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A Visit to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County

Saturday Ritchey and I visited the beautiful St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, as you can see from the photos – deep blue skies, white fluffy clouds and lots of sunshine, but a moderate temperature of about 80 degrees.

The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600.  Doesn’t that sound amazing in today’s world?  This is the oldest parish in the Covington Diocese, and was a pioneer mission for East Kentucky.  The parish, second oldest in the state, was formed by Maryland settlers who arrived in 1786; the first church was built about 1794.

The cemetery is across the road from the church – small, but very beautiful.  Trees and several benches give visitors the chance to sit and enjoy the cool breeze while contemplating all those who have gone before.

I was amazed at how old the stones are – there are several Revolutionary War soldiers buried here.  I share with you today seven gravestones representing some of the oldest people buried in this cemetery.

Sacred to the memory of Bennett Greenwell, born December 7, 1761, died July 12, 1838, aged 77 years.  Revolutionary War soldier.

Sacred to the memory of Allouisa Gough Greenwell, consort of Bennett Greenwell, born November 28, 1784, died May 8, 1842, aged 58 years.

In memory of Mrs. Matilda Combs, consort of James Combs, born 28th January 1788, and departed this life 8th February 1839, aged 51 years and 11 days.

James Combs, born August 7, 1772, died April 13, 1852.

Sacred to the memory of John B. Gough, who was born February 29th, 1767, and departed this life February 19th, 1839, aged 72 years.

Sacred in memory of James Twyman, born June 17, 1761, died February 22, 1834, aged 73 years.  Revolutionary War soldier, orderly, sergeant, guard and Indian spy, Virginia.

Elizabeth Jenkins, born June 25, 1785, died November 9, 1862, aged 77 years.

Adair County Revolutionary War Soldiers

Adair County Revolutionary War Soldiers

Adair County, Kentucky

John Montgomery – was a Private in the Virginia Line.  He entered the service in May 1779, at Amherst County, Virginia.  He lived in Amherst County, Virginia, until 1789.  In 1789 he moved to Adair County, Kentucky.  John was born April 3, 1762.

William Mosby – was a Private in the Virginia Line.  William entered the service in 1776.  He was born in 1754.  William married Diane Jesse October 5, 1786.  Diane was the daughter of Thomas Jesse.  William died July 15, 1843.

William Rogers, Sr. – was a Private in the Virginia Line.  He entered the service May 1, 1779, in Montgomery County, Virginia.  He lived in Montgomery County until 1825.  In 1825 he moved to Adair County, Kentucky.  William was born May 24, 1748, in Culpeper County, Virginia.  He died May 1, 1835.

John Ross – was a Private in the Virginia Line.  He entered the service in 1776 in Bedford County, Virginia.  John lived in Bedford County and later moved to Adair County, Kentucky.  John was born in 1757.

Solomon Royse – was a Private in the Maryland and North Carolina Lines.  He was in Indian spy under Captain John Hinch in Col. Barrett’s Regiment, and served from March 1779, 9 months, from March 1780, 9 months, and from 1781, 8 months.  He was engaged against the Indians on the frontier of Virginia and Pennsylvania, it ranged as far as the Monongahela River.  When he was 6 or 7 his father moved the family to New York from Alexandria, Virginia.  After the war Solomon moved to Hampshire County, Virginia, and stayed there until 1792.  Then he moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky.  In 1798 he moved to Adair County, Kentucky.  Solomon was born September 11, 1763.  He was the son of John Royse.  Solomon married Sarah Stotts, the daughter of James Stotts, on November 3, 1796, in Green County, Kentucky.  Sarah was born in 1771 in Virginia and died 1870 in Green County.  Solomon died April 14, 1868.

Archibald Skaggs – was a Private in the Maryland Militia.  Archibald entered the service in 1779.  He lived in Halifax County, Virginia, then in Botetourt County, Virginia, and in Montgomery County, Virginia, before moving to Adair County, Kentucky.  Archibald was born January 1, 1759.

James Smith – was a Private and Orderly Sergeant in the Maryland Militia.  He entered the service 1774-1776 in Frederick County, Maryland.  James served under the command of Captain Craiger and Phillip Smith in the 1st Lieutenant Company.  In 1832 he resided in Adair County, Kentucky.  In 1815 he lived in Gibson County, Indiana.  James was born in September 1775, in Maryland.  He married Alice Margaret Traux, January 28, 1783, in Loudoun County, Virginia.  James died January 29, 1838.

John Smith – was a 2nd Private in the North Carolina Line.  He entered the service in 1776 in Granville County, North Carolina.  John fought in the Battle of Guilford Court House.  He was born January 5, 1754, in Cumberland County, Virginia.  He married Frances Smith (her maiden name was Smith), July 22, 1817, in Green County, Kentucky.  John died November 3, 1848, in Taylor County, Kentucky.

Moses Smith – was  Private in the North Carolina Line.  He entered the service in Halifax County, North Carolina, soon after the Revolutionary War started.  He lived in Halifax County, North Carolina, then moved to Adair County, Kentucky.  Moses was born in 1761 in Cumberland County, Virginia

Isaac Staples – was a Private in the Virginia Militia.  Isaac entered the service in January of 1780, in Buckingham County, Virginia.  Isaac was born in 1762.