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53. Margaret SHAWHAN (Joseph4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Margaret was born in Bourbon County, Paris, Kentucky, on August 12, 1812. Margaret died after 1888; she was 75.
Notes on Margaret Shawhan:

Stayed in Bourbon County. {Madsen, p. 28}

Birthdate: 1815 (Ewalt descendancy chart from Donna Romito, 28 May 1997)
Marriage Bond (original located in the Harrison County Vault, Cynthiana, Kentucky):

Know all men by these present that we, Pugh Miller and Joseph Shawhan are held & firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Ky. in the sum of £50 current money and for payment, well and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly, severally & firmly by these presents sealed and dated this 5th day of April 1834.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Pugh Miller and Margaret Shawhan. Now should there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void. Otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.


S. Endecott, Clk Harrison Cty

Pugh Miller (seal)

Joseph Shawhan (seal)
On April 10, 1834 Margaret married Pugh MILLER, son of James MILLER (-1835) & Elizabeth PUGH (October 22, 1788-). Pugh was born on April 12, 1810. Pugh died in 1878; he was 67.
Notes for Pugh Miller:90

1. 1850 Census of Harrison Co., Kentucky - Roll 203, page 144. Pugh Miller-40, Margaret-37, James-11, William-6, Joseph-7/12.

They had the following children:

i. James. James was born in 1839.

177 ii. William (1843-)

iii. Joseph.

54. Rebecca SHAWHAN (Joseph4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Rebecca was born in Bourbon County, Paris, Kentucky, in 1817.
Marriage Bond (original in Harrison County, Kentucky, “Vault,” Cynthiana, Kentucky):

Paris Nov 6th 1836--

In pursuance to licence granted by the clerk of the county court of the county of Harrison, I do hereby certify that I did solemnize the marriage of Wesley Hoggins to Rebecca Shawan on the 17th November 1836

--Aylett Raines

Know all men by these presents, that we Wesley Hoggins and Joseph Shawhan are held, and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of £50 current money, and for payment well and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, jointly, severally, and firmly, by these presents, sealed and dated this 14th day of November 1836.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that a marriage is intended shortly to be solemnized between the above bound Wesley Hoggins and Rebecca Shawhan. Now should there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force,


Wesley Hoggins (seal)

Joseph Shawhan (seal)
See p. 492, Perrin's History in Duncan Tavern Historical Library. {Madsen, p. 28}
On November 24, 1836 Rebecca married Wesley HOGGINS, son of Solomon HOGGINS (September 30, 1767-April 9, 1845) & Amelia TUCKER (May 6, 1771-July 21, 1831), in Harrison County, Kentucky. Wesley was born on May 16, 1810.
They had the following children:

178 i. Anna (~1842-)

ii. Sarah.

iii. Mary.

iv. Bettie.

v. John.

Research: Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed.,

Boone Co.

HON. JOHN S. HOGGINS, a prominent farmer, stock raiser and trader, was

May 13, 1855, and is the eighth of a family of twelve children born to

Wesley and Rebecca (Shawhan) Hoggins. Wesley Hoggins was a native of

Kentucky, a merchant of Covington, and a farmer in Kenton County, Ky.,

and was also a cattle commissioner. John S. Hoggins was reared on a

farm, and received a common-school education. He chose farming as an

occupation, and now owns 800 acres of land in Illinois. He was elected

representative from Boone County in May, 1887, receiving the largest

Democrat majority ever received in Boone County.
vi. Henry.

vii. Emma.

viii. Fannie.

ix. Minnie.

55. William B. SHAWHAN (Joseph4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). William B. was born in Bourbon County, Paris, Kentucky, in 1821. William B. died on August 16, 1859; he was 38.
Birthdate: 1813 (Ewalt descendancy chart from Donna Romito, 28 May 1997)


William B. Shawhan

Harrison County Record Book I, pp. 125-126

Division of Slaves

Harrison County, State of Ky.

