1898 Life In Paris, Kentucky

Life in the small town of Paris, Kentucky in 1898 – much like life in small towns all over America, had the news of goings on during the week – who visited whom, who took trips away or to the area, dances held, etc. Although this particular except does not include sickness – except for the fever of the first instance – perhaps the citizens of Paris were in fine health in September 1898 – many will give that information also. And in a farming community news of crops and stock and weather will also be of interest. Sit back and enjoy the news from 1898!

from The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

September 20, 1898

Personal Mention

Comers and Goers Observed by the News Man

Notes Hastily Jotted On The Streets, At The Depots, In The Hotel Lobbies and Elsewhere

  • J. Q. Ward, Jr., has recovered from a spell of fever.
  • Harold Johnson, of Mt. Sterling, is in the city on a visit.
  • Misses Annie Louise and Sue Clay were in Lexington Saturday.
  • W. A. Hill has gone to Barre, Vermont, on a business trip.
  • J. J. Connell and babe have gone to Mason County for a visit.
  • E. F. Clay and Miss Amelia Clay were in Lexington yesterday.
  • Miss Laura Trundle is visiting friends and relatives in Covington.
  • H. H. Roberts and son visited relatives near Georgetown last week.
  • George Gregg, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, in is in city on a short visit.
  • Editor William Remington was in Mason Saturday and Sunday on a visit.
  • C. F. Ireland was registered at the Hoffman House, in New York, Friday.
  • and Mrs. Matt Turney were guests of relatives in Georgetown over Sunday.
  • R. C. Talbott has returned from Michigan where he has been spending a month.
  • Miss Mary Brent has returned from a delightful visit in Owensboro and Louisville.
  • Miss Bertha Hinton has returned from a visit to Miss Montgomery, in Elizabethtown.
  • W. E. Simms and daughter, Miss Lucy Simms, have returned from St. Paul and New York.
  • and Mrs. F. L. McChesney arrived home Saturday evening from a visit to relatives in Frankfort.
  • August Gutzeit, of Lexington, was in the city yesterday afternoon directing the rehearsal of the Elk Minstrels.
  • Miss Katie Russell will give a theatre party tomorrow evening in the honor of her guests, Misses Hall and Davis.
  • Miss Armilda McMillan arrived home yesterday afternoon from a visit to Miss Laura Williams, in Mt. Sterling.
  • Albert Hinton and Talbott Clay have returned from a trip to Petoskey, Bay View, Mackinac and Sault Ste. Marie.
  • and Mrs. Honen, of New York, were guests at Mr. G. B. Alexander’s yesterday afternoon, while en route to Mt. Sterling, for a visit.
  • John Feeney and son are visiting relatives in Richmond. Mr. Feeney, who went over to spend Sunday, came home yesterday.
  • Miss Mary Best Tarr will leave Thursday for a short visit to Miss Marie Robinson, in Cynthiana, before going to Oxford, Ohio, to attend college.
  • Miss Eddie Spears, of this city, who is visiting friends in Nicholasville, was one of the handsomest ladies at the Centennial Ball in that city Friday night.
  • M. H. Daily left Friday for a visit to relatives in Jackson, and his office in new in charge of Mr. Charles Dickson. Dr. Daily will return Thursday.
  • Miss Alice Spears has returned from a visit to friends in Newport and Cynthiana. Misses Lucy Arnold and Margaret Air, of Newport, will arrive this week to be her guests.
  • A delightful informal dance was given last night at Old Fellows Hall in compliment to Miss Eloise Cleary, of Covington, and Miss Rebecca Davis, of Cincinnati, who are charming guests of Miss Kate Russell. The dance was not begun until after the guest of honor came from the opera “Amorita,” and it was continued until long past midnight. The music was furnished by Saxton’s orchestra.
  • Among the visitors to our city, says The Winchester News, are Miss Reba E. Mitchell, of Baltimore, and Miss Emily May Wheat, of Louisville, Ky, who are visiting friends in Boyce, Miss Wheat is one of the famed beauties of the Bluegrass state. They have taken Winchester by storm and both have been the admired of the admired today.

Collier Family at Old Paint Lick Cemetery


Old Paint Lick Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky

As you can tell by the name, Paint Lick Cemetery has been in existence for a very long time.  It was founded in 1784, while Kentucky was still part of Virginia.  The first church was located here, in the cemetery, the present church just a short distance away.  Today I would like to share with you some photos Ritchey and I took on one of our outings – of the Collier family.  Solomon Collier seems to be the father of several of the others.  His wife, Nancy, was born December 7, 1788, and died July 4, 1862, but I didn’t get a photo of her stone.


In Memory of Solomon Collier, born August 10th, 1779, died March 24th, 1847


In Memory of Whitley Collier, born October 31st, 1807, died January 11th, 1835


In Memory of Verlinder Collier, born November 22nd, 1819, died March 23rd, 1848


Luvenia Collier, born March 29, 1815, died March 12, 1864

The next stone has writing on the front and back – a mother and daughter who died on the same day!


