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Death of Dr. Curran Cassius Smith

Curran C. Smith, eldest son of J. Speed and Eliza Smith, born Jun 12, 1822, entered into rest, August 13, 1896.  ‘And his children rise up and call him blessed.’  Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky.

The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, August 19, 1896

The fearfully sudden death on last Thursday, August 13th, of Dr. Smith again demonstrates that in the midst of life we are in death.  Just before noon he was on the streets in apparently good health, but remarked that he felt a pain in his chest.  At dinner, he passed away without the slightest . . . the Second Presbyterian Church, the remains being deposited in the family lot in the cemetery.  Rev. Owsley Goodloe, brother-in-law of the deceased, and Rev. Dr. McCown, pastor of the Baptist Church, were the ministers.  A long procession followed the remains to the grave.

Sallie W. Goodloe, wife of Dr. Curran C. Smith, November 8, 1834 – December 18, 1909.

Curran Cassius Smith was born in Richmond, Kentucky, on June 12th, 1822.  His father was a distinguished member of Congress and Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of Kentucky.  His mother was a daughter of Brig. Gen. Green Clay, of the War of 1812, and a sister of Gen. Cassius M. Clay, Mr. Lincoln’s Minister to Russia.  Rev. Green Clay Smith, recently deceased, Ex-Governor of Montana and Brigadier General of the U.S. Volunteers, and Ex-Representative J. Speed Smith, this place, were brothers, Mrs. Goodloe, mother of the late William Cassius Goodloe, Minister to Belgium, and Major Green Clay Goodloe, U.S. Marines, was a sister.  Dr. Smith married in 1854 a daughter of Judge William Goodloe of the Madison Circuit Court, she survives.  Their six children survive him, never having lost one.  They are Mrs. Alma Rogers, of Ohio, Mrs. Bessie Benton, of Winchester, Misses Mary Spencer, Willie C. and Curraleen, of Richmond, and J. Speed Smith, of the U.S. Pension Service, now stationed at Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Smith graduated at St. Mary’s, then a noted school; thereafter from the Louisville Medical College of which faculty the subsequently celebrated Dr. Gross was a member.  He practiced 53 years, mostly in Madison County.  For a brief period he lived at Lebanon where he was Collector by appointment of Andrew Johnson, which was the only office he ever held, except when Pension Examiner by appointment of Harrison.

During the war, it was the effort of the Confederates to capture Dr. Smith and others to hold as hostages in lieu of several men who had been carried away to northern prisons.  The Federal commandant at Lexington sent an officer with men who rescued the men in hiding.  At the battle of Richmond, Dr. Smith volunteered on the staff of Gen. Manson, as surgeon, and placed in charge of the Mt. Zion Hospital.  Among the wounded, he found the captain who had rescued him.  Him, with two others, he took to his home and treated free of charge until able to go home.

Dr. Smith was utterly devoid of egotism and vanity.  He was a true man, courageous but quiet, and in every respect a good citizen.

To the memory of J. Speed Smith, born July 31, 1792, married July 31, 1815, died June 6, 1854.  Erected by his widow, Eliza L. Clay Smith, born March 29, 1798, died October 14, 1887.

‘Uncle Billy’ Moredock Summoned

One feat accomplished on our western Kentucky trip – we found the Lewis Cemetery in Hancock County!  We tried to find it in June, with no success.  But with the help of Google Earth and a page from Glenn Hodges book, Daybreak On Old Fortification Creek, we pinpointed the location!  This was another cemetery back a gravel road, onto farmland.  It is a small cemetery, just for family, about 35 people are thought to be buried here.

William Moredock married Hannah Amanda House, granddaughter of the John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown that moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to what was then Breckinridge County, Kentucky (later Hancock County).  John Lewis was a brother to William Joseph Lewis, who married Captain John Linton’s sister, Catherine Jennings Lewis.  Joseph and Catherine Linton Lewis’ son, William Linton Lewis, also moved to Hancock County, and is buried in this cemetery.

