Every researcher encounters it.  The "brick wall".  You reach an impasse in your research.  With the interest in genealogy today and the internet, finding the "missing link" is becoming easier.  If you have a "brick wall", send me an e-mail and I'll post it here.  Who know, someone may have the information you are looking for.

Hello, my name is Joey Bennett I have a problem with one of my ancestors that was from Adair county Gradyville and Keltner area. According to a very few records I have, the Ancestors name is a  William M. "Bill" Bennett, Born September 1827 In Tennessee and died in Adair county sometime After 1900. He married Eliza Jane Keltner, Daughter of John Richard Keltner and Mary Polly Coffey of Adair county. There is not hardly any information on William M Bennett, I am looking for death records burial records pictures and other types of documents and any information on William M Bennett. Some of his children's names are Merryman Ward Bennett, Martha Jane Bennett Taylor "Married John T Taylor, Cordelia Dempsey Bennett Taylor "Married James Owen Taylor, Jasper N Bennett, John Henry Bennett, Elizabeth F Bennett, Milam Bennett, William Herbert Bennett "Herbie" my second great grandfather, Mary Ann Bennett. All information and any documents or pictures of any members of this family would be greatly appreciated if can share with me you can reach me at my email jbennett_85@ymail.com Thanks.

Hello. My name is Diane Baker and I hit a brick wall with my tree. I am looking for any information on Vassie Hestand who married George Barlow Spears. Unfortually that is all i have on her at all. She is my great grandmother. That is the name on my grandmother's birth and death certificate. My grandmother is Nina Spear and her mother was Vassie Hestand. Now on my grandmother's birth certificate my grandma Nina was born in Tompkinsville Ky. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please email me with any information at jst4law@yahoo.com. Again, thanks again.

Looking for information on my 2nd grt grandfather & family Willis West-

WILLIS WEST Hart Co., KY. born April 14 1827 Hart Co., KY.

Searching for names of his parents. have looked thru 1820-1850 census for Hart & Hardin counties. Unable to locate who his parents are.
COTTERELL daughter of Nathan Cotterell/Cottrell & Sarah Reams /Reames

(The Cotterells & Reams use both spellings in the line) According to military pension records they were married in Munfordville Ky by Robert Reams.

All of the census,land records,military,pension lists him as Willis West.

Willis & Ann show up on the 1850 Ill census along with her parents and some other family members including the Utterbacks.
(shows Willis & Ann being married within the yr. ) Willis stayed in Ill thru 1880 when he then went to Kansas . He died & was buried In
Norton KS 188/9 Ann then moved the family into Indian territory Okla. She died in Nowata Okla in 1903

According to the 1900 Okla census they had 11 children with 3 still living at that time. I have only found 9 out of the 11 children


Freda Ok_wildchild@yahoo.com

Am trying to find information on Casey's of Grayson Co. GGGrandfather David, he married Eliza Pearl. Trying to find out who his parents were. He was born in Grayson Co. abt.1818-1820, lived around Big Clifty-St.Paul's. Mother's name was Mary ? she was born in Virginia. Brother James Treacy Casey (wife Teresa J Langley), sisters Sarah J. (Weatherholt), Judah (Sampley), and Mary E. Would appreciate any help.

If you can help with this family, contact Andrea Casey Hager

Georgia Ann Murray Martin, born Jan 18, 1931 & died Feb 7, 1904, Hart Co., KY. Searching for name of her parents. She marreid James Mills Martin (11/03/1829 - 01/15/1912 Goodnight, Barren Co., KY) , Nov 3, 1829, Green Co., KY.

They Had 3 sons:

Virgil Thomas Martin 05/21/1867 - 01/25/1913

John William Martin 12/02/1868 - 01/11/1929

James Curtis Martin 07/01/1876 - 02/14/1934

If you can help with this family, contact Sandra Kay O'Banion

My name is Tina. I have been researching my family history for years and have come to a BRICKWALL. Please Help!!!
I am in search of information on William L. Traylor of Adair Co. , KY born 4-18-1848 and died 2-26-1893. His nick name was Fed Traylor. He married Louisa "Ludie' E Leamon/lemon d/o James G Lemon and Mary E Branstetter both barried at the lemon-Amyx-Branstetter cemetery in Metcalfe Co., KY. This is where Fed is also buried, I have serched for years and can not find any info on him and his family. I believe his parents to be Levina Breeding and John Milton Traylor also of Adair, KY however I have no direct link. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much, Tina

