Alexander Stewart was born 1755 in Galloway area in the lowlands of Scotland, and died date unknown. He married (1) Catherine Sheet. He married (2) Mary Anderson.
Notes for Alexander Stewart: Few settlers had moved into the region of present-day Kentucky prior to the completion of the western portion of the border survey between Virginia and North Carolina in 1748. When the French and Indian War ended, the Ohio River was designated as the boundary between settlers and native inhabitants. Kentucky was under the jurisdiction of Augusta County, Virginia. Fincastle County, Virginia, was organized in 1772 to include all of present-day Kentucky with Harrodsburg designated the county seat. The following year the McAfee brothers and others surveyed land along the Salt River.
In the eighteenth century, settlers pressed beyond the Allegheny and Appalachian mountains into the new west. Men such as Dr. Thomas Walker, upon entering Kentucky in 1750, used these Indian trails to their advantage and often noted in their journals that they were traveling "Indian roads." Later, in 1775, Daniel Boone, on behalf of Colonel Richard Henderson, was employed to "...cut a path to Kentucky. This road, called the "Wilderness Road," often followed Native American trails. From the Cumberland Gap to Flat Lick, Kentucky, Boone's Trace followed a well-defined Indian road. From that point Boone followed what is believed to be, for the most part, a prehistoric trail which led northwest from Flat Lick, in Knox County, to the Bluegrass region. Boone departed from this trail in Rockcastle County and blazed a new trail northward toward the settlement of Boonesboro, in Madison County.
In 1774, Harrodsburg was founded as the first permanent English settlement in Kentucky by a group that arrived via the Ohio River. That same year Richard Henderson purchased from the Native Americans all land lying between the Ohio, Kentucky, and Cumberland rivers for his Transylvania Company. John Finley's stories of Kentucky land precipitated Daniel Boone's subsequent exploration. Boone blazed the trail from the Cumberland Gap (at the junction of present-day Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee) to the interior. This path between the Cumberland Gap and central Kentucky became known, through the Transylvania Company's publicity, as the Wilderness Road. In 1775 Boonesborough was established as the headquarters of the Transylvania Company.
During the Revolutionary War the settlements in Kentucky were virtually ignored by the Virginia government. Troubles with native tribes, lack of military assistance, and isolation from the eastern portion of Virginia precipitated agitation for Kentucky's own statehood. Between 1784 and 1790, nine conventions met at Danville demanding separation from Virginia, but none of these were successful in gaining a division.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky was admitted to the Union as the fifteenth state on 1 June 1792 and its first capital was at Danville. Early settlers included Revolutionary War veterans, such as Alexander Stewart, staking claim to bounty-land grants. They were joined by Scots-Irish, German, and English individuals and families from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
In 1798, reflecting his restlessness (a trait still common among male Stewart descendants), Alexander and his family moved from Lee County, Virginia, to Knox County, Kentucky. Kentucky, formerly part of Virginia, was admitted to the Union in 1792.
Close This was little more than fifty miles away. He settled in the Cumberland River Valley in an area between Turkey and Stinking Creeks “Stinking Creek is not a community but, rather, a tributary to the Cumberland River,running through the eastern quarter of Knox County and southeastern Kentucky.” See StinkingCreek: where the War on Poverty was lost/Great Society dreams fade in Appalachia.” HoustonPost (June 23, 1987). “Stinking Creek, legendarily, was named for the actions of a group of LongHunters who killed a bear, ate part of it and discarded the rotting remains in the water. The nextgroup to pass through named the creek, and the name held, though many who live along its banksnow call it ‘Big Creek,’ or simply, ‘Stinking.’” Id.
Close a few miles from the village of Flatlick. One of the first Europeans to be killed in Kentucky was John Stewart of North Carolinawho was killed by Indians in 1769 while exploring with Daniel Boone. No evidence suggests hewas related to Alexander.
Close Decker notes that “Flat Lick was a famous old place on the Warrior's Path, Boone Trace, and the Old State Road. Almost all early explorers, pioneers, and settlers mention it. Captain Ambrose Arthur, who, with his father, Colonel Thomas Arthur, first settled near ‘the Flat Lick!' about 1800, told members of his family that there was, in reality, a large flat lick near the old village. Almost a half acre of flat rock had been licked bare by wild animals in quest of salt. Since that date the rock has disintegrated, and vegetation has sprung up.” Decker at page 45.
