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The Lapsleys of what is now Russell Co., KY were relatives of the Wolfords of Adair Co., KY. A soon to be published book has some fascinating poignant accounts to be recalled during the May 30 observance this year

By Tina Reynolds

As Decoration Day approaches this year, the mystery of a young Civil War soldier's death haunts our observance as we ponder what exactly happened to him in a local battle somewhere around here.

In a very small - only 17 graves - family cemetery in Russell Co., KY, the tombstone of the grave of a 20-year-old volunteer soldier reads "in the cause of his country."

This is an example of an early use of this familiar phrase "cause of his country." Obviously, the exact connotations are highly ironic.

The situation of this young man, Wolford, is fraught with ironies of many kinds. A cousin of the famed colonel, Frank Lane Wolford of Adair County, the youth lies buried in the L'Aplsey family cemetery (founded 1823) only a couple of miles across the fields from the birthplace of the well-known Col. Wolford, who was personally acquainted with Pres. Lincoln.

The colonel and the low ranked. The living and the dead, the birthplace and the cemetery. One young, one older. Both in the War. The Lapsleys and the Wolfords had intermarried and thus this Wolford soldier now lies in the Lapsley graveyard. The L'Apsleys (original French version of Lapsley) were early settlers in this part of KY. At that time, Russell Co. was part of Adair Co.

As we weep this year for this young soldier, read the rest of the story about him in a new book by writer Ollye Tine Snow Reynolds, The Mystery of the Cumberland River Pearl and Other Vignettes of Folklore.This book, which is mainly about "The Custom of Visiting on L'Apsley Springs Farm", will soon be available. The local spelling, Lapsley, was the English form of L'Apsley since the ancestors of these early settlers were from France, then England, Scotland, Ireland, and then America, and the Shenandoah.

Ollye Tine is a direct descendant of the Lapsley farm's first settler who purchased this farm in 1802. Submitted by Ollye Tine Snow Reynolds (Thanks so much)

This story was posted on 2010-04-15 07:52:38
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