Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Thomas McCormick

In memory
Thomas McCormick
A native of Ireland
Sept. 10, 1797
August 8, 1853

Buried in Smithland Cemetery, Smithland, Kentucky beside his wife and two sons. The tombstone, which is lying on the ground, was photographed 1 July 2009.

Thomas McCormick arrived in Livingston County before 1819, when he married Elizabeth Kellam. He kept a tavern in his home in Smithland and was also a county judge. Thomas and Elizabeth McCormick had four known children: Elizabeth K., who married Gustavus Hodge; Thomas J., who married a lady named Sarah; John D. (1820-1823) and Wallis (1829-1842).

Elizabeth Kellam was first married to Mason Lillard and had one daughter, Jane W. Lillard, who married Dr. David B. Sanders.

Update on Thomas McCormick, 16 August 2009: From Livingston County, Kentucky Circuit Court rough bundles, 1823, Kentucky Dept for Libraries and Archives, Accession No. A1989-203: "In pursuance of an Act of Congress to establish a uniform rule of naturalization, Thomas McCormick makes the following registry for the purpose of being naturalized ... he migrated from Ireland; previous to his migration he was a subject of George the 3rd King of Great Britain, Ireland &c. That he landed in the United States in the year 1816. He has resided in sd. county of Livingston ... since the 2nd day of Decr 1816 ... his age is 25 years, his business and profession is a merchant and it is his bona fide intention to become a citizen of the United States ... 4th March 1823." Thomas McCormick.

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