The Children and Grandchildren of Samuel McCorkle Jr.
 of Green Co., Kentucky



The Will of Samuel McCorkle Jr.


When a family historian finds a will, it is a wonderful genealogical event. In most cases a will is an enormous asset in tracing the descendants named in the will.  The 8 March 1840 will of Samuel McCorkle Jr. of Green Co., KY is no exception, but it does not tell the whole story by far. The descendants named in Samuelís will, in the order that they were entered, are as follows:

Daughter Nancy

Daughter Betsey

Grandson Johnston (Johnson)

Granddaughter Lovina Jane (Lavina)

Grandson William Ward

Grandson Alexander Green

Grandson Hardin Woods

Son John

Son Andrew

Daughter Polly


No wife was mentioned. John & James Buchanan were named executors.

The will was proved 20 April 1840.


The following information and analysis is focused on the above named children and grandchildren of Samuel McCorkle Jr. In addition to the children named in the will of Samuel Jr., I have concluded that he was the father of two other sons that died before he made his will. The names in parentheses below are my guesses at the individuals listed in the pre-1850 censuses. 




Samuel Jr. in 1810


1810 Green Co. Census data


Saml McCorkle

1 male b. 1794/1800               (Alexander)

1 male b. before 1765            (Samuel Jr.)

2 females b. 1794/1800          (Polly & Elizabeth)

1 female b. 1784/1794            (Nancy)

1 female b. before 1765         (Wife of Samuel Jr.)

This was Samuel Jr., son of Samuel & Sarah McCorkle of Augusta Co., Virginia. Next to Samuel Jr. was Alex Buchanan and Buchanan families occupied the next three homes.

Eleven homes away from Samuel was his brother John:



John, brother of Samuel Jr. in 1810



John McCorkle

John was enumerated with a wife & 10 children. This was certainly John, the brother of Samuel Jr., who was killed in 1814. After his death, Johnís widow Lydia and her 13 children moved to west central Missouri.



John McCorkle in 1810


The enumeration of this John McCorkle does not reconcile with the John McCorkle family enumerated in the 1820 Green County census and in the 1840 and 1850 Missouri censuses. This seems to be another McCorkle mystery. To read more about this situation, click here.



Samuel Jr. in 1820


1820 Cambellsville, Green Co., KY census:

Samuel McCorcle

3 males b. 1810/1820             (Johnson & ?)

1 male b. 1794/1804               (Alexander)

1 male b. bef 1775                  (Samuel Jr.)

1 female b. 1810/1820            (Lavina)

1 female b. 1794/1804            (Elizabeth or Nancy)


Samuelís wife seems to have died between 1810 & 1820. Also, the young children residing with Samuel Jr. would indicate that their parents were dead or somewhere else and/or that they were the children of the female born 1794/1804.



John, son of Samuel Jr. in 1820


Next to Samuel Jr. in 1820 was:

John McCorcle

1 male b. 1810/1820               (?)

2 males b. 1804/1810             (James & Samuel)

1 male b. 1775/1794               (John)

2 females b. 1810/1820          (Sarah & Nancy)

1 female b. 1775/1794            (Patsy)


This John was almost surely the son of Samuel Jr. John married Patsy Redmond 2 Feb 1815 in Green County after Ann Spears died and then Nancy Wright 7 Dec 1824 in Green County after Patsy died. About 1825, John and his family moved to Lincoln County, Missouri, then on to west central Missouri to join the descendants of his uncle John who was killed in 1814. See the ďJohn & Nancy of 1850 Clinton Co., MOĒ link on the Home Page.


The last Green County Tax Book entry for John, husband of Lydia, was in 1813. (Most of the 1814 Tax Book is unreadable.) The last entry for John, son of Samuel Jr., was 1823, although the Tax Books for 1824-1826 are not extant.


Some of the other children of Samuel Jr. are also something of a mystery.



Alexander, son of Samuel Jr.


