Finding Genealogical Jewels in Court Records

Contention and disputes are not pleasant ordeals, but in genealogical research, we often hope our ancestors had some kind of legal disagreement which would have put them in the records. Teresa Barker discovered a jewel in the Lincoln County, Kentucky court records. A lawsuit was found in 1807 between Marquis Followell and Marquis Helm. Marquis Followell was trying to get possession of land he lived on that he believed belonged to his deceased father, John Followell. (Jewel #1 – the name of the father of Marquis Followell). Part of the story stated John Followell left the county to raise corn and while he was gone Marquis Helm took care of Followell’s wife because she was his sister. (Jewel #2 – the maiden name of John Followell’s wife and that she is the sister of Marquis Helm). In the body of the complaint, Marquis Helm was accused of keeping all the land since John Followell died in July of 1783. (Jewel #3 a death date for John Followell). Another lawsuit between Marquis and Abram Followell, heirs of John Followell, against Marquis Helm in 1810-1811 mentions a deceased mother and also John, Marquis, Abraham and William Followell.

Always check the court records where an ancestor lived because there may be a valuable jewel hidden among the dark disputes.

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