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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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Marriages and Funerals from the 1911 News-Leader

from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, October 12, 1911


Mr. James Cokendolpher died at his home near Chaplin Thursday of heart trouble.  He was born September 5, 1845, in Nelson County.  When the Civil War broke out he enlisted under General John H. Morgan and served with credit during the war.  Burial services were conducted at Chaplin Friday by Rev. E. L. Griffey.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Misses Bettie and Jennie Cokendolpher of Chaplin and Mrs. W. F. Grigsby of this place.


Mr. Harrison Steele died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cyrus Johnson, near Harrodsburg last Monday of infirmities incident to old age, being 91 years of age.  Mr. Steele moved to this county in 1866 and lived here until shortly after the death of his wife which occurred at Nashville three years ago, when he moved to Mercer County.  He was a useful and upright citizen and highly respected.

Funeral services were conducted at Willisburg, Tuesday, by Rev. J. A. Simms.  He is survived by four children, Mrs. Cyrus Johnson, of Mercer County, Mrs. G. L. Warner, Mrs. J. D. Sweeney and Mr. E. W. Steele of this county.


Mr. Daniel Hardin and Miss Annie Jones were married here last Saturday by Rev. W. H. Williams.  Mr. Hardin is a son of Mr. James Hardin and the bride is a daughter of the late William Jones.  Both are popular young people of the Mooresville neighborhood.

Yesterday’s Courier-Journal contained the following, “Alotta O’Bannon, a wall paper hanger, 24 years old, and Pearl Lynch, also 24, both of Louisville were married in Jeffersonville Monday night by Magistrate Hay.  The bridegroom was born in Owen County, Kentucky, and the bride, who is a daughter of Isaac Lynch, is a native of Springfield, Kentucky.”

Marriage license was issued this week to Mr. Oscar Foster and Miss Mattie Brothers.  Both are prominent people of the Tatham Springs neighborhood.

1905 Double Wedding in Adair County

As always, something interesting from the old newspapers.  Double weddings are not often solemnized – perhaps because most brides want the day to themselves!  But as an organist who played for many, many weddings in my younger days, I did once play for a double wedding.  It was beautiful, held in a small country church.  The brides were sisters and wanted to share their special day. 

from The Adair County News, Columbia, Kentucky

December 20, 1905

Wedding Bells

Double Wedding Solemnized at the Baptist Church, This City

Tutt-Smith, Stults-Staples

Today, Wednesday, at 8 p.m., the solemn vows of matrimony were taken by Mr. N. M. Tutt and Miss Mary A. Smith; and Mr. George F. Stults and Miss Myrt Staples, in the Baptist Church, this city, Rev. W. H. C. Sandidge officiating in his usual impressive manner.  The wedding march was played by Mrs. Rollin Hurt, while the brides and grooms met at the altar, and took the vow that unites heart to heart and blends together, for happiness, two lives as one.

The church was well filled with many friends of the contracting parties and while much of the splendor of church weddings was omitted, yet, under the sweet strains of music and the impressive ceremony, the scene was one that plainly outlined the solemnity of the occasion and pictured a life of happiness for both couples.

All the parties are prominent members of the best people in Columbia and enjoy the good will and wishes of many friends in the step just taken.

Mr. Tutt is a true gentleman, a good businessman and enjoys a good estate, the product of his own brain and energy which, in the main, was acquired in real estate transactions, a business which he enjoys and in which he has had much experience.

Miss Smith is a daughter of Mrs. Kate Smith, and is a lady of rare intelligence, possessing the charms that make life happy.  For the last three or four years she was engaged in the mercantile business which she successfully managed until her retirement last summer.

Mr. Stults is a gentleman of sterling business and social qualities whose congenial disposition makes him friends wherever he goes.  For several years he has been engaged in the manufacture, buying and selling of staves which has netted him a neat sum for a rainy day.

Miss Staples is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Z. M. Staples, and is a lady endowed with all the attractions that enter into a happy life and adorn so many pleasant homes.  For four or five years she has been engaged in business, as saleslady and conducting a millinery business in this city in which she manifested good taste and adaptability.

Both young ladies are popular and enjoy a large circle of friends who will miss them from the society of single life.  The gentlemen who have been so fortunate to woo and win their hearts and hands are to be congratulated.  Each couple received the congratulations of many friends, and in a more substantial manner were the recipients of many valuable and useful presents.

