(3)George Colby Taylor (born 1805)
(4)William Henry Harrison Taylor (born 1812)
(5)Martha Christy Taylor (born 1823)
for Mary (Polly) Taylor and Richard Taylor, Junior
to author William Railey, “John Eastin
Taylor and Rebecca Edrington were personally acquainted, if not
sweethearts before they moved to Hickman County, the former from Franklin Co.
the latter from Woodford. It is possible
that the two families moved to southern Kentucky at the same time, but Richard
Taylor Jr., the father of John Eastin, was a magistrate in Franklin County in
1813, going to Hickman County a few years later where he engaged in surveying
government lands, and it was at Columbus, Hickman County, that John Eastin
Taylor and Rebecca Edrington were married.
They reared several children in that vicinity.” (Ref.1024)
Rebecca was “the daughter of Joseph Edrington and
Elizabeth Bohannon Cook, the widow of Jesse Cook who was killed by the Indians
at the Old Innis Fort, three miles from Frankfort on Elkhorn April 28, 1792.” (Ref. 1024) Elizabeth (born 1769) would end up displaying the incredible courage and
fortitude that the pioneer women of those times needed. The following excerpts of a story were told
by one of her descendants, Dr. J. F. Cook, and published in 1908:
women were cheerily singing some old gospel song, when all at once they heard
the ringing of rifles close to the cabin.
One of the men fell by the sheep he was shearing; the other man was
shot, presumably near the heart or through it, but he ran and fell in the door
and the women pulled him into the cabin and barred the door, which was made of
heavy slabs. . . . When the door was barred the Indians made signs as if they
would be very kind to them if they would let them in. The one who had stayed behind to rob the dead
man came up, and he could speak some English.
Aunt Peggy always thought it was Simon Girty, or someone he had taught
some English to. They fired the cabin
first at the door, trying to burn the door out, but the women put this fire out
with what water they had in the cabin. The
Indians then climbed up and threw fire through the upper cracks. That was easily put out when it fell to the
floor; but the women’s resources were very limited . . . .” These brave women ended up having to
use the bloody shirt of one of the fallen men and even raw eggs to try and put
the fires out. “One of the women found a piece of lead, bit
off a piece, chewed it as round as she could in that short time, and they loaded
the gun with this, and when it was loaded she peeped through the crack at the
door-jamb and saw the Indians out in the front.
The chief, with his men around him, in order to strike terror to their
hearts, told what he would do to them if they did not surrender; and thereupon
the Indian sat down upon the body of Hosea Cook, having dragged it up in front
of the home, and proceeded to scalp him, being directly in range . . . . The gun was put through the crack and the
Indian was shot squarely through the body.
Aunt Peggy said that when the ball struck the Indian he leaped high off
the ground, gave a yell, and fell down dead.”
The Indians took the body of the dead Indian and threw it in the Elk
Horn River and then left. Peggy went on to share that “during the whole scene there was not tear
shed, but after it was all over they took the bodies of their husbands and washed them
and prepared them for burial. And the
dear old woman said it seemed as if they shed tears enough over them to wash
their faces. This is the story as I got
it from my grandfather’s sister and from my grandfather.” (Old Kentucky by Dr. J. F. Cook)
Elizabeth Cook remarried and it was by
her second husband, Joseph Edrington, she had Rebecca (and
ten other children.) Her daughter must
have admired her courageous mother a great deal.
Edrington was active in church affairs and worked with William Ware in 1795 to find an
appropriate meeting place for their Baptist church. In 1812, when there was a movement to
actually build the new church, the members of “the various committees appointed for these transactions were John
Price, Silas Noel, Carter Blanton, William Samuel . . . William Ware, John Major, Joseph
father], and William Graham.” (Ref. 2291)
recent years there have been family letters donated to the Filson Club, Kentucky’s
oldest privately supported historical society, and those letters, transcribed
by Mike Vetch, provide some wonderful information about the Taylors. In one entry Mike wrote:
“I am up to 1835 and John [Eastin] Taylor, his wife Rebecca, son Edmund and slave Tony have travelled
to New Orleans in a flatboat. Their
daughter Eugenia was left behind with John's father, Richard Taylor Jr., in
Columbus Ky. John describes the trip and
his apartments in New Orleans in a 2 January 1835 letter. I also know that this is the year he dies and
Edmund eventually ends up in Frankfort raised by his Uncle Edmund.” (Filson Club)
Indeed, John Eastin Taylor died in 1835, and Rebecca remarried on
October 5, 1842, to Reverend William K. Young.
