this day and date first above written. 

Squire Boone. 

S. Haycraft, 
Charles Helm." 


"Be it remembered, that we, ^Moses Pigg and Samuel Bush, Com- 
missioners, being appointed by the County Court of Hardin for the 
Express purpose of perpetuating testimony which may tend to 
establisli the special call in and Entry of Land of ()250 acres made 
in the name of Isaac Larue, senr., below the mouth of Beech fork 
adjoining Underwood entry in tlie said County aforesaid, having 
met on the said premises on the thirteenth day of September, 1797, 
agreeable to an order of Court for the purpose, and proceeded to 
business, wherein Isaac Larue, Junr.. cometh and sheweth unto us 
and here describes the specialty of his call, and being furtlier re- 
quired of us his witnesses he bringeth forward Squire Boone, who 
being readv to testifv on oath that the Land whereon we were was 
the entered land on which the aforesaid Isaac Larue's Entry spe- 
cially called for, then we the Commissioners being on the premises, 
calling for any person or persons having any pretentions to said 
premises or having questions to ask the witness present or any just 
cause to validate his testimony to come forward, no person appear- 
ing, we proceeded as the law directs in such cases to the 

above witness, wliich is as followeth, to wit, the deponent declareth 
in establishing the foregoing Entry will be neither loss nor gain to 
him and further sayeth in the year 1779 he was passing through 
this way and saw this Land and when he had opportunity ordered 
62o0 acres to be entered in the name of Isaac Larue, vSenr. And 
further sayeth that to the best of his knowledge this place is part of 
the same. And further sayeth not. 
Given under my hand this 13th day of September, 1797. 

Squire Boone. 

Moses Pigg, 
Samuel Bush." 


'•Be it remembered that we, Samuel Havcraft and Charles Helm, 
Commissioners, being appointed by the County Court of Hardin for 
the Express purpose of perpetuating testimony which may tend to 



establish the special call in and Entry of Land of 3335 acres made 
in the name of Isaac Larue, senr,, adjoining an Entry made in a 
grove, supposed to be about ten miles distance from the Blue Ball 
and near the road leading to Hardin's settlement, in the name of 
Edward Bulger in the sd. County aforesaid, havinof met on the 

CD ». - C 

ninth day of September, 1797, agreeable to order of Court for that 
purpose, on the premises, and proceeded to business, whereon Isaac 
Larue, Junr., agent for Isaac Larue, Senr,, dec'd, cometh and 
sheweth unto us and here describes the specialty of his call and 
being further requested of us his witness he bringeth forward 
Squire Boone, who being ready to testify on oath that the Grove 
that was shown to us was the Identical Grove on which the fore- 
going Entry was made, on which the sd. Larue's entry specially 
calls for, tlien we the Commissioners, being on the aforesaid prem- 
ises, calling for any person or persons having any pretentions to 
said premises or having questions to ask the witness now present 
or any just cause to validate his testimony to come forward, and 
no one appearing, we proceeded to tender the oath as the law directs 
in such cases to the above mentioned witness, wliich is as followeth, 
to wit, the deponent being sworn declareth that in establishing the 
foregoing entry will be neither loss or gain to him, and further 

saith that in the 1780, to the best of his knowledge, he 

passed through the premises above mentioned with a number of 
others in company and discovered the Grove described in the fore- 
going Entry known by the name of Bulger's Grove, from thence he 
became much better acquainted with the same, and in the year 1783 
tlie entry of said Larue icas by my directions and adjoining the 
same, and further witness saveth not. 

Given under my hand, this 9th day of September, 1797. 

Squire Boone. 


S. Haycraft, 
Charles Helm." 


"Be it remembered, that we, Cliarles Helm and Samuel Hay- 
craft, Commissioners, being appointed by the County Court of 
Hardin for the Express purpose of perpetuating testimony which 
may establish the special call in an Entrj^ of 5000 acres made in 
the name of James Larue, adjoining Josepli Helm's 1000 acre entry 
made to include a spriner at tlie head of Doe Run. which runs into 
the Ohio Hiver in the sd. County of Hardin, having met on the 8th 
day of September, 1797, agreeable to order of Court, on the premises, 
and proceeded to business, wherein Isaac Larue, agent for James 
Larue, comctli and shewetli unto us and here describeth the specialty 
of his call, and being furtlier requested of us his witness he bringeth 
forward Squire Boone, who being ready to testify on oath that the 
spring shown to us was the Identical spring called for in Josepli 
HeJmses Entry which the said Larue's Entry specially calls for, 
then we the Commissioners calling for any person or persons having 
any pretentions to sd. premises or liaving any question to ask the 
deponent now present, and no one appearing.* we proceeded to tender 
the oath as the law describes to the above mentioned witness, which 
is as followeth, to wit, the deponent being sworn declareth he hath 



neither part nor lot in the aforesaid Land or premises on which the 
foregoing entry is made, also sayeth that in the year 1778 he was 
passing through this way, being in company with a certain John 
McKenney, and discovered the spring wliicli the said Helm's Entry 
calls for, and that he hath frequented the same sundry times since 
that time and in the year 1780 he made an entry on same for sd. 
Joseph Helms, and further sayeth that to the best of his knowledge 
it is the spring which the said Larue calls for in his Entry, and 
further sayeth not. 

Given under my hand this 8th day of September, 1797. 

Squire Boone. 

S. Hayckaft, 

Charles Helm."' j 


"Be it remembered, that we Samuel Haycraft & Charles Helm, 
Commissioners, being appointed by the County Court of Hardin for 
the Express purpose of Perpetuating Testimony which may tend 
to establish tlie special calls in an entry of Land of 6000 acres en- 
tered in the name of John Larue upon the Ohio River below the 
mouth of Doc Run »i: opposite the Black Uak Grove in the said 
County of Hardin & have met on the sixteenth day of April, 1799, 
agreeable to order of Court, on the premises & proceeded to busi- 
ness, where Isom Enlows. Guar, of the heirs of John Larue, dec'd, 
comes to us & sheweth to us & here describes the specialty of his 
call & being furtlier requested of us his witness he bringetli forward 
Squire Boone, who being ready to testify on oath that the premises 
shown to us was the Identical place called for in which the foregoing 
Entry specially calls — then we the Commissioners calling aloud 
for any person or persons having any claim to the premises or having 
any (juestions to ask the witness now present or any such other 
thing to do as may tend to validate the testimony of our witness 
to come forward, no one appearing, we proceeded to tender the oath 

as the law directs in that case, which is as follows (to wit) 

who on his oath saitli he directed tlie making of the forecfoinj? 
Entry himself in January tlie third, 1783, on the Identical piece of 
Land now shown & further sayeth tliat the Grove now known by 
the name of Hill Grove — wliich I called tlie Black Oak Grove, and 
further sayeth that the Run now known by the name of Doe Run 
was the Run which I entered for the said Entry to bind on, intend- 
ing the said Entry to begin on the River bank below the mouth of 

the said Run and run up the River & include the h and out 

from the River to include the quantity, & further sayeth not. 

Squire Booxe." 

"Shelby County. Set. 

In pursuance to a warrant to us Directed from the Worshipful 
County Court of Shelby, we have this 26 Day of Sept. 1797, below 
the mouth of Lick Creek at the Beginning corner of John Larue's 
5000 acre entry 'running down the river for quantity, and have 
caused Squire Boone to come before us. who. being of full age and 
duelhf sworn, deposeth and saith. that this icJiare we now are is the 



moutli of Drinnons Creek called for in the 5000 acre entry made 
in the name of John Larue, to begin at the first vacant land below 
the mouth of Drinnons Lick Creek and further saith not. 

Squire Boone." (Seal.) 

Above deposition (Xo. 7), certified by George Wilcox and 
John ATarford, on September 26, 1797, and they further certify 
that ' ' we saw three of the Kentucky Gazettes in which the claim 
was advertised." 




Following are the principal land grants to various members 
of the LaRue family, as shown by the records of the Land Office 
at Frankfort : 

To Isaac LaRue — 

By the State of Virginia — 300 acres in Jefferson County. 

Bv the State of Kentucky — In Mercer County, 6,348 acres ; 18 
acres ; 1,000 acres ; 9 acres ; 230 acres. In Nelson County, 
6,250 acres. In Jefferson County, eight (8) grants of 
1,000 acres each. In Shelby County, 4,0-1:0 acres; 5,000 
acres. In Hardin County, 835^/^ acres ; 400 acres ; 2,000 
acres ; 4,600 acres ; 2,000 acres. 

To THE Heirs of John LaRue (II.) — 

By the State of Virginia — Eight (8) grants of 1,000 acres each, 
in Jeffer.son Count v. 


Bv the State of Kentucky — In Jefferson County, 21,000 acres. 

• ft. ft ^ 7 

In Shelby County, 80Q acres : 272 acres ; 5,000 acres ; two 
(2) entries of 2,864 acres each; 2,000 acres. In Hardin 
County, 79 acres; 20 acres; 100 acres; 100 acres; 80 acres; 
100 acres; 50 acres; 1,000 acres; 150 acres; 100 acres. 

To Jacob LaRue (I.) — 

By the State of Kentucky — In Jefferson County, 9,393 acres; 
8,607 acres. In Mercer County, 5,000 acres ; 1,536 acres ; 
300 acres. In Hardin County, 1,000 acres; 179 acres; 121 

To James LaRue (IX.) — 

By the State of Virginia — Two (2) tracts of 2,500 acres each, 

in Jefferson County. 
By the State of Kentucky — In Shelby County, 700 acres; 400 

acres ; 5,000 acres ; 300 acres. In Hardin County, two 

(2) tracts of 4,000 acres each; 300 acres; 700 acres; 1,000 

acres; 200 acres. 

