Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bits and Pieces Add Up ... Marene Dannell

In 1998, while I was publishing The Western Kentucky Journal, a lady from Arizona called me and offered to share a family record from the Wheeler and Dannell Bible she owned.  Among the entries in the Bible record are the following: "Charles Mareene Levingston Dannell was born 26th Febr. 1817. Charles Mareen L. Dannell died the 24 of Sept. 1860."

In Livingston County Deed Book 3, page 485 (1 September 1857) there is a deed whereby Marene Dannell conveyed to Horace Dean a 12 foot by 20 feet parcel of land for a burying ground for Dean and family. It is the same lot where Dean's father is now buried and is part of the grave yard or burying ground on Dannell's land and situated on the west side of the road leading from Smithland to Salem and about two miles from Jos. Watts's ferry.  Livingston County, Kentucky Cemeteries 1738-1976, published in 1977 by the Livingston County Homemaker Clubs, lists a Dean-Dannell Cemetery. Neither Horace Dean nor Marene Dannell is listed.

Recently I came across two newspaper articles that provide just a bit more information on Mareen Dannell. The first one comes from the Cincinnati Daily Gazette of Thursday, 24 June 1869, accessed 6 March 2013 on GenealogyBank. It discusses the decline in river traffic between Cincinnati and St. Louis and mentions some rivermen. About Dannell, it states: "Marine Dannell was a thorough boatman; he is buried at Smithland, Ky."

The second article is found in the Evansville Courier & Press on Sunday, 21 December 1896. It is an obituary for Mrs. Sarah E. Daniel [sic], "who died yesterday ... at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Moore, 200 Mary street [Evansville]." It tells of her last illness and names the other survivors and also states this: "Mrs. Daniel was born at Charleston, W. Va. July 4, 1824. She was married January 15, 1842 to Captain Maurice [sic] Daniel, of Smithland, Ky., a well known steamboatman in those day, at which place they made their home until his death in 1860, after which she moved to Evansville."  Sarah is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville.

I feel certain that Marene/Mareen Dannell died in 1860 and it may very well be that he is buried in the Dean-Dannell Cemetery near Smithland.

Published 18 April 2013, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

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