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Grover C. Anthony – Death From Typhoid Fever

Today I share this beautiful photo of what is called a treestone.  They were very popular during the Victorian era, roughly 1880 to 1905.  This is a particularly good example, that includes much symbolism.  Let’s start at the top of the gravestone.  Do you notice the letters ‘M’ ‘W’ and ‘A’ on the tools?  Those letters stand for Modern Woodsman of America, the original name of Woodsmen of the World.  The tools – an ax, wedge and beetle – are the tools used by woodworkers.  Beetles, also known as mallets or hammers, are made of wood and are used to help seat joinery together, shift posts or beams, or drive in pegs.

In the center of the stone, just above the name and dates, is a dove carrying an olive branch.  The dove is the most frequently seen animal on cemetery stones.  It is a symbol of purity and peace.

At the bottom of the stone are ferns.  From Stories in Stone, A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, it says, ‘Ferns are generally found in the deep forest only by those who have honestly searched.  They symbolize humility, frankness and sincerity.’

Grover C. Anthony, June 11, 1888 – October 25, 1909.  Stony Point Cemetery, Allen County, Kentucky.

Just by the symbolism of this stone you know this person is well loved – the additional carving would have been expensive.  Now we’ll look at the name and dates – Grover C. Anthony, June 11, 1888 – October 25, 1909.  A young lad of 21 years.  How his parents must have grieved when he passed away at such a young age.  Typhoid fever was the disease that took this young man so early.

In the 1900 census of Allen County, Grover, aged 11, lived with his parents.  George, 52, and Minerva, 49.  Siblings George, 29; James, 17; Dora, 15; Thurman, 9; and Homer, 8, completed the household.  Minerva’s maiden name was Mayhew.  She descended from a long line of Mayhew’s that came to Allen County about 1804.  In 1849 the family donated land for Stony Point Church and Cemetery, Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Grover C. Anthony was a very special son, that was taken too soon.  His parents memorialized his short life with this beautiful tribute.

18 Counties/36 Cemeteries/3,000 Plus Gravestone Photos

Melissa Williams, born October 25, 1851, died February 17, 1923.  ‘Gone to a brighter home where grief can not come.’  Stoney Point Cemetery, Allen County, Kentucky

The past eleven days have been more epic than I ever thought possible.  Ritchey and I traveled to western Kentucky for genealogy research.  We visited 18 counties, 36 cemeteries and took more than 3,000 gravestone photos.

James Jolly, 1828-1905, 77 years, 8 days.  Martha J. Jolly, 1831-1890, 58 years, 11 months, 25 days.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

Number one on our list was a visit to Livingston County to find out more about his Jolly family, and to photograph gravestones of all family members.  That was accomplished!

Drury Boyd, born May 6, 1827, died January 13, 1891.  Martha Boyd Cemetery, Christian County, Kentucky.

Number two was to visit cemeteries in as many of the surrounding counties as possible.  In addition to Livingston we visited 17 others – Allen, Butler, Caldwell, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Hancock, Logan, Lyon, McCreary, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Warren and Wayne!

Father, Abner R. Terry, February 10, 1807 – November 29, 1847.  Mother, Eleanor Dyer, February 6, 1805 – December 9, 1892.  Daughter, Susan Emaline, wife of Judge John R. Crace, May 5, 1835 – January 20, 1860.  Infant daughter, Mary.  Terry-Pioneer Cemetery, Trigg County, Kentucky.

When we left Harrodsburg on Saturday morning, the 21st of October, we enjoyed breakfast at the Bluebird Cafe in Standford.  Then headed south to cover the southern counties that share a border with Tennessee – McCreary, Wayne, Clinton and Cumberland.

Joshua F. Bell, Pvt. Co. D., 30 Regt.  Ky Vol. Inf.  1844-1930.  Alexander Cemetery, Wayne County, Kentucky.

Our home base was Logan County, staying in Garwood Linton’s beautiful cottage farm house – large old trees surrounded the house, leaves of gold, green and red, many fluttering down with the breeze.  The old, old cedars that his gr-gr-grandfather, John Wesley Linton, planted after the Civil War, in memory of his company that didn’t make it home.  The farm house is so comfortably decorated, but with great style and pizazz!  Across the road is Corinth Country Market, with homemade bread, pies and cakes, sandwiches, canned goods, and many other yummy things (we stopped by quite often).

Aquilla M. Starks, December 28, 1799 – September 13, 1855.  Antioch Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.

From Logan County we fanned out to the other counties, generally visiting three counties per day.  One day was spent at the Logan County Historical Society.  Most of the towns we visited were small, with restaurants that concentrated on good food, and people that were so very friendly.  It was a wonderful trip – and now I have so much to share with you!