The following is the names and valuation of the Slaves of Wm B. Shawhan dec’d
Names Valuation

1 man named Bill-----$5.00

1 do do ----- 5.00

1 boy do Hubbard----- 4.00

1 “ “ Wesley---- 3.00

1 woman “ Louisa----- 2.75

1 girl “ Mary ----- 2.75


We the undersigned Comrs appointed by the Harrison County Court Decr Term 1863 to allot the Dower of Minerva Kimbrough in the Slaves of Wm B. Shawhan dec’d & we have allotted unto Kimbrough 1 man named Bill & 1 girl named Mary by said Mrs. Kimbrough paying the heirs the sum of twenty five dollars.

This Dec the 25th 1863

Samuel Ewalt

Geo Pugh }Com

E. McDaniel
State of Kentucky

Harrison County Court February Term 1864

I Charles T. Wilson Clerk of the County Court aforesaid certify that the foregoing divizion of the slaves of Wm B. Shawhan deceased was at the above Term ordered to be recorded having been continued one month without exceptions.

Which is done this 16th day of February 1864

Charles T. Wilson, Clk

by James G. Wall, DC

In 1844 William B. married Minerva K. SNELL. Minerva K. was born on September 27, 1827. Minerva K. died in Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana, Kentucky, on August 21, 1886; she was 58.
They had one child:

i. John Snell. John Snell was born in 1846. John Snell died in Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana, Kentucky, on July 8, 1886; he was 40.

Research: BIOGRAPHY John Snell was a bachelor, dying at the residence of his mother, Minerva Snell Shawhan Kimbrough, in Shawhan, Ky. He was a well-known distiller and owner of race horses, including the famous "Fonso", winner of the 1880 Kentucky Derby. His distillery, producing the "J.S. Shawhan" brand, was located at a spring behind the Mt. Carmel Church, a short distance from Shawhan Station, an important railroad shipping point at the time; this location was a continuation of the original site selected by his gr-grandfather, Daniel Shawhan (1738-1791) in the 1780s, and operated by his grandfather, Joseph Shawhan (1781-1871). By the 1870s the plant was producing only on an irregular basis, due to the vagaries of the weather, especially the availability of good water; in 1881 it shipped 232 barrels -- in 1883 it did not operate because of a dry season. A Lexington, Ky newspaper article from 1946, in "Sideline Sidelights", by Lindsay Taylor, titled "The Shawhan Horse, Fonso" describes the 1880 race: "With the 91st running of the Kentucky Derby on tab for next Saturday, let me ask if you know that a horse bred in Harrison County once came away from the Derby with the roses. That's right! "Fonso", a bay Arabian colt owned and bred by Snell Shawhan, of Shawhan Station, won the 6th running of the Derby back in 1880. At that time the track was 1 1/2 miles long, so it took a little longer to make the round. Fonso's time was 2:37.5. In 1896 the Churchill Down course was shortened to the present 1 1/4 miles. Carrying 105 pounds and ridden by the jockey, G. Lewis, Fonso broke in front at the gate and led all the way to win by a length. A foul, claimed by the jockey of the runner-up horse, was not allowed. The track was extremely dry and the dust kicked up by Fonso practically obscured the nearest pursuers. Besides the Derby in 1880, Fonso also captured the Phoenix Stakes. During the year he won $6,050; for the Derby run he netted $3, 800. In his will, Snell Shawhan bequeathed Fonso to his sister, (Anna Kimbrough), Mrs. Sterling Price Moore, daughter-in-law of the noted horseman, Thomas Edwin Moore, whose stables were at Shawhan Station. Mrs. Minerva Moore Smith, (Mrs. Moore's daughter), is now a resident of Lexington. The Derby winner was later sold to Henry Clay McDowell, Lexington, for stud service on the Henry Clay farm "Ashland."
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To one and all,

I think you'll enjoy this series of snippets. One of our ancestors, an

"J.S. Shawhan," owned the winner of the 1880 Kentucky Derby. The

article that follows recreates the "Dirty Derby of 1880." Enjoy!

Bob Francis

P.S.--Trivia question: Is this "J.S. Shawhan" actually J. Snell

Shawhan, son of William Shawhan and Minerva Snell?