The Breckinridge News, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Wednesday, May 20, 1908

“Uncle Billy” Moredock Summoned

Genial Man And Aged citizen Dies At Hardinsburg – Respected And Loved By Young And Old

Once Lived In Hancock

Hardinsburg, Ky., May 18 – (Special) –

After an illness of several weeks, William T. Moredock, one of our aged and most highly respected citizens quietly breathed his last at two o’clock Wednesday morning, May 13.

Mr. Moredock was born near Hardinsburg, March 5, 1834.  After learning the trade of cabinet maker with the Hon. G. W. Beard and Judge Eskridge, he moved to Hancock County, where his life was spent, with the exception of the last two years here with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Evans, at the Commercial Hotel.

A part of the time he was a farmer in Hancock County, the other part found him in business at Lewisport.

In 1856 he was married to Miss Hannah A. House, of Hancock County, and for fifty years they lived happily together, a happiness broken only by his death.  Besides his wife he is survived by these children:  James William, of Macon, Georgia; Samuel H., of Tampa, Florida; B. H. Moredock, of Louisville; and Mrs. Evans, of Hardinsburg.

He was noted for his social, genial disposition.  His home was ever open to his friends and crowds of young people loved to visit there and enjoy the hospitality and sunshine within its walls and nothing pleased him more than to know that he was adding to the pleasures of others.

He was a Methodist, a Christian gentleman, a man whose citizenship enriched the neighborhood in which he lived.

The remains were laid to rest at Lewisport on Thursday.

Mrs. Moredock goes to Louisville where she will remain for some time with her son.

William T. Moredock, March 5, 1834 – May 13, 1908.  Hannah A. Moredock, February 24, 1840 – October 21, 1909.  Lewis Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

Frank W. Armstrong Obituary

Frank W. Armstrong, born October 9, 1841, died December 3, 1894.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 4, 1894

Frank Woodland Armstrong died at Battle Creek, Michigan, at 12:45 p.m. Monday.  A telegram during the afternoon brought the sad news to relatives and friends at this point.

He had been in feeble health for many years and had used every effort, with an ample fortune at his command, to stay the dread malady, having visited the noted resorts for invalids on both continents.

Deceased was the son of the late John Armstrong, who was one of the most successful business men in the early history of Maysville, and who did as much to build up the town as any citizen of his time.  Many monuments of his enterprise are extant among the best business houses and residences of our city.

Frank W. Armstrong spent his boyhood days in Maysville; attended the Maysville Seminary under Rand & Richeson; subsequently attended school at or near Louisville, under the charge of the late Bishop Smith; then about the time of the breaking out of the war he went to Paris, France, where he had a brother, and pursued his studies there for several years.  Coming back to this country after the war, he engaged in some commercial enterprises at Cincinnati, but in later years his failing health forbade close attention to any business.

He was a man of fine intelligence, great urbanity of manner, a true friend and a man of a high order of integrity – his word was as good as his bond.  In his death a happy family circle loses an affectionate and loving husband and a fond and devoted father.  He was as thoroughly equipped for the enjoyment of life as any man the writer has ever known – barring, of course, his poor health.  His friends and relatives will miss him.  His genial manner, bright and vivacious in spite of the depressed condition of his health, made him always a welcome companion and a cherished friend.

He was most happily married to Miss Trimble, of Hillsboro, Ohio, who survives him.  He leaves but one child, a daughter, who is the wife of Robert Sweigert, Esq., of Lexington, Kentucky.

His funeral will occur at Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon, December 6th.

 

George C. Keller – Well Known Citizen – Passes Away

George C. Keller, March 11, 1834 – August 28, 1909.  Nannie E. Keller, November 23, 1835 – August 28, 1916.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, September 3, 1909

