The Descendants of Ambrose Geoghegan


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From Haycraft's History of Elizabethtown page 126
" Ambrose Geoghegan, Sr., was born in the city of Dublin, in Ireland, on the 30th day of March, 1753, and graduated in Dublin as a engineer, and was in other respects an accomplished scholar. The family is notice in Macaulay's History of England, as being one of the party that espoused the cause of King James, the Second, who was deposed, and William, Prince of Orange, in conjunction with Mary, his wife ascended the throne' and when King William invaded Ireland, the Geoghegans were found in arms.

Ambrose Geoghegan while yet a single man emigrated to America and landed in Baltimore on the 6th day of May, 1771, and was married to Peggy Zelman on the 6th day of May, 1777; and after losing his wife, married again in 1784. He was living at Hagerstown, in Maryland, until about 1804, when with his sons Denton, Thomas and J. H. Geoghegan came to Kentucky and stopped at the Crab Orchard, in Lincoln County, and while there purchased of Armstead Churchill the Hynes Station track, part of which is now in Elizabethtown. The deed bears date of 1805, and recognizes him as a citizen of Lincoln County.

His grandson, A.D. Geoghegan, Esq., says he arrived at Hynes' Station on the 21 of February, 1808. But that must be a mistake as the deed bears date of December 29, 1806, and recognizes him as a citizen of Hardin County. Immediately after coming to Hardin County the family purchased several adjoining farms.

Ambrose Geoghegan, Esq., was an old man when he came to Kentucky, and was possessed of considerable means, was an accomplished engineer and surveyor, and, moreover was an accomplished gentleman and of social disposition, and soon formed the acquaintance of the principle citizens of the town and neighborhood, and, in order to cultivate friendly and social relations, got up a Whig club, which frequently met, when the free interchange of ideas and discussions on the subjects of the day were well calculated to make friendship and brighten up society.

The first celebration of the 4th of July was a barbecue dinner with a speech and toasts that I ever remember of was gotten up by him, and was freely participated in by all the gentry of the county; and by his example, and under his influence that state and tone of society was greatly improved. His son, Thomas, died soon after he came to Hardin County, leaving an only daughter, who at an early age married John B. Wathen, and they are both dead."

Hynes Station was one of the three original 'forts' in the area of what was to become Elizabethtown.

This site is lovingly dedicated to:

Miss Cordelia Carothers "Aunt Dee" Geoghegan

Teacher and Genealogist Extraordinaire!

1894 - 1987

"If you teach them where they come from, they won't need as much help finding where they are going!"

                                                   Aunt Dee Geoghegan