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McElroy Gravestones in Cemetery Hill

The McElroy family has lived in Washington County about as long as there has been a Washington County.  Many members of the family are buried in Cemetery Hill – name of the city cemetery for the town of Springfield.  Many of my mother’s family are buried here – those relations who did not attend the two Catholic churches in the area – St. Rose and St. Dominic.  Those long-dead relatives are rightly buried in the cemetery of their respective church.

About 1788 Hugh McElroy, Sr., with two younger brothers, Samuel and James, moved from Campbell County, Virginia, to what would become Washington County, Kentucky.  The McElroy’s of the county sprang from the descendants of these three brothers.  As part of the family settled in the part of the county which became Marion County, you can see they were spread throughout the area.

Four children of Hugh McElroy, Sr., and Nancy Esther Irvine, his wife, are remembered by one gravestone in Cemetery Hill.  John McElroy,  married Mary Hundley, November 6, 1794.  James McElroy married Rosanna Hardin the same day.  Abraham McElroy married Disey Hundley, May 27, 1802.  Elizabeth McElroy never married.

John McElroy, born March 10, 1772, died June 23, 1833.  Mary, wife of John McElroy, born March 3, 1777, died July 12, 1856.

James McElroy, born September 15, 1764, died October 10, 1836.  Rosanna, wife of James McElroy, born November 5, 1773, died December 16, 1822.

Abraham McElroy, born 1774, died July 5, 1834.  Disey McKinney, widow of Abraham McElroy and wife of Arthur McKinney, born 1780, died September 24, 1857.

Elizabeth McElroy, born March 15, 1787, died February 10, 1855.

Three children of John and Mary McElroy are also buried in this cemetery.  Hugh McElroy married Susan Cocke, June 6, 1826.  Anthony McElroy married Ann Garland Rice, November 25, 1824.  Sallie McElroy married John Crawford, March 10, 1817.  Brothers Hugh and Anthony were also partners in a merchandising business for many years in Springfield, under the name H & A McElroy.

Hugh and Anthony McElroy Family Stone

Affectionately dedicated to our wives and children by H. & A. McElroy, Partners in business since 1810 until the present day.

Ann Garland, wife of Anthony McElroy, born in Louisa County, Virginia, February 7, 1807, died in Springfield, Kentucky, October 23, 1864.  ‘An affectionate wife, a fond mother and a devoted Christian.’  Anthony McElroy, born March 17, 1797, died September 25, 1886.  ‘Unto you that fear my name shall the Son of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.  And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts in that day when I make up my Jewels.’

Susan Frances, wife of Hugh McElroy, born December 29, 1807, died June 22, 1844.  ‘She had a smile for the joyous, a tear of sympathy for the ill, and an act of kindness for all within her reach.’  Hugh McElroy, born September 19, 1795, died February 8, 1877.  ‘He’s gone to his grave in a full age . . .’

Sallie, wife of John Crawford, born September 20,1799, died February 6, 1864.

John Crawford, born December 20, 1794, died February 10, 1857.

Hugh L. McElroy, July 2, 1832 – December 17, 1918.  Mary Handy McElroy, April 30, 1844 – May 1, 1912.

Hugh L. McElroy is a son of Anthony and Ann.

 

 

 

 

Damaged Stones Area of Holy Cross Cemetery – Marion County

Holy Cross Catholic Church and Cemetery.

In Marion County, Kentucky, we find Holy Cross Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic church in the state.  The historical marker tells us ‘Basil Hayden, Sr., led 25 Maryland Catholic families to settle near here, on Pottinger’s Creek, 1785.  Father Whelan said first Mass in Kentucky here in 1787.  First Catholic church west of Alleghenies built here in 1792.  First monks, 1805, Trappist Fathers (Cistercians).  Present church erected in 1823, under direction of famous Belgian missionary, Charles Nerinckx.’  Many of the remains of these old settlers lie in this cemetery and have lain here a good two hundred years or more.

