Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

 

Obituaries of Pioneer Citizens of Schuyler County Illinois – Jacob and Clara McKee Ritchey

Jacob and Clara McKee Ritchey are the third great uncle and aunt of my husband.  We photographed gravestones of family members buried in the Sugar Grove North Cemetery during one of our genealogy tours in 2002.  I can’t believe it was that long ago!  Rushville, Illinois, is a beautiful little town with very friendly citizens.

Jacob Ritchey, December 5, 1821 – December 29, 1901

from The Schuyler Citizen, Rushville, Illinois

January 2, 1902

Death of Jacob Ritchey

He Died at His Home North of Rushville on Sunday, After a Long Illness

Jacob Ritchey, an honored pioneer resident of Schuyler County, died at his home, four miles north of Rushville, on Sunday,  He had been in failing health for many years and for the past five years has been a great sufferer.

On Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock funeral services were held at his late residence, conducted by Elder G. W. Ford.  There was a large attendance of friends and relatives, for during the many years Mr. Ritchey has resided in this county he has enjoyed the honor and respect of all who have known him.  The remains were laid to rest in the Sugar Grove North Cemetery.

Jacob Ritchey was born in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, December 5, 1821.  He was left an orphan when seven years of age and for five years he lived with his uncle, Jacob Sawyer.  When still in his teens he accompanied his brother George to this county, living with him until he grew to manhood.

In 1849 Mr. Ritchey was united in marriage with Clara Ann McKee, daughter of the late William McKee, and the young couple settled on an 80-acre farm which was given them by the bride’s father.  To this union were born nine children, two dying in infancy, while three sons and four daughters, with his loving wife, survive the loss of a loving husband and father.

In 1852, in company with Thomas Boyd and Milton Moore, Mr. Ritchey made the overland trip to California.  In 1855 he returned to his farm where he has lived since, and where his life ended after much suffering, being an invalid for more than three years.  His life ended like a summer evening, calm and peaceful, surrounded by his wife, three sons and three daughters; one daughter, living in Kansas, did not get here.  His last words to his family were, “I am going home.”

Besides leaving an aged wife and a family of grown children he leaves a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father, and a true, faithful friend and neighbor.

Clara Ann Ritchey, August 9, 1825 – March 13, 1902

from The Schuyler Citizen, Rushville, Illinois

March 20, 1902

Death of Mrs. Jacob Ritchey

Mrs. Jacob Ritchey, one of the old pioneer residents of the county, died at her home four miles north of Rushville last Thursday evening from the effects of a paralytic stroke.  Mrs. Ritchey was 75 years of age and had resided in this county the greater portion of her life.  She was a sister of the late William McKee, one of Schuyler’s prominent early settlers.

Mrs. Ritchey leaves a family of grown children to mourn her loss.  Two daughters, Misses Georgia A. and Mary, lived with their mother; Charles resides in Camden township; Mrs. R. E. Sands in Rushville township; Mrs. Susan Moore in New Salem, Kansas; and James Ritchey in Woodstock township.

Funeral services were held at the family residence on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Reed and Belle Russell Buried At Deep Creek Baptist Cemetery

Reed Russell, 1856-1932. Bell Russell, 1858-1928. Deep Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, September 21, 1928

Mrs. Belle Russell, seventy years of age, the wife of Reed Rus­sell, of the Deep Creek section of Mercer, died Monday of heart trouble. She was one of the best known women of the section where she resid­ed. Her funeral was at the Deep Creek Church by the Rev. E. M. Gash, with burial in the cemetery there. Surviv­ing are her husband and two sons, William and Rouse Russell, and a brother, John Lester, all of Mercer County.

From The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, December 30, 1932

Mr. C. R. Russell, 76 years of age, died at the home of his son, W. H. Russell, near Rose Hill, last Wednesday.  He was a prominent farmer of the Rose Hill section and was a member of the Deep Creek Baptist church.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Turpin on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Deep Creek church and burial followed in the adjoining cemetery.  He was preceded to the grave by his wife, who died four years ago last September. He is survived by two sons, W. H. Russell, and R. Russell, both of Rose Hill, and four grandchildren.  Casket-bearers were as follows: Will Langford, Obie Lester, Thomas Russell, Reed Russell, Lem Lester and Robert Langford.

Susan B. Curd Interred at Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery

Susan B. Curd, November 13, 1846 – March 27, 1921, Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 1, 1921

Curd

Mrs. Susan Curd, a venerable and beloved woman of the Burgin section, passed away Sunday afternoon after a lingering illness at the home of her son, Mr. Luther T. Curd, where she had lived for a number of years. Mrs. Curd was first stricken with paralysis several years ago while returning from the funeral of her grandson. Since then her health has never been robust. She was a splendid Christian woman, a worthy daughter of her venerated father, Rev. Strother Cook, who was a prominent Baptist minister of the Burgin section for many years. Early in life she united with the Shawnee Run Baptist Church and has “truly walked in the faith of her Lord” ever since. She is survived by two children, Mr. L. T. Curd, of Burgin, and a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Ison, of Norwood, Ohio. Five sisters also survive, Mrs. J. W. Voris, Mrs. Elizabeth Litteral, Mrs. S. D. King, Mrs. Emma Rose and Mrs. Julie Stone, and one brother, Mr. James Curd, of Mississippi. The funeral was held at Shawnee Run Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was at Shawnee Run Cemetery.

