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Grover C. Anthony – Death From Typhoid Fever

Today I share this beautiful photo of what is called a treestone.  They were very popular during the Victorian era, roughly 1880 to 1905.  This is a particularly good example, that includes much symbolism.  Let’s start at the top of the gravestone.  Do you notice the letters ‘M’ ‘W’ and ‘A’ on the tools?  Those letters stand for Modern Woodsman of America, the original name of Woodsmen of the World.  The tools – an ax, wedge and beetle – are the tools used by woodworkers.  Beetles, also known as mallets or hammers, are made of wood and are used to help seat joinery together, shift posts or beams, or drive in pegs.

In the center of the stone, just above the name and dates, is a dove carrying an olive branch.  The dove is the most frequently seen animal on cemetery stones.  It is a symbol of purity and peace.

At the bottom of the stone are ferns.  From Stories in Stone, A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, it says, ‘Ferns are generally found in the deep forest only by those who have honestly searched.  They symbolize humility, frankness and sincerity.’

Grover C. Anthony, June 11, 1888 – October 25, 1909.  Stony Point Cemetery, Allen County, Kentucky.

Just by the symbolism of this stone you know this person is well loved – the additional carving would have been expensive.  Now we’ll look at the name and dates – Grover C. Anthony, June 11, 1888 – October 25, 1909.  A young lad of 21 years.  How his parents must have grieved when he passed away at such a young age.  Typhoid fever was the disease that took this young man so early.

In the 1900 census of Allen County, Grover, aged 11, lived with his parents.  George, 52, and Minerva, 49.  Siblings George, 29; James, 17; Dora, 15; Thurman, 9; and Homer, 8, completed the household.  Minerva’s maiden name was Mayhew.  She descended from a long line of Mayhew’s that came to Allen County about 1804.  In 1849 the family donated land for Stony Point Church and Cemetery, Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Grover C. Anthony was a very special son, that was taken too soon.  His parents memorialized his short life with this beautiful tribute.

Garrard County Spanish-American War Soldiers Died of Typhoid

Jefferson Davis Cheatham, March 15, 1876 – October 17, 1898.  Private, Co. L, 2nd KY Vol. Infty. U.S.A., Spanish-American War.  Forks of Dix River Baptist Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

The Spanish-American War unit from Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, was comprised of a group of about 42 men.  The Lancaster Company, as it was locally called, Company L (originally C) of the Second Regiment from Kentucky, left for Lexington, Kentucky, on the morning of May 6, 1898.  On May 27, they left for Chickamauga, Georgia.  Overcrowded conditions at the camp led to a typhoid fever epidemic, resulting in the deaths of two of the Lancaster Company’s men – Clarence Parks and Jefferson Davis Cheatham.  The regiment returned to Lexington on September 13, 1898, and were mustered out on October 31, 1898.

The Central Record, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky

Friday, May 6, 1898

On April 23, Sam McKee Duncan, of this city, received authority from Gov. Bradley to raise a company of volunteers to join the regular army for services in the war with Spain.  In less than forty-eight hours from that time Mr. Duncan had received more than enough signers to his muster roll to form a company.  The company was ordered to Lexington, the place of mobilization, and will leave on a special train for that point early this (Friday) morning.  Mr. Duncan will be elected Captain, John M. Farra, 1st Lieutenant and C. G. Wherritt 2nd Lieutenant.  The non-commissioned officers will be appointed later on.  The company will be lettered ‘C’ and be in the Second regiment.  Following is a list of those composing the company, and their ages.

There were 42 men, between the ages of 18 and 49, on the list, including Jeff Cheatham, aged 22, and Clarence Parks, 25.

The Lancaster company has been ordered to leave on the 8 o’clock train tomorrow (Friday) morning.  They will march to the depot, headed by the Lancaster band.  A large crowd will be present to see the boys off.

Friday, May 27, 1898

The second Regiment, of which the Lancaster Company is a member, was ordered to Chickamauga and went to that point Wednesday afternoon.  The men had not received their uniforms or guns, but will receive these at the new quarters.  Lieut. John M. Farra, who was here Sunday, tells us the general impression is the boys will remain at Chickamauga for at least three months and then probably be ordered to either Marila or Cuba.  He says that if the war is brought to a close even within the next month, that U. S. troops will be needed in Cuba until a stable government is established.  He says our men are all in good spirits and are delighted at the idea of going south.  He says the boys are slightly disappointed at not getting their uniforms, but they are happy as larks.

Friday, July 22, 1898

Mr. Jeff Cheatham has returned to Chickamauga, after a brief visit to his parents.

