The McElroy family has lived in Washington County about as long as there has been a Washington County. Many members of the family are buried in Cemetery Hill – name of the city cemetery for the town of Springfield. Many of my mother’s family are buried here – those relations who did not attend the two Catholic churches in the area – St. Rose and St. Dominic. Those long-dead relatives are rightly buried in the cemetery of their respective church.
About 1788 Hugh McElroy, Sr., with two younger brothers, Samuel and James, moved from Campbell County, Virginia, to what would become Washington County, Kentucky. The McElroy’s of the county sprang from the descendants of these three brothers. As part of the family settled in the part of the county which became Marion County, you can see they were spread throughout the area.
Four children of Hugh McElroy, Sr., and Nancy Esther Irvine, his wife, are remembered by one gravestone in Cemetery Hill. John McElroy, married Mary Hundley, November 6, 1794. James McElroy married Rosanna Hardin the same day. Abraham McElroy married Disey Hundley, May 27, 1802. Elizabeth McElroy never married.
Three children of John and Mary McElroy are also buried in this cemetery. Hugh McElroy married Susan Cocke, June 6, 1826. Anthony McElroy married Ann Garland Rice, November 25, 1824. Sallie McElroy married John Crawford, March 10, 1817. Brothers Hugh and Anthony were also partners in a merchandising business for many years in Springfield, under the name H & A McElroy.
Ann Garland, wife of Anthony McElroy, born in Louisa County, Virginia, February 7, 1807, died in Springfield, Kentucky, October 23, 1864. ‘An affectionate wife, a fond mother and a devoted Christian.’ Anthony McElroy, born March 17, 1797, died September 25, 1886. ‘Unto you that fear my name shall the Son of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts in that day when I make up my Jewels.’
Susan Frances, wife of Hugh McElroy, born December 29, 1807, died June 22, 1844. ‘She had a smile for the joyous, a tear of sympathy for the ill, and an act of kindness for all within her reach.’ Hugh McElroy, born September 19, 1795, died February 8, 1877. ‘He’s gone to his grave in a full age . . .’
Hugh L. McElroy is a son of Anthony and Ann.