Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday - Rev. John B. Perry

Rev. John Beatty
May 23, 1813
July 21, 1874

Buried Hurricane Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 19 July 2018.

John B. Perry married Mary G. Maddox 14 May 1840 Trimble County, Kentucky.[1] They are found on the 1850 Green County, Kentucky census[2] and, by  1860, had moved to Crittenden County.[3] On that census, Perry's occupation was shown as farmer and preacher.

On his death record, it states he died of Bright's Disease. He was born in Ireland and his parents, also born in Ireland, were listed as R. & M. Perry.[4]

[1] Kentucky County Marriage Records 1783-1965, Trimble County, 1827-1840, married 14 May 1840, Ancestry.com.
[2] 1850 Green County, Kentucky Census, Dist. 2, Roll 432_202, p. 123, John B. Perry family, Ancestry.com.
[3] 1860 Crittenden County, Kentucky Census, West Half of County, Roll M653_363, p. 395, John B. Perry family, Ancestry.com
[4] Kentucky Death Records 1852-1965, Crittenden County, John B. Perry died 21 July 1874, Ancestry.com.

Published 30 Oct 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Clara Barton and the Ohio River Flood of 1884

The winter of 1883-1884 was particularly severe throughout the Ohio Valley with large quantities of snow and ice  and very low temperatures. When the thaw began the first of February 1884, the water started its trek down the Ohio River.

It was soon evident that a large flood was coming. Evansville, Indiana was designated the center of relief efforts due to its location on high ground.  U.S. Relief Boat Carrie Caldwell  made two trips in February and March 1884 to deliver aid to those in need.

On the first visit, the middle of February, stops were made at the following Kentucky towns:  Uniontown, Caseyville, Carrsville, Weston, Ford's Ferry, Birdsville and Smithland, as well as a number of towns on the Illinois side of the river. [1]

Uniontown:  The town is in terrible condition, every house, about 700, is in water from the second story to the roof.  All business, except for the necessaries of life, has stopped and what little there is, is done from the second floor through the windows into boats.  Water is at the top of the lamp post in front of the Methodist church. John Castella's house with chimney floated down the river.

Caseyville:   The place is all under water with the exception of a few houses. Water is 12 feet deep in the streets.  There were about 100 needy people.

Weston:  Town is in 10 feet of water and all 25 houses are submerged.

Ford's Ferry:  Town has about six good houses, all under water. The wharf boat was tied to a tree.

Carrsville:  Population 250 with 75 houses. Only five families had to leave their houses. 100 people suffering in immediate vicinity and 1000 rations left with R.A. Crotser.

Birdsville:  Half under water. Met R.M. Johnson, postmaster.

Smithland: This town of 600 is entirely under water. After wind during previous night (Feb. 19), not a sound house on Front Street. W. Ellis' large storehouse, back of Planter's Hotel, is a complete wreck, while the river is full of floating household goods and furniture. 30 houses swept away last night and three-fourths of the people are destitute. The town is flooded back to the hills, being 15-20 feet deep in the streets.  The only brick house standing is the Court House.  Sickness abundant and medical services in constant demand.

Conditions were  noted in all towns along the river on a return trip to Evansville. Conditions were worse on the return trip.  In Uniontown, 61 houses were destroyed by the storm. The following suffered losses: John Roesch's distillery, Williams' tobacco factory  and Gus Franklin lost $5000 worth of dry goods.

A second trip down the Ohio River was made one month later.  The town of Caseyville, Kentucky was in deplorable condition with all streets  impassable and  52 demolished houses. Mr. W.A. Delaney was seen riding on horseback carrying a coffin to bury his child who had died of pneumonia the previous day.  

The town of Weston, in Crittenden County, was comprised of 300 people. Thomas Lamb,  town trustee chairman, stated that at Lamb's coal mines and at Bell's coal mines, there are about 51 people needing aid.  Rations were left at most of the towns along the river.

As flooding  improved, the emphasis changed from necessities for life to assisting those left homeless or their homes were in ruins.  It was then the involvement shifted to the Red Cross Association, which was organized for the relief of those suffering by war, pestilence, famine, flood, fire and other calamities. Heading this organization was Miss Clara Barton, who established her headquarters in Evansville.

A steamboat owned by Capt. John H. Troop and named for his father,  Joshua V. Throop, a native of Eddyville, Kentucky and  former resident of Smithland, Kentucky, was put at the disposal of Miss Barton to carry emergency supplies to those left homeless by the flood or whose homes were badly damaged. [2] The J.V. Throop was the first inland vessel in America to fly the American Red Cross flag and, according to regulation, it flew just below the American flag.

