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Bequest In Will Becomes Ryder’s Cemetery In Lebanon

This old will has a gem of a piece of information.  In it Augustus Ryder gives money to buy land for a cemetery and its upkeep.  But it is also the first will written in the new Will Book 1 after the Marion County Courthouse burned when General John Hunt Morgan came to town July 5, 1863.  The original will was included in those books that became ashes on that date.  In many counties that suffered the loss of a courthouse it was very common for copies of wills, and other records, to be brought in and added to the new books to have those records on file.

On my first reading I thought perhaps Augustus Ryder was a soldier of the Civil War, who intended to take care of his sister Julia (she is the only family member named in the will) and use the rest of his estate for the betterment of the community – a new cemetery.  Augustus Ryder was civic minded, but I don’t believe he served during the war.  He was a German immigrant, born in 1812.  I can’t say when he came to this country, but in the 1850 census he is living in Marion County with John and Sally Yowell, aged 40, born in Germany and listed as a merchant.  John Yowell was a bookkeeper, aged 53, his wife, 57.  In 1860 Augustus is 47, a bookkeeper, living with Michael S. Ray.

My great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Crow Coulter Alford is buried in Ryder’s Cemetery.   The cemetery is located on a hill on Highway 68, Main Street, in Lebanon, halfway between Sulphur Spring Road and Woodlawn Avenue.


Will Book 1, Page 1, Marion County, Kentucky

I, Augustus Ryder, of Marion County, Kentucky, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament.

1st.  It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.

2nd. I will and bequeath to my sister Julia Ryder three thousand dollars and also my gold watch.

3rd. I will all the balance of my estate to be laid out in the purchase, enforcement and ornament of suitable cemetery grounds in the vicinity of Lebanon, for a funeral place for all denominations, Catholic and Protestant.

4th.  I appoint John Shuck and Thomas C. Woods, Executors, of this my last will and testament, this 30th day of November 1862.

  1. Ryder

Attest. James M. Fogle, N. J. Ray

The above is the substance and as near the form as I can remember of A. Ryder’s will drawn by me.

John Shuck

State of Kentucky, County of Marion

I, James M. Fuller, Clerk of Marion County Court, certify that the above and personal substances of the will of A. Ryder, deceased, was on August 10, 1863, presented to Marion County Court and proven by the oath of James M. Fogle, and N. S. Ray, subscribing witnesses thereto, to be the substance of the original will of Augustus Ryder, deceased, which was received in the County Clerk’s office and burned on July 5, 1863, which fact also attested by the oath of John Shuck.

Thereupon it is ordered that said substance of will marked in order form A is received as the last will and testament of Augustus Ryder, deceased.

Whereupon the same and this certificate are truly received in my office this August 31st, 1863.

James M. Fuller, Clerk

Mothers, Grandmothers and Great-Grandmothers

Couldn’t help but think about my maternal grandmother today.  Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico was a lovely person, but as a grandmother she was rather stilted.  When we came to visit she was always sitting in her rocking chair and offered her cheek for us to kiss.  There were no big hugs.  We were expected to sit on the couch and behave.  The cherry tree in the back yard always drew our attention, and we eagerly climbed the small tree to eat all the tart cherries we could pop in our mouths.  Outside we could run and play and wear off some of the energy that was not allowed inside.  Back inside it was more time on the couch, hopefully with a book.  Grandmother Alice was a fabulous cook – everything was just perfection – especially her baked chicken and dressing.  Although long before my time, mom talked of the butter she made from their cream, decorating it with flowers and designs.  Cottage cheese was also homemade.  Bread puddings, cakes and pies were all on the menu.

In contrast Grandmother Alice’s mother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, was quite the opposite.  Unfortunately, I did not know her, she died in 1945, years before my birth.  Mom told all the wonderful stories of good times at her grandmother’s house, always met at the door with hugs and kisses.  During their weekly stay in the summer Great-grandmother Frances let her seven grandchildren play with her canned food and pantry items in the living room on tables and bookshelves.  Frances would don her best hat and with purse on her arm go through the stores and purchase items for five cents each.  At the end of the week she held a big party, in the dining room, with lace tablecloth and many goodies and desserts on glass dishes.  Mom always talked about what a treat it was.  At Easter the grandchildren would find baskets on the porch, with eggs and other items.  And at Christmas the girls received a doll and the boys a ball.  Since this was during the Depression these items were very precious.  Another thing that was special each year was the fair.  Grandmother Frances love the fair and took a picnic lunch for her children and grandchildren to enjoy.  She died the week of the fair, and everyone was encouraged to go since it was a yearly event she dearly loved.

