Andrew M. Cline Obituary

Andrew M. Cline, 1848-1916.  Mary E. Cline, 1850-1921.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 5, 1916

Suffering Is Ended

Mr. Andrew M. Cline Dies Early Monday Morning at His Home on Holt Avenue

After having suffered from cancer of the stomach for many months death came to relieve from his suffering Mr. Andrew M. Cline, Monday morning.  Mr. Cline had been a resident of this city for more than forty years and was known by nearly everyone in the county.  Deceased was 68 years of age.

A man of genial disposition he was popular with a large circle of friends.  He was a member of the Christian church.  Besides a devoted wife he leaves four sons, and one daughter, James, of Middletown, Ohio; Warran, of Falls Mills, Virginia; John and Joe, and Miss Fannie Cline of this city, besides other relatives.

We can only remind these mourners that he is not dead, he is only asleep – resting after a long and well spent life;  he cannot and would not if he could, return to us; we can, if we will, go to him.  Behind the storm clouds always lurks the rainbow and when the storm is past it weeps upon the flowers of the land and the pearls of the sea.  Darkness precedes the dawning and out of the blackness or night comes the sunshine and joy of the day.  And so from the beauty of his life take an inspiration and go forth to live as he lived, so that when the summons comes you may say as he did, ‘All is well.’

Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 2:30 at the residence by Rev. Clyde Darsie, assisted by Rev. B. W. Trimble, the burial being under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. Lodge to which organization Mr. Cline had belonged for thirty years.  Burial in Machpelah Cemetery.  The Advocate tenders sympathy to the bereaved family.

1895 Wedding Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Ashby

request your present

at the marriage of their daughter

Mary Elizabeth

to Mr. Silas J. Tichenor,

Wednesday evening August twenty-eighty,

Eighteen hundred and ninety-five,

at eight o’clock,

West Providence Church,


Vic Barnett, of the Dayton area, sent this to me the other day.  In addition he sent a book of newspaper clippings that will be discussed in another blog.

This wedding invitation intrigued me since I had not seen one this old.  And I delved right in to find out more information about this family.

I found Silas and Mary Elizabeth living with their respective families in the 1880 census for Ohio County.  Silas Josiah was the oldest child of Byram Ebenezer Tichenor, 36, and Zelmar Dean Maddox, 33.  He was 7 in this census.  Sisters Sallie, 5, and Mattie, 2, round out their family.

Mary Elizabeth, 9, was the daughter of William Thomas, 40, and Sallie Mary Ashby, 39.  Margaret, 11; Lewis B., 6; Alverda, 4; and William, 2, are the remaining children.

The Hartford Republican, in its Friday, June 3, 1892, edition lists the Hartford College Report, for the fourth term ending on that date.  Silas Tichenor maintained a general average of 96, only one student with a score of 97.

In the 1900 census of Ohio County Silas Tichenor is listed as 26, and was a merchant.  Mary is 29, and one child, daughter Lilian, is listed as aged 3.  In 1910 two sons are also listed, Silas Conrad, 9, and J. Russell, 3.  In 1920 one additional child, Byram, is 7.  At some point after this census, and before the next, this family moved to Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan.

At the end of their lives Silas and Mary Elizabeth Tichenor were brought back to Ohio County and buried in West Providence Baptist Cemetery, along with many other family members.  Silas died at the age of 81, April 16, 1953.  In his obituary it was said the family moved to Detroit in 1927.  He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Ashby Tichenor, one daughter, Mrs. J. L. Thorp, of Detroit; and three sons, Conrad, of New Castle, Indiana; J. Russell and Bryam of Detroit.

Mary lived another nine years, passing away at the age of 92 on May 5, 1962, in Detroit.  Son J. Russell Tichenor passed away in 1957, leaving only a daughter and two sons to mourn their mother.

Honoring a Civil War Veteran on Memorial Day In 2009

James Carr Potts, Private, Co. C, 14th Regiment Kentucky Cavalry.  December 12, 1830 – December 27, 1894.  Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

This story makes me so happy!  Every veteran deserves a gravestone to mark his/her final resting place.

