Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Elizabeth Lake Dunn 1885 - 1978


Elizabeth Lake Dunn
Apr. 29, 1885
Mar. 4, 1978

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 9 April 2012.
   
Elizabeth Lake Dunn was a daughter of David Andrew Dunn and his first wife, Addie Haynes, citizens of Smithland. Elizabeth's father was a sheriff of Livingston County and organized Smithland's first bank, the Livingston County Bank. He was president of that bank and of Smithland Bank, which he also organized.[1]

Elizabeth was living in Smithland with her father, step-mother and eight siblings in 1920.[2] At that time Elizabeth had completed four years of high school.  By the time of the 1940 census, Elizabeth was living in Frankfort, Kentucky and was a clerk doing government work.[3]

Miss Elizabeth Dunn was age 92 when she died in 1978. Survivors included two brothers and four sisters and several nephews and nieces. She was a life member of Smithland Methodist Church.[4]




[1] "David A. Dunn of Smithland Is Called By Death," The Paducah Sun-Democrat, Thurs., 25 June 1931, p. 11.
[2] 1920 Livingston County, Kentucky census, Smithland, Roll T625_587, p. 3B, E.D. 112, Ancestry.com. Head of household was David Dunn, age 71. His wife was Laura (Champion), whom he had married 4 Nov 1906 following the death of his first wife, Addie.
[3] 1940 Franklin County, Kentucky census, Frankfort, Roll M-0627-1307, p. 30A, E.D. 37-7, Ancestry.com. At that time, Elizabeth was a lodger at 104 Watson Court, Frankfort. It was stated that Elizabeth was living in Smithland in  1935.
[4] "Miss Dunn, 92, Dies Saturday," The Paducah Sun, Sunday, 5 Mar 1978, p. 16.


Published 19 Mar 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Burials Outside the Tomb


A  recent post on this blog provided the names and dates of family members  listed on the H.F. Given Tomb in Smithland Cemetery in Livingston County, Kentucky.  That listing did not include relatives buried within the family plot, but outside the tomb. The entire plot is enclosed within a wrought-iron fence. Let's take a look at those who are buried there.

James B. Ferguson and Catharine Haydock.  They are listed together as they were married from January 1832 until James died in November of that same year.  Catherine then married Joseph Haydock  before she died in 1840 at the age of 30.  Catharine's story is more than the names of her husbands, though. She was the daughter of John P. Given, brother of Dickson Given and Joseph R. Given, whose names are inscribed on the front of the Given tomb.  John P. Given was born by 1784 and died after 1814,[1] possibly in Pope County, Illinois.  He married Mary "Polly" Johnson 30 December 1807 in Livingston County.[2] John P. and Polly Given had the following children: William T. Given, born 16 December 1808; Catherine F. Given, born 25 March 1810 and Elizabeth J. Given, born 22 December 1812.[3]

Four Children of D.A. and C. Given: two unnamed infants plus  Ann Given (3 January 1848 - 29 December 1849) and Mary Given (died 11 June 1848).  D.A. Given was Dickson Augustus "Gus" Given, son of Dickson and Nancy Given. He obtained a bond to marry Clarissa H. Goodall, daughter of Turner Goodall, 11 January 1838 Caldwell County, Kentucky. D.A. and Clarissa "Clara" Given lived in Paducah after their marriage before moving to New Orleans, where his brother, Henry F. Given, had settled and where both were involved in Given, Watts & Co., a commission house. D.A. Given died in New Orleans.  He and Clara are buried in a Given tomb, along with some of their descendants, in Metairie Cemetery. [4]




Tombstones of children of D.A. and Clara Given


There are two more tombstones that puzzle me. Just inside the gate to the Given plot, on the right side next to the fence is a large footstone with the initials J.C.G. This stone was not included in any of the earlier recordings of Smithland Cemetery so it is assumed the headstone has been missing for many years.  The style of the stone indicates it is from the 1840s.   Dickson and Nancy Given had a daughter, Mary Lucinda Given, who married James Campbell. I would almost bet that J.C.G. was, in fact,  James Campbell Given and was a son of D.A. and Clara Given.




