Isham "Isom" Daniel and Mary "Polly" Borders


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Marriage Books, Floyd County, Kentucky. Marriage of Isham Daniel and Mary Borders
Isom, Mary Polly

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  3. 3. Establishing Isham Daniel's Lineage
  4. 4. Establishing Mary Borders's Lineage
  5. 5. Marriage
  6. 6. Their Life Together
  7. 7. Land Grants
  8. 8. Isham's Death
  9. 9. Sources
  10. 10. To Do List
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Isham Daniel and Mary Borders are my 4th great grandparents.

You will see Isham often spelled as Isom. Isham appears more often in the documents so I am going to use that spelling.

Isham Daniel was born about 1789 in Russell County, Virginia. He married Mary Borders on 15 Aug 1809, in Floyd County, Kentucky. They had 10 children during their marriage. He died before 1848 in Blaine, Kentucky, at the age of about 58.

When Mary Borders was born about 1796, her father, John V. Borders, was 40 and her mother, Catherine Elizabeth Sellards, was 32. (1) She died sometime after 1850.

These things were happening in the world around 1789:

1787 The Constitution of the United States is signed. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention watch as John Fitch tests the first US steamboat.
1790 Philadelphia chosen temporary Capital of US as Congress voted to establish a new capital on the Potomac. US population counted in first US census: about 3,929,000 including 698,000 slaves.
1791 US Bill of Rights ratified.
1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union (Jun 1, 1792) settled 1774.


Isham's father was James Daniel, Jr and his mother was Nancy. Nancy's maiden name is still unproven. James died probably in 1799 as his will was recorded on 27 Aug 1799 in Russell County, Virginia and proven by oath of James Daniel Sr and Sarah Daniel.

Nov 22, 2005 Tue 3:49 PM EST
Lebanon, Russell County, VA Court Order Book 3, Page 16, August 27, 1799 Last will and testament of James Daniel Jr proven by oath of James Daniel Sr and Sarah Daniel. Also the sale of 77 acres to Robert Smyth on June 29, 1799 presented to be recorded and was continued for further proof.
James, Nancy
After the death of James, Nancy married Samuel Thomas Sellards, brother of Jean C. Sellards who is widely known by her married name, Jenny Wiley. These two are also the brother and sister of Catherine Elizabeth Sellards who married John V. Borders and their daughter Mary Borders is the wife of Isham Daniel in this article. Jenny Wiley is my 5th Great Grand Aunt.

In Sep 1801, in the court of Russell County, Virginia Nancy Sillerd took an oath as executor of her late husband James Daniel's estate with John Belsher as her $600 security.

Nov 22, 2005 Tue 3:52 PM EST
Lebanon, Russell County, VA Court Order Book 3, Page 157, Sep 1801 Nancy Sillerd named executor in the will of James Daniel and recorded by the court. John Belsher named as her security.
James, Nancy
We know that Nancy and her husband migrated to Ky sometime after 1800 as they begin to appear in the Floyd County, Kentucky records around 1814. I will give more detail in the article about James Daniel Jr and Nancy but on 6 Sep 1814, a power of attorney links Thomas, George and Isham as brothers and heirs of land in Virginia willed to them by their deceased father, James Daniel of Russell County, Virginia.

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 10:51 AM EST
Prestonsburg, Floyd Co., VA Deed Book A-B, Sep 6, 1814, Page 184 Thomas Daniel grants his brother George Daniel power of attorney to sell his part of the land inherited from his father. I'm not sure how much land they received. Nancy got her 1/3 dower right and there is a deed selling her 1/3 part, 66 2/3 acres of land to her three sons.
Thomas, George
A 21 Nov 1814 Floyd County Kentucky deed links Nancy Daniel Sellards to these three sons as she is selling them her 1/3 dower interest in the land in Virginia. It also identifies her as the widow of James Daniel of Russell County, Virginia.

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 11:06 AM EST
Prestonsburg, Floyd Co., VA Deed Book A-B, Nov 21, 1814, Page 191 Nancy Daniel Sellards sells her 66 2/3 acres (dower right to 200 acres) to her sons, Isham, Thomas and George Daniel for $80.
Nancy, George, Thomas, Isham, James

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 11:06 AM EST
Prestonsburg, Floyd Co., VA Deed Book A-B, Nov 21, 1814, Page 191 Nancy Daniel Sellards sells her 66 2/3 acres (dower right to 200 acres) to her sons, Isham, Thomas and George Daniel for $80.
Nancy, George, Thomas, Isham, James

It is a little more difficult to document the maiden name of Mary Borders, but it is possible. The death certificate of her daughter Nancy (2) lists Polly Borders as her mother and Isom Daniels as her father. The Big Sandy Valley published by William Ely in 1887 (3) (4) talks about John V. Borders and how his oldest daughter, Polly, married Isom Daniel. They settled on a farm two miles below Tom's Creek and their son Peter Daniel is living in the home place. That nicely connects three generations. Peter Daniel is my 3rd Great Grandfather. Polly was a common nickname for Mary during this time. Judge Archibald Borders, also discussed in the Big Sandy book, is the brother of Mary "Polly" Borders.

