by Sherry Stocking Kline
February 2, 2010
My Tombstone Tuesday is Ruby L. Smith, buried in a small Smith Family Cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky, near the Temple Hill area.
On the Stone:
Ruby L. Smith
Mar 15, 1901
Jan 15, 1919
According to the Kentucky Death Record information I found online, Ruby was the daughter of L. H. and Sabina Smith.
What Did Ruby Die of?
She was so young that I had to wonder, what did Ruby die of at the age of not quite eighteen? It was shortly after Christmas and the New Year? Did she have flu? Pneumonia? An Accident?
To get to this small cemetery, we crossed a bridge over a shallow but fast-moving creek that was rushing down the hill, then drove up a long, shady lane where the trees met overhead in places. This seemed like a road, but it was narrow and may actually have been the home’s private driveway. It led past a home, past the small cemetery, and back to a field.
The home and the cemetery were on a hill that sloped away to a rolling little valley on the west (I think it was west, but I could have been turned around!) The cemetery was located past this home along the lane.
My first thought was that the home was deserted, as neither the yard nor the cemetery had been mowed for some time. But looking again at the photograph of the home that I took that day it’s obvious that there are flowers on the porch along with outdoor furniture.
I Kept Thinking About Snakes…
We parked our cars and hiked through the grass to the stones, (I kept thinking about snakes…) and all the time I was hoping to find names that I knew were “ours” but that day, it wasn’t to be. That day, none of the names were familiar, so we went on down the road where we did find my mother’s great-grandfather’s farm, and then on to the Caney Fork Cemetery where we found numerous family members.
This cemetery’s proximity to other Smith’s that were our family leads me to believe that these Smith’s are related, and I was able to carve out some time today to do more research on this family.
From the death records that I’ve located today, Ruby is the daughter of last week’s Tombstone Tuesday, Lute H. and Sabina Smith.
Drat! The Name Fits But the Dates Do Not…
According to Lute’s Death Record, he was the son of William Basie Smith. (I’ve not done any fact-checking on these facts yet.) There is a William in my Charles Smith family, but the dates are simply wrong for Lute’s father to be my family’s William.
I’m disappointed, but this small cemetery is very near to my great-grandparent’s farm, Charles and Virginia Hawley Smith, in the Temple Hill area of Barren County, Kentucky, and while they may not have been related, there is a good chance, too, that they were.
Another puzzle to solve, for another day, but as of today I have more clues to work with!
Other Related Posts:
Tombstone Tuesday: Lute and Sabina Smith Ruby’s parents.
The tombstone of J. Thomas and Nancy A. (Smith) Harrison is just down the road a few miles in the Caney Fork Baptist Church cemetery. They may (or may not) be related to each other.
Warner LaRue Jones Tombstone. Warner was born in Kentucky to Willis and Martha Ellen Smith Jones.