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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.

Martha A. Tucker Obituary

The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, May 30, 1907

Last Saturday the soul of one of the most venerable and best known women in the community passed into the beyond.  Mrs. Martha A. Tucker was one of the few older citizens left here, and in years gone by, before age came upon her, she was one of the most prominent women in social and church work here.  Her health had been slowly failing for sometime past, but her death was somewhat unexpected when it came.  The funeral services took place Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Christian Church, conducted by Rev. Deweese, of Lexington, and her remains were laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery.  She was a native of Fayette County, and in early life was married to Dr. C. M. Tucker, of this place.  One son, Dr. C. D. Tucker, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Harry Moore, still survive her.

Susan Hansford Lyen, Obituary

The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Wednesday, March 10, 1897

Saturday, The Sayings made the sad announcement of the death of Mrs. Susan Lyen, Friday, fore-noon, at the home of her son, Mr. W. C. Lyen of Lexington.  She was brought here, Saturday evening for interment.  The casket was taken to the home of her brother, Mr. Smith Hansford, where it remained until 1:30 o’clock p.m. Sunday when it was removed to the Christian Church.  Here the house was packed by a concourse of sorrowing friends who met to pay their tribute of respect and to mourn over the loss of one they had known and loved.  But they did not grieve without hope for every one believed she had received the plaudit “well done good and faithful servant”.  If “pure religion and undefiled before God, and the Father, is to visit the fatherless and widows, in their affliction and to keep one’s self, unspotted from the world”, she was a Christian indeed.  For more than half a century she had been a member of the Christian Church and ever manifested her love for her Savior by words and deeds of kindness, to one and all regardless of circumstances.  She was born in Crab Orchard, sixty-four years since and was the second of the four children of John S. and Harriet Farris Hansford.  When only fourteen she became the wife of Rev. Jared Swift, a professor in Georgetown College, who in less than one year died of consumption.  Her little son, too, was soon taken from her.  Her second husband was Mr. Daniel Lyen of Keane, Jessamine County.  Twenty years ago he died leaving her with one son, William C., who with his wife and two daughters, Mary, aged 2, and Margaret 8, survive to call their mother and grandmother blessed.

The wind storm, Friday, that stopped the hands of our town clock, at 10:15, reached Lexington about 11:00, and Mrs. Lyen and little Margaret went upstairs to close the window shutters.  So soon as she had closed the window, turning to the child she calmly said, “I believe I am dying.”  Before little Margaret could summon her mother, the spirit of Mrs. Sue Lyen had winged its flight to that mansion, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  The funeral was conducted by Dr. C. K. Marshall, pastor of the Christian Church, and the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The long cortege that followed the hearse to the grave showed the esteem of the many friends of the deceased.  The pall-bearers were:  Messrs.  H. C. and George Bohon, W. J. Poteet, F. P. James, Bush W. Allin, Sr., and C. M. Dedman.