On 10 June 2010, I was able to spend a whole day at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., searching their newspaper collections for mention of ancestors. Many of these items were excerpted in the search and the full articles not downloaded. I’m posting them in hopes that they may be of some use to others even if they are not helpful to our own family history research.

I did a search on the Killen name, and found many entries mentioning William Killen of Kent County, Delaware. My ancestor, William Killen, father of Nancy Killen who married Leasil Stone in Kentucky, may be the son of this William Killen. So far as I know, documentation of that relationship has not been found, so I am posting this in additional hopes that if anyone has such documentation, they would share it:

The Pennsylvania Gazette April 14, 1757
SCHEME Of a LOTTERY for raising 500 Pieces of Eight for
(not the Full Article)
Document 7 of 23 (1 hit)
….this Lottery, viz. John Vining, John Clayton, Caesar Rodney, and Thomas Irons, Esquires, and William Smyth and William Killen , Gent. who are to give Bond jointly and severally, and….

The Pennsylvania Gazette July 8, 1762
(not the Full Article)
Document 16 of 23 (1 hit)
Philadelphia; Samuel Kerr, Pennsylvania;
John Kelly, Cumberland county;
John Kitten, Hugh Kennan, and Hugh Karnan, in Chester county;
William Killen , Kent county;
John Killcrist, Paxton township;
Thomas Kilmichael, Susquehannah;

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 11, 1764
(not the Full Article)
Document 17 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, John Vining, John Caton, Caesar Rodney, William Killen , John Barnes, Vincent Lockerman.
Sheriffs, Thomas Collins, James WElls.
Coroners, Matthew

Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: April 11, 1765
Title: TO be sold at public Vendue, at Dover, in Kent County, upon
TO be sold at public Vendue, at Dover, in Kent County, upon Delaware, on Wednesday the 15th of May next, the following Tracts of Land, lately belonging to James Gorrell, of said County, viz. One Tract of Land, containing about 90 Acres of Upland, and 41 Acres of March, being the Plantation the said Gorrell now lives on, upon JonesCreek, on which there is a good Dwelling house, four Rooms on a Floor, a Store house and Wharff, being a convenient Situation for a Store. One other Tract of Land, containing about 280 Acres, within Half a Mile of the above mentioned Plantation, about 100 Acres cleared, the rest Woodland, well timbered and watered. One other Tract of Land, containing about 125 Acres, situate in the Forrest of Murtherkill Hundred, in said Country, distant 9 Miles from Dover, on which there is Log house, about 10 Acres cleared and Half of said Land may be made good Meadow, being very rich Swamp. Also two Thirds of one other Tract of Land, near adjoining the last mentioned containing 103 Acres in the whole, on which there are two Log houses, about 40 Acres cleared, and some rich Swamp on it. Six Months Credit to be given the Purchasers, without Interest giving good Security, if required. The Titles to all the above Tract of Land are indisputable. Any Persons inclining to purchase before the Day of Sale, may be further informed, by applying to WILLIAM KILLEN , Esq; in Dover, or to SAMUEL PURVIANCE, JOHN SHEE, and JOHN WIKOFF, in Philadelphia, Assignees to said Gorrell.

The Pennsylvania Gazette May 25, 1769
To be SOLD, by public VENDUE, On the 15th day of June next,
(not the Full Article)
Document 3 of 23 (1 hit)
To be SOLD, by public VENDUE, On the 15th day of June next, at the house of Robert Wilds, at the Cross Roads, near Salisbury, FOUR valuable tracts of land, situate in Duck Creek Hundred, and county of Kent, upon Delaware, viz. One tract containing 100 acres, on PearmanBranch, and Gravelly Run, adjoining said Cross Roads, which may be laid out in convenient lots another tract containing 150 acres, adjoining lands of William Killen , Esq; another tract called Newberry, containing 400 acres; and one other tract, containing 209 acres, called Golden Grove. An indisputable title will be made. The sale to begin at 10 oon said day, when attendance will be given by DAVID FINNEY, and JOHN BELL.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 12, 1769
(not the Full Article)
Document 21 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, John Vining, Caesar Rodney, William Killen , John Clark, Thomas Collins, Caleb Luff.
Sheriffs, James Wells, John Cook.
Coroners, Jonathan Sipple, Nimrod Maxwell.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 11, 1770
(not the Full Article)
Document 8 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County.
Representatives, John Vining, Charles Ridgley, Caesar Rodney, Vincent Lockerman, William Killen , John Haslett.
Sheriffs, James Caldwell, Philip Barret.
Coroners, John Smithers, Jonathan Sipple.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 10, 1771
(not the Full Article)
Document 18 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, William Killen , Vincent Lockerman, John Banning, John Haslett, Charles Ridgely, Edward Fisher.
Sheriffs, James Caldwell, Philip Barret.
Coroners, John Smithers, Absalom Stradley.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 7, 1772
(not the Full Article)
Document 22 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, William Killen , Charles Ridgley, Caesar Rodney, Vincent Lockerman, John Haslet, John Banning.
Sheriffs, Philip Barrat, John Cook.
Coroners, Caleb Furby, Thomas Kirkley.
Sussex County. Representatives, Levin Crapper, Thomas Robinson, John Clowes, Benjamin Burton, David Hall, Stephen Townshend.
Sheriffs, Peter Robinson, Dorman Lofland.
Coroners, David Train, Thomas Carey, junior.

Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: October 6, 1773
Title: PHILADELPHIA, October 6.
PHILADELPHIA, October 6. JOHN PENN, Esquire, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania, and Counties of New Castle, Kent and Sussex, on Delaware,


WHEREAS it appears, by sundry Affidavits, taken before one of the Judges of the Province of New Jersey, that JOSEPH RICHARDSON, late of the County of Philadelphia, and a certain SAMUEL FORD, stand charged with feloniously forging and counterfeiting the Bills of Credit of this Province, and passing the same, to the great Injury of His Majestyliege Subjects. AND WHEREAS the Endeavours hitherto used for apprehending them have been ineffectual, and it is highly expedient, for the Discouragement of such pernicious and atrocious Crimes, that the said Joseph Richardson, and Samuel Ford, should be brought to condign and exemplary Punishment; I HAVE therefore thought fit, with the Advice of the Council, to issue this my Proclamation, hereby promising and engaging, that the public Reward of THREE HUNDRED POUNDS, shall be paid to any Person or Persons, who shall apprehend the said Joseph Richardson, and safely deliver him to the Sheriff of the City and County of Philadelphia, in the Goal of the said County; and also, that the like Reward of THREE HUNDRED POUNDS, will be paid to any Person or Persons, who shall apprehend the said Samuel Ford, and deliver him to the said Sheriff, in the same Goal.
AND I DO hereby strictly charge, enjoin and require all Judges, Justices, Sheriffs, Constables, and all other His Majestyfaithful and liege Subjects within my Government, to make diligent Search and Enquiry after the said Joseph Richardson, and Samuel ford, and to use their utmost Endeavours to apprehend and secure them, so that they may be brought to Justice.

GIVEN under my Hand, and the Great Seal of the said Province of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, the Fourth Day of October, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy three, and in the Thirteenth Year of His MajestyReign.


By His HonourCommand, JOSEPH SHIPPEN, jun. Secretary.


In ASSEMBLY, September 28, 1773.

Upon Motion,

THE Petitions of Matthew Clarkson, John Morris, James Trueman, Richard Mason, and Joshua Humphreys, were again read, and being severally put to the Vote, it was resolved, by a great Majority, that the said Joshua Humphreys be, and is hereby accordingly appointed the Officer, for putting into Execution the Act, intituled, An Act to prevent the Exportation of bad and unmerchantable Staves, Heading, Boards and Timber, &c.

Extract from the Journals, A True CopyCHARLES MOORE,

Clerk of Assembly.

During the last Session of GENERAL ASSEMBLY, the following Laws were passed, viz.

An ACT to prevent counterfeiting the Paper Money of other Colonies.

An ACT for the Relief of Samuel Sweet, a languishing Prisoner in the Goal of Philadelphia; and Thomas Bamford, a languishing Prisoner in the Goal of Lancaster County, with respect to the Imprisonment of their Persons.

An ACT for the Support of the Government of this Province, and Payment of the Public Debts. Friday last being the Anniversary Election throughout this Province for Representatives, Sheriffs, 7c. the following Gentlemen were chosen, viz.

Philadelphia County. Representatives, Henry Pawling, Michael Hillegas, Joseph Parker, Israel Jacobs, George Gray, Samuel Rhoads, Jonathan Roberts, Samuel Miles. Sheriffs, William Dewees, Joseph Stiles. Coroners, John Knight, Thomas Say. Commissioner, Edward Duffield. Assessors, John Knorr, Joseph Hillborn, Peter Dehaven, Jacob Umstead, Jacob Spencer, Ellis Lewis.

Philadelphia City. Burgesses, Thomas Mifflin, Benjamin Franklin. Wardens, William Pollard, John Morton. Street Commissioners, Owen Biddle, Joseph Allen. Assessors, William Calliday, Gunning Bedford, Daniel Dupuy, William Lowndes, Samuel Davis, Frederick Kuhl.

