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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.

James’ Molohon’s ‘Divided’ Will

An interesting will from Will Book A of Washington County.  Mr. James Molohon resolutely divides his thirty pounds between three of his children, leaving the other three with one shilling sterling each and ‘no other part of my estate’.  Hm, were these three children given land and money beforehand?  It doesn’t say.  He must have had great faith in son Charles to hold the thirty pounds and not use it unwisely before his father’s demise!

Thankfully James Molohan names his daughters with their married names – what a help! 

wc-will-book-a-molohon-1March 22, 1801

The last will and testament of James Molohon.  In the name of God, amen.  First and principally I give my soul to Almighty God who gave it me and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors.  I, James Molohon, being sick and weak of body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make, constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

Item.  My will and desire is that the thirty pounds in my son Charles

wc-will-book-a-molohon-2Molohon’s hands shall be equally divided between the said Charles Molohon, Alleweze Higdon and Jane Drury.  Also one bed and furniture and one chest to the said Jane Drury.  Then my will and desire that my other three children, namely James Molohon, Susanna Horskins and Margaret Thompson, shall have one shilling sterling each and no other part of my estate.  James Molohon

Jonathan Goldsburg, John B.  Gough

At a County Court held for Washington County on Tuesday the 7th day of July 1801

This last will was proven by the oaths of Jonathan Goldsburg and John B. Gough, subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Charles Molohon, who made oath according to law, the administration of the said deceased estate with the will annexed is granted him, he having executed bond according to law.

Teste.  William Caldwell, Deputy Clerk