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First Generation


1. William WOODFORD. Born in England.
On September 2, 1732 William married Ann COCHE, daughter of John COCHE & CATESBY.
They had one child:

2 i. William (1734-)

Second Generation


Family of William WOODFORD (1) & Ann COCHE

2. William WOODFORD. Born on October 6, 1734.
William married Mary THORNTON, daughter of John THORNTON & Mildred GREGORY.
They had one child:

3 i. John Thornton (1763-)

Third Generation


Family of William WOODFORD (2) & Mary THORNTON

3. John Thornton WOODFORD. Born on July 29, 1763 in “Windsor,” Caroline County, Virginia.
In 1786 when John Thornton was 22, he married Mary Turner TALIAFERRO. Born on March 13, 1772.
They had one child:

4 i. William (1787-1840)

Fourth Generation


Family of John Thornton WOODFORD (3) & Mary Turner TALIAFERRO

4. William WOODFORD. Born on March 25, 1787. William died on May 18, 1840; he was 53.
In December 1809 when William was 22, he married Anna Maria ARCHER, daughter of Dr. Samuel ARCHER & Miss ROTHERK. Anna Maria died in 1831.
They had the following children:

5 i. John Thornton (1812-1892)

ii. Samuel B. Born in 1815.

Samuel B. married Martha HOLLIDAY.

6 iii. William T. (1817-)

7 iv. Lucy Archer (1821-1910)

v. Thomas. Born in 1823.

THOMAS WOODFORD, [1] farmer; P. O. Cane Ridge; was born in Virginia, Oct. 3,1823, to Wm. and Maria (Archer) Woodford; she a daughter of Dr. Sam. Archer and a Miss Rotherk, all of whom were natives of Caroline County, Va. William Woodford came to Clark County, Ky., with his wife and six children: Mary (deceased), John, Samuel, William, Lucy, and Thomas. after their arrival in Kentucky two others were born, Sally and Madison. All reside in Bourbon County except Samuel, a prominent farmer of Clark County, and Madison, a prominent physician of Harrison. The two daughters were married to cousins, William T. and William Buckner. The father of our subject was a son of John T. and Mary (Tolliver) Woodford, who came to Clark County, Ky., in the fall of 1819, where he engaged in agriculture until his death. The early Woodford ancestry were quite noted in military affairs, the great-grandfather a General in the revolutionary war, and the grandfather a Colonel in the war of 1812. The subject of this sketch received a poor education in the pioneer schools of the day. At the early age of 9 years he was left an orphan by the death of his father; he remained at home until sixteen years of age, when he began working by the month and year, continuing in that capacity until the year 1855, when he rented a farm; living as a renter until 1861, when he purchased a 300 acre tract, to which he has added, being now in possession of several hundred acres of excellent bluegrass land, well stocked, which makes him a handsome fortune. He is an example of industry and frugality, starting out in life a poor boy, but with a determined effort to succeed, he has gained a position among the wealthiest and most prominent agriculturists and stock-raisers of the county; but without a "better half " as a sharer of his wealth, "joys and sorrows," having always lived a bachelor life.

8 vi. Sally Talliaferro (1826-1893)

vii. Madison. Born in Harrison County, Kentucky.

Fifth Generation


Family of William WOODFORD (4) & Anna Maria ARCHER

5. John Thornton WOODFORD. Born on August 21 or 26, 1812 in Virginia. John Thornton died in Paris, Kentucky on March 20, 1892; he was 79.
On February 4, 1840 when John Thornton was 27, he married Elizabeth Hawes BUCKNER, daughter of William Thomas BUCKNER (1786-1849) & Sallie CLAY (1801-1886). Born on September 5, 1821. Elizabeth Hawes died on September 5, 1904; she was 83.
They had the following children:

9 i. Sally Archer (1841-1919)

10 ii. Maria Letitia (1843-1900)

11 iii. Buckner (1845-1915)

12 iv. John Thornton (1847-1920)

v. Catesby. Born in 1849. Catesby died in 1923; he was 74.

