Dec. 25, 1843
May 19, 1922
Buried Crowell Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 23 September 2015. Note that the photograph on J.A. Crowell's tombstone has been removed.
J.A. Crowell and Margaret Crowell were married in Crittenden County 15 February 1866. Yes, her maiden name was Crowell.
The 1910 Crittenden County census shows John A. Crowell, age 71, and Margaret J. Crowell, age 65, living on the Iron Hill and Marion Road. He was born in Tennessee, as were his parents. Margaret and her parents were born in Kentucky.
Published 29 December 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Newspapers often published letters written to
Santa Claus by boys and girls in the local community. They told what each child would
like to receive and how good they had been throughout the year. The following letters
appeared in the Twice-A-Week Gleaner of Henderson County, Kentucky on Tuesday,
22 December 1908.
Ky., Dec. 18, 1908.
Claus at North Pole:
I will write
you a letter to tell you what I want for Xmas. I am a little boy seven years
old. I want a suit of clothes, a cap, a rubber ball, a two bladed knife, some
candy, raisins and nuts. I believe that
is all I want. So good bye.
friend, Jimmy Haynes
I am a
little boy 8 years old, my mother is dead and I live at Dr. H.D. Book's on Frog
Island. I go to school. My teacher says I read and write very well for my age.
It will soon be Xmas and I would like for you to come to see me. Please bring
me some nice things to eat. Then bring me a new saddle and bridle as I have
lots of riding to do. I also want a gun, harp, knife, drum and anything you
wish to bring me. Please bring Sterling something as he is so nice to me. With
best wishes to you and Mrs. Santa Claus for a merry Xmas and a happy New Year. I
am, as ever, Your good little boy, Johnnie Thompson.
I am a
little girl 11 years of age and I go to school every day and learn my lessons
well so you will bring me all I want. I
want you to bring me a story book and a little doll trunk, and candy, oranges,
bananas and nuts of all kinds. Don't forget mamma, papa and my four sisters. I
hope you will get down the chimney safe.
From your little friend, Zella Rideout.
I am a
little girl 6 years old, have been going to school every day and learned my
lessons good so you will bring me everything I want. I want you to bring me
some little dishes, a story book, apples, candy and bananas. I will go to bed
early and shut my eyes tight and not watch at all. Don't forget my two little
sisters, Cordelia and Daisy. I remain, your little friend, Lorene Howard.
I am a
little boy two years old. I have been just as good as I can be so you will
bring me everything I want. I want you to bring me a little wagon, rubber ball,
a soldier doll and candy, oranges, bananas, apples and nuts of all kinds. I
remain, Your little boy, Marquis Elliott Gibson.
Ky., Dec. 13, 1908
forget me. I think I have been a very good little girl. I want a scrap book and
a little toy watch, and firecrackers and nuts, candies and other good things,
and a pair of overshoes, please. I am the only little girl at my house, but be
sure to bring my little brothers a Teddy bear and a toy pistol. Goodbye, dear
Santa. From your friend, Dixie Gregory.
Published 22 December 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com
Buried Hurricane Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 7 November 2014.
George P. Evertson married Lucinda Jane Walker 27 April 1843 Crittenden County. The couple had at least two children, Mary H. and Elizabeth G., who were living with their mother in the household of Robert and Ellen Walker on the 1850 Crittenden County census.
New Orleans, a city of much steamboat traffic, was hit hard by a cholera epidemic in 1848-1849. Steamboats arriving from other ports carried the disease to cities across the country.
Aside from telling where and how G.P. Evertson died, there is additional information on his tombstone that is interesting. The name of the stone carver is given.
The following terms were
commonly used in settling estates in Kentucky. Being familiar with these terms
might provide clues for further research.
Administrators of estate were usually appointed in county court
shortly after a person's death. The appointment will be recorded in the county
court minutes and sometimes in a separate administrator's bond book. The
administrator was required to post bond with at least one person as surety for
the faithful performance of his duties as administrator. If a person left
a valid will, he usually named an executor,
whose duties were the same as those of an administrator - to see that debts
owed were paid, debts due the decedent collected and the remainder dispersed to
the heirs. The appointment of an executor will also be recorded in the county
court minutes when the will was presented in court.
