Thursday, October 23, 2014

McKinney Family to Honor Ancestors

Descendants of early Crittenden County settlers Vincent and Nancy (Newton) McKinney will dedicate a memorial tombstone in their honor at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 25. All descendants and friends of the family are invited to the Asbridge Cemetery for the event. The McKinneys moved to Kentucky from Jefferson County, Tennessee raising a family of several children whose descendants still live in the area. Their children were: William A., John M., Mary E., Mariah J., James Harrison, Prudence V., Calvin F., Joseph Newton, Sarah Ann, Lorena E.A., Thomas Jefferson, and Martha C. McKinney.
Vincent, born in 1808, died February 1868. Nancy lived from about 1816 and died after June 1880. Now more than 145 years later, the family collaborated to erect a tombstone in their memory. A farmer by occupation, Vincent McKinney along with his family left Tennessee around 1850 and migrated to Crittenden County. On January 4, 1853, for the sum of $100, he purchased a parcel of about 400 acres, part of which bordered Claylick Creek. They apparently lived there the rest of their lives, and are likely buried at this homestead. Several children and grandchildren of the couple are buried at Asbridge Cemetery. For this reason and its proximity to the McKinney farm, the family chose this cemetery for the memorial marker.

For more details about the dedication, contact Matthew T. Patton at (215) 285-0920 or

Published 23 October 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Cora Sullivan

Cora A.
Dau of
H.L. & M.S. Sullivan
Feb. 7, 1877
Dec. 7, 1897
Cora, We miss you

Buried Greens Chapel Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 6 February 2013.

The following appeared in the 16 December 1897 issue of the Crittenden Press: "Miss Cora, daughter of H.L. Sullivan of Bells Mines, died at her home Tues. of last week of typhoid fever."

Her obituary appeared in the newspaper on 23 December 1897: "Miss Cora Sullivan was born Feb. 7, 1877 and died Dec. 7, 1897. She was the devoted daughter of H.L. Sullivan of near Weston. She leaves two sisters, both of whom are older. Her remains were laid to rest in Greens Chapel cemetery."

Published 21 October 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

He Married the Girl Who Brought the Eggs

A romance may not be uncommon, but if it appears in the newspaper, it takes on special significance. That is true of the courtship and marriage of a young couple from Weston, Crittenden County, Kentucky. The merchant and his prospective bride traveled to Evansville, Indiana, where the events surrounding their marriage appeared in the 17 February 1910 issue of the Evansville Courier.

"A romance that began when Miss Hattie Hughes, the daughter of a prominent farmer of Weston, Ky. went to the country grocery store and bartered the eggs and produce of the farm for groceries, had its culmination yesterday evening when Clarence W. Grady, the lad behind the counter, and Miss Hughes were married at the parsonage of Rev. Charles A. Miller, pastor of the German M.E. church at Fourth and Vine streets [Evansville].

"Since the first time the girl visited the store, things went well with Grady and he became the proprietor. Yesterday the couple arrived here and after securing the license hastened to the parsonage where the ceremony was performed. They left last night for their home at Weston, Ky., where during the rush the girl will now act as clerk and help in making the exchanges of groceries for farm products."

The marriage of Clarence W. Grady and Miss Hattie Hughes is recorded in Vanderburgh County, Indiana Marriage Vol. 40, page 159. Grady was born 5 December 1885 Weston. He was the son of Robert N. Grady, who was born in Virginia, and Margaret Eberle, deceased.  Hattie Hughes was born 30 January 1889 Crittenden County. She was the daughter of George Hughes and Alice Williams, both of whom lived in Weston. Mattie Robinson deposed that she had personal knowledge of the facts above.

Published 16 October 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Mattie and Charles McMican

Mattie J.
Wife of
Chas. McMican
Born Aug. 2, 1873
Died Aug. 12, 1895
Farewell Darling we
will ever cherish thy memory

Feb. 10, 1872
Apr. 16, 1907

Buried McMican Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstones photographed 6 February 2013.

Charles McMican married Miss Mattie J. Gass 8 March 1894 in Crittenden County. A wedding announcement in the local newspaper, the Crittenden Press, on 8 March 1894 identified her father as R.B. Gass.  On 28 December 1897, Charles McMican married Viola Claghorn.

Published 14 October 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Petition for Tax List Exemption 1869

All free males 21 years of age and older were required to be listed on the yearly tax rolls in Kentucky. Owning land was not necessary to be listed.

The age at which a person could be exempt varied from state to state. In Kentucky exemption was determined on an individual basis and was granted by the county court because of infirmity and often combined with old age. A person might petition the court for his own exemption or a group of neighbors and friends might petition for him.

The following petition was made on behalf of T.J. Hackney of the Bells Mines area of Crittenden County, Kentucky in 1869. The 1860 Crittenden County census shows Hackney as age 60. By 1870, he was living in Caseyville, Union County, Kentucky.  This document was located in loose county court bundles in the Crittenden County Clerk's Office.

"Bells Mines Ky Aug. 26: 1869
To the honorable County Court of Crittenden County & state of Kentucky  we the undersigned Citizens of Bells Mines district state that we are well acquainted with T.J. Hackney & know that he is not able to earn his living, & he hereby petitions to the Court to be released from payind [sic] pole tax.  [signed] J.A. Sarlls, W.J. Wilson, Wm. J. Miller, Ewell Travis, J.M. Bennett, H.J.[?] Bennett, John Brantly, F.J. Imboden, W.C.M. Travis, J.E. Guess, R.M. Adamson, J.T. Black, JP."

Published 9 October 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Rachal and Richard Howerton

Rachal R.
1855 - 1934

Richard L.
1849 - 1925

Buried Repton Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 6 June 2014.

Rachal/Rachel Howerton was born 12 March 1856 Crittenden County and died 19 January 1934, according to her Kentucky death certificate #5846. Her birth record shows her birth as 12 March 1855 and her parents as John G. Nation and Rachel Shoemaker.

Richard Howerton's Kentucky death certificate #3219 shows he died 13 January 1925 at the age of 75 years. His parents are listed as Henry Howerton and Catherine Postlethweight.

Published 7 October 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Monday, October 6, 2014

7th Birthday!

The first post on this blog appeared October 6, 2007. So, here we are seven years and 1095 posts later and the end is not in sight. I hope you have enjoyed reading the blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it. It has been a wonderful journey.

If you have suggestions for future posts, let me know.

Thanks for accompanying me on this journey.

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Published 6 October 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,