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William Ryan Buried In Albany Cemetery

This is the gravestone for William Ryan, son of William and D. Ryan, born December 24, 1781, and died December 12, 1855.  Generally when parents names are added the person who died is a young child, but this gentleman was 74 years of age.  This is Albany Cemetery, in the town of the same name, in Clinton County, on the Tennessee border.  Albany is centered in the county as far as east-west goes, but a little south on US 127.  Now if you were to head north from Albany you would drive to Harrodsburg, and our home is just a few streets off the main road.  Dale Hollow Lake is shared with Tennessee, and it is a marvelous place to visit – lots of fishing and boating, and the lodge serves wonderful meals!

As you can see the stone is on a raised foundation.  Usually there is either the raised stone or a standing stone, not both.

And from a side angle you can see it also has a foot stone.  There are others that are similar in this cemetery.  There is an old section and a very new section, telling us this cemetery has been used for a long time, and will continue to be used in the future.

Back to William Ryan.  I did find him in the 1850 census of Clinton County.  He is listed as 64, a farmer, born in Virginia.  His wife, Keziah, was 59, also born in Virginia.  Living with them was Susannah Miller, 19, and her one year old son, William M.  Probably a daughter and grandson.

William Ryan and Keziah Blevins were married March 30, 1807, in Wayne County.  Clinton did not become a county until 1835, and was formed from parts of Wayne and Cumberland counties.

Bartholomew Wood – Patriot, Pioneer, Frontiersman, Farmer, Tavern Keeper

Anytime one hears the name ‘Pioneer’ cemetery it should be visited!  And the same can be said for the Pioneer Cemetery in Hopkinsville in Christian County.  A small park where many of the original citizens of Christian County are buried, it is nicely maintained and contains lots of history in one small area.  Today I would like to concentrate on Bartholomew and Martha Wood and their family.

This pioneer graveyard was used from 1812 to 1858.  Within this enclosure are buried 185 named persons, and many more unknown, all early settlers of Christian County.  The land for this cemetery was donated in 1812 by Bartholomew Wood, the first settler in Hopkinsvile.  He also donated land and timber for the first public buildings 1797.  He died in 1827 and was buried here.

Bartholomew Wood was the town founder – in 1796, frontiersman, a farmer, a tavern keeper in the town of Hopkinsville.  The Christian County Court House was built in 1797 upon land supplied by Bartholomew and with his lumber.  The town was originally known as Elizabeth in 1799, but was later changed to Hopkinsville in 1804.  Bartholomew Wood died here November 26, 1827.

A soldier in in the South Carolina Militia during the war, Bartholomew Wood was part of Colonel Robertson’s Regiment in 1779.

Martha Ann was the wife of Bartholomew Wood.  She was born in Virginia June 27, 1763, married in Jonesborough, North Carolina (now Tennessee) July 20, 1780, and died at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, November 9, 1846, outliving her husband by almost twenty years.

Children of Bartholomew and Martha Ann Wood were Elizabeth Wood Douglass, Mary (Polly) Wood Gist, Sarah (Sally) Wood Cornelius, Temperance (Tempy) Wood Roberts, Patsy Wood Millholland, Bartholomew T. Wood, Carter T. Wood, Curtis Davenport Wood, William J. Wood, Letitia Charlotte Wood and Hardin J. Wood.

Old Roberts Cemetery In McCreary County

Old Roberts Cemetery, McCreary County, Kentucky

Old Roberts Cemetery, which I believe is known as Roberts Cemetery #2 in McCreary County, is in the rural area of the north central part of the county.  The last turn was on to a rocky road that led back and up.  The cemetery sits on a small knoll, just a short walk from where we parked.  It is in the midst of trees, and has the lushest moss you can imagine – it makes your steps spring!  We found this cemetery through Ritchey’s geocache locator!  Head south on US27 from Pulaski County; turn left onto Hwy 1045; very shortly afterwards turn left onto a rock road known as Roberts Cemetery Road.  The geographical coordinates are N 36° 49.050 W 084° 29.029.

Find A Grave says there are 28 people buried in this cemetery.  I didn’t photograph every stone, but want to share some of those photos with you today.