John E. Brown Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1887

Allen County, Kentucky

John E. Brown was born in Allen County, Kentucky, November 4, 1841.  His father, Drury Denton Brown, was a Kentuckian by birth, and grew to manhood in Allen County, where, in 1833, he married Sarah, daughter of Sketton Brown.  Her parents were natives of Virginia, from which state they emigrated, and were among the first settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee.  She died about the year 1865, leaving a family of seven children, three of whom lived to be grown.  Drury Denton Brown spent his life in agricultural pursuits; he died in December, 1881, aged sixty-nine years.  John E. is the fourth in the family by birth.  His early life was passed amid the scenes and labors incident to farm life; he received but little education at school, but with practical learning his mind is well stored.  He remained with his parents on the farm where he was born until he attained his twenty-second year.  On the 15th of October, 1863, he was united in marriage with Margaret, daughter of Alexander and Margaret Lyles, of Allen County, Kentucky.  Their union has been blessed with seven children:  Enola A. (Napier), Lula D. (Napier), Edward D., Robert T., Johnnie, Charles and Pernie P.  in 1866 Mr. Brown bought 200 acres of land on Bay’s Fork Creek, which he has brought to a fine state of cultivation, and improved with a good dwelling, barns and orchard.  In agricultural pursuits he has been successful.  In 1874 he was elected to the office of surveyor of Allen County; he has been twice re-elected, and in the pursuance of the duties of his office has given good satisfaction to his constituents.  Politically he is a Republican, but is liberal in his views, except on the temperance question, on which he is very decided and favors the cause by both precept and example.  He and wife are members of the Methodist Church, of which four of their children are also members, and of which Mr. Brown is a recording steward.

E. A. Porter Biography

From Warren County, Kentucky – Biographies

E. A. Porter was born August 22, 1841, near Scottsville, Allen County, where he grew to manhood. In 1871 he moved to Warren County, and located at his present home opposite the mouth of Drake’s Creek. His father, Uriah Porter, was born and reared in Allen County, and was one of the leading farmers, stock raisers and traders in that county; he was a son of Edward Porter, a native of Maryland, a farmer, and of Scotch-Irish origin. Uriah Porter was twice married. His first wife, whom he married October 9, 1838, was Harriet, daughter of Leroy and Rachel Jackson, and to their union the following children were born: Edward L., E. A., Emily C., Clinton J. and Charles W.; his second marriage took place June 21, 1866, with Fannie, daughter of John and Olivia (Lewis) Rogers. Mr. Rogers was a descendant of Edward Rogers of Barren County. By this union five children were born – four now living. E. A. Porter married January 20, 1875, Belle, daughter of Charles and Mary (Porter) Donaldson. Two children bless their union: Eugenia and Charles D. Mr. Porter is one-third owner of 1,500 acres on Barren River of well-improved and productive land. He and his brother are among the heaviest cattle dealers and raisers in Warren County. In beginning business for himself he was obliged to rely on his own resources, his father having lost about $75,000 worth of slaves and other property. By his industry, however, Mr. Porter has made life a success. He is the inventor of the Porter corn crusher, and politically a Democrat.

James A. Brite Biography

from Allen County, Kentucky – Biographies

James A. Brite is a native of Allen County, born December 22, 1817.  His father, James Brite, was a South Carolinian by birth.  He married Mary Burton; she died in 1839, aged seventy years.  She left a family of nine children.  James Brite was of Irish parentage, and was a farmer by occupation; he died in 1825.  He was a son of Tobias Brite, a native of South Carolina, who came to Kentucky in 1805; and whose age, at his death in 1825, was upward of ninety years.  James A. was only six years of age when his father died, and he continued to reside with his mother until her death.  His early education was limited to the “winter terms” in the common schools; his summers were spent in labor on the farm, but by close application to business and home reading, after arriving at manhood, he obtained an education sufficient for all the ordinary business of life.  In 1847 he came into possession of his inheritance in the homestead farm, to which he has added at different times since.  He now is the proprietor of 600 acres of land, 300 of which he has brought into a high state of cultivation, and improved with good fences, large, comfortable dwelling, barns, and eight acres of orchard producing a great variety of fruit.  His farm is admirably adapted to grass and has excellent water privileges.  Mr. Brite has given most of his attention to stock raising, in which he has been very successful.  In 1839 he was united in marriage with Virginia, daughter of Walter and Cynthia A. Bush, natives of Virginia, who removed to Kentucky, where Mr. Bush was among the first settlers of Barren County.  He was a farmer by occupation, and “cleared” a large farm upon which he lived to a ripe old age.  Mr. and Mrs. Brite are the parents of four children, two of whom are living, namely:  James W. and Elizabeth J.  Mr. Brite is a member of the Baptist Church.  He is a Democrat, but has no political aspirations.  He is a gentleman of sterling integrity, and as a public-spirited citizen he commands the respect of the community in which he resides.

