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Mothers, Grandmothers and Great-Grandmothers

Couldn’t help but think about my maternal grandmother today.  Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico was a lovely person, but as a grandmother she was rather stilted.  When we came to visit she was always sitting in her rocking chair and offered her cheek for us to kiss.  There were no big hugs.  We were expected to sit on the couch and behave.  The cherry tree in the back yard always drew our attention, and we eagerly climbed the small tree to eat all the tart cherries we could pop in our mouths.  Outside we could run and play and wear off some of the energy that was not allowed inside.  Back inside it was more time on the couch, hopefully with a book.  Grandmother Alice was a fabulous cook – everything was just perfection – especially her baked chicken and dressing.  Although long before my time, mom talked of the butter she made from their cream, decorating it with flowers and designs.  Cottage cheese was also homemade.  Bread puddings, cakes and pies were all on the menu.

In contrast Grandmother Alice’s mother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, was quite the opposite.  Unfortunately, I did not know her, she died in 1945, years before my birth.  Mom told all the wonderful stories of good times at her grandmother’s house, always met at the door with hugs and kisses.  During their weekly stay in the summer Great-grandmother Frances let her seven grandchildren play with her canned food and pantry items in the living room on tables and bookshelves.  Frances would don her best hat and with purse on her arm go through the stores and purchase items for five cents each.  At the end of the week she held a big party, in the dining room, with lace tablecloth and many goodies and desserts on glass dishes.  Mom always talked about what a treat it was.  At Easter the grandchildren would find baskets on the porch, with eggs and other items.  And at Christmas the girls received a doll and the boys a ball.  Since this was during the Depression these items were very precious.  Another thing that was special each year was the fair.  Grandmother Frances love the fair and took a picnic lunch for her children and grandchildren to enjoy.  She died the week of the fair, and everyone was encouraged to go since it was a yearly event she dearly loved.

My mother, Catherine Lyons Carrico Hill McIlvoy, was more like her Grandmother Frances.  Mom always met you at the door, hugs and kisses, and, ‘Are you hungry?  Can I fix you something to eat?’  Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.  My children love to tell the story that one day, when they were small, Gran, as they called her, asked if they would like to see a flying saucer.  With their eyes big and watching her every move, she took one of the glass saucers they were drying and gave it a whirl into the dining room.  It landed on the carpet and turned and rolled into the living room.  Linton and Kate, of course, said, ‘Do it again!  Do it again!’  When Kate was in middle school mom picked her up every day – and was usually talked into going for ice cream.  Myself, I remember coming home from school and having a treat in the Lazy Susan on the table – exactly four spots for four children (little sister Laura came much later!).

My paternal grandmother, Nannie Bell Coulter Hill, was a very quiet woman.  She rarely spoke to anyone.  But she loved us dearly, loved to give kisses and hugs.  She was such a good cook – and cooked on a wood stove all her life.  I still remember the smells from her kitchen, and how much everyone loved to sit at her table for a meal.  One of my earliest memories was at Easter.  When we drove in, the yard was filled with suckers standing straight up, eggs and other goodies.  There was a garden to explore and every time we left during season we were given a brown bag to hold some of the fresh vegetables on the back porch – our own tomato, potato, zucchini, etc.

I did not know Grandmother Nannie’s mother – Mary Elizabeth Crow Coulter.  But I was told she loved to dance and smoked a corn cob pipe!  How could she have been so full of life and not her daughter?

Now that I am Nana, I fall into the line of my mother and great-grandmothers.  Julian and Percy are met at the door with kisses and hugs.  Julian has a basket with Kit-Kats and M&Ms.  We play wild games like Old McJulian Had A Beach – where we sing and run after him, our fingers a crab’s claw trying to catch hold.  We sit in the floor and make traffic jams with his cars.  Play color games out on the porch.  Blow bubbles.  Casper Babypants is our favorite music to listen to when he’s here.  How different will Percy be?  It’s hard to say since she’s just two weeks old.  But I’m sure she will be a match for her brother, and an individual to boot!

What wonderful memories do you have of your mother, grandmothers or great-grandmothers?  Remember to write them down for future generations.  Precious memories made and to be made.

Mom’s School Days

Today I found this tiny photograph of my mom, Catherine Lyons Carrico.  It was hidden among other photos in her wallet.  This is a one inch by one and one-half inch photo – probably taken during her high school years.

Mom was a real beauty.  Her dark, curly hair fell to her shoulders.  I am surprised at the dark lipstick she is wearing.  Was this an addition after she left for school that day?  I can’t imagine my grandmother approving this look!

During her elementary years mom walked with her brother and two sister, and neighborhood children, to a small, one room school about two miles from their home.  Coming back from school a snack was sometimes offered by one of the mothers – biscuits left from lunch were a staple.  And in cold weather, a bit of time by the fire warmed cold feet and hands before starting out for the rest of the journey home.

