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George Brown and Anne Hemphill Buried In Maple Grove Cemetery

George Brown, February 28, 1819 – October 30, 1897, aged 78 years, 8 months.  Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky.

from The History of Jessamine County, Kentucky, Young, 1898

George Brown was born in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, February 28, 1819, and died October 30, 1897.  He first attended school at St. Joseph’s, Bardstown, Kentucky, afterward at Centre College, Danville, and finally at Transylvania University in Lexington.  Upon leaving college he at once engaged in the business of the manufacture of hemp.  His father had been one of the pioneers in hemp manufacture in Lexington and the son acquired a practical knowledge of the business early in life.  Owning a large number of slaves, which he used in his business, he made it extremely profitable and he continued in the manufacture of hemp for many years.  In the fall of 1853 he moved to a farm on Jessamine Creek, about two miles from Nicholasville, and in conjunction with his farm operated a hemp manufactory.  He married Anne M. Hemphill in 1843, who proved to him an affectionate, faithful and helpful wife.  She was one of the model housekeepers of Jessamine County and as neighbor and friend had no superior.

Mr. Brown was a man of intense activity; domestic in his taste, he loved his home and added to it those things which made it attractive.  He was a model husband and father.  When twenty-two years of age, he united with the Nicholasville Presbyterian Church, in the faith of which he continued to the end of his life, and at his death he was the oldest living member of the organization.  He was converted under the preaching of Rev. David Todd.  He was efficient and earnest in his Christian work and was always one of the liberal and helpful members of the congregation.  He was a pure, good man; long president of the Jessamine County Bible Society, he was not only active but useful in the Bible work and has left behind him no enemies and host of friends.

While in Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville, earlier this year, we came across the beautiful stone for Anne Hemphill Brown.  This is one of the most beautiful stones I’ve encountered. 

Buried between her husband, and son, Victor, the carving of the image of the woman is amazing.  The flowers, lace, details of the dress and cross she wears around her neck is extremely vivid and clear.

In memory of Anne M. Hemphill, wife of George Brown, June 9, 1826 – March 29, 1888.  ‘A kind and true wife, a dear and fond mother and a faithful friend.  We cherish her memory.’

The love and regard held for Anne is definitely evident in the carving on the front of the stone.  The sentiment on the back of the stone just reinforces this.

1799 Sagacer/Bruner Marriage

The following marriage bond is from Jessamine County, Kentucky.  At the courthouse in Nicholasville all early marriage records have been scanned and can be brought up on the computer a moment’s notice.  Unfortunately this one was not lying flat – there is a crease at the bride’s first name!  It looks like Hetty, but I cannot be sure.  Evidently it was her brother or father that was the bondsman.  Within the bond he is listed as Henry Bruner, but when he signed at the bottom it doesn’t look exactly like Henry – and notice the word Dutch in parenthesis.

scan029Know all men by these presents that we Frederick Sagacer and Henry Bruner are held and firmly bound unto James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the sum of fifty pounds to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs and firmly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our hands and dated this 28th of September 1799.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Frederick Sagacer and Hetty(?) Bruner.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to remain in full force and virtue, otherwise to be void.

Frederick Sagacer

(Dutch)               Henry Bruner (?)

Jessamine County, Kentucky