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William Ryan Buried In Albany Cemetery

This is the gravestone for William Ryan, son of William and D. Ryan, born December 24, 1781, and died December 12, 1855.  Generally when parents names are added the person who died is a young child, but this gentleman was 74 years of age.  This is Albany Cemetery, in the town of the same name, in Clinton County, on the Tennessee border.  Albany is centered in the county as far as east-west goes, but a little south on US 127.  Now if you were to head north from Albany you would drive to Harrodsburg, and our home is just a few streets off the main road.  Dale Hollow Lake is shared with Tennessee, and it is a marvelous place to visit – lots of fishing and boating, and the lodge serves wonderful meals!

As you can see the stone is on a raised foundation.  Usually there is either the raised stone or a standing stone, not both.

And from a side angle you can see it also has a foot stone.  There are others that are similar in this cemetery.  There is an old section and a very new section, telling us this cemetery has been used for a long time, and will continue to be used in the future.

Back to William Ryan.  I did find him in the 1850 census of Clinton County.  He is listed as 64, a farmer, born in Virginia.  His wife, Keziah, was 59, also born in Virginia.  Living with them was Susannah Miller, 19, and her one year old son, William M.  Probably a daughter and grandson.

William Ryan and Keziah Blevins were married March 30, 1807, in Wayne County.  Clinton did not become a county until 1835, and was formed from parts of Wayne and Cumberland counties.

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