Children of Thomas Brooks (abt. 1747 – 1805) and Wife Margaret: Rebecca Brooks (1786-1860/1870) and Husband Jacob Walters

I find no record of Rebecca after her listing on the 1860 federal census, and assume that she died between 1860 and 1870, probably in Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Kentucky. 

Rebecca is named in the 4 November 1804 will her father Thomas Brooks made in Wythe County, Virginia.[3] The will names Rebekah (this is the spelling used in the will) along with her brother John Jehu Brooks, and suggests that Rebecca was unmarried and had the surname Brooks at the time her father died.

Rebecca Brooks and Jacob Walters Marry, 1807, Hardin County, Kentucky

On 11 April 1807 in Hardin County, Kentucky, Rebecca Brooks married Jacob Walters, son of Conrad Walters and Grace Wildman. As we’ve seen previously, by 1800, Ezekiel Harlan, who married Rebecca’s sister Susanna Brooks, was in Hardin County, and in 1804, he acquired land in Hardin County from George Helm. As the previous posting indicates, it appears to me that Susanna Brooks and Ezekiel Harlan married between 1800-4. As we’ve also seen, Rebecca’s sister Margaret moved with her husband Joseph Day from Botetourt County, Virginia, to Hardin County, Kentucky, in or by 1804, and two years later, Rebecca’s sister Sarah and husband John Lahue also moved to Hardin County.

Hardin County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. A, p. 26, available digitally at FamilySearch
Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds, Consent Notes, Licenses, and Ministers’ Returns 1814, available digitally at FamilySearch
Hardin County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. A, p. 10, available digitally at FamilySearch

Jacob Walters gave bond for his marriage to Rebecca Brooks with Conrad Walters on 11 April 1807 in Hardin County (see digital image at the top of the posting), and the county’s marriage register indicates that the couple married on the same day.[4] Seven years later on 30 September 1814, the Baptist minister who married Jacob and Rebecca, Reverend Alexander McDougal, returned the marriage to Hardin County court along with a list of other couples he had married over several years,[5] including Jacob’s brother Conrad Walters and Margaret “Peggy” LaRue, daughter of John LaRue and Mary Brooks. As a previous posting indicates, George Helm, who deeded land to Ezekiel Harlan in Hardin County, married Peggy LaRue’s sister Rebecca LaRue. 

Notes about Rev. Alexander McDougal, Who Married Rebecca and Jacob

The fact that Alexander McDougal returned the marriage of Jacob Walters and Rebecca Brooks to Hardin County court in 1814, a practice not uncommon among ministers in that period, has led some researchers to conclude erroneously that Jacob Walters and Rebecca Brooks married both in 1807 and 1814. Ministers in this period would often wait some time, even some years, before compiling a list of names of couples they had married and then returning these marriages to the court for recording.

Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds and Consent Notes, 1804; available digitally at FamilySearch

As previously noted, Jacob Walters had an older brother Conrad and their father was also named Conrad. The Conrad Walters giving bond in April 1807 with Jacob for his marriage to Rebecca Brooks was Jacob’s father and not his brother. The signature of Jacob’s brother Conrad is available on the bond that he gave with George Helm in Hardin County on 11 September 1804 for his marriage to Peggy Larue.[6] A comparison of Conrad Walters’s signature on the 1804 bond with the signature of the Conrad Walters giving bond with Jacob Walters in 1807 for Jacob’s marriage to Rebecca Brooks shows they are not the same signature.

Alexander McDougal (1728-1841) was, as I’ve just noted, a Baptist minister in Hardin County. Various biographical sources state that he was born in Ireland on 12 May 1738, and came to Philadelphia in 1762, going from there to North Carolina and then to what became Union County, South Carolina, where he was a Revolutionary soldier and pastored the earliest Baptist church in the upcountry, Fairforest.[7] Alexander McDougal’s tombstone inscription states that he was born in Dublin, but in an affidavit he gave as he applied for a Revolutionary pension on 21 January 1833 in Hardin County, he states that he was born in Northern Ireland.[8] According to Leah Townsend in her history of South Carolina Baptists, Alexander McDougal moved from Union County, South Carolina, to Hardin County, Kentucky, in 1800 — an interesting piece of information, since this is the same time frame in which I think that Ezekiel Harlan, husband of Rebecca Brooks’s sister Susanna, also moved from upcountry South Carolina to Hardin County.[9] In his 21 January 1833 affidavit as he applied for a Revolutionary pension in Hardin County, McDougal states that he arrived in Hardin County in 1801.[10] Carl Howell and Don Waters indicate that Alexander McDougall was the first pastor of Nolin Baptist church in LaRue County when that church was organized in 1803.[11] The church was in Hardin County at its formation, since LaRue County was not formed from Hardin until 1843.

