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Weddings, Weddings, Weddings – November 1900

from The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 7, 1900

Chenault-Crutcher Nuptials

A beautiful wedding, indeed, was that of Mr. Cabel Horace Chenault and Miss Ann Chenault Crutcher which was celebrated at Pond church today at high noon.

Nothing can be sweeter or more impressive than the union of two hearts which since childhood have beat responsively; such a scene containing at once the fulfillment of hopes cherished for years, and prophecies of a happy, useful future was enacted when these two lives were made one.

Sweetest strains of melody, floated from beneath the skilled touch of Miss Florence Chenault on the organ, and Mrs. John T. McClintok on the violin, and, like a lark, above both rose the voice of Miss Katherine Smith in Love’s Serenade as a prelude.  At length to the triumphant peal of the Tannhauser wedding march, the bride on the arm of her brother, was joined at the altar by the groom and his best man, Mr. Charles T. Chenault.

Behind the stately bride followed the matron of honor, Mrs. George W. Evans, Jr., and as the groomsmen, Messrs. George W. Evans, Jr., Leslie P. Evans and Jeptha D. Chenault, reached the end of the aisle, in a solemnly beautiful ceremony the Rev. J. N. Bailey pronounced the affianced couple, man and wife.

It would be superfluous to speak of the virtues and beauties of the bride or the worth and sterling qualities of the groom, so well are they known by us all.  Showers of congratulations from the county en masse, bestrew their path and the best wishes of all attend them.  Mr. and Mrs. Chenault left on the 1:55 L. & N. train for a short tour and on their return, will be at home to their friends at the residence of Mr. Chenault’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Chenault, on the Irvine Pike two miles east of town.

Married

Cecil-Bowman – The marriage of Miss Virginia Bowman to Mr. Charles P. Cecil is announced for January 1st.  Both parties are well-known young society people of Danville.

Lowry-Douglas – Professor R. G. Lowry, of the Nicholasville Graded School, was married last Wednesday to Miss Anna Dale Douglas, of Worcester, Ohio.  Professor Lowry is an old C. U. man of the class of ’82 and well-remembered here.

Walden-Benton – Miss Clara Benton was married on Thursday last to Mr. Charles W. Walden, Rev. A. J. Tribble officiating.  The wedding occurred at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. Daniel Benton, of the Water Work’s precinct, and a large number of friends witnessed the ceremony, at the conclusion of which the newly married couple drove to Union City at which place they will make their future home.

Rayburn-Hendren – Mr. Clyde Rayburn and Miss Clara Hendren were married at the home of Mr. J. M. Hendren at Speedwell last Wednesday.  Mr. Rayburn is a young farmer of that locality, and a nephew of Mr. H. B. Dillingham, of this city, with whom he lived several years.  The bride is a niece of Mr. J. M. Hendren, with whom she has made her home since her infancy, and is an excellent young woman.  We congratulate Mr. Rayburn heartily upon his luck in procuring so charming a mate and join their numerous friends in wishing the happy couple all the prosperity and happiness.

Reunion of Friends Born About 1833 in Madison County

Found this delightful story in a 1900 newspaper from Madison County.  I must say, the Smith’s knew how to treat their guests!

from The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, December 12, 1900

1833 – A Happy Reunion – 1900

Last Friday Mr. James W. Smith gave a big dinner in honor of his uncle, Mr. William Smith, of Fayette, Howard County, Missouri.  These old friends of the latter and companions of his boyhood days were at the table:  Messrs. Peter and Samuel Phelps, Calvin and Overton Burgin, Samuel Shearer, William Bennett, W. K. Denny, A. T. Chenault and Major Curtis F. Burnam.  Of the repast, it is superfluous to speak.  Mrs. Smith, the lovely hostess, had prepared for the enjoyment of the guests every delicacy to tempt their appetites, and though the guest of honor is a loyal citizen of the Sucker State there was no Missouri compromise, everything being strictly Kentuckian, even down to Old Kentucky hams, that has no rival among the beasts of the field or the birds of the air.  The biggest and most dignified gobbler on Stoney Run had been slain in honor of this feast, added to which was sauce from the gregarious cranberry, as red as claret which tinted with delicate richness the complexion of the succulent celery.  The sportive oyster was there in soup and shell, leaping from aged tongues into still youthful stomachs to die there in ecstatic bliss.  All things else from a well-filled larder, sundry toothsome dishes and divers condiments, made a feast that was fit for the gods.  All the guests had passed the three-score mile post, and some had gone beyond the fourth, but they knew it not that day; for time had turned backward for once on his way, and made them all boys again, just for that day.  The whole house was given over to their enjoyment, and it rang with the unrestrained laughter of the delighted assembly as joke after joke, yarn after yarn had been spun amid loud ha-has and hurrahs!  It was a glorious reunion and will dwell long and pleasantly in the memories of all.

