The Bourbon News – March 14, 1919

from The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky

March 14, 1919


Agnes Lee Clough

Agnes Lee Clough, six-month old daughter of William and Drusie Hudnall Clough, died Tuesday morning at eleven o’clock at the home of her parents in East Paris, after a short illness. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock, with services conducted at the grave by Rev. G. R. Combs, pastor of the Paris Methodist Church.

Mrs. Nannie Mathers

The funeral of Mrs. C. W. Mathers, aged about seventy-one, wife of Dr. C. W. Mathers, who died at the family home near Millersburg, Monday, was held Wednesday morning at ten o’clock at the residence, with services conducted by Rev. W. W. Morton. The interment followed in the Millersburg Cemetery.

Mrs. Mathers had been in declining health for some time, and on last Sunday morning was stricken with paralysis, from the effects of which she was unable to rally, never regaining consciousness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orr of Nicholas County, and the last surviving member of her family. She was born in the same home in which she died near Millersburg. She was married to Dr. Mathers in October, 1879. In early life she united with the Presbyterian Church, of which she had since been a faithful and devout member. She is survived by her husband.

In the Millersburg Section:

Mrs. G. W. Mathers, aged about seventy, died Monday at 3:20 p.m., after a lingering illness, of a complication of diseases. She had been in failing health for the past two years, and for some time the family and friends have realized that her case was hopeless. All was done for her that medical aid could do, she having been under the care at times of specialists, and spending a good part of the time in hospitals. Her condition, however, was not thought to be immediately critical. Sunday morning about ten o’clock, she was out in the yard. Sunday afternoon she grew worse, and continued so until the end. She was formerly Miss Nannie Orr, a native of Nicholas County, her entire life having been spent near the home of her birth. When a young woman she was united in marriage to Dr. Charles W. Mathers, and resided for a time in the home of her birth near Headquarters. Later Dr. Mathers purchased the farm of Mr. J. K. Judy, where they have since resided. She was one of a family of three, one brother, and one sister, Mrs. W. M. Layson, having preceded her to the grave. She was a devout member of the Presbyterian church, and a liberal contributor all its causes. Until the last two years her church life was active. The interment took place Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., after a short service at the grave by her pastor, Rev. W. W. Morton.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Mathers is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Joe Penn Redmon and Mrs. James Caldwell, and one nephew, Charles Layson, all of Bourbon County. The pall-bearers at the funeral were John McDaniel, William Ross, Charles Martin, Oscar M. Johnson, James Butler and David Clarke. Among those from out-of-town in attendance at the funeral and burial were: W. J. Kennedy, Harry Kennedy, Will Ross, Dr. George Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Young, Mrs. Edith Young, and Mrs. Byrd Hillock, of Carlisle; Dr. Harry Mathers, Mrs. Napier, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Judy and Mr. and Mrs. James Caldwell, of Paris.

Mr. William A. Cook

Mr. William A. Cook, an old and well-known citizen of Cynthiana, known favorably to most of the older residents of Paris, died recently at his winter home at Punta Gorda, Florida, where he had been spending the col months each year for a long time. The body was brought to Cynthiana, where the funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Presbyterian church at two o’clock, with services conducted by Rev. Carey F. Moore. The interment followed in Battle Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Cook was for many years engaged in the distilling business and later went to farming. Returning to Cynthiana, he became interested in the hardware business under the firm name of Cook & Ingels. He sold out his interest to his partner, Mr. W. H. Ingels, and spent most of his time again in farming. He was married three times, his first wife being Miss Annie Farrell, of Covington. By this union they had two sons, Will and Albert, both of whom were students at one time in the old Paris Public School, Mr. and Mrs. Cook resident here at that time. Mr. Cook’s second wife was Mrs. Fannie Day. His third wife was Mrs. Georgia Reid, of Harrison County, who survives, also one sister, Mrs. Annie Wilson, of Lexington.


Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses were issued Wednesday from the office of County Clerk Pearce Paton to Fred D. Bennett and Rose B. Adams, and Reynold Buckler and Delia Parker. The latter couple were married at the residence of the officiating minister, Rev. R. C. Goldsmith, at Ninth and High Streets.