Friday, August 26, 1898

As stated in the last issue of The Record, Private Clarence Parks was brought home from Chickamauga last week quite ill.  He had typhoid fever and been discharged from the hospital to come home.  We understand, though are not prepared to say for certain, that Parks ate some solid food on the train.  This, together with the jostling of the cars, gave him a back set from which he never rallied.  He reached the home of his parents, on the new Danville Pike, about two miles from town, and died there Sunday night.  Parks was about twenty-two years old and bore a splendid reputation for honesty, sobriety and industry.  He was among the first to enlist and, we learn from an officer, made one of the best soldiers in the company.  The remains were placed in the cemetery vault until Tuesday when they were interred in the family burying ground near Hyattsville.

Friday, September 9, 1898

Mr. Jeff Cheatham, one of the 2nd Kentucky Regiment boys was brought home Sunday, very sick with fever.

Friday, October 21, 1898

Mr. Jeff Cheatham, 23 years of age, died at his father’s half-past 4 o’clock on Monday evening, the interment was at the Fork church.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Friday, June 8, 1899

The Lancaster company, which served in the recent war, did a handsome and noble act in placing tombstones over the graves of their dead comrades, Clarence Parks and Jefferson Cheatham, who died from fever during the company’s stay at Chickamauga.  A sum of money was raised here to buy the company a flag, but the boys concluded to take it, and their share of the profits from the canteen and use it for the purpose above stated.  The two made about $130, which bought handsome monuments for the dead soldiers.

Greathouse Cemetery in Hancock County

Isaac N. Greathouse, born November 18, 1792, died October 21, 1832.  Greathouse Family Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

The Greathouse family cemetery is located on Hwy 1957, also known as Lee Henderson Road, close to where it T’s with Hwy 1605.  It is very close to the Henderson family cemetery, and both are marked with a road sign – although the cemeteries are easily visible from the road.

Isaac Newman Greathouse was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, November 18, 1792.  He was the son of Harmon Greathouse and Marcia Buche (she was also called ‘Mercy’ and her last name has been written as Bukey).  Harmon and Mercy moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to Nelson County, Kentucky.

Elizabeth B., wife of Isaac N. Greathouse, born July 14, 1799, died April 4, 1879.

Isaac Newman Greathouse married Elizabeth Berkeley Lewis in 1818.  Elizabeth was the daughter of John Lewis and his cousin, Hannah Lewis.  Hannah’s parents were William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton (a sister to my Captain John Linton).

Original stone for Isaac Greathouse.  To the memory of Dr. I. N. Greathouse who departed this life October 21, 1832, aged 40 years.

Hannah Amanda Linton Greathouse was a daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth.  She lived only fifteen years.

Hannah A. L. Greathouse, born April 15, 1821, died June 11, 1839.

William Linton Greathouse was a son of Isaac and Elizabeth.  He was born in 1832, either just before or after his father died.

William L. Greathouse, died July 16, 1901, aged 69 years.

Rodolphus B. Greathouse was a brother to Isaac Newman Greathouse.  He was born in 1801, probably in Nelson County, Kentucky.

In memory of Rodolphus B. Greathouse died 10 April 1838 in his 37th year.

Susannah E. Greathouse was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Greathouse.

Susannah E. Greathouse, died September 26, 1846, aged 21 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Isaac and Elizabeth Greathouse had four other children for whom we do not have gravestone photos.  Son John L. Greathouse was born in 1819, and died two years later.  Harmon Bukey Greathouse was born in 1822 and died 1889.  Joseph Linton Greathouse was born 1828 and died 1891.  John Fletcher Greathouse was born in 1830; in the Hancock County death records he is listed as dying November 11, 1852, in Rolls County, Missouri, of typhoid fever.  I do not know if they brought his body back to Kentucky for burial.

These photos were taken in the rain – we will return one day for sunshine and blue skies and retake!




Benjamin Henry Ash and Mahala Biggs at Cedar Grove Methodist Cemetery


Benjamin Henry Ash, born April 9, 1852, died June 10, 1912.  ‘Gone but not forgotten.’  Louellen Ash, born February 24, 1861, died October 7, 1919.  Cedar Grove Methodist Cemetery, Bullitt County, Kentucky.

Benjamin Henry Ash, son of Henry Ash and Mahala Biggs, was born April 9, 1852, the eldest child as far as I can tell, three younger brothers completed the family.  Unfortunately Henry’s father died October 26, 1859, from typhoid fever, according to the death records for Bullitt County for that year.  Henry was 36 years of age, born in Nelson County, Kentucky, the son of Henry and Margaret Ash.  Henry and Mahala Ash’s son, Hillary Huston, age two years, also died in 1859, on December 31st.   So in the 1860 Census of Bullitt County, Mahala Ash is listed as head-of-household, with sons Benjamin, 8; James F., 6; and John E. W., 5.  I could not find Mahala Ash and her children in 1870, but by 1880 she had married George Murray Ash – perhaps an older brother or relative of her first husband?  Included in the household is Julia Simmons, a granddaughter of George, and two step-sons – Ben, 28 and John, 24.

