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Author of A Knight Templar Abroad

W. Harlan Cord, son of W. H. & V. R. Cord.  March 10, 1850 – November 29, 1885.  ‘A Knight Templar Abroad’.  Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky.

When I first saw this gravestone in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Flemingsburg, Fleming County, I knew there had to be a story behind it.  And yes, I found one.

William Harlan Cord was the son of William Hough Cord and Virginia R. Dupuy.  His father was born in Mississippi, his mother, Virginia.  The two met and married in Mason County, just north of Fleming County May 31, 1849.  I could not find the couple in the 1850 census, but in 1860 the family is living in Fleming County.  William is 37, a lawyer.  Virginia passed away in 1855.  Children listed are William H., 10; Irene, 8; and Mary, 5.  Also living in the household is Mary F. Dupuy, sister of Virginia, living there to help care for the children.  She is listed as 32, born in Virginia.

In 1870 William and Mary have married.  Children listed are William H., 20; Mary, 15; and Clarence, 3, evidently a child of this second marriage.  Also living in the household is Eliza Dupuy, 45, her occupation – authoress.  She is another sister of Virginia and Mary Dupuy.  In 1880 everyone except Mary Cord live together.

With just a bit of research I found that Eliza Ann Dupuy, 1814-December 29, 1880, was a short-story writer and novelist.  She was born in Petersburg, Virginia, the daughter of Jesse Dupuy, a shipowner, and Mary Anne Thompson Sturdevant.  Jesse Dupuy died at an early age and Eliza helped support her mother and younger siblings, which included working as governess and tutor for several prominent southern families.  She lived in New Orleans during the Civil War.  She wrote thirteen novels, many under the pen name Annie Young.  She returned to Kentucky after the war and died on a visit to New Orleans January 15, 1881.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, April 3, 1885

Perhaps having an aunt that was a published author – or authoress as she proclaimed herself – helped William Harlan Cord take up his pen and paper.  Harlan studied law, to follow in the footsteps of his father, but perhaps writing was his passion.  His book, A Knight Templar Abroad, is a record of his visit to Europe in 1883.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, May 15, 1885

The Evening Bulletin of Maysville said in their December 15, 1884, edition, that Harlan had sold $500 worth of his book in three weeks!  The books were priced at $1.50.  He sold about 335 copies during that time period.  Unfortunately. he did not live long enough to achieve the fame that could have been his.  In the November 30, 1885, edition of the same newspaper it is mentioned that ‘Mr. W. Harlan Cord of Flemingsburg is dangerously ill.’  W. Harlan Cord died the day before the newspaper was printed, November 29, 1885.

The beautiful stone that was made specifically for Harlan has a knight on horseback, with the name of his book above.  The cross and crown at the top of the stone is a Christian symbol of the sovereignty of the Lord.  When the crown is combined with a cross, the crown means victory and the cross means Christianity.  The cross with a crown also denotes a member of the York Rite Masons.  As with all types of crowns used by the Masons, it symbolizes the power and authority to lead or command.

Burials In Cloverport Cemetery – Breckinridge County

Mark Wedding, August 26, 1820 – February 25, 1894.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 28, 1894

An Old Resident Dead

Mr. Mark Wedding, seventy-two years of age, died of consumption at his home in this city at 1 o’clock p.m. Sunday, February 25.  His remains were interred in the Cloverport City Cemetery yesterday.

Mr. Wedding had been in bad health for some time, and his death was not a surprise to those who were acquainted with his condition.  He has been a respected citizen of Cloverport for many years and his death is regretted by many friends.  He raised a family of four sons, who are filling lucrative and honorable positions in other parts of the country.  He leaves a widow to mourn the loss of a good husband.

Dudley Hambleton, 1821-1898.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 28, 1898

Two Old Citizens Pay Nature’s Debt

Hon. Dudley Hambleton Passes Away

Represented Breckinridge Twice in the Legislature

Was a Consistent Member of the Baptist Church

Hon. Dudley Hambleton, a man who was loved by all who knew him, died early Tuesday morning.

For a week he has been hovering between life and death, and although his precarious condition was known to almost everyone in the county, the news of his final passing away came like a shock.

Hon. Dudley Hambleton has always been prominently identified with Cloverport.  He was born in this county, April 19, 1821.

He was married to Jane Watkins in November, 1843, and the following children were the result of the union:  James Hambleton, Samuel Hambleton, Mrs. Courtney Babbage, and Mrs. Martin S. Whitford, now living in England.

For many years Mr. Hambleton was regarded as a leading business man of Breckinridge County.  He practically bought all the tobacco that was brought to Cloverport for sale and was the largest buyer until the war came on.

At the close of the Civil War he purchased the A. A. Gordon farm at Holt’s paying $25,000 cash for it and engaged in farming.

