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Young Men College and Professional Photographs

Today I share with you four photographs of young men, probably college students or professionals.  Most of the time I post photos of women or children.  Don’t want the men to feel left out!  I would date these photographs from 1900 to possibly 1920.  None are carte-de-visite or cabinet cards from earlier times.

Perhaps the youngest in the group, this young man looks very serious.  This photo was taken by Crosby Photography, Cottage Studios in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

This is a postcard photo.  What do you think is attached to his breast pocket?  Something from a club or organization?

This young man also has something in his pocket, and is attached to his lapel.  He is a very handsome young man.

Our last photo shows a young man serious about his books and work.  He has quite a nifty bow tie.  This photo was taken by Louis Burkart at 11th and Ann Streets in Newport, Kentucky.

Confederate Soldier Buried In Green Lawn Cemetery Simpson County

H. D. Wade, 1861-1865, C.S.A.

According to his death certificate, Harvey David Wade was born in Allen County, Kentucky, February 17, 1836, and died September 22, 1911, due to heart problems.  Harvey and his family are buried in the Wade plot in Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.  His death certificate gives us little other information.  Both mother and father are listed as unknown.

Let’s move further back in time to see what we can discover.  In the 1860 census, Henry David Wade (H. D.) is living in Newton County, Missouri, with Henry Wade, aged 40, and Martha Wade, 38, with their six children.  Henry was born in Kentucky, Martha in Tennessee.  Remember that Simpson County is located on the Tennessee border.  The four older children were born in Kentucky.  Amanda, age 6, was born in Missouri, as well as younger sister, Eliza.  From Amanda’s date of birth of 1854, and her brother Henry’s birth in Kentucky in 1851, we can surmise the family moved to Missouri between those two dates – 1852-1854.  Next listed in the census record as living with the Wade family is Franklin Keath, 22, a farm laborer born in Georgia.  The last person living with the family is H. D. Wade, 23, a school teacher, born in Kentucky.  Some researchers believe Henry and Martha to be Harvey’s parents, but I do not.  If Harvey were their son the couple would have married very young, Martha being approximately 15 when Harvey was born.  Another consideration is the fact he is listed last in the census record, after a farm laborer.  If he were the first-born son he would have been named after his parents, not last in line.  I feel Henry was either an uncle, or an older brother, of Harvey.  But this gives a good reason for Harvey to have enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Newton County, Missouri.

This service record for H. D. Wade shows he is listed as an Ordinance Sergeant.  Since he dealt with weapons and ammunition he would have been a very valuable person within the regiment.

And from this record we find that H. D. Wade was on the roll of prisoners of war – ‘Company F, 8th Regiment Missouri Infantry, Confederate States Army, commanded by 2d Lieutenant Paul F. Peete, surrendered at New Orleans, Louisiana, to Maj. Gen. E. R. S. Canby, U.S.A., May 26, 1865, and paroled at Alexandria, June 7, 1865.  The date May 26, 1865 is significant since it was after Lee’s surrender.  Notice that his residence is given as Simpson County, Kentucky.

Mary Neely Wade, October 1, 1841 – September 12, 1868.

After the war Harvey Wade married Mary Neely, but she died within a year or two.  Could this have been during childbirth?

After the death of his first wife Harvey married Pauline Mahin.

Naomi M. Wade, October 12, 1873 – January 29,1880.

They were the parents of three children.

Tho’s M. Wade, April 13, 1875 – April 18, 1875.

All three died at less than eight years of age.

Charles D. Wade, June 22, 1877 – January 25, 1882.

The Tennessean, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.  Sunday, September 24, 1911.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  Sunday, September 24, 1911.

Harvey, D. Wade, February 17, 1836 – September 22, 1911.

Harvey David Wade is buried between his two wives, his children beside their mother Pauline.

Pauline Wade died April 24, 1929.

Pauline Mahin Wade lived an additional 18 years, dying in 1929.

Young Pepper – Confederate Soldier -Takes Oath of Allegiance

Young Pepper, Private, Co A, 30 Tenn Inf., Confederate States Army, 1843-1873.  Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

My interest was piqued the other day looking at the photos of gravestones in Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.  It was not only the name, Young Pepper, but the fact that he was a Confederate soldier from Tennessee, who died in 1873.  With a little research it was easy to find some of his paperwork on the Fold3 website.

