Oldham County Brick Wall
Anyone who wishes to post a query for their "Brick Wall" ancestor here, please email me. And anyone who reads these queries, and can help someone, please do! <g> "What comes around, goes around!" Please Note: When you compose your Brick Wall query, please make sure you include the family connection to Oldham Co. Queries sent without this connection will not be posted. I apologize for this but I am receiving many queries with no obvious connection to the county. If you are not sure where in KY your ancestor was from, you can post a query here; http://theusgenweb.org/ky/unknown/... Thanks

Posted 04/28/2015 Surnames: Sadler

I am researching my Sadler family and have hit my brick wall.  I am searching for the father of Pleasant Sadler, b 1783 in VA, married Elizabeth Williams on 5 Dec 1806, Greenbriar VA. He was a mill owner and resided in Oldham CO. in 1840-1880.  In 1850 the census lists him living in Westport, Oldham Co. where he owned a grist mill. He had a son, Pleasant Jr.. and he turned over the mill to him. By 1860, Pleasant Sr and wife Elizabeth are living with Jr. I cannot find any records of their death but they must be buried in/around the Westport area.  I am trying to find anyone who has any info on this Sadler family. Any help would be appreciated, thanks, Jean Sadler jeancsadler@me.com

Posted 10/06/2012 Surnames: Staples

I am trying to find information on my family the Staples. Joseph and Nicholas Staples. They are father (Joseph) and son (Nicholas). I need proof they were father & son. They are listed in Trimble County and possibly in Oldham County. I have hit the brick wall!! Nicholas and Nancy Barrett were married in Oldham County. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Judith Schmidt judway2640@aol.com

Posted 09/25/2012 Surnames: Herdt/Connerton

My great-great-great grandfather Peter Herdt (born abt 1856 in Kentucky) was married in November of 1879 to a Mary Connerton in Oldham Kentucky.  I believe they also lived for a time in Oldham (at least per an 1880 census).  I was wondering if anyone else might be related to Peter or know who is parents or siblings were.   I can find no information on Peter prior to his marriage to Mary Ann in 1879. Thanks, Joshua Herdt, joshherdt@hotmail.com

Posted 08/23/2012 Surnames: Connerton/Connorton

I am looking for information for my great-great-great grandmother, Catherine Connerton.  She died in Pewee Valley, Oldham Co., KY in 1879. Her daughter Mary Ann (Connerton) Herdt was married on 1879. I was wondering if there was any information pertinent to these two people. Marriage records, land records, etc. Any help provided would be great. Sincerely, W. A. Connerton, waconnerton@gmail.com

Posted 06/14/2012 Surnames: Harris

Looking for any information on W. H. Harris born 1845 in Ballard Co., KY. He served in Co. "F", 3rd KY Inf., C.S.A. and later resided in the Confederate Veteran's Home in Pewee Valley. When he applied for his Pension in 1913, he resided in Bardwell, Carlisle Co., KY. He died in 1929 and is buried in the Confederate Cemetery, row 14, space 15. Any help will be very appreciated. Thanks, John Bennetsen jtbennetsen@att.net.

Posted 06/04/2012 Surnames: Abbott

I am looking for any information on John ABBOTT born 1810 in Virginia and died 03 May 1888 in Oldham County Ky. He married Nancy Tapp 17 Oct. 1831 in Oldham County. She died 14 Jan. 1894. Her father was Nimrod Tapp. The line that I’m following is his daughter Sarah Abbott born 1834 in Oldham County. She had these children: Samuel born about 1855, Eli born about 1860, Robert born 1864, and George born about 1874 in Oldham County Ky. They all went by the name ABBOTT. I would like to know who their father was. She is listed as a farmer in the census records. Any information is greatly welcomed! Thanks, Janet Jansgen@gmail.com