Jemima Borders was a sister to Mary Borders. Jemima was the mother of Mary Jane VanHoose who married Peter, one of Isham and Mary's sons so that made them 1st cousins. Mary and Jemima's parents are John V. Borders and Catherine Elizabeth Sellards. These people are my 5th Great Grandparents. One of Catherine's sisters is Jean C. Sellards which is my 5th Great Grand Aunt. Jean married Thomas Wiley. This is the famous Jenny Wiley of eastern Ky.

The John Borders in the story of Jenny Wiley is my 5th Great Grandfather. The book "Descendants of Jenny Wiley and Hezekiah Sellards" by the Jenny Wiley Association published July 2002 says that John Borders was the brother-in-law of Jenny Wiley.

The Marriage Books in Floyd County, Kentucky have a marriage certificate showing Isham Daniel and Mary Borders were married on 15 Aug 1809 by Harry Burgess.

Marriage Books, Floyd County, Kentucky. Marriage of Isham Daniel and Mary Borders
Isom, Mary Polly
They were married in Floyd County because Johnson County did not exist at the time. It was created 24 Feb 1842 from Floyd, Lawrence and Morgan Counties.

I also found a marriage permission on Ancestry.com dated 9 Aug 1809. It is hard to read so I have added a transcription that was included. This one is interesting because Isham's father was James Daniel. James died before 1800 in Virginia. His wife, Nancy, married Samuel Thomas Sellards. (5) and the family moved to Kentucky. John V. Borders was married to Samuel's sister, Catherine Elizabeth Sellards. So John V. Borders was a step-uncle to Isham. And Isham's wife Mary Borders was the daughter of John V. Borders. So the marriage consent by John V. Borders, legal guardian of Isham Daniel, and his wife Catherine Elizabeth Sellards covered both their daughter and their step-nephew.

It is not clear to me why John V. Borders was the guardian of Isham and not Samuel Thomas Sellards. I have read that when a father died, the children were considered "orphans" whether the mother was still alive or not. The laws varied by state but the court would often appoint someone as guardian for the children. Maybe John was appointed guardian of the children before Nancy married John's brother. I just don't know.

Mr WM. J Mayo F.C.C. Sir please to issue license for Isham Daniel and Mary Borders to Marry by consent of all parties on both sides affirmed by us and given under our hand August 9th 1809 John V. Borders Guardian for I. Daniel---- Catherine Borders

We know Isham was born in Russell County, Virginia and moved to Kentucky sometime after his father's death in 1799. Based on land records in Virginia, Clayton Cox thinks Mary came to Kentucky around 1804. (6) These families most likely came through Pound Gap as they settled in eastern Kentucky. If they had come through the Cumberland Gap they would have settled in a more central location in the state. By 1800, Daniel Williams, my 5th Great Grandfather and Edward Williams, my 6th Great Grandfather had been living in the present day Montgomery County area for 21 years.

Pioneer Migration to Kentucky is a good read on early migration in to Kentucky.

Clayton R. Cox wrote three books in 1977. Volume 1, Appalachia Crossroads, details the genealogy of Hezekiah Sellards whose granddaughter, Mary Borders, married Isham Daniel on 15 Aug 1809. (7) He lists nine children (5) (8) (9) (10) (11) for the couple with birth, marriage and death dates. I have verified all nine names and some of the dates. At least one date is obviously wrong. He says John Daniel born about 1810 married Mary Margaret VanHoose born about 1819 on 10 Nov 1852. That would mean she was 33 when she married. That just did not happen. He also lists their children with the first one born about 1834. That would have been 18 years before their marriage. Obviously a typo was made someplace. However if you Google for this couple almost every site you find will contain the information copied exactly as it appears in Clayton Cox's book.

So don't believe everything you see on the internet. Once a bad piece of data gets on the internet and other people start repeating it on their sites, it becomes hard to dispute and correct.

