You have found the Magnolia Stock Farm plantation family cemetery, John Herr Jr. (son of John Herr and Susannah Elizabeth Rudy) and Susan Oldham (daughter of Capt Conway Oldham and Francis R. "Fanny" ROSS.The cemetery you found was part of that plantation off Herr Lane.The plantation home is still standing across and down the street on the corner from the cemetery (I can't remember the street names now).John Herr was 40 years a magistrate of that precinct. Kentucky House of Representativess from Jefferson Co. KY 1849-?.Conway O. Herr was one of the children of John Herr Jr. and Susan Oldham.
The plantation then passed to his son Albert Gallatin "A.G." Herr, b. 30 Dec 1840 Jefferson Co., KY, d. 1 Oct 1899 and buried in Cave Hill Cemetery along with his wife Martha Emily "Mattie" GUTHRIE, b. 28 Apr 1846, d. 11 Jun 1911.
From an exerpt of an article Passing of Magnolia Farm, Reminder of "Old Days" In Kentucky Is Near At Hand (probably written about 1912) by A.G.'s son-in-law Morton Watkins, he describes "This latter John Herr must have been a royal fellow.His family made Magnolia Farm the center of old school hospitality for more than half a century.As earlier stated, George D. Prenctice was his chum, and it was Mr. Prentice who gave the name, Magnolia Farm, to the place.That was in 1841.
His was a happy selection.Mr. Herr had become the Luther Burbank of his day and balliwick.He had sought to grow on the place a specimen of every tree and flower and fruit that could stand the Kentucky climate.For decades thereafter it was truly the flower garden of that part of Kentucky.Magnolias grew in profusion.Some of them became veritable trees, and not a few still survive.
When this John Herr was no more this flower garden became the property of his son, the late Albert G. Herr.He added to its laurels by gathering here the ranking collection of blooded stock in the State.Horses for every purpose were there; Jersey cattle were selected in Europe by Mr. Herr in person and brought to the farm; all the fancy breeds of hogs, barnyard fowls - - everything calculated to eat up money were there in profusion.
But the day of the country gentleman, with huge holdings of land and fancy things in the barn, is passing. Tobacco and corn and onion sets and vegetables are taking the place of magnolias and roses and rare berries.
Magnolia Farm is going into small plots and will be sold at the courthouse door to settle the estate of the late Mattie Guthrie Herr, widow of Albert Herr, and the property will pass out of the Herr family for the first time in more than 125 years."
It is also famous for the tragic deadly wedding of 15 April 1891 where A.G.and Mattie's daughter Fannie Belle married Winfred SNOOK of Eminence, Kentucky.After the reception, the bride and groom left by train on their honeymoon to New York City.However,the groom became very ill and they debarked the train at Cincinnati, Ohio to receive medical treatment.Meanwhile, back in KY the guests at the wedding were also becoming very ill.At the time murder or food poisoning wasbeing investigated.To make a long story short, although many lingered on death's edge, eventually 7 died over the next two weeks including the bridegroom and his father, A.G.'s sister Frances Ruth Herr SUTCLIFFE, A.G.'s cousin Jane Helen "Jennie Herr HITE, Mattie's brother Benjamin Franklin "Frank" GUTHRIE, a capitalist in Louisville.The cause was finally determined to be the chicken salad.
When I decided to research my husband's geneology three years ago, the only thing we had to go on was a family bible, a picture of a plantation with the name Magnolia Stock Farm, Jefferson Co., KY, A.G.'s cane and an old photo album that had been in storage for 30 years.Then I found Jan Knox and Holly Jenkins (who have posted on this forum and are the "experts") who put together the Herr/Rudy family reunion two years ago October where much geneology on the family was gleaned.We were able to visit the many plantation homes and learn much about the Herr/Rudy family. It really was quite an experience and you never know what you'll find when you start searching for your family roots.