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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.

Jeremiah and Mary Herbert Pension Application

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

June 7, 1833

Jeremiah Herbert, Washington County, Kentucky, age 70, states that he was drafted in 1781 as a spy in the state of Maryland, County of St. Mary’s, under Captain John Mills and served two months in the spring of 1781, returned home and remained about one month, when he was again drafted in July 1781 and placed under Captain Edward Morgan of the regular army and was attached to the 4th Maryland Regiment commanded by Colonel John Ruble, Lilburn Williams was the major, Mordecai Guess the General, who commanded the 3rd and 4th Maryland Regiment, and was marched from St. Mary’s County to Annapolis, thence to Georgetown, thence to Williamsburg, Virginia, thence to the siege of York, where he remained until the capture of Lord Cornwallis.  He was discharged in December 1791 at Annapolis.

Charles Montgomery, clergyman in Washington County, James Hiney, James Austin states that they are well acquainted with the soldier and believe in his statements.

Affidavit of Joseph Kibby made in Union County, Kentucky, stating that Jeremiah Herbert of Washington County, Kentucky, served with him in the Revolutionary War in the same company at the siege of York.  We lived in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and joined the militia company commanded by Captain Edward Morgan, John Cross, Lieutenant, and James Amerna, Ensign.

Mary Herbert applied for pension, widow of Jeremiah Herbert, deceased.  State of Kentucky, Washington County, March 25, 1839, aged 73, said she was married to him in 1786 and that he died in 1833, and by him she had 9 children, ages as follows:  Francis Herbert, born February 22, 1788; Rebecca Herbert, born March 13, 1790; Elizabeth Herbert, born December 12, 1791; Eleanor Herbert, born February 22, 1794; John T. Herbert, born March 17, 1796; James R. Herbert, born March 6, 1800; F. K. H. Herbert, born February 14, 1802; Charles Herbert, born January 20, 1804; Mary Ann Herbert, born December 28, 1807, which appears by the family record.

Affidavit of Charles Powell, who states that the birth of the children of Jeremiah and Mary Herbert and the ages of the said Jeremiah and Mary as appears from the family Bible of Jeremiah are as follows, the birth of the children corresponding with the times stated in said Mary’s declaration.

Jeremiah Herbert born January 26, 1738 (marked in pencil as follows may be an error he said in January 1833 he was age 70).

Affidavit of Dorothy Jarboe made at the home of John Jarboe, who is her son in Washington County, Kentucky, November 26, 1838.  Made oath that Jeremiah Herbert was married to her sister, Mary Hill, in the year 1786 and lived together until 1833 when he died with cholera.  The said Dorothy Jarboe, formerly Dorothy Hill, is now 69.

Peter Brown, Justice of the Peace

It appears from the records that the Pension agent of Kentucky sent the family Bible in for evidence but it was never returned.