According to census records, daughter Eugenia was “living with Reverend William K. Young and his wife Rebecca and
daughter Anna in Missouri.” Rebecca died on April 20, 1875, at the age of
of JOHN EASTIN TAYLOR and REBECCA EDRINGTON
1] EDMUND HAYNES TAYLOR JR (or II)
Born: 12 Feb 1830 Columbus, Hickman, KY, Died: 19 Jan 1923 Franklin, KY
2] EUGENIA TAYLOR lived with her stepfather, Rev. William Young, and his wife, Rebecca
Born: Sep 1833 KY, Died: after 1900
3] JOHN RICHARD TAYLOR married Virginia Ann Ellis around 1866
Born: 6 Mar 1835 KY, Died: 22 Apr 1926 Marion Co, MO
Graves for John Eastin Taylor and Rebecca
Edrington Taylor (Young)
Rebecca and John
son, Colonel Edmund
Haynes Taylor, was born on February 12, 1830. Only five years old
when his father died, he was raised in New Orleans
where he attended school. “The
well-educated youth moved back to Kentucky, where E. H. Taylor, Sr., adopted
him. In Frankfort, Taylor… followed in
the footsteps of his adopted father and became involved in banking.” (Ref. Buffalo Trace website)
At the age of 22, Taylor married
the beautiful Frances Miller Johnson “on December 21, 1852.” (Ref.
2279) The couple had seven children:
Jacob Swigert, Mary
Belle, Rebecca, Eugenia, Kenner, Margaret Johnson,
Edmund Watson, and Frances Allen Taylor.
E. H. Taylor,
Jr., Portrait by Charles Sneed
Frances Johnson Taylor (Ref. 2527)
Edmund Haynes Taylor
Colonel Taylor was a man of many talents. In 1870, he took many of the skills he had
honed by working for his uncle in the banking business and applied them to his
new venture of upgrading the Kentucky distillery business. He purchased the
Swigert Distillery - located on the banks of the Kentucky River, where
distilling and whiskey storage had been taking place on the site since 1787. The
first actual distillery was constructed by Harrison Blanton in 1812, and the
oldest building on the site (built in 1792) was the home of Commodore Richard
Taylor (great grandson of James Taylor who also had Erasmus Taylor, ancestor of Josiah Ware.)
equipped the distillery with a modern boiler and
immediately began to renovate, upgrade, and modernize the plant. One of his
first improvements was to replace worn out equipment with copper. This innovative strategy was so successful
that he ultimately named his business the O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper)
Distillery and it was not long before his products were unrivaled. The
information, found in the Kentucky Encyclopedia, was kindly provided by family
researcher, Debbie McArdle:
“Bourbon production in the Franklin County area
was at best crude and unreliable until after the American Civil War. It was at this time that Colonel Edmund H.
Taylor Jr. is credited with revolutionizing the distilling industry within
central Kentucky. Taylor established
three distilleries within Franklin County.
The first, in 1868, was located on Glenn's Creek where James Crow began
his whiskey making enterprise some years earlier. This was the Old Taylor Distillery and
produced the widely popular Old Taylor brand.
The main distillery building was constructed during the 1880s and
resembled . . . ‘a medieval castle’. Inside,
Taylor substituted modern, sanitary distilling equipment for the unclean,
wooden beer still which distilleries had used for decades.” (Kramer, Carl E. Capitol on the Kentucky, Historic
Frankfort Inc.: Frankfort, 1986)
According to an article written in the Kentucky
Bourbon Trail, “Colonel Taylor made
an ultra fine whiskey on the famous site of the famous old Taylor plant, and it
was the product of this plant that brought the Taylor whiskey a worldwide
reputation. In 1886 Colonel Taylor
disassociated himself from all his other distilling interests and organized the
firm of E. H. Taylor, Jr. & Sons, confining his operations exclusively to
the old Taylor plant. Experts have
pronounced the old Taylor plant the
finest distillery in the world.” (Ref. 2561)
Colonel Taylor “started and owned seven different distilleries throughout his career,
the most successful being the O.F.C. and Carlisle distilleries; the forerunners
of today’s Buffalo Trace Distillery.” (Ref. Wikipedia) In 1878, The O.F.C. Distillery was purchased by
George T. Stagg and Taylor devoted his energies more into agricultural
Then, in 1897, at age 16, Albert
Blanton (born on a farm adjacent to the building)
began work “as an office boy at what was
then known as the George T. Stagg Distillery.” (Ref. Web) Albert was the grandson of Dr. James Ware Bacon – so he
therefore had relatives in both the Taylor and Crittenden lines. (His
mother, Alice Bacon Blanton was first cousins with Laura Ware
Bacon Crittenden.) As
with Colonel Taylor, Albert had an uncanny business sense and under his
management, the distillery business continued to flourish into what is still
known as The Buffalo Trace.
