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One last note. There was another Kersey family in Jessamine County, KY at
this time. That was the family of Claiborne Kersey. I have his will. He was
the son of Thomas Kersey of Louisa County, Virginia. There is no connection
between these families that I have found. Claiborne had one son Alexander
Kersey and three daughters.
Hickman Kersey was the son of John Kersey and Keziah Kersey. He was born in
1804 in Jessamine County, Kentucky. As his parents owned land on Hickman's
Creek [which I believe has something to do with Rev. William Hickman] in
Jessamine County, Kentucky. He may have been named for the famous preacher.
Lettice Kersey was the mother of John Kersey and I have been unable to find
much about her. They lived in Nicholasville in the town until they moved to
1850 Owen County Census, District #2
Hickman Kersey 46M Laborer KY
Sarah Kersey 44F KY
James 13M KY
William 10M KY
Mary Ann Way 20F KY
Jeptha Way 34M KY
1840 Owen County Census - Hickman Kersey
2 males under 5
1 male 5-10
1 male 10-15
1 female 10-15
1 female 15-20
1 female 30-40
1830 Jessamine County, Nicholasville - Hickman Kersey
1 male 5-10
1 male 20-30
1 male 60-70
1 female under 5
1 female 5-10
1 female 20-30
1 female 60-70
Hannah Davis does not appear on the 1830 Jessamine County census and she is
not living with her son James Davis on this census. The older female 60-70
is probably Hannah Davis. These are not Hickman Kersey's parents as they were
living with his brother John Kersey also in Nicholasville on the 1830 census
and they moved with him to Decatur County, Indiana before 1840.
The Kentucky Gazette 1801-1820, Genealogical and Historical Abstracts by
Karen Mauer Green; Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, MD 1985:
Volume XVIII, Number 978, Tuesday 11 June 1805
John Kersey, taylor, from Richmond, Virginia, has just arrived in Lexington
and opened his shop.
John Kersey appears on the 1810-1820 census of Jessamine County, KY. He
posted bond in 1822 along with his son Hickman Kersey for his marriage to
John Kersey and his wife Keziah sold two parcels of land in Nicholasville,
one in 1816 and one in 1823. He purchased land on Hickman Creek from James
Owens in 1819 and sold it in 1820 for 100% profit. They appear on the 1830
census living with Hickman Kersey in Jessamine County, KY. They show up on
the Indiana Census after that where they lived until they died after 1850.
The 1850 census shows their exact ages and birth locations.
1810 Jessamine County, KY census:
John Kersey - in Nicholasville, next to Letitica Kersey.
3 males under 10 (born 1800-1810)
1 male 25-44 (born 1765-1784)
2 females 10-15 (born 1795-1800)
1 female 25-44 (born 1765-1784)
John Kersey lives next door to Letiticia Kersey on the 1810 Jessamine County
census in Nicholasville.
In 1813 John Kersey was a witness for the will of Powhatan Neatherland in
Jessamine County, KY will book A. Neatherland was the son of Benjamin
Neatherland, a veteran of the Revolutionary War from Georgia. Neatherland
married his wife a Bramlett in North Carolina. Benjamin Neatherland was the
son of John Neatherland of Powhatan County, Virginia which may be where his
son got his name.
1830 Census Jessamine County,KY, Nicholasville - John Kersey
1 male 15-20
1 male 20-30
1 male 50-60
1 female under 5
3 females 10-15
1 female 15-20
1 female 20-30
1 female 50-60
1840 Census Decatur County, Indiana, Clinton Township - John Kersey
1 male 20-30
1 male 70-80
1 female under 5
1 female 15-20
2 females 20-30
1 female 60-70
1850 Census Decatur County, Indiana, Washington Township - John Kersey
John Kersey 81M Farmer $300 VA
Keziah Kersey 72F VA
Frances Kersey 31F KY
Margaret Kersey 27F KY
Mary Ann Kersey 12F IND
John Kersey 2M IND
Letiticia Kersey was the mother of John Kersey. She was a widow by 1810 when
she appears next to John Kersey on the Jessamine County census living in
Nicholasville, Jessamine County, KY. She appears in three early deeds in
Jessamine County, KY. In 1820 she purchased land for three dollars from the
estate of Robert Johnson of Scott County, KY.
1 male under 10 (born 1800-1810)
1 male 16-25 ( born 1784-1794)
1 female under 10 (born 1800-1810)
1 female 10-15 ( born 1795-1800)
1 female over 45 ( born before 1765)
This is all I have on the family. I have not been able to attach John Kersey
to Richmond, Virginia although there were Kersey's there in this period.
