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James Bamford White Family Buried In Oakdale Cemetery – Estill County

Oakdale Cemetery, Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky.

How many of you know where Estill County is located?  I consider it at the beginning of the eastern section of Kentucky.  Powell and Clark are to its north, Madison to the west, Lee to the east and Jackson County on its southern border.  Estill is a very rural county, very beautiful, but you can easily lose cell service if you’re trying to find a cemetery using your phone!  During our trip on May 2, 2015, we stopped at Oakdale Cemetery in the county seat of Irvine.

Today I would like to tell you about the White family buried there.  James Bamford White was born June 6, 1842, near Winchester in Clark County.  According to his death certificate his parents were David White, born in Virginia, and Margaret Smith, born in Powell County, Kentucky.  His education included years spent at Mount Zion Academy in Macon County, Illinois.  In the fall of 1863 he joined the Confederate States Army and served under Generals Breckinridge and Morgan until the end of the war.  After the war he taught at Irvine, while studying law.  He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and began his practice.

April 27, 1870, James married Cecelia Locknane, a young girl of 15 compared to his 28 years.  In the 1870 census Cecelia and her new husband are living with her parents, John and Mary Locknane, who ran a hotel.  James boarded at this hotel and the two met and fell in love.  Cecelia’s mother’s maiden name was Ruckner, as listed on her death certificate.

In the 1910 census James and Cecelia have been married 40 years and had ten children, all living.  The names of their children are as follows:

  1. Lena Rivers White
  2. Ida Lee White
  3. Elmer Lynn White
  4. James Randolph White
  5. Bettie J. White
  6. Carlisle White
  7. Rodney Haggard White
  8. Nell White
  9. Margaret Cooney White
  10. Tennie W. White

During that time Carlisle was a typesetter at a printing office, Rodney an agent at a depot, Ida was a dressmaker, Bettie a milliner.

James was elected to the Fifty-Seventh Congress, Mary 4, 1901-March 3, 1903).  He retired from law in 1919.

Cecelia Locknane, wife of James B. White, 1855-1925.  ‘Lived for those she loved, died in hope to meet them again.’

Cecelia Locknane White died June 24, 1925.

James Bamford White, 1842-1931.  Confederate soldier.

James Bamford White lived another six years, passing away March 25, 1931.

Carlie White, 1886-1937.  A world war veteran.

Son Carlisle had military service at the Kentucky University and claimed exemption for the draft as a member of the officer service corp.  He was listed as medium height, gray eyes and black hair.  He never married and died December 3, 1937.

Spring – A Time For Visiting Cemeteries!


Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky

This past week was affectionately dubbed ‘First Cemetery Weekend of the Year’! And what a weekend it was. I think many of you are aware that Ritchey has been ill for the last nine months, culminating in surgery in March. Thankfully he is now feeling much better – definitely on the mend – and able to resume our passion for genealogy and geocaching!  A full genealogy weekend was planned!


Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, KentuckyAg

Saturday started out early with our first stop in Richmond, in Madison County. The last time we were by this cemetery it had already closed for the day! Richmond Cemetery is beautiful! Lots of older stones, various sizes, many family groupings can be found there – including famed abolitionist, Cassius M. Clay . So excited to share everything we found with you!


Robert Miller, Sr., born May 1, 1775, died June 21, 1861.  Sallie, daughter of Captain James Estill, and wife of Robert Miller, Sr., born October 10, 1781, died February 13, 1868.  Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky.

Next we were on our way to Irvine, which is in Estill County. First we had lunch at Thyme on Broadway in downtown Irvine – chicken salad on croissants and Kentucky Derby Burgoo – yes, it was Derby Day! Our first cemetery stop was Oakdale Cemetery, within the city of Irvine. Not as old as Richmond Cemetery, this was still very nice, but with newer stones.


