Thursday, May 24, 2018

Harry Thomas - Man of Mystery


The small, plain monument marking his grave in Fernwood Cemetery gives no clue to the life - or death - of Harry Thomas. Born 28 December 1859 and died 30 October 1930 in Henderson, Kentucky.[1] His death certificate gives "heart trouble" as his cause of death, but the circumstances of his death are a bit  unusual.

Let's back up, though, and talk about the circumstances of his life.  Born in Illinois, he was the son of James N. Thomas and Lizzie Johnston.[2]  Harry Thomas had an artificial leg; he had it when he came to Henderson in 1898 from Chicago.  It is said he lost the leg when he fell under a train while working as a railroader. Engaged to be married, he sent his bride-to-be away, saying he didn't want her to be a nurse to him. He remained single the rest of his life. [3]  

Harry Thomas opened a store at 236 N. Main Street in Henderson  and supported himself  buying and selling junk. He lived in the rear of his store and above his store lived the William Christ family, who looked out for Harry.

Harry Thomas was last seen on the streets several days before his death became known. When he had not checked in with the Christ family, they began a search for him. One of the Christ daughters looked out an upstairs window in the rear of the building and saw his artificial leg protruding out the back door into the alley. Friends were called to retrieve his body, but it was too late to save him.

It is supposed he fell and "his head had struck hard upon the floor.  A mass of blood surrounded his head."[4]  The coroner was called to the scene and "in examining the body discovered three diamond rings, several pearl stick pins and money amounting to $36 in his pockets. The valuables were placed in a vault in a local bank."[5]

Harry Thomas was an interesting man.  Periodically, he would embark on a trip to a far-off land.  When he was ready to leave, he would tell Mrs. Christ and give her the keys to his store.   When he ran short of money in his travels, "he would take off his wooden leg, hobble to a corner in whatever city or country he might be and count the coins as they fell into his hat. He would collect enough for another hop, and then again stop to collect more coins."[6] Harry's last trip was after the  world war (World War I), when he went to China, the land that he loved.

There was a bit of mystery surrounding Harry Thomas. He is gone now and he carried to the graves the secrets of his life and his travels.




[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #24739 (1930), Harry Thomas, Henderson County , Ancestry.com.
[2] Ibid.
[3] "Cheap John, Junk Dealer de luxe, Takes Secrets to Tomb," Evansville Journal, Mon., 3 November 1930, pp 1, 10.
[4] Ibid.
[5] "Harry Thomas Is Found Dead, Cold Body of Business Man Is Discovered" Henderson Sunday Gleaner and Journal, Sun., 2 November 1930.
[6] "Cheap John, Junk Dealer de luxe, Takes Secrets to Tomb," Evansville Journal.



Published 24 May 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Claude H. and Linnie T. Barnes



BARNES

Claude H.
Jan. 6, 1907
Aug. 22, 1977

Linnie T.
Nov. 14, 1910
July 7, 1932

The roses may fade, the lilies die,
but the flowers immortal bloom on High


Buried Ferguson Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 4 December 2013.

In 1920, Claude Barnes was enumerated in the household of his parents, Pat H. and Mamie Barnes.[1]  Linnie T. is living nearby with her parents.[2]

According to her death certificate, Linnie was born near Birdsville, Kentucky and was the daughter of Gus Henry, who was born at Birdsville, and Myrtle Harris, born in Hopkins County, Kentucky. [3] She died of tuberculosis. 

After Linnie's death, Claude went to Detroit, where he worked as a die setter and was a lodger, along with James A. Barnes and Margaret Barnes, on Baker Street. [4]   On 10 May 1941, Claude married Emma Hargis Elkins in Henry County, Ohio. He was listed as born in Kentucky, lived Detroit and was a widower.[5]

Claude H. Barnes  died in Paducah at the age of 70 years. According to his obituary, he was survived by a sister and a brother. Services were held at Smith Funeral Home Chapel and burial was in Ferguson Cemetery, near Smithland. He was a member of Wolverine Masonic Lodge No. 484 F&AM in Detroit.[6]



[1] 1920 Livingston County, Kentucky census, Dyer Hill, Roll T_625-587, E.D. 118, page 2B, Ancestry.com.
[2] 1920 Livingston County, Kentucky census, Dyer Hill, Roll T_625-587, E.D. 117, page 3A, Household of Gus and Myrtle Henry, Ancestry.com.
[3] Kentucky Death Certificate #30082, Linnie T. Barnes, Ancestry.com.
[4] 1940 Wayne County, Michigan census, Detroit, E.D. 84-908, page 6A, Ancestry.com.
[5] Ohio County Marriage Records 1774-1993, Henry County, Ohio 1914-1982, Ancestry.com
[6] "Claude Barnes, Reidland, dies at 70," Paducah Sun-Democrat, Mon., 22 August 1977, p. 5B.

