Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

How many times have we been told we are just like our mother – especially those of us of the female sex!  The two photos I share with you today must be mother and daughter.  Not only is their physical resemblance very much alike, but their pose in the photos, their clothing – and the fact that both photos have been trimmed in exactly the same place – probably to be put in photo albums or frames – means they are of the same family.

I would date these carte-de-visite photos (2.5 x 4 inches) to the early 1870’s.  This is the beginning of the narrower skirt, no hoops, and the beginning of the bustle!  Mother and daughter both wear a jacket with long sleeves, a stand-up collar with a white collar beneath, and white at the end of the sleeves.  The girls cuffs are made of the same matching material as the bottom of her jacket and a trim around the upper thigh of her skirt.  The mother’s jacket and skirt are very similar, except her trim appears to be of a satin material.

Our subjects are posed standing behind a chair, with their hands resting on it.  The cloth on the chair is the same in both photos.  Notice the fingers on their right hand – almost exact!  Their ears appear very similar, too.

And the photos were both taken by J. H. Meyer, No. 465 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Oh, for only a name written on the back!

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Page and Murrell Bible Records

Bible Records of Robert Page and Mary Jane Murrell

Adair County, Kentucky

  • Robert Page was born September 17, 1743
  • Mary Jane Murrell Page, his wife, was born August 29, 1749
  • William Page, his son, was born November 24, 1766
  • Betsy Page, his daughter, was born October 17, 1768
  • Janney Page, his daughter, was born March 1, 1771
  • Mary Page, his daughter, was born in April, 1773
  • Robert Page, his son, was born April 13, 1775
  • George Washington Page, his son, was born August 9, 1777
  • Nicholas Page, his son, was born July 1, 1780
  • Samuel Page, his son, was born March 13, 1783
  • Polly Page, his daughter, was born July 8, 1785
  • James Page, his son, was born June 6, 1788
  • Robert Page and Mary Jane Murell were married December 6, 1765
  • Robert Page died August 29, 1817, aged 74 years

Family of James Page and Susannah Foster

  • Susannah Foster Page was born May 1, 1790
  • Mary J. Page was born December 20, 1811
  • George R. Page was born December 27, 1813
  • Betsy A. Page was born December 25, 1815
  • Sallie S. Page was born January 22, 1818
  • Susan M. Page was born October 28, 1819
  • Harriet Page was born February 11, 1822
  • James M. Page was born December 15, 1823
  • Louisa F. Page was born June 20, 1826
  • Nicholas Page was born September 27, 1829
  • William W. Page was born January 4, 1828
  • Nancy E. Page was born November 30, 1831
  • Jordan Page was born March 27, 1834
  • Betsy Ann Johnston was born March 15, 1849

Deaths – Fulton County, Kentucky

Deaths – Fulton County, Kentucky


  • Ben English, age 25, died July 1, 1854, born in England
  • Mary J. Eppison, age 32, died March 15, 1854, born in Tennessee to W. and Elviny Eppison
  • Susan Evans, age 22, died February 13, 1858
  • William Farris, age 75, died April 27, 1854, born in east Tennessee
  • Mary Fears, age 39, died April 20, 1852, born in Virginia to Edmund and Polly Burke
  • Edwin L. Fonville, age 15, died August 10, 1858, born in Fulton County to Edwin and Martha Fonville
  • John Foster, age 93, died May 29, 1854, born in Tennessee
  • Francis Freeman, age 38, died April 17, 1852, born in Adams County, Mississippi, son of Philip Freeman
  • James A. Furlong, age 17, died November 30, 1858, born in Weakley County, Tennessee, to Hudson and Mahala Furlong
  • Phillip Gardner, age 41, died February 10, 1855, born Cain Creek to C. & M. Gardner
  • Lucy Garrett, age 73, died January 6, 1852, born in Virginia to Joseph and Mary Morris
  • Lucy Garritt, age 90, died September 29, 1860, born in Fulton County to William Garritt
  • John Goff, age 70, died December 13, 1858, born in Indiana
  • Park Gorman, age 35, died July 7, 1854, born in Germany
  • Charley H. Grooms, age 62, died June 25, 1858, born in Scott County
  • America V. Hamby, age 23, died September 29, 1858, born in Fulton County to Ben and Rachel Hamby
  • Job Hansberry, age 31, died August 12, 1852, born in Fulton County to Neal and Martha Hansberry
  • Mary E. Harris, age 32, died July 12, 1852, born in Coffee County, Tennessee, to Daniel and Rachel Potter
  • Francis Holden, age 19, died in 1852, born in Christian County
  • Steve W. Howard, age 23, died October 18, 1854, born in Illinois
  • Nicholas K. Hysell, age 16, died July 19, 1858, born in Alexander County, Illinois, to Henry and Lucinda Hysell
  • William Jackson, age 29, died December 28, 1854, born in Tennessee to Josiah and Sarah Jackson
  • Lot Joiner, age 34, died October 12, 1858, born in Fulton County
  • Hiram Kesey, age 35, died November 8, 1852, born in Ohio
  • Temperance Kinnard, age 51, died October 19, 1855, born in North Carolina to John and Eady Dent
  • Martha Kirby, age 21, died December 13, 1854
  • Lucinda Kyle, age 25, died January 24, 1854, born in Kentucky to John and Lucy Henry
  • Mary Leape, age 18, died November 14, 1856, born in Bayou de Chein to William and Elizabeth Cusson
  • George Lester, age 35, died March 10, 1858, born in Gils, Tennessee, to Josiah and Ann Lester
  • Abram Lewis, age 52, died July 15, 1852, born in Virginia to James and Sarah Lewis
  • Nancy Lewis, age 15, died August 18, 1855, born at Mud Creek, daughter of Abram Lewis
  • John Linton, age 23, died June 30, 1856, born in Ireland


What Surprises Will You Find In Your DNA?


Ritchey and I have been on many genealogy adventures throughout the years – going from the lovely state of Virginia where most of my ancestors began their journey in the colony during the 1600’s, to Rushville, Illinois, the little town in Schuyler County that Ritchey’s McKee and Ritchey relatives helped settle.  To Solon, Iowa, for research on his Hertz and Leuenberger families, and on to Nebraska where the Ritchey’s and Jewell’s finally settled.  There is Kansas City, Missouri, where Ritchey’s grandparents met – Esther Myra Hertz, the young girl from Solon who went to the big city and met James Jolly – married him and had a child with him, and when he left was devastated.  What happened to James?  Did he die and no one knew about his wife and little boy?  There is the concentration of both my mother and father’s families in Washington County, Kentucky.  And our determination to visit each county in Kentucky and take at least a few gravestone photos, to have a representation of each county in the blog – along with vital statistics records from each county.

But I think our biggest adventure has just begun.  I have always pushed the idea of DNA testing out of my mind, not sure what it would bring, but after watching several of the Finding Your Roots episodes on KET I thought perhaps this might be interesting.  However, I told Ritchey if I did it, he had to, too!  So we waited until Ancestry had a sale – $79 instead of $99 – and sent for our kits.  Mine is still processing, but he received his results this week.  I was overwhelmed.  I cried.  Ritchey was dumbfounded.


There are two parts to the DNA test results.  The first is the Ethnicity Estimate, which is divided into 6 regions – Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Pacific Islander and West Asia, which are then divided into sub-groups.  98% of Ritchey’s DNA’s ethnicity is in Europe – with 1% from Asia and 1% from West Asia.

The 1% from Asia is divided into Asia South and Asia Central, with less than 1% each.  Asia South is India and Asia Central is Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

West Asia is the Middle East – Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran.

His European region is divided into Great Britain (those Jolly, McKee, Ritchey, Jewell and Ward families) at 55%; Europe West (those German and Swiss ancestors – Hertz, Leuenberger, Jungbluth, Klein, Streich and Probst) at 27%; Scandinavia (Norway and Sweden – this was the mystery branch of the family – Ritchey has no known ancestors of this area – but a wonderful new adventure to start on – what wonderful things will we find?) and at 13%!  The Iberian Peninsula of Spain and Portugal was 2% of his ancestry and Finland and Northwest Russia was the final 1%.  What an exciting jumble of DNA!  The regions that were not represented by Ritchey’s DNA were Africa, America (American Indian) and Pacific Islander.

The other part of the DNA results are matches with other people on Ancestry that have taken the test.  The first three listed were third cousin relationships with a 98% confidence that the relationship is correct.  The first one we checked had Jolly’s in their family tree – can it be we have finally found the mysterious James Jolly?  Only time will tell.  Ritchey sent an email, but we have heard nothing at this time.  The second we found out was someone we had been in touch with years ago, but had lost email information.  He had written to Ritchey’s father, Rex, when he was trying to research the family.  It is nice to have that connection again!  The third person does not have a family tree on ancestry, but Ritchey sent a message.  We are waiting with bated breath!

The next group are 4th-6th cousins at 96% certainty.  There are 50 matches on a page and 293 pages!  Of course, not all are such a high percentage, but still this will be an ongoing pursuit!  What information will we find?

Wednesday, October 9, 1907


The Springfield Sun

Devoted to the Interests of Washington County, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 9, 1907

Did you ever wonder what the news of the day was from years ago?  What about October 9, 1907 – almost exactly 107 year ago?  This was not a year of war, so perhaps this was just an ordinary week, in an ordinary town.  Let’s see what was in the newspaper, The Springfield Sun!

The first headline that captures your attention is “Dressed in Man’s Attire, Flossie Isham Disappears”.  A fifteen year old girl, visiting the home of her grandfather, Pres Prather, of Willisburg, left a note on the back of a picture “Don’t be uneasy; I’ll be 400 miles from here by morning.”  The frantic family and neighborhood sent telegrams to Louisville, railway stations were telephoned, but it seems nothing had been seen of her.  Just as the paper went to press it was said  Mr. Herbert Eddleman had seen her – dressed in mens clothes – walking the streets of Mooresville, but had no idea she was missing!  What a fright for the family!

On a happier note the pretty church wedding of Mr. James C. Clements and Miss Robbie Simms occurred the day before at St. Dominic Church.  And Mrs. Delilah Dragoo, of the Valley Hill section of the county, has in her possession a vegetable dish “that had been in the family for 118 years.  It was brought to this country from Germany by one of her ancestors.”

Thieves broke into the grocery store of Mr. Joseph A. Shader Saturday night.  Recently the grocery of W. P. Lawrence was also burgled, and a few months ago the store of P. J. Thomas.  No clue has been found as to who has committed these crimes.

The remaining 1906 crop of tobacco was shipped to Louisville yesterday for storage, to make way for the 1907 crop.  A Board of Control for tobacco growers was formed Saturday.  The following gentleman compose the Board:  J. A. Tucker, Fredericktown; J. W. Eddleman, Mooresville; W. T. Keeling, Brush Grove; W. H. Coulter, Willisburg; Erastus Warner, North; A. R. Murphy, Mackville; Fleece Bosley, Pottsville; Harry Thompson, Springfield No. 8; Richard Smith, Springfield No. 9; W. A. Clements, Springfield No. 10; and B. B. Leachman, Kelly Shop.

There is an effort to extend rural routes by Postmaster W. A. Waters.  He is interested in having the free delivery mail service extended to every section of the county and feels “delivering mail daily to every family in the county can be established with very little cost and trouble and would prove of inestimable value and great convenience to the farmers, as well as other business men.  Several counties in the state already have this system and it is being operated almost universally in some of the adjoining states.  Mr. Waters says the greater portion of the roads of Washington County are already in excellent shape and that the remainder could be put in good condition at very little expense.”


Shultz and McElroy are touting “the best and most economical way of heating the house this winter.  With the price of coal soaring higher each day it is important that you select the stove that will give the most heat with the least fuel.”  Radiant Home and 20th Century Laurel are two of the stoves advertised!  This particular model is very decorative.

Montenegro-Riehm Music Company from Louisville has an ad – “a piano placed in your home on trial”.  Pianos are $178 and up, player pianos from $500 and piano players (that can be attached to any make piano) for $250.

Sue W. Ray advertises mandolin and guitar classes, $2 per month.  Two public concerts during the year with a contest for a gold medal at the end of the term.  She also teach beginners on the violin.


Public sale on Wednesday, October 23, 1907, of young stallions, fillies, colts, brood mares, jacks, jennetts, work mules, hogs, etc., at Highland View Stock Farm in Lebanon.  Lunch at 11:30, sale at 12:30; John B. Wathen, Jr., Captain T. D. English, Auctioneer.

Professional ads include, Dr. J. M. Burton, Dentist, “Teeth Extracted Without Pain”; Dr. W. F. Trusty, Dentist, Dental work at reasonable prices; B. D. Lake, Insurance Agent; Drs. RoBards and Hyatt; Miss Ella Adams, Nurse; T. Scott Mayes, Attorney-at-Law; Marshall Duncan, Lawyer; S. M. Campbell, Auctioneer; and John Y. Mayes, Funeral Director.

Scan_Pic1227Buster Brown Blue Ribbon Shoes at Robertson-Claybrooke, Co., are offered for $3.00, $3.50 and $4.00.  Comfort, style and durability – not many shoes combine these three essentials!

A large ad announced Springfield’s Popular Pleasure Resort – The Bowling Alley and Pool Tables – will be open for the public in a few days.  “The bowling alleys have been repaired and put in first class condition!”  I never knew that Springfield had a bowling alley, although my mother talked about the skating rink that had also closed by the time I came along!


And finally, the Cunningham-Duncan and  Company ad for their fall clothing.  Men’s suits “finest ready-to-wear clothing” for $18 to $25.  Also a $10 line of Cassimeres, Scotches and Worsteads; single and double-breasted; neat and fancy patterns and plain blacks.

And what about “The Chic” Florsheim shoe for women – at just $5.00!  Dull velvet calf, button boot, neat swing, narrow tee.  Cloaks for $3.50 to $25.00.  Carpets, dress goods, lace curtains – anything you can imagine!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane, stopping in Springfield, Kentucky, on October 9, 1907!


1870-1880 Photos – Lexington, Kentucky

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One never knows when you might find something exciting in your own back yard!  I have been very interesting in purchasing a copy of Colonel George Chinn’s book, The History of Harrodsburg and “The Great Settlement Area” of Kentucky, 1774-1900.  I’ve checked on Ebay and Amazon with no luck.  So I called one of our local shops, J. Sampson Antiques and Books – on Main Street in Harrodsburg.  At that time there was not a copy available, but received a call this week that he had a pristine copy found over the weekend.  Most anxious to see the book I told him I would be there after work.  Not only did I purchase the Chinn book, but several others on Mercer County history.  Then I asked about old photographs.  Even though in number they were few, I found four photographs taken in Lexington, Kentucky; one in Georgetown; and one in Louisville.  I was thrilled!  So my blog to you today are these photographs, I believe from the 1870’s to 1880’s.

The above photo is of a young man very nicely dressed – I love his neckwear.  He is holding a riding whip, which perhaps he has nervously twisted while waiting to take the photo.  This is a carte-de-visite, the 2.5 x 4 inch photo taken from the 1860’s through the 1870’s.  On back it reads “Go to Butler’s Gallery for Photographs, No. 19 1/2 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky” – which is almost exactly where my daughter used to live in the high rise on Main Street!


The rest of the photos are cabinet cards – 4.25 x 6.5 inches.  This lovely woman has an interesting dress, but her brooch is most beautiful!  She almost has a smile on her face!  This photo was taken by Mullen Photography in Lexington.

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I love this photo!  The gentleman’s suit is a three-piece matching outfit.  His striped tie a nice compliment!  The fob attached to the man’s belt is not for a watch.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I believe there is an emblem on the lower part – perhaps a Mason or Odd Fellow fob?  This photo was taken by John’s Photography in Lexington.

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There is much beauty in this photograph of an older woman.  The sunken cheeks and tiny mouth remind me of my grandmother Hill!  It is impossible to see, but perhaps she braided her hair and wore it wound around at the back of her head in a bun – also like my grandmother.  Look at her hands – small and well-worn.  Although it’s always hard to say for certain, if this photo were taken in 1875 – this woman could have been born around the turn of the century.    On back is written, W. E. Johns, 55 E. Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky.  The previous photo was also taken by a Mr. John’s in Lexington, but there is nothing written on the back.  That would lead me to believe the previous photo was taken several years before this one.

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The next photo is of a very debonair young man whose photo was taken by Phipps Photography in Georgetown, Kentucky, just sixteen miles north of Lexington.  I like the elongated coat – and fastening just the top button, with a view of the vest and watch chain, is definitely an 1870’s style.  I’m not sure what the star on his lapel might represent.


And I saved the best for last!  This is the most adorable little girl!  And we know her name – Anna Kilsal Wilde!  Look at the plump arms and feet – and the one little foot resting on a pillow!  The white lace dress is gorgeous!  Her sweet little face and hair just complete the picture!  This photo was taken by Veasy, The Doerr Gallery, at 12th and Market Streets, Louisville, Kentucky.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the gallery show of Kentuckians today!  Please let me know if you recognize anyone in these photos – or know anything about Anna Kilsal Wilde!

J. R. Skaggs Obituary

from The Weekly Advance

Ballard County, Kentucky

In Memory of J. R. Skaggs

On August 20, 1918, at Hinkleville, Ballard County, Kentucky, the relatives, brethren and friends were called together in a funeral service to pay the last debt the living owe to the departing brother.  J. R. Skaggs was born on February 15, 1843, and died August 19, 1918, age 75 years, 6 months and 4 days.  While in his teens he volunteered his service to the Confederate States of America, where his loyalty rendered continuous and acceptable service.  After the war he located in Ballard County and began energetically to solve the problem of life with a success socially, which made him a kind husband, devoted father, honored citizen, loyal Mason and Odd Fellow, and a public businessman of a universal good name.  In early life he became a member of the Church of God under the Christ and so remained till death.  In 1880 was married to Miss Anna Bondurant, one of Ballard County’s most amiable daughters.  From this happy union were born one daughter, Mrs. Williams, of Hinkleville, and one son, S. L. Skaggs, now in the U.S. Service.  He was for several years in public life in this county, where he won an extensive acquaintance and held a life-long friendship.

His philosophy of life was “Do you best, don’t fret.”  Taking the pointing of the index finger of temporal life as a guide, we can but say he is in the home of his Father and elder Brother, there to remain in safely till we shall meet him again.  Kind hearts watched over him in his age, ready hands ministered and a beautiful farewell was spoken by a host of appreciative citizens and friends in his interment at Hinkleville cemetery.

Now we can say:

Farewell father, brother, friend, In mem’ry we shall hold; A place for thee to the end, Where life’s story is told.

May brightest stars ever shine, From they celestial Crown; Eternal glory be thine, Nothing thy peace to drown.

W. W. Morris