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Jacob LaRUE, Sr.

Male 1744 - 1821  (77 years)


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  • Name Jacob LaRUE 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1 May 1744  Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN J5C8-L7 
    Will 16 Nov 1815  Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 15 Sep 1821  Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 9 Oct 1821  Hardin County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Castleman Cemetery, Hodgenville, LaRue County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Mather, Otis M., Six Generations of Larues and Allied Families, Hodgenville, KY: 1921, pp. 26-34, 44-45:

      JACOB LARUE

      Jacob . . . , the oldest of the ten children of Isaac LaRue, Sr., and his wife, Phebe Carman, was born on Long Marsh, in that part of Frederick County which is now Clarke County, Virginia, on the first day of May, 1741. He was given a fair English education in the schools of the community in which his father lived. At the age of twenty-one, in the year 1765, he was married to Mary Frost, of Frederick County. They had a large family of children before the first permanent settlement was made in Kentucky. According to Sarah LaRue Castleman . . . , their home in Virginia was not far from that of Isaac LaRue, Sr. - in "White Oak Bottom - where Jacob erected a stone residence, barn and milk house. Mr. John J. LaRue . . . said, in a letter written April 14, 1906: "Jacob . . . son of Isaac (Sr.), built a large stone house, where I was born. It has his wife's name on the gable and dated 1775. It is called 'Bloomfield.'" . . . .

      Jacob LaRue . . . probably made a number of journeys to Kentucky before he finally decided to make his permanent home in the new State. As early as February 3, 1783, two tracts of land, containing a total of 18,000 acres, within the present boundary of Jefferson County, were entered in his name, for which he obtained a patent ten years later. . . . In a deed for a portion of this land, dated April 3, 1798 (Deed Book 4, page 577, Jefferson County), the portion conveyed is described as lying on Floyd's Fork, near Mundall's Mill. A deed for another portion, 423 acres, of this land, dated December 20, 1799 (Deed Book 5, page 193, Jefferson County), shows this part as lying on Fern Creek. Doubtless the grant of a large portion of the 18,000 acres was invalid because of prior conflicting entries. On May 9, 1795, Jacob LaRue . . . entered into an agreement with Alexander Breckenridge and Robert Breckenridge under which the two Breckenridges obligated themselves to survey the entire 18,000 acres, for which service they were to receive one-fourth of the land saved. In settlement for services rendered under this agreement, Jacob LaRue . . . , on December 9, 1803, conveyed to Alexander and Robert Breckenridge 935 acres of the land (Deed Book 8, page 6:3, Jefferson Co.) Other deeds of record in Jefferson County show conveyance or release of the remainder of the 18,000 acres.

      Between the year 1793 and 1798 Jacob LaRue . . . purchased various tracts of land on Nolynn, deeds for which are recorded in Hardin County.

      There is record of evidence that Jacob LaRue . . . moved to Kentucky in the year 1798. The deed to James LaRue . . . was made in anticipation of early removal from Virginia. Just one month after the date of this deed, his brothers James . . . and Jabez . . . executed a power of attorney, dated April 13, 1798, giving to Jacob . . . full control of their lands in Kentucky, reciting that he (Jacob) "is now moving to the State of Kentucky." This witing is of record in the office of the Clerk of the Hardin County Court. A similar instrument of writing dated a few days later, recorded in the same office, was executed by Peter LaRue, giving to his "brother Jacob Larue" control of Peter's western lands. Peter, however, was not a brother by blood, but was a brother-in-law of Jacob, having married his sister, Elizabeth LaRue . . . .

      On his arrival in Kentucky, with his family, Jacob LaRue . . . settled on a tract of 1,300 acres of land which he had already acquired, and which is located near the head waters of the north fork of Nolynn. The understanding of the writer long has been that the first log house on this place, which stood nearer the spring than the present house, was built several years prior to the erection of the residence which is now standing, and which is said to have been built in the year 1800. The probability is that after he had made preparation for his family by erecting a log house Jacob LaRue . . . returned to Virginia to bring his wife and children to the new country. It is said that his removal from Virginia was because of a breakdown in the health of his wife, due to grief over the death of her son John. . . . She lived only six years after arriving in Kentucky, her death occurring in the year 1804. She was probably the first to be buried in the family burying ground, which was located on an elevation not more than three hundred yards from the home.

      We have no reason to believe that any improvement other than the log house was on the plantation when the family of Jacob LaRue reached the new home. The head of the family was already fifty-four years of age. He had with him three or four grown sons, and probably half a dozen slaves. A large part of the farm was soon cleared of young timber and put under cultivation. An orchard was set out, perhaps fifty or sixty acres in extent. Some of the old trees are yet standing. A brick kiln was burned in the low land near the home, from which it was intended to obtain brick for the erection of a more substantial residence. The contemplated brick residence was never built. The only brick from the old kiln which were used on the place were put in the large chimney on the north end of the weather-boarded log house which was erected in the year 1800, and which yet stands, though now in a dilapidated condition. An asparagus bed which was made by Jacob LaRue . . . in his vegetable garden was useful to his descendants for seventy-five years after his death.