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



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Life of Mary T. McCarroll Dorroh


Recently I came across a scrap of paper among the Livingston County, Kentucky County Clerk's Papers. It intrigued me. Who was the father of Mary T. Mc Carroll and what happened to her?  It didn't take long to start the journey of learning about this five year old child.


 Livingston County, Kentucky County Clerk's Papers 1836-1839 

Andrew McCarroll married Miss Lucinda Threlkeld 13 March 1834 in Livingston County. Bondsman was Gabriel Threlkeld and James W. Mansfield, Baptist minister performed the ceremony.[1]  Andrew and Lucinda apparently had only one child, Mary T., who was born 26 January 1835.

Andrew McCarroll died before 20 March 1836 and Lucinda, as the widow, renounced  her rights to administer on her late husband's estate in favor of Jesse Padon, who was the county sheriff. [2] Padon was also appointed guardian to the McCarroll child, Mary T.[3] After Padon died in 1840,[4] Lucinda was appointed guardian to Mary T. McCarroll.[5]

On the 4th of April 1843, Mrs. Lucinda McCarroll, widow, married David B. Glenn in Livingston County[6] and they moved to neighboring  Caldwell County. [7] Lucinda's daughter, Mary, was enumerated in the Glenn household.

Now comes the part where you have to weigh the evidence to determine what happened to Mary T. McCarroll.  Caldwell County records show that James J. Dorroh married Miss Mary T. McConnell 12 March 1857. Was this Mary T. McCarroll?  I believe it was because the marriage occurred at the home of David B. Glenn and Glenn was also the security for the marriage bond.[8]  Remember David B. Glenn was the stepfather of Mary T. McCarroll.

The birth records of the two oldest children of James J. Dorroh and Mary T. McCarroll provide additional proof. On the birth record of William Andrew Dorroh on 8 June 1858, Mary T. McCarra is listed as his mother.[9]  And on the birth record of Mary Dorroh on 15 October 1859, Mary T. McCorrall is given as her mother.[10]  I'm convinced!  Surely Mary T. McCarroll was the wife of James J. Dorroh and the mother of William Andrew and Mary Dorroh. There were other children born to this marriage:  Rebecca, Joseph F. and Sarah Dorroh.[11]

Apparently Mary T. McCarroll Dorroh died before 28 October 1868 as on that date he married Mrs. Esther J. Hill in Crittenden County, Kentucky.[12] Did Mary T. die in childbirth?  Perhaps. I didn't learn everything I wanted to know about her, but I do know she was part of a family and even married and had children of her own. It makes me sad, though, that she died without seeing any of her children married or with children of their own.


[1] Joyce M. Woodyard. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriage Records, Vol. 1 (Pct 1799-July 1839), (Smithland, KY: n.p., 1992) 129.
[2] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Livingston County, Kentucky Estate Records 1799-1842, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 2004) 119-120.
[3] Livingston County Court Order Book I, p. 243-244, Mon., 4 Nov 1839.
[4] Livingston County Court Order Book I, p. 267, Mon., 6 April 1840. The last will and Testament of Jesse Padon was produced in open court.
[5] Livingston County Court Order Book I, p. 258, Mon., 5 Oct 1840.
[6] Woodyard. Livingston County Marriage Records Including Marriages of Freedmen Vol. II (Aug 1839-Dec 1871), (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1994)  28.
[7] 1850 Caldwell County, Kentucky Census, Dist. 1, Roll 432_194, p. 303A, Ancestry.com.
[8] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Caldwell County, Kentucky Marriage Records 1854-1865, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1997)  25.
[9] Kentucky Birth Records 1847-1911, Caldwell County 1858, Ancestry.com.
[10] Kentucky Birth Records 1847-1911, Caldwell County 1859, Ancestry.com.
[11] 1860 Caldwell County, Kentucky Census, Fredonia, Roll M593_451, p. 439A, Ancestry.com.
[12] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. II  1866-1886, (Evansvile, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1991) 21.

Published 17 May 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blotgspot.com/


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

John W. Cook 1878 - 1921



Son of
J.R. & C.D.
Cook
Nov. 1, 1878
May 28, 1921
A father dead, beloved
and dear, and nature
weep a tender fear

Buried Repton Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 14 March 2018.

