Register Report First Generation


i. Martha “Patsy” (1780-1857) ii. Catherine. Born in 1773 in Virginia. Catherine married STEPP. 14



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13 i. Martha “Patsy” (1780-1857)

ii. Catherine. Born in 1773 in Virginia.

Catherine married STEPP.

14 iii. Elizabeth (1774-1888)

15 iv. William (1775-1875)

16 v. James (1778-)

17 vi. Hubbard (1783-)

vii. Celia. Born in 1786.

Notes on Celia Lair: [1]

Celia Lair, born in 1786, married William Anderson and had one daughter who married N. Carter of Dallas, Texas, It was Celia and her husband William Anderson who cared for Andrew Lair the last years of his life and to whom he willed his farm in Lincoln County.


Celia married William ANDERSON, son of William ANDERSON (1753-1830) & Elizabeth HINKSON (-ca1790).
The Will of Andrew Lair, probated April 10, 1826, is to be found in the Lincoln County records, Book of 1824-1829, Book 1, and is as follows:

"In the name of God Amen, I Andrew Lair of Lincoln County and state of Kentucky, being of a good memory and of a sound disposing mind, calling into mind the frailties of human life and the certainty of death, do make and constitute this my last will and testament revoking and disannulling all others in the manner and form as follows:

"Item first, I recommend my spirit to God who gave it in full hope of a happy immortality through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus and my body to the grave to be buryed under the direction of my executors untyl the morning of the resurrection.

"Item, I give and bequeath unto my son in law William Anderson the tract of land whereon I now live supposed to contain three hundred and thirty acres at ten dollars per acre making 3,000 three 300 Dollars, by his making the following payments towit.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Lair seven hundred and fifty two dollars to be paid by William Anderson and year after my D.S.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son in law Thomas Pope three hundred and seventy six Dollars to be paid by William Anderson two years and six months after my D.S.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son in law George Smiser three hundred and seventy six Dollars to be paid by William Anderson four years after my D.S.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Catherine Stepp one hundred Dollars to be paid by William Anderson six years after my D.S.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son William Lair one hundred Dollars to be paid by William Anderson six years after my D.S.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son Hubbard Lair one hundred Dollars to be paid by William Anderson six years after my D.S.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son James Lair ten dollars to be paid by William Anderson six years after my D.S.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son in law William Pope ten dollars to be paid by William Anderson six years after my dec.

"Item I give and bequeath unto my son in law William Anderson three hundred seventy six Dollars out of my land. It is also my will that my son in law William Anderson for his services in affection and attention unto me during several years in the latter part of my life that he shall have eleven hundred Dollars out of the value of the land.

"Item I appoint my son John Lair and my son in law William Anderson my executors to execute this my last will and testament.

"Given from under my hand this 7th day April in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty five." [1]

18 viii. John

19 ix. Mary (1788-1839)
6. Capt. Matthias LAIR. Born on February 15, 1752 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Matthias died in Lair, Harrison County, Kentucky on October 16, 1795; he was 43.
Book 5, pg. 11, Sept. 1816--Humphrey Lyon and wife, Margaret, late Margaret Hinckson, widow of John Hinckson, deed., to Samuel Hinkson and wife, Susannah, said Samuel being son of John Hinckson, deed., and Chas Lair, John Lair, Jr., Wm. Lair, Joseph Lair, Matthias Lair, Betsey Harter, wife of Jacob Harter, late Betsey Smiser, heir to Catherine Smiser, late Catherine Lair, all being heirs of Matthias Lair, deed., deed land located in Harrison Co., Ky. [2]

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MATTHIAS AND JOHN LAIR SETTLE IN KENTUCKY [1]

Sixteen years after Andrew Lair came over the Wilderness Road to make his home in Kentucky, his two brothers, Matthias and John, accompanied by their families, slaves and livestock left their fertile Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to also make their home in the same state, Matthias, a man of 39, and John ten years younger, came by the river route and the Buffalo Trace and though the year was 1791, the route was equally as dangerous as the Wilderness Road had been when traveled by Andrew in 1775.


