RUSSELL WEIR WAKE was born August 5, 1834, in Hopkins County, Ky. He is a son of Ambrose, who was a son of John Wake, of Fauquier County, Va., who came to Kentucky in an early day; was appointed judge of Federal court of Purchase District by Thomas Jefferson, and was accidentally killed by his slave while en route to New Orleans. His son Ambrose studied medicine, graduating from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; practiced in Clark, Christian, Hopkins and Trigg Counties, in which latter he died in 1839, from effects of a sting of a yellow jacket. His wife Alice (Colmus) Wake, was a member of Baptist Church and died in 1858. They had three children, Russell W. being the youngest. He was liberally educated, attending the Franklin, Cumberland and Center Colleges, paying his way by teaching during his vacations. At twenty years of age he began the study of law under G. B. Cook, of Princeton, and was admitted to practice April, 1855. He began the practice in Murray, Calloway County, but soon after came to Ohio County, where he has since remained. Mr. Wake was county attorney for six years, and has been strongly urged to accept other public positions, but declines, etc. He is one of the leading attorneys of Lyon County bar and enjoys a lucrative practice. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. and K. of H
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Russell William Wake Lyon Co., Kentucky Birthplace: Kentucky; United States of America Birth Date: 28 May 1893 Kuttawa, KY Race: Caucasian (White) Roll: 1653651 medium height, stout; lt blue eyes brown hair has a wife ; Cashier at Citizens Bank of Kuttawa, Kuttawa, KY
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 for James Duke Wake Birthplace: Kentucky;United States of America Birth Date: 30 Mar 1896 Race: Caucasian (White) Roll: 1653651 Medium stout dk brown hair lt blue eyes book keeper and clerk ; employed by father Hugh Wake Kuttawa, KY
Mary Ann Wake married Jacob Harrold Holeman 28 May 1821 in Jessamine Co., Kentucky. I wonder if they married at Anchor and Hope? They had one son Alexander Wake Holeman born 20 February 1827
Alexander Wake Holeman married Jane B. English and had one son John English Holeman born 22 September 1860. John English Holeman married Katherine Sophia Graves and had a daughter Ann Elizabeth Holeman born 29 May 1894
Ann Elizabeth Holeman married Walter Beck Lenhart 29 November 1911 in Rapid City, Pennington Co., South Dakota. Four daughters were born to them; Betty Ann, Katherine Caroline, Virginia Ann and Rose English Lenhart
Alexander Wake Holeman, known as Wake Holman/Holeman. For details of his capture during the Mexican American War (the "bean" story) and other tales, see Henry Watterson's book "Marse Henry" (pages 23-26). The book is now on the web (see Marse Henry at another website)
Though it was midsummer and Congress was about to adjourn I went to Washington and was sworn in. A friend of mine, Col. Wake Holman, had made a bet with one of our pals I would be under arrest before I had been twenty-four hours in town, and won it. It happened in this wise: The night of the day when I took my seat there was an all-night session. I knew too well what that meant, and, just from a long tiresome journey, I went to bed and slept soundly till sunrise. Just as I was up and dressing for a stroll about the old, familiar,
Page 23 dearly loved quarter of the town there came an imperative rap upon the door and a voice said: "Get up, colonel, quick! This is a sergeant at arms. There has been a call of the House and I am after you. Everybody is drunk, more or less, and they are noisy to have some fun with you."
It was even as he said. Everybody, more or less, was drunk - especially the provisional speaker whom Mr. Randall had placed in the chair - and when we arrived and I was led a prisoner down the center aisle pandemonium broke loose
They had all sorts of fun with me, such as it was. It was moved that I be fined the full amount of my mileage. Then a resolution was offered suspending my membership and sending me under guard to the old Capitol prison. Finally two or three of my friends rescued me and business was allowed to proceed. It was the last day of a very long session and those who were not drunk were worn out
When I returned home there was a celebration in honor of the bet Wake Holman had won at my expense. Wake was the most attractive and lovable of men, by nature a hero, by profession a "filibuster" and soldier of fortune. At two and twenty he was a private in Col. Humphrey Marshall's Regiment
Page 24 of Kentucky Riflemen, which reached the scene of hostilities upon the Rio Grande in the midsummer of 1846. He had enlisted from Owen county - "Sweet Owen," as it used to be called - and came of good stock, his father, Col. Harry Holman, in the days of aboriginal fighting and journalism, a frontier celebrity. Wake's company, out on a scout, was picked off by the Mexicans, and the distinction between United States soldiers and Texan rebels not being yet clearly established, a drumhead court-martial ordered "the decimation."
This was a decree that one of every ten of the Yankee captives should be shot. There being a hundred of Marshall's men, one hundred beans - ninety white and ten black - were put in a hat. Then the company was mustered as on dress parade. Whoso drew a white bean was to be held prisoner of war; whoso drew a black bean was to die
In the early part of the drawing Wake drew a white bean. Toward the close the turn of a neighbor and comrade from Owen county who had left a wife and baby at home was called. He and Wake were standing together, Holman brushed him aside, walked out in his place and drew his bean.
