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Casey County Courthouse Built In 1888

Friday Ritchey and I visited the Casey County Courthouse in Liberty, Kentucky.  Although showing its age, it is still quite beautiful!

From a 1995 article in The Advocate-Messenger of Danville, Boyle County, we learn that ‘The stately courthouse, built in 1888 on the Courthouse Square, has Richardsonian architectural features such as a stone foundation, quoins and porch balustrade.  The entrances are arched.  The tower sports Richardsonian brick and stone banding and an Italianate corbeled cornice.  The courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.  The original building cost $15,000 and was designed by McDonald Brothers of Louisville.’  Israel Sanford Matherly, originally of Washington County, did the woodwork at the courthouse.  He had a handmade lathe to turn the spindles for the stair rails and balusters at the courthouse.

Richardsonian architecture was named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson, 1838-1886.  His masterpiece is Trinity Church in Boston.

The McDonald Brothers firm included Harry (Henry) McDonald, who served in the Civil War as a Confederate soldier; Donald McDonald and Kenneth McDonald.  Several other courthouses in Kentucky were built by this firm – Adair County, Henry County, Hickman County, Simpson County, Muhlenberg County and Owen County.  Their work also took them out of the state of Kentucky.

Casey County Courthouse

Present seat of justice, built 1888, was preceded by log building, 1809, and brick structure, 1837.  Architects for current courthouse were the noted McDonald Bros. of Louisville.  Its asymmetrical design and lavish use of stone trim (by T. D. Dunhauser of Germany) are unusual features among courthouses on McDonald firm.  Listed on National Register of Historic Places, 1977.

Casey County Marriage Returns 1815-1816

I do hereby certify that on the 29th of November 1815 I joined together in matrimony James Ard and Rebeccah Voris.                                        Jacob Warriner

I do hereby certify that on the 12th of December 1815 I joined together in matrimony William Watron and Elizabeth A. Stakes.

Jacob Warriner

I do hereby certify that on the 21st of December 1815 I joined together in matrimony David McCay and Lucinda Davis.

Jacob Warriner

Marriage Return Casey

  • The marriage of George Hill and Elizabeth Cassie Flear on March the 8th day 1815.
  • Joseph Cunningham and Polly Cunningham September 15th day 1815.
  • Wilson Clements and Nancy Porter May 21st day 1815.
  • Samuel Mansfield and Harriett Elliott on January the 25th
  • Thomas McGlacklin and Sally Peyton December the 7th day 1815.

By John McGran

I do hereby certify that the within named John S. McComack and Paulina J. Cabbell was joined together in the holy state of matrimony by me this 18th June 1816.

Isaac Renfro

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.

Pierce/Bryant Family at Antioch Christian Cemetery

IMG_8743Rube Pierce, June 3, 1868 – January 28, 1937, Antioch Christian Cemetery, Casey County, Kentucky

Three gravestones – each with a branch of leaves and flowers in the upper left hand corner –  stand in the Antioch Christian Cemetery in rural Casey County.  These monuments are for Rube and Lona Bryant Pierce, and her father, Milton Bryant.

The history of the Bryant family begins in Adair County, Kentucky, with David and Sarah Bryant, with their large family of eleven children – Milton Bryant being the middle child, coming in at #6!  In the 1860 census the family is listed as David, 55, Sarah, 47, John, 26, Jasper, 22, James, 21, Peter, 18, Thomas, 15, Milton, 13, Martha, 11, David, 9, Henry, 7, Edmund, 5, and Sarah E., 1.

By 1870 David Bryant is deceased.  The census lists now three families, living next to each other.  Household #78 is Milton Bryant, 23, with his wife, Nancy J. (Hardin), 20, and baby daughter, Apolona, 4/12.  Household #79, brother Jasper Bryant, 33, his wife, Nancy J., 27, William D., 8, Sarah F., 6, Millie A., 4, and Martha J., 1.  Household #80, is mother Sarah Bryant, 55, John, 35, Thomas, 25, Martha A., 20, Rhoda, 2, David, 19, Henry 16, Edward, 14, and Sarah E., 11.

In 1880, still in Adair County, Milton Bryant is 33, Nancy J., 30, Apolona, 10, Cleopatra, 9, Arthur, 5, and Manora, 4.  The children’s names are wonderful!  Was Milton a well-read person – did he love history?

In 1900 the family has moved to Casey County, Kentucky.  Nancy J. Bryant is deceased.  Milton Bryant, is 53, with son Otha, 24, daughter, Manora, 22.  Also living with him are daughter Lona (Apolona) Pierce, 30, now married to husband Rube (Reuben), 29, and their children Owen, 3, Flora L., 2, and Fannie P., 2/12.

By 1910 Rube and Lona Pierce have moved to Russell County.  They are both 39, Owen, 14, Flora L., 12, Pearl, 10, Chester, 7, Elbert, 5, and twins Omer, 2, and Otis, 2.  They have been married sixteen years and have seven children, all living.  All family members are still living in Russell County in 1920.

IMG_8745Milton Bryant, August 15, 1847 – September 22, 1928

1928 was a sad year for the  family.  Apolona’s father died September 22 – and she followed him to the grave a few months later on   November 23rd.  Apolona, her husband Rube and her father David are buried at Antioch Christian Church in Casey County.  They must have shortly moved back from Russell County, because her death certificate is signed by her husband, giving an address as Dunnville, Casey County, Kentucky.

IMG_8744Lona, wife of Rube Pierce, March 22, 1870 – November 23, 1928

Rube Pierce lived until January 28, 1937.  In the 1930 Casey County Census he is 59, twin sons, Omer and Otis, 22, living with him.

