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Gilbert Ratcliff Buried in Grove Hill Cemetery

Gilbert Ratcliff, Co. L, 11th U.S. Infantry, born August 22, 1890, killed November 10, 1918, in Argonne Forest, France.  Hill Grove Cemetery, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Gilbert Ratcliff was the youngest son of John Logan Ratcliff and Lucinda A. Sleadd, born August 22, 1890.  His parents were married in 1867.  Gilbert’s grandparents were William Sleadd and Sophie Vannatta.

In the 1900 census for Shelby County, Logan Ratcliff was 56, married for 33 years, and a farmer.  Lucinda was 52, a mother of 14 children, with 11 living.  The following children lived in the household – William, 28; Jessie, 21; Homer, 20; Newel, 17; Virginia, 15; and Gilbert, 9.

Gilbert’s draft registration card for World War I lists his home address as R.F.D. #3, Waddy, in Shelby County, Kentucky.  He was a natural born citizen, a farmer and worked for his father.  He was single.  Gilbert was medium tall, stout, with blue eyes and light hair.

How tragic that Gilbert died the day before the Armistice was signed.  How many lives were lost in that last day before the World War I ended?

World War I Soldier in La Rochelle France

scan198-1This handsome gent was photographed in La Rochelle, France, during World War I.  He looks very debonair with his dark hair and mustache!  This is a ‘carte postale’ or postcard and there is a stamp on back – Photographie D’art, Mestres 66 Fujol, 29 Rue Dupety, La Rochelle.  I sincerely hope this soldier made it home to his family!  Was this mailed in a letter to his loved ones?  Have a great genealogy day!

Lyman Metcalfe Bass – at 3 Years and 3 Months!

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Lyman Metcalfe Bass – 3 Years and 3 Months Old

When I found this photo I thought the hair on this little boy just adorable – the curls and length – along with his chubby cheeks and white lace collar!  Written on back was his name, hold old he as in the picture and the date of the photo – October 1879!  It was taken by A. Simpson, 456 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.  Isn’t it hard to imagine how someone could part with this photo?

Having the name and birth date – July, 1876 – I turned to ancestry – and the web – to see what I could find!  This cutie was the son of Lyman Kidder Bass and Frances E. Metcalfe, their only child.  Lyman Metcalfe was born July 5, 1876, in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, but the family soon moved to Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.  Since his father died in 1889 of consumption, perhaps the move was due to his health.  There is a lovely description of this little one by his mother in 1932, “Laying of the corner stone of our new home, Edgeplain, was by my boy, aged three years, now a grandfather, in kilt and tam o’shanter, yellow curls blowing in the the wind.”  Isn’t that a vivid description?  And with this photo it’s not hard at all to see him!  And he wore a kilt!  What a great mental picture!

Lyman’s father, who was a politician and US Representative from New York, died in 1889.  The year before father, mother and son visited England – again, perhaps to bolster his father’s health?

Lyman Metcalfe Bass was in the Puerto Rican campaign during the Spanish American War, and served again in World War I, his draft card listing him as a lawyer, tall, medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Lyman married Grace Holland.  They had three daughters, Susan, Frances and Grace.  He died in July of 1955.  But we will always remember him as the cute three-year-old with flowing hair, wearing a kilt and being the darling of his family!

Mill Springs National Cemetery

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Mill Springs National Cemetery

Pulaski County, Kentucky

Quite by accident Ritchey and I found Mill Springs National Cemetery in Pulaski County.  We were following Highway 80 from Casey County, going towards US27 to take us to Lincoln County.  Our book of Kentucky county maps shows all cemeteries listed along the roads – whether they be dirt roads or highways – but doesn’t designate how large or small the cemeteries may be.

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Alfurd Williams, Kentucky, Sergeant, Co. A, 7th Infantry, 3rd Division, World War I, October 18, 1895 – October 29, 1964.  Purple Heart.  Most gravestones are of this similar size and shape.

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Leotis G. Weddle, Corporal, Company G, 2nd Regiment Infantry, Spanish American War, October 7, 1879 – November 1, 1955.

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Michael Zachery, Private, Civil War, Kentucky Cavalry, January 22, 1862.  The Battle of Mill Springs, in which General Felix Zollicoffer was killed, was fought January 19, 1862.  Private Zachery must have been wounded during the battle and died two days later.

