1792 Denham – Trusnao Marriage Bond – Madison County

Know all men by these presents that we, John Denham and David White, are held and firmly bound unto His Excellency, the Governor, Isaac Shelby, Esquire, Governor or Chief Magistrate of this Commonwealth, in the sum of fifty pounds to the which payment well and truly to be made to said Governor or his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed and dated this 16th day of September 1792.

The condition of this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound John Denham and Ellendar Trusnao, both of Madison County.  If there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force, power and virtue.

John Denham, David White

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of Will Irvine.

1853-1903 Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Goff – Daviess County

The Messenger Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Sunday, April 5, 1903

A Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Goff, two of the most highly respected old people of the county, celebrated their golden wedding last Sunday at their beautiful country home near Sorgho.  They are a wonderfully preserved couple.  Mr. Goff is seventy-six years old, but is as active as most men who are twenty years younger.  Mrs. Goff is sixty-eight and has lost but little of the grace and none of the cheerful brightness of her former years.  Mr. Goff was born at Taylorsville, Kentucky, and Mrs. Goff, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Onan, at New Castle, Kentucky, both removing to Daviess County in their youth.  On the morning of March 29, 1853, they mounted their horses, accompanied by a number of their friends, who adopted the same mode of travel, and rode to St. Alphonsus Church, where their lives were united and their destines made one.  It was a happy wedding and was followed by a happy married life.  They have always lived on the farm they now occupy, and will make it their home until they are called from earth.  They have three daughters, Mrs. J. I. Molohar, of Henderson; Mrs. Edward Stiff, of Calhoun, and Miss Edna Goff of Sorgho, and three sons, Mr. T. S. Goff, of Aveline Kansas, and Messrs. Robert and Sid Goff of Sorgho.  The celebration of their golden wedding was not elaborate, only their children and a few of their neighbors being in attendance, but the presents received were numerous and handsome.  Both declared that they enjoyed their fiftieth wedding anniversary with as much zest as they did their first, which was not doubted by any of

those who saw them as they caressed and smiled upon each other.

James B. Davenport Confederate Soldier – Larue County

James B. Daveport, Pvt., Co K, 8 KY Cav, Confederate States, February 9, 1838 – October 20, 1919.  Red Hill Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky.

James B. Davenport was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.  In the 1860 census, just before the beginning of the war, he lived in the household of Daniel W. Dyer and his family, along with four others.  Mr. Dyer was a dry goods merchant and I believe several of these men worked for him.  James, at the age of 21, was a stove merchant.

James Davenport was 24 years of age when he joined Company K, 4th Regiment Kentucky Cavalry.  He joined October 1, 1862, in Danville, Kentucky, for a three year period, and mustered in at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, November 6, 1862.

He was taken prisoner at Cheshire, Ohio, July 20, 1863, and was not released until towards the end of the war on February 24, 1865.

James took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States on February 24, 1865, at Camp Douglas, Illinois.  He was fair of complexion with dark hair and grey eyes, five feet eight and one-half inches in height.

After the war James Davenport returned to Larue County.  He married Fannie E. Barnes on October 7, 1869.  The records show that the gentleman was of age and the guardian of the lady gave consent in person.

One interesting note is the witnesses for their wedding – Ben Dyer and Nannie Dyer.  I’m sure these were members of the family James lived with before the war.

In the 1870 census for Larue County the newlyweds lived in their own household, James was 31 and Fannie 20.  James was a dry goods merchant with a personal estate of $7,500.

In 1900 the couple are 61 and 50, respectively.  They have been married for 30 years and have had four children, two living.  With them is daughter Florence, 23.  Florence must have married shortly afterwards, since in 1910 the couple are living alone.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 24, 1912.

Fannie Davenport succumbed to tuberculosis on July 22, 1912.  She was survived by her husband and two children, Florence and Ernest.  Daughter Florence died of the same disease two years later.

James lived another seven years.  I could find no obituary for him.

J. B. Davenport, September 9, 1838 – October 20, 1919.  Fannie E., his wife, November 11, 1849 – July 22, 1912.  C. N. McGill, March 3, 1869 – August 2, 1937.  Florence D., his wife, March 28, 1877 – April 19, 1914.

Beside this gravestone are those for Daniel W. Dyer and his wife.



Will of Revolutionary Soldier Thomas Moore – Mercer County

Thomas Moore, Capt. Gen. Clarks VA Regt., Revolutionary War, 1754-February 25, 1835.  Kaskaskia, Vincennes.  Old Mud Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Thomas Moore is one of the Revolutionary War heroes buried in Old Mud Cemetery in Mercer County.   His eight children are listed in his will – sons John Moore, Samuel Moore and Thomas H. Moore; and his five daughters, Ann Worley, Polly Harrod, Isabella Bingham, Nancy Newlin and Elizabeth Bass.

