Letter from Dorothy Clanton Phillips

Source: Dorothy Clanton Phillips to Carol Lee Mattocks, 7 January 1996.

Dear Ms. Mattocks:

I am a volunteer at the Hopkins County Genealogical Society Library in Sulphur Springs, Texas. I also am doing research on the Colter family. Colters are my relatives. My husband and I went to Salt Lake City, Utah (Morman Library) and found the name of Falicia Coulter on the computor. At first I didn’t think Falicia could be any relation, because I had not found her on the Census. Looking again at the 1850 Census, Washington County, Kentucky, I found her (Falicia) married to Andrew Jackson Raney and living next to Isaiah Colter (my ggg grandfather). They are on page 167, family number 524 and 525. I am sending you a copy of the 1850 census and family group sheets on the Colter’s. Isaiah Colter and Rosanna Burris (Burress) Colter are buried in a family burial ground owned by Coulters in 1996 near Willisburg on the old Mackville Road. My sister and I saw the stones (can’t read names) in a field with large bales of hay on top of them.

I found the information about the burial place for Isaiah Colter and Rosannah at the Filson Club Library in Louisville, Kentucky. My sister and I have made three trips (1994, 1995, and 1996) to kentucky. There is a lot of information about the Colters in the Courthouse at Springfield, Kentucky.

My family connections to the Colters are:

Isaiah COLTER – Rosannah BURRIS (BURRESS) ggg grandparents
Thomas COLTER – Caroline LANHAM gg grandparents
Burnette COLTER – M.H. KIMBERLIN g grandparents
Margaret KIMBERLIN – V.E. SEWARD grandparents

I am sending you some copies of things that I have on the Colters. I hope this will help you in your research. If you have anything that I don’t have, please send me a copy of it. I will get a copy to my sister who lives in Oklahoma. She is a half-sister on my mother’s side. We have different fathers. Her name is Alice Joyce Thomas Ellington.

Sincerely,
Dorothy Clanton Phillips
Dorothy Clanton Phillips

P.S. Falicia had to be Andrew Jackson RANEY’s first wife. The chilren were born while still in Kentucky & before the children born to Susannah.

1850 Kentucky Federal Census Washington County

Family # Age Sex Value of Real Estate Where Born Page
525 RANEY, A. Jackson 35 M $400 KY 167
RANEY, Falicia A. 27 F KY
RANEY, James 10 M KY
RANEY, Mary Elizabeth 5 F KY
RANEY, Rosebelle 3 F KY
RANEY, Isaiah 1 M KY
*COLTER, Thomas 8 M KY

*Thomas Colter may be Rowan Colter’s son. He was the brother of Falicia A. Colter and Thomas Colter.

524 COLTER, Isaiah 167

See family group sheet for Isaiah Colter for the rest of the family.

Andrew Jackson Raney and Falicia A. Colter Raney had moved to Missouri by the time the 1860 Census was taken.

Tilson Club Library – Louisville

Descendants of Catherine Donaldson Hannay grandaughter of James Stanley [Stanbery?] Logan and Ludlow S. Petty.

ISAIAH COLTER
Born: Jan. 6, 1777
Died: July 30, 1864
(Tombstone)
His Tombstone is inscribed – “Erected by the children of Thomas Colter Sen.” It is in graveyard near Willisburg, on the Mackville Road out of Springfield, Washington Co., Ky.
married ROSANAH BURRIS
Born: 1789
Died: 1863
(Ref: Tombstone at Colter Graveyard near Willisburg, Ky.)
Was administrator of his son, Thomas COLTER Sen. (brother of Rowan)
Married: April 16, 1818
(Ref: Marriage Book Springfield, Washington Co., Ky., page 176.)
They had –
1. ROWAN COLTER Married SABRA MORGAN
2. THOMAS COLTER, SR Married CAROLINE LANHAM
Born: 1824
Died: 1856
Married: Oct. 15, 1844
They had
1. PRESTON
2. LEVI C.
3. GEORGE
4. ZAY (Isaiah)
5. TOM
6. BURNETTA Married _____ KIMBERLIN

Papers of Thomas Colter deceased _____
Administrator of his brother, Rowan Colter, deceased, this Oct. 19, 1864.
(Book “N”, page 376….)

Settlement of the accounts of Thomas Colter, Gdn. For —

  • Rosa Jane Colter, orphan of Rowan Colter Dec’d Book “L”, page 191.
  • Sabra H. Colter, page 192.
  • Josephine Colter, page 193.
  • Elizabeth Colter, page 194.
  • Thomas Colter, page 196.

All children of Rowan Colter.

