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Dexter Mausoleum in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati

While in Cincinnati last month, Ritchey and I visited the beautiful Spring Grove Cemetery.  It was established in 1845, and contains 733 acres of beautiful trees, lakes and walkways.  One could spend days, walking around, looking not only at the gravestones, but the natural habitat as well.

Today I want to share with you photos of the Dexter Mausoleum.  It is so huge that many people mistake it for a chapel.  Designed by the architect James Keys Wilson in the late 1860’s for the Edmund Dexter family, it was not finished until 1870.  The inspiration was the beautiful Sainte-Chapelle in Paris – particularly the sides with the flying buttresses.  The mausoleum cost $100,000 to build in the 1860’s.  Can you imagine what the cost would be today?

Edmund Dexter was born in England in 1801 and came to the United States at an early age.  In the 1820’s he moved to Cincinnati, and in 1829 married Mary Ann Dellinger of New York.  The couple had five sons – Charles, Edmund, George, Julius and Adolphus.  Edmund was a whisky baron and an extremely wealthy man.  His will lists shares of stock in all the important Cincinnati companies.  Mary Ann Dexter died in 1875.Kentucky

About twenty family members are buried in the crypt of the mausoleum.

The Wallace Family Buried in Maple Grove Cemetery

The Wallace family is represented in Maple Grove Cemetery, on Main Street in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, with several gravestones.  The two oldest are for Joseph and Sarah Wallace.  You can see them beside/slightly behind the large Wallace stone.

Joseph Wallace was born March 9, 1779, and died February 19, 1855.  Joseph’s parents were John Wallace and Jane Finley.  John Wallace was an ensign in 1776, in Captain James Moore’s company, 5th Pennsylvania regiment, Col. Anthony Wayne’s command.  He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died in Fayette County, Kentucky.

In Joseph Wallace’s will, dated April 21, 1853, he gives his daughter, Mary J. Brown, ‘undivided interest in and to three slaves, namely Sam, Eliza and Solomon, purchased of Briers Heirs and now in the hands of Mary J. Brown, administrator of Thomas J. Brown, deceased, my interest in said slaves being one fifth part of the same, also her note executed by her as administrator for one hundred and fifty dollars, together with whatever interest may be due thereon, at the time of my death.  Also, one thousand dollars in cash.’

Son James Wallace received his father’s tract of land in Jessamine County, where the father resided, about four hundred and sixty acres, also four Negroes, his selection, out of all the slaves.

Two Negroes are given in trust to his executor, for the use and benefit of my daughter, Margaret Harris, Emily and Nancy, 13 and 7 years old, respectively, who are now with the said Margaret in Boyle County, also one half of a tract of land in Boyle County, containing about one hundred and eighty one acres, upon which Nathaniel Harris now lives, land and Negroes to remain in the hands of my executor for the use and benefit of daughter Margaret – perhaps he didn’t trust his son-in-law.

All slaves, land, chattel, etc., are to be sold and the money divided between my daughter, Mary J. Brown, and the share to my executor, in trust for my daughter Margaret Harris.  Thomas E. West was named executor.

Sarah Barr, wife of Joseph Wallace, was born February 1, 1780, and died September 16, 1852.  She and Joseph married June 23, 1809, in Fayette County, Kentucky.

James Wallace, son of Joseph and Sarah, left a very impressive monument in the cemetery – or it could have been his children since there is ‘Our Father’ and ‘Our Mother’ above their names on the stone.  James married Margaret Mays, May 2, 1850.  Due to the date of marriage, tiny Anna Wallace must have been their first child.

James Wallace was a rather wealthy man.  In the 1860 Census of Jessamine County he is listed as a farmer, with real estate valued at $27,000, and personal estate at $15,000.  In the census James is 48, Margaret is 36, Joseph is 7, Sarah is 4, and Virginia is 8/12.  Mother-in-law Anna Mays, 67, is living with the family.  She was born in North Carolina.

In the 1870 census James is 58.  His property is valued at $34,000, with personal estate of $10,000.  Margaret is 44, Joseph is 17, Sidia (Sarah) is 15, and Virginia is 12.

