Frederick C. Boettger Biography

from History of Union County, Kentucky, 1886

Frederick C. Boettger, blacksmith and mechanic, of De Koven, is the son of Adam and Rosina (Linderman) Boettger.  His father, who was always a blacksmith, came from Germany to America in 1846; he stopped in Evansville a short time, and then went to the lead mines in Crittenden County, but removed to Union County in 1848; he lived there, with the exception of a short time in Weston, until his death, in 1862.  His wife had already died in 1856.  Frederick C. was born in Germany in 1843, and attended the common schools of Union County for four years, and received some additional training in night schools.  In July, of 1861, he entered the Federal army in the Twenty-Fifth Regiment of Indiana Infantry.  He was a participant in the battles of Ft. Donelson, Shiloh and Hatchee.  He was also at the siege of Corinth and Atlanta, and endured the hard marching of Sherman’s Mississippi raid and the advance upon Atlanta.  At the expiration of his term of service in 1864, he was mustered out of service at Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He then returned home, and, on September 20, 1865, he was married to Mary Jane Erwin, of De Koven.  Seven children have been born of this union, and they are all alive.  Their names are Robert Frederick, William Adam, Charles Henry, Ellen, John R., Rosina and James E.  Ever since his marriage, Mr. Boettger has been employed in the blacksmith and machine trade for the different firms that have had control of the Shotwell Mines.  In his long term of service he has steadily improved, until he is now one of the best general workers in metal in the Ohio Valley.  His range of work includes everything that is ever done in brass, wrought, sheet and cast iron, steel and boiler work.  He has worked and repaired in all the departments of mine machinery, and is a first-class workman, as well as a reliable man.  He really has mastered the trades of seven or eight men in city shops, and frequently is obliged to refit machinery which the company orders from the city foundries and shops.  Altogether, he is an invaluable man to the O. V. R. R. and M. Co.  He is a Knight of Honor, an Odd Fellow, and a member of all the Masonic Lodges up to the Commandery; he has filled all the offices in the Blue Lodge and Chapter, and holds the office of Senior Warden in the Knights Templar.  He is earnest, energetic, popular and a veritable genius as a worker in metals; apparently rivaling the great Tubal Cain as the blacksmith par excellence.

Matrimonial Matters From the Semi-Weekly Interior Journal – 1895

Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky

Friday, December 20, 1895

Matrimonial Matters

  • Thomas Inman, aged 15, and Susie Woods, just 13, eloped from Dayton, Ohio, and were married.
  • W. Barker and Miss Sallie Wright were married at the groom’s home in Crab Orchard Wednesday.
  • W. Baker and Miss Matilda Jane Young, both of the Highland section, were married at Mr. H. P. Young’s Wednesday.
  • Richard Bratton, just 21, of Silver Creek, and Miss Bettie Lawrence, a year his junior, were married at the bride’s mother’s, near Preachersville, Wednesday.
  • Frank Hopkins, of Auguste, Maine, took a sufficient amount of rough on rate to kid himself because his girl insisted on postponing their marriage a couple of weeks.
  • John H. Pence and Miss Edith M. Painter, of Brodhead, a good looking young couple, came down Wednesday and repairing to the residence of Rev. W. S. Grinstead, were made one by that devine. They were quite a youthful pair, but they claimed they were not elopers.
  • Harris Craig and Miss Lucy Wilson were married at her home in Boyle Wednesday and came here with Miss Annie Christerson, of Richmond, and Mr. Newton Craig, and were guests of the St. Asaph. The bride is a pretty young lady of 16 while the groom is 22, instead of 19 as reported. They will spend several days here visiting relatives.
  • Robert S. Tucker, Jr., and Miss Loula Kate Riffe, of the West End, were married in the Myers House parlor Wednesday afternoon by Rev. A. V. Sizemore. They were accompanied by Mr. E. C. Powell and Miss Humphrey who saw the knot well tied. The bride, who is a daughter of Mr. George W. Riffe, is one of the West End’s prettiest girls and is highly accomplished. Mr. Tucker is a substantial young farmer and a clever gentleman in every respect. After the ceremony the party left for the groom’s home, where Mr. and Mrs. Tucker will go at once to housekeeping. The Interior Journal joins their many friends in wishing them the best of everything that this world affords.
  • Mr. A. G. T. Smith, of Boyle, and Miss Mary Gatewood Givens, of this county, were married in Lexington Wednesday evening by Rev. Green Lee Surber, brother-in-law of the bride. The happy even took place at Mr. Surber’s residence and Mr. F. Kenley Tribbie and Miss Byrd Givens, of this county, acted as best man and lady. After the ceremony the party repaired to the Phoenix Hotel and enjoyed an elegant supper especially prepared for the occasion, after which they took the train for home and went at once to Mr. Smith’s handsome residence. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Margaret Givens and is a most elegant young lady. She is handsome and accomplished, the possessor of a disposition that is sunshine itself and is loved by those who know her best. Mr. Smith is an excellent gentleman, genial and popular and is the soul of honor. He has amassed a good deal of this world’s goods and he and his pretty young wife can now live in comfort and ease, with no thought of the hungry wolf bothering their door. In the language of Rip Van winkle, “May they live long and prosper.”

