The Heritage of Daniel Haston

 

In an 1802 Knox County, TN Power of Attorney document, the Daniel Haston for whom this site is named was referred to as "Dannel Hastons Senr." This could have indicated that he had a son who carried his given name or it could have indicated, as was common in early America, that he had a younger relative with the same name.  Daniel Haston researchers have, for many years, speculated that "our" Daniel Haston had a son who was also called "Daniel."  There is no indisputable evidence to support that speculation.  But read on...

Thomas Taylor Green & Louisa Hastings 1829 Marriage Record

In September 2002 a visitor to this site contacted us with information regarding an old family Bible record of the marriage of Thomas Taylor Green to Louisa Hastings.  The fact that the September 22, 1829 ceremony was performed by David Hastings, Esq. in White County, TN provided a clue that Louisa Hastings was in some way related to the White County, TN family of Daniel Haston.  Adair County, KY records indicate that Louisa was the daughter of a man named "Daniel Haston," who was, prior to his 1820 death, a resident of that south central Kentucky county.  Subsequent research has uncovered the following information.


Some Haston researchers have confused this Daniel Haston of Adair County, KY with the Daniel Hestand of Monroe County, KY.  These were two different men who lived less than a hundred miles apart in south central KY at the same time.  If "Daniel Haston" of Adair County, KY was a son of the White County, TN "Daniel Haston" (senior) - then the two Kentucky Daniels were first cousins.  Abraham Hiestand/Hestand (father of Daniel Hestand) and Daniel Hiestand/Haston (of White County, TN) were brothers, sons of Henry Hiestand of Shenandoah/Page County, VA.  Learn more about them.

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1785-1789
Date

Birth of This Daniel Haston:  A comparison of the data on the 1810 Adair County, KY tax list and the 1810 Federal Census indicates that this Daniel Haston, who lived in Adair County, KY in the early 1800s, was born sometime in the 1785-1789 time range.

Sources:  1810 Adair County, KY tax list and 1810 Federal Census for Adair County, KY.


1807
October 21

Marriage of Daniel Haston & Chloe Skaggs:  Daniel Haston married Chloe Skaggs in Adair County, KY on this date.  Chloe's father, Archibald Skaggs, joined with Daniel Haston in signing the bond for the marriage.  The signature does not include a mark and it appears to be distinct from the handwriting style of the clerk. This is the first documented evidence that we have for this Daniel Haston.

Archibald Skaggs was a Revolutionary War militia private from Virginia.  He was born January 1, 1759 in South Carolina, later lived in Halifax County, VA, then Botetourt County, VA, then Montgomery County, VA where he entered the service in 1779.  Archibald was a cousin of (and grew up with) Henry Skaggs, the famous long hunter who co-led hunting expeditions into what became south central Kentucky.  Archibald, like many of the other members of the Skaggs family, was a strongly committed Baptist.  He was an active leader in the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church of now-Green County, KY - on a hill above the historic site of the Long Hunter's Skinhouse where his cousin Henry camped as a long hunter.  Rev. Isaac Hodgens, pastor of the Mt. Gilead church, performed the marriage of Daniel Haston (of KY) and Betsey Harrison.  It seems likely that this Daniel Haston attended the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church (formerly called Russells Creek Baptist Church), which was located near Russells Creek.  Daniel Haston owned 100 acres on Russells Creek. 

Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, KY in 1809. Hodgenville, which was named for Robert Hodgens (Isaac's father) is 50 miles northwest of the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.

Sources: Pension papers # S31367 as per "Skaggs" family file in in public library at Columbia, KY.) 

Pages 238-241 of Pioneer Baptist Church Records of South-Central Kentucky and the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee, 1799-1899 by C.P. Cawthorn and N.L. Warnell.

Page 31 of Revolutionary Soldiers of Kentucky (1895/1968), compiled by Anderson Chenault Quisenberry, says that he was a private in the Maryland militia, but according to his pension papers he was in the Virginia militia.

Source:  Adair County, KY Marriage Records, available in a file cabinet in the public library in Columbia, KY.