J.C.G. Footstone

The other mystery tombstone is that of Margaret Ashmore, an infant who does not appear to have any connection to the Given family. Her tombstone is on the ground. Was it moved it from another location or is there some unknown connection to the Given family ?

The Given family was among the most influential families of early Smithland. Although all moved away, they certainly left their mark on the town.





[1] Livingston County, Kentucky Deed Book C:325, 16 July 1814, John P. Given, Joseph R. Given and Dickson Given, all of Livingston County; James A. Whyte and wife Mary, late Mary Given, of York Dist., South Carolina, surviving children and heirs of William Given dec'd, declare Negro man Cato a free man. On 19 July 1814 Hamlet Ferguson of Johnson County, Illinois Territory released all claim to Cato. John P. Given did not sign this conveyance, indicating he may have died between 16 July 1814 and the recording date of October 1817.
[2] Joyce McCandless Woodyard. Livingston County, KY Marriage Records, Vol. 1  Oct 1799-July 1839, (n.p., 1992) 20.
[3] Livingston County, Kentucky Court Order Book H, 3 October 1831 lists the legal heirs of John P. Given, late of Pope County, Illinois, and their birthdates.
[4] Find A Grave Memorial #107922635, D.A. Given born in Salem, KY Nov. 24, 1815; died July 1, 1882.  Also Find A Grave Memorial #107923800, Clara H. Goodall Given, Relict of D.A. Given  Born in KY Nov. 7, 1818, died Jan. 20, 1897.

Published 14 March 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cloa Ann Hazel 1851 - 1907




Mother
Cloa Ann Hazel
1851 - 1907

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

Cloa Bean/Beane  and Hiram L. Hazel were married 12 October 1866 in Union County, Kentucky by Father Durbin, Roman Catholic priest. [1] They were living in Webster County in 1880[2] and, by 1900 had moved to Bells Mines in the northern part of Crittenden County.[3] In 1900, Cloa Ann Hazel was age 48, born August 1851 and had given birth to nine children with only five of them living.

After Cloa Ann's death, her husband moved to Arkansas, where he died 11 July 1924 and is said to be buried in Sebastian County, Arkansas.[4]



[1] Kentucky County Marriage Records 1783-1963, Union County, Ancestry.com.
[2] 1880 Webster County, Kentucky census, Clayville, Roll 446, p. 106B, E.D. 028, Ancestry.com.
[3] 1900 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Bells Mines, p. 10, E.D. 0036, Ancestry.com.
[4] Find A Grave Memorial #44758289, Hiram L. Hazel.


Published 12 Mar 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Livingston County, Kentucky Indentures of Apprenticeship 1849


Children who were orphans were often apprenticed or "bound out" to someone in the community to learn a trade. Males were usually bound out until they were 21 years old and females until they were age 18. In addition to teaching the child a trade, the master was to provide the apprentice with food, clothing, lodging, medical attention and was to see that the apprentice was taught to read, write and learn arithmetic to and including the "Rule of Three." At the end of his service, the apprentice often was given a new suit of clothing and sometimes received a sum of money in lieu of receiving an education. On his part, the apprentice was to keep his master's secrets and obey his commands, must not waste his master's goods or lend them without consent or visit taverns or tippling houses and could not contract marriage. The following information for 1849 has been abstracted from Livingston County Court Order Book K  and Indentures of Apprenticeship Book 1834-1877 in the county clerk's office, Smithland, Kentucky. The letter and number at the end of each entry refers to page in Order Book K. For example, K:69 refers to Order Book K, page 69.


