Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: John Brislan

In Memory Of
John Brislan
May 19, 1800.
Mar. 6, 1876.
May he rest in peace.
Erected by thine Son.

Location: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin Co., Kentucky
Photo taken 23 March 2009

For my first Tombstone Tuesday contribution, and the inaugural post for this blog, I profiled the grave marker of a Ms. Hanora Canty and mentioned that in 1880 she was living with her son John's family, which included John's father-in-law James Brislan.  This week I'd like to introduce Mr. John Brislan, whose relationship to James is unclear but there is likely a familial tie of some kind.  None of the Brislans appear in the 1870 census for any county in Kentucky, or the United States for that matter.  In 1880, however, they are clearly established in Franklin County.  Jerry Brislan, a reputable 47-year-old grocer, appears likely to be the son of John who erected the monument in the photo and whose own son Jerry Jr. went on to be elected Sheriff in 1890.  Alas, I can't declare this mystery solved until more in-depth research is done.


  1. Jerry Brislan, reputable 47 year old grocer in 1880, was my great, great grandfather. Born in County Cork Ireland in 1833 and married to Mary Murphy, born in Ireland in 1835. They gave birth to Jerry Joseph Brislan in 1867 in Frankfort. His daughter Mary was my grandmother. I have not traced my family back past my great, great grandfather, but would like to hear if you find a connection between him and the John Brislan on the tombstone. Thanks Peggy

  2. I have managed to find John, and his wife Mary, living in Frankfort in 1870. I've also found the death record for a Jerry Brislan born in 1839 who died in 1917 whose parents were named John and Mary (Murphy). I'm still unable to connect John (and Mary) to Jerry. If I do, I'll keep you posted.