A Red Cross Relief Committee was formed with the objective of visiting every town along the Ohio River between Evansville and Cairo and to find the most needy and deserving families. Miss Barton's plan was to load a boat with bedding and clothing for distribution and to supply money to indigent families. [3] Coal was also added to the list of needed items.  Miss Barton and her workers left Evansville on March 8th and headed toward Cairo.

Among the towns in dire need of aid was Smithland, one of the oldest  on the Lower Ohio. "While the water was at its highest stage, a terrific cyclone or tornado struck the town, driving waves up against the second stories of buildings, crushing brick buildings. The scene in Smithland was one of  utter desolation - fragments of wooden buildings everywhere."[4] 500 bushels of coal, along with clothing, bedding and cash were left in Smithland. [5] 

The last voyage of relief of the J.V. Throop left on May 25 with a load of clothes, plows and tools, groceries, furniture, and  household items for those who had lost so much during the flood and tornado. The people who had accompanied the Red Cross expedition on the Throop in March sent to Capt Throop a flag, along with a letter, to express their appreciation.[6] 

It is certain that the Red Cross, under the leadership of Clara Barton, and the steamer J.V. Throop enabled the residents along the Ohio River to survive during the flood of 1884 and to rebuild after the flood.

Fifty years after the flood of 1884, a plaque was erected on the site of the house where  Clara Barton lived while directing relief of those living along the Ohio River.

[1] E.P.M. Ames. Official Report of the Relief Furnished to the Ohio River Flood Sufferers, Evansville, Ind. to Cairo, Ills., (Evansville, IN: Journal Co., 1884), 31, 47-49, 69, 72.
[2] "River News," Evansville Daily Journal,  7 Mar 1884, p. 3.
[3] "Red Cross Society," Evansville Daily Journal, 17 Mar 1884, p. 2.
[4] Ibid.
[5] "Red Cross Association," Evansville Daily Journal, 18 Mar 1884, p. 1.
[6] "The Red Cross," Evansville Daily Journal, 25 May 1884, p. 8.

Plaque dedicated to Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross
On present site of Deaconess Hospital (Midtown campus)
Evansville, Indiana
Dedicated May 12, 1934

Published 25 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Grandfather and Grandson Share Tombstone

A.W. Sullenger
June 1805
June 5, 1876

James W.
Son of
J.A. & M.L. Gray
Feb. 21, 1869
May 8, 1876

A.W. Sullenger and his grandson, James W. Gray, are buried in Watson Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 8 May 2017.

Aaron Wilson Sullenger married Letta Watson 3 January 1831 Livingston County, Kentucky.[1] He is listed as a physician in Crittenden County in 1863.[2]

The 1860 Crittenden County census, lists Aaron W. and Letta Sullenger, along with Mary, age 12, and other children.[3] The 1870 Crittenden County census shows Joseph Gray and wife Mary L, children L.E. Gray, age 2, and J.W. Gray, age 7/12. [4]  Mary L. Gray, daughter of Wilson Sullenger, died 13 June 1929, age 82 years, 1 month and 2 days. She was also buried in Watson Cemetery.[5]

[1] Joyce M. Woodyard. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriage Records, Vol 1. (Oct 1799 - July 1839), (m.p., 1992), p. 109. Consent was given by bride's mother, Elizabeth Watson. Bondsman was Ezra Watson.
[2] U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, A.W. Sullenger, Ancestry.com.
[3] 1860 Crittenden County, Kentucky Census, West Half of County, Salem, Roll M653_363, p. 366, Ancestry.com.
[4] 1870 Crittenden County, Kentucky Census,Roll 593_457, p. 405B, Ancestry.com.
[5] Kentucky Death Certificate #46389 (1929), Mary L. Gray, Ancestry.com.

Published 23 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Book Sale!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Henderson City Ordinance 1861

The following notice appeared in the Henderson Weekly Reporter on Thursday., 12 September 1861. At this time, street lamps were fueled with gas. A street lamplighter lit the lamps each evening and later extinguished them.

An Ordinance

For the protection of the City Lamp Posts, Lamps and appurtenances belonging thereto, passed Sept. 3rd, 1861.

