Robert McBride’s first wife, Elizabeth, died at the age of 40. He married again after her death.
from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Knifflin, 1883
Daviess County – Knottsville Precinct
Charles H. Higdon, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in this precinct November 11, 1835, and was a son of B. Henson and Henrietta (Milton) Higdon, both natives of Maryland. He was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools of this county. he was married in 1870 to Sarah A., daughter of John R. Duncan. Eight children have been born to them, six now living – Charles I., Mary M., Francis K., Elmer L., Henson and an infant son. Mr. Higdon owns 135 acres of well-improved land. He and family are members of the Catholic Church.
Let me introduce you to the most recent Revolutionary War soldiers we have found. We visited St. Michael Catholic Cemetery yesterday, and photographed Francis Coomes’ gravestone. As you can see, the original stone is almost impossible to read, only the cross at the top is visible. Thanks to the DAR and SAR for adding plaques to the veterans’ graves!
Proctor Ballard’s grave is another recent find. He was a native of Virginia and served with the state militia. He came to the Falls of the Ohio River with General George Rogers Clark in 1779. He initially settled on Corn Island at the falls near Louisville, but moved to Bardstown in 1782.
To the memory of William Coomes, Sergeant, 8th Virginia Regiment, 1730-1820. William Coomes, Jr., Virginia Militia, 1769-1834. Walter A. Coomes, Virginia Militia, Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky. Soldiers of the American Revolution. St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Daviess County, Kentucky.
These Coomes veterans could be related to the first Coomes who is buried in Nelson County. William Coomes, Sr., married Jane Greenleaf. She was a pioneer doctor and teacher.
Let us celebrate all those who have fought for our country over the years – from the beginning, the first war, for our independence – to those who continue to fight to keep our country safe. Happy Fourth of July to all of you!
Ritchey and I had a wonderful time at the Maryland to Kentucky genealogy conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, this past weekend. On our drive, we stopped at a couple of cemeteries – even though it was raining! We will have to return to take better photos, but Ritchey volunteered to brave the rain – dear man that he is! – and, of course, he had his geocaches to look for also!
Our goal was to visit the Greathouse and Lewis family cemeteries in Hancock County. We found the Greathouse, where this video was taken, but not the Lewis – I feel it is at the back of a cornfield, near the river, and we couldn’t see it from River Road. We also found the Henderson family cemetery, and visited Lewisport Cemetery.
The conference was great fun – met lots of new people and visited with old friends. Thanks to all of you who stopped by the booth – it was so nice to see you! I made some new discoveries, bought lots of books and maps, and sold some of my CDs. The most fun was talking genealogy for two full days!