Monday, May 22, 2017

DNA Delight!

I was delighted to learn that my Coffman and Clark research is being substantiated by DNA test results.  DNA is useful genealogical evidence that can enhance your paper records.  I received a promotional message from Ancestry.com stating that "We found new discoveries for Joan Ashley."

I am glad that I was able to have my maternal Aunt Joan tested to enable this discovery. Here is the shared ancestor chart that was provided by AncestryDNA.


A helpful tool provided by Ancestry.com is the ability to see a list of "Shared Matches."  This helps to narrow down to the specific ancestors that we share in common.



Further examination of the DNA tests that have trees attached, appears to confirm the Coffman and Clark connection.


You will notice that both of these DNA connections have Mary Coffman who is also known as Polly or Molly in their family trees.  Polly Coffman as we will call her from now on was the daughter of Christian Coffman and Elizabeth Clark(e).

Any time you collect information from another family tree, you must conduct an analytical process to verify the information contained in that tree.  You need to look at the sources attached and then determine what records might contain more information about the person(s) in the tree.  Using Polly Coffman as an example, I will show you my process of analysis for my fifth great aunt, who is a sister of my focus ancestor, Jacob Coffman.

It appears that there is some conflicting information about Polly Coffman from a variety of sources:

There appears to be several compiled sources which include information on Polly Coffman which provide widely ranging vital dates:

Polly Coffman  in the American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
Name: Polly Coffman
Birth Date: 1780
Birthplace: Kentucky
Volume: 31
Page Number: 413
Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 19 Mar 1934, 8159
Source Information
Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 1999.

Mary Coffman  in the U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
Name: Mary Coffman
Birth Date: 1778
Birth Place: Virginia
Death Date: 1855
Death Place: Washington, Kentucky
SAR Membership: 92627
Role: Ancestor
Application Date: 24 Feb 1965
Spouse: John H Hungate
Children: Adonijah Hungate
Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Mary Coffman  in the North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
Name: Mary Coffman
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 1780
First Marriage Date: 1794
Death Date: 1855
Spouse: John Hungate
Child: Adonijah Hungate
Source Citation
Book Title: Lineage Book : NSDAR : Volume 114 : 1915

Mary Coffman in the North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
Name: Mary Coffman
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 1780
First Marriage Date: 1794
Death Date: 1855
Spouse: John Hungate
Child: Elizabeth Hungate
Source Citation
Book Title: Lineage Book : NSDAR : Volume 108 : 1914

Mary Hungate in the U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
Name: Mary Hungate
Birth Date: 1778
Death Date: 1885
Burial or Cremation Place:  La Harpe, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Spouse: John Hungate
Children:
Mary Lefler
Harrison Hungate
Adonijah Hungate
Elizabeth Hardesty
Salley Ray
William Hungate
URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-...
Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

The birth date is shown as both 1778 and 1780 but the death date is shown as 1855 and 1885.  The death place is shown as Washington County, Kentucky but the burial place is shown as LaHarpe, Hancock County, Illinois.

Let's look for some original records with original images to see exactly what those records might say about Polly Coffman.

The first primary record that we have of Polly Coffman is the following:

1795- Hungate, John and Polley Coffman, January 25, 1795
Bondsman: Charles Hungate
Bride's mother: Elizabeth Coffman, who certifies bride's age is 21. [It is notable that the bride’s mother is described as Elizabeth Coffman rather than Elizabeth Veitch.
 Teste: Major Farris



If Polly Coffman was age 21 in 1795 that would make her year of birth actually closer to 1774.

Her husband, John Hungate was apparently a man of some note in Mercer and Washington County, Kentucky as he is often referred to as Col. John Hungate.  She married John Hungate and they had eight children together. John was a paymaster in the War of 1812 for the 5th Regiment of Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia from August 25, 1813 to November 9, 1813 when he died in service.

These facts are supported by an application for a military headstone as follows:


Apparently, this marker was placed in the LaHarpe, Illinois cemetery by a American Legion Post No. 301 even though John Hungate is known to have died in Kentucky in 1813 while in military service.

Now Polly Coffman is known as the widow, Mary Hungate. She married Joseph T Sweazy, a widower on 15 March 1816 and they had three children together.

The census records of 1820, 1830 and 1840 provide some of the few pieces of evidence about Polly Coffman after her marriage to Joseph Sweazy;

Joseph Swesey  in the 1820 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Swesey
[Joseph Sweeney]
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Lebanon, Washington, Kentucky
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1  [This is Joseph Sweazy born about 1781, age 29.]
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 4
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1  [This is Polly Coffman but she may have actually been about 46 if she was 21 when she was married first in 1795.]
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 3
All Other Persons Except Indians not Taxed: 12
Free White Persons - Under 16: 11
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 13
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 25
Source Citation
1820 U S Census; Census Place: Lebanon, Washington, Kentucky; Page: 50; NARA Roll: M33_29; Image: 71

Jos Swasey  in the 1830 United States Federal Census
Name: Jos Swasey
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Eastern District, Nelson, Kentucky
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 [Joseph age 39]
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1 [Polly age 56]
Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 9
Source Citation
1830; Census Place: Eastern District, Nelson, Kentucky; Series: M19; Roll: 40; Page: 132; Family History Library Film: 0007819

Joseph Sweasey  in the 1840 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Sweasey
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Nelson, Kentucky
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1 [Joseph age 49 or 50]
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1 [Polly age 66]
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 4
Source Citation
Year: 1840; Census Place: Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: 121; Page: 44; Family History Library Film: 0007831

The census records appear to support that Polly Coffman was born closer to 1774.

By 1850 Mary "Polly" Coffman Hungate Sweazy is not in the household of Joseph Sweazy and he is now married to a much younger woman.  This is substantiated by a marriage record for Joseph Sweazy to Mary F. Hughes August 12, 1850 in Nelson County, Kentucky.

Joseph Sweazy in the 1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Sweazy
Age: 67
Birth Year: abt 1783
Birthplace: New Jersey
Home in 1850: District 2, Nelson, Kentucky, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 517
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Sweazy 67
Mary Sweazy 29
William A Sweazy 9
Sarah L Sweazy 4
James M Sweazy 2
Source Citation
Year: 1850; Census Place: District 2, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M432_215; Page: 374A; Image: 205

There are two possible scenarios for what happened to Polly Coffman:

  1. Polly died between 1840 and 1850
  2. Polly divorced Joseph Sweazy and went to live near her children in LaHarpe, Illinois and died in either 1855 or 1885.

