Sam and Lucy Tortorello

Scan_Pic1481 1I am so excited to share this beautiful wedding photo with you! May I introduce Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Lucy Tortorello of Newark, New Jersey! This is perhaps my favorite wedding photo! The bride is lovely in her white wedding gown, but the immense veil steals the show! Look at the embellishments around her head and at the end of the veil – gorgeous! The bouquet looks too large for the bride to hold! I counted 38 large roses – and I’m sure some are hidden in the photo! And standing beside his lovely bride is the handsome groom! The photo was taken at Roma Studio, 86 Broadway, Newark. I thought this was a 1920’s photo – and after a bit of research found out that was correct!

Scan_Pic1482 2Sam Tortorello was born in 1903 in New Jersey. His parents, Bernarnino and Carmela Tortorello, along with older brothers Anthony and Joseph, immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1897, and were naturalized in 1918. In the 1920 Essex County, New Jersey, census Bernarnino and Carmela are both listed as 49, Anthony, 23, Joseph, 20, Samuel, 16, Tessie, 13, and John, 4.

Lucy was born November 23, 1903 in Nocera Infiore, Italy, to Vincent Nobile and Anna Sicignalo. The family immigrated to the United States in 1906. In the 1920 Essex County, New Jersey, census, Vincent and Anna are listed as 42, Lucy, 17, Frank, 14, Philip, 10, Irene, 8, John, 6, Ferdinand, 4, and Sophie, 2, and Ralph Sicignalo, 30, Anna’s brother.

In the 1930 census Sam and Lucy are newlyweds, Sam listed as 27, born in New Jersey, a tool maker at a machine shop. Lucy is listed as 26, born in Italy, married one year. In 1940 Sam and Lucy are listed with children Carmela, 9, named for her paternal grandmother, and Vincent, 6, named for his maternal grandfather. Lucy’s parents live next door.

Sam died in November of 1980. If Lucy were still alive they could possibly have been married 51 years. Does anyone know additional information about this couple?

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Posts From The Hustler Newspaper

The Hustler, Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky

October 5, 1894

Lacy L. Tapp, the subject of this sketch, was born three miles west of Slaughtersville, in Webster County, on February 6, 1859. His parents were Jesse and Elizabeth Tapp, both well-known and highly respected by all who knew them. Lacy lived on the farm till 1884, when he went to Illinois to complete his course in the mechanical department of housebuilding. After returning and following this trade a while, he returned to farm life, not, however, before selecting as a partner through life Miss Ida Boggess, of near Greenville, Kentucky. After following farming a few years, Lacy concluded to take up his mechanical pursuit again and moved to Madisonville, having purchased a one-third interest in the then firm of Riggin and Daves. In a few years, he bought out the entire shop and ran it with much profit to him and satisfaction to his many customers. His workmanship as a wagon-maker was unexcelled and he built an extensive reputation in this department. He followed this business until he found that his health was failing under such heavy work, when he sold out to Jones & Gentry, and bought the stock of groceries and hardware of the National Union Company, and associated with him Mr. E. B. Barnhill, where the two boys, as they called themselves, held forth for one year. Mr. Barnhill’s health failing, he sold out to Mr. Tapp, who has by his energy, and a nerve and fair and honest dealing, won a host of friends and worked up a tremendous trade, which stands by him. He has an immense stock of groceries, hardware, farming implements of all kinds and has his stock arranged in a way that would be a credit to any city, and he has perhaps done as much to boom Madisonville as any man in it, not to have any capital invested outside of his business. He has recently inaugurated an enterprising move, by issuing a complete price current of all articles in the grocery department of his big business, which he furnishes to his customers so that they can know precisely what everything can be bought for, and sending his delivery wagon around every morning to receive orders, which are filled and delivered in time for the dinner hour. This stroke of enterprise is much appreciated by his customers and is daily adding new ones. It affords the Hustler pleasure to know that this hustling enterprising man is succeeding so well, for he deserves success. He has recently made some noticeable improvements in the arrangement of his stock and has added greatly to it, and a cordial invitation is extended to all to call and see him and get his prices. Madisonville needs more men like Lacy Tapp and we are truly glad he has worked his way up t othe front rank in his line of business. October 5, 1894

Mrs. Chattan, wife of Dr. E. A. Chattan, of Earlington, died Friday evening and was buried Sunday at Grapevine Cemetery. She had been afflicted for a long time with consumption and had the reputation of being a good woman. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church. She leaves a husband and children. October 5, 1894

The Rev. Thomas Bottomly, the oldest Methodist minister in the state, died at Hopkinsville on Thursday of last week. He was in the 93rd year of his age and had been a preacher for 70 years. He was well known over the state and was much beloved by all who knew him. In his younger days he was a power in the pulpit and his whole life was one that was above reproach. October 5, 1894

