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New Kindle Book – Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery List – Washington County, Kentucky

This has been a five year project, taking photos beginning in the fall of 2008 and through 2012, although I’ve just recently put the list together. This project is dear to me because my fifth great-grandfather, Captain John Linton, helped build this church. Many of my Linton, Moran and Edwards family members are buried here. Also, many of the early settlers of Washington County were laid to rest here. In a more modern happenstance, my husband’s father was minister of this church in the early 1960’s. Who knew we would share this common piece of history?

Included is an alphabetical listing of those buried at Pleasant Grove, including birth and death dates, and sometimes additional information. There are 856 names on the list.  Within a few weeks I will make this into a CD that includes photos of most of the gravestones and can be purchased on my website through Paypal.

Do you have anyone buried in this cemetery?

Mrs. Elizabeth Browne Nichols Obituary

img_0332Elizabeth L. Nichols, January 25, 1826 – August 20, 1904.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, August 25, 1904

Death of Mrs. Nichols

Mrs. Elizabeth Browne Nichols, formerly of this county, died at the home of her son Dr. Thomas Nichols, near Bardstown, on last Friday night after an illness of several week’s duration.  The deceased was born in Washington County in 1826, being one of the large family of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Browne.  In 1845 she married Mr. Thomas B. Nichols and they lived in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood for a number of years, a few years ago moving to Perryville, where Mr. Nichols died.  About three years ago Mrs. Nichols began making her home with her son in Nelson County where she died.  Perhaps a more lovable Christian character never lived than Mrs. Nichols.  She enjoyed the respect and confidence of all with whom she was thrown in contact and her life was a beautiful example of Christianity.

Mrs. Nichols leaves one daughter, Mrs. F. R. Neale, of this place, and a son, Dr. Thomas Nichols of Bardstown.  She was a sister of Mr. John Browne of Marion County, Stephen B. Browne of Missouri, and Mrs. Evan Rogers of this place.  The remains were brought to this place and taken to Pleasant Grove for interment.  Rev. Dr. Patterson, pastor of the Bardstown Presbyterian Church, conducted the funeral services.

Mary Jane Edwards Janes Obituary


Mary Jane Janes, born December 27, 1814, died December 28, 1905.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Mary Jane Edwards Janes was one of the younger daughters of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton.  Mary Jane was a baby of two years when she made the trip from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky.  She came two years earlier than her grandparents – Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  Mary Jane’s oldest sister, Susan Clark Edwards was my 3rd great-grandmother.  Susan married John Cotton Taylor, but died in 1836 at the age of 39.  Although Mary Jane was only 22 at the time, she helped her brother-in-law raise the four young children left without a mother.  I suppose this prepared her for later years when she loving brought children into her home when they needed help.  She sounds like a wonderful person!

Mary Jane’s information is on the back of her husband’s gravestone – the weather must come from that direction since it worn so much more than his.

770James K. Janes, April 4, 1806 – January 23, 1879.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, January 4, 1906

Good Woman Gone

Mrs. Mary Janes, one of the county’s oldest residents died after a short illness at the home of Mr. Barber Clarkson, a short distance in the county, on last Thursday, December 28th.  Mrs. Janes was on a little visit to the Clarkson home when she was stricken and died after two days of suffering.  She lived on her farm about three miles north of Springfield with the family of her nephew, Mr. Edgar Linton.  Aunt Mary Janes was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, December 27, 1814.  She, with her parents, came to Kentucky in the fall of 1816.  When only seventeen she married J. K. Janes who was an invalid for many years before his death, which occurred in 1879.  Unto this union no children were born, but with willing hands they cared for and raised two orphan children, one a niece of Aunt Mary’s, the other a niece of Uncle Kell Janes, and she has helped to rear their children to the third generation.  She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church.  She lived to the good old age of ninety-one years and one day.  Mrs. Janes was a noble woman full of charitable deeds, ever ready to help others.  Her maiden name was Edwards and she was an aunt of Mr. Ben Edwards and the Misses Edwards.

The funeral took place at Pleasant Grove on Saturday.  Rev. Miles Saunders, her old pastor, was expected to preach the funeral sermon, but owing to feeble health was unable to come and Rev. W. H. Williams officiated in his stead.

