Merry Christmas – A Day Late!

Christmas is that lovely time of year we remember Christmases of long ago – such as the above photo – Kate and Linton, almost thirty years ago!

And make new memories – Julian meeting Mrs. Santa Claus at Shakertown.

A Christmas wedding – my sister’s daughter.

A date night with the hubby.

But once our children and grandson were ‘home’ on the 23rd, we took less pictures and let the memories begin.  Fun times cooking, eating, playing games – just enjoying spending time with each other.  Ritchey’s brothers and sister-in-law came Christmas Day for a meal – more laughter and hugs!  I hope you enjoyed your holidays just as much!  We’ll get back to genealogy in a few days, but especially at this time it’s good to count our blessings with what we have in this present day!  Merry Christmas!

William H. Hoover and Sallie Evans Hoover Obituaries

William H. Hoover, 1821-1906.  Sallie E. Hoover, 1841-1914.  William H. Hoover, 1858-1929.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 22, 1906

Wealthy Farmer Dead

Nicholasville, Kentucky, Nov. 21 – The funeral services of William H. Hoover, Sr., were held at 10 o’clock this morning at the residence in the county.  Rev. E. G. B. Mann, of Lexington, Rev. F. M. Fuqua, of the Centenary Methodist Church, and Dr. E. W. McCorkle officiated.  Mr. Hoover was eighty-five years old and was a wealthy farmer.  His wife and two sons, Judge E. B. Hoover and William H. Hoover, Jr., survive him.

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle and Kniffin, 1887

Jessamine County

William H. Hoover is the son of Peter Hoover, who was of German descent and born near Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1789, immigrated to Kentucky with his parents in 1800 and settled in Jessamine County just west of Nicholasville.  In 1811 he married Miss Eva Nave, removed to the southern portion of the county, and settled in what was then a wilderness, on Hickman Creek.  About this time he was drafted in the War of 1812, which was soon ended.  He resided nearly three-quarters of a century at this same place, making for himself a good name for all that was honorable, truthful and upright, and accumulated a considerable fortune for his children.  He died in 1872, a true and honored member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  Eva Nave Hoover, the mother of William H. Hoover, was a native of Estill County, Kentucky, born in 1790, and like her husband lived to a ripe old age, dying in 1876, having made for herself a character for purity and sweetness of disposition seldom equaled.

William H. Hoover is the fourth of eight children, and was born in Jessamine County, Kentucky, August 17, 1821.  He spent his youth and early manhood as a teamster, driving a train of wagons from Nicholasville to Louisville, Kentucky, and in assisting his father in partially subduing the great forest that surrounded them.  For many years he had charge of his father’s saw and grist-mill.  When a young man he became a member of the Masonic order and rapidly rose to the high positions of that fraternity, of which he is still a worthy member.  His opportunities for receiving an education were exceedingly limited, there being practically no schools in this then sparsely settled district of Kentucky.  But, being a practical and industrious man, he made the best of his opportunities and gathered knowledge by observation and experience, and today he is a man of good practical education.  He has always been a Democrat in politics, and for more than thirty years a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  He has accumulated a nice estate, given his two children good education and a nice start in life, and is now taking his old age quietly and pleasantly on his beautiful blue-grass farm, near his children and grandchildren.

