From The Register of the
(Allen — Moss)
With a Foreword by James C. Kiotter, Editor
Register of the
GENEALOGICAL PUBLISHING Co., INC.
Azure, with three mullets or, placed one above two, the top of the Shield being gules, having a lion of argent, passant.
Supports, two lions with marquis crowns.
The Crest, a lion issuant, holding a sword in the left paw.
Motto: The Stars are Friendly.
The coronet and supports are personal to the Marquisate, d
‘Estelle, Lord of the region of Aren,
THE ESTILL FAMILY
The name d ‘Estelle is recorded in Province, France, in 1525, but earlier it is spelled Esdaile, pronounced Estill, and that spelling was used by Sir James Esdaile, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1778. He was a descendant of the French family and he used the same Arms.
Genealogists assert that it was once Estrella, the Spanish word for star; the motto of the Arms favor this theory, “The Stars Are Friendly. 1
The forms used in
Jean Andre d’Estelle, a nobleman, a commissary of Artillery,
and Jeannette Pastier, a noble lady, were married in
There are many explanations of the name. One of the best is this: the Protestants of Tours were forced to assemble at night to avoid arrest, and did so at the gate of King Hugo, whom the people regarded as a spirit A monk therefore in a sermon declared that the Lutherans should be called Huguenots, as kinsmen of King Hugo, in as much as they would only go out at night, as he did. The name became popular from 1560 onwards. 3
The descendant of Jean Andre and Jeannette d ‘Estelle, Balthazar,
fled with his family to the
An Estelle was born in
As this Estelle is said to have married a Miss Wallace, we
can identify him as Thomas Estelle, whose wife was a descendant of Sir William
They settled in
On the day of landing, a son was born to the wife of
William, said to be the first white child born in
Daniel is listed as an original settler of
Daniel d ‘Estelle married Margaret Browning at
A Thomas signed a remonstrance with others, in 1700, asking for a competent Governor of the Colony, and there is a record that he was indicted during political troubles in 1700. 6
Thomas d’Estelle, brother of Daniel arid William, married Miss Wallace in 1670, and had a son John. 7
This John d’Estelle was the father of Wallace Estill. 8
Wallace Estill was born in
After five children were born to them in
Here Wallace Estill settled on
He built his home at
At the birth of her sixth child, Marca, Wallace’s wife, Marcy Boude Estill, died. Two years later, in 1748, Wallace and Lady Mary Ann Campbell eloped and were married. She was the 17-year-old daughter of John Campbell, who opposed the marriage on account of the disparity of their ages. 11
John Campbell of Argyll Clan of Scotland came to
Wallace Estill served in the Colonial Wars and on
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As the High Sheriff was chosen by the County Court from one of their number, it is evident that he was “a gentleman Magistrate”, as well.
He owned large tracts of lands in
After many years in the
It was here that he found the settlers exposed to frequent ravages of the Indians, and erected a “block house” for their protection. 14
At the time of his removal to Indian Creek his fifteenth child, Ruth, was five years old and his older sons had already distinguished themselves.
Captain Wallace Estill died in 1792, leaving a very large
estate. His will, recorded in
Capt. Wallace’s records have been accepted by the Colonial Dames of America, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Huguenot Society.
I. BOUDE Estill.
(Thomas, John, Wallace Estill.)
Boude Estill, son of Capt. Wallace, as born
He was a Colonial soldier serving in (apt. Peter Hogg’s Company of Rangers in 1758; also rendered non-military services to the Colony. 16
Later, he moved to the
His will is recorded in
His son, Samuel Estill, married Rebecca Hamilton (1786-1875)
Malvine married Franklin Moran on
Franklin Moran Walker (father of Stetson Walker or
b. Elvira (1812) married a Doty
c. Mary Jane (1813) married a Scott
d. Nancy Juliet (1814)
e. Wm. Hamilton Estill (1817)
f. James Walker Estill (1818)
g. Erasmus Boude Estill (1820)
h. Amelia Owsley Estill (1826)18
II. Benjamin Estill
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
Benjamin Estill was born in
While visiting at the home of her step-father, John Trimble, in 1764, the Indians made an attack, killing John Trimble, and Kitty was saved by the perfect marksmanship of her step-brother, Robert Trimble. Just as a savage raised his tomahawk to strike her in the back of the head as she fled with uplifted arms towards the house, Robert shot him dead. The bullet passed between Kitty's arm and her body.
The few whites were wounded and overpowered and Kitty and her half-brother, James Trimble were carried off by the Indians.
A company of twenty-five men led by Kitty's brother, Capt Geo. Moffet, went in pursuit. The Indians had covered their trail so well that is was to be doubted if they would have rescued Kitty and James, four days later, if Kitty had not marked the way they took by hanging her blue garters on bushes along the way. 20
Kitty Moffet Estill was the daughter of Sarah, daughter of John McDowell and Magdalena Wood, who first married George Moffett and secondly married John Tremble. 21
Estill was a Justice of the Peace of Augusta County, VA., from 1764 until 1769,
and filled the same office when he moved to the
Moffett Estill married Patsy Miller. She was probably the daughter of Henry
Miller, who founded the first
Iron Foundry in the
with 8,000 acres of land was advertised for sale on
a. Catherine died young.
