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Hugh McElroy’s Diary

Hugh McElroy, born September 19, 1795, died February 8, 1877.  Susan Frances, wife of Hugh McElroy, born December 29, 1807, died June 22, 1844.  ‘She had a smile for the joyous, an ear of sympathy for ill, and in act of kindness for all within her reach.’  Cemetery Hill, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

If only all ancestors left diaries with the everyday happenings and the history they remember about their ancestors!

Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor and Others, from newspaper articles

Hugh McElroy’s Diary

January 1, 1870.  This day I have read a long account of my grandfather, Anthony Hundley, and his family in the Christian Observer of December 22, 1869.  They moved from Charlotte County, Virginia, to this country in the year 1793, seventy years ago.  He settled on Pleasant Run near Sandusky’s Station.  The Indians were very troublesome on the road which they traveled.  They traveled with a large number of emigrants, as alone was very dangerous.  There was not a human habitation except a fort at Laurel River beyond the Cumberland Mountains and between Beams station at Crab Orchard in Kentucky.  Indian deprivations along the line were frequent.  On the route they saw the newly made graves of a large number of persons who had been massacred at night while encamped after a day’s journey.  My mother, then a young lady, and seventeen, was one of the company.  About the same time, my grandfather, Hugh McElroy, moved from Pennsylvania to this place and built the first brick house in the county.  Many of the bricks are now in this house I now live in, between the weatherboards and plastering.  My father helped to make them before I was born.  He married my mother in 1794 and I was born in 1795, 74 years ago.

June 30, 1873.  Sixty years the 20th of next November I came to this town (Springfield) to live, as a store boy with Mr. Elias Davison.  I lived with him six years.  I commenced my fourth year with him before I lost my first whole day.  My salary the first year was $50, the last year $100.  This has been a very wet, rainy Sabbath day and the first time I have been detained from Sunday School this year.

Deaths, 1873.  Ben E. Montgomery died last October, age 80 years.  Judge Booker on May 11th, age 87 years.  May York Sandusky on May 21st, age 80 years.  All these were neighbors.  Old Mrs. Briles died on the 9th June, age 97.

November 1, 1874.  Died this day, cousin William McElroy, 99.  July 18th Mr. Charles Powell died, age 83, and Presley Briles, age 74.

This day, September 19, 1873, I am 78 years old, have lived in Springfield 60 years, have been a school teacher over 40 years and superintendent over schools 20 years.  The cholera has been bad in several counties.  Lebanon and Marion County has suffered much, 84 deaths, most in the county.  Our town has escaped and very few cases in the county.  The Yellow Fever is very bad in the towns south, particularly in Memphis and Shreveport.

In October 1871, while at Louisville, I met an old uncle, Joel Hundley, which I had not seen for 20 years, he had come to Louisville to see his sister, Aunt Jane Thomas.  Courier Journal describes the meeting as follows:  A Romantic Meeting.  Mr. Joel Hundley and Mrs. Jane Thomas, as brother and sister, met in this city at the house of John H. Thomas, son of the venerable lady on Saturday last, after an absence of 54 years.  Mrs. Thomas was born in Virginia at the Charlotte Courthouse, in 1793, he was born in 1791, making her 78 years old and him 80.  She arrived here from her residence in Litchfield, Kentucky, and he, being informed of the fact, started from his home in Mt. Washington, after a late breakfast, and walked to Louisville, a distance of 21 miles to see her.  The meeting of so long a separation was a happy one.  His walk is remarkable, considering his advanced age, but it is not the first long tramp he has taken.  In olden times, before steam boats and railroads were known, and when flat boats were the only means of transportation down the river, he often made the trip from New Orleans to Kentucky on foot.  Mrs. Thomas is the mother of O. W. and J. H. Thomas.  Mr. Hundley is the father of Doctor Hundley.

September 19, 1874.  This day is my birthday, 79 years old.  How thankful I ought to be.  I never had better health in my life and have no pains in my limbs, yet I cannot walk without help, owing to my getting crippled ten years since.  I ride to my counting room in town every day and have missed but one or two days from Sunday School this year.

Schooling Family of Washington County

IMG_6278Erected 1864 to my husband, James Schooling, born November 8, 1798, died April 2, 1863.  Eliza Schooling, born November 26, 1809, died September 20, 1885.

Schooling Family of Washington County, Kentucky

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by O. W. Baylor

If the reader will take time out to go up on Cemetery Hill, Springfield, he will find there a tall marble shaft upon which is inscribed the name “Schooling.”  The Schoolings, or at least James Schooling, Sr., the first of the family to appear in Washington County, hailed from Virginia.  James, Sr., was born in Berkeley County in 1757.  He tells the story of his military service in the following manner:

“In the month of May I entered the company of Captain Little as a substitute for one Benjamin Hesint, for a 3 months tour and joined the regiment commanded by one Major Morgan; then there were about 500 of us and all commanded by General Dark.  We marched to near Fort Pitt where we lay for some time and from thence we descended the Ohio River to a Fort called Holaday’s Cove where we remained until discharged in August of the same year.  In the winter of the same year I entered the company commanded by one William Lucas for another tour of 3 months as a substitute for one Moses Malton and we marched from Berkeley County to Fredericksburg and on to the Rappahannock River and were there honorably discharged by the said Lucas.  Having served this tour I returned home again in 1781 and was drafted to serve in the company of Captain Jarrett for a tour of 3 months.  I joined the regiment at Fredericksburg and marched from thence to join the main army at Williamsburg.  There I remained until honorably discharged.  I distinctly recollect General Washington and General LaFayette.”

James Schooling, Sr., married December 17, 1784, Mary, and shortly thereafter moved to Kentucky.  He was a resident of Washington County from the day the county was formed in 1792 until he died March 4, 1840.  Issue:  Elizabeth, born July 30, 1785; Robert, born January 16, 1787; Liety, born September 8, 1788; Mary, born September 28, 1791; John, born March 2, 1793, married Jane McKittrick; Sarah, born May 2, 1795; Jane, born February 25, 1797, married William R. Watts of Washington County; James, born November 8, 1798, married Polly McKittrick.

The gravestone above is for James Schooling, Jr., and his second wife, Eliza Platt.

Adam F. Schooling married Elizabeth Hurst 21 May 1818
Gordon H. Schooling married Nannie C. May 10 Feb 1869
Gordon Schooling married Mary Jane Mitchell 24 Feb 1857
James A. Schooling married Nancy Sweeney 24 May 1825
James Schooling married Eliza Platt 20 Jun 1832
James Schooling married Polly McKittrick 08 Dec 1825
Jeremiah Schooling married Cynthia Young 29 Nov 1821
Jerry Schooling married Lizzie Spalding 26 Nov 1876
John Schooling married Jane McCallister 22 Nov 1819
Robert Schooling married Eliza Schooling 03 Oct 1810
John W. Coleman married Mary Jane Schooling 01 Oct 1849
John M. Garshwiles married Louisa Schooling 27 Oct 1825
Edward Graves married Lucinda Schooling 07 Aug 1823
Robert Schooling married Eliza Schooling 03 Oct 1810
Levi Sherrell married Sarah Schooling 10 Sep 1814
William W. Walker married Susanna H. Schooling 16 Oct 1821
John Watts married Polly Schooling 03 Aug 1814
William R. Watts married Jane Schooling 15 Apr 1815