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John T. and Alice Birdwhistle Lyen Obituaries

IMG_2196 J. T. Lyen, 1845-1926.  His wife, Alice B., 1847-1918, New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, May 24, 1918

Mrs. Alice Lyen, wife of Mr. J. T. Lyen, died Tuesday morning at the home near Providence church after a weeks’ illness of peritonitis. She was in her sixty-fifth year and before her marriage was Miss Alice Birdwhistell. She was a consistent member of the Christian church and leaves a bright testimonial that she was prepared and ready to go and be with her Savior. Surviving her is her husband and a large family of children. They are D. J. B. Lyen, of Lawrenceburg; Linney Lyen, of Kansas City; T. H. Lyen, of Beach, Cal.; Nathan Lyen, Bernie Lyen, Homer T. Lyen, Sprole Lyen, Mrs. William Crews and Mrs. Harry Davenport, all of this county.


from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 5, 1926

Mr. John T. Lyen, one of the most estimable citizens of the McAfee section, died Tuesday afternoon at his home near Providence  church. Mr. Lyen would have been eighty-one years old in June. Owing to his advanced years his general health had been failing for sometime and the final breakdown came a few weeks ago. He spent his entire life in the same section of the county, and was held in the highest esteem and love. He was a member of the Salvisa Presbyterian church and at the time of  his passing was its oldest elder. When he bought a farm near McAfee he kept his membership in the old church at Salvisa, but because of the nearness of Providence church to his home, the funeral was held there yester­day, with burial in Providence cemetery. The Rev. William McKay, pastor of the Lawrence­burg Presbyterian church, conducted the service. His wife who was Miss Birdwhistle, died several years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William Crews, of Harrodsburg, and Mrs. Harry Daven­port, of McAfee also seven sons, Dr. J. B. Lyen, of Lawrenceburg; Nathan Lyen, of Salvisa; R. S. Lyen, of Burgin; P. M. Lyen, of Long Beach Calif.; Bernie and Lennie Lyen, of McAfee, and one sister, Mrs. Annie Kennedy.



Husband and Wife Die Within a Month


Laura R. Vivion, 1852-1922, Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 10, 1922

It was a sorrow to many here who knew Mrs. Albert G. Vivion to learn of her death at her home in Greenwood, Ind., last Friday. She was taken ill about December 19 with a nervous breakdown, and gradually grew worse until the end came. Mrs. Vivion was a woman of a bright and cheery dispo­sition, a friend to everybody and always ready to help another in whatever way she could. These characteristics made her a general favorite here where she made her home until the family moved to Indiana some years ago. Mrs. Vivion was a woman of much artistic talent and gained considerable note as a portrait painter while residing here, and also after moving to her new home. She was a member of the Christian church in this city. Her remains were brought back to Harrodsburg for interment in the family lot at Spring Hill Cemetery. They were accompanied by Mr. Albert G. Vivion, Sr., and Mr. Albert G. Viv­ion, Jr.  Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Wilkinson, of Louisville, were also here to attend the funeral, which was held Sunday afternoon at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Vivion. Rev. L. E. Sellers, pastor of the Christian church, officiated. Surviving her are her husband and the following children: Mrs. C. E. Wilkinson and Mrs. R. G. Pyle, of Louisville; Mrs. D. W. Sheek, Mr. A. G. Vivion, Jr., and Miss Lillian Vivion, of Greenwood, Indiana.


Albert G. Vivion, 1852-1922, Spring Hill Cemetery

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 3, 1922

Friends here were shocked and grieved to learn of the death of Mr. Albert G. Vivion, Sr., Tuesday night at his home in Greenwood, Indiana. Mr. Vivion was in Harrodsburg just three weeks ago to attend the funeral of his wife, accompanying her remains to this city. Her death was on February 3 and just as the month closed about midnight his spirit left earth to join her. Mr. Vivion was almost 70 years of age, and his health had not been robust for some years. His sight was greatly impaired from cataracts and his hearing had almost left him. A week ago he took a severe cold which developed into double pneumonia which caused his death. His brother, Mr. Grant Vivion, was summoned to his bedside several days ago, and accompanied the remains to this city, together with Mr. Albert G. Vivion, Jr., and Miss Lillian Vivion.

