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Bethlehem, located three miles north of Scottsville, in Allen county, ... Margaret, William Strait and his wife, Dorcas, William Thomas and his wife, Mary, ...
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Volume 2.....By John H. Spencer
Old churches Bethlehem located three miles north Scottsville in Allen county is the oldest church in this fraternity and the oldest in Allen county except a small organization called Sulphur Spring and located in the south western corner of the county It was constituted January 27 1801 of the following persons James Atwoodand wife Margaret
William Strait and his wife Dorcas Thomas and his wife Mary Thomas Spillman and Polly Richey
It was probably gathered by Joseph Logan and John Hightower It was at first called the Church on the head of Difficult under which style it united with Green River Association the same year it was constituted At that time it numbered forty eight members The following year it dismissed eight members probably to go into the constitution of either Trammels Fork or Lower Difficult both of which churches were constituted that year In 1802 it was represented in Green River Association by Elder Joseph Logan
Probably its pastor [[[[William Strait and William Thomas ]]]]]]]
and reported a membership of eighty eight thirty two of whom had been received by experience and baptism and twenty one by letter during the year The church continued to prosper under the preaching of Joseph Logan & John Hightower & Alex Devin & Alex Davidson and Samuel Greathouse till 1811 when Zachariah Emerson who had just settled in the country united with it and became its pastor The next year it reported to the Association 155 members Meanwhile it had assumed its present name Mr Emerson served it as pastor until 1845 when he resigned and was succeeded by MF Ham who has continued to serve it with great acceptance till the present time 1885 It remained a member of Green River Association till 1830 when it entered into the constitution of Barren River Association It joined Bays Fork Association in 1875 Lower Difficult probably the first offspring spring of Bethlehem must have been located in the Stark Settlement on the creek from which it takes its name some eight or ten miles north of Scottsville It was constituted in 1802 and was represented in Green River Association the same year by Elder Lawrence Smith J Mcintosh and Ahimas Spencer It numbered at that time forty six members But nothing more is known of it or Elder Smith It is probable that the latter soon died or moved away and that the church was dissolved
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DRAKES CREEK ASSOCIATION
At its annual meeting at Union church in Warren count in 1820 Gasper River Association agreed to divide its territory by a line running from Russellville along tbe direct road to Bowling Green and thence to Honakers Ferry on Green river The churches south of that line were to form a new association These churches were thirteen in number and their names were as follows Baysfork Salem Union Sulphur Spring Trammels Fork Middle Fork Lick Fork Mt Zion Bethany Ivy New Hope Ebenezer afterwards called Bethpier and New Bethel The preachers belonging to them were Samuel Greathouse Lee Allen William Dorris Zach Morris [[[[Hugh Hagan ]]]]Anderson Darnall and Chris Harris The churches met on the 6th of October 1820 and formed Drakes Creek Association This Fraternity began its mission with bright prospects Some of its churches were the oldest in the Green river country some of its preachers were men of ability and experience and it had a fine field to cultivate But it was unfortunate from the-- beginning Salem Ivy and New Bethel churches were dismissed to join other associations Baysfork one of the oldest and largest churches in the body was soon rent by faction and ultimately destroyed by a drunken and disorderly pastor In 1826 two of its ministers Lee Allen and Anderson Darnall were excluded for adultery and two years later Samuel Greathouse was cut off for drunkenness and falsehood Meanwhile the venerable Chris Harris had gone to his final reward These and other untoward circumstances reduced the Association from thirteen churches aggregating 686 members at the time of its constitution to thirteen churches with 476 members twelve years later But now the Lord was pleased to visit the cold and distressed churches with the first revival they enjoyed after the constitution of the Association The meeting of the body at New Salem in Simpson county in 1833 was an occasion of great rejoicing The great cholera epidemic which had filled the whole land with terror and mourning during the preceding two years had passed away God's mercies had followed his judgments and fifteen churches reported 329 baptisms with an aggregate membership of 969 From this period the Association enjoyed a good degree of prosperity till 1839 when it reported nineteen churches with 1,325 members This is the largest membership it has ever attained
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William Witherspoon, born 1794 in Orange County, North Carolina; died Unknown; married Winifred Strait 10 September 1821 in Allen County, Kentucky; ...