He married Miss Sarah J. Evans, of Garrard County, Kentucky, November 26, 1857.  She was the daughter of Dr. Hezekiah and Nancy (Cole) Evans, and born November 18, 1841.  Her father was assassinated in 1862 on account of his strong Southern sympathy, near his home in Garrard County; her mother died in 1882, aged about seventy years.  To William H. Hoover and wife were born three children: William H. Hoover, Jr., the first, was born September 5, 1858, and received his early training at the district schools, Bethel Academy, Nicholasville, Kentucky, and at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, where he entered in 1877 and remained until he completed his education; he then returned to his father’s farm, where he assumed control until November 10, 1885, when he married Miss Mattie R. Vince, of Jessamine County; he then removed to his own farm adjoining that of his father, where he is now farming and breeding thoroughbred and trotting horses.  Thomas D. Hoover, the second son, was born in 1859, and died in infancy; Everett B. Hoover, the third and youngest child, was born October 21, 1860, and like his brother received his early education in the free schools and at Bethel Academy; in 1877 he entered the Wesleyan College at Millersburg, Kentucky, where he remained until 1879; then entered Vanderbilt University, where he took a special course of study, preparatory to studying law.  In 1880 he entered the Columbia College Law School, New York City, where he remained two years, taking the full law course, graduating in June 1882.  He at once returned to his home and received his license to practice law in August 1882, and has been a continued practitioner ever since.  He married Miss Ella Burnett, of Boyle County, Kentucky, November 21, 1882.  To this union was born Elizabeth Hoover, the first grandchild of William H. Hoover, January 31, 1884.  In April 1886, Everett B. Hoover was elected judge of the city court of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and was re-elected the following year, of which office he is the present incumbent.

The Central Record, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 2, 1914

Well Known In This County

Mrs. Sallie Hoover died at her home in Jessamine County on last Saturday.  Her death was an unexpected blow to her friends and relatives, as she had been in her usual good health.  She is the mother of Hon. Everett Hoover, the well-known Jessamine County politician.  She was a sister of Dr. Elijah Evans of Lancaster, and was ell known in Garrard County.  She was a most estimable lady.

Ignatius Layton – Elizabeth Miles 1799 Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents, that we, Ignatius Layton and Nicholas Miles, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 16th day of November 1799.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Ignatius Layton and Elizabeth Miles, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

Ignatius Layton, Nicholas Miles

Witness, Moses Rice

This is to let you know that I have no objection against Ignatius Layton marrying my daughter, Elizabeth Miles, and by so doing you will much oblige your humble servant.

Joseph Miles, Mark Manning, James French

Washington County, Kentucky


Garrard County Spanish-American War Soldiers Died of Typhoid

Jefferson Davis Cheatham, March 15, 1876 – October 17, 1898.  Private, Co. L, 2nd KY Vol. Infty. U.S.A., Spanish-American War.  Forks of Dix River Baptist Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

The Spanish-American War unit from Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, was comprised of a group of about 42 men.  The Lancaster Company, as it was locally called, Company L (originally C) of the Second Regiment from Kentucky, left for Lexington, Kentucky, on the morning of May 6, 1898.  On May 27, they left for Chickamauga, Georgia.  Overcrowded conditions at the camp led to a typhoid fever epidemic, resulting in the deaths of two of the Lancaster Company’s men – Clarence Parks and Jefferson Davis Cheatham.  The regiment returned to Lexington on September 13, 1898, and were mustered out on October 31, 1898.

The Central Record, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky

Friday, May 6, 1898

On April 23, Sam McKee Duncan, of this city, received authority from Gov. Bradley to raise a company of volunteers to join the regular army for services in the war with Spain.  In less than forty-eight hours from that time Mr. Duncan had received more than enough signers to his muster roll to form a company.  The company was ordered to Lexington, the place of mobilization, and will leave on a special train for that point early this (Friday) morning.  Mr. Duncan will be elected Captain, John M. Farra, 1st Lieutenant and C. G. Wherritt 2nd Lieutenant.  The non-commissioned officers will be appointed later on.  The company will be lettered ‘C’ and be in the Second regiment.  Following is a list of those composing the company, and their ages.

There were 42 men, between the ages of 18 and 49, on the list, including Jeff Cheatham, aged 22, and Clarence Parks, 25.

The Lancaster company has been ordered to leave on the 8 o’clock train tomorrow (Friday) morning.  They will march to the depot, headed by the Lancaster band.  A large crowd will be present to see the boys off.

Friday, May 27, 1898

The second Regiment, of which the Lancaster Company is a member, was ordered to Chickamauga and went to that point Wednesday afternoon.  The men had not received their uniforms or guns, but will receive these at the new quarters.  Lieut. John M. Farra, who was here Sunday, tells us the general impression is the boys will remain at Chickamauga for at least three months and then probably be ordered to either Marila or Cuba.  He says that if the war is brought to a close even within the next month, that U. S. troops will be needed in Cuba until a stable government is established.  He says our men are all in good spirits and are delighted at the idea of going south.  He says the boys are slightly disappointed at not getting their uniforms, but they are happy as larks.