b. Hannah Winters married Dr. Livingston Waddell. Issue
1. Martha Waddell.
2. Lucy married Rev. Thos. Preston, D.D.
7. Lucy Gordon.
8. Mary Eliza (Wm. W. Houston, D.D.)
9. Edmonia (Col. E. W. Nichols).
11. Edward Livingston.
Lindsey married J. W. Pratt, D.D. Their daughter, Grace, married Col. Clay
Stacker, Mrs. Grace Stacker Coulter of
13. Janette (Maj. F. H. Smith, Jr.).
c. Henry Miller Estill married Eliza Jane Patrick. Issue:
1. John Livingston.
2. Robert Kyle.
3. Wm. Patrick.
4. Isabelle Christian.
6. Cecil moved to
7. Frank moved to
d. Eliza Estill married John Ervine. Issue:
3. Two others, names not known.
e. Nancy Estill married Thos. McClintie. Issue: Robert and two others.
f. Rachel Estill.
i. John Moffett married Mary Lovalette David daughter of Rev. Andrew Boker Davidson, a Presbyterian minister; educated at Washington and Lee Univ. and Univ. of Va., receiving his medical degree in 1846; served as Surgeon to the 51st Va. Volunteers, Con federate Army, for four years; died in Lexington, Va., in 1899, aged 79 years. Issue:
1. Henry Boker Estill, Ml)., Surgeon of Va. Military Inst.
D. Estill married Clara Davidson, daughter of Jas. D. Davidson of Lexington,
Va.; educated at the
4. Susan Dorman Estill. 24
Benjamin Estill, the second son of Benjamin Estill, Sr., was
a prominent lawyer of southwestern
III. REBECCA ESTILL.
(Thomas, John, Wallace.)
Rebecca Estill was born on March 15, 1739, in New Jersey, brought to Virginia by her father, Wallace Estill, and her mother, Marca Boude, and married Col. Thomas Hughart of Augusta County, Virginia. 26
Col. Thomas Hughart, a man of great wealth and influence,
was an officer in the French and Indian Wars and was granted land for his
Gen. Washington, who previously commanded some of these riflemen in Braddock ‘s army, had stated during the dark hours of the Revolution, that if the unexpected should happen and he should be defeated that he would retire to the mountains of Augusta County and rally around him a force which would yet liberate his bleeding country.
Col. Hughart and Rebecca Estill, his wife, had one child,
Agnes Hughart, who married in 1782, Rev. John Montgomery, son of John and
Esther Montgomery. Rev. John Montgomery, Jr., was educated at
Col. Thomas, his wife, Rebecca Estill, and Agnes Hughart and
her husband, Rev. John Montgomery, are buried in the graveyard adjoining
A monument stands there in their memory. 27
IV JOHN ESTILL.
(Thomas, John, Wallace.)
John Estill, the fourth child of Wallace and Marca Boude
Estill, was born on
John was a soldier in the Indian Wars, serving in Captain Wm. Preston ‘s Company of Rangers of Greenbrier County, Virginia, in 175829 he also per formed non-military services for the Colony.
He purchased 925 acres on the
Under circumstances unknown, John Estill was killed by James Stewart, and his widow, Rebecca Christie, afterwards married Zaccheus Estill, believed to have been a nephew of Capt. Wallace Estill, a son of his brother Benjamin.
Rebecca Estill, the executrix of John Estill’s estate, received a payment of £204 for his services in the Continental Army, under Col. Samuel Hunter, showing that he was also a Revolutionary soldier. 32
John and Rebecca Estill had two daughters and on son:
married William Shields on
William Christie Estill married his first cousin, Margaret Christie, daughter of Col. Richard Christie. Issue: (Some references give the name Christian.)
Houton Estill, Major in the 60th Va. Regiment of the Confederate Army; died in
a Union prison at
d. William M. Estill.
David Hudson Estill, born in Kanawha Co.,
Irene married John P. Woodward, M.D.
Reverdy Estill, D.D., Ph.D., LL.D.
Henry V. W. Estill.
William Estill. 33
V. SUSANNA ESTILL.
(Thomas, John, Wallace.)
Susanna, born in
On December 7, 1762, Susanna married John McCreary, Jr., 35
son of Captain John McCreary and his wife, Agnes Crawford, of Augusta Co., Virginia.
Captain John McCreary was a carpenter in
A traditional story of the family shows that Agnes’ family
never forgave her for marrying a man of plebeian blood. One of her brothers,
having no heir, came to
There were many opportunities to escape after that but John
feared the hardships of the trip for his brother, who was not strong. And so
over two years went by before the day came when they left the camp on a
supposed hunting trip, and started for
Many weeks were consumed as they were often lost and William’s strength exhausted, as they steered their course through the wilderness and over the mountains, by the Indian signs of nature, subsisting on roots, berries and what game they could kill. They were reduced to a dreadful plight but welcomed by the settlement which had long thought them dead. All except their mother, Agnes, who had great faith that her Lord would restore them to her. Friday being the day that they returned, she made it her Holy Day and spent every Friday in her room fasting, praying and reading her Bible, until her death. William, being frail, lived but a short time, unable to overcome the effects of the hardships of the Indian life and trials of the long journey,
John, Jr., served in the Revolutionary War and rose to the
rank of Lieut. Colonel on
County from 1778 until 1785, when he resigned. 41
He was in the Battle of Jamestown and in command of Fort Clover Lick about
He owned large estates on the
Susanna Estill died in
Col. John McCreary and Susanna Estill had three children:
McCreary married a Miss Hall in
Estill married James Graves,
D. Estill married Bartlet Graves,
McCreary was in
c. Agnes McCreary, called “
Susanna Estill Kennedy (1793-1863), who married Gen. Joseph Miller of Madison Co., in 1807. Gen. Miller (1786-1858) was the son of Col. John Miller of Richmond, Ky., and his wife, Jane Dulaney, 51 an officer in the War of 181252 at his death his large estate, “Spencer’s Choice,” in Sumner Co., Tenn., was willed to his wife, Susanna Kennedy Miller, for life and then to his only surviving child, Nancy Jane Alexander. 53
a. Andrew Kennedy Miller (1810—1853) married Elizabeth Holloway in 1832.