Is it possible that there was some connection between Ezekiel Harlan and Alexander McDougal? According to Alfred E. Graves, who also notes Alexander McDougal’s move from South Carolina to Hardin County, Kentucky, following the Revolution, McDougal settled adjacent to John LaRue when he arrived in Hardin County; Graves suggests that McDougal knew John LaRue prior to moving to Kentucky.[12] The fact that Ezekiel Harlan also seems to have had ties to the family of John LaRue makes the McDougal-LaRue connection and McDougal’s 1800 move from South Carolina to Hardin County all the more interesting. 

Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds and Consent Notes, 1804; available digitally at FamilySearch 
Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds and Consent Notes, 1804; available digitally at FamilySearch

The ties between Alexander McDougall and the LaRue family are evident with the marriage of Alexander’s daughter Mary to Squire LaRue, son of John LaRue and Mary Brooks, in Hardin County in August 1804. McDougal’s 6 August 1804 note of consent for the marriage is extant in Hardin County marriage records, as is the bond that Squire LaRue gave with Henry Crutcher for the marriage.[13]

Documenting Jacob Walters’s Birth and Death

According to biographical information provided for Jacob Walters at his Find a Grave memorial page (he’s buried in the Walters cemetery near Park City in Barren County, Kentucky), Jacob was born 25 September 1785 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.[14] This source gives Jacob’s date of death as 15 October 1848, stating that he died in Barren County, Kentucky. The memorial page also indicates that Jacob’s grave is not marked. No source is cited for the dates and places of death.

My notes about Jacob suggest that Jacob’s grave may previously have been marked and that these dates were transcribed from a tombstone that is no longer extant — though my notes are not clear on this point. They cite Brice T. Leech and Kenneth Beard’s book on Barren County cemetery records for this information.[15] Leech and Beard indicate that the old Walters cemetery in which Jacob is buried is near Prewitts Knob just off old highway 90 east of Park City in Barren County, on a farm formerly owned by Oscar Logsdon. The Find a Grave page for this cemetery contains the same information, stating that the cemetery was destroyed some time after 1954, and two gravestones from it had been removed to hold barn doors open when tobacco was being housed in it.

Jacob and Rebecca’s Move to Barren County, Kentucky, Following Marriage

Following their marriage in Hardin County in 1807, Jacob and Rebecca Brooks Walters settled in Barren County south of Hardin, where, as we’ve seen, Rebecca’s brother Jesse Brooks moved from Wayne County in 1821. As did Jesse Brooks and members of his family, Jacob and wife Rebecca joined the Mount Tabor Baptist church in Barren County, a church pastored by Jesse’s son James Brooks from 1847-1879. Church minutes show Rebecca joining Mount Tabor in 1811. Mount Tabor minutes show that a resolution of the church commemorating Jacob was compiled at his death, for which the Mount Tabor minutes record the year as 1846, which contradicts the 1848 year of death noted above, whose source is not clear to me.[16]

As we’ll see in a moment, when Jacob Walters and wife Rebecca sold land in Barren County to Richard Garnett on 26 October 1821, the deed notes that the 162 acres Jacob and Rebecca sold was land on which they had formerly lived, adjacent to land on which they were living in October 1821, and that the land had been part of a tract granted to Conrad Walters as a military warrant.[17] This deed suggests that Jacob and Rebecca’s move to Barren County from Hardin County, where they married in 1807, was probably motivated by the fact that Jacob’s father owned land in Barren County on which they settled as a newly married couple.

