Grandmother Extraordinaire!

Edgar, Frances and Alice Linton

In the picture above is Great-Grandmother Frances with her brother, Edgar, and sister, Alice.  They are 10 and 12 years older, respectively.  Neither married and lived together until their deaths.

Grandmother Frances Barber Linton Montgomery

Grandmother Extraordinaire!

Frances Barber Linton Montgomery was my mother’s grandmother – my great-grandmother.  Unfortunately I never knew her – but she lives on in the memories my mother has passed down to me!  Notes from my mom:

Grandmother Frances was born in a much different age than today.  In 1867 the Civil War had just ended.  The United States was at the beginning of Reconstruction.  But as time passed hurtful memories slowly became a thing of the past.  Grandmother married in February of 1893 to the most dashing Robert E. Lee Montgomery.  By the end of the year they had a daughter, my mother, Alice.

Grandmother wore long dresses all her life – even when I remember her.  She also wore boots that laced up – came halfway up her leg – and were mostly hidden by her long skirts.  A long white apron covered most of her dress.  Grandmother made all her clothes, as many people did in those days.  She braided her hair in one long plat and twisted it around in a bun.

Each summer we spent a week with grandmother and grandfather.  It was always a most lovely time.  Grandmother met us at the door and gave each of us a big hug and kiss!  There were so many interesting things to do!  We rolled down the hill in the front yard and slid down the bank.  We watched Grandfather milk cows and walked back in the pasture.

The first time I ever drank iced tea was at Grandmother’s house.  I thought it was the most awful drink, but I came to love it!  She would let us take her canned food, cereal, bags of beans and rice and set up our grocery store in her parlor.  There were seven grandchildren and we each had an area of our own.  She had three bay windows on one side with shelves inbetween.  We put our groceries on the shelves, on tables and on the fancy red carpet on the floor.  Grandmother put on her hat, her purse would be on her arm and she carried her bags to put her groceries in with her.  She would come through the door and say, “I’ve come to do my shopping!”  She came around to each ‘grocer’.  She would pay a nickel for everything she bought.  I would look at my hand sometimes and there would be a quarter and I would think, “Five whole nickels!  I can’t believe it!”

When you walked through the front door of the house there was a huge hall.  On the right was the parlor.  On the left was grandmother and grandfather’s bedroom and the family room.  It was one large room with a fireplace, with their rocking chairs in front of it.  Further back the hall was the dining room with the large stairway.  After that was the kitchen with the huge table that was used for every day.  The kitchen also had a staircase that was considered the boys staircase because it went up to their room.  The girls used the staircase in the dining room.  Upstairs were three big rooms and a hall.  The boys room was separated from the girls’ bedrooms.  The rooms were lovely – they had large wardrobes that went from floor to ceiling.  The beds were huge and very high off the floor.  Aunt Maggie used to come in and sit on the bed and tell us stories before we went to sleep.

I thought the outside toilet was the fanciest thing I had ever seen!  There was a little rack with a roll of toilet paper on it.  There were no cracks or holes in the wall – so you didn’t freeze while there in the winter!  It wasn’t long before they put a bathroom in the house.

One of grandmother’s favorite things was her goldfish pond.  We could not go near the pond by ourselves – it was four, maybe five feet deep.  The goldfish were six to eight inches long and there were always lily pads on top.  Grandmother put round, honeycomb rocks around the fish pond – these came from the farm.  The pond had a little fence around it – so the little ones could not get close to it.

On the last day of our visit Grandmother had a special party for us!  She put her white linen tablecloth on her dining room table.  She had such lovely cookies on cake stands at each end of the table.  They were white and different colored marshmallow cookies with coconut on top.  There were also chocolate cookies.  Grandmother served homemade ice cream.  There were fancy napkins and dishes set out for us to use!  We loved our party, but we always knew this was the end of our wonderful visit!  But there was always next year!

Today In Genealogy History – July 29, 2011

Thomas Jefferson Willett was born 165 years ago – July 29, 1846 – in Graves County, Kentucky.  He was the son of John W. Willett and Florida A. Carrico, who married in Graves County in 1845.  They were both originally from Washington County, Kentucky.

Pius M. Carrico Family

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Pius M. Carrico and Mary Magdalene Spalding are my great-great-grandparents.  I am descended from their son Benedict Joseph Napoleon Carrico – isn’t that one fabulous name?

Family Group Sheet for Pius M. Carrico

Husband: Pius M. Carrico
Birth: 10 Nov 1810 in Washington County, KY
Death: 11 Jul 1894 in Marion County, KY
Marriage: 07 Nov 1830 in Washington County, Kentucky
Father: Nathaniel Carrico
Mother:  Anne O’Bryan
Other Spouses:  Mary Ann Boarman (03 Dec 1864)

Wife: Mary Magdalene Spalding
Birth: 18 Jun 1814 in Washington Co., KY
Death: 14 Dec 1862 in Washington Co., KY
Father: Richard Spalding


Name: Anna Carrico
Birth: 14 Oct 1831 in Washington County, Kentucky
Death: 13 Aug 1901 in Daviess County, Kentucky
Marriage: 06 Jul 1857 in Washington County, Kentucky
Spouse: John Osbourn Warren