Ethel Clemons Bunton Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 17, 1911

Mrs. Ethel Clemons Bunton, wife of William N. Bunton, and only child of G. W. and Patsy J. Clemons, was born April 25th, 1884, near Greensburg, Indiana; died January 31, 1911, at Yuma, Arizona, aged 26 years, 9 months and 6 days.  On February 14, 1898, she united with the Baptist church at Greenwood, Indiana, and during the years that have passed gave good evidence that she had been made a partaker of that blessed hope.

At the time of her death her membership, with that of her husband, was with the Baptist church at Greensburg.  On March 2, 1904, at Greenwood, she was united in marriage to William N. Bunton, son of S. B. Bunton, who lives near Salvisa, Kentucky.

After their marriage they traveled in different states and then located in Greesnburg, at which place they resided until nearly two years ago when her health began to fail; her husband then moved with her to Arizona, thinking the change to a milder climate would be a benefit to her health.  She had tuberculosis and the change only proved to be temporary.

Death had an order to follow her to her Arizona home and claim his victim, but that also is temporary.  Her faith in Christ will release her from the bondage of sin and death.  Her death leaves motherless two little boys, Joseph and William, aged respectively 5 and 2 years, and brings bereavement to her husband, father, relatives and friends, her mother having preceded her nearly three years ago.  The funeral service was held February 7, 1911, conducted by Rev. J. V. Fradenburgh, her pastor at the Union Baptist Church, near Greensburg, interment at Union Cemetery.

Major James Rolland and Martha Bracken Curry


Battle Grove Cemetery, Harrison County, Kentucky

Major James Rolland Curry was born in Kentucky, December 8, 1789.  I have found nothing definitive about his parents, but have seen information that he was the son of James Curry, born in Delaware, grandson of Archibald and Sarah Curry, who with their son James came to Kentucky about 1786.  But I have no verification for this.

Scan_Pic1565I do know that James R. Curry was a Major in the War of 1812, under General William Henry Harrison, later president, whose most important victory during the war was the Battle of the Thames.  The above form is from the War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, showing the enlistment and discharge dates for James Curry – October 29, 1812 – January 11, 1814.

After the war James married Martha Bracken on October 3, 1816, in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, where they continued to live.  Perhaps the native born Pennsylvanian was swept off her feet by the war hero!

One of James’ sisters married Alexander Downing, and after her death about 1825, when Downing decided to go to Mississippi, James took his five children – his nephews and niece – and raised them as his own, giving them all the educational and other advantages as his children.

James became a lawyer and eventually was county judge for Harrison County for many years.  In the 1850 census of the county he is listed aged 60, lawyer, Martha, 50; Eliza, 27; James, lawyer, 25; Martha, 22; and Ann 20.

In 1860 James, 70, is county judge; Martha, 61; Ann Todd, 30, (who supposedly married a brother of Mary Todd Lincoln), daughter; and Martha Todd, 7, granddaughter.  In 1870, at the age of 80, James is still county judge, Martha is 71, and daughter Ann Todd, 46, is living with them.

IMG_3084Major James R. Curry, December 8, 1789 – August 31, 1880

In 1880 census, three months before his death, James is 91, a lawyer disabled by old age, living with wife Martha, 81, daughter Ann Todd, 51, and granddaughter Mattie (Martha) Todd, 18, who is postmistress!  I picture this rather frail older gentleman, who has seen so much history within his lifetime – and lived that history with zest and vigor!

