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Gravestones in Ghent Cemetery – Carroll County

Photos of a few stones in the Ghent Cemetery, in the city by the same name.  The early settlers named it for Ghent in the Netherlands, now Belgium.  It is a beautiful small town located on the Ohio River in Carroll County.  Ritchey and I visited the area in October of 2015.

Nannie B. Satchwell, wife of J. Saalmiller, born September 4, 1864, died February 17, 1892.

Miriam B. Gex, wife of D. P. Craig, born March 29, 1854, died January 22, 1880, aged 25 years, 9 months, 23 days.

James B. Tandy, born April 10, 1812, died January 15, 1895.  Wife, Harriet Ann, daughter of U. P. and J. Schenck, born October 16, 1831, died August 4, 1864.  John J. Tandy, born June 13, 1858, died December 21, 1874.

Julius B., son of Edward D. and Emeline Bledsoe, died July 9, 1859, aged 16 years, 7 months, 19 days.  ‘Parents, sister, brothers, Weep not for me it’s all in vain, Weep for yourself from then refrain.  Life is . . .’

Virgil S., son of Edward D. and Emeline Bledsoe, died November 11, 1877, aged 37 years, 11 months and 2 days. 

Juliet, wife of J. H. Ellis, died August 13, 1876, aged 65 years, 5 months and 2 days.

Berryman, son of J. H. & Juliet Ellis, died February 3, 1878, aged 38 years, 2 months and 1 day.

Sallie, wife of George H. Montgomery, daughter of J. B. & A. W. Orr, born October 16, 1858, died April 10, 1882.

Henry M. and Susan Wise Buried in Ghent Cemetery – Carroll County

Henry M. and Susan Wise.  Ghent Cemetery, Carroll County, Kentucky

Henry Maurice Wise and Susan Roberts were married in Carroll County, September 11, 1851, by the Reverend C. B. Tharp of the Christian Church.  Their marriage bond was procured the day before.  Benjamin Roberts, father of the bride, gave his consent and was also bondsman.  Henry was the son of Henry Wise and Sarah Bargo.

In the 1860 census of Carroll County, Henry, a merchant, and Susan had three children – Emma, 7; Charles A., 3; and Frances H., 7/12.  Frances is not in the 1870 census leading us to believe she died before that date.  Bertie, 10; Willie, 7; Ella, 6, and twins Carrie and Susan, 8/12 are the newest members of the family.  In 1880, Carrie has died, and Joseph is 6.  Henry became a farmer in 1870 and continued through 1880, although in that census he is listed as a cripple – was this because of an accident or illness?

Henry Maurice Wise passes away September 5, 1884, at the age of 59.

Henry M. Wise, born March 12, 1825, died September 5, 1884.

Susan lives another 25 years.

Susan Wise, born December 14, 1835, died July 15, 1909.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, July 16, 1909.

Emma Wise, the oldest child, never married.  She is buried beside her parents.

Emma Wise, born June 5, 1852, died September 6, 1886.

Sue Wise, daughter of Henry and Susan, also remained single.  The papers give snippets of times she entertained, when she visited relatives, or took trips with friends.  In 1905 from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, ‘Miss Susan Wise entertained a hundred ladies Wednesday evening complimentary to Mrs. John Davis, of St. Louis.’  This was in the Carrollton section.

Her death certificate says she was an organist.  I believe she must have been quite good to have been listed as her occupation.

Louis A. Bersot Biography

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

Oldham County

Louis A Bersot was born in Carroll County, Kentucky, in 1842.  His father, Julius Bersot, was born in Switzerland in 1803, was of French parentage, and came to America in 1816; settled in Carroll County, and married Miss Maria Poindexter, daughter of Robert Poindexter, of Frankfort, Kentucky, who was in seven campaigns, and twice wounded during the War of 1812, and who was a brother of Governor Poindexter of Mississippi, a trusted friend of Henry Clay.  Mrs. Maria Bersot died in 1868, and her husband, Julius, in 1875, both being members of the Baptist Church.  Louis A. Bersot is the eighth of eleven children, and was reared on the home farm near Ghent, in Carroll County.  He was educated at Eminence College, afterward taught school at Jericho, Henry County, and in 1870 entered the ministry in the Christian Church.  He has had charge of Westport Church about seven years, and the Sandhill Church, about four years, and also of the South Jefferson Church, twelve miles below Louisville.  His residence is on his farm of ninety acres, near Brownsboro.  In 1864 he married Miss Ada R. Smith, of Jefferson County, a daughter of Benjamin Smith, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, a native of Virginia, and of German descent.  The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bersot are eight in number, and named as follows:  Panolia E., Lizzie J., Letellier F., Julius S., Louis O., Addie M., Vernon C. and Vassie M.  Mrs. Bersot is also a member of the Christian Church, and Mr. Bersot is a Knight of Honor.

