Tombstone Tuesday: Unknown West grave

When I was lost in Kentucky many moons ago, I found this gravesite. At first I was excited because I was just going to Johnsville Cemetery for my Taylor relatives. Little did I know I had really opened up a waterfall of relatives. I know better now. Any cemetery in Bracken County, Kentucky is littered with my kin.

This however, isn’t one of them. Let me give you a quick look at my line leading up to the West line.

Me > Mom > Grandma Taylor > Lula Applegate > Elizabeth Susan West > Isaiah West and Zeroah Rachael Black?

Why do I put the question mark at the end of Zeroah’s name. Well, that’s because her name is cause for debate among the few that are actually researching this line. I haven’t communicated with any of them, because quite frankly I don’t think they are part of my line. I’ll probably reach out more once I have all my ducks in a row so to speak. I’m pretty confident about this line though, because I researched it myself, it didn’t come from my copy of the family tree. I have the death records of everyone except for Elizabeth’s parents. In all of the children’s death records it shows their mother listed as a weird Z name and the surname Black. So that’s why I have that in my family file. A quick search on Ancestry will bring up a half dozen trees with Isaiah West married to Zerelda Jane McClanahan. They say this because there is a Kentucky Marriage Record on file for the two.

Needless to say that’s enough for some. I get that Zerelda or any Z name is uncommon so this is probably as close as you can get. This record is one of the only (if not the only) marriage records for a West in the database. I’m still hesitant though. My couple started having children in 1866 that I know of. I don’t know if there were any infant deaths yet. I also have their marriage as being estimated for 1862. Which makes sense to me. For their ages and the children start time. The marriage record however, lists the marriage date as May 2, 1852. That’s 10 years off  my target date. Is it still possible, yeah it is but I don’t think so. I’m going to err on the side of caution on this one.

Where does this tombstone come in then you ask? Well when I found this tombstone on that ill fated trip, I assumed at the time that it was my couple. Why I don’t know, I just did. The delight wore off once I uploaded my pictures and started attaching the pictures to my file. This was definitely not my couple. In the years leading up to this post though, I’ve run across this couple in census records. I’m pretty sure all these yahoos I mentioned will end up in my tree. It’s another case of the William Moores and William Mayses for me. Eventually I’ll prove they were cousins or something. It’s just the way my research becomes full circle. It’s why I never deleted this picture. I just have it sitting in my Tombstone folder marked as Unknown West.

Maybe later today I will research the West family again, now that I’ve typed this up I find I want to get my ducks in a row when it comes to this family. Hm.. 🙂

Tombstone Tuesday is a daily blogging theme I got from GeneaBloggers. To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor.

4 thoughts on “Tombstone Tuesday: Unknown West grave

  1. gary mcneil says:

    i have been doing some research on lafayette west and mattie oneal
    of loveland colorado. i think this lafayette is from isaih west of bracken county ky? they had a daughter zerusa. the henry a west living in hazelwood, webster, missouri in 1900 census close to lafayette is son of zachariah west and zerelda mcclanahan. henry is listed in 1860 census pendleton co. close to samuel mcclanahan.
    henry a is in household of isaih west in 1870 census bracken county
    ky. i hope to identify lafayette and henry by association.

  2. Kathleen says:

    I would be interested in whatever you find Gary! I haven’t made it back around to the West family yet, so I haven’t looked at them in awhile. With my experience researching Bracken County though, I can tell you if they are living in Bracken County and have the same last name, they are related somehow. The common ancestor might be a few generations up, but it’s there somewhere.

    I wish I had more information to give you right now but I don’t really have a lot myself. When I looked back at my original family file, I don’t actually have anymore information on my LaFayette West then when he was living with his father, so not a lot at all.

  3. gary mcneil says:

    your Isaac West tombstone is brother of Isaiah West.
    Isaiah West’s father is Isaiah West who died intestate in 1833.
    the family is lsited on estate records (probate records of Bracken ky;

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