1. Susan Kennedy Miller (1834—1916) married Elbridge G. Seawell;
1. Elizabeth Seawell married Dr. A. F. Claywell
Nannie married Capt. Isaac Boyd of
a. Elizabeth Boyd married Max Don Howell b. Elbridge Boyd
3. Jane married James Moore:
a. Jane Moore
b. Elbridge Moore
4. Roberta married A. G. Brandau:
a. Seawell Brandau
b. Robert Brandau
c. Susan Brandau
2. Robert Woods Miller (1843 - ) married Eleanor Baber; a. Lillian Miller married Robert Bransford.
b. John McCreary Miller (1814—1850) married Mary Ann Woods in 1835:
1. Joseph Miller married Josephine Lash
2. Andrew Miller married Nannie Solomon
3. Susie Miller married Archibald Miller
4. Woody Miller married Jack Chambers
5. Nancy Jane Miller married Richard Palmer.
c. Robert Green Miller (1816—1842) married Mourning Miller in 1840:
1. Joseph Kieber Miller married Ellen Cleveland:
a. Early C. Miller
b. Ellen Miller
d. Joseph Kleber Miller (1819—1841)
e. Nancy Jane Miller (1812—1870) married her first cousin, in 1830,
1. Joseph Miller (1831—1896) married Anna Dodd, in 1855:
a. Mary K.
b. Nannie married Emory Sweeny
c. Florence Miller married Nathan Bullock d. Anna Miller married Wm. Stewart:
1. Joseph Stewart
Mildred Stewart married Kenneth Cobb of
Maud Miller married ‘John Hennion of
Susie Miller married Otis Bradley of
2. Miller Bradley.
2nd marriage: Bettie Douglas:
g. Woodie Miller
h. Helen Miller married Hugh Love
i. Joseph 1\filler died a young man.
2. Thomas Miller born 1833, married Lizzie Shutt:
a. Laura married James Anderson:
1. Frank Anderson
Ida. d. Woods
3. Archibald Miller, born 1835, married Martha Alexarnter 2nd, Susie Miller.
4. Robert Miller, born 1838 married Etta Head.
a. Woods Miller married and had two daughters.
b. Robert Miller, died a bachelor.
c. John Miller married Kate Anderson.
1. Laura Miller married Felix Woodward.
2. Roberta Miller.
3. Kate Miller.
4. Elizabeth Miller.
2nd marriage of Nancy Jane Miller, James Alexander (1813—’92).
5. Susan Kennedy Alexander (1851—1933) married in 1869, Samuel
Eugene Lackey (1840—1911) of Lincoln C.,
a. James Alexander Lackey died in infancy.
b. Kate Kennedy died in infancy.
c. William Nicholas Lackey (1875), M. D. (Jefferson Med. College, Phila.), Captain of Medical Corps in U. S. Army serving over seas in the World War I: married Bennetta Anderson (1880—1933) in 1905.
1. David Anderson Lackey (1907)
2. Samuel Eugene Lackey, III. (1909—1925)
Eugene Lackey, Jr. (1878),
e. Alma Lackey (1880), married E. Bright Wilson (1873), in 1902.
1. Sue Alexander Wilson married 1929,
Wm. S. Cutchins (V. M. 1.—
a. Barbara Wilson Cutchins
b. Carol H. Cutchins.
2. E. Bright Wilson, Jr. (B. S. M. A. (Princeton), Munich Univ., Ph.D. (Calif. technology), Harvard Fellow, Assoc. Professor of Harvard Univ.), married in 1935, Emily Buckingham (M. A. Radcliff).
a. Kenneth Wilson
b. David Wilson
c. Nina Wilson
Alma Lackey Wilson (Wellesley 1934) married in 1837, T. Ames Wheeler
a. Sue Elizabeth Wheeler
b. Sara Wheeler
c. Laurie Wheeler.
6. Jane Lackey Alexander (1855—1929) married John Branch Donelson in 1874.
a. Rebecca D.
Donelson (1881) married 1903, Jos. H. Chew of
1. Virgilia Chew.
b. Alexander Donelson, died a young man.
c. Emma Donelson married Price Underwood of Birmingham, Alabama.
