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James Bamford White Family Buried In Oakdale Cemetery – Estill County

Oakdale Cemetery, Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky.

How many of you know where Estill County is located?  I consider it at the beginning of the eastern section of Kentucky.  Powell and Clark are to its north, Madison to the west, Lee to the east and Jackson County on its southern border.  Estill is a very rural county, very beautiful, but you can easily lose cell service if you’re trying to find a cemetery using your phone!  During our trip on May 2, 2015, we stopped at Oakdale Cemetery in the county seat of Irvine.

Today I would like to tell you about the White family buried there.  James Bamford White was born June 6, 1842, near Winchester in Clark County.  According to his death certificate his parents were David White, born in Virginia, and Margaret Smith, born in Powell County, Kentucky.  His education included years spent at Mount Zion Academy in Macon County, Illinois.  In the fall of 1863 he joined the Confederate States Army and served under Generals Breckinridge and Morgan until the end of the war.  After the war he taught at Irvine, while studying law.  He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and began his practice.

April 27, 1870, James married Cecelia Locknane, a young girl of 15 compared to his 28 years.  In the 1870 census Cecelia and her new husband are living with her parents, John and Mary Locknane, who ran a hotel.  James boarded at this hotel and the two met and fell in love.  Cecelia’s mother’s maiden name was Ruckner, as listed on her death certificate.

In the 1910 census James and Cecelia have been married 40 years and had ten children, all living.  The names of their children are as follows:

  1. Lena Rivers White
  2. Ida Lee White
  3. Elmer Lynn White
  4. James Randolph White
  5. Bettie J. White
  6. Carlisle White
  7. Rodney Haggard White
  8. Nell White
  9. Margaret Cooney White
  10. Tennie W. White

During that time Carlisle was a typesetter at a printing office, Rodney an agent at a depot, Ida was a dressmaker, Bettie a milliner.

James was elected to the Fifty-Seventh Congress, Mary 4, 1901-March 3, 1903).  He retired from law in 1919.

Cecelia Locknane, wife of James B. White, 1855-1925.  ‘Lived for those she loved, died in hope to meet them again.’

Cecelia Locknane White died June 24, 1925.

James Bamford White, 1842-1931.  Confederate soldier.

James Bamford White lived another six years, passing away March 25, 1931.

Carlie White, 1886-1937.  A world war veteran.

Son Carlisle had military service at the Kentucky University and claimed exemption for the draft as a member of the officer service corp.  He was listed as medium height, gray eyes and black hair.  He never married and died December 3, 1937.

Duncan Family Buried In Green Lawn Cemetery – Simpson County

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Saturday, September 9, 1905

Dr. George W. Duncan Dead

Franklin, Kentucky, September 8 – Dr. George W. Duncan died this morning in his eightieth year of cancer.  He was one of the most prominent and wealthy citizens and was recognized throughout the state as a physician of ability.  Dr. Duncan is survived by a widow and four children, Charles and George Duncan, of Indian Territory; Dr. Will Duncan, of the United States Army, stationed in the Philippine Islands, and Mrs. Charles Brevard, of Franklin.

George W. Duncan, Surgeon, 30th Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, January 12, 1826 – September 8, 1905.  Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

The Franklin Favorite, Simpson County, Kentucky

Thursday, September 14, 1905

The following biographical sketch is taken from the History of Kentucky and will be of interest to Dr. Duncan’s many friends.

