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Patricia O'Connor

My thanks to Jill Joseph and Jack Stewart Wilmoth for furnishing information on their descent from Elias, son of Thomas B.  Many, many thanks to Walter Wilmoth who has assited us all.  In his Wilmoth page he says the Wilmoths were of German descent.  While this may have been true at the time he mentions, 1000 AD, my people have claimed descent from the Normans, who settled in France and supposedly came over to England with William the Conquerer.  The name was thought to be originally Guillaumotte, or Little William.

This page carries only information that I have researched and proven.

Walter Wilmoth has sent me information linking James Wilmoth back to William, the original immigrant.  To see this info please click here.  Walter.  

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Descendants of James Wilmouth


Generation No. 1

1. James8 Wilmouth was born Abt. 1785 in Wilkes Co., NC (Source: both were 'over 21 at wedding in 1803.), and died Bef. 1850.  He married Elizabeth Hilton March 11, 1803 in Nelson Co., KY (Source: Nelson Co., KY Marriage Records 1785-1832.), daughter of Thomas Hilton and Anne. She was born Bef. 1785 in MD (Source: both were 'over 21 at wedding in 1803.), and died Bet. 1850 - 1860 in KY.

Notes for James Wilmouth:

[unproven from here on back] Thomas7 Wilmoth, William6, Ezekiel5, John4, John3, William2, William1)

Bullitt Co., KY Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents that we, James Wilmouth and Alexander Hilton are held & firmly bound unto his excellancy James Garrad Esquire Governor of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money to which payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dted this eleventh day of March 1803

The condition of the above obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound James Wilmouth & Elizabeth Hilton both above the ages of twenty one years then the above obligation to be void else to remain in full force and virtue.

signed & sealed by   James Wilmouth       Alexander Hilton

James, Elizabeth and their family was in the Kentucky area at the time of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812.  An account recorded by George Heinrich Crist of Nelson Co. says, in part,  

"16 December 1811

"There was a great shaking of the earth this morning. Tables and chairs turned over and knocked around - all of us knocked out of bed. The roar I thught would leave us deaf if we lived. It was not a storm. when you could hear, all you cold hear was screams from people and animals. It was the worst thing that I have ever wittnesed. It was still dark and you could not see nothng. I thought the shaking and the loud roaring sound would never stop. You could not hold onto nothing neither man or woman was strong enough - the shaking would knock you lose like knocking hicror nuts out of a tree. I don't know how we lived through it. None of us was killed - we was all banged up and some of us knocked out for awile and blood was every where. When it got day break you could see the damage done all around. We still had our home it was some damage. Some people that the home was not built to strong did not. We will have to hunt our animals. Every body is scared to death. we still do not know if anybody was killed. I made my mind to one thing.  If this earth quake or what ever it was did not happen in the Territory of Indiana then me and my family is moving to Pigeon Roost as soon as I can get things together."

14 April 1813

"We lived to make it to Pigeon Roost. We did not lose any lives but we had aplenty troubles. As much as I love my place in Kentucy - I never want to go back. From December to April no man - woman or animal if they could talk would dare to believe what we lived through. From what people say it was not that bad here - They felt the ground move and shake but it did not destroy cabins and trees like it did in Kentucky".

    See the suit brought against James and George Wilmouth by Alexander Porterfield in 1809.

Found at:

NEWSPAPER: Letters at Post Office, Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY 1806
Early Louisville, Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts 1806-1829
By Lola Frazer Crowder, Frontier Press, Galveston 1995
Taken from: The Western American (printed by F. Peniston)
Vol. 3 #11 - Wed., 4/9/1806

Letters left at Post Office in Bardstown, Ky. (Nelson County) 4/1/1806


Notes for Elizabeth Hilton: Thomas, Ann and daughter Elizabeth joined St Andrew's Episcopal church at Leonardtown, MD 9/30/1781. This sent by Earl Hilton.

Surety at her wedding was Alexander Hilton; James Rogers officiated.  Alexander was apparently her brother.