As with all cemeteries, due to weather and time, some of the stones are broken or uprooted.  The good people of the area have made a place in the cemetery for these stones.  Some are fragments of stones, some are intact, some readable, others not so much.  I want to share with you today photos taken in this area of the cemetery.  Much valuable information is here for those who cannot find their loved ones in the cemetery proper.

Ann C. Hagan, died February 20th 1849 in the 40th year of her age.

Robert Greenwell, born in 1792.

An old, unreadable stone.  Elizabeth J., wife of James M. Sims, born December 16, 1811, died June 30, 1863.

Ann, wife of Raphael Heard, died October 3, 1847, aged 82 years (born 1765).  Sacred to the Memory of Milly A. Hagan, who departed this life January 13, 1800, in the ___ year of her age (portion has flaked off stone).

Thomas Greenwell died April 11, 1843, aged 30 years, 4 months.

James Green, born May 10, 1825, died January 19, 1865.

Nancy, wife of John Pike, born January 8, 1805, died May 10, 1865.

Mary, wife of William Lush, died June 6, 1852, aged 81 years (born 1771).

Felix C. Roberts, born September 26, 1860, died July 8, 1889.

 

Cemetery Hill in Springfield Final Resting Place of Anthony C. and Margaret Irvine McElroy

Anthony C. McElroy, August 14, 1835 – January 5, 1918.  His wife, Margaret C. Irvine, January 2, 1841 – May 1, 1913.  Cemetery Hill, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, May 3, 1913

Springfield, Kentucky, May 2 – The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Irvine McElroy, 72, wife of A. C. McElroy, cashier of the First National Bank of this place, was held this afternoon, the funeral services being conducted at the residence by the Rev. R. E. C. Lawson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. McElroy had for many years been a member.  The services were attended by relatives from throughout Central Kentucky and Louisville.  Mrs. McElroy died Thursday morning from an apoplectic stroke suffered at a Louisville infirmary, where she was undergoing treatment.  Prior to her marriage she was Miss Margaret Irvine.  She was married to Mr. McElroy in 1860.  she is survived by her husband and three sons – Lee, Ed and Emmet F. McElroy, all of Mason City, Nebraska.  Mrs. Emmet Field, of Crescent Hill, is a sister.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, January 7, 1918

Springfield, Kentucky, January 6 – Anthony C. McElroy, 86 years old, died this morning at his home in Springfield of paralysis.  He will be buried in the family lot at this place after services at the Presbyterian church.  He was a son of Anthony McElroy, one of the pioneer business men and financiers of this section of Kentucky, and a member of one of the old families of Central Kentucky.  For over forty years he was cashier of the First National Bank of this place, and retired from active service a few years ago.  Mr. McElroy was a Mason and a member of the Presbyterian church.  He is survived by two sons, Lee and Emmett McElroy, of Kansas City, and by the following brothers and sisters:  W. T. McElroy and Col. John I. McElroy, of Springfield; Mrs. Sam McDowell and Mrs. Nicholas McDowell, of Danville; Mrs. Emmett Field, of Crescent Hill, and Mr. Hugh L. McElroy of Kansas City, W. H. Field, of Louisville, is a nephew.

Confederate Soldier Buried In Green Lawn Cemetery Simpson County

H. D. Wade, 1861-1865, C.S.A.

According to his death certificate, Harvey David Wade was born in Allen County, Kentucky, February 17, 1836, and died September 22, 1911, due to heart problems.  Harvey and his family are buried in the Wade plot in Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.  His death certificate gives us little other information.  Both mother and father are listed as unknown.

