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1823 Marriage Returns – Washington County

This doth certify that I did on the

  • 7th of August 1823, join together Edward Graves and Lucinda Schooling.
  • 11th September 1823, join together Prior Patterson and Susannah O’Neal.
  • September 23rd 1823, Michael Young and Ruth Moreland.
  • September 25th 1823, Hugh Jeffries and Fanny Walker.
  • October 2nd 1823, Joel Gregory and Nancy Springer.
  • October 9th 1823, Thomas Swan and Sarah Robertson.
  • October 16th 1823, Allen Elliott and Nancy Lawrence.
  • October 23rd 1823, Lloyd Simpson and Rebecca Milbourn.
  • October 30th 1823, James Bailey and Matilda Graves.
  • November 4th 1823, Samuel Richardson and Susan Creager.

Given under my hand this 18th November 1823, Joel Gorden

I do hereby certify that on the 20th day of March last (1823) I solemnized the rites of marriage between Thomas L. Bennett and Nancy McDonald.  Also, on the 27th day of May, I joined Horatio Mudd and Martha Powell, late widow of Charles Powell, deceased.

The Clerk of Washington County

Barnabas McHenry, E.M.E.C.

Martha Powell was the daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason, and my 4th great-aunt.  Martha had one daughter by Captain Powell, Mary Edwards Powell, born in 1814, a few months before the captain’s death November 22, 1814.  With Horatio Mudd she had five children – Hezekiah, Charles William, Mary Mildred, Nicholas and Thomas Mudd.

Hall Monument In Machpelah Cemetery – Montgomery County

I thought this monument quite interesting since there was so much detail written on the stone.  It gives a good picture of the life of this family.  James Hall was born on the Isle of Wight in England, as was his son, George.  James was a plasterer and George followed in his father’s footsteps.  They eventually moved to Weston, West Virginia, to work on an asylum.

Evidently the wife and mother had passed on before this move to the United States.  In the 1870 census of Montgomery County James is listed as 55, a plasterer, born in England.  His son George was 21, same work and birth place.

In the 1880 census Mrs. James Hall is listed as head of household.  She was 40, born in New York, both parents born in Ireland.  She is listed as an astrologist.  I’ll have to admit I never thought to see that as an occupation during the 19th century in Kentucky!  James is 60, still a plasterer, born in England as was both parents.  George is not listed.  Perhaps he was married, or died young working for the fire company as noted on his gravestone.  James died in 1896, and Frances within two years.

James Hall, born on the Isle of Wight, England.  Was an ornamental plaster, worked on the London Palace and other public buildings.  Came to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum, removed to Mt. Sterling, and from there to Lexington, Kentucky.  Died June 19, 1896.  Machpelah Cemetery, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Frances, wife of James Hall and widow of Charles Jennings of Louisville, Kentucky.  Born in Troy, New York, came to Mt. Sterling 1870, moved to Lexington, Kentucky, 1892.  Died February 11, 1898.

George Hall, born on the Isle of Wight.  Emigrated to Canada with his father, and then went to Weston, West Virginia, to work on the asylum and came to Mt. Sterling with his father where he joined and was buried by the Fire Company.

Domestic Economy from The Bourbon News

As much as I love to cook – and eat – I was eager to share this find with you.  The year is 1882 and the title is Domestic Economy.  Have you ever watched The Great British Baking Show?  Once in each episode the bakers are given a very watered-down recipe – no oven temperature or time to bake, just enough to make them ask, how in the world do you make this?  Some of these recipes are the same.  But to cooks of that era I’m sure they knew exactly how to get the intended result.  The Soft Ginger Cake and the Cream Biscuits are calling my name – I will definitely try them!

The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky

Friday, March 10, 1882

Domestic Economy

To always insure light dumplings, mix and let stand two or three hours before rising; cut into thin strips, roll in flour and boil twenty minutes.

Velvet Cream – Whites of four eggs beaten to a stiff froth; two teaspoonful each of sugar, currant jelly and raspberry jam.  Beat all together briskly.  Serve with or without cream.  With cake it is a delicious dish for dessert.

