Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - T.A. and Ida Irene Jones


Father
T.A. Jones
Feb. 8, 1864
July 1, 1931
An honest man is the
noblest work of God


Mother
Ida Irene Jones
Feb. 8, 1870
Feb. 13, 1943
Resting  until the
resurrection morn

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstones photographed 5 February 2017.

Thomas Alfred Jones was the son of William O. Jones and Rebecca Bennett . He was the owner of a meat packing plant in Paducah, Kentucky and died as a result of a train hitting his automobile.[1]  Thomas A. and Ida I. Jones lived in Paducah for many years.[2]

Ida Irene Jones  was the daughter of George D. Scott and Mary Evaline Jones.[3] She died while visiting her  daughter, Mrs. E.S. Fakes, in Chicago on 13 February 1943.[4]




[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #17745, Thos. A. Jones, Ancestry.com, accessed 23 October 2017.
[2] T.A. and Irene Jones are enumerated on the 1900 - 1930 McCracken County, Kentucky census records.
[3] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, Ancestry.com, accessed 23 October 2017.
[4] Obituary of Ida I. Jones, Livingston Ledger 18 February 1943.


Published 12 December 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Update on Jonathan Postlewait Death 1852

One of the greatest benefits of publishing a blog is the ability to reach many people.  Recently I received an email from Richard Rieck, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Geography at Western Illinois University concerning a Western Kentucky Genealogy blog post written over a year ago. Prof. Rieck has been working on a book manuscript about  deaths on the Oregon/California/Mormon Trails 1841-1865. In the course of his research, he came across a letter sent by an anonymous traveler  to a St. Louis newspaper.[1]  This letter was published in 1852 and contained a list of trail graves, including one with the following information: "J. Postlewait, aged 35, Chritenden County, Ky."  Apparently, the grave had a head board in 1852, but it does not exist today. The letter writer stated that the Postlewait grave was on the south side of the North Platte River between Ash Hollow (near present-day Lewellen, Nebraska) and Ft. Laramie, Wyoming.


If you recall,  Jonathan Postlewait of Crittenden County died 11 June 1852, leaving a widow, Mary (Ashley) Postlewait,  and several young children. Mary  Postlewait  remarried and went to Ray County, Missouri.


Fortunately, Prof. Rieck read the blog post on Jonathan Postlewait, contacted me and shared the burial information. So, now we know where Postlewait was buried and Prof. Rieck knows Postlewait's death date.  Isn't sharing information fun?  And the world no longer seems so big.






[1] St. Louis Intelligencer, 13 July 1852, p. 1, col. 8, as supplied by Richard Rieck  in an email 2 December 2017.


Published 7 December 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - J.W. and Dollie A. Ainsworth



J.W. Ainsworth
Mar. 24, 1841
Apr. 4, 1917
____
Dollie A. His Wife
Jan. 9, 1848
Dec. 4, 1918

Buried Deer Creek Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 7 November 2014.

According to his death certificate,[1] James W. Ainsworth was born in Todd County, Tennessee [sic] and was the son of Charl. Ainsworth and Malinda Durham. The family of James C. and Melinda Ainsworth was enumerated on the 1850 Montgomery County, Tennessee census. James W. Ainsworth, age 10,  was listed in that household.[2]  By 1860, the Ainsworth family had moved to Livingston County, Kentucky and was in Crittenden County by 1870.

On 21 December 1865, J.W. Ainsworth married  Miss Darthula Bettis at the home of Jacob Bettis in Crittenden County.[3]  Ainsworth received a pension for his service in Co. B., 6th Illinois Cavalry.[4] Following his death, his wife, Darthula Bettis Ainsworth received a widow's pension.

Darthula/Dorothy  Angelina Ainsworth was the daughter of Jacob W. Bettis and Juda Walker, both of whom were born in Tennessee.[5]

The obituary for J.W. Ainsworth appeared in the 12 April 1917 issue of the Crittenden Record-Press. Survivors included a son, Julian Ainsworth of Blodgett, Missouri  and daughters, Emma, wife of Audie Love of Salem and Annie wife of Will Privet of Sheridan. He was given a Masonic burial at Deer Creek Cemetery.




[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #10411, James W. Ainsworth, Ancestry.com, accessed 4 October 2017.
[2] 1850 Montgomery County, Tennessee census, Ancestry.com, accessed 4 October 2017.
[3] 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) 114.
[4] U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Ancestry.com, accessed 4 October 2017.
[5] Kentucky Death Certificate #38396, Dorothy Angelina Ainsworth, Ancestry.com, accessed 4 October 2017.

Published 5 December 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Research Tip - Kentucky Marriage Bonds

If your ancestor obtained a marriage bond in a Kentucky county, but there is no evidence a marriage was performed there, do not assume the couple did not marry. Check for a marriage return in neighboring counties. The marriage bond could be obtained in one county and the couple  could be married in any county in the state. The marriage bond, however, was not valid outside Kentucky.

Published 30 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Effie Boswell Alsobrook




Effie
Wife of
Willie
Alsobrook
Jan. 2, 1891
Mar. 25, 1914

Buried Alsobrook Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 30 July 2015.

According to her death certificate, Effie Alsobrook, was the daughter of Marion Boswell and Nora Vanhuser, both of whom were born in Kentucky. Her burial place is given as "Sanders Cemetery."[1] The cause of her death is given as "General Tuberculosis," from which she had suffered  for three years.

The 1910 Livingston County census listing of  the family of Marion and Nora shows a daughter, Effie L., born Jan 1891, and a daughter Carry, born Aug 1895.[2]  Apparently, Effie's sister, Carrie/Carry, was the second wife of William Hayden Alsobrook. According to the double tombstone of Hayden and Carrie Alsobrook, they were married 16 July 1916. [3]




[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #7962, Ancestry.com, accessed 18 September 2017.
[2] 1910 Livingston County, Kentucky Census, Dist. 3, E.D. 102, p. 15B, Ancestry.com, accessed 18 September 2017.
[3] Find A Grave Memorial # 45546677 Carrie Alsobrook and Memorial #45546583 Hayden Alsobrook, both buried in Hampton Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky, accessed 18 September 2017.

Published 28 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving !






Published 23 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Sarah Ann Nunn James




In memory of
Sarah Ann
Wife of
D.C. James
departed this life
Apr. 9, 1851
AE 21 y's  10 ms

Buried Nunn Cemetery, off Hwy. 365, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed February 1993.  There are a number of graves marked only with rocks. These rocks may mark the burial sites of inmates of the old Poorhouse Farm which, at one time, was located nearby.

David C. James and Sarah Ann Nunn obtained a license to marry on 11 February 1850 Crittenden County. The bride's father, Ira Nunn, gave consent for the license to issue.[1]

The 1850 Crittenden County census shows D.C. James, age 21 and a clerk born in Tennessee and S.A. James, age 21 and born in Kentucky. Also living in the household was Thomas Nunn, age 24 and a merchant born in Kentucky.[2]

This cemetery is located on private land and is not accessible without permission.



[1] 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) 29.
[2] 1850 Crittenden County, Kentucky, Dist. 2, Roll: M432_197, p. 254A, dwelling 108, family 108, Ancestry.com, accessed 13 November 2017.

Published 21 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/