This is a record of monthly pay and clothing allowance from 25 November 1861 to the 31 day of October 1862.  $123.20 pay, and $25 for clothing

Young Pepper enlisted with the 49th Tennessee Infantry, Company C, on November 25, 1861, for a one year term beginning December 24, 1861.  In February of 1862 the Tennessee merged with the 30th and 50th Tennessee infantries and was assigned to Fort Donelson, although this fort was taken by the Union army at the end of the month.

After the fall of Fort Donelson, Young Pepper was detailed to carry Richard Pepper home.  Evidently Richard was wounded during the battle.  Richard Pepper was Young Pepper’s uncle – a much younger brother of his father, Wesley William Pepper.  Young Pepper returned to his command November 22, 1862.

In 1863 the 49th fought during the Vicksburg Campaign.  It was during this time that Young Pepper was taken prisoner – July 17, 1863.  He was taken to Fort Delaware prison.  He arrived after the influx of prisoners taken at Gettysburg, which led to horrible conditions.  Water was putrid, and food was scarce.  Scurvy, smallpox and severe malnutrition were prevalent.  Many of the men resorted to eating rats.

Pepper’s prisoner of war papers read as follows:  Young Pepper, private, age 21, height 5’10’, dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, residence – Springfield, Tennessee, occupation – farmer, enlistment – December 1861, where – Springfield, Tennessee, by Benton, one year enlistment, regiment – 49th Tennessee Infantry, Company C, released on oath, November 11, 1864, date of order, November 7, 1864.

The oath of allegiance papers – Desired to take oath of allegiance, captured July 17, 1863, residence Robertson County, Tennessee, bondsman Thomas Pepper, will return to Tennessee and remain a loyal citizen.  Released on oath, November 11, 1864.

But this still didn’t answer the question why he was buried in Kentucky, back to research.  Young Pepper was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, 6 September 1843, to Wesley William Pepper and Perney Young.  Wesley and Perney were married 12 November 1842.  Perney died during childbirth.

In the Robertson County records I found guardian records for Young Pepper, guardian was his father, Wesley W. Pepper.  The one above is from 1855.  I believe this inheritance to be from his maternal grandfather, Abraham Young, who died July 31, 1847.  Young would have received the share of inheritance due his deceased mother.  In the 1860 census Young Pepper is shown with a personal estate listed at $1,600.  W. W. was also guardian for his younger brother, Richard Pepper, who son Young Pepper carried home from the war.

Four years later W. W. married Mary F. Solomon.  The couple had four children together – Bromfield C., Sarah F., Thomas and William Wesley.

W. W. Pepper was a Circuit Court judge of Robertson County. He died February 1, 1861, and three of the children died the same year.

W. W. Pepper did not leave a will. His brother, Thomas Pepper, was executor of his estate. Above is a receipt for $20 given to Young Pepper ‘to defray my expenses to Alabama, May 15, 1861.’  Did this have something to do with the impending war?

The purchases of Young Pepper from R. J. Featherstone & Co. for the year 1861.  Domestic, line, thread and buttons, cotton, muslin.  In November, getting ready to leave for war, he purchases one woolen comfort, serving silk, a silk handkerchief, material, suspenders.

Mary Solomon Pepper married her brother-in-law, Thomas Pepper, before 1870.  In the census for that year are listed Thomas, 37; Mary F., 38; Young, 26; and W. W., 11.

Young Pepper married Mary D. Henry married shortly after the 1870 census.  Mary was the daughter of J. M. Henry and Harriet Villuies.  Young died January 25, 1873.  During that short time the couple had two sons – John W. Pepper, who died shortly after birth, and Young Pepper, Jr., who was born February 6, 1873.

After his death Mary married F. M. Woodard December 7, 1875.  Their marriage certificate gave the following information – F. M. Woodard, born Robertson County, Tennessee, 45, 2nd marriage, farmer, married Mary D. Pepper, born Simpson County, age 32, 2nd marriage, married John Henry’s.  F. M. died within a few years.  In the 1880 census of Simpson County, Mary and son Young Pepper are living with her parents.  How sad to be widowed twice before the age of 40!