Posted 06/20/2011 Surnames: Adams / Kirkwood / Jackson

In the Oldham, Henry, Jefferson County area there were 3 KIRKWOOD siblings married to 3 ADAMS siblings.  The ADAMS siblings were children of William and Nancy ___ ADAMS of York County, PA and Henry County, Kentucky. There were no KIRKWOOD elders in the area so their father must have been deceased and the mother remarried or also dead.  On Oct 9 1796 in Jefferson Co. MARTHA KIRKWOOD md MARTIN ADAMS bondsman was JOHN JACKSON, Jr.  This couple seems to have disappeared from Kentucky.  On 21 Jan 1800 MARY KIRKWOOD b 10 May 1776 d 12 Oct 1850 md FRANCIS ADAMS b 15 Apr 1776 d 10 Jun 1834. Bondsman was JOHN JACKSON.  Mary and Francis lived and died just over the Jefferson Co line in Oldham Co. off the old River Road. On 5 Jul 1810 WILLIAM KIRKWOOD md Naomi Morrison d of Hugh wit was Levi Tyler.  He married 2ndon 28 Aug 1820 to NANCY ADAMS d of FRANCIS ADAMS.  FRANCIS ADAMS was bondman.  It appears William married his niece.  The only reference I have found to the origin of the KIRKWOOD family was the 1850 census for Mary Kirkwood Adams says she was born Virginia.  There were KIRKWOOD’S in York Co Pa. but no connection has been found.  Since JOHN JACKSON was bondsman for both girls’ marriages I assume there is a family tie.  Any information on any these people could be a help and will be appreciated. Thanks, Martha Easter measter@cfl.rr.com


Posted 05/02/11 Surname: Thompson

Nelson P. Thompson was born in what is now Oldham CO., KY, Jan 1812. I have seen estimates as late as 1814. He died, I believe some time between 1 Jun 1885 and 1897 in Bent CO., Colorado. Both his parents were born in VA. He married 20 Sep 1833, Telitha P. Van Cleave d/o David and Rachel Sweringen Van Cleave, in Decatur CO.,IN. Telitha was born 14 Feb 1810, Shelby CO., KY but by 1933 her family had moved to Decatur CO., IN. Nelson and Telitha may have stayed in Indiana maybe long enough to have at least there first child James C. Thompson but by the time of the 1840 census they were in Western Div., Henry CO., KY. By 1850,Clay CO., ILL. 1860,Bates CO., MO. 1870,Not Found, 1880,Bates CO., MO. 1 Jun 1885, enumeration dist. 2,Bent CO., Colorado. with his son Archibald H.M. Thompson and his family. Telitha died 24 Oct 1861, Bates CO., MO. His son Archibald was  in Los Angeles by at least 1897. As far as I have been able to find, Nelson never made it to Los Angeles. Children of Nelson P. and Telitha P. Van Cleave Thompson: CH: 1) James C. Thompson M: Mary Elizabeth Thacker. 2) Rachel Amanda Thompson M: David Landreth 3) Elizabeth C. Thompson M: William Alexander Drake 4) David Edmond Thompson M: Lucinda Abigail Drake 5) Archibald H.M. Thompson M: Sarah Elizabeth Cohee 6) Van G.S. Thompson: Seems to have died young.
   "   7) Mary Drusilla Thompson M: Nathaniel Anderson Griffitts. Nelson named his first daughter Rachel after Telithas' mother Rachel Swaringen. I believe He may have named his first son James C. Thompson or his second son David Edmond Thompson after his Own Father. I Have found James', Davids' and Archibalds' in that area of Kentucky. Also I believe there is a good chance that he named his second daughter Elizabeth C. Thompson after his mother. All this of course is speculation, but may give clues to his parents. Nelson P. Thompson is my wifes' gggrandfather. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. You may contact me at the following email wparham@bak.rr.com.  Thank You So Much, Walt Parham

Posted 02/25/11 Surname: Hoskins

I am stuck at a point of research, attempting to find all of the wives of Achilles (Achillis, Archiles, etc.) Hoskins to connect his granddaughter America back to him. One of his wives was Nancy Wright who he married in Oldham Co. I have found two dates Oct. 19, 1830 and Oct. 21, 1830. The first date is probably the bond and the second is the ceremony but the names are different on both. One says Mary and the other says Nancy. If there is anyone researching the Hoskin family, I would love to get in touch. Thank you for any help, Dona, dona.smith@comcast.net

Posted 03/25/10  Surname: Vaughn

I am researching the Henry Vaughan family of Oldham Kentucky but I am not sure where to look for them within the county. I find them in Division 1 on the 1850 census. On the 1850 census it is his wife Eveline (Ford) Vaughn and her children. [Henry died before the 1850 census] I am looking to see where division 1 is so maybe I might be able to find a cemetery where he might be buried or get a better idea of the region they were living in before they moved to MO in 1857. Thanks for any help, Michell Michelldurbecq@aol.com