A curator was appointed as temporary guardian or conservator by the
court to care for the property or person of an incompetent, spendthrift or a
minor. A curator might also be appointed as conservator of an estate if a will
had been contested. If a will was contested, be sure to check circuit court
The following records have been abstracted from Crittenden
County, Kentucky Administrator's Bond Book 1876-1884, which is located in the
county clerk's office of the courthouse. The number after the entry is the page
number in the bond book.
John Gellatly was appointed
administrator of R.H. Brown's estate 4 Jan 1877. Martha Brown, widow, having
relinquished in writing all right to administer. 
Rufus Martin was appointed
administrator of George D. Martin's estate 5 Jan 1877. 
Chapel Nunn was appointed
administrator of Alonzo C. Nunn's estate 8 Jan 1877. C.A. Nunn, widow, waived
right in writing to administer. 
L.H. Paris was appointed
administrator of the estate of Samuel C. Young 8 Jan 1877. 
L.H. Paris was appointed
administrator of the estate of Samuel C. Young 15 Jan 1877 with difference
James H. Cameron was appointed administrator of James C. Jones' estate 23
Jan 1877. 
Mariah Hoggard was appointed
administratrix of the estate of Peter Hoggard 30 Jan 1877. 
E.S. Hubbard was appointed
administrator of Martin Kemp's estate 1 Feb 1877. Caroline W. Kemp, widow, relinquished
right to administer in favor of E.S. Hubbard. 
James H. Leech was appointed
administrator of John W. Oliver's estate 20 Mar 1877. 
J.M. Baker was appointed
administrator of A.J. Baker's estate 17 Apr 1877. Mahala M. Baker, widow,
waived right to administer on her husband's estate. 
Samuel C. Bennett was appointed
administrator of Samuel R. Burks' estate 17 Apr 1877. Mrs. E.A. Burks, widow,
relinquished her right to administer 16 Apr 1877. 
S.S. Sullinger was appointed
administrator of the estate of A.W. Sullinger 12 May 1877. 
H.C. Farmer and Robert S. Clark were
appointed administrators of Stephen Farmer's estate 11 Jun 1877. 
John M. Farley was appointed administrator
of Jeremiah M. Farley's estate 19 May 1877. Melissa F. Farley, widow,
relinquished right to administer on her husband's estate. 
James C. Little was appointed
administrator of John M. Little's estate 4 Jun 1877. Annie E. Little, widow,
relinquished her right to administer. 
C.R. Hamilton was appointed
administrator of Joshua Hamilton's estate 13 Jun 1877. 
Mrs. Sarah J. Murphey was appointed
administrator of John I.[?] Murphey's estate 4 Jul 1877. 
Thomas Hughes was appointed
administrator of James H. Hughes' estate 9 Jul 1877. 
B.F. Loveless was appointed
administrator of Mrs. Elizabeth Butler's estate 15 Sep 1877. 
J.G.W. Brooks was appointed
administrator of the estate of J.C. Brooks 1 Oct 1877. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Douglas and M.G.
Gilent[Gilbert?] were appointed administrators of N.B. Douglas' estate 8 Oct
Samuel C. Bennett was appointed
administrator of the estate of Rufus Martin, who was administrator of G.D.
Martin's estate, 18 Oct 1877. 
Sarah Travis was appointed
administrator of the estate of William H. Travis 23 Oct 1877. 
John E. Lemen was appointed curator
of the estate of Arthur H. Belt (testate) 12 Nov 1877. Mary Belt, widow, waived
her right to be appointed Executrix. 
Marrietta Burklow was appointed administrator
of Elias Burklow's estate 12 Nov 1877. 
Enoch W. Jones was appointed
administrator of Mrs. Mary Jones' estate 12 Nov 1877. 
W.H. McChesney was appointed
administrator of the estate of H.A. Davis 11 Dec 1877. 