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Ancestors of Casey Marie Heyer
Generation No. 9
420. John Witherspoon, born 1765 in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland; died 1812 in Allen County, Kentucky. He married 421. Sarah Hopson January 1787 in Orange County, North Carolina.
421. Sarah Hopson, born in Prob. Orange County, North Carolina; died Unknown.
Children of John Witherspoon and Sarah Hopson are:
i. James Witherspoon, born 15 October 1782 in Orange County, North Carolina; died 17 March 1844 in Hopkins County, Kentucky; married Mollie Bowen; born Unknown; died 1868.
Notes for James Witherspoon:
In 1818 James purchased land from the Chickasaw Indians during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson. In 1834, he was granted land in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
ii. Darcus Witherspoon, born 1788; died 1859.
iii. Hardy Witherspoon, born 1790; died 1790.
iv. William Witherspoon, born 1794 in Orange County, North Carolina;
died Unknown; married Winifred Strait 10 September 1821 in Allen County, Kentucky; died Unknown.
v. Wiley Witherspoon, born 1796; died Unknown; married Jane Edmonds 7 January 1819 in Allen County, Kentucky; died Unknown.
vi. Major Witherspoon, born 1798 in Orange County, North Carolina; died Unknown in Allen County, Kentucky; married Jane Moody 27 December 1817 in Allen County, Kentucky by John Howard.
vii. Younger Hopson Witherspoon, born 14 July 1804 in Orange County, North Carolina; died 18 February 1888; married Martha Greathouse 10 October 1825 in Prob. Allen County, Kentucky; died Unknown
viii. Elizabeth Witherspoon, born 14 July 1804; died Unknown; married Bridges; died Unknown.
ix. Mary Ann Witherspoon, born 22 June 1805; died 18 March 1880; married John Pinkney 6 February 1827; died Unknown.
210. Major Witherspoon, born 1798 in Orange County, North Carolina; died Unknown in Allen County, Kentucky. He was the son of 420. John Witherspoon and 421. Sarah Hopson. He married 211. Jane Moody 27 December 1817 in Allen County, Kentucky by John Howard.
211. Jane Moody, born 25 October 1800 in Allen County, Kentucky; died Bet. 1824 - 1853 in Allen County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of 422. Samuel Moody and 423. Nancy Railey.
Children of Major Witherspoon and Jane Moody are:
i. Emily Witherspoon, born 1818 in Allen County, Kentucky; died Unknown; married Benjamin N. Dearing 30 November 1835 in Allen County, Kentucky by Jesse L. Hickman.
ii. Ewing Witherspoon, born 1820 in Allen County, Kentucky; died Unknown; married Dorothy Spencer 2 October 1840 in Allen County, Kentucky by Younger Hospon Witherspoon, Groom's Uncle; died Unknown.
iii. Samuel Irving Witherspoon, born 9 May 1824 in Allen County, Kentucky; died 27 March 1887 in Allen County, Kentucky; married Mary Motley 22 December 1844 in Allen County, Kentucky by Younger Hospon Witherspoon, Groom's Uncle; born 24 November 1823 in Allen County, Kentucky; died 15 July 1878 in Prob. Allen County, Kentucky.
Wiley Weatherspoon of Lamar Co. TX
... William who married Winifred Strait; Wiley who married Jane Edmunds; ... Joseph Bailey Witherspoon wrote in his book that they went in 1809 but did not ...
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Submitted by Dortha Wren
Wiley Weatherspoon was born about 1796 in North Carolina. He was one of nine children of John William Weatherspoon and [[[[Sarah Hopson ]]]]
who were married in 1787 in Wake Co., N.C. There was Dorcas who was deaf and never married or left Kentucky, James who married Nancy Coleman in 1821; William who married Winifred Strait; Wiley who married Jane Edmunds; Major who married four times, Jane Moody (the mother of all his three children) Elizabeth Pearson (ended in divorce) Sophia Moody and Lucinda Rose; Younger Hopson Weatherspoon who married three times, Martha Greathouse, Sallie Glazebrook and Martha Wheeler; Elizabeth who married James Bridges; and Mary Ann who married John Pinckney Isbell. The ninth, Hardy, died as an infant.
