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McElroy Gravestones in Cemetery Hill

The McElroy family has lived in Washington County about as long as there has been a Washington County.  Many members of the family are buried in Cemetery Hill – name of the city cemetery for the town of Springfield.  Many of my mother’s family are buried here – those relations who did not attend the two Catholic churches in the area – St. Rose and St. Dominic.  Those long-dead relatives are rightly buried in the cemetery of their respective church.

About 1788 Hugh McElroy, Sr., with two younger brothers, Samuel and James, moved from Campbell County, Virginia, to what would become Washington County, Kentucky.  The McElroy’s of the county sprang from the descendants of these three brothers.  As part of the family settled in the part of the county which became Marion County, you can see they were spread throughout the area.

Four children of Hugh McElroy, Sr., and Nancy Esther Irvine, his wife, are remembered by one gravestone in Cemetery Hill.  John McElroy,  married Mary Hundley, November 6, 1794.  James McElroy married Rosanna Hardin the same day.  Abraham McElroy married Disey Hundley, May 27, 1802.  Elizabeth McElroy never married.

John McElroy, born March 10, 1772, died June 23, 1833.  Mary, wife of John McElroy, born March 3, 1777, died July 12, 1856.

James McElroy, born September 15, 1764, died October 10, 1836.  Rosanna, wife of James McElroy, born November 5, 1773, died December 16, 1822.

Abraham McElroy, born 1774, died July 5, 1834.  Disey McKinney, widow of Abraham McElroy and wife of Arthur McKinney, born 1780, died September 24, 1857.

Elizabeth McElroy, born March 15, 1787, died February 10, 1855.

Three children of John and Mary McElroy are also buried in this cemetery.  Hugh McElroy married Susan Cocke, June 6, 1826.  Anthony McElroy married Ann Garland Rice, November 25, 1824.  Sallie McElroy married John Crawford, March 10, 1817.  Brothers Hugh and Anthony were also partners in a merchandising business for many years in Springfield, under the name H & A McElroy.

Hugh and Anthony McElroy Family Stone

Affectionately dedicated to our wives and children by H. & A. McElroy, Partners in business since 1810 until the present day.

Ann Garland, wife of Anthony McElroy, born in Louisa County, Virginia, February 7, 1807, died in Springfield, Kentucky, October 23, 1864.  ‘An affectionate wife, a fond mother and a devoted Christian.’  Anthony McElroy, born March 17, 1797, died September 25, 1886.  ‘Unto you that fear my name shall the Son of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.  And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts in that day when I make up my Jewels.’

Susan Frances, wife of Hugh McElroy, born December 29, 1807, died June 22, 1844.  ‘She had a smile for the joyous, a tear of sympathy for the ill, and an act of kindness for all within her reach.’  Hugh McElroy, born September 19, 1795, died February 8, 1877.  ‘He’s gone to his grave in a full age . . .’

Sallie, wife of John Crawford, born September 20,1799, died February 6, 1864.

John Crawford, born December 20, 1794, died February 10, 1857.

Hugh L. McElroy, July 2, 1832 – December 17, 1918.  Mary Handy McElroy, April 30, 1844 – May 1, 1912.

Hugh L. McElroy is a son of Anthony and Ann.





Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrated In Danville In 1910

Newspaper articles from years ago give us a good insight into the lives of the citizens of its reach.  Wedding anniversaries are always a favorite of mine since they generally give much family information along with the happy occasion.

This particular one does not give information on the couple that reached the milestone anniversary of fifty years.  With just a bit of research it was easy to turn up the information.

Nicholas McDowell and Elizabeth McElroy received their marriage bond from Washington County on May 1, 1860, and married that day or shortly afterwards.  They appear in the 1860 census of Boyle County, Nicholas aged 26 and Elizabeth, 19 (not quite the 25 at her marriage as listed in the article!).  The couple had five children.  Annie, Nicholas, Susan and Bessie are listed in the census records with their parents, and to my knowledge never married.  In the latter census records it was listed that Nicholas and Elizabeth had five children, five living.  Finally, in the obituary for Nicholas, this fifth child is listed as Mrs. Carl J. McKnight, a daughter.  The couple lived in Shanghai, China, at one time, as well as New Jersey and New York, as mentioned in other articles.  I did find that this daughter was named Sallie, more formally, Sarah McDowell.

After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Nicholas McDowell lived another three years, passing away March 7, 1913, at the age of 79.  He was born February 6, 1834, the son of Samuel McDowell and Martha Hawkins.

Elizabeth McElroy McDowell, lived on until January 6, 1922, dying at the age of 81.  She was born January 10, 1841, the daughter of Anthony McElroy and Ann Rice (not Sarah as listed in the article).

