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Confederate Soldiers Martyrs Monument In Eminence Kentucky

In the cemetery, of the small town of Eminence, Kentucky, stands a monument to three Confederate soldiers.  These men were not killed during battle, but were murdered due to the orders of Brevet Major General Stephen Gano Burbridge – also known as the ‘Butcher of Kentucky’.

During the Civil War Stephen Burbridge was Kentucky’s most controversial military commander.  After serving as colonel during the early part of the war, in 1864 he returned to Kentucky where he fought against Confederate raiders, including John Hunt Morgan.  At that time he was placed in command in Kentucky, but his harsh tactics won him no friends and many enemies.  In July 1864 he issued Order No. 59 which included ‘Wherever an unarmed Union citizen is murdered, four guerrillas will be selected from the prisoners in the hands of the military authorities and publicly shot to death in the most convenient place near the scene of the outrage.’

The three CSA soldiers who were shot November 3, 1864, at Pleasureville by order of Gen. Burbridge in pretense of retaliation of two Negroes that were killed near Port Royal.  ‘Sleep on ye braves for you have got our sympathy to our latest breath.  We would not have thee buried on a lot with him who caused they death.’

On August 12, 1864, four guerrillas were taken from the city of Eminence to some point in the Henry County, and were shot.  On November 3, 1864, four more were sent from Lexington to Pleasureville (a small town in Henry County) to be executed.  Sixteen hours after the execution their bodies were still lying on the floor of the depot where they were shot.  A few hours later three of these men were buried in Eminence Cemetery – William Tighe, R. W. Yates and William Darbro – the fourth man, William Long, was buried in Maysville by his family.

The executions were carried out by Co. C. 54th Reg. Infantry, led by Captain Emzy W. Easley.  Captain Easley was to execute four more Confederates about January 15th for the killing of Preston Sparks, and three more on February 2.  ‘I was heartsick over the task assigned me, and would rather have gone into battle against any force than execute those men.  Just one hour before the time set, I received a telegram signed by Abraham Lincoln.  It ordered the execution of Waller deferred, and that he be sent back to Lexington until further orders.  When I saw the contents of the message at first glance I was so overjoyed that I thought it referred to all of the men.  I did not read it again, but sent back all three – the execution thus delayed never took place, and in a few months the war was over.’  Three lives were saved that day, although only one man was to be sent to Lexington.  Captain Easley didn’t read the telegram carefully and assumed all men were reprieved.

Burbridge also directed the imprisonment and execution of numerous people in the state, including public figures, charging them with treason and other high crimes, many of which were falsely charged

Brevet Maj. Gen Stephen Burbridge quickly lost support of Kentuckians due to his harsh measures and was replaced in February 1865, and at the end of the war he moved to New York.

The lives of four men and their families were forever changed that day in November 1864.  William Darbro had a wife, Mary Ann Bruce, and three babies – Permelia, Catherine and John, all under the age of four.  R. W. Yates was a resident of Hart County and William Tighe of Grant County.

This Confederate Soldiers Martyrs Monument was placed on the National Register of Historic Places July 17, 1997.

William Tighe, aged 30 years.  R. W. Yates, aged 30 years.  William Darbro, aged 20 years.  Eminence Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky.

Lipscomb Family of Kenton County

George B. Lipscomb, 1835-1918.  Elizabeth Lipscomb, 1836-1921.  Independence Cemetery, Kenton County, Kentucky.

The Lipscomb family is represented in Independence Cemetery in Kenton County, Kentucky, by the gravestone of the father and mother – George B. Lipscom and Nancy Elizabeth Mardis – and their son, Thomas Lipscomb and his wife, Annie Lipscom.  George B. Lipscomb married Elizabeth Mardis September 13, 1856.

We first find this family in the 1860 census of said county.  George, 24, is a farmer, wife Nancy E. (the only time I found the name Nancy), 23, and son Thomas J., 2.  Elizabeth’s sister, Agnes J. Mardis, 14, also lives with the family at this time.  George Lipscomb’s parents, William, 48, and Elizabeth, 48, live next door.