England claimed the eastern part of the continent, Spain controlled the Mississippi at its mouth and both England and France desired the great Mississippi basin. Hemmed in as the colonies were between the Atlantic and the Alleghany Mountains, a Mystery Land lay beyond and both nations were alert to find a way to possess it.
The beautiful Ohio River was the alluring avenue provided by nature to open up this country, and like a siren, it beckoned men of all sorts and conditions to follow its course. The Alleghany from the north and the Monongahela from the south join below Pittsburgh to form the Ohio, the river that filled the Indians with awe and was known to the Wyandotts as the Ohezhu, the Mohawks as Oheyo, the Oneidas as the Ohe and the Iroquois as the Oyo.
Painted savages in undisturbed possession had crept silently through the dark forests that fringed the Ohio River and climbing into their birch canoes, had crossed it and paddled up its numerous tributaries into the heart of Kentucky, called by them, "Happy Hunting Ground."
The first white men who followed the Indians into Kentucky were the fur-traders for fur--not gold, silver or oil, but fur was the lure that opened up this continent, and France and England struggled for a century to get control of the Ohio country. Bartering gaudy calicoes, whistles, combs, knives and looking glasses for the pelts the Indians discarded, these traders came and went but not making permanent homes in the state, were not molested by the Indians.
As the white settlers came down the Ohio, the Indians on the northern bank concealed themselves behind the giant forest trees that grew down to the water's edge and attacked them whenever possible, using guns and ammunition supplied by England. Often they would force white prisoners to run along the bank of the river, crying to be taken on board by the settlers but woe unto the soft-hearted who went to their rescue, only to be taken prisoners also. There were dangers of whirlpools, sandbars and of large trees floating in the current with great branches to catch the small boats and crush them. There were two guide books which the settlers found helpful: Darby's "Emigrant's Guide" and "The Navigator." There are no records to tell us of the hundreds of boats destroyed and the thousands of settlers who were drowned or picked off by the Indians, yet on and on they came in a continuous procession to make their homes in Kentucky.
Matthias Lair, his wife, Ann Elizabeth Rush Lair and seven of their children with slaves, livestock and household goods, occupied several flatboats These boats were built at Redstone and could be purchased for about $35.00 each, although the larger ones with partial roof and sleeping bunks were more expensive. John Lair, his wife Sallie Custer Lair and two children, followed with their boats similarly loaded. The other children of Matthias and John Lair were born in Kentucky as indicated by the dates of their birth.

We do not know whether our two Lair families embarked at Pittsburgh or at Redstone but, as the long string of flatboats, each with a man heavily armed for the night and day watch, began their perilous journey down the Ohio, they must have made an impressive departure.


We can only imagine the hardships of that trip: the exposure and discomfort of the small boats; the difficulty in milking the cows and preparing the food; and the constant fear of river and Indians. We do not know, either, how long it took them to float down the Ohio but we can well imagine their great joy when they saw for the first time the great limestone cliffs jutting out into the river where the small settlement of Maysville was located.
The unloading of the flatboats, the great scramble up the steep hill, took time, and arranging for the pack-train took even more time. The packtrains consisted of six or eight horses fastened together and on each horse was a pack-saddle in which was placed the many small articles, household goods and in some instances, the small children who were too young to go on foot and too heavy to be carried a great distance. A driver and a leader were required to handle a pack-train and having many slaves with them, it is possible the Lairs used their own men in the operation of the pack-train.
Driving the livestock before them, the packtrains were followed by the slaves on foot end members of the families on horseback. The last lap of their Journey was less than fifty miles from Maysville to the land they had purchased on the banks of the Licking River but it took them several days. They spent their nights in "lean-tos," a make-shift shelter of boughs fastened together around a fire where the slaves took turns keeping a constant watch, guns in hand. This last stretch must have seemed the longest of all as they excitedly made plans for their new homes in the wilderness and traveled on the only highway of the state - the Buffalo Trace.

