Thursday, June 27, 2019

Marion Town Council 1913

In January 1916, new members of  the Marion City Council took office and the local newspaper, the Crittenden Record - Press, published biographical sketches of each member, along with their photographs.[1]  The following sketches have been abstracted from this newspaper article.

Councilman J.N. Boston:  J.N. Boston is not only large- [sic] interested in farming in the Repton section where he owns one of the most improved bodies of land in the county, and he also is the holder of a large block of stock in the G.A. Terry land, which is a fine agricultural body as well as in the heart of the mineral belt. The Boston Planning Mill, which supplies this section of the state with sash, doors, lumber and all household accessories, is the creature of his indomitable will and industry. He was born at Hillman's Rolling Mill in Lyon County almost 50 years ago.

Councilman John H. Nimmo: John H. Nimmo is the Watkins Remedy Man and is well known in every corner of Crittenden County. He owns a beautiful home on North Main street, where he and Mrs. Nimmo and their handsome children live under their own vine and fig tree. He is a "Chopper" and is never happier than when in a W.O.W.[2] celebration or camp.

Councilman Thomas A. Rankin: Councilman Rankin is the head of the board and will do much to steady the deliberations of the "boys." He is the oldest member although only a little past the half century mark. He was born in the northern section of this county and belongs to one of the oldest, most substantial and aristocratic families in the state. He not only owns his home here but a fine Ohio River farm as well and lives at home and boards at the same place with his handsome family, consisting of his wife, two daughters and one son.

Councilman Wm. O. Tucker: Councilman Wm. Oliver Tucker has built up a large business here in furniture and undertaking and is now operating a chair factory which is meeting with success, as its product is being shipped to many sections of the country. Mr. Tucker is a native of McLean County, but came here as a young man and has since resided here. He is just past 41. He resides with his little family, a wife and two children on North Main Street. Mrs. Tucker is a daughter of former chief justice T.J. Nunn, one of Crittenden's best loved men.

Councilman J.R. Perry:  Councilman Perry is the son of J.B. Perry, the farmer and banker of the Irma section, and was born on the big Perry farm on the Tolu Road. He took his degree at the Hospital College of medicine in Louisville. His wife was Miss Beulah Franklin, of the Hebron section. They reside in their own home on West Depot Street, and have one little daughter.

Councilman George W. Yates:  Councilman Yates was born in this county near Sheridan but has lived here and sold pianos so long that Marion claims him as her own. He belongs to the singing and musical family and is said (by C.R. and W.B.) to be the oldest member of the family now living. He has made good in his business, owns his home and has a most interesting little family.

[1] Crittenden Record - Press, Marion, KY, Thurs., 6 Jan 1916, p. 1.
[2] Woodmen of the World.

Published 27 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fannie Ray Davis 1847 - 1917

Wife of
S.N. Davis
Oct. 5, 1847
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,  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,
[3] Kentucky Death Certificate #8623 (1917), Fanny Davis of Livingston County,

Published 25 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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
Sister of
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,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ellen E. and Berry F. 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,
[3] Kentucky Death Certificate #4122 (1941), Eliza Ellen James,

Published 18 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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,
[2] "Two Crittenden County Boys Dead in France," Louisville Courier-Journal, Wed., 9 Oct 1918, p. 3,

Published 13 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sarah and Shedrick Moore Buried Hurricane Cemetery

Sarah C.
Wife of
Aug. 24, 1804
Jan. 15, 1892

Shedric Moore
Apr. 20, 1794
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, Sally's surname is given as Johnston. Also Tennessee Compiled Marriages 1780-2002, (Maury County 1808-1918),
[2] Livingston County, Kentucky Tax Lists 1831, 1833, Shadrack Moore was not listed in 1831 and the 1832 Tax List is missing.
[3] 1840 Livingston County, Kentucky census, p. 172,
[4] 1850 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Dist. 2, Roll M432_197, p. 256B,
[5] Kentucky Death Records 1852-1965, Crittenden County, Shedrick Moore,

Published 11 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Kittie LaRue Davis and Family

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

Son of
A.C. & K.L.
Feb. 17
July 24
[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
1840 - 1921

[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,

Published 6 June 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Dr. T.M. and Joe Ann Radcliffe

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

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,
[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,