Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Pistol and a Fiddle

He died as a young man, leaving only a few items to show that he had lived, even briefly.  A document found among loose court bundles in the Crittenden County Clerk's Office, tells us he left a pistol and a fiddle and little else. Who was this man who had so few belongings?

There are a few records on John W. Daughtry. We know he married Clementine A. Clark 18 June 1878 in Crittenden County. At that time he was age 22 and gave his birth place as Robertson County, Tennessee and said his parents were also born in Tennessee. Clementine was 17 and a native of Crittenden County. They began their family and are found with daughter, Cora A., age 1, on the 1880 census. That's all we know until he died. And that is where the inventory of his belongings comes in.

"Whereas John W. Daughtry departed this life at W. Mc Clark's house on the 25 day of Decr. 1885 leaving surviving him one only child who is now living with said Clark.  He also left the following property with Jerry Daughtry's, where he had been living = 1 Bed, bedstead & necessary cover thereto, His wearing apparel, 1 saddle & 1 Pistol, & fiddle - and Whereas Lewis J. Daughtry, Brother of said Decedent has assumed the payments of all the funeral Expenses of said Decedent and in order renumerate him for same or at least in part, It is agreed by & between the said Clark & said L.J. Daughtry, the said L.J. Daughtry shall take said property to indemnify him for said funeral Expenses. He can either sell it or Keep it, and the other property left by said Decedent shall be held by said Clark for the use & benefit of the child of said Decedent, which consists of Bed bedding, wearing apparel, Trunk &c - said Clark, being the Grand Father of said child & having it in charge to raise, same being placed under his care by said Decedent several years prior to his Death. This Feby 13th 1886.  [signed] L.J. Daughtry, W.Mc. Clark. Attest: D. Woods."

Inventory of Belongings 
of John W. Daughtry

Published 18 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - J.O. and Louise Rutter

Louise Abell
Wife of 
J.O. Rutter
Jan. 27, 1886
Mar. 16, 1913

J.O. Rutter
Feb. 28, 1876
Jan. 11, 1949

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstones photographed 2012.

J.O. Rutter and Miss Louise E. Abell married in Smithland 18 October 1906. He was age 30, a banker. He lived in Marshall County, Kentucky, but was born in Livingston County. His parents were J.H. Rutter and Belle Olive. The bride was age 20, born and lived Livingston County. Her parents were J.L. Abell and E. Laura Fort. Her father gave consent for the license to be issued. (Livingston County Marriage Book 1903-1907, pages 406-407)

The obituary of James Hodge Rutter, father of J.O. Rutter, in the 10 July 1913 issue of the Crittenden Record-Press states that he was born in Livingston County 10 March 1852 and married Miss Belle Olive. For 20 years he was engaged in the tobacco and mercantile business. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Published 16 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tree Roots 2014

J. Mark Lowe, C.G. will be featured speaker at the Tree Roots program on Saturday, 27 September 2014, at Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, Indiana. All classes are free and open to the public, but it is suggested that reservations be made with Willard Library

Lowe will lead the following classes:
9:00 a.m  Making Early Census Records Talk to You

10:30 a.m.  Finding Uncle John by Talking to the Neighbors

1:00 p.m.  Road Crews & Jury Selection: Finding an Ancestor Without a Census

2:30 p.m.  Is it Really On-Line? Finding & Using Original Sources at Home or in the Library

This is an opportunity to hear a great, nationally-known genealogist in the beautiful Willard Library.

Lunch will not be provided but there are several nearby restaurants or you may bring a sack lunch.

Published 14 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Follow-Up on 1866 Livingston County Apprenticeships

The following response to the recent post on Indentures of Apprenticeship - Livingston County, Kentucky 1866 has been provided by Janet Hawkins ( Information about the Coker family appears in her master's thesis, Slavery, Emancipation, and Afterward.  A Chronicle of the African Americans of Crittenden and Livingston Counties, Kentucky, to 1939, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2004.

