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William Ryan Buried In Albany Cemetery

This is the gravestone for William Ryan, son of William and D. Ryan, born December 24, 1781, and died December 12, 1855.  Generally when parents names are added the person who died is a young child, but this gentleman was 74 years of age.  This is Albany Cemetery, in the town of the same name, in Clinton County, on the Tennessee border.  Albany is centered in the county as far as east-west goes, but a little south on US 127.  Now if you were to head north from Albany you would drive to Harrodsburg, and our home is just a few streets off the main road.  Dale Hollow Lake is shared with Tennessee, and it is a marvelous place to visit – lots of fishing and boating, and the lodge serves wonderful meals!

As you can see the stone is on a raised foundation.  Usually there is either the raised stone or a standing stone, not both.

And from a side angle you can see it also has a foot stone.  There are others that are similar in this cemetery.  There is an old section and a very new section, telling us this cemetery has been used for a long time, and will continue to be used in the future.

Back to William Ryan.  I did find him in the 1850 census of Clinton County.  He is listed as 64, a farmer, born in Virginia.  His wife, Keziah, was 59, also born in Virginia.  Living with them was Susannah Miller, 19, and her one year old son, William M.  Probably a daughter and grandson.

William Ryan and Keziah Blevins were married March 30, 1807, in Wayne County.  Clinton did not become a county until 1835, and was formed from parts of Wayne and Cumberland counties.

Revolutionary War Veteran John Alexander – Will 1830

Cumberland County, Kentucky, was formed in 1798 from portions of Green County, and named for the Cumberland River.  It shares the border with Tennessee.  Cumberland County is actually larger than my home county of Mercer, but much smaller in population – about 22 people per square mile.  It is a lovely county, much farmland, and we found the small Alexander/Davis Cemetery just south of Hwy 90 on Hwy 100. 

Buried there is Revolutionary War veteran John Alexander and his family.  John was from Goochland County, Virginia, and was a captain in Lee’s Continental Troops.  John moved his family to Cumberland County about 1805.

John Alexander’s will was written in 1825, and he died five years later.  His wife, Lucy, died in 1815.  Eleven children and two grandsons were named in his will.  Given the amount of slaves he owned he must have been a wealthy man.  He died October 17, 1830.

Cumberland County Will Book B   Page 427-428

I, John Alexander, of the county of Cumberland and state of Kentucky, being weak in body but of a perfect and sound mind, do make this my last will and testament.  After my just debts being paid I do hereby dispose of all my worldly goods in the following manner.  To wit, I give to my son Thomas Alexander, two Negroes named Isaac and Polly.  I give to my son John M. Alexander, two Negroes named Jacob and Lewis.  I give to my daughter Sarah C. Barton, two Negroes named Agnes and Jarret, one feather bed and furniture and bedstead.  I give to my son Ingrum Alexander, one Negro man named Peter.  I give in trust to my son John M. Alexander and Reuben Alexander, for the use and benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Smith, one tract of land whereon she now lives containing one hundred and twenty-five acres, more or less, and two Negroes named Jim and Jack Jr., and one featherbed and furniture and one bedstead, and at the decease of Thomas Smith, and his present wife Elizabeth, the said land to be equally divided between his two sons, John M. Smith and Thomas Smith.  I give to my son Robert Alexander, two Negroes named David and Bayson.  I give to my daughter Obediance Gearheart, one Negro man named Jack, Sr., and thirty-five dollars in lieu of one feather bed and furniture.  I give to my son Reuben Alexander, one Negro man named Patrick, and that part of my tract of land whereon I now live, that lies on the upper or west side of the creek that divides the plantation, and my family Bible, and one fourth part of my stock of cattle and one third part of my stock of sheep and one third part of my stock of hogs, in quality.  I give to my son Joseph Alexander, one Negro man named Adam, one cow and calf now in his possession and two hundred dollars in the hands of J M P V R Alexander.  I give to my son Philip Alexander, one Negro man named Valentine and all that part of my tract of land that lies on the south end side of the creek that runs through the plantation whereon Robert Alexander formerly lived.  I give to my daughter Susanna Hall, one Negro woman named Suda, her two children, with all her future increase during her natural life, and at her death to be equally divided amongst the heirs of her body,

one cow and calf, and two ewes, or the value thereof, and two feather beds and furniture, now in her possession.  It is my will and desire that the Negroes hereafter to be devised should not be sold out of the family, and if there should be any money due from one legatee to another in the divisions, the money so coming from one legatee to another shall have the indulgence of the payment thereof eighteen months, and the balance of my estate that is not given away in this instrument of writing shall be equally divided so as to make all their proportions equal with what they have had, equally amongst the following named persons – Thomas Alexander, J. M. Alexander, Sarah C. Barton, Ingrum Alexander, Obediance Gearheart, Susan W. Hall.  It is my will and desire that all the within named legatees should be in harmony amongst themselves, but if any of them attempts to overset or destroy this my last will and testament, he or she or anyone for them, that legatee so attempting shall forever forfeit his or her legacies given them in the above instrument and the same shall be equally divided amongst those peaceful legatees.  I do hereby appoint John Wash, Sr., and James Baker and John M. Alexander to execute this my last will and testament in every part and particular thereof or any two of them, witness my hand this fifteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five.

