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Is the Death Date Correct?

Oswell B. Dorsey, born January 15, 1818, died March 22, 1854.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

I believe most of us would conclude when looking at an ancestor’s gravestone, that the death date listed would be a good indication of when our loved one died.  Today while looking through photos taken at Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, I found that not quite the case.  Not daily, but quite often I add a gravestone photo on my Kentucky Kindred Facebook page.  I chose the stone of Oswell and Virginia Dorsey since, according to the dates on the stone, both died in 1854, about six months apart.  Very unusual for a young couple to pass away so soon after the other.  The detective wheels started turning.

Virginia M., wife of O. B. Dorsey, born February 24, 1824, died September 28, 1854.

I put the two names in ancestry, with the dates of birth and death for Oswell Dorsey.  The first item I looked at was Montgomery County deaths for the year 1854.  Now this is when it got interesting.

According to their gravestone, Oswell died March 22, 1854, and wife Virginia died September 23, 1854.  Looking at the death records that was not the case.  They both died in July of 1854, both of fever and they were cared for by Dr. Benford.  There were quite a few deaths during the month of July – fever, flux and cholera listed as causes of death.  This changed their death dates from six months apart to a few days, possibly the same day.

Other information in the death records gave us the name of their parents.  Oswell was born in Fleming County, the son of John and Nancy Dorsey.  He was a merchant.  Virginia, born in Montgomery County, was the daughter of Edward and Mary Stockton.

Hm.  Next, I checked for a will for Oswell Dorsey.  His will was dated March 22, 1854.  The date on his gravestone.  Since the will wasn’t probated until the October 1854 term of court, it isn’t likely Oswell died the day he wrote it.  According to the will, everything was ‘to be managed and controlled by my friend and brother-in-law, George J. Stockton, for the exclusive use, enjoyment and benefit of my beloved wife, Virginia Dorsey.’  Of course, by the time the will was probated, Virginia Dorsey was dead.

One other reference on Ancestry was made to Genealogies of Kentucky Families Volume I.  I checked my copy and found the Dorsey’s came from Calvert County, Maryland, one group of whom settled in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, which was at that time called Stockton Station.  Larkin Dorsey, whose grandfather was in the Revolution, came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, founder of Stockton Station.

‘Larkin Dorsey, who came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, married Elizabeth Ingram, in 1780 at Hagerstown, Maryland.  He was born August 24, 1784 [must be 1748], and died February 22, 1822, in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.  He was a cadet in the 9th company of Light Infantry, January 3, 1776.  Commissioned Ensign in Army, June 18, 1778.  His children were:  Edward, John, Joshua, Rachel, Sarah, Robert, Amelia and Joseph.

‘John Dorsey married Nancy Spiers, Edward – Juliet McDowell, Joshua – Nancy Williams and Milly Alexander, Rachel – C. V. Anderson, Sarah – Thomas Wallace, Robert died in infancy, Amelia – Thomas Andrews and Joseph married Mary Wheatley and Ann Threlkeld.

‘The children of John Dorsey, who was born April 19, 1783, and died November 5, 1847, were – Oswell Burns Dorsey, Elizabeth Ingram Dorsey, Martha Ann Dorsey, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, John Edmondson Dorsey, Rachel Anderson Dorsey, Robert Stockton and Jeremiah Spiers Dorsey.’

Virginia Stockton Dorsey was a descendant of Major George Stockton, in whose company Larkin Dorsey came to Kentucky.  George Stockton married Larkin Dorsey’s sister, Rachel Dorsey; their son Edward Stockton married Mary Allin Jouett (of the Mercer County families of those names).  George Jouett Stockton and Virginia Margaret Stockton were two of their children.