Beautiful, lush and green!

Find A Grave says there are 28 people buried in this cemetery.  I didn’t photograph every stone, but want to share some of those photos with you today.

Elisha Roberts, October 5, 1873 – January 7, 1906.

Irene, wife of Elisha Roberts, June 18, 1874 – February 24, 1954.

Estelle Roberts Loudermilk, July 5, 1909 – March 25, 1968.

Annie, daughter of J. W. & B. Anderson, born March 22, 1886, died June 7, 1903.

Elsie F. Jones, October 20,1899 – June 27, 1921.

James F. Peters, 1845-1919.  Sarah J., his wife, 1844-1929.

Budd Ball, Co. E, 4 KY Inf. Spanish American War.

Ann Roberts Ball, 1895-1917.  Mother of Oscar, Arnold and Pearl.

Earl H. Roberts, October 12, 1929 – October 14, 1929.  ‘A precious one from us is gone.’

Phineas W. Roberts, May 12, 1902 – May 31, 1942.

Jack W. Roberts, June 11, 1930 – March 17, 1951, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Roberts.  ‘God took our sunshine away.’

I hope you’ve enjoyed this visit to Roberts Cemetery.  It is a beautiful little spot in southern Kentucky.

William Shannon – Revolutionary War Soldier

Shannon Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky

This little cemetery sitting at the back of the new Wal-Mart on Hwy 55 in Shelbyville, is the sight of much history.  The Shannon family, led by William Shannon, came to Shelby County, Kentucky, very early in the state’s history, settling on his large tracts of land received for fighting in the Revolutionary  War.  His brothers and sisters soon followed, many of which are buried with him in this small cemetery.

Samuel Shannon, Captain, Pennsylvania Militia, Revolutionary War, April 15, 1750 – Mary 14, 1813.  Martha Shannon, May 10, 1765 – February 23, 1838.

Samuel Shannon, who married Martha Bracken, born April 15, 1750, died May 14, 1813, early followed his brother to Kentucky.  The first record of land to Samuel is dated 1787.  He was closely related to his brother William in business matters; and was one of the chief legatees and the executor of William’s will.  His descendants often speak of his disregard for land, stating that he traded some off for a song, while some he let go for taxes.  Both of these men figured in the early Kentucky legislature.  Both had more or less to do with the early Indian wars and with the Revolutionary War.

William Shannon, Captain, Virginia Line, Revolutionary War, 1740-July 5, 1794.

History of Shelby County, Kentucky, George L. Willis, 1929

William Shannon

The name Shannon, in its different forms is widely distributed throughout the United States.  Although they are supposed to run back to a common ancestry in Ireland, there are several stocks in this country which seem t have no connection with one another.  So far as can be discovered at the present time, the earliest member of the branch to which the subject of my sketch belonged, was Thomas Shannon, who died in Sadesbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in April, 1737.  In his will, filed in the office of the Register of Wills, in Lancaster, he names five children, Samuel, John, Margaret, Anna and Thomas.  His farm was divided between his sons, John and Samuel, with the provision that his wife, Agnes, should be supported for the remainder of her life out of the share falling to Samuel.  The other children are variously provided for.

John Shannon is the only one of these children of whom any further record can be found.  He was one of the executors of his father’s will and presumably spent his life on the farm which he inherited.  He seems to have been a man of some standing in the community, for in June 1746, he was given a commission as captain to organize a company of men for an expedition against Canada.  The company was formed and sent to Albany, New York, where they spent the winter.  They were finally discharged, October 31, 1747, the attack upon Canada having been postponed.

John Shannon married Sarah Reid, the daughter of John Reid, of Delaware.  He probably died in the latter part of 1767, for on January 7, 1768, his son John, appeared before an orphan’s court at Lancaster, and asked for a division of the estate.  He was the father of eleven children, one of whom was William Shannon, whose life and adventures are the subject of this paper.

The exact date of the birth of William Shannon is not known, but he is understood to have been the oldest of the family.  His sister, Agnes, was born in 1744, which would place his birth somewhere about 1740.  Not much is known of his early life.  He seems to have settled in Virginia, at an early age, for his name appears on a roster of the militia o Augusta County, in 1758.  There is reason to believe that he was a member of Braddock’s expedition against Fort Du Quense.

