In 1898 – Three Beautiful Little Girls


Robert and Frances Montgomery with Alice, Laura and Margaret


This beautiful picture of my great-grandparents and their first three children was taken in approximately 1898.  Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton were married in Washington County, Kentucky, February 7, 1893.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1943, two years before Frances passed away.  Mother says the Washington County fair was going on the week of her death.  Frances dearly loved going to the fair each year, fixing a picnic basket of food to take – it was something all the family enjoyed very much.  Each grandchild had a quarter to spend – each thing cost a nickel – a ride, popcorn, cotton candy, a drink – many choices to make!  Aunt Maggie said the children should still go to the fair – “It’s what Mama would have wanted!”

My grandmother, Mary Alice, is the oldest, standing in front of her mother.  She was born December 8, 1893.  Baby Laura Frances, sitting on her mother’s lap, was born December 4, 1897.  At the age of 15 she succumbed to tuberculosis.  Anna Margaret, born September 18, 1895, sitting on her father’s lap, never married.  It was said “Papa” didn’t approve of her choice in a young man, and she would marry no other.  After her parents were gone she lived with her brother Robert, an old bachelor, in the same house until their deaths, within a year of each other.  They lived to the ripe old ages of 89 and 82 respectively.

My grandmother married and had seven children – Robert, Rueben, Beulah, Paul, Ann, Catherine and Mary Alice.  Robert was killed in World War II.  Rueben died at the age of ten, of appendicitis.  Her husband, my grandfather, Joseph Rue Carrico, died in 1961.  Grandmother lived 25 more years – to the ripe old age of 92.  My mother visited her in the hospital the day before she died.  When she went in she noticed the oxygen tubes had been taken out.  When asked why my grandmother promptly replied, “Because I couldn’t enjoy my breakfast with them in!”  She truly loved to eat!  Honestly, I think the only reason she passed away that night was she was going to the nursing home the next day.  She really, really didn’t want to go!

Marriage Certificate – William Coulter and Emeline White

Washington County Marriage Records

The Commonwealth of Kentucky, Washington County

To any authorized Minister of the Gospel

These are to license and permit you to solemnize the rites of Matrimony between William Coulter and Emeline White according to the forms and ceremonies of the Church to which you belong, the said William Coulter having executed bond with security in my office, as required by law.

Given under my hand, as Clerk of the County Court, for the County aforesaid, this 26th day of April 1851.

W. B. Booker

Announcing – CD#3 – St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery Listings and Gravestone Photos

CD#3 St. JoSeph Catholic Church

Cemetery Listings and Gravestone Photos

My third CD – St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery Listings and Gravestone Photos is now available!  The list contains 293 individuals buried in the cemetery.  There are 239 photos of gravestones and views of the cemetery.  The CD is $10.00 plus $1.95 for shipping and handling.  Please email me at if you are interested.

This area of Marion County, Kentucky, has always been affectionately know as ‘little St. Joe’.  I have several aunts and uncles buried in this cemetery including Jim and Opal Thompson, William and Melinda Hill, and Mary Thompson.  The most prevalent names in the cemetery are Beaven, Brady, Lee, Mills, Myers, Reynolds, Settles, Spalding and Thompson.

Mary Lydia Hill Thompson was my dad’s older sister.  She died  of scarlet fever two years before he was born.  Mary’s daughter, Nancy Jeanette, was born four days before her mother’s death.  The baby died seven or eight months later.

The church itself has been closed for several years, but it continues as St. Joe Community Center and is truly a vital part of the community.

Marriage of Horatio Mudd and Martha Linton Powell

Washington County, Kentucky,  Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents that we, Horatio Mudd and Lewis Linton, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, and, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 26th day of May 1823.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Horatio Mudd and Mrs. Martha Powell, widow of Charles Powell, deceased, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue in law.

R. H. Dedman                                         Horatio Mudd   Lewis Linton

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Martha Linton Powell was the daughter of Captain John Linton.  Her first husband, Captain Charles E. Powell, fought in the War of 1812.  I’m not sure if he was killed during this war, or died shortly thereafter.  As far as I know he did not move to Washington County with the family, which makes it more likely he did not survive the war.  Charles and Martha had one daughter, Mary Edwards Powell, born in Virginia 22 Feb 1814.  She married John H. Polin.

Horatio and Martha had four sons and one daughter – Hezekiah, Charles William, Nicholas, Thomas and Mary Mildred, all of whom eventually moved to Missouri.  Horatio died in 1834 and Martha shortly afterwards in 1836.  Their oldest child was only 11 at the time of Martha’s death.  Lewis Linton, who was co-signer of the marriage bond, was also Martha’s brother.  He moved to Missouri at some point.  It could be that he raised the Mudd children after their parents died, taking them to Missouri when he made the move from Washington County, Kentucky.

What Can We Learn From A Death Certificate?

Death Certificate of Emeline Coulter

Some may think death certificates are morbid, but to a genealogist they can be a wealth of information.  Death certificates were issued in Kentucky beginning in 1911.  What exactly can we learn from one?