I have no doubt Isham Daniel and Mary Borders had nine children named John, James, Sarah, Catherine, Isham Jr, David, Nancy, Peter and Wyatt A. They are mentioned in land records in Johnson County, Kentucky and reference Isham as their deceased father. The 1850 census has Mary as a widow at age 54 and my Peter with his brother Wyatt A. are still living at home with her. Clayton Cox lists a tenth child as Jessie Daniel married Heny Hill with no other information. Until I find more information, I am not going to include this child.

Census records prior to 1850 only list the head of household by name and the other household members by age ranges so they are less helpful.

Starting with the 1810 census there is one male 16 and older but younger than 26 and one female in the same age range. They had just gotten married in 1809 so they don't have children yet.

1810 Census for Isham Daniel This is a partial image. Click the image for more details.
By 1820 they have 2 males under 10. 1 male between 26 and under 25. That would be Isham. There are 2 females under 10 and one female between 16 and under 26. That has to be Mary. So she was barely 16 in the 1810 census, which means she was probably 15 when she married. They have 4 children.

1820 Census for Isham Daniel This is a partial image. Click the image for more details.
In 1830 they have 1 male under 5, 1 male between 5 and 10, 1 male between 10 and 15 and 1 male between 15 and 20. There are 3 females under the age of 5 and of course Isham and Mary. So the 2 females from the last census under 5 are gone. but they have added I think 2 more males and 3 females, so I count 9 children with 7 still at home.

1830 Census for Isham Daniel This is a partial image. Click the image for more details.
1840 adds another male under 5 and a male between 5 and 10. So now I count 11 children total. I can clearly document 9 of them. Clayton Cox list a 10th child as Jessie Daniel who married Heny Hill. (9) He has no other information and I have found nothing for this child. We also don't know if some children died young. They may have had more than 11 children. Also some of these children might have been orphans from other families. We just don't know. My ancestor is Peter Daniel and he seems pretty well documented.

1840 Census for Isham Daniel This is a partial image. Click the image for more details.

The children I list below are confirmed by name in land records from Johnson County, Kentucky and have other supporting documents.

  • John Daniel was born in 1810 in Floyd County, Kentucky. He married Mary Margaret ? Some say Mary's maiden name was VanHoose but I can't find any documentation. I also don't know when they married. 1880 census shows them still alive at 64 and 66. They are also in the 1850 and 1870 census. (12) (13) (14) (15)
  • James A. Daniel was born July 1811 (16) (17) in Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Wheeler on 11 Feb 1830. James died sometime after the 1900 census when he was 88, a widower and living with his son Jesse. Elizabeth died sometime after 1880 when the census shows her and James living with their son Jesse. This couple is in the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 census. (18) (19) (20) (21)
  • Sarah Ann Daniel was born about 1813 in Kentucky, died about 1851 in Ohio (22) and is buried in the Hazelbaker Cemetery, Blue Creek, Adams County, Ohio. She married Harrison Samuel Evans on 23 Oct 1828. (5) Samuel Harrison Evans died on 11 Aug 1875 and is buried in the same cemetery. (23)
  • Catherine Daniel was born about 1822 and was buried in Chandler Branch, Chandlersville, Johnson Co., KY per Clayton Cox. (5) He also states that she married (1) James Louis Chandler on 13 Aug 1835 and (2) James Harrison Wheeler. I know she married James Chandler because of some land records I'll discuss later. But looking at the census records from 1850 through 1900 (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) I am a little confused. Her age in 1850 puts her birth about 1822. But the 1900 census puts her birth at Apr 1817 and the other census records support that. So there is an error in the 1850 census for her age or I have the wrong Catherine Daniel in some of the census records. But there is no doubt that a Catherine Daniel was the daughter of Isham and Mary and she married James Chandler.
  • Isom Daniel was born on 22 Nov 1823 in Whitehouse, Johnson County, Kentucky, died on 26 Nov 1898 in Johnson County, Kentucky at age 75, and was buried in the Daniel Cemetery, Sitka, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married Eleanor Jayne on 5 May 1842. (5) (29)
  • David Daniel was born 7 Oct 1826 in Floyd County, Kentucky. He married Sarah Jayne on 1 Jan 1846, sister to Eleanor Jayne who married his brother Isom. David died 15 Feb 1893. (9) I found the following for David
    IN MEMORY OF DAVID DANIEL

    DAVID DANIEL 1826 - 1893

    In memory of David Daniel of Bethel - Church of United Baptist, Flat Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky. Born on October 7th, 1826 - died February 15th, 1893.