      On the 23rd day of September, 1805, Jacob LaRue married his second wife, Jane Morgan, in Nelson County. She was a daughter of John Morgan, who was killed by Indians, on Beargrass, a quarter of a century before her marriage. At the time of her marriage she lived on Rolling Fork, near where Howard's Mill is now. She was born February 18, 1777, and died July 1, 1852.

      From the time of his arrival in Kentucky to the day of his death, Jacob LaRue . . . lived the life of a quiet and respected planter. His older children having married and settled within a few miles of their father, the home of the latter became a center for public as well as private meetings. So far as known to the writer, the only public office ever held by Jacob LaRue . . . was that of Justice of the Peace for Hardin County, which he held for a number of years. There are many depositions in the courts of Hardin County which are certified by him.

      The appraisement of the personal estate of Jacob LaRue . . . , which was filed by his Executors December 10, 1821, shows, among other items, thirteen slaves and a distillery. The orchard had doubtless supplied the distillery with fruit for its principal product, brandy.

      Up to the last Jacob LaRue . . . appeared to enjoy good health. He spent the evening of September 14, 1821, teaching his young daughter, Sarah . . . how to mold pewter spoons. Before dawn of the following day, September 15, 1821, he passed away from an attack of acute indigestion. His body rests in the family burying ground, much neglected in late years, five miles north of the town of Hodgenville. Few grave stones in LaRue County bear witness to the date of a birth earlier than that shown by the marble slab at the grave of Jacob LaRue, on which the further affectionate tribute is inscribed:

      "MARK THE PERFECT MAN & BEHOLD THE UPRIGHT: FOR THE END OF THAT MAN IS PEACE."

      Jacob LaRue had thirteen children - ten of the first marriage, to Mary Frost, and three of the second marriage, to Jane Morgan. They are as follows:

      FIRST MARRIAGE. . . .

      [i] John LaRue - died in Virginia, unmarried. . . .

      [ii] Phebe LaRue -Buzau. . . .

      [iii] Hannah LaRue Rust. . . .

      [iv] Isaac LaRue. . . .

      [v] Mary LaRue McDonald. . . .

      [vi] William LaRue (1779-1825). . . .

      [vii] Jacob LaRue. . . .

      [viii] Samuel LaRue. . . .

      [ix] James LaRue (1782-1859). . . .

      [x] Deidamia LaRue Hodgen (1785-1859).

      SECOND MARRIAGE. . . .

      [xi] Morgan J. LaRue (1806-1883). . . .

      [xii] Sarah Jane LaRue Castleman (1808-1904). . . .

      [xiii] Jesse V. LaRue (1811-1883). . . .

      Following is a copy of the will of Jacob LaRue, which was probated in Hardin County, Kentucky, on Monday, October 8, 1821, and which is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Court of that County in Deed Book D, page 1:

      "In the name of God Amen. I, Jacob Larue, senr., of the County of Hardin and State of Kentucky, feeling the infirmities of approaching old age and considering the uncertainty of life, yet still enjoying the perfect exercise of my reason and memory, yet which blessings I do desire to praise God, being desirous to make some arrangements as to the disposal of my estate before I am called to leave this world, I do therefore make and ordain this Instrument of writing to be my last will and testament.

      "To wit, I do give, devise and bequeath unto my son-in-law William Buzan and his wife, my daughter Phebe, the sum of one dollar each, also I do lend unto my daughter, the said Phebe Buzan, the use of all that tract of parcel of land lying on Middle Creek whereon my said son-in-law William Buzan now lives during the term of her natural lifetime & at her decease I do give the same to her children, to equally divided amongst them, except their son Jesse, whom I exclude from a share in this legacy.

      "Also, I do give, devise and bequeath unto my son-in-law George Rust and his wife, my daughter Hannah, the sum of one dollar each.

      "Also, I do give and bequeath unto my son Isaac the sum of one dollar, to be paid unto him at the time that he pays off a note that I hold of his, for five hundred dollars.

      "Also, I do give, devise and bequeath unto my son-in-law John McDonald and his wife, my daughter Mary, the sum of one dollar each. Also, I do lend unto them, the said John McDonald and his wife, my daughter Mary, during the term of their natural lifetime, the use of all that tract or parcel of land whereon they now live, including also an entry for about three hundred acres adjoining the same, and at their decease to be equally divided among the children of said daughter Mary.

      "Also,I do give, devise and bequeath unto my sons William, Jacob, Samuel and James the sum of five hundred dollars each of them, to be made from the sale of one half of my negroes, such of them as my present beloved wife Jane had rather should be disposed with, and other property if that should be found insufficient to raise that sum.