1810
 

Adair County, KY Tax ListAt this time, Daniel Haston owned 100 acres of land on Russell Creek.  The land was originally owned by Kinzy Coats.  There was one white male in the household over 21 years of age.  This would indicate that this Daniel Haston was born in or before 1789.  Archibald Skaggs, father of Chloe Skaggs, also owned land on Russell Creek.

Source:  Page 44 of Adair County, KY 1810 Federal Census, 1802, 1805 & 1810 Tax Lists, compiled by Michael C. Watson (204 High Street; Columbia, KY 42728).


1810
 

Federal Census in Adair County, KY:  Daniel "Easton" was in the category of "Males between the ages of 16 thru 25" on this census.  Since his name appears in the middle of the names beginning with the letter "H" and there is no record of an Adair County, KY man by the name of "Easton" in this era, it seems obvious that this was Daniel "Haston."  Thus, this Daniel Haston would have been born between 1785 and 1794.  When compared to the 1810 Adair County, KY tax list, his birth years can be narrowed to sometime between 1785-1789.  There were two females in the home under the age of 10 years.  There were also two females in the home between the ages of 16-26.  There was also one female aged 45 or above.  Presumably, one of the 16-26 year old females was his wife.  But who was the other female in that age bracket and who was the older woman?
 

Note:  This Daniel Haston would have turned the legal age of 18 sometime between 1802 and 1807.  That is the general time period in which the senior Daniel Haston's family moved from Knox County, TN to what became White County, TN.  Perhaps this younger Daniel Haston parted ways with his family at this time and went to south central KY.

Source:  Page 67 of Adair County, KY 1810 Federal Census, 1802, 1805 & 1810 Tax Lists, compiled by Michael C. Watson (204 High Street; Columbia, KY 42728).  Also, the 1810 Federal census record from ancestry.com.


1810
January 8

March 10

Daniel Heiston (Heston) Married Betsey HarrisonOn January 8, 1810, "Daniel Heiston" entered into a legal bond for a marriage to Betsey Harrison in Adair County, KY.  Baliaz / Balus Harrison, presumably Betsey's father, and Daniel Heiston signed the bond for the marriage with a mark but his signature on the Chloe Skaggs marriage bond appears to be a real signature and there is no mark on it.  The surname spelling here is "Heiston" and "Haston" on the Chloe Skaggs bond.  And the handwriting for the two signatures is very different.  It appears that someone other than Daniel (perhaps a clerk) wrote the "signature" (with a mark) on this Heiston-Harrison marriage bond.  John Harrison witnessed the document. 

An entry on page 20 of the Adair County, KY Marriage Bonds Book indicates that Danl. Heston & Betsey Harrison were married on March 10, 1810 by Isaac Hodgens.  Hodgens was a popular Baptist preacher in the area of Green County and Adair County, KY at this time.

Some researchers have assumed that Chloe Skaggs died sometime between late 1807 and this January 8, 1810 date and that Daniel Haston, husband of the deceased Chloe Skaggs, remarried to this Betsey Harrison.

Was this "Daniel Heiston" the "Daniel Haston" Who Married Chloe Skaggs?

No, he probably was not.

Yes, he probably was.

First--Chloe Skaggs Haston's daughter, Louisa Hasting (Haston), was born on August 15, 1811, which was a more than a year and a half after Daniel "Heiston" married Betsey Harrison.  This date came from an old family Bible record that appears to have been written in the early half of the 1800s.  However, as per the 1850 through 1880 census records, there seems to be some confusion regarding her date of birth.  The 1850 census suggests an 1809 or 1810 birth date, but the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census records for Louisa (Eliza) report contradictory birth dates.

Second--The "Daniel" of this marriage did not sign his 1810 marriage document with a personal signature, but with "his mark."  The Daniel Haston who married Chloe Skaggs signed his name on his 1807 marriage bond, as well as an 1815 note that Archibald Skaggs wrote to permit his daughter, Amy, to be married.  See the three signatures together for comparisons.