Let’s move further back in time to see what we can discover.  In the 1860 census, Henry David Wade (H. D.) is living in Newton County, Missouri, with Henry Wade, aged 40, and Martha Wade, 38, with their six children.  Henry was born in Kentucky, Martha in Tennessee.  Remember that Simpson County is located on the Tennessee border.  The four older children were born in Kentucky.  Amanda, age 6, was born in Missouri, as well as younger sister, Eliza.  From Amanda’s date of birth of 1854, and her brother Henry’s birth in Kentucky in 1851, we can surmise the family moved to Missouri between those two dates – 1852-1854.  Next listed in the census record as living with the Wade family is Franklin Keath, 22, a farm laborer born in Georgia.  The last person living with the family is H. D. Wade, 23, a school teacher, born in Kentucky.  Some researchers believe Henry and Martha to be Harvey’s parents, but I do not.  If Harvey were their son the couple would have married very young, Martha being approximately 15 when Harvey was born.  Another consideration is the fact he is listed last in the census record, after a farm laborer.  If he were the first-born son he would have been named after his parents, not last in line.  I feel Henry was either an uncle, or an older brother, of Harvey.  But this gives a good reason for Harvey to have enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Newton County, Missouri.

This service record for H. D. Wade shows he is listed as an Ordinance Sergeant.  Since he dealt with weapons and ammunition he would have been a very valuable person within the regiment.

And from this record we find that H. D. Wade was on the roll of prisoners of war – ‘Company F, 8th Regiment Missouri Infantry, Confederate States Army, commanded by 2d Lieutenant Paul F. Peete, surrendered at New Orleans, Louisiana, to Maj. Gen. E. R. S. Canby, U.S.A., May 26, 1865, and paroled at Alexandria, June 7, 1865.  The date May 26, 1865 is significant since it was after Lee’s surrender.  Notice that his residence is given as Simpson County, Kentucky.

Mary Neely Wade, October 1, 1841 – September 12, 1868.

After the war Harvey Wade married Mary Neely, but she died within a year or two.  Could this have been during childbirth?

After the death of his first wife Harvey married Pauline Mahin.

Naomi M. Wade, October 12, 1873 – January 29,1880.

They were the parents of three children.

Tho’s M. Wade, April 13, 1875 – April 18, 1875.

All three died at less than eight years of age.

Charles D. Wade, June 22, 1877 – January 25, 1882.

The Tennessean, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.  Sunday, September 24, 1911.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  Sunday, September 24, 1911.

Harvey, D. Wade, February 17, 1836 – September 22, 1911.

Harvey David Wade is buried between his two wives, his children beside their mother Pauline.

Pauline Wade died April 24, 1929.

Pauline Mahin Wade lived an additional 18 years, dying in 1929.

Is the Death Date Correct?

Oswell B. Dorsey, born January 15, 1818, died March 22, 1854.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

I believe most of us would conclude when looking at an ancestor’s gravestone, that the death date listed would be a good indication of when our loved one died.  Today while looking through photos taken at Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, I found that not quite the case.  Not daily, but quite often I add a gravestone photo on my Kentucky Kindred Facebook page.  I chose the stone of Oswell and Virginia Dorsey since, according to the dates on the stone, both died in 1854, about six months apart.  Very unusual for a young couple to pass away so soon after the other.  The detective wheels started turning.

Virginia M., wife of O. B. Dorsey, born February 24, 1824, died September 28, 1854.

I put the two names in ancestry, with the dates of birth and death for Oswell Dorsey.  The first item I looked at was Montgomery County deaths for the year 1854.  Now this is when it got interesting.

According to their gravestone, Oswell died March 22, 1854, and wife Virginia died September 23, 1854.  Looking at the death records that was not the case.  They both died in July of 1854, both of fever and they were cared for by Dr. Benford.  There were quite a few deaths during the month of July – fever, flux and cholera listed as causes of death.  This changed their death dates from six months apart to a few days, possibly the same day.

Other information in the death records gave us the name of their parents.  Oswell was born in Fleming County, the son of John and Nancy Dorsey.  He was a merchant.  Virginia, born in Montgomery County, was the daughter of Edward and Mary Stockton.

Hm.  Next, I checked for a will for Oswell Dorsey.  His will was dated March 22, 1854.  The date on his gravestone.  Since the will wasn’t probated until the October 1854 term of court, it isn’t likely Oswell died the day he wrote it.  According to the will, everything was ‘to be managed and controlled by my friend and brother-in-law, George J. Stockton, for the exclusive use, enjoyment and benefit of my beloved wife, Virginia Dorsey.’  Of course, by the time the will was probated, Virginia Dorsey was dead.

