Seven Depart This Life November 27, 1913

When searching newspapers for information on pioneer families I found this list of seven people who died on the same day, November 27, 1913.  Two are listed as members of pioneer families, Mrs. Mary Pearce Dodd and Austin P. Speed.  Two were German immigrants, August Moeller and Simon Schoening, who came to this country at an early age, both 82 years of age at the time of their deaths.  Two were railroad men, Captain Wilmer Ridgway and Frank Hanke.  James Graham, a much younger man, was a boilermaker. 

Louisville was already a large city 105 years ago.  In the 1910 census the city was home to 223,928 people.  The hub on the Ohio was where many came from more rural areas to seek their fortunes and become immersed in the large community.  Within the last hundred years or so the population has tripled.

Cave Hill Cemetery is located at 701 Baxter Avenue in Louisville, originally the old farm of the Johnston family.  In 1846 the cemetery began and from the start was considered to be a garden cemetery.  It is quite beautiful.  I had a short 30 minutes or so in this cemetery about ten or twelve years ago. 

St. Louis Cemetery is located at 1167 Barret Avenue, Louisville.  In 1811 it was located behind the original St. Louis Church at 10th and Main Streets.  The church was relocated in 1831, the gravesites were moved to the Catholic section of Western Cemetery.  The present St. Louis Cemetery was opened in 1867.  About 48,000 are buried there.  This cemetery is on my list to visit.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, November 28, 1913

Death Quick

Mrs. Mary Pearce Dodd Victim of Heart Attack

Stricken as She Was Preparing for Visit

Austin P. Speed Succumbs to Bright’s Disease

Day’s Necrology List

Mrs. Mary Pearce Dodd, widow of John L. Dodd, who was a leading Louisville attorney, died of heart disease at 12:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at her residence, 1375 South Fourth Street.  Although she had been in ill health several years, her death came as a shock.  She was stricken Wednesday morning as she was preparing to go to Henderson to spend Thanksgiving.  Her condition did not appear serious until midnight, when she lapsed into unconsciousness.

Mrs. Dodd was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1860.  She was the daughter of Charles and Maria Schultz Pearce, a pioneer family.  She attended school at Maysville and at Cincinnati.  In 1883 she was married to John L. Dodd.  She is survived by one son, John L. Dodd, who is a student at the Culver Military Academy; three brothers, Charles D. Pearce, of Louisville, president of the Citizens National Life Insurance Company; Edward Pearce, of Lexington, and Crit Pearce, of the Treasury Department at Washington, D.C.; two nieces, Mrs. Thomas McGoodwin, of Birmingham, and Mrs. Marie Dodd Semple, of Louisville, and one nephew, C. Pearce Dodd, of Louisville.

Mrs. Dodd was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church during the entire time of her residence in Louisville and was a prominent religious worker.  She was of quiet and retiring disposition, but a faithful contributor to all charitable causes.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at the residence.  Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Austin P. Speed Dead

Member of One of Kentucky’s Pioneer Families

Austin P. Speed, formerly a prominent coal dealer of Louisville and a member of one of Kentucky’s pioneer families, died of Bright’s disease at his home, 417 Park Avenue, at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Mr. Speed had been ill several months, and his death was not unexpected.

He was a native of Nelson County and a son of Thomas S. Speed.  At the age of 17 years Mr. Speed came to Louisville where he completed his education, and later engaged in the coal business as a member of the firm of Byrne & Speed.  Later Mr. Speed engaged in mining coal until three years ago, when he was forced to retire on account of ill health.  He was well known in business circles in Louisville and was closely connected with the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

His widow, Mrs. Georgia A. Speed, and one son, Goodwin Speed, of Montana, survive him.  One brother, Hanan Speed, of Oklahoma, and one sister, Miss Louise Speed, of Indianapolis, also survive.  Mr. Speed was a brother of the late Thomas Speed, clerk of the United States Court.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow morning.  Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery.