What records might exist that might help us to answer this question?
  1. a biography for one of her children or grandchildren 
  2. vital records for children 
  3. a probate case for John Hungate in Washington County, Kentucky
  4. a probate case for Mary or Polly Sweazy in Nelson County, Kentucky
  5. land transactions involving Joseph Sweazy may include a dower release by Polly Coffman
If you have any ideas to add to this list, I would be most appreciative.  

DNA matches have certainly given me a lot more encouragement to pursue all of the descendants of Christian Coffman and Elizabeth Clarke for more information about the Coffmans and the Hungates.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Thomas Clark- Kentucky Patriot or Early Sheriff?

Would you rather have a Revolutionary War veteran for an ancestor or one of the first sheriffs of Fayette County, Kentucky? This is the dilemma I have encountered when researching the maternal grandfather of Jacob Coffman, Thomas Clark.  I am still hoping that Thomas Clark might be both a patriot and a sheriff.

In previous posts, I have provided information on Jacob Coffman being bound out as an apprentice to a hatter by his mother, Elizabeth Coffman, widow of Christian Coffman.  After the death of Christian Coffman, Elizabeth marries William Veach in 1787 in Mercer County, Kentucky.  William Veach and Elizabeth Coffman had a daughter, Elizabeth Jane Veach who married Andrew Vance. Here are the vitals for the Vance family:

Descendants of Andrew Vance and Elizabeth Jane Veach

1. Andrew Vance (b.1778- Bourbon, Kentucky,; d.1831- Commerce, Hancock, Illinois)
   sp: Elizabeth Jane Veach (b.1787- Kentucky; m.1804; d.1856- Potosi, Grant, Wisconsin)
  2. William Vance (b.1805- Washington, Kentucky; d.1889- Rockwood, Randolph, Illinois)
  2. John H Vance (b.1810- Kentucky; d.1887- Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, California)
  2. Samuel Herchel Vance (b.1812- Cynthiana, Harrison, Kentucky; d.1904- Hunnewell, Shelby,     Missouri)
  2. Andrew J Vance (b.1814- Kentucky; d.1893-Iron, Missouri)
  2. Mary Clark Vance (b.1817- Lexington, Bourbon, Kentucky; d.1880- Madison,Lee,Iowa)
  2. James Ramey Vance (b.1824- Nauvoo,Hancock,Illinois; d.1898- Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California)
  2. Eliza Jane Vance (b.1828- Hancock, Illinois,; d.1893- Madison, Lee, Iowa)
  2. Parmelia Vance (b.1829- Commerce, Hancock, Illinois,; d.1893- Keokuk, Lee, Iowa)


Several of the Vance descendants applied to be members of both the Daughters and the Sons of the American Revolution (DAR and SAR).   The DAR has established a great service to genealogists by creating a patriot database on their website. We are also fortunate that Ancestry.com has digitized applications of the SAR.

Based on the application materials submitted to both DAR and SAR it appears that the Vance descendants where told that the father of Elizabeth Coffman Veach was Thomas Clark and that he was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.  I am hoping that the living Vance descendants may have further information in their family archives to help me sort out this mystery but in the meantime I have been busy researching a vast array of documents related to the early history of Kentucky.

Based on the submittals to DAR and SAR we have information about our ancestor, Thomas Clark as follows:

Name: Thomas Clark
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 12 Jan 1736
Birth Place: Elizabethtown, Essex County, New Jersey
Death Date: May 1810
Death Place: Clarksburg, Harrison County, Virginia [Now West Virginia]
Spouse: Betty Spencer
Child: Elizabeth Clark




When you look at the image above from the DAR Ancestor Rolls you see the warning in red letters that "FUTURE APPLICANTS MUST PROVE CORRECT SERVICE."  Apparently the DAR has noticed a mistake in their records.  It appears that the Vance descendants may have latched onto the wrong Thomas Clarke.



 There have been at least eight women who have entered the DAR based on genealogical research that was apparently faulty.


The men that entered the SAR appear to have made the same mistake.  The genealogical error becomes even more apparent when you read the following articles from the Kentucky Gazette:

Elizabeth Veach et al Kentucky gazette 27 Sep 1797, page 3

Elizabeth Veach and her husband, William Veach are being sued by Joshua M'Dowell and Daniel Workman in September of 1797. The other defendants are Christopher Bryant, Jacob Myers, Edward Worthington, Thomas Shepherd, William Shepherd and Mary Shepherd.

Elizabeth Veach et al Kentucky Gazette  30 May 1798, page 3
Several months later in March of 1798 we see that Thomas Clarke who is presumably the son of Thomas Clarke, Sr. has been named as an additional defendant but Thomas Shepherd is no longer named.  The defendants are described as the heirs and representatives of Thomas Clark, deceased. The public notice further states that "it is ordered that Sarah, Roanna and Elizabeth Shepherd, daughters of Sarah and William Shepherd, late Sarah Clarke, be made defendants and Levi Todd, the clerk of this court is appointed guardian to the said Elizabeth who is under the age of twenty one years..." However, if you look at the previous notice it appears that the wife of William Shepherd was Mary Shepherd.

The recommended course of action when you have a court case like this is to get copies of the complete file.  However, there was a fire at the courthouse in Lexington in 1803 which destroyed everything recorded prior to that date. Despite the best efforts of the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives, there was nothing more to be found on this case.

However, these newspaper articles present a much more complete picture of the descendants of Thomas Clark. I still question some of the details provided by the Vance descendants and much more work remains to be done to verify all of the following information.

1. Thomas Clark (b.1736-USA;d.1797-,,Kentucky,USA)
   sp: Betty Spencer (b.1736-USA;m.1753;d.1836)
  2. Sarah Clark (b.1757)
     sp: William Shepherd (b.1755)
    3. Sarah Shepherd
    3. Roanna Shepherd
    3. Elizabeth Shepherd
  2. Elizabeth Clark (b.1760-Elizabeth,Union,New Jersey,United States;d.1820-White County,Illinois,USA)
     sp#1: Christian AKA Christopher Coffman (b.1750;m.1775;d.1787-Mercer County,Kentucky,USA)
    3. Mary Polly Coffman (b.1778-Augusta,Virginia,United States;d.1855-Nelson,Kentucky,United States)
       sp: John Hungate Col. (b.1774-,Washington Co.,Kentucky;m.1795;d.1813-Tatum Springs,,Kentucky)
    3. Jacob Coffman (b.1780-,,Germany;d.1852-McDonough County,Illinois,USA)
       sp: Eary Fowler (b.1785-Baltimore,Baltimore,Maryland;m.1805;d.1855-La Harpe,Hancock,Illinois,USA)
    3. Sarah "Sally" Coffman (b.1787-Mercer County,Kentucky,USA;d.1860-Hamilton,Hancock,Illinois,United States)
       sp: William Hungate (b.1780-Colony,Laurel,Kentucky,United States;m.1800;d.1845-Knights Prairie,Hancock,Illinois,United States)
    3. Christopher Christian Coffman Jr
    3. Ann Coffman
    3. Isaac Coffman (b.1775-Virginia,USA;d.1812-Pigeon Roost,Scott County,Indiana,USA)
       sp: Mary Calvert (m.1796)
     sp#2: William Veach (b.1749-Prince George's,Maryland,USA;m.1788;d.1835-Burlington,Iowa,USA)
    3. Elizabeth Jane Veach (b.1787-Kentucky,United States;d.1856-Potosi,Grant,Wisconsin,United States)
       sp: Andrew Vance (b.1778-Bourbon,Kentucky,United States;m.1804;d.1831-Commerce,Hancock,Illinois,United States)
       sp: Luther Whitney (b.1777-Marlboro,Windham,Vermont,United States;m.1831;d.1854-Hancock,Hancock,I,United States)
    
