Fulkerson-Rawlings Wedding In Breathitt County

from Breathitt County News, Jackson, Kentucky

Friday, October 23, 1903


Was the Fulkerson-Rawlings Wedding Last Evening

Many Handsome Gifts

The wedding of Miss Laura Rawlings and Mr. Robert Fulkerson was solemnized last evening at 8:30 o’clock, at the Imperial Hotel, in the presence of a large assembly of friends and relatives.

The house was beautifully decorated with evergreens and ferns, and on the mantle and stand table were large jardiniers of cosmas, tastefully arranged.

A few minutes before 8:30, the wedding party proceeded down the stairs, Miss Hattie Richmond first, followed by Miss Hattie MeLin; then came the bride.  The bridesmaids wore beautiful toilettes of blue silk mull, and carried bouquets of long stemmed Chrysanthemums.  Never did the bride look lovelier than in her wedding gown of white Paris muslin, elaborately trimmed in handsome lace; her bouquet was of white bride’s roses.

The wedding party was met at the foot of the stairs by Mr. Leonidas Redvine and Mr. T. T. Hiner, followed by the bride and groom and Rev. M. W. Hiner, who performed the ceremony.

The grouping under arch formed by the stairway was very pretty and effective.

After the congratulations, which followed, the wedding gifts were displayed in the parlor.  Seldom, if ever, have such wedding gifts been seen in Jackson.  Among the many handsome presents were several beautiful pieces of cut glass, a large quantity of silver, bric-a-brac, chairs and everything in the way of handsome presents was lavished on this happy couple.

Among those who attended were:  Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Day, of Winchester; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Day, of Frozen; Mr. Mack Clark, of Clay City; Mrs. Beasly, of Covington; Mr. and Mrs. Hornbrook, Mrs. E. A. Hornbrook, of Lexington; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hend, Mr. and Mrs. Kash, Mr. and Mrs. Henry, Mr. and Mrs. William Day, Mr. and Mrs. Judge Fleenor, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Blair MeLin, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Spencer, Dr. and Mrs. Kash, Mr. and Mrs. Bowling, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bosworth, Mr. John E. Patrick, L. Y. Redwine, Dr. Hogg, Sam Fleenor, Misses Tipton, Miss Carrie Day, Misses Margaret and Kate Sewell, Miss Nettie Combs, Miss Emma Clark, Miss Hurst, Miss Marcum, Mrs. Judge Redwine, Miss Hurst, of Campton, Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Gibson, Captain Pickard, Dr. and Mrs. Swango, Mrs. Clarence Hadden, Mr. and Mrs. Judge Hagins, Miss Lula Hagins, Mr. and Mrs. Patton, Mrs. Philips, Mrs. Bohannan, Mrs. Lyon, Captain MeLin and wife, of Virginia, Mr. Claude Day.

Mr. Fulkerson is employed with the Day Bros. Co., and he is held in high esteem by his employers.  He was born and raised in Lee County, Virginia, and is a son of L. D. Fulkerson, of Lee County, who has been Representative of his county several times.

Miss Rawlings is also employed with the Day Bros. Co., in the Millinery Department, of which she has charge, and is one of the best in this part of the state.  She is loved by all who know her.  She is from Covington, Kentucky, where she was born and raised.  She has been in our city several years.  The News joins in wishing them a long and prosperous life.

John F. Walker Obituary

img_3700John F. Walker, October 12, 1877 – January 13, 1901.  ‘He rests in the Father’s love.’  Old Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

from The Central Record, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky

Thursday, January 17, 1901

Death of John Walker

After a lingering illness, John Walker died at the residence of his father, Mr. Arch K. Walker, near Old Paint Lick Sunday night.  Mr. Walker entered the volunteer army at the breaking out of the Spanish War, and served in Captain W. B. Penny’s company, which was made up at Stanford.  He went with his regiment to Puerto Rico, and it was while in the service there that he contracted Diabetes.  When he came home, he gradually grew worse.  Funeral services were held Tuesday morning and the remains interred in the cemetery at Paint Lick Church.  Mr. Walker was about twenty-four years of age.  He was an exceedingly popular young man, and numbered his friends by the score.  There was never a more whole-souled, big-hearted boy than John Walker, and his death is deeply deplored by all who knew him.

Richard H. Vandike and Martha E. Anderson 1863 Marriage

This marriage bond from Marion County, Kentucky, is a bit different since the bond amount is $100, rather than the 50 pounds that was bonded in most counties.  Perhaps since this is 1863 – I usually post 1780’s and 1790’s bonds – and a more modern time the bond has changed, not only in amount, but from pounds to dollars!  The writing is a little difficult to read!


Be it known, that we, R. H. Vandike, as principal, and Joseph C. Anderson, as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of one hundred dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:

That, whereas Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound R. H. Vandike and Miss Martha E. Anderson.  Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, this bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Lebanon, Marion County, this 13 day of October 1863.

                                 Richard H. Vandike, Joseph C. Anderson

scan022The date of marriage if October 15, 1863, at James Anderson’s in Marion County.  The groom is 34 years of age, was born in Washington County, as were his parents.  This is his first marriage.  Martha Anderson is 31 years of age, born in Casey County, as was her father; her mother was born in Boyle County.  Consent from a writing attested to by Joseph Anderson.  This was a first marriage for both the bride and groom.