May 28, 2009

Family strives and succeeds in honoring a Civil War veteran

By James Cook, Citizen’s Voice & Time Editor

The Memorial Day holiday has special meaning to everyone who has lost a loved one. It has even deeper feelings for those who have lost someone who served this nation in the military. Parades, military bands and grand speeches fill the air to honor those brave men and women, who have fought and died for our freedoms. But imagine being forgotten.
The family of a local Civil War veteran felt as if their loved one may have been overlooked and decided to rectify that problem. But it did not come easily.
The final resting place of James Carr Potts is located on the small side of the Powell’s Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. He passed away on Dec. 27, 1894, just 15 days after he turned 64. Next to his gravesite is that of his second wife Susan Adams Potts, whose headstone shows the signs of aging as she was laid to rest in 1901. But for over 120 years Private Potts of the Kentucky Cavalry, Company C, 14th Regiment, did not even have a marker. All that changed Memorial Day weekend as family from Texas to Ohio to Florida came in to honor the man, as well as family and friends from Powell County who were also on hand.
“They were so poor and had so little, ” Pott’s great granddaughter Wilma Potts Delaney said as she watched family and friends gather at the cemetery for a special ceremony last Sunday. “They had his military pension and he went back to his trade as a carpenter after the war. But he worked at a lot of different jobs. It was tough back then.”
Delaney and one of her uncles, William Dawson, worked for nearly five years to get a headstone for their loved ones burial site. “It took a long time, a lot of phone calls and a lot of red tape to get him this. We called wrote letters and begged,” Delaney said. “After about five years, I talked to Bill and he spoke with his congressman in Ohio, then two weeks later they have a stone for us. I guess you have to have some pull.”
Dawson, one of only two of Potts grandchildren still alive, spoke to the crowd about his grandfather’s patriotism, loyalty and love of his country.” He went on and told how when the Union Army came looking for volunteers, Potts joined at the age of 32 back in the day when life expectancy was just under 50 years old. “He volunteered as a scout, because the Union needed them to scout this area. They knew the area and were sharpshooters as they hunted for game to feed their families in these hills,” Dawson said.
Potts served with the Union and Company C from May 1, 1863 to September 16, 1863. “He was discharged after he came down with malaria,” Dawson said as he looked over documents he received either from the Internet or from Washington about his grandfather’s service. “A lot of them boys got sick living and fighting in these hills in all kinds of weather and medicine not being what it is today. The records say he was given patented medicines, which were new medicines just coming out, ” Dawson added. “Everything I have ever learned about my grandfather says he was an honorable, gentle, patriotic man and I am thankful, humbled and honored to be able to tell you about my grandpa, a hard working family man.”
The Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 308 gave Potts a 21-gun salute and then played taps to honor the man who had been forgotten by he world but never by his family. “My mother is 97 and she insists we all come back to Clay City on Memorial Day to honor our family,” Delaney said.
The flag that accompanies such a ceremony was given to Dawson, who passed it on to Delaney. But she then donated it to the cemetery committee.
The hard work and time it took to finally get a headstone for her great grandfather was not easy, but Delaney believes it was all worth the effort. “I love history and I love my family and for him to be laying here with no headstone was just not right.” Delaney said as she looked at the new marker and the red, white and blue arrangements already placed at Potts grave. “It may have took a while to get it, but it was long past time. Our families and our veterans deserve that honor.”

1890 Veteran’s Schedules, Powell County, Kentucky.

James Carr Potts was born in Clark County, December 12, 1830, to Thomas Jefferson Potts and Mary Gholson Vivion.  Both parents were deceased before 1850.

December 22, 1852, James married Mary Elizabeth Jane Eaton, in Clark County.  Mary Eaton was the daughter of John and Viney Eaton, and was listed with them in the 1850 Census of Clark County.  She was 16.

By 1860 the couple were living in Estill County.  In the census for that year James is listed as 30; wife Mary E., is 26.  The couple have three children – David D., 15; Tempa F., 12; and James W., 9/12.  In the 1870 census we find that three more children have been born.  Their ages in the census – Albert M., 8; John, 4; and Olivia, 2/12.  Daughter Ada was born in 1873; and the last child, Nora, was born in 1876 and died a year later.  The couple’s first child, Sarah, was born in 1853 and died at the age of 3.

I’ve found birth records for three children.  Sally [Sarah] Ann Potts was born January 9, 1853, in Powell County, parents James Potts and Jane Eaton, residence Snow Creek in Powell County – but this birth is listed in the Clark County birth records for 1853.  James Potts was born there, but I can’t say why there is a record in Clark for a birth in Powell.

Dillard Potts was born June 20, 1854, in Powell County, to James C. Potts and Jane Eaton.

Tempa F. Potts was born May 18, 1857, in Powell County to James C. Potts and Mary E. Eaton.

The death certificate for daughter Olivia Potts Williams, March 19, 1870 – May 12, 1912, born in Estill County.  Father, James C. Potts, was born in Clark County; mother, Mary J. Eaton, was born in Powell County.

