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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.

Sarah M. Hawkins Obituary


Sarah M. Hawkins, born March 28, 1845, died November 20, 1914.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 24, 1914

Mrs. Sarah Hawkins died in Lexington, Tuesday, at the home of her niece, Mrs.Sallie West. She was a former resident of this county, and a most estimable lady, who had many friends.She was 87 years of age and the widow of the late Col. James Hawkins. She is survived by one son, Dr. J. S. Hawkins, and a daughter, Mrs. Lena Trisler.


W. E. Gill and Sarah Belle Slaughter Gill Obituaries


W. E. Gill, May 12, 1843 – August 4, 1904.  Sarah B., his wife, March 4, 1847 – February 27, 1940.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, August 11, 1904

Mr. W. E. Gill died at his home in our town Thursday morning of last week. On April 16 last he suffered a severe stroke of paralysis. He was well known throughout the county. He was the son of Major Edward Gill and had spent all his life in this community. He was 61 years of age; had served in the Federal Army during the Civil War, and since a prominent Republican and President of Farmers Bank at Salvisa. He leaves a wife and six children. The remains were interred in Providence Cemetery.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 1, 1940

Mrs. Sarah Belle Gill, one of the most venerable and beloved women of the county, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 1940, after a  short illness with pneumonia at her home in Salvisa. Death came on the eve of her 93rd birthday, which would have been Monday, March 4. She was the daughter of Gabriel Slaughter and Lydia Maddox Slaughter, of Mercer county. Her father was a nephew and namesake of Gov. Gabriel Slaughter, who became Chief Executive of Kentucky in 1816. She was a member of the Baptist Church, a splendid woman of strong personality and retained all her faculties to the end in spite of the unusually long years of life. Her husband, W. E. Gill, died Aug. 4, 1904. She is survived by three sons, Gabe, Ed and Will Gill, of Salvisa, and one daughter, Mrs. Jane Gill Harris, of Louisville; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Her funeral was at 2 p.m. yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Gill, in Salvisa, with the Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, pastor of the Harrodsburg Christian Church, conducting the rites. Burial was at Providence Cemetery, near McAfee. The bearers were Edmund Miller, Lloyd Houchin, W. S. Harmon, Earl Terhune, Oscar Brown and W. H. Keightley.


Aged Couple Go To Their Heavenly Reward

Richard Henry Bohon and wife, Mary Ellen VanArsdall Bohon, were descendants of the very early pioneers of Mercer County.  What a long lineage of history flowed through their veins. 


Richard Henry Bohon, 1829-1912.  Mary E. Bohon, 1830-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, November 29, 1912

On Sunday morning last, at one o’clock, Mr. Richard Henry Bohon, a lifelong citizen of this place, and the oldest member of the Assembly Presbyterian Church, passed away at the ripe age of 84 years. He was on the streets the preceding Wednesday, apparently in his usual state of health. On Friday he went to bed, but was not complaining of anything beyond a somewhat unusual weariness which continued until Sunday morning, without pain or suffering of any kind, and at one o’clock death came to him like the sleep of an infant.

At the close of the Revolution, Watt Bohon emigrated to what was then Kentucky County, Virginia, and located at Harrodsburg Station, and John Bohon, father of the deceased, was born in the old fort, so that Mr. R. H. Bohon was a direct descendent of one of the early pioneers, and his name is connected with the beginnings of Harrodsburg. Sixty-three years ago in 1849, he married Miss Mary Ellen Vanarsdall, who survives him, and all these years their lives have been in a marked degree happy and blessed, filled with the sunshine of peace and contentment. Mr. Bohon was a good man, a good neighbor, a good citizen, commanding the cordial respect and friendship of the community, and the confidence and love of his household and relations. His aged wife, now in her eighty-third year, who divided his sorrows and doubled his joys, has been an equal partner in all the blessings which this home has received and conferred, and now, crowned with years and blessings, she awaits the time when she shall take up the broken thread of life where partings are unknown.

Besides his wife deceased leaves three sons, Daniel, of Monticello, Illinois; George, of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Joseph, of Los Angeles, California. The first two of them reached their father’s bedside before his death. The funeral service, conducted by his pastor, Dr. M. V. P. Yeaman, was held at the Assembly Presbyterian Church and the interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 11, 1924

Mrs. Mary Ellen Bohon, widow of the late R. H. Bohon, died on College Street in this city. She was stricken with pneu­monia in both lungs a few days before, and owing to her advanced years had not the strength to combat the disease. Her funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the United Presbyterian Church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. S. S. Daughtry, and the interment was in the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery: The pallbearers were Messrs. James Isham, Hanly Bohon, Bush W. Allin, H. C. Bohon, Nat VanArsdall and Frank D. Curry. Mrs. Bohon was next to the oldest member of the congregation and Mr. Daughtry paid a brief but beautiful tribute to her.

One of the few remaining links of the past with the present was broken with the death of Mrs. Bohon. She was 93 years old, having been born in Mercer County, November 28, 1830. It is doubtful if any women whose life’s span was lived in this community ever left a better record of true womanhood. She was the daughter of Daniel VanArsdall and Leah Stagg VanArsdall, and is a descendant on both sides of the early pioneers in Kentucky who settled in this region. On October 28 — her nineteenth birthday — she was married to the late Richard Henry Bohon, who passed away in 1912. She was a devoted and helpful wife, a loving and tender mother and a friend above the price of rubies. Her life has been spent in unselfish devotion to her family and those about her, and also in her younger days, to activities in her church. She is the last of a family of seven children, and she leaves with those who knew her the memory of a beautiful and useful life.

Three daughters have been waiting with their father in the Land Beyond, and three sons remain to mourn her. They are Dan V. Bohon, Harrodsburg; Joe Bohon, Los Angeles, California, and George R. Bohon, of Appleton, Wisconsin. Mr. Joe Bohon has recently been seriously ill and was not able to make the long trip here.

Walker D. Darland Obituary


Walker D. Darland, March 29, 1856 – February 2, 1937.  Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 5, 1937

Funeral services for Walker Darland, 81, retired farmer, who died at the A. D. Price Hospital Tuesday night, February 2, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. T. Hassell Bowen officiating, assisted by Rev. George M. Trout. Interment followed in Bruner’s Chapel cemetery.

His survivors include four daughters, Mrs. William Sims, Burgin, Ky.; Mrs. John Yeast, Mrs. Homer Donovan, and Mrs. James Jackson, all of Harrodsburg; five sons, Oscar Darland, Marietta, Wis.; and Omer, Grover, John, and D. Darland, also of Harrodsburg; three sisters, Mrs. James Hungate, Rose Hill; Mrs. Willie Hungate, Harrodsburg; and Mrs. George Harlow, Mackville, Ky. Other survivors include 36 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Six grandsons served as pallbearers. They were Roy Jackson, Lafon Darland, Everett Casey, Harvey Yeast, Willard Yeast, and Claude Yeast.