To Jabez LaRue (X.) — 

By the State of Virginia — In Jefferson County, 500 acres ; 1,050 

By the State of Kentucky — In Jeft'erson County, 400 acres; 

1,000 acres. In Hardin County, 2,000 acres. 




Following are the names of the heirs of Jabez LaRue (X.), 
son of Isaac LaRne, Senior, as set out in the suit filed in the 
year 1824. to settle the estate of decedent Jabez LaRue, who left 
no children. These names are taken from warning order to 
non-resident defendants, dated January 24, 1824, signed ''James 
Keith, C. F. C." 

"Virginia, To Wit: 

At a Court held for Frederick Coimty, the 5th day of January, 

(IX.) Samuel Larue, John B. Larue, Phebe Larue, and Clarissa 
Larue, children, heirs and legal representatives of James Larue, 

(Y.) Mary Harris, a sister of said Jabez Larue, deceased, 

(VII.) Henry Clay, Margaret, his wife, late Margaret Helm, 
daughter and heiress of Rel)ecca Helm, formerly Rebecca Larue, 
another sister of said Jabez Larue, dec'd, 

(VIII.) Thomas Neill and Phebe. his wife, a daughter of Sam- 
uf'l Larue, brother of said Jabez Larue, dec'd, 

(IV.) Abraham, Lambert and Isaac Larue, sons of Elizabeth 
Larue, dec'd, a sister of said Jabez Larue, dec'd, and Mary Ann 
Chambers and Xancy, Eliza, Susan, John, Lambert and George 
Wasliington Larue, children and heirs of Jacob Larue, dec'd, an- 
other son of said Elizabeth Larue, dec'd, and Chambers, hus- 
band of said Mary Ann Chambers, and Elizabeth, Abagail, Jabez 
Medley, children of Phebe Medley, dec'd, formerly Phebe Larue, 
daughter of said Elizabeth Larue, dec'd. and William Medley, hus- 
band of said Phebe Medley: James McMahon and Sarah, his wife, 
anotlier daughter of said Elizabeth Larue, dec'd, and 

(X.) Frances Larue, widow of said Jabez Larue, dec'd, 



(I.) William (Brooks) Larue and Jacob (Warren) Larue, 
children of Isaac Larue, dec'd, a son of Jacob Larue, dec'd, brother 
of Jabez Larue, dec'd, William, Jacob, Samuel, James, Morgan & 
Jesse, sons of said Jacob Larue, dec'd, John McDonald and Mary, 

his wife, daughter of , George Rust and Hannah, his wife, 

a daughter of said Jacob Larue, dec'd, William liusang, husband of 
Plu-lu' li\if<(in(j. another daughter of said Jacob Larue, dec'd, and 
Jesse, William. Mary, Catharine. Jacob, Phebe and Thomas Busang, 
and Hannah Jenkins, late Hannah Busang, children and heirs of 
the said Phebe, and John Jenkins, husband of the said Hannah 
Jenkins, and 

(VI.) Isaac. John, Jacob, James and Samuel Hodgen, and 
Margaret Yertries, late ^Margaret Hodgen. and Phebe Larue, late 
Phebe Hodgen, and Rebecca Keith, children and co-heirs (with 
Sarah Larue, dec'd, formerly Sarah Hodgen, and Elizabeth Winter- 



smith, dec'd, late Elizabeth Hodgen) of Sarah Hodgen, dec'd, an- 
other sister of said Jabez Larue, dec'd, Jacob Larue, husband of 
said Phebe Larue, Jacob Keith, husband of said Rebecca Keith, 
and Jacob, Mary, Elizabeth, Phebe, Robert, William and Sarah 
Larue, children and heirs of said Sarah Larue, dec'd, late Sarah 
Hodgen, and William Larue, her husband, and Horatio G. Winter- 
smith, husband of said Elizabeth Wintersmith, dec'd, and Charles, 
Mary, Robert and Sarah Wintersmith, her cliildren and heirs, 

(II.) Rebecca Helm, late Rebecca Larue, Squire Larue, Phebe 
Larue and Margaret Walters, children and heirs of John Larue, 
dec'd, another brother of said Jabez Larue, dec'd, and James Larue, 
husband of said Phebe Larue, and Conrad Walters, husband of 
said Margaret Walters, and 

(III.) Jabez Larue, John Larue, Joseph Larue, Squire Larue, 
Elizabeth Larue, and Phebe Alexander, children and heirs of Isaac 
Larue, dec'd, another brother of said Jabez Larue, dec'd ******* 


Above followed by order warning the defendants to appear 
and defend action. 

It may be noted that two of the daughters of Jacob LaRue 
(I.), Deidamia LaRue Hodgen (I. K) and Sarah LaRue (I. M), 
were not named in the warning order. This, of course, was an 
error on tlie part of the draftsman of the declaration or of the 
Clerk of the court. 

The Roman numerals above correspond with the ke}' number 
sections in this book under which the respective persons or 
groups may be found. 





Some Living Descendants. 


We are the children of the dead. 

Beyond tlie doors of Heaven's blue 

Brave souls expei-t us to be true. 
Who knows how nianv tears thev shed 

When one of us shall walk astray? 

Who knows tlie words of praise tliey say 
When one of us upon the earth 
Shall justify his hour of birtli? 

We follow them who lived l^efore. 

Because they lived we now have life 

And stren«jjth to meet its time of strife. 
For us tliey opened wide the door, 

Be(jueathed to us all things they learned. 

T^eft ;:uideposts on tlie roads they turned, 
And to the l)est tliat they euuM kiiDW. 
Pointed tile wav for us to no. 

The dead have sun*; the songs we sing, 
Have loved these roses and the dew 
And smiled Iteiieath our >kies of Ijlue, 

Seen the swift swallows on the wing. 
And hoped as we are hoping here. 
Toiled at their tasks from year to year — 

That We will) Were eome to Ijirth 

Should find a kindlier, richer earth. 

We are the living now, and vet 

Soon we must go to join the vast 
Uncounted army of the past 

On whom the sun of life has set. 

And like our dead, whose young we are, 
Our influence shall travel far — 

Behind us countless ages stay. 

To learn from us the better wav. 

{Copyright. Edgar A. Guest.) 
(Used by permission.) 


OTIi> M. MATHEIi. April. 1921. 



The following list includes only a small part of the living adult de- 
scendants of persons named in this book, with present or recent addresses. 
Wliere a name is followed by year (for example, 1917). the meaning is 
that the person named has not been heard from by the writer since the 
year indicated. The list is in the same order as the ancestors are shown 
in this book, the key numbers appearing over each group of names repre- 
senting the last ancestor of that particular group. The small figures fol- 
io winj^ names show the number of generations from the respective persons 
indicated to the ancestors represented by the key numbers above. 

I. B d 2. 

Miss Delia Churchill', Chicago. 111. 
Mrs. LaRue Barkelev*. Chicajro. 111. 

I. 1? d :{. 

Mrs. Lou Twvman'. H«Kl«renville. Kv. 

Mrs. Charles A. (Willie) Huinplirey', Louisville. Ky. 

Mrs. CharU'S J. (Sadie) IIul)b:inl-. Hodgenvilh-. Ky. 

Samuel Robertson*. r)maha. Neb. 

Mrs. Mary E. Ruf..rd'. The Cairo, Washington. D. C. 

A. v. Knlow', Hodgi'nville. Ky. 

1. i: d S. 

J. Rogers fJore', Louisville, Kv. 
Mrs. C. H. Brown', St. Joseph* Mo. 
Miss Rose Rogers', Welliugt<>n. Kan. 

I. C ! 1. 

John I). Crady'. Athertonville. Ky. 

W»M».l Crady* (with l\iJeral Cheniiial Co. i , Louisville, Ky. 

Walter Crady* (with Price Chemieal Co.). Louisville. Ky. 

Beaven Cradv*. Lvons. Kv. 

W. S. Cratly*. Lyoux, Ky. 

Mrs. B. A. Mk-t. r'. Kv. 

Mrs. E. W. Cr.-aP. lb..|.j.-iiville. Ky. 

T. C d .'). 

Riehard Rust'. R. R.. Y i, Ky. 

Henrv IFarned*. R. R.. hi /a -ti :iL"\n n. Kv. 
Chari.- Harned*, R. R.. HodgenviHe. Ky. 

I. D b 4. 

H. W. LaRue' (Secretarv Continental Insurance Co.). Chicago, 111. 
Mrs. Katie Whitfield'. Chicago. 111. 
Miss Xorma LaRue', Cliicayo. 111. 

I. D 

i> o. 

J. T. Cresap*. Elizabethtown, Ky. 

I^Rue Cresap'. Elizabethtown. Ky. 

Mrs. Brooks Ament'. Elizabethtown. Ky. 

Mrs. Horace (vStanlev) Havs'. Elizabethtown. Kv. 

^Irs. Robert Green'. Weissinger-Gaulbert Building. Louisville. Kv. 



I. D b 6. 

Mrs. A. C. Hodgen\ Russellville, Ky. 
Mrs. S. C. Leedom\. Russellville. Ky. 
Mrs. J. J. Xorton^ Louisville, Ky. 

I. F a 2. 

C. Lee LeKueV. 1800 Franklin Street, San Francisco, Calif. 
John Pv. LaRue^ Sacramento, Calif. 

I. F a 3. 

Hugh W. LaRue\ Fresno, Calif. 

Edwin H. LaRue^ Fresno, Calif. 