Oakdale Cemetery, Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky

Afterwards we took Hwy 89 south through the county – a beautiful drive down a curvy road, where we sometimes lost cell service! Makes it a bit difficult to track cemeteries with your phone! I’m sure we missed a couple that were on our list! Bolan Cemetery, a very small cemetery, another with newer stones, was our next stop.


Oscar, son of Elihu and Levina Kidwell, born September 15, 1868, died September 30, 1894.  Bolan Cemetery, Estill County, Kentucky.

A short while after continuing down 89 we found ourselves in Jackson County. Russell Flat Cemetery, another small, but very beautiful cemetery, was on the left side of the road. Most gravestones were adorned with beautiful floral displays, many with a glittery ribbon that sparkled as the breeze blew it back and forth. Many Russells are buried here.


William Henry Clark, T. Sgt. US Army, World War II, February 15, 1920 – July 8, 2007.  Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart.  Russell Flat Cemetery, Jackson County, Kentucky.

And just on the Jackson County/Rockcastle County line was a small cemetery that had no name – we even stopped and asked – but there are many VanWinkles buried there. The oldest stone was that of a Confederate veteran who died in 1880.


In memory of Daniel Hibler, 1812-1880, Confederate States of America.  Whiskey distiller, mule trader, humanitarian.  Father of Elizabeth Lewis, the wife of Captain Orin Minor Lewis.  Unknown cemetery, Jackson County, Kentucky.

From there we made our way north to Madison County again, where we hopped on Interstate 75 for Lexington. We have been to the Lexington Cemetery, but right across the street is Calvary Cemetery, a large Catholic cemetery that we have never visited. We arrived about 4:30 – and they close at 5:00. It is amazing how many photos you can actually take in 30 minutes! Afterwards we called it a day and left for home!

IMG_3667John Hobin, born in County Claire, Ireland, died October, 1886, aged 74 years.  Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Sunday morning after church we stopped at the Danville bakery – conveniently located next to our church – and bought pimento cheese sandwiches, deviled eggs and gingerbread men for a light lunch. Our first stop was the Old Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery in rural Garrard County. This cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve visited, but at the same time one of the most unusual. Several Revolutionary War veterans and their families are buried here. The same tombstone shape as that of my Captain John Linton, who died in 1836 and is buried in Springfield, is very abundant here – which tells you the age of the cemetery.


Robert Brank born March 17th, 1757, died April 10th, 1846, forty years an Elder of Paint Lick Church.  Revolutionary War Veteran.  Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

Many huge, old trees have been cracked and brought down by lightning. One man who is buried here is Thomas Kennedy, also a Revolutionary War veteran, but supposedly the man on whom Harriet Beecher Stowe based her character of Simon Legree in her famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This could just be a legend, although it has been said that Stowe visited Garrard County, Kentucky, and stayed in the house of Thomas Kennedy. Kennedy’s grave is on the top of the hill in the old section. His grave has been struck by lightning numerous times, his stone broken and repaired, and eventually a chain fence was installed around the plot where Kennedy and his wife are buried to help draw lightning away from the stones! This cemetery is supposed to be one of scariest places in Garrard County – and haunted to boot! As for me I was delighted and happy to be there!


Thomas Kennedy, Captain North Carolina Militia, Revolutionary War, September 11, 1757 – June 19, 1836.  Agnes Ross Kennedy, 1756-1807.  Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

Our next stop was Forks of Dix River Baptist Church, also in Garrard County. Many older stones here, also, but not in good condition! A few newer stones replaced some of those in bad shape.


Forks of Dix River Baptist Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky

Driving north on Hwy 27 we then stopped at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. What a beautiful place! This was an unplanned stop and it was difficult to find markers for anyone of a particular period. We decided another day would be better for us to visit.

IMG_3840Camp Nelson National Cemetery

So what does a grandmother do when cemetery options are low? Visits her grandson in Lexington, of course! The rest of the day was spent playing with Julian – and visiting with his mom and dad! Such a delightful weekend in every respect!