2. ROWAN COLTER,
son of Isaiah, Senr. and brother of Thomas, Senr.
Born: Jan. 18, 1808.
Died: Sept. 15, 185__.
Buried in the graveyard on Salt River near Pleasant Valley Church Gee, Route #1.
Married SABRA MORGAN
Born: April 17, 1821 [? blurred copy]
She was the daughter of John Morgan and Jane his wife.
They had –
1. JOSEPHINE COLTER Married THOMAS CROSSFIELD
2. ROSA JANE COLTER Married JOHN SEARCY
3. SABRA H. COLTER Married (1) JOHN COZINE
(2) LYMAN SHEPARD, C.S.A.
Name on monument in the Court House yard,
Lawrenceburg, Ky.
4. JOHN COLTER Married MAUD PHIRL (FERRALL)
5. ZAY COLTER (ISAIAH)
Born: March 31, 1843
Died: Feb. 6, 1865
Killed during the Civil War in a near Greens Chapel on Salt River, Anderson Co., Ky.
Unmarried
6. THOMAS COALTER
Confederate Soldier – killed in Civil War
– Unmarried –
7. ELIZABETH ANN COLTER Married CHARLES WICKLIFFE PETTY.

Settlement of C.R. Craycroft, Admr. of Thomas Colter, decd. Gdn. for Sabra H. Colter, etc. May-July, 1866.

It is stated that Rowan Colter’s settlement is on file in Anderson County, Ky.

(Ref: Book “N”, page 79, Springfield, Washington Co., Ky.)

After Craycroft’s settlement it appears W.H. Morgan of Anderson County is Gdn. of Thomas Colter, and N. Harris, Anderson Co. is Gdn. of Elizabeth and Rosa J. Colter, Oct. 2, 1866.

(Ref: Book “N”, pages 80-86)

(See Petty Record page 11)

[abstract of] FAMILY GROUP SHEET (1996)

ISAIAH COLTER (COULTER) b 6 Jan 1778 NC, d 30 Jul 1864 Willisburg, Washington Co., KY, bur graveyard near Willisburg, Old Mackville Road, Washington Co., KY, res nr Willisburg, Washington Co., KY, occupation farmer, m 16 Apr 1818

ROSANNAH BURRIS (BURRESS) b 1781 or 1789 NC, d 1863, bur same as Isaiah, res same as Isaiah, housewife.

CH:
(1/M) ROWAN COLTER b 18 Jan 1808 KY, d 15 Sep 185__, m Sabra MORGAN.
(2/M) THOMAS COLTER b 1820, m 15 Oct 1844 Caroline LANHAM.
(3/F) FALICIA A. COLTER b 1823 Wash Co., KY, d 22 Mar 1930 Lowrey City, MO, m 1838 Wash Co., KY, A. Jackson RANEY.

NOTES: In Isaiah’s will 3-23-1870, Courthouse, Springfield, KY, he left money to following grandchilren: Preston Colter, Levi Colter, Burnette Colter, and Isaiah Colter; witness M.H. Kimberlin.

[abstract of] FAMILY GROUP SHEET

ROWAN COLTER b 18 Jan 1808, d 15 Sep 185–, son of Isaiah COLTER & Rosannah BURRIS (BURRESS), m

SABRA MORGAN, dau of John & Jane MORGAN.

CH:
(1/F) JOSEPHINE COLTER m THOMAS CROSSFIELD.
(2/F) ROSA JANE COLTER m JOHN SEARCY.
(3/F) SABRA H. COLTER m JOHN COZINE.
(4/M) JOHN COLTER m MAUD PHIRL FERRALL.
(5/M) ISAIAH (ZAY) COLTER b 31 Mar 1843, d 6 Feb 1865, killed in Cvil War.
(6/M) THOMAS COLTER**, killed in Civil War.
(7/F) ELIZABETH ANN COLTER m CHARLES W. PETTY.

** This could be the Thomas COLTER that is living with the RANEY’s in the 1850 Federal Census, Kentucky, Wash. Co.

[abstract of] FAMILY GROUP SHEET (1996)

THOMAS COLTER b 1820 Wash Co., KY, d 1856, son of Isaiah COLTER & Rosannan BURRIS (BURRESS), m
15 Oct 1844

CAROLINE LANHAM b 1824-1825 Wash. Co., KY.