W.P. Maxwell was appointed
administrator of Enoch Nelson's estate 12 Dec 1877. 
James P. Pearce was appointed
administrator of Susan Ford's estate 17 Dec 1877. 
T.N. Lamb was appointed administrator
of the estate of A. Avitts 21 Dec 1877.
Eli Cowan was appointed administrator
of A.P. Moore's estate 31 Dec 1877. Elizabeth Moore, widow, waived her right to
Published 11 December 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Buried Ferguson Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 4 December 2013.
The 1900 Livingston County census shows William Champion, wife Texas A. Champion, son Talmage D. Champion and sister-in-law, Lizzie Harvey, living on the Smithland-Grand Rivers Road. William and Texas A. had been married 15 years.
Kentucky death certificate #16273 shows that Texas Ann Champion was the daughter of Hugh Harvey and Sarah E. Crouch, both born in Tennessee.
Published 7 December 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Are you using FamilySearch in your research? If not, you are
missing out. They are constantly adding records to their site. I was delighted
to find recently that digitized marriage records from Webster County, Kentucky
are now available. They aren't complete, but I found a number I needed in the
1870s and 1880s. FamilySearch is a free site and has a nice variety of records.
Published 5 December 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Periodically correspondents to Evansville newspapers reported on places and people on the far side of the Ohio River. The following article was signed by "Sojourner" and pertained to people living in Western Kentucky. This article comes from the 8 August 1888 issue of the Evansville Courier.
Crittenden Springs, Aug. 6, 1888 - Mingling with the old residents
of this portion of Kentucky, I have gathered a number of "personals"
concerning distinguished men which have been of interest to me and may be to
your readers. Years ago the county of Livingston covered the territory of
Crittenden, Caldwell and Lyon counties, in addition to that which it now
occupies. It has been looked upon as a hilly section, not especially
attractive, compared with the bluegrass region. The people here, however, are
very proud of their locality and their history, and in many particulars they
have good reason to be.
One of the oldest inhabitants grew
enthusiastic as he told me of the men whom he once claimed as his neighbors,
also those who were companions of his fathers. Among those he mentioned I
remember the following:
Gov. James Alcorn, who grew up on a farm
in this region, became deputy sheriff, and later sheriff of this county. He
removed to Mississippi and in Ku Klux times attained national notoriety as
Governor of the State.
Judge Wiley P. Fowler, celebrated for his
broad intellectual culture, as well as his legal attainments. He was the father
of Captains Dick, Gus and Joe Fowler, whose names have been familiar in
Evansville for many years.
Gov. Charles Morehead, who was elected
Governor of the State on the Know Nothing ticket in 1856.
Mr. John Bass, whose father was a long
time county jailer at Old Salem. His older brother, ambitious for
advancement, went to a commercial college at Cincinnati, and from there to Fort
Wayne, Ind., and secured a position and afterwards an interest in a
manufacturing establishment. Through the war excitement the business became
demoralized and he entered the army and was killed at Shiloh. His younger brother, John, went to Fort Wayne
after the war to see what remained of his brother's affairs. His energy
elevated him to proprietorship in the establishment and he ranks among the
lending business men of the state. His father, now 80 years of age and very
feeble, enjoys a comfortable home with his millionaire son. My informant thinks
Mr. Bass was a delegate-at-large to the Democratic convention at St. Louis, and
says he is a gentleman of high order of courage. [Mr. Bass was a delegate from
the State at large, and is elector for his district on the Cleveland ticket. He
employs 3,000 workmen, never had a strike and is an ardent tariff reformer. -
Roger Q. Mills was a farmer boy near Old Salem till he was grown,
when he sought a home in Texas. He is now one of the most widely celebrated men
in the country through his connection with the great tariff discussion. He is
spoken of in very high terms by his old neighbors.
That portion of the Livingston territory now known as Lyon county
derived its name from one of its old families, one of whom Gen. H.B. Lyon was a
prominent figure in the Confederate army. His wife is now a guest at the
Springs. A county adjacent to this original Livingston section was the birth
place and boyhood home of Jefferson Davis, mention of this fact suggesting
naturally its counterpart, viz, that Abraham Lincoln, his great antagonist, was
also born on Kentucky soil.