Conrad Walters had surveys for two military grants in 1791-2 in what was then Warren and later became Barren County, Kentucky. On 29 December 1791, he had a survey for 1,333 acres on Sink Hole Spring in Warren County, and on 21 February 1792, he had another survey for 333 acres on Sinking Creek.[18] This land lay north of Beaver Creek, between that creek and Sinking Creek, and, in fact, its land description when the same grants were recorded in Old Kentucky Grants books (as military grants) states that the land was on Beaver Creek.[19] As we’ll see, deeds Jacob Walters made in Barren County in the 1820s and 1830s mention that the land he was selling was north of Beavery Creek. Conrad Walters actually had a survey for a military warrant for 2,666½ on Beaver Creek on 1 August 1791, but that survey was withdrawn and he then entered the other two tracts on Sinking Creek north of Beaver Creek.[20] These military grants to Jacob’s father Conrad were for Revolutionary service. 

After Barren County was formed from Warren, Conrad Walters also had grants in Barren on 1 September 1799 (200 acres on Beaver Creek) and 15 May 1804 (186 acres in an unspecified location).[21] Due to his ownership of land in Barren County, though he lived in Hardin, Conrad Walters appears in Barren County deed records on numerous occasions.

Since Jacob Walters and wife Rebecca seem to have moved from Hardin County to Barren County soon after their 1807 marriage and Rebecca’s brother Jesse Brooks joined his brother-in-law and sister in Barren County in 1821, I think it’s likely that it was the fact that Jacob and Rebecca Brooks Walters were living in Barren County in 1821 that resulted in Jesse’s decision to move his family from Wayne to Barren County in 1821. As the posting I’ve just linked notes, I don’t find land records for Jesse in Barren County. Did his family live on some of the land Jacob and Rebecca had acquired there from Jacob’s father? It’s tempting to think that might have been the case. 

The family of Jacob Walters appears on the federal census in Barren County from 1810 through 1840.[22] Both the 1810 and the 1820 censuses place Jacob’s age in the 26-44 range, and the 1830 and 1840 censuses both give his age as 50-59. When Jacob’s widow appears on the previously cited 1850 federal census in the household of her son-in-law Barrett Pace in Barren County, the pace family is living near the family of William Brooks, son of Jesse Brooks. 

Jacob Walters served during the War of 1812 as a private in the 10th Regiment of Barbour’s Mounted Kentucky Volunteers.[23] Colonel Philip Barbour organized this unit 31 August 1813.[24]

On 29 September 1821, Jacob Walters and Rebecca his wife sold to Susannah Clack, all of Barren County, for $300 103 acres on North Beaver Creek in Barren County.[25] The deed states that Jacob and Rebecca were living on this land when they sold it. Jacob and Rebecca both signed the deed with her name given in the signature as Rebeccah. There were no witnesses. On the same day, Rebecca acknowledged the deed along with Jacob and renounced her dower interest in the land, and the deed was recorded.

We’ve met Susannah Thomson Clack in previous postings: As has been noted, Susannah was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Thomson of Hanover and Louisa County, Virginia, and the widow of Moses Clack, and Jesse Brooks witnessed her will in Barren County on 22 February 1827.[26] As did the families of Jesse Brooks and of Jacob and Rebecca Brooks Walters, Susannah belonged to Mount Tabor Baptist church in Barren County. As we’ve also seen, Jesse Brooks’s son Jesse Jr. married Lucinda White, and Jesse Jr.’s brother John Brooks married Martha White, both daughters of Edmund White and Susannah Robertson; Susannah’s mother Mildred Clack (married James Robertson) was a daughter of Moses Clack and Susannah Thomson.

On 26 October 1821, Jacob Walters and Rebecca his wife sold more land in Barren County to Susanna Clack: For $200, the Walters sold 112 acres.[27] Again, this deed has no witnesses, and Jacob and Rebecca both signed it, with Rebecca renouncing her dower interest on 26 October and the deed being recorded then. 

Deed Bk. I, pp. 110-111

On the same day, 26 October 1821, Jacob and Rebecca sold to Richard Garnett, all of Barren County, for $1,000 162 acres on which Jacob had formerly lived, adjoining land on which he was living in October 1821.[28] The deed states that the land Jacob and Rebecca were selling had been part of a military survey to Conrad Walters. Jacob and Rebecca both signed with no witnesses, and on the same day Rebecca relinquished her dower interest and the deed was recorded. We met Richard Garnett previously: He was father-in-law of Henry Eubank, to whom Jacob and Rebecca sold land in 1838 — on this, see infra

In May 1823 (no day is given), William T. Bush and wife Sally sold Jacob Walters, all of Barren County, for an unstipulated amount of dollars 12½ acres north of Glasgow in Barren County.[29] The deed has no witnesses. Will T. and Sally Bush both signed, and on 24 June 1824, both acknowledged the deed with Sally relinquishing her dower interest and the deed being recorded.

