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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.

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.

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.

Will of Revolutionary Soldier Thomas Moore – Mercer County

Thomas Moore, Capt. Gen. Clarks VA Regt., Revolutionary War, 1754-February 25, 1835.  Kaskaskia, Vincennes.  Old Mud Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Thomas Moore is one of the Revolutionary War heroes buried in Old Mud Cemetery in Mercer County.   His eight children are listed in his will – sons John Moore, Samuel Moore and Thomas H. Moore; and his five daughters, Ann Worley, Polly Harrod, Isabella Bingham, Nancy Newlin and Elizabeth Bass.

Thomas Moore’s Will

Mercer County Will Book 10, Pages 534-535

I, Thomas Moore, of the State of Kentucky and County of Mercer, make this writing my last will and testament.  To wit, I hereby appoint my sons John and Thomas H. Moore my executors to this my will.  I hereby give to my wife, Elizabeth Moore, during her natural life, of my tract of land whereon I now live, beginning at the orchard fence on the north of the Shawnee Run Road, thence with said fence north-west to my little meadow, thence with the fence or the little meadow, a north-east coast to my original line, to adjoin Harris, thence with said line, south-west to Overstreet’s line, thence with Overstreet to the Shawnee Run Road, thence with the Shawnee Run Road to the beginning.  My will is that my wife shall have her choice of my horses, together with three of my best cows, also twelve her choice of my stock of hogs, also her choice of my sheep, together with all my household and kitchen furniture, so long as she may continue my widow, together with the rent that may be due me on the year of my decease.  The residue of my personal estate to be sold and equally divided among the legal heirs of my five daughters.  My will is that my tract be equally divided between my three sons, John Moore, Samuel Moore and Thomas H. Moore, in consideration that each of my sons shall pay two hundred and fifty dollars to be divided equally between the legal heirs of my five daughters, that is 150 dollars to the heirs of my daughter Ann Worley, the same to the heirs of my daughter Polly Harrod, the same to the legal heirs of Isabella Bingham.  Further my will is that the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be paid to the legal heirs of my daughter Nancy Newlin, also the same amount equally divided between all the legal heirs of my daughter Elizabeth Bass.  My will is that my plantation over my wife’s dower be rented during my wife’s life with the proceeds thereof divided between the heirs of my five daughters.  It is to be understood that the divisions of the land take place at the decease of my wife, then each son is to pay the two hundred and fifty dollars.  In testimony hereof I set

my hand and seal this 29th August eighteen hundred and thirty four.

Thomas Moore

Test.  Frederick Harris, George Dodd, Peter Stopher

Mercer County                     March County Court 1835

The foregoing last will and testament of Thomas Moore, deceased, was this day produced into court and proved by the oaths of Frederick Harris and Peter Stopher, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, which is done accordingly.

Attest.  Thomas Allin

1786 Will of William Vancleave – Mercer County

Will of William Vancleave

Mercer County Will Book A, Pages 75-76

In the name of God, amen.  I, William Vancleave of the District of Kentucky and County of Mercer, being very weak and low in body, but in good and perfect memory thanks be to God, do make and constitute this my last will and testament.

First, I desire my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner, my funeral expenses and my lawful debts being paid, the rest of my estate to be disposed of in manner following.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Abigail Vancleave, the thousand acres preemption land lying on Paint Lick Creek for her to dispose of as she sees cause to use in behoof of my beloved children – Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, John, Ebenezer and William.  Likewise, the three hundred acres purchased from Evan Hinton by virtue of a bond given by him, said Hinton, likewise two hundred and fifty acres purchased from Squire Boone during his residence in Carolina, he giving lawful bond for the same.  All the above mentioned land for the use above mentioned and their heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Jonathan, two thirds of five hundred acres of land which falls to him by the death of his sister Sarah, deceased, being her own by a gift and now to be his and his heirs forever.  Also, I give and bequeath unto my son Jonathan, one black cow with a white face, marked with a crop in the right ear, and an underbite in the same ear, and a slit in the left ear and one coat to be his.

Item.  I have and bequeath unto my daughter Phoebe Harris, not heretofore mentioned

in my will, two hundred acres of land lying in Jefferson County, due to me from said Boone by virtue of a warrant that the said Boone laid for me.  I likewise give and bequeath unto my wife Abigail the full possession of all my personal estate book, debts, bonds, etc.

I likewise appoint my well-beloved friend, William Crow, and my beloved wife Abigail my lawful executors and this to be my last will and testament as witness my hand this second day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six.  Sealed and delivered in presence of us, underlined before signed.

William Vancleave

Teste.  Thomas Gilmore, William Gilmore, Rachel Vancleave, Kathrine Anderson

Mercer County, February Court 1788

This last will and testament of William Vancleave, deceased, was exhibited into Court and proved by the oath of Catherine Anderson, one of the witnesses thereto.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C.C.

Mercer County, March Court 1792

This last will and testament of William Vancleave, deceased, was fully proved by the oath of Rachel Vancleave, another of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

1830 Marriage Returns By Jesse Head – Mercer County

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized on the 8th of April 1830, the rites of Matrimony between William Cochran and Louisa Lamb, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Cochran and Louisa Lamb was issued April 8, 1830, with bondsman J. H. Davis, B. F. Pleasants and William Rice.  The bride’s father was James Lamb, testified by Frederick Ripperdan.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office of Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 14th November 1830, between William Kelly and Mary Villett, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Kelly and Mary Villett was issued November 13, 1830, with bondsman William Kelly, Sr.  The bride’s father was Thomas Villett, testified by Hiram W. Procise.

I do hereby certify by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 24th of March 1830, between Samuel Hogue and Pamelia Trower, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Samuel Hogue and Pamelia Trower was issued March 24, 1830, with bondsman Eyre Askew.  The bride’s mother was Martha Trower, testified by Henry Trower.