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Cracks Are Finally Beginning to Appear in the Larrison Brick Wall!

I’ve pretty much been blogging by the seat of my pants as I’ve gotten more and more excited about pieces of information that indicate the Larrison family brick wall is beginning to show definite cracks in multiple places. 🙂

After the three long posts this week, it’s time for a Stufflebean-Larrison recap to put some order to the rambling.

Here are the facts and just the facts:

1. John Stufflebean married Elsee Larrison Ketcham, a widow, in August 1795 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. His Revolutionary War pension file gives her maiden name.
2. It is likely that Joseph Ketcham, who first appears on Estill County tax rolls in 1821, is the son of Elsee and Mr. Ketcham, about whom nothing else is known. Joseph Ketcham was born about 1794, based on his mother’s marriage date and later census records.
3. George Larrison appears on Madison County, Kentucky tax rolls from 1800-1808. He purchased 200 acres of land and moved to Estill County, Kentucky in 1809. He is the only Larrison found in Kentucky pre-1810. Census records indicate he was born 1760-1770, the same decade in which Elsee Larrison was born. My hypothesis is that they were brother and sister.
4. George Larrison’s son, George Jr., married Nancy Dunaway on 26 June 1817 in Estill County.
5. Two of Elsee’s and John Stufflebean’s sons also married Dunaways. Andrew Stufflebean married Susanna Dunaway on 4 August 1818 and James Stufflebean married Mary Dunaway on 13 October 1819, again in Estill County.
6. George Larrison’s daughter ELSEE married David Stewart on 31 May 1807 in Madison County, Kentucky. The Stewart family migrated from NEW JERSEY to Kentucky in the 1790s.
7. The Larrison family name is mostly found in NEW JERSEY before 1800.
8. One common thread found for the Larrison and Ketcham families is Washington County, Pennsylvania. John Larrison and Philip “Catchum” both lived in Washington County at the time of the 1790 census. In addition, John Larrison’s sister, Keziah, married one William Maple. William Maple also lived in Washington County in 1790.
9. Elsee Larrison Stufflebean’s child living in 1880 reported his mother was born in Pennsylvania and his father in New York. John Stufflebean was born in New York. Whether Elsee was born in New Jersey (which I think is likely) or Pennsylvania, some Larrisons obvously lived for a time in Pennsylvania.
10. The genealogy of John Larrison, the immigrant in the 1600s, traces part of his descendants down to James Larrison who married Kesiah Parke. They were reportedly the parents of John, Andrew, William, Rachel, Catherine, Roger, Elizabeth, Achsah, Elijah and David. Although little seems to be documented, it mentions that one or more Larrisons  went “to Pennsylvania.” Some believe that Elsee was the daughter of this Andrew Larrison, given that one of her sons was named Andrew, but more work is needed to prove that idea.
11. One Joseph Ketcham moved from New York to the area of New Jersey around Mercer and Hunterdon Counties, the same area where the Larrisons were living in the mid-1700s.

I think my hypothesis that Elsee Larrison is the sister of George Larrison might be right on target. However, at the moment, I have no evidence contradicting that theory and only preponderance of evidence supporting it, given that the Larrison and Ketcham surnames are not super common and the major players seem to be in the same geographical area at the same time.

However, there were more stones to be turned over, so I went to it. Here is what I’ve now uncovered:

After discovering that David Stewart married ELSEE Larrison, daughter of George, I researched the Stewart family. A new surprise awaited me. David Stewart’s parents were Ezekiel Stewart who married in Cape May, New Jersey on 4 May 1773 to — Rachel Larrison, daughter of James Larrison and Keziah Parke!!!

The Ezekiel Stewart family left New Jersey to settle in the wilds of Kentucky – Estill County to be exact!

Yet another surprise was in the wings. George Larrison’s son, David, married Sally Barnes in Estill County on 19 September 1822. Two of George’s grandchildren, Manerva and Mariah, married James Barnes in 1830 and Elisha Barnes in 1833, both in Estill County.

What is the Barnes connection? Benjamin Barnes, likely a cousin or brother of James and Elisha,  married RACHEL LARRISON, daughter of John Larrison and (reportedly) Rachel Stewart, on 23 April 1835 in Estill County. Her father, John Larrison, was reportedly born in New Jersey! 