Henry Hill, infant orphan, has no estate and is hereby bound to B.J. Ross to learn the trade of a farmer until he is age 21, being 11 years old now.  5 Mar 1849  [K:69]

William Sparks, infant orphan who has no estate, is bound to Alexander Dixon to learn the trade of a farmer until he is age 21, being age 15 in November last. 2 Apr 1849  [K:74] On motion of Lucinda Sparks and William Tillery with consent of Alexander Dickson & for reasons given to the court, Alexander Dickson is released from Articles of Indenture apprenticing William Sparks to him.  3 December 1849  [K:115]

Daniel Patterson, infant orphan of this county has no estate, and Francis Vincent signified his willingness to take Daniel as an apprentice to the business & occupation of a carpenter. Daniel apprenticed to Vincent until he arrives at age of 21 years, he being 4 years of age on the [blank] day of October next.  2 Apr 1849  [K:77]

Samuel R. Dalton is bound to Denby Mezell until he is age 21 to learn the grade of a farmer. When he is 21 years old, which will be 24 November 1855, he being 14 on the 24th day of November 1848, Samuel is to receive a decent suit of new clothes, $20 in money and a good horse, saddle & bridle worth $60 and cause him to be learned [sic] to  read and write and learn arithmetic to the Rule of Three. 4 June 1849  [K:82]

James Dickson, infant orphan of Elizabeth Dickson, has no estate and is bound to Thomas K. Dickson to learn the trade of a farmer until  James is age 21, he being 11 years old the 12th of February 1849. 9 August 1849  [K:92]

James Henry Williams, infant who was bound at the March term 1849 to Walter Burns, who has departed this life. James, an infant 8 years old on 2 May last, child and heir of [blank] Williams and his wife Sarah, the father having departed this life at the Cumberland Hospital, is at this time destitute of a home or friend to take care of him. Ordered that the Clerk of Court bind James Henry to J.A. Brown to learn the trade of a carpenter and house joiner until he is age 21.  1 Oct 1849  [K:109]





Published 7 March 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Kirk Family of Ireland and Caldwell County, Kentucky




Jane
Wife of
David Kirk
Born
Mar. 20, 1808
Died
Jan. 28, 1859

Buried Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 10 December 2018.

Jane Kirk and her children appear on the 1850 Caldwell County census.[1] As the youngest child was born ca 1840 in Ireland, it appears the family left Ireland after that year and traveled to America.  There is no mention of Jane's husband, David Kirk.

Jane Kirk, daughter of David and Jane Kirk,  died 3 July 1858 in Caldwell County and is also buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery. [2] In 1860, David Kirk Jr. and his sister, Nancy Kirk, and brother Alexander Kirk, are living together in Princeton. [3]

David Kirk, son of David and Jane Kirk, married Sarah Jane Guess 6 September 1860 in Caldwell County. On the marriage bond he listed his parents as David Kirk and Jane Henry.[4] Was she related to Joseph Henry, who is also buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery?  Nancy Kirk married John Garrett 16 November 1864.[5]  Alexander Kirk married Miss Bettie J. Maxwell 19 January 1870. On the marriage bond he listed his occupation as a merchant and was living in Leavenworth, Kansas.[6]



[1] 1850 Caldwell County Census, Roll M432_194, p. 369A, Ancestry.com. Jane, age 32, was born in Ireland as were her children Jane, age 17; Nancy, age 15; David, age 12 and Alexander, age 10.
[2] Gregory L. Watson, compiler. Caldwell County, KY Ancestors  Vol. 1, Cedar Hill Cemetery, (Melber, KY: Simmons Historical Publications, 1998) 112.
[3] 1860 Caldwell County Census, Roll M653_359, p. 24, Ancestry.com.
[4] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Caldwell County, Kentucky Marriages 1854-1865, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1997) 51.
[5] Ibid., 80.
[6] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Caldwell County, Kentucky Marriages 1866-1873, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 2002)76.

Published 5 Mar 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Taking Bids For Whipping Post and Stocks


Punishment for crimes was sometimes dealt in full view of local citizens in the public square. The following court order to have stocks and a whipping post built was located in Box 2 (1805-1811) of the loose county clerk's papers in the Livingston County, Kentucky Clerk's Office and recorded in Court Order Book C, (no pagination) on Wednesday, the 4th of May 1808.  At the time of this order, Salem was the county seat of justice.  Click on the photo for an enlarged view.