The Buffalo Trace is the oldest road in North America. Beaten down by the hoofs of buffalos thousands of years ago, this trace is as directly cut as if designed by an experienced engineer. The buffalos came from the North and the West, trampling and beating the earth in their frenzy to reach the salt deposits found in abundance in this section of Kentucky. The Buffalo Trace was used by the Indians as they came to their "Happy Bunting Ground;" by the fur traders who came to barter gifts for pelts; by the backwoodsmen who hunted and explored the state; and by all the settlers who came this way. In making their decision as to the location of their lands, Matthias and John Lair must have taken into account the fact that the Buffalo Trace ran through their lands and that it would be a good place to build their permanent homes, facing the trace.


All indications are that these Lair men made numerous trips into the state prior to 1791 in order to look things over before making their final decision as to location. Records show that they had owned some land in Kentucky near Maysville in Mason County and also in Lincoln County. They were entitled grants for their service in the Revolutionary War and they also had the means with which to buy additional land. With their background as farmers of the Rhineland, they were attracted by the Blue Grass region and by the rich land on the banks of the Licking. Between them, Matthias and John Lair owned more than 2,000 acres in the bend of the Licking River, according to the family records. The land on which they settled soon became known as "The Lair Settlement'" then as "Lair Station" and now is known as "Lair, Kentucky."
As soon as they reached their destination' they set to work felling the large trees in order to make a "clearing" for the houses and also to get in as many crops as possible. The best logs were selected for the building of the cabins as logs were the best material at hand for those first homes Matthias built a double cabin for his family and John built a single one, well within sight of his brother's home. Cabins also had to be built for the slaves of the two men and close by the cabins of their master.
The site of Matthias' cabin was where the smoke house later stood and back of the fine house built years later by his son, Charles. The double cabin consisted of two cabins built end to end with a "dog trot" between. This trot later became a hall connecting the two cabins, and still later a small porch or portico was added in front. There was a stairway like a ladder to the loft above where the children slept. Both cabins had a large stone chimney on the end. The floors were puncheon, logs smoothed on the up-side and laid close together; the windows were of doe skin, greased and stretched very tight, which permitted light to enter the room. These windows, however, had shutters of solid wood on the inside that could be quickly closed if Indians should attack, The doors were slabs of wood hung on deer thongs and each door had B hole cut through in order that the "latch string" could be put outside. Thus the expression, "The latch-string is hanging on the out ice" which always spelled hospitality.
The inside was made comfortable and attractive by Annliss Lair with the few treasured possessions she had brought with her from her Virginia home and when she put the "kivvers" on the beds made of boughs fastened through the logs of the wall, the bright rag carpets on the floor and hung her cooking vessels by the large stone fireplace, she no doubt made a homey place of her log cabin.
The single cabin built for John Lair and his family was located near the site of his stone house which was started almost immediately and the original cabin became the outside kitchen and was used by the family for many years.
Matthias Lair brought his livestock with him when he came from Virginia and needing a pen for them used the stockade of the old Ruddle's Fort left standing after the massacre by the British and Indians June 22, 1780, eleven years before. This made a splendid stock pen and when Matthias soon became an extensive mule buyer selling throughout that section of the state, the stockade became known to the family as the "mule pen" and remained so for several years or until a better pen was built near the barns. The old stockade was then torn down and the large logs used for buildings about the place. It is also interesting to know that the bones of the forters scalped and killed in that massacre were covered with rocks and dirt by men from nearby forts soon after the tragedy and the bones remained there until Charles Lair built the family vault several years later and placed them there.
MATTHIAS LAIR RECORDS

Matthias Lair served as a Captain in the Revolutionary War but his service was in the state of Virginia and records are not to be found in Kentucky. A careful search was made of The Register, publication of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky, but there is no mention of the service of Matthias Lair. Records in the possession of his descendants show: "Matthias, a Captain in the Revolutionary War spent his final pay, amounting to $600.00, for a pair of boots and a pair of silver cuff buttons."


W. W. Stevenson of Harrodsburg said records there showed: "December 6, 1782, Matthias Lair entered 100 acres of land upon part of a Treasure Warrant, 11,065 lying in a 'bent' of Dicks River opposite the mouth of the Hanging Fork on the Trace leading from Jackmans to Downeys station to Southeast for quantity including the before-mentioned also same, adding the Warrant Records out of the office June 1783 "
Matthias Lair - Henry Lee Va., Warrant 240. October 13,, 1779, 400 acres Lincoln's Rolling Fork.

