Old Documents

1854 Deaths – Laurel County

In working on another blog I checked the 1854 deaths of Laurel County.  In reading through the list I thought this would perhaps help other researchers of the county.

A total of 34 deaths were recognized in Laurel County for 1854.  There was almost an even number of males and females who died 23 to 21.  One young slave died, as well as a Revolutionary soldier.  In age groups, ten under one year died, eight 1-16 years, ten 17-45, six 46+.  The oldest was 88 years, the youngest two months.  More individuals died of typhoid fever, with whooping cough coming in second.  One man was murdered.  Many causes of death were not listed.

Kentucky Death Records

Laurel County 1854

  • William Browning, 6 months, male, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parent George W. Browning, death Laurel County, August 10, 1854, inflammation of brain.
  • Isaac Buckles, 2 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, father Levi Buckles, death Laurel County, October 1, 1854, no cause given.
  • Elizabeth Bennett, 11 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, father William Bennett, death Laurel County, September 20, 1854, typhoid fever.
  • William Bryant, 10 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, father Isham Bryant, death Laurel County, February 12, 1854, influenza.
  • Ezekiel Calahan, 30, married, farmer, residence Laurel County, birth North Carolina, father Joseph Calahan, death Laurel County, no date or cause of death.
  • Nancy Chestnut, 38, married, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents William and Ann McKee, death Laurel County, March 21, 1854, no cause of death.
  • Nancy H. Chestnut, 3 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Evers and Nancy Chestnut, death Laurel County, July 7, 1854, no cause of death.
  • Elisha Elam, 7, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Daniel and Jane Elam, death Laurel County, December 7, 1854, fever.
  • Sarah Faris, 2 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Jo and Mary Faris, death Laurel County, December 25, 1854, Encephilus.
  • Elizabeth Faris, 17, residence Laurel County, birth Indiana, parents Green and Sarah Faris, death Laurel County, September 14, 1854, fever.
  • John Forbus, 88, married, farmer, residence Laurel County, birth Virginia, father Robert Forbus, death Laurel County, September 1854, no cause of death, Revolutionary soldier.
  • Lucinda Green, 32, single, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Samuel and Melinda Green, death Laurel County, February 25, 1854, consumption.
  • Jefferson Hammons, 4 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, J. and Nancy Hammons, death Laurel County, January 2, 1854, croup.
  • Sarah Humphlet, 10, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents John and Martha Humphlet, death Laurel County, December 3, 1854, no cause of death.
  • Sarah Kuhn, 3, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, father Solomon H. Kuhn, death Laurel County, March 18, 1854, whooping cough
  • Martin Landham, 4, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Abel and Jane Landham, death Laurel County, October 24, 1854, flux.
  • William McCarty, 49, single, farmer, residence Pulaski County, birth Tennessee, parents James and Kesiah McCarty, death Laurel County, August 12, 1854, no cause of death.
  • ? McFatridge, 9, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, father Scott McFatridge, death Laurel County, February 17, 1854, whooping cough.
  • Martha Moberly, 13, residence Laurel County, birth Rockcastle County, father William Moberly, death Laurel County, March 11, 1854, no cause of death.
  • John Metcalf, 24, married, farmer, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, father James Metcalf, death Laurel County, June 5, 1854, no cause of death.
  • Martha Runmon, 27, married, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Samuel and Sarah Stansbury, death Laurel county, December 1854, typhoid fever.
  • Rebecca Runmon, 4, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents John and Martha Runmon, death Laurel County, December 1854, typhoid fever.
  • Sarah Renn, 42, married, residence Laurel County, birth North Carolina, parents Andrew and Jane Miller, death Laurel County, April 15, 1854, no cause of death.
  • Harrison Reams, 36, married, farmer, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Stoke Burch and Jane Reams, death Laurel County, November 21, 1854, murdered by Solomon Hicks.
  • Carmelisa Ramsey, 2, residence Laurel County, birth Clay County, Kentucky, father John Ramsey, death Laurel County, February 12, 1854, cold.
  • Eden Shotwell, 73, widow, residence Laurel County, birth Virginia, parents Isham and Elizabeth Faris, death Laurel County, December 4, 1854, typhoid fever.
  • Sarah Shotwell, 28, married, residence Laurel County, birth Virginia, parents Peter and Nancy Elam, death Laurel County, October 17, 1854, typhoid fever.
  • Amanda Shotwell, 15 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents John and Sarah Shotwell, death Laurel County, October 23, 1854, typhoid fever.
  • Samuel Stansbury, 60 years, married, farmer, residence Laurel County, birth Virginia, parents Solomon and Jane Stansbury, death Laurel County, December 1, 1854, typhoid fever.
  • Charles Robinson, 72, married, farmer, residence Laurel County, birth North Carolina, no other information.
  • Charlotte Taysley, 7 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents John and ? Taysley, death Laurel County, May 18, 1854, no cause of death.
  • Amanda Waggener, 7 months, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents Thomas and Lucinda Waggener, death Laurel County, April 1854, whooping cough.
  • Amelia Watkins, 40, married, residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, parents William and Mary Porter, death Laurel County, October 23, 1854, consumption.
  • Martha, black, 25, slave residence Laurel County, birth Laurel County, owner Humphrey T. Jackson, death Laurel County, February 5, 1854, pneumonia.

 

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  1. Harrison Reams was the first reported law enforcement officer killed in Kentucky. He is listed on the Commonwealth monument in Richmond. He was a Laurel County Deputy Sheriff.

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