Mercer Co., Ky. Emmigrants

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Mercer Co., Ky Emmigrants

I received the following email, and thus this page was born. A great big thanks goes to Jim Raney for providing all of this information. According to Jim, there's more to come, so keep checking back. Enjoy!

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From: Jim Raney <>
Subject: Migrations from Mercer County,KY
>The county I live in (Johnson Co., IN - just south of Indianapolis) was
>for the most part started by people who moved here from Mercer County.
>If you like, I'll check into it a little further and try to organize a decent
>list of names.

>Jim Raney

Garrett BREWER

The ancestors of Garrett BREWER emigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam (now New York) in 1642.

Garrett was born near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1782 to John BREWER and Jennie VAN ARSDALE. They moved to Mercer County, Kentucky around 1791. Garrett lived there until 1825 when he and his wife, Mary VERBRYCK, moved to what is now Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana, settling on 160 acres he had purchased from the government. He was a founding member and first ruling elder of the Greenwood Presbyterian Church, a position he held until his death in 1860.

Garrett and Mary had 9 children:

Barnett BREWER
Born 1830 in Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana
Died 1888 in Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana
Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Johnson County, Indiana
Born in Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana

The DEMAREE Family

The DEMAREE family has been traced to the 6th Century to Lord DesMaret of Cambray, France. Reliable genealogies exist going back to about 1560.

The DEMAREEs were French Huguenots. Escaping religious persecution in France, they moved first to an island in the Rhine River, then to the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in 1663.

They moved from there to land purchased from Indians near what is now Hackensack, New Jersey about 1677.

From there they moved to Conawago, Adams County, Pennsylvania. With family and friends, they set off for Harrod's Station, Mercer County, Kentucky. Some families in this group included:

CovertBiceLuysterVan Nuys
BrunerMonfortVoorhiesVan Arsdall

Peter DEMAREE I was born 1 Jan 1796 in Shelby County, Kentucky. He moved to Johnson County, Indiana about 1827. He was one of the earliest Presbyterians in the area. Somewhere in Mercer County, most of the Dutch Reformed Church and old Huguenot families converted to the Presbyterian Church.

[Note: I'm not sure the following is the same Peter DEMAREE or his son]

The descendants of Peter DEMAREE and Mary JOHNSTON are:

Ruth Ann DEMAREE (m. John LIST)
William W. DEMAREE (m. Lydia CARNINE)

Electa Agnes DEMAREE (m. William THRELKELD)
Mattie DEMAREE (m. Isaac SMITH)
William DEMAREE (m. Araminta CRAWFORD)
Ira DEMAREE (m. Elizabeth Ann ALEXANDER)
Victor DEMAREE (m. Anna BROCK)
Mary Esther DEMAREE (m. James Edward THOMPSON)
Mercy DEMAREE (m. Gibson GRAY)
George DEMAREE (m. E. Jane MILLER)

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David DES MARETS left France in 1642. He came to Staten Island in 1663 with his wife, Marie SOHIER, and 4 children.

David's great-great-grandson, Samuel DEMAREE, is recorded as being the first to spell the surname that way.

Samuel DEMAREE was born in 1746. He settled in Kentucky in 1783 with his wife, Susanna BROUWER (later spelled BREWER). Susanna was the daughter of Daniel BROUWER, a veteran of the Revolutionary War.

Samuel's son, David DEMAREE (born 1769) married Rachel BRUNER. Rachel was the daughter of Peter BRUNER, one of the signers of the original Kentucky State Constitution and a judge in Shelby County, Kentucky for many years. David and Rachel were the parents of Isaac Peter DEMAREE (b. 1 January 1796). Isaac married Mary JOHNSTON, the daughter of John B. JOHNSTON and Ruth BECKLEY, on 11 April 1820. Isaac, Mary, and their six children moved to Johnson County, Indiana in 1827.

One of them, William W. DEMAREE, married Lydia Ann CARNINE, daughter of Andrew CARNINE and Nancy BANTA. They had 14 children.

The DENNIS Family

Material in this section is from "Pioneers of Johnson County, Indiana" edited by I. George Blake and published 1973, unless otherwise noted.

William DENNIS and Melinda DOWNEY of Mercer County, Kentucky had 10 children, the youngest being Hannibal DENNIS (1861-1944).

Hannibal's older brother, Robert DENNIS (b. 1839) was killed in the Civil War. Several years later, the family's home burned to the ground.

The family moved to Missouri in 1868. According to family historians, the eldest child, Eliza DENNIS, grew so homesick that a doctor told them they should move back East or she would die. It was for this reason that they came to Johnson County, Indiana.

Hannibal DENNIS married George Etta ROBERTSON in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana on 19 July 1886. George Etta was the youngest of the five children of Daniel Boone ROBERTSON and Sarah DAWSON. She was named for Sarah's brother George DAWSON.

Hannibal and George Etta DENNIS were the parents of four children:
Melinda DENNIS (died as an infant)
Lucille DENNIS (1890-1971)
Roscoe DENNIS (1892-1964)
Bessie DENNIS (b. 1908) who married Ralph DEMAREE in 1930

The ALLISON Family

James ALLISON was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, 11 November 1796, to Scotch-Irish parents who came from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania around 1750.

Not long after his birth, the family moved to Mercer County, Kentucky. James grew up there and eventually married Eleanor POULTER. They moved to Johnson County, Indiana around 1832.

James was a Justice of the Peace in Clark Township in Johnson County for 18 years. Eleanor died in 1875, James in 1883. They are buried in the Williams (Walden) Pioneer Cemetery.

James and Eleanor were the parents of 10 children, four boys and six girls.

One, George W. ALLISON (b. 1827) served with the Indiana Volunteers in the Civil War.

Another, Henry Calvin ALLISON, married Jennie GRAHAM of Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1864. They were the parents of one child, James Albert ALLISON, who was born 7 February 1867. Jennie died one week later. Henry then married Jane (BARRETT) BUNDY, the widow of Dr. Amos B. BUNDY. At the time of the marriage, Jane had two small sons, George BUNDY and Charles M. BUNDY.

Henry and Jane had five children:

Elizabeth E. ALLISON
Jefferson E. ALLISON


This material is from:
Memorial and Genealogical Record of Representative Citizens of Indiana Edition De Luxe
by Jacob Piatt Dunn 1912; B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, IN

Daniel was born in Butler County, Ohio, on 26 September 1827. He was the son of Stephen VOORHEES of Mercer County, Kentucky and Rachel ELLIOT who was born in Maryland.

Daniel attended Asbury (now DePauw) University in Greencastle, Indiana, graduating from there in 1849 with a law degree. In 1856 he was nominated Democrat candidate for Congress in his district. He lost by a narrow margin.

In 1857 he moved to Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. The next year he was appointed United States District Attorney for the State of Indiana by President Buchanan.

In 1859 he was retained to defend Colonel Cook, who was arrested with John Brown at the Harper's Ferry Raid. This case brought him national attention.

He was elected to Congress in 1860 and 1862. He won the election in 1864, but the narrow margin was contested by Henry D. Washburn, who was awarded the seat. He was again elected in 1868 and 1870. In 1872 he was defeated by Morton C. Hunter.

On 6 November 1877, he was appointed to fill the United States Senate seat left vacant by Oliver P. Morton. He served in the Senate until 1895. He died in his late nineties.