1782 Will of Nathaniel Hart

This 1782 will of Nathaniel Hart is interesting in several ways.  Kentucky is still part of the state of Virginia at this point, and it is divided into only three counties – Lincoln, Jefferson and Fayette.  Nathaniel Hart owns land in each of the three counties.  The will doesn’t list the number of acres, but it must have been a substantial amount since he gives each of his nine children about 1,000 acres!

Nathaniel Hart lost his life in the Indian warfare of the state.  He was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in 1734.  He died July 22, 1782, near Boonesboro, Kentucky.

Lincoln County, Kentucky – Will Book 1, Pages 4-5

hart-willIn the name of God amen.  The twenty-seventh of June 1782.  I, Nathaniel Hart, of Lincoln County, Virginia, being in sound and perfect health and memory do dispose of my temporal estate in manner and form following.  First.  I appoint my well beloved wife Sarah Hart, my two sons, Simpson Hart and Nathaniel Hart, and my two brothers, David Hart and Thomas Hart, executors and overseers of this my last will and testament, and my will and desire is that my said executors or overseers, sell off so soon as they shall think fit so much of my real and personal estate as shall be sufficient to pay off all my just debts as well as all the expenses that shall be necessary towards the surveying the several tracts of land I now claim, either by settlement, presumption entry, purchase or otherwise in the counties of Lincoln, Jefferson, Fayette, and my will and desire is that my executors before mentioned give to each of my nine children, To wit, Keziah Thompson, Susannah Hart, Simpson Hart, Nathaniel Hart, John Hart, Mary Ann Hart, Cumberland Hart, Chinai Hart and Thomas Richard Green Hart, each as they come of age or marry, a good likely young Negro, a good horse and saddle, a good feather bed and furniture and a good tract of land not to exceed

hart-will-2one thousand acres, as near equal in values may be, which said tract of land and other things  so allotted Thomas aforesaid, I give and bequeath to them and to each of them respectively to their respective heirs forever, and I leave all my children under the tuition and care of my beloved wife, to be educated according to their several circumstances for which and other purposes I lend to my said wife all the residue of my real and personal estate during her life or widowhood and at her death or marriage, my will and desire is that all my estate, both real and personal be equally divided amongst my said nine children or then living or their lawful heirs if deceased, and if either of my nine children should die without heirs of their body lawfully begotten my will and desire that their part so allotted or given them as aforesaid equally divided amongst my other children then living and whereas it now remains a doubt whether my wife is now with child or not, my will and desire is that in case she should be delivered of a living child my executors before mentioned give it a legacy in every respect equal to those allotted my other nine children.  And I hereby revoke and disannul all other wills formerly made by me in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.  Signed, sealed and published in the presence of William Calk, Nicholas George, Nicholas Anderson.

Nathaniel Hart

At a Court held for Lincoln County the 22nd of January 1783

This instrument of writing was exhibited in Court as the last will and testament of Nathaniel Hart, deceased, and proved by the oaths of Nicholas George and Nicholas Anderson and ordered to be recorded.

Test.  William May, Clerk

A ‘Blue’ Wedding for 1907?

I never tire of reading old newspapers from the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s – the weddings, obituaries and information on life during that time period.  Today I am sharing an article from a June 1907 newspaper that gives advice on having a ‘blue’ wedding.  The talk of materials, flowers and leghorn hats, lingerie hats and ostrich feathers gives a great picture for the mind!

from Breathitt County News, Jackson, Kentucky

Friday, June 28, 1907

Blue Weddings In Vogue

Many June Bridesmaids Will Carry Forgetmenots

There has of late been a tendency to branch out a little from prescribed lines for wedding decorations, and now that white satin is no longer indispensable for the bride one looks involuntarily for other and perhaps more startling changes.

In color schemes many recent brides seemed to have realized at last the possibilities of blue as the prevailing tone in the wedding procession.  Forgetmenots are particularly beautiful in early June, and no prettier effect can be imagined than bridesmaids in sheer white frocks carrying hat baskets of forgetmenots tied with blue satin ribbon.  They might wear leghorn hats trimmed with forgetmenots and small pink rose buds, or lingerie hats if preferred.  The sashes may be blue.

In this case a pretty variation would be to have the maid of honor dressed in a blue chiffon and carry a bunch of pale pink roses or a bunch of white lilacs or peonies.

Again, all the bridesmaids may wear blue.  If the solid blue does not seem desirable, blue marquisette or net over white taffeta foundations gives a paler shade.  In this case the flowers should be white, as, for instance, white peonies or roses.  The maid of honor in this case might wear a white frock made exactly like the others and carry forgetmenots.

For early summer weddings flower trimmed hats seem very appropriate for bridesmaids, but long ostrich feathers will still be worn.  For the blue wedding just spoken of white leghorn picture hats, with long shoulder length blue ostrich feathers would be most attractive.

Reid/Read Family Gravestones at Old Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery


Dr. James Reid, born April 12, 1787, died October 26, 1848.  E. D. [Elizabeth D. Murrell] Reid, wife of Dr. James Reid, born October 17, 1794, died August 8, 1871.  Old Paint Lick Presbyterian Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.


Belle Read, wife of William Shearer, and daughter of James and Elizabeth D. Read, born August 6, 1835, died September 26, 1871.  ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth you saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors and their works to follow them.’ 


Mary E., daughter of Dr. J. and E. D. Reid; and wife of Dr. W. C. Montgomery, born November 11, 1824; died October 4, 1879.

Happy Wedding Day – October 16th

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