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New CD – Rockbridge Baptist Church Gravestones


The newest CD – or rather set of CDs – is ready!  Rockbridge Baptist Church Gravestones.  To my knowledge there are 535 individuals buried at Rockbridge Baptist Church in rural Washington County, Kentucky.  I have gravestone photos for 400 of them – #1 – #4398 are on Volume 1, the rest on Volume 2.  I used an old cemetery listing to begin my chart and added new stones as I went along.  Unfortunately some of the stones were not to be found.  Some of them were so worn and faded there was nothing to make out as to name or date.  Included with the photos is a chart of alphabetized individuals, birth and death dates, the corresponding number of the photo and a note that may give the name of husband or wife or parents.  Some individuals will have more than one photo taken, my hubby always helps when we visit a cemetery and it’s hard to know who has taken what – especially if we visit more than one day.  The Rockbridge Baptist Church Gravestones CD sells for $16.95.  I was anxious to have this CD available since several of you have asked about it.  The following is a list of surnames on the CD:  Armstrong, Arvin, Baker, Barnard, Barnett, Beavers, Bishop, Burkhead, Burns, Carey, Carney, Casteel, Cheatham, Chesser, Cole, Cooper, Coulter, Crouch, Crow, Cutsinger, Deacon, Dean, Derringer, Doke, Duncan, Foster, Gaykeld, Gordon, Hagan, Hale, Hall, Hardesty, Hardin, Harris, Hawthorn, Hayden, Hendricks, Hendrix, Hill, Hilton, Humes, Hungate, Hupp, Ingram, Isham, Jenkins, Kays, Keeling, Lewis, Lynch, Maddox, Masters, Matherly, Mattingly, McClelland, Milburn, Mobley, Montgomery, Moore, Muncy, Murphy, Owen, Pinkston, Prather, Reddick, Royalty, Ryan, Satterly, Scott, Scruggs, Shields, Sparrow, Stine, Tatum, Terrell, Thompson, Trent, Waggoner, Wells, White, Wilkerson, Wilson, Yocum.

Today In Genealogy History – January 4

Thomas H. Elder was born 266 years ago – January 4, 1748 – in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  Thomas was the son of William Elder and Jacoba Clementina Livers.  I have no information about marriage or children.  Thomas’ siblings were Elizabeth, Arnold, Ann, Ignatius, Francis and Aloysius Elder.

News From The News-Leader

Welcome 2014!  I hope you spent the new year ringing in with those you love.  We had our traditional Swiss fondue with good friends and family – a tradition of at least 25 years!  Today I share with you a column from the Cartwrights Creek area of Washington County, Kentucky, from the local newspaper, The News-Leader.  Was so excited to find this as many of my Carrico relatives are mentioned!  Joseph Benedict Carrico married Melvina Ann Smith, my great-grandparents, are the Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Carrico listed below.  Rue Carrico, my grandfather, is their youngest son.  Arthur Carrico is also their son.  John Richard Smith is the brother of my great-grandmother, Melvina Ann Smith Carrico.

The News-Leader, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, March 1, 1906

Cartwrights Creek

Well I guess you all will be surprised to hear from this noisy little place, but we are not dead yet, so I thought I would write a few lines to the good old News Leader.

Mrs. J. R. Smith and Mrs. J. B. Carrico were visiting at Mary E. Carrico’s Monday.

Rue Carrico bought of T. E. Ballard one mare at $145.  J. B. Carrico also bought of the same party one milk cow at $25.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Carrico were visiting at J. Rich Smith’s Sunday.

Will Smith gave the young people a dance last Thursday evening.  All report a jolly good old time.

Arthur Carrico, of Shelby County, was visiting his parents Monday and Tuesday.

Miss Annie Spalding is spending this week at Clear Creek, Marion County, with her brother Sam.

John Hamilton sold to Smith Carrico five hogs at $20.

The farmers at this place are very busy plowing up their corn ground.  Some few have finished plowing.

Mr. Joe Smith, of Raywick, was over to Springfield Monday.

Mrs. A. Winfield, of Owensboro, is spending a few weeks with her brother and sister of this place.

