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Richard R. Coomes

Male 1812 - 1887  (74 years)

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  1. 1.  Richard R. Coomes was born 1 Apr 1812, Nelson, Kentucky; died 20 Feb 1887, Knottsville, Daviess, Kentucky.



    In January of 1886, Richard R Coomes wrote and mailed the following letter to Webb (Beaven, Blandford, etc by Sister Donnelly):

    Hon. B.J. Webb: as some of St Raphaels congreation appear to show some dissatisfaction of the short and, in truth, unjust reference to said congregation, I feel bound to give some items concerning it.

    The facts concerning its settlement are these. In 1834 a man well known about Holy Cross as Little Willie Hayden, son of Basil Hayden sold his farm near the church and came to Daviess [County] to look for better situations for himself and boys. With him came his brother, Lewis Hayden, and selected lands adjoining the St. Raphael farm Willie agreeing to purchase 1500 acres in a body, adjoin in the 200 acres that he had selected for the church & Lewis, a like amount adjoining it in the neighborhood, if Wm R Griffith would donate the 200 acres to the church. He, Griffith, willingly gave the 200 acres and by doing so made sale of the 3,000 to the 2 brothers and made a start in the sale of a great deal of land that he owned in that part of the county both benefitting himself, the Hayden brothers, and the Catholic Church. The lands around St Raphaels' are good & now well settled up by prosperous farmers. The above purchase was made in 1833 or 4. There was not at the time a Catholic living nearer than Owensboro.

    Little Willie's family came 1835 as the first settlers in St Alphonso's congregation, his house the first and only station for church until the first log church was built in 1844 and he the principal head and front of Catholic affairs so long as he was able to get about. He died December 6, 1867, aged 82 years. There was another William Hayden who settled near St Raphaels but moved within the bounds of St Alfonsus before 1840.

    In 1841 when I moved within the bounds of the then St Raphaels, now St Martin's, there was living in the St Raphael's congregation Randall Blandford, William Sims, Reson Cravens, John Livers, Charles Clayton, John Hayden, John Mattingly, Sylvester Hayden, James M Hayden, Phillip Hayden's widow and family, Thadius Coomes, and others whose names I can't now recall. But this I can say, that after 1845, by marriages and imigration the county filled up very fast so that it was soon necessary to build the church of St Alfonso within seven miles of St Raphael's and a few years thereafter that of St Martin's both principally within the original boundry of St Raphael's all of which may be said to be a fairly prosperous farming country so that the Hayden purchase gave to the Catholics of Kentucky a chance for homes without having to go so far west, and as a general thing, to do better nearer home, not that I am opposed to going West by any means, some of my own brothers & a sister went and did better.

    I hope this will give you a better idea of the St Raphael country. 

    Richard married Julia Ann Derickson 1835, Kentucky. Julia was born Abt 1811, Tennessee; died 8 May 1885, Kentucky. [Group Sheet]

    1. Robert Richard Coomes was born 23 Jun 1837, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; died 8 Sep 1921, Grayson, Carter, Kentucky.

Generation: 2