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Emily Jane McColgin (Ahnentafel)
Posted by: karl (ID *****0445) Date: June 10, 2003 at 00:47:04
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Was going to post a few abstracts but decided (why not) to paste everything on Emily Jane's ancestry that we've come across into this message. Hopefully a few McColgin cousins (and how few there are who post!)will find something helpful in this file. Would appreciate any corrections and additional information(with references).

First Generation

       1.       Emily Jane McColgin was born(1)(2) on 14 Nov 1823 in Green County, Kentucky. She died(3) on 24 May 1905 in Hamilton County, Illinois. She was buried(4) on 26 May 1905 in Springer Cemetery, Beaver Creek Township, Hamilton Co., IL.

Emily Jane McColgin was born in Green County, Kentucky two months after the death of her father Thomas McColgin.
Her mother Sarah remarried, moving to Hamilton County, Illinois.
At the time of Emily Sneed's death in 1905, according to the death register, she had been a resident of Illinois for 80 years.

[Abstract from photocopy of marriage license]

Where as this Day John Sneed made application to me for Licence to
Marry Emily Jane McColgin and it being made apear to my
satisfaction that the parties are of Lawfull Age and no objections
to their Being Married
Now therefore this is a suficunt warrent for any person Authorized By
Law in Hamilton County to join the Above named persons in the
Holy Bonds of Matrimony
given under my hand at McLeansboro this 24 day of Febuary 1840
S Marshall CCCHC

[reverse] I Do herby Sertify that I Execute the within
According to Law This 26th Day of Feb 1840
Saml A Martin Jp of HCo.


[1840 U. S. Census, Hamilton Co., Illinois, p. 17, 1 June 1840]

John Sneed 1 male 20-30; 1 female 15-20.

[1850 U. S. Census, Hamilton Co., Illinois, p. 257]
John Sneed 28 M Farmer 100 KY
Jane " 26 F Ala
Elijah " 9 M Ills.
Ezekiel " 8 M "
Melinda " 5 F "
Jesse " 1 M "
Mary H. " 1/12 F "


[1860 U. S. Census, Hamilton Co., Illinois, T4S R 7E, p. 252, 15 Aug 1860]

#1659/1659 Real/ Personal Property
John B. Sneed 42 Farmer 1200/800 KY
Jane " 37 KY
Ezekiel " 19 Ills
Melinda " 15 "
Mary " 8 "
Nancy " 6 "
Charlotty " 4 "
Nathaniel H. " 2 "
Bethanna " 6/12 "


[1870 U. S. Census, Hamilton Co., Illinois, T4S R 7E, p. 586, 27 July 1870]
Sneed Jane 44 F W Keeping house Kentucky
" Nancy 18 F W At home Illinois
" Charlotte 15 F W Illinois
" Nathaniel 12 M W Illinois
" Bethann 10 F W Illinois
" Linda 28 F W Servant Domestic Illinois
White F---? 10 F W Illinois

[1880 U. S. Census, Hamilton Co., Illinois, Census p. 9, Sup. Dist. 8, Enum. Dist 28,
Beaver Creek Precinct, 17 Jun 1880]
Sneed Emily J. W F 54 Keeping house KY KY KY
" Beth Ann W F 20 daughter IL IL KY
" Smantha W F 11 Granddaughter IL IL IL
" John W M 2 Grandson IL IL IL

[1900 U. S. Census, Hamilton Co., Illinois, Beaver Creek Township]
York, Palina? Head W F Nov 1833 66 Wd 7/6 IL TN KY
Sneed, Jane Boarder W F Nov 1823 76 Wd 10/5 KY KY AL
Skibinski, Mollie Grand Dau W F Oct 1891 8 S IL IL IL

[Sneed Chronicle- p. 118]

The following is a petition filed in Probate Court in
Hamilton County, Illinois, concerning the Estate of
John B. Sneed.
The petition of William L. Malone in the matter of the
Estate of John B. Sneed, deceased, for letters of
Administration. To the Honorable James Lane, Judge of
the County Court of Hamilton County in the State of
The petition of the undersigned William L. Malone

respectfully represents that John B. Sneed, late of the
County of Hamilton aforesaid, departed this life at
his residence in said County on or about the 8th day
of October A.D., 1862, having no last will and testa-
ment so far as your petitioner knows.
And this petition further shows that the said John B.
Sneed died seized and possessed of real and personal
estate consisting chiefly of his homestead of 115
acres, about 80 acres in cultivation, worth Eight
Hundred Dollars and personal property estimated to
be worth Five Hundred Dollars.