Matthias Lair - Beverly Randolph-Va., Warrant 3739.


The above information is from bits of paper found in the papers of Eliza Lair, a descendant. These warrants were always for Revolutionary War service and all can be found in the Virginia records.
As shown in the family records, Matthias Lair bought 463 acres in Harrison County from Robert and Nancy Hinkson for 580 pounds, this land having been patented by them. There is no record of the purchase of the additional acreage.
Matthias Lair did not live long after coming into Kentucky for he died in 1795, at 42 years of age. The Smiser Bible shows: "Matthias Lair died from exposure fighting for our independence." His wife, Ann Elizabeth Rush Lair, known as "Annliss" out-lived him many years. Matthias' death dropped the burden of leadership upon the young shoulders of his oldest son, Charles, not yet twenty years old.
before 1775 when Matthias was 22, he married Anna Elizabeth RUSH, daughter of Charles “Carl” RUSH (1725-~1806) & Anna Elizabeth SUESS (~1731->1806), in Virginia. Born in 1754 in McGaheysville, Augusta, Virginia. Anna Elizabeth died in Lair, Harrison County, Kentucky in 1806; she was 52.
LAIR, ELIZABETH-C, 93-Sons, Chas., John, Wm., Joseph and Matthias; dau., Sarah; Elizabeth Smiser, dau. of Geo. Smiser. Jan. 30, 1806-Apr. 1806. Geo. Reading, Catherine Kees, Wts. [3]
They had the following children:

20 i. Charles (1775-1860)

21 ii. Catherine (1778-1800)

iii. Mary. Born on August 6, 1780 in Rockingham, Virginia. Mary died in Lair, Harrison County, Kentucky in 1802; she was 21. Buried in Lair, Harrison County, Kentucky.

Notes on Mary Lair: [1]

Mary Lair, the third child of Matthias and Ann Elizabeth Rush Lair, was born in Virginia and came to Kentucky with her parents. She became the second wife of George Smiser after the death of her sister Catherine. Mary Lair Smiser died after the birth of twin daughters who died also. It was after the death of Mary Lair that George Smiser married the first cousin of his first two wives, Martha Lair, the daughter of Andrew Lair of Lincoln County. George was the "brave man who married three Lair girls."


On December 5, 1800 when Mary was 20, she married George SMISER, son of Mathias SMISER & , in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Born on December 30, 1772. George died in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky on April 22, 1856; he was 83.

iv. Sallie. Born in 1789 in Virginia. Sallie died in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1809; she was 20. Buried in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Sallie married ALLEN.

22 v. Matthias (1795-1841)

23 vi. John (1784-1821)

24 vii. William (1784-)

viii. Elizabeth. Born in 1785 in Virginia. Elizabeth died in 1803; she was 18.

LAIR, ELIZABETH-B, 206-Mother; brother, John Lair, Geo. Smiser, Extr. Mar. 18, 1803-June, 1803. Michael Smith, Katherine Keese, Wts. [4]
ix. Joseph. Born in Rockingham, Virginia. Joseph died about 1812 in Louisiana.

Notes on Joseph Lair: [1]

Joseph Lair, the sixth child, born in Virginia and who also came over the trace with his parents, died unmarried in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is believed he is the brother of Charles Lair who unselfishly offered to go into service in the War of 1812.

7. Mary LEHRER. Born circa 1756 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Mary died in Rockingham County, Virginia after 1824; she was 68. Buried in Riddle Cemetery Near Chimney Rock.
about 1780 when Mary was 24, she married John RUDDELL, son of Cornelius RUDDELL (~1717-1798) & Ingabo? (1730-1814), in Rockingham County, Virginia. Born about 1755 in Frederick County, Virginia. John died in Rockingham County, Virginia in 1824; he was 69. Buried in Riddle Cemetery Near Chimney Rock.
For further information about John and Mary (Lair) Ruddell, refer to “The Genealogy of the Ruddell’s Family,” Vol. II, p. 30.
They had the following children:

i. Mary Margaret. Born in 1776 in Brock’s Gap, Augusta County, Virginia. Mary Margaret died on February 4, 1860; she was 84.

