Redwitz Obituaries

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 7, 1904

Passes Away -In Business Here 46 Years

                Tuesday morning shortly after eleven o’clock Mr. Otto Redwitz, one of the oldest and best known business men of this place, and in whose veins coursed royal blood, died at his home on Main Street, after an illness of two weeks of grip. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock at the Baptist church, Rev. W.M. Wood, the pastor, officiating. He was a devoted and loyal member of Montgomery Lodge, and was buried in Spring Hill with all the honors of Odd Fellowship. Mr. Redwitz was a native of Stuggart, Germany, and came to this country many years ago, crossing the ocean in the same ship that brought over the famous Carl Schurtz, who was fleeing to America after having failed in his efforts to stir up a revolution in his native country. He shortly came to Harrodsburg and embarked in the confectionery business in which he had been engaged ever since. That was forty-six years ago, and there is not a merchant here now who was in business at the time Mr. Redwitz opened his first establishment. During his long residence among us he has gained nothing but the highest respect from the whole community, being in all things a representative citizen and an exemplary man. He was upright and honest in his business dealings, and at one time was counted wealthy. He was married in New York when quite young, his wife, who is very ill now, still surviving him. Beside his wife he leaves two sons, Messrs. Alec and Paul Redwitz, and several daughters. He was 72 years of age, and for some time had been in failing health. Of the many good citizens who have passed away in the last few months, none will be missed more from the business world than Mr. Redwitz.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 6, 1914

Former Resident Dead

                Mrs. Otto Redwitz, a former well known resident of this city, died in Cincinnati yesterday. She was the wife of Mr. Otto Redwitz, who was for many years a prominent merchant of this city. The remains were brought here and brief funeral services will be held to-day (Friday) at the grave in Spring Hill Cemetery at 11:30 o’clock. She was a native of Germany and a very fine old gentlewoman, who will be remembered by the older citizens.

There are no gravestones for Mr. and Mrs. Redwitz.

Bettie M. Redwitz, December 10, 1858 – June 25, 1945.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 29, 1945

          Mrs. Bettie Redwitz, 87, died about 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 1945, at the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital following an illness of about 10 days. Owing to her years she has been declining in health, but continued her daily pursuits, active in mind and body for one of her age. She was a native of this place, the daughter of Gabe and Nancy Shy Munday, and a devoted member of the Baptist church, taking part in its activities as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Redwitz was among the most esteemed of the older generation. Survivors include a son, E. Otto Redwitz, Harrodsburg; a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Redwitz Owen, wife of J. E. Owen, Dothan, Ala.; two grandchildren, Mrs. C. C. Jones, of Dothan, and Lt. Thomas O. Owen, Williams Field, Arizona.

The funeral was at 3:30 Monday, June 25, at the Bruner and Sims Funeral Home on Beaumont Avenue, conducted by the pastor, Dr. John M. Carter, of the Harrodsburg Baptist church. Burial in Spring Hill cemetery, the bearers being Loyd Bigger, Glave Vivion, W. B. Morris, Fred Patrick, Oran Stagg and H. R. Barrick.

Bettie was the wife of Alec O. Redwitz, son of the above Mr. and Mrs. Otto Redwitz.

Ernest Otto Redwitz, December 12, 1891 – November 20, 1963.

Son of Alec and Bettie Redwitz.

Phillip Morgan – Pension Application, Will, Bible

Today I share information about the pension application of Phillip Morgan, son of Reuben Morgan and Mary Wright, Revolutionary War veteran, originally from Georgia, married Martha ‘Patsy’ Puckett, daughter of Shippy and Mary Pukett, about 1784.  In the year 1790 or 1791 the Morgan family moved to Washington County, Kentucky.  Phillip and Patsy had a large family, one son, Reuben, and nine daughters.  Only one daughter, Patsy, died in infancy, and eleven years later a second daughter was named Patsy.  The couple’s last two daughters were given a multitude of names – Patsy Puckett Wright Morgan and Letitia Phillip Raney Morgan.  I suppose since there were no additional sons to carry these names they were given to the daughters.

Phillip Morgan’s will, written June 19, 1826, and proved October 23, 1826, lists his eight daughters, but not son Reuben.  It is quite possible Reuben received his inheritance at his marriage.  Reuben died during the cholera epidemic of 1833 – on July 4th of that year.  His wife, Mary, died four days previous on June 30, 1833. 