Bucks County. Representatives, Benjamin Chapman, Joseph Ellicott, John Foulke, John Brown, Henry Krewson, Peter Shepherd, Joseph Galloway, William Rodman.
Sheriffs, Samuel Biles, John Thornton, Coroners, George Fell, Joseph Harvey.
Commissioner, Paul Preston. Assessors, Gerardus Wynkoop, John Haney, Nathaniel Roberts, Thomas Wilson, Joseph Milner, Benjamin Hampton.

Chester County. Representatives, Charles Humphreys, Benjamin Bartholomew, Isaac Pearson,
John Jacobs, John Morton, John Minshall, James Gibbons, Joseph Pennock. Sheriffs,
Nathaniel Vernon, Henry Hayes. Coroners, John Bryan, William Kerlin. Commissioner, Thomas Lewis.
Assessors, John Crawford, William Montgomery, William Evans, Jacob Berry, Thomas Tucker, Caleb Davis.

Lancaster County. Representatives, Joseph Ferree, James Webb, George Rois, Matthias Slough.
Sheriffs, John Ferree, George Hoofnagle.
Coroners, Samuel Boys, Paul Zantsinger.
Commissioner, Alexander Martin, Assessors, Joseph Shearer, Valentine Brenisen, Michael Wither, Everard Michael, Thomas Clark, James Cunningham.

Berks County. Representatives, Edward Biddle, Henry Christ. Sheriffs, George Nagel, Henry Vanderslice.
Coroners, Peter Brecht, James Whitehead, junior. Commissioner, Samuel High.
Assessors, John Jones, Thomas Kurr, John Kerlin, Daniel High, John Heckert, John Spoon.

Northampton County. Representatives, William Edmunds. Sheriffs, Henry Fuller, Abraham Labar.
Coroners, Samuel Rea, Jonas Hartzell. Commissioner, Peter Burkhalter.
Assessors, Melchior Hay, Lawrence Hartman, Thomas Everitt, George Plank, William McNair,
John Greesamore.

New Castle County. Representatives, Thomas McKean, John Evans, John McKinly, James Latimer,
George Read, Alexander Porter.
Sheriffs, John Thompson, John Armstrong. Coroners, Robert Bail, Joseph Stidham.

Kent County. Representatives, Charles Ridgely, William Killen , Caesar Rodney, John Haslet,
John Clark, Thomas Collins.
Sheriffs, john Cook, Philip Barret. Coroners, Calib Furby, Joseph Prior.

(The Remainder of the Elections will be in our next.)

Yesterday, at a Meeting of the COMMON COUNCIL, WILLIAM FISHER, Esq was chosen Mayor
of this City for the ensuing Year.

Captain Richardson, arrived at New York from Chatham, on the 5th ult. in Lat. 40, Long. 27 : 41, spoke with Capt. Brown, from Virginia for Glasgow.

On Friday Morning departed this Life, after a tedious and lingering Illness, Mr. PETER STEWART, late of the Island of Jamaica, and on Sunday his Remains were decently interred in the Pine Street Meeting House Yard, where they were respectfully attended by a very great Number of the inhabitants of this City.

On Thursday, the 23d of September, departed this Life, at Dover, in Kent County, in the 37th Year of her Age, and after a painful Illness, Mrs. REBECCA KILLEN , the Wife of WILLIAM KILLEN , Esq; of that Town, to the irreparable Loss of a disconsolate husband, and a numerous, distressed Family: And on Saturday following her Remains were decently interred in the Presbyterian Burying ground there. Possessed of a mild and amiable Disposition, which was early cultivated by a virtuous Education, she appeared on the Stage of Life universally respected, as she has now retired from it equally lamented. – As a Wife, she excelled in all that is dutiful and affectionate; as a Parent, was tender and indulgent to an uncommon Degree; as a Mistress, governed by the Laws of Kindness and Humanity; and as a Neighbour, was courteous and obliging to all. Nor was she inattentive to the important Duties she owed to her God and Saviour; but manifested the Sense she had of Religion, by assiduous Endeavours to promote it in her Family, especially in the Minds of her rising offspring, who have Reason long to remember her affectionate Counsels, respecting their eternal Interest, as well as their discreet and virtuous Behaviour in the World. Deeply impressed with the Loss of so much Goodness, her Children rise up, and call her blessed; her Husband also, and he praiseth her.
[This is the end of a lengthy entry, dated October 6, 1773 – see above]

The Pennsylvania Gazette August 3, 1774
(not the Full Article)
Document 19 of 23 (1 hit)
Then William Killen and Richard Basset, Esquires, gave a summary view of natural and constitutional rights, entered into a discussion of the charter privileges of the colonies; and confirmed their doctrine by very satisfactory illustrations from some of the most approved civilians; from Magna Charta – the Bill of Rights, and other established authorities.