Third--Generally (with a couple of exceptions), Chloe Skaggs' husband was designated with the surname spelling of "Haston."  In fact, the "Haston" spelling in Adair County, KY documents is more consistent that it is in White County, TN.

Fourth--There is no documented connection between the Daniel Haston who married Chloe Skaggs and the Harrison family of Adair County, KY, from whom Betsey Harrison came.  At the time of Daniel Haston's 1820 will, even though he apparently had no living spouse, he called upon the father of Chloe Skaggs (Archibald Skaggs, Sr.) to be the executor of his estate.

First--There was no other man known to have been in Adair or Green County, KY at this time who had a name that was even similar to Daniel Haston.  Thus, it is likely that these are one and the same.

Second--Daniel Haston's 1820 will seems to indicate that Chloe Skaggs died prior to that date.  Perhaps she died shortly after her marriage to Daniel.  From Archibald Skaggs' will, it appears that Louisa (nicknamed "Eliza") may have been the only surviving child born to Chloe Skaggs.

Third--Daniel Haston had a daughter named Elizabeth.  Perhaps she was named after Betsey Harrison, whom "Daniel Heiston" married.  It is interesting that Daniel's will referred to the other daughters by nicknames, but did not refer to Elizabeth as "Betsey" (perhaps so as not to confuse her with her mother).

Fourth--In some public documents that are known to have been associated with "Daniel Haston," the clerks did spell the "Haston" name "Heiston." (Example)

Fifth--Perhaps the 1811 birth date of Chloe Skaggs' daughter, Louisa, or the 1810 marriage date of Daniel "Heiston" to Betsey Harrison was incorrect?  The 1850 federal census for Franklin Co, AL states that she was 40 years old.  That would have put her birth date in 1810, or possibly 1809!  However, the 1860 census says that she was 48 years old, which would favor an 1811 or 1812 birth date.  The 1870 & 1880 census records also report contradictory birth dates for her.  Apparently, Louisa (Eliza) didn't know her birth date.  And she had no living parents to help her with that information.



Who was this "Daniel Heiston who married Betsey Harrison in 1810...if he was not the same "Daniel Haston who married Chloe Skaggs in 1807?"


The Hiestend/Hestand family (Abraham Hiestend's family, including Daniel Hiestend/Hestand) settled in another area of south central Kentucky and their family members do not seem to appear in the Adair County, KY records.  Hiestend/Hestand family researchers (some of whom have researched the KY branch of the Hiestend family quite thoroughly) seem to have no record of a Daniel Heiston/Heston or Daniel Haston of Adair County, KY.  If you have information concerning this Daniel Heiston who married Betsey Harrison in Adair County, KY in 1810, please contact us.

Sources:  Adair County, KY Marriage Records; available in the public library in Columbia, KY.  Also, page 20 of Adair County, KY Marriage Bonds Book 1.


1811
August 15

Birth of Daughter, LouisaAn old family Bible record (probably from the Thomas T. Green family) indicates that "Louisa Hastings daughter of Daniel & Chloe Hastings was born in Adair Co. Ken. Aug. 15 1811."  This Louisa married Thomas T. Green on September 22, 1829.  The 1850 census record for Louisa Green suggests that she was born earlier than 1811, but the 1860 census allows for this 1811 birth date.

On the 1850 Federal census her name was given as Louisa and on the 1860 census her name was Eliza.  Eliza was a nickname for Louisa.

Source:  Family Bible record handed down through the Thomas Taylor Green family.


1812
 

Birth of Daniel's Daughter, Polly:  According to the 1850 census, Polly (Mary) Vermillion, wife of Matthew Vermillion, was 38 years old and was born in KY.

Source:  Matthew Vermillion census record on page 223 of 1850 Federal Census for Sangamon County, IL.


1815
September 11

Daniel Haston Attests to Amy Skaggs Marriage Note:  Amy Skaggs, sister of Chloe Skaggs, married John Johnston on September 12, 1815.  Amy's father, Archibald Skaggs, signed a note on September 11, 1815 granting her permission.  Daniel (Danel) Haston and Charles Skaggs witnessed Archibald Skaggs' note.

