John William Uptegrove, William Uptegrove or John Uptegrove: What is Your Name?

John Uptegrove Signatures_small

John Uptegrove was born about 1794 probably in North Carolina. When I first met him his name was John William Uptegrove. Not long after that first meeting I discovered another author who called him William Uptegrove. Years later I discovered his original signature in Kentucky court records. He signed his name as John Uptegrove. Just John, no middle name or initial. I was left wondering where did the name variations originate and did John even have a middle name?1

WHERE DID THE NAME JOHN WILLIAM UPTEGROVE ORIGINATE?

It was in 1988 when I first met John shortly after I discovered genealogy. I was given a copy of a family history The Uptegrove Family Book.2 According to this history my 4th great grandfather was “John William Uptegrove.” As with many family histories sources were not included. (To be honest at that time I didn’t even know sources and citations mattered or that I needed to evaluate and analyse what sources and information I did have.) The author did include copies of several Memorandums by John Henry Uptegrove written in the mid to late 1970’s. They were the basis for The Uptegrove Family Book.

John Henry was a great-grandson of John Uptegrove and the son of John William Uptegrove born 27 June 1858.3

Uptegrove Tree
Who’s Who Chart 1

An excerpt from John Henry’s memorandum dated 1 May 1977 contains the following explanation for the name John William Uptegrove.

“I am convinced that the name of the man that came out of Virginia was not William, but John. Several recorded deeds, copies of which I have in my file, verifies everyone referred to him as John, never William. Leaving me to believe that his name was John William Uptegrove, being referred to as William by his friends and family, but in all recorded information always referred to as John. If I were writing a final report, I would not hesitate to refer to him as John Uptegrove and possibly John William Uptegrove. This substantiated partly by the fact that my own father was John William, no doubt being named for his grandfather. Although I have no concrete evidence that he was so named.”4

An analysis of this statement raises several questions. Where did the name William Uptegrove originate? Which family and friends called him William? It is possible that John’s grandson John William was named after his grandfather but there is another possibility. He was named after both of his grandfathers, his paternal grandfather John Uptegrove and his maternal grandfather William Ferrill5 hence the name John William.

John was born about 17946 when the use of middle names was not customary. John William Uptegrove born 18587 was born when middle names were the custom.8

John died between 19 October 18359 and 15 February 1836.10 His youngest child James was born 20 March 1833.11 He was 2 years old when his father died. He would not have had any firsthand knowledge of his father. Anything he knew about John could have only come from family and friends opening the door for errors, misinterpretations and fallible memories. The John William who was purported to be named for his grandfather was James’ son.

WHERE DID THE NAME WILLIAM UPTEGROVE ORIGINATE?

A tale of how the first Uptegrove’s arrived in Kentucky has been recounted in the History of LaRue County, Kentucky: Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Published in 1967 the book was written ten years before John Henry’s Memorandum and is the most likely origin of the name William, John Henry refers to in is Memorandum. This history asserts that John’s name was William. There is no mention of the name John associated with the name William in the entry about the Uptegrove family.

“Mr. Ferrill told his daughters of the first Uptegrove’s who came from Virginia, William and Elizabeth (Bill and Betsy) —

The identity of Mr. Ferrill is not specifically given. However, the previous story in the book is attributed to Mrs. E. S. Ferrill who was undoubtedly the wife of Edward Stanton Ferrill.  Mrs. Ferrill was Martha Susan (Druien) Ferrill, the younger sister of Isabella (Druien) Uptegrove wife of John William Uptegrove. The story Mrs. Ferrill told was about her sister Isabella’s wedding to John William. The end of the article about the first Uptegrove’s who came to Kentucky states that the information was provided by a “daughter of the late John and Isabelle Uptegrove.”12

Edward Stanton Ferrill’s brother in-law was a grandson of John Uptegrove through James’ line and a married in uncle of Edwards was a son of John Uptegrove. See Who’s Who Chart 2.

Ferrill Tree
Who’s Who Chart 2

William Ferrill was born in 1795 and died 4 November 1871.13 He was a contemporary of John Uptegrove 1794. Two of William’s children, Joel and Mary Elizabeth married two of John’s children, Mahala and James.