Martin-Moreland Wedding

Mr. Charles O. Martin and Miss Annie Moreland, both of Paris, went to Cincinnati, Wednesday, where they secured marriage license, and were married. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Carter N. Martin, of Paris, and is associated with his father in the management of the Pastime billiard and pool room, on Main Street, between Eighth and Ninth Streets. The bride is a daughter of Mr. Leonard Moreland, residing on Second Street. Mr. and Mrs. Martin, after a short honeymoon trip, will return to Paris to reside.

McKinley-Ferguson Engagement

An announcement of more than local interest was made yesterday when news was given out of the engagement of Miss Martha Hume Ferguson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Volney Ferguson, of near Paris, to Dr. Charles Miles McKinley, of the United States Army Medical Corps. The wedding will take place in the early spring.

The bride-to-be is one of the most charming and fascinating of the younger society set of the county, a young woman possessed of more than ordinary physical charms and whose winsome ways have endeared her to a host of friends and acquaintances throughout the Bluegrass section. She is a member of the Delta Delta fraternity at Hamilton College, in Lexington, where she was a student for several terms. Dr. McKinley has but lately returned from overseas, where he was stationed in the service with the American Expeditionary Forces as a member of the Medical Corps.


Enchanting Civil War Era Photo

Scan_Pic1562 2I have saved this photo for a special day – it’s a beautiful example of a Civil War era gown, and is beautiful on its own – notice the trim on the sleeves – the pattern in the dress – but the full-length lace shawl is absolutely gorgeous!  I’ve never seen one like this!  Hope you enjoy this as much as I have!

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Births – 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Births – 1911-1915

  • Lulu Keeler, Webster County, August 20, 1911, Vol. 106, #42287, mother, Lulu McCoy
  • Mary Keeler, Webster County, May 12, 1913, Vol. 68, #33785, mother, Lulu McCoy
  • Robert Lee Keeler, Logan County, October 17, 1913, Vol. 1(14), #270, mother, Rosa Gibbs
  • Woodrow Wilson Keeley, Daviess County, November 5, 1912, Vol. 141, #56139, mother, Matty Lou Street
  • Aaron Clide Keelin, Muhlenbergh County, September 3, 1911, Vol. 115, #45962, mother, Lena Keelin
  • Frank Clark Keelin, Boyd County, October 27, 1911, Vol. 121, #48165, mother, Pearl Clark
  • Fred Keelin, Boyd County, January 6, 1914, Vol. 3, #1283, mother, Pearl Clark
  • James Keelin, Daviess County, June 14, 1914, Vol. 58, #28686, mother, Minnie Arnold
  • Myrtle Bell Keelin, Daviess County, May 5, 1911, Vol. 57, #22622, mother, Minnie Maud Arnold
  • Infant of Walter C. Keelin, Graves County, March 9, 1911, Vol. 30, #11954, mother, Mackie Dennie
  • Infant of Annie Keeling, Washington County, August 19, 1911, Vol. 104, E41356, mother, Annie Keeling
  • Annie Bass Keeling, Todd County, January 2, 1914, Vol. 11, #5071, mother, Sadie Miller Keeling
  • Annie Laura Keeling, Graves County, May 4, 1913, Vol. 52, #25631, mother, Georgie Fuller
  • Annie Laurie Keeling, Todd County, February 5, 1914, Vol. 21, #10360, mother, Verdie Swinney
  • Annie Lee Keeling, McCracken County, December 11, 1912, Vol. 139, #63354, mother, Etta Anna Goad
  • Billie Keeling, McCracken County, May 15, 1915, Vol. 50, #24671, mother, Annie Etta Goad
  • Bland Keeling, Washington County, January 13, 1913, Vol. 11, #5181, mother, May Colvin
  • Daniel Lee Keeling (twin), Casey County, December 29, 1913, Vol. 127, #63120, mother, Mary Maddox
  • David Barker Keeling (twin), Casey County, December 29, 1913, Vol. 127, #63121, mother, Mary Maddox
  • Dorsey Elizabeth Keeling, Washington County, August 4, 1915, Vol. 86, #42822, mother, Jennie B. Hellard
  • Edgar Keeling, Washington County, May 22, 1911, Vol. 65, #25989, mother, Della Brenn
  • Edith May Keeling, Nelson County, October 19, 1913, Vol. 109, #54403, mother, Ophie Coulter
  • Infant of Elmer Keeling, Washington County, February 6, 1914, Vol. 22, #10510, mother, Lizzie Dennis
  • Eugene Keeling, Nelson County, October 1, 1915, Vol. 108, #53817, mother, Ophea Coulter
  • Everett Keeling, Washington County, August 7, 1911, Vol. 104, #41356, mother, Annie Keeling
  • Evylen Keeling, Washington County, January 19, 1915, Vol. 10, #4682, mother, Ora Hays
  • Floyd Keeling, McCracken County, July 5, 1912, Vol. 89, #35555, mother, Virginia J. Watts
  • Fred Lincoln Keeling, McCracken County, November 24, 1915, Vol. 118, #58936, mother, Jessie Wyatt