August Moeller Dies At 82

Fall Believed to Have Hastened Retired Furniture Dealer’s End

August Moeller, 82 years old, a wealthy furniture dealer, died of senility at his residence, 225 North Seventeenth Street, at 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  A fall down a stairway in his home two weeks ago, while not causing any noticeable injury, is thought to have hastened his death.

Mr. Moeller retired from business thirty years ago.  During his residence of seventy-four years in Louisville he had made eleven trips back to Hanover, Germany, his native land.  He was planning to make another ocean journey to his fatherland in the early spring.

Coming to Louisville at the age of 8 years, Mr. Moeller entered the furniture business when a young man.  At his retirement he was one of the officers of the Kentucky Furniture Company.

He married Miss Catherine Hart in 1849.  She died twenty-five years ago.  Mr. Moeller is survived by three sons, H. C., W. H. and E. A. Moeller, all of Louisville, and four daughters, Misses Augusta, Emma and Anna Moeller, of this city, and Mrs. Robert Lenz, of Mack, Colorado.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.

Captain Wilmer Ridgway

The death of Captain Wilmer Ridgway, veteran conductor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, was made known to Louisville friends yesterday through a telegram from Olive Hill, Kentucky, where he had gone for a week’s vacation.  The message stated that he had been stricken suddenly with heart failure while hunting.

Captain Ridgway was 50 years old and had been running between Louisville and Ashland for many years.  He retained a residence both at Ashland and Louisville.  At the latter place he made his home at the Preston Hotel, rooming with Captain J. D. Burch, a lifelong friend and a fellow conductor on the Chesapeake & Ohio.

He had a wide acquaintance among the traveling public.  He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, Shriners and Blue Lodge Masons.  His wife survives him.  Funeral services will be held at Olive Hill Saturday.

Frank Hanke

Frank Hanke, 67 years old, died at his home, 816 South Shelby Street, at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon of heart disease.  Mr. Hanke was a native of Indiana but had lived the greater part of his life in Louisville.  He was employed by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company.  He is survived by three sons and one daughter.  Funeral services will be held at the residence at 8:30 o’clock Monday morning and at 9 o’clock at St. Martin’s Church.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.

Simon Schoening

Simon Schoening, 82 years old, a retired shoe merchant, died of senility at 9 o’clock last night, at his home, 1973 Deer Park.  He was a native of Lippe Detmold, Germany, and came to America in 1858.  For many years he was connected with a shoe industry at Eighteenth and Jefferson Streets, but retired from active business about twenty years ago.  Mr. Schoening is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna Schoening, and two daughters, Misses Emma and Minnie Schoening.  Funeral arrangements have not been made.

James Graham

James Graham, a boilermaker, 34 years old, died at his home in Berry Boulevard early yesterday morning after a short illness of a complication of diseases.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Clara Graham.  Funeral services will be held at the resident at 2 o’clock this afternoon.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.

A Walk Through The Winchester Cemetery – Clark County

The small town of Winchester has a beautiful cemetery.  I find all cemeteries fascinating – thinking about the people who are buried there, what their lives were like, in what time periods they lived, what historic events happened while they were living on this earth.  Today I share a few photos from our visit of April 23, 2014.

Andrew Hood died November 16, 1859, in his 64 year.  (Born in 1795).

Charlotte F. Buckner, born November 23, 1815, died January 12, 1884.

Mary Skinner, born 1807, died February 12, 1879.

Harrison Eubank, died September 7, 1857, aged 63 years.  (Born in 1794).

My dear husband.  Marcus C. Evans, born January 13, 1806, died February 16, 1864.

Mollie Evans, born December 4, 1775, died January 9, 1863.

Elizabeth Byrd, born July 16, 1788, died December 13, 1874.

