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Mrs. America Holtzclaw Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Saturday, April 1, 1899

Mrs. America Holtzclaw, an aged and highly respected lady, died of paralysis, Tuesday, at her late home, five miles west of town.  She was eight-four years old, and spent all her long and useful life in this county.  She was the widow of Samuel Holtzclaw, deceased, and a sister of the late Messrs. Harvey, Sidney, William and Robert McFatridge.  She leaves an only child, Mr. William E. Holtzclaw, one of our most intelligent and prosperous farmers.  She was, for many years, a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church and has gone to receive the reward of them that love and serve the Lord.  The funeral was conducted Thursday, at the house, by her pastor, Rev. J. G. Hunter, D. D., and the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Eugene Wood Obituary – Christian County

from The Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Christian County

Saturday, October 27, 1917

Eugene Wood Laid to Rest

Funeral Services Held Yesterday Afternoon at Christian Church

Was 65 Years of Age And Long a Prominent Citizen

Mr. Eugene Wood died very suddenly at his home on South Main Street at 11:20 o’clock Thursday morning.  Mr. Wood was partially incapacitated from a stroke of paralysis several years ago, that forced his retirement from active business.  He was up and about as usual and had been sitting on his porch but had gone into his bedroom when the attack came.

Mrs. Wood was down in town, but members of the household, and Miss Mollie Martin, a friend of the family who happened to be calling, summoned a physician and did all that could be done, but he expired in his chair before either the doctor or Mrs. Wood arrived.

Mr. Wood was born December 1, 1852, in Todd County, a son of the late Hardin J. Wood.  He received a liberal education and went into the milling business when he reached manhood and long operated the mill now known as Cate’s Mill, just east of town.  On December 26, 1877, he was married to Miss Inez Durrett, who survives him.  After disposing of his mill Mr. Wood engaged in the insurance business up to the time his health failed.

He was widely known and universally esteemed as a courteous, companionable gentleman.  He was a devoted christian, a lifelong member of the Christian Church and a man of unquestioned integrity and honesty in all his dealings.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Christian Church.

The interment was in Riverside Cemetery.

Items From The Central Record – April 30, 1909

from The Central Record, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky

Friday, April 30, 1909

The Triangle” which will be given by local talent Friday evening at the Court House, is a beautiful little play which has been meeting with unqualified success.  Miss Neva Williams, the author, is also a successful short story writer, and she has given the play by request to a number of central Kentucky town.

Twenty Nine Shots Fired

About ten o’clock Monday night Mr. Claude Pruitt, a well-to-do farmer living about 4 miles on the Fall Lick Pike, was awakened by a peculiar noise in his buggy house.

He went to the door with his shot gun, and on opening it, the intruder opened fire upon him.  Mr. Pruitt fired seventeen shots at his assailant who fell three times before reaching his buggy, where his partner was waiting for him.

There were 29 shots fired in all, one of which went through Mr. Pruitt’s shirt, and one or more striking the would be thief, who had taken a set of harness.  The harness were found in Pruitt’s yard, but the two men have not been caught.  Policemen in adjoining towns have been notified.


At press hour we hear of the death of Mrs. James N. Denny, who was taken to Lexington ten days ago to submit to an operation, from the effects of which she died on Wednesday afternoon. The funeral will take place at the residence on Richmond Pike, at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, services conducted by Rev. D. E. Frierson and Rev. C. C. Brown, interment following in Lancaster Cemetery

County Court

Three wills were probated in the county court Monday: The will of George Evans gives his sister, Martha Lusk, $1,000 and the use of the town property for life. The other property is equally divided among the family, except one. That of William R. Teater bequeaths 30 acres of land to Delia Humphrey, balance of property to his sons. The will of J. C. Robinson was produced and probate continued to Monday, May 3rd. An average crowd was in town and considerable business was transacted. Cattle sold from 3 to 5 cents. Few horses and mules on the market.


Mrs. John K. West died at her home in this place on Tuesday rather suddenly. She had been ill of grippe but none of the family thought her dangerous. About a year ago she suffered a paralytic stroke and it is thought another may have followed. She was 77 years of age and is survived by her aged husband and four daughters, Mesdames Jeff Dunn, of Bryantsville, and R. M. Campbell, of Rockford, Maryland, and Misses Bane and Knapp West, of this city. Her only son, Rev. Robert West, a prominent Baptist minister, died about four years ago of fever, while he was holding a high position with the Panama Canal Commission.

