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John Wake moved with his family from Farquier Co., Virginia to Kentucky in the late 1790's. John, Ann, Ambrose, Mary Ann and Alexander Wake made up the family. John was a lawyer and judge in Virginia. It was the tradition for men to take a flatboat and go down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans for trading and a time for adventurous travel. While descending the river on a trip in 1804, John was accidentally killed on the barge on which the descended by the discharge of a rifle-gun when being taken down from the side of the boat by a slave boy. Ann was left with three young children

  • Ambrose Weir Wake born about 1795 died 1839 in Lyon Co., Kentucky. He married Alcinda [Alice] Calmes
  • Mary Ann Wake born about 1796 is buried in New Liberty, Owen Co., Kentucky. She married Jacob Harrold Holeman
  • Alexander Wake born 1797 died December 1867 in Jessamine Co., Kentucky. Alexander married (1)Sarah Jane Thurston (2)Celia McDowell Chrisman

  • What is now the industrial park may have been the Fletcher-Wake Paper Mill on the Wake farm. Found in the Rock Fence Park in Nicholasville is this sign. I am searching for the Fletcher who was with the Wake in the papermill business. There was an Alice Fletcher as a witness to Alexander Wake's will in 1867. Horace Fletcher physician was living in Jessamine Co., in 1850 with a wife Margaret and daughter Cordelia. In 1860, Alexander Wake was living two doors away from Horace Fletcher
    In Rock Fence Park, Nicholasville is the papermill. It is the big flat round stone underneath the conical stone

    Unknown grave....maybe John Wake the father is buried here?

    Could this be the remains of Alexander's tombstone?

    Sarah Jane Thurston Wake and infant son John are buried here. There has been controversy as to the Thurston or Thruston surname

    Wake farm that is now an industrial park

    The children of Ambrose and Alice Wake were Ann Elizabeth and Russell W. Wake and another unknown son. Russell married Natelia Ella Doom and had three children, Hugh, Mary and Ambrose Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, 3rd ed. 1886. Lyon Co

    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

    Ambrose W. Wake - 1 male 30-40 ; 1 female 20-30 Alice, 2 males under 5 [could this be a mistake and be 1 female and 1 male under 5] Ambrose died in 1839
  • Alice Wake 45 954 VA
  • Ann Eliza Wake 23 KY
  • Russell W. Wake 15 KY
  • Did the other son die young?
  • Russel W Wake 26 lawyer 18000 10460 KY
  • Mary L Wake 1 ???

  • Russell W Wake died 14 February 1919 in Lyon Co., KY. Who was this
      1900 United States Federal Census for Hugh Wake Kuttawa, Lyon Co.,KY
  • Hugh Wake 29 March 1871 marr 8 yrs ky farmer
  • Roma Wake 25 wife Sept 1874 3 children ky
  • Russell Wake 7 son Sept 1893 ky
  • James D Wake 4 son May 1896 ky
  • Sybel Wake 2 daug Oct 1897 ky
  • Dooms as neighbors farmer

  • 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

      1920 United States Federal Census for James D Wake Kuttawa, Lyon, Kentucky
  • James D Wake 23 b. 30 Mar 1896 d. May 1964 bookkeeper dry goods
  • Freda Bannon Wake 22
  • James D Wake 4/12 b. 3 Dec 1919 d. 12 Jan 1920
  • neighbor
  • Hugh Wake 48
  • Lucy E wife 46

  • 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

      1930 United States Federal Census for Duke J Wake
  • Duke J Wake 34 proprietor of dry goods store 1600
  • Freda M Wake 32 wife
  • Rovena Wake 9 dau
  • Jane Wake 7 dau
  • Betty A Wake 3 dau


    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 is

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    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

    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

    Alexander Wake married (1)Sarah Jane Thruston 01 July 1819 (2)Celia McDowell Chrisman 15 May 1823
      Child of Alexander and Sarah Jane Thruston
  • John Wake born and died between 1820-1822