Lincoln County Pioneer Families – Woods

Interior Journal, Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky

Tuesday, July 22, 1952

Lincoln County Pioneer Families

By H. W. Mills

Woods Family

The Woods family of Virginia and Kentucky descends from the immigrant, Michael Woods.  Of him, Rev. Edgar Woods, in his History of Albemarle County, Virginia, states (page 351):  ‘The first Woods who settled in Albemarle was Michael, who was born in the North of Ireland in 1684, and with his wife, Mary Campbell, and most of his children, came to this country sometime in the decade of 1720.  Landing on the banks of the Delaware, he spent some years in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, thence ascended the Valley of Virginia, and crossed the Blue Ridge by Woods’ Gap in 1734.  In 1737 he entered more than 1300 acres on Mechum’s River and Lickinghole, and the same day purchased 2000 acres patented two years before by Charles Hudson and situated on the head waters of Ivy Creek.  It is believed he was the first settler in western Albemarle, and perhaps anywhere along the east foot of the Blue Ridge in Virginia.  His home was near the mouth of Wood’s Gap.  He died in 1762 and was interred in the family burying ground about a hundred yards from the dwelling.  His tombstone was standing just after the Civil War, when it was broken to pieces and disappeared; but a fragment discovered a few years ago indicated the year of his birth.  His will is on record, in which are mentioned three sons and three daughters, Archibald, John, William, Sarah the wife of Joseph Lapsley of Rockbridge, Hannah, the wife of William Wallace, and Margaret, the wife of Andrew Wallace.’

(It is said that Michael Woods, the immigrant, was son of John Woods of Scotland, and his wife, Elizabeth Worsopp, the latter a descendant of Sir Adam Lohos, Archbishop of Ireland.  Tradition is that Mary Campbell, wife of Michael Woods, was of the Duke of Argyle line.)

Captain John Woods (son of Michael, the immigrant), was born February 19, 1712, and died October 14, 1791.  He married Susanna Anderson, daughter of Rev. James Anderson, whom he knew as a child in Pennsylvania.  Their children were as follows:

  1. Michael Woods, married Esther Carothers; removed from Albemarle County to Nelson County, Virginia; children: William M., Mary (married Hugh Barclay); Susan (married Nathaniel Massie); John, James and Samuel.
  2. James Woods (born 1748; died 1823), was an officer in the American Revolution. He married Mary Garland, daughter of James Garland of Albemarle County, and removed to Lincoln (now Garrard) County, Kentucky, where they reared a family of 12 children.
  3.  Susan Woods, married Daniel Miller, and removed to Kentucky.
  4. Mary Woods, married John Reid.
  5. Luty Woods (born February 29, 1752; died March 26, 1823, Garrard County, Kentucky) married on September 9, 1779, to Samuel Reid, born January 25, 1754; died November 26, 1835, in Garrard County, Kentucky. Their children:  1) Alexander; 2) Mary, 3) James; 4) Susanna; 5) John, born October 25, 1783, Hustonville, Kentucky, died there October 3, 1861; married April 10, 1810, Jane Murrell, born October 6, 1787; died September 15, 1850, daughter of Col. George Murrell, member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1799 and Kentucky Senate, 1813, and had issue:  Amanda, James, George, Eliza, Sarah, Samuel, William and John.  John Murrell, born November 16, 1823; died March 13, 1895, married Elizabeth Ann Devonshire Hays, born November 26, 1830; died December 18, 1911, and had issue:  Frances, Dr. Hugh, James Campbell, Elizabeth and Mary.

(Authorities:  Woods’ History of Albemarle County, Virginia; Morton’s History of Rockbridge County, Virginia; family notes from a descendant in Kansas; records from Miss Esther Burch, Stanford, Kentucky.)

More on the Wood’s family in the coming days.

Russell – Lyons Marriage License and Certificate – Mercer County

Marriage License

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

To any Minister of the Gospel, or other Person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony

You are permitted to solemnize the rites of Matrimony between Isaac Russell and Zurah Lyons the requirements of the law having been complied with.

Witness my signature as Clerk of Mercer County Court, this 5th day of October 1866.

                         Ben C. Allin, Clerk by C. W. Allin, D.C.