Soft Ginger Cake – One cup of molasses, one cup of sugar, one cup of sweet milk, half a cup of butter, one egg, two teaspoonful of baking powder, ginger and raisins to suit the taste.  Stir in flour enough to make a soft batter, not as thick as ordinary cake.  Bake slowly.

Parsley Sauce – Wash a bunch of parsley in cold water, then boil it for six or seven minutes in salt and water; drain it, cut the leaves from the stalks and chop them fine.  Have ready some melted butter and stir in the parsley; allow two small tablespoons of leaves to one-half pint butter.  Serve with fish and boiled fowls.

Cream Biscuits – Delicious little cream biscuits for afternoon tea are made by mixing self-rising flour with cream, which roll into a thin, smooth paste, prick, cut and bake immediately.  They should be kept dry in a closed tin box.  If the flour is not self-rising, salt it lightly and mix with a dessert spoonful of baking powder.

Ham Sandwiches – Chop the ham fine and season it with salt, pepper and mustard.  If the lean meat alone is used a little melted butter may be added.  Spread between thin slices of bread.  Cheese sandwiches are very nice; the cheese may be grated or cut in thin slices.  Mustard is added, or not, as pleased.

Snowdon Cake – This is a genuine Scotch recipe and is a great favorite with Scotch-American families.  Beat to a cream half a pound of butter, three-quarters of a pound of granulated sugar, the whites of six eggs, half a teacup of cream, and one pound of Bermuda arrowroot.  Add the beaten yolks of two of the eggs and a very little salt.  Bake in a mold one hour or more.

Mashed Potatoes – Pare and boil the potatoes, and, after every trace of the water has evaporated, mash them with you pestle, still in the kettle over the fire; they are naught if not kept hot.  Get out every suggestion of a lump and as you mash put in a generous quantity of fresh butter, and, if you have it, some cream, enough milk to make the potato rich and moist.  Salt it to taste and serve fresh and hot dish piled up and smoothed over in a hot with a little black pepper sifted on top.  Mashed potato which has stood on the stove for a while before serving is poor stuff.  If you want the top brown hold over it a salamander or a very hot stove lid – don’t put the dish into the oven, that only makes the contents watery.

Rev. Philip W. Taylor Dies At The Age Of 93 – Shelby County

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 6, 1856

A correspondent of the Frankfort Commonwealth furnishes that paper the following:

Rev. Philip W. Taylor, a native of Caroline County, Virginia, a soldier of the Revolution, and one of the early pioneers of Kentucky, died on the 24th, in Shelby County, Kentucky.  He was present at the surrender of Cornwallis, a soldier in Col. Mathews’ regiment.  In 1781 he came to Kentucky.  On his way down the river his boat was attacked by the Indians twenty miles above Louisville, and several of his companions killed and wounded, himself among the latter.  he knew, personally, Boone, Kenton, Todd, Harlan, and indeed all the pioneer heroes who settled the state.  He was for many years a justice of the peace in the county of Shelby, for two years its high sheriff, and for sixty years a minister of the gospel.  He was, perhaps, the last of the pioneer fathers, and in him was severed the last link that bound the busy, bustling generation of today to that stern old warrior race who conquered and settled our beautiful state.


Mr. Taylor’s death was listed in the deaths of 1856 for Shelby County.  Philip W. Taylor, 93, January 24th.  Cause of death – fell off porch?  The last word is very hard to read.

Thank goodness for old newspapers who have been saved – they give us glimpses of life from long ago.

1822 Marriage Bond and Consent For William Montgomery and Mary Yates

William Peter Montgomery and Mary Yates are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They married January 21, 1822, and lived only eleven years together before William died during the cholera epidemic of 1833.  The couple had six children – Charles W., Martha E., Henry L., Mary Rebecca, Frances Edwina and William Peter Montgomery, my second great-grandfather, who was born two months after his father died.

Henrietta Yates, mother of Mary, was a Cambron before marriage to John Yates.  She had a brother, Raphael Cambron, who is probably the bondsman.  Her husband, John Yates, was deceased by this date.

Know all men by these presents that we, William Montgomery and Raphael Cambron, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be paid to the said commonwealth.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 21st day of January 1822.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound William Montgomery and Miss Mary Yates, daughter of Henrietta Yates, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue in law.

