William McCohon Obituary


William McGohon, born December 21, 1864, died February 4, 1898.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 11, 1898

William McGohon met death in a most shocking manner at Burgin, Friday night.  he had been in the employ of Mr. Rob. Goddard for some time, but occasionally worked for the railroad.  Friday morning he asked for and was granted permission by Mr. Goddard to go to work for the railroad during the bad weather.  At 7 o’clock that night he was assisting in cleaning a switch engine that is used jointly by the Cincinnati Southern and Louisville Southern railroads, and had gone into the pit beneath the engine to clean the ask pan.  Finishing this work he attempted to crawl out between the wheels, but when half way out Engineer Sandifer started the engine and one of the wheels passed over the lower part of his abdomen.  the only words the unfortunate man uttered were: “Oh, I’m killed!”  McGohon was a native of this county and was stood high with those who knew him.  He was thirty-two years of age and leaves a wife and one child.  Funeral services were held Sunday morning and the remains were brought to this place, and interred in Spring Hill Cemetery.  It is said the engine that killed McGohon, is the one that crushed Miss Scroggins to death in Louisville some days since, and that is was in the head end collision that occurred at the depot here last September.  Coroner Gibbs went out and impaneled a jury and a verdict was returned that the killing was through the negligence of the crew in charge of the engine at the time.

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  1. Phyllis,

    What are your research rates. I am in Arizona and find it difficult to get back to Ky and do research. My ancestors are from Washington/Marion County and many on my Mother’s side I believe we share; Downs, Edeline, Thornsbury, Thomas, to name a few.

    I am primarily interested on the paternal side Walker. I can trace to Thomas in the late 1700s in Washington Co. but it is a brick wall before that. I know he is buried in St. Rose, (1844) as well as his wife Elizabeth who dies in 1848. He has four children and on and on. All is solid below Thomas but nothing is real solid there. I think he is born in 1754 in Maryland, I know he is in the militia in 1793 because of a court martial record I found at the Filson.

    I guess first I need to know your rates and 2nd, are you interested in a challenge.

    Thanks in advance


    • Ed, Thank you for visiting my website! Unfortunately I do not research for others at this time. I still work as a finance officer for a school system – although retirement is in sight! – which leaves only time for my blog! I will certainly be happy to help if I come across anything in your Walker line. I wish you luck with your research! Phyllis

  2. Thanks for posting Phyllis! McGohons are my paternal family and James William McGohon was a brother to my Great Grandfather Merrit McGohon and was my GG Uncle. He was the son of James Stagg McGohon and Susannah Ellen Phillips. I had never seen this article so I thank you so much!

    A little more history for the McGohons’ in Mercer County is that Will’s G GF was Mark McGohon, Jr. born 1750, who was a Revolutionary War veteran (on the plaque at Fort Harrod) came to Fort Harrod by the early 1780’s. Some family traditions say that he came with James Harrod original pioneers to Fort Harrod when established, although I haven’t found any documentation on that. He was definitely an early pioneer though and is honored with a replica of the McGohon cabin at the Fort Harrod State Park which contains some of the family’s original possessions. Mark Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, along with their daughter Nancy, are buried in the Memorial Acre. Mark is well documented having been in the Revolutionary War and also the Indian Wars.

    The McGohons lived in Mercer Co. into the early1900’s when my line moved to Woodford County along with some other siblings. Many ancestors are buried at Spring Hill Cemetery. I would love to hear from anyone connected to this family. I also connections to families of Stopher, Thompson, Deane, Moreland, and Stagg.

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