My Doolen line:

1st generation:  Daniel Doolen, born about 1765, Ireland; emigrated about 1785; lived in Georgia & Kentucky; married Mary Bridges

2nd generation:  Rev. Jesse Doolen, born 1796, Georgia; lived in Kentucky & Illinois; married Rachael Bone

3rd generation:  Alfred Murray Doolen, born 1825, Kentucky; lived in Illinois; married Mary Ann Pruett

4th generation:  Amanda Doolen, born 1853, Illinois; lived in Texas & Missouri; married Jeremiah Lindesmith; d Missouri (picture)

Daniel Doolen

American Immigrant

1st generation

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DANIEL DOOLEN was born about 1765 in Ireland.  We don't know where the family came from. Maybe they came from Doolin, Clare County, Ireland.  There is a Doolin castle there, however, the castle maybe just named for the area.

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.

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.  [The 1800 census shows: John Doolin in Logan Co, Ky; George, James & Thomas Doolen in Lincoln Co, Ky.] 

In 1800 Daniel "Dulan" was in Ohio Co., Ky (which was later Butler Co.)  In 1810 they were in Butler Co., Ky., then later moved to McCracken Co., Ky.  His brother, William was in Butler Co in the 1830s and in McCracken Co in the mid 1840s.

Daniel and his oldest son, William served in the War of 1812 (probably under Gov. Shelby of Kentucky).  After the War they returned home (or moved) to McCracken Co., where Daniel became the holder of many slaves and was a slave trader.  He lived here until he died of paralysis about 1829 in Mayfield, Ky.  He was buried beside a daughter and William, who preceded him in death.  (Rather than living in Mayfield, Ky, he might have lived somewhere on Mayfield Creek, which ran from Mayfield NW to the Mississippi River at about Wickliffe, abt 7 miles south of Barlow.) 

(Map at left shows the western end of Kentucky with Mayfield by a red dot in the middle. Murray is about 20 miles away. One of his sons was named Murray.)

“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 Hickman and McCracken” [from Kentucky Encyclopedia, by Kleber]. (Barlow City is about 30 miles NW of Mayfield.)

    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.)  

Children: (unsure of order)

1. William Doolen

William was born in Georgia about 1790. He married Sarah Vickery, July 26, 1814 in McCracken Co., Ky.  He served in the War of 1812 with his father and died in McCracken Co., Ky before 1830–buried in Mayfield, Ky.    In 1830 Sarah was in Fayette Co., Ill. with the other Doolens. Sarah married 2nd to Jonathan Green (Jan. 12, 1834, Fayette Co., IL). Children:

......1a)     James Doolen, was in the Confederate Army in Texas; became a judge in Coddle Co., Texas

2. Jesse Doolen (my ancestor)

Jesse was born in Georgia, Dec. 9, 1796 (one family history says he was the third child). He married Rachael Bone about 1820 in Ky.  In 1836 Jesse & Daniel Jr. settled in Foster township near the North Fork creek (Marion Co.)–probably right after Daniel married. Jesse latter married Mrs. Bullock & Mrs. Bett Holt (no children). Died July 28, 1865–buried with mother at Sandy Branch Cemetery, Marion Co., Ill.  9 Children (see next generation):                   

......2a)     William Doolen, b 1820, Ill.; m Sarah "Sallie" Foster,  2-27-1840; d Texarkana, Navarro Co., Tx, 1865 

......2b)     Daniel James Doolen, b 1823, Ky; m Jency Ann Whiteside, Mar. 11, 1841 (or Feb 27);  Children: Samuel, Rachael, Jesse

......2c)     Alfred Murray Doolen, b 8-9-1825, McCracken Co., Ky.; m 11-9-1843 to Mary Ann Pruett; d 1888, Marion Co., Ill.

......2d)     Mary Ann Doolen, b 1827; m John Foster, 8-15-1849; d 1891

......2e)     Jesse Doolen, b 1838, Ill (youngest); m abt. 1860

3. Elizabeth Doolen

Nancy was born about 1798, Ky; married Anderson  Helms, July 30, 1829. 

4. Mary "Polly" Doolen

"Polly" was born about 1800; married William Johnson, May 26, 1836; died 1863, Fayette Co., IL

......4a)  Tom Johnson

5. Rachel Doolen

Rachel was born about 1802, Ky; married ?  Belew; died in Ky.

