Category Archives: Cemeteries

Saturday’s Genealogy Adventure

Ritchey and I spent a delightful day Saturday visiting cemeteries in three counties – Montgomery, Bath and Powell.  It was a warm day, but the breeze usually made it quite nice.

Our first stop was Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County.  When we drove into town they were having a festival and looked like everyone was having a great time!  The cemetery is on both sides of E. Locust Street, Hwy 713.  When we arrived, an artist was painting and allowed me to take her photo.

Then I started taking photos.  There were many old gravestones.

Capt. J. A. Crawford, born September 25, 1765, died April 9, 1851.  Dorothy Crawford, born April 22, 1775, died September 21, 1846.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. 

Some were large and elaborate.

Next we drove to Bath County.  At Crown Hill Cemetery, in the small town of Sharpsburg, I found this stone with a family tree between the two names.

At Longview Cemetery, in the little town of Bethel, I was amazed at the shape of the very old section.  Hopefully they will repair the old stones.

The rest of the cemetery is beautiful and very well taken care of.  We lunched under one of the trees.  It was on a slight hill and breeze was wonderful!

After lunch, we headed for Powell County.  The first cemetery we visited there was Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery in Clay City.  It was a rather small cemetery.

B. S., husband of Elizabeth Burgher, born December 7, 1814, February 7, 1900.  Elizabeth, wife of B. S. Burgher, born August 8, 1828, died March 9, 1912.  Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery, Clay City, Kentucky.

Clay City Eaton Cemetery is another small cemetery.

Dock F. Philleps, June 15, 1844 – November 14, 1916, served in Civil War, Co. H. 14, Kentucky Cavalry.  Clay County Eaton Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

Our last stop was Kennon Cemetery, in the rural part of Powell County.

Amanda Druzela Lyle, February 3, 1862 – May 19, 1941.  ‘Sweetly sleeping.’  Kennon Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

It was a wonderful day, spent doing what we love!  More pictures and information will follow!

Husbands and Wives Buried at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery Daviess County

William P. Coomes, born May 17, 1817, died January 18, 1884.

Margaret A.., wife of W. P. Coomes, born September 8, 1826, died April 16, 1902.

Robert McBride’s first wife, Elizabeth, died at the age of 40.  He married again after her death.

Elizabeth E., wife of Robert A. McBride, born December 14, 1845, died May 2, 1885.

Robert A. McBride, born December 15, 1848, died February 22, 1917.

V. J., wife of R. A. McBride, November 23, 1841 – July 23, 1912.

George Mattingly, born October 30, 1802, died October 31, 1882.

Nancy, wife of George Mattingly, December 15, 1807, died October 23, 1869.

Thomas C. Moran, December 25, 1841 – May 7, 1925.  Elizabeth A., his wife, August 7, 1844 – March 23, 1912.

James Monarch, born January 27, 1790, died November 23, 1854, aged 64 years, 9 months, 26 days.

Ruth, wife of James Monarch, born January 22, 1792, died February 20, 1874.

Five Civil War Soldiers Buried at Fairview Christian Cemetery

Fairview Christian Church and Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Ritchey and I visited cemeteries Saturday in Washington and Spencer counties.  The first cemetery we visited was Fairview Christian on the northern border of Washington and Anderson counties.  This is the area where some of my Hill family lived.  Fairview Baptist Church has a small cemetery, the church itself small, a community church.  We had been years ago – before the digital era – and I was anxious to get back again.  Unfortunately, when we arrived, the skies were grey, but it didn’t deter us!  And a sweet puppy ran over to play – he looked like our beloved childhood dog, Major!

One thing new this time were the addition of five stone slabs for the men who served during the Civil War.  Thanks to whoever added these – all veterans need to be noted for their service.

Randall Hill, PVT GAR Company E, 19th Kentucky Infantry, January 2, 1862 – January 26, 1865.  Born 1844.  Musician.

