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C. B. Overstreet Dies of Consumption

C. B. Overstreet, born December 14, 1823, died March 5, 1885.  Old Union Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, March 13, 1885

Mr. C. B. Overstreet died of consumption at his home, near Aliceton, at 5 minutes past 12 o’clock, Wednesday night, the 4th inst.  The deceased was 61 years old and was highly esteemed.  His remains were buried by the Masons at Union Church, last Friday.  Rev. R. H. Caldwell delivered the funeral discourse in the presence of a large audience of sorrowing friends.  He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Harmon, and a host of friends.

Mary A., wife of C. B. Overstreet, born April 15, 1834, died January 23, 1892.

Blake Arnold’s 1872 Will

Yesterday I introduced you to the family of Blake Arnold, who is buried in the Old Union Baptist Cemetery in Boyle County, Kentucky.  Today I would like to share his will, written March 19, 1872, and proved at the June 1872 Court.  Evidently he knew the time of his death was drawing near.  Nine of his ten children are listed in the will – daughter Permelia died in 1867.

I, Blake Arnold, of the County of Boyle and State of Kentucky, make this my last will and testament, revoking all others by me made.

First.  I devise to my wife, Martha Arnold, my home tract of land, about one hundred and sixty acres, during her natural life.  Five hundred dollars in cash, all of my household and kitchen furniture, one bay horse, Swiss, and duo branded gray horse, one choice cow and calf, one choice sow and pigs, one large plough and two shovel ploughs, two pair of harness, also, provisions for eighteen months after my death, six yearling ewes and buck, the cash to be paid at my death.

Second.  To my son, John Arnold, eighteen hundred dollars above all allowance, he to account out of the same for a note held against him of six hundred dollars with its interest made payable one day after date, the balance payable to hi six months after my death.

Third.  To my daughter, Mary Harmon, five hundred dollars above all previous allowances payable six months after my death.

Fourth.  To my daughter, Patsy Holland, one thousand dollars to account out of the same for a note I hold against her husband, Robert Holland, with its interest, the balance to be paid to her six months after my death.

Fifth.  To my daughter, Nancy Crain, fifteen hundred dollars above all allowances heretofore made to her, payable six months after my death.

Sixth.  The balance of my land adjoining the land allotted to my wife, about two hundred and forty acres more or less, held in common by my five sons, Samuel Arnold, James Arnold, Woodson Arnold, Robert Arnold and William Creed Arnold, until the youngest arrives to the age of twenty-one years, then to be equally divided among the said Samuel, James, Woodson, Robert and William Creed Arnold, together with all other lands and others I may possess to be equally divided among them.  When William Creed arrive at the age of twenty-one years or to sell as they may think proper, their interest to be equal in rents from my death until William Creed arrives at lawful age.  Also, the home farm at the death of my wife to be equally divided between them the said Samuel Arnold, James Arnold, Woodson Arnold, Robert Arnold and William Creed Arnold, to have out of my estate one horse worth one hundred dollars, one cow, one bed and one saddle to be worth as much as the horse, cow, saddle received by James and Woodson without charge against them in settlement of my estate.  Samuel has received his bed and cow, but no horse.

Seventh.  The residue of my estate, consisting of stock notes and cash to be converted into cash and the proceeds divided equally after paying expenses and other charges between my sons Samuel, James, Woodson, Robert and William Creed Arnold.

Eighth.  I hereby constitute and appoint my sons Samuel and Woodson Arnold and my friend William Scraggins my executors to this my last will, fully authorizing them to carry all its provisions into effect.  Given under my hand and seal this 19th day of March 1872.

Blake Arnold

Test.  S. P. Burton, S. E. Bottom

Boyle County Court

June 18 Term, 1872

I, Jonas B. Nichols, Clerk of the Boyle County Court, do certify that the forgoing will of Blake Arnold, deceased, was proven to Court at the above term and duly proven by the oaths of S. P. Burton and S. E. Bottom, the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded, which is now done.

Given under my hand this 18th day of June 1872.

Jonas B. Nichols, Clerk, by R. J. Nichols, Deputy Clerk

Blake Arnold Family Buried in Old Union Baptist Cemetery

This small cemetery sits on a little knoll, just over the Marion County border in Boyle County.  I have wanted to visit this cemetery for years.  Old UnionBaptist Cemetery is just off US68 and I always passed it on my way to Danville, and still pass it visiting my sister.  Before my marriage it was always my idea to stop, never had the chance.  Then Ritchey and I have talked about it every time we pass.  So about 40 years later I finally made it!  In the above photo you can see a black plaque on the tallest gray stone.  It reads, ‘Site of Old Union Church in memory of Pioneers of the Doctors Fork Community, erected by the Harmon – Gray – Pipes Family Association.’

