Genealogies of

Kentucky  FAMILIES


From The Register of the

Kentucky Historical Society






(Allen — Moss)

With a Foreword by James C. Kiotter, Editor

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society



















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, Province, France, and so are omitted.



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 America are Estelle, Estell, Estele and Estill.

Jean Andre d’Estelle, a nobleman, a commissary of Artillery, and Jeannette Pastier, a noble lady, were married in Province, France, on December 12, 1525. As the marriage, as that of other members of the family, was by Civil con tract, attested before a notary and not by a Priest, it is evident that they were Protestants, later called Huguenots. 2

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 Netherlands, after the Massacre of St. Bartholomew in 1 572, thence to England. There is a record at Stuys in Zeeland in 1625 of Balthazar d’Estelle at a baptism as a godfather. 4

An Estelle was born in Ireland iii 1623. He moved to England during the reign of Cromwell; with twelve other families, he emigrated to America to escape religious persecution and settled in the Colony of New Jersey.

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 Wallace of Scotland, and who landed at Neversink Highlands, New Jersey, in 1664 with his two brothers, Daniel and William d’Estelle. 4

They settled in Middletown and Shrewsbury, now Monmouth County, on grants of land issued by Governor Richard Nichols of New York. 5

On the day of landing, a son was born to the wife of William, said to be the first white child born in New Jersey.

Daniel is listed as an original settler of Middletown and in the division of the town lots in 1667, he is given Lot 32. Under the Proprietor’s concession, he was granted 120 acres.

Daniel d ‘Estelle married Margaret Browning at Gravesend, Long Island, in July, 1666. His children are supposed to have been William, Daniel and Thomas.

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 New Jersey in 1702. His first wife lived only three months, and he then married Marcy Boude, who was also a French family. 9

After five children were born to them in New Jersey, they joined the great Scotch-Irish migration to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1746.

Here Wallace Estill settled on Cowpasture River on land bought from the Borden Patent. More land was patented to him on November 3, 1750.10

He built his home at Fort George on Bullpasture River, four miles from the present town of Williamsville, Bath County, Virginia.

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 America in 1742, when Mary Ann was ten years old, and after a short time in Pennsylvania, moved to Augusta County, Virginia.

Wallace Estill served in the Colonial Wars and on August 2, 1752, lie was commissioned and qualified as “Captain of a Troop of Horse”. He was after- 

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to the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, a position of great honor and responsibility.

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 Augusta and when the county was divided, in Bath, Monroe, and Greenbrier counties. His name appears often in the records of the State as a man of importance. 12

After many years in the Bullpasture Valley, he moved in 1773, to live on his large estate on Indian Creek in Monroe County, now Greenbrier County, where he had erected a large three-story stone house. 13

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 Lewisburg, West Virginia, was written in 1789. He named in his will his wife, Mary Ann; his sons, Boude, Benjamin, John, Wallace, Samuel, and Isaac; and his daughters, Rebecca, wife of Col. Thomas Hughart; Susanna, wife of Col. John McCreary; Abigail and Ruth. 15

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 May 15, 1733, in New Jersey. He was brought to Augusta County, Virginia, by his father in 1746. He married Jane _______ and moved to the New River, where he purchased much land; one tract of 925 acres was surveyed for him by his brother, John Estill.

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 Holston River district but after a short time there, he settled on Silver Creek in Madison County, Kentucky.

His will is recorded in Madison County, where he died. He left a third of his estate to his wife, Jane; a horse or two Negroes to his daughter, Nancy Walker; lands and etc. to his son, Samuel Estill. 17

His son, Samuel Estill, married Rebecca Hamilton (1786-1875) on October 8, 1809, in Lincoln Co., Ky., and had eight children:


          a. Amanda Malvine married Franklin Moran on Sept. 8, 1831. Their daughter, Florence Moran, married Wade if. Walker, son of John W. Walker, and issue:

                   a. Franklin Moran Walker (father of Stetson Walker or Louisville, KY.) and Estelle Walker

                   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 New Jersey on Sept 20, 1735.  He came to Augusta, Co., VA., with his father, Wallace, and his mother, Marca Boude Estill, when he was eleven years old, and grew to manhood in Bullpasture valley, where he married Kitty Moffet some time before 1764. 19 She was a sister of Capt. George Moffet.

          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

          Benjamin 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 Moccason River in Botecourt County. 22  He was a revolutionary soldier and was in the battle of King's Mountain from Washington County after he moved to the Holston Valley. 23    He had two sons, John Moffett Estill and Benjamin Estill.

          Capt. John Moffett Estill married Patsy Miller. She was probably the daughter of Henry Miller, who          founded the first Iron Foundry in the Virginia Valley, built on Mossy Creek in 1748.