Shortly after Alexander’s arrival, Barbourville became the county seat of the newly formed Knox County. Barbourville was founded in 1801. It was named for James Barbour who gave 2 acresof land for a court square and made available 36 acres for the town site.
Close Decker notes that “[t]he first trustees of Barbourville were John Logan, Jr., James Mahan, John Reddick, John Ballinger, James Johnson, Alexander Goodin, James Culton, Richard Ballinger, Thomas Johnson and Alexander Stewart.” Alexander is listed as one of the few land owners in the first Knox County tax list of 1800. Knox County, named in honor of General Henry Knox, was created out of the thenexisting Lincoln County on December 19, 1799. Close
Elmer Decker notes that “[w]hen Knox County was first established there was but one main road, the Old State Road. . . . Other routes in use, as a rule, followed Indian trails and buffalo paths.” The first road order reads:
October 28, 1800. On the motion of George Brittain for to have a roadway viewed out from the top of Cumberland Mountain at Crank's Gap the nearest and best way to intersect where the road crosses S'd river and Alexander Stewarts--and be it further ordered that Vincent Hobbs, John Asher, Samuel Howard, William Spurlock and George Brittain and the same are hereby appointed to view out s'd road and make a report to our next court.
Decker at 18. The committee reported that:
Agreeable to an order of last court directing George Brittain, William Spurlock, Samuel Howard, Vincent Hobbs and John Asher appointing them to view out a road way from Crank's Gap on the top of Cumberland Mountain to intersect the wilderness road between the Ford of Cumberland and Alexander Stewart whereupon three of the said Commissioners returned that they had viewed out a way to start from said Gap and to run on or near the old trace to the junction of the three forks of said river, thence crossing the Piney Mountain so as to fall on the head of Principal Branch of Strait Creek and down the said creek to the mouth. It is ordered that the above road be established. This road is in the present Bell and Harlan counties.
Decker at 18. Apparently, the road was finally completed: Road from Barbourville to intersect the Wilderness Road the nearest and best way between John Gordan's and Alexander Stewart's, beginning at the ford of the branch of Fighting Creek near John Gordan's from thence to the Quaker Camp on the Old Trace, from thence a straight course to the old crossing on Fighting Creek, thence with the Old Trace to the first left hand path turns out, and thence with that path to where it leaves the hills, as close on the right as the nature of the ground will admit of until it intersects the trace leading from Barbourville to Sneed's from thence a straight course to Barbourville.
Decker at 46-47.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has provided a good description of the Wilderness Road. It stated: From history we know that all immigration to Kentucky came over one of two routes. That from Pennsylvania and other points north and east came into Kentucky down the Ohio river, while the immigration from Virginia and the Carolinas came over the Wilderness Road through Cumberland Gap. That road, an old buffalo trail, utilized by the Indians as a part of one of their numerous ‘Warriors' Paths’ into and through Kentucky, crossed Cumberland river at the only available ford in all that country. The city of Pineville in Bell county is located on the river now where the Wilderness Road crossed. The Cumberland river crossing was one of the points almost universally noted and commented upon in the diaries and journals of the early explorers of and immigrants to Kentucky from which the details of our state's earliest history have been taken. The next point on the Wilderness Road after crossing the river given notice by the early explorers was ‘Flat Lick.’ The village by that name now in Knox county and about halfway between Pineville and Barbourville occupies its site. From Cumberland Gap to Flat Lick the old buffalo trail, one of the Indian Warriors' Paths and the Wilderness Road were over the same route. At Flat Lick the immigrant trail to Kentucky, the Wilderness Road, diverged to the west, passing through Blue Lick and thence to Boonesboro, while from Flat Lick the "Warriors' Path" diverged to the north and traversed the state to the Ohio river at Old Shawneetown. In preparing this opinion we have had access to the first map of Kentucky made by John Filson and published in 1784. It lays down the Wilderness Road from Virginia into Kentucky through Cumberland Gap and shows that road to have crossed Cumberland river some 8 miles above the mouth of Stinking creek, that creek being located on the map and being given that name. By an inscription found upon the map, its author acknowledges and expresses his gratitude for the assistance rendered him in its preparation by such early distinguished Kentuckians as Daniel Boone, Levi Todd, James Harrod, Capt. Christopher Greenhoop, In. Cowan, and William Kennedy. The location of Flat Lick is shown on the map. Two other early maps of Kentucky--that by J. Russell made in 1794, and that by Elihu Barker made in 1795--likewise lay down the Wilderness Road into Kentucky as it ran through Cumberland Gap and across Cumberland river, locating it with reference to Flat Lick and Stinking creek as did the Filson map.” Boreing v. Garrard, 275 S.W. 374, 376-377 (1925).
