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Re: Polsgrove, Huffman, Brown & Wilson
Posted by: Ken Forbis Date: August 01, 2001 at 17:55:05
In Reply to: Polsgrove, Huffman, Brown & Wilson by John Bristol of 689

In researching land records at the Clinton, Ky.(Hickman Co.)courthouse, came across a curious land transaction. Involved heirs of Nathaniel Brown and George Polsgrove of Franklin Co. He bought 100ac. tract of land adjoining his own up in Franklin co. The heirs were Nathaniels widow, Bright Berry, and his three daug. with their husbands, Elizabeth and William Hammond, Mary M. and William Bennett, and Lucinda A. and George F. Morrow. Investigating further, I found all these people living right next to Henry Polsgrove near Jordan, Ky.
Recently, was shown Henry Polsgrove d.1842, grave site, he was buried near, but not on his land grant. I wondered why ? I discovered the name of man who had owned this land when Henry was alive.. a Philip Huffman, intuitively, I knew there must be a POlsgrove - Brown - Huffman connection.
Henry had moved to Jordan (Hickman) in 1826/27, he is on Hickman tax list for 1827, but not their first list in 1825, or 1826, also on list of 1827 were the two sons of James Lewis, Jonathon and Abraham. In 1828, Henry is joined on list with his son John W. and James Lewis. By 1829, Henry,John W., James Lewis, his two sons, Jonathon and Abraham are joined by Philip Huffman and Bright Berry Brown as well as Nathaniel, Henrys'young son of only 14 ( this list is supposed to be only for white males over 21, but here is a woman and a minor !)
31 July 01, i stumbled onto John Bristol website with query re. Huffman and Brown. This explains the connection ! Henrys' sisters were married to these men, and the "clan" had reassembled in Jordan, Ky.
Obviously Nathaniel's wife Catherine had died, and he married Bright Berry ( Indian lady ? )
Bright Berry is still in documents until after 1840, then her property passed to Nathaniel's daug.'s husband George F. Morrow, and land still in that family or was up til 1914. Huffman didn't last long, by 1837 he sold his land grant and seems to have left area ( but will try to research this more ). When Henry died in 1842 he appears not to have owned any land of his own, ( his land grant was sold by James Lewis out of the clan in 1839, and in 1838 Henry sold another 160 ac. to James Lewis.) The family, buried Henry on what had until recently been his sister's husbands land.
This sounds sad to me, but one consolation, Henry's grave ( or marker, anyway ) is in a beautiful location, unlikely to be molested by agriculture, it is on a slight ridge with ravines on three sides and covered with a woods. In 1847 the site became part of the home place of a wealthy family, the Alexanders.
Ken Forbis ( kent@cddn.com )
P.S. I am a descendant of William Harrison - William Henry - Lula Zelphia Polsgrove line, and if you don't retract, that statement about Harrison not being Henry's son... gonna get u man ! Will be talking further about that tho.


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