Aged Husband and Wife Die Within A Week

Note by Phyllis Brown:  William Douglas Coulter was the son of Starling Coulter and Sarah Rigdon.  Willie Ann White was the daughter of Samuel Riley White, Jr., and Nancy Ellen Dean.  William and Willie were married February 18, 1903, in Washington County, Kentucky, and had one daughter, Bess E. Coulter.

The Springfield Sun

Thursday, January 15, 1942

Services Were Held This Afternoon At Fairview For Widow of Man Buried There Sunday:  Both Natives of County

Both Died in Louisville


Mr. William Douglas Coulter, age 84, died at 5 o’clock Friday afternoon, January 9, 1942, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Everett Dean, 2326 Cedar Street, Louisville, of a paralytic stroke.  He had been ill only a short time.  The body was brought to Sutherland’s Funeral Home in this city and prepared for burial, remaining in the chapel there until time for the funeral.  It was viewed there by many friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Charles Devine, were held at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Fairview Christian Church, interment following in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roy Driscoll, Arvill Terrell, Helm Terrell, Everett Jenkins, Charlie Kays and William Carey.

Mr. Coulter is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Willie White, who is reported seriously ill; an only daughter, Mrs. Dean, with whom the aged couple had been making their home the past several months, and two grandchildren.  He was a native of this county and practically all his life had been engaged in farming in the Gordon Ford section, where he was well known and generally liked.


Mrs. Willie White Coulter, age 75, widow of William D. Coulter, whose death is reported above, died at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dean, 2326 Cedar, Louisville, her death, which followed that of her husband within four days, was attributed to pneumonia.  She had been ill one week.

Mrs. Coulter’s body was brought to Sutherland’s Funeral Home in this city and prepared for burial, remaining in the chapel there until time for the funeral.

Services were held at the Fairview Christian Church at 1 o’clock this afternoon, the songs being used as in the service for Mr. Coulter Sunday afternoon, and the same pallbearers, with one exception, acting.  They were Roy Driscoll, Arvil Terrell, Helm Terrell, Everett Jackson, Elbert Blacketer and William Carey.  The Rev. Charles Devine preached the sermon.  Interment was at the side of Mr. Coulter in Fairview Cemetery.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Coulter is survived by two grandchildren, two brothers, Henry White, this county, and Larkin White, Nelson County, and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Bowser, Louisville, and Mrs. Abbie Lewis, Mt. Washington.

Marriage of John W. Parrish and Elizabeth White

John Wesley Parrish and Elizabeth White

The marriage license for John Wesley Parrish and Elizabeth White was procured on November 17, 1852, and the marriage rites performed November 18, 1852, at the house of E. White (probably Elizabeth’s brother Elisha White), in the County of Washington, in the presence of Green Hardin, Elizabeth Laber, John T. Hardin and William Bishop.  The ceremony was performed by Henry H. Prather.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis.  She and John had six children:  Belva A., James Minor, Cordelia, Willie F., Everett L. and George H.

Today In Genealogy History – July 26, 2011

Richard Welsh and Celia Dolan were married 119 years ago – July 26, 1892 – in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.  Richard was the son of John Welsh and Sarah Hollard.  Richard and Celia had three daughters – Marguerite, Verna and Catherine.

William Linton

William Linton

William Linton is one of the younger sons of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  He is also my great-great-great-grandfather.  William married Eliza Lyon Moran April 5, 1817, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Since Captain John and most of the family didn’t come to Kentucky until November of 1818, I believe William must have come with his brother Moses in 1816.

William was evidently something of a rounder.  In the Circuit Court of Washington County, Kentucky, there are several cases involving William and his brother Moses.

On August 8, 1816, Moses and William Linton sell 100 acres of land to James McAlister for $380.  By 1819 McAlister is suing the brothers for damages saying, “they fraudulently represented that they had a good title to the land but had no title the day of the sale, and none at this time.”  McAlister was awarded $25 in damages.  I can’t help but wonder if this was part of the 2,000 acres the Captain had purchased.  I’m sure he was more than upset with his younger sons trying to sell part of his land!

July 16, 1821, William brought brother Moses to court, saying he owed him $56.12.  The court agreed with William this time and Moses had to pay the amount.  Moses is not found in any court cases after this – I know he moved to Nelson County around this time – perhaps he thought being away from brother William would help!  Perhaps it was an ultimatum from his father!

On October 20, 1830, William was brought to court because, “with an evil mind and disposition, did utter, publish and speak the following profane and unlawful oath, to wit, ‘You God damn rascal!'”  and again on November 8, 1830, “for the unlawful oath, ‘By God!'”  Also on the November date it was said he “did drink spirituous liquor to excess and by said excessive drinking was then and there drunk – contrary to the statute in such case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”  There were two more bouts of drunkenness, on August 1st and 2nd of 1831.

I can just imagine that  Captain John was at the end of his wits trying to keep William under control.  In the end everything was taken from William and put in the hands of another – first his brother John Hancock – Captain John gave William’s share of his inheritance to him in trust for William’s wife Eliza and children; then, after John Hancock’s death, his son Edward Linton was overseer of money and property.

William and Eliza had seven children:  Susan, Elizabeth Jane, Edward Edwards, Bushrod, Margaret, George Mason and Mary Rebecca.

Does this make me feel harshly towards William?  No.  People are who they are, and you can’t change things that happened years ago.  We have to take our ancestors for better or for worse.  William, being one of the youngest children, was probably spoiled greatly by his parents and older siblings.  However, I am glad provisions were made for his family and for his upkeep.  The Captain was a wise man indeed.

Will of Elizabeth Berkeley

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Elizabeth Berkeley, nee Hancock, is my 6th great-grandmother.  She married William Berkeley.  Their daughter Elizabeth Berkeley married Benjamin Mason, and their daughter, Ann Nancy Mason, married Captain John Linton.  Ann Mason Linton is mentioned in her grandmother’s will.

Will – Loudoun County, January 23, 1772 – May 26, 1772

In the name of God, amen.  I, Elizabeth Berkeley of Loudoun County, Virginia,  being sick and weak, but of sound and perfect memory, blessed be God for it, do declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following:

Imprimis – I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God who gave it – in certain hopes of a blessed salvation and my body to the earth to be buried at the direction of my executor hereafter mentioned and as for my worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless withall I give and bequeath as followeth.

Item – I give and bequeath to my son John Berkeley one horse called Jumper and two cows and calves the first choice and half of my sheep the first choice and all the hogs that I have, one large iron pot and hooks, one large pitcher and basin and two chairs, one bed that’s in my loft with my linen rug and one cotton sheet with one aull table and one new hat.

Item – I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Ann Linton one young red cow and my spinning wheel.

Item – I give and bequeath to my daughter Althea Hancock all my wearing clothes to distribute as I myself shall direct her.

Item – My will is that the remainder of my house furniture with the remaining part of my sheep and my other cow which has not been yet mentioned to be equally divided between my son Rueben Berkeley and my daughter Hancock.

Item – I give unto my son John Berkeley also all the remaining part of my estate that has not been yet mentioned let it be real or personal debts or money both after my just debts are paid and also appoint him the said John Berkeley to be whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 23rd day of January in the year of our Lord 1772.

Elizabeth Berkeley

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Elizabeth Berkeley as for her last will in the presence of us.  Charles Clark, Scarlett Berkeley

At a court held for Loudoun County the 26th day of May 1772.  This last will and testament of Elizabeth Berkeley, dec’d was proved by the oath of Charles Clark and Scarlett Berkeley witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of John Berkeley the Executor, therein appointed certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, he having sworn to the same and given bond and security according to law.