James died in 1875 and, Margaret, less than a year later.

James Wallace, born February 8, 1812, died June 25, 1875. Margaret Mays Wallace, born September 29, 1826, died April 10, 1876. Maple Grove Cemetery, Jessamine County, Kentucky.

 

Mitchell Family Buried In Maysville Cemetery

A lovely gravestone in the Maysville Cemetery, located in Mason County, holds the records of the Mitchell family.  Charles S. Mitchell was born in 1792 in the county, a life-long resident, the son of Ignatius Mitchell and Mildred Smith.  Ignatius was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary War and received a land patent in Mason County (at that time Bourbon County).  His name appears on a company muster roll for May 1788, dated Valley Forge, June 1, 1778.

In this article from The Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky, May 1, 1912, it tells of the exploration in the mountains of South America by Gerard Fowke – a grandson of the ‘famous duelist, Charles Mitchell.’  In 1812 a duel was fought in Sprigg Township, Adams County, Ohio, between Thomas Marshall and Charles Mitchell, son of Ignatius Mitchell and brother of Dick Mitchell, from The History of Adams County, Ohio, Nelson W. Evans, 1900.  This makes me wonder of Charles Mitchell was in the War of 1812.  I wonder what circumstance caused the duel?  It was before his marriage to Elizabeth Fowke.

Charles Mitchell married Elizabeth Fowke, September 2, 1821, a daughter of Roger and Susannah Fowke

‘Know all Men by these Presents, That we, Charles Mitchell and Susannah Fowke, are held and firmly bound unto The Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, for the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated the 2nd day of September, 1821.  The condition of the above obligation is such, that, whereas a marriage is intended to be had and solemnized between the said Charles S. Mitchell and Elizabeth Fowke.  Now if there be no legal cause to obstruct the same, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.’  Signed by Charles  Smith Mitchell and Susan Fowke, mother of Elizabeth.

In the 1840 Census of Mason County we find Charles Mitchell listed with 1 male under five, 1 five to ten, and one 30 to 40; 2 females under five and 1 female 20 to 30.

In the 1850 census we find Charles aged 57 and wife Elizabeth aged 45.  Children are Richard P, 25; Sibella, 23, Ignatius W., 20; Susan C., 18; Charles S., 15; David R., 13; Theobald, 11; Harrison Clay, 9; Joseph O., 6; and Elizabeth M., 6 – a set of twins.  Charles was a farmer.  Elizabeth, his wife, was born in Pennsylvania, the rest of the family were born in Kentucky.

In the 1860 census Charles is 68 and Elizabeth is 55.  Children listed in the household are Richard P., 36; Ignatius W., 30; Susan K., 28; Theobald, 21; Harrison C., 18; Joseph O., 16; and Elizabeth M., 16.

Children of C. S. and E. F. Mitchell.  Roger F., died February 27, 1826, aged 3 years.  Mary E., died December 1, 1840, aged 9 years.  Martha Ann, died June 26, 1849, aged 23 years.  R. P. Mitchell, 1824-1885.  H. C. Mitchell, 1841-1868.

Three children died previous to the 1850 census – Roger F., in 1826; Mary E., in 1840; and Martha Ann in 1849.  Two other children who died after their parents are listed on this side of the stone, Richard P., who died in 1885, and Harrison Clay, who died in 1868.

John D. Smith, died near Murfresboro, Tennessee, April 9, 1870, aged 51 years.  Sibella M. Smith, died December 29, 1863, aged 35 years.  Children of J. D. and S. M. Smith.  James L., died May 31, 1862, aged 5 years; Nannie J., died March 9, 1865, aged 5 years; Willie, died in Nashville, Tennessee, July 17, 1862, aged 2 years. 

John D. Smith married Sibella Mitchell.  They both died at a young age, as well as three of their children, who are buried in the Mitchell plot.

Charles died June 12, 1861, of dropsy.  He was listed as 69 years of age, a farmer, and his parents were Ignatius and Mildred Mitchell.

Charles S. Mitchell, died June 12, 1861, aged 69 years.  Elizabeth F. Mitchell, died January 19, 1879, aged 74 years.