    Brother Daniel, a member of Bethel Church, passed from his labors on earth to that building not made with hands eternal in the heavens where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides ; having lived with us a consistent member until his death. Joined the United Baptist Church at Bethel April the 4, Saturday, 1867. Was appointed Clerk May the 4, Saturday, 1870. Served until July the 4, Saturday, 1880. He was ordained to preach the Gospel in 1873. And was appointed Assistant Moderator July 4th, Saturday, 1889. When he was elected permanent Moderator, which he faithfully discharged his duty until death. Brother Daniels had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 26 years. A regular attendant at our meetings, devoted to the principles of Christianity and ever ready to aid in the relief of suffering humanity, he worked for the right , and encouraged morality, and virtue in their highest and purest acceptation. All though his health being bad he fully sustained and maintained his Christian integrity never faltering in his faith in Christ or murmering at the providence of God in his affliction. He died happy in the love of Christ leaving with the living this testimony that to live for Christ is infinite gain. Therefore, be it ??????? that we extend to his bereaved family our earnest sympathy and while we mourn this disruption of our covenanted friendship on earth we will console ourselves with the hope that his spirit rests safely in the New Jerusalem where there is no death and where the city needs not the Sun nor moon to shine upon it for the Glory of the Great I Am lightens it and the Lamb is the Light thereof ; that a copy of this memorial be spread on the church record and be printed in the minutes of the association. Done by order of the Church.

    Elder, J. T. Ferguson , Moderator C. W. Williams , Clerk

    HIGHLAND ECHO VOLUME 6 MARCH 1988 NUMBER 20

    Transcribed on April 29, 2006 by Connie Spurlock ( Great-great-granddaughter of David Daniel )

    One of David's children was David Bloomfield Daniel. Also, John Asbury Daniel, buried in the Daniel Cemetery, Peddler Gap, Morgan County, Kentucky was the son of Wyatt Winston Daniel, one of David's children. John stayed with my grandparents, Walter Francis Daniel and Mintie Hill, for a time before his death.

  • Nancy A. Daniel was born 20 Nov 1829 in Floyd County, Kentucky, died 4 Mar 1922 and is buried in Offutt, Kentucky. (30) She married Shadrach Ward about 1849. By the 1910 census she is a Fannin so at some point Shadrach must have died and she remarried. I can find Nancy A. in the 1860 (31) (32) , 1870 (33) (34) , 1880 (35) , 1910 (36) and 1920 (37) (38) census records. She is also the only sibling with a death certificate (30) that lists her parents.
  • Peter Daniel, my 3rd Great Grandparent, was born in 1833 in Floyd County, Kentucky and died 11 May 1912. (39) He married Mary Jane VanHoose on 10 Sep 1852 in Johnson Co., KY at James VanHoose's Home. (40) When Mary died, he married Emaline "Emma" Borders about 1884. (41) Peter and his brother Wyatt A. were registered for military duty in the Union Army on 30 Oct 1863. (42)
  • Wyatt A. Daniel was born in 1834 in Johnson Co., KY, died in 1914 at age 80, and was buried in the Daniel Cemetery, Whitehouse, Johnson County, Kentucky. (43) (44) He married Marinda Lion on 27 Mar 1857. (45) The 1860 census supports this marriage as they have a 2 year old and a 6 months old child. (46) They also appear in the 1870 census. (47) In the 1880 census he is living beside his brother Peter, my 3rd Great Grandfather. (48) By 1910 he is a widower and living with his son Jesse H. (49)
Isham is named in a number of Kentucky Land Grants. The website Ky Land Grants describes the various land grants of Kentucky over the years but two of them seem to have applied to Isham.
Kentucky Land Warrant Series (Grants from 1815 forward) -- 26,080 surveys These warrants were purchased or issued by the Kentucky Land Office. Many were authorized by the General Assembly for the development of Kentucky's infrastructure, i.e., proceeds from warrant sales were used to build roads.

County Court Order Series (Grants from 1835 to present date) -- 70,238 surveys. In 1835, the General Assembly granted county courts the right to issue warrants authorizing surveys. Fees are set locally, however, the law requires a minimum of $5 per 100 acres of unappropriated land. The County Court Order Patent Series is codified in Chapter 56 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Below is a summary of the land grants to Isham Daniel. Any grants after 1835 required payment of $5 per 100 acres of land. Also note the county changes from Floyd to Johnson. Johnson County Kentucky was formed in 1843.

Note that Isham Daniel, Jr purchased land on 12 Apr 1844. He married Eleanor Jayne on 5 May 1842 so maybe they were purchasing land for their homestead.

