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2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond Genealogy Conference

How many of you have ancestors that moved to Kentucky from Maryland during the 1785-1810 immigration of families to the counties of Washington, Marion and Nelson – and, also, Scott County and Breckinridge County, as I have recently discovered?  Are you attending the 2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond, Genealogy Conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, next weekend?  Ritchey and I will be there!  We will be in the vendor section, talking about genealogy and selling my CDs to those who are interested.

Holy Cross Catholic Church

In 1785 sixty families gathered in the Pottinger’s Creek area of Washington County (later to become Marion County).  Basil Hayden, Clement Johnson, Joseph Clark, James Dant, Philip Miles, among others, were those early settlers.  Holy Cross Church is the oldest Catholic church west of the Allegheny Mountains, built in 1792.

St. Charles Catholic Church

Some of these groups of families settled along Hardin’s Creek in 1786, worshiped in the home of Henry Hagan, until the first church was built in 1806 – my home parish of St. Charles Church located in St. Mary’s in Marion County, originally Washington County.  John Lancaster, James Elder, William and Andrew Mudd, Thomas and Ignatius Medley, Bennett Rhodes, and others made this area their home – and many of their descendants still live there today.

St. Francis Catholic Church

Also in 1786, a group of Maryland settlers intended to share the Pottinger’s Creek settlement.  They took flatboats down the Ohio River and landed at Maysville, known as Limestone at that time.  They found such beautiful land east of the river, in what was Woodford Count, later Scott, they decided to travel no further.  The first church was built in 1794, St. Francis.  It is the second oldest parish in the state.  The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600.  Names of those early settlers were Jenkins, Gough, Leak, Combs, Tarleton, Worland, Greenwell, and James.

St. Rose Catholic Church

In 1787 Philip Miles, Thomas Hill, Henry Cambron, Joseph and James Carrico, Thomas Hamilton, Basil Montgomery, many members of the Smith family, and others came to Cartwright’s Creek.  In 1798, they built a church known as St. Ann’s – and this is where many of the older members are buried.  The church was abandoned once St. Rose Church was built in 1806.  There is nothing in the field where St. Ann’s Church and Cemetery used to be.  This is the area most of my ancestors settled in – Montgomery, Carrico, Dillehay, Smith, Cambron and others – lived from those very early days until my grandmother died in 1986.  Such a rich heritage concentrated in one county – since my father’s ancestors also lived in Washington County from 1860.

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church

The Rolling Fork settlement – today in Calvary, Marion County – was established in 1798.  Leonard Hamilton, Robert Abell, Clement and Ignatius Buckman, John Raley and others left their marks here.  Ignatius Buckman was killed by Indians and was the first buried where Holy Name of Mary Cemetery is now.  The older portion of the cemetery is on a small knoll, at the back of the church.  The newer portion is across the small road that leads back to the cemetery, a nice, flat area with many gravestones.

Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral

Captain James Rapier, with his sons Charles and William, settled on southeast of what is now Bardstown, on Beach Fork of Salt River (Poplar Neck).  A few years later Thomas Gwynn, Anthony Sanders and Nehemiah Webb (originally a Quaker) settled close by.  The home of Thomas Gwynn, now the site of the Nazareth Community of the Sisters of Charity, was used for church services until St. Joseph Church was built in 1798 in what is now St. Joseph Cemetery.  The cathedral was built in 1816.  McManus, Reynolds, Howard, Lancaster, members of the Hayden family and William McQuown were early settlers.  Thomas Howard lived in the vicinity where St. Thomas Church is now located.  His home was used for church, and in 1810 he willed the farm to the church.    In 1812 St. Thomas Church was established.  Many old settlers are buried in this cemetery.

St. Thomas Catholic Church

The Cox’s Creek settlement in Nelson County was begun about 1792.  Some of my ancestors came to this area – Gardiner, Elder, Montgomery – along with Thomas Higdon, Richard Jarboe, Valentine Thompson, Hezekiah Luckett and Charles Wathen.  This is the oldest parish in Nelson County, located in Fairfield.  Unfortunately we have not visited this church and cemetery.

