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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.

Brothers and Sister Obituaries – John Thompson Thomas, James Thomas, and Margaret McAfee Thomas Obituaries

John T. Thomas, 1860-1901.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 18, 1901

After an illness of two weeks of typhoid fever complicated with Bright’s disease, Mr. John Thompson Thomas departed this life, Monday afternoon at 4:45 o’clock, aged 40 years. Short services were held at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. D. Bryant, where he died, Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, Rev. C. J. Nugent officiating, and interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery. Two sisters – Mrs. J. D. Bryant and Miss Maggie Thomas, of this city, and a brother, Mr. William Thomas, of Fresno, California, survive to mourn his loss. At the time of his death, Mr. Thomas was in the employ of F. G. Curry & Co., Cincinnati, Wooden and Willow Ware, and made them an efficient and faithful worker. They showed their appreciation of his worth by sending a lovely floral design. A beautiful design was also sent by the Elks Lodge of Cincinnati, of which deceased was a member. John Thomas was universally liked and his many friends will be sorry to hear of his untimely death. He was a jovial, pleasant companion, a devoted friend and brother and a useful citizen. The pall-bearers were: Fred G. Currey, J. W. Mitchell, Charles Geffinger, D. M. Hutton, T. H. Hardin and F. P. James.

James P. Thomas, 1857-1899.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 29, 1899

Mr. James H. Bryant and Miss Margaret Thomas have received the sad intelligence of the death of their brother, Mr. James Thomas, in Hot Springs, Arkansaa.  The remains, we learn, will be brought here for interment.

Margaret McAfee Thomas, 1860-1930.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, September 5, 1930

There was a feeling of sadness in the community when it became known that Miss Margaret McAfee Thomas had passed away after a few days’ serious illness at the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital at six o’clock Saturday morning.

Miss Thomas was the youngest daughter of the late John H. and Sarah Neeld Thomas and the last of the family that represented two lines of distinguished ancestry, which was reflected in the life of this woman of acknowledged high ideas of honor and integrity.

One sister, Mrs.James D. Bryant, and four broth­ers, William, James, Robert and John H. Thomas, preceded her to “the Land Beyond the Blue.”

Miss Thomas was a woman of unusual brilliance of intellect and unselfish­ness of spirit. She was an honor graduate of Daughters College, a charter member of the College Street Club, the Harrodsburg Woman’s Club, the Harrodsburg Public Library director­ate, the local Red Cross Chapter and the Jane McAfee Chapter of the D. A. R.

Especially does the Harrodsburg Public Library owe Miss Thomas a debt of gratitude, she being one of the women responsible for its existence and high degree of efficiency. She was a member of the board of Managers for twenty-six years, Li­brarian for eight years, secretary and chairman of the book-buying committee for a long period.

She was a member of the Methodist church, useful in its activities until a break in health caused her to relinquish many duties, but not her support and interest.

Mrs. Eugene Mitchell, Louisville; Mrs. Lewis Bond, Chicago; Mrs. Harold VanArsdale, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Washington Reed, Lexing­ton, were with their aunt during her last hours. Other surviving relatives are two nephews, Dr. Montgomery Thomas, Fresno, Calif.; Harry Thomas, San Fran­cisco, and a niece, Miss Mary Thomas, also of San Francisco, and several grandnieces and nephews.

According to her written wishes a simple service was held at the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. E. K. Arnold. A quartet sang “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.” Passages of Scripture were read and the church burial ritual followed. A tender prayer closed the services.

She was left sleeping beneath a wealth of lovely flowers telling their story of the love and esteem of relative and friends.