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Calien Crosby Family Buried at Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville

Calien Crosby, 1806-1893.  Eliza Crosby, 1815-1908.  Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Calien Crosby and Eliza Mount were married on June 2, 1843, in Oldham County, Kentucky.  Calien was the son of John Uriel Crosby, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and Nancy Ashby Peters.  Eliza was the daughter of John Mount and Lydia Jennings.  The following license gives much pertinent information.

State of Kentucky

Oldham County Court Clerk’s Office

To any minister of the Gospel, or other person legally authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony –

You are hereby authorized to join together in the Holy bond of Matrimony, according to the usages and customs of your church, Mr. Calien Crosby and Miss Eliza Mount, of this county, daughter of John Mount, deceased, she being of lawful age.

The said Calien Crosby having executed Bond with security, in my office, according to law.

Witness my hand as Clerk of said Court, this 29th day of May 1843.

William D. Mitchell, per Brent Hopkins

In 1850 the couple and their children are residing in Shelby County, and that is where they remain for the rest of their lives.  In the 1850 census Calien is 43, a farmer, with parents born in Virginia.  Eliza is 32, her parents also born in Virginia.  Children Mary Frances, 5; Lydia A., 3; and John Mount, 2, are living in the household.  Calien’s parents live with the family, John, 93; and Nancy, 84.

John Uriel Crosby, as mentioned before, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, born in Fauquier County, Virginia, in 1755.  From The History of Shelby County Kentucky, by George L. Willis, Sr., it says that John Crosby and wife, Nancy, were among the thirteen charter members of the Antioch Church, located in Shelby County, about three and one-half miles north of Simpsonville.  John and Nancy are buried in what was called the Crosby Cemetery in that area.  Only two others are buried in this cemetery, son Gnoaeth Crosby, and Andrew Todd.

In the 1860 census there is an additional child, Charles Peters Crosby, who is 5.  In 1870 the two daughters have married, leaving John, 21; and Charles, 15; in the household.

In 1880 Charles, 24, remains with his parents.  Daughter Lydia A. Payne, 32, is also living with them, along with her children – Eliza, 10; Carrie, 8; Lulie, 6; and Robert C., 3.

John Mount Crosby died in 1891, leaving a young wife, Mary.  He is followed two years later by the death of Calien Crosby.

In his will, Calien Crosby left wife Eliza 150 acres and any other land remaining after the children receive their shares.  This included the home residence and outbuildings.  She was also to receive one third of all personal property in addition to 45 head of sheep, 25 head of hogs, 18 head of cattle and 4 head of horses and colts.

Daughter Mary Frances Crosby married Steven Henry McMakin.  She was to receive 101 acres of land to be used by the couple during their natural lives, then return to the original Crosby estate.

Daughter Lydia Payne and her children received 100 acres of land.

The heirs of son John Mount Crosby were to receive 64 acres of land.  This ‘in addition to what I have previously paid for him on his home tract makes him equal with my other children’.  The land will remain in the hands of the executors until the children come of age.

Son Charles Peters Crosby was to receive 115 acres of land, and will be able to purchase the land left to wife Eliza at a private sale after her death.

Son Charles, and son-in-law Steven McMakin, were named executors.  The will was written September 5, 1891, two years before he died.

It was previously mentioned that daughter Lydia, and her children, lived in her parents household during 1880.  She married Jilson H. Payne October 22, 1868.   In the 1910 census she is listed as divorced – perhaps the reason for living with her parents in earlier years.  In 1910 she is 63, living on her own income.  Daughter Eliza is 39, and is a dressmaker.  Son Robert, 32, and brother, Charles Peters Crosby, 54, are both farmers.

Lydia Crosby Payne died September 3, 1923, of tuberculosis.  She was 77 years of age.  Both parents are listed on the death certificate, as well as place of burial, Grove Hill Cemetery.  Son Robert Payne was the informant.  On the death certificate it says she was a widow.