The funeral was held at the residence, Thursday, conducted by Rev. O. P. Bush, assisted by Rev. H. M. Shouse, the burial taking place in the Lancaster Cemetery. The deceased had long been a faithful and devoted member of the Baptist church. The family is one of the most prominent in the county, and we, with the entire community, express our condolence to them.

Business Change

Miss Fannie Austin has purchased the restaurant formerly owned by W. H. Ward. She will run the restaurant in an up-to-date style, giving quick, clean service. She will put in a fresh stock of groceries and solicits the patronage of the public.

Inspection and Banquet

Lancaster Chapter No. 56 will have its regular annual inspection on the night of May 4. Harry Bailey, Grand King, of the state, will be the inspection officer. Work in the Royal Arch Degree will be conferred, after which an elegant banquet will be served by the Chapter at the Kengarian. A number of prominent and distinguished Masons will be present and an enjoyable time is expected.

Arthur Brough Obituary

Bracken County, Kentucky

Arthur Brough died at the home of his son, John C. Brough, in Milford at 11:30 p.m. April 24th, 1928.  He had a few days of critical illness following years of declining health.  He was born in Mason County April 12, 1848.  He came to Milford in the early seventies and was married to Fannie Coleman in 1876.  The greater part of half a century was spent in Milford.

He leaves a devoted son John, who with his wife and son George had stayed his tottering steps in these last years.  He was a courtly gentleman of the old time school.  For many years he was a teacher in the county schools.  He was the Milford member of the Fiscal Court as long as he would consent to serve.  He united with the Milford Christian Church on July 4, 1910, under the ministry of the Rev. Marion Pfanstiel, who will officiate in the last sad rites tomorrow.  He was active in Church and Sunday School work.  He leaves two brothers living, both very old.  James, an old time traveling salesman at Dayton, Ohio, and Mack, of Crittenden, Kentucky, who is nearing the ninetieth milepost, was a leading teacher more than fifty years ago when wielding the birch held the place now given to athletics.  Of the well-known family of Robert Coleman, two of his wife’s sisters survive, Mrs. Lydia Harber on the home farm and Mrs. Belle Frank of Brooksville.  Funeral services will be held in the Milford Christian Church Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Burial will follow in the Coleman cemetery on the Coleman farm by the side of his wife who passed away some twenty years ago.  Always a cultured gentleman he spent his fourscore years in making friends.  Regret only will follow his taking off, and sympathy for the sorrowing son, daughter-in-law and grandson.  They can look back over the years of duties ably filled as time softens troubles and griefs into tender memories.

1920 Obituaries From The News-Journal

from The News-Journal, Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky

July 8, 1920

Mrs. J. T. Vaughn Passes Away

Mrs. Fannie Vaughn, the beloved wife of J. T. “Snap” Vaughn of Lebanon, formerly of this city, died last Saturday due to cerebral hemorrhage, followed by an illness of a few years.  Her many friends here regret to hear this news, and extend sympathy to her husband and other relatives and friends.  The funeral services were conducted at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Howell at Greensburg, and the interment at the family burying ground at that place.  Besides her husband and parents she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Roe Neal and Miss Bettie Howell, both of Campbellsville.

October, 1920

Dies At infirmary At Louisville

Mrs. Sarah E. Smith, age 62, died last Sunday at the infirmary at Louisville, of pneumonia.  The deceased was an ardent member of the Methodist Church, and loved by everybody who knew her.  Her remains were brought here Monday and the funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Elkhorn Church, by Rev. Napier, and the interment at the family burying ground at Acton. The deceased is survived by four sons and one daughter, to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.


Logan S. Barnett, January 18, 1870 – November 16, 1920.  Lou Mitchel Barnett, March 24, 1876 – June 2, 1919.  Brookside Cemetery, Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky.

November 18, 1920

Dies of Heart Trouble Last Monday

Mr. Logan Barnett, of near Saloma, on last Monday morning, while gathering corn in the field, dropped dead of heart trouble.  At first it was rumored that he fell from the wagon and broke his neck, but his report was false.  Mr. Barnett was a splendid citizen, and a devout member of the Methodist Church.  He was 45 years of age, and is survived by five children.  The funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist Church of this city, and interment in the Brookside Cemetery.  To the bereaved children, relatives and friends, we extend our sincere sympathy.

November 11, 1920

Dies of Paralysis

Mr. Charles W. Brockman, age 58, died last Monday morning at eight o’clock of paralysis.  Mr. Brockman resides in the Mt. Zion neighborhood, and was a gentleman much admired by his many friends.  He was an ardent member of the Baptist Church, and at all times attended services when possible.  The deceased is survived by wife and three children.  The funeral service was conducted yesterday afternoon at the Mt. Zion Church, by Rev. J. R. Marrs, and the interment in that cemetery.  to the surviving wife, children and relatives we extend our deep sympathy.

E. Lee Ellis Obituary

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from the Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Christian County, Kentucky

Saturday, October 27, 1917

Sudden Death of Lee Ellis

President of The Ellis Ice & Coal Co., Called Without Warning

E. Lee Ellis, President of the Ellis Ice & Coal Co., and one of Hopkinsville’s most successful business men, died very suddenly at 10:30 o’clock Thursday morning.  He had been sick with grip for a few days and was in bed, but was not considered seriously ill.  At 10 o’clock he was seized with an attack of heart failure and died within half an hour.

Mr. Ellis was the second son of the late William Ellis, the city’s leading miller in the seventies, and was born July 25, 1858.  He was educated in Ferrell’s High School and during the time that it was a military school was one of the Lieutenants.  He possessed a bright mind and was a good student, noted for his uniform geniality and brightness of disposition.  He carried these qualities with him through life.  After leaving school he was associated with his father and elder brother, F. L. Ellis, in operating the Ellis Mills and when this plant was burned the firm turned to the new industry of manufacturing ice.  The father died a few years later, and some fifteen years ago Forrest L. Ellis died under somewhat similar circumstances.  The latter’s young son, Louis Ellis, then entered the company and the surviving brother became its head and general director.  The business has been one of the city’s most profitable enterprises and the plant is now one of the finest of its kind in the state.  Lee Ellis’ fine capacity has been shown at all times in the management of the growing industry.  Although enjoying a monopoly for many years, the company has sold ice at reasonable prices all along.

Mr. Ellis was unmarried and his surviving relatives are one brother, Dr. Clifton D. Ellis, of Cleveland, Ohio, one sister, Mrs. M. D. Boales, of this city, and the family of his deceased brother, F. L. Ellis.

He was interested in large business enterprises and leaves an ample estate.  He was a director in the First National Bank and was an extensive land owner.  Mr. Ellis was very popular with the public, by reason of his affability and optimism.  He was kind-hearted and benevolent, a sincere friend and a lover of out-door sports of all kinds.  He loved to hunt and fish and for a long time kept a fine pack of fox hounds and did much to rid this country of foxes.

The funeral arrangements were delayed yesterday due to uncertainty concerning the arrival of Dr. Ellis from Cleveland and Mrs. Thomas Smith and Mrs. Robert L. Maxey, nieces, now in Chicago.  The body was taken to the home of Mrs. Lucy Ellis, on Main Street, and the burial will be from there at 2 o’clock this afternoon, at Riverside Cemetery.

Merrill McGrath Williams Obituary


Merrill McGrath Williams, 1821-1900, Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Sayings, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, August 1, 1900

The community suffered the loss of one of its most respected and honored citizens in the death of Mr. Merrill McGrath Williams, Sr., last Friday morning at 3 o’clock.  For several weeks he had been ill of grippe, which developed into an abscess on the liver, that being the immediate cause of his death.  He was born in Madison County, about seventy-nine years ago, but his parents moved to Mercer when he was still a boy.  Nearly his whole life, therefore, was spent among the people who paid their last tribute to him Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.  The simple burial service, conducted by Dr. W. O. Goodloe, was held at his late residence, on Lexington Avenue, and interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery.  There was not one who knew him but did not feel a pang that this childlike, unobtrusive christian life had closed.  Full of charity and loving kindness towards his fellow man, leading an upright, open life, he needs no eulogy beyond the respect paid to his memory.  His wife and one son, Mr. J. B. Williams, survive him.  The pall bearers were his fellow officers in the Presbyterian Church, in which he had labored devotedly since early manhood.  The brothers and sisters out of a family of nine who survive to mourn him are:  Mrs. Alice Vanarsdall, of this county; Mr. Joel Williams of the state of Texas; Mr. W. T. Williams, of this county, and a half-sister, Mrs. Rebekah Vanarsdall, wife of Mr. David Vanarsdall, of this city.