Washington County Marriages

Washington County Marriages

Alexander Bird married Susan Ann Chesser 21 Jan 1877
Franklin Bird married Mary Elizabeth Cook 30 Jan 1845
Jesse Bird married Leodocia Ray 28 Feb 1828
John Bird married Permelia Hardin 25 Jan 1840
John W. Bird married Nancy Bennett 25 Aug 1823
John W. Bird married Susan J. Hood 24 Dec 1872
Joshua Bird married Alice Richardson 23 Oct 1878
Joshua Bird married Elizabeth Keeling Nov 1837
Thomas Bird married Rhoda Jane Bird 25 Oct 1864
D. T. Bishop married Mrs. Amanda Royalty 21 Aug 1881
Daniel Bishop married Rebecca Ann Neal 21 Aug 1862
Daniel P. Bishop married Sarah B. Cheatham 05 Feb 1860
Douglas Bishop married Mary Hale 27 Jan 1881
Franklin Bishop married Cynthia S. Cammack 23 Sep 1839
George Bishop married Cora Lewis 20 Sep 1888
James R. Bishop married Sarah B. Richardson 24 Mar 1887
John C. Bishop married Amanda Sappington 05 Nov 1854
John C. Bishop married Martha A. Hardesty 15 Jan 1882
John C. Bishop married Mary Ann Bond 19 Aug 1850
Kenchlow Bishop married Susan Seay 01 Mar 1881
Michael Bishop married Louisa French 29 Mar 1830
Shem H. Bishop married Maude E. Bonta 25 Nov 1891
Solomon B. Bishop married Mary M. Keeling 26 Dec 1850
Taylor Bishop married Nancy P. Scott 17 Feb 1851
William Bishop married Jennie Mitchell 01 Jan 1888
William H. Bishop married Amanda Bell Curtsinger 08 Feb 1883
William Z. Bishop married Maria Jane Curtsinger 25 Oct 1853
James T. Black married Mary C. McMillen 15 Nov 1860
Neil Black married Mary Beauchamp 16 Jan 1834
Thomas B. Black married Lucinda Ferrell 05 Nov 1861
J. S. Blackerby married Maggie L. Sutton 16 Jan 1890
Jeremiah Blackerby married Elizabeth Wilson 12 Mar 1850
A. C. Blacketer married Lucinda Coyle 19 Jul 1874
A. C. Blacketer married Martha J. Martin 22 Feb 1866
Allin S. Blacketer married Annie Colvin 10 Dec 1871
David H. Blacketer married Mary C. Lawson 16 Mar 1865
George H. Blacketer married Martha Jane Ferrell 10 Oct 1871
William R. Blacketer married Mary F. Wilson 09 Jan 1876
Joseph Blacklock married Mary Ann Mudd 02 Nov 1807
James B. Blackston married Nancy V. Pirtle 22 Oct 1828
William Blackwell married Sarah E. Sandusky 13 May 1830

William E. Bradley Obituary

William E. Bradley, May the twenty-seventh 1840 – February the sixteenth 1905.  Frankfort Cemetery, Franklin County, Kentucky.

The Owensboro Messenger, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Friday, February 17, 1905

Prominent Whisky Man

William E. Bradley Dies Suddenly At Frankfort

Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 16 – William E. Bradley, aged sixty-three years, assistant treasurer and general manager of the Kentucky distilleries and warehouse companies, and treasurer of the W. A. Gaines Company, died at his home in this city this morning at 12:30 o’clock.

Mr. Bradley was at his place of business yesterday and had returned from the theater but an hour before he was stricken.  Mr. Bradley was a brother of president Edson Bradley, of the Kentucky distilleries and warehouse companies, of New York, and is one of the best known whisky men in the United States.  He was born in New York state and came to Frankfort in 1878 and was associated with the W. A. Gaines Company.  He was one of the organizers of the Kentucky Distilleries Company and has given his time and attention to the management of the business.  In his early manhood he was married to a Miss Hall, of New York, who died in 1880.  He was married to a Miss Mamie Hawkins sixteen years ago.  He leaves besides his wife two sons, William E., Jr., and an infant, Udolpho Speed.

Working In The Fields

I’m so excited to share this photo with you!  A true agricultural experience that may bring back memories to many of you.  This farmer and worker looks to be standing in a tobacco or hay wagon.  The dappled grey horses are beautiful.  Are there shocks of corn in the background?

We have names on the back.  ‘Dad standing, San next to Dad, Elmer and Vern.’  This photo was taken in 1938 by Schupp Photography in Mountain Grove, Missouri.

