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Prominent Morehead dentist, my sister's namesake among family tree birthdays for the week of Feb. 9


Birthdays from my family tree for the week of Feb. 9.

Feb. 9

Burial monument for Mary Ann Foreman Wilson and her husband, Washington J. Wilson.

  • Mary Ann Foreman Wilson (wife of Washington J. Wilson, my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1820 in Champaign, Ohio; d. May 5, 1885. Died just nine days after her husband, Washington J. Wilson. I've not been able to learn either's cause of death.

  • Miriam F. Lewis Kendall (my 2G great grandmother on my mother's side, and my 3G aunt on my father's side), b. 1874 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. July 24, 1897 in Rowan County, Ky. Miriam's first husband, David Kendall, died while digging a well, his best friend dying with him. Miriam remarried but died a short time later, leaving my great grandmother, Nora Kendall Williams, to be raised by her grandparents before her eighth birthday.

  • Nancy Mae Spence Williams (my 3G aunt in-law), b. 1892 in Kentucky; d. Feb. 1, 1936. Wife of Ambrose F. Williams, my maternal great grandfather's brother.

  • Everett Eugene Carr (my third cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1926 in White Lick, Morgan County, Ind.; d. Nov. 27, 1927, in White Lick Morgan County, Ind.

Feb. 10
  • Thomas Franklin Frisby (husband of Eliza Jane Hall, my 3G aunt on my mother's side), b 1853 in Morgan County, Ky.; d. April 23, 1917.

  • Benjamin Franklin McBrayer (my first cousin twice removed on my father's side), b. 1878 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. Aug. 16, 1963, in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ky.

Cleo Williams and his wife, Gretta Linville Williams.

  • Cleo Cottle Williams (my great uncle on my mother's side), b. 1914 in Morgan County, Ky.; d. July 10, 1974. My grandmother's brother served in the Navy and was a motor machinist mate, which mean he would have worked on engines and all auxiliary components.

  • Virgie Thornsberry (my second cousin once removed on my father's side), b. 1917; d. unknown.

  • Cora Fultz (my half first cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1917 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. March 29, 1945, in Carter County, Ky. Cora was the daughter of Lula Bell Hamilton and William Fultz, who died in 1921, when Cora was just 4. Her mother remarried Edward Lambert, my 2G uncle.

Feb. 11
  • Eliza Louisa Leedy Lambert (my 2G grandmother on my father's side and my second cousin four times removed ), b. 1853; d. May 19, 1929, in Carter County, Ky. Eliza's father, Samuel Leedy, was born in Wythe County, Va., but moved his family to Kentucky, where he married his second wife, Susannah Pennington, Eliza's stepmother. She married Julian Delaney Lambert, whose mother was a Emaline Victoria Leedy, Eliza's first cousin once removed, in addition to her mother-in-law.

  • Hassard Martin Hall (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1894 in Morehead, Rowan County, Ky.; d. Feb. 11, 1977, in Morehead, Rowan County, Ky. Son of the Rev. James Henry Hall.

  • Ruth Augusta Brinson (my wife's grandmonther on her father's side), b. 1920 in South Carolina; d. May 15, 1989, in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Her husbadnd, Clarence Ray, lived in DeKalb, Kershaw, S.C., near Camden, in his youth. But he moved to Charelston and worked for the WPA in the 1930s, boarding in a home owned by Ruth Augusta Brinson's mother. Though seven years his junior, Clarence and Ruth married Sept. 11, 1936.

Ruth Augusta Brinson Ray.

Feb. 12
  • Phoebe Ferguson Williams (my 4G grandmother on my mother's side), b. 1791; d. Sept. 23, 1852, in Morgan County, Ky. Phoebe's husband, John T. (Squire) Williams, was one of the justices of the peace appointed by Gov. John Adair to set up the county of Morgan in 1822. He became known as Squire John T. and lived with his wife on Williams Creek of Elk Fork.

