Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Anna S. Floyd

Anna S.
Wife of
J.H. Floyd
Feb. 17, 1859
Jan. 31, 1919

Buried Sisco Chapel Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 20 May 2015.

According to Kentucky Death Certificate #31871, Ana Susan Floyd was born in Saline County, Kentucky [Illinois?] and was the daughter of Polly Hall and -- Hall, both born in Illinois.

J.H. Floyd was the son of Volentine and Eliza Floyd, who left Tennessee after 1870 and settled in Crittenden County.

Published 13 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Another Anniversary!

I'm a little late, but do not want to forget entirely. Tuesday, October 6, marked the 8th anniversary of the birth of this blog. I love the research and writing for the blog, but can not always determine if it is of interest so please let me know if you do or do not like the content of the blog and if you have suggestions for further posts.

The frequency of posts may change in 2016 as I slow down a bit. I am working on January posts now so we will see how it goes, but don't be surprised if there is only one post per week.

Thanks for going along on this journey with me.

Published 10 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 8, 2015

In the News ... Steamboat Style

The news items about western Kentucky steamboat folk seem to be popular, judging by the comments received from readers of this blog. The following items pertain to steamboat families in Livingston and Crittenden Counties. I hope you enjoy them.

"We learned yesterday of the death of Capt. R.H. Brown, formerly of the steamer J.P. Webb, which melancholy event took place at his residence in Dycusburg, Kentucky, where he has been merchandising since he retired from the river. Capt. 'Hodge' Brown, as he was familiarly known, was a popular steamboat man and a merchant of high repute. We could learn no particulars of his death. He was about 60 years of age."[1]

"Capt. Robert Ferguson, a veteran steamboat man, died at his home in Smithland Friday night. He was attacked with pneumonia a few days ago and his advanced age made the disease hard to treat, and he succumbed. The deceased used to run on the river with Capt. Joe Fowler of Paducah. He was 75 years of age."[2]

"Mrs. Judge Fowler, step-mother of Capts. Gus and Joe Fowler, died at her late residence near Smithland a few days ago."[3]

"The estimable wife of Hon. W.P. Fowler, who died a few days ago at Smithland, Kentucky, was not the mother of the Paducah steamboat captains J.W., W.P., D.G., J.H. and L.A. Their mother was the sister of H.F. and D.A. Given, and the first wife of Judge Fowler."[4]

[1] "River Intelligence," Evansville Journal,  9 Jan 1877, page 9.
[2] "River News," Evansville Journal-News, 26 Mar 1902, page 3.
[3] "River Intelligence," Evansville Journal, 21 Apr 1877,  page 7.
[4] "River and Steamboat News," Evansville Daily Courier, 21 Apr 1877, page 3.

Published 8 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - J.M. Worten

J.M. Worten
Apr. 7, 1858
June 1, 1921

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 2 August 2013.

James M. Worten is found in the family of James and Francis M. Worten in Smithland on the 1870 Livingston County census. By 1920, James M. Worten was living in the city of Pawhuska in Osage County, Oklahoma.

Published 6 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Business Partnership - 1816

I haven't found very many original business agreements while researching in western Kentucky so the one below is a treasure. The parties to this agreement were prominent citizens of Caldwell County. This document can be found in loose papers marked Agreements in the county clerk's office.

"Articles of Partnership made and entered into this the 10 Feby 1819 Between Edward C. Bearden and Moses Clayton both of the County of Caldwell and state of Kentucky  Witnesseth that the said Bearden and Clayton have this day entered into partnership in the mercantile business under the firm of Bearden & Clayton, to continue two years (unless sooner disolved by Mutual Consent) the said Bearden & Clayton are equally interested in the goods Purchased of Peter R. Garrett as well as any purchases which may hereafter be made  Also equally bound for all debts which the Concern may Owe to be equally Interested in the profits  Also in all losses which may Occur, the advances made by both Parties are to be Equal the expences to be equally divided and Neither Party shall draw from the firm more than three hundred Dollars for their Own use for the true Performance of which the parties bind themselves in the penal sum of Five Thousand Dollars.  Witness Our hands and seals the day and date above written.   [signed] E.C. Bearden, Moris (X his mark) Clayton. Witness: William C. Haydon, Geo. P. Bowser."

