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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.

Honoring a Civil War Veteran on Memorial Day In 2009

James Carr Potts, Private, Co. C, 14th Regiment Kentucky Cavalry.  December 12, 1830 – December 27, 1894.  Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

This story makes me so happy!  Every veteran deserves a gravestone to mark his/her final resting place.

May 28, 2009

Family strives and succeeds in honoring a Civil War veteran

By James Cook, Citizen’s Voice & Time Editor

The Memorial Day holiday has special meaning to everyone who has lost a loved one. It has even deeper feelings for those who have lost someone who served this nation in the military. Parades, military bands and grand speeches fill the air to honor those brave men and women, who have fought and died for our freedoms. But imagine being forgotten.
The family of a local Civil War veteran felt as if their loved one may have been overlooked and decided to rectify that problem. But it did not come easily.
The final resting place of James Carr Potts is located on the small side of the Powell’s Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. He passed away on Dec. 27, 1894, just 15 days after he turned 64. Next to his gravesite is that of his second wife Susan Adams Potts, whose headstone shows the signs of aging as she was laid to rest in 1901. But for over 120 years Private Potts of the Kentucky Cavalry, Company C, 14th Regiment, did not even have a marker. All that changed Memorial Day weekend as family from Texas to Ohio to Florida came in to honor the man, as well as family and friends from Powell County who were also on hand.
“They were so poor and had so little, ” Pott’s great granddaughter Wilma Potts Delaney said as she watched family and friends gather at the cemetery for a special ceremony last Sunday. “They had his military pension and he went back to his trade as a carpenter after the war. But he worked at a lot of different jobs. It was tough back then.”
Delaney and one of her uncles, William Dawson, worked for nearly five years to get a headstone for their loved ones burial site. “It took a long time, a lot of phone calls and a lot of red tape to get him this. We called wrote letters and begged,” Delaney said. “After about five years, I talked to Bill and he spoke with his congressman in Ohio, then two weeks later they have a stone for us. I guess you have to have some pull.”
Dawson, one of only two of Potts grandchildren still alive, spoke to the crowd about his grandfather’s patriotism, loyalty and love of his country.” He went on and told how when the Union Army came looking for volunteers, Potts joined at the age of 32 back in the day when life expectancy was just under 50 years old. “He volunteered as a scout, because the Union needed them to scout this area. They knew the area and were sharpshooters as they hunted for game to feed their families in these hills,” Dawson said.
Potts served with the Union and Company C from May 1, 1863 to September 16, 1863. “He was discharged after he came down with malaria,” Dawson said as he looked over documents he received either from the Internet or from Washington about his grandfather’s service. “A lot of them boys got sick living and fighting in these hills in all kinds of weather and medicine not being what it is today. The records say he was given patented medicines, which were new medicines just coming out, ” Dawson added. “Everything I have ever learned about my grandfather says he was an honorable, gentle, patriotic man and I am thankful, humbled and honored to be able to tell you about my grandpa, a hard working family man.”
The Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 308 gave Potts a 21-gun salute and then played taps to honor the man who had been forgotten by he world but never by his family. “My mother is 97 and she insists we all come back to Clay City on Memorial Day to honor our family,” Delaney said.
The flag that accompanies such a ceremony was given to Dawson, who passed it on to Delaney. But she then donated it to the cemetery committee.
The hard work and time it took to finally get a headstone for her great grandfather was not easy, but Delaney believes it was all worth the effort. “I love history and I love my family and for him to be laying here with no headstone was just not right.” Delaney said as she looked at the new marker and the red, white and blue arrangements already placed at Potts grave. “It may have took a while to get it, but it was long past time. Our families and our veterans deserve that honor.”

1890 Veteran’s Schedules, Powell County, Kentucky.

James Carr Potts was born in Clark County, December 12, 1830, to Thomas Jefferson Potts and Mary Gholson Vivion.  Both parents were deceased before 1850.

December 22, 1852, James married Mary Elizabeth Jane Eaton, in Clark County.  Mary Eaton was the daughter of John and Viney Eaton, and was listed with them in the 1850 Census of Clark County.  She was 16.