The County of Breckinridge was formed in 1799, but eight years previously, when a portion of Hardin County, it was settled by Leonard Wheatley, and soon followed by Richard Mattingly, Elias Rhodes, Barton Mattingly, Ignatius Coomes, William McGary and others.  Richard Mattingly’s house was used as a church until 1811, when St. Anthony was built.  Just found out about the Breckinridge settlement during my research – another to add to our list to visit!

There are many more settlers who came from Maryland to Kentucky in those early years.  It would be impossible to name them all.  This conference first began in 1990 when it was held at Nazareth, Kentucky.  In 1992, it was held in St. Mary’s at St. Charles Church; in 1994 in Cape Girardeau, Perry County, Missouri; and back in 1996 at St. Charles – the first time Ritchey and I attended.  In 1998, Owensboro, Kentucky, was the location, and we attended again.  In 2000 the gathering was held at Leonardtown, in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  2002 found the conference at St. Catharine Motherhouse in Washington County, which we attended; 2004 in Hannibal, Missouri.  2008 at the St. Thomas Farm in Bardstown; back in Leonardtown in 2010.  The last reunion was held at St. Catharine College in Washington County in 2014 – which was my first time to attend as a vendor.  This has been such a wonderful group of people!  I’ve made so many friends and found much information for my families!  If you have any family members that originated from Maryland, especially the counties of Charles, St. Mary and Prince Edward, you may want to come.  Perhaps I will see you there?

A Visit to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County

Saturday Ritchey and I visited the beautiful St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, as you can see from the photos – deep blue skies, white fluffy clouds and lots of sunshine, but a moderate temperature of about 80 degrees.

The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600.  Doesn’t that sound amazing in today’s world?  This is the oldest parish in the Covington Diocese, and was a pioneer mission for East Kentucky.  The parish, second oldest in the state, was formed by Maryland settlers who arrived in 1786; the first church was built about 1794.

The cemetery is across the road from the church – small, but very beautiful.  Trees and several benches give visitors the chance to sit and enjoy the cool breeze while contemplating all those who have gone before.

I was amazed at how old the stones are – there are several Revolutionary War soldiers buried here.  I share with you today seven gravestones representing some of the oldest people buried in this cemetery.

Sacred to the memory of Bennett Greenwell, born December 7, 1761, died July 12, 1838, aged 77 years.  Revolutionary War soldier.

Sacred to the memory of Allouisa Gough Greenwell, consort of Bennett Greenwell, born November 28, 1784, died May 8, 1842, aged 58 years.

In memory of Mrs. Matilda Combs, consort of James Combs, born 28th January 1788, and departed this life 8th February 1839, aged 51 years and 11 days.

James Combs, born August 7, 1772, died April 13, 1852.

Sacred to the memory of John B. Gough, who was born February 29th, 1767, and departed this life February 19th, 1839, aged 72 years.

Sacred in memory of James Twyman, born June 17, 1761, died February 22, 1834, aged 73 years.  Revolutionary War soldier, orderly, sergeant, guard and Indian spy, Virginia.

Elizabeth Jenkins, born June 25, 1785, died November 9, 1862, aged 77 years.

1794 Will of Thomas Burbridge of Scott County

The first will in Scott County Will Book A is that of Thomas Burbridge.  Evidently Thomas is not married as he gives all his estate to his brothers and sisters – and they are all named!  His sisters are listed by their married name, and then most of their husbands are listed as executors along with Thomas’ two brothers, Lunsfield and George.  What a find for those researching this family!

Will Book A, Pages 1-2, Scott County, Kentucky

I, Thomas Burbridge, of Scott County, and low of body, but of sound and disposing memory, do ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  I give my soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner at the direction of my Executors.

Item.  I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and discharged by my executors herein after named.

