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Two Civil War Soldiers From Scott County

Today we are going to Scott County.  Just in case you are a little unfamiliar with the counties of Kentucky, Scott is in the north central portion of the state, just above Fayette and Woodford.

The Frazer family is buried in the little cemetery of St. Francis Catholic Church, first settled by Marylanders who arrived in 1786.  Many Irish are also buried here.  Robert Frazer was born in Comber, County Down, Ireland June 19, 1800.  He married Catherine Miller about 1832, since their first child was born in 1834.  Catherine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the 1850 census of Scott County Robert is 51, a watch maker; wife Catherine is 34.  Children in the family are John C., 16; James K., 12; William K., 8; Frank, 6; and Mary, 2.  Daughter Susan was born in 1852.  Robert was a son of James Frazer and Susannah Kennedy (the initial ‘K’ in James and William’s names is for Kennedy, in honor of their grandmother).  In the 1860 census Robert is listed as a jeweler.

But then the Civil War upended the lives of all those who lived in the United States.  Two sons of Robert and Catherine entered the war – James Kennedy Frazer and William Kennedy Frazer.

Robert Frazer, born in  Comber, Ireland, June 19, 1800; died January 23, 1863.  ‘A kinder father and husband, a truer friend and a better christian, never lived.’  St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Scott County, Kentucky.

Robert Harris died in January of 1863.  He was spared the sorrow of knowing that both sons who entered the war were killed in the same year.  James Kennedy died May 21, 1863; William Kennedy died December 24, 1863.  Their mother, two brothers and two sisters were left to mourn them.

J. K. Frazer, born March 31, 1838, died May 21, 1863.  W. K. Frazer, born June 18, 1841, died December 24, 1863.

Catherine Miller Frazer lived a decade after the deaths of her husband and two sons.

C. E. Frazer, wife of Robert Frazer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1813, died December 9, 1873.  ‘During life she praying said, oh Lord, I suffer grievious pains, but I am well content to suffer because I fear thee.  Thus she died leaving the memory of her death an example of virtue and fortitude.’

Old Photo from Logan City Utah

This is a great photo I share with you today.  Definitely from the 1870’s, the style of skirts and the man’s jacket, closely buttoned at the top, are more than enough clues to date it.  This style of dress is very beautiful, not quite the impression the huge skirts of the 1860’s made, but more ornate in detail and trims.  Both women wear fine gold necklaces, and the gentleman a gold watch chain.

Do you notice anything unusual in the photograph?  It seems that both woman are a bit possessive of the gentleman.  The hand on the shoulder, and one on the forearm speak volumes.

This photograph was taken by T. B. Cardon in Logan City, Utah.  I did just a bit of research on Logan City and found it is indeed inhabited by many Mormons, and is considered very conventional.  The town was founded in 1859 by settlers sent by Brigham Young to survey for the site of a fort by the Logan River.  Evidently a beautiful place to live, it is the home of Utah State University and has a ski areas close by.  Given that this photo was taken in Logan City, this three people could very well be Mormon, and be a man with his two wives.

I found a wonderful site with information on T. B. Cardon and his wife, Lucy Smith.  They were Mormon, and not only was he a photographer, but also a watch maker and jeweler.

Thomas B. Cardon was a member of General George B. McClellan’s army during the Civil War, and after the Battle of Gaines Hill, where he was shot in the arm and side, was left for dead.  Coming to,  surrounded by the dead from the fight, he caught up with the Union Army just before being captured by the South.  He survived, met Lucy Smith and proposed in 1867, married four years later.  They were married 27 years before Thomas’ death in 1898.

T.B. Cardon Dead.  Passing Away One of Logan’s Most Highly Respected Citizens. The hand of death has again been thrust into our midst and has plucked from amongst us one whom, not only his family, but the entire community, will miss and mourn for.  Thomas B. Cardon passed away at his home on Tuesday evening after an illness reached its culmination in an attack of pneumonia which developed recently, and was the stated cause of death.