Thomas Family at Antioch Christian Cemetery

IMG_8806Thomas Family at Antioch Christian Cemetery

Casey County, Kentucky

Isaiah Thomas married Susan L. in 1877, according to the 1900 Casey County census.  Isaiah is listed as 52, married for 23 years.  Susan is 45, listed as having born five children and all five still living.  The children in the 1900 census were M. J., 22, a daughter, Cleo, 20, Lula B., 18, Lucy A., 15, and Estelle 13.  In the 1880 census, the family is living in Russell county.  Isaiah Thomas is listed as 32, a store clerk, Susan, 24, Mary, 2, and Cleo, 8/12.

If we go to the 1850 census for Casey County, Isaiah, 2, is listed with his parents, Charles C. Thomas, 30, Polly, 24, Margaret, 5, and Zephrona, 3, a daughter.

Daughter Mary J. died September 11, 1902, and Isaiah followed soon afterward on November 13th.  Did they have a similar illness?  Consumption was very typical at that time.

IMG_8727Isaiah C. Thomas, Mary 23, 1848 – November 13, 1902.  Susan L. Thomas, March 2, 1855 – September 29, 1931

IMG_8726Mary J., daughter of I. C. and S. L. Thomas, born January 10, 1878, died September 11, 1902

IMG_8728In Loving Remembrance, Stella, daughter of I. C. and S. L. Thomas, born November 4, 1886, died June 8, 1909

Stella died June 8, 1909, leaving the mother and three children.  Even though Susan Thomas lived until 1931 I cannot find her listed in a census.  Perhaps she married again?

Antioch is a beautiful church and the cemetery is well-kept.  Ritchey and I enjoyed our visit!

Chelf Family – Culpeper County, Virginia, to Casey County, Kentucky

IMG_8733Frank E. Chelf, April 14, 1821 – August 25, 1903, Antioch Christian Cemetery,  Casey County, Kentucky

Franklin Early Chelf was the son of William Milton Chelf and Judia Burke of Culpeper County, Virginia.  In 1831 they brought their family to Marion County, Kentucky, the Bradfordsville area.  Frank married Delilah Dickens about 1843.  In the 1850 census they are listed, 29 and 27 respectively, with children Simon, 6, William, 5, and Mary 1.  Frank is listed as a cabinet workman.  By 1870 the family moved to Casey County, where they remained.  One son, H. E. Chelf, was born December 15, 1855, but is not listed in any census records.  Other children were Logan, Thomas, Amanda (born November 18, 1853), Henrietta, James F. (born July 4, 1857), Julia B., Lily D., George and Dolly.  Delilah died in 1902 and Frank in 1903.  They are buried at Antioch Christian Cemetery in rural Casey County.

IMG_8734Delilah E., wife of F. Chelf, April 18, 1825 – October 11, 1902

from Perrin’s Kentucky – A History of the State, 1887

William J. and Judia (Burke) Chelf were natives of Culpeper County, Virginia, and of English descent.  William M. was born August 6, 1797, and was educated and married in his native county and at an early age learned the fulling business, serving an apprenticeship of four years, after which he followed his trade for several years.  In 1831 he came to Kentucky with his wife and family of six sons – Franklin Early, Littleton Peroy, William U., John Wesley, Fletcher and Willis G. Chelf, accomplishing his journey over the Blue Ridge and Cumberland Gap in a four-horse wagon.  He first settled at Bradfordsville, Marion County, where he erected and operated a carding mill, which was driven by an old-fashioned tread-wheel.  In 1837 he removed to what is now Taylor (then Green) County, and bought a farm on Robinson’s Creek, some two miles above the present village of Mannsville.  There he engaged in the cabinet business in connection with farming until 1844, when he sold out and returned to Bradfordsville, where he again engaged in the carding business and also in grinding corn.  This mill was also driven by a tread-wheel.  In 1852 he brought in steam power and erected a flouring mill; in 1858 he sold the mill and removed to Green River Knob, Casey County, where he bought a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits in connection with the distilling business until 1863, when he sold a part of the farm, and later made his home with his children.  His death occurred at the home of William U., at Rolla, Adair County, December 11, 1881.  He and wife were members first of the Baptist and later of the Christian Church.  He was also a bright member of the Masonic fraternity and was buried with the honors of the order.  His father, Elias Chelf, was also a native of Virginia and was a soldier in the War of 1812.  In 1832 he came to Kentucky and settled near Bradfordsville, where he resided until his death, in 1836, at the age of about eighty-five.  He married Miss Katie Weaver, of Virginia.  Mrs. Judia (Burke) Chelf was born July 19, 1807, and died November 7, 1881.  Her father, William Burke, was a native of Virginia, where he was educated, married and engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life.  The Burke family were for many generations among the first families of the old commonwealth, and also among her most wealthy planters.

Note – Fulling is a step in woolen clothmaking which involves cleansing the cloth to remove impurities and make it thicker.

Today In Genealogy History – February 7

February 7th Birthdays

Martha Borders, daughter of Peter Borders and Ruth Ann Wilson, born February 7, 1864, in Washington County, Kentucky.

Lloyd C. Borders, son of Henry Borders and Mary Walker, born February 7, 1862, in Washington County, Kentucky.

Edward B. Clarkson, son of  Stephen Theodore Clarkson and Martha L. Edwards, born February 7, 1850, in Washington County, Kentucky.

Sarah Anna Downs, daughter of Benedict Downs and Sarah Hayden, born February 7, 1833, in Marion County, Kentucky.

Sarah F. Pennington, daughter of James L. Pennington and N. Biggers, born February 7, 1852, in Casey County, Kentucky.