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Joel and Nathaniel Scribner "Within this plot lie buried Joel and Nathaniel Scribner, two of three brothers who founded the city of New Albany in the year 1813.
The third brother, Abner Scribner, is buried in Memphis, Tenn.
These brothers, formerly of the state of New York, stopped at a site of land which they purchased for the purpose of starting a town.
It is believed they honored the capital of their native state by naming the town New Albany."
From a plaque placed by the Floyd County Historical Society.
From New Albany Daily Ledger for Floyd Co., IN

Nathaniel died 05 Nov 1800
Joel  died Oct. 10, 1823
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“Dr. Lemon Relates the Story of His Life”

Editor’s Note: The following is an obituary written by Dr. John Herschell Lemon about a year ago, in which he gives an intimate history of his life:
Dr. John Herschell Lemon, physician and surgeon since 1867 in New Albany, Ind., was born on a pioneer farm one mile west of the early time village of Harrodsburg, Monroe County, Ind. in 1844. He removed to Bloomington in 1857, entering the University of Indiana at the age of 13, and stayed until the senior year, except time out for service in the Civil War as a private soldier in Company A, 54th Indiana, in 1862 and as acting hospital steward, 82nd Regiment of Indiana, 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 14th A.C. from 1863-1864.

Dr. Lemon was much attached to memories of his fine old home west of Harrodsburg. His father, John Andrew Miller Lemon introduced many varieties of apples and peaches to the new orchards of the new west. He organized and for years helped maintain the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Harrodsburg.

Dr. Lemon wrote much. Among his published pieces were “Twelve Years Old,” a mosaic of a boy (sic)life on an Indiana farm; “A Democratic Dilemma,” a satire on the Wilson administration; “Ghosts I Have Met,” “Our National Cemeteries,” and many reminisces of Bloomington college which appeared regularly in the “Alumnus” for a time including, “The Light of the Burning University, April 13, 1854,” “Indiana University During the Civil War,” “Butternuts,” “Copperheads,” “When Bloomington Stood Under Arms,” “The First Sigma Chi, 1859,” and “No College Sports From the Beginning of Indiana University to After the Civil War.”

“Service of Company A. 54th Indiana in West Kentucky During the Summer of 1862” written by Dr. Lemon is the only account of this service before slavery was abolished in June 1862. A company of marauding secessionists crossed the Ohio River at Newburgh above Evansville and robbed a store of government drums, guns and cavalry swords.

Gov. Oliver Morton ordered the 54th Indiana to cross over and pursue and recover the stolen arms. The narrative is historically interesting of a time when Kentucky proposed to be neutral, or to fight either or both sides, if the ‘sacred soil’ of the state was invaded.
Dr. Lemon said that his company was for a short time provost guards over Henderson, Ky., and one of his duties was to keep to pretend to keep the negroes in subjection.

On such service Company A, 54th Indiana, from Bloomington, was much tolerated by the nervous citizens of the ‘sacred soil.’ This very valuable manuscript was stolen and portions of it have appeared by other names. Dr. Lemon’s writings were graphic and truthful.

His family came from Kent county England in 1608 with a company of eight having a king’s charter to land in Accomac, Virginia. One of the party married Judith Shakespeare, daughter of William Shakespeare.

Dr. Lemon’s father was the nephew of James Lemon chairman on organization of First Constitutional Convention of Indiana in 1816. He is buried at Bloomington. On his mother’s Cynthia Taylor Lemon side Dr. Lemon was related to President Zachary Taylor. The Taylors and Harrisons are for several generations buried in the Taylor Cemetery at Beaver Dam, Ohio County, Kentucky.
Dr. Lemon was the longest in practice of medicine of any doctor in the state. For the past year, it was difficult for him to go out of the house.

Dr. Lemon formerly owned much property in New Albany and California. He helped organize the Southern Fruit Growers Association of California and held membership in that organization until a few years ago.

About 1885, Dr. Lemon bought of James Haines the site of the present St. Edward’s Hospital, living in the property which was built by Charles Shipman in 1854 for 10 years and then selling it to Father Failer his long time neighbor and friend who requested the deed be made to the Sisters of Saint Francis. Work was immediately commenced, the house itself being left intact and additions built to form the present Hospital.

In the early times of New Albany a forest road went along Seventh street. At the northwest corner of the hospital is a well. At the time of the forest road it was a spring of fine water—when the road was filled the spring was made a well of fine water. The site of St. Edwards was low ground and was filled by Mr. Shipman and he insisted on tamping and pounding the selected res and white clay to insure a firm foundation.

Mr. Shipman built several homes in New Albany and was noted for expert workmanship and using the finest of materials. Shipman and Lent South had an extensive iron foundry on the river front west of Lower First. Steamboat and mill casing were made. They credited sugar house operators about New Orleans.

At the rebellion against the North the debtors ‘outlawed’ all claims of the hated North or ‘Yanks’ so Lent South and Shipman became much reduced in means.

Dr. Lemon is a direct descendent of Capt. John Innes Lemon killed at the Battle of Brandywine in the Revolution.

Dr. Lemon was the last of a family of four brothers and one sister. Judge Alexander Downey Lemon of Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. William S. Lemon of Lawrence, Kan; Alfred Homer Lemon of Little Rock, Ark., and Fayette Lemon Hamilton of San Diego, Calif.
 July 11, 1935. The New Albany Tribune published it on the front page of the paper...
Source: Gregg Seidl

NADL = New Albany Daily Ledger
NADLS = New Albany Daily Ledger Standard
PP= Public Press

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