Buried Marpleview Cemetery, Marion, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 21 October 2014.
A brief notice of Jennie Clark's death is given in the 2 November 1899 issue of the Crittenden Press: "Miss Jennie Clark, daughter of Dr. J.R. Clark, died at her home in this city Saturday after months of illness with consumption ... The burial was in the new cemetery Sunday afternoon."
The 1870 Crittenden County census shows the Clark family living in Piney Precinct. After Jennie's death, the 1900 Crittenden County census lists the family living at 95 Weldon Avenue in Marion.
Published 1 December 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
According to Kentucky death certificate #13848, James C. Presnell was born 12 July 1849 South Carolina and died 11 June 1925. His parents are listed as Gilbert Presnell and Nancy Ann Waddlington. James C. Presnell appears on the 1860 Livingston County, Kentucky census with his parents, but the birth places are given as North Carolina instead of South Carolina.
Virginia death certificate #1791 shows that Mary R. Presnell died 28 January 1948 in Henrico County, Virginia at the age of 91 years. She was born in Smithland and was the daughter of John D. Perkins.
According to Livingston County Marriage Book 1876-1829, J.C. Presnell and Miss Mary R. Perkins obtained a bond to marry on 19 March 1879. He was age 28 and a farmer born in North Carolina. His father's birth place is given as Tennessee and his mother's as North Carolina. Mary R. Perkins was age 21 and was born in Livingston County as were her parents.
Published 24 November 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
S.M. Barner, Wm. Robertson and F. Crawford, Jury Commissioners, selected a list of local resident voters as Petit Jurors for the next term (May 1848) of the Circuit Court. The following names were selected 15 November 1847. 
 Livingston County Court Papers, Box 1, (1840-1938), Livingston County Clerk's Office, Smithland, Kentucky. Published 19 November 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Buried Alsobrook Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 30 July 2015.
Kentucky death certificate #7643, Georgie Leon Ramage was the son of Aaron Elva
Ramage and Minnie Hardin, both of whom were born in Kentucky. At the time of
his death, Georgie L. Ramage was married to Zula L. Ramage.
enumerated in the household of George and Minnie Evans on the 1910 Livingston
County census. The 1930
Livingston County census (Driskill District) shows Zula, age 20, as the wife of
Owen McDonald. They had one daughter, Thelma, age 4 months. The 1940 Livingston County census shows Georgie and Zula living with his parents, Aron and Minnie Ramage. Zula's death date is unknown.
Published 17 November 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
He hoped to
live to be 100 years old, but he missed the milestone by slightly more than a
month. Frank S. Loyd, born in 1839, passed away at the age of 99 years, 10
months and 20 days on 30 November 1938 in Fredonia, Caldwell County, Kentucky.
Loyd was born
to Isaac and Polly Loyd in the part of
Livingston County that later became Crittenden County.
He later moved just over the county line to Fredonia. Loyd outlived
three wives, sisters Sarah Bell and Cornelia Ann Hillyard, and Kittie Mayes.
Kittie Mayes is buried with Loyd at
Fredonia Cemetery. The other two wives are buried at Livingston Cemetery in
interview with an Evansville newspaper,
Loyd told of enlisting in the army during the Civil War and being told he was
physically unfit to withstand the rigors of the war. His pleas for
reconsideration were accepted and he began his career in Co. K, 20th KY
Infantry (USA). He seemed pleased that he had proved the physician wrong. In the article, Loyd says he helped build the
fort at Smithland. He also tells of organizing and training a company of men by
teaching tactics learned from a military book. He only suffered one wound and that was when a shell
exploded and nicked him in the head.
sent from Smithland to Louisville and then to Shiloh and Lookout Mountain and
was with Sherman on his march to the sea.
He experienced several major Civil War engagements and says the fighting
wasn't over when he got out of the military. "There were bands of
guerrillas coming through Fredonia all the time," he said. "A man had
to turn out with a rifle to protect his own home and family."