During the war of the Revolution, his name appears in the records of the War Department, as ensign and lieutenant in Captain William Lewis’ company of the first Virginia regiment.  The company muster and payrolls carry his name until November 30, 1777, when they show that he had resigned, date not stated.  He probably served again at a later period for he is called Captain Shannon, in the family traditions.  There was a Captain William Shannon, who served as quartermaster under George Rogers Clark in his western expedition, but it has not been ascertained whether it was this one or not.

There is a tradition that he was a captain in Colonel Lochry’s regiment, which was sent down the Ohio River in the summer of 1781, to join General Clark, in his intended expedition against Detroit.  Captain Shannon was sent ahead with seven men to carry a letter to Clark, announcing the approach of reinforcements.  Near the present site of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, they were attacked by the Indians.  Several men were killed, and the rest, including Captain Shannon, were made prisoners.

Lochry, unaware of their capture, was attacked at the south of Lochry’s Creek, a short distance below Aurora, and defeated.  Forty-two were killed, including Colonel Lochry.  Shannon was carried north some distance, but was released or made his escape.

A difficulty arises in connection with this story from the fact that in the Pennsylvania Archives, Volume XIV, Page 698, the Captain Shannon of Lochry’s expedition is called Samuel.  Heitman’s Historical Register of the Officers of the Continental Army, speaks of a Captain Samuel Shannon, who was captured by the Indians on the Ohio, in 1781, carried north and put to death.  Whether this was same one or another is not known.  It is hoped that something may be discovered which will verify the story.  William Shannon is said to have been very much liked by the Indians, and they showed kindness to him on several occasions.

About the close of the Revolution, he settled in Kentucky.  He was a member of the Virginia Legislature (Jefferson County), in 1790, and of the Kentucky House of Representatives (Shelby County), in 1793.  He was an engineer and surveyed his own land, which he received from Virginia while Patrick Henry was Governor.  He took up large tracts of land in Kentucky – two hundred thousand, it is said.  The present city of Shelbyville, Kentucky was laid out on his farm, and he gave it a plot of ground for a public square.

He was preparing to go as an officer with Wayne on his expedition against the Indians of Ohio, in 1794, when he came to his death in a quarrel with John Felty.  He was struck on the head with a stone and died the next day, July 5, 1794.  He was never married.  His quarrel with Felty, resulted, his descendants say, from his resentment at language used by Felty in the hotel dining room.  In their difficulty he threw a dirk knife at Felty, inflicting a wound from which Felty also died.

Eckstein’s Buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati

Eckstein family plot, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

While in Cincinnati earlier in the year, Ritchey and I stopped by several cemeteries.  Spring Grove Cemetery was huge, and contained some of the most unusual gravestones.  This is the family stone for Frederick Eckstein and his wife, Harriet Holabird Eckstein.  Harriet was the daughter of Amos Holabird, 1787-1852, and Isabella Gibson Holabird, 1810-1874.

Frederick F. Eckstein, born September 10, 1821, in Philadelphia, and died April 8, 1893, in Cincinnati. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday, April 10, 1893

Frederick Eckstein’s Funeral

The funeral of the late millionaire, Mr. Frederick Eckstein, who died Saturday at 12:30 p.m., will take place at 2:30 this afternoon from the family residence at No. 114 East Fourth Street.  The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. John Goddard, of the Church of the New Jerusalem.  The remains of the deceased will be laid to rest in the family lot in Spring Grove Cemetery, and the burial will be private.

The surviving children were Isabella E. Pendleton, Harriet H. Eckstein, James B. Eckstein, and Janet E. Bullock.

Harriet Holabird Eckstein, December 3, 1834 – May 12, 1931.

The McQuown Family of Nelson and Barren Counties

Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky.

In the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, located at 303 Leslie Avenue, in Glasgow, Kentucky, is buried a family by the name of McQuown.  This family was originally from Nelson County, Kentucky. And our story begins there.  William McQuown and Mary Elizabeth McCown married in Nelson County, October 27, 1827.