Source:  Adair County, KY Marriage Records; available in public library in Columbia, KY.


1820
 

Adair County, KY Federal Census:  No one with a name even similar to "Daniel Haston" appeared on the 1820 census for Adair County, KY.  It seems that Daniel Haston was either dead by the time the census taker came to his area or he was very ill and was living with someone else at the time of the census data collection.  He died sometime between June 6, 1820 and August 10, 1820.

Source:  1820 Federal Census for Adair County, KY.


1820
June 6

August 10

September 4

Daniel Haston Adair County, KY Will:  The Adair County, KY Daniel Haston filed his last will and testament at this time.  The fact that he did not make the trip to the courthouse to sign the will, would seem to indicate that he was very ill at the time the will was made.  As noted below, he died shortly after this will was written.  According to his will, Daniel Haston had four "surviving" daughters in 1820:  Eliza (nickname for Louisa), Elizabeth, Polly (nickname for Mary), and Peggy (nickname for Margaret).  Only Eliza was mentioned as an heir in the 1832 will of Daniel's father-in-law, Archibald Skaggs.  Perhaps Eliza was the only (surviving) daughter of Daniel, whose mother was Chloe Skaggs (daughter of Archibald Skaggs).  Perhaps the other three daughters were born to a second wife of Daniel Haston.
 
In the name of God Amen.  I Daniel Haston of the County of Adair and State of Kentucky do make and ordain and declare this instrument of writing to be my last will and testament.  Revoking all others.  All my Debts are to be punctually paid, and the legacies herein after bequeathed are to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit, and in the manner directed.  It is my wish and desire for my executor after my decease to act as following viz.  All of my real and personal estate immediately after my decease are to be sold, the land to be sold on a credit which shall be at the discretion of my executor, which I think proper to appoint Archibald Skagg Senr. either private or public sale as he may think it most advantageous to my estate.  The proceeds of my estate It is my wish and desire for it to be equally divided between my four surviving heirs of my body viz. Eliza Haston, Elizabeth Haston, Polly Haston, Peggy Haston.  Wherein the above being wrote agreeable to my wish and desire I freely permit to have my name assigned in the presence of the underneath witnesses this 6th day of June 1820.
 
Test.
W.H. Tinsley
David Calawell
Jubal Turner
Edward Tinsley
State of Kentucky} Set.
Adair County

Daniel Haston

At a county court continues and held for the county aforesaid on Tuesday the 10th day of August 1820.  This last will and testament of Daniel Haston deceased was exhibitted in court & partly proven by the oath of William Tinsley a subscribing witness which thereto ordered to be certified.  And at a county court began and held at the courthouse for the county afsd. on Monday the 4th day of September 1820 the said will was further and fully proven by the oath of Edward Tinsley a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Archibald Skaggs the executor named in said will who made oath as the law directs the execution of said will was granted him, he having executed and acknowledged bond in the penal sum of $500 with James Flarnay [Flernoy?] his security conditioned as the law directs.

Attest Wm. Patterson DClerk

 

Sources:  Pages 75-76 of Adair County, KY Will Book C, Volume 1 (available at Columbia, KY courthouse).

Also, see pages 180 & 181 of Adair County, KY County Court Minutes, Book D and  (available at Columbia, KY courthouse).


1820
September 9

Appraisal of Daniel Haston's Estate:  Robert Calawell, John Ingram, & Edward Tinsley appraised Daniel Haston's estate inventory.  It was valued at approximately $90.
 

Source:  Page 100 of Adair County, KY Will Book C, Volume 1 (available at Columbia, KY courthouse).


1820
September 30

Estate Sale List from Daniel Haston's Estate:  Apparently, Daniel Haston's estate sale was conducted on this date.  It was not examined and recorded in the will book until the September term of 1821.  These men were listed as having purchased items from the estate sale:
  • Isaac Johnson*
  • David Lemons / Lemon / Lemmons**
  • Jubil Turner
  • Jacob Lemmons*
  • James Florney / Flourny / Flournoy / Flerney***
  • Old Ceasar
  • David Calawell
  • Edmund Tinsley
  • William Tinsley
  • Archibald Skaggs
  • Payton / Peyton Chapman

*Isaac Johnson married Sarah Skaggs, daughter of Archibald Skaggs.  Thus, he and Daniel Haston married sisters.  (Source: "Skaggs" family file in in public library at Columbia, KY.)