Five children of Reuben and Mary Morgan are listed in the family bible (see below).  Lucy Morgan, daughter of Phillip and Patsy, married William Sanders.  Nine of their children are listed in the bible.  There are also very early births listed, including Phillip’s grandparents: Reuben Morgan, son of Phillip and Mary Morgan, was born in September of 1724; his wife, Mary Wright, son of John and Jean Wright, was born October 4, 1728.

We will start with Phillip Morgan’s will, since the pension application was initiated after the deaths of both Phillip and wife Patsy.

In the name of God, amen.  I, Phillip Morgan, of the County of Washington and State of Kentucky, knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, being weak in body but perfect in mind do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, my desire is that my debts should be collected and after my funeral expenses and past debts are paid, I bequeath unto my beloved wife Patsy Morgan, my plantation, for her natural life time or widowhood.  I also bequeath to my wife Patsy my gray mare, one bedstead and furniture, the household and kitchen furniture, all my stock of cattle and sheep, five head of killing hogs, one brood sow, such as she may choose.  I bequeath to my daughter, Jenny Morgan, one bedstead and furniture, my cow and yearling, Nelly, and fifteen dollars in cash.  I bequeath to my daughter, Patsy P. W. Morgan, one bedstead and furniture, my black filly yearling colt and fifteen dollars in cash.  I bequeath to my daughter Letitia P. R. Morgan one bedstead and furniture, my bay yearling filly colt and thirty-five dollars in cash to make them equal to the rest of my children that is married and left me, the money out of my estate, the remaining part of my personal property that is not otherwise disposed of to be sold and within twelve months, after paying my just debts and expenses, the balance of the money, if any, to be paid out on interest after my wife’s death or marriage, my desire is that my plantation should be sold in a length of twelve months and all the balance of my estate left in my wife’s hands to be sold and the money among thereupon after all my expenses are paid to be equally divided between my children to wit, Mary Covert, Nancy Taylor, Betsy Strange, Sally Morgan, Lucy Sanders, Jenny Morgan, Patsy P. W. Morgan, Letitia P. R. Morgan.  I likewise constitute, ordain and appoint my wife, Patsy Morgan, my Executrix, and my friends Jesse Peters and William Walter, Sr., my Executors, to this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this 19th day of June 1826.

Phillip Morgan

Teste.  Alexander McDonald, Daniel McDonald

At a county court began and held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on Monday, the 23rd day of October 1826.  This last will and testament of Phillip Morgan, deceased, was exhibited in court and proved by the oaths of Alexander McDonald and Daniel McDonald, the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Att. John Hughes, W.C.C.

Since Phillip Morgan listed his daughters, with their married names, in his will it was easy to find their spouses and marriage dates in the Washington County marriage records.

  • Mary Morgan married David Covert December 12, 1809.
  • Nancy Morgan married Major William Taylor October 6, 1809.
  • Betsy Morgan married James Strange April 2, 1811.
  • Lucy Morgan married William Sanders July 26, 1821.

I could find no marriages for Sally, Jenny, Patsy or Letitia.

SterThe family bible was purchased by Jenny Morgan at the estate sale of her mother, for 50 cents.

Births of the Morgan Family

  • Reuben Morgan, son of Phillip Morgan and Mary Morgan, his wife, born September 1724.
  • Mary Morgan, daughter of John and Jean Wright, wife to the above Reuben Morgan, was born October 4, 1728.
  • Phillip Morgan, son of Reuben Morgan and Mary, his wife, was born March 17, 1758.
  • Patsy Morgan, daughter of Shippy A. Puckett and his wife, was born November 27, 1759.

Children of Phillip Morgan and Patsy Puckett Morgan

  • Mary Morgan, daughter of Phillip and Patsy Morgan, his wife, was born March 14, 1785.
  • Reuben Morgan, son of Phillip and Patsy Morgan, his wife, was born September 9, 1786.
  • Nancy Morgan was born March 22, 1788.
  • Betty Morgan, March 18, 1792.
  • Sally Morgan, September 9, 1793.
  • Lucy Morgan, August 10, 1796.
  • Jane Morgan, November 14, 1800.
  • Patsy Puckett Wright Morgan born December 22, 1803.
  • Letitia Phillip Raney Morgan born February 18, 1806.

