Lewis County, Kentucky

Home Research Online Records Links History Updates

 

WILLIAM ESHAM, SR CEMETERY, Lewis Co., KY
Located toward Glen Springs, across creek on a hill near Heselton Baptist Church
Both owner and slaves buried here.

 WILLIAM ESHOM
Died January 2-, 1851 85 years, 8 months old
Consort of Nancy R. Eshom
<note: William’s coffin had a raised lid and was made of cherry by Samuel Redenour. It cost $12.00>

-----

In Memory of

MARTHA ANN
Who Died
August 19, 1846 Age 67
Consort of William Eshum (sic)

-----

In Memory of

ELIZABETH
Daughter of Wm and Martha Eshom
November 27, 1834 10 years, 9 months, 3 days

-----

MARGARET
Daughter of John & Permelia Windsor
Died November 29, 1837
25 years, 9 months, 27 days

-----

JOHN. ESHAM
Son of John & Elizabeth Esham
Dates faded

William Esham freed his slaves, but mentioned in his will that his head slave's headstone was to be equal to his own. The slaves were buried in the Esham Cemetery in a section at the foot of the hill below the graves of the Esham family.

The slave tombstones are:

JACK
70 years old
December 31, 1845

-----

PATIENCE DENNIS
(inscription faded)

-----

LEAH DENNIS
Died August 13, 1860
Age 85

Here Master, Servants small and great
Partake the same repose-
And Here in peace the ashes mix
Of those who, n’ere were foe

-----

MARY, daughter of John & Mary Ellen
D. Oct 6, 1873

-----

SARAH DENNIS
B Dec 3, 1850

-----

JOHN, son of John &

-----

PERMELEY DENNIS
D July 20, 1863 Age 47

-----

GEORGE W., son of John and Hellen Dennis

-----

Clues to the family history of these slaves is found in court records and personal recollections.

John H. Esham made a deposition on August 28, 1854 stating that his father (William Sr) leased him a farm on Salt Lick and provided him with the use of a slave, John Dennis, generally called "Black Joe"--

TALLEY'S NORTHEASTERN KENTUCKY PAPERS, by Dr. William M. Talley, 1971, p 51. Letter from George M. Thomas, dated April 17, 1911....."My grandmother Boggess made a will and gave a slave girl to my mother. The girl married John Dennis in 1842. Dennis was a slave belonging to William Esham--he bought his wife from my mother and paid 300 in silver for her--the girl was worth $600 at the time of the sale. Jim and John Dennis are sons of Ellen Dennis, the girl--both lived in this town (Vanceburg) at that time."

Site lasted updated: June 21, 2006
Direct comments, concerns, or questions to D. Joshua Taylor

Copyright 2004-2006 D. Joshua Taylor

DISCLAIMER: MyFamily.com (and its subsidiaries Ancestry.com, Rootsweb.com and Genealogy.com), Yahoo! (and all of its subsidiaries), FreeFind, GenForum (a part of Genealogy.com) SiteMeter, USGenNet and USGenWeb, Inc. are not associated with the USGenWeb Project, ALHN (The American Local History Network) or AHGP (The American History and Genealogy Project). MyFamily.com, Yahoo!, FreeFind and SiteMeter and USGenWeb, Inc. are incorporated for-profit corporations. The USGenWeb Project is a non-profit unincorporated organization dedicated to providing free genealogical information online. ALHN is an non-profit organization dedicated to providing free historical information online. AHGP is an unincorporated not-for-profit network of independent sites devoted to History & Genealogy. USGenNet is a non-profit incorporated server for hosting historical and genealogical websites. FreeFind is a free for use search engine. SiteMeter is a free for use counter, which uses javascript for statistical purposes. Not all links on this page (or subsequent pages that are a part of this project) go to non-profit pages, but they are all links to free information, although the free information may be information about items that are for sale. If you have material to donate to the Lewis Co., KYGenWeb Project, please e-mail me using the link above.