James Jolly – Fleming County, Kentucky, Will

James Jolly is my husband’s grandfather – but we know so very little about him.  He supposedly married Esther Myra Hertz in Kansas City, Missouri, about 1920/1921.  After their son, Rex, was born in 1922, James left and never returned.  We do know that James Jolly was from western Kentucky, possibly the Paducah area.  Esther sent many letters begging him to come back – but they were always returned – unread.  A year later she died of tuberculosis – or a broken heart – and Rex was adopted.  Thus the shortened version of why we are now Brown’s instead of Jolly’s!

One of the few pictures we have of James Jolly. On the back is written ‘Jim taken on his birthday 1922’.

I don’t know that the James Jolly, whose will is listed below, is any relation – but we always copy any Jolly records we find – just in case one day there is a clue we can follow!  How nice it would be to know about James Jolly and his family!

Fleming County, Kentucky

Wills, Book M – 1864-1871

I, James Jolly, of the County of Fleming and State of Kentucky, do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say

First, that I give to my son Thomas Jolly, the sum of fifteen acres of land situated in the north-west corner of my farm, so is to include the house he now lives in.

Secondly, that I will and bequeath to my son Samuel Jolly the amount of fifteen acres of land situated in the south west corner of my farm so as to include the house that he now lives in.

Thirdly, that I will to my daughter Sarah Flora the sum of thirty dollars for waiting on me during my sickness.

Fourthly, that I will and bequeath to my wife Nelly Jolly the residue of my farm, to have the use and control of during her lifetime, and after death I desire it to be equally divided among my several children which I give to them, their heirs, executors, administrations and assigns forever.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this the 8th day of March in the year eighteen hundred and seventy.

                                                                               James Jolly

Attest:  Milton M. Grimes, Matthew R. McDonell, Jesse B. Sooke

Rec. testament of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of James Jolly, deceased, was produced and proven in open court by the oaths of Jesse B. Sooke, Milton M. Grimes and Matthew R. McDonell, attesting witnesses thereto to be the last will and testament of said decedent, signed, acknowledged, sealed and delivered in their presence as such by him, whereupon the same is recorded as the last will and testament of said decedent and is ordered to be recorded.

                                                           Joseph Throop, Clerk

Today In Genealogy History – July 31, 2012

Nancy Cusick and Samuel E. Smith were married 189 years ago – July 31, 1823 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Samuel was the son of Samuel Smith and Elizabeth Bending.  Nancy and Samuel were the parents of at least 4 sons:  John E., Edward, James M. and Samuel Smith.

