We have an old mystery concerning my gggrandmother Cincinnati of Christian & Todd Counties of KY - What really was her maiden name and who are her parents?
Listed as C.O. Martin on marriage license to William Ellis West (b.13 Sep 1822 - d.21 Jun 1896) dated 14 Apr 1848 (Todd Co., KY). The only known reference to the name Martin is on the marriage record. Her son (my ggrandfather), John William West's 1947 death certificate - she is listed as Cincinnati Williams. On son's 1942 Death Certificate [Jesse Harrison West] she is listed as Cincinnati Williams, b. Christian Co. as his mother. On daughter, Mary Bell Tucker's death certificate (1925), she is listed as "Nat" Williams; "Nat" is written above the crossed out "Sinat" (that is what everyone called her - "Sinat" and sometimes "Nat"!). She is often listed as Cincinnati O. West or C.O. West. The long-time Todd Co., KY County Clerk (where William Ellis West and Cincinnati were married) was P.O. Martin. When the marriage record was entered it may have been just habit to enter "Martin" after the "C.O." or she had been married to a Martin or the children's informants in 1925, 1942 & 1947 were incorrect??????????
The only thing I could get from my family as to who was even related to Cincinnati was that she was a "cousin" of Fate O'Daniel ["Fate" nickname for "Lafayette"?]. Sally Boswell has sent me some info concerning O'Daniels with Williams connections, but I have not been able to unravel it, either! From Sally: "My grandfather James Dekater O'Daniel, living with his grandmother Susannah (Blackston) O'Daniel in 1850 census, later married a James Williams. Susannah was married to a Joshua O'Daniel in NC, and possible Joshua died
while on way to Kentucky. The Joshua in the 1850 Census who married Nancy
E. Colvin, is her son. James D. O'Daniel death certificate says that his
father was Joshua, and his mother was a Jennie Williams. There is a Jane E.
Thompson living with this family, who we think is the mother of my
grandfather. Susannah Blackston O'Daniel did marry a James Williams later,
so I think this is where grandmother O'Daniel got this."
Johanna West sent me this: "Kitty Cincinnati O'Daniel married John William Hickman Lindsey on Oct 21, 1874 in Christian County. Since Cincinnati is an uncommon name there may be a relation between Kitty Cincinnati O'Daniel and your Cincinnati O. Williams." Kitty Cincinnati has a brother named Lafayette!!!!!
Christian Co., KY 1870 US Census as compiled and published by A.B. Willhite, 1995 (page 1):
HSHD #11: Odaniel, Joshua 45MW, Nancy 46FW, Joshua 19MW, Kittie C. 17FW, Sarah E. 17FW (twins?), Layfayette B. 13MW, Calvin, Rachel 30FW.
HSHD #9: West, William E. 45MW, Cincinnati 44FW, Mary I. 18FW, John W. 14MW, Jesse Hanson 6MW, Tucker, Joshing 22MW (Farm Laborer). [John William West (14) is my Great Grandfather).
In the 1860 Christian Co., KY US Census Book, published by the Hopkins Co. Genealogical Society, Inc., 1978: I have found the only O'Daniel family in household #634 - Joshua O'Daniel (place of Kitty's marriage, possible father) -Joshua 38m, Nancy 39f, J.W. 16m, A.V. 15m, Susan V. 12f, J.P. 10m, R.C 6f, (this may be K.C.), S.S. 6f (twins?), Lafayette 2m, & Rachael CALVAIN 26f (all Born KY).
We can not find a death certificate for her eventhough she died according to her tombstone on 16 May 1912 - in where else but O'Daniel Cemetery near the West farm where she lived!!! She is listed in the 1910 Census for Christian Co., KY (Cincinnatie O. West 83 Widow 4 of 5 children living).
Does anyone else have information showing what family my Cincinnati O. Williams/Martin/West belongs? Does anyone have more information on the Williams and O'Daniel families that might help? Help us solve this mystery, please! :) John G. West
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