That said deceased left surviving him Jane Sneed, his
widow, and Elijah, Ezekiel, Melinda, Mary, Nancy,
Charlotte, Nathaniel and Beth Ann, his children and
his heirs.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, J.W. Marshall,
Clerk of the County Court of Hamilton County, this
6th day of November A.D., 1862.
Filed in Probate Court of Hamilton County, Illinois
on November 7th, 1862.

[Sneed Chronicle- page 117]

"...Great grandmother Emily Jane Sneed kept the children
together after the death of their father and raised them
to adulthood..."

"...A letter from Mrs. Virginia Nesler Anderson, a great
great granddaughter of Emily Jane Sneed, informs us
that Emily Jane always wore black, never wore glasses
and requested that when she died she be buried in white..."

[Abstract from photocopy, page 127, 1905 Register of Deaths, Hamilton Co., IL]


No. 374 1629
Date of Report. June 30, 1905
1. Name. Emily Jane Sneed
2. Sex and Color Female, White
1. Age. Year 82 Month 6 Days 9
2. Occupation Housekeeping
Month. Day. Year. A. M or P. M. May 24 1905 930/A. M.
Single, Married,
Widower or Widow. Widow
1. Nationality. Green County KY
2. Where Born.

How long resident in
this State. Years. 80
1. Place of Death. Beaver Creek Tp.
2. Cause of Death. Old age
1. Complication.
2. Duration of Complication. 2 mo
3. Duration of Disease. 2 mo.
1. Place of Burial. Springer Cem
2. Date of Burial. May 26, 1905
1. Name of Undertaker. John F Garrett?
2. Place of Business. Springerton Ill
Name of Residence of
Physician Returning Certificate C. T. Hunter
Springerton Ill.

Emily married(5) John B. Sneed son of Elijah P. Sneed and Mary Benbrook on 26 Feb 1840 in Hamilton County, Illinois. John was born(6) on 18 Feb 1818 in Allen County, Kentucky. He died(7) on 8 Oct 1862 in Hamilton County, Illinois.

Second Generation

       2.       Thomas McColgin was born(8) on 9 Jul 1790. He died(9) on 19 Sep 1823 in Probably Washington or Green Co., KY. He married Sarah Hayes about 1814 in Probably Kentucky.

[1813 Green Co., KY Tax List, page 23, 19 Apr 1813]

Thomas McColgan, 1.

[1820 U. S. Census, Washington Co., Kentucky, page 37]

Thos McCoglin 10001020100
1 male under 10; 1 male 26-45.
2 females under 10; 1 female 16-26.

[Source- photocopy of "McColgin" Bible page]

Children of Thomas McColgan
Mary McColgan was born on the 30th of March 1815
John McColgan was born the 10th of April 1818
Hamilton McColgan was born the 24 March 1820
Elizabeth ann McColgan was born the 20th January 1822
Emily jane McColgan was born the 14th November 1823

[Source- photocopy of Guardian Bond
Washington County, Kentucky 13 Dec 1824]

John McColgin, Guardian

Security, Benedict Spalding
Deceased, Thomas McColgin
Orphans- Mary, Hamilton, John and Elizabeth

No explanation of why Emily Jane was not included among the orphans of Thomas McColgin
in the Guardianship papers.

       3.       Sarah Hayes was born(10) about 1798 in Tennessee. She died(11) on 6 Oct 1887 in Hamilton County, Illinois. She was buried(12) in Christian Church Cemetery, near Blairsville, Ham. Co., IL.

After the death of her husband Thomas McColgin, Sarah married William Vaughn [date and
place unknown]. In the 1830 U. S. Census of Hamilton County, Illinois, page 235, there is a
listing of a household headed by a William Van which is likely Sarah and family.

William Vaughn died in Hamilton County around 30 July 1835 [Will written 25 July recorded
30 July].
He named as Executrix his wife Sally, to whom he left all his property.

Sarah Hayes McColgin Vaughn then married a widower, Jesse Allen Moore, on 17 Jan 1836 in
Hamilton County, Illinois. He brought 5 young children of his own into the marriage, and
Sarah and Jesse Moore had 5 more children of their own. They had been married over 50 years
when Sarah died on 6 Oct 1887. Jesse died in Dec of 1891.