**David and Jacob Lemons were step brothers of Chloe Skaggs.  Archibald Skaggs married widow Barbara Ann Steward Lemons (formerly wife of Abraham Lemons) on August 24, 1801 in Green County, KY.  Jacob and David were two of Barbara's seven children by Abraham Lemons.  (Source: Ancestry.com record contributed by Paula Jones.) 

Two daughters of Abraham Hiestend married into the Lemmon family.  Magdalene Hiestend / Hiestand married John Lemmon on February 14, 1800 in Green County, KY and Elizabeth Hiestend / Hiestand married Rudian Lemmon on February 14, 1800 in Green County, KY.  Their daughter, Elizabeth Lemmon married Moses Skaggs on February 14, 1821.

***James Flournoy married Jane Skaggs, daughter of Archibald Skaggs.  Thus, he and Daniel Haston married sisters.  (Source: "Skaggs" family file in in public library at Columbia, KY.)

Source:  Pages 101 of Adair County, KY Will Book C, Volume 1 (available at Columbia, KY courthouse).


1821
September 3

Inventory of Daniel Haston's Estate:  The following entry appears in the Adair County, KY court minutes for this date:
 
An inventory and appraisement of the estate of Daniel Haston deceased was returned, examined and ordered to be recorded.

Source:  Page 247 of Adair County, KY Court Minutes, Book D (available at Columbia, KY courthouse).


1825
December 3

Daniel Haston Estate Sale Examined:  More than five years after Daniel Haston died, his estate settlement account, executed by Archibald Skaggs, was examined by county officials.  The general inventory had been sold for $105.97 and his land was sold for $150.00.  Archibald Skaggs, Daniel Haston's father-in-law and executor of his estate, received $61.13 for "burying expenses and trouble," $3.97 1/2 for 1820 & 1821 clerks fees paid, $5.00 for "E & E levels account proven," and $2.50 for attorney fee.
 

Source:  Page 254 of Adair County, KY Will Book C, Volume 1.  (available at Columbia, KY courthouse)


1829
September 22

White County, TN Marriage of LouisaLouisa Hastings (Haston) married Thomas Taylor Green on this date in White County, TN.  The Justice of the Peace who married them was David Hastings, Esq.  This was undoubtedly the senior Daniel Haston's son, David Haston, who was a White County Justice of the Peace at this time.  This marriage record clearly connects the Daniel Haston of Adair County, KY to the senior Daniel Haston family of White County, TN.  The exact relationship between the KY "Daniel" and the White County, TN Haston family is yet to be determined, for sure.

Source:  Family Bible record handed down through the Thomas Taylor Green family.

According to one Thomas Taylor Green family researcher, Louisa Haston Green was born August 15, 1811 in Adair County, KY (from the family Bible record) and died March 18, 1884.  Thomas T. Green was born September 23, 1808 in KY (from the family Bible record) and died April 17, 1885.  Thomas T. Green was the son of John Green, born March 16, 1775 in SC and died at an unknown time and place.  He married "Martha," who was born July 28, 1788 in SC and died November 25, 1826.  Thomas T. Green had one brother and three sisters:

  1. Robert Green, born July 30, 1804 and died at an unknown time and place.
  2. Sarah Green, born September 30, 1806 and died at an unknown time and place.
  3. Jane Green, born April 20, 1811 and died at an unknown time and place.
  4. Nancy Green, born June 28, 1813 and died at an unknown time and place.

Census records indicate that Thomas T. & Louisa (Eliza) Haston Green moved to Alabama sometime after their 1829 marriage in White County, TN.  But just when and exactly where they first moved is a bit unclear.  For example, the 1850 record seems to indicate (by the birth places of their children) that they remained in Tennessee until about 1840.  However, census records for other years seem to contradict that and suggest that they moved to Alabama shortly after their marriage.

