The 1871 family homestead of Maxwell A. Huston in Anchorage, Kentucky was recently purchased by the Drane Family, friends of my sister, Nancy Stanbery, and is presently undergoing renovation. My sister decided she would do a history of the home as a Christmas gift for her friends. Since I am a genealogist of our family, I began researching to see who had owned the home and to my great surprise, I discovered we were related to the Huston family through our ancestors who had migrated from Fauquier Co. Virginia.
Maxwell Anderson Huston was the youngest of five known children of Maxwell Huston and Matilda Withers. His maternal grandfather, Benjamin Withers, was a Revolutionary War Soldier from Fauquier Co. Virginia, who settled in Bullitt Co. Kentucky sometime in the early 1790’s. Benjamin’s wife, Nancy Robinson, was the daughter of Joseph and Martha Robinson. Joseph Robinson and my 6th great grandmother, Anne Robinson, wife of Henry Rector, were brother and sister. Our common ancestor’s are William Robinson and Catherine Taylor. After William Robinson died in the 1730’s Catherine Taylor Robinson married John Rector, the brother of my Henry Rector, Anne’s husband. After the death of John Rector in 1773 the Robinson children were involved in a heated lawsuit for 14 years against their mother and half siblings for the estate they never received when their father died. My 5th great grandmother, Diannah Rector, wife of Jacob Faubion, and Nancy Robinson were 1st cousins. Our Faubion family migrated to Cocke Co. Tennessee in the early 1790’s. Our Rector ancestors are from the first Germanna settlement of 1714. Therefore, we are 3rd cousins, 6x removed to Maxwell A. Huston
Maxwell Huston and Matilda Withers were married in Bullitt Co. Kentucky 15 August 1816 and resided in Shepherdsville. By 1830 they had moved to Louisville and 1833 to Brandenburg, Meade Co Ky before making their final settlement back to Louisville by 1850. Maxwell was a grocer by trade and resided in what is now downtown Louisville. He died in June, 1857 and Matilda died September, 1864. Both are buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in unmarked graves in Section M, Lot 17. Maxwell and Matilda’s other children are Sarah Ann who married Dandridge Dowell; River Boat Capt William W who married Sophia Woodruff; Delia Margaret never married; Elizabeth D who married Dr. Thomas Horace Buck. Sarah and Elizabeth both died young and as far as I can tell have no living descendants. All living descendants of this family are through the two sons William and Maxwell. Read about
seige on Lawrence, Kansas. Matilda Wither's sister, Martha "Patsy" Withers daughter, Elizabeth Duplessis McMahan, and her husband, John Speers were victims of this raid.
Maxwell A. was born 16 Sept 1833 in Brandenburg, Meade Co. Kentucky. As a young man he was educated in the Louisville Public Schools and went to college in Anderson, Indiana. Before 1861 he was a clerk on the Ohio River involved in riverboat shipping and traveled on numerous occasions. Due to the fact his elder brother, William, was a riverboat captain on the Ohio River, it is presumed this may have been how he became involved in the shipping trade. For many years he was Secretary of the River Boat Captain’s Association. With his experience in the shipping trade he obviously saw the need for insuring the cargo of the boats and in 1862 he became engaged in the insurance business and Secretary of the Kentucky Fire and Marine Insurance Company and later Secretary of the Louisville Insurance Company, which he was involved in forming. He made the first tariff on marine risks ever maintained by the Louisville Board of Fire Underwriters. He was one of the first Secretaries of the Louisville Board of Fire Underwriters, then became President in 1883 until the later 1890’s when he retired. He was one of the most widely known insurance men in the State of Kentucky and a prominent businessman in the elite social circles of Louisville.