    • Child of Alexander and Celia McDowell Chrisman Wake
    • Sarah A. Wake b. May 26, 1824 d. October 05, 1896 Nicholasville, KY
      • 1820 United States Federal Census for Alexander Wake, Jessamine Co., KY
    • Alex, Sarah and [2 ]f..... 13 slaves Alexander to 26; Sarah to 26; [Margaret and Jane Ann Bell] slaves and free colored

      • 1830 United States Federal Census for Alexander Wake in Jessamine Co., KY
    • Alex age 30-40 Celia age 30-40, females [Sarah 5-10], 1 10-15[Jane Ann Bell] 1 15-20[Margaret] 1 20-30[?] neighbor George Caldwell

      • 1840 United States Federal Census for Alexander Wake in Jessamine Co., KY
    • Alexander wake age 40-50, Celia age 40-50, Mother Ann 60-70, male 20-30, female 15-20 and 2 females 20-30 [Margaret and Jane Ann Bell] free colored male 36-55
    • neighbors; Alexander Marshall, Henry Rowland, Samuel B Hall Larken Cooper

    • Where is Alexander Wake and son-in-law William M. Huggins in 1850? Sarah A. Wake Huggins is living with her mother Celia and sister Margaret Scott in 1840. William and Sarah's first child was born in Kentucky, their second child was born in Alabama about 1847. Could William be in Alabama at the time the census was taken? Alexander Wake became judge of Nicholasville in 1850...was he out of town when the enumerator came around?
        1860 United States Federal Census for A Wake Nicholasville, Jessamine, Kentucky
    • A Wake 63
    • William M Huggins 38
    • Sarah A Huggins 36
    • Thomas A Huggins 13
    • Margt Huggins 10
    • Alex W Huggins 8
    • Anna J Huggins 3
    • Bartholomew Ryan 27 tinner

    • 1870 Alexander Wake and William M. Huggins were both deceased
        1880 United States Federal Census for A. W. Huggins Nicholasville, Jessamine, Kentucky
    • A. W. Huggins 27 coroner KY
    • Mary E. Huggins 19 wife boarder KY

    • 1900 United States Federal Census for Alex M. Huggins London, Laurel Co., KY
  • Alex W Huggins 47 publisher KY Feb 1853
  • Martha M Huggins 26 wife 4 children married 9 yrs Aug 1873 KY
  • William L Huggins 7 son Nov 1892 KY
  • Henry A Huggins 4 son June 1895 KY
  • Sallie B Huggins 3 daug Apr 1897 KY
  • Martha D Huggins 3.12 daug Feb 1900 KY

    • 1870 United States Federal Census for Thomas Huggins Lexington Ward 3, Fayette, Kentucky
  • Thomas Huggins 24 clerk in dry goods KY living in boarding house of Fannie Kidd

    • 1880 United States Federal Census for Thomas A. Huggins Nicholasville, Jessamine, Kentucky
  • #78...Sarah A. Huggins 56 keeping house widow
  • Thomas A. Huggins 32 son at home
  • Margaret Scott Huggins 30 daug at home
  • Ann J. Huggins 23 daug at home
  • next door
  • #74...A W Huggins 27 coroner
  • Mary E 19 wife boarder

  • 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

      1910 Jefferson, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Alexander Huggins 57 widower roomer composter gen work
  • Henry A Huggins 15 press feeder roomer
  • Alexander and Henry are living with William R Parratt 36 cooper and his family

    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

      Children of Jane Ann and Lewis E. Parsons
    George W. b. 1842 became a lawyer and never married
  • Jane b. 1844
  • Erastus J. b. 1848 a lawyer living in North Hempstead, Nassau, New York in 1920 with wife Lilian and daughter Adele
  • Lewis E. Parsons, II b. 1846 US Attorney in Birmingham, AL
  • Celia b. May 1850 married a Boswell and had two known daughters; Celia and Mary Jean Boswell
  • Joseph H. b. 1852 may have died in 1853
  • Jessie K. b. March 18, 1856 married James Stevenson ; no children living. Jessie was living with her sister Celia Parsons Boswell in 1900 as a widow