John Bodine – Caty Parker 1797 Washington County Marriage

Scan192Know all men by these presents, that we, John Bodine and Isaac Nandwender, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 24th day of July, 1797.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound John Bodine and Caty Parker, for which a license has issued, now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

John Bodine, Isaac Nandwender

Witness, Moses Rice

Scan193July 24, 1797

This is to certify that I do not object to license being granted to John Bodine for the intended marriage of himself and my daughter Caty Parker.  Given under my hand the date above mentioned.

Richard Parker

Teste – Mary Parker, Isaac Nandwender

to Mr. John Read, C. C.

Washington County, Kentucky

New Kindle Book – Gethsemani Abbey Public Cemetery List

GethsemaniA new Kindle book available at Amazon – Gethsemani Abbey Public Cemetery List.  In the early days of the abbey, located in rural Nelson County, Kentucky, the families that lived around it were very involved there – working there at times, going to church there, and many wanted to be buried there.  It is such a beautiful place!  The land in front of the abbey was used as a cemetery for these families, while the monks were buried in an area behind the abbey walls.  This is a list of 287 people buried there, with birth and death dates (when available), and other information.

Captain Darwin Bell Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1884

Christian County

Captain Darwin Bell

Among the many hospitable and genial men of Christian County, there are none to be found more companionable that the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch.  He was born, January 1, 1828, in the first house reared in Christian county, Kentucky, where James Davis made his pioneer settlement.  His father, Dr. John F. Bell, was born in Orange County, Virginia, in 1796; removed to Christian County, Kentucky, in 1810, where he died in 1878; he was a prominent physician of extensive information, and in his life amassed a fine property.  Dr. John F. Bell was the son of Captain John Bell, a Revolutionary soldier of Orange County, Virginia, who died in 1805, at the age of sixty-eight years.  Captain John was the son of William Bell, of Orange County, where he died.  William was the son of John Bell, who emigrated from Ireland in an early day.  Subject’s mother, Catherine B. Bocock, daughter of Douglas and Mildred Bocock, of Albemarle County, Virginia, was born in 1805, and died in Christian County, Kentucky, in 1838.  To her and her husband, Dr. John F. Bell, were born:  Elizabeth M., John H., subject, Evelina M. (Quarles), Fannie S. (Henry), Cincinnatus D., Catherine B. and Mary A. (Henry).  Subject was married, December 28, 1857, to Miss Mary W., daughter of Charles H. Meriwether, of Albemarle County, Virginia, and to them have been born:  Catherine E. (Manson), Gilmer M., Margaret (Williams) and John F.  Captain Bell’s educational advantages were of the best that the county afforded, and he has continued his habits as a student, having a fine and extensive library, until he is regarded by others as one of the best posted men in southern Kentucky.  At the age of eighteen years, in 1847, Mr. Bell enlisted in Company A., Texas Rangers, Chevallier’s Battalion, at San Antonio, and entered General Taylor’s army, and remained in service until July, 1848, when he was mustered out at Camargo, Mexico.  In 1861 he entered, as Lieutenant, Company A., 1st Kentucky Cavalry, and was soon promoted to the rank of Captain, which position he held until the end of the late war.

Samuel Montague Fassett – Chicago Photographer

Scan191 1This is a lovely example of an early 1860’s Civil War fashion.  The skirt is huge – with a high waist and very full at the waistline.  By the mid 1860’s the waist was a bit lower and not as full, the material slim at the waist, with the full material billowing down to the feet – or sometimes gored, with an A shape gore in the center, with a generous gore at either side, with a straight length pleated at the back, according to Joan Severa in Dressed for the Photographer.  The plain hairstyle is also indicative of the early years of the period.

This woman wears a hair band and several pieces of pretty jewelry – necklaces and a ring on her right hand.  Her bodice and sleeves are decorated with soutache braid, common for the period, and still used today.

The photo was taken by Samuel Montague Fassett, whose photography shop was located at 114 South Clark Street in Chicago.  Just a bit of research on Mr. Fassett gave some great information!  He was one of the early photographers of Chicago, who started their shops in the 1850’s and 1860’s.  Along with Edwin Brand, John Carbutt, Alexander Hesler, C. D. Mosher and others, Samuel gave the public the opportunity to have their portrait made into carte-de-visite’s at a reasonable price.  These early photographers also produced outdoor views of the city that were quite popular.

