Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fannie Ray Davis 1847 - 1917




Fanny
Wife of
S.N. Davis
Born
Oct. 5, 1847
Died
Feb. 26, 1917
In heaven
there is one
angel more

Buried Leeper Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.  Tombstone photographed 19 September 2012.

Miss Fannie Ray married Mr. S.N. Davis 6 December 1890 at the home of J.M. Ray in Livingston County.  Witnesses were G.W. Martin and J.M. Ray.

Silas N. Davis, age 77, and wife Fanny, age 62, were living on Dycusburg Road in 1910.[1] Silas was born 13 February 1831, died 11 June 1912 and was buried in Fraziers Grave Yard, according to his death certificate. [2]  Fanny Davis was born in Tennessee and was a widow at the time of her death. Her parents were Wiley Rhea [sic] and Betsie Dee, both born in Tennessee. [3] Fanny died of LaGripp, a forerunner of the deadly influenza pandemic later that year.


Original Livingston County, Kentucky Marriage Certificate
S.N. Davis and Miss Fannie Ray





[1] 1910 Livingston County, KY Census, Dist. 2, Roll T624_491, p. 2A, E.D. 100, Dycusburg Road, Ancestry.com.  Silas N. Davis had been married twice and Fanny had been married one time.
[2] Kentucky Death Certificate #15508 (1912), Silas N. Davis of Livingston County, Ancestry.com.
[3] Kentucky Death Certificate #8623 (1917), Fanny Davis of Livingston County, Ancestry.com.

Published 25 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lucy Jefferson Lewis' Monument


At the junction of U.S. 60 and Highway 137 in Livingston County, Kentucky, stands a monument honoring Lucy Jefferson Lewis, youngest sister of Thomas Jefferson, who was the third President of the United States 1801-1809. At first it might seem strange for this monument  to be in Livingston County, but there is a basis for it being located there.

In late 1807, Lucy Jefferson Lewis, her husband, Charles L. Lewis, and their children,  including adult sons Randolph and Lilburne,  left Albemarle County, Virginia to start a new life in Kentucky. Another adult son, Isham, would arrive in Kentucky a little later. When the Lewis family arrived in Kentucky, the state was 15 years old and Livingston County was even younger, being in existence only eight years. Livingston County was sparsely settled, but land was available and there was  opportunity  for a fresh start, especially if  you were in debt like the Lewis family.

Lucy and her family barely had time to settle in and get to know the names of their neighbors before  they were greeted with adversity.  First, Elizabeth, the young wife of Lilburne Lewis, son of Charles L. and Lucy, died, leaving five young children.  Then  Lucy Jefferson Lewis,  died on the 26th of May 1810. Her daughters described her death in a letter to their Uncle Thomas Jefferson: "She gragulery waisted away with little or no pain, for eighteen months enturely sensable to her last moments ...[1] Lucy was buried at the top of the hill overlooking the Ohio River with her grave marked only with a rough stone.

Randolph Lewis, Lilburne's brother,  was likely ill when he wrote his will in January 1811 as he passed away the following month.[2]  Sickness and death seemed to follow the Lewis family - and their troubles were not over.

Later that year the earthquakes began, frightening everyone who felt the shocks and saw the after effects.  And the most horrendous event of all - the murder of George, the teenage slave who was murdered by Lilburne Lewis and his brother, Isham, because he broke a pitcher belonging to the Lewis brothers' mother, Lucy Jefferson Lewis.  [3] 

At this point, Lucy Jefferson Lewis fades from the history books. It is almost as if she had not existed ... until  Mrs. C.E. Purcell, published Stories of Old Kentucky  in 1915 and described Lucy Jefferson Lewis' burial site - "A sunken place, overgrown with the wild wood ..."  In 1920, Fred Neumann, Paducah newspaperman, wrote that only the student of history knew that in Livingston had lived "a Virginia flower," whose brother was Thomas Jefferson.[4]  

Interest in Lucy Jefferson Lewis grew and a  drive was organized  to erect a monument in her memory. On the 26th of June 1924, at a called session of the Livingston County Fiscal Court, $50 was appropriated to pay for the Lucy Jefferson Lewis monument and a small park of one-half acre was purchased from W.H. Warren. [5] Citizens also contributed to the cost of the monument.

Five days later, a large crowd attended the unveiling of the monument with an elaborate program planned. A chorus, accompanied by the Smithland Military Band, provided patriotic music. Mrs. Clyde (LaVerne Purcell) Watts, organizing president of the Lucy Jefferson Lewis chapter of Children of the American Revolution (CAR), in Paducah, presented the monument and the Hon. John Montgomery, Livingston County Judge, accepted the monument.[6]

The monument is simple, but impressive.   