          This furnace with 8,000 acres of land was advertised for sale on Sept. 6, 1811, by Samuel Miller and         John Moffett Estill, as administrators of Henry Miller’s estate. As John is said to have owned an iron          foundry that was the first one in Virginia, it is evident that he bought the foundry of Henry Miller at          the sale. He and Patsy Miller had nine children:

a. Catherine died young.

b.  Hannah Winters married Dr. Livingston Waddell. Issue

1. Martha Waddell.

2. Lucy married Rev. Thos. Preston, D.D.

3. Kitty.

4. Sarah.

5. James.

6. John.

7. Lucy Gordon.

8. Mary Eliza (Wm. W. Houston, D.D.)

9. Edmonia (Col. E. W. Nichols).

10. Lewis.

11. Edward Livingston.

12. Maria Lindsey married J. W. Pratt, D.D. Their daughter, Grace, married Col. Clay Stacker, Mrs. Grace Stacker Coulter of Clarksville, Tenn., their daughter.

13. Janette (Maj. F. H. Smith, Jr.).

14. Addison.

15. Benjamin.

c. Henry Miller Estill married Eliza Jane Patrick. Issue:

1. John Livingston.

2. Robert Kyle.

3. Wm. Patrick.

4. Isabelle Christian.

5. Catherine.

6. Cecil moved to Calif., left desc.

7. Frank moved to Calif., left desc.

8. Mary.

d. Eliza Estill married John Ervine. Issue:

1. Patsy.

2. Margaret.

3. Two others, names not known.

e. Nancy Estill married Thos. McClintie. Issue:  Robert and two others.

f. Rachel Estill.

g. Martha.

h. Benjamin.

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.

2. Andrew D. Estill married Clara Davidson, daughter of Jas. D. Davidson of Lexington, Va.; educated at the Univ. of Va. and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia; practiced and died in Lexington, Va. No children.

3. Benjamin.

                   4. Susan Dorman Estill. 24

Benjamin Estill, the second son of Benjamin Estill, Sr., was a prominent lawyer of southwestern Virginia; Justice of Supreme Court; member of Congress, 1825 - 1827. 25



(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 services in Virginia. He was appointed by the Governor of Virginia one of the gentleman Justices of Peace of Augusta County, and served in this office and as High Sheriff for many years previous to and during the Revolution. On Sept. 19, 1780, he was appointed and qualified s Colonel of the 2nd Division of the Augusta troops; in 1781, Col. Hughart and his troops were ordered to join the army of Gen. Lafayette in King William County, and as Gen. Cornwallis and the English forces retired toward Yorktown, they were followed by Gen. Lafayette and his army. A part of the army was the Augusta County Riflemen, commanded by Col. Thomas Hughart and Col. Sampson Matthews of the 2nd Division. All of them, men trained for service in many campaigns against the Indians, and their unerring aim materially assisted Washington in his battles leading up to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.

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 Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, and received a degree of A.B. at Princeton University in 1775; he was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1780. He owned a great tract of 2,000 acres of land in Deerfield Valley.

Col. Thomas, his wife, Rebecca Estill, and Agnes Hughart and her husband, Rev. John Montgomery, are buried in the graveyard adjoining Rocky Spring Church, where John Montgomery was pastor from 1789 until his death in 1818.

A monument stands there in their memory. 27



(Thomas, John, Wallace.)

John Estill, the fourth child of Wallace and Marca Boude Estill, was born on June 5, 1741, in New Jersey, reared in Virginia, and married Rebecca Christie, daughter of William, a son of Gilbert arid his wife, Margaret Richardson Christie of Augusta County, Virginia. 28

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 New River in March, 177430 he was an expert surveyor. 31

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:

          Priscilla Estill

          Sarah Estill married William Shields on July 23, 1792.

          William Christie Estill married his first cousin, Margaret Christie, daughter of Col. Richard Christie. Issue:  (Some references give the name Christian.)

                   a. Rebecca

                   b. Maria.

                   c. Houton Estill, Major in the 60th Va. Regiment of the Confederate Army; died in a Union prison at Fort Delaware at the close of the war

                   d. William M. Estill.

                   e. David Hudson Estill, born in Kanawha Co., Va., married Maria V. Masten, daughter of Judge H. V. Masten, and his wife, Hannah Nichols, of Troy, New York, in 1842; lived and died in Charleston, West Va. He was County Judge, prominent and successful merchant.                               Issue:

                             Irene married John P. Woodward, M.D.

                             Ernest Estill.

                             Reverdy Estill, D.D., Ph.D., LL.D.

                             Henry V. W. Estill.

                             William Estill. 33



(Thomas, John, Wallace.)

Susanna, born in New Jersey on March 5, 1744, was brought to Virginia by her parents, Wallace and Marca Boude Estill, when she was two years old. 34

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 Dublin, Ireland, when he elGped with Agnes Crawford, who was of noble blood, and married on the ship that brought them to America, in 1717. 36 He was a Colonial officer, commissioned and qualified as “Captain of a Troop of Foot”, on August 20, 1752. 37 Many Court records of Augusta County, Va., Show that Captain John rose to wealth and prominence, holding many offices of trust and responsibility. 38

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 Virginia and sent word to Agnes to conic to see him, that he wished to adopt one of her sons to be his heir. Agnes replied, that Captain John McCreary was as good as any Crawford, and if he wanted to see her he must come to their home. His answer was to return to Ireland without seeing any of them. 39

On April 24th, 1758, the Indians made a raid on the settlement, killing many and taking the two McCreary boys prisoners. John was 19, and his brother William was 17 years old. 40 They were adopted by an Indian squaw and treated with kindness. At first they were well guarded and not allowed to hunt together but the Indians were soon convinced that they were happy and content to remain with them.