1. Jennie Underwood
3. Emma Catherine
4. Price, Jr.
d. Eugene Lackey Donelson
e. John Branch Donelson, Jr. 54
VI. MARCA ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
Marca Estill was born on
VII. SARAH ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
Sarah Estill was born on
She married James Henderson and moved to
Her only child died an infant. 56
VIII. JAMES ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
James Estill, son of Capt. Wallace Estill and
Lady Mary Ann Campbell was born on
Leaving her two oldest sons, Benjamin and Wallace
James Estill served in Capt. Holden‘s Company of Militia in the protection of the settlements against the Indians until he rose to the rank of Captain. 58
In 1779, the town of
The Estill’s Fort was built in February and March
of 1780. It was one of the best known forts in
The first Court of the divided
Late in 1781, Capt. James Estill, his brother
Samuel and four other men were attacked by a band of fifteen Indians. Capt.
James received a shot in the arm, breaking the bone. A short time afterwards
the fort was attacked by the Wyandotte Indians and Capt. Estill and his men
pursued them to the present site of
Capt. Estill was killed with over a third of his men, and an equal number of the enemy. There was much censure of one of the Lieutenants, who was said to have disobeyed orders in dividing the forces, and thereby weakening Capt. Estill‘s position; others claimed that the officer had acted under Capt. Estill's orders. At any rate, he found his arm still in a too weakened state to endure the hand to hand fight that ensued, and lost his life at only 32 years of age. 62
A Centennial of the Battle of Estill’s defeat was
The estate of vast tracts of land entered by James Estill, estimated at over 15000 acres was left to his wife and infant children. It was the subject of much litigation until 1820, and while the heirs received only a portion of the land enrolled by James, it amounted to 7900 acres. 63
One of the first historical monuments erected in
One of the most active surveyors, a trusted
military leader, a gentleman Justice, a man of great courage and integrity,
James Estill gave his life at only thirty-two years, in the defense of the
people and became the best known and beloved
James and Rachel Estill had five children:
1. Benjamin Estill married
a. James Estill married ___________ and had 13 children:
1. Horatio H.,
2. Wm. Kavanaugh,
3. Isaac V.,
4. Robert G.,
5. James W.,
8. Tantha married Boone Davis,
9. Cornelia married ______ Tunnel,
10. Rachel W. married Robt. Mullins,
a. Fannie Mullins,
e. Leland Mullins)
f. Fannie Estill married _____ Cobb
1. Mary V. Cobb,
5. B. Cobb
h. Sallie Estill.
b. Susan Estill married Wm. Timberlake:
3. Mary married ______ Wright,
4. Annie Timberlake.
c. Martha Estill
d. Philemon K. Estill
e. Benjamin Estill
f. Rachel Estill married Richard Timberlake:
1. John Timberlake married Mary _______, died and his widow married
Peter Estill (see i below)
d. Benjamin Timberlake.
e. Ellen married ______Young.
g. Jonathan P. Estill married Judith Rogers,
1. Richard Estill
h. Sarah Estill married John McPherson:
McPherson. He was in Gen. John Morgan’s command and was captured on the Ohio
Raid in 1862, imprisoned at
1. William K. McPherson.
2. Sallie married James Rice.
i. Peter W. Estill married 1st Sarah Cochran; 2nd Mary A. Timberlake, widow of John Timberlake, Peter’s nephew.
j. Wallace Estill had one son, Wallace Estill:
1. Wallace married and had:
a. Robert W.
b. Ben D. Estill.
Benjamin Estill, Sr. and
his wife Ann Kavanaugh built the beautiful brick mansion on
2. Wallace Estill married Mary, the daughter of Col. John Harden. She died and he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Judge Robert Rodes and his wife Elizabeth Dulaney Rodes. Wallace built his home on the Speedwell Pike which was inherited by his son, Clifton H. Estill with its furnishings of mahogany, silver plate and family portraits.
1. Wm. Estill married a Miss Ferguson and built his home on the Bryan Pike in Fayette Co. Issue:
F. Estill married Mary Carr, moved to
b. Wm. Wallace Estill married Hattie Shafer: Issue; Jacob, Rodes, William Estill.
c. Robt. Christopher Estill married Miss Shafer: Three children.
Estill married Mary Turner of Howard Co.,
Issue: Alice, Wallace, William, Ella, Cliff Estill.
Hardin Estill married Sallie Ann Sullinger, moved to
a. Eugene Wallace Estill married Laura Robinson of Saline, Mo
Bettie Rodes Estill married A. G. Green of
Mary Wright married A. A. Arbuckle of
d. Sallie married W. Mead Travis of St. Louis, Mo.
4. Jonathan Estill married Louise Oldham in 1849:
a. Laura married Lewis E. Francis, his 2nd wife.
b. Lavinia married Jeptha Chenault;
2nd Mr. Cunningham of Bourbon Co.,
1. Estelle Chenault married Brutus J. Clay
c. Wallace Estill married Anna T. Chenault:
1. Martha married Robt. T. Quisenbury
of Danville, Ky., and reproduced her grandfather‘s home
on the Quisenbury's ancestral acres. It is one of the show places today of
a. Robert T. Quisenbury, Jr. d. Hattie Estill died young.
2. L. Wallace Estill married Emerald Mountjoy a. Martha C. Estill
3. David Estill
4. A. Douglas Estill married Ethel Terry
a. Ann Minerva Estill
b. James D. Estill, in Infantry, overseas
c. Wallace Estill, in Air Corps
d. Rose T. Estill
5. Clifton Estill, bachelor. He inherited his father Wallace’s fine home.
6. Mary Ann Estill married Jefferson Curie:
Elizabeth and Archy Curie.