  • 1830 census:  Lawrence County, AL (or still somewhere in TN?  See below.)
Thomas Green on 1832 White County, TN Tax List
The 1832 tax records for White County, TN indicate that a "Thomas Green" lived (but owned no land) in the same tax district where David Haston lived.  Since there was no "Thomas Green" in that area prior to 1829, it would be logical to assume that this was the man who married Louisa Haston.  The 1829-1831 tax lists, for that area, do not exist today, so it is not possible to know if Thomas Green lived there from the time of his marriage.  1833 and following White County, TN tax records do not mention Thomas Green in this district.
  • 1840 census:  Limestone County, AL (or still somewhere in TN?)
  • 1850 census:  Thomas T. Green's household record appears on page 211 of the Franklin Co, AL census.  He was a farmer.  He (age 42) and Louisa (reported to have been age 40) were both said to have been born in KY.  If the young people (ages 7-20) included in their household were their children, then it would appear that Thomas & Louisa lived in Tennessee until about 1840, at which time they moved to AL. (However, other census records contradict TN births for these children.)  There was a twelve year old female in the house, Sarah Ellmore/Ellmose.  Was she their daughter?  Note:  Martha (age 20) is mentioned as being a part of the Thomas T. Green household and, in the household recorded above that of Thomas T. Green, as the wife of Kenneth Vuncannon.  The record indicates that she had been married during the year of the census.  Her entry in the Green household indicates that she was born in AL, but her entry in the Vuncannon household indicates that she was born in TN.  In view of the birthplaces of her next three oldest siblings, it would appear that she was indeed born in TN.
Thomas T. Green - Franklin County, AL Federal Census Records

  • 1858 land purchases:  Thomas T. Green purchased 40.09 acres in one tract on March 1, 1858 and 239.45 acres in another tract on the same date.  These were cash sale entries.  (Sources:  Alabama Land Records, documents 24571 & 24061; entered in the Huntsville, AL land office)
  • 1860 census:  Thomas T. Green's household record appears on page 653 of the Franklin Co, AL census.  He was a farmer.  His real estate was valued at $1000 and his personal estate was valued at $250.  His wife's name was given as "Eliza," which is a nickname for Louisa.  Thomas was listed as being 51 years old and Eliza was stated to have been 48 years old.
  • 1870 census:  In Colbert County, AL, formed prior to 1870 from Franklin Co, AL, Thomas Green's house was number 107, located in the Leighton District.  Thomas Green (born in TN) was 62 years old, Eliza (born in TN) was reported to have been 60 years old, Eliza Rambo (born in AL) was 35 years old, Adline (born in AL) was 14, Kenny (born in AL) was 8.  Kinny and Martha Vuncannon and their children were living in house number 106.  Martha was the oldest daughter of Thomas & Louisa (Eliza).  (Source: 1870 Colbert County, AL census; taken July 20, 1870)
  • 1880 census:  T.T. Green appeared on this Colbert County, AL census.  He (born in KY) was 71 years old.  Eliza (born in KY) was reported to be 67 years old.  A grandson, Richard (age 20) was living with them.  (Source: 1880 Colbert County, AL census, Leighton District)

According to one Thomas Taylor Green researcher, there were seven children born to Thomas T. & Louisa (Eliza) Haston Green:

  1. Martha Jane Green, born September 20, 1830 in TN and died unknown.  She married Kenneth Vuncannon in 1847 in Franklin County, AL.  He was born about 1825 in NC and died at an unknown time and place.
  2. Mary (Polly) Ann Green, born June 15, 1832 in TN and died at an unknown time and place.  She married James Saint in about 1850 in Franklin County, AL.  He was born November 23, 1823 in Franklin County, AL and died at an unknown time and place.
  3. Margarett Elizabeth Green, born August 25, 1834 in TN and died at an unknown time and place.  She married a Mr. Rambo, whose birth and death date and place are unknown.
  4. John C. Green was born in about 1836 in AL and his time and place of death are unknown.
  5. Sarah Ellmose Green was born about 1838 in AL and her time and place of death is unknown.
  6. Robert R. Green was born about 1840 in AL.  His time and place of death are unknown.  He married "Nancy J," who was born about 1850 in AL and her time and place of death are unknown.
  7. Ambrose H. Green was born October 15, 1844 in AL and died January 18, 1910 and is buried in Hodges Chapel Cemetery in Prentiss County, MS.  He married Nancy Emiline Gwynne in 1867 in Franklin County, AL, who was born February 1847 in AL and died November 5, 1931 and is buried in Hodges Chapel Cemetery in Prentiss County, MS.