Statue of Albert Bacon Blanton with the log cabin of
All color photos on this page courtesy
of Judy C. Ware 2012
Carved Buffalo at the
Buffalo Trace Distillery
While establishing his legendary reputation in the
distillery business, Colonel Taylor and Frances had also been busy in the
community and raising their family.
Taylor served as the mayor of Frankfort for almost
seventeen years (from 1871-1887) - as well as being a local state representative
to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate. He purchased the home of the late Philip Swigert,
and it was here that he and Frances lived with their children. They named their lovely estate Thistleton and
it was described by Carl Kramer as "no
doubt one of the most splendid Queen Anne-style residences in Franklin
County." The home had “900 acres of park and farming lands adjoining” it.
Thistleton (Ref. 2564)
Interior of Thistleton
Colonel Taylor made another name for
himself in Kentucky history with his keen interest in breeding good livestock -
particularly Hereford cows. It was “about 1900, or a little later, Col. Taylor
decided that the cattle interests of the United States were being neglected and
immediately took advantage of the opportunity to promote a higher grade of
cattle in Kentucky.” (Ref.
Charles Kerr, in his History of Kentucky, provides a wonderful quote
about Taylor that was written in an issue of ‘Breeder’s Gazette’ in 1921: Col. Taylor “has left a record of achievement as a Hereford breeder that is more
enduring than granite.”
Taylor lost his lovely wife on October 11, 1898, at the young age of
46. He would live another 25 years as a widower, dying on January 12, 1923.
Although the lettering is very hard to read, the
following grave markers for both Frances and E. H. Taylor can be found in
section “D” of the Frankfort Cemetery.
Frances Johnson Taylor Edmund
The following provides
further information on the children that Colonel and Mrs. Taylor had.
(1)Jacob Swigert, usually just called Swigert, was
born on September 30, 1853. He married
Sarah Bacon Crittenden. Much more
information on him will follow. Swigert
died September 17, 1928.
(2)Mary Belle Taylor was born September
20, 1855, and married Dr. J. Lampton Price.
She died in November 1941.
Grave for Mary
Belle Taylor Price
(3)Rebecca Taylor, born on September 2,
1857, married Richard W. Kline.
(4)Eugenia Taylor died in infancy.
(5)Kenner Taylor was born November 15,
1863, and married Juliet Rankin Johnson.
He died June 1, 1934.
(6)Margaret Johnson Taylor was born in September
1866, and married Philip Fall Taylor.
She died on August 19, 1929.
(7)Edmund Watson Taylor was born December
10, 1868, and married Stella Underwood.
He died July 10, 1964.
(8)Frances Allen Taylor was born on March
26, 1872, and married twice. Her first
husband was Pythian Saffell, and her second husband was James
On November 24, 1880, J. Swigert
Taylor married Miss Sadie Ware Bacon Crittenden,
daughter of Eugene Crittenden and Laura Ware Bacon. It is through
this union that the three families (Ware, Taylor, and Crittenden) weave back
into a union of both the families and their properties.
After their marriage, the Taylors “resided at the beautiful old family
homestead of Thistleton” and raised their two children. Sadie first delivered a daughter (Eugenia
Taylor) but the little girl died very young.
Daughter (Mary Belle) and son (Edmund Taylor III) soon joined the family
and both of these offspring lived to maturity.
is with deepest, heartfelt appreciation that I thank Crit Blackburn Luallen for
the pictures of her great grandparents, grandparents, and parents on the following
pages. Her generosity knows no limit.
J. Swigert Taylor Sadie Bacon Crittenden Taylor
Swigert Taylor inherited his father’s keen sense of
business and also his love of the land.
He and Sadie devoted their attention to the
breeding, training, and racing of pedigreed horses; a business which was highly
successful. They lived in a lovely house
called Point Breeze - not from Swigert’s boyhood home of Thistleton.
Current photo courtesy of Crit Blackburn Luallen
By the early 1900s, Swigert and Sadie Taylor
were in their 50s and busy planning the wedding of their daughter, Mary Belle,
Walter Hay. (Ref. 2279) A striking beauty, the bride was 26 at
the time of her nuptials, and Charles (born on
November 12, 1878) was five years older.
Mary Belle Taylor Hay
Charles Walter Hay
Mary Belle’s husband was the son of Charles Sherrod Hay and Mary Charlotte Runyon, and the grandson of
George Washington Hay and his wife, Susan Jane Williams. His family was from Clark County, Indiana,
where his father and mother had wed in 1873.
