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Two Brothers Who Died Young – Sheldon and Albert Thomas Emery

My first thought when I caught sight of this dramatic angel in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati was, ‘Don’t blink!’  Not sure how many of you are Dr. Who fans – but that’s all I could think about while looking at this statue.  For a while I was mesmerized.  Now that I’ve found out more about the two young men who died far too young, I’m overwhelmed with sadness at the early loss of life.

Just a note on the Gracchi reference in the following obituary – the two brothers were Roman politicians in the 2nd century B.C.

Sacred to the memory of Sheldon and Albert Thomas Emery.  Gather many into Christ’s flock.  Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Sheldon and Albert Thomas Emery were sons of Thomas Josephus Emery and Mary Muhlenberg Hopkins, born in England and New York, respectively.  They were married in 1864.  Sheldon Emery was born March 18, 1867, in Turin, Italy.  Albert Thomas Emery was born in Cincinnati, September 21, 1868.

In the 1880 Hamilton County, Ohio, census, Thomas Emery, 48, was a dealer in real estate; Mary was 43, Sheldon 13 and Albert 11.  Also living in the household was Mary’s mother, Mary Hopkins, 73; and Mary’s sister, Belle Hopkins, 31.  In the 1890 census Sheldon is listed as a clerk, working for his father.

Albert Thomas Emery died February 11, 1884, in Concord, New Hampshire, as the result of an accident while coasting.  He was at school.  Sheldon Emery died October 26, 1890, as a result of pneumonia.  He was an alumnus of Harvard Law School.

Cincinnati, October 27, 1890

Sheldon Emery

On Sunday, October 26, 1890, of double pneumonia, Sheldon Emery, son of Thomas J. and Mary M. Emery, in his 24th year.

When the mother of the Gracchi was asked to display her jewels she answered, as she enveloped her two boys in her arms, ‘These are my jewels.’  In imitation of this noble Roman mother Mrs. Emery might thus have truly answered six years ago if asked to exhibit some token of her wealth.  She, like the mother of the Gracchi, was the mother of two boys as bright and promising as were the Gracchi.  Today her jewels are gone.  The first perished in a coasting accident while at St. Paul’s School about six years ago; the other died last night at his home at Edgecliffe, Walnut Hills.  The house is now left unto Mr. and Mrs. Emery desolate.  Mr. Sheldon Emery, in whom both the father and mother had centered all their hopes, was but just developed into a mature man.  He had scarcely rounded his twenty-fourth year.  Of exemplary habits and endowed with the energy that has characterized his father and that distinguished his grandfather, he was big with promise.  He had a powerful frame, symmetrical with a brain that had been cultivated by study and extensive reading.  He was therefore fully equipped to engage successfully in the pursuits of which his father was master.  Indeed, he had already begun to gradually assume a part of the great responsibilities with which the master was eager to entrust him.  Is it any wonder, then, that the house is today desolate?


News from Wednesday, June 1, 1910 – The Springfield Sun

This is an old newspaper clipping from a 1941 Springfield Sun – the local newspaper for Washington County, Kentucky.  I’m sure this was one my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, saved, since it was a few years before she died – and because her mother’s death, thirty-one years previous, was listed as part of the news for June of 1910.  Other interesting tidbits were a couple of marriages, finding of the body of a missing woman, and the dedication of the capital in Frankfort!

John Boyle – Brunetta Arnold 1836 Marriage Bond and License

Know all men by these presents, that we John Boyle and John Arnold, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds, current money, to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally by these presents – sealed with our seals and dated this 2nd day of February 1836.

The conditions of the above obligation is such, that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound John Boyle and Brunetta Arnold, of Garrard County.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

John Boyle, John Arnold

Attest, A. M. McKee

State of Kentucky, Garrard County, Sct.

To any person legally authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony:

These are to License and permit you to join together in the Holy State of Matrimony, Mr. John Boyle and Miss Brunetta Arnold of the county aforesaid, the said John Boyle having entered into bond conditioned as the Law directs.

Given under my hand as Clerk of the Court for the county aforesaid, this 2nd day of February 1836.

James H. Letcher, Clerk

Final Resting Place of R. T. Thornton

My posts have been meager the past few days – it is a busy time.  Our living room, kitchen, entry, hall and office were painted last week.   The office consists of three walls of bookcases – filled with books.  All those books were packed in totes, stacked in other rooms – books were everywhere!  Now I’m in the process of putting them back on the shelves – at least this has given me an excuse to sort!  More in-depth posts will hopefully come later in the week – or whenever the house is in order again!

R. T. Thornton, Standard Bearer in the 6th Reg. KY Volunteers, born October 10, 1811, fell at the Battle of Shiloh, April 7, 1862.  Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky.