I find Elizabeth Wilmot, age 60, b. KY, living with her nephew Thomas Hilton, age 52 in Spencer Co., KY in 1850 census. Thomas was the son of Alexander Hilton.  Spencer county was formed from Shelby, Bullitt & Nelson counties in 1824.

Only proven child of James and Elizabeth was:

                 2. Thomas W. Wilmouth, born December 04, 1803 in Nelson Co., KY; died July 23, 1847 in Martinsburgh, Washington, IN.

2. Thomas B.2 Wilmouth (James1) was born December 04, 1803 in Nelson Co., KY (Source: Walter Wilmoth, Tennessee.), and died July 23, 1847 in Martinsburgh, Washington, IN (Source: Court documents, pension application.). He married Jennie Cheshire August 14, 1823 in Bullitt, Ky (Source: Mexican War pension papers), daughter of John Cheshire and Sarah. She was born Abt. 1798 in Washington Co., KY and died September 02, 1876 in Terre Haute, Vigo, IN (Source: Woodlawn Cemetery records, Terre Haute, Vigo, IN.).

Notes for Thomas Wilmouth:  I George F. Pope Clerk of the County Court of Bullitt County do certify that Thomas Willmouth has this day given bond and security in my office for a license to____ for his marriage with Jane Cheshire daughter of Sally Chesher. They are therefor to ____ and permit you to join together in the Holy State of matrimony this To (it looked like To as abbreviation for Thomas) Willmouth and Jane Chesher ____ able to the ____ ____ ____ customs of your church for which this shall be your warrant given under my hand this 6th day of August 1823.

Geo F. Pope

Thos. Wilmouth and Ginny Cheshire married 14 Aug 1823 by James Simmons.

Thomas and Jane were married in Bullitt Co., KY in 1823. The next time we find them, is on the 1830 Clark Co., Il., census. (Clark is up & across from Vigo) It shows him as 20-30 years old, wife is 30-40. In 1837 when they signed for the money from her father's estate, they were living in Knox Co., IN. (Knox is 2 counties south of Vigo and on the Ill. border.) He is next found on the 1840 census at Boon Twshp, Harrison Co., IN. with the same approximate ten year difference in their ages. At the time he returned home from the war, they were living in Martinsburgh, Washington Co., IN. In 1850, Jane & the children have moved to new Albany.

Thomas was a drummer in the Mexican War of 1846-47, Co. G., 2nd Ind Reg't. He enlisted Jun 17, 1846 at New Albany, and served in the same regiment as his son-in-law, Simon (Simeon) Smith. Thomas was mustered out Jun 23, 1847 at New Orleans. He returned home and died about 3 wks later of diarhea (typhoid??) caught at New Orleans. Jane applied for and received a pension.

We have not been able to find the cemetery where he is buried.

I sent for guardianship papers and rec'd this:

Martinsburgh, Washington Co., IN
Probate Bk 7, p 583
Friday, February 18, 1848

It is ordered to be certified that satisfactory proof has been exhibited before this court by the affidavits of Lewis Weyeman and Benjamin H. Cravens who are persons entitled to credit that Jane Wilmoth is the widow and Lucinda, Elias, Thomas J., Mary Jane and Eliza Ann are the living and surviving children of Thomas B. Wilmoth who was a musician in Company G commanded by Capt. Nathan Kimball in the 2nd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers commanded by William A. Bowles in the service of the United States and which Thomas B. Wilmoth died on or about the 23rd day of July 1847.

Wilmoth, Thomas B.
Service: Musician, 2nd Regiment, Company G, Washington County.
Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 23 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.

Notes for Jennie Cheshire:

Jane was dropped from the pension rolls on Feb. 4, 1880, because it had gone unclaimed for three years. Apparently, no one thought to notify the government that she had died.

On the census, she is Jane all the way through, but her daughter Eliza applied for a pension in 1927, and she calls her mother Jennie. Her marriage has been recorded as Jennie and at times, Ginny.

Jenny is buried at Woodlawn Cem. Div 35, Lot 15W 1/2 Block 1 Terre Haute, IN. There is no tombstone.