Jeremiah and Martha A. Peavler Claunch Obituaries


Jeremiah Claunch, April 9, 1844 – May 28, 1914.  Martha, his wife, March 16, 1849 – February 21, 1930.  Deep Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, May 29, 1914

Mr. Jerry  Claunch, one of the best known men of the Rose Hill section, died Thursday morning of apoplexy. He was about 70 years of age, and a member of the Baptist faith, having been identified with the congregation of Deep Creek church for many years. He was highly respected by everyone and was well and favorably known all over the county. His funeral will be held this (Friday) morning at 11 o’clock at Deep Creek church and the burial will be in the nearby cemetery. The officiating ministers will be Rev. W. D. Moore and Rev. Ray. Besides his wife, Mrs. Martha Claunch, he leaves five children; Rev. Calvester Claunch, who is preaching at Middleburg; Mr. Magoffin Claunch, Mrs. Mary Frances Randolph, Mrs. Lillie Patterson and Miss Louisa Claunch.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 28, 1930

Mrs. Martha Claunch, 81, widow of Jerome Claunch, died February 21 at her home on Perryville Street in this city. Truly a good woman was taken when she passed on. At the age of sixteen she united with the Baptist church at Deep Creek and her long life has been a fine example of her Christian faith. Her funeral was held Sunday morning at the Deep Creek church, conducted by the Rev. W. D. Moore and the Rev. W. S. Scantland. Burial was in the Deep Creek cemetery. Surviving are the fol­lowing children: Mr. Magoffin Claunch, Rev. C. T. Claunch, Harrods­burg; Mrs. Will Tyler, Mrs. Marion Patterson, Mrs. Thomas Randolph, all of Rose Hill; a sister, Mrs. Nannie Lawson, and a brother, Mr. Leonard Peavler, also of Rose Hill.

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  1. Thank you for this interesting article. My mother’s sister Lillie Watts married Charles Leonard whose parents owned and ran the only store at Rosehill, KY. Later Aunt Lillie and Uncle Charlie ran the store. He was postmaster as well. It was a general store, had a post office, a gas station and a place to candle fresh eggs as well as a voting place. They also served lunch to the children from the nearby Rosehill school. It was a busy and fun place. On Saturday night after closing relatives and neighbors sat around and talked for awhile. I have many fond memories of the people and the store.

  2. Marilyn, how interesting! My husband still goes to that Rose Hill store occasionally for honey! I love your mention of Charles Leonard! I have a 3rd great-grandmother, Elizabeth Leonard, who married Harrison Coulter in 1833. Her father was John Leonard and that’s really all I know about him! He is one of my mystery men! Your memory of the people and store after closing is lovely – why can’t we do more of that now?

    • Thank you so much for the reply to my comments. My mother Beatrice Watts Vance often mentioned the Peavler and Claunch families. My grandmother and grandfather James Thomas Watts and Gillie Huff met at Deep Creek Baptist Church. He invited her and her mother Emily Shackelford Huff to his parent’s home for lunch after church. I too wish we could have more relaxed neighbor and family get togethers. I think we do miss out on a lot of fun and support. Marilyn

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