This marker reads – Doctor’s Fork Baptist Church, organized March 15, 1801.  the first permanent meeting house of this congregation was on this site in 1805 and remained so until 1957.  This marker has been erected for the occasion of the bicentennial of Doctor’s Fork Baptist Church in loving memory of the founding members of this church’s congregation and the family of faith that continues to serve her today.’  Across the way stands the new, brick Doctor’s Fork Baptist Church – which is ministered by a friend of ours!

Blake Arnold, born in the year 1803, died March 29, 1872.

Today we will talk about the family of Blake Arnold.  He was born in Virginia in 1803.  Blake first married Permelia Calvert in Washington County, Kentucky, August 15, 1828.   Together they had at least five children, since they are named in the 1850 census, John, Mary, Martha and Nancy.  Nancy was born in 1838.  Wife Permelia must have died shortly thereafter.  She is not listed in the 1840 census of Mercer County – the only 3 females are the daughters.

Know all men by these presents that we, Blake Arnold and Thomas Stewart, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 17th day of August 1840.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intended to be solemnized between the above named Blake Arnold and Martha Blagrave.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void else to remain in  full force and virtue.

                              Blake Arnold, Thomas Stewart

Witness, John T. Allin, D. C.

On August 17, 1840, Blake Arnold married Martha Blagrave in Mercer County, Kentucky.  She is listed in the 1850 Boyle County Census with him, the five children mentioned above, and four children of there own – Samuel, Permelia (named for the first wife), James and Woodson Arnold.  In the 1860 Boyle County Census two additional children are listed – Robert and William Creed Arnold.

Martha J., wife of Blake Arnold, born April 25, 1818, died October 12, 1893.

Blake Arnold died March 29, 1872.  We will discuss his will tomorrow.  Martha lived another 21 years, raising the children.

Permelia, daughter of B. & M. Arnold, born September 16, 1842, died August 29, 1867.

Daughter Permelia died at the young age of 25.  She was probably taken away by consumption.

R. B. Arnold died July 26, 1883, aged 30 years and 5 months.

Son Robert also died at a young age.

John Arnold, July 30, 1828 – December 3, 1880.  Julia Arnold, August 6, 1833 – June 21, 1897.

Eldest son, John, died seven years after his father.

George Crane, October 15, 1835 – August 21, 1928.  Nancy Crane, April 30, 1836 – March 17, 1909.

Daughter Nancy, buried with husband George Crane.

This small cemetery was worth the wait!  It is beautifully cared for by the families mentioned above.  Thanks to them for their dedication to their ancestors!

McFerran’s Buried In Bellevue Cemetery

Earlier in the week I published a post on James B. McFerran and his family – originally immigrants from Ireland before the beginning of the American revolution.  To read more about this family click here.

Yesterday Ritchey and I visited Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, Boyle County, where many of the family are buried.  The larger stone is for the parents of James B. – James M. and Ruth Brown McFerran.

Mrs. Ruth B. McFerran, born October 31, 1811, died September 26, 1885.  ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.’  Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.

J. M. McFerran, born November 26, 1809, died September 17, 1884.  ‘Ask his neighbors.’

I’ve never seen such a simple line on a gravestone, but it speaks volumes.

James B. McFerran

Mattie Davis McFerran, James’ wife.

Leila McFerran Farris, James and Mattie’s daughter.

Lucy M. Welch, 1846-1927.  James B.’s sister.

Elizabeth McFerran, wife of William Crow, 1837-1919.  James B.’s sister.

William Crow, 1831-1900.  James B.’s brother-in-law.

A few others are buried in this lot, probably grandchildren to James M. and Ruth Brown McFerran.

James B. McFerran of Boyle County

James B. McFerran came from a long line of paternal James’, his grandfather emigrating from Ireland in 1761.  In the 1870 Census of Boyle County, James, 28, was living with his parents, James M. and Ruth Brown McFerran.  He is listed as a lawyer, as well as his 24-year-old brother, William.  In the 1880 Census, four years after his marriage to Mattie Davis, the couple are listed as boarders in a hotel in Danville, run by J. P. Thorel, and with them lives their 3-year-old daughter, Lela B.