1830
November 18

Marriage of Daniel's Daughter, Polly*:  Polly Heston married Matthew Vermillion on this date.  Her "guardian," William Dudley, signed a consent for her.  Nicholas C. Robertson witnessed the document. 

Apparently, this William Dudley was appointed to be Polly's "guardian" when her father, Daniel Haston, died in 1820.  Who was this William Dudley and what was his relationship to the Adair County, KY Haston family?  A man by this name purchased 200 acres on Russell Creek (where Daniel Haston's land was located) on January 10, 1798.  The land was, at that time, in Green County, KY.  Adair County was formed from Green County a couple of years later.  (Source:  Green County, KY, Book 2; Also, page 303 of The Kentucky Land Grants, volume 1, part 1, chapter IV "Grants South of Green River [1797-1866]"; The Counties of Kentucky)  He also purchased one acre on August 15, 1829 on the fork of Russell Creek in Adair County.  (Source: Adair County, KY, Book Y;  Also, page 536 of The Kentucky Land Grants, volume 1, part 1, chapter VI "Kentucky Land Warrants [1816-1873]"; The Counties of Kentucky).

  • 1800 census for Green County, KY (from which Adair County derived in 1802):  There was a William Dudley living in Green County at that time.
  • 1810 census (page 6) for Adair County, KY:  There was a William Dudley living in Green County at that time (1 male, 16-25; 1 male, 45 or over; 1 female, 16-25; 4 slaves).  (Source:  Page 6 of 1810 census for Adair Co, KY)
  • 1820 census:  There is no William Dudley on the Adair County, KY census.  A person by that name appears on the Green County census, but the ages of the household members do not seem to match the other (Adair County) William Dudley families.  (Source:  Page 79 of 1820 census for Green Co, KY)
  • 1830 census:  There is no William Dudley on the Adair or Green County, KY census records.
  • 1840 census:  There was a William Dudley on the Adair County, KY census.  He was in the 70-80 age range.  A female, in the 60-70 age range, was also in the household.  (Source:  Page 17 of 1840 census for Adair Co, KY)
  • According to the 1850 census for Adair County, KY there was a William & Sarah Dudley in that county.  He was 90 years old and Sarah was 77.  William was a farmer who owned $6000 worth of real estate.  Both William and Sarah were born in VA.  (Source:  Page 26 of 1850 census for Adair Co, KY)
  • More information on William Dudley.

Question:  If Polly Haston (Heston) had been the daughter of Chloe Skaggs Haston, would she not have been assigned to someone in the Skaggs family (such as Archibald Skaggs)?  This may indicate that she was, indeed, the daughter of a second wife of Daniel Haston.

According to one researcher (Sheri S. Olson), Matthew Vermillion was born in 1805 in Amherst County, VA.  He was the son of Robert Vermillion (b: 26 MAR 1785 in Amherst Co, VA) and Nancy Martha McGlasson (b: ABT 1786 in VA?).  This record also indicates that he married "Polly Dudley" (apparently from the fact that William Dudley was Polly Haston's guardian).

In 1850, Matthew and Mary (Polly) Vermillion were living about 200 miles southwest of Chicago in Sangamon County, IL.  Abraham Lincoln lived in the city of Springfield in this county at a later date.  Source:  Matthew Vermillion census record on page 223 of 1850 Federal Census for Sangamon County, IL

According to the birth dates and places of their children, they had been in Illinois some where between 10-14 years.  Matthew Vermillion purchased 4000 acres at $500 per acre on October 20, 1854.  Source:  Page 048 of Volume 819 of the  Illinois Public Land Purchase Records, via. Ancestry.com.

