Aged Couple Go To Their Heavenly Reward

Richard Henry Bohon and wife, Mary Ellen VanArsdall Bohon, were descendants of the very early pioneers of Mercer County.  What a long lineage of history flowed through their veins. 

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Richard Henry Bohon, 1829-1912.  Mary E. Bohon, 1830-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, November 29, 1912

On Sunday morning last, at one o’clock, Mr. Richard Henry Bohon, a lifelong citizen of this place, and the oldest member of the Assembly Presbyterian Church, passed away at the ripe age of 84 years. He was on the streets the preceding Wednesday, apparently in his usual state of health. On Friday he went to bed, but was not complaining of anything beyond a somewhat unusual weariness which continued until Sunday morning, without pain or suffering of any kind, and at one o’clock death came to him like the sleep of an infant.

At the close of the Revolution, Watt Bohon emigrated to what was then Kentucky County, Virginia, and located at Harrodsburg Station, and John Bohon, father of the deceased, was born in the old fort, so that Mr. R. H. Bohon was a direct descendent of one of the early pioneers, and his name is connected with the beginnings of Harrodsburg. Sixty-three years ago in 1849, he married Miss Mary Ellen Vanarsdall, who survives him, and all these years their lives have been in a marked degree happy and blessed, filled with the sunshine of peace and contentment. Mr. Bohon was a good man, a good neighbor, a good citizen, commanding the cordial respect and friendship of the community, and the confidence and love of his household and relations. His aged wife, now in her eighty-third year, who divided his sorrows and doubled his joys, has been an equal partner in all the blessings which this home has received and conferred, and now, crowned with years and blessings, she awaits the time when she shall take up the broken thread of life where partings are unknown.

Besides his wife deceased leaves three sons, Daniel, of Monticello, Illinois; George, of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Joseph, of Los Angeles, California. The first two of them reached their father’s bedside before his death. The funeral service, conducted by his pastor, Dr. M. V. P. Yeaman, was held at the Assembly Presbyterian Church and the interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 11, 1924

Mrs. Mary Ellen Bohon, widow of the late R. H. Bohon, died on College Street in this city. She was stricken with pneu­monia in both lungs a few days before, and owing to her advanced years had not the strength to combat the disease. Her funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the United Presbyterian Church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. S. S. Daughtry, and the interment was in the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery: The pallbearers were Messrs. James Isham, Hanly Bohon, Bush W. Allin, H. C. Bohon, Nat VanArsdall and Frank D. Curry. Mrs. Bohon was next to the oldest member of the congregation and Mr. Daughtry paid a brief but beautiful tribute to her.

One of the few remaining links of the past with the present was broken with the death of Mrs. Bohon. She was 93 years old, having been born in Mercer County, November 28, 1830. It is doubtful if any women whose life’s span was lived in this community ever left a better record of true womanhood. She was the daughter of Daniel VanArsdall and Leah Stagg VanArsdall, and is a descendant on both sides of the early pioneers in Kentucky who settled in this region. On October 28 — her nineteenth birthday — she was married to the late Richard Henry Bohon, who passed away in 1912. She was a devoted and helpful wife, a loving and tender mother and a friend above the price of rubies. Her life has been spent in unselfish devotion to her family and those about her, and also in her younger days, to activities in her church. She is the last of a family of seven children, and she leaves with those who knew her the memory of a beautiful and useful life.

Three daughters have been waiting with their father in the Land Beyond, and three sons remain to mourn her. They are Dan V. Bohon, Harrodsburg; Joe Bohon, Los Angeles, California, and George R. Bohon, of Appleton, Wisconsin. Mr. Joe Bohon has recently been seriously ill and was not able to make the long trip here.

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