On March 19, 1799 when Mary Margaret was 23, she married William DYER. Born about 1775.

25 ii. Cornelius (1780-1876)

iii. John H. Born on October 16, 1788 in Brock’s Gap, Augusta County, Virginia. John H. died on February 14, 1871; he was 82.

On March 5, 1827 when John H. was 38, he married Sarah BYRD. Born in 1791. Sarah died in 1875; she was 84.

26 iv. Isaac (1791-1882)
8. John LAIR. Born in 1762 in Rockingham, Virginia. John died in Lair, Harrison County, Kentucky in 1827; he was 65. Buried in Buried Indiana Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky.
Notes on John Lair: [1]

John Lair, the youngest child of Matthias and Catharina Lair, the immigrants, was born in Virginia in 1762. He married Sallie Custer, a neighbor, whose line is that of General George Custer, killed at the battle of "Little Big Horn." in l876. Two children were born to them while living in Virginia and were mere babies when John and Sallie Lair came into Kentucky by the river route, over the Buffalo Trace and to their new home on the banks of the Licking River.


John Lair was ten years younger than his brother Matthias, but seems to have always "tagged along" with him as is shown by many records and stories handed down in the family. When Matthias went to enlist for service in the Revolutionary War, John, a very young boy, went along and the officer who was enlisting Matthias asked: "What can that strippling do?" Whereupon John drew himself up to his greatest height, which was certainly not much, and said: "I have a strong wagon and a good team and I can haul things, I reckon."
Knowing the devotion of these brothers, it was a most natural thing that they should set out with their wives, children, slaves, livestock and household goods together to settle on their lands in the Blue Grass region of Kentucky. The story of their hardships on the trip from Redstone to Maysville, over the trace from Maysville to their land later known as "The Lair Settlement" and the building of their first log cabin homes there, has been told in the chapter on Matthias Lair, John's brother. Matthias being ten years older than John was definitely the leader on the trek to Kentucky, but John and his little family shared the same hardships on the perilous journey.
As stated before, the two brothers set to work upon arrival, clearing their land for the crops and for their homes. John built a single cabin, well within sight of his brother's double log cabin. This cabin later became the outside kitchen for the larger house and was used as such for many years.
Although Matthias Lair's family lived in their double log cabin until his son Charles began the building of the handsome house in 1812, John found his cabin too small for comfort and set to work in 1791 to build his house of stone, which is standing today. This was one of the earliest houses of that type in Kentucky and as all records read: "Was standing when Kentucky became a state in 1792." Built of field stone, the house consisted of two large rooms, one before the other, with an upstairs room for the children reached by an "in the wall" stair from the front bedroom. Windows of these rooms were deep and very high, as there was still danger of Indians lurking around.
Soon after the completion of the log house, Sallie Custer Lair, her children and several of the slave women, were in her room when she noticed a horse galloping toward the house. This was always an indication that Indians were about and realizing all the men were felling trees a great distance from the house, she immediately gathered the women and children together and removed the rug over a hidden door in the floor that led to a dark cellar below. After they were all huddled in a dark corner of the cellar room, Sallie carefully closed the door and managed to get the rug over it so it would not be noticed. A few moments later they heard the whoops and yells of the Indians as they came into the house, exploring each room and looking everywhere for the occupants. A large ham was on the table, other delicacies were on the sideboard and in the closet. The Indians had a banquet and ate everything in sight, emitting great yells of satisfaction between bites. Sallie Custer prayed the entire time the Indians were in the room above and lest her baby cry out. She nursed him at the breast to keep him quiet. (This child is believed, by his birth date, to have been Paul Custer Lair, their first child born in their Kentucky home. After the Indians could not find anything more to eat, they noisely departed, leaving the house a complete wreck, Hearing the Indians yelling, John Lair and his slave men came running toward the house, expecting to find the women and children killed and the house burned, but instead found them in Sallie's room gathered about her as she prayed in thanksgiving.
It is believed the Matthias Lair place was not called "The Cedars" until the fine house was built by his son, Charles, in 1828. On the other hand, John Lair and his wife, Sallie Custer Lair, named their stone house "Boscobel" at the time it was built in 1791 and so it is known today. Sallie Custer Lair had brought with her from Virginia many beautiful things, and a great many pieces of her white and gold china are in the family now. This china was added to by the next generation, John Wesley Lair and his wife, Catherine Smiser Lair, and it is interesting to study the difference in the pieces, the older ones having the panel in the rim. Furniture of the house was made by the cabinet makers, principally in Maysville, and were of the native woods. One very fine piece, a bow-front chest, was made in the late 1790s and is now in the home of a great-great-great granddaughter.
As in the case of his brother Matthias, John Lair's service record of the Revolutionary War can be found in Virginia, as his service was there and there is no record to be found in The Register, publication of the State Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Records show that John Lair and Sallie Custer Lair owned land in Mason County, Kentucky, in 1789 on Johnson Fork of Licking, "part of John Lair's survey of 400 acres."
John Lair bought part of his land in Harrison County from Samuel Anderson and the rest from George Kirkpatrick and a Mr. Callahan of Opolusa, in 1796.
Sallie Custer Lair continued to live at "Boscobel" after the death of her husband. Her youngest son, John Wesley Lair, managed the extensive farm and cared for his mother until her death in 1847.