Sarah's maiden name of Hayes is taken from a 1909 marriage record of her son Jesse Allen
Moore Jr. to Margaret Williams in Jefferson County, Illinois in which he states his mother's
maiden name as Sarah Hayes.

[Source for Moore family- Charles Moore, descendant of Sarah and Jesse, citing copies of
original records in his possession].

1850 U. S. Census, Hamilton County, Illinois, District 10, page 263a:

Moore Jesse 48 M Farmer 500 TN
Moore Sarah 52 F TN
Moore James M. 19 M Laborer IL
Moore Melissa J. 16 F IL
Moore William 13 M IL
Moore Michael 11 M IL
Moore Jesse A. 9 M IL
Moore Vaughn Isaac 8 M IL
Moore Emory W. 7 M IL

1860 U. S. Census,T5S R6E, Hamilton County, Illinois, 28 July 1860
Page No. 156, Post
Office: McLeansboro:

Moore Jessie 58 M Farmer 300 TN

Sarah 61 F TN
Jessie A. 19 M Farmer IL
Emry W. 17 M Farmer IL
White Nancy J. 12 F IL

Sarah Hayes McColgin Vaughn Moore's listing in the 1880 U. S. Census, Hamilton County,
Illinois P-20 SD-8 ED-26, McLeansboro Pct.
16 Jun 1880:
#171/171 (Head of Household Jesse Moore, age 78).
Moore Sarah W F 80 Wife Keeping house Tennessee Vir Va

Third Generation

       4.       John McColgin was born(13)(14) on 17 Jan 1769 in area of Botetourt Co., Virginia. He died(15) on 8 Feb 1838 in Green County, Kentucky. He married(16) Grissel Handley on 22 Jul 1790 in Nelson County, Kentucky.

John McColgin was in Kentucky as early as 1790 (date of his marriage).

[Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, page 43]

Court of Appeals Deeds- Grantees
McColgan Jno- Green 4-24-1797 200 acres B page 279 Sinking Creek

[1810 U. S. Census, Green Co., KY, page 247]

John McColgan 00110/32010 5 Slaves

Age categories: Males -10; 10-16; 16-26; 26-45; 45+
Females -10; 10-16; 16-26; 26-45; 45+

[1813 Green Co., KY Tax List]

p.23 19 April 1813
John McColgan, land owner, 1 tithe
Thomas McColgan, no land
William McColgan, land owner, 1 tithe

[1820 U. S. Census, Green Co., KY, page 77]

John McColgin 000001/013010 4 Slaves
William McColgin 000001/000100 9 Slaves

Age categories: Males -10; 10-16; 16-18; 16-26; 26-45; 45+;
Females -10; 10-16; 16-26; 26-45; 45+

William McColgin was John McColgin's youngest brother (and heir of father Edward McColgan's plantation).
He married Mary McElroy. Census returns do not list any children. In the 1850 U. S. Census, Taylor County, KY, 13 Aug 1850, Division 2, #31: William McColgan is listed (with Mary, age 71) as 77 years of age, a farmer, born KY, with personal property valued at $11,980. No doubt a great part of his fortune was counted in slaves. In his will William McColgin freed his
slaves and ordered all the remainder of his estate be sold and the money given to his former
slaves to move them out of the state and provide for their sustenance. [Source- Will of William
McColgin, written 1 Mar 1852, proven 14 Dec 1852, Taylor Co., KY]

[1830 U. S. Census, Green County, Kentucky, page 28]

McColgin John 0020100010000/00002001

[Age Categories: under 5; 5-10; 10-15; 15-20; 20-30; 30-40; 40-50; 50-60; 60-70, etc...]

[Abstract from photocopy of 1837 Last Will and Testament of John McColgin]

In the name of God Amen
I John McColgin of the county of Green and State of Kentucky
being in bad health and ---? in life knowing that it is alloted for
all to die
being of sound mind and memory thinks proper to make this my
last will and testament revoking all other heretofore made by me
in manner and form following (to wit)

I recommend my soul to almighty God who gave it after a seperation
from this body.
It is my will and desire that my just debts be paid by my executors
hereafter to be named

And as the property it has been pleased God to bless me with has
been from the joint exertions? of my beloved wife and myself
it is my will and desire that my Wife retain the property together
except such as may not be necessary for her use and also at any time
during her life if the property should grow up increase beyond her use
she may designate such property to the Executors who shall sell such
property and divide the proceeds amongst my Children and Grand Children
as hereafter directed and what I have heretofore given my Children