IMG_3085Martha, wife of James Curry, July 10, 1799 – March 12, 1891

Martha lasted eleven years and a few months before following her husband to the grave.  They are buried in Battle Grove Cemetery in Harrison County.  Married at 17, Martha and James had been married 64 years at his death!  She lived to the age of 92!  Quite an accomplishment in those days!


Marriages – Carter County, Kentucky

Marriages – Carter County, Kentucky

  • George Elliott married May Ann Brammer – May 1, 1843
  • Benjamin T. Elliott married Nancy Kegley – August 12, 1858
  • John M. Elliott married Phoebe E. Horton – September 19, 1860
  • William K. Elliott married Delilah Vincent – February 28, 1856
  • John Elswick married Rebecca Sergent – August 8, 1865
  • Amariah W. Enex married Matilda Ham – June 22, 1840
  • Francis M. England married Elender E. England – October 23, 1861
  • William J. England married Rebecca S. Everman – March 22, 1851
  • Alfred Enochs married Mary Ann Miller – November 18, 1838
  • William Ervin married Malinda Thompson – March 5, 1860
  • John B. Erwin married Susan Ramey – March 26, 1850
  • Thomas Erwin married Martha Stamper – December 1, 1844
  • John Estham married Elizabeth Davis – April 5, 1848
  • William Eulett married Elender Perry – September 6, 1853
  • Eli J. Eulit married Ann Runner – February 1853
  • Hiram Evans married America Jane Hasting – February 16, 1860
  • John Evans married Sarah Pridemore – October 8, 1857
  • Ralph Evans married Mildred F. Locker – August 17, 1847
  • Robert M. Evans married Eliza Ann Locker – January 8, 1863
  • George H. Everman married Emma R. Roberts – February 19, 1861
  • Henry C. Everman married Brenth Geer – June 17, 1860
  • Jacob Everman married Elizabeth Deering – January 26, 1850
  • James S. Everman married Marinda J. James – August 11, 1859
  • Burrel Fannin married Nancy Stamper – December 19, 1850
  • John Fannin married Bethany White – February 21, 1860
  • John Fannin married Sarah McGlone – January 12, 1849
  • Joseph Fannin married Mary Mullings – February 25, 1851
  • James M. Fields married Mary Ann Boggs – December 19, 1852
  • Ulysses P. C. Filson married Grace McIntire – March 25, 1847
  • Alfred Fisher married Rebecca Wallace – July 30, 1850
  • Joseph Fisher married Susan Kirk – September 13, 1851
  • William R. Fisher married Mary J. Kirk – April 25, 1848
  • Daniel Fitch married Martha A. Montgomery – January 14, 1858

The Five John Pearce Campbells

Scan_Pic1560 1Five Generations of John P. Campbells

from A History of Christian County Kentucky from Oxcart to Airplane

John Pearce Campbell I, known as “Captain Campbell,” came from Orange County, Virginia.  He was one of the earliest settlers of Christian County.  Born April 23, 1788.  Married Mary Aylette Buckner.  Documents extant show that on October 31, 1816, he was given power of attorney by Thomas Barbour, Governor of Virginia, to represent him throughout the Mississippi Valley in all matters pertaining to lands.  In 1826 he represented Christian County in the legislature.  He was organizer and first president of Branch Bank of Kentucky, the first bank in Hopkinsville, now known as The Bank of Hopkinsville.  He was a benefactor of Bethel College.

His father, William Campbell (December 12, 1755 – October 29, 1825) and mother, Susana Pearce (April 10, 1764 – March 13, 1852), lived at Campbellton, Orange County, Virginia, and were neighbors of President Thomas Jefferson.  William Campbell served in the Revolution and is referred to as “Colonel.”  Several of their children were early settlers in Christian County.  Brothers and sisters of Captain John Campbell were:  Frederick Woodson Campbell, May 14, 1808-.  Elizabeth Watkins Campbell, August 16, 1786 – February 23, 1787.  Mildred Pearce Campbell, February 15, 1792 -.  Aria Campbell (Welch), December 12, 1796 – .  William Campbell, January 29, 1798 – .  America Campbell, December 10, 1800 – .  Eliza Frances Campbell, December 12, 1802 – .  Catherine Hart Campbell (William Dulaney), May 17, 1790 – .  Susana Campbell (Charles Graves), September 1, 1804 – .  Virginia Campbell (Mrs. Leon H. Maury).  Captain John P. Campbell’s paternal grandfather was James Campbell, of Virginia, and his maternal grandmother was Sarah Merriweather Pearce, the daughter of Mary Bushrod Merriweather.  His uncles were named James, Joseph and John; an aunt, Elizabeth (Gibbs).  Colonel William Campbell had half brothers named Hugh and Wiley, and half sisters named Annie, Fannie, Nancy and Lucy.

