Mrs. Margaret Robertson Bettis Obituary

img_5080Margaret Robertson Bettis, 1863-1911.  Cemetery Hill, Washington County, Kentucky.

from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, September 7, 1911

Death of Mrs. Bettis

Mrs. Margaret Bettis died at Dr. McChords Hospital in Lebanon on Wednesday of last week after a long illness.  Prior to her marriage she was Miss Margaret Robertson and a daughter of the late William J. and Lucy Robertson.  She was born near Springfield on April 12, 1863, and grew to womanhood here.  Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian Church on last Friday by Rev. R. E. C. Lawson, and burial was in Cemetery Hill.  She is survived by the following, Messrs. Charles D. and William K. Robertson, Mrs. Sallie Selecman, Mrs. Mollie Mayes, of this county, and Mrs. Maria Booker, of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mrs. Bettis was a very estimable woman, being kind and charitable to all.  She was beloved by a large circle of friends who mourn their loss.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and took an active interest in all church work.

[Margaret Robertson married R. L. Bettis February 23, 1887.]

Joseph Lindsay’s 1782 Will

These wills from the early days of the beginning of our state, when it was still a district of the state of Virginia, are very interesting to read.  I can’t help but wonder, since Joseph Lindsay said he was in perfect health, if he wasn’t soon to leave to fight in the Indian wars of this time period, and that was why he wrote his will.  It says in the court information that John Ray was the only surviving witness – perhaps John Kennedy was also a soldier in that same fight, and lost his life in battle.  Doesn’t it make you realize how dangerous those early days were for those brave settlers who came from established states to be part of the early history of the state of Kentucky?  After doing a bit more research I can answer my own question – yes these two men were killed August 19, 1782, at the Battle of Blue Licks.  There is a marker in Robertson County that lists those involved in the battle.  Joseph Lindsay and John Kennedy are both listed as ‘killed’.  Joseph Lindsay’s wife Ann Kennedy, was a sister to John Kennedy.

Taken from Lincoln County Will Book 1, pages 6 and 7.

lindsay-will-1I, Joseph Lindsay, of Lincoln County and State of Virginia, being in perfect health and sound in memory, do make and constitute this to be my last will and testament.  First I recommend my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner and my soul I recommend to God who gave it, nothing doubting but I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God.  And touching my worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and bequeath to my  loving wife Ann Lindsay the whole of movable estate and Negroes now in my possession or to become in my possession by any bargain heretofore made and all money that may be due me for public services, also one hundred pounds due me by bond from Samuel Lindsay, also one thousand acres of land laying in the forks of Elkhorn obtained by certificate from the Commissioner of the district of Kentucky, granted to Fulton Lindsay and conveyed to me by a bill of sale from said Lindsay baring date 12th day of April, 1781.  The said Ann is to pay Fulton Lindsay, Jr., at the time he arrives to the age of twenty-one, two hundred pounds provided she obtains a legal title for the same, also to pay of the heirs of William Page, deceased.  Secondly I give and bequeath to Joseph Lindsay, junior son to William Lindsay, my own titlement and five hundred acres of my preemption adjoining the same to him and his heirs forever.  Thirdly I give and bequeath to Fulton Thomson the other five hundred acres of my preemption, joining Joseph Lindsay’s land.  And fourthly I bequeath to Lindsay Thomson a state warrant of four hundred acres, joining Robert Thomson’s preemption.  Fifthly I allow and bequeath to my brother, Arthur Lindsay, four hundred acres of land entered on a state warrant in his own name, joining his own settlement of four hundred acres to him and


his heirs forever.  And I appoint my wife, Ann Lindsay, and my brother, William Lindsay, executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness I have set my hand and seal this 11th July, 1782.

Joseph Lindsay

Witnesses present, John Kennedy, John Ray

At a Court held for Lincoln County the 21st of January, 1783

This instrument of writing was exhibited in Court as the last will and testament of Joseph Lindsay, deceased, and proved by the oath of John Ray, the only surviving witness and ordered to be recorded.

Test. William May, Clerk

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John A. Buttram Biography

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

Edmonson County

John A. Buttram, son of William and Jenny (Parker) Buttram, was born January 27, 1849, in Scott County, Tennessee.  His parents, also natives of Scott County, had a family of seven boys and three girls, of whom John A. is the fourth son.  William Buttram was a farmer, and a son of James and Gillie (Keetin) Buttram), who were of Irish and Dutch descent respectively.  John A. was reared on a farm, and at the age of fourteen enlisted in Company H, Fifty-Second Kentucky Federal Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war.  He then engaged in farming about one and a half miles from his present place, in Edmonson County.  February 20, 1865, he married Sarah A. Johnson, daughter of John and Mary (Wells) Johnson, and to their union have been born Laura J., Mary E., William D., Edward V., Benjamin C., Marcellus A., Jesse A. and Junietta (deceased).  Mrs. Buttram is a member of the Baptist Church.  Mr. Buttram has held the offices of marshal, constable and deputy sheriff of Edmonson County, and is now serving as assessor.  He owns 140 acres of land, seventy of which are under cultivation, and conducts a saw and grist-mill.  He cast his first presidential vote for General Grant.

