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1822 Marriage Bond and Consent For William Montgomery and Mary Yates

William Peter Montgomery and Mary Yates are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They married January 21, 1822, and lived only eleven years together before William died during the cholera epidemic of 1833.  The couple had six children – Charles W., Martha E., Henry L., Mary Rebecca, Frances Edwina and William Peter Montgomery, my second great-grandfather, who was born two months after his father died.

Henrietta Yates, mother of Mary, was a Cambron before marriage to John Yates.  She had a brother, Raphael Cambron, who is probably the bondsman.  Her husband, John Yates, was deceased by this date.

Know all men by these presents that we, William Montgomery and Raphael Cambron, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be paid to the said commonwealth.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 21st day of January 1822.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound William Montgomery and Miss Mary Yates, daughter of Henrietta Yates, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue in law.

William Montgomery, Raphael Cambron

I do hereby certify that I give my consent freely to William P. Montgomery to marry my daughter Mary Yates, who is above twenty-one years old, as witness  my hand this 21st day of January 1822.

Henrietta Yates

Test.  Raphael Cambron, Will Yates

Washington County, Kentucky

Peter Carrico’s 1764 Will – Charles County Maryland

You have no idea how happy I am to have a copy of this will!  Peter Carrico is my 5th great-grandfather.  My mother was a Carrico and her line goes directly back to Peter through her father.   Through her mother’s line she is also descended from Peter Carrico – Martha Ann Carrico (a descendant of Peter) married William Peter Montgomery in 1862, making Peter Carrico also my 6th great-grandfather.

Notice the large name of the deceased above the will – and the county written at the top of the page.  Very easy to find a particular will.

Charles County Maryland Will Book 5, Pages 320-321

Peter Carrico Will

In the name of God, Amen.  The 14th day of April, I, Peter Carrico, of Charles County, planter, in the province of Maryland, being in health and of sound and perfect memory, thanks be to almighty God for it, and calling to remembrance the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call, do make, constitute, ordain and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, revoking and annulling by these presents all and every testament and testaments, will and wills, heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other, and first being penitent and sorry, from the bottom of my heart for my sins past, most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I give and commit my soul unto almighty God, my savior and redeemer in atone and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I trust and believe assuredly to be saved, and to have redemption and forgiveness of all my sins and that my soul, with my body at the general resurrection shall rise again, with joy and through the merits of Christ’s death and possess and inherit the kingdom of heaven prepared for his elect and chosen, and my body to be buried in such place and where it shall please my friends, hereafter named, to appoint my  loving wife Margaret, my loving son John, my loving son Thomas Ignatius, my loving son James, my loving son Bartholomew, my loving son Bazil.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Margaret Carrico, all that tract of land called Maidstone during her natural life and when she is dead to be equally divided among

My four sons, that is to say, John, Thomas Ignatius and Bartholomew and Bazil.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my loving wife Margaret a tract of land called Carrico’s Hope during her natural life and when she is dead to my loving son James.

In witness herein I have set my hand and fixed my seal this 14th day of April in the year of our Lord 1764.

Peter Carrico

Test.  John Yates, John Armstrong

On the back of the foregoing will was endorsed.

Charles County 18th October 1765, came John Yates and made oath on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God that he saw Peter Carrico, the testator, sign and seal the within will and heard him publish and desire it to be his last will and testament and that at the time of his so doing was, to the best of his apprehension, of sound and disposing mind and memory and that he, together with James Armstrong, the other witness severally subscribed as witnesses to the said will in the presence of the testator and at his request.

D. Jenifer, D. C.

1833 Nuncupative Will of William Montgomery

In 1833 cholera ran rampant in most of Kentucky.  Many, many people died, several in a family, sometimes the entire family.  My gr-gr-gr-grandfather, William Peter Montgomery, was one of those who died of the dread disease in Washington County on June 19, 1833.  Yesterday, while at the courthouse in Springfield, I checked the probate records and found his nuncupative will – meaning an oral will that is written down by others.  Evidently he was too ill to even sign the document.  William’s wife, Polly (Yates), was eight months pregnant with their sixth child, William Peter, my ancestor, was born about six weeks or so after the death of his father.  The older children were Charles W. Montgomery, Martha E. Montgomery, Henry L. Montgomery, Mary Rebecca Montgomery and Frances Edwina Montgomery.

