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Taxpayers for Lots in the Town of Springfield 1817

I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817.  I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s.  Do you have anyone on this list?

This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor

A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.

Note:  In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.

George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.

To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection.  By Order of the Board of Trustees.  April 11th, 1817.  Attests.  John Hughes, Jr., CBT.

1923 Photo – Grandmother and Granddaddy

Scan159Today I have one of my personal photos to share with you – Grandmother and Granddaddy holding their first two children!  These are my maternal grandparents.

Mary Alice Montgomery married Joseph Reuben Carrico, November 24, 1920, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Alice was the daughter of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton.  Rue was the son of Joseph Benedict Napoleon Carrico and Melvina Ann Smith.

Son Joseph Robert Carrico, held by granddaddy, was born September 18, 1921, and Francis Reuben Carrico, held by grandmother, was born November 5, 1922.  Unfortunately both these lives would be cut short.  Reuben died just before his tenth birthday of appendicitis.  Robert fought in World War II and was killed while manning the guns in Sicily, Italy, September 14, 1943, just four days before his 22nd birthday.

The two young women standing on the sides are my great-aunts – Lillian Catherine Montgomery, on the left, and Anna Margaret Montgomery, on the right, grandmother’s sisters.  Aunt Lil married Guy Goodrich, but they had no children.  Aunt Maggie, who supposedly fell in love with a man who her daddy thought was not worthy, remained unmarried.

What puzzles me are the boy and girl in the seat of the old car!  Grandmother had two brothers at that time – Robert and Edward Montgomery (Benjamin, the youngest, died as an infant).  At this time Robert would have been 20 and Edward 18.  Since my grandmother is 30 – and looks much younger in this photo – this may be one of her brothers.  The young lady in the front seat is a mystery.  It could be a young cousin of granddaddy’s – since he was a younger child in his family.  Or it could be a Montgomery relative.  Unfortunately this is a copy of the original photo – with no names written on back!  And why I didn’t ask my mom about this before she died – how many times I’ve thought that in the last two years!

Granddaddy died at the age of 76, when I was four years old.  I honestly have no memory of him.  But I must have loved him dearly.  Mom said that when we visited grandmother and I heard a noise in the house, I would ask if that was granddaddy coming home – which, of course, brought about much weeping.

Grandmother lived another 25 years.  I have many happy memories of visiting, climbing the trees in her yard – especially the cherry tree when the fruit hung thick on the branches!  Grandmother loved to play cards, and when I was old enough I joined in the fun.  We would sit on the front porch and watch the cars go by!  And on the Fourth of July we sat on her front porch and watched the huge fire works sent up to the sky from across the street at the drive-in theater!  And we would eat!  I remember her as a wonderful cook – she made the best baked chicken and dressing (in a cast iron skillet)!  I’m sure I got my love for cooking and baking from her!  Grandmother died in February, 1986, at the lovely age of 92.  All her children were born at home.  She had one brief stint in the hospital around age 80 due to a slight case of pneumonia.  In 1986, in the hospital, she still had her sharp mind and wits around her.  My mother saw her the day before she died and complained that grandmother had taken the oxygen from her nose.  True to form my grandmother said, “Now, Catherine, I can’t enjoy my breakfast with it!”  I hope to have her spunk and determination and longevity!

In any event this is a wonderful moment frozen in time – a young couple with two little babes, surrounded by happy, loving family members!

Today In Genealogy History – December 11

Laura Frances Montgomery died 101 years ago – December 11, 1912 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  She was the daughter of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton.  Born December 4, 1897, she died at the age of 15 of tuberculosis.  Laura’s siblings were Mary Alice, Anna Margaret, Lillian Catherine, Robert Lee, Edward Linton and Benjamin Montgomery.

Today In Genealogy History – November 7

Benjamin Montgomery died 105 years ago – November 7, 1908 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Benjamin was the son of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton, born October 21, 1908 – having lived only 17 days.  He was buried in St. Dominic Cemetery.  Benjamin’s siblings were Mary Alice, Anna Margaret, Laura Frances, Lillian Frances, Robert Lee and Edward Linton Montgomery.

To Great-Grandmother’s House We Go . . .


This is the home of my great-grandparents – my mother’s beloved grandmother and grandfather.  Mom spent many happy days in this house.  And even though it was torn down long before I could remember things, this is very real, and very vivid in my mind – the huge staircase in the dining room, the large kitchen, the sitting room (which also was the bedroom for the grandparents) with it’s large fireplace and clock on the mantel that kept perfect time.  There was the parlor with its beautiful furnishings, bookshelves on either side of the windows – this was where my mother, her siblings and cousins would set up a grocery store and their grandmother, complete with her hat, purse and gloves, would make purchases with nickels and dimes!  The dining room which held a party feast on the last day of their visit.  And the fish pond, the barn and cows – the old cemetery very near the house.

Robert E. Lee Montgomery – such a colorful and historic name! – and Frances Barber Linton Montgomery are sitting in the center of the photo.  My great-aunts, Lilly and Maggie, are next to their mother – and my grandmother, Alice, on the end.  She doesn’t look very happy – perhaps she had something more pressing to do than sit for the portrait!

The boys, Robert Lee and Edward Linton, stand with their horses.

But there are two that were gone before this picture was made.  A daughter, Laura Frances, born in 1897, died of tuberculosis at the age of 15 – shortly before this photo was made.  A son, Benjamin, born in 1908, died when less than a month old.

Out of a family of seven children only three married, and only two had children of their own.  Of the five young people in the photo Edward lived to be 71, Bob, 82, Maggie, 89, Alice, my grandmother, 92, and Lilly, 94.  I come from a long line of ‘long livers’!  Perhaps I’ll be just as lucky!