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Lincoln County Mystery

Do you have same name issues in your genealogy research? Or, do you have ‘mystery men’ of the same surname in the same location as your ancestor?

That’s what happened when I looked at the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax lists for 1787-1805.

I had found Lincoln County KY marriage bonds where Rebekah Crawford gave permission for Mary Crawford to marry James Sellers and Sarah Crawford to marry William David Sellers. Another marriage bond secured by Nathan Douglas and James Crawford for the marriage of James Crawford and Martha Knight was found in Lincoln County, KY records.

Thus, I was expecting to find the following:

  • Sellers family
  • Rebekah Crawford
  • George Douglass — who sold land to Rebekah Crawford and may be her brother
  • Nathan Douglass — who signed the bond for James Crawford
  • James Crawford — who is believed to have turned 21 in 1792

I was not expecting to find:

  • John Crofford
  • Alexander Crofford
  • William Crafort on Richland Creek
  • James Crawford on Rolling Forks
  • Robert Crawford on Hanging Fork 
  • Ellis Richard (and other Ellis families) on Noland Fork

I’ve been able to locate land records for John Crofford. By following the land records, it appears that John Crofford may not have had any offspring. The land records contain powers of attorney for Ellis family members – which might help me locate information on Richard, James and Isaac Ellis.


These unexpected finds will require additional research but may provide clues to my Crawford lineage.
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My notes from the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax lists:

Lincoln County KentuckyTax Books 1787-1788, 1790-1797, 1799-1805Film 8114DGS 7834472
Image 41787
Image 5

  • Crofford John – 4 horses, 4 cattle

Image 9

  • Shoemaker Solo

Image 21

  • Crawford Rebekah (widow) – recorded on July 5th – no horses or cattle

Image 22 – July 5th – George Douglas

Image 28

  • Nathaniel Sellars – Nathaniel and Joseph Sellars – 4 males >16, 5 horses, 15 cattle
  • Sellars, John – 3 horses, 14 cattle

Image 32 – 1788
Image 46 – 1789
Image 61

  • Crawford Rebeca – 1 male 16-21; 6 horsesImage 65George Douglas – 1 male > 21; 2 horses

Image 71

  • Seller Nthal Nathaniel Sellers; 1 male >21; 3 horses — likely Nathan A Sellers the son of Nathaniel Sellers
  • Sellers James James Sellers 2 horses
  • Joseph Sellers – 1 horse
  • Sellers john – 5 horses

Image 87 (possibly 1790) – 

  • Crawford REbecca – 1 male over 16; 6 horses

Image 88

  • Douglass George — 1 male > 16, 4 horses

Image 98

  • Sellers Nathaniel – 1 male >16; 3 horses – LIKELY THE SON WHO MOVES TO OHIO
  • Sellers Joseph — 1 horse
  • Sellers James — 2 horses
  • Sellers John — 5 horses


#5 Books
Image 104

  • Crofford Alexander – 9 horsesDouglass Alexander – 4 horses

Image 115 #6
Image 117

  • Crawford John – 5 horses

1790 — image 125
Image 128 April 21

  • Crawford John – 4 horses

Image 129 Aug 2

  • Duggins Wm — 2 horses

Image 140

  • Crofford James — James Crofford — 3 horses


Image 147 Lincoln County 1791

Image 161

  • April 19 – Crawford, John – 4 horses

Image 162

  • Duggin William — William Duggins — 1 horse

Image 164

  • Kennedy Michl – MIchael Kennedy — 3 horses

Image 174

  • [Crawford] James – James Crawford – 1 male > 16, Craford, Rebeckah – 8 horses

Image 176

  • Duglas John — John
  • Duglas Senr — 10 horses
  • Duglas, Nathan – Nathan Duglas
  • Duglas, John – John Duglas – 2 horses

Image 186

  • Sellers John – John Sellers – 6 horses
  • Sellers James – James Sellers – 4 horses

Image 190 Lincoln County 1792

Image 194

  • Crawford John John Crawford – 5 horses, 17 cattle – 913

Image 195

  • Duggin William – William Duggin — 1 horse, 6 cattle – no land

Image 198

  • Kennady Michael – Michael Kennady – 5 horses, 18 cattle, 100 acres

Image 206 – Book 2
Image 217 – Book 3
Image 221

  • Craford James – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 14 cattle, 120 acres

Image 222

  • Duglass John (D) —1 male > 21
  • Duglass Nathan – 1 male > 21 –  1 horse

Image 223

  • Duglass John SS 1 male > 21, 11 horses, 30 cattle, 200 acres

Image 234

  • Sellers James – 1 male > 21; 6 horses, 10 cattle
  • Sellers Samuel – 1 male > 21; 1 horse
  • Sellers William – 1 male 16-21

