Tarvin Allied Families: The Herndon Family

by Gary Hoffman
Based on work by William Russell "Rus" Stevens.
See http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kycampbe/elijaherndon.htm.

The Herndon family in Kentucky intermarried with the Tarvins, especially in Campbell County. This allied family is traced here.

ELIJAH HERNDON was born 27 Nov 1774 in Goochland Co., Virginia, the son of Lewis Herndon and his wife, Frances Thompson. The family held slaves in Virginia and Elijah's great uncle, John Waller, became famous as the buyer of Kunta Kinte of Roots fame. Louis Herndon moved his family and slaves to Woodford Co., Kentucky before 1789 and died around July 1796 in Scott Co., Kentucky. Elijah appears on Scott County tax rolls in 1796 and he married his first wife, name unknown, before 1800 when he appears on the Campbell Co. census. His first six children were born in Campbell Co., Kentucky: John T., James, Isabella, George R., Elisa, and Frances. Their names were recorded in the Herndon Family Bible. See http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kycampbe/bibleherndon.htm .

On 10 Apr 1806 he purchased 130 acres of land in Carthage from Benjamin and Jeanette Beall for $260. In the 1810 Census, Elijah had a household of four males, three females, and one slave. On 30 Aug 1813 he mustered into Captain Squire Grant's Company of the 4th Regiment of Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia at Newport. They marched north to Ontario, Canada under the command of General William Henry Harrison where they defeated the British and killed Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames. Elijah mustered out 8 Nov 1813. He was paid $11 a month plus 40 cents a day for his horse. According the pay records, he received $25.54 for his services and $28.40 for his horse.

Elijah's wife died around 1815 and he married Elizabeth Sadler, about 1818 in Madison Co., Kentucky. According to family legend, he had his slaves build his new wife a house out of bricks from ship's ballast. The house stands today on Washington Trace Road in Campbell Co., Kentucky, and is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. According to family legend, the house, with its slave quarters in the basement, was incorporated into Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Elizabeth died shortly after her child, Susan, was born in 1820. Elijah then married Catherine DeMoss 23 Jun 1821 in Pendleton Co., Kentucky. Catherine was the widow of Joseph Barker, and she brought her son, Zeno Barker, to live with Elijah. Together, Elijah and Catherine had five children: Evaline, Mary Gregg, Rebecca M., Fletcher, and Demarius F.

During the winter of 1843-44 Elijah and his wife Catherine deeded 1/2 acre to Thomas Tarvin, John C Tarvin and William I Newman, trustees of the Carthage Methodist Church. The church was organized at the home of Elijah and Catherine and the earliest burial in the new cemetery was Raleigh Tarvin in 1846.

Elijah died 26 Jul 1849 and is buried in the Old Mt. Gilead Cemetery. His will was recorded 27 Aug 1849. For details, see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kycampbe/willelijaherndon.htm .

Elijah's first wife was born about 1776, probably in Virginia, and died about 1811, probably in Campbell Co., Kentucky. It is likely that she is buried in the Old Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Campbell Co., Kentucky.

ELIZABETH SADLER was born about 1780, probably in Virginia. She married Elijah Herndon 7 Dec 1812 in Madison Co., Kentucky. She raised Elijah Herndon's six children until 1820 when she bore him Susan. She died shortly thereafter.

CATHERINE DEMOSS was born 3 Oct 1791 at Berkeley Plantation, James Co., Virginia, the daughter of Peter DeMoss and Catherine Houseman. She moved with her family to Kentucky about 1805. She married first 7 Dec 1809 Joseph Barker in Pendleton Co., Kentucky, and had one child, Zeno F. Barker. Joseph died 4 Mar 1820 in Pendleton Co., Kentucky. She married second 23 Jun 1821 Elijah Herndon in Pendleton Co., Kentucky, and returned with him to live in Campbell Co. She bore five children by Elijah before he died in 1849. Catherine died 21 Apr 1857 at Carthage, Campbell Co., Kentucky, and is buried in the Old Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Campbell Co., Kentucky.

Children of Elijah Herndon and his first wife:

Note: this numbering follows the Tarvin system, but with the prefix EH for Elijah Herndon. Children of Elijah Herndon and Elizabeth Sadler:
Children of Elijah Herndon and Catherine DeMoss:

EH2 JAMES HERNDON was born 1801, the second child of Elijah Herndon and his first wife. He married 1.7 Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Tarvin. They had seven children. Several of their children married other Tarvins.

EH8 EVALINE HERNDON was born May 1823 in Campbell Co., Kentucky, the eighth child of Elijah Herndon and his third wife, Catherine DeMoss. She married 25 Jun 1840 1.2.2 Thomas Tarvin Bartlow. They had twelve children.

EH11 FLETCHER HERNDON was born 1832, the eleventh child of Elijah Herndon and the fourth by his third wife, Catherine DeMoss. He married first Helen Marie Rardin. They had four children. Their first child, Mary Gregg Herndon, married Raleigh Bartlow Tarvin. Fletcher married second 1.9.5 Mary Jane Tarvin. They had five children.

EH12 DEMARIUS F. HERNDON was born 1835 in Carthage, Campbell Co., Kentucky, the twelfth child of Elijah Herndon and the fifth by his third wife, Catherine DeMoss. She married 1 Jan 1856 Joseph Jasper White. Their child, Demarius White, married Alvin Burl Moore.

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