Maxwell A Huston and Amelia Ann Hibbitt were married in Louisville, Ky on 11 Jan 1854 by Baptist Minister, Squire Larue Helm, brother of two-time Governor of Kentucky John Larue Helm. Rev Helm was minister in Brandenburg, Meade Co. Kentucky in the 1830’s before he went to Louisville. It’s obvious there was a life-long friendship with the Helm family and had known Maxwell from the time he was very young. My sister and I discovered a lawsuit filed in Louisville in 1938 that involved Maxwell’s son, Frank Carter Huston. Hardin Helm Herr, born 1866, an attorney and son of William Wallace Herr and Katherine Bodley Todd, was appointed as Frank’s guardian. His mother, Katherine Todd, was the sister of Emilie Todd, wife of Benjamin Hardin Helm, Confederate Brigadier General of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry “Orphan Brigade”, and prominent lawyer , legislator, and state’s attorney. Benjamin Helm was the son of the Governor of Kentucky mentioned above. The Todd sister’s were the half-sister to Mary Todd, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. Benjamin died on the Battlefield of Chickamauga, Georgia 20 Sept 1863 and was carried from the battlefield by William Wallace Herr, who didn’t marry Katherine Todd until after the war. Herr was aide-de-camp to Benjamin Helm. Under oath, Hardin Helm Herr, testified that he knew Maxwell was dead and that their father’s served together as Confederate soldiers. Although Maxwell’s name doesn’t appear on the Orphan brigade rosters, it is obviously a fact Maxwell was a member. A total list of the roster has been lost according to the history that has been researched. During the War between the States, Maxwell’s brother, Capt William was transporting cargo and soldiers on his boat. There are many well- documented written histories in Kentucky of these families and their association. It was through these social circles that Maxwell’s grandson, prominent lawyer, judge, and Mayor Charles Huston Quin, joined the Helm law firm after he graduated from the University of Louisville. The Helm/Hardin/Larue ancestry also goes back to Fauquier Co. Virginia.
With a growing family of 7 children already born, he had established himself as a businessman of prominence in Louisville, Maxwell purchased a 19 acre tract of land on 13 July 1870, for $5803.00 ¼ mile west of Anchorage on LaGrange Road along the Louisville, Cincinnati, and Lexington Railroad known as Hobb’s Station, which was originally a part of the Isaac Hite patent and later that of Wesley Whipp’s. He purchased the property from three brothers, William H, Thomas Noah, and Steven Levi Maddox. Anchorage was a summer retreat for the social circles of businessmen of Louisville. In 1878, Anchorage was incorporated and Maxwell served on the board of trustees.
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He built a two-story frame, gable-front-and-wing form, Italiante style home for the family and one for servants quarters. It is believed that he had moved into the house by 1871 before the birth of his 9th child, William A, who was born 11 Jan 1872 in Anchorage. The Louisville City Directory of 1871 shows him still residing at his home at 438 Walnut, between 11th and 12th in Louisville, and the 1872 shows him in Anchorage. The property remained in family hands until 1955 when his son, Frank’s wife Irma Neva Sizemore Huston sold it. It was then sub-divided in 1960 as Springhill Subdivision and consequently most of the land was separated, leaving the old homestead on approximately an acre of land consisting of two lots. A new room addition and garage are being added to the existing house. The interior hails of the décor of the time it was built with the original staircase, wainscoting, fireplaces, chandliers, and hardwood floors. It was in deplorable condition when it was purchased in July, 2010, but no doubt will be a masterpiece of grandeur when the renovation is completed. Estimated completion will be in the Spring or early summer of 2011. No doubt it will be ready to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the oldest homes in Anchorage.
The newly built home was bustling with their growing family of children: Matilda Buck “Tillie” born 24 May 1855; Margaret Mauzey “Maggie” born 10 July 1857; Samuel Montgomery born according to family bible records 17 Oct 1859; Frank Carter born 16 Mar 1862; Edwin H. born 1864; Maxwell Roberts born 13 Sept 1867; and Robert Lee born Dec 1869. Then three more followed: William A 11 Jan 1872, who is believed to be the first born in this home; Horace Burrill born 23 Sept 1873, and Mary Pilson born 27 Mar 1876.
The first of the family tragedies we are aware of is the death of their small daughter, Amelia Hibbitt Huston, born sometime in the middle 1860’s and died in May of 1867, as she was buried 18 May in Cave Hill Cemetery. Knowledge of this child was found when we researched Cave Hill cemetery records. She is buried in Maxwell’s plot. Obviously she is their daughter named after her mother.
The two eldest daughters, Tillie and Maggie, were the first to marry. The possibility that they were married in the home does exist based on the fact that was the usual custom of the time. I can imagine them gracefully descending the long curved staircase in their fancy Southern belle gowns. Tillie married 21 Sept 1875 to Joseph B Quin, and Maggie married Benjamin Franklin Pilson 3 months later on 21 Dec 1875. While Amelia was still bearing children, her older daughters were marrying and beginning their own families at the same time. The first grandchild was born only 5 months after Amelia had given birth to their youngest child Mary.