Image 235

  • Sellers Nathaniel – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 4 cattle 100 acres — THE SON WHO MOVES TO OHIO
  • Sellers, John 1 male over 21, 5 horses, 24 cattle, 100 acres

Image 239 Lincoln County 1793
Image 251 – book  2 for 1793
Image 253

  • Crawford John – John Crawford – 4 horses, 15 cattle – 913 acres

Image 261

  • Shoemaker Jesse — Jesse Shoemaker – 1 horse – 2 cattle

Image 265 1792, 1793, 1794

image 267

  • Douglas John – Clark County – Licking watercourse — 30 acres

image 275 1794
image 289 — another book

Image 293

  • Crawford John – 1 male > 21, 3 horses – 12 cattle – 250 acres

next image – very hard to read

images 303, 304 have the S section – hard to read but don’t think Sellers on these pages

image 308 starts new section

image 313

  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 2 horses 1 cattle
  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 11 cattle  114 acres Lincoln county
  • Douglas George- 1 male > 21, 9 horses, 25 cattle – 200 acres Lincoln county

Image 314

  • Douglas Nathan – 1 male > 21, 1 horseDouglas John – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 325

  • Sellars Nathanniel 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 2 cattle

Image 326

  • Sellars Samuel – 1 male > 21, 2 horse, 2 cattle
  • Sellars James – 1 male > 21, 5 horses, 11 cattle
  • Sellars William – 1 male > 21, 2 horses, 4 cattle
  • sellars, John – 1 male > 21, 5 horses, 17 cattle — 100 acres Lincoln County

Image 331 Lincoln County 1795
Image 336

  • Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses, 14 cattle – Lincoln County – Sugar Creek 114 acres  IS THIS REBECCA’S LAND????
  • Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 337

  • Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 1 cattle

Image 338

  • Douglas George – 1 male > 21, 1 male 16-21, 2 blacks, 1 black <16, 10 horses, 24 cattle Lincoln County, Boone Creek – 200 acres
  • Douglas, John – 1 male > 21

Image 345

  • Sellers, James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 14 cattle
  • Sellers William 1 male > 21, 2 horses, 9 cattle Lincoln County Sugar Creek 100 acres
  • Sellers Dun – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 1 cattle

image 350 Auditor’s book
Image 364 – start of another book
Image 366

  • Crafort William Lincoln County Richladn Creek – 500 acres

Image 377 No 3

Image 381

  • Apr 20 Crofford John – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 13 Cattle, Lincoln county, Hanging fork – 350 acres

Image 397 Lincoln County 1796
image 413 book 2

Image 417

  • Crawford Jn – 607 acres H Fork Lincoln County – 1 male > 21, 1 black, 1 black <16, 4 horses, 14 cattle

book 3

Image 440

  • Douglas George — 200 acres — Boones Lincoln County – Edward Davis –  – Jacob Myers -2 male > 21, 9 horses, 24 cattle
  • Douglas John – 1 male > 21

Image 450

  • Sellers James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses, 13 cattle
  • Sellers William — 50 acres – Sugar Creek – Lincoln County – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 12 cattle
  • Sellers Samuel – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 1 cattle

Image 456 Lincoln County 1797
Image 461

  • Crawfort John 1 Male > 21, 1 black > 16, 1 black, 5 horses, 550 acres

Image 487 new book
Image 494 Lincoln County 1796, 1797, 1798

Image 532 Book 2

Image 533 1799

Image 540

  • Crawford James — 1 male > 21 ; 100 acres Rolling forks, Lincoln County – James Sp[eer]


image 575 Book 2
Image 598 Book 3
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  • Crawford Robert – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks, 1 black > 16 – 200 acres 

Image 605

Duglas George – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 624 Lincoln County 1800

image 643 book 2
Image 675 book 3
Image 683

  • Crawford Robert 200 acres Lincoln County Hanging Fork – original John Crawford – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16 , 3 blacks, 2 horses
  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21

Image 686

  • Dugles George, 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Image 712 Lincoln County 1801
Image 715 – C
Image 728 – S
Image 735 – book 2
Image 737 – C
Image 758 – S
Image 763 – Book 3 – Hugh Magill Commissioner
Image 769 C
IMage 804 1802
Image 808 – C
Image 825 – S
Image 832 – book 2
Image 839

  • Ellis Richard – 270 acres Lincoln Noland Fork Carpenter same same 1 male > 21, 4 horses
  • Ellis James
  • Ellis Isaac

Image 848

  • Kenaday John 100 acres Lincoln County Green River Jos Spelsh same same 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 858 S

Image 864 Geo McRoberts 1802
Image 869 – C