Category Archives: Cemeteries

Burials In Cloverport Cemetery – Breckinridge County

Mark Wedding, August 26, 1820 – February 25, 1894.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 28, 1894

An Old Resident Dead

Mr. Mark Wedding, seventy-two years of age, died of consumption at his home in this city at 1 o’clock p.m. Sunday, February 25.  His remains were interred in the Cloverport City Cemetery yesterday.

Mr. Wedding had been in bad health for some time, and his death was not a surprise to those who were acquainted with his condition.  He has been a respected citizen of Cloverport for many years and his death is regretted by many friends.  He raised a family of four sons, who are filling lucrative and honorable positions in other parts of the country.  He leaves a widow to mourn the loss of a good husband.

Dudley Hambleton, 1821-1898.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 28, 1898

Two Old Citizens Pay Nature’s Debt

Hon. Dudley Hambleton Passes Away

Represented Breckinridge Twice in the Legislature

Was a Consistent Member of the Baptist Church

Hon. Dudley Hambleton, a man who was loved by all who knew him, died early Tuesday morning.

For a week he has been hovering between life and death, and although his precarious condition was known to almost everyone in the county, the news of his final passing away came like a shock.

Hon. Dudley Hambleton has always been prominently identified with Cloverport.  He was born in this county, April 19, 1821.

He was married to Jane Watkins in November, 1843, and the following children were the result of the union:  James Hambleton, Samuel Hambleton, Mrs. Courtney Babbage, and Mrs. Martin S. Whitford, now living in England.

For many years Mr. Hambleton was regarded as a leading business man of Breckinridge County.  He practically bought all the tobacco that was brought to Cloverport for sale and was the largest buyer until the war came on.

At the close of the Civil War he purchased the A. A. Gordon farm at Holt’s paying $25,000 cash for it and engaged in farming.

He was always a man of affairs and stood high in the estimation of all who knew him.  He was twice elected to the legislature by the Democratic Party.

Hon. Dudley Hambleton was one of the best men Cloverport ever had.  During the days of his prosperity he was known as the young man’s friend and his purse was always ready to back some poor young fellow struggling for a foothold on the ladder to success.  He was charitable to a fault.

He was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, also a member of the Masonic fraternity.

His funeral took place today and was largely attended, the remains being interred according to the rites of Masonry.

Julius Hardin Has Been Laid to Rest

Was a Prominent Democratic Worker

A Man of Strong Convictions and Fine Character

By the death of Julius Hardin, Breckinridge County has been deprived of one of her most substantial citizens.

The deceased had been suffering for some time with a carbuncle on the back of his neck and his death was looked for daily for a week or more before the end came.

He passed away Friday, September 23rd, with hardly a struggle.

Julius Hardin was born in this county October 9, 1846.

He was a man of strong character and firm convictions.  He took an active interest in politics during his life and for years was regarded as one of the staunchest Democrats in the county.

While he was a hard worker for party success he never sought office or preferment of any kind.

He was honest, sincere and his agreeable personality won for him a host of warm friends.

He was a scion of the noted Hardin family, coming from the pioneer stock that settled Breckinridge County over a century ago.

The deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss.

The funeral took place Saturday, the services being conducted by Rev. Sneed, of Hardinsburg, who preached a sermon eloquent in its sympathy for the bereaved wife and children and rich with its tributes to the character of the dead.

The remains were interred in the Cloverport Cemetery and were followed to their last resting place by one of the largest funeral corteges that has ever been seen in the city.

The News with the whole community extends sympathy to the bereaved family.

Peter Dhonau, born January 30, 1812, died September 13, 1899.  Mary Elizabeth Dhonau, born January 1, 1815, died March 27, 1896.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 20, 1899

Peter Dhonau

An Old Resident of the County Passes Away

Mr. Peter Dhonau, one of the county’s oldest citizens, died at his home near Balltown last Wednesday.  He had not been confined to his bed and death was due to the sudden giving away of his constitution.

Mr. Dhonau was born in Sobenheim, Prussia, January, 1813.  He came to this country in 1844, and located at Rome, Indiana, on a farm.  He continued farming until the year of 1869, when he moved to this part of Kentucky where he has resided ever since.

His most estimable wife departed this life in March, 1896, leaving eleven children to mourn her loss.  Two died in infancy, one at nine years and one at mature age.  Seven children are still living who are, Mrs. Michael Hamman, Mrs. Phillip Dick, Mrs. Charles Fuchs, Mrs. William Sanders, Miss Harriet Dhonau and William and Albert Dhonau.  There are twenty-seven grand-children and twelve great-grandchildren.

Mr. Dhonau was probably one of Breckenridge County’s most prosperous farmers, and was well liked by everyone.  He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church.  His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near Rome, Indiana.  [Although this gravestone leads us to believe he was buried in Cloverport Cemetery.]

