Civil War Lieutenant Joseph Davis Yonts – Muhlenberg County

Lieutenant Joseph Davis Yonts was born near Paradise, October 25, 1841, and died in Greenville, June 9, 1896.  When the Eleventh Kentucky Infantry (Federal) was organizing he enlisted as a private in Company H, and after the battle of Shiloh became first lieutenant.  Although he was wounded a number of times he remained with his company until the close of the war.  Immediately after the war he removed to Greenville, and for more than thirty years took an active interest in the business affairs of the town.  In 1865 he became a clerk in the store of Edward R. Weir, Sr., and continued in that work until the Greenville Grange Store was organized.  He and Joseph G. Ellison managed this cooperative store during the few years of its existence.  In the latter part of the seventies he and his brother, Edward L. Yonts, began rehandling tobacco in Greenville, and continued in that business until 1880, when they opened a drug store on the northeast corner of Main and Main Cross streets.  A few years later he bought his brother’s interest in this store, and remained in the drug business until the time of his death.  Joseph D. Yonts was a son of Philip Yonts and his wife Adaline Davis Yonts.  In 1872 he married Delia L. Kingsley, daughter of Edward Kingsley of Rochester and his wife Mary Susan Myers, daughter of David Myers of Myers’ Chapel.  Their only son is Morton K. Yonts, now of Louisville.

from A History of Muhlenberg County, Otto A. Rothert, 1913

1783 Robison – Thompson Marriage Bond and Consent – Lincoln County

Know all men by these presents that we, John Robison and James Johnson, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Benjamin Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment  whereof to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 20th day of December 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Robison and Ann Thompson, 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 Robison, James Johnson

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Sir, please let the recipient have license for to marry John Robison and Ann Thompson and I will stand betwixt you and all danger (?).  John Thompson.

The Kentucky Giant Dies in 1859

James D. Porter was not only Kentucky’s tallest man, but during his lifetime the tallest man in the world.  At seven feet nine inches he towered over everyone else in the city of Louisville.  Mr. Porter was a hackney driver and served as coachman to Charles Dickens, the famous English author, during his time in the city.

The Louisville Dailey Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Tuesday, April 26, 1859

Death of James D. Porter, The ‘Kentucky Giant’

We regret to learn that our distinguished fellow-citizen, James D. Porter, widely known as the ‘Kentucky Giant,’ died at his residence in Portland, on Sunday night, the 24th inst., in the fiftieth year of his age, having been born in 1810.  For some time, Mr. Porter had been in delicate health, but his last illness was of but few days’ duration.  The disease which terminated his life, we are informed, was an affection of the heart, to which he had been frequently subject.

Few men have been more widely known than Mr. Porter.  His extraordinary height, being about seven feet nine inches, ranked him as the tallest man In the world.  He seemed to labor under the consciousness that he was an object of universal curiosity and shunned rather than sought the public gaze.  He was modest and retiring – the very soul of honor and honesty.  His social feelings were elevated and refined, his affections strong and marked.  He was a gentleman of intelligence and wielded a considerable influence among his neighbors and friends.

He has resided here since early manhood.  In his early life he was warmly attached to the political fortunes of Mr. Clay, was a Whig of the old school, and never forgot his associations with that party.  He always gloried in his Whig name and principles and clung to them to the last.  When, however, the Whig party was disbanded, and new parties were organized, he ranged himself, like thousands of other patriotic Old-Line Whigs, with the Constitutional Democracy, and labored earnestly and successfully in its behalf.

His death will be universally deplored.  He was a useful citizen, an honest man and fulfilled, with fidelity, all the duties and responsibilities of his life, alike to his fellow-men and his country.

His funeral will take place at two o’clock this afternoon, at his residence in Portland.  His remains will be conveyed thence to Cave Hill Cemetery.