One other reference on Ancestry was made to Genealogies of Kentucky Families Volume I.  I checked my copy and found the Dorsey’s came from Calvert County, Maryland, one group of whom settled in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, which was at that time called Stockton Station.  Larkin Dorsey, whose grandfather was in the Revolution, came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, founder of Stockton Station.

‘Larkin Dorsey, who came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, married Elizabeth Ingram, in 1780 at Hagerstown, Maryland.  He was born August 24, 1784 [must be 1748], and died February 22, 1822, in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.  He was a cadet in the 9th company of Light Infantry, January 3, 1776.  Commissioned Ensign in Army, June 18, 1778.  His children were:  Edward, John, Joshua, Rachel, Sarah, Robert, Amelia and Joseph.

‘John Dorsey married Nancy Spiers, Edward – Juliet McDowell, Joshua – Nancy Williams and Milly Alexander, Rachel – C. V. Anderson, Sarah – Thomas Wallace, Robert died in infancy, Amelia – Thomas Andrews and Joseph married Mary Wheatley and Ann Threlkeld.

‘The children of John Dorsey, who was born April 19, 1783, and died November 5, 1847, were – Oswell Burns Dorsey, Elizabeth Ingram Dorsey, Martha Ann Dorsey, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, John Edmondson Dorsey, Rachel Anderson Dorsey, Robert Stockton and Jeremiah Spiers Dorsey.’

Virginia Stockton Dorsey was a descendant of Major George Stockton, in whose company Larkin Dorsey came to Kentucky.  George Stockton married Larkin Dorsey’s sister, Rachel Dorsey; their son Edward Stockton married Mary Allin Jouett (of the Mercer County families of those names).  George Jouett Stockton and Virginia Margaret Stockton were two of their children.

In conclusion we can say the dates on the gravestone for Oswell and Virginia Stockton Dorsey are incorrect – but why?  If we look a little closer to the death records for Montgomery County for 1854, we find that George J. Stockton is listed just under the name of Virginia Dorsey.  George is listed as 40, a merchant (were he and Oswell Dorsey business partners as well as brothers-in-law?), parents were Edward and Mary Stockton (same as Virginia) and he died of cholera, cared for by Dr. Nelson.  Under his name is William Stockton, 14, son of George and Gusta [Augusta] Ann Stockton, who also died of cholera.  And below his name is Gusta A. Stockton, 36, daughter of Francis Somersall, who died of fever.  Oswell and Virginia Dorsey had no children.  George and Augusta Stockton had four – William Edward who died in 1854 with his parents, Robert Henry, Mary Somersall Stockton and Augusta George Stockton, who was born in February of 1854, a babe of five months when her parents died, and who lived just until the age of three.  With so many deaths in one family, it was quite likely several years before gravestones were purchased.  This could have led to the mix-up in death dates.  Always check several sources, if possible.

John Joseph House Biography

Hancock County, Kentucky, is where many of the Lewis, House and Greathouse family members settled when they moved from Virginia to Kentucky in the late 18th century.  Last fall Ritchey found this cemetery, our second try.  Those buried here are members of my 5th great-aunt, Catherine Jennings Linton, sister of my Captain John Linton, who married William Joseph Lewis May 15, 1766.  Several of her children carried the middle name Linton.  Catherine’s nephew, John Lewis, was the earliest pioneer to Hancock County. 

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1885

Hancock County

John Joseph House was born in Hancock County, December 20, 1831, and is the son of Benoni and Hannah A. (Lewis) House, natives of Maryland and Kentucky, respectively. William House, grandfather of our subject, was a native of Maryland, which state he left in an early day, immigrating to Hancock County, and settling on the Ohio River, a short distance below the village of Troy. He was a farmer by occupation and died a number of years ago.  The Lewis’s were from Virginia, subject’s grandfather being among the first permanent residents of that part of Hancock County, which still bears his name.  He was a prominent and extensive land owner, having purchased from the government large tracts of land in various parts of the county.

