W. D. and Martha Jane Hungate Obituaries


W. D. Hungate, January 1, 1848 – October 18, 1936.  Martha Jane Hungate, his wife, January 14, 1850 – May 21, 1928.  Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, May 25, 1928

Mrs. Martha Jane Norvell Hungate was born January 14, 1850, and died suddenly on May 21, aged 78 years. She seemed as well as usual and had just finished breakfast, and died while seated in her chair conversing with her family. She was united in marriage to W. D. Hungate in March, 1871, and eight children were born to this union, four of whom, with her husband, survive. They are Messrs. Frank, Henry and William Hungate and Mrs. Dave Claunch. She also leaves eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of Ralph and Betsy Norvell and was one of the family of twelve, seven of whom are now living. When sixteen years of age she confessed Christ and joined Berea Chris­tian church. Later she united at Bruner’s Chapel and had been a member there for about forty years. She was looked up to as a faith­ful Christian, a devoted wife and mother, and a good unselfish neighbor.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, October 23, 1936

W. D. Hungate, 88 years old, died at 11:45 on October 18, at the home of his son, Henry Hungate, near Rose Hill. He was a well known retired farmer who was held in high esteem and had been in failing health for about six months. He was the son of John and Eliza Gray Hungate and married Miss Martha Jane Norvell, who died May 21, 1928. Children surviving include a daughter, Mrs. Dave Claunch, and three sons, Frank, William and Henry Hugate, all of Mercer county. He also leaves seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral was on Tuesday, October 22, at Bruner’s Chapel of which he was a member having confessed the Baptist faith a number of years ago. The service was by his pastor, the Ref. George M. Trout and burial was in the family lot in the chapel cemetery. The bearers were Lee Moore, Thomas Peavler, William Watkins, Ed Graves, Ben Logue and Harvey Brown.



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  1. My mother’s sister Lilly Watts married Charles Leonard of Rosehill, KY and they had the store, voting place, post office and gasoline station at Rosehill. The Hungate family lived just across the road. My Watts great grandparents William Russell and Zerilda Williams Watts attended Bruner’s Chapel and are buried there. The pastor George Trout was a brother of my first cousin’s wife (Hazel Trout). My grandparents, James Thomas and Gillie Huff Watts, funeral was held at Bruner’s Chapel but they are buried in Harrodsburg. Thank you for an interesting article. I remember the Hungate family well. Marilyn

      • I have never looked up Uncle Charlie’s family but perhaps I can do that soon. He was an only child. I remember a lot of people on the Mercer County/Washington County Line. My family also lived in Washington Co .I can possibly look at my records to be sure I am accurate and write up something interesting if you like – about the Civil War period and later. I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas. Marilyn

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