Henry M. and Susan Wise Buried in Ghent Cemetery – Carroll County

Henry M. and Susan Wise.  Ghent Cemetery, Carroll County, Kentucky

Henry Maurice Wise and Susan Roberts were married in Carroll County, September 11, 1851, by the Reverend C. B. Tharp of the Christian Church.  Their marriage bond was procured the day before.  Benjamin Roberts, father of the bride, gave his consent and was also bondsman.  Henry was the son of Henry Wise and Sarah Bargo.

In the 1860 census of Carroll County, Henry, a merchant, and Susan had three children – Emma, 7; Charles A., 3; and Frances H., 7/12.  Frances is not in the 1870 census leading us to believe she died before that date.  Bertie, 10; Willie, 7; Ella, 6, and twins Carrie and Susan, 8/12 are the newest members of the family.  In 1880, Carrie has died, and Joseph is 6.  Henry became a farmer in 1870 and continued through 1880, although in that census he is listed as a cripple – was this because of an accident or illness?

Henry Maurice Wise passes away September 5, 1884, at the age of 59.

Henry M. Wise, born March 12, 1825, died September 5, 1884.

Susan lives another 25 years.

Susan Wise, born December 14, 1835, died July 15, 1909.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, July 16, 1909.

Emma Wise, the oldest child, never married.  She is buried beside her parents.

Emma Wise, born June 5, 1852, died September 6, 1886.

Sue Wise, daughter of Henry and Susan, also remained single.  The papers give snippets of times she entertained, when she visited relatives, or took trips with friends.  In 1905 from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, ‘Miss Susan Wise entertained a hundred ladies Wednesday evening complimentary to Mrs. John Davis, of St. Louis.’  This was in the Carrollton section.

Her death certificate says she was an organist.  I believe she must have been quite good to have been listed as her occupation.

James Madison Colson – War of 1812 Veteran – Bell County

In memory of James Madison Colson, member of the 54th Knox County Regiment in War of 1812.   Born (1770-1775) died (1845-1846).  Amelia Tinsley Colson, born (1774-1800) died (1845-1846).  And their unknown grandson.  Middlesboro Cemetery, Bell County, Kentucky.

I believe James Madison Colson was born in North Carolina.

Moved from their home place on Cannon Creek on July 16, 1973.

In 1812 Knox County comprised most of the areas today in the counties of Harlan, Bell, Whitley and Laurel.

Pulaski County Marriages – 1804

A list of marriages – John Gibson and Patience Burk, March 27th, 1804.  Zachariah Adams and Jean Claunch, June 5th, 1804.  Robert Barnes and Marion Linsy, August 23rd, 1804.  Martin Trapp and Jerimmiah Dodson, October 11, 1804.  The above list of marriage was confirmed according to the dates above written.

By Elijah Barnes

The foregoing lists of marriages was returned to me as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court at my office by the Reverend Elijah Barnes and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att.  Will Fox

These doth certify to you that on the 4th of November I joined together in the holy state of matrimony Anderson Nunnely and Nancy Richardson, both of this county.  Given under my hand this 8th day of November 1804.

Adam Banks

The foregoing list of marriage was produced to me in my office as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court by the Reverend Adam Banks and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att. Will Fox, C.P.C.

I do hereby certify that on the 12th day of March, I joined together in the holy state of matrimony John Allen and Rachel McDaniel.  Also on the 17th day of July, Abner Dodson and Betsey Wolverton.  Also on the 16th day of November, Joseph Sargant and Betsey Waggoner.  1804.

Thomas Hill

The foregoing lists of marriage was produced to me in my office as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court b the Reverend Thomas Hill and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att. Will Fox, C.P.C.



Gentlemen’s Photos 1860-1895

Women’s photographs are always more interesting, and there are more of them than men’s.  Women’s dresses, hair styles and jewelry always draw our attention.  But men’s clothing, hair and hat styles can be just as interesting.

This first gentleman’s photo is a carte-de-visite – or something similar.  I believe this photo was taken about 1860, possibly 1859.  Instead of being the exact 2 1/2″ x 4″ as the carte-de-visite, this card measures 2 7/16″ x 4 3/16″.  In the early days the cards were not exactly measured and thus gives us a hint to its age.  The gentleman wears the long, oversized coat of this era – note it almost comes to his knees.  The collar of his shirt is not as tall as in later years and his very narrow silk tie is a signature of the very early 1860’s.