Samuel R. LaRue\. Malaga. Calif. (Rancher.) 

Mrs. Thomas (Paulina) Sriscoe^ Fresno. Calif. 

Mrs. G. E. (Mattie) Tufts^. Fresno, Calif. 

Mrs. G^eorge S. Lilburn^. Fresno, Calif. 

Bradshaw LaRue*, Sanger, Calif. 

Mrs. J. W. (Lola) Porter^ Berkeley, Calif. 

I. F a 4. 

Gustavus L. LaRue\. San Francisco, Calif. 

Jacob Hodgen LaRue^. Dimeba, Tulare Co., Calif. 

Charles S. LaRue\ Dimeba. Calif. 

Mrs. E. 0. (Margaret) Hile\ Loveland, Colo. 

Thomas L. LaRue\ Bowles. Fresno Co., Calif. 

I. Fa o. 

Oscar H. Durrett\ R. F. D.. Canton. Mo. 

Jacob L. Durrett^, Reno, Nevada. 

Charles W. Durrett'. Keokuk. Iowa. 

Mrs. Joseph L. (Mary) WhiteS Tulia, Texas. 

I. F a 6. 

Jacob W. DurrettV. Lewistown. Mo. 
Miss Mary Elizabeth Durrett\ R. R.. Canton. Mo. 
Mrs. James H. (Mattie) Clav', Shelbvville. Mo. 
Mrs. Charles W. (Mattie) Baley', Canton, Mo. 

I. F c L 

William (). Thomas'. Hodgenville. Ky. 
Mrs. Annie Stewart\ Glendale, Kv. 
Samuel L. Thomas\ Hodgenville, Ky. 
Eugene Thomas\ Elkton, Colo. 

I. F c 2. 

George Allen\ R. 2. Hodgenville, Ky. 
Mrs. Sallie \Vricrht\ Hodgenville, Kv. 
Joseph W. Allen*. R. 2. Ho<lgenville. Ky. 
Horace Allen\ R. R.. New Albany, Ind. 

Charles W. Allen\ Meadville. Mo. 
Jacob LaRue Allen\ Drummond. Okla. 
Samuel T. Allen\. Drummond, Okla. 



I. F c 3. 

Xicholas Carter^. R. R., Elizabethtown, Ky. 
Mrs. Phebe Atherton^ Louisville. Ky. 

I. F c 6. 

W. H. ChurchilP, Oklahoma Citv, Okla. 

A. M. ChurchilP, Louisville, Ky. 

Mrs. Edgar (Fannie) MahoneyS Louisville, Ky. 

I. F d 1. 
George P. Weller^ Anchorage, Ky. 

I. F d 2. 
George W. Thomas\ Louisville. Kv. 

I. F d 4. 
Mrs. Auijust (Marv) SehaehnerS Louisville. Kv. 

I. F d 8. 

Dr. Weller Van Hook\ Chicago. 111. 

Miss Martha Van HookV. Pasadena. Calif. 

Miss Mary Lee Van Hook\ Pasadena. Calif. 

Russell Van Hook^, Rennselaer, Ind. 

Prof. LaRue Van Hook\ Columbia University. New York City. 

Mrs. Andrew R. Anderson\. Salt Lake City, Utah. 

I. F e .3. 
Jeff TruelockV. Cub Run. Ky. 

I. F e .5. 

David Turnham^ Rockv Hill Station, Ky. (1917). 
Jesse TurnhamV. Rocky Hill Station Ky. (1917). 

I. F e 6. 

Hodgen Bratcher». Cub Run, Ky. (1017). 
Weslev Bratcher\ Cub Run, Ky. (1917). 
Rush Bratcher\ Cub Run, Ky. (1917). 


Judge James Montague, Madera, Fresno Co., Calif. 

I. F k. 

Miss Lou Showers, Elizabethtown. Ky. 

I. F m 2. 

Miss Edna L. Browning^, Perry, 111. 

Mrs. Ralph (Maggie) Walker\. Perry, 111. 

Mrs. Harry P. (Angle) Haines', San Bernadino, Calif. 

Mrs. Harry L. (Maude) HolmesV. Los Angeles, Calif. 


i^UiVlJli UiVilMr UJ!jk5LyI!jiNJ^^^lMO. 

I. F m 4. 

Frank C. Dorsey\ Versailles, 111. 

Eugene L. DorseyS Perry, 111. 

Mrs. Charles A. '(Catharine) Dimmitt^ Beardstown, 111. 

Mrs. John E. (Margaret) Spears^ Quincy, 111. 

Charles T. DorseyS Quincy, 111. 

I. F m 6. 

Emmett E. Goodhead\ Oklahoma City, Okla. 
Miss Henrietta Goodhead\. Coleman, Okla. 
Joseph Goodhead\ Beggs, Okla. 

I. G a 3. 

F. Pv. Miller' (Clerk of LaPue Circuit Court), Hodgenville, Ky. 

Morris Miller^. Hodgenville, Ky. 

Allen Miller' (with Cumberland Telephone Co.), Louisville, Ky. 

Mrs. W. H. (Florence) Cofer', Hodgenville, Ky. 

LaPue Morris^ Louisville, Ky. 

I. G a 6. 

Mrs. Laura Wiechelman\. Effingham, 111. 

L G d 7. 

Mrs. Frank E. (Diantha) Wilson\. Etna, 111. 
Mrs. Charles M. (Ora) Dotv^ Xeoga. 111. 
Mrs. Harrv P. (Puth) Wilson\. Olney, 111. 
Mrs. C. H. (Ella) BeaneS Etna, 111. 

I. G e 1. 

John C. LaPueV, Shaw, Kansas. 

James X. LaPue\ Shaw, Kansas. 

Mrs. Hugh C. (Puth) Gresham\. Parker, Kansas. 

George P. LaPue^ Erie, Kansas. 

I. G h. 

Leander Easton^. Toledo. 111. 

Mrs. Lou Elder', Mattoon, 111. 

Mrs. Marv Easton Kellv\ San Bernardino. Calif. (1912). 

Mrs. Charles (Lucretia) Oakley', Toledo, 111. 

Henrv Easton^ Toledo. 111. 

William EastonS Toledo. 111. 

William Huffman', Toledo, 111. 

I. H a. 

William L. Anderson, Gunnison, Colo. 

George Anderson, Gunnison, Colo. 

Mrs. Effie Hall, Olathe, Colo. 

Mrs. Alice Laughlin, LaCrosse, Kan. 

Mrs. Jesse Donlavy, Battle Creek, Nebraska. 

Mrs. Myrtle Black, Battle Creek, Nebraska. 

Mrs. Fred Tarter, Stroud, Okla. 

Prof. Samuel Tarter, Stroud, Okla. 

Mrs. Samuel McCov, Miami, Okla. 

Miss Agnes Wolfe,' Webb City, Mo. 



I. H a 8. 

B. F. Shane\ Ottumwa, Iowa. 

Dr. Robert S. Shane% Pilot Mound, Iowa. 

I. H b 3. 

Mrs. Belle Burtner\ Xestor, Calif. 
Milton Petty, St. Louis, Mo. 
Charles Petty, Bonita, Calif. 

I. H b 5. 

Mrs. Enuna Finlev Pearre^, Xew Bloomfield, Mo. 

Julius C. Finley\, Xew Bloomfield, Mo. 

Miss Gertrude Finley^ Xew Bloomfield, Mo. 

Samuel LaPvue FinleV, Xew Bloomfield, Mo. 

David G. Finley\. Dallas, Tex. 

Mrs. Lyman H.' (Goldene) Latimer\ Keifer, Okla. 

James X. Finlev\ Ardmore, Okla. 

I. I a 2. 

John F. LaPue^ (Managing Editor Franklin Favorite), Franklin, Ky. 
Miss Mary Lewis ("Mayme") LaRue*, Franklin, Ky. 
Miss Lucy Ellen ("Xell") LaRueV, Franklin, Ky. 
William D. LaRue', Franklin, Ky. 

I. I a 8. 

Miss Essie WilliamsS Franklin, Ky. 


Felix LaRue\ R. 4, Elizabethtown, Ky. 
W. R. LaRueV, R. 4, Elizabethtown, Ky. 
Tilden Y. LaRue^ R. 4, Elizabethtown. Ky. 

I. I e 1. 

Hugh D. LaRue', Hodgenville, Kv. 
Weller L. LaRue\ Cleveland, Ohio. 

I. I d 2. 

Mrs. D. B. (Gertrude) Strange\, Glasgow, Ky. 

Mrs. Xat X. (Florence) Harris\. Smith's Grove, Ky. 

I. L a. 

Mrs. John (Lola) Chitwood\ Glendale, Ky. 

Mrs. William (Lizzie) Morgan^. Elizabethtown, Ky. 

I. L c. 

Morgan GreerV. Mexico. Mo. 
J. D. Greer\ Mexico, Mo. 

I. L d. 

Miss J. M. LaRue^ (Principal Isaac Shelby School), Louisville, Ky. 
Hon. H. LaRue Brown-, of Boston, Mass. (now Solicitor General of 
U. S. Railroad Administration, Washington, D. C.) 



I. L e. 

Irving LaRue^ Henderson, Ky. 

I. L f. 

Mrs. Leonard (Vienna) Miller^. Auburn, Ky. 
Dr. Byron LaRue^ Zanesville, Ohio. 
Dr. Charles LaRue^ Lancaster, Ohio. 
Mrs. Flora Overby^ Henderson, Ky. 