Dr. George W. Duncan was born January 26, 1826, in Simpson County, Kentucky, and was the tenth of eight boys and four girls born to Sanford and Nancy (Hammond) Duncan.  Dr. G. W. Duncan was reared on a farm and received a good education.  In 1840 he entered Cumberland College at Princeton.  When the college was transferred to Lebanon he returned to Franklin and finished his education.  In 1846 commenced the study of medicine with Drs. Briggs and Wright, of Bowling Green.  In 1848 he graduated from Louisville Medical University; located and commenced the practice at Mitchellville, Tennessee.  In 1859 he located in Franklin, Kentucky, where he had been successfully engaged in the practice ever since.  He held the position of post surgeon during the war.  He married, September 4, 1860, Dorinda Puryar, of Smith County, Tennessee, a daughter of William and Mary (Pearce) Puryar, both natives of Tennessee, of French and Scotch descent, respectively.  To Dr. and Mrs. Duncan have been born eight children, four now living: Mrs. Mary Sanford Brevard, Charles A., George H. and William A.  Dr. Duncan was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Dr. Duncan was a leading member of the Masonic fraternity and a Knight Templar.  He had been very successful during life, had acquired a good fortune, and was one of the most benevolent and kind-hearted men in southern Kentucky.  He always took considerable interest in the study of prehistoric races and made some valuable discoveries in his excavations of mounds and graves.  He was also a great lover of the arts and sciences.

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 1887

Mary Sanford Brevard, August 2, 1865 – September 28, 1916.

Dorinda A. Duncan, January 30, 1837 – July 31, 1918.

The Courier Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, August 1, 1918

Mrs. Dorinda Duncan

Franklin, Kentucky, July 31 – Mrs. Dorinda Duncan, 82 years old, died at the Southern Kentucky Sanitarium today from senility.  She is survived by three sons, William A. Duncan, Charles and George Duncan, of Oklahoma, all of whom were at her bedside when the end came.

George H. Duncan, August 2, 1872 – July 18, 1951.

Dr. George W. Duncan

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.

John W. Valentine Biography

IMG_0669John W. Valentine, born March 8, 1816, died June 14, 1894.  Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky.

from – Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Warren County

John W. Valentine, son of Joseph C. and Judith (McGehee) Valentine, was born in Louisa County, Virginia, March 8, 1816, and is the second in a family of three sons and one daughter.  His parents were natives, respectively, of King William and Louisa Counties, Virginia.  In 1820 his father moved to South Carolina and engaged in farming; three years later he returned to Virginia, to Spottsylvania County, where he died in 1825, at the age of thirty-two.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and a son of John Valentine, of King William County.  John Valentine was a farmer, a soldier of the Revolution and married Susan E. Crenshaw, of King William County, Virginia, who bore him twelve sons; he and his wife were of English descent.

IMG_0674Judith McGehee, born September 28, 1793, died January 1856.  (presumably the mother of John W. Valentine)

The maternal grandfather of John W. Valentine was William McGehee, who married Elizabeth Scuddy, of Virginia; he was a soldier in the war for independence; an extensive planter and slave-holder, and resided at the mouth of Elk Creek, in which he was drowned in 1828.

IMG_0670John W. Valentine, Captain Helms, Co. 1, Kentucky Cavalary, Confederate States Army, March 8, 1816 – June 14, 1894.

John W. Valentine was but nine years old at the time of his father’s death; he then lived with his mother and grandparents, and in 1829 moved with his mother to Warren County, Kentucky.  At the age of sixteen he began to learn the tailor’s trade, which he followed for twenty-four years.  In 1861 he enlisted in the First Kentucky Confederate Cavalry; was commissioned captain and put in charge of commissary.  In June, 1863, he resigned, but remained south until the close of the war, when he returned home.  In 1867 he purchased, just east of Bowling Green, forty four acres of land, which he has since improved with a fine residence, and engaged in raising vegetables for the market.  In 1870 he was elected jailer of Warren County, and discharged the duties of that office with great credit.  He married Anthaline, daughter of John and Mary (Cook) Jackson, and their union was blessed by four children:  Mary V. Price, who resides in Mississippi; John F. (deceased); Martha J. (deceased); and Ella D.  Mrs. Valentine died January 30, 1850, a devoted member of the Baptist Church.  Her parents were born in Amelia County, Virginia, where he father engaged in farming, but in early life moved to Warren County, Kentucky.  Mr. Valentine next married Mrs. Mary A. Carson, of Louisa County, Virginia, who had two children by her former husband: Alice M. Holman (deceased) and Valentine Carson.  Mr. Valentine is a Democrat, but cast his first presidential vote for General Harrison, in 1840.  He and wife are members of the Baptist Church.