On 17 June 1828, Jacob and Rebecca Walters (her name is spelled here Rebeckah) sold Wilson Ritter, all parties living in Barren County, for $31.50 12½ acres north of Glasgow.[30] Jacob and Rebecca both signed, with no witnesses; Rebecca’s given name is spelled Rebcah in this signature. On the same day, Rebecca relinquished dower interest and the deed was recorded.

On 16 December 1828 in Barren County, Jacob Walters mortgaged property to James Humphrey, both parties being of Barren County, for a debt of $29 Jacob owed to James.[31] Jacob signed the mortgage with witnesses C. Tompkins and C. Tompkins Jr. Christopher Tompkins Sr. and Jr. proved the mortgage on 10 January 1829 and it was recorded. James Humphrey is, I think, the man of this name who married Jacob and Rebecca’s daughter Sarah in Barren County on 30 March 1826, a marriage I’ll discuss in a subsequent posting. I think, but am not absolutely certain, that James is a brother of the Robert Humphrey whom Jesse Brooks’s daughter Delphia married in Barren County on 30 March 1831, with David Foster Pace, son-in-law of Jacob and Rebecca Brooks Walters, giving bond with Robert for his marriage to Delphia.

Hardin County, Kentucky, Will Bk. D, pp. 123-5

Jacob Walters is named as the son of Conrad Walters in the will that Conrad’s made in Hardin County on 31 December 1829.[32] Conrad’s will states that he was bequeathing to his third son Jacob along with several of Conrad’s other older children $13.12½, a legacy which suggest that Conrad had already given property — in Jacob’s case, land in Barren County, it appears — to these children, and was making only a small monetary bequeathal to these children for that reason. 

On 24 December 1836, Samuel Murrell and wife Elizabeth along with Maximillian Healey and wife Elizabeth sold to Jacob Walters (no county of residence is given for any of these persons) for $615 a tract of land in Barren County near Prewitts Knob.[33] The deed states no acreage for the tract of land; it gives only a metes and bounds description. Samuel Murrell and Maximillian Healey both signed the deed with E. Dickey and Charles Harvey as witnesses, and on 21 February 1837, Murrell and Healey acknowledged the deed and it was recorded. The reference  in this deed to Prewitts Knob makes me think that this was Jacob’s purchase of the land on which he was buried.

On 8 June 1838, Jacob Walters and wife Rebecca sold to Henry Eubank, all of Barren County, for $320 100 acres on the north side Beaver Creek.[34] Both Jacob and Rebecca signed the deed with no witnesses and on 30 March 1839, Rebecca relinquished her dower interest and the deed was recorded. We’ve met Henry Eubank in a previous posting: He was a son-in-law of Richard Garnett to whom Jacob and Rebecca sold land in October 1821, and both men were clerks of the local Liberty Baptist Association at various points. In 1830, Jesse Brooks mortgaged property to Henry Eubank, and the 1840 federal census shows Jesse living next to him.

Information about Jacob’s Father Conrad Walters

Regarding Jacob Walters’s father Conrad Walters, I have not done thorough research. A number of online sources including a page for Conrad Walters at the WikiTree site managed by Tim Chilton and a Find a Grave memorial page created by Michael J. Fryman state that Conrad was born 15 February 1755 in Pennsylvania (in Cumberland County, according to Tim Chilton), and died 19 February 1831 in Hardin County, Kentucky.[35] The source of these dates of birth and death is unclear to me. It’s clear that Conrad had died by 21 February 1831, when his 31 December 1829 will was probated.[36]

The WikiTree page for Conrad and a number of other pages online cite as a biographical source entitled LaRue County, Kentucky: History and Biographies (Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 2002). The WorldCat entry for this work gives as its authors Lewis Collins and William Henry Perrin. Collins died in 1870 and Perrin in 1891, so these men cannot be the actual authors of a book published in 2002. From the information provided about this source in the WikiTree page for Conrad Walters, it appears that LaRue County, Kentucky: History and Biographies may have garnered information from Collins’s History of Kentucky and Perrin’s Kentucky: A History of the State. I have checked both sources for information about Conrad Walters, however, and, unless I’m missing something, am not finding him mentioned in either book.