Article in the Courier Journal Magazine, Sunday, May 4, 1980

The Dirty Derby of 1880

by Jim Bolus

Now that the ‘80 Kentucky Derby is history, did you know about the $3.20

bargain that covered a room at the Galt House, transportation to and

from the track and admission to see the big race? If you came from home

yesterday’s Derby with your wallet turned inside out, you're probably

wondering where you missed out on such a deal. You missed out by being

born a hundred years to late. Back in 1880, a person could stay at the

Galt House for $3 a day, pay as little as 20¢ to ride to the track and

back by train, and watch the Derby free of charge from the infield.

Times do change. A set _____1880 advertisements informed visitors that

the old Galt House hotel at First and Main was “being entirely refitted

and refurnished” and that prices were reduced. The rate for “large

handsomely furnished single rooms” was only $3 per day. Track

management, which had a heart for the little guy, opened the infield

free of charge for the Derby.

Nowadays, there’s as much chance of the sun coming up in the west as

there is for Louisville hotels and motels to reduce their rates at Derby

time and for the track to throw open its infield free to the public.

But it was different a century ago when the sixth running of the

Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, known then as the Louisville

Jockey Club.

The Short-Line Railway ran two specials to the track, leaving its Brook

Street depot at 1:30 PM and 2 PM. Round-trip fare was 25 cents. A

bargain hunter could take the race train that the Louisville & Nashville

Railroad ran from its Maple Street depot for only 20 cents round-trip.

Out-of-town visitors converged on Louisville, many by steamers and

trains. The influx of racing fans caused crowding. At some hotels

patrons slept on cots.

High rollers itching for action didn’t have to wait until Derby Day.

The night before the races betting on the Derby Day card was lively at

various spots in Louisville, including the Galt House, the Willard

Hotel, Louisville Hotel and the Turf Exchange.

In 1880, the Derby was already a special occassion. As The Louisville

Commercial put it: “It was Derby Day, you know, gentle reader, and

Derby Day in Louisville is the event of the year.”

There were only three races on the 1880 card, with the first post parade

at 2:30 PM. Many made their way to the track early, and by 11 AM

traffic was heavy.

“They were all journeying to the celebrated scene of Kentucky’s prime

sport, some in rags, some in jags and some in velvet gowns,” stated one


Dust was the problem, but readers of “The Courier-Journel” woke up to

good news on Derby Day. The paper reported that a section of Third

Street would be sprinkled “so that persons goping out in carriages will

avoid the annotance of the dust.”

The race track also was to be watered.

As it turned out, little sprinkling was done. “The track was in a

frightful condition, the dust being fully six inches deep, and as fine

as flour,” reported “Kentucky Live Stock Record.” “The dust was as

thick as smoke most of the way to the course, and only some two hundred

yards of the front stretch had been sprinkled, leaving the remainder

fetlock deep in fine dusk.”

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Here's the Part 2 of "The Dirty Derby of 1880." Sorry that I'm late

getting it to you.

Bob Francis


Fans traveled to the track by all available means of transportation.

The wealthy took elegant carriages led by speedy trotters. Vehicles

ranged from showy tallyhos, fringe-topped buggies, barouches and

phaetons to coal carts, milk wagons and ice wagons.

Meanwhile, hundreds took trains or climbed aboard Fourth Street

mule-cars that clippety-clopped to the track. Others traveled by foot

while some rode horses or flop-eared mules.

Bootblacks did a brisk business at the track, singing and humming as

they whipped a new shine on all those dust-covered shoes.

The day was hot–the temperature climbed to 87 degrees–and the sky was

cloudless, but there were many balmy breezes.

Many people gathered in the free infield and reveled in the deep

bluegrass. Women hawked pralines, fried fish and chicken from wicker

hampers, and young men congregated under shade trees to shoot craps.

The Derby was “the” place to be. Prim ladies came out in spring

radiance. Fashionable women wore long, black dresses, and a good many

had small three-cornered kerchiefs trimming the backs of their costly

bonnets. Bright, fluffy parasols shielded them from the sun.

The stylish man of 1880 sported a shorter coat than had been in vogue

the previous year, and his trousers were narrower. Dandies showed off

bamboo walking sticks topped with silver knobs.