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Ira B. Moore, Sergeant, US Army, World War II, November 8, 1916 – September 24, 1990.  North Africa, Sicily, Italy campaigns.  Reading this stone made me tear up – my uncle, Joseph Robert Montgomery, was killed in Sicily during WWII, and is buried there.

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Dermont G. Webb, Cook Ho. Co., 107th F. A., December 17, 1894 – January 24, 1923.  A few gravestones had pictures of the fallen loved ones.

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John W. Gover, Private, Co. L., 163rd Infantry, born December 28, 1894, died October 9, 1918.

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And this gentleman in his uniform:

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Fayette Mingey, Corporal, Company A, 136th Infantry, born February 1, 1897, died October 12, 1918.

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There are a few larger stones in the cemetery.  2nd Lieutenant Achilles G. Weddle, 164th D. B., 1892-1926.

If you’ve never been to a national cemetery you should take time to go.  You stand and look at rows and rows of small white stones.  And each one of those stones represent a life that was given to protect our country.  Not all died in battle, many made it home to their loved ones, but all were willing to give their life to fight for our freedom, and that makes all the difference

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John Warder Linton

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Many times I have mentioned Captain John Linton, my 5th great-grandfather, captain of the Loudoun Militia during the Revolutionary War.  In 1818, at the age of 68 he moved from Virginia to Washington County, Kentucky.  All of his children moved to Kentucky, most stayed in Washington County, but one went a little further west.

Son Benjamin Franklin Linton – I suppose there is absolutely no doubt from whom the middle name came – the famous man of the revolution.  He was also named for his grandfather, Benjamin Mason, whose daughter, Ann (also called Nancy) married John Linton in 1771.  Benjamin Linton took his family to Logan County, Kentucky.  He and his wife Lucy Crewdson, who were married in Fluvanna County, Virginia, had twelve children!  About half the children stayed in Logan County, the other half moved on to such distant places as St. Louis, Garnavillo, Iowa, and California.

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Today I want to talk about John Warder Linton, a great-grandson of Benjamin and Lucy, and a great-great grandson of the captain.  John Warder Linton was a son of John Wesley Linton, a Civil War veteran of the Confederate Army, and Emma Adelaide Proctor.  John Wesley was a young 18-year-old when he entered the war.  He married Emma in 1869 in Logan County.  It is said most of the men in his unit did not make it home.  He planted a line of trees on his property, in memory of his fallen comrades.  John Wesley and Emma had 5 children:  Benjamin Proctor, John Warder, James Thomas, Lucy N. and Hugh Walter Linton.  Daughter Lucy died at the young age of 23.  The four boys died in the early 40’s – with the younger three all dying in 1945.

John Warder Linton married Eugenia Bell Howard, a daughter of S. B. Howard and Martha Bell.  They had two daughters, Martha Elizabeth and Eugenia Howard Linton. Martha married Henry Dockins Hopson, Sr.  Eugenia never married.

John Warder was an attorney, as well as two of his brothers.  A copy of his World War I draft registration card gives his description as tall and slender, with gray eyes and brown hair.  He lived in the city of Russellville in Logan County.

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Eugenia Linton died March 1, 1937.  The next year John Warder married Mary Stevenson.  They had no children.  John Warder was active in the community until his death, November 27, 1945.  He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, in Russellville, beside Eugenia.  Other members of the Linton are also buried there.

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Veterans Make Us So Very Proud!

Veteran’s Day – November 11, 2011

From the very beginning of our country, our flag has been the symbol of liberty and freedom.  And that flag – from its first representation with thirteen stars and stripes, through the years to our present flag – still means America to us.  It can still bring tears to our eyes.  This flag was carried into every battle.  It is a representation of our country – but also of every soldier who has fought under her, every veteran that has given his or her life.  Think of the many loved ones who have fought – and many that have died – so that we may continue to enjoy our freedoms.