Randall Hill was the son of Isaiah Hill and Lucy Murphy, born in Garrard County, Kentucky – and a brother to my great-grandfather, Isaiah, named for his father.  Randall was a private in Company E, 19th Kentucky Infantry – he was a musician.  He mustered in January 2, 1862, and out, January 26, 1865.

Randall was married twice, first to Susan Mary Cooper, with who he had the following children: Van F. Sarah E., Charles, Alpha, William Isaiah, Josie, James Samuel, Goodloe, Clay Penny and Jesse H. Hill.  Susan died in 1886.

Annie M., wife of R. Hill, born March 1, 1869, died December 3, 1900.

Afterwards he married Annie M. Gordon, with whom he had two daughters, Mary Lucy and Elizabeth Hill. Randall Hill died March 3, 1901.

Francis Gillis, PVT GAR Company I, 19th Kentucky Infantry, POW.  January 2, 1862 – January 26, 1865.  Born, September 14, 1831, died September 26, 1910.

Francis Gillis was born September 3, 1831, in Anderson County, and died September 16, 1910, in Washington County.  He was a Private in Company L of the 19th Kentucky Infantry.  Francis service during the war was from January 2, 1862, to January 26, 1865.

Mary J., wife of Francis Gillis, born October 10, 1836, died ?  Francis, husband of Mary J. Gillis, born September 14, 1831, ddied September 26, 1919.

He was first married to Mary H. Searcy, July 10, 1850.  She must have died shortly after the marriage.  Francis married Louisa Remond, daughter of Vincent Redman, marriage bond dated November 5, 1851.  And on the 14th of September 1881, he married Mrs. Mary Spoonamore.  The marriage bond states that this is the third marriage for the groom, he is 49 years of age, and second marriage for the bride, she is 45 years of age.

John G. Howel, PVT GAR Company F, 10th Kentucky Infantry.  November 4, 1861 – December 5, 1864.  Born 1836.  Musician.

John G. Howel was a private in Company F, 10th Kentucky Infantry.  His service was from November 4, 1861, to December 5, 1864.  Like Randall Hill, he was also a musician.

John married Susan A. Campbell, June 29, 1865.  He was born December 10, 1837, and died April 4, 1912.

James A. Snider, CPL GAR Company D, 10th Kentucky Infantry, September 28 1861 – October 1862.  Born May 27, 1833, died February 21, 1904.

James A. Snider was a corporal with Company D, 10th Kentucky Infantry.  His service was from October 28, 1861, to October 1862.  He was born May 27, 1833, and died February 21, 1904.  James married Marinda Catherine Demaree in Mercer County on October 8, 1867, with whom he had at least two daughters, Mary and Cora Bell.  James’ parents were Jacob Snider and Mary Jane Leathers.

Larken Dennis, 1st SGR GAR Company D, 11th Kentucky Cavalry, July 19, 1862 – July 13, 1865.  Born November 5, 1837, died April 24, 1899.

Larken Dennis was first sergeant in Company D of the 11th Kentucky Cavalry, and served from July 19, 1862, to July 13, 1865.  Larken was born November 5, 1837, and died April 25, 1899.  He married Emily J. Yocum and had at least eight children:  Lucy, Mary Elizabeth, William Larken, Martha, Anna Bell, Sarah, James and Samuel.  Larken’s parents were William Dennis and Margaret Sartore.

As you can see from the above picture, the road to this cemetery is very narrow – so be very careful if you visit.  The easiest route is to take exit 48 off the Bluegrass Parkway, turn right, and then an almost immediate left onto Hwy 1291.  Follow until you come to Hwy 1387, take a left.  Fairview Christian Church and Cemetery is on the left.

Let us always give thanks for those who fought for our country and kept us safe.

Some Members of the Todd Family Interred in the Lexington Cemetery

Today I would like to share with you a few photos taken at the Lexington Cemetery in Fayette County, Kentucky.  These are members of the Todd family, beginning with David Todd and wife, Hannah Owen.