Children of William Ferrill  (1795–1871)14

1 Joel Husley Ferrill 1813–188915 married Mahala Uptegrove 10 January 1844.16
2 Benjamin Ferrill 1815–186117
3 James Ferrill 1817–187218
4 Joseph A Ferrill 1818–184019
5 Henry Ferrill 1821–1887 married Mary Jane Ray20
6 Daniel Ferrill 1825–1884 married Lucretia Adaline Brown21
7 William Ferrill 1828–183822
8 Janette Ferrill 1830–1873 married Bernard Abell 21 December 1846.23
9 Mary Elizabeth Ferrill, married James Uptegrove on 27 September 1854.24 Parents of John William.

I may never know which Mr. Ferrill told the story of how the Uptegrove’s arrived in Kentucky but it is clear that the Ferrill’s & Uptegrove’s where allied.

The History of LaRue County continues with the following:

William (Bill) Uptegrove died when still a young man leaving four small children, William, married a Miss Smith and one of their children was Jeff (Jefferson?). George married Sarah Ray a sister of Mary Jane Ray Ferrill, grandmother of Mr. E.S. Ferrill. Mary married a Smith of the Sam P. Smith family and James (Jim) married Elizabeth Ferrill…

There are several problems with this part of the above story in addition to John being called William.

Problem 1: John’s children

When John Uptegrove died he left at least five infant children under the age of 14, not four and two other children who were over the age of 14. John’s oldest son Joseph took over the guardianship of his younger siblings in September 1838.25

This proceeding indicates that Joseph had turned 21 prior to September 1838 when he became the guardian for his “infant” siblings, Mary, Mahala, William, George & James. Joseph would have been about 19 when his father died.

Children of John Uptegrove & Elizabeth Loury:

1 Joseph Uptegrove 1817–1848 married Nancy Smith 22 August 1837.26
2 Rosiann Uptegrove 1819–1856 married Silas Smith 13 November 1836.27
3 Mary Jane Uptegrove about 1821–after 1880 married three times her first husband was George Elliott. Her second husband was the above named Silas Smith. Her third husband was Benjamin Austin Gollaher, Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood friend.28
4 Mahala Uptegrove about 1824–before 1845 married Joel H Ferrill 20 January 1844.29
5 William Uptegrove about 1828–1852 married Sarah Ann Smith 14 February 1849.30
6 George Uptegrove 1832–1896 married Sarah Ray about 1855.31
7 James Benton Uptegrove 1833–1873 married Mary Elizabeth Ferrill 27 September 1854.32

Problem 2: Children of William Uptegrove & Sarah Ann Smith.

Shortly after William and Sarah married they removed to Arkansas. William died in Arkansas in August 1852. A petition was filed in the LaRue Circuit court on 27 September 1870 on behalf of William’s widow Sarah.33 Sarah states that she and William had two children Priscilla and John James. She further states that John James died after his father in 1853.  Based on the testimony of Sarah, William did not have a son Jeff/ Jefferson. However John’s son Joseph who married Nancy Smith34 did have a son Samuel Jefferson Uptegrove who at different times used the name Jeff or Jefferson.35

Problem 3: Mary’s marriage to Smith.

Mary’s second husband was to Silas Smith who was the son of John Smith and his wife Margaret Angle36 and not the Sam P Smith family.

As stated earlier the Uptegrove “stories” were provided by a daughter of John William and Isabel (Druien) Uptegrove.37 When the stories were published in 1967 two of John and Isabel’s daughters were still living Nellie who was born in 189638 and Margaret who was born in 1898.39 It is unknown which daughter provided the information but both daughters were about 70 years old in 1967. Nellie and Margaret were born a quarter of century after their grandfather James Uptegrove had died40 James’ wife died41  when they were about 16–18 years old. None of James’ siblings were living when Nellie and Margaret were born. There wasn’t anyone alive who had firsthand knowledge of their Great-grandfather John.

After exploring the original records it is apparent that by the time the Uptegrove’s story arrived in 1967 and was published it had been passed down through a number of people. Bits and pieces were lost or rearranged much like what happens when you play the Telephone Game.

MY NAME IS JOHN UPTEGROVE

Four Kentucky counties were searched for original records, Lincoln, Nelson, Hardin and LaRue Counties. Lincoln County is the first place John appears in any original record. Nelson and Hardin Counties are where John owned land and/or payed taxes. The land he purchased in Hardin County became part of LaRue County after John’s death. There are a number of court records in LaRue County in which John is recorded.