2nd marriage, James Wright: issue - Laura Wright.
3. James Estill, Jr. married
a. Eliza Estill married W. Harrison Caperton. He served with Andrew Jackson in the Creek campaign when only 16 years old; was appointed by President Filmore as United States Attorney for the District of Kentucky:
1. Woods Caperton
Mary Pauline married Leonidas B. Talbott of Boyle Co.,
Col. James W. Caperton, a prominent lawyer, banker, and land owner of
a. Jamie Caperton married Paul Burnam.
2. Anthony Rollins Burnam III, Lt. 4th Marine Div.
b. Maria Estill married Archibald Woods Goodloe:
1. Anna Goodloe
2. Archibald Goodloe
Mary Eliza Goodloe married Dulaney Lackey of
a. Goodloe Lackey married Miss Cary:
1. Mary Goodloe Lackey
2. Vesta married ______ Price of Danville, Ky.
b. Jennie Lackey, died unmarried.
4. William C. Goodloe, lawyer and jurist married Almira Owsley and had twelve children, all of them distinguished.
James Estill, III. married Martha Ann, daughter of Archibald Woods,
Jr. of “
Bettie Estill married Mr. Garrison of
Katherine married Count Francis de Casteia of
Minnie married Count Gaston Chandon de Brialles of
William Garrison married the daughter of
Mary Estill married Wm. E. Holmes of
1. Lizzie Holmes married Mr. Lewis: Daughter married Dr. Arthur Yager, Gov.of Porta Rica, from 1912 to 1920.
Rodes Estill married Eliza Payne; lived in
James Estill, Jr. and his wife are buried in
4. Jonathan Estill the son of James and Rachel Estill, married Lucy Shelton, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Woods Shelton; Mrs. Shelton ‘s first husband was Philemon Kavanaugh.
Jonathan Estill was born in Boonesborough Fort and was
5. Sarah Ann Estill was born October, 1782 in Estill’s Fort.
She married Major Robert Miller on
a. James Miller married Harriet F. Texas in 1824.
b. John Dulaney Miller married Eliza Embry in 1828.
Green Miller married Julia Miller daughter of Dr. Alexander Miller. Moved to
Jane Miller married Napoleon
e. Sallie Ann Miller married Solon M. Harris, 1837.
f. Solon Miller, unmarried.
g. Robert Miller married Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Harrison J. Miller and Patsy Irvine Fields, his wife.
h. Elizabeth Miller married William Hill in 1843. 64
IX. WILLIAM ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
William Estill son of Capt. Wallace and Lady Mary Ann
Estill, was born in
X. SAMUEL ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
Samuel Estill, born on
Samuel Estill was commissioned by Col. William Preston of Fincastle County, Va., as an Ensign in the Company of Captain Michael Woods in 1774, and in the same year he volunteered into the Company of Capt. John Lewis for the Battle of the Great Kanawha, or Point Pleasant on October 10th, where he fought from sun up until sun down, the lines only six to twenty yards apart.
This enlistment lasted for three months. In 1777 or 1778, he served as a spy under Capt. David Gass at the Fort of Boonesborough for 15 months. That winter of 1779 was so severe that most of the live stock of the settlers perished from the cold, and the wild animals were so hungry that they lost all fear of man and flocked around the Fort looking for food.
In 1780, Samuel Estill was elected Lieutenant in Captain John Holden‘s Company under Col. Benjamin Logan, and was in Gen. George Rogers Clark’s Indian expeditions which lasted two months. 68
He served as Lieutenant under his brother Capt. James Estill in 1781 at Estill’s Fort, and with his brother and four others engaged in the fight with the 15 Wyandotte Indians when his brother had his arm broken by an Indian bullet.
Samuel was an excellent marksman and in this encounter, killed two Indians with one shot, the second man was looking over the shoulder of the first.
In the same year of 1781, he was in a second of Gen. Clark’s expedition to the Big Miami River.
He was a skilled Indian fighter and had many personal encounters while hunting, never failing to return with the Indian scalp, as a trophy; he rendered great assistance in securing the district from the Indians.
lie was appointed in 1786, Captain of a frontier Company by Madison County69 and served for two years; on March 2, 1795, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the 19th Regiment of Madison County, the same year was appointed a Commissioner to take Perpetual Testimony as to Land Boundaries and Claims. 70
Samuel Estill built his Fort in 1781, two miles southeast of Boonesborough
He was not in the Battle of Estill’s Defeat, as he had gone
The town of
Samuel Estill was a member of the Kentucky Legislature in 1795, and later was elected Judge of the Quarter Sessions, a position he held for many years, with much distinction.
In 1816, the Madison County Court ordered a portrait painted
of him as an expression of appreciation of his public services; it was done
Samuel Estill was six feet, two inches tall, weighing 444 pounds and was of great strength. Late in life, he grew to such great size that he was unable to walk and could only raise himself in bed by the use of a rope attached to the ceiling overhead.