Be it ordained by the Mayor and common Council of the City of Henderson, That from and after the 14th day of September, 1861, any person who shall hitch any horse, mule or animal to any of the city Lamb Posts, or who shall willfully or maliciously break or otherwise injure any of said Lamp Posts, Lamps or appurtenances,  thereto, shall be Guilty of a misdemeanor, and forfeit and pay for each offence, not less than $2.00 nor more than $30.00, if a white person or free negro, to be collected by the City Marshall as other fines to the City, but if a slave, to be punished for each offence, with not less than five nor more than 39 stripes on the bare back.                                         E.H. Hall, Mayor    
Attest: R.W. Reutlinger, Clerk.

Published 18 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

11th Anniversary of Blog

This month marks the 11th anniversary of the Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog.  There have been 1542 posts during those 11 years, making an average of slightly more than 140 posts per year. 

Writing this blog has been fun, informative and sometimes frustrating, but I would not trade the experience for anything.

I appreciate your support and hope you will continue with me on this journey.

Published 17 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Matching Tombstones - Weldon

Marshall C. Weldon
1896 - 1935
Beulah M. His Wife
1896 - 1958

Clarence E. Weldon
1870 - 1929
Addie C. His Wife
1863 - 1950

Buried Mapleview Cemetery, Marion, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstones photographed 19 July 2018.

Marshall C. Weldon was born 14 December 1896 Fulton, Kentucky[1] and died  in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee 26 May 1935. His parents were listed as C.E. Weldon and Addie Crawford.[2]  Mrs. Beulah Weldon was born in Arkansas 7 August 1896 and died in Memphis 10 June 1958.[3] Her parents were listed as Samuel T. Morris and Icos Weathersby.

The 1900 Fulton County, Kentucky census lists Clarence Weldon, born October 1870 Illinois. In his household were his wife, Addie, born October 1868 Kentucky and Marshall Weldon, born December 1896 Kentucky.[4] Clarence was listed as a China merch [merchant?]. Clarence E. Weldon married Miss Addie Crawford in Crittenden County, Kentucky 20 July  1892.[5]

[1] U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, Marshall C. Weldon, registered in Little Rock, Arkansas, nearest relative, father, who was living in Little Rock, Ancestry.com.
[2] Tennessee Death Records 1908 - 1958, citing certificate of death  #11784 Marshall C. Weldon, Ancestry.com.
[3] Tennessee Death Records 1908 - 1958, citing certificate of death #58-16288, Beulah Weldon, Ancestry.com.
[4] 1900 Fulton County, Kentucky census,
[5] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriages 1887-1899, Vol. III (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1993) 59.

Published 16 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hurricane Church and Camp Meeting

In 1906, R.M. Franks was asked to write a history of the Hurricane Camp Meeting and so he wrote from memory some of the facts of the history of this place in 1890.[1] 

The church actually dates from 1843, when Richard Minner gave land for the church. A number of years later, Robert H. Haynes deeded four acres to the Methodist church for a cemetery.  In 1890 Brother S.K. Breeding, pastor of Hurricane Church organized a camp meeting with the following men on the camp meeting committee: Joseph W. Guess, S.F. Crider, T.A. Minner, John B. Perry, James T. Terry, Dr. I.H. Clement, who were Methodists, and R.M. Franks, who was minister of a Baptist church.

At that time the camp meeting was in the Marion Circuit, which included the following churches: Marion, Hills Chapel, Siloam and Hurricane. The salary for preachers was $325 and, by 1907, it had increased to $600.[2]

The committee adopted two rules:  There would be no stands on the grounds except a feed stable and a hotel. The second rule stated ladies and gentlemen were not to sit together during services.[3]

A large building was erected as a place of worship. While the current building is not the original, it remains the place of  stirring sermons. People still come from far and wide to hear these sermons each June.

[1] "A Bit of History," Crittenden Record-Press, Fri., 14 December 1906, p. 6.
[2] "Eighteenth Anniversary," Crittenden Record-Press, Thurs., 12 September 1907, p. 1
[3] "A Bit of History," Crittenden Record-Press, Fri., 14 December 1906, p. 6.

