1795 Will of Robert McKittrick – Harrison County

I, Robert McKittrick, Senr., being weak of body but sound in memory, knowing I must shortly part of this life, I bequeath my body to the ground and my Spirit to God who gave it.

Item.  I give unto my son Robert McKittrick that parcel or tract of land lying in the County of Augusta in Virginia, by the name of the Gap Plantation in Ginionses Gap [Jennings Gap?], also one horse, bed clothes and wearing clothes.

Item.  I give unto my three sons, John, William and James McKittrick, my other Plantation by the name of the Old Plantation lying and being in the County of Augusta, in the State of Virginia, to be equally divided between them.

Item.  I give to my sons-in-law William Metiare, five pounds; John Wright, my son-in-law, five pounds; John Meglemmery, son-in-law, five pounds; James Guyerny, son-in-law, one brown Jenny Guye; my grand-daughter, five pounds, to be paid to them out of debts owed to me when collected, the balance

of the money to be equally divided between my three daughters, Sarah, Isabell and Margaret.  I also do appoint my son Robert to take into his hands that part belonging to my son, William McKittrick, to deliver it out to him as he, the said Robert, sees reason or cause and do appoint my two sons, Robert and John McKittrick, my Executors of this my last will and testament, given under my hand this thirteenth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five.

Robert McKittrick

Test.  John Hutcherson, Senr., Moses McCluer, William Schooler.

Harrison County Court – July Court 1795

This last will and testament of Robert McKittrick, deceased, was proved in open court by the oaths of John Hutcherson, Moses McCluer and William Schooler, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. W. Moore, C.H.C.

Harrison County Will Book A, Pages 2-3

Double Wedding Celebrated December 22, 1885

I have played organ and piano for many, many weddings throughout the years, and once did play for a double wedding!  It was a wonderful experience, with twice the love and excitement of an ordinary wedding!

In the 1880 census of Cincinnati, Ohio, we find the Rev. A. I. Hobbs, age 44, his wife Rachel, 44, and three daughters – Alice, 26; Stella, 13; and Verta, 8.  Shortly after that census the family moved to Louisville, Kentucky.

In searching for information about the grooms, Dr. Samuel Ayres graduated from medical school in Louisville in 1883, and received the second place award, a gold medal, at the ceremony.  He was a Professor of Anatomy at the University of Louisville in 1885, but moves to Big Bend, Kansas, in 1886, due to his health.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, December 23, 1885

Brilliant Nuptials

A large Gathering at the First Christian Church to Witness a Double Wedding

Rev. G. B. Peak and Miss Alice Hobbs – Dr. Samuel Ayres and Miss Stella Hobbs

The most notable nuptial event of the season took place last evening at the First Christian Church, where Miss Alice Hobbs was united in marriage to Rev. Geo. B. Peak and Miss Stella Hobbs to Dr. Samuel Ayres.  This has been pre-eminently a season of weddings, many of them brilliant society events, and some of them very largely attended, but it is safe to say that no previous occasion has drawn together such a crowd as were present last evening.  The church was packed.  The aisles had to be cleared to allow the bridal party room to pass in.  The crowd, however, immediately closed in behind them, filled the aisles, crowded the vestibule, covered the steps and the sidewalk.

The young ladies are daughters of Rev. A. I. Hobbs, who has been for several years pastor of the First Christian Church, and during their residence here they have become endeared to the members of that congregation and have made many friends outside of their church.

Rev. George B. Peak, who was wedded to the eldest daughter, Miss Alice, was formerly of Paducah, but has recently been called to take charge of a new church in Bloomington, Ind.

Dr. Samuel Ayres, who was married to Miss Stella, is a promising young physician of this city, and occupies the position of Dean in the Hospital College of Medicine.

The ceremony took place at 9 o’clock, Rev. Dr. Hobbs, the brides’ father, officiating.  The pulpit was tastefully and elaborately decorated, tall foliage plants and brilliantly colored flowers arranged around them to form an effective mass of leaves and blossoms.  The bridal party entered by both doors, three ushers walking abreast in each aisle, followed by two bridesmaids.  Then came the brides with the first bridesmaids.  Miss Alice was accompanied by Miss Carrie Owen, Miss Stella by Miss Mamie Shouse.

Prof. Hast played the Wedding March, and, as the first strains sounded through the church, the bridal party entered in the order described, walked slowly to the front, and took their places at the altar.  They were met here by the grooms and the minister, who proceeded to pronounce the ceremony.  Miss Alice being the elder, was married first, to Rev. Geo. B. Peak, and after, by a separate ceremony, Miss Stella became the wife of Dr. Samuel Ayres.