James D. Porter, born December 15, 181, died April 26, 1859.  Heighth 7 feet 8 inches.  Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Franzmann Family Buried In Cave Hill Cemetery – Jefferson County

The will of John Franzmann was posted earlier this week.  Today I want to share cemetery photos and clips from the local newspaper about this family.  All photos were taken in Cave Hill Cemetery and all newspaper clippings from The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

John Franzmann, from Wollstein, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany.  April 20, 1820 – April 11, 1897.  Louisa Franzmann, nee Loanaberger, October 12, 1824, in Reading, Pennsylvania, – August 30, 1907.

Most family members have their names and dates carved on the large stone, and also individual stones.  The large stone was probably added at a later date.  Daughter Louise Franzmann could have added it after the death of her brother George.  She was the only remaining member of the immediate family, just nieces and a nephew.I could not find an obituary for John Franzmann, but this loving memorial appeared in the newspaper six years later.

Wife Louisa’s individual stone.

George Franzmann, October 10, 1864 – June 23, 1943.

George Franzmann’s individual stone.

Franklin Franzmann, born July 18, 1853, died September 25, 1885.  Louis Franzmann, born November 15, 1857, died November 11, 1918.

Franklin Franzmann died at a young age.

There are no gravestones for Louise Franzmann and her brother Harry who died four years before Louise.  Her parents and the rest of the  brothers and sister went before them.  I would think the side of the large stone on which George’s name is placed would have been left for her.  Her nieces and nephews seem very loving as you can see from the following tributes in the newspaper.  Was this just an oversight?

Stained Glass Gravestone in Cave Hill Cemetery – Jefferson County

Ensor Plot

During our visit to Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, the first weekend in October, we chose just the perfect moment to visit this gravesite.  When we drove past, this stone captured our eye immediately.  If we had come earlier or later in the day the view would not have been as spectacular.  The sun hit the stain glass to make all the colors pop and look amazing.

Clyde Franklin Ensor, Sr., June 20, 1922 – November 17, 2009.  Beloved husband and father.

Anna Ashcraft Ensor, October 23, 1924 – August 10, 2003.  Beloved wife and mother.

I do not know anything about the family but wanted to share this glorious gravesite with you.

Pirtle – Litching 1804 Marriage Bond and Consent – Washington County

Know all men by these presents that we, George Pirtle and James Litching, 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 21st day of February 1804.

The condition of this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound George Pirtle and Polly Litching 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 and virtue.

George Pirtle, James Litching

Witness, John Reed

These are to certify that I give my full consent to a marriage shortly intended between George Pirtle and my daughter Polley and that license issue accordingly.  Given under my hand this 20 day February 1804.

Susannah Litching, Guardian

James Litching, Anthony Litching

To the Clerk of Washington County

1893 Will of John Franzmann – Jefferson County

Ritchey and I had a great three-day weekend in Louisville.  Ate lots of great food, shopped, visited the planetarium – and Cave Hill Cemetery.  This cemetery is one of the largest in Louisville, established in 1846.  Filled with history there are many historic figures of the state and county buried here.  In total we spent about five hours over two days and took almost 900 photos.

Today I want to share with you the will of John Franzmann, born in Hesse Darmstat, Germany.  I cannot tell you when John came to the United States, but he met and married his wife, Louisa Loanaberger (Leuenberger) in Pennsylvania, where their two oldest children were born, but had moved to Kentucky by 1849, when their son Adam Adolph Franzmann was born.  Nine children were born to John and Louisa – John, Jr., Philip, Adam Adolph, Franklin, Caroline, Louis, Henry, Louisa and George.

This is a map of part of downtown Louisville, the west side, that shows where the property listed in John Franzmann’s will was located.  This is fairly pricey property today.

Will of John Franzmann

Volume 21, Pages 210-212, Jefferson County, Kentucky

I, the undersigned John Franzmann, of Jefferson County, being of sound mind and memory do hereby make and declare this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made.

Item 1.  My farm of thirty- six and one-half (36 ½) acres of land situated on the Eighteenth Street Road near Louisville, shall be divided as follows:

“A” To my son Louis Franzmann, I give and bequeath and devise the northern part of said land on which is situated a brick house with four rooms and frame kitchen and containing twelve (12) acres.