Cox Family Buried In Maysville Cemetery

Cox Family, Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky

In the Maysville Cemetery lie a family by the name of Cox.  Father and son were born in London, England, and moved to this country in 1817.  In the 1850 Mason County census, George Cox is listed as 59, merchant, worth $20,000.  His wife, Ann, is 52.  Children listed are William, 29, merchant; Lissant, 24, clerk; Lucy M., 18; Joseph H., 15, clerk; Horatio N., 12; and Albert G., 10.

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

Mason County

George Cox, a son of a salesman of respectable standing, was born in the city of London on the 1st day of March 1791, and, according to a good old English custom, was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, on the 1st of April following.  His father was John Cox, third son of Henry Cox, born at Ross Herfordshire, May 13, 1756, and his mother was Mary Cowell, born October 26, 1756.  They were married at the Parish Church of St. James, Clerkenwell, London, May 2, 1784.  The result of this union, which was a most happy one, was eight children:  Edward and Henry dying in childhood; John, born September 24, 1789, and supposed to have been killed in Spain or Portugal while serving his country in the Peninsular War under Wellington; George, the subject of this sketch; Ann Maria, born January 11, 1793, died December 12, 1867; Frances, mother of the late James Wormald, of this city; Margaret died in infancy, and Esther became the wife of George Herbst, May 8, 1834, dying in 1840.  There are authentic records which trace Mr. Cox’s ancestry back for more than three hundred years, but the purpose of this article is to treat of the individual whose life-work affords a shining example.  The father was employed in the hosiery shop of a man named Marsh, and into this shop the son was taken at the early age of nine years, and from that period to the day of his death he devoted his energies to well-directed industry.  His mother died February 20, 1811 and was laid to rest in the burial ground of St. Mary, Newington, Surrey.  July 16, 1814, his father married again, his second wife being Elizabeth Caroline Rose.  In 1817, at the age of twenty-six, and after a service of seventeen years in the shop of Mr. Marsh, Mr. Cox determined to seek a home in the ‘Western World,’ and he succeeded in getting his father, stepmother, his sisters and a number of cousins to come with him.  They landed at Baltimore and came from that point overland as far as Pittsburgh, where they took a flat-boat down the Ohio for Maysville, their destination being Lexington, Kentucky, then the foremost city of the west.  Here the party located, and for several months George Cox sought in vain for employment.  During these months, however, he made the acquaintance of Ann Hopkins, an English girl, born in Nottingham, July 15, 1796.  From Lexington he went to Cincinnati, where he found employment for a short time, and on the 10th of April, 1819, he returned to Lexington and made Miss Hopkins his wife.  With her he came to Maysville to engage in business, his only capital being $50 in money, a strong frame, good health, industry, and, above all, honesty.  He opened a small store in a frame house on Front Street, above Market, one-half of the house being occupied by his cousin and brother-in-law, Edward Cox, as a bookstore and bindery.  Both families lived in the second story of the building.

Mr. Cox was a methodical merchant from the very start.  He kept a record of every transaction.  The first item of goods sold by the merchant is set down thus: ‘1819, May 5, Quills, 6 ¼ cents.’  His simple system of keeping accounts enabled him to know what he was doing at all times.  He paid for articles as he bought them, and when they were gone, if he had money to replace them, it was evident that he was neither losing money nor getting in debt.  At the end of each week he footed up his sales, being for the week from May 31 to June 6, 1819, $23.37 ½.  From this modest beginning George Cox’s business grew until his name was as familiar to the merchants of the east as that of any man in the Union, and it carried with it a prestige that might well be envied.  It was not many years before increasing business obliged Mr. Cox to secure larger quarters, and he moved into the building now occupied by the ‘St. Charles,’ on Front Street.  Here he remained until 1840, when he bought the property immediately across the alley from the ‘St. Charles,’ and this he occupied as store and dwelling until 1850, when the site now occupied, on Second Street, was purchased.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, November 25, 1881

William H., Mr. Cox’s eldest son, was about this time admitted to a partnership in the house, and under the firm name of George Cox & Son the business grew until it was perhaps the largest retail dry goods trade in northern Kentucky.  Mr. Cox possessed in a large degree that prerequisite for success, patience.  He knew that a permanent business could not be established with a lavish expenditure of time, and he chose rather to win the confidence of his customers than to urge upon them goods that would not prove satisfactory.  He had one price for an article, and that was the price first named.  He sought a fair return for his investments, and rather than deviate from an established rule the article could remain on the shelf.  On the other hand, if any line of goods advanced in price, he never advanced the price of those on hand, but often sold them for less money than was necessary to replace them.  He despised the shams and shoddy of modern days, and rather than misrepresent an article in the slightest degree he would permit a customer to go elsewhere.  This he made an infallible rule at the outset, and it is a rule that is observed by the house to this day, as it has been throughout an honorable career of nearly seventy years.  Mr. Cox was among the few Englishmen who became Americanized.  In 1851 he paid a visit to London but found little pleasure in the trip.  Nearly all his relatives had died or moved to other lands, and upon his return to Maysville he told his family, ‘I’m an American now, and no longer an Englishman.’

