Kenneth Dye, Son of William Dey

Kenneth Dye was born on May 17, 1756/7 in Plainfield, New Jersey and died in 1817 in Mason County, Kentucky. He married (1) Jane Vanderbeck who died before 1815. [One of Joseph Dye's daughters had married a Vanderbeck - Joseph would have been Kenneth's uncle]

Will of Kenneth Dye

Kentucky will Book D, pages 141-143

Kenneth and Jane had 12 children. He married (2) Phoebe Mounter (Montier) Dye (the widow of his older brother William). Kenneth's and Jane's children are listed as:

  1. David Dye was born in 1797 and died in 1866 in Mason County, Kentucky. He married (1) Susannan Burroughs and (2) Nancy Patterson in 1822.
  2. James Dye married Susan Fulcher in 1845
  3. Hiram Dye married Martha Ann Clift in 1845
  4. Kenneth Dye was born in 1796
  5. Rachel Dye died before 1817
  6. Margaret Dye died before 1817
  7. Martha Dye died before 1817
  8. Jane Dye
  9. Phoebe Dye
  10. John Dye married Patience Dey
  11. Kenneth Dye was born in 1796

  12. Peter Dye was born on April 11, 1782 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. He married Abigail Dye, the daughter of his uncle William Dye. Note that Peter's father's, Kenneth Dye, second wife was Phoebe Mounteer Dye, the mother of Abigail Dye. They had three children - Lawrence, John and Nehemiah. Several individuals have contributed background information which focuses primarly on Lawrence Dye, son of Peter and Abigail.

    The following are exerpts from Fleming County, KY Circuit Court records submitted by Elenanor.

      1. Fleming Co, KY Circuit Court File # 6292, Abner Hord vs. Lawrence Dye (defendent), September 1838 Lawrence owed Abner Hord $75 of a $200 loan which had been "due since 25th day of December 1837 and no part has been paid. The said Lawrence resides or formerly resided in The County of Fleming where he has a tract of land containing 157 acres, 2 slaves and a considerable portion of personal estate as your orator is informed, which said property is under the management and [could not read this word] of his brother John Dye. But the said Lawrence Dye, about the last of December 1837 left the state of Kentucky and went to the State of South Carolina with some horses and mules as he was informed, and the said Lawrence Dye has not returned ... since." Hord asked for an attachment against the lands & effects of Lawrence Dye and payment of court costs. The Sheriff was authorized to seize the lands to the amount of $75 plus interest and court costs and hold them until further order of the court.

      2. Fleming Co Circuit Court File # 6676, David Henderson vs Lawrence and Mary Ann Dye, 11 May 1839 Lawrence owed David Henderson $100 for the "purchase of smith work" 19 Oct 1837. Lawrence was in the "Southern Country of Georgia" and had not returned as expected. His wife, Mary Ann, and his personal property were still in Fleming County, Kentucky. On 16 Nov 1839, Lawrence's property was sold as decreed by Circuit Court: 1 mantle clock, 3 beds and furniture, 1 secretary, 1 dining table, 1 candlestand, 1 looking glass, 6 common split bottom chairs, one cupboard and contents, 1 sorrel colt, 16 head of sheep, 4 hemp breaks, 1 fire shovel, 1 teakettle, 1 cutting machine, 1 ten gallon kettle, 2 smoothing irons, 2 shovel ploughs, 1 wash tub, 1 churn, 1 grindstone, 1 McCormick plow, 1 Cary plough. Sold for a total of $127.14. In testimony his brother, John Dye, stated that Lawrence went to Georgia about 15 Sept 1838 and was last heard from in Crawfordsville, Georgia and that he had with him when he left some household and kitchen furniture and some stock consisting of horses, mules, hoggs [sic], cattle and sheep, "and further this deponent saith not".

      3. Fleming Co, KY Circuit Court File # 6990, Jeremiah Wells vs. Nehemiah and Lawrence Dye, Sept 1840 This suit concerned a note for $640 owed since 1837, with Nehemiah Dye as surety. However in September 1840 Nehemiah "has little or no property of value". An order was entered to seize and sell "the property of said Dye in the hands of his wife, Nehemiah Dye, and Samuel Fitzgerald for payment of $640 with interest from March 1838" plus costs. The Sheriff seized 1 bay mare ($60), 1 dun mare ($40), 4 coults [sic] ($35 each), 1 mule ($30), 2 milk cows ($12 each), 8 yearling calves ($8 each), 1 [Learham]? calf ($50), 80 head of stock hogs ($80), 17 head of hogs (?), 5 tons of hemp ($350).

      4. Fleming Co, KY Circuit Court File # 7243, Claiborn F. Wood vs. Lawrence and Mary Ann Dye and Samuel Fitzgerald, March 1841 Lawrence owed Claiborn F. Wood $83.49. Hiram Dye and Henry C. Tully made a deposition at the counting room of Anderson and Wood, Helena, Mason County, KY, who swore the above amount was a just and true accounting of goods purchased of Anderson and Wood in February 1838 - November 1838 (tea, sugar, coffee mill, molasses, indigo, etc.). The Sheriff seized slaves, Harriet ($200) and Henry ($300) from Mary Ann.

      Kari Northup sent in the following comments about Lawrence Dye:

      At least 3 of Abigail's children emigrated to Illinois (Lawrence, John and Nehemiah), and of those at least two (John & Lawrence) fought in the Civil War in the UNION army. I have thought before that that fact was kind of ironic. Abigail inherited at least one slave in William's will - don't know what happened to that slave. Abigail married Zephaniah White in 1824 after the death of her husband (& cousin) Peter Dye in 1822. Lawrence Dye is also the ancestor who I have the military description of having dark complexion, black hair and black eyes - I have wondered about Indian blood - haven't found it yet, but the description makes me not rule it out. Another ironic thing is that on Lawrence's certificate of disability for Discharge from the army it says: "During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty for sixty days in consequence of diarrhea and old age - he being fifty six years of age; the long heavy marches through Kentucky, during the month of October, broke him down completely, and unless he is soon discharged will die." So Lawrence was in an unit from Illinois that saw duty in Kentucky - he was fighting for the Union, and probably knew folks that had stayed in Kentucky that were fighting for the Confederacy - maybe some of his relatives. The Civil War was so full of that kind of thing, it really would be so hard.

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