Catesby married Amelia Field DAVENPORT, daughter of Henry B. DAVENPORT & Martha CLAY (1832-).
“The handsome reading desk and three large chairs which occupy the pulpit were the gifts of Mrs. Catesby Woodford, Sr., in memory of her mother, Mrs. Martha Clay Davenport, the desk bearing the inscription, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart.’” [2]

13 vi. Bettie (1852-1884)

14 vii. Henry Madison (1854-1923)

15 viii. Benjamin (1856-1940)

16 ix. Maria Archer (1858-1935)
6. William T. WOODFORD. Born on February 17, 1817 in Caroline County, Virginia.
W. T. WOODFORD, [3] farmer and stock raiser; P. O. Paris; is among the staunch and reliable agriculturists in Paris Precinct. He was born in Caroline County, Va., Feb. 17, 1817; is the third son and fourth child born to William and Ann M. (Archer) Woodford. Our subject came to Kentucky with his parents when he was eight years of age, and located with them in Clark County. December, 1839, he came to this county, making his first location in North Middletown, where he engaged as clerk for Samuel H. Crane, remaining with him until 1846, when he came to Paris, and engaged in the drygoods trade, continuing until 1852, when he decided to abandon merchandising, and engaged in agricultural pursuits, and with this view purchased 620 acres in the south part of the precinct, where he has since lived. This farm was first settled by Thomas C. Woodford, one of the pioneers of this part of the precinct. Since 1856 he has been interested in raising short horn cattle, and made a specialty of Cotswold sheep, having one of the largest and nest flocks in the county. As is horseman he encourages the raising of the best breeds; the Diomede and Valentine being his choice. In his farming operations he has been successful. In 1846 he married Mary Halleck, daughter of Jacoby and Lucinda (Dill) Halleck, both families being early representatives in the county as settlers. The Hallecks emigrated from Virginia, and the latter from Maryland. Of the family born to Mr. Woodford are the following, viz.: William B., Lucinda H., Anna M., Halleck, Mary H. and Clara.
In 1846 when William T. was 28, he married Mary HALLECK, daughter of Jacoby HALLECK & Lucinda DILL.
They had the following children:

i. William B.

ii. Lucinda H.

iii. Anna M.

iv. Halleck.

v. Mary H.

vi. Clara.
7. Lucy Archer WOODFORD. Born in March 1821. Lucy Archer died on December 7, 1910; she was 89.
In 1857 when Lucy Archer was 35, she married William Thomas BUCKNER Jr., son of William Thomas BUCKNER (1786-1849) & Mary Monroe BUCKNER (1791-1817). Born on February 9, 1813. William Thomas died in 1888; he was 74.
W. T. BUCKNER, [4] farmer; P. 0. Paris. The Buckner family were from Virginia, in Caroline County. They trace their ancestry to one Thomas Buckner, born May 13, 1728; who married Mary Cooke, and by her had three sons: George, William and Richard, and from them have descended a numerous progeny. The subject of these lines was born in Caroline County, Va., Feb. 9, 1813; he was the only son of William T. Buckner and Mary Monroe (His second wife was Sallie Clay). The grandsire of our subject on the paternal side, was Thomas Buckner, who was born Aug. 31, 1755; he married Elizabeth Hawes. He was a son of Thomas and Mary (Cocke) Buckner. Thomas was born, as above stated, May 13, 1728. The father of W. T. was married Nov. 29, 1807, to Mary Monroe; by this marriage, William T. is their only son. He came to this State when a lad; his father located south of Paris, on the Stoner, on lands now owned by Cassius M. Clay, where he lived until his removal to Middletown Precinct, this County; William T., who resides in this precinct, remained at home until he became of age. In 1857, he, married Lucy Woodford, daughter of William and grand-daughter of Colonel John Woodford, of Clark County, this State. About the year 1841, William T. located on the farm he now owns; purchased of Henry Towles, where he has since remained. He has a farm of nearly 2,000 acres, which is well situated, and of the best quality. Mr. Buckner has but one son, W. T., who married Clay Wornall, and by her had three children, but one living : Thomas Moore, born Sept. 16, 1881. Clay Wornall was a daughter of James R. Wornall, who was born in Clark County, Ky., Feb. 29, 1811; he was a son of Thomas Wornall, from Virginia. Thomas Wornall married Ann E. Moore, born in Winchester, Scott County, daughter of Thomas Moore, of Virginia.
They had one child:

17 i. William Thomas (1848-1936)

8. Sally Talliaferro WOODFORD. Born on June 25, 1826. Sally Talliaferro died on February 5, 1893; she was 66.
On February 22, 1848 when Sally Talliaferro was 21, she married William BUCKNER, son of Walker BUCKNER (1781-1855) & Elizabeth Walker BUCKNER (1790-). Born on August 14, 1810. William died on January 11, 1868; he was 57.
They had the following children:

18 i. Walker (1849-1923)

19 ii. William S. (Aylett?) (1850-1890)

iii. John Woodford. Born on March 25, 1852. John Woodford died on October 14, 1852.

iv. Samuel Archer. Born on June 5, 1853. Samuel Archer died on June 12, 1853.

v. Maria Archer. Born on April 8, 1855. Maria Archer died on November 8, 1855.

Sixth Generation


Family of John Thornton WOODFORD (5) & Elizabeth Hawes BUCKNER

9. Sally Archer WOODFORD. [5] Born in 1841. Sally Archer died in 1919; she was 78.
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Mrs. Sallie Archer Woodford Spears.

DAR ID Number: 16769

Born in Paris, Kentucky.

Wife of Capt. Edward Ford Spears.

Descendant of Brig. Gen. William Woodford, of Viriginia.

Daughter of John Thornton Woodford and Elizabeth Hawes Buckner, his wife.
Granddaughter of William Woodford and Ann Maria Archer, his wife.

Gr.-granddaughter of Col. John Thornton Woodford and Mary Turner

Talliaferro, his wife.

Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of William Woodford and Mary Thornton, his wife.

See No. 16685.

“The auditorium has thirteen beautiful art glass windows in soft, harmonizing tints. All of the art glass windows in the building were the gifts of the family of Mrs. Sallie Woodford Spears and her children in memory of her husband and their father, Capt. E. F. Spears, who was a faithful member of the official board of the congregation during his long and useful church membership.” [2]

In 1866 when Sally Archer was 25, she married CAPT Edward Ford SPEARS, son of Abraham/Abram SPEARS & Rebecca Pollock FORD.
CAPT. E. F. SPEARS, [6] milling; was born 1840 in Paris, the third son of Abram Spears and Rebecca Ford. At the age of thirteen he began to do for himself, being early in life trained to provide for his own necessities. At the outbreak of the war, he espoused the cause of the South, and in June volunteered his services in the Second Kentucky Infantry as private, he was, however, soon after elected First Lieutenant in Co. "G" and for effective service rendered, he was promoted to a captaincy and led his company until the close of the war. During this time he participated in all the heavy battles in which his command was engaged, except Shiloh, he was three times wounded, and once taken prisoner, yet through all, he acquitted himself as a true and gallant soldier; upon his return to Paris, at the termination to the war, he engaged in the grocery trade for about two years with his brother Henry; in 1867, he engaged in company with others in the distillery and mill business, under the firm name of Woodford, Spears & Clay, which association lasted about nine years, at which time the firm dissolved, Mr. Spears purchasing the mill-site, and the warehouse near by, and engaged in milling exclusively in 1876; his mill is situated in the southern part of the precinct, on the Stoner River; under his management the mill is doing an excellent business; the mill has five run of stone, and the arrangement of the manufacturing portion was with a view to make the "New Process" flour. The mill runs regularly, having steam power attached when the water is low, and with his grading appliances for his wheat, he is enabled to make a straight and regular grade of flour, which is in demand in the market, from the regularity of the brand; in 1866, he married Sallie Woodford, eldest daughter of John T. Woodford, one of the prominent farmers of the precinct. To Mr. Spears have been born five children, whose names are: Mary, John W., Lizzie, Catesby, and Keith Young.
E. F. Spears House; antebellum