Births of the Morgan Family

  • Patsy Elender Morgan, daughter of Sally Morgan, born September 29, 1815.
  • Son of Shippy Puckett was born May 31, 1762, died January or June 22, 1802.

Deaths of the Morgan Family

  • Mary Puckett, [Shippy] his wife, died March 1809.
  • Reuben Morgan, son of Phillip and Mary Morgan died June 11, 1781, age 57.
  • Reuben W. Morgan, son of the above, died in July 1777.
  • Betsy Morgan, late of Nancy Morgan, died September 1793.
  • Benjamin Morgan, son of Reuben Morgan, died 1813.
  • Mary Morgan, daughter of John and Jane Wright, consort of the above.
  • Reuben Morgan died 13th January 1819, age 91.
  • Phillip Morgan died September 28, 1825, age 69.
  • Patsy Morgan, his wife, died July 24, 1839, age 78.
  • Patsy Morgan, daughter of P. P. Morgan, died April 6,1792.
  • Reuben Morgan, son of Phillip and Patsy Morgan, his wife, died July 4, 1833.
  • Mary Morgan, his wife, died June 30, 1833.
  • Sally Morgan, daughter of Phillip and Patsy Morgan, his wife, died October 27, 1832.

Births of the Morgan Family

  • Mary Morgan, consort of Reuben Morgan, was born August 9,1792.
  • William Nall Popham Morgan, son of Reuben Morgan Jr. and Mary, his wife, was born July 6, 1812.
  • Phillip Hawkins Morgan was born December 31, 1818.
  • Umphrey Hopkins Morgan was born March 12, 1815.
  • Eliza Jane Morgan was born November 12, 1817.
  • Betsy Ann Morgan was born January 12, 1821.
  • Patsy Emily Sanders, daughter of William Sanders and Lucy, his wife, was born March 21, 1823.
  • Minerva Jane Sanders born March 11, 1825.
  • Polly Ann Sanders born November 24, 1827.
  • William Preston Sanders March 22, 1829.
  • Lucy Ann Sanders May 17, 1831.
  • James W. Sanders January 26, 1836.
  • John E. Sanders January 26, 1836.
  • Cintha O. Sanders May 3, 1838.
  • Henry H. Sanders October 21, 1840.

The declaration of Jesse Peters, acting Executor of Phillip Morgan, deceased, for the benefit of the heirs of said Phillip Morgan, Washington County, State of  Kentucky, being of lawful age and sworn in the County Court Washington, makes the following statement that he, the said Peters, is at this time the acting executor, he was well acquainted with Phillip Morgan and his wife Patsy, for upwards of twenty-five years and that during that time they lived comfortably together as man and wife.  I have no recollection of their marriage.  They departed this life, Phillip Morgan, September 28, 1826, his wife, Patsy, departed this life the 24th day of July 1837, and that she remained widow until her death.  I found in his possession two discharges which will be forwarded to the commissioner of pensions.  I have no knowledge of his service or enlistment.  I know he possessed in the year 1815 upwards fifteen hundred dollars in property, two tracts of land, one 210 acres and the other 185, that I suppose one reason why he made no application for his pension that he was a very particular man with respect to fraud or any illegal practices to obtain unjust claims.  I have also produced the family record of the Bible in court for their examination and made copy for the Department of War, inspection there was nine children, two dead and seven living, the death ages will appear on the family record, all over sixteen ears of age, no guardian, the court will certify the character of Jesse Peters, he further states that the land requires a valuation of property and the pension depended on the amount of property.

Washington County, State of Kentucky

The affidavit of Sterling Morgan, being of lawful age and sworn in court as the law requires, makes the following statement, that he, a brother to Phillip Morgan, deceased, and that he well recollects that he was lawfully married to Patsy Morgan in the County of Mecklenburg, State of Virginia, and that he lived with my brother at my fathers for some time and ever lived near him.  I am acquainted of his being in the Army of the Revolutionary War with Great Britain, that he served the two terms of duty as stated.  I have no recollection of the time he served in the army, but recollect his being in service and that he is the identified Phillip Morgan as stated in the two discharges and performed the duty while living in the County of Mecklenburg, State of Virginia, and that he moved to the state of Kentucky and County of Washington in the year either 1791 or 1790, and has lived here ever since, and in the year 1815 that he owned upwards of fifteen hundred dollars of property.  I have often heard him say that he was justly entitled to both land and money as a pension and that ever since the war he had not received one cent of either money or land.  Also, I recollect his possession in his lifetime the family Bible as here produced in court.