I consider ---? equal therefore whatever either may recieve is to be
considered in addition to what they have heretofore recieved
I give unto my beloved wife, to dispose of as she may think proper to
whosoever she pleases all the beding and household furniture of every
description together with the interest accruing? from the bonds I hold
for money also a bond on ?J L Heiston?
I give unto my grandson John McColgin whom I have raised he being a
son of Thomas McColgin that portion I entered for that branch of the
family which is to be one half share with any other children named
Jane Hanley Sally Willock Peggy Bottom Elizabeth Williams and Polly Durrett
the portion of Sally Willock Decd is to be equaly divided amongst her

children. At the death of my wife it is my will and desire that my estate
that may then remain be equaly divided agreeably to the above
provisions. It is my wish that William Handley George Durrett act as executors
to this will in testimony whereof I have subscribed my name and affixed my
seal this 26 day of December 1837
Test John McColgin (seal)

Gabiel? M Buckner
William Buckner
William McColgin
James Durham
Elias Barbee

January 1st 1838 Codicil or supliment
it is my will and desire that George Durrett continue to live on the land
whereon he now lives during the lifetime of my wife free from rent and that
he be at liberty to clear for the purpose of raising tobaco he being careful
of timber and to commit no unnecessary waste
witness my hand and seal the day above written
Attest John McColgin (seal)
Elias Babee?
Samuel M Durham
James Durrett

At a County Court held for Green County at the Court hose in Greensburg
on the 19th day of March 1838 this last will and testament of John
McColgin decd was produced in court and proven by the oaths of Gabrial
M Buckner Elias Barbee and James Durrett three subscribing witnesses thereto
to have been signed sealed and prescribed by said McColgin as his last will and
testament. and that at the time of doing the same they believed him to be
in his perfect mind and memory; and the same was ordered to be recorded
which is done accordingly:
Given under my hand the 28th day of March 1838
John Boust C. G. C


       5.       Grissel Handley was born(17) on 11 Oct 1767 in Probably Area of Botetourt Co., VA. She died(18)(19) on 19 Jul 1853 in Taylor County, Kentucky.

1850 U. S. Census, Taylor Co., Kentucky, District 2, 28 Aug 1850, #212
Mrs. G. McColgan 82 F 250 VA Blind

Living in the household of daughter Mary and son in law George Durrett.
Taylor County was formed from Green County in 1848.

Fourth Generation

       8.       Edward McColgan was born(20) before 1733. He died(21) ca. Nov 1812 in Green County, Kentucky. He married Mary Ann ( ? ).

McColgan is an Irish surname, not common, usually found in Ulster, Northern Ireland. Since
Edward McColgan was a Presbyterian (see below) it seems
plausible that the McColgan family
were Irish-Catholics who converted to Protestantism subsequent to the arrival of the Scottish to
the Plantation of Ulster at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The first reference we have
of the family in America is in the Valley of Virginia in 1753:

[New Providence Church 1746 - 1996, A History, Katherine L. Brown, Raphine,Virginia, New
Providence Presbyterian Church, 1996]

Aug. 1753 Congregations of New Providence and Timber Ridge Presbyterian Churches

Petition Signers for Reverend John Brown

122 named signatories including:
Edward McColgan
John Handley, whose land bordered Edward McColgan's in 1754 (below), and whose
granddaughter Grissel married Edward McColgan's son John in Kentucky in 1790 (see John
Joseph Kennedy, who sold Edward McColgan 300 acres of land on 21 Aug 1754 (below).
Ann Wilson, who, as administratrix of John Wilson's estate, paid Edward McColgan in 1758

The surnames on this petition appear to be mostly Scottish in origin. It's likely the family of
McColgan's wife Mary Ann is on this list, but no evidence points to their identity.
The New Providence Church was among the earliest Presbyterian Churches in the Valley of
John Brown was it's first Minister, serving until 1795. Coincidentally, Joseph and Elizabeth
Kennedy deed the land for the new church on 21 Aug 1754, the same day they sold Edward
McColgan 300 acres of land (deed below). [The church was completed in 1760. Made of stone,
sand and mortar were brought to the site from a river 10 miles away by young women of the
congregation on horseback. -]

[Augusta County, Virginia- Chalkley's Chronicles; Volume 3]
[p. 327]
Page 335.--21st August, 1754. Joseph Kenedy, Gent., and Elizabeth, to Edward McColgan,
cordwinder, 60, 300 acres at Broad Spring in Borden's tract crossing Broad Spring Run with
John Handly's line. Signed without mark (see Deed Book No. 6, page 331). Delivered to
Samuel Buchanan, 21st June, 1758.