Mary Elizabeth Jane Eaton Potts was last found in the 1880 census of Powell County, age 46.  She must have died shortly after this date since James Potts married Susan J. Adams December 20, 1883.  I don’t believe there were any children from this marriage.

Susan, wife of James C. Potts, born May 2, 1850, died December 6, 1901


General Bragg’s Official Report of The Battle of Perryville

The Battle of Perryville was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, and the largest fought in Kentucky.  There were so many dead that there was not enough wood to make enough coffins, and many bodies were not buried for a number of days.  Wounded were sent to surrounding cities – Harrodsburg, Springfield and Danville.  Many of the wounded died and were buried in these cities.  Confederate casualties were 3,401; Union, 4,276 – killed, wounded, captured or missing.

The Maysville Weekly Bulletin, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 6, 1862

The Battle of Perryville – General Bragg’s Official Report

Headquarters Department No. 2, Bryantsville, Kentucky, October 12, 1862

Sir:  Finding the enemy pressing heavily in his rear, near Perryville, Major General Hardee, of Polk’s command, was obliged to hold and check him at that point.  Having arrived at Harrodsburg from Frankfort, I determined to give him battle there, and accordingly concentrated three divisions of my command – the Army of the Mississippi, now under Major General Polk, Cheatham’s, Buckner’s and Anderson’s – and directed General Polk to take command on the 7th, and attack the enemy next morning.  Wither’s division had gone the day before to support Smith.  Hearing, on the night of the 7th, that the force in front of Smith had rapidly retreated, I moved early next morning, to be present at the operations of Polk’s forces.

The two armies were formed confronting each other on opposite sides of the town of Perryville.  After consulting the General, and reconnoitering the ground and examining his disposition, I declined to assume the command, but suggested some changes and modifications of his arrangements, which he promptly adopted.  The action opened at half-past twelve p.m., between the skirmishers and artillery on both sides.  Finding the enemy indisposed to advance upon us, and knowing he was receiving heavy reinforcements, I deemed it best to assail him vigorously, and so directed.

The engagement became general soon thereafter, and was continued furiously from that time to dark, our troops never faltering and never failing in their efforts.

For the time engaged it was the severest and most desperately contested engagement within my knowledge.  Fearfully outnumbered, our troops did not hesitate to engage at any odds, and, though checked at times, they eventually carried every position, and drove the enemy about two miles.  But for the intervention of night we should have completed the work.  We had captured fifteen pieces of artillery by the most daring charges, killed one and wounded two Brigadier Generals, and a very large number of inferior officers and men estimated at no less than four thousand, and captured four hundred prisoners, including three staff officers with servants, carriage and baggage of Major General McCook.

The ground was literally covered with the dead and wounded.  In such a contest our own loss was necessarily severe – probably not less than 2,500 killed, wounded and missing.  Included in the wounded are Brigadier Generals Wood, Cleburn and Brown – gallant and noble soldiers – whose loss will be severely felt by their commands.  To Major General Polk, commanding the forces; Major General Hardee, commanding the left wing, two divisions, and Major Generals Cheatham, Buckner and Anderson, commanding divisions, of this memorable field.  Nobler troops were never more gallantly led.  The country owes them a debt of gratitude which I am sure will be acknowledged.

Ascertaining that the enemy was heavily reinforced during the night, I withdrew my force early the next morning to Harrodsburg, and thence to this point.  Major General Smith arrived at Harrodsburg with most of his force and Wither’s division the next day, the 10th, and yesterday I withdrew the whole to this point, the enemy following slowly, but not pressing us.

I am sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant.

Braxton Bragg, General Commanding

Dickerson – Covington 1799 Marriage Bond – Jessamine County

Know all men by these presents that we, John Dickerson and James Dudgeon, are held and firmly bound unto James Garrard, Esquire, Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the just and full sum of fifty pounds good and lawful money of Kentucky, to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 22nd day of July 1799.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Dickerson and Polly Covington.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.

John Dickerson and James Dudgeon

Teste.  Sam. H. Woodson

Two Weddings and A Funeral

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, September 4, 1894

Silver Wedding

For twenty-five years Peter Greenwade and wife have walked together down life’s rugged path.  In adversity and prosperity they have been the same congenial two and have gotten out of life all the happiness in store for them, and on last Friday, August 31, in commemoration of their twenty-fifth anniversary they celebrated their silver wedding.  A host of friends were present and numerous were the gifts.  The dinner was a most delightful spread and the two were as happy as they were twenty-five years ago when Miss Mollie Ramey became the bride of Peter Greenwade.  May their lives be together many, many years more and be crowned with blessings not a few.