 

Alexander Tribble Breathes His Last May 13, 1888

Alexander Tribble, born April 5, 1810, died May 13, 1888.  Nancy, his wife, born July 27, 1819, died January 16, 1893.  Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky.

The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, May 16, 1888

Alexander Tribble died at his home on the Big Hill turnpike, 4 ½ miles from Richmond, in Madison County, Kentucky, on Sunday morning, May 13th, 1888, aged 78 years.  The funeral occurred on Tuesday, and the burial in the Richmond Cemetery at 3 o’clock of the same day.  Deceased was a native of and always resided in Madison County.  He was a member of the Christian church, a Democrat, and a farmer.  He was an excellent business man, and accumulated an estate of $250,000, which he disposed of by will.  There executors were appointed – Mrs. Tribble, Mr. Zan Tribble and Mr. Thomas D. Chenault.  The sum of $5,000 was set aside for a monument; $1,000 was given to Mt. Zion Church; $1,500 to Miss Nickerson, who had lived at his house; a small farm to Rev. T. J. Tribble; and other bequests were made.  The executors are to conduct the estate in the most profitable manner during the life of Mrs. Tribble.  At her death she has a right, under the will, to dispose absolutely of one half of the estate, the remainder to go to the relatives of Mr. Tribble.  Mrs. Tribble was a Chenault.  Deceased was the largest tax-payer in Madison County, and sold larger and better lots of fat cattle than any man who ever lived in the county, his cattle often being exported to England.  He was a model farmer, a good neighbor, an excellent citizen, and lived an enviable Christian life.  He was noted for his uniform pleasant disposition to all persons, regardless of rank or position.  A large concourse of relatives and friends followed the remains to the cemetery.

Alexander Tribble married his cousin, Nancy Chenault, October 26, 1843.

Peter Tribble, born March 9, 1774, died March 18, 1849.  Mary Tribble, born April 2, 1776, died September 14, 1831.  ‘Their remains are laying 3 miles south of Richmond.

Peter and Mary are Alexander Tribble’s parents.  Mary Boone married Peter Burris Tribble, the son of Rev. Andrew Tribble and Sarah Ann Burris, October 8, 1793.

David Chenault, born September 30, 1771, died May 9, 1831.  Nancy Chenault, born November 6, 1778, died August 2, 1862.  ‘Their remains are laying near Cave Spring Church.’

Nancy Tribble’s parents.

Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., Obituary

Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., 1856-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Mr. Buckner Allin, Sr., was a descendant of Thomas Allin, the first county clerk for Mercer County, and his wife, Mary Jouett.  Thomas Allin was born in Virginia, served in the Revolutionary War, and afterwards came to Mercer County – Virginia at that time! – where he married Mary Jouett in 1789.  The couple had ten children.  Thomas and Mary died two days apart in June of 1833 during the cholera epidemic.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, January 25, 1924

Mr. Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., aged 67 years, died Tuesday night after a gradual decline of health for several years caused by a partial stroke of paralysis. Mr. Allin was a native of Mercer County, a son of the late George Allin and Susan Miller Allin, and is a descendant of a line of pioneers promi­nent in the development of Mercer County from its first settlement. Mr. Allin was personally popular with all who knew him. He was a man of upright principles and a warm heart, and was always on the side that favored the ad­vancement of community interests. For many years he was a prominent merchant here, being engaged in the grocery business, later he was in the internal revenue service for a long time, and after that was City School Tax Collector and Vital Statistician up to the time his failing health forced him from active business.

He was twice married, first to Miss Mattie Hudson and second to Miss Annie May Nooe, who survives him, together with three children, Mrs. Eben Hardin and Miss Mattie Miller Allin, by the first union, and Mr. B. M. Allin, Jr., by the second marriage. His funeral was held Thurs­day morning at 10:30 at his home on Chestnut Street, conducted by his pastor, Rev. S. S. Daughtry, of the Presby­terian Church, and Rev. L. E. Sellers, of the Christian Church. The interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Mary Robb Smith Obituary – 91 Years of Age

Mary Robb, wife of James Smith, October 16, 1833 – February 11, 1925.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

Evidently there is a mistake in the obituary – Mary Smith was buried in Mercer County.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 6, 1925

Mrs. Mary Smith, aged 91 years, died in Frankfort at the home of her daughter, Miss Lockett Smith, on February 11. She was the widow of James Smith and before her marriage was Miss Mary Robb. They were prominent and popular citizens of the Provi­dence section for many years. She was an aunt of Mrs. M.F. Chilton and Mrs. M. M. Daviess, of Harrodsburg; Mrs. J. R. McChesney, Louisville, and Mrs. George Dunn, of this county. Mrs. Smith was much loved by all who knew her. She had lived in Frankfort for a long time with her daughter, who is teach­ing there. Her funeral and burial were in Frankfort. Those from Harrodsburg who attended were Mrs. Alvin Veatch, Mrs. Garnett Dean, Mrs. Andrew Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Givens For­sythe, all of whom were related to her.