At the time
this article was written, Loyd was looking forward to a reunion of Civil War
soldiers in Pennsylvania in 1938.
Kentucky death certificate #26433 (1938), Frank S. Loyd.
"Escapes Death Sentence for 76 Years," The Evansville Press, Sunday, 3 January 1937, Section
D, page 1.
the marriage you need in the western Kentucky county where your ancestor lived?
Try looking in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana records. Many young
couples went to Evansville, were married and returned home before their parents
knew they had left town. The following news article tells about one couple who
did just this.
Joe Thompson and Miss Herma Boliver came to this city from Dixon, Ky., this
morning to be married. They were accompanied by Frank Tow and Miss Tina Trice,
who stood up with the couple at the nuptials which were solemnized in the office
of Justice Francke on Sycamore Street, at 11 o'clock. The bride and groom
returned home this afternoon." 
If your ancestors married between 1920 and 1979, you can use the Online Index to look for
Young Couple," Evansville Journal,
Wed., 2 October 1901, p. 1.
Published 9 November 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
ancestor was a merchant in early Kentucky, he
may have begun his career as a peddler. To be a peddler, you had to have a license. The record generated by the peddler's
license can be helpful in your research.
This is what
the law said:
Any person wishing to peddle goods,
wares or merchandise within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Kentucky was required
to obtain a license from the county clerk. Before the license was granted, the
peddler had to prove by two credible witnesses that he had been a bona fide resident of the county for at
least two years and was of good moral character. In addition, a description of
the applicant was given and all were entered in a court record. 
This is an
example of the court record:
"On motion of Mangold Lowensteen and it appearing to
the Court upon evidence of two credible witnesses that he has for at least two
years past been a bona fide resident citizen of this county and a man of good
moral character and being of the following description Viz about 5 feet 5 inches high
fair complexion one upper front
tooth out and nearly bald headed and 26 years of age. Ordered that the clerk of
this court issue a license authorizing and permitting said Lowensteen to peddle
three months ..." Any record naming a person in a particular place and at a particular time is a good record and if it gives a physical description of the person it is a wonderful record.
I. "Revenue and Taxation," in The
Revised Statutes of Kentucky (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1860),
283-284; digital images, Google Books
(http://books.google.com: accessed 26 Oct 2015).
Livingston County, Kentucky Court Order
Book L:525, 1 October 1859.
Published 5 November 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy. http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Buried in Ferguson Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 4 December 2013.
Isaac W. Harvey's Kentucky death certificate #17751 shows he was a retired farmer born in Tennessee. His parents were Hugh Harvey and Sarah Couch, both born in North Carolina.
Lisa Lucinda Harvey was born in Livingston County, according to her Kentucky death certificate #7317. Her parents are listed as Littleton Chappell, born Tennessee, and Cena Rhodes, born Virginia. At the time of her death, Eliza/Lisa was the wife of I.W. Harvey.
Isaac and Eliza Harvey appear in N. Smithland Precinct on the 1920 Livingston County census with their son, Hugh L. Harvey, and grandsons, Marvin E. and Isaac C. Harvey. Isaac W. Harvey, age 73, was living alone in Smithland on the 1930 census.
Published 3 November 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Stuck at a
brick wall in your research? Maybe it's time to take a break from looking for information on people and try some old-fashioned background work. Originally, I wrote this post to show that old fashioned methods are still pertinent and do work, I was afraid newer genealogists couldn't relate to research not involving computers so ... take your pick or use both methods.
1. In the back of magazines, look for travel listings
on the area where your ancestor lived. This information is directed at
vacationers, but can be helpful in pointing out attractions in a specific area. Perhaps one of these attractions existed during your ancestor's lifetime. If you must use your computer, Google the town and/or county where your ancestor lived and find out what historical events may have impacted your ancestor's life.
2. Obtain a county map where your ancestor lived, preferably a map showing rivers and streams. Use the map to determine how close your ancestor lived to the county seat and also to other relatives. County maps can usually be ordered from the local
Chamber of Commerce and are often free. You can also use Google maps, but I find it more convenient to spread out a map on my desk and I like to use a highlighter to mark places of importance.