John Larrison, like George, is of an age to be a brother to Elsee Larrison Stufflebean. The early Madison and Estill Counties marriage records don’t include any marriage for a John Larrison. Could the John Larrison who first appears in 1814 with George on the Estill County rolls be George’s brother and not his son???  This John Larrison never owned land, but appears to have had a tavern license for some years. This sibling relationship is a possibility.

Next, another of George Larrison’s children, son William, married Nancy Park/Parks in 1822 in Estill County. I suspect that perhaps she is part of the extended family of Kesiah Parke who married James Larrison c1735 back in New Jersey.

I’ve said this before, but I have to repeat myself – it is always a good thing to take new looks at old research. John Stufflebean, the Revolutionary War pensioner adds perhaps another piece to this puzzle. I knew he was enumerated in the 1840 census as a soldier of the old war, but never paid much attention to the page he was on.

1840 Census, Estill County, Kentucky
Source: Ancestry

John Stufflebean’s name is written on the second page of this listing, entered on the 13th line. Hiram Stufflebean, one of his sons, is on LINE 10. Another son, Richard Stufflebean, is on LINE 15.

John isn’t living with his children. He and Elsee are living in the home of David Snowden, whose father David Sr., also a Revolutionary War pensioner, had died in 1839. No Larrison or Stufflebean connection was immediately evident. However, and this a big however, given all the other clues so far uncovered, David Snowden Sr. gave his war service in WASHINGTON COUNTY,  PENNSYLVANIA! And he is living there in 1790, at the same time as Philip “Catchum” and John Larrison! David Snowden’s pension file gives his birth year as 1759 and place of birth as Amboy, NEW JERSEY, so a contemporary of Elsee and John Stufflebean and George Larrison.

The number of “coincidences” here is getting to be staggering. I don’t know that I will ever find a document proving Elsee’s or George’s parentage, but I am quite convinced that they are siblings and a large group of Larrisons, Ketchams, Snowdens, Parkes, Stewarts and Barnes made their way from New Jersey to a new life in Kentucky after the American Revolution.

I also feel quite certain that Elsee and George were somehow connected to James Larrison and Kesiah Parke, although a history of Old Hopewell accounts for their children and their marriages. On the other hand, James Larrison had a brother, William, born c1672 and who died in 1749 leaving a will. He named five children – Elizabeth (wife of David Stout) and sons James, William, John and George.

It’s time to take an in-depth look at the family tree of John (the Dane) Larrison, the immigrant ancestor.




Exactly Who Was George Larrison?

As I research more and more details about George Larrison, I excitedly read records and then realize everything is about as clear as mud!

Based on the FAN club, I do feel comfortable in saying that the origin of the Kentucky Ketchum and Larrison families is likely Hunterdon County, New Jersey. I also believe that George Larrison may well be Elsee Larrison Stufflebean’s brother. With an estimated birth year range of 1760-1770, he is the perfect age to be her sibling. The 1830 census puts Elsee’s birth year in the same 1760-1770 year range. The Larrisons and Stufflebeans lived near each other and the fact that one Larrison and two Stufflebeans married Dunaway sisters indicates that they moved in the same social group.

Here is another look at the 1810 census for the family and marriage records which help sort out the children to some extent:

Male 45+ (George)
Female 45+ (unknown wife, often called Elizabeth)
Female 16-25(born 1785-1794) (Betsey)
Female 10-15 (born 1795-1800) (Abigail)
Male 10-15 (born 1795-1800) (George)
Male 10-15 (born 1795-1800) (William)
Male -10 (born 1800-1809) (David)
Male -10 (born 1800-1809)

1. Betsey Larrison married John Rogers, 30 December 1811
2. Abigail Larrison married William Rogers, 7 June 1813
3. George Larrison married Nancy Dunaway, 26 June 1817
4. William Larrison married Nancy Parks, 15 January 1822
5. David Larrison married Sally Barnes, 19 September 1822
6. Manerva Larrison married James Barnes, 21 March 1830
7. Mariah Larrison married Elisha Barnes, 6 January 1833
8. Jacob Larrison married Fanny Townsend, 30 December 1835
9. Washington Larrison married Sally Crow, 1 August 1838

Next, can we narrow down the birth years for George’s children? Well, for the daughters, not so much, as they seemed to have died before 1850. The best guess-timates would have to be that they were aged 18-21 when they married, as there are no notations that George gave consent for a minor daughter.

