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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.

Edward Barber Edwards Account With Elias Davison

Such a simple piece of browned paper, but one so very important to me.  This is a receipt given to my fourth great-grandfather, Edward Barber Edwards, by Elias Davison, after paying the amount due on his account.

Elias Davison was on the list of Springfield town lot owners in 1817, in the post that was published yesterday.  He owned one lot at a valuation of $6,000.  In the diary of Hugh McElroy he states that he engaged to keep store for Mr. Elias Davison, beginning in 1814.  An old plat of Springfield was found and mentions the lot owned by Mr. Davison, and that it was known by the appellation ‘Davison’s brick corner.’  At least this gives us an idea of why it was valued at $6,000.  I so wish we had just a little more information about what Edward Edwards was paying for!

Edward Barber Edwards was born in Maryland April 21, 1768, the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber.   Edward moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, before 1795, when he sold land to George Smith.  Perhaps this was about the time he married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.   Edward and Nancy’s first child, my ancestor, Susan Clark Edwards was born in 1797.  All but one of their children was born in Loudoun County – John L., Catherine Kitural, Jonathan Joseph, Benjamin M., and Mary Jane.  The family moved to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1816, and daughter Sarah was born in 1822.

Edward died in 1824, in Washington County.  Nancy lived another 37 years.

Received this 5th day April 1821 of Mr Edward B. Edwards sixteen dollars fifty cents, it being the full amount of his account up to this date.

                                for Elias Davison, Sr., by Elias Davison, Jr.

 

 

Taxpayers for Lots in the Town of Springfield 1817

I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817.  I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s.  Do you have anyone on this list?

This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.

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

A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.

Note:  In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.

George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.

To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection.  By Order of the Board of Trustees.  April 11th, 1817.  Attests.  John Hughes, Jr., CBT.

Edward B. Edwards 1821 Receipt

Scan_Pic1484 2Edward Barber Edwards, the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber, was born in Maryland April 21, 1768.  He and his family moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, where he met and married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason.  In 1818 Captain John moved with all his family to Washington County, Kentucky, sharing his 2,000 acres of land with his children.

Edward and Nancy Edwards had eight children:  Susan Clark, John L., Catherine Kitural, Jonathan Joseph, Benjamin M., Mary Jane, Martha L. and Sarah Barber Edwards.  Edward and Nancy are my 4th great-grandparents.  I descend from their daughter Susan who married John Cotton Taylor.

Edward died in 1824; Nancy lived on with her children until 1861.

The above receipt was found in my great-grandmother’s genealogy – Frances Barber Linton was the granddaughter of John and Susan Edwards Taylor.  The receipt reads as follows:  Received this 5th day of April, 1821, of Mr. Edward B. Edwards sixteen dollars fifty cents, it being the full amount of his account up to this date for Elias Davison, Sr., Elias Davison, Jr.

The Davison’s were store owners, selling merchandise to local residents.  In the Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky it says ‘Local merchants, including the firm of H. & A. McElroy, E. Davison, and others, after exchanging store goods for whiskey, furs and other articles of easy sale on the southern markets, would load their stores on flat boats at Fredericktown and start with their cargoes down the Beech Fork to Salt River, thence to the Ohio and on down to New Orleans.  Having disposed of their goods at New Orleans, they would oftentimes take passage on a sailing vessel up the coast to Philadelphia where they would proceed to invest in such articles of merchandise as were needful to replenish stores here at home.  To get the eastern-bought goods out here to Springfield was a tedious task.  They were shipped by boat down the Ohio to Louisville, from which point they were hauled in wagons to Springfield.  The entire trip frequently required six months.  Generally the trip and the trading for all the local merchants was made by one representative.’