Albert Medley went to Shelby County last Wednesday to accept a position.  We wish him good luck.

Today In Genealogy History – January 3

William Moran, Jr., died 176 years ago – January 3, 1838 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  He was born February 17, 1775, to William Moran and Mary Rebecca Barber of Loudoun County, Virginia.  William first married Mary Barber, with whom he had 2 children:  Elizabeth Lyon and Ann Rebecca Moran.  After Mary’s death he married Susan Linton, with whom he had 7 children:  Charles Fenton, Henry E., John M., Young William, Linton Lewis, Martha and Susan Linton Moran.  William is buried in the Linton Cemetery in Washington County, Kentucky.

Today In Genealogy History – December 22

Nancy Berkeley was born 220 years ago – December 22, 1793 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Nancy was the daughter of Scarlett Berkeley and Elizabeth Davis.  She married Thomas Duncan November 14, 1816, in Nelson County, Kentucky.  I have no information about children.  Nancy’s siblings were Jonathan D., Jephtha and Elizabeth Berkeley.

Mayme Green McElroy Obituary

The Springfield Sun, Washington County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 17, 1909

Death of Mrs. J. C. McElroy

Mrs. Mayme Green McElroy died yesterday at twelve o’clock noon at her home on East Main Street.  Mrs. McElroy had been ill for about a year, but during the autumn had gone to Philadelphia where she was under the care of the best physicians in the country and where it was thought that if not cured entirely she was given such relief as to prolong her live for some time.  It was not long, however, after reaching home, that Mrs. McElroy became confined to her room, which she was destined not to leave alive.  She realized that her time of life was limited and during the last weeks of her sickness made every arrangement for her funeral thoughtful to the last, wishing to have everything done in order that those who loved her and whose hearts would be broken when she died might have as little as possible resting upon them.  Mrs. McElroy was a woman of the strongest character and of wonderful intellectual endowment.  If she thought that a person had faults they did not learn of them through the village gossips, the discussion of them to others was not a stock in trade with her.  If she loved one the love was everlasting, sincere, immutable.  She was fearless, true and lovable in life and in death she will be so recalled and so will be written the history of her life.

Mrs. McElroy was born April 7, 1868, and was the daughter of the late Sidney and Kate Kimberlain Green.  On the 25th day of September, 1889, she was married to James Calhoun McElroy, to which union one child, James, was born about five years ago.  The married life of Mr. and Mrs. McElroy was felicitous and happy in the extreme, the mother’s devotion to the child beautiful.  Besides the husband and son, Mrs. McElroy is survived by Mrs. S. C. Moore, of Sherman, Texas, Mrs. J. R. Handy, of Denison, Texas, sisters, and Messrs. C. A. Green, of Springfield, Will Green, of Denson, Texas, and Dr. James Green, of London, Kentucky, brothers.

The funeral services were conducted at the home this afternoon at three o’clock, Rev. R. E. C. Lawson officiating, and the interment was on Cemetery Hill.

Today In Genealogy History – December 21

Wedding Bells Ring Today!!!!!

