This is an old newspaper clipping from a 1941 Springfield Sun – the local newspaper for Washington County, Kentucky. I’m sure this was one my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, saved, since it was a few years before she died – and because her mother’s death, thirty-one years previous, was listed as part of the news for June of 1910. Other interesting tidbits were a couple of marriages, finding of the body of a missing woman, and the dedication of the capital in Frankfort!
This is a very beautifully written marriage bond! John Reed, the County Clerk of Washington County, is top notch at the scrolling handwriting of the period. Tried to find more information on the couple, but had no luck.
Know all men by these presents, that we, Thomas Thompson and Henry Boone, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 12th day of May 1804.
The Condition of this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Thomas Thompson and Eleanor Green, for which a license has issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.
Thomas Thompson, Henry Boone
Witness, John Reed
Thomas Green, Henry Hadin
Test. Henry Boone
I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817. I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s. Do you have anyone on this list?
This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.
from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor
A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.
Note: In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.
George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.
To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection. By Order of the Board of Trustees. April 11th, 1817. Attests. John Hughes, Jr., CBT.
Know all men by these presents that we, Clement Buckman and Luke Mudd, are held and firmly bound unto his excellency, James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors, in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment well and truly to be made. We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of November 1801.
The condition of the above obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Clement Buckman and Martha Mudd, daughter to Luke Mudd, he having given his consent, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.
Clement Buckman, Luke Mudd
Washington County, Kentucky
This is the CD I promised from last week. Included on this CD are 856 names, 740 photos. Included is an alphabetical listing of those buried at Pleasant Grove, Washington County, Kentucky, including birth and death dates, and sometimes additional information. Just click on the number in the photo column and the photo will pop up. Adding those hyperlinks took forever! But I hope you will enjoy and that it will be very useful. I have been told that my cemetery photos have been used to verify information for DAR applications!
This has been a five year project, taking photos beginning in the fall of 2008 and through 2012, although I’ve just recently put the list together. This project is dear to me because my fifth great-grandfather, Captain John Linton, helped build this church. Many of my Linton, Moran and Edwards family members are buried here. Also, many of the early settlers of Washington County were laid to rest here. In a more modern happenstance, my husband’s father was minister of this church in the early 1960’s. Who knew we would share this common piece of history?
Included is an alphabetical listing of those buried at Pleasant Grove, including birth and death dates, and sometimes additional information. There are 856 names on the list. Within a few weeks I will make this into a CD that includes photos of most of the gravestones and can be purchased on my website through Paypal.
Do you have anyone buried in this cemetery?
This is a great photo of my Aunt Lil and her nursing staff at the Goodrich Nursing Home in Lexington, Kentucky. Aunt Lil, actually my great-aunt, was born Lillian Catherine Montgomery, March 11, 1900 – always easy to remember old she was – in Washington County, the daughter of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton. She married Guy Goodrich in 1933. They had no children, but Aunt Lil devoted her time as a registered nurse, a graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Lexington. She began Goodrich Nursing Home and ran it with an iron fist. Patients always came first. She was a stickler for cleanliness and demanded superior work from her staff. She was well known in this field, and well loved by those who worked for her.
I have very vague memories of visiting Aunt Lil and Uncle Guy’s home in Lexington – I always thought it very fancy! I particularly remember her plates with pink flowers and green leaves in her china hutch. In later years, after Uncle Guy passed on and she sold the nursing home, she returned to Springfield, in Washington County, and lived near her sister – my grandmother. It was at this point our relationship grew, since the genealogy bug had been handed down to her, from her mother – and also handed down to me from the same, my great-grandmother. As far as I know, we were the only two in the family so obsessed! I would visit her for lunch and we would pore over all the delicate pieces of paper of our ancestors, handed down through the years, and look at those faces in photographs of so long ago. Sometimes I miss her so!
Aunt Lil was rather a roving senior citizen. She would move to Springfield, be there several years; miss Lexington; move there for several years, miss Springfield, and move back. Torn between two worlds. In her last years she lived in a nursing home in Springfield, but acted like she was the one taking care of things. I suppose once a nurse, always a nurse!
Do you recognize any of the nurses in the photo?