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Video of Machpelah Cemetery – Mt. Sterling,Montgomery County

Here is another try with a video – this time photos were taken in Machpelah Cemetery in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County.  I took suggestions from you.  Pictures will remain on the screen a little longer – seven seconds each.  In addition I have a chart with information on all the gravestones.  If you need one or more of the photos for your research I can send them to you – just send me an email along with the number of the photo – included in the chart. 

The four arrows on the bottom right of your screen makes the video full screen; pushing the Esc button changes it back to regular.  Once you start the video you can pause it by pushing the button on the lower left of the screen.

  • 8101 – View of Mt. Sterling from Machpelah Cemetery
  • 8110 – Mary G., born September 23. 1860, died October 28, 1861. Madora L., born March 22, 1867, died March 3, 1871.  Baby, born and died December 2, 1878.  Children of F. A. E. Senieur.
  • 8096 – Albert H. Howard, July 6, 1868 – February 8, 1915. Rosa L. Howard, May 26, 1872 – December 9, 1962.
  • 8115 – In memory of our father and mother, Nicholas and Nancy Hadden. Nicholas Hadden, born April 27, 1799, died March 22, 1875.  Nancy, his wife, born December 25, 1805, died April 19, 1875.
  • 8126 – Robert Botts, born November 25, 1779, died September 4, 1855.
  • 8129 – Elizabeth, wife of Robert Botts, born August 18, 1780, died April 21, 1856.
  • 8137 – Captain J. A. Crawford, born September 25, 1765, died April 9, 1851. Dorothy Crawford, born April 22, 1775, died September 21, 1846.
  • 8141 – Jesse Grant, born June 1803, died April 14, 1853.
  • 8146 – Nancy, wife of John Voris, December 1, 1815 – September 14, 1893.
  • 8148 – Bettie B., daughter of T. H. & C. Probert, born March 18, 1860, died October 14, 1860. Maggie O., daughter of Th. H. & c. Probert, born September 25, 1864, died September 16, 1865.  Speed Fry, son of T. H. & C. Probert, born February 14, 1862, died November 22, 1865.  William H. Probert, born July 6, 1835, died June 5, 1860.  Thomas H. Probert, born August 29, 1824, died October 9, 1876.
  • 8163 – William Curry Hoffman, March 16, 1872 – July 16, 1903.
  • 8165 – Julia Lansdowne, daughter of Albert and Laura
  • 8172 – Rebecca Hamilton, born in Virginia, January 12, 1782, died June 25, 1855.
  • 8174 – Archibald William Hamilton, born in Virginia, August 16, 1774, died December 5, 1826.
  • 8187 – Thomas Grubbs, born January 16, 1775, died March 9, 1859.
  • 8197 – Robert Harvey Gatewood, born April 25, 1806, died August 7, 1865.
  • 8207 – Mattie Lee Mitchell, In the innocence of her babyhood, entered life, August 29, 1852. In the purity of her womanhood she departed it June 1, 1881.  Father and mother, Strother D. Mitchell, born October 15, 1824, died August 23, 1854.  Annie E. Mitchell, born June 9, 1828, died March 4, 1916.  Richard A. Mitchell, born May 26, 1850, died August 4, 1907.  Little Jameson, born December 25, 187, died July 15, 1876.  Lula Weaver Mitchell, born September 23, 1879, died March 18, 1956.
  • 8209 – Col. James Mason, September 29, 1769 – March 1855.
  • 8212 – Married January 7, 1799, Elizabeth Fishback Mason, died July 11, 1871.
  • 8214 – William Hoffman, born September 19, 1819, died December 19, 1884. Julia A. J. Wilkerson, wife of William Hoffman, born April 1, 1820, died August 7, 1883.
  • 8219 – Andrew J. Freeman, born June 10, 1818. Mary E. Freeman, born April 5, 1827, died April 10, 1888.
  • 8226 – Virginia, wife of O. B. Dorsey, bon February 24, 1824, died September 28, 1854.
  • 6424 – William H. H. Miller, November 5, 1840 – June 28, 1913. Nannie Gibson Miller, December 19, 1840 – January 24, 1908.
  • 6426 – Annie Hainline, July 29, 1802 – April 17, 1884. Dollie Hainline, born February 22, 1844, died November 9, 1885.  George W. Hainline, born June 30, 1836, died April 17, 1915.
  • 6440 – Ella Trimble
  • 6430 – General Samuel L., son of R. & R. Williams, born October 27, 1781, died September 3, 1872. Fanny, wife of General S. L. Williams, born January 12, 1797, died July 6, 1855.  Thomas J., son of General S. L. & F. Williams, born March 30, 1827, died August 9, 1851.  Arabella A., wife of Dr. C. B. Williams, born September 19, 1806, died December 1, 1832.  Carro, wife of W. A. Buckner, born September 19, 1839, died September 8, 1859.  John, son of R. & R. Williams, born September 15, 1787, died January 15, 1855.  Margaret F., daughter of Col. J. & C. Williams, bon October 16, 1833, died February 5, 1850.  Miranda B., daughter of F. R. & M. F. Stockton.
  • 6446 – Napoleon B. Lloyd, August 4, 1821 – April 22, 1901. Julia Lockridge, his wife, December 11, 1833 – July 5, 1899.
  • 6441 – J. Greenville Trimble, Jr., born August 11, 1870, died March 13, 1958. G. Trimble, June 15, 1823 – June 22, 1919.  Nannie Mize Trimble, September 24, 1824 – December 25, 1891.  Ella O. Trimble, August 22, 1857 – October 2, 1931.
  • 8284 – View