Lucy Jefferson
Lewis
Sister of
President 
Thomas Jefferson
Virginia 1752
Kentucky 1811




Overlooking the Ohio River 200 feet is a mountain which can be seen in the distance, 1  1/2 miles north of which is the grave of Mrs. Lewis. A simple stone marker identifies the spot which can be reached by following the Birdsville Road to a point indicated by a sign board where a branch road leads to the right and winds its way to the mountain top.

Lucy Jefferson Lewis is not known for heroic deeds or special talents, but she does represent the pioneer women who gave up an easier life to make a home in the backwoods of western Kentucky. 

Another monument has joined that of Lucy in the little park. It is that of Lieutenant Colonel John Montgomery, soldier and pioneer. We will save him for a later blog post.



[1] Boynton Merrill Jr. Jefferson's Nephews  A Frontier Tragedy, Second Edition, (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1987) 218; citing letter to Thomas Jefferson from the daughters of Lucy Jefferson Lewis. The date of the letter is 17 Sept 1810, one year previous to the year of death given on the Lucy Jefferson Lewis monument.
[2] Livingston County Will Book A:31, Will of Randolph Lewis, dated 16 January 1811 and proven at February term 1811 of County Court.
[3] Merrill. Jefferson's Nephews  A Frontier Tragedy.  The death of George is thoroughly discussed and documented in  Jefferson's Nephews.
[4] Fred Neumann,"Our Country's Neglect of Her Great and Worthy," Paducah News-Democrat, Sun., 9 May 1920, p. 9.
[5] Livingston County Fiscal Court Order Book 5, p. 15, Special Called Court, Thurs., 26 June 1924.
[6] "Lewis Monument at Smithland is Dedicated Today," Paducah Sun-Democrat., Mon., 30 June 1924, p. 9.


Published 20 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ellen E. and Berry F. James



James
Ellen E.
1857 - 1941

Berry F.
1850- 1924

Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 23 September 2015.

B.F. James and E.E. Loven/Lovvorn were married by Elder J.E. Rowland at James Lovven's residence in Crittenden County 4 November 1883.[1]

According to his death certificate, Berry Franklin James  was born 19 May 1850 Crittenden County and died 31 January 1924. His parents were listed as Alexandra James and Harriett Smart, both born in Tennessee.[2]

Eliza Ellen James, widow of Berry F. James, was born 12 December 1857 Kentucky and died 23 February 1941 Crittenden County. Her parents were James Lovvorn, born Tennessee, and Sarah McDowell, born Indiana.[3]


[1] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriage Records, Vol. II  1866-1886, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1991) 142.
[2] Kentucky Death Certificate #3150 (1924), Berry Franklin James, Ancestry.com.
[3] Kentucky Death Certificate #4122 (1941), Eliza Ellen James, Ancestry.com.

Published 18 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Roster of Men Who Died in World War I Part III


In 1919, the names of Kentucky soldiers who lost their lives during World War I were published in several newspapers, including the Louisville Courier-Journal, The Hopkinsville Kentuckian, and the Owensboro Messenger. The many deaths from disease were due largely to the influenza epidemic. 

Livingston County
Harry T. Boyd, Carrsville, died of disease
Robert M. Davis, Salem, killed  in action
Claude R. Humes, Hampton, died of disease
George Kalberer, Smithland, died of disease
Curt Larson, Tiline, died of disease
Ollie A. Meyers, Carrsville, died of disease
Elliott Newton Pace, Salem, died of disease
Vernon Travis Parker, Salem, died of disease
Claude Peck, Mulliken, died in service
Eugene Threlkeld, Carrsville, died of disease.

Crittenden County
Fred Ellis Baker, Marion, died of disease
Edward R. Baird, Crayne, died of disease
Harvey S. Conger, Marion, died of disease
William Curry, Tolu, died of disease
Charles Davis, Marion, died of disease
Robert Davis, Sheridan, killed in action
John Everett Franks, Marion, died of wounds
Oscar Wilborn Green, Dycusburg, killed in action
James G. Highfil, Tolu, killed in action
Joseph Allen Hoover, Tolu, died of disease
Luther Horning, Sheridan, died of disease
Homer Jennings, Marion, died of disease
Amplias M. Moore, Tolu, died of wounds
Ellias B. Ordway, Crayne, died of wounds
John Elmer Samuel, Mexico, died of disease
Charles Eugene Threlkeld, Marion, died of disease
Harry W. Threlkeld, Mexico, died of disease
James C. Turner, Marion, died of disease
Edgar S. Wofford, Sheridan, died of disease


Marion, Ky., Oct. 13 - The body of Private Joe Hoover, 21 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Hoover, of Crittenden county, who died Friday of influenza at Camp Zachary Taylor, arrived here today en route to his home near Irma. Besides his parents, he is survived by a wife. The funeral was held today at the home of his parents. [1]

Marion, Ky., Oct. 8 - Telegrams have been received here by the parents of two Crittenden county boys who died in France - Private Luther Horning, of pneumonia, and Private John Franks, of wounds received in action. [2]

Other counties will be listed at a later date.





