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Gravestones in Ghent Cemetery – Carroll County

Photos of a few stones in the Ghent Cemetery, in the city by the same name.  The early settlers named it for Ghent in the Netherlands, now Belgium.  It is a beautiful small town located on the Ohio River in Carroll County.  Ritchey and I visited the area in October of 2015.

Nannie B. Satchwell, wife of J. Saalmiller, born September 4, 1864, died February 17, 1892.

Miriam B. Gex, wife of D. P. Craig, born March 29, 1854, died January 22, 1880, aged 25 years, 9 months, 23 days.

James B. Tandy, born April 10, 1812, died January 15, 1895.  Wife, Harriet Ann, daughter of U. P. and J. Schenck, born October 16, 1831, died August 4, 1864.  John J. Tandy, born June 13, 1858, died December 21, 1874.

Julius B., son of Edward D. and Emeline Bledsoe, died July 9, 1859, aged 16 years, 7 months, 19 days.  ‘Parents, sister, brothers, Weep not for me it’s all in vain, Weep for yourself from then refrain.  Life is . . .’

Virgil S., son of Edward D. and Emeline Bledsoe, died November 11, 1877, aged 37 years, 11 months and 2 days. 

Juliet, wife of J. H. Ellis, died August 13, 1876, aged 65 years, 5 months and 2 days.

Berryman, son of J. H. & Juliet Ellis, died February 3, 1878, aged 38 years, 2 months and 1 day.

Sallie, wife of George H. Montgomery, daughter of J. B. & A. W. Orr, born October 16, 1858, died April 10, 1882.

Hillside Cemetery – Bracken County

IMG_4263Hillside Cemetery in Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky, is an apt name!  Some of the graves are on the steep side of the hill – not sure how a funeral procession could easily maneuver a casket to its burial site!  The above picture was taken about halfway up the hill to give you a view of the beautiful Ohio River!

IMG_4329 1Turn around and this is the view!  Straight up!  Some of the stones have props to keep them upright – but after years of weather they are starting to lean.

The land for the city of Augusta was originally a Revolutionary War grant given to Captain Philip Buckner, who visited the area in 1781.  In 1786 he returned with 40 Virginia families.  He gave land for the city and it was named for his home – Augusta County, Virginia.  Augusta is still small – in the 2010 census there was a population of 1,190.


Catherine Contee Keith, wife of Dr. A. D. Keith, born in Alexandria, Virginia, August 21, 1783, died December 23, 1860, aged 77 years, 4 months and 2 days.


Our mother, Alcey, wife of Joshua Furber, born March 31, 1786, died November 17, 1867.


William Orr, born December 26, 1796, died September 27, 1869.


Susan, wife of William Orr, died November 28, 1852, aged 62 years, 7 months and 20 days.

IMG_4306This is a memorial to the Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.  The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization of Union veterans of the war.  Small markers are often beside veterans’ graves.

IMG_4307 1During war the hammer and anvil symbolism deals with the total destruction or capture of an enemy force.  In a cemetery the anvil represents martyrdom and the hammer the power of creation.

The Battle of Augusta was fought September 27, 1862, when Colonel Basil Duke led part of General John Hunt Morgan’s raiders to Augusta to take the war across the Ohio River and into the northern states.  After two Union gunboats were driven off due to bombardment, Duke expected a quick surrender.  But the Home Guard met the Confederates with a hail of gunfire, and eventually hand to hand fighting as the rebels forced their way into homes and businesses.  Duke wrote, “The hand-to-hand fighting in the houses . . . was the fiercest and hottest I ever saw.  I witnessed in some of them the floors piled with corpses and blood trickling down the stairways.”  Although the Home Guard eventually surrendered, the number of  Confederate casualties made Duke abandon the idea of taking the war to Northern soil.  Therefore the citizens stand at the Battle of Augusta kept the Confederate invasion confined to Kentucky in 1862.

For more information on the battle you might like to read Morgan’s Cavalry and the Home Guard at Augusta, Kentucky.


Alex Case, born July 16, 1813, died July 27, 1894.


Johnson B. Moneyhon, born September 27, 1811, died February 24, 1872.

IMG_4318 1H. Jane, wife of W. J. Rankins, born December 1, 1831, died July 22, 1878.  Charles Henry, son of W. J. and H. J. Rankins, born December 3, 1872, died October 6, 1872.


This was taken from the top of the knoll.  It is a very narrow space, perhaps twenty or thirty feet (I’m not great at estimations!), and each side slopes down as you can see on the right.  This is only a quick view of Hillside Cemetery – we will return again on another day.


Ghent Cemetery – Carroll County

IMG_4392Ghent Cemetery

Ghent is a small town in northeastern Carroll County, Kentucky, located on the Ohio River.  The city was formed in 1814, the year the War of 1812 ended, and was named for Ghent, Belgium, where the treaty ending the war was signed.  Many Kentuckians fought in that war and I’m sure all were glad when it ended.  The population of Ghent was 323 in 2010, very similar to the 366 population in 1860.   The following are photos taken from our recent trip.

IMG_4400Susan Wise, born December 14, 1835, died July 5, 1909.  Henry M. Wise, born March 12, 1825, died September 5, 1884.

IMG_4404Emma Wise, born June 5, 1852, died September 6, 1886

IMG_4453George Robinson, born July 28, 1853, died May 9, 1894


A. C. Craig, died October 22, 1883, aged 76 y, 5 m, 21 d


Virginia J. Craig, died June 15, 1893, aged 76 y, 2 m


Jennie V. Beard, born July 12, 1857, died August 20, 1902