Charles had four siblings: Oscar Lee
Hay, Jesse Hay (Matthews), Leila Hay (Haas), and Mabel Hay, who died at 17.
marriage to Mary Belle, Charles “attended
the public schools of Jeffersonville, a business college at New Albany, and
graduated in 1896 from the Bryant and Stratton Business College at Louisville,
where he specialized in stenography and bookkeeping. The same year he went to work in the
quartermaster’s depot for the United States Government at Jeffersonville, and
was there two years, including the period of the Spanish-American war. For another year he was in the general
freight office of the Southern Railway Company at Louisville, and on November
1, 1899, came to Frankfort and for five years was assistant correspondent for
the Kentucky Distilleries and Warehouse Company. He then resumed his old business as a
railroad man and for eight years was general freight and passenger agent for
the Frankfort and Cincinnati Railway Company.
He then took up and developed a general insurance agency at Frankfort
and gave his active supervision to the business until 1920.” (Ref. 2279)
no stranger to education herself, “was a
graduate of the well known Baldwin School at Staunton, Virginia.” The facility was originally named Augusta Female Seminary in
1842, but was renamed in 1895 in honor of Mary Julia Baldwin, the longtime principal. (Ref. 2279) It had then (and still has) a
wonderful reputation for academic excellence.
After their marriage, Charles had an “interest in the petroleum industry . . . being
secretary-treasurer of the Taylor-South-Hay Oil Company.” (Ref. 2279) He was “also vice president of the Hughes Drug
Company which he helped organize in December, 1919 . . . secretary and
treasurer of the Frankfort Realty Company and a director of E. H. Taylor,
Jr., and Sons.” (Ref. 2279) It seemed that there was little he could not
do, but he really felt “an avocation in
the raising and breeding of thoroughbred horses” and [was] at one time, “one of the stewards at the race meetings conducted
by the Kentucky Jockey Club.” (Ref.
was a passion he could certainly share with his father-in-law, since Swigert Taylor
was such a horse enthusiast himself.
Belle and Charles Hay married
on September 2, 1909, and had a family of five
children: (1) Edmund Haynes Taylor Hay (b.
August 12, 1910); (2) Eugenia
Crittenden Hay (b. June 4,
1913), (3) Charles Walter Hay (b. October 20, 1914); (4) Jacob Swigert Taylor Hay (b. June 19, 1917 - died 3 months later); and (5) Jacob Swigert Taylor Hay (b. October 2, 1918). These children had many memories of
Thistleton because the oldest was 12 years old before his great grandfather (E. H. Taylor)
died in 1922. Sadly, however, Mary Belle
lost her mother even before then. After
40 years of marriage, Sadie
passed away on June 29, 1920, at age 62.
very hard to read
Grave for Sadie Bacon Crittenden Taylor
It must have been difficult for Swigert Taylor
to lose his beloved Sadie in 1920 and his father just two years later in
to his grandson, Edmund H. Taylor Hay, “in 1923,
after his father’s death, Swigert Taylor took his inheritance and bought Scotland Farm
for his daughter, my grandmother, Mary Bell Taylor Hay who is the granddaughter
of Colonel Taylor . . . it was 650 acres at the time.” (Ref. Oral History)
The farm had once been called Locust
Hill in the early 1800s, when the owner was Robert Scott. It had been renamed ‘Scotland’ by the Mason
family who purchased it from him. (See Chapter 12) Ironically, however, this property was
originally known as Wareland when it belonged James Ware I - - - Sadie’s great great great
grandfather! The land had come full
Belle’s father, J. Swigert Taylor, died six
years after his father, on September 17, 1928, at the age of 75.
Scotland Color photos by Judy C. Ware 2012
photographs were taken with the kind permission of one of the current owners of
Scotland, John Hay. I am deeply indebted
to him for his hospitality and generosity in allowing me to visit his beautiful
home. John is also a descendant of James
Ware (through J. Swigert Taylor and his wife, Sadie Bacon Crittenden).
Mary Belle and Charles Hay lived at Scotland the rest of their lives. The beautiful formal gardens on the property
were “laid out by Mrs. Hay with the
intent of preserving those maintained since the Scott’s original gardens” (Ref. Historical Registry) It must
have been a wonderful place to gather for family celebrations.
(Registry) Taken by Judy C. Ware 2012
Taken at sunset –
Of the four
adult children of Mary Belle and Charles Hay:
1. Edmund H. Taylor Hay was born one year after Mary Belle and
Charles got married, on August 10, 1910.