[1] "Private Joe Hoover," Louisville Courier-Journal, Mon., 14 Oct 1918, p. 3, Newspapers.com
[2] "Two Crittenden County Boys Dead in France," Louisville Courier-Journal, Wed., 9 Oct 1918, p. 3, Newspapers.com.

Published 13 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sarah and Shedrick Moore Buried Hurricane Cemetery



Sarah C.
Wife of
Shedrick
Moore
Born
Aug. 24, 1804
Died
Jan. 15, 1892




Shedric Moore
Born
Apr. 20, 1794
Died
Apr. 15, 1874
Aged [illegible] Yrs, 11 Ms  25 ds

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

Sally Johnson and Shadrick Moore married 27 September 1823 Maury County, Tennessee.[1]

Shadrick/Shedrick Moore and family had migrated to Western Kentucky by 1833, when Shadrick was listed on the Livingston County Tax List.[2]  That year he was listed with one white male only. He owned no land and had no horse. 

Shadrack appeared on the 1840 Livingston County census[3].  Crittenden County was created from Livingston County in 1842 and the Moore family next appears on the 1850 Crittenden County census.[4]

According to his death record, Shadrick Moore died 10 April 1874 of pneumonia at the age of 80.[5] His father and mother were listed as L. and S. Moore.







[1] Digitized copy of original marriage bond, Maury County, 27 September, Ancestry.com. Sally's surname is given as Johnston. Also Tennessee Compiled Marriages 1780-2002, (Maury County 1808-1918), Ancestry.com
[2] Livingston County, Kentucky Tax Lists 1831, 1833, FamilySearch.org. Shadrack Moore was not listed in 1831 and the 1832 Tax List is missing.
[3] 1840 Livingston County, Kentucky census, p. 172, Ancestry.com
[4] 1850 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Dist. 2, Roll M432_197, p. 256B, Ancestry.com
[5] Kentucky Death Records 1852-1965, Crittenden County, Shedrick Moore, Ancestry.com


Published 11 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Kittie LaRue Davis and Family





Kittie L.
Larue
Wife of
A.G. Davis
May 15, 1874
Feb. 18, 1902
Asleep in Jesus
Erected by Mother




Babe
Lee
Son of
A.C. & K.L.
Davis
Feb. 17
1902
July 24
1902
[side of Kittie's tombstone]

Kittie L. Larue Davis and her son, Lee Davis, are buried in Salem Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. The tombstones were photographed 28 December 2017.

Kittie Lee Larue was born in Livingston County  in 1874 to Marion and Eliza E.  Kidd[1] and married A.G. Davis 3 March 1901. The next year their only child, a son, was born and one day after his birth, Kittie passed away. The baby son died  five months later.


Copy of original Marriage Certificate 
A.G. Davis and Kitty L. LaRue

According to her obituary, Kittie Lee Davis died at her mother's home (Mrs. Browning) in Salem, Kentucky. [2] She professed religion in 1894 and joined the Methodist Church South in 1898. She left a mother, husband, three sisters and one brother to mourn her loss.

Buried next to Kittie is her mother, Eliza Browning. The 1900 census shows Elizabeth [sic] Browning, widow, with her son, Fred G. LaRue, and daughter, Kittie L. LaRue, in the household.[3]  





Eliza LaRue
Browning
1840 - 1921
Mother




[1] Kittie L. Larue Davis died before death records were officially kept in Kentucky. The death certificate of her brother, Dr. F.G. LaRue (#12164), who died in 1939, identifies his parents as Marion LaRue and Eliza Kidd.
[2] "Obituary," Crittenden Press, Thurs., 20 Mar 1902, p. 16.
[3] 1900 Livingston County, Kentucky census Dyers Hill Mag. Dist. 4, p. 20, E.D. 0056, Ancestry.com.


Published 6 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,  http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Dr. T.M. and Joe Ann Radcliffe




Radcliffe
Father
Troilus M.  M.D.
Oct. 6, 1875
Sept. 30, 1962

Mother
Joe Ann Morris
May 11, 1880
July 7, 1970

Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 19 March 2019.

According to his death certificate, Troilus M. Radcliffe was a "doctor of medicine" and the son of Matthew Radcliffe and Maggie Hunter.[1] He was married at the time of his death.

