Â Saw your post: Tried to email you directly..and it bounced. So here is my reply. My email is: Carolyn690@aol.com
Yes...have since got Minnie's name straight. Some censuses had Millie. It is Minnie Lee Taylor though. Over the last 3 years...I been dealing with an Anderson Childress in the Munfordville area over my Taylors. I am related to both the Taylors and Pucketts of that family.
Anyway...I'm going to give you some info...gotten from Anderson Childress and Roger Kessinger in Munfordville. Anderson isn't always right...but I've only found him wrong so far on one occasion on one of my Taylors. Was the Dallas you mentioned above a son? I don't have him. If you sure he was a son...I will put him in my database. Most of this..Roger sent me. Except for the part where Anderson said his aunts raised Wm.
At one point..I understood his name to be Wm. Henry Alexander Kessinger...but I can't prove the Alexander part.
Here is the info:
*Wm was an orphan raised by one of Anderson Childress' aunts.
*Several years of research has turned up no official record my Grandfathers birth, or death. Â as yet but I believe that I have put together an accurate representation, although circumstantial I guess, of how his lineage evolved. This is reflected in the GEDCOM I sent you recently and is based on a large stack of related information plus information gleamed from conversations with many of the old folks here abouts who, by the way seem to be ducking out on us at an alarming rate lately. Â Recent loss was Lottie Butler Kessinger, daughter of Henry H. Butler and Belle Wells and Wife of David Washington Kessinger. She was a great person with a fantastic memory and knew William Henry Kessinger as "Uncle Bill" and sometimes referred to "Warrior Bill". Lottie now rests in the Smith Cemetery. Incidentally, Lottie had a brother, Glen who married a Gertrude "Gertie" Taylor. Don't know the connection with all the other Taylors.
William Henry Kessinger was the son of William Silas Kessinger and Lydia Ann Fenwick. William Silas was the son of Solomon Kessinger and Elizabeth Logsdon. This Solomon, I refer to as Solomon II, was the son of the original Solomon Kessinger and Elizabeth Greenwalt of Hart County, Kentucky. I refer to this one as "Old Sol" since the name became very popular later on and makes for much confusion. I wont go back farther than this because there exists two versions of the family heritage and I try to avoid getting into the controversy. There is much more information on which I base the above conclusion and is too lengthy to include here.
William Henry Kessinger never had "Alexander" as part of his name as far as I know. I did once see a listing of a W. H. A. Kessinger in one of the census but the household did not fit with what I knew so I never persued it further. William Henry Kessinger was indeed raised in the Elizabeth Guinn household on property that I owned for many years before I knew of its connection with my Grandfather. Elizabeth Guinn who was born a Cottrell, first married an Anderson and subsequently married Moses Guinn, had 6 girls and widowed twice by age 46, I think. She apparently had much grit. Seperate but fasinating story in itself. (Roger Kessinger)
A good old boy that would and could sing well when asked, providing it was a religious song. Not a hard worker by any means and never seemed to prosper either. Seems he was well known in these parts as being gifted with the ability to cure and prevent "Thrush" in babies, by breathing into their mouth. This gift was supposedly given to a person that was born after their father was dead.
As the story goes, people from all around would bring their children to his house so that he could perform this cure, always free of charge. I kinda find this hard to believe but I have personally talked to several persons that swear that they know firsthand that this was Â fact. (Roger Kessinger)
Wm's birth (December 13, 1860) and death dates (June 28, 1936) came from his tombstone. Him and Minnie are both buried in the Cub Run Baptist Church in Munfordville, Hart Co., KY.
Minnie was a half sister to my great grandfather...Pete Taylor. Pete was a son (1 of 5 kids) of Ben Taylor & Mary Rader. Mary died...Ben married Eliz. Tharp. They had an additional 6 kids...one was Minnie.
I have Ben Taylor's pension file and can tell you about him if you want. Eliz. died before him...Ben dying July 20, 1891. I believe both to be buried out on Ben's old farm. I also have photos of the farm. No tombstones exist...but there are suppose to be 50 - 60 people buried there.