Elizabeth Allen d/o John Allen and Esther Jane Neal married Benjamin Franklin Treadway s/o Elizabeth Treadway.
Sent to me by Delores Carpenter:
This is the submission that is in the book, ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, KY AND ITS PEOPLE, 1992. I’m sending the article in its entirety and as written. Sheila, will you send it on to Deb?
The Tredway family roots are in Scott County, Virginia. Francis Marion Tredway, a son of Benjamin Francis and Elizabeth Allen Tredway and one of their thirteen children, on May 9, 1874, married Louisa Arminda McNew, a daughter of John B. and Jemima Stanley McNew.
To this marriage were born eight children: Flora Bell Egan (1875), Nancy Boreing, Lydia Childress, Mima Bryant, Minnie Moore, John, Jack, and Henry. Some if not all of these children were born in Kentucky.
Flora Bell Tredway married Thomas Jefferson Egan, a son of James and Elizabeth Nelson Egan, in Scott County, Virginia, where he was born. Flora Bell and Tom were the parents of seven children, the oldest of whom was my grandfather, John Emory Egan.
I can remember as a child making my first visit to Rockcastle County with my parents. My father wanted to visit Mrs. Bess Tredway, widow of his Uncle John. She directed us to a small country cemetery somewhere near Wildie or Brush Creek where he could see the grave of his older brother, Hampton Preston Egan, who had died in infancy. Used to the flat corn fields of central Illinois, I thought Kentucky the most wonderful place on earth, all hills and curves and green ridges. If I wasn’t born loving Kentucky, I am sure I fell in love with it on that trip.
Marion and Louisa Tredway had a farm in Rockcastle County. My father as a small boy used to look forward to family gatherings there, and could remember the hard wagon seat pinching him as they made their way along the rocky road. The land to the farmhouse was so rocky that they always left the wagon at the road and walked in to save their seats from further torture! Marion and Louisa loved each other very much. When she died in March of 1927, all the sorrow in Marion’s heart caused him to follow in August 1928. They are buried near Brush Creek.
Their daughter Flora Bell Egan spent much of her adult life in Terre Haute, Indiana, as did brother Jack and John Tredway. John was a millwright for Kellogg’s and a grocery store owner before he and Bess returned to Rockcastle County near Mt. Vernon for retirement.
Jack Tredway married Eliza Dalton, a daughter of Hampton Perry and Sarah Waller Dalton. Of their three children, Edith, Dora, and Otis, only one is still living. Otis still lives in Terre Haurte. His parents are buried in Bethesda Cemetery near West Terre Haute.
The “Terre Haute” Tredways and Egans have lost track of the other descendants of Marion and Louisa’s children. Unfortunately, I started too late to begin searching for our family histories and for the Tredways. I have only my father’s memories and a few facts gleaned from census records.
I do know that at one time there were so many Tredways in Scott County, Virginia, that a ridge near the McNew Cemetery was known as Tredway Ridge, but their descendants apparently did not stay. I wish I could become acquainted with some present-day Tredway relatives and fill in more gaps in my knowledge of their family history.
Submitted by: Mary Alice Egan Hackett, P.O. Box 444, Kansas, Illinois 61933.
Thank you so much for thinking of me. This helps explain why Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Allen Treadway are buried in an Egan cemetery. Thomas Jefferson Egan’s brother was Johnson Henderson Egan who ended up with some of Hezekiah Neals property in Powell Valley, Wise Co VA. It is on this property that the cemetery is located. Not sure family tree is the correct term-perhaps family vine would make more sense! -Deb
Also sent to me from Deb.
I have a booklet entitled “Crackers Neck History Near Big Stone Gap Virginia Elevation-1605” Information given by Joe Dorton, John W. and Betty Dickenson.
First line, “John P. Wells (Old John) one of the oldest settlers. Father of Aunt Kate Wells and Uncle John Wells.”
First page, “Kier” Neel gave Aunt Jane Smith the “Smith Place” He lived when he died on what is now the Egan Place.”
(The Egan Place is where Elizabeth Allen and Benjamin Treadway are buried. and “Kier” Neel is Hezekiah P. Neal.)
1. 7th Census of the United States, 1850, Western District, Scott Co., VA taken 30 August 1850 (p. 422B). Benjamin F. Treadaway, 29, farmer, born VA, has wife Elizabeth, 19, born VA, and children (born VA):
Nancy E., 2
Margaret N., 5 mos.
2. 8th Census of the United States, 1860, Catlettsburg, Boyd Co., KY taken 5 July 1860 (p. 46). B. F. Tredway, 39, [no occupation listed], born VA, has wife Elizabeth, 30, born VA, and children:
John, 2 mos.
3. 9th Census of the United States, 1870 , DeKalb Twp. (Fort Blackmore), Scott Co., VA taken 18 August 1870 (p. 468B). Benjamin Tredway, 49, farmer, born VA, has wife Elizabeth, 43, born VA, cannot write, and children:
Letitia, 16, born VA, cannot write
Caroline, 14, born VA, cannot read or write
George W., 19, born VA, cannot read or write
Marion, 17, born VA, cannot read or write
John J., 12, born KY, cannot read or write
Hester [sic], 8, born VA
Dona H., 6, born VA
In the 1860 census Marion was mistakenly listed as “Mary.” George is counted also as a farm hand in the home of William Greer.
4. 10th Census of the United States, 1880 , DeKalb District, Scott Co., VA taken 21 June 1880 (p. 160). Benjamin Treadway, 62, farmer, born VA, has wife Elizabeth, 55, born VA, cannot write, and children:
John, 20, farm worker, born KY
Dona, 13, cannot write
Emma, 12, cannot read or write
Although Emma’s age is given as 12, she was not in the 1870 census and therefore was more likely to be ca. 10 years old, born sometime after August, 1870 unless she was somehow overlooked in that census.
5. Jordan R. Dodd, ed., Early American Marriages (Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers. No date). Benjamin F. Tredaway to Elizabeth Allen, 30 December 1845, Scott
You can view the pictures I took of their tombstones on this site.
Hope this helps someone from this family. Sheila Allen-Winterberg