[Cordwinder is an earlier name for shoemaker. Borden's Tract is today located in northern
Rockbridge County, Virginia]
[Augusta County, Virginia- Chalkley's Chronicles; Volume 3]
[p. 48]
Page 250.--19th May, 1758. John Wilson's account, by Ann Wilson, administratrix--Paid

Edward McColgan, Edward Tar, Samuel Buchanan, John Jones, Wm. Adair.
[Augusta County, Virginia- Chalkley's Chronicles, page 432, Deed Book 12, page 241]

15 Oct 1765- Edward McColgen and Marion (MaryAnn) to Hugh McFadden 68- 300 acres in
Borden's Tract on Broad Spring Run, J. Hanley's line. Delivered Rbt. Henderson 1769.

The McColgan's probably moved farther southwest in Augusta County around this time:

[Library of Virginia- Land Office Patents No. 36, 1764-1767 (v.1 & 2 p.557-1083), p. 818
(Reel 36)]
Abstracted from digital image of patent:

"...Edward McColgan...60 acres...Augusta County...on the Cowpasture river...26 July 1765..."

This area became Botetourt County in 1770.

Botetourt County, Virginia Tithables

12 August 1771
Edward McColgan-1

[Kegley- Virginia Frontier]

James River Communities in Botetourt County 1770-1783

[page 454] Captain Frazier's company 1783
Edward McColgan- 6 Horses, 11 Cattle, 3 Slaves.

On the Catawba in Early Botetourt County- 1772 Walter Linsey married -------McColgan.
(Probably Mary Linsey named as his daughter in Edward McColgan's 1804 Will)


11 April 1787 Botetourt County

Edward McColgum appointed overseer of the road in place of Samuel Scott.

There are 2 other land patents for Edward McColgan in Virginia. Both are from 1795. Since his
name appears on the Nelson County, Kentucky Tax List for 1790, it's uncertain from the record
when he moved to Kentucky.

[Library of Virginia- Land Office Grants No. 32, 1794-1795, p. 229 (Reel 98)]
Abstracted from digital image of patent:

"...Edward McColgan...22 acres...Botetourt County...Five Shillings...south side of Cowpasture
River...joining the land of John Handley...8 May 1795..."

[Library of Virginia- Land Office Grants No. 31, 1793-1795, p. 529 (Reel 97)]
Abstracted from digital image of patent:

"...Edward McColgin...93 acres...Botetourt County...10 shillings...on Cowpasture River a
branch of James River (including sixty acres patented to the said McColgin the 26 day of July
1765...8 May 1795..."


[Nelson County Tithes 1785-1791, Nelson Co., KY]

Name, Tithes paid, # on list, Tithe taker's name, Year
McColgin Edward 1 31 Robt Abell 1791
McColgin John 1 30 Robert Abel 1790
McColgin John 1 29 Robt Abell       1791
McColgin Mr; Willam McColgin; negro Bob 3 29 Robert Abel 1790
McColgin William; negro Bob 2 32 Robt Abell 1791

[KY State Archives- General Expenditures, 1792-98]
Nov 1- To James McColgin, Edward McColgin & John Willis for guarding D___B___,
a criminal, Green City 4 8S 2D

James McColgan was Edward's son (see Will below). After settling for a time in Green County
he moved to Cumberland County, where he bought land on Mud Camp Creek. At that time he
was a neighbor of Thomas Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father. In July, 1805 James McColgan
and Thomas Lincoln signed a bond for 100 pounds for a James Black. Black did not fulfill
whatever obligation he had, and Lincoln and McColgan became liable for the bond. McColgan
paid the bond and Lincoln gave McColgan his 200 acre tract of land to pay his part.
James McColgan was also a Major in the Kentucky Militia.