Kentucky Tax Lists42

Year Location Document Name in Document
1817 Lincoln County Tax List John Uptegrove
1820 Nelson County Tax List Jno Upthegrove
1821 Nelson County Tax List Jno Uptgrove
1824 Hardin County Tax List John Upitygrove
1825 Hardin County Tax List John Uptigrove
1826 Hardin County Tax List John Upt Grove
1827 Hardin County Tax List John Upt Grove
1829 Nelson County Tax List John Uptegrove
1830 Nelson County Tax List John Uptegrove
1831 Nelson County Tax List John Uptgrove
1833 Hardin County Tax List John Uptegrove
1834 Hardin County Tax List John Uptegrove

To date the only census record John appears in is the 1830 census for Nelson County where he is listed at John Uptigrove.43 He died before the 1840 census. According to the tax lists he should have been in the 1820 census in Nelson County but he is not found in the surviving census records. In 1810 he was not old enough to be enumerated on his own.

2 September 1833, John Uptegrove mortgaged a horse for $55 from Joseph Adams to be paid back in installments $25.00 due 1 March 1834 and $35.00 due 1 February 1835.44 He signed his name as John Uptgrove.

Examples of John’s original signature can be found in his estate settlement papers.45

Three receipts, no’s 9, 13 & 14 contain original signatures and are in the digital image at the beginning of this article. Transcriptions follow:

Receipt no. 9: One day after date I promise to pay Francis Burch one dollar this  19th of October 1835                                           John Upt grove

Receipt no. 13: For value received due Job Dye seventeen dollars 62 ½ cents as witnessed by my hand and seal this 8th day of June 1835            John Upt grove

Receipt no. 14: One day after date I promised to pay Joseph Upthegrove one hundred and ten dollars for value received this 13 day of June 1835      John Upt grove

Perhaps the most telling are the lawsuits46 that began after John’s death in the LaRue County Circuit Court. These lawsuits contain numerous depositions given by family and friends. John is never referred to as John William or William he is always referred to as John. One example can be found in the testimony of John’s brother Joseph. Joseph states, “…until after the death of my brother John.”47

CONCLUSION

All of the known original records and testimony from John’s brother clearly show that John Uptegrove was known by the community and his family as John and not John William, or William. The practice of using middle names was not the custom when John was born in 1794. The assertion that John William born in 1858 was named after his grandfather therefor his name must be John William does not make sense. It is more likely that John William was named for both of his grandfathers.