Mr. Vivion was a native of Harrodsburg, the son of Albert Vivion and Sarah Mullins Vivion. For many years he con­ducted a large dry goods business here with Mr. Grant Vivion, the firm being known as Vivion Brothers. He was an active member in the local Christian church, and a man of genial personality who was liked by all. His funer­al will be held this (Friday) afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Vivion, on Lexing­ton avenue, at 2 o’­clock, conducted by Rev. L. E. Sellers, and the interment will be beside his wife in Spring Hill Cemetery. He is survived by Mrs. Clarence F. Wilkinson of Louisville; Mrs. D. W. Sheek, Mr. A. G. Vivion, Miss Lillian Vivion, of Greenwood, Ind., and Mrs. R. G. Pyle, Louisville.


Leo Simms Obituary

IMG_5760Simms burial plot – Saint Dominic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Wednesday, March 17, 1909

Community Grieved By The Death of Leo Simms – One of the Brightest and Most Popular Boys of Springfield

Schoolmates Pall Bearers

After an illness of two weeks, Leo Simms died at Hendersonville, North Carolina, Friday morning at 3:30 o’clock.  The first indications of a physical breakdown occurred in the autumn of 1907 while he was a student at Central University at Danville, Kentucky, because of which he was forced to leave the school.  In an effort to recover his health he went to Hendersonville, North Carolina.  Upon his arrival there he assumed the principalship of a school and because of his splendid training, his intellectual vigor and his ambition, he established for it, in a limited time, a reputation rivaling that of older institutions of learning in that section of the state.  After three months in this position, however, his health again began to fail and his physicians peremptorily commanded that he should cease to teach.  Against his will he complied and was apparently improving until about three weeks ago, when his parents were notified of his illness.  His mother left at once for his bedside and shortly thereafter his father and brothers.  The boy’s time was limited, however, as he was suffering from paralysis of the brain, which neither the skill of science nor the devotion of loved ones could thwart.


Ben F. Simms, 1856-1918.  His wife, Charlotte Wall, 1858-1927.

Leo Simms was the son of Ben F. and Mrs. Lottie Simms, a representation of two of the oldest families of the county.  He was a grandson of Mr. Thomas W. Simms, Sr., one of the best known men of this county.  He would have reached his majority on the 15th day of next July.  He completed his course in the Springfield High School in 1907, where he established a record for scholarship and oratory second to none.  It was after leaving here that he entered Central University, one of the great institutions of the South, and made good while there.


Leo Godfrey Simms, 1888-1909

The deceased was a boy of splendid intellectual attainments and fine character.  His was a disposition that won and retained friends.  No one was more ambitious.  It was his idea to study law and the fond hope of his parents was to educate and equip him thoroughly for his chosen profession.  With his intellectual endowment and his great ambition he promised to be a joy to his friends and loved ones, an ornament to society and an honor to his profession.

When one is taken away when but facing life, one whose future is that of promise we can but think of the beautiful words of Ingersoll as he stood by the grave of his beloved young brother.  He but voiced the sentiment of those who knew and cared for Leo Simms when he said:  “He had not passed on life’s highway the stone that marks the highest point, but being weary for a moment, lay down by the wayside, and using his burden for a pillow, fell into that dreamless sleep that kisses down the eyelids still.  While yet in love with life and raptured with the world, he passed to silence and pathetic dust.”

The funeral services were conducted Monday morning at St. Dominic’s Church.

The following schoolmates acted as pallbearers:  Harry Schultz, Joe Polin, John S. McElroy, Jr., Richard Spalding, Wathen Simms and Will Waters, active, and Professor George Colvin, Professor Walter Hume, Joe Wycoff and Ollie Barber, honorary.

1818 Death Notices in The Reporter

Just one note – if you have never been to Locust Grove, in Louisville, home of Major William Croghan, who married George Rogers Clark’s sister, Lucy Rogers, it is definitely worth the trip!  The house is a wonderful example of an early Kentucky home.  The 18th Century Market Fair held at the end of October each year is great fun for young and old – and there are many other adventures throughout the year.  George Rogers Clark spent his last years there after suffering a stroke in 1809.