Burials At Bells Run Baptist Cemetery – Ohio County

Wilson Chapman, born February 4, 1844, died January 4, 1904.  Bells Run Baptist Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

The Hartford Republican, Ohio County, Kentucky

Friday, January 8, 1904

Claude E. Ware, born September 1, 1878, died July 5, 1917.

The Messenger Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Friday, June 16, 1917

Isaac N. Jeffries, December 27, 1870 – August 18, 1920.  Lizzie K., his wife, October 25, 1876 – July 2, 1949.

The Messenger Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Friday, August 27, 1920

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Sunday, July 3, 1949

Anderson S. Daniel, born June 2, 1831, died December 23, 1911.  ‘Erected by his Grand Son, David Ewing (?)

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Friday, December 22, 1911

The Small Area of Ottenheim In Lincoln County

Hanging in the Lutheran Church – old photo of church, postcard from Ottenheim and old photo of the area.

A few years ago, Ritchey and I visited the small area of Ottenheim in Lincoln County.  At one time it was a bustling area with many immigrants from Germany and Switzerland.  It is now a very quiet place, very beautiful, with three churches and cemeteries within sight of each other.  Follow US 127 south of Stanford, take a left onto Hwy 643; this will take you to Ottenheim.

In the 1880’s, Jacob Ottenheimer, of New York, purchased land in Lincoln County, with the intention of drawing immigrants to this Kentucky, as well as Americans from outside the state.  There were originally over one hundred families from overseas.  The occupants of this small area worshiped at the Lutheran Church, the German Reform Church and St. Sylvester Catholic Church (the only church still having weekly worship).

Immanuel Lutheran Church 1886 Ottenheim, Kentucky.

The Lutheran Church was purchased by the historical society and is used for annual gatherings, weddings and other occasions.  Ritchey and I were fortunate to meet the caretaker of the church, who lived across the street.

He showed us inside the beautiful building, with many of its original features.  His relatives lie in the cemetery beside the church.

The Last Supper engraving above the altar is exactly the same as that which hung in my grandmother’s kitchen for as long as I can remember – and now hangs in my kitchen!

A portion of the Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The German church, originally known as the Dutch Reform Church, is no longer used.

Rosa Platzeck, March 17, 1902 – August 15, 1986.

The cemetery for the German, or Dutch, Reform Church, is very small.

St. Sylvester Catholic Church is still used for weekly Mass.

St. Sylvester Catholic Cemetery.

The Interior Journal, Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky

Tuesday, August 15, 1911

In 1884, J. Ottenheimer, a German colonization agent, founded Ottenheim.  Here in the solitude of a forest primeval these hardy German pioneers carved out a home and farmlands and now are prosperous.  A nice little town of 109 souls is Ottenheim.  There are three churches, Catholic, Lutheran and Dutch Reformed, Father Leo, pastor of the first named, Rev. C. J. Mehrtens the pastor of the Lutheran church has the nicest library we have ever seen.  The Dutch Reformed has no pastor at present but hopes to get one soon.  Two very good stores here, John Wentzel and the store conducted by W. T. White.  Mr. White is conducting the public school, with an average attendance of fifty pupils, 100 being in the district.  A new addition has recently been built under the supervision of Mr. Wm. Landgraf, which will comfortably accommodate the increasing attendance.  This is one of the best districts in the county.  Mr. W. is teaching a good school and the patrons are satisfied.

A Morning At New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery In Mercer County

Yesterday was a perfect early summer day – I follow the meteorologist’s yearly calendar – summer starts June 1!  A perfect day for a visit to a cemetery.  Living in Mercer County gives the opportunity to visit many old cemeteries and we chose New Providence.  We’ve been there several times.  Almost all stones have been photographed, but one section was taken with the sun in the wrong position; we were there about four in the afternoon.  Ten o’clock is a perfect time for good photos, and that’s when we arrived.

Ritchey and Julian came with me today.  They ran around the cemetery five times – the three-year-old is quite a runner.  Nothing like getting rid of a little excess energy!  And I was left to get the best photos I could.  I share the following with you.

Samuel Bunton, born February 10, 1783, died October 22, 1858.

Rachel, wife of Samuel Bunton, born September 1, 1786, died July 9, 1859.

Mandy C., wife of J. B. Compton, born September 21, 1839, died February 1, 1862.  Our infant son Henry born December 23, 1861, died September 20, 1862.

Detail at top of stone.

A small stone added for the infant Henry.  Several in stones in a line had the grave with sides and a foot stone.

Henry P., son of J. B. and M. C. Compton, born December 23, 1861, died September 29, 1862.

Susan, wife of James H. Voorhies, born May 13, 1824, died December 8, 1862.  Notice the beautiful wreath of flowers at the top.