  1. The original version of this article was published in Kentucky Ancestors, Volume 48, No. 1, Autumn 2012. This version has been updated and expanded. New records have been found since the original article and support the original conclusion for John’s name. The analysis of who Mr. Ferrill was has changed and updated. 
  2.  Marsha (Uptegrove) Frye, The Uptegrove Family Book (Self-published: Bowling Green, KY, 1987). 
  3.  Kentucky Death Records 1852-1953, entry for John W Uptegrove, 2 June 1939, death certificate no. 15673; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 August 2011). 
  4.  Marsha (Uptegrove) Frye, The Uptegrove Family Book (Self-published: Bowling Green, KY, 1987), p. 78–9. 
  5.  “Kentucky Death Records 1852-1953,” digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 August 2011), entry for John W Uptegrove, 2 June 1939, death certificate no. 15673; citing Original Death Certificates on microfilm held by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. 1850 U.S. Census, Hamilton’s District, LaRue County, Kentucky, population schedule, p. 423 (stamped), dwelling & family 342, Wm Ferrill household; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 209. 
  6.  1830 U.S. Census, Nelson County, Kentucky, populations schedule, New Haven, p. 165 (penned), John Uptigrove household; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed before 2003); citing NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 40. Age between 30 -39, Birth year calculated from the age of John’s & Elizabeth’s oldest child’s birth year & the marriage a year before that then subtracting 21 from the calculated marriage year. 
  7.  “Kentucky Death Records 1852-1953,” digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 August 2011), entry for John W Uptegrove, 2 June 1939, death certificate no. 15673; citing Original Death Certificates on microfilm held by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. 
  8.  Robert W Baird, “A Brief History of  Middle Names,” online article, Bob’s Genealogy Filling Cabinet (http://www.genfiles.com/index.html : accessed 7 August 2011). “Among the British stock of the southern colonies middle names were rarely bestowed on children until after the Revolution and did not become customary until the mid-1800’s.” 
  9.  Hardin County Kentucky, Estate Settlements, “A Settlement of the Estate of Jno Uptegrove 16 July 1838”, Receipt No. 9 signed by John Uptegrove 19 October 1835; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. 
  10.  LaRue County, Kentucky, Circuit Court, Equity Case File Box 82, George Elliott & others vs. Samuel Smith , 1874, “John Uptegrove deceased order Gr. Administer on Estate to Samuel Smith, Copy for Elizabeth Uptegrove Marked O”; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. On 15 February 1836 Samuel Smith along with John Smith made a bond in the amount of $300 to administer the estate of John Uptegrove. 
  11.  Edward Benningfield, Larue County, Kentucky Cemeteries, (Owensboro, KY: McDowell Publications), 1982, p. 102. 
  12.  Bessie Miller Elliott, History of LaRue County, Kentucky: Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, (Hodgenville, KY: Ancestral Trails Historical Society), 1967 p. 20–21. This information came from a daughter of the late John [William] and Isabelle [Druien] Uptegrove 
  13.  Edward Benningfield, Larue County, Kentucky Cemeteries, Owensboro, KY: McDowell Publications, 1982, p. 99. 
  14.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for William D Ferrill (Aug 1795–4 November 1871), Memorial no. 14435670, maintained by Russell Perkins (contributor 47213352); citing Masonic Hall Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  15.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for Joel H Ferrill (8 December 1813–30 May 1898), Memorial no. 99361108, created by Serendipity (contributor 47712486); citing Union Band Baptist Cemetery, Nelson County, Kentucky, USA 
  16.  LaRue County, Kentucky, Marriage Register 1843–1855, no. 30, Joel H Ferrill to Mahala Uptegrove, 1844; LaRue County Clerk’s Office, Hodgenville. Ferrill of age. Elizth Uptegrove mother of lady gave consent by certification proven by Henry Ferrill. Marriage occurred 21st day January 1844 by me John Miller. 
  17.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for Benjamin Franklin Ferrill (16 January 1815–6 November 1839), Memorial no. 70910661, created by P.Bailey (contributor 47219252); citing Rolling Fork Baptist Cemetery, Gleanings, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA 
  18.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for James F Ferrill (5 April 1817–13 June 1872) Memorial no. 166415525, created by Russell Perkins (contributor 47213352); citing Saloma Cemetery, Saloma, Taylor County, Kentucky, USA. 
  19.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for Joseph A Ferrill (2 July 1818–22 June 1840), Memorial no. 70910718, created by P.Bailey (contributor 47219252); citing Rolling Fork Baptist Cemetery, Gleanings, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA 
