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H. A. and Adrian Heston Oelze Obituaries

H. A. Oelze, 1848-1915.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. Continue reading H. A. and Adrian Heston Oelze Obituaries

2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond Genealogy Conference

How many of you have ancestors that moved to Kentucky from Maryland during the 1785-1810 immigration of families to the counties of Washington, Marion and Nelson – and, also, Scott County and Breckinridge County, as I have recently discovered?  Are you attending the 2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond, Genealogy Conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, next weekend?  Ritchey and I will be there!  We will be in the vendor section, talking about genealogy and selling my CDs to those who are interested.

Holy Cross Catholic Church

In 1785 sixty families gathered in the Pottinger’s Creek area of Washington County (later to become Marion County).  Basil Hayden, Clement Johnson, Joseph Clark, James Dant, Philip Miles, among others, were those early settlers.  Holy Cross Church is the oldest Catholic church west of the Allegheny Mountains, built in 1792.

St. Charles Catholic Church

Some of these groups of families settled along Hardin’s Creek in 1786, worshiped in the home of Henry Hagan, until the first church was built in 1806 – my home parish of St. Charles Church located in St. Mary’s in Marion County, originally Washington County.  John Lancaster, James Elder, William and Andrew Mudd, Thomas and Ignatius Medley, Bennett Rhodes, and others made this area their home – and many of their descendants still live there today.

St. Francis Catholic Church

Also in 1786, a group of Maryland settlers intended to share the Pottinger’s Creek settlement.  They took flatboats down the Ohio River and landed at Maysville, known as Limestone at that time.  They found such beautiful land east of the river, in what was Woodford Count, later Scott, they decided to travel no further.  The first church was built in 1794, St. Francis.  It is the second oldest parish in the state.  The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600.  Names of those early settlers were Jenkins, Gough, Leak, Combs, Tarleton, Worland, Greenwell, and James.

St. Rose Catholic Church

In 1787 Philip Miles, Thomas Hill, Henry Cambron, Joseph and James Carrico, Thomas Hamilton, Basil Montgomery, many members of the Smith family, and others came to Cartwright’s Creek.  In 1798, they built a church known as St. Ann’s – and this is where many of the older members are buried.  The church was abandoned once St. Rose Church was built in 1806.  There is nothing in the field where St. Ann’s Church and Cemetery used to be.  This is the area most of my ancestors settled in – Montgomery, Carrico, Dillehay, Smith, Cambron and others – lived from those very early days until my grandmother died in 1986.  Such a rich heritage concentrated in one county – since my father’s ancestors also lived in Washington County from 1860.

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church

The Rolling Fork settlement – today in Calvary, Marion County – was established in 1798.  Leonard Hamilton, Robert Abell, Clement and Ignatius Buckman, John Raley and others left their marks here.  Ignatius Buckman was killed by Indians and was the first buried where Holy Name of Mary Cemetery is now.  The older portion of the cemetery is on a small knoll, at the back of the church.  The newer portion is across the small road that leads back to the cemetery, a nice, flat area with many gravestones.

Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral

Captain James Rapier, with his sons Charles and William, settled on southeast of what is now Bardstown, on Beach Fork of Salt River (Poplar Neck).  A few years later Thomas Gwynn, Anthony Sanders and Nehemiah Webb (originally a Quaker) settled close by.  The home of Thomas Gwynn, now the site of the Nazareth Community of the Sisters of Charity, was used for church services until St. Joseph Church was built in 1798 in what is now St. Joseph Cemetery.  The cathedral was built in 1816.  McManus, Reynolds, Howard, Lancaster, members of the Hayden family and William McQuown were early settlers.  Thomas Howard lived in the vicinity where St. Thomas Church is now located.  His home was used for church, and in 1810 he willed the farm to the church.    In 1812 St. Thomas Church was established.  Many old settlers are buried in this cemetery.

St. Thomas Catholic Church

The Cox’s Creek settlement in Nelson County was begun about 1792.  Some of my ancestors came to this area – Gardiner, Elder, Montgomery – along with Thomas Higdon, Richard Jarboe, Valentine Thompson, Hezekiah Luckett and Charles Wathen.  This is the oldest parish in Nelson County, located in Fairfield.  Unfortunately we have not visited this church and cemetery.

