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Joseph Conditt Barnett of Ohio County

Many members of the Barnett family in Ohio County are buried in Alexander Cemetery.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, 1885

Ohio County

Joseph C. Barnett was born September 4, 1818, in Ohio County, Kentucky, and is a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Conditt) Barnett.  Robert Barnett came with his father’s (Alexander Barnett’s) family to Ohio County from Virginia in 1788.  He was the only son in a family of seven children that lived to be grown.  He was a successful farmer, was a captain in Hopkins’ campaign against the Indians in the War of 1812, and afterward county surveyor for Ohio County for twenty years, in connection with farming; he died in August 1865.  Joseph C. was reared on the farm and was educated by his mother chiefly; a thorough scholar educated in the East.  At twenty-two years of age he engaged in farming for himself, which has been his principal occupation since.  He now owns 350 acres of land, one-half improved.  He holds various positions in the Methodist Church.  His wife, who was a Miss Frances D. Bennett, was a member of the same denomination.  He was elected magistrate and served four years.  He formerly a Democrat, and now a stanch Republican.  He has five children living:  Matilda E., wife of W. Tinsley; George W., a Methodist minister; William B., also a Methodist minister; Fannie M., now Mrs. J. W. Taylor, and C. M. attending De Paw University, Green Castle, Indiana.  His present wife was the widow of Captain Henry M. Bennett, who was an officer in the Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry – her maiden name was Tinsley.

Elijah P. Barnett Dies of Dropsy

The Hartford Republican, Ohio County, Kentucky

Friday, July 30, 1915

Death of E. P. Barnett

Elijah P. Barnett died Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the home of Mr. Joseph Thomasson, on lower No Creek, of dropsy.  He had been an invalid for thirty years, caused by a horse falling upon him.  His fatal illness lasted about six weeks.  He was a son of Robert E. and Amanda Barnett, both of whom have been dead many years.  He was 64 years of age.

The funeral services were conducted at Alexander graveyard by Rev. R. D. Bennett Monday morning at 10 o’clock, after which the burial took place there.

Mr. Barnett was highly educated and seemingly had a bright future before him as a young man when the accident mentioned overtook him, blasting all his plans for life.  He was surveyor of Ohio County one term and gave splendid satisfaction as an official.  Peace to his ashes.

Elijah Phipps Barnett, January 19, 1852 – July 23, 1915.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Note:  There are several names on this stone, most likely siblings.

Elmer E. Tinsley Obituary

The Hartford Republican, Ohio County, Kentucky

Friday, March 10, 1922

Fidelia Ward Tinsley lived several years after her husband’s death.

Fidelia Tinsley, Mary 2, 1868 – July 31, 1938.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Elmer E. Tinsley, November 28, 1864 – March 6, 1922.


Wayne N. Stevens Obituary

The Ohio County News, Hartford, Kentucky

Wednesday, June 12, 1918

Bright’s Disease Fatal

To Wayne N. Stevens, Who Passed Away at Battle Creek, Michigan, Thursday Night

Thursday night about 12 o’clock death claimed Wayne N. Stevens, age 55, one of the best known farmers of Ohio County, when he succumbed to Bright’s disease at a sanatorium in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he had gone about three weeks before in an effort to get relief from the malady which was sapping his life away.

Mr. Stevens had been a sufferer from the ailment which ultimately caused his death, for quite a while, but he had been confined to his bed only a short time.

He was a member of Hartford Lodge No. 675, F. & A.M., and also a Knight Templar and a Shriner.

Besides his wife, who before her marriage was a Miss [Magnolia] Renfrow, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Creasy Stevens, and one brother, Lon Stevens.

The funeral, which occurred at the Stevens home, a few miles north of town, and the burial at Alexander school house, was attended by one of the largest crowds ever brought together on a similar occasion in Ohio County.  Fully five hundred people were present to pay the last tribute of respect and honor to this well-known and well-beloved Ohio County citizen.

The funeral at the home was conducted by Rev. A. D. Litchfield, pastor of the Hartford Methodist Church, after which the remains were taken in charge by the Hartford Lodge of Masons, assisted by Masons from various lodges over the county, and laid to rest with Masonic honors by the side of loved ones in Alexander Cemetery.

Wayne N. Stevens, November 9, 1863 – June 17, 1918.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Mary E. Ellis Obituary

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Thursday, February 23, 1928

Mary E. Ellis, wife of Alexander C. Ellis, April 27, 1840 – February 21, 1928.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

1919 Will of Matilda Barnett Tinsley

Matilda E. Barnett was the wife of Captain Woodbury Tinsley, of Ohio County.  The daughter of Joseph C. Barnett and Frances Bennett, Matilda was born December 16, 1842.  She and her husband, who was a captain in the Civil War, raised four children – Elmer, Orlistis, Wilburn and Etta.  Captain Tinsley died May 16, 1907, and his wife survived another eighteen years.

The local newspapers give lovely accounts of Mrs. Matilda Tinsley.  In December of 1911 a short notice reads, ‘A number of Mrs. Matilda E. Tinsley’s relatives gave her a very agreeable surprise last Saturday in honor of her 69th anniversary.  By arrangement the relatives all met at her residence on Walnut Street about noon with everything good to eat and many useful presents.  Everybody had a most pleasant time and Mrs. Tinsley was overjoyed.’

