In 1814 the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth founded a girls’ school just outside of Bardstown, Kentucky. The Sisters called the location Nazareth. Nazareth was about 5 miles from the location of the future home of Elisha Gates and family.
My Aunt Jane had told us that several of our ancestors had attended and graduated from the Nazareth Academy. On a trip to Kentucky in 2005, my sister, my wife and I stopped by the the girls’ school. The academy has now been merged with Nazareth College and renamed. Some of the building now serve other purposes. The Sisters were wonderful hosts. They showed us through their wonderful museum, and some of the rooms where our ancestors would have congregated. The Sisters shared some old records with us. It appeared that around 1900 someone at the academy had transcribed records of each alumnus onto 3 by 5 cards. The front of the cards for my two ancestors are shown below.
(1832 - 1918)
Daughter of George Mattingly and Catherine Miles
Eliza Jane Gates
(1853 - 1903)
As is normally the case, each record that is found opens new questions or areas of research. Aunt Jane did not believe that these records were accurate. She had been quite adamant that Eliza Jane Gates and Elizabeth Mattingly were:
- graduates of the Academy.
- longtime students at Nazareth Academy.
1. "Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records." 25 Aug. 2013 <http://www.findagrave.com/>
2. "Kentucky, Death Records, 1911-1955," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N9LF-6V9 : accessed 25 Aug 2013), Elizabeth Gates, 1918.