On August 4, 1876 Tillie gave birth to her only child, Charles Huston Quin, who in 1921 would become one of the most profound Mayor’s the City of Louisville has ever known. He was born in Anchorage and possibly in his grandparent’s home. When Huston Quin was only 17 months old his mother died of lung complications on 25 Jan 1878. She is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery with a tombstone listed as Tillie, wife of J.B. Quin. After the death of his mother, he was raised by Maxwell and Amelia, and grew to manhood in their home, thereby establishing another significant asset as being the childhood home of the Mayor of Louisville. Maxwell provided care for his grandson and a college education at the University of Louisville to become a lawyer. After he graduated, in 1900 he entered the Bruce & Helm law firm in Louisville through his grandfather’s early connections with the Helm family.
Huston was married 8 June 1904 to Martha B Rivers, a native of Florida. She was born 8 Sept 1880 and died 13 Mar 1944. Their home address was 224 Kennedy Ct, Louisville. Through his own determination, honesty, and hard work Huston became a prominent lawyer, banker, city attorney, judge for the court of appeals, mayor, President of the Kentucky Sunday School Association, and President of the Louisville Title & Trust Company.
When he was elected mayor in 1921, he walked into a disaster left behind by his predecessors, but through his expert knowledge of the law, he cleaned up the city and contributed to it’s enormous progress. During his term as mayor, in 1922 he ironically accepted George Grey Barnard’s bronze statute of Abraham Lincoln presented as a gift to the city from Mr and Mrs Isaac W Bernheim, another Anchorage socialite, who was a whiskey distiller of I. W. Harper. The statute stands along Fourth Street outside the main library in downtown Louisville.
He was the first mayor to announce the appointment of “Negroes” in the Fire and Police Department, a telephone system, public sewers, the first stop lights and street lamps, a project for a new bridge across the Ohio River, and many other important projects. Huston Quin Park located at 4105 S. 1st Street, Louisville is named in his honor.
Huston and Martha didn’t have any children. Such a tragedy to not have left children who could boast of their pride of such a successful and kind man. Until his death, Huston served in many capacities for members of the family as their attorney. He died of a heart ailment on 14 Aug 1938. He and Martha are both buried in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery, Louisville.
Margaret “Maggie” Mauzey Huston Pilson started her family in 1877 and had a total of 8 children: Raymond Huston Pilson 26 Jan 1877; Maurice Clifford 25 Dec 1878; Amelia Erie “Amelie” 5 Jun 1881; Samuel Maxwell 5 Oct 1883; Zelma P 22 Sept 1886; Edwin Huston 14 May 1889; Marguerite Huston 21 Jun 1895; and Olga Leigh 5 May 1898. Ben was a railway supply merchant, born in Baltimore, Maryland 25 June 1852. His father was in the railroad business with the L & N Railroad and moved to Louisville after the war. His first railroad experience was with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. He worked hard, and soon won many promotions. His thorough knowledge of the railroad business attracted the attention of the officials of the Richmond, Danville, and Southern Railroad, and he was given a position with that system. Maggie and Ben left Louisville in the early 1880’s and moved to Richmond, Henry Co. Virginia. Ben withdrew from the Southern Railroad in 1890 and entered into a general supply business, of which he was the active head until his death. He built up a trade that won for him a fortune. At the time of his death he was the formal representative of six large supply companies, and vice president of the Ajax Metal Company, of Philadelphia, and of the Armspear Manufacturing Company, of New York. Among a few of the concerns in which he had an interest are the Railway Steel Spring Company, of New York; the Chicago Railway Equipment Company, the Weir Frog Company, of Cincinnati, and the Hale Kilburn Company, of Philadelphia and New York.
In the early 1900’s they left Richmond and moved to Washington D.C. where they purchased a home at 1825 Phelps Place from Thomas F Walsh, mining millionaire, who’s daughter, Evalyn Walsh McLean, was the owner of the famous “Hope Diamond” and the Washington Post. The Pilson’s were high society in Washington, D.C. and rubbing elbows in the Presidential circles of Theodore Roosevelt. The Washington Post Newspaper is rampant with the reporting of their social activities. In an article provided by a living granddaughter, Betty Imirie, daughter of Edwin, compiled by Experienced Newspaper Men for General Newspaper and Library Reference it states of Maggie “In the early railroad days Mr Pilson wedded Miss Margaret Huston, of Louisville, who belonged to one of the noted families, and was herself a celebrated beauty of the Blue Grass State. Though far past the age of youth, Mrs Pilson still retains much of the grace of movement and beauty of feature which sets hearts throbbing in her girlhood in her Louisville home.” Ben died 6 Oct 1911 leaving a large estate to his wife and children. Maggie lived until 19 May 1948 and after her death, the children sold their home to the Russian government and it is now the Russian Cultural Centre. Three of the Pilson children are the Founders of the Friends of the Russian Cultural Centre.