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 Virginia.

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 August 15, 1780 ; 40 he was gentleman Justice of Peace of Augusta

County from 1778 until 1785, when he resigned. 41 He was in the Battle of Jamestown and in command of Fort Clover Lick about 1779. 42 He owned large estates on the Bullpasture River and the Newfoundland Creek. 43

Susanna Estill died in Virginia and Col. McCreary moved to Kentucky before 1792. Here he married his second wife, Martha Phenister, a widow of Fayette County. He died there. 44

Col. John McCreary and Susanna Estill had three children:

a.     John McCreary married a Miss Hall in Kentucky and died in about 1803, leaving his land on Boone Creek to his two daughters45

                   Susanna Estill married James Graves, Aug. 27, 1816.

                   Hannah D. Estill married Bartlet Graves, July 1, 1817. 46

          b. William McCreary was in Kentucky as early as 1783, serving in a company in defense of Estill's        Fort against the Indians. He married a Miss Estill, lived in Clark Co., Ky., and had one son, William Estill, Jr. 47

c.  Agnes McCreary, called “Nancy”, married Gen. Andrew Kennedy in Madison Co., Ky., in about 1792. 48 Gen. Kennedy was a Revolutionary soldier, enlisting at 16, and serving in the company of his brother, Capt. John Kennedy, Jr., in the campaigns of Geo. Rogers Clark, and in the defense of Boonesborough Fort and Logan's Fort. 49 He was a man of prominence in Madison Co., member of the Kentucky Legislature and at his death, in 1825, left his land holdings of over 4,000 acres to his only child. 50


          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

                             2. Nannie married Capt. Isaac Boyd of Atlanta, Ga.

                                      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,


Woods Shelton Miller:

       1. Joseph Miller (1831—1896) married Anna Dodd, in 1855:

                   a. Mary K.

                   b. Nannie married Emory Sweeny

                             1. William


                             3. Nannie

                   c. Florence Miller married Nathan Bullock d. Anna Miller married Wm.                    Stewart:

                             1. Joseph Stewart

                             2. Mildred Stewart married Kenneth Cobb of Danville, Va.

                   e. Maud Miller married ‘John Hennion of New York

                   f. Susie Miller married Otis Bradley of Danville, Va. 1. Randolph Bradley

          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

                   2. Miller Anderson. b. Henry

                   c. Ida. d. Woods Shelton. e. Anna. f. James.

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., Ky., educated at University of Va. Served under Gen. John Morgan in the Confederate Army.

          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)

          d. Samuel Eugene Lackey, Jr. (1878), Univ. of Tenn., bachelor.

          e. Alma Lackey (1880), married E. Bright Wilson (1873), in 1902.

                    1. Sue Alexander Wilson married 1929, Wm. S. Cutchins (V. M. 1.—Princeton Univ.) of                         Richmond, Va.

                             a. Barbara Wilson Cutchins

                             b. Carol H. Cutchins.

                             c. Alexandria 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

                   3. Alma Lackey Wilson (Wellesley 1934) married in 1837, T. Ames                       Wheeler (Harvard Univ., Harvard Business School)

                             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 Houston,   Texas.

                   1. Virgilia Chew.

          b. Alexander Donelson, died a young man.

          c. Emma Donelson married Price Underwood of Birmingham, Alabama.

                   1. Jennie Underwood

                   2. Rebecca

                   3. Emma Catherine

                   4. Price, Jr.

                   5. Jean.

          d. Eugene Lackey Donelson

          e. John Branch Donelson, Jr. 54



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

Marca Estill was born on January 4, 1746, in Augusta County, Va. She was sixth child of Wallace and his wife Marca Boude Estill, who died soon afterwards. Marca married James Gwinn and died without issue. 55



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

Sarah Estill was born on November 4, 1749 in Virginia, the first child of Capt. Wallace and his third wife, Lady Mary Ann Campbell.

She married James Henderson and moved to Shelbyville, Ky.

Her only child died an infant. 56



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

James Estill, son of Capt. Wallace Estill and Lady Mary Ann Campbell was born on November 9, 1750, in Augusta Co., Va. 57  In 1772, he married Rachel Wright and made his home in Greenbrier Co., Va. until 1777.  He then moved to Kentucky.

Leaving her two oldest sons, Benjamin and Wallace in Va., Rachel Wright Estill made the trip with her husband through the wilderness, on horse back with her baby James in her arms, to Boonesborough Fort. Here the fourth child, Jonathan, was born and the fifth, Sara Ann was born in Estill‘s Fort.