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, May 27, 1910

Fiftieth Anniversary

Of the Marriage of Colonel and Mrs. Nicholas McDowell Fittingly Celebrated at Their Hospitable Home on Maple Avenue, This City, Yesterday Afternoon

Like the horizon that is gilded by the rays of the declining sun on the evening of some perfect Autumn day, when a holy calm pervades the atmosphere and the face of Nature is as peaceful as that of a sleeping infant, are the lives of those whom God hath joined together in the holy bonds of matrimony and who have journeyed the rugged road of life’s pathway peacefully and lovingly together until the fiftieth milestone of the highway is reached, blessed with the affection and adoration of loving and dutiful children and crowned with the respect and the esteem of true and devoted friends.

And such is the record of Col. and Mrs. Nicholas McDowell, who on yesterday afternoon, at their beautiful home on Maple Avenue, this city, surrounded by their children and kinspeople and friends from this and other states, fittingly celebrated their Golden Wedding.

Fifty years ago, in the county of Washington, a double ceremony was pronounced which united in marriage two brothers, Nicholas and Samuel McDowell, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Martha McElroy, the first named of the brothers passing into the great beyond more than twenty years ago.

No less a rare occurrence than a golden wedding anniversary is the fact that Mrs. Nicholas McDowell is one of a family of ten children, born to Anthony and Sarah McElroy, of Springfield, Kentucky, all of whom are now living.  Mrs. McDowell being the fifth child, now in her seventy-fifth year, and seven of them being present at the happy occasion of yesterday afternoon.  Mrs. Mary McElroy Hughes, of Bloomfield, is the oldest, eighty-five, and John T. McElroy the youngest, sixty-three.

This is the fourth golden wedding that has been celebrated in this family within the last ten years, namely:  Charles McElroy, of Springfield, and his wife, who was Miss Mary Shuck; Sarah McElroy Grundy, of Springfield, and her husband, Palmer Grundy; Anthony McElroy, of Springfield, and his wife, Margaret Irvine, who was a native of Boyle County.

Mr Hugh McElroy, of Kansas City, had manufactured to his order ten cut glass tumblers, and under each glass at the wedding yesterday afternoon he caused to be placed fifty dollars in gold, a present to each of the brothers and sisters with their names in letters of gold upon the tumblers.  This unique remembrance was one of the features of the anniversary.

At least one hundred and fifty guests assembled at the hospitable mansion to offer Colonel and Mrs. McDowell their congratulations and best wishes on this memorable occasion, and each and every one departed with the feeling that it was good to have been there and to have witnessed this anniversary of the blending of fifty years into two happy, well-spent and venerated lives, and with the sincere hope that their declining days may still be illumined with the sunshine of love and affection, knowing that their children and their children’s children will rise up and call them blessed, and that the divine plaudit awaits them when life’s fitful fever is o’er – ‘Well done, good and faithful servants, enter thou into the joys of they Lord.’

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.

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.

1794 Will of Hugh McElroy – Washington County

Hugh McElroy, and brothers James and Samuel, emigrated from Prince Edward County, Virginia, to Kentucky in 1789.  They were sons of James McElroy and his wife, Sarah, natives of Ireland.

Hugh McElroy was born in Pennsylvania; married Esther Irvine in Virginia, before coming with his brothers to what is now Washington County, Kentucky.  When the county was formed in 1792, the county Court established the first jail in a cabin belonging to Hugh McElroy.  Several settings of the Court were at his home previous to the building of the Courthouse. 

In 1794 Hugh McElroy fell victim to the epidemic of smallpox that swept the county that year.

Hugh and Esther McElroy were the parents of ten children – James married Rosa Hardin, then a Mrs. Dorsey, no issue; Margaret married Captain John Muldraugh, a pioneer settler in the Rolling Fork neighborhood (for him the submountainous range of over 100 miles in length and known as ‘Muldrough’s Hill’ was named); Sarah married a Sandusky and left a small family; Mary married first John Simpson and second, John McElroy, her cousin, a son of Samuel McElroy; John married a Miss Hundley; Hugh, Jr., married a Miss Dorsey; Samuel married a Miss Weston and his family moved to Missouri and Texas; Robert Abraham married Dicia Hundley and left a small family; William married a Miss Crawford and left issue; Elizabeth died single.

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

Will Book A, Pages 27-29

(Corners of the pages were difficult to read.)