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BOSCOBEL

This old house called "Boscobel" is located on the old Lair Pike about five miles from Cynthiana and within sight of Lair Station. (Both front and rear of the house are pictured here.) The stone part was built by John Lair in the late 1790's. Since then over the years, Boscobel has been owned by J. Wesley Lair, T. J. Megibben, Orah Ballinger, T. J. Craycraft and the Sidney Cummins family, in that succession.


John Lair emigrated from Virginia to Kentucky in 1791 with his brothers, Andrew and Mathias. All three were Revolutionary soldiers. Andrew was one of the founders of Logan's Fort, now Stanford, Ky. Mathias and John came on to Harrison County and, on their 2,000-acre claim, built their log cabins near the ruins of Hinkson's or Ruddle's Fort on the South Licking River. Near the site of his log cabin Mathias soon built his imposing manor house "The Cedars," now partly standing. And John built Boscobel out of stone and near his original log cabin. Both are now approached from the Old Lair Pike.
While John Lair and his wife, Sally Custer Lair, were living in the log cabin they were continually harassed by Indians. A short log in the floor was left loose so that in case of an Indian surprise they could creep into the small cellar made as a hiding hole. One day when the horses started running and snorting, as they did when they sensed Indians, Sally Lair was alone in the cabin with her baby. She took the child into the cellar and, fearing that he might cry and betray their hiding place, she nursed him during the entire time she was in hiding while the Indians overhead danced about and ate everything they could lay their hands on.
Soon John Lair began building the stone house Boscobel. It had three rooms on the ground floor, an outside kitchen and a hall with extremely narrow stairway which led up to the three upper rooms, all of which are intact today. And here the John Lairs reared their children.
Near the house is the family graveyard. Besides the family graves, there is the grave of "the wandering woman," not unusual in those days, we are told. According to the family, she wandered in from nowhere, and John Lair allowed her to occupy a vacant cabin, gave her a garden plot, had it plowed and gave her a pig and a cow. When the other cows in the neighborhood went dry, the slaves said she was a witch woman and had dried up their cows. They even said they peeped through her window one night and saw her milking her dish rag and that she was filling her bucket with foaming milk. They wanted to run her off, but John Lair protected her and, when she died, had her buried with the family.
John Lair's son, John Wesley Lair, married Catherine Smiser from the George Smiser house still standing just across the river. And here they reared their children, John A, Helen, Mary, Arabella.