Our story takes a sad turn as James B. McFerran died in Louisville, May 26, 1893, from hydatid cysts of the liver and spleen.  This was a parasitic infestation that is rather rare, especially to form in the spleen, as only 4% of cases do.  This is endemic in farming areas, and we know he came from a large farming family, as did his wife’s family.  Wife Mattie lived another 57 years.  She died May 22, 1944, and is buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, Section 4, Lot 13, with her husband and other family members.

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Boyle County, Kentucky

James B. McFerran was born September 17, 1841, in Boyle County, Kentucky, and is the third of six sons and four daughters born to James M. and Ruth (Brown) McFerran.  James M. McFerran was born November 26, 1809, two miles south of Danville; was a large farmer and trader in stock; served as justice for twenty-four years, and represented his county one term in the lower house of the Kentucky Legislature, and died September 17, 1884.  He was a son of James McFerran, who was born in Ireland, July 16, 1757, and came to the United States with his parents when a lad of four years, and settled in Botetourt County, Virginia; when a young man about eighteen or twenty, he migrated, and located four miles south of Danville and became a substantial farmer and slave owner.  He married Elizabeth Young, of Lincoln County, and died in 1835, aged seventy-eight years.  He was the son of Martin McFerran, who came to Virginia from Ireland with his three sons, John, James and Martin, before the war for independence.  His religion was Presbyterian.  Mrs. Ruth (Brown) McFerran was born in Franklin County, Kentucky, in 1811, a daughter of Scott and Lucy (Monday) Brown, of Scotch descent.  She died September 26, 1855.  Scott Brown was a large farmer, and served as magistrate and sheriff of Franklin County.

James B. McFerran graduated from Centre College in the class of 1862; was a trader until 1867, when he began the study of law.  In the winter of 1867-1868 he attended the law school at Louisville, and was soon after admitted to the bar at Danville, where he had an excellent practice.  He has served as master commissioner four years, and also represented his county in the Kentucky Legislature in 1873-1874.  In 1883 he located on a farm of 200 acres, two miles south of Danville.  He was married May 17, 1876, to Miss Mattie Davis, daughter of James H. and Mattie (Alexander) Davis, the former a native of Garrard, and the latter a native of Mercer Count, Kentucky.  James H. Davis located in Boyle County about 1852, and became a leading farmer and breeder of shorthorns.  He had the reputation of having the finest herd of shorthorns in the state, realizing fabulous prices, but paying as high as $5,000 for a single bull.  He was a son of Asel and Sarah (Tucker) Davis, from Virginia.

Mr. and Mrs. McFerran have one bright daughter to bless their home.  In politics he is a Democrat, and is now engaged in the practice of his profession at Danville.

Richard Russell and Elizabeth Williams 1842 Marriage Bond – Boyle County

marriageKnow All Men By These Presents, That we, Richard Russell and Jacob Parsons, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of 50 pounds, to the payment whereof well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents.  Sealed with our seals, and dated this 13th day of April 1842.

The condition of the above obligation is such, That whereas a Marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Richard Russell and Elizabeth Williams of this County:  Now, shall it always hereafter appear, that there is no just cause to obstruct the said Marriage, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

Richard Russell, Jacob Parsons

Test, Duff Green, Clerk Pro Tem

marriage-2I certify that the Consent of Mary Williams, mother of Elizabeth Williams, to the within mentioned marriage was expressed in a certificate from her which was proven by the oath of Jacob Parsons, a subscribing witness thereto.  April 13th, 1842.

Duff Green, Clerk Boyle County Clerk Pro Tem

Richard H. Vandike and Martha E. Anderson 1863 Marriage

This marriage bond from Marion County, Kentucky, is a bit different since the bond amount is $100, rather than the 50 pounds that was bonded in most counties.  Perhaps since this is 1863 – I usually post 1780’s and 1790’s bonds – and a more modern time the bond has changed, not only in amount, but from pounds to dollars!  The writing is a little difficult to read!


Be it known, that we, R. H. Vandike, as principal, and Joseph C. Anderson, as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of one hundred dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:

That, whereas Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound R. H. Vandike and Miss Martha E. Anderson.  Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, this bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Lebanon, Marion County, this 13 day of October 1863.

                                 Richard H. Vandike, Joseph C. Anderson

scan022The date of marriage if October 15, 1863, at James Anderson’s in Marion County.  The groom is 34 years of age, was born in Washington County, as were his parents.  This is his first marriage.  Martha Anderson is 31 years of age, born in Casey County, as was her father; her mother was born in Boyle County.  Consent from a writing attested to by Joseph Anderson.  This was a first marriage for both the bride and groom.