hm-will-aIn the name of God Amen.  I, Hugh McElroy, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, being sick and weak of body, but of sound memory, do this thirtieth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety four make and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following (to wit).  First my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid.  I then lend to my loving wife Easter McElroy the house and tract of land whereon I now live, three Negroes (to wit) Beck, Tom and Jack, three horses and one mare of her own choice, all the plantation tools, one half of the household furniture and one third part of

hm-will-bthe cattle and sheep during her life.  I give to my son James McElroy a Negro boy by name Len, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son John McElroy a Negro boy by name Sie, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Samuel McElroy a Negro boy by name Dick to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Hugh McElroy a Negro boy by name Ned, to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Peggy Mulder a Negro girl by name of Kitty, to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Sally Sodusky a Negro boy by name Stephen, to her and her heirs forever, also twenty pounds to be paid out of my estate at the decease of my wife.  I give to my daughter Mary Simpson a Negro boy by name Fleming, to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth McElroy a Negro girl by name Rose, and the house and lot in town to be sold and the money arising therefrom, also a feather bed, a horse worth fifteen pounds and riding saddle to her and her heirs forever.  At the death of my wife I give to my son William McElroy the tract of land whereon I now live, also the roan mare’s stallion colt to him and his heirs forever.  My will and desire is that the remainder of my lands, stock and household furniture be equally divided between my four sons, ?, Samuel, Hugh and Abraham McElroy.  My will and

hm-will-cdesire is that at the death of my wife my son Abraham McElroy shall have my Negro boy Jack and my son William McElroy to have Tom or any other that my wife may think proper to let him have.  My will and desire is that at the death of my wife all the moveable property lent to her and not otherwise disposed of be equally divided between all my children.  My will and desire is that my son William and daughter Elizabeth McElroy be schooled out of my estate.  My will and desire is that my stills be disposed of as my wife may think proper.  And I hereby appoint my loving Wife, Easter McElroy, Executrix, and my sons James and John McElroy, Executors, to this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Hugh McElroy

In presence of us, John Irvine, Philip King, Thomas King

At a County Court held for Washington County the 5th day of June 1794.  This was proved by the oaths of John Irvine and ? King, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto.  Ordered to be certified.  And at a County Court held for the said County the ? day of July 1794.  The same was fully proven.



Early Union County Marriages

from History of Union County, Kentucky, Perrin, 1886

Isaac Higgins and Christina Berethel, January 11, 1815; Henry Green and Nancy Williams, June 1, 1815; John Grimes and Lucy Davis, June 1, 1815; James Lynn and Agnes Ramsey, July 11, 1815; Moses Blazer and Prudence Webb, July 25, 1815; John Slocumb and Ebony Cypert, August 1, 1815; John B. Clemens and Susan Culver, August 27, 1815; Thomas Benthel and Polly Forrester, October 20, 1815, married by Hugh McElroy, Esq.

I. Y. W. Pierson and Purity Pennington, January 17, 1815; Martin B. Griffith and Nancy Greer, January 26, 1815, were married by Thomas Ezell, Minister of the Gospel.

Peter Wilkerson and Rebecca Sibley, August 15, 1815; Samuel Skinner and Abigail Canada, July 23, 1815, were married by Claiborne Duval, ‘agreeable to the rites of our church’.

In the year 1816, Hugh McElroy, Esq., married the following couples:  Philip I. Hailman and Nancy Johnson, February 10; William Dyer and Anna Harris, February 15; Stephen Williams and Lucy Wallace, February 25; Solomon Stone and Jane Gray, June 1; Harrison Wilson and Nancy Waggener; Daviel V. Belman and Ann Clemon Dyson, August 31; Samuel Pool and Nancy White, September 12; James M. Jones and Artemesia t. Wilsom, December 20; David Mayberry and Elizabeth Williams, December 20.

1817 – Thomas James and Judith Finnie, January 2; James Miller and Polly Herod, January 15; Joseph Vaughn and Priscilla Hendrix, January 28; Asa Turner and Nancy, Pool, February 19; Hugh Knox and Lydia Johnson, March 22; William Anderson and Nancy Hammack, July 10; Benjamin Pullum and Sally Blackwell, July 11; Joel Blackwell and Polly Davis, July 23; Benjamin Dye and Annie Hendrix, January 28; George Turner and Sallie Smith, August 3; Thomas Pullum and Priscilla Skinner, September 11; Jesse marks and Jane Dillon, September 15; Samuel Drenan and Cele Given, October 2; Peter W. Floyd and Emily Pool, October 2; Richard Dodge and Sarah Wallace, November 22; Thomas McMurry and Margara Waller, December 12.  All of the above marriages were solemnized by Hugh McElroy, who seems to have possessed a ‘corner’ on the marrying market.  Other marriages in 1817, were Nathan M. Harris and Nancy Davis, December 6, by J. H. Dorris; and John Dale and Nancy Hale, by Thomas Evans.

William Nourse – Elizabeth Jameson Marriage Return

Scan_Pic1681Mercer County Court

These are to license and permit you to join together in the Holy State of matrimony William Nourse and Elizabeth Jameson according to the rites and ceremonies of your Church and for so doing this shall be your sufficient warrant.  Given under my hand this thirtieth day of January one thousand seven hundred & 90.  Hugh McElroy

To any minister of the gospel legally authorized to solemnize the rite of marriage.

(Notice that the name of Thomas Allin, County Clerk for Mercer County, has been scratched through.  He was county clerk until 1833.  Perhaps he was away at this time.)

Scan_Pic1682February 9th, solemnized by me Robert Stubbs.