Order for Bids on Whipping Posts and Stocks



"Livingston County Court May Term 1808
                Ordered that stocks and whipping post be erected on the publick square of this county, to wit, a good strong white oak post 20 inches in Diamiter eight square and a platt form 8 feet long and four wide and a pillory thereon    the post to be placed 4 feet in the ground  strong white oak stocks put through it at the ground  six feet long   the platt form and pillory to be 7 feet from the ground and a pair of hand cuffs or clamps fixed on said post at a proper hight for whipping post  the work to be done by the first monday in June next provided it can be done for $20 -  and the money to be paid out of the County Levy laid next fall and that Enoch Prince  William Ficklin & Enoch Hooper be appointed to let superintend the same &c --   A copy test    Enoch Prince"







Published 28 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Samuel C. Cook 1853 - 1864




Samuel C. Cook
Born
Oct. 16, 1853
Died
Nov. 8, 1864
11 yrs. [illegible]

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 19 December 2018.

Samuel P. [sic] was born 16 October 1853 in Smithland to Elbert Cook and Malinda H. Smith, who were Smithland residents. [1]  He died during the last year of the Civil War while Smithland was occupied by the Federal army.

 Samuel appears in only one census, the 1860, in the household of Elbert and Malinda Cook. His age was given as six.[2]


[1] Kentucky, Birth Records 1847 - 1911, Livingston County 1853, Samuel P. [sic] Cook, Ancestry.com.
[2] 1860 Livingston County , Kentucky census, Smithland, Roll M653_382, p. 285, Elbert Cook, Ancestry.com.


Published 26 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Caldwell County, Kentucky Guardian Appointments 1826


A guardian was appointed when a person was unable to act for himself or was a minor (under the age of 21 years). At the age of 14, a minor could choose his own guardian with the approval of the county court. If under the age of 14, the county court appointed the guardian. To guarantee the faithful performance of the guardian, a security was required to sign the bond, also. The following records were transcribed from Court Order Book D (1822-1829), located in the Caldwell County Clerk's Office, Princeton, Kentucky.  The page number on which the information appears in  Court Order Book D is given at the end of each entry.


Anthony Laughlin was appointed guardian for Winefred Prescott Laughlin, infant orphan of William Laughlin dec'd.  Security: David W. McGoodwin. 16 Jan 1826 [p. 216]

Arnold Jacob was appointed guardian for Lucy L. White, infant orphan of Elisha White dec'd. Securities: Wm. Lander, Henry Machen.  16 Jan 1826 [p. 216]

Abel Neely Armstrong, infant orphan of Joseph Armstrong dec'd made choice of  Matthew Armstrong as his guardian. Securities: Wm. Wadlington, Reddick Nichols.  20 Feb 1826  [p. 221]

James Clark was appointed guardian for Ruth Harper & Asa Morrow Harper, orphans of William Harper dec'd. Securities: John Pennington, James Smith.  20 Feb 1826  [p. 222]

On motion of James Smith, security for James Clark, guardian to Ruth Harper & Asa Morrow Harper, Clark ordered to shew cause why he shall  not give added security; refused and was discharged as guardian.  17 Apr 1826  [p. 231]

Oresteso Cook, infant orphan of Reuben Cook dec'd, made choice of Johnson McLaughlin as his guardian. Security: Wm. Lander.  21 Aug 1826  [p. 253]

Louise Johnson, infant orphan of Samuel Johnson dec'd, made choice of Buford Lewis as her guardian. Security: John Prince.  16 Oct 1826  [p. 259]

Samuel A. Keale, infant heir and orphan of Asa Keale dec'd, made choice of John Prince as his guardian. Security: Buford Lewis.  16 Oct 1826  [p. 260]

Manly Cannon, heir & infant orphan of Kinson Cannon dec'd, made choice of James Morse as his guardian. Security: Wm. Lander. 16 Oct 1826  [p. 264]

Samuel C. Harkins, guardian to Alfred Champion, infant orphan of Thomas Champion dec'd, was displaced as guardian and Wm. Lander appointed guardian. Security: James Morse. 16 Oct 1826  [p. 266]

Lewis Martin was appointed guardian to Patsey Pennington, Wade H. Pennington, Nicey P. Pennington & Louisa Pennington, infant orphans of Jacob Pennington dec'd. Securities: Jonathan Stevens, Benjamin Jones.  20 Nov 1826  [p. 268]