I have simple index records for each of Isham's land grants. (50) (51) (52) (53) (54) (55) (56)

I was looking on a Kentucky government website and found the actual grant paperwork for the 1844 grant of 200 acres to Isham. He paid $10 ($5 per 100 acres as required by law) to Johnson County on 2 Dec 1844. The survey was conducted on 4 Dec 1844 and the land was actually granted by Governor William Owsley on 7 July 1845.

1844 Land Grant to Isham Daniel

1844 Land Grant to Isham Daniel

1844 Land Grant to Isham Daniel

1844 Land Grant to Isham Daniel
Isham died sometime prior to 24 July 1848 as there is a land record in Johnson County, Kentucky where some of his children are recording a deed and refer to Isham Daniel as deceased. Every reference to Isham's death says he was killed while felling timber on his farm on the Big Sandy River above Whitehouse, Kentucky. I have found no documentation to prove this or the exact date of death. But he was clearly dead by 24 Jul 1848.

Apparently it was not uncommon to sell land without recording it at the courthouse. Especially between family or men that had a strong trust in each other. But an unrecorded deed could be contested. It appears that after Isham's death, the family recorded some transactions he made before his death.

James Daniel married Elizabeth Wheeler in 1830. I am guessing that shortly after this date, James purchased some land from his father to start his own family but the deed was never recorded. So on 24 Jul 1848, the siblings John, Catherine and her husband James L. Chandler, Isham and David, heirs of Isham Daniel deceased are recording a deed and confirming that James paid $150 to Isham while he was still alive for the land. The other siblings Nancy, Peter and Wyatt are mentioned in later land documents but not this one and I wonder why. I think it is because they may not have been born when the transaction originally occurred. Also Sarah married in 1828 and may have already been in Scioto County, Ohio by this time.

Below is the beginning of the document and the list of names at the end. You can see all of the document via these references. (57) (58) (59) (60) (61)

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 11:52 AM EST
Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 287-288, July 24, 1848 This indenture made and entered into this 24th day of July in the year 1848 between John Daniel, James L. Chandler and Catharine Chandler his wife, Isham Daniel and David Daniel heirs of Isham Daniel deceased of the County of Johnson and Commonwealth of Kentucky of the one part and James Daniel of the County and Commonwealth aforesaid of the other part. Witnesth that the said John Daniel, James L Chandler and Catharine Chandler, Isham Daniel and David Daniel for and in consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars paid to Isham Daniel deceased in his life time for which he executed a title bond to the said James Daniel the receipt whereas is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents grant bargain and sell unto the said James Daniel his heirs .... Settling estate of Isham Daniel after he died.
Isham

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 11:54 AM EST
Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 287-288, July 24, 1848 Settling estate of Isham Daniel after he died.
Isham

Isham may have died prior to 28 Feb 1848. There is another deed recorded 28 Aug 1848 where it appears Isham sold to Michael Borders some land on 17 Nov 1843 for $300. On 28 Feb 1848 Valentine VanHoose by oath confirmed the 1843 land transaction. On 28 Aug 1848 John Stafford also confirmed by oath. If Isham had been alive he would have recorded the transaction. But it appears that the oath of two men was enough to record the deed.

Michael Borders was the brother of Isham's wife, Mary Borders. Isham's son, Peter, would marry Valentine VanHoose's daughter, Mary Jane VanHoose on 10 Sep 1852. I have not pondered how John Stafford fit into the picture.

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 12:02 PM EST
Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 282, Nov 17, 1843 This indenture made and entered into this seventeenth day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty three between Isham Daniel of the County of Johnson and the state of Kentucky of the one part and Michael Borders of Lawrence County and state of the other part. Witneseth that for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars good and currant money of Ky to the said Isham Daniel to him in hand paid the receipt whereas is hereby acknowledged doth give grant bargain sell and convey to the above named Michael Borders all the tract and ..... Isom Daniel sells land to Michael Borders. Why was it not recorded until Aug 25, 1848
Isom, Michael

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 12:02 PM EST
Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 282, Nov 17, 1843 ... certify that this deed from Isham Daniel to Michael Borders was produced to me on the 28th day of February 1848 and proven by the oath of Valentine VanHoose and proof completed by the oath of John Stafford on the 28th day of August 1848 to be the act and deed of said Daniel for the purpose therein mentioned and that the same hath been duly admited to record in my office given under my hand this 28th August 1848.... Isom Daniel sells land to Michael Borders. Why was it not recorded until Aug 25, 1848
Isom, Michael

On 13 Aug 1859 James, John, Katherine Chandler, Isham, David, Nancy Hetta Ward and Shadrach Ward her husband, Peter and Wyatt A. heirs and legal representatives of Isham Daniel deceased divide the land they inherited from their father Isham. Sarah is not listed with the siblings. Maybe because she died about 1850.

