Robert E. Lee Montgomery

Robert E. Lee Montgomery, the son of William Peter Montgomery III and Martha Ann Carrico, was born September 15, 1865, a few months after the Civil War ended.  There is no question as to which side the Montgomery family favored in the war!  Robert is my great-grandfather – my mother’s mother’s father!  I have heard so many stories about him I feel as if I know him well.  He was rather a crusty old gentleman that liked things his way.  He expected you to drink your milk – which my mom hated! – go sit on the porch with him after dinner, or, if it was winter, sit in a rocker in front of the fire – rock, listen to the fire crackle and pop, rock some more, listen to the tick-tock of the clock on the mantle – but never carry on a conversation.  When he went to bed everybody went to bed, and he expected everyone up at the crack of dawn when he go up!  But in spite of all this my mom loved her grandfather dearly!

He wasn’t an outwardly affectionate man, but mom said when they would go in they would pat him on the cheek and he would have a little smile that played around his lips.

She loved to watch him churn butter – the churn sits beside her fireplace now – and will one day sit beside my buffet – no fireplace here!  He showed her how to churn and helped her move the dash up and down until she was old enough to do it on her own.  The round hole where the handle of the dash goes through is worn into an oval through so much use – and is very smooth.

Being the tomboy, Mom loved to go with him to get the cows, bringing them in to be milked in the morning.  They had to be brought from the field across the road – one son was stationed on either side in the middle of the road to stop any traffic that happened to come by.  Mom can still show me the exact spot.

One April 1st his son Robert came in saying, “Papa, your cow has had her calf!”  Evidently this cow was one of his particular favorites.  “It’s way out next to the far fence!”  Great-grandfather Robert got his hat and his cane and excitedly started out.  People scattered fast when they heard him coming back – he wasn’t much of a jokester!  But Uncle Bob was!

Robert married Frances Barber Linton February 7, 1893, in Washington County, Kentucky.  She was a school teacher before marriage.  They had seven children

  • Mary Alice, born December 8, 1893
  • Anna Margaret, born September 18, 1895
  • Laura Frances, born December 4, 1897
  • Lillian Catherine, born March 11, 1900
  • Robert Lee , born August 17, 1903
  • Edward Linton, born May 17, 1905
  • Benjamin , October 21, 1908

This picture was taken in May of 1952.  Aunt Mary Alice Carrico, my mom’s sister, graduated from high school that year.  Great-grandfather Robert would have been 86 – he lived another year after this photo was taken.

Today In Genealogy History – July 16, 2011

William A. Logsdon and Alice McIlvoy were married 171 years ago – July 16, 1840, in Washington County, Kentucky.  William, the son of Joseph Logsdon, was born October 24, 1799, in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  Alice, the daughter of Alexander McIlvoy and Mary Magdelene McConley, was born in 1818 in Belfast, Ireland.  William and Alice had ten children.

1817 Letter From Nicholas L. Lewis to William L. Lewis

Note by Phyllis Brown:  William Linton Lewis was the son of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton.  Catherine was the sister of Captain John Linton.  I’m not sure who Nicholas L. Lewis is.  I’m sure he is a relative, but more than that I cannot say.  The middle initial “L” leads me to believe his middle name would be “Linton” – which would make me think he is a brother to William.  But I do not have him in my database.  Another mystery – one more thing to look up!

The E. B. (Edward Barber) Edwards and William Moran in the letter are sons-in-law of Captain John Linton and came with him from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818.

The prices that are quoted for flour and fodder sound very high – now is not the only time our country has experienced hard times!

Mr. William L. Lewis, Near Middlesburg, Nelson County, Kentucky

Nashville, 3rd of February 1817


These lines leave us well.  If you and yours together with others are in like health all’s well.  Wm, I am told there is a great change in you, for the better, I hope, don’t want the mantle of hypocrisy as in the way many others do.  Our family is very uncertain as to religion.  The earthquakes have frightened the people of that country very much.  I fear they will come out little like the five Masons of Centreville.  M. Linton, I am told, has joined the Presbyterians and your sister Mary, likewise.  It is strange brother and sister should differ so widely and both aiming at the same thing.  Wm, you are governed by Nancy – the former is bad enough, the latter much worse.  But I hope there is some good among both sects.  What has become of E. B. Edwards and William Moran?  I have heard nothing from none of you since my arrival in this country.  I expect you have heard of my setting out for this place through Rebecca Lewis, if not by any other person (if you are living) as I came so contrary to her father’s will.   He wished me to go to Kentucky.  His conduct was such that I would not have gone then to have saved all the lives in the State, even if I had felt an inclination, and scarcely to have saved my own.

I wrote to V. Lewis after my arrival but have heard nothing from him, but I expect to hear from you after the reception of this, give me everything.

We are living here in a bustle from morning until night.  Hard times here.  Flour $10 and hay $4 and fodder $174 percent, money 4 percent per month.  Vegetables of every description higher than in Virginia.

Give my best respects to all inquiring friends and those that don’t inquire after me let them pass at any progress you will.  The girls send their love to everybody.

Yours Sincerely,

Nicholas L. Lewis

N.B.  Inform Vincent Lewis I wish him to write to me immediately.  Thomas is running a cow all over Nashville.

Today In Genealogy History – July 15, 2011

Richard Keene was born 202 years ago – July 15, 1809 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  He died August 27, 1874, in Washington County, Kentucky.  He was the son of Richard Keene and Elizabeth Rebecca Linton, and grandson of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason.  Richard married Susan Linton Moran January 21, 1840.  They had nine children.

Mary Hill and Bert Thompson

Marriage of Bertram Thompson and Mary Hill

Samuel Bertram Thompson, son of William and Daisy Catherine Thompson, and Mary Lydia Hill, daughter of Jessie Delbert and Nannie Belle Hill, were married March 22, 1930, at the court house in Marion County, Kentucky.  She would die less than three years later.  A son,  Henry Thompson, was born January 4, 1931.  On March 7, 1933, Nancy Jeanette Thompson, a baby girl, was born.  Mary died four days later from scarlet fever – she was nineteen.  Little Nancy Jeanette died five months after her mom and was buried beside her in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mary Lydia was my father’s oldest sister – she was born and died before he ever came along.  I didn’t know about her until later in life and never had the opportunity to ask him about her.  Mary’s husband, Bert, married again and raised a family.  The saying that ‘life goes on’ is true.  But it was sad story from a lovely beginning for a husband and wife.

This is the only known photo of Mary and Bert Thompson.  The original picture was in bad shape and one of my cousins had it restored.  What a priceless treasure!

Today In Genealogy History – July 14, 2011

John Murphy and Mary Yarbrough were married in Lincoln County, Kentucky, 216 years ago – July 14, 1795.  Mary was the daughter of Randolph Yarbrough and Mary Bailey, and was born in Virginia.  Two of John and Mary Murphy’s daughters married into the Hill family and both their husbands were killed in the Hill-Evans Feud in Garrard County, Kentucky.  Jane Murphy married Frederick Hill and Lucy Murphy married Isaiah Hill.