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/

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Caldwell County, Kentucky Appointment of Administrators 1867

When there is no death record, a substitute for an approximate death date is the date of the appointment of an administrator  or executor of the decedent's  estate. While the duties of the administrator and executor are very similar, the administrator is appointed by the county court and the executor is named in a will. There is an exception and that is when the settlement by an executor has begun, but has not finished. In that case an administrator de bonis non is appointed by the county court to complete the settlement.  The surviving spouse is first in line to act as administrator, but may waive his or her right to administer. The following entries have been abstracted from Caldwell County Court Order Book K (1866-1873).

John Satterfield appointed administrator of the estate of Henry Lewis  23 Jan 1867. The widow waived her right to administer.  [p. 36]

John Satterfield  appointed administrator of the estate of James L. Satterfield  4 Feb 1867. The widow waived her right to administer.  [p. 38]

Mrs. Martha J. Hawkins  appointed administrator of James W. Hawkins' estate  5 Feb 1867.  [p. 40]

James H. Leech  appointed administrator of Mrs. M.T. McLean's estate  8 Feb 1867.  [p. 41]

N.C. Gray  appointed administrator of the estate of Robert P. Gray  13 Feb 1867.  [p. 41]

William L. Forlines  appointed administrator of the estate of Geo. L. Forlines  13 Feb 1867. The widow waived her right to administer.  [p. 42]

The estate of William E. Gaines dec'd confided to the care and custody of James H. Leech, public administrator and guardian for Caldwell County, no one having applied for same.  18 Feb 1867.  [p. 44]

J.H. Fletcher appointed administrator of the estate of W.R. Calhoon  18 Feb 1867, the widow having waived her right to administrator. [p. 46]

Samuel Garrett  appointed administrator of William Henry's estate 18 Feb 1857, the widow having waived her right to administer. [p. 48]

L.W. McGough  appointed administrator of the estate of J.W. McGough  23 Feb 1867. [p. 50]

L.W. McGough  appointed administrator de bonis non of the estate of Thomas McGough 23 Feb 1867, the widow having waived her right to administrator. [p. 50]

J.P. Gray appointed administrator of S.D. Gray's estate 1 Mar 1867. The widow waived her right to administer. [p. 51]

Martha Jane Mitchell appointed administrator of Jacob Mitchell's estate 19 Apr 1867. [p. 66]

The goods and chattles of the estate of Mrs. Martha Caldwell to be confided to the care and custody of James H. Leech, public administrator for Caldwell County  27 Apr 1867.  [p. 68]

James Mitchell was appointed administrator of Elizabeth Mitchell's estate  29 Apr 1867.  [p. 68]

The estate of Y.W. Rucker dec'd was confided to the care and custody of James H. Leech, public administrator, more than three months having elapsed since his death and no one having applied for same  15 May 1867.  [p. 71]

Mrs. Mildred A. McGowen appointed administrator of the estate  of James E. McGowen dec'd  1 Jun 1867.  [p. 74]

James A. Carr appointed administrator of Mrs. Nancy M. Carr's estate  17 Jun 1867. [p. 81]

On motion of L. Pepper, it appearing James Williams has been dead over three months and no one having applied for administration of his estate, ordered that it be confided to James H. Leech, public administrator and guardian  29 Jul 1867.  [p. 99]

James Hawthorn appointed administrator of the estate of Sarah Wilson Hawthorn (formerly Sarah Wilson Catnack)  2 Aug 1867. [p. 100]

James M. Harper appointed administrator of the estate of Robt. Williamson dec'd  19 Aug 1867. [p. 104]

Dr. R.B. McNary  appointed administrator of Lum Coleman's estate 29 Aug 1867. [p. 111]

Modena Smith appointed administrator of Alfred Smith's estate 5 Sep 1867. [p. 114]

J.P. Rascoe appointed administrator of the estate of Mrs. P.U. Miller dec'd  6 Sep 1867. [p. 115]

M.C. Crow  appointed administrator of the estate of James Glass Jr. dec'd 16 Sep 1867. [p. 117]

Green B. Glass  appointed administrator de bonis non with will annexed of the estate of James Glass Sr. 16 Sep 1867. [p. 118]

J.N. Turner  appointed administrator of the estate of Robert Black dec'd 20 Sep 1867, the widow waiving her right to administer. [p. 120]

Jas. H . Leech  appointed administrator of the estate of Robert Black dec'd 20 Sep 1867, the widow, E.A. Black, waiving her right to administer. [p. 120]

James H. Leech  appointed administrator of the estate of Ennis Mitchell 22 Oct 1867, the widow waiving her right to administer. [p. 137]

Published 16 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/







Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Old Methodist Episcopal Church - Smithland, Kentucky




While not the oldest religious presence in Smithland, Kentucky, the Methodist Episcopal Church has been there at least since the 1840s. In 1848, the trustees of Smithland conveyed part of inlot #113 on Mill Street to H.C. Hodge, H.F. Given, John H. Wood, B.O. Thrift and H.A. Harman, trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for 99 years in order that they could "build or cause to be erected a house or place of worship for the use of the members of the church."[1]

The church suffered through the  years - from a devastating fire in the 1880s and rebuilding to the 1937 flood which saw water almost to the roof of the church.[2] The church was later sold to the Church of Christ, which held services there for a number of years. The church is now empty and is privately  owned. It is not open to the public.

The church was photographed 8 November 2017.