He joined the
He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Day in
Samuel Estill and his wife, Jane Teas had nine children:
1. James Estill born at Estill’s Fort in 1783.
2. Sally Estill born at Estill’s Fort in 1785, married Wm. Yates, son of John Yates, and had a son, Brown Lee Yates.
3. William Estill, died young.
Estill married William Day, lived in
5. Susan Estill married Mr. Butler.
6. Ruth Estill married Mr. McWhorter.
8. Samuel Estill.
9. Jane Estill married Mr. Doyle72.
XI. WALLACE ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
Wallace Estill, the son of Capt. Wallace and Lady Mary Ann
Estill was born in
He was an officer in the Revolutionary War, a Lieutenant in the Company of Capt. David May, and was in the Battle of Yorktown.
He married Jennie Wright in Augusta County, Va., and settled
Not believing in the system of slavery but realizing that the slaves were not capable of self government or support, he devised a large tract of land to be set aside for his slaves, under the supervision of his three executors. “The slaves are to reside on the land and from the proceeds of their labor they are to pay an annual sum to the estate, and the balance of the proceeds are to be applied towards their maintenance, comfort, and improvement of mind and morals, for twenty years. At the end of twenty years, the slaves and their off-spring are to be emancipated and the said land divided into lots to be assigned to different families.
During which time, they are to be restricted from trafficking or inter course with the destitute or the wicked whether white or black, whereby they may be injured or may be vitiated in their morals.”
The children named in his Will are:
Son, James Estill,
Eliza Ann Estill, daughter of John,
Two granddaughters, daughters of son Isaac, deceased, and wife Flora
Daughter, Sally Wilson
Daughter, Mary Scivenor
Two granddaughters, Rebecca and Eliza, daughters of son Wallace
Granddaughter, Jane Estill, daughter of son James Estill
Daughter, Matty Kincind
Daughter, Rebecca Martin
Son-in-law, John Martin
Probated in February 1835. 75
Wallace Estill, Jr's Will is recorded there, dated 1837, probated in 1847.
Nancy Estill, wife, Rebecca Slatter, Eliza Cresman, Jefferson Estill, Elizabeth Jane Estill, John Estill, Wallis Estill, Mary Jane Estill, Isaac Estill, Catherine Estill, ,James Wright Estill, Sam Houston Estill. 76
XII. WILLIAM ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
William Estill was born on
He married Martha ‘Wright, the third sister to marry into this Estill family. The Wrights were neighbors of Captain Estill, probably daughters of the William Wright who died in Augusta in. 1776, aged 67, and who named his children in his ‘Will:
John Wright, Samuel Wright, William Wright, James Wright,
Alexander Wright, and “four daughters.” A Tyree T. Wright born on Cowpasture in
1808, was a member of John C. Fremont’s famous expedition through the West in
1843; and a brother of this Tyree settled jn
William Estill performed non-military services in
He moved to
1. James Estill married Endoria Henderson.
William H. Estill, born 1813; married Amanda Likens, in 1837,, in
James Thomas Estill of
William B. Estill of
John T. Estill of
Mrs. Beuna Hogan,
Sam Estill, M. D.,
c. Alfred Estill, died young.
d. Caroline Estill.
Martha Estill married Mr. Dorsey of Alto,
2. Isaac Estill.
3. Jane Estill married Capt. Leonard Tarrant.
XIII. ABIGAIL ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
Abigail Estill was born in
William Woods was born at Castle Dunshanglin in Ireland in 1705; he migrated to America with his father, Michael Woods who secured grants for more than 1300 acres of land in what was then Goochland County, Virginia, UI King George II of England in 1737; later he was known as Michael Woods of Blair Park, the name of his estate.
John Woods was a soldier in the Indian Wars in Colonial
times and in the Revolutionary War. He moved from
His Will recorded in
Son-in-law, James McCorn and wife, Susanna McCorn
Son-in-law, William Evans and Wife, Sary Woods Evans, deceased
Son-in-law, William Hozilridge and wife, Rebecca Hozilridge.
Son, James Woods.
Abigail Estill Woods is said to have been a great beauty and
very much beloved. She died on
Her only son, James Woods died in 1847. His Will is recorded
Daughter, Parsy (Mrs. Richard Arnett)
Son Joel Estill Woods, deceased
Daughter, Abigail (Mrs. Jonathan Gibbond)
Son John Woods
Son, Andrew Woods
Daughter, Hannah Ruth Woods. 81
XIV. ISAAC ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace)
Isaac Estill born on
The story of Elizabeth Frogg’s dream is told in Virginia Histories.
Some days later, news came that the Battle of Point Pleasant had taken place between the Indians led by Chief “Cornstalk” and the Virginia forces commanded by Gen. Andrew Lewis, the fighting lasting all day, and at the time of the little girl ‘s dream, Capt. John Frogg had been killed. 84
Isaac Estill went to
He was a Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff of Monroe County and served as Major of the Virginia Militia. 86
In 1818, Isaac Estill moved to Franklin County, Tennessee,
living on the place now known as the Murrell farm, near
Isaac and Elizabeth Frogg Estill had twelve children:
the front, he returned from the Battle of Chickamauga, to Newman with the
wounded, and then to
Eleanor Crabbe died in
a. Mary died young.