Washington County, State of Kentucky

The affidavit of Sterling Morgan, being of lawful age upwards of seventy years, being infirm makes the following statement that the copy of the family bible here taken is a true copy, taken from the bible of my brother, Philip Moran and family, the  names of the children I perfectly recollect and a part of the record in the handwriting of my brother and the balance In the family as it fell in the hands of his widow and was sold by Jesse Peter the executor that the said bible is in the possession of the family at this time, given under my hand this 31st day of May 1842.

Sterling Morgan

Sworn to before me as a said Justice of the Peace for said county and stated given under my hand this 31st day of May 1842.

Robert S. Mitchell

State of Kentucky

Washington County

I, William B. Booker, Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid do certify that the within is a true copy of the affidavit of Sterling Morgan, filed in my office (on the application of Phillip Morgan’s heirs to get said Phillip Morgan’s pension) sworn to before me in open court.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court at Springfield this 31st day of May 1842

W. B. Booker

Augusta, November 27, 1777

Phillip Morgan, a private soldier in Capt. Isaac Hick’s company in the 3rd battalion of Continental Troops for the state of Georgia, in a bad state of health and not fit for duty is discharged from the said battalion, received all pay and account of payment.

I cannot say if a pension was acquired for the children of Phillip Morgan.


Bowman’s Celebrate Golden Wedding in 1892

Funny that I should find the golden wedding anniversary of a couple from Mercer County in the Mount Sterling newspaper!  But then, good things are sometimes found when searching for something else!  Bellevue, home of the Bowman family, is located on Hwy 152 just outside the city of Burgin. 

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, October 11, 1892

Mr. Dudley Mitchem Bowman and Mrs. Virginia Smith Bowman, of Mercer County, celebrated their ‘golden wedding’, on Thursday, September 29th, at their home, Bellevue, near Burgin.  From the Danville correspondent of the Louisville Times, we extract the following:

September 29, 1842, a large and fashionable assemblage met at Avondale, in Mercer County, the home of Abram Smith, Esq., to witness the marriage of his daughter, Virginia, then in her seventeenth year, to Dudley Mitchem Bowman, the son of a neighbor, the Hon. John Bowman.  Avondale was then, as it is now, a lovely country home, where a bounteous, graceful hospitality was dispensed, and it is interesting to know that it yet remains in the family and is none the less celebrated for perpetuating its old-time reputation.

The ceremony of fifty years ago was spoken by the Rev. Thomas Smith, one of the pioneers in Campbell and Stone’s reformation, then just beginning.  The bridesmaids were Miss Peachy Smith, now Mrs. Simeon Drake, of Chicago, and Miss Johanna Smith, a sister of the bride who married Mr. McCann.  The groomsmen were Abram Hite Bowman, brother to the groom, and Ben Campbell, yet living in Mercer County.

This marriage united two of the most widely known and respected families of the Commonwealth, names associated with the early conquest of the land from the savages and identified with its erection into an independent state.

In the colonial annals of Virginia are found their names in places of civil and military distinction.  They came from the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia, and Zachariah Smith and Abram Bowman were among the first to make a new home in the wilderness of Kentucky; the former at ‘Ingleside’, near Danville, and Bowman in Fayette County, only a few miles further away.

A few years thereafter the estate known as ‘Bellevue’, the present town, came into the possession of John Bowman, father of the present owner, by bequest from an uncle.  John Bowman was a man or more than ordinary culture for his time, a lawyer by education and a pupil of Henry Clay.  His wife was Sarah Mitchem, of Woodford County, daughter of Dudley Mitchem, from whom have come the Woolfolk’s, Hayden’s, Bannon’s and other families well-known in Louisville, Lexington and the southwest.  Their children were the late John Bryan Bowman, for many years Regent of Kentucky University; the late Abram Hite Bowman, many of whose descendants now live in Louisville and various parts of the state, and Dudley Mitchem Bowman, the present owner of ‘Bellevue’.  It is a rarely beautiful old country home, nearly a century old and substantially built.  The arched windows and picturesque fans over the doors, beautiful hand-carved wood mantels and window frames, take one back to the architecture and house decorations of old Colonial days.  The walls are covered with portraits of the former owners and occupants of the home.  Mr. Bowman tells with justifiable pride that only Indians and Bowman’s ever owned the place.  It has been for a century the seat of a princely hospitality, and it was an interesting occasion, the celebration of a golden wedding, that brought under its roof the descendants of the pioneers of a century ago.