Between races, Southern belles strolled to the clubhouse to relax on

rocking chairs and drink lemonade. The clubhouse was what its name

suggested–a club open only to members of the exclusive Louisville Jockey


The track had a special section in the grandstand where ladies were

seated. Other ladies watched the races from coaches parked at the side

of the stand. Strictly off-limits to any self-respecting member of the

fair sex was the betting area. For a lady to bet money on horses was

considered exceedingly “fast.” Certain liberated spirits did anyway,

sending bets down with husbands or beaus. A few women engaged in

innocuous gambling among themselves, betting candy, gloves or

handkerchiefs on the races.

The serious gambling was done by the men who crowded the betting area,

shouting and pushing and putting their money down. All the while, a

force of Louisville policemen kept a sharp eye out for pickpockets,

which just goes to show that the Derby hasn’t changed entirely.

A crowd estimated from 7,000 to 10,000 had turned out. “Loud complaints

were heard of the neglect of the management to make some effort to

overcome the dust by liberal sprinkling, and when the extreme danger to

life and limb, of jockeys as well as horses, is considered, some censure

is certainly deserved,” reported “The Spirit of the Times,” a widely

read publication.

There were also some complaints that the ice-cream stands, built that

year in the infield, obscured the view of spectators trying to watch the

horses running down the backstretch.

Then as now, the working area for the press was occupied by all too many

persons not interested in working. “The reporters’ stand was filled

with a lot of bums, newspaper and otherwise, who bored those who did the

work to death,” stated ‘The Louisville Commercial.’ “Newspaper men

should have enough sense and courtesy to stay out when they have nothing

to do.”

“The Courier-Journal” mentioned the plight of the press: “The

arrangements for the reporters could not be worse if a committee had

been appointed especially to see that they were as bad as

possible…Officer Fay assisted the miserable reporters as much as he

could in preventing a mob from taking possession of the press stand.

Those who have no business there seem to have season tickets…Three

members of the press who are useless as well as ornamental are in the

large majority.”

The distance of the Derby now is a mile and a quarter, but it was a mile

and a half then. Five horses, each carrying 105 pounds (compared with

126 now), went to the post in the 1880 renewal, including Boulevard, a

surprise entrant.

Incredible as it must sound to a modern fan, it wasn’t known that

Boulevard would start the Derby until a short time before the race, and

for that reason he hadn’t been included in the betting. He came in

fourth but had he triumphed, the second-place finisher would have been

considered the winner as far as the betting was concerned.

Kimball, the favorite, was owned by Capt. William Cottrill of Mobile,

Ala., and ridden by Billie Lakeland, who had been the only white rider

in the inaugural Kentucky Derby of 1875.

Kimball’s opponents included Fonso, who had won the 1 1/4 mile Phoemix

Hotel Stakes at Lexington 10 days before the Derby. Luke Blackburn ran

third in that race, only one of only two defeats he suffered in 24

starts in 1880. Luke Blackburn turned out to be the best horse racing

in America that year, but he didn’t run in the Derby.

At 3:30 p.m., Col. M. Lewis Clark, the track president, tapped a bell

and the Derby’s five starters came onto the track. Starting gates were

things of the future, and the horses were sent on their way in a walk-up


The horses kicked up such a cloud of dust that it was difficult to see

what was happening.

Fonso, who it was said “was rather inclined to need forcing to make him

run,” went to the front. Kimball, running second, stayed within

striking distance and then made a bid to overtake Fonso, the two running

head to head.

To many, it didn’t seem that Fonso was overtaken, but Lakeland claimed

that Kimball gained the lead at one point. At any rate, all the

whipping that Lakeland did wasn’t enough and, as the two horses came

down the homestretch, Fonso proved superior, much to the dismay of those

howling fans who had wagered heavily on Kimball.

Fonso won by about a length. But he had to survive a claim of foul from

Lakeland, who insisted that Kimball suffered interference,

“You jammed me,” Lakeland snapped at Garrett Lewis, who rode Fonso.

“You’re crazy,” Lewis retorted.