Son William Peter married Martha Ann Carrico December 30, 1862.  The couple had ten children, including my great-grandfather, Robert E. Lee Montgomery.

scan200The Montgomery’s from William Peter and Martha Ann on are buried at St. Dominic Cemetery in Springfield.  That parish began in 1843, after the cholera epidemic.  Springfield City Cemetery, also known as Cemetery Hill, has a monument dedicated to those who lost their lives during the cholera epidemics of 1833 and 1854.  An unnamed black gentleman cared for and buried the victims.  There are approximately 106 victims in unmarked graves.  I assume William Montgomery is buried here, but cannot be sure.

img_0885William Montgomery’s Will or last request.  1st That all his property, real, personal or mixt, be left to his wife Polly during her single life, 2nd if she should marry again she is only to have what she brought with her or had at the time of their marriage, 3rd the Estate to be at her death equally divided between all his children, 4th he appoints William Yates jointly with his wife as executors to manage his affairs to take care of his children and pay his debts, etc.

Samuel Montgomery, William Yates

img_0886At a County Court began and held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on Monday the 22nd day of July, 1833.  This nuncupative will of William Montgomery, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oaths of Samuel Montgomery and William Yates, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the nuncupative will of William Montgomery, deceased, and ordered to be recorded accordingly in will Book E page 147.

William B. Booker

Robert E. Lee Montgomery

Scan163 1The above photo is of my great-grandfather, Robert E. Lee Montgomery, sitting in his favorite rocking chair at the age of 86.  Beside him is Mary Alice Carrico, shown in her cap and gown, ready for graduation (or perhaps just afterwards!).  Mary Alice is my mother’s youngest sister, my aunt.  Robert’s oldest child, Mary Alice Montgomery, married Joseph Reuben Carrico.  My mother and Mary Alice are the two youngest children of the family.

Robert was born just after the Civil War, September 15, 1865, to William Peter Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico.  He came from a long line of Peter Montgomery’s – from the first who traveled from France to Maryland about 1720 – to his father who was born a few months after his father died during the cholera outbreak of 1833.  The first in the family to come to Washington County, Kentucky was Charles Montgomery – Robert’s great-grandfather, son of Peter Montgomery, who was naturalized a citizen in 1740 in Maryland.

Mom told stories of her grandfather, saying he was a rather stern man, and expected everyone to do as he said, but he also had a soft spot.  He didn’t like to be kissed, but they would pat him on the cheek, and she said he always smiled at that.  When they were visiting, after dinner, he would say, ‘Girls, let’s go out on the porch and watch the cars go by.’  Since they lived out in the county on a rural lane I’m not sure how many cars they would see in one sitting!

Robert ran a dairy farm and milked cows morning and evening.  The home was a large farmhouse with large rooms and a wide staircase leading to upstairs – with a second, smaller staircase going upstairs from the kitchen.  The boys slept in the back bedrooms and the girls in the front.  Mom said the upstairs was usually divided like that during those days.

In the photo my great-grandfather is wearing a long-sleeved white shirt – with cufflinks – you can see them in the photo – a tie and a handkerchief in his pocket.  There is not a picture in which he is not dressed in a suit and tie.  In one he wears a white coat and pants – and always reminded me of Colonel Sanders (of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame).  In my mind he is the ultimate country gentleman!  How I would love to have met him, but he died four years before I was born.

Robert E. Lee Montgomery married Frances Barber Linton February 7, 1893.  They had seven children – Mary Alice Montgomery, my grandmother, born December 8, 1893, and with her husband Joseph Reuben Carrico had seven children; Anna Margaret Montgomery, born September 18, 1895, who never married; Laura Frances Montgomery, born December 4, 1897, and died at the age of 15 of tuberculosis; Lillian Catherine Montgomery, born March 11, 1900, who married Guy Goodrich, but had no children; Robert Lee Montgomery, born August 17, 1903, who remained a bachelor; Edward Linton Montgomery, born May 17, 1905, who married Louise Parrott and had two children; and Benjamin Montgomery, born October 21, 1908, and died November 7 of the same year.

Scan165Robert E. Lee Montgomery, with his daughter, my grandmother, at his right, Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico.  I believe two sisters are on his left, and am not sure about the younger women, but sure they must be relatives!