According to the WikiTree page for Conrad Walters, Larue County, Kentucky: History and Biographies states that Conrad (Coonrod) Walters was a Pennsylvania native of “Dutch” (i.e., German) descent who married Grace Wildman, a Virginia-born woman of English descent. This source states that the couple brought their family to Kentucky in 1780.

Otis M. Mather’s Six Generations of LaRues and Allied Families also has brief biographical information about Conrad Walters, stating that he was born in 1755 and died in 1831, and served with Pennsylvania troops in the Revolutionary War.[37] Mather notes that Conrad Walters and Grace Wildman’s son Conrad married Margaret “Peggy” LaRue, daughter of John LaRue and Mary Brooks, and he also states that Conrad Walters elder was an appraiser of the estate of John LaRue in Hardin County in 1792.[38]

Though Mather says that Conrad Walters served with Pennsylvania troops during the Revolution, the DAR Patriot Index listing for him indicates that his Revolutionary service was as a member of Captain Thomas Gaddis’s Monongalia militia in Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1776, where he also signed the oath of allegiance.[39]

Margaret “Peggy” LaRue, Husband Conrad Walters Jr., and Accounts of Abraham Lincoln’s Birth

As noted previously, Peggy LaRue Walters, wife of Conrad Walters Jr. and daughter of John LaRue and Mary Brooks, is said by a number of historical sources to have assisted Nancy Hanks Lincoln at the birth of Abraham Lincoln, and some accounts also indicate that Peggy’s mother Mary Brooks, by that point married to Isom Enlow, acted as a midwife for this birth. The story is shrouded in myths, in part due to scurillous rumors that arose in the 19th century regarding Lincoln’s legitimacy and paternity. 

Otis Mather notes that, at the time Lincoln was born, Conrad Walters and wife Peggy were the closest neighbors of the Lincoln family, living on South Fork Creek in Hardin County about a mile from the Lincoln cabin, with Conrad Walters operating a tannery on the creek.[40] In Mather’s account, it was Peggy’s mother Mary Brooks Enlow who was the midwife for Nancy Lincoln when her son Abraham was born, though Mather thinks that Mary’s daughter Peggy was also present at the birth.

In his book-length investigation of the question of Lincoln’s paternity, William E. Barton summarizes an account provided to him by LaRue County Judge Richard Creal of Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1906, in which Creal told Barton that when he was a boy of eleven in the summer of 1864, a picnic was held on his family’s farm in Hardin County at which Peggy LaRue Walters was present,  and at which she told the gathering unequivocally that she was sent for by Thomas Lincoln to assist Thomas’s wife Nancy at the birth of their son.[41]

At his Abraham Lincoln Research Site, Roger Norton provides Peggy Walters’s account of Lincoln’s birth as it was told by Judge Creal to William E. Barton: the following account is Creal speaking from his memory of what Peggy Walters said at the 1864 picnic:[42]  

I was twenty years old, then, and helping to bring a baby into the world was more of an event to me than it became afterward. But I was married young, and had a baby of my own, and I had helped mother, who, as you know, was quite famous as a granny-woman, and I had gone several times to help when I was sent for. It was Saturday afternoon, I remember, when Tom Lincoln sent over and asked me to come, and I got up behind the boy that rode across to fetch me, and I rode across to the cabin that then stood here. It was a short ride, less than a mile. It was winter, but it was mild weather, and I don’t think there was any snow. If there was any then, it wasn’t much, and no snow fell that night. They sent for me quite as soon as there was any need, for when I got there nothing much was happening. They sent for her two aunts, Mis’ Betsy Sparrow and Mis’ Polly Friend, and these both came, but they lived about two miles away, so I was there before them, and we all had quite a spell to wait, and we got everything ready that we could.

They were poor folks, but so were most of their neighbors, and they didn’t lack anything they needed. Nancy had a good feather-bed under her; it wasn’t a goose-feather bed, hardly anyone had that kind then, but good hen feathers. And she had blankets enough. There was a little girl there, two years old. Her name was Sarah. She went to sleep before much of anything happened. 