I. Lg. 

Clarence LaRue Goodwin^ Greensburg, Pa. (President of Indiana Ve- 
neer & Lumber Co., of Indianapolis, Ind.) 
J. M. Goodwin\ Redondo, Calif. 
J. X, Hayden^ Indianapolis, Ind. 
Estill Hayden^, Indianapolis, Ind. 

I. L i. 

Mrs. Fannie King\. R. R., Elizabethtown. Ky. 
Mrs. Robert (Jennie) CroweS Louisville, Ky. 

L L k. 
J. T. Shobe^ Palmersville, Tenn. 

I. L m. 
Mrs. Sue L. Griggs^ ("wife of Capt. Griggs, U.S.A.), Washington, D. C. 

I. M c. 

Mrs. Daniel (Frances) Elliott^. R. 4, Elizabethtown, Ky. 

Mrs. Matilda CampbelP, R. 4, Hodgenville. Ky. 

Mrs. Peter (Annie) Atherton\ R. 4, Hodgenville, Ky. 

Henrv Xicholas\ Elizabethtown, Kv. 

William M. Nicholas^ R. 4, Hodgenville, Ky. 

I. M d. 

William L. West^ Cincinnati, Ohio. 

George West'*, R. 4, Hodgenville, Ky. 

Lewis West^, Bowling Green, Ky. 

Lewis C. Hubbard* (Road Engineer), Owonton, Ky. 

William K. Hubbard^. Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. J. K. (Lula) Hagan^. Los Angeles, Calif. 

Mrs. H. C. (Xannie) Gebhart^ Los Angeles, Calif. 

Mrs. J. Harvey (Lula) Miller\ R. 4, Hodgenville, Ky. 

(Elizabeth Walters, another daughter of I. M d. who is now dead, 
was the wife of Alex LaRue, son of 11. B c, under which key number will 
be found the names of some of her children.) 



I. M e. 

Mrs. James (Ella) WilliamsS Hodgenville, Kv. 

Mrs. Jane Nicholas' (wife of P. C. Nicholas, Jr.), Hodgenville, Ky. 
Miss Frances Castleman^. Louisville, Ky. 
A. S. HubbardS Louisville, Ky. 
Mrs. George C. Scott^ Princeton, 111. 
Robert Hubbard\ Hodgenville, Ky. 
Jesse Y. Hubbard^ Hodgenville, Ky. 
John H. Hubbard^ Hodgenville, Ky. 

(The three young brothers last named above served as Lieutenants in 
the late World War.) 

Jesse Xicholas^ Washington, D. C. 
Ashley Xicholas^ Washington, D. C. 

I. M f. 

Mrs. Sarah C. McConnelP, Hodgenville, Ky. (County Superintendent 
of Schools of LaRue Co., Ky.). 

L Mg. 

Charles B. Hamilton, Hodgenville, Ky. 
L. L. Hamilton, Hodgenville, Ky. 

I. M h. 

Otis M. Mather' (the author of this book), Hodgenville, Ky. 
Logan LaRue Mather^, Wyoming, Ohio, (Manager Henry Disston Sc 
Sons, Cincinnati and Chicago). 

Mrs. W. H. (Anna B.) Daugherty', R. R., Gulfport, Miss. 

J. S. Mather', R. R., Hodgenville.' Ky. 

Mrs. H. H. (Edith) Strange', Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. H. C. (Elizabeth) Elliott', Hodgenville, Ky. 

F. A. Mather', R. R., New Haven, Ky. 

I. N a. 

Hugh A. LaRue', Louisville, Ky. 
Robert L. LaRue', Norfolk, Va. (1920). 
Mark H. LaRue', Homeland. Florida. 
Mrs. Bessie E. L. Miller', Eustis, Florida. 

I. N b. 
Mrs. Nettie W. Jones', Tampa, Florida. 

I. N e. 

Charles W. Cornforth', Cincinnati. 0. (with Cincinnati Enquirer). 
Mrs. James A. (Leatitia L. C.) Tate', Shelby ville, Tenn. 

I. N e. 

Mrs. Mamie L. Haun', Bessemer. Ala. 
Ambrose K. LaRue', Bessemer, Ala. (1920). 



II. A a. 

John L. Helm^ Louisville, Ky. 
Hon. Helm Bruce^ Louisville, Ky. 
Hon. T. Kennedy Helm^ Louisville, Ky. 
Hon. J. Blakey Helm*, Louisville, Ky. 
Hon. James P. Helm*, Louisville, Ky. 
Helm Marriott*, Nicholasville, Ky. 

II. A d 5. 

Hon. James P. Yeaman\ Henderson, Kv. 
Rev. M. V. P. YeamanS Mt. Sterling, Ky. 

IL Ag. 

Mrs. Xellie (Bate) Washington^. Irvington, Ky. 

IL A i. 

J. Harvev Miller*. R. 4. Hodgenville, Kv. 

Mrs. D. b. (Mollie) Dunn*. Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. Amanda Harris*, Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. J. F. (Maggie) Dunn*. R. R.. Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. Silas English*, R. 2, Hodgenville, Ky. 

IL B b 1. 

William R. LaRue^ R. F. D., Troy, Mo. 

Joseph LaRueS R. F. D., Troy, Mo. 

John LaRue^ R. F. D., Troy, Mo. 

Mrs. Belle Jackson^ Winfield. Mo. 

Mrs. Mary Lee TurnerS R. F. D., Troy, Mo. 

II. B b 2. 
Oscar LaRue, R. F. D., Troy, Mo. 

II. B b 3. 

Leon Leslie LaRue\ Clarksville, Mo. 
Miss Sue Marie LaRue*, Pacific. Mo. 
William Allen LaRue*, Pacific. Mo. 
John Haden LaRue, Jr.*, Pacific, Mo. 
Miss Fama Louise LaRue*. Clarksville, Mo. 
Emorv D. LaRue\ Hannibal. ]\Io. 
Clyde M. LaRueS Clarksville. Mo. 
Claude H. LaRue^ Wichita. Kan. 
Homer C. LaRue^ Clarksville, Mo. 

II. B b 5. 

David A. Clark\ Moscow Mills. Mo. 
Henrv Clark\ Moscow Mills, Mo. 
W. R. Clark\ Tulare, Calif. 

II. B b 7. 

Mrs. F. M. (Xellie) Mase\. St. Louis, Mo. 
Miss Gladvs Salsman, Trov, Mo. 



XL B b 9. 

Ed^yard RansdelP, San Diego, Calif. 

Oliver C. RansdelP, St. Louis, Mo. 

Anthonv LaRue RansdelP, Huntington Park, Calif. 

Mrs. Ella M. O'XeaP. St. Louis. Mo. 

Mrs. Anna B. Wright\ Tulsa, Okla. 

IL B b n. 

Leonard TeagueS Whitesides, Mo. 
Henry Clay Teague\ Whitesides, Mo. 
J. J. Teague\ Auburn, Mo. 
Orion TeagueS Greenville, 111. 

II. B c. 

Squire D. LaRue^ Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. Mary LaRue Castleman\ Hodgenville, Ky. 

Miss Nannie LaRueV. Hodgenville. Ky. 

Alex LaRue,^ Hodgenville, Ky., (Has several children.) 

Benjamin F. LaRue\ Hodgenville. Ky. 

Warren T. LaRue\ Hodgenville. Kv. 

Mrs. C. B. (Sallie) Sha^v^ Hodgenville, Ky. 

Horace LaRue^ Hodgenville, Ky. 

Joseph LaRue'', Hodgenville. Ky. 

James LaRue^ Hodgenville, Ky. 

II. B d 1. 

Mrs. Bettie Piatt T\vvman\ Louisvillle, Kv. 

Col. Wilfred Twvman^, Bowling Green, Ky. 

J. Allen Piatt^'Wilmette, 111. 

Miss Katie D. Piatt\ Louisville, Kv. 

Horace A. Piatt\ Chicago, 111, 

Miss ;Marv P. PiattS Ocala. Fla, 

William M. Piatt\ Cave Citv, Ky. 

Ed P. Piatt\ Chicago. Ill, 

Mrs. Arthur (Edith) Hardaker\ New Orleans, La. 

II. D a 5. 

Hayes WaltersS Sonora, Ky. 

II, D a 7. 

Emmett MiddletonS Texarkana, Tex. 
George Middleton% Texarkana, Tex, 

II. D a 8. 

Peter Burba', Hodgenville, Ky, 

II. D a 9, 

Hugh Mather\ R, R,, Hodgenville, Ky, 
Howard Mather^ R, R.. Hodgenville. Ky, 
Millard Mather\ R, R., Hodgenville, Ky. 



II. D b 1. 

H. M. Thomas\ Buffalo, Ky. 

Mrs. H. W. (Gertrude) Ramsey^ Buffalo, Ky. 

Miss Bettie Thomas^ Buffalo, Ky. 

II. D b 2. 

Joseph Walters Catlett\. Brookings, vS. Dak. 
Mrs. Mary M. Furnish\ Kansas City, Mo. 
Mrs. Alta W. Furnish\. Poplar Bluff, Mo. 
Mrs. David P. (Ruth) Janes^ Moberly, Mo. 

II. D e. 

Squire Walters Mather^ Denison, Texas. (See his children under I. 

Lafayette Winchester\ Franklin, Ind. 

Jacob E. Walters^. Elizabethtown, Kv. 

Mrs. Mao^gie Hazelip^, Owensboro, Ky. (R. F. D.) 

Joseph E. Walters^, OAvensboro, Ky. 

Mrs. William M. (Meme) Nicholas", R. R., Hodgenville, Ky. 

F. 0. Winchester^ San Fernando, Calif. 

John S. Winchester^ Los Angeles, Calif. 

Mrs. Owen (Daisy) Welty^ Escondido. Calif. 