Hannah Wilson was appointed guardian to Nancy Wilson, heir & infant of John Wilson dec'd. Security: James Wilson. 20 Nov 1826  [p. 269]

Major Groom was appointed guardian to Sarah Elizabeth Groom, heir & infant of John B. Groom dec'd. Security: Benjamin Quisenberry. 20 Nov 1826  [p. 272]

Abel Neely Armstrong, infant & heir of Joseph Armstrong dec'd, being of sufficient age to choose a guardian, made choice of Edmund Franklin as his guardian. Security: Lewis Franklin. 18 Dec 1826  [p. 279]

Published 21 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Andy and Ruth Rotes of Carrsville, Kentucky




ROTES

Andy
1874 - 1942

Ruth
1895 - 1981


Buried Carrsville Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 8 December 2014.

According to his Kentucky Death Certificate,[1] Andy Rotes was born 17 June 1874 in Illinois and died 15 Feb 1942 in Carrsville, Kentucky. His father is listed as Sebastian Rotez [sic] and his mother's maiden name is given as Shelby. Their birthplaces were unknown. Wm. H. Rotes is listed as the informant on the death certificate.

Andy Rotes is found in the household of Sebastian and Hariet Rots [sic] in 1880 Pope County, Illinois. [2]  Sebastian, as well as his parents, was born in Germany. Hariet was born in Illinois as were her parents. The children, Mary F., Martha C., Anton [Andy] and John E. were all born in Illinois.

Ruth Rotes was born 27 Feb 1895 and died 26 November 1981.[3]  She married Andy Rotes about 1914 and they were living in Pope County, Illinois in 1918, when Andy registered for the draft for World War I.[4] The couple, along with their two children, were living in Carrsville, Kentucky by 1930.[5]    Ruth died in Crittenden County Hospital in Marion in 1981. The funeral was at Carrsville United Methodist Church. Survivors were a daughter, a son and a grandson.[6]


[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #4359 (1942), Andy Rotez [sic], Ancestry.com.
[2] 1880 Pope County, Illinois Census, Golconda, Roll 243, p. 139D, E.D. 086, Ancestry.com.
[3] Social Security Death Index, Ruth Rotes, last residence Marshall County, Kentucky, Ancestry.com.
[4] U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918; Andy Rotes registered 12 Sept. 1918; residence Pope County, Illinois, Ancestry.com.
[5] 1930 Livingston County, Kentucky Census, Carrsville, p. 2B, E.D. 0010, Ancestry.com. It was stated that Andy married at the age of 41 and Ruth married at the age of 21. This places the year of their marriage as 1914. No marriage record has been located.
[6] Obituary of Mrs. Ruth Rotes, Paducah Sun, Fri., 27 Nov 1981, p. 46, Newspapers.com.


Published 19 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 14, 2019

H.F. Given Family Tomb - Smithland Cemetery


One of the most beautiful monuments in Smithland Cemetery is the H.F. Given Family Tomb. The land for the monument was purchased  on 19 July 1860, a few months after the death of Adaline C. Haynes Given, wife of H.F. Given.[1]

The tomb is almost 160 years old and has witnessed a great deal of history, including the occupation of Smithland by the Federal Army during the Civil War. The tomb needs some very costly repairs to insure it survives for future generations to enjoy. The Smithland Cemetery Committee welcomes donations to help defray the cost of these repairs. Donations may be sent to Smithland Cemetery Fund, Smithland City Hall, 310 Wilson Avenue, PO Box 287, Smithland, Kentucky 42081. Any queries may be directed to Smithland City Hall at 270-978-2446.

 H.F. Given Family Tomb 2013


Front of H.F. Given Family Tomb 2013

Top of Tomb
In Memory of Adaline C. Given


Front, Panel 1
Dickson Given  born July 3, 1784   died Jan. 7, 1830      Epitaph:   He spent his life serving his friends and the public.