The Pennsylvania Gazette January 10, 1776
(not the Full Article)
Document 9 of 23 (1 hit)
On the 23d ult. a day remarkably cold and gloomy, Miss REBECCA KILLEN , the third daughter of WILLIAM KILLEN , Esq; of Dover, in the sixteenth year of her age, walked out, a little before noon, to a neighbouring house about a quarter of a mile distant from the town. The minute she entered the door, and approached to the fire, so extremely had the chilness of the air affected her, that she sunk down in a fainting posture. As soon as it was practicable, she was conveyed home; retaining yet some symptoms of life, which did not indeed entirely disappear for ten or eleven hours after. During all this time, every method and appliance was made use of that two very skillful physicians attending could devise – while hope and deep Anxiety stood looking on; – but all appliances and means proved ineffectual. – Endued with a temper meek and exceeding kind; possessing a share of prudence and discretion above her years; having a peculiar happy turn for retirement and sweet domestic usefulness; she delighted to fulfil the pious duties of a Daughter, and all the Sisterendearing offices. – Called off so early – so very unexpectedly, from this her tender department! now wonder, if the loss of such a one should be lamented. – But still, this consolation the dear departed Innocent hath left for her afflicted father, and the remaining children of the family – the memory of her blooming virtues.

The Pennsylvania Packet November 10, 1778
(not the Full Article)
Document 2 of 23 (3 hits)
THE subscribercharacter having been injured by several false and scandalous reports, propagated by interested and disaffected persons, touching some barley purchased by him in the Lower Counties, and particularly that he had been committed to prison by the Chief Justice of the State: he thinks it his duty to acquaint the public, that a full enquiry having been made into his conduct by the Chief Justice, William Killen , Esq; he was honourably discharged, and has obtained the following certificates.

THESE may certify all whom it may concern, That I William Killen , Chief Justice of the Delaware State, have this first day of November, Anno Domini 1778, heard and determined upon a matter of complaint against Colonel Francis Wade, for taking with force and arms, and strong hand, a large quantity of barley, the property of John Bell, Junior, of Kent County aforesaid, yeoman, found in a certain store house at Little Creek landing, in the said County, and having examined divers witnesses for and against the said Francis Wade, have adjudged, that no criminal prosecution can be maintained against him for taking the said barley, he claiming property in the same, and it being sufficiently proved before me, that he the said Francis Wade, had the sole, lawful and actual possession of the said store house, at the time of his causing the said barley to be removed from thence.


The Pennsylvania Gazette April 21, 1779
(not the Full Article)
Document 14 of 23 (1 hit)
At a Court of Oyer and Terminer, and General Goal Delivery, held at New Castle on the 10th instant, before the Hon. William Killen , David Finney and John Josser, Esquires, Justices of the Delaware State, Frederick Vert was indicted for High Treason, and acquitted Jacob Stroad was indicted for passing counterfeit Forty Dollar Bills, of the emission of April 11, 1778, knowing them to be such, and acquitted; and Joseph Judson was indicted and found guilty of High Treason, and sentenced agreeable to the Laws of England in cases of High Treason.

The Pennsylvania Gazette July 12, 1786
WILMINGTON (Delaware) June 28. The General Assembly of this
(not the Full Article)
Document 4 of 23 (1 hit)
The General Assembly of this state broke up on Saturday last. —
We understand that the question regarding the paper money was warmly agitated —
that it was proposed to issue 21,000 l. and upon calling the yeas and nays, there were twelve of the former in favour of the measure, and six of the later opposed to it —
So that it was carried by a majority of six to issue the above sum; but the bill was rejected by a considerable majority of the council.
The commissioners appointed to meet those from Pennsylvania and Maryland, for the purpose of settling the propriety of cutting a canal between the bays of Delaware and Chesapeake, are the honourable William Killen , Gunning Bedford, John Jones, Robert Armstrong, and Eleazer McComb, Esq;

Collection: Pennsylvania Newspaper Record
Date: October 11, 1867
Title: Marriage
Marriage On the 26th ult., by Rev. A.W. Sproull, at the Parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church, JOHN KILLEN , to EMMA LOUISA CONGLETON, both of this city.

Many years ago, I was given a newspaper clipping about Captain Stone’s home. I have seen this home three times and been saddened each time to see how it has fallen from its once-loved state. The most recent time was a year ago this past spring. The house is almost completely surrounded by large trees so that it appears to be more of a dense grove than a building.

 I recently obtained permission from Chip Hutcheson, publisher of the Times Leader, current newspaper in Caldwell County, to use this clipping in my blog, since “articles that far back are not digitized.”

 I hope it provides some interesting information about Captain Stone that isn’t available elsewhere.