[1] Livingston County, Kentucky Deed Book HH:633, recorded 31 October 1848.
[2] Faye Tramble Teitloff. Images of America  Livingston County, (Arcadia Publishing, 2009) 40.

Published 14 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rutherford Cemetery




Delia
Dau. of
S. & A.F. Rutherford
Born
June 7, 1864
Died Dec. 8, 1870

Stephen Rutherford
Born
Oct. 20, 1826
Died
Dec. 17, 1882

Although this little graveyard is known as the Rutherford Cemetery, it probably should be called the Newcom Cemetery as the earliest known burial was for W. Newcom, born Mar. 3, 1791 and died Jan. 21, 1853[1], as recorded by the WPA in 1939/1940.[2] This land was owned by the Newcom family at the time of William Newcom's death.

This cemetery is located about one mile off Hwy 365 in Crittenden County, Kentucky, approximately one mile from the Union County line. It is on land formerly owned by Alcoa. The tombstones were photographed in 1991. This land is currently on private property.





[1] This date must be incorrect as William Newcom's will is dated Oct. 22, 1854 and is recorded in Crittenden County Will Book 1, p. 55.
[2] Work Project Administration (WPA) provided employment for men during the Great Depression. One such project in Kentucky was recording tombstones for all those of an age to have served in the military. The WPA record for William Newcom states he was on the roll of Capt. Jonathan Owsley's Company, Kentucky's Detached Militia, War of 1812.

Published 9 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Thomas B. and Kittie Lee Rankin



Rankin
Father
Thomas B.
1857 - 1939

Mother
Kittie Lee
1863 - 1937

Buried Lola Pentecostal Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 12 December 2012.

Thomas B. Rankin was born 22 December 1856 Iowa; died 19 March 1939 Hardin County, Illinois, according to his death record.[1] His parents are listed as William Rankin and -- Prather.

According to her death certificate, Kittie Lee Rankin was born 19 January 1864 Lola, Kentucky and died 6 May 1937, also in Lola.[2] Her parents were Tolbert Foster and Elizabeth Tolley, both born in Lola.

The 1930 census shows Thomas B. Rankin, a house carpenter, and his wife, Kittie L., along with their son, Ward D. Rankin, age 29, living in Livingston County.[3]




[1] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916 - 1947, Ancestry.com, accessed 2 September 2017.
[2] Kentucky Death Certificate #14263 (1937), Kittie Lee Rankin, Ancestry.com, accessed 2 September 2017.
[3] 1930 Livingston County, Kentucky Census, E.D. 12, Sheet 1B, Ancestry.com, accessed 2 September 2017.

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Henry Clay Kerr and Isabella Rouse Kerr


Isabella A. Kerr, born 8 June 1832 Henderson[1],  was the daughter of James and Sally K. Rouse[2] of Henderson. James Rouse was a "pioneer settler of Henderson" [3]  and a large land owner in Henderson.  

Isabella Rouse  married Henry C. Kerr 30 December 1852 at a hotel then known as the Rouse House, which stood in downtown Henderson.[4]  Isabella left a will recorded in Henderson Will Book E, page 566.  Whatever money and notes she had at her death went to her husband. Her real estate was to be sold and the proceeds divided equally between her surviving children. James H. Kerr was to be her executor. The will was dated 15 March 1913 and recorded 13 February 1914.

Henry C. Kerr was born 13 April 1829 near Lexington, Kentucky and died 29 September 1920 in Henderson.  He was the son of John Kerr and Nancy Coons and  was a plasterer by occupation. His father was born  in Scotland and his mother was born in Kentucky.[5] 

The Kerrs had the following children: Edwin, James Henry, Walter, Mattie and Malcom. The first three children are also buried at Fernwood Cemetery.


 


 KERR
Isabella A.
1832 - 1914

Henry C.
1829 - 1920

Buried Fernwood Cemetery,  Henderson, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 2 April 2017.



[1] Kentucky Death Certificate, Isabella Rouse Kerr #4191, Ancestry.com, accessed 25 March 2017.
[2] Last Will and Testament of James Rouse, Henderson County Will Book C:179-180, dated 29 May 1861 and proven July Court 1861.
[3] "Mrs. H.C. Kerr Sinks To Last Long Sleep," Henderson Daily Gleaner, Sat., 21 Feb 1914, p. 1.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Kentucky Death Certificate #22466, Henry Clay Kerr, Ancestry.com, accessed 25 March 2017.


Published 2 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Alvira Jackson Elder



Alvira J.
Wife of
T.S.C. Elder
Mar. 11, 1833
Nov. 5, 1906

Buried Old Marion Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 13 August 2014.

Thomas S.C. Elder married Miss Elvira Jackson at the home of James Jackson 17 August 1859.[1] Elvira was enumerated in the household of James and Margaret Jackson in 1850.[2]

According to her obituary, Mrs. Elder died at her home about 3 miles northeast of Marion. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Survivors were her husband, son Rufus H. Elder ; daughters, T.T. Davis of Summersville, Georgia and Miss Alvira Elder . [3]




[1] Brenda Joyce Jerome.  Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriages Vol. 1 1842-1865 and Abstracts of Wills Book 1  1842 - 1924, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1990) 78.
[2] 1850 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Dist. 1, p. 232A stamped, dwelling 311, family 311, Ancestry.com.
[3] Obituary of Alvira J. Elder, Crittenden Record-Press 9 November 1906.

Published 31 October 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/