Ties between white slave-owners and former slaves often endured generations after Emancipation, especially in cases involving mixed-race children.   A Livingston County, Kentucky Court Order Book M  (see 28 August 2014 post) entry illustrates the complexity of race relations in post-Civil War Kentucky: 

Adeline, a free Mulatto, bound as an apprentice to Ann E. Coker until 6 March 1874, when Adeline will be 18 years old, to learn the art & mystery of a spinster. [Bk M:132, 4 June 1866]

Adeline Coker (7 March 1854 - 2 October 1944) was the daughter of Daniel Coker, a Caucasian slave-owner and the husband of the Ann E. Coker mentioned above, and Manda Coker, an enslaved black woman.  The 1860 U.S. Population Census, Slave Schedule, for Livingston County lists Daniel Coker as the owner of a 22-year-old black female, a 6-year-old mulatto female, and a 2-year-old black  male.

Adeline Coker married Edward Crawford at Mrs. Coker's house on 26 December 1879, five years after her apprenticeship had ended.(2) 

According to Addie Bell Crawford(3), Adeline Coker’s granddaughter, Daniel Coker made provisions for Adeline to receive a portion of his Salem property after he died.  Addie Bell inherited this land from her father, James Crawford, in 1961(4), and lived on this land her entire life.

Addie Bell also stated that Adeline’s white half-brother, Charlie Coker, occasionally paid social visits to his half-sister and her family.

Whether Manda Coker remained in contact with Daniel or Ann Coker after Emancipation is currently unknown.  Prior to 1870, she married a black Civil War veteran named Jordan Caldwell and resided in Smithland, Livingston County, in 1880.(5)

(1) Death Certificate, Adeline Crawford, Livingston Co., KY. 
(2) Livingston County, KY Marriage Bonds:  Negroes and Mulattoes, Microfilm #997708.
(3) Personal Interview with Addie Bell Crawford, 2002.
(4) Livingston County, KY Will Book D, Microfilm #997691, 581.
(5) U.S. Population Census, 1870 and 1880.

Published 11 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Dr. Henry H. and Mary L. Duley

Dr. Henry H.
Duley Sr.
1840 - 1927

Mary L. Handlin
His Wife
1840 - 1894
At Rest

Buried in Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 8 June 2012.

H.H. Duley and Miss Mary L. Handlin married 20 October 1864 in Livingston County and first appear together on the 1870 Livingston County census with their daughter, Caroline, age 2.

Published 9 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Friday, September 5, 2014

George Washington Hayward (1836 - 1864)

Two of the most interesting tombstones in the Leeper Cemetery in Livingston County, Kentucky are those of George Washington Hayward and his first wife, Martha "Mattie" McCarter.  These tombstones rest under a tree, surrounded by an iron fence.

Front of monument of G.W. Hayward

Reverse side of monument of G.W. Hayward

E.J.H. - initials of Edward J. Hayward (1864-1940),
 who most likely had these monuments erected.

Front of tombstone of Mattie Hayward

Reverse of monument of Mattie Hayward

George Washington Hayward was the son of James Hayward and Sarah Beverly, who left Jefferson County, Kentucky and settled in Smithland, Livingston County. G.W. was not the only member of his family to be involved in the steamboat business. His brother, Napoleon B. Hayward and his brother in law, Nathaniel F. Drew, were both steamboat captains on the Ohio River.

G.W. Hayward married Martha McCarter 31 December 1856 Livingston County, Kentucky and she died 25 July 1857 at the age of 24 years. On 4 November 1863, Hayward married Emma Shelby in Henderson, Kentucky. To this union was born one child, Edward J. Hayward, who was a banker for many years in Marion, Crittenden County. Emma Shelby Hayward died 25 January 1930. Emma, her son, Edward, and other members of his family are buried in Mapleview Cemetery in Marion.

Published 5 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Rice Family

Tombstones of the Rice Family
Fredonia Cemetery
Caldwell County, Kentucky.

Benjamin G. Rice died June 10, 1840, aged 50 years, 7 mo, 15 days

Mary Z. Rice died Sept. 5, 1835, aged 15 years, 8 mo, 10 days

Robert H. Rice died June 16, 1840, aged 18 years, 1 mo, 27 days

Sarah A. Rice born May 21, 1791, died Sept. 16, 1872

Joseph G. Rice departed this life July 25, 1840, aged 15 years, 6 mos, 10 days

Tombstones photographed 15 March 2013.

Published 2 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,