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Many tales have been told to me when I contacted the living descendants I could find. Two granddaughters still survive who were both married in the mansion, Jackie Lee of Warrenton, VA, daughter of Olga; and Betty Imirie of Chevy Chase, MD, daughter of Edwin’s 2nd marriage. Another descendant, a granddaughter of Amelie Erie Pilson Wood is Amelie Ronayne Gates of New Jersey. They have all contributed photographs and various information about the family. As with all our families, their lives were not picture perfect just because they had money. They had their ups and downs like everyone else. Jackie commented that their upbringing was strict and you weren't allowed to marry outside your social position. However, that did happen on several occasions and the children paid the price.
Samuel Montgomery Huston, the eldest and first son, was involved as assistant secretary to his father in the insurance business. Not much is known about Samuel as he has no living descendants that can be found. He married 1st to Lillie Ormsby Stewart 3 Apr 1884. They had one daughter, Bessie who was born 10 Jan 1885. She married a man from Missouri, Cornelius L Butts and they had no children. Bessie helped raise Cornelius’ children by a previous marriage. When Bessie was 10 years old her mother died on 16 June 1895 and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery. Samuel again married on 3 Feb 1902 to Georgie E Sample. There is some suspicion of a daughter Elizabeth, who was born abt 1910, but I can’t find anymore about her. Sam and Georgie lived in Louisville. He died 26 Nov 1937 in Anchorage and is buried with Georgie in Cave Hill Cemetery. Bessie died 25 Sep 1952 and is also buried at Cave Hill.
Frank Carter Huston, the 2nd son, remained in the family homestead after the death of his parents. His father gave specific instructions in his will to allow Frank to continue to farm and use the outbuildings after his death. Frank had bouts with epilepsy and psychotic behavior most of his life and most likely the reason his father left specific instructions in his will. Frank ended up purchasing the homestead from his remaining siblings and heirs their interest they inherited when their father died. He was 45 years old when he finally married on 17 July 1907 to Irma Neva Sizemore, who was his junior by 22 years and a native of College Hill, Mississippi born 8 Apr 1884. They had two children Irma Edwina born 8 Sept 1908 and Carter Quin born 4 Jan 1916. Edwina has one daughter, Nancy Wilhoyte Clem of Louisville and Carter has one daughter, Susan Huston Lanke of Florida, who survive. Nancy has been instrumental in working with us to provide stories and photographs of Frank’s family and the house. She grew up there and has first hand knowledge of the later years and when the house was sold out of the family. When I first contacted her she was beside herself with joy to learn that she would be able to once again have access to her family home, let alone being related to us.
During their married life, Frank was in and out of Central States Mental Hospital which is located only a few blocks from their home. Irma finally had him committed in 1926. In the law suit of 1938, mentioned earlier, we discovered that Irma was quite the financier! She had gone to work as a telephone operator in Anchorage barely making a penance of a salary. Edwina and her husband, Kenneth Wilhoyte, had moved out and Carter and his wife, Lottie Harley Young, were still living with Irma. The bill at Central States hadn’t been paid since he was admitted in 1926, and the State Welfare Dept in Frankfort, was about to evict her out of the house for the bill. By this time, Huston Quin, the family attorney was dead and once again the Helm/Herr family friends and Huston Quin’s associates were called upon to assist. Since Frank’s name was on the deed, Irma had to go through the court in order to gain control of the property, but she didn’t want it in her name because of the bill at Central States. Between her and the attorneys they found a “strawman” to do a so-called purchase of the property, who was the nephew of Irma through her sister Octavia Sizemore Cooper. His name was Claude Vernon Cooper and he was the Assistant Cashier at People’s Bank in Hazard, Kentucky. They negotiated a settlement with the Welfare Dept and had the bill reduced to $600. Claude agreed to pay the bill of $600 and all the court costs and purchase the property. Irma never moved out of the property and about three months later, Claude deeded the property back to her, but she never had it recorded until a few years after Frank’s death. Pretty smart the ‘ole gal was to save her home. She barely made enough money to support herself, let alone pay a bill at the hospital for Frank. Nancy Wilhoyte Clem relates the story from her father about Frank, that when he put his hat on backwards it was time to go back to Central States. Of course, in those days people looked down on those kinds of issues, which caused much embarrassment for the families. However, one can’t help what they are plagued with in life circumstances. Frank died at Central States 3 Nov 1943. In 1950 Irma started selling off the land in parcels and by 1955 she sold the house and moved over to St. Matthews. Irma died 8 Nov 1967 and both are buried at Cave Hill. Edwina died 29 May 1990 and is also buried there. Carter Quin Huston had moved to Clear Water, Pinellas Co. Florida in the 1970’s and died there 28 Dec 1989.
