THE CINNAMOND TREE: Cinnamon's Attic

Miscellaneous (or Misc) is defined in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language thusly: Things that are similar in kind but sufficiently unlike on secondary levels as to defy orderly classification. That pretty much sums up this page, --sufficiently unlike stuff that defies orderly classification.



Cinnamon Family Bible I*

    • John W. Moore, born Aug 29, 1811
    • Susannah Moore Cinnamond,, Feb 8, 1835
    • John A. Cinnamond, Aug 2, 1819   (Dad's father)
    • James Bowen Cinnamond, Apr 20 1841
    • Susan Jane Cinnamond, May 15 1842    (Half sister to dad)
    • John Alvin Cinnamond, Mar 12, 1844    (Half brother to dad)
    • Sarildah Emerine Cinnamond, Aug 19, 1852
    • Sarah Elizabeth Cinnamond, Oct 10, 1864
    • Mary Alice Cinnamond, Feb 20 1856
    • Martha Elen Cinnamond, Jun 17 1857
    • William T. Cinnamond, Apr 21 1846    (Half brother to dad, mother's husband)
    • Alfred Brunner Cinnamond, Jan 2, 1863
    • Harrison Herndon Cinnamond, Sept 19, 1865
    • M.M. Cinnamond, Oct 19, 1868    (1868-21)
    • Mildred Ann Cinnamond, Oct 19,1849
    • Sarelda E. Cinnamond, died Feb 16, 1848 (Grandpa's)
    • James Bowen Cinnamond died Oct 1848


    1. Self-Interpreting New Testament; cover intact but pages citing publisher and publication date missing
    2. Italics indicate writer's notations (believed to be Corine Cinnamond, d/o of Harrison H. Cinnamond)
    3. Hand-writing appears to be that of a single individual
    4. Spelling variations for the surname used throughout, i.e., Cinnamond and Cinnamon
    5. Items within the pages of the bible included:
      • A lock of Etta Cinnamon's hair
      • A lock of what is believed to be Lulie Cinnamon's hair
      • Dried flowers
      • Obits from the Gadsden (ALA) Daily Times News, June 28, 1915, one for the death of a Mr.Springate, son of Richard Springate of Mercer County and uncle of Grover Springate of Springville; another for Sidney Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Johnson of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky;
      • An old photograph of a man and woman who may be husband and wife; could be brother and sister; might be just two old friends who weren't having a very good day. Truth is...we don't know who the heck they are! If you do...dinner's on us!
      • A hand-written recipe: 1 teaspoon fresh cream;  3 drops of spirits of camphor in eye glass; : Wash every night for two are three weeks;  Be ready for bed before using and tie a silk handkerchief over yes until morning;   Make fresh every day

    [*Property of James N. Cinnamon Louisville, KY; transcribed by Mary Cinnamon, 4/24/98]

    Naming Traditions

    While this tradition is not etched in stone, it was a common practise among Irish families faced with the dilemma of attaching an appropriate "handle" to the creature wreaking havoc in the back bedroom. (It also might explain why there are 476 Williams in that one line you can't seem to connect to any other line on God's green earth.)

    • First Son: Father's Father
    • Second Son: Mother's Father
    • Third Son: Father
    • Fourth Son: Father's Oldest Brother
    • Fifth Son: Father's 2nd Oldest Brother OR Mother's Oldest Brother
    • First Daughter: Mother's Mother
    • Second Daughter: Father's Mother
    • Third Daughter: Mother
    • Fourth Daughter: Mother's Oldest Sister
    • Fifth Daughter: Mother's 2nd Oldest Sister OR Father's Oldest Sister

    It's uncertain how this tradition plays out in families with more than ten children or families with ten daughters (Yikes) or ten sons (double Yikes!!) After five kids, who can remember anything anyway? Let's face it. Children --God love 'em-- significantly increase the speed at which the body, brain and bank book deteriorate. I'm with Foreman. Name 'em all George!

    [Note: It's also been suggested that if an ancestor was blessed with a given name such as Patrick, Joseph, Michael, i.e, a "certified" saint's name, he/she was likely to be from a Catholic family and (probably) from the Republic of Ireland. If an ancestor was Protestant, it might be best to begin research in Northern Ireland.]

    ** Cinnamon Heroes of '41 **

    Fever Victim Is Reported Improving

    "The condition of 4-year old Vernon Reed Lowery, Amelia Ohio, Rocky Mountain spotted fever fictim, was reported to be improving late Friday. Young Lowery is a patient at Children's Hospital

    "Admitted to the hospital Monday, Lowery was given a blood transfusion by two children who had recovered from the disease. They were Gilda Cinnamon, 12, and her brother James, 6, both of 1229 Ross Avenue, Price Hill, who volunteered for a blood transfusion on consent of their mother, Mrs. Hazel Cinnamon. They contributed a pint and a half of blood together. Physicians administered the blood to the victim Monday night."

    [Source: Encrusted, golden-brown newspaper clipping located in a box of old family photographs belonging to Hazel Mae Riley Cinnamon. The clipping was stuck between a photograph of Cousin Hansford Riley and a very homely infant of undetermined origin.]


    The Anderson County Kentucky Militia

    Small on talk, big on action, the following members of the Cinnamon family enrolled in the Anderson County Militia during the years 1861-1865:
    1. W.T. Cinnamond
    2. G.W. Cinnamond
    3. W.H. Cinnamond
    4. G.T. Cinnamond
    5. M.C. Cinnamond
    6. John A. Cinnamond
    7. George Cinnamond

    [Source: Our Heritage, Wyatt Shely, Anderson County News, Oct 1961]


    A member of the Washington County KY listserv contributed the following information to assist in determining the period in which your ancestor was buried. Nifty bit o' trivia! [Take notes; you will be tested!]

  •       Slate or common fieldstone: ca 1796-1830
  •       Flat-topped marble: ca 1830-1849
  •       Round or pointed soft marble with cursive inscription: ca 1845-1868
  •       Masonic four-sided stones: ca 1850 to present day
  •       Pylons, columns and "exotic" monuments: ca 1860-1900
  •       Zinc monuments: ca 1870-1900
  •       Granite (common today): ca 1900 to present day

      HELPFUL HINT: Faded writing can miraculously appear through the use of a 75 watt black light bulb. Cast the light directly on the inscription and Voila!

      IN THE NEWS...

      • John A. Cinnamon was married 31 August 1848, to Susannah Moore, daughter of James C. Moore, Missouri. Descendants of this family may still be found in Anderson, Mercer and surrounding areas.
      • G. W. Cinnamon was married September 6, 1863 to Ann Ragen by Elder James W. Smith. W. T. Cinnamon was married to Mrs. Lulie Drugan, November 1, 1888, by Rev. J. T. Ragan. Marriage was at the Corinth Christian Church.
      • Pastor Ragan also performed the marriage ceremony of G.C. Perry and Miss Rhoda E. Cinnamon, October 15, 1891 at the home of George Cinnamon.
      • Other early Cinnamon marriages in Anderson County include Harrison H. to Bessie Long, 1884; W.H. to Mary Ruble, 1871; Marcus to Malinda Ann Marlowe, 1871; H. H. to Lulie Cinnamon, 1892; and Gordon to Dories Mahurion, 1878.
      • For many years descendants of these families lived in the Mt. Vernon area of this and Shelby counties. Rev. W. D. Moore, in his index to funerals, lists funerals of Holly Cinnamon, February 22, 1932, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Bruner Cinnamon, April 20, 1929, her home; Henry Cinnamon, March 22, 1928, Mt. Vernon; and H. Cinnamon, 76, February 28, 1919, Mt. Vernon.
      • Harrison Cinnamon was the first of the more than a thousand persons baptized by the late W. D. Moore.
      • A brother (to Willie Cinnamond), Mark Cinnamon, also served in World War I. He returned home uninjured.
      • Still living are two brothers and two sisters of Willie Cinnamon. Both brothers, Alfred and Melvin, reside in Louisville. The sister, Lula (Mrs. Willie Royalty) and Jennie (Mrs. J. B. Dalton) both live in Burgin, Mercer County. A number of nephews and nieces of the Cinnamon soldier brothers live here.

      [Our Heritage, Wyatt Shely, Anderson County News, Oct 1961]


      1. Melvin Royce Cinnamond, Sr., grandson of John B. Cinnamond and Mildred Overstreet, ran Calumet Farms for over 20 years. The owner, Miss Markey, even named a horse after him, --CINNAMON'S CHOICE-- which, as it turned out, brought home enough "bacon" to more than pay for his room and board. Additionally, the illustrious Alydar was a result of breeding lines set up by MRC, and the Queen Mum herself requested that MRC fly to England to consult her on the condition of the royal stables. Alright Melvin!
        [Source: Rocky Cinnamon, Lynchburg OH, grandson of MRC, Sr.]

      2. The Surname CINNAMOND is the 74,127th most popular last name in the United States; frequency is 0.0000%; percentile is 89.059.
        [Source: CBN]

      Had it not been for the buffalos and other wild game I am satisfied that Kentucky could not have been settled at the time it was, for this constituted the main resource with the settlers who were frequently without bread and salt. In the winter it ws hung up in an open house and kept frozen; in the summer it was jerked in the woods and afterwards used in that state, sometimes recooked with butter and cream, of which we had an abundance. There were some 40 to 50 persons in my fathers family. One bushel of salt was as much as we could procur a year; the article was manufactured at Mann's Lick and at Bullit's Lick, in the neighborhood of Louisville, and was procured in the upper settlements with great trouble and risk. I have frequently seen a party of 10 or 15 hunters n the woods for a week with a little bag of salt containing perhaps a gill, which of course was used most sparingly. The hump of the buffalo was the choice delicacy with the hunters; when they were killed near our forts, they were split into ["in two"] with a pole, or, when too heavy for that, with the assistance of a sapling, bent down for the purpose, half the buffalo put upon the pack saddle and taken in. When killed at a distance from the forts, the skins were taken off and used as a sack, in which 3 or 4 hundred pounds of meat was carried at a load. But the constant dread of Indians made this an unwelcome business to all but the intrepid, as they were frequently fired on with these heavy loads on their horses, the riders sometimes on the packs, in such cases to get clear of the loads and save their lives was no trifling consideration

      . [Excerpt from a letter by Nathaniel Hart to Draper, 1838, courtesy of Bob Francis, 16 Jun 2000]

      NEIGHBORS: Alex and Wilena Cinnamond

      Our featured "neighbors" this week will undoubtedly bring smiles to the faces of many of our readers, for Alex and Wilena Cinnamond are well known in many Frankfort circles.

      Wilena grew up in Bald Knob, but moved to town and married Alex, from Shelby County, in 1936. Two sons and six grandchildren later, the Cinnamond's primary concern is their Etc. Shop, a familiar storefront on St. Clair Mall.

      But shopkeeping is a relatively recent endeavor. Alex worked for the Standard Oil Co for 35 years, --remember Scotty and Alex Service Station on Second Street? Alex recalls catering to all kinds of notables while in the servcie station business, --Sen. Barkley, Elvis Presley's parents, Peter, Paul and Mary to name a few.

      Then, Alex says, he "tried retirement" for about ten years, after major surgery made it impossible to continue strenuous service station work. Those retirement years proved ideal for adventuresome travelers like the Cinnamonds. They've logged trips to Europe, Africa, South America, Ireland.

      Wilena was thrilled with the Carribean. "All my life I've wanted to see it. I didn't know that water was so blue; I'll never forget that."

      Alex commented on the breath-taking view from the 14, 000 foot peaks of Humboldt, in the Andes Mountains.

      Another memorable experience evolved when an old school chum called one day, wondering whether Alex would like to go to the races...accompaniedby General Wainwright.

      "This was after World War II," recalled Alex, "I said sure, and we borrowed some seven-passenger cars from the funeral home and met Gen. Wainwright at the airport. I arranged for police escorts, and someone called ahead and they opened up the gates at Keeneland for Gen. Wainwright. They say that's the only time anybody ever entered the racetrack wthout paying."

      Today, the archives at the state arsenal have the uniform worn by the General that day at the races.

      Wilena and Alex are charter members of Historic Frankfort, have been involved with the Odd Fellows for forty years, and are actively involved with the Kentucky Genealogical Society.

      Wilena says she wasn't interested in history at all until someone called and said they had an old picture of a Dr. Cinnamond.

      "You know, looking at a picture always makes you wonder," she said, "and I wanted to know who he was. We visited and asked relatives first, then branched out from there."

      The search led to Ireland, prompting a trip there, which the Cinnamonds agree was their favorite.

      "It's kind of scary over in Northern Ireland," Alex commented, making reference to the on-going civil war between Catholics and Protestants in that country. Seemingly undaunted by any danger, the Cinnamonds prepared to take a key to the city of Frankfort to the Lord Mayor of Dublin. To the delight and surprise of their Irish hosts, Alex and Wilena were granted an appointment with the Lord Mayor, the equivalent to a private meeting with the governor here!

      That trip in 1978 will benefit the whole Frankfort community. Kathleen Neill, an Irish genealogist, will be a houseguest of the Cinnamonds, while touring the United States this fall. She has agreed to hold a public seminar in genealogy and show slides of Ireland, at Highland Christian Church, in November. Watch the newspaper for details.

      [Source: Tri-County BUYERS GUIDE, Vol 1, No. 34, July 20, 1983]

      Cinnamon Family Bible II

      Family Record Births

      • H. H. Cinnamon, Sep 19, 1865
      • Lulie M. Cinnamon, Dec 2, 1868
      • Maudie T. Cinnamon, Mar 23, 1886
      • Edie C Cinnamon, Mar 3, 1890
      • Susie Ethiel Cinnamon, 1893 Jan 27
      • Mary Etter Cinnamon 1895 May 22
      • Corine Cinnamon, Feb 8, 1897
      • John A. Cinnamon, Jul 10, 1898
      • Charley H. Cinnamon was born Oct 27, 1900
      • Allen Cashfield Cinnamon died Jun 2, 1970 b: Jan 9, 1905

      • Goldie Eveline Cinnamon, Feb 18, 1907
      • Emily May Gibbens, Dec 28, 1908
      • James Harrison Cinnamon, Jan 13, 1911
      • Dorothy Vernon McChesney, Aug 7, 1914
      • Mrs. Lizzie Long died April 3, 1910
      • Carl Stewart McChesney born March 25, 1917
      • W. T. Cinnamon died Aug 22, 189_
      • Marceline Stone Born Jan 29, 1913
      • Herndon Steadman Stone Oct 27, 1914
      • Mildred Fern Fultz, Sep 27, 1914
      • Arnold Cinnamon, Jan 21, 1916
      • Everetta Gibbens, Sept 30, 1912
      • Bessie Thomas Gibbens, Nov 2, 1912
      • Loyad Cinnamon, Dec 21, 1917
      • Mary Hazel Fultz, Aug 25, 1918
      • Zack Brown Stone Jr, Sept 4, 1919
      • Charles William McChesney, May 10 ???
      • Henrietta Gibbens Parker born May 24, 1837
      • Elizabeth Gibbens (page cut off and black)...was born on Monday night; a 8 pound girl to Mrs. Lulie Cinnamond 18 Feb
      • Goldie Evelyin Cinnamond born February 18, 1907

      • Janice Marie Cinnamon born July 5th 1937
      • John Allen Cinnamon born October 11, 1935
      • Dannal H Gibbison was born December 27, 1939
      • Betty Lou Cinnamon Apr 8, 1937
      • Mary Nivins Cinnamon Apr 8, 1939
      • Carol Jane Cinnamon Feb 12, 1937

      • Hugh Anderson was born May 7th 1936
      • David Stone Anderson and Marcelene Stone were married Sept 9, 1933
      • Marcia Susan Stone was born Oct 22, 1940
      • Richard Steadman Stone was born Oct 4th, 1942
      • Phyllis Marie Stone was born April 27, 1944
      • Herndon Stone and Lois McCoy were married Jan 1st 1938
      • Thomas Herndon Stone was born Januray 20, 1951

      • Sarah Ann Stone was born July 6th 1929
      • Kenneth Cinnamon was born August 7, 1925
      • Doris Lee Cinnamon born August 12, 1928 Died April 14, 1930
      • Gilda Pauline Cinnamon was born January 4, 1930
      • Gene Carlton Cinnamon born Sept 4, 1930
      • Jessie Wallace Allen born July 20, 1927 Emas children
      • Roscoe Jr. Allen born Dec 10th 1929
      • Arthur C McChesney born March 15th 1924
      • Shirley Morgan Schwall was born August 16, 1931
      • Edward Harrison McChesney was born Jan 12th 1934


      • Mrs. J. M. Gibbens died Oct 23, 1902 was 21 years, 1 month, 19 days (b: Sept 4, 1881)
      • 2 notes, mostly unable to read
      • HH Cinnamon beloved husband of Lulie Cinnamon died at Kings Daughters Frankfort Aug 23rd 1940 at 4:30 pm was buried Aug 25th, buried at Lawrenceburg KY
      • Henretta Gibbens Parker died Feb 18th 1928, is buried in Baltimore cemetery Cincinnati OH
      • Zack Brown Stone Jr and Jean Stutz were married Sept 2nd 1945
      • Lulie Morgan Gibbens Cinnamon died Feb 3rd 1960 in Cincinnati, OH was buried at Lawrenceburg KY
      • J.B. Thompson, husband of Dorthy McChesney Thompson died July 31st 1955, buried at Frankfort KY
      • Edd Cinnamon died July 16th 1959, buried in Lawrenceburg KY
      • Marcia Susan Stone and Danny Heilman were married at Hyde Park Baptist Church April 30th 1960
      • Ethel Cinnamon Stone died July 4 1961
      • Zack Brown Stone Jr died April 1962
      • Zack Brown Stone Sr died March 3, 1963
      • Etta Cinnamon Fultz died February 21, 1976

      • Brown Stone and Ethel Cinnamon were married Feb 19, 1912
      • Arthur McChesney and Corine Cinnamon were married August 23, 1913
      • Edd Fultz and Etta Cinnamon were married Feb 4, 19 __
      • Edd Cinnamon and Stella AIken Jan 29, 19 __
      • Robert Gibbens and Maud Cinnamon Sept 29, 19__
      • John Cinnamon and Norris Hands Jan 18,
      • James Bowman Stone was boarn Oct 17th died Oct 17, 1929
      • James Cinnamon and Hazel May Riley was married September 30 1928
      • Collie Lee Cinnamon and ______ Gibbens January 29, 1928
      • Allen Cinnamon Burnice Goodpasture was maried April 18, 1931
      • Charles Cinnamon and Mary Bullock were married June 6 1936
      • Marceline Stone and David Anderson were married Sept 9th 1932

      • Marcis Susan Stone was born Oct 22nd 1940
      • Marcelene Stone and David Anderson were married at Ashland, KY Sept 1933
      • Mildred Fultz and Leon Gibson were married at Harrodsburg KY Feb 24th 1934
      • Dorthy McChesney and John Byrd Thompson were married at Jeffersonville, IN Feb 24th 1934
      • Hugh Arthur Anderson born May 7th 1936
      • David Stone Anderson born May 27, 1939
      • David Mitchell Gibson born May 7th 1939
      • Donald Henderson Gibson born Dec 27, 1934
      • John Vernon Thompson born Aug 21, 1935
      • Charles Gerald Cinnamon born June 22, 1940
      • Betty Lou Cinnamon born April 8, 1936
      • Mary Nevins Cinnamon born April 29, 1939
      • Paul Cinnamon born May 7, 1933

      • David Stone Anderson joined the Air Corps Jan 1, 1957
      • Kimberly Anderson was born in Biloxi, Miss May 30th 1955
      • David Arthur Anderson born April 21, 1956
      • Sara Ann Stone and Edwin Anson Smith were married April 2, 1955 at Hyde Park Baptist Church Cincinnati, OH 4:30 in afternoon Rev. Lawrence Wheaton officiating
      • Dale Stanton Smith was born Sept 1 1956 at Pensacola, FL
      • Marcaline Ann Smith born Feb 19, 1959

          [*In the possession of Gene Cinnamon, Lawrenceburg, KY; transcribed by Shirley Gustafson, Jan 2001]

          And Now You know...the rest of the story?

          [Hailing from the proud city of Baltimore, Theodore Tucker Amos, son of Elizabeth Martin Amos, offers us the following story regarding John A Cinnamond's forced emigration to America. The original account was written by Florence Cinnamon Martin, great granddaughter of our illustrious ancestor, John. Admittedly, this family story seems a bit more plausible than the one Jim Bob Cinnamon likes to tell about John's heroic escape over a moat that grows ten feet wider each time the tale is told. Thanks Ted!]

          John Cinnamond was born Sept 17, 1768 in Tyrone County, near Belfast Ireland. In the year 1796 John was a recruiting officer in the rebellion and carried the colors for the republican form of government. He was taken prisoner for the third time by the English and was to have been beheaded the following day. He made his escape by jumping from a third story window at the rear of the house while the soldiers were guarding the front.

          When he jumped he lit on his feet but was too stunned to use his legs for a few seconds. He had planned his course of action before jumping. He knew that a moat surrounded the house in which he was confined. He also knew that only one man in the company of 37 which was guarding him could jump the moat, and since he was a cousin of his, Cinnamond by name, he did not believe he would be caught. He began running for the moat, was seen by the soldiers who gave chase, but since he was an athlete he gained the distance to the moat, jumped and with the aid of some bushes pulled himself up on the opposite side.

          The soldiers, knowing they could not jump across the moat, began firing, and John Cinnamond later said the bullets buzzed like bees. He was not hit, however. He then knew he would have to leave the country.

          He made his way to the first seaport town 36 miles away and was taken in by a friend, a fellow mason, and was secreted until a ship was ready to sail for America. He learned that the English soldiers were searching for him, so he waited until the ship was to set sail, and was notified by the friend just when the ship was ready to leave. When he arrived at the dock the ship had already raised the anchor, but hearkening to the signal of this officer friend who had succeeded in getting John into a yawl and sailing to the ship, they lowered the gang-way for him to get on. He had already forged a passport, spit on it and rubbed it between his hands to make it look like he had been carrying it for some time. John said the captain met him on the plank, and he handed him the passport, meaning to knock him into the sea if he rejected it. The captain looked at it and put it into his pocket.

          Thus John Cinnamond came to America and located in Maryland where he taught school. He later went to Virginia and while there in 1800 married a widow, Frances Herndon Whitecotton. This widow had two children by her first marriage, George and Tolliver Whitecotton. When John Cinnamond's son, William Herndon Cinnamond, was less than a year old the family moved into Kentucky in 1805. He taught, we have been told, the first Latin School in Kentucky, in Shelby County.

          Two brothers, James and William Cinnamond, were left in Ireland.


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