GRAVE OF "GRANNY WISE"

 From the Cemetery Records compiled by the Lost River Chapter DAR

Transcribed by Karen Hugo


Jackson Township Section 30, T1N R2W Abandoned.

On the Davis Dotson farm, near the boundary line between Jackson and French Lick townships, are two graves with fieldstone markers, no inscriptions. The identity of one person is unknown, the other is Elizabeth Cox Wise, who requested to be buried on the farm where she had spent her last years. She was generally know as "Granny Wise" and is the ancestress of many of those who are buried at Cane Creek cemetery. As a young woman, with husband and two little children, she went with a party of emigrants from North Carolina to Kentucky. On the journey over the mountains her husband turned back to retrieve some piece of equipment which had been left at the last camping place and evidently met with some disaster, for he was never heard of again. In Kentucky, Mrs. Cox married John George Harmon, and later married Jacob Wise, a preacher of the Christian church. Her daughter Polly Cox, born in 1792, married Christopher Flick, Jr. Her son, Thomas Cox, born in 1795, married Elizabeth Ash. "Granny Wise" died about 1849. Jacob Wise died about 1855 and is said to have been buried at Cane Creek Cemetery, but no stone was found.

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