A brief mention of the guest in whose honor the occasion was given may be interesting, being a native of this county, which he left in 1854, and has not visited since 1885.

William Smith was born in 1833 on what is now called the Billy McChord place.  He is the third child of James and Nancy Howard Smith, deceased, the latter a sister of Benjamin Howard, all old Kentucky pioneer stock.  James Smith was a brother of John Smith, of this county, father of Mrs. Dawson Oldham and Mrs. David A. Chenault, all deceased.  Mr. Smith’s grandfather, James Smith, came in 1790 from Ireland and settled, and with his wife lies buried on the old David Chenault place on the ridge between the latter’s house and John Smith’s.

Mr. Smith has lost a brother, the late Presley Smith, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Jerman.  Himself and four younger brothers, Jason W., Thomas, Solon and Benjamin, all reside near each other in Missouri.  An only sister, the youngest child, Mrs. William K. Denny, lives in this city.

Mr. Smith tells an interesting story of his removal to Missouri.  It was in the year of the Great Drouth, 1854, and he rode horse-back to St. Louis, fording every stream except the Mississippi.  He went via Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, Terre Haute, Indiana, and St. Louis, occupying 15 days on the journey.  In Missouri, he was married to Miss Maria Louisa Robinson, whose mother was a Miss Sebree, Woodford County, Kentucky, her father being a South Carolinian.  They have one son and five daughters, one of whom is Mrs. McFerran-Crowe, of Versailles, who attended school in Richmond.  A bright saying of Dr. and Mrs. Crowe’s little Elizabeth was recalled by Mr. Smith: ‘Grandpa, where was God (during the Galveston storm?)’  ‘God was in heaven, my child,’ he replied.  ‘He was?’ she asked in surprise, ‘Well, He ought to have been in Galveston!’

A year ago, a brother, Mr. Solon Smith, visited Richmond and impressed himself most delightfully on all his old friends, and the writer recalling the sterling character of his Democracy, ventured to ask his brother if he, too, were a Democrat.  Whereupon Mr. Smith answered by narrating this story: ‘My wife’s uncle, a Mr. Sebree, went away out West and met a man of the same name, and naturally they wished to trace up their kinship, if possible.  The stranger was not much on ancestral history asked these three test questions.  ‘First, are you a Democrat?’  “Yes.” He replied.  ‘Second, are you a Baptist?’  ‘I am,’ was the response.  ‘Lastly, are you poor?’  ‘I certainly am,’ was the reply.  ‘Well,’ said the wild Westerner, ‘we are kinfolks, so come in and stay all winter!’

‘Excepting that I am a Campbellite, and not a Baptist,’ said Mr. Smith, I am of the same household as my brothers, political and otherwise.

After a few days sojourn among his old friends hereabouts, Mr. Smith will return to Howard County and, we trust, will soon return or send another member of the family that is so well remembered here in the place of their nativity, ‘The Old Kentucky Home.’

1903 Marriages Listed In The Bee

The Bee was the weekly newspaper for Earlington, Kentucky, located in Hopkins County.  Earlington is a small town, with a population in 1900 of 3,012.  Today there are less than half that many who live there.  Madisonville is the county seat of Hopkins, and I suppose that’s why these young couples drove there to be married.

In looking at the Hopkins County marriage records we find that this is the second marriage for Alfonso Griffin, aged 24.  He worked for the railroad.  Etta Hicks was 17, her first marriage.  She and her parents were born in Tennessee.

Walter Martin was 22, a printer.  Nannie Belle Summers was 18.  In the 1940 Census for Earlington, Walter, 59, and Nannie, 55, have one daughter living with them, Mattie, who is 27.  Walter is the owner of a print shop, and daughter Mattie is a postal clerk.