Well, there isn’t much that a body can tell about things of that kind. Nancy had about as hard a time as most women, I reckon, easier than some and maybe harder than a few. It all came along kind of slow, but everything was regular and all right. The baby was born just about sunup, on Sunday morning. Nancy’s two aunts took the baby and washed him and dressed him, and I looked after Nancy. That’s about all there is to tell. I remember it better than I do some cases that came later, because I was young, and hadn’t had so much experience as I had afterward. But I remember it all right well. 

Oh, yes, and I remember one other thing. After the baby was born, Tom came and stood there beside the bed and looked down at Nancy, lying there, so pale and so tired, and he stood there with that sort of a hang-dog look that a man has, sort of guilty like, but mighty proud, and he says to me, ‘Are you sure she’s all right, Mis’ Walters’? And Nancy kind of stuck out her hand and reached for his, and said, ‘Yes, Tom, I am all right.’ And then she said, ‘You’re glad it’s a boy, Tom, aren’t you? So am I.’ 

No, there isn’t much you can tell anybody about things of that sort. But Tom Lincoln was mighty anxious about his wife, while she was suffering, and mighty good to her, too. And they were both proud and happy that it was a boy. You can’t tell much about the birth of a baby, except that you were there, and that the baby was born. But you can tell whether folks wants the baby or not, and whether they love or hate each other on account of it. I was young then, and I noticed and remembered everything. I remember it a heap better than I remember much that happened afterward. I tell you I never saw a prouder father than Tom Lincoln; and I never saw a mother more glad than Nancy was to know that her baby was a boy. 

And they sort of explained to me how they named the little girl Sarah because the name Abraham didn’t fit, and Sarah was the next best. For Tom’s father, that was killed by Indians when Tom was a little boy, his name was the one they wanted the first baby to have. And so Nancy says to Tom, ‘Now we can use the name we couldn’t use before.’ 

And Tom says, says he, ‘Yes, Nancy, and it’s a right good name. This here baby boy,’ says he, ‘is named Abraham Lincoln.’  

According to Judge Creal, Peggy Walters was scornful of the scurillous rumors regarding the marital status of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks and Abraham Lincoln’s paternity. Barton’s book also discusses the LaRue, Helm, Walters, Brooks, Enlow, and Rathbone families of Hardin County, noting as it discusses Mary Brooks that she was from “an old family of Virginia.”[43] Barton also transcribes a written statement that Robert Enlow, grandson of Abraham Enlow, a son of Isom Enlow and Mary Brooks, provided to Barton on 20 May 1920 in which he states that his grandfather Abraham Enlow told him he took his mother Mary Brooks Enlow to the Lincoln house to assist at Abraham Lincoln’s birth.[44] Louis Austin Warren casts doubt on the story that Mary Brooks Enlow was present at the birth, but thinks that Peggy Walters was there, though Warren appears not to have known that Peggy was Mary’s daughter.[45]

In a subsequent posting, I’ll discuss the children of Jacob Walters and Rebecca Brooks and the information I have about them. 


[1] 1850 federal census, McCracken County, Kentucky, district 2, p. 196a (dwelling 471/family 472; 16 September); 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 306 (dwelling/family 8; 18 July).

[2] 1860 census, Hardin County, Kentucky, district 1, Elizabethtown, p. 165 (dwelling 507/family 492; 26 July).

[3] Wythe County, Virginia, Will Bk. 1, pp. 308-9

[4] Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds and Consent Notes, 1807, available digitally at FamilySearch; and Hardin County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. A, p. 26, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[5] Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds, Consent Notes, Licenses, and Ministers’ Returns 1814, available digitally at FamilySearch; and Hardin County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. A, p. 10, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[6] Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds and Consent Notes, 1804; available digitally at FamilySearch.

[7] See the Find a Grave memorial page of Rev. Alexander McDougal, Nolynn Baptist Church cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, created by DeLoss McKnight III, with tombstone photos by DeLoss McKnight III, with a biography that DeLoss McKnight states was published in April 1966 by the LaRue County Historical Society. See also John H. Spencer, A History of Kentucky Baptists: From 1769 to 1885, Including More Than 800 Biographical Sketches, vol. 1 (Cincinnati: Baumes, 1885), pp. 268-9.

[8] NARA, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, RG 15, file of Alexander Mc Dougal, S30576; available digitally at Fold3.

[9] Leah Townsend, South Carolina Baptists, 1670-1805 (Florence, South Carolina: Florence Printing Co., 1935), p. 128, n. 16.

