Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Burials in Battle Grove Cemetery

Battle Grove Cemetery is a large cemetery in the outskirts of Cynthiana, county seat of Harrison County, Kentucky. On 28 August 2008 we visited the cemetery and photographed some of the gravestones. Shown here are those of my great-grandparents and their mothers. Click on the photos to see larger versions.

Samuel McClintock died young in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky (previous post). His widow, Elizabeth (Waits) McClintock returned to Harrison County with her young son John James. She married again in 1833 to Edmund Martin. Elizabeth lived a long life not dying until 19 June 1887. She was buried in Battle Grove Cemetery. Her son John James McClintock (1826-1892) and his wife Nancy Isabelle (Scott) McClintock (1843-1921) are buried nearby and all three share a monument with Elizabeth's information on one side and the name McClintock on the other. Headstones are also present for John and Nancy.
Elizabeth (Waits) McClintock Martin (1802-1887)
McClintock side of monument and headstone row

 Nancy Scott's father Thomas also died young leaving a widow with two small children. She remarried, but had no other children. Elizabeth (McShane) Scott Whaley was also widowed by her husband Caleb Whaley. She was remembered by her great-grandchildren as "Granny" Whaley who made each of them a quilt. She died 16 October 1907 and was also buried in Battle Grove Cemetery, sharing a marker with Caleb Whaley. Both Thomas Scott (1810-1844) and Samuel McClintock (ca. 1794-1827) were buried in older cemeteries.
Elizabeth (McShane) Scott Whaley (1823-1907)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Who Was Miss Tarr? (SNGF)

Randy Seaver (blog Genea-Musings) suggests we look into our most recent unknown ancestor (MRUA) for tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF).

For a long time the most recent missing identities were the parents of Deborah (Williamson) Bell (1818 – 1865). The will of father-candidate Charles Williamson providing for his daughter Deborah Bell was welcome documentation of that strongly suspected relationship.

Ancestor Samuel McClintock (Ahnentafel #16, my 2nd great-grandfather) was born around 1794, possibly in Virginia. He was a gunsmith in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, where he died 14 July 1827. The actual date is from family lore, but the time period is established in his probate and an order book entry. The name of his father is more family lore supported in a county history. Both his father and a brother are said to have been named James McClintock, a name in the list of buyers at the estate sale. The father was from (Northern) Ireland, settling in Bourbon County in the 1790s. A Pennsylvania McClintock family settled in the same place and time, but appears to be unrelated, at least not closely related. While I do not have much information on this #32, his name appears in county records and is claimed by a daughter’s family as well. Mary McClintock was married to George M. Davis, another gunsmith and partner of Samuel McClintock. George also died young in 1833 during the cholera epidemic. Mary Davis lived in Paris to 1885.
Names in the estate sale of Samuel McClintock include George Davis, James McClintock and the widow Elizabeth 

My aunt researched this family many years ago but I have little documentation from her notes. She wrote that the wife of James McClintock, who would be Ahnentafel #33, was a Miss Tarr. I have done little research on James McClintock and none on his wife. This is clearly an area ready for some work. One note of interest is a Bourbon County road, Tarr Road. We saw it a few years ago while looking for a different location. It could be a clue on the surname. I’d like to find it is connected to this family.

Friday, May 25, 2012

More Problems with Nancy

I've written about Nancy (Boyd) Eckles who was named in the will of her father as Egnis (Agnes) but was otherwise known as Nancy, a potential nickname for Agnes. She was the first wife of Charles Eckles (ca. 1788-1867), the wagon maker of Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky.

Evidence of his second wife is a funeral invitation transcribed as “Mrs. Ann Eckles; Dec. 16, 1843; Georgetown, Ky. From the residence of husband on Main-Cross street” and annotated that she was the second wife of Charles Eckles.[i] As his first wife appears to have died by January of 1830, it is likely he remarried prior to 1838. The Scott County marriage records prior to that time were destroyed in a courthouse fire.

Confusing is a death notice in the Kentucky Presbyterian newspaper The Protestant and Herald of 22 February 1844. It reads: “DIED, In Georgetown, on the – ult., Mrs. Nancy Eccles, wife of Mr. Charles Eccles…”[ii] With only one Charles Eckles/Eccles resident in Georgetown, this must refer to the wife whose funeral was two months earlier. That time lag in such a regional paper is understandable. The confusion is her given name. Can it have been a confusion with the name of his first wife (or even his mother)? Or could this be another case of nicknames? Nancy and Ann are well-recognized variants on the same name, so it is entirely possible.

With so many women potentially named Nancy Eckles in Charles’s life, it will be interesting to see what more research reveals.

[i] Marie Dickore, compiler, Copies of Names on Invitations to Funerals and Burials In Scott County and Fayette County, Kentucky, 1821 - 1898 (Cincinnati, Ohio:, 1942), 8.
[ii] DIED (Mrs. Nancy Eccles), The Protestant and Herald, Kentucky, 22 February 1844; - Historic Newspapers Online, digital images ( : accessed 28 March 2011)