It is also clear that Thomas Clark must have died before September 1797 when this court case was first mentioned in the Kentucky Gazette. 

One of the sources that support the fact that there was a sheriff named Thomas Clark in Fayette County, Kentucky is the following:

History of Lexington, Kentucky : its early annals and recent progress including biographical sketches and personal reminiscences of the pioneer settlers, notices of prominent citizens, etc., etc.
Statement of Responsibility: by George W. Ranck
Authors: Ranck, George W. (George Washington), 1841-1900 (Main Author)
Format: Books/Monographs
Language: English
Publication: Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, 1989
Physical: 443 p. : front.
ISBN: 1556131933
Subject Class: 976.947/L1 H2
Notes
Reprint. Originally published: Cincinnati : Robert Clarke, 1872.
SOURCE: https://books.familysearch.org
Page 71- The justices of the county court were successively sheriffs of the county until the law was changed in 1792.  The first sheriff under the succession rule was Charles Carr. Mr. Carr was a native of Virginia, and emigrated to this state when he was but ten years of age. He was a private soldier in the American army, under General Anthony Wayne, in 1794, and took an active part in his celebrated campaign against the Indians. In the war of 1812 he served as captain, and was at one time a prisoner. Subsequently he was a member of the state legislature. He died in Fayette county, at an advaneed age. His successors as sheriffs were THOMAS CLARKE, J. 0. Richardson, Leonard Young, A. Young, James Wood, W. R. Morton, Edward Payne, John Bradford, G. W. Morton, Waller Bullock, A. Thomson, Oliver Keene, T. S. Redd, R. S. Todd, T. A. Russell, M. Flournoy, J. R. Sloan, Moses Ellis, J. B. O’Bannon, aller Rhodes, Abraham Dudley, Joseph Gross, C. S. Bodley, Thomas Nichols, W. W. Dowden, R.S. Bullock.
Thomas Clark may have also served as a jailer but unfortunately we may never know for sure since the first name of Mr. Clark is not given.
Page 164- The following is an incomplete list of those who have filled the office of jailer, viz: Innis B. Brent, --- CLARK, Barker, Wm. Bobbs, Nathaniel Prentiss, Richard Sharp, Joseph R. Megowan, T. B. Megowan, --- White, Ben. Blincoe, W. H. Lusby, and Thos. B. Megowan. Including all the terms he has served, Mr. T. B. Megowan has been a jailer for nearly forty years.

The Kentucky Gazette gives us an exact date that Thomas Clark was elected sheriff:

Thomas Clarke was elected Sheriff of Fayette County in May of 1792
Kentucky Gazette, 5 May 1792, page 3
If this date is accurate and the information from the History of Lexington is also accurate that the law was changed in 1792, it is possible that Thomas Clarke was actually the first sheriff of Fayette County.


The caveat as always is that this is a work in progress.  This is the genealogical conclusion based on the available evidence but hopefully there is more evidence to be found.
   

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Other Jacob Coffman

Do you ever find yourself going down a rabbit trail in search of your ancestors?  It happens to me with regularity. You get excited thinking that you may have found another ancestor only to realize that you have been tracing someone else's ancestor.  With so many people with the same names in the same localities, this is bound to happen to every genealogist at some point in their research.

Another object lesson in the research below is that the boundaries of counties were constantly changing in Kentucky before it became a state in 1792 and for several decades after.

While exploring some of the records that I recently found in Mercer County, Kentucky, it happened to me.  The Jacob Coffman that I found in the early Mercer County records appears to have died before 1793 as described in the road survey below.  I hate to see all of this research go to waste, so I post it here in hopes that it will help others  to avoid making the same detour and also to help the descendants of that other Jacob Coffman that we know from Anderson County history that died in 1792.



Division of the Lands of Jacob Coffman
Dec 1804
Lawrenceburg, Franklin, Kentucky, USA [Lawrenceburg is now the county seat of Anderson County, Kentucky and was previous to 1794 in Mercer County.]

The map shows the division of the estate of Jacob Coffman among his wife and five children. The map accompanies the probate court record in Franklin County. The land shown is the center of present-day Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

SOURCE: gmoore70 originally shared this to Ancestry.com on 05 Sep 2010

The following report describes the records that I found on the Jacob Coffman that died in 1792.


Mercer County Kentucky Records, Vol. 1,
Michael L. Cook, 1987
Book viewed at
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
A Branch of the Houston Public Library
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas 77004
April 28, 2017



TRANSCRIPTION:  p. 210, Ann Shiell, Executrix of HUGH SHIELL, dec’d, v. WILLIAM SHEPHERD and JACOB COFFMAN, on debt. Defendants relinquished former plea; plaintiff to recover 7 pounds, 3 shillings and 6 pence, and costs, to be discharged by the payment of 3 pounds, 11 shillings, 9 pence with interest of 5% from August 2, 1786, and costs.
SOURCE: Page 72, Mercer County KY Records, Vol. 1, Michael L. Cook, 1987; Referencing page 210 in Court Book #1, March the 27th, 1788;
ORIGINAL SOURCE: LDS Microfilm # 7899116, Digitized Image 123 of 555;


TRANSCRIPTION: p. 473, On the petition of sundry inhabitants, ordered that JOHN ARNOLD, ROBERT ARMSTRONG, JACOB COFFMAN, BENJAMIN ARNOLD and JAMES McGUIRE, or any three of them, view the best way for a road from KIRKHAM’s Ferry on the Kentucky River to the road leading from Danville to Louisville and to Drennon’s Lick, also the way proposed for a road to lead from the place where HENRY MILLER proposes to have a ferry, into the above mentioned roads and report.

