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Hall Monument In Machpelah Cemetery – Montgomery County

I thought this monument quite interesting since there was so much detail written on the stone.  It gives a good picture of the life of this family.  James Hall was born on the Isle of Wight in England, as was his son, George.  James was a plasterer and George followed in his father’s footsteps.  They eventually moved to Weston, West Virginia, to work on an asylum.

Evidently the wife and mother had passed on before this move to the United States.  In the 1870 census of Montgomery County James is listed as 55, a plasterer, born in England.  His son George was 21, same work and birth place.

In the 1880 census Mrs. James Hall is listed as head of household.  She was 40, born in New York, both parents born in Ireland.  She is listed as an astrologist.  I’ll have to admit I never thought to see that as an occupation during the 19th century in Kentucky!  James is 60, still a plasterer, born in England as was both parents.  George is not listed.  Perhaps he was married, or died young working for the fire company as noted on his gravestone.  James died in 1896, and Frances within two years.

James Hall, born on the Isle of Wight, England.  Was an ornamental plaster, worked on the London Palace and other public buildings.  Came to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum, removed to Mt. Sterling, and from there to Lexington, Kentucky.  Died June 19, 1896.  Machpelah Cemetery, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Frances, wife of James Hall and widow of Charles Jennings of Louisville, Kentucky.  Born in Troy, New York, came to Mt. Sterling 1870, moved to Lexington, Kentucky, 1892.  Died February 11, 1898.

George Hall, born on the Isle of Wight.  Emigrated to Canada with his father, and then went to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum and came to Mt. Sterling with his father where he joined and was buried by the Fire Company.

Two Civil War Soldiers From Scott County

Today we are going to Scott County.  Just in case you are a little unfamiliar with the counties of Kentucky, Scott is in the north central portion of the state, just above Fayette and Woodford.

The Frazer family is buried in the little cemetery of St. Francis Catholic Church, first settled by Marylanders who arrived in 1786.  Many Irish are also buried here.  Robert Frazer was born in Comber, County Down, Ireland June 19, 1800.  He married Catherine Miller about 1832, since their first child was born in 1834.  Catherine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the 1850 census of Scott County Robert is 51, a watch maker; wife Catherine is 34.  Children in the family are John C., 16; James K., 12; William K., 8; Frank, 6; and Mary, 2.  Daughter Susan was born in 1852.  Robert was a son of James Frazer and Susannah Kennedy (the initial ‘K’ in James and William’s names is for Kennedy, in honor of their grandmother).  In the 1860 census Robert is listed as a jeweler.

But then the Civil War upended the lives of all those who lived in the United States.  Two sons of Robert and Catherine entered the war – James Kennedy Frazer and William Kennedy Frazer.

Robert Frazer, born in  Comber, Ireland, June 19, 1800; died January 23, 1863.  ‘A kinder father and husband, a truer friend and a better christian, never lived.’  St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Scott County, Kentucky.

Robert Harris died in January of 1863.  He was spared the sorrow of knowing that both sons who entered the war were killed in the same year.  James Kennedy died May 21, 1863; William Kennedy died December 24, 1863.  Their mother, two brothers and two sisters were left to mourn them.

J. K. Frazer, born March 31, 1838, died May 21, 1863.  W. K. Frazer, born June 18, 1841, died December 24, 1863.

Catherine Miller Frazer lived a decade after the deaths of her husband and two sons.

C. E. Frazer, wife of Robert Frazer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1813, died December 9, 1873.  ‘During life she praying said, oh Lord, I suffer grievious pains, but I am well content to suffer because I fear thee.  Thus she died leaving the memory of her death an example of virtue and fortitude.’

Franzmann Family Buried In Cave Hill Cemetery – Jefferson County

The will of John Franzmann was posted earlier this week.  Today I want to share cemetery photos and clips from the local newspaper about this family.  All photos were taken in Cave Hill Cemetery and all newspaper clippings from The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

John Franzmann, from Wollstein, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany.  April 20, 1820 – April 11, 1897.  Louisa Franzmann, nee Loanaberger, October 12, 1824, in Reading, Pennsylvania, – August 30, 1907.

Most family members have their names and dates carved on the large stone, and also individual stones.  The large stone was probably added at a later date.  Daughter Louise Franzmann could have added it after the death of her brother George.  She was the only remaining member of the immediate family, just nieces and a nephew.I could not find an obituary for John Franzmann, but this loving memorial appeared in the newspaper six years later.

Wife Louisa’s individual stone.

George Franzmann, October 10, 1864 – June 23, 1943.

George Franzmann’s individual stone.

Franklin Franzmann, born July 18, 1853, died September 25, 1885.  Louis Franzmann, born November 15, 1857, died November 11, 1918.

Franklin Franzmann died at a young age.

There are no gravestones for Louise Franzmann and her brother Harry who died four years before Louise.  Her parents and the rest of the  brothers and sister went before them.  I would think the side of the large stone on which George’s name is placed would have been left for her.  Her nieces and nephews seem very loving as you can see from the following tributes in the newspaper.  Was this just an oversight?

Grover C. Anthony – Death From Typhoid Fever

Today I share this beautiful photo of what is called a treestone.  They were very popular during the Victorian era, roughly 1880 to 1905.  This is a particularly good example, that includes much symbolism.  Let’s start at the top of the gravestone.  Do you notice the letters ‘M’ ‘W’ and ‘A’ on the tools?  Those letters stand for Modern Woodsman of America, the original name of Woodsmen of the World.  The tools – an ax, wedge and beetle – are the tools used by woodworkers.  Beetles, also known as mallets or hammers, are made of wood and are used to help seat joinery together, shift posts or beams, or drive in pegs.