Frances died August 2, 1945.  Robert carried on until July 14, 1953.  There was a huge birthday celebration the year before – for his 87th birthday!  Mom made the cake – two layers with lots of candles and yellow roses with little ribbons!

Montgomery – Wight Buried at St. Rose

IMG_5799B. E. Montgomery, born October 16, 1792, died October 22, 1872.  St. Rose Catholic Church Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

Benedict E. Montgomery was the son of Charles Montgomery and Mary Ann Elder, born in Charles County, Maryland, October 16, 1792.  He came to Washington County, Kentucky, with his family about 1795.  Bianna Wight was also born in Maryland, March 14, 1795, to William Wight and Rebecca Blandford.  Yesterday I posted their marriage bond dated September 2, 1817.  Together they had fourteen children:  Elizabeth Jane, Rosella, Isabella Catherine, James William, Mary Lettie, Julia Ann, Margaret Ellen, Martha Frances, Charles Thomas, Hetty Ann, Richard, Susan Mary, Emily Polin and Ann Catherine Montgomery.  Benedict died at the age of 80 October 22, 1872.  Bianna died September 14, 1885 at the age of 90.  They are buried in St. Rose Catholic Church Cemetery.

Benedict was an elder brother to my 3rd great-grandfather William Peter Montgomery.

IMG_5800Bianna, wife of Benedict E. Montgomery, born March 14, 1795, died September 14, 1885.

1899 Check for Peoples Deposit Bank

Scan_Pic1685This is a check from my great-grandfather’s account at Peoples Deposit Bank in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, dated July 24, 1899.  It is made out to Cunningham and Duncan in the amount of $1.82 for merchandise.  Now what could great-grandmother Frances have purchased?

Scan_Pic1686From the July 28, 1898, issue of the News-Leader Cunningham and Duncan claim to have the largest stock of dry goods, clothing, etc., and selling at lower prices than any house in town!  And they give inducements to cash buyers – rather those who charge!  No credit cards then, just a charge account at the store.

Scan_Pic1687And their Christmas sale ad from December 22, 1898, will ‘enable you to make very handsome presents for little money!’  They have something for everyone.  ‘For the mother or wife, can sell you handsome blankets, table linens and napkins, rugs, etc.  For the daughter, a handsome wrap, fine shoes, hosiery, handkerchiefs and gloves.  For the boys a nice shirt, suit or overcoat, tie, hat or shoes, handkerchiefs and mufflers.’

Scan_Pic0026This photo of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and wife, Frances Barber Linton, was taken about 1899.  My grandmother, Alice, the oldest daughter would have been six, Margaret, sitting in her father’s lap, would have been four, and baby Laura, in her mother’s lap, was about two.  Another daughter, Lillian Catherine, was born in March of 1900.  Robert was the son of William Peter Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico, born at the end of the Civil War in 1865.  Frances was the daughter of Edward Edwards Linton and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor, born in 1867.

Original Marriage Certificate – Montgomery – Carrico

Original Marriage Certificate

William P. Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico


This is to Certify That on the 30th day of December, 1862, the Rites of Marriage were legally solemnized by me, between William P. Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico at Edward Carrico’s in the County of Washington in the presence of William Edelen and Lucy McIntire.  Signed:  John Ryan, O.S.D.

William P. Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico are my gr-gr-grandparents.  William was the son of William Peter Montgomery and Mary Polly Yates.  His father died June 19, 1833, during a cholera outbreak in Washington County, Kentucky, two months before William was born, August 7.   Martha  Ann Carrico was the daughter of Edward Carrico and Matilda Catherine Dillehay.  She was born October 26, 1839.  They were both descendants of Maryland pioneers who made the journey from Charles County, Maryland, to Washington County, Kentucky in the latter 1790’s.

After marriage, William and Martha’s union produced ten children:  John Thomas, Robert E. Lee, Anna Laura, William Edward, Mary C., Samuel Howard, Louise Mary “Lilly”, Charles Hampton, Frances B. and Sarah Isabelle Montgomery.

Both William and Martha lived to advance ages.  William died August 22, 1910, and Martha, October 17, 1921.  Both are buried in St. Dominic Catholic Church Cemetery, in Springfield, Kentucky.  They spent their entire lives in Washington County.