Frank Casteel and Martha White Marriage License and Return

Frank Casteel and Martha White were married in Washington County, Kentucky, October 7, 1875.  Frank was the son of William Casteel and Rebecca Armstrong.  Martha was the daughter of John L. White and Margaret Whitten.  John White died during the Civil War, leaving five children; Martha was the oldest.

scan_pic0281State of Kentucky, Washington County

To any minister of the Gospel or other person legally authorized to solemnize matrimony.  You are permitted to solemnize the rites of marriage between Frank P. Casteel and Martha White.  The requirements of the law having been complied with.  Witness my signature as clerk of the aforesaid county court on this 7th day of October A.D. 1875

W. F. Booker, Clerk, per C. W. Royalty, Deputy Clerk

Marriage Certificate

This is to certify that on the 7th day of October 1875 the rites of matrimony was legally solemnized by me between Frank P. Casteel and Martha White at the house of Margaret White, in the County of Washington, in the presence of Henry Keeling, William Keeling.

Jesse T. Robinson


Ransom C. and Mary F. Hazelip Buried at Smiths Grove Cemetery

img_6101This beautiful stone stands in the small cemetery of Smiths Grove in Warren County, Kentucky.  I was fascinated not only by the stone, but the name.

The Hazelip’s gravestone is covered in symbolism.  The ferns at the bottom symbolize humility, frankness and sincerity.  Ferns are generally found deep in the forest, and only by those who honestly search.  The laurel wreath at the top represents victory or immortality.  Since this gentleman was a member of the Union army during the Civil War, it could be either.  And the drape at the top is the division between earth and heaven.

hazelip-cwRansom C. Hazelip, as mentioned before, fought for the Union during the Civil War.  He did not request a pension until July 14, 1890, when he was considered an invalid.  There are two companies listed, G11 Ky Infantry and B35 Ky Infantry, which makes me think he must have been in the war for quite a long time – perhaps the entire four years.

On July 27, 1865, just a few months after the war, Ransom married Mary F. Murphey in Barren County, Kentucky.  Evidently they moved to Edmonson County since they are located there per the 1870 Census.  Ransom is listed as 37, a merchant; Mary F., 24; Mary M., 10; and William W., 4.  Do you see the problem?  Mary M. is listed as a daughter, but Mary F. would have been only 14 at the time of her birth.  Possible, but not likely, especially since we have the marriage date of 1865.  This must be a daughter from an earlier marriage; perhaps her mother died during the war – or from childbirth.

In 1880 the family is living in Smiths Grove, in Warren County.  The census for that county gives R. C., 46, banker, father born in North Carolina, mother born in Virginia.  Mary F., 34; Mary M., 19; Willie W., 14; Myrtle, 9; and Edna, 2.  The census was taken June 6, 1880, and just 13 days later little Edna died.  I do not have a photo of her stone, but it reads, ‘Our Pet, Edna Gertrude, born at Brownsville, Kentucky, August 28, 1878, died at Smiths Grove, Kentucky, June 19, 1880.’

img_6102Ransom C. Hazelip, born April 20, 1838, died October 8, 1898.  Smiths Grove Cemetery, Warren County, Kentucky.

Ransom died at the age of 60 in 1898.  In his will he first mentions his daughter, Mary, wife of John S. Jackson, of Kansas City, Missouri.  Even though he calls her his daughter she is to receive one half the bequest of the other children, since she is half-blood to the children of his wife Mary F.  I can’t say that I have run across this situation before, and am not sure why it was written as such.  His wife, Mary F., is also listed, as well as his brother, D. W. Hazelip, son William W. Hazelip, and daughter Myrtle Bassett.  In the lengthy will he stipulates several times that his bequests are to be under the control of his daughters, not their husbands.

img_6103Mary F. Hazelip, born November 25, 1845, died November 7, 1930.

Mary F. Hazelip lived another 32 years!  Instead of having clasped hands, as on her husband’s side of the stone, representing marriage, the hand on her side points up and says, ‘Gone home’!  It was time.


Elizabeth Slaughter Obituary


G. M. Slaughter, July 13, 1839 – February 16, 1894.  Elizabeth, his wife, November 4, 1843 – June 1, 1911.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 9, 1911

Mrs. Gabriel Slaughter, a prominent woman of Oregon, this county, died at her home last Thursday afternoon, aged sixty-five. She was one of the most beloved women of that section, and for many years had been a devoted member of the Salvisa Presbyterian church and lived the life of a consecrated Christian. The funeral services were held at the home on Saturday, conducted by Dr. Harvey Glass and the interment was in Providence cemetery. She leaves a family of six married children.