Our next two photos are tintypes, but not the very early tintypes of of 1858-1864.  The 1880’s saw a resurgence of this method of photography.  By this point photographs were even cheaper to make and film technology improved to make the photographic process faster.  Many cities had photography studios, as well as carnivals and fairs which gave a souvenir of the event.  It looks as if the above photo was taken in a tent, there are what look like ties at the bottom left, and studios would have a more interesting background than white with a solitary chair.

This gentleman  wears a shirt of the 1880’s with it’s sharp, pointed collar.  His suit is more tailored to his physique and he wears a famous bowler hat of the time period.  This tintype is 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

Our second tintype is much smaller in size, 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.  You can just see the wide, colorful tie in the v between his collar and vest.  Another 1880’s photograph.

Our next two photos are unusual sized cards of the late 1880’s to 1890’s  measuring 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″, instead of the 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ of the more popular cabinet cards.  In addition to the unusual size the dark green and black card backgrounds were used only 1884-1895.  Both use studio backgrounds and props.  1886 saw the use of large fake rocks.

I believe it is the first time I have seen men holding a cigarette or slim cigar – hard to tell which it is.  In the above photo the cigarette is actually lit.  The stylish gentleman above wears a dapper hat and sports a mustache.  Quite a man about town.

This is the only photograph that is identified.  Please meet Andrew S. Leitch.  The photo was taken by Charles Keil’s Studio at 691 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

 Another sharply dressed gentleman.  His silk tie has a decorative pin in the knot.  Could you get any more props in this photo?  The animal skin rug was in use during the 1880’s.  This photo was taken in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s photos.  Do you have any photos that match any of this dates?


A History of My Edwards Family – From Maryland to Virginia to Kentucky

$300 one day after date I promise to pay Nancy Edwards three hundred dollars for value received this 15th 1840                             Benjamin Edwards

Received of Theodore Clarkson and Martha his wife, late Edwards, Catherine Edwards and Sarah Edwards, heirs and devisees of Benjamin M. Edwards, deceased, three hundred dollars in full of a note for that sum heretofore appended, which I held on said B. M. Edwards and on which I have not exacted or charged any interest, the same has not been paid to me in money but by the receipts of said devisees and heirs to me for so much as advanced and paid to them in part of their share of the estate in my hands as widow of their father, Edward B. Edwards, deceased, August 9, 1855.

                                                                  Nancy Edwards

Attest.  J. L. Edwards

This old document was part of my grandmother’s genealogy – some of the best things were handed down and saved!  It concerns money from the estate of Edward Barber Edwards – husband to Nancy, and father to Benjamin, Martha, Catherine and Sarah, heirs mentioned in this note and the will of Edward Barber Edwards.

Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton were pioneers to Washington County, Kentucky, arriving in 1816.  Edward was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber, born in Maryland April 21, 1768.  His family moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, about the time of the Revolution where he met and married Nancy, daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason.  Nancy was born about 1778.

Five of Edward and Nancy Edwards’ children were born in Loudoun County – Susan Clark in 1797, John L. in 1800, Catherine Kitural in 1805, Jonathan Joseph in 1805, Benjamin Mason in 1809 and Mary Jane in 1814.  The last two daughters were born in Washington County – Martha L. in 1817 and Sarah Barber in 1822.

Edward Edwards died in 1824.  His will was written January 16th of that year and proved in court March 8th.  Nancy lived another 37 years, raising the children.  She died July 2, 1861.

Five of their children married, four producing grandchildren for Edward and Nancy.

Susan Clark Edwards married John Compton Taylor November 25, 1828.  They are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They had four children before her death in 1836 – Catherine Elizabeth Taylor (my 2nd great-grandmother), Edward Edwards Taylor, Benjamin Springer Taylor and Margaret Ann Taylor.

John L. Edwards married Mildred L. Linton, a cousin, October 13, 1831, in Logan County.  John brought his bride back to his home in Washington County.  They had one daughter, Lucretia Edwards.

Jonathan Joseph Edwards married Nancy Millie Linton (a cousin – must have been confusing since both brothers’ wives went by Millie!) July 20, 1829.  They had seven children – Alfred, Lucretia, John L., Susan, Edward, William and Ben Edwards.  To make things even more confusing Ben married his cousin, Lucretia, better known as Lucy.

Mary Jane Edwards married James Caleb Janes May 29, 1832.  They had no children but helped raise great-nieces and nephews.

Martha L. Edwards married Stephen Theodore Clarkson June 19, 1848.  The couple had five children – Edwin Barber Clarkson, Francis Polin Clarkson, Annie Clarkson, Margaret Mason Clarkson and Sidney Albertus Clarkson.

