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  • ID: I5
  • _UID: DBA9D7296E0C4C429A201B47CAECBB9DB618
  • Name: Daniel DOOLEN
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1765 in Ireland
  • Death: ABT 1829 in Mayfield, McCracken Co, KY
  • Burial: McCracken Co, KY
  • Note:

    For more information see:

    Looking for Doolen/Doolin records in Ireland --
    -Irene Jane Doolen, died 1777, St. Nicholas Without, Dublin, Ireland
    -There was a Mary Doolen, daug of Lazarus Doolen, baptized 1779 in Co. Wexford, Ireland

    About 1788, after the Revolutionary War, Daniel came to America with his 3 brothers, John, Hardin and William and settled in Georgia where Daniel & John appear in early Wilkes & Franklin county records. The brothers separated soon afterwards. The percentage of Irish among the settlers of Georgia in those days was very large. There had been a very large group of Irish settlers who came to Georgia in 1768.

    About 1789 Daniel married MARY BRIDGES who was born about 1769 in North Carolina. Mary was the daughter of a Revolutionary War soldier John Bridges and Elizabeth Murray. Mary was a small dark-haired woman with dark complexion, dark brilliant eyes, and aquiline nose (curving, like an eagle's beak). During her childhood, she and her mother and younger brothers and sisters, in the absence of their father, were driven from their home in winter and the house was burned by the Tories. The exposure brought blindness to Elizabeth who had a babe-in-arms.

    Daniel and Mary Doolen had nine children and lived in Franklin Co., Georgia near John Doolen for several years (about 1790-1796). Daniel & John were in Franklin Co, GA in 1790

    In 1800 Daniel "Dulan" was in Ohio Co., Ky (which was later Butler Co. in west-central Ky)

    In 1810 they were in Butler Co., Ky.
    1810 Butler Co, Ky
    1 male over 45 - Daniel Doolin 45
    1 female 26-44 - Mary 41
    1 male 16-26 - William 20
    1 male 10-15 - Jesse 15
    1 male und 10 - Murray 4
    3 females und 10 - Elizabeth 12, Mary 10, Martha 6, Rachel 2
    Number in household - 8
    (one of the girls died before Daniel in 1829; don?t know which one)

    Daniel and his oldest son, William served in the War of 1812 (probably under Gov. Shelby of Kentucky). After the War they moved to McCracken Co., where Daniel became the holder of many slaves and was a slave trader.
    His brother, William was in Butler Co in the 1830s and in McCracken Co in the mid 1840s.

    Daniel lived here until he died of paralysis about 1829 in Mayfield, Ky. (McCracken County is just north of Graves County on the western end of Kentucky (a part of the Jackson Purchase of 8 counties in 1818). Mayfield is actually in Graves County (formed in 1821 or 1824) with Mayfield the county seat. McCracken county was founded in 1825 from Hickman Co.)

    He was buried beside a daughter and William, who preceeded him in death. (Rather than living in Mayfield, Ky, I think he probably lived somewhere on Mayfield Creek, which flows north from Mayfield, Graves Co thru McCracken Co, then turns west thru Ballard Co to the Mississippi River at about Wickliffe, abt 9 miles south of Barlow.)
    ?Among the first settlers of Ballard County is mentioned Daniel Doolin, who came there in 1818, and settled in Barlow City.? [Irish Pioneers in Kentucky, a series of articles in the Gaelic American].
    Ballard County is ?located in extreme western Kentucky at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers... is part of the region known as the Jackson Purchase [of 1818]... was established in 1842 out of parts of McCracken & Hickman.? [from Kentucky Encyclopedia, by Kleber].
    So he might now actually be buried in Ballard County.

    In 1830 Mary, her sons, Jesse, Murray & Daniel Jr. and their families, a daughter, and William's widow moved to Fayette County, Illinois (south-central). Mary lived the rest of her life in Fayette Co. and Marion Co., Ill., the last few years being diseased in mind and body. Ben Doolen (Daniel Jr.'s son) relates that because of her mental condition she was held in great fear by many. She died at the home of her son, Daniel, Jr. (in Foster township, Marion Co.), about 1851 (maybe May 21; about 81 years old), and was buried at the Sandy Branch Cemetery, about 8 miles east of Patoka, Ill. (Marion Co.)

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  • Change Date: 30 AUG 2015

    Father: John DOOLEN b: ABT 1735 in Ireland
    Mother: Nancy DELANEY b: ABT 1737

    Marriage 1 Mary BRIDGES b: 1769 in NC
    • Married: ABT 1789 in Georgia
    1. Has Children William DOOLEN b: ABT 1790 in Georgia
    2. Has Children Jesse Isaac DOOLEN b: 9 DEC 1795 in Georgia
    3. Has Children Elizabeth DOOLEN b: ABT 1798 in KY
    4. Has Children Mary "Polly" DOOLEN b: ABT 1800 in KY
    5. Has No Children Martha "Mattie" DOOLEN b: ABT 1804 in KY
    6. Has Children Alfred Murray DOOLEN b: ABT 1806 in Kentucky
    7. Has Children Rachel Nancy DOOLEN b: ABT 1808 in Ky
    8. Has Children Daniel DOOLEN b: 13 MAY 1812 in KY
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