Nervous prostration, brought on by worry over business reverses which a less honest man than he would not have noticed, which had weakened his body and made it an easy prey to disease, was the real cause of death. He built up a magnificent business here, and then when the panic came a few years ago he lost it all, simply because he gave every man credit for being as honest as he was himself.  He never recovered from the shock of the affair, but fell prey to needless worry; for no man in Logan would have deemed Thomas B. Cardon’s word less than his bond. But the strain was too great; the magnificent brain wore itself out and the big, honest heart of Thomas B. Cardon was stilled forever. He leaves a wife and family behind him, who will miss him as much, but will treasure within their hearts the memory of his worth and goodness.

A biographical sketch of Mr. Cardon was partly prepared for this issue but was withheld at the request of the relatives, in order to obtain some additional information in regard to his life.  The funeral services will be held at one o’clock on Friday in the tabernacle.

–      Utah Journal Newspaper, February 17, 1898

James R. Ford Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888

Boyd County

James R. Ford, a native of Charlotte County, Virginia, but reared in Lynchburg, was born September 27, 1827, a son of Claibourne and Jane (Brisingtine) Ford, of the same state.  Claibourne Ford was a farmer, but on removing to Lynchburg became superintendent of streets.  At the age of sixteen, James R. Ford entered upon an apprenticeship with a jeweler, served five years, and then started in business on his own account; he was also a tobacco inspector at Lynchburg for several years.  In 1853 he removed to Ironton, Ohio, and engaged in the jewelry trade, and October 18, 1854, came to Catlettsburg, Kentucky, where he has since been doing a very successful business.  July 25, 1852, he married Miss Sallie Wood, a native of Campbell County, Virginia, and to this union one child has been born, Glenmore T., May 6, 1857.  Mr. Ford is a Democrat, has served as city marshal of Catlettsburg four terms, filled the office of magistrate sixteen years and that of coroner four years; he owns some forty-nine houses in Catlettsburg, Ashland and elsewhere, besides 150 acres in Boyd County, and 1,200 acres in Carter County.  He is a Knight Templar.

Edward M. Russell Obituary


from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, October 26, 1911

It came as quite a shock to many friends here when on Friday morning it became known that Mr. Ed M. Russell was at the point of death.  While Mr. Russell’s health had not been good for some time, having been a sufferer from heart trouble, yet he had been attending to his business as usual and on Thursday was at his store.

It was in the early hours of Friday morning when the fatal attack came, which caused his death Saturday morning.

Mr. Russell was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, January 16th, 1849.  His parents were natives of Dublin, Ireland, and emigrated to this country in 1838.  His father, William Russell, was an expert watchmaker, and indeed jewels has been the occupation not only of Ed M. Russell but of all his paternal ancestors, as far back as his great-great-great-grandfather.

He was educated at St. Joseph’s College at Bardstown, Kentucky, and when 16 years of age he entered his father’s jewelry store where he remained until 1869 when he went to California where he resided for ten years when he opened a jewelry store in Springfield and remained until his death.  He had traveled extensively in South America and was well posted in history and scientific studies.

During his long residence here he enjoyed the esteem and respect of all.  For several years he was Marshall of the city of Springfield, and as an officer he was distinguished for his fearlessness in the discharge of his duty and for his coolness in trying circumstances.

He was also, for several terms, City Councilman and served with credit in this office.

As a merchant he won the friendship and confidence of all by his courtesy and square dealing.

He married Miss Louisa Byrd, of London, England, a daughter of Col. Robert Byrd.  He is survived by his wife and eight children:  Mrs. R. D. Marks, Mrs. R. E. Foster and Miss Margaret Russell.  The boys are Messrs. William, Robert, Arthur, Charles and Ed Russell.

Edward M. Russell, January 16, 1848 – October 21, 1911

Louisa B. Russell, September 30, 1859 – July 3, 1938