Caldwell County Times, Princeton, Kentucky – Thursday, March 22, 1979 (reprinted 13 March, 1980)

In the Neighborhood—

The Home of Capt. Stone

By Ann Kimmel

A little more than two miles out of Fredonia, in Lyon County, stands the long abandoned home of the one legged, politicking, neighboring confederate, the Honorable William J. Stone.

Standing tall against the horizon for more than one hundred years, the two story, red brick (the brick was fired at the Carr Pond in a field less than ½ mile away) house still stands stolidly against the spring rains. The porch has long since fallen into disuse. The doors now sway with the whims of the wind and the jagged windows now reflect a broken sky. Yet the cubicle at the end of the house still surveys the rich lush green of the Fredonia valley. The house itself still stands at attention, as though guarding the church and the cemetery down the lane.

  For in the New Bethel Church Cemetery lies the stone inscribed: William J. Stone; A Christian, a Soldier, A Statesman.

  It was here, on the homestead, that William Stone was born, on June 26, 1841. And here, he finally came to rest, in 1923. He was one of six children, born to Leasel Stone and Nancy Killen, of the valley. A short distance from the cemetery once stood the New Bethel School where young William Johnson Stone attended fourth grade in 1852. His early education was received in this neighborhood school and later he attended the Q. M. Tyler’s Collegiate Institute of Cadiz.

  At the beginning of the War Between the States, Stone enlisted under Captain Wilcox, First Kentucky Cavalry, and fought throughout the war for the Southern cause. Stone fought under General Forrest at the battle of Fort Donelson, was in the battle of Shiloh and the retreat to Corinth. He served for a while under Colonel Lyon with the 8th Kentucky Infantry and was with the celebrated John Morgan when he made his raid into Indiana and Ohio. On June 11, 1864, Stone was made a captain, by John Morgan, because of his proficiency in army tactics and valiant conduct in battle.

  In the battle of Cynthiana, Captain Stone was wounded in the leg and taken prisoner by the Federals. Always a Rebel, Stone attributes his recovery, after losing his leg, to the skills of the Confederate surgeon who was permitted to tend the wounded soldiers. The nurse who nursed him back to health was Cornelia Woodyard, of Cynthiana, who was later to become his wife. In 1865 Stone was paroled and returned home to make his home with his parents.

  In 1867 Captain Stone began his career in politics. He was elected to the State legislature hoping to actively reconcile the differences between the Federals and the Confederates. He served again in 1875, serving as speaker of the house. In 1883 he represented his district for the third time and was chosen chairman of the Committee on Penitentiaries. Along with General Lyon and Confederate General Simon Buckner, Stone used his influence to secure the location of the new state penitentiary for Eddyville. Always a Rebel, Stone wished to employ many of the southern sympathizers who were morally and financially ruined by the war. Many of the guards at the new penitentiary were Confederate veterans.

  Captain Stone was elected to the Forty-ninth congress of the United States in 1884. He defeated the Honorable Oscar Turner, who had served three terms. While serving in Congress, Stone “championed small farmers and businessmen. He felt that “the big bricks threatened the free enterprise of the country.” He was the first congressman to introduce legislature to control the trustism by making their organization illegal. Stone was also the first legislator to introduce legislation to elect senators by popular election.

  After retiring from the Capitol, Stone was appointed Kentucky Confederate Pension Commissioner. In 1915 he was elected Major General of the United Kentucky Confederate Veterans of the Kentucky Division.

  Until his death, at age 74, Captain Stone was active in business in Lyon County. He was associated with the Citizens Bank of Kuttawa with Ray Whitington (a miller) and Company, and served as president of the Lyon County Farmers Club. For years he farmed over 1,000 acres in the Fredonia valley.

  A Rebel to the very end, Stone was often seen stomping around western Kentucky in honor of the Confederate veterans. He was present in Princeton in 1912, along with other veterans, for the unveiling of the Confederate Veterans monument. And, he was seen politicking every year at the Jim Pierce Encampmennt picnic at Kuttawa Springs.

  The old homestead looms dark and silent now. Almost silent, except for the sound of someone stomping around in the library. Maybe, if the old house could speak, what stories we would hear of the one-legged, Rebel, Captain Stone.

 (copyright Ann Kimmel)

On 10 June 2010, I was able to spend a whole day at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., searching their newspaper collections for mention of ancestors. Many of these items were excerpted in the search and the full articles not downloaded. I’m posting them in hopes that they may be of some use to others even if they are not helpful to our own family history research.