Edwin H Huston, the 3rd son, was involved in the insurance business with his father. He worked as a clerk for the Louisville Insurance Company and married when he was about 36 years old. Although a marriage record hasn’t been found, he married Lorena Meota Walker born 18 Sep 1873 in Louisville. Edwin was the 3rd son to die of tuberculosis on 28 July 1902 at his father’s house in Anchorage. His obituary appeared in the Courier Journal the day after he died just showing Maxwell as his father and the fact that he died at his father’s home. Edwin had been given a small piece of the original 19 acres of land, but I don’t know if there was ever a dwelling there. He may have just lived with his parents. He lived at various locations in Louisville prior to his marriage, but the 1902 Louisville City Directory shows him living in Anchorage. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in an unmarked grave in Section M Lot 65 by his parents and siblings. He left an infant daughter, Marguerite Pilson Huston born 1 Mar 1901 in Jefferson Co. Edwin’s will and inventory estate settlement lists her and she received her final settlement in 1922 after she turned 21. Her grandmother, Mildred “Minnie” Frances Simpson, wife of Simeon Henry Walker served as her guardian. I can find nothing after 1920 on Lorena or her mother to indicate they died in Jefferson Co. nor can I find them in the 1930 census. Marguerite was married in Jefferson Co 16 Oct 1920 to Joseph P. Bergantz who was born in New York 4 March 1895. Shortly after she received her settlement they moved to Detroit, Michigan where Joseph worked in an auto plant as a drafting clerk. Marguerite had at least two known sons, Joseph E born abt 1924 in Michigan; and James W born 8 Oct 1929 died 13 Jan 1986. James is buried alone in Maple Grove Cemetery, Munising, Alger Co. Michigan. There may be descendants from this family, but I have not found them. The social security death index lists Marguerite as dying Jan 1966 and her husband May 1964 and last benefit in Michigan, but doesn’t show where. I have not found where they are buried.
Maxwell Roberts Huston was called Mack, the 4th son, wasn’t involved in the insurance business. Mack had bought his own property adjacent to his father’s land from Mary Whipps. He worked for the railroad and in 1910 was postmaster of Anchorage. He was first married to Katherine Moesser 20 Oct 1892. She was a native of Shelby Co and was born 8 Sept 1875. Katherine was in Florida with Maxwell A. when he died in 1906. Apparently Katherine was well thought of by her father in law, because in 1897 she and Mack were having marital problems. Maxwell and Amelia deeded her a small portion of land along LaGrange Rd next to Edwin’s property as a gift due to the marital problems. The records haven’t been checked to see if they were ever divorced, but a deed between them shows as a settlement just prior to Katherine dying. They had one son together, Horace Hibbitt Huston born 31 Aug 1894. Katherine and Horace loaned money to Frank and Irma around 1918 and took a lien against the property. That debt wasn’t paid for many years, but eventually Horace released the lien. Katherine died 4 April 1921 and was shipped to Shelbyville for burial. Horace was excluded from the will of his father because his father thought he could fin for himself. Horace had moved to Teaneck, New Jersey by 1930 and died there 3 April 1988. His wife’s name was Geraldine and they had at least one son, Craig B Huston who was born 6 June 1929 in New Jersey and died 10 Oct 2006 in Pompano Beach, Florida. It is unknown if he had children, but appears to have been married to a woman by the name of Madelyn. After Katherine’s death, Mack married Fannie Cage who was 18 years his junior and born 21 May 1885 in Wilkinson Co. Mississippi. During their marriage Mack deeded all of his property to Fannie. They had one daughter together, Jean Maxwell Huston born in 1923, who possibly could still be alive and living in Florida. She married Philip Henry Wilken 31 May 1942 in Bowling Green, KY. Philip died in Gulf Breeze, Florida 20 Aug 2006 leaving 3 known children Lisa, Philip, and Rebecca all of whom were born in the 1950’s in Louisville. Philip was an Organic Chemist and worked for Monsanto for 22 years and also was a chemistry professor at Pensacola Junior College for 14 years. Mack died 5 Oct 1941 and is buried in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. When Mack wrote his will he left everything to Fannie and his daughter, and nothing to Horace as mentioned before. There was 29 years age difference between the two children. At some point in time before the move to Florida about 1973, Jean, Philip and Fannie moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Fannie died there 19 Dec 1964 and is buried at Raleigh Memorial Park Cemetery.