SOURCE: Page 168, Mercer County KY Records, Vol. 1, Michael L. Cook, 1987; Referencing page 473 in Court Book #1 dated February the 23rd, 1790;

ORIGINAL SOURCE: LDS Microfilm # 7899116, Digitized Image 261 of 555;


TRANSCRIPTION: p. 486, The persons appointed for that purpose, report that they have reviewed the way for a road from LILLARD’s Cove Spring to Frankfort, and that a good way may be had by running through the land of the said Lillard, with his consent, thence through the land of JAMES KNOX and HOLMES, thence through CALEB WALLACE, thence through the land of JACOB COFFMAN, dec’d, with consent of his widow, thence through the land of DAVID TILFORD, thence through the land of PETER STURGIS’s heirs, thence through the land of JOHN ARNOLD with his consent, thence through the land of JOHN ROBINSON, and thence through the land of ARCHIBALD HAMTILTON [sic] with his consent. Ordered that summons issue to the proprietors who have not given their consent.

SOURCE: Page 346 and 347, Mercer County Kentucky Records, Vol. 1, Michael L. Cook, 1987; Referencing page 486 in Court Book #2 dated March the 26th 1793;

ORIGINAL SOURCE: LDS Microfilm # 7899116,  Digitized Image 545 of 555;
URL: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-GSN8-Q?mode=g&i=544&cat=434368

The dotted line that runs from Cove Spring to Frankfort is the road that is described in the 1793 road survey.
The land of Jacob Coffman was on the waters of Hammonds Creek and
surrounded Lawrenceburg shown here as Laurenceburg.
SOURCE: A map of the State of Kentucky : from actual survey, Luke Munsell, 1818
https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3950.ct003777a/


Google Books gives us a preview of a book entitled, History and Families, Anderson County, Kentucky
Turner Publishing Company, 1991 - History - 180 pages.
On page 7 of this book we find the following reference to Lillard’s  Cove Spring:

In 1873 [sic should be 1773], James, Robert and George McAfee led a party out of Virginia to explore and survey lands in Kentucky.  In their exploration they came upon the spring at the head of Gilbert's Creek.  They referred to it as either Cove Spring or Cave Spring, later called Lillard's Spring from the pioneer Thomas Lillard, and presently called McCall's Spring. The spring is located in [sic should be on] US 127 about five miles south of Lawrenceburg.

Another reference to Lillard’s Spring is found on Google Books:
Lillard: a family of colonial Virginia - Volume 2 - Page 821
David Hicks Lillard, ‎Raleigh T. Green - 1991 - ‎Snippet view
During the 1790's Thomas Lillard built his home, which came to be known as "Spring Hill... was located immediately east of a continuously flowing spring originally named the Cave or Cove Spring by the McAfee brothers, also pioneer settlers ...

Given the above reference to Anderson County, the Jacob Coffman described in these early Mercer County records is probably the Jacob Coffman who was the first settler on the site of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

JACOB COFFMAN, FIRST ANDERSON COUNTY PIONEER"Jacob Coffman was one of the first, it not the first, to build his cabin or fort, in what is now Anderson county. His fort, or strong cabin (It was not one of the large stations or forts), stood on the corner lot made by what is now Woodford and Main streets, the lot now (1928) occupied by the Presbyterian church. This cabin was put up between February 3, 1780 and June 23, 1780, the time he made his 1,000 acre entry, the second entry using the term, "adjoining his settlement and around the same." Here Coffman lived from 1780 until his death by Indians in 1792." 
SOURCE: Ancestry.com. A history of Anderson County [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: McKee, Lewis W.. A history of Anderson County. Baltimore: Regional Pub. Co., 1975. The 1975 version was a reprint of A History of Anderson County Begun in 1884 By Major Lewis W. McKee, and concluded in 1936 By Mrs. Lydia K. Bond; Published by Roberts Printing Co., Frankfort, 1936.











Monday, May 1, 2017

Was Jacob Coffman a Mad Hatter?

Thank God for the transcribers!  I am truly grateful for all of the genealogists that have chosen to transcribe and abstract original records.  I say this because of the wonderful discoveries that I made at the Clayton Library in Houston this week.  I am especially thankful for a genealogist named Michael L. Cook.

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In honor of genealogical transcribers everywhere I have assembled this compilation entitled:

THE HEIRS OF CHRISTOPHER COFFMAN IN MERCER COUNTY KENTUCKY RECORDS

extracted from:
Mercer County Court Order Books transcribed and published by Michael L. Cook, C.G. of Evansville, Indiana in 1987 in a book entitled "Mercer County Kentucky Records, Volume 1." Web links to the original records added by Nick Cimino of League City, Texas in April and May 2017.
The focus of these selected records are on the family of Christian Kauffman AKA Christopher Coffman, his wife Elizabeth Clark and their three sons, Jacob, Isaac and Christian AKA Christopher.

DEATH PRIOR TO 10 JUN 1787

The death of Christian Kauffman AKA Christopher Coffman occurred prior to the date that his widow gave consent to marry.  We have not yet been able to find a more definitive date of his death. He may have been one of the early "Low Dutch" settlers that were encouraged to settle near present day Harrodsburg by James Harrod. SOURCE: http://www.jamesharrodtrust.org/james-harrod.html

Elizabeth Clarke Coffman, the widow of Christian Kauffman gave her consent to marry William Veach on 10 June 1787 in Mercer County, Kentucky. Since his widow was married in Mercer County, the presumption would be that he died within the boundaries of that county as they existed in the last half of the decade of 1780. However, if he died prior to the formal creation of Mercer County on 17 October 1785, it is possible that some records related to his death might be found in Lincoln County which was the predecessor to Mercer.

Consent granted by Elizabeth Coffman is at the following URL: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-YXSC-5J?mode=g&i=66&cc=1804888
Citation: Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 Microfilm # 004705523 ; Image 67 of 1177
[Transcription of permission to marry by Elizabeth Coffman, June 10, 1787]
This is to certify that you have my approbation in granting a license to Mr. Wm. Veitch the bearer hereof to Marry me. Given under my hand this 10th day of June 1787 signed Elizabeth Coffman 
[No mark so she was apparently able to write her signature.]

Seven years after the marriage of the widow, Elizabeth Coffman to William Veach, she binds out her sons in apprenticeship records found in the Mercer County Court Order Books.