James L. Moran and Kate Janes Moran Obituaries

James L. Moran was the son of Linton Lewis Moran and Sarah Rawlings, and the grandson of William Moran, Jr., and Susan Linton.  James married his first cousin, Martha Jane Green, daughter of William Linton and Eliza Moran, but she died within two years of the marriage.  He then married Katie E. Janes, daughter of Nathan Janes and Susan Goatley.  And, of course, the Linton’s mentioned are children of Captain John Linton.  William Moran, Jr., William Linton and Eliza Moran Linton are buried in the Linton Cemetery.  Linton Lewis Moran and Sarah Rawlings Linton are buried on Cemetery Hill in Springfield.  James L. Moran and Katie E. Janes, and her parents, are buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  All are in Washington County, Kentucky.

An interesting fact about the birth of James L. Moran.  According to his gravestone, and in his obituary, it says he was born July 13, 1859.  But according to vital statistics he was born July 13, 1860.  Which is correct?

IMG_4569James L. Moran, July 13, 1859 – August 31, 1936.  Kate Janes Moran, his wife, January 12, 1870 – November 20, 1939.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery.

from The Springfield Sun, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, September 3, 1936

James L. Moran

Funeral services were held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church for Esquire James L. Moran, with burial in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  The service was conducted by the Rev. P. J. Hunter, assisted by Rev. D. T. Brandenburg.

Mr. Moran died at three o’clock Monday morning, August 31, 1936, at the home of his son, Robert L. Moran, near Litsey, of pneumonia, which developed Saturday following a paralytic stroke with which Mr. Moran was stricken shortly after six o’clock Friday evening.  He had just returned from the livestock market here and was apparently in his usual health.  He was stricken suddenly after alighting from the auto and was carried into the home of his son.  He regained consciousness for a brief time and then lapsed into a state of coma, from which he never recovered.

Mr. Moran had been successfully engaged in farming and livestock raising in this county for many years and was a highly respected citizen of this Lincoln section.  In 1933 he was elected Magistrate in the Sixth Magisterial District and had taken a great deal of interest in the fiscal affairs of the county.  He was a Democrat of the old school but had never before sought official recognition.  It was a coincidence that his death should occur on the anniversary of the death of his only brother, William F. Moran, who died August 31, 1913.

Surviving Mr. Moran are his widow, Mrs. Katie Janes Moran, with whom he had united in marriage August 8, 1888, and two sons, Edward and Robert Moran.  A daughter, Mrs. Margaret Walker, and a son, Herbert Moran, preceded him in death.  The son of Linton and Sarah Rawlings Moran, Mr. Moran was born July 18, 1859, at the old Moran homestead near this city and had spent his entire life in this county.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of Springfield Masonic Lodge No. 50 F. and A.M., members of the lodge having had charge of the service at the grave.

from The Springfield Sun, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 23, 1939

Mrs. Moran

Mrs. Kate Janes Moran, age 69, died at 10:30 o’clock Monday morning, November 20, 1939, at her home at Lincoln Park, this county, the result of a paralytic stroke suffered at 10:00 o’clock Saturday evening.  She never rallied after the stroke.

The daughter of Nathan and Susan Goatley Janes, Mrs. Moran was born and reared in this county, having spent her entire life in the immediate section surrounding her late home, which overlooks Lincoln Homestead Park and the valley leading to the early home and marriage place of Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln.  In early womanhood she was united in marriage with James L. Moran, who preceded her to the grave three years ago, his death having occurred August 31, 1936, following a paralytic stroke.  Two children, Mrs. Margaret Walker and Herbert Moran, also preceded her in death.

Surviving Mrs. Moran are two sons, Edward and Robert Moran, both of this county; a brother, Edward Janes, Louisville; two half-brothers, John Janes, Louisville, and Frank Janes, this county; two half-sisters, Mrs. Charles Driscoll, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Myrtle Lamb, Louisville, and eleven grandchildren.

Mrs. Moran was a member of this Presbyterian Church [Pleasant Grove] and was a woman of many lovable traits of character that endeared her to many friends.