[Green County, Kentucky, Will Book 1, pg 77-79]

[Abstract from photocopy of record]

In the name of God Amen I Edward
McColgan of the county of Green and state of Kentucky
being in a low state of health but of perfect sense and
memory thanks be to the almighty god for the same, But
calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing
that it is appointed for all men once to die, do
make and ordain this my last will and testament
that is to say principally and first of all I give
and recommend my soul into the hands of the
almighty god that (----?) it and my body I
recommend to the earth to be buried in desent
christial burial at the descretion of my Executors
nothing doubting but at the general reserection
I shall receive the same again by the mighty power
of god that gave it and as touching such
worldy estate as it has please god to bless me
with in this life with I give devise and
dispose of in the following manner and form
First of all I lend to my well beloved wife Maryann
McColgan during her life the plantation
whereon I now live and also one negro man named

Bob and all the rest of my property be it of what-
soever kind it may be and at my widows death
my will and desire is that my youngest son
William McColgan shall have the plantation
wheron I now live with all the farming utentials
thereunto belonging and also my negro man named
bob to him and his heirs forever and all the rest of
my property be it of whatsoever kind it may be
my will and desires that it shall be equally
divided amongst my other five children at my
widows death viz; Mary Linsey John McColgan
James McColgan Anny Skaggs Grissy
McColgan, (-----?) I appoint my wife Maryann
McColgan whole and sole executrix
of this my last will and testament revocking and
disnulling all other wills heretofore made In
testamoney whereof I do hereunto set my hand
and seal this 9th day of February in the year of
our Lord and Christ 1804
(interligned? before signed)
acknowlege and signed in the presents of
Teste his
Zabulon Cantrill Edward X McColgan
James D Shanks mark

Green County To wit
This last will and testament
of Edward McColgan was produced in Court at
the November Term 1812 and proven by the oath
of James D Shanks to be the last will and testament
of the said Edward McColgan and the hand writing
of Zabulon Cantrill the other subscribing witness
thereto proven by the oath of James Murry who also
proved the said Zabulon Cantrill deceased and
ordered to be recorded which is don accordingly
atteste James Allen clerk


       9.       Mary Ann was born before 1746. She died(22) after Nov 1804 in Green County, Kentucky.

       10.       James Handley was born(23) about 1740. He died(24) in 1817 in Washington County, Kentucky. He married Mary ( ? ).

[The Handley Family History by Mary Mortimeyer and Richard Hopkins]

..."James Handley, son of John and Grizel Handley, was born about 1740. in Virginia. He
married a woman named Mary about 1765. So far we haven't been able to learn Mary's maiden
name. James, father, John, had been his security in the law suit of 1770. James moved to
Kentucky in 1787, and settled in Washington County in the same area that John (IV) and his

mother, Mary Ewing Handley, had settled on the Rolling Fork River. They probably all moved
together, along with the Ewing family and others..."

..."James first appeared in the court records of Botetourt County, Virginia in 1770. He made
several appearances, being sued and bringing suit. One of interest was November 14, 1770,
James was suing Thomas Carpenter for a debt to be repaid. The court had previously ordered
Carpenter to turn over a penknife as payment for the debt. He had not done so. In November
the penknife was handed over to the sheriff, sold by the sheriff, and the money received
therefrom given to James Handley. The debt amounted to 7 pounds plus interest from February
14 1769.

James appeared young and brash when he and David Galloway told the court they would pay
the debts of Dennis Driskell, Robert Galloway and John Galloway or go to prison if they
couldn't pay. This was the court record of October 11, 1770.

James was listed in the Dyer's Index under Heads of Families in Greenbrier County, West
Virginia. during the period of 1783-1786.

On October 9, 1787 James bought 129 acres from John Muldrough for 25 pounds. The land
was situated on the Rolling Fork of the Salt River in Nelson County, Kentucky. (later
Washington County and today Marion County).

Nearly three year later on July 22, 1790, Grisal Handley, daughter of James and Mary Handley
married John McColgan. John McColgan, with his bondsman John Muldrough, paid bond in
the Nelson County, Kentucky on July 13, 1790, to marry Grisal.

On February 7, 1797, James Handley registered his brand with the Washington County Court.
The ear mark was "A crop of the right ear and an under bit in the left and his brand as follows -1
-H on the near shoulder.

James Handley and his son, Alexander, appeared in Washington County Court to report on
Thomas Doran's petition for a grist mill on July 4, 1797.

On November 6, 1798, James was paid 1.40 pounds for three wolf scalps above six months old
by the County Court.

