This has been a week of vacation and Ritchey and I have tried to make the most of it – genealogy-wise! Wednesday we went on a genealogy/geocache expedition. Surprisingly enough, Ritchey found several great cemeteries – that were not on my map – through geocaches! We started at the Versailles city cemetery in Woodford County (a beautiful cemetery with lovely, old trees) then on to Pisgah Presbyterian Cemetery out in the county where we found many Revolutionary War soldiers buried! It was on to Lexington, Fayette County, for lunch at Coffee Times – olive nut sandwich, a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea and Martine’s Champagne Raspberry Cake for dessert! Our next stop was the Lexington Cemetery. We found the notables buried there – Henry Clay, James Masterson, Lt. Hugh McKee (Ritchey’s relative), Joseph H. Bush, John Hunt Morgan, John Wesley Hunt, the Todd family (Mary Todd Lincoln) and others. This is a massive cemetery with beautiful trees in full bloom, tulips and other flowers and two lakes with fountains. Then on to Winchester, Clark County, and the city cemetery there. We arrived in Richmond, Madison County, shortly after 6:00 p.m. and their cemetery gates were closed and locked – we must wait for another time!
Thursday, after a visit to our favorite Candleberry Tea Room, spent the afternoon at the library at the Kentucky History Center. I found Revolutionary War pension applications, marriage records, obituaries, etc., to share with you. We stopped at the Frankfort Cemetery, Franklin County, for several geocaches Ritchey wanted to find. I spent my time taking more photos. Coming home we stopped at the Salt River Baptist Church Cemetery in Lawrenceburg, Anderson County. This was another small cemetery Ritchey had found. I was amazed! The church was established in 1798. The first pastor was John Penney, great-grandfather of J. C. Penney. After many years the church was no longer used. The building deteriorated to the point that in the 1990’s a group of citizens restored it to its present condition. We were fortunate that while there taking photos, the pastor, Carl Bush, and his wife arrived for bible study. They showed us pictures of the church before restoration and the building as it is now. There is a very long yellow popular beam saved from the original church that runs through the middle of the ceiling – we all remarked it must have been a huge tree that was used for that purpose. But the most fascinating of all – to a genealogist! – were the plaques in the small cemetery of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War and Civil War veterans! Fifteen in all! More than 10% of the people buried there! I am delighted to share the photos with you!
Friday, during our day at Cincinnati, we stopped at the Ohio Valley Antique Mall and I found a huge cache of old photos to share with you! It’s been a great week!
Salt River Baptist Church Cemetery
Anderson County, Kentucky
William B. Wallace, 1st Lieutenant, Woodford’s 1 Virginia Brigade, Revolutionary War, July 8, 1754 – June 21, 1833
Michael Hockersmith, 2d Lieutenant, Maryland Militia, Revolutionary War, July 14, 1743 – June 14, 1812
James Hawkins, Captain, Col. Mathew’s Regiment, Virginia Line, Revolutionary War, 1750 – March 2, 1819, Yorktown
Joseph Parker, Corp. 11th Virginia Regiment, Continental Line, Revolutionary War, March 25, 1756 – September 18, 1821
Martin Parker, Private, Captain John Ball’s Company, Fauquier County Virginia Militia, Revolutionary War, July 4, 1763 – August 1, 1833
Hosea Sutherland, Private, Captain Bacon’s Company, Kentucky Militia, War of 1812, February 1, 1795 – February 15, 1876
Chichester Hanks, Private, Captain Dudley’s company, Kentucky Volunteer Light Infantry, War of 1812, May 31, 1781 – July 12, 1868
John McGinnis, Private, Captain McAfee’s Company, Kentucky Mounted Infantry, War of 1812, August 7, 1790 – January 12, 1858
Hamilton G. Moore, Private, Company C Kentucky Foot Volunteers, Mexican War, September 22, 1822 – May 12, 1857
Jourdan Mizner, Company H 5th Kentucky Regiment, Cavalry, Confederate States Army
Mark P. Rucker, Private, Company C 2nd Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Confederate States Army
Dickson G. Hanks, 2nd Sergeant, Company 12, Kentucky Infantry, Confederate States Army, died October 6, 1863, aged 28 years, 8 months and four days (on stone above plaque)
John C. Thompson, Private, Company H 5 Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate States Army
Brothers Samuel Noel Moore and William Dudley Moore.
Samuel Noel Moore, Private, Company H 5th Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate States Army, November 2, 1843 – September 7, 1870
William Dudley Moore, Private, Company H 5th Kentucky Cavalry, Lt. Young’s 5th Company Retributors, Confederate States Army, August 31, 1842 – April 16, 1869, St. Alban’s Raid
Another brother or cousin? Died at the very end of the war.
Joseph W. Moore, Private, Company G 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Confederate States Army, February 3, 1638 – March 26, 1865