SELECTED COFFMAN RECORDS FROM BOOK BY MICHAEL L. COOK, C.G. 1987

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Cook's page # 383
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County Court Order Book 3 (1793-1801)
March 25, 1794
p. 91 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-PTG4?i=53&cat=434368
COOK'S ABSTRACT: Ordered that THOMAS ALLIN, Clerk, with consent of the widow, bind out JACOB COFFMAN, orphan of Christopher Coffman, dec'd., to DAVID SUTTON, to learn the trade of a hatter.
FULL TRANSCRIPTION BY NICK CIMINO:
Ordered that THOMAS ALLIN, Clerk of the Court, with consent of the widow, bind JACOB COFFMAN, orphan of CHRISTOPHER COFFMAN, Deceased, to DAVID SUTTON, to learn the trade of a hatter as the law directs.
also on p. 91
COOK'S ABSTRACT: Ordered that THOMAS ALLIN, with consent of ELIZABETH VEACH, bind out CHRISTOPHER COFFMAN, son of ELIZABETH COFFMAN and orphan of CHRISTOPHER COFFMAN, dec'd., to OSWALD THOMAS, to learn the trade of a tanner; also to bind out their son ISAAC COFFMAN to learn the trade of a sadler.


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Cook's page 387
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County Court Order Book 3 (1793-1801)
May 27, 1794
p. 103 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-PTR8?i=59&cat=434368
COOK'S ABSTRACT: Indenture of Apprenticeship, THOMAS ALLIN, Clerk, for CHRISTOPHER COFFMAN to OSWALD THOMAS, was approved and ordered recorded.
also on p. 103 COOK'S ABSTRACT: Indenture of Apprenticeship, THOMAS ALLIN, Clerk, for JACOB COFFMAN to DAVID SUTTON, was approved and ordered recorded.


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Cook's page 470
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County Court Order Book 3 (1793-1801)
March 28, 1797
p. 318 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-PYXL?mode=g&i=167
COOK'S ABSTRACT: Ordered that the Indenture between BOSWELL THOMAS and CHRISTOPHER COFFMAN, by mutual consent, be set aside.


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Cook's page 539
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County Court Order Book 3 (1793-1801)
November 20, 1799
p. 466 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-PTR3?i=241
COOK'S ABSTRACT: ISAAC COFFMAN made oath that ISAAC COFFMAN JR. is son and heir at law to CHRISTOPHER COFFMAN, dec'd; the same is ordered certified.


By conducting a web search, I found the following about "Hatter David Sutton Kentucky":
"TWENTY FIVE CENTS REWARD. Runaway from the subscriber, an apprentice boy, to the Hatter’s trade, named JACOB COFFMAN, about fifteen years old. Whoever delivers him to his master, near the mouth of Dick’s river, shall have the above reward, but no other charges paid.  DAVID SUTTON."
Source: Kentucky Gazette, 19 September 1798; Transcribed here: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyfayett/apprentices_etc.htm
Original image of the Kentucky Gazette of 19 Sept 1798 was found here:
http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt77d7957m7g/data/1906.pdf




I wondered why Jacob Coffman never followed the hatter trade and this runaway notice explains it. Again we give a big shout out to volunteer transcribers that contribute to RootsWeb and so many other websites.

The "mouth of Dick's river" is mentioned in several online sources:

Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky
https://books.google.com/books?id=nnNKAAAAYAAJ
Lewis Collins - 1878
**page 23 Irish Station, between Danville and mouth of Dick's river.
**page 24 Smith's Station was on the road from Danville to the mouth of Dick's river.
**page 514 a ferry was established by the Virginia Legislature in 1786 and granted to John Curd over the Kentucky River at the mouth of Dick's river.
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https://books.google.com/books?id=1GZHAQAAMAAJ
Lewis Collins - 1882 - ?Kentucky
**page 542 - In 1786, across the Kentucky River, on the lands of John Curd, at the mouth of Dick's river; a town was established, called New-Market.

Dicks River is now known as Dix River and it flows into the Kentucky River.  A historic railroad bridge called High Bridge was built near the mouth of the Dix river.  The Jessamine County Kentucky River Task Force published a Kentucky River Guidebook that includes a historical marker at the mouth of the Dix River with the following text:
 Mouth of Dix (M-G) (RM 118.3)
The Dix River (originally called 'Dick’s River' after a Cherokee chief) is the location of Lake Herrington built in 1923-35 by the predecessor of Kentucky Utilities, Inc.  Because the Dix River flows through a narrow canyon, it was the site of several mills using this water power prior to the Dix Dam. 
John Curd, a Revolutionary War major, acquired a large tract of land near this point, as well as 16 acres in Jessamine County, established a warehouse, and operated a ferry  between the Mouth of Dix and Jessamine County beginning in 1786 under a license from Virginia.  
This Act of the Virginia Legislature also established the Town of New Market on twenty acres at this point.  In October 1788 the ware-house became a reality with James Hord, Edmund Mundy, and Bernard [sic]acting as official Inspectors of Tobacco.  The County Court of Mercer County was kept busy surveying potential new roads into the site from various locations.  By any standards, this was a tough job.
This warehouse was one of the inspection stations approved by James Wilkinson for tobacco shipped by flatboat to New Orleans on his second voyage.
SOURCE: http://www.jessamineco.com/river/guidebook2.htm  This site also includes a map of the marker location.



More on David Sutton:
The following reference to David Sutton was found in Kentucky Ancestors V42-4, 2007
excerpted from the The Life and Times of Robert B. McAfee, on page 199,  Recollections of the year 1793:
"My Cousin Samuel Walker Kerr was about this time put to the Trade of a Hatter in Harrodsburgh to Mr. David Sutton, very much against his inclination. My Father thought it his duty to give him a trade as he had no property to support himself. He went with as heavy a heart as I did to board from home and it was unfortunate that he did so as he had no capital to begin with. He, however, attempted to follow it but never succeeded at it and finally it was abandoned as his heart was never in the matter. This event always prejudiced my mind (and experience justifies the opinion) never to put a boy to any Trade or business which he does not freely select himself, as nine times out of ten it will turn out a failure. Almost every person has a genius for some kind of business if permitted to follow it, you cannot force nature or give boys inclination which they do not possess, and if any person does not possess talents to make a fortune, they would not keep it if made to their hand. If Parents or Guardians would oftener consult the natural temperament of their children and wards, they would save many heartaches & disappointments."
SOURCE: https://colonialamericansigncompany.com/#/reproduction-signs/

Clearly, Jacob Coffman was not inclined toward the trade of a hatter as evidenced by the fact that he had run away from David Sutton. The period of his apprenticeship lasted from May 1794 to September 1798 which is four years and four months.  He was probably "mad" that he had wasted four years of his life but we do not know if he was exposed to mercury poisoning long enough to contract the "mad hatter disease."

