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Route 80 Expansion in Pulaski County Dead

i-66-louisville-courierThe planned Route 66 expansion over Route 80 through Somerset east to Shopville and beyond is dead. This road cuts through the historical lands of Pulaski County’s first judge-executive and founder John M. James (1751-1823). The Louisville Courier-Journal reported yesterday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has halted work on the highway, concluding, “There is little prospect that construction funds will be available in the foreseeable future.”

For a couple of years, I was a consulting party for I-66, representing The James Preservation Trust and the historical interests of the James family. I’m pleased the project’s been rendered comatose.

Particularly distressing during the review process was the despicable practice of the Transportation Cabinet to rename historical properties in the road’s path, despite panel objections. Long historic names were removed. Historical properties were re-identified by the names of current occupants. This corruption was intended to avoid potential mitigation for historical properties. Panel objections voiced during public hearings were voided by the Transportation Cabinet.

Also, a construction permit was granted at Route 80 & James Rd. for a gravel pit and mine on a site where enslaved where known to have been interred. This location was for former site of the James mansion house, once occupied by Rev. Jeremiah & Betsy James Vardeman, Rev. Daniel Fields James, and Sen. Jack Griffin. This site was planned for a roadway interchange linking Route 80 to a newly constructed by-pass around Somerset.

As a 4th great grandson of Pulaski County’s first judge-executive & founder, John M. James, I don’t believe John would have objected to this road through his historic lands, where the road truly needed. Traffic projections, however, concluded the road isn’t needed at all, now nor in the foreseeable future.

Anastasia Henry Hanson and Mary Henry Morris

Anastasia Henry Hanson [1832-1912]and Mary Henry Morris[1836-] are sisters.They are also Great Great granddaughters of  the Patrick Henry.Mary Henry Morris is my Great grandmother.Anastasia Henry Hanson married George Washington Hanson July 17th 1856.Mary Henry Morris married Thomas Morris.Anastasia Henry Hanson and George Washington Hanson had the following children 1 William Belton Hanson 1857-1912.  2 Lola Hanson 1859-1908. 3 George Washington Hanson Jr 1862-1921  4 Jessie Jane Hanson 1863-. Mary Henry Morris born ca 1836 in Tennessee her deathdate is unknown to me.Thomas Morris was born ca 1830 or 1835 in North Carolina. Mary Henry Morris and Thomas Morris had the following children.1 Frances M. Morris born 1860 in Shelby Co,Texas and married Lorenza Talley in 1879 in Panola Co,Texas.Lorenza died in 1889.I don’t have any children for them yet.Lorenza was a painter by occupation. 2 My Grandma Thomas[ Tommie Lavenia] Morris born in 1862 in Shelby Co,Texas and died in Kemp,Oklahoma in 1937.She married my Grandpa Isaac Abraham Huey in 1883.They had my father Usco Kozzie Huey born on January 1 1900 in Love Co,Oklahoma and died in 1961 in Erath Co,Texas  3  Hardy H. Morris born in 1869 in Shelby Co,Texas.He married Annie Whiddon.Their children are      1William N. Morris born in 1895 2 Elijah Morris born in 1897 3 Mary O.Morris born in 1899 4 Hardy Morris born in 1908.My Father Usco Kozzie Huey married my Mother Myrtle May McKenzie in 1918 in Kemp,Oklahoma.My Mother was born in 1899 in Delta Co,Texas and she died in 1977 in Erath Co,Texas.My Mother is a Great Great Granddaughter of John M. James 1751 -1823 and Clara Nalle James. That’s all for now.Sincerely,Mary

Correction to genealogy

Hello Eric,

I’m Ann McQuinn.  Your new website is lovely.  I’m the one that sent you the CD with the pictures from the Jesse James album that I showcased on Antiques Roadshow.

I wanted to edit our part of the genealogy to the best of  our family knowledge.

Our mother Sara Jean Race Duke born 11/20/1920 died 1/11/1972, Miami , FL

married 3/2/1947  Nathaniel Duke born 6/29/1923 still alive

Her mother was  Susan Hall (born 1888, died Feb 1948, Hunter, OK) married to Lawson Race born 8/3/1878 died , 1960, Miami, FL

Her mother (our great grandmother) was FANNIE QUANTRILL  SAMUELS HALL married to Joe C. Hall

You probably know the rest from there and thus our relation to Jesse James.

Our mother had 2 children  and we each had 2 children

– Ann Duke McQuinn born 12/3/1953 married 8/4/73  Richard West born 6/1/1953 had two children Jennifer Ann West born 4/29/1976 and Stuart Wade West born 12/10/1981, divorced Richard 1988. On 5/7/2000 married  James McQuinn born 3/20/1952 .

-Susan Duke Gebhardt born 12/16/1947 married 8/10/1968 Carl Gebhardt born 4/21/1947  and had two children Christopher A Gebhardt 12/26/1973 and Eric M Gebhardt 10/28/1978

There are no more children yet. This maybe more info than you need but thank you for the opportunity to share our portion of history.

Thank you again,

Ann McQuinn

Great Grandaughter, Fannie Quantrill Samuels