Category Archives: Obituaries

James Greenville Trimble Obituary

James Greenville Trimble, June 15, 1823 – June 19, 1919.  Nannie Mize Trimble, his wife, September 24, 1824 – December 25, 1891.  J. G. Trimble, Jr., son, August 11, 1870 – March 13, 1958.  Ella O’Hair Trimble, daughter, August 22, 1857 – October 2, 1931.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 24, 1919

Death Claims J. G. Trimble

Was past 96 Years Old and Was One of the Grandest Old Men That Ever Lived

Since Mr. Trimble’s birthday anniversary, June 15th, he had been a very sick man and the end came not unexpected.

Mr. Trimble was born June 15, 1823, in Wolfe County, near where Hazel Green now stands.  He was married April 27, 1846, to Miss Nannie Mize of Irvine.  To them were born nine children.  He, with his family, came to this city in 1876 and have lived at his present home from that time to the hour of death.  The first death in the family occurred December 25, 1891, when the devoted wife passed the great divide.  Death did not enter the family again until 1916, when Mrs. Thomas D. Jones, Tampa, Florida, was taken.  The surviving children are:  Mrs. Mary Greewade, of Hunneywell, Kansas; Mrs. J. T. Day, of Hazel Green, Kentucky; Mrs. Nancy Holly, of New York City; Nelson H., Robert M., Bruce W., J. Green, Jr., and Miss Ella, all of this city.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Louisa Wilson, of this city, who is now 86 years old, and is the only member of the family of 13 children living.

Mr. Trimble made confession of his faith in Christ in 1892, was baptized by this son, Bruce W., a minister of the Christian Church, and took membership in the Methodist Church, of which church Mrs. Trimble had been a member for a long time.  Until of very recent years he was a faithful attendant at all the church services and his life gave evidence of a consistent follower of his Saviour.  He has been prominently identified with the business interests of this city, at one President of the Exchange Bank of Kentucky.  For many years he has been a large stockholder and director of the Mt. Sterling National Bank, attending business meetings of the board of directors until recently.

Of Mr. Trimble much could be written, for indeed he has been a busy man.  He was honest, a consistent member of his church, believed in high education and give his children every advantage.  He was a man of progress and kept pace with all advancement.  By his death one of our very best citizens has been taken.

Funeral services will be held at his residence Wednesday at 10 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. L. Southgate, and burial will

be in Machpelah Cemetery.

May memories of this grand old man never fade.


Montia C. White Obituary

Soldier Boy, Montia C. White, born October 2, 1875, died April 2, 1901.  Columbia Cemetery, Adair County, Kentucky.

This is such a sorrowful obituary.  All are, but this one truly makes me sad.  Not mentioned below are the parents, Jesse V. White and Kittie Frances White.  Two brothers, Anthony and Autney White died before Mont White.  One sister, Lula White, lived another 50 years. 

The Adair County News, Columbia, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 10, 1901

Sick Almost Unto Death He Starts From San Francisco

Accompanied by His Father to Be With His Mother and Sister When the End Came

Dies While En Route Home

Two years ago the subject of this writing left his home in this place and located temporarily in Monticello.  He had been engaged in business but a short time in that place when a recruiting officer appeared on the scene and Mont enlisted for the Philippines, joining the 47th regiment United States Volunteers.  In three months he was upon the Islands doing good service for his country.  Letters came as often as transports would convey them, and in nearly every one up to last October he spoke of his good health and how well he was enjoying the life of a soldier.

In December, if we remember correctly, the family received a letter stating that his health had somewhat broken down, and that he had been relieved from active service.  His condition grew worse and subsequently he was transported to San Francisco for better treatment.  Reaching that place letters continued to come, Mont claiming that he was improving and would soon be able to start home.  He evidently had a flattering disease, one calculated to put death out of his mind.  Ten days before he died a letter was written in which he stated his intentions upon reaching home.

In the meantime his parents became uneasy and a message was sent to the hospital in San Francisco making inquiry as to his condition.  The answer came, “Mont White very low.”  Another message was sent from here bringing about the same response.  Upon receiving this last word the father of the young man left for San Francisco intending to bring his son home.  He reached his destination, and upon the advice of physicians, in company with his boy, he left for Columbia.