Funeral services were held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon at Pleasant Grove, her pastor, the Rev. D. T. Brandenburg, preaching the sermon.  He was assisted by the Rev. R. J. Hunter, pastor of the Springfield Presbyterian Church.  Interment was in the family lot in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Elias B. Browne Biography

IMG_0279Elias Booker Browne, December 9, 1829 – November 9, 1902.  Mary Thompson Browne, May 4, 1838 – March 1, 1900.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

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

Washington County, Kentucky

Elias B. Browne, second son of Stephen C. and Mary E. Browne, was born December 9, 1829.  He grew to manhood on his father’s farm in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood, Washington County, and received his early education in the Pleasant Grove Academy, where he attended at intervals until his eighteenth year when he entered Centre College at Danville, remaining for the year and making substantial progress in his various studies.  He chose agriculture for his life work, and at the age of twenty-one engaged in farming two miles east of Springfield, where he has resided since 1851.  His farm, consisting of 355 acres of fine land, is one of the best stock farms in the county and as a successful raiser of stock, Mr. Browne has few equals in this part of Kentucky.  Mr. Browne was married April 4, 1855, to Miss Mary E. Thompson, daughter of James and Nancy (Litsey) Thompson, of Washington County.  The children born to this marriage are the following:  Jane D., wife of James Ewing; Nannie, wife of Newell McClosky; Stephen C. (deceased), William, James T., Elias B. (deceased), Lucy, Mary, Beverly, Jewett and Viola T. Browne.  Mr. Brown has never been an aspirant for official position and is conservative in politics, voting for the man, rather than party.  He and wife are active members of the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, to which he has belonged since 1855, and in which he holds the position of elder.

John Thompson – Sarah Shipley Mitchell Family

IMG_0287John Thompson, born November 20, 1775, died March 8, 1850.  Sarah S., wife of John Thompson, born December 31, 1778, died July 18, 1855.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

As I’ve said before, the information provided in newspaper articles in the 1930’s by Orval W. Baylor are absolutely priceless to us today!  He lived during the latter part of the lives of the early citizens of Washington County and their children and grandchildren, able to get information first hand!  What good luck for us that he was a veritable genealogist and historian! 

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor

In the year 1800, Sarah Shipley Mitchell married John Thompson, son of Stith Thompson by his first wife who was a Miss Reeves. Stith Thompson came to Kentucky from Mecklenburg County, Virginia, about the year 1790. He had married twice before migrating to Kentucky. His first wife was a Miss Reeves, by whom he had John, born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, in 1775. His second wife was Elizabeth Park and by her he had a son, James, born in 1790.

Where Stith Thompson first settled when he came to Kentucky is not known. He came to Washington County in 1795 and settled on the Beech Fork. The land whereon he settled and lived is known as the Lucian Gregory place. He died in 1796.

John Thompson, son of Stith, after his marriage to Sarah Shipley Mitchell in 1800, settled on a portion of his father’s estate it being that part adjacent to the Pleasant Grove Church. In 1823 the family moved to the vicinity of Indianapolis, Indiana, but in 1837 came again to Washington County to settle about one mile from Thompsonville on the road from that place to Pleasant Grove. John and Sarah S. Thompson were the parents of twelve children, to wit:

  • Stith Thompson, Jr., born 1804. Lived at Thompsonville and for him the settlement was named. He married, May 18, 1835, Catharine McIlvoy, daughter of Daniel McIlvoy, and had William, Alexander, Sallie and Rose.

IMG_0284Robert Mitchell Thompson, December 4, 1811 – April 28, 1893.  Catharine, his wife, October 5, 1818 – July 17, 1855.  Mary A., his wife, January 4, 1812 – December 24, 1907.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery.

  • Robert Mitchell Thompson, born 1811. Married Catharine Pipes, of Boyle County, and had Andrew, born 1840; Nathaniel P., born 1844, m. Alice Leachman; Elizabeth married Simeon Graham; Margaret E.; Stith; John Warden married Eliza McClaskey.
  • William Reeves Thompson married Lizzie Bentley.
  • Starling Thompson.
  • Jane Thompson married Alexander Noe and had Isaac, Martha, John W., and James H.
  • Naomi Thompson married John Hobart of Indianapolis, and had Charlotte who married Vawter. She was a school teacher.
  • Nancy Thompson married John Peters.
  • Elizabeth Thompson married Isaac Brazelton. He was a kinsman of the wives of Francis and Edward Berry, cousins of Nancy Hanks.
  • Martha Thompson married Aquilla Noe.
  • John Wade Thompson married Martha A. Denny and had Kate.
  • Charles Thompson married Mary Alvey and went to Gentryville, Indiana, the same place where the Lincolns settled. Descendants are there.
  • Reeves Thompson married Sarah Davis and went to Union County, Kentucky.

