Caroline Hanson Cresap1,2,3

ID# 1149, (1811 - 1904)
FatherEdward Otho Cresap4,5 (24 Nov 1782 - 2 Jan 1817)
MotherSarah Story Briscoe6,5 (17 Aug 1787 - 30 Nov 1843)

Key Events:

Birth: 6 Jul 1811, Old Town, Maryland7,8,9,10,11
Marriage: John H. Mims, 5 Oct 1831, Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky12,13,7
Death: 25 Feb 1904, Clinton, Kentucky14,15
Burial: Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, Kentucky16

Spouse:John H. Mims (6 Jun 1806 - 11 Apr 1850)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Caroline Hanson Cresap was born on 6 Jul 1811 in Old Town, Maryland.7,8,9,10,11
     She moved about 1815 to Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, with her parents Edward Otho Cresap and Sarah Story Briscoe, traveling by flatboat on the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers.17,18
     Her father died on 2 Jan 1817, when Caroline was 5 years old.19,20,21
     She was probably one of the two females under age 10 listed in the household of her mother's second husband, John Cobb, in the 1820 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.22 John was appointed guardian of her and her siblings 28 Aug 1820.23
     She was probably one of the two females age 15 to 20 listed in the household of her step-father in the 1830 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.24
     Caroline married John H. Mims, son of Linah Mims and Rebeccah Davis, on 5 Oct 1831 in Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.12,13,7
     Caroline is probably the female age 20 to 30 listed in the household of her husband John in the 1840 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky.25
     Caroline was named executrix and an heir in the will of her husband, John, dated 3 Mar 1850, to receive his entire estate for the common benefit of her and their children.26
     Her husband died on 11 Apr 1850 in Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.27,28
     Caroline appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky, enumerated 28 Sep 1850, reporting no real estate. Her children Georgina, Eudorah, Hanson, Victoria, Sarah, Mary, Effie and Rebecca were listed as living with her, as were two slaves, a 50-year-old female and a 12-year-old male.29,30
     According to family lore, after her husband's death, Caroline, not knowing much about business, asked her co-executor, Willis Benson Machen to sell her late husband's slaves and property in Graves Co. Supposedly he obtained $50,000 in gold coin from the proceeds, which she left on her bureau. Her son Hanson is then supposed to have spent much of it and then taken the rest to New Orleans where he was staying with her brother Hanson Briscoe Cresap.31
     She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, in the household of her daughter Eudorah and son-in-law Matthew Martin Lyon, reporting personal estate of $100, and 21-year-old male slave, who was blind.32,33 Caroline appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Clinton, Hickman Co., Kentucky, in the household of her daughter Mary.34
     Caroline died on 25 Feb 1904 in Clinton, Kentucky, at age 92.14,15 She was buried in Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, Kentucky, with members of the William Walker Sublette family.16

Citations

  1. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 300, shows name as Caroline Hanson Cresap.
  2. [S726] Caldwell Co. Marriage Bonds, Book A, John H. Mimms to Miss C. Cressop, 4 Oct 1831, shows date, as 5th.
  3. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows name as Carloine H Cresap.
  4. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, C:225, 28 Aug 1820, John Cobb appointed guardian to Cresap children.
  5. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 300.
  6. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998.
  7. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows date.
  8. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 321, shows date, with year as 1811, and state.
  9. [S1287] Georgia Mimms Smith, Certificate of Death, shows town and state.
  10. [S1498] Mary M. Sublette household, 1900 U.S. Census, Hickman Co., Kentucky, shows month, year, as 1810, age 85 and state, as Kentucky.
  11. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, C:225, 28 Aug 1820, John Cobb appointed guardian to Cresap children, shows about age 8.
  12. [S726] Caldwell Co. Marriage Bonds, Book A, John H. Mimms to Miss C. Cressop, 4 Oct 1831, return shows date, as 5th.
  13. [S732] Caldwell Co. Marriage Records, loose papers, bond of John H. Mims and Jno W Marshall, 4 Oct 1831.
  14. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows date, town, and state.
  15. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 321, shows year, town, and state.
  16. [S1937] Haun, "Re: Sublett - Haun Connection," e-mail to author, 27 Jul 2008.
  17. [S1931] Haun, "Terry Caroline Hanson Mims," e-mail to author, 24 Jul 2008, citing oral history from his great grandmother and grandfather recounting stories told by Sarah, described flatboat trip to Eddybille, and year.
  18. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 300, shows "He went to Ky at an early date, and died soon after."
  19. [S2002] Smith, transcript of family pages from Sarah (Briscoe) Cresap Bible, shows date.
  20. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 300, shows date, county, and state.
  21. [S2094] Edward Otho Cresap grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date.
  22. [S1791] John Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, C:225, 28 Aug 1820.
  24. [S1787] John Cobb household, 1830 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  25. [S1798] Jns. H. Mims household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  26. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, B:118, John H. Mims Will, 19 Aug 1850.
  27. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible, shows date, as 11th.
  28. [S2082] John H. Mims grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date, as 12th, and town.
  29. [S568] Caroline H. Mims household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  30. [S647] Caroline H. Mims, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  31. [S1936] Haun, "Re: Terry Caroline Hanson Mims," e-mail to author, 25 Jul 2008.
  32. [S1812] Mathew M. Lyon household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  33. [S842] Caroline Mims, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, slave schedule, and Mathew M. Lyon, owner, sheet 14, lines 1 - 10 left.
  34. [S1498] Mary M. Sublette household, 1900 U.S. Census, Hickman Co., Kentucky.
  35. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible.
  36. [S1287] Georgia Mimms Smith, Certificate of Death.
  37. [S568] Caroline H. Mims household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, apparently as mother and child.
  38. [S1933] Eudorah H. Lyon, Certificate of Death.
  39. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps, pg 322.
  40. [S1932] Sarah B. Mims, death register.
  41. [S1939] Mary M. Sublette, Certificate of Death.