The Bee, Earlington, Hopkins County, Kentucky

Thursday, August 27, 1903

Married

In Madisonville on the evening of the 20th, Mr. Alfonso Griffin to Miss Etta Hicks, Rev. Jinnett officiating.  The contracting parties are well known young people of Earlington who launch out upon the matrimonial voyage accompanied by the best wishes of a large circle of friends, including the benediction of The Bee.  Mr. Dock Griffin, the father of the groom, informally entertained quite a number of friends on Friday night.  Those who attended reported an enjoyable time.

Martin-Summers

Walter N. Martin and Miss Nannie Summers were married in Madisonville Sunday evening about 7 o’clock.  They, in company with Albert Larmouth, Mrs. Sue Larmouth, Ward Todd and Miss Nannie Browning, drove to Madisonville and stopped in front of the residence of Elder S. F. Fowler, called him out and had him perform the ceremony that made them man and wife.  While it was generally known that this wedding would take place, only a few intimate friends knew the exact time.

Mr. Martin has for some time been a compositor on The Bee and is a young man of good habits, frugal and industrious.  Miss Summers is the daughter of John W. Summers, of this city, and is a most excellent young lady.  May the guiding star of love and hope ever shine down the dim vistas of their coming days, and may peace and prosperity abide with them until they shall cross the Great Divide, is the heartfelt wish of The Bee.

News from Wednesday, June 1, 1910 – The Springfield Sun

This is an old newspaper clipping from a 1941 Springfield Sun – the local newspaper for Washington County, Kentucky.  I’m sure this was one my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, saved, since it was a few years before she died – and because her mother’s death, thirty-one years previous, was listed as part of the news for June of 1910.  Other interesting tidbits were a couple of marriages, finding of the body of a missing woman, and the dedication of the capital in Frankfort!

Small Town News From The Hartford Herald

More small town news.  Within these tidbits are many names and interesting stories that would help flesh out your genealogy.  The birthday dinner story gives the names of parents, a sister, a father, and children.  And what a happy occasion.  Following are weddings, an elopement, death and illness.  All part of everyday life.

from The Hartford Herald, Ohio County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 23, 1902

A Birthday Dinner

Thomas W. Wedding, of Barretts Ferry, and Miss Nancy Wright were married in Ohio County on the 16th day of October 1845.  To them have been born nine children – four girls and five boys.  Of said children three boys and one girl are dead.  The living children are Mrs. Mary Ann Midkiff, wife of W. P. Midkiff, Mrs. Ada Acton, wife of S. S. Acton, Mrs. Manda Rebecca Foreman, wife of Elijah D. Foreman, John T. Wedding and James B. Wedding.  Mrs. Nancy Wedding was seventy-seven years old on the 19th day of July and Thomas W. Wedding, her husband, was 80 years old on July 20.  The children mentioned above of these old and honored people gave their parents a birthday dinner on Sunday, July 20.  The dinner was bountiful and carefully arranged and good enough to satisfy the most extreme epicure.  Mr. Thomas W. Wedding and Mrs. Mariah Davison, wife of George W. Davison, are the only living children of the late George W. Wedding, who died in 1854.  Mrs. Davison was present and is now seventy-three years old and in frail health.  There were twenty-four grand-children present and many of the neighbors – about fifty people in all being present.  Mr. Wedding gave a short talk in which he expressed his appreciation for the kindness shown him and his wife.  We hope these old people, who have lived honorable lives, and who are now more than three score and ten, may live to see many birthdays and that their declining days may be the most peaceful of their lives.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Licenses since last Wednesday:  W. H. Blackburn, Ceralvo, to Edna Myers, Ceralvo.  Oscar Smith, Flint Springs, to Clovia M. Daugherty, Flint Springs.  John E. Shultz, Fordsville, to Lillie Eskridge, Fordsville.

Visit

Mrs. D. F. Cawthorn, of Glasgow, arrived a few days ago to visit her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Likens, of Jingo, who is very weak with consumption.  Mrs. Cawthon will visit her brother, Bob Forrester, of this place, and visit her old friends of Hartford before she returns to Glasgow.  It will be remembered by many, Mrs. Cawthorn left Hartford seven years ago to make her home in Barren County.

