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I am hoping that someone on the list might be able to help me.
I am trying to find the location of the "Old Huram Smith graveyard". My
gr-grandfather, Albert BEGLEY, is indicated to have been buried there in his
1936 obituary from the Owsley County Courier.
I believe that the graveyard I am looking for might be in the area of
Cressmont, Lee, KY.
I found the following information on the Lee County site:
"Eda SMITH, Cert.#30567; Vot. Pct. Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Lee Co Ky;
widowed, white, female; occupation: housekeeper; Spouse: Huram SMITH;
age 86yrs; born: 4/1/1850 Owsley County, KY; died: 11/4/1936; cause of
death: carcinoma head of pancreas; bur. Cressmont 11/5/1936 by Congleton
Bros, Beattyville, Ky; father: William ROBERTS b Owsley County; mother:
Celia PHILLIPS b Owsley County; informant: J.C. BRANDENBURG, Heidelberg,
If anyone has come across a graveyard that contains tombstones for Albert
BEGLEY, Huram SMITH, or Eda SMITH, during your research, I would appreciate
it if you could provide the location and directions to the graveyard.
Thank you so much,
1. William P Hill b 1816 NC comes first to Breathitt 1850 and is a tailor and
jailer. He marries Nancy Hargis 1847 Owsley. 1860 he's in Owsley and dies before
1870 in Lee. But Lee came from these counties so it could be he was in the same
place and it just appears that he was moving around. He says his parents are
from NC. He seems to be the first Hill in the area.
Children:Mary, Robert, Wm P jr., Palla Alto, Samuel Pryse, Caleb Breckinridge
UPDATE: Wm P is the son of Robert Hill Jr. and Elizabeth Vest from Surry Co., NC
2. James A Hill b 1838 NC m Anna Beatty 1868 Owsley. James was in the Civil War
in NC and says when he is released from Yankee prison in DL that he resides in
Owsley Co and this is where WM P is at this time. We think that James A is a
nephew to WM P. No proof. He also ends up in Lee Co., KY dies in Laurel Co.,KY
and his wife and children end up in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY
Children: Emma, Bettie, Jennie, Samuel, Mollie and Charles
UPDATE: James A is the son of Joel Hill and Emily Davis of Surry Co., NC
3. Joel H Hill b 1830 NC(according to the 1880 lee Co., KY Census)d abt 1882 Lee
co. m Arena Moore abt 1864 and had Rufus (among others) and they are my g and gg
grandparents. Joel names children's names same as some by WM P. Have never found
him with parents or in any other census. Children are born in NC, VA and the
twin girls Abba and Palla Alto b Lee Co., KY 1878. The family of Wm P has a dau
named Palla Alto also among other similar names. Children:
Rufus, Mary, Phoebe, Henry, Walter J, John, James, Abba and Palla Alto (twins)
4. Samuel P(arker?) Hill b sep 1854 NC d 8 aug 1932 Lee Co., KY (mother and
father NC) m 1872 Mary Ellen Jackson b May 1857 NC d 19 jan 1944 Lee Co., KY. He
is in Lee by 1883 when dau Nancy is born maybe before. Children:
1.Annie M b 1873 m Howard D Goe and has Dovie, Farris, Willis, Otis, Mavis.
2.Emma b 1879 m David Coomer 1903 has Lucille b 1904
3.Nancy E b 1883 m 1901 Judd James Roland Jr. had Clayton, Dorothy
4.Robert b 1885 (no other info)
5.Samuel Kenton b 1888 d 1973 m 1910 Elsie Simms had Robert, Lenora, WM, Eugene,
Earl, Samuel Parker Hill. (from this name I wonder if Sam b 1854 is a Parker)
6.Georgia b 1893 m 1913 Robert Lee Palmer had Vina, Carl, Robert, Hester,
7.Charles Dewitt b 1895 d 1969 m Minnie Davis 1918 dau of Charles and Sarah
Powell Davis. children:
Vergil 1919, Ethel G 1924, Jeanita 1927, mary 1927, Frieda 1928, Charles Edward
Still have Samuel P and Joel to figure out where they belong yet.