Page 25 It turned out to be a white one. Twice within the half hour death had looked him in the eye and found no blinking there
I have seen quite a deal of hardihood, endurance, suffering, in both women and men; splendid courage on the field of action; perfect self-possession in the face of danger; but I rather think that Wake Holman's exploit that day - next to actually dying for a friend, what can be nobler than being willing to die for him? - is the bravest thing I know or have ever been told of mortal man
Wake Holman went to Cuba in the Lopez Rebellion of 1851, and fought under Pickett at the Battle of Cardenas. In 1855-56 he was in Nicaragua, with Walker. He commanded a Kentucky regiment of cavalry on the Union side in our War of Sections. After the war he lived the life of a hunter and fisher at his home in Kentucky; a cheery, unambitious, big-brained and big-hearted cherub, whom it would not do to "projeck" with, albeit with entire safety you could pick his pocket; the soul of simplicity and amiability
To have known him was an education in primal manhood. To sit at his hospitable board, with him at the head of the table, was an inspiration in the >
Page 26 genius of life and the art of living. One of his familiars started the joke that when Wake drew the second white bean "he got a peep." He took it kindly; though in my intimacy with him, extending over thirty years, I never heard him refer to any of his adventures as a soldier
It was not possible that such a man should provide for his old age. He had little forecast. He knew not the value of money. He had humor, affection and courage. I held him in real love and honor. When the Mexican War Pension Act was passed by Congress I took his papers to General Black, the Commissioner of Pensions, and related this story
"I have promised Gen. Cerro Gordo Williams," said General Black, referring to the then senior United States Senator from Kentucky, "that his name shall go first on the roll of these Mexican pensioners. But" - and the General looked beamingly in my face, a bit tearful, and says he: "Wake Holman's name shall come right after." And there it isSource: a href="http://docsouth.unc.edu/watterson/watterson2.html#watterson15"
Jacob Harrod Holeman was the survivor of an infamous Kentucky duel and acquitted for murder; this information is now on the web
THE HOLMANWARING DUEL, IN WHICH FRANCIS G. WARING WAS KILLED AND WILSON P. GREENUP, SON OF GOVERNOR CHRISTOPHER GREENUP, WAS JACOB HOLMAN's SECOND AND WAS JOINTLY INDICTED WITH HIM
Niles' Register for August 1819, said: "A pair of dunces agreed to shoot at each other few days ago near Frankfort, Ky. One was a young Virginian, the challenger, the other a printer. The first was instantly killed on the spot, and the other very badly wounded." The Franklin county grand jury indicted Holman and Greenup for the murder of Waring, and Doctor Roberts as also indicted charged with aiding, abetting, etc., the felonious shooting of Holman by Francis G. Waring. The indictment against Holman and Greenup jointly charged that: "Jacob H. Holman and Wilson P. Greenup, not having the fear of God before their eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, on the 16th day of July in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and nineteen, with force and arms, in the County aforesaid in and upon Francis G. Waring, in the peace of God and of the said Commonwealth then and there being feloniously, wilfully and of their malice aforethought, did make an assault, and that the said Jacob H. Holman, a certain pistol, then and there loaded and charged with gunpowder and one loaded bullet, which pistol the said Jacob H. Holman in his right hand then and there had and held to, against and upon the said Francis G. Waring then and there feloniously, wilfully and of his malice aforethought, did shoot and discharge in the right pap of him the said Francis G. Waring then and there being in the Peace of God, and of the Commonwealth, from the effect of which the said Francis G. Waring then and there instantly died. And that the aforesaid Wilson P. Greenup, then and there feloniously, wilfully and of his malice aforethought was present, aiding, helping, abetting, comforting, assisting and maintaining the said Jacob H. Holman, the felony and murder aforesaid in the manner and form aforesaid to do and commit. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the said Jacob H. Holman and Wilson P. Greenup, him the. said Francis G. Waring, then and there in the manner aforesaid, feloniously, wilfully and of their malice aforethought did kill and murder against the statutes in such cases provided and against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. "W. ANDERSON, Atty for Com."
Alexander was the youngest son of John and Ann Barnett Wake who became a well known judge in Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., Kentucky in 1850. Being a prestigious judge his brother and sister each name a child in honor of him and their descendants kept the name "Alexander Wake" handed down in the family
HUGGINS, SARAH WAKE Mrs. Sarah Wake Huggins died at her home on Broadway in Nicholasville, Thursday morning, Oct. 5, 1896, after an illness of several weeks, due to general disability. The deceased was a member of one of Jessamine's oldest and most honored families, her father, Judge Alexander Wake, filling the office of judge of this county at one time. Mrs. Huggins was born in the house where Mrs. Mollie Saunders lives, May 26, 1824. She was married to W. H. Huggins, Sept. 8, 1844, three living children surviving her, Mrs. Wade Soper, of Jackson, Ky; A. W. and Miss Maggie Huggins. Mrs. Huggins was a lady of a very quiet disposition and, of remarkable patience. During her illness, the two daughters, as well as friends, were most faithful in looking after every detail that would add to the comfort of the devoted mother and friend. The funeral services will be conducted from the M. E. Church, South, this (Friday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Dr. W. F. Taylor. Interment at Maple Grove cemetery. Jessamine Journal Obit's
Obit of Scott.--Mrs. Margaret Scott, who was born in Jessamine Co., Jan 2, 1818, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Graddy, at Versailles, on the 25th inst., of pneumonia after an illness of only three days. Mrs. Scott who was the daughter of George and Celia Chrisman, made this county her home until about 1878 when she went to Versailles to live with her daughter. Two children survive her, Mr. Geo. C. Scott, of Jessamine, and Mrs. Graddy, of Versailles. Mrs. Sallie Huggins of Nicholasville, is a half-sister of the deceased. Mrs. Scott in her younger life was considered one of the prettiest women in this section and even when the furrows of time were leaving its imprints upon her face, it was beautiful to look into. She was devoted member of the Christian church and a woman of true and noble character. After the funeral services, conducted at Versailles Wednesday morning, the interment took place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville. Jessamine Journal, 4-29-1898
Jane Ann Bell Chrisman b. abt 1820 married Lewis Eliphalet Parsons 1841 and moved to Talladega, Alabama where Lewis was governor. Seven children were born to them