Thomas Moore’s Will

Mercer County Will Book 10, Pages 534-535

I, Thomas Moore, of the State of Kentucky and County of Mercer, make this writing my last will and testament.  To wit, I hereby appoint my sons John and Thomas H. Moore my executors to this my will.  I hereby give to my wife, Elizabeth Moore, during her natural life, of my tract of land whereon I now live, beginning at the orchard fence on the north of the Shawnee Run Road, thence with said fence north-west to my little meadow, thence with the fence or the little meadow, a north-east coast to my original line, to adjoin Harris, thence with said line, south-west to Overstreet’s line, thence with Overstreet to the Shawnee Run Road, thence with the Shawnee Run Road to the beginning.  My will is that my wife shall have her choice of my horses, together with three of my best cows, also twelve her choice of my stock of hogs, also her choice of my sheep, together with all my household and kitchen furniture, so long as she may continue my widow, together with the rent that may be due me on the year of my decease.  The residue of my personal estate to be sold and equally divided among the legal heirs of my five daughters.  My will is that my tract be equally divided between my three sons, John Moore, Samuel Moore and Thomas H. Moore, in consideration that each of my sons shall pay two hundred and fifty dollars to be divided equally between the legal heirs of my five daughters, that is 150 dollars to the heirs of my daughter Ann Worley, the same to the heirs of my daughter Polly Harrod, the same to the legal heirs of Isabella Bingham.  Further my will is that the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be paid to the legal heirs of my daughter Nancy Newlin, also the same amount equally divided between all the legal heirs of my daughter Elizabeth Bass.  My will is that my plantation over my wife’s dower be rented during my wife’s life with the proceeds thereof divided between the heirs of my five daughters.  It is to be understood that the divisions of the land take place at the decease of my wife, then each son is to pay the two hundred and fifty dollars.  In testimony hereof I set

my hand and seal this 29th August eighteen hundred and thirty four.

Thomas Moore

Test.  Frederick Harris, George Dodd, Peter Stopher

Mercer County                     March County Court 1835

The foregoing last will and testament of Thomas Moore, deceased, was this day produced into court and proved by the oaths of Frederick Harris and Peter Stopher, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, which is done accordingly.

Attest.  Thomas Allin

Major John Y. Hill – Early Settler of Elizabethtown – Hardin County

from Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and Hardin County – 1776-1976, McClure, 1979

Major John Y. Hill

Samuel Haycraft uses the title ‘Major’ in describing John Y. Hill, who came to Elizabethtown about the year 1818.  The Elizabethtown community was settled by immigrants from Virginia and Pennsylvania almost entirely, John Y. Hill coming from the first named.

John Y. Hill was a tailor by trade and training, but in the little frontier town, there were several tailors and the demand for his service was not sufficient to support him and he turned his energies into other pursuits, for a while as horse trader, and then into the burning of brick and building houses.  He built the brick structure standing today at the corner of North Main and Poplar Streets, the present Brown-Pusey Community House.  It was the residence to which he took his bride, the former Rebecca D. Stone, who was born in Bloomfield, Washington County in 1804.

John Y. Hill was the outstanding builder in the town for more than a quarter-century, as evidence of his ability and integrity, several of the buildings which he erected are standing and being used as of the time of this writing.  When he quit building it was estimated that he had built over one-fourth of the houses in the town.

He built the first brick house of worship used by the Severns Valley Baptists (still standing on Popular Street), the Hardin Academy (long since torn away), the present Community House, the McKinney house and the Wintersmith house (still used today as homes, Mrs. J. W. Hodges living in the McKinney house and the Wintersmith house occupied by Miss Minnie Patterson until her death).

About 1850, John Y. Hill gave up the building of houses; he remodeled his residence and with some alterations and additions, converted it into a hotel (tavern, inn), known as the Hill House.  It soon gained a wide reputation for hospitality, good food and good management.  He died August 1, 1855, his death said to have been due to over-exertion.  The town was saddened by his passing, he was very popular, and as evidence had been elected to the State Legislature in 1832.  Following Hill’s death, his wife, who was known as ‘Aunt Beck’ continued to operate the Hill House during the remainder of her life.  She died in 1882.  Her abilities were such that the business continued to thrive.  Many of the prominent people of the time stopped at the Hill House.  During the period 1871/73 when units of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry were stationed in the town, General and Mrs. Custer and a number of the officers of the regiment had rooms and took their meals with Aunt Beck.

That has now been a century ago, but the appearance of the brick house at the corner of North Main and Poplar Street has changed so little that one might expect to see rugged officers in their blue uniform, boots and spurs, emerge from the front door and stride across the street to their offices, which were located in the two-story brick building, which also contained the offices of some of the county officials.  This building was for years the home of the Will Sprigg family.  The Phil Watkins family lived there at one time; the building was torn away some years back, and another landmark was gone.

