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James C. Miller Biography

from History of Daviess County, Kentucky, Inter-State Publishing Company, 1883

Masonville Precinct

James C. Miller resides on the same farm in Masonville Precinct where his father settled in 1824, and where he was born August 26, 1830.  His father, Fleming Miller, was born in Henrico County, Virginia, November 1, 1791.  He followed teaming until the outbreaking of the War of 1812, when he enlisted in Captain De Val’s company.  After the war, he returned to Virginia and married Elizabeth Ally, and they came to Shelby County, Kentucky, where they had a family of four children, one living – Pleasant J., a tobacco merchant of Owensboro.  The mother died in Shelby County, and Mr. Miller then married Rosa Boswell, and then moved to Daviess County in 1824; soon after his arrival here she died.  He then married Sallie Crawford in 1829, a native of Shelby County, Kentucky.  He died June 28, 1860, and his wife died December 23, 1844.  James C., subject of this sketch, was the oldest of their eight children.  He was married to Amy S. Miller, January 23, 1852.  She was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of James and A. (Anderson) Miller.  After his marriage, he settled on the old homestead with his father one year; then moved on a farm in Ohio County, Kentucky.  His wife died July 22, 1854, leaving one daughter – Sallie C., born February 27, 1853, now the wife of Dr. J. C. Sutton, residing in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.  After his wife died, he returned to Daviess County with his father.  He married Frances Y. Haynes, February 12, 1856.  She was native of Ohio County, Kentucky, born December 20, 1832, and was a daughter of Josiah and Frances Y. (Howard) Haynes.  After his marriage Mr. Miller settled on his farm in Ohio County and remained until 1870, when he returned to Daviess County and settled on a farm, two miles east of Whitesville, in Boston Precinct, where they remained until December 1878, when he purchased the old farmstead farm in Masonville Precinct, where he and family still reside.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller have had seven children, six living – Emma N., born March 14, 1857; Josiah H., born April 12, 1860; Henry C., born June 26, 1862; Fannie R., born July 12, 1866; Mary E., born January 27, 1869, and Amy B., born Jun 11, 1872, all residing with their parents except the eldest son, Josiah H., who is teaching school in Western Kentucky Normal School at South Carrollton.  Mr. and Mrs. James C. Miller are members of the Baptist church at Bethabara, as are all their children.  Mr. Miller is a member of Hodges Lodge, A. F. & A. M., at Whitesville.  He was Justice of the Peace in Ohio County four years; was appointed in Daviess County in 1880, to fill out an unexpired term, and elected in 1882 for whole term.  He was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Daviess County in 1875, and held that office three years.  He has held various other local offices of trust in his precinct.  Mr. Miller owns a fine farm of 165 acres where he resides, 125 under cultivation.  In politics, he is a Democrat.  He is of Irish and German descent.  Mrs. Miller’s family was English and Welsh decent.

Gilbert Ratcliff Buried in Grove Hill Cemetery

Gilbert Ratcliff, Co. L, 11th U.S. Infantry, born August 22, 1890, killed November 10, 1918, in Argonne Forest, France.  Hill Grove Cemetery, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Gilbert Ratcliff was the youngest son of John Logan Ratcliff and Lucinda A. Sleadd, born August 22, 1890.  His parents were married in 1867.  Gilbert’s grandparents were William Sleadd and Sophie Vannatta.

In the 1900 census for Shelby County, Logan Ratcliff was 56, married for 33 years, and a farmer.  Lucinda was 52, a mother of 14 children, with 11 living.  The following children lived in the household – William, 28; Jessie, 21; Homer, 20; Newel, 17; Virginia, 15; and Gilbert, 9.

Gilbert’s draft registration card for World War I lists his home address as R.F.D. #3, Waddy, in Shelby County, Kentucky.  He was a natural born citizen, a farmer and worked for his father.  He was single.  Gilbert was medium tall, stout, with blue eyes and light hair.

How tragic that Gilbert died the day before the Armistice was signed.  How many lives were lost in that last day before the World War I ended?

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.


Snider Gravestone in Grove Hill Cemetery Shelby County

Dr. Thomas Norton Snider, May 16, 1927 – June 30, 2005.  ‘He cared for all of God’s creatures both large and small.  Lynette Poole Snider, September 20, 1931 – May 20, 1998.  “Essence of grace.’  Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Ritchey and I visited Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, Shelby County, today.  I was quite impressed with the grounds, and the good care given to the gravestones.

I wanted to share this particular gravestone with you since it was so unusual.  A girl, in full skirt, enjoying the essence of dance.  This is a new stone, and I couldn’t find more other than Dr. Snider was a veterinarian for over 50 years, and was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War.  His wife preceded him in death by seven years, and he was survived by two daughters.

Was his wife or one of his daughters a dancer?  This is the epitome of life and exuberance – and just what a stone should represent!