The bridal toilets were alike in every detail.  The dresses were of cream satin, the court trains being of handsome brocaded material, the fronts of plain satin.  The waists were cut square in the neck, and filled with fluffy plaitings of illusion; the sleeves, which came a little below the elbow, were partially covered by long cream-colored gloves.  The veils were draped with white hyacinths, and each of the brides carried a large bouquet of the same flowers.

The bridesmaids were Misses Carrie Owens, Claude Wheeler, Bessie Slaughter, Mamie L. Shouse, Julia Barkly, and Louise Barkly.  They were short white toilets, and carried bouquets of white hyacinths and pink roses.

The ushers were Messrs. Chars. Lesner, Geo. Cross, Hume Logan, Geo. Walton, Geo. L. Sehon and Dr. Samuel G. Dabney.

Seats were reserved near the altar for the Young Ladies’ Missionary Society, of which Miss Alice has long been president.  On the other side of the church was the primary class of the Sunday School, which has been under the charge of Miss Stella.  The class taught by Miss Alice was also present and occupied seats near the front.

After the ceremony there was an informal reception at the house, where the bridal party received the congratulations of their friends before starting on their wedding journey.

The presents included everything of a presentable nature, handsome silver, porcelain, bisque, exquisite glassware, bronze ornaments, paintings and engravings.  Among the handsomest were the presents from the Sunday School classes and Missionary Society.

The decoration of the church, which was intended as a surprise for the young ladies, was done by the ladies of the church, and a committee of florists could not have improved upon the result.

The bridal party left last night immediately after the reception.  Mr. and Mrs. Ayres go to Cincinnati, Mr. and Mrs. Peak go to visit relatives of the groom, but all will return to this city to spend Christmas.  After the holidays, Mr. and Mrs. Park leave for their future home in Bloomington, Ind.  Mr. and Mrs. Ayres will remain with Dr. Hobbs during the winter.


Doctor Bryan R. Young of Hardin County

Dr. Bryan R. Young was actually born in Nelson County, rather than Washington County as stated.  He was a son of John Young and Elizabeth Singleton.

Doctor Bryan R. Young

A man of many talents and one of the earliest doctors in Elizabethtown, Doctor Bryan R. Young was born in Bloomfield, Washington County, January 14, 1800.  After local school, he studied medicine under his brother, Dr. William S. Young in Elizabethtown, in 1818 and began practice as a partner, continuing until the death of his brother in 1827.  He then practiced alone and developed a fine ability as a surgeon.

His practice was very extensive in the county.  He later associated with Dr. Harvey Slaughter and Dr. Ambrose E. Geohegan in the manufacture and sale of medicines.  He owned a large farm on Muldraugh’s Hill and was the owner of a large number of slaves.  He was much interested in horticulture and specialized in fruit growing.  He spent much time on his farm.  In later years he returned to Elizabethtown but confined his practice to only a few selected patients.

Very active in public affairs and politics, Dr. Young was elected to the State Legislature in 1839, 1861, 1863, 1865 and 1867, and was a member of Congress from this district in 1845/47.  Mr. H. A. Sommers in his History of Elizabethtown described Dr. Young as follows – ‘Among the vigorous types of the Anglo-Saxon race which helped develop this great county of ours, there was no better specimen than Dr. Bryan R. Young.  Dr. Young was a man of fine education and rare mental endowments.’  Another described him as being a very matter-of-fact person, dignified and kind, but firm.

Dr. Young married Louisa Sneed of Frankfort, and to them were born two daughters, both dying in infancy.  He was active in the Masonic fraternity and rose to the honor of being Grand Master of the order in the state in 1845.

Stories are told of Dr. Young’s plan for increasing his fortune, one being the importation of a species of duck from Canada.  On that project he lost considerable.  Another effort involved the leasing of 3,000 acres of woodland in Grayson County, on which he placed a large number of hogs, with the intention of having them fed and fattened on acorns.  Many of the hogs were stolen and again his vision of large gain went astray.

Elizabeth Young, a sister, married Thomas Dudley Brown.  They were parents of John Young Brown, one time governor of Kentucky.  Their home was at Claysville.  Thomas Dudley Brown served as circuit court clerk, being elected in 1851; his son served as a deputy in his office.  Thomas Dudley Brown was killed by W. S. English in April, 1855.

