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Copied by Katherine Berry Barnott from copy loaned by Mrs. H. C. Northcutt, Seminole, Fla.
Transcribed by Susan C Eades, Mar. 2009
Found at the Kentucky Historical Society in Bourbon Co. KY file in 1975
Kentuckian Citizen, Paris KY March 16, 1898
Plesant Green Church, Bourbon County, Ky
Miss Tucker, of Boston, now visiting here, asked us to copy this letter from scrap book her cousin, Mrs Renaker, of Cynthiana, has and also to copy from our back files some writing of Perry Tucker and others, but some one will have to tell us where in our files we can find the articles:
The almost hallowed spot, known as “Pleasant Green” situated on Townsend Creek in the lower or Northern part of Bourbon County near the line dividing it from Bourbon County Ky has many traditions, recollections and associations clustering about it which I have long desired time to speak of as they deserve. These I feel assured would be interesting to many of the descendant of those who planted and nurtured Methodism in the neighborhood of “Pleasant Green Chapel”as well as others whose ancestors resided in that part of Bourbon three quarters of a century ago. Such traditions and recollections would if given, constitute such a part of the innocent curiosity, if it does not prove instructive and edifying. But necessary brevity compels me to confine this communication to almost a mere recital of names and dates.
As early as the year 1784, three brothers, William, John and Alexander Tucker, accompanied by their aged father, Edward tucker, and Solomon Hoggins, emigrated from Maryland, near Baltimore, to Kentucky and settled in what is now the Pleasant Green neighborhood. They and their wives were Methodists. Here they planted Methodism, which for half a century had a greater moral influence than that of any other religious denomination in that locality. They were men who by their intelligence, industry and exemplary conduct proved the sincerity of their religious zeal and recommended the peculiarity of their faith to the notice of a respectable community. I here will give the names of the children of these pioneers of Methodism, as I am able and also of some others who became leading member o the church of Pleasant Green from about year 1817 or 1818 and who honored their profession.
The sons Wm. Tucker (one of the three brothers), now 80 years of age, residing near Dry Ridge, Grant County, KY; John B Tucker, who died at his residence near Pleasant Green many years ago; and Samuel Tucker, who I think died in Bourbon. The sons of John Tucker (one of the three brothers) were Thomas, Samuel, and Rev. Elias Tucker, who died some years ago at his residence in Bourbon; Joseph who lies buried in the cemetery in Covington; Edward, John, William, and Absolom. The sons of Alexander Tucker (one of the three brothers) were Aquilla and Greenberry, and a daughter Cynthia, who married first Nelson Dills after his death, Wesley Dills. Rev. Wm. Tucker’s first wife, the mother of all his children was Elizabeth Day, of Harrison or Bourbon and I think John B Tuckers wife was her sister. I do not know whether or not Samuel ever married. Rev. William Tucker’s children are residing in Grant, Gallatin and Boone. His brother John’s are I believe living in Bourbon and Harrison. I understand that he wife of Dr. Beale, of Cynthiana, is one of his daughters. Whether these Maryland Tuckers were related to the Virginia tuckers I do not know. The children of Solomon Hoggins are Mrs Eleanor Hodgson, now residing with her son in law, Dr. G D Lewis, Dry ridge, Grant County; Mrs Dulia ? Kirby, wife of Enoch Kirby, near Warsaw KY; William Hoggins of Gallatin, and John and Wesley Hoggins of Covington, whose descendants are all respectable citizens.
