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The first to come to Kentucky , we have been told, were six brothers. They came in a flat boat down the Ohio River, landing at the Yellow Banks, now Owensboro, walking through the wilderness to Old Fort Hartford. This trip must have been an adventurous one as they had trouble with the Indians and one brother was slain. This did not seem to daunt their "go West" spirit for we find Jesse Ashby I , his wife, twelve children, and two brothers making their way across the mountains by way of Louisville, where they rested. They stopped at the home of Mr. Lewis the only resident of that great city then. They continued their journey to Walton's Creek, Ohio Co. the site which he had selected to be the farm where he reared his family, built his church, served his God, lived his life.

Their journey begins when Jesse and his brothers reach Cherry Creek in the Glades, unfavorable reports caused them to halt and build a fort. While there on March 18, 1784 Jesse paid two pounds sterling into the Treasury of Commonwealth of Virginia for 400 acres in the county of Monongalia on both sides of Snow's Glady Creek, a bramch of Yohogania. This land was sold for 202 pounds on Feb. 25, 1805 to Joseph Van Meter of Hardy County , Va. At that time records showed Jesse Ashby and wife Tamer, to be living in Mercer County Ky.

On Aug. 23, 1796 Jesse paid 185 pounds to James Westerfield and wife Phebe for 100 acres or more for land on both sides of Salt River in Mercer Co. ,on the road leading from Harrodsburg to Bardstown. On May 2, 1801 Jesse sold to Matthew Yocum one acre for twelve pounds. On Sept. 7, 1805 Jesse sold to Thomas Allen 100 acres, more or less, for 800 dollars land on Salt River. On Oct. 3, 1807 Jesse bought 1000 acres on Rough Creek in Ohio Co. Ky from Matthew Walton. He did not wait long before disposing of the 1000 acres.

Jesse with his brothers and others, started West by 1782. We have no date when he enlisted in thee war, but the captain of his company was David Morgan. He did his part along with Washington, Hamilton, and others. HHe heard the voice of Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death." He fought that you and I could drink from the fountain of liberty. Oh what a rich heritage he left us.

History shows us where he and his wife, all his sons, and maany of his daughters were the bedrock of Old Walton's Creek Church. Charter members Walton's Creek. July 19, 1814-38 Charter Members. Here are just a few of the ones listed:

Jesse Ashby , Tamer Ashby , Thomas Ashby , Kathy Ann Ashby, Peter Ashby , William Ashby, Elizabeth Ashby, David Ashby, Thomas Morton, Garner Morton, Kathy Ross , John Iglehart, and Rachel Iglehart.

Jesse Ashby progenitor of many, many of whom still live in Ohio Co. Ky, a Revolutionary War soldier was born in 1738 probably in Maryland near Taneytown on Monacacy River Valley.

by Linda Mae Ashby


Jesse Ashby I born 1738 . Died Nov. 1823. Came to Ky. aabout 1792. He married twice before he came to Mercer Co. Ky. First Nancy Williams, they had the following children:

Martha Ann Ashby married Jan 30, 1793 in Mercer Co. to Enos Hardin.

Rachel Ashby born 1770. Married 1799 in Muhlenburg Co. Ky to Williams Downs.

Sarah Ashby born April 8, 1771. Married May 29, 1797 in Mercer Co. Ky to Joseph Warden.

Garner Ashby born 1775. Married Mar. 3, 1796 in Nelson Co. Ky to Thomas Morton.

Second wife Tamer Ruby, they had nine children.

Thomas Ashby b. 1781. Married June 18, 1806 to Catherine Taylor Coleman.

Peter Ashby b. 1783 . 1st married Sallie Rome Aug. 7, 1817. 2nd married Nancy Downs Dec. 3, 1838 in Daviess Co. Ky.

Betty Ashby b. 1785. Married Thomas Ross Dec. 29, 1802 in Nelson Co. Ky.

David Ashby b. Oct. 5, 1787. Married Elizabeth Rowe Mar. 25, 1812 .

Katie Ashby Married Evan Ross Sept. 5, 1804.

Jennie Nancy Ashby married Evan Williams Mar. 14, 1807.

William Ashby b. Sept 29, 1794. Married NNancy Rowe Mar. 29,1816.

Rebecca Ashby b. 1799. Married William Lindsey Apr. 22, 1819.

Mary Ashby b. Feb. 19, 1802. Married Ezekiel B. McNeely Sept. 30, 1819


Thomas Ashby b. 1781. Married June 18, 1806 to Catherine Taylor Coleman had the following children:

Jesse Ashby 11 b. Nov. 20, 1808 . Died April 5, 1895.

Peter Ashby b. April 4, 1817. Aug. 1, 1886.