Captain Stephen T. Drane Biography

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

Shelby County

Captain Stephen T. Drane, a prominent farmer and citizen of Shelby County, Kentucky, was born in that county January 25, 1808.  He is a son of Stephen and Priscilla Sprague Crabb Drane, who were born in Prince George County, Maryland.  His father was born in 1768 and died in September 1844.  He settled on the farm where our subject now resides in 1801.  He was prominent in the military circles of his day, being a militia captain.  Mr. Drane never attended college, but received a practical education.  During the war he was a decided Union man.  He married, on May 1, 1828, Miss Birthia Ford, a native of Shelby County, and a daughter of Spence Ford (deceased) and Susan (Bright) Ford.  They were natives of South Carolina and came to Shelby County, Kentucky, about 1796, settling on the headwaters of Fox Run Creek, and in early times operated a horse-power mill which ground both wheat and corn, and ‘hand-bolted’ and supplied the people.  Mr. Drane has six children living:  Edward, Albert G., Merritt, Leonard, Mary, William P.; Stephen and Richard are deceased.  Captain Drane represented the county in the Lower House of the Legislature in 1856 and 1857.  Previous to this he served in the capacity of justice of the peace of the county.  His farm near Eminence contains 419 acres.

Mr. Drane’s parents are buried in Eminence Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky:

img_1937Stephen Drane, born September 18, 1768, died December 4, 1844.

img_1939Priscilla Sprague Drane, born January 11, 1765, died November 14, 1831.


Logan Family Burial Grounds – Shelby County

I found this listing for the Logan Family Cemetery in Shelby County and wanted to share this with you.  Ritchey and I have not visited this cemetery, but it is now on the list!  Winter is my planning time, spring and fall the time for visiting cemeteries!

from Kentucky, History of Shelby County, George L. Willis, Sr., 1929

The Logan family burial grounds in the southwestern portion of the county furnish truly pioneer history.  The inscriptions on the tombs and headstones not only give much added information to the otherwise meager sketches of the lives of Benjamin Logan and his son William, but they are typical of the epitaphs and sentiments of that day in the churchyards of the county at large; and have therefore been copied verbatim, as follows:

  • In Memory of our Mother and Father: William Logan, Priscilla Logan.  William was born December, 1776; died August, 1822.  Priscilla was born March, 1784; died June, 1833.
  • Mary Logan Smith died October 22, 1867, aged 86 years.
  • Benjamin L. Smith, born August 28, 1801; died October 5, 1804.
  • Benjamin Logan, born January 3, 1789; died March 19, 1873.
  • James Knox was born in Ireland. Came to America at the age of 14 years.  Served in the Revolutionary War.  Died December 24, 1822, at an advanced age.
  • Robert Logan, born November 7, 1829. Died June 27, 1833.
  • John K. Logan, born December 20, 1830; died July 31, 1833.
  • In Memory of Jane Logan, wife of John T. Parker, and daughter of Col. John Allen who was killed at the River Raisin in 1813 – and Jane Logan Allen, who died February 28, 1821. Born September 24, 1808 – Died September 12, 1844.
  • Benjamin Logan, died December, 1802, in his 60th year.  A name so engraved in the history of his country, and the affections of posterity – the highest monument of fame – married Ann Montgomery, who nobly shared with him in the many perils of their wilderness home.
  • Ann Logan, died October 18, 1825, in her 73rd
  • James K. Logan, born November 13, 1820; died October 19, 1867.
  • Judge Z. Wheat, born July 26, 1806; died April 26, 1877. ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.’
  • Ann M. Wheat, born April 22, 1823; died September 23, 1885.
  • William P. Monroe, born September 15, 1825; died July 19, 1851.
  • Elizabeth S. Logan, born January 8, 1793; died March 3, 1862. Wife, Mother, Christian, Friend.  ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’
  • Robert W. Glass, born August 21, 1821; died July 10, 1854. ‘Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.’

There two graves were just outside of the enclosure, and there were evidences of other graves, but no stones.

  • In memory of John W. Storts, who was born May 16, 1831, and died March 2, 1833. ‘Of such is the kingdom of Heaven.’
  • In memory of Albert C. Storts, who was born December 24, 1833 – died January 17, 1835. ‘Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.’

Shelby County Marriages

Marriages – Shelby County, Kentucky

Michael Wallace married Agnes Shannon 21 May 1795
William Wallace married Sarah Shannon 16 Nov 1794
Stephen Waller married Tabitha Prewitt 14 Dec 1799
Joseph Warford married Mary Warford 30 Mar 1793
Alexander Warson married Jane McDowell 14 Oct 1797
John Watson married Peggy Bradshaw 12 Feb 1798
Mason Watts married Deborah Ryker 10 Jun 1793
Adam Weble married Jane VanCleave 25 Sep 1794
Edward Wells married Phoebe Paddock 25 Sep 1794
Aquilla Whitaker married Drucey Price 05 Feb 1794
Charles Whitaker married Sarah James 21 Jan 1795
Abraham White married Abigail White 11 Sep 1800
James White married Anne Glenn 02 May 1797
John White married Margaret McClelland 31 Dec 1793
Robert White married Nancy Perry 17 Mar 1800
Isaac Whitesides married Eleanor Ellis 17 Apr 1799
Samuel Wilkes married Barbara Mattox 12 Dec 1798
Basil Williams married Nancy Kees 27 Feb 1798
Jacob Williams married Jane Galbraith 16 Dec 1795
Joseph Williams married Easter Hambleton 21 Aug 1797
Ruddy Williams married Sarah Fisher 25 May 1796
John Williamson married Charity Whitaker 19 Aug 1795
John Willis married Susannah Howard 04 Feb 1797
John Wilson married Prudence Munro ?? ??? 1793
Tobias Wise married Mary Grigsby 04 Sep 1795
John Woodfield married Sally Sargent 15 Feb 1800