Elizabeth Mitchell lived another 18 years, passing away at the age of 74 on January 19, 1879.

Theobald Mitchell, 1839-1882.  Richard Mitchell, 1875-1909.

Son, Theobald, and grandson, Richard, died after Charles and Elizabeth.  Generations buried together in Maysville Cemetery.

Russell and Marian Porter Die of Smallpox

A beautiful memorial stone sits in Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky, marking the graves of two children, siblings, who died on the same day, August 1, 1894, of smallpox.  Evidently an epidemic was wide-spread, not only in Kentucky, but throughout the country.

Russell, May 8, 1891 – August 1, 1894.

Russell Porter, aged 3, and his sister Marian, aged 5, only children of Walter R. and Bessie Porter, were victims claimed by the epidemic.  I cannot imagine a parent losing one child, much less two.

Marian, October 20, 1889 – August 1, 1894.

‘Fold them, O Father, in thine arms, and let them henceforth be a message of peace between our hearts and thee.’

 

Duncan Cemetery On Main Street In Nicholasville

The small, iron fence-enclosed Duncan Cemetery on the corner of Main Street and Duncan Street reminds me of the Linton family cemetery in Washington County – just a simple family cemetery, but one with lots of stories and history.

William Duncan, born January 1, 1788, died September 6, 1863.

William Duncan and Nancy Blackford married in Jessamine County, Kentucky, December 22, 1813.  Between the twenty year span of 1814 and 1834, the couple had nine children.  A family Bible gives births, marriages and deaths, which came in handy since a few of the stones were difficult to read.

Nancy, wife of William Duncan, born December 17, 1791, died June 24, 1860.

Nancy Blackford Duncan’s parents are also buried in this cemetery – Benjamin Blackford and Catherine Sadowski.

In memory of Benjamin Blackford, born February 19, 1762, died November 21, 1842, aged 80 years, 8 months and 2 days.

In memory of Catherine Blackford, born October 6, 1770, died February 8, 1832, aged 62 years, 3 months and 2 days.

Rion Duncan was born November 6, in the year of our Lord 1814.  Departed this life September 5, 1849.

Rion Duncan was the eldest son of William and Nancy.  He married Louisa Tompkins.

Louisa Duncan, born February 26, 1816, died April 19, 1853.

In memory of Margaret Duncan, born January 14, 1817, departed this life January 3, 1848, aged 30 years, 11 months and 2 days.

Margaret was the oldest daughter of William and Nancy.

James Blackford Duncan, born February 7, 1824, died August 16, 1854, son of William and Nancy.

Charles W. Duncan, born April 28, 1831, died January 14, 1852, son of William and Nancy.

Alexander Crockett Duncan, born in Russell County, Virginia, June 30, 1787, died May 10, 1857, aged years, brother to William Duncan.

Ann, wife of James B. Duncan, died March 20, 1849, aged 48 years. 

This Ann cannot have been married to the James B. Duncan in this cemetery due to the age difference.  They are not buried side by side.

Information taken from the Bible of William and Nancy Duncan:

  • William Duncan was born January 15, 1788, and died September 6, 1863.  He married Nancy Blackford December 22, 1813.
  • Nancy Blackford Duncan was born December 17, 1791, and died June 24, 1860.

Children:

  • Rion Duncan was born November 6, 1814, and died September 5, 1849, from cholera.  He married Louisa Tompkins June 20, 1837.
  • Margaret Duncan was born January 14, 1817, and died January 3, 1848.
  • Catherine Duncan was born July 27, 1819.  She married James Bourn January 21, 1847.
  • Sally Ann Duncan was born October 21, 1821.  She married Robert Carlisle April 9, 1851.
  • James Blackford Duncan was born February 7, 1824, and died August 16, 1854.
  • Robert Duncan was born September 8, 1826.  He married Virginia Nave November 28, 1865.
  • Benjamin Sandusky Duncan was born February 13, 1829.  He married Lucy A. Funk May 22, 1856.
  • Charles William Duncan was born April 28, 1831, and died January 14, 1852.
  • Mary Deziah Duncan was born September 25, 1834.  She married James Carlisle October 5, 1854.