Around 1810 John and Sarah took their eight living children and moved to Bowling Green, Warren Co., Ky. The 1810 census for Wake Co., N.C. is missing and they do not appear on any of the fragments of the 1810 census for Warren Co. Ky that I have found. Joseph Bailey Witherspoon wrote in his book that they went in 1809 but did not quote his source. John William purchased 120 acres on Bays Cr from Henry Travis on December 3, 1810. At this time Bowling Green consisted of a few rough wooden cabins. By 1820 it was a thriving town.
On July 4, 1812 John William wrote his will and must have died shortly thereafter. He appointed his wife Sarah and his son James as executors. To each of his children he left a horse and the balance of his estate went to Sarah his wife with the stipulation that at her death or remarriage all be sold and divided among the children. At his death Wiley would have been about 16.
In 1814 Wiley and his two brothers, James and Major, enlisted to fight in the war of 1812. It is almost certain that they were in the reinforcements floated down river to fight with Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. If so they would then have had to walk back home over the Natchez Trace and they were dismissed on May 20, 1815. In the Allen Co., Ky deed book a document shows that they seem to have been in the militia. On July 29, 1816 appointed a trusted friend John Travers to be their lawful attorney and received their wages in full while they were serving as privates in the 14th Regiment of the Detached Militia under Captain Thomas Griffin.
In 1819 Wiley married Jane Edmunds the daughter of James Edmunds. >From all accounts, Jane was born in 1800 in Virginia. The family went straight from Virginia to Kentucky in 1805 according to one account we found on the internet, traveling with several other families in a wagon train. James Edmunds is from a large family whose members moved to Kentucky. He was married to Jane Innes/Ennis and we have traced the Edmunds back to the early 1700s and the Ennis family back to the 1600s in early America. We can only trace Wiley back to his grandfather, William Weatherspoon Sr. of Wake Co., N.C. born probably 1735. All of Wiley’s brothers and sisters were married in Warren and Allen Co., Ky. and the only one to ever leave Kentucky to live was Wiley.
Wiley and Jane were on the 1820 Allen Co., Ky . census and had one child. This would have been Catherine. Then about 1829 almost all of the family headed for Calloway Co.,Ky. which was part of the Jackson Purchase. William, Wiley and James can be found on the land grant lists of Kentucky and this land seems to be in the Calloway Co. area. I pulled up the microfilm of the original land grants in Salt Lake City and they paid $1.00 per acre or $160.00 for each land grant. Major never left the Allen Co., Ky region choosing to stay near his uncle Hardy. However, you can find deeds of purchases and sales of land for all of the other children (except Dorcas who always lived with her brother Younger or her mother)and for their mother Sarah. Sarah and Younger only stayed two years or so and sold out and headed back to Warren Co., Ky. John Isbell and Mary Ann followed later. Wiley started disposing of property and by 1834 disappeared from the tax lists. Catherine told her descendants that they traveled by oxcart from Kentucky. On his affadavit for his headright he states that he arrived in Texas on October 23, 1834 and was entitled to 4,605 acres. In 1842 Wiley again climbed in his oxcart and went from Pinhook to Austin to patent his land.
Wiley had at least four slaves with him and settled on two parcels which totaled 4,605 acres in the Pinhook area. I wondered where the slaves came. He did not have slaves in Kentucky that I can find. His father did not have slaves mentioned in his will and in 1838 Sarah died and does not mention any. However, Jane Edmunds came from a large slave holding family and her father died in 1834 leaving several slaves to his family.
By the time Wiley and Jane left Allen Co., Ky for the Jackson Purchase all four of their girls had been born. Catherine was the oldest and then there was Martha Ann and Artha Ann and Mary Ann. The girls were still young when they arrived in Lamar Co., Tx. They grew up in Lamar Co., Tx and marriages and families can be found for all but Martha Ann. I suspect she died young.
