Name: Richard JOLLIFF
Birth: 11 JUL 1788 in Pa, prob Washington Co.
Death: 21 OCT 1833 in Washington Co, IL (age 45)
Burial: Grand Point Cem, Irvington, Washington Co, IL
Change Date: 17 FEB 2013
Named for his grandfather, Richard Jolliff.
Richard was about 2 years old when his parents moved from Pennsylvania to the Kentucky frontier in Fayette Co abt 1790. Then in 1798 they all moved to Barren County, Kentucky (at the time was part of Green Co).
Story about this move from gg-grandson, Frank Hiett Rhea:
When James Abner Jolliff and his first wife Elizabeth Norris of Lexington, Ky. had moved into what was known as the Green River county and settled near Glascow, Ky, which is the county seat of Barron Co., they had built a log cabin near Glascow in the fall of the year . It was not completely finished when they went after their furniture in Lexington, Ky with a wagon driven by an ox team. So they left 2 young boys, James, 8 years old & his brother Richard, 10 years old, with a hired man to stay with them while they went after their furniture. Their father had killed a deer and dressed and cured deer meat before he went after the furniture, so the hired man and 2 little boys could have deer meat to eat while they were gone. The cracks between the logs of the cabin were not filled in at the time until after they got back with the furniture--before real cold winter set in.
The hired man left the 2 young boys and didn't stay with them. He went to stay in a fort about 4 or 5 miles from there where a number of families were staying in the fort. (Guess he was afraid of Indians & went to stay in the fort.) The 2 young boys stayed by themselves for 3 weeks alone until their parents got back.
At one time there was a big, black bear came up to the cabin and he smelled the deer meat hanging over a rafter inside of the cabin. Both boys had their hunting knives and when the bear climbed up outside of the walls of the cabin with his feet between the cracks that was open & not filled in--he reached inside of the cabin with his paws through the cracks trying to get the deer meat. The little boys tried to stab the bear with their hutning knives, but it got away. They had a lot of courage and bravery for 3 weeks alone among all kinds of wild animals.
For his 21st birthday, his father gave him 225 acres of land on the Little Barren River.
Marriage bond signed Feb. 27, 1810. Married by Baptist minister, Thomas Skaggs, who failed to record the actual date of marriage.
He and his father James were on the 1810 census of Barren Co, KY.
Jolliff, Richard --
1 male 16-26 = Richard 22
1 female 16-26 = Rebecca (Hoover) 20
Sept 18, 1812 he volunteered to served in the company from his county in the War of 1812. The company went to Bushrow, Indiana, in search of Indians, but found none and Oct 30, they were discharged and sent home.
In the 1816 Barren Co, Ky tax record, Richard owned 7 horses.
In Oct. 1816 Richard & Rebecca moved to Orange Co., Indiana.
In 1817 Richard, Abner & Elijah moved to Ind., followed by Jahoda in 1819 and Catherine in 1821 (after their father's death). In 1824 all the Indiana Jolliffs (including Rachel from Kentucky) moved to the community around Irvington, IL, Richard's family settling on the Washington County side.
Richard was a farmer, a tanner, & owned a horse mill. He was in the IL state militia and was a 2nd Lieut. in 1833.
He and Rebecca were buried in the family plot near their home.
*Find A Grave Memorial# 83260154
Father: James JOLLIFF b: ABT 1753 in New Jersey
Mother: Elizabeth NORRIS b: ABT 1760 in prob Virginia
Rebecca HOOVER b: 15 OCT 1790
28 FEB 1810
in Green (now Barren) Co, Ky
- Elizabeth JOLLIFF b: 23 APR 1811 in Barren Co, Ky
- Martha "Patsy" JOLLIFF b: 27 NOV 1813 in Barren Co, Ky
- James E. JOLLIFF b: 18 NOV 1815 in Barren Co, Ky
- Aaron JOLLIFF b: 10 FEB 1818 in Indiana
- Abner Wilson JOLLIFF b: 20 OCT 1820 in Indiana
- Richard JOLLIFF b: 25 MAY 1823 in Orange Co, Indiana
- John Jacob JOLLIFF b: 5 FEB 1825 in Washington Co, IL