My mother, Catherine Lyons Carrico Hill McIlvoy, was more like her Grandmother Frances.  Mom always met you at the door, hugs and kisses, and, ‘Are you hungry?  Can I fix you something to eat?’  Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.  My children love to tell the story that one day, when they were small, Gran, as they called her, asked if they would like to see a flying saucer.  With their eyes big and watching her every move, she took one of the glass saucers they were drying and gave it a whirl into the dining room.  It landed on the carpet and turned and rolled into the living room.  Linton and Kate, of course, said, ‘Do it again!  Do it again!’  When Kate was in middle school mom picked her up every day – and was usually talked into going for ice cream.  Myself, I remember coming home from school and having a treat in the Lazy Susan on the table – exactly four spots for four children (little sister Laura came much later!).

My paternal grandmother, Nannie Bell Coulter Hill, was a very quiet woman.  She rarely spoke to anyone.  But she loved us dearly, loved to give kisses and hugs.  She was such a good cook – and cooked on a wood stove all her life.  I still remember the smells from her kitchen, and how much everyone loved to sit at her table for a meal.  One of my earliest memories was at Easter.  When we drove in, the yard was filled with suckers standing straight up, eggs and other goodies.  There was a garden to explore and every time we left during season we were given a brown bag to hold some of the fresh vegetables on the back porch – our own tomato, potato, zucchini, etc.

I did not know Grandmother Nannie’s mother – Mary Elizabeth Crow Coulter.  But I was told she loved to dance and smoked a corn cob pipe!  How could she have been so full of life and not her daughter?

Now that I am Nana, I fall into the line of my mother and great-grandmothers.  Julian and Percy are met at the door with kisses and hugs.  Julian has a basket with Kit-Kats and M&Ms.  We play wild games like Old McJulian Had A Beach – where we sing and run after him, our fingers a crab’s claw trying to catch hold.  We sit in the floor and make traffic jams with his cars.  Play color games out on the porch.  Blow bubbles.  Casper Babypants is our favorite music to listen to when he’s here.  How different will Percy be?  It’s hard to say since she’s just two weeks old.  But I’m sure she will be a match for her brother, and an individual to boot!

What wonderful memories do you have of your mother, grandmothers or great-grandmothers?  Remember to write them down for future generations.  Precious memories made and to be made.

Isaiah Hill and Emeline Coulter Marriage

Scan_Pic0294The  Commonwealth of Kentucky:  To any minister of the gospel, or any other person legally authorized to solemnize matrimony:  You are permitted to solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between Zay Hill and Miss Emeline Coulter, the requirements of the law having been complied with.  Witness my signature as Clerk of Washington County Court this 24th day of August, 1904.  W. T. Booker, Clerk.

This is to certify that on the 24th day of August, 1904, the Rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me between Zay Hill and Miss Emeline Coulter at Springfield, in the county of Washington, in the presence of Jonah Hardin and John Hardin, signed, Albert T. Felix, minister.

Isaiah ‘Zay’ Hill and Emeline Coulter are my great uncle and great aunt – being the brother and sister of my paternal grandparents, Jessie Delbert Hill and Nannie Bell Coulter – siblings married siblings!  They are the children of Isaiah Hill and Lydia Ann Ross, and George R. Coulter and Mary Elizabeth Crow.

Taken from the 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 census records of Marion County the children of Zay and Emeline are as follows:  Irvine, George, Otis, Hubert, Nellie Gladys, Mary A., Frank, Eugene, Estelle, Anna and Isaiah, Jr.

Isaiah ‘Zay’ Hill died August 9, 1942, in Marion County, Kentucky.  I do not have a death date for his wife, Emeline.

My 2,100th Post!

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Even I have a hard time believing this is my 2,100th post!  How quickly the time has flown by!  And I still haven’t run out of things to talk about!  April 20, 2011, was my first time to write a bit about genealogy.  I’ve shared cemetery photos, marriage records, old letters, old documents, obituaries, old photos – and a plethora of other genealogy related topics.