Richard J. Barber Biography

Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1885

McCracken County, Kentucky

Richard J. Barber was born in Halifax County, Virginia, in December, 1839. In 1845 his parents, Dr. Thomas Barber and Harriet (Maynard) Barber, removed with their family to west Tennessee, where R. J. was reared, and where he received an ordinary English education. In 1861 he espoused the cause of the Confederacy, and enlisted in the Twenty-Seventh Tennessee Regiment, Company F, and in the organization of his company was made first lieutenant. He was promoted, in 1862, to the office of captain, and for three years shared all the experiences of his regiment, one of the most active in the Southern ranks. He was severely wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and two days after reported for duty, was again wounded, this time at Farmington, near Corinth, during the siege of that place. In 1864, in west Tennessee, he was made a prisoner, was paroled, and then became a resident of Paducah for the first time. He soon after engaged in mercantile business, and was a member of the firm of J. M. White & Co., but soon severed his connection with it to engage in the wholesale grocery trade, which he conducted about five years. He then operated on the tobacco market, part of his time as inspector, until January, 1883, when he opened his present business. He is located on the corner of Market Street and Broadway, and is certainly an honor to the business circle of Paducah. Mr. Barber is an accepted member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic order and K. of H. He was married in Paducah, 1865, to Miss Mamie Anderson, daughter of S. Q. Anderson. Their two children are Samuel and Lucy Barber.

Robert Russell and Malinda Parrish

IMG_8691Robert Russel, born in Petersburg, Virginia, August 6, 1792, died June 20, 1873.  Malinda Russel, born in Goochland County, Virginia, May 14, 1795, died March 15, 1877, Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Robert Russel was the son of Robert Russel, Sr., and Janet Robinson, both born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The parents married and came to America shortly thereafter, their first child being born at sea during the journey.  Robert was born in Petersburg, Virginia, August 6, 1792, and came to Kentucky at the age of eight years.

Robert, Jr., married Malinda Parrish April 28, 1817, in Mercer County, Kentucky.  Malinda was the daughter of Nicholas Parrish, a soldier of the War of 1812, born May 14, 1795, in Goochland County, Virginia.

Robert was a brickmaker and mason.  He built Centre College Home in 1820 and nearly all the first brick buildings in Danville.  Boyle County was formed from Lincoln and Mercer counties in 1842, with Danville as the county seat.

In the 1850 census of Boyle County Robert is listed as 58, a brick maker, Malinda, 51, Edward, 30 and Josephine, 22.  In 1860 Robert is 67, Malinda, 62, and son Robert, 37.  In 1870 Robert, 77, and Malinda, 72, are living alone.  One additional daughter, Isabelle, is not listed in any census record.  She married John Andrew Lyle September 27, 1852.

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Births – 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics

Births – 1911-1915

  • Infant of John P. Yaden, Pulaski County, July 25, 1913, Vol. 76, #37806, mother, Sallie Cain
  • Infant of Linville Yaden, Pulaski County, January 17, 1912, Vol. 11, #4335, mother, Laura Chambers
  • Mary Eliza Yaden, Warren County, January 23, 1911, Vol. 11, #4279, 4279, mother, Nora Belk
  • Thomas Frank Yaden, Warren County, September 18, 1915, Vol. 101, #50306-A, mother, Icy Belk
  • William David Yaden, Laurel County, December 3, 1914, Vol. 127, #63491, mother, Lucinda Hatcher
  • Thelma Yadlock, Union County, December 12, 1915, Vol. 136, #67527, mother, Liddie Jane Brown
  • Thelmer Yadlock, Union County, December 12, 1915, Vol. 136, #67526, mother, Liddie Jane Brown
  • Alfred Elwood Yadon, Jefferson County, December 22, 1914, Vol. 127, #63087, mother, Cornelia Cox
  • Celea May Yadon, Jefferson County, June 23, 1913, Vol. 64, #31546, mother, Cornelia Cox
  • Elwood Yadon, Jefferson County, November 16, 1913, Vol. 118, #58541, mother, Alice Yadon
  • Mable Marcella Schalck, Pendleton County, December 15, 1915, Vol. 134, #66970, mother, Minnie May Viers
  • Alma Theresa Schalk, Campbell County, February 10, 1915, Vol. 13, #6486, mother, Frances T. Goetz
  • John Raymond Schalk, Campbell County, June 11, 1912, Vol. 71, #28042, mother, Goldina Viola Person
  • Lonnie Schalk, Campbell County, April 16, 1914, Vol. 37, #18164, mother, Lonnie Schuntz
  • Mary Schalk, Jefferson County, October 2, 1912, Vol. 129, #51397, mother, Dosa Schmitt
  • Arthur Nelson Schall, Jefferson County, January 9, 1913, Vol. 6, #2988, mother, Hannah Huber
  • Infant of J. B. Schall, Russell County, August 26, 1911, Vol. 103, #41029, mother, Nancy C. Johnson
  • William Schall, Boyd County, June 25, 1911, Vol. 68, #27109, mother, Mirtie Ball
  • Elizabeth Schaller, Kenton County, October 25, 1914, Vol. 103, #51295, mother, Anna La Fontain
  • George Eugene Schaller, Kenton County, October 26, 1915, Vol. 106, #52761, mother, Margaret Linveher
  • William John Schalter, Kenton County, November 20, 1915, Vol. 117, #58473, mother, Anna M. Muck
  • Resca Schaltz, Letcher County, February 1, 1914, Vol. 19, #9038, mother, Helen Silverman
  • Charles Robert Schamback, Jefferson County, June 27, 1915, Vol. 60, #29690, mother, Lavina Jones
  • Dorothy K. J. Schamback, Kenton County, August 14, 1912, Vol. 102, #40468, mother, Dora Fette
  • Frederick William Schamback, Kenton County, March 27, 1915, Vol. 27, #13470, mother, Ada Hackman
  • Mildred Schamback, Jefferson County, July 22, 1911, Vol. 85, #33950, mother, Lavinia James
  • Joseph Edward Schamcham, Nelson County, April 5, 1914, Vol. 42, #20664, mother, Susie V. Jenkins