3. Read a history of the state and/or county
where your ancestor lived. Note the economic and social events during his
lifetime. These events may have influenced his actions, especially if he
moved during that particular time. Your local library can help locate the books
you need. Also, try Google Books for histories that may be in the public domain and can be read online.
4. If your ancestor moved from one area to
another, draw a line from the old area to the new area on a map. Be aware of
rivers and streams he had to cross. Were there roads or did he have to forge a
way in order to travel? Determine the ages of family members and what hardships they may have endured during the migration. Don't be afraid to use your imagination.
5. Visit your library to see if they receive
newspapers from the state and/or county where your ancestor lived. If not,
subscribe to the online version of the local newspaper, even if only for 30
days. Many county and town newspapers have regular columns featuring news from
the past. You may not see your ancestor's name listed, but you will get an idea of what life was like in the past.
of these suggestions is guaranteed to provide new information on your ancestors, they may give
you some new ideas on why they lived in a particular area, how they got
there and what important events occurred during their lifetime. Knowledge is a good thing.
Published 29 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
The death certificate of Charlotte Nieten shows she was born 24 June 1854 [sic] Germany and died 12 December 1925. A death notice in the 14 December 1925 issue of the Evansville Press the funeral service for Charlotte Nieten would be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Michael Wendling in Henderson.
The 1920 Henderson County, Kentucky census shows that the couple immigrated to America in 1882.
Published 27 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
tombstone stands out from the others in
a Crittenden County, Kentucky cemetery. It is of a light blue color and the
engraving is easy to read, even though it is over 110 years old. It is made of zinc and was white when
first cast, but, turned blue as it aged.
tombstones were made from about 1870 until after 1910. If you tap on the
tombstone, there is a hollow sound ... because it is hollow. Zinc tombstones are
constructed in panels and screwed together
at seams. These monuments were inexpensive and can last a long
time, but after a time, they may become brittle and, if hit with any force, will crack or come apart at the seams. These
tombstones were inexpensive, but were never as popular as marble or granite
Kentucky lost a friend recently. Dianne Boswell O'Brien passed away at her home in Paducah Sunday, 18 October
2015. She was 72 years old. Dianne was born in Smithland and even though she
had lived in Paducah for many years, she loved Smithland and was involved in
many activities there.
I first met
Dianne when the new county office building was being planned to replace the old
courthouse (built 1845). Dianne was afraid the old courthouse would be destroyed once the
new building was occupied. I don't know if the idea originated with Dianne or
not, but she was an early proponent of having the courthouse placed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Smithland had a reputation of destroying historic buildings rather than preserving them, but Dianne had a
different vision. She saw the courthouse
as a museum and event center for many years to come.
the courthouse had a chance at a new life, Dianne felt it necessary to have
it listed on the National Register. It was not an easy process and, at times,
it appeared it would not be successful, but, in 2011, the Livingston County Courthouse was placed on the National Register. I am not sure it would have happened without
the encouragement and leadership of Dianne O'Brien.
Peace, Dianne, and thank you.
Published 21 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com
Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 30 July 2015.
James C. Leech obtained a bond to marry Malinda Glenn in Caldwell County, Kentucky 20 September 1823. Consent for the bride was given by her father, Samuel Glenn. James C. Leech was of lawful age (21 years or older).
The Leech family appeared on the 1850 Livingston County census with Malinda as head of the household. James C. Leech died 23 January 1840 and is buried in Leeper Cemetery. Before his death, James C. Leech was a Justice of the Peace and Livingston County Sheriff.
Published 20 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/
Administrators of estate were
usually appointed in county court shortly after a person's death. The
appointment will be recorded in the county court minutes and sometimes in a
separate administrator's bond book. The administrator was required to post bond
with at least one person as surety for the faithful performance of his duties
as administrator. If a person left a valid will, he usually named an executor, whose duties
were similar to those of an administrator.