He was always a man of affairs and stood high in the estimation of all who knew him.  He was twice elected to the legislature by the Democratic Party.

Hon. Dudley Hambleton was one of the best men Cloverport ever had.  During the days of his prosperity he was known as the young man’s friend and his purse was always ready to back some poor young fellow struggling for a foothold on the ladder to success.  He was charitable to a fault.

He was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, also a member of the Masonic fraternity.

His funeral took place today and was largely attended, the remains being interred according to the rites of Masonry.

Julius Hardin Has Been Laid to Rest

Was a Prominent Democratic Worker

A Man of Strong Convictions and Fine Character

By the death of Julius Hardin, Breckinridge County has been deprived of one of her most substantial citizens.

The deceased had been suffering for some time with a carbuncle on the back of his neck and his death was looked for daily for a week or more before the end came.

He passed away Friday, September 23rd, with hardly a struggle.

Julius Hardin was born in this county October 9, 1846.

He was a man of strong character and firm convictions.  He took an active interest in politics during his life and for years was regarded as one of the staunchest Democrats in the county.

While he was a hard worker for party success he never sought office or preferment of any kind.

He was honest, sincere and his agreeable personality won for him a host of warm friends.

He was a scion of the noted Hardin family, coming from the pioneer stock that settled Breckinridge County over a century ago.

The deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss.

The funeral took place Saturday, the services being conducted by Rev. Sneed, of Hardinsburg, who preached a sermon eloquent in its sympathy for the bereaved wife and children and rich with its tributes to the character of the dead.

The remains were interred in the Cloverport Cemetery and were followed to their last resting place by one of the largest funeral corteges that has ever been seen in the city.

The News with the whole community extends sympathy to the bereaved family.

Peter Dhonau, born January 30, 1812, died September 13, 1899.  Mary Elizabeth Dhonau, born January 1, 1815, died March 27, 1896.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 20, 1899

Peter Dhonau

An Old Resident of the County Passes Away

Mr. Peter Dhonau, one of the county’s oldest citizens, died at his home near Balltown last Wednesday.  He had not been confined to his bed and death was due to the sudden giving away of his constitution.

Mr. Dhonau was born in Sobenheim, Prussia, January, 1813.  He came to this country in 1844, and located at Rome, Indiana, on a farm.  He continued farming until the year of 1869, when he moved to this part of Kentucky where he has resided ever since.

His most estimable wife departed this life in March, 1896, leaving eleven children to mourn her loss.  Two died in infancy, one at nine years and one at mature age.  Seven children are still living who are, Mrs. Michael Hamman, Mrs. Phillip Dick, Mrs. Charles Fuchs, Mrs. William Sanders, Miss Harriet Dhonau and William and Albert Dhonau.  There are twenty-seven grand-children and twelve great-grandchildren.

Mr. Dhonau was probably one of Breckenridge County’s most prosperous farmers, and was well liked by everyone.  He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church.  His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near Rome, Indiana.  [Although this gravestone leads us to believe he was buried in Cloverport Cemetery.]

Eusebius B. Mayes Biography

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1887

Marion County

Eusebius B. Mayes, farmer and stock dealer, was born August 6, 1835, being the eldest son in a family of four children born to Archibald S. and Harriet P. (McElroy) Mayes.  His paternal grandfather, Robert Mayes, was born in Virginia, March 26, 1766; immigrated to Kentucky in 1808, and settled in what is now Taylor County; his marriage to Miss Margaret McClanahan occurred in his native state in 1790.  In the county of his adoption he became quite an extensive farmer and slave owner.  Archibald S., his son, was born near Staunton, Virginia, April 1, 1800, making him eight years of age when his parents came to Kentucky.  He was reared on the farm, and early inured to the hardships which are incident to the settlement and clearing of a new country. October 9, 1828, he married Miss Harriet P. McElroy  in Marion County.  In early manhood he engaged in buying, trading in, and shipping stock, principally mules, in which business he continued almost all the rest of his life.  In 1851 he purchased the farm in Washington County on which his widow and heirs now live.  He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and died a firm believer in its hopes, October 27, 1883.  Eusebius S. Mayes was born in Marion County, and made his home with his parents until the breaking out of the late Civil War.  October 9, 1858, he married Miss Mary L. Green.  She died October 22, 1862, and of the three children born to their union none survive.  December 18, 1866, he married Miss Mary A. Curry of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; to their union eight children have been born, of whom seven are now living:  Paulina, Kate, Mat, Mary, Eusebius, Annie and Archibald.  Until the year 1862, Mr. Mayes lived with his parents; he then embarked in the mercantile business at Lebanon, in which he continued until 1874, when he engaged in buying and shipping cattle to the West, in which business he has since remained.  He is a Democrat in politics; belongs to the Masonic and Knights of Honor fraternities, and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Euclid H. Covington Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Calloway County