Mom carried her lunch in a little bag, sometimes homemade cottage cheese and crackers.  Since this was an everyday meal for her, it was traded to a classmate for one of their delicacies.  Water was drawn from the well beside the school with a hand pump.

The school was small, with three windows on each side.  A wood stove sat in the middle of the room.  Before winter set in the teacher took all students into the woods to gather kindling to start the fire on cold mornings.  They were rewarded by having a wiener roast – which was a enjoyed by all.

Two privies stood near the fence, away from the school – one for girls, the other for boys.

There were twenty-eight students.  Mom told me many times she and Rose Mattingly, her friend and neighbor, were the only two in second grade.  They sat at a little green table with a small bench on either side.  I admire a teacher that can give all her students, in a quite large grade range, what they needed to learn at their level.

High school was a bit further away.  Mom walked about a mile and caught a school bus that took her the eighteen miles to Fredericksburg – affectionately known as ‘the Burg’.  She was given enough change to buy a Coke and sandwich at a small store, there being no cafeteria at that time to provide nutritious meals.  The long bus ride home, on curvy back roads, and the many stops it made to let other students off at their homes, meant a long day.  Chores and homework were waiting for her at the end,  and a wonderful meal served by her mother.  Then on to bed to get up early for the next day!

Happy Father’s Day!

John Hill, Sr., born in Virginia, died in July, 1839, in Garrard County, Kentucky; married Sally Crow, died May, 1843, in Garrard County, Kentucky, was the father of:

Jesse Hill, died February, 1836, in Garrard County, Kentucky; married Jane Southern in 1808, was the father of:

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Isaiah Hill, born 1809, died March 13, 1852, in Garrard County, Kentucky; July, 1827 married Lucy Murphy, born 1807, died March 4, 1850, in Garrard County, Kentucky,  was the father of:

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Isaiah Hill, born February, 1839, in Garrard County, Kentucky, died September 3, 1919, in Marion County, Kentucky; May 4, 1870, Washington County, Kentucky, married Lydia Ann Ross, born April 25, 1855, Washington County, Kentucky, died January 14, 1931, Marion County, Kentucky, was the father of:

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Jessie Delbert Hill, born August 8, 1893, in Washington County, Kentucky, died April 13, 1974, Marion County, Kentucky; June 27, 1911 married Nannie Bell Coulter, born December 30, 1895, Washington County, Kentucky, died August 6, 1984, Marion County, Kentucky, was the father of:

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James Philip Hill, born in Marion County, Kentucky, died in Mercer County, Kentucky; married Catherine Lyons Carrico, born and died in Washington County, Kentucky, was the father of:

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Phyllis Ann Hill

Maidstone Survey for Peter Carrico

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Peter Carrico is my 5th great-grandfather – my mother is his 4th great-granddaughter in direct line, Catherine Lyons Carrico.  Previously I mentioned that I thought the name Carrico could be French or Italian, but after my DNA testing and more research, I believe it to be Portuguese.  Be that as it may, Peter Carrico came to Maryland in the early years of his life, marrying Ann Gates after 1721 in Charles County.  Notice in the body of this resurvey that the land was resurveyed for Ann Gates in 1721 – obviously before her marriage to Peter Carrico.  When Ann died about 1735, Peter married  Margaret Gates – probably a cousin to Ann.  Peter died at Bryantown Hundred, Charles County, Maryland, October 18, 1765.

The Carrico’s were part of the migration of Catholic families from Maryland to Kentucky in the last years of the 18th century, who settled in Washington, Nelson and Marion counties.

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Maidstone Survey for Peter Carrico

Maryland                                                                               March 4th, 1734

By virtue of a special warrant out of his Lordship’s Land Office bearing date the tenth day of September, last granted unto Peter Carrico of Charles County to resurvey a tract or parcel of land lying in Charles County aforesaid, originally on the seventeenth day of June 1675 granted unto a certain John Hunt for the quantity of one hundred acres, and resurveyed again on the ninth of November 1721 for a certain Ann Gates for the quantity of two hundred and fifteen acres, with liberty to include its surplusage and add what vacant land may be found contiguous thereto. This is therefore to certify that I have resurveyed and laid out for and the name of him, the said Peter Carrico, the aforesaid tract of land according to its ancient metes and bounds, including eighty nine acres of surplusage bounded as follows. Beginning at a bounded white oak sapling standing at the edge of an old field at the place where the original first bound tree of the said tract stood, running thence north twenty perches to a bounded tree of a tract of land called Canterbury, and with the said land north and west one hundred and ninety two perches, then south west one hundred perches, then south eighty eight degrees west one hundred and twenty perches to a bounded white oak, a bound tree aforesaid, tract then southeast one hundred and thirty perches, then south thirteen degrees west sixty five perches to a bounded beech the last bound tree of said tract, thence with a straight line to the first beginning, containing one hundred and eighty nine acres and have added thereto one hundred and twenty three acres of vacancy and reduced all into one entire tract called Maidstone, bounded as follows, beginning at the aforesaid bound white oak sapling at the place where the original first bound tree of the said tract stood, running thence north forty perches, then north eighty one degrees, west forty eight perches to the bound tree of Canterbury aforesaid, then north and by west one hundred and ninety two perches, then west thirty six perches, then south sixty four degrees, west one hundred and sixteen perches then north fifty three degrees, west eighty three perches, then north sixty degrees, west one hundred and forty perches, then north and by east fifty six perches, then south east one hundred and ninety two perches, then south nine degrees, east ninety six perches to a bounded beech, then with a straight line to the first beginning. Containing and now resurveyed and laid out for three hundred and twelve acres to be held of Calvert Manor.                     William Hanson