Published 11 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Spotlight On: J.H. and M.C. Bettis

J.H. Bettis
1857 - 1942
Mary C. His Wife
1861 - 1928
Gone But Not Forgotten

Buried in Deer Creek Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 7 November 2014. Note the Masonic symbol above J.H. Bettis' name and the photograph of J.H. and Mary C. Bettis.
Miss M.C. Sullenger married J.H. Bettis 20 April 1890 at W.B. Sullinger's in Crittenden County.[1]

According to her death certificate, Mary Catherine Bettis was born 24 October 1861 in Kentucky and died 2 December 1928 in Blooming Rose Pct, Crittenden County. Her parents were listed as Tom Dutch Sullenger and Elizabeth Porter, both born in Kentucky. The informant for this information was J.H. Bettis.[2]

J.H. Bettis wrote his last will and testament 21 December 1936. At that time he was living in Tolu, Crittenden County. After the payment of his debts, he wanted his wife, Effie Bettis, and his son, Ebb Bettis, to each have one-half of his estate. Mrs. Effie Bettis was to be executrix.  The will was recorded in county court 12 February 1942.  According to the 1900 census, J.H. Bettis was born in March 1857.[3]

J.H. Bettis remarried following the death of Mary C. Bettis.

[1] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriages 1887-1899, Vol. III, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 34.
[2] Kentucky Death Certificate #29859, Mary Catherine Bettis, Kentucky Death Records, Crittenden County, Ancestry.com.
[3] 1900 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Sheridan, p. 6, E.D. 33, Ancestry.com.

Published 9 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cyclone of 1890

People in western Kentucky still talk about the Cyclone of 1890.  On Thursday, March 27, of that year, the wind had been blowing at a terrible gale all day, with low, heavy clouds gathering  up until 4:30 p.m., when  a whitish cloud with  yellow tinge began gathering  in the southwest, accompanied by deafening claps of thunder.  Thirty minutes later a dark, funnel-shaped cloud could be seen in the southwest  - rolling, curling and twisting, carrying all sorts of things with it. Then it struck.

In Marion, Crittenden County, the first building struck was the court house. It tore off about half the roof on the north side. It next struck the Carnahan opera house, tearing the roof off and the water drenching the scenery and seats. The Masonic hall was unroofed and the rain damaging  the dry goods stock of A. Wolf. The roof of the Methodist church was also damaged. Stables and outhouses were nearly all blown down. Large trees were torn up by the roots and carried away by  the wind. The rain fell in such torrents as to make it impossible to see objects more than 8 or 10 feet away. [1]

The new town of Grand Rivers, on the Cumberland River, was destroyed and several people killed.  Near Lola, Livingston County, the people watching the storm were amazed and horrified to see the body of a man being carried along with the storm.   Another man had a team of mules blown out of his lot, carried half a mile, and then dropped without any injury. Dead horses, mules, cows and all kinds of domestic animals could be found scattered along the path of the cyclone.

It was reported that 11 people were killed between Lola and Hampton, in Livingston County.   It was also said that a total of  20 or 30 people were killed and about twice that many wounded. 

This is a list of  the wounded: [2]
J.E. Sultinger [Sullinger?], severely cut on head, probably fatal.
John A. Little, arm broken.
Jesse J. Boyd, wife and four children, severely wounded.
Adam Robinson, arm broken.
Mrs. Henry Little, dangerously wounded.
Jo Shoemaker, leg crushed.
Mrs. D.W. Kimsey, fatally injured.
Mrs. Burns, cannot recover.
Mr. Summers, reported dying.
Alex. May, leg broken.
Mr. Stanford, leg broken.
Mrs. R.A. Herroll, leg cut.
Mrs. A. Herroll, arm broken.
Scipes Dillard, fatally injured.
Mrs. Moreland and child, badly bruised about head and chest.
Mrs. Robinson, arm broken.
J.H. Robinson, wife and mother, all dangerously hurt.
S.F. Turley, head cut.
L.P. Conger, leg broken.
Thos. Clements and wife, Berry Rich and wife, all fatally wounded.
Miss Eva Williams, E.C. Moore, C. Moreland, injured fatally.
The following were killed: Mrs. C. Moreland and wife, two children of J.H. Robinson, Miss Burns, and a child of Jesse J. Boyd.[3]

The storm also hit Uniontown in Union County and, at Sturgis, there was hail and the wind unroofed several barns. For several miles in Webster County, between Clayville [now called Clay]  and Dixon, it swept everything away. The wife of W.B. Taylor and a son of Henry Hammock, among others, were killed outright.  It was estimated the killed and wounded at Webster would number not less than 50.[4]

There was no damage at Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky except for fences and chimneys being torn down.  Eddyville was a different story with four persons killed and 30 seriously injured. J.C. Church, Lyon County Coroner, his wife and three grandchildren were seriously injured. [5]

Metropolis, Illinois suffered a great blow from the cyclone. Over 100 buildings were wrecked or damaged. Not a one escaped damage. A large gypsy encampment outside of  town was totally demolished and two children were killed. One gypsy woman was carried across the backwater half a mile and seriously injured.[6]

One of the persons who died as a result of the cyclone was Mary Elizabeth (Porter) Kimsey, wife of David W. Kimsey of Lola. In addition to her death several days after the storm, the Kimsey home was blown down and the contents blown away.  Kimsey and several of his children were injured and all of his livestock except for one mule were killed by the storm.

