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Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Rachel Baird Stanfill

I recently found this picture of my 2nd great grandmother, Rachel Stanfill, grave in the Drakes Creek Cemetery in Madison, Arkansas.  Thank goodness for the kind souls who take the time to photograph these cemeteries and share their pictures online.  Some of my ancestors are in parts of the country I may never make it to, so this is certainly a great service for many of us.

Rachel was born in Whitley, Kentucky in 1825, the daughter of Lewis Millard Baird and Elizabeth Woosley.  Lewis later died in a Confederate prison during the Civil War because he was a Union sympathizer who refused to give up the whereabouts of his sons, who were Union soldiers.  Rachel was married to Milton Stanfill in 1842 when she was just 17.  They became the parents of 14 children and worked a farm in the Campbell, Tennessee area until Milton's death in 1887.  Rachel moved to Madison, Arkansas with several of her children, including my great-grandfather, Jesse Carl, who relocated in the Ozark Mountain area of northwest Arkansas.  She died there in 1910 at the age of 85. 
Milton Stanfill and Rachel Baird


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