The County of Breckinridge was formed in 1799, but eight years previously, when a portion of Hardin County, it was settled by Leonard Wheatley, and soon followed by Richard Mattingly, Elias Rhodes, Barton Mattingly, Ignatius Coomes, William McGary and others.  Richard Mattingly’s house was used as a church until 1811, when St. Anthony was built.  Just found out about the Breckinridge settlement during my research – another to add to our list to visit!

There are many more settlers who came from Maryland to Kentucky in those early years.  It would be impossible to name them all.  This conference first began in 1990 when it was held at Nazareth, Kentucky.  In 1992, it was held in St. Mary’s at St. Charles Church; in 1994 in Cape Girardeau, Perry County, Missouri; and back in 1996 at St. Charles – the first time Ritchey and I attended.  In 1998, Owensboro, Kentucky, was the location, and we attended again.  In 2000 the gathering was held at Leonardtown, in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  2002 found the conference at St. Catharine Motherhouse in Washington County, which we attended; 2004 in Hannibal, Missouri.  2008 at the St. Thomas Farm in Bardstown; back in Leonardtown in 2010.  The last reunion was held at St. Catharine College in Washington County in 2014 – which was my first time to attend as a vendor.  This has been such a wonderful group of people!  I’ve made so many friends and found much information for my families!  If you have any family members that originated from Maryland, especially the counties of Charles, St. Mary and Prince Edward, you may want to come.  Perhaps I will see you there?

Murray Cemetery in Cloverport, Kentucky

img_5855Murray Cemetery, Cloverport, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Murray Cemetery is a small cemetery, located on the Ohio River in northern Breckinridge County, Kentucky, in the town of Cloverport.  This town was first known as Joesville, after the founder, Joe Huston, in the 1790’s.  The town was the site of the ferry when, in 1816, Jacob Weatherholt piloted the family of Abraham Lincoln across the Ohio River to Spencer County, Indiana.  Joesville was renamed Cloverport in 1828.

These photos were taken at the end of the day – not great light.

img_5838Col. David R. Murray, born March 17, 1790, died May 28, 1871, aged 81 years, 2 months and 11 days.

img_5837Dr. Charles Sebastian, born July 4, 1790, died January 19, 1849.

img_5858Elizabeth, wife of Dr. Charles Sebastian, born January 14, 1805, departed this life December 12, 1886.

img_5834Esther B., wife of William Allem(n), born March 20, 1799, died April 19, 1863.

img_5842Susan E. Kinzer, wife of P. V. Duncan, born November 18, 1821, died September 26, 1900.

img_5841P. V. Duncan, born August 16, 1820, died October 25, 1893.

img_5848B. L. Duncan, October 11, 1822 – October 11, 1888.

img_5847Maria K. Duncan, April 29, 1828 – April 13, 1920.

img_5851In memory of Laura H. Miller, born July 27, 1873, died August 27, 1873.

Day 2 – Tuesday’s Genealogy Adventure

Monday was an exciting day of cemeteries and fun in three of what I would call the ‘mid-western’ counties of Kentucky – Larue, Hart and Grayson.  Tuesday we started out for Bullitt, Hardin, Meade and Breckinridge counties – and ten cemeteries within.

In the eastern side of Bullitt County on Hwy 1604, just before it T’s with Hwy 480 is Cedar Grove Methodist Cemetery.  It is a small church and cemetery, but beautiful!


‘Come ye blessed.’  William Rice, 1847-1930.  His wife, America F., 1849-1915.  Cedar Grove Methodist Cemetery, Bullitt County, Kentucky.

The top of this stone is quite beautiful – the gates of heaven, open, waiting for those who are worthy.

As soon as we turned on Hwy 480 we came up Old Cedar Grove Baptist Cemetery.  Quite a bit older, no church at this time.  Many of the stones were covered in a black substance – not sure what it was.  As you can see from the photo below, when totally covered they are unreadable.


Felix Harris, born January 7, 1815, died May 16, 1880.  Old Cedar Grove Baptist Cemetery, Bullitt County, Kentucky.

We traveled west on Hwy 480 until it came to Hwy 61, went north about half a mile, then west onto Hwy 44 to Bullitt Lick Baptist Cemetery.  This church was larger, as was the cemetery, which was on a small hill at the back of the church.  Beautiful trees!


Edgar Croan, October 28, 1855 – July 4, 1908.  His wife, Nannie McDaniel, January 31, 1858 – ?.  Bullitt Lick Baptist Cemetery, Bullitt County, Kentucky.

