Brother and Sister Die of Tuberculosis – Washington County

B. F. Crowe, born August 8, 1842, died November 22, 1908.  Nancy, his wife, born May 16, 1849.  New Hope Baptist Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

Susie B. Crowe was the daughter of Mansfield and Sarah Mattingly Crowe.  Her paternal grandparents were Benjamin F. and Nancy Strange Crow.  She is listed in the 1900 and 1910 censuses of Washington County, living with her parents, and her siblings – Clarence M., Sada R., Lena, Zora E., Iven Leslie, and Mary Ardie Crowe.

Susie B. Crowe, 1894-1911.  Clarence M. Crowe, 1890-1915. 

Brother Clarence Crowe will follow her to the grave in five years.  Their death certificates reveal that both died of tuberculosis.  Both parents are listed on the death certificates, both born in Washington County.

I think it interesting that this family added an ‘E’ to their last name.  My Crow family – no E – is the same line.  This was not unusual that a different spelling would occur somewhere in the line.  Benjamin F. Crowe, Susie’s grandfather, was a brother to my Mansfield Crow, children of Mansfield Crow and Mary Ann Rigdon.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

June 29, 1911

Death of a Young Lady

Susie Crowe was born April 26, 1894 and departed this life June 17, 1911.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield F. Crowe, who, with her five sisters and two brothers and a host of relatives and friends mourn her death.  She professed faith in Christ and joined the New Hope Baptist Church September 1909 and has lived a complete Christian live ever since.  At the time of her going from us, she was the beloved teacher of the primary class in our Sunday School and wrought well in that capacity.  We will miss her in all of our church work as when was present at all ministries, but in the midst of our sorrow, we console ourselves with the fat that our loss is her gain, and bid the family to weep not as those who have no hope for, ‘They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which can not be moved, but abideth forever.’

One who knew her

Christopher and Angeline Peavler Obituaries – Mercer County

Christopher Columber Peavler was the son of Joseph Peavler and Mary Ann Ridge.  Angeline Vandivier Peavler was the daughter of William and Catherine Vandivier.  The couple were married September 1, 1845 in Mercer County.  According to the Mercer County census, 1850-1910, their children were Sarah, Amanda, George G., William, Merrell, Henry, Mary and Georgia.  By 1900 three of these children had died.  Christopher and Angeline Peavler were married 68 years!

Christopher Peavler, 1822-1915.  Angeline Peavler, 1826-1913.  Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 13, 1913

Mrs. Angeline Peavler, aged eighty-eight years, died last Friday.  She was a splendid motherly Christian woman who had been a member of the Methodist Church for 72 years, having her membership at Oakland Church in this county.  Her maiden name was Angeline Vandivier and she had been married sixty-six years, her aged husband, who is ninety-one years old, surviving her, besides five children.  The funeral services were held Saturday at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. F. T. McIntire, assisted by Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was in the cemetery adjacent to the church.


The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 9, 1915

Mr. Christopher Peavler died at his home in the West End last Thursday.  He was probably the oldest man in the county, being 93 years of age.  He was a native of this county and a gentleman who was highly esteemed by all who knew him.  For 62 years he had been a member of Oakland Methodist Church and had lived on the place where he died for 58 years.  He leaves 8 children, 36 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.  His funeral services were held Saturday at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was in the adjacent cemetery.

1797 Will of John Darnall – Montgomery County

Will of John Darnall

Will Book A, Pages 8-10, Montgomery County, Kentucky

In the name of God, amen.  I, John Darnall, of Montgomery County and State of Kentucky, being very sick and weak but in my perfect mind and memory, considering and calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life that I must die and leave this world whenever it should please God to call me, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First, I do commit my soul unto the hand of God who created it, and secondly, my body to be buried at the discretion of my executor, hereinafter mentioned.

Item, after my just and lawful debts are paid I do will and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Maryanne Darnall, my dwelling plantation and wood and rails to support it and likewise she may clear if she should see cause so as to augment the cleared land to the amount of seventy acres and also all my moveable estate during her natural life or widowhood.

Item, I do will and bequeath to my well beloved son, Henry Darnall, fifty acres of land to him and his heirs forever, to begin on the outside line which will be hereafter fixed by the Court so as to include his and my present dwelling, places to be laid off in good form provided he pays or causes

to be paid to the benefit of the remainder of my estate fifteen pounds lawful money of Kentucky.