Everyone has a veteran in the family – someone to look up to – and thank if they are still with us.  The following is a list of veterans of my ancestors – and others I’ve found through my research – who have fought in numerous battles over the years.  Some gave their lives – the ultimate sacrifice – never returning to their families, homes and familiar land.  Some did made it home – to the out-streched arms of loved ones who were so very glad to be able to hold them once again.  All are heroes, most definitely in need of recognition and a whispered thank you.  Please feel free to add your loved ones that have served in the military in your comments and I will add them into the blog –  they all deserve a salute!

Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Captain John Hancock Linton
  • Captain William Joseph Lewis
  • John Estes Yates
  • Francis Adams
  • Captain James Stagg
  • Barney Smock
  • Thomas Kyle
  • Daniel Brewer
  • Peter Luyster
  • Lawrence Demott
  • James Westervelt
  • Cornelius A. Vanarsdall
  • Briant Cartwright, Sr.
  • Briant Cartwright, Jr.
  • Theodoty Hall
  • Peter Tryon
  • Isaac Messenger
  • Frederick Ware
  • Matthias Detter
  • Hugh James Johnston
  • Hance Black
  • William Blanton
  • Joseph Copeland
  • Nathan Davis
  • Nathan Lawson
  • John G. Riley

War of 1812, 1812-1815

  • Captain Charles E. Powell

Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Isaiah Hill
  • William Coulter
  • James Mansfield Crow
  • John H. Clarkson
  • James L. Clarkson
  • John L. White
  • James McKitrick Crow
  • John Wesley Linton
  • Mr. Johns
  • Mr. Perry
  • Boon Chastin
  • Mr. Pirty
  • Professor Estes
  • Captain Dale
  • Mr. Coffman
  • Bob Roberts
  • Mr. Whitaker
  • Frank M. Martin
  • John Wesley Best
  • Charles Lambert
  • James Riley Cartwright
  • John M. Johnston
  • John Riley Brasier
  • Nathan Lawson
  • John C. W. Reeves
  • Ezekiel Blanton
  • Benjamin Roebuck

World War I, 1914-1918

  • Linton Nally
  • Edwin Brown
  • Demetrieus Head
  • Owen M. Brady
  • Louis J. Thompson

World War II, 1939-1945

  • Joseph Robert Carrico, Purple Heart
  • Paul Donovan Carrico
  • Rex Edwin Brown
  • Joseph S. Webster
  • Norman Bernard Reid
  • John Thomas Lee
  • Alton J. Reynolds
  • William O. Mills
  • James P. Brady, Purple Heart
  • James Richard Thompson, Sr.
  • Jack Roebuck
  • George Brasier
  • Donald Brasier
  • George N. Graham, Sr.
  • Van Delmar Cartwright – Volunteer Civilian Instructor, Spartan Aircraft

Korean War, 1950-1953

  • Lloyd C. Hill
  • William A. McIlvoy, Jr.

Vietnam War,1960-1975

  • Charles David Moore
  • Buddy Monroe Branham
  • George N. Graham, Jr.

George Klein and Caroline Jungbluth

George and Caroline Klein on their Wedding Day

Note by Phyllis Brown:  This information was typed by Margaret Klein Rose as dictated by Fred Klein, in the year 1971 when he was approximately 79 years of age.  Photos are from Ron Klein.  Additional information I have – George Klein’s parents were Jacob and Christina Klein.  George and Caroline were married October 25, 1881, in Tabor, Iowa.

Family History of George and Caroline Jungbluth Klein

George Klein was born December 27, 1850, in Darmstadt, Germany, and grew up there.  As a young man he worked in Frankfurt, not far away.  In his family there was an older brother, Henry, a sister and a younger brother, Andrew.  George’s father had a brother who had come to America, and who lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In 1869 George’s father, who was a cabinetmaker, brought his family to the United States, aboard a sailing vessel.  About two weeks out at sea, they encountered a bad storm which lasted from 24 to 48 hours.  When calm was restored, the captain told those on board they had been blown back to where they were a week before.   The crossing took 24 days.

George was 18 years of age when he came to America and had completed school.  Had he remained in Germany, he would have had to go into the army.  His father could not find enough work in cabinet making so he and his older son, Henry, were carpenters, settling near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  George went to the area of Boscobel, Fenimore and Lancaster, Wisconsin, where he met and married Caroline Jungbluth, probably in 1880.  George Klein’s father made a bureau as a wedding present for George and Caroline, which is in the possession of Fred Klein.