In her patient research of the Green County McCorkle's, Inez Warf discovered that Alexander Green McCorkle was the owner of a book belonging to his grandfather, the grandson of Samuel Jr. In this book, Alexander Green, the grandson of Samuel Jr., recorded his birth date and that his father was Alexander. Samuel did not name a son Alexander in his will, so Alexander apparently died before Mar 8, 1840. As far as I can tell, Alexander has gone almost unrecorded in Kentucky records. He is not found in any Green County census or tax list, but is recorded as a witness on the marriage bond of his sister Mary (Polly) in 1818. Also, an Alexander McCorkle purchased at the estate sale of James Caulk in March, 1813. Based on the birth date of Alexander Green and his assumed siblings, Alexander Sr. died circa 1832. To my knowledge, that is all that is known about Alexander Sr. The only candidate I have found in any Kentucky census lived in Jefferson County, but I believe that he was probably a descendant of Alexander and Mary Steele McCorkle of Lexington, Virginia. Also, an Alexander McCorkle was bonded to marry Patsy Barr(Barn) in Pulaski Co., Kentucky on June 21, 1800. Surety was by John Cowan. This Alexander is a possibility since I have found no other records of McCorkles in early Pulaski County; however, this bond date does not fit well with the proved and assumed birth dates of the grandchildren named in the will of Samuel McCorkle Jr.


1820 Salem Twp., Jefferson Co., KY census:

Alec McCorcle

3 males b. 1810/1820

1 male b. 1804/1810

1 male b. 1794/1804

1 male b. bef 1775

1 female b. 1810/1820

1 female b. 1794/1804


Andrew, son of Samuel Jr.


Samuelís son Andrew is named in his will. On 1 Feb 1822, Andrew McCorkle married Mary Ann Crabtree in Green County. Most researchers assume that Andrew soon moved to Indiana and later had two other marriages. He is listed in the 1822 Green Co. Tax Book.



Mary, daughter of Samuel Jr.


Samís daughter Polly is named in his will. Polly (Mary) seems to have married Joseph Williams 18 July 1818 in Green Co., but I canít find any record of them later on.



Nancy & Elizabeth, daughters of Samuel Jr.


Samís daughters Nancy & Elizabeth are named in his will. To my knowledge, Nancy and Elizabeth did not marry. They are both found in the 1850 Taylor Co. census, living with Johnston McCorkle, grandson of Samuel Jr. Taylor County was formed from Green County. Nancy probably died between 1850 -1860; Elizabeth between 1870 -1880.


1850 Taylor Co., KY census

Johnston McCorkle, 36, KY

Nancy, 56, KY

Elizabeth, 50, KY

William, 20, KY

Green, 20, KY

Harding, 17 KY



Samuel III, son of Samuel Jr. (Not in the will of Samuel Jr.)


On July 22 1806, a marriage bond was executed for Samuel McCorkle and Jane Black in Green County. Surety was by the groom and Patrick Black. A Samuel McCorkle, Junior is found in the 1807 Green Co. tax list without property. On Oct 29, 1814, Jane McCorkle was married to Cumfret Bruster by John Howe in Green County. The bond surety was by the groom and Patrick Black. This second marriage indicates that Samuel died prior to 1814 and Jane remarried. Cumfret is next found in the 1820 Grayson Co., Kentucky census with a family that includes four males under ten years of age. By 1830, the Bursters had moved to Pike County, Indiana where they were recorded with three males, the oldest born 1810 -1815. Bruster/Brewster researchers have concluded that the Brusters had four male children: David, Benjamin, John and unknown. If Samuel McCorkle and Jane had male children, they adopted the Bruster name or stayed with the McCorkle's.   



Alexander, William & Hardin, grandsons of Samuel Jr.


If Alexander Green was the son of Alexander, then the ages of William and Hardin would indicate that they were also. Further, it would seem that Alexander Sr. died circa 1830.



Johnston & Lavina, grandchildren of Samuel Jr.


Johnston was born circa 1814. According to the research of Inez Warf, Lavina was married 25 Oct 1839 to John Henderson, so she was closer in age to Johnston than the other three grandchildren. She was not in the 1850 census with Johnston and I canít find John Henderson in any census. In his will, Samuel Jr. left the care and management of the family farm to Johnston. This indicates that Johnston was the oldest surviving male McCorkle living in the area. I conclude that Johnston was almost surely the son of Samuel III and that Lavina was likely Johnsonís sister.


If you have waded through this narrative, then you must be interested in these people. If you have any facts or opinions, please share them with me. I will update this page as more data becomes available.



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