Item.  I give and bequeath all my estate, both real and personal, to be equally divided amongst all my brothers and sisters that are now living and the heirs of their bodies forever.  Namely, Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge, Mildred Robinson, Sarah Elley, Frances Smith, Elizabeth Branham and Mary Bullitt.  Lastly, I constitute and ordain my brother, Lunsfield Burbridge, my brother George Burbridge, my brother-in-law Henry Elley, my brother-in-law Robert Smith, my brother-in-law Benjamin Robinson, my brother-in-law Taviner Branham, executors of this my last will and testament, this 27th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four.

Thomas Burbridge

Test.  Edward Elley, Matthew Gale Sr., William Wood, Thomas Elley, Henry Elley

Scott County, January Court 1795

This will was this day presented in Court by Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge and Henry Elley, three of the executors in named and proved by the oaths of Edward Elley, Thomas Elley and Henry Elley, three of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and executors the oath and gave bond as law.

Know all men by these presents that we, Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge, Henry Elley, Benjamin Robinson, Thomas Branham and Daniel Sinclair are held and firmly bound unto John McHatton, John Payne, Toliver Craig, Gentlemen Justices of Scott County in the sum of five thousand pounds current money to be paid to the aid justices or their successors, the payment whereof well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves and each of us our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 26th day of January 1796.

The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above Lunsfield Burbridge and executors of the last will and testament of Thomas Burbridge, deceased to made or cause to be

made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattles and credits of said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of them, the said executors, or any other person or persons for them and the same so made do exhibit unto the said county court of Scott at such time as they shall be thereunto required by the said Court and the said goods, chattles and credit do administer accordingly to law by rendering a just and free account of their acting and therein pay the legacies in the said will mentioned as far as the goods, chattles and credits will thereunto extend and the law shall charge them the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge, Henry Elley, Benjamin Robinson, Daniel Sinclair, Thomas Burbridge

In open court test.  John Hawkins

William and Quintilla Otwell

IMG_2048This tall monument stands in Georgetown Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky, in memory of William and Quintilla Otwell.  Born in 1798 and 1801 respectively, William and Quintilla were early pioneers to the county.

In the 1850 census of Scott County William is listed as 55, a farmer, with wife Quintilla, 53, and daughters Martha, 19, Emily, 17, Mary Ann, 14, and Sarah J., 11.  It is very possible that older children had already married and formed homes of their own.

Neither lived to a great age.  Quintilla died two years after the census, in 1852, aged 51.  William lived another 6 years, to the age of 60.

IMG_2050William Otwell, born April 11, 1798, died May 18, 1858.  Quintilla Otwell, wife of William Otwell, born January 13, 1801, died January 3, 1852.  Georgetown Cemetery, Scott County, Kentucky

IMG_2051Mattie O. Dorsey

Don’t you think this is probably daughter Martha, who raised this monument to her parents after their deaths?  A fine tribute to her parents.

William W. Allen Buried at Georgetown Cemetery

IMG_2076This tall monument stands in honor of the William Allen family in Georgetown Cemetery, Scott County, Kentucky.  William W. Allen was born December 16, 1790, in Virginia, very possibly Loudoun County, the same as my Captain John Linton.  His first marriage was to Juliet Skillman, the mother of his children.  There are also records of the Skillman family in Loudoun County.  I believe William’s parents to be Joseph Allen and Frances Wright, who are buried in Clark County, Kentucky.  Joseph is very possibly the son of William Allen who died in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1799.  A John Skillman was witness to the will.  William lists sons James, David, Joseph – and deceased son David, along with unnamed daughters.

I could find no marriage date for William and Juliet, but due to the birth date of their first child, it was around 1825.  In the 1850 Census of Scott County, Kentucky, William Allen is listed as 60 years of age, born in Virginia, with wife, Juliet, 43, and children Isaac N., 21, Joseph W., 20, Emily F., 17, Frances A., 16, and Christopher, 11.  Note children’s names of Joseph and Frances – the names of William’s parents.  Juliet died three years later.

IMG_2073Juliet, wife of W. W. Allen, born January 21, 1807, died January 4, 1853

In 1860 the children were grown, William is 70, and his new wife, Evaline, is 51.  She died six years later.