Marriage Certificate

This is to Certify that on the 7th day of October 1866, the Rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me, between Isaac Russell and Zurah Lyons at Zachariah Lyons in the County of Mercer, Kentucky, in the presence of Letcher McCowan, George Burrus and Peter Davis.

Signed, Robert A. Nelson



Crawford and Ewing Families in Mercer, Washington, Boyle and Marion Counties

Cyrus Crawford, born December 3, 1802, died September 23, 1855.  Mahala F., daughter of Harrison and Ruth Walker, & wife of Cyrus Crawford, born April 1, 1811, died January 22, 1857.  They were married May 25, 1837.  Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.Samuel Crawford, born November 4, 1787, died August 14, 1868.

In the Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, there are graves of two brothers – Samuel and Cyrus Crawford – and their wives.  The brothers were the sons of Thomas Crawford and Mary Ewing, both from Chester County, Pennsylvania.  When they moved to this area Boyle was still part of Mercer County, not becoming a county until 1842.  Both Crawford and Ewing families moved to Kentucky, settling in Mercer and Washington, and after the formation of Boyle and Marion, some families were in the areas that became the two new counties.  The two families intermarried – Samuel Crawford married his first cousin, Catherine Ewing, daughter of Samuel Ewing and Margaret McMichael.  Samuel’s brother Thomas married Catherine’s sister, Rebecca.

Samuel Crawford, born November 14, 1787, died August 14, 1863.

Catherine, wife of Samuel Crawford, born March 21, 1790, died July 10, 1861, aged 71 years, 3 months, 19 days.

Since there are so many intertwined marriages, and these families are so interesting, I checked the Mercer County marriages for any with these two names.

  • James Crawford married Catherine Miller, December 7, 1794. Bondsman, William Crawford.  Bride’s parents, John and Sarah Miller.
  • John Crawford married Ethe Jones, December 7, 1796. Bride’s father, Mason Jones.
  • William Crawford married Mary Pryor, May 18, 1798. Bride’s father, John Pryor.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Reilly, November 8, 1798. Bride’s parents, Barnabas and Anne Reilly.
  • Thomas Ewing married Margaret Tilford, June 1, 1790.
  • William Ewing married Margaret Paulson, December 24, 1790. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford, who certifies the bride is 21.
  • Jesse Durham married Elizabeth Ewing, March 5, 1810. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford, March 21, 1808. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • Nathan H. Hall married Ann Crawford, July 14, 1807. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • John McAfee married Margaret Ewing, February 27, 1798. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • George Crawford married Elizabeth Embree, March 15, 1815.
  • James Crawford married Judith wood, February 10, 1812. Bride’s father, James Woods.
  • John Crawford married Abigail McFatrich, April 1, 1824. Bondsman, William E. Crawford.  Daughter of William and Abigail (Steen) McFatrich.
  • Samuel Crawford married Catherine Ewing, November 4, 1814. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • Thomas Crawford married Rebecca Ewing, May 6, 1816. Bondsman, Samuel Crawford.
  • Thomas Crawford, Jr., married Sarah Shearl, July 6, 1824.
  • Thomas J. Crawford married Margaret Crawford, March 4, 1816. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • William Crawford married Jane Vandike, July 24, 1822.
  • Baker F. Ewing married Sarah M. Durham, November 11, 1823. Bondsman, John L. Ewing.
  • John Ewing married Betsy may, October 30, 1817.
  • John Bohon married Mary Crawford, October 7, 1818. Bondsman, William Crawford, makes oath his sister Polly is 21 years old.
  • Jacob Crow married Mary Crawford, February 26, 1820. Bride’s Father, Thomas Crawford.  W. E. Crawford.
  • William McElroy married Catherine Crawford, February 2, 1811. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • George Stevenson married Margaret Crawford, April 16, 1811. Bride’s mother, Eleanor Crawford.  Hugh Crawford.