In conclusion we can say the dates on the gravestone for Oswell and Virginia Stockton Dorsey are incorrect – but why?  If we look a little closer to the death records for Montgomery County for 1854, we find that George J. Stockton is listed just under the name of Virginia Dorsey.  George is listed as 40, a merchant (were he and Oswell Dorsey business partners as well as brothers-in-law?), parents were Edward and Mary Stockton (same as Virginia) and he died of cholera, cared for by Dr. Nelson.  Under his name is William Stockton, 14, son of George and Gusta [Augusta] Ann Stockton, who also died of cholera.  And below his name is Gusta A. Stockton, 36, daughter of Francis Somersall, who died of fever.  Oswell and Virginia Dorsey had no children.  George and Augusta Stockton had four – William Edward who died in 1854 with his parents, Robert Henry, Mary Somersall Stockton and Augusta George Stockton, who was born in February of 1854, a babe of five months when her parents died, and who lived just until the age of three.  With so many deaths in one family, it was quite likely several years before gravestones were purchased.  This could have led to the mix-up in death dates.  Always check several sources, if possible.

Obituaries for Albert Howard and Parents

Albert H. Howard, July 6, 1868 – February 8, 1915.  Rosa L. Howard, May 26, 1872 – December 9, 1962.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Albert Howard was the son of James Howard and Theresa ‘Thurzy’ Clem, born July 6, 1868, in Montgomery County.  James and Theresa married late in life, December 8, 1861, when he was 41 and she was 34 – a first marriage for each.

Albert’s gr-gr-grandfather, John Beale Howard, Sr., fought in the Revolutionary War.  His wife was Rebecca Boone.  Albert’s father, James Howard, followed in the family footsteps of service to his country by fighting in the Mexican War.

Albert married Rosa Lee Powers.  The couple had three children who lived to adulthood – Roy, Stella and Buford.  Rosa Powers Howard lived an additional 47 years before her death, at the age of 90, in 1962.  I could find no obituary for her.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, January 8, 1901

Howard – After an enfeeblement for some months caused by paralysis, Mr. James Howard died at his home near Spencer on Monday night, December 31, 1900.  He was 81 years and 11 months old and was the last of his generation.  His aged wife, feeble and almost blind, survives him, with her son Albert Howard.  The deceased was a highly respected and worthy citizen; the community loses a good citizen.  Burial service at Machpelah was conducted by B. W. Trimble.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 11, 1914

Mrs. Thyrza Howard Died Last Friday

Mrs. Thyrza Howard, aged 89 years, died at the home of her son, James [Albert] Howard, near Spencer Station, this county, last Friday of infirmities incident to old age.

Mrs. Howard was one of the best known women in the county and the news of her death will be heard with regret.  She was a woman of lovely christian character.  She was the widow of James Howard, a Mexican War veteran, who died several years ago.  Deceased was widely connected through this section of the state.  Burial took place Saturday in Machpelah Cemetery.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 10, 1915

Victim of Pneumonia

Prominent Farmer and Stockman of Spencer Neighborhood Died Monday Afternoon

Mr. Albert Howard, aged 47 years, died at his home near Spencer Station, in this county, Monday afternoon after a short illness of pneumonia.  Mr. Howard was one of the largest land owners in that section of the county and was a farmer and stockman on large scale.  He was a son of the late James and Thurzy Howard, and is widely connected throughout Montgomery and surrounding counties.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Mr. Howard was a kindhearted gentleman, a good neighbor and friend, and will be missed by his many friends.

Funeral services will be held this morning at eleven o’clock at the grave in Machpelah Cemetery, conducted by Rev. B. W. Trimble.

We join the friends of the family in extending sympathy.

James Greenville Trimble Obituary

James Greenville Trimble, June 15, 1823 – June 19, 1919.  Nannie Mize Trimble, his wife, September 24, 1824 – December 25, 1891.  J. G. Trimble, Jr., son, August 11, 1870 – March 13, 1958.  Ella O’Hair Trimble, daughter, August 22, 1857 – October 2, 1931.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 24, 1919

Death Claims J. G. Trimble

Was past 96 Years Old and Was One of the Grandest Old Men That Ever Lived

Since Mr. Trimble’s birthday anniversary, June 15th, he had been a very sick man and the end came not unexpected.