In 1870, in addition to son Thomas, 13, there is Alice, 11; Samuel, 9; Addie, 6; Merritt, 4; and Charles, 1.  An additional daughter, Lillie, was born in 1880.

George B. Lipscomb died November 21, 1918, of stroke.  His death certificate gives his age as 83, but does not list a date of birth.  His parents were William Lipscomb and Annie Ballinger.  Information was given by his wife, Elizabeth Lipscomb, and he was buried in Independence Cemetery.

Nancy Elizabeth Lipscomb died March 5, 1921, of nephritis, a chronic inflammation of the kidneys.  She was born August 19, 1836, and was 84 years, 6 months and 15 days at the time of her death.  Her father was William Mardis, mother’s name was not given.  She was buried in Independence Cemetery March 8, 1921.

Annie Lipscomb, 1858-1918.

Angeline (Anna) R. Pickett, was wife to Thomas J. Lipscomb, first born child, son of George and Elizabeth.  According to the 1910 census they were married about 1878, since it is listed they had been married for 32 years.  On additional fact from that census is that the couple had four children, but none were living.  So terribly sad to lose all children.  In the 1880 census, shortly after Thomas and Annie were married, they are listed as 22 and 20, with a son – Ernest, 10/12.  That is the only child I could find.  If only the 1890 census had not been destroyed by fire – what treasures we could find there!

This is very hard to write – I found this, after finishing the blog.  Angeline (Anna) Lipscomb died November 3, 1918, from suicide by a sharp instrument.  She was born October 23, 1858, and was 61 years and 10 days of age.  Her parents were Hiram Pickett and Mary A.  Informant was her husband, Thomas Lipscomb.  My heart is hurting and tears are running down my cheeks.  Poor, dear woman.  After losing her children she must have suffered greatly.  How difficult to go on.  But her poor, poor, husband.

Thomas Lipscomb, 1857-1925.

Thomas Lipscomb must have been a very strong man to continue on after the deaths of his children and wife.

Thomas Lipscomb died January 4, 1925, of pneumonia.  He was born July 28, 1859, and was 65 years, 6 months and four days at the time of his death.  His parents were B. G. Lipscomb and a Miss Mardis.

With this blog I wanted to show the importance of death certificates and how they can give information otherwise unknown about our ancestors.  Or they can verify information already known.  Sometimes the information is a little too painful.



Woosley Family of Butler County

Today I would like to share information about the Woosley family, originally of Edmonson County, later Butler County.  The Woosley Cemetery is in the most northeastern tip of Butler County, on Hwy 411, near the small community of Decker.  The two oldest graves for the Woosley family are those of Curtis and Elizabeth Jones Woosley.  And that is where we begin our story.

Curtis Woosley is the son of Samuel Woosley, 1802-1865, and Rebecca Blakley, 1808-1890.  In the 1850 census of Edmonson County Samuel and Rebecca are listed as 47 and 43, respectively.  Children listed were Curtis, 17; George, 15; Samuel, 12; Thomas J., 10; and Martha J., 8.  Another individual living in the household is David Woosley, 75, who was born in Virginia.  Quite possibly this is Samuel’s father.  Samuel and Rebecca Blakley Woosley are buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonson County.

Curtis B., husband of Elizabeth Woosley, January 26, 1833 – June 13, 1906.  Woosley Cemetery, Butler County, Kentucky.  ‘He died as he lived – a Christian.’

Curtis Woosley must have been the first of his family to move to Butler County.  We find him there in 1880 with the following children – James S., 24; Winston D., 20; Rody K., 17; Joseph L., 17; Jacob D., 13; Arpy S., 11; and Reason A., 6.  Son John H. Woosley was listed next in the census, 26; with wife Kitty E., 20; and children Solomon, 1; and William B., 7/12.  Son Thomas Jefferson Woosley was listed next, 22, with wife Louisa, 19, and baby son William A., 8/12.  Unfortunately, Louisa A. Cummins Woosley, died the next year.