A curator was appointed as temporary guardian or conservator by the
court to care for the property of an incompetent, spendthrift or a minor. A
curator might also be appointed as conservator of an estate if a will had been
contested or to conserve the estate until an administrator was appointed. If a will was contested, be sure to check circuit court records for
the case file.
The following entries have been abstracted from Caldwell County,
Kentucky Administrators Bond Book 1863-1870, located in the Caldwell County
Clerk's Office, Princeton, Kentucky.
John R. Nichols was appointed
administrator of the estate of Eli Nichols Jr. 6 Jan 1864.
Thomas S.C. Asher was appointed of
the estate of Jesse A. Stephens 26 Jan. 1864.
S.C. Howton and Stallard Darnall were
appointed administrators of Joseph Howton's estate 27 Jan 1864.
Shadrack McGregor was appointed
administrator of William Goodaker's estate 27 Jan 1864.
Wm. Carter and Stallard Darnall were
appointed curators of Thomas Copeland's estate 27 Jan 1864.
Geo. D.E. Traylor was appointed
administrator of John C. Traylor's estate 29 Jan 1864.
William G. Glenn was appointed
administrator of David B. Glenn's estate 4 Feb 1864.
J.W. Towrey was appointed
administrator of Edward Towrey's estate 6 Feb 1864.
G.A. Orr was appointed administrator
of T.P. Brown's estate 6 Feb 1864.
W.W. Blackburn was appointed
administrator of Lois Blackburn's estate 8 Feb 1864.
Jesse Stevens Jr. was appointed
administrator of the estate of Jesse Stevens Sr. 15 Feb 1864.
Elizabeth Sigler and F.U. Sigler were
appointed administrators of Amos Sigler's estate 15 Feb 1864.
J.H. Roberts Jr. was appointed
administrator of James Drennon's estate 15 Feb 1864.
Geo. D.E. Traylor was appointed
administrator of Joseph Moore's estate 15 Feb 1864.
Geo. R. McDowell was appointed
administrator of William T. Drennon's estate 20 Feb 1864.
John Linch was appointed
administrator of Daniel Farrow's estate 5 Mar 1864.
S.F. Orange was appointed
administrator of Charles Galloway's estate 8 Mar 1864.
Margaret A. Hooper was appointed
administrator of Laban S. Hooper's estate 12 Mar 1864.
James M. Early was appointed
administrator of Hezakiah G. Early's estate 21 Mar 1864.
Jesse Stevens and Susan A. Guier were
appointed administrators of Philip Guier's estate 21 Mar 1864.
S.B. Brelsford was appointed
administrator of Decatur Wilds' estate 9 Apr 1864.
John K. Morse and Jefferson C. Asher
were appointed administrators of Jefferson G. Morse's estate 18 Apr 1864.
Nancy J. Wilds was appointed
administrator of the estate of Alfred T. Wilds 11 May 1864.
Joel Becker was appointed
administrator of C.N. Creasy's estate 27 May 1864.
Mary J. Barnett was appointed
administrator of Wm. H. Barnett's estate 8 Jun 1864.
James H. Leech was appointed curator of Thomas Kevil's estate 8 Jun 1864.
Allen Morse was appointed
administrator of Nancy Morse's estate 20 Jun 1864.
John Satterfield was appointed
administrator of Edward Satterfield's estate 18 Jul 1864.
Franklin Gipson was appointed
administrator of Comandane Stevens' estate 30 Jul 1864.
Wm. Jones was appointed administrator
of Wm. J. Harper's estate 15 Jul 1864.
A.B. Curtis was appointed
administrator of George W. Casner's estate 26 Sep 1864.
John W. McGough was appointed
administrator of Thos. M. McGough's estate 15 Oct 1864.
Nancy Creekmur was appointed
administrator of Jason Hammock's estate 17 Oct 1864.
J.E. Kevil and N.N. Rice were
appointed administrator of Wm. Y. Harris' estate 17 Oct 1864.
David S. Stevenson was appointed
administrator of Stephen H. Leech's estate 21 Oct 1864.
Published 17 October 2015, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/