Patricia Craig Johnson --- Searching for My Ancestors --- Sharing My Life Stories

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Back To Kentucky! One Of My Favorite Places

For about a year I have been researching in Delaware. Although it is a nice area to work in, I have been waiting to be "released" to work elsewhere. I still have much to learn in Delaware, but suddenly I am back in Kentucky. While writing my book "Soft Whispers and Quiet Voices" I have stumbled on to new generations of my Cornwell/Arterburn/Poulter/Marders foremothers.

Sarah Cornwell is one of my paternal great great grandmothers. Her line stopped with her mother Eliza Arterburn Cornwell. That is as far as I had ever found. But thanks to new data on the Internet I have now found Eliza's mother (Sarah "Jane" Poulter Arterburn) and grandmother (Nancy Marders Poulter). These families migrated from Culpeper and Shenandoah Counties Virginia to Jefferson County Kentucky. I feel at home in Kentucky. My first genealogy home is New England and next is Kentucky. By genealogy home I mean that place I feel most comfortable when researching there.

I have learned that my ancestor William Poulter served in the Kentucky Mounted Rangers in the War of 1812. Also, that his father (another William) served in the French and Indian War. As a genealogist, I can say "This is going to be fun!" I am looking forward to getting back to Kentucky in the 1790-1830 time frame. These were early days in a rough and tumble land. Citizens here had to be rugged. I will keep you informed as I discover more about these families.

1 comment:

Elaine Crockett said...

Hi Patricia, I noticed that you are descended from Peter Cornwell b. 1780 and Elizabeth Arterburn. Have you come across any information about Elizabeth Thornton, the wife of Peter's brother, Charles Cornwell? Both Peter and Charles are my direct descendants so I am a "double" Cornwell. In November, I did research at the Filson Club Library in Louisville and am willing to share. Thank you. Elaine Crockett