Beauford Warrick Bradburn Biography

from Allen County, Kentucky – Biographies

Beauford Warrick Bradburn, one of the rising young lawyers of Allen County, was born in Simpson County, Kentucky, on the 16th of April 1855.  His parents were unable to give him such an education as they desired, but at the age of sixteen he had acquired a proficiency in the English branches as taught in the common schools, which he attended only in the winter months; his summers were passed amid the labors on the farm.  In his eighteenth year he taught a term of school, and for the next three years divided his time between the profession of teaching and attending school as a student.  In the meantime he applied himself assiduously to the study of law.  After reading Kent and Blackstone, he read for six months in the offices of B. M. Mulligan, until August, 1876; there he occupied an office with H. P. Bailey until July, 1878, at which time he was examined in the law by W. H. Botts and H. T. Clark, and received a license, which was approved by Judge Garnett of the Sixth Judicial District of Kentucky.  He then entered into the practice of law, which he has followed successfully up to the present time.  On the 12th of February, 1881, he was appointed to the office of county attorney, to finish the unexpired term of H. P. Bailey, and in August, 1882, was elected to the same office, in which he yet continues.  On the 10th of January, 1877, he was united in marriage with Mary E. Barton, an accomplished lady and a native of Allen County.  She is a daughter of James S. and Sarah J. Barton, also natives of Allen County.  Politically Mr. Bradburn is a Democrat.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Church South.  Mr. Bradburn is a gentleman of liberal views and high aspirations, and bids fair to become one of the leading lawyers of his native state.  He is a son of George and Isabella A. (Allen) Bradburn, who were natives of Kentucky, married in 1852.  Miss Isabella Allen was a native of Simpson County.  Her children were nine in number and our subject was the second.  George Bradburn has been engaged in various kinds of business, having been farmer, county assessor, and is now in the livery business.  He was born in 1829, and is a son of William C. Bradburn, who was a native of the Old Dominion, and came to Kentucky and located in Simpson County, where he was one of the early settlers and followed the trade of a carriage-maker; he died at the age of forty-five years.  His wife was Mary Martin.  She was also a native of Virginia, and came to Kentucky with her husband soon after her marriage.  Mr. Bradburn’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Allen, was a North Carolinian by birth, his ancestors being English.  He came to Kentucky when a boy and remained here during life.  His trade was that of a wheelwright.  He died in 1862; his widow, Sarah (Lewis) Allen, survived until 1866.  Her age at death was sixty-five years.

Dr. George W. Samuel Biography

from History of Kentucky – Edition 3

Dr. George W. Samuel was born September 29, 1839, in Robertson County, Tennessee, where he grew to manhood.  In 1860 he entered the University of Nashville, from which place he enlisted in the Confederate Army, in the capacity of assistant surgeon.  After the fall of Fort Donelson, he went to Richmond, Virginia, and was assigned to duty in Richardson Hospital.  After a short period of service there, he became tired of the inactivity of hospital life, and joined Morgan’s command as a private in Company H, Third Kentucky Cavalry, with which he served until the close of the war.  During the above period he was for a time associated as a scout with Sergeant Leger Greenfield, who was formerly colonel of the Ninety-Second Gordon Highlanders, and was one of the bravest men in the famous command to which he was attached, and it is not necessary to say, also in the entire army.  While with him Dr. Samuel’s experiences were of the most thrilling character, but space will not permit us to record them.  His father, John Samuel, was born in Tazewell County, Virginia, in 1806; he was a son of James Samuel, of Virginia, and was of English descent.  John Samuel was twice married; his first wife, whom he married in 1824, was Martha, daughter of Robert Hamilton of South Carolina, who bore him the following named children:  Robert J., Mary J. (Stone), William H., Elizabeth (McDaniel), Isaac C., Dr. George W. and John M.; he next married, in 1863, Mrs. Mary Woodward, of Robertson County, Tennessee.  They have no children.  Dr. Samuel has also been twice married; first, in September, 1869, to Lucy W., daughter of James and Margaret (Walker) Pope, of Arkansas; to them were born James T., Willie, John H. and Lucy.  In September 1875, he married his second wife, Anna, also a daughter of James Pope.  They have no children.  After the war Dr. Samuel returned to the University of Nashville, where he remained one year.  He then located in Butlersville, Allen County, Kentucky, where he pursued the practice of his profession with unusual success until 1884, when he retired from active practice and has since devoted his attention mainly to his milling business.  He has made his own way in the world.  Starting without any assistance, he has by his own ability succeeded in becoming the owner of a good saw and grist-mill and a comfortable home, besides which he is now the owner of a fine grove of orange trees in Florida.  He is a fine physician, and one of the most influential men in his district.  On the 2nd of July, 1885, the Democratic Party of the county, in convention assembled at Scottsville, gave him a unanimous vote for nominee of the party for county representative, and after an exciting contest of four weeks, he was elected by one of the largest majorities ever given in his county, being endorsed by a large element of the opposite party.