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Births

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Births


Name of Child – County – Date of Birth – Volume – Certificate # – Name of Mother

  • James W. Linning, Lawrence County, born April 3, 1919, Vol. 4, #18179, mother Bessie Boggs
  • Amelia R. Linny, Jefferson County, born May 29, 1920, Vol. 83, #41157, mother Carrie Ansell
  • Elizabeth Linore, Webster County, born November 28, 1920, Vol. 121, #60058, mother Carrie L. Buckner
  • Ross Dudley Linsay, Rockcastle County, born February 23, 1918, Vol. 18, #8649, mother Sarah Francis Davis
  • Cal Linsey, Webster County, born April 6, 1917, Vol. 45, #22108, mother Allie Sacrey
  • Ira Linsey, Edmonson County, born March 11, 1918, Vol. 22, #10512, mother Nora Blanton
  • Jean Linsey, Carroll County, born October 22, 1918, Vol. 92, #45979, mother Grace Edel Barnes
  • Margrite Lee Linsey, Crittenden County, born January 9, 1916, Vol. 35, #17010, mother Kate Eades
  • Marshall Linsey, Hickman County, born June 24, 1918, Vol. 85, #42021, mother Sara Doublin
  • Mary Louise Linsey, Crittenden County, born August 15, 1917, Vol. 79, #39231, mother Narcissa C. Eades
  • Nona Pearl Linsey, Jefferson County, born March 29, 1917, Vol. 39, 319305, mother Alma Brooks
  • Warner Nathan Linsey, Crittenden County, May 12, 1918, Vol. 43, #21208, mother Verna Daughtery Linsey
  • Mary Margaret Linskey, Jefferson County, October 11, 1917, Vol. 102, #50958, mother Margaret Mary Sheehan
  • Albert Linsmeister, Campbell County, born Jun 15, 1918, Vol. 52, #25828, mother Helen Ruebusch
  • William Philip Linss, Campbell County, born August 1, 1919, Vol. 69, #34468, mother Edythe L. Linn
  • Louis Linsville, Robertson County, born February 14, 1919, Vol. 19, #9198, mother Stella Duncan
  • Margaret Linsville, Robertson County, born February 14, 1919, Vol. 19, #9197, mother Stella Duncan
  • Allen Vincent Linthicum, Daviess County, born May 16, 1917, Vol. 48, #23575, mother Sophia Leibfreid
  • Carl J. Lintner, Jr., Jefferson County, born July 15, 1917, Vol. 72, #35544, mother Pauline Warren
  • Martha Lintner, Jefferson County, born March 10, 1919, Vol. 26, #12549, mother Marie P. A. Warren
  • Anna Thelma Linton, Nelson County, born June 25, 1918, Vol. 59, #29344, mother Amanda Alice Mattingly
  • Annie Elizabeth Linton, Franklin County, born May 24, 1918, Vol. 44, #21552, mother Willie May Brink
  • Charles Linton, Nelson County, born November 10, 1919, Vol. 106, #52893, mother Mary E. Casey
  • Charles B. Linton, Jefferson County, born August 12, 1920, Vol. 82, #40725, mother Carrie M. Linton
  • Denis Virginia Linton, Henderson County, born July 23, 1917, Vol. 71, #35113, mother Virgie Boone
  • Elcie Ella Linton, Pike County, born January 20, 1920, Vol. 108, #53539, mother Ada Hichman
  • Emma Linton, Scott County, born May 8, 1917, Vol. 55, #27322, mother Lillie Broaden
  • Flonie Linton, Nelson County, born March 1, 1916, Vol. 32, #15810, mother Ollie Beeler
  • Genola Ilene Linton, Henderson County, born November 27, 1920, Vol. 114, #56775, Mary Virgie Boone
  • George Linton, Jr., Washington County, born Jun 10, 1920, Vol 67, #33110, mother Mary Sallie Reed
  • Ima Dean Linton, Bath County, born February 28, 1917, Vol. 57, #28121, mother Alta Stone
  • James Albert Linton, Nelson County, born April 16, 1918, Vol. 38, #18893, Eliza Josephine Linton
  • James M. Linton, Nelson County, born January 17, 1920, Vol. 9, #4322, mother Mary E. Irvine
  • James W. Linton, Scott County, born January 8, 1920, Vol. 10, #4948, mother Mamie Brink
  • Lillian Rose Linton, Henderson County, born May 26, 1919, Vol. 45, #22210, mother Virgie Boone
  • Lillian Bell Linton, Franklin County, born January 8, 1917, Vol. 4, #1617, mother Mamie Brink

Today In Genealogy History – July 30, 2012

Susan Frances Lewis was born 171 years ago – July 30, 1841 – the daughter of John Joseph Lewis and Emmorine Minor.  Susan married Jonathan Wood Berkeley February 8, 1860.  They had two sons who were born, and died, the same day.  One daughter, Emma Lewis Berkeley, lived less than a year.

Sister Nancy Rupe of the Shaker Community Died Saturday

Shakertown – or, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill – is one of the most peaceful places on earth.  The village has been restored and is about a ten minute drive from our home!  As often as possible we take advantage of the slower pace that envelopes you as soon as you drive on the grounds.  Many times we come just to walk the many pathways around the village.  We also love to eat in the Trustees Dining Room – wonderful Shaker meals of fresh food prepared lovingly!  Their Shaker Lemon Pie is to die for – made with paper-thin slices of whole lemons!

The day we visited the cemetery to find Sister Nancy Rupe’s grave was a hot one – over 100 degrees!  Unfortunately we found no stone for Sister Nancy – perhaps there were such few members in 1907, and aged at that, that there was no one to provide a gravestone for her.  The last Shaker, Sister Mary Settles, died in 1923.

We did fine this beautiful stone – the inscription is as follows:

Our brother, Francis M. Pennebaker, born January 16, 1837, died December 31, 1902

There are buildings to tour, farm animals and gardens, and a riverboat ride!  I encourage anyone close to Mercer County to spend a day – or weekend! – in this lovely place.  You will be refreshed in both mind and body!  And they will make you ‘most kindly welcome’!