However, Estill County tax lists are intact and require that males aged 21 and up be listed. After several tedious hours reading page by page, Larrisons began popping up year by year.

George Larrison is repeatedly taxed on his 200 acres of land, purchased in 1809. The other Larrisons do not own land, nor were they found in the Estill County land records.

1811 – George
1812 – George
1813 – George
1814 – George, John

Whoa! Here we have John Larrison for the first time. He is at least 21 years old, but no John appears in the Kentucky marriage records. Is he George’s son? A brother? If John is George’s son and born around 1791, he was living in some other household in 1830 if the 30-39 year old male is George Jr.

1816 – George, John
1817 – George, John
1818 – George, John
1819 – George, John
1820 – George
1821 – no Larrisons (trek to Indiana?)
1822 – George, John, William

William was likely born in 1800 (he might have turned 21 the day after the tax assessor came around and didn’t go on the rolls until 1822) or in 1801, but no later than 1801.

1823 – George, John, William
1824 – George, John
1825 – George, John, William, David

In 1825, we have another son coming on the tax rolls. David was likely born c1803 or 1804.

1827 – George, John, William, David
1829 – George, John, David
1830 – George, John, David
1831 – George, John, David
1833 – John, David
1834 – John, David
1835 – John, David, Jacob

Jacob would have been born c1814. If Jacob did reach the age of 21 in 1835, who was his father?  The same question applies to Archibald, who appeared in 1836. He would have been born about 1815. I’d say maybe their ages are off some, but unless they were living outside the county, the tax man would have been on the lookout for them.

1836 – John, David, Jacob, Archibald
1837 – John, David, Archibald

However, the Larrison family disappeared from the Estill County tax rolls by 1840. Using these tax records, a couple more clues have been gleaned.

ALERT: It pays to leave no stone unturned! While continuing to dig for Larrison data, I came across a digital copy of the Stewart Clan Magazine (1962) on FamilySearch.

Here is the image of the marriage record of David Stewart and “Elez” Larrision in Madison County, Kentucky in 1807:

The bride’s name looks like Eliz or Elez. However, the Stewart Clan Magazine article mentioned the story about David Stewart leaving Kentucky in 1835 and moving his family to Jackson County, Missouri. It also mentions that he and his wife ELSEE sold land there in 1840.

Look what I found:

David and Elsee Stewart, grantors
Jackson County, Missouri Deed Book G:266

I think the Madison County clerk perhaps sounded out Elsee’s name. What if he heard it as L-Z? That would account for the Eliz or Elez in the marriage record. A large group of Stewarts migrated from Kentucky to Missouri at the same time so there is no question that David Stewart of Jackson County, Missouri is the same man who married Elsee Larrison in Madison County, Kentucky.

The magazine also mentioned that the marriage record included a letter of consent for George Larrison’s daughter to marry David Stewart!

While Elsee died sometime between 24 December 1840, the date of this deed, and 3 February 1850, when David Stewart married Susan Hensley, the marriage record and land deed prove that George had a daughter named Elsee – the same name as Elsee Larrison Stufflebean!

Added to that bit of information is the fact that David Stewart was born about 1785 in NEW JERSEY! I’m seeing even more FAN club activity here!

That isn’t even ALL that I found. You’ll have to wait until the next post to watch the brick wall begin to crumble away!