Euclid H. Covington, proprietor of the Covington House, was born in Calloway County, December, 1840.  His father, William H. Covington, was born in Warren County, Kentucky, near Bowling Green, January 25, 1813.  During his boyhood days educational advantages were limited, but having fine natural abilities, and improving his time in home studies, when not working on the farm, he was enabled later in life to fill with honor the several eminent positions of trust conferred upon him.  While yet a boy he began teaching, and dealing in stock, and when a young man made several trips with the same to New Orleans; he was generally successful in his dealing, and at an early age came to Calloway County, and located on a farm, the county being then poorly.  At the breaking out of the war, he was a Whig and staunch Union man, and during the war was well known as such by the Federal authorities with whom he had great influence, which he used in the interests of his county and her citizens.  He suffered heavily at the hands of guerrillas of both armies; and was finally broken financially.  In 1865 he was elected as a Democrat to an adjourned session of the State legislature, and the same year was re-elected for two years.  January 15, 1834, he married Mildred H. Spillman, which union has given seven children, only three of whom are living.

Euclid H. Covington, the subject of these lines, was reared on the farm and attended the district schools and the Murray Institute; then he clerked in his father’s store and next accepted position as deputy county clerk; for many years subsequently he was interested in the mercantile and tobacco business, at one time manufacturing plug and twist tobacco in Murray on an extensive scale; in partnership with two others he built the Murray saw and grist meal, which is still in operation; in 1872 he was appointed postmaster at this place, but resigned two years later and engaged in the hotel business, to which he has since given his attention with good success.  August 2, 1861, he married Lucy B. Curd, an accomplished daughter of Captain Edward Curd, of Mexican War fame.  They have three children living:  Gustavus C., William E. and Curtis C.  Mr. and Mrs. Covington are devout members of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he is a trustee.  He is also a member of the Masonic and Knights of Honor fraternities.

Hazel Family of Daviess County – Shoemakers, Undertaker and Grist Mills

The Hazel family – father and two sons – have quite an interesting story.  From the Virginia county of Fairfax, to Nelson County, Kentucky, and on to Daviess County, they are just one family of westward pioneers in the early years of our country.  I especially love the part about the bottle of molasses – stories like this are treasures for families!

from History of Daviess County, Kentucky, 1883

Richard Henry Hazel, shoemaker, of Knottsville, was born near Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, September 7, 1818, and was a son of Edward Hazel, or, as commonly called, Uncle Ned, who brought his family to Nelson County, Kentucky, in the fall of 1827, and to this county the following spring, settling in the forests of Knottsville Precinct.  He was married in 1840, to Eliza Henning, daughter of Ezekiel Henning, and has two sons – Thomas E. and William S.  Mrs. Hazel died in 1881.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.  Mr. hazel is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Thomas E. Hazel, son of R. H. Hazel, of Knottsville, was born in this precinct, January 22, 1841.  On the day of his birth some parties dug a grave in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.  They had a large bottle of whisky with them, which they left by the grave, and a few days after, Mr. Hazel was out hunting and passed by the cemetery and found this bottle and took it home.  It was a half-gallon bottle, and of the old-fashioned kind.  For several years this bottle was used to churn the butter in for the family, and when Tom was large enough to send to the store he carried molasses in it.  On one occasion he came swinging it along, when all at once it flew from his hand and broke, and away went bottle, molasses and all.  He was married, January 10, 1860, to Matilda Wathen, by whom he had nine children, four living – Mary E., Elnora, Eliza and Rosaline.  Mrs. Hazel died August 19, 1874.  Mr. Hazel married in January, 1876, Emma May, by whom he had one child (deceased).  Mr. Hazel early learned the shoemaker’s trade with his father, and followed it several years.  He also worked in tobacco factories several years, and for some time in saw and grist mills.

William S. Hazel, son of R. H. Hazel, was born in Knottsville, February 20, 1853.  He was educated in Cecilian College, of Hardin County, this state.  In 1872 and 1873 he clerked on the wharf-boat of Triplett, Bacon & Co., of Owensboro; came to Knottsville in 1874, and clerked for Dr. Drury, and was at the same time engaged in the insurance agency.  In 1875 he worked on a farm, and in 1876 he engaged in the mercantile business with C. O. Clements, in Knottsville.  In 1878 Clements sold to J. W. McJohnston, of Owensboro, who continued with Mr. Hazel as a partner until August, 1880, when he sold his interest to the latter.  Mr. Hazel continued the business until October 8, 1882, when he sold it to Ignatius A. Aull, he still owning the undertaker’s department.  Mr. Hazel erected a small grist-mill at Knottsville in 1881, but sold it and built a larger one in 1882, which we describe elsewhere in this work.  He married Agnes L. Clements, daughter of C. O. Clements, of Knottsville,  They have two children – Chloe and Joseph B.  Mr. Hazel is Deputy County Clerk, and a Catholic Knight; also member of the N. M. B. A.