CH:
(1/M) PRESTON COLTER*** b 19 Jul 1845 Wash Co., KY, d 18 Sep 1873, bur Mackville Cem, Mackville, Wash. Co., KY, m 29 Jan 1866 Wash Co., KY, Mary Bell SHOEMAKER.
(2/M) LEVI COLTER b 1847 Willisburg, Wash. Co., KY, liv 1928, age 81 (obit. of Burnette COLTER KIMBERLIN).
(3/F) BURNETTE COLTER b 28 Oct 1849 Willisburg, Wash. Co., KY, d 29 Jun 1928 Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, bur Ferris Cem, Ferris, Dallas Co., TX, m 24 Nov 1864 Texas, Wash. Co., KY, Martique H. KIMBERLIN.
(4/M) GEORGE COLTER b 1851, Wash. Co., KY, liv 1928, age 77 (obit. of Burnette COLTER KIMBERLIN).
(5/M) ISAIAH C. COLTER b 19 Nov 1852 nr Willisburg, Wash. Co., KY, d by 1928, m Eliza COLTER**.
(6/M) THOMAS COLTER b 1856, d by 1928.

** She lived in Wilmer, TX, in the 1930’s daughter named Ruby.
*** He was a confederate soldier.

[abstract of] FAMILY GROUP SHEET (1996)

ANDREW JACKSON RANEY b 8 Jan 1816, d 31 Mar 1895 Tightwad, MO, bur Tebo Cem, res KY & MO, m 1838

FALICIA A. COLTER b 1823 Wash. Co., KY, d 22 Mar 1930 Lowry City, St. Clair Co., MO, res KY & MO.

CH:
(1/M) JAMES RANEY b 1840.
(2/F) MARY E. RANEY b 16 Jan 1845 Wash. Co., KY, d 7 Mar 1919 Lowry City, St. Clair Co., MO, m 26 Mar 1862 Calhoun, Henry Co., MO, John Thomas WEARS.
(3/F) ROSEBELLE RANEY b 1847 Wash. Co., KY, m William BUNCH.
(4/M) ISAIAH RANEY b 1849.
(5/M) THOMAS COLTER** b 1842. “This could be Rowan’s son”.

** Living with the RANEY’s in 1850 see 1850 Wash. Co. Federal Census, KY. They are living next to Isaiah
COLTER page 167 – Family number 524 and 525.

[abstract of] FAMILY GROUP SHEET (1996)

MARTIQUE (MORDICA) H. KIMBERLIN b 12 Apr 1837 Wash. Co., KY, d 25 Oct 1898 Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN, bur Evansville, son of Jacob F. KIMBERLIN & Juliana DAUGHERTY. Martique res KY, TN, IN, occupations farmer & preacher, member of Cumberland Presbyterian, had a bladder infection, m 24 Nov 1864 Texas (nr Springfield), Wash. Co., KY,

BURNETTE COLTER b 28 Oct 1849 Willisburg, Wash. Co., KY, d 29 Jun 1928 Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, bur Ferris Cem, Dallas Co., TX, dau of Thomas COLTER & Caroline LANHAM. Burnette res KY, TN, IN, TX, a housewife.

CH:
(1/M) H. POINDEXTER KIMBERLIN b 25 Dec 1868 Texas, Wash. Co., KY.
(2/M) N. GEORGE KIMBERLIN b 10 Jul 1873, d 24 Sep 1873.
(3/M) GEORGE H. KIMBERLIN b 18 Apr 1874, d 9 Jun 1894.
(4/F) MARGARET C. KIMBERLIN b 14 Jul 1878, d 3 Jul 1928 Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, bur Grove Hill, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, m 28 Oct 1898 Vivien E. SEWARD.
(5/M) WILLIAM B. KIMBERLIN b 16 Sep 1881 Lebanon, Wilson Co., TN, d 8 Jul 1943 Ferris, Dallas Co., TX, m 24 Apr 1917 Ferris, Dallas Co., TX, Hattie WELCHER.
(6/F) DOLLIE KIMBERLIN b 16 Dec 1883 Lebanon, Wilson Co., TN, d 9 Dec 1957 Wilmer, Dallas Co., TX, bur Wilmer, Dallas Co., TX, m 13 Jul 1912 Ferris, Dallas Co., TX, Wallace LLOYD.
(7/M) MAURORY KIMBERLIN b 16 Dec 1884 Lebanon, Wilson Co., TN.
(8/M) HALBERT H. KIMBERLIN b 20 Apr 1886 Lebanon, Wilson Co., TN, bur Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, m 12 Jun 1927 Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Maude D. LITTLEFIELD.
(9/M) JOHN F. KIMBERLIN** m 9 Jun 1895 Ada DRUNUE.

For some reason he was considered the black sheep of the family. I do not have any aditional information about him, except that my mother Lillian Louise SEWARD CLANTON THOMAS told me that she and her family visited him one time. He lived out of state, maybe chicago, Ill.

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