Mont stood the travel very well until they reached the State of Louisiana, and when near Lafayette he grew rapidly worse and died in a few minutes.

The sad intelligence was soon known here and all heads were bowed in sorrow.

The body embalmed, the father started homeward, the saddest journey of his life.

The remains reached Columbia Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and in one hour thereafter, upon the advice of a physician, were interred in the city cemetery.  A very large crowd attended in body, a just tribute to a young and popular citizen who succumbed to disease, terminating in death, while following the flag of his country.

To the heartbroken parents and only sister this whole community tenders its profoundest sympathy.

Resolutions upon this death passed by the young men of Columbia, can be found upon our first page.

Jesse V. White, January 19, 1846 – March 18, 1922.  Kittie Frances White, March 4, 1850 – June 5, 1933.  Columbia Cemetery.

Wesley Lefare Routt – Last Confederate Veteran Dies In Anderson County

Wesley L. Routt, 1843-1942.  Rachel E., his wife, 1836-1923.  Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery, Anderson County, Kentucky.

Wesley Lefare Routt was born December 14, 1843, in Anderson County, Kentucky, to Richard Routt and Mary J. Holman.  Wesley was born just in time to be a soldier of the Civil War – and he served in the Confederate Army in Company G, Sixth Regiment.  He fought at Shiloh, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca and Dallas.  He was wounded at Dallas and disabled for any further service during the war.  He is listed in History of the Orphan Brigade by Ed Porter Thompson, 1898.

After the war, Wesley returned to the county of his birth, where he married Rachel White, October 27, 1867.  The couple had three children, Stanley, Jennie and Ira.  Stanley married Virginia A. Bond.  Jennie never married, and Ira lived about a year.

There is not one census in which all family members appear together.  Since baby Ira died in 1876, he did not appear in any census.  The only proof that he lived at all is the tiny stone in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County.  In the 1880 census Wesley is 36, Rachel is 42, Stanley is 10, Jennie is 7, and Jane White is 82 (Jane is Wesley’s mother-in-law).  In 1900 Stanley is not living with the family, but in 1910 he is, with his wife Virginia.  In 1920 Wesley, Rachel and Jennie are living in the same household.  Rachel White Routt died February 17, 1923, of bronchial pneumonia.  On her death certificate, her parents are listed as Thomas White and Jane Doson.  After that date Wesley and Jennie lived together until her death on February 10, 1941.  She was found, presumably by her father, dead in her room, of a hemorrhage of the lungs due to long standing tuberculosis.  Stanley Routt died ten years previous.  Wesley Lefare Routt had outlived all his relations – his parents, his wife, his children, and, to my knowledge, all his brothers and sisters.  Wesley died a year later, May 9, 1942, at the age of 98 – he would have been 99 in December.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

 Friday, May 22, 1942

 Lawrenceburg Loses Last Soldier Of South

 Wesley L. Routt, better known as “Uncle Buck Routt,” 98 years of age, died last Saturday afternoon at his home near the Kentucky river on the Harry Wise extension road, in Anderson County. Funeral services were held at the Hebron Church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. D. Morton, pastor of the Sand Spring Baptist church.

With the passing of Uncle Buck, Anderson county has lost its last confederate soldier, as he was the last of those Anderson countians who fought under the confederate flag.


Husband and Wife Die Within Three Days

Richard S. Ratliff, June 20, 1824 – November 7, 1895.  Mary F. Ratliff, March 10, 1832 – November 4, 1895.  Crown Hill Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Bath County, Kentucky.

Richard Stone Ratliff, son of Caleb Ratliff and Nancy Stone, married Mary Ann Thompson September 8, 1853, in Bath County.  They had at least three children who were listed in the 1880 census with their parents – Richard, 22; George A., 18; and Anna M., 18.

Mary Ann Ratliff died Monday, November 4, 1895.  Richard Ratliff died three days later.  The following obituary appeared in the Mt. Sterling Advocate.