The parents of Caroline Jungbluth also came from Germany to the United States, but she was born in Boscobel, Wisconsin, October 11, 1859.  She had brothers named Fred, Pete and Henry, and another brother and sister who died in childhood.  Her father was killed when a horse kicked him.

George worked in a sawmill after his marriage.  While substituting for his boss in “offbearing” the planks, which required walking on a plank, he slipped and threw out his hand, cutting off all four fingers of his left hand in the saw.  After this accident he worked on a farm for a family  named Huenefeld.  When the Huenefelds moved to Nebraska he moved with them.  There were three Huenefeld brothers, two of whom were married and he worked for all three.  Two or three years after moving to Nebraska George had a chance to buy a relinquishment of a homestead three or four miles from the Huenefelds.  This homestead was located in Custer County, Stoptable Community, near Callaway, Nebraska (12 or 13 miles southwest of Callaway).  There they built a sod home.

George and Caroline’s two oldest children were born before they left Wisconsin.  Louis was born May 9, 1883, and Anne was born July 12, 1885.  The first child born in the sod house in Nebraska was Elle, born December 22, 1887.  The other children born to George and Caroline at this location were Edith, March 18, 1890; Frederick, September 17, 1892; George Arthur and Carl Henry (twins), October 14, 1894; Clara, December 18, 1899; and Lawrence, March 2, 1902.  Carl Henry, one of the twins died at 9 months of age of “summer complaint”.  The original sod house had three rooms, but another was added later.  About 1910 a frame house was built.  The youngest son Lawrence became ill with polio as a child, which caused him to be crippled all his life.

Louis, the oldest son was ten years older than Fred, the second son in the family.  When he was old enough, Louis worked out for other people, then married.  Since their father had lost the fingers of one hand, Fred was left to help at home with the farming.  He attended the Stoptable school through about the 5th grade.  In January 1912, Fred went to Tabor, Iowa to attend the Faith Home School.  He continued until entering the service on September 22, 1917, after World War I began.  He was 25 when he was drafted.

Fred’s service began at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa.  In 1918 he asked for a transfer to the quartermaster corps.  There was no opening in the machine shops where he hoped to be able to learn a trade, but he was assigned to the kitchen washing dishes.  The head cook gave him the opportunity to learn to be a cook and he was a cook until his discharge.

After getting out of the army Fred returned to Tabor.  His parents had moved to Tabor to educate Lawrence and Clara in the fall of 1914.  Fred resumed his studies in the fall of 1920 and graduated from the Faith Home School in the spring of 1921 at the age of 28.  (Clara also graduated from the Faith Home School and taught there for awhile after graduating.  Lawrence finished high school at Hamburg, Iowa.)

Fred met Fannie Yates at a camp meeting in Bellevue, Nebraska, although she was from rural Hamburg in Iowa.  They were married at the home of her parents on August 2, 1922.

Anna Klein married Joe Kasper.  She is now a widow and lives in Lancaster, Wisconsin, in the same area where she and her mother were born.

Elle Klein married Edward Black and had one daughter, Elva.

Edith Klein Ritchey lives in Fairmont Nebraska.  Her husband, Frank, died in 1970.  By her first husband Edith had a daughter, Lucille.  By Frank, she had the following children:  Arthur who lives at Geneva, Nebraska; Mildred who lives in California; Helen who lives near York, Nebraska; Myrna and Merlin, who is the youngest.  Another daughter, Vivian (Mrs. Rex Brown), was killed in an auto accident in May 1968 while she and her family were on furlough from the mission field.

George Klein, Jr., lives in Lexington, Nebraska.  His wife’s name was Minnie, but she is no longer living.  They had at least five children.

Clara Klein was married first to Harry Loomis.  After he died she married Clyde Powell.  They live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Clara had no children.

Lawrence Klein was married to Billie Haun of Hamburg, Iowa.  She died of tuberculosis in 1941.  They had no children.

George Klein died September 23, 1924, at the age of 73 at Tabor, Iowa, where he is buried.  Caroline Jungbluth Klein died on June 26, 1943, in Hamburg, at the age of 83 and is also buried at Tabor.