Andrew Jackson Shryock



Andrew Jackson Shryock
   known as ... Jack
                                born: November 29, 1819
        Woodford County, Kentucky
died: December 15, 1900
        Woodford County, Kentucky


Married: Julia Ann Southrtland
              December 28, 1842
                                born: March 6, 1826
died: January 22, 1905


      Andrew Jackson Shryock, son of William Shryock, was born in Woodford County, Kentucky in the community of Mortonsville.  It is unclear, but seems likely that he lived in Mortonsville with his family until his marriage in 1842 at age 23.  Not much is known about Jack's early manhood years.  It is known, however that at some point between 1830 to 1849 Jack moved to the town of Versailles, most likely upon his marriage to Julia Ann.

      On December 28, 1842 Jack and Julia Ann Sutherland were married in Versailles.  They were married by C.J. Smith according to Woodford County records.  As nearly as can be determined, Jack and Julia had twelve children.

      According to the census records of 1850 Jack and Julia lived next door to his brother, William.  Since Jack and William were the only boys in a rather large family, it is no surprise that they were close.  The two brothers formed a business partnership through which they engaged in several business ventures.  Their firm, named A.J. & W. Shryock was, over the course of some 10 to 15 years engaged in several different business ventures, including hemp rope manufacturing and grocery retailing.  Their homes and one of two hemp rope factories, or "rope walks" were located in Versailles on land that is currently and has been for over 100 years occupied by The Cleveland House, an orphanage.  This land is situated on a hill to the north of and overlooking the city park in Versailles.

      One of the businesses in which Jack ( or A.J. as he was referred to in all of the legal documents of the day ) and William were engaged was the grocery business.  According to county records the store was located on Washington Street ( now Main Street ).  They owned one male slave named Will that apparently was used in and about the grocery store.  A map of the city of Versailles from 1877 is reproduced a few pages further which helps to provide an understanding of what the city was like during the period when A.J. and Julia lived there

      It seems as though the brothers' business prowess failed them in the 1850's.  From deed transfer records on file in the Woodford County Courthouse, the majority of their real estate holdings were sold in the late 1850's, some of which were transferred directly to satisfy debts.

      A reproduction of the original mortgage foreclosure and its typed translation indicate that the firm of A.J. & W. Shryock and Jack and William personally lost everything that they owned.  This was a severe blow to William who began to drink heavily after their loss m.  This document records the transfer of the grocery store and both of the rope factories.  The second document and typed translation record the loss of Jack's house and its contents.

      Up until the mid 1800's, virtually the only material from which rope was manufactured was hemp ( cannabis sativa ).  Being grown locally, the brothers had an abundant local supply for their manufacturing.  The hemp was bought from the local farmers on consignment at the going rate of $15 per hundred weight, fabricated into rope, and sold.  The proceeds from the sale would provide the cash to pay the farmers as well as cover the cost of manufacturing.  This worked well as long as the market for their finished rope remained strong.  However, in 1854 manila hemp was being introduced to the United States with great success.  With the preference of the local markets shifting to rope made of the manila hemp, the price of the locally grown hemp and the rope made from it fell dramatically.  Having actually purchased or committed to purchase great quantities of the locally grown hemp, the brothers were caught by the drop in price and fell some $80,000 in debt ( a huge sum of money in the 1850's ).m  The brothers struggled with this debt for almost four years, but were never able to recover from such a burden.

      It seems as though the majority of the assets of A.J. & W. Shryock, as well as those of Andrew Jackson Shryock and William Shryock were formally lost with the deed transfers mentioned above in April 1858.  Although the exact circumstances under which their losses were incurred are unknown, some information concerning the gentlemen to whom the property was titled has been uncovered.  In the 1850 Federal census of Woodford County, Kentucky a J.S. Minary, age 30, a carpenter by trade and Carey Worstell, age 29, a manufacturer by trade are listed.  They would have been roughly the same age as Andrew Jackson Shryock in April 1858.  It seems certain that these were the two receivers of the property, listed on the deed transfer documents as C.A. Worstell and John Minary.  Unfortunately, it is unknown whether Messrs, Minary and Worstell personally received title to the property ( possibly in settlement of debt for work or other goods ) or if they were simply acting as trustees of the court, receiving the property in a court ordered liquidation.

      The events following the financial collapse of A.J. & W. Shryock are unclear.  It seems as though Jack and Julia moved their family to Milner, a small community about 7 miles west of Versailles.  At the time there were very few residents in that part of the county.  It is said that the community would have been named Shryock but people had difficulty pronouncing the name.m  They owned a log house "across the pike" or road from the train depot in Milner.  They apparently also owned and operated another hemp rope factory or "rope walk" adjacent to their home.  According to some sources n Jack had bought this house and rope walk in 1835.  Although no record of such a transaction exists in the Woodford County records, it would explain the mention of multiple hemp rope factories.  However, it would not seem likely that he would have been able to retain this property through his financial downfall in the late 1850's.  Maps of the county from 1877 do show the presence of the Shryock home and hemp rope factory in Milner.  The census of 1870 ( June 28, 1870 ) also lists Jack's occupation as "hemp manufactory".