In the above advertisement from The Louisville Daily Courier, Saturday, July 16, 1859, for a fun day of travel to Grayson Springs passengers leave Louisville at 6:00 a.m., stopping for breakfast in Elizabethtown, at several hotels, including ‘Hill’s Hotel, John Y. Hill, proprietor; at either on of which past named houses the most sumptuous fare will always be found.’

At first, I thought it strange that John Y. Hill was still named as proprietor of the hotel in this 1859 article, since according to Mr. McClure he died in 1855.

John Y. Hill came to Elizabethtown 1818, died August 1, 1855.  Elizabethtown Cemetery, Hardin County, Kentucky.

Even his gravestone lists the date of his death as August 1, 1855.

But I found a newspaper article from The Louisville Daily Courier, dated Wednesday, August 10, 1859, that announces his death – The Elizabethtown Democrat announces the death of Major John Y. Hill, he well-known hotel keeper of that place.

Also, in the 1859 Hardin County deaths is listed John Y. Hill, 59, Inn Keeper, August 2, pneumonia.

You can tell the gravestone was placed there in more recent years.  Perhaps it was written incorrectly in the family bible.  Who knows?  But since it was in the newspaper from 1859 and in the county death records for that year, I think we can safely say that is the year John Hill died.

Monument to Minnie Key Wilder in Cave Hill Cemetery – Jefferson County

Located in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, is a beautiful monument designed by Robert E. Launitz, ‘the father of monumental art in America’, and was erected in memory of Minnie, the Wilder’s only child, who died at the age of seven.  The child is at the top of the monument, standing on a cloud, shoulder level to her parents, with angel wings, signifying her status as a member of the heavenly fold.  The grieving mother has her hand to her head, while the father points to heaven where his child now resides.  The free hand of the husband is on his wife’s shoulder, trying to ease her sorrow.  Two angels are on a lower portion of the memorial, with their torches fallen to the ground, a life extinguished too soon.

Edward Wilder was originally from Maryland, his parents were Edward and Susan Key Egerton Wilder.  Ruth Sevier was born in Alabama, the daughter of John and Mildred Merrill Sevier.  Her great-grandfather, John Sevier, was a Revolutionary hero and the first Governor of Tennessee – Sevier County in the state is named for him (now famous for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge).  Edward and Ruth married in 1853 and Edward brought her to his home city of Louisville, Kentucky, where he was a wholesale druggist.

Their daughter, Minnie Key Wilder, was born January 28, 1854.  Tragedy struck the family in 1861 when Minnie became ill with scarlet fever, and due to an unfortunate accident died February 21st of that year.  A young Negro girl living with the family accidentally caught her clothes on fire in the room where Minnie lay sick.  Being frightened she jumped on the bed where Minnie lay.  Mrs. Wilder doused both girls with water and extinguished the flames, but the cold water enhanced Minnie’s illness and she passed away a week before her seventh birthday.

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 19, 1861

In memory of Minnie Key, only child of Edward and Ruth Sevier Wilder, born January 28, 1854, died February 21, 1861.  Edward Wilder born December 31, 1825, died March 25, 1890.  With pity behold our hearts, dear Lord.  Ruth Sevier, widow of Edward Wilder and C. G. Collins, born March 21, 1833 and died February 22, 1915.  Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

In the years following this accident the couple continued their life, living at the same address at Fifth Street and Broadway, sometimes with other family members being part of the household.  Edward Wilder was a wholesale druggist and his many ads in The Courier-Journal in the mid to late 19th century give us a clue to his sales – paper dated Tuesday, March 5, 1867.

His famous ‘Stomach Bitters’ would cure dyspepsia, liver complaints, fever, ague, colic, flux, ‘a mild and delightful invigorant for delicate females’, an excellent appetizer, etc.

His Sarsaparilla and Potash cured scrofula, Syphilis or venereal disease, neuralgia, skin diseases.

The compound extract of Wild Cherry was beneficial for coughs colds and catarrhs.

And his Family Pills worked wonders for constipated and sluggish bowels.

His drugstore was at 215 Main Street (Marble Front).

The Courier Journal, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, March 28, 1890

Edward Wilder died March 25, 1890.  His obituary gives no cause of death.

After Edward’s death Ruth married Charles Collins, who lived only a few years.  She lived at least an additional twenty years after the deaths of both husbands.

The Courier Journal, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 23, 1915

Back of monument.

Front of monument – difficult to photograph with sun in back.

1797 Hagan – Hamilton Marriage Bond and Consent – Washington County

Know all men by these presents that we, Ignatius Hagan and Clement Hamilton, 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 22nd day of November 1797.

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

Ignatius Hagan, Clement Hamilton

Witness, Moses Rice

Sir, you’ll be pleased to grant license to unite in matrimony Mr. Ignatius Hagan and my daughter Annastacia.  Your obedient servant.  Leonard Hamilton, November 21st 1797.

Test. Clement Hamilton, George A. Hamilton

Washington County, Kentucky