One very interesting note on Mr. Fassett – he took a photo of Abraham Lincoln on October 4, 1860, that was used in campaign posters.  In a more somber tone, he also took a photo of the hearse that contained Lincoln’s body as it made its way through the streets of Chicago in 1865.  This photo has no rights attached so I am including it for you.

Lincoln hPhotography has come a long way from those early years!

News From the Mt. Sterling Advocate – 103 Years Ago

A look back 103 years to the news in Mt. Sterling for August 27th.  There are the usual deaths, marriages, little bits of news – the 500 party was something new to me.  I tried to look it up but the internet generally just gave information about the Indianapolis 500 – or a political party!  The mention of prize-winning tomatoes reminds me of a note in The Springfield Sun years ago about my grandfather’s green beans!  Don’t you love small town news?

from The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Wednesday, August 27, 1913

Miss Florence King Passes to Her Reward

Miss Florence King, the attractive 15-year-old daughter of Mrs. Maggie King, died at her home on the Paris Pike, in this county, last Wednesday.  She had been in poor health for some time, but up until a few days of her death her condition seemed to be improving.  Miss King was a young girl with a sweet disposition, whom to know was to love, and in her departure the world has lost a sunbeam that will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her mother, three sisters, Misses Mary, Margaret and Anna, and two brothers, John and James, all of this county.

The funeral was held Friday, services conducted by Rev. Father E. B. Roher, and burial in St. Thomas’ Cemetery.

New Assistant Principal of County High School

Miss Nell Whaley, of Paris, a sister of Mrs. W. Hoffman Wood, of this city, and formerly a member of the faculty of Cord’s Collegiate Institute, has been elected Assistant Principal of the Montgomery High School, in this city, to succeed Miss Georgia Sledd.  Miss Whaley is a competent and experienced teacher and her selection meets with general approval.

Accepts Position as Sign Painter

Mr. Miller Reissinger, son of Mr. Waller Reissinger, has accepted a position as sign painter with the Paushack-Wilson Scenery Co., of Chicago, the company that recently painted the two beautiful drop curtains for the Tabb Theatre.

Paul Weckesser Buys General Merchandise Store

Mr. W. Paul Weckesser has purchased of A. G. Smathers, his general merchandise store at Ewington.  His stock will be increased and a high class line of merchandise will be carried.  Mr. Weckesser is a hustling young businessman and is sue to succeed in his new undertaking.  He will move to Ewington with his family about the first of the month.  For the present Strother Thomas will have charge of the Pantorium pressing establishment, which belongs to Mr. Weckesser.

Prize Winning Tomatoes

We are in receipt of an elegant sack of tomatoes which was brought to this office Monday by Mr. J. W. Wilkerson.  They are of the Ponderosa variety and some of them weigh as much as two pounds.  Mr. Wilkerson’s father, Mr. W. H. Wilkerson, was considered the champion tomato grower in Montgomery County, and his son’s first attempt is very encouraging.  He was awarded first prize at the colored fair here last week for the excellence of his tomatoes.

Five Hundred Party

Miss Mattie Judy Botts entertained twenty-four of her young lady friends with a delightful five hundred party Monday afternoon at her home on Sycamore Street.

Married in This City

Miss Woodson Hadden, daughter of Mr. Nicholas Hadden, Sr., and Mr. Elza Woosley, both of this county, were quietly married in this city Wednesday night by Rev. H. D. Clark.  Mr. Woosley is a prosperous young farmer and he and his wife will make their future home at his residence on the Kiddville Pike.

Indian Runner Ducks for Sale

I have about a dozen full blood Indian Runner Ducks I will sell to the first person who comes at 50 cents per head.  The kind that begins laying in September and lay all winter.  C. B. Stephens.  Phone 603 at Advocate Office.

Sister of Dr. Charles Duerson Dies in Lexington

Mrs. Kate Hieronymus, aged 70 years, died at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington early Monday morning.  Her remains were taken to Winchester, Monday, and the funeral held at the grave Tuesday afternoon.  Deceased was a sister of Dr. Charles Duerson, of his city, and was a lovely Christian woman.