John Adair and Catharine Adair – Pension Application

from Historical Records of Harrodsburg (Mercer County) Formerly Known as Old Crab Orchard, Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky.  Abstracts of Pensions.  Vol. 1

Bounty Land Warrant 24750-160-50 South Carolina, Indian War 1792, Kentucky War of 1812.  Widow’s Pension No. W 2895

I do hereby certify that in the month of April or May 1780, Charleston, South Carolina, having been surrendered to the enemy with all the regular troops under command of General Lincoln and the Governor of the state having fled from the state, there being then no legal authority in the state  to the British troops and their officers were marching through and taking possession of all parts of the state, about 300 men, who had fled from the enemy of whom I was one, did assemble in North Carolina, where they had fled, and enter into a solemn obligation to place themselves under the command of General Thomas Sumpter and to continue in a body and serve under his command until the war was out at an end or until their services were no longer necessary, it being absolutely necessary that they should send some troops back.  They immediately returned into South Carolina and made their first attack on a part of British and Tories amounting to between 500 and 600 men commanded by Captain Hook and Colonel Ferguson at Williamson Plantation.  The enemy were defeated, Hook and Ferguson both killed and a Captain Adamson who commanded the British infantry wounded and taken with between 30 and 40 men.  Our numbers increased daily after Garrison at Rocky Mount, but the general finding the works too strong to be taken without cannon (of which we had none), he abandoned the enterprise.  And 8 days after having a re-enforcement of 30 men from North Carolina, attacked a strong British force at the Hanging Rock.  This, I believe, was the hardest fought battle during the war, in the south.  He continued in service until the end of the war and fought many battles which it is not necessary to name soon after the battle of the Hanging Rock.  I was appointed and commissioned by General Sumpter a captain in which rank I served until in the fall, I was then appointed a major in which rank I served until the end of the war.  I never was out of service until the end of the war, except a few months in the fall and winter of 1780 when I was a prisoner with the British, and in close confinement until exchanged for a Captain Campbell of the British army.  I received from the commanding officer in Camden a passport to go to General Sumpter’s camp where I immediately went.  I served 3 tours in succession.  I was in a regiment of militia.

In the year 1779 and the spring of 1780 was on the lines in service when Charleston was surrendered to the enemy.  I was in 14 battles, the last of which was at the Eutaw Springs under General Green.  I found my own horse, arms and clothing and only drew rations when acting under the immediate command of General Green, and with his troops for which services and expenses I have not yet been paid.  We were in continual service from May 1780 until the end of the war, and that I myself led one of the advance parties into Charleston when the enemy evacuated the city.  This affidavit made July 12, 1832, by John Adair.  He was a general.

An affidavit on the same page made by Andrew Jackson says:  I have read and carefully examined the above narrative made by General John Adair.  It accords with my recollection of the history of the times referred to.  We were school fellows at Ivanho Academy.  I, a boy, the general grown when he left it when the British advanced and over-run the country, this academy was burned by Major Coffins corps, under command of Lord Rodney.  At this period we were compelled to leave the country those that would not take protection under the British.  General Adair was one of those who served under the eagle of his country, fronted the battles storm, and at the close of the war ranked as a major.  Signed, Andrew Jackson, July 13, 1832.

Affidavit:  Catharine Adair, a resident of Monroe County, Kentucky, age 73, on the 17th October next.  This affidavit was made August 16, 1841.  She states that she is the widow of General John Adair.  She states she was married to John Adair September 9, 1874, in what was then York County, South Carolina, and that her husband died May 19, 1840, that she was not married to him prior to his leaving service.  General John Adair died in Mercer County, Kentucky, at his residence May 19, 1840.

Affidavit of Sarah Miles made in Nelson County, Kentucky, May 19, 1840, states she was acquainted with General John Adair, and his widow Catharine Adair, formerly Catharine Palmer.  That she was present and officiated as bridesmaid at her wedding with said John Adair which took place September 9, 1784, in York County, South Carolina, that when they emigrated to Kentucky she came with them and can state from her own knowledge that they have lived together as man and wife up to the death of General Adair.

Affidavit of Rev. Jesse Head and his signature is signed to the said affidavit in Mercer County, saying that the statements of John Adair in his petition for pension are true and correct.

Affidavit of State of Kentucky, Jefferson County.  On 22 November, date 1843, personally appeared before J. P. one Catharine Adair, a resident of Jefferson County, Kentucky.

A letter from Tompkinsville, Kentucky, October 31, 1848, signed by Will Butler, says “To the Pension Commissioner.  Dear Sir:  Mrs. Catharine Adair, widow of the late Governor John Adair of Kentucky, wishes to know when he made his first draw for a pension of the United States, as a major in the Revolutionary War.  The information will confer a special favor on a very old and worldly lady and be faithfully received by you.  Yours truly, William Butler”

This John Adair was Governor and also representative in Congress from the State of Kentucky.

Affidavit made in Shelby  County, Tennessee, April 27, 1853.  Catharine Adair made affidavit stating she was a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, states that she is the widow of General John Adair, that her husband was an officer under General Charles Scott in his campaign against the Indians, also under General Shelby and under Major General Thomas at New Orleans.  Affidavit made in Shelby County, Tennessee, by Margaret L. Bybee saying she had known John and Catharine Adair for over 50 years.

Daniel J. Curry Obituary


Daniel J. Curry, July 20, 1826 – April 12, 1901, Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Sayings, Mercer County, Kentucky

April 18, 1901

Hon. Daniel J. Curry, one of Mercer County’ best known and most respected citizens, died at his home in this city, Friday, April 12th.  He had been in declining health for several years.  Had he lived until the 20th of July, he would have been seventy-five years of age.  During his long life he was actively engaged in many pursuits, and as merchant, banker and farmer was signally successful.  He was a member of the Assembly Presbyterian Church, always actively engaged in Sunday school and church work as superintendent, officer and member.  He was true to his trust in every position in life and his memory will be cherished by a host of relatives, friends and acquaintances.  He rendered a number of public services and represented Mercer County in the General Assembly of Kentucky for one term.  He was twice married.  First to Miss Jane Forsythe, sister to Mr. Samuel Forsythe, and from this union sprung Mr. N. L. Curry, one of our foremost citizens and head of the Curry Grocery Co.  The second marriage was to Miss Emma Rue, and to them were born Dr. Edwin Curry, of Kansas City; Reed and Lucien Curry, of Norfolk, Virginia; Mrs. H. P. Atkins, of Richmond, Virginia; and Messrs. Frank and D. J. Curry, Jr., of this city, and Mr. J. A. Curry, of Lexington, are brothers of the deceased.  The children are all grown and in their honorable, high-minded lives are living monuments to the correct principles instilled into them by their departed sire and the mother who is left to mourn her loss.  All the family were present at the obsequies, held in the Assembly Presbyterian Church, Monday morning at 10 o’clock.  Rev. W. O. Goodloe, former pastor, now of North Vernon, Indiana, officiating.  Interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Starling Colter and Susannah Webster Marriage

Scan_Pic1558 1Mercer County

These are to license and permit you to join together in the Holy State of Matrimony Starling Colter and Susannah Webster, according to the rites and ceremonies of your church.  And for so doing this shall be your sufficient warrant.  Given from under my hand this 5th day of March 1790.

To any Minister of the Gospel legally authorized to solemnize the rites of Marriage.                    John Irvine

Scan_Pic1559 1March 5, 1790

Then was joined in the Holy State of Matrimony Starling Colter and Susannah Webster.                                  John Bailey

St. Charles Baptisms – Marion County, Kentucky

St. Charles Baptisms – Marion County, Kentucky

Elder Family

Ann Maria Elder, d/o James and Lavinia Elder, born 23 Feb 1840, sponsor Jane Jarboe, baptized at St. Charles 14 Aug 1840
Anna Maria Elder, d/o Mr. and Mrs. R. Elder, age 3 weeks, baptized at St. Charles 22 Mar 1835
Benedict Alphonsus Elder, s/o Thomas G. and Eliza Mattingly Elder, born 04 Jan 1854, sponsor Isabel Clark, baptized at St. Charles 20 Jun 1854
Caroline Frances Elder, d/o James and Lavinia Elder, sponsor Emily Elder, baptized at St. Charles 09 Mar 1846
Eliza Jane Josephine Felicia Elder, d/o of James and Lavinia Elder, born 7 Mar 1842, sponsor Sarah Ann Tucker, baptized at St. Charles 11 Mar 1842
Elizabeth Emily Elder, d/o Joseph R. and Elizabeth Sansbury Elder, baptized at St. Charles 09 Dec 1832
Emeline Catherine Elder, d/o James and Lavinia Elder, about two months old, sponsor Catherine Elder, baptized at St. Charles 20 Mar 1848
Francis Lebreton Elder, s/o Joseph Reason and Ellen Sansberry Elder, born in December 1843, sponsor Catherine Elder, baptized at St. Charles 03 Jan 1844
George Elder, s/o James and Mary Levina Jarboe Elder, born 19 Apr 1838, sponsor Mary Ann Elder, baptized at St. Charles 17 Jun 1838
James Elder, s/o James and Levina Elder, born 05 May 1835, sponsors Eleanor Elder and James Elder his grandfather, baptized at St. Charles 14 Jun 1835
James Joseph Elder, s/o Joseph R. and Helen Elder, born 01 Jun 1841, sponsor Melvina Elder, baptized at St. Charles 20 Jun 1841
John Albert Elder, s/o J. K. and Ellen Elder, born 22 Aug 1847, sponsor Mary Agnes Smith, baptized at St. Charles 21 Sep 1847
Joseph Elder, s/o Joseph R. and Helen Elder, born 25 Jul 1836, sponsor Lucinda Hamilton, baptized at St. Charles 17 Sep 1836
Julia Eleanora Elder, d/o James and Levinia Jarboe Elder, born 20 Mar 1853, sponsor E. E. Spalding, baptized at St. Charles 31 Jul 1853
Mary Ann Elder, d/o Joseph Reason and Eleanor Elder, born 12 Mar 1835, sponsors Mary Catherine Elder and James Elder her grandfather, baptized at St. Charles 14 Jun 1835
Mary Catherine Elder, d/o Joseph R. and Elizabeth E. Elder, sponsor Elizabeth E. Sansbury, baptized at St. Charles 02 Mar 1831
Mary Helen Elder, d/o James Jr. and Elvira Elder, born 22 Oct 1836, baptized at St. Charles 24 Jan 1837
Teresa Ann Elder, d/o James and Lavinia Jarboe Elder, born 09 Aug 1856, sponsor Jane Jarboe, baptized at St. Charles 30 Oct 1856
William Guy Elder, s/o Joseph Reason and Helen Sansberry Elder, born 07 Sep 1838, sponsor Mary Ann Beaven, baptized at St. Charles 21 Oct 1838

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