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 Boonesborough was established and the act of incorporation named James Estill as one of the Trustees. He and the others refused to serve. 59

The Estill’s Fort was built in February and March of 1780. It was one of the best known forts in Kentucky; situated three and a half miles from the present site of Richmond, on the road leading to Big Hill and the Cumberland Gap. It became a gathering place for land seekers, horse hunters, surveyors and chain-bearers, travelers, adventurers, and scouts. Among the most prominent inhabitants, besides Capt. James Estill and his brother, Samuel Estill was Capt. John Miller of Virginia. It was from Estill’s Fort that he bought four hundred acres from the preempted land of William by, and built the first house on the site that was to become the town of Richmond, the county seat of Madison County; and at the back of the house, stood the “John Miller’s barn” in which the County Court was held from 1798 until 1799. 60

The first Court of the divided Kentucky County was that of Lincoln County, at Harrodsburg on January 16, 1781.  Commissions from the Governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, were read, appointing “Thirteen gentlemen” Justices of Peace; John Bowman, Benjamin Logan, John Cowan, John Kennedy, Hugh McGary, Wm. Craig, Stephen Trigg, Abraham Bowman, Isaac Hite, Wm. McBride, Wm. McFee and James Estill.” 61 Two of whom William McFee and John Kennedy were to be killed by Indians the following December.

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 Mt. Sterling. here a battle took place called the Battle of Little Mountain, on March 12, 1782.

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

The Battle became known as “Estill’s Defeat.” The Daughters of the American Revolution erected a stone on the battle field, in memory of Capt. James Estill; fifteen of his descendants have entered the organization on his record. (1938)

A Centennial of the Battle of Estill’s defeat was held in Richmond in 1880. More than a hundred of the Estill Family attended; four of whom, Jonathan P. Estill, Major Jonathan T. Estill, Peter Estill, and Col. Clifton R. Estill were living on their share of the preempted land of Capt. James Estill.

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 Kentucky, was that in memory of Capt. James Estill, in the Richmond Cemetery. One of his grand sons who was said to have borne a striking likeness to the Captain, posed for the more than life sized figure. Dressed in hunting shirt, leggings, and moccasins of deerskin and cap of undressed coonskin of the pioneer, with hunting knife in the belt and rifle in hand, the figure stands on the top of a tall shaft of granite.

The Kentucky Historical Monument in Frankfort devoted to the heroes of the Revolutionary period, also bears the name of James Estill.

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 Kentucky hero.


James and Rachel Estill had five children:

1. Benjamin Estill married June 12, 1794, Ann, the daughter of Philemon and Elizabeth Woods Kavanaugh and had ten children:

          a. James Estill married ___________ and had 13 children:      

                   1. Horatio H.,

                   2. Wm. Kavanaugh,

                   3. Isaac V.,

                   4. Robert G.,

                   5. James W.,

                   6. Benjamin,

                   7. Elizabeth married Philip Baldwin,

                   8. Tantha married Boone Davis,

                   9. Cornelia married ______ Tunnel,

                   10. Rachel W. married Robt. Mullins,

                             a. Fannie Mullins,

                             b. Ardora,

                             c. Jemiina,

                             d. Isaac,

                             e. Leland Mullins)

                             f. Fannie Estill married  _____ Cobb

                                      1. Mary V. Cobb,

                                      2. Fannie,

                                      3. James,

                                      4. Rhoda

                                      5. B. Cobb

                             g. Annetta,

                             h. Sallie Estill.

          b. Susan Estill married Wm. Timberlake:

                   1. John,

                   2. James,

                   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)

a.     Lucy,

b.    Annie,

c.     Estill,

d.    Benjamin Timberlake.

e.    Ellen married ______Young.

          g. Jonathan P. Estill married Judith Rogers,

                   1. Richard Estill

          h. Sarah Estill married John McPherson: 

John, McPherson. He was in Gen. John Morgan’s command and was captured on the Ohio Raid in 1862, imprisoned at Camp Morton, Indiana. In moving the prisoners from there to Camp Douglas, Illinois, the train passed another going in the opposite direction. John and John D. Miller jumped from their train to the other and made their escape, a deed requiring quick decision and much courage.

                   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 Kavanaugh Lane, one of the show places in Madison County and in Kentucky.

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:

                   a. Clifton F. Estill married Mary Carr, moved to Fort Worth, Texas. They                had four sons and four daughters.

                   b. Wm. Wallace Estill married Hattie Shafer:  Issue; Jacob, Rodes,                       William Estill.

                   c. Robt. Christopher Estill married Miss Shafer: Three children.

          2. Robert Estill married Mary Turner of Howard Co., Mo.

                   Issue: Alice, Wallace, William, Ella, Cliff Estill.

          3. John Hardin Estill married Sallie Ann Sullinger, moved to Mo.

                   a. Eugene Wallace Estill married Laura Robinson of Saline, Mo

                             Issue: Lilie, Clifton, Eugenia, Daniel, Mattie Estill.

                   b. Bettie Rodes Estill married A. G. Green of Richmond, Ky.

                   c. Mary Wright married A. A. Arbuckle of Va.

                   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., Ky.; 3rd,  John Cunningham, her brother-in-law.

                             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 Kentucky.