David Todd, born April 8, 1723, died February 3, 1785.

David Todd was born in Ireland in 1723.  He served as a private in the Pennsylvania State troops, 6th and 9th battalions, 4th and 5th Lancaster County PA militia, 1775-1780.  He died in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Hannah Owen, wife of David Todd, born June 3, 1729, died May 16, 1805.

David Todd married Hannah Owen in 1749.  She was born in 1729 and died in Lexington in 1805.

General Levi Todd, born October 4, 1756, died September 6, 1807.  ‘A youthful adventurer to Kentucky, and active in its defense in the most perilous times.’

General Levi Todd was the son of David Todd and Hannah Owen.  He first married Jane Briggs, in 1779.  After her death, in 1800, he married Jane Holmes.

Levi Todd was a defender of the fort at Harrodsburg; was in the battle of Blue Licks and aide to General George Rogers Clark.  He was born in Montgomery County, PA; died in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jane Briggs, wife of General Levi Todd, born June 3, 1761, died July 22, 1800.

Jane Holmes, wife of General Levi Todd, born August 7, 1770, died March 19, 1856.

James Clarke Todd, born August 9, 1802, died June 15, 1849.

James Clarke Todd was the son of Levi Todd and Jane Holmes.  He married Maria Blair August 6, 1829.  Before her death in 1834 they had two sons – Lyman Beecher Todd and Levi Holmes Todd (1834-1834).

Maria Blair, wife of James C. Todd, died March 8, 1834, aged 30 years; also, Levi Holmes, her infant son.

Lyman Beecher Todd, M.D.  April 1832 – May 1902.  In loving memory of a life that was a constant inspiration to truth and honor.

Lyman Beecher Todd was evidently a beloved human being.  When he died in 1902, The Kentucky Advocate, from Danville, Boyle County, gave the following information:

Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, aged 70, senior physician of Lexington, died Tuesday night.  He was a first cousin of President Lincoln’s wife and was present both when Lincoln was short and at his deathbed.  He was a member of the Filson Club, of Louisville, and had in articles made valuable contributions to Kentucky history.  He was the former postmaster of this city.

Happy Fourth of July – Let Us Always Remember

Francis Coomes, Private, Virginia Militia, Revolutionary War, 1726-1822.  St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Nelson County, Kentucky

Let me introduce you to the most recent Revolutionary War soldiers we have found.  We visited St. Michael Catholic Cemetery yesterday, and photographed Francis Coomes’ gravestone.  As you can see, the original stone is almost impossible to read, only the cross at the top is visible.  Thanks to the DAR and SAR for adding plaques to the veterans’ graves!

Proctor Ballard, Kentucky, Sergeant, Clark’s Illinois Regiment, Revolutionary War, 1760-1820.  Pioneer Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky.

Proctor Ballard’s grave is another recent find.  He was a native of Virginia and served with the state militia.  He came to the Falls of the Ohio River with General George Rogers Clark in 1779.  He initially settled on Corn Island at the falls near Louisville, but moved to Bardstown in 1782.

To the memory of William Coomes, Sergeant, 8th Virginia Regiment, 1730-1820.  William Coomes, Jr., Virginia Militia, 1769-1834.  Walter A. Coomes, Virginia Militia, Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky.  Soldiers of the American Revolution.  St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Daviess County, Kentucky.

These Coomes veterans could be related to the first Coomes who is buried in Nelson County.  William Coomes, Sr., married Jane Greenleaf.  She was a pioneer doctor and teacher.

Let us celebrate all those who have fought for our country over the years – from the beginning, the first war, for our independence – to those who continue to fight to keep our country safe.  Happy Fourth of July to all of you!

Greathouse Cemetery in Hancock County

Isaac N. Greathouse, born November 18, 1792, died October 21, 1832.  Greathouse Family Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

The Greathouse family cemetery is located on Hwy 1957, also known as Lee Henderson Road, close to where it T’s with Hwy 1605.  It is very close to the Henderson family cemetery, and both are marked with a road sign – although the cemeteries are easily visible from the road.