There are numerous deeds on file which show that Wiley and Jane lived quietly until 1847 when they began to deed their property to their daughters and one grandson, reserving the right to live on the homeplace until their deaths. Some of the deeds are very odd and I don’t know what they were doing. However, by 1849 they seem to have disposed of everything and Wiley then disappears from all further records. Jane shows up on the 1850 census of Eagle Pass, Bexar Co., Tx. where she lived until the age of 90.
Catherine married John Hall who was murdered by a sniper in Pinhook. He was from New York and evidently rather outspoken about things Southerners did not want to hear. They had several children listed on the census and several sources say that their only son died at about the age of 12. Three of the girls have been traced. Artha Ann Hall married William H McLemore in Jasper Co., Mo. and after a few years the family moved back and settled in Red River Co., Tx. just over the county line from Wiley’s land grant. William’s father Richard McLemore had a land grant next to Wiley in the 1840s. His widow remarried and moved out of the area over to Wise Co., Tx., but somehow William and Artha Ann kept in touch through their separation and his service in the Civil War. Afterwards they somehow wound up in Missouri where they married. Ann J is supposed to have married but we have no info on the family. There is a picture of her. Mary Elizabeth went south to Eagle Pass after the Civil War to be with her grandmother. She married Joseph William Backus. Harriett Hall never married and lived with Artha Ann McLemore all her adult life. Catherine then married William Duval and they were the parents of two girls. Melinda was the oldest and she married John Owens. She gave birth to Charles Owens and died not long afterward while he was a baby. He was the father of William A. Owens, the author. Eliza Duval married Hezekiah Owens, brother of John who married her sister. Catherine was widowed again and later married Wesley Brown and moved to Red River Co.
Artha Ann Weatherspoon married J. S. Bryant and they appear with their children on the 1850 and 1860 census. They then disappear and I have not been able to find any information on them.
Mary Ann married Elisha Thomas Wilson and they had eleven children. Nine lived to grow up. Mary Ann and E. T. lived on the old homeplace of Wiley all their married lives and left an eleven page will dividing the property between their children. All the children lived near them until their deaths in 1880 and 1885 and then sold out and many moved on. Martha had married George Morrison and was widowed within three months and pregnant. She then married L. L. Peevy and they left for Abilene. William A married Mollie Thompson and may have left or may have died in Lamar Co. after the 1880 census. Their daughter Willie married Dr. Sam Wilson and she died in Paris in the 1900s. John Michael married Louisa Anderson and they left the area before 1900 for Cooke Co., and then on to Clay Co., Tx. John and Louisa were my grandparents. Margaret married B. F. Burks and they went to Clay Co., Tx. Nancy married Thad Haynes and then W. T. Wright and might have died in Lamar Co. However, I cannot find them in the cemeteries. Thomas Jefferson went to Clay Co., Tx. and married leaving no children. Joseph Johnson Wilson married Telitha Hearn and lived his life in Lamar Co. where he and his wife and two sons are buried. The sons had no children. Joseph had the original land grant given to Wiley and gave an interview to a local newspaper about it in 1944. With the deaths of his entire family it has disappeared and I do not know where it went. Mary (Mollie) married George Kitchens and then Henry Chronic. I think she lived her life in Lamar Co. but I have not found the grave. I know that her descendants are in California. This leaves Susan who was not yet grown when her mother died. The only clue we have is an obituary that gives the last name of Whitlock for her and a picture of her visiting her sister Margaret.
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Reported Deaths, Nashville Christian Advocate, 1869-1871
Isle of Wight Co., England, March 3l, 1842; d Columbia, Ala., June 5, .... 12, 1787; d June 27, 1871; md William Briggs in 1806, moving to Tenn. with him in 1809. ..... John P. Blankenship d/o Maria and Mary Hinton b Allen Co., Ky., Sept. ... FIELDING DAVIS, Esq. d Mortonsville, Ky., July 15, 1871, aged 82 years, ...www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/nca3-08.htm - Cached - Similar
NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, V. 31, #34. August 26, 1871
MARY BRIGGS d/o T. and M. Wright b Aug. 12, 1787; d June 27, 1871; md William Briggs in 1806, moving to Tenn. with him in 1809.
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