Here is an updated look at the family of George and (Unknown) (MNU) Larrison:

Probable Children:

1. Elsee, born c1788; married (1) Daniel Stewart, 31 May 1807, Madison County, Kentucky. George Larrison gave his consent for his daughter to marry “david stuard.” David was born in 1785 in  NJ.
2. Elizabeth, born c1788; married John Rogers, 30 December 1811, Estill County, Kentucky
3. ?John, born c1790; died after 1837, apparently unmarried.
4. Abigail, born c1792; married William Rogers, 7 June 1813, Estill County, Kentucky
5. Daughter, born 1796-1800; no further record after 1810 census
6. George, born c1797; married Nancy Dunaway, 26 June 1817, Estill County, Kentucky
7. William, born c1801; married Nancy Parks, 15 January 1822, Estill County, Kentucky
8. David, born c1803; married Sally Barnes, 19 September 1828, Estill County, Kentucky
9. Son, born 1801-1810; no further record after 1810 census

I now know a lot more about George Larrison, but there is more to share. The FAN club is a concept that most definitely works!

Taking a Closer Look at George Larrison of Estill County, KY and a Ketcham Migration NJ to KY

A few days ago, I began looking for new clues that might help identify the parents, siblings and/or first husband (Mr. Ketcham) of Elsee Larrison Stufflebean.

It seems likely that Joseph Ketcham, born in the early 1790s, was the son and only child of Mr. Ketcham, who died sometime before Elsee married John Stufflebean in August 1795 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

I’ve found several more tantalizing tidbits that seem to relate to the Ketcham family and the Larrisons.

Remember, these are only potential clues because the information is found on several of the many questionable online family trees.

First, the FamilySearch family tree includes a Joseph Ketcham, born around 1715 and who might have married Gertrude Johnson. They reportedly became the parents of nine children, including Joseph Ketcham Jr., who died as a young man. It wasn’t known if he died during the Revolution or where he actually died. However, Joseph Jr. was reportedly born 30 March 1751 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Nothing apparently is known about whether or not he was married.

This young man looks like an excellent candidate to be the husband of Elsee Larrison. You might think I am jumping to conclusions, which maybe I am, BUT and this is a big but, this Ketcham family migrated to – – – – – Shelby County, Kentucky ——after the close of the war. Whether or not this man was her husband, I don’t know, but the family is living in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in the same time period as the Larrisons AND they all migrated to Kentucky by 1800.

It is claimed that Joseph the father migrated to Kentucky with the family, but I haven’t been able to document that. The first Ketcham that appears in Shelby County records is Daniel Ketcham, who is supposed to be a son of Joseph and Gertrude.

Daniel Ketcham appears in not one, not two, but THREE records in 1800 in Shelby County. He bought land, sold land and is the first Ketcham to show up in any Shelby County record.

To sum up all this Ketcham data, what is important to this mystery is that Ketchums lived near Larrisons in New Jersey during the same time period – pre-Revolutionary War years.

Now it’s time to take a closer look at George Larrison who first appears in Madison County, Kentucky on the 1800 tax list and remains there until 1809, when he purchased 200 acres of land in Estill County and appears on the tax list for that county.

George Larrison, coincidentally or maybe not, first appears in Kentucky in 1800, like the Ketchams, but George is on the 1800 tax roll for Madison County. In those early days of settlement, counties were much bigger than their modern counterparts and Jefferson County (from which Shelby was set off) was not terribly far away and located slightly to the northwest of Madison County.

A number of different wives’ names have been attributed to George Larrison, but the truth is that no primary source giving her name has been found (by me) in Kentucky.

George bought 200 acres of land in what became Estill County in 1809. No wife’s name is included in the purchase. He sold off 40 of those acres in 1830. Again, no wife’s name is given and no dower rights are mentioned. He sold off the remaining 140 acres in 1833, with no wife or dower mentioned here, either.

Gilead Roop to George Larrison
Deed Book A:187-188
Estill County, Kentucky

George Larrison to Henry Roach
Deed Book D:398
Estill County, Kentucky

George Larrison to Frederick Wills (Wells?)
Deed Book E:304
Estill County, Kentucky

I am not going to take the time to transcribe these deeds because the only item of interest is that George signed with his mark on the 1830 deed.

As mentioned, George makes his first appearance in Kentucky in Madison County and remains on the tax list there until 1808. However, he is only taxed for himself and one horse. It doesn’t appear that he ever owned land in Madison County.

There are two marriage records that MIGHT pertain to George’s family while they lived in Madison County. In the first, William LARSON married Rosina Ham on 23 December 1802. Now, I’m not even sure that the surname is LARSON. It could be Wilson or who knows what?