Elizabeth, wife of C. B. Woosley, October 4, 1830 – July 26, 1918.  ‘A tender mother and a faithful friend.’

Thomas Jefferson Woosley next married Dora Alice Wilson, daughter of Solomon and Polly Wilson, with whom he had Estella Pearl, 1885-1918; Rebecca, 1887-1891; Thomas, 1888-1889; McCary Fieldon, 1896-1983; and Janie Alice, 1898-1953.  The 1900 census of Butler County reveals two additional daughters – Willie C., 10; and Polly, 7.  I think one of the most confusing parts of the census is names – in one census the child was called by his first name, the next census he was called by his middle name – or sometimes a nickname!  I try to match ages – how old would that child be ten years from 1880?  That is not an exact science since parents could confuse ages and make the child a little older or a bit younger.  But we try!

Dora A., wife of T. J. Woosley, born April 24, 1862, died April 11, 1907.  ‘Come ye blessed.’

Dora Alice Wilson Woosley died April 11, 1907, age the age of 44, of pneumonia.  Thomas Woosley married Nancy Ann Bryant after her death.  He and Nancy had three children – a son named Goldie, a daughter, Edra, and a son, Clayton.

Nancy Ann Woosley, March 1, 1877 – September 17, 1964.  ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’

Thomas J. Woosley, September 25, 1857 – October 2, 1951.  ‘he was beloved by God and man.’

Thomas Jefferson Woosley lived a long life – 94 years!  He is buried in the Woosley Cemetery along with many other members of his family.  In addition to his gravestone, there is a sandstone stile block.  The plaque on the stone reads ‘Handmade by father and son, T. J. Woosley, 1857-1951, W. G. Woosley, 1900-1994.’

Sandstone stile block.

Sandstone stile block from back, between Thomas and Dora Woosley’s gravestones.

I thought this was so impressive – and such a wonderful place to put this stone in the cemetery – otherwise it may be lost and forgotten.  What a wonderful tribute to father and son.  And do you know which son this is?  The one named Goldie in the census!

Watson Gibson Obituary

Watson Gibson, October 15, 1829 – October 23, 1914.  Martha J. Gibson, November 9, 1833 – December 27, 1892.  Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, October 30, 1914

After many months illness Mr. Watt Gibson, aged eighty-five years. died last Saturday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lucy Welch, who had so faithfully cared for her aged father in the last days and very helpless condition. “Uncle” Watt had been a faithful member of the Baptist church at Burgin for years. The funeral was conducted at Shawnee Run Monday at 11 o’clock by Brother W. D. Moore, followed by burial in the adjacent cemetery.



The Gough Family of St. Mary’s County Maryland and Scott County Kentucky

Gough family gravestones in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Scott County, Kentucky.

Our story starts in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, when the William Gough family, including son William, emigrated from Gloucester, England, to the new world around 1650 – give or take a few years.  William Gough died in 1679, naming son Stephen in his will.  Stephen married Sarah Tattershall, and they were the parents of James Gough.  He and his wife Priscilla Heard fathered a child named James.  He was born September 15, 1748, in St. Mary’s County.  When his father died June 19, 1764, son James was given parts of several tracts of land.  I’ve always loved that Marylander’s name their land – much easier to keep up with them!  James Gough and his brother Ignatius were give tracts ‘Lady’ and ‘Margaret’.  He and his brother Stephen were given ‘Gough’s Mill’.  Ten years later when James married Susannah Medley, he was already a landowner.  About twelve years later the couple and their children were ready to make the move from the home they had known and loved for years, to the primitive parts of what was then Virginia, but would eventually become Scott County, Kentucky.