Clark County Public Library Obituaries Index – Luther Dykes Obituary

The Clark County Public Library offers a valuable service to those interested in obituaries from this county.  From 1867 to 2009, with not all dates available, library volunteers have made an index of obituaries that appeared in local papers – The Clark County Democrat, 1867-1886; The Winchester Democrat, 1887-1917; The Daily Democrat, 1918-1910; The Semi-Weekly Sun, 1878-1880; and The Winchester Sun, 1881-present.  On this page, Clark County Newspaper Obituaries, click on corresponding alphabet character and you can see the entire list of those men and women with an obituary listed in one of the newspapers – sometimes there is even more information as noted below for Luther Dykes.  It talks about his illness, death, some court information and selling of the estate.  Think how valuable this could be if you have ancestors who lived in this county!  Many thanks to those volunteers who worked many, many hours to give us such a valuable resource!

Luther Dykes, born November 1, 1825, died October 14, 1898.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky.

All articles are from The Winchester Democrat

Tuesday, September 20, 1898

Stricken With Paralysis.

Luther Dykes, a well-known and highly respected citizen living near Boonesboro, was stricken with paralysis Sunday and one side is perfectly helpless.

Tuesday, October 18, 1898

Death of Luther Dykes.

Luther Dykes died at his home near Boonesboro Friday evening of paralysis aged seventy-four years.   Funeral Sunday at Forest Grove Church by Elds. J. W. Harding, T. Q Martin and L. C. Hoskins and burial in the Winchester Cemetery. Mr. Dykes was a native of the county and he always lived in the same neighborhood.   He was a straight forward, honest man and a good citizen. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Railsback and his last wife was Mildred Mitchell. Three sons, John, the well-known iceman of this city, James D., a merchant of Richmond and Richard who lives near Boonesboro, and one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Stafford, of Florida, also survive him.

Tuesday, October 18, 1898 

Mr. and Mrs. Barney Kelley, of Richmond, were in the city Sunday. They came over to attend the funeral of Luther Dykes.

Tuesday, October 25, 1898

County Court Items.

Will of Luther Dykes offered for probate. He leaves his property to his wife and four children, equal parts, with the exception that his wife is left a small sum of money in addition. Jas. D. Dykes was appointed administrator with H. L. Stevens, R. D. Hunter and Ealler Dykes as appraisers.

Friday, November 11, 1898

J. D. Dykes, executor of Luther Dykes, will sell the farm and personalty of said decedent November 22nd. See advertisement in this issue.

Friday, November 25, 1898

Sale of the Luther Dykes Land.

J. D. Dykes, executor of his father, Luther Dykes, sold publicly Tuesday the lands of said decedent near Boonesboro. The home place of 75 acres was bought by Ealler Dykes at $26 per acre. The Lisle tract near by was bought by Dick Dykes at $21.30 per acre.

Tuesday, March 7, 1899

Real Estate Deals

Luther Dykes, Exr., to Ealler Dykes, 74 acres near Boonesborough, for $1,950.

Tuesday, April 25, 1899

Those having claims against the estate of Luther Dykes, deceased, will present them to J. D. Dykes, of Richmond. See notice in this issue.

Milly Railsback, wife of Luther Dykes, born December 9, 1829, died March 10, 1883.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky.

From The Bourbon News – Dr. Wash and Lucinda Fithian Obituaries

Dr. Wash Fithian, 1825-1904.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

Friday, June 17, 1904

Dr. Wash Fithian, the oldest and most beloved physician of Paris, died at his home on Pleasant Street, Wednesday afternoon, at 5:25, after three weeks of illness.  His death is mourned by the entire community, for he was loved, honored and respected by all.  It can truly be said that his death ended a useful life and the world has been made better that he lived in it, for he leaves a character for us to emulate.

There are sad hearts in many homes in Paris and Bourbon County, where this faithful and loving physician has. For over a half century, administered in the tenderest way to relieve pain.  Surely the horrors of death should vanish when such a man as Dr. Wash Fithian is called to his eternal home.  It is not death but a peaceful, restful sleep.

Dr. Washington Fithian was born in Salem County, New Jersey, January 8th, 1825, which made him 79 years old last January.  His parents were Dr. Joel and Sarah Dick (Sinickson) Fithian.  His father was a native of New Jersey, and moved to Oxford, Ohio, in 1831, and followed his profession through life.  Dr. Wash Fithian graduated at Miami University, at Oxford, in 1845.  In that year, he began the study of medicine and prepare for his profession under his father.  He attended lectures regularly and graduated in the Ohio College of Medicine, at Cincinnati, in 1848.  In the same year, he located at North Middletown, Bourbon County, Kentucky, and entered upon the practice of his profession, remaining there for fifteen years.  In 1864 he moved to Paris, where he has since resided, after a short stay in preceding year at Shelbyville.  He gave his time and energies to his profession, to which he was greatly attached, and in which he always occupied an enviable position.  He had contributed with his pen to medical literature, and his practice and life was an advocate of the most elevated standard for the noble profession.  He was a veteran of two wars – Mexican and the late Civil War – a surgeon for a time in both.

For many years he and his brother, the late Dr. Joseph Fithian, were partners, and the love of these two brothers for each other was beautiful to behold.  It has often been remarked that Dr. Wash had never been the same man since the death of Dr. Joe several years ago.  It can also be truly said that there never lived in this community two men more beloved and highly respected than these two brothers – Dr. Wash and Dr. Joe Fithian.

His home life was all that characterizes a noble, Christian gentleman – an affectionate and devoted husband and a loving, indulgent father and grandfather.

His long life has been distinguished for his great integrity of character, and his exceptional personal, social and professional habits.

He was married September 18, 1850, to Miss Lucinda Hutchcraft, who survives him with two children – Charles Fithian and Mrs. F. M. Faries.

He was a Mason and Odd Fellow for over fifty years and an officer for many years in the Methodist church.

His funeral will be held at the Methodist church, this (Friday) morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. L. Clark, assisted by Rev. Dr. E. H. Rutherford.  The services will be concluded at the grave by the Masons and Odd Fellows.

The pall bearers are:  Dr. F. J. R. Tilton, Dr. B. E. Bean, Dr. Silas Evans, H. A. Power, James McClure, A. Shire, John N. Davis, H. O. James.

Mrs. Wash Fithian, 1829-1909.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

Tuesday, August 24, 1909

Mrs. Lou Hutchcraft Fithian, wife of the late Dr. Wash Fithian, entered into eternal sleep Friday morning at 11:30 o’clock, at her home on Pleasant Street, where she has resided for nearly half a century.

She had been confined to her bed for several weeks, when a week ago she was stricken with paralysis.  She was born in Bourbon County on June 7, 1829, being in the eighty-first year of her age.  In September 1850, she married Dr. Wash Fithian, of North Middletown, and several years afterwards located in Paris.

She was the eldest daughter of Reuben Hutchcraft, and is survived by one son, Dr. Charles N. Fithian; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Fairies; one sister, Mrs. Richard Harris, and her brothers, Messrs. R. B. Hutchcraft and William H. Hutchcraft, all of Paris, except the last named, who resides in Missouri.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Fithian was a remarkable woman in many respects, noted for her vitality and industry to the very last, although she had been an invalid for a number of years.  She had a bright mind, probably could give more correct dates of notable events that had occurred in Bourbon during her long and useful life than any other person in the county.

She was in fact a mother in Israel, always ready and anxious to do some loving act of kindness for a neighbor, friend or acquaintance.  She idolized her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A loving, trusting and devoted mother, a kind neighbor, a true friend.  A noble Christian woman has passed from our midst in the death of Mrs. Wash Fithian.  She is not dead, but has only entered into that calm, peaceful and restful sleep that is the reward for all such women as the deceased.

Her funeral Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church, at three o’clock, was one of the largest ever witnessed in our city, and the many beautiful floral designs were but a slight tribute of love and affection that is held by the people of this community for the deceased.

The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. M. T. Chandler, assisted by Rev. R. S. Litsinger, of the Episcopal church.  Mrs. Fithian had from early life been a consistent member of the Methodist church.  She was laid to rest in the Paris Cemetery by the side of her honored and much loved husband, Dr. Wash Fithian, who had preceded her to the grave.  The pall bearers were:  Mr. W. H. McMillan, Mr. J. W. Davis, Mr. John N. Davis, Mr. James McClure, Mr. H. A. Power, Mr. H. O. James, Mr. F. P. Lowry, Dr. F. L. Lapsley.

Brothers and Sister Obituaries – John Thompson Thomas, James Thomas, and Margaret McAfee Thomas Obituaries

John T. Thomas, 1860-1901.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 18, 1901

After an illness of two weeks of typhoid fever complicated with Bright’s disease, Mr. John Thompson Thomas departed this life, Monday afternoon at 4:45 o’clock, aged 40 years. Short services were held at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. D. Bryant, where he died, Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, Rev. C. J. Nugent officiating, and interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery. Two sisters – Mrs. J. D. Bryant and Miss Maggie Thomas, of this city, and a brother, Mr. William Thomas, of Fresno, California, survive to mourn his loss. At the time of his death, Mr. Thomas was in the employ of F. G. Curry & Co., Cincinnati, Wooden and Willow Ware, and made them an efficient and faithful worker. They showed their appreciation of his worth by sending a lovely floral design. A beautiful design was also sent by the Elks Lodge of Cincinnati, of which deceased was a member. John Thomas was universally liked and his many friends will be sorry to hear of his untimely death. He was a jovial, pleasant companion, a devoted friend and brother and a useful citizen. The pall-bearers were: Fred G. Currey, J. W. Mitchell, Charles Geffinger, D. M. Hutton, T. H. Hardin and F. P. James.

James P. Thomas, 1857-1899.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 29, 1899

Mr. James H. Bryant and Miss Margaret Thomas have received the sad intelligence of the death of their brother, Mr. James Thomas, in Hot Springs, Arkansaa.  The remains, we learn, will be brought here for interment.

Margaret McAfee Thomas, 1860-1930.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, September 5, 1930

There was a feeling of sadness in the community when it became known that Miss Margaret McAfee Thomas had passed away after a few days’ serious illness at the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital at six o’clock Saturday morning.

Miss Thomas was the youngest daughter of the late John H. and Sarah Neeld Thomas and the last of the family that represented two lines of distinguished ancestry, which was reflected in the life of this woman of acknowledged high ideas of honor and integrity.

One sister, Mrs.James D. Bryant, and four broth­ers, William, James, Robert and John H. Thomas, preceded her to “the Land Beyond the Blue.”

Miss Thomas was a woman of unusual brilliance of intellect and unselfish­ness of spirit. She was an honor graduate of Daughters College, a charter member of the College Street Club, the Harrodsburg Woman’s Club, the Harrodsburg Public Library director­ate, the local Red Cross Chapter and the Jane McAfee Chapter of the D. A. R.

Especially does the Harrodsburg Public Library owe Miss Thomas a debt of gratitude, she being one of the women responsible for its existence and high degree of efficiency. She was a member of the board of Managers for twenty-six years, Li­brarian for eight years, secretary and chairman of the book-buying committee for a long period.

She was a member of the Methodist church, useful in its activities until a break in health caused her to relinquish many duties, but not her support and interest.

Mrs. Eugene Mitchell, Louisville; Mrs. Lewis Bond, Chicago; Mrs. Harold VanArsdale, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Washington Reed, Lexing­ton, were with their aunt during her last hours. Other surviving relatives are two nephews, Dr. Montgomery Thomas, Fresno, Calif.; Harry Thomas, San Fran­cisco, and a niece, Miss Mary Thomas, also of San Francisco, and several grandnieces and nephews.

According to her written wishes a simple service was held at the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. E. K. Arnold. A quartet sang “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.” Passages of Scripture were read and the church burial ritual followed. A tender prayer closed the services.

She was left sleeping beneath a wealth of lovely flowers telling their story of the love and esteem of relative and friends.