Mr. Sommers in his History of Elizabethtown, tells of Dr. Young engaging in a street duel with his brother-in-law and of shooting him down (not fatally) and of the son, John Young Brown, firing a pistol at his uncle, as Dr. Young stood in the doorway of his office on the Public Square.  Dr. Young is said to have told some of the witnesses on the scene, ‘Take the young man away.  I do not want to kill him, as he is  my nephew.’

Dr. Young’s fortune slipped away and in his late years he was cared for by ‘Aunt Beck’ Hill and the Masons of the town.  He was converted to the Catholic faith some time prior to his death, May 13, 1882.  He died in a small office in what was known as the Haycraft house (the Benjamin Helm site at the corner of North Main and Poplar Streets, in more recent years as the Hardin Jones property).  His funeral was conducted by Father Cook, of St. James Church.  The officers of the Grand Lodge of Masons came to Elizabethtown and buried him in the City Cemetery.

Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and Hardin County Kentucky 1776-1976, McClure, 1979.

Louisa, wife of Dr. B. R. Young, born July 20, 1805, died September 20, 1851.

Joseph Russell – Susan Moberly 1863 Marriage Bond – Marion County

Joseph Russell married Susan Moberly September 21, 1863, after receiving their marriage bond on September 19th.  Notice the two 25 cent revenue stamps on the document.  During the Civil War these stamps were used to fund the war effort – ranging from on cent to two hundred dollars.  These were used on all paper transactions.  They can also be found on photographs of this time period.  The gentleman shown on the stamp is Samuel D. Ingham, 1779-1869.  He was born in Pennsylvania, was a member of the House of Representatives and in 1829 President Andrew Jackson made him Secretary of the Treasury.

General John Hunt Morgan burned the Marion County Courthouse July 5, 1863.  This bond is from pages 24 and 25 of the new marriage book.

Marriage Bond

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

Be it known, that we, Joseph Russell, as principal, and Joseph Moberly as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of one hundred dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:

That, whereas Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound Joseph Russell and Susan Moberly.  Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, this bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Lebanon, Marion County, this 19th day of September 1863.

Joseph Russell, Joseph Moberly

Attest:  J. M. Fedler, Clerk

The date of marriage, Monday, September 21st 1863.  The groom resides in Marion County, is 58 years old, has been married once before.  He is a farmer, born in Washington County, parents born in Virginia.

The brides resides in Marion County, is 39 years old, this is her first marriage.  She was born in Washington County, as well as her mother, her father was born in Maryland.  Remarks – Bride’s consent proven by oath of father who appears in person before me.

To be married at Joseph Moberly’s on 21st day of September 1863.

I certify that the above is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.  Witness my hand, this 19th day of September 1863.

Joseph Russell

Attest.  J. M. Fedler.

Nicholas County Deaths – 1855 – Part 1

Listed below are deaths in Nicholas County from 1855.  Birth and deaths were located in the county unless otherwise stated.

  • James Crow, age 3 months, son of William and Nancy Crow, died December 55, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Nancy Ann Wilson, age 2 years, daughter of Harry and Hester Wilson, died July 15, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Tolney Foster, age 34, farmer, born in Fayette County, son of Henry and Esther Foster, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • Esther Foster, age 59, born in Ohio, daughter of John and Sarah Whittington, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • John W. Bishop, age 5, son of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died November 12, 185, of whooping cough.
  • Charlotte E. Bishop, age 1, daughter of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died October 4, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Patrick Brady, age 82, born in Stafford County, Virginia, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Brady, died September 30, 1855, of cancer.
  • Sarah O. Redman, age 1, daughter of Washington and Rachel Redman, died September 23, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Alexander Dampier, age 22, son of Henry and Martha Dampier, died October 6, 1855, by arson.
  • Thomas J. McCormick, age 12, slave of Thomas J. McCormick, died February 15, 1855, of consumption.
  • John H. McCormick, age 26, born in Bourbon County, son of Thomas J. and Sarah McCormick, died September 24, 1855, of diarrhea.
  • James Fulton, age 1, son of John L. and Elizabeth J. Fulton, died August 21, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Hetty F. Brewer, age 2, daughter of John and Levinia Brewer, died November 20, 1855, of whopping cough.
  • Joseph Evans, age 48, son of John and Margaret Evans, died October 13, 1855, of cholera.
  • William H. Canon, age 2, son of Thomas and F. Canon, died April 13, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Jane Marion, age 31, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Hord, died April 22, 1855, ?
  • Christopher Kimes, age 12, son of Stephen and Mary Kimes, died November 5, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Columbus W. Congleton, age 5, son of Columbus and Walker Congleton, died August 15, cause unknown.
  • Agnes Haus, age 46, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Johnson, died October 3, 1855, of consumption.
  • Harrison Dale, age 35, born in Virginia, son of Solomon and Mary Dale, died August 10, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Joseph B. Bramble, age 3, son of John Mason and Mary Jane Bramble, died December 22, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Collier, age 65, born in Montgomery County, daughter of Eliza Wells, died August 17, 1855, of congestive fever.
  • William Thomas, age 15, son of James and Nancy Thomas, died July 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Elizabeth Wilson, age 10 months, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wilson, died April 8, 1855, of pneumonia.
  • Preston Talbott, age 15, slave of Preston Talbott, died February 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Mary Ann Wilson, age 29, daughter of John and Rachel Rogers, died September 16, 1855, of disease of the lungs.
  • Wilson Branch, age 22, son of Abner and Ellen Branch, died August 6, 1855, of typhoid fever.