He later married Ruth Williams, and their descendants are the current
owners of Scotland.
E. H. Taylor Hay
Ruth Williams Hay
2. Eugenia Crittenden
was born June 4, 1913, and she wed Samuel Everett Blackburn. The Blackburns had a distinguished family history as well. The descendants of Eugenia and Samuel
currently own Wareland.
Walter Hay, born
October 22, 1914, died tragically with his wife in a house fire on April 15,
Swigert Taylor Hay, born
June 19, 1917, only lived for three months and died on September 15, 1917.
5. Jacob (Jake) Swigert Taylor Hay, born October 2, 1918, married Mary Elizabeth Hunter
and passed away June 9, 1966.
In further transcriptions of the family letters,
Mike Vetch writes: “I am about to
wrap up the 1940's and move on to the 1950's.
Taylor Hay Jr. is a cadet at VMI.
Mary Belle is in Pine Manor Junior College near Boston. Taylor Sr. is still managing the Union League
Club in Chicago while his wife Ruthie and young son John (born in 1944) live on
Scotland Farm near Frankfort. I am in
1953 – C. W. Hay and his wife died in a house fire in 1951 and Kenner Taylor
has passed away in July of 1953. Taylor
Hay Jr. has married and has Taylor Hay III.
Mary Belle Hay has also married.
They are breeding horses on Scotland Farm as well as sheep.” Mike Vetch
Scotland – photo
taken by Judy C. Ware 2012
The lovely home of Mary Belle and Charles was decorated with a true eye
for beauty. “Mrs. Hay [was] “a painter of
portraits and collector of antiques, and the stately old home is filled with
priceless family and museum pieces.” (Ref. 2533)
Her attention to detail shows
clearly throughout the home. “Handsome parquet floors of oak and other
woods were installed over the original and poplar floors in most of the
downstairs room at the turn-of-the-century.
The entrance hall, for instance, has a basket-weave pattern with a wide
border.” (Ref. Historical Registry)
Old photo Current photos taken by Judy C. Ware 2012
Every detail, even down to the light fixtures, was done with
the thought of enhancing the beauty of the breath-taking mansion.
appearing in the National Register of Historic Places Inventory
“The third floor was reserved for the governess and seamstress. Steps led to the roof, of which a portion was
flat and had benches on which one might sit and have a magnificent view of the
undulating Bluegrass country of over one thousand acres belonging to Scotland.”
(Ref. 2533) (Extra acres had been purchased over the years.)
courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society
The years at Scotland were
happy ones when the children were growing, and many wonderful memories were
made for the family and extended family.
Charles died on July 13, 1936, at the age of 58. Mary Belle Taylor Hay would only live another
three years - dying on November 8, 1939, at the young age of 56. She and Walter had celebrated 30 years of
When Mary Belle’s
married into the Blackburn family, she joined another prestigious Kentucky
family. The Kentucky patriarch was
George Blackburn (born 1746) who was the “son
of Edward and Anne Blackburn of Virginia and the grandson of William and
Elizabeth Blackburn.” (Ref. 2291) George wed
Prudence Berry (born 1754) in 1791.
His Will (WOODFORD COUNTY KENTUCKY, WILL BOOK E, PG.
202-04, names as heirs: "Wife, Prudence; Daughters, Mildred
White, (William White), Harriet Blackburn, Margaret KinKaide, Maria Blackburn,
and Nancy Bartlett; sons, Churchill J., Jonathan, Edward, William B., and George." The will was
written 5th. September 1817
following is from the Blackburn Family Bible in possession of Mrs. C. Douglas
(Charlotte McKamy) Kelso, Jr. of Tennessee.
The original record is in the handwriting of her great great
grandfather, Edward Mitchell Blackburn.
The Children of George and Prudence Blackburn
George Blackburn b. 16 January 1746, Glouchester
Co., VA d. 1817 Woodford Co, KY marriage: Prudence Berry 19 Sept. 1771 in Louisa Co., VA
Nancy Ann b. 30 July 1772 in Middlesex Co.,
William Berry b. 24 April 1774
Jonathan b. 10 Feb. 1776
Luke Pryor b. 14 Sept. 1777
Mary "Polly" b. 12 Dec. 1789
Mildred b. 25 August 1782
George Jr. b. 27 Nov. 1785, the first born
in Woodford Co., KY
Mitchell "Uncle Ned" b. 10 Feb. 1787, Woodford Co.