Pioneers made money any way they could. Decker notes that Alexander made some money from killing wolves.
The county court in 1800, and for many years thereafter, allowed out of the county levy, bounties for Wolf Scalps. John Akeman, William Pearl Sr., William Pearl Jr., James Hale, George Farris, Charles Gatliff, Jesse Pace, John Asher, Stephen Taylor, William Martin, Walter Burnis, Alexander Stewart, Jesse Cox, Joseph Johnson, William Thomas, Issiah Sallyers, Thomas and John Goodin were paid for killing wolves at the rate of 8 shillings for each grown wolf.
At the time, eight shillings equaled about a dollar and one half.
Alexander was one of the few prominent settlers of this wilderness area. One commentator observed:
[Alexander] was in Knox county as early as 1802, when his name was on a tax list with John, Joseph, William Stewart. William Stewart was granted [on] Aug. 3, 1802, by the Knox county court a license to conduct a tavern, which he located at the foot of Cumberland mountain, according to Pioneer Taverns on the Wilderness Road, in the Corbin Tribune, 1934. This sketch states that the Stewarts were a noted pioneer family of the mountains and that “Alexander Stewart was one of the leading citizens and one of the wealthiest in the early days.”
He was a member of the Knox County Grand Jury on August 24, 1800. He served as the foreman of the Knox Grand Jury on November 24, 1800. The writer is indebted to Elmer Decker who wrote Knox County Kentucky History. This work has not yet been published. It may be found on the web athttp:/genweb.net/KY/decker.html. Decker wrote his work in the 1940's. A original copy may befound at the Union College in Barbourville. Hereiafter cited Decker at page. “A Grand Jury (towit), Alexander Stewart forman, James Johnson, James Hodges, Joseph Johnson, David Johnson,Ebenezer Ingram, Stephen Brindlee, Hugh Gaston, Leonard C. Shoemaker, Solomon Cox, JohnCox, John Asher, Bruce Baker, James Culton, William Martin, John Thomas, Robert McWhorterand Stephen Taylor were sworn a jury of inquest for the body of this county, having received theircharge they retired from the Bar to consider of their presentments.” Decker at pages 17-18.
Close The following day, “ . . . he testified he had sundry accounts against David Finley, who was being sued by James Culton, assignee. See Stewart Clan Magazine, page 313 (March 1943). James Culton would marry Alexander’s daughter, Euphemia.
Knox County, which at the time included most of southeastern Kentucky had a small population in 1800. Decker states that:
Census records for 1800 of Knox County shows 1109 residents, 1044 whites, 3 free blacks, and 62 slaves. There were no towns. Settlers lived at Flat Lick, Cumberland Ford (Pineville), Hazel Patch, on the Cumberland, Rockcastle, and Laurel Rivers, on the Richlands, Lynn Camp, Robinson, Marsh, Watts, Poplar, Indian, Maple, Meadow, Yellow, Cannon, Straight, Greasy, Stinking, and Turkey Creeks. Several families lived in the vicinity of the salt works at the mouth of White's Branch on Goose Creek.
Justice of the Peace
At the Knox County court held at John Logan’s house on January 26, 1801, he presented a commission given to him by Governor James Girrard appointing him to be a Justice of the Peace for Knox County. “Alexander Stewart produced a commission to me from his excellency James Garrard,esq., governor of the commonwealth, appointing him the said Alexander Stewart a justice of thepeace in the county of Knox:” Court Minutes, Book A, Page 12. James Garrard was born onJanuary 14, 1749 in Stafford County, Virginia. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegatesin 1779. He served as Governor of Kentucky from June 1, 1796 to 1804. The circuit court systemfor the state was developed during his administration. Garrard retired to his estate in Mt.Lebanon, Kentucky, in 1804 and died in 1822.