List taken from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vols. 39-41

  • James Carson, died January 12, 1818.
  • Captain Mann Satterwhite, of Fayette County, died Friday morning, January 16, 1816.
  • Hugh Crawford, drowned while attempting to cross a mill pond, Saturday, January 17, 1818.
  • Thomas Burling, a printer of the Reporter, Lexington, died February 3, 1818, leaving a wife and child. He was a native of New York.

Scan143Died at Locust Grove, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on the 18th instant General George Rogers Clark, a distinguished revolutionary hero, and remarkable for the ability and perseverance he displayed, and the hardships and sufferings he endured, in the early wars of the western country.  in military skill and daring intrepidity, no man ever surpassed:  his zeal and devotion to his county’s interest and welfare were preeminent:  and it were impossible for that country to discharge, by word or action, the debt of gratitude she owes for the invaluable and splendid services he rendered, the immense sacrifices he made, in support of her rights, liberties and independence.  From The Kentucky Gazette, Fayette County, Kentucky, February 21, 1818.

  • General George Rogers Clark, of Locust Grove, died Friday, February 13, 1818, aged 66 years.
  • John Williams, of Woodford County, was killed by his son, Milton Williams, March 13, 1818. He was almost 60 years of age.
  • George G. Ross, of Lexington, died Wednesday, April 15, 1818, aged 31 years.
  • Christopher Greenup, of Frankfort, died Monday, April 20, 1818, aged 69 years.
  • Eliza Pope, consort of John Pope, of Frankfort, Secretary of State, died April 24, 1818.
  • General Thomas Posey died at Shawneetown, March 20, 1818.
  • Captain Robert Megowan, of the late firm Buck, Bradford and Megowan, Lexington, died Wednesday, May 13, 1818.
  • Lydia Allen, wife of John Allen, of Fayette County, died in May, 1818.
  • William Carson, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Julian Misner, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Jane Shields, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Louisa Bain, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Charles McIntire, of Russellville, Kentucky, died in New Orleans, May 24, 1818.
  • Elisha Warfield, of Fayette County, died Thursday morning, July 16, 1818, aged 78 years. He was a native of Maryland.
  • James Ragland, Sr., of Clark County, died July 18, 1818, aged 75 years. He had been a resident of Clark since 1788.
  • Ann Hart, relict of the Captain J. G. S. Hart, of Lexington, died in Philadelphia, July 10, 1818.
  • Fanny D. Berry, daughter of Major Herman Bowman, of Woodford County, and consort of Dr. R. B. Berry, died at her Fayette County residence Saturday, August 1, 1818, aged 17 years.
  • Henry P. Smith, attorney-at-law, Harrodsburg, and son of Jesse Smith of Mercer County, died August 8, 1818.
  • Richard Davenport, of Danville, died in August, 1818.
  • James Hughes, of Frankfort, died at Blue Licks, in August, 1818.
  • William Neely, of Jefferson County, Mississippi, died in Winchester, Kentucky, August 27, 1818. He married Mrs. Irvine, widow of Dr. Irvine, who was killed at the River Raisin.
  • William Wallace, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Paris, died Thursday, September 10, 1818, aged 33 years.
  • Francis Drake, of Lexington, died Friday, September 11, 1818, aged 50 years.
  • John Prentiss, Sr., died Saturday, September 12, 1818, aged 75 years.
  • Louisa C. Keets died in Washington County, near Springfield, in October, 1818.
  • Mary Thompson, consort of Major George C. Thompson, of Mercer County, died November 10, 1818.
  • William Flower, son of Richard Flower, of Lexington, died in November, 1818, aged 21 years. He was an English emigrant.
  • Robert Rodes, of Madison County, died November 20, 1818, aged 59 years.