If you have anything else please let me know.
I am descended from Hickman Kersey and Sarah Davis through their daughter
Mary Ann Kersey. Mary Ann Kersey was married twice. Her first marriage was
on August 14, 1845 in Owen County, KY to Jefferson W. Way married by
Know all men by these presents that we Jefferson Way and Hickman Kersey are
held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of £50,
to the payment whereof well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our
heirs &c. jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our
seals and dated this 13th day of August 1845.
The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas a Marriage is
shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Jefferson Way and
Mary Ann Kersey of this county; Now, shall it always hereafter appear, that
there is no just cause to obstruct the said Marriage, then the above
obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
Teste: J.W. B___ Hickman (X) Kersey
Her second marriage was to William Willis Ballard on May 13, 1852. They were
married by Rev. Johnson L. Ballard [brother to William Willis Ballard]:
Know by all men by these presents that we W. W. Ballard and J.P. Orr are held
and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the just and full sum
of £50 United States Currency, for the payment of which sum well and truly to
be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs &c. jointly, severally and firmly by
these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this 12th day of May 1852.
The condition of the above obligation is such that there is not now any
lawful cause to obstruct a marriage shortly to be solemnized between the
above bound W.W. Ballard and Mrs. Mary Way for which a license is about to be
issued by the Clerk of Owen County Court, and there shall not be any at the
time said marriage shall be solemnized, then the above obligation to be void,
else to remain in full force and virtue in law.
Teste: R.R. Remill W.W. Ballard
James P. Orr
There was one daughter of Mary Ann Kersey and that was by her second husband.
She died in 1854. Her daughter was Sarah Catherine Ballard born Dec. 8, 1853.
grew up with her grandparents Hickman and Sarah Davis Kersey in Stamper's
Mill, which is in Owen County. Sarah Catherine Ballard married Daniel C.
Jones. The following is documentation on this.
LDS Film #0216837 Item 3, Owen County Births 1852-1859
Sarah K. Ballard
December 8, 1853
Owen County, Kentucky
Father - William Ballard
Mother - Mary Ballard (nee Kersey)
Marriage Bond Owen County, Kentucky:
Date of Marriage - February 29th 1872
Name of Groom - Danl C Jones
Residence of Groom - Owen Co. KY
Age of Groom - 22
No. of marriage of groom - 1st
Occupation - Farmer
Birthplace of groom - Owen Co. KY
Birthplace of groom's father - KY
Birthplace of groom's mother - KY
Name of Bride - Sarah C. Ballard
Residence of bride - Owen Co. KY
Age of bride - 21
No. of marriage of bride - 1st
Birthplace of bride - Owen Co. KY
Birthplace of bride's father - KY
Birthplace of bride's mother - KY
Remarks - None
To be married at Sarah Kersey's on 29 day of February 1872.
I certify that the above is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Witness my hand this 26th day of February 1872
Daniel C. Jones
Attest - W.H. Conder
Owen County Court July 26, 1876:
Whereas Hickman Kersey on the 25th Day of December 1868 by title bond sold to
Wm. M. Kersey a certain tract of parcel of land lying in Owen County KY on t
he contours of Elk Creek and containing and being the undevised half of two
hundred thirty nine acres___and being the same land conveyed to Hickman
Kersey by Wm. M. Kersey by deed of date January 21st, 1867 and for more
particular description refinanced to him made to said acres and the
consideration of the sum being the sum of fifteen hundred dollars and the
same having been paid by Wm. M. Kersey to Hickman Kersey having died
intestate in Owen County KY leaving as his heirs at law the following persons
viz. Sarah Kersey his widow, John H. Kersey, Silas Kersey and Wm. M. Kersey
his sons, Elizabeth Tool wife of Silas Tool a daughter, also a grandchild
daughter of Mary Ballard deceased, daughter also from grandchildren heirs of
James Kersey deceased his son making in all seven heirs in said land. and
making J.H. Kersey hold the title bond of Wm. M. Kersey for said land this
indenture made and entered into this 5th day of June 1876 between Sarah C.