A notable feature of this delightful reunion was the singularly appropriate remarks of the Rev. Owsley Goodloe.  Two conspicuous figures were Uncle Louis and Aunt Caroline, former slaves, whose marriage antedated that of Mr. and Mrs. Bowman by six years.  At the wedding fifty years ago Uncle Louis had the distinction of driving the carriage and Aunt Caroline was the maid in waiting to the bride.

Owing to the death of a lovely daughter, Mrs. Caroline Bowman Ringo, the guests were limited to the family and a few intimate friends.  Among those present were:  Mrs. Mary Watters Bowman, widow of the eldest son; John Bryan and son and daughter; Mrs. Jennie Bowman Cassell ad two daughters, Dudley M. Jr., and wife, nee Mary Dunlap; Mrs. Nannie Bowman Moore and five children, and Mr. Abram Smith Bowman of Fairlawn, Lexington; Miss Nannie Smith, sister of Mrs. Bowman; Mrs. Mary D. Bowman, Mrs. John Augustus Williams, Mr. Phil B. Thompson, Rev. Strother Cook, Mr. Ben C. Allin and wife, who have been married nearly sixty-five years; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Riker, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Mrs. Rebecca Jones, Mr. and Mrs. James Kunniano, Mr. and Mrs. William Roland and Miss Vivion.

Mr. and Mrs. Bowman, though rapidly approaching that age which marks the evening of life, are yet hale and hearty, and give promise of being able to celebrate many more anniversaries of their marriage.

At their deaths, Dudley Mitchem Bowman and Virginia Smith Bowman were buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

1787-1790 Estate Settlement of Cornelius Cozine

This estate settlement of Cornelius Cozine is very interesting.  Cornelius’ will was written February 9, 1787, and he must have died within a few days or weeks.  In it he names wife, Mary, sons Daniel and Cornelius, and daughters Anne and Sarah.  Executors Abraham Banta and Samuel Demeree are listed.  Evidently Samuel Demeree married the widow, Mary Cozine, within a year or two, since he is named as ‘husband to the widow of the decedent’ in 1789.

The estate sales must have been somewhat of a party with the whisky that was on hand.  I love the term ‘crying the sale’ – what would our auctioneers think of that today?  Did you notice that the clerk of Mercer County, Thomas Allin, was paid in tobacco and money?

All men listed are early Kentucky settlers.

Mercer County Probate Records, Book 1, Pages 65-66

The Estate of Cornelius Cozine, Deceased

Amounts in pounds, shillings and pence

Abraham Banta and Samuel Demeree, Executors


  • Paid the Clerk of Mercer his ticket 320 lb tobacco & 12 tenth of lb – 2-12-0


  • Paid James Overton for advice – 0-12-6
  • Paid James Dunbar for schooling children – 0-7-6
  • Paid John Furman for subscription by Cozine for Cane Run Meeting House – 1-0-0


  • Paid William Rue Clerk of the sale – 0-12-0
  • Paid George Smith for 5 gallons of whisky for the sale – 1-0-0
  • Paid John Banta for a cow bought of him to pay George Scott which cow is dead – 3-0-0
  • Paid John Banta for Sharpening plow irons – 0-1-0
  • Paid Cornelius Bogart for whisky for the sale – 0-7-6
  • Paid William Alexander for crying the sale – 1-4-0
  • Paid John Thomas for surveying Cozine’s part of the land bought of Scott – 0-12-0
  • Paid George Scott a cow and calf in part of the price of the land – 4-10-0
  • Paid Cornelius Bogart for judging land in Jefferson County – 0-3-8
  • Paid Samuel Demeree, husband to the widow of the decedent in part – 63-7-5
  • Paid Job Hale for a season(?) of the horse – 0-12-0
  • Paid George Scott in part for land – 18-9-0

This amount is paid by Abraham Banta – 99-10-7


  • Paid for attendance on the child Cornelius to Doctor Kline, paid to him by Samuel Demeree – 7-10-0


Balance due from the Executors – 297-15-6

Total 404-16-1

A balance due by Cornelius Cozine in his lifetime to Samuel Deremee – 2-15-3

To balance due as per Contra – 295-0-9

Contra – 297-15-6

February 28th 1788 – By amounts of the Sales of the Estate as per account returned, bearing interest from the 28th of February 1789, in the hands of Abraham Banta – 374-8-10