Spears Mill Road

Built before the Civil War, this plain re-sided two-story frame residence retains at least the base of one stone chimney. A representative example of a popular house form during the Greek Revival period, commonly known as the I-house, the structure is comprised of two stories with a central hallway plan one room deep. Undistinguished in itself, this may be the only surviving structure associated with the E. F. Spears mill complex that dominated the nearby crossing of Stoner Creek and eventually gave the Spears Mill Road its name. To the rear of the house is a combined log and frame one-story structure with a large stone central chimney, probably built as servant's quarters.
Ed. F. Spears was a son of distiller Abram Spears of Harkaway on the Paris-Ruddles Mills Road (BB-143), and grandson of early distiller Jacob Spears on the Clay-Kiser Road (BB-48 and 48A). A Confederate veteran, he returned to Bourbon County after the war, and in 1867 in partnership with others engaged in the distillery and mill business at this location. He bought out his partners in 1876, and thereafter concentrated on milling flour and grain. Spears is indicated here with 64 acres and a bonded warehouse nearby in the bend of Stone Creek on the 1877 map.
Perrin, pp. 82-96, 103, 490, 498.
They had the following children:

i. Mary.

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[p.69] Miss Mary Spears.

DAR ID Number: 19183

Born in Paris, Kentucky.

Descendant of Brig. Gen. William Woodford and of Jacob Spears.

Daughter of Capt. Edward Ford Spears and Sallie Archer Woodford, his


Granddaughter of Abram Spears (1795-1861) and Rebecca Pollock Ford, his

second wife; John Thornton Woodford and Elizabeth Hawes Buckner, his


Gr.-granddaughter of Jacob Spears and Elizabeth Kellar, his wife; William

Woodford and Ann Maria Archer, his wife.

Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Col. John Thornton Woodford (1763-1845) and Mary

Turner Talliaferro, his wife.

Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of William Woodford and Mary Thornton, his


William Woodford, (1735-80), was colonel of the Second Virginia Regiment

at the first battle in Virginia. He was made brigadier general

Continental army, 1777; was wounded at Brandywine; taken prisoner at

Charleston; died on a prison ship.

Also Nos. 4697, 16685.

Jacob Spears, (1754-1825), served in Capt. John Hoagland's company, Col.

William Crawford's regiment in the Sandusky expedition, 1782. He was born

in Rockingham Co., Va., died in Kentucky.

ii. Elizabeth Clay.

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Miss Lizabeth Clay Spears.

DAR ID Number: 19184

Born in Paris, Kentucky.

Descendant of Brig. Gen. William Woodford and of Jacob Spears.

Daughter of Capt. Edward Ford Spears and Sallie Archer Woodford, his


See No. 19183.

20 iii. John W.

iv. Catesby.