In Memory of Margaret Collier, consort of Mason Collier, born December 18th, 1825, died October 28th, 1847


and also of their infant daughter, Sarah E. Collier, born May 4th, 1847, died October 28th, 1847

What a tragedy to lose wife and child on the same day!

I can’t say for sure all these Collier’s were related, but most are buried together in a row.  In such a small community they probably were.

Ray and Pearl Anderson Gordon

Scan_Pic1624 1This is a lovely photo I found on some of our travels.  Let me introduce you to Ray and Pearl Anderson Gordon.  They are such a handsome couple!  His black suit and white shirt and bow tie, and her beautiful white, lacy dress and shoes with little bows!    What was the occasion?

I did a search but was unable to come up with anything!  That does happen sometimes!

Scan_Pic1625Thankfully we know who they are due to someone adding the names on front!  Always a pleasant surprise!

Scan_Pic1626And we know the photographer – Peelstrom – and that the photography shop was in Madrid, Iowa – which is in Boone County.  I’m sure Mr. and Mrs. Gordon lived in the area – although perhaps in a neighboring county.

Scan_Pic1627Another interesting part of this photo is the red seal – was this particular to Mr. Peelstrom, or did it have another significance?

Scan_Pic1628Do any of you know Ray and Pearl?  I would love to hear from you!

St. Rose Catholic Church Baptisms

Baptisms – St. Rose Catholic Church

Washington County, Kentucky

July 31st

James Hilary Jones, s/o James and Rose Anna Kidwell Jones, sponsor Herodius Fields, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1839
Mark Thomas Clements, s/o Samuel and Susan Thomas Clements, born 09 Jul 1845, sponsor Martha Ellen Clements, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1845
Margaret Smith, d/o William and Diana Logsdon Smith, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1862
Joseph George Walter Clements, s/o George R. and Sarah E. Clements, born 07 Jul 1870, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1870
Aloysius Mudd, s/o Joseph and Isabelle Green Mudd, born 21 Jun 1871, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1871
Mary Pearl Carrico, d/o John Edward and Frances Brown Carrico, born 17 Jul 1877, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1877
Martha Jane Grace, d/o Richard Pius and Amanda Mary Medley Grace, born ?? Apr 1877, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1877
John Thomas McIntire, s/o James T. and Emily Adams McIntire, born 26 Jul 1881, baptized at St. Rose 31 Jul 1881

Jacob Lattimore and Sarah Brumfield 1791 Marriage

Scan_Pic1622This is to certify all whom it may concern that I, Thomas Williamson, joined together Jacob Lattemore and Sarah Brumfield in the holy estate of matrimony, according to license given by the Clerk of Mercer County the 30th day of June, 1791.  Given under my hand this first day of August 1791.      Thomas Williamson

Copy of original marriage certificate, Mercer County Clerk’s Office, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Mrs. Lucinda Ecton Obituary

IMG_1704Lucinda Ecton, November 2, 1818 – December 15, 1910, Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

from The Winchester News, Clark County, Kentucky

Thursday, December 15, 1910

Quietly Passes Away at the home of Her Daughter of Complications Due to Advanced Age

Mrs. Lucinda Ecton, one of Clark County’s oldest citizens, passed away Thursday morning at 3 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Strother, on Boone Avenue, of complications incident to old age.

Mrs. Ecton was in her ninety-third year. She was the widow of Mr. Burgess Ecton, a prominent farmer and citizen of Clark. She was born in Clark County and has lived here all during her life.

She is survived by three children: Mrs. George W. Strother, Mrs. Matt Scott and Senator C. B. Ecton, and a stepson, Mr. James T. Ecton.

The funeral services will be conducted at the residence of Mr. G. W. Strother Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock by Rev. Richard French and Rev. J. H. MacNeill. Burial in the Winchester Cemetery. The following will act as pallbearers: H. T. Strother, Roy Scott, Joe Ecton, C. B. Strother, T. Strother Scott and C. B. Ecton, Jr.

IMG_1703Burgess Ecton, September 12, 1806 – October 20, 1889, Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

Nicholas M. Marks Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1887

Woodford County

Nicholas M. Marks, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, was born October 6, 1844, and is the eldest son of Samuel B. and Louisa (Crain) Marks, natives of Georgia.  The paternal grandfather was also named Nicholas M. and his wife was named Ann P. (Matthews) Marks, both natives of Virginia.  The maternal grandfather was Spencer Crain, a native of North Carolina; the maternal grandmother was Mary (Thompkins) Crain, a native of Georgia, and all were of English origin.  Samuel B. Marks was a soldier in the Confederate Army under General Johnston.  Nicholas M. Marks was also a Confederate soldier and was wounded at Franklin.  He entered the University of Alabama in 1862, remained one year, but was a prisoner of war when Lee surrendered.  In February, 1873, Mr. Marks married Miss Lizzie Barnett, a native of Alabama.  To this marriage have been born five children, viz.:  Nicholas B., Sarah P., Samuel B., William M. and Elizabeth.  Mr. Marks came from Alabama to Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1877, and is now engaged in farming on two farms of 360 acres, 150 of which are in Fayette County.  Mr. Marks is  Knight Templar.


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