Below is the beginning of the document and you can see all of the document via these references. (62) (63) (64) (65)

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 12:27 PM EST
Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 311. This indenture made and entered into this 13th day of August AD 1859 between James Daniel, John Daniel, Katherine Chandler, Isham Daniel, David Daniel, Nancy Hetta Ward and Shadrach Ward her husband and Peter Daniel and Wyatt A. Daniel heirs and legal representatives of Isham Daniel deceased of the County of Johnson and Commonwealth of Kentucky. Witnesseth that the afforesaid parties do grant and convey unto each other the following described tracts of land which land descended to them from the said Isham Daniel their father deceased to wit to James Daniel ......to John Daniel..... to Katharine Chandler .... to Isham Daniel ....David Daniel .... to Nancy Hetta Ward .... to Peter and Wyatt A. ... signed by James Daniel, John Daniel, Isham Daniel, David Daniel, Nancy Hetta Ward, Peter Daniel, Wyatt Daniel
James, John, Isom, David, Nancy Hetta, Peter, Wyatt A.

On 12 Mar 1860 it appears the siblings sell all their inherited land to their brothers Peter and Wyatt for a total of $2,175. They reference the deed they made on 13 Aug 1859. David also sells them a tract of land patented by the Commonwealth of Ky to David. There are a couple of quirks with the names. For example, Sarah died about 1850 but is mentioned once. Cate Daniel is mentioned using her maiden name but we know she married James Chandler in 1835 and Katherine Chandler is mentioned in earlier deeds. In the 1860 census taken in June she is married to a Wheeler. So at the time of the recording maybe she is still an unmarried widow? If she had been married her husband would have been listed as a married woman could not conduct land transactions. Cate seems to also be listed with Nancy Hetta Ward and her husband Shadrach. Maybe she was living with them? I really don't know.

The other mystery is why Mary Daniel, the mother, is not mentioned. She would have Dower rights to the property until her death. If she were giving up her rights to the property I think that would be documented. I also don't have a death date for Mary. I know via the census she was alive in 1850. Maybe I missed a legal document in the courthouse. I just don't know.

Below is the beginning of the document and the list of names at the end. You can see all of the document via these references. (66) (67) (68) (69) (70)

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 12:26 PM EST
Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 309 This indenture made and entered into this 12th day of March 1860 between John Daniel and Margret Daniel, David Daniel, Sarah Daniel, Nancy Hetta Ward, ??Cate?? Daniel and Shadrach her husband heirs at law of Isham Daniel deceased of the one part and Peter Daniel and Wyatt A. Daniel of the other part all of the County of Johnson and State of Kentucky. Witnesseth that the first named party for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand one hundred and seventy five dollars to them paid by the said Peter and Wyatt A. Daniel that is one thousand dollars paid to John Daniel six hundred and twenty five dollars paid to the said David Daniel and five hundred dollars paid to the said Nancy Hetta Ward, Cate Daniel and Shadrach Ward her husband the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged we the said John Daniel and Margret Daniel his wife, David Daniel and his wife, Nancy Hetta Ward, Cate Daniel heirs aforesaid do by these presents convey unto the said Peter and Wyatt A. Daniel all of our right title and interest as heirs aforesaid in and to all the land owned by the said Isham Daniel deceased at the time of his death lying and being in ...... our parts of said land being described in a deed made by the heirs of the said Isham Daniel deceased to each other bearing date the 13th day of August 1859 and this day acknowledged by them before the clerk of the Johnson County court to which land we here by convey all of our right title and interest to the said Peter and Wyatt A. Daniel their heirs and assigns forever from us our heirs and assigns and all persons ??? and in addition to the above the said David Daniel hereby conveys to the said Peter and Wyatt A. Daniel the following described tract of land which was patented by the Commonwealth of Ky to the said David Daniel in the County and State aforesaid on the ....
Peter, John, David, Wyatt A., Sarah, Cate, Isom, Nancy Hetta, Margaret

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 12:27 PM EST
Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 310 Peter Daniel is my 3rd Great Grandfather. Isom Daniel is my 4th Great Grandfather
Peter, John, David, Wyatt A., Sarah, Cate, Isom, Nancy Hetta, Margaret

And here is just some trivia. In August 1817 Isham was appointed road surveyor.

