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Re: McColgin,Emily 1821,Green Co.Ky
Posted by: Charley Moore Date: February 13, 2002 at 10:07:14
In Reply to: Re: McColgin,Emily 1821,Green Co.Ky by Charley Moore of 136

We know from County records that John McColgin married Grissal Handley in Nelson County, KY c1790. [I believe the actual date is already posted here on the forum.] What I want to discuss is geography. We read of the McColgins & Handleys being in Nelson, Washington, Green, & Taylor Counties. Lets look at the lay of the land.

James Handley lived on the Rolling Fork and may have obtained the land when it was part of Nelson County. In the very early 1790's it became part of Washington, County and then in 1835, part of Marion County where you will knw find the Rolling Fork in that area.

John and Edward McColgin are found in Green County by 1810 and I believe that the widow of John is found in Taylor County in the 1840's. She probably never moved. The McColgins probably lived on that part of Nelson County that was just to the South of the Rolling Fork [some 2 or 3 miles]; and in 1793 it became Green County and by 1740 was in Taylor County. That is why James Handley when he made his will in 1817 in Washington County Kentucky, named his son James and son-in-law John McColgin as Executors. They lived nearby even though John McColgin was in Green County at the time, probably on or close to Big Pitman Creek.
They were probably not moving around. Just the jurisdictions changed. Charley

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