Washington County, Kentucky

December 21st

Richard Keeling married Mary Fowler 21 Dec 1812
Richard Lowe married Barbara Bowles 21 Dec 1817
John C. Riley married Mary Ewing 21 Dec 1820
Samuel R. Lewallen married Jerusalina Adams 21 Dec 1824
William Humphrey married Eliza Pettit 21 Dec 1825
James Ensor married Nancy Pipes 21 Dec 1826
Raphael Peterson married Matilda Beam 21 Dec 1826
Richard Prewitt married Martha Norris 21 Dec 1829
Jacob Champion married Missouri Springer 21 Dec 1831
Leonard Yates married Mary Ann Merriwether 21 Dec 1831
James Bright married Nancy Rodgers 21 Dec 1832
John S. Watts married Elizabeth E. Yocum 21 Dec 1835
James Weathers married Mary Elizabeth Moore 21 Dec 1843
James Smith married Mahala Wilson 21 Dec 1844
Jacob Bringle married Ann Jones 21 Dec 1847
Thomas W. Campbell married Clarissa Inman 21 Dec 1847
John L. Burns married Jane Durr 21 Dec 1849
Edward K. Smith married Elizabeth Wheatley 21 Dec 1850
Palmer Grundy married Sarah F. McElroy 21 Dec 1852
Alexander Waters married Nancy J. Trowbridge 21 Dec 1852
Samuel Peter married Sarah E. Reed 21 Dec 1854
James B. Rice married Pathena Peter 21 Dec 1854
William W. Pope married Susan E. Yocum 21 Dec 1858
Samuel Kurtz married Martha Susan Hundley 21 Dec 1863
James Bowman married Narcissa J. Harley 21 Dec 1868
Thomas T. Jones married Elizabeth Boyle 21 Dec 1871
John H. Wohner married Sabra J. Hale 21 Dec 1874
John Gist married Catherine Walker 21 Dec 1875
John E. Carrico married Fannie Brown 21 Dec 1876
James Phillips married Jane Moran 21 Dec 1876
James H. Poole married Mary Hale 21 Dec 1876
W. R. Keeling married Lucy A. Wilson 21 Dec 1879
William J. Searcy married Nancy E. Smith 21 Dec 1879
J. H. Wycoff married Mollie Foley 21 Dec 1880
J. T. Goode married Rose Rigdon 21 Dec 1882
William James married Maggie McCain 21 Dec 1882
James B. Sims married Mattie E. Hendron 21 Dec 1887
R. L. Keightly married Jane Cooksey 21 Dec 1890
Green Vessells married Bettie F. Hickerson 21 Dec 1891
Jackson Hope married Lizzie Douglas 21 Dec 1892

News From The Schuyler Citizen – 1860

The Schuyler Citizen

Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois

Died – John Gardner – at the residence of his step-father, Hugh Smith, eight miles north of Rushville on Monday the 18th inst., John Gardner, aged about 18 years.  “Little Jo Gardner” as we usually called him, was a remarkable character, when a little boy he injured his spine by falling from a ladder standing against the side of a house, and with which he was amusing himself.  He became a hunch back; but in proportion as his body became deformed did his mind become accelerated and ennobled.  When quite a boy he joined the M. E. Church and from the first and throughout was a bright exemplar of its principles – a practical, faithful Christian.  He was fully resigned to his melancholy condition, never repining, always cheerful and died saying he “rejoiced in the near prospect of soon resting from his life of pain and affliction in the arms of his blessed Savior”.  The Schuyler Citizen, June 20, 1860

Died – Mrs. John Philips – At four o’clock last Saturday afternoon (9th inst.,) the wife of Mr. John Phillips, living near Huntsville, hung herself.  We learn from a neighbor that she had recently exhibited signs of mental derangement, owing it was supposed to a late marriage in her family of which she disapproved.  A few days before her suicide she had requested her sister-in-law to ask her husband to kill her.  On Saturday morning she met with a person who was fully acquainted with the circumstances attending the recent suicide in the neighborhood, of Mrs. Marlowe, and obtained from him by close questioning every particular as to the manner of tying the rope, etc.  In the afternoon the family were all absent but a little son.  She made him go to the field to cut sprouts, and then went into the meat house in the yard and hung herself, following the plan of Mrs. Marlowe.  Her little son was the first to discover her.  A couple of daughters had just come in and with the aid of a man who was just then passing she was taken down, but life was quite extinct.  She was buried on the following day.  The Schuyler Citizen, June 27, 1860.

Died – John Bohrman – Our city has been the scene of another suicide.  John Bohrman, a German butcher, was found suspended by the neck in his stable loft, about nine o’clock yesterday morning.  He had evidently been hanging several hours when he was discovered.  An inquest was held and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.  Beardstown Democrat, 19th inst., The Schuyler Citizen, June 27, 1860