July 6th 1790 – By money received of the decedent’s Estate from John Cozine of the State of Pennsylvania – 20-0-0

By received from of the decedents Estate from Simon Vanarsdall – 16-14-11

By received from of the decedent’s Estate from Garrid Cozine – 3-12-4                              Total 30-7-3

This 30-7-3 in the hands of Samuel Demeree

Total amount is 404-16-1

By balance due 297-15-6

By balance as per contra 295-0-3

Agreeable to an order of the worshipful Court of Mercer County, we the subscribers have examined the accounts of the estate of Cornelius cosine, deceased, and also the vouchers for the payments made by the Executors, which are herewith returned and also a coy of the accounts of Sales and find the balance due by the Executor to said Estate to be two hundred and ninety-five pounds and three pence, as stated in the above account as witness our hands this 23rd day of August 1791

William Kennedy, James Speed, Will Buckner

Mercer County                         August Court 1791

This account of the settlement of the Executors of the Estate of Cornelius Cozine, deceased, was returned into Court and being examined by the court the same is ordered to be recorded.

Teste – Thomas Allin, C.C.

Henry Clay Stone Buried At Mt. Gilead Cemetery Mason County

Henry Clay Stone, September 5, 1843 – April 17, 1919.  Sallie E., his wife, December 30, 1848 – January 26, 1923.  Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

Henry Clay Stone was the son of Kinzea Stone and Elizabeth Ann Seamonds, born in Bourbon County, September 5, 1843.  In the 1850 census of that county Kinzea is 37, wife Elizabeth, also 37.  The following children are listed:  Jesse N., 13; Sarah A., 11; Malinda J., 9; Henry Clay, 7; Martha, 5; and Mary E., 3.  Also living in the household are Edward Stone, 33; David Dodge, 17; and Bernard Graham, 25, listed as schoolmaster and born in Ireland.

Henry Clay Stone married Sarah Wallingford about 1870.  In the 1880 census they are 36 and 33, respectively, with daughters Nettie, 4; and Minnie, 3.  In the 1900 census we find the couple has been married for 30 years.  They have had 7 children, but only 3 have survived.  Minnie, 23; Kinzea, 19; and Elizabeth C., 13.  Daughter Nettie was deceased by that date.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 17, 1919

H. Clay Stone Died At Noon of Influenza

County Magistrate and Prominent Citizen of Mt. Gilead Neighborhood Dies of Heart Trouble Developing In Influenza

Mr. H. Clay stone, Magistrate of the Mt. Gilead district, died at his home near that village at noon today of heart trouble brought on by influenza, from which he has been suffering for the past several days.

Mr. Stone was 75 years of age and quite a prominent citizen.  He was a very extensive reader and one of the best posted men in the county on many subjects.  He was a member of he one of the oldest families in Kentucky and a very likable gentleman.

Besides his wife, Mr. Stone is survived by one son, Kinza Stone, who made his home with his parents, and two daughters, Mrs. William Byron, of Mt. Carmel, and Mrs. Minnie Johnson, of Lexington.

Arrangements for the funeral have not as yet been made.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, April 18, 1919

Squire Stone’s Funeral Saturday Afternoon

The funeral of Squire H. Clay Stone will be held from the late home at Mt. Gilead Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock and burial will be made at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery.


Confederate Soldiers Martyrs Monument In Eminence Kentucky

In the cemetery, of the small town of Eminence, Kentucky, stands a monument to three Confederate soldiers.  These men were not killed during battle, but were murdered due to the orders of Brevet Major General Stephen Gano Burbridge – also known as the ‘Butcher of Kentucky’.

During the Civil War Stephen Burbridge was Kentucky’s most controversial military commander.  After serving as colonel during the early part of the war, in 1864 he returned to Kentucky where he fought against Confederate raiders, including John Hunt Morgan.  At that time he was placed in command in Kentucky, but his harsh tactics won him no friends and many enemies.  In July 1864 he issued Order No. 59 which included ‘Wherever an unarmed Union citizen is murdered, four guerrillas will be selected from the prisoners in the hands of the military authorities and publicly shot to death in the most convenient place near the scene of the outrage.’

