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Sister Nancy Rupe of the Shaker Community Died Saturday

Shakertown – or, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill – is one of the most peaceful places on earth.  The village has been restored and is about a ten minute drive from our home!  As often as possible we take advantage of the slower pace that envelopes you as soon as you drive on the grounds.  Many times we come just to walk the many pathways around the village.  We also love to eat in the Trustees Dining Room – wonderful Shaker meals of fresh food prepared lovingly!  Their Shaker Lemon Pie is to die for – made with paper-thin slices of whole lemons!

The day we visited the cemetery to find Sister Nancy Rupe’s grave was a hot one – over 100 degrees!  Unfortunately we found no stone for Sister Nancy – perhaps there were such few members in 1907, and aged at that, that there was no one to provide a gravestone for her.  The last Shaker, Sister Mary Settles, died in 1923.

We did fine this beautiful stone – the inscription is as follows:

Our brother, Francis M. Pennebaker, born January 16, 1837, died December 31, 1902

There are buildings to tour, farm animals and gardens, and a riverboat ride!  I encourage anyone close to Mercer County to spend a day – or weekend! – in this lovely place.  You will be refreshed in both mind and body!  And they will make you ‘most kindly welcome’!

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Thursday, November 21, 1907

Old Saint Gone

Sister Nancy Rupe Has Been Crowned in the Kingdom Above

Sister Nancy L. Rupe, one of the best known members of the Shaker community, died at Shakertown Saturday from the infirmities of age.  The funeral services were conducted there Sunday afternoon by Rev. Lon Robinson, of the Methodist church, and she was laid to rest in the burying ground on the hill-side where the greater number of her brother and sister Shakers lie.  In his remarks Mr. Robinson beautifully likened those that are left in the community to the autumn leaves, ready to fall at the slightest touch.  Sister Nancy was but one of these leaves, the summer of her life was gone, and gently, softly, she drifted away to join the many that have already fallen.  Nearly all her life was spent in the Shaker village.  She had seen it rise from a struggling band to a prosperous and wealthy colony, and then watched the decline with a sore heart when adversity overtook her people.  She was a native of Louisville, one of several motherless children, whose father was one of the early converts to the Shaker faith.  Louisville was but a little river town in those days, with few side-walks, and narrow unlighted streets.  A missionary from the newly established Shaker community up the Kentucky River, came down the stream to the larger settlement, preaching the idyllic life of his people, where each shared with the other as members of one family.  Many gave up the struggle in the frontier town, and cast their lot in with this brotherhood, among them the father of Sister Nancy Rupe with his half-orphaned family.  And so she came to Shakertown seventy-six years ago as a little child of ten and all her love and work has been given to the community.  She grew to be a woman of culture and literary attainments, and is lovingly known as “The Poetess of Shakertown”.  She has written many poems and sketches, most of them relative to her people.  She was also a great reader, and out of her wonderful memory could repeat verses and snatches of the works of world-renowned authors.  Several years ago when rural free delivery routes were established, many of the small post-offices were done away with, among them “Pleasant Hill,” the name of the Shaker village, and this called forth a heart-felt protest from Sister Nancy Rupe.  It was one of the last things she ever wrote, and now as she, too, has passed away, the poem takes on a deeper interest.

In Commemoration of Her Many Virtues

This beautiful memorial in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, is one of the most beautiful by far.  Dr. J. Addison Thompson put this as a memorial to his loving wife, Amanda Singleton.  The inscription is as follows:

In commemoration of her many virtues, this monument is dedicated to Amanda Singleton, wife of Dr. J. A. Thompson, February 4, 1819 – March 9, 1878

When the doctor died three years later, an inscription was added to the back of the monument:

J. Addison Thompson, A.B., M.D., Fellow of the Ohio Medical Society, July 4, 1805 – April 2, 1881

But when we consider, whether it is a tall stately monument, or a small, simple stone, it’s the love of the two people – and other family members – that make it a beautiful memory.  Let’s always carry those we love in our heart, and keep their memory burning brightly.

Obituaries – Thomas and Martha Houchins

Thomas O. Houchins, November 3, 1829 – August 19, 1903
Martha H., his wife, July 30, 1823 – July 24, 1906

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, August 27, 1903

Mr. T. O. Houchins, a highly respected citizen, died at his home, near Burgin, last Wednesday night, aged seventy-three years.  Funeral services were held at the house Friday and the interment took place at Spring Hill Cemetery, this city.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, July 26, 1906

Mrs. Oliver Houchins, a venerable and highly respected woman living near Burgin, died early Tuesday morning.  The funeral took place Wednesday and she was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.  She leaves three sons, Messrs. John and James Houchins, of this county, and Rev. William Houchins, of Kansas.

