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Curd Cemetery at Gates of E. W. Brown Generating Station on Dix River – Mercer County

Reuben Curd Family Graveyard, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Reuben Curd family graveyard is located at the gates of the E. W. Brown Generating Station on Dix River Road in Mercer County.  In the 1960’s this property was known as the University of Kentucky Experimental Farm, formerly the Henry Ison farm on the Dix River.  Since one side of the driveway slopes down rather far, it wasn’t obvious where the graveyard was located.  We drove to the gate to ask, thinking it was perhaps inside the gate, not realizing this was a restricted area.  Thankfully we were allowed to turn around and drive out and found the cemetery down the hill by the drive.

Only four gravestones are in this small cemetery, surrounded by a wire fence.  Reuben J. Curd, husband, and Susannah M. Curd, wife, and two infant children are buried here.  But, as always, there’s more to the story.

In the 1850 census of Mercer County, Reuben, 13, is living with his parents, John and Mary Curd, and siblings Susan, 15; Joseph, 11; Rebecca, 6; Jeremiah, 3; and Edward, 1.  All family members are listed as born in Missouri.  But in later census Reuben is said to have been born in Kentucky.  A little more research will be needed.

Reuben and Susannah, both with last name Curd, possibly cousins, married in Jessamine County, Kentucky, May 23, 1855.  Jessamine and Garrard counties are just across the Dix River, where it runs into the Kentucky River, a short distance from the old cemetery.

Susannah M. Curd, wife of Reuben J. Curd, born November 11, 1836, died May 23, 1865.

In the 1860 census of Mercer County, Reuben and Susannah are both 23; one daughter, Frances, 4, is listed in the household.  Susannah died May 23, 1865, possibly due to childbirth since daughter Ella Nora was born that year.

December 17, 1867, Reuben Curd marries again, this time to Susan Belle Cook, of Mercer County.  She is a daughter of Rev. Strother Cook and Lucy Jenkins.

Amy, daughter of R. J. and S. B. Curd, born August 14, 1878, died December 31, 1878.

In the 1870 census Reuben is 33 and Susan B. is 23.  The daughter by his first wife, Ella Nora, is 6 and Strother Cook, a son of six months, are listed.  In 1872 a son, Luther Truehart Curd is born, and daughter Lucy Belle Curd in 1874.  Son Reuben Munday Curd, known as Reubie, was born in 1877.  The youngest daughter, Amy Ruby Curd, was born in August 1878, and had died by the end of December of that year.

Reuben J. Curd, born March 12, 1837, died July 3, 1879.

Two family members are listed in the 1880 Mercer mortality schedules, a list of those persons who died during the year ending May 31, 1880.  Many people are confused by this and assume 1880 is the death date.  Reuben Curd, aged 42, died in July 1879 of tuberculosis, seen by Dr. Price.  In October of the same year Reubie, aged 2, died of croup, also seen by Dr. Price.  These deaths occurred in 1879, as listed on the gravestones.

Reubie, son of R. J. and S. B. Curd, born April 28, 1877, died October 5, 1879.

Of the eight children of Reuben Curd, only John C. and Ella Nora, from his first wife, and Strother Cook, Luther Truehart and Lucy Belle, from his second wife, lived past childhood.  John Coleman Curd lived long enough to marry and have a son, Lawrence, before his death in 1881.  He is buried in the Curd Cemetery with his grandfather.

Ella Nora Curd married William David Scrogham, and Lucy Belle Curd married John William Ison.  Strother Cook Curd married Mary Jane King and had two children – Hannah Bell and Reuben Davis Curd.  Luther Truehart Curd married Amanda Ellen Smith and had four children – Mary Bell, Ella Truehart, Nowlin Moore and James Garr Curd.  Susan Belle Cook Curd remained a widow for 42 years, raising the children and keeping the family together.  She died March 28, 1921, and is buried in Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery with her parents, near Burgin.