After the cyclone, the city of Evansville collected funds and food to assist those who had suffered losses from the cyclone and the aid was then dispensed to relief committees in several different towns, including Salem, in Livingston County, Kentucky.[7]  David W. Kimsey, a pensioner of the Union Army in the Civil War,  applied for assistance, but was rejected. Crittenden Post No. 31, G.A.R. wrote a letter on Kimsey's behalf to the Evansville Journal , which published the letter 14 July 1890. In the letter, the displeasure of the G.A.R. post was expressed.  The letter ended with this statement:   "We think it very unjust that the Federal soldiers should be singled out and given nothing. [signed] T.J. Cameron, Com. and A.J. Bebout, Adjt.

The following day, a response was published in the newspaper, which stated Mr. P. Grassham of the Salem relief committee had received $150 to distribute among those left most destitute by the cyclone.[8] Apparently, David W. Kimsey was not considered to be among the most destitute.

Mary Elizabeth (Porter) Kimsey is buried at New Union Cemetery near Lola, Kentucky. No tombstone marks her grave.[9]

[1] "Cyclone in Kentucky," Arkansas City Daily Traveler, Arkansas City, Kansas, Thurs., 27 Feb 1860, Newspapers.com.
[2]  The newspaper article does not give the residence of the wounded and deceased.  Scipio Dillard lived in Bells Mines, Crittenden County in 1880 and 1900. Alexander May lived in Carrsville Dist., Livingston County in 1880 and 1900. Some of the others listed were not found on either the 1880 or 1900 census records.
[3] "The Cyclone's Awful Path," Evansville Journal, Mon., 31 Mar 1890, p. 8.
[4]  "Work of Wind and Hail," The Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sun., 30 Mar 1890, Newspapers.com.
[5]  "Princeton, KY and Vicinity," Evansville Courier, 30 Mar 1890, p. 1.
[6] "The Cyclones's Awful Path," Evansville Journal, 31 Mar 1890, p. 8.
[7] "Loyalty A Crime, A Federal Soldier Proscribed for Being Loyal," Evansville Journal, 14 July 1890, p. 4.
[8]  Ibid.
[9] Find A Grave Memorial #46894712, Mary Elizabeth Kimsey, born 1858, died 30 March 1890.

Published 4 Oct 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Shuttlesworth - Repton Cemetery

James A.
Jan. 24, 1829
May 12, 1896
Marinda His Wife
Aug. 19, 1847
Jan. 22, 1916

Buried Repton Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 6 June 2014.

The given name and birth and death dates for Marinda Shuttlesworth  on her death certificate do not agree with the inscription on her tombstone.  Her death certificate shows her name as Malinda Shuttlesworth;  she was born 4 August 1846 Henderson County, Kentucky and died 18 January 1916 Crittenden County. Her parents are listed as Alec Minten and -- Powell, both born in Henderson County.[1]

James A. Shuttlesworth married Miss Malinda Minton 23 March 1867 in Union County, Kentucky. Her given name is listed as Marinda Minton on the marriage return.[2]

James A. and Marinda Shuttlesworth and their children are listed on the 1880 Union County census in Morganfield.[3]

The 14 May 1896 issue of the Crittenden Press gives the following information on James A. Shuttlesworth's death:  "Mr. James A. Shuttlesworth, an aged citizen of the Repton neighborhood, died very suddenly Monday night. He had been in rather poor health for several years."

[1] Kentucky Certificate of Death #861, Malinda Shuttlesworth, Ancestry.com.
[2] Kentucky County Marriage Records 1783-1965, Union County 1849-1882, #244, Ancestry.com.
[3] 1880 Union County, Kentucky census, Morganfield, Roll 444, p. 523, E.D. 31, James A. Shuttlesworth family, Ancestry.com.

Published 2 October 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/