  20.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for Henry Ferrill (17 February 1821–31 January 1887), Memorial no. 14435617, maintained by Russell Perkins (contributor 47213352); citing Rolling Fork Baptist Cemetery, Gleanings, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  21.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for Daniel Ferrill (19 July 1825–19 October 1884), Memorial no. 90311630, maintained by Remembered ~*~ Angels (contributor 47761329); citing Levelwoods Methodist Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  22.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for William David Ferrill (19 March 1828–9 September 1838), Memorial no. 70910607, created by P.Bailey (contributor 47219252); citing Rolling Fork Baptist Cemetery, Gleanings, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA 
  23.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for Janette Ferrill Abell (19 March 1830–5 October 1873) Memorial no. 14435527, maintained by CatheaC (contributor 47339429); citing Masonic Hall Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  24.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for Mary Elizabeth Ferrill Shipp (14 September 1838–3 December 1916) Memorial no. 14437743, maintained by CatheaC (contributor 47339429); citing Masonic Hall Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  25.  Hardin County Kentucky, Fee Book 1835–1839, p. 124, 1838; County clerks office, Elizabethtown. Joseph Uptegrove guardian ad litem for Mary, Mahala, William, George & James Uptegrove infants. Prior to this entry Samuel Smith was the guardian ad litem. 
  26.  Hardin County Kentucky, Fee Book 1835–1839, p. 124, 1838; County clerks office, Elizabethtown. Hardin County, Kentucky, Marriage Bond & License, no. 347 B, Joseph Uptegrove to Nancy Smith, 7 August, 1837; County Clerk’s Office, Elizabethtown, Kentucky. LaRue County, Kentucky, Circuit Court, Order Book 1848–1851, p. 124. “Ordered that Stephen W. D. Stone clerk of this Court be appointed guardian ad litem for Samuel J, Martha A., John H, Permilia S., & Joseph Uptegrove, Jr. infant Defendants thereupon said guardian assigned & filed an answer for said infants.” The preceding children are Josephs children. 
  27.  LaRue County, Kentucky, death register, unpaginated, entry for Rosan Smith, 1 October 1856; County Clerk’s Office, Hodgenville. Age 37 years, 2 months, born Nelson County, parents John & Eliza Uptigrove, born Maryland. Hardin County, Kentucky, digital images, Hardin County Clerk’s Office (http://www.hccoky.org : accessed 7 August 2011), “Record Search,” entry for Silas Smith & Roseann Uptegrove, 13 November 1836, Marriage Bond and Minister Return; citing Book B, p. 27 (1 page). Bond, and License. Bond No. 261B, posted by Silas Smith & Joseph Uptegrove, 7 November 1836, signed Silas (his mark) Smith, Joseph Uptegrove (original signature). License. “…John Smith father of Silas & Elizabeth Uptegrove mother of Rosiann gave consent by written certificate proven by oath of Joseph Uptegrove.” Married 13 November 1836, by James Daugherty M.G.S.P. 
  28.  1850 U.S. Census, LaRue County, Kentucky, population schedule, Hamilton’s District, p. 432 (stamped), dwelling & family 477, Geo W Elliott household; digital image 69, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 August 2005); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 209. Mary Elliott age 29 born in Kentucky.  Hardin County, Kentucky, digital images, Hardin County Clerk’s Office (http://www.hccoky.org(http://www.hccoky.org : accessed 7 August 2011), entry for George Ellis [Elliott] & Mary Uptegrove, 22 December 1838, Marriage Register; citing Book B, p. 55 (2 pages). Marriage Register with minister returns, No. 537, 22 December 1838, “Ellit swore he of age 21 years old – Elizabeth Uptegrove mother of Mary gave consent by written certificate proven by the oath of T W Elliott.” Ministers return. Blank. LaRue County Kentucky, Marriage License box labeled 1854–1858, no. 63, License & Certificate for Silas Smith & Mary Jane Elliott, 2 December 1856. Married at Silas Smiths in LaRue County, 2 December 1856 by Henry Martin, Methodist, witnesses James Smith & Samuel Smith. Silas Smith of LaRue County 40 years old born in Hardin County…Mary Jane Elliott of LaRue County age 36 born in Nelson County, and both single. LaRue County, Kentucky, Marriage Register, vol. B, p. 119, license no. 1165, B A Gallaher to Mary J Smith, 1873; County Clerk’s Office, Hodgenville. Both parties of age known by Wm. M Smith. Marriged by T S Cesna; married at B A Gallahers, witnesses Alfred Grady and Jack Meryfield. 1880 U.S. Census, LaRue, Kentucky, population schedule, Prices, Enumeration District (ED) 155, p. 143C (stamped), dwelling 124, family 129, B A Gollher household; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 March 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 427. 
  29.  LaRue County, Kentucky, Marriage Register 1843–1855, no. 30, Joel H Ferrill to Mahala Uptegrove, 1844; LaRue County Clerk’s Office, Hodgenville. Ferrill of age. Elizth Uptegrove mother of lady gave consent by certification proven by Henry Ferrill. Marriage occurred 21st day January 1844 by me John Miller. Nelson County, Kentucky, Marriage Register A, 1785-1859, p. 74, entry Ferrell, Joel H & Nancy Cravens, 13 March 1845; County Clerk’s Office, Bardstown. This register is a copy of the “old” register. It was copied in the summer of 1873. 
