Category Archives: Obituaries

Tharp and Tabitha Hughes Obituaries

Tharp Hughes, died January 20, 1887, aged 76 years.  Forks of Dix River Baptist Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County

Friday, January 28, 1887

Tabitha Hughes, born August 24, 1816, died March 9, 1890[8].

The Stanford Interior Journal, Lincoln County, Kentucky

March 11, 1898

From the Garrard County census records Tharp and Tabitha’s children are listed as Virginia Catherine, William H., America, Abner, Lysander, Adelia and Mina.  I believe there was one more, Flora.  In 1860 Tabitha’s mother, Mary O’Bannon, is living with the family.  And Tabitha’s surname is supported by the birth record of Adelia, May 20, 1855, which lists her parents as Tharp Hughes and Tabitha O’Bannon.

H. Oliver Willham Obituary

H. Oliver Willham, 1898-1943, U.S. Veteran 1918.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 4, 1943

H. Oliver Willham, age 44, died Saturday, May 2,1943, at 11:15 p.m. at the U. S. Veterans Hospital, Leestown Pike, Lexington, Ky. He had been in ill health four months before being taken to the hospital two months ago. He was the son of W. W. Willham and Nancy McFatridge Willham, and was born and reared in Washington County, Ky. Twenty years ago he moved to Harrodsburg and for the past eighteen years has been bookkeeper at the State Bank & Trust Co. He was also a director of the bank, a deacon in the United Presbyterian Church, member of the Pathfinders’ Bible class of that church and belonged to the Douglas Laws Post No. 52 of the American Legion. He was a fine citizen, popular with everyone.

Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Jewell Hiatt Willham, son Billy Willham and parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Willham all of Harrodsburg. Two uncles, Isaac Willham, Cornishville; George B. Willham, Randelett, Okla.; six cousins, Miss Ruby Willham, Cornishville; Mrs. S. D. McCray, Lexington; Mrs. Charles T. Hopkins, Lexington; Mrs. E. C. Hollingshead, Sharon, Pa.; Oliver S. Willham, Stillwater, Okla.; and Mrs. Clyde McLaughlin, Clearwater, Kansas.

The funeral services were Tuesday afternoon, June 1, at 3 o’clock at the United Presbyterian church, conducted by his pastor, Dr. John W. Carpenter, assisted by Dr. G. Whitcomb Ellers of the Baptist church; the Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, Christian church, and the Rev. Clarence Krebs, Methodist church. Burial in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Active bearers were Joe Sandusky, I. C. James, John Devine, Charles A. Davis, J. Donald Edwards and Richard Corman.

Honorary bearers — V. B. Carter, Judge Charles A. Hardin, George W. Edwards, C. B. Sullivan, Sr., W. B. Keightley, W. H. Keightley, J. D. Baxter, Sr., Lawrence Walker, W. Glenn Keightley, Edwin Whitenack, Dr. R. H. Selleck, James Burton Ison, P. B. Smalley, Oran Stagg, H. C. Bohon, J. I. Peter, Glave Vivion, Ralph Davenport, J. W. Finnell, William Sims, David Walter, W. B. Morris, Garnett Dean, Gilbert Isham, J. K. Powell, Leon Morgan, Willard Gabhart, E. H. Helwig, W. B. Purdom, Clarence Tewmey, A. T. Woods, Nelson Marsee, Charles Matherly and R. L. Cull, J. E. Brown.

Obituary of John Franklin Wilson

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, June 30, 1924

Greensburg, Ky., June 29 – John Wilson, a veteran of the World War, died at the home of his parents at Whitewood in this county.  His death was caused by wounds suffered in France.

Caroline Jungbluth Klein Obituary

George Klein, 1850-1924.  Caroline Klein, 1859-1943.  Tabor Cemetery, Fremont County, Iowa.

Caroline Jungbluth Klein is my husband’s great-grandmother.  We visited Tabor Cemetery in October 2002.  It was spitting snow, sleet, rain – and was absolutely freezing.  Had a hard time finding this stone, but was determined – spent about fifteen minutes looking for it.

We have a copy of the article, but no date or newspaper is given.

Caroline Jungbluth Klein, daughter of Adam and Christina Jungbluth, was born near Waupesha County, Wisconsin, October 11, 1858, and passed away June 26, 1943, at the home of her son, Fred Klein, at the age of 83 years, 8 months and 15 days.  She was united in marriage to George Klein on October 25, 1881, and to this union were born nine children, five boys and four girls.  Her husband, a son and daughter preceded her in death.

With the hardships of early pioneer life, she brought up her children to honorable manhood and womanhood and was a neighbor in the broader sense of the word and was active in church work when health permitted.  She joined the United Evangelical church in 1895 and lived a devoted Christian life.

She leaves to mourn seven children, all but two being able to attend the funeral., Mrs. Clara Loomis of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Mrs. Anna Casper of Fennamore, Wisconsin.  The others are Louis of Callaway, Nebraska; Mrs. Edith Ritchey, Fairmont, Nebraska; Fred of Hamburg; George of Lexington, Nebraska; and Lawrence of Hebron, Nebraska.  She also leaves twenty-four grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren, and one brother, George Jungbluth, of Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. George Hink, assisted by the Rev. J. M. Zook of Tabor, and interment was made in the cemetery at Tabor.

Mark Wedding Obituary

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

The Breckenridge 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.

Mark Wedding was married twice.  His first wife, Nancy Jane Hale was the mother of his seven children.  Mark and Nancy married August 19, 1843, in Ohio County, Kentucky.  They lived there through the 1860’s.  Mark was made Postmaster of Fordsville July 20, 1865.

Through the census records I have found the names of their children:

  1. Emily, born about 1844, died 1915 in Ohio County.
  2. Charles Lee, born 1845, died 1918 in Indiana.
  3. Mark, born 1848, no record of death.
  4. Caleb H., born 1848, died 1929 in Texas.
  5. Columbus Victor, born 1855, died 1915 in Missouri.
  6. Millard F., born 1855, no record of death.
  7. Annie J., born 1859, died 1939 in Larue County, Kentucky.

Mark started out as a carpenter, thus listed in the 1850 census.  In 1860 he was a farmer, and by 1870, and a move to Breckinridge County, he was a merchant and thus remained until his death.

Nancy Hale Wedding died in 1874.  Two years later Mark married Sophronia Shacklette.  She had two children from a previous marriage – Emma and Alfred, listed in the 1880 census.  Sophronia Shacklette Wedding moved to Rome, Indiana, to live with her daughter after the death of husband Mark.

Butcher Family Obituaries

John Butcher, 1855-1913.  Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell County, Kentucky.

The Butcher family of Campbell County has their roots in Germany.  John Butcher, born in Kentucky, October 31, 1855, was the son of John Butcher, born in Saxony, Germany, and Catherine Zollies, of Bavaria, Germany.  In the 1870 census of Campbell County, father John was a beer brewer, and the children, Anna, 20; John, 14; Mollie, 12; Nancy, 7; and Elizabeth 6, were all born in Kentucky.  I am not sure if the parents married in Germany, or after their arrival in the United States.

John Butcher and Mary Schneider were married November 15, 1877, in Campbell County.  Although her maiden name is listed as ‘Schmidt’ in the marriage record, it is listed as Schneider on her death certificate.

In the 1900 census for Campbell we have the son, John Butcher, 44, a saloon keeper, and Mary, 44, his wife, married 22 years, having had four children and three living.  Mamie, 21; Annie, 17; and Irene, 13, are the children listed.  The 1910 census said five children were born to the couple, 2 living at that date.

John Butcher, Jr., died January 26, 1913, of chronic rheumatism.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Monday, January 27, 1913

John Butcher, 57, who for many years conducted a saloon at Taylor and Walnut Streets.  His father, John Butcher, Sr., was a prominent resident of Campbell County.  He conducted a dry goods store on York Street, and later established a brewery on the site of the present Wiedemann plant.  The late George Wiedemann afterwards formed a partnership with him.  A few years later Butcher withdrew from the firm and operated a brewery at Constance.  The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon.  Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

Mary Butcher, 1856-1936.

Mary Schneider Butcher was born March 16, 1857, to George Schneider and Barbara Winterkorn.  She died October 19, 1936.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Tuesday, October 20, 1936

Mrs. Mary Butcher, widow of John Butcher, 306 Walnut Street, Bellevue, died early yesterday of a heart attack.  She was 80 years old.  She was a charter member of the Loyalty Council No. 14, Daughters of America, and a member of the Ladies’ Fidelian Society, Trinity Lutheran Church.

Services will be conducted tomorrow at the residence.  Rev. C. Myron Danforth, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Kentucky.  A. C. Dobbling and Son, funeral directors, have charge.

Two daughters, Miss Anna B. Butcher and Mrs. Irene Braun, and one grandchild, Edrie Braun, survive her.

Anna B. Butcher, 1882-1970.

Anna Barbara Butcher was named for her maternal grandmother.  Anna never married, and after the death of her mother, lived in the family home.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Wednesday, November 18, 1970

Miss Anna Butcher, 88, 306 Walnut St., Bellevue, died Sunday at the Newport Baptist Convalescent Center.  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Irene Braun, Bellenue, and a niece, Mrs. Charles Drach, Ft. Thomas.  Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Bellevue.  Visitation, at the church fro 10 a.m. until the hour of services.  Burial, in the Evergreen Cemetery.  The family requests that any memorials be made as contributions to the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mayme Butcher, oldest daughter to John and Mary, married Edward Braun, October 16, 1901.  She did not live past 1910, although I have no information about her death.

Two other children were born to John and Mary, and both died very young.

In loving memory of our Darling Lulu Edith Butcher, November 12, 1880 – August 30, 1881.

Lulu Edith would have been the second child born to John and Mary.  She was ten months old at her death.

In loving memory of our Darling Mildred Monica Vivian Butcher, January 6, 1901 – May 31, 1904.

Twenty-one years later another little girl was born.  She lived 3 and one-half years.  The death of these two little girls must have been very difficult for the family.  The large memorial that was placed in Evergreen Cemetery for them is evident of that love and sorrow.


John M. Kaufman, Wagonmaker, Obituary

John M. Kaufman, May 31, 1812 – August 1, 1900.  Regina Kaufman, February 25, 1836-January 6, 1918.  Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, August 2, 1900

Long Life Ended

John M. Kaufman, Oldest Wagon Maker In Louisville, and Fifty Years An Odd Fellow

Mr. John Michael Kaufman, the oldest and one of the best-known wagonmakers in the city, died at 9:35 o’clock yesterday morning of old age at the family residence, 1619 Frankfort Avenue.

Mr. Kaufman was born in Metzing, Wurtemburg, Germany, May 21, 1812.  He came to this city in 1837, and was employed as a wagonmaker.  In 1840 he branched out for himself, opening a shop on Floyd Street, between Market and Jefferson.  He sold his establish-

ment in 1875 to Messrs. Killgore & Stilz and retired from active business.  He had the unique distinction of having built the first platform spring wagon west of the Alleghany Mountains.

Mr. Kaufman was married twice.  In 1840 he married Miss Mary Barbara Byerly, who died in 1870, leaving four children – Mrs. Elizabeth Roth, of Jeffersonville; Mrs. Annie Knodler, Mrs. Amelia Becker and Mr. Tom J. Kaufman.  On September 5, 1876, he married Miss Regina Nichols, who survives him.  No children resulted from this union.

Mr. Kaufman was a prominent member of the Louisville Lodge of Odd Fellows, which he joined in 1850.  The fiftieth anniversary of his membership was celebrated by the lodge in March.

He was one of the founders of the German Protestant Orphan Asylum and a member of its Board of Directors.  He was several times President of the board.

He was a member of the German Methodist Episcopal Church at Hancock and Market Streets, having joined it in 1841, and always took an active interest in church affairs.

The funeral will take place at the family residence Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. G. E. Hiller, of the German M. E. Church, will conduct the services, and the interment will be in Cave Hill Cemetery.  The pall-bearers were chosen from among his grandchildren as follows:  J. M., H. J., Fred, George and Clarence Knodler and V. F. Kaufman.  The honorary pall-bearers will be chosen from members of the Louisville Lodge of Odd Fellows.