Bourbon County Will of Thomas Champ

It appears this will was hastily written.  There is no flowery beginning about death being certain or mention of sound mind.  There is mention of Thomas Champ’s mother, Sarah, but although his wife is mentioned she is not named.  Four sons are listed, but no daughters.  Did he have daughters, or perhaps they received no legacy?

Will of Thomas Champ, Bourbon County, Kentucky, Will Book J, Pages 82-83

This my last will and testament made the twenty-fifth day of June 1832.  To all whom it may come ?  I leave to my eldest son, Robert, one hundred and twenty-seven and a half acres of land willed to him heretofore by his grandfather.

I also will to my son Thomas the plantation where my mother, Sarah Champ, now resides, at her death.  Those two pieces of land to be valued by two disinterested persons appointed by the County Court.

I also will to my wife one third of plantation and house where she now resides, all during her lifetime.  The balance of the property lands and Negroes to be

equally divided amongst my four sons, Robert, Thomas, George and Henry, after the price of Robert and Thomas’ land heretofore mentioned is deducted out of said remainder.

I also will all my just debts to be paid out of my personal estate.  I also wish my wife to finish the house in decent manner.

I wish to have George Hughes and George Redmon appointed executors to my estate.

To which I hereunto fix my hand and seal this 25 day of June eighteen hundred and thirty-two.

Thomas Champ

Teste. B. H. Hall, James H. Gentry

Commonwealth of Kentucky and County of Bourbon

I, Thomas P. Smith, Clerk of the County Court of said county, do certify that his last will and testament of Thomas Champ, deceased, was proven in open court by the oath of James H. Gentry, a subscribing witness thereto and sworn to by George Hughes and George Redmon, the Executors therein named and presented to be recorded.  Whereupon the same, with this certificate has been duly recorded in my office.  Given under my hand this third day of September 1832.

Thomas P. Smith, Clerk

Vessels-Howard 1799 Marriage Bond and Consent

Know all men by these presents that we, Charles Vessels and Charles Howard, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment whereof well and truly to be made to the said Governor or his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 22 day of October 1799.

The condition of the above obligation is such whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Charles Vessels and Catherine Howard, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

Charles Vessels, Charles Howard

Witness John Reed

October 15, 1799, to Mr. John Reed of Washington Court.

Sir, please to grant license for marriage between Charles Vessels and my daughter, Catherine Howard, and by so doing you will oblige your friend.  James Howard

Witness my hand and seal, James Vessels and Stephen Spalding.

Washington County, Kentucky


Meet Baby Persephone!!

My day was a little busy yesterday!  At 8:00 a.m. this little angel came into our life.  My heart is so full of love for this tiny little one – six pounds, nine ounces.  Nothing like being a grandmother again!  And a little girl this time!

Julian loves his baby sister!  Think of the mischief those two will get into!  Many happy times ahead.

More genealogy tomorrow.

Cholera Rages In Flemingsburg and the County

The following article is taken from a Fleming County newspaper (I do not have the name), giving accounts of the cholera epidemics from 1852 to 1855.  So much of this type of information would be lost if it weren’t for reports of this kind, written by people who were there, or their children who were told these stories by their parents.

July 29, 1930

The Cholera Scourge of 1852-1855

The following account of the scourge of Asiatic cholera that visited Flemingsburg and Fleming County in 1855 was given me by Horace C. Ashton, October 28, 1925.  He had a sound and capable memory.

The first case was on County Court day of June.  The victim was Mrs. Patrick Maley.  It was never discovered how she caught the disease.  As soon as it was known that there was a case of cholera in the town the people quickly dispersed.

Marcus Wallace died of the disease, the family deserted the house and L. W. Andrews, Isaac Demint and a son of Ben Young gave him burial.  Young died the next day.  Mr. Wallace’s wife died, as did her brother-in-law.  Ben Wallace and his wife lived where Hord Armstrong now lives, although the house was not completed at that time.  Thomas Wells later finished it.

The following were some of the deaths: Dr. Charles Hart, Dr. R. M. Grimes, Dr. E. O. Bell, uncle of Ed Kenner; William McDonald, father of the late Arthur McDonald; Dillon Bridges, Benjamin Harbeson, Burdman, a carriage painter.  Samuel Stockwell, who had retired to Bell Grove Springs, dispatched a note to Dr. E. O. Bell, inquiring if it would be safe for him to return to his home in Flemingsburg.  The doctor replied that the disease had abated, and all danger had passed.  Sad to relate, the doctor took the disease and died, the last victim of the scourge.  The large majority of the deaths was among Negroes and foreigners.  Several Irish families lived in dwellings where Dudley Garage now is, and where the clerk’s office now stand, were taken by the disease.  Six slaves of Benjamin Harbeson were buried in one day.  Seven slaves of Maj. Wm. H. Darnall died.  L. W. Andrews, Isaac Demott, David McGavitt, Ike and Dave Vansant buried the dead.  Peter Burke dug the graves and conveyed the bodies to the grave yard in a one-horse wagon covered to imitate a hearse.  Altogether there were 117 deaths in the county and of these 47 were in town.  A large majority of the population of the town fled to escape the fatal disease.  Grass and weeds grew in the streets until they looked like the fields.

