Taylor County, Kentucky
John Rice Robinson was born February 23, 1823, died March 11, 1899, and is buried in Brookside Cemetery in Taylor County, Kentucky. His wife, Lydia Ann Barbee Robinson, was born July 24, 1834, and died January 21, 1914, a daughter of John Barbee and Mary Ray. They were married October 1, 1867. The 1880 census of Taylor County shows John Rice, age 57, a lawyer and farmer, with wife, Lydia Ann, 44, son Henry S., 18, a law student, daughters Nannie C., 11, and Bettie M., 10, and sons, Pleasant G., 8, and Joseph E., 2. Also living in the household were sisters-in-law Catherine and Mary Barbee, 59 and 47. John Rice Robinson was a member of E27, Kentucky Infantry during the Civil War.
On daughter Bettie’s gravestone is the following, “A teacher in Kentucky schools for forty years. She was educated at Taylor Academy, Campbellsville, Kentucky, and graduated with an A.B. degree from Georgetown College, Kentucky, in 1893. She was the first woman to receive an A. B. degree from Georgetown and she later received her M.A. degree from Columbia University, New York. She taught in Buchanan Collegiate Institute at Campbellsville, Kentucky, and the Russell Creek Academy, now Campbellsville College. She taught in high schools at Lancaster and Somerset, and her last seventeen years were devoted to teaching at Teachers State College, Morehead, Kentucky. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, being a descendant of General Elias Barbee of the Revolutionary War. She devoted her life to helping others. The last line of her will in her own handwriting reads, ‘My love to the people of my home town.'”