Source: FamilySearch

What do you think? Also, I am not sure that George would have had a son old enough to marry as early as 1802. I tend to doubt that this record pertains to my George Larrison’s family.

The second record is for Eliza LARRISON to David Stewart on 31 May 1807:

Source: FamilySearch

If this is a child of George Larrison, then David Stewart must have died young and she remarried, as there is a marriage record in Estill County for one Betsey Larrison who married John Rogers on 30 December 1811. There is nothing in the dates to preclude these two Eliz./Betsey from being one person.

There is a David Steward enumerated in Madison County in 1810. He is in his 20s, as is the adult female and there is one young female also in the home. No David Stewart is found in Madison or Estill Counties, so it is possible that he died and Betsey remarried in Estill, where her father and siblings were living.

George Larrison appears on the tax rolls of Estill County from 1809 until 1831. The 1832 tax book is missing and he sold his land in 1833. By then he was elderly and his name is not found in any further records.

George and his family were enumerated in the 1810 census of Estill County. Let’s assume that Elizabeth who married David Stewart is his daughter to see where she fits in the family. Since no consent was given, we will assume she was at least 18 when she first married and she might have been 21.

Male 45+ (George)
Female 45+ (unknown wife, often called Elizabeth)
Elizabeth, born c1790; married (1) David Stewart, 31 May 1807, Madison County, Kentucky (2) John Rogers, 30 December 1811, Estill County, Kentucky
Female 16-25(born 1785-1794)
Female 10-15 (born 1795-1800)
Male 10-15 (born 1795-1800)
Male 10-15 (born 1795-1800)
Male -10 (born 1800-1809)
Male -10 (born 1800-1809)

No Larrison is found in the 1820 census and I suspect that, like the Stufflebeans, they might have trekked off to Indiana to try life out there. Also like the Stufflebeans, some of the family didn’t find Indiana to their liking and moved on. In George’s case, he returned to Estill County, where the family was again enumerated in 1830.

There is a very different family configuration in 1830, probably the result of son George Jr. marrying Nancy Dunaway on 26 June 1817 in Estill County.

Here is the 1830 household of George Larrison:

Male 80-89 (born 1740-1750)
Female 80-89 (born 1740-1750)
Male 60-69 (born 1760-1770)
Male 30-39 (born 1790-1800)
Female 30-39 (born 1790-1800)
Male 15-19 (born 1811-1815)
Male 10-14 (born 1816-1820)
Male 10-14 (born 1816-1820)
Female 10-14 (born 1816-1820)
Female 5-9 (born 1821-1825)
Female 5-9 (born 1821-1825)
Female -5 (born 1826-1830)
Male -5 (born 1826-1830)
Male -5 (born 1826-1830)

This is clearly a blended family and I think the key is George Jr. and Nancy Dunaway, who married in 1817. Before we try to figure out who is who, there are a number of Larrison marriages found in Estill County.

1. Betsey Larrison married John Rogers, 30 December 1811
2. Abigail Larrison married William Rogers, 7 June 1813
3. George Larrison married Nancy Dunaway, 26 June 1817
4. William Larrison married Nancy Parks, 15 January 1822
5. David Larrison married Sally Barnes, 19 September 1822
6. Manerva Larrison married James Barnes, 21 March 1830
7. Mariah Larrison married Elisha Barnes, 6 January 1833
8. Jacob Larrison married Fanny Townsend, 30 December 1835
9. Washington Larrison married Sally Crow, 1 August 1838

I don’t think any of the children born after 1810 were children of George Sr. and his unknown wife. It is certainly possible that George might have remarried wherever the family disappeared to in 1820, but that wife would apparently have died before the 1830 census.

I am also assuming that the male aged 60-69 is George. I haven’t a clue who the elderly couple in their 80s is! I think most of the younger children belong to George Jr. and Nancy. Assuming the babies arrived every two years, all of these children would fit (except for maybe one girl, unless twins?) with parents who married in 1817.

Tomorrow, we will review tax records and any other sources that might be found to shed more light on George Larrison of Estill County, Kentucky.