Mary Jane Edwards Janes Obituary


Mary Jane Janes, born December 27, 1814, died December 28, 1905.  Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Mary Jane Edwards Janes was one of the younger daughters of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton.  Mary Jane was a baby of two years when she made the trip from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky.  She came two years earlier than her grandparents – Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  Mary Jane’s oldest sister, Susan Clark Edwards was my 3rd great-grandmother.  Susan married John Cotton Taylor, but died in 1836 at the age of 39.  Although Mary Jane was only 22 at the time, she helped her brother-in-law raise the four young children left without a mother.  I suppose this prepared her for later years when she loving brought children into her home when they needed help.  She sounds like a wonderful person!

Mary Jane’s information is on the back of her husband’s gravestone – the weather must come from that direction since it worn so much more than his.

770James K. Janes, April 4, 1806 – January 23, 1879.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, January 4, 1906

Good Woman Gone

Mrs. Mary Janes, one of the county’s oldest residents died after a short illness at the home of Mr. Barber Clarkson, a short distance in the county, on last Thursday, December 28th.  Mrs. Janes was on a little visit to the Clarkson home when she was stricken and died after two days of suffering.  She lived on her farm about three miles north of Springfield with the family of her nephew, Mr. Edgar Linton.  Aunt Mary Janes was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, December 27, 1814.  She, with her parents, came to Kentucky in the fall of 1816.  When only seventeen she married J. K. Janes who was an invalid for many years before his death, which occurred in 1879.  Unto this union no children were born, but with willing hands they cared for and raised two orphan children, one a niece of Aunt Mary’s, the other a niece of Uncle Kell Janes, and she has helped to rear their children to the third generation.  She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church.  She lived to the good old age of ninety-one years and one day.  Mrs. Janes was a noble woman full of charitable deeds, ever ready to help others.  Her maiden name was Edwards and she was an aunt of Mr. Ben Edwards and the Misses Edwards.

The funeral took place at Pleasant Grove on Saturday.  Rev. Miles Saunders, her old pastor, was expected to preach the funeral sermon, but owing to feeble health was unable to come and Rev. W. H. Williams officiated in his stead.

Clayborn and Mary Brent Bradshaw Obituaries

IMG_9276Clayborn Bradshaw, March 1, 1834-August 2, 1903.  Mary Brent, his wife, August 31, 1842-April 27, 1915.  Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, August 6, 1903

Mr. Clayburn Bradshaw, residing about 7 miles from town, died very suddenly at noon Sunday. He had been in failing health for several months, but was not thought to be in any immediate danger. A few minutes before his death he complained of feeling very badly, and sat down in a chair. His wife ran to him but before he could be moved to the bed, he had breathed his last. The funeral occurred Monday afternoon at Shawnee Run and he was buried among his kindred in the church yard there. He was a highly respected and well to do farmer. He leaves no children and only a wife and adopted daughter survives him

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 30, 1915

Estimable Woman Dead

Mrs. Mary Brent Bradshaw, widow of the late Clayborne Bradshaw, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Burdette Burks, in Burgin, Tuesday night. She had been in ill health for some time and last fall passed under an operation at the Danville Hospital, hoping to regain her health, but complications developed which proved fatal. She was a most estimable Christian woman who was greatly beloved by all who knew her. For many years she had been a member of Shawnee Run church, and her funeral was held there yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. D. Moore, and the interment was in the Shawnee Run cemetery. She leaves no children but has a number of relatives throughout the county.


Martha Burchell Obituary

IMG_9262Martha L., wife of Aaron Burchell, born November 23, 1830, died December 14, 1898.  Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Semi-Weekly Sayings, Mercer County, Kentucky

Saturday, December 17, 1898

Mrs. Aaron Burchell died, Wednesday, at her home in Jessamine county and was buried, Thursday, in the Shawnee Run Cemetery near Burgin. She was an aged lady and leaves a husband and a number of grown children to mourn the loss of a good, christian wife and mother.

from The Semi-Weekly Sayings, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, December 21, 1898

Mrs. G. E. Tewmey has, for three weeks been at the bed side of her mother, Mrs. Aaron Burchell, who lingered with heart trouble, until Wednesday morning death relieving her sufferings, at her home near Nicholasville, Her remains were brought to Shawnee Run for interment.