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Lafayette Wiley Obituary

IMG_2233Lafayette Wiley, 1867-1911.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

A perpetual calendar is a handy thing to have when trying to figure out a date from the past – or the future.  In the following obituary it says Mr. Layafette Wiley died Saturday – and the paper was printed on Friday, September 1, 1911.  Going to the calendar for that year gives us his date of death – August 26, 1911.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, September 1, 1911

Mr. Lafayette Wiley, one of the most highly respected citizens of the Salvisa neighborhood, died Saturday after a week’s illness of typhoid fever.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Salvisa Methodist Church by Rev. Matthews, assisted by Rev. Wells, and the burial took place in Providence Cemetery.  Mr. Wiley was about forty years old and had many warm friends.  He was buried with Masonic rites.  Two sisters and two brothers survive him.  He had lived with Mr. K. S. Woods for eighteen years, and the family extend thanks to many friends for kindness shown.

John J. McGee Obituary

IMG_2183John J. McGee, December 14, 1864 – July 3, 1906.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 26, 1906

John J. McGee was born December 10, 1864, and died July 3, 1906.  He was a son of John J. and Amanda A. McGee.  In early life he gave his heart and life into the care, keeping and service of the loving Savior, who had redeemed his soul by his precious blood.  He became a member of New Providence Church, of which he continued a consistent member throughout his life.  Since beginning in his early business life he has been one of our most prominent and successful agriculturists.  On January 2, 1901, he was happily married to Miss Virgilia Witherspoon, one of the most lovable and cultured young women our community has ever passed.

Iva Love Nelson Obituary

IMG_2177Iva Love Nelson, August 28, 1879 – September 16, 1905.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Notice all the emblems on this gravestone – the gates of heaven are open to receive the loved one.  The cross with crown on top proclaims victory over death.  The single star is a representation of the Star of the East that guided the Magi to Bethlehem.  and the side drape is a symbol of the veil between heaven and earth.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, September 21, 1905

Miss Iva L. Nelson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Nelson, died Saturday night at 11 o’clock, after a lingering illness of six weeks of a complication of diseases.  She was 26 years of age at the time of her death.  She had a splendid literary education and was highly accomplished in music and art, and was one of the most popular young ladies in this part of the county.  She had a lovely disposition and made friends wherever she went.  She was a sincere and devoted Christian and a religious worker, and at the time of her death was secretary of the Sunday school association of this district.  Her family, the church and the community will suffer an irreparable loss in being deprived of the sunshine and kindness of her true Christian life; but what is our loss is her gain, for she was perfectly resigned to God’s will and often said she was going home.  And while she has been called away from us in this world, it is a blessed comfort to know that she has gone to be with her savior, where there is no sickness nor sorrow but joy and bliss throughout eternity.  Her beautiful life; her earnest Christian spirit and the sunshine she scattered along the paths of others, will be a living monument sacred to her memory.  Rev. George Green preached the funeral sermon at the Baptist church Monday morning at 11 o’clock.  The large crowd present at these services and the many beautiful floral designs was a testimonial of her loving friends.  The remains were laid to rest in Providence Cemetery.

Hutchcraft Brother and Sister Obituaries

IMG_2792R. W. Hutchcraft, 1832-1907.  Margaret, his wife, 1838-1918.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

February 12, 1907

Judge R. W. Hutchcraft Dies Suddenly

A telegram was received here Saturday morning from Dr. J. Ed. Ray, of Galatia, Col., announcing the death of Judge R. W. Hutchcraft, which was a shock to the immediate members of his family in this city. He died suddenly Friday night of neuralgia of the heart.

Judge Hutchcraft was born in this county seventy-five years ago, and was the son of the late James Hutchcraft. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Fleming, of Fleming County, and one young daughter, and two sons and one daughter by his first wife, who was a Miss Croxton. Mr. Perry Hutchcraft, of this city, Mr. Harry Hutchcraft, of Louisville, and Miss Annie Hutchcraft, of this city; also by three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Mary F. Hedges, Mrs. Russell Mann, Mrs. Hattie Hutchcraft Hill, all of this city, and Mr. Sam Hutchcraft, of the state of Washington.