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Thursday, November 21, 1907

Old Saint Gone

Sister Nancy Rupe Has Been Crowned in the Kingdom Above

Sister Nancy L. Rupe, one of the best known members of the Shaker community, died at Shakertown Saturday from the infirmities of age.  The funeral services were conducted there Sunday afternoon by Rev. Lon Robinson, of the Methodist church, and she was laid to rest in the burying ground on the hill-side where the greater number of her brother and sister Shakers lie.  In his remarks Mr. Robinson beautifully likened those that are left in the community to the autumn leaves, ready to fall at the slightest touch.  Sister Nancy was but one of these leaves, the summer of her life was gone, and gently, softly, she drifted away to join the many that have already fallen.  Nearly all her life was spent in the Shaker village.  She had seen it rise from a struggling band to a prosperous and wealthy colony, and then watched the decline with a sore heart when adversity overtook her people.  She was a native of Louisville, one of several motherless children, whose father was one of the early converts to the Shaker faith.  Louisville was but a little river town in those days, with few side-walks, and narrow unlighted streets.  A missionary from the newly established Shaker community up the Kentucky River, came down the stream to the larger settlement, preaching the idyllic life of his people, where each shared with the other as members of one family.  Many gave up the struggle in the frontier town, and cast their lot in with this brotherhood, among them the father of Sister Nancy Rupe with his half-orphaned family.  And so she came to Shakertown seventy-six years ago as a little child of ten and all her love and work has been given to the community.  She grew to be a woman of culture and literary attainments, and is lovingly known as “The Poetess of Shakertown”.  She has written many poems and sketches, most of them relative to her people.  She was also a great reader, and out of her wonderful memory could repeat verses and snatches of the works of world-renowned authors.  Several years ago when rural free delivery routes were established, many of the small post-offices were done away with, among them “Pleasant Hill,” the name of the Shaker village, and this called forth a heart-felt protest from Sister Nancy Rupe.  It was one of the last things she ever wrote, and now as she, too, has passed away, the poem takes on a deeper interest.

Today In Genealogy History – July 29, 2012

Porterfield Harrison Hodges was born 200 years ago – July 29, 1812 – in Albemarle County, Virginia.  Porterfield was the son of Samuel Hodges and Martha Shirley.  He married Ann Dunnington Lewis, daughter of William Linton Lewis and Ann Winter Dunnington, December 6, 1832, in Nelson County, Kentucky.  Porterfield and Ann had 6 children:  Martha Elizabeth, Francis Dunnington, William Lewis, Anna Eliza, George Samuel and John Pledge Hodges.

George Klein – Buggy and Team

George Klein, my husband’s great-grandfather, was born in Darmstadt, Germany, December 27, 1850.  George was the son of Jacob  and Christina Klein.  When George was 18 the family sailed across the Atlantic to America, to make their fortune in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Jacob’s brother had settled.

George met and married Caroline Jungbluth, daughter of Adam Jungbluth and Christina Becker, German immigrants.  Caroline was born in Boscobel, Wisconsin, October 11, 1859.  While working in a sawmill  George cut off all four fingers of his left hand.  After this accident he worked on a farm, and about 1886 the family moved to Custer County, Nebraska, where they lived in a sod house.  George and Caroline had 9 children:  Louis H., Anna C., Elnora L., Edith Margaret, Fred, George Arthur, Carl Henry, Clara M. and Lawrence Klein.

George died September 23, 1924, at the age of 73 at Tabor, Iowa.  The following is his obituary:

George Klein, son of Jacob and Christine Klein was born in Darmstadt, Germany December 27, 1850, and passed away at his home in Tabor, Iowa September 23, 1924, age 73 years 9 months.

He came to America with his parents in 1869 and lived in Milwaukee, Wis. for fifteen years.

He was united in marriage with Caroline Jungbluth October 25, 1881.  To this union nine children were born, five boys and four girls.  One son Henry preceded in infancy.

Mr and Mrs Klein moved to Custer Co., Neb. in the early days of 1886, where he took a homestead.  Here he lived for 28 years.

Tho’ handicapped by the loss of the fingers of the left hand and meeting with drouth and all the hardships of the early pioneer life he brought up his children to honorable manhood and womanhood and gave them a practical education.

Taught in the scriptures from youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior in 1895, being converted in the United Evangelical Church.  From that time he lived a faithful and devoted Christian life, and has always manifested a deep interest in the forwarding of the work of the Lord, giving of his means and earnestly praying for the salvation of loved ones and friends.

In 1914 Brother and Sister Klein moved to Tabor with their two younger children for the purpose of giving them a Christian education.

He leaves to mourn his departure his companion and eight children all present;  Louis of Calloway, Nebr.; Mrs. Anna Kasper of Lancaster, Wis; Mrs Ella Black of Cozab, Nebr.; Mrs Edith Ritchey of Geneva, Nebr.;  Fred of Hamburg, Ia.; George of Calloway, Nebr.;  and Clara and Lawrence at home.

Besides these there are twenty one grandchildren and one great grandchild, and one brother Andrew of Olympia, Wash.

         A precious one from us has gone
         A voice we loved is stilled;
         A place is vacant in our home
         Which never can be filled.

The day we visited Tabor Cemetery, in October of 2002, it was windy, bitterly cold and spitting snow!  After much searching we finally found George and Caroline’s stone!  I would love to go back and get a better photo!

Don’t you love the picture of George Klein in the buggy?  I’ve never seen a harness for horses quite like this – I suppose that’s what you would call it!  If anyone has any information on this please share!  Was this for decoration or did it serve a particular purpose?