  30.  LaRue County, Kentucky, Circuit Court, Equity Case Files, Box 82, George Elliott & others v. Samuel Smith, 1874, Petition in equity filed 27 September 1870; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort.”…that she and her said husband the said William Uptegrove moved to the state of Arkansas soon after this marriage and while this suit was pending and that he died in that state in the month of August 1852 soon after which she removed to the state of Kentucky …”. 
  31.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for George Uptegrove (1832–1896) Memorial no. 14437762, maintained by Bill Daugherty (contributor 47160704); citing Masonic Hall Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  32.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2018), entry for James Benton Uptegrove (20 March 1833–3 February 1879) Memorial no. 14437775, maintained by Bill Daugherty (contributor 47160704); citing Masonic Hall Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA.  LaRue County, Kentucky, Marriage License box labeled 1854–1858, no. 03, License & Certificate, for James Uptegrove & Mary E Ferril, 25 September 1854; County Clerk’s Office, Hodgenville. “James Uptegrove of LaRue County age 21 years born in said county & State, single, Mary E Ferrill of said county & State age 16 years born in said county & State, single”. Married at W Ferrill’s in LaRue County, 27 September 1854 by John Miller (original signature), witnesses Henry Ferrill, George Uptegrove & James Ferrill. 
  33.  LaRue County, Kentucky, Circuit Court, Equity Case File Box 82, George Elliott & others vs. Samuel Smith , 1874, “Petition in equity filed 27 September 1870”; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. 
  34.  Hardin County Kentucky, Marriage Book B, p. 35, consent, Joseph Uptegrove to Nancy Smith, 5 August 1837; digital images, Hardin County, KY Clerk (http://www.hccoky.org ; accessed 7 August 2011), “Records Search” 
  35.  1850 U. S. Census, Hamiltons District, LaRue County, Kentucky, population schedule, p. 406 (stamped), entry for Jefferson Uptegrove; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com  : accessed before 2003); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 209. 
  36.  Hardin County, Kentucky Clerk, Marriage Book B, p. 27, entry for Silas Smith & Roseann Uptegrove, 13 November 1836; digital images, Hardin County, KY Clerk (http://www.hccoky.org ; accessed 7 August 2011), “Records Search.” John Smith father of Silas. 
  37. Bessie Miller Elliott, History of LaRue County, Kentucky: Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Hodgenville, KY, 1967, p. 21, “This information came from a daughter of the late John [William] and Isabelle [Druien] Uptegrove.” 
  38.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 9 March 2018), entry for Nellie Migoath Uptegrove Howell, (16 July 1896–22 October 1977), Memorial no. 40421121, created by Diane Gravlee (contributor 47083760); citing Buffalo Cemetery, Buffalo, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  39.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 9 March 2018), entry for Margaret Elizabeth Uptegrove Scott, (28 September 1898–16 April 1970), Memorial no. 40420398, created by Diane Gravlee (contributor 47083760); citing Buffalo Cemetery, Buffalo, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  40.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 9 March 2018), entry for James Benton Uptegrove, (20 March 1833–3 February 1879), Memorial no. 14437775, maintained by Bill Daugherty (contributor 47160704); citing Masonic Hall Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  41.  Find A Grave, database (https://findagrave.com : accessed 9 March 2018), entry for Mary Elizabeth Ferrill Shipp, (14 September 1838–3 December 1916), Memorial no. 14437743, maintained by CatheaC (contributor 47339429); citing Masonic Hall Cemetery, LaRue County, Kentucky, USA. 
  42.  Lincoln County, Kentucky, Tax Assessor Book 1817, p. 53, entry for Uptegrove, John; FHL microfilm 8115. Nelson County, Kentucky Tax Assessor Books, 1820, p.65, 1821, p. 65, 1829 Book no. 2, p. 245, 1830, p. 70, 1831, p. 74; FHL microfilm 8,179. Hardin County Tax Assessor Books, 1824, p. 62, 1825, p. 59, 1826, p. 65, 1827, p 82, 1833, p. 76, 1834, p. 40; FHL microfilm 8,014. 
  43. 1830 U.S. Census Nelson County, Kentucky, population schedule, Eastern district, p. 111 (penned), John Uptygrove household; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 April 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 40. 
  44.  Hardin County,  Kentucky, Deed book O, p. 42–43. Indenture John Uptegrove to Joseph Adams; County Clerk’s Office, Elizabethtown. The indenture is a loan from  Joseph Adams to John Uptegrove with John using a filly that would be three years old in the spring as collateral. 
  45.  Hardin County, Kentucky, Settlement Papers, A Settlement of the Estate of Jno Uptegrove, 1838; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. 
  46.  LaRue County, Kentucky, Circuit Court, Equity Case File Box 82, H S Johnson vs Mary Bell Smith, 1874, Equity 466. Equity Case File Box 82, George Elliott & others vs. Samuel Smith , 1874 Equity 1. Equity Case File Box 82, Mary Elliott & others vs. Samuel Smith & others And Uptegrove Heirs vs. Uptegrove Administrator, 1874; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. 
  47.  Equity Case File Box 82, George Elliott & others vs. Samuel Smith , 1874, “Plaintiffs Deposition, 13 April 1850”; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort.