These beautiful gravestones are located in the Versailles Cemetery in Woodford County, Kentucky. They are two of eight, all family members. In addition to James and Laura Sanders Amsden, the following are buried in this plot:
- Son, John Sanders Amsden, October 13, 1883 – February 21, 1899
- Laura’s daughter by a previous marriage, Margaret (Pearl) Voorhies, wife of James B. Haggin, June 13, 1869 – June 8, 1965;
- Daughter, Jean Amsden, wife of William M. Haupt, February 5, 1880 – September 28, 1966;
- Son-in-law, William M. Haupt, April 1, 1880 – September 26, 1957;
- Laura’s parents, Margaret H. Sanders, September 4, 1804 – Jun 13, 1878 and Col. Lewis H. Sanders, 1796-1864, on one stone;
- Laura’s brother, Lewis Sanders, born in Franklin County, Kentucky, November 7, 1826, died July 2, 1871.
In the 1850 census of Woodford County we find James P. Amsden, 3 years of age, living with his parents, John Amsden, 41, jailer, born in Massachusetts, and Lucretia, 35, born in New York. John L, 6; and Laura B., 1, are siblings. In 1860 the family is living in a boarding house, and father John is a merchant. Two other children, Mary, 9; and Charles E., 6; make up the household. Young daughter Laura is not listed. I feel she must have died sometime between 1850 and 1860. In 1870, John Amsden is a banker, son John is a salesman and son James a clerk in a bank. No other children are listed.
James P. Amsden married Laura E. (Sanders) Voohries, June 3, 1879, in Louisville. B. M. Messick performed the ceremony and witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Tevis and F. W. Ferguson. One year later in the 1880 census baby Jean has been born; Pearl Voohries, 10, was living with the family. Pearl is Laura Sanders’ daughter from a previous marriage. She married George T. Voohries, and must have divorced him since he lived until 1913, but he maintained a good relationship with his daughter, and was at Pearl’s home when he died. He was a Confederate veteran. In 1900 James and Laura have only one child living with them, Jean, aged 20. Margaret Pearl had married by this date.
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Tuesday, October 30, 1906
Tuesday, February 26, 1929