Christopher Coffman was bound out to Oswald Thomas on March 25, 1794, to learn the trade of a tanner.  Isaac Coffman was also bound out on the same date to learn the trade of a sadler.  The implication was that Isaac was also bound out to Oswald Thomas.  However, by March 28, 1797 the Indenture between "Boswell Thomas" and Christopher Coffman was set aside by mutual consent. Christopher Coffman served his apprenticeship three years and three days.  Whether his master's name was Oswald Thomas or Boswell Thomas, it is clear that he too was not well suited to his trade. Tanning the skins of the deer and the buffalo for the rough clothing of the time, was one of the earliest and most essential industries of Kentucky.

SOURCE: Some Early Industries of Mercer County read by Mary A. Stephenson before Harrodsburg Historical Society, March 6, 1914 and published in Register of Kentucky State Historical Society, Vol. 13, No. 38 (MAY, 1915), pp. 43,45-52 [PDF copy downloaded from jstor.org available upon request]

The book of early court records by Michael L. Cook has many more Coffman treasures.  I insert a few of the images that I snapped to tantalize you and encourage you to find a copy of this wonderful book of abstracts for yourself.









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Monday, April 24, 2017

Coffman Records in Mercer County, Kentucky

Compiled by Nick Cimino, League City, Texas April 2017

DRAFT DOCUMENT FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

Many other genealogists have subscribed to the theory that the father of Jacob Coffman 1780-1852 (buried in McDonough County, Illinois) is Christian Coffman AKA Christopher Coffman who appears to have died in Mercer County, Kentucky in the 1780s.  There is a profile for Christian Coffman in the Family Search family tree at the following URL: https://familysearch.org/tree/person/MQTC-T18/details

According to the Family Search Wiki: Mercer County was created 17 October 1785 as a Virginia county from Lincoln County. County seat: Harrodsburg. Mercer County became a county in the state of Kentucky upon the formation of that state in 1792.
Lincoln County was created on 1 May 1780 as a Virginia county when Kentucky County (Virginia) was abolished to form Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln counties.
Kentucky County, Virginia was created in 1776 from Fincastle County.
Fincastle County was created in 1772 from Botetourt County.
Botetourt County was created 7 November 1769 from Augusta County.
Augusta County was created 1 August 1738 from Orange County.
The following records were transcribed by Nick Cimino, in April 2017, League City, Texas ancestorpuzzles[at]gmail.com; Transcriber's notes in brackets [ ]. Underlining was added for emphasis of key names and phrases.

[The following transcription of a deed was received from David Coffman in April 2017, DJmodem[at]hotmail.com]
Mercer County, Kentucky, Deeds, Book 2, Page 446 - The deposition of Edward Davis taken this 8th day of February 1796 at the house now occupied by Isaac Coffman in Mercer County for the purpose of establishing the place whereon the improvement was made in the year 1774 that was claimed by Isaac Taylor deceased which deposition was taken by virtue of an order of the Court of Mercer County between the heirs of said Isaac Taylor deceased of the one party and James Speed, John Lillard and Henry French of the other part, the said James Speed, John Lillard and Henry French having acknowledged legal notice of the taking the deposition aforesaid, before us Thomas Freeman and Garrett Darland Commissioners appointed by the Court aforesaid for the purpose of taking the said deposition and the said Edward Davis having been duly sworn saith: That in February 1780 he was in company with Silas Harlan and they went by the place where Isaac Coffman now lives and the said Harlan showed this Deponent an Improvement which stood near the Spring now used by the said Isaac Coffman and told him it was an Improvement belonging to Isaac Taylor and that him the said Harlan had made it for the said Taylor. This deponent further saith that he was afterwards directed by the said Harlan to purchase the same improvement above said from the said Isaac Taylor and told this deponent that he expected the claim could begot cheap as the improvement had cost Taylor only 3 pounds which he had paid to him the said Harlan for the making of the improvement. This deponent further saith that he was a near neighbor to aforesaid Isaac Taylor and is well satisfied that he the said Taylor never was in this state either before or since the making of the improvement. Question by James Speed: when did you understand this aforesaid sum of 3 pounds was paid by Isaac Taylor to Harlan? Answer: I understand (but cannot tell by whom) that the money was not paid by Harlan until after the battle at the Point [Pleasant], which was the fall of 1774, and further the deponent saith not.
SOURCE: Virginia tax payers, 1782-87, other than those published by the United Stated Census Bureau By Augusta B. Fothergill and John Mark Naugle 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. This book is online at Family Search Books but I had to visit a Family History Center to download my PDF copy.
Name of Tax Payer, Poll, Slave, County
Coffman, Abraham, 1, 0, Hardy
Coffman, Christopher 1, 0 Berkeley
Coffman, Isaac, 1, 1, Berkeley
Coffman, John, 1, 0, Montgomery
Hungate, John, 1, 0, Botetourt
Hungate, William, 1, 0, Botetourt
[It is notable that Isaac Coffman was the only slave holder but he only had one slave. The proximity of Isaac Coffman and Christopher Coffman in Berkeley County, Virginia may indicate relationship. Christopher and Isaac are also found in proximity in Mercer County, Kentucky records. The original tax records should be reviewed to see if they appear to pay their taxes at the same time.]
SOURCE: The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Vol. 20, No. 58, 1922 Frankfort, Kentucky [Google Books]; Early Marriage Records of Mercer County, Kentucky
SURNAME: COFFMAN
page 10, 20 Jun 1788 Wm. Veatch and Elizabeth Coffman, Minister: Rice
page 14, 12 Nov 1794 John Hungate and Mary Coffman, Minister: Rice
page 15, 8 Jan 1795 John Hungate and Polly Coffman, Minister: Rice
page 16, 3 Aug 1796 Isaac Coffman and Mary Calvert, Minister: Rice
page 20, 8 Jul 1800 Wm. Hungate and Sally Coffman, Minister: Rice
SURNAME: HUNGATE see the three above; no more found
[It is notable that the name of the minister is identified in this version of the Mercer marriage records. This minister should be researched further to find out what his role was in the Mercer County community.]

SOURCE: Marriage Bonds And Consents, 1786-1810, Mercer County, Kentucky; Compiled and Published by: Alma Ray Sanders Ison and Rebecca Wilson Conover, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, July, 1970; digitized book at FamilySearch.org. This book is online at Family Search Books but I had to visit a Family History Center to download my PDF copy.  I have added a few hyperlinks to the original records referenced in these transcriptions by Ison and Conover.