Leslie C. Riker Obituary

Leslie C. Riker, 1882-1940, Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 21, 1940

In the sudden passing of Leslie Condit Riker on Sunday evening, June 16, 1940, at his home on College street, the community of Harrodsburg lost one of its best loved citizens. He was born July 8, 1882, at the family home on Danville Pike, in Mercer County and has always lived in Harrodsburg. He was the son of Lee Riker and Marie Rue Riker, both deceased. He was one of five children of which three are still living; Carrie R. Michel, of Oak park, Ill., Frank C. Riker, of council Bluffs, Iowa, and Charles N. Riker, of Harrodsburg. In 1934 he married Amelia Craig who survives him.

The funeral was at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, June 18, at the Presbyterian church with the pastor, Dr. John W. Carpenter conducting the services. Burial was in Spring Hill cemetery.

The bearers were Otto Redwitz, J. E. Brown, George Rue, Oran Stagg, Harrodsburg; Frederick Mickel, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Bennett Bean and Lawrence Brewer, Lexington; and Herbert Robertson, Henderson.

He was a trustee of the United Presbyterian church, a member of the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital Board, director of the Mercer County National Bank and one time City Commissioner.

He was associated with the London Assurance Company for nearly thirty years as special agent for Kentucky and Tennessee, which position he held at the time of his death. The high esteem in which he was held throughout the states was manifested by the floral offerings, the expressions of praise and the attendance at the funeral by Chris D. Shefe, assistant manager of the New York office, as well as agents from many places.

From childhood he has been a part of the community of Harrodsburg. Its problems, its joys and its sorrows were a part of his life. Many friends, white and colored, will remember his wise counsel, his practical advice in their affairs, and his generous financial help in their extremities. They will remember and continue to work, with his ideals in mind for the best interests of his community.


May 21 – Happy Wedding Day!!!!!