The three CSA soldiers who were shot November 3, 1864, at Pleasureville by order of Gen. Burbridge in pretense of retaliation of two Negroes that were killed near Port Royal.  ‘Sleep on ye braves for you have got our sympathy to our latest breath.  We would not have thee buried on a lot with him who caused they death.’

On August 12, 1864, four guerrillas were taken from the city of Eminence to some point in the Henry County, and were shot.  On November 3, 1864, four more were sent from Lexington to Pleasureville (a small town in Henry County) to be executed.  Sixteen hours after the execution their bodies were still lying on the floor of the depot where they were shot.  A few hours later three of these men were buried in Eminence Cemetery – William Tighe, R. W. Yates and William Darbro – the fourth man, William Long, was buried in Maysville by his family.

The executions were carried out by Co. C. 54th Reg. Infantry, led by Captain Emzy W. Easley.  Captain Easley was to execute four more Confederates about January 15th for the killing of Preston Sparks, and three more on February 2.  ‘I was heartsick over the task assigned me, and would rather have gone into battle against any force than execute those men.  Just one hour before the time set, I received a telegram signed by Abraham Lincoln.  It ordered the execution of Waller deferred, and that he be sent back to Lexington until further orders.  When I saw the contents of the message at first glance I was so overjoyed that I thought it referred to all of the men.  I did not read it again, but sent back all three – the execution thus delayed never took place, and in a few months the war was over.’  Three lives were saved that day, although only one man was to be sent to Lexington.  Captain Easley didn’t read the telegram carefully and assumed all men were reprieved.

Burbridge also directed the imprisonment and execution of numerous people in the state, including public figures, charging them with treason and other high crimes, many of which were falsely charged

Brevet Maj. Gen Stephen Burbridge quickly lost support of Kentuckians due to his harsh measures and was replaced in February 1865, and at the end of the war he moved to New York.

The lives of four men and their families were forever changed that day in November 1864.  William Darbro had a wife, Mary Ann Bruce, and three babies – Permelia, Catherine and John, all under the age of four.  R. W. Yates was a resident of Hart County and William Tighe of Grant County.

This Confederate Soldiers Martyrs Monument was placed on the National Register of Historic Places July 17, 1997.

William Tighe, aged 30 years.  R. W. Yates, aged 30 years.  William Darbro, aged 20 years.  Eminence Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky.

Nicholas County Marriages

Nicholas County Marriages


  • Robert Stephenson married Martha McAnully, by John P. Campbell, on April 6, 1802.
  • John McNide married Susannah Barnett, by John Barnett, December 15, 1803.
  • John Swinny married Priscilla Potts, by Bartholomew W. Stone, November 24, 1803.
  • Sampson Archer married Polly Kineart, by Bartholomew W. Stone, December 22, 1803.
  • James Collins married Mary McDowell, by John Barnett, September 29, 1803
  • John Benson married Sally Musich, by John Barnett, November 3, 1803.
  • Peter Ireland married Ann Allen, by Bartholomew W. Stone, September 28, 1804
  • Robert McCune married Phoebe Ray, by Bartholomew W. Stone, December 27, 1804
  • Gaven Mathers married Peggy McCune, by Bartholomew W. Stone, February 21, 1805.
  • John Scott  married Elizabeth Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone, July 4, 1805.
  • Aaron Wiggins married Elizaeth Inard, by Caleb J. Taylor, September 23, 1804.
  • Alexander Allerson married Elizabeth Taylor, by Caleb J. Taylor, June 2, 1805.
  • John Ellis married Lucrece Wells, by Caleb J. Taylor, June 20, 1805.
  • Thomas Harney married Mary Grosvenor, by John Barnett, December 19, 1804.
  • Andrew Burns married Hannah Adams, by John Persons, September 20, 1804.
  • James Ishmael married Mary McFerrin, by John Person, June 21, 1804
  • Parker Brown married Sarah Bell, by John Barnett, January 17, 1805.
  • William Landers married Rebecca Plugh, by John Persons, January 5, 1804
  • George Eidson married Mary Lilly, by John Barnett, October 11, 1804.
  • Abraham Dorlan married Sally Brown, by John Barnett, November 29, 1804.
  • Thomas Davis married Elizabeth Grosvenor, by John Barnett, July 5, 1804.
  • Samuel Long married Susannah Barlow, by John Barnett, March 15, 1804.
  • Jacob Fight married Peggy Cotrill, by John Barnett, June 6, 1805.