Mrs. Mary Alford, Obituary

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Crow Coulter Alford is my great-grandmother.  She was born in September of 1856 to James Mansfield Crow and Nancy Jane Coulter, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Mary Elizabeth married George F. Coulter March 26, 1874.  They had 10 children:  Levi A., Cecilia A., Sarah L., Will M., Speed D., Emeline, George W., Nannie Bell (my grandmother!), Mattie M. and Prentice.  After George died around 1904, Mary Elizabeth married Granville Alford.  She died April 4, 1940, in Marion County, Kentucky.

The Lebanon Enterprise, Marion County, Kentucky

Friday, April 5, 1940

Mrs. Mary Alford, 79, Dies At Home of Daughter Here

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Alford, about 79 years old, died Saturday morning shortly after 9 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Gribbins, on North Street, of complications.  Following her death, the body was removed to the Bosley Funeral Home where it remained until Sunday afternoon when funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock at the grave in Ryder Cemetery by the Rev. T. J. Porter, pastor of the Lebanon Baptist Church.

Mrs. Alford was the daughter of the late Jim Crow and the widow of Granville Alford, whose death occurred about a year ago.  surviving her are four daughters and three sons by a previous marriage.  They are Mrs. Charles Gribbins, Mrs. Jack Hill, Mrs. Jesse Hill and Mrs. Maude Hudson; Will and Prentice Coulter, all of this city, and Speed Coulter of Indiana.  she is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Elsie Case of Anderson County.

Today In Genealogy History – November 7, 2011

Pius M. Carrico and Mary Magdalene Spalding were married 181 years ago – November 7, 1830 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Pius was the son of Nathaniel Carrico and Anne O’Bryan.  Mary was the daughter of Richard Spalding and Tabitha Edwards.  Pius and Mary had 14 children:  Anna, Mary Jane, Martha Ellen, Rose Ann, Frances Harriet, Susan Matilda, Theresa Florida, Catherine Rhoda, Benedict Joseph Napoleon, Melvina Helen Anna, Sybilla Mary, Frances Pius, Frances Mary and John Martin.

Herbert Logan Moran, Death Certificate

Herbert Logan Moran, Death Certificate

A death certificate gives more information per person than any other vital statistics record.  That’s the silver lining in every cloud.  Now lets talk about the black clouds forming on the horizon – how good that information is depends on the knowledge of the informant.

In the example above, the informant was the deceased’s wife – who should know the most information of all.  Sometimes the informant is a cousin, uncle, grandchild, who may know less pertinent facts.

From the death certificate we know Herbert Logan Moran lived at 2512 St. Cecilia in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was a white male, married, age 35 years and 23 days at his death on April 16, 1932, at 6:20 p.m., at St. Anthony Hospital, in Louisville.  He was born March 24, 1897 – with Kentucky listed as place of birth.  Herbert’s wife is Mary Sallie Moran – no maiden name given.  He was a railroad conductor.  Parents are James L. Moran and Catherine Janes, both born in Kentucky.  He was buried in Springfield, Kentucky, April 18, 1932.

The second half of the death certificate gives the information about illness and eventual death.  The doctor was John Stites and he states cause of death was actinomycosis, which began in June of 1931.  Actinomycosis is an infection, often occurring in the neck or face region, and characterized by a slowly enlarging, hard, red lump.  This is caused by bacteria normally found in the mouth, but which can cause disease when it enters tissues following an injury.  Tooth extraction, root canal, tooth disease or jaw surgery can allow this to begin to grow.  Today this is probably not as serious a problem as it would have been in 1931.

Taking the information from the certificate, how would we proceed to find other facts about this couple and possible children?  Since Herbert was buried in Springfield, Kentucky, Washington County, it is possible he was born there, or has other family living there.  A check of their marriage records and the Louisville, Jefferson County, records, may produce a marriage date.  Census records for 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 of both counties may give information about parents and/or children.  Cemetery records from Washington County would give place of burial.  Jefferson County newspapers, and possibly Washington County, should have obituaries which may list survivors other than spouse.  These are just a few ideas – does anyone have others?

Today In Genealogy History – November 6, 2011

Henrietta Cambron and John Yates were married 213 years ago – November 6, 1798 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Henrietta was the daughter of Henry Cambron and Margaret Harbin.  John was the son of John Estes Yates and Elizabeth Gaines, both of Virginia.  John and Henrietta had 6 children:  John, Francis, Edward, Mary Polly, Theresa and Henry.

Mrs. Melvina Smith Carrico, Obituary

The Springfield Sun, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, June 11, 1931

Mrs. Melvina Smith Carrico, age eighty-one years, died at 12:20 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at her home on the Saint Rose and Lebanon Road, 5 miles west of this city, death being caused by infirmities incident to age and followed an illness of several months.

Mrs. Carrico was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, and was born and raised in the county.  In early womanhood she was united in marriage with Joe B. Carrico, who preceded her to the grave five years ago.  Surviving are eight children, as follows:  four sons, John Henry, Fletcher and Rue Carrico, this county, and Arthur Carrico, Bushland, Illinois, and four daughters, Mrs. Ed Smith and Mrs. Garland Hamilton, Louisville; Mrs. Bernard Smith and Miss Nell Carrico, both of this county.  She also leaves one brother, J. Rich Smith, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Carrico, both of this county.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carrico will be held at St. Rose at 9 o’clock Friday morning.  Interment will be in Saint Rose Cemetery.

Today In Genealogy History – November 5, 2011

Stith Thompson was born 206 years ago – November 5, 1805 – the son of John Thompson and Sarah Shipley Mitchell.  Stith married Catherine McIlvoy in Washington County, Kentucky, in 1835.  They had 8 children:  Alexander, William Robert, John M., Sarah Jane, Magdalene Alice, Rosaline, Daniel McIlvoy and a stillborn daughter.