Friday, February 26, 2016

News Of Morganfield

Have you been unable to find an obituary for your Morganfield, Kentucky ancestor? Don't forget to check other area newspapers. The Henderson, Kentucky papers often cover Union County and the Evansville newspapers also contain news of Morganfield.  Since I live close to Evansville and like the accessibility of that city's newspapers, I check them often in my western Kentucky research.
Did you know that the Evansville Courier carried a column called News Of Morganfield  every Wednesday from 5 May 1915 through 11 March 1921?  This column contained obituaries as well as news of social events and other happenings. The coverage of events in  Morganfield is really important when you realize there are no extant Morganfield newspapers prior to 1924.

 Below are a couple of Morganfield obituaries that are typical of those found in the Courier.

 The death of William Caldwell, one of the oldest men in the county occurred at his home near Seven Gums on Saturday. He was past 89 years old and had been married twice, his first wife being Miss Fannie Whitecotton, and after her death he married Mrs. Thomas Robertson. Seven children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive him. When young, Mr. Caldwelll came to this county from Shelby county to make his home. The burial was held in the Masonic cemetery in this city Sunday afternoon. ["News of Morganfield," Evansville Courier, Wednesday, 27 Sep 1916, p. 24]

 The funeral of William Marmaduke Wright, many years a cashier of the People's bank, took place this morning at the family residence at 10 o'clock. His wife, Mrs. Lillie Berry Wright, survives. No man had truer friends or more of them. He graduated from Bethel college and he had been for many years a Knight Templar and Shriner and the Masonic order has lost one of its most honored members. He was married to Miss Maggie Young, daughter of Judge Milton Young, in 1882, who died without issue in 1898. He was married to his present wife at East Haddam, Conn., while she was on a visit to her aunt, Mrs. H.W. Tyler. He was stricken with paralysis two years ago and has since then been an invalid. Two weeks since he was taken very much worse and passed away Saturday at 11 o'clock. Rev. Young of the M.E. church had charge of the services and the burial was in charge of the Masons in the Masonic cemetery. ["News of Morganfield,"  Evansville Courier, Wed., 14 Nov 1917, p. 10]

 In addition to Morganfield news items, you will also find News Of Sturgis and News Of Uniontown.  Happy Hunting!

Published 26 February 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,


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