Mr. Trimble was born June 15, 1823, in Wolfe County, near where Hazel Green now stands.  He was married April 27, 1846, to Miss Nannie Mize of Irvine.  To them were born nine children.  He, with his family, came to this city in 1876 and have lived at his present home from that time to the hour of death.  The first death in the family occurred December 25, 1891, when the devoted wife passed the great divide.  Death did not enter the family again until 1916, when Mrs. Thomas D. Jones, Tampa, Florida, was taken.  The surviving children are:  Mrs. Mary Greewade, of Hunneywell, Kansas; Mrs. J. T. Day, of Hazel Green, Kentucky; Mrs. Nancy Holly, of New York City; Nelson H., Robert M., Bruce W., J. Green, Jr., and Miss Ella, all of this city.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Louisa Wilson, of this city, who is now 86 years old, and is the only member of the family of 13 children living.

Mr. Trimble made confession of his faith in Christ in 1892, was baptized by this son, Bruce W., a minister of the Christian Church, and took membership in the Methodist Church, of which church Mrs. Trimble had been a member for a long time.  Until of very recent years he was a faithful attendant at all the church services and his life gave evidence of a consistent follower of his Saviour.  He has been prominently identified with the business interests of this city, at one President of the Exchange Bank of Kentucky.  For many years he has been a large stockholder and director of the Mt. Sterling National Bank, attending business meetings of the board of directors until recently.

Of Mr. Trimble much could be written, for indeed he has been a busy man.  He was honest, a consistent member of his church, believed in high education and give his children every advantage.  He was a man of progress and kept pace with all advancement.  By his death one of our very best citizens has been taken.

Funeral services will be held at his residence Wednesday at 10 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. L. Southgate, and burial will

be in Machpelah Cemetery.

May memories of this grand old man never fade.

 

Saturday’s Genealogy Adventure

Ritchey and I spent a delightful day Saturday visiting cemeteries in three counties – Montgomery, Bath and Powell.  It was a warm day, but the breeze usually made it quite nice.

Our first stop was Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County.  When we drove into town they were having a festival and looked like everyone was having a great time!  The cemetery is on both sides of E. Locust Street, Hwy 713.  When we arrived, an artist was painting and allowed me to take her photo.

Then I started taking photos.  There were many old gravestones.

Capt. J. A. Crawford, born September 25, 1765, died April 9, 1851.  Dorothy Crawford, born April 22, 1775, died September 21, 1846.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. 

Some were large and elaborate.

Next we drove to Bath County.  At Crown Hill Cemetery, in the small town of Sharpsburg, I found this stone with a family tree between the two names.

At Longview Cemetery, in the little town of Bethel, I was amazed at the shape of the very old section.  Hopefully they will repair the old stones.

The rest of the cemetery is beautiful and very well taken care of.  We lunched under one of the trees.  It was on a slight hill and breeze was wonderful!

After lunch, we headed for Powell County.  The first cemetery we visited there was Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery in Clay City.  It was a rather small cemetery.

B. S., husband of Elizabeth Burgher, born December 7, 1814, February 7, 1900.  Elizabeth, wife of B. S. Burgher, born August 8, 1828, died March 9, 1912.  Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery, Clay City, Kentucky.

Clay City Eaton Cemetery is another small cemetery.

Dock F. Philleps, June 15, 1844 – November 14, 1916, served in Civil War, Co. H. 14, Kentucky Cavalry.  Clay County Eaton Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

Our last stop was Kennon Cemetery, in the rural part of Powell County.

Amanda Druzela Lyle, February 3, 1862 – May 19, 1941.  ‘Sweetly sleeping.’  Kennon Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

It was a wonderful day, spent doing what we love!  More pictures and information will follow!