Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Joseph H. Duncan

Joseph H.
Aug. 29, 1881
Sept. 15, 1927

Buried Duncan Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 9 April 2012.

According to his death certificate, Joe Duncan was born in Crittenden County and was the son of Rice Duncan and -- Newcom. He registered for the draft on 12 September 1918, was married to Dora Lee Duncan and listed his occupation as a farmer.

The 1920 Crittenden County census shows the Duncan family living in Bells Mines District, Rosebud Precinct (E.D. 63, Sheet No. 5B).

Published 4 August 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gore Cemetery - Caldwell County, Kentucky

Recently I came across this cemetery recording given to me by my friend, Scarlett McDonald, before her death in 1994. She noted that the cemetery is located in the middle of a field on Dry Fork Creek, across the creek from the Holland Cemetery, near Eddy Creek Baptist Church in Caldwell County, Kentucky. The cemetery is fenced. The cemetery was recorded in the spring of 1990 and the information is from the stones still standing and other sources. There are several unmarked graves. The recording is presented exactly as Scarlett sent it. It appears the added info is in parenthesis.

Lucy (Gore) Shaw
b. 1884   d. 1961

Thomas S. Gore
b. 11-7-1840 (or 1848)  d. 4-12-1900
Mary Agnes (Bishop) Gore  [wife]
b. 1848   d. 1917

John B. Gore
b. 4-13-1828   d. 1-20-1872
Nancy (Bishop) Gore  [wife]
b. 12-18-1829    d. 12-21-1872

James H. Pollard
b. 1833   d. 1924
Lucy A. (Baker) Pollard
b. 1840   d. 1868

Wm. B. Pollard
b. 1866   d. 1963
Harriott "Hattie" Elizabeth (Gore) Pollard
b. 1870   d. 1951

Pollard Triplets (children of Hattie)
Willie, Alton, & Alice
b. & d, 1906

Lena Pollard
b. 1898   d. 1898   (no dates on marker)

Hattie Laverne Pollard
b. 8-13-1919    d. 2-22-1927

Clarence E. Gore
b. 1873   d. 1939

Thomas Givens Gore
Son of T.S. & M.A. Gore
b. 8-9-1879   d. 7-8-1901

Ron B. Pollard
b. 12-9-1903   d. 12-10-1918

Myrtle Pollard
b. 1901   d. 1905   (no dates on marker)

Published 30 July 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Isabelle E. Hodge

Isabelle E.
1842 - 1924
Mother We Miss You

Buried Chapel Hill Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 25 March 2015.

According to Kentucky death certificate #8605, Isabelle E. Hodge was born 12 April 1842 and died 28 February 1924. The informant was J.J. Hodge.

Isabelle E. Hodge's obituary appeared in the Crittenden Press 7 March 1924. It stated she was better known as "Aunt Ibby" and was born in Jackson County, Tennessee. She was the second daughter of M.A. and Betsy Long. Her first marriage was to Isaac Sisco in 1858 and they had one child, W. Sisco. Her husband died after contracting pneumonia during the Civil War. Aunt Ibby then married William J. Massey in 1864 and he also contracted the illness in camp and caused his early death. They had two children, J.C. and Luella Massey.  Aunt Ibbey with her children came to an uncle, George Long, in the Chapel Hill neighborhood in Crittenden County in 1869. She married John A. Hodge in 1878 and had two children, Jewell Jackson and Dona Francis Hodge. She was again left a widow 5 December 1899. She made her home with her son, Jackson Hodge. She had pneumonia and the flu in March 1922 and never regained perfect health and was practically an invalid for the balance of her life. She left four children to mourn their loss: Will Sisco, J.C. Massey, Jewell Jackson [sic], Mrs. Hiram Kirk and Jackson Hodge. Luella Massey died when young. 

Published 28 July 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the News ...

Some of my greatest genealogical finds have been in old newspapers.  News items put flesh on the bone of our ancestors and fill in the gaps in our history. Small town newspapers are preferred as they never seem to lack for space in reporting the ordinary as well as the extraordinary. Here are some of the items I've found recently.