Benoni House, born June 2, 1806, died January 10, 1849.  Lewis Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

Benoni House was born in 1808 and died in 1849.  The mother of subject was born in 1811 and died July 31, 1881.  The family of Benoni House and Hannah House consisted of eight children, only two of whom are now living:  Hannah A., wife of William Moredock, and John J., subject of this sketch.

Hannah A., wife of F. D. Lewis, born March 31, 1811, died July 30, 1881.  Lewis Cemetery.

Francis D. Lewis, born September 11, 1807, died March 29, 1875.  Lewis Cemetery.

By second marriage, with Dr. F. Lewis, the mother had three children, only one of whom is now living.

John J. House was reared on a farm in Hancock County, two miles from the village of Lewisport, where he remained until his twentieth year.  He received a liberal education in the schools of the county and commenced life for himself as a salesman in the drug house of Raymond & Patten, Louisville, with whom he remained a short time.  He subsequently engaged as a salesman on a store-boat which plied on the Ohio River, selling books, stationery and fancy goods, remaining the greater part of one year.

Nannie, wife of J. J. House, born August 16, 1831, died May 28, 1893.  Greathouse Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

After severing his connection with the enterprise, he took service as clerk with W. P. Haywood, of Lewisport, in the general mercantile business, where he remained for several years, dealing in live stock on his own responsibility in the meantime.  In 1857 he engaged in farming on a place he had previously purchased in Yellow Creek Precinct, and on May 25 of the following year he was united in marriage with Mrs. Nancy Simpson, daughter of Nathan and Nancy Hukill, of Maysville, Kentucky.  In 1861 he purchased his present farm of 198 acres, on which he has since been living.  He owns 300 acres of choice land, and in addition to farming and stock raising is largely engaged in the manufacture and sale of lumber and brick.

J. J. House, born December 20, 1831, died August 25, 1901.  Greathouse Cemetery.

Mr. House is connected with the I.O.O.F., K. of H. and Masonic order, and is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he has belonged since 1845.  Mr. and Mrs. House have a family of eight children, whose names are as follows:  Fannie M. (Simpson), Benoni, Ida B., Anna S., Suzy B., Allie T., David N. and John William.

William W., son of Benoni & Hannah House, born July 4, 1836, died June 27, 1857.  Lewis Cemetery.

Thomas L. House, born December 12, 1833, died April 12, 1877.  Annie E., wife of Thomas L. House, born September 24, 1845, died March 22, 1901.  Lewis Cemetery.

Children of Benoni House and Hannah Ann Lewis – John Joseph, Thomas Lewis, William Wesley, Susan Frances, Hannah Amanda, Catherine Elizabeth and Elizabeth Jane House.

Children of Dr. Francis Dunnington Lewis and Hannah Ann Lewis – Caroline and Sarah Frances Lewis.

Lewis Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

Greathouse Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.  Ritchey taking photos in the rain.  The two cemeteries are one and a half miles apart – as the crow files.

First Members of New Providence Presbyterian Church – Born Before 1800 – Volume 4

The third installment of the original members of New Providence Presbyterian Church, Mercer County, Kentucky, who were born before 1800 – and there are quite a few – we’ve only scratched the surface!  The previous installments can be viewed – Volume 1 and Volume 2 and Volume 3.

Priscilla, wife of Robert McAfee, died February 19, 1837, in the 66 year of her age (born 1771).

James Coleman, born October 6, 1776, died January 5, 1844.

Mary Bunton, wife of James Lyons, born April 10, 1777, died May 27, 1850.

Ann, wife of Col. George McAfee, born January 11, 1777, died April 7, 1851.

In memory of Col. George McAfee, born April 28th, 1777, died May 28th, 1819, aged 42 years.

Robert McAfee, died January 30, 1849, in the 72nd year of his age (born 1777).

Nancy Buchanan, consort of A. Buchanan, deceased, departed this life October 1st, 1810, aged 32 years (born 1778).

Thomas Cleland, D. D., born May 22, 1778, died January 31, 1858.