Shot of Susan Voorhies gravestone and foot stone.

Stephen Lyen’s stone has broken off and was leaning on the base.  Ritchey held it to take photos.

Stephen Lyen, born May 18, 1793, died May 31, 1863.

Nancy, wife of Stephen Lyen, born December 10, 1798, died May 4, 1863.  Husband and wife died within a month.  Did they contract a fever or pneumonia?  I doubt we’ll ever know.

 

Damaged Stones Area of Holy Cross Cemetery – Marion County

Holy Cross Catholic Church and Cemetery.

In Marion County, Kentucky, we find Holy Cross Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic church in the state.  The historical marker tells us ‘Basil Hayden, Sr., led 25 Maryland Catholic families to settle near here, on Pottinger’s Creek, 1785.  Father Whelan said first Mass in Kentucky here in 1787.  First Catholic church west of Alleghenies built here in 1792.  First monks, 1805, Trappist Fathers (Cistercians).  Present church erected in 1823, under direction of famous Belgian missionary, Charles Nerinckx.’  Many of the remains of these old settlers lie in this cemetery and have lain here a good two hundred years or more.

As with all cemeteries, due to weather and time, some of the stones are broken or uprooted.  The good people of the area have made a place in the cemetery for these stones.  Some are fragments of stones, some are intact, some readable, others not so much.  I want to share with you today photos taken in this area of the cemetery.  Much valuable information is here for those who cannot find their loved ones in the cemetery proper.

Ann C. Hagan, died February 20th 1849 in the 40th year of her age.

Robert Greenwell, born in 1792.

An old, unreadable stone.  Elizabeth J., wife of James M. Sims, born December 16, 1811, died June 30, 1863.

Ann, wife of Raphael Heard, died October 3, 1847, aged 82 years (born 1765).  Sacred to the Memory of Milly A. Hagan, who departed this life January 13, 1800, in the ___ year of her age (portion has flaked off stone).

Thomas Greenwell died April 11, 1843, aged 30 years, 4 months.

James Green, born May 10, 1825, died January 19, 1865.

Nancy, wife of John Pike, born January 8, 1805, died May 10, 1865.

Mary, wife of William Lush, died June 6, 1852, aged 81 years (born 1771).

Felix C. Roberts, born September 26, 1860, died July 8, 1889.

 

First Members of New Providence Presbyterian Church – Born Before 1800 – Volume 4

The third installment of the original members of New Providence Presbyterian Church, Mercer County, Kentucky, who were born before 1800 – and there are quite a few – we’ve only scratched the surface!  The previous installments can be viewed – Volume 1 and Volume 2 and Volume 3.

Priscilla, wife of Robert McAfee, died February 19, 1837, in the 66 year of her age (born 1771).

James Coleman, born October 6, 1776, died January 5, 1844.

Mary Bunton, wife of James Lyons, born April 10, 1777, died May 27, 1850.

Ann, wife of Col. George McAfee, born January 11, 1777, died April 7, 1851.

In memory of Col. George McAfee, born April 28th, 1777, died May 28th, 1819, aged 42 years.

Robert McAfee, died January 30, 1849, in the 72nd year of his age (born 1777).

Nancy Buchanan, consort of A. Buchanan, deceased, departed this life October 1st, 1810, aged 32 years (born 1778).

Thomas Cleland, D. D., born May 22, 1778, died January 31, 1858.

Henderson Family Cemetery in Hancock County

Today we visit Hancock County, in northwestern Kentucky, and most specifically the small Henderson Family Cemetery.  This cemetery is located on the right of Hwy 1957, past the huge factory known as Aleris Rolled Products.  There is a small sign for the cemetery at the side road on which it is located. 

Elias Chrisler, December 8, 1828 – January 24, 1912.  Anna H., his wife, August 1, 1845 – no date.

William Henderson, February 18, 1766 – August 26, 1837.

This stone is very hard to read, but I wanted to share it since William was born in the 1700’s.

John W. Henderson, September 30, 1842 – December 4, 1925.  Eliza, his wife, December 3, 1848 – October 29, 1928.

Albert W. Henderson, June 11, 1883 – February 14, 1913.

Joe S. Henderson, January 18, 1852 – March 26, 1933.  Myrtie, his wife, July 20, 1869 – August 28, 1933.

John F. DeWitt, July 11, 1837 – March 8, 1923.  Mary N. DeWitt, April 11, 1837 – October 26, 1908.

James H. Lewis, February 7, 1850 – October 1, 1898.

In memory of Holbert Henderson who died July 1, 1846, aged 33 years, 9 months and 3 days.

In memory of Samuel Mason who died November 4, 1852, aged 63 years, 8 months and 27 days.