Andrew M. Cline Obituary

Andrew M. Cline, 1848-1916.  Mary E. Cline, 1850-1921.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 5, 1916

Suffering Is Ended

Mr. Andrew M. Cline Dies Early Monday Morning at His Home on Holt Avenue

After having suffered from cancer of the stomach for many months death came to relieve from his suffering Mr. Andrew M. Cline, Monday morning.  Mr. Cline had been a resident of this city for more than forty years and was known by nearly everyone in the county.  Deceased was 68 years of age.

A man of genial disposition he was popular with a large circle of friends.  He was a member of the Christian church.  Besides a devoted wife he leaves four sons, and one daughter, James, of Middletown, Ohio; Warran, of Falls Mills, Virginia; John and Joe, and Miss Fannie Cline of this city, besides other relatives.

We can only remind these mourners that he is not dead, he is only asleep – resting after a long and well spent life;  he cannot and would not if he could, return to us; we can, if we will, go to him.  Behind the storm clouds always lurks the rainbow and when the storm is past it weeps upon the flowers of the land and the pearls of the sea.  Darkness precedes the dawning and out of the blackness or night comes the sunshine and joy of the day.  And so from the beauty of his life take an inspiration and go forth to live as he lived, so that when the summons comes you may say as he did, ‘All is well.’

Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 2:30 at the residence by Rev. Clyde Darsie, assisted by Rev. B. W. Trimble, the burial being under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. Lodge to which organization Mr. Cline had belonged for thirty years.  Burial in Machpelah Cemetery.  The Advocate tenders sympathy to the bereaved family.

Two Weddings and A Funeral

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, September 4, 1894

Silver Wedding

For twenty-five years Peter Greenwade and wife have walked together down life’s rugged path.  In adversity and prosperity they have been the same congenial two and have gotten out of life all the happiness in store for them, and on last Friday, August 31, in commemoration of their twenty-fifth anniversary they celebrated their silver wedding.  A host of friends were present and numerous were the gifts.  The dinner was a most delightful spread and the two were as happy as they were twenty-five years ago when Miss Mollie Ramey became the bride of Peter Greenwade.  May their lives be together many, many years more and be crowned with blessings not a few.

It is our pleasant duty to announce to the readers of the ADVOCATE the coming nuptials of Mr. Courtland Prentice Chenault, one of the most brilliant young lawyers at our bar, and Miss May Hocker Hazelrigg, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Judge Jas. H. Hazelrigg, of the Appellate Court.

This wedding, which is to take place Thursday, September 6, at the Christian Church in this city, has caused a great deal of commotion among our young people on account of both parties being so well known and liked here.  Miss Hocker is one of the sweetest and most accomplished, and at the same time one of the most popular young ladies it has ever been our pleasure to meet.  We have known her nearly her whole life, and from childhood up to the present time she has always been the same sweet Christian girl, and in winning her Mr. Chenault has won one of the grand prizes in the lottery of life.  Of Mr. Chenault we have to say he is ‘a Christian and a gentleman,’ and in those words we have said more than we could in whole volumes.  He is the junior partner of the law firm of Woodford and Chenault, and although one of the youngest attorneys in this district, already has a large and growing practice and we predict for him a brilliant and successful future.  Courtland has a host of friends throughout Kentucky, and as far as we know not a single enemy.  He is a man whom any woman should be proud to call husband.

Young people, we tender to you our sincerest regards and wish you a happy and prosperous journey down the highway of life in the gilded chariot of pleasure.

In speaking of the wedding the Lexington Transcript says:  ‘Miss Hazelrigg is the daughter of Judge Jas. H. Hazelrigg, of the Court of Appeals, and is quite a social favorite in this city, where she has many relatives and friends.’

Died, on Sunday morning, September 2, 1894, L. D. Wilson, aged 78 years.

for some time past Mr. Wilson has been in failing health and the tottering old remnant of his once stalwart frame was not an unusual sight, as the old man who knew everyone and was liked by old and young, was seen making his uneasy way along the street.  Uncle Dud was for many, many years a member of the Methodist Church.  He loved her service and her songs and the old paths and achievements of his church in the day when the ‘circuit rider’ was in the land.  Uncle Dud was a benevolent man, but not in an ostentatious way.  He never thrust his charities before the public gaze.  He was in a large sense a grateful man.  He never forgot a kindness done him.  Only yesterday a life-long friend said of him: ‘Dudley never tired of wanting to do me a kindness and to show me accommodations because of some kindness my father had shown to his mother when she was a widow with small children dependent upon her.’  Uncle Dudley was a successful businessman and was long identified with the business interests of this town.  His wife, the well-beloved Eliza, preceded him to the beyond by several years, and since then Uncle Dud’s chief wish has been to join her.  His desire has been gratified; and yesterday afternoon he was laid to rest by her side in our beautiful Machpelah.

 

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!