      "Also, I do give , devise and bequeath unto my son-in-law John Hodgen and his wife, my daughter Deidamia, the sum of one dollar each of them.

      "And the whole of the residue of my estate of whatever kind of property it may be, including the tract of land whereon I now live, containing by estimation thirteen hundred acres, also that tract of land on the waters of Nolin Creek whereon widow Morrison formerly lived, containing by estimation one thousand and ninety-six acres, I do lend unto my beloved wife Jane one third part during the term of her natural lifetime and the remaining two thirds I do give, devise and bequeath unto my three younger children whom I have had by my present wife, namely Morgan, a son, Sarah, a daughter, and Jesse, a son to be equally divided between them as they come of age or marry, and after the decease of my beloved wife Jane that part of my estate which I now lend her during the term of her natural lifetime shall also be equally divided between the before-named children, Morgan, Sarah and Jesse, whom I had by my present wife. And it is my will and desire that proper attention be paid to the education of my three before named children, so as to obtain what may (be) called a good English education, to be paid for from their shares of their estate.

      "And I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my beloved wife Jane to be my Executrix and my two sons Samuel and James to be my Executors.

      "In witness of this being my last will and testament, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 16th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.

      Jacob Larue.

      Witnesses -

      William Brown
      Thos. W. Rathbone."

      The widow, Jane, declined to act as Executrix, and James LaRue and Samuel LaRue qualified as Executors of this will, under bond in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars, with Jacob W. LaRue . . . and Robert McClure as sureties.

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Jacob LaRue
      Birth: May 1, 1744, Frederick County, Virginia, USA
      Death: Sep. 15, 1821, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA

      Family links: Parents: Isaac LaRue (1712 - 1795), Phebe Carmen LaRue (1725 - 1804); Spouses: Jane Morgan LaRue (1777 - 1852), Mary Frost LaRue (____ - 1804); Children: William LaRue (1779 - 1825), Samuel LaRue (1781 - 1826), James Rathbone LaRue (1782 - 1859), Morgan L. (or) John LaRue (1807 - 1883), Sarah Jane LaRue Castleman (1808 - 1904), Jesse V. LaRue (1811 - 1883)

      Burial: Castleman Cemetery, Hodgenville, Larue County, Kentucky, USA

      Created by: Greg Derylo
      Record added: Feb 08, 2003
      Find A Grave Memorial# 7171973
    Person ID I264  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 

    Father Isaac LaRUE, Sr.,   b. 11 Jan 1712, Hunterdon [now Mercer] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1795, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Phebe CARMAN,   b. 4 Mar 1725, Cape May County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1804, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Oct 1743  Hunterdon [now Mercer] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary FROST,   b. 15 Aug 1747, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1804, Hodgenville, Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 1765  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jacob LaRUE, Jr.,   b. 12 Jan 1783, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851, Coles County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     2. William LaRUE,   b. 15 Aug 1779, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1825, Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
     3. Samuel LaRUE,   b. 15 Aug 1779, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1825, Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
     4. Deidamia LaRUE,   b. 24 Apr 1785, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1859  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     5. James Rathbone LaRUE,   b. 29 Sep 1782, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1859, LaRue County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     6. Phebe LaRUE,   b. Abt 1768, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1822, Hardin County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)  [natural]
     7. John LaRUE,   b. Abt 1766, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1798, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)  [natural]
     8. Hannah LaRUE,   b. Abt 1772, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Nov 1815  (Age ~ 43 years)  [natural]
     9. Mary LaRUE,   b. May 1774, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1828, Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)  [natural]
     10. Isaac LaRUE,   b. Abt 1773, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Nov 1815  (Age ~ 42 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 17:00:28 
    Family ID F833  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jane MORGAN,   b. 18 Feb 1777, Greene County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1852, LaRue County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1805  Nelson County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Jesse V. LaRUE,   b. 16 May 1811, Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1883, Hardin County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
     2. Sarah Jane LaRUE,   b. 9 Oct 1808, Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1904, LaRue County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  [natural]
     3. Morgan John LaRUE,   b. 26 Nov 1806, Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1883, Hardin County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 17:00:28 
    Family ID F12857  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Kentucky, Marriages, 1785-1979: Groom'sName: Jacob Larue Groom's Birth Date: Groom's Birthplace: Groom's Age: Bride's Name: Jane Morgan Bride's Birth Date: Bride's Birthplace: Bride's Age: Marriage Date: 23 Sep 1805 Marriage Place: Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky Groom's Father's Name: Groom's Mother's Name: Bride's Father's Name: Bride's Mother's Name: Groom's Race: Groom's Marital Status: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: Bride's Marital Status: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01678-5 System Origin: Kentucky-EASy Source Film Number: 1929414 Reference Number: page 128.