Friday, July 22, 1898

Mr. Jeff Cheatham has returned to Chickamauga, after a brief visit to his parents.

Friday, August 26, 1898

As stated in the last issue of The Record, Private Clarence Parks was brought home from Chickamauga last week quite ill.  He had typhoid fever and been discharged from the hospital to come home.  We understand, though are not prepared to say for certain, that Parks ate some solid food on the train.  This, together with the jostling of the cars, gave him a back set from which he never rallied.  He reached the home of his parents, on the new Danville Pike, about two miles from town, and died there Sunday night.  Parks was about twenty-two years old and bore a splendid reputation for honesty, sobriety and industry.  He was among the first to enlist and, we learn from an officer, made one of the best soldiers in the company.  The remains were placed in the cemetery vault until Tuesday when they were interred in the family burying ground near Hyattsville.

Friday, September 9, 1898

Mr. Jeff Cheatham, one of the 2nd Kentucky Regiment boys was brought home Sunday, very sick with fever.

Friday, October 21, 1898

Mr. Jeff Cheatham, 23 years of age, died at his father’s half-past 4 o’clock on Monday evening, the interment was at the Fork church.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Friday, June 8, 1899

The Lancaster company, which served in the recent war, did a handsome and noble act in placing tombstones over the graves of their dead comrades, Clarence Parks and Jefferson Cheatham, who died from fever during the company’s stay at Chickamauga.  A sum of money was raised here to buy the company a flag, but the boys concluded to take it, and their share of the profits from the canteen and use it for the purpose above stated.  The two made about $130, which bought handsome monuments for the dead soldiers.

How Reliable Are Old Biographies?

Some say that many family biographies are unreliable, such as those written for the Kentucky – A History of the State volumes – or any biographical works.  I believe any biography gives you a starting place.  It’s up to you to go to the original records and check the facts!  This biography was chosen since Ritchey and I visited Vanceburg Cemetery in Lewis County – we have photos of several of the gravestones for some named below.  Footnotes are given for the original sources, although the numbering system is a little different with WordPress!

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1888

Lewis County

Henry C. Bruce was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, January 16, 1824[1], and is a son of Alexander Bruce, a native of Garrard County, Kentucky, was born September 5, 1796.  He was educated at Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky, studied law in his native county, and began the practice of his profession in Vanceburg in 1819.  In the latter year he married Miss Amanda Bragg, daughter of Thomas Bragg, of Lewis County.  Alexander Bruce was a Whig in politics and was a leading lawyer of the Vanceburg bar.  In 1825 he was elected to the Lower House of the State Legislature, when the political issue was upon the Old and New Court.  Mr. Bruce was an advocate of the Old Court party.  He was the father of seven children, all of whom are living.  He died in Vanceburg in 1851[2], being at that time the first candidate for county judge under the new constitution.  His wife survived him about one year[3].

Alexander Bruce died April 18, 1851, aged 53 years, 7 months and 13 days.  Vanceburg Cemetery, Lewis County, Kentucky.

Amanda M. Bruce died May 20, 1852, aged 49 years, 2 months and 6 days.

John Bruce, grandfather of Henry C., was a native of Virginia and was one of the pioneers of Garrard County, Kentucky.  He was a son of one of the Refugee Highlander soldiers who escaped after the Battle of Culloden Moor in 1745 and took passage for America.  He was also a Revolutionary soldier[4].  Thomas Bragg, the maternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of Fauquier County, Virginia, and located in Vanceburg, Kentucky, about 1800.  He also was a soldier of the Revolution and died in 1820, his wife surviving him until 1863, when she died at the advanced age of ninety-nine[5].

Lucy Blakemore, born in Frederick County, Virginia, April 8, 1764, married Thomas Bragg, September 20, 1781, and died in Lewis County, Kentucky, November 1, 1862, aged 98 years, 6 months and 23 days.