Wedding

As announced in these columns a few weeks ago, Professor Charles H. Ellis and Miss Corinne Landrum will be married at the First Baptist Church in Calhoon this evening at 8:30 o’clock.  Mr. Ellis, who is one of Ohio County’s most promising young men, is to be congratulated in winning the heart and hand of such an estimable young lady.  After the ceremony the bride and groom, together with several friends, will repair to the residence of the bride’s parents, Judge and Mrs. Ben F. Landrum, where a sumptuous repast will await them.  They will remain in Calhoon until Friday, when they will visit the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ellis, near town.

Died

Died at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. H. A. Miller, at 12 o’clock, noon, last Thursday, of that most dreaded disease, consumption, Miss Annie Lewis.  Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Coakley and Petrie.  Her remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery Friday afternoon.  Miss Annie, who had been a member of the Baptist church for 22 years was a most lovable lady.

Elopement

Mr. Rethel L. Duke, of Hartford, and Miss May E. Davis, of near Prentis, aged 18 and 16, respectively, eloped to Cannelton, Indiana, last Sunday and were married.  They returned to the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Duke, Monday night.

Taxpayers for Lots in the Town of Springfield 1817

I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817.  I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s.  Do you have anyone on this list?

This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor

A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.

Note:  In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.

George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.

To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection.  By Order of the Board of Trustees.  April 11th, 1817.  Attests.  John Hughes, Jr., CBT.

‘Cupid Cutting Capers In June’ 1905 In Christian County

from The Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky

June 17, 1905

Cupid Cutting Capers In June

No Let Up in the Rush of Matrimonial Matters

Still More to Follow

Two Weddings Thursday of Well Known Young Lawyers

The marriage of Mr. Roger Wayles Harrison and Miss Evie Louise Nash Thursday afternoon was an especially pretty church wedding.

The Baptist church was well filled with the friends of the young couple and the stand was elaborately decorated with potted plants.

Messrs. James A. Young, Jr., Wallace Kelly, R. M. Fairleigh and Charles H. Nash, Jr., were the ushers and preceded the wedding party as they entered promptly at 4:30 o’clock to the strains of the wedding march played by Mrs. James H. Anderson.

Mr. Harrison entered on the arm of his best man, Mr. John Stites, and the bride came in with her sister, Miss May Nash.  Meeting at the chancel, the bride and groom took their places on the stand and the ceremony that united them was appropriately said by Dr. Charles H. Nash, the bride’s father.  Dr. Edmund Harrison, father of the groom, stood beside Dr. Nash and concluded the ceremony with a short prayer.

Upon leaving the church, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison went at once to the L & N depot and boarded the 5:18 train for a Southern trip.  Returning next week, they will be at home at Bethel College.

The bride’s costume was a handsome traveling dress of blue.

A large party of friends accompanied them to the depot and threw handfuls of rice at them as they boarded the sleeper.

Mr. Harrison is the youngest son of Rev. E. Harrison, President of Bethel Female College, and is a rising young attorney.  His bride is the oldest daughter of Rev. C. H. Nash, D.D., Pastor of the Baptist church.  Petite and graceful, with dark hair and eyes, her beauty is of the Southern type.  She is a graduate of Bethel College with the degree of A.M., and is an accomplished musician.

Prowse-Lyon

Mr. Charles Odom Prowse and Miss Elizabeth Lyon, of Nashville, were married Thursday evening at 7:30 o’clock, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Julia B. Lyon, in Nashville.  Rev. M. P. Logan, of the Episcopal Church, officiated.  They left for Monterey, Tennessee, to spend a few days before returning home.

The bride, a few years ago, visited Mrs. C. K. Wyly, in this city, and Mr. Prowse met her and the attachment was formed that has so happily culminated.  She is a young lady of aristocratic lineage and possesses much beauty and many personal charms.

Mr. Prowse is a son of County Clerk John P. Prowse, and is the Republican nominee for County Attorney.

They will live at the home of the groom’s father, on South Main Street.

Woosley-Hiser

Mr. John Thomas Woosley and Miss Ida Mai Hiser will be married at the home of the bride-to-be’s brother, Mr. T. G. Hiser, on West Fifteenth Street, next Thursday, June 22nd.

Smith-White

Hon. Denny P. Smith, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Miss Susie White, daughter of Mr. W. C. White of Cadiz, will be married on June 28th.