The Crosby family is buried in a beautiful plot in Grove Hill Cemetery.  The trees are tall and old, their branches surrounding part of the gravestone.  Notice the smaller stones in back of the large one – those are for Lydia Crosby Payne, some of her children, and other members of the Crosby family.  With such shade they were too difficult to photograph.


Louis A. Bersot Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Oldham County

Louis A Bersot was born in Carroll County, Kentucky, in 1842.  His father, Julius Bersot, was born in Switzerland in 1803, was of French parentage, and came to America in 1816; settled in Carroll County, and married Miss Maria Poindexter, daughter of Robert Poindexter, of Frankfort, Kentucky, who was in seven campaigns, and twice wounded during the War of 1812, and who was a brother of Governor Poindexter of Mississippi, a trusted friend of Henry Clay.  Mrs. Maria Bersot died in 1868, and her husband, Julius, in 1875, both being members of the Baptist Church.  Louis A. Bersot is the eighth of eleven children, and was reared on the home farm near Ghent, in Carroll County.  He was educated at Eminence College, afterward taught school at Jericho, Henry County, and in 1870 entered the ministry in the Christian Church.  He has had charge of Westport Church about seven years, and the Sandhill Church, about four years, and also of the South Jefferson Church, twelve miles below Louisville.  His residence is on his farm of ninety acres, near Brownsboro.  In 1864 he married Miss Ada R. Smith, of Jefferson County, a daughter of Benjamin Smith, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, a native of Virginia, and of German descent.  The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bersot are eight in number, and named as follows:  Panolia E., Lizzie J., Letellier F., Julius S., Louis O., Addie M., Vernon C. and Vassie M.  Mrs. Bersot is also a member of the Christian Church, and Mr. Bersot is a Knight of Honor.

Richard B. Cassidy Biography

IMG_7999Dr. Richard B. Cassidy, 1844-1936.  Bettie Buckner, his wife, 1845-1925.  Mt. Tabor United Methodist Cemetery, Oldham County, Kentucky

from Kentucky – A History of the State, by Perrin, 1887

Oldham County

Richard B. Cassidy, a native of Oldham County, Kentucky, was born October 8, 1844, and is the eldest son of the five children born to Thomas and Isabelle (Stonestreet) Cassidy, also natives of Oldham County.  James Cassidy, grandfather of Richard B., came from Virginia, and died of cholera in 1833.  Israel Cassidy, great-grandfather of Richard B., also a native of Virginia, and an early settler of Oldham County, Kentucky, lived to be one hundred and five years of age.  Butler Stonestreet, maternal grandfather of our subject, was born in Oldham County.  He was a son of John Stonestreet, and died in 1880.  Richard B. Cassidy was reared on the farm, and in 1862 entered Georgetown College, from which he graduated in 1865.  In 1866 he began the study of medicine under Dr. J. R. Timberlake, of Floydsburg.  He then attended Louisville University in 1866-67, and graduated from the Louisville Medical College in February, 1873, beginning practice the same year.  In 1869 he married Miss Kate Barnhill, daughter of Levi and Elizabeth Barnhill, of Oldham County.  This lady died in 1878, and in 1880 the Doctor married Miss Bettie Buckner, also of Oldham.  To the first marriage two children were born:  Willie, in 1870, and Eddie, in 1872.  To the second marriage three children have been born:  Hopkin S., Richard C. and Bell B.  The Doctor has been very successful in his practice, is prominent as a Mason, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

It was quite fortunate that Ritchey and I took photos of many of the gravestones of family members of Dr. Cassidy while we were in Oldham County.  Here is what we found:

IMG_7997Mary C. (Kate) wife of Dr. R. B. Cassidy, born October 23, 1851, died October 12, 1878

IMG_7995Elizabeth, wife of Levi Barnhill, born June 20, 1830, died May 12, 1885

IMG_7996Levi H. Barnhill, born February 11, 1824, died December 24, 1891

IMG_8029Butler Eaglin Stonestreet, 1833-1877.  Virginia Stonestreet Kavanaugh, 1834-1926