Joseph Henry, born February 17, 1835, died August 2, 1861.  Horatio Nelson, born October 21, 1837, died August 4, 1865.  sons of George and Ann Cox.  Did they die fighting in the Civil War?

He was an unflinching friend of the Government during the Rebellion.  He loaned largely of his means to aid in carrying on the war, taking in return Government bonds, despite the protests of many of his friends that the bonds would be worthless.  He reasoned that if the Government lost, everything was lost, and he would rather sacrifice his fortune in an effort to save his Government, than to lose it by remaining passive.  Mr. Cox was a liberal contributor to every public enterprise and to every worthy object.  He was opposed to taxing the public for railroad and other internal improvements, believing that they should be built by private enterprise.  He was a good citizen in all that the term implies.

George Cox, born in London England, March 1, 1791, died September 212, 1881.  Lissant Cox, born March 1, 1826, died July 21, 1905.

His death, on the 21st of September 1881, removed from Maysville her staunchest merchant.  Although possessed of a large fortune, consisting of real and personal property, he made no will, expressing confidence that the law would make an equitable and satisfactory division among his heirs, a confidence that was not misplaced.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 3, 1885

Mr. Cox had by his first wife fourteen children, three of whom are still living (November 1887):  Lissant, the only surviving son; Mrs. Lucy M. Keith, of Maysville, and Mrs. E. C. Reeder, now residing in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ann, wife of George Cox, born July 15, 1796, died June 20, 1853.  Mary Caroline, wife of George Cox, born April 19, 1815, died April 9, 1895.

Mrs. Cox died June 20, 1853, and on the 12th of November 1854, Mr. Cox married Mrs. Mary C. Dimmitt, who survives him.

John Cox, born in London, England, May 13, 1756, died September 6, 1845.

John Cox, the father, came to Maysville from Lexington, some time after 1820, and died here September 6, 1845, in his ninetieth year.

Elizabeth Caroline, wife of John Cox, born July 2, 1770, died June 20, 1835.

His second wife died in Maysville, June 20, 1835, aged sixty-five years.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 10, 1895

Elizabeth C. Reeder, born July 11, 1828, died January 7, 1905.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, January 11, 1905

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Saturday, July 22, 1905


Mom’s School Days

Today I found this tiny photograph of my mom, Catherine Lyons Carrico.  It was hidden among other photos in her wallet.  This is a one inch by one and one-half inch photo – probably taken during her high school years.

Mom was a real beauty.  Her dark, curly hair fell to her shoulders.  I am surprised at the dark lipstick she is wearing.  Was this an addition after she left for school that day?  I can’t imagine my grandmother approving this look!

During her elementary years mom walked with her brother and two sister, and neighborhood children, to a small, one room school about two miles from their home.  Coming back from school a snack was sometimes offered by one of the mothers – biscuits left from lunch were a staple.  And in cold weather, a bit of time by the fire warmed cold feet and hands before starting out for the rest of the journey home.

Mom carried her lunch in a little bag, sometimes homemade cottage cheese and crackers.  Since this was an everyday meal for her, it was traded to a classmate for one of their delicacies.  Water was drawn from the well beside the school with a hand pump.

The school was small, with three windows on each side.  A wood stove sat in the middle of the room.  Before winter set in the teacher took all students into the woods to gather kindling to start the fire on cold mornings.  They were rewarded by having a wiener roast – which was a enjoyed by all.

Two privies stood near the fence, away from the school – one for girls, the other for boys.

There were twenty-eight students.  Mom told me many times she and Rose Mattingly, her friend and neighbor, were the only two in second grade.  They sat at a little green table with a small bench on either side.  I admire a teacher that can give all her students, in a quite large grade range, what they needed to learn at their level.

High school was a bit further away.  Mom walked about a mile and caught a school bus that took her the eighteen miles to Fredericksburg – affectionately known as ‘the Burg’.  She was given enough change to buy a Coke and sandwich at a small store, there being no cafeteria at that time to provide nutritious meals.  The long bus ride home, on curvy back roads, and the many stops it made to let other students off at their homes, meant a long day.  Chores and homework were waiting for her at the end,  and a wonderful meal served by her mother.  Then on to bed to get up early for the next day!