Let’s step back in time a moment to the 1850 Census of Bullitt County.  Mahala Biggs, 20, is listed with her parents, Benjamin G. Biggs, 61, born in Maryland, and Rutha, 58 (last name Friddle).  Other children listed in the Bigg’s household are Leticia, 21; Eli, 13; and Sarah F., 10.

There is one birth record of the children of Henry Ash and Mahala Biggs – October 1, 1855, John E. W. Ash.

Benjamin Henry Ash married Louellen Davis circa 1885.  I could not find an exact date, but their only child, Ila B. Ash was born in April, 1893, according to the 1900 Census of Bullitt County, Kentucky.  Benjamin is listed as age 48, born April 1852, married for 15 years.  Louellen is listed as 39, born February 1861, had one child, one child living.  In 1910 everything is the same except the addition of ten years to each age – still just one child.

The last thing I have to report on this family is the saddest by far.  According to his death certificate Benjamin Henry Ash died June 10, 1912, 60 days, 2 months and 1 day, from suicide ‘by cutting his throat with a butcher knife’ at 5 a.m.  What horrible things made him do this?  Was it something that happened in his life?  I felt so sad when I read that!  His father is listed as Harry Ash, mother, Hallie Biggs, both born in Kentucky.  How his wife and son must have mourned his passing.

Louellen Ash lived seven more years before passing away October 7, 1919.  She and husband Benjamin are buried side by side at Cedar Grove Methodist Cemetery.

Fred G. Currey Obituary


from The Harrodsburg Herald Newspaper, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, Mary 9, 1907

Fred G. Currey – Popular Business Man Died Saturday After a Brief Illness

A death that has brought universal grief to the whole community was that of Mr. Fred G. Currey, who passed away last Saturday morning about 10 o’clock.  His illness was of such short duration that many did not know if it until the news came that he was dead.  He was taken Tuesday, with symptoms of typhoid fever, which later developed into acute Bright’s disease, which was the immediate cause of his death.  The funeral took place Monday afternoon at the family residence on Chiles Street, conducted by Rev. Lon Robinson, of the Methodist Church, and Dr. J. G. Hunter of the First Presbyterian Church, and the remains were interred in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The news of his death was a shock and sorrow to everyone, for a more popular man never lived in this community.  Quiet, unobtrusive and gentlemanly, with a world of charity and kindly deeds to his credit that few people knew of or realized, and a willing hand outstretched always to help a friend in need.  He was one who lived his good deeds, not talked them.  He was a son of Mr. Frederick Currey and Cornelia Gaines Currey; he was born 46 years ago in this place, and so all his life has been spent among the people who followed him so sorrowfully Monday to his last resting place.  From child to boy, and from boy to man he has grown up here, and everybody was his friend.  In a business way he has been most successful, being a member of the prominent drug firm of Fred and Lee Currey at the time of his death.  To show the great popularity of the deceased, on Monday when the people came in from the country to attend court, scores of them visited the residence to take a last look at the friend whom in life they had known and loved.  Among the many handsome floral tributes sent by sympathizing friends was a large memorial from the business men in town.  About ten years ago he was married to Miss May McClure, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, who with his mother and Mr. Lee Currey, still survive him, and who have the deepest sympathy of all in their great bereavement.  As a tribute to him, Circuit Judge W. C. Bell adjourned court in Danville, Monday, in order to attend the funeral, and give other prominent officials an opportunity also to pay this last tribute of respect to a man who was always a good friend and true, and besides that, was a public-spirited citizen who was always ready to further any movement for good in the town or county.

Fred G. Currey, 1863-1907

Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

Clarence Gore Tewmey Obituary


from The Harrodsburg Sayings, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 3, 1900

Clarence Gore, the bright little boy of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Tewmey, died Saturday evening, at 8 o’clock, at his parents’ residence near town.  For several weeks he battled heroically with typhoid fever, and all that skilled physicians, fond parents and loving friends could do for the little sufferer, was in vain.  A white-winged angel from above had softly called his name – his infant baby brother who dwelt in Paradise.

When he entered the silent homestead, and kissed his death-damp brow, One of the watchers whispered, “The struggle is over now.”

Like the dews of early morning, that melt in the golden sun.  His mission on earth was ended, before it was fairly begun.

Who can comfort the fond young parents, whose hearts are wrung with pains.  As well as the heavenly Father, who has “called him back again”.

He was welcomed by dear grand-father, and his aunt, who had gone before.  Where he will watch and wait their coming, to that blissful, beautiful shore.

His funeral service was appropriately conducted by Rev. H. P. Atkins, at the residence at 8 o’clock p.m., Sunday, and a large concourse of sympathizing friends accompanied the remains to Spring Hill Cemetery where he was tenderly consigned to mother earth in the beautiful city of the dead to await the resurrection.

Clarence G., March 6, 1895 – September 29, 1900, son of W. B. and Emma Tewmey