C. L. Dudley informs me that there were some cases of cholera in Flemingsburg in 1852. He says:

‘In 1852 my father, Joseph Dudley, lived at the intersection of Mt. Sterling Avenue and Water Street, where Wallace Peck now lives.  John Pratt, a blacksmith, lived next door where George Faulkner now lives.  Mr. Pratt had three sons, James, William and Edward.  I played with William in the afternoon and the next day he took cholera and died the same day.  His younger brother, Edward, died with the same disease.  Mrs. Pratt, their mother, fell a victim to the same malady.  A Negro man who worked for Mr. Pratt, at his trade, died also.  I was eight years of age.  William Pratt was some older than I.  There were doubtless other deaths in town, but I cannot recall who they were.’

Mrs. Harriett Dudley Ashton remembers that Mrs. Pratt left an infant, about one year old, that was taken into the Dudley home and cared for till Mrs. Perrine, who lived near Elizaville, a near relative of Mrs. Pratt, took the child and reared her to womanhood.  Mrs. Perrine was the mother of two deaf and dumb daughters.  Mrs. Ashton also remembers that the Sunday before William Pratt died that he with others was in the old grave yard, now our cemetery, William climbed up into a large buckeye tree, gathered a number of buckeyes and threw down at the root of the tree and said, ‘When I die I want to be buried there,’ and it was done as he requested.  Mrs. Ashton says that when the cholera was raging here in 1855, Thomas Botts and Jackson Darnall each would kill a mutton on alternate days and bring it to her father’s home where it was cooked, and thence was distributed to the homes of the suffering people.

At the siege of the cholera in 1855 the late Arthur McDonald, father of Hargis McDonald, was stricken.  He was about 18 years old and clerking for Bishop & Morris, where the Oddfellow’s building now stands.  He was given up for dead, and a man came to the home to take his measure for his coffin.  The doctor, appearing on the scene at this juncture decided that he was not dead, and administered to him an enormous dose of calomel, which saved his life.  It was through violent vomiting and purging that cholera operated, and usually only a few hours were endured by the patient.

The most effective remedy for cholera was sulphate of copper, arsenic and camphor in very minute doses.

During the cholera of 1855, Captain L. M. Cox and his brother, Judge Cox, took their families to Mayslick, but they remained in Flemingsburg, occasionally visiting the families.  John Cox, now living in Flemingsburg, son of Judge Cox, was only three years old at that time, but gives many details of their stay in Mayslick.  This is remarkable.

Dr. R. M. Skinner says that J. W. Ball and an aunt, Miss McAtee, were attacked by cholera in 1852, at Esculapia Springs in Lewis County, and recovered.  These cases were rare.

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, August 17, 1855

Elijah P. Barnett Dies of Dropsy

The Hartford Republican, Ohio County, Kentucky

Friday, July 30, 1915

Death of E. P. Barnett

Elijah P. Barnett died Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the home of Mr. Joseph Thomasson, on lower No Creek, of dropsy.  He had been an invalid for thirty years, caused by a horse falling upon him.  His fatal illness lasted about six weeks.  He was a son of Robert E. and Amanda Barnett, both of whom have been dead many years.  He was 64 years of age.

The funeral services were conducted at Alexander graveyard by Rev. R. D. Bennett Monday morning at 10 o’clock, after which the burial took place there.

Mr. Barnett was highly educated and seemingly had a bright future before him as a young man when the accident mentioned overtook him, blasting all his plans for life.  He was surveyor of Ohio County one term and gave splendid satisfaction as an official.  Peace to his ashes.

Elijah Phipps Barnett, January 19, 1852 – July 23, 1915.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Note:  There are several names on this stone, most likely siblings.

Stout-Waters 1792 Marriage Bond – Washington County

Know all men by these presents that we, Aaron Stout and Philemon Waters, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to which payment well and truly to be made to said Governor.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 4th October 1792.

The condition of this obligation is such that if there be no lawful cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Aaron Stout and Jenny Waters then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

Aaron Stout, Philemon Waters

Witness, John Reed, Jr.

Andrew M. Cline Obituary

Andrew M. Cline, 1848-1916.  Mary E. Cline, 1850-1921.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 5, 1916

Suffering Is Ended

Mr. Andrew M. Cline Dies Early Monday Morning at His Home on Holt Avenue

After having suffered from cancer of the stomach for many months death came to relieve from his suffering Mr. Andrew M. Cline, Monday morning.  Mr. Cline had been a resident of this city for more than forty years and was known by nearly everyone in the county.  Deceased was 68 years of age.

A man of genial disposition he was popular with a large circle of friends.  He was a member of the Christian church.  Besides a devoted wife he leaves four sons, and one daughter, James, of Middletown, Ohio; Warran, of Falls Mills, Virginia; John and Joe, and Miss Fannie Cline of this city, besides other relatives.

We can only remind these mourners that he is not dead, he is only asleep – resting after a long and well spent life;  he cannot and would not if he could, return to us; we can, if we will, go to him.  Behind the storm clouds always lurks the rainbow and when the storm is past it weeps upon the flowers of the land and the pearls of the sea.  Darkness precedes the dawning and out of the blackness or night comes the sunshine and joy of the day.  And so from the beauty of his life take an inspiration and go forth to live as he lived, so that when the summons comes you may say as he did, ‘All is well.’

Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 2:30 at the residence by Rev. Clyde Darsie, assisted by Rev. B. W. Trimble, the burial being under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. Lodge to which organization Mr. Cline had belonged for thirty years.  Burial in Machpelah Cemetery.  The Advocate tenders sympathy to the bereaved family.