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As Decoration Day Approaches: Fighting for North or South?

Notes on the holiday and the Old Lapsley Cemetery in Russell County
Memorial Day, the modern day version of Decoration Day, is Monday, May 30, 2016

By Tine S. Reynolds

As Decoration Day Approaches: Fighting for North or South?: Elizabeth and Sarah Wolford ("crossing the river of death and resting on the shores") were sisters of Albert P. Wolford who died in "the service of his country" (on his gravestone) in the Civil War. (Old Lapsley Cemetery) This is amazing that which part of the country (North or South?) is not mentioned on the monument.

Juliza Lapsley Wolford, their mother, lived until 1900 at which time she was 87 years old. Her brother John Lane Lapsley lived until 1906; he also was 87 years old at the time of his death.

Isn't this interesting that they lived to the same age? James Lapsley, Sr., has been ascertained to be now a Revolutionary War Patriot in contributing food, horses, and other supplies to the war effort. He received certificates from the state of Virginia for his claims.

He was also an ensign in the state militia but may have not been called for battle, as far as is known at this time. Records are incomplete. His brother John was a hero of the Revolution, as was another brother Samuel.

Both of them received expansive land bounty warrants in KY for having fought in the Revolution. Kentucky has long been considered a so-called "border" state at the time of War for States' Rights with different parts of the state being aligned with the different sides of the War.

This Albert P. Wolford, a very young soldier only 22 years old, was following another Wolford cousin, Col. Frank (the biggest KY hero of the Civil War) in fighting for the Union side, but still having strong feelings and backing for states' rights.

Several "farm stories" including historical ones to be issued soon by Tine S. Reynolds, descendant of Lapsleys. --Tine S Reynolds

This story was posted on 2016-05-24 05:24:17
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