Historical book includes Hardin County, Lincoln ties

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By Robert Villanueva

Early settlers of Hardin County are among those represented in the latest in a series of books by a Kansas author who found help in her research from two Elizabethtown residents.


“A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land” is the second in a series of historical books by Diane Gladow. It tells the story of the Crume family which is connected to Abraham Lincoln’s family.

“They are my mother’s family,” Gladow said. “She was a Crume.”

Elizabethtown historian John Lay and Elizabethtown resident Philip Hudson contributed to Gladow’s research for the book. Hudson owns property on which a cemetery for the Crume family, believed to include the final resting place of Mary Lincoln Crume, is located.

Though the field in which they located the cemetery contained no grave markers, Gladow said she and others uncovered some stones buried at the site near the Breckinridge and Hardin county line. The cemetery’s location had been unknown to most Crume descendants for 150 years, Gladow said.

Gladow said she felt they were meant to find the cemetery and that she had “met the right people” to accomplish that goal.

Set partially in Kentucky, “A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land” spans seven generations of the Crume family, from the early 1700s to the end of World War II.

Hardin, Nelson and Breckinridge counties are among the settings, which stretch from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to Texas and New Mexico.

The nonfiction work includes actual letters, diaries, land documents and military records.

“I wanted this to be a book that actually told a story,” Gladow said.

“A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land” is available through www.dianegladow.com, www.virtualbookworm.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and through bookstores.

Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743 or rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com.