Isaac Newman Greathouse was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, November 18, 1792.  He was the son of Harmon Greathouse and Marcia Buche (she was also called ‘Mercy’ and her last name has been written as Bukey).  Harmon and Mercy moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to Nelson County, Kentucky.

Elizabeth B., wife of Isaac N. Greathouse, born July 14, 1799, died April 4, 1879.

Isaac Newman Greathouse married Elizabeth Berkeley Lewis in 1818.  Elizabeth was the daughter of John Lewis and his cousin, Hannah Lewis.  Hannah’s parents were William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton (a sister to my Captain John Linton).

Original stone for Isaac Greathouse.  To the memory of Dr. I. N. Greathouse who departed this life October 21, 1832, aged 40 years.

Hannah Amanda Linton Greathouse was a daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth.  She lived only fifteen years.

Hannah A. L. Greathouse, born April 15, 1821, died June 11, 1839.

William Linton Greathouse was a son of Isaac and Elizabeth.  He was born in 1832, either just before or after his father died.

William L. Greathouse, died July 16, 1901, aged 69 years.

Rodolphus B. Greathouse was a brother to Isaac Newman Greathouse.  He was born in 1801, probably in Nelson County, Kentucky.

In memory of Rodolphus B. Greathouse died 10 April 1838 in his 37th year.

Susannah E. Greathouse was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Greathouse.

Susannah E. Greathouse, died September 26, 1846, aged 21 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Isaac and Elizabeth Greathouse had four other children for whom we do not have gravestone photos.  Son John L. Greathouse was born in 1819, and died two years later.  Harmon Bukey Greathouse was born in 1822 and died 1889.  Joseph Linton Greathouse was born 1828 and died 1891.  John Fletcher Greathouse was born in 1830; in the Hancock County death records he is listed as dying November 11, 1852, in Rolls County, Missouri, of typhoid fever.  I do not know if they brought his body back to Kentucky for burial.

These photos were taken in the rain – we will return one day for sunshine and blue skies and retake!

 

 

 

A Visit to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County

Saturday Ritchey and I visited the beautiful St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, as you can see from the photos – deep blue skies, white fluffy clouds and lots of sunshine, but a moderate temperature of about 80 degrees.

The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600.  Doesn’t that sound amazing in today’s world?  This is the oldest parish in the Covington Diocese, and was a pioneer mission for East Kentucky.  The parish, second oldest in the state, was formed by Maryland settlers who arrived in 1786; the first church was built about 1794.

The cemetery is across the road from the church – small, but very beautiful.  Trees and several benches give visitors the chance to sit and enjoy the cool breeze while contemplating all those who have gone before.

I was amazed at how old the stones are – there are several Revolutionary War soldiers buried here.  I share with you today seven gravestones representing some of the oldest people buried in this cemetery.

Sacred to the memory of Bennett Greenwell, born December 7, 1761, died July 12, 1838, aged 77 years.  Revolutionary War soldier.

Sacred to the memory of Allouisa Gough Greenwell, consort of Bennett Greenwell, born November 28, 1784, died May 8, 1842, aged 58 years.

In memory of Mrs. Matilda Combs, consort of James Combs, born 28th January 1788, and departed this life 8th February 1839, aged 51 years and 11 days.

James Combs, born August 7, 1772, died April 13, 1852.

Sacred to the memory of John B. Gough, who was born February 29th, 1767, and departed this life February 19th, 1839, aged 72 years.

Sacred in memory of James Twyman, born June 17, 1761, died February 22, 1834, aged 73 years.  Revolutionary War soldier, orderly, sergeant, guard and Indian spy, Virginia.

Elizabeth Jenkins, born June 25, 1785, died November 9, 1862, aged 77 years.