Henry C. Bruce passed his early life in steamboating[6] on the Ohio River.  In 1850 he married Mary Conner[7], daughter of Major William Conner, of Greenup County, Kentucky.  In 1870 he engaged in the mercantile business with his present partner, Mr. Rugles.  He is the father of seven children, viz: Sidney, Mary, Thomas, Samuel, William, John and Elsie[8].  His wife died in 1867, and in 1871 he married Miss Cassandra Caines[9], of Lewis County, a daughter of Charles Caines.  He had six children by his first wife and one by the latter.  In 1881 Mr. Bruce was nominated by acclamation for Senator and was elected the following August.  After the expiration of his term he again resumed his business pursuits.   He is an energetic business man, and is the owner of large city and farming property.


[1] According to the 1850 Lewis County Census Henry Clay Bruce, 26, and his new wife, Mary, 20, are living with his grandmother, Lucy Blakemore Bragg, 86.  Henry is listed as a boatman.  His mother, Amanda Bruce, also lives in the household, along with son Thomas J. Bruce, 28, and his wife, Mary, 20.

[2] Gravestone in Vanceburg Cemetery reads ‘Alexander Bruce died April 18, 1851, aged 53 years, 7 months and 13 days.’

[3] Gravestone in Vanceburg Cemetery reads ‘Amanda M. Bruce died May 20, 1852, aged 49 years, 2 months and 6 days.’

[4] Andrew Davis Bruce Sons of the American Revolution application from May 21, 1956.  Also, buried in the Bruce Cemetery in Garrard County – John Bruce, Revolutionary Soldier, born April 30, 1748, died April 13, 1827.  Elizabeth Clay Bruce, wife of John, born January 13, 1755, no death date.

[5] Gravestone in Vanceburg Cemetery reads ‘Lucy Blakemore, born in Frederick County, Virginia, April 8, 1764, married Thomas Bragg, September 20, 1781, and died in Lewis County, Kentucky, November 1, 1862, aged 98 years, 6 months and 23 days.’

[6] See footnote 1.

[7] Death certificate of Samuel Ellis Bruce, who died January 7, 1938, gives father as Henry Clay Bruce, and mother, Mary Conner.

[8] Children are listed in the 1870 and 1880 Lewis County census.

[9] Death Certificate of Elsa B. Kline, who died December 26, 1959, gives father as Henry C. Bruce, and mother Cassandra D. Caines.

Saying Goodbye to Aunt Frankie

My dear Aunt Frankie (Frances Wheatley) passed away at the end of November, aged 90 years.  My mother was the last of the brothers and sisters, and Aunt Frankie was the last of the spouses.  They were great friends in addition to being sisters-in-law.  Uncle Paul, mom’s brother, was the only remaining son after Reuben died of appendicitis, and Robert, in World War II.  According to mom they spoiled him horribly!

After their marriage, mom would stay with Paul and Frankie to help during pregnancies and after babies were born.  She and Frankie developed a very close relationship that lasted all their lives.

I remember Aunt Frankie as a superb cook.  And I loved the sound of her voice – it was very unusual.  I still remember conversations, and can hear her say to mom, ‘Now Catherine!’  Lovely memories!

This photo was taken on their wedding day in 1950.  Earl and Marie Wheatley (her parents), Aunt Frankie, Uncle Paul, Alice and Rue Carrico (my grandparents).  My little short grandmother!  She was another good cook.

Paul and Frankie had seven children, four sons and three daughters, and were married 63 years before he passed away in 2013.  What a long, wonderful life together!

Dad Went to P.F. October 15, 1931

Today I share a photograph of a lovely woman.  She looks dressed for a dance.  Her hair piled atop her head, in a large braid.  The off-the-shoulder dress is very fancy, and the flowers attached on the left side add even more to the overall effect.  There is a hint of a smile.

The photographer was William Buell of Evansville, Indiana.

On back is written ‘Dad went to P.F. October 15, 1931.’  I’ve searched, trying to find an incident that happened on that date with the initials P.F.  Found nothing.  This date is in-between wars.  I hoped it would give a clue as to this woman’s name.

If nothing else she will remain our lovely mystery woman.