v. Keith Young.
10. Maria Letitia WOODFORD. Born in 1843. Maria Letitia died in 1900; she was 57.
On May 8, 1866 when Maria Letitia was 23, she married Colonel Ezekiel Field CLAY, son of Brutus Junius CLAY (1808-1878) & Amelia FIELD (1812-1843). Born on December 1, 1840.
COL. E. F. CLAY, [7] farmer and stock-raiser ; P. O. Paris. The proprietor of Runneymede, was born on the old homestead, Dec. 1, 1841, youngest child of Brutus J. and Amelia Field Clay. He was raised upon the homestead and began a thorough education, being a student for sometime, under B. B. Sayre; also attended school at Harrisburg, with a view to graduation, when the war broke out ; he cast his lot with the 1st Kentucky Mounted Riflemen, entering the ranks as private, afterwards chosen Captain, and rose to Lieutenant Colonel, and had command of his regiment, and remained with his command until the close of the war; and in justice to Col. Clay, it can be truthfully said, that no truer or more valiant soldier entered the Colifederate service than he. He was nine months prisoner on Johnson's Island. Lost his right eye in an engagement, otherwise came out unscathed. The year following the close of the war, he married Mary L. Woodford, daughter of John T. Woodford, of this precinct ; the year of his marriage located on the farm he now owns, which contains 425 acres, best known as the Garrard Place, situated on the Paris Townsend Pike. In 1867, he commenced the breeding of short-horns, which he continued until 1875. Since that time has been quite prominently engaged in the breeding of thoroughbred race-borses, having a track and stables upon the grounds upon his premises, for their use and training. Colonel Clay is fond of the chase, and with his dogs and gun, and in company with boon companions, he makes frequent trips to hunting and fishing resorts. In his business relations is attentive and looks well to his interests, and in all matters of public interest is ever ready to do his part. Has five children : Ezekiel, Woodford, Brutus J., Buckner and Amelia.
Ezekiel Field Clay was born in Bourbon County December 1, 1840, and resides at “Runnymede," his beautiful country-seat, in the midst of happiness and prosperity. He married, May 8, 1866, Mary L., the accomplished daughter of John T. Woodford and his wife, Elizabeth Buckner, the granddaughter of Colonel Henry Clay, of Bourbon County.
Colonel E. F. Clay was a student at Kentucky University when war was declared in 1861, and at once enlisted in the First Kentucky Mounted Riflemen, Confederate States Army, as a private. Later he organized a company, of which he was chosen Captain, with William Talbott, Harry Clay, and James T. Rogers, of "New Forest," as Lieutenants. Afterward was promoted Lieutenant- Colonel, and commanded his regiment until the close of the war. Colonel Clay was seriously wounded and taken prisoner at Puncheon Creek, Magoffin County, and remained at Johnson's Island for nine months. He was a brave and gallant soldier. His regiment was a part of General Humphrey Marshall's Command, Department of Southwestern Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. [8]
They had the following children:

i. Ezekial Field. Born on June 16, 1871.

Ezekial Field married Anna C. WARD, daughter of Judge John Quincy WARD (1838-1899) & Mary Eliza MILLER (-1908).

ii. Woodford. Born on July 17, 1873.

iii. Brutus J. Born on November 27, 1875.

iv. Buckner. Born on December 30, 1877.

v. Amelia Field.

Amelia Field married Samuel CLAY, son of James Eldred CLAY (1850-1910) & Sarah Elizabeth ALEXANDER (1848-1910).

vi. Mary Catesby. Born on June 17, 1883.
11. Buckner WOODFORD. Born in 1845. Buckner died in 1915; he was 70.
Buckner married Nancy BROOKS, daughter of Samuel BROOKS (1802-1875) & Mary GASS.
They had the following children:

i. John.

ii. Elizabeth.

iii. Samuel.