In the center of the stone, just above the name and dates, is a dove carrying an olive branch.  The dove is the most frequently seen animal on cemetery stones.  It is a symbol of purity and peace.

At the bottom of the stone are ferns.  From Stories in Stone, A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, it says, ‘Ferns are generally found in the deep forest only by those who have honestly searched.  They symbolize humility, frankness and sincerity.’

Grover C. Anthony, June 11, 1888 – October 25, 1909.  Stony Point Cemetery, Allen County, Kentucky.

Just by the symbolism of this stone you know this person is well loved – the additional carving would have been expensive.  Now we’ll look at the name and dates – Grover C. Anthony, June 11, 1888 – October 25, 1909.  A young lad of 21 years.  How his parents must have grieved when he passed away at such a young age.  Typhoid fever was the disease that took this young man so early.

In the 1900 census of Allen County, Grover, aged 11, lived with his parents.  George, 52, and Minerva, 49.  Siblings George, 29; James, 17; Dora, 15; Thurman, 9; and Homer, 8, completed the household.  Minerva’s maiden name was Mayhew.  She descended from a long line of Mayhew’s that came to Allen County about 1804.  In 1849 the family donated land for Stony Point Church and Cemetery, Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Grover C. Anthony was a very special son, that was taken too soon.  His parents memorialized his short life with this beautiful tribute.

Foree Family Buried In New Castle Cemetery – Henry County

Peter Foree, Revolutionary War Soldier, born 1745, died March 20, 1844.  New Castle Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky.

The Foree family is well established in the early days of Henry County.  Peter Foree, a Revolutionary War veteran, and grandfather of the Thomas Pryor Foree of the biography below, has not only a DAR marker on his grave, but the chapter of the LaGrange D.A.R. is named for him – Peter Foree D.A.R. Chapter.  The Foree’s have the gift of longevity – Peter lived for 99 years, as did his son, Peter, the father of Thomas.

Peter Foree, born Jun 4, 1783, died October 2, 1881.

In the 1850 census of Henry County, Peter Foree is 66, and was born in Virginia.  His wife Nancy is also 66.  They have one daughter, Fannie, 26, living with them.  Thomas P. Foree is 33 in this census, and lives with his wife, Ann, 25, and young daughter, Nancy, 1.  This is the only census in which he is not living with his father.  Thomas Foree married Anna Ball February 8, 1848.  They had three children, Nancy, Peter and Pryor, before her death in 1853.  Son Pryor also died the same year.  Son Peter died in 1884.  Daughter Nancy married in 1880, but quickly divorced.  She lived with her father until his death.

Susan Roberts, wife of Thomas P. Foree, born July 13, 1832, died January 23, 1879.

In 1874 Thomas Foree married Susan Roberts.  She lived only a few years, passing away in 1879.

Peter G. Foree, born April 6, 1851, died January 21, 1884.

During the census years of 1860, 1870 and 1880, three or four generations lived in one household.  Peter Foree, the eldest, with his son Thomas, Thomas’ children Peter and Nancy, and other nieces and grandnieces.  In 1900, two of Thomas’ grandsons, children of his deceased son Peter, lived with him.  Several members of the Foree extended family were married at Thomas Foree’s home.  It must have been a happy, welcoming home with lots of people and lots of love.

Fannie Foree, wife of G. C. Castleman, born March 16, 1824, died March 5, 1891.

Thomas Foree had only one sibling that lived to maturity – Fannie Foree who married G. C. Castleman.  She is listed on the large stone marking the resting places of the Foree family.

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1887

Henry County

T. P. Foree was born in Henry County, Kentucky, December 1, 1817, a son of Peter and Nancy (Tool) Foree. Peter was born in North Carolina in 1783, married a Miss Sallie Pryor, engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, and died in 1882, in his ninety-ninth year. He was in the War of 1812.  His father, also named Peter, was a native of France.  Mrs. Nancy Foree was born in Virginia, a daughter of William Tool.  Our subject is one of a family of six children, but one living besides himself, Fannie Castleman.  Mr. Foree married, in 1848, Miss Annie Ball, of Henry County, and three children blessed their union, but one living, Nannie.  Mrs. Foree died in 1852, and in 1874 he married Miss Lou Roberts, of Jessamine County, Kentucky, daughter of Rankin Roberts.  Mr. Foree is considered one of the most extensive and successful farmers in the county, owns over 1,000 acres of land near New Castle, and is also engaged in stock raising.  He is a gentleman of genial disposition, of varied information and fine business ability, and is held in high esteem by all who know him.

New Castle Cemetery – Henry County

Joseph S. Roberts, March 10, 1847 – June 22, 1905.  New Castle Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky

G. Mortimore Roberts, September 4, 1839 – February 25, 1889.

Jesse Fears, 1833-1883.  His wife, Elizabeth Fears, 1834-1923.

Thomas H. Coombs, 1838-1900.

Minnie S. Coombs, 1868-1930.

Dr. Sanford Brent, born July 5, 1800, died April 21, 1892.  Nancy, wife of Dr. S. Brent, born, August 23, 1807, died July 12, 1889.

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.