Item, I do will and bequeath to my well beloved son, Cornelius Darnall, fifty acres of land to him and his heirs forever, to include his dwelling place, thence running up back Hays Run to my outside line and thence with said line for quantity provided he pays or causes to be paid to the receipt of the remainder of my estate fifteen pounds lawful money of Kentucky.

Item, I will that my executors shall lay off and convey to Thomas Anter Saul (?) one hundred and fifty acres of land running so as to include the quantity toward the Grapy Lick meeting house.

Item, I will and bequeath that the remainder of my land to be sold at public venue and the money to be equally divided amongst all my beloved sons.

Item, I will and bequeath all my removeable estate to my beloved daughters after the death or marriage of their mother, to be equally divided amongst them.

I do hereby constitute, make and ordain my beloved sons, Cornelius and Henry Darnall, my executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of December in the

year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven.

John Darnall

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Darnall as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers –

Anthony Furtad, Samuel Arvin, Thomas Darnall

At a Court held for Montgomery County the 6th day of March 1798.

This last will and testament of John Darnall, deceased, was proved by the oaths of Anthony Furtad and Thomas Darnall, witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded.  Cornelius and Henry Darnall, the executors therein named, qualified thereto according to law and who, together with William Higgins and Johnathan Barnard, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two hundred pounds, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste. M. Harrison, C.M.C.

1823 Marriage Returns – Washington County

This doth certify that I did on the

  • 7th of August 1823, join together Edward Graves and Lucinda Schooling.
  • 11th September 1823, join together Prior Patterson and Susannah O’Neal.
  • September 23rd 1823, Michael Young and Ruth Moreland.
  • September 25th 1823, Hugh Jeffries and Fanny Walker.
  • October 2nd 1823, Joel Gregory and Nancy Springer.
  • October 9th 1823, Thomas Swan and Sarah Robertson.
  • October 16th 1823, Allen Elliott and Nancy Lawrence.
  • October 23rd 1823, Lloyd Simpson and Rebecca Milbourn.
  • October 30th 1823, James Bailey and Matilda Graves.
  • November 4th 1823, Samuel Richardson and Susan Creager.

Given under my hand this 18th November 1823, Joel Gorden

I do hereby certify that on the 20th day of March last (1823) I solemnized the rites of marriage between Thomas L. Bennett and Nancy McDonald.  Also, on the 27th day of May, I joined Horatio Mudd and Martha Powell, late widow of Charles Powell, deceased.

The Clerk of Washington County

Barnabas McHenry, E.M.E.C.

Martha Powell was the daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason, and my 4th great-aunt.  Martha had one daughter by Captain Powell, Mary Edwards Powell, born in 1814, a few months before the captain’s death November 22, 1814.  With Horatio Mudd she had five children – Hezekiah, Charles William, Mary Mildred, Nicholas and Thomas Mudd.

Hall Monument In Machpelah Cemetery – Montgomery County

I thought this monument quite interesting since there was so much detail written on the stone.  It gives a good picture of the life of this family.  James Hall was born on the Isle of Wight in England, as was his son, George.  James was a plasterer and George followed in his father’s footsteps.  They eventually moved to Weston, West Virginia, to work on an asylum.

Evidently the wife and mother had passed on before this move to the United States.  In the 1870 census of Montgomery County James is listed as 55, a plasterer, born in England.  His son George was 21, same work and birth place.

In the 1880 census Mrs. James Hall is listed as head of household.  She was 40, born in New York, both parents born in Ireland.  She is listed as an astrologist.  I’ll have to admit I never thought to see that as an occupation during the 19th century in Kentucky!  James is 60, still a plasterer, born in England as was both parents.  George is not listed.  Perhaps he was married, or died young working for the fire company as noted on his gravestone.  James died in 1896, and Frances within two years.

James Hall, born on the Isle of Wight, England.  Was an ornamental plaster, worked on the London Palace and other public buildings.  Came to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum, removed to Mt. Sterling, and from there to Lexington, Kentucky.  Died June 19, 1896.  Machpelah Cemetery, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Frances, wife of James Hall and widow of Charles Jennings of Louisville, Kentucky.  Born in Troy, New York, came to Mt. Sterling 1870, moved to Lexington, Kentucky, 1892.  Died February 11, 1898.

George Hall, born on the Isle of Wight.  Emigrated to Canada with his father, and then went to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum and came to Mt. Sterling with his father where he joined and was buried by the Fire Company.