 Published 1 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lamb Family Reunion October 10, 2015

The Lamb Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, 10 October, 2015, in Princeton, Kentucky. The reunion will begin at 11 a.m. at the Dorr-Orange Cemetery just outside of Princeton where a dedication ceremony will be held and a new tombstone erected for William and Rebecca Lamb. This granite memorial marker noting William’s service in the War of 1812 was funded by Lamb family members in early 2015.

After the dedication ceremony, family will move to the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center at 201 E. Main St. in Princeton where lunch will be served.  The price for the meal is $25 per person.

Afternoon activities will include a talk by guest speaker William H. Mulligan, PhD. Dr. Mulligan is a history professor at Murray State University, with interests in early American social and industrial history, Irish immigrant history, and the Civil War. He will talk about what life was like for post-Revolutionary War Lamb ancestors, with a focus on the influence of the War of 1812.

Descendants of Thomas and Alice (Longshore) Lamb are welcome to join the group for an afternoon of visiting and fellowship, meeting new family members and sharing genealogical information. Lamb descendants are invited to bring old family photos, family histories, and any family heirlooms they wish to share. Family descendant charts, historical maps and documents will also be on display.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Matthew T. Patton, 7981 Magnolia Square, Atlanta, GA 30350, or by phone at 215-285-0920 or by email at matthewtpatton@yahoo.com.

Published 29 September 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Are We Becoming Lazy Researchers?

Twenty years ago most of us were aware that original documents were found in the courthouses and archives and we could find other, important information at libraries.

In 1996, the birth of the GenWeb project opened the door to online research, which drastically changed the way we search for our ancestors. This thing called Internet told us we could do research at home and in our jammies, no less! No longer did we have to get out in the cold or heat, drive across town or across the state to access those records. We didn't even have to search during certain hours of the day or week. Internet was available around the clock. How special is that!

Everyone wins, right? Not necessarily. We humans seem to spend an inordinate amount of time simplifying a task. In our rush to make things very basic, we have lost some of the most basic tenets of good research.
*    We have forgotten how to attach a source to each fact not of common knowledge

*   We have decided that anything found online is free to use without asking permission or attributing the material to its creator.

*   We seem to believe if someone else has it on their website it must be true. 

*   If we repeat what is possibly an error over and over, it will become a fact. 

We have lost sight of our goal to find the facts so we can understand where, when and how our ancestors lived. We can find these facts where the events happened as well as where they did not happen. In other words, we must do a "Reasonably Exhaustive Research."[1]

In making our research as simple as possible, we are neglecting the places that provide the best information - courthouses and libraries.  Courthouses don't depend on genealogists for their funding or patronage so their futures are probably secure. That's good news as you will need to go there to find that mid-1800s  marriage bond signed by your ancestor or the description of his property found in that old deed book. Be prepared for a personal visit because not all original courthouse documents are online and probably won't be in our lifetime.

Libraries are not faring as well. Some are cutting hours and staff because of decreased usage. Fewer genealogy books are being published today as everyone wants to search online, but library shelves are still full of great information ranging from county histories of the 1800s to biographies of long-dead people. You might also find microfilm rolls of local, unpublished records. My library has funeral home records  as well as county tax polls, neither of which is online.  Even if your library does not have a genealogy collection, there are treasures to be found. A general history of a particular era and area can provide information about the economic and social conditions during your ancestor's life. You can put him in the context of his place in history. 

Is there a book you would like to read, but it isn't available at your library? Ask your librarian if you can borrow it through interlibrary loan. The cost is minimal and the rewards can be great.

Searching online is fine ... as far as it goes, but to avoid becoming a lazy researcher,  don't forgot the sources of the greatest genealogical information. Visit your library and courthouse. 

 [1] Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 50th Anniversary Edition, (Washington, D.C.: Ancestry.com, 2014), 1.

Published 24 September 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/