While in Cincinnati last month, Ritchey and I visited the beautiful Spring Grove Cemetery. It was established in 1845, and contains 733 acres of beautiful trees, lakes and walkways. One could spend days, walking around, looking not only at the gravestones, but the natural habitat as well.
Today I want to share with you photos of the Dexter Mausoleum. It is so huge that many people mistake it for a chapel. Designed by the architect James Keys Wilson in the late 1860’s for the Edmund Dexter family, it was not finished until 1870. The inspiration was the beautiful Sainte-Chapelle in Paris – particularly the sides with the flying buttresses. The mausoleum cost $100,000 to build in the 1860’s. Can you imagine what the cost would be today?
Edmund Dexter was born in England in 1801 and came to the United States at an early age. In the 1820’s he moved to Cincinnati, and in 1829 married Mary Ann Dellinger of New York. The couple had five sons – Charles, Edmund, George, Julius and Adolphus. Edmund was a whisky baron and an extremely wealthy man. His will lists shares of stock in all the important Cincinnati companies. Mary Ann Dexter died in 1875.Kentucky
About twenty family members are buried in the crypt of the mausoleum.
I purchased this wonderful photo just today at J. Sampson Antiques and Books on Main Street in Harrodsburg – another of our treasures! As I walked through the store after checking through the books (found one on Scott County history, the Wilderness Road, Shakertown and the old Mud Meeting House), I saw this picture and fell in love!
This woman is quite beautiful – a classic beauty with a romantic hair style. But her dress steals the show. The high collar, ruffled cuffs, the entire dress is lace, lace and more lace. And in the beautiful white of the turn of the 20th century. How I wish we knew her name. I suppose she will remain the beautiful mystery woman!
A good friend, Garwood Linton, entrusted some of the Linton information from his family into my keeping for awhile. This is the information gathered by Adelaide Linton Cartier, daughter of Hugh Walter Linton and Eliza Belfield Garnett. You have heard me speak of the letters written by my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, to Hugh Linton. They loved genealogy and family!
In the files in my possession I found a poem written by Maurice Ragland Linton, Sr. Maurice was the son of Benjamin Linton and Florence Vitula Ragland, born in 1898 and died in 1980 at the age of 82. The older I get, the more I realize life is indeed short. This isn’t meant to be a sorrowful post, but one to incite us to live life to the fullest and enjoy our family members while they are here!
I’m always excited to see the will of a woman back in the early days! From her gravestone, located in the Duncan family cemetery in Nicholasville, we know that Ann was the wife of James B. Duncan. At the time of her death in 1849, Ann has three children, Charles, Julia who married a Brown, and Margaret Ann, unmarried. Notice there is no date on the will – an unusual fact. I love the descriptions of silver table spoons, tea spoons, tongs, dessert spoons, etc. This gives an idea of the type of life this family led. When Ann Duncan talks about securing these items ‘with the property’ I suppose she means they must be handed down as family heirlooms, and not sold.
Feeling myself daily declining and believing that my end is near I wish to make some distribution of the little worldly goods I possess. After my just debts are paid I give to my second daughter, Margaret Ann Duncan, a piece of land containing about fifty acres, lying in Mason County, four miles from Maysville on the Flemingsburgh Turnpike, and also the hire of my old man Billy while she remains single. She is to have the whole benefit, but if she marry, then it is to be divided in three equal parts and entailed on their posterity made secure so that they cannot spend it. I also wish that at my death a division of my bed clothing and furniture. I have already given to Charles Duncan and Julia Brown a share of each, therefore I wish Margaret Ann to have the largest share in this last division. I also give her my bed stead, my dressing bureau and a pair of poster tables that are now in my house. I give Charles Duncan a half dozen silver table spoons, a half dozen silver tea spoons, they are to be secured with the property so that he cannot spend them. I give Julia Brown my silver cream spoon, she now has a half dozen silver table spoons of mine in her possession. I wish them also to be secured with the balance. I give Margaret Ann Duncan, my daughter, a half dozen silver dessert spoons, a half dozen silver
tea spoons, a pair of silver sugar tongs, two salt shakers(?), one mustard spoon, one silver soup spoon, two silver butter knives, all to be secured as spoken of before. I also give Margaret Ann, my daughter, my gold watch in consideration of her kindness and attention to me during my illness. I had omitted to mention that I have four hundred and fifty dollars in the hands of Mr. Ely Anderson, living in Maysville, which will be due the second day of June; that I also give to Margaret Ann my daughter, and wish it secured with the rest.
Attest – J. Asline, William Duncan
State of Kentucky Jessamine County April Court 1848
I, Daniel B. Price, Clerk of the County Court for the County of Jessamine, do certify that this writing was at the court aforesaid, produced and proven in open Court according to law by the oaths of William Duncan and J. Asline, the subscribing witnesses thereto, to be the last will and testament of Ann Duncan, deceased, and ordered to be recorded and a certificate of probate granted, whereupon the same together with this certificate has been duly entered of receipt in my office.