Fanny and Lida. Before the Civil War they enlarged Boscobel, because the five young daughters having beaus made a large parlor almost a necessity. The new section was built of frame and included a large hallway opening into an ample parlor and a circular stairway in the hall leading to one large room above. Wesley Lair died during the Civil War. In 1867 his wife sold Boscobel and the 227 surrounding acres to T. J. Megibben, and moved to town to the present Jack Magee house. the second from the hotel on Main St. Here her daughter, Helen, married Cynthiana's eloquent attorney, A. H. Ward, and here their first daughter, Maud (Mrs. W. T. Lafferty), was born. Their other children were Harry, Kitty, Paul and Ash Ward.


T. J. Megibben, who purchased Boscobel from the Lairs, was at one time the largest landowner in the county. He was part owner of six distilleries and 2,800 acres of land. He had a younger brother, James K., who was in business with him, and who became the next occupant of the old house, Boscobel after the Lairs. In 1866 James K. Megibben married Mary E. Shawhan (sister of Mr. Jim Shawhan) who lived in the columned brick mansion now the Jett place) just across the road from Boscobel, and they moved into Boscobel in 1867. Here the first two of their eight children were born-Charlie and Lela.
After the Jim Megibbens, the next occupants of Boscobel during the T. J. Megibben ownership, were the Tyce Hutsells. Tyce Hutsell was manager of the Megibben race horses and married Ada Shawhan (sister of Mrs. Jim Megibben). They had two children, Jack and Ada Mae, Jack born in Lexington and Ada Mae (now Mrs. Charles L. Robinson) at Boscobel. According to Perrin's History the. Megibbens had 50 racehorses and 100 trotters and roadsters. Outstanding among the racehorses were Huntress and Spring Bok. Spring Bok ran a dead heat in one of the California Derbys, winning half of the $60,000 stake. A short time after this, Spring Bok killed a man on one of the Clarence LeBus farms, literally pawing him to death, it is said. Jim Megibben's son, Will, at the age of 17, one day took eight of their horses to the Latonia track and won eight races.
Boscobel was also occupied for a time during the, T. J. Megibben ownership by John Carter.
The next occupants of the old place were the Orah Ballingers Orah had previously kept the Lair store, post office and depot, all in one building and lived in the large frame house still standing on the hill at Lair, known as Hillside Retreat, which he sold along with his business to the late J. T. Wornall in 1896, and came to Boscobel to live. Here their children, Marguerite (Mrs. Clyde Abbott), and Roy, were born. Miss Fanny Zoller, a sister of Mrs. Ballinger, was then teaching school at Lair and often visited at Boscobel although she continued to live at Hillside Retreat with the Wornalls. In 1904 Orah Ballinger sold the place to T. J. Craycraft and moved to town where Orah became cashier of The Harrison Deposit Bank. They later moved to Cincinnati where he was first with the American National, then the Fifth-Third Bank.
William David then John Lowe and finally a Rankin family, lived in the house, each for a short period while it was still owned by Orah Ballinger.
When the Sidney Cumminses moved to Boscobel their sons, John and Joe, were three years and three months old, respectively. Their daughter, Katherine, was born there. It was the Cumminses who built the porch on front of the house in 1938. After their three children were grown, the Cummins family moved to town in 1941, but the place has been in tile family ever since.
The people who have lived in the place since 1941 are, first the Wallace Sosbes next the Sterling Wagoners, then the Virgil Feebacks and last the Donald Frymans. The present owners are Joe Cummins and Mrs. M. J. Dermody (Katherine Cummins). The house, however, is now unoccupied.
John and Joe Cummins say they often wondered, while living there and have often wondered since. just why so many tramps always stopped at Boscobel rather than the other houses nearer the road and railroad. We think the wandering woman of early Boscobel is the answer. Passing tramps today may never see the tombstone of the wandering woman in the family graveyard, but she probably started the word 150 years ago, which has passed on from wanderer to wanderer on down through the years, a legend which is still a part of Boscobel. [5]
John married Sarah CUSTER, daughter of Paul KUSTAR (~1730-~1824) & Lucinda MALONE (~1725-). Born in 1766 in Rockingham, Virginia. Sarah died in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky in 1847; she was 81. Buried in Buried Indiana Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky.
They had the following children:

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