*Source:  Page 117 of Marriage Records of Adair County, KY 1802-1840, compiled by Ruth Paul Burdette (1975).


1832
June 1

Archibald Skaggs Adair County, KY Will:  Daniel Haston, and daughter Eliza (nickname for Louisa), were mentioned in the will of Archibald Skaggs, Senior.  Eliza only inherited $1.00.  Apparently, Archibald Skaggs (father-in-law of the late Daniel Haston) owed Daniel Haston's heirs some money too, from an unpaid debt.  According to Daniel's 1820 will, he had four surviving daughters at that time.  Why is only Eliza mentioned as Daniel's heir in the 1832 Archibald Skaggs will?  Perhaps she was the only daughter of Daniel born to Archibald Skaggs' daughter, Chloe Skaggs.  Perhaps the others were born to a second wife of Daniel Haston.
 
In the name of God Amen.
I Archibald Skaggs, Senr. of Adair County & State of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound sense & do publish this my last will and Testament in the
manner following first it is my desire that my beloved Wife Barbara Skaggs live on and occupy the farm where she now lives during her natural life
also to possess all my estate both real & personal during her life time.
I desire to be sold after my decease so much of my personal property as
will pay my just debts also my sons Charles and Archibald to occupy the
land they now live on and my son Thomas to live with and take care of his
mother as long as she lives & keep all my property together & after her
death I want the land to be Equally divided between my three sons (viz)
Charles Archibald & Thomas Skaggs to be divided in such a manner as for each one to possess the same land he now occupys Thomas to have his part where his Mother lives including house spring orchard &c I wish the negroes to remain in the possession of my wife dureing her life time and at her death I want Sam to be liberated and Made free I want Delph and her & her increase to be given to my daughters Rachel & Malinda Equally Between the two & if one of them die without an heir the sd. Delph & increase is to be the property of the surviving one to my son Thomas my Daughters Rachel & Malinda to Each one I give one bed & furniture one cow & calf to Each I give to my son Thomas one Bay horse
caled Bluster, also the Bluster filly I give to my Daughter Rachel one gray
mare I give to my Daughter Melinda Comets colt which property they are to
receive now to Lewis Tomlin I give one sorrel colt which he is to have when
he becomes twenty one years old And after that if he remains with his
Grandmother I wish him to have one bed & furniture and receive some part of
the crop for his servises after the death of my wife it is my desire for all my remaining property such as stock, farming tools, house hold furniture &c to be sold and the money Equally Divided among all my children I also confirm the gift to Daniel Heiston; Heir Eliza Haston of one Dollar it is my desire that after the death of my wife the negro boy named George shall be the property of my son Thomas to be possessed by him for him any use benefit in consequence of his paying ninety Dollars which I owe to Daniel Haston heirs and all other just debts due from me I appoint Thomas H. Gaines, my sons Charles & Thomas Skaggs Executors to this my last will and Testament
In witness whereof I have this 1st day of June 1832 set my hand and seal.
 
  Archibald his x mark Skaggs {Seal}

Witness:
Thomas H. Gaines
James A. Richardson
Muitt Hamilton

State of Kentucky & Adair County Sct.
At a County Court began & held for the said County the Courthouse in
Columbia on Monday the 6th day of May 1833 This last will & Testament of
Archibald Skaggs dec'd. was produced in Court and proven in due form of
law by the oaths of Meit Hamilton & James A. Richardson subscribeing
witneses there to and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Charles
Skaggs & Thomas Skaggs two of the Executors therein named the execution of
the said will was granted them they having taken the oath required by law
& executed & acknowledged bond in the final sum of two thousand Eight
hundred Dollars with Thomas H. Gaines & William H Tinsley their securities
conditioned as the law directs.
Test Wm. Caldwell, C.A.C.C.

 

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Source:  Pages 654-655 of Adair County, KY Will Book C, Volume 2.  (available at Columbia, KY courthouse)