In November of 1919 there is a note about her trip south, ‘Mrs. Matilda E. Tinsley, accompanied by her son, Mr. E. E. Tinsley, left Tuesday for Decatur, Alabama, where they go to visit Mrs. Tinsley’s daughter, Mrs. S. E. Bennett and Mr. Bennett and family.  Mrs. Tinsley will remain two months or more, while Mr. Tinsley will return the first of next week.’

And in June of 1921, ‘Mrs. Matilda Tinsley had as her guests for dinner last Saturday, at her home on Walnut Street, quite a number of her relatives, including her daughter, Mrs. S. E. Bennett, of Decatur, Alabama, and two sons, W. S. Tinsley, city, and O. R. Tinsley, of the Washington community.’

Don’t you love small town newspapers that give peeks into the everyday lives of our ancestors?

Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Matilda Tinsley made her will at the end of 1919 but lived another six years.  Son Elmer was deceased by this date.  She was buried in Alexander Cemetery, but unfortunately we did not take a photo of her gravestone while visiting the cemetery last October.

Ohio County Will Book E, Page 205

Whereas I, Matilda E. Tinsley, of Hartford County, Kentucky, deeming myself mentally capable and desiring to make complete and final disposition of my property, after death, do make and publish this instrument as my last will and testament.

First – It is my will and desire that my body receive the usual and customary burial, and that a monument, the exact duplicate in so far as possible and practicable, shall be erected at my grave as that marking the resting place of my deceased husband, Woodbury Tinsley, and that all expenses incident to any sickness, my burial and for the monument erected, be first fully settled.

Second – I will, devise and bequeath all of my property, both real and personal as well as mixed, to my four children, viz., Elmer E., Orlistis R. and Wilburn S. Tinsley, and to Etta M. Bennett, share and share alike.  To have and dispose of in any manner as seemeth best in their judgment, after division shall have been made.

Third – It is my desire except as my said four children may otherwise mutually agree, that the four Liberty Loan U. X. Government bonds which I possess in the sum of $50.00 each to be divided one to each beneficiary herein named.

Fourth – Deeming it best perhaps that such of my personal effects as bedding, household and kitchen furniture, and kindred articles be sold, and the proceeds be divided, I make that direction except, however, in case my Executors, whom I shall hereafter name, and who shall qualify unanimously agree otherwise.

Fifth – It is my express desire and I hereby empower and clothe my Executors with full authority to transfer, sell and convey any and all real estate of which I may die seized or possessed, making the title absolute and as lawful as I myself could if living.

Sixth – I hereby nominate and appoint my three sons, Elmer E., Orlistis R. and Wilburn S. Tinsley as Executors of this my will, especially directing that they serve without the execution of bond and that no appraisement of any of my property to be made other than that which the said Executors may wish to make themselves, or have made under their direction out of Court, neither shall there be any sort of report made in or to the Court.  I further direct that in case something should arise to keep either of the above named from serving as executor, that the remaining two shall act, or in case it should be utterly impossible for any two to serve, that the remaining one shall serve and act doing that which the three might have done.

I designate my three sons for the reason that my beloved daughter and her husband reside in another state and quite a long distance from my place of residence, and for that reason do not wish to entail the hardship and expense upon either of them of coming here to attend to any of the small business necessary to be transacted.

In case either of the beneficiaries hereinfore named should die before my estate is administered upon, I direct that settlement with legal or statutory representative be made in lieu thereof.

In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand, this 21st day of November, A.D. 1919.

Matilda E. Tinsley

The foregoing instrument of writing was signed by the Testator therein, Mrs. Matilda E. Tinsley, in our presence and by her request was signed by us in her presence and in the presence of each other.

Witness our hands, this the 21st day of November 1919.

McDowell A. Bogle, Ramey E. Duke

The foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Matilda E. Tinsley, deceased, was this day produced in open court and upon the sworn testimony of Ramey E. Duke, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and the other witness being absent, the handwriting of the said Matilda E. Tinsley was proven to be genuine by Wilburn S. Tinsley, and upon such testimony it was proven to be the last will and testament of the said decedent, and was probated and ordered to record as such, which is now done accordingly.

Given under my hand this April 6, 1925

Guy Ramey, Clerk

Vandalism at Alexander Cemetery

Milton Elliott Marcum, 1870-1927.  Ulice Huffaker Marcum, 1869-1965.  Alexander Cemetery, Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky.

It has taken quite a while to write this blog.  When we visited Alexander Cemetery in Monticello, Wayne County, in October of last year, I was furious to see the damage done to several gravestones in this cemetery.  There is absolutely no excuse – celebrating, partying or just hanging out – but spraying stones with blue paint is not acceptable.  It is a crime, punishable by jail time, monetary fines, or both.

It should be remembered that setting a gravestone after a person dies is the last act of homage to them, their final resting place.  It marks their last spot on earth, it is a reminder of the person, and is a holy spot for family and friends to come and remember their loved ones.  It is not to be disturbed.

I was shocked to read that Monticello had a problem with vandalism in this cemetery back in 1981.  Residents complained about youths drinking and smoking marijuana at night in the cemetery.

Melvinia T. Pogue, October 17, 1868 – December 27, 1961.  James T. Pogue, July 27, 1865 – May 13, 1928.

One of the stones looks as if it has been cleaned, but there can be seen a faint trace of blue on the stone.

Charles C. Worsham, 1838-1914.  Sarah E. Worsham, 1852-1932.

If the perpetrators are found they should be made scrub the stones with toothbrushes – until they are sparkling clean!