Henry Rutledge Estill (1821 - 1900), a graduate of the Medical College of
Lexington, Ky., married Eleanor Turney, daughter of
Hopkins Lacey Estill left descendants in
2. Wallace Crabbe Estill
Jennie Estill married Wm. Pryor, lived in
4. Della Estill married W. J. Claiborne.
Francis Thomas Estill (1823—1878) married Catherine Heslep Garner,
1. Charles Calloway Estill, bachelor
Beulah Estill married
Eleanor Thomas Estill married Chas. C. Estill of
Kate Estill married Earl Yates of Grapevine,
b. Frank Estill married a Miss Yates
c. John Estill
d. Beulah Estill
e. Calloway Estill
Joe Estill married Irene Shook of
1. Mary Ellen
2. Joe, Jr.
4. Wallace Estill, bachelor
5. Mary David Estill, unmarried
Liley Matt Estill married Prof. J. W. Terrill of
7. Francis Thomas Estill, Jr., died young
Floyd Estill, prominent Justice of
Katherine Estill married 1. Hon. Jesse Littleton. 2.
1. Jessica Littleton married Jack Spurlock.
9. Henry Rutledge Estill married Juliette Ruth, 1895, died 1930:
a. Mary Davis Estill
b. Floyd Thomas Estill
Grace Estill married Buford Wilson of
d. Eleanor Estill e. Wallace Estill.
10. Charles William Estill married Lura Motlow:
Charles Wm. Estill, Jr., of
Joseph Garner Estill married Mary North of
a. Joseph Garner Estill, Jr.
b. Wallace Estill
Gordon North Estill All live in
12. Carrie Vernon Estill, unmarried.
Agnes Erskine Estill (1826—1885) ; married Arthur S. Colyar in 1847; lived
1. Henry Colyar
2. Wallace Colyar married Miss Douglas
3. John Colyar
4. Lula Colyar married Isaac Reese:
a. Wm. Reese—two daughters
b. Erskine Reese
c. Colyar Reese of
d. Isaac Reese, killed in action in the World War 1.
Berta Colyar married first, Barney Scott of
Agnes Scott married Herbert Yost of
b. Bernadine married a Mr. Robertson
c. Wallace Estill Scott, died young.
husband, Dr. Ed. Morris of
6. Liley Colyar married Harry
G. Thompson of
7. Arthur S. Colyar, Jr. married twice.
e. Liley Thomas Estill (1828—1888), married twice, 1. Matt Garner, 2nd, Col. P. H. Marbury.
f. William Wallace Estill (1830—1886) Presbyterian minister; married Jane Brazelton:
S. Estill married Maria Glenn; lived in
2. Henry Estill
3. Ross Estill
Estill married, lived in
Estill married, lived in
Estill married Mr. Moore of
7. Walter Estill married, lived in
8. Willie Estill, bachelor.
g. Thomas Lewis Estill (1832—1862)
h. Eleanor Jane Estill
i. Ann Anderson Estill
j. Margaret Lynn Estill
Thomas Estill (1840 - 1919) married Alfred Montgomery Shook on
1. Paschal Green Shook (1872) married Carrie Sharpe, December,
a. Mary Hansell Shook married Allen A. Johnson Carolyn Johnson (1932)
Allen A. Johnson, Jr., (1935).
b. Margaret Estill Shook (1909) married Charles L. Gaines, Jr., 1940:
Chas. L. Gaines, III. (1942).
c. Paschal Green Shook, Jr. (1913).
Lynn Shook (1873) married Edwin A. Price of
a. Alfred Shook Price (1899)
b. Edwin A. Price, Jr. (1902)
c. Margaret Elizabeth Price (1903) married Ronald L.Voss, 1927:
Ronald L. Voss, ,Jr. (1928)
Edwin A. Price Voss (1936)
Margaret Lynn Voss (1939) d. George Hunter Price, II. (1909)
Warner Shook (1875) married Ann Morrow; live in Bir mingham,
a. Susan Morrow Shook (1906)
b. Alfred M. Shook, 111. (1908) married Jane Corner in 1932 Catherine Corner Shook (1937)
4. Estill Shook (1880) married 11. A.
a. Harriett Batchelor (1912) married Wm. J. Tyne, 1942
b. Pamela Batchelor (1916) married E. E. Murrey, Jr., 1940:
E. E. Murrey, III. (1941).
5. Alfred Montgomery Shook, Jr. (1882)
a. Marion C. Shook (1917) married Capt. Thos. Gerhardt, 1943
b. Henry Estill Shook (1920)
c. Robert Paschal Shook (1922)
d. Douglas Warner Shook (1923)
e. Alfred M. Shook, Jr. (1928).
2. Agatha Estill (Wallace, Isaac Estill) married Henry Erskine:
Elizabeth Erskine married Gustavus Crocket,
Erskine married Charles Gay of
c. Jane Erskine
married W. Boyd of
3. John Stuart Estill
4. Charles Estill
5. Benjamin Estill
6. Sarah Estill, died in infancy
7. Rufus King Estill
Henderson Estill married Miss Sharp of
of Franklin Co.,
John Estill March son of Margaret Estill and Haydon March
John Turney, son of Elizabeth Estill and Dr. H. L. Turney.
9. Lewis Estill
10. Isaac Estill
Estill graduate of
Estill was married three times: Jemima Sharpe. 2nd,
Estill married Susan R. Kincaid,
Elizabeth Strother Estill married Thomas W. McClung of Green brier
2. John F.
Estill married Lucie Lee Dice, daughter of Rev. John C. Dice, nov. 21, 1883.