1787- Veitch, William and Elizabeth Coffman, June 19, 1787
Bondsman: Isaac Coffman
Consent: The bride writes consent for the license to be issued
Teste: Vincent Wren and Dan Veitch
[Some researchers have theorized that Elizabeth Coffman is the widow of Christian Coffman and that Isaac Coffman is her brother-in-law.  One can also make the assumption that Dan. Veitch is a close relative of William Veitch. See the full transcription of the consent granted by Elizabeth Coffman transcribed below.]
The consent follows two images beyond the bond.]

1792- Stilts, Frederick and Racheal Goldman, May 30, 1792
Bondsman: John Goodnight
Bride's guardian: Henry Goldman
Teste: James Coffman

1795- Hungate, John and Polley Coffman, January 25, 1795
Bondsman: Charles Hungate
Bride's mother: Elizabeth Coffman, who certifies bride's age is 21. [It is notable that the bride’s mother is described as Elizabeth Coffman rather than Elizabeth Veitch.
 Teste: Major Farris

1800- Hungate, William and Salley Coffman, July 8, 1800
Bondsman: Job Hale, who certifies that bride is 21.

Stoghill, John and Mary Coffman, April 22, 1801
Bondsman: Nicholas Myres
Consent: Isaac Kaufman and Anne Kaufman
Teste: Henry Kaufman
[The parents of Mary Coffman appear to be Isaac Coffman and his wife, Anne. Is this Annie French?]


Steen, Nathan and Sally Hale, April 15, 1807 [Nathan Steen later marries Anne Coffman daughter of Isaac Coffman. Nathan Steen is also a bondsman in 1808 marriage bond of Rachel Coffman below.]
Bondsman: John Hayes
Bride's mother: Hannah Hale
Teste: Elias Passmore

Steen, Nathan and Anne Coffman, March 12, 1808
Bondsman: Isaac Coffman
Bride's father: Isaac Coffman
Teste: Henry Coffman

1808- Brooks, Jesse and Rachel Coffman, April 5, 1808
Bondsman: Nathan Steen
Consent: Travis C?) Coffman
Teste.: Nathan Zachery
[Ison and Conover made an error in transcription as Isaac Coffman also signed this consent.]


SOURCE: Mercer County Loose Marriage Papers
A table of contents of the Mercer County Loose Marriage Papers is found here:

This is the general index to early Coffman marriages:

Consent granted by Elizabeth Coffman is at the following URL: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-YXSC-5J?mode=g&i=66&cc=1804888
Citation: Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954  Microfilm # 004705523 ; Image  67 of 1177
[Transcription of permission to marry by Elizabeth Coffman, June 19, 1787]
This is to certify that you have my approbation in granting a license to Mr. Wm. Veitch the bearer hereof to Marry me. Given under my hand this 10th day of June 1787 signed Elizabeth Coffman [no mark so she was apparently able to write her signature.]
Mr. Tho. Allen Clk. ----sp?
Test. Vincent Wren
Dan. Veith x his mark
[The original image was attached to Family Search profile for Elizabeth Clarke  9N3V-XBN by Nicholas Cimino1]
Reason This Source Is Attached:
Per Ison and Conover, 1970 [See full citation above]: No official approval to marry was given to those under twenty—one years of age unless they had the consent of their parents, grandparents or guardians. Most often these consents were in written form, in the handwriting of the individual giving consent or, if he was unable to write, in the handwriting of a relative or neighbor. A prospective bride who wrote her own note of consent for the license to be issued was either a widow or a woman who was above twenty-one years of age. [It appears that most genealogists are presuming that Elizabeth Coffman was a widow rather than a woman over the age of consent.  It is notable that other consents by the prospective bride actually include an explicit statement that she is a widow and this consent by Elizabeth Coffman does not state that she is a widow.]
Some additional marriages in the loose papers that Ison and Conover appeared to miss are the following as evidenced by the Family Search citations which are copied below:
Bond: "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5Z6-HF3  : accessed 24 April 2017), Isaac Coffman and Mary Calbert, 02 Aug 1796; citing Mercer, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 191,842. No consent was found.
Bond: "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5Z6-ZT9  : accessed 24 April 2017), Henry Coffman and Sarah Neals, 08 Oct 1802; citing Mercer, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 191,842.
Consent: "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5Z6-ZT3  : accessed 24 April 2017), W Henry Coffman and Sarah Neale, 08 Oct 1802; citing Mercer, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 191,842.
 [Note that the Madison County Courthouse is referenced as the location of these records. This appears to be an error in transcription.]
THE ESTATE OF CHRISTIAN COFFMAN AKA CHRISTIAN KAUFFMAN
An original Minute Book record has been attached to the Family Search Tree for the profile of Christian Kauffman, 1750 – 20 June 1787 • Person ID: MQTC-T18 by Nick Cimino.
The source of this minute book is Family Search microfilm #007901429; Image # 72 of 1150. The date of the record looks like it could be 1791 but the number 1 is written very strangely.
A transcription was made as follows: [From Image 71] At a Court held for Mercer county on Tuesday the 23rd Aug. 1791; Present: John Irvine, Samuel McDowell, James Speed and Robert Mosly, Gentlemen;  [here begins transcription of Image 72 from the upper left hand corner] Administration on the Estate of Christian Coffman Dec'd Granted to Martha Veatch, William Veatch and Isaac Coffman they giving bond with Ab'm Banta, ----- [sp?] McClure Sec'y in the Penalty of 100 lbs. [sp?] Cond'r --[sp?] Whereupon they took the Oath --[sp?]


SOURCE: United States, Kentucky, Mercer - Court records; Order books, v. 1-2, 1786-1793; Film #7899116; Transcriptions were made from handwritten Order Book which is available as digitized microfilm images at FamilySearch.org.
[Index page Image 9 of 555. This index is alphabetized by Plaintiff.  There is not a separate Defendant index. Other names in the orders are not indexed.]
[Plaintiff Index] Caughian v. Jennings 216; Coffman v. Campbell 299
[Index page Image 12 of 555] Hungate Charles 472;
 [Page 216 is on Image 126]; May the 27th 1788;
John Jouett came into Court and undertook for Jonathan Jinnings at the suit of John Coughran in an Action of Trespass...
[Page 299 is on Image 167] [From Top of Page] March the 25th 1789 - Present Alexander Robertson and Samuel Taylor Gentlemen
[Towards Bottom of Page]
Isaac Coffman......Plt}    against   John Campbell….Deft} Upon a Petition
   The Defendant though solemnly called came [not] Judgement [sic] is therefore Granted the Plaintiff against the said Defendant for one pound eighteen shillings Current money and also his Costs by him in this behalf expended and the said Defendant in Mercy etc.