The News extends its good wishes, and with the many other friends, most heartily congratulate each party, in this, their most important act of life.

Newsworthy Items From the 1911 Central Record of Garrard County

Don’t you just love the old newspaper articles from small towns?  The larger towns give their space to more particular items of state and country, but the small town newspaper gives us a glimpse of everyday life!

from The Central Record, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky

Friday, November 3, 1911

Change of Residences

Mr. Henry Simpson, having sold his residence on Richmond Avenue to Mrs. J. C. Robinson, is moving into the house recently completed by Mr. S. G. Haselden on South Campbell Street.  Mrs. Robinson will move into her property purchased of Mr. Simpson, and Mayor H. T. Logan and family, who have had rooms at the Kengarian, will occupy the property vacated by Mrs. Robinson.

Another Good Road

The ‘Old Danville Pike’ from the square to the county line has been reconstructed, thus adding one more to Garrard County’s rapidly increasing number of good turnpikes.  Automobiles, which have heretofore been compelled to go around by Camp Dick Robinson in going to Danville, will now find a splendid road in the newly constructed Danville Pike.  Squire Bourne is looking after and repairing the culverts on the Kirksville and the Richmond Pike and doing everything possible to place just as much of our turnpike system in the best possible condition for winters as is in his power.

Gaines Annual Corn Show

Edward C. Gaines has announced his annual corn show for the farmers of Garrard County, the premiums to be awarded on next county court day, November 27th.  Mr. Gaines instituted this custom several years ago and each year he offers liberal premiums for the best corn produced by Garrard County farmers.  The event has come to be looked forward to by the farmers and considerable good-natured rivalry exists among them as to who shall produce the best corn.  Last year Mr. David Dudderar claims that the corn which secured the premium was raised by him, but was shown by one of his neighbors.

Popular Young Teacher Injured

Last Monday morning Miss Allie Hendren was painfully injured by the overturning of her buggy in which she was going to her school at the Davidson School House on the Buckeye Pike.  Miss Hendren cannot tell how the accident happened as she was rendered unconscious by the fall from the vehicle, and her small brother, Owen, who was driving, has but a vague recollection as to how it happened.  The horse either became frightened and ran and kicked, or in passing another vehicle their buggy struck the hub and was overturned, throwing the occupants out.  Miss Allie was bruised about the head and back and was brought to the Lancaster hospital.  Owen received a slightly sprained wrist and slight bruises.  The buggy was a complete wreck.

Judge Walker Recovered

Judge Walker has sufficiently recovered as to be able to go to Crab Orchard Springs for a recuperative stay.  His nurse was dismissed last Sunday.  And here let us say just a word in regard to nursing; typhoid fever is a disease which requires the most careful nursing, in fact as much if not more depends upon the nurse than the physician.  Judge Walker secured the services of Miss Margaretta Smith of Richmond, Kentucky, who is one of the very best trained nurses obtainable, and to her never relaxing care and attention is due Judge Walker’s rapid and complete recovery.  Miss Smith is a daughter of the late J. Speed Smith, who was well known and had many friends in Garrard County, and aside from her splendid qualifications as a nurse is a lady of much grace and refinement, and during her stay in Lancaster made many warm friends, who will regret exceedingly that her stay among us cannot be a permanent one.

Sister of Captain I. M. Myers Dead

The remains of Mrs. Mary W. Livingston were brought here Tuesday from Galveston, Texas, and interred in the Lancaster Cemetery.  The cause of Mrs. Livingston’s death was not known by her relatives here.  The deceased was 69 years of age and was a former resident of the Bryantsville section of this county, being a daughter of the late Isaac Myers, and a sister of Captain Ike M. Myers of near Lancaster.  She married James L. Livingston, who is a brother of Rev. J. G. Livingston, the well-known Christian minister of the Goshen vicinity.  The Livingstons moved to Texas from this county many years ago.

‘The Frost Is On The Pumpkin’

Heavy frosts in the last week ripened pumpkins, possums and persimmons and many parties are visiting the mountains in search of the latter two delicacies.  Especially are these excursions popular with the country lads and lassies and scarcely a day passes that a party is not seen going in the direction of Cartersville in search of chestnuts.

No Place Like Old Kentucky

Mr. C. D. Powell has returned from a several months’ visit to relatives in Oregon.  He tells us that his son, Robert Powell, has purchased property and is making his home in Oakland, that he and his wife are well pleased with the country and will make it their future home.  Mr. Powell was well pleased with the country, but not well enough to desert old Kentucky.


