recorded by Strange N. Cragun, Lebanon Indiana
My name is Elizabeth [Booher] Parrigan and I was the youngest Daughter of John Booher. I was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee 11 Jan 1797, and if I live till my next birthday I will be one hundred and five years old. We moved to four miles of Bristol, Tennessee when I was nineteen years old from Washington County, Virginia, Abington being the county seat
We moved to Clinton Coutny Ky , one mile form where we now live 17 Oct 1858. I was married on 10 Aug, 1821, at the age of 24 in Washington County, Virginia, to Henry Parrigan. . .
My father John Booher was of German Parentage. My Grandfather came form Germany to Pennsylvania but my father and mother were born in this country.
My grandparents died when I was a child and my father went back to get his legacy when I was about 10 years old. Martin was my father's brother. My Father had 10 children, eight sons and two daughters. They were Jacob, Mary "Polly", William, Benjamin, Jehu (died in infancy), John, Frederick, Twins Isaac and Henry and Elizabeth.
Jacob [Booher] lives in Tennessee until 1833 when he moved to Indiana and located near Darlington. His children were: William M., Mike, Elizabeth, Gurdianus, ( Curtis), Samuel, John M., Ambrose, Johnathan M., Jacob Jr. Mehala, Benjamin, Lucinda, Catherine, and Leander.
Mary ( Polly) [Booher] lived in Tennessee and had 13 children, her husband was John Booher and her cousin. The names of the children were: Franklin, Daniel, Rebecca, Peter, Samuel, John, Eleas, Jacob and Mary twins, Barbara, Eli, Elizabeth, and Lydia.
William [Booher] had 9 children, 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived and died within 4 miles of Kingsport, Tennessee. The names of the children were: Lucinda, Nancy, John, Adelaine, and Mary ( Polly). One boy died in infancy and the names of the younger girls I can not remember. Olivia was her name.
Benjamin [Booher] had 9 children, 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived and died in Sullivan County, Tennessee. The names of the children were: John, Martin, Katherine, Sarah, James, Nancy, Esther, Leah, and Abraham. At last count only James and Esther were living.
John [Booher] had 13 children: Benjamin, Jacob, William, Nathan, Nathaniel, Samuel, died in infancy, Mary, Margaret, Isaac, Elkanah, Catherine, Johnathan A., and Sylvanus. He migrated to Indiana.
Franklin [Booher] lived and died in Virginia. He was the father of 17 children, 9 sons and 8 daughters. One son died in infancy but the other children grew to manhood and womanhood. Their names were: Fredrick, Samuel, James, John , William, Curtis, Jacob, Benjamin, Eliza Ann, Frankie, Elizabeth, Mary, Rachel, Melinda, Margaret, and Catherine. Joseph died in infancy of whooping cough.
Isaac [Booher] had 10 children, 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived and died in Virginia after raising 6 children. Their names were: Macage, Lydia, Loesin, Susan, Catherine, Isaac, died in infancy, three children were born dead.
Henry [Booher], when a child just able to walk, fell and bit his tongue in two and never talked plain. He never married but lived to be about 30 years old, and died in Virginia.
John died in infancy.
Elizabeth, that is my name and I have told you about myself.