John Alexander

Test. Isaac McBee, John Wash, Sr., Longston Pace

Kentucky, Cumberland County

I, Milton King, Clerk of the county court for said county, do certify that the foregoing last will and testament of John Alexander, deceased, was produced in open court at the November term, 1830, proven by the oaths of the two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to record, and the same is truly copied of record in my office in Will Book B, Page 427.  Given under my hand this 6th of January 1831.

Milton King

John Alexander, Kentucky.  Sgt. Lee’s Legion, Continental Troops, Revolutionary War, October 17, 1830.  Alexander/Davis Cemetery, Cumberland County, Kentucky.

Marriages – Cumberland County, Kentucky

Marriages – Cumberland County, Kentucky

  • S. B. Cheatham married Maggie Ledbetter – October 2, 1898
  • Christopher P. Cheatham married Lera Leslie – 1871
  • S. G. Cheatham married M. K. – July 22, 1816
  • William H.  Cheek married Ursula Ewing – February 2, 1883
  • Matthew Cidwell married Nancy Patman – October 5, 1816
  • John Clary married Jane Willis – January 3, 1859
  • Jessie Claywell married Hannah Humphries – October 13, 1814
  • Daniel Claywell married Victoria Melton – November 30, 1898
  • Edward C. Claywell married Drusilla F. Cooksie – April 30, 1869
  • U. G. Claywell married Susan F. Smith – March 29, 1883
  • Beverly Clayton married Sally Rion – June 28, 1814
  • James Clayton married Maggie E. Jones – March 30, 1898
  • P. M. Clayton married Priscilla Chapman – December 29, 1852
  • A. A. Cloyd married Ellen P. Lentin – February 21, 1883
  • Daniel T. Cloyd married Nancy Spearman – July 20, 1859
  • K. S. Cloyd married Mary P. Branham – December 18, 1882
  • William Cloyd married Emeline Brooks – November 23, 1854
  • W. L. Cloyd married Minnie Sarah Stockton – March 18, 1884
  • John Coe married Nancy Scott – 1806
  • Joseph M. Coffee married Jane Graves – September 29, 1808
  • John W. Coffey married Mollie E. Simpson – November 7, 1884
  • Nebuzarden Coffey married Elizabeth Easley – September 13, 1810
  • Thomas Coil married Martha McClusky – October 1858
  • James Cole married Ann Wood – August 13, 1799
  • James Cole married Nancy Brown – November 23, 1816
  • Alf Collins married Ova Arms May 10, 1899
  • Samuel G. Collins married Annie Lee Stockton – December 21, 1885

Thomas E. Bramlette

Thomas E. Bramlette – Adair County, Kentucky

Thomas Elliott Bramlette was born on January 3, 1817, in that part of Cumberland County that is now Clinton County, Kentucky.  He was the son of Colonel Ambrose S. and Sarah (Elliott) Bramlette.  He studied law and was admitted to the bar at the age of twenty.  In September of that year he married Sallie Travis. He was a state legislator, representing Clinton County, before his thirtieth birthday and was appointed Commonwealth Attorney by Governor John J. Crittenden in 1848.

In 1852, after resigning his post as Commonwealth Attorney two years earlier to resume his law practice, Bramlette moved to Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky.  He bought a house, at the time just out of the city limits, situated on a lot adjoining the present post office.  He resided in this structure until 1859 when he purchased a house just off the square.  The Bramlette family lived in this house until he was elected Governor of Kentucky in 1863.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Bramlette accepted a commission in the Federal army and raised the 3rd Kentucky Infantry.  Mrs. Ruth Paull Burdette, in her book “Early Columbia . . .”, relates the following story concerning then Colonel Bramlette:

Sometime during the early portion of the Civil War, Mary, a little daughter of Bramlette, became seriously ill.  While she was ill, Confederates learned that Colonel Bramlette was in Columbia.  A detachment was sent to town to arrest him.  James Baker, then a small boy, saw the Confederates coming and ran to warn the Colonel.  Bramlette could not bring himself to leave the bedside of his daughter and refused to flee.  When the enemy arrived at the house, Bramlette told them that he wouldn’t leave under the circumstances.  After a short conference, the Confederate commander replied that under the circumstances they would not arrest the Federal officer.

Little Mary Bramlette died soon after the aforementioned incident and is buried in the Columbia City Cemetery with a lovely white marble marker at the head of her grave.

Colonel Thomas E. Bramlette resigned from the army in 1862 when President Lincoln appointed him the U. S. District Attorney for this area.

In 1863 Joshua Bell was nominated for Governor of Kentucky by the Union Democrats, but he withdrew from the race.  Bramlette was chosen to take Bell’s place on the ticket.  He ran against Charles Wickliffe and won the race for the highest office in Kentucky.  He had an uphill battle to fight.  Being governor of a border state was a very difficult job and many unpopular decisions had to be made.

Because private raiders committed various crimes in the state after it was under Federal control, Union General Burbridge issued an order in July 1864 stating that he would execute four “outlaws” for every innocent man killed by the raiders.  This led to the execution of several men, most if not all innocent of any crime.  To secure safety for any Confederate sympathizers, whether active or inactive in guerilla type warfare, Governor Bramlette stepped into the picture.

This was only one of the confrontations during the War between Bramlette and the military.

After his term expired in 1867, he moved to Louisville where he started his law practice anew.  He died in 1875 in Louisville and is buried there.