This is what I found on the Crow name:

The Pennsylvania Gazette June 15, 1738
Custom-House, Philadelphia entries include Samuel Crow of the Sloop Speedwell from Rhode Island

The Pennsylvania Gazette June 4, 1761
mentions a George Crow in Wilmington (Delaware) as one of the sellers of a book, THE FARMER COMPANION by Abraham Milton of Kent County, Maryland

The Pennsylvania Gazette November 26, 1761
has an article about a three pound reward for items lost “between the Sign of the Red Lion and One Tun Tavern, in New Castle County” and which if found could be delivered to Walter Crow at the Sign of the Tun in Wilmington (among others) for the reward

The Pennsylvania Gazette January 6, 1763
Custom House, Philadelphia, entries include S. Crow of the Sloop Britannia from Rhode Island (may be the above-mentioned Samuel Crow)

The Pennsylvania Gazette August 9, 1764
“BY Virtue of a Writ to me directed, will be exposed to public Sale, on Saturday, the 18th Day of this instant August, at 3 o’Clock in the Afternoon, on the Premises, a certain Piece and Parcel of Marsh, situate in Brandywine Hundred, and County of New Castle, and in Cherry Island drained Marsh, containing 42 Acres; being late the Property of George Crow deceased, and taken in Execution by THOMAS DUFF, Sheriff.”

The Pennsylvania Gazette July 20, 1769
a Chester County notification about a public sale of land “adjoining Lands of Moses Crow” and others

The Pennsylvania Gazette August 11, 1784
another Chester County notification about a public sale of land “bounded by lands of …John Crow” and others

VILLAGE RECORD October 13, 1819 (in The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalog Collection)
“Death Notice At his residence near Marcus Hook, on Tuesday the 5th instant, after an illness of several months, at an advanced age, Mr. THOMAS CROW , Clock and Watch Maker.”

April 24, 1858
“SEVERE STORM.—We learn from the Petersburg Reporter that a heavy storm passed over a portion of Pike county last week, destroying the dwelling of Mr. Thompson, near Petersburg, and tearing down a number of other buildings in the vicinity. Mr. Crow , living about three miles from Winslow, had his house blown down, and everything in the shape of fencing blown off.”

“The Democrats of Pike county have nominated G. W. Massey for the Legislature, and James Crow for Treasurer.”

“—The following arrests have been made in Kentucky of prominent secessionists: James B. Clay, W. G. Overton, (formerly of the Courier,) John W. Griffith, H. G. Thornburn, Anderson McDowell, and F. Crow .”

Crows on a list of those attending a meeting in the Docker Township:
James Crow
Henry Crow
Sylvester Crow
Vincent M. Crow
Henry Crow
James Crow , sr.
Joseph Crow

Railroad Accident.
“A passenger and freight train on the Kentucky Central Railroad collided yesterday afternoon, five miles this side of Paris. E. H. Crow , of Fayette county, Ohio, [and others] were killed.”

“DEATH OF JAMES CROW.—We received the following letter yesterday. We presume reference is had to Mr. James Crow , a former well-known citizen of Decker township, in this county, who left here several weeks ago, to avoid the draft. The letter is dated ‘Sangamon county, Ill., Nov. 15,’ and is postmarked ‘Tolono, Illinois:’
“‘Yesterday, the 14th inst., a man calling himself James Crow died here. He said he was from Knox county, Ind. He left a wagon and two horses—one black mare, about five years old, and a sorrel horse, about seven years old, with a bald face.'”

“The Democratic Press, at Petersburg, Pike country, has changed hands—Jas. Huck aby having disposed of it to Messrs. O. C. McDonald and Jas. M. Crow . These young gentlemen will no doubt maintain the high reputation of the Press.”

On 10 June 2010, I was able to spend a whole day at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., searching their newspaper collections for mention of ancestors. Many of these items were excerpted in the search and the full articles not downloaded. I’m posting them in hopes that they may be of some use to others even if they are not helpful to our own family history research.

This is what I found on the Brasher name (and its variations):

The Pennsylvania Gazette January 15, 1741
LIST OF LETTERS (mail to be picked up)
includes a “Richard Brazier , Conestogoe Road”

The Pennsylvania Gazette May 22, 1746
(dateline — Philadelphia, March 15. 1745-6)
“Deserted from the Officers now raising Men for Governor Shirley’s Regiment of Foot at Cape Breton the following Persons… RICHARD BRAZIER…
“Whoever apprehends any of the four last mentioned Deserters, shall have Five Pistoles Reward for each, and two Pistoles for the rest, on their bringing them to the Sign of the George, in Second street, Philadelphia, from PHILIP GOTTFRIED KAST, or CHARLES PROCTER.
N.B. If the above Deserters will return to their Officers within a Week after the Date of this Paper, they shall be pardoned.”