iv. Buckner.
12. John Thornton WOODFORD Jr. Born on August 12, 1847. John Thornton died in 1920; he was 72.
JOHN T. WOODFORD, [9] farmer, and stockraiser; P. O. Paris. The Woodford family trace their genealogy to one William Woodford, a native of England; he was a merchant, and moved to Caroline Co., Virginia, at an early day. His estate was called Windsor; he was thrice married. First to a Mrs. Whitaker, daughter of an East India merchant; his second wife was widow Battaile, both of whom died childless. Sept 2, 1732, he niarried Ann, daughter of John Coche, Secretary of State, under the Colonial Government. Her mother's name was Catesby, sister of Marsh Catesby, a writer on Natural History. The eldest son of William and Ann Woodford was William, who was born October 6, 1734; he was an officer under the Colonial Government, with the rank of Brigadier-General. He married Mary, daughter of John and Mildred Thornton. Mildred was a Miss Gregory, daughter of Mildred Washington, sister of Augustine Washington, which relation made General George W. her nephew. Thomas was the second son of William and Ann; he was educated in Cambridge for the ministry, but afterwards became a sea Captain, and died childless. Henry also died a sea Captain. The third generation is John Thornton Woodford (eldest son of William and Mary Thornton Woodford); who was born at Windsor, July 29, 1763. In 1786, he married Mary Turner Taliaferro, who was born March 13, 1772. The fourth generation was William, who was born March 25, 1787; he married Ann Maria Archer, Dec. 1809. She died 1831; he, May 18, 1840. They had the following children: John T., born August, 1812; Samuel B. A., born 1815, he married Martha Holliday; William T., born 1817, he married Mary Halleck; Lucy, born 1821, married W. T. Buckner; Thomas, born 1823; Sallie T., born 1826, married William Buckner. The fifth generation comes John T., who was born August 12, 1812, he married Elizabeth H. Buckner, in Caroline Co., Va., August, 1812, and emigrated to Kentucky, locating in Clark County, 1825, and to Bourbon County, North Middletown, in 1834, where he remained until 1843, when he came to Paris Precinct, and purchased land, where he now resides, and has since remained. He has over 800 acres of land, situated in the extreme south part of the precinct; he has been engaged in farming and stock raising-raising short horn cattle and Cotswold sheep. In February, 1840, he married Miss Buckner, daughter of William Buckner. This union has been crowned with a family of nine children, viz: Sallie, wife of Capt. E. F. Spears, Mary L., wife of Col. E. F. Clay, Buckner, now of Blue Lick, in Fleming County; John T. Jr., near Mount Sterling; Henry, Attorney at Law at Mt. Sterling; Benjamin and Catsby of this County, and Maria.
JOHN T. WOODFORD, [10] present proprietor of the Woodford stock farm at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, is a scion of old pioneer families in this state and he has well upheld the prestige of the honored name which he bears, the while lie has, like his father and -grandfather, contributed his quota to the civic and industrial progress and upbuilding of this section of the state. Mr. Woodford was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, on the 12th of August, 1847, and is a son of John T. and Elizabeth Hawes (Buckner) Woodford. John T. Woodford, Sr., was a native of Virginia, the date of his birth being August 21, 1812, and he was summoned to eternal rest at his home in Paris, Kentucky, in 1892, at which time he was in the eightieth year of his age. The paternal grandparents of him whose name introduces this article were William T. and Maria (Archer) Woodford, both of whom were born in Virginia, whence they came to Clark county, Kentucky, in 1827. At the time of the death of William T. Woodford, his widow removed with her children to Montgomery county, where with the aid of her sons she managed to eke out a fair livelihood for herself and family. Afterwards John T., Sr., initiated his independent career by clerking in a store at North Middletown, Bourbon county. In 1839 was solemnized his marriage to Elizabeth Hawes Buckner and he then became identified with agricultural pursuits. In this line of enterprise his success was of unqualified order and at one time he owned and operated a farm of nine hundred acres located five miles south of Paris. His finely improved land was devoted to diversified crops and he was also largely interested in stock-raising, handling cattle, hogs and sheep. His life in every connection was eminently successful and he gained and retained to himself the high regard of his fellow citizens. Politically he was a staunch adherent of the Democratic party. Mrs. Woodford was born in Bourbon county, this state, in 1821, and she was a daughter of William T. and Sallie (Clay) Buckner, both of which families have long been prominent in connection with public affairs in the Blue Grass state. She was summoned to her eternal rest in 1903, at the age of eighty-three years. Mr. and Mrs. Woodford became the parents of nine children, and of the number seven are now living, namely, Sallie, who is the widow of E. F. Spears, resides at Paris, Kentucky; Buckner also maintains his home at Paris; John T., of this sketch, is the next in order of birth; Catesby is a prominent racehorse breeder of Bourbon county; Henry M. is a resident of Montgomery county; Benjamin resides in Bourbon county; and Maria L. is the wife of W. L. Yerkes, of Paris.
