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St. Thomas Catholic Church, Nelson County, Kentucky

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St. Thomas Catholic Church in rural Nelson County, Kentucky, is a small church begun by Maryland emigrants to Kentucky at the end of the 18th century.  From the above picture you can see the church is beautiful – small, but quite beloved by its parishioners and visitors alike.  There are 16 stone tablets within the brick walkway, commemorating important dates in the history of the parish.

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  • C. 1787 Edward and Thomas Howard settle on Popular Neck of Beech Fork River.
  • C. 1795 Thomas and Ann Howard construct log house.
  • 1810 Thomas Howard wills farm to Catholic Church.
  • 1811 – 1869 St. Thomas Seminary operates.
  • Site of time capsule to be opened July 3, 2052, St. Thomas Church.
  • 1812 St. Thomas Parish is established.  Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth begins.
  • 1814 – 1822 First Nazareth School operates.
  • 1816 St. Thomas Church dedicated.
  • 1850 – 1889 St. Thomas Orphanage operates.
  • 1914 – 1931 St. Thomas Parish conducts schools (in log house)

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  • 1957 – 1998 St. Thomas Parish conducts school in brick building.
  • 1998 St. Thomas Parish embraces mission of lifelong formation and education.
  • 2002 re-dedication of St Thomas Church facility.
  • 2006 St. Thomas Church altar consecrated.  bishop Flaget log house dedicated.
  • 2008 St. Thomas Parish commemorates 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Louisville.
  • 2012 July 1 commemorates the bicentennial of St. Thomas Parish.  July 14 dedication of the Parish Life Center.

The cemetery is a mixture of old and new stones.

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James M. Norris, 1843 – 1925.  His wife, Mary F., 1842 – 1917

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Our Kate, daughter of H. A. and A. E. Miles, born November 20, 1858, died March 27, 1870

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Sacred to the memory of John Miles, born the 6th day of June 1773, died the 29th of July 1833.

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To the memory of John M. Vowels who was born 3rd August 1812 and died June 7th 1817.

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To the memory of Margaret Abell who died January 1818, aged 59 years.  This tribute is inscribed by her children.

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Henry Greenwell, born April 10, 1837, died February 27, 1891

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  1. In 1900 cencus of the school, my father is listed among the children. William Mattingly. Nelson County Ky.

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