Posted 01/29/10  Surname: Huffman

Looking to connect with Huffman Family researchers. I would love to find the Huffman Bible and a silver plated communion set that was given to the old Goshen Presbyterian Church. I understand the church was lost to the weather and vegetation elements. I hope some day to make a trip to Oldham County and Jefferson County and to Cave Hill Cemetery. If any one has info on this family I would love to have contact. Thank you so much, Connie Barnwell cpbarnwell@charter.net

Posted 12/17/09  Surname: Richmond

I'm looking for any information on James Richmond before 1810. I have him in the 1810 Census Henry County (later became Oldham then Trimble County) as head of household but it does not show him there. It shows 5 boys 0-9,   2 boys 10-15 and 1 woman 26-44. In later census records it shows James and his wife to have been born in   Virginia. His wife's name was Sarah (Sally) last name unknown.
The boys known names is John, William, James, Henry, Valentine. In later census records it shows 3 of the boys born in Virginia. He later had a daughter Rebecca. I would like to get any information on James whereabouts or any info wife or kids before 1810. Thanks, Steve Richmond, sugar_75551@yahoo.com

Posted 10/18/09  Surname: Turner

Looking for any information that would identify the parents of two Turner brothers. They were probably born in the part of eastern Oldham County and lived there when the area around their home became part of Trimble County in 1837. The older brother Archibald Turner was born about 1825. William was born Jan 27, 1827. They lived in Trimble County until the mid-1850s. After that, they moved to Catahoula Parish, Louisiana before returning to Trimble County in the 1870s. They both ultimately died in Jefferson County, Indiana. Their headstones in the Hanover (Indiana) Cemetery confirm that they fought on opposite sides during the Civil War: Archibald rode with the 1st Louisiana Cavalry and William fought with the 59th Indiana Infantry. Any help would really be appreciated! Terry Cox tcox@coxrail.com  website: http://www.coxrail.com

Posted 08/26/09  Surname: Fielding

I am having trouble locating a birth certificate for my ancestor James Henry Fielding.  I have ordered 4 certificates through the UK National Archives, but they were all wrong.  Is there a local resource that could check the local birth and christening records so that I can order the correct certificate?  The information that I have from US documentation is that James was born 5 October,1870 in Oldham, England.  His father is listed as Joseph Fielding and his mother's first name is Jane. ANy help would really be appreciated, Margaret Harvey Pegharv2@aol.com

Posted 05/08/09  Surname: Smith

I am searching for the family of Francis Smith and Patience Blankenship. They were married in Oldham County in 1819 and lived in the area which may have covered the counties of Henry, Oldham and Trimble. Their children were Alexis Smith, Saphronia Smith Smith (she married Butler G Smith who was killed in one of the first battles of the Civil War) and her children were Francis Butler, Leander, and Emma W Smith. Francis and Saphronia possibly had one more child who could have been Betty, a deaf mute. Thanks for any help, Adrienne Pierce appierce@bellsouth.net (This query has also been posted on the Henry Co. Brick Wall page)

Posted 04/29/09  Surname: Smith

I am have great difficulty researching my Smith family line.   I'm hoping you can post a message regarding my Great Great Grandfather.  James William Smith was born in Oldham County Kentucky on February 2 1860, but spent most of his life around Fulton.  I can not find any information on James.  Are there any records available about his birth in Oldham County? Though I don't believe his family members had ties to Oldham, here are the details (as of January 3 1950) from an obituary. He married his wife Annie Linza Callender in June 1881.  She died in 1922.

His sons were:

Charles E. Smith, late husband of Mozelle Terry.  Charles was killed in a plane crash on April 5 1926 in St Louis Missouri and buried in Fairview cemetery in Fulton.   