Margaret Trotter "Peggy" b. 7
Churchill Jones b. 25 Sept. 1793
Prudence Rachael b. 11 July 1795
Note: The home of George was located only a mile
from Spring Station. He and his wife
moved to Woodford County in 1784. His
fort was used as a refuge, in the event of Indian attack, by all those within
Blackburn Family Cemetery
George died in 1817, and Prudence passed away in
1836. This cemetery was established for them and
their family. “Their many grandchildren included Kentucky Governor (1879-83) Dr. Luke
Pryor Blackburn; U.S. Senator (1885-95, 1901-07) Joseph C. S. Blackburn, who
was later chairman of the Lincoln Memorial Commission (1914-18); Kentucky
Senator and Secretary of State James Blackburn; and St. Louis Mayor Edward
Blackburn.” (Web) In
her will, the Blackburn's granddaughter Elizabeth J. Blackburn (wife of Dr. C.
J. Blackburn) instructed her executor to "have
a substantial stone wall built around my Grandfather Blackburn's family
graveyard in Woodford County and to have the graves and monuments therein
repaired and put in good order, the whole not to cost exceeding one thousand
dollars." (Franklin County, Kentucky, Will Book 3, Pg 327)
“The cemetery is currently
located on the Lane's End Farm (Fort Blackburn Division) on Old Frankfort Pike
(KY 1681) near the Woodford/Franklin County border. The cemetery can be accessed by appointment
by contacting the Lane's End Farm Security Office at 1500 Midway Road near
Versailles. Security personnel must
guide and accompany visitors to the cemetery.
Visitors must cross an active rail line that runs through the farm.” (Find
E. M. (Ned) Blackburn
One of the sons of George and Prudence was Major Edward
(Ned) Mitchell Blackburn, who was born February 10, 1787. At the age of 20, Ned married Lavinia St. Clair Bell in 1807. His young bride was six months shy of her 14th
birthday at the time. The couple would
have a very large family – with fourteen children.
from Family Bible
Blackburn and Lavinia S. Bell were married Sept 3rd, 1807
Blackburn, was a
lawyer and an avid horse breeder. He “bred many racers on his farm which cornered
at Spring Station just one mile distant from his father’s home.” (Ref.1024,
Their lovely property was named Equira (and the “71 lush acres” that surrounded it) added
to its’ beauty. It was here that the
Blackburns raised their family; three of whom became very well known in
politics. Luke Pryor Blackburn was
governor of Kentucky from 1879 to 1883, Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn became a
senator, and James
Weir Blackburn served as the Kentucky Secretary of State from 1879
to 1883. Lavinia was 69 years old when
she died on June 3, 1863, and Ned died at age 80 on March 18, 1867. (Gravestones)
was born Feb 10th, 1787
Lavinia S. Bell was born March 23th, 1794
George E. Blackburn was born July 6, 1810 - 4 o'clock A.M.
John Bell Blackburn was born Nov. 29, 1811 - 2 o'clock P.M.
Frances Ann Blackburn was born May 28th,1813 - 4 o'clock A.M.
Luke P. Blackburn was born June 16th, 1816 - at sunrise in the morning.
Edward Lewis Blackburn was born Dec. 18th, 1817 - 8 o'clock P.M.
Mary Prudence Blackburn was born July 11th, 1819 - one hour before sunset.
Elizabeth Jane Blackburn was born April 3rd, 1821 - Tuesday 10 o'clock A.M.
William Edwin Blackburn was born Feb. 14, 1823 - Friday 8 o'clock A.M.
Henry Berry Blackburn was born 13th DEc., 1827 - Thursday 6 o'clock P.M.
Churchill Horace Blackburn was born 13th Dec., 1827 - Thursday 6 o'clock
Edward Mitchell Blackburn was born Sept 3rd 1829 - Friday 4 o'clock A.M.
Breckenridge Flournoy Blackburn was born Feb 25th, 1823 - 8 ocl;ock A.M.
Blackburn was born April 30th, 1834 -Wednesday 10 o'clock
Joe C. Stiles Blackburn was born Oct. 1, 1838 - 1 o'clock AM Monday
Lavinia B. Flournoy was born Nov. 28th, 1829 - Friday 12 o'clock
James W. Blackburn
Blackburn was born
on April 30, 1834. He married Henrietta Everett “January
6, 1846, 7 o’clock Thursday Evening,” and the couple had four children - -
James, Mary, Samuel,
and Henrietta. (Ref. Family Bible) James Blackburn “joined the Confederate armed
forces in Arkansas in 1861 and served until he was taken prisoner in 1864. He was exchanged in February 1865 and then
served until the end of the war.” (Ref. Web)
He then “served in “the State Senate from 1875 to
1879 and as Secretary of State from 1880 to 1883 in the administration of Luke
P. Blackburn. In 1890 he was a member of
the constitutional convention. (Ref. Website for Kentucky
his family were clearly very proud of his service in the Confederate Army
because his grave makes special mention of the fact. When his son, James Jr., died, it was even
written on his tombstone that he was “son of a Confederate soldier.”