      The Shryock home in Milner was a log house.  It was occupied by descendants of A.J. and Julia until the late 1920's when Rousseau's (their son ) widow Hattie moved to Versailles.

      She had rented the old home place to another family, but before they could move it burned to the ground along with the train station next door on the night of February 9, 1928.

      Andrew Jackson Shryock, Jr, ( known as Andrew ) fell in love with Frances Carter, sister of Louise Carter, the wife of Charley Shryock, Andrew's brother.  However, she shunned Andrew and married a man from the Alien family.  Andrew, distraught over losing Frances took his own life by shooting himself to death in "Dead Man's Hollow" near Milner in 1879.




City of Versailles, Kentucky
Circa 1877




Andrew Jackson and Julia Shryock




Western Woodford County, Kentucky, Circa 1877
showing location of Shryock home and "hemp factory"
along the Versailles and Shryock's Ferry Pike



  

Grave stones of Andrew Jackson and Julia Ann Shryock
Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Kentucky



This is believed to be a picture of Andrew Jackson Shryock's
brother and business partner, William.



Mortgage Record for the Loss of
Hemp Rope Factory and Grocery Store
A.J. & W. Shryock


Woodford County Kentucky



Mortgage Record for the Loss of
Hemp Rope Factory and Grocery Store
A.J. & W. Shryock


Woodford County, Kentucky




Typed Translation of the
Mortgage Record for the Loss of
Hemp Rope Factory and Grocery Store

A.J. & W. Shryock


Woodford County, Kentucky

      In consideration of one dollar to us in hand paid by John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged and for the further consideration herein after expressed we A.J. Shryock and William Shryock, a firm under the style name of A.J. & W. Shryock, have this day granted bargained and sold and by these presents do sell and convey & assign unto said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell all the goods, wares, merchandise, and groceries now in their grocery store on Washington Street in the town of Versailles, and all the notes and accounts, debts, dues and demands due or to become due to said A.J. & W. Shryock, either for groceries or any other thing, also one negro slave named Will, also all the Bagging and rope and twine and hemp on hand including all at the factory of William Shryock, as well as all at the factory of A.J. Shryock in the town of Versailles, and all the hemp belonging or owing to us where ever the same may be, and also all the Bagging and rope and twine belonging to us in the city of Louisville or elsewhere; also the machinery at the factory of both A.J. Shryock and William Shryock, and all other property belonging to or due to A.J. & W. Shryock, to have and to hold the property, rights debts, claims, and demands hereby sold, transferred and assigned to said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell, in Trust however for the purpose of paying off and discharging in full if sufficient for that purpose all the debts and liabilities of the said A.J. & W. Shryock equally, and if not sufficient to pay them in full, then to pay all their debts an equal prorata.  And the said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell are to take possession of the property, claims and demands hereby sold and assigned and convert the same into money as speedily as possible and after paying the costs and expenses of this trust, to pay the said debts as herein before directed, and act in the premises for the benefit of the creditors of said A.J. & W. Shryock.  In testimony whereof the said A.J. & W. Shryock ( and the said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell the last two of whom accept the trust hereby reposed ) have hereunto set their hands this the 2nd day of April 1858.

  ( A.J.& W. Shryock )
( A.J. Shryock )
( W. Shryock )
( C.A. Worstell )
( John Minary )


Mortgage Record for the Loss of
Andrew Jackson Shryock's Home


Woodford County, Kentucky




Typed Translation of the
Mortgage Record for the Loss of
Andrew Jackson Shryock's Home

Woodford County, Kentucky

In consideration of one dollar to me in hand paid by John S. Minary & C.A. Worstell, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and the further consideration herein after expressed, I, A.J. Shryock have this day granted, sold and conveyed and assigned and by these presents do sell, assign and convey unto said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell a certain house and lot or lots situated in the town of Versailles Kentucky being the same owned and occupied by said A.J. Shryock, together with all the buildings and appurtenances belonging to the same, including the rope and bagging factory situated thereon, also one buggy and the household furniture and other property belonging to said A.J. Shryock, except such as is exempt by law from execution, and all the debts and claims due or to become due to said A.J. Shryock whether by note or otherwise.  To have and to hold the property debts and claims hereby sold conveyed and assigned to the said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell in Trust however for the purpose of paying off and discharging in full if sufficient for that purpose all the debts and liabilities of the said A.J. Shryock whether as an individual or as a member of the firm A.J. & W. Shryock and if not sufficient for that purpose then to pay said debts prorata equally.  And the said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell are to take possession of the property and claims hereby conveyed and assigned, and convert the same into money and pay the said debts as herein before indicated, after paying the costs and charges of this Trust.  And to act in the premises for the benefit of those whose debts are hereby directed to be paid.  In testimony whereof the said A.J. Shryock ( and the said John S. Minary and C.A. Worstell, the last two of whom hereby accept the trust herein reposed ) have hereto set their hands this 2nd day of April 1858.