Close On the same day, “on motion of James John to have a road viewed out from the town of Barbourville to intersect the Wilderness road the nearest and the best way between John Gordon’s and Alexander Stewart’s [it is] ordered that a committee of viewers be appointed for that purpose.” See Stewart Clan Magazine, page 313 (March 1943). The maintenance of the Wilderness Road was a constant concern. According to the Corbin Daily Tribune’s 75th Anniversary Edition of February 23, 1967:
Records stored in the Knox County Courthouse show that the Knox Co. part of the Old Wilderness Road began at Cumberland Gap, passed through what is now Pineville, through Flat Lick, Barbourville, and on to the Rockcastle River. The Knox part of the road was divided into sections, and a surveyor was appointed by the fiscal court to maintain the road. Failure of citizens to work was a violation of the law, and there are many reported cases in which the surveyor was called into court to answer such charges as allowing it to be fenced or allowing fallen trees to block the way. A toll was charged persons traveling the road, but records show that the toll was paid with everything from buttons to deer meat to whiskey.
On April 28, 1801, the Knox County Court authorized him to perform marriage ceremonies. “Ordered that Alexander Stewart be authorized by the county to celebrate the rites ofmatrimony in this county.” Court Minutes, Book A, Page 26.
Close During the subsequent years, he officiated at numerous weddings including those of his children. Close He performed approximately fifty-one marriages. See Kozee, Pioneer Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky.
The Court Minutes of June Court 1801 state that Alexander’s “stock mark” is “a swallow fork in the left ear under keel and hole.” County Minutes, Book A, page 36. Close
Marriage of Children
On April 1, 1801, Alexander’s daughter, Mary Polly, age seventeen, married Joseph Payne. The Last Will of Joseph Payne named all of his and Mary’s children in which he left allthe property to his sons and left his daughters ten dollars each. They were: James born in 1804;William in born 1814; Joseph in born 1816; Joel in born 1835; Franklin born in 1840; Nancy;Rachel born in 1825; Eliza in born 1810; Agnes; Jo Ann; Lucy born in 1831; Letitha born in1837; and, Lydia in born 1840. Children’s names taken from Joseph Payne’s Will in Book C atpage 375, Knox County Court House.
Close Alexander’s son, Charles, age twenty-two, In anticipation of this marriage, on April 27, 1801, the Knox County Court “orderedthat Charles Stewart have a certificate of 400 acres of land by virtue of an actual settlement madethereon, lying in the south side of the Cumberland River, beginning near the upper end of the firstbottom below Neil Gatliff’s survey, running down the river for complement as far as the law willallow.” Order Book A, page 25.
Close married Susannah Arthur, daughter of Thomas Arthur, Sr. on September 21, 1801. The three children of Charles Stewart and Susannah Arthur were: ? Sarah Stewart, born in Knox County, Kentucky; married James Wardlow, 1802.
? Charles S. Stewart, born in Knox County, Kentucky; died in November 19, 1861, Indian Nation (later Oklahoma) serving as a captain in Fourth Texas Calvary of theConfederate Army. Charles and his wife, Martha Cocke, moved to Titus County,Texas from Water Valley, Yalabouaka County, Mississippi, in 1841, locating inTitus County.
? Alexander A. Stewart, born in 1809, Knox County, Kentucky.
Close Alexander conducted both wedding ceremonies. On January 12, 1803, Alexander, John Arthur and Priscilla Arthur were witnesses to the will of Daniel Johnson. See Stewart Clan Magazine, page 313 (March 1943).
On March 20, 1805, Alexander’s daughter, Anna, age nineteen, married James Alsop, the son of James Alsop and Jurya Potter. The nine children of Anna Stewart and James Alsop (1781-1846) were:
? Nelson Alsip.
? Elijah Alsip, married Temple Richardson, November 03, 1834, Pulaski County,Kentucky.
? Alexander Alsip, born in January 17, 1806, Knox County, Kentucky; died in April 29, 1883.
? James Alsip, born in April 22, 1811, Knox County, Kentucky; died in May 11, 1878, Whitley County, Kentucky.
? Nancy Alsip, born in 1815, Pulaski County, Kentucky; married William Neeley, October 04, 1832, Pulaski County, Kentucky.
? Richard Henry Alsip, born in December 19, 1820, Whitley County, Kentucky; died in April 24, 1904, Whitley Co, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Jane Tye.