IMG_2075Evaline, wife of W. W. Allen, born 1807, died July 10, 1867

In 1870, William, aged 79, is living with son Joseph and his family – Joseph, 39, Hettie, 29, Ida, 10, Cora, 8, Maggie, 6, and Willie, 4.

IMG_2074W. W. Allen, Sr., born December 16, 1790, died March 11, 1878

William died March 11, 1878, at the age of 88.  Think of the history he witnessed during his lifetime – and the stories of the Revolution that were shared by his father and grandfather!

Samuell Family in Georgetown Cemetery

IMG_2062To our Father and Mother – Washington and Nancy T. Samuell

There are two large stones and three smaller stones representing three members of the Samuell family in Georgetown Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky.  Washington Samuell, born December 1, 1796, and died January 6, 1867, married Nancy T. Gray, born October 29, 1809, and died October 15, 1865.  Their marriage occurred about 1825.

In the 1850 Scott County Census Washington Samuell is listed as 53, Nancy, 51, with children Eleanora, 18, Edmonia, 15, Richard, 14, James, 12, Joel, 8, and Washington, 3.  In the 1860 census Washington is 63, Nancy, 51, James, 21, Joel, 17, Washington, 13, Willie, 8, Mollie Gray, 21, and Edmonia West, 3.  I would hazard a guess that Edmonia West is a grandchild, and perhaps Mollie Gray is a niece?

The following two gravestones for Washington and Nancy are located behind their large stone.

IMG_2065Washington Samuell, born December 1, 1796, died January 6, 1867.

IMG_2066Nancy T., consort of Washington Samuell, born October 29, 1809, died October 15, 1865.

Nancy’s parents were Presley Gray and Agnes Singleton.  Presley was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.  He was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, and served from that state.

Great-grandson Robert L. Samuell, became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution through Presley Gray.  His SAR application, dated 1904, has the double ‘L’ at the end of Samuell – an unusual spelling of the name!

IMG_2063Our Brother, Joel D. Samuell

Joel Samuell died April 11, 1861.  Daughter Edmonia died in 1857 at the age of 22.  I could not find that we took a photo of her stone – it might be there and we missed it.  Due to the inscriptions on the large stones it would lead us to believe they were placed by the children of the family.  If you look at the three smaller stones you will notice Washington Samuell’s stone looks as if it were set before he died – the letters on all the stones are raised – but his death date is set in the stone as if it were added after death.  It would be interesting to know if any descants of the Samuell family still reside in Scott County!

IMG_2067Joel D. Samuell, born May 31, 1842, died April 11, 1861

Wednesday’s Genealogy/Geocaching Adventure!


As with many of our days off, Wednesday was a genealogy-geocaching day!  In our quest to take photos of at least one cemetery in each county in Kentucky, we visited four more – bringing our total to 33 out of 120 counties in Kentucky.  Yes, we have a little ways to go!

We started in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the county seat of Paris.  The Paris City Cemetery was our first stop – the photo above was taken there.  It was a glorious day as you can see by the blue sky and wisps of clouds.  Any other year I wouldn’t dream of visiting a cemetery in the middle of August – but this year has been one for the record books.  The high was about 80 degrees!

Paris Cemetery is large, with a mixture of old and new stones.


Reuben Hutchcraft, born January 22, 1794, died July 4, 1865

Fanny, his wife, born October 8, 1805, died April 4, 1867

Silas H. Hutchcraft, born March 15, 1832, died November 7, 1857

Mary E. Ray Hutchcraft, born May 23, 1834, died October 14, 1861


The entrance to the Paris Cemetery is very ornamental.

By this point we were famished.  In the old J. J. Newberry building on Main Street the soda fountain, complete with bar and stools, is in use by Lil’s Coffee Please, the rest of the building an antique store.  What a treat!  It reminded me of Sisk Brothers in Lebanon, with the long soda bar, stools, big fans – and the monthly magazines in a rack at the front of the building!  Homemade pies and quiche were waiting for us!  The strawberry pie was divine!  Since everything was so good we ordered half sandwiches of chicken salad and olive nut to go.  Genealogy can be hard work!