Such a shame that the death date of Nannie Croan is not on the stone!  How I would love to travel around, find stones where there is no death date and have them chiseled in!  Ritchey found a geocache in this cemetery which made him very happy!

Time to move on to the next county.  We drove back to Hwy 61 and headed south for Hardin County – our destination Elizabethtown and the city cemetery there.  I wasn’t sure what we would find – I knew it was a huge cemetery – but was pleased when we pulled in and saw all the old stones!


Sacred to the memory of Margaret Haycraft, consort of Samuel Haycraft, Sen., departed this life the 12the April, 1843, aged 83 years, 3 months and 16 days.  Elizabethtown City Cemetery, Hardin County, Kentucky.

Margaret was born in 1760!  Her husband is buried beside her.  Thankfully new stones were placed in front of the unreadable old ones!

Lunch had been on my mind for quite a while, so when Ritchey finished his geocaches we went to Back Home Restaurant in Etown.  Ritchey had their shrimp and grits; I had baked country ham with potato salad and broccoli casserole.  For those of you who have never had country ham you don’t know what you are missing!  In Kentucky and Virginia (and probably other places in the south!) hams are cured with salt which gives it a wonderful taste!

Onward to Meade County and Cap Anderson Cemetery, which is at the edge of the town of Brandenburg.  This city was hit by tornadoes in 1974 and there is a large monument to the 39 citizens who perished that day.


Rebecca C., wife of William Hayes, born December 17, 1812, died June 5, 1884.  Cap Anderson Cemetery, Meade County, Kentucky.

From there we took Hwy 1692 to Hwy 144, to Hwy 1844, to Bald Knob Cemetery Road.  This was a tiny, dirt/rock road with many holes and rough areas.  At the top was a delightful small cemetery.

IMG_5701John W. Stiles, February 16, 1832 – December 23, 1908.  Bald Knob Cemetery, Meade County, Kentucky.

 Westward, ho, we go to Breckinridge County, coming in on Hwy 79 where it joins with US 60 just across the county line.  The town of Irvington is in that junction and there we visited Cedar Hill Cemetery.  As you can tell from the photo, the light was not as good as earlier in the day.

IMG_5765T. P. Davis, April 27, 1847 – April 18, 1936.  J. A. Davis, December 7, 1847 – June 8, 1926.  Cedar Hill Cemetery, Irvington, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

After Cedar Hill we drove across county to the City of Cloverport, close to the Hancock County border and on the Ohio River.  Cloverport Cemetery and Calvary Cemetery were side by side.

IMG_5795Lewis Moorman, born November 5, 1836, died September 9, 1878.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

IMG_5811Felix Beavin, December 12, 1851 – September 9, 1925.  Ida, his wife, September 23, 1860 – February 15, 1927.  Calvary Cemetery, Cloverport, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

Ritchey had one cemetery he wanted to visit since it contained a geocache – and, of course, he always finds the oldest and best.  Murray Cemetery in downtown Cloverport is on the Ohio River, just a small cemetery with a few old stones.IMG_5830Rev. William McAfee, born in Antrim County, Ireland, March 30, 1815, died Cloverport, Ketnucky, April 7, 1853.  Murray Cemetery, Cloverport, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

It was quite a two day stint!  Seven counties, eighteen cemeteries and 1,439 photos!  If you have loved ones buried in any of these cemeteries send me a note and I will see if we have a photo.

Edwin Brashear Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1885

Hancock County

Edwin Brashear, Hancock County, was born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, December 29, 1842, and is a son of R. A. S. and Margaret (Cox) Brashear.  The father was born in Breckinridge County about 1812.  Subject’s grandfather, Joseph Brashear, moved from Washington County to Breckinridge County, in 1806.  The great-grandfather, William Brashear, came from Maryland, and settled at the old fort at Louisville, in 1782, where he remained until killed by the Indians.   The father began life for himself as a merchant at Stephensport, and for upward of twenty years was one of the magistrates of the county.  He was a member of the Baptist Church, and died in 1859.  The mother was also a native of Breckinridge County, having been born there in 1814, and her people were natives of Virginia.  She was a member of the Baptist Church and died in 1874.  Subject was the third of a family of eight children, seven of whom are now living:  James C.; Mehitable, wife of Richard Robinson, of Jacksonport, Arkansas; Edwin; Bettie; Nannie, wife of Wilbur Sills; R. A. and Josie.  Subject began farming for himself when fifteen years of age, in Breckinridge County.  He moved to Hancock County in 1867, and settled on his present farm, where he owns about 300 acres, with about 250 acres in cultivation.  Mr. Brashear was married September 12, 1867, to Miss Jennie, daughter of George Younger, of Hancock County.  She was born in Breckinridge County in 1844, and was the mother of four children, one of whom, Minnie, is now living.  This lady died in 1875.  Subject was next married June 7, 1877, to Mrs. Bettie Bowlware, daughter of Joseph Wright, of Daviess County.  This marriage has resulted in four children, of whom three are now living:  Nannie, Nora and Lummie.  Mr. Brashear is a member of the Baptist Church.  His wife is a member of the Methodist Church.