                                       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 June 10, 1800, Mary Eddings Rodes, daughter of Judge Robt. Rodes and Elizabeth Dulaney Rodes. He built his home, “Castlewood” on the Big Hill Pike in 1820, one of the handsomest mansions in Kentucky.

          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

                   2. Mary Pauline married Leonidas B. Talbott of Boyle Co., Ky.

                   3. Col. James W. Caperton, a prominent lawyer, banker, and land owner               of Richmond, Ky., married Catherine Cobb Phelps. Their home in                          Richmond, “Blair Park” was named in honor of his ancestor Michael                       Woods of Blair Park, Va.

                             a. Jamie Caperton married Paul Burnam.

                                      1. Caperton Burnam, Ensign, U. S. N. R. b. Catherine                                              Caperton.

                                      2. Anthony Rollins Burnam III, Lt. 4th Marine Div.

                             b. Maria Estill married Archibald Woods Goodloe:

                                      1. Anna Goodloe

                                      2. Archibald Goodloe

                                      3. Mary Eliza Goodloe married Dulaney Lackey of Lancaster

                                                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.

                                      c. James Estill, III. married Martha Ann, daughter of Archibald                                Woods, Jr. of “Woodstock,” on September 22, 1821; he died                               in California.

                                                1. Bettie Estill married Mr. Garrison of New York City.                                              Her daughter Estelle married Chas. Ramsey, son of the                                          Earl of Dalhousie of Scotland.

                                                2. Katherine married Count Francis de Casteia of Paris.

                                                3. Minnie married Count Gaston Chandon de Brialles of                                          Paris, France.

                                                4. William Garrison married the daughter of Frederick                                             Coudert, Jr., of New York.

                                      d. Mary Estill married Wm. E. Holmes of Natchez, Miss., lived                                in La.

                                                1. Lizzie Holmes married Mr. Lewis: Daughter married                                            Dr. Arthur Yager, Gov.of Porta Rica, from 1912 to 1920.

                                      e. Rodes Estill married Eliza Payne; lived in Georgetown.


James Estill, Jr. and his wife are buried in Lexington, Kentucky.


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 married on July 25, 1798. He inherited the land on which the Estill Fort stood; he was a merchant in Richmond and erected the building now used by the Elk's Club; later he moved to Texas, before it became a State.


5. Sarah Ann Estill was born October, 1782 in Estill’s Fort. She married Major Robert Miller on June 12, 1798. Robert Miller was born in Virginia and brought to Kentucky in about 1783, by his parents, Col. John Miller and Jane Dulaney Miller. After the town of Richmond was established on the ground given by his father, Robt.became proprietor of a tavern there; he served in the Kentucky State Senate, from Madison County in 1829, 1834—38; he died on his farm near Richmond on June 2, 1861, at the age of 86.

          a. James Miller married Harriet F. Texas in 1824.

          b. John Dulaney Miller married Eliza Embry in 1828.

          c. William Green Miller married Julia Miller daughter of Dr. Alexander Miller.           Moved to Illinois.

          d. Rachel Jane Miller married Napoleon Texas.

          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



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

William Estill son of Capt. Wallace and Lady Mary Ann Estill, was born in Virginia on November 14, 1752. He died in infancy. (See Section XII.)



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

Samuel Estill, born on September 10, 1755, in Virginia, son of Capt. Wallace and Lady Mary Ann Estill, married Jane Teas. 65  She was the daughter of William Teas, a soldier in the Indian Wars before the Revolution. 66  A Court record of June 16, 1778 shows that Jane chose David Henderson as her guardian after her father’s death, in Augusta County, Virginia. 67

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 to Virginia, probably to be married. After the Fort days, he settled on his land three miles of where Richmond was later built.

In 1785, Madison County was established off of Lincoln County, and the first Court was organized and held by Justices holding commissions from Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia, on August 22, 1786, at the home of George Adams. 71

The town of Milford was laid out in 1789, as the county seat on the land of Samuel Estill, and Trustees were appointed: Green Clay, John Miller, Robert Rodes, and Archibald Woods.

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 probably by Davenport who was a popular painter at that time, and it hangs in the Circuit and County Court Room in the Richmond Court House, today.

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 Missionary Baptist Church in 1825, and was baptized by Rev. Thomas Ballew in Muddy Creek. It took four men to lift him, seated in a chair into the water and out again, assisted by the minister. The chair of hickory with a split bottom is now owned by Mrs. Janie Caperton Burnam, and it will seat two persons, comfortably.

He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Day in East Tennessee, in 1837, aged 72 years, and at his request he was buried on the top of Cumber land Mountains, near Cumberland Gap.

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.

          4. Anne Estill married William Day, lived in East Tennessee.

          5. Susan Estill married Mr. Butler.

          6. Ruth Estill married Mr. McWhorter.

          7. Henderson Estill.

          8. Samuel Estill.

          9. Jane Estill married Mr. Doyle72.



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

Wallace Estill, the son of Capt. Wallace and Lady Mary Ann Estill was born in Virginia on March 5, 1758.73

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 in Frank lin County, Tennessee, where he acquired a large estate. At his death in 1835, he owned large tracts of land in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia; his Will recorded in Franklin County is a most interesting one.

