Permelia S. Walton1,2,3,4

ID# 12716, (abt 1805 - 1886)
MotherDolly [surname unknown]5 (abt 1773 - Nov 1854)

Key Events:

Birth: about 1805, Virginia6,7,8
Marriage: 3 Jan 1828, Granville Co., North Carolina, Alexander J. Farrer (about 1805 - )9,10,11
Death: 4 Sep 188612
Burial: the Henry D. Tuck Family Cemetery, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky12

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Permelia S. Walton was born about 1805 in Virginia.6,7,8
     Permelia married Alexander J. Farrer on 3 Jan 1828 in Granville Co., North Carolina.9,10,11 She and Alexander J. Farrer appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 7 Aug 1850, reporting real estate of $5,120 and 11 slaves. Their son Alexander was listed as living with them, as was Elizabeth John Smith, who appears to have been an adopted daughter, and Dolly, who appears to have been Permelia's mother.13,14
     Permelia and Alexander appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 10 Aug 1860, reporting $14,920 in real estate and $10,700 in personal property, including 23 slaves, living in 5 slave houses. Listed as living with them as are Elizabeth John Smith, who appears to be their adopted daughter, her husband, Henry Davis Tuck, and their son, Alexander F..15,16
     Permelia appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of Henry Davis Tuck and Elizabeth John Smith, apparently her adopted daughter, and her husband.17
     She appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of Henry and Elizabeth, apparently her adopted daughter, and her husband.18
     Permelia died on 4 Sep 1886.12 She was buried in the Henry D. Tuck Family Cemetery, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky.12
     
Research Note, 24 Feb 2009:
The assertion that Dolly was Permelia's mother is at best indirect. Dolly is shown in the 1850 census and on her tombstone with the same surname, and was an appropriate age to be Permelia's mother. The fact that she was living with Permelia and her husband in 1850, and buried in the family cemetery suggests she as a close relative, but there is no direct evidence that they were mother and child.19,20


Research Note, 25 Feb 2009:
It does not appear that Permelia S. Walton and Alexander J. Farrer are the birth parents of Elizabeth John Smith. Permelia is listed in the 1880 census in the household of Betty and her husband, shown as his mother-in-law. There are other signs that Alexander and Permelia treated Betty as a daughter. In 1860 Betty and her husband, and their son, are living with them. In 1870 Permelia, apparently now a widow, is living with Henry and his family, from all appearances, on the property previously owned by her and Alexander. Permelia and her mother are buried in the family cemetery later used by Betty and her husband; if Alexander is buried there no stone remains with his name. At least one, and perhaps two, of Betty's children were given the middle name Walton, Permelia's maiden name.
     However, in 1850, Betty is shown in the Farrer household with the surname Smith. At age 14, it seems very unlikely she had been married and widowed or abandoned. The most likely explanation seems to be that Betty was adopted, perhaps informally. No record of the only known child of Alexander and Permelia, Alexander Jr., has been found after the 1860 census. So it seems likely he had died, and they treated Betty as their daughter and only heir.21,22,23,24,25

Children:
     Children with Alexander J. Farrer:

Citations

  1. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Pamelia S. Farrar.
  2. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Permelia S. Farrer.
  3. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows name as Mrs. Permelia S. Fabbar. Since all other sources show the surname as Farrar for similiar, I believe this is a case of a faded stone being misread.
  4. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows name as Parmelia S. Fabbar, and shows Dolly Walton, who would appear to be her mother buried there as well.
  5. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows them both buried in the family cemetery of Henry and Bettie Tuck, with Dolly at age 81, born about 1773, and Permelia born about 1805 (from other sources). One of the Tuck children has a middle name of Walton.
  6. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 44 and state, as Virginia.
  7. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 55 and state, as Virginia.
  8. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 76 and state, as North Carolina.
  9. [S2152] "North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2000," Ancestry.com, citing FHL film #19009 , county Court Records, shows date and county.
  10. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently as husband and wife.
  11. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  12. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134.
  13. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  14. [S2151] Alex. J. Farrar, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule, and Dolly Walton, lines 15-21 left.
  15. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  16. [S1749] Alex J. Farrer and H. D. Tuck, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  17. [S1769] Henry Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  18. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  19. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Dolly Walton, age 76, in the household.
  20. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows Dolly Walton, and Permelia S. Fabbar, along with Henry and Betty, and three of their children all buried there.
  21. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Permelia Farrow in the household, identified as Henry's mother-in-law.
  22. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Betty J. and Henry D. Tuck, and their young son, in the household.
  23. [S1769] Henry Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows the Permilia Farrer, apparently now a widow, in the household.
  24. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows Dolly Walton, and Permelia S. Fabbar, along with Henry and Betty, and three of their children, all buried there.
  25. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Betty John Smith, age 14, in the household.
  26. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household apparently a parent and child.
  27. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Elizabeth in the household of Perelia and Alexander, but with a different surname.
  28. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Permelia as Henry's mother-in-law.
  29. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows Permelia buried in the same the family cemetery of Bettie and her husband.