Lakeland told the judges that Kimball had been jostled by Fonso. “He

bumped me at the head of the stretch,” cried Lakeland, tears rolling

down his face.

Col. Clark and his colleagues in the judges’ stand listened to

Lakeland’s complaint but disallowed his claim of foul. Writers seem to

agree that Lakeland’s claim had little merit.

J.S. Shawhan, a Kentuckian who owned Fonso, was beseiged by

well-wishers. He proudly patted Fonso on the head and said, “I knew


Kimball was beaten, but not disgraced, in the Derby. As “Kentucky Live

Stock Record” put it: “While it was a great disappointment to his

backers to see him lower his colors to Fonso, he lost no credit in the

race, for in our judgment it is by odds the best Derby ever run since

its inauguration, when everything is taken into consideration. The

colts carried five pounds more this year than heretofore, and the track

was certainly a second slower than we have seen it any previous year.

Fonso covering himself with honor, and must bring his sire prominently

to the front.

“Fonso cut out his own work, did all the running, held the lead from

start to finish, and won like a first class racehorse. The last mile

was run in 1:44 1/4 and the last half in 51 1/4 seconds, showing it to

be a splendid race. Such a performance as that of Kimball would have

won five out of six Derbie’s”

56. Daniel SHAWHAN (Joseph4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Daniel was born in 1823.51
1850 Bourbon Co. KY Census

Millersburg Dist.

Pg.265, #630,

Daniel SHAWHAN 27 KY farmer

Margaret 23 KY

Elizabeth 2 KY

Research: Settled in Bourbon County. {Madsen, p. 28}
Daniel married Margaret LAIR, daughter of Mathias Custer LAIR (about 1787-1860) & Jane ANDERSON (1785-1868). Margaret was born in 1827.51
No children.
They had one child:

i. Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born in 1848.51

Sixth Generation


Family of Jane SHAWHAN (11) & Nathaniel Plummer PEARSON

57. Hannah PEARSON (Jane SHAWHAN5, Robert4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Hannah was born in St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on November 14, 1812.
Note from Merry Anne Pierson indicates that pension documents, and a SW Pearson letter, showing that Hannah was born during Nathaniel's tour of duty in the war of 1812.
About 1839 Hannah married John H. STANGER, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Marriage date and place are estimated based on data in referenced 1860, Census. Date of 1839 based on age of oldest child listed in Census, (20) and date of Census (1860). Place (PA) based on fact that parents, and all except the youngest child were born in PA. John H. was born in NJ about 1815. John H. was born in Pennsylvania about 1840.
Birthplace listed as PA on 1860 Census. Listed as NJ on Marriage Bond of Rebecca Stanger and Charles Doyle. John was a successful glass manufacturer in Louisville, KY, in the 1850s and '60s..
They had the following children:

179 i. John (~1840-)

ii. Marknell. Marknell was born in Pennsylvania about 1844.

iii. Buenavista. Buenavista was born in Pennsylvania about 1846.

Birth date estimated per age on 1860 Census (14). Birthplace listed as

iv. Jane. Jane was born in Pennsylvania about 1850.

Birth date estimated from age on 1860 Census (10). Birthplace listed

as PA.
v. Eliza. Eliza was born in Pennsylvania about 1853.

Birth date based on age on 1860 Census (7). Birthplace listed as PA,
vi. Thomas. Thomas was born in Kentucky about 1856.

Birth date based on age on 1860 Census (4). Birthplace listed as KY.

180 vii. Rebecca W. (1842-1924)
58. Oliver Hazard Perry PEARSON , Sr. (Jane SHAWHAN5, Robert4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Oliver Hazard Perry was born in St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on February 6, 1814.
Note from Merry Anne Pierson: "1860 Allegheny Co. Census East Birmingham. Age 46 Carpenter".
About 1854 Oliver Hazard Perry married Sarah, in St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.27 Sarah was born in 1819.27
They had the following children:

i. Oliver Hazard Perry. Oliver Hazard Perry was born in Birmingham, St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in 1855.

ii. Sarah. Sarah was born in 1857.

iii. Amelia. Amelia was born in Birmingham, Allegheny Colorado, Pennsylvania, in 1860.27

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