When the band of about 25 Catholic settlers reached Kentucky in 1786.  After traveling down the Ohio River in flatboats they were expected to continue on to the Washington/Nelson county area of central Kentucky, where many other Marylanders had made their home.  They were so enraptured with the beautiful, fertile land east of the Kentucky River they decided to build their homes here – now in area of Georgetown and Midway.

I would like to share with you today the gravestones of these brave pioneers.  The first church of St. Francis de Sales was built in 1794, and the Gough family worshiped here, along with many others who made that early journey with them – families by the names of Jenkins, Leak, Combs, Tarleton, Worland, Greenwell, James and others.

To the memory of James Gough.  he was born September 15th 1748 and departed this life September 27th 1826 aged 78 years, 22 days.

James Gough – father, husband and pioneer.

Susanna Gough born 15th August 1746, died 13th January 1795.

Susanna Gough was wife to James Gough; her maiden name was Medley.

Sacred to the memory of John B. Gough who was born February 29th 1767 and departed this life February 19th 1839 aged 72 years.

John Baptist Gough was the eldest son of James and Susannah.

Mary Gough died 16th June 1809 aged 31 years.

Mary Gough was the wife of John Baptist Gough.

To the memory of James Gough.  he was born February the 14th in the year of 1775 and died the 24th day of May 1828 aged 53 years.

James Gough was a son of James and Susannah Gough.

Ignatius Gough born the 28 day of march 1784 and died the 23rd day of March 1825.

Ignatius Gough was a son of James and Susannah Gough.

Ann Gough born the 22nd day of April AD 1768, died 7th January AD 1814.

I believe Ann Gough was a daughter of James and Susannah.

Ann’s stone has the most beautiful script for her dates of birth and death.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

George Gough born the 22nd day of may 1798, died the 23rd day of April 1821, aged 23 years.  ‘He lived beloved.’

George Gough was possibly a grandson of James and Susannah.  I love his epitaph – He lived beloved.  What more could you ask?

Henry Gough born the 26th of April 1800, died May 1819.

Possibly another grandson?

Sacred to the memory of Stephen T. Gough who was born October 15th 1818 and departed this life December 4th 1831 aged 13 years.

Stephen was probably a grandson of James and Susannah.

It would be nice to know exactly how all the members of the Gough family fit together – especially the ones who are probably grandchildren.  At least we know they all sleep together as a family.

The Edward Palmer Torian Family of Trigg County

Edward Palmer Torian was the son of George and Martha Palmer Torian, born in Christian County March 22,1820, the ninth child out of ten.  He moved to Trigg County and became a merchant.  On November 10, 1848, he married Martha L. Durall.

Infant daughter of E. P. and M. L. Torian, born and died April 26th 1850.  Pioneer Cemetery, Cadiz, Trigg County, Kentucky.

In the 1850 census of Trigg County the couple were living with the D. B. Carson family, also a merchant.  Edward was 30, and Martha was 22.  No children were listed, but the sad fact is they had a daughter, Molly, who born and died the same day, April 26, 1850.  Martha soon followed her daughter to the grave on September 23, 1850.

Mrs. Martha L. Torian, consort of E. P. Torian, born September 29th 1827, died September 23rd 1850.

The beautiful sentiment written on the stone gives us an idea of Edward’s grief –

When evening shadows gather round, And sleep our eyelids seal, The memory of departed friends, Will o’er our spirits steal.  Again we press a loving lip –

And the rest is beneath ground!  How I wish I could read the full verse!

Infant son of E. P. & M. E. Torian, born and died May 3, 1855

Three years later Edward marries Mary E. McAllister on December 18, 1853.  Again his marriage ends in tragedy.  An infant son was born and died May 3, 1855.  Mary died eighteen days later, May 21st, of puerperal fever.  This fever killed so many women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries I had to do a little research.

Puerperal fever is an infection of some part of the reproductive organs following childbirth, resulting in high fever, chills and lower abdominal pain – generally resulting in death.  Since many doctors at the time did not believe hand washing was necessary, many cases were caused by the doctors themselves.  The prior health of the mother was also a determining factor.