II. D f. 

Squire Walters\ Morris, Okla. 

Mrs. W. C. (Sudie) Cessna\ RayAvick. Ky. 

Mrs. George (Maggie) WoodV, Kansas. 

II. D g. 

Thomas M. Morris\ Hodgenyille, Ky. 

John Morris^ Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. George (Xannie M. ) Bowling\ Garrison. Tex. 

James Bowling^ Xew Mexico. 

Mrs. John C. (Clarinda) Shoffner\ Wellington, Kan. 

Joseph Walters MorrisV, Thomas, Okla. 

Robert R. Morris^ Texas. 

11. D h. 

Robert BroAvn^. Buffalo, Ky. 

Mrs. Virgil (Alice) Brooks^ Buffalo, Kv. 

Claude Miller^ Buffalo, Ky. 

Mrs. Lizzie Grigsby^, Louisyille, Ky. 

II. D i. 

Mrs. Fannie Essex*. Hodgenyille, Ky. 
Mrs. Mollie Bro\vn* Hodgenyille, Ky. 
Thomas Enlow', Hodgenyille, Ky. 

II. D k. 

Thomas Walters\ Greenwood, Ind. 



II. D 1. 

Thomas C. Walters\ R. R.. Sonora, Ky. 

J. A. Walters\ R. 1. Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. Sidney (Stella) Smithy Hodgenville, Ky. 

Mrs. Chloe' Friend\. ,, Kansas. 

II. D n. 

Rev. James Thomas\. Oklahoma. 
Andrew Murrav\ Kansas. 



1 (b). 
Squire L. Wallace^ R. R., Hodgenville, Ky. 
Thomas Wallace\ R. R.. Hodgenville,, Ky. * 
Frank Wallace\. R. R.. Hodgenville, Ky. 

1 (c). 

Abraham Enlow\ Hodgenville, Ky. 
Rev. Isham Enlo^v^ Owenton. Kv. 
Mrs. Annie Kastor\, Hodgenville, Ky. 
Earl D. Enlow^, Hodgenville, Ky. 

1 (d). 
Alfred Enlow Brown\ Lincoln, 111. 

1 (g). 
Robert Enlow\. R. R., Hodgenville, Ky. 
John Enlow\. Hodgenville. Ky. 
Mrs. Sam Coy*, R. R., Hodgenville, Ky. 

4 (b). 

Mrs. D. W. (Emma) Fairleigh', Louisville, Ky. 

Franklin Ditto\ Oklahoma City, Okla. 

John T. Ditto\ Decatur, 111. 

William McLure Ditto\, Versailles, Ky. 

Miss Addie G. DittoV. Louisville, Ky. 

4 (e). 
Mrs. James C. (Jennie) Sims, Bowling Green, Ky. 


Rawleigli M. Dver^ Elizabethtown. Kv. 
William Booher*, Louisville, Ky. 

6 (a). 

Hon. David W. Fairleigh^, Louisville. Kv. 
Hon. James F. Fairleigh*, Louisville. Ky. 
Mrs. Chapeze Wathen\. Ohvensboro, Ky. 
A. LaRue Fairleigh^ Louisville. Ky. 
Durelle Fairleigh^, Louisville, Ky. 

6 (b). 
Alfred Allen Stewart\ Orlando, Fla. 



6 (d). 

C. C. Fairleiffh, Elizabethtown, Ky. 
W. E. FairleighS Brandenburg, Ky. 
T. B. FairleighS Paris, Tenn. 

6 (e). 
William Singleton Wilson^ Pinkneyville, 111. 

6 (f). 
Miss Xell Fairleigh^ Louisville, Ky. 

6 (g). 

Thomas B. Fairleigh^ Hopkinsville, Ky. 

Mrs. Walker (Madge) Wood^ Hopkinsville^ Ky. 

Eobert Fairleigh^, Hopkinsville, Ky. 


III. B a. 

Mrs. Alice Cofer\ Elizabethtown, Ky. 
Mrs. Tandy (Grace) Dunn^ Bethany, Mo. 

III. D b. 
Mrs. Andrew (Grace) Walters^ Buffalo, *Ky. 

III. B e. 

Thomas B. Tarpley\ St. Louis, Mo. 
Leonard Tarpley^ Jackson, Tenn. 
Beaven Tarpley^. St. Louis, Mo. 

III. B g. 

Mrs. A. Laura HayesS Bardstown, Ky. 
Dr. Bay Boone^ Bardstown. Ky. 
Dr. Hillary Boone', Springfield, Ky. 

IV. A c. 

H. C. LaRue', Chariton. Iowa. 
Mrs. O. P. Tyler, Van Horn, Iowa. 
Mrs. J. A. (Bernice) Healy, Mt. Auburn, Iowa. 

Henrv A. LaRue^ Columbus, Kans. (President First National Bank 
of Columbus, Kansas). 

W. L. Holland, Wister, Okla. 
W. H. LaRue. Fairfax, Mo. 
Mrs. Harriet MeClure, New Plymouth, Idaho. 
Mrs. Willie Summa. Gentry. Mo. 
Edgar LaRue Holland, Cardiff, Ark. 
Mrs. A. J. Parrill. Farina, 111. 
Mrs. W. R. (Kate) Harper, Long Beach, Calif. 
Clifford Stewart, Van Horn, Iowa. 
Ray Tyler, Vinton. Iowa. 
Isaac LaRue. Spencer, Iowa. 
Mrs. Nellie Kiser, Almena, Kansas. 
Ed. LaRue. Wakeeney, Kansas, 
r. E. LaRue, Woodslan, Kansas. 



IV. A c. (Cont'd) 

C. F. 'S^Oelrich, S. Dak. 

Mrs. LaRue Pendergrass, Booneville, Ark. 

Mrs. S. A. Mullins, Booneville. Ark. 

Miss Bernice Holland, lone, Ark. 

Mrs. W. D. Holland, Booneville, Ark. 

IV. D g. 
John LaRue, Mendota, Mo. 

V. A a 1. 
Lewis M. Loomis^, Dallas City, 111. 

V. A a 2. 

Henry D. Black^ Kahoka. Clark County, Mo. 
Mrs. 'Wm. (Florence) Pittman-, Woodward, Okla. 
Mrs. Thomas P. (Lennie) Gregory^ Kahoka, Mo. 
Mrs. Fred (Sarah) Spencer\. Toronto, Kansas. 
Mrs. Theodore (Harriet) CullenS Edwardsville, 111. 
James F. Leslie\ Sterling, Kansas. 
James LeslieS Hutchinson, Kansas. 
George Leslie^ Nickerson, Kansas. 

V. A a 3. 

Mrs. George (Elvira) Waters^ Broken Bow, Nebraska. 
Mrs. Lewis (Rhoda) Ford^ La Belle, Mo. 
Frank Storv\ Kahoka, Mo. 

V. A b 1. 

Mrs. J. Q. (Sarah) Sowers', R. P., 4, Hodgenville, Ky. 
Alonzo McDowelP, Hodgenville, Ky. 

V. A b 2. 
Mrs. G. W. Phelps\ Hodgenville, Ky. 

V. A b 3. 
Robert E. McDowell*, Dawson, Ga. 

V. A c 1. 

Henry D. LaRue Browning\ P. F. D., Leavenworth, Kan. 
Mrs. Reubena E. Leopold, Odessa, Texas. 

V. A c 3. 

John D. MillsS P. 1, Pay wick, Ky. 

Mrs. Margaret A. Paris, Kansas City, Kan. 

Mrs. Adeline Bennett\ Louisville, Ky. 

John P. ^Yilbur^ Liverpool. England. 

Mrs. Lula Ewart^ Warren, Indiana. 

S. W. Allen-, Pueblo, Colo. 

VI. A g 1. 
Mrs. George Holbert, Elizabethtown, Ky. 



VI. C a. 

Miss Phebe 0, Hodgen^ Santa Cruz, Calif. 
Dr. Joseph Du Puy Hodgen^, Berkeley, Calif. 
Mrs. Lucy Hodgen White\, Oakland, Calif. 
Dr. R. F. Beamer^, San Francisco, Calif. 
Mrs. R. Forrester^ Oakland, Calif. 

VI. C b. 

Junius Wooten, Jr.^ Smith's Grove, Ky. 
Sylvanus B. Wooten^, Dothan, Ala. 
Thomas Wooten^ Boston, Mass. 

VI. C c. 
Isaac Hodgen', Louisville, Ky. 

VI. C d 1. 

Samuel D. CaldwelP, President of People's Bank, Cave City, Ky. 
Luther Caldwell, Vice-President of Bank, Munfordville, Ky. 

VI. C f. 

Hodgen Wilson^ Louisville, Ky. 
Orlando Wilson\, Louisville, Ky. 
Miss Lena WilsonS Louisville, Ky. 
Miss Mary Wilson\ Louisville, Ky. 


E a 1. 

Miss Anna L. Asper^ 




E a 4. 


Will S. 








Logan, ^^ 

\ Va. 
. Eg. 


;. A. A. 


, Norton, ! 


J. F. Hodgen\ Greeley, Colorado (1920). 
Mrs. Allie DavisS Colorado Springs, Colo. 
C. E. Stanley^ Graceville, Minnesota. 
John L. Stanleys R. 2, Graceville, Minn. 

VI. F c 5. 

Edgar Keith\ Bardstown. Ky. 
Otto Keitli\, Buffalo, Ky. 
Oscar Keith^ Buffalo, Ky. 

YJ. F 1. 

Orville Hanking. Ashland. Kan. (1008). 

Mrs. Xora llaiikins McDonald. Abington, 111. (1908). 