Domestic Economy from The Bourbon News

As much as I love to cook – and eat – I was eager to share this find with you.  The year is 1882 and the title is Domestic Economy.  Have you ever watched The Great British Baking Show?  Once in each episode the bakers are given a very watered-down recipe – no oven temperature or time to bake, just enough to make them ask, how in the world do you make this?  Some of these recipes are the same.  But to cooks of that era I’m sure they knew exactly how to get the intended result.  The Soft Ginger Cake and the Cream Biscuits are calling my name – I will definitely try them!

The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky

Friday, March 10, 1882

Domestic Economy

To always insure light dumplings, mix and let stand two or three hours before rising; cut into thin strips, roll in flour and boil twenty minutes.

Velvet Cream – Whites of four eggs beaten to a stiff froth; two teaspoonful each of sugar, currant jelly and raspberry jam.  Beat all together briskly.  Serve with or without cream.  With cake it is a delicious dish for dessert.

Soft Ginger Cake – One cup of molasses, one cup of sugar, one cup of sweet milk, half a cup of butter, one egg, two teaspoonful of baking powder, ginger and raisins to suit the taste.  Stir in flour enough to make a soft batter, not as thick as ordinary cake.  Bake slowly.

Parsley Sauce – Wash a bunch of parsley in cold water, then boil it for six or seven minutes in salt and water; drain it, cut the leaves from the stalks and chop them fine.  Have ready some melted butter and stir in the parsley; allow two small tablespoons of leaves to one-half pint butter.  Serve with fish and boiled fowls.

Cream Biscuits – Delicious little cream biscuits for afternoon tea are made by mixing self-rising flour with cream, which roll into a thin, smooth paste, prick, cut and bake immediately.  They should be kept dry in a closed tin box.  If the flour is not self-rising, salt it lightly and mix with a dessert spoonful of baking powder.

Ham Sandwiches – Chop the ham fine and season it with salt, pepper and mustard.  If the lean meat alone is used a little melted butter may be added.  Spread between thin slices of bread.  Cheese sandwiches are very nice; the cheese may be grated or cut in thin slices.  Mustard is added, or not, as pleased.

Snowdon Cake – This is a genuine Scotch recipe and is a great favorite with Scotch-American families.  Beat to a cream half a pound of butter, three-quarters of a pound of granulated sugar, the whites of six eggs, half a teacup of cream, and one pound of Bermuda arrowroot.  Add the beaten yolks of two of the eggs and a very little salt.  Bake in a mold one hour or more.

Mashed Potatoes – Pare and boil the potatoes, and, after every trace of the water has evaporated, mash them with you pestle, still in the kettle over the fire; they are naught if not kept hot.  Get out every suggestion of a lump and as you mash put in a generous quantity of fresh butter, and, if you have it, some cream, enough milk to make the potato rich and moist.  Salt it to taste and serve fresh and hot dish piled up and smoothed over in a hot with a little black pepper sifted on top.  Mashed potato which has stood on the stove for a while before serving is poor stuff.  If you want the top brown hold over it a salamander or a very hot stove lid – don’t put the dish into the oven, that only makes the contents watery.

Rev. Philip W. Taylor Dies At The Age Of 93 – Shelby County

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 6, 1856

A correspondent of the Frankfort Commonwealth furnishes that paper the following:

Rev. Philip W. Taylor, a native of Caroline County, Virginia, a soldier of the Revolution, and one of the early pioneers of Kentucky, died on the 24th, in Shelby County, Kentucky.  He was present at the surrender of Cornwallis, a soldier in Col. Mathews’ regiment.  In 1781 he came to Kentucky.  On his way down the river his boat was attacked by the Indians twenty miles above Louisville, and several of his companions killed and wounded, himself among the latter.  he knew, personally, Boone, Kenton, Todd, Harlan, and indeed all the pioneer heroes who settled the state.  He was for many years a justice of the peace in the county of Shelby, for two years its high sheriff, and for sixty years a minister of the gospel.  He was, perhaps, the last of the pioneer fathers, and in him was severed the last link that bound the busy, bustling generation of today to that stern old warrior race who conquered and settled our beautiful state.

Mr. Taylor’s death was listed in the deaths of 1856 for Shelby County.  Philip W. Taylor, 93, January 24th.  Cause of death – fell off porch?  The last word is very hard to read.

Thank goodness for old newspapers who have been saved – they give us glimpses of life from long ago.