6. Martha "Mattie" Doolen

Martha "Mattie" was born about 1804, Ky; married James N. Brown

7. Alfred Murray Doolen

Alfred Murray was born in Kentucky about 1805/6 (named for his grandmother, Elizabeth Murray); married Mary Ann Ginger, July 3, 1829, Fayette Co., IL.  In 1830 they were in Fayette Co, Ill.; then in 1840 & 1850 in Marion Co, Ill near other Doolens. They moved to Macon Co., Ill.  Murray died Nov. 15, 1851/2 in Marion Co., IL. Children (probably all born in Fayette Co., IL):

......7a)   Mary Jane Doolen, born 1830, IL; married William S. White, Aug. 3, 1853

......7b)   William Henry Doolen, born Nov 6, 1833, Hickory Creek, Fayette Co., IL; married Nancy Jane White, July 15, 1854; was in the Civil War with brother James; died Jan 21, 1906, Lincoln, IL    

......7c)   John Wesley Doolen, born 1834, IL

......7d)   Elizabeth Doolen, born abt 1835, IL

......7e)   Jesse Doolen, (named for his uncle Jesse Doolen) born 1838, IL; married Martha/Mary Dixon, Mar 13, 1860; died Aug. 1, 1863, Christian Co., IL

......7f)    Daniel James Doolen, born 1839/40, IL; married Zarah Mahala White, Jan. 1, 1866; was in the Civil War with brother Henry

......7d)   Thomas P. Doolen, born May 14, 1841, IL; married 1st Eliza McQuality (Mar 24, 1860) & 2nd Anna Flora (Sept 30, 1860, Brown Co., IN); died Oct. 28, 1915, Macon, IL; Civil War, Co K, 152 Ill. Inf.

......7g)   Caroline Doolen, born 1842, IL; died before 1860

......7h)   Alfred Murray Doolen, born Dec. 12, 1844, IL; married 1st Mary Josephine Dickson (probably a full Cherokee Indian) & 2nd Ellen Meaders Stafford (Nov. 18, 1891, Hickory Co., Mo); was in the Civil War, 32nd Ill. Inf.; died Oct. 13, 1920, Coyle, OK;  buried Lincoln Co., Ok., in Oak Grove Cemetery. Oklahoma was still a territory when the Doolens settled in Oak Grove and Stroud area. Alfred Murray & Mary Josephine Dickson (Dixson) had five daughters: Florence, Carrie Etta, Millicent, twin girls Maude and Minnie.

......7i)    Josiah Doolen, b 1845, Ill.; married Sarah Elizabeth Flora (Dec. 21, 1873); was in Civil War, 32nd Ill. Inf.; died Mar 25, 1907, Macon, IL

......7j)    Samuel Fletcher Doolen, b 1847, IL; died Decatur, IL

......7k)   George Washington Doolen, born about 1850

8. Nancy Doolen

Nancy was born about 1808 in Kentucky.  She married David Bellew

9. baby Doolen

#8 or maybe #2?–(name unknown), born about 1809, Ky; died Mayfield, Ky.

10. Daniel Doolen, Jr.

DANIEL was born in Kentucky May 13, 1812.  He married Elizabeth Mahon, July 28(or 18), 1836, Fayette Co., IL.  (She was born in 1817, Va.; died 1889). In 1836 Jesse & Daniel Jr. settled in Foster township near the North Fork creek (Marion Co.)–probably right after Daniel married. He was a farmer, auctioneer, and justice of the peace. In 1840 & 1850 in Marion Co, Ill. Daniel died Sept. 9, 1877–both buried Doolen- North Fork Cemetery, Foster twp, Marion Co., IL. Children (all born Marion Co., IL):

......9a)  Martha Doolen, born Aug. 13, 1837, Ill., married Feb. 23, 1854 to John Barbe Morgan (1829-1913, son of John Deskin Morgan); died July 13, 1900; buried North Fork Cem.

......9b)  Dolly Doolen, born Feb. 10,  1839, Ill.; married William Chance, Feb. 15, 1857; died Oct. 10, 1923

......9c)  Lucinda Doolen, born Jan. 26, 1841, Ill. ; married Fletcher Arnold (1860) & John Wall (1867); died May 27, 1911.

......9d)  Benjamin Doolen, born Feb. 23, 1843, Ill.; married Laura Ann Jakes, Sept. 30, 1860; died Mar. 1, 1926; buried North Fork Cem.

......9e)  John Wesley Doolen, born Feb. 21, 1845, Ill.; married Martha Robb, Nov. 2, 1865; died Dec. 9, 1916

......9f)  Mary Doolen, born Nov. 3, 1847, Ill.; married Andrew Foster, Oct. 4, 1866;

......9g)  George W. Doolen, born Jan. 26, 1850, Ill.; married Sophia Swearinger, Aug. 9, 1877; died July 6, 1881, Navarro Co., Tx.

......9h)  Susan Doolen, born May 22, 1852; married John Bennight, June 16, 1869; died Feb. 17, 1924

......9i)  James Daniel Doolen, born Sept 3, 1854;  died Oct. 11, 1854 (age 1 month)–buried North Fork Cemetery.

......9j)  Elizabeth Frances "Fannie" Doolen, born Sept, 1855; married Franklin Lowe, Dec. 7, 1871; died 1940

......9k)  Isham W. Doolen, born Mar. 20, 1858; married Rose Arnold, Oct. 4, 1877; died 1836, Vernon, IL

......9l)  Emily H. Doolen, born Jan. 19, 1861; died Aug. 23, 1866 (age 5 yrs.); buried North Fork Cemetery

......9m) Clara Doolen, born Dec. 22, 1865; married Henry Augustus “Bub” Hopkins, Feb. 13, 1884 


Doolin Castle in Ireland