“B” To my son George Franzmann I give and bequeath and devise the twelve and one-half (12 ½) acres of said land and adjoining the property described in “A” on which is situated a large brick house with about eight rooms.

“C” The remained twelve (12) acres of said tract of land I give and bequeath and devise to my son Harry Franzmann.

It is my devise that my executrix shall make deeds to the three

parties named herein giving the proper boundaries by which deeds they shall have a fee simple title to their respective shares of said property.

Item 2.  I give and bequeath to my son, John Franzmann, the eastern part of my lot of land having a front of thirty-nine (39) feet on the south side of Market Street, between 16th and 17th Streets, Louisville, Kentucky, together with all the improvements thereon and extending clear through to Congress Alley.  To have and to hold the same in fee simple.

Item 3.  I give and bequeath and devise to my son Adolph Franzmann the western part of my lot of land having a front of thirty-nine (39) feet on the south side of market Street, between 16th and 17th Streets, Louisville, Kentucky, together with all the improvements thereon and extending clear through to Congress Alley.

My executrix is directed to make deeds to John and Adolph Franzmann, conveying to them a fee simple title to said property.

Item 4.  I give and bequeath and devise to my daughter, Caroline Rosenberger, the eastern part of my lot of land and all improvements thereon having a front on the south side of Market Street, between 11th and 12th Streets, Louisville, Kentucky, of forty (40) feet and extending clear through to Congress Alley.

Item 5.  I give and bequeath and devise to my daughter Louisa Franzmann, the western part of my lot of land together with all the improvements thereon, in Louisville, Kentucky, situated on the south side of Market Street, between 11th and 12th Streets, having a front of forty (40) feet and extending clear through to Congress Alley.

My executor is directed to make deeds conveying to each of my two daughters twenty (20) feet front and extending through to Congress Alley.

Item 6.  I give and bequeath and devise to my granddaughter, Emma Franzmann, daughter of my son Frank Franzmann, deceased, my two (2) acres of land situated on the south side of Fountain Ferry Road near 29thth Street, and I also request my executrix to expend the sum of fifteen hundred dollars ($1500.00) in the erection of a house on said two acres of land in favor of my said grandchild, Emma Franzmann.

Item 7.  I give and bequeath and devise to my son, Philip Franzmann, twenty (20) shares of Falls City Hall Market Company stock and also the sum of fifteen hundred dollars ($1500.00), and it is my desire that my executrix shall keep said stock and money for seven years after my death, and when said seven years have expired and nothing has been heard from my said son Philip, of whom I have not heard for nearly twenty years, that then in that event, the above stock and money shall be divided among my other children and my grandchild, Emma Franzmann.

Item 8.  All the rest and residue of my entire estate of every nature and description and wheresoever situated, I give and bequeath and devise to my wife Louisa Franzmann, with power on her part to dispose of same by will or deed.

Item 9.  I hereby appoint my wife, Louisa Franzmann, as executrix of this my last will and testament and as guardian for my grandchild Emma Franzmann, without requiring bond or security and empower my said executrix to make deeds for the different pieces of property devised to my children and grandchild named herein and the share of my daughters and the share of my grandchild shall be held as their sole and separate estate, free from the claim or control or debts of any husband they or either of them now have or may hereafter have, with power to dispose of same by will or deed as if they were unmarried.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament this 13th day of March 1893.

John Franzmann

Signed and acknowledged by said John Franzmann as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.

George L. Everbach, C. M. Lasater

State of Kentucky

At a County Court held for Jefferson County at the Court House in the City of Louisville on the 22nd day of April 1897, the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John Franzmann, Deceased, late of this County, was produced in Court and prover by the testimony of George L. Everbach, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, who also proved the attestation of C. M. Lasater, the other subscribing witness thereto, whereupon the same was established by the Court to be the last will and testament of said testator and ordered to be recorded and is recorded in my office as Clerk of said Court.

Attest.  William P. Johnson, Clerk

John Franzmann, from Wollstein Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany.  April 20, 1820 – April 11, 1897.  Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.