Name: Mary Jane Carrico
Birth: 31 Mar 1833 in Washington County, Kentucky
Death: 08 Feb 1855 in Washington County, Kentucky
Marriage: 28 Oct 1851 in Washington County, Kentucky
Spouse: Jerome Austin Thompson

Name: Martha Ellen Carrico
Birth: 11 Jun 1834 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 11 Oct 1861 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Francis P. O’Bryan

Name: Rose Ann Carrico
Birth: 30 Aug 1835 in Washington County, KY

Name: Frances Harriet A. Carrico
Birth: 05 Aug 1837 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 02 Oct 1860 in Washington County, Kentucky
Spouse: John E. Smith

Name: Susan Matilda Carrico
Birth: 05 Feb 1839 in Washington County, KY
Death: 22 Aug 1917 in Jefferson County, KY
Burial: 24 Aug 1917 in Bardstown, KY
Marriage: 13 Sep 1864 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Edward Smith

Name: Theresa Florida Carrico
Birth: 12 Jan 1841 in Washington County, KY

Name: Catherine Rhoda Carrico
Birth: 18 Sep 1842 in Washington County, KY

Name: benedict Joseph Napoleon Carrico
Birth: 01 Aug 1844 in Washington County, KY
Death: 05 Oct 1927 in Washington County, KY
Burial: 07 Oct 1927 in St. Rose Cemetery, Washington Co.
Marriage: 05 Jan 1875 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Melvina Ann Smith

Name: Melvina Helen Anna Carrico
Birth: 1846

Name: Sybilla Mary Elizabeth Carrico
Birth: 25 Jul 1848

Name: Francis Pius Nathaniel Carrico
Birth: 25 Mar 1851
Marriage: 18 Jan 1881 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Mary E. Smith

Name: Frances Mary Carrico
Birth: 31 Mar 1853

Name: John Martin Spalding Carrico
Birth: 23 Jan 1859

Today In Genealogy History – July 28, 2011

Lazarus Long was born 192 years ago – July 28, 1819 – in Maryland.  He married Elizabeth Bryan May 9, 1843, in Marion County, Kentucky.  Lazarus and Elizabeth had one son, Lazarus Monroe Long.  The family moved to Daviess County, Kentucky, where Lazarus died July 13, 1894.

Aged Husband and Wife Die Within A Week

Note by Phyllis Brown:  William Douglas Coulter was the son of Starling Coulter and Sarah Rigdon.  Willie Ann White was the daughter of Samuel Riley White, Jr., and Nancy Ellen Dean.  William and Willie were married February 18, 1903, in Washington County, Kentucky, and had one daughter, Bess E. Coulter.

The Springfield Sun

Thursday, January 15, 1942

Services Were Held This Afternoon At Fairview For Widow of Man Buried There Sunday:  Both Natives of County

Both Died in Louisville


Mr. William Douglas Coulter, age 84, died at 5 o’clock Friday afternoon, January 9, 1942, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Everett Dean, 2326 Cedar Street, Louisville, of a paralytic stroke.  He had been ill only a short time.  The body was brought to Sutherland’s Funeral Home in this city and prepared for burial, remaining in the chapel there until time for the funeral.  It was viewed there by many friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Charles Devine, were held at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Fairview Christian Church, interment following in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roy Driscoll, Arvill Terrell, Helm Terrell, Everett Jenkins, Charlie Kays and William Carey.

Mr. Coulter is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Willie White, who is reported seriously ill; an only daughter, Mrs. Dean, with whom the aged couple had been making their home the past several months, and two grandchildren.  He was a native of this county and practically all his life had been engaged in farming in the Gordon Ford section, where he was well known and generally liked.


Mrs. Willie White Coulter, age 75, widow of William D. Coulter, whose death is reported above, died at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dean, 2326 Cedar, Louisville, her death, which followed that of her husband within four days, was attributed to pneumonia.  She had been ill one week.

Mrs. Coulter’s body was brought to Sutherland’s Funeral Home in this city and prepared for burial, remaining in the chapel there until time for the funeral.

Services were held at the Fairview Christian Church at 1 o’clock this afternoon, the songs being used as in the service for Mr. Coulter Sunday afternoon, and the same pallbearers, with one exception, acting.  They were Roy Driscoll, Arvil Terrell, Helm Terrell, Everett Jackson, Elbert Blacketer and William Carey.  The Rev. Charles Devine preached the sermon.  Interment was at the side of Mr. Coulter in Fairview Cemetery.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Coulter is survived by two grandchildren, two brothers, Henry White, this county, and Larkin White, Nelson County, and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Bowser, Louisville, and Mrs. Abbie Lewis, Mt. Washington.

Marriage of John W. Parrish and Elizabeth White

John Wesley Parrish and Elizabeth White

The marriage license for John Wesley Parrish and Elizabeth White was procured on November 17, 1852, and the marriage rites performed November 18, 1852, at the house of E. White (probably Elizabeth’s brother Elisha White), in the County of Washington, in the presence of Green Hardin, Elizabeth Laber, John T. Hardin and William Bishop.  The ceremony was performed by Henry H. Prather.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis.  She and John had six children:  Belva A., James Minor, Cordelia, Willie F., Everett L. and George H.