John Pearce Campbell II was born December 8, 1820, in Christian County.  Educated Hopkinsville, studied law in the office of Joseph B. Crockett.  Entered practice at Lexington, Missouri.  Elected to Missouri Legislature; re-elected 1850.  Returned to Hopkinsville and elected to United States House of Representatives in 1855.  He was president of Henderson and Nashville Railroad.  He was married in 1856 to May Boyd Faulkner, of Virginia, daughter of Charles James Faulkner.  Ambassador to France and later General Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff.  Major John Pearce Campbell died in Hopkinsville October 29, 1888.

John Pearce Campbell III was born September 15, 1867, at “Boydville,” Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Educated at Hopkinsville.  Many years associated with Bank of Hopkinsville.  Married Bertie Fowler, of Paducah, Kentucky, who died in 1907.  Only child a son, John.  Later moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he was prominent in social and business circles.  In 1908 married Mary Bowie Johnson, granddaughter of United States Senator Reverdy Johnson, of Maryland.  Died at Annapolis, Maryland, July 5, 1915.

John Pearce Campbell IV was born July 24, 1892, at the old Campbell home on Main Street in Hopkinsville.  Married Sara Smith, of Paducah, in 1914.  Their two children are Laura Fowler and John.  Enlisted in the army in1918.  Lives near Chicago.

John Pearce Campbell V was born December 8, 1917, at Paducah, Kentucky.  Is now a manly boy of twelve years.  Attends Junior High School at Evanston, Illinois.  A good student, active in athletics, he has evidenced traits of industry and determination that bid fair to equip him to make a success of that profession or vocation which he will later choose.

William Henry Cunningham Family Plot

IMG_1675William Henry Cunningham Family Plot

Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

The city cemetery in Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, is beautiful and serene.  Ritchey and I enjoyed taking photos there last year.  I’m sharing with you today information about William Henry Cunningham and his family that are buried there.

William was the son of Abner Cunningham and Pamelia Clarkson, born June 3, 1830, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.  In the 1850 Clark County census he is listed with his large family:  Abner, 48, farmer; Pamelia, 43; Jesse, 24; William, 20, doctor; Elizabeth, 18; Mary C., 16; Sidney, 14; Benjamin B., 12; Pamelia, 10; James C., 8; Charles, 5; Nannie, 2: Wellington, 22, lawyer; Sarah J., 23, Wellington’s wife; and Elizabeth Bailey, 28.  The family is living beside Polly Cunningham, 75, born in Virginia, very likely Abner’s mother and William’s grandmother.

In the next couple of years William Cunningham married Nannie M. (perhaps last name Batterton, but could not find evidence).  She was born about 1828.  In the 1860 Clark County census William and Nannie are listed, both aged 30, with sons Edward, 7, and William, 2.  Unfortunately William died at the young age of 4.

IMG_1674William M., son of Dr. W. H. & Nannie Cunningham, died August 6th, 1862, in the 4th year of his age.

In the 1870 Clark County census, William is listed as 40, physician; Nannie M., 41; Edward, 17; Mary E., 9; and Jessie D., 44, farm laborer (William’s older brother listed in the 1850 census).

IMG_1673Dr. Wm. H. Cunningham died February 2nd, 1875, in the 45th year of his age.  He is not here, he is risen.  Dear Husband, Dear Father, Farewell.

William Cunningham died February 2, 1875, in his 45th year.

In the 1880 Clark County census Nannie is listed as 50, widowed, with the two children, Edward S., 27, and Mary E., 19.

IMG_1672Nannie M. Cunningham died March 21, 1898, in the 70th year of her age.  Fare thee well then dear Mother; May thy rest be calm and sweet.  Till we all with thee shall gather close around our Savior’s feet.

Nannie Cunningham died March 21, 1898, in her 70th year.  She, William, and their young son, William, are buried in Winchester Cemetery.  This fine monument was probably erected by the two remaining children.


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