Dr. Radcliffe graduated from Louisville School of Medicine 4 July 1904 and hung out his shingle in Tiline, Livingston County, the following year. From Tiline he moved to Smithland, where he practiced medicine until 1927. From Smithland he moved to Eastern Kentucky, where he served as a company doctor for a coal mining operation. After 12 years in Eastern Kentucky, he returned to Livingston County.  He died just a few days before his 87th birthday.[2]  Funeral services for Dr. Radcliffe were held at Smithland Methodist Church.[3]

Mrs. Joe Ann Radcliffe's funeral was also at Smithland Methodist Church. Survivors included a daughter and son, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.[4]



[1] Kentucky Death Certificate #62-23589, Troilus M. Radcliffe, Ancestry.com.
[2] "Red Cross Blood Bank Swamped in Honor of Livingston County Physician, Dr. Radcliffe," Paducah Sun, Sun., 18, 1952, p. 1.
[3] "Dr. Radcliffe Rites Are Set," Paducah Sun, Wed., 3 Oct 1962, p. 2.
[4] "Mrs. Radcliffe Rites Planned," Paducah Sun, Thurs., 9 July 1970, p. 5.


Published 4 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Francis Henry Dallam


Francis Henry Dallam was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1812 and died in Henderson County 31 March 1866.[1] He was the son of Nathan Smith Dallam and Sarah Hicks, who married in Winchester, Kentucky in 1807.  The Dallam family had moved to Kentucky in 1804 and, in 1808, they moved to Christian County, Kentucky, where Nathan was clerk of court for many years.  He was elected to the state legislature and was a personal friend of Henry Clay.[2]  Nathan and Sarah are buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton, Caldwell County.

After studying law in Frankfort, Kentucky, F.H. Dallam moved to Livingston County, Kentucky and then to Henderson.  F.H. married Miss Camilla Barbour 9 April 1839 in Caldwell County, Kentucky.[3]  The following children were born to this couple: Camilla B. Dallam Dudley, Florence "Floy" Dallam Alves, Henry Dallam, Kate Dallam and Clara Dallam.  Camilla B., Florence and Kate are known to be buried in Fernwood Cemetery  although Kate's grave is unmarked.[4]  Henry Dallam moved to Texas and died in Stephens County 15 November 1911.[5] He is buried in Acker Cemetery, Wayland, Stephens County.[6]

F.H. Dallam built an Italianate style home on Dixon Street in Henderson between 1855 and 1866. The house still stands. The family is listed on the 1860 Henderson County census.[7] Clara, the  youngest child was not listed in the household and very likely died before 1860.

Dallam was a faithful member of the Episcopal church.

The following scene is described in Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky:  "The death scene of this faithful Christian gentleman was quite impressive and touching. After a stormy night at the end of March, and after he had been gradually sinking all night, the sun arose and its bright rays streaming in through the closed shutters aroused him, and he looked up and asked, 'Is not this Easter Sunday?'  Those in attendance said, 'Yes, this is Easter Sunday,' and then, with full consciousness and looks of thankfulness in his eyes, in a few minutes he departed this life,  -  Sunday morning, A.D. 1866."

  
F.H. Dallam

Buried Fernwood Cemetery, Henderson County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 23 May 2019. It appears the top part of this monument may have broken off and is now missing.




[1] H. Levin. Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky, (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1982 reprint) 383-4.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Caldwell County, Kentucky Marriages 1833-1853. (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1997), 43.  Chs. B. Dallam was surety.
[4] "Former Henderson Woman Dies Sunday," Henderson Gleaner, 4 Sep 1951, p. 6. "Miss Kate Dallam, member of one of Henderson's prominent families, died at her home in Louisville late Sunday night ... funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday ... burial will follow in Fernwood cemetery." Kate was age 97 when she died.
[5] Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Henry Dallam, Stephens County, Ancestry.com.
[6] Find A Grave Memorial #40050597, Henry Dallam, born 26 Sep 1840; died 15 Nov 1911.
[7] 1860 Henderson County, Kentucky census, Division 1, Roll M653_373, p. 46, Ancestry.com.

Published 30 May 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Lydia James Woodall 1881 - 1941




Lydia James
Woodall
1881 - 1941

Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 23 September 2015.

According to her death certificate, [1] Lydia Woodall was born 15 January 1882 in Crittenden County and died 22 February 1941. At the time of her death she lived at Crayne, Kentucky Route 8. Her husband was  D.T. Woodall, age 72. Her father was listed as Berry James and the name of her mother was unknown.

Lydia's father, Berry F. James, married Mrs. Hester A. King in Gallatin County, Illinois on 3 April 1876.[2]  Berry F. and Hester A. James were enumerated on the 1880 White County, Illinois census. [3]   Berry F. James then married  E.E. Loven on 4 November 1883 in Crittenden County.[4]





[1] Kentucky Death Records #9497 (1941), Lydia Woodall, Ancestry.com.
[2]  Office of Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html, accessed 2 March 2019.
[3] 1880 White County, Illinois census, Herald Prairie, Roll: 258, p. 431C, E.D. 155, Ancestry.com.
[4] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriage Records, Vol. II 1866-1886, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1991) 142.

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