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African American Coyle's in Bath County KY

Submitted by LeeAnne Poole,  8/2006
 


I have been dong research on my family and found several African American headstones in  the Coyle family cemetery in Bath County, KY.   The eldest I could  find info about was Adeline Coyle (died Sep. 13, 1889, aged 70?), servant to  George Coyle.  In census reports, Adeline was with George for nearly 50  years.  The inscription on her headstone looks like it reads "aged 20  years", but it may be a scratch on the marker. Adeline was George Coyle’s servant – shown in 1870 census as age 50, making her 70 at death.

There are also (I think) children of Adeline buried there, Mandy (b. May  1845, d. May 20, 1888), Cordelia (b. May 6, 1850, d. Aug. 1964) and  Sanford (b. Dec. 20, 1850, d. Jan 20, 1880, and listed as "colored" on the  headstone).
 
Coyle Cemetery is located on Prickly Ash along Washington Branch,  near Owingsville in Bath County, KY.  Visit the library in Owingsville for  instructions on how to find it.  The George Coyle farm was located nearby  and some of the original foundations remain.
 
Research Notes:
 
1870 Census, family #26
George Coyle      78 Pa Farmer $4,500/real estate, $10,000/personal  property
Margaret  70 KY Keeping  house
Adeline Black 50 KY House  Keeper
Sanford Black 17 KY Farm  Laborer
Franklin Black 12 KY
 
1880 Census, family #348, Bath, Owingsville
George  88 Farmer  
Adeline  black 60 Housekeeper
Frank black 21 Laborer

Adeline and her son Sanford are buried in Coyle Cemetery.  Adeline was  born
about 1819.
There are several other African American Coyles in Owingsville in 1900  census: Lyster
b. 1892, Malinda b. 1860 and Alice b. 1876
 
Owingsville Outlook, Thu 18 May 1899:
Frank Coyle, a colored man aged  about 40, sent from this county to the
Lexington Asylum several years ago,  died there of epilepsy May 9th. Buried
there.

An inventory of the Coyle  Cemetery is at
_http://www.tripkids.com/coyle/coylecem.html_ (http://www.tripkids.com/coyle/coylecem.html) .

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