John William Cook was the son of Joseph R. Cook and Caldonia Burton, both of whom were born in Crittenden County. [1] He is listed on the 1900 Crittenden County census with his wife, Ida M., and son, Eddie O. Cook. John W. and Ida M. Cook had been married two years.[2]

In 1917, John W. Cook applied for the military draft and gave the following information: He was born 1 November 1878; was employed by the Wasson Coal Co. in Wasson, Saline County, Illinois and his nearest relative was Ida Mae Cook.[3]

The death of John W. Cook was recorded as 29 May 1921 in Saline County, Illinois. He was a coal miner and his parents were given as Joe Cook and Callie Burton. [4]  According to his obituary, John W. Cook had lived at Wasson two years. He was injured at Wasson mines and suffered from "a nervous trouble" which soon paralyzed his whole body.  Survivors were his wife, son Homer and daughter, Sybil. The funeral was held in Crittenden County. [5]


[1] Kentucky, Birth Records, 1847-1911, John W. Cook, born 30 September 1878, Ancestry.com, accessed 19 March 2018.
[2] 1900 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Bells Mines, p. 1, E.D. 36, Ancestry.com, accessed 19 March 2018.
[3] U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card 1917-1918, John William Cook, Ancestry.com.
[4] Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index 1916-1947, Jno. W. Cook, Ancestry.com, accessed 19 March 2018.
[5] "Dies After Being Ill Six Months," Harrisburg Daily Register, Monday, 30 May 1921.

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

Blog Award


Ending the week on a positive note with a shiny new award for one of  Feedspot's Top 100 Genealogy Blogs.  I am honored.

Published 11 May 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Smithland Lodge, No. 138, Livingston County, Kentucky 1892


It is often hard to locate a person between 1880 and 1900  due to the lack of a complete 1890 federal census. Therefore, any record that places a person in a particular place during this time period  is valuable.  

Smithland Lodge, No. 138, met at Smithland, Livingston County, on the first Monday of each month. The following information has been transcribed from Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F. and A.M.,  Ninety-Third Annual Communication, held in Louisville, Kentucky commencing Oct. 18 and 19, 1892, available on Google Books, accessed 5 January 2018.

Officers
Chas. H. Webb, Master
Robert G. Ferguson, Senior Warden
George P. Rogers, Junior Warden
James K. Huey, Secretary
James W. Cade, Treasurer
John C. Guthrie, Senior Deacon
Abram J. Bebout, Junior Deacon
Jacob V. Seyster, Steward
Emilius P. Haynes, Tyler

Master Masons
Bebout, Abram J.
Brandon, Rev. W.C.
Cade, James Waddle
Ferguson, Robert G.
Guthrie, John C.
Haynes, Emilius P.
Huey, James K.
Miller, Rev. Joshua A.
Rogers, George P.
Seyster, Jacob Van



Published 11 May 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday - W.C. and Mary H. McGehee





Rev. W.C. McGehee
Sept. 29, 1818
Oct. 27, 1873



Mary H. McGehee
Dec. 10, 1835
Apr. 18, 1912

Buried Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton, Kentucky. Tombstones photographed 15 Dec 2017.

The Rev. William C. McGehee and Miss Mary H. Dudley were married 22 August 1853 by S.N. Davis, Cumberland Presbyterian minister, at the home of M. Dudley. The bridegroom was born in Louisa County, Virginia and his bride was born in Princeton. [1]

The McGehee family was living in Todd County, Kentucky in 1860[2] and, by 1870, they were living in Princeton again.[3]  The Rev. McGehee wrote his will on the same day he died and it was recorded 16 December 1873.[4] He mentioned his wife, Mary H. McGehee, and "our children," but does not name them.

By 1900, Mary H. McGehee had moved to Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.[5] Ten years later she was living in the home of her daughter, Annie McGehee Dooley, in Knoxville.[6]

According to Death Certificate #5214, Mary H. McGehee was the daughter of Milton B. Dudley and Eliza Harpending and was born in Kentucky.[7]




[1] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Caldwell County, Kentucky Marriages1833-1853, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1997) 171, 180.
[2] 1860 Todd County, Kentucky census, Elkton, Roll M653-396, p. 760, Ancestry.com, accessed 12 March 2018.
[3] 1870 Caldwell County, Kentucky census, Princeton, Roll M583_451, p. 506B, Ancestry.com, accessed 12 March 2018.
[4] Caldwell County Will Book B, 279.
[5] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, accessed 12 March 2018. Mary H. McGehee was living at 233 Church Ave E.
[6] 1910 Knox County, Tennessee, Knoxville Ward 6, Roll T624_1507, p. 6B, E.D. 86, Ancestry.com, accessed 12 March 2018.
[7] Tennessee Death Certificate #5214, Mary H. McGehee; Ancestry.com, accessed 12 March 2018.

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