Last Saturday evening Mr. George C. Keller passed away at his home on Chiles Street. The end came unexpectedly at about seven o’clock. He had been in failing health for some time, and had been much broken in the last few weeks, but death was unlooked for at the hour it came. Mr. Keller had been suffering with asthma and during a violent coughing spell broke a blood vessel, and expired in a few moments. His funeral took place at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Lon Robinson, and the remains were interred in Spring Hill Cemetery. Mr. Keller was one of the best known citizens in this community, having been in business here most of his life, first in the mercantile business and for the last twenty-five years a member of the staff of the First National Bank. In recognition of his efficient work all the banks in town closed during his funeral. He was one of the oldest members of the Methodist church, being a steward in the congregation, and devoted to church work. He was also a member of Montgomery Lodge of Odd Fellows, and was held in high esteem by everyone. A number of people were here from Danville to attend the funeral which was one of the largest here in many years. Mr. Keller was in his 76th year. He is survived by a wife, who was Miss Nannie Mullins, to whom he was married 51 years ago, and by three children, Mrs. Sam McDowell, of Danville, Mr. George Keller, Jr., of Orlando, Florida, and Mr. Henry Keller of this city.

Sarah J. Thomas Died at 75

Sarah J. Thomas, 1824-1899.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 12, 1899

Mrs. Sarah E. Thomas, aged 75, a highly respected citizen and life-long resident of this place, died, Wednesday morning, July 5th, at four o’clock, at her late home on Factory Street. She had been a sufferer from a complication of diseases for a long time, but bore her sufferings with the true christian fortitude that had marked her long and useful life, and passed peacefully from time into eternity. She was the descendant of an illustrious pioneer family, her grand-parents, who came from Pennsylvania and Maryland, and were relatives of the McAfees, having settled at the Old Fort, here, more than a hundred years ago, while her father and mother were native-born Kentuckians. When a child, she united with the Methodist church and was a faithful and consistent member for 60 years. Over 50 years ago she was united in marriage to Mr. John H. Thomas, of Anderson County, who was also of pioneer descent, and who died about four years ago. Six children, four sons and two daughters, blessed this happy union, all of whom are living, save Robert, who died about ten years ago: Mrs. J. D. Bryant, Miss Margaret Thomas and Mr. John T. Thomas, being residents of this place, while Mr. W. R. Thomas lives in Stockton, Cal., and Mr. James P. Thomas in Hot Springs, Ark. The funeral services were conducted at the residence, Thursday, at 2:30 o’clock p.m., by Dr. W. O. Goodloe, after which a long cortege of sorrowing friends and relatives followed the remains to their last resting place in Spring Hill Cemetery.

C. B. Overstreet Dies of Consumption

C. B. Overstreet, born December 14, 1823, died March 5, 1885.  Old Union Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, March 13, 1885

Mr. C. B. Overstreet died of consumption at his home, near Aliceton, at 5 minutes past 12 o’clock, Wednesday night, the 4th inst.  The deceased was 61 years old and was highly esteemed.  His remains were buried by the Masons at Union Church, last Friday.  Rev. R. H. Caldwell delivered the funeral discourse in the presence of a large audience of sorrowing friends.  He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Harmon, and a host of friends.

Mary A., wife of C. B. Overstreet, born April 15, 1834, died January 23, 1892.

Col. John F. Wight Obituary

In the 1880 census of Shelby County, John and Martha Wight had the following children:  Duke (Martha), 19; John F., 17; Sarah B., 15; J. Albert, 14; Mary, 12; and William A., 8.

John Fletcher Wight, son of James and Sarah Wight, born in Frankfort, Kentucky, 1832, moved to Shelby County 1836, graduated at Dartmouth College 1853, married to Martha Jane Oglesby in Panola County, Mississippi, 1859, member of Kentucky Legislature 1869-71.  Died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, September 27, 1908.  ‘All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come, though shalt call and I will answer there.’  Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, September 28, 1908

Col. John F. Wight Dead

Shelbyville, Kentucky, September 27 – Col. John F. Wight, a wealthy retired farmer, died at 8 o’clock this morning at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in this city after an illness of bladder trouble.  Col. Wight was prominent in Democratic politics for a number of years and at one time represented Shelby County in the Legislature.  He is survived by his wife and several grown children.  He was a member of the Centenary Methodist Church.  The funeral will take place Tuesday morning and the burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery at this place.

Martha Jane Wight, daughter of Albert A. and Agnes Abernathy Oglesby, born in Surrey County, North Carolina, February 29, 1840.  In early life removed with her parents, five brothers and three sisters to Panola County, Mississippi, died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, April 1, 1935.  “I give unto them eternal life.’