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A Few 1874 Marriages of Bell County

1874 Bell County Marriages

Resided in, born in Bell County; first marriage – unless otherwise noted.

  • February 29, 1874 – Leander Johnson, age not given, farmer, married Mary Denny, of Bell County, age 18, mother born in Lee County.
  • January 3, 1874 – James D. Mason, age 19, farmer, married Nancy J. Partin, age 18, mother born in Tennessee.
  • January 22, 1874 – Moses Lake, age 21, farmer, parents born in Tennessee, married Mary Jones, age 27, she and parents born in Harlan County.
  • December 3, 1874 – Emilie Stout, age 19, living and born in Lee County, Virginia, farmer, married Amanda Miracle, age23, mother born in North Carolina.
  • March 26, 1874 – Daniel Wilder, age 19, farmer, mother born in Harlan County, married Nancy Miracle, age 19, mother born in North Carolina.
  • January 15, 1874 – Green B. Turner, age 22, farmer, married Nancy G. Partin, age 25.
  • June 2, 1874 – Ewell Humbree, living in Knox County, age 18, farmer, married Florence Ingram, age 21.
  • March 1874 – Wiley Janes, age 18, farmer, married Caroline Davis, age 16, mother born in Tennessee.
  • December 20, 1874 – William H. Partin, age 19, farmer, married Sidney Fuson, age 19.
  • June 19, 1874 – James Green, age 18, living in Lincoln County, farmer, married Ann L. Bull, age 26, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Harlan County.
  • December 3, 1874 – Jefferson Hendrickson, age 21, farmer, married Elizabeth J. Bull, age 21, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Harlan County.
  • October 18, 1874 – Andrew J. Bailey, no age given, living in Harlan County, clerk for merchant, married Catherine Ward, age 24.
  • July 25, 1874 – William Webb, age 53, second marriage, farmer, he and parents born in Tennessee, married Lucinda Gibson, age 28.
  • February 22, 1874 – John Evans, age 21, farmer, married Nancy Webb, age 21, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Harlan County.
  • November 26, 1874 – Shelton Evans, age 19, farmer, married Mary Fuson, age 20, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Lee County, Virginia.
  • October 18, 1874 – William L. Fuson, age 25, second marriage, farmer, father born in Tennessee, married Charity A. M. Smith, age 21, father born in Clay County, mother born in Tennessee.

Heath Family Buried at Middlesboro Cemetery

During our Knoxville trip in October we came home through the new tunnel into Bell County, Kentucky, and visited the Middlesboro Cemetery.  Located on a hill, within city limits, we found two of the most unusual gravestones – for a father and son – both sides equally beautiful.  With a little research I have formed a short history of this family.


William H. Heath, Co. D, 2nd Regt., Ky., Vol., Cav., born November 22, 1842, died November 14, 1906.  Gone but not forgotten.  Middlesboro Cemetery, Bell County, Kentucky.

William H. Heath was born in 1842 and was a prime candidate for serving in the Civil War due to his age of 19 when the war began.

His parents will remain unknown for now, the first instance of his being  is in the 1880 Census for Hart County, Kentucky.  William is listed as 35 and a carpenter. He and his parents were born in North Carolina.  Eliza J. [Shofner], his wife, is 36.  She and her parents were born in Kentucky.  The children are Carl L., 9; Isolia, 4; and Oakley M., 2.

In the 1900 Census the family has moved to Bell County, quite a distance from their home in 1880.  Perhaps they moved to be closer to William’s family who still remained in North Carolina?  In this census William is listed as 56, giving a birth date of November 1843, he has been married for 31 years, and still works as a carpenter.  Eliza J., is listed as 57, with a birth date of March 1843; gave birth to 5 children with 2 living.  Son Carl is living with them; he is 27 with a birth date of April 1873, and he works as an iron moulder (spelling used in the census).

We can gather then that daughter Isolia died between 1880 and 1900.  Two other children that were listed elsewhere were Inez and Carlis, both daughters, that presumably also died young.


The back of William’s stone is decorated with a flag, very fitting for his service during the war.

heath-pensionWilliam H. Heath received a pension from the government beginning July 24, 1890.  Notice the state from which filed is Kansas.  Did the family move there – perhaps before the move to Bell County?  January 7, 1907, Eliza then received the pension as widow, showing she filed in the state of Kentucky.


Carl L. D. Heath, born April 23, 1871, died March 29, 1908.  Gone but not forgotten.

Son Carl died a year and a half after his father.  I’m sure Eliza was devastated to lose them, one so soon after the other.  These two beautiful stones were her monument to them.


Carl’s stone has two angels carved on the back.


Eliza J., wife of W. H. Heath, born March 31, 1842, died February 5, 1913. 

Eliza lived another five years before passing away at the age of 71.  How I wish we knew more about this family, and their travels before coming to Middlesboro!

How Can You Tell If You Are A ‘REAL’ Genealogist?

Ritchey and I went on another adventure the last couple of days.  No, it wasn’t a genealogy adventure per se, but even when it’s not, it always morphs into one in one aspect or another!

Our birthday gifts to each other were tickets to the Loreena McKinnett concert in Knoxville, Tennesse, this Wednesday, October 26th.  We love her Celtic inspired music.  Loreena’s voice is so magical, she takes you on a journey through the history of the Celts and Ireland as her concert progresses.


Naturally, on the way down (and back) we took time to visit cemeteries in four counties – bringing our total count to 61!  Just couldn’t resist.  Our first stop was Laurel County and the city of London, at A. R. Dyche Memorial Park, also known as London City Cemetery and Pine Grove Cemetery.


John H. Faris, born December 6, 1844, died February 3, 1884.


Bettie M. Faris, daughter of Abraham & Amanda Baugh, born January 10, 1843, married John H. Faris, May 21, 1868, died June 7, 1905.

Our next stop was the city of Williamsburg, in Whitley County, close to the Tennessee border – Briar Creek Baptist Church.


Sacred to the memory of T. J. H. Williams, died September 22, 1850, aged 99 years, 7 months and 8 days. 

On our way back from the concert we drove through the beautiful Powell Valley in Tennessee to Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky.  We stopped at the Middlesboro Cemetery.  It was cloudy, even drizzled a little, but not enough to deter us from our mission!

img_8284The cemetery is as rolling as the hills that surround it!


John C. Colson, Jr., born September 25, 1854, died June 1, 1897.

Our last stop was Barbourville Cemetery in Knox County.


Josie, wife of C. A. Doan, born March 1, 1858, died May 2, 1896.


Another beautiful view of this mountainous region of Kentucky.

So what makes one a ‘real’ genealogist?  I think it comes from the heart – wanting to know all we can about our forebears; wanting to put all the pieces together for a complete family tree; wanting to remember those who have perhaps been forgotten; to know that every person matters, whether they lived a few hours or one hundred years; to recognize that, however small or large, each person contributes to our life here on earth, and to glory in the time they spent here.