William Montgomery, Raphael Cambron

I do hereby certify that I give my consent freely to William P. Montgomery to marry my daughter Mary Yates, who is above twenty-one years old, as witness  my hand this 21st day of January 1822.

Henrietta Yates

Test.  Raphael Cambron, Will Yates

Washington County, Kentucky

Two Civil War Soldiers From Scott County

Today we are going to Scott County.  Just in case you are a little unfamiliar with the counties of Kentucky, Scott is in the north central portion of the state, just above Fayette and Woodford.

The Frazer family is buried in the little cemetery of St. Francis Catholic Church, first settled by Marylanders who arrived in 1786.  Many Irish are also buried here.  Robert Frazer was born in Comber, County Down, Ireland June 19, 1800.  He married Catherine Miller about 1832, since their first child was born in 1834.  Catherine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the 1850 census of Scott County Robert is 51, a watch maker; wife Catherine is 34.  Children in the family are John C., 16; James K., 12; William K., 8; Frank, 6; and Mary, 2.  Daughter Susan was born in 1852.  Robert was a son of James Frazer and Susannah Kennedy (the initial ‘K’ in James and William’s names is for Kennedy, in honor of their grandmother).  In the 1860 census Robert is listed as a jeweler.

But then the Civil War upended the lives of all those who lived in the United States.  Two sons of Robert and Catherine entered the war – James Kennedy Frazer and William Kennedy Frazer.

Robert Frazer, born in  Comber, Ireland, June 19, 1800; died January 23, 1863.  ‘A kinder father and husband, a truer friend and a better christian, never lived.’  St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Scott County, Kentucky.

Robert Harris died in January of 1863.  He was spared the sorrow of knowing that both sons who entered the war were killed in the same year.  James Kennedy died May 21, 1863; William Kennedy died December 24, 1863.  Their mother, two brothers and two sisters were left to mourn them.

J. K. Frazer, born March 31, 1838, died May 21, 1863.  W. K. Frazer, born June 18, 1841, died December 24, 1863.

Catherine Miller Frazer lived a decade after the deaths of her husband and two sons.

C. E. Frazer, wife of Robert Frazer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1813, died December 9, 1873.  ‘During life she praying said, oh Lord, I suffer grievious pains, but I am well content to suffer because I fear thee.  Thus she died leaving the memory of her death an example of virtue and fortitude.’

Women’s Fashions From An 1896 Newspaper

It is one thing to have photos found in antique stores and try to guess the date they were taken, but another to have a newspaper spread of dated photos.  There have been many styles during the years, and some women adhered to them, always wearing the newest fashions.  Others were not lucky enough to have ready funds available for new clothes, and wore their dresses until they had to be replaced, fashion notwithstanding.  But seeing these photographs from the February 23, 1896, issue of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Jefferson County, gives us a great example of what was in vogue for women’s fashion at that time.

And what a glorious time the late 1890’s were.  This was the era of the gigot or leg ‘o mutton sleeve.  At the beginning of the decade the bottom of the sleeve fit tight to the elbow, then a small puff to the shoulder.  Throughout the next six years the puff sleeve expanded and drooped, then expanded until it took almost a yard of material for one sleeve!.

from Dressed for the Photographer, Severa, 1995

‘The drooping sleeve persisted through 1893 and into 1894 but by 1895 had become much stiffer and wider.  Godey’s described the popular sleeve as wide and very flat on top with “a distinct inflation as they approach the elbow” (November 1895).  Such sleeves required about a yard of material each and were so heavy that the shoulder seam was lengthened somewhat to carry the weight.  By 1896 the sleeve had reached its apogee, extending almost horizontally from the shoulder.  The ideal by this time was to have no drooping lines in the upper sleeve, which meant that some internal support was necessary; this was accomplished by flatlining the super sleeve with a stiff crinoline or fibre chamois, a leathery fabric, before pleating into the armscye.’

The women listed in the top photo –

Top four – Miss Eula Haidison, Miss Lowle Braly, Miss Ella Steel, Miss Lena Hawkins

Middle three – Miss Vera Kerchival, Mrs. P. D. Houston, Jr., Miss Lois McClure

Bottom three – Miss Olivia Davis, Miss Clarice Braly, Miss Josephine Houston