Bell, John – Born 1802 Kentucky. There is a series of Bells that all seem to be related and are found in Kentucky in or around Simpson County and Warren Country. Sarah Bell is the first. She was born 1790 in South Carolina, married August 4, 1806 in Warren County, Kentucky to John Twitty Clack. They move to Macoupin County, Ill. The second is Rebecca Bell born 1791 in South Carolina. She marries Samuel Whitesides in 1809 in Warren County Kentucky. The third is Cassandra Bell born 1792 in Simpson County, Kentucky. She marries William Clack in 1809 in Logan County, Kentucky. William is the brother of John Twitty Clack. The fourth is Samuel Bell born 1797 in Logan CO, Kentucky. He marries Margaret Vaughan in 1823 in Kentucky. The fifth is John Bell (my ancestor) born 1802 in Kentucky. He marries Nancy Payne about 1825 in Kentucky. The sixth is James H. Bell born about 1804 in Kentucky. He marries Martha Short in 1827 in Warren County, Kentucky. In Simpson County records the father of Rebecca is identified as a James Bell. In the Warren Country marriage records, James H. Bell’s father is identified a James Bell. There is some evidence that the father of this group might be James Bell and the mother Sarah Clayton. If this James is correct as the father of this group, then the next brick wall would be James father. Since the two o ldest people on this list wer born in South Carolina, it can be surmised that James came from South Carolina. There is a James with a father Adam Bell in South Carolina. Help.

 Scott A. Bell


Looking for information on the ancestors of William Gadberry.
William Gadberry was born Abt. 1796 in VA, and died Aft. 1870 in Probably Adair Co., KY.  He married Ester Neat 8 Feb 1816 in Adair Co., KY,  daughter of Rudolph Nied and Maria Frey.  She was born Abt. 1790 in Rowan Co. (?), NC, and died Bef. 1870 in Probably Adair Co., KY. - CBJ


EDWARDS, William Asbury (1839-1909) was b. in Casey Co, KY and md. Nancy Josephine "Josie" Harrod in 1862 in Edmonson Co, KY.  Their 10 children were Martha Jane, Jessie Tomes, Bonny Anna, William M "Willie", Rosa Belle, Mary Tabitha "Tobe", David Newton, Charlie Luther, Sarah Sylviana, and Paulus Clinton Clero.  William Asbury Edwards' parents were Thomas Edwards b. abt 1806 who md 05 July 1829 Casey Co, KY to Rhoda E. Godbey as they appear on the 1830 & 1850 Census of Casey Co KY and have a son named William Edwards (age 16 on 1850 census of Casey Co KY).  Then, the Thomas Edwards family are on the 1860 Census of Edmonson Co KY--William Asbury Edwards md Nancy Josephine Harrod in 1862 in Edmonson Co KY--and the Thomas Edwards family was living next door to Andrew L. Edwards on the 1860 Census Edmonson Co.  Then the Thomas Edwards family are on the1870 Census in Casey County KY.  The 1880 Census of Neatsville, Adair Co, KY has Thomas & Rhoda Godbey Edwards living with their dau., Sarah J. & husband, Peter Tarter. William Asbury Edwards' Civil War file states he was b. in Casey Co KY and when he enlisted into the Civil War he had been living in Edmonson Co 5 years.  The William Asbury Edwards family lived in Edmonson & Hart Co the remainder of their life while the Thomas Edwards Family moved back to Casey Co and finally to Adair Co KY.  I'm wondering if Thomas Edwards & Rhoda Godbey Edwards are buried in Casey Co or Adair Co KY.  Anyone have connections to this family?

Thanks, Edith Bastin epb1937@scrtc.com



I am trying to find information on my great, great grandparents. According to my great grandfather's (and his brother's) death record they are Johnie/John BRYANT and Emmeline/Emiline GOODMAN. They had 2 sons. My great grandfather was George Black BRYANT (2 Oct 1872-9 Jun 1948) and his brother was Arthur BRYANT (14 Apr 1875-8 Oct 1942). Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Anne Eaton Holden
St. Louis, anneh