The Jolly Family

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

Breckinridge County

The Jolly Family were among the earliest settlers in Breckinridge County.  Nelson Jolly, the progenitor of the family in Kentucky, was a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  In 1780 he left that state in company with thirteen other families and immigrated to Kentucky, then beyond the borders of civilization.  The little band stopped at the mouth of Beargrass Creek – the present site of Louisville, where they remained one year.  Not satisfied with the look of the surrounding country they determined to go further, and in 1781 they embarked in flat boats and floated down the Ohio, landing at the mouth of Sinking Creek.  From there they proceeded through the unbroken forest until they reached the spot where Hardinsburg now stands, which place had previously been selected as a place of settlement by the leader of the band – William Hardin.  Here they at once constructed a log fort, as a protection against the Indians, that soon became known on the frontier as “Hardin’s Fort”.  In this rude fortification the little band remained for several years.  Mr. Jolly was an inmate of the fort some two years, when he located two miles west of Hardinsburg, and lived there until his death, in 1814.  Nelson Jolly, Jr., his son, was also born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1786, and was quite young when the family came to Kentucky.  He grew to manhood in Breckinridge County, and was a man of some prominence.  He was a magistrate a number of years, and as senior magistrate of the county, under the old constitution, became high sheriff, and then was again elected magistrate and served out his term, and became sheriff a second time, January 15, 1849.  He lived for a number of years at the mouth of Sugar Tree Run, in the Union Star Precinct, and there he died, in November, 1878.  His wife was Barbara Barr, born in 1781, and died in 1863. Her father, Adam Barr, was a native of Virginia; came to Kentucky in 1792, and settled near where the village of Union Star now stands; he died there in 1859, at the age of one hundred years.  The children of Nelson and Barbara Jolly were Mary, Sallie (deceased), John B., James G. (deceased), Samuel J., Gideon P., Bettie A., Adam N., Thomas J., David C. (deceased), H. Clay and Francis M. (deceased).

Thomas J. Jolly Biography

Kentucky – A History of the State – by Perrin 1887

Breckinridge County

Thomas J. Jolly, son of Nelson and Barbara Jolly, was born January 10, 1828, in the Union Star Precinct of this county. He remained with his parents until nineteen years old, attending school usually during the winter months. His first venture for himself was as a farm hand, then worked at the cooper’s trade for two years. In 1849 he was appointed deputy sheriff under his father, serving for two years, then under his brother (G. P. Jolly) for four years. At the end of that time he purchased a farm near Webster. He lived there for four years when he sold out and bought his present farm, one mile north of Bewleyville, and one of the most beautiful places in the county. It is well improved, having a handsome residence, excellent barns, etc. Mr. Jolly has devoted considerable attention to stock raising, in which he has been very successful. He was deputy sheriff again in 1863-64 under Frank Beard (during the war) a period when the office was not a safe one, and in 1865 he was appointed sheriff, and held the office for one year. He was married, June 21, 1853, to Amanda L., a daughter of Jeremiah and Lydia Jordan, of Bedford County, Virginia. Four children are the result of this union: Robert M., Sarah (Mrs. Cain), William C. and Mary Blanche. Mr. Jolly is one of the prominent citizens of Breckinridge County. He is a zealous member of the Masonic fraternity; has been elected thirteen times Worshipful Master of his lodge (the writer has met him amid many scenes, to which the world was not a witness, and together they strove to do good to their fellow men) and for forty years has been a member of the Methodist Church. He is a strong temperance man, and a zealous worker in the cause; politically he was a Whig under the old regime, but under the new he affiliates with the Republican Party.