Grave for James Weir
Blackburn and Henrietta Everett Blackburn
through the brother of James (George E. Blackburn) that part of the Wareland
estate came into the Blackburn family.
When the heirs of Samuel Ware sold some sections of the land in
1847, George purchased 24 acres.
Deed for sale of 24 acres of Wareland to George Blackburn
Everett Blackburn carried on her maiden name with her son Samuel. Born in 1861, (his tombstone says 1860) Samuel Everett
Blackburn married a much younger lady. The manifest for passengers aboard the voyage
of ‘Cristobal’ to Ellis Island on February 13, 1916 shows the following
This would have made Lucy 20 years younger than Samuel (born in 1881) and
verified Samuel’s birth year as 1861.
Lucy’s father, Robert Boggs Lyle, of Lebanon, Kentucky was “one of Kentucky’s foremost farmers and
stockraisers and helped develop and train some of the great Kentucky horses of
his time.” (Ref. 2279)
Lucy was a trained nurse and “her first duties in her
profession were as director of physical training and head nurse at St. Mary's
College, an Episcopal institution at Dallas, Texas. According to her plans and specifications the
college hospital was built, and she remained in active charge for several
years.” (Ref. 2279)
Lucy were married on
October 30, 1907. Senator Joseph
Blackburn, Samuel’s uncle, “appointed him
a Federal judge in the canal zone, and he lived on the Isthmus of Panama”
with Lucy for ten years. (Ref. 2279) It was in the Canal Zone that their two children were
born: Henrietta Lyle in 1908, and Samuel
Everett Jr., in 1910. Judge Blackburn “resigned in the spring of 1918 on account
of ill health” and returned to Lebanon.
Commemorative stamp for Joseph
Clay Styles Blackburn (Uncle of Samuel) who served on Canal Commission and as
Governor of the Canal Zone 1907-09
It was the only son of Judge Samuel Blackburn and
his wife, Lucy, (Samuel Everett Blackburn Jr.) who wed lovely Eugenia
Crittenden Hay. Born on
August 9, 1910, the groom was three years older than his bride, who was born on
June 4, 1913.
Crittenden Hay Blackburn - Samuel Everett Blackburn
Eugenia gave birth to six children: (1) Samuel Everett Blackburn, (2) James
Robert Lyle Blackburn, (4) Jacob Swigert Blackburn,
Blackburn, and (6) Eugenia Crittenden
(Crit) Blackburn. Sometime before her marriage, Eugenia had received
a letter from her father telling her that he had purchased a farm he had been
anxious to buy. His 155-acre acquisition
was none other than a sizable portion of what was originally known as Wareland. It was on this farm that the Blackburns would
raise their family.
Samuel died on May 20, 1969, and Eugenia passed
away on October 8, 1986. It is through
the children of Samuel and Eugenia Crittenden Hay Blackburn that the legacy of Wareland
still continues. Their offspring are the
great (X 6) grandchildren of James and Agnes Todd Ware. It is almost
surreal to realize that, as of 2013, the property known as Wareland and
the property known as Scotland are both owned by the grandchildren of Mary
Belle Hay – and those owners are descendants of James Ware I of Virginia. The land is, today, as beautiful and
beckoning as it was for him when he first set foot on it 230 years ago!
In a nutshell, the lineage of the first owners of
Wareland to the current owners looks like the following:
- (1)James & Agnes Ware had William Ware
- (2)William & Sarah Ware had Elizabeth Ware
- (3)Elizabeth Ware (Bacon) & John Bacon had Williamson
- (4)Williamson Ware Bacon & Anna Marie Noel had Laura
- (5)Laura Ware Bacon (Crittenden) & Eugene Crittenden
- (6)Sadie Crittenden (Taylor) & Swigert Taylor had
- (7)Mary Belle Taylor (Hay) & Charles Hay had Eugenia
- (8)Eugenia Hay (Blackburn) & Samuel Blackburn had 6
- (9)Their surviving children (one being Eugenia Crittenden
(i.e., Crit) Blackburn Luallen) are the current owners of Wareland.
While on a research trip for this
book, my husband and I had the honor of meeting Crit Blackburn Luallen. This generous and kind lady welcomed me into
her home without any advance notice, and in an unbelievable act of hospitality
and graciousness, she provided me with answers to questions that have intrigued
family researchers for generations.