Jesse Ashby II b. Nov. 20, 1808. Died April 5, 1895. Married Elizabeth Iglehart Mar. 24, 1830. Elizabeth b. Dec. 16, 1806. Died June 14, 1890. They had the following children:

William Devon Ashby b. Mar. 13, 1831. Died Feb. 28, 1872.

Thomas J Ashby b. Feb. 14, 1833.

Margaret Ann Ashby b. Jan. 9, 1838. Died May 13, 1861.

Alfred Iglehart Ashby b. May 25, 1840. Died Feb. 11,1841.

Polly Ellen Ashby b. Feb. 26, 1843. Died Jan. 20, 1880.

Richard Coleman Ashby b. Apr. 23, 1845. Died 1916.

Martha Elizabeth Ashby b. Feb. 1, 1849.

John Iglehart Ashby b. Mar. 13, 1835. Died May 19, 1912.


John Iglehart Ashby b. Mar. 13, 1835. Died May 19, 1912. Married Ludoxy Ann Ashby May 24, 1860. She was born Mar. 9, 1841. Died Mar. 20, 1912. They had the following children:

George A. Ashby b. May, 20, 1861. Died July 8, 1862.

Margaret Ellen Ashby b. Oct. 10, 1862. Died May 5, 1913.

Francis Isabel Ashby b. Sept. 19, 1864. Died April 19, 194?

Marion Levi Ashby b. Dec. 20, 1866. Died Feb. 14, 194?

Martha Emeline Ashby b. July 2, 1871. Died Oct. 9, 1875.

Oberia Alice Ashby b. Mar. 9, 1873. Died Jan. 5, 1880.

Henry Benton Ashby b. Dec. 13, 1875. Died Dec. 20, 1900.

Malen Everley Ashby b. May 25, 1868. Died April 22, 1945.

Jesse Peter Ashby b. July 17, 1879. Died Jan. 16, 1880.

Samuel Ashby b. Feb. 12, 1882. Died Feb. 20, 1882.

John Clinton Ashby b. June 11, 1884. Died Feb. 5, 1890.

( John Iglehart Ashby married his cousin Ludoxey Ashby, the daughter of Peter and Mary Ashby.)


Malen Everly Ashby b. May 25, 1869. Died April 22, 194?. Married Mary Elizabeth Blanchard May 7, 1891. She was born Aug. 15, 1873. Died Oct. 20, 195?. They had the following children:

Eeva May Ashby b. April 11, 1892. Died Feb. 28, 1947.

Ona Beatnice Ashby b. Nov. 19, 1893. Died ?

Ora Edith Ashby b. Feb. 7, 1896. Died March 7, 19914.

Infant son b. Sept. 9, 1898.

Etto Clinton Ashby b. Aug. 14, 1899. Died 1899.

Mayme Lee Ashby b. Nov. 27, 1900. Died 1987.

Infant son b. Oct. 7, 1902.

Vernie Everly Ashby b. Aug. 31, 1903. Died 1991.

George Franklin Ashby b. Oct. 25, 1905. Died Sept. 9, 1980.

Susie Bell Ashby (husband's mom) b. May 20, 1908. Died April 17, 1971.

Annie Elizabeth Ashby b. March 18, 1910. Died May 15, 1910.

Wilbert Everett Ashby b. May 21, 1911. Died Oct. 28, 1992.


Susie Bell Ashby b. May 20, 1908. Died April 17, 1971. Married Willie Wesley Goodman born May 20, 1903. Died Feb. 15, 1985 . They had the following children:

Albert Goodman. Married Mary Morris.

Mary Ellen Catherine Goodman married Roy Byrant.

Jessie Faye Goodman (twin)

Bessie Mae Goodman (twin) married Lois Phelps.

Johnny Goodman

James Ira Goodman

Mayme Goodman Married Hubert Calloway.

Charles Ray Goodman married Buelah Mae Daugherty.

Joey Lee Goodman b. May 17, 1947. Married Naomi Ruth Daugherty Nov. 29, 1968 in Ohio Co. Ky.

Pearl Marie Goodman married Billy Bryant.


Joey Goodman and Naomi Ruth Daugherty had the following children:

Jody Lee Goodman b. Mar. 28, 1970. Married Mary Jane Witten Nov. 17, 1990.

Jameson Matthew Goodman b. Nov. 1, 1973. Married Brandy Jo Akers Jan 21, 1995.

Brandula Leanne Goodman b.May 7, 1975. Married Marion Scott Leach June 12, 1993.


Jody Lee Goodman and Mary Jane Witten had the following child,

Derik Dakota Lee Goodman b. Aug. 26, 1991.

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