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



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

William Estill was born on January 16, 1760, in Augusta County, Va., the twelfth child of Capt. Wallace and Mary Ann Wallace. 77

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 St. Louis, Missouri and became the largest carriage manufacturer in the world. They were probably nephews of the Wright sisters.

William Estill performed non-military services in Greenbrier County and was Tax Commissioner for Special Tax in 1780 - 81, for which he was allowed £12; he was also Constable of Monroe Co., Va. 78

He moved to Kentucky but later moved to Franklin County, Tenn.  He  died young leaving three children:

          1. James Estill married Endoria Henderson.

                   a. William H. Estill, born 1813; married Amanda Likens, in 1837,, in                       Alabama; moved to Texas in 1848. Served in Confederate Army.

                             1. James Thomas Estill of Fredericksburg, Texas.

                             2. William B. Estill of Austin, Texas.

                             3. John T. Estill of Belton, Texas.

                             4. Mrs. Beuna Hogan, Lake City, Florida.

                             5. Julia Estill, Belton, Texas.

                   b. Sam Estill, M. D., Blount Springs, Alabama.

                   c. Alfred Estill, died young.

                   d. Caroline Estill.

                   e. Martha Estill married Mr. Dorsey of Alto, Texas.

          2. Isaac Estill.

          3. Jane Estill married Capt. Leonard Tarrant.




(Thomas, John, Wallace)

Abigail Estill was born in Virginia on November 22, 1762. She married John Woods, son of William Woods and Susanna Wallace. 79


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 Virginia to Kentucky, at some time before 1784; moved to Franklin County, Tennessee, near the town of Salem, in about 1808 and died there in 1815. 80

His Will recorded in Franklin County names his children:

          Wife, Abigail

          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 August 19, 1840.

Her only son, James Woods died in 1847. His Will is recorded in Franklin County.

          Wife, Betsy

          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



(Thomas, John, Wallace)

Isaac Estill born on April 8, 1766, was the youngest son of Capt. Wallace Estill. 82 He married Elizabeth Frogg on December 1788. She was born on August 14, 1771, the daughter of Capt. John Frogg and his wife, Agatha Lewis Frogg of Greenbrier County, Virginia. Agatha was the daughter of Thomas Lewis and Jane Strother; Thomas Lewis was the son of Col. John Lewis who immigrated from Ireland in 1732, and located at Fort Lewis, one mile east of the present town of Staunton. Thomas Lewis was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses; delegate to the Colonial Convention in 1775; member of the Constitutional Convention of Virginia; Captain in the Battle of Point Pleasant. 83

The story of Elizabeth Frogg’s dream is told in Virginia Histories.

On October 10, 1774, “Betsy” Frogg awakened at mid-day from her nap, screaming that the Indians were killing her father. When the dream was repeated for the third time, the mother called in the neighbors, who joined in the distress. It was a superstitious time and dreams were taken seriously.

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 Monroe County, when his father moved to his estate there on Indian Creek in 1773, and at his father’s death he inherited the place. 85

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 Winchester. He remained there only a short time, lived in Arkansas for a while and returned to his old home in Virginia. He died at the home of his daughter, Agnes Estill Erskine in Lewisburg, Virginia.

Isaac and Elizabeth Frogg Estill had twelve children:

          1. Wallace Estill, born February 12, 1789, on Indian Creek, Monroe Co., Va., graduated from the      Philadelphia Medical School in 1816. After a short time in Franklin, Williamson Co., Tenn., he located in Winchester, Franklin Co., Tenn. lie married on January 8, 1818, Eleanor Crabbe; served in    the Tennessee State Senate, in 1837—8. In 1861, he enlisted in the 1st Tennessee Regiment of the        Confederate Army as Surgeon; in 1863, he was promoted to Brigade Surgeon and transferred to hospital service, first in Chattanooga, Tenn., and then to Newman, Georgia.

          Ordered to the front, he returned from the Battle of Chickamauga, to Newman with the wounded, and         then to Americus, Georgia. lie died there on November 9, 1864 and was buried in Macon, Ga.

          His wife, Eleanor Crabbe died in Winchester on March 4, 1864.

                   a. Mary died young.

                   b. Henry Rutledge Estill (1821 - 1900), a graduate of the Medical College             of Lexington, Ky., married Eleanor Turney, daughter of U. S. Senator                              Hopkins L. Turney. Dr. Estill lived in Winchester, Tenn., and four children              survived him:

                             1. Hopkins Lacey Estill left descendants in California

                             2. Wallace Crabbe Estill

                             3. Jennie Estill married Wm. Pryor, lived in San Antonio, Texas;                             Nell, Bessie, a son.

                             4. Della Estill married W. J. Claiborne.

                   c. Francis Thomas Estill (1823—1878) married Catherine Heslep Garner,           February 12, 1864; lived in Winchester; served in Tenn. State Legislature           1845—6; Colonel of 43rd Tennessee State Troops.