Lucie Lee Dice Estill died on
a. Susan Gay Estill married Charles S. Robb:
James Spittal Robb (1908)
Cecilia Calvert Robb (1911)
Charles Stuart Robb (1912)
Margaret Lynn Robb (1918)
b. Sallie Rozelle Estill
e. John Dice Estill
d. Margaret Lynn Estill
e. Calvert Lewis Estill. 87
XV. RUTH ESTILL
(Thomas, John, Wallace Estill)
Ruth Estill the youngest child of Captain Wallace and Lady
Mary Ann Estill was born on
She married Travis Booton of
Here, Ruth married her second husband, William Kavanaugh,
the son of Rev. Charles Kavanaugh, Sr. and his wife Ann. Major Kavanaugh came
Major Kavanaugh died in 1829; Ruth died in 1853 at the age of eighty-five, at the home of her daughter, Mary Ann Embry.
Ruth had one child, Mary Ann Booton who married Thomas Harris, son of Christopher and Elizabeth Grubbs Harris. He died in about 1806 and Mary and married Joel Emby.
Ruth Estill’s Bible contained the record of the names and births of all of Captain Wallace Estill’s children.
1. Encyclopedia of Heraldry and General Armory of
2. A Family History, by John H. Estill. (
3. Apologied Herodote. (1566), Henri Estienne.
4. A Family History, John Estill.
5. Narrative and Critical History of
6. History of Monmouth and
7. Narrative and Critical History of
8. Vircus, Vol. 3, P. 266; Centennial History of Allegheny
9. Bible Records of Ruth Estill; Wm. G. Montgomery in
10. Deed Book 20, P. 405,
11. Estill Bible.
12. Augusta Co., Va. Records; Chalkley’s Abstracts of Augusta Co., Va. Records, P. 54 History of Rockbridge Co., Va., P. 252; Waddell’s Annals of Augusta Co., Va., i 204.
13. Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va., P. 200; History of Monroe Co., Va., Morton. P. 38
14. History of Monroe Co.,
15. Will Book I., P. 74, Greenbrier Co.,
17. Madison Co.,
18. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies. (1907).
19. History of a Family. John H. Estill.
20. Draper’s Papers. A letter dated
21. Old King William Co., Va. Homes and Families.
22. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Augusta Co.,
23. Centennial History of Alleghany
24. History of a Family, John H. Estill.
25. Ob. cit.
26. Montgomery, Richmond, Va. Times-Dispatch, Dec. 20, 1914; Order Book of, Augusta Co., Va., 14, P66;
17. Pp. 231-301;
Waddell’s Annals of Aug. Co.,
27. History of a Family. John H. Estill.
28. Virginia Co.,
29. Public Claims of the Revolutionary War.
30. Morton, History of Monroe Co.,
31. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co.,
32. John H. Estill, History of a Family.
33. Ob. cit.
34. Chalkley’s Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlers of
Va. P. 276; Augusta Co.,
35. Family papers of James B. McCreary, Gov. of Kentucky.
36. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co.,
37. Op. cit. Vol. 3. P. 534.
38. Gov. James B. McCreary’s Family Papers.
39. Chalkley’s Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlers of Va. Vol. 2, P. 512.
40. Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va. Vol. I. P. 208;
McAllister’s Data; Va. Militia in Revolutionary War. Pp. 64-92-93; Officers of
41. McAllister’s Data. P. 92.
42. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co.,
43. Centennial History of Alleghany
44. Wills, Fayette Co.,
45. Marriage Bonds, Fayette Co.,
46. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies. P. 28.
47. Deeds, Madison Co.,
49. Deeds, Madison Co.,
50. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies. P. 147.
52. Deeds and Wills of Sumner Co.,
53. W. H. Miller, His. and Genealogies.
54. John H. Estill, History of a Family.
55. Op. cit.
56. Op. cit.
57. Collin’s History of Kentucky. Vol. I. P. 13.
58. Collins History of
59. Madison Co.,
60. Collin’s History of Kentucky. Vol. 2. P. 475.
61. Op. cit. P. 168.
63. Memoirs of Mrs. James W. Caperton of
64. John H. Estill. History of a Family.
65. Op. cit.
66. M. W. King. 1755
67. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co., ‘(Ta. Records. P. 199.
68. U. S. Pensions of the Revolutionary War; Thwait’s
Dunmore War. P. 408; Collins History of
69. Gov. Isaac Shelby’s Executive Journal.
70. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies. P. 24.
71. Op. cit. P. 21.
72. Memoirs of Mrs. James W. Caperton,
73. John H. Estill, History of a Family.
74. Centennial History of Alleghany Co.,
75. Wills, Franklin Co.,
76. John H. Estill, History of a Family.
77. Public Claims of Revolutionary War. Mss.
78. Letter from a grand son of William Estill, Wm H. Estill
79. John H. Estill, History of a Family.
80. Wm. H. Miller. History and Genealogies. P. 197.
81. Wills, Franklin Co.,
82. John H. Estill History of a Family.
83. Waddell’s Annals of Augusta Co.,
84. Waddell’s Annals of Aug.
85. Wills, Greenbrier Co.,
86. Centennial History of Alleghany
87. Family Papers of Mrs. Edwin A. Price of
88. John H. Estill, History of a Family.
89. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies.