Thursday, February 22, 2018

Research Tip - Left Out of the Will?

Not being mentioned in a father's will does not mean your ancestor was deceased or disowned by his father. Check the deeds to see if land or other property had been conveyed to your ancestor before his father's death.   Also, a father would often convey property at the time of the child's marriage.  


Published 22 Feb 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday - Robert E. Deboe



Robert E.
Deboe
Oct. 5, 1876
Dec. 30, 1917

Buried Pinckneyville Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 8 November 2017.

According to his death certificate,[1] Robert E. Deboe was the son of Joe Deboe and Sallie Freeman, both of whom were born in Kentucky. Robert E. Deboe's occupation was listed as "Merchants Police" and the informant on the death certificate was Mrs. Marcella Deboe. The death certificate lists his death date as 6 October 1917.

R.E. Deboe, saloon keeper, was a boarder in the household of Robert and Olive Moss on the 1900 Massac County, Illinois (Brooklyn Precinct) census.[2] Other boarders in this household were Belle Deboe, age 34, and J.H. Deboe, age 21. Both were single.

R.E. Deboe, age 29, married Mabel Neal, age 28, on 20 October 1903 in McCracken County, Kentucky. Deboe, saloon keeper,  was a resident of Paducah and this was his first marriage. Mabel Neal lived in Marion (Crittenden County?) and was born in Illinois.[3]






[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #34053 (1917), Robert E. Deboe, Ancestry.com, accessed 25 November 2017.
[2] 1900 Census, Massac County, Illinois, E.D. 48, Sheet 9, household of Robert and Olive Moss.
[3] Kentucky, Marriage Records, 1852-1914, Ancestry.com, accessed 25 November 2017.


 Published 20 February 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Caldwell County, Kentucky Guardians 1861

A guardian was appointed when a person was unable to act for himself or was a minor (under the age of 21 years). At the age of 14, a minor could choose his own guardian. If under the age of 14, the county court appointed the guardian.  The following records were transcribed from Court Order Book J, located in the Caldwell County Clerk's Office, Princeton, Kentucky.  The sources are listed at the end of each entry. For example, J:177 refers to County Court Order Book J, page 177.

L.J. Cartwright was appointed guardian for William H. Price, infant heir of Hiram and Nancy Prince, 7 Jan 1861. [J:177]

Elizabeth Dixon, over age 14, chose William Jones as her guardian 9 Jan 1861. [J:179]

J.M. Stephens, over age 14, chose William Jones as his guardian 9 Jan 1861. [J:179]

H.M. McElroy was appointed guardian of Josephine and James Glenn, infant  heirs of James Glenn dec'd, 18 Feb 1861. [J:188]

Margaret Hollowell, over age 14, chose T.A. Lowey as her guardian 18 Mar 1861. [J:194]

William H. Miller was removed as guardian of Adeline Pettit and Susan Pettit, infant heirs of Thos. G. and Mary Pettit dec'd, on account of his failing to make settlement as guardian. John G. Pettit was chosen by Adeline and Susan Pettit, over age 14, as their guardian 24 Jun 1861. [J:216]

Richard A. Rogers, over age 14, chose James H. Jones as his guardian 19 Aug 1861. [J:227]

A.E. Jacobs was chosen by Frederick Jacobs, over age 14, as his guardian 16 Sep 1861. [J:234]

Martha E. Hooker, over age 14 and infant heir of D.F. Hooker dec'd, chose John H. Wigginton as her guardian 26 Nov 1861. [J:248]

H.C. Haydon was appointed guardian of Sarah E.V. Robertson 16 Dec 1861. [J:250]

Thomas B. Johnson was appointed guardian of William J. Hooker, infant heir of D.F. Hooker dec'd, (Mrs. C.E. Hooker, his mother, being present and declining to be appointed guardian) 16 Dec 1861. J:250]

Mrs. E.J. Guess was appointed guardian of Charles W. Guess, infant heir of Alfred Guess dec'd 16 Dec 1861. [J:250]



 Published 15 Feb 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday - Marion J. Bebout




Marion J.
Bebout
Born
May 25, 1848
Died
Dec. 9, 1908

Buried Good Hope Cemetery, Karber's Ridge, Hardin County, Illinois. Tombstone photographed 27 November 2017.

Marion J. Bebout was born in Crittenden County, Kentucky and was the son of Peter and Harriet C. (Wilson) Bebout.[1]  Marion J. Bebout married (1) Rebecca J. Lewis 3 February 1871 Crittenden County[2] and later married Mary F. Carnett[3] and was the father of 10 children with nine surviving by 1900.[4]



[1] 1850 Crittenden County, Kentucky Census, Dist. 1, page 229B, image 273, Ancestry.com, accessed 5 December 2017. Also 1860 Crittenden County, Kentucky Census, West Half of County, p. 355, PO Carrsville, Family 389, Dwelling 289, Ancestry.com, accessed 5 December 2017.
[2] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriages, Vol. II, 1866-1886, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1991) 37.
[3] Illinois, Death & Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, Ancestry.com, accessed 5 December 2017, death of James Bebout 6 April 1942 lists his parents as Marion Bebout and Mary Carnet.  
[4] 1900 Hardin County, Illinois Census, Roll 305, p. 9A, E.D. 0062, Ancestry.com, accessed 5 December 2017.

Published 13 February 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Letter to the Editor 1862

Letters to the Editor of the local newspaper were an early version of social media before radio, television and electronic devices were available. Letters continue to  provide a venue whereby citizens can express their  beliefs and frustrations on almost any subject.   I love Letters to the Editor as they provide a view of the issues of the time. The following Letter to the Editor shows the frustrations of  Southern pro-Union citizens in obtaining goods during the Civil War. 

"Smithland, Ky., Jan. 12, 1862.
Editors Evansville Journal:  I write you for the purpose of getting, if possible, through your paper some information that may or may not be satisfactory to myself and many other Union men of Crittenden county, Ky. For be it known that, though I am at this place and in the army, I am a citizen of Crittenden county, when at home. There are some things in regard to the buying of goods in Evansville by the merchants of my county, that we Union men cannot understand, for it seems to some of us 'that all the wicked are the blessed.'  It seems that Messrs. Wilson and Armstrong, of Marion, men notoriously  Union, can get no goods in Evansville; nor can W.C.  Carnahan and Mr. Piercy, both saddlers and Union men, get leather to work.  But J.W. Rutherford, a man universally known throughout the county to sympathize deeply with secession, and believed by every good Union man in the county to be a spy and general news carrier for all the marauding bands of rebels that infest the county -- every few weeks can and does get from Evansville, goods in sufficient quantities to keep a well stocked family grocery, out of which the rebels and those who sympathize with them can buy whatever they want.  Only a few days since this man Rutherford was seen to take out a bag of shot and slyly put it in a wagon which belonged to a strong secesh, who had one or two brothers in the secesh army.

"Some five weeks since I was in Evansville, and Wolf and Dickey, secesh, and Cash and John Gracey, Union from Princeton, Ky., went up to buy goods. The Surveyor, Maj. Robinson, was told that Wolf and Dickey wanted goods, and that they were secessionists.  He said they should have nothing. (This I know.)  I came down the river with all these parties, and at Ford's Ferry, four sacks of coffee and five or six barrels of salt were put off for Wolf and Dickey.  Gracey could get nothing but a few pieces of calico, and Cash not a thing. If this traffic is right, in the name of God, let Union men have it; if it is wrong, stop it.

"Crittenden county has about 400 men in the Federal camp, not one of whom but looks upon Rutherford as a secessionist. If justice is worth nothing, our feelings are:  Our county has been desolated, our friends driven off, their property stolen, and yet such men as Rutherford and D.A. Butler can buy and sell more goods than the Union merchants in the county."   [signed]  Crittenden.[1]








[1] "How Does It Happen," Evansville Daily Journal, Evansville, Indiana, Wed., 15 Jan 1862, p. 2

Published 8 February 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday - Agnes Clement Ellis



A.A. Ellis
1843 - 1915

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 11 October 2017.

Agnes A. Clement  Ellis died 22 January 1915 and was buried in Smithland Cemetery the following day. Her parents were William B. Clement, born Virginia, and Margarett M. Nunn, born Kentucky.[1]

Agnes A. Clement married James Ellis 23 August 1865 Crittenden County, Kentucky.[2] He had previously been married to Sarah L.A. Jennings and Sarah J. Clement. James and Agnes A. Ellis appear on the 1870 and 1880 Livingston County census records in Smithland. James Ellis died in 1884 in Louisville, Kentucky[3]

Agnes Clement Ellis' obituary appeared in the Livingston County Enterprise and was reprinted in the 4 February 1915 issue of the Crittenden Record-Press in Marion, Kentucky.  It stated that Mrs. Agnes Ellis died at the residence of Wharf Master, T.L. Thompson.  "She was visiting Mrs. Thompson, whose former husband was her brother, when she was stricken with pneumonia and after an illness of about 12 days she succumbed" to the disease."[4]

Mrs. Ellis "came from old and honored families, her mother being a Nunn, and an aunt of Judge T.J. Nunn, recently a member of the Court of Appeals."[5]

Mrs. Ellis left one son, W.C. Ellis, Jr., a step-daughter, Mrs. G.D. Scyster, and three brothers, W.I. and Fred Clement, of Crittenden County, and Dr. T.S. Clement, of Fredonia.







[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #2041, Mrs. A.A. Ellis, Ancestry.com, accessed 13 October 2017.
[2] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. 1  1842-1865 and Abstracts of Wills Book 1  1842-1924, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1990) 111.
[3] Tombstone reading of James Ellis 2015: "James Ellis  born in Golconda, Illinois  13 Oct 1825  died at Louisville, Ky 4 June 1884."
[4] "Good Woman Goes to Her Reward," Crittenden Record-Press. Thursday, 4 February 1915, p. 1.
[5] Ibid.

Published 6 February 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday - Update on Thomas Henry


Work continues on repairing tombstones in the historic Smithland Cemetery, in Livingston County, Kentucky. Monuments that were on the ground just a short time ago have been repaired and placed upright so they, once again, stand proud, marking the final resting places of many of Smithland's early settlers. 

The tombstone of Thomas Henry is an example of the work being done:





 Tombstone as recorded in 2010. The epitaph could not be read.



The tombstone as recorded in 2018.

Thomas Henry
Died
May 18th 1846
Aged 64 years

When worn by slowly  Rolling years Or broken by sickness in a day,
the fading Glory disappears the Short lived beauties Dies Away.[1]


When the tombstone was first read in 2009, the age appeared to be "Aged  61 years", but with  the tombstone  now upright, it can be seen that it actually reads "Aged 64 years."

More work on the tombstones is needed, especially on the beautiful H.F. Given tomb, which was erected in 1860. You can help with the restoration of these monuments by submitting your tax deductible donation  to Smithland Cemetery Fund, Smithland City Hall, 310 Wilson Ave, PO Box 287, Smithland, Kentucky 42081. For more information, contact David Boswell, Smithland Cemetery Citizens Advisory Committee, 270-928-4495.




[1] Taken from  Hymn 205 of the Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments of the Episcopal Church.

Published 1 February 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/