IMG_8036Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church

Lt. Col. Charles C. Haefling Biography

from Biographical Sketches of Kentucky – Perrin, 1887

Oldham County, Kentucky

Lt.-Col. Charles C. Haefling, a native of Bavaria, Germany, was born May 14, 1835, and is the son of Simon and Martha (Peterman) Haefling. He came to the United States in 1855, and in 1858 joined the regular army at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, served five years as a non-commissioned officer, and received his discharge in Tennessee December 14, 1863. He at once recruited the Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry, at Nashville, acting first as adjutant, then as major, and in August, 1864, was commissioned lieutenant-colonel, serving as such until the close of the late war. He took part in all the engagements under Buell, Rosecrans and Thomas; was wounded at Springhill (short through the right arm), and at Harbor Shoals, Tennessee; when near Nashville, Tennessee, had his horse shot under him, and in the fall was permanently injured in his left arm. After the war he went to Louisville and engaged in contracting, building, etc., until 1879, when he engaged in farming. In March, 1887, he also took a one-half interest in a woolen-mill, and sixty-two acres, adjoining La Grange, Oldham County, his present residence. In March, 1865, he married Miss Mary Anna Shanks, of Louisville, who has borne him four children: Charles L., Joseph, Christopher C. and Mary V.


James G. Eddins Biography

IMG_8019James G. Eddins, born June 26, 1840, died June 21, 1895, Mount Tabor United Methodist Cemetery, Oldham County, Kentucky

Biographical Sketches of Kentucky – Perrin, 1887

Oldham County, Kentucky

James G. Eddins, farmer and stock grower, of Oldham County, Kentucky, was born in Jefferson County, June 26, 1840. His father, Abram Eddins, was a native of Virginia, came to Kentucky in 1826, and settled in Jefferson County on a farm, fifteen miles from Louisville, where he resided fifteen years, and then moved to Oldham County, where he died in 1875. He married Mary A. Ashby, of Kentucky, who bore him four sons and five daughters, of whom our subject is the second. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mary Ashby was a native of Kentucky, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in 1879. His grandfather, Blakely Eddins, was a native of Virginia, came to Kentucky in 1826, and settled in Jefferson County, where he died. His maternal grandfather, Hawkins Ashby, was a native of Kentucky, and took an active part in the War of 1812. Our subject remained until his twenty-second year, on the farm with his father, when he engaged in farming for himself. He was married in 1880 to Ruth Wilhoyte, of Oldham County, daughter of Jesse and Jane (Stonestreet) Wilhoyte. She bore him one son, James Butler. Mr. Eddins resides in the Brownsboro Precinct, where he has a farm of 160 acres. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically he is a Democrat.

Several members of the Stonestreet family are also buried in this cemetery.

IMG_8032Ruth W. Eddins, born March 22, 1849, died May 1, 1887, Mount Tabor United Methodist Cemetery, Oldham County, Kentucky

Captain Pink Varble – Riverboat Captain

For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘Falls’, it was a series of rapids on the Ohio River at Clarksburg, Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky, allowing the river to drop 26 feet over a distance of two and a half miles – very dangerous for river boat traffic. Today much of the original falls have been flooded and it is not quite the problem it used to be.