It is our pleasant duty to announce to the readers of the ADVOCATE the coming nuptials of Mr. Courtland Prentice Chenault, one of the most brilliant young lawyers at our bar, and Miss May Hocker Hazelrigg, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Judge Jas. H. Hazelrigg, of the Appellate Court.

This wedding, which is to take place Thursday, September 6, at the Christian Church in this city, has caused a great deal of commotion among our young people on account of both parties being so well known and liked here.  Miss Hocker is one of the sweetest and most accomplished, and at the same time one of the most popular young ladies it has ever been our pleasure to meet.  We have known her nearly her whole life, and from childhood up to the present time she has always been the same sweet Christian girl, and in winning her Mr. Chenault has won one of the grand prizes in the lottery of life.  Of Mr. Chenault we have to say he is ‘a Christian and a gentleman,’ and in those words we have said more than we could in whole volumes.  He is the junior partner of the law firm of Woodford and Chenault, and although one of the youngest attorneys in this district, already has a large and growing practice and we predict for him a brilliant and successful future.  Courtland has a host of friends throughout Kentucky, and as far as we know not a single enemy.  He is a man whom any woman should be proud to call husband.

Young people, we tender to you our sincerest regards and wish you a happy and prosperous journey down the highway of life in the gilded chariot of pleasure.

In speaking of the wedding the Lexington Transcript says:  ‘Miss Hazelrigg is the daughter of Judge Jas. H. Hazelrigg, of the Court of Appeals, and is quite a social favorite in this city, where she has many relatives and friends.’

Died, on Sunday morning, September 2, 1894, L. D. Wilson, aged 78 years.

for some time past Mr. Wilson has been in failing health and the tottering old remnant of his once stalwart frame was not an unusual sight, as the old man who knew everyone and was liked by old and young, was seen making his uneasy way along the street.  Uncle Dud was for many, many years a member of the Methodist Church.  He loved her service and her songs and the old paths and achievements of his church in the day when the ‘circuit rider’ was in the land.  Uncle Dud was a benevolent man, but not in an ostentatious way.  He never thrust his charities before the public gaze.  He was in a large sense a grateful man.  He never forgot a kindness done him.  Only yesterday a life-long friend said of him: ‘Dudley never tired of wanting to do me a kindness and to show me accommodations because of some kindness my father had shown to his mother when she was a widow with small children dependent upon her.’  Uncle Dudley was a successful businessman and was long identified with the business interests of this town.  His wife, the well-beloved Eliza, preceded him to the beyond by several years, and since then Uncle Dud’s chief wish has been to join her.  His desire has been gratified; and yesterday afternoon he was laid to rest by her side in our beautiful Machpelah.


Dudley M. and Johanna Chrisman Ball Obituaries

Dudley M. Ball, Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky.

Dudley M. Ball, March 29, 1824 – April 19, 1900

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, April 21, 1900

Dudley M. Ball Dead

A Wealthy Farmer and Descendant of a Famous Virginia Family

Versailles, Ky., April 20 – Mr. Dudley Mitchum Ball, aged seventy-six years, a prominent and wealthy farmer and stock raiser of this county, died last midnight of pneumonia, after only a few days’ illness.  Mr. Ball was a descendant of the historic family of that name, of which the mother of George Washington was a member, and the farm upon which he died was settled more than one hundred years ago by Mr. Ball’s maternal grandfather, Dudley Mitchum, of Virginia.

Mr. Ball is survived by a widow, three daughters and four sons, viz: Mrs. Minnie Moore, the wife of the Hon. D. L. Moore, of Harrodsburg; Mrs. Josephine Harris, Miss Susan Ball, Messrs. John, Dudley, Howard and Ernest Ball.

The funeral services will be held at Mr. Ball’s late residence, on the Nicholasville turnpike, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Joanna Chrisman, wife of Dudley M. Ball, December 8, 1833 – June 18, 1915.

The Advocate Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, June 18, 1915

Was Well-Known Here

Versailles, Ky., June 16 – Mrs. Johanna Chrisman Ball, eighty years old, widow of Dudley M. Ball, died this morning at her home, Maple Hill, on the Nicholasville turnpike, after an illness of seven weeks.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Josie Ball Harris, of this county; Mrs. D. L. Moore, of Harrodsburg, and Mrs. Charlton Alexander, of Paris, and three sons, John, Dudley M. and Howard Ball, of this county.