Died – Thomas M. Martin – On Wednesday evening, July 4th, in the fortieth year of his age, from the effects of wounds received about his head and breast by the premature discharge of a cannon, Thomas M. Martin, son of the Rev. Thomas Martin, of Tennessee.  Mr. Martin came with his family to Rushville in December 1855, and during his residence here had won, by the uniform uprightness of his life, the confidence and esteem of our entire community.  He was a member of the M. E. Church, having joined when quite a youth and such had been the consistency of his Christian life with his profession, that when the Dread Messenger came in so unexpected a moment he did not find him unguarded, for so soon as he regained his speech he expressed his entire willingness to obey the summons.  During the few hours he survived his wounds he was calm and collected, and spoke much of the blissful abode he felt assured of being about to enter.  He expired peacefully and happily while being brought homeward.  He was also a prominent member both of the Good Templar and Masonic Fraternity of this place, and an officer in each.  Both of the Lodges here attended his funeral.  The Schuyler Citizen, July 11, 1860

Died – Mr. David C. Gillam – on Thursday at 12 midnight from the effect of wounds received in the head and breast at the same time with Mr. Martin, Mr. David C. Gillam (brother of B. C. Gillam) of this place, in the 29th year of his age.  Mr. Gillam is well known in this community, and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.  From the moment he was struck his reason was gone, and though able to talk, up to the period of his death, his mind was wondering.  At the time of his death he was sexton of the Presbyterian Church.  It is a singular coincidence that Mr. Martin also was the sexton of the M. E. Church.  The bodies of both were conveyed to the M. E. Church, and an impressive funeral discourse preached by the Pastor Rev. W. D. Lemon, assisted by the Revs. John Scripps and S. E. Wishard.  A large concourse of sympathizing friends attended the burial.  The bereaved families have the warm sympathies of our entire community.  Mr. Gillam leaves a wife and three children.  Mr. Martin leaves a wife and six children.  The Schuyler Citizen, July 11, 1860.

Today In Genealogy History – December 20

Zachariah Green died 176 years ago – December 20, 1837 – in Nelson County, Kentucky.  Zachariah was the son of Leven Green and Mary Ellis, born October 8, 1783, in Loudoun County, Virginia.  He married Fanny Duncan in 1804.  Zachariah and Fanny had 8 children:  Leven, Mary, Rebecca, Milly, Margaret, Henry, Thomas and Ivy Green.

John W. Lewis Biography

From Ohio County, Kentucky – Biographies

John W. Lewis, Ohio County, was born November 17, 1817, in Jefferson County, Kentucky; removed with his parents to Meade County, where he was raised.  His father, Lieutenant Henry Lewis, one of a family of twelve sons and two daughters, a native of Culpeper County, Virginia, was a soldier in the War of 1812; removed to Kentucky about 1816, and died in Meade County in 1845.  He was the son of Captain William Lewis, a Revolutionary soldier, who died in Culpeper County, Virginia, in 1845, at the age of eighty-four years.  He was of Welsh extraction.  Henry married Nancy, daughter of John and Elizabeth Nall, of Washington County, Kentucky; she died in 1846; their union resulted in the birth of John W., Catherine A. (Nall), Linda G. (Ditto), Sara M. (Foreman), Emily (Lewis), Nancy A. (Compton) and James S.  John W. Lewis has been twice married; first March 2, 1847, to Omacinda J., daughter of William and Elizabeth (McFarland) Field, of Ohio County, born in 1835; died August 4, 1864, and to them were born Joshua F., Thomas L., Nancy E. (Coffey) and Henry W.  July 17, 1866, Mr. Lewis married Beatrice, daughter of Willis and Louisa (McFarland) Field, of Daviess County; she was born in 1843 and to their union was born one son – John G.  In 1837 Mr. Lewis commenced clerking in Hartford, and in 1839 entered in partnership with his employer in the mercantile business, in which he continued until 1848, and in 1861, he became a cashier of the Hartford Branch of the People’s Bank of Kentucky, which was superseded by the National Banking System in 1865.  He then again embarked in the mercantile business, which he continued for a period of ten years, and in 1876 located in Rosine, where he and his sons are now engaged in the milling business.  He lost thirteen slaves by the late war, and in 1873 suffered heavily by the general depreciation of property.  He has been for forty years a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was many times master of the lodge.  In politics he is identified with the Democratic party.