Rev. Albert A. Hankins, Ashland, Kan. (1908). 

Mrs. Mvrtle Hankins Walingford. Ashland, Kan. (1908). 

Chester\4. Keith. Ottawa. Kan. (1908). 

Mrs. David A. (Julietta) Collins. Kansas City, Mo. (1908) 

Mrs. Arthur E. (Xancv) Nokes, Kansas Citv, Mo. (1908). 

Francis E. O'lVeal. Rushville, 111. (1908). 



VI. G. 

Charles H. Wintersmith, Louisville, Ky. 
Lawrence S. Poston, Louisville, Ky. 
Miss Effie Poston, Louisville, Ky. 

so:me LmxG descexdaxts or susaxxa hodgex axd 


2 (b). 

J. R. Thomas. Highland, Kansas. 

Mrs. W. A. (Ella) Robinson, Louisville, Ky. 


VII. A a. 
Miss Letitia Clay, Paris, Ky. 

VIL Ag. 

Hon. H. Clay Ho^vard^ Paris. Ky. 

(There are many other descendants of VII. A in the vicinity of Paris, 
Ky. The writer, however, has no list more recent than 1899.) 

VIII. A f. 

Mrs. Percy Hays Owens*, Shelbyville, Ky. 

(There are numerous living descendants of VIII. A, but tlie writer 
has not obtained addresses.) 


Archie R. Arnette, Berryville, Va. 

Mrs. Walter Williams (daughter of above). Poolesville, Md. 

Miss Hallie Dorsey. ^Mountain Mission, Charles Town, W. Va. 

Mrs. Willie GiU)ert. Kearnevville, W. Va. 

Miss Margie Grantham. Summit Point. W. Va. 

Miss Frances Grantham. Kearnevville. W. Va. 

Miss Marv Bowen Ciraiitham. Kearnevville, W. Va. 

Miss Margaret ^Nlacoughtry, Summit Point, W. Va. 

Mrs. George (Julia Grantham) Shirley, Summit Point, W. Va. 

Mrs, Wlieatley Timberlake. Clarksburg. W. Va. 

John Grantham Timberlake. Clarksburg, W. Va. 

Clifford Luke, Berryville, Va. 

Miso Margaret Aldridge. Charles Town. W. Va. 

Harrv Bavlor. Atlanta, Ga. 

Dr. Robert V. Shirlev, Ceredo, W. Va. 






Adair, Gen. John, 134. 
Alexander, Andrew, 102. 
Alexander, Guard, 42. 
Alexander, Phebe LaEue, 102. 
Allen, George, 58. 
Allen, Horace, (I. F c 4), 54. 
Allen, Horace, 92. 
Allen, John J., 54. 
Allen, Samuel, 53. 
Amlin, Hannah, 104. 
Anderson, Eobert, 61. 
Anderson, Robert, Jr., 62. 
Anderson, Thomas J., 62. 
Arnette, Archie E., Y., 146. 
Arnette, Capt. John T., 141. 
Ashbaugh, James H., 54. 
Asper, Miss Anna, V., 118, 127. 
Asper, George W., 125. 


Bardstown (Ky.) established, 76. 

Beatv, Samuel, 104. 

Bedford, Frank P., 137. 

Bedinger, Daniel, 137. 

Bell, William P., 46. 

Big Spring Church, LaEue Co., 
Ky., 151. 

^ 'Bloomflcld, " Va. Home of Ja- 
cob LaEue (see Frontispiece), 
37, 140. 

''Blue and Gray," 163. 

Bodine, John, 63. 

Boone, Daniel, 30, 31. 

Boone, Squire, 30, 78, 80, 120. 

Boone, Squire (Depositions of), 

Boyd, Thomas A., 70. 

Bragg, John Lewis, 125. 

Brandenburg, David, 98. 

Bratcher, David, 56. 

Breckenridge, Alexander, 38. 

Breckenridge, Eobert, 38. 

Bridges, Thompson, 62. 

Bridwell, Hayden E., 92. 

Brooks, Mary, 79, 83, 84, 158. 

Brown, Hon.' B. Gratz, 136. 

Brown, Clayborne E., 96. 

Brown, Levi C, 95. 
Brown, Col. Patrick, 80, 87, 114. 
Brown, Patrick H., 92, 97. 
Brown, William, 45, 81, 92. 
Brown, Eev. W. M., 122, 151. 
Brown's Eun, Battle of, 80. 
Browning, Dr. Benjamin, 111. 
Browning, Caleb T., 56. 
Buchanan, James, Sr., 83. 
Buchanan, James, 83. 
Buckner, William T., 137. 
''Buffalo Creek" (later South 

Fork), 153. 
Burba, Erastus H., 95. 
Burt, Andrew, 95. 
Bush, Christopher, 114. 
Butts, Harrison, 110. 
Buzan, Jacob, 50. 
Buzan, William, 46. 


Cahill, James J. B., 53. 
Caldwell, Charles Luther, 121. 
Caldwell, Elizabeth T. H., 113, 

120, 121. 
Caldwell, Isaac Hodgeu, 121. 
Caldwell, Eobert H., 120. 
Caldwell, Samuel D., Y., 121. 
"Camp Destruction" (1779), 153. 
Carman Familv, 23-25. 
Carman, Caleb (Y. A), 110. 
Carman, Isaac (Y. B), 112. 
Carman, Eev. James, 23, 26, 152. 
Carman, Joseph, 22, 23, 34, 109. 
Carman, Joseph (Y. A a), 110. 
Carman, Eev. Joshua, 23, 109, 

149, 151. 
Carman, Phebe, 11, 17, 23, 26, 33, 

Carmichael, Anna LaEue, 142. 
Cash, Eev. Warren, 149. 
Castleman, David, 34. 
Castleman, Lewis, 71. 
Castleman, Toliver, 56. 
Catlett, Lieut. Henry, 75. 
Catlett, Isaac, 94, 95. 
Catlett. James W., 95. 
Catlett, Lieut. John, 75. 



Catlett, Joseph W., 95. 

Chandler, Horatio, 122. 

Chandler, John, 122. 

Chilton, Hon. Horace, 151. 

Chilton, Thomas, 151. 

Chilton, Eev. Thomas J., 151. 

Churchill, George H., 46. 

Churchill, William A., 54. 

Clark, William, 91. 

.Clarv, Charles S., St., 98. 

Clary, Charles 8., Jr., 98. 

Clay, Brutus, 136. 

Clay, Cassius M., 136. 

Clay, Francis Povall, 137. 

Clay, Henrv (of Ashland), 136. 

Clay, Dr. Henry, 136. 

Clav, Col. Henrv, 136. 

Clav, Henrv (son of Col. Henry), 

Clay, John, 137. 
Clav, Joseph Helm, 136. 
Clay, Margaret Helm, 136. 
Clay, Capt. Matthew M., 137. 
Clay, Samuel, 137. 
'^Clearmont" (Home in Va.), 

Cly, Thomas, 112. 
Coburn, James 78. 
Cole, G. W., 121. 
Collins' Historv of Kentucky, 81, 

Combs, Hon. J. Fletcher, 60. 
Cornforth, Charles W., 74. 
Cornforth, Mrs. Rose J., V., 74. 
Cox, John F., 69. 
Crady, Richard, 48. 
Craig, Rev. Lewis, 93. 
Crawford, Captain, 32. 
Creal, R. W., 159. 
Cresap, George M., 49. 
Cresson Family, 12, 17. 
Cresson, Olive (or Alchie), 12, 

16, 17. 
Cresson, Joshua, 9, 12, 17. 
Cresson, Pierre, 17. 
Cunningham, A. H., 130. 


Dauglierty, Rev. James, 151. 
Davis, W'. W. H. (Historv Bucks 
Co.), 12, 16, 17. 

Desha, Gen. Joseph, 133. 

Despain, William, 102. 

Devlin, James, 62. 

Dimmitt, Thomas, 95. 

Ditto, Franklin, 98. 

Dodge, Rev. Josiah, 50, 61, 149, 

Doran, Mrs. Rosa, 46. 
Dorsey, Deborah, 58, 60. 
Dorsey, James P., 141. 
Dorsev, Thomas L., 57. 
Dubbs, M. H., v., 5, 19. 
Dudley, E. S., 137. 
Duncan, John, 94. 
Duncan, Rev. John, 111. 
Durrett, Jonathan, 53. 
Durrett, Oscar Hines, 53. 
Durrett, Col. R. T., 151. 


Easton, Wash, 59. 

Elliott, Parmelia Hodgen, 127. 

Ellis, Mrs. Emilv Cumings, Y., 2, 

Emancipation Church, Xelson Co., 

English, Haden E., 58, 130. 
Enlow, Abraham, 97, 157. 
Enlow, Dr. Anthony V., 46, 97. 
Enlow, Isham, 96, 97. 
Enlow, Isom, 83, 84, 87, 88, 114. 
Enlow, Robert, 158. 
Enlow, Rev. Robert M., 75, 97. 
Enlow, Thomas Brooks, 97. 

Fairleigh, Charles C, 98. 
Fairleigh, Hon. David W., 99. 
Fairleigh, James LaRue, 98. 
Fairleigh, Col. Thomas B., 99. 
Fairleigh, William, 98. 
Paris, Mrs. Margaret C, V., 112. 
Farnsley, James, 139. 
Fincastle Co., Va., 27. 
Finley, Miss Gertrude, V., 63. 
Finley, Joseph W., 62. 
Flannery, James, 95. 
''Fontaine," Aunt, 15. 
Frederick Co., Va., established, 




Frost, Mary (married Jacob La- 

Eue), 37, 39. 
Frost, Capt. William, 75. 