                             1. Charles Calloway Estill, bachelor

                             2. Beulah Estill married October 8, 1879, Wm. James Thomas of                         Nashville; died in 1929; no children

                             3. Eleanor Thomas Estill married Chas. C. Estill of Texas in 1876.

                                      a. Kate Estill married Earl Yates of Grapevine, Texas

                                      b. Frank Estill married a Miss Yates

                                      c. John Estill

                                      d. Beulah Estill

                                      e. Calloway Estill

                                      f. Joe Estill married Irene Shook of Winchester, Tenn.

                                                1. Mary Ellen

                                                2. Joe, Jr.

                             4. Wallace Estill, bachelor

                             5. Mary David Estill, unmarried

                             6. Liley Matt Estill married Prof. J. W. Terrill of Decherd, Tenn.

                             7. Francis Thomas Estill, Jr., died young

                             8. Floyd Estill, prominent Justice of Chattanooga, Tenn. Married                            Nora Landis in 1886:

                                      a. Katherine Estill married 1. Hon. Jesse Littleton. 2. Butler of                                 Chicago.

                                                1. Jessica Littleton married Jack Spurlock.

                             9. Henry Rutledge Estill married Juliette Ruth, 1895, died 1930:

                                      a. Mary Davis Estill

                                      b. Floyd Thomas Estill

                                      c. Grace Estill married Buford Wilson of Nashville:  3 sons.

                                      d. Eleanor Estill e. Wallace Estill.

                             10. Charles William Estill married Lura Motlow:

                                      a. Charles Wm. Estill, Jr., of Texas b. Carrie Vernon Estill                                                married Mr. Waddell.

                             11. Joseph Garner Estill married Mary North of New Haven, Conn.

                                      a. Joseph Garner Estill, Jr.

                                      b. Wallace Estill

                                      c. Gordon North Estill All live in Lakeville, Conn.

                             12. Carrie Vernon Estill, unmarried.

                   d. Agnes Erskine Estill (1826—1885) ; married Arthur S. Colyar in 1847;              lived in Nashville.

                             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 California, two children

          d. Isaac Reese, killed in action in the World War 1.

                             5. Berta Colyar married first, Barney Scott of Nashville:

                                      a. Agnes Scott married Herbert Yost of Greenwich, Conn.

                                       b. Bernadine married a Mr. Robertson of Vincennes, Ind.

                                      c. Wallace Estill Scott, died young.

                                      2nd husband, Dr. Ed. Morris of Birmingham, Ala.

                   6. Liley Colyar married Harry G. Thompson of Montreal, Can. a.                    Henry G. Thompson, Jr. married Kate Farnsworth.

                   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:

1. Thomas S. Estill married Maria Glenn; lived in California

2. Henry Estill

3. Ross Estill

4. Eleanor Estill married, lived in Chattanooga

5. Liley Estill married, lived in West Tenn.

6. Gay Estill married Mr. Moore of Memphis, Tenn.

          7. Walter Estill married, lived in Memphis, Tenn.

                             8. Willie Estill, bachelor.

                   g. Thomas Lewis Estill (1832—1862)

h. Eleanor Jane Estill

i. Ann Anderson Estill

j. Margaret Lynn Estill

k. Teresa Thomas Estill (1840 - 1919) married Alfred Montgomery Shook on August 17, 1871:

                             1. Paschal Green Shook (1872) married Carrie Sharpe, December,

                             1903; lives in Birmingham, Ala.

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).

2. Margaret Lynn Shook (1873) married Edwin A. Price of Nashville, Tenn. in 1898:

          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)

3. James Warner Shook (1875) married Ann Morrow; live in Bir mingham, Ala.

          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. Batchelor of Saginaw,           Mich. in 1910:

                                                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) married Marion           Cunningham, in 1917:

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:

a. Elizabeth Erskine married Gustavus Crocket, Wythe, Va.

b. Margaret Erskine married Charles Gay of Richmond, Va.

c. Jane Erskine married W. Boyd of Buchanan, Va.

3. John Stuart Estill

4. Charles Estill

5. Benjamin Estill

6. Sarah Estill, died in infancy

7. Rufus King Estill

8. James Henderson Estill married Miss Sharp of Winchester, Tenn.


Will Estill of Franklin Co., Tenn.

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

          11. William Estill graduate of Philadelphia Medical College, practiced in           Winchester, Tenn.


Merriwether Carr of Texas, Mrs. Margaret Webber of New York

City, Chas. Cochran of Birmingham, Ala., and Harry Cochran of

McCombs, Miss.

Dr. William Estill was married three times: Jemima Sharpe. 2nd, Bell Decherd. 3rd, Mary Cherry. 86

          12. Floyd Estill married Susan R. Kincaid, June 15, 1847, and died in           Lewisburg, West Va. in 1876:

1. Elizabeth Strother Estill married Thomas W. McClung of Green brier Co., West Va.

2. John F. Estill married Lucie Lee Dice, daughter of Rev. John C. Dice, nov. 21, 1883. Lucie Lee Dice Estill died on Dec. 2, 1919 and was buried in Lexington, Va.