By 1860 the couple were living in Estill County.  In the census for that year James is listed as 30; wife Mary E., is 26.  The couple have three children – David D., 15; Tempa F., 12; and James W., 9/12.  In the 1870 census we find that three more children have been born.  Their ages in the census – Albert M., 8; John, 4; and Olivia, 2/12.  Daughter Ada was born in 1873; and the last child, Nora, was born in 1876 and died a year later.  The couple’s first child, Sarah, was born in 1853 and died at the age of 3.

I’ve found birth records for three children.  Sally [Sarah] Ann Potts was born January 9, 1853, in Powell County, parents James Potts and Jane Eaton, residence Snow Creek in Powell County – but this birth is listed in the Clark County birth records for 1853.  James Potts was born there, but I can’t say why there is a record in Clark for a birth in Powell.

Dillard Potts was born June 20, 1854, in Powell County, to James C. Potts and Jane Eaton.

Tempa F. Potts was born May 18, 1857, in Powell County to James C. Potts and Mary E. Eaton.

The death certificate for daughter Olivia Potts Williams, March 19, 1870 – May 12, 1912, born in Estill County.  Father, James C. Potts, was born in Clark County; mother, Mary J. Eaton, was born in Powell County.

Mary Elizabeth Jane Eaton Potts was last found in the 1880 census of Powell County, age 46.  She must have died shortly after this date since James Potts married Susan J. Adams December 20, 1883.  I don’t believe there were any children from this marriage.

Susan, wife of James C. Potts, born May 2, 1850, died December 6, 1901


George C. McQuerry Biography

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

Jessamine County, Kentucky

George C. McQuerry was born in Estill County, Kentucky, September 18, 1850, and is the fourth and youngest son of James and Lourinda (Witt) McQuerry.  James McQuerry was born in Garrard County, Kentucky, December 18, 1808, moved to Estill County in 1840, where he remained until 1853, then moved to Jessamine County and died June 1, 1884.  Lourinda (Witt) McQuerry was born in Estill County, December 2, 1828, and is still living.  George C. McQuerry was married, February 8, 1877, to Paulina Scrivner of Madison County, daughter of Jefferson and Martha (Covington) Scrivner.  Three children have blessed this union:  William J., James H. and Bessie.  Mr. McQuerry, wife and mother are members of the Christian Church.  He owns 152 acres of land in Sulphur Well District on the Kentucky River, about twelve miles southeast of Nicholasville.

Spring – A Time For Visiting Cemeteries!


Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky

This past week was affectionately dubbed ‘First Cemetery Weekend of the Year’! And what a weekend it was. I think many of you are aware that Ritchey has been ill for the last nine months, culminating in surgery in March. Thankfully he is now feeling much better – definitely on the mend – and able to resume our passion for genealogy and geocaching!  A full genealogy weekend was planned!


Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, KentuckyAg

Saturday started out early with our first stop in Richmond, in Madison County. The last time we were by this cemetery it had already closed for the day! Richmond Cemetery is beautiful! Lots of older stones, various sizes, many family groupings can be found there – including famed abolitionist, Cassius M. Clay . So excited to share everything we found with you!


Robert Miller, Sr., born May 1, 1775, died June 21, 1861.  Sallie, daughter of Captain James Estill, and wife of Robert Miller, Sr., born October 10, 1781, died February 13, 1868.  Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky.

Next we were on our way to Irvine, which is in Estill County. First we had lunch at Thyme on Broadway in downtown Irvine – chicken salad on croissants and Kentucky Derby Burgoo – yes, it was Derby Day! Our first cemetery stop was Oakdale Cemetery, within the city of Irvine. Not as old as Richmond Cemetery, this was still very nice, but with newer stones.


Oakdale Cemetery, Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky

Afterwards we took Hwy 89 south through the county – a beautiful drive down a curvy road, where we sometimes lost cell service! Makes it a bit difficult to track cemeteries with your phone! I’m sure we missed a couple that were on our list! Bolan Cemetery, a very small cemetery, another with newer stones, was our next stop.