Today I want to tell you about my results from the DNA tests!  They are finally in!  One of my goals with the tests was to know the truth about the Native American ancestry in my background.  I grew up with stories about my great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Crow Coulter.  My aunts were certain that she was Indian.  So according to that, I should be 1/16 Native American.  That was evidently one of those stories passed down that had no truth to it.  I have zero percent Native American blood running threw my veins!


According to the test I am 48% Europe West – primarily located in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.  How fascinating part of my culture perhaps comes from one of the smallest countries in the world!  This wasn’t entirely a surprise, but I am more European West than Ritchey – with all his Hertz, Leuenberger, Klein and Jungbluth families – I have almost twice the amount!

24% of my heritage is Great Britain –  England, Scotland and Wales – no surprise there!  My Hill’s, Smith’s and Linton’s, among others, state that loud and clear.

I have 20% Irish heritage – my great-great-grandmother Lucy Murphy and her flaming red hair that was passed down through the Hill’s to my grandfather and further still, bear witness to that.  Pap always asked what color a grandchild’s hair was before the sex of the baby!  He inherited that grand heritage, sadly, I did not!

The 4% of Iberian Peninsula in my heritage is not surprising.  I have found out recently that my Carrico surname is of Portuguese descent – I was certain it was French or Italian.

Scandinavia – 4%!  Viking heritage!  I know they were a warrior people, who took other people’s land and plundered wherever they could, but I’ve always been fascinated with their history – especially their terrorization of England!

So to sum up, I am 100% European!  A little dash of exoticness here and there would have been nice, but we are what we are!  I am proud of my heritage, my ancestors, and my two descendants, and the third that is soon to be held in welcoming arms!  Find out what your heritage is – take the DNA test!

George F. Coulter and Mary Elizabeth Crow Marry!

George F. Coulter and Mary Elizabeth Crow are my great-grandparents.  George was the son of William Coulter and Emeline White, born December 23, 1853, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Mansfield Crow and Nancy Jane Coulter, born in September of 1856.  Both fathers fought during the Civil War.  George and Mary Elizabeth married March 26, 1874.  The following are their marriage license and certificate, and the approval of both mothers, their fathers both deceased by this time, due to war wounds.


The Commonwealth of Kentucky.  To any minister of the gospel, or any other person legally authorized to solemnize matrimony.  You are permitted to solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between George F. Coulter and Mary E. Crow, the requirements of the law having been complied with.  Witness my signature as Clerk of the Washington County Court, this 25th day of March 1874.  W. F. Booker, Clerk, by C. W. Royalty, Deputy Clerk.


This is to Certify, That on the 26th day of March, 1874, the Rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me between George F. Coulter and Mary E. Crow at Harrison Coulter’s in the county of Washington in the presence of Marion Crow and Elizabeth Dean.  Signed Jesse S. Robinson.


To the Clerk of Washington County.  This is to certify that I do hereby authorize you to issue license between my son, George F. Coulter, and Elizabeth Crow, given under my hand, Emeline Coulter.  Attest:  Elisha White, Starling Coulter, William Coulter.


To the Clerk of Washington County, this is to certify that I do hereby authorize you to issue license between my daughter, Mary Elizabeth Crow, and George F. Coulter, given under my hand this March the 25th, 1874.  Nancy J. Crow.  Attest:  James Goff, Harrison Coulter, William Coulter.

George and Mary Elizabeth were married for 35 years before George passed away on December 2, 1909.  Mary Elizabeth lived on for another 31 years.  She died April 4, 1940, in Marion County, Kentucky.  They had 10 children:  Levi A., Cecilia A., Sarah L., William M., Speed D., Emeline, George W., Nannie Bell (my grandmother), Mattie M. and Prentice Coulter.

Today In Genealogy History – August 19

Nancy Jane Coulter and Mansfield Crow were married 158 years ago – August 19, 1855 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Nancy was the daughter of Harrison Coulter and Elizabeth Leonard.  Mansfield was the son of Mansfield and Mary A. Crow.  The couple had one child – a daughter – Mary Elizabeth Crow.

Today In Genealogy History – March 26

Mary Elizabeth Crow and George F. Coulter were married 139 years ago – March 26, 1874 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Mary was the daughter of Mansfield Crow and Nancy Jane Coulter.  George was the son of William Coulter and Emeline White.  They had 10 children:  Levi A., Cecilia A., Sarah L., William M., Speed D., Emeline, Nannie Bell, Mattie M. and Prentice Coulter.