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Huston Family – Simpson County

Today we visit Green Lawn Cemetery in the delightful small town of Franklin in Simpson County.  Buried there is a family by the last name Huston.  Granville Jewell Huston, his wife Mary Cardwell, mother, Amanda A. Huston, and sister Alice J. Huston are buried, each with a small stone to designate their grave.  What can we learn about this family?

My thoughts are always to start with census records.  You can find out much about a family and the Huston family was no different.  Starting with the 1850 we find Granville living with his parents in Simpson County.  His father Abraham Huston was 36, born in Virginia, and he was a tavern keeper!  Wife, Amanda A. Jewell, was 29, born in Tennessee.  Family members were Virginia, 8; Granville J., 6; Alice J., 4; and Mary C., 1.  Boarders living with the family were:

  • John H. Huston, 33, cabinetmaker, born in Virginia – possibly Abraham’s brother?
  • Charles Green, 30, a lawyer, born in New York, with wife, Mary A., 20, and baby Florence, 1, both born in Kentucky.
  • William B. Clark, 35, listed no occupation; he was born in Virginia.
  • John Neister, 26, was a physician, born in Tennessee; his wife Josephine, 19, was also born there.
  • Mary A. Huston, 58, born in Virginia. Undoubtedly this is Abraham’s mother.  Through additional research I found she was Mary Ann Savage who married Benjamin Granville Huston.
  • Samuel Viers, 33, a merchant from Maine.
  • James McCartney, 23, a saddler born in Kentucky.

How interesting to have people from over the United States living together.  Could this possibly have inspired Abraham to move his family?  In 1860 we find them in Johnson County, Missouri.  Abraham is not listed; he must have died before the census.  Amanda is a young 39, living in a different state with seven young children:  Virginia, 18, is a music teacher; Granville, 15; Alice J., 13; Mary C., 10; Charles H., 8; Blanche J., 4; and Bettie, 1, who was born in Missouri.  Evidently Abraham moved with the family and died shortly after arriving there.

Alice G. Huston, 1846-1868.  Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

Amanda must have decided to move back to Kentucky to be closer to family.  In 1870 she and her children were again living in Simpson County.  Granville is listed as a painter.  The move was made before 1868 when daughter Alice died.  She was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery.  Her mother followed her to the grave in 1871.

Amanda J. Huston, 1821-1871.

Daughter Kate Huston married J. C. Summers on August 15, 1877 – at the bride’s residence.  Kate kept the family together after her mother’s death.  J. C. lived in Barren County and was born in Missouri.

In 1880 Granville Huston is living with the Hiram Mitchell family.  Hiram was 29, a druggist.  His wife Helen was 27, daughters Teresa, 4, and Vallie, 1.  Belle Ryan, 28, a seamstress was a boarder; Alexa Crow, 24, was deputy postmaster; Ed Crow, 21, was a clerk in a store; and Granville Huston, 34, was a clerk in a drugstore.  My thought is he worked for Hiram Mitchell.  Since he later became a druggist this must have been his introduction to that industry.

Granville Jewell Huston married Mary Caldwell November 22, 1884, in neighboring Logan County, married by a Mr. Alexander at W. M. F. Caldwell’s.  Mary’s parents were William Morton Fletcher Caldwell and Susan Elizabeth Beall Harrison.

In the 1860 census of Logan County, William Caldwell was 44, a bookkeeper.  Susan was 40.  They had the following children living with them:  Margaret, 18, a seamstress; Andrew, 17, deputy sheriff; Carter, 15, deputy clerk; Susan, 13; Mary, 8; and Daniel, 1.  By 1870 daughter Susan had married Perry Rand, 24, a druggist.  The couple and their 2-year-old son Harris and 6-month-old son Willie, lived with her parents in 1870.  Susan Cardwell died before the 1880 census.  William is 64, a bank clerk, and living with him were Margaret, 38; Mary, 28; and Daniel, 21.

In 1900 Granville, 54, druggist, and Mary C., 49, had been married 15 years.  They had one child, Amanda Jewell, 13, named for paternal grandmother.

Amanda Jewell Huston graduated from the Franklin Female College in 1902, in one of the largest graduating classes the school had experienced.

Mary Caldwell Huston, 1850-1906.

Mary Caldwell Huston died in 1906.  I could not find a specific date, or an obituary, but I did find the following notices of her illness in The Franklin Favorite, Thursday, October 11, 1906:

Mrs. G. J. Huston’s many friends will be sorry to hear that she has been very sick for several weeks and that her condition is now assuming an alarming form.

And from The Owensboro Messenger, Friday, October 19, 1906:

Mrs. R. H. Neeley left yesterday for Franklin, Kentucky, to attend the bedside of her sister-in-law, Mrs. G. J. Huston, who is quite ill.

In 1910 we find Granville, 65, retail merchant for drugs, and daughter, Amanda J., 23, living in Union County. I cannot image what prompted the move.

Within a year Granville passed away, July 17, 1911.  His death certificate lists parents Abraham Huston and Amanda Jewell.

The Tennessean, Friday, July 21, 1911

G. J. Huston

Franklin, Kentucky, July 20 – (Special) – The remains of G. J. Huston, a former resident and druggist of Franklin, who died of heart disease at his home in Owensboro, Monday evening, were brought here and interred at the family lot in Green Lawn Cemetery.  The deceased was a native of this county, a member of the Christian church, and 65 years of age.  He is survived by one child, Miss Jewell Huston, of Owensboro.

Granville Jewell Huston, 1846-1911.

It was announced in the June 27, 1913, issue of The Messenger-Inquirer, of Owensboro, Amanda Jewell Huston and John V. Yewell were granted a marriage license.  They married June 26, 1913.

The Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Thursday, June 26, 1913


The marriage of Miss Amanda Jewell Huston and Mr. John Vardaman Yewell of Louisville was quietly solemnized today at 11 o’clock at the Kenyon.  The ceremony was performed by Dr. M. G. Buckner, pastor of the First Christian Church and was witnessed by the immediate family only.  There were no attendants.

The bride was very sweet and pretty in a Yale blue silk traveling costume with hat to match.  Mrs. Yewell, who is a very attractive and much-loved young woman and is the niece of Mrs. J. H. Neeley, and for the past few years has made her home with her aunt and Mr. Neeley.  Mr. Yewell is a well-known young businessman of Louisville.

Mr. and Mrs. Yewell left on the noon L. H. and St. L. train for Cincinnati and the east and on the conclusion of their wedding trip will be at home in Louisville.

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