It wasn’t until I found the death certificate for Dr. Young Pepper, Jr., that I realized why his father was buried in Simpson County, Kentucky.  It gives his father’s birthplace as Robertson County, Tennessee, and his mother’s as Simpson County, Kentucky.  Now, even though I know this information for his mother to be false, since she and her parents are listed in the 1850 census of Robertson County, Tennessee, living with grandparents William and Mary Villuies, aged 45 and 43, from North Carolina.  J. M. Henry, son-in-law, 30, clerk; Harriett, 25; and daughter Mary, 6, all born in Tennessee.  This is a good example that it sometimes is best to check several sources.  Especially with census records, it is easy for the head of household to forget the correct birth year, birth place, etc.  In 1860 the Henry family is living in Simpson County, Kentucky, where they remained.  Perhaps Mary Pepper wanted her husband to be buried close to her, since she returned to her family in Kentucky.

Mary, daughter of J. M. and H. Henry,  born 1842, wife of Young Pepper, after his death F. M. Woodard, died January 4, 1899.  Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

Mary Henry Pepper Woodard died January 4, 1899.  She was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery with her husband, Young Pepper, and son, Dr. Young Pepper, Jr.

Dr. Pepper was well-known as a physician, as well as a gardener!

Doctor Young Pepper, 1873-1947.


Richard Creekmur Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle and Kniffin, 1887

Simpson County

Richard Creekmur was born February 29, 1822, in Simpson County, Kentucky, where he grew to manhood and has always resided.  His father, William M. Creekmur, a native of Norfolk County, Virginia, was a soldier in the War of 1812; was long a member of the Regular Baptist Church, and died in Simpson County in 1844, at the age of seventy-two years.  He was a son of Richard Creekmur, of Virginia, who was a soldier in the Revolution.  William M. married Martha, daughter of Jonathan and Martha Balance (died 1847, aged sixty-three years), and from their union sprang Philip, Rilen, Dorcas (See), Mary Stewart, Sallie (May), William M., Richard and Tabitha (Stewart).

In May, 1844, Richard married Eliza, daughter of Philip and Mary (Jones) Gibbs, of Simpson County (born in Campbell County, Virginia, March 2, 1817), and to them were born Martha J. (Bush), Lafayette, Mary E. (deceased), William, Sallie B. (deceased), Emily and Alice (deceased).  In the beginning of their business career, Mr. and Mrs. Creekmur had an even start in the world, and by industry and perseverance have acquired a competency.  They lost five slaves by the late war.  Mr. Creekmur is a farmer, having 106 acres of well improved and productive land in a high state of cultivation.  He is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, and in politics a Democrat.

William Creekmur was born in Simpson County, August 1, 1852; married November 9, 1876, Amanda N., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Capewell) Jennings, of Simpson County (born March 14, 1856), and their union has been favored by the birth of one son, Herschel.  William owns forty-eight acres of first-class land.  He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and in politics a Democrat.

Baird Family Bible


Baird Family Bible

Found at the Simpson County Historical Society

“Uncle Charlie Baird gave me this bible 1948, it was his mothers and my grandmothers.”  M.B.L.


  • Benjamin Baird was born November 29th, 1814
  • Sarah V. D. Sloss was born August 2nd, 1832
  • Benjamin Baird and Sarah V. D. Sloss were married January 16, 1868, by Rev. S. L. Murrell
  • James H. Sloss was born the 15th of November 1800, and married Deborah D. Jackson the 6th of September 1831, who was born the 24th of August 1806
  • John Thomas, son of Benjamin and Sarah V. D. Baird, was born September 30th 1868
  • Charles Neely Baird was born January 15th, 1871
  • Annie L. Baird was born July 1, 1875
  • Hallie M. Baird was born November 1, 1868
  • Ruth Baird was born September 1, 1894
  • William Benjamin Baird was born September 16, 1896
  • Frank Sloss Baird was born June 26, 1898
  • Sallie Belle Baird was born August 30, 1900
  • Mary Lou Baird was born July 25, 1902
  • Hattie Beulah Baird was born September 4, 1904
  • Charles Thomas Baird was born September 29, 1907


  • E. C. Baird died January 1st, 1861
  • M. E. Baird died August 30th, 1866
  • M. J. Baird died February 2nd, 1863
  • Nannie Baird died August 29th, 1866
  • Laura Baird died September 15th, 1863
  • W. T. Baird died August 27th, 1861
  • Benjamin Baird died Mary 3rd, 1878, of Typhoid Malaria
  • Deborah D. Sloss departed this life March 18, 1889
  • Sarah V. D. Baird died August 24, 1908
  • Charles Neely Baird died February 14, 1951
  • J. T. Baird died July 14, 1956, 12:00 o’clock noon
  • Mrs. J. B. Baird died December 28, 1962
  • Mrs. Annie Carter Baird died May 17, 1965
  • Rosa McLeod departed this life June 2, 1905, age 42 years