Ida Belle, Kate and Lizzie Starkey

A copy of this photo was sent to me by Roslyn McLendon.  I am especially interested because these are relatives of Roslyn who lived in Carroll County, Kentucky.  Thank you, Roslyn, for sharing!

IMG_2673 1Ida Belle Starkey was born in 1870, and married James Willard Dunn in Madison, Indiana, in 1889 (this is Roslyn’s great-grandmother).  They spent most of their married life at Locust, in Carroll County, Kentucky.

Kate Starkey married Carl Klinger; she was on the Ludlow School Board.

Lizzie Starkey, born 1869, married Carson  Thompson in 1891, and lived in Jefferson County, Indiana.

All three girls were daughters of Hugh Karr Starkey and Fannie Ellen Morrison, who married July 12, 1867, in Carroll County, Kentucky.

Select Gravestones From The Ghent Cemetery

Ghent Cemetery in Carroll County was another on our fall visit of last year.  A medium-sized cemetery with some beautiful stones!


S. G. Scott, born May 13, 1800, died August 26, 1867.  Ghent Cemetery, Carroll County, Kentucky.


Harriett L., wife of S. G. Scott, born November 14, 1803, died September 7, 1884, aged 80 years, 9 months, 22 days.


William McClure, May 18, 1821 – May 23, 1878.  Xantippe McClure, July 7, 1825 – December 23, 1902.  John McClure, June 16, 1847 – October 25, 1870.  Mary E. McClure, January 16, 1861 – February 2, 1918.


Angeline, wife of Andrew Bradley, born October 18, 1803, died September 18, 1880.  Abner Boone Bradley, May 3, 1828 – April 22, 1914.


Ruth Rice, 1820-1913.  Alvin Rice died December 12, 1885, aged 63 years, 8 months and 3 days.


John Montgomery, died November 19, 1883, aged 32 years, 10 months and 13 days.


Samuel Howard, born December 2, 1798, died April 7, 1876.  Louisa Howard, born October 8, 1809, died September 6, 1878.  Rebecca Howard, born September 18, 1831, died January 21, 1893.


L. C. Craig, died October 22, 1883, aged 76 years, 5 months, 21 days.  Virginia J. Craig, died June 15, 1893, aged 76 years and 2 months.

Joseph Blackwell Biography

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

Carroll County

Joseph Blackwell, a native of Norridgewock, Somerset County, Maine, was born November 19, 1826, to Ellis and Jedidah (Stuyvesant) Blackwell, of the same state, but of Massachusetts descent. Both the grandfathers were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Joseph Blackwell was educated at Colby University, Waterville, Maine, graduated in 1850, and until 1858 was engaged in teaching. From Maine he went to Dresden, Tennessee, and in 1855 came to Kentucky, where he read law, and in 1858 was admitted to the Owen County Bar. In November, 1863, he married Miss Susanna D. English, daughter of James W. English, of Franklin County. One child, Prentiss, is the offspring of this marriage. Mr. Blackwell, besides doing a large law practice, is, with his wife, owner of a farm of 400 acres in Carroll County. In politics he is a Free Trader.

Carroll County Revolutionary War Pensioners

Carroll County Revolutionary War Pensioners in 1840

Six Revolutionary War pensioners were listed in the 1840 census of Carroll County, Kentucky, listing their age.  I have added a few notes from my research.  Carroll County was part of Gallatin County until 1838.

Robert Scott, age 77.  He was a private  in the Virginia Line, on the pension roll for December 10, 1833; commencement of pension, March 4, 1831.  He received $30 annually, with a total received as $90.

David Driscoll, age 79.  He received a land grant for 50 acres in Gallatin City (Gallatin County) in 1822.  His pension was $96 annually.

James Coghill, age 82.  A soldier of the Virginia Line, enlisted in Orange County, Virginia, as a private in February, 1776, under Captain Joseph Spencer, Colonel McClanahan.  He engaged in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown and the taking of Charleston, made prisoner, but escaped.  Applied November 16, 1819, in Gallatin City, Kentucky, aged 61, and his claim was allowed.  he died January 11, 1841.

John Short, age 78.

John Isaacs, age 84.

Amos V. Matthews, age 79.  Was a private in the Revolutionary War.  He received $40 annually, and was listed in the U.S. Pensioners 1818-1872.  March 1844 was his last payment.  He died August 4, 1844.