Gallion, David H., 102. 
Garrard, Eev. John, 77, 149. 
Geoghegan, Denton, 118, 157. 
Gilbert, William, 142. 
Gollaher, Austin, 161, 
Goodhead, George E., 57. 
Goodwin, John M., 70. 
Graham, Johnson, 122. ^ 

Grant, Samuel, 139. 
Greene, Daniel, 63. 
Greer, Willard P., 69."^^ 
Grantham, James, 143. 
Grantham, John W., 142. 

Hamilton, William H., 73. 
Handler, John, 79. 
Hankla, Eoyal, 96. 
Hansbrough, Marias, 78. 
Hardin Co., Kv., established, 114. 
Hardin, Hon. Ben, 83, 88. 
Hardin, Martin, 74. 
Harris, John, 109. 
Harrison, Gen. William Henry, 

Hatch, Charles B., 131. 
Hayeraft, Samuel, 161. 
Hayden, Mrs. Delia, Y., 70. 
Hayden, James, 70. 
Hayden, Rev. W. L., 70. 
Haves, Mrs. Laura Johnson, V., 

" 102. 
Hays, John H., 70. 
Havs, Maj. Thomas H., 139. 
Hays, William H., 139. 
Helm, Gen. Ben. Hardin, 89. 
Helm, George, 88. 
Helm, Gov. John L., 75, 83, 84, 

Helm, Joseph, 136. 
Helm, Rev. Squire L., 90. 
Helm, Dr. William D., 89. 
Henchey, Morris C, 63. 
Hening's Virginia Statutes. 27. 28 
Henry, Gen. William, 133. 
Henton, Will W., V., 57, 112. 
Herndou, F. G., 124. 

Herndon, William, 124. 
Herndon, W. H., 123. 
Hindman, William M., 95. 
Hodgen, A. Campbell, V., 131. 
Hodgen, Elizabeth T. (Caldwell), 

113, 120, 121. 

Hodgen, Rev. Isaac, 30, 115, 119, 

Hodgen, Isaac Horatio, 127. 
Hodgen, Isaac Xewton, 120. 
Hodgen, Jabez, 115, 132. 
,Hodgen, Jacob, 115, 132. 
Hodgen, James, 115, 132. 
Hodgen, Rev. John, 30, 68, 115, 

120, 122, 151. 
Hodgen, John J. (A'l. E g;, 127. 
Hodgen, Dr. John T., 132. 
Hodgen, Joseph, 113, 134. 
Hodgen. Margaret (Vertrees), 87, 

115, 118. 
Hodgen, Phebe (LaRue), 58, 115, 

Hodgen, Rebecca (Keith), 115, 

128, 158, ]59. 
Hodgen, Robert, 3, 34, 81. 113, 

114, 120. 

Hodgen, Robert (Will of;, 116. 
Hodgen, Robert, Jr., 113, 116, 133. 
Hodgen, Dr. Robert fVI. E a;, 

123, 125, 126. 
Hodgen, Robert Thomas, 125. 
Hodgen, Samuel LaRue, 115, 131. 
Hodgen, Sarah (LaRue), 51, 115, 

Hodgen, Susannah (Thomas), 

113, 133. 
Hodgen, Dr. Will S., V., 122, 127. 
Hodgen, William, 113, 134. 
Hodgen, William T., 120. 
Hodgen 's Mill, 114, 161, 162. 
Hodgenville (Kv.) established, 

Hodgenville Baptist Church, 151. 
Holderman, Anthony W., 97. 
Hollar, Frank, 105. ^ 
Hopwood, Josephus, 74. 
Hopwood, Mrs. Sarah, V., 74, 
Howard, Hon. H. Clay, V., 137. 
Huguenots, The, 6. 14. 
Hume, Herman. 111. 
Hurley, Dr. William, 139. 




Iowa Territory in 1839, 124. 
Irvine, William, 125. 

Jenkins, John, 46. 
Jewett, Hon. Joshua H., 65. 
Johnson, Hillary S., 102. 
Jones, John, 59. 


Keith, Prof. A. L., Y., 77, 113, 

Keith, Charles Wintersmith, 128, 

Keith, Jacob, 18, 128, 158. 
Keith, Xehemiah, 128. 
Keith, William (of Va.), 18. 
Keith, William Dale, 129. 
Kennedy, Daniel B., 46, 97, 
Kennedy, Thomas, 46, 
Kentucky County, established, 

Kentucky District, established, 

Kentucky, Early Events in His- 

tory of, 76, 
Kirkpatrick, Joseph, 87, 100, 114. 
Knoll," in LaEue Co., 113, 153. 

( c 

LaEue — 

Various forms of word, 10, 
Early appearance of name, 

10, 13. 
Eepetition of Bible names in 

family, 10. 
Traditions of LaEues in 

France, 14, 
Land grants in Ky, to La- 
Eues, 169. 
LaEue Heirs in 1824,^0^71, 

LaEue, Co,, Ky,, established, 83, 

Larue, Ohio (town), 17. 

LaEue, Aaron (IV, A c), 104, 

LaEue, Abraham (Immigrant), 8, 
11, 12, 13, 14, 15. 

LaEue, Aljraham (son of Immi- 
grant), 12, 13. 

LaEue, Abraham (son of Peter), 
9, 17, 18, 
Descendants of, 19-21, 

LaEue (Laroux), Abraham, of 
Bucks, Co,, Pa., 13. 

LaEue (Laroux), Abraham, of 
York Co., Pa,, 14, 

LaEue, Abraham (IV, B), 103, 

107, 108, 

LaEue, Albert Edgar, V,, 105, 

LaEue, Eey. Alexander W., 75, 

LaEue, Chambers C, 104. 

LaEue, Daniel (son of Immi- 
grant), 12, 16. 

LaEue, David (son of Immi- 
grant), 12. 

LaEue, Deidamia (Hodgen), 40, 
68, 122. 

LaEue, Elizabeth (fiaughter of 

Jacob, Sr.), 18. 
LaEue, Elizabeth (IV.), 18, 34, 

LaEue, Miss Fannie, V., 19, 25, 

LaEue, Francis Corbin, V., 33, 

143, 144. 
LaEue, Francois, 11, 13, 14. 
LaEue, George Washington, 57. 
LaEue, H. C, V., 108. 
LaEue, Hannah (Eust), 40, 48. 
LaEue, Henry A., V., 105, 108. 
LaEue, Hugh McElroy, 51. 
LaEue, Isaac, Sr,, 1, 9, 11, 13, 

His statement to his ancestors^ 

Sketch of, 26-34. 
Copy of Contract, 1743, 35. 
His Will, 36. 

Land Grants to in Ky., 169. 
LaEue, Isaac (son of Immigrant), 

LaEue, Isaac (IIL), 3, 32, 34, 80, 

LaEue, Isaac, (I. D), 40, 49. 
LaEue, Isaac (IV. A), 103, 104, 
LaEue, Isaac T,, .54, 101. 
LaEue, Jabez (X.), 32, 34, 36, 

38, 120, 141, 147, 169, 170. 
LaEue, Jabez (III. D), 102. 



LaRue, Jabez Hodgen, 53. 
LaRue, Jacob (son of Abraham, 

Jr.), 20, 22. 
LaRue, Jacob (son of Peter), 9, 

11, 17, 18. 
LaRue, Jacob (L), 15, 22, 34, 114, 
Sketch of, 37-40. 
Copy of Deed, 1798, 42. 
His'^Will, 44. 

Land Grants to in Kv., 169. 
LaRue, Jacob (I. G), 40, 58. 
LaRue, Jacob (I. G a 7) Y., 59, 

LaRue, Jacob (IV. D), 103, 107, 

LaRue, Jacob Hodgen, 51. 
LaRue, Jacob Warren, 45, 49, 89. 
LaRue, James (son of Immi- 

grant), 11, 12. 
LaRue, James (IX.), 22, 34, 36, 
38, 40, 41, 140. 
His Will, 145. 

Land Grants to in Ky., 169. 
LaRue, James (I. I), 40, 45, 64, 

LaRue, James Doane, 3, 84, 92. 
LaRue, James Xalle, 65. 
LaRue, James W., 67. 
LaRue, James William, 141. 
LaRue, Dr. Jesse L., 105. 
LaRue, Jesse V., 41, 74. 
LaRue, Jesse William, 70. 
LaRue, John (son of Jacob, Sr.), 

LaRue, John (IL), 3, 34. 
Sketch of, 75-85. 
Will of, 86. 
Inventory of Personal Estate, 

Land Grants to Heirs in Ky., 
LaRue, John (I. A), 40. 
LaRue, John Billups, 141, 142. 
LaRue, John David, 142. 
LaRue, John Helm, 49. 
LaRue, John James, 28, 37, 120, 

140, 143. 
LaRue, Dr. John Jay, 65. 
LaRue, John McDougal, 91. 
LaRue, John R., 56. 

