Thursday, May 14, 2015

Roots That Run Deep

I love writing about local history. It's even sweeter when I m able to write about my church or my ancestors. In this short piece I am writing today, it is about both.

My church, Clear Fork Baptist Church, was established on April 1, 1802. I have stated before that my 5th great uncle, Jacob Speck, Jr., a brother to my direct ancestor on my dad's side, and his family joined the church on July 23, 1803. But, did you also know that my 6th great-grandmother on my mom's side, Mary Mitchell Frogge (pronounced Frow-ge), joined the church by letter on Sept. 27, 1806?

Both sides of my family tree were present in my church when it was just four years old! I love how my ancestral roots run deep in the church I grew up in and still attend today.

Now, about Mary Mitchell Frogge...

Back in Virginia, in 1750, her Aunt Agatha married John Madison, the great uncle of our 4th President, James Madison. And, that's not all. Her Aunt Sarah was the mother of our 12th President, Zachary Taylor. After migrating here about 1800, Mary Mitchell Frogge and her family lived on Indian Creek. One of her son's, Arthur Robinson Frogge, lived at Ill Will and later, at Pall Mall.

Mary Mitchell was born 1753 in Augusta County, Virginia and died in 1831 in Cumberland County, Kentucky (later Clinton County). She married William Frogge in 1770 in Culpeper County, Virginia. He was the son of Sheriff John Frogge and Elizabeth Strother Frogge.

Mary and William were the great-great-great-grandparents of my great-grandmother, Nannie Koger Boles, the wife of Hige Boles.

(From the church records of September 1806)

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