Washington County Marriages

  • a. Crawford married A. P. Flournoy, January 31, 1884.
  • Leroy Crawford married Josephine Patix, July 3, 1883.
  • John Crawford married Sarah McElroy, March 10, 1817.
  • Thomas Crawford married Laura Durham, October 18,1876.
  • E. Crawford married Mary Gum, June 2, 1887.
  • William Crawford married Susanna Graves, February 8, 1859.
  • William E. Crawford married Esther McElroy, November 23, 1825.
  • Charles Ewing married Henrietta Hayden, February 19, 1805.
  • Henry Ewing married Susan Grundy, September 23, 1824.
  • F. Ewing married Margaret E. Creager, April 18, 1862.
  • James C. Ewing married Mattie E. Short, May 14, 1874.
  • James Ewing married Mary Wicker, October 22, 1833.
  • James Ewing married Sally Clark, March 5, 1823.
  • James T. Ewing married Jennie D. Brown, March 25, 1885.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Kelly, November 1798.
  • John T. Ewing married Amanda Thompson, January 2, 1855.
  • Samuel Ewing married Sarena White, October 12, 11864.
  • Samuel Ewing married Susan Lewis, December 9, 1821.
  • William Y. Ewing married Ann Reid, October 12, 1810.
  • Daniel Edelen married Julia Crawford, December 12, 1876.
  • Edelen married Charlotte Crawford, September 3, 1874.
  • Gabriel E. Nall married Maria T. Crawford, February 10, 1851.
  • John W. Skeins married Lavinia Crawford, March 17, 1863.
  • John O. Ball married Margaret Ewing, May 27, 1844.
  • George W. Bates married Mary E. Ewing, February 6, 1850.
  • Craven Belcher married Margaret Ewing, August 1798.
  • Dabney C. Cosby married Lydia Ewing, April 29, 1813.
  • William Edmondson married Martha Ewing, December 8, 1831.
  • Levi Funk married Sarah Ewing, September 15, 1827.
  • Thomas Head married Anne Ewing, November 29, 1814.
  • John Huff married Mariah Ewing, May 13, 1840.
  • Charles Norris married Nancy Ewing, January 10, 1822.
  • John N. Nourse married Rachel C. Ewing, May 8, 1828.
  • George W. Parrish married Arena F. Ewing, June 14, 1877.
  • John C. Riley married Mary Ewing, December 21, 1820.
  • William E. Riley married Elizabeth Ann Ewing, April 20, 1846.
  • Samuel Rubles married Susanna Ewing, May 19, 1858.
  • Daniel Thompson married Polly Ewing, May 13, 1813.

More information about these families will be forthcoming.

Birthday Celebration of Civil War Veteran

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 20, 1911

Old Soldiers

Civil War Veterans at Perryville Celebrate the Birthday of a Comrade.

Last Friday at Perryville there was a gathering of gray-haired men that should go down in history.  The occasion was the sixty-eighth birthday of Mr. G. M. Hardy, and it was a reunion of the remnant of the Civil War veterans at that place – gallant men who were in their prime when the great battle of Perryville was fought, October 8, 1862.

One by one the warriors who took part in that strife are starting on their last long march, and the world-spent comrades left behind will not be long in joining the ranks.  Powder and gun-shot and battle-cry seemed far removed from the gentle old men who circled the board, but the fire in their breasts only smoldered, for camp tale and war story stirred them like a bugle call, and many reminiscences and personal experiences of those by-gone days made them forget that the snow was on their temples and the spring of youth was gone from their feet.  Of the memories awakened some brought laughter, but many a tale there was that brought tears for a fallen comrade, or one, who later on, dropped out of the ranks and started along, silently, on that long, lonesome march.  The day was one never to be forgotten by the grizzled veterans and their wives, who were once the girlish sweethearts of these ‘soldier boys.’

Not many years from now there will be another reunion, not of the little handful, but of a larger number and it will be in the ‘land that is fairer than day.’