James and Alexander twice viewed (surveyed) a road from the mouth of South Fork to Thomas
Doran's, first on September 3 1799, and again on November 4, 1800. Alexander Handley was
appointed overseer of the road from Stewart's Creek to Muldrough Hill a by the same
November Court.

James and Mary Handley sold 12&1/2 acres of their 129 acre farm to Thomas Doran for $20.00
on September 6, 1804. The 1810 census showed that James and Mary were over age 45, a male
age 26-45 and a male age 16-26 and two daughter. This would have been Sarah and Margaret.
James and Mary sold 31 acres on January 1, 1816 to Martin Everhart for $155.00 for. There
would have been only 85 and 1/2 acres left of their farm at that time. Evidently, Martin
Everhart had bought Thomas Doran's grist mill before this transaction..."

"...James Handley died in 1817. He had written a will April 11, 1817, and it was recorded by
the court June 9, 1817.

       "In the name of god, amen, this eleventh day of April, one thousand eight hundred and
I, James Handley, of the County of Washington and State of Kentucky being weak in body, but
of a perfect mind and memory thanks to god and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and that
it is appointed for all men to die, to make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner
and form following (to wit, I do hereby declare all and every other will and testament
heretofore by me made to be null and void.)

Item. I give and bequeath to my dear and loving wife the one third of the plantation on which I
now live during her life to be kept in peaceable possession and at her death the land to be my
son, John Handley's. Also, one gray mare ten years old, the colt she has now at her feet I give
to James Stone Balis Stone's youngest son.

I, also, give to my son Alexander Handley a certain quantity of land included in the following
boundary (to wit, Beginning at an elm on the north bank of the Rolling Fork and running an
westerly course with John Muldrough's preemption line to the mouth of a stream nearly at the
lower corner of my meadow then a north course out to the ? and thence with Ewing's former
Westerly to three hickorys in the bottom thence mostly south to the Beginning.

I, also, give to my daughter, Sarah Handley, one gray mare foure years old this Spring and
sixty dollars in money I lent to Doctor Gather. Also, ten dollars to Margaret Handley and ten to
my son John Handley out of eighty dollars lent to Gaither (Gaither this time).

Also, one year old black horse colt to John Handley's son, James R. Handley. Also, the loom
and apparatus to be Margaret Handley's and if any money is ever got on the suit against
Marples, the money to be equally divided between Margaret, Sarah and John Handley.

Also, the farming tools to be left to John Handley for the benefit of the farm.
I do hereby appoint my son, Alexander Handley, and John McColgan Executors to this my last
will and testament.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above written.
James [his mark] Handley, Seal Test James Handley, Junior David Kenley William [his mark]
As the County Court begun and held for Washington County on Monday the 9th day of June
1817 the last will and testament of James Handley Senior was proven by the______ of James
Handley Junior. David Kennedy and William Thurmond the subscribing witnesses therein and
ordered to be recorded.

And on the motion of Alexander Handley and John McColgan, the Executors therein named,
they having made oath and executed and acknowledged bond with security in the penalty of
fifteen hundred dollars_ _ _ ..."

       11.       Mary ? died(25) after 25 Jul 1817.

Fifth Generation

       20.       John Handley was born(26) before 1724. He died(27) after 1770 in Probably Virginia. He married Grissel ?.

[The Handley Family History- by Mary Mortimeyer and Richard Hopkins]

"...It is said, although we have no proof, that John Handley I and his brother, William Handley,
were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians from Ireland. John Handley, his wife, William Handley and his
wife migrated to America about 1741. Apparently they lived in South Carolina and North
Carolina at some periods, but we am not sure when. It appears that James Handley came with
John and William and was their father. They first appeared in New Castle County, Delaware
about 1745. Pennsylvania and Delaware had a boundary dispute for many years, therefore New
Castle was also shown as being within Pennsylvania borders at times before the dispute was
settled. In 1746, they settled in Virginia on the Staunton River.

Va. Mag of Hist. & Biography Vol 31, page 249
"John and William Handley, weavers by trade, on March 14, 1746, executed their bond to
Charles Tennett of Mill Creek Hundred and County of New Castle, Minister of the Gospel for
26 pounds 18 schilling."

"Bond witnessed by Thomas Cochran, Margaret Cochran and William McCue, or McCord. On
January 1748, Mr. Tennett assigned this note to Thos. Boggs, and who in turn assigned the note
to Thomas Thompson of Augusta Co., Va. Thomas Thompson and the Handleys moved to
Augusta County prior to 1755. See Thompson vs. Handly Court Papers 401."