LaRue, John Samuel, 57. 
LaRue, Joseph (III. B), 101. 
LaRue, Josiah, 63. 
LaRue, Lambert (IV. C), 103. 
LaRue, Louis X. B., 105. 
LaRue, Margaret (Walters), 85, 

94, 158, 159. 
LaRue, Mary (Carman — later 

Harris), 22, 34, 109. 
LaRue, Mary (McDonald), 40, 50. 
LaRue, Miss Mayme, V., 67. 
LaRue, Rev. Morgan J., 41. 69. 
LaRue, Xoah, 18^ 108. 
LaRue, Peter, 8r., 9, 11, 12, 13, 

16, 17. 
His Will, 22. 
LaRue, Peter (husband of Eliza- 
beth LaRue, IV.), 18, 38, 103. 
LaRue, Phebe (II. C), 64, 93. 
LaRue, Phebe (Buzan), 40, 46. 
LaRue, ''Polly," 17, 19. 
LaRue, Rebecca (Helm) — VII.—- 

34, 136. 
LaRue, Rebecca (Helm) — II. A.— 

85, 88. 
LaRue, Robert Hodgen, 55. 
LaRue, Samuel (VIIL), 34, 77, 

LaRue, Samuel (I. H), 40, 45, 

LaRue, Samuel (IX. A), 141. 
LaRue, Sarah (Hodgen), 34, 87, 

113, 161. 
LaRue, Sarah Jane (Castleman), 

1, 37, 41, 71, 151. 
LaRue, Squire, 75, 80, 85, 91. 
LaRue, Squire J., 101. 
LaRue, Dr. Thomas Brooks, 67. 
LaRue, Thos. C, 70. 
LaRue, Thomas J., 108. 
LaRue, Thomas P., 105, 108. 
LaRue, Thomas Rathbone, 56. 
LaRue, Union, 104. 
LaRue, Major William, 17. 
LaRue, William (I. F), 40, 51. 
LaRue, William A. M., 143. 
LaRue, William Brooks, 49. 
LaRue, William Thomas, 53. 
LeRou, Jacques, 8. 
Leslie, Alexander, 110. 
Lewis, Douglas Payne, 137. 



Lincoln, Abraham, 4, 114, 123, 

Lincoln, Xaney Hanks, 158, 
Lincoln, Thomas, 84, 155, 157, 

158, 160, 161. 
Long Marsh, Stream in Ya., 27, 

28, 35. 
Loomis, James, 110. 
Luke, John LaEiie, 142. 
Luke, John W., 143. 
Lynn, Benjamin, 4, 77, 150, 152. 
Lynn Camp Creek, 153, 154. 


McCandless, Jesse, 63. 
McClure, James, 104. 
MeCormick, James, 32. 
McDonald, John, 50. 
McDougal, Alexander, 150. 
McDowell, Swepson, 111. 
McElroy, Hugh, 51, 58. 
Mclntire, Eawleigh, 18. 
McKee, John F. T., 129. 
McLure, Eobert H., 45, 97. 
McMahon, Asa, 108. 
McMahon, James, 108. 
Martin, John, 46. 
Mather, Henry, 96. 
Mather, Henry M., 95. 
Mather, Squire Walters, 73. 
Mattox, William, 59. 
Meadows, John, 92. 
Means, William, 95. 
Medley, William, 107. 
Merriwether, Nicholas, 78. 
Middle Creek, (Ky.), 154. 
Middle Creek Baptist Church, 

Middleton, Frank, 94. 
Miller, Charles L., 70. 
Miller, Charles T., 94. 
Miller, Isaac, 63. 
Miller, Isaiah, 90. 
Mills, Thomas B., 111. 
Monin, Mrs. Ida, 94. 
Monin, Dr. Rolla, 55. 
Montague, John J., oG. 
Moore, Caroline Keith, 129. 
Morgan, Jane (LaRue), 39, 45. 
Morris, James L., 96. 
Morris, John, 58. 

Morris, Eev. W. L., 58, 75, 151. 
Mudd, Sarah E. (Hodgen), 132. 
Murray, Alfred, 96. 


Neill, James B., 139. 
Neill, Lewis, 138. 
Xeill, Phebe LaRue, 138. 
Neill, Samuel, 138. 
Neill, Thomas, 138. 
Nicholas. William H., 71. 
Nolynn Church, 149. 
Nolynn River, 4, 153, 154. 
Nolynn Station established, 77, 


Oakley, Mrs. Lucretia, 60. 
Owings, Nat, 59. 

Paddox, Rev, Jonathan, 122, 151. 

Parkinson, James, 46. 

Peter, Benjamin F., 128. 

Petty, John, 71. 

Pettv, Thomas, 62. 

Phillips, Phillip, 77, 86, 100, 114. 

Piatt, William, 92. 

Pierceson, Elizabeth, 17, 22. 

Pope, Worden, 78, 103. 



A. C. 


75, 133. 

Ransdell, James H., 92. 

Eansdell, John R., 92. 

Ransdell, Mrs. Letitia, V., 92, 93. 

Rathbone, Thomas W., 45, 64, 84. 

Ray, Stephen D., 95. 

Read, George A., 97. 

Read, Nathaniel H., 46. 

Read, Phillip, 114. 

Read, Col. William B, 46. 

Reynolds, Daniel, 105. 

Roads — 

Road from Nolynn to Mouth of 
Beech Fork established, J 00. 

Road from Nolynn to Valley 
Creek established, 114. 
Robinson, Rosanna, 107. 
Rochelle, Fall of (1627), 14. 



Eodman, Dr. Jesse, 162. 

Eogers, James, 46. 

Rolling Fork Baptist Church, 152. 

Roux, Timothy, 14. 

Run van, John, 63. 

Rust, George, 48. 

Rust, Jacob, 48, 50. 

Rutherford^R., 32. 


Sanders, James, 59. 

Scott, John, 121. 

Scott, Robert, 187. 

Seelv, (married Hodgen), 

Severns, John, 153. 
Severns Valley Church, 82, 114, 

Severns Valley Creek, 154. 
Shane, Rev. B. F., 62. 
Shane, Mrs. Louise, V., 62, 63. 
Shehi, John, 50. 
Shelby, Gov. Isaac, 133. 
Sliirley, Amon, 142. 
Shirley, Dr. A. H., 125. 
Shirley, George W., 143. 
Shobe, Eugene A., 67. 
Shobe, Milburn, 70. 
Singleton, Allen, 97. 
Skaggs, Rev. James, 150. 
Smith, Hamilton, 62. 
South Fork Baptist Church, 150. 
South Fork Creek, 153. 
Spencer, Rev. J. H. 75, 152, 154. 
Stanley, C. E., 127. 
Stevens, Dudley Marvin, 58. 
Stewart, Judge James, 98. 
Stone, Barton W., 154. 
Storv, Greenburv, 110. 
Suber (or Subin) Anna, 11, 17. 
Sutton, John P., 95. 
Swearengen, Van, 32. 

Tarpley, Amasa M., 101. 
Tarpley, Joseph, 102. 
Tarpley, Wesley, 101. 
Tarpley, William H., 102. 
TarterJ Thomas B., 61. 
Teague, Phebe E., 92. 

Thomas, Alexander, 55. 
Thomas, Green, 94. 
Thomas, Hardin, 59, 134. 
Thomas, Henry, 59. 
Thomas, Gen. John, 128, 133. 
Thomas, J. R., 135. 
Thomas, Joseph, 49. 
Thomas, Lewis X., 95. 
Thomas, Martin, 54. 
Thomas, Owen, 128, 134. 
Thomas, Reason R., 48. 
Thomas, Robert Hodgen, 134. 
Thomas, Rossamer, 96. 
Thomas, Warren LaRue, 49. 
Thomas, William J., 48. 
Thomas, W. O., 57. 
Thurman, Rev. David, 150. 
Timberlake, Richard, 142. 
Tinkling Spring Church, Va., 19. 
Tompkins, Patrick W., 90. 
Truelock, William, 56. 
Trumbo, Samuel M., 63. 
Tucker, Henry, 111. 
Tucker, John,' 92. 
Turnham, Mrs. Lydia, 56, 57. 
Twynian, Mrs. Lou, 47. 


Union Christian Church, La Rue 
Co., 151. 


Van Hook, Dr. William R., 55. 
Vanmeter, Jacob, 77, 114. 
Vanmetre, Jacob, 144. 
Vanmetre, James LaRue Irvin, 

144, 148. 
Vertrees, Joseph, 115, 118. 
Villa (or Ville) LaRue (Home in 

Va.), 28, 147, 148. 
Voight, Mrs. F. G., 93. 


Walker, George W,, 56. 
Walker, Thomas B., 70. 
Wallace, William, 97. 
Walters, Conrad, Sr., 48, 87, 94, 

Walters, Conrad, Jr., 48, 94, 158. 
Walters, James L., 94, 96. 
Walters, Joseph, 71. 



Walters, Joseph W., 96. 
Washington, George, 28, 30, 31, 

Washington, W., 42. 
Watkins, Micajah, 111. 
Watson, Mrs. Isa H., V,, 121. 
Weller, Jacob F., 55. 
Weller, Capt. John H., 55. 
Weller, Capt. Samuel, 54, 58. 
Weller, W. L., 55. 
West, George E., 71. 
Wiechelman, Mrs. Laura, V. 
Williams, Espen D., 65. 
Williams, Walter, 59. 
Wilson, Eiley H., 121. 
Winchester (Va.) established, 27. 
Winchester, John, 96. 
Wintersmith, Charles G., 84, 130. 

Wintersmith, Horatio G., 115 

119, 130. 
Wintersmith, Eobert L., 113, 130 
Wolfe, Dr. J. J., 62. 
Wooten, Dr. Junius, 120. 
Wooten, Sylvanus, 120. 
Wright, Charles W., 125. 


Yager, Charles W., 92. 
Yeaman, Caldwell, 90. 
Yeaman, George H., 75, 89. 
Yeaman, Harry, 89. 
Yeaman, Eev. John H., 75, 89. 
Yeaman, Hon. Malcolm, 90. 
Yeaman, Stephen Minor, 89, 
Yeaman, Eev. W. Pope, 75, 89. 
Young, Patrick T., 97, 98.