Thursday, September 14, 2017

Elizabeth Kellam Lillard McCormick (1790 - 1873)

Wife of
Thomas McCormick
Nov. 10, 1790
Sept. 26, 1873

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Smithland, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 11 August 2016.

Elizabeth Kellam married Mason Lillard on the first day of September 1808. Consent for the marriage license to be issued was given by Elizabeth's guardian, Isaac Bullard. [1] Elizabeth and Mason had at least two children, Jane W. Lillard and J.M. Lillard. Jane was born 6 April 1815, died 17 November 1886 and is buried, also, in Smithland Cemetery.[2] Jane married David B. Sanders  the 31st of April 1831 with her stepfather, Thomas McCormick, giving consent.[3]  I have no information on J.M. Lillard except he was listed as an heir of Elizabeth McCormick in the settlement report in 1875.[4]

Elizabeth Kellam Lillard married, as her second husband, Thomas McCormick, on 7 November 1819.[5]  McCormick left his home in Ireland in 1816 and landed in Smithland in December of that same year. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1823 at the age of 25 years.[6] It didn't take long for McCormick to become involved in the happenings of Smithland. He had a tavern in his home  and also was a police judge.

Thomas and Elizabeth McCormick had the following children: (1)  John D. McCormick, who was born 19 August 1820, died 15 September 1823 and was buried in Smithland Cemetery.  (2) Elizabeth K. McCormick, born 1826, died of yellow fever 26 August 1878 New Orleans[7] and married Gustavus Hodge 6 April 1847 Livingston County.[8] (3) Thomas J. McCormick, who was born ca 1824, married Sarah (surname unknown) and was living in 1875. (4) Wallis McCormick, who was born 8 January 1829, died 2 October 1842 and was buried Smithland Cemetery. [9]

Following the death of Thomas McCormick in 1853, Elizabeth lived in Smithland next door to her daughter and son in law, Jane and David B. Sanders. Following the death of David B. Sanders in 1867, Elizabeth McCormick made her home with Jane until her death in 1873.

[1] Joyce M. Woodyard. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriage Records, Vol. 1, (n.p., 1992) 24.
[2] Recorded by Brenda Joyce Jerome 2010.
[3] Woodward. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriages, Vol. 1, p. 111.
[4] Livingston County, Kentucky  Inventory and Appraisement Book H (1870-1876), p. 494.
[5] Woodward. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriages, Vol. 1, p. 55.
[6] Livingston County, Kentucky Circuit Court Papers, 1823, Accession No. A1986-293, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
[7] "Death From Yellow Fever," New Orleans Item, 27 August 1878. Her age was given as 51 years.
[8] Woodyard. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. II (August 1839-December 1871), (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1994) 45.
[9] Recorded by Brenda Joyce Jerome 2010.

Published 14 September 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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