? Mary W.Alsip, born in 1826, Pulaski County, Kentucky; married James Tucker, February 02, 1846, Pulaski County, Kentucky.
? David Alsip, born in 1829.
? Ann Stacy Alsip, born in 1830; married John Roberts, February 11, 1848, Pulaski County, Kentucky.
Close Alexander conducted the wedding ceremony.
Alexander played a small role in the creation of the Knox County Circuit Court. According to Decker:
The Honorable Jonathan McNeil and John Cummin produced a certificate from under the hand and seal of Alexander Stewart. In the words following, to wit, State of Kentucky of the state aforesaid, past in the year 1804 establishing a circuit court in the County of Knox County Jonathan McNeil and John Cummin who produced their commissions as assistant judges for the oaths prescribed by law and the Constitution of the United States and Commonwealth of Kentucky. Given under my hand and seal this 1st April 1805.
Alex Stewart (Seal)
The same is ordered to be recorded and the first Circuit court was holden for Knox County at the Courthouse July 1, 1805.
The court proceeded to appoint a clerk and Richard Ballinger was appointed their clerk pro tem. Whereupon he had the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Kentucky and the laws of this state administered unto him and entered into bond with Alexander Stewart, Thomas Arthur, George W. Craig and Peter Engle, as his securities in the penalty of one thousand pounds and conditioned as the law directs and is ordered to be recorded, which if in the words following, to wit:
Know all men by these present that we, Richard Ballinger, Alexander Stewart, Thomas Arthur, George W. Craig and Peter Engle, of Knox County and State of Kentucky are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Christopher Greenup, Governor of this Commonwealth for the time being and his successors in office in the just and full sum of one thousand pounds, good and lawful money of this Commonwealth to which payment will and truly be made we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally by these present, as witness our hand and seal this 1 July 1805.
Acknowledged in open court Jonathan McNeil.
Richard Ballinger, Alex Stewart, Thomas Arthur, George W. Craig, Peter Engle
Decker at 20-21.
On December 27, 1806, Alexander purchased a tract of 757 acres from Phillip Buckner on the banks of the Stinking and Turkey Creeks. See Knox County Deed Book B, at page 146. Close
On September 7, 1807, Alexander’s son, Isaac, age twenty-five, married Elizabeth Wyatt, The eleven children of Isaac Stewart and Elizabeth Wyatt (1782-1848) were:
? Margaret Stewart, married Thomas Cox, November 14, 1839, Knox County,Kentucky.
? Anderson Stewart, born in 1807, Knox County, Kentucky (witness to Alexander’sWill).
? Nelson H. Stewart, born in 1808, Knox County, Kentucky (witness toAlexander’s will). In 1850, Nelson left with a group of men for California and thegold rush. He apparently never returned to Kentucky and it is not known whenand where he died. His wife, Susan Cane, was granted a divorce from him onSeptember 19, 1866, by the Knox County Court.
? Rebecca Stewart, born in 1810, Knox County, Kentucky.
? Mary Polly Stewart, born in 1812, Knox County, Kentucky.
? William S. Stewart, born in December 27, 1814, Knox County, Kentucky, marriedSandra Branaham on August 31, 1840, died in June 26, 1891, Wildie, RockcastleCounty, Kentucky. Garnard Martin reports that “William was a southernsympathizer and traded mules, food and supplied with the Confederates. Hemoved to Clear Creek, near Wilde, about 1861. He ran turkeys through warm tarand sand to give them a coating on their feet, then marched them to the KentuckyRiver and placed them on a boat.” Martin at 165. William’s son, Augustus W., ofPaint Lick, Garrard County, Kentucky, died in the early fall of 1946 at the age of97. It was reported that “Gus was a fine old Kentucky gentleman and was welland active when the editor of the Stewart Clan Magazine visited him in October,1942.” See Stewart Clan Magazine, page 184 (April 1947). Decker notes thatWilliam Stewart was indicted for treason during the Civil War for his southernsupport. Decker at pages 119-120. We do not know whether he was ever tried.
? Isaac Stewart, born in February 1817, Knox County, Kentucky; died in January08, 1865, Irion County, Texas, near Brownsville fighting the Kickapoo Indiansduring the Battle of Dove Creek.
? Elizabeth Stewart, born in March 13, 1822, Knox County, Kentucky; died in February 22, 1879.
? Euphemia Stewart, born in 1824, Knox County, Kentucky.
