This five generation photo was taken about 1920 – dated primarily using birth and death dates. The photo belongs to Mr. Richard Ward Webb, superintendent of Burgin Independent Schools – and my boss! Let’s start with the younger couple in the photo, Mr. Webb’s grandparents. Susie Ledford Ward (04 Jan 1895 – 21 Aug 1981) is holding baby Harold Ward, and her husband, Robert Harvey Ward (18 Feb 1894 – 17 Apr 1953), is standing on the opposite side of the photo. Susie’s father, Millard Filmore Ledford (19 Mar 1872 – 24 Feb 1939), stands beside her, and her mother, Rebecca Noe Ledford (03 Ma y1873 – 24 Mar 1926), stands beside Susie’s husband. The couple standing in the middle of the photo are Rebecca Noe Ledford’s parents – Michael Lane Noe (22 Feb 1850 – 17 Apr 1934) and Eliza Jane Day Noe (18 Apr 1856 – 29 Jun 1944). The older couple in the photo – sitting in the chairs – are Eliza Jane Day Noe’s parents – William B. Day (07 Jul 1833 – 03 Apr 1927) and Susannah Skidmore Day (18 Sep 1836 – 12 Sep 1924).
Mr. Webb has a very interesting piece of history within his family – as we all do! His great-great-grandfather, Michael Lane Noe, pictured above, lived in the old General Thomas Kennedy home in Paint Lick, Garrard County, Kentucky. This is the same Tom Kennedy that Harriet Beecher Stowe visited before writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It is said she based her book on what she saw at this plantation home. Tom Kennedy definitely ruled with an iron hand – and not only his slaves! He is said to have fought a duel in his front yard! He is buried in Manse Cemetery, in Paint Lick. I have visited the grave – it has been struck by lightning numerous times!