  • Anna Eliza Halley (my 3G aunt-in-law), b. 1894 near Jeffersonville, Montgomery County, Ky.; d. Dec. 11, 1870, in Morehead, Rowan County, Ky. Baptized and became a member of Church of Christ at Sycamore near Jeffersonville in Montgomery County, Ky. She kept a diary that is part of the biographical file of the University of Kentucky. Her father died when she was 18. She married Jeremiah Wilson, one of the few doctors in Rowan County. The family moved about the county, and often helped in family-run side businesses. Her 14 children included Cora Wilson Stewart, a noted adult-literacy crusader; Bunyan Spratt Wilson, the first mayor of Morehead; and Homer Lee Wilson, a dentist.

Feb. 13
  • James Ezra Hall (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1896 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. Oct. 23, 1918, in Morehead, Rowan County, Ky.

  • Isabell Stidham (my first cousin three times removed on my father's side), b. 1908 in Hamm, Rowan County, Ky.; d. Oct. 3, 1943, in Elliottville, Rowan County, Ky.

  • Mark Buskirk (my wife's ex-husband and my stepchildren's father), b. in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Happy birthday, Mark.

Feb. 14
  • Julian Dulaney "Lane" Lambert (my 2G grandfather on my father's side and my second cousin four times removed on my father's side), b.1849 in Crockett, Wythe County, Va.; d. Aug. 20, 1933, in Carter County, Ky. Born in Wythe County, Va., and living in Kentucky by 1880, census data indicates he lived in Wisconsin between those destinations. The husband of Eliza Louisa Leedy, who also celebrates a birthday this week and is photographed, along with Julian and others, in the picture above.

  • Rosanna Caudill (my 3G aunt on my mother's side), b. 1856 in Letcher County, Ky.; d. Feb. 15, 1949, in Rowan County, Ky. Died one day after her 93rd birthday.

  • Millard Felmore Wilson (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1858 in Licking, Morgan County, Ky.; d. May 24, 1919, in Fayette County, Ky.

  • Homer Lee Wilson, DDS (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1880 in Licking City, Rowan County, Ky.; d. Aug. 22, 1940, in Mount Sterling, Ky. His mother, Anna Eliza Halley Wilson, also celebrated a birthday this week. Was only dentist in Morehead and several surrounding counties for much of his practice. In the early 1990s, when roads in the county were almost impassible, he moved portable dental equipment to outlying communities so they could receive dental care. In addition to running a dental practice for 35 years in Morehead, he also served two terms as town mayor, like his brother Bunyan Spratt. During his tenure, City Hall on East Main Street in Morehead was constructed. Homer was found dead in the Montgomery Hotel in Mount Sterling, where he had traveled to tend to some business. He called his wife, Lena, the night before his death to say he didn't feel well and that he would be spending the night instead of returning to Morehead. When he did not arrive the next morning, she called the hotel, and the attendants there broke into his room and found him dead.

  • Sallie Rebecca Brinson (my wife's 3G aunt on her father's side), b. 1895 in South Carolina; d. May 2, 1953.

  • Andrew Clayton Williams (my first cousin once removed on my mother's side), b. 1968 in Kentucky. Happy birthday, Andrew.

Feb. 15
  • William Harrison Hall (my 4G uncle on my mother's side), b. 1832 in Morgan County, Ky.; d. March 14, 1914, in Rowan County, Ky.

  • Hamilton Kidd (my first cousin twice removed on my father's side), b. 1882 in Kentucky; d. 1965 in Rowan County, Ky. Hamilton was also sometimes called Milton. Gravestone says he lived from 1881-1965.

  • Fannie D. Gregory (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1891 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. April 28, 1976, in Rowan County, Ky.

  • Oliver Everett Quesinberry (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1893 in Hoggtown, Rowan County, Ky.; d. 1975.

  • Allie Thornsberry (my first cousin three times removed on my father's side), b. 1897 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. uncertain.

  • Jennie Kidd (my first cousin twice removed on my father's side), b. 1901 in Elliott County, Ky.; d. March 16, 1914. My sister is named Jennifer. This ain't her. Jennie died of typhoid just after her 13th birthday in 1914.

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