Edward marries a third time – to Mary E. Allegree.  In the 1860 Trigg census they are living with the E. A. Slaughter family, a druggist.  Edward was 37, merchant, with $8000 in personal estate, and Mary was 26.

Edward P. Torian, born March 22, 1820, died November 20, 1861.

Edward Palmer Turian died November 20, 1861.  I could find no cause of death.  His widow lived less than three years after his death.  Such a shame that no one from this family has descendants living today to keep their memories alive.  We shall remember and mourn them.

Marcella Elizabeth Flournoy and Family

Marcella Elizabeth Flournoy, June 20, 1823 – February 16, 1900.  Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky.  ‘All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.’

Marcella Elizabeth Flournoy was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Flournoy and Elizabeth C. Montgomery, born in Wythe County, Virginia, June 20, 1823.  She was the third and last child, the two boys were LaFayette Montgomery Flournoy, born 1820, and David Flournoy, born 1822.  The family moved to Kentucky after Marcella’s birth, and her mother Elizabeth died August 26, 1826, in Caldwell County, Kentucky.  Two years later Thomas Jefferson Flournoy married Maria Ann Dallam – September 28, 1828.  Nine children were born from this second marriage.

Maria Ann Flournoy, wife of T. J. Flournoy, August 4, 1810 – December 8, 1848.

1848 was a bad year for this family.  Daughter Rosalie D. Flournoy died June 23, 1848, aged 5 months and 20 days.  Maria A. Flournoy, daughter and twin to Thomas Jefferson Flournoy, Jr., died August 14, 1848, aged 5 years and 7 days.  Wife and mother, Maria Ann Flournoy, died December 8, 1848, aged 38 years, 4 months and 4 days.  In 1852 two sons were lost, David Flournoy died November 22, 1852, and Samuel Smith Flournoy died December 4, 1852.

In the 1850 census of Caldwell County, Kentucky, we find Thomas Jefferson Flournoy, age 50, a merchant, $5000, born in Virginia.  The following children are living with him – David, 28; Marcella, 27; Silas, 12; Charles, 10; Thomas J., 8; and John J., 5.  Oldest son, LaFayette Montgomery Flournoy, 30, was living in Paducah, McCreary County, in a hotel run by Owen Grymes.  He was already a successful lawyer, having personal estate of $19,500.

By 1860 we find the Flournoy family living in Clinton County, Iowa.  In the census for that year and county, two more daughters are living with the family – Letitia, 24 and Sarah, 23.  Perhaps they were living with grandparents or an aunt in 1850?

In 1870, still in Clinton County, Iowa, Thomas Jefferson and daughter Marcella are living in the home of his daughter, Letitia Flournoy, who married James VanDeventer.  He was a lawyer, from New York.  Their family consisted of four sons – Cyrus, 14; James, 7; Thomas, 5; and Horace, 3.  In 1880 Thomas Jefferson, 80, and Marcella, 50, have grandchildren Mana L., 11F; Marcella, 9; and William, 4; and son-in-law William Ragan, 40.  William Ragan married daughter Sarah Jane Flournoy, who died March 23, 1870.

Thomas Jefferson Flournoy, 1800-1882.

The aging Thomas Jefferson Flournoy realized the time was drawing close and wrote his will in May of 1881.  Thomas died about 18 months later, October 23, 1882.  His body was brought back to Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky, for burial, beside his wife Maria.  Daughter Marcella had lived with and taken care of her father all her life.  She went to live with sister Letitia, and brother-in-law James VanDeventer.

The family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, before 1900.  Marcella Flournoy died there on the 16th day of February 1900, at 12:15 p.m., aged 76 years, 7 months and 26 days.  The Courier Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, February 21, 1900, from the Princeton paper, said, ‘Miss Marcella Elizabeth Flournoy, aged seventy-six years, who died of pneumonia, was brought here from Knoxville, Tennessee, yesterday for interment.’  She is buried in the family plot with her father, stepmother and brother.