The William Sidwell Family of Cumberland County, KY
presented by Gary Morrison (e-mail)
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For many decades the William and Mary Key Sidwell family
that resided in Cumberland County, Kentucky in the early
1800s has been an enigma for Sidwell family
researchers. Trees have been published for several
decades, but have not included documentation in many
instances, causing researchers to question the veracity of
the data. When I first started researching my family
tree I made the mistake of taking too much data for
granted, assuming previous researchers must have known
what they were doing. This included my unquestioning
acceptance of the published Sidwell trees. As I
progressed I came to realize the folly in that
assumption. As a result I have worked, often times
with the invaluable help of fellow researchers, on my
Sexton, Morrison, Robertson, Black, Farr and several other
family lines along with my wife's family lines with an eye
to putting as much effort into logical reasoning and
documentation in drawing conclusions as possible, with the
limitation that on location research was not possible in
almost all cases. The year 2019 is when I looked at
my Sidwell line with many questions in hand.
The first question had to do with William's parental
line. William provided a clue when in 1797 he
attempted to have his Society of Friends membership
transferred from North Carolina to Tennessee. Thanks
to the amount of documentation available, in the form of
Quaker monthly meeting minutes, it was possible to trace
that lineage with a high degree of certainty resulting in
showing the flaws in most trees currently published.
The most commonly published line of ascent is William to
Hugh William Sidwell & Annie Haines to Hugh Sidwell
& Anne Hayes to Hugh Sidwell & Elizabeth Golding,
which does not agree with the Quaker and civil
documentation. As a result of the flawed line of
ascent, the trees also show siblings of William to be
Reuben, Joseph, Susannah, Prudence (Green), Nathan, Isaac,
Samuel, Elizabeth (Reynolds), Deborah (Wells), Richard,
Job, Levi and Ann (Wilson), which also does not agree with
the Quaker and civil documentation.
The second question had to do with William and his
descendants. In most trees currently published
William is shown as William Thomas Sidwell, Sr.
There has been no document found or produced to this
point, that even shows a middle initial, let alone a
middle name. When I blindly accepted the William
Sidwell family tree 25 years ago the children were
identified as Polly Ann, William Jr., Amanda, Lucinda,
David Sr., Isaac Denton, Anna, Mahala, and Rebecca
Jane. In later trees a Nathan and Armand managed to
sneak in. Some of these can be documented as true,
while others can be surmised as true by circumstantial
evidence, and then others appear to have no
evidence. For example, the William Jr. is often
shown as William Thomas Sidwell, Jr. who enlisted in the
Union cause in Company D, Kentucky 12th Infantry Regiment
in the Civil War. This person is definitely not a
son of William and Mary Key Sidwell.
The links in the left nav area show the line of
ascent/descent. The link selected takes you to the
specific individual in my family tree, opened in a new
window, along with a narrative for that individual and his
family. Once in the family tree you can go backward
to the parents, if available, or forward to the one child
link that is in my direct family line. The other
option is to close that family tree window when done
reading about the individual and from this screen jump to
another individual in the ancestral line. The information
can also be accessed from my website home page via the
link in the left nav.
Please let me know if you find mistakes or find other
information that will further the cause of accuracy in the
Sidwell family history.
Use the links in the frame to the left to navigate to your topic of choice among the Sidwell family tree topics.