J. Wes. McClanahan Biography

from Simpson County, Kentucky – Biographies

J. Wes. McClanahan was born January 6, 1829, in Robertson County, Tennessee, and is the only child of Peter L. and Emily J. (Straughn) McClanahan, who were born and reared in Northumberland County, Virginia.  Peter L. McClanahan had learned the tinner’s trade, but after he became of age he followed farming.  In 1825 he immigrated to Robertson County, Tennessee; about two years later located in the south part of Simpson County, Kentucky.  He was born in 1804, and his father, Thomas McClanahan, of Virginia, was a stock trader, and of Scotch-Irish descent.  Mrs. Emily J. McClanahan was a daughter of J. C. and Sally (Phillips) Straughn, who were born and reared in Virginia and of English descent.  J. C. Straughn was a captain in the War of 1812; immigrated to Woodford County, Kentucky, about 1815, and about 1820 moved to Robertson County, Tennessee.  He was for many years major of militia.  About 1848 he moved to and settled in St. Francis County, Missouri, where he died in 1855, aged seventy-five years.  J. Wes. McClanahan received a common school education, and with the exception of nearly two years spent in Gallatin County, Illinois, has resided in Simpson County, Kentucky, on a farm.  He married Lydia A. Powell, of Simpson County, Kentucky, in February, 1857, a daughter of Enoch and Martha (Dinning) Powell, born, respectively, in North Carolina and Simpson County, Kentucky.  Enoch Powell was a farmer and had been a magistrate for twelve years and assessor for eight years.  He had settled in Kentucky in about 1820.  Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. McClanahan:  Mary E. Wade, Susan B. Ford and Mattie Lovell.  Mrs. McClanahan died September 22, 1875, a devoted member of the Baptist Church.  After his marriage Mr. McClanahan located on a farm, where he remained until 1869, when he moved to Franklin in order to educate his children.  Since his residence in Franklin he has been constantly engaged in the leaf tobacco trade; is the owner of three farms containing 500 acres, which he has accumulated by his own industry and economy.  He has been twice elected mayor of Franklin; also served as councilman eight terms.  He is a member of the I. O. O. F.; in politics he is a Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for Pierce.  In 1872 he voted for Charles O’Conor.

John B. Montague Biography

from Simpson County, Kentucky – Biographies

John B. Montague was born April 10, 1840, in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.  He is the youngest of five sons and three daughters, six of whom lived to be grown, born to Henry B. and Elizabeth P. (Booker) Montague, natives of Spottsylvania County, Virginia, and Clark County, Kentucky, respectively.  Henry B. Montague was a saddler by trade.  He, with two brothers, immigrated to and settled in Barren County, Kentucky, about 1815.  Two years later he moved to Franklin and became one of its first settlers.  He purchased a lot from Joel Hudspeth, erected comfortable buildings, and remained in Franklin, engaged in the saddlery business during his life.  He was the first magistrate of the county, and represented it in the Legislature; was also circuit clerk of the county.  He owned the old home place, now owned by John B., on the south side of West Cedar Street, and the lot on which the Montague Building now stands, on the south side of Public Square, where he had his saddlery shop.  He was one of the first members of the Masonic fraternity at Franklin, and also a leading member of the Baptist Church.  He died in 1841.  Mrs. Elizabeth P. Montague was born in 1800, and died in 1878.  She was a member of the Baptist Church; was a daughter of William M. Booker, a native of Kentucky, who married Miss Frances Bullock.  He was a farmer, and came to Simpson County about 1812, from Clark County, Kentucky, and settled four miles west of Franklin.  John B. Montague’s grandfather (Montague) married a Miss Sallie Pemberton.  John B. Montague was reared in Franklin, and received a good English education; attended the commercial college at Louisville, and at the age of twenty-four engaged in the dry goods business, afterward in the grocery business, which he still follows.  For the past four or five years he has been engaged in various kinds of patents.  In 1870 he was appointed deputy sheriff, and served about fifteen months.  He has been secretary of the Agricultural and Mechanical Association since 1868, except about three years.  He owns two farms of about 300 acres of well improved land, and has an interest in two other farms containing about 300 acres.  Mr. Montague has been moderately successful in life, acquiring what he has mostly by his own industry.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been secretary of his lodge since 1863, with the exception of one year.  In politics he is a Democrat.