This photograph was made in 1901 during an Edwards, Linton, Clarkson reunion.  The three older women seated in the middle of the photograph are Mary Jane Edwards Janes (in the high back chair), to her left is her sister Sarah Barber Edwards and to her right is Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, their niece and child of their sister, Susan Clark Edwards Taylor.  Three of Catherine Taylor Linton’s children are in the photo – the man standing directly behind her is son John Edgar Linton and to his right, daughter Alice Clark Linton.  The woman standing at the extreme left of the photo, as you look at it, is youngest daughter Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, my great-grandmother, with husband Robert E. Lee Montgomery, and daughters Alice, my grandmother, the oldest, standing in front of her father, and Margaret, Laura and Lillie.  The woman seated close to the Linton/Montgomery family is Lucy Edwards, a niece of the two Edward sisters and wife of Ben Edwards, and the man standing behind her is Bill Edwards.  Susie Edwards, another niece, is seated behind Sarah Barber Edwards.  The Clarkson family is on the right of the photo as you look at it.

1800-1801 Marriage Returns By Rev. Thomas Hill – Pulaski County

Friday, since it was so hot and humid, instead of a cemetery Ritchey and I chose to visit two courthouses – Casey County in Liberty, and Pulaski County in Somerset.  Casey County’s courthouse was old and beautifully built in 1888.  Pulaski County boasts a new courthouse built in 1975.

I share a page of marriage returns by Rev.Thomas Hill, dated 1800-1801.  I don’t believe these are original records.  The handwriting throughout is the same and doesn’t look like it was written in 1800.  Perhaps the originals were in such bad shape they decided to write down the information.  I’m just happy we have this.  Many of the early marriage bonds were lost, some pages looked like they were nibbled by mice – and these were dated in the 1880’s.

Later more information on the two courthouses we visited.

Pulaski County

I hereby certify that

  • on the 30th day of December 1800, I joined together Barnard Housman and Elizabeth Couchran
  • on the 19th day of February 1801, Charles Walker and Matilda Stephens, likewise John Taylor and Sally Harmon
  • on the 9th day of April 1801, John Wolverton and Anna Hanks
  • on the 21st day of August 1801, John Blackridge and Minah Newby
  • on the 6th day of October 1801, John Eastham and Polly Dunham
  • on the 7th day of October 1801, John Cooper and Polly McCown and also John Macninth and Patsy Cooper
  • on the 19th day of August 1801, Abner McWhorter and Polly Spencer
  • on the 17th day of December 1801, Amos Spencer and Polly Meek
  • on the 19th day of January 1801, William Allen and Polly Burns
  • on the 23rd day of February 1801, Thomas Jarvis and Nancy Ingram
  • on the 5th day of March 1801, Thomas Scott and Elizabeth Jones

Thomas Hill

The foregoing lists of marriage was returned to my office as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court by the Reverend Thomas Hill and the same has been duly recorded in my office.

Att. Will Fox, C.P.

Casey County Courthouse Built In 1888

Friday Ritchey and I visited the Casey County Courthouse in Liberty, Kentucky.  Although showing its age, it is still quite beautiful!

From a 1995 article in The Advocate-Messenger of Danville, Boyle County, we learn that ‘The stately courthouse, built in 1888 on the Courthouse Square, has Richardsonian architectural features such as a stone foundation, quoins and porch balustrade.  The entrances are arched.  The tower sports Richardsonian brick and stone banding and an Italianate corbeled cornice.  The courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.  The original building cost $15,000 and was designed by McDonald Brothers of Louisville.’  Israel Sanford Matherly, originally of Washington County, did the woodwork at the courthouse.  He had a handmade lathe to turn the spindles for the stair rails and balusters at the courthouse.

Richardsonian architecture was named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson, 1838-1886.  His masterpiece is Trinity Church in Boston.

The McDonald Brothers firm included Harry (Henry) McDonald, who served in the Civil War as a Confederate soldier; Donald McDonald and Kenneth McDonald.  Several other courthouses in Kentucky were built by this firm – Adair County, Henry County, Hickman County, Simpson County, Muhlenberg County and Owen County.  Their work also took them out of the state of Kentucky.

Casey County Courthouse

Present seat of justice, built 1888, was preceded by log building, 1809, and brick structure, 1837.  Architects for current courthouse were the noted McDonald Bros. of Louisville.  Its asymmetrical design and lavish use of stone trim (by T. D. Dunhauser of Germany) are unusual features among courthouses on McDonald firm.  Listed on National Register of Historic Places, 1977.