[10] See supra, n. 8.

[11] Carl Howell and Don Waters, Hardin and LaRue Counties, 1880-1930 (Charleston, South Carolina, et al.: Arcadia, 2006), p. 66.

[12] Alfred E. Graves, Ministry of Faith: The Ardent Ministry, Times, Anecdotes, and Pulpit of Rev. A. W. LaRue, A.M. (Louisville: Waller, Sherrill, 1865), pp. 28-30.

[13] Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds and Consent Notes, 1804; available digitally at FamilySearch (McDougal’s consent note and Larue’s bond). 

[14] See Find a Grave memorial page of Jacob Walters, Walters cemetery, Park, Barren County, Kentucky, created by Laura J. Stewart.

[15] Brice T. Leech and Kenneth Beard, Barren County, Kentucky, Cemetery Records (Glasgow, Kentucky: South Central Kentucky Historical and Genealogical Society, 1992), p. 507.

[16] Sandra K. Gorin, Mt. Tabor Church Minutes, Barren County, Kentucky (Glasgow, Kentucky: Gorin Genealogical, 1994), p. 293.

[17] Barren County, Kentucky, Deed Bk. I, pp. 110-1.

[18] Willard Rouse Jillson, Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds: A Complete Index to All of the Earliest Land Entries, Military Warrants, Deeds and Wills of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Louisville: Standard,1926), p. 391, citing Kentucky Military Warrant Bk. 1, pp. 244, 256.

[19] Jillson, Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, citing Old Kentucky Grants Bk. 5, pp. 385, 386.

[20] Ibid., p. 391, citing Kentucky Military Warrant Bk. 1, p. 214. 

[21] Ibid., p. 430, citing Grants South of the Green River, Bk. 18, p. 102, and 21, p. 28.

[22] 1810 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, p. 31; 1820, p. 32; 1830, p. 182; 1840, p. 157.

[23] NARA, Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812, RG94, digital copy of the index card for this service packet available digitally Fold3.

[24] A.C. Quisenberry, “Kentucky Troops in the War of 1812,” Register of Kentucky State Historical Society 10,30 (September 1912), pp. 61-2.

[25] Barren County, Kentucky, Deed Bk. I, pp. 74-5.

[26] Barren County, Kentucky, Will Bk. 3, p. 50.

[27] Barren County, Kentucky, Deed Bk. I, pp. 84-5.

[28] Ibid., pp. 110-1.

[29] Ibid., Bk. J, pp. 212-3.

[30] Ibid., Bk. L, pp. 273-4.

[31] Ibid., pp. 384-5.

[32] Hardin County, Kentucky, Will Bk. D, pp. 123-5.

[33] Barren County, Kentucky, Deed Bk. P, pp. 256-7.

[34] Ibid., p. 286.

[35] “Conrad Walters (1755 – 1831),” WikiTree; and Find a Grave memorial page for Conrad “Coonrod” Walters, burial place unknown, created by Michael J. Fryman.

[36] See supra, n. 30.

[37] Otis M. Mather, Six Generations of LaRues and Allied Families (Louisville: Dearing, 1921), p. 48. 

[38] Ibid., pp. 48, 87.

[39] NSDAR, DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition, part 3 (Washington, D.C.: NSDAR, 1994), p. 3088; and DAR Ancestor #A120130, citing NARA, Combined Military Service Records, M881, roll 1089; and Revolutionary pension file of Thomas Gaddis, S4292. Gaddis’s pension file contains a list of men who took the oath of allegiance before him; the list includes Conrad Walters Sr., who took the oath on 26 August 1777.

[40] Mather, Six Generations of LaRues and Allied Families, pp. 94, 158. 

[41] William E. Barton, The Paternity of Abraham Lincoln: Was He the Son of Thomas Lincoln? An Essay on the Chastity of Nancy Hanks (New York: George H. Doran, 1920), p. 171-5.

[42] Roger Norton, “Abraham Lincoln’s Birth,” Abraham Lincoln Research Site.

[43] Barton, The Paternity of Abraham Lincoln, pp. 180-1.

[44] Ibid., pp. 182-3.

[45] Louis Austin Warren, Lincoln’s Parentage & Childhood: A History of the Kentucky Lincolns Supported by Documentary Evidence(New York and London: Century, 1926), pp. 100, 102-3.

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