The veterans who enjoyed the elegant dinner and helped Mr. Hardy to celebrate his birthday were Messrs. I. L. DeBaun, aged 81; Captain Whitehouse, 77; E. Harmons, 67; J. H. Minor, 70; L. A. Pipes, 69; J. W. Isom, 68; Napoleon Gabhart, 66; W. R. Myers, 66; Nelson Dunsmore, 73.  Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mayes delighted the guests with old time music and songs.

1844 Will of Cornelius C. Vanarsdall – Mercer County

The 12 of November 1803.  Sir, Please to grant Cornelius C. Vanarsdall license to marry my daughter, Catherine, as I have no objection from me.  Peter Huff.  To Thomas Allin Clerk of Mercer County.  Abraham Huff, Francis Waldrin.

Cornelius C. Vanarsdall is the son of Cornelius A. Vanarsdall and Janet Baird.  He married Catherine Huff, daughter of Peter Huff and Mary Brokaw, November 12, 1803, in Mercer County.  Both families were originally from New Jersey.  Both fathers were in the Revolutionary War.

Will Book 12, Page 171-172, Mercer County

I, Cornelius C. Vanarsdall, of the County of Mercer and State of Kentucky, being at this time weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of all living do ordain and establish this instrument of writing as my last will and testament.

1st.  I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, trusting alone in my Redeemer for Salvation, and my body to be decently buried by my executors to be hereafter named.

2nd.  It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid out of debts due or sale of stock.

3rd.  It is my will that my wife remains in the use and occupancy of my farm and house during her natural life for the purpose of raising and educating my four youngest children and also retain all my household and kitchen furniture and as much of my farming utensils as she may need to keep in cultivation my farm and as my four youngest sons come of age severally they shall each receive three hundred dollars to be paid by my executors out of the proceeds of my farm If so much

if not out of my estate.

4th.  It is my further will that my executor shall sell all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and other stock and personal property which may not be necessary to cultivate the farm and be necessary for food and milk for my family, to be selected at the discretion of my wife and the appraisers of my estate and out of the proceeds to pay my son, Thomas, one thousand dollars when he comes of age.

5th.  My blacks are to remain with my wife to help cultivate my farm or she may hire out any she chooses to help raise money to pay the above legacies.

6th.  In case any of my children should marry during the life of my wife she shall give each a bed and furniture, bureau, two cows and calves and sheep such as my other children who are married have received.

7th.  My three oldest sons, Abraham, Peter and Simon, have each received one thousand dollars which they aided in making which together with the three hundred dollars willed to my four youngest sons has allowed them over and above the equal division provided for in the next clause of this writing.

8th.  After the above legacies are provided for and after the decease of my wife, all my estate both real and personal, including blacks, are to be sold and equally divided between all my children, including grandchildren who are to take per stirpes their parents’ shares.  The land may be sold by my executors or the survivor or survivors of them in one or more tracts or such reasonable credit as they may choose and they or either of them are hereby authorized to convey the same in fee simple to the purchaser or purchasers as soon as paid for.

9th.  It is my wish and intention that my unmarried children shall live on my farm in my house with their mother as they have heretofore done and the household furniture, kitchen furniture and farming utensils, horses, cattle, hogs and sheep which may be necessary to cultivate the farm and furnish food for the family to be set apart by my wife and the appraisers, shall be in her hands to provide for my young unmarried children and aid in her support and help pay the legacies to my four youngest boys.

10th.  It is my wish that out of the proceeds of my farm, my wife and executors shall send my granddaughter, Kiturah, to school and clothe her until she is well educated, and I hereby desire that my son Abraham

shall attend to this business as her guardian.

11th.  I hereby appoint my sons Abraham and Peter my executors of this my last will and testament.  Witness my hand and seal this 7th day of September 1844.

Cornelius C. Vanarsdall

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of John A. Tomlinson, Thomas Clelland, Robert B. McAfee

Mercer County, October County Court 1844

The last will and testament of C. C. Vanarsdall, deceased, was this day produced into court and proved by the oaths of Thomas Clelland and Robert B. McAfee, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Attest.  Thomas Allin, C.C.