"Mr. Peter H. Conant, of Smithland, Ky., is now in his eighty-second year, and is well-preserved and as hale and hearty as if only in the fifties. He built and owned several steamers before the war, and is well known to the Cumberland river fraternity."[1]

Another Smithland citizen was mentioned here: "Capt. James W. Drury, aged about 75, died at Smithland last Monday, after a few days' illness of pneumonia. It was said that he was the first male born in that ancient city. He commenced his steamboat career as carpenter and was on many of the boats in the early times that ran up the Cumberland. He rose to be a pilot, mate and captain, and was with Capt. Josh V. Throop on several of his boats as mate and pilot. Among them were the Magyar, Countess and Helen Marr. The last boat Capt. Drury had charge of was the I.L. Hyatt, during the war. His wife, two daughters and a son survive him."[2]

From Crittenden County, we find this: "Martin Gahagan, of Weston, is one of the interesting characters of the county. He was a pleasant caller at the Press office Monday and informed us that he was in his eighty-third year and enjoying fine health. He came from Pennsylvania to this county sixty years ago, and is of Dutch extraction. He lost his wife several years ago, and lives alone on a fine farm near the Ohio River, and does his own housework and cooking. He seems as bright and happy as a boy and looks twenty-five years younger than he is. He has taken the Press over a quarter of a century."[3]

Flooding is not new to western Kentucky. "Smithland in Ruins. Our news yesterday from Smithland, Ky., is of the most distressing character. Almost the entire town is inundated, and up the main street the current is said to run so swift that it is impossible to row a canoe against it. Some of the houses are already washed away, and many more, it is expected, will fall or be washed away soon. The people are doing the best they can in the way of providing homes for themselves. The court-house is full of families driven from their homes and taking refuge wherever they can find it. This is sad news from our neighbors of Smithland."[4]

[1] "Port Items," Evansville Courier, 2 December 1889.
[2] Evansville Journal, 27 April 1889.
[3] Crittenden Press, 29 June 1905.  
[4] "Kentucky News," Cairo Democrat, 16 March 1867.

Published 23 July 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - W.B. Franks

1868 - 1897

Buried Mapleview Cemetery, Marion, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 21 October 2014.

W.B. Franks is found in the household of J.M. and N.T. Franks on the 1870 Crittenden County census. W.B. Franks had been doorkeeper of the state penitentiary at Eddyville in Lyon County, Kentucky. According to his obituary in the 9 December 1897 issue of the Crittenden Press, he was born and reared in Crittenden County. He had been ill for five days before his death.

Published 21 July 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Carrsville Masonic Lodge, No. 387 - Livingston County

Carrsville Masonic Lodge, No. 387, met at Carrsville, Livingston County, Kentucky on the Thursday after the full moon in each month. The following listing comes from Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1867 as accessed on Google Books.

Joseph C. Tolley, Master
David W. Owen, Senior Warden
Webb Owen, Junior Warden
Rich L. Threlkeld, Treasurer
Jas. Newton Clemens, Secretary
S. Paris Weldon, Senior Deacon
Jas. H. Terry, Junior Deacon
David J. Ellington, Steward and Tyler

PAST MASTERS - James Cox Barnett, William H. Crawford, Joseph C. Tolley
MASTER MASONS - George W. Adams, Joseph H. Ainsworth, Francis U. Clemens, Jas. T. Davis, James M. Griffith, Thos. E. Griffith, James W. Kidd, Leroy Morris, Robt. H. May, James S. McMurray, Nathan A. Ray, Jas. R. Stallions, H.C. Sherman, Rev. C.W. Threlkeld, Wm. Thompson, Geo. M. Tolley, Wm. T. Terry, James H. Terry, Isaac Trimble, Foster Calvin, Harvey Briggs, Rev. Wm. S. Davis, A.D. Vick
FELLOW CRAFTS - Walter Pinkney Clemens, Henry Ramage
ENTERED APPRENTICES - Rufus Baynes, Rev. J.T. Crouts, T.A. Hammond, John Ray, Oscar Given Evertson

Published 16 July 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Arris K. and Adiline Love

Arris K.
1849 - 1925
Adiline L.
1846 - 1901

Buried Hurricane Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 7 November 2014.

According to Kentucky death certificate #3233 (1925), Arris Knight Love was born 3 May 1849 and died 1 February 1925. He was the son of William and Rebecca Love.  A.K. Love married Adaline [sic] Lucas, daughter of Ingram C. Lucas and Mary Ann Hill, 4 March 1874. An account of the sudden death of Mrs. Adline [sic] Love appeared in the 12 September 1901 issue of the Crittenden Press. She was sitting on the porch pealing peaches, became dizzy and died shortly thereafter.

Published 14 July 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/