Ravenscraft-Hinkson 1786 Marriage – Bourbon County

Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Ravenscraft and Robert Hinkson, of the County of Bourbon, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Patrick Henry, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, to the which payment well and truly to be made to the said Patrick Henry, Esquire, or his Successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this sixth day of September 1786.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas I, John Edwards, Clerk of the County Court of Bourbon, have this day issued a license for the marriage of the above bound Thomas Ravenscraft and Margaret Hinkson, of the county.  Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage and that no damage accrues by means of the said license being issued, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Thomas Ravenscraft, Robert Hinkson

September the 6th 1786

Sir, you will please to issue license for my daughter Peggy to be married to Thomas Ravenscraft, from yours, John Hinkson

Witnesses, Robert Hinkson, John Edwards


Brothers John Linton Edwards and William Mason Edwards in Union Army During the War Between the States

Two brothers, John L. and William M. Edwards entered the Union army November 21, 1861, at Lebanon, Marion County.  They entered service as privates, and were in Captain Bevill’s Company E, 10th Regiment of the Kentucky Volunteers.  John was 26 and William was 21.  The two brothers were sons of Jonathan and Nancy Linton Edwards.  The other five children were Alfred, Lucretia, Susan, Edward and Benjamin.  Their parents were part of the Linton/Edwards move to Kentucky in 1816-1818.

During the Civil War John and William remained in the same unit.  May 6, 1863, John was detailed as a brigade teamster.

August 10, 1863 he was sent to a hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, and was later moved to the hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  This was during the occupation of middle Tennessee.

Again, June 16, 1864, he was sent to the hospital in the present campaign.  This was during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, Georgia.

John Edwards appears on the Company Muster-out Roll, dated December 6, 1864, in Louisville.  He was due $100 plus $26.32 for clothing in kind.

William Edwards was sent to the hospital at Lebanon, Kentucky, October 26, 1862.  It is very likely William was wounded during the Battle of Perryville earlier in the month, and was sent to recuperate in nearby Lebanon.

On June 10, 1864, he was sent to the hospital on the present campaign, again at Kennesaw Mountain.

William Edwards was captured at Columbia between December 20, 1862 and January 10, 1863; was confined by General Morgan.  He was paroled between December 20, 1862 and January 10, 1863.

September 19-20, 1863, during the Battle of Chickamauga, William was wounded, a contusion in the back.  He was mustered-out the same date as his brother, August 6, 1864, and was due $100 plus $40.62 for clothing in kind.  I am sure John was horribly worried when William was wounded and taken prisoner by John Hunt Morgan.

J. L. Edwards, Co. E, 10 KY Infantry, Cemetery Hill, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

After the war John and William came back to Washington County to live with their parents.  In fact, six of he seven children lived with their parents, and never married.  Youngest children, Benjamin Edwards, married his first cousin, Lucy Edwards, only children of John L. Edwards and Milly Linton.  They had no children.  Alfred, Lucretia and Edward died before 1870.  In the 1880 census for Washington County, John L, Susan and William lived at home.  John L. died between 1880 and 1900, since he does not appear in that census; only William and Susan still lived on the old home place.  William died June 10, 1903.

W. M. Edwards, Co. E, 10 KY Infantry. 

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, June 18, 1903

W. M. Edwards Dead

Mr. William M. Edwards, one of the county’s best citizens, died at his home two miles from Springfield on last Wednesday night after a long illness of a complication of diseases.  The deceased was about 63 years of age and was born and reared in Washington County.  He was never married and lived with a sister on a small farm near town.  He was an upright and honorable man, and none stood higher in the estimation of his neighbors than he.

Shortly after the war broke out Mr. Edwards enlisted in the cause of the Union, and was mustered in Company E, Tenth Kentucky Infantry at Lebanon, November 21, 1861.  He followed the fortunes of that regiment of which Col. John M. Harlan was first commander, and who was afterwards succeeded by Col. W. H. Hays, through three years of hard campaigning.  He was in the battles of Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Jonesboro, and other famous engagements.  On December 6, 1864, Mr. Edwards was mustered out of the army at Louisville, and returned to Springfield and soon engaged in farming.  He was a member of the Bevil Palmer Post G. A. R., and always took an interest in the affairs of that organization.  He was a good Christian man and joined the Presbyterian church during the war.

The funeral took place at the Springfield Presbyterian Church on Friday morning last and was conducted by Rev. G. A. Strickland.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 9, 1903

Public Sale

On the premises of the old Edwards place, the former home of the late W. M. Edwards beginning at 1 o’clock on Wednesday, July 15th, there will be sold three horses, two first class Jersey milk cows and calves, two heifers, a Jersey bull, sow and seven shoats, a crop of oats, farming implements and household and kitchen furniture.

Also, at the same time and place the Edwards farm containing about 75 acres will be offered for sale to the highest bidder on easy terms.

Ben Edwards, Agent

Col. R. E. Whane, Auctioneer

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 23, 1903

The sale of the personal property of the late Wm. Edwards took place on last Wednesday and was well attended, everything bringing good prices.  The Edwards farm containing about 75 acres of land was sold to Mr. Benedict Janes for $1692.

Many of the other siblings of these two brothers lie buried close by in Cemetery Hill.