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Henry Clay Stone Buried At Mt. Gilead Cemetery Mason County

Henry Clay Stone, September 5, 1843 – April 17, 1919.  Sallie E., his wife, December 30, 1848 – January 26, 1923.  Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

Henry Clay Stone was the son of Kinzea Stone and Elizabeth Ann Seamonds, born in Bourbon County, September 5, 1843.  In the 1850 census of that county Kinzea is 37, wife Elizabeth, also 37.  The following children are listed:  Jesse N., 13; Sarah A., 11; Malinda J., 9; Henry Clay, 7; Martha, 5; and Mary E., 3.  Also living in the household are Edward Stone, 33; David Dodge, 17; and Bernard Graham, 25, listed as schoolmaster and born in Ireland.

Henry Clay Stone married Sarah Wallingford about 1870.  In the 1880 census they are 36 and 33, respectively, with daughters Nettie, 4; and Minnie, 3.  In the 1900 census we find the couple has been married for 30 years.  They have had 7 children, but only 3 have survived.  Minnie, 23; Kinzea, 19; and Elizabeth C., 13.  Daughter Nettie was deceased by that date.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 17, 1919

H. Clay Stone Died At Noon of Influenza

County Magistrate and Prominent Citizen of Mt. Gilead Neighborhood Dies of Heart Trouble Developing In Influenza

Mr. H. Clay stone, Magistrate of the Mt. Gilead district, died at his home near that village at noon today of heart trouble brought on by influenza, from which he has been suffering for the past several days.

Mr. Stone was 75 years of age and quite a prominent citizen.  He was a very extensive reader and one of the best posted men in the county on many subjects.  He was a member of he one of the oldest families in Kentucky and a very likable gentleman.

Besides his wife, Mr. Stone is survived by one son, Kinza Stone, who made his home with his parents, and two daughters, Mrs. William Byron, of Mt. Carmel, and Mrs. Minnie Johnson, of Lexington.

Arrangements for the funeral have not as yet been made.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, April 18, 1919

Squire Stone’s Funeral Saturday Afternoon

The funeral of Squire H. Clay Stone will be held from the late home at Mt. Gilead Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock and burial will be made at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery.


Mt. Gilead Cemetery Is Adopted!!!


Mt. Gilead Cemetery in October 2015

Do you remember my post about Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Mason County, Kentucky?  Here is the link if you would like to refresh your memory.  I received a message on my Kentucky  Kindred Genealogy FaceBook page from Lt. Colonel Thomas Cordingly, the Senior Army Instructor at Mason County High School JROTC.  He was searching for cemeteries in Mason County and came across my blog about Mt. Gilead Cemetery.  He and his cadets have adopted the cemetery – and you will never believe how great it looks now!  The above photo was taken of the same view as below, just closer to the tree line.

rotc-groupIsn’t this a great photo of an immaculate cemetery and the hard-working cadets that made it possible!  Ritchey and I will go back again and photograph the gravestones without worrying if there is a snake crawling up our legs – or being covered with ticks!  I think these young people deserve a large round of applause for giving this cemetery new life!

cadets-2Just look at the amount of clearing they had to do!  Lt. Colonel Cordingly said he was amazed at the number of people that stopped to thank them.

cadetsI wonder how many hours it took to get this cemetery in shape?  Kudos to the cadets and their instructor for a job well done!



Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky

IMG_3969Mt. Gilead is a small, overgrown cemetery in rural Mason County, Kentucky, just on the line with Fleming County, on Highway 597, where Highways 1234 and 597 come together.  Just looking at this photo you would not suspect the number of gravestones in this cemetery!  Ritchey and I braved the weeds and brambles to get our photos!


Nancy M. Mattingly, born March 15, 1818, died September 12, 1903.  In my father’s house are many mansions.

This stone is quite beautiful!  Notice the castle-like house at the top of the stone.


One of two rock walled plots within the cemetery.


Three above-ground stones within the walled area.


The second walled area – filled with trees!  A few stones rest  on the trees and stand closer to the wall.


J. P. Campbell, born March 2, 1808, died October 16, 1895.  Sarah, wife of J. P. Campbell, born (no date), died September 1, 1874.


Steps of the church?


Joseph Hampton, born February 7, 1798, died August 10, 1859.  Judith K., wife of J. Hampton, born February 22, 1800, died June 1, 1874.


James Wallingford, born July 17, 1793, died May 1, 1865


Beautiful stone!  Caption at bottom reads, “As a Husband, devoted.  As a Father, affectionate.  As a Friend, ever kind and firm.  In life, he exhibited all the gifts of a Christian, in death his spirit returned to God who gave it.”


Sarah, wife of James Wallingford, born December 18, 1792, died July 27, 1860


Aunt Betsy Browning – no dates.


Mary E., daughter of John and Lucy Ann Breeze, born August 28, 1860, died November 3, 1863


A view of several other stones.


Samuel Bramel, born July 20, 1800, died April 27, 1881.  Mary J., wife of Samuel Bramel, born August 10, 1802, died June 10, 1849.


In memory of Nicholas Wallingford, was born December 14, A.D. 1739, and departed this life September 5, A.D. 1829, aged 69 years, 8 months and 21 days.

At the bottom of the stone reads, “His race was swift, his rest sweet.  His views divine, his bliss complete.  His song sublime, his transports swell.  His state eternal, God his all.”  This gentleman was the oldest person found buried in the cemetery.

SAM_3612 1Notice the beautiful carving at the top of the stone – such intricate work for a stone this old.  A large bouquet of leaves, with a corresponding one above that is upside down, with a long drape of cloth around the top of the stone.

These are just a few photos we took during our visit at Mt. Gilead Cemetery.  Perhaps one day you will visit!  Let me know if you have relatives buried in this cemetery.

What a Genealogy Weekend!

IMG_3969What a weekend!  Three days of total genealogy (and a little geocaching!) – eighteen cemeteries in nine counties – 1,840 photos in all!  Can you even imagine how much information I have to share with you!

It started with Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Mason County, located on Highway 1234 at the Fleming  County line!  Now I know this photo doesn’t show much – just a sign.  But behind, and mixed in with, the three foot grasses and brush are many gravestones.  We braved the briars and brambles to get photos!


This was a northern Kentucky trip, beginning in Lewis County and working our way around the Ohio River to Trimble County, ending with the Bedford Cemetery.  Much more coming in the next few weeks and months!