Jones the child of Mary Ballard deceased and her husband Daniel C. Jones
of the sum by Wm. M. Kersey to Hickman Kersey and in consideration of the
____do hereby convey to J.H. Kersey all of the interest of the said Sarah C.
Jones and D.C. Jones in said land and all the title and right ____the said
Sarah and her husband D.C. Jones by virtue of being and heir of Hickman
Kersey deceased and quit claim to the said J.H. Kersey all title to the said
In witness whereof the said Sarah C. Jones and her husband Daniel C. Jones
have hereunto set their hands this June 5, 1876
Sarah C. (X) Jones
Daniel C. (X)Jones
State of Kentucky
I. Thos. A. Suland Clerk of the Owen County Court certify that the foregoing
deed from Sarah C. Jones and Daniel C. Jones to Wm. M. Kersey was produced to
me June 5, 1876 and acknowledged by said grantors to be their act and deed
and this was the certificate I have recorded in my office.
Witness unto my hand June 5th, 1876
Thomas A. Suland, Clerk
1880 Census Owen County Lusbys Mill Precinct
223 224 Samuel Chandler W M 35 Farmer KY
Delie Chandler W F 38 Wife Keeping House KY
John T [Kersey] W M 12 Son Laborer KY
Goldsmith [Kersey] W M 10 Son Laborer KY
Russel H. [Kersey] W M 7 Son KY
224 225 Daniel Jones W M 30 Laborer KY
Sarah K. Jones W F 25 Wife Keeping House KY
William E. Jones W M 7 Son KY
James Jones W M 5 Son KY
Allie Jones W F 2 Daughter KY
I will continue on another E-mail.
I am searching for the John & Keziah Kersey family who were in KY by
1810 and I would like to hear from anyone about the Hickman Kersey
family of Owen & Jessamine co Ky before 1860, [or any Kersey' s related.}
It is believed that HIckman is a son of John & Kizah.
My husband's line is as follows:
John Kersey, born about 1769 & Keziah Kersey born about 1779, from
VA, came to Jessamine county Ky before 1810. They lived in
Nicholasville and bought and sold land there till about 1835.
Hickman Kersey lived in Nicholasvile a few houses from John and Letitica [
Lettice/Litice ?] lived next door to John [perhaps his mother]
Because of marriage records it is believed that all the Kerseys of that
area could be related. Mildred m. [married] David Bryan'; Frances m.
Stephan Conley; perhaps these 2 women are John's sister.
Marcy m. James Baley; Hickman m.Sarah Davis 1822 moved to Owens CO Ky;
Alsolem m. Rebecca Caseman; Silas Park m. Hannah Hagar.
I know for sure that John had the following children: John Jr. died in
Decatur Co IN; Frances died in MO; Margaret died in Decatur Co. and very
probable Edward who married Anna King in Decatur CO 1834 was his son.
If anyone has information on the above listed families/ names I would love
to hear from you.
Thank you so much....betty...< ><
Sue Barbara Clifton Guinn here...... I found your
information on the Wainscott's quite interesting. I
have been away from my Clifton research for some time
working on my mom's family. Josiah is my 2nd great
grandfather but my line is thru his 2nd wife Ann
My cousin has been trying to prove the parents of
Lusaney after seeing your posting I checked the 1830
census and YES John C. Wainscott is listed with 2 sons
15/20 [and I had that Clifton connection] aslo listed
was ONE daughter 5/10. Just an FYI Josiah and
Lusaney's son David's death record listed his mothers
name. Always nice to find information that helps
solve missing links, now if I could just find the
marriage records that shows her parents. Always
--- Streett44(a)aol.com wrote:
> I suspect that Lusaney Wainscott (who m.
> Josiah Clifton) was a dau. of
> John C. Wainscott (b. 1790) and Susannah
> Cugle/Engle. They were in Owen Co.
> KY at the time of her birth and had at least 2 sons
> who also married into the
> Clifton family. I don't have any proof, but the
> available facts support this
> better than any other possibility I have found.
> As for Elizabeth Sinclair who married
> Bartlett Mason, I don't have
> parents recorded for her. She was b. about 1782 in
> Stafford Co., VA. The
> Sinclair family name was also spelled St. Clair and
> there was a large family
> of them in Virginia, in and near Stafford Co., VA.
> That family dates back
> well into the 1600s in Virginia and I have
> researched the ones who left VA in
> the late 1600s and resettled in Maryland near
> Baltimore. That part of the
> St. Clairs is in my husband's ancestry. I suspect
> that Elizabeth Sinclair
> who married Bartlett Mason was part of that family.
> Incidentally, while on the topic of alternate
> spellings of names, the
> Sinclair family is difficult to follow because of so
> many spellings. Besides
> St. Clair (the French form of the name), "Sinkler"
> was also a common
> spelling. Sinkler was the way the name was usually
> pronounced (rather than
> Sinclair or Sincler).
> To join Ancestry.com and access our 1.2 billion
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