Card of Thanks

For five weeks a dark cloud has hung over our home.  Five cases of typhoid fever, three in our family and two on the farm.  But at last there is a rift in the cloud and all are convalescing nicely.  We hereby express our sincere thanks to our most excellent neighbors for their genuine sympathies, their untiring helpfulness, and many kind offices, which I have never seen excelled and which never will be forgotten by us.  We also thank our Heavenly Father, who so abundantly blessed the means employed for the recovery of the afflicted ones.     L. H. Reynolds and Family

100 Years – Johanna Scannell Obituary


Michael Scannell, a native of Ireland, born 1815, died November 30, 1893.  Johanna, wife of M. Scannell, a native of Ireland, died February 20, 1915, age 100 years.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

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

Thursday, February 25, 1915

Almost a Centenarian

The oldest woman in Washington County passed to her reward when on last Saturday night Mrs. Johanna Scannell departed this life.  Prior to her married Mrs. Scannell was a Miss Fitzgerald and was born in County Cork, Ireland, in January 1816.  She grew to womanhood in her native country.  When quite young she suffered the loss of her mother.  When a young woman she was united in marriage to the late Mr. Michael Scannell.  After her marriage they took up their residence in their native land, but came to this country in 1850, and for about 12 years lived in New York City.  Sometimes in the early sixties they moved to Washington County and settled near St. Rose.  She was the mother of twelve children, only two of whom survive her, Mrs. J. O. Polin of this county and Mr. B. J. Scannell of Louisville.  Mrs. T. J. Medley and Dennis Scannell, both of whom are now dead, were here, children as was also the late Sister Benedicta of St. Catharine and the late Rev. Father Joseph Scannell, who died in Memphis, Tennessee, during the yellow fever plague of 1878.

In 1893 she suffered the loss of her husband and companion for more than one half century.  Shortly after his death she moved in with her daughter, Mrs. J. O. Polin, which place continued to be her home until her death.

Mrs. Scannell was a remarkable woman in that she retained a clear recollection and memory up until her death, and the vigor of youth was never extinguished, even in old age, and she was never happier than when indulging in merriment with young people, with all of whom she was a favorite.

Although away from Ireland many years she never forgot the green fields of the old sod, and frequently during her life was heard to sing in the Irish language, its national songs.

Those who remember her in earlier days have many recollections of her willingness to help her neighbors and many could give testimony of her vigors in this regard.  She was very devoted to her children, and delighted to have her grandchildren assembled at her side.  She also had the pleasure to have several of her great-grandchildren visit her before her death.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Rose Monday morning with Requiem High Mass, by Father Christmas, after which the remains were laid beside those of her husband in St. Rose Cemetery.  A large crowd of old friends and neighbors attended the funeral services.

St. Rose Catholic Church Cemetery – Selected Gravestones

205Today I share selected gravestones from the cemetery of St. Rose Catholic Church in Washington County, Kentucky.  This was my mother’s home parish until she married and moved to Marion County, Kentucky.

IMG_5794J. W. Montgomery, wife and children.  J. W. Montgomery died April 24, 1881, aged 57 years.  Burilla, his wife, died July 14, 1874, aged 48 years.  Benedict, his son, died March 10, 1872, age 17 years.  Joseph H., his son, died November 23, 1879, aged 25 years.  Charles H., his son, died November 1, 1881, age 16 years.

IMG_5796Mary D. Blandford, born July 4, 1809, died March 17, 1881.

IMG_5797Joseph Blandford, born April 7, 1805, died April 18, 1877.

IMG_5798Mary E., wife of E. P. Osbourn, born December 22, 1842, died Mary 21, 1880.

IMG_5807Sarah F., wife of J. Sullivan, born October 1, 1842, died May 20, 1876.

IMG_5808Levi J. Smith, died January 6, 1872.  His wife, Priscilla L., died July 9, 1887, in her 71st year.  His mother, Teresa Smith, died October 21, 1840, in her 83rd year.  Ann M. smith, died October 9, 1847, in her 27th year.  Rosalina Smith, died June 1847, in her 2nd year.

IMG_5810Pamelia A. Smith died May 28, 1832, in her 23rd year.  Ann C. Smith, died May 4, 1832, in her 1st year.  Rosa B. Smith, died October 16, 1842, in her 32nd year.  Teresa R. Smith, died February 23, 1841, in her 2nd year.  Edward B. Smith, died October 2, 1842, in his 2nd year.  Priscilla F., wife of Charles C. McGill, June 15, 1858 – August 16, 1894.

IMG_5811Sacred to the memory of Susan M., wife of Henry I. Craycroft, born September 1, 1834, died July 18, 1863.  Levi X. Craycroft, born September 18, 1854, died December 15, 1854.  Ida R. Craycroft, born July 30, 1856, died October 9, 1862.  Charles L. Craycroft, born July 16, 1839, died October 21, 1862.

IMG_5812Ann C. Smith, died November 19, 1862, aged 26 years.  John L. Smith.


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