Riley D. Smith of Fulton

George Raymond Smitrh of Florida

John C. Smith of Fulton

Henry Hugh Smith of Lebanon Missouri

Walter Q. Smith of Lansing Michigan (my Great Grandfather)

Two Daughters:

Ethel Campbell of Morganfield Kentucky

Betty Jenkins of Fayetteville Tennessee

Other than Walter Q Smith, I have no additional information about any of the Smith descendants/ancestors.  Any help you can give would be extremely helpful. Thanks, Ronald, ronald_b_reynolds@comcast.net

Posted 04/29/09  Surname: Berry

Hoping someone could help. I am trying to find father of Elias Berry who married Evaline Fitzgerald in Oldham co. This is one of the first earliest recorded marriages in Oldham Co. Any help will really be appreciated, Randy S. Berry, ev13epd@yahoo.com

Posted 04/07/09  Surname: Graham / Grimes

I'm searching for the parents of Mary Ann J. Graham (or Grimes) born 3 Jan 1852 in Buckner, Oldham, Kentucky. The story is that her parents had a horse farm and did not approve of her suitor John Henry Smith (born in England?), so they stole a horse and carriage to elope to Cincinnati. They were married in Cincinnati 14 Sept 1874 and eventually moved to Muskingum County, Ohio where John and Mary (Ann J. Grimes/Graham) Smith are buried. Mary named her daughters Lida, Dollie and Lucinda, and family presume the girls were named after her sisters. No other mention of her Kentucky roots were ever discussed because she was disowned as a consequence of the elopement. Any leads would be appreciated. -Elizabeth Davis thaibezel@gmail.com 

Posted 02/28/09  Surname: Hensley

I'm looking for a burial list of names for Westport Cemetery. James Hensley was my 4th great grandfather and they probably lived near Westport. He and his 2nd wife Malinda Hensley both died in the 1860s. Two spellings were used for the surname; Hensley and Hansley. Appreciate any help. Thank you, Richard Potter potterrg@yahoo.com

Posted 02/28/09  Surname: Holmes

I am looking for ancestors John R. Holmes and his wife Nancy Miller Holmes. They were residents of Oldham County in both the 1870 and 1880 census.
John, born in England about 1807-8 Both his parents were born in England. It is unknown when he came to this country. In 1880, he gives his occupation as a Retired Manufacturer. In 1850, in Louisville, he gives his occupation as a Cabinetmaker.. He resided in Louisville, Jefferson County in 1840 and 1850 according to the census. Nancy, born in Virginia or west Virginia 1808. She says her parents were born in Pennsylvania. Since their first child was born in 1838 in Louisville, Jefferson county, I am assuming they were married between 1835-39 in Kentucky, but cannot find their marriage records.
Their children were: 
Gertrude Holmes 1838-
John R. Holmes 1839-1912
Josephine Holmes 1842-1930 (my GG Grandmother - married Martin DeMoss)
Jennie Holmes Berry 1844-1931 (married John Berry)
James Bliss Holmes 1848-1919
Samuel B. Holmes 1852 -
I do not know anything about them before 1839 and have no idea when they died. In 1880 they were both about 72 yrs old. If anyone has any knowledge of this branch of my family, I would be grateful for info. Thanks, Laura lauc174@aol.com


Posted 12/18/08  Surname: Million

I am trying to find the date of death or any information relating to my Great-Great-Grandfather George Million.  Information that I have is that he married Harriet Glore 19 Feb 1827 in Oldham county. My Great-grandfather William L. Million was born 15 Aug 1834 in Oldham county. George and Harriet's youngest Son Andrew J. Million was born in Oldham County. According to an 1850 Illinois census, his age would indicate he was born in 1841, and on the 1860 Moultrie Co. Illinois census his age would put his birth in 1839.
George is reported to have been the Postmaster in 1833 at Brownsboro, Oldham Co. taking over that position after the death of Post Master Jacob Oglesby who had been the original presidential appointee in 182?. Harriet next shows as the widow of George and married to a John Patterson 11 Mar 1843 in Oldham county.
So all I have to go on is that Harriet was widowed some time between Andrew's birth in 1839 or '41 and her marriage to John Patterson in 1843.
As further reference, George was the son of John Million, and was probably born near Louisville in Jefferson county Kentucky in the early 1800s. John Million appears in the 1810 Jefferson county census as having one son and four daughters.
I have exhausted my online search. Many vital statistics that are available online are long after the dates I am interested in. What cemeteries were being used in Oldham Co.  c. 1840?  I would be most grateful for ANY information that can be found.  A sincere thank you, and I hope to hear from anyone regarding this family. David Heitz  scotch-@msn.com.