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Catherine Rose McMurtry Buried At Spring Hill Cemetery


Catharine, wife of John McMurtry and daughter of Captain Lewis Rose, born November 21, 1780, died September 1, 1867.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Catharine Rose was born in 1780 to Lewis Rose and Barbara Trayer, in Mercer County, Kentucky.  She married John McMurtry January 14, 1797, in Mercer County, Kentucky.  John McMurtry was born in 1776 and died in 1812 – perhaps fighting in the War of 1812? – after fifteen years of marriage.  Catherine lived on, raising their children.  In the 1850 Mercer County Census she is living alone, aged 70.  In 1860, again, she is living alone, aged 79, with a personal estate worth $12,000.  She was a true pioneer woman, living during the Indian Wars.  Her father, Captain Rose, fought in the Battle of Blue Lick in 1782, and was taken prisoner by the Indians.  He was taken to Canada, where he was finally exchanged in 1783, and returned to Harrodsburg in August of that year.  Catharine was three years of age at that time, and her mother, Barbara, continued to run the farm and shield her children from Indian raids.

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