Oscar, son of Elihu and Levina Kidwell, born September 15, 1868, died September 30, 1894.  Bolan Cemetery, Estill County, Kentucky.

A short while after continuing down 89 we found ourselves in Jackson County. Russell Flat Cemetery, another small, but very beautiful cemetery, was on the left side of the road. Most gravestones were adorned with beautiful floral displays, many with a glittery ribbon that sparkled as the breeze blew it back and forth. Many Russells are buried here.


William Henry Clark, T. Sgt. US Army, World War II, February 15, 1920 – July 8, 2007.  Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart.  Russell Flat Cemetery, Jackson County, Kentucky.

And just on the Jackson County/Rockcastle County line was a small cemetery that had no name – we even stopped and asked – but there are many VanWinkles buried there. The oldest stone was that of a Confederate veteran who died in 1880.


In memory of Daniel Hibler, 1812-1880, Confederate States of America.  Whiskey distiller, mule trader, humanitarian.  Father of Elizabeth Lewis, the wife of Captain Orin Minor Lewis.  Unknown cemetery, Jackson County, Kentucky.

From there we made our way north to Madison County again, where we hopped on Interstate 75 for Lexington. We have been to the Lexington Cemetery, but right across the street is Calvary Cemetery, a large Catholic cemetery that we have never visited. We arrived about 4:30 – and they close at 5:00. It is amazing how many photos you can actually take in 30 minutes! Afterwards we called it a day and left for home!

IMG_3667John Hobin, born in County Claire, Ireland, died October, 1886, aged 74 years.  Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Sunday morning after church we stopped at the Danville bakery – conveniently located next to our church – and bought pimento cheese sandwiches, deviled eggs and gingerbread men for a light lunch. Our first stop was the Old Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery in rural Garrard County. This cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve visited, but at the same time one of the most unusual. Several Revolutionary War veterans and their families are buried here. The same tombstone shape as that of my Captain John Linton, who died in 1836 and is buried in Springfield, is very abundant here – which tells you the age of the cemetery.


Robert Brank born March 17th, 1757, died April 10th, 1846, forty years an Elder of Paint Lick Church.  Revolutionary War Veteran.  Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

Many huge, old trees have been cracked and brought down by lightning. One man who is buried here is Thomas Kennedy, also a Revolutionary War veteran, but supposedly the man on whom Harriet Beecher Stowe based her character of Simon Legree in her famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This could just be a legend, although it has been said that Stowe visited Garrard County, Kentucky, and stayed in the house of Thomas Kennedy. Kennedy’s grave is on the top of the hill in the old section. His grave has been struck by lightning numerous times, his stone broken and repaired, and eventually a chain fence was installed around the plot where Kennedy and his wife are buried to help draw lightning away from the stones! This cemetery is supposed to be one of scariest places in Garrard County – and haunted to boot! As for me I was delighted and happy to be there!


Thomas Kennedy, Captain North Carolina Militia, Revolutionary War, September 11, 1757 – June 19, 1836.  Agnes Ross Kennedy, 1756-1807.  Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

Our next stop was Forks of Dix River Baptist Church, also in Garrard County. Many older stones here, also, but not in good condition! A few newer stones replaced some of those in bad shape.


Forks of Dix River Baptist Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky

Driving north on Hwy 27 we then stopped at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. What a beautiful place! This was an unplanned stop and it was difficult to find markers for anyone of a particular period. We decided another day would be better for us to visit.

IMG_3840Camp Nelson National Cemetery

So what does a grandmother do when cemetery options are low? Visits her grandson in Lexington, of course! The rest of the day was spent playing with Julian – and visiting with his mom and dad! Such a delightful weekend in every respect!

The Spout Springs Times – Estill County

The Spout Springs Times, Estill County, Kentucky

January 17, 1901

James B. Ireland, who would have been one hundred and four years old next June, died Sunday near Skillman, Kentucky.

