Friday, July 29, 2016

Thomas M. Conley (1851 - 1910)

Thomas M. Conley and Miss Martha F. Carroll married in Livingston County, Kentucky  14 March 1875. His age was 23, he was born in Kentucky but lived in  Cairo, Illinois and was a cooper by occupation. His father was born Ohio and his mother was born South Carolina.  The bride was age 20 and  born Kentucky. Her father was born Tennessee and her mother was born Kentucky. [1]

The 1880 Alexander County, Illinois Census shows Thomas M. and Martha F. Conley living in the 4th Ward of Cairo.  After the death of his wife, Thomas remarried to a lady named Eunice and moved to Missouri, where they are found on the 1900 Jasper County census. By 1910, they had moved back to Alexander County, Illinois and had a daughter, Eunice M., who was born about 1902 in Missouri.

Thomas M. Conley died in 1910 and is buried beside his first wife in Smithland Cemetery, Livingston  County.

Thos. M. Conley
Born Aug. 8, 1851
Died June 25, 1910
A loving husband, a father dear
A faithful friend lies buried here.

  In Memory of
Wife of
T.M. Conley
Aug. 23, 1854
Mar. 24, 1895
[Epitaph unreadable]

Tombstones photographed 21 October 2014.

[1] Livingston County Bond Book:357-358 and Marriage Register:352. 

Published 29 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - John W. Holdman

John W. Holdman
1884 - 1932

Buried Bells Mines Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 20 May 2015.

According to Kentucky Death Certificate #18456, John W. Holdman was born in DeKoven, Union County, Kentucky 5 March 1884 and died in Crittenden County 15 August 1932. He was a miner and was married to Annie Holdman. His parents were listed as W.P. Holdman and Georgia Delaney, both of whom were born in Union County.

Enumerated in Mag. District 7, Bells Mines in Crittenden County on the 1900 census was the family of William P. Holdman, age 42; Georgia Holdman, age 40; John W. Holdman, age 16 and Oscar Holdman, age 8.

Published 26 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Frontier Justice Sign - Harpe Brothers


Located 3 miles north of Dixon, county seat of Webster County, Kentucky, along the west side of Highway 41 A.   Sign photographed 13 July 2016.

The sign is on private property.

Published 21 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monument Monday - Richard M. and Sarah E. Flanary

Sarah E.
1834 - 1901

Richard M.
1822 - 1889

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

Richard M. Flanary married Sarah E. Love 15 November 1854 in Crittenden County. They appear on the 1860 Crittenden County census with their 2-year-old daughter, Nelly. In 1880, they were still in Crittenden County and their family had grown.  On the 1900 census, Sarah  E. Minner was living in the home of her son, Richard.

The 14 November 1901 edition of the Crittenden Press reported the following:
"Mrs. Elizabeth Flanary, widow of the late Richard Flanary, died at her home near Hebron Tuesday night after a brief illness."

Published 18 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - Rev. William Belt

Rev. William
June 28, 1838
Apr. 13, 1899
Gone Home

Buried in Mapleview Cemetery, Marion, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 16 March 2016.

Rev. Belt's obituary appeared in the 20 April 1899 issue of the Crittenden Press. It stated he had passed away at his home one mile north of Marion after being ill with pneumonia a few days. The funeral took place at his home and he was buried at the new cemetery (Mapleview). He was born in Crittenden County and had resided there all his life. He was converted and joined the Baptist church and then became a minister. His father, R.G. Belt, was from Tennessee and reared a family of four sons and two daughters; only one child now survives, Mr. J.S. Belt of Hickman.

William Belt obtained a marriage license to marry Mary E. McMican 8 November 1859[1] and married Mary Ann Eaton 14 May 1865. [2]

[1]  Brenda Joyce Jerome.  Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. 1  1842-1865 and Abstracts of Wills Book 1  1842-1924, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1990), 79.
[2]  Ibid, 110.

Published 12 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Remembering Mother (1919 - 2006)

On this, the 97th anniversary of Mother's birth, I want to share a birthday card she received from my father on 7 July 1937, less than a month before they were married. Always thrifty (he would scoff if accused of being a romantic), he sent the card again to her on their 25th wedding anniversary.

Published 7 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

"America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be
because we destroyed ourselves."
Abraham Lincoln

Published 4 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Friday, July 1, 2016

Rediscovering Old Material

It often pays to go through genealogical material more than once. Recently I came across a forgotten envelope full of newspaper clippings from the 1920s and 1930s and later. They weren't new - just forgotten. What a treat it was to re-read them! My grandmother had clipped the articles, mainly obituaries, from the Hardin County (Illinois) Independent but did not note the date on any of them. Fortunately, I can determine the date for most of them.

One clipping is an obituary for my great-grandmother, Mary Ann Wolstenholme Smith, who died in 1933 in Rosiclare, Hardin County. This obituary is especially interesting to me now because I am once more researching her father, Hugh Wolstenholme Jr. and his family. Hugh was born in England ca 1818/1819, came to America ca 1820 and lived many years in Davidson County, Tennessee. I know he visited his daughter, Mary Ann  and her husband, Reddick Smith, but I have not found the date or place of his death.  My goal for the next six months is to determine where he was after the 1880 Davidson County census and where he died. Family tradition has it that he died while traveling between Tennessee and Illinois, but I have never found proof.

Mary Ann lived with her children after her husband died in 1913. She would stay first with with one child and then another. Apparently, she entertained her grandchildren with stories of growing up in Goodlettsville, Tennessee not far from Nashville. It is a good thing she did as she does not appear on the 1850 and 1860 census records even though she was born in 1848. Her stories provide the only view of her activities before her marriage to Reddick Smith in 1866.

So, the Wolstenholme family is back on the research list and I hope to have something to report periodically.

Published 1 July 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,