Maryland Survey For Peter Carrico


Maryland Survey For Peter Carrico

Peter Carrico is my 5th great-grandfather – my mother, his 4th great-granddaughter in direct line – Catherine Lyons Carrico.  I have read that the name Carrico could be French or Italian.  According to my extremely talkative, full of life, Catholic family I would vote Italy!

Be that as it may, Peter Carrico came to Maryland in the early years of his life, marrying Ann Gates about 1720 in Charles County.  When Ann died about 1735, Peter married  Margaret Gates – probably a cousin to Ann.  Peter died at Bryantown Hundred, Charles County, Maryland, October 18, 1765.

Carrico’s Hope was a piece of property he bought later in life.  Don’t you love that most properties in Maryland were named?  I’ve never noticed that in any other state!  The descriptive paragraph at the bottom gives us a good idea of what was on the property – another bonus!  This property was recorded February 7, 1763.

Members of the Carrico family came to Washington County, Kentucky, about 1795 when the Catholic migration began from Maryland to Kentucky.  A conference was recently held at St. Catharine College in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, reuniting all descendents of these pioneer families.  Ritchey and I were proud to attend!


Charles County

Laid out for Peter Carrico of Charles County, aforesaid, a piece of land lying in the county aforesaid within the presence of his Lordship, Mayor of Calverton, and next adjoining to tracts of land called Maidstone, which is called Carrico’s Hope, and bounded as follows.  Beginning at a bounded locust post standing where a bounded red oak of the said Maidstone formerly stood, running thence south fifty seven degrees, West eighty eight, from then north west and by west forty two, then north sixteen degrees, east twenty two, then north twenty seven degrees, west forty four, then north sixty seven degrees, west sixty eight, then north twenty degrees, east seventy four then south seventy degrees, east sixty one, then south forty eight degrees, east one hundred and forty five, thence with a strait line to the first beginning, containing ninety four acres, as by the plat here unto annex may appear.  Surveyed and laid down by a scale of (?) in an inch this 30th June 1762, by a Mr. Hanson

About twenty acres of the above land are cultivated and has on it a clapboard dwelling house 16 feet square, a 20 feet square tobacco house, 22 old apple trees and about 400 panels of old fence.



Recent Brides!


Sunday our daughter Kate married the love of her life, Todd Sizemore.  They are so in love with each other!  I think it appropriate to share not only their wedding photo, but others in the family in recent years.


Ritchey and myself at our wedding 32 years ago.


My parents, James Philip Hill and Catherine Lyons Carrico, on their wedding day 58 years ago.

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Ritchey’s parents, Rex Edwin Brown and Vivian Eleanora Ritchey, on their wedding day 70 years ago.

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My maternal grandparents, Joseph Reuben Carrico and Mary Alice Montgomery, on their wedding day 94 years ago.

George and Caroline Klein on their Wedding Day
George and Caroline Klein on their Wedding Day

Ritchey’s great-grandparents, George Klein and Caroline Jungbluth, on their wedding day 133 years ago.

Lifetimes of happy couples living their lives together – through good times and bad – leaving lines of descendants to do the same.  Kate and Todd are anxious to start a family and begin their family tree!


Today In Genealogy History – September 14

Joseph Robert Carrico died 70 years ago – September 14, 1943 – in Sicily, Italy.  Joseph was fighting for our country during WWII.  He was the son of Joseph Reuben Carrico and Mary Alice Montgomery, born September 18, 1921, in Washington County, Kentucky, and named for both his grandfathers, Joseph Benedict Napoleon Carrico and Robert E. Lee Montgomery.  Robert never married.  His siblings were Reuben, Mary Beulah, Paul Donovan, Margaret Ann, Mary Alice and Catherine Lyons Carrico (my mother).