When the Civil War broke out he was living in Iowa, and raised a company in that state and entered the Federal army. Captain Hutchcraft was noted for his bravery on the battlefield. Shortly after the war began he received a severe wound in the arm which incapacitated him from further duty in the field and he resigned his commission and returned to Paris, where he was in some manner connected with the Provost Marshal’s office. He was a popular man and well liked by a large circle of friends in this county.

Judge Hutchcraft was here at the recent home-coming gathering and enjoyed mixing with his old boyhood friends, and little it was thought that he would so soon be called to pass over the river. He was county Judge of Kioa County, Colorado, for a number of years and was holding that office at the time of his death.

His remains will reach this city this afternoon, accompanied by Mrs. Hutchcraft and her daughter and his son-in-law, Mr. Arthur Stanard. Judge Hutchcraft was a charter member of Garth Lodge, A. O. U. W., of this city, and carried a $2,000 policy. His receipt for the last payment of dues was mailed to him on Thursday last.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. T. Strother, assisted by Elder Carey E. Morgan. The remains will be taken charge of by the Masonic and A. O. U. W. lodges. Burial at Paris Cemetery.

IMG_2789Sue C., wife of R. W. Hutchcraft, born November 4, 1835, died April 13, 1864.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

Tuesday, October 1, 1907

An Estimable Lady Dies

Mrs. Fannie Hutchcraft Hedges, aged 77, was found dead Friday morning in her chair at the home of her sister, Mrs. Russell Mann, on Pleasant Street. She had been subject to attacks of heart failure for several years and only recently recovered from a very severe attack.

She arose early Friday, as was her custom, and coming down stairs greeted the family, talking pleasantly and appeared in unusual good health. She repaired to the library and not responding at the call of the bell announcing breakfast, Judge Mann went to the front of the house thinking she might be sitting on the front veranda. He looked into the library and observed Mrs. Hedges sitting in her chair and called to her that breakfast was ready. Receiving no response he went to her side when he discovered she was dead.

Mrs. Hedges was the daughter of James Hutchcraft who was a brother to Reuben and Jack Hutchcraft, all prominent citizens of the county before the war, and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Hutchcraft Hill and Mrs. Russell Mann, and one brother, Samuel Hutchcraft, of Seattle, Washington. She married Henry Hedges, son of the late Peter Hedges and moved to Indianola, in 1851, where her husband died in 1878. Mrs. Hedges returned to her native state making her home with her sister. At the age of twelve years Mrs. Hedges united with the Christian Church under the preaching of Elder John A. Gano, and has lived a consistent Christian life. She was a woman much esteemed for her Christian character and many acts of charity.

The funeral took place from the residence Sunday at 3 o’clock p.m., services being conducted by Elder John S. Sweeney. The interment was in the Paris Cemetery. The pall-bearers were: J. P. Hutchcraft, H. D. Hutchcraft, Whittington Mann, Ray Mann, Dr. F. M. Faries and John T. Hedges.

W. A. Jackson Obituary

from The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, March 31, 1897

Mr. W. A. Jackson, who lived 3 1/2 miles southwest of Harrodsburg, departed his life, Friday, at 11:20 o’clock of pneumonia and rheumatism.  He was born December 8, 1822, in Cumberland County, but spent nearly all his life in this county with the exception of a few years in Kansas.  On July 2, 1846, he married Nancy Jane Tewmey, who, in her 71st year, survives to mourn the departure of a kind and affectionate husband.  Six children blessed their union, to wit:  John Jackson, who died in infancy in Johnson County, Kansas; W. E. Jackson, a successful merchant of this city; O. F. Jackson of Lexington; James Jackson, of this county; Mrs. Ellie Prewitt, of Nevada, this county; and Mrs. Charles Wigham, who resided with her father.  The deceased was an industrious citizen, a farmer and merchant, and overcome many reverses in the struggle of life.  He was for many years a member of the Christian Church, later joining the Soulsleepers whose house of worship is at Laurel Hill in this county.  The only member of the immediate family of deceased now living, is a brother, Mr. D. J. Jackson who resides at Nevada.  The funeral services, at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, at Bethel Church, where conducted by Rev. W. T. Corn and interment took place in the adjacent cemetery.