Tax Lists December 1745 John Handley, Christiana 100 in New Castle, Delaware.

John Handley's name first appeared in the official records of Augusta County, Virginia, on
November 26, 1751, this was the date of the deed in which he purchased 257 acres from
Benjamin Border for 15 pounds.The land was located on the Broad Spring Run (Back Creek)
adjoining land of Joseph Kennedy (Northern area of present Rockbridge County, Virginia)
John and three other men viewed (laid out, constructed and maintained) a road in the
Calfpasture District after being appointed to do so by the County Court on May 20, 1752 (Near
present Goshen, Virginia.) ..."

"...John Handley did not sell his Borden land until May 21, 1764. It was from this deed that we
learn that Grizel (Grizzel-Grissel) was the wife of John Handley, the first. They sold 257 acres
on the Broad Spring Run (Back Creek) to William Reah (Reoch) for 50 pounds. John Handley
had paid 15 pounds for it in 1751, but had undoubtedly made improvements during the 14
years he lived on it..."

       21.       Grissel ? .

Appendix A - Sources

        1.       "McColgin" Bible record.[From photocopies of Bible pages]. Authorship unknown. Information included as late as early 1850's.
        2.       Sneed Chronicle.Bible record states 14 Nov 1823. Sneed Chronicle states 15 Nov 1821. Census records, death record, and guardian bond for brothers and sisters indicate the 1823 date is correct.
        3.       Death Register, Hamilton Co., IL.
        4.       Death Register, Hamilton Co., IL.
        5.       Marriage Record 26 Feb 1840.Married by Samuel A. Martin J. P.
        6.       Ralph and Sheila Sneed, The Sneed Chronicle- compiled 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966., A privately printed compilation. No copyright information. Place of Birth as written in The Sneed Chronicle. However, Elijah Snead's family is listed in Caldwell County, Kentucky in the 1820 U. S. Census. John Sneed may have been born there.
        7.       7 Nov 1862 Estate Petition.
        8.       "McColgin" Bible record.
        9.       "McColgin" Bible record.
        10.       1850 Census Hamilton Co., IL #972.Sarah Moore [Hays-McColgin-Vaughn], age 52, born in TN.
        11.       Charles R. Moore.
        12.       Charles R. Moore.
        13.       "McColgin" Bible record.
        14.       Botetourt Co., VA Tithables, 12 Aug 1771, Edward Mc Colgan- 1 Tithe.
        15.       "McColgin" Bible record.
        16.       Mary Mortimeyer and Richard Hopkins, Handley Family History.on July 22, 1790, Grisal Handley, daughter of James and Mary Handley married John McColgan. John McColgan, with his bondsman John Muldrough, paid bond in the Nelson County, Kentucky on July 13, 1790, to marry Grisal. [ Our "McColgin" Bible record states John and Grissel's first child Thomas was born on 9 July 1790. The marriage indicates that John and Grissel were married about 2 weeks after the birth of son Thomas. This chronology raises questions.]
        17.       "McColgin" Bible record.
        18.       "McColgin" Bible record.
        19.       1853 Will.Taylor County was formed in 1848 from Green County. Grissel's Will was recorded 8 Aug 1853 in Taylor County.
        20.       Land Deed- 21 Aug 1754 August Co., VA.Presumed to have been 21 or older at the time of transaction.
        21.       Green County, Kentucky, Will Book 1, pg 77-79.Will of Edward McColgan dated 9 Feb 1804. Wife MaryAnn named as executrix.
        22.       Green County, Kentucky, Will Book 1, pg 77-79.
        23.       Mary Mortimeyer and Richard Hopkins, Handley Family History.
        24.       Will. He had written a will April 11, 1817, and it was recorded by the court June 9, 1817.
        25.       James Handley Estate .Mary Handley's dower was marked July 25, 1817.
        26.       Tax Lists December 1745, New Castle, Delaware. . John Handley, Christiana 100. [From Handley Family History- Mortimeyer and Hopkins]. Presumed to be at least 21 years of age on 1745 Tax List.
        27.       Mary Mortimeyer and Richard Hopkins, The Handley Family History ."On April 11, 1770, John Handley appeared at Fincastle, the county seat of Botetourt County, to be security for his son, James Handley".[Later John Handley Virginia references may refer to his son or grandson. Cannot establish identity from source].

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