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



(Thomas, John, Wallace Estill)

Ruth Estill the youngest child of Captain Wallace and Lady Mary Ann Estill was born on September 3, 1768, and when five years old was taken from Augusta County where she was born, to her father’s estate in Monroe County, Virginia. 88


She married Travis Booton of Greenbrier County, Va., who died in 1806. 89 She moved to Kentucky, her mother Lady Mary Ann, going with her, some time prior to 1800.

Here, Ruth married her second husband, William Kavanaugh, the son of Rev. Charles Kavanaugh, Sr. and his wife Ann. Major Kavanaugh came to Kentucky from Virginia before 1784, and in June 1790, he was appointed Lieutenant in the Madison County Militia; in 1791, he was promoted to a Captain. His five sons by his first wife, Hannah Woods were all in the War of 1812.

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.

Mary Ann Campbell Estill came to Kentucky with her daughter Ruth I and died there in 1800. Her life had been spent on the frontiers since she was ten years old, in Pennsylvania, in Virginia, and in Kentucky, so her life was filled with marvelous experiences and hardships. She survived her oldest son, Capt. Jas. Estill for eighteen years and at her death was buried at the site of Estill’s Fort. She gave two splendid and heroic sons to Kentucky; three step-sons, four sons, three sons-in-law were Colonial and Revolutionary soldiers.



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11. Estill Bible.

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13. Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va., P. 200; History of Monroe Co., Va., Morton. P. 38

14. History of Monroe Co., Va. Morton.

15. Will Book I., P. 74, Greenbrier Co., West Virginia.       .

16. U. S. Census. Heads of Families. Va. 1783-86; Va. Co. Records; Public Claims of Revolutionary War. Richmond, Va. Mss.; Estill, John H. History of a Family; Morton, P. 81, History of Monroe Co., Va.

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19. History of a Family. John H. Estill.

20. Draper’s Papers. A letter dated Aug. 22, 1845, from Benjamin Estill, Jr.; Wad- deli’s Annalls of Aug. Co., Va., P. 204.

21. Old King William Co., Va. Homes and Families. Clark. (1897).

22. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Augusta Co., Va. Records. Pp. 121-157, Vol. I.

23. Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va. P. 200; Summers, Southwestern Virginia.

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., Va., P. 300.

27. History of a Family. John H. Estill.

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29. Public Claims of the Revolutionary War. Richmond, Va. Mss.

30. Morton, History of Monroe Co., Va. P. 81.

31. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co., Va. Records. P. 447.

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., Va. Marriage Bonds.

35. Family papers of James B. McCreary, Gov. of Kentucky.

36. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co., Va. Records. Vol. I. P. 54.

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 Va. Militia in Revolutionary War. P. 183; Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co., Va. Records. 2 P. 496. Vol. I. P. 216.

41. McAllister’s Data. P. 92.

42. Chalkley’s Abstracts of Aug. Co., Va. Records. Vol. 3, P. 534.

43. Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va. Vol. I. P. 208; Wills of Fayette Co., Ky. Book D. Pp. 62-63.

44. Wills, Fayette Co., Ky.

45. Marriage Bonds, Fayette Co., Ky.

46. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies. P. 28.

47. Deeds, Madison Co., Ky.

48. Illinois Papers, D 40. (Gen. Geo. Rogers Clark’s Records) Richmond, Vs.

49. Deeds, Madison Co., Ky.

50. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies. P. 147.

51. Kentucky and U. S. Records of the War of 1812.

52. Deeds and Wills of Sumner Co., Tennessee.

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 Kentucky; Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies, P. 21.

59. Madison Co., Ky. Court Records. B. Pp. 497-517.

60. Collin’s History of Kentucky. Vol. 2. P. 475.

61. Op. cit. P. 168.

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64. John H. Estill. History of a Family.

65. Op. cit.

66. M. W. King. 1755 Augusta County Va. Order Book.

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 Ky. Vol. 2. Pp. 526-533-776; Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies. P. 36; D. A. R. Record, No. 141184.

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, Richmond, Ky.

73. John H. Estill, History of a Family.

74. Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va. P. 200; U. S. Pensions of Revolution ary War.

75. Wills, Franklin Co., Tennessee.

76. John H. Estill, History of a Family.

77. Public Claims of Revolutionary War. Mss. Richmond, Va.; Morton, History of Monroe Co., Va. P. 70.

78. Letter from a grand son of William Estill, Wm H. Estill of Texas to Mrs. Alfred M. Shook of Nashville, Tenn.

79. John H. Estill, History of a Family.

80. Wm. H. Miller. History and Genealogies. P. 197.

81. Wills, Franklin Co., Tenn.

82. John H. Estill History of a Family.

83. Waddell’s Annals of Augusta Co., Va.; Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va. P. 200.

84. Waddell’s Annals of Aug. Co., Va. P. 136.

85. Wills, Greenbrier Co., West Virginia.

86. Centennial History of Alleghany Co., Va. P. 200.

87. Family Papers of Mrs. Edwin A. Price of Nashville, Tenn.

88. John H. Estill, History of a Family.

89. Wm. H. Miller, History and Genealogies.