W. Scott McKibben Obituary


Hillside Cemetery, Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky

Bracken County Obituaries

W. Scott McKibben

This highly esteemed and valuable citizen, after a long and painful illness, departed this life, at the residence of his son, and only surviving child, Mr. S. W. McKibben, in this city, on last Monday, April 18, 1881. One month would have completed his seventy-third year of age. He was long and well known in this community as an active, prompt and systematic business man. Public spirited and enterprising, his name is intimately associated with the material prosperity of the place; and his latest energies were given to the consideration and advancement of a public interest. The elegant comfort and wonderfully improved appearance of the First Presbyterian Church is a memorial of his readiness to bear an equal part with others in a liberal effort to advance the common good. He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and matured in the lap of true Presbyterianism, which types a peculiar piety, flowing, as it does, out of the great doctrines of grace, and, as the undercurrent of a great river, moving silently and powerfully in the heart and bearing the soul peacefully and joyously onward to the home of eternal rest. His heart entwined its strongest cords around the friendships of life, and melted in the presence of human sorrow. His hand was ready with substantial tokens to respond to the impulses of a benevolent nature, sanctified by the frequent experience that is was “more blessed to give than to receive”. He sought to express not only in words but in the emphasis of action his own obligations and manifest his gratitude to God, who had been very bountiful to him both in providence and grace. Honest, truthful, kind, charitable, pious during life, these characteristics constituted a precious memory and a richer legacy than the ample wealth bequeathed to loved ones.


Jane S., wife of W. S. McKibben, died February 22, 1868, in the 54th year of her age

He came to Augusta at the age of eighteen, and was married about a year afterwards to Miss Lambden, of Bracken County. This early and favorable marriage seems to have changed his purpose of life, and he became a dry goods merchant and prosecuted the business successfully for about twenty-five years. He then became, with Mr. Louis Thomas, owner of the Augusta Flouring Mills. In this position for ten years the diligent hand was amply rewarded. Disposing of his interest in the mill, he erected the brick store now owned by W. J. Rankins and Sons, and then for ten years he had a large and successful grocery business. He retired some years ago to his handsomely improved Chatham, and lived in great comfort there until failing health required exemption from care, and the anxieties incident to the most favored farm life. One year ago his beautiful farm was let for a term of years, and he and wife became members of his son’s family, and the recipients of the highest consideration and kindest attention of loving hearts. In these most favorable circumstances and with the best medical attention, it was hoped that health would be restored and length of days given. But affections strong desire and the fondest earthly hopes must be submissive to the Divine will. The loved of Christ may not always be exiles from heaven, even though they share the purest joys of earth. The better things provided constitute the unfading glories of the Christian, and their inheritance is conditioned upon sundering the tenderest ties and happiest associations of man’s earthly state. To reach the heavenly home – to occupy the mansion beautified and arranged in the consummate taste of divine architecture and with reference to unalloyed occupancy and eternal felicity, the redeemed must journey through the valley and the shadow of death. The earthly side of the tomb has indeed a terrible shadow and appalls with its mystic gloom; but the heavenly side is radiant with glory and as seen by the Christian faith, becomes an object of joyous and grateful contemplation. This faith triumphed, in the present case, so that no dread was experienced, and the grave was entered as the shining gate of heaven.


William Scott McKibben, born Mary 16, 1808, died April 18, 1881, aged 72 years, 11 months, 2 days

Mr. McKibben was married twice. By the first wife, already referred to, had four children: two of them died in infancy; one became the wife of the Hon. F. L. Cleaveland, and died many years ago, and whom he mourned until now the joyous greeting in glory; the other, the worthy son, whose family united with him in filial duty and contributed every possible comfort to the last days of a noble father. By the second wife, whom he married sixteen years ago, and is the accomplished daughter of the Rev. J. K. Burch, formerly of Kentucky, he had one child, a very bright son, who was allowed to cheer the fond parents’ hearts only a few years, when the Savior called him to his own loving arms. This wife, in the sorrow of second widowhood, and manifold griefs of the few months past, has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Of his father’s large family, one sister only, Mrs. Simms, of Bethel, Ohio, survives. She was permitted to mingle with sorrowing loved ones for a week, around the bed of a dying and only brother. She will miss his semi-annual and comforting visits, and feel very lonely. But all these sad hearts should remember, they have often prayed, “Thy will be done”. When the divine will is accomplished these prayers are answered. The Savior’s prayer also embraced this wont, when He asked that his people might be with him and share his glory.

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.