Susan B. Curd, November 13, 1846 – March 27, 1921.  Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

There are many members of the Curd family located in Mercer County.  Curdsville Road in the Burgin area is named for them.

William Goebel Darland Obituary – Mercer County

William Goebel Darland, 1900-1923.  Bruner’s Chapel Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 16, 1923

Mr. William Darland, aged 23, died Sunday night, March 4, after a long period of ill health.  He was the son of Mr. Walker Darland, and a young man much liked by all who knew him.  Several days before the end he told the family that he was not afraid to go.  He was a member of the Baptist church and his funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at Bruner’s Chapel with services by Rev. C. W. Knight.  The interment was in the cemetery beside the church.  Surviving him are his father and the following brothers and sisters: Messrs. Oscar Darland, of Wisconsin; Dee Darland, Illinois; Omar, John Grover Darland, Mrs. John Yeast, Mrs. Hannah Donovan, Mrs. James Jackson, all of this county, and Mrs. W. M. Casey, of Washington County.

Newspaper Clipping From 1941 – Washington County

This clipping from an old newspaper has been kept by my family for seventy-seven years.  The notice of my great-great-grandmother’s death, Catherine Taylor Linton (the newspaper spelled it with a ‘K’), is the reason it still survives.  Catherine Elizabeth Taylor was the daughter of John Compton Taylor and Susan Clark Edwards.  She married Edward Edwards Linton, a cousin, March 20, 1852, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Edward’s parents were William Linton and Elizabeth Lyon Moran.  Catherine and Edward had eleven children – four who died at birth; Annie Eliza, Margaret Gordon, Mary Kell and Martha Susan, who all died before the age of 21.

Siblings John Edgar, Frances Barber and Alice Clark Linton.

Three children lived to adulthood – Alice and John Edgar, who never married, and Frances Barber, my great-grandmother, who married Robert E. Lee Montgomery, and had seven children, Mary Alice, my grandmother, Anna Margaret, Laura Frances, Lillian Catherine, Robert Lee, Edward Linton and Benjamin Montgomery.

1910 – 31 Years Ago – 1941

(From Files of The Springfield Sun, Wednesday, June 1, 1910)

Congressman Ben Johnson arrived from Washington this week and established headquarters in the Old Inn in Louisville, placing J. Rogers Gore in charges.  He is out to win the democratic nomination for Governor of Kentucky.

Miss Mary Leavell and Mr. George Walsh were married at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville this afternoon and left immediately on a motor tour that will not end until September, when they will go to San Salvador to establish their home.  The bride is a sister of Mrs. Matt Mayes of this city.

The Central Kentucky Carriage Co., Danville, has closed a contract to erect a new wagonette for Grundy Orphanage at a cost of approximately $350.

Mrs. Edna McDowell Lowndes will establish a stock farm in Boyle County for the purpose of breeding and training saddle bred horses.

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Alma Kellner in Louisville last December has been partially cleared by the finding of her body in the basement of St. John’s Church in Louisville.

Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton

On Friday, May 27, 1810, Mrs. Katherine Taylor Linton, age 80, died at her home in the county.  She is survived by three children, Edgar and Alice Linton and Mrs. R. L. Montgomery.  Services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Williams at the Baptist Church Sunday and interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

According to reports from Frankfort, a crowd of 10,000 is expected to attend the dedication of the capitol tomorrow, June 2, 1910.  3,000 are planning to go from Louisville.

Ed M. Russell handed us a rare specimen of a radish this week.  He raised the specimen in his own garden.  It resembles the body of a person, minus the head.

  1. B. Elliott and Miss Blanche Carpenter were married Wednesday, May 25, 1910, at the home of the Rev. W. P. Hatchett at Tatham Springs.

Rev. W. A. Wolff, pastor of the Christian Church here, will preach at the Valley Hill Schoolhouse Sunday afternoon, June 12.

Mrs. Bettie Hord has gone to Carlsbad, Texas, where she and son, John Hord, will have charge of a hotel.