The death certificate attached is for my great-great-grandmother Emeline White Coulter.  This certificate is from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and listed at the top is the county of death – Bullitt – and the voting precinct, Mount Washington.  This was something I did not know.  Previous to finding the death certificate, Washington County was the only residence I had for Emeline.  She must have moved there to be with one of her children as she grew older.  Closer to the bottom of the certificate is the informant – the person who gave all the pertinent information about the death, and life, of Mrs. Emeline Coulter.  George Barnard is the name on the certificate.  I know that Emeline’s daughter, Nancy, married Newton Barnard, and they had a son George.  This must be Emeline’s grandson.  Most of the time the informant is a family member.  If the name does not sound familiar do a little detective work to see if it could possibly be a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchild, etc.

Beneath the deceased’s name is a box for personal and statistical particulars.  Emeline was born June 23, 1829.  She died February 25, 1912, – she was 82 years, 8 months and 2 days old.  It gives the sex, race, martial status, date of birth, age – in years, months and days.  There is a box for occupation.  Although for many women this is left blank – some list housewife.  The birth information includes state or country, name of father and birthplace, and name of mother and birthplace.  This can be very helpful if you have no idea where the parents were born.  According to the death certificate Emeline’s parents were Riley White, born in North Carolina, and Mary Lewis, born in Washington County, KY.  Her father’s full name was Samuel Riley White, but this leads us to believe he was known by his middle name, Riley.  Could this possibly be a family name?  Perhaps his mother’s maiden name?

As a note of caution, there are mistakes on birth certificates.  It really depends on how well the informant knew the deceased.  Here again, check the information through other sources if possible – especially if you know or suspect it is incorrect.

On the other side of the certificate is the date and cause of death.  Place of burial is towards the bottom of the certification.  Sometimes the cemetery is listed, sometimes just the name of the town where the loved one was buried.  McFarland Brothers is listed as undertaker on this certificate.  If they happened to still be in business perhaps further information – especially as to place of burial – may be available.  Also, in 1912 there should be a local paper that would list obituaries – another valuable source!

All in all, a death certificate offers much valuable information and is a great resource for the genealogist.

Montgomery Family Picture?

Sad to say, I do not know anyone in this picture.  I think perhaps it is the Montgomery family of Washington County, Kentucky.  My great-grandfather, Robert E. Lee Montgomery, looks very similar to the gentleman seated in the front row on the left – and the gentleman standing in the back, fourth person from the left.  His father, William Peter Montgomery III, died August 22, 1910, and it looks as if this picture could have been made around that time.  If so, the tiny older lady sitting in the front row could be Martha Ann Carrico Montgomery, wife to William P.  Their children are listed below:

John Thomas Montgomery, b. 1863, married Carrie ?

Robert E. Lee Montgomery, b. 1865, married Frances Barber Linton

Anna Laura Montgomery, b. 1867, married ? Wheatley

William Edward Montgomery, b. 1870

Mary C. Montgomery, b. 1872

Samuel Howard Montgomery, b. 1874, married Lizzie O’Neal

Louise May “Lily” Montgomery, b. 1876, married Albert Brook Rudd

Charles Hampton Montgomery, b. 1878

Frances B. Montgomery, b. 1880

Sarah Isabelle Montgomery, b. 1885

Since this blog was posted I’ve had someone send me a couple of photos that are also of a Montgomery family.  Does anyone recognize the woman in this photo?  She is Molly Montgomery with her husband Charles W. Hand.  The child is Robert Lee Hand.  This photo was taken in Knox County, Tennessee.

Such a beautiful photo – taken in 1897.

The following photo was taken in Mound City, Maryland.  It is Robert Lee Hand as a toddler.  If anyone has information on either of these photos please comment – it will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you!

Obituary of Sarah Satterly Burkhead

The Springfield Sun

July 21, 1949


Widow of Former Justice of Peace Of This County Died Sunday at Her Home Near Tatham Springs Of Paralysis


Mrs. Sarah Satterly Burkhead, age 74, died at her home near Tatham Springs at 11:55 Sunday night, July 17, 1949, the victim of paralysis.  She had been ill several weeks and her condition had been critical the past several days, her passing not being unexpected.

Funeral services were held at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, of which Mrs. Burkhead was one of the oldest and most faithful members.  Her pastor, the Rev. Dan Thomas, officiated.  He was assisted by the Rev. Henry Hedgespeth of Willisburg.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg at the side of her husband, the late Joe Burkhead, former Justice of the Peace of this county, who died August 8, 1942.

Six grandsons, Don Jenkins, Joseph and Wilmer Burkhead, Willisburg; Joe R. Burkhead and Silas Burkhead, Taylorsville; and Willis Burkhead, Eminence, served as casketbearers.  Sutherland Funeral Home had charge of the funeral and burial.

Surviving Mrs. Burkhead are five sons, Dr. N. H. Burkhead, Louisville; John, James and Ray Burkhead, this county, and Omar Burkhead, Eminence; three daughters, Mrs. Elmer Best, who lives at the Burkhead home; Mrs. Russell Jenkins, Willisburg, and Mrs. Herbert Coulter, Bloomfield; two sisters, Mrs. Silas Burkhead and Mrs. J.S. Royalty, both of Willisburg; fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

The daughter of John W. And Elizabeth White Satterly, Mrs. Burkhead was born, reared and spent her entire life in the Tatham Springs section.  She was well known and loved by a large circle of friends and church workers.