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Posted by: Jodie Hollifield (ID *****6672) Date: September 22, 2009 at 07:44:08
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Hi! not sure I have the answers, but will tell you what I do have, unsure if this fits:

My earliest Waddle (Waddell) is:
William Waddle (Waddell)
b. 16 Jun 1774
d. bef. Nov 1810
m. 7 Jan 1799 Botetourt County, Virginia to Mary "Polly"Gilkeson/Gilkerson d/o John
Gilkeson/Gilkerson & Isabella (Kennedy).....

Mary "Polly" (Gilkeson/Gilkerson) Waddle/Waddell-Demaree/Demare
b. 1778

Now: William Waddle (Waddell) & Mary "Polly" (Gilkeson/Gilkerson) had at least 2 sons: John Gilkeson/Gilkerson Waddle/Waddell & James H. Waddle/Waddell (James is my direct line).

Mary "Polly" (Gilkeson/Gilkerson) & Cornelius Demaree/Demare had at least 2 daughters: Nancy Gilkeson/Gilkerson (Demaree/Demare) & Sally (Demaree/Demare)


By 1810, William has died, and the Family has moved to Mercer Co. Kentucky. On Nov. 4,1810, the boys have a step father, Cornelius Demaree. The boys will loose thier Mother within the next few years.

Cornelius Demaree's Family came to America prior to 1675. Cornelius G.G.G. Grandfather was Lord Desmaret of Cambray France. The Family escaped religious persecution in France by moveing to the Rhine river, then to the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in 1663. They later moved to Hackensack New Jersey.

I have found that the Gilkeson Family and Demaree family belonged to the Dutch Reformed church of Schraalenburgh. I would guess that the Waddle's also belonged to this church. I found the families moved together, first from Va. then to Mercer Co. Kentucky, and then to Park Co. Indiana.

Cornelius Demaree's first wife was Sally Sadler--I don't know anything else.

Cornelius Demaree's 2nd wife was Femmetie Brouwer; she was born Oct. 23, 1763 in Mercer Co., Ky. and Died Feb. 1791. Cornelius and Femmetie were married Nov. 14, 1810 in Mercer Co., Ky. They had at least one child: Cornelius Demaree.

Femmetie Brouwer was previously married to David Banta. They had at least two children: a son, born June 26, 1777 and Maria Banta born Aug. 19, 1778.

Don't know if this helps at all...but thought I'd pass it on....I know nothing of a Grayson Hughes, or at least not at this time...

Hope we find the connection!
Jodie (Lowe) Hollifield


Hello Jodie,

Another family member and I have been researching our Hughes ancestors in
Nicholas County, Kentucky. We have discovered that our ancestor, Grayson
Hughes, whom we thought to be the son of Grayson Hughes, born 1803 in
Nicholas County, may not be our ancestor at all, at least not by the usual route.
It seems that Grayson, born ca. 1820, and bound to Grayson, born 1803, was
actually the child of Polly Waddle and possibly, but not definitely, the Grayson
of Nicholas County. By 1823, Grayson Hughes had married Eleanor Cook, so
if there was an earlier liason with Mary Polly Waddle, the child, Grayson, was
being bound to his real father.

I apologize if this sounds like a riddle within a riddle, but we are hoping to find
some indication who our ancestor was fathered by, and if Polly Waddle
was indeed his real mother, and not Eleanor Cook Hughes. Since we seem to
find so very little, in fact, nothing tangible, I am hoping that you might have
some bit of information that might help prove or disprove our theory.

We researchers are both ggggrandchildren of Grayson, the younger, whose
death was likely between 1864 and 1870 in northwest Missouri.

Thank you,

Mitzi Hughes Trout

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