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Fewston Tavern Monticello, Kentucky

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Fewston Tavern Monticello, Kentucky


THE OLD FRENCH FEWSTON [Tavern]. J. T. Alexander Tavern is one of the older buildings of the town, the oldest building in town being a part of the John Marcum property on Short Street, which was the original post office of the town, built in about 1800. The courthouse was then located on the lot where T. M. Ragan's oil house stands, afterwards known as the old Stone stable. -Wayne County Outlook, August, 1938.

Ezekiel "French" Fewston Obit

Mr. Ezekiel French Fewston, aged 91 years, 10 months and 21 days, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Alexander in this city Sunday evening at 5 o'clock of senility. Mr Fewston was born in Virginia on March 1st, 1814. When he was a little over two years old his parents moved to this county and settled on Lower Beaver Creek, where he lived until about 40 years ago, when he moved to this city. Before moving here he had engaged in farming and distilling. After coming here he opened a tavern as he always called it and a blacksmith shop: in this way he accumulated considerable money and property. In his early manhood he was married to Miss Malissie Owens [sarah Malissa OWENS], who was a sister of Mrs. Mira Frost of this city. They were never blessed with any children. Mrs. Fewston died in August 1895, and was buried in Bethesda. "During the Civil War he moved to Stanford and lived and then to Jamestown where he lived a year; after the war he returned to this city and again opened his tavern. Twenty years ago he gave up tavern keeping and contracted with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Alexander to keep himself and wife during the remainder of their life, and faithfully have they kept their trust and fulfilled their obligation to the letter. For the past twelve months he has been as helpless as a babe. He died without a struggle or quiver of the muscles, he simply went to sleep. He has no relatives here, one nephew lives in this State and another in Tennessee. His remains were interred beside his wife at Bethesda Monday evening.
  • Note: Lower Beaver Creek is probably the long portion of it from where Otter Creek flowed into it until it flowed into the Cumberland River. A lot of this land is now owned by the Army Corp of Engineers, and a lot of these old homesteads are now under Lake Cumberland. - Charles Fueston
  • Note: One of his nieces Mary (Fueston) Hicks and her husband Simon ran a tavern on Otter Creek for many years. - Charles Fueston

Testimony from a Primary Source

The quote below comes from the History of the Fuson Family by Henry Harvey Fuson. Mr. Fuson and Mr. Tuttle made some assumptions that have proven to be incorrect. Ezekiel French Fuston was born in Virginia (probably near Wolf Creek in Giles County Virginia) in 1814, and the Fuston Family moved to Wayne County Kentucky in the Sumner on 1816. DNA testing indicate that the Fuston Family are not related to either of the Fuson Famlies that settled in Virginia (one from Wales the other from England). Charles Fueston

Mr. H.C. Cress, who was reared at Monticello, told me French Fewston lived there for many years and died there in 1900. I wrote to Mr. Tuttle, whom he suggested would know about him, and this confirmed. His letter follows: Monticello, Ky. December 21st, 1926. Dear Sir: The writer was intimately acquainted with Ezekial French Fewston who was a citizen of our town some forty or fifty years. He was a blacksmith and accumulated some two or three thousand dollars which he bequeathed to a very black thieving negro boy he raised, he having no children and his wife Malissa (nee Owens) having died before him. He was a son of Elizabeth Fuston who, as you mention, took up a tract of land in the lower part of Wayne County very long ago from which I infer he was born in this county. You will note that he spelled his name F-E-W-S-T-O-N which may or may not be a variation of your family name. The “Ezekial” and the “French” may or may not be family given names. There is a J.C. Fuson of Tidalwave, Ky., with whom I have some business relations, but with whom I am not acquainted. He comes from an adjoining county to Bell where you say your people came from and may be a relative of yours (yes, a first cousin and more. His mother was a sister to my mother and his father a cousin of my father. Yours truly, John W. Tuttle


A Century of Wayne County Kentucky, 1800-1900, by Augusta Phillips Johnson, 1939, Transcribed by Janice Rice, http://genealogytrails.com/ken/wayne/chapter_10.html

Obit of Ezekiel French Fewston, Wayne County Outlook, Monticello, Ky, Jan-25-1902

HISTORY OF THE FUSON FAMILY BY HENRY HARVEY FUSON ORIGINAL DATA COLLECTED IN THE FIELD FROM 1927-1936 LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, 120993 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~deeskindredkorner/Fuson%20Manuscript.html

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