In the 1850 census of Nelson County we find William McQuown, age 44, a painter, living with his wife, Mary Elizabeth, age 47.  Their children are Burr, 21, a painter; Mary, 18; Alexander, 13; William Rice, 11; and Lewis, 7.  A son, Richard, was born in 1845, but lived less than a year.  Mary Elizabeth McQuown died about 1854; and daughter Mary died October 3, 1857.  This must have been very hard for the rest of the family to bear.

Evidently they decided to pick up and move to Barren County.  There we find the marriage certificate, dated November 15, 1856, for B. K. McQuown, residence of Glasgow, age 30, single, place of birth, Nelson County; who married Mariam Richardson, residence Glasgow, age 20, single born in Glasgow, Kentucky.  In the 1860 census Burr, 31, is listed as head of household, and is a cargo maker.  I’ve pondered this for most of the day.  To jump ahead just a bit, William McQuown is listed as an undertaker in the 1880 census.  I looked up cargo maker and most sites talked about making a basket type item to carry cargo in.  But, the word coffin comes from the Old French coffin, and from the Latin, cophinus, which translates into basket.  A coffin has six sides, a casket has four.  Could this have been another way of saying they made coffins?  We may never know.  Let me show you the household list:

  • McQuown, Burr K., 31, cargo maker
  • McQuown, Mariam, 28
  • McQuown, Wiliam A., 3
  • McQuown, Mary E., 2
  • McQuown, Richard, 6/12
  • McQuown, Alexander, 23, cargo maker
  • McQuown, Lewis, 17, apprentice
  • McQuown, William, 54, painter
  • Graham, Charles J., 23, cargo maker, Nova Scotia
  • Kell, William H., 25, plater, Ireland
  • Nickolds, Frank, 27, cargo maker
  • McGillock, James, 20, wagon maker
  • McGillock, William A., 17, apprentice

More than just the family living and working together.  We see Burr’s father, William, and his two brothers, Alexander and Lewis, living with Burr, his wife and small children.  It must have been a very busy place, with so many people living and working together.  But they sound like a very productive bunch!

Burr McQuown joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  He was in Company K, 7th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry.  He was a bugler!  But we will save that story for another time.

In 1870 we find William, 65, painter, has married again – to Mary J., 49.  Son Lewis, 25, is a lawyer and Alexander, 23, is a painter.  Burr and Mariam have three more children, Burr, Leslie and Lewis.  Burr is now listed as a painter.

In 1880 William McQuown, 75, has the occupation of undertaker.  Mary J., is 60.  Son Alexander is still living with his parents at the age of 43, and is a painter.  And a grandson, Lewis A., also lives in the household.

William McQuown, December 14, 1804 – April 13, 1885.

Mary J. McQuown, wife of William McQuown, June 9, 1820 – July 18, 1897.

William McQuown died April 13, 1885.  He and his second wife, Mary J., who died July 18, 1897, are buried side by side.

Alexander McQuown, December 10, 1836 – July 31, 1885

Alexander McQuown died July 31, 1885.

Mariam, wife of B. K. McQuown, born January 15, 1833, died February 19, 1887.

Miriam Richardson McQuown died February 19, 1887, and husband Burr Kavanaugh McQuown November 2, 1904.  Other members of the family lived on into the early and mid-1900’s.

Burr Kavanaugh McQuown, June 18, 1829 – November 2, 1904.

A Trip to Greensburg Cemetery in Green County

John Scott, born in Culpeper County, Virginia, died in Greensburg, Green County, Kentucky, January 4, 1873, aged about 92 years [born1781].

Elizabeth W., wife of Alexander Adair, born June 7, 1793, died June 22, 1866.

Willis Stapp, March 20, 1788 – October 13, 1855.

Sacred to the memory of Ellen Melvina, late Scott, wife of John R. Robinson, born February 19, 1837, died June 30, 1864.

Elizabeth Spence, born September 8, 1814, died July 4, 1833.  ‘A pure and guileless heart lies here.’

Greensburg Cemetery is located on North Main Street in the city of Greensburg, in Green County, Kentucky.