Nov 23, 2005 Wed 10:20 AM EST
Prestonburg, Floyd Co., KY Court Order Book 2, Page 270, August Court 1817 Isham Daniel was appointed surveyor of the road from the mouth of Tom's Creek to the ?? beech on Georges Creek in the ?? of Michael Borders ?? and it is ordered that the former hands do assist him to keep the ?same? according to law.
Isham

I know nothing more about Isham and Mary. Clayton Cox in Appalachia Crossroads, Page 314, has an interesting entry for one of their sons, Isom Daniel Jr. and Eleanor Jayne, my 3rd Great Grand Uncle and Aunt.

The following 1897 article appeared in a 1938 issue of the Paintsville Herald.

The following clipping from the old Paintsville Commercial, printed in September, 1897, was found pasted in the back of a Bible which formerly belonged to Henry Caudill. The clipping tells of a family reunion held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Isom Daniel, pioneer citizens of Johnson County. Henry Caudill was a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Isom Daniel. Mr. Caudill and most of the Daniel family are dead, but they have many descendants in Johnson and adjoining counties who will be interested in the story of social life in this section of forty years ago.

The late Senator Thomas S. Kirk was owner of the Paintsville Commercial and was master of ceremonies for the occasion. Chas A. Kirk who later became the owner of the Commercial was a nephew of Senator Kirk and later acquired the Herald and made it famous throughout the state as Kentucky's leading weekly newspaper.

Another distinguished guest at the reunion was Hon. A. J. Auxier, Circuit Judge of the 24th Judical District, which at that time took in a large slice of Eastern Kentucky counties. The clipping from the Commercial is printed below:

As was announced in the Commercial more than a month ago, a reunion of the family of Isom and Nelly Daniel took place at their home at Sip, Ky., Oct 1, 1897, at which were present every one of their children, numbering 13 with most of their families, making in all about 100.

The boys met at the old homestead on Thursday and arranged a table so that the whole family could be seen at the same time. It was placed under the shade of the old apple tree that every child of them had plucked fruit from.

From the day it was agreed upon to have this reunion the good father and mother, respectively 74 and 72, looked forward to the time when they should see the whole family reunited as of yore, with fond anticipation. And when the families began marching in on Friday morning with their carriages loaded down with provisions their hearts beat at an unusual rate with gladness. At eleven thirty o'clock the girls began to arrange the wholesome food, such as pen could not describe, but such as taste alone could relish. When the feast had been prepared several bouquets of the most beautiful flowers were presented by maids of the family and G. V. (Dr.) Daniel, the youngest of the seven sons, announced that dinner was ready. He immediately assisted his father and mother to the head of the table. Daniel Sparks the only living uncle of the mother, who if he should live until Oct 27, 1897, will be 100 years old. The entire family with a number of their friends, Hon A. J. Auxier, T. S. Kirk and wife, Elza Stapleton and wife, Wm Green and wife, Henry Jayne and wife, and a host of others, marched on either side of the table and remained in silence until T. S. Kirk invoked the blessing and gave thanks.

Such a dinner as your scribe never saw before was then ready for eating and one of the most striking features of the dinner when Mamma Daniel was through eating she was seen wending her way through the crowd - God Bless her - picking out the little grandchildren and great grandchildren and feeding them from their own lovely hand.

When all had dined it was announced that there would be speaking at one-thirty P.M. Hon T. S. Kirk, at the time announced, took the stand and in a beautiful but very touching way took up the history of the family and ere he had closed his speech the entire family seemed to be swallowed up in tears. Then Hon. A. J. Auxier in an eloquent but pointed speech pictured the beauties of the multitude of Daniels that were partaking of this grand family reunion, and at the close of his speech he presented to Papa and Mammy Daniel the presents that were made to them by different members of the family and by the whole family. Among the presents there were a beautiful dress, silk handkerchiefs, suits of underwear, a handsome rocker, etc.

The father and mother expecting something of this kind, were determined not to be outdone, called upon Mr. Kirk to present their presents to the children, uncovered the presents and presented to each one of the girls a beautiful cashmere dress, to each son and son-in-law daughter and daughter-in-law, a beautiful handkerchief, each costing the same amount of money, showing to them that equal love for them exists in their hearts. At night there were services held at the church (Sugar Grove) at which the old folks bid good bye to their family as a whole and such a service was hardly ever held in the old church as had often been done by them before.

The father and mother urged their children, those that were not, to become Christians, and meet them in the Great Beyond. Mr. Daniel had been a consistent member of the church since 1841, and Mrs. Daniel since 1844. They were married May 5, 1842.