George Alfred and Zelleta Graveson Curry Obituaries

George Alfred Curry, 1852-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, May 23, 1924

Seldom has a community felt the death of a citizen more keenly than the passing of Mr. George Alfred Curry, whose life closed Satur­day morning, May 16 about 7 o’clock at Norton Memorial Infirm­ary, Louisville. Two months ago he submitted to a serious operation, and for a while there was hope of his recovery, but complications devel­oped which he could not combat and in spite of medical skill and care­ful watching he fell asleep to find peace from suffering. Mrs. Curry remained in Louis­ville with him all through his illness, and at the last she was joined by Mr. Curry’s sister, Mrs. C. M. Dedman, and Mr. Curry Dedman, of this city. They accompanied the remains to his home here, and the funeral was held Monday after­noon at 2:30 at the United Presbyterian church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. S. S Daughtry, and his former pastor during his several years’ residence in Louisville, Dr. Samuel Callen, of the Warren Memorial Presby­terian church. the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery. The funeral was one of the most largely attended here in some time, and the floral tributes beautiful. The honorary pall bearers were Mr. Curry’s brother elders in the United Presbyte­rian church: Judge J. W. Davenport, Messrs. G. W. Edwards, J. E. Stagg, E. H. Davis, W. B. Davis, W. C, Rue, I. E. White­nack, N. L. VanArsdale, F. D. Curry, and also Messrs. L. M. Rue, Bush W. Allin and Glave Goddard.

The active pall bearers were Messrs. E. F. Scott, Louisville; Lafon Riker, Lexington; Dr. J. C. Acheson, Danville; Messrs. L. C. Riker, W. C. Rue and L. D. Brewer, Harrodsburg.

The death of Mr. Curry takes from this communi­ty one of its best and most progressive citi­zens, as well as a high minded Christian gentle­man. He was the first to make a subscription in the Pioneer Memorial movement. Interested in every step for the betterment of conditions here, and with an unu­sual appreciation for the beautiful, he was one of the prime movers in every effort to add to the attractiveness of the town. Two of his outstanding works of this kind in which he took the initial part and directed the work were the beautifying of the yard of the Presby­terian church and the Court House Square, the latter labor he only lived to see almost completed, but it will remain a living monument to his enterprise.

Mr. Curry was the son of William Thomas Curry and Elizabeth Butler Curry, members of old represen­tative families here. He was born in Harrodsburg and spent all his life as a citizen here except a few years when he resided in Louisville.. He was married to Miss Zelletta Graveson, of Cincinnati in 1884. He was a member of the firm of D. J. Curry & Co., later he entered the insurance field and for 32 years has been the representative of the Great American Insurance Company, of New York, in Kentucky and Tennessee, a record seldom ex­celled, building up for the company in these two states a band of splen­did agents and a fine clientele. Mr. Robert Glass, of New York, was the company’s represen­tative here for the funeral. For a long period of years Mr. Curry served the United Presbyterian church as an elder; during his three years’ residence in Louisville he was also an elder in the Warren Memorial church, and organized a splendid Men’s Bible Class, the members of which were tireless in their atten­tion to him while at the Infirmary, a committee calling every Sunday morning with flowers from the class. Mr. Curry is survived by his widow, two brothers, Messrs. R. P. Curry, Lexington, and W. T. Curry, Covington, and a sister, Mrs. Charles M. Dedman, Harrodsburg, besides a host of rela­tives and friends.