Joseph Barkly Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1882

Harrison County

Joseph Barkly, M.D., P.O. Leesburg. 

Mathew Barkly, a native of the ‘Emerald Isle,’ came to Woodford County at so early a period that the few scattering settlers of the surrounding country had often to take refuge in the fort at Lexington to escape being massacred by the Indians.  On one occasion, Mr. Barkly and his family fled to Lexington, and the fort being so crowded with panic-stricken pioneers that there were no accommodations for them inside the cabins, he and his family had to stand all night against the wall of the fort in a heavy falling rain.  They had a son, Robert, who was born soon after their arrival in Woodford County; he grew up to man’s estate, married Mary Cooper, lived a long and exemplary life, and died in 1858.  Of this union comes he whose name heads this sketch; he was born in Scott county in 1820, and inherited from his ancestry those qualities which adorn, and give tone and strength to life.  His grandfather, on the maternal side, was Samuel Cooper, an Englishman by birth, who came to America and settled in Maryland, where he married Jane McClure.  The young couple soon after emigrated to Kentucky, settled in Lexington, and helped to build the first frame house in that place.  Dr. Barkly was married to Miss Mary E. Kimbrough, of Harrison County, who has borne him the following children:  Mary Owings, Ann Eliza, Rachel Cooper, Lizzie, Paul, Martha and Minerva (twins), Charles M. and Robert M.  He was graduated from Transylvania University at Lexington, in 1847, and soon thereafter began the practice of medicine at Roanoke, Missouri.  Here he remained not quite a year, yielding to his inclinations to make the state which gave him birth the theater of his future career; he returned to Kentucky and began the practice of his profession at Leesburg, Harrison County, where he still remains, enjoying a remunerative practice, and the partiality of a large circle of friends.  Dr. Barkly is a member of the Masonic fraternity; himself and wife are communicants of the Methodist Church.  In politics he is in accord with the dominant party of the state – the Democracy.

James R. Hayes Biography


J. R. Hayes, October 7, 1833 – March 1, 1888.  Susan A., wife of J. R. Hayes, November 17, 1836 – Mary 4, 1912.  Sarah Friend, August 28, 1849 – November 26, 1892.  Red Hill Cemetery, Hodgenville, Larue County, Kentucky.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Larue County, Kentucky

James R. Hayes was born October 7, 1833, in Washington County, Kentucky, and is a son of Greenberry B. and Julia A. (Ashcraft) Hayes, to whom nine children were born:  John W., James R., Edward R., Jefferson, Henry A., Jedediah,


Jedediah Hayes, 1843-1905.  Mary K., his wife, 1848-1915 (brother to James R. Hayes)

B. F., Emeline and Martha J.  Greenberry B. Hayes was born and reared in Washington County, Kentucky, and was a farmer and slave holder.  In 1847 he moved to Larue County, where he remained until his death in October 1884, aged seventy-two years.


Greenberry B. Hayes, Red Hill Cemetery, Hodgenville, Larue County, Kentucky


Greenberry B. Hayes, born April 21, 1812, died October 17, 1884


Julia A., wife of G. B. Hayes, born May 25, 1814, died March 14, 1877

He was a son of John W. Hayes who married Margaret Evins; both were born in Virginia; they were of Irish origin and immigrated to Washington County about 1800.  Mrs. Julia A. Hayes was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of John W. and Nancy (Wallace) Ashcraft.  John W. Ashcraft was one of the pioneers of Larue County; he was a farmer and tanner.  His wife was born on the ocean while her parents were on their way from Scotland to America.  John W. Ashcraft was a son of Jedediah Ashcraft, who was one of the first settlers of Grayson County.  J. R. Hayes was reared on a farm and at the age of twenty commenced life as a shoe-maker, which he followed for three years, when he commenced stage driving.  In 1862 he was appointed deputy provost marshal, which position he filled until the close of the war.  In July, 1867, he was appointed United States gauger and store keeper, in which capacity he served ten years, after which he engaged in the hotel business at Hodgenville.  He was married, December 18, 1855, to Susan A. Walters, of Larue County, daughter of Jedediah and Sarah (Middleton) Walters.  Jedediah Walters was born in Larue county, was a farmer and large slave holder, and was a son of John Walters, who married an Ashcraft.  He was a soldier of 1812, and had seven wounds which he received in Indian fights.  He was a leading and representative farmer of Larue County.  Mr. and Mrs. Hayes are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he is an active member of the Masonic fraternity.  He owns the building where he is keeping hotel, and also considerable other property.  In politics he is a Republican, but cast his first vote for Fillmore.