THE SOUTH-CAROLINA GAZETTE August 4, 1746 and August 11, 1746
(under the heading “Advertisements”)
mention a Zachariah Brazier
The SOUTH-CAROLINA Gazette February 12, 1756
mentions a “Mr. Zacharia Brazier , constable in George Town” who allowed a runaway slave in his custody to escape

The Pennsylvania Gazette September 18, 1746 and April 3, 1755
(dateline — NEW YORK)
mention a ship captain, “Captain Brasher” (the 1746 mention refers to “the Four Brothers” which may be his ship)

(dateline — NEW-YORK, MAY 29)
also mentions a Captain Brasher:
“By Captain Brasher from Port au Prince we have confirmed accounts of great
disturbances on the island of Hispaniola, on which occasion many of the planters there have been taken up and hanged without judge or jury.— The real ground of the quarrel seems not to be well known, but it is said to be occasioned by the General Prince de Rohan’s orders for every inhabitant to be trained up to the use of arms, and to be mustered once a month; which the planters refuting to obey, military executions ensued, from whence spring insurrections that have ended in the death of many of the inhabitants.— It is generally thought to have some other foundation than this; for it is a known proverb, that when a dog is to be beat, it is easy finding a stick.— Beetled effects of an arbitrary government.”

(dateline — CHARLES-TOWN)
mentions a “John Brazier of Caps Fear” as owner of a runaway slave who was “Taken up at the India Land to the Southward.”

The Pennsylvania Gazette
mentions the following Brasier, who may be the same man in each case
November 17, 1757 “Mr. Francis Brasier at Rariton Landing”
November 9, 1758 “Francis Brasier Esq; at the Upper Landing (Middlesex County)”
January 18, 1759 “F. Brasier ‘in Middlesex'”

The Pennsylvania Gazette
also mentions an Abraham Brasher several times
July 27, 1758 (needing to pick up mail)
May 25, 1774 (dateline – NEW YORK – one of “50 Gentlemen appointed a Committee for this City”)
August 3, 1774 (dateline – NEW YORK)
April 5, 1775 (dateline – NEW YORK)

also mentions the same group of men (including Abraham Brasher) in connection with “the city and county of New-York”
March 31, 1775 –
“The following are the gentlemen nominated by the commitree, by ballot, for the approbation of the freemen and freeholders for the city and country of New-York, to serve as deputies to meet such other deputies as may be appointed by the remaining counties in this province, for the sole purpose of electing out of their bodies delegates for the next congress”
April 28, 1775 –
“…when, by a very great majority, the following mode of proceeding was assented to, viz. That the General Committee should nominate eleven person, to be, wednesday the 15th, proposed to the choice of freemen and freeholder, as deputies to meet on the 20th of April, such deputies as the other counties might elect, and join with them, for the sole purpose of appointing, our of their body, delegates for the next General Congress, agreeable to the recommendation of the last. Accordingly the Committee nominated the following persons….
“From the time of the nomination, every artifice was used, by the same party, who have constantly exerted their utmost abilities to obstruct and disconcert every measure of opposition to the tyrannical acts of the British ministry, in order to prevent the election of the deputies nominated by the Committee, and to frustrate the design of a Provincial Congress, and of sending delegates, at least with full powers from the whole province, to the next General Congress. Before the day of election a great number of pieces were published on both fines, full of artifice and specious pretences on the ministerial part, and of sound weighty argument on the other. Between the two, the argument, and the views of each party, were pretty well understood at the day of decision when the votes of the freemen and freeholders were fairly taken, as follow, viz. For the deputies, 825; Against them, 163. Besides great numbers of the majority, who, finding their votes not wanted, did not vote.”
May 26, 1775 –
“The following twenty-one gentlemen were at the same time chosen deputies for the city and county of New-York, to meet deputies of the other counties, in Provincial Congress, on monday the 22d May….”
May 30, 1775 –
“The following 21 gentlemen were at the same time chosen deputies for the city and county of New-York, to meet deputies of the other counties, in Provincial Congress, on Monday the 22d of May….”

The Pennsylvania Gazette December 3, 1783
(dateline — NEW YORK)
mentions an “EPHR. BRASHER”

The Pennsylvania Gazette August 17, 1791
(dateline — PHILADELPHIA)
includes “Samuel Brasher” in a list of men

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL (published in New York, “the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States”)
mentioned Braziers in two issues:
July 25, 1828 (under the heading of “VARIETIES”)
“CURIOUS COINCIDENCE OF NAMES – There are now living in Chester, nearly opposite each other, two men whose names denote the other’s business, as John Brewer, a brazier , and John Brazier , a brewer.”
October 3, 1828
“CELEBRATION AT SALEM. – The two hundredth anniversary of the first settlement of
Salem was celebrated yesterday, in a very imposing manner. A procession was formed in Washington Square, at 10 o’clock under the order of Hon. Stephen White, chief marshall, assisted by Geo. Peabody and Nathaniel Silsbee, Jr. Esqrs. and proceeded under escort of the independent Cadets and the Mechanic Light Infantry, to the North Church, where an Oration was delivered by Judge Story. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. Mr. Emerson, Rev. Mr. Brazier and Rev. Dr. Prince. An original hymn, written by Rev. Mr. Flint, was sung on the occasion.”