Out of town people here to attend the funeral were Dr. Callen, Mr. E. F. Scott, Louisville; Mrs. Charles Murnier, Louisville; Mr. Robert L. Glass, New York City; Mr. Thomas M. Woodruff, Lexington: Mr. B. B. Bean, Lexington; Mr. M. C. Miller, Lexington; Mr. Lafon Riker, Lexing­ton; Mrs. B. W. Robin­son, Akron O.; Mrs. J. T. Smith, East Liver­pool, O.; Mrs. Theodora Tunis, Lexington; Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Curry, Lexington; Mr. Claude E. Ford, Cincinnati; Mrs. Pierce Adkins, Cincinna­ti, Mr. W. T. Curry, Covington; Miss Kate Mayes, Mrs. R. Wharton, Mr. and Mrs. Sebe Mayes, Springfield.

Zeletta Graveson Curry, 1863-1943.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, May 28, 1943

Mrs. Zeletta Graveson Curry, widow of Mr. George Alfred Curry, died at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, May 26, 1943, at her home, Diamond Point, following a heart attack at 4 o’clock that morning. She was the daughter of William and Lettie Smith Graveson, formerly of Cincinnati, but had resided here since her marriage when 19 years old and was one of this city’s most valuable citizens, leading in club, social and church activities with the culture of the true gentlewoman. The funeral will be at 2:30 this afternoon at the United Presbyterian church, conducted by her pastor, Dr. John W. Carpenter, assisted by Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, pastor of the Harrodsburg Christian church. Burial will be in Spring Hill cemetery.

She is survived by a close friend, Miss Clara Chappelle, who resided with her; devoted relatives of her husband, T. Curry Dedman and family, Misses Bessie and Nell Dedman, Harrodsburg, Mrs. C. E. Ford, Mrs. Verna Walker and John E. Curry, Cincinnati, and Mr. Glave Curry, Beechwood, Ind., cousins, Wilson Smith, East Liverpool, O.; Misses Ella and Grace Graveson, Cincinnati, Mrs. Andrew S. Robinson, and Mrs. John Pflueger, Akron, Ohio, and a few more distant relatives.

Mrs. Curry was active and valuable in many civic organizations. She was a charter member of the Harrodsburg Library and served as chairman of its board for 14 years, and continually in its service since its founding about 40 years ago; a charter member of the Woman’s Club of Harrodsburg organized in 1911, serving two terms as its president and always active in its work; ex-president of the Past Presidents club; former treasurer of the Kentucky State Federation of Woman’s Clubs. In 1940 when the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs observed its 50th anniversary, Mrs. Curry was awarded the medal by the organization for “the woman who had the longest and most outstanding record of leadership in club work.” She began her club activities in 1895.

Mrs. Curry was a member of the Jane McAfee Chapter, D. A. R. and held many offices in the organization. She was faithful in the activities of the Presbyterian church and the woman’s auxiliary, and for a long period of years she was the teacher of the Young Women’s Bible Class of her Sunday school. She was also a member of the Danville Business and Professional Women’s Club, and member of the Woman’s Council for Girl Reserve. Her community interests covered all charitable and civic movements for good, and the day before her passing she gave a generous portion of her time, as was her custom, to making surgical dressings at the Red Cross room at the Armory.

Her pall bearers will be Charles M. Dedman, T. Curry Dedman, Jr., William H. Riker, Charles N. Riker, Arthur Bonta, Charles A. Davis, Ralph Davenport and Errol W. Draffen.


Three Photos By John M. Webb

I share with you today three photographs taken by John M. Webb in Columbiana, Ohio.  John was born in 1850 in Ohio, and at the age of 41 married Dora Ink.  The couple had three children, two who lived to adulthood, Gladys and Lemuel.

This family photograph was taken in the mid 1880’s, due to the style of the woman’s dress – and the black background on the card.  Sweet little children.

How lovely!  The dress is made from a beautiful material – possibly satin?  This photo was taken in 1890 due to the color of the card, and the gold filigree line just under the photograph.

The back of the card, which sports a full imprint and design with the photographers name, is also indicative of 1890.  The other two photos have no imprint or design on back.

This photo can be dated to the early 1890’s.  The woman’s sleeves are just starting to have the puffy effect that at the end of the decade would transform into the huge leg o’ mutton sleeves.  Also, embossing around the edge of the card points us to this date.