  ( A.J. Shryock )
( C.A. Worstell )
( John Minary )


Setelement of the Estate of
Julia Ann Shryock


Woodford County, Kentucky





Setelement of the Estate of
Julia Ann Shryock


Woodford County, Kentucky



Setelement of the Estate of
Julia Ann Shryock


Woodford County, Kentucky



Typed Translation of the
Estate Settelement Documents of
Julia Ann Shryock

Assets


Woodford County, Kentucky

Property of Julia Ann Shryock, decd.

      Property appraised by G.L. Bartlett and John Downey

1       wardrobe 3     00
1 kettle   25
1 table 1 50
5 chairs 2 00
1 rocker 1 00
1 knife 2 00
1 stand table   50
1 trunk 1 00
1 cherry b stand 5 00
1 stained ? 1 00
1 lounge   25
1 bureau 2 50
1 sausage grinder   25
1 washing machine 2 00
1 5 gal jar   30
1 large dish 1 00
1 wringer   10
1 carpet 3 00
1 bed bolster & 2 pillows          25
1 straw tick   25
3 comforts 3 75
2 comforts 1 50
2 blankets 1 50
2 quilts 1 50
1 linen sheet 1 00
1 table cloth   25



Typed Translation of the
Estate Settelement Documents of
Julia Ann Shryock

Sale of Assets


Woodford County, Kentucky

Apr 1 = 1905

Saile Bill of Julie A. Shryock


              M H Shryock 2 comforts 1.50
                    " 1 comfort 1.25
                    " 1 blanket .75
                    " 1 conford 1.25
                    " sausag grinder 25
                    " bed tisk .25
                    " bed sted 3.4
                    " county pin 1.00
                    " 1 quilt .50
                    " bed sted .25
                    " 1 table .55
              R Shryock 1 wardrobe 3.00
                    " picture frame .20
                    " 1 kettle .25
                    " 1 carpet 3.00
                    " carpet rags 1.00
                    " chair 30    bed 35 .65
              W.C. Shryock 1 beaurow 2.50
                    " 1 large dish 1.00
                    " 1 quilt .75
              Mary Bell Morton safe 2.00
                    " washing masheene 2.00
                    " fethers .75
                    " 1 rocker 1.00
                    " stand table .30
                    " sheet .45
                    " blanket .75
                    " comford 1.25
              Charles Shryock 5 chairs 2.00
                    " trunk 1.00
                    " table cloth .25
              Russel Railey 1 cow & calf 35.00
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78.05


Typed Translation of the
Estate Settelement Documents of
Julia Ann Shryock

Final Settlement


Woodford County, Kentucky

Final Settelment of
W.C. Shryock admr of Mrs Julia Shryock

      1905

Debits

March 16       To amt on deposit in Bank of J Anderson & Co.       $ 130.00
Apr 4 To amt on sale of personalty 78.05
   " To amt collected of R. Shryock on rent 9.05
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$ 217.10

Credits

Mar 17 By amt paid W S Taylor & Son $ 100.00
Apr 26 By amt paid W S Taylor & Son 72.75
Nov 16 By amt paid A Sublett & WC tax 2.65
   " By 5% commissioners retained 10.85
   " By amt paid Lou Burke for headstones 25.15
   " By amt paid R H Gray clerk 4.70
   " By amt paid Jas T Wilhort Judge 1.00
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$ 217.10

Recapitulation

Total debts $ 217.10
   "   credits $ 217.10


      I Jas T Wilhort, Judge of the Woodford County Court certify that I have this day examined the accounts of W C Shryock admr of Mrs Julia Shryock and find them as above stated
All of which is approved

  November 16 - 1905
( Jas T Wilhort J W C )




Family of Andrew Jackson and Julia Ann Shryock
In Order by Age - Oldest First

  Marshall Hurst Shryock b. August 6, 1847 d. March 17, 1921
  Charley Shryock b. ? d. ?
  Woodford County Shryock b. February 25, 1853 d. August 8, 1951
  Andrew Jackson Shryock, Jr.         b. August 24, 1855 d. June 25, 1879
  Thomas Shryock b. ? d. ?
  James Dudley Shryock b. December 15, 1859         d. June 3, 1940
  Rousseau Daniel Shryock b. ? d. ?
  Benjamin Shryock b. July 28, 1864 d. Sept. 26, 1892
  Mary Bell Shryock ( Oliver )
( Martin )
b. ? d. ?
  Tipton Shryock b. April 23, 1870 d. August 30, 1897
*   Julia Shryock ( Martin ) b. ? d. ?
Alice Shryock ( Young )
( Carter )
b. d.




                  *  - No records are available for proper order/age placement.



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