Attest. Dan B. Price
Will Book G, Pages 415-416 – Jessamine County Clerk’s Office
This has been a five year project, taking photos beginning in the fall of 2008 and through 2012, although I’ve just recently put the list together. This project is dear to me because my fifth great-grandfather, Captain John Linton, helped build this church. Many of my Linton, Moran and Edwards family members are buried here. Also, many of the early settlers of Washington County were laid to rest here. In a more modern happenstance, my husband’s father was minister of this church in the early 1960’s. Who knew we would share this common piece of history?
Included is an alphabetical listing of those buried at Pleasant Grove, including birth and death dates, and sometimes additional information. There are 856 names on the list. Within a few weeks I will make this into a CD that includes photos of most of the gravestones and can be purchased on my website through Paypal.
This is a great photo of my Aunt Lil and her nursing staff at the Goodrich Nursing Home in Lexington, Kentucky. Aunt Lil, actually my great-aunt, was born Lillian Catherine Montgomery, March 11, 1900 – always easy to remember old she was – in Washington County, the daughter of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton. She married Guy Goodrich in 1933. They had no children, but Aunt Lil devoted her time as a registered nurse, a graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Lexington. She began Goodrich Nursing Home and ran it with an iron fist. Patients always came first. She was a stickler for cleanliness and demanded superior work from her staff. She was well known in this field, and well loved by those who worked for her.
I have very vague memories of visiting Aunt Lil and Uncle Guy’s home in Lexington – I always thought it very fancy! I particularly remember her plates with pink flowers and green leaves in her china hutch. In later years, after Uncle Guy passed on and she sold the nursing home, she returned to Springfield, in Washington County, and lived near her sister – my grandmother. It was at this point our relationship grew, since the genealogy bug had been handed down to her, from her mother – and also handed down to me from the same, my great-grandmother. As far as I know, we were the only two in the family so obsessed! I would visit her for lunch and we would pore over all the delicate pieces of paper of our ancestors, handed down through the years, and look at those faces in photographs of so long ago. Sometimes I miss her so!
Aunt Lil was rather a roving senior citizen. She would move to Springfield, be there several years; miss Lexington; move there for several years, miss Springfield, and move back. Torn between two worlds. In her last years she lived in a nursing home in Springfield, but acted like she was the one taking care of things. I suppose once a nurse, always a nurse!
The Wallace family is represented in Maple Grove Cemetery, on Main Street in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, with several gravestones. The two oldest are for Joseph and Sarah Wallace. You can see them beside/slightly behind the large Wallace stone.
Joseph Wallace was born March 9, 1779, and died February 19, 1855. Joseph’s parents were John Wallace and Jane Finley. John Wallace was an ensign in 1776, in Captain James Moore’s company, 5th Pennsylvania regiment, Col. Anthony Wayne’s command. He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died in Fayette County, Kentucky.
In Joseph Wallace’s will, dated April 21, 1853, he gives his daughter, Mary J. Brown, ‘undivided interest in and to three slaves, namely Sam, Eliza and Solomon, purchased of Briers Heirs and now in the hands of Mary J. Brown, administrator of Thomas J. Brown, deceased, my interest in said slaves being one fifth part of the same, also her note executed by her as administrator for one hundred and fifty dollars, together with whatever interest may be due thereon, at the time of my death. Also, one thousand dollars in cash.’
Son James Wallace received his father’s tract of land in Jessamine County, where the father resided, about four hundred and sixty acres, also four Negroes, his selection, out of all the slaves.
Two Negroes are given in trust to his executor, for the use and benefit of my daughter, Margaret Harris, Emily and Nancy, 13 and 7 years old, respectively, who are now with the said Margaret in Boyle County, also one half of a tract of land in Boyle County, containing about one hundred and eighty one acres, upon which Nathaniel Harris now lives, land and Negroes to remain in the hands of my executor for the use and benefit of daughter Margaret – perhaps he didn’t trust his son-in-law.
All slaves, land, chattel, etc., are to be sold and the money divided between my daughter, Mary J. Brown, and the share to my executor, in trust for my daughter Margaret Harris. Thomas E. West was named executor.
Sarah Barr, wife of Joseph Wallace, was born February 1, 1780, and died September 16, 1852. She and Joseph married June 23, 1809, in Fayette County, Kentucky.
James Wallace, son of Joseph and Sarah, left a very impressive monument in the cemetery – or it could have been his children since there is ‘Our Father’ and ‘Our Mother’ above their names on the stone. James married Margaret Mays, May 2, 1850. Due to the date of marriage, tiny Anna Wallace must have been their first child.
James Wallace was a rather wealthy man. In the 1860 Census of Jessamine County he is listed as a farmer, with real estate valued at $27,000, and personal estate at $15,000. In the census James is 48, Margaret is 36, Joseph is 7, Sarah is 4, and Virginia is 8/12. Mother-in-law Anna Mays, 67, is living with the family. She was born in North Carolina.
In the 1870 census James is 58. His property is valued at $34,000, with personal estate of $10,000. Margaret is 44, Joseph is 17, Sidia (Sarah) is 15, and Virginia is 12.
James died in 1875 and, Margaret, less than a year later.