John G. Fee, the noted abolitionist and founder of Berea College, died suddenly at his home at Berea Friday evening.

Frank Flinchum, of Powell County, was struck in the breast by a slab and instantly killed while working in a saw mill at Natural Bridge.

John W. Elkin was in the village Tuesday. He has bought a building site near Iron Mound post office and will build at once and run a general store at that place.

Mr. Jesse Fitzpatrick and Miss Julia Ann Crow were married at the residence of William Stone, Friday, January 11, Elder B. S. Burgher officiating.

Mrs. Bettie Vaughn, wife of Milt Vaughn, of near Irvine, died at her home, Thursday, January 10. Burial Saturday at the Christian Church on Hardwick’s Creek.

Rankin Clemmons, one of the wealthiest farmers in Fayette County, was assaulted and robbed at the front door of his home, five miles from Lexington, about 8 o’clock Saturday night. The robbers are unknown.

Married at Jackson, January 1, Mr. Archie Scott to Miss Cappie Little. Mr. Scott lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He used to be in business at this place. We extend congratulations.

Died January 11, Mr. Corey, a former assistant cashier in the Clay City National Bank. Mr. Corey was a good old man and had a host of friends in Clay City who will be grieved to hear of his death. Mr. Corey had been in failing health for some time, but was confined to his room only a few weeks. He was taken to Lexington to the hospital last week, where he died. He had no relatives in this country, and was about 75 years old.

Marriages – Estill County, Kentucky

Marriages – Estill County, Kentucky

  • Clem Abney married Polly Chancy – October 10, 1838
  • Daniel Abney married Elizabeth McIntosh – July 10, 1844
  • John Abney married Nelly Hendrix – May 22, 1831
  • Tucker Abney married Rachel Griggs – December 28, 1817
  • William Abney married Nancy Snoden – May 25, 1840
  • William Abney married Delilah Richardson – November 25, 1813
  • William Abney married Elizabeth Graham – February 7, 1819
  • Joseph Abram married Lucinda Logsdon – November 18, 1831
  • Baxel Abrams married Roda Backnell – December 16, 1825
  • Thomas Abrams married Elizabeth Rose – November 30, 1826
  • John Acres married Patsy McGuire – August 15, 1816
  • Benjamin Adam married Cyntha Ann Maupin – November 16, 1843
  • David Adams married Sarilda Lowrey – September 27, 1841
  • David Adams married Elizabeth Sparks – June 9, 1837
  • Gabriel Adams married Elizabeth Forkner – April 17, 1837
  • Jackson Adams married Julia Watters – October 4, 1842
  • John Adams married Sophia Lowrey – July 19, 1840
  • Robert Adams married Elizabeth Fielder – February 4, 1847
  • Robert Adams married Delilah Watters – May 23, 1839
  • William Adams married Clay Ann Happer – February 27, 1839
  • Seps Adams married Mary Ann Patrick – May 8, 1836
  • Eli Albam married Louisa Primble – September 7, 1843
  • James Alcorn married Nancy Tudor – June 27, 1833
  • Madison Alcorn married Sarah L. Sharp – July 26, 1849
  • Stephen Alembaugh married Betsy Ashcraft – April 3, 1828
  • James Alexander married Roda Scrivner – December 2, 1845
  • James Alexander married Elizabeth Townsend – November 8, 1830
  • James Alexander married Rebecca Scrivner – November 25, 1837
  • John Alexander married Abby Henry – January 18, 1841
  • William Alexander married Polly Ship – March 18, 182
  • Willis Alexander married Rhody Goosy – November 21, 1813
  • Garrett Allambeaugh married Patsy Wilcoxson – April 28, 1821
  • David Allen married Nancy Hagan – May 3, 1827
  • Foster Allen married Elizabeth Tichener – January 29, 1834
  • John Allen married Martha Keany – April 10, 1824
  • John W. Allen married Celia Witt – July 11, 1830
  • Joseph Allen married Elizabeth Wilcoxson – June 18, 1822
  • William Allen married Sarah Fragise – April 8, 1813