Robert Lee Huston, 5th son, in 1887 was working as a clerk for the L & N Railroad office. At some point he moved to San Antonio, Bexar Co. Texas in the 1890’s. He married a widow Carolyn Cotton Morriss Breeding 26 Dec 1898 in Bexar Co. She had a son Millard Selby Breeding who assumed the name of Huston after she married Robert. Robert had one daughter, Rita Maxwell Huston born 8 Aug 1900 in San Antonio. Robert was the 2nd son to die of tuberculosis on 12 Feb 1902 in San Antonio. His body was sent back to Louisville and he is buried in an unmarked grave in Cave Hill with his parents and siblings. His estate was handled by Huston Quin and his wife was guardian of their daughter until she became of age. His wife married a third time to Wilbur Higby, who was an actor of silent films in Hollywood between 1914 and 1934. Their daughter and ½ sibling to Rita Maxwell Huston, Mary Jane Higby was a Network Radio Soap Actress and married Actor Guy Sorrell. Rita’s mother was a real estate agent in Hollywood and eventually moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where she died 1 July 1962. Rita married Harold Henry Quackenbush and also died In Flagstaff 4 Aug 1982. Rita is buried with her husband in Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff. Rita was also a real estate agent. It is not known if Harold and Rita had any children as she still wasn’t married in 1930 when they were living in Los Angeles, California.
William A. Huston, 6th son, was the first child to be born in the new home that Maxwell built in Anchorage. He never married and worked for his father at the Louisville Insurance Company as a clerk and the L & R Railroad. William was also an epileptic and lived most of his life at the family homestead with Frank and Irma after his parents died. Sometime after 1900, Maxwell and Amelia separated due to martial problems and she lived at various locations in Louisville from 1902 until her death in 1908. According to Jackie Lee, Amelia was mentally troubled and about drove Maxwell crazy because she wouldn’t leave him alone and the reason he went to Florida was to get away from her. William lived with his mother after the separation in Louisville along with her brother, Frederick Hibbitt, who was a harnessmaker. William died at the family homestead of his birth in Anchorage of bronchial pneumonia on 14 Mar 1941. Irma, Frank’s wife was informant for his death certificate. William is buried in an unmarked grave with his parents and siblings in Cave Hill Cemetery.
Horace Burrill Huston, 7th son, was the 2nd child born at the family homestead in Anchorage. He was never married as far as I can tell and died a young man at his parents home at the age of 20. He was the first of the children to die of tuberculosis on 18 Aug 1893. He has a very elaborate tombstone in Cave Hill Cemetery in his father’s family plot in Section M, Lot 65.
Mary Pilson Huston sometimes referred to as “Mayme”, the 4th daughter, and youngest child lived to the age of 103. She was married 7 Oct 1895 to Horatio Curtis McCorkhill. The Courier Journal article of 8 Oct 1895 describes her wedding: The marriage of Mr. H. C. McCorkhill and Miss Mayme Huston took place yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the presence of a large assemblage of friends at the Broadway Christian church. Mr. Hathaway was at the organ, and as the couple entered Mendelssohn's wedding march was played. The bride is a daughter of a prominent resident of Anchorage and is a very lovely young woman. She wore a becoming gown of blue cloth trimmed in moss green velvet, with trimmings on hat and gloves of green. The ceremony was impressively performed by the pastor, Elder Dowling. The ushers were Messrs. Huston Quin, Daniel Sauer, R. Huston and Rudolph Rufer.