Bourbon Cty., KY John Adkins married Elizabeth Stokewell 21 Mar 1789
Woodford Cty., KY Stephen Weekly married Betsy Arnold 21 Mar 1790
Mercer Cty., KY John S. Taylor married Sarah Gibson 21 Mar 1792
Mercer Cty., KY James Ritchey married Mary Armstrong 21 Mar 1794
Mercer Cty., KY Simon Pancake married Rebecca French 21 Mar 1796
Harrison Cty., KY Isaac Griffith married Polly Easton 21 Mar 1797
Green Cty., KY John Mayes married Elizabeth Griggs 21 Mar 1797
Harrison Cty., KY Joseph Barker married Sally Jordan 21 Mar 1798
Mercer Cty., KY Matthew Dueast married Susanna Newton 21 Mar 1798
Pendleton Cty., KY Dudley Dunaway married Sarah Yelton 21 Mar 1803
Mercer Cty., KY Thomas Carr married Peggy Buchanan 21 Mar 1804
Mercer Cty., KY Thomas Prather married Marian Lawrence 21 Mar 1804
Mercer Cty., KY James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford 21 Mar 1808
Mercer Cty., KY Thomas Chiles married Isabella Clark 21 Mar 1809
Washington Cty., KY Zachariah Constable married Mary Knott 21 Mar 1809
Washington Cty., KY Zachariah Brown married Mary Brown 21 Mar 1811
Washington Cty., KY John Phillips married Anne Dean 21 Mar 1815
Washington Cty., KY Thomas Pearce married Polly Bland 21 Mar 1816
Washington Cty., KY John Brown married Margaret Smothers 21 Mar 1820
Lincoln Cty., KY Jenkins Kirkpatrick married Mariah Hiatt 21 Mar 1820
Washington Cty., KY Stephen Brown married Mary E. Davison 21 Mar 1821
Washington Cty., KY George Gallany married Rebecca Benter 21 Mar 1822
Washington Cty., KY Banister Jones married Malinda Miller 21 Mar 1822
Washington Cty., KY Moses Norris married Keziah Tucker 21 Mar 1826
Washington Cty., KY Benjamin W. Moody married Nancy Moody 21 Mar 1832
Washington Cty., KY Samuel S. Fowler married Mary Kimberlain 21 Mar 1834
Washington Cty., KY Thomas Burns married Presha Ward 21 Mar 1839
Washington Cty., KY Squire Wakefield married Emeline Young 21 Mar 1839
Woodford Cty., KY Charles L. Barnes married Elizabeth Moss 21 Mar 1844
Lincoln Cty., KY Christopher Leavel married Mary Ann Bryant 21 Mar 1849
Washington Cty., KY William Funk married Rachel Pinkston 21 Mar 1857
Washington Cty., KY R. P. Hays married D. C. Burnett 21 Mar 1862
Washington Cty., KY Charles T. Mock married Paralee Brady 21 Mar 1862
Washington Cty., KY James B. Logan married Ruth Jane Coulter 21 Mar 1864
Washington Cty., KY Charles Beavers married Margaret Thompkins 21 Mar 1867
Washington Cty., KY Thomas C. Richardson married Mary A. Scrogham 21 Mar 1869
Washington Cty., KY Robert Sea married Rebecca Jane Sewell 21 Mar 1873
Washington Cty., KY James Simpson married Mickie E. Gritton 21 Mar 1880
Washington Cty., KY Logan Shehan married Mary M. Curtsinger 21 Mar 1883
Washington Cty., KY Jacob Simpson married Mary C. Corn 21 Mar 1886
Marion Cty., KY Foster Ray married Maggied Edmonds 21 Mar 1894
Marion Cty., KY George P. Wade married Jennie V. Mattingly 21 Mar 1894
Marion Cty., KY J. T. Daugherty married Sallie Russell 21 Mar 1901
Marion Cty., KY Clea Allen Courtwright married Mary Emily Coffman 21 Mar 1942
Mercer Cty., KY James McClane married Mary Brenton 21 May 1792
Bourbon William Anderson married Elizabeth Miller 21 May 1793
Mercer Cty., KY Richard Huff married Nancy Davis 21 May 1795
Scott Cty., KY Elijah Barrett married Eliza Perry 21 May 1796
Mercer Cty., KY Levi Hale married Catherine Tucker 21 May 1796
Washington Cty., KY Samuel McElroy married Mary Wilson 21 May 1796
Harrison Cty., KY John Ward married Nancy Level 21 May 1796
Mercer Cty., KY Michael Dolan married Patty Minor 21 May 1798
Garrard Cty., KY Jesse Keeny married Dorcas Moberly 21 May 1798
Washington Cty., KY Evans Watkins married Rachel Rounder 21 May 1798
Washington Cty., KY Christopher Irvine married Mrs. Joan Hardin 21 May 1799
Mercer Cty., KY Charles Humphreys married Sally Cowan 21 May 1800
Mercer Cty., KY William Martin married Elizabeth Whoberry 21 May 1804
Washington Cty., KY Thomas Thompson married Priscilla Ferguson 21 May 1806
Washington Cty., KY Samuel Faulkner married Betsy Graham 21 May 1808
Mercer Cty., KY Jesse Long married Mary Rowland 21 May 1809
Washington Cty., KY William Willis married Patsy Clarke 21 May 1812
Washington Cty., KY John Husband married Elizabeth Stallings 21 May 1817
Washington Cty., KY James Whitecotton married Ann B. Riney 21 May 1817
Washington Cty., KY Reuben B. Miller married Lucinda Bradburn 21 May 1818
Washington Cty., KY Adam F. Schooling married Elizabeth Hurst 21 May 1818
Washington Cty., KY Walter O’Daniel married Nancy Cambron 21 May 1821
Washington Cty., KY William Daugherty married Ruth Graham 21 May 1827
Washington Cty., KY Samuel McLean married Keziah Martin 21 May 1827
Washington Cty., KY John Sanders married Maria Sallee 21 May 1832
Washington Cty., KY William Greenwood married Elizabeth M. McAfee 21 May 1833
Washington Cty., KY Major Sapp married Eleanor Easton 21 May 1833
Washington Cty., KY William H. Reed married Frances A. Tucker 21 May 1838
Washington Cty., KY Martin Curtsinger married Mary Elizabeth Lynch 21 May 1843
Washington Cty., KY Hamilton G. Franklin married Mary E. Brady 21 May 1849
Washington Cty., KY Berry Mays married Margaret Young 21 May 1849
Washington Cty., KY William L. Creel married Mallison Pirtle 21 May 1857
Washington Cty., KY Irvine Southerland married Permelia Jane Hilton 21 May 1857
Washington Cty., KY Miles Saunders married Margaret R. Booker 21 May 1863
Washington Cty., KY James West married Emily Barnes 21 May 1867
Washington Cty., KY Andrew Linder married Martha E. Hayden 21 May 1871
Washington Cty., KY George M. Green married Mary Rich 21 May 1872
Magoffin Cty., KY John W. White Risner married Manda Marchall 21 May 1877

c. 1910 Woman’s Traveling Outfit

I’m so excited to share this photo with you today – a woman’s traveling costume from about 1910.  The pleated skirt is very stylish, partnered with a high collared white blouse, set off with a pin at the throat.

Don’t you love the long jacket?  Large puffed sleeves with slim lower sleeves – and the black collar and cuff with stars.  The dark gloves are a good contrast to the white outfit.

And can we talk about the hat?  The multitude of flowers give this outfit a softening touch.  It looks very nice with her feminine hairstyle.

Such a fascinating photo of an era of long ago!