John T. Woodford, Jr., was reared to the, sturdy discipline of the home farm and after due attendance in the schools of his native county he attended the Kentucky University at Lexington. In 1874, in Montgomery county, he initiated farming operations on his own account. Today his landed estate consists of five hundred acres of land in Montgomery county and two hundred acres in Bourbon county. The fine farm on which he resides is modern in every particular, from the magnificent, spacious residence to the large, comfortable barns, For the past thirty-five years Mr. Woodford has been successfully engaged in the breeding and training of fancy saddle horses and it may be stated with authority that he has bred more saddle horses than any other one man in Kentucky. Mr. Woodford's reputation as a horse breeder and as a man of his word is widespread. His fair and honorable methods and sterling integrity have ever accrued to his credit and he is recognized as a loyal and public-spirited citizen whose contributions to progress and development have been of distinctive order. He keeps on hand an average of seventy-five head of fancy saddle horses and he has a herd of registered Jersey cows which he retains for his own use.
Mr. Woodford is a Democrat in his political proclivities and is ever alert and enthusiastically in sympathy with all measures and enterprises advanced for the general welfare of the community. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Christian church.
On the 13th of February, 1872, Mr. Woodford was united in marriage to Miss Nannie Chenault, who was born in Madison county, Kentucky, on the 20th of August, 1853, and who is a daughter of Anderson and Margaret K. (Oldham) Chenault. Anderson Chenault was likewise born in Madison county, the date of his birth being January 8, 1812, and he died on the 27th of March, 1884. Mrs. Chenault was a native of the same county and her birth occurred on the 15th of October, 1829. She is still living on the Chenault farm, located two miles south of Mount Sterling. Residing with her is her son William O. and family. Mr. and Mrs. Chenault became the parents of seven children and of the number five are living--Nannie, who is the wife of Mr. Woodford, of this sketch, as already noted; William O., who resides with his mother; Mollie W., who is the wife of J. S. Bogie, of Montgomery County; Margaret, who married W. J. Dearing, an attorney for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, with headquarters at Louisville, Kentucky; and Lucy C., who wedded Bishop Clay, of Lexington, Kentucky. The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Woodford were Reverend David and Mary (Tribble) Chenault, natives of Virginia, whence they came to Kentucky about 1780 and purchased four thousand acres of land in Madison county. He was a devout minister of the Baptist faith and after many years service in behalf of the spiritual welfare of his fellow men he passed to his reward in 1851. His devoted helpmeet and companion died in 1862, in her eighty-fourth year. Anderson Chenault was reared to maturity and educated in his native county (Madison) and in 1832 he settled on a tract of eighty acres in Montgomery county. This land was covered with heavy timber but it was eventually cleared and raised it to a high state of cultivation. His first crop was corn. This he fed to hogs, which he sold for tile sum of four hundred and five dollars. With this money he purchased an old negro, called Uncle Jim. Uncle Jim became so attached to his new home that he ignored his freedom after the war and continued to serve the Chenault family with all the old-time faithfulness until his death, some years ago. Mr. Anderson Chenault became a most successful agriculturist owning at one time twelve hundred acres of land. He was originally a Whig in political matters but at the time of the Civil war he became a Union man and after the close of the war, a Democrat. He had in his possession forty slaves and he believed in gradual emancipation. He was active until his death and Mrs. Chenault, in spite of her eighty-one years, is yet active. To Mr. and Mrs. Woodford were born eight children, six of them are living, namely: Margaret C., who is the wife of William W. Gay, of Bourbon county; Thornton, who remains at home; Catesby, of Bourbon county, Chenault, William B., and Lucy Clay, all of whom remain at the parental home.
On February 13, 1872 when John Thornton was 24, he married Nannie CHENAULT, daughter of Anderson CHENAULT & Margaret OLDHAM. Born on August 20, 1853 in Madison County, Kentucky.
They had the following children:

i. Margaret.

ii. Thornton.

iii. Catesby.

iv. Chenault.

v. William.

vi. Lucy Clay.

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