There are no words to adequately express the depth of my gratitude to
Crit for the precious gift of history that she so warmly shared with me. What a blessing she has been to, not only me,
but every Ware researcher for generations to come. The following photographs are like “buried
treasure” for all of us who can trace our roots back to James and Agnes
Ware. To look at the beautiful land that
called the Wares out of Virginia into Kentucky is like breathing life into our
current house (built in the early 1900s) sits on the original Wareland property
owned by James Ware in 1783.
What a view!
Supporting Documentation for Addendum
Ware Bacon and Anne Maria Noel
B. March 7,
1804 November 3rd,
1824 B. circa 1808
17, 1845 D. 1850
Maria Elizabeth Bacon born April 11, 1826 died Oct. 6, 1873
married John Adair
born February 1833 died 1898
married Eugene Wilkinson Crittenden
Taylor Jr. and Mary (Polly) Taylor (his cousin)
2, 1777 B.
September 21, 1781
D. October 1835 D. December 9,
1. Edmund Haynes Taylor born June 4, 1799 died April 24, 1873 married (1)Elizabeth Clay, (2)Louisa
Ann Brown Hart, (3) Martha Southgate Taylor, and (4) Elizabeth Sarah Fall
2. John Eastin Taylor born
September 23, 1803 died February 5,
1835 married Rebecca Edrington
3. George Colby Taylor born
October 15, 1805 died April 7, 1871 married (1) Virginia Singletary and (2)
Isabella B. Winn
4. William Henry Harrison Taylor born
January 6, 1812 died 1868 married (1) Nancy B. Eskrige and (2) Catherine
Interesting side note - - Richard was described as having “an extraordinary physique, measuring six feet two inches and weighing
about 250 pounds – having not an ounce of surplus flesh, carrying a frame of
bone and muscle.” (Ref. 1024)
Jacob Swigert Taylor and
Sarah (Sadie) Bacon Crittenden
September 30, 1853 1880 B. August 17, 1858
D. September 17, 1928 D. June 29,
Mary Belle Taylor
born September 20, 1883 died November
Married Charles Walter Hay on
September 2, 1909
Edmund Haynes Taylor and Frances Miller Johnson
12, 1830 1852 B. September 10, 1832
D. January 12, 1923 D. October 11, 1898
1. Jacob Swigert Taylor born September 30, 1853 died September 17, 1928 married Sarah Bacon Crittenden
2. Mary Belle Taylor born September
20, 1855 died married Dr. J. Lampton Price
3. Rebecca Taylor born September 2, 1857 married
Richard W. Kline
4. Eugenia Taylor died in infancy
5. Kenner Taylor born November
15, 1863 died June 1, 1934 married Juliet Rankin Johnson
6. Margaret Johnson Taylor born
September 1866 died August 19, 1929 married Philip Fall Taylor
7. Edmund Watson Taylor born December
10, 1868 died July 10, 1964 married Stella Underwood
8. Frances Allen Taylor born
March 26, 1872 married Pythian Saffell, 2nd husband
being James M. Saffell.
Mary Belle Taylor and Charles Walter Hay
B. September 20, 1883 1909 B. November 12,
November 8, 1939 D. July 13, 1936
1. Edmund H. Taylor Hay born August 12, 1910 died July 17, 1995 married Ruth Williams
2. Eugenia Crittenden Hay born June 4, 1913 died
October 8, 1986 married Samuel Everett Blackburn.
Walter Hay born October 22, 1914
died April 15, 1951 married Nell Hunter
4. Jacob Swigert Taylor Hay born June 19, 1917 died September 15, 1917only lived 2 months
5. Jacob (Jake) Swigert Taylor Hay born October 2,
1918 died June 9, 1966 wed Mary
INFORMATION ON GREAT GRANDPARENTS
George Washington Hay wed Susan Jane Williams
D. 1886 D. 1891
Charles Sherrod Hay wed Mary Charlotte Runyon
B. 1853 1873 B. 1856
They had: (1) Oscar Lee
Hay, (2) Jesse Hay (Matthews), (3) Charles
Walter Hay, (4) Leila Hay (Haas),
(5) Mabel – died at 17
References used just for this section
Across the Continent
Fifth Cavalry, Compiled by: George F. Price
Captain Fifth Cavalry, U. S. Army, With Four Portraits On Steel
New York: D. Van Nosteand, Publisher, 83 Murray Street and 27 Warren Street. 1883.
Information was found on this
site: BourbonEnthusiast.com Transcription of family letters donated to the Filson Club and
researched by Mike Veach