James Thompson, son of Stith and Elizabeth Parks Thompson, was born in Kentucky in 1790. He married October 17, 1815, Nancy Litsey, daughter of Randolph Litsey. They had six children and descendants as follows:

IMG_0279Elias Booker Browne, December 9, 1829 – November 9, 1902.  Mary Thompson Browne, May 4, 1838 – March 1, 1900.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery.

  • Mary Thompson married Elias Brown. Their home was on the Maxville Road about one mile from Springfield. Issue: William, James, Beverly B., Jouett, Mary, Lucy, Viola, Nannie and Jane.
  • Emma Thompson married Thomas Leachman, son of Sampson Leachman, a native of Virginia. Sampson Leachman came to Kentucky and settled in Lincoln (now Boyle) County. His home was on the east side of Salt River, just over the bridge on the Danville Road. Of him and his family, more later. Issue of Thomas and Emma: William Henry, Elias, Nelson, Nannie, Alice, Mary and Elizabeth.
  • Sterling Parks Thompson married Elizabeth Brown, April 1, 1841. She was a daughter of Stephen Cocke Brown and Mary E. Davidson. Issue: 1. J. William Thompson married Matilda Raybourne and had Sterling P., Zelma, Sallie, Walter, Harry, Joseph Edward, William and Stephen B. Of these, Harry married Dolly Green, Zelma married Ben Lake, Sallie married C. D. Robertson, and Stephen B. married Betsy Thompson. 2. Stephen Brown Thompson married Ann Allen and had Naomi who married Theo Campbell. 3. Jane Thompson married John Adams. They first lived where Sterling Thompson now lives and then moved to Indianapolis.
  • DeWitt Thompson.
  • Nelson Thompson.
  • Dr. Stephen Thompson.

Thomas R. Browne Biography

IMG_0325Thomas Reed Browne, 1831-1890.  Ardis Meyer, 1837-1919.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

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

Washington County, Kentucky

Thomas R. Browne was born September 9, 1831, and is the third son and fifth child of Stephen C. and Mary E. Browne.  He passed his youth and early manhood on the paternal homestead, and received excellent educational advantages, attending the Pleasant Grove Academy until his fifteenth year, when he entered Centre College, which he attended for a period of three years, graduating in June, 1850.  He then engaged in teaching, taking charge of Pleasant Grove Academy, Washington County, a position he retained for one year; establishing an enviable reputation as an instructor.  In 1851 he engaged in farming on the beautiful farm which has since been his home, and which is one of the best improved places in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood.  Mr. Browne, while giving a great deal of attention to farming, has made stock raising his principal business, and is one of the most successful breeders of shorthorn cattle and trotting horses in central Kentucky.  While never aspiring to official position, he takes considerable interest in politics, voting with the Democratic Party.  He filled the office of county school commissioner for a period of six years, and did more for the cause of education during that time than any man who ever held the office.  Mr. Browne has been twice married – the first time in January, 1853, to Miss Mary E. Rogers, daughter of Milton and Elizabeth Rogers, of Washington County.  One child was born to this union – Lizzie C. Browne (deceased).  Mrs. Browne died in May, 1856.  On the 18th of April, 1860, Mr. Browne’s second marriage was solemnized in Boyle County with Miss Ardie Meyer, daughter of A. D. and Elizabeth Meyer.  To this marriage have been born three children:  Irvin M. (deceased), Mary R. (wife of F. M. Martin), and Thomas R. Browne, Jr.  Mr. and Mrs. Browne are active members of the Pleasant Grove Church.

IMG_0262Mary E., daughter of Milton and Elizabeth Rogers, wife of Thomas R. Brown, born June 9, 1834, died Mary 24, 1856.