Emma Ewers Taylor was the daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens of Rockcastle County, Kentucky. She has several colonial lines and one that hasn’t been traced beyond settling in Kentucky in the early 1800s. Emma recorded some of her and her husband’s family history in a fill-in-the-blanks family tree book. More than 20 years after her death, that information triggered my interest in genealogy. View Ancestry.com tree starting with Emma.
Emma’s ancestral surnames include King, Lavender, Lewis, Mullins, Owen/Owens, Ramsey, and Taylor. Not many surnames due to pedigree collapse and some unknown maiden names on both sides of her family. Henry, Champ and Spencer Mullins, David Owens, Thomas Ramsey, John Lavender, and William Taylor all came to Kentucky from various locations in Virginia or North Carolina and settled in the three-county area of Garrard, Lincoln, and Rockcastle.
Edward King was a Revolutionary War soldier from Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Felicia Lewis and they had 10 children, including Mary who married Spencer Mullins. Edward died in Ashe County, North Carolina about 1800. His parents are unknown.
John Lavender’s origins aren’t known but he likely arrived in Kentucky from Virginia. His daughter, Rhoda Ann, married Stephen Bradford Lair in 1829 in Lincoln County. By 1839, Stephen had died and she married Thomas Ramsey, Jr. Rhoda and Thomas lived in Rockcastle County.
Felicia Lewis married Edward King in 1767. She died in 1849 in Ashe County, North Carolina. Her parents are unknown.
Henry Mullins and his wife, Mary (maiden name possibly Terry) lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Henry was likely from Virginia but his parents are undetermined. Henry, Mary, and most, if not all, of their children, migrated to Rockcastle County, Kentucky. They were in Rockcastle by 1810 and were likely there before the county was formed that year.
David Owens was a Revolutionary War soldier from Wilkes County, North Carolina who was born in Halifax County, Virginia. He married Winifred Mullins, daughter of Henry Mullins, in 1780. David and Winifred, along with her parents and several brothers, left Wilkes County between 1800 and 1810 and settled in the area that became Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1810.
Thomas Ramsey was a Revolutionary War soldier from Essex County, Virginia. (My DAR membership is based on his service.) Thomas and his brother, Francis Alexander, relocated to Kentucky after the war. Thomas settled in Garrard County while Francis settled in neighboring Rockcastle County.
William Taylor’s parents are unknown. He was probably born in Virginia and was in Kentucky by 1825 when he married Martha Ramsey, daughter of Thomas, in Garrard County. William and Patsy lived in Garrard County for about 20 years before moving to neighboring Rockcastle County. Patsy died in 1852, William married Mary G. Ramsey in 1854 and she died before 1860. He married a third wife, Delilah Cox, in 1862.
Last Update: 7 Oct 2017