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John Speed

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States
Death: March 30, 1840 (67)
Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Speed and Mary Speed
Husband of Abby Speed and Lucy Gilmer Speed
Father of James Speed; Mary Speed; Eliza Speed; Lucy Fry Breckenridge (Speed); Thomas Speed and 9 others
Brother of Hon. Thomas Speed; Mary Spencer Smith; Elizabeth Rankin and Henry Speed
Half brother of John Speed

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About Judge John Speed

JUDGE JOHN SPEED, b. 17th May, 1772; d. 3oth March, 1840. Served in War against Indians 1791; was early in life a merchant and salt manufacturer at the licks near Shepherdsville, Kentucky; was judge of Quarter Sessions Court, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Although a slaveholder, was an Emancipationist. He was admired and respected by all who knew him, including Rev. James Freeman CLARK, who eulogizes him in his "Recollections." Judge John SPEED owned a handsome estate of the celebrated "Beargrass" land near Louisville, upon which he built a large house of the old Colonial style of architecture which he called "Farmington" and where was dispensed lavish hospitality; in. (firstly) Abby LEMASTER, who d. ist July, 1807; in. (secondly) 15th November, 18o8, in Mercer County, Kentucky, Lucy Gilmer FRY, b. in Albemarle County, Virginia, 23d March, 1788, d. 27th January, 1874, dau. of Joshua and Peachy (WALKER) FRY. Joshua FRY, b. circa 1760, was a soldier in the War of the Revolution at 14, and was at Cornwallis' surrender. He received the best classical education and had a decided taste for scholarly pursuits. He inherited a large estate and in 1798 left Virginia for Ken- tucky with his family and settled at Danville and became the owner of very large tracts of fine land. His tastes led him to teaching and he became the most noted educator in Kentucky. Being a man of large means, he would never receive com- pensation for teaching and gave instruction to hundreds of pupils gratuitously. In the published biographical sketches of many of the most prominent Kentuckians, the fact of being educated by Joshua FRY is especially mentioned. His father was Col. John FRY who commanded the Virginia troops in the early colonial wars, and was a Member of the House of Burgesses 1761 to 1764. His mother was Sarah ADAMS, dau. of Ebenezer ADAMS, of New Kent County, Virginia. The father of Col. John FRY (See Adams line, p. 8) was Col. Joshua FRY. Col. Joshua FRY was educated at Oxford, England, emigrated to Virginia previous to 1710, during which year he was vestryman Essex Parish, Virginia, Magistrate Essex County, Virginia, 1710-1720; here he in. Mrs. Mary Micou Hill, of Hugenot descent; Master of Grammar School William and Mary College, 1729; Professor of Natural Philoso- phy and Mathematics at William and Mary College, 1732 to 1737; Presiding Justice, Surveyor and County Lieutenant for Albemarle County, Virginia, at its forma- tion, February 28th, 1745. Together with his intimate friend Peter JEFFERSON (father of Thomas JEFFERSON) he was Commissioner in 1745-1749 of the Crown in marking boundary lines between Virginia and North Carolina. Joint author of FRY and JEFFERSON's map of Virginia in 1749; Commissioner for Crown at Treaty of Logstown (near Pittsburg) with six Nation Indians in 1752; Member of House of Burgesses, 1745-1754, and Council; commissioned 25th February, 1754, by Governor DINwmDIE as Colonel and Commander-in-Chief of the Virginia forces

ISSUE OF JUDGE JOHN AND ABBY (LEMASTER) SPEED I. James, d. in infancy. Ii. James, d. in infancy. ni. Mary, who lived to an advanced age; d. unmarried. iv. Eliza, d. unmarried.


I. Thomas, b. 15th September, 18o9; d. 12th July, 1812. n. Lucy Fry, b. 26th February, 1811; in. James D. BRECKINRIDGE; no issue. ni. James, b. 11th March, 1812; d. 25th June, 1887; Attorney-General, LINCOLN'S Cabinet; in. , 1841, Jane COCHRAN; issue, six boys. iv. Peachy Walker, b. 4th May, 1813; d. 18th January, 18g1; in. Austin PEAY. v. Joshua Fry, b. 14th November, 1814; d. 29th May, 1882; M. 15th Febru- ary, 1842, Fannie HENNING; no issue. vi. William Pope, b. 26th April, 1816; d. in Boonville, Missouri, 28th June, 1863, married.

ISSUE I. Margaret D. Phillips; no issue. 2. Mary Ellen Shallcross; had issue. 3. Ardell Hutchinson; had issue.

vu. Susan Fry, b. 3oth September, 1817; m. 5th June, 1838, B. O. DAVIS; had issue. VIII. Philip, a Major in Union Army, Civil War, b. 12th April, 1818; d. 1st November, 1882; in. Emma KEATS, a niece of the poet John KEATS; had issue. Ix. John Smith, b. 1st January, 1812; d. 26th October, 1886; in. (firstly) Elizabeth WuLIAmsoN, no issue; in. (secondly) Susan PHILLIPS; had issue. x. Martha Bell, b. 8th September, 1822; d. 31st March, 19o3; in. 6th Octo- ber, 1846, Thomas ADAMS, b. 15th June, 1816, d. 1st July, 1858 (see Adams Line, page 8, this book); had issue. xI. Ann Pope, b. 5th November, 1831; d. 9th October, 1838. Arms.-Gules on a chief or, two swallows, wing expanded ppr. Crest.-A swallow, wings expanded ppr.

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Judge John Speed's Timeline

May 17, 1772
Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States
Age 26
Age 29
Age 31
September 15, 1809
Age 37
February 26, 1811
Age 38
Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
March 11, 1812
Age 39
Louisville, Jefferson, KY, USA
May 4, 1813
Age 40
November 14, 1814
Age 42