Nancy’s parents:

  • Benjamin Blackford was born February 19, 1760, and died November 21, 1842.
  • Catherine Sadowski Blackford was born October 6, 1770, and died February 8, 1832.

 

A Trip To Metcalfe County and Center-Asbury Cemetery

One of the most delightful cemeteries we’ve visited is the Center-Asbury Cemetery in Metcalfe County.  When Ritchey and I were there this past October it was a beautiful sight – the cemetery was surrounded by a cornfield on three sides.  The cemetery is in the northwestern part of the county on Hwy 314, just north of Hwy 1243 on the left.  It is close to the town of Center.

The photo above shows a row of above ground gravestones.  These must be very old as they are extremely difficult to read.  I believe the last name for these graves is Newman – and, honestly, that’s a guess – but I could not read any dates.  What a shame!

Now a closer look at some of the stones.

Malinda F. Cummins, born October 23, 1830, married Charles E. Witt June 16, 1852, died November 1, 1900.

Mary E. Lain, June 29, 1833 – March 31, 1925.

Mary E. Burks Higgason Butler Lain.

Dr. S. F. Higgason, born November 29, 1830, died November 19, 1871.

Dr. Suprey Rush Higgason married Mary E. Burks in 1854.  The couple had two daughters, Leona L. and Lucy E.  In the 1870 Census of Metcalfe County the daughters are listed as age 13 and 1, respectively.  It is very likely there were other children who did not survive.  After Suprey’s death in 1871, Mary married Preston Robert Butler, with whom she had at least three children.  After his death Mary married James William Lain.

William Thomas, born December 6, 1834, died October 21, 1901.

William Thomas was first married to Susan Hays, with whom he had three children – Luellen, James and Mary Belle.  His second wife was Nancy Catherine Philpott.  In the 1880 Census for Metcalfe County are listed the following children:  James A., 14; Clarence, 3; Ernest, 2; and Charley, 1/12, born in May.  It is possible Luellen was married by this date, but I fear Mary Belle must have passed away as she would be under the age of 14.

Mother – N. C. Thomas, October 11, 1845 – August 6, 1925. 

Nancy Catherine Philpott Thomas.

Daniel F. Blain, born March 7, 1834, died October 28, 1899.  Co. B, 19th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

In the 1880 Census of Metcalfe County, David Blain is listed as 42, a shoemaker, born in Ireland.  His wife, Rebecca Squires, was 36, and born in Kentucky.  The couple married September 3, 1873.

John Snider, born September 14, 1777, died March 20, 1865.

In the 1860 Census of Metcalfe County, John Snider is living with his son, P. J. Snider, who is a saddler.  John is 84 years of age.  According to the census he was born in Tennessee.  Philip J. Snider is buried beside his father in this cemetery.

John W. Wells, January 16, 1887 – September 20, 1946.  Effie L. Wells, February 27, 1890 – April 21, 1960.

A Trip Through Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery In Green County

Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Green County is small, the stones are not very elaborate, but it is well taken care of – you know these deceased family members are very important to the remaining loved ones.

img_7885C. B. Lowe, January 5, 1884 – August 24, 1947.  At Rest.

img_7886Lou Annie Lowe, January 21, 1887 – January 1, 1932.

img_8447W. B. Heizer, January 25, 1850 – November 29, 1916.  At rest.

img_7893Sarah Lile, 1857-1944.

img_7899Jane Polley, 1801-1894.

A beautiful stone, though faded – the gates of heaven stand open, flowers within.

img_7900Miley Polley, Company B, 13 Kentucky Infantry.

img_8451A view of the cemetery.  Notice the line of stones going almost diagonal in the  photo – markers, but no names.

img_7901Maggie S., daughter of Thomas and Frances Burress, born November 7, 1872, died August 12, 1900.

img_7902Thomas Burress, October 28,, 1845 – January 5, 1925.  Private Company E, 37th and 55th Regiment, Volunteer Kentucky US Mounted Infantry, Civil War.

img_7892Another view of the cemetery.

img_7907Mamie Herron, October 8, 1913 – February 8, 1931.  Wife.

img_8441I hope you’ve enjoyed our visit to Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Green County, Kentucky.