(1) 1977 Appalachia Crossroads, Volume 1, Clayton R. Cox, page 93


(2) 1922 Death Certificate for Nancy Daniel


(3) 1887 Big Sandy Valley published by William Ely


(4) 1887 Big Sandy Valley published by William Ely


(5) 1977 Appalachia Crossroads, Volume 1, Clayton R. Cox, pages 312 and 313


(6) 1977 Appalachia Crossroads, Volume 1, Clayton R. Cox, page 95


(7) 1809 Marriage Books, Floyd County, Kentucky. Marriage of Isham Daniel and Mary Borders


(8) 1977 Appalachia Crossroads, Volume 1, Clayton R. Cox, pages 314 and 315


(9) 1977 Appalachia Crossroads, Volume 1, Clayton R. Cox, pages 316 and 317


(10) 1977 Appalachia Crossroads, Volume 1, Clayton R. Cox, pages 318 and 319


(11) 1977 Appalachia Crossroads, Volume 1, Clayton R. Cox, pages 320 and 321


(12) 1850 Census for John Daniel and Mary Margaret (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(13) 1850 Census for John Daniel and Mary Margaret (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(14) 1870 Census for John Daniel and Mary Margaret (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(15) 1880 Census for John Daniel and Mary Margaret (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(16) 1900 Census for James Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(17) 1900 Census for James Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(18) 1850 Census for James Daniel and Elizabeth Wheeler (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(19) 1860 Census for James Daniel and Elizabeth Wheeler (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(20) 1870 Census for James Daniel and Elizabeth Wheeler (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(21) 1880 Census for James Daniel and Elizabeth Wheeler (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(22) 1851 findagrave.com record for Sarah Ann Daniel


(23) 1875 findagrave.com record for Samuel Harrison Evans


(24) 1850 Census for Catherine Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(25) 1860 Census for Catherine Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(26) 1870 Census for Catherine Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(27) 1880 Census for Catherine Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(28) 1900 Census for Catherine Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(29) Grave for Isom Daniel and Eleanor Jayne


(30) 1922 Death Certificate for Nancy A. Daniel


(31) 1860 Census for Nancy A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(32) 1860 Census for Nancy A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(33) 1870 Census for Nancy A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(34) 1870 Census for Nancy A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(35) 1880 Census for Nancy A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(36) 1910 Census for Nancy A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(37) 1920 Census for Nancy A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(38) 1920 Census for Nancy A. Daniel


(39) 1912 Peter Daniel Death Certificate


(40) 1852 Marriage Bond for Peter Daniel and Mary Jane VanHoose


(41) 1900 Census for Peter Daniel with 2nd Wife and Children (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(42) 1863 Union Army Registration for Peter and Wyatt A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(43) 1914 Grave of Wyatt A. Daniel, Daniel Cemetery, Whitehouse, Johnson County, Kentucky


(44) 1898 Grave of Merinda L. Daniel, Daniel Cemetery, Whitehouse, Johnson County, Kentucky


(45) 1857 Marriage Record for Wyatt A. Daniel and Marinda Lions (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(46) 1860 Census for Wyatt A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(47) 1870 Census for Wyatt A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(48) 1880 Census for Wyatt A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(49) 1910 Census for Wyatt A. Daniel (Partial, Click for Full Document)


(50) Ky Land Grant for Isham Daniel


(51) Ky Land Grant for Isham Daniel


(52) Ky Land Grant for Isham Daniel


(53) Ky Land Grant for Isham Daniel


(54) Ky Land Grant for Isham Daniel


(55) Ky Land Grant for Isham Daniel


(56) Ky Land Grant for Isham Daniel


(57) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 287-288, July 24, 1848


(58) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 287-288, July 24, 1848


(59) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 287-288, July 24, 1848


(60) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 287-288, July 24, 1848


(61) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book A, page 287-288, July 24, 1848


(62) Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky Deed Book D, Page 311.


(63) Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky Deed Book D, Page 311.


(64) Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky Deed Book D, Page 311.


(65) Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky Deed Book D, Page 311.


(66) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 309


(67) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 309


(68) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 309


(69) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 310


(70) Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY Deed Book D, Page 310

  • Go to Court House in Lawrence County and look for land records for Daniel, Border, Bond?
  • Why is Mary the mother not mentioned in any of the deeds. Is there another legal document where she gave up her rights? When did she die? The Judge Borders article says she died during the Civil War.
  • Find the cemetery where Judge Archabald Borders and Jane Preston are buried. There is a large monument and it is 3 miles off route 23 on route 581. Apparently the home place was in the hollow just to the left of the cemetery.
  • Update birth and death dates for Peter and Mary Daniel based on their headstones. Also may be a photo of the head stones.
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