1797 Ford-Mattingly Marriage Bond and Consent – Washington County

Know all men by these presents that we, John Ford and John Handley, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 24th day of May 1797.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound John Ford and Priscilla Mattingly, for which a license has issued, now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

John Ford, John Handley

Witness, John Reed

I do hereby certify that John Ford hath obtained leave to marry Priscilla Mattingly and you are thereby requested to grant him license.  Therefore as witness my hand and seal this 24 day of May 1797.

Clementhus Mattingly

Witness, William Spoonan

Rev. Thomas Horatio Cleland – Presbyterian Minister

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Saturday, August 26, 1933

Rev. Thomas Cleland

Rev. Thomas Cleland was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, May 22, 1778.  His father, in 1781, moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, where he remained eight years.  His mother was a Miss Richards.  In the fall, September 23,1789, the family moved to Kentucky, and located in Washington County, where his father procured an entry of 500 acres of land.  In April 1792, they moved to this land where a log cabin had been built.

The first school Thomas Cleland attended was Kentucky Academy at Pisgah in Woodford County.  In 1799 he entered the Transylvania University, at Lexington, where he finished his education, after which he came to Danville and studied for the ministry under Dr. David Rice.

On October 22, 1801, he married Miss Margaret Armstrong.  Among their nine children were: Thomas Horace Cleland, born December 19, 1816, who became a Presbyterian minister.  William Cleland, born October 24, 1824, was the youngest son and father of Mrs. Eastland of Danville, and Miss Rose Cleland, of Louisville, Kentucky.  While not a minister he possessed the high ideals and generous impulses of a splendid family.

Dr. Thomas Cleland preached his first sermon in 1802 at the home of Robert Caldwell (The grandfather of the Rev. Robert Caldwell, so long pastor of the Presbyterian Church on Salt River, built in 1788, four miles south-west of Danville.)  In 1813 Rev. Thomas Cleland returned to Mercer County.  March 31, he took charge of the New Providence Church.  He said:

‘As I had accepted a call at $250.00 per year for the Providence and Cane Run Churches, I bought a farm of 168 acres near the Providence.  It was all forest but a few acres.  A few logs were collected to build a home for me.  I entered on my duties the first Sabbath in April 1813.  The old church on Cane Run became so decayed that it could not shelter the congregation with comfort.  It was considered best to move the place of preaching to Harrodsburg as the majority of the congregation lived on the west side of Salt River.  This arrangement was made in 1816.  The town of Harrodsburg was then very small.  The buildings were of frame and inferior except one brick dwelling and the old stone Court House, in which we held worship until a more suitable building could be put up.  Soon it was found out that this building was to small and would not answer the desired purpose.  In a short while the Lord sent a strong Northwester which overturned the whole building.  This occurred on the 8th day of March 1819, the Sabbath day, but providentially, at a time not occupied.  By this event we were compelled to occupy the old stone Court House again.’

‘The New Providence church was erected by subscriptions and by selling pews.  In this church I have labored just 35 years, from April 1, 1813, to April 1, 1848.  I was engaged for a while by a small church in the Dutch settlement, four miles south of Harrodsburg, for which I received $50.00 in semi-annual installments.’

Dr. Cleland’s home became a School of prophets before the establishment of the Theological Seminaries.

During the year of 1819, an application was sent to the legislature of Kentucky at Frankfort for a charter for Centre College at Danville.  There existed the most violent opposition from the adherents of the Transylvania College, another rival institution.  The late Samuel K. Nelson went to Frankfort to use his personal influence for the Charter.  The prospects were so doubtful that Dr. Cleland was also sent to use his personal influence before the Legislature.  Mr. Nelson, meeting Dr. Cleland, told him how the matter stood, and of the bug-bear of sectarianism which was being used to defeat the measure.  In their conversation, Dr. Cleland related an anecdote to Nelson.  He was convulsed with laughter and said to Cleland, “Go to Frankfort and tell that story, and you will get the charter.’  And they did.

Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Cleland and William Ivrine, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 22nd day of October 1801.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Thomas Cleland and Peggy Armstrong, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Thomas Cleland, William Irvine

Margaret, wife of Rev. Thomas Clelland, D. D., born March 29, 1779, died April 24, 1854.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

According to the 1858 Mercer County death records Rev. Thomas Cleland died January 31, 1858, age 79, Preacher of the Gospel, widower, born in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Thomas Cleland, D. D., born May 22, 1778, died January 31, 1858.

Brother and Sister Die of Tuberculosis – Washington County

B. F. Crowe, born August 8, 1842, died November 22, 1908.  Nancy, his wife, born May 16, 1849.  New Hope Baptist Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

Susie B. Crowe was the daughter of Mansfield and Sarah Mattingly Crowe.  Her paternal grandparents were Benjamin F. and Nancy Strange Crow.  She is listed in the 1900 and 1910 censuses of Washington County, living with her parents, and her siblings – Clarence M., Sada R., Lena, Zora E., Iven Leslie, and Mary Ardie Crowe.

Susie B. Crowe, 1894-1911.  Clarence M. Crowe, 1890-1915. 

Brother Clarence Crowe will follow her to the grave in five years.  Their death certificates reveal that both died of tuberculosis.  Both parents are listed on the death certificates, both born in Washington County.

I think it interesting that this family added an ‘E’ to their last name.  My Crow family – no E – is the same line.  This was not unusual that a different spelling would occur somewhere in the line.  Benjamin F. Crowe, Susie’s grandfather, was a brother to my Mansfield Crow, children of Mansfield Crow and Mary Ann Rigdon.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

June 29, 1911

Death of a Young Lady

Susie Crowe was born April 26, 1894 and departed this life June 17, 1911.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield F. Crowe, who, with her five sisters and two brothers and a host of relatives and friends mourn her death.  She professed faith in Christ and joined the New Hope Baptist Church September 1909 and has lived a complete Christian live ever since.  At the time of her going from us, she was the beloved teacher of the primary class in our Sunday School and wrought well in that capacity.  We will miss her in all of our church work as when was present at all ministries, but in the midst of our sorrow, we console ourselves with the fat that our loss is her gain, and bid the family to weep not as those who have no hope for, ‘They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which can not be moved, but abideth forever.’

One who knew her

Christopher and Angeline Peavler Obituaries – Mercer County

Christopher Columber Peavler was the son of Joseph Peavler and Mary Ann Ridge.  Angeline Vandivier Peavler was the daughter of William and Catherine Vandivier.  The couple were married September 1, 1845 in Mercer County.  According to the Mercer County census, 1850-1910, their children were Sarah, Amanda, George G., William, Merrell, Henry, Mary and Georgia.  By 1900 three of these children had died.  Christopher and Angeline Peavler were married 68 years!

Christopher Peavler, 1822-1915.  Angeline Peavler, 1826-1913.  Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 13, 1913

Mrs. Angeline Peavler, aged eighty-eight years, died last Friday.  She was a splendid motherly Christian woman who had been a member of the Methodist Church for 72 years, having her membership at Oakland Church in this county.  Her maiden name was Angeline Vandivier and she had been married sixty-six years, her aged husband, who is ninety-one years old, surviving her, besides five children.  The funeral services were held Saturday at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. F. T. McIntire, assisted by Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was in the cemetery adjacent to the church.


The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 9, 1915

Mr. Christopher Peavler died at his home in the West End last Thursday.  He was probably the oldest man in the county, being 93 years of age.  He was a native of this county and a gentleman who was highly esteemed by all who knew him.  For 62 years he had been a member of Oakland Methodist Church and had lived on the place where he died for 58 years.  He leaves 8 children, 36 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.  His funeral services were held Saturday at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was in the adjacent cemetery.