[Page 472 is on Image 261] February the 23rd 1790
On the motion of Margaret Divine Widow and relict of John Divine Deceased who made Oath as the Law directs certificate is granted her for obtaining Letters of administration on her late husbands Estate in due form she giving Securety [sic] whereupon She with John Brown her securety [sic] (who was Sworn touching his personal estate) entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two hundred pounds Conditioned as the Law directs ~
   Ordered that John Kirkland, Charles Hungate, Joseph McCollister and John Hale or any three of them being first sworn do appraise in Current Money the personal Estate (and Slaves if any) of John Divine Deceased and that the Administratrix return an Inventory thereof to the Court as the Law directs ~
[Other items of interest] [Not yet viewed]
Deeds 2, 7, 18, 22, 26, 27, 32, 58, 59, 63, 70, 97, 99, 104, 140, 150, 155, 162, 166, 184-188, 288-291, 308, 309, 313, 349-353, 358, 359, 362, 363, 405, 406, 408, 409, 446, 449, 450, 454, 458, 459, 462, 463, 467, 470, 471, 473, 506, 507, 510, 511, 515-517
Rodes [Roads sp?] 127-129, 140, 184, 186, 191, 154, 403, 404, 409, 411, 415, 451, 471, 473-475, 509, 510
Sheriff 2, 102, 138, 303, 307, 321, 330, 439, 477
Surveyor Record etc. 3, 58, 194
Surveyor Road 20, 21, 22, 91?, 106, 134, 137, 138, 139
[Defendants of interest] French vs. Coffman 296, 306, 330, 331, 375; Hall vs Veaytch 224; Martin vs. Coffman 53, 91, 103; McForse[sp?] vs. Coffman 175, 183; Sheels Ex’r vs. Coffman 124 [Not yet viewed]

[Volume 2 begins on Image 289]
[Index page for “C” surnames begins on Image 293 but there were no Coffman listings. This appears to be an index of plaintiffs only.]
[Index page for “H” surnames begins on Image 295] Hungate vs. Higgins 369
[Page 369 appears on Image 486 of 555]
John Hungate…Plt. against Robert Higgins and Jacob Tucker… Deft.] In Debt
This day came the Defendant Jacob by his Attorney and acknowledges the Plaintiffs demand against him for Seventy five pounds Current money. It is therefore considered by the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant Jacob Seventy five pounds Current money and also his Costs by him in this behalf expended and the said Defendant in Mercy etc.
[Searching the index for defendant names found the following:] Bull vs Coffman 139; Clever vs. Coffman 233, 322; Logan vs. Coffman 251, 383;
[Page 139 appears on Image 370 of 555] January the 25th 1792
Bennett Bull… Pltf} against Isaac Coffman…Deft} Upon Petition
By consent of the parties It is ordered that the Suit be Dismissed each party paying their own costs ~

[Page 233 appears on Image 417 of 555] August the 24th 1791
On the motion of Benjamin Clever by his Attorney legal notice being proved for a Judgment upon a bond for the Delivery of property against Isaac Coffman and Thomas Allin, upon hearing the parties by their Attornies. It is the opinion of the Court that the said Bond is illegal, that the motion of the said Benjamin be quashed and that he pay to the Defendants Isaac and Thomas their costs by them in this behalf expended etc.
[Page 322 appears on Image 463 of 555] March the 27th 1792
On the motion of Benjamin Clever by his Attorney It is ordered that the Clerk when Execution is Ordered by the said Benjamin against Daniel Veach, Isaac Coffman and Thomas Walker upon a judgment obtained on the rules by the said Benjamin against them that he issue the same with Interest to be computed after the rate of five PrCentum PrAnnum from the first day of March 1787 until paid and the Costs ~

[Searching the index for defendant names found the following:] Burke v. Veach 9;
 [Page 9 appears on Image  303 of 555] May the 27th 1790
George Berks…Pltf} against Daniel Veach…Deft} In Case
This day came the parties aforesaid by their attornies and thereupon came also a Jury To wit William Morrow, Samuel Gibb, Bernard Gains, Edward Worthington, Henry Higgins, Peter Kenney, James Robinson, Claborn Harlow, Matthew Rice, Timothy Corn, Charles Chatwell and George Hart who being Elected and Sworn well and truly to Inquire what damages the Plaintiff had Sustained by reason of the Premises upon their oath do Say that the Plaintiff hath Sustained Damages by reason thereof to Six [continued on Image 304] Pounds Twelve Shillings Current Money besides his Costs~~ It is therefore considered by the Court that the Plaintiff do recover against the Defendant the damages aforesaid by the Jurors in their Verdict aforesaid assessed and also his Costs by him in this behalf expended and the said Defendant in mercy etc.

[Searching the index for defendant names found the following:] Ohare vs. Veach 261, 272, 293
[Page 261 appears on Image 432 of 555] August the 26th 1791
Michael Ohare…Pltf} against Daniel Veach} Upon a Petition
   On the motion of Plaintiff by his Attorney an Alias Summons is awarded him against the Defendant returnable here etc. ~~
 [Page 272 appears on Image  438 of 555] September the 27th 1791
Michael Ohare…Pltf} against Daniel Veach} Upon a Petition
Ordered that the suit be continued until the next Court for the return of the Plaintiffs summons ~~
 [Page 293 appears on Image  448 of 555] November the 23rd 1791
Michael Ohare…Pltf} against Daniel Veach} Upon a Petition
Judgment herein is granted the Plaintiff against the Defendant for four pounds ten shillings Current money and his Costs~~

Wills 16, 75, 116, 134, 144, 164, 176, 199, 226; [Not yet viewed]
 Boon vs. Harrod 50, 102, 120, 137, 186, 198, 213, 255, 25, 264, 278, 291, 311, 359, 394; [Not yet viewed except one transcription below. It is interesting to note that these two famous fellows were involved in a legal dispute.  A Google search failed to return any articles explaining the nature of this legal dispute between Daniel Boone and James Harrod.]
[Vol. 2, Page 50 is found on Image 326 of 555] August the 25th 1790
Daniel Boon…Pltf} against James Harrod} Upon a Petition
Ordered that these suits be continued until the next session

Bulger vs. Rice 51, 1102, 120, 138, 186, 199, 210-215; [Not yet viewed]
Berks vs Rice 56, 58, 85, 122, 140, 187, 199; [Not yet viewed]
Guardian 392 [Not yet viewed]



United States, Kentucky, Mercer - Court records; Order books, v. 3, 1793-1801; Film # 007899117 [Not yet viewed]