Priscilla Stagg Obituary

from The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Saturday, September 18, 1897

Mrs. Priscilla Stagg, widow of the late Simon Stagg and mother of Messrs. Elwood Stagg, of this county, and G. A. Stagg, of Louisville, died of general debility, Thursday, in the sixty-ninth year of her age.  Her father, Mr. John Adams, was twice married, she being a daughter of the first marriage and sister of Messrs. Adam and David Adams.  Messrs. John Ebenezer, Caleb, Joshua and William Adams are her half brothers.  She was a lady of strong mind and good judgment and a true Christian.  For many years she was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church and now enjoys the rest that is reserved for them that love and serve the Lord.  As daughter, wife, mother and neighbor, she knew her duty and nobly did it.  The funeral was conducted, yesterday, at 3 o’clock, p.m. at the Assembly Presbyterian Church, by her pastor, Rev. W. O. Goodloe, assisted by Rev. J. G. Hunter, D. D., of the First Presbyterian Church; and interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Dr. Mosheim Tabler Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, April 30, 1903

Dr. Mosheim Tabler died in Belleview Hospital on April 23rd, in the 63rd year of his age.  He was born June 18, 1840, in Wythe County, Virginia.  He was the son of Rev. J. T. Tabler, a distinguished Baptist minister.  He attended Allegheny College in Greenbriar County, West Virginia, from 1859 to the beginning of the Civil War, when he, with many others, left his class and volunteered in the Confederate army.  He was a lieutenant in Bryant’s Battery and was known as a gallant Christian soldier, having taken part and often commanding his battery in many of the great battles of the war.  After the war he chose medicine as his profession and graduated in medicine and surgery at the Richmond, Virginia, Medical College in 1866.  Soon after this he married the accomplished cousin of General Rosser, Miss Fannie B. Rosser, of Bedford, Virginia.  Four bright children, Mosheim B. Tabler, Charles F. Tabler, both in business in New York City, Mrs. Virginia Boomhower and Miss Fannie Tabler, now at school, were born to them.  His wife died September 7, 1884, and is buried in our beautiful city of the dead.  On May 31, 1890, he married Miss Susie B. Biggs, of Louisville, who survives him.  He settled in Harrodsburg in 1875 and was one of our most honored citizens.  He built and owned the Southwestern Railroad, and was prominent in many business enterprises until 1893, when he located in New York City and took a post-graduate course in Belleview Hospital and graduated with distinction in medicine and surgery in 1896.  He leaves two bright children, Willie and Alice, by his second wife.  He lived a pure Christian life and was loved and respected by all who knew him.  There never was a more devoted, loving, husband and father.  He was Knight Templar and was buried here Sunday afternoon with Masonic honors, a number from the Danville Commandery attending the services.

Judge Orpheus Sheridan Poston Obituary

from The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 26, 1896


The spirit of Judge Orpheus Sheridan Poston passed peacefully away from time unto eternity, a few minutes after eleven o’clock Sunday night at his room on Chiles Street in this city.  He was in many respects a remarkable man, remarkably eccentric, but at the same time scrupulously honest and truthful.  He was born and educated in Clark County, Kentucky, where some of his relatives now reside.  In 1840 he came to this town and made his home with the family of Ex-Attorney General James Harlan, then a citizen of this town residing at Greenville Springs, the present location of Beaumont College.  He wrote in the clerk’s office and had had access to the splendid law library not only in the study of the law, but in many other ways.  In 1841 he was admitted to the Mercer County bar, and faithfully and successfully practiced his profession here until within a short time of his death.

During the Civil War he resided in Chicago, but did not practice law in that city.  During his long career he was associated with Hons. Ben C. Trapnall, Joshua F. Bell, Judge John G. Kyle and Col. Robert P. Jacobs.  He was never elected to the office of judge, but his well known ability and sterling integrity made him the Judge ex-tempore or special Judge and his opinions were never questioned.  In politics he was a Whig, an American, a Republican, a Prohibitionist and a Populist.  He was a life long Spiritualist and an able defender of his faith.  He did not believe in the inspiration of the Bible or the divinity of Christ.  If an honest man is the noblest work of God, then Judge Poston was par-excellence.  He was public spirited and charitable.  He was one of the original projectors of the Graded School and our city library is a creation of his own.  He was eighty years old and during his long life was temperate in all things and ate less than any other man.  He was never married.  He was frail in body, but strong in mind.  He left a will in the hands of his friend, Judge T. H. Hardin.

The members of the Harrodsburg bar met in the court room, Monday morning, to take action in regard to the deceased member.  Judge C. A. Hardin was called to the chair and Captain C. T. Corn was made Secretary.  The committee on resolutions were Messrs. P. B. Thompson, J. M. Tebbetts, E. J. Polk, B. L. Hardin and J. F. Vanarsdall.  The meeting then adjourned until Tuesday morning.  The meeting was then called to order by the chairman and the minutes read.  The committee asked for more time and were given until Thursday, 2 o’clock, p.m.  A resolution, however, was passed for all the members of the bar to assemble at the late residence of Judge Poston, and to attend in a body the funeral of the deceased.

The funeral took place yesterday at his late residence at 10:30 a.m., and he was interred in the Spring Hill Cemetery by his brother Odd Fellow.

Rufus Bonta, Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, May 16, 1907


Thursday morning the dead body of Mr. Rufus Bonta, son of Mr. A. B. Bonta, was found in a pond near the house on his father’s place, near town.  He left home on Wednesday, and when he did not return at night much alarm was felt.  Next morning a search was instituted and George McClanahan, who worked on the farm, and a neighbor, Mr. Trisler, discovered the body lying in the shallow water near the bank of the pond.  The deceased was 37 years of age, and had been in very feeble health for a number of years.  He walked about the place a great deal and it is believed he fell in the pond and was too weak to get out.  Coroner Gibbs held an inquest and returned a verdict in accordance with the above.  Rev. Lon Robinson conducted funeral services Friday afternoon, and the interment took place in Spring Hill cemetery.