? James D. Stewart, born in 1824, Knox County, Kentucky; married Alice Engle, December 23, 1847.
? Lucy Ann Stewart, born in 1832, Knox County, Kentucky.
Close the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Bennett Wyatt. His first, wife, Sarah Hurst had died. Isaac’s sister, Mary Polly, later married JohnWyatt. Thus, a brother and sister married a brother and sister. The Stewart and Wyatt familieswere obviously closely linked.
Close Samuel Wyatt fought in the revolutionary war and was born in North Carolina. Samuel Wyatt was a Revolutionary War soldier born in North Carolina. See StewartClan Magazine at page 7, volume 44; North Carolina Species Certificate No. 603. From theWhitley County Kentucky 1818-1993 History & Families: Samuel Wyatt, Sr. was born ca 1755in Virginia, came to Kentucky via North Carolina and Tennessee, and was first registered onKnox County, KY, tax lists in 1805.... He settled in Greene County Tennessee for a while beforeremoving to Knox County. Family tradition holds that Samuel was a descendant of Sir FrancisWyatt, first governor of Virginia. Samuel Wyatt built a Grist Mill in Knox County and also drilledwells for salt extraction. His mill was located on Brush Creek in 1814, in Knox County. He alsooperated a still. He married Rebecca Bennett, daughter of John Bennett who also served in theRevolutionary War for North Carolina, receiving North Carolina Specie Certificate #607 ofrecord June 12 1783. John settled in Greene County, Tennessee.
Close Isaac’s daughter, Euphemia Stewart Pogue, wrote in a letter that.
My father, Isaac Stewart, was one of the early baptists of this country, and our large old log house used to be open to all travelers and about once every week the people of the surrounding neighborhood would come in for a meeting. Often numbers of them would stay all night. I remember one night, there was [sic] 80 people on horses besides those who came walking, to spend the night. My father would have his slaves and always had supper for everybody after the preaching was over. Old brother Billy Hickory, who lived in the neighborhood, said it always made him hungry to preach. My father built a large log church in Flat Lick at which we attended a meeting every second Saturday and Sunday.
Many of Alexander’s descendants were preachers. Indeed, in his last will and testament, Alexander identifies himself as a “Reverend.”
Sheriff Alexander Stewart
Three months after his son’s Isaac’s marriage, on December 7, 1807, the Knox County Court appointed Alexander, at the age of fifty-two, to be the sheriff for the following two years. See Knox County Minutes, Book A, at page 277.
Close He took the oath and his bondsmen were Thomas Furgeson, Isaac Stewart, William Baker and Jarvis Mahan.
On February 2, 1808, Alexander sold 505 acres of land to Thomas Johnson that he previously had purchased from Phillip Buckner. Alexander was then living on this 757-acre tract. He sold the other 252 acres of the tract to Christopher Horn. Knox County’s population was growing. By 1810, the county had a population of5,875 persons. This included 307 slaves and 40 free persons of color. Close
On February 21, 1809, Alexander’s daughter, Euphemia, age twenty, married John Culton. The six children of Euphemia Stewart and John Culton were: ? Thomas Culton. ? James Culton, born in December 01, 1810, Flat Lick, Knox County, Kentucky;died in March 16, 1890, Barbourville, Kentucky. ? Mary Culton, born on April 3, 1817, and died in Bell County Kentucky onNovember 15, 1880. ? Elizabeth A. Culton, born in 1823. ? Catherine J. Culton, born in 1827. ? Alexander M. Culton, born in 1829.
With respect to their second child, James, the following was found concerning his son, Ambrose.
“Ambrose Y. Culton, attorney at law, Barboursville, Knox County, KY, was born in KnoxCounty, January 8, 1842. His ancestors came from North Ireland, and settled in Alabama and Virginia. His parents, James and Marinda L. (Anderson) Culton, were both natives of KnoxCounty. They had seven children, viz: Augustus B., John W., James C., Ambrose Y., Martha J.and Henry C. (twins), and Thomas J. James Culton, Sr., is a farmer by occupation. About 1811he was elected to the Legislature from Knox and Harlan Counties, and was re-elected in 1854. He was elected county judge of Harlan County in 1858, and held that office twelve years. He was also licensed to practice law, and has been quite a pro
Children of Alexander Stewart and Mary Anderson are: