Bible 3 - Cary Hamilton      

Husband Jacob R. Stagner

Family Bible of Jacob R Stagner and Cary Hamilton
I received my great aunt Cary Stagner's Bible many years ago, shortly after her death. Her niece, Priscilla Pearce, passed it along to me and explained that the locks of hair in the Bible were from Cary's mother, Rachel Cornelia (Connie) Royse Hamilton. After her mother was widowed, Cary lived with her and cared for her until Connie died in 1943.

Cary and Jacob (Jake) Stagner both worked in the Warren County School District at Bowling Green, KY, and they married late in life. They had no children.

When Cary and Jake married, Robert Clark (my father and Cary's nephew) was recently discharged from the Navy where he had served as a pilot in the Pacific. He flew his mother, Mary Lula Hamilton Clark, to Edmonton to attend her sister's wedding. My cousin Mary Katherine Cassaday was a young girl at the time and remembered the sensation - "Mary Clark arrived with her young handsome son in a private plane, and they landed at the Mary Nunn farm. It set the town on its ear!"

This Bible is now in the hands of my niece, Rachel, who with her husband Eric is raising a family of six awesome young women.

Cary's Bible - birth and marriage records
Cary's Bible - the dates of birth and marriages are recorded in Cary's handwriting

Cary's Bible - death records
Cary's Bible - a record of family deaths

locks of hair
Cary's Bible - According to Cary's niece, Priscilla Pearce, each year on her mother's birthday, Cary would save a lock of her mother's hair and preserve it in the Bible. Connie's locks of hair were a lovely chestnut brown even into her old age.

Order a Book

In 2018, at the request of my cousin Mary Katherine Cassaday, I produced a printed book with the family tree and stories about the Hamilton, Clark and associated families. For more information about the book and how you can purchase a single or multiple copies, go to this link.

Visit a Library

Alternatively, one can consult the book, Babe of Old Kentucky, by Molly Daniel, at one of the following libraries, to which I donated copies: Metcalfe County Public Library, the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, and the Greensburg Public Library.