Two Weddings and a Silver Wedding Anniversary Party In 1881

The old newspapers from by-gone days give us a good example of life during those years.  Today I share stories of two weddings and a silver wedding anniversary from The Daily Evening Bulletin of Maysville, Kentucky.  It sounds as if these events were planned for many weeks or months, and enjoyed by all who attended.  The description of clothing, entertainment and people who attended make these stories come alive!  Remember, in 1881, the ladies fashions were still long, flowing and elegant. 

from The Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday Evening, November 23, 1881

Corded Couples


The main topic in Maysville society for the last week or two has been the approaching marriage of Miss Bessie Thomas to Mr. Robinson J. Jones, of Cincinnati.  They were married this morning at half-past ten o’clock in the Church of the Nativity, by the Rev. J. D. Powers, in the presence of a large gathering of invited friends.  Messrs. Hiram Pearce, Henry Chenoweth, George Bruce and Harry Talbott, popular society young gentlemen, acted as ushers and attendants.  The bridesmaids were Misses Anna Douglass January, Julia Chenoweth, Lottie Poyntz, Mary B. Pearce, Lizzie Cox and Lilian Frazee.

The bride was dressed in plain and brocade satin, veils and flowers and the bridesmaids in white mull, vallencienes and large Gainsborough hats trimmed with ostrich feathers.

The ceremony was brief, beautiful and very impressive.  As the newly wedded pair left the church the ushers gave their arms to the bridesmaids, leaving last the two youthful ones, Misses Cox and Frazee, who at the close of the ceremony came in front of the altar and standing at the side of the font made a picture worthy of the brush of Titian.

The presents were numerous and costly and the wedding breakfast a marvel of delicacies.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones left by the train at noon, for Cincinnati, accompanied by the best wishes of their many friends.

Gilmore – Blackery

The marriage of Miss Louisa C. Gilmore, one of our most charming and amiable young ladies to Mr. W. O. Blackerby, of Bracken County, took place at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. S. M. Gilmore, this morning.  Rev. J. B. Glorieux performing the ceremony.  The wedding was a quiet one, only the immediate friends of the family being present.


from The Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday Evening, November 24, 1881

From Ripley

The silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Mockbee, was an elegant social affair.  The invitations read from four to eleven p.m.  Most of the guests were married couples, and the older people availed themselves of the earlier hours of the evening.  The house was profusely decorated with flowers, many the gifts of friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Mockbee received in the large parlors, standing near the center.  On the right of Mr. Mockbee was his son, W. S. Mockbee, and his bride, (nee Miss Hattie Wiles), and Miss Mary Mockbee.  On the left of Mrs. M. were little Edward, Laura and Dora.  Their son Charles was indispensable in the dining room.  Mrs. Mockbee was attired in a most lovely silver-colored silk, trimmed with steel passamenterie and fringe.  She wore white lace fichu, white kid gloves and white flowers in her hair.  Mr. Mockbee wore a full evening dress of black, and white boutonniere.  The young ladies of the family, pure white.  It was a very charming group indeed.  Among the presents displayed – from associates and employees of the Champion Mills:  gold-lined fruit bowl and castor combined, from officers and the teachers of the M. E. Sunday School, of which Mr. Mockbee has long been superintendent.  The family gifts were as follows:

From Mr. and Mrs. Scott, silver cake basket.  From Charles Mockbee and his cousin, Miss Georgia Shaw, silver card receive and bouquet stand.  Dozen silver knives from W. S. Mockbee and wife.  Solid silver tablespoons from Mary Mockbee.  Teaspoons from Ed, drinking cup from little Laura and Dora.

There were very many other presents from friends at home and abroad, which we cannot here enumerate.

The tables were handsomely decorated and the supper beyond our pen to describe.  A nice feature of the entertainment was the presence at different times during the evening of all the employees of the Mills of which Mr. Mockbee is a large owner.  Many strangers from a distance were present.  Among them were Mr. Powers, wife and daughter, of Augusta, Kentucky.  Mr. and Mrs. Manker of Maysville, Kentucky.  Mr. and Mrs. Gazely of Decatur.  Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Miller of Russellville.

Stamm’s Band appeared about 10 o’clock and discoursed sweet music, and were most royally entertained.  A beautiful poem by Mrs. Snedeker was highly enjoyed by all.