William Brophy, a native of County Queens, Ireland, died 1883, aged 56 years

Before we left Paris we went to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, actually beside the Paris City Cemetery.  I believe it is a Catholic Cemetery.  Many Irish were buried there as is evidenced by the above photo.


Edmund Martin departed this life November 28, 1811, aged 65 years

We followed US Hwy 68 from Paris to the Nicholas County line.  Just over the line is a small cemetery on the left side of the road.  It is an old, old cemetery called Millersburg – named for the town of the same name just on the Bourbon County side of the county line.  Even though fairly large you could tell this cemetery had not be used for burial in many years.  All the stones were old.  One section was a rock walled area that contained even older graves – you can see part of the rock wall in the photo below – right side.  And there is an old vault in the cemetery, made of large block stones, that is so old the sides are bulging!  There will be more about this cemetery in a later blog, but I did want to share the gravestone photos of Edmund and Susan Martin.  Edmund was born 1746.


Susan, wife of Edmund Martin, Senior, departed this life July 18, 1821, aged 62 years

Susan Martin was born in 1759.  This was a fascinating find!  On to the Carlisle Cemetery – a newer cemetery, although one with some older graves. – and also in Nicholas County.


Sallie Thomas Hall 1837 – 1920

This gravestone caught my eye immediately!  Lost in peaceful slumber!

We backtracked to Bourbon County, and while in the northern section visited Colville Covered Bridge – I believe there are four covered bridges in Kentucky.  This one was built in 1877.  Of course, our main objective was a geocache hidden under the bridge!

On to Harrison County where our first stop was the old Endicott Meeting House.  This was another cemetery Ritchey found through geocaching!  There are at least four Revolutionary War soldiers buried here.  It’s a small cemetery, but oh so valuable in genealogy worth!


Moses Endicott, born, New Jersey, October 31, 1759, died, Kentucky, May 8, 1834.  Private, North Carolina Militia, 1777-1781.  Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781, Revolutionary War


Sallie E., wife of Oscar Kennard,, died April 19, 1869, aged 27 years, 5 months and 22 days.  Also, Walter, son of O. and Sallie E. Kennard, died July 19, 1869, aged 4 months and 4 days.

Our next stop was Battle Grove Cemetery, in Cynthiana, Harrison County, where we found the above gravestone.  It is another cemetery with a mix of the new and the old.  At this point hunger was overtaking us – even though we ate our sandwiches while stopped at the covered bridge!  In Cynthiana we found Biancke’s – a small, family restaurant.  I had the “Green” Burger – a freshly made hamburger, with bacon, topped with fried green tomatoes and a side of dressing made from horseradish.  If you are not from the south you may wonder what a fried green tomato might be – a wonderful culinary delight to tempt the taste buds!  Mom always dredged hers in cornmeal and fried until golden brown on both sides – with just a sprinkle of brown sugar!  Oh, my!  It was the very best burger I’ve ever had!  If you find yourself in Cynthiana, do stop by!

Driving on we found a very old cemetery in town.  The lot was large, but there was much room between the stones – making me think there were many more at one time.  Most were difficult to read, but the following was a great find.

IMG_2031Hon. John Trimble, born December 4, 1783, died Jun 17, 1852

Eliza D., wife of Hon. John Trimble, born July 2, 1804, died March 16, 1843

As you can tell, the shadows are hinting at evening.  But we had one more stop – the Georgetown Cemetery in Scott County.  Such a huge and beautiful cemetery.  I wish we had more time, but with light fading and an hour and half drive home, we took still took 135 photos before leaving.


Thomas Smarr died November 28, 1868, aged 73 years, 11 months and 10 days

Eliza Ann, wife of Thomas Smarr, died June 20, 1853, aged 42 years and 20 days

John Tee Smarr, born January 14, 1837, died November 28, 1893

Thank you for going along on our adventure!  I’ll post more about each individual cemetery, but wanted you to have a peek at all of them.  We visited eight cemeteries and found eight geocaches!  A good day’s work!  Now I’ve added four more pins to my Kentucky map!  87 more counties to go!