Mary and Horatio had two daughters, Lillie Stewart born 14 Feb 1897 and Zelma Tafel born 19 Jul 1908. Lillie married 28 Apr 1915 to Chester Callahan Smith and had daughters Nancy, Sue, and Barbara. The Smith’s left Louisville and lived in Columbus, Ohio in 1920 and returned by 1930. They then moved to Memphis, Tennessee at somepoint where Lillie died Aug 1985 and Chester in Oct 1982. I have no further information on the three daughters.
The last I find Zelma was in 1928 when she is listed as a student in the Cambridge, Massachusetts City Directory. No further information is know about her.
Sometime in the 1940’s Horatio and Mary moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where he died in 1952. Whether Mary remained there is unknown, but she died Oct 1979 and her social security death index record shows her last benefit as Middletown, Henry Co. Indiana. Her body was brought back to Louisville and she is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery with her parents and siblings and has a small tombstone. We checked for an obituary in the Louisville newspapers, but didn’t find one.
Maxwell Anderson died in Miami, Dade Co. Florida 13 Feb 1906 and his body was brought back to Louisville and he was buried 15 Feb in his family plot in an unmarked grave in Section M, Lot 65. In his will he gave instructions to purchase a tombstone, but for some reason there isn’t one. It seems odd since he had left a sizeable estate that it wasn’t purchased. His death had come as a shock to his children because Samuel had just received a letter from him stating he was doing better. He apparently went to Florida for health reasons besides the fact that Amelia was driving him crazy and he needed to get away. His death record lists the cause of death as uremia. He had gone to Florida in Nov of 1905 with his daughter in law, Mack’s wife, Katherine, who was with him when he died. He was a Mason, being one of the oldest members of Abraham Lodge of Louisville. The family home that he built in 1871 remained in his family for a total of 84 years. All the grandchildren who’s parents had died were provided for out of his estate. Guardians had been appointed for all of them until they reached their age of majority.
Amelia Ann Hibbitt was born 22 April 1834 in Louisville, the daughter of Charles C Hibbitt and his first wife, Ann Dolling, who were married 26 July 1829 in Jefferson Co. Anne Dolling’s father was Robert. She had at least two-full brothers, Frederick and Edwin who were harnessmakers. Edwin moved to Greencastle, Indiana and had 8 children and died there in 1909. Frederick also died in 1909 in Louisville and had lived with Amelia after her separation. Amelia’s father was married two more times to Maria C Hand 14 Dec 1837 in Jefferson Co., and Lucy King 5 Apr 1843 in Bullitt Co and had a child by each marriage. Emeline Hibbitt dau of Maria, born 31 Jan 1843 d 19 May 1922 Louisville, wife of Daniel Jones and Frederick Schlange; and James Hibbitt, son of Lucy, born 1844 and he lived in Bullitt Co and was raised by his grandmother, Jane Wigginton wife of Nelson King. James married Hulda Ann Ralls 12 Jan 1863 and had 5 known children. I think he died quite young. Charles died sometime between 1844 and 1850 possibly in Bullitt Co. Kentucky. It is presumed he was born in England sometime in the early 1800’s, as Amelia lists her parents as being born in England on the census records. It appears he may have had a brother Robert who resided in Louisville at the same time.
Amelia died suddenly on 14 Dec 1908 of what is presumed a heart attack while sitting in an easy chair in the family homestead while visiting Frank and William. One of the family members found her unconscious and called the doctor, but she had died by the time he got there. The funeral took place at the house on the 15 Dec 1908. She is buried by her husband and children in Cave Hill Cemetery, Section M, Lot 65. She was a life long member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church.
Before their deaths, Maxwell and Amelia had lost 5 of their 11 children; 1 to lung complications which could have been pneumonia or tuberculosis, the 3 boys to tuberculosis, and the baby girl of unknown causes.
We want to express our gratitude to the family members: Jackie Lee, Betty Pilson Imirie, Nancy Wilhoyte Clem, and Amelie Ronayne Gates for their contributions of all the lovely photographs and family stories. The wonderful portraits of Maxwell and Amelia were contributed by Jackie Lee. I know they will be treasured by the Drane’s, and an added asset to the home.
Researched and compiled by sisters, Nancy Stanbery and Carolyn Whitaker, Genealogist