Category Archives: Obituaries

Cemetery Hill in Springfield Final Resting Place of Anthony C. and Margaret Irvine McElroy

Anthony C. McElroy, August 14, 1835 – January 5, 1918.  His wife, Margaret C. Irvine, January 2, 1841 – May 1, 1913.  Cemetery Hill, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, May 3, 1913

Springfield, Kentucky, May 2 – The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Irvine McElroy, 72, wife of A. C. McElroy, cashier of the First National Bank of this place, was held this afternoon, the funeral services being conducted at the residence by the Rev. R. E. C. Lawson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. McElroy had for many years been a member.  The services were attended by relatives from throughout Central Kentucky and Louisville.  Mrs. McElroy died Thursday morning from an apoplectic stroke suffered at a Louisville infirmary, where she was undergoing treatment.  Prior to her marriage she was Miss Margaret Irvine.  She was married to Mr. McElroy in 1860.  she is survived by her husband and three sons – Lee, Ed and Emmet F. McElroy, all of Mason City, Nebraska.  Mrs. Emmet Field, of Crescent Hill, is a sister.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, January 7, 1918

Springfield, Kentucky, January 6 – Anthony C. McElroy, 86 years old, died this morning at his home in Springfield of paralysis.  He will be buried in the family lot at this place after services at the Presbyterian church.  He was a son of Anthony McElroy, one of the pioneer business men and financiers of this section of Kentucky, and a member of one of the old families of Central Kentucky.  For over forty years he was cashier of the First National Bank of this place, and retired from active service a few years ago.  Mr. McElroy was a Mason and a member of the Presbyterian church.  He is survived by two sons, Lee and Emmett McElroy, of Kansas City, and by the following brothers and sisters:  W. T. McElroy and Col. John I. McElroy, of Springfield; Mrs. Sam McDowell and Mrs. Nicholas McDowell, of Danville; Mrs. Emmett Field, of Crescent Hill, and Mr. Hugh L. McElroy of Kansas City, W. H. Field, of Louisville, is a nephew.

Samuel S. and Henrietta Gregg Buried In Maple Grove Cemetery Jessamine County

Samuel S. Gregg, born September 7, 1844, died December 5, 1885, aged 41 years, 2 months and 28 days.  Henrietta B. Gregg, born July 19, 1844, died October 12, 1895.  Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky.

This family seems to have more than its share of troubles. Samuel and Henrietta Gregg died at fairly young ages.  They had two children, a son named Luke, and a daughter, Bessie, who lived only two years past her father’s death.  After Henrietta’s suicide, Luke was raised by his grandfather, James Gregg.  Luke experienced a few trials of his own.  Four years previous to his marriage to Viola Soper on January 11, 1900, a tornado ripped the chimney off his home.  In 1920 Luke was driving an automobile, his son James a passenger in the front seat, and two men who had helped with cutting tobacco in the back seat.  It was hit by a train, killing the two men in the back seat and injuring father and son.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, December 7, 1885

Fatal Effects of a Fall

Nicholasville, Kentucky, December 6 – Col. S. Gregg died at his house near this city last night, about 8 o’clock, aged about 40 years.  A few nights since he was walking through his house when he fell over a chair and broke two ribs and injured himself internally otherwise, which caused his death.  He was a great friend of Ex-Gov. Blackburn, and was a member of his staff during his term of office.  He leaves a wife and two children and a nice fortune.  The funeral services will take place at the home tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock, and will be conducted by Revs. D. B. Cooper and B. Noland, after which the remains will be interred in the cemetery at this place.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, October 14, 1895

Left a Large Estate

No Cause For the Suicide of Mrs. Henrietta Gregg

Nicholasville, Kentucky, Oct. 13 – The funeral of Mrs. Henrietta Gregg, who ended her life by hanging, took place today from her late residence, three miles from Nicholasville.  It was learned that several days ago Mrs. Gregg had threatened to commit suicide, but her nearest friends thought it was only talk.  Last Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock she secured a clothesline, went to the top of an old stairway, fastened the rope to a rafter, and swung out into open space.  She had not been hanging more than five minutes when she was discovered by her father-in-law, Mr. James Gregg.  The body was taken down, a physician summoned, and everything possible done to bring her back to life, but to no purpose, she breathing her last Saturday morning.

Mrs. Gregg had been brooding over money matters for some time, although she was in good circumstances, owning several thousand dollars worth of real estate in Nicholasville.  Her son, Luck, who is now sixteen years old, will come into possession of $25,000 when he becomes of age, left him by his father.  Mrs. Gregg was just finishing a handsome home in Nicholasville, into which she would have moved next month.

Elmer E. Tinsley Obituary

The Hartford Republican, Ohio County, Kentucky

Friday, March 10, 1922

Fidelia Ward Tinsley lived several years after her husband’s death.

Fidelia Tinsley, Mary 2, 1868 – July 31, 1938.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Elmer E. Tinsley, November 28, 1864 – March 6, 1922.


Wayne N. Stevens Obituary

The Ohio County News, Hartford, Kentucky

Wednesday, June 12, 1918

Bright’s Disease Fatal

To Wayne N. Stevens, Who Passed Away at Battle Creek, Michigan, Thursday Night

Thursday night about 12 o’clock death claimed Wayne N. Stevens, age 55, one of the best known farmers of Ohio County, when he succumbed to Bright’s disease at a sanatorium in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he had gone about three weeks before in an effort to get relief from the malady which was sapping his life away.

Mr. Stevens had been a sufferer from the ailment which ultimately caused his death, for quite a while, but he had been confined to his bed only a short time.

He was a member of Hartford Lodge No. 675, F. & A.M., and also a Knight Templar and a Shriner.

Besides his wife, who before her marriage was a Miss [Magnolia] Renfrow, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Creasy Stevens, and one brother, Lon Stevens.

The funeral, which occurred at the Stevens home, a few miles north of town, and the burial at Alexander school house, was attended by one of the largest crowds ever brought together on a similar occasion in Ohio County.  Fully five hundred people were present to pay the last tribute of respect and honor to this well-known and well-beloved Ohio County citizen.

The funeral at the home was conducted by Rev. A. D. Litchfield, pastor of the Hartford Methodist Church, after which the remains were taken in charge by the Hartford Lodge of Masons, assisted by Masons from various lodges over the county, and laid to rest with Masonic honors by the side of loved ones in Alexander Cemetery.

Wayne N. Stevens, November 9, 1863 – June 17, 1918.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Vernon E. Riley Obituary

Vernon E. Riley, October 23, 1908 -March 22, 1914.  ‘Budded on earth to bloom in heaven.’  Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 27, 1914

Little Vernon, aged 5 years, died last Sunday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bottom, near Jenkinsville. He was the only child of Mrs. Ida Riley, widow of the late Mr. Sydney Riley. The bright little fellow was ill but a short while with pneumonia. The funeral service was held at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. Willis, and the interment was in the cemetery there. The bereaved mother has the sympathy of many friends.


Mary E. Ellis Obituary

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Thursday, February 23, 1928

Mary E. Ellis, wife of Alexander C. Ellis, April 27, 1840 – February 21, 1928.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.