The Methodist society of Pleasant Green, before the chapel was built in 1817 worshiped in the private houses, hold annual camp meetings near Townsend, and sometimes near the site where the chapel now stands, and increased in numbers and influence. In 1818 “the great Pleasant Green revival” occurred. This had a very powerful effect upon the whole surrounding community. Some of the names of those who were members at that time or who united with the church at that “revival” or who participated in it were Rev. Wm. Tucker, Rev. Elias Tucker, John B Tucker, William Tucker, son of Jonathan Tucker, a cousin to the three brothers, Eleanor Hoggins, Dilla ? Hoggins, Elizabeth Tucker, wife of Rev. William Tucker, John B Tuckers wife, Joseph Tucker, his wife formerly Polly Hutchinson, daughter of James Hutchinson of Bourbon, George Rymal, Nancy Berry wife of William Tucker, son of Jonathan, Elizabeth Berry, daughter of Basil Berry himself and wife Rhoda and Thomas Amos of Ruddles Mill. Richard Craddock and wife united with the church a few years later. Colonel Givens and wife had been preeminent member of the Presbyterian Church but she been a true Christian, cared little for the sect and readily followed her second husband to the church of his choice. Mr Craddock I think, had lately emigrated from the Green River country, had been the owner of the Mammoth Cave and surrounding territory, but lately married Mrs Givens, widow of Col. John Givens, who represented Harrison county in the lower House, in or about the year 1816 having for his colleague, Major William K Wall. Nearly everyone of the above
mentioned persons I knew personally, and can testify that a better class of people is seldom, if ever, found. It was my privilege to visit the Pleasant Green Chapel often, in the capacity of an humble minister. There I met with and enjoyed the society of these men and women and their interesting families. May of their names and features I can not recall, but some were indelibly impressed upon my mind. Time seems to have passed away like a dream, the children of those who a few year ago were a living power in the church at Pleasant Green, have grown to manhood and womanhood, and became respectable and influential member of society; their fathers and mothers have gone to their homes. The voices of ministers are hushed forever, or becoming silenced by age. The eloquent and zealous John Ray and the past are present to my mind and live in my memory; and I would inform the editor of the True Kentuckian that among the old men and women who worshiped at Pleasant Green the memory of none more cherished than that of his parents, among all the boys who gave respectful attention to my feeble ministrations at Pleasant Green none have fixed themselves more deeply in my mind and heart than John G Craddock and his sister Anna. She having graduated in earthly schools and in the visible church, has gone up to the fountain of knowledge and bliss and to be forever a member of the church triumphant, whither her beloved father and excellent mother have gone; while her brother is engaged ostensibly in intellectual titls and political tournaments. My purpose is that this shall be preliminary to one or more communications in regard to the people who have historical character and importance to Pleasant Green; for I must say, I have overlooked too many whose names ought to appear and have, by no means, satisfactorily spoken of
the excellence of the associations and recollections of Pleasant Green, when friendships had and heart made me feel welcome to it people , and when their partiality was far greater than any merit I ever possessed as a preacher or Christian.
B. N. Carter
Williamstown, KY July 22, 1869
Miss Kate Edgar, County School Superintendent gave the Kentuckian Citizens the following and asked us to get other facts from Mr. C Alexander, Sr. and others. Mr. Alexander had pleasant memories of attending school at Pleasan5t Green, Miss Edgar writes;
Pleasant Green church (Methodist) was organized in 1785 or 90. It was built of logs. A brick church was built on same spot in 1847. (Mistake 1849). Berry, Tucker, Batterton, Sherman, and Rymal are some of the names of first members. The church building is gone but many interesting items are gathered from the tombstones in the old graveyard. Mrs Sherman stone shows that she was 108 years of age at the time of death. (mistake only 98) Capt. Moore’s grandmother was buried there. Immense congregations gathered at the old brick church. Revival meetings and basket dinners there were the order of the day from 1815 to 1820. A continuous school has been taught in the schoolhouse nearby for more than 100 years. It has lately been enlarged and painted. An artesian well has been bored which treats the pupils to the sulphur water. Mr. Jas. Patterson who recently died, over 80 years of age, went to school at Pleasant Green also Prof. N F (?) Smith, of Cynthiana, a prominent educator. Teachers were paid from $1,00 to $1,200. The cemetery and school house which had been in the common, have been enclosed. The location is in Townsend Valley, near Bourbon and Harrison lines.
W. K. Griffith, Jr. who owns the Sherman place, has given us the records from tombstones in Pleasant Green as follows;
Shadrach Sherman born June 25, 1760 died April 24, 1813
Maria Sherman wife of Shadrach Sherman born Sept 8, 1759 died April 2, 1857
Virginia Moore born May 9, 1734 died July 14,1798
Elizabeth Hartcourt born August 8, 1773 died February 1812
John Hartcourt born Oct, 8, 1765 died April 4 1725
And a number of other tombstones of Berrys, Tuckers, Allons of equally as old dates.
Mr. Sherman in his will left that the negroes after Mrs Sherman’s death, were all who were over 35 ears old to be free and others as they became 35. Bonsom Roberts who had bought here interest in the slaves sold them south in 57. Will Roberts putting forty on train at Shawhan. They were bringing suit for freedom when Lincoln set all free. Some of them returned to Kentucky and one is wealthy at Cynthiana.
We asked Mrs Dr. Cannon, nee Berry, if we were not correct in thinking we worshiped in the old log church with its box pulpit until we went to Mexican War in 1847. She replied”Yes, my record shows the brick church was built in 1849”.
There is now a regular Sunday school at Pleasant Green schoolhouse with 67 scholars and Rev (?) Kidwell preaches there regularly. Mrs. Sherman’s maiden name was Russell. She was grandaunt of Will H Roberts of Paris.
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