another African-American newspaper, THE COLORED AMERICAN (which was published in New York City from 1836 to 1842)
mentions a “Philip Brasher” in list of men under the heading “NEW YORK THIRTY-NINE YEARS AGO, – VIZ. 1800”

The New York Herald April 24, 1861
under the heading “THE CUSTOM HOUSE AND THE WAR”
“The United States steamer Corwin, under the command of Lieutenant F. M. Brasher , has been stationed in the Narrows”

mentions several Brashers
October 5, 1861 (mail to be picked up)
Brasher , J
Brasher , Charles
November 2, 1861 (mail that will be sent to the dead letter office if not picked up)
Mitchel Brasher
September 20, 1862
(dateline — WASHINGTON, September 17)
“The Herald’s correspondence says” (among a list of casualties)
“Capt. Brazier , 14th Indiana… killed”

DOUGLASS’ MONTHLY (published by Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY)
July, 1862 (under the heading “LETTERS FORM THE ST. MARK EMIGRANTS “)
“William Brazier , M.D., of Buxton, C.W” (which is probably Canada West, from other listings)

February 17, 1881 (under the heading “NORTH ALABAMA CONFERENCE APPOINTMENTS”)
“Pratville District.- Jessie Brazier , P.E”

I have looked and looked, and been unable to find John Leasil Brasher and his family in the 1870 census in Utah, though they should have been included.

I have found an entry in the 1870 Kamas, Summit County, Utah census that looks very suspiciously like a very poorly enumerated entry for them, and I decided I’d post the information here, to see what others may think.

Series: M593 Roll: 1612 Page: 130
Post Office Kamas Prarie
36 35
Brasie John 26 M W Farmer Virginia
” Emma 20 F W Keeping House England
” Caroline 3 F W at Home Utah
” John 1 M W at Home Utah
” Alwilda 29 F W Keeping House Wales

Lots of things are wrong: Virginia instead of Kentucky for John’s birthplace, Emma instead of Eliza, Caroline instead of Clara Bell, Alwilda instead of Ann (Butler), but the ages match and England and Wales are correct.

Possible reasons why this might be them:
1–they were too new to the area, and the enumerator didn’t talk to them but to a neighbor instead
2–they were worried about federal agents because of polygamy, so whoever did talk to the enumerator didn’t give the exact information

So, could this be them?

I was born in Caldwell County, Kentucky, June 26th, 1841, in that part of said County that became Lyon County in 1854. My Father’s name was Leasil Stone and my Mother’s name was Nancy Killian. They were both born in Spartanburg District in South Carolina and were brought to Kentucky in their infancy. My father was born December 14th, 1805 and my mother was born March 17th, 1800. My Grandfather Stone’s name was Caleb, and my Grandmother Stone’s name was Rebeccah. My Grandfather Killian’s name was William and my Grandmother Killian’s name was [transcriber could not read]. Leasil Stone and Nancy Killian were married August 21st, 1822. Six children were born to them:

Temperence Goodwin Stone     born December 5, 1824
Caleb W. Stone    born December 29, 1826
Mary M. Stone    born August 7, 1828
Sarah Jane Stone    born October 25, 1830
Rebeccah Frances Stone    born October 28, 1837
William Johnston Stone     born June 26, 1841

My grandparents on both sides were farmers as were my parents. Continue Reading »

I looked and looked and looked, but though I should have been able to find this couple and their children in the 1870 and 1880 censuses, I was unable to.  If anyone knows where to find them in these census records, please let me know?


CENSUS: 1900 US.

Huntington town, Emery, Utah Enumeration District: 0197 Page: 6 Sheet A

93  6

John L Brasher Head W M Aug 1843 56 M 34 yrs  Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky   Farmer

Eliza Brasher Wife W F July 1849 50 M 34 yrs 11 children 8 living  England England England imigrated 1862 38 yrs Na (naturalized)

Rubin Brasher Son W M July 1877 22 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

Lesil Brasher Son W M May 1880 20 S  Utah Kentucky England  Farm Laborer

Francis M Brasher Son W M July 1884 15 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

Bertha Brasher Daughter W F Apr 1888 12 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

(daughter Clara Brasher Grange’s family is next door on one side and daughter Temperance Brasher Sherman’s family is next door on the other side)

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