from Perrin’s Kentucky, A History of the State, 1888

Jefferson County, Kentucky

Captain Pink Varble is one of the best known river men in Louisville, and one of the safest and best Falls pilot ever on the Falls, having piloted more boats over the Falls than any one man in the business. He was born near Salisbury, North Carolina, September 5, 1828. He is the son of Henry and Alia (Catha) Varble, both of North Carolina. His parents moved to Kentucky in 1831 in wagons, and located in Oldham County, near Westport, Kentucky. Subject remained on the farm until 1842, then moved to Louisville and engaged in driving a wood wagon for J. M. Collins; remained with him for three months, after which he engaged himself to the old Falls pilot, Eli Vansickle, which was the foundation of his present occupation. He worked for Mr. Vansickle for six months, then made a contract with him to work four years for his board, clothing and three month’s schooling each winter and the learning of the Falls. The second year he was with him he took charge of the business, which was buying and selling flat-boats and lumber. Before his time was out Captain Vansickle established a ferry line between Portland, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana, young Varble taking charge and running the boats for two years, then selling out and retaining one boat. His time being out with Mr. Vansickle he was re-engaged, at $400 per year, to run his boat up Salt River to bring out pig iron. Having found a purchaser for the boat he sold out and went to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the fall of 1851, and opened a coal yard for J. H. Mulford, of New Orleans, Louisiana, and stayed there until April, 1852, but came back to Kentucky. On April 28, of the same year, he was married to Frances Littrell, of Ghent, Kentucky; eight children were the result, four of whom are now living: the eldest, Mary, the wife of John A. Stratton; second, Nelson L. Varble, the junior member of real estate firm of John A. Stratton & Co.; third, Pink Varble, Jr., the junior member of real estate firm of S. J. Hobbs & Co.; the youngest, Melvin Varble, is engaged with a collecting agency. Captain Varble was elected by the city council of Louisville to the office of Falls pilot in September, 1853, and has held that office ever since. In 1859 he built the tow-boat Pink Varble, and in 1860 bought the tow-boat Charles Miller; since that time he has built and owned fifty-seven steamboats. In 1861 he transported fifty street cars to New Orleans (first used in that city) on barges, having to get permit from the Secretary of War to go through the lines, also to get proper papers to come back from the Confederate authority. These papers read in this way: “By authority of President of Confederate States of America, the steamer Charles Miller is permitted to pass into United States without molestation. Signed, Governor Moore, State of Louisiana.”

Family of Daniel Colbert, Jr.

Family of Daniel Colbert, Jr.

Hancock County, Kentucky

Daniel Colbert, Jr., was born in 1789 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, the son of Daniel Colbert, Sr.  He first married Mary Flint on March 25, 1815, in Knox County, Indiana.  Daniel Colbert, Jr., died between 1860 and 1862 in Hancock County, Kentucky.  His entire family is buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery.

Mary Flint Colbert died in 1834, in Oldham County

Children by first wife:

  • John Colbert, born 1816 in Henry County, Kentucky
  • Wellington Colbert, born January 13, 1817, in Henry County, Kentucky; married Catherine Estes, February 23, 1841, in Hancock County, Kentucky; died March 5, 1877, in Hancock County
  • Elvira Colbert, born 1818 in Henry County; married William L. Estes, January 2, 1838, in Hancock County
  • Samuel Colbert, born November 3, 1819 in Henry County; died April 21, 1878, in Hancock County
  • Arilla Ann Colbert, born December 22, 1820, in Henry County; married Charles Cavender, February 5, 1842, in Hancock County; died January 9, 1902, in Hancock County
  • Virgil Colbert, born 1822 in Henry County; died January 1880 in Hancock County
  • Rachel Jane Colbert, born 1824 in Oldham County, Kentucky; married John T. Gillim, March 31, 1846, in Hancock County
  • Daniel C. Colbert, born 1825 in Oldham County; married Nancy Montgomery, November 5, 1847, in Hancock County
  • William Colbert, born September 19, 1826, in Oldham County; died March 5, 1877, in Hancock County
  • Joseph Colbert, born 1828 in Oldham County
  • Richard Colbert, born 1832 in Oldham County; married Georgia Ann Gatewood, October 21, 1856, in Hancock County
  • Mary Colbert, born 1834 in Oldham County; married John W. Harrod, February 1, 1855, in Hancock County

Delila (Abbott) Colbert, a widow, married Daniel Colbert, Jr., October 6, 1834, in Oldham County; died in April 1840 in Hancock County.

Children by second wife:

  • Jemima Colbert, born 1837 in Hancock County; married James L. Duncan, January 17, 1856, in Hancock County
  • Hiram Colbert, born 1839 in Hancock County

Phebe Richards Colbert, married Daniel Colbert, Jr., October 18, 1840, in Hancock County.

Children by third wife:

  • Mahala Colbert, born 1842 in Hancock County
  • Lucinda Colbert, born 1843 in Hancock County
  • Sally Jane Colbert, born 1846 in Hancock County
  • Hester Colbert, born 1850 in Hancock County