Mrs. Nancy Ramsey  born Oct. 23, 1791  Married to Dickson Given  Feb. 26, 1807    Married to Jonathan Ramsey  1832[2]   Died Feb. 3, 1854 [3]           Epitaph:  Unreadable

Esther A.  Daughter of Dickson & Nancy Given & Wife of W.P. Fowler  Born July 22, 1809  Died July 1, 1847


Front, Panel 2
Adaline C.  Daughter of C & S. Haynes   Wife of H.F. Given  Born Apr. 30, 1814  Died in the City of New Orleans Jan. 9, 1860

H.F. Given  born in Livingston Co, Ky July 7, 1811   Died Oct. 13, 1873


Front, Panel 3
Joseph R. Given  Born 1779  Died Oct. 3, 1832 in the 53 year of his life

Elizabeth wife of J.R. Given  died Feb. 27, 1833 in the 39 year of her age

Mary  sister of Dickson & Joseph R. Given and wife of Dr. J.A. Whyte  died Oct. 4, 1832 in the 55 year of her age




Back, Panel 1
Sarah  Wife of C. Haynes died June 11, 1849  Aged 72 years

C. Haynes died Dec. 14, 1844  Aged  [damaged] years[4]

W.B. Haynes born Jan. 18, 1804  died at Hickman, Ky July 15, 1830
Epitaph:
By strange hands thy dying eyes were closed
By strangers hands thy decent limbs composed
By strangers thy humble grave adored
By strangers honored and by strangers mourned.
                                                 By his sister  A.C. Givens


Back, Panel 2
Annie  wife of H.F. Given  Born in Henderson Co, Ky Aug. 9, 1840  Died Apr. 17, 1900

Geo. Milford  Son of E.P. & Elizabeth Haynes  Died March 31, 1851

[No epitaphs]


Back, Panel 3
Missing


 Back of H.F. Given Family Tomb 2013



[1] Livingston County, Kentucky Deed Book 4:522, Town Trustees to H.F. Given. Recorded 25 July 1860.
[2] Joyce McCandless Woodyard, Livingston County, KY Marriages, Vol. 1 (Oct 1799-July 1839),  (Smithland, KY: no. pub. 1992), 115. Jonathan Ramsey married Mrs. Nancy Given, widow, 23 Oct 1831 Livingston County.
[3] Jonathan Ramsey, age 74 and born Tennessee, and Nancey Ramsey, age 58 and born Kentucky, were enumerated on the 1850 Cole County, Missouri census., Roll M432_393, p. 243A, Ancestry.com
[4] The recording of Mrs. Berna Presnell McChesney in "The Old Cemetery at Smithland, Kentucky," The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Vol. 41, 1943, p. 239 lists his age at death as 70. The 1840 Livingston County, Kentucky census shows Christopher Haynes between the ages of 60 and 70.


Published 14 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,   http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

George M. and Melissa Lowey




Lowey
George M. Lowey
June 9, 1857
Oct. 31, 1905

Melissa Lowey
April 1, 1868
Sept. 21, 1942

Buried Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 10 December 2018.

George M. Lowey and Melissa B. Smith married 10 June 1883 Caldwell County.[1]  On the marriage bond, George M. Lowey stated he was 26, a grocer and was born in North Carolina and lived in Princeton, Kentucky. His father was born in Tennessee and his mother was born in Kentucky. Melissa Smith  was 15 years old when she married and was a resident of Princeton.  Mattie Smith, mother of the bride, gave written consent for the marriage license to be issued.

George M. and Lizzie Lowey were enumerated on the 1900 Caldwell County census.  Living in their household were children, James S., Clara, Margaret and George, plus George's mother in law, Mattie Smith.[2]

According to her death certificate, [3] Melissa Lowey was born in Logan County, Kentucky, was the widow of Geo. M. Lowey. Her parents were Alonzo Smith, born Boston, Massachusetts , and Martha Williams, born Virginia.



[1] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Caldwell County, Kentucky Marriages 1874-1884, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 2008) 158.
[2] 1900 Caldwell County, Kentucky census, Princeton, p. 22, E.D. 0008, Ancestry.com.
[3] Kentucky Death Certificate #21453, Melissa Lowey, Ancestry.com.

Published 12 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/