Revolutionary War Pensions – Adair County

Revolutionary War Pensions – Adair County, Kentucky

Jacob Cooper, Private, North Carolina, was born in 1734, entered the service in 1776 in Burke, County, North Carolina. Pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued November 6, 1832. At the time he filed his declaration, was 98 years old. He entered the service under Captain William Moore, in the year 1776, from the County of Burke, North Carolina. He was in the battle with the British at Broad River, South Carolina, and was in the service more than two years in the states of North and South Carolina.

Thomas Cochran, Private, Georgia and Virginia, was born April 8th, about 1760, in Charlotte, Virginia, when he entered the service in August, 1778. After his service he returned to his father’s house in Campbell County, Virginia, and remained there about fifteen years. He moved to Tennessee for one summer, then to Adair County, Kentucky. Pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued February 8, 1833.

Levi Conover, Private, New Jersey Line, was born October 10, 1757, in Windsor Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey. He lived there when called into service in 1775 or 1776, and remained there eight years after he left service. Then removed to Fayette County, Kentucky, where he lived about eight years when he removed to Adair County, Kentucky. Mentions his brother, William Conover, who also served in the New Jersey Line. Mentions another brother, John Conover. In 1832 Levi Conover gives his age as 75 years. He entered service in 1775 or 1776 under Captain Stout, Colonel Dyking’s command. He was in the battle of Trenton and on the next morning very early he assisted in attacking the British at Princeton. He was then marched to Steel’s Gap and lay there near about three weeks. He was then marched to Brunswick, where the British were said to be, but the British in the meantime marched off to New York and boarded their vessels. During his service he was in many skirmishes. He was a volunteer during his term of service, which covered three or four years. Levi Conover married first Catherine Dye, in 1785; she died in 1801. In 1802 he married Mrs. Jane Gilbirth Turnbow.

William Caldwell, Private, Virginia Line, was born in 1759 and died Jully 5, 1825. He entered the service in December, 1776. Pension began January 22, 1819, certificate issued July 20, 1819.

Leighton Cooper, Private, Virginia Line, was born about 1757. He enlisted about 1778. On September 14, 1829, he states he has not family, but says also, ‘The reason I did not make earlier application for a pension was because I was able to work more than I am now, and I had some small quantity of stock and a family of children to help work.’ Pension began July 27, 1831, certificate issued July 29, 1831.

Alexander Elliott, Midshipman, Virginia Navy, was born 1763, the son of Captain George Elliott. He lived in Rockbridge County, Virginia, when he enlisted in 1776 or 1777 under his father. He came to Kentucky about 1789, settled near Danville till 1799 when he came to Adair County. Pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued October 11, 1833.

Robinson-Lapsley Family – New Providence Cemetery

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWilliam Robinson, born October 16, 1807, died March 1, 1860, New Providence Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

William Robinson was born in 1807 in Mercer County, Kentucky.  He married Sarah Jane Lapsley, daughter of James Finley Lapsley and Charlotte Adeline Cleland, April 9, 1833.  William and Sarah had at least four children, Mary E., Charlotte, George and Sarah F.  Mary and Sarah died at a young age.  Sarah Jane died May 6, 1849, less then a month after her daughter Sarah, and slightly less than a year after her birth.  Perhaps there was a childbirth illness that left her weak and unable to recover.  William lived for another eleven years, dying before the outbreak of the Civil War.  Children Charlotte and George lived to adulthood and into their 70’s.  This family